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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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

EYES
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

CHEEKS
YSL Flower Crush in Rosy Blush

LIPS
YSL Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque

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Soooo, that is that!

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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!

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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!

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

Hello!

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!

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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

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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.

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Tint in Oil in #7 Crush Me Orange

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

And….

Voila!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

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Or in this case, go for the bold!

 

Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge

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Pur Couture in 13 Le Orange

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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Pur Couture the MATS in 208 Fuchsia Fetiche

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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.

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Rouge Voluptes

So, firstly, the Rouge Voluptes.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Rouge Volupte in 30 Faubourg Peach

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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.

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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.

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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

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Rouge Volupte Shine in 19 Fuchsia in Rage

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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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LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – The Mix & Match, Of Champagnes & Smokes!

Last but certainly not the least is this mixed up and matched around Look Feature of YSL’s Couture Variation Eyeshadow Palette!

While I could have stopped after showcasing the trio groupings within, I thought I wanted to take a step back from being informative and inject something a little more personal into this Look Feature series, which is what look comes to mind the minute I land eyes on this palette.

Granted it’s not going to be as flashy, as exciting or as colorful as most other looks I had done with this, it’s something that I feel is very me. Just to give you a glimpse at how I would go about this palette on a safe route.

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It’s not much of a surprise that the look ended up looking rather neutral with a heavy focus on said darkened champagne shade that I have quite obviously expressed my love for within the Wines & Berries Look Feature.

While neutral, I think there’s enough glitz and shine in this look to be worn for the night yet also safe enough for easy wearing through the day.

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Again, I didn’t quite utilize that stunning sparkly grey to the best of its abilities but I assure you… One day, some day, I’ll be sure to portray it in all its sparkly goodness!

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For the rest of the face, I kept it rather signature and clean with a rosey flush and also strong and defined red lips.

It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s dressy yet also functional all at the same time. Just the way I usually like my makeup looks!

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It’s almost as if I’m trying to say that I can efficiently get my job done without any nonsense yet I know how to have some fun at the same time.

Somewhat…

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While the red on my lips is really just that, a very neutral and easy to wear fire-engine red, something about the sharpness and definition to it along with the slight wetness, glossiness and opaque pigmentation is quite alluring.

Reds are aplenty in my stash but right now I’m quite hooked on this one.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo (Champagne rose, dark silver, sparkly grey)
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #05

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture in #1 Le Rouge

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So while it’s a little sad to say this after the continual spam of it but… I believe this is the last of the dedicated YSL Tuxedo Look Features in awhile.

I’ll be sure to revisit this sometime down the road when I’ve got a little more experimental time on hands or when I’m feeling in the mood for some smokiness and sparkles because you know me, while I wrap up a Look Feature after dedicating some time to it, I do revisit products from time to time since I enjoy using and playing around with my makeup more than just featuring them for the sake of.

Thus this is definitely not the last of YSL’s Tuxedo mentions!

Though I still want to give this mini series a little wave. Until next time! Though in the meanwhile I still have some exciting YSL mentions coming your way soon as we slowly make our way into skincare territories!

Slowly but surely…

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

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LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Blue, Sparkly and Smokey!

Now here’s a look that turned out a little differently than I had expected – by that, I mean in a good way.

Blue is not a shade that I reach for very often these days, though at a point of time it was something I liked to use when I wanted a dressier and smokier look for nights out.

It could be that I’m having lesser smokier girly night outs these days or that I’m just toning down on the smokiness in my looks now but while I don’t do blues as often, it’s still something nice to revisit especially because it truly is a color that complements brown eye colors incredibly well.

My attempt this time around is what I would like to call a ‘chicken-ed out’ attempt because I wasn’t too keen on going full out smokey with blues for a day at work – that’s a little too much for me even – but while this toned down look doesn’t capture the prowess of the shades as well, I think it’s still a pretty look no less and one I wouldn’t mind doing up again if I felt up for some drama!

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To prevent the look from being too overwhelming, I dabbed a little of that bone-white shade on the inner corners because I noticed that lightening the inner corners helps with taming a look down even if it’s ever so slightly.

If I extend the smokiness the full way then it usually ends up looking quite ‘intense’ and ‘fierce’.

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I really love how that sparkly grey looks in the pan and it’s a bit of a pity I couldn’t capture it in it’s full sparkly glory by packing it on the lids, and blending so this look is a little more wearable and seamlessly took away from the sparkles, but I hope you can still see the little glitz and glam it holds in some shots!

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Not forgetting the bejeweled shimmers within the blue shade as well!

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For the lips, I instinctively thought to pair it with a cool-tone, pale and icy pink on the cheeks and lips because that’s my go-to when I use blue or cool tones on the lids.

Though I think I’ve shown enough reds and pinks for the YSL mentions thus far and decided to go against the norm a little and pair the smokey cool blue lids with some warm vibrant orange.

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Though making sure the look was still balanced, somehow, I kept the orange sheer and juicy looking instead of being too intense and matte. This way it could add a little translucence to an otherwise strong and smokey look as well.

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I’ll be speaking more about what’s on the lips in an entry to come but just to scrape the surface a little.

While the shade itself swatches as a straight out tangy orange, the wonders of YSL’s Tint in Oil is that your ‘base color’ or rather naturally lip color plays a part in the final outcome that you see and in this case while it’s got obvious peachy and warm orangey hues, the lips still have a nice rosey hue to prevent the eyes and lips from contrasting too much.

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I especially love the watery translucence that the Tint in Oil lends and somehow while in theory it sounds largely similar to YSL’s new Pop Water Glossy Stain, it’s far from that at the same time.

Somehow the Tint in Oils seem to lend a more plushed lip look and a naturally achieved soft gradient to the color that gives a look of ‘rose bud lips’ which is essentially the ombre lip look trend progressing into more natural grounds.

But eitherways, I’ll have more information about the lip products soon so keep a look out for that!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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 Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #7

LIPS
YSL Tint in Oil in Crush Me Orange

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So there you go!

The last of the trio groupings but this doesn’t mark the end of my YSL Tuxedo Couture Variation palette features just yet.

Just to add a little more versatility to the mix I had also done up a look that mixes and matches across the groupings and is also something that’s a little more ‘me’ so I can’t wait to share that!

Stay tuned for it and thanks for reading!

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

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LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Wines & Berries!

Look Dos, or should I say Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette is a look at the cranberry and purplish hues within this 10 piece palette.

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At a glance, and based on previously swatching it, I should have predicted that these would go on intense and incredibly smokey but it was during the process of doing up the look that I realized – whoa, these shades really aren’t joking around!

I’m usually quite comfortable wearing purples, as compared to other colors like green or blue for example, and have no qualms about sweeping on some lilac, soft pastel lavenders or even the brighter magenta tones.

Though I’ll admit that somehow this look ended up being a little daunting even for me and I only realized how intense and smokey (smokier than my usual purples even, at least) it is when I was done with the look!

‘Cause you know, before that I was trying to get the color placement right and make sure the look ended up looking like what I had in mind.

Commitment yo.

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But anyway…

If you ask me, while these purples pair together perfectly well, in my usual makeup sequence I might not choose to pair them all together. Not all the time at least.

Shades 2 and 3 (as per labelled below), I feel, are both unique and gorgeous in their own ways and somehow best interpreted and worn separately if you don’t want a look that’s too ‘overboard’ in terms of pigmentation, color and smokiness.

Shade 2 is beautifully sparkly with a nice touch of smokiness and would make a perfect all over lid smokey shade that doesn’t follow the conventional blacks, silvers and greys.

Shade 3 on the other hand is such an interesting cranberry and slightly aubergine color (that’s a little bright for my daily standards) that I would personally pair it with a more neutral hue like taupe or a deep brown as opposed to a smokey outer-corner blend.

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Though I’ve rambled too much about alternative eye looks that I would do with this trio, let’s get back to what I had actually done and documented for this Look Feature!

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Because I wanted to blend and pair the colors seamlessly together while making it still fairly wearable for my workday, I ended up blending away some of the beautiful sparkles within though you can still catch them a little at some angles in the shots below.

Not as obvious as I would like, but still a little evident.

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The smokiness of that outer-corner shade really astounded me since it appears quite plummy in the pan.

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I didn’t really give much of a mention to the darkened champagne shade that was used in the inner corner of the lid because, alongside a cranberry and a sparkly smokey purple it doesn’t seem like much but it truly is a beautiful shade that’s easy to use and also a little unique from the pale and shimmery champagnes that we are used to.

I’ve given it a lot of use, even outside the grouping of this trio, and I’ll probably talk about it again in a mix and match Look Feature to come.

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For the rest of the face, given how smokey and ‘dressy’ the look is already, the rightful pairing is a cleaner and more neutral face with soft peach or nude hues on the cheeks and lips, right?

Well… yes but you know me, somehow I’ve been on this makeup phase of pairing smoked up and slightly dramatic eyes with stronger lip shades so that’s exactly what I had done here.

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It’s quite bizarre really, that I feel a pop of color on the lips is nice paired with smokey eyes for the day and for the night I prefer a nuder and lighter lip shade.

It’s as if I feel nude and fair lips is more of an acquired and dressy look compared to a vibrant pink pout.

Very interesting indeed.

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The lipstick that I have on is the YSL Pur Couture The Mats in Shade 208 which is a current love of mine.

YSL’s Pur Couture Mat formulations are extremely lovely to wear being comfortable and creamy on while imparting rich and intense pigmentation coupled with a finish that’s a little flatter in dimension but in a favorable and flattering way.

It’s not quite matte matte, I’ve seen shades with a more intense matte finish, and perhaps a bit more of a satin but that makes it easy to wear if you want something simpler in finish but not too retro or ‘flat’ either.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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 Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #2

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture The Mats in 208

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I’ll talk about the YSL lip ranges in more detail through the 30 Days of YSL mentions so stay tuned for that but meanwhile, that’s that for Look Deux from the YSL Tuxedo palette!

The purples are definitely the dressier shades of the lot, though they’re all considerably dressy in their own ways, but if you’re in it for the smokiness and vampy-ness then these crimsons and plums are right up your alley!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the Sparkly Blue look coming up on Monday!

Cause you know, Monday Blues and all… ha

 

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Silver Smokes!

Okie dokes, so here we go with the whirlwind of YSL’s Tuxedo Look Features!

Which okay, there really isn’t a whole lot because I’m only planning for 4 – one for each trio and also a mix and match option that’s a bit more ‘my style’ – but it’s going to be a bit of a consecutive run so…

Let’s go!

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The first look features the smokey silver trio which I would say is the most wearable and easiest to pull off, by my standards.

I feel silvers and smokey taupes are the perfect go-tos when you want something a little dressy but not overly dramatic or tricky to pair.

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Of course the tricky bit is the smokey portion, blending that out and making sure it’s not too smokey (unless that’s your thing) but I feel compared to color variants of smokey looks, Silvers are considered easy-peasy!

I did a bit of color placement and labeling just so you know what which color went!

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I can’t fully capture the soft sparkles the silver (inner corner) and sparkly grey (middle of the lids) lends but I did try to and I hope that it translate a little at least!

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For the rest of my face, here are the YSL pieces that I thrown on, from base to cheeks and lips.

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I’m having a bit of a love affair with YSL’s Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation so you’re going to see it pop up on here quite a bit, don’t mind that.

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Adding a little more color to the shimmery, silvery and smokey look, I opted to be a little playful and pop up some pinks / fuchsia. Though if you prefer a more classic look you can always pair this eye look with a creamy and rich red lip and that would work just fine.

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Heck, you can even go with a nude lip if that’s your thing and you would be able to rock it too.

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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 Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen in Shade 2.5 (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Variation Palette in 02 Tuxedo
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #9

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Fuschia

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And that’s that, Look 1 done and 1 trio down!

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Next up, we’ll have a look at the wines within YSL’s Tuxedo Couture Variation palette and I’m going to say that these are intense with a capital I so stay tuned for that!

 

Thanks for reading!

The YSL Couture Variation Eye Palette in Tuxedo retails for S$119 at all YSL counters and boutiques.

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: Rosey Rock Resille… Resplendence?

Okay I know, that’s one cheesy as cheese title but it’s the best alliteration I can come up with right now with the mild word block / writing block that seems to be make it’s presence known once in awhile.

I believe it’s the stress of a lot of things happening and while this YSL thingamajig I’m taking on is huge, it’s also enjoyable and a bit of a fun thing to do inbetween all the hectic-ness so I’m not complaining about the huge scope of it. I only hope it ends up as enjoyable, interesting and fun for you guys!

 

So, getting started on this YSL journey (of sorts), I have a look for you all, featuring my take on the YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette that I had spoken in detail about here.

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As mentioned in the product rundown entry, my typical eyeshadow placement isn’t going to do the shadows here much justice because these shades are all about layering and blending to give the eye-look some complexity with the translucent base colors and beautiful shimmers within.

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For me, I usually go with the ‘gradiented’ look which still works, definitely, but more time and effort will be involved in making the colors show up better.

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It could also be because I’m ensuring they show up well enough to be captured on camera but for a day to day setting, while yes I will still agree they end up a little more faint after blending, it’s sufficient hues of colors and some sparkles for a day look.

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So that’s the rundown of what’s on the eyes.

While I’m at it, let me spotlight a little on what other bits and pieces of YSL I have on the rest of my face – namely the color products which cover the cheeks and lips, as well as the base.

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The Fusion Ink foundation is slowly becoming a huuuuge love of mine. I’ll share about this really soon too so hang tight!

On the cheeks and lips, I’ve decided to go with a contrasting yet still complimentary flush of pink on the cheeks and something a little bit more orange in tone on the lips.

Yet both share a similarity of being warm and red-hued once on the skin so it all works out!

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
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 Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
YSL Couture Palette in Rock Resille
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 08

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange 13

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So here’s my take on the beautiful and rosey hued Rock Resille palette – a nice little twist on rock and a nice hue of color while keeping it all neutral and soft.

I would have liked to do a couple more looks, attempt a layered and blended one perhaps, but given how this may or may not be currently available, I think I shouldn’t be too much of a tease right now.

Perhaps down the road I might revisit this palette again if I muster up a way to layer the shadows well enough to do them justice. As you all know, things that show up on my blog will re-surface again because when I use and love makeup, I really use and love them and not feature it solely for the sake of.

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Alrightey, that said, thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow me on instagram too (if you haven’t already) to keep up with my 30 Days of YSL!

 The YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition

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