Life Update – Another Baby Break!

Hello again everyone!

It’s been such a long time hasn’t it and in case you were wondering, no I haven’t abandoned this space of mine.

I was suppose to update you all with news of my pregnancy and I already have said entry drafted up sitting in my folders waiting for some pictures to accompany it before I published it but who knew that the little one in me would be so impatient to see the world that he was delivered 10 days before his estimated delivery date!

And yes, it’s a little baby boy this time around!

I’ve always called my first baby girl Baby K because I wasn’t sure about revealing her name online and all, but… since there are 2 Baby Ks now, it’s about time I told you all.

Here’s Baby Keagan!

And another with my baby girl, Khloe (:

Don’t mind Keagan in pink… hand-me-downs from Khloe’s time since he’ll be home for the first month anyway. Heh.

Anyway my point being that I’ve slacked off blogging a bit because a couple of factors picked up in my life towards the end of the pregnancy. I got busy with work, prepping stuff and just meeting a bunch of people before I popped that my blog did go a little (okay fine not a little – very) neglected.

Worst of all it’s going to face a little more neglect as I, once again, adjust towards the needs of a newborn.

Much like with my first kid I am officially going on a little hiatus from this space in the mean time.

I can’t promise how long I will be away, given compared to the first baby break I had I’m handling 2 little kiddos this time around. So when the baby is settled, the toddler would need my attention thus… we’ll see how this goes but I’m hoping to be back on here at least a little next year? If not January then February.

Either ways, so stay tuned for that! This little space isn’t going to get abandoned.

Meanwhile, for quicker updates you can always follow me over at my instagram! It’s a little slower in postings these days but it’s still the fastest way to find me!

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Thank you all so so much for always being around and being supportive, I’ve noticed readers checking back even in the period of my absence and I really appreciate that. It’s so heartening to know.

Thank you for sticking around and for understanding my current priorities. I will see you guys again, maybe sooner than you think! (:

YSL Opens A New Boutique At Vivocity! Come By & ‘Photobooth’ Yourself!

Hey everyone!

Okay, this post isn’t part of the YSL plan because rightfully that’s all wrapped up and done!

Though as of this moment the YSL Giveaway that I’m holding on my Instagram is still on-going and ending on the 9th of August (hurhur, yes, National Day), so pop by and take part if you haven’t!


Meanwhile I’m giving this space a little breather and also allowing those who didn’t manage to check back often in the month of July some time to catch up on all the YSL posts.

I’m also taking this time to sort my thoughts (about upcoming posts) and stuff out – planning what to shoot next, what to feature and talk about and also how to get this space back on that whole ‘random’ track again with all the backlogged features that I’ve amassed during the July period so…

That’s a whole lot of beauty coming your way too but give me a little while to get it all sorted!


For now at least, I wanted to do a quick YSL shout out because they’ve just opened a new YSL boutique over at Vivocity so you west-siders now have a YSL boutique closer to you!


It’s taken over the space where Make Up Store used to be – unit number #01-02 for reference – so that’s near L’OCCITANE and also on the way towards the bus stop at the front of Vivo.

In some sense it’s a little quiet and tucked away from the bustle of the rest of the mall but it’s still easy to find and easily accessible. The boutique space is a little wider than the ION one so you get to see everything at a glance and also shop comfortably in the compounds of the boutique!



The new YSL Autumn 2015 Full Metal collection is now out too so you can give that a look if you’re dropping by! I’m sure it’s also available at ION as well so collection-wise you can give this a look there as well.


That eyeshadow palette is absolute love and that transparent setting powder, while nondescript and ‘basic’ feels extremely velvety and smooth to the touch. I brought a piece home with me so I’ll be sure to give you a review about it real soon!



Long story short, just pop on over and check it out if you happen to be in the area (why wouldn’t you be though, loads of SG50 freebies going on at Sentosa!).

What’s more, they’ve got a cute little photobooth station available instore (till 16th of August) so you can hop in and get yourself a little YSL snap!


Wrapping it up, happy Jubilee weekends everyone (those in Singapore celebrating the long weekend) and to everyone else, TGIF!

The new YSL boutique is located at #01-02 Vivocity

Thanks for reading!

Wrapping the 30 Days (of YSL) up! Plus Giveaway!

Hello hello!

Wow, now that I’m actually sitting down and wrapping this series up proper with a reflective post, I can’t help but feel a little sentimental about it.


Granted it’s only been a 30 Days sort of stint, which even then is quite a period of time when I think about it… Perhaps it’s the amount of prep and thought that I had put into this series in terms of planning what I wanted to talk about, considering the things to feature and time frame to mention them.

These are all small itty bitty things that most can probably just wing it out, I’m sure, but given how erratic and hectic my work schedule has been after New Job, I wanted to be sure I had almost everything in place before it kick started since I know I don’t have the luxury of time to wing it.


Long story short, I really hope that this series was informative for you all thus far and even if some bits of it doesn’t resonate with you now, perhaps it could prove a useful reference if down the road you decide to look into certain YSL products!


From my end, I know I definitely had a lot of fun doing this up. Hardworking with some added late nights to ensure pictures are edited and entries all prepped but it’s all well worth it. It’s things like these that seem so daunting initially, because 30 days of non-stop YSL mentions are no joke but it’s one of those things and stints I like to look back upon from time to time and reminisce on.


I know I’m sounding so dramatic and emotional about it now but in a way blogging and sharing about beauty is a passion and hobby I enjoy regardless, a hobby I feel I’ve been neglecting with the hustle and bustle of life these days and while it’s impossible to do such stints often given my full-time job and kid / family to tend to, it makes it all the more fulfilling when I put that extra effort and time in for mini projects along the way.

It’s commitment amongst my already commitment-filled everyday, but it’s especially rewarding when it’s all over and done with.


Okay, I know I’ve rambled incessantly about nothing in particular but as I said, reflection post. Ha!

So dialing it back to YSL, I know I didn’t manage to cover every aspect of the brand. I swear, I actually had a lot more planned but things don’t always go according to plan and I had to cater for the fact that I wouldn’t have all the time required to do the grand plans that I had in mind.


But yes, I think I managed to address some areas of YSL that have gone unsaid (such as skincare), resurfaced some classics (like the Touche Eclat) and also do what I know I do best which is Look Features and Look Books of eye palettes and lip products!


Just for the sake of it, here’s a round up of the 20 blog entries (this one not included) that I had put up during the 30 Days of YSL period!

If you’re wondering why it isn’t 30 entries, it’s because some days are dedicated to instagram mentions so I don’t spam this place up too much.

So… Yes that is that.

I guess, this is goodbye somewhat, for the continual YSL mentions at least.


I still have some reviews, mentions and some added things I want to showcase about the brand but never got the time to getting around to it so you’ll definitely see YSL on here still, there’s no doubt about that!

You know me, I love mixing about my makeup for looks so whatever you’ve seen here will show up again and they aren’t just one hit mentions aka, mentioned in one review or one look and then buried away for eternity.


As always I only hope I have more time for this space in future because I do have a life update coming your way about a piece of news that’s about time I share. So that’s going to happen shortly but meanwhile, instead of wrapping this up on an overly reflective and sombre mood, I’m throwing up a giveaway to end this in some festivity!

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Giveaway time!

Also, because tomorrow (1st August) is the birthday of the late Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent and while he may not be around anymore, his vision and ideals of YSL Beauty certainly lives on strongly within the brand’s DNA!

I’m giving away 2 pieces of YSL to 2 lucky winners so hop on over to my instagram to take part in the giveaway (closing 9th august and open to those residing in Singapore only)!

P.s. The items are brand new but would be sent without the YSL box since these are press pieces but, again, they are completely new and untouched. I’m just sharing the YSL love since I was recently sent these but already have them in my stash and the kind folks at YSL don’t mind me sharing some love <3


Okay for real, ending statement.

Thanks so much for reading this whole time (the whole of July) and this whole way.


I’ll still be keeping the 30 Days of YSL banner within the sidebar for a commemorative effort and as a easy-to-reference point meanwhile but… Yes, thank you. I hope you all had as much fun reading the entries as I had doing them up :)

LOTD: The Birthday Face with YSL! – Soft Blues & Glossy Red Lips!

Hello you guys!

It’s been awhile since a casual LOTD on here where I simply fish around for stuff to plop on the face, depending on what I feel like having on. As opposed to me deliberately matching and pairing for the Look Features of late.

Don’t get me wrong though, sometimes the challenging aspect of Look Features is what I like too, as it allows me to push my own makeup comfort-zone boundaries.

Though ‘simply fish around’ is also not not entirely the case here because I’m still trying to keep in theme with YSL here. It’s just, I figured it’s timely that my birthday falls within the period I’m doing this 30 Days of YSL stint so what better way to add to my mentions than to do a YSL Birthday look!


It makes this series more memorable an event (for me perhaps) in 2015, yes?
However since I don’t have big plans for the day apart from the usual work and then a simple family dinner and cake after, by birthday look I really just mean what I slapped on for the day on my birthday.

Not some wham-bam party look I’m afraid. Sorry to disappoint y’all.

While it’s not gonna be the extreme kind of glitz, glam, smokey and bold, here’s what I had on for the 28th of July anyway!


I started this look with absolutely no inkling of what to do with it.

I sat myself down at my vanity, opened up the YSL eyeshadow palettes I had in my stash and stared at them for a couple of minutes before deciding…

Well, you know what, I’m just going to let my hands move about on their own without me thinking (much) and see where this gets me and apparently that meant a silvery soft and slightly blue-hued smokey eye look!


It’s considerably natural, compared to the Blue Look Feature I did for the Tuxedo palette, but I wanted an essence of something in there as well instead of just going for my usual neutrals.


The look ended up a tad smokier than I had in mind, mainly because I smoked the lower lashline a little more than usual.


Due to that I tried to keep the cheeks quite soft because I already had a mind to gloss and glam up the lips with the YSL Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque.








Products Used:

MAC Dipdown Fluidline

YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder in 01

Lancome Aquatique Eye Base in 01
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

YSL Flower Crush in Rosy Blush

YSL Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque

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Soooo, that is that!


It’s a rather simple look for a fairly simple birthday which was spent at work mostly followed by a quiet but sumptuous dinner with the family after.

Parties and gatherings are fun but it’s still nice to spend the actual day quietly and casually!


I’m a little sad this entry marks the end of my 30 Days of YSL series (because it’s the last day of July already) but I do have a proper round up post and also a mini giveaway coming your way tomorrow, stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading!

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum – Where Black Is the New Sweet

Hello fragrance entries, we meet again!

I’m not going to say it’s been awhile, even though it has, because it’s starting to seem like my entries are highly biased towards one side and I’ve not been giving a good number of categories equal spotlight, until this 30 Days of YSL that is!

I know that inequality is largely true – it’s been very makeup-focused, collection-release-focused, and just a whole lot of rara on new and upcoming stuff. It’s sad but also inevitable due to the little amount of time I can squeeze out for my blog space once New Job started.

Which left me thinking… no matter how epic in proportions this series was and no matter how much time it took, I’m glad for it. Because it allowed me to revisit and fall in love once more with doing up such (fragrance, foundie reviews, skincare mentions etc) entries again, apart from simply ‘keeping with the times‘.

So anyway, back to this fragrance write up!

Now… Black Opium, where do I even start with this.


Putting the Black in Opium –

I’m not the most well-versed when it comes to YSL’s fragrances. In fact this is probably my second encounter with their scents, the first being a deluxe sample with Manifesto when it launched and I didn’t quite deem it my kind of scent to think much of it but… that’s that so back to Black Opium.

Based on some searching about I did to better understand YSL’s fragrances, Black Opium is apparently the third flanker to YSL’s very iconic and slightly vintage Opium range.

I’m not sure how Opium, or the prior 2 flankers, smells like (be it the original or the newly revamped version) but from what I gather of feedback online and reading notes, it seems like Black Opium is quite a departure from the sensuality and maturity that the Opium series has.

It’s almost as if Black Opium is that teenage little sister in the family, taking a different turn from the rest of the family but yet in some essence still a part of it because it still carries the same strength and ‘weight’ that the Opium range does.

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Now, about the Black Opium scent…

I feel that instead of going straight to it and giving you the breakdown of notes, I always like to express perfume reviews in a more emotive way. Speaking about the feelings the scent is suppose to invoke, the scenarios it aims to play out and the sort of personality it hopes to represent.


I’ll do the same for Black Opium but instead of just focusing on how the scent plays out from spritz to dry down, which frankly and sadly isn’t much of a transformation because while the notes do change it’s largely linear on me, I’ll also talk about impressions from the print ad, to bottle design and all.

Because I think where Black Opium is concerned, the impression and experience from bottle to spritz is as crucial because that was where I felt a bit of a disconnect.


Perhaps because I missed the ‘gourmand scent’ memo, but… Just to be sure you don’t get as taken aback as I did, here’s Black Opium. 


The Black Opium Kinda Girl…


YSL’s Black Opium is like that girl in a sleek black dress, slightly glam-ed up but yet still a little sexy and playful – edgy perhaps. She’s standing by herself, drink in hand with a gaze that’s both quite mesmerizing and slightly intimidating at the same time. Unapproachable almost in how immaculate she carries herself, not that she’s overly poised because there’s an element of casual in her demeanor with her hair slightly tousled but she feels intense with her perfectly smoked eye makeup and piercing gaze.

Though, giving it a shot you approach her and the minute she catches your gaze on her and the small steps you take in her direction she breaks out to a smile. A smile that’s bright and mismatching of the mysterious aura she has shrouded herself in. A smile that is inviting and warm that you find yourself drawn to her.

Taken aback a little, maybe, but curious.

So you chat and you get to know her better and she’s not all that daunting and hardly even that edgy and mysterious. She’s bright, bubbly, infectious and warm – comfortable almost in a sweet and intoxicating way with her personality. The only thing that still stands from her demeanor is her intent gaze.

Friendlier and warmer now, but still intense.

That, to me, sums up the Black Opium experience.

It’s not a scent I dislike, I think it all boils down to a matter of preference and, as the personification describes, whether it works out to be the reason why you approached the fragrance to begin with.

If you wanted a cool, dark and mysterious fragrance akin to the edginess that YSL embodies as a brand, then you might be surprised and confused to find that Black Opium – despite its perfectly matching exterior – is not that.


The Scent & Notes –

While the notes play heavily on the inclusion of coffee as well as a rather beautiful (in theory) mix of white flowers, it somehow didn’t end up being what I had envisioned in my mind given what I know of those notes.


Immediately, Black Opium opens sweet and vibrant but thankfully not fruity. It truly is gourmand and I’m not sure where that sweetness is coming from with the top notes of Pink Pepper and Orange Blossom.

The Pink Pepper’s refreshing kicker is detectable but again, mostly marred by the sweet creamy blend of everything else.


At the heart you have Jasmine and Coffee which I could not detect and place, not obviously at least. Maybe it’s me or the way they blend together that I’m unaccustomed to.

I have to really sniff my wrist to detect the ground earthiness and more robust creaminess of the coffee note and as for the jasmine, I prefer my jasmine stronger and I could hardly detect it here.

The base notes and dry down are most evident on me, which is not a surprise because from what I’ve learnt my body chemistry lovessss playing up the warm notes and jumping straight to the bases.


The vanilla and cedarwood are most apparent, even from the first spritz and the patchouli takes its turn to peek out here and there through wear. Even then I can’t be too sure because after wearing varying fragrances for so long I still can’t quite pin-point patchouli as a scent… But that’s just me.

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Coffee
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedarwood

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Summing It Up…

In all, I’m not going to say that Black Opium is a bad scent because scent is so personal and subjective. From what I have seen, opinions on this are diversed with a group adoring it and another group throwing some shade at it only because they expected more of the fragrance, or of YSL.


I don’t blame them for it because a part of me did feel that while gourmand there could be a little more spice or a little more freshness or rebellious fun to the scent instead of coming out as a straight and frankly slightly predictable gourmand.

The saving grace is the slightly sweet and smokey turns this fragrance has that gives it a little more intensity and depth than the truly typical fruity or candy splashes of gourmands. It’s like a grown up version of sweet perfumes and the kind of guilty pleasure indulgence that ladies from an older age group who love gourmands can look to and a slightly more grown up option for the younger ladies who are looking to transit from their sweet favorites to something more ‘adult’ and intense.


That all aside, I’m also happy to report that this Eau de Parfum wears well through the entire day and I still get wafts of the creamy sweetness at 8pm (after a day at work).

A word of caution though, it is a strong and prominent scent so spritz in moderation!

I know I got a little carried away with this perfume write up, as I always do, but I hope it helps you better envision the scent.

As always I still recommend you to visit the boutique and give this a whiff for yourself!

I don’t believe Black Opium deserves all the negativity it is getting, rather it’s more about managing what to expect from this and frankly if this isn’t your kind of scent, YSL has loads more fragrances in their portfolio to explore!


I’m kinda in love with another from them so I’ll talk about that soon, real soon!
Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Black Opium Eau de Parfum retails for S$159 for 90ml. This product is permanent.

Sponsorship disclosure

Review & Ramble: Sprinkles of YSL In My Skincare Routine!

Hello again everyone!

Wow how long has it been since my last skincare mention? Too long definitely.

It seems like it’s been too long since a lot of stuff on here, firstly foundation reviews and now skincare mentions.

While this entry isn’t going to be a full-out lowdown on what I’m using throughout my entire routine, it is going to show you the YSL inclusions that I have slotted in and those consist of a large part of it too. In fact, after slotting in these skincare pieces that I have received from YSL, I think some aspects of my routine increased in the number of steps I typically do but I don’t mind that because my skin has been facing some erratic days.

Much like my schedule apparently. Everything in my life is erratic these days, hurhur.

But anyway, back to the skincare talk.


Previously I had put up a post summing up the skincare ranges available in YSL as well as spotlighting on what each range does and which range addresses the concerns you may be having.

In this post, I’m keeping it largely rambly, personal and casual so I’ll be talking about the products that I am using, sharing a little bit about how it feels and my opinions of how it goes on and the process of applying it as well as maybe a little insight about how I feel it’s working for my skin. Though for the last point I feel that I can never be too sure what to share when skincare is concerned.


For this particular YSL routine, I’ve been using it for a little under 2 months so it’s still relatively premature but yet enough of a skin cycle for me to be able to have proper thoughts about it.

Side-tracking a little, a typical skin cycle is 28 days so skincare claims under that amount of days are usually largely superficial. It’s not that the product doesn’t work, because given time I’m sure they have some credibility to them but our very hurried lifestyle and need to see results immediately seems to have pushed the skincare industry into making such claims. While the results you see in 10 days may be evident, it’s usually not skin-deep – not the deepest of epidermis at least, and will likely be results that go away almost as instantaneously as they have appeared.


So… yes, pardon my side-track on that but I feel with every and anyone reviewing skincare these days and attesting to claims of skincare ranges, a little bit of knowledge and information as such as to be thrown out there. Basically where skincare is concerned, there are a lot of choices and most might be good but don’t always believe everything right off the bat. Some research, ingredient understanding and of course review-reading is always good.

Which is why I hope this ramble of an entry is going to be informative and useful for you all!

With so many words already in play, let’s add more shall we?


The Night Routine


Starting it off, I typically wash my face with a foam cleanser and I think to date YSL probably only has one which is from the Youth Liberator range?

I can’t speak on how that performs because I haven’t tried it for myself but I use micellar waters (YSL has one too from their Top Secrets range and it comes in a retro bottle) first followed by a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and then finishing it all off with a foam cleanser in the shower.

After that step, I use this:

Youth Liberator Essence-In-Lotion (S$119)


This step is somewhat like the Japanese version of toners. Though even then it’s quite a grey area because there are people who use toning waters, followed by skin softeners / lotions so… it really depends on your skincare preference and how much you want to load your routine up.

For me, I’m glad that this comes with both an Essence as well as a Lotion, mixed into one product that I can easily slap and smear on.


The duality aside, this product is also a joy to use because it’s very aqueous in formula and blends easily onto and into the skin. It feels like it’s being absorbed right away and I kid you not, my skin does feel instantly softened and plumped up.


While I have addressed instant results from above, this is more of a step within the routine whereby Lotions (or skin softeners) typically help to soften and hydrate the skin, prepping it for better absorption of everything else that you’re going to lay down after it and I truly feel this does that extremely well.


It does come in the signature Youth Liberator scent which is a little soft, powdery and musky. A scent quite unique to skincare lines.


Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum (S$119)


After smoothing out the layer of Essence-in-Lotion, I proceed to do my eyes and at night I reach for this Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum for the hydration and nourishment of my eye area through the night, especially because I sleep in air-conditioning.

As most know, the skin around your eye area is the thinnest of your face and also where you should be gentlest with (so eye rubbing is a no-no) as well as an area you can’t forget to hydrate.


Though the product featured here is an eye serum, which means YSL recommends for you to follow up with an eye cream after using this, I find the thick and gloopy (but gel-like) formula hydrating enough for my eye concerns right now.



I haven’t noticed anymore dry and fine lines appearing and if anything my eye area seems suitably hydrated in the morning.


I don’t notice any change to the dark circles or ridding of the stubborn and present lines around my eyes (I feel those are genetic and wouldn’t vanish no matter) but with continual use this is suppose to help make your eye area look more supple, lifted and radiant.


Youth Liberator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)


This bugger embodies the entirety of the Youth Liberator range in terms of its capaibilities and benefits, so if you’ve read this entry over here, I doubt you need me to explain much of what it does.

Simply said, it’s a potent mix of Glycanactif™ and helps to hydrate, nourish and pamper your skin through the night.

Apart from the skin-science benefits that it provides, it is also comforting to wear but at the same time I can say it’s not going to be a formula everyone will enjoy or agree to.


While relatively gel-like and lighter than the gloop that the Eye Zone Serum is, it’s still quite a bit of a blob and does blend to leave some tact and a veil of hydration on the skin after blending out.


It gives your skin this feel of supple-ness and makes it seem as if it’s forming a moisture barrier around it, protecting your skin from losing moisture through the night and also locking in all the skincare benefits so they are sheltered and protected to perform their tasks of nourishing your skin.

I sleep in air-conditioning so the heavier feel of this (yet it’s not a dense cream sort of heavy either, it’s more tact than ‘heaviness’) doesn’t pose to be a problem for me and in fact, I enjoy it right now because my skin is facing drier days and to be able to slather on something more nourishing and pampering at night feels quite comforting but in hotter days for oilier skintypes, I can imagine this feeling a little ‘much’ on.


Of course after all that I round it up with a moisturizer and YSL offers quite a few moisturizing options from the creams to the gels. I don’t use one that is from YSL but the one I use is also a more gel-like texture.

Even though I’m facing drier skin days, I think I can afford to still reach for gels for now since I may not need that rich of a cream at night, given everything that I have already slathered on.

I do wake up with skin that is fresh, soft and supple, never oily and sticky or tight-feeling so I would like to think that while going to bed, my face may have a slight tack (not the kind that makes me worried for my pillow or hair either, thankfully), it all works out to be properly and adequately nourishing for the night.

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The Day Routine


Moving on from the night routine, here we have the quick run down of what I slap on during the day!

Frankly, my day routine is usually simple. It is only after being introduced to a couple more YSL products that are befitting for day routine use that I decided to add to it and at the same time give my skin its deserving pamper before I put on my daily slap as well.


After all, if we’re going to do so much for the night, then we might as well continue the love for the day, right?


YSL Light Creator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)


Of course the day starts with a cleanser but after cleansing, I’ll go straight to using the YSL Light Creator Serum.

For the day, I’m not fond of loading up too much on skincare before my makeup so I try to skip out the products that I don’t feel would be necessary and only use the ones I think I truly need.


What I really like about the Light Creator Serum is that it is way more watery in consistency and fresher in application as compared to the Youth Liberator, which makes it that much more perfect for the day. It’s almost like slathering on a toning water of some sort, given how light the consistency of it is.

It does leave a very slight tack to the skin after applying but it’s akin to that ‘bouncy’ skin effect that Hada Labo toners lend, which is very tolerable and appropriate for day. I feel.


Plus it has a softer scent than the Youth Liberator range. I can’t quite place my hand on it and the waft is light but it’s definitely a fresh experience starting my routine with this.


YSL Light Creator Eye Fluid (S$99)


Following that is a step that I usually tend to skip, which is giving my eye area a little bit of hydration. These days though, as I’m slowly getting older and also as my skin sways into slightly dry territories (grr), I’ve noticed that I can’t afford to skip eye-love in the morning because plumping and hydrating that area truly does make makeup go on a lot nicer, smoother and more lasting through the day.


Given how bad and annoying my dark cricles are, if my concealer can last that much longer, that’s a good thing.

What’s more this product is also loaded with all the good stuff to help you de-puff and also freshen your eye area up. There’s even a light dose of sheen and shine within in (from mother of pearl) to brighten your eye area that tiny bit. Though it’s still largely a skincare product so I’m going to say don’t bank on that for eye contour brightening.


It’s a nice-to-have more than actual performance.


YSL Light Creator UV Protection SPF50 PA++++ (S$72)


Yes you saw that right, that’s four pluses right there. I’ve seen 3 pluses, but I’ve never noticed anything with 4. Though just for information sake, the PA rating is indicative of the UVA protection found within a product, unlike pricings (in Singapore) where there’s a ++ after and each plus signifies a different thing, the more pluses here simply means a higher UVA rating. The pluses don’t stand for anything otherwise though I know there have been people going around saying that one plus means ultraviolet, two means UVA and UVB or whatever.

But no, to my understanding and research, that’s not the case.

Though while a representative system it is also not a rating system put forth by FDA so it is more marketing than actual protection but of course to put more pluses on you should be able to prove your product’s worth so… in a way the more plus the merrier but it’s good to still know what you’re getting in your product.


So back to this suncreen, this is one that I absolutely love. I’ve loved it before its reincarnation and rebirth into the Light Creator range (previously it was in Top Secrets but was reformulated and reintroduced under Light Creator) and if anything, it feels even better than before.

It’s lightweight and non-greasy but at the same time feels almost like a skincare in hydration and skin nourishment when you put it on.


So after slathering this, you do feel like your skin gets more supple, with that tact of hydration and bounce but it’s not the icky heavy and greasy feel of sunscreen on your face. In fact, it doesn’t even come with that metallic scent some sunscreens carry.

It really is almost as if you’re applying a moisturizer to your skin, but with a moisturizer with an incredibly high amount of sun protection.


It’s not one I would keep in my purse to re-apply through the day because I think it may disrupt makeup and also because it’s a little moisturizing for me to re-apply but it’s definitely the perfect step before I put my foundation on. So much so that some days I don’t bother with moisturizer followed by sunscreen and just use this instead.

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Anddddd, that’s mostly it!

The routines at least because there is still that one product that I use from time to time and it doesn’t quite fall within the Night or Day routine, and that is the Youth Liberator Intensive Mask (S$119).


I feel like I need to write a separate posting for this guy and if I can’t manage to within this 30 Days stint I still would some time down the road because it’s an interesting product such that it feels immediate and nice but also plays a great complement to the rest of the YSL skincare range.

It’s like taking vitamins on top of already eating your fruits and vegetables. It gives you an added boost of radiance you can see but yet after that superficial boost, there is also some added skin hydration and benefits that get amplified as you eat your usual stuff.


Summing It Up…

Of course if you ask me, I would advice for you to check out each and every product within the YSL Skincare line up and consult the Beauty Advisors while you’re down at the store because this mishmash that I am showing you is what I feel works for my skin both in terms of addressing my concerns and also providing for what my skin needs.

You may have a different concern or different needs when it comes to your skin so it’s best to consult the professionals (YSL BAs) about it because they’ll be able to assess your situation best.

Though if I were to recommend… I would highly urge you to check out:

  • Youth Liberator Essence-in-Lotion  – because it’s just such a perfect product to add-on to your range concerns or not, I feel
  • Light Creator Eye Fluid – for its nice creaminess and also lightweight texture, great for both hydrating and refreshing the eye area
  • Light Creator UV Protection – because this sunscreen is really da bomb in terms of how nice it feels, how lovely it goes on and how pampering it feels.

So… I hope that all makes sense and that you guys didn’t mind the length of this entry!


As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you found what you wanted to know! If you have any questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a note below!

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YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil Look Book (& Spicing These Up With An Ombre Lip)!


I’m back again with one more lip Look Book and in this entry, I’m shifting my attention from the pow-wow and intensely pigmented to bring to you something with more of a focus on nourishing and conditioning the lips yet without letting up on performance at  the same time!

Introducing the YSL Tint in Oils! 

And using the word ‘introducing’ is quite appropriate as well since this is the Tint in Oils first solo appearance on my blog!


I want to say that these are fairly new… but they were launched sometime last year maybe? So they’re not all that fresh to the shelves either.

Though all things considered, they are a fresh new line within YSL and not a sub-category or expansion to an existing range.


While Look Book mentions are meant to be brief and picture-focused, I want to some time to introduce and describe these Tint in Oils because it’s likely I wouldn’t have another as -appropriate situation to do so. 

What’s more, given that this product has a skincare (or rather lip care?) element to it, it’s worth the added explanations of what goes inside and what they do. 


The Tint & The Oil –

Putting it simply, the Tint in Oils are – as the name goes – a tint suspended within a blend of 4 different lip conditioning oils. 

The oils within are: apricot kernel oil, coriander seed oil, jojoba seed oil and possiflora edulis seed oil, which essentially is passion fruit but okay YSL, possiflora edulis it is.

They (the oils) all meld together harmonious to provide a formula that melts and envelops the lips once swatched on.

Even though it sounds rather intensive to have 4 sorts of oils in there, this still feels relatively lightweight on with and a smooth and emollient balmy feel to the lips.

I don’t sense any tackiness (given my general intolerance to even the slightest of tacks be it in glosses or skincare) and I’m quite a fan of applying this simply because the process just invokes a very nourishing and luxurious experience. 


That’s just all the moisture and hydration aspects covered, we’ve not talked about the Tint just yet!

The Tint in Oils are available in 8 shades, if I recall right, varying in hue and intensity depending on the shade you’ve picked. Though for a product focused on lip care, I’ll say it doesn’t disappointed in the area of performance either as they (the ones tI’ve ried at least) seem to show up quite well once worn on the lips. 


They provide a decent and natural hue of color –  buildable, I’ve noticed  – and that comes with a nice glossy shine that provides that perfect watery lip look. It’s most ideal for those banking into that translucent yet pouty, pigmented yet clear and natural sort of a look. 

What’s more since the hues come from a tint, tints are known to have a staining effect even after wearing off anddthese do have a little bit of that. 

The staining, I mean. 


Stain aside, because it’s such a mild wash of color, this product wears for about 3-4 hours and surely would not survive food or drinks. Though for a lip conditioning product, I wouldn’t have expected anything more since these are focused on hydration and wouldn’t come with an ‘adhesive’ component which is usually leaves the lips a little sapped of moisture. 

Re-applying this isn’t a concern for me, given that the experience is joyful and the product is a beauty to whip out for touch ups!


YSL describes the Tint in Oils as a bespoke lip color because of the translucence to it as well as the varied ways that tints warm up to and develop on everyone. 

While there is a certain ‘base’ color to each of the 8 shades available, they have a tendency to show up differently on everyone.

On me these show up well and build up easily to an intense (but still watery and translucent) hue. Though, just as explained, how it shoes up on me may not be the case for you so it’s best to give these a swatch before your purchase!

That said, let’s have a look at the 2 shades I have!


Tint in Oil in #5 Cherie My Cherry




This was swatched ‘normally’, where I apply product to both the top and the bottom lip, like I typically would when I am applying gloss or liquid lipstick.

In a way it’s considered one layer without deliberately trying to build the color up.





Tint in Oil in #7 Crush Me Orange





Like Cherie My Cherry above, this too was also 1 coat applied to both the upper and lower lips without deliberately trying to build the color up.





I have also noticed that for the Tint in Oils, upon initial application they may go on clear and almost colorless but if you leave it to settle and warm up on your lips for a little bit (it’s really quick, a couple seconds?) that’s when the color seems to develop and start to show up.

So don’t get startled if it goes on colorless the second you apply because you need to let it have some time to work.

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I know this Look Book post is getting quite lengthy and comprehensive that I should just label it a review, but for the sake of uniformity let’s just call this a really in-depth Look Book.

So aside from simply showing how these swatch alone, which frankly is fine and beautiful if glossy and watery sheers like that are what you’re looking for, YSL’s Makeup Artist Zona had taught me a little trick to spice these up should you want the same nourishing and deep conditioning benefits but yet also want a little color and a more playful twist to the look.

Cue, the Lip Ombre trend!

I know this trend has been making it rounds and I’ve since slipped out of being obsessed about it but the Tint in Oils make it easy to revisit because of the look of watery suspended color. Now all you need is a more intense lip color as your ombre and voila!

I snapped a step-by-step while I attempted this look on my own, so have a look!


The Ombre Option


First you apply a really sheer coat of the Tint in Oil. I require mine to be sheer because they seem to develop quite strongly on my lips.

If you’d really like to further strengthen the ombre effect, you may even dab some concealer or face powder on your lips before going in with the Tint in Oil.


Next up, pick your ombre-ed color and for this look I used YSL’s Pur Couture The Mat in 208 (as seen here).



Dab it on the inner portions of your lips. Pardon the blurry picture but apparently my camera, too, felt it was too unglam a sort of shot to focus on, ha.








I always forgot how much I really do like the look of ombre lips till I bother to attempt them again.

Something about it is so effortlessly casual yet still made up at the same time and I’m glad that I now have the Tint in Oils to help make achieving this look that much easier!

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So phew, that is that for the YSL Lip Look Book Series that I had in mind!

Actually.. I do have the Gloss Voluptes on hand too, from awhile back when they were first introduced I believe, but given how I’m not too huge of a gloss fan and I wouldn’t have much to say (and also, frankly the lack of time to do those looks up) I decided to pass on including them within this Series.

Though if anyone is still interested to know what I feel about the Gloss Voluptes and see looks / swatches of the ones I’ve got, you can drop me a note and I would gladly do it up for you at a later date!

And there ya go!


I’m sorry if the recent posts just aren’t quite ‘the same’ in a way. I’m not sure if I’m the only one feeling it but I’ve been going in and out of that writers block situation again but didn’t want to compromise on cutting down mentions I want to post and things I wanted to talk about so I really squeeze out whatever little writing capacity I have in the block to put stuff out and I hope they’re still coherent and not overly rambly!

Though I think it’s a bit late for this one… this one’s in rambly boundaries already so I’m going to wrap it up now!


Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Tint in Oil retails for S$45 and is available at YSL counters and boutiques.

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YSL Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain & Pop Water Look Book!

Hey guys!

So real quick, here’s the low down about YSL’s Glossy Stains!


I’m dashing about a little hurriedly with this post because time’s a little tight so I hope I manage to do these Glossy Stains some justice and feature / mention them well because they are amazing products and I can’t even put to words how much I adore them.

It’s not often that you chance upon a product that’s rich in pigmentation and intensity, has a cool aqueous formula, goes on with a high shine and wears like da bomb at the same time!

That’s a lot of boxes ticked! Though the question now is whether these boxes are the ones on your list. 

Though for those not too fond of intensely pigmented lips, YSL had you guys in mind and recently launched the Pop Water edition to the Glossy Stains line up.

I’ll share more about this new segregation but simply put, they’re more neutral, natural and a lot softer in hue with more translucence. 

The mildly confusing aspect is that while it’s rightfully a considered ‘sub-category’ within the Glossy Stain overview, they’re still grouped together and lumped together with their naming system (aka numbers I never remember) the main way to tell them apart. 

That and the shade once you swatch it of course.

But eitherways, we’ll get to that! And it’s likely not so complex – you go to the store, you see, you swatch, you like, you buy. Ha!


Glossy Stain

First, let me talk about the full-on intense Glossy Stains. The Classics, as I like to refer to them as right now. 


These days, it’s increasingly common to marry glossiness with pigmentation but I feel I haven’t chanced upon a product that checks all the boxes that the Glossy Stains do.

It’s usually glossy and pigmented but not quite staining, or staining and pigmented but not too glossy.

Somehow if they manage to get glossy, staining and pigmentation down, it doesn’t carry the same watery and cool texture that the Glossy Stains have.


So… Yes I’m rambling now but I find that these are truly quite unique.

I wish I had more hues to showcase but of my stash, I only have 2 – a bold red and a vampy aubergine-red.

Glossy Stain in #9 Rouge Laque








Glossy Stain in #33 Bourgogne Artistique







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Glossy Stain Pop Water

Now, after all that pigmentation and intensity, let’s dial it down a notch to something more natural and much softer.


Much as I’m always singing praises about intense color and pigmentation – because ultimately those are best to dress up a look and easiest to showcase without saying much – complementing neutrals are still a nice and easy option within the stash.

Especially for days where you want just a hint of color to wrap up the look but don’t quite going for the big and bold.

Though… As a personal opinion, I’ll say that the shade of Pop Water I have, while pretty and soft, is perhaps a little too neutral and natural for my liking.


Sure it’s a perfect shade for the weekends, and I do use this quite oft  then, but my logic when it comes to the Glossy Stains is go big or go home.

Well, maybe you don’t have to go that big but while super natural tones are lovely I feel they’re not the most representative of the prowess these Glossy Stains hold.
Nonetheless, to each their own and while I don’t love this, I can see why some might.

All that said and done, I do enjoy this time to time. 

Glossy Stain in Pop Water #203 Eau de Corail






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That’s that for the Glossy Stains! I know I ended up rambling a little more than intended, oops, but I had some opinions that came to mind and felt I should include them.

Hope you guys don’t mind a bit of that, heh!

I’ll be wrapping up the lip Look Books with the YSL Tint in Oils in the next post! I expect that one to be a tad more informative than the lip postings I’ve been doing this far because that’s a rather new ‘mention’ to my blog but… We’ll get to that.

Meanwhile, thanks for reading!
P.s. Was a little time strapped but I’ll update the price again in a bit!

YSL Pur Couture & Pur Couture The MATS Look Book!

Hello again!

Somehow amidst the mayhem this week, that is both work (madness, pure madness at work) and social-life-catching-up, I’ve managed to squeeze this post out – Yay!


Though, I know Look Book entries aren’t that difficult to do up because ultimtely the pictures are the point of the post and if anything the rambles that go with are a lot more casual and easier to put together. As opposed to indepth review mentions or info-posts where I have to source the right information with a bit of pressure to stream them together in a summarised, informative, yet still interesting to read manner… I’m sure you get what I mean.

But anyway, before I get too caught up with rambling about nothing in particular here, here’s the Rouge Pur Coutures!


Rouge Pur Couture

If you’re all strapped up and ready for a rollercoaster ride down some serious pigmentation, serious intensity and smooth glide of color then the Pur Couture is just the thing for you!


This lip range from YSL is all about standing out, being loud and wearing your lip color strong.

Though I’m guessing there are some wearable and more neutral shade offerings within the Pur Couture range, if you’re not the biggest fan of bold and strong colors but still want to own something from the Pur Couture range, though my biased bold lip self is thinking, pfft just go for the gold!


Or in this case, go for the bold!


Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge








Pur Couture in 13 Le Orange




It appears that Le Orange seems to capture a little more red in hue as opposed to how it looks in person (which leans a little warmer and more orange, but still generally red-toned) but it’s definitely a brighter and ‘livelier’ shade than Le Rouge above!





Pur Couture in 19 Fuchsia







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Pur Couture the MATS

Now if the Pur Couture and their intense pigmentation just isn’t cutting it with the edge for you or maybe because you’re not a fan of things with a hint of shine then the Mats are a beautiful option to look to!


As  mentioned in my Lip Lowdown entry, it’s not the sort of matte that saps away all hint of moisture on your lips and accentuates your lip lines in an unflattering manner. It’s still a largely creamy and slightly radiant lip look.


It starts out with a hint of shine, somewhat like a satin, but does set with wear to more of a matte (as we know it) finish. Though still with a creamy look so it’s still comfortable on without much maintenance with wear.

Some hydration will be sacrificed with this option, as opposed to the Pur Couture, but it’s all in the greater good of a satin-ish matte finish, yes?


Pur Couture the MATS in 203 Rouge Rock







Pur Couture the MATS in 208 Fuchsia Fetiche



If you’ve noticed, I’m trying to skip write ups for individual shades because that would easily turn these Look Book entries into an essay but I just have to say that I absolutely love this color.

It’s my new favorite love for bold lip days because it’s that perfect shade that sits between pink and red whereby it’s a little playful but still classic (somewhat) and importantly, it’s one of those complexion brightening hues – major love!

Plus I can’t resist a creamy matte finish!




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So that’s it for the pow-wow Pur Couture range!

This is a Look Book post with a whole lot of vibrance, drama, and intensity and I don’t think that’s going to die down anytime soon with my next post about the YSL Glossy Stains but I think I’ll be turning it down a notch or rather winding it down a little within that post so keep a look out for that!

Meanwhile, I hope this was informative and also inspires you to pick up that bold red / pink / coral / purple lipstick tomorrow and rock a TGIF bold lip look!


Thanks for reading!

The YSL Pur Couture (and the MATS) retail for S$49 each

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YSL Rouge Voluptes & Shines Look Book!

Hello everyone!

So the wheels are really reaaaally picking up this week at work and it doesn’t help that I didn’t manage time to schedule these lip spam entries ahead of time so fingers crossed I manage to get all the lip Look Books I have in mind up on time!

The saving grace is that these entries are a lot more visual since most of what has to be said about the product has already been mentioned in my YSL Lip Lowdown / Breakdown post (read if you haven’t!) but I’ll still revisit a couple of points within these posts, just because.



Rouge Voluptes

So, firstly, the Rouge Voluptes.


I can’t speak for all but I think a good number of people I know first set foot into YSL’s Lip Realm via the Rouge Voluptes because these babies are absolutely beautiful in both packaging and also formulation.

Putting aside my personal prejudice and preferences, I will admit that the creamy, smooth and opaquely pigmented finish of these is largely alluring to many.


It ticks all the right boxes and comes with the fruity and fun signature YSL watermelon scent to boot but for some reason, I’ve just not taken to the shades that I’ve tried and while I still give them love and use from time to time, it’s just not my #1, #2 or even #3 option or go-to.

It’s one of those ‘once in awhile’ indulgences where I use them when I have a spare amount of time because I feel the lighter and more pastel hued shades I have do take a bit of working in to look proper and good but once all settled and set on the lips, I get reminded again of what I do still reach for them. Once in awhile.


But anyway, that’s just me, as I have said. The Rouge Voluptes are typically highly rated and reached for by many so it could be a hit or miss thing and it’s a tad of a miss with me so don’t let me judgement affect yours too much and check them out in person to get a feel and swatch!

One thing’s for certain, the lipstick tube really is super loveeee.


Rouge Volupte in 1 Nude Beige







Rouge Volupte in 30 Faubourg Peach







Rouge Volupte in 32 Corail Jalouse




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Rouge Volupte Shines

Where the Shines are concerned, I have a bit of a 180 degree moment with them because while the Rouge Voluptes don’t sit very well with me all the time (hurhur, for realz), the Shines on the other hand win me over easily.


The formula has a little more translucence to it, paired with an intense yet still mildly natural and glossy finish, it’s quite perfect for days you want a kick of color but without the very ‘made up’ factor that a red lip, violet lip or pink lip usually comes with.

Like a casual color kicker, somewhat.


That’s if you can consider these casual because while they are in my books it could still be rather intense for more neutral natural loving people but if you’re looking to take baby steps to the world of intense lip color then the Shines are your best bet!


Rouge Volupte Shine in 4 Rouge in Danger








Rouge Volupte Shine in 19 Fuchsia in Rage




While scary in the tube, Fuchsia in Rage is actually not that intimidating a shade once worn on. It’s still got the purple tinge to it that makes it stand out and a little unique but there’s enough pink and raspberry hues within to make it tiptoe into the rather wearable zone at the same time.

Strange enough it’s a pink I’ve been reaching for quite often on casual lip days when I can’t decide if I want to wear pink or be a little ‘bold’ / dressy with my lip color.




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So there you go!

Not too rambly nor too wordy, I hope!

I’m doing my best to keep this (and the upcoming Look Book mentions) brief and relatively text-free, allowing the images to do most of the talking because that’s the point of more visual posts, yes?

Hope the option of showcasing a lip close up for texture and color representation as well as a full face shot for an idea of how the lip colors look from a ‘normal’ distance and how it all ties in with a look is helpful!

That’s would be it from me with regards to the Rouge Voluptes, coming up next would be the Pur Couture (& and The MATS) so stay tuned!


Thanks for reading!

YSL’s Rouge Voluptes (and Shines) retail for S$49

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