YSL Golden Sand (03) Terre Saharienne

YSL Golden Sand Bronzer

YSL Golden Sand (03) Terre Saharienne ($50.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a rich, golden tanned bronzer from YSL’s Solaris Collection. YSL is releasing three shades of Terre Saharienne that are both new and permanent — Sand (01), Copper Sand (02), and Golden Sand (03).

Golden Sand is a rich, golden bronze with an orange undertone. It has very, very faint shimmer, which translates into more of a subtle sheen that reflects light in an incredibly delicate way. This shade will work best for those of warmer and deeper skin tones, because the slight touch of golden orange in it may translate into an orange-y mess on those with paler and/or cooler skin tones. You can layer it on for an intense look or use it sheerly for a naturally bronzed look — you can see me wearing it in this look.

The packaging is classic YSL — the gold “metal” compact that flips open to reveal a large mirror and compact with YSL emblazoned in the middle. The back reveals all the pertinent information like its weight (0.35 oz.) and the active sunscreen ingredient (octinoxate 6%) — which is SPF 12. I like it for a more matte version of a bronzer — it’s not completely matte, but it’s not shimmery either. It’s also very finely milled, smooth to the touch, and easy to blend on the face.

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Philosophy The Color of Grace Coloring Book

Philosophy Color of Grace Palette

I don’t think Philosophy is re-inventing anything here, but it’s a very girly palette that will appeal to those who want subtle color, whether it’s on their eyes or cheeks or lips. I wish Dream eyeshadow was more pigmented, because then I’d like the palette more. It’s a bit of a sheer wash when I tested it out, so it’s hard to get the amount of darkness out of it that I want.

The palette itself is packaged in a “leather-bound” book style, with white stitching on the edges. It’s cute and slim, and it’s also lightweight, so it’s great for traveling.  It’s nice but not quite Amazing (ha).

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This Week’s Beauty Report: Saturday, May 1st, 2010

This Week’s Beauty Report: Saturday, May 1st, 2010

  • NARS Cosmetics is busy adding to their line this week! Say hello to Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatments ($25), Multiple Tints ($38), and Pro Prime (Skin Smoothing Face Prep at $30, Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base at $24–exclusively at Sephora).
  • COVERGIRL just announced that the ever-lovely Taylor Swift is now their spokesperson! We’ll see her first ads debut in January 2011.
  • OCC Makeup has created a new shade of Lip Tar in Memento, described as a “beautiful pink shade with plum undertons.” Between now and June 1st, 2010, a portion of the proceeds from each purchase of Memento will be donated to CancerCare.
  • FLIRT! is running a Twitter contest beginning May 2nd for all followers of FLIRT! on Twitter.
  • NUDE is offering a free, full-sized Advanced Soothing Complex with orders over $75.
  • Lancome welcomes Penelope Cruz as the ambassadress for their Tresor fragrance.
  • Mary Kay has launched an initiative of special, limited-edition Creme Lipsticks as part of the 2010 Beauty that Counts initiative. The three shades are Inspiration, Compassion, and Confidence. Between now and September 15th, 2010, Mary Kay will doante $1 from each sale of Beauty That Counts Lipsticks to The Mary Kay Foundation in an effort to end domestic violence. Each retails for $13.
  • AVEDA launches Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair on Monday. It’s designed as a daily leave-in treatment to help repair damage and protect hair from heat styling. According to AVEDA, it’s clinically proven to instantly repair damage by 26%, detangles to protect hair from breakage, helps protect from heat styling, and is safe for color-treated hair.
  • Paul & Joe Beaute have launched Lip Gloss G, described as “a delicious lip gloss with clear, vibrant colors and lasting shine.” Shades include Blossom (bright rose pink), Mon Cheri (look-at-me hot pink), Sheer Bliss (soft coral orange), Tangerine (bright, juicy clear orange), and Maraschino (deep, classic cherry red).
  • Blow Beach Blow ($21) is new and just in time for summer to create “perfect day-at-the-beach style” without the stiff, sticky, or salty feel.
  • Bond No. 9 has created a new fragrance for summer that’s dedicated to vacation hot spot Montauk (and named as such!). It will launch on Memorial Day!

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