Review: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – Some Skincare In Your Base!

Helloooo!

So tell me, how long as it been since my last foundation review post? Too long, I’m sure!

Though in the, hmm, festivities or rather in the spirit of this YSL 30 Day spam, I thought it fitting to revive foundation reviews on here because there are a couple of bases from the brand that I am really enjoying, both in their own and very different ways.

 

In this entry at least I’m going to touch on one that I’ve had on hand for a little longer – much longer, actually – and that is the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

I think I’ve had this fella for about 6 months plus, maybe? I only know it’s been awhile and I’ve been meaning to review it but never quite got around to it so it’s about time I finally did, within my 30 Days of YSL mention at that!

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So, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is part skincare and part makeup, which is something that probably doesn’t surprise most these days since more and more brands are incorporating skincare benefits into their makeup ranges.

Though where this Serum Foundation stands is a little towards the front of the timeline when Serum foundations were first introduced into the market.

At that period, the smooth moussey and a little slippery dropper type take on serum foundations was all the rage so when YSL came out with a creamy and run-of-the-mill-feeling liquid foundation, and I mean that in a positive way, that applies so nicely and beautifully, it caused quite a bit of a stir.

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Not so much in Singapore, strangely, perhaps because on our hot little humid island not everyone is as receptive towards a serum-infused foundation but trust me if your concept of serum foundations is thick, heavy, greasy and oil-slick-esque then the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is far from it.

The only downside to this, which I’ll get to more thoroughly in a bit, is the wearing power. Or rather the lack of.

Though as I said, I’ll get to it.

First up, given this has skincare properties and a bit of science behind it, I feel it’s necessary for me to explain that a little just to give this sleek glass bottle some justice in that area.

The Skincare Science –

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So, a little makeup branch off YSL’s Youth Liberator skincare range, the Serum Foundation functions largely like what the Youth Liberator range sets out to do which is provide nourishment to the skin, hydration as well as anti-aging benefits.

The key ingredient behind that is a YSL patented one called Glycanactif, responsible for aiding with skin regeneration and all prolonged hydration so your skin remains soft, supple and moist through the day. That’s mostly for skincare but with a little inclusion of the Youth Liberator Serum within this foundation, I’m sure it’ll provide some skin comfort to normal / dry skintypes.

While it’s not a foundation I will actively wave the oily skintypes to, I’m not saying you must turn away either because ultimately it’s still something I can wear on oilier days, albeit not as perfectly as foundations made for oily skintypes, but you get my drift.

If you are curious, it’s not a no.

So in the makeup science front, YSL had also included something called the ‘Color Tune-Up Complex‘ which is meant to aesthetically correct skin dullness and also refresh and brighten the complexion for that look of a fresher skin appearance.

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So with that science done, let me talk a little bit more about me.

Or rather my thoughts about this foundation which is… frankly a little conflicted but a large part of it sways towards the scale of LOVE.

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Yet I can’t entirely say it’s affixed there because while I absolutely love how this foundation feels on, looks on the minute I apply it and how comforting it is to apply – with that powdery soft scent and then the smooth glide that makes it feel like I’m applying skincare and not makeup – there are tiny flaws to it that prevent me from calling it a Holy Grail or something I’d reach for in any circumstances.

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Yes, as you’ve guessed it, it’s the staying power. That darn staying power which may not be such a big issue if you have dry skin (it’s mainly oilier spots that wear down quicker) or if you live in a cooler and less humid climate because… you know, Singapore is a giant greenhouse.

Before we get to that, let me show you how it applies and goes on:

 

The Application –

The foundation has a pretty good amount of coverage, about a medium I would say and you can opt to build it up a bit more but as with most foundations I like to apply a thin amount all over and only choosing to build up on areas that need more attention (like cheeks for my blemish spots).

Even then, I don’t fancy building it up too much either.

Here’s a BEFORE so you know what I’m working with / on.

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My favorite mode of applying this is using my fingers actually because, as I had mentioned, it gives you such a comforting experience and it’s perfect for mornings when you just want to indulge yourself a little more in some soothe and pamper but yet you’ve really got to get that makeup done and head out the door.

For the purpose of using a camera I used a paddle brush, so my hands don’t get dirty, ha.

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I like how after application my skin just looks that much healthier, brighter, fresher and overall better. It lends a rather satin finish so it’s not especially dewy or supple looking on but it goes on looking just like skin, but fresher, and that’s good enough for me.

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It seems to also do a pretty good job at refining the texture of the skin so no skin-blurring or smoothing primer is really required beforehand. Though you could use an oil control one if you’re especially oily at spots.

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Of course after a coat, some little blemish spots still peek through but that’s fine by me because I don’t have to look super flawless every single day and speaking of, this is what I really like the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation for – the everyday.

It’s so easy to apply with the added skincare benefits that it feels like a perfect foundation for the everyday so you don’t feel so bad about constantly plopping on a base for the entire day.

Here’s more pictures of the foundation on, after I have evened it out on both sides.

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If your skintype is on the drier side of the spectrum and you can afford it, the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation actually looks better without setting.

It’s not quite dewy but it’s got a nice, soft and natural little shine to it that makes the skin appear healthy and supple along with a satin-like skin finish.

Though personally I can’t go without setting my base, even the most cream to powder sort I’ll still need a dusting of something over to seal it all in so here’s how it looks once set.

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Frankly, it loses a little of that satin and fresh skin finish but it still looks nice on nonetheless.

 

How the Foundation Wears –

So now, let’s get to the serious and mildly upsetting part of this foundation – how it wears.

Though I will say that while it’s not the most ideal sort of wear time, it’s one that I can still deal with and one that I still choose to use and go through with because while it doesn’t stay pristine till the end of the day, it goes on nice enough and wears decent enough through the day.

It really is considered decent but in this day and age where all the foundations that are launching all over can last 8 hours, 12 hours and even more, this just feels a bit paler in comparison.

Though I’ll attribute it to – you win some you lose some. Perhaps adding in more additives for longwearing ability could hinder the skincare portion so… it’s something I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of, on days I’m just heading to work and then home.

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Usually by a little after lunch, I’ll start seeing first signs of wear on areas I tend to perspire or produce a little more sebum at – typically my T-zone.

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the rest of the face still wears quite alright with a blanket of coverage.

Though nearing the end of the day, and the end of the day, most of the coverage would have worn off leaving my skin a little fatigued looking because that ‘fresh’ base is not that evident, especially so around my eye and nose area.

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It still lends some skin-tone evening, thankfully, and doesn’t completely disappear as if my skin went on a foundation buffet but it’s not a look I’ll wear out post-work. If I had to go somewhere, I would touch up my face to give it that more flawless and fresh complexion once more.

Here’s a better end of work day shot once I got home and had my camera on hand.

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I think how severe the wearing off of it is will also depend on your natural skin condition and how much coverage you need from your foundation.

My main concern with foundation is lending that brightened appearance and concealing my undereye circles cause that’s where fatigue shows up most prominently and while that’s an area to touch up, I think the rest of my face still ends up being quite tolerable. Blemishes showing through and all but no redness or uneven skintone peeking out.

 

In Conclusion –

So anyway, I think I’ve rambled for long enough about this foundation, concluding this I will just say that the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation is one that conflicts me a little when I have to talk about it because while I do love every single aspect of it and would highly recommend many to try it because it feels nice, smells nice and looks really nice on once applied, there is that one downside to it I feel I need to explain and disclaim because it could impact a lot of people’s judgement about it.

So while it may not last the entire day nor will it leave you looking as flawless by the end of the day, it’s just one of those incredibly nice to have products (yes, nice to have despite the pricetag) for that luxurious bridge between a skincare product and a makeup one.

It’s almost like a guilty pleasure of sorts and the sleek darkened bottle and smooth glide of the product certainly has it’s own way of luring you towards it!

I will highly recommend you give it a look at least or have the YSL Makeup Artist demo it on you so you can have a look and feel of how it is on.

After all, the YSL motto is to have yo try and understand a beauty product for yourself, on yourself, before you decide!

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So all that said and done, thanks for reading!

The Youth Liberator Serum Foundation retails for S$89 and is permanent.

Sponsorship disclosure

Look Feature: Rosey Rock Resille… Resplendence?

Okay I know, that’s one cheesy as cheese title but it’s the best alliteration I can come up with right now with the mild word block / writing block that seems to be make it’s presence known once in awhile.

I believe it’s the stress of a lot of things happening and while this YSL thingamajig I’m taking on is huge, it’s also enjoyable and a bit of a fun thing to do inbetween all the hectic-ness so I’m not complaining about the huge scope of it. I only hope it ends up as enjoyable, interesting and fun for you guys!

 

So, getting started on this YSL journey (of sorts), I have a look for you all, featuring my take on the YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette that I had spoken in detail about here.

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As mentioned in the product rundown entry, my typical eyeshadow placement isn’t going to do the shadows here much justice because these shades are all about layering and blending to give the eye-look some complexity with the translucent base colors and beautiful shimmers within.

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For me, I usually go with the ‘gradiented’ look which still works, definitely, but more time and effort will be involved in making the colors show up better.

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It could also be because I’m ensuring they show up well enough to be captured on camera but for a day to day setting, while yes I will still agree they end up a little more faint after blending, it’s sufficient hues of colors and some sparkles for a day look.

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So that’s the rundown of what’s on the eyes.

While I’m at it, let me spotlight a little on what other bits and pieces of YSL I have on the rest of my face – namely the color products which cover the cheeks and lips, as well as the base.

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The Fusion Ink foundation is slowly becoming a huuuuge love of mine. I’ll share about this really soon too so hang tight!

On the cheeks and lips, I’ve decided to go with a contrasting yet still complimentary flush of pink on the cheeks and something a little bit more orange in tone on the lips.

Yet both share a similarity of being warm and red-hued once on the skin so it all works out!

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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 Palette in Rock Resille
IN2IT Waterproof Liquid Liner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Perversion

CHEEKS
YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 08

LIPS
YSL Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Orange 13

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So here’s my take on the beautiful and rosey hued Rock Resille palette – a nice little twist on rock and a nice hue of color while keeping it all neutral and soft.

I would have liked to do a couple more looks, attempt a layered and blended one perhaps, but given how this may or may not be currently available, I think I shouldn’t be too much of a tease right now.

Perhaps down the road I might revisit this palette again if I muster up a way to layer the shadows well enough to do them justice. As you all know, things that show up on my blog will re-surface again because when I use and love makeup, I really use and love them and not feature it solely for the sake of.

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Alrightey, that said, thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow me on instagram too (if you haven’t already) to keep up with my 30 Days of YSL!

 The YSL Rock Resille Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition

Sponsorship disclosure

YSL x Icyabstract’s 30 Days of YSL!

So here you have it, the cat is finally out of the bagggg!

The big project – okay, maybe not ‘big‘ – rather, the exciting project that I have been hinting and murmuring about in the last few entries is finally here!

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Yes, 30 Days of YSL , which also means 30 days of me! Across the span of this blog-space and also my Instagram!

While I had the option of spreading my focus and Instagram more through the days, I wanted to take this time to put up YSL mentions and showcase as much as I can, or rather I know, about the brand and the best way to showcase it all is through blogging!

Granted I will be the first to say that I’m not a walking YSL encyclopedia and I feel a lot of what I know of the brand is recently learnt through interactions with the brand peeps over the last few years.

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If it hadn’t been for this very intimate meetings and chats with the brand people from YSL, I probably wouldn’t have learnt about the stories, ideas and also purposes behind these products. I would likely be your usual consumer (nothing wrong with that of course) that primarily sees the brand as flashy, high-fashion, incredibly edgy and maybe a little intimidating in that very couture way.

I may not have noticed the intimate details of how YSL’s skincare contains very soothing and skin loving ingredients so people with sensitive skin can embrace the effective active ingredients within and nourish their skin at the same time.

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I also wouldn’t have known that YSL’s products constantly seek innovation and the brand is continually reinventing themselves. I know much is every brand out there but a lot of what YSL puts out is usually the first, or one of the first, of the market and sometimes a very gutsy venture too.

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Way back in the day, who would have thought to put high pigment, a rich glossy shine and a lasting staining effect together in a Glossy Stain, right?

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Pigments were reserved for the creamy mattes and glossiness reserved for sheer and translucent so their ever innovating mindset is so intriguing and I certainly can’t wait to share about it.

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Of course technicalities aside, because few like reading chunks of words, I’ll also be showcasing what you all want to see and know which is colors, looks, reviews and of course all things visual!

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I’ll also be putting content up regularly on my Instagram (where I am a little more regular actually but I’m trying to put in a tad more effort!) so you can check over there as well! Follow me on there if you haven’t already ;)

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Okay, I’m going to cut this loooong introductory post short because there’s really no purpose in having it too lengthy.

My point was to have an official kickstart mention to this 30 Days of YSL thingy that I’m doing and properly introduce it incase you start wondering what’s up with me spamming YSL non-stop all of a sudden.

I will admit that 30 Days seems like quite a feat, and it is so I really hope to get it down flat without any hiccups. I’ve even planned my content way ahead but you know me and my erratic schedules. Fingers crossed though!

Meanwhile here are some quick snaps from a makeover I had done by the lovely and incredibly talented YSL Makeup Artist Zona (at the ION boutique).

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It was also then that I got to ask a whole truckload of questions and learn about products I was uncertain about, a nice introductory to this campaign and I’ve definitely picked up some tips, tricks and information that I’m excited to share!

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So that’s about it for today, I’m wrapping this up here and saying stay tuned for exciting and non-stop entries to come! :)

Introducing YSL’s Pop Water & Full Metal Shadow (plus Giveaway!)

Hey you guys!

Taking a break from all the MAC spam I’ve been putting out lately and talking about a little upcoming YSL!

Yes, upcoming because I am finally in time to talk about something even before it launches, woots!

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So these little fellas are launching this Friday (22nd May) and where YSL is concerned, you know the drill.

Pieces are limited and stocks run out quick so if you’re spying anything – go get’em!

Though I have some good news and that is, YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains are a permanent addition to YSL’s lip line-up, though select few shades are Limited Editions, so… the best thing to do is still to zoom down if anything catches your eye. Heh.

 

YSL Full Metal Shadows

Kicking this off, I want to talk about something I had a mixed up first impression of.

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The thing about YSL Singapore is that a lot of times collections reach us pretty late, at least compared to the Western side of the globe.

So, as I was saying…

While browsing western bloggers’ reviews of the YSL Full Metal Shadows, I remember being a little disappointed at how these swatched and looked on those blogs.

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I believe even the thoughts shared were luke-warm. In extreme cases some were even a little dis-satisfactory because we know that price is a crucial considering factor in the Western world (for most, not all) and these are highly priced.

I think over here we’re so acustommed to it because even our drugstore prices are bordering departmental store prices.

Anyway, swayed by my online-impression, I didn’t have much excitement for these, that’s up till the point that I swatched them.

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Whoa boy, was I wrong about them!

These are available in 10 shades but I’ve only got 5 to play with during the preview.

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I’m not sure what went ‘wrong’ with some of the international bloggers but where I’m concerned these swatched with good enough pigmentation, and a nice distribution of glitter and shimmer amidst the colors.

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Everything was nicely melded together in this liquid/molten-like formula. It is as if you’re swatching varying shades of shimmery molten metal. Quite intriguing.

And that’s just them being applied densely.

If you’re all about sheering your shimmers out, these do that really nicely as well and don’t tug or pull on the lids, giving you a good window to pat and blend yet still set a little once the formula is nicely thinned and sheer-ed out.

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I can’t comment on how it wears in our humid climate yet because I’ve not tested them out but so far, these sparkly thingamajigs have certainly caught my eye!

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I urge you guys to check it out, even if you think sparkles and shimmers are too much for you because the taupes and browns (there’s a pinkish peach too, not pictured here) are extremely wearable and perfect for zesting up a neutral look.

 

YSL Pop Water Vernis A Levres

Alrightey!

So moving on to something a good number of you would know of or have tried, their Glossy Stains (or also known as Vernis A Levres).

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These Glossy Stains are known for going on watery and cool (unlike the balmy emollience that now-popular high-shine lipsticks impart) – very lightweight – yet also imparting strong pigmentation that grabs and holds, staying and staining through meals or drinks. All that with a perfectly chic glossy shine.

The original line up is really da bomb if you’re looking to combine intense pigmentation with a glossy finish and an incredible staying power, at the expense of it not being moisturizing (but yet not exactly lip moisture-sapping either).

While that ticks a lot of the right boxes for bold lip lovers, YSL has discovered that those looking to dip their feet into the brand’s lip products are often wary and afraid to give the Glossy Stains a go.

Reason being? They are far too intense.

While that is the point of the original Glossy Stains, YSL is a brand that innovates.

So, after noticing this group of people would prefer softer, sheerer and more natural hues (and also the bold loving people who wouldn’t mind a soft rose shade either ways), they’ve decided to roll out the YSL Pop Waters!

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For those who find the original Glossy Stains too daunting or for those who can’t stop adding to their lip supplies ;)

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Available in 12 neutral and natural variations, some of which are Limited Edition (boohoo), I only managed to play around with 8 at the preview.

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Sorry, no names because I didn’t take note and can’t quite match them now, heh.

In the aspect of formula and finish, they’re very similar to the original Glossy Stains. The key difference would be the watered down pigmentation.

While I say watered down, I mean it in a positive way with a beautiful texture and finish that’s unique and difficult to achieve in the makeup realm.

A little bit like how some like to take intense stains and dab it on lightly (instead of wearing them full out) followed by topping it off with a glossy shine for that soft watery rose-bud gradient sort of lip look?

Yes, this is the exact effect you will achieve with the New Pop Waters.

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Here’s an interesting tidbit – the inspiration behind the watery translucence yet still vibrant color effect was actually Gummy Bears!

I find that so adorable and genius at the same time because the idea of something so vibrant and colored but yet translucent with a fluid look does sound like an appealing concept of color to makeup and I’m glad that a brand has finally looked into figuring that out!

While they appear light and soft, some shades do a pretty mean job of staining as well so that original factor of the Glossy Stains still apply!

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Apart from the Pop Waters, there’s actually one more exciting lip release in this collection and that’s a Lip Plumping Glossy Stain (that is colorless).

I’ve given it a go a couple of times and it’s quite nice to use even with the lip plumping factor that often turns people off.

It wasn’t amongst the mix of stuff during the preview but I do have a piece with me so I’ll give it a proper entry of its own in due time!

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Phew!

I think I’ve ranted on too much and for too long! I’ll still delve into a little more information in these products’ individual entries or features so keep a look out for those!

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Anyway!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Wrapping this up, I think what most of you are most interested in is the giveaway so, yes, I’ve got one for you (those residing in Singapore only – sorry!) and it’s happening over on my Instagram, ending on 24th May.

Do pop by and take part!

 

Thanks so much for reading this lengthy entry and hope to drop by on here again soon!

The YSL Full Metal Shadow (S$45) and Pop Waters (S$49) will be available from 22nd May 2015 at YSL Counters and Boutiques.

The YSL Full Metal Shadow is Limited Edition while the YSL Pop Water is Permanent, however select shades are Limited Editon.

LOTD: Champagne, Browns & Coral with YSL

Hello!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They use illumination but I say soft sheen.

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

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

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

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So okay, I rambled too much on that.

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

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

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Products Used:

BROWS
Surratt Expressioniste Rechargeable Brow Pencil in Brunette

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

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


CHEEKS 
YSL Heart of Light Powdered Blush in 7 Rebelle

LIPS 
YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush in 04 Orange Fougueux

 

And that is that!

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the meanwhile, thank you for reading! :)

Top 10 Posts on Icyabstract (WordPress) in 2014!

Well, I wasn’t intending to do another ‘Most Popular on Icyabstract’ mention again, like I did last year with Onsugar, because I wasn’t sure if WordPress allowed for access to such statistics and all (since I’m on the free account) but as it turns out the WordPress team had sent out an incredibly cute WordPress ‘Annual Report’ for blogs.

It’s a lowdown of the happenings on your blog for the year (those with WordPress would know!) such as posting habits, the number of hits you get, demographic etc. Interesting stuff with a really cute design to boost so that sort of spurred me into creating this round up entry once more.

Though within the Annual Report, WordPress had only indicated the Top 5 entries so I went ahead to search through the statistical page and come up with a Top 10 instead! Because, 10 is more holistic, no?

 

The Top 10!

So anyway, here’s the Top 10 (ignore the home page before obviously that’ll garner most hits).

Now since you can’t click from within and you’re probably too lazy to search up said feature posts should you have missed it, I have them all linked below if you’d like to check them out.

  1.  Sephora’s Color Festival Blockbuster Palette For 2014!
  2. Surratt Beauty At Takashimaya! – Swatches & Pics
  3. New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)
  4. First Look: Shupette – Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld (Again!) Holiday Collection 2014
  5. The Lowdown – YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush (Cheek & Lip Swatches)
  6. New: Shu Uemura Brave Beauty 2014 (Info & Swatches)
  7. Sephora Hols 2014 – Sephora (The House Brand)!
  8. Sephora Hols 2014 – Tarte Cosmetics!
  9. Sephora’s 2014 Holiday Collections Are Upon Us!
  10. A Throwback LOTD – Lancôme Fraîcheur Rosée Eye Palette

If you ask me, I’m actually a little surprised at the results, especially when a couple of the entries mentioned in the rundown are ‘migrated’ entries.

Which means they were brought over from my Onsugar so I didn’t expect them to have many dedicated views (e.g. the Lancôme LOTD and YSL Baby Doll mentions) but I guess these items are popular enough themselves to garner some searches.

That aside, it’s also quite apparent how hot Sephora mentions are as well. I was a little surprised that a couple of entries aren’t on that list but, given how is calculated, it could be because those posts were rather late in the year.

Ah well, nonetheless, I believe I said it last year as well but it’s so interesting to see statistical things like that and uncover things you least expect.

 

Top Commenters!

That aside, they had also rounded up the Top 5 commenters to the site and I thought that was a really nice gesture.

Given how these days a large percentage of readers prefer to lurk (nothing wrong with that, I do it too actually, heh), comments are all the more precious and to know that you guys have taken time out to actually drop a note and acknowledge my entries truly mean a whole lot to me.

More than you can imagine really when all it takes is a sentence and then hitting the enter button so thank you Genevieve, Sharmaintang, Arielle Tan, doseofrain and mybeautysanctuary!

Do check out their sites as its all about beauty lovin’ too!

 

That said, have a great New Year everyone! We’ve put one foot in 2015 and now all we’ve got to do is just keep walking or running through it! Onward everyone!

I’ll be back with a proper 2015 entry because that contains said cryptic life update that I’ve been hinting at. I wanted to wait one more day at least, and not disrupt the whole festive holiday mood, before announcing it proper :)

Till then! Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

LOTD: Vice 3 – Smokes and Classics

Well, wrapping up my back to back feature on Vice 3, here’s a look that I wasn’t initially in the plan but happened as I was staring at the palette mindlessly.

It was like a eureka moment when my gaze trailed to the last column of the Vice 3 palette and I assessed the smokey greys and taupes that were just calling out for a look.

So here you go, something classic, something simple and something smokey!

How smokey the look can go depends on your preference but over here I kept it fairly controlled and just about right for daytime wear. Though some can argue that you don’t need a ‘right time’ to wear a smokey look, I think I would still like to keep some semblance of an image at work, especially after parading around with this much red on my eye the last time…

I doubt much needs to be said about this look, it’s such a classic look that it speaks for itself though it does display the versatility of the Vice 3 palette. With this you can be sure you’re covered from superbly simple neutrals, to crazy whacked out colors and even signature smokey looks as such.

While it’s not my style to bring a palette as huge as this when I travel, I can imagine that it would be helpful for those who travel a lot for formal appearances and fun alike.

Business meeting look, check. Girls night out at the clubs, check. Evening function in a sleek black dress, check!

Keeping it really textbook, I paired it with a matte red lip. Can’t get anymore classic than that!

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

FACE
Vichy Normaderm Anit-Imperfection Hydrating Care
ZA Perfect Fit Liquid Foundation
MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer
Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
Guerlain Perles D'Azur Meteorites

EYES 
Lancôme Aquatique Eye Base in 01
Urban Decay Vice Palette 
- Angel (all over the lids)
- Defy (outer corner of lids)
- Revolver (outer-v)
- Sonic (softly in the crease)
- Last Sin (brow bone)
Starlash Waterproof Lightning Liquid Liner
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

CHEEKS 
MAC Mineralized Blush in Ring of Saturn

LIPS 
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat in 203

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Since this will be the last of my spam of Vice 3 for a bit, I thought to include a bit of a summary or closure statement here.

I’ll likely still mention this palette from time and time and it’ll probably do cameo appearances in looks to come but this is the end of my dedicated Vice 3 run so I can continue to share about other brands and other exciting launches that are zooming your way – so much stuff, so little time!

I had a lot of fun putting these looks together and even though this is really only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to eye looks that the Vice 3 is capable of, I hope it was fun seeing how I would use it in my own way.

I’m curious to see how others would wear Vice 3 so if you do pick it up and post about it on instagram (or your blog) do tag me or comment below! It’s always fun to see how different people with different eye shapes and styles would interpret the same product!

I know my looks are far from professional and, if anything, could use with added pizzazz – like mascara, or falsies, or further amped up with colored contacts etc – but I was doing this with what limited time I had in the mornings and they are looks I go out of the house with, which I felt makes it more credible in a sense: Showing you looks I do wear out instead of looks I do for the sake of doing them and posting about it here.

I don’t wear mascara and falsies on a daily basis due to my frames so… I guess I’m just keeping it real, ha! Though the looks would have been more complete with those elements, no doubt :)

So anyway, I’m rambling and I should sum this up with information about where to get this and whatnot so, for recaps sake, here are the looks if you’ve missed it!

 

Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you have fun with your Vice 3 Palette should you choose to pick it up (or have already picked it up)!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 Palette retails for S$88 and is available at Sephora now!

Urban Decay’s Vice 3 is a Limited Edition product.

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YSL Holiday 2014’s Gold (& Prints) Grandeur!

Well, I did say I was going to kickstart the holiday mentions as soon as I can so, here they are!

Though unfortunately this mention is one where I don’t have a whole load of information about in terms of the products within but from what I can gather by what I have seen of it (online and from the products I have on hand), it is gold and it is gorgeous.

Aboslutely stunning.

The collection only consists of a few key pieces but don’t let that fool you because these pieces alone are good enough to whip up a look that’s perfect for having your hair up in a bun, sipping on some wine in an elegant long evening gown or alternatively hitting the clubs in pure wild fun – your call.

Eitherways, YSL has you covered!

While I don’t have the star of the collection on hand here are some pictures as seen on chicprofile of the YSL Wild Avery Gold Palette.

Yes, it is leopard print errrthang and those who live for animal prints, this is for you!

I could be wrong but I recall someone mentioning that these aren’t leopard prints but panther prints. Though frankly I’m not huge enough a fan of prints to be able to tell one from the other – panthers have prints?? – so fanatics can advise me otherwise.

Bottom line, it’s almost like wild animalistic nature meets sophisticated chic girl, what more could you want, yes?

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Aside from the Wild Avery Palette, which would make such a perfect companion for you jet-setters or for those would love to have all their makeup options in one sleek palette, lets have a look at the other 2 pieces from the collection – the Touche Eclat (which I have in 02) and Glossy Stain.

The Glossy Stain within this collection is 09 Rouge Laque which I believe is actually part of the permanent range.

What makes this so special, as with the Touche Eclat here, would be the packaging.

Unlike the usual Glossy Stains that feature a black lacquered bottom, the one launched with YSL’s Holiday Collection is gold all around – very grand and very pretty.

I’ll swatch and talk about this another time, look out for that!

Shifting the spotlight to another item that has received a good amount of mention through the course of this post, the Touche Eclat.

I was never a huge fan of animal prints but I must admit that this is probably one of the fanciest Limited Edition Touche Eclat packaging I have seen (in my time).

Something about the glamour of this – fusing gold and animal prints together – makes it really nice to own. Imagine popping this in your touch up bag or perking up your mornings while using this in your routine. Absolute luxury for such a practical product.

I haven’t given these items a whirl just yet (then again the Touche Eclat is a Touche Eclat right?) but if you have never gotten your hands on either of these or are thinking to gift a friend some of YSL’s signature or permanent pieces is a to-die-for packaging, this is the time!

The palette makes for a wonderful gift too, to yourself or someone who jets about and needs everyhing in one sleek and stylish compact. It almost looks like a chic leatherbound notebook, noone would have guessed.

 

I didn’t have a whole lot of information but I hope there are enough visuals and mentions in this post to give you an idea of what to expect from YSL come end October!

YSL’s Holiday 2014 Collection will likely launch end-October.

All items (packaging-wise) are Limited Edition.

 

Thanks for reading!

I felt incredibly tempted to just make this entry a pictorial post, spam pictures and no information but my rambling got the better of me. I know I could sum up a lot of what I say but where’s the fun in that? Yes? And if people come here to read my rambles (I presume…) then ramble, I shall!

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Packin’ & Settlin’ – Home Away From Home!

I wanted to start this entry saying it’s been awhile but truthfully it hasn’t been that long a while since an update on here because I have been posting with rather quick and easily-put-together entries. Though sadly to say not the full bulk and substantial sort… I keep saying I want to get to it but with this temporary housing situation it is shifting me to a more Holiday Mood than ever.

Especially when I am away from my stash as of now. Here’s the last I saw of my stash, at stage 2 / 3 of the packing and sealing process.

Here, let me explain a little about this ‘move’ I have been talking about. I know not everyone cares but… humor me.

So there are currently some renovation works going on at my place (or rather my in-laws place where I stay right now) so in the meanwhile because using a temporary toilet and living in dust filled corridors with a toddler just isn’t an ideal scenario, Hubs and I have moved over to my parents place.

It also helped that my bro had just enlisted into the army so his room is vacant for a couple of weeks, perfect timing really.

So for the next 2 weeks and a bit more I am living from bags I had carted over (as seen at the start of this post) and my stash consists of a well-filled and gigantor pouch.

It’s not everything but it is sufficient and I do feel a little bad I couldn’t cart over some new stuff to give a go at (YSL Leather Fetiche Palette, I miss you…) but I had to pack practically and bring what I typically would use more of.

I have in mind to do a little feature on the makeup and perhaps skincare I brought over… if anyone is interested in that?

All that aside, I guess to a certain extent, it’s good to be back.

Don’t get me wrong I do love staying at the in-laws place because I have shifted things around and tweaked the space enough to call it my own but something about going back to where you spent years of your life growing up at – the neighborhood, the whole place as a whole – is just really tranquil. Almost like coming home.

Though I’ll admit it is a bit more of a B to get to work from, but I can deal.

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I have also brought my camera along with me (but of course) along with some products I want to shoot and try out during my stay, so I can still be productive. As much as I can, that is. I can’t guarantee it given lighting conditions are tricky to get used to once more but I will try.

In the meanwhile here’s a little snippet of some shots I managed to snap over the weekend, both lifestyle and upcoming-on-the-blog!

Shots are taken with my Olympus OMD EM10, I loooove this camera so much and am so glad I got this in the end.

The shots with Baby K are done with a Olympus 45mm lens and the product shots are done with the 14-42mm kit lens.

So all these, plus a round up of what I carted with me here, and perhaps some backlogged mentions should be up soon!

You know me, while I really should be keeping with the times and posting what is most current I tend to let my words get swayed with my thoughts and end up writing what I randomly feel like for that day. Which often results in rambles more than productivity but I would like to think that’s what makes you guys read me, yes?

Hurhur!

Thanks for reading!

Swatches: YSL Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette (from Fall 2014)

I’m going to be really quick with throwing this entry up because, who knows how long this palette is going to stay in stock for!

Incase you haven’t heard, this is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette, or also known as the Leather Fetish Palette, from YSL’s Fall 2014 (Leather Fetish) Collection.

See, the problem with having both an authentic French collection name and an English translated name (to cater to the masses) is having about a million and one renditions to the way people refer to the product.

This little guy also goes by Fetiche Couture, fyi.

I fell in love with this palette at first sight and I feel that this is the perfect way that Limited Edition should be done.

You get glamour from the sleek gold trims, you get some punk and edginess from the contrasting soft leather surface, you get smokey from the beautifully deep shades while still getting wearability from the soft shimmer in the champagnes and browns to balance everything out.

It is absolutely perfect, which is also why I was surprised to find out (about early last week) that this palette was still in stock at our YSL boutique! I can’t say if it’s still there right now but I would urge you to hurry down (or call) to find out!

Before I plonk on more words, let’s take a moment to admire the beauty that is YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette.

If your only impression of YSL’s Eyeshadow standards are from before their range revamp then let me say, put what you know aside. After YSL had reformulated and relaunched their eyeshadow palettes, they have been nothing but an absolute beauty to work with.

I don’t own any from the normal range to talk about but I will pick one (or some) up eventually given that I do have my eye on a few of them. But those are permanent so they can wait.

This one right here though is not and it is such a perfect combination of colors that I am a little surprised they didn’t pop a combo like such into their permanent line up. It is sexy, sultry yet mature and wearable all at the same time, while being decked out with leather.

That’s some killer combo right there!

So, as we were saying… the eyeshadows are smooth to the touch. Not to the point of being creamy but even for the shades with some shimmer strewn in, they didn’t feel gritty.

Some fall out did occur with the lightest champagne shade of the bunch but that is due to the more prominent flakes of shimmer for a particular effect, no biggie to me.

The pigmentation was also pretty awesome and if anything, these reminded me of Lancôme-style eyeshadows. They are nicely pigmented, enough to stand alone yet still effortlessly blend together without looking like a one-tone muck of color. The pigmentation is decent without being overly intense that the shadows are too difficult to work with / needs more precision and time.

I also appreciate the different eyeshadow textures and how they have played around with the shimmers within Palette Fétiche. Hence, like I had said earlier, if you’re a fan of smokey shades, neutrals or just totally suckered by how gorgeous this is, then you NEED it.

Yes. Need.

It is the perfect Limited Edition, and here’s another photo to show you why ;)

Enough of me yabbering about it, I’ve said my piece so if you’re curious about this gorgeous piece, then do drop by YSL to check this out and bring it home with you! It is Limited Edition so don’t hesitate!

The rest of the Fall 2014 collection is absolutely beautiful too, so give that a look while you’re at it. It is perfect pieces for you to channel your inner-rockstar, especially when it’s all sweater-weather of late. I think it’s not too awkward to be busting out your hoodies and leather jackets!

I’ll be good and post looks on it soon but I just felt I had to do a quick shoutout on here becuase talking about it on my instagram alone (and neglecting a mention on my blog) felt like I was betraying this space. Funny, I know.

So here you go, a quick mention but do check back or follow me on my instagram for looks to come using this sexy palette!

Thanks for reading!

Do you have this palette already? Are you planning on getting it?

 

YSL’s Fétiche Eyeshadow Palette is Limited Edition and available at YSL counters island-wide. I’m not sure of the price, sorry about that!

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