YSL Spring 2014 ‘Flower Crush’ Collection Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse

It’s no secret that I am quite a fan of the Rouge Volupté range from YSL (evidence here, here, and here). When I heard word that YSL’s new Spring ‘Flower Crush‘ Collection featured four new shades, my heart began to race. The four new shades included, I  have heard, are said to be permanent. Included in the new release is #31 Fuchsia Storm, #32 Corail Jalouse (featured in this post), #33 Pink Neilia, and #34 Pink Asarina.

YSL-Spring-RV-32-1The formula is standard for the Rouge Volupté, smooth buttery goodness with an opaque finish. Some people find the RV formula too bold. As a little secret, I often times just pat the lipstick on for a less ‘in your face’ look. I personally find the formula very versatile in application.


Corail Jalouse is a light peachy-pink, a stunner for sure. As standard the finish appears somewhat glossy and dries down to a satin finish.


wearing #32 Corail Jalouse
 Some Rouge Volupté comparison swatches
left to right:

YSL Rouge Volupté #30 Faubourg Peach, YSL Rouge Voluté Shine #13 Pink in Paris, YSL Rouge Volupté #6 Pink in Devotion, YSL Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse, YSL Rouge Volupté #29 Opera Rose

YSL Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse $34


YSL Gloss Voluptè (swatches & review)

The new Gloss Volupte from YSL provide sheer, soft, kissable color. They come available in 23 shades and 3 different formulas, iresescent, golden and pure.

YSL-gloss-volupte-1Much like you would expect from the YSL Voluptè name, the new gloss formula has a buttery-soft, balmy texture. If sticky, heavy glosses are not your thing, these new glosses might be the one’s for you. As with the YSL Rouge Voluptè lipsticks, the glosses contain that classic melon scent, although significantly more fragrant. To me the scent borders on being slightly overwhelming to my sensitive nose.


 101 Iridescent & 19 Rose Orfevre (golden)


The glosses contain an angled doe-foot applicator and form the shape of lips. The angled applicator allows for a personalized application.


#101 is a clear iridescent shade with very fine shimmer

#19 is a sheer rosy-pink with golden shimmer

Both shades applied very sheer, leaving a soft whisper of color. Lips feel softer and appear fuller when applied. I purchased both glosses sight unseen. I am very curious to see how the deeper shades might perform and if they would provide more opaque coverage, as I had initially expected. As a huge fan of the original Rouge Voluptè and Rouge Voluptè Shine lipsticks, I found myself slightly underwhelmed when it comes to the new glosses. While the glosses look beautiful on the lips, I feel that the YSL quality is lacking and the scent is hard bear.

YSL Gloss Voluptè $32 yslbeautyus.com

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Colour Nail Lacquer in Rose D’Exception for Fall/Winter 2013 (swatches & review)

When is comes to luxury cosmetic packaging, Givenchy easily ‘takes the cake’! With lipsticks and compacts dressed in leather armour and pyramid studding, each piece is a treasure to be desired. A new collection called ‘Soir D’Excpetion’, is now available for Autumn and is one of exquisite elegance and sophistication, and perhaps a bit fun as well. Among the new collection is nail and lip duo in the shade Rose D’Exception and the two pieces that I have purchased from the collection.  givenchy-rose-dexception-polish111

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Colour Nail Lacquer in Rose D’Exception is contained in a clear glass bottle with a reflective silver cap. The cap removes to reveal a rounded black cap with ridges much better suited for application. A wide brush, similar to that of YSL and Dior, allows the formula to apply with ease. I find both the formula and packaging very similar to the YSL Le Vernis. Like the former it almost ‘applies itself’. The formula is pretty close to perfection and the finish is a high-shine, glossy one. The wear time is also excellent.


Rose D’Exception is described as a dusty-rose. The formula doesn’t streak or bleed and applies flawlessly. Two coats are recommended for he perfect finish. Rose D’Exception is a romantic and feminine shade for fall. I imagine it paired with a white Angora sweater and a glass of wine, beside a roaring fire. Too much? Perhaps…


(wearing two coats of Rose D’Exception)

Rose D’Exception Intense Colour Nail Lacquer is $20

available at sephora.com

Review of Rose D’Exception Le Rouge to follow.

YSL Vert D’orient (36) La Laque Couture Nail Laquer – Swatches & Review

YSL Vert D’orient La Laque Nail Laquer is a one of three shades released in the Summer 2013 Collection. I’m big on green and teal polishes, although I have held off for a while since its release. I think my turning point was when Teri from Bella Chique dazzled me with her imagery of Vert D’orient. I have since picked it up and introduced myself into he world of YSL’s Nail Laquer, yet another product in the YSL line that does not disappoint!


The YSL Nail Laquer formula creates a perfect mani with the greatest of ease. The formula’s consistency is perfect. It glides on nails without ever pooling into your nail beds, thus requiring absolutely no clean-up. The YSL Nail Laquer has a wide and flat brush similar to Dior, though not tapered on the sides. Personally, this brush worked better for me as someone with larger nail beds. Those with more petite nail beds might prefer the brush on the Dior. Nonetheless, the formula is exquisite and along with the brush I can honestly deem this one my favorite formula.


Vert D’Orient is a green/teal with a creme finish. Vert seems to carry more blue tones or more green tones depending on the lighting. I don’t find the shade that unusual and it might certainly be dupable. However that formula is not! Vert D’orient had a long wear time without chipping. The YSL formula is absolutely one to try. I also recommend it to those who struggle with a shaky hand, it seems to do the work for you.


YSL Vert D’orient La Laque Nail Laquer $25 (nordstom.com)

5 things this week…


I’m bringing you my ‘five things’ post a bit late this week. I came home late last night from a long weekend away in the Hamptons and I couldn’t get my post up in time. I did however want to share a few photos with you. Despite some rain and seasonably cooler temperatures, I did have quite a lovely and relaxing time. My family has a summer rental and I will be spending a lot of time on the East End this summer. I can’t wait to for the weather to heat up and finally get into the ocean!

5x-6-10-3poolside essentials
 to the beach
5x-6-10-13-2 a new dress from the Calypso boutique in Southampton and the new YSL polish in Vert d’Orient
5x-6-10-13-1a backyard bonfire and a steaming 90+ degree pool


came home to this lovely selection of natural beauties from the No More Dirty Looks & Quarterly Co. subscription box – they never disappoint!

I hope you all had a lovely week!


A Flawless and Radiant Complexion with YSL Teint Radiance Foundation

YSL Teint Radiance Foundation is a light diffusing foundation that provides your complexion with a flawless radiance. This “glow-enhancing” formula contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin, along with an SPF of 20.


A long time favorite, the YSL Teint Radiance Foundation gives a luminous, natural glow to the skin. The silky texture blends flawlessly into skin leaving an undetectable satin finish just as a great foundation should. Teint Radiance wears comfortably with a virtuously weightless feel. So, while your skin looks radiant, it isn’t due to an excess amount of oils in the formula. This one wears incredibly well and won’t have you powdering down on the hour as other luminous formulas might. I would consider it as an option for any skin type.


I apply the Teint Radiance using the Real Techniques Stippling brush and powder it down using the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. I am featuring shade #7 (golden beige) which is a darker shade I wear with a subtle tan.


 (wearing #7 and Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Medium on my face only)

YSL Teint Radiance $48

at yslbeautyus.com


YSL Rouge Volupté *Shine* in #8, #13, #6

When YSL released their Rouge Volupté ‘Shine’ lipsticks earlier this year I ordered #8 ‘Pink in Confidence’ right away (full review here)I am a huge fan of the original formula and was quickly won over with the new ‘shinier’ version. Since swatching the colors in store I picked up two additional shades which I am sharing with you today. ysl-rv-shine-1 The Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks are housed in the signature YSL gold packaging with a color indicator ‘belt’. The ‘Shine’ lipsticks are as smooth as the originals with a glossy finish. One swipe imparts bold color and when layered the color as well as the shine is increased. ysl-shine-1

Pink in Devotion #6 (bright hibiscus pink)

Pink in Confidence #8 (a dusty pale pink)

Pink in Paris #13 (a rose pink)


The photos above show how the product increases in pigment and shine when layered. The Rouge Volupté Shine are incredibly comfortable and highly moisturizing. The shade ‘Pink in Devotion’ #6 contains a visible amount of shimmer.

ysl-rv-shine-2 ysl-rv-shine-6

wearing #8 ‘Pink in Confidence’ (above)

ysl-rv-shine-15 wearing #13 ‘Pink in Paris’ (above)


wearing #6 ‘Pink in Devotion’ (above)

YSL Rouge Volupté ‘Shine’ $34 available at nordstrom.com & sephora.com

#6 Pink in Devotion, #14 Pink in Paris, #8 Pink in Confidence

Have you tried the new formula? Your thoughts?