Saturday, April 21, 2012

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

There has been many rave reviews on the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains and I've been loving these as well so I wanted to share my thoughts on them. I have Beige Aquarelle # 19 and Encre Rose # 17. Both of these are gorgeous colors and the formula is unlike anything in the market. They give you a glossy shiny finish on the lips and they last about 4-5 hrs for me and the darker colors leaves a noticeable stain after all the product has disappeared. The stains I've tried stung and are really dry on the lips but this is hydrating and does not accentuate any dry flakes.


The tube is a sleek black and of course their trademark gold packaging as like most of their makeup products . It is shorter and thicker than a regular lip gloss packaging and there is a window that shows the stain color. The applicator is pretty unique as it's flat with a pointed tip which helps with outlining the lips. It is also very flexible which makes it easier to press the stain into the lips.  The stopper allows a small amount of product so I do apply two coats for a full opaque color.   

I'm wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Beige Aquarelle #19 which is an online Sephora exclusive and also available at Barney's. It is a nude pink color which is perfect for everyday. It is really pigmented so it covers the mauve tone in my lips. It is not too cool toned so it doesn't make you look dead. For those who have tried Rose Pastelle #18 and thought it was too light than you should give this one a try. It does take a bit more effort to apply than #17 but I simply smooth it over with my fingers for an even application.  


 Here I have on YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Beige Aquarelle #17 which is a bright blue toned pink, almost Fuchsia. The color is gorgeous when you initially put this on but I do find that after some time of wear it changes and becomes a bit darker. It might be because it is staining the undertone of your lips.

Both of these have a strange cooling sensation when first applied on the lips, almost like if you quickly swiped an alcohol pad over them. It then turns into a creamy consistency that isn't sticky and feels very hydrating. You also don't get the goop that gathers in the center of your lip which you have to take off with your finger, know what I mean?! I think the product is perfect for those who are lazy at reapplying lip color like me. It wears off really nicely and just leaves a stain. Have you gave these a try?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Colorful Bright Loafer Flats for Spring

I wear loafers or flats basically everyday during the spring and even the summer. I prefer loafers over ballet flats since I do not find ballet flats all that comfortable. I'm specifically talking about the ones that are more rounded and less coverage in front so it's not fitted on your foot. Actually, I don't even really like the "toe cleavage". Anyways, I do not walk around in flat sandals when I commute to Manhattan for work because the streets are so dirty, it makes your heel cracked and dry too. I've been looking around for new shoes since I've been wearing the heck out out my Ugg Sightsee loafers. They have some really great colorful loafers available now and I'm pretty impressed with the selection. Here are some of my picks.

Dolce Vita Damala- $79

Ciao Bella Magda Moccasin- $49

Steve Madden Croquetl loafer- $72

Charles Phillip loafers- $135

Dolce Vita Delice Flat- $78

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fantastic Find!! FusionBeauty SculptDiva Contouring & Sculpting Cream Blush

If anyone lives in NYC, there is a discount store called Jack's World which is categorized as a 99 cents store. There is one right up the block from my work and I drop by occasionally during lunch time. I've found many great steeply discounted makeup items that are still currently at Sephora. Most of these items however are either about to be discontinued or no longer available at Sephora. There was a bunch of items from the FusionBeauty line and I came across their SculptDivaContouring & Sculpting Blush which they were selling for $2.99!! The original cost is $29 which they still sell at which I linked below. That's an amazing deal so definitely run to your nearest Jack's store to see if they have it.

On to why this blush is so amazing besides the steal of the price....
This blush is a cream to powder finish with is very smooth and easy to blend. It is not at all sticky on the skin which is why I like this so much. It doesn't go on patchy and takes little effort to apply. I simply swirl one or two fingers into the product and dab it onto the cheeks until it is blended out. On me it last through a full work day which is about 8 hrs but keep in mind I have dry skin.

Some of the claims are:
  • Rose bud extracts help refine skin's texture as hydrating conditioners nourish.

  • A concentrated dose of Amplifat™ complex plumps up the skin for visibly firmer cheeks.

  • Over time, this ingenious formula works to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • I'm not reading too much into these claims since all I really want is a blush that's easy to apply and gives me a nice healthy color to my cheeks. But hey, if it does help with firming, wrinkles, and approving the appearance that's just an added bonus.

    The colors I purchased are: Haute (mid-toned rosey pink), Crave (shimmery peach apricot), Gossip (nude mauve) They are all very wearable colors. Crave is the only color with noticeable golden shimmer to it.




    From Top to Bottom: Gossip, Crave, Haute
    With Flash from Left to Right: Gossip, Crave, Haute
     I initially only purchased Haute but I was so impressed that I went back to get the other colors too. Again, it was only 3 bucks so that is an amazing steal!! I'm sure you can find this discounted online as well. If I had to choose one of them out of the three it would be Haute. It's just the perfect natural looking pink glow. I've been using these everyday for over a week and I have to say the formula is probably the best out of the cream blushes that I've tried.