YSL Candy Face Spring 2012 Tutorial + Review Video Details

YSL's Spring Candy Face collection is definitely one of the most unique. It's pastel, glitter, translucent.. very candy-esque! YSL didn't focus on either green or orange or pink like most of the Spring collections we have seen and instead, chose to offer a variety of all the shades that are reminiscent of the season. This makes for a fun shopping experience for the consumer, so many versatile products! There is something here for everyone :)

Color Products Shown/Used in the Video:
YSL Manicure Couture Duos in 8 (mint and brown) & 7 (pink and orange)
*Mentioned but not shown: YSL Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette (quad)
YSL Voile de Blush in 1 Carmin [bright candy coral]
NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base & Too Faced Glitter Glue Primer
YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow Palette in 13 w/Chanel Mini Shader Brush from Holiday '10
e.l.f Cream Eyeliner in Brown with Dior Eyeliner Brush
Lancome Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara with Revlon's Thickening Chic False Lashes
YSL Rouge Volupte Perle Lipstick in 115 Coral Pink
YSL Golden Gloss in 50 Golden Peach

Face Products Used:
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Ivory [currently testing, please hold questions!]
Shisiedo Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Sigma F25 Brush
Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Caramel w/MAC by Marcel Wanders 187 Duo Fibre Brush
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-4

Neo Clover 4 Tone in Brown from EyeCandyLens.com

Nail Polish:
YSL Green from Spring '12 Duo Vernis, Edition 7


YSL No. 13 Candy Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2012 Review, Photos, Swatches

The Ombres 5 Lumieres Palette in 13 for YSL's Spring 2012 Candy Face Collection, $56, is breathtaking. It brings out the little girl in me! I purchased it as soon as my local YSL counter received the shipment, even before the testers arrived. The cotton candy color scheme might seem juvenile to some but this eyeshadow palette is surprisingly wearable and it is a great alternative to the various greens that have overrun this season's eyeshadow palettes. Doesn't it remind you of Easter eggs?


YSL Glossy Stains in Coril Fauve 12 and Rose Vinyl 15 Review, Photos, Swatches

YSL recently released a new lip product called the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain, $32 each, and let's just say I'm in love. I ordered two of the shades from Sephora.com, sticking with my go-to lip colors of coral and pink. I planned to write this post earlier, but I wanted to make sure both of my selections were worth recommending. They are.


Guerlain Spring 2012 Collection Review + Tutorial Video Details

The Pinks and the Blacks is the best collection that Guerlain has released in recent memory. I carefully select my Guerlain pieces, but as you can see, I have amassed quite a few of the Spring pieces because I loved them so much! This collection has a lot of variety. As usual, I skipped the pink eyeshadow quad and the pink eyeshadow quint since I rarely ever wear pinks on my eyes, but I tried to add as much variety as possible to my selections. I hope you enjoy the video!

Guerlain Lingere de Peau Foundation in 03
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in OC-2
Guerlain Mineral Terracotta Loose Bronzer in 02
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
NARS Pro-Prime Eye Shadow Base
Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quad in Les Aquas
Armani Waterproof Pencil from Spring 2011 [LE]
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
Ardell 120 Demi Lashes
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder in Cruel Gardenia
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Rose Piquant in 74
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss in Flush Pink 872

YSL Pink from the 8th Edition Nail Polish Duo

Geo Tri Color Grey from PinkyParadise.com

My Hair: Blow Dryer and Flat Iron Duo Review

A lot of you have asked what is different about my hair recently. In fact, a lot has changed because my hair care system and hair styling tools have been overhauled. Today, I will show you just the latter.

Let's start with the best hair dryer I've ever encountered thus far. Pictured above is the Sedu Revolution 3600i Lightweight, which is one of their newest releases. I was hesitant when I first received it because I generally prefer more powerful blow dryers due to my naturally coarse hair, but I find that 1600 watts gives me the best blow out ever. I actually use it without the nozzle on most days, but my best friend who has also participated in testing out the blow dryer, says she thinks it flattens out her fine hair without the nozzle. My hair looks fuller and thicker and I do not see as much frizz, which saves me the trouble of time and product during these winter months.

I follow the directions in the pamphlet, listed above, to achieve the Body and Volume Look. It really does work so follow the tips! Also, I think it is worth mentioning that this is the only blow dryer that Tammy's two cats do not run and hide from. They usually hate the sound of the heat blasting but curiously enough, this blow dryer does not bother them. One last mention: the cool shot releases the coolest air when the ion button is turned off.

Now for the newest hair iron in the business. This Sedu Icon Nanon Tourmaline Ionic Styling Iron with 1"plates is GHD-priced but is it GHD competition? I say yes. The one drawback of the GHD is that you cannot control the temperature but the Sedu Icon allows this easily. There is no dial that must be turned and can be accidentally moved when using the iron. Instead, it is an easy digital setting with a single press to turn it on or off. It also has a swivel cold and clever little rubber pads to help grip the iron properly. This Icon flat iron is a hot, high-tech item that will not be easy to resist.

Bottom Line: I highly recommend both of these products, especially the hair dryer ($159). But best of all, you can get $25 off with code WINTER25 and free shipping HERE! It will be the best investment you can make for your hair.

The products in this post were provided by Folica for review purposes only.


Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment Review, Photos, Swatches

After my subpar experience with Fresh's Sugar Lip Scrub recently, I was hesitant to try another Sugar product since the other Lip Treatments in the collection have caused major peeling in the past. This new Advanced Therapy treatment ($25), however, contains no SPF, which is generally the culprit of my issues with lip products.


YSL Golden Peach 50 Golden Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

I stopped by Nordstrom to pick up YSL's Spring collection earlier this week and my favorite piece from the bunch in Golden Peach. The Golden Glosses are already my favorite lip product from YSL so it might not be a surprise that Golden Peach made me weak in the knees.


My Holy Grail Products, "Basics" Edition Video Details

Finally! Yesterday was my second year anniversary on YouTube so I figured I would post this video to share with you my favorite products. I included so much yet not enough! I'll film a separate, more in-depth videos for color products and foundations later on.  Please enjoy for this for now :)

Products Shown:
Temptu Smooth and Matte Primer
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Benefit Porefessional Balm
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in OC-2
Dolce and Gabbana Powder Foundation in Caramel 110 [Saks.com]
La Mer The Loose Powder in 03
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Pale Yellow
Guerlain Meteorites Pressed Powder in 02 and 03
Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder in 350 Bisque
Dolce and Gabbana The Blush in Tan
Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream
Guerlain Terracotta Mineral Flawless Bronzer in 02 Medium
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Treatment Fluid in 02
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur in Fraise/Cool
Lancome Regenerie Eye Multiple Action Eye Care Duo in 02
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-4
Shu Uemura Lash Curler [Shuuemura-usa.com]
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Stone Grey
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Suqqu Eyebrow Brush S [Dollyleo.com]
Lancome Color Design Shadow in Ciel du Soir
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara
Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara
Lancome Artliner in Noir [Black]
Armani Waterproof Pencil in Black from Spring 2010
*YSL's W/P Pencil is the closest permanent alternative but it's not quite as effective
YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in 01 Deep Black
Tom Ford Lipsticks [old and new packaging]
Lancome Rouge Absolu and Absolu Nu Lipsticks
Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Glosses in First Kiss and Bare Rose

Products Worn:
Lancome Spring 2012, view the list HERE

Queenie Royal Grey

Dior Waterlily


Guerlain Rose Piquant Rouge G Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain released four gorgeous pink Rouge G lipsticks for this Spring, titled the Rose Collection. I chose the shade I least expected to like but upsets are not uncommon in the game of pink lipsticks, right? I only purchased one of the four but I do have swatches of the other three for you to compare Rose Piquant to!


Dior Garden Party Spring 2012 Make-up Tutorial Video Details

This look is very frosty so I know it won't appeal to all but I wanted to show you this palette in action! Temptalia just posted her review today and she did not use an anchor color to balance out the pastels so if you're curious to see the palette worn alone on the eye, check out her post :)

Make-up Used:
Dior Forever Fusion in 031
Dior Scuplt Concealer in 002
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
NARS Pro-Prime Eye Shadow Base
Dior 5-Couleurs Garden Edition Eyeshadow Palette in Garden Pastels 441 [Review & Swatches HERE]
Dior Mini Eyeshadow Brush from Holiday '11 brush kit, Le Metier de Beaute Crease Brush, Sigma E35
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Corrupt
Lancome Hypnose Drama W/P Mascara with Darkness Lashes in VX
Dior Rosy Glow Blush in 001 Petale
Dior Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond
Dior Addict Lip Color in Baby Rose

Dior Waterlily Nail Lacquer [Review & Swatches HERE]

Geo Tri Color Grey


Chanel June Le Vernis Review, Photos, Swatches

This is just a quick swatch post of Chanel's June nail polish since many of you asked for a few photos of my manicure. I wore May, a neutral pink, in my Chanel Spring 2012 Review + Tutorial here, but May is probably my sentimental favorite of the trio released last month. I'm a sucker for tangerine and apricot shades.

Lancome Spring 2012 Review + Tutorial Video Details

The Lancome Spring 2012 collection is undeniably one of the best the company's produced in recent years. It is just so beautiful, feminine yet whimsical. The coordinating cool pinks and warm tangerines are visually striking while maintaining a wearable edge. There is an offer for a 7-piece gift with any $75 purchase so you can view the entire collection on Lancome's site here. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.. Happy shopping!

Products Shown/Used:
Lancome Teint Miracle in Buff 6W & Bisque 6W with Lancome's Foundation Brush
Lancome Renergie Eye Multiple Action Eye Creme and Concealer Duo in 02
Lancome Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder in Bisque 350
Lancome Eyeshadow in Ciel du Soir with Suqqu Eyebrow Brush S from Dollyleo.com
NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base and Too Faced Glitter Glue Eyeshadow Primer
Lancome Color Design Palette in Vert Tendresse [review + swatches HERE]
Brushes: MAC 239 and 217, Chanel Crease Brush, Sigma E25
Kiss False Eye Lashes in Model 05
Lancome Artliner in Noir/Black
Giorgio Armani Spring '11 LE W/P Eyeliner
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara
Lancome La Roseraie Illuminating Smooth Powder
Lancome Le French Touch Absolu Nu in Cotton Candy
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Nu in Sweet Marmalade [shown in introduction]

Dior Nail Lacquer in Waterlily

Queenie Royal Grey

Laura Mercier Innocent Peach Creme Cheek Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Mercier has always been one of my go-to brands for beautiful neturals. Her products are easy to wear and even easier to use and her limited blush for spring, Innocent Peach, is a winner. If only it weren't limited edition. Innocent Peach, $22, is my favorite piece from her Lingerie collection, a delectable medley of warm pinks and tangerines suitable for all skin tones.


Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Meteorites Review, Photos, Swatches

Guerlain's Spring 2012 collection is very feminine and soft, contrasting soft pinks and elegant blacks. Today I'll be showing you the Cruel Gardenia Meteorites Illuminating Powder, $67, which is a limited edition product that is already sold out on Nordstrom.com, where I purchased mine. Run, don't walk, to your local Guerlain counter to pick this up!


Maybelline Tough as Taupe, Edgy Emerald and Painted Purple Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Drugstore make-up has been stepping up its game and Maybelline's new cream eyeshadows are my favorite new release! These are supposed to wear 24 hours but I haven't quite tested that claim. I picked up three colors out of the eight or so. One is awesome, another is sheer, the last is disappointing.

Dior Waterlily 504 Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

There is nothing more reminiscent of spring than a minty or leafy green nail polish. It brightens up my mood and my neutral outfits. Dior's Garden Party polish in Waterlily, $23, even smells faintly of roses! It is the perfect nail color for Spring.


My Daily Make-up Routine Video Details

My daily make-up routine is very basic. Like I said in the video, this is about as much make-up as I wear on the regular. I usually stick to my La Mer SPF, Peau Vierge Fluid, and a touch of CdP Powder with mascara! And I keep all these products in a little bag next to my dresser so that it makes it easy for me to get ready in the morning. Next week, I'll film and upload my Holy Grail Products, Basics Edition :)

Make-up Worn/Shown:
[La Mer SPF Fluid, which doubles as my primer]
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Treatment Fluid in 02
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Treatment Concealer in Fraise/Cool
Lancome Regenerie Eye Multiple Action Eye Care Duo in 02
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation SPF 24 in OC-2
Lancome Ciel Du Soir Matte Eyeshadow and Suqqu Eyebrow Brush S
Le Metier de Beaute Flawless Face Kaleidoscope Kit with Powder and Eye Color Brushes
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara in Black
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Sigma F25
Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss in Bare Rose

Dior Spring 2012 Waterlily

Geo Tri Color Green from PinkyParadise.com
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Chanel Eclosion Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

I just posted my Chanel Spring 2012 Video Review + Tutorial earlier today so I figured I should review this quad tonight! Eclosion wasn't love at first sight but after using the taupe, I knew I had to keep it. Chanel eyeshadows aren't pigmented in the same way MAC and Inglot eyeshadows are. They're smooth but very refined and never garish. Eclosion, however, has one major downfall: glitter.

Chanel Spring 2012 Review + Tutorial Video Details

I know any of you have been anxiously waiting for this, since Chanel released their collection right around Christmas, so I hope it doesn't disappoint! I'll be reviewing the products used in the tutorial here on my blog this week so stay tuned for swatches. I will most likely have the Horizon blush review posted first, sometime tonight!

Make-up Worn List:
Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 40
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-4
Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder in 350 Bisque
Chanel Brow Kit with Suqqu Brow Brush
MAC Paint Pot in Chilled on Ice
Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Eclosion
YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Brown
MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Baked
Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara in Brown
Model 21, No. 132 False Eyelashes
Chanel Blush de Horizon [Glowing Blush Harmony]
Dolce & Gabanna The Blush in Tan
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt

Queenie Royal Grey from PinkyParadise.com
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Chanel Spring 2012's May


Dior 5-Couleurs Garden Edition Eyeshadow Palette in Garden Pastels 441 Review, Photos, Swatches

Dior released two limited edition Garden Edition palettes this Spring but the purple themed palette had too much pink for my taste so I scooped up Garden Pastels, a vision of green. I ordered mine sight unseen from Nordstrom.com and I will start by admitting I was a bit disappointed when I opened the package. The promotional picture above made the palette appear less pastel and just a touch smoky, when in fact, Garden Pastels is absolutely not that. The center shade isn't a matte lavender at all but instead, a glittery pink!


Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palette in Vert Tendresse 502 Review, Photos, Swatches

I'm very partial to this Spring's pastel green. It should come as no surprise, then, that I declare Lancome's Vert Tendresse eyeshadow palette as my top pick for the season. If you are craving a bit of color to spice up your make-up collection this year, this is definitely a must-have!

New Year's Resolutions Video Details

Here are my New Year's Resolutions! Feel free to share yours for a delicious little giveaway ;)
P.S. The shih tzu in the video is my grandmother's puppy! AND I'm not sick anymore. Yay!

Make-Up Worn:
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in OC-2
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in 10
Lancome Artliner in Black
YSL Waterproof Pencil in Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black
D&G The Blush in Tan
*I don't remember what I was wearing on my lips! I'll update the list if I remember later on.

Geo Tri Color Grey from PinkyParadise.com
Use code -- RAEVIEWONLINE -- for a free mystery gift!
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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers


Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Review, Photos, Swatches

I impulsively splurged on the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish while perusing through Sephora. It was expensive at $22.50 so I had high hopes for this product but the "natural humectants" in it fail to soften my lips, much less slough off the dead skin cells. Granted, I do have very dry, incredibly flaky lips. If you have low maintenance lips and you're just noticing a touch of dryness here and there this winter, however, it may work for you. Read more to see photos of the texture!


The Best Friend Tag Video Details

Hello, everyone! I figured we should kick off the year with a fun video so come meet my best friend, Tammy. She is the second most important person in my life [the first is my grandmother, of course] and we have been through the best and worst of times together. Tammy knows me better than I know myself sometimes and she's the ONLY one I openly share everything regarding my personal life and private affairs with. That's why we live together! Anyway, we hope you enjoy the video :)

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Make-up Worn On Me:
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in OC-2
Shiseido Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Intimate
Lancome Artliner in Black
YSL Waterproof Pencil in Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black
Lancome Blush in Rose Fresque
D&G The Blush in Tan
Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Secret Desire
Edward Bess Deep Shine in Endless Love

Make-up Worn on Tammy:
Armani Face Fabric Foundation in 2
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in OC-2
Armani Eyebrow Pencil in 2
Armani ETK Silk Eyeshadow in Purpura 3
YSL Effet Faux Cils Creme Liner in 1 Deep Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black
Lancome Blush in Rose Fresque
Edward Bess Deep Shine Lipgloss in Bare Rose

My Nails:
Chanel Spring 2012 Color, June

Clear Prescription Lenses
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