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 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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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.

 

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhat…

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

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

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

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

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

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #05

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture in #1 Le Rouge

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

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

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

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

Slowly but surely…

 

Thanks for reading!

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

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure

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.

Sponsorship disclosure

LOTD: YSL Tuxedo – Wines & Berries!

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

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

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

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

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

Commitment yo.

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But anyway…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very interesting indeed.

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

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

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

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Products Used:

BROWS
MAC Dipdown Fluidline

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

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

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in #2

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture The Mats in 208

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

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

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

Cause you know, Monday Blues and all… ha

 

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

This is a permanent item.

Sponsorship disclosure