Just Charlie G

As ever, I’m loving the look of the new YSL Spring collection. I always love seeing the colours of Spring collections…. so gorgeous. My picks are below!

La Laque Couture in Jade Imperial. £18

Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres in Peche Cerra-Colla £22.50

 

Volupte Sheer Candy in Tasty Raspberry £23.50

Pure Chromatics Collectors No14 £39.50

The Collector Pallete. A soft rosy powder that you can use all over or just where you fancy. £39.50

So do any of these take your fancy? Whilst I love the look of all of the above, due to funds I shall only treat myself to one thing and I think it’s going to be the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres in Peche Cerra-Colla.

All the Christmas collections are killing me at the moment. Why oh why do I have no money?

YSL’s offerings for the festive season are no exception. Inspired by the magical aurora borealis this is an absolute dream of a collection for those who love shimmer, light and duo (multi) chrome effects.

Here are a just a few of the beautiful offerings. I’ll take one of each please!

Blush Radiance No8. £31. There is another shade but this is the one I’d like. Beautiful, especially when teamed with the other products in this small collection

YSL Northern Lights

Be still my beating heart, this is the La Laque Couture Top Coat in premiere Neige. I’ll take three please. £18.

YSL Northern Lights

Then there are the two Pure Chromatics Palettes, Boreal Palette Arctic Night and Boreal Palette in Polar Night. They come in sequinned pouches and it’s the left one that calls my name. It’s beautiful. £39

YSL Northern Lights

Then there’s the Boreal Palette Polar Night, which is a highlighter. Obviously with the the other products, to get the ice princess look, I’d need this one too 😉 £39.50

YSL Northern Lights

Finally, Golden Gloss in No 55 and No 56. Screaming Aurora Borealis to me. Naturally I need both of these. £22.

YSL Northern Lights

Absolutely stunning collection. Wonderfully festive. I covet it all.

Well, you can see my original post on the YSL Summer Collection here. I received a few bits from the collection but also bought a few so thought I’d show you some swatches and how I put them all together in order to look like this.

YSL Summer 2012

I’m kidding of course, I bear absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to this stunning model but hopefully I can show you how a normal person can make some of the products work for them this Summer.

So starting with the Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Madras (£23.50)*

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Madras

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Madras

A truly stunning colour with a gorgeous finish. I love YSL Lipsticks, I’m not sure anyone does them better and this is no exception, its moisturising, comfortable and long wearing. I wouldn’t have picked this shade out of the four available in the collection but it would have been error not to have got it!

Then we have the Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powder in Tanned (£39.00)*

YSL Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powder

YSL Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powder

A lovely light bronzer. One of those that is so pretty to look at, it’s hard to use. There are three shades, two of which are matte, the third and largest has a light shimmer, it really is subtle on the face though imparting a soft glow rather than shimmer or glitter. In fact I’d had this for a few days before I even noticed the shimmer.  It is very lovely and works very well on my pale colouring. In any pictures of my face in this blog post I am wearing it. It’s subtle and lovely.

Swatches of the Terre Saharienne and Rouge Pur Couture.

YSL Summer 2012

I bought a few of the eye products for myself. I couldn’t resist.  First of all I got the Pure Chromatics Quad in No 7. (£39)

YSL Pure Chromatics Quad No 7.

 

YSL Pure Chromatics Quad No 7

These wet and dry shadows are beautiful shades for Summer, or perhaps even Autumn. I wasn’t at all sure they would work for me, but with a light hand they seem to work just fine. I do just love the colours so much especially teamed with the following products.

Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeliner in Azure Blue (£19)

Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeliner Azure Blue

O.M.G. What a liner, what a colour. Intensely pigmented, smudge proof and waterproof. Apply this first thing in the morning and will look freshly applied in the evening, it’s stunning. Works on the waterline and lash line, although doesn’t last quite as long on the waterline. Swatches below. I must say I also swatched the gold version in store which is AMAZING. If I would have had the money I’d have gone back for the gold liner and the Pure Chromatics Pallet No. 9.

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Majorelle Blue (£23)

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Majorelle Blue

Eighties-tastic. I had an Avon mascara like this back in the 80’s and I’m totally loving this one! It’s vivid, it’s blue, it makes my lashes look great and it wears all day with no smudging, even with my watery eyes (thanks a bunch hayfever!).

Swatches of the above eye products.

YSL Summer 2012

Please excuse the eyebrows, not managed to get an appointment for ages!

YSL Summer 2012

The final item I have to show you is Dore Orfevre La Laque Couture.*

YSL Dore Orfevre La Laque Couture

YSL Dore Orfevre La Laque Couture

A beautiful molten gold polish that wears extremely well and applies like a dream. I love gold polish…but not on me, so this is a colour I’d recommend to others but not necessarily wear myself…I don’t know why, I’ve just never liked gold polish on me. It’s completely non-streaky, it doesn’t have a frost finish, it does however show up every flaw in your nail, so if you have ridges, fill them first!

So to finish here are just a few pictures of my complete face.

YSL Summer 2012

YSL Summer 2012

YSL Summer 2012

So I’m pretty happy because I love the colours so much, but the big problem is that when I went into the store I realised that I need the gold liner, the Pure Chromatics No8 palette, the golden gloss in No52 (Golden  Pebble) and at least two more of the lipsticks. Alas, I’ve spent my Summer make up allowance so I’ll have to hope that they’re still around at some point in the future.

Anything take your fancy? I think that whats so fab about this collection is that there is something for everything from the shimmery, to the creamy, to the neutral to the vivid. Absolutely gorgeous and out now!

*Items marked with a * were provided to me free of charge for review purposes*

I’ve got to share this with you.

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

I’m so in love with this look. The rich red toned eyes with the vibrant blues and that gorgeous lip colour. The collection is nearly upon us so lets have a quick look at what will be available.

Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powders (£39)
No1 Tanned – Iridescent light, a golden brown.
No2 Sunkissed – Satiny light, rosy apricot.
No3 Bronzed, Matte light, intense brown

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New Shades of Pure Chromatics (£39)
No 7

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 8

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 9

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeliners (£19)
No 8 Luminescent Gold
No 9 Azure Blue

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Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof (£23)
No 4 Majorelle Blue
No 5 Gold Sand (Limited Edition)

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Rouge Pur Couture (£23.50)
No 41 Rouge Madras

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 42 Rose Lyrique

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 42 Beige Novella

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 44 Bronze Ammonite

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

Golden Gloss (£22)
No 51 Golden Shell

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 52 Golden Pebble

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 53 Golden Girl

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

No 54  Golden Sand

Yves Saint Laurent Summer Look 2012

There are also four La Laque Couture nail polishes in Corail Colisee, Taupe Retro, beige Leger and Fore Oriever.

(Not for the first time, if anyone knows how I add accents that’d be handy as I hate leaving them off!)

Loving all of these things, literally all of them. Hope to have some swatches up of a few bits soon so keep posted.

Available now at Harvey Nichols but launches nationwide on the 21st of this month.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

You’ve got to admit, this is pretty exciting stuff. Touche Eclat is an iconic product, one of the first high end cosmetic products I bought  in about 1994 (it was released in 1991 I believe) and I still have it in my make up bag now.

Touche Eclat, incredibly, sells one every ten seconds so I think La Teint Touche Eclat must be the most hotly anticipated foundation ever. The foundation itself doesn’t contain opaque powders like most foundations, instead it’s made with a soft focus gel that forms a diffusing and translucent film smoothing about imperfections but without creating a mask like effect. The end result should be one that conceals imperfections and illuminates to give an a natural result.

The bottles I am showing you up there are small sample bottles not the actual packaging, which is as classy as you might expect, glass with a gold lid.

So the foundation itself comes in 22 shades split in to neutral (Beige), cool (Beige Rose) and warm (Beige Dore) shades and I was sent samples of B10 (Beige) as I wasn’t at all sure which would suit me best. Actually this shade isn’t quite right for me, looking at the pictures of shades, Beige Dore BD10 looks like it might be better for me. Anyway, it’s close enough for me to still be wearing it, I’m just aware its not quite perfect.

In terms of formula, this is incredibly light and you can build it up, you can apply using fingers or brush, both work for me actually, I tend to reach for my brush more often but that’s just force of habit, it works really well with fingers.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
I don’t know if you can see on the second picture there, where I’ve blended out the foundation, there’s a sort of sheen, it’s not shimmer, it’s not frosty, it’s just a lovely sheen. On my face it’s slightly less obvious but still imparts a nice level of glow.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
I think you can see it’s a shade too dark for me there when you look at the difference between my chin and neck, but’s not relevant really, it’s the overall finish you should be looking at, it’s really natural and it’s really beautiful. It does a great job of hiding imperfections, but not blemishes, I still need a good concealer for any spots, but this is lovely. As soon as it hits counters I’ll be going in to see if the other shade is a better match for me.

Speaking of which Le Teint Touche Eclat launches in Brown Thomas and Selfridges on 28th June followed by a nationwide launch on 9th July.

Are you looking forward to this one?

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

YSL’s Teint Radiance (Radiance Enhancing Flawless Foundation) is my first experience with a  YSL base. I’m a  big fan of most of their cosmetics so I had great expectations.

YSL Teint Radiance Foundation

Teint Radiance comes in a great range of colours and I suspected I’d be a 3 (Opal) which indeed I am. I’m pretty sure the range goes up to a shade 12 so I’m about where I’d expect to be on the scale.

The foundation is supposed to be fine and silky and natural looking. The coverage buildable and most importantly for me has SPF 20.

Gotta say I’m loving this. I’ll show you how it looks on my face then talk about it in a little more detail after. For these pictures in addition to the foundation I have a little powder on my nose only, a touch of blusher and some Touche Eclat under my eyes.

YSL Teint Radiance Foundation
YSL Teint Radiance Foundation
YSL Teint Radiance Foundation

I have to say I’m a fan. This is a great level of coverage for me. The shade is nigh on perfect and it certainly has a degree of radiance but still looks like it’s my skin. It’s very natural.

The only problem with this for me is that by about lunchtime it was slipping a bit in places. It didn’t budge on my cheeks, nor my chin, the only place it started to slip was around my nostrils, so next time I wear this I’ll be sure to powder there too because my nose (where I did powder) stayed well put too.  So yes this is a lovely foundation. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has skin that leans a bit oily, but for normal, combination or dry I think this is great, just if you are combination you might need a little powder to help set it. Just make sure you use a powder that doesn’t take away all the radiance!

Teint Radiance is £31 from all the usual counters.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

YSL Glossy Stain

By now you’ve probably all heard of these beauties but for the uninitiated here’s the run down. The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres (to give them their full name) or Glossy Stains as I shall be calling them are a sort of hybrid product. A Gloss, a lipstick and a stain in one. It really is a kind of genius when you think about it.

These are beautifully packaged as you would expect from YSL and have a wonderful applicator. It’s a spongy sort, but it’s shaped angled to give you a perfect precise application.

YSL Glossy Stain

The two shades I was sent are (left) No3 – Brown and (right) No13 Reddish Pink. Before I show them on, here are swatches.

YSL Glossy Stain

As soon as I’d taken the photo I wiped the swatches off with a wet wipe.  The stains left were there for a long time after. Hours!

YSL Glossy Stain

Sooo, lets have a closer look at the shades I was sent. Firstly Number 3. This shade is chameleon like. In the swatch and in the tube it looks to be a dark mauve shade. On my lips, depending on the light, it’s either a browny shade or an orange-shade.

YSL Glossy Stain 3
YSL Glossy Stain 3

It’s odd. That’s not to say I don’t like it, I do, I really do, it makes my eyes look insanely blue. The only problem with this is I found it a bit patchy and struggled to get an even application.

YSL Glossy Stain No 3

And then there’s shade number 13, Reddish Pink. I applied this a bit shoddily… oops.

YSL Glossy Stain 13

It’s more vibrant in real life and the application of this shade was much more even. It’s not for the faint hearted but it is beautiful.

YSL Glossy Stain 13
YSL Glossy Stain 13

Gorgeous.

Oh and for reference, here’s Reddish Pink, after 8 hours with no touch ups.

YSL Glossy Stain

So the verdict? Love the colours, love the way they look on, I even think the price isn’t too bad at £22 each. Although one of mine was a bit patchy, I still like it and actually wore it for my night out a couple of weeks ago and it lasted really well through out the night. The only think I do think is worth mentioning is that I found these to be quite drying on my lips, this was easily resolved with the tiniest touch of balm before. Not too much or they won’t “grip” and stain well enough, but just the smallest amount to product your lips. Other than that, love these!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

So you’ll know if you read my post yesterday that last weekend I went out for the evening with a friend. My first night out in many years (excluding my husband’s work Christmas party) and I was so excited. I tried out the Halo clip in extensions which I loved but it was also an excuse to get properly dolled up. I don’t do dressed up like lots of girls do dressed up, you won’t find me in a Lipsy Dress or Fake Tan… it’s just not my style (although I sometimes wish it were).

So, by my standards I got properly dolled up. I wore leopard print leggings, a black racer back vest and some killer heels that nearly crippled me! I don’t have a good outfit picture, only a blurry one from when I was messing about with my husband! I also had a little leather (really not leather) jacket.

And because I’ll always be a rock girl at heart I accessorized with skulls of course!

You’ve gotta love a bit of Butler & Wilson haven’t you!

As for my make up. It just had to be the YSL Noir Terriblement palette didn’t it? With lashings of Guerlain kohl and some Japonesque lashes.

Oh and on my lips I’ve got one of those YSL Glossy Stain thingys, full post coming soon!

So there we have it, how I dressed for my first night out in many years. Oh lordy did I get drunk too, but I had an amazing time. You know it’s been a good time when you’ve lost your voice the following morning from all the singing and talking you did the night before.

Can’t wait for my next night out but have no clue what I’ll wear. It’s hard when you’re not really into dresses to know what to wear for a night out these days!

My YSL passion goes on unabated and I bought myself this little beauty in the House of Fraser Sale. The usual price for these Golden Glosses are £22 but there were a few, including the Holiday collection shades that were down to approximately £14, and at my local counter they had loads left. The shade I grabbed is No. 45 – White Gold Opal.

YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal
YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal

A pale, largely clear base packed full of tiny pinky/purpley/bluey shimmer. I have to admit although it looks beautiful in the tube it also was a bit of a gamble as it looked potentially terrifying. I’m thinking pale 80’s frosty look lips if it turned out fairly opaque. Actually it turned out to be much nicer than that but first here are a couple of hand swatches. The first has really caught a lot of reflection and confirmed my fears, the second, is reassuring.

YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal
YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal

And on the lips (the first is out of focus and shows the sparkle):

YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal
YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal

Not so scary really and to see it in full context here’s my face. Actually unless you’re close, it’s just a pale pinky gloss.

YSL Golden Gloss 45 - White Gold Opal

Not at all scary. The formula doesn’t let it down either. So still I’ve yet to try a YSL product I don’t love. The formula for this is not too sticky, not at all gritty and long wearing (by gloss standards). It smells nice too, without being heavily scented.

I’m not a big gloss wearer as a rule, but I can never resist buying a pretty one and this definitely is. A real sale bargain although probably worth the full price in terms of quality.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive period with everything you wished for, material or otherwise 🙂

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 113 Rose Parisien

I was lucky enough to receive another Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre lipstick for Christmas. I’ve already told you about 108 – Ocre Rose and 111 – Rouge Helios both of which I love and I can now add 113 – Rose Parisien to my growing collection.

Rose Parisien is, in the bullet, indeed what I would call a rose tone and actually not quite what I was expecting, it looks a little more middle aged than I would usually go for. Beautiful, but not my usual kind of colour.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 113 Rose Parisien

The application of this one is smooth and the lustre gives a soft pearl effect rather than metallic, frosty or golden and the big surprise is that it’s nothing like how it is in the tube, but I’m learning that with these lipsticks swatching is essential. Turns out this is a soft pink on my lips and I love it for that. It’s really quite beautiful.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 113 Rose Parisien
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 113 Rose Parisien
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 113 Rose Parisien

See! Nothing like the bullet at all. Regardless this is gorgeous and these continue to be my favourite cosmetic discovery of the year. Truly beautiful formula, gorgeous finishes and they last really well too.

I will be heading out to buy more of these when I can. I just love them so much. Thanks hubby for a gorgeous lipstick!