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    The Best of 2014 Beauty⎪Makeup & Skincare

    It’s the end of 2014. How crazy is it that the year is almost over? I have a lot of things going on next year and I’m both nervous and excited for what’s to come. Before I introduce my 2014 beauty favorites, I wanted to wish all of my dear readers a Happy New Year! I hope great blessings will come in 2015 and that you will be filled with happiness and joy 🙂
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    YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks

    An ode to the YSL lipsticks, but specifically the line called rouge volupté shine. I never understood what the different rouge volupté formulations were, and what each line was. But, I have since been intrigued by their brand and decided to, once and for all, understand what their lipsticks were like! I’ve currently tried and bought one from each of their line.

    But, I have come to the conclusion that the volupté shine are my favorite and what I think are the best. As I mentioned in my Beauty Haul post here, I am someone who loves to wear bold lip colors. Sadly though, I don’t find myself in enough situations where I can boldly wear these bold shades. So, I am always looking for lipsticks that can give me the best of both worlds– romance and reality.

    These volupté shine lipsticks are absolutely practical in the sense that they are sheer enough to wear comfortably everyday in all situations, but not sacrificing the color payoff. I have gone for two particular shades, no.19 and no.14.


    No.19 is drop-dead perfect. I love purple lipsticks, and this has got to be one of the best. I find most purple lipsticks being either too lavender, too red, too cherry, too dark, or too pastel. I like that saturated kind of purple. I find it so flattering for my skin tone and so many others. One that I found was quite spot-on with getting that exact purple shade was the 3 Concept Eye lip lacquer that I blogged about here.

    But that one is really bold, something you can’t wear everyday. But this YSL rouge volupté shine in no.19 is both purple and practical at the same time. The color power is also amazing. It’s also super creamy and moisturizing.

    No.14 is a beautiful coral. It’s seems to be a really popular color since I see it constantly sold out. It is pinker than the other corals that they have in the same range (from my memory, no.15 and 16 were pretty orange-corals). It’s perfect for that sweet and tarty summer look! 🙂

    And need I say the packaging? It’s YSL

    Because the rouge volupté lines all have the same packaging, I’ve always been confused as to what is what. Some YSL counters even have their lipsticks mixed all together so you can’t tell the difference. Some even have the same number for goodness sakes! But now I know, this rouge volupté SHINE line is the best.

    And on a final note, this is me wearing no.19 🙂

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    BEAUTY HAUL • skincare, makeup, haircare, and nails!

    I waited about a month for all these products to finally come in the mail! But now, since they are all here I thought it was about time to please your eyes with these beauty goodies. I did film a Beauty Haul video but (personal note begins here…) I am hesitant about continuing my Youtube channel. If you are a subscriber, I think you could still see the video but I may close my account soon… still thinking about it.

    But as for blogging, I really enjoy it so I’m definitely continuing this! So, on that long note, I wanted to share with you the products I’ve recently bought. I’m going to post a more detailed review of each of these product when I get the time, but I’ve swatched some of them for your viewing pleasures haha 🙂

    High-End Makeup 

    My most exciting purchase was the YSL rouge volupté shine lipsticks. Guys, I’m still new to YSL lipsticks, and little did I know about their different lipstick ranges. But recently, I’ve become so intrigued by their line and I really wanted to know what was best for me. Because I am someone who loves bold colors but finds so little time to wear them, I wanted something with medium pigmentation that has a slightly sheer finish so it wouldn’t be too off-setting when I wear them around. So, YSL has their “rouge volupté sheer candy” and their normal “rouge volupté” and then, the “rouge volupté shine”. Their “sheer candy” line was something I was most interested in, but found that they really are super duper sheer. So much that I found it pointless to even get them. The regular “rouge volupté” is a richly pigmented lipstick. It is very creamy and moisturizing, but it also pretty dense.

    The “sheer” version of that is the ones I got in the number 19  and 14. No. 19 is my current obsession. You know I have a thing for purple lipsticks. The fuchsia lipstick from the YSL matte line looked a bit too cherry and not purple enough. But the rouge volupté shine no.19 is that beautiful true purple shade that I was looking for! It seriously looks so flattering. What I love about these lipsticks are that even if the colors are bold, you can wear them without fear that they are too in your face. They are subtle but rich at the same time. And goodness, they are also super moisturizing, and the color stay? Amazing.

    No. 14 is a coral-pink shade. One can’t have too many of these right? Beautiful, and always out of stock, I finally got my hands on these. Just a good fresh pop o’ color, you know?

    I also picked up the NARS Creamy Radiant concealer in the shade vanilla. I wanted “custard” but the lady at the Nars counter insisted I get “vanilla” which is a lighter shade than “custard”. I caved and got the “vanilla” soon finding that the color “custard” actually may be the better match! HUMPH. But in terms of formulation, it is pretty amazing. I am in love with the Collection 2000 concealers, and thank goodness I now found Nars because it’s a perfect replacement, I must say!

    DRUGSTORE Makeup:
    From the drugstore, I picked up two makeup bits and two haircare bits. For makeup, I got one L’Oreal MagicLumi under eye concealer shade 862, and a L’Oreal Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner in black.

    HAIR CARE:
    For hair, I got my forever-repurchase L’Oreal Damage Repair Erase Balm (read it here), and It’s a 10 miracle-leave-in hair product. It’s a new one, but I’m hoping I’ll love it!

    SKINCARE.
    You know I love Mario Badescu so when the opportunity comes, I’l stock up on what I love. I got my favorite toner Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and a new toner I wanted to try, Glycolic Acid Toner. Then I got the Dry Cream I love so much and the Enzyme Revitalizing Mask that seems like a good everyday mask. I also got a good well-rounded moisturizer called Buttermilk Moisturizer and I also got a newbie, Hylauronic Emulsion w/ Vitamin C which sounded like my two favorite skincare ingredients merged into one!

    NAILS.

    Ok, so I went a little cray you know? I do have a lot of nail polishes, but I wasn’t feeling any of them. I splurged on some Topshop nail polishes. They have such cute packaging. The shades I got:

    left to right: fly trap venus, carnival, mannequin, threadbare, tidal, rainy day, varsity, parma violet 

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    C O L O R F O C U S #1 / p l u m & f u c h s i a

    Please read this post before all else!
    Anyway, to continue on from that post I am starting this series of Color Focus posts both on my blog and on my Youtube. I’m going to be finding similar colored makeup and talking about them and what I love about them! The first one up is the PLUM+FUCHSIA category that I adore so much.

    Watch the more in-depth video! I show you the swatches here too 🙂

    Products mentioned: (Click on the product to be directed to its relevant blogpost review)

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    C O L O R F O C U S #1 / p l u m & f u c h s i a

    Please read this post before all else!
    Anyway, to continue on from that post I am starting this series of Color Focus posts both on my blog and on my Youtube. I’m going to be finding similar colored makeup and talking about them and what I love about them! The first one up is the PLUM+FUCHSIA category that I adore so much.

    Watch the more in-depth video! I show you the swatches here too 🙂

    Products mentioned: (Click on the product to be directed to its relevant blogpost review)

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