LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Blue, Sparkly and Smokey!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

FACE
YSL Forever Light Creator Skintone Corrector Serum
YSL Forever Light Creator Dark Circle Corrector
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula SPF 30 Moisturizer
YSL Forever Light Creator Sunscreen
YSL Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation
Urban Decay NAKED Concealer (under eye)
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

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

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #7

LIPS
YSL Tint in Oil in Crush Me Orange

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So there you go!

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

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

Stay tuned for it and thanks for reading!

 

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

This is a permanent item.

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LOTD: Icy Blue Hues with Shupette (Has-It-All Palette & Blush)

While putting this look together, I think my train of thought went a little like this:

Okay, let’s see what we can do with this…

That’s not too bad, now lets try this…

Hmm… meh, okay, that wasn’t quite what I expected *mentally a little disappointed with that blue*

Alright lets smoke the ends out to give this more depth

*steps back from the mirror*

Well hey, what do you know, I think I actually really like this look!

Well, yes, for the most part when I’m trying to do a look feature on an eye palette, most of the time I don’t always have a look in mind and I just mix and match the shades up on the spot.

Of course some combos (like neutral looks) just jump into mind but sometimes for palettes that are a little trickier and not as ‘direct’ (by that I mean, green goes here, darker green goes here, voila), a little trial and error is required and that’s how this look came about!

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After exploring the safe, usual neutrals with the Shupette palette – you know, because I always need that classic something to fall back upon – I decided to venture into the soft, giggly and overly happy world of pastels.

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While pastels are soft, they aren’t to be taken lightly either because given the whole soft, airy and bright nature of these colors, they should be paired and blended well with a deeper shade to give the look some depth.

I’m sure we’ve all encountered looks where people slap a pastel shade all over thinking that alone is enough but their lids end up standing out too much and not in a very good way so… yes, as odd as this may sound pastels may be trickier to work with than smokey shades even.

Though when paired right, and with the right glowy sort of pastel colors, they can be incredibly beautiful on with a soft wash of color and stunning iridescent shine.

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The blue eyeshadow in the Shupette palette in particular gives that very lovely iridescent effect that highlights the look really well in a soft icy blue. I was initially a little disappointed at the pigmentation (when I first patted it on) but came to realize that it’s got such a beautiful glow to it that it makes up for the lack of color and need to build it up with wear.

It’s a look I think I will revisit if I’m feeling up for something eye-catching, yet soft and feminine at the same time.

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For the lips and cheeks, I decided to play up the brights and compliment the blues in the eye look with some soft pinks. Though the soft really only applies to the cheeks because there’s no such thing as a soft pink in the Shupette lip palette.

Oh wait, correction, there is… but that’s no fun.

Here are the shades I used (eyes & lips) from the Shupette palette.

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I went with an even brighter fuschia pink this round, as opposed to the already rather bright pink I had worn in the earlier more neutral Shupette look.

I felt that given how icy and played up the eyes were, a stronger lip color (pink, especially) wouldn’t hurt.

I’m really starting to like the pink lip options within the Shupette palette and am half wishing for them to actually roll out such colors. Granted I should have similar shades in the stash, I do like how lightweight and smooth these lip bon bons feel on.

Creamy and smooth, staining but not dry. They’re quite lovely.

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BROWS
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown
Shu Uemura Brow Manicure in Honey Glazed

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
Dior Diorskin Nude Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Shu Uemura Shupette Has-It-All Palette
- middle light pastel blue
- bottom left blue
- middle top greyish brown
- top left charcoal
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner (in black) –– LOVE!
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
Shu Uemura Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Color in Pink

LIPS 
She Uemura Shupette Has-it-All Lip Bon Bon (1st from left)

 

So, that’s that for the look and also the Shupette speed-mentions! Though… if you think about it it wasn’t all that speedy and my mention is a little tardy into the launch but just in case there are still a couple of pieces for those who need a little enabling I hope my entries were of use!

I’ll be moving on to an encyclopedia of Surratt mentions before maybe shifting my blog back to its usual mentions of random slews and brands here and there though I will admit I’m quite liking this ‘categorization’ thing that I’m doing now.

Though this marks the end of the Shupette speed-mentions, it doesn’t mark the end of the product mentions, that’s for sure! They’ll be having their cameos here and there be it in upcoming looks or maybe a ‘current routine’ sort of entry so, stay tuned!

I’ll have those ‘usual’ posts back once I’m done with all my spams. It’s been awhile since I’ve done them it’s like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to not have a whole lineup in plan and in place!

 

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Read more about the Shupette Has It All Palette here and the Silk Cushion Cheek Color here!

Both are Limited Edition and available right now!

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Summer Blues – Across the Board With Brands this Summer!

You know Summer is here when the ocean of makeup is painted a bright and brilliant canvas of blues from the deep dark tones to lovely sea-foam, baby blue, you name it!

Any sort of blue be it purple-infused, green-infused, so long as it’s blue, it’s a perfect fit for Summer.

While I used to favor the occassional smack of blue on the lids, I think I have become a lot more conservative (aka neutral) and less smokey with my eyelooks these days and thus the days of blue shadows were a little long past.

Though blue is still a gorgeous color I would like in an accent liner, or most definitely in a nail polish.

If you are a fan of blues be it in the form of polish, on your lids or perhaps the whole get-up, then this Summer is looking perfectly blue-sy for you!

Here are some blues that are rolling out from varying brands this Summer:

I’ve saved the best for last and they are these stunning YSL La Lacque Coutures. I love the look of both of them, one so cheeky and bright and the other so perfect for night (see, I rhymed there…).

The matching Eye Pencils to go with are beautiful too, great for when you need a lift to your look.

I’m sure there are more blue pieces lurking about in Summer and then again Blue isn’t a color new to Summer since it signifies all things nautical, which brings to mind Sun, Sand, Sea and Summer!

Though for some reason the offering of blues this time around seem especially rich, vibrant and bold. Or it could just be me paying more attention this time around, for some reason.

Either ways, are Summer Collex your kinda thing? Or do you prefer the deep dark and sooty hues of Fall?

I personally can’t decide myself, I like… a little of every season? Heh!

Thanks for reading!