Monday, December 15, 2014

BARGAIN HAUL OF THE DAY: Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses and Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss

Me in my Chanel Aviator Sunglasses wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss
Yes, you can own Chanel products at a great price...

Since I am not finding anything good to watch on network or cable TV these days, I have picked up a new secret passion: watching designer fashion haul videos on youTube.  I started out watching tech videos (you all know how much I love tech products) until one day by chance I happened up on a handbag tag video by TheLuxeBabe and discovered the whole fabulous world of designer accessory hauls being videoed by youTube fashionistas.

Out of all the designer hauls, Chanel products seem to be the most popular.  So I watched with wide eyes as gorgeous Chanel handbags, wallets, jewelry, sunglasses, and beauty products were unboxed in their full glory. Even though I am cheap frugal, I still love owning beautiful things. So watching all that Chanel finery made me want to own a few pieces of my own, especially a pair of Chanel aviator sunglasses.

So I fired up the eBay app on my iPad and watched auctions for "gently loved" Chanel Sunglasses for a few days until I found a few auctions that were just right.  I was looking for an authentic pair of Chanel aviator style sunglasses in great condition that came with a Chanel quilted leather case and also the dust bag and cleaning cloth.  Oh, and I wanted them to be under $100.

I have been using eBay now for 12 years, and my eBay tactics for getting a true bargain is to check out closed auctions for similar products to see how the prices are trending, deal with sellers that have perfect (or near perfect) feedback, buy from private sellers as oppose to discounters, check out the sellers old auctions to make sure that their story about the product pans out, and totally not deal with any sellers shipping products out of countries known to export fake luxury goods.  In 12 years, I have had only 1 major problem, but I went through eBay's arbitration process and eBay sided with me so the seller was forced to refund my total purchase price.

These are my elegant Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses 
After I had done my research and was ready to buy, I tagged a few auctions to watch that fit my criteria and then lucked up to win a pair of used authentic Chanel 4188 style Aviator Sunglasses with gradient lenses (which retail new for $295) with a quilted leather Chanel case and dust bag for only $71 - SCORE!!! And since I had bought an eBay gift card at 10% off right before the auction, that gift card discount brought my actual cost down to $64 - and on top of that I got a 1% cash rebate using SHOPATHOME - HOLLA!

I love my Chanel 4188 Aviator Sunglasses, especially the price :)
My "gently loved" Chanel aviator sunglasses are near perfect with no scratches on the lenses nor the frame. The only visable wear is a scuff on the leather case, which I buffed out with a little black leather polish. A love the size of these sunglasses because I have a small face and the Chanel 4188 style of aviator sunglasses is more compact than the popular Channel 4195q aviators with the bigger lens and the lambskin leather arms. Chanel makes some truly quality products that are meant to last and these sunglasses are no worst for the wear and just scream quality.

I have found that using eBay is a wonderful way to find luxury goods at great prices, but even I was surprised by the bargain that I was able to get this time round. My Chanel sunglasses make me feel like a true fashionista every time that I wear them, but the price was bargainista all the way!

I am wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss in the shade 18 Seduction...
More Chanel under $35...
Just after winning the Chanel sunglasses auction, I received another great Chanel product in the mail.  About a month prior, I signed up with People StyleWatch to be a member of their Style Hunters panel and they delivered a box to my home with the first style product for me to review - a complimentary Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss.

Having watched all those Chanel cosmetic haul videos on youTube, I knew that Chanel makes some wonderful lip glosses that come in fabulous packings and the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is so pretty that it could be given as a gift all by itself.

When I opened the box, the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss was presented in the same packaging that I would get in a retail Chanel store. The product was beautifully wrapped in Chanel branded CC logo tissue paper and sealed with a Chanel CC logo sticker. It also came with a beautiful Chanel dust bag - WOW!

Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is luxury all the way. It you have ever been afraid that the top of your lipstick will come off and get product on the inside of your purse (which has happened to me), you don't have to worry with the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss.  The gold top is spring loaded so when not in use, you push on the top and it recesses into the tube - IMPRESSIVE!

The Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss is marketed as having the color intensity of a lipstick with the lacquered shine of a lipgloss and I found that to be true.  I don't use lipstick very often these days so I love a lip gloss that gives shine and color to my lips and is long wearing.  And the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss does all that while also being hydrating.

The Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss comes in 10 shades and retails for $34 both in-store and on and would make the ultimate stocking stuffer gift.

Between my Chanel Aviator Sunglasses and my Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss, I feel like a million dollars - but I am glad that I don't have to spend a million dollars to feel this good.


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