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Yves Saint Laurent | White Gold Celebration Palette ($67.00)
“What could be more wonderful for a woman than to wear a symbol of passion around her neck in the guise of a heart?” asked Yves Saint Laurent. An icon of his illustrious Couture house from the very first collection, a precious, asymmetrical pendant ornamented with rubies and diamonds became his good luck charm. At the presentation of each of his Couture collections, the heart always adorned his favorite model. On greeting cards, it expressed his fondness for people. As the ultimate tribute to this special symbol of love, the heart weaves its way through an elegant, festive make-up collection. Bearing the matte Cassandra and dressed in shiny silver, the entire collection celebrates love with dazzling refinement.
COMPLEXION | The Tender Rose blush adds a joyous hue to cheekbones. The Starry Rose highlighter sprinkles a festive radiance on the upper cheeks, beneath the eyebrows and on the middle of the lips.
- Tender Rose blush is the adorable heart-shaped pink on the right of the palette. It’s a lovely universal shade of medium pink that I think most women would love. It’s a satiny texture, easy to apply, and gorgeous all around.
- Starry Rose highlighter is the white-pink rectangle with “Yves Saint Laurent” emblazoned into it. It’s a great shimmery light pink shade that goes well on cheekbones.
EYES | The extremely soft, glide-on eye shadow unfurls a ribbon of color on the eyelids. With an optical smoothing effect, the Heavenly Beige, Magic Copper and Moonlit Burgundy shades emit exceptional radiance.
- Heavenly Beige is a lovely incredibly light tarnished gold color, it’s a nice all over lid color for a quick wash of color.
- Magic Copper is my favorite shade out of the three, because it’s a rich bronzy gold color.
- Moonlit Burgundy is a deep raspberry crimson color that goes on easily and would make a great crease or outer lid color.
LIPS | A mini palette of ROUGE PURE SHINE gives the lips renewed definition and volume while providing long-lasting comfort. It is offered in three luminous shades: Pure Garnet, Natural Beige and Bohemia Rose. Rich and creamy Simply Gold gloss can be applied alone or over one of the ROUGE PURE SHINE shades to intensify the shine with shimmering, sparkling gold reflections.
- Simply Gold gloss is a rich bright gold that goes on quite sheerly despite it looking so pigmented in the palette.
- Pure Garnet is a bold, vampy red–very holiday and dramatic.
- Natural Beige is a sheer beige lip color that goes on easily, but it doesn’t give you much color. It’s ideal for smoky eye looks.
- Bohemia Rose is a warm-toned medium pink with lots of gold undertones. I think it’s my favorite out of the three, because it’s so flattering on lips.
Find this holiday palette, along with several other YSL holiday offerings, at www.yslbeautyus.com.
Temptalia recently interviewed Sephora makeup artist Michelle (age 23), who has worked as a makeup artist for the past three years. She has not had any beauty-related education, other than her training from Sephora.
Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Michelle: That women come in with a bias – such as age vs. makeup – older women can’t wear shimmer, no black liner… etc. And other artists perpetuate these rumors!
Temptalia: What’s in your makeup bag right now?
Michelle: Goodness – At least three different lippies from Sephora – a beigey gold sheer, a red sheer, and a coral gold, pressed white powder (Stila) Sue Devitt Black Widow mascara (love!), MUFE #2 blush, NARS Orgasm blush, Fresh lipbalm, and blotting papers from Boscia.
Temptalia: What does your 10-minute look consist of?
Michelle: A multi purpose concealer (generally I use the pallettes from MUFE, so much in one!) a cream to powder foundation (Benefit makes a great one), Undressed Beige cream shadow from Dior all over lid, Zero pencil from Urban Decay lined and smudged slightly, a bit of matter bronzer all over and in the brows a bit, a volumizing mascara (Sue Devitt) and a little Orgasm on my cheeks and center of lips. I top off with a little of the sheer red lipstick from Sephora Brand and I am done!
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Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk ($24.00)
Gentle, milky makeup dissolver removes even long-wearing facial makeup and sunscreens, then tissues off or rinses away with water. Residue-free formula leaves all skin types soft, comfortable. Massage over dry face with fingertips, avoiding eye area; rinse or tissue off. Residue-free formula leaves all skin types soft, comfortable. For all skin types; ideal for drier skins.
What makes it worth it: It feels ultra gentle on skin, which makes it a viable option for those with sensitive skin prone to irritation with harsher cleansers and makeup removers. Clinique’s line of skincare is absolutely a great bet for those with sensitive skin as well as those who just want to start treating their skin better It offers a full line of fully tested and effective products at a lower price point than most high-end beauty lines. You get a fairly large bottle for the price you pay, and it would definitely last you over a month, if not over two. It broke down some of my makeup, but I felt like it didn’t really get all of it. (How do I test this? I use the cleanser or makeup remover, and then I take a makeup removing wipe to see what was left behind!)
Why you might pass on it: I don’t feel that this product breaks down my makeup as well as it could; I guess I would prefer something with a richer lather with a thicker, creamy texture.u The texture of the Cleansing Milk is really that of milk. It has a lot of liquidity and it runs thinly across your face. It feels a bit messy because of how thin the product is. To be honest, I’d much rather go with their Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm or one of their Foaming Creams instead.
Find this product at Clinique counters, boutiques, as well as www.clinique.com and www.nordstrom.com.
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Escada’s Moon Sparkle Eau de Toilette ($52.00)
A fruity floral fragrance, with sparkling strawberry and red apple notes. Top notes: strawberry, blackcurrant, citrus cocktail, red apple. Middle notes: sweet pea, freesia, jasmine, rose. Base notes: raspberry, musky notes, sandalwood, dry ambery notes.
What makes it worth it: If you love something fun, flirty, and utterly feminine, you’ll adore Escada’s Moon Sparkle eau de toilette with its candy-fruity smell. I could distinctly smell the scent of fresh strawberries with the slight aromatic sweetness of apples as a lingering note. I really enjoy being able to catch the scent of the different notes used in the fragrance, because it means they did an accurate representation of their fragrance.
Why you might pass on it: It may be too sweet-smelling or fruity-smelling for some. Those with a preference for muskier, woodier scents will find this one too overpowering to easily transition to.
Find this fragrance at department store retailers, as well as www.nordstrom.com. This is also available in a body lotion and shower gel. Also available is Moon Sparkle for Men in an eau de toilette spray as well as a shower gel.
PARIS HILTON rocks a shimmery gray smoky eye with peachy-pink lips and coral cheeks. Oh, did you notice the bronze-edged lower lash line she’s sporting? Start off the eyes by applying your base of choice all over your lid (suggestion: Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or MAC’s Prep & Prime), which will make your look last all night long, even when you’re partying in the club at 4am. Apply MAC’s Print eyeshadow all over the lid with the 239 brush. Using the 224, pick up a small amount of MAC’s Black Tied eyeshadow and gently apply over lid. This is to add a great dose of shimmer, but we don’t want to blacken it too much–we want to keep it relatively gray. Apply MAC’s Carbon eyeshadow into the outer crease using the 224 to add dimension (adding a matte crease always helps define the eye). With the 239, apply Shroom eyeshadow above the crease and on the brow bone; be sure to blend out the gray hues a bit over the crease so they follow a natural gradient. With the 219 brush, apply MAC’S Amber Lights eyeshadow along lower lash line. Apply MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline in a thin line along upper lash line using the 266. Follow with three coats of your blackest mascara (we love MAC Plushlash as well as Clinique’s High Impact).
For the face, Hilton’s skin has a bit of a glow, but her skin looks natural–not quite 100% polished like some other celebrities have in our previous installments. As a result, we recommend MAC’s Face & Body liquid foundation, because it has a natural dewiness in its finish, but it is also quite sheer. It allows your real skin to come through; if your skin isn’t as naturally gorgeous as Hilton’s, Face & Body still allows you to build up coverage when, where, and if you need it. We suggest applying liquid foundation by using a concealer brush, like the 194, and dabbing a bit on your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose first. Follow up by using a fluffy powder or buffer brush (129, 150, or 182 all work well) and use the brush to buff or brush the foundation to cover your face evenly. We love a buffer brush because it really gives a flawless finish–you know, the one we covet so much. Opt not to contour, or if you must, do so with the lightest hand. For cheeks, we love MAC’s Springsheen blush dusted on apples of the cheeks with the 129 (darker skintones may want to try Sunbasque, though).
Keep lips looking ultra luxe by lining with MAC’s Summerfruit cremestick liner first, and then applying MAC’s See Sheer lipstick (use the 316 if you are so inclined). Top with MAC’s Lychee Luxe lipglass for a coral shimmery finish. Flash your pearly whites, and you’re ready to walk the red carpet in style.