Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

YSL Fall 2009 Collection Sneak Peek – Part 2

YSL for Fall 2009 also features two new 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes Palettes in Bronze Gold and Midnight ($56.00 each). I was able to check out Midnight, which is a stunning selection of silver/gray matched with a bright pop of slightly cool-toned silver flecked pink and a smoky shade of plummy purple. There are a bright silver, a grayish silver, and a matte black eyeshadows also included in the palette. All of the eyeshadows are housed in a “gold” palette with traditional YSL branding. I love the packaging, because I feel like it seems more elegant than traditional plastic packaging, though it does attract fingerprints like crazy!

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2009 Collection

When color comes to life as you wear it, it spices up your look and enhances your style. Bold harmonies revisit the beauty classics and sensorial pleasures… Yves Saint Laurent make-up is a desire, an accessory, an attitude. It accompanies women in their daily lives, responds to their desires and their play of color. New Autumn Winter Look 2009 / 2010. Aglow with elegance and sensuality, the Yves Saint Laurent woman plays the game by her own rules as she ventures into the night. As dusk falls, she radiates a magnetic charm and an aura of mystery. Her look? A diaphanous complexion, graphic eyes alight with a glimmer of pearl gray, and femme fatale lips sculpted in a purple shade. An icon of femininity.

Collector Powder for the Complexion ($62.00)

  • Palette Y (Limited Edition)

Cream Blush ($38.00)

  • N°1 – Velvety Peach (Limited Edition)
  • N°2 – Powdery Rose (Limited Edition)
  • N°3 – Silky Praline (Limited Edition)

Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick SPF 9 (Gloss Volupte) ($30.00)

  • N°1 – Iced Lychee
  • N°2 – Chilled Raspberry
  • N°3 – Frozen Cherry
  • N°4 – Frosted Plum

Silky – Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 (Rouge Volupte) ($34.00)

  • N°19 – Frivolous Pink
  • N°20 – Spicy Pink
  • N°21 – Vibrant Brown
  • N°22 – Exquisite Plum

Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer (La Laque) ($20.00)

  • N°39 – Stormy Grey
  • N°40 – Extreme Purple

Eye Shadow Duo ($41.00)

  • N°21 – Anise Green / Intense Plum
  • N°23 – Pearly Peach / Mink Brown

5 Colour Harmony for Eyes ($56.00)

  • N°7 – Bronze Gold
  • N°8 – Midnight

Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect ($28.50)

  • N°8 – Sublime Grey

Re-promoted Items

  • Rouge Volupte N°17 – Red Muse ($34.00)
  • Touche Eclat N°1 – Luminous Radiance ($40.00)
  • Faux Cils N°5 – Burgundy ($28.50)

Available: August 2009

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Apparently, this post never got posted… and I meant to have it post in February! Oh well, better late than never…

Two more items from my Sephora.com Friends & Family haul — you can tell it takes me awhile to get through what I buy, LOL. A lot of times when I buy product exclusively for myself, I forget to blog about it, too! Pictured above is YSL Golden Gloss #9 in Golden Garnet ($28.00), and it is sooo pretty! I was really excited when I received it, because it has loads of shimmer and everything that makes a Golden Gloss a Golden Gloss–but it added a lot of color to my lips. (I apologize for not having lip swatches.) It’s this raspberry pink color with golden and pink shimmer. This may be my favorite Golden Gloss ever.

The other lipgloss I purchased was YSL Touche Brilliance in #7 Petal Rose ($29.00), and while it’s pretty, it didn’t do very much for me at the end of the day. It’s fairly sheer, and the shimmer is subtler than Golden Gloss but still noticeable. I found that it had a lot of glossy sheen to it, though, which is a plus. I think what made it less exciting is that I tried it right after Golden Garnet, which just takes the cake for me. This color doesn’t do much for me on my lips, beyond a MLBB kind of effect plus shimmer. I’m also not sold on the lip brush kind of packaging — I think I prefer wands and the like, just because I feel like the brush gets easily gunked up and needs to be cleaned from time to time. I haven’t given up on the Touche Brilliance formula yet, but I definitely gotta look for shades with more pigmentation!

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009

YSL Treasures of Africa for Summer 2009

The NEW SUMMER LOOK 2009 is a tribute to a vividly imagined land that invites us to discover the treasures of Africa. The Yves Saint Laurent woman defies the fiery rays of the sun at its zenith. In the season’s visual, her lips are natural and just slightly colored to emphasize the tantalizing power of her monochromatic, deep blue eye shadow. Hovering between darkness and light with radiant, contrasting colors, she proclaims the power of supreme seduction. The sensuality of the sun illuminates her skin with golden hues, while her intense eyes affirm her presence, and her lips are sheathed in fleshy transparency.

Tresor d’Afrique Poudre de Soleil Collector (Collector Sun Powder) ($72.00)
A mysterious wooden case, like a souvenir brought back from an unforgettable trip, this monogrammed compact contains a real treasure, an XXL sun powder. The Cassandra-logo engraved in the middle looks as if it has been written in the smooth sand of an arid shore. The shade and formula of this Collector Sun Powder are identical to those of SUN POWDER N2 – Golden Sun, with an SPF 10 and Ampli Light + pigments. This bestselling shade heightens and illuminates all skin tones with beautiful transparency.

Tresor d’Afrique Palette 5 Couleurs Pour les Yeux (5 Colour Harmony for Eyes) ($62.00)
Purple, indigo and turquoise encounter yellow and ocher to boldly dramatize eyes. Matte or iridescent, these luminous, long-lasting, highly pigmented shadows are easily modulated to dress up the eyelids. Through every metamorphosis you choose, they can be combined in twos or threes, or stand alone for a powerful monochrome effect. This color palette features two foam applicators: a thin one for defining the lash line, and a broader one for shading and blending.

Tresor d’Afrique Palette 5 Couleurs Pour les Lèvres (5 Colour Harmony for Lips) ($62.00)
As multicolored as African jewelry, this alliance of five intense, vibrant colors is designed for precious, radiant, summer-y smiles. The three lip shades – fuchsia, pink and orange – and the two glosses – pink ivory and garnet – are gorgeous on their own or layered for results that are always unique, always flamboyant.

Water-Resistant Eye Shadow ($28.50)

  • N1 – Pink Sand – a delicate, flesh pink ideal for natural-looking radiance.
  • N2 – Amethyst Grey – an elegant gray with subtle purple highlights.
  • N3 – Golden Fern – a soft, khaki green enhanced with gold sparkles.
  • N4 – Copper Radiance – a deep, warm brown highlighted with copper sparkles.

Poudre de Soleil Sun Powder in N4 – Iridescent Sun ($48.00)

Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in N32 – Frozen Mango, N33 – Wild Blackberry ($30.00)

Everlong Mascara Waterproof in N5 – Ever Peacock Blue ($28.50)

Touche Éclat in N3 – Light Peach ($ 40.00 )

Long-lasting Eye Pencil in N3 – Ocean Blue, N12 – Paradise Blue ($28.00)

Shiny Lip Plumper in N2 – Glossy Plum ($26.00)

Nail Touch in N2 – Beige Touch, N4 – Pearly Touch ($26.00)

Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush ($52.00)

Availability: On-counter on May 4, 2009

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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($40.00) is an often celebrated product for concealing and hiding under eye circles. Technically, it is called a luminizing pen that is used to help brighten and highlight the skin. They recommend using it between the eyebrows, along the sides of the nose, and even on the chin and around the lips. It’s available in four shades: 1 Luminous Radiance (fair/light/medium with pink undertones), 2 Luminous Ivory (fair/light/medium with yellow or golden undertones), 3 Light Peach (warm/golden beige), and 4 Luminous Toffee (deep).

I bought shade #2 during Sephora’s Friends & Family sale last November, and at first, I worried it was far too light for me–but it was perfect. These are designed to run lighter than your skin tone, so don’t expect to try and color match it to your foundation! The whole point of the product is that it lightens areas that are normally darker or more pigmented, like your undereye circles, scars, hyperpigmentation, etc. So I expect this is part of the reason only four shades are available, because most people will find one that lightens to their specification.

The product itself is housed in a pen that has a brush at the end. You click the other end to get the product out onto the brush tip. When you first purchase, expect to do a lot of clicking! I had to click so many times, I swore I had a broken one! But alas, eventually, I finally hit pay dirt. I like the way the product is packaged, because you don’t need a separate concealer brush, nor do you have to worry about getting more concealer than you need. One or two clicks is plenty.

The formula of Touche Éclat is creamy, smooth, and designed to go on sheerly. It really does help disguise my undereye circles/bags after a week or two of not having slept well. I don’t use concealer on a regular basis, but when I need it, I really need it. I’ve found great results with Touche Éclat, and one of the best things about it is that it doesn’t sink into fine lines or creases underneath your eyes during or after application. It also doesn’t ball up when I’ve used it on top of an eye cream, which is a definitely plus. It is also nice to use to highlight the inner corner near your eye, too.

For the high price tag, you get a concealer that’s travel-friendly, easy to use, and will last you quite awhile. It’s not as if I have to replace it on a monthly basis. For me, it should last me at least a year. There’s quite a bit of product stored in the pen, so for me it’s worth it since it works quite well.

You can find yours at Sephora.com!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Gloss Pur: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

YSL’s Spring Look 2009 Collection is fun to review, because it is so different from many of the other spring launches this season. Do you remember how we had a lil’ sneak peek a few weeks ago of what was to come? Sure, you have some pastels typical to spring, but then you have such an intense, vivid black that totally negates how spring it is!

Temptalia Recommendations:

Must-haves: Gloss Pur in Pure Raspberry, Pure Lipstick in Romantic Pink, Ivory Beige/Deep Black
Nice-to-haves: Glosss Pur in Pure Fuchsia, Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot
Skip: Collector Powders (Complexion and Eye), Oatmeal/Petroleum Blue

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