Thursday, February 18th, 2010

YSL #29 Rouge Volupte

YSL for Spring 2010:  Opera Rose Rouge Volupte

YSL Opera Rose (#29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00) is a creamy, medium pink with neutral undertones. It’s hard to find a pink that it’s blue-based, and then to find one that is more neutral or yellow in undertone is a real pleasure for me–just because it’s easier for me to wear less blue-based pinks with my skin tone.

Opera Rose is a new-for-spring shade, and it’s definitely apropos for the season. It’s not too pale or light–it’s a solid medium pink. It’s not bright either. Like the rest of the Rouge Volupte line, Opera Rose applies smoothly and evenly to lips with full color coverage and a glossy sheen. These are some of the creamiest lipsticks I’ve ever tried! They just glide on and feel amazing.

The only downside is that because of their creaminess, it tends to slip around a bit and I typically only get two or three hours of wear with them. They remind me a bit of the texture and creaminess of MAC Slimshines, but these pack on way more color (all the shades I’ve tried have been totally opaque). The packaging of the Rouge Voluptes is lovely–the YSL signature gold metal casing, but it has this nice detail around the center of the lipstick that has the YSL logo.

Pricing-wise, it’s in-line with YSL’s products and not out of the normal range for similar brands either! Not your most affordable lipstick, but it can be a nice indulgence without totally breaking the bank. I really only wish that these would last longer on lips — it’s easy to run through a tube of this if you reapply throughout the day and wear it a few days a week!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love ultra creamy lipsticks, you may want to give YSL’s Rouge Volupte a try.

Availability: Sephora

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

AVEDA @ Odile Gilbert

“The Rodarte hair look for this season is sleek and shiny—at once free-flowing yet controlled. I was inspired by the idea of a modern, young girl who is strong and capable yet sweet and innocent. The look is young and dreamlike, with handmade metal flowers that make a statement.” –Odile Gilbert for Aveda

Hair How-to

  1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener for shine and sleekness, and blow-dry smooth with a flat brush.
  2. Create a clean left side part. Straighten hair layer by layer using a flat iron.
  3. Create anchors for the flower pins by forming three small braids along the scalp: one along the left side of the occipital ridge, one across the center of the head, and one vertically along the left side part. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray for maximum hold.
  4. Brush hair over the braids, keeping the left side part clean and strong. Spray each layer of hair with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray and blow-dry for intense hold and shine. Hair should be sleek and close to the head.
  5. Use small bobby pins to secure hair in a clean line from one side of the occipital ridge to the other, just above the nape of the neck. Let the ends of hair fall loosely in back and over both shoulders.
  6. Secure a selection of metal flower ornaments into the hair horizontally across the head, using the covered braids as anchors. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray.

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

MAC @ Diane Von Furstenberg

“The look was pulled from Studio 54: 70s winged eye, sexy, iridescent – like a goddess.” - James Kaliardos

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: MAC Pro Crème Liner in Black – Applied to the eye area, eyelid to brow bone. MAC Pro Pigment in Corn Flower – Brushed out from the inner eye corner on the lower lash line using a MAC 213 brush. MAC Pro Glitter in 3D Silver – Layered over the pigment in the inner corner of the eye. Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack – Copiously applied to the lash. Eye Kohl in Smolder – To line the lower inner rim of the eye.
  • Face: Studio Sculpt Foundation – Applied to the entire face, for natural yet flawless skin. Select Moisturecover Concealer – Applied where needed. Shading Powder in Sculpt and Lightsweep – Lightly brushed along the cheekbones and temple area. Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – Swept across the skin to set the foundation for a matte face.
  • Lip: MAC Pro Lip Erase in Dim – Applied to the lip.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

MAC @ Herve Leger

“It’s all old-school glam: Sharp, sophisticated and strong to compliment the collection.”Lisa Butler

Makeup How-To

  • Eyes: Cream Colour base in Tint, Dusk (Pro Only) and Fawntastic – Applied to the inner brown corner where needed. Technakohl Eye Liner in Plank – Used to line the lower lash line.
  • Face: Full Coverage Foundation and Strobe Cream – Blended together and applied to entire face for a sheer coverage.
  • Lip: Lipstick in Lady Danger – Applied inside the natural lip line for an angular shape.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

NARS @ Thakoon

Chopinot & Gaultier’s Le Défilé. “I was inspired by the costumes used in this show and wanted to create a collection that reflected that same era but without the goth element,” said designer Thakoon Panichgul.

Makeup How-to

“The look is fresh, beautiful, luminous and quite confident,” said lead NARS artist Diane Kendal about the look. “We focused on a strong brow and highlighted the eyes to show depth and boldness in a way that wouldn’t fight with the various textures, layers and colors of the collection.”

Face: Douceur Blush (NEW for Fall 2010); try Lovejoy or Madly Blush for a similar effect

Eyes: Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow (NEW for Fall 2010); try Bali Single Eyeshadow for a similar effect. Tzarine Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Fall 2010); try the Orgasm Illuminator on brow bones for a similar effect. Portobello Duo Eyeshadow.

Lips: Tashkent Pure Matte Lipstick (NEW for Fall 2010); try Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for a similar effect.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Benefit I'm With the Band Lipgloss
Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss

Benefit I’m With the Band Lip Gloss ($19.00) is an ultra shimmery golden peach pink mauve. No, seriously. This is one of those glosses that’s going to look just a little different from person to person, depending on your natural lip color. It has a serious gold shimmer to it, though, no matter how you slice it. On me, it’s a sheer pink color base with glimmering gold shimmer. It’s very pretty when worn alone or on top of a lipstick. Benefit glosses are on the thinner side, but you can get a surprisingly amount of shimmer with just a lil’ bit of gloss in this one. Their gloss is non-sticky, almost lightly creamy, and I couldn’t detect any real scent. Definitely one of my favorite Benefit lipglosses!

Is this the perfect gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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