Wanted! YSL Volupte Tint In Oil

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Tint in Oil must be the most unappealing name ever given to a cosmetic. To me, it conjures images of a greasy, oily pout. Yuck! Definitely not something you’d want to kiss!

Luckily, YSL Volupte Tint in Oil isn’t greasy at all. The formula is said to be lightweight and non-sticky, providing lots of shine and a hint of colour that enhances the natural beauty of your lips.

It is also infused with a blend of four essential oils – apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil – for deep hydration, ensuring that your lips stay in perfect condition all year long, even in the cold winter months.

There are eight shades to choose from:

Drive Me Copper (01)
Oh My Gold (02)
Undress Me (03)
Rose You (04)
Cherry My Cherie (05)
Peach Me Love (06)
Crush Me Orange (07)
Pink About Me (08)

I have my eye on that bright pink. The colour is very pretty, and it looks like it may be one of the most pigmented shades in this range.

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil retails at $32.00. Ouch! If that hasn’t put you off, you can purchase it at Sephora.

What do you think of this tint? Will you try it?

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Do Your Skincare Products Have To Be From The Same Brand?

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Do all our skincare products have to be from the same brand? That’s certainly what brands want us to believe. Hey, they get all our money if we do. That’s why they are so fond of reminding us that all the products in their lines have been created to work synergistically together and, if we stray, we are just making them ineffective.

But is that really true? Well, while there are certainly cases when sticking to a brand can give good results, most of the time there is absolutely no need to do so. You may even hurt your skin (and your wallet) by being too faithful to just one brand. Yes, really. Here’s why:

Every line has a dud (or two)

Just because one product does great things for your skin, it doesn’t mean that all the others in the same line will too. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to find a line that features, for example, a serum formulated with state-of-the-art ingredients, a gentle, effective cleanser, a toner laden with irritants, and a moisturizer packaged in a jar which allows all its goodies to spoil.

And even when they are all well-formulated, one or more products may not be suitable for your skin type. A moisturizer can, for instance, be too rich for your oily skin and cause breakouts. Every line has one or more duds, and if you insist on using them, your skin won’t be happy!

Some ingredients just can’t be used together

Having said that, there is a grain of truth in the “our products are designed to work together, so mixing brands can reduce their effectiveness” theory. Some ingredients just don’t work that well together. For example, AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, can neutralize retinoids, making them ineffective. And that’s the last thing you want.

While not every product in one line may be well-formulated, they are created with ingredients that work well together. But is sticking to the same brand even in this case worth it? That depends on the line. Are all its products formulated without irritants and work well for your skin type and needs? If so, by all means, don’t stray. But such a line is very hard to find.

So, what to do?

Research and experiment. Knowledge is power. By understanding which ingredients should never be used together, and which address any concern your skin may have, you will be able to create a skincare routine that satisfies your needs and keeps your skin in top condition. Remember, your skin doesn’t care what brand you use, it just wants something that suits its needs!

Do you stick to the same brand or, like me, do you like to mix and match skincare products?

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Product Review: Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo In Orgasm & Laguna

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Name: Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm & Laguna
Brand: Nars
Size: 2.5g each
Price: $42.00

From Sephora’ website:
Channel summer’s sultry glow. Three limited-edition palettes pair the coveted, all-season Laguna Bronzer with an iconic NARS blush for a radiant flush. Ranging in shades from shimmering iridescent pink to deep golden brown, these complementary pairings deliver summer’s quintessential radiance with ease and convenience anytime of year.

What I liked:
– blush and bronzer warm up the complexion and give it a healthy glow
– both are soft to the touch
– both are longlasting
– both are buildable and easy to apply
– bronzer can also be used for contouring

What I didn’t like:
– girls will medium and dark skintones may find them too sheer

What makes a product achieve that much coveted cult status? Quality? Advertising? Versatility? Pretty packaging? A huge fan base? I’ve been thinking about it lately, while playing with Nars Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer. Both are considered cult, and both are wonderful, but neither is a must have.

The popularity of Orgasm is probably due to its gorgeous colour. Like a lot of women, I’m a sucker for peachy pink blushes and this one is just stunning. More pink than peach, it is infused with gold shimmers that give skin such a healthy glow.

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The colour warms up your skintone, while the fine shimmers make it shine. The glow is subtle and natural, but bright enough to allow you to skip the highlighter. I never wear one with Orgasm. I don’t need it.

The texture is very smooth to the touch and blends like a dream. Because of the sheer colour payoff, it is impossible to overdo. That’s great news for pale princesses who can safely dust it on without fear of ending up looking like a clown, but marvellous mademoiselles and dark divas may need to build it up. Sleek Makeup Blush in Rose Gold would be a better, more pigmented, and much cheaper choice for them.

Laguna terrified me. It looked so dark and unforgiving in the pan, but that’s all show. A medium brown with warm undertones and golden shimmers, Laguna is surprisingly sheer. Turns out it’s perfect to fake a glowing tan on or contour pale skin, but I can see other women getting frustrated by how much product they need to apply to get it to show up properly.

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The tan and glow it gives are very natural. The shimmers are so subtle you can hardly see them on the skin, so you can use it to sculpt the face as well. That’s how I usually use it. Laguna is even softer to the touch than Orgasm, probably because it is a lot less shimmery, and blends as easily. Both last 8 hours on the skin, before slowly starting to fade.

Orgasm and Laguna are packaged in the Nars’ classic rubber case, which is both chic and annoying. It gets dirty so soon! But the in-built mirror is very handy. There’s no applicator inside the case, but that’s ok. They never turn to be any good anyway, do they?

So, what makes Orgasm and Laguna cult products? Clever marketing, imo. I don’t think that, separately, they are worth their price tag. At least not for dark-skinned women. But pale princesses will love this blush bronzer duo. It’s a lot cheaper than buying both products separately and gives your complexion such a healthy glow!

Available at: Amazon and Sephora

Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna warms up the complexion and gives it a healthy glow. Both shades are soft to the touch, blend easily and last long, but are on the sheer side.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: this item was a gift from a friend. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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New Spring 2015 Collections: Catrice, Chanel, & Lancome

Hello gorgeous,

want to take a look at what Catrice, Chanel, and Lancome have created for the upcoming spring? Read on:

Catrice Rock-o-co

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This season, the designers are looking back on the 18th century as a source of inspiration to develop new versions of fashion. The Limited Edition “Rock-o-co” is also inspired by influences from the era of Marie Antoinette and incorporates them in a powdery beauty collection. The limited products are available in spring colours such as pastel pink, light blue, vanilla, deep pink and apricot, as well as grey-black and blue-grey for a more modern contrast.

Available in Bouquets de Fleurs and Bouquet de Roses.

Available in Macarons pour Marie and Madame De Pinkadour.

Available in Apricoco and Madame De Pinkadour.

Available in L’Ombre à Sanssouci, Lilas Bleus, Soleil à Solitude, Apricoco, and Madame De Pinkadour.

This brush has dense thick synthetic bristles for the application of all kinds of powders.

The collection will reach stores next month.

Chanel Reverie Parisienne

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Beauty blooms with a captivating colour collection inspired by the springtime gardens of Paris. Vibrant corals lend balance to wistful, satiny shades of pink, creating an enchanting spectrum of shades that range from delicate to deep.

Available in Tisse Fantaisie and Tisse Paris.

Available in Ardoise.

A delicate powder and reveals a raised camellia motif. A duo of pinks, one delicate and one more intense, recalls the delicate grace and purity of the favorite flower of Mademoiselle Chanel.

Available in Angelique

Available in Insaisissable and Badine.

Available in La Petillante and La Romanesque.

Available in Desinvolte and Etourdie (98).

Available in Fleur d’Eau and Crazy Fuchsia.

Available in Darling Pink and Coral Dream.

Available in Rose Delicat and Capucine.

Available in Tenderly, Desirio, and Paradisio.

The collection is already available at Nordstrom.

Lancome French Innocence

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Lancome’s new collection is inspired by the beautiful city of Paris, its streets, gardens, and famous sights. Mint greens and pinks mix with natural shades for a fresh and fun look. Here are more details:

This gorgeous palette features a mix of pink, green, and grey shades in iridescent and matte finishes.

Gris Rivoli: lavender greys
Vert Tuileries: minty blue

Rose Bagatelle: raspberry
Rose Monceau: pale pink
Rose Victoire: pink coral

Gris Rivoli: dusty lavender
Rose Bagatelle: bright fuchsia
Rose Monceau: soft pink
Vert Tuileries: mint green

The collection is already available at lancome.co.uk.

Which collection is your favourite?

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Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.167

Hello and happy Sunday gorgeous!

Are you ready for some random ramblings? This week, we’re talking about food:

6 Unforgivable Food Crimes

Food is a religion in Italy. It has its rites and its sins. There are certain things that you just don’t do. Ever. If you dare break these laws, you will receive some odd, horrified looks, and risk ostracism, so beware.

Most of these food crimes are committed against poor pasta and pizza, two sacred recipes that need to be prepared following certain rules. If you want to escape the food police, here’s what you should never do:

1. Pasta is not a side dish (and neither is rice)

When I travel abroad, I often see people put pasta, rice, salad, meat, and whatever else they can think of in one plate. This is just wrong. Pasta is a main dish. You add sauce and eat it, on its own, for lunch. Same with rice. Meat (or fish) is eaten with vegs at dinner. Some people eat a dish of pasta (or rice) followed by a second course which can be a salad, omelette, meat or fish with vegs, and maybe a piece of cheese too.

But under no circumstances should all these things ever be together in the same plate. It’s a sacrilege, and a very unpalatable one too. Serve such a hodgepodge to an Italian, and she may eat it out of politeness, but all the while she’ll silently curse you for ruining good foods.

2. Spaghetti with meatballs (or hot dogs)

If I hear say one more time that spaghetti with meatballs is an Italian dish, I’ll scream. It so isn’t. Although this recipe has worryingly started to pop up on some Italian food blogs, most Italians, me included, still like to eat pasta and meatballs separately. We may sometimes add tiny pieces of meat to pasta sauce, but that’s it. And eating hot dogs with pasta is just a no-no.

3. Ketchup on pasta

Ketchup is not a suitable sauce for pasta. Do the pasta justice and buy some tomato sauce. It’s not expensive, and tastes much, much better.

4. Pasta sandwich

There is absolutely no good reason to ever put pasta in a sandwich. So, please, don’t.

5. Overcooked pasta

This will horrify every Italian but my grannie, who has always, always, always, overcooked pasta. As a child, I hated going to lunch at her place cos I knew I would be served some awful, uneatable pasta. The rest of my family politely ate a little of it, but I always refused.

I was labelled difficult, but I know they were jealous cos I had the guts to stand up for my right to a decent meal while they were stuck with something I wouldn’t have given to my pet, had I had one. Yeah, it was that nasty. My grannie’s bad cooking is legendary.

But it is true that overcooked pasta isn’t good for you. It doesn’t just tastes awful, but it is less healthy. We know that carbs cause a quick rise in blood sugar. Well, pasta cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index (GI), and is digested and absorbed more slowly than overcooked pasta. That means it doesn’t raise your sugar levels too high. Unless you eat too much of it, of course.

6. Unidentified cheese on pizza

If I could, I’d eat pizza every day. But, abroad, it’s usually my last choice. That’s because of the cheese. Rather than mozzarella, they use a weird mix of cheeses that tastes bland, if not bad. I know that mozzarella is a bit more expensive, but it just tastes that much better on pizza!

Bottom line: if you invite an Italian to dinner, don’t serve her pasta or pizza. Give her the chance to try some of your traditional dishes. She’ll appreciate it a lot more.

What food crimes horrify you?

What I’m Reading Now

the art of social media
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick
If you are a blogger, or someone who uses social media for work, then you need to pick up this book. It is packed with useful and powerful tips to make the most of all your social media channels, create campaigns and adopt strategies that work, and resources to make the job easier. It is short and go straight to the point, wasting none of your time with pointless chit-chat, but still very engaging and readable. Make sure you get the kindle copy, though. The authors sometimes mention external online resources but never mention the urls of these pages. To access them, you simply have to click on the link, and that’s something you can do only if you buy the ebook. Those who purchase the physical book will have no access whatever to these extra resources. A very weird and unfair choice, but then the kindle copy is the cheapest, so it would make sense to get that one anyway. It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

The price of beauty in the 17th century – Hoydens And Firebrands

Are cult products popular because they work, or because we are told they’re cult? – London Beauty Queen

Workout approved cosmetics for the busy professional – Clumps Of Mascara

5 of my go-to brightening eyeliners – Temptalia

3 steps to fuller, natural-looking brows - Makeup And Beauty Blog

Sunday Survey, Vol. 233

1. What do you love to shop for?
Makeup and skincare products, obviously! Also, dresses, shoes, accessories, and books.

2. How do you organize your blushes?
I don’t. I keep them all in a drawer, but it’s a mess in there. I really need to organize them by shade or something soon.

3. The first thing you saw when you opened your eyes this morning?
My desk. It’s just right next to my bed.

4. Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
Fly! That way I could go anywhere even without a car!

5. Socks with heels?
Not a fan!

It’s your turn now!
1. What do you love to shop for?
2. How do you organize your blushes?
3. The first thing you saw when you opened your eyes this morning?
4. Would you rather be able to fly or breathe underwater?
5. Socks with heels?

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Know Your Ingredients: Guaiac Wood


What it is
Guaiac Wood is a small tree. Also called guayacan, guaiac wood is one of the hardest woods in the world.

What it does
Guaiac Wood is used as a fragrance extract. It adds a smokey, tarmac note to a perfume.

Side effects
Guaiac Wood can cause irritations in some people.

(Source: fragrantica and paula’s choice)
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