Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Do you go bolder or subtler during the summer for your blush? I find it just depends on whether I’ve reached for brighter lip colors or not; if I go bright on the lips, I usually go quite light on the cheeks and vice versa. Here are some of my current recommendations if you’re in the market for a fun, pink-hued blush this summer:

  1. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) — a fuchsia pink that can be applied as a light stain or as a deep blush (bonus: works well on lips, too!0)
  2. theBalm Down Boy — a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish
  3. Clinique Berry Pop (03) — cool-toned, raspberry pink with a luminous finish
  4. MAC Lovecloud — a light-medium, warm-toned pink
  5. Milani Bella Rosa (11) — a vibrant, pink-red with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

YSL 5 Color Couture Palette
YSL 5 Color Couture Palette

5 Color Couture Palette ($60.00) (New, Permanent)

Offering 5 eye shadows in a single case. COUTURE PALETTE is presented in a signature gold case stamped with the iconic Cassandre logo which opens to reveal bold black Couture lines, perfectly proportioned graphic design features and high-impact color associations – all nods to the legendary “Mondrian” dresses created by Mr. Saint Laurent. Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized fashion by imposing color as an element of affirmation and sophistication. We have developed a concept building on this heritage: Eyes like a work of art: Art of colors, Art of combinations, A design as a piece of art.

  • Tuxedo (01)
  • Fauves (02)
  • Afrique (03)
  • Saharienne (04)
  • Surrealiste (05)
  • Rive Gauche (06)
  • Parisienne (07)
  • Avant Garde (08)
  • Babay Doll Nude (09)
  • Lumieres Majorelle (10)
  • Ballets Russes (11)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Sephora, YSL

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush
YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

YSL Corail Affranchi (07) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, muted medium orange with warm undertones and a gold micro-shimmer that translates into a satiny finish. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is darker. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, redder. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Irresistible (210) (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some lip color comparisons.)

The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush formula is a liquid product that can be used on cheeks or on lips. What I’ve been liking about it primarily is really that it can be worn on lips without leaving them feeling like they’ve been through a war, and that they apply well and wear nicely on cheeks, too. A product that is designed for both of these things and that can actually do both well is difficult to find! The texture is thin, velvety, and gel-like all at the same time, and it feels creamy and slightly emollient initially, but it quickly (20-30 seconds) turns to a powder-like texture and finish on the cheeks that’s easy to blend. However, on lips, it retains a glossiness that lingers for two to three hours, before it wears down to more of a slight sheen. This shade had rich, intense pigmentation whether used on cheeks or lips, and a little goes a long way as a blusher. As a lip color, it wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating, and as a cheek color, it wore well for eight and a half hours. It has a sweet, mango and grape scent but no discernible taste.

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5/5

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

YSL Rose Frivole (2) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush
YSL Rose Frivole (2) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush

YSL Rose Frivole (02) Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. It applies slightly lighter than it appears in the bottle or heavily swatched. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is a powder. Sleek MakeUP Macaroon (P) is lighter but appears similar applied. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Fantastic (66) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Seduce (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some lip color comparisons.)

I reviewed the newer Baby Doll Kiss & Blush previously, and after being impressed with the first two I bought, I picked up another to try. Rose Frivole was almost as nice as the first two, but it was less comfortable to wear as a lip color–it felt a little drier and more clingy, so it was less forgiving and less flattering applied on the lips. It wasn’t drying, though, which is still a bonus, as most lip-and-cheek products excel on one area but not the other. The consistency is thin, a little velvety and gel-like, and it dries down to a more powder-like finish and texture after twenty to thirty seconds. You have enough time to work the product into the skin, but it doesn’t look too dewy or luminous, as it ends up more of a satin-matte finish on the skin. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on my lips and nine hours on my cheeks–it also left a very slight stain on my cheeks after I removed it. It has a sweet, mango and grape scent but no discernible taste.

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for lip products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams (review) are really intensely pigmented liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried three shades and have loved all three! (Pictured: Moscato)
  2. Guerlain Rouge G (review) is my all-time favorite lipstick formula, and it’s by no means inexpensive, so a sale is a great time to indulge. Love shades like Gemma, Girly, Gisela, Genna, Garconne, Gigolo. (Pictured: Genna)
  3. YSL Glossy Stains (review) are glossy, pigmented, and long-wearing lip colors that come in a wide variety of shades. These are lovely for someone who likes a glossy lip but needs longer wear. (Pictured: Fuchsia Dore)
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (review) is a pigmented, comfortable, hydrating, and moderately longer-wearing lipstick that comes in a good variety of shades from beige to plum. I really love shades like Anarchy, Naked, Streak, and Venom. (Pictured: Anarchy)
  5. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss (review) is my go-to formula for sparkling, shimmery gloss with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. I love shades like Canary, Naked Plum, and Plum Gold. (Pictured: Citrus)
  6. Too Faced La Creme (review) is an excellent formula if you love a lipstick with a very creamy, emollient texture, good color payoff, and hydration. (Pictured: Bon Bon)
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge (review) is one of my favorite formulas for its satiny finish, intense color payoff, and comfortable, hydrating, long-wear.
  8. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick (review) is a richly pigmented, longer-wearing, comfortable formula that won’t break the bank! (Pictured: Menace)
  9. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (review) is hydrating, emollient lipstick with a lot of shine and pigmentation. Some of my favorites are Showstopper and Seduce Me. (Pictured: Seduce Me)
  10. Jack Black Lip Balm (review) is a must-have for me at all times.
Friday, March 7th, 2014

YSL Orange Fougueux (04) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush
YSL Orange Fougueux (04) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

YSL Orange Fougueux (04) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a softly brightened, medium tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones, and very fine golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is almost imperceptible when swatched or applied. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is more matte. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is slightly more muted but sheered out, they are similar. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Benefit Cha Cha (P, $30.00) is more red-toned. See comparison swatches. (Look here for similar shades for it as a lip color.)

The new formula is supposed to work on cheeks and lips, and the texture is described as an “air whipped mousse” and has a “soft matte finish.”  The color is supposed to be buildable.  For a more in-depth overview of the packaging and applicator, read my original review of the formula.  Orange Fougueux had good color coverage, which felt buildable, blendable, and easy to use at varying intensities.  It’s pigmented enough where you feel like the product stretches–a little goes a long way–but a little dab gives a soft, sheer tint to cheeks or lips.  The consistency is thin, almost velvety and silky at the same time, but as it is blended and worked into the skin, it melts and becomes more powder-like.  The final result is a satin finish–not truly dewy but not matte.  On lips, it stays glossy for a couple hours, and then the shine starts fading and by the end of wear, it’s satin-like.  As a blush, it wore well for eight hours, and as a lip color, it wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.  This shade didn’t leave a stain behind.  The formula has a sweet, mango-and-grape scent to me, kind of like Glossy Stains but less intense.

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