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Dior’s Lady Dior Compact Now Online…

January 6, 2009
…and I could cry! Has anybody else checked out the price on this thing?!

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Dior ‘Lady Dior’ Compact ($95)
One of Dior’s greatest fashion icons, the legendary Lady Dior handbag, inspires this exclusive mini-bag compact with sparkling metal and faux-leather accents and a ring clasp to attach it to your handbag. Open to enjoy the sheer chic of Dior cheek highlighter plus a glossy lip tint. Hand it to Dior to have such charm.

If you don’t remember, I blogged about the Lady Dior Compact in this post (which has some great photos btw) and mentioned that it retails for 89,000 won, which with the current exchange makes it just under $70–but it’s $95 in the US!!! I wouldn’t be complaining quite so much if this were at least real leather, but for faux-leather I feel like $100+ after tax is all a bit much. And of course I’m doing all this whining because I really really want it but would feel ridiculously guilty purchasing this.

On a happier note, I wouldn’t feel quite so guilty indulging in this gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent GOLDEN GLOSS N° 27 Shimmering Lip Gloss ($28) since 30% of the proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

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I’ll also be checking out YSL’s new Spring Collection which, after the Lady Dior compact, is looking mighty affordable!

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Yves Saint Laurent ‘The Bow Collection’ Holiday 2008

October 15, 2008
Check out the YSL Gift Guide here.

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Yves Saint Laurent ‘The Bow Collection’ Duo Lip Colour Palette ($65)
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of YSL makeup, Yves Saint Laurent has created a genuine beauty accessory. This precious bow, inspired from the famous ‘Bow’ bag, reveals two exquisite textures for irresistible lips: an intense raspberry lipstick and a sparkling pink gloss infused with blue highlights to be worn alone or on top of the lipstick. Attached to the handbag, belt or key ring, it becomes the perfect fashion accessory.

While cute, this giant metal bow also looks ridiculously heavy!

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Yves Saint Laurent Multi-Usage Makeup Palette ($90)
An elegant black velvet pouch to be used as a clutch bag to carry one’s personal things or as a luxurious makeup palette to take anywhere. The beautiful bow in black satin gives it a very fashionable allure and sophistication. This multi-usage palette contains two eye shadows in metallic blue and deep black; a pearly beige highlighter; a fuchsia pink matte lipstick; a transparent glittery lip gloss; and two applicators.

While this is pretty I’m not finding the color-scheme all too appealing. I’ll be going with the Dior Holiday Palette (if I can squeeze it in) thank you very much!


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Yves Saint Laurent ‘The Bow Collection’ Golden Touch for the Face ($40)
This frosted gold highlighter pen-brush delivers, in a single click, a fresh and evanescent texture with golden sparkles. Delicately blended on top of the cheekbones, the eyelids, the center of the lips or the décolleté, it beautifies your face, highlighting it with soft touches of gold.

Given the popularity of YSL’s Touche Eclat which comes in the same click pen form, I’m rather intrigued by this product.

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Yves Saint Laurent ‘The Bow Collection’ 4-Colour Eye Shadow ($60)
An engraved bow adorns this palette of four eye shadows which reinvent the smoky eye in golden plum and rosy grey tones. Applied altogether, these four shades offer the most sensual and irresistible look.

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Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Set ($60)
This holiday season, Yves Saint Laurent is pleased to offer a luxurious signature YSL black tuxedo pouch filled with Radiance Essentials: Touche Éclat No. 1 (full size, 0.1 oz.), Golden Gloss No. 1 (full size, 0.2 oz.), Mini Luxurious Mascara No. 1 and Elle Eau de Parfum (0.04 oz.).

I’m loving the look of this set! The Touche Eclat alone is $40 and the Golden Gloss is $28, plus you get minis of a mascara and fragrance! Not a bad value if you happen to want both these products, and a great holiday gift set for that YSL lover in your life!

YSL Semi-Loose at a Bargain Price!

October 1, 2008


While browsing Sasa’s selection of new products (a weekly event for me) I happened to see that they currently have YSL’s Semi Loose Powder (see my review here) for the great price of $37.50!

I know many of you had expressed interested in purchasing this, and while $56 (with tax and shipping I ended up paying just over $70 for this! Well okay no–it was free with my Saks Mystery Money but you know what I mean!) for a powder may seem a bit crazy, $37.00 and change is definitely much more palatable–click on over and check it out for yourself!
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ABS’ Picks from the Upcoming Holiday Releases

September 24, 2008

How can you not love holiday-themed cosmetics releases? Winter releases were made for those of us with paler complexions. The shimmery winter shades, the limited edition snowflake packaging, and the fanciful array of products all aimed towards shoppers with a Christmas agenda–it’s heaven!

From Dior:

This set is sheer perfection! Somebody needs to get me this for Christmas!


From Givenchy: I’m a sucker for holiday packaging!


From YSL: Nothing spectacular but this would make some nice young makeup lover a beauitful gift.Source
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Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ Lipsticks: Reviews and Lip Swatches (#1, 7, 8, 10, and 17)

September 22, 2008
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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 ($34)

Isn’t this YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick sampler I received with my Semi Loose Powder purchase absolutely darling? The Saks site didn’t mention what shade(s) were included so I was absolutely thrilled to see four beautiful samples for me to play with. Plus you really need so little of the Rouge Voluptes thanks to their creaminess and extreme pigmentation that they’ll last me forever!

An added bonus is that the included little lip brush made me realize that the Rouge Voluptes are quite possibly the only lipsticks that have ever looked better on me when applied with a brush than applied straight out of the tube. It made such a huge difference for me!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Swatches (L to R): #1 Nude Beige; #7 Lingerie Pink; #8 Fetish Pink; #10 Provocative Pink; #17 Red Muse

And the lip swatches (if the application is a little messy it’s because I was applying them one after the other for the sake of photos):


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#1 Nude Beige

#1 Nude Beige: A pinky neutral beige that for me creates the perfect nude lip to go with some serious smoky eyes. A beautiful, easy-to-wear shade that I own a full-sized version of.


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#7 Lingerie Pink
(I’m thinking a little bit of #17 was still on the brush when I applied this because it shouldn’t look this pink!)

#7 Lingerie Pink: Click here for a full review of this shade. By applying this with a brush I was able to a get a much sheerer application, and therefore achieve an infinitely more wearable look! It’s a light milky pink shade that isn’t the easiest to pull off, but if you love the super pale pink lip look, this is definitely for you.


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#8 Fetish Pink

#8 Fetish Pink: A brighter version of Lingerie Pink. A beautiful medium pink that can be built into something much brighter.


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#10 Provocative Pink

#10 Provocative Pink: Provocative Pink is a bright magenta that gives you that Barbie-doll look. While it may not be for everybody I happen to think it’s a beautiful vibrant shade that’s perfect for a pop of color against a neutral eye.


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#17 Red Muse

#17 Red Muse: A bright orangey red that scared me in the packaging, but actually turned out to be quite flattering once on. You can see much more of the orange in the packaging than you can on my lips (thank goodness), and it makes for a great little black dress look.

Related Posts:
See my full review of YSL’s Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #7 Lingerie Pink here.

See how beautifully the YSL Rouge Voluptes blend with other lippies here.

See Nicole’s gorgeous YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick photos here.

Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand: Review and Photos

September 22, 2008
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Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder ($56)

As promised, I’m here to tell you more about what I purchased with my Saks Mystery Money! Say hello to my beautiful (but ridiculously bulky) new Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand–isn’t she shiny? So while I usually love YSL’s packaging, to be honest this is a little too much shiny gold on one product for my liking, but oh well! I love what’s inside enough to overlook the somewhat tacky exterior.

So why do you need this powder? Well first and foremost, it’s a pressed powder that you shave into a loose powder, meaning no more spilling powder in your purse! You grab the black dial, turn it clockwise until your desired amount of powder has been shaved off, and then apply. And on top of that this stuff is amazing for creating a flawless matte finish. It has enough color to it to camouflage any residual redness I may have left after foundation application and keeps me oil-free for hours on end. It took a day or two for this to grow on me since I’m used to the shimmer that my La Mer loose powder has, but now that it has I absolutely LOVE this!


I’ve been known on occasion to complain about the brushes that compacts come with–they’re usually cheap-feeling sad, stiff little things that can’t live up to the quality of their powder counterparts. But this YSL brush is a whole different story! It’s super soft, dense, and perfect for a mid-day powder touch-up.

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So what’s the one thing I hate about this powder? I think it’s pretty obvious from the photo above–the thing is huge! I guess it’s not so large that I can’t travel with it, but I was hoping for something smaller =X. And one other little gripe I have is that the powder is rather heavily scented.

Two other minor concerns: (1) It annoys me that I can’t see how thick the powder is, so I don’t know how much I have, and (2) I wonder if I’ll be left with a small mound of powder at the center where the hexagon is. I’m thinking not, since that’s probably why the starburst is off center–so never mind!


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The Inside (looks like a pretty starburst)

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After a slight turn of the dial-see the shavings coming up?

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A Close-Up

While the powder looks like it’s coming up in chunky curls, if you tap it around in the container you’ll see that it’s actually VERY finely milled and really looks and feels great on. Now if only they would slim down on the packaging and cut back on the scent, this would be a perfect product!

Related Posts:
Interested in reading about some other great YSL products? Learn more about the Rouge Volupte lipsticks here and here, and see what my favorite mascara looks like on me here.

Looking for a really cute pressed powder option? Click here!

Do you get ridiculously oily mid-day? Click here to see the pressed powder that could solve all your oil-slick woes!

Beautiful powder packaging on a budget? Click here for a great option by Carmindy for Sally Hansen.

Are You A Lipstick Blender?

September 17, 2008
If you end up with a lipstick that’s too light or too dark do you confine it to the dark, forgotten reaches of your makeup storage unit, or do you attempt to make it work for you by blending it with other shades? I hate to see things go to waste so I definitely fall into the latter category.

While I loved my recent YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick acquisition, the shade was just too light for me to wear on its own, so I decided to show you what it looks like blended with a darker shade under it.

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a random discontinued Dior lippie

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a much more wearable shade of pink!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #7 Lingerie Pink: Review and Swatch Plus Tons of Photos!

September 15, 2008
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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 ($34)

See more Rouge Volupte swatches here.

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See how the lipstick shade matches the color ring around the center of the tube?

I know I raved about the formula in this post so I’ll spare you the nitty gritty, but suffice it to say that these are probably the creamiest, silkiest lipsticks you’ll ever encounter. They apply like a dream and simply glide over your lips–heaven! They have a pleasant and unexpected fruity scent and flavor to them that I adore, and the pigmentation is everything that you could hope for–all with the added bonus of SPF.


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Mirror on Top of Tube

The packaging is thoughtfully designed and absolutely gorgeous–not a thing I can find wrong with these tubes. Well okay one little thing–the mirror on top isn’t the most attractive, but it’s practical!


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A Close-Up View

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Swatch of YSL Rouge Volupte in #7 Lingerie Pink

Now onto the shade I purchased–Lingerie Pink. To be honest I’m really not a fan of it at all =X. While I love almost everything about YSL’s Rouge Volupte’s, I do wish that they had a greater color selection. My problem was that half of the shades were too pale/neutral, and the other half were much too bright–is it too much to ask for a soft pretty pink shade?

When I swatched Lingerie Pink on my hand it appeared as a milky opaque pink with white tones to it–not the most flattering. I figured no problem–I have many lipsticks like this and since they apply decently sheerly, they look great on. Not the case here! Rouge Volupte’s are super creamy and pigmented, and therefore the color you see in the tube is exactly the color that you’ll be getting on your lips.


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On my lips

While it’s not nearly as scary looking in person (the flash picks up a lot of white), it is still too pale for my liking (although SO and my mother seem to like it), and I’ll probably only be wearing shade #7 with a darker shade underneath to help balance it out.

I have #1 Nude Beige on its way to me, so hopefully I’ll have better luck this time around!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte’ Lipsticks

September 3, 2008
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I’ve been dying to call one of these Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte lipsticks my very own, but at $34 a pop I’ve been just a little hesitant to take the plunge. However, after having tested and swatched some of these while at Bergdorf Goodman, I’m convinced that every woman needs to own at least one of these in her lifetime!

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The packaging is sheer luxury–a comfortably weighted gold tube with beautiful YSL cutouts showcasing the shade housed within. And the formula? Sumptuously creamy, rich, and pigmented–in a word perfection.

I’m waiting until the upcoming Bergdorf Goodman beauty event to make my own purchases, but in the meantime Nicole has again come to the rescue with her alluring photos of this must-have lipstick!


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#002 Sensual Silk

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#007 Lingerie Pink

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#008 Kissable Rose

Related Posts:
Love YSL products as much as I do? Check out my review of YSL’s Everlong mascara here-it’s fanastic!

Did you pre-order YSL’s Gloss Pur Black? Check it out here.

See some gorgeous YSL mascaras on Nicole’s eyes here.

YSL and Lancome Go Black to Basics

August 26, 2008
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From September Vogue

It looks like basic glossy black is the hot new lip shade for Fall 2008. While I myself went through a goth phase back in high school, and really it’s a great look for some, how many professional women can you see wearing pitch-black lips to the office?

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Nonetheless YSL’s Gloss Pur Black ($28) is available for pre-order, and will probably sell like hotcakes. It really does make for a hot editorial look, but of course I’ll be abstaining.

Lancome’s variation on this trend takes the form of a lip duo ($48), inspired by the sole of a Christian Louboutin shoe (*sigh* if only I could afford a pair). It’s comprised of a Color Fever lipstick in Piha Red, and a Color Fever gloss in Piha Black. The set launches in November, but is currently available for pre-order through Bloomie’s NYC (59th Street not SoHo) by calling 212-705-2886. This is sure to sell out fast so if you’re interested, make sure to add yourself to their list!


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