Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Poll


I really love watching cooking shows. I hate to cook but I love to watch people cook.  Sometimes I get inspired and try a recipe out for myself. Since I watch so many shows I understand the chemistry behind cooking and usually end up with a very decent tasting meal. However as rewarding as it is to cook a nice meal for Mr. Sith it sucks having to clean up. Hence the reason why I don't cook all that often.  I'd rather watch cooking shows. Ina Garten used to be my favorite until I heard about her snubbing a Make A Wish Kid and then trying to make it right on her own, the whole ordeal left a bad taste in my mouth. (see what I did there?) So there are shows like Chopped, Top Chef, and other cooking competition shows which I enjoy watching. It really is amazing to see chefs come up with a recipe on the spot with limited ingredients.  I wish I was that creative.  One show that I'm not quite sure about is one called Extra Virgin. Now mind you, I am not passing judgement on the content of the show, but on the hosts. The show Extra Virgin might be an awesome show with super awesome recipes, but the hosts, Debi Mazar and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos are just too skinny to trust as people that know what good food is.  I'm sorry but I never trust a skinny chef. They don't need to be obese, but they should be as stick thin as Debi's husband.  Seriously. I'm 1/2 Italian and I don't know anyone in my family that is THAT skinny.  Plus it also creeps me out that Debi Mazar looks like a vintage barbie doll.

See what I mean? 
And the closer you look the stranger it gets.
And stranger still
GAH!
Do I have a point for Thursday Poll? No I just thought it was amusing that Debi Mazar, a woman that is only slightly larger than a real Barbie Doll, is hosting a cooking show with the world skinniest Italian man.
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - My natural flush. I'm home sick.

2.  Do you like watching cooking shows? If yes. What is your favorite?  If No. Do you like to cook? - My Favorite is Top Chef and please no spoilers on the Finale.

3.  How many eye products are on your eye on a typical day? - Let's see. Eye Cream, Eye Primer, At least 2 eye shadows, Liner and Mascara. That's 6.

4.  What is your favorite meal? - A wonderful T-Bone steak, Mashed red potatoes, Broccoli and an awesome Malbec wine.

5.  Any purchases planned for the upcoming weekend? - I really want to pick up a new foundation. Now that my skin is somewhat "normal" looking (not splotchy, broken out or irritated) a nice lighter foundation would be nice.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Revlon CustomEyes™ Shadow and Liner Palettes


I recently had the privilege of receiving four of the NEW Revlon CustomEyes™ Shadow and Liner palettes. Priced at $8.99 each, these palettes come with four coordinated shadows and one liner shadow. I found the liner worked just as well dry as it did wet...although the packaging didn't indicate it was a wet/dry shadow.  I have never used Revlon for eye shadows before, but I do like their ColorStay Foundation and their polishes, so I figured that the shadows should be good too. Each palette is housed in simple plastic packaging with a dual ended sponge applicator. There is a helpful guide on the back showing you where you can place the shadow and they are numbered 1 through 5 running from right to left.  The shadows lasted mostly all day, but there was fading, even with an eye base, at the 10 hour mark.

Let's start with the palettes I received.

The first palette is #010 Sweet Innocence. It has mostly matte shades with a couple of satin shades mixed in. This is your basic neutral palette.  It reminded me of the TooFaced Naked Eye Palette I rejected earlier this year.  Revlon's CustomEyes™ #101 Sweet Innocence has a good mix of neutral, cool and warm shades to compliment almost any skin tone, however I feel that those with cooler skin tones may like this palette more. The #1 shade (according to the diagram on the back of the palette) is the pink shade on the far right. This satin color was almost identical to my natural lid shade and barely showed up on me.  The next shade, which is the crease shade #2, is a pretty neutral matte TAUPE.  It leaned cooler on my eye than it does on my swatch, because I placed it over the pink shade. I found this matte taupe blended poorly compared to other matte shadows I have used.  The #3 shade is a matte highlight shade! Kudos to Revlon for having a matte highlight. It's a soft ivory that blends fairly well.  #4 Shade is a warm satin peach. It is suggested to use as an inner eye highlight but I could see this working well as an all over lid shade too.  Lastly #5 is the liner shade. An almost metallic deep taupe-y brown this liner is incredibly pigmented and works well applied dry or applied with a damp liner brush.


The next in the palettes is one that I think many might find to be their $8.99 answer to the popular Urban Decay Naked palette.

Revlon's #020 Naturally Glamorous is a set of five richly hued metallic shadows. This palette leans warm and would look fantastic on warm skin tones and darker skin tones.  I think coupled with the #010 Sweet Innocence palette above, one might have all the neutral/naked colors one would ever need, thereby saving you almost $30 because you wouldn't need that UD Naked palette!  The colors are a #1 metallic beige #2 metallic copper #3 metallic champagne #4 metallic bronze and #5 metallic deep brown.  They all blended better than the #010 Sweet Innocence palette and the shadows looked much more pigmented.


This next palette is the real metallic palette of the collection.


#025 called Metallic Chic sports some very pretty and very metallic shades.  #1 is a metallic silver but it's somewhat sheerer than the rest of the shadows in the palette.  #2 is a beautiful warm metallic forest green. Many metallic shadows of the green persuasion tend to pull black when applied. This one reminds me of  Bobbi Brown Metallic Shadow in Bash with a warmer undertone.  #3 is a stunning metallic yellow gold. #4 is a rich metallic copper, slightly lighter than the metallic copper of the #020 Naturally Glamorous palette and also slightly more orange. #5 is a deep metallic brown that is leaning toward black with a very slight gold shimmer to it.


Last, but not least, is my favorite palette of the bunch. This one is called #030 Rich Temptations.

This sweet palette of pinks, burgundy and sage green really makes my grey green eyes stand out!  The shades are all of the satin persuasion with slight leaning towards metallic.  Sad to say but I think I had a palette with these colors in the mid 1980's. Thankfully eye shadow formulas have improved dramatically since then, and this Revlon CustomEyes™ collection applies a lot better than the shadows I had *gasp* 25 years ago!

Let’s have a moment of silence for how incredibly old I am.

....

OK.  Thank you.

So Revlon's #030 in Rich Temptations has #1 shade as a cool toned pink. This color actually shoes up better on me than the #010 Sweet Innocence but be warned, those with pink eyelids may find that this set of shadows gives you a albino bunny rabbit look (PINK EYE). This is easily corrected with a warm toned flesh colored liner applied to the waterline...which I forgot to apply in my Eye Of The Day picture below, but do as I say, not as I do!

Anyway. #2 shadow is a sweet satiny plum #3 is a cool toned beige champagne #4 is a subtle metallic sage green and #5 is a deep black based metallic burgundy that reminds me of MAC Beautymarked without the glitter and with less black base. 

As you can see in my less than expert application of the #030 Rich Temptations palette the shadows blended decently but I think I could have done a better job.


I used #1 pink shadow all over the lower lid to the crease, #2 plum shadow from mid crease to outer V, #3 shadow to highlight to brow bone, #4 on inner eye to mid crease and #5 to line under eye and partially lid and outer V.


Do you NEED this?  Well I was less than impressed with the quality of #010 Sweet Innocence but I found that the metallic formula worked really well and #020, #025 were real winners as far as pigmentation and quality. #030 is my favorite but the sage green may not work for everyone.  Revlon CustomEyes™ Shadow and Liner palettes come in two more color combinations, so there is a decent range to choose from. If you are looking for a inexpensive eye shadow palette this may be one for you. Personally, I liked the shadows but felt that if I spent a little more money for another brand I would get a lot more in quality and wearability.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in #125 Vega

image from Guerlain
Part two of my love affair with Guerlain's new lipstick formula and case today.  

As I already mentioned I am a sucker for packaging and Guerlain has some of the nicest packaging in the industry. Now it's all for naught if the product inside isn't as delightful as the packaging, but thankfully Guerlain lives up to expectations and delivers a new lipstick formula in the Guerlain Rouge Automatique that is superb.

While searching through the immense Guerlain archives, Olivier Échaudemaison (Creative Director for Guerlain) found a small Art Deco wonder created in 1936 that captured his attention: the original “Rouge Automatique.” Though the legendary lipstick’s craftsmanship and hand finishes were commonplace at the time, the lipstick packaging was a revolution in itself with its single hand push to reveal luxurious color.  Olivier now reinterprets Rouge Automatique for the 21st century – re-innovating the piece as the first lipstick without a cap and with an application technique requiring only a single hand.

Sure there are other brands that have has a 1 handed lipstick, but the formula of Guerlain’s lipstick makes those other brands look like crayons.  The new formula is innovative and delicately sheer. It has three objectives:

According to Guerlain:
"* OBJECTIVE 1: Second-Skin Texture
Sensory oils + waxes with different fusion points gradually liquefy during application, depending on temperature of the lips.  The result is a soft sensory film that becomes one with skin, offering impeccable coverage that is neither too oily nor too thick.  A lipstick so comfortable that you’ll forget your wearing it.

* OBJECTIVE 2: Boosted Colors
Cristal Pigment is a non-opaque pigment that makes it possible to obtain luminous, clear and pure colors.  The result is unprecedented light and luminous beiges and pinks that feature tailor-made shine with made-to-measure sheerness.

* OBJECTIVE 3: Long-Lasting Hold
Offering exceptional shine, stay-put and feather-proof color, the formula utilizes a complex of oil and resin that act in harmony to accentuate shine and hold.  The oil is rich, not sticky, with high refraction power."

The Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Vega #125 delivers in all aspects of the above. The sheer formula melts onto my lips and applies like a dream.  It's soft and smooth and I almost forget I'm wearing it. I never feel like I need a lip balm underneath or above once I have been wearing it for a while.  It fades evenly and that's after a fairly long time of wear. I did not experience the dreaded red ring of shame around my lips as the lipstick wore off nor did I experience any bleeding or feathering of the lipstick.  The color is a deep blood red that is somewhat sheer enough for every day wear. It reminds me of a less intense version of KissKiss 525 - Folie de Grenat. The neutral toned red has a tendency to pull cool on me but since warm colors turn orange on me and cool colors turn pink I have to believe that this one is the most neutral of the reds I own. All in all a win!


Now I will say that the case does not carry as much "heft" as other Guerlain lipstick cases so it can seem a little light when being held, but I'm sure my back won't complain since I end up carrying around a ton of lipsticks with me all the time.  As for the design, I love the on handed ease, but be careful not to slide the lipstick all the way up as the bullet might break off from the base if too much pressure is applied to the lipstick. Wile I have never had this happen to me using the Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipstick I know form experience that a fully extended lipstick is easy to break, not matter what the brand. Lastly the scent. Yes. Guerlain likes to scent its lipsticks. It's not offensive to me but can be to those with more sensitive noses.

Do you NEED this?  Well if you are a packaging hoor, YES! if you are lipstick hoor, YES! If you want something special to perk up a bad day, YES!


The 25 new Spring shades of Rouge Automatique are available in April 2011 for $35 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and at Bergdorf Goodman.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in #161 Cherry Blossom

image from Guerlain

As you know I am quite enamoured with Guerlain lipstick. I happen to find Guerlain one of my favorite formulas for lipstick. From the Kiss Kiss to the Rouge G and now I have found a new love Rouge Automatique!  It's a funny thing how everything old is new again. Just look at the bevy of 1980's style clothing for sale at the local mall. (YUK) but one thing that has been re-introduced is a lipstick from Guerlain...and thankfully the 1980's have nothing to do with it.

While searching through the immense Guerlain archives, Olivier Échaudemaison (Creative Director for Guerlain) found a small Art Deco wonder created in 1936 that captured his attention: the original “Rouge Automatique.” Though the legendary lipstick’s craftsmanship and hand finishes were commonplace at the time, the lipstick packaging was a revolution in itself with its single hand push to reveal luxurious color.  Olivier now reinterprets Rouge Automatique for the 21st century – re-innovating the piece as the first lipstick without a cap and with an application technique requiring only a single hand.

That's right my beloved readers. you can now surf your Smart phone whilst applying lipstick and you will never have to use more than one hand to apply that lipstick.

I am a sucker for packaging. Guerlain has some of the nicest packaging for cosmetics around. From the elegant Hervé Van der Straeten designed Kiss Kiss lipstick cases to the opulent Rouge G lipsticks which house their own mirror, the new Guerlain Rouge Automatique is no shrinking violet in a class of attention getting cases.

While the lipstick case itself is not as hefty as the kiss kiss or Rouge G the clever no cap design is intriguing.  A simple metal square slide with the initial G slides down as your lipstick slides UP!

The top opens flawlessly to reveal the lipstick bullet held in a black matte plastic container with the word "Guerlain" in its signature script along the base.  The temptation to reveal the entire bullet during application can be strong, but I advise against it for fear that it may break off from the base if too much pressure is applied without some sort of brace (e.g. the lipstick case).

The square top shape is a tad awkward at first when applying and in my haste I have even smudged some lipstick on to the case, but I have gotten used to it and the one hand, cap-less design is super!

Now don't get me wrong. I know other makeup companies have one hand design lipstick cases but I defy you to find one with a better lipstick formula inside!  I mean, what is the point of a clever package if the product inside isn't worth it right?

Well thankfully Guerlain only copied the case design from the 1936 original and not the formula. Very much a 21st century formula, Guerlain has developed a new formula based on three promises.
1) Second Skin Texture
2) Boosted Colors
3) Long-Lasting Hold

After wearing 2 different Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipsticks for a few days I found the formula to live up quite well to the 3 promises that Guerlain set out to meet.




Now I have 2 different the Guerlain Rouge Automatique,but today I am only going to feature one of them. Why? Because one of the colors is called Cherry Blossom.  Since I live near Washington, DC and the annual Cherry blossom festival began on Friday I think there is no better way to celebrate than by wearing a lipstick called Cherry Blossom (Sure I could actually go and see the Cherry Blossom trees in person and all that jazz, but this is makeup!!) The second reason I'm only showing you one lipstick today is that the lip swatch pics for the beautiful RED called Vega didn't turn out as I liked and I'll be running those pics later this week.

OK.  On to the lipstick review:


Cherry Blossom #161 is a warm frosty pink with slight pearl and shimmery undertones.  As most things that are pink and warm tend to lean orange on my skin, rest assured that Cherry blossom is a sweet baby pink with an amped up adult flare.



The lipstick, upon application, seemed to melt onto my lips, gradually liquefying during application. The result was a soft, second skin feel to the lips with no harsh waxy or oily feel.  I almost forgot I was wearing it!  The pigmentation of the lipstick is astounding. This is a sheer type formula but packs a powerful pigmented punch. I never felt that additional coats were in order to "build up" the color.  It was perfection at first swipe.  For a light pink one would assume that by their first cup of tea the color would be all but a distant memory.  Not in this case.  The pink pigment lasted through my morning tea, but did require a touch up after I ate. (of course) The sheerness of this lipstick made the color look very natural and allowed for it to wear off evenly. I was not facing the dreaded ring of color around my lips. The only drawback, as with all Guerlain lipsticks, is that Guerlain Rouge Automatique lipstick is scented.  I'm actually a fan of the scent but I know others don't like it as much. I will say that the scent can be strong but it does fade when wearing the lipstick and does not have any flavor.

Do you NEED this?  Well if you are a packaging hoor, YES! if you are lipstick hoor, YES! If you want something special to perk up a bad day, YES!

The new Spring shades of Rouge Automatique are available in April 2011 for $35 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and at Bergdorf Goodman.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Lipstick League - week of 3.21.11


Welcome to the inaugural post for The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Once a week, each member of The Lipstick League will select a favorite post from their blog and we’ll assemble the links in one tidy weekly post for your reading pleasure.

We’ve gathered together a fantastic group of beauty bloggers whose content spans the world of beauty on topics such as makeup, skin care, nail care, fragrance and beyond!

To add a bit of personality to these posts, we’ll also ask each Lipstick League member to answer a “Question of the Week”, which they will answer on their own post. So be sure to check all the member's responses!

We hope you enjoy these weekly posts—we are so proud of the group we’ve assembled and we can’t wait to share this great content with you, our readers!

The Question of the Week for this inaugural post is: 
If you could only wear one lip product for the rest of all time (gasp!), what would it be?

Answer
Lipstick and anything by ChanelGuerlainDiorGivenchy. Come on. I can't choose just one brand!!

Here are this week’s links...

Beauty Junkies Unite - just can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s Greed Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

Clumps of Mascara - tried brown eyeliner for the first time. It wasn’t what she thought it was.

EauMG - reviews a NEST candle. It’s fragrance will put a smile on your face.

Nouveau Cheap - puts the new Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer to the test. Does it really give you 400% shiner nails in seconds?

Orange to LA - has her first experience with Jill Stuart Cream Eye Shadows, see if these shimmery shadows get you noticed!

Pink Sith - is finally able to get some much needed color on to her pale cheeks thanks to Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush # 5. No Pinching required!

Phyrra - discusses foundations, skin undertones & overtones and shows you her naked face!

Vampy Varnish - Zoya ModMattes Collection for Spring 2011 swatches & review.

we heart this - takes a look at the new Hourglass Aura Cheek and Lip Stains. Finally, a stain that you can be happy about!

What do you think readers? If YOU could only wear one lip product for the rest of all time (gasp!), what would it be?

See you next week!
~The Lipstick League

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Insouciant

image from http://www.rescuebeauty.com

Insouciant: in·sou·ci·ant [in-soo-see-uhnt] –adjective: free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. 

One of the 4 new shades from Rescue Beauty Lounge (RBL) Iconic/Ironic collection. Insouciant is the trendiest of the colors by far. Not that trendy is a bad thing. I like trendy. I LOVE purple so when the two combine I can finally be "in fashion" and actually like what I'm wearing.  Mind you I am rarely in fashion. If fashion consists of wearing jeans and a black or grey top with my Keen shoes then I'm fashionable.

That is neither here nor there. I work in a job where I meet with a lot of people and I shake a lot of hands. My hands are focused on a lot so I make sure to keep my nail polish neat and chip free. I try very hard not to wear too crazy of a color to the office, but I do wear black nail polish a lot and some consider that crazy...whatever, I work with philistines! When RBL came out with their latest 4 bottle collection I jumped at the chance to pre-order. I really wanted to get Iconoclast (not JUST for the name) but because it was a black polish with microglitter giving it a metallic like finish. However, I recently reorganized my polish collection and discovered that I have 9786 black or dark grey polishes I figured I could skip that one and go for my next favorite - PURPLE! (of which I only have 8786)

image from http://www.rescuebeauty.com
Lilac to be exact. I couldn't even pronounce the name of the polish, Insouciant, let alone know what it meant, but I did know I HAD TO HAVE IT! This pretty greyed lilac polish is infused with a fine microshimmer of bright blue. The shimmer, less noticeable under the unforgiving fluorescent lights at work, is unbelievably beautiful in natural light.
The application was fabulous. A slightly thick but still fluid polish, the color was almost opaque upon the first stroke of the brush. Two coats makes for an ideal finish.  No streaking, no bubbling, no dragging, just a smooth uniform finish.

I actually used RBLs base coat with this application. I used a top coat (CND) on one hand and none on the other and I have to say I am impressed that the base coat anchored this polish to my nails so well that I only experience minor tip wear on the non top coat hand after three days. the top coat hand still looks as stunning as the first day.  WIN!

Do you NEED this? YES!  If you don't have a greyed lilac polish in your collection this would be an excellent addition. You can purchase Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish directly from their website at www.rescuebeauty.com. Now I'm wondering if I should purchase that black polish, Iconoclast, and up my stock of black polishes to 9787. Hummmm.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Poll



Who is the sadist that decided to make an antibiotic one takes for strep throat, to be two times the size of an aspirin?  

It's bad enough that my throat hurt so bad that swallowing my own saliva hurt, but a giant pill?  I thought we were in the age of "Modern Medicine"! What is so modern about a pill that huge...even if it is pink and I only have to take it twice a day? I mean, this is the 21st century. Didn't you think that we were going to have subcutaneous pressurized shots and lasers to scan us and miracle pills the size of candy buttons to cure all that ails us? I thought life would be out of an Isaac Asimov or Heinlein science fiction novel by now. I mean we have slidewalks (at the airport and in Las Vegas) and space shuttles (we just ended the shuttle program actually) and have discovered extra terrestrial life (Juggalos) why can we have medicine catch up?  OK. So maybe we have made leaps and bounds in medicine like Antibiotics (Commercially available penicillin in 1945) and MRIs (invented in 1973)  and heck even the discovery of DNA (many before then knew about DNA but Watson and Crick were the 1st to suggest the double helix structure in 1953), but still I want my meal in pill form and an age inhibiting pill a la "Picture of Dorian Grey" darn it!  OK. I might be a bit cranky because I'm sick, or it could be because I'm just a cranky person, but I still think a meal in pill form would be awesome....just as long as I don't end up like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Know what I mean?  Think of all the time we would save by not having to eat? I could shop for more makeup, I could blog more, I could read a book!...nah. I have a TV. No need for books. (JUST KIDDING).  But seriously folks. I really thought we would have jet packs and flying cars and the cure for the common cold by the year 2000. That's why I'm going to encourage Darthypie to become a scientist. More kids need to get involved with engineering and science and we need to start encouraging and rewarding children that show an interest in those fields...especially girls!  That's why I think it is so important to participate in the STEM coalition.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition, works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.  If you work for a science, engineering or technology based company or work in the industry you should check out the STEM website and see how your company can be a part of the key to our survival as a planet. It's time we put science at the top of our agenda! (steps off soap box) Because I really want to get rid of my wrinkles in the least invasive way possible!
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Poesie. I needed a neutral pink to go with red lips today.

2.  When you were a little kid what sort of fantastic science fiction-y type stuff did you think we would have by the 21st century? - This may only work for the "more mature" readers of this poll since some of you reading this were born in the 1990s! ANYWAY. I thought we would have jet packs, flying cars and instant food machines a la the Jetsons.

3.  What makeup product do you think has improved with the introduction of modern technology? - I think foundation has really befitted from "science". The types of coverage, wear, colors, almost everything about it is 100% better than the crap I slopped on my face just 25 years ago.

4.  If you travel 100 years into the future what advancements in science/technology will you expect to see? - I hope that I see a cure for cancer and AIDS and I also hope that we have a lot of floating movable screens for technology like in the movie "Minority Report" and that people actually TALK to one another rather than text all the time.

5.  What beauty item do you think is perfected and needs no improvement? - That's hard. I think everything can be improved, however, I do feel like we are in a Mascara rut. With the introduction of those silly vibrating mascara wands I felt like the industry ran out of ideas. There is a mascara "glut" that requires some mascaras to be culled from the herd...so to speak.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush #5 Fuschia Temptation

image from http://www.yslbeautyus.com

I am what you might call Melanin Deficient. Pigmentally Challenged. Fair Skinned. Pale. Wan. Pallid. Lacking Color. WHITE.  I am not quite translucent but I am leaning in that direction. I have not achieved the Borg Queen status yet. (SEE?! I can branch out and mention Star Trek from time to time. It's not all Star Wars 24/7!)
But a girl has to have goals right?

So it may come as quite a shock to you that I don't go out in the sun very often and my natural flush is only shown when I exert myself doing housework. However, Since housework is a four letter word to me and sunlight gives me extreme migraines, induces vomiting, dizziness and acute lethargy, I have to rely on artificial methods to introduce color to my less than rosy cheeks.

I normally rely on powder blushers, (Chanel Joues Contraste blushers are my favorite) when I need to give a hint of actually being alive against the pallor of my skin. But some times powder wont cut it and I am in need of a more natural looking alternative.  Sure I could follow the old adage that 
"Ladies pinch. Whores rouge" but then I would end up with tons of broken capillaries on my cheeks and eventually develop bruises and look more like a zombie with green and yellow bruises rather than a stupid twit who pinched her cheeks.  So I decided to take the whore's route and use rouge! YAY for Whores and Rouge! (And if you are a rep from Yves Saint Laurent, you are NOT going to like this next statement) So let me introduce to you Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Crème de Blush.

In no way am I suggesting that only whores use YSL blushes. Trust me. Whores don't discriminate when it comes to blush or many other things...but to be a blush whore..well that's an entirely different matter.

When I was at Neiman Marcus the other day I had the wonderfully terrific and awesomeness Sales Associate Kathy Shoreman helping me out. (If you recall she introduced me to those stunning Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill shadows). I asked her to show me what was "new"in the world of YSL and she brought me to the display of 5 petite pots of pigmented creme blush that absolutely rocked my world.  

YSL Crème de Blush is a new product with a unique cream to powder finish.  This blush gives a luminous, glowing and and healthy look to ones cheeks. The incredibly soft formula of the blush feels almost like liquid silk upon application. The product seems to blend effortlessly into your skin creating a NATURAL and seamless finish. YSL touts the "...non-waxy texture" as a triumph in not breaking through makeup so it is an excellent touch-up tool for use throughout the day. But I felt that the lasting power of this blush is so strong that touch-ups may be almost gratuitous.  

This YSL Crème de Blush comes in 5 stunning and usable colors.

1 Velvety Peach - A fashionable peachy orange almost coral that is the NOW color

2 Powdery Rose - A sweet and wearable warm pink  that may compliment most skin tones.

3 Silky Praline - A handsome tawny, almost natural mocha for those with darker skin tones and a beautiful contour for those with lighter skin tones.

5 Fuschia Temptation - A hot pink on the cool side that looks like a natrural flush on porcelain skin and sunkissed cheeks on darker tones

6 Rouge Passion - A fiery warm toned red that would put the best pinching by Scarlett O'Hara to shame.

I was really leaning toward the #2 Powdery Rose when Kathy Shoreman guided me to #5 Fuschia Temptation. A wise move from such a sage associate. This hot pink blush blended so well into my natural skin tone that it left me looking like I actually may have ironed a shirt or did a load of laundry this decade. It looked like my natural flush, if I had any blood flowing though my veins. It looked as if I had pinched instead of rouged!


Kathy's method of application, also endorsed by YSL was to use your fingertips to gently apply to the apples of the cheeks ten blending up with clean fingertips and and outward toward the hairline, you gently tap the YSL Crème de Blush into the skin for flawless blending.


I will make a quick comparison with my limited experience with creme blushes.  The YSL Crème de Blush is feels lighter than Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges and dries faster. It isn't sticky like Tarte's Gel blushes, It isn't greasy like BECCA creme blushes and spreads easier and blends better than MUFE HD and Fresh cosmetics creme blushes. It dries to a powder finish and does not seem to become milky or cakey when blended over foundation and concealer.  It didn't break me out and a minuscule amount went a long way.

Now that I look more human with a natural flush thanks to YSL Crème de Blush, I don't scare small woodland creatures any more and those pesky Twilight fans have stopped following me around to see if I look glittery in sunlight.

Do you NEED this?  YES!  Now for .19 oz it's 1/2 the size of a Bobbi Brown Post Rouge and almost twice the price at $38 USD, it may be a tough pill to swallow, but you can't beat the sheerness and blendability of this stunning creme blush.  YSL Crème de Blush looked more natural on me than any of the Bobbi Brown pot rouges I have, and the YSL Crème de Blush is easier to blend.  I find myself reaching for this blush over and over again and I think I might "need" to pick up the #2 Powdery Rose or be daring and try the #6 Rouge Passion red blush some time soon!  Want the very magnificent Kathy Shoreman to help you with a cosmetic purchase? Then go an see her at Neiman Marcus in Tysons II or give her a call at 703-761-1600. I get no money by referring her nor do I get anything from Neiman Marcus for mentioning them in this blog post. I'm just so incredibly pleased to have a Sales Associate that knows what she is talking about when it comes to cosmetics!


P.S.  I know that Fuschia is spelled Fuchsia but I am going off of the spelling from the YSL website. So there! 
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