Rock Out With Lace & Polka Dots with YSL’s Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys!

Starting off my 30 Days of YSL series with a (pretty) bang, here’s a look at a Limited Edition piece – the Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette!

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Though the truthful reason I’m popping this up first is because the Rock Resille collection has been out at the YSL boutique for a little while now and I can’t be sure of the availability but last I checked (which was also almost 2 weeks ago), stocks were still in!

If this gorgeous 5 color piece has caught your eye (be it the colors or the palette), I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you that it’s still available!

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So, the Rock Resille collection

Now this one is a miniature little number that sees a release of said Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette and also a Collectors Edition Touche Eclat.

I love it when they roll out the Collectors Editions because they’re always so pretty and it’s nice that the iconic Touche Eclat isn’t forgotten amidst all the new YSL innovations and it gets a revamped wardrobe every time there are quirky packaging releases as such.

For Rock Resille, contrary to the ‘rock’ element in this collection’s name, the overall look and feel of this capsule release is girly, dainty, sexy and a touch whimsical.

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There’s fishnet (which I like to refer to as Honeycomb actually, ha), polka-dots and an air of sophistication as those elements are printed on the classic and sleek YSL gold case, complete with a little raised bubble of epoxy.

That last bit is so technical and uncool sounding, I know, but trust me that raised little clear bubble gives a nice tactile finishing touch amongst all that cool, sleek and metalic edges of the palette.

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So that’s that for the outside and if that isn’t enough to catch your eye and tempt you towards the palette, the inside is a bit of a done-deal for most because instead of going smokey and couture (which usually leaves people wondering a little on how practical a palette is), YSL decided to seduce with some rosey hued bare neutrals.

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The shades also contain a nice mix of textures from the mildly shimmery to satin-mattes and have a good variation of tones to them, making it easy to envision which color would go where in your preferred eyeshadow placement method.

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For me, it’s pretty straightforward – with one look I can tell which would be the brow-bone shade I would use, the all-overlid, the lid transition and the shades to go into the outer corner. Depending on how like you to do your eye looks, it’s probably as straightforward for you too.

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Texture-wise, these shadows aren’t the creamiest of the crop, I’ll admit but they do swatch quite nicely on.

They’re a little reminiscent of the older YSL formula, actually, even though they’re housed in the new YSL eyeshadow layout and probably incorporate some of the newer eyeshadow technology that YSL had rolled out last year.

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By stating that this is similar to the older formula, I mean that in the sense that these shadows seem to carry that same certain quality of translucence to it that allows it to have a prominent base color but also a way for it to by layered and blended on top of each other without getting muddied up.

The older YSL eyeshadows often received flak for being a bit too ‘blendable‘ if you were attempting to wear the shades individually and prominently. In actuality, the true beauty of YSL shadows (then, at least and with the case of Rock Resille) is blended and layered atop one another for an intriguing base shade and complex shimmers.

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Yet that is a skill that not everyone is capable or patient enough for and definitely a look I can’t master so I do use the shadows like how I typically would and that is good enough yet when put that way, it does lack a little something compared to the usual shadows that have a stronger base color and are made to be used side by side, lightly blended into each other.

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So long story short, while the Rock Resille eyeshadow shades do swatch quite nicely on their own (on the hands at least), I have noticed that if you’re wearing them on the eyes in the typical shadow placement – inner corner, outer corner and all – you may have to go in and dab some color on after blending to enhance their individual prominence once more.

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It’s still a beautiful end product, no doubt, but a little more work is involved for sure.

Though that’s a lot of talk without any demo so, stay tuned for my Look Feature of this palette coming up real soon!

 

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In the meanwhile, if you’re intrigued by this rosey and shy neutral beauty, do head on down to give it a swatch and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s still in stock!

Thanks so much for reading!

The YSL Rock Resille / Rock Lace Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$95 and is Limited Edition

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: Champagne, Browns & Coral with YSL

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been busy again and haven’t been able to post as regularly as I would like. Loads to sort and a couple of huge events (at work) coming up. Le sigh!

That aside I’m also taking a little more time to plan my posts, something I never really cared to do but now given the impending absence once New Job starts, I’m thinking to see if I can do up some posts and have them scheduled for that period so at least the absence wouldn’t be so apparent. Or at least it’s something we can slowly ease into… either ways!

Moving on! Here’s another LOTD I managed to pull out while searching the stash for things to revisit and give some love to once more.

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Most of these items aren’t that old actually. They haven’t been around since the start of time, e.g. the start of my stash but frankly, if they have they should be tossed already!

This look started as a random reach for products I had a mind to use and along the way, once I became aware of the subconscious YSL theme to it, decided to just go all out and throw on some YSL for the cheeks and lips as well.

It’s not entirely a YSL look because I’m lacking where the brows and loose powder is concerned but for the bulk of it – color products and base – I guess you could say it’s looking quite YSL-ish.

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On the eyes is the YSL Leather Fetiche palette but instead of the smokier sultry shades, I opted to go for the warm and soft neutrals within.

Now I know this palette is Limited Edition and it’s a total tease for me to feature it once more but somehow, I really like reaching for this on days I’m not sure what to wear and not too sure how neutral or how smokey I want to go.

It’s a lovely palette but of course many feel the same way given how it was out of stock incredibly fast. My bad.

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On my cheeks is a YSL blush I’ve received a good while ago but not given an individual mention to.

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Having said that, it has actually popped up a couple of times in some LOTDs / Look Features, except without a nod its way.

So, just to pop up a quick elaboration of it – it’s a nice blush to use and as its name (Heart of Light) goes, it has a mix of blush pigments and a sheen / highlight ‘center’ that allows it to give both color and also a little illumination to the cheeks.

They use illumination but I say soft sheen.

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What I especially like with this blush is that you don’t get powder kick-up even if you’re in a hurry and recklessly stab your brush into the pan.

The level of pigmentation also sits in a comfortable zone that lends color but isn’t too intense at first dab which makes it great for rushed mornings where you need to grab, dab and go. You can build this up should you wish but even in instances that I do, it still applies naturally. The color didn’t end up looking stark and the sheen is so soft it doesn’t show up metallic.

I know I said the blush is ‘simple’ but it’s the sort of simple that makes you reach for and use this effortlessly, without thinking, and that sort of simple is what makes products good.

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So okay, I rambled too much on that.

For the lips, I have on YSL’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush because I felt I’ve neglected these for a bit.

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It doesn’t help I have them stashed at a rather hard to reach area in my drawers – no space, oops – but I should display some shades on my vanity so I can give them more use again.

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Products Used:

BROWS
Surratt Expressioniste Rechargeable Brow Pencil in Brunette

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

EYES 
Lancôme Eye Base in 01
YSL Leather Fetiche Palette
Eyes Eye Do Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Market


CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Powdered Blush in 7 Rebelle

LIPS 
YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 04 Orange Fougueux

 

And that is that!

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I’ve started working on some look features of upcoming products so the stash-revisitng series has since been halted but I did manage to do up one more stash-revisit post so I hope to get that one up soon! I just haven’t got the time to resize the images I had shot.

Yes everybody, the wheels are in motion for the makeup realm of 2015!

In the meanwhile, yes between all this busy-ness and entry scheduling, I also want to share this Aesthetic & Medical Center that I have been introduced to recently. I am hesitant on branding this place as an Aesthetic clinic, even though yes they do excel in aesthetics, because it scares people into thinking up a cold, hard and sterile environment when my impression of Aeon is actually this wholesome skin-bettering place that offers both medical and aesthetic procedures in an extremely comforting and spa-like environment.

That’s the best of a couple of worlds combined, I can tell you that!

If you follow me on instagram you would have an idea of what to come, somewhat, but the reason why I’m so enthusiastic to share is because I’ve looked through their portfolio, spoken to their doctor (who is the most polite and humble doctor I’ve ever met, I can say that) and seen the results they have to offer for major and minor treatments so I’m glad to have been introduced and can’t wait to be on my path towards a better skin and better apperance!

I’ll definitely keep y’all in the loop of all my visits to come so stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, thank you for reading! :)

Haul: Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo (in Nude #4)

I don’t actually know too much about these Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos and even when initial word of them got out, sure yes my interest was piqued, but no research-frenzy ocurred after.

Though even with all that said and done, I sit here with one Femme Nude Lip Stylo in hand (courtesy to Eliza for snagging it up in Brisbane!).

The purchase was a little bit ‘spur of the moment’ and a little bit ‘reminiscent of my nude lip loving days’, I believe those were probably the reasons why I ended up picking up this Nude Lip sensation even when nude colors aren’t something I gravitate towards much these days.

Launched in 6 varying ideals of nude, I picked up Nude #4 which I assumed would compliment my skin best.

Nude #4 is probably right there in the middle of the spectrum, a rosey nude with hints of pink in beige, to prevent the color from applying too dead.

Depending on your skintone, there are fairer pinks and browner beiges in the collection of 6 shades so there’s bound to be an ideal Nude for you. Though aside from that, you can choose to indulge in a bubble gum milky pink or perhaps go deeper with a mauvey neutral, unlike foundation nude lip colors are quite a thing of fun and you don’t have to stick with what’s best for your shade.

With a Paraben, Fragrance, Phthalate and Sulfate free formula, these Nude Lip Stylos are housed in a sleek darkened metalic tube that is typical of most Hourglass packaging.

I’m a little wary about how much the tip of it sticks out (yes you can’t retract that portion) because I tend to be a little clumsy and rushed with capping my lip products sometimes so I have to be careful not to smoosh this one up.

Though the up-side is that the refined tip allows for a slightly pointed (hurhur) application though you don’t always have to be too careful with nudes.

The retractable factor of this also makes it an ease to use because sharpening is not necessary.

Before I get on with swatches, I do want to rave about how lovely and sleek the packaging of this is.

In person, the tube is a little shorter than I had envisioned but it makes it pretty compact and cute. While it is, somewhat, a chubby lip pencil, Hourglass had done this in a very sleek and refined manner making this quite a pretty thing to whip out and touch up your lip color with.

Now, about the formula…

We all know that the perfect nude lip look is a combination of both the right tone of nude along with the texture and glide of the product. Anything too dry leaves you with ‘chalky’ lips and anything too balmy or greasy just looks unappealing.

So how did these fare?

Well, I would actually say they aren’t too bad on first slick. They are fairly soft with a nice slip and glide on the lips but at the same time, the texture of this is a little on the ‘dry’ side.

I know that description is probably confusing the heck out of you so let me take a moment to explain.

The Nude Stylos themselves, in terms of texture, feel nice and soft and do not tug on the lips with wear.

Perhaps it could be the warmer climate here but they have a nice slip straight on the lips without the need to ‘warm it up’, the tip glides on just fine and lays down color as it slicks over the lips.

Though the color, is where the ‘dry’ term of it comes in because it does initially apply a tiny bit patchy and would require some lip rubbing or maybe finger dabbing for the color to properly set and come off as a perfect nude lip.

It’s a common issue where nude lips are concerned so I wouldn’t write this down due to that as it does eventually become quite a lovely lip look once the color is all set.

The texture of this product seems to hug the lips quite closely, hence a nicely exfoliated and hydrated lip surface is a must. Though I quite like how the color hugs the lips because it almost appears like a ‘second-skin’, but in a lip form of course.

It’s quite hard to describe so here, swatches.

While it isn’t the overly creamy and balmy sort of a texture, it is melty and soft all the same, hence the slight ‘dent’ in shape of the tip after one application

As mentioned, while it has slip it is of a thinner formula allowing it to give a very natural lip-like apperance instead of a plushed look that certain more buttery and balmy consistencies would give.

While it wouldn’t hurt if this was somehow a tad more hydrating and plush on, I think that for what it is worth, it is a pretty good performer for the nude realm! If you are a nude lip lover these are certainly worth checking out given you should be no stranger to prepping and hydrating your lips for nude shades.

While there is a little way before this is perfect, it’s still pretty darn nice and I’m glad nude lips are having some proper appreciation these days! I remember, back in the day, finding that perfect nude was such a rare occurence!

These Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos are not available in Singapore (as of now), but you can get them from Hourglass.com. I believe they are permanent.

Thanks for reading!