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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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)!

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. 

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!

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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!

 

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!

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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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Thy Lowdown: All Dem YSL Lip Products! – The Rouge Voluptes, Pur Coutures & More!

Hey guys!

I hope the continual 30 Days of YSL spam hasn’t been too overwhelming for you all thus far!

I know I’ve been churning out entries left and right and this space has become quite active, but in a rather brand-centric (YSL in this case) way which perhaps would leave some of you guys wondering… will I be talking about other brands again?

Well yes, certainly, I will. It’s just that as mentioned in the month of July, I’m going to dedicate my blog space to more dedicated YSL mentions just for a little bit as I complete this 30 Days of YSL stint!

The stint, as elaborated here, is mainly to spotlight and discuss little bits and bobs of the brand that I wish to highlight and explain in more detail because while YSL is a fully renown makeup brand, it isn’t one that everyone knows every nook and crany about either.

Needless to say I hardly know it all myself but I’m hoping to share what I know and hope that this little 30 Day stint will be informative for you all be it if you’re a YSL fan or not! Though I understand that some times not everyone is most fond of a continual brand mention but, fret not, other brands are coming your way once July wraps up!

That said, it doesn’t mean that I’m completely forgoing YSL mentions after because if I have anything about the brand to discuss or showcase, I’ll definitely still pop word in here and there!

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So anyway, back to the whole idea of this 30 Days of YSL, I figured I would take this opportunity to put together a bit of a glossary (in my knowledge and to my knowledge of course) of YSL’s Lip Products.

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Not that their lip products need much of a mention, to be honest.

While YSL Beauty is a brand that has quality products in most departments – like skincare, fragrance, base products and more – for some reason their lip products speak for themselves and if anything, sell themselves!

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It’s something about how beautifully clad the gold (and sometimes silver) tubes look, how exquisite they are to pull out of your makeup bag as well as how well-performing the individual products are but while I’m not here to sell buckets about each range – because just give the items a swatch, the products easily sell themselves! – I’m here to give you a little low-down about the many different lip ranges that YSL carries.

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Of course not everyone is going to need this 101 but, again, if you’re quite new to the brand then this might prove useful. YSL has quite a slew of lip collections and they’re all a little targeted at what you want from your lip look. On top of that, some ranges come with sub-sections within so… yes let me get to it!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Radiant Lipstick

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Again, I’m not going too deep into ingredient make-up and the sort but rather sharing what I know of each line up so you know where to look if you want to sought out a particular lip look.

Starting with the range that I was first acquainted with waaaay back, the Rouge Voluptes.

Now before I go further, YSL has since expanded the Rouge Voluptes into the regular creamy and opaque line up as well as a Rouge Volupte Shine extension.

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That said, let me talk about each one in more detail because while they’re both from the same lip collection, they feel and warrant a rather different kind of love from me.

 

The Rouge Voluptes (S$49) –

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These were quite the rage at the period of time I got into the brand (starting with lip products, ha, just as expected) and I kind of went along with it because of the whole hype and hooha about the Rouge Voluptes – incredibly silky formula, really creamy finish, opaque color pay-off etc.

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While those were promises that the Rouge Voluptes did deliver, I will say I wasn’t 100% a convert. I liked it, but something hindered me from loving it.

I was quite a nude-lip fanatic at that time so I didn’t mind the opaque and rather ‘white-cast’ lip finish at that point of time but after amassing a couple more shades and shifting to appreciating deeper lip colors, I found the pastel variants of the Rouge Volupte (somehow I only owned more pastel hues of this range) go on a little too stark on the lips.

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Another thing to note about these is that they take a little while to ‘set’ and accustom themselves to the lips because the first time you apply you’ll have to make sure the lipstick is well applied, without any smears / obvious lines and not settling into any lip lines.

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It’s definitely a plush and lovely finish but one I need a tiny bit of work to get and given how lukewarm I am with how the colors look on, I can safely say I’d rather reach for the Shines anyway.

But that’s just my opinion because it seems the rest of the world seems to chorus about how much they love the plush, opaque and creamy lip finish that the Rouge Voluptes give so…. it could really just be me.

Phew, that was quite an essay! Now on to the Shines!

 

Rouge Volupte Shines (S$49) –

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The Shines share the similar emollient and smooth glide on the lips that the Rouge Voluptes have. In fact they also share the same watermelon scent that I adore from the YSL range so that’s no issue with me.

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Though a key difference is that if the Rouge Voluptes are creamy, the Shines are more… gel-like. They have a translucence to the finish and give a more glossy and ‘wet’ look once on the lips.

While packing a punch in pigmentation (for the stronger shades), they also provide that alternative to be worn sheer due to the translucence, which is something the Rouge Voluptes don’t have.

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If you’re looking for that lipstick that lends a punch of color yet isn’t too intense and opaque, or something you can choose to wear a little sheer on days, then the Shines are what I would recommend for you.

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I truly love these and that beautiful packaging makes it that much harder to resist!

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture

Or shortened to Pur Couture, as I like to refer to it as.

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This is a range that I was introduced to fairly recently… maybe a couple of years back?

Even then, my introduction to this high intensity and highly pigmented Pur Couture range wasn’t through the original line-up but rather the ‘extension’ to the range, also known as the Pur Couture The MATS.

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I think the MATS selection is a rather new inclusion to this high-pigment line-up (it was new at the time I was introduced to this range).

While new, it sits in beautifully with the Pur Couture range because it offers a nice alternative to this range without differing too far from what the Pur Coutures are all about.

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That said, let’s have a look at the Pur Coutures followed by the Pur Couture The MATS though it’s rather evident the difference between the two.

 

Pur Couture (S$49) –

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The YSL Pur Couture range is aimed at providing couture shades – which means bright, strong and bold colors – through an intensely saturated formula that also aims to provide your lips with comfort and moisture through the long hours of wear.

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If you ask me, it’s really quite a perfect lipstick for those who love high intensity, high pigment and incredibly true-to-tube colors because these look fab, go on smoothly and definitely wear comfortably through the day.

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In the realm of intensely pigmented lip colors, these may not excel the most at their long-wearing abilities but they do stay on for a pretty good while.

Upon wearing off, they will leave a soft hue on the lips. Without food, I can get about 6 hours of wear or more, but with food these stay on as best as they can but will wear down from the inner portions.

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The finish, as YSL describes, is a radiant and satin finish but I think this has a little more gloss and shine than a ‘satin’ but of course not as much watery translucence as the Rouge Volupte Shines provide.

 

Pur Couture The MATS (S$49) –

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Though if intense colors with a little bit of shine is not quite the couture look you’re going for then maybe The MATS have something to offer.

These shades take on a more satin finish than the Pur Couture and while the name claims ‘mat’, I think these have a little more radiance as well as comfort to the color as opposed to what we typically know of Mats.

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I’m not complaining though because there are companies out there who do flat mattes really well and if that’s what you’re after then those would serve your purpose but this is a beautiful and refined kind of a matte (perhaps satin is the right word here…) that’s easy to wear and not too couture / flat a look on.

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While it’s looking quite glossy here, it does set on the lips with wear to become more of a matte finish but even then it’s not as matte as some mattes I’ve seen out there!

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YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

These! Okay these I have a huge amount of love for.

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I think by now you can somewhat tell that I have a huge amount of love for a lot of the YSL lip products because I feel that they’re ideal for very different situations and also very different moods so I can’t just pick one range to love but I think they’re all quite awesome in their own way.

It’s also YSL’s credit of developing some pretty kick-ass lip formulas and finishes for us to dress our lips up in!

Back to the Glossy Stain, for the longest time these were known to pair pigmentation, color saturation and long wear with a glossy and juicy lip finish. That’s quite revolutionary a combination if you ask me!

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Though very recently YSL has decided to reinvent their Glossy Stain collection to also reach out to people who are a little more neutral and natural color-loving but also want that same glossiness, decent color saturation and long-wearing hue of soft peach or pink on their lips so the Glossy Stain Pop Water series was borne.

 

Glossy Stain (S$49) –

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But first, the original Glossy Stain line up!

I think I’ve described much of this product above that I need not say more but just to be a tad more descriptive…

The Glossy Stains, unlike lipsticks, come with a watery formula housed in a bottle whereby you brush on the color with a doe-foot applicator that does the job pretty well.

The doe-foot applicator is simple and the application method isn’t revolutionary but it works well enough with a comfortable flat end to lay color on and a more precise point for the corners of the lips so I guess that’s all that matters!

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I’ve only had experience with 2 color variants of the Glossy Stains, both are more reddish in hue, and with them I think I hold the Glossy Stains in pretty high regard.

While the vampier shade can cause a bit of line-settling when viewed up close, the glossiness makes up for it from a normal distance away and all you see is a juicy pout-y hue of vamp!

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The glossiness of these Glossy Stains don’t last as long as the color does, without eating or drinking it could shine on for maybe 3-4 hours? Though even then it doesn’t fall into a flat lip look that tints are sometimes capable of. It’s still got a slight satin shine to it, just not quite the same level of glossiness.

The color on the other hand lasts a much longer time and can be prolonged if you prevent yourself from wiping your lips. I’ve noticed that it survives through a meal, maybe not entirely intact but with minimal fading. Though as a matter of preference, I would rather blot my lips down as best as I can before I start on food.

In case of any messy lip color migrating, you know…

 

Glossy Stain Pop Water (S$49) –

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Now, the newer inclusion to the Glossy Stain bunch, the Pop Waters!

When I first used them I thought they were quite novel and lovely but after being introduced to another YSL lip range that I’m going to talk about in a bit, I will admit that the Pop Waters seem a little shadowed by that.

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They’re not too bad, I’ll say. Very pretty and juicy pouts of color and if you choose the slightly stronger hued ones they’ll show up nicer and more prominently, but still naturally so. Though… overall given how natural and soft the shades are I can’t speak for how well it stains, or how well it wears and it seems largely like a bit of a glorified lip gloss.

It’s pretty and it’s still something I find myself reaching for on weekends or rushed weekdays but it’s not falling into a must-have category for me, sadly. If you ask me, stick to the regular Glossy Stain range because that’s where all the magic is at!

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But if you’re a neutral natural loving person, then read the next lowdown that I’ve got for you!

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YSL Tint in Oil (S$45)

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I feel like if I were to get into a really dedicated mood with this I could launch into a tirade of words but… I think I’ll save you from that right now given how lengthy this post is becoming and explain the science-talk behind this in more detail within its solo mention.

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Though what you need to know is that the Tint in Oil is something like no other that I have seen. Sure, in theory it’s quite common and simple but the way the product actually feels, works, and looks on is something I haven’t quite felt before.

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Long story short, Tint in Oil suspends a lip tint within a deep conditioning oil (a blend of 4 oils to be exact) to provide you with both nourishing comfort as well as color and some slight lasting power – thanks to the hue being a tint.

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The result is a glossy yet balmy feeling product on that imparts a decent amount of juicy pigmentation at the same time. Previously I had considered the YSL Glossy Stain Pop Waters to perfectly embody that ‘rosebud lips’ effect but now, I think the Tint in Oils manage to do it better.

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More nourishingly so as well!

What’s more due to it being a tint, there is some slight staining on the lips after much of the product has worn off, which is quite quick sadly to say but given that it’s both a conditioning product as well as one that provides a decent hue of color, I don’t think I have anything to complain about!

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And that is that for my really supaaa quick lowdown of the YSL lip ranges that I am familiar with.

Of course there is still that one more range that is kind of a lip product but also a multi-purpose cheek product and that’s the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush though I think I’ve done a comprehensive enough series of entries about that, starting with this one, so you can go ahead and read all about it there!

I’m not going to be doing a Look Book entry for the Babydolls again since I’ve got them mostly swatched and covered but should you have some questions about them (or any other lip range mentioned above), feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you as best as I can!

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That being said and done, I think I managed to wrap up this Lowdown post a lot quicker than I had anticipated! It still wound up a little wordy but… I suppose that can’t be helped with so many ranges to cover within a post, yes?

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the Look Books of these YSL lip products coming right up!

Hopefully with those it’s less text and a lot more pictures!

A Look at YSL’s Skincare Lineups! – For the Intrigued, Confused or New to the Brand!

Hey guys! Or rather girls, ladies, women.

And of course the men out there if there are any reading this post….

So anyway, yes before I actually get to the low-down and the 101 of some of the more prominent YSL Skincare Ranges, I should first say that for those out there who are probably wondering…. Yes, YSL actually does carry skincare!

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And if your impression of YSL is an edgy fashionable brand that is strong and excels in makeup (which isn’t wrong either) such that it’s skincare would just be something totally skimming the surface of skincare products and nothing much to talk about then you are wrong.

YSL’s skincare ranges are actually quite innovative, well incorporated and have a good amount of skin-science and thought put into it.

Those who have been exposed to and continually using YSL’s skincare products mostly only have good things to say about it. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search around the web and the results don’t lie.

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So, if you are indeed fresh and new to the realm of YSL’s Skincare then I hope this 101 will be useful in directing you where to look!

Now I scratched my head a little about organising this post because I wasn’t quite sure where to start and how to arrange the flow of this information since where YSL skincare ranges are concerned, there isn’t an obvious tier to it.

Sure there are some price point tiers but it’s mainly for that one slightly more extravagant and indulgent range, for the rest of the ranges that I’m going to cover at least (because I’m no YSL Skincare expert either, I’ll say that), it’s a lot more dependant on your skin concerns and what you’re looking for or looking to include in your skincare.

With that said, I’m going to warn you about the brick wall of text ahead because, well when it comes to skincare there’s no other way about it than explanations and texts so… if you’re intrigued to find out more about the YSL Skincare ranges I’m going to touch on then grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the read!

 

p.s. Pictures in this post are not mine 
and are press visuals or editorial 
representations of the products, purely for 
informative purposes.

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Youth Liberator Range –

What it does: Anti-aging, skin regeneration
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

So… the first range I’m going to talk about is the YSL Forever Youth Liberator range and it may seem odd to jump straight into an anti-aging skincare routine but trust me, anti-aging isn’t just for the aged skin.

That’s a misconception a lot of people have and it’s not wrong because compared to the lighter and more refreshing hydrating routines, anti-aging routines do have an edge of nourishment and more enveloped hydration to the products but for the most part, YSL’s Youth Liberator range is one that’s targeted to all skincares of all age groups.

As long as you feel you’re benefiting from these products then it’s for you.

In fact, if you ask me, the Youth Liberator routine is somewhat like YSL’s all-encompassing skincare routine, aimed at giving you hydration, nourishment, a boost of skin regeneration through anti-aging skincare properties and just general skin well-being so don’t let the term ‘anti-aging’ scare you from this because it’s really all kinds of lovely.

To put in some analogy, the Youth Liberator range is also one of YSL’s most thriving shoot thus far with a solid skincare routine which is a bit like the trunk along with little branches extending in to different, well, extensions of the Youth Liberator range.

I’ll get to those extensions in a bit but in the meanwhile, in case you’re wondering about the science that goes into Youth Liberator, let me just touch on that a little. Because I know that some of you out there do like reading about things like that (as do I).

 

Inside the Youth Liberator –

The key ingredient behind Youth Liberator’s ability to encourage skin regeneration and stimulate the production of collagen for more suppler and youthful looking skin is Glycanactif™, a YSL patented ingredient. Though if you’re into pet names, you can just call it Glycan.

Glycans, are macro molecules (or poly saccharides, if you prefer that science speak) that help the skin to combat signs of aging. I’m not lab-expert to give you the full details of how that works but it’s got something to do with helping our different layers of the skin communicate better with each other. Like little efficient and lightning fast messengers.

So they’ll tell the skin layers to make the skin more supple by regenerating itself, producing more collagen to smooth out wrinkles and lines as well as boost the elasticity of the skin.

While a seemingly easy task to do, this communication between our skin cells and layers deteriorates over time as our skin ages. Apart from aging, exposure to external factors such as free radicals, sun rays and pollutants also cause this communication to break down over time so what YSL aims to do with Youth Liberator is simply to restore that!

I think that’s quite simply put, yes?

With that, let me move on to talk about the little branch extensions within the Youth Liberator range.

 

Multi-purpose High Potency Range

Now aside from the main skincare lineup which does a great job of covering all aspects of the skincare routine through varying textures, from the easily absorbed gloopy gel-like serums to the thicker and more nourishing moisturizers, there are a couple more additions to the range that YSL had included for more targeted skin concerns.

The first would be one of my favorites because they’re relatively fuss-free and easy given their multi-purpose high potency.

Let me introduce to you the Essence-in-Lotion as well as the Serum-in-Cream. As their names describe, they’re basically an infusion of potent active ingredients, hydration and all in one step that would usually require 2 products to cover.

The Essence-in-Lotion would be an infusion of Essence (like a lighter dose of serum) in a toner-like Lotion formula. If you ask me, the concept of this is very similar to the Japanese skin softeners but instead of just the skin softening step where you have to follow up with serum after, this contains both the skin softening and prepping for absorption aspect as well as the dose of serum albeit in a lighter form than the actual serum.

The Serum-in-Cream is a little more self-explanatory such that it’s a mix of your serum dosage in a nourishing and creamy balm that perfectly seals in and wraps up your skincare routine. While it seems like the perfect lazy step to end the routine, YSL does prefer to market this as a regenerative process to revisit once in awhile (one tub is supposedly good for 30 days – depending on your usage of course) to really give your skin a bit of a boost and recharge. Almost like a vitamin pill you pop when you’ve had a bit of a rough skin time or if your skin is feeling particularly fatigued after some stressful life occurrences / changes… that sort of a thing.

 

Youth Liberator Y Shape Range

So yes, that’s the multi-purpose and high-potency products branching out from the YSL Youth Liberator range. Another slightly new (I believe?) addition to the range would be the YSL Youth Liberator Y Shape Range which is more targeted at face shaping to give you that perfect facial contour.

Like a V-shaped face, but Y cause it’s YSL… ha!

I don’t have experience with this range so I can’t speak much of it but this mini range comes full-out with a Y facial applicator, which needless to say comes with a hefty pricetag too no doubt, as well as a Y-Zone Concentrate (which I assume is a serum?) and a Y Shape Cream (a moisturizing cream to seal in the routine).

 

Makeup + Skincare Product!

Now this one I believe doesn’t need much of a write up because I have already reviewed it over here, but if you’re looking to complete your Youth Liberator skincare experience but including that same skincare science in your makeup routine then look no further than their YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation!

I’ve talked about it in more detail in my review but summing it up, it’s a pretty kick-ass everyday sort of foundation that comes infused with the potent Youth Liberator Serum so you can be sure to nourish and hydrate your skin while beautifying it!

 

So I know that was insanely lengthy but I think that wraps up the Youth Liberator range, how I know it at least and if I’ve missed anything important out feel free to add on in the comments for others to read and know!

Phew, that said, let’s go on to shed some light on the other more targeted YSL skincare ranges, shall we? Less everyone thinks that the Youth Liberator is all there is to YSL.

Which… isn’t wrong because it’s one of the ‘anchor’ ranges but YSL surely has more products targeting more skin concerns so, let’s have a look!

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Light Creator Range –

What it does: Skin Brightening & Skin-tone Correcting
Who it’s for: All skintypes and ages

As opposed to the Youth Liberator range which is a little more nourishing and a tad heavier on the skin (but not as rich as mature skin products), the Light Creator range is a lot lighter in texture and consistency, across the board that is.I believe even the moisturizer comes in a Cream Gel formula instead of an outright cream or balm like Youth Liberator does.

If your skin concerns are more of skin brightening, skintone correcting as well as achieving a more radiant and uniformed complexion, then Light Creator is a range that you should look into. In fact, if you’re up for it you can mix using both the Youth Liberator and Light Creator range – one for the day and one for the night. That’s what I’m doing right now actually but I’ll get to that in my skincare rundown in a bit.

So, you know the drill, skin science, let’s go!

 

Inside the Light Creator Range –

Containing a tweaked and updated form of Glycanactif (as defined above), the Light Creator range has GlycanactifWT™ complex as its main ingredient.

Apart from the usual skin hydration and regeneration that the usual Glycans are able to do, GlycanactifWT™ provides skin correcting and skin brightening benefits which aims to (over time) improve the uniformity, clarity and also radiance in the skin as well as working on lightening darkspots and improving the skin texture.

In all, it’s a lot more of an aesthetic range (albeit working over a period of time like skincare does) as opposed to solely being a self-sustaining and maintaining routine that the Youth Liberator does.

Though as mentioned, you are able to mix and match across the ranges to see what fits your skin concerns and desires!

As for the products, I think the range is a little bit simpler compared to the Youth Liberator routine. If I’m not wrong there are some key products within such as serums, facial moisturizers, eye cream and such but more of targeted and potent products without things like toners, lotions or cleansers.

If I’m not wrong… Ha, see I’m really not a guru where YSL skincare is concerned too. Just sharing what I think I know, heh!

 

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Though the Light Creator range does thread a little into the makeup realm with a small collection of CC creams which I think is quite appropriate for the whole color correcting and skin tone correcting image of this range.

There are 3 Light Creator CC Cream shades launched – Rose, Lavender and Apricot – depending on what you’re looking for be it a brightening base, a skintone correcting base or simply a skin-tone-like base!

These come infused with the same GlycanactifWT™ complex within that nourishes and hydrates the skin with wear so, like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, it is a little nourishing to wear on and feels a little more like skincare than makeup so weartime suffers a little but if you’re all up for a little skincare in your makeup then these are great to look into!

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Or Rouge Range –

What it does: Age-defying and Youth Restoring
Who it’s for: Mature skintypes (age 30 plus and above?)

So… we’ve reached the Or Rouge range, the mother of all mother ranges I would say because the price point is as sexy as how all the products look.

Starting at a whooping few hundred dollars (or the lowest price could be hovering at 80 plus 90, I really can’t recall), it’s a range that not all will take to that’s for sure. At the same time, given the effects and targeted skincare concerns that this range addresses, it’s no wonder as well that the price point is this high because it is predominantly targeted at women who are further along in age (but we’re not talking super old 50 or 60 here, remember choosing to start on a skincare is your comfort, needs and choice more than a specific age barrier) as opposed to those with younger skin and the ability to focus on addressing other skin concerns like brightening and hydration rather than having to go into skin restoration.

 

The Science & Quality Behind Or Rouge –

Now… where do I start with this because given my knowledge of this range, the price point is considerably warranted if you understand the ingredients and technology that goes into it.

Looking to defy the 11 signs of aging, YSL’s Or Rouge’s key ingredient is the carefully and also very manually extracted pistils of the Saffron flower. This process is both delicate as well as tedious because a large amount of pistils can only result in a few precious drops of Saffron flower extract.

This extract, coupled with other ingredients that YSL has paired it with within the Or Rouge range, aims to aid in skin revitalization which means it addresses the 11 signs of aging that our skin faces – roughness, firmness, dullness, elasticity, wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, skintone uniformity, pore visibility, dark spots, redness and smile lines.

Essentially that’s covering everything that comes with skin aging.

 

The Or Rouge range itself is quite complete, that is if you’re looking to dedicate yourself wholly to the Or Rouge range because if you’ve got the moolah to do that then by all means, go ahead!

That’s certainly the best way to yield any sort of results from a skincare range but given the price range… I would suggest stepping into this range one foot at a time, one product at a time.

To take your dedication to the Or Rouge range a little step further, you may also choose to invest in the hefty (in weight, feel and also price) applicator that comes with a smoothened and cool application surface for applying eye creams or dabbing on the Or Rouge moisturizer.

It’s a splurge no doubt, but it would make such a beautiful gift for your mom, a lady in your life you hold dear or perhaps yourself. If you’re feeling a little generous, that is.

I’ve given the skincare products a feel, not so much a try on myself though, and while incredibly luscious in the nourishment and hydration it provides, it really doesn’t feel all that heavy or thick on the skin either.

So if you’re thinking it’s going to be overly thick and rich (rich, yes maybe but not heavy feeling on the skin) then banish those thoughts because Or Rouge packs potency and richness in thinner and balmier formulas that blend on quite nicely.

It will feel a tad thicker than Youth Liberator, or maybe thereabout but it’s not as if you’re putting a blanket of vaseline on your skin, no. The formula is a lot more refined than that.

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Top Secrets Range –

What it does: Prepping & Priming the skin
Who it’s for: All age groups, depending on makeup concern

Now this last range that I’m about to talk about, I’ll admit, I have very little information on.

At a glance I know exactly what this range is about and what kind of products go into it but if you ask me, I have very little experience with the products within this range. Which I know is a tad peculiar given it’s a makeup prep and prime range and one that’s got skincare elements inside but not entirely focused on the long-haul aspect of skin benefiting either.

Which sounds a lot like something I appreciate because while skincare is something I love loads, doesn’t everyone love a little quick fix to perk up the complexion, or perhaps fix the skin tone, awaken your eyes, things of that sort.

So essentially, that is what the Top Secrets range is all about.

There are some skincare elements and components within the range so it’s not all makeup and aesthetics but the purpose of the products here are largely aimed at providing some sort of immediate (albeit exterior only or temporary) look of healthier / more ideal skin.

 

The Science of Top Secrets –

Not that there’s a whole lot of science to this range, not overly revolutionary science at least, but I should still talk about some ingredient focus or make-up if I can and while not evident in all products, I’ve noticed that caffeine appears most frequently in the ingredients line up of the products within YSL’s Top Secrets.

It’s no surprise really given caffeine is aimed at de-puffing and providing an immediate skin energizing / fatigue and water rentention draining sort of an effect to the skin.

I think there are quite a number of items in the Top Secrets range and I don’t know of many or all but I have ever tried YSL’s sunscreen (UV Shield, I think it was called) while it was still in this range. Though their sunscreen has since been boosted with added skincare benefits and moisturizing ingredients resulting in it being shifted over to the Light Creator range instead.

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So… actually that’s mainly about it!

 

There is one more range I am aware is available to YSL as well but it’s a range I have zero experience, knowledge and word about and that is the Temps Majeur range. In fact I’m not even fully aware if it is available here in Singapore but based on the US website it sounds like something very similar to the Youth Liberator range such that it’s marketed to most all skintypes and aids in achieving youthful skin.

Of course as I have said through this whole entry, I’m hardly an expert when it comes to YSL’s skincare and I’m finding out as much as I can while doing this up for you guys so if anyone is an expert or willing to share their insights or experience with the YSL skincare range, please feel free to drop me a comment below!

I would certainly love to hear more and find out more! Meanwhile if anyone else has questions about any of the ranges, you may drop me a note too and I’ll answer them as best as I can!

 

I know it’s been quite a read but I hope it was informative! I’ve been injecting some YSL into my skincare routine for awhile and I’ll share about that in due time! I still want to give the products more use first before forming any opinions but so far it’s been pretty good!

So yes, I’ll check back again with some YSL skincare talk at a later time but meanwhile, thanks for reading!