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My Favorite Red Lips: YSL Glossy Stain

DSCN1931This winter, I’m obsessed with red lips. Lipstick, lipgloss, lipstain, you name it. If it’s red, I want it. I would wear them every single day if I could, but unfortunately I don’t think they’d be much appreciated on my central New York campus (I hate girls who wear lipstick in the library! Do less, honey). Part of this red-lip-mania is due to the fact that I discovered the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain (or just plain old YSL Glossy Stains for short).  This product first hit the markets last yearand I was instantly drawn to it; partly because it was YSL, partly because it used groundbreaking technology to develop this gloss-stain hybrid.  It not only creates an even stain on your lips that can last through hours of eating and drinking, but also gives your lips a delicious glossy shine.

DSCN1879The color I picked up is #9 Rouge Laque, a classic warm red that is great for those with more yellow-based skin tones.  It has a doe-foot like applicator that is in a flat triangle shape, which I found actually great for reaching the corners of the mouth.

To achieve the maximum stain and shine, you need to apply two coats: the first as a thin even base to stain the lips, and the second to add more opacity and insane shine. Although it at first feels watery and thin on the lips, it soon turns a bit gummy textured. That makes it sound so gross and unpleasant but I can’t think of any other way to describe it….and believe me it’s quite comfy on the lips, not drying at all. And let me tell you, does this puppy last. I can wear this out at night and it stays on until I come back to my dorm room in the wee hours of the morning. It’s actually quite interesting: when you are wearing this product and take a sip of something from a glass, very little red is left on the rim: the gloss seems to make a protective layer on the pigment. In fact if you touch your lips with your finger, nothing comes off at all! Once the gloss starts to fade, you are left with an even stain that you can easily put lip balm or more gloss over.  Another great thing about the glossy stains is that although they stain your lips for hours, the stain is easily removed with makeup remover. I always hated how sometimes lipsticks or lip liners will leave your lips red or magenta until the next morning, no matter how long you spend scrubbing them. But of course, not with this holy grail product.

My only complaints about this are the price ($32, but hey, it is YSL), and the fact that once the applicator is on your lips, you need to act fast. If you don’t, the “gummy texture” will turn a bit clumpy and feel a bit too thick on your lips.

Overall, the YSL Glossy Stains are amazing. They are long lasting and just exude glamour; from the fabulous gold packaging to the shine they put on the lips. This has become one of my favorite lip products of all time and I’m dying to purchase another one of the 15 shades available.

What is your favorite red?


What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag?


Sunshine and poolside tanning is calling me! Tomorrow I’m off to Florida for some good ole family time. After suffering the freezing cold of the Boston area for the past month while on Christmas break, I’m more than ready for 80 degree weather.

Since I’m going to be just hangin with my parents and grandparents, I thought I’d pack pretty light on the makeup. So I’ve slimmed down my massively large makeup bag to my “essentials.” For the base I’ve packed my favorite Laura Mercier Primer and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30, as well as samples of YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation in BD40 (see previous post) and a sample of Chantecaille Just Skin in Bliss. For concealer I have my trust Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque which I can always count on to get rid of my pesky dark circles as well as my Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I became obsessed with this concealer last winter, as it provides amazing coverage but is a very thin, lightweight liquid. To set my face I’m packing my Make Up For Ever HD Powder, and for bronzer to contour my round Asian cheeks, my NYC Bronzer in Sunny, an amazing product for only $3 at the drugstore! I’m only bringing two blushes, amazingly: NARS Deep Throat for a casual, day cheek, and NARS Orgasm as a more dramatic, shimmery cheek. I brought my absolute favorite highlighter, Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond, which gives the most beautiful, gold shaded highlight.

For easy one-step eyeshadow I brought my Maybelline 24-Hour Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, and Mac Paint Pots in Soft Ochre and Bare Study to swipe over my lids either under other shadows or to wear on their own. For days I feel when I want to put more effort into my eye makeup, I have my Urban Decay Naked Palette which provides a good range of warm neutrals that can be used to make either day or night looks. Along with it is my beloved Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Banana that I use for blending, Sephora Prism Eyeshadow (a great all-over-the-lid color that is like my skin color but better), and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. For eyeliner, I stuck with my well-loved Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner for the my usual liner with a flick, and my Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte as a nude liner to put in my waterline to give my eyes a wider, more awake appearance. The one and only mascara I own is Maybelline The Falsies Flared Waterproof (waterproof to hold my straight Asian lashes up in a curl), a product that was highly talked about by other beauty bloggers and was well worth the hype! The two brow products I’m bringing, NYX Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal and Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium, create the perfect mix of brown and grey for my brows and are the only brow products that have seemed to work for me in the past year. To set them I use Anastasia Brow Gel, which I have to admit was a waste of money; a clear mascara is a much cheaper and equally effective alternative.

Besides my normal slew of lip balms, I’m bringing only three colored lip products: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop for a fuschia pop of color, and my favorite red lip: YSL Glossy Stain in #9. As for tools, all I brought besides my brushes are my Tweezerman tweezers and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, which I simply cannot live without.

After typing out all those products, it really does seem to be a lot of “essentials,” however for a makeup lover like me, this is practically the bare minimum. Plus, it all seems to fit in my little LeSportSac bag!

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What do you bring in your makeup bag when you travel?