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New: YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick (Review, Swatches & Pics)

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You know how much I love a nude lip product! Well, YSL have decided that nude doesn’t stop at beige. These goodies are definitely not boring! They have launched Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres or Rebel Nude Lipsticks to us. 

When I first saw the packaging I assumed this was a gloss. Wrong. It does go on quite creamy but it dries to a stain with a sheen. It’s quite unusual and not like any lip product I have tried to so far. Usually I find stains too intense and too drying, that is not the case with this gem.

Here’s how it looks on my sisters lips in natural daylight…

YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick

Indoors with flash so you can see the reflectiveness…

YSL Rebel Nudes Lipstick(Thank you little sister for lending me your beautiful lips!)

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The photo above taken with flash over-exaggerates the iridescence. You can see a slight hint of it in natural light which is very flattering. I had to try a variety of lighting set ups and flash to show it to the extreme so don’t be scared of it :) It’s still natural.

They are made with a new formula and texture which as a I mentioned is unique. There is a brush instead of a doe foot applictaor which is a bonus for me. It’s far easier to apply this way. It feels fresh on the lips too. The best thing is that they have hold but they aren’t sticky!

One slick gives a natural colour and a little transparency. You can wait 20 seconds and apply a second coat which is what you see in the swatch pictures. You can lightly blend with your fingertip to tone down the effect if you wish. I do this last step with all glosses. I like a slightly smooshed look rather than super polished – I use the word ‘smooshed’ since it looks like someone has just kissed you :) Something YSL recommend is to mix & match shades, that’s not something I ever thought of doing, it could also get very expensive! Too rich for my blood I’m afraid.

The packaging is very beautiful. I love that you can see the shade through the tube. Also the brush is precise and delivers the right amount of product, without waste.

Choosing the right nude: There is one to suit every woman. No. 103 Pink No Tabboo, No.4 Fuchsia Tomboy and No.108 Violine Out of Control are the most intense. No.101 Nude Provocateur, No 106 Beige Anarchist and No.107 Naughty Mauve are the most transparent. There are also two orangey tones for ladies with fair skin – No.102 Corail Mutin and No.105 Corail Hold Up.

It’s rare for a product to surprise me but this one sure has. They cost €33 each so these bad boys are for a payday treat!

Any fans?

 

Eyeshadow, Make-up, Previews/Launches, Swatches

New: Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow

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I adore all things Bobbi Brown. I also love a but of sparkle so I was grinning like a cheshire cat where I saw the new Sparkle Eye Shadows. Mine is in Ballet Pink.

The shadow is loaded with dimensional shimmering pearls and glitter. Glitter? I can see you running away screaming. However, it works. If glitter conjures up images of you as a fourteen year old sparkling like a disco ball, shudders, then you are just like me but this product may change your mind. It’s elegant, light the eyes and face and I believe would look great on anyone. Yes, absolutely anyone, of any age!

The new light-weight formula is designed to last 8 hours without creasing. I’m always sceptical when I hear this but at Bobbi Brown prices I had high expectations. They do sell their own eye primer which I haven’t tried so I applied a layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion Anti-Age underneath before patting the shadow on with my finger. It glides on! More importantly it’s not greasy or oily in any way.

The shadow did in fact last all day using a primer as a base. I even went for a run in the evening and it still hadn’t budged. Now that is impressive. I’m not usually into cream shadows. I spend the whole day checking if they’re creasing or fading. This beauty has changed my mind. I never thought I would use the words ‘elegant’ and ‘glitter’ in the same sentence!

You know hoe much I like a swatch image. However, in this case I couldn’t do it justice. I walked around the house, stood in different light, tried the flash, went outside, I just couldn’t capture the magic!

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It comes in 11 shades, which I am now coveting :). Silver Moon, Ballet Pink (above), Mica, Sunlight, Cement, Taupe, Pebble, Silver Lilac, Smokey Quartz, Allspice and Baby Peach. They are definitely worth checking out.

Are you a fan of cream shadows? Any recommendations?

 

Make-up, Previews/Launches, YSL

Autumn: YSL Autumn 2013 ‘Electro Chic’

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YSL’s Autumn 2013  collection ‘ELECTRIC CHIC’ has landed! I popped in to swatch everything on my hands and have a good look at the collection. As always, here is a little over-view, expect reviews to follow but for now let me just say that I adore the nail polish shades, all three of them. That never happens, as with any collection there is usually a dud. Well not this time!

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Aging, Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Pregnancy & Baby, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Pukka Ayurveda Nourishing Facial Oil Review

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My skin type is always changing. It used to be combination oily, then sensitive and dry. Recently it has normalised but I still have a tendency to dryness and the odd spot here and there. I’m starting to be concerned about ageing so have been dabbling in different types of products that will hopefully help with dryness and protect my skin from ageing. For the Continue Reading