YSL Opens A New Boutique At Vivocity! Come By & ‘Photobooth’ Yourself!

Hey everyone!

Okay, this post isn’t part of the YSL plan because rightfully that’s all wrapped up and done!

Though as of this moment the YSL Giveaway that I’m holding on my Instagram is still on-going and ending on the 9th of August (hurhur, yes, National Day), so pop by and take part if you haven’t!

Anyway…

Meanwhile I’m giving this space a little breather and also allowing those who didn’t manage to check back often in the month of July some time to catch up on all the YSL posts.

I’m also taking this time to sort my thoughts (about upcoming posts) and stuff out – planning what to shoot next, what to feature and talk about and also how to get this space back on that whole ‘random’ track again with all the backlogged features that I’ve amassed during the July period so…

That’s a whole lot of beauty coming your way too but give me a little while to get it all sorted!

 

For now at least, I wanted to do a quick YSL shout out because they’ve just opened a new YSL boutique over at Vivocity so you west-siders now have a YSL boutique closer to you!

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It’s taken over the space where Make Up Store used to be – unit number #01-02 for reference – so that’s near L’OCCITANE and also on the way towards the bus stop at the front of Vivo.

In some sense it’s a little quiet and tucked away from the bustle of the rest of the mall but it’s still easy to find and easily accessible. The boutique space is a little wider than the ION one so you get to see everything at a glance and also shop comfortably in the compounds of the boutique!

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The new YSL Autumn 2015 Full Metal collection is now out too so you can give that a look if you’re dropping by! I’m sure it’s also available at ION as well so collection-wise you can give this a look there as well.

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That eyeshadow palette is absolute love and that transparent setting powder, while nondescript and ‘basic’ feels extremely velvety and smooth to the touch. I brought a piece home with me so I’ll be sure to give you a review about it real soon!

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Long story short, just pop on over and check it out if you happen to be in the area (why wouldn’t you be though, loads of SG50 freebies going on at Sentosa!).

What’s more, they’ve got a cute little photobooth station available instore (till 16th of August) so you can hop in and get yourself a little YSL snap!

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Wrapping it up, happy Jubilee weekends everyone (those in Singapore celebrating the long weekend) and to everyone else, TGIF!

The new YSL boutique is located at #01-02 Vivocity

Thanks for reading!

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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 :)

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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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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New: YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Info)

Hello!

This is essentially a press-post, where I drone on about the product information and details soo it could get a wee bit lengthy but if you wish to find out more about the science behind the product and understand how it ticks, then read on!

I feel, for something as fresh and new to the scene as this, it is a good idea to do a little introduction before I spam you with too-close-for-comfort images of my lips / cheeks and whatnot.

I have been anticipating this launch for awhile, since I got word about it through a hush hush super sneak preview. Even then, when it was all dressed down in unassuming lab sample tubes with the shade names printed in generic fonts and stuck on it, it ha already wow-ed me with the impressive formula and intensity.

Now that it is finally out and ready to be revealed to the world, I can’t wait to share – the information and also snaps of the product!

All that, that I am refering to is the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush – an all-new dual colour play hybrid innovation.

A new beauty revolution, YSL continues on with their Baby Doll persona (p.s. Baby Doll is a famed YSL fragrance) – a representation of a cheeky, fun yet saucy YSL-sort of lass that prances about in bright spring hues yet gets serious with a sharp red pout; all this, with the help of the new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush.

Deceptively candid, naturally sophisticated, always spontaneous. She confidently proclaims her infidelity to her lipstick and blush, happily giving in to the pleasure of playing a double game with a touch of luminous, matte color on her lips and her cheeks. In one flourish, she brazenly blushes, radiating a hot orange of a feverishly libertine red.

Covering the lip and cheek spectrum in 12 wearable and workable shades, the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush aims to play up the YSL Baby Doll’s seductiveness, revealing new facets of her personality as easily as switching up her lip or cheek color.

Kiss Your Cheeks, Blush Your Lips

A fusion of two technologies – foundation and lipstick, this innovative new air-whipped formula (with two patents pending) combines a sensual color-diffusion complex and a blend of pigments for color harmony that perfectly compliments and adheres to both the skin and lips.

After all, we know what sometimes works for one spot on the face might not work just as well for the other. That is what makes these multi-purpose lip / cheek products so tricky to work with sometimes.

Though that isn’t the case with the airy texture of the Kiss & Blush, as it melds perfectly on lips and skin alike – a velvety soft veil with a matte luminosity that sits / blends well as a lip color or cheek blush.

AIR WHIPPED COLOR DIFFUSION COMPLEX

The secret behind the unique formula of this, from texture to pigmentation and how it works, is:

  • A light-diffusing gel – a special structure that enables the formula to easily blend and evenly diffuse light for a finish that lends both a matte and yet luminious look. This highly concentrated gel creates a velvety texture that can properly carry the desire color intensity for a light-weight, yet fresh and vibrant pop effect.
  • Oils and balancing powders – These ensure the comfort and long-wear of this formulation, making it feel light-weight and non-existent on the skin through the day. The color stays put while remaining matte and radiant, without the grease!
  • Pure pigments enhanced with micropearls lightly tinged with pink – Maximizing the radiance of each complexion and offering a vibrant yet satin finish.

Patented Applicator

The high performance formula is matched with a unique, multi-purpose patented applicator. Uniquely designed with a hidden pearl applicator in its centre, this flexible bead helps caress the lips and cheeks in a rapid and precise manner – smoothing the color while depositing it at the same time.

The meticulously shaped tip allows for precision, giving a defined outline for the lips while the wells in the centre deposits enough colors for the cheeks, with no excess.

The 12 Match & Match Shades

Available in 12 versatile and radiant shades, these 12 airy-light playful temptations are a family of color harmonies built around the 4 emblematic YSL shades – Red, Fuschia, Orange and Pink.

According to YSL, here are how the 12 shades are categorized to suit whichever YSL Baby Doll persona you wish to emulate.

N°1 Fuchsia Désinvolte, N°2 Rose Insolent, N°3 Rose Libre

N°4 Orange Fougueux, N°5 Rouge Effronté, N°6 Rouge Libertine

N°7 Corail Affranchi, N°8 Pink Hédoniste, N°9 Rose Épicurien

N°10 Nude Insolent, N°11 Prune Impertinente, N°12 Moca Garçonne

Apart from matching your lips and cheeks with the same shade (which is the textbook way of applying makeup), YSL encourages their Baby Doll to be playful and have fun mixing it up.

The 12 Kiss & Blush shades combine endlessly to create looks that focus on contrasts. For fun and surprise, Lloyd Simmons (YSL’s International Makeup Artist) had paired together some duos for sublime color shocks that are irresistibly YSL.

Instead of just showing the names on here, I think I’ll swatch them up in an up-coming full out swatchfest with these little babies so… keep a look out for that?

Preview Snaps & Swatches

In the meanwhile, here’s a quick snap / swatch of 9 out of the 12 Baby Doll Kiss & Blush shades. These aren’t the ones I have on hand but rather the ones I previewed earlier on so while a couple of shades are missing here, I will cover those in my follow-up post!

Thank you Mag for your hand and hand-swatch!

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here’s a peek at the ones that I do have on hand (hurhur, punny?) and you can expect swatches of!

These cute little polish-looking bottles really are revolutionizing the lip and cheek beauty scene. While, in a sense, this whole velvet-y smooth texture isn’t the first of its kind, or at least not too discernible from similar textures I have felt before, the fusion of the lip and cheek aspect, along with the way it works makes it so novel and cool.

It is definitely one product that would be quick to scale the rungs of cult, reaching some holy grail status akin to the almighty Touche Éclat, I’m guessing.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush will retail for S$50 a pop at all YSL counters – launching in April or May, I’m not too certain which.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more pictorials of these beauties!

On My Nails: YSL's Spicy La Laque Coutures / (N°41 – N°43 with N°47 Feuille d'Or)

About time, I know, and even then this isn’t a swatch of the full batch of polishes from YSL’s recent Spicy La Laque Couture Collection.

What can I say?

I’m trying and thankfully my fingers are recovering (thanks to seafood abstinence and willpower not to scratch), the eczema is starting to heal up.

I still don’t know what caused this outbreak and I don’t want to jinx it by rejoicing too soon, but I see light – a glimmer of hope that I’ll be back to swatching and switching polishes every other day… or something like that.

Anyway, about the Spicy La Laque Couture collection, here I have featured 3 of the 6 along with some special appearances of the highly sought after N°47 Feuille d’Or Topcoat.

That topcoat is one gorgeous polish to own and I can see why it was snatched up and sold out in a matter of moments. Though last I heard, it was restocked at TANGS (and possibly ION too) so do check again if you were told it was Out of Stock before!

I’ll get to the deeper and stronger tones in a bit but for those who love a ‘neutral’ / natural soft nail color (as far as the word neutral goes these days), this entry is for you!

About the polishes – how they apply…

One general observation I have noted with these polishes is that they appear to be thicker than what I am used to, than what I remember YSL polishes felt like to me as well. Though thicker not necessarily in a bad way as most of the colors slicked on nicely opaque in one coat. The brush allows for good control though do try and thin them out a little instead of laying too thick a coat on.

I personally would rather 2 thin even coats than one that is too plush and thick. With that said, these polishes are of good quality and I faced no issues with using them.

N°41 Eau de Rose

I am boring like this but I think this is probably my favorite of the 3 – it is the perfect nude with a hint of soft peach-pink. Almost like mannequin nails but not as grey or dead. Though given how light it is, some have experienced streaking with this shade. However if you lay it thinly in 2 even coats, you should be good to go.

I didn’t bother with N°47 Feuille d’Or over because I personally liked how it looked alone.

N°42 Saffron Leaves

The ‘it’ color this season, we can’t help but get a little intrigued when mustard colors like these come along. They are a bit of a rarity and something about them is so peculiarly ‘off’ that we feel tempted to try. That’s exactly what went through my mind though I will admit, no matter how much of an ‘it’ color it is, mustard does not belong on my nails.

It is lovely and I think a select range of skintones can pull it off but on me, it makes my skintone a little more sallow. Though compensating the manicure with N°47 Feuille d’Or does help!

N°43 Opulente Cannelle

This muted mauvey salmon color was quite a a surprise because I didn’t think much of it but once on, it was actually a lovely color to wear. It belongs in a fairly neutral category yet with just enough color to make itself known – the perfect balance between soft and vivid colors.

I quite like how it wore on its own but the top coat (N°47 Feuille d’Or) does give the manicure a little more glamour.

The reddish hues are coming through a little strong in my pictures but in person they are slightly more muted and milky.

So, here’s 3 out of 6 of the polishes from the Spicy collection and I know by the time I get to churning the second part out the collection is probably unavailable but for my own archiving sake, I guess, here they are!

After all, they are about a million nail swatches out there already, all done within record time – a huge kudos to those dedicated beauty bloggers.

I do envy the quiet time they have to paint and switch up polishes this often because the whole eczema annoyance aside, having a baby / toddler means not being able to sit around and let your polish dry. Painting is the no problemo part but drying… well, Seche Vite isn’t even going to save you there, unless your kiddo is asleep.

Ah well, that said, thanks for reading and keep a lookout for Part 2!

LOTD: Spring-hued Eyes with YSL

Remember the LOTD I promised featuring YSL’s Pivoine Crush Eye Palette and Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils (in Captivating Purple)? Well, here it is!

I’m not too well updated with the the stock situation over at YSL so I can’t say for sure whether the Pivoine Crush is indeed still out of stock or there is a glimmer of restocking hope to hold on it, that is assuming you have interest in that palette. Though I said I would showcase it so here it is all the same.

How I decided to use the Pivoine Crush Eye Palette here is with my own familiar color placement method, no fancy overlaying and blending that is recommended of YSL’s Ombrés 5 Lumières Eye Palette.

Straight out, you would notice the colors are sheer, far from what is displayed in the palette, and even the darkest shade just adds a touch of definition.

For those who like the softness of Ombrés 5 Lumières wouldn’t have an issue with it and those who prefer a light wash of color will be glad for it but for the pow-wow fans, it is understandably a little sad the palette doesn’t translate as well from pan to lid.

Nonetheless, it is still pretty in its own worth and while I wish it could have a little more oomph – creamier texture, smoother blending, less chalkiness – to make up for the pigmentation, it is what it is and still sold out all the same./p>

Major wow!

For the look, I used 4 shades from palette, skipping the pink for a more peachy-themed look.

  • I used the champagne gold (center) as a highlight and also on the inner corners of the lid
  • Then I dabbed the pinkish-coral tone (bottom left) on the middle of the lids, blending outwards
  • For added definition, I used the deep maroon (bottom right) on the outer-v, blending to the crease a little
  • To blend the edges, I swiped on a little of the light coral (top right) in the crease – hardly noticeable

…et voilà!

Though as mentioned, this palette works well with layering and I’ve yet to explore that yet though I am intrigued to.

Not forgetting, that little peek of blue-ish purple you see on my lashes there, that’s the work of the Volume Effet Faux Cils in Captivating Purple. I’m not kidding, it is quite captivating isn’t it?

I’m glad I managed to capture the soft pink-peach hues on my lids because while it is evident in person, it is a light wash of color and nothing too strong. When it comes to pinkish hues, it’s just as well since I am a little afraid of the ‘sore eye look’ when pinks aren’t done right.

I apologize for my lipstick to be a little haphazardly applied because I was rushing out the house towards the end (that explains the car-selfies too).

While I would have loved to use the blush released together with the YSL Flower Crush Spring 2014 collection, I hadn’t snap shots of it yet and didn’t want to ruin its perfect surface. Heh!

Products Used:

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

FACE
Clarins Whitening Plus Aqua Milk
YSL UV Shield SPF 50 PA+++
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder

EYES
NARS Smudge-proof Eyeshadow Base
YSL Pivoine Crush Eyeshadow Palette
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black
MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved
YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in 22 Captivating Purple

CHEEKS
I forgot! Oops!

LIPS
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Darling

Highlighted Products were provided by companies/distributors I am not obliged to use/feature them in LOTDs, decisions made were my own

While I will still be playing around with this palette, trying out that interesting layering method and all, I’m not too sure if I would be keen to post up LOTDs of that, given the palette is already out of stock (last I checked).

Guess I’ll see how it goes and if it serves as an interesting post on layer shadows, why not right?

Thanks for reading!

YSL Spring is coming your way + Limited Edition CNY Palette!

With the new year, it’s time to kick start the cycle of trends once more!

While we’re barely one foot through the door of 2014, Spring has been creeping up on us the whole time we were singing Christmas carols and cheering the holiday season.

Here’s a quick group peek at some the generous ‘gold bars’ that YSL had provided me!

I’ve got a fair bit of straightening out to do at work but I’ll give you a low down on YSL’s upcoming Spring collection as soon as I can!

In the meanwhile, you may want to keep your eyes peeled on a special Chinese New Year collectors palette coming to YSL boutiques real soon. I’ve heard that quantities are limited so grab if you fancy!

I don’t know of the launch date but you can stalk call up the counters to check.

Sorry for the low-res imagery, pictures were grabbed off Selfridges. I am surprised to see this Beauty Blossom Collectors palette available there, since it is a Chinese New Year exclusive but given that it is pretty and covetable enough, regardless if you celebrate this festive occassion or not.

With that said, I’m back to busying about my business. Loads to straighten out for 2014 and hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) this big project I’m working on kicks off well, I can’t wait to present it to you all but for now… it needs loads more tweaking.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch up with you all soon!