Product Review: YSL Rouge Volupte Perle: 108 Celestial Mauve

So you guys should know by now how obsessed I am with Yves Saint Laurent’s (YSL) Rouge Volupte products. Everything about them I love.  I could seriously just have one stick of these bad boys and no other makeup and I would be happy.  Well, maybe not… I don’t think I could live without foundation.

Anyways, when I was in Las Vegas at the end of August I of course had to pick up a few of these because I don’t have a YSL counter in my city (my local Sephora just sells the Faux Cils mascara – review to come soon!).  Anyways, I stopped by Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall (after I bought my “first daughter”, my Chanel bag) and instantly fell in love with one of the shades in their new Rouge Volupte Perle line.  The colour, dear readers, is called Celestial Mauve (product number 108) and it is the prettiest lilac purply-pink I have ever seen.  Of course I had to have it. The Perle shades are a bit different in formula from the regular line.  This is what YSL has to say on their website:

The ultimate accessory, this creamy and nourishing lipstick is enveloped in a luxurious gold case with the timeless YSL logo that speaks elegance. Lips instantly feel soft and supple and are drenched in gorgeous color with a satiny-pearl finish. The secret—a perfect blend of nourishing and soothing ingredients, and voluptuous pearls (transparent crystal pearls and colored pearls) that caress lips with a sensual yet sophisticated shine that’s utterly irresistible. Long-lasting and highly comforting formula, leave lips looking smoother, fuller and more radiant. SPF 15. Alright, so the one thing I noticed about these sticks (other than the to-die-for colour) was that you have to really layer this on to get the colour you desire.  In comparison to the regular Rouge Voluptes, which go on perfectly first swipe, you have to go over your lips with this product numerous times before that gorgeous lilac colour is radiating from your lips. I don’t mind layering it so many times, but these things are expensive ($34 USD) and the longer wear I can get from it, the better.  Like all Rouge Volupte products, the consistency of them are quite creamy and glide on your lips so you can tend to use the product up quickly with the Perles.

Another difference is the shine. I find Rouge Volupte to be quite shiny already, but the Perles really bring it to another level.  These lipsticks are glossy!  And I’m talking glossy as in a wet way.  Now I’m not complaining here, I actually really do like the effect, it’s like a lipgloss but 100 per cent better.  You get the same colour payoff as a lipstick but the shine of a gloss.

So my final thoughts?  Well, I wish that the Perles would be like the regular line in terms of colour payoff at first swipe, but I really do love this colour.  It’s so pretty, really the perfect lilac colour.  Now with that being said, I actually ended up giving this to my mom. She really wanted #8 Fetish Pink from the regular line but I couldn’t find it anywhere (I got it as a birthday gift), so when I couldn’t find her the one she wanted I knew she would love this one (we have the same taste in lipsticks).  I unfortunately didn’t have time to go back to Neimans to buy myself one and Sephora didn’t have the Perle line.

Have you tried YSL’s Rouge Volupte Perle in Celestial Mauve?  Or any colours from the Perle line?  What were your thoughts?

Five Ways To Get Sky-High Voluminous Hair

One way to take advantage of a crazy windy day.

I love big hair.  Honestly, for me, the bigger the better.  Unfortunately though, voluminous hair isn’t always attainable.  Due to the powers of gravity, my hair can tend to fall flat (especially if it’s straightened) or going on second or third day hair.  There is just something so glamourous about tresses with sky-high volume, it’s 50’s glam Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett from Charlie’s Angels, heck even Snooki from Jersey Shore. 

There are numerous ways to get your hair from fall flat to filled with volume, but here are my top five.

Number One: Volumizing Mousse

I have to start off by saying that I’m not a mousse girl.  For me, mousse is for curly haired gals, but with that being said, a little volumizing mousse at your roots after you take a shower doesn’t hurt.

Start off with freshly washed hair and after towel-drying it, apply a small dab of mousse (less than a palm’s full, remember, mousse grows in your hand after you spray it) to the roots.  Massage it in for a few minutes then blow dry your hair.  It is best to do this with a round brush (or throw in some large rollers) to get your roots up, but if you don’t have one, try blow drying your hair with your head upside down.  By doing this you are drying your roots a certain way and it will instantly add volume to your hair.

Number Two: Mattifying Powder

These products may look small but they give big results.  Dust some of the powder (I use Schwarzkopf OSiS Dust It Hair Mattifying Powder.  Kevin Murphy makes one too) on your roots (I usually will separate the hair right off the crown of my head and dust some on there) then mess it up!  The starch in the product adds volume to your roots, thus resulting in bigger hair.  If your tresses fall flat throughout the day just get back in here and mess it up some more.  This stuff will last in your hair until your next shower.

Number Three: Root Lifting Spray

Sorry for the bad angle, my brother took the photo. Hey, I only have two hands!

I can’t speak for all root lifting sprays, but I love Matthew James’ Root Lift Spray. Just separate your hair starting at the back of your crown, spray it on, then tease with a teasing comb.  Repeat on either sides for sky-high volume.

Number Four: Hairspray

This one is pretty basic.  Basically repeat the same steps as the root lift spray but with your favourite hairspray then tease.  I honestly prefer the root lift spray, but I figure mostly every girl owns a bottle of hairspray.  Just don’t forget a good teasing comb!

Number Five: Curls

Last and not least, try curling your hair.  You can either curl the fronts to give you that Kim Kardashian hair or curl your whole head.  Just a tip, after you curl your hair, release it from the barrel then wind it back up and bobby pin it to your head.  Repeat until you are down your whole head and then hairspray it and release the curls.  The curls will be a bit more defined that way because they had longer to set.  What are your tips for voluminous hair?

Oh, and one more thing.. It’s been a while since I posted a picture of these rascals. 🙂

Cheap and Chic: President’s Choice Scented Natural Soy-Blend Candles

So if you are anything like me, you love hitting the scented candle section of Bath and Body Works as soon as you enter the store.  I love the scents of their candles and how they do certain scents to match the time of year.  For example, right now for fall they have cinnamon and clove, homemade cookies, apple crumble, etc.  Truly fall scents perfect for Thanksgiving and leaves falling, and the sun setting early.  You know, typical fall stuff.

I could seriously go nuts in that store, except one thing hold me back.  The prices!  Now I’m not talking about the soaps here, I’m talking about the candles.  The three-wick ones (14.5 oz.) retail for $24.50 in Canada.  I know they often have buy-one-get-one sales, but still, they are pretty darn expensive.

Anyways, last week I was stocking up on my groceries for the week at the Real Canadian Superstore and I saw that they had 20 oz. soy-blend scented candles for, get this, $5.  Yes folks, five whole dollars.  And man, do they smell delish.  They come in four scents for fall, Cinnamon Bun, Banana Nut Loaf, Angel Food Cake, and Apple Crumble.

I ended up choosing the Cinnamon Bun one but it was a tough decision.  These really are a great deal, not only are they so inexpensive and smell yummy, but they are soy-blend so they are good for the environment (unlike the Bath and Body Works ones).

Anyways, I thought I would do a quick post here about them.  I often do find some great deals so I created a new section, appropriately called “Cheap and Chic”.  It was either that or Frugal and Fabulous, I thought Cheap and Chic sounded better…

On a side note and speaking of Bath and Body Works, they are offering on their Canadian Facebook page right now a deal for a free product after you spend $10.  Check it out here.

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