Friday, November 15th, 2013

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain
YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain ($36.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia magenta–there are hints of purple to it but once applied to lips and it settles in, it looks more fuchsia and less purple. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is shimmery. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is less magenta. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Violine Surrealiste was mostly opaque on lips, and it was mostly even, but there were some areas that weren’t as well-covered as others.  From a normal viewing distance, it wasn’t noticeable, but in the close-ups, you can see it more pronounced.  It wore for a staggering seven and a half hours.  The consistency feels water-like when it is initially applied, but give it a minute or two, and then it becomes more gel-like, lightly tacky, and has a smoother shine.  It stains very quickly, and if you swatch it on the skin, it stains almost instantaneously–and it’s not washing off easily (if I swatch Glossy Stains, I can’t swatch anything else for at least 24 hours!).  It has a floral-grape kind of scent, one I really dislike personally, but once it sets in place, I don’t notice it.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, November 11th, 2013

YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection
YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté are bringing a kaleidoscope of colour to the Christmas season with the highly exclusive and indulgent La Laque Couture Colour Collection; the entire collection of La Laque Couture nail polish in one beautiful, sleek and luxurious black acrylic box. Enjoy a rainbow of iconic YSL colours, with 24 timeless shades to express one’s mood, style and femininity. Each shade embodies a story, a desire, an adventure or an irresistible impulse. With the La Laque Couture Colour Collection, the YSL woman can change her enamel as often as she changes her handbag or shoes. The La Laque Couture Colour Collection. The ultimate gift this Christmas.

Availability: Selfridges, YSL UK, Brown Thomas (€450.00) — I have been waiting to see if it pops up all over the world, but it seems fairly exclusive — wish it would make its way here!

YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection
YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft gold shimmer. The shimmer is subtle, and it really seems to add depth the fuchsia, making it redder in a way. None of the following similar shades are stains, so they wear differently, but I picked them for similarity in overall look. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is glossier, less shimmery. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is not quite as glossy. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I picked mine up at Sephora F&F sale last week (thanks to lovely reader Melissa for sending a code to me–totally random act of kindness!), since I’ve been really loving the way YSL’s Glossy Stain looks with a little shimmer. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating enough that it didn’t feel drying while worn but did still feel like I wanted lip balm towards the end. The color applied evenly for the most part, and the shimmer was spread throughout.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Holiday Indulgences

One question I get asked a lot prior to Sephora’s winter sale (20% off for VIBs with code VIBTOPIA, 11/7 through 11/11!) is, “What do you recommend?” This is a loaded question! There are so many ways to answer this question! The way I tend to frame my answer is in the context of, “What have I wanted to buy but felt was a little too expensive normally? What favorites do I need to stock-up on?” I think sales offer us an opportunity to indulge in something that might be above our price point comfort zone the rest of the year, or be more willing to take a chance on a brand we’re not familiar with (because they’re not cheap!) as well as stock-up on things we know we’ll use over and over again.

Of course, it being the holiday season, there are also plenty of seasonal offerings to indulge in like sets and palettes–you can see my top palette picks in full here as well as some picks for sets and kits generally. Those both cover some of the seasonal offerings, and this post is less focused on seasonal/limited edition as it is just really fantastic products that I highly recommend from trying them.

Products to Indulge In — Lips

  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22 @ Sephora, see my review here) — great if you love creamy, more emollient lipsticks with high pigmentation and moderate lasting power
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains ($34 @ Sephora, see my review here) — long-wearing, moderately pigmented color that doesn’t dry out lips
  • Givenchy Le Rouge ($36 @ Sephora, see my review here) — creamy, luminous opaque lip color that wears well, makes lips look smoother than they really are
  • Guerlain Rouge G Lip Color ($49.50 @ Sephora, see my review here) — Rouge G is a long-time favorite (still reigning supreme after years and years of trying new formulas) for long-wear, hydration, opacity, and feel
  • Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 @ Sephora, see my review here) — superbly hydrating, smooth, rich color that wears well
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24 @ Sephora, see my review here) — for a high-gloss, insanely shimmering/glimmering gloss

Products to Indulge In — Face

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a variety of gorgeous shades from intensely pigmented to subtly neutral with a soft, blendable formula
  • Illamasqua Velvet Blusher ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — perfect for someone who loves the feel and blendability of of a cream blush but look and finish of a powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a gorgeous finishing/luminizing powder to give that something special to the skin (and don’t forget the Ambient Lighting Palette!)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($ @ Sephora, see my review here) — creates a lovely, smooth canvas and helps keep makeup on longer

Products to Indulge In — Eyes

Most of what I wanted to recommend (in terms of what came to mind) were palettes, which I’ve recommended previously here.

  • Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38 @ Sephora, see my review here) — buttery, soft texture and intense color payoff
  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow ($30 & up @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorite eyeshadow formulas for texture and color payoff
  • Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30 @ Sephora, see my review here) — obsessed with these pigmented cream eyeshadows that wear well

Products to Indulge In — Nails

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 @ Sephora, see my review here) — high-shine, long-wearing formula with a nice range of colors/textures
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($17 @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorites for application, wear, and range
  • Guerlain Nail Lacquer ($23 @ Sephora, see my review here) — so glossy and high-shine, pigmented, long-wearing

Products to Stock-Up On

These are your favorites, but this is a little list of basics that we sometimes blank on but often have a favorite we use quite frequently, so consider what you reach for in these product types:

  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Lip Balm/Lip Care
  • Foundation
  • Skincare
  • Mascara
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Sprays
  • Top/Base Coats (for nails)
  • Makeup Remover

Are you indulging in Sephora’s upcoming VIB sale? What’s on your list? What would you recommend to someone?

And if you aren’t a VIB, while Sephora has hinted at upcoming promotions for BIs as well, they haven’t confirmed what that means (could just be more samples, free shipping, etc. or it could be really awesome), Beauty.com’s F&F sale is open to all with 20% off.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

Giorgio Armani Beauty is having a 15% off your purchase of $75+ with code ARMANI13, expires 10/28!

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, (Loreal USA)

YSL Beaute is having a 15% off your purchase of $75+ with code VAMP, expires 10/28.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a glossy finish. Giorgio Armani #402 is lighter, more muted. OCC Jealous is brighter. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker. Chanel Exces is similar. See comparison swatches.

Corail Fauve had semi-opaque color coverage–it wasn’t quite as opaque as some of the Glossy Stains have been, but it wasn’t sheer. It gave the lips strong, noticeable color without looking heavy. The consistency feels like water initially, but it transitions into a cushion-y, gel-like consistency after five to ten minutes. When it becomes a gel, it is lightly tacky as well. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no noticeable taste. This shade was comfortable to wear–being neither drying nor hydrating–and lasted well for five and a half hours. The glossiness persisted for just over four hours, while the color and residual stain did well until the sixth hour, and then it started to noticeably fade from there.

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Corail Fauve (12)

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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