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 :)

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Review & Ramble: Sprinkles of YSL In My Skincare Routine!

Hello again everyone!

Wow how long has it been since my last skincare mention? Too long definitely.

It seems like it’s been too long since a lot of stuff on here, firstly foundation reviews and now skincare mentions.

While this entry isn’t going to be a full-out lowdown on what I’m using throughout my entire routine, it is going to show you the YSL inclusions that I have slotted in and those consist of a large part of it too. In fact, after slotting in these skincare pieces that I have received from YSL, I think some aspects of my routine increased in the number of steps I typically do but I don’t mind that because my skin has been facing some erratic days.

Much like my schedule apparently. Everything in my life is erratic these days, hurhur.

But anyway, back to the skincare talk.

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Previously I had put up a post summing up the skincare ranges available in YSL as well as spotlighting on what each range does and which range addresses the concerns you may be having.

In this post, I’m keeping it largely rambly, personal and casual so I’ll be talking about the products that I am using, sharing a little bit about how it feels and my opinions of how it goes on and the process of applying it as well as maybe a little insight about how I feel it’s working for my skin. Though for the last point I feel that I can never be too sure what to share when skincare is concerned.

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For this particular YSL routine, I’ve been using it for a little under 2 months so it’s still relatively premature but yet enough of a skin cycle for me to be able to have proper thoughts about it.

Side-tracking a little, a typical skin cycle is 28 days so skincare claims under that amount of days are usually largely superficial. It’s not that the product doesn’t work, because given time I’m sure they have some credibility to them but our very hurried lifestyle and need to see results immediately seems to have pushed the skincare industry into making such claims. While the results you see in 10 days may be evident, it’s usually not skin-deep – not the deepest of epidermis at least, and will likely be results that go away almost as instantaneously as they have appeared.

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So… yes, pardon my side-track on that but I feel with every and anyone reviewing skincare these days and attesting to claims of skincare ranges, a little bit of knowledge and information as such as to be thrown out there. Basically where skincare is concerned, there are a lot of choices and most might be good but don’t always believe everything right off the bat. Some research, ingredient understanding and of course review-reading is always good.

Which is why I hope this ramble of an entry is going to be informative and useful for you all!

With so many words already in play, let’s add more shall we?

 

The Night Routine

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Starting it off, I typically wash my face with a foam cleanser and I think to date YSL probably only has one which is from the Youth Liberator range?

I can’t speak on how that performs because I haven’t tried it for myself but I use micellar waters (YSL has one too from their Top Secrets range and it comes in a retro bottle) first followed by a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and then finishing it all off with a foam cleanser in the shower.

After that step, I use this:

Youth Liberator Essence-In-Lotion (S$119)

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This step is somewhat like the Japanese version of toners. Though even then it’s quite a grey area because there are people who use toning waters, followed by skin softeners / lotions so… it really depends on your skincare preference and how much you want to load your routine up.

For me, I’m glad that this comes with both an Essence as well as a Lotion, mixed into one product that I can easily slap and smear on.

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The duality aside, this product is also a joy to use because it’s very aqueous in formula and blends easily onto and into the skin. It feels like it’s being absorbed right away and I kid you not, my skin does feel instantly softened and plumped up.

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While I have addressed instant results from above, this is more of a step within the routine whereby Lotions (or skin softeners) typically help to soften and hydrate the skin, prepping it for better absorption of everything else that you’re going to lay down after it and I truly feel this does that extremely well.

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It does come in the signature Youth Liberator scent which is a little soft, powdery and musky. A scent quite unique to skincare lines.

 

Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum (S$119)

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After smoothing out the layer of Essence-in-Lotion, I proceed to do my eyes and at night I reach for this Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum for the hydration and nourishment of my eye area through the night, especially because I sleep in air-conditioning.

As most know, the skin around your eye area is the thinnest of your face and also where you should be gentlest with (so eye rubbing is a no-no) as well as an area you can’t forget to hydrate.

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Though the product featured here is an eye serum, which means YSL recommends for you to follow up with an eye cream after using this, I find the thick and gloopy (but gel-like) formula hydrating enough for my eye concerns right now.

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

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I don’t notice any change to the dark circles or ridding of the stubborn and present lines around my eyes (I feel those are genetic and wouldn’t vanish no matter) but with continual use this is suppose to help make your eye area look more supple, lifted and radiant.

 

Youth Liberator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)

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This bugger embodies the entirety of the Youth Liberator range in terms of its capaibilities and benefits, so if you’ve read this entry over here, I doubt you need me to explain much of what it does.

Simply said, it’s a potent mix of Glycanactif™ and helps to hydrate, nourish and pamper your skin through the night.

Apart from the skin-science benefits that it provides, it is also comforting to wear but at the same time I can say it’s not going to be a formula everyone will enjoy or agree to.

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While relatively gel-like and lighter than the gloop that the Eye Zone Serum is, it’s still quite a bit of a blob and does blend to leave some tact and a veil of hydration on the skin after blending out.

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It gives your skin this feel of supple-ness and makes it seem as if it’s forming a moisture barrier around it, protecting your skin from losing moisture through the night and also locking in all the skincare benefits so they are sheltered and protected to perform their tasks of nourishing your skin.

I sleep in air-conditioning so the heavier feel of this (yet it’s not a dense cream sort of heavy either, it’s more tact than ‘heaviness’) doesn’t pose to be a problem for me and in fact, I enjoy it right now because my skin is facing drier days and to be able to slather on something more nourishing and pampering at night feels quite comforting but in hotter days for oilier skintypes, I can imagine this feeling a little ‘much’ on.

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Of course after all that I round it up with a moisturizer and YSL offers quite a few moisturizing options from the creams to the gels. I don’t use one that is from YSL but the one I use is also a more gel-like texture.

Even though I’m facing drier skin days, I think I can afford to still reach for gels for now since I may not need that rich of a cream at night, given everything that I have already slathered on.

I do wake up with skin that is fresh, soft and supple, never oily and sticky or tight-feeling so I would like to think that while going to bed, my face may have a slight tack (not the kind that makes me worried for my pillow or hair either, thankfully), it all works out to be properly and adequately nourishing for the night.

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The Day Routine

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Moving on from the night routine, here we have the quick run down of what I slap on during the day!

Frankly, my day routine is usually simple. It is only after being introduced to a couple more YSL products that are befitting for day routine use that I decided to add to it and at the same time give my skin its deserving pamper before I put on my daily slap as well.

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After all, if we’re going to do so much for the night, then we might as well continue the love for the day, right?

 

YSL Light Creator Serum (S$149 for 30ml)

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Of course the day starts with a cleanser but after cleansing, I’ll go straight to using the YSL Light Creator Serum.

For the day, I’m not fond of loading up too much on skincare before my makeup so I try to skip out the products that I don’t feel would be necessary and only use the ones I think I truly need.

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What I really like about the Light Creator Serum is that it is way more watery in consistency and fresher in application as compared to the Youth Liberator, which makes it that much more perfect for the day. It’s almost like slathering on a toning water of some sort, given how light the consistency of it is.

It does leave a very slight tack to the skin after applying but it’s akin to that ‘bouncy’ skin effect that Hada Labo toners lend, which is very tolerable and appropriate for day. I feel.

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Plus it has a softer scent than the Youth Liberator range. I can’t quite place my hand on it and the waft is light but it’s definitely a fresh experience starting my routine with this.

 

YSL Light Creator Eye Fluid (S$99)

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Following that is a step that I usually tend to skip, which is giving my eye area a little bit of hydration. These days though, as I’m slowly getting older and also as my skin sways into slightly dry territories (grr), I’ve noticed that I can’t afford to skip eye-love in the morning because plumping and hydrating that area truly does make makeup go on a lot nicer, smoother and more lasting through the day.

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Given how bad and annoying my dark cricles are, if my concealer can last that much longer, that’s a good thing.

What’s more this product is also loaded with all the good stuff to help you de-puff and also freshen your eye area up. There’s even a light dose of sheen and shine within in (from mother of pearl) to brighten your eye area that tiny bit. Though it’s still largely a skincare product so I’m going to say don’t bank on that for eye contour brightening.

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

 

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

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Yes you saw that right, that’s four pluses right there. I’ve seen 3 pluses, but I’ve never noticed anything with 4. Though just for information sake, the PA rating is indicative of the UVA protection found within a product, unlike pricings (in Singapore) where there’s a ++ after and each plus signifies a different thing, the more pluses here simply means a higher UVA rating. The pluses don’t stand for anything otherwise though I know there have been people going around saying that one plus means ultraviolet, two means UVA and UVB or whatever.

But no, to my understanding and research, that’s not the case.

Though while a representative system it is also not a rating system put forth by FDA so it is more marketing than actual protection but of course to put more pluses on you should be able to prove your product’s worth so… in a way the more plus the merrier but it’s good to still know what you’re getting in your product.

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So back to this suncreen, this is one that I absolutely love. I’ve loved it before its reincarnation and rebirth into the Light Creator range (previously it was in Top Secrets but was reformulated and reintroduced under Light Creator) and if anything, it feels even better than before.

It’s lightweight and non-greasy but at the same time feels almost like a skincare in hydration and skin nourishment when you put it on.

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So after slathering this, you do feel like your skin gets more supple, with that tact of hydration and bounce but it’s not the icky heavy and greasy feel of sunscreen on your face. In fact, it doesn’t even come with that metallic scent some sunscreens carry.

It really is almost as if you’re applying a moisturizer to your skin, but with a moisturizer with an incredibly high amount of sun protection.

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It’s not one I would keep in my purse to re-apply through the day because I think it may disrupt makeup and also because it’s a little moisturizing for me to re-apply but it’s definitely the perfect step before I put my foundation on. So much so that some days I don’t bother with moisturizer followed by sunscreen and just use this instead.

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Anddddd, that’s mostly it!

The routines at least because there is still that one product that I use from time to time and it doesn’t quite fall within the Night or Day routine, and that is the Youth Liberator Intensive Mask (S$119).

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I feel like I need to write a separate posting for this guy and if I can’t manage to within this 30 Days stint I still would some time down the road because it’s an interesting product such that it feels immediate and nice but also plays a great complement to the rest of the YSL skincare range.

It’s like taking vitamins on top of already eating your fruits and vegetables. It gives you an added boost of radiance you can see but yet after that superficial boost, there is also some added skin hydration and benefits that get amplified as you eat your usual stuff.

 

Summing It Up…

Of course if you ask me, I would advice for you to check out each and every product within the YSL Skincare line up and consult the Beauty Advisors while you’re down at the store because this mishmash that I am showing you is what I feel works for my skin both in terms of addressing my concerns and also providing for what my skin needs.

You may have a different concern or different needs when it comes to your skin so it’s best to consult the professionals (YSL BAs) about it because they’ll be able to assess your situation best.

Though if I were to recommend… I would highly urge you to check out:

  • Youth Liberator Essence-in-Lotion  – because it’s just such a perfect product to add-on to your range concerns or not, I feel
  • Light Creator Eye Fluid – for its nice creaminess and also lightweight texture, great for both hydrating and refreshing the eye area
  • Light Creator UV Protection – because this sunscreen is really da bomb in terms of how nice it feels, how lovely it goes on and how pampering it feels.

So… I hope that all makes sense and that you guys didn’t mind the length of this entry!

 

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you found what you wanted to know! If you have any questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a note below!

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

Hey guys! Or rather girls, ladies, women.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Youth Liberator Range –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Inside the Youth Liberator –

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

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

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

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

I think that’s quite simply put, yes?

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

 

Multi-purpose High Potency Range

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

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

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

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

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

 

Youth Liberator Y Shape Range

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

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

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

 

Makeup + Skincare Product!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Light Creator Range –

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

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

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

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

 

Inside the Light Creator Range –

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Light Creator CC Cream –

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

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

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

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Or Rouge Range –

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

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

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

 

The Science & Quality Behind Or Rouge –

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Secrets Range –

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Science of Top Secrets –

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

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

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

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So… actually that’s mainly about it!

 

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

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

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

 

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

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