Word Of The Day – Éclat (YSL, Is That You?!)

I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.  

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The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar.  When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance.  Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)

Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in.  Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem.  I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.

Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter.  It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.)  The other must-have?  Products that could fake “awake.”  Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)

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At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”?  I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed!  Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤  (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)

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I remember some years later working in executive retail management.  My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting!  I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!”  With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL.  “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)

So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends!  I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?

X ❤

 

Body Shop Instaglow CC

There really isn’t any let up on the “glow”-bestowing products of late, what with the surge of strobing, highlighting and contouring.  

I’m not complaining, for sure – anything that boosts the “wakefulness” factor is a whole-heartedly embraced (rest assured!)

Maybe long work hours (or slow-poke coworkers!) are leaving your drained.  Maybe it’s a heavy, physically demanding training load during the week that’s left you exhausted.  Or perhaps it’s your newborn, or the obnoxiously loud neighbors next door… Whatever is robbing you of your precious shuteye might also be guilty of stealing the ever-coveted, fully-recharged radiance you get when you actually DO sleep…and stay stress-free.  

Since the latter two conditions are sometimes tough to come by, the plethora of products out there that help us achieve a rested look are definitely appreciated.

The newest on the scene are The Body Shop’s Instaglow CC Creams (hit stores on May 17th overseas – not sure about USA as yet.)  

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The Body Shop Instagram

Designed to even skin tone, temper shine, minimize pores, soothe (with Aloe Vera), moisturize (with Marula Oil, for a purported 24 hours) AND illuminate, these little guys pack quite a punch.  They also happen to boast an SPF of 20PA+++ (future signs of aging can take a hike, thanks.)  

The shades include:

  • Bright Glow – Light skin, white pigment with purple pearl
  • Peachy Glow – Light to medium skin (might be nice for circles?)
  • Warm Glow – Dark skin, bronzed brown with golden pearl

ReallyRee did a great review and shared some nice swatches, so definitely check it out – what I like is that there doesn’t *seem* to be perceptible shimmer…  Glow sans glitter is the way I like to go, personally!

These aren’t meant to be full coverage by any stretch…but alone, or paired with other color cosmetics, these definitely appear to give you a boost…and who doesn’t love THAT idea?!  Not too many Body Shops near me but I will absolutely drop in and check them out when I come across one!  

 

Sephora How-To’s – Color Correction

Most beauty trends do need a little explanation, particularly as they come from backgrounds that require an almost artistic knowledge of the products and how to use them (think: stage, performance, ballroom, even drag!)

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Sephora has always been great about doing tutorials and making the trends less daunting for those who want to give them a whirl…in a more natural, toned-down reality (under lights or for a camera, where over-exaggeration is expected.)

  • The latest videos address Color Correction:
  • How to cover dark circles
  • How to cover breakouts and redness
  • How to cover dark spots
  • How to brighten dull skin

Color Correction isn’t outrageously complicated, but it does take some knowledge of the color wheel, and proper layering and blending.  Fortunately, Sephora makes the whole thing less involved, and easier to replicate.  Yay for the Internet…and Youtube. 😉 

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If you STILL feel like you aren’t sure (and don’t feel badly if you do!), here’s another cool article from Imabeautygeek that helps to further demystify the trend! 🙂

The Color Corrective Trend Continues…

I feel like there is a literal ONSLAUGHT of these products (not to mention posts, articles, newsletters etc…)  I’m not exactly complaining – I learned how to utilize such “correctors” early on as a performing athlete, and they WORK – but it is somewhat a sensory overload situation at this point!

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In any case, if you are interested in further expanding your arsenal of perfectors, Sephora has a brilliant selection of items to choose from!  

Algenist has a new, concentrated liquid dropper formulation, which you can score a deluxe sample of at the moment…  (Dropper bottle foundations and serums are also (as no doubt you are aware) a major 2015 tail-end trend.)

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Becca has four shades which appear more pigmented, and therefore much like the Kryolan or Ben Nye wheels I’d buy at Ricky’s New York back in my competitive dancing days…

Marc Jacobs has three swirled pop-up sticks, a fun take on the trend that I haven’t seen quite the likes of elsewhere.

Sephora has launched seven gel-serum correctors in a lip gloss style format, as has Urban Decay (who has five shades.)

YSL’s infamous Touch Eclat ALSO now comes in three corrective hues, which I have to say is pretty fabulous (the original is divine.)  

Smashbox is offering a pencil in four color-fixing shades, which is great for easy application.  In line with uber-ease, Cover-FX has their own new stick for brightening (LOVE brightening!), thought it does also come in five other colors! 

For those in love with powders, I adore the cute, loose pots from Besame, who have expanded one shade into five lovely tints…  Now if palettes are more your speed – having multiple colors in one place is often incredibly useful! – you might like Make Up Forever’s (which comes in five combinations), or the cheeky six-sampling from Benefit.

It’s rather a lot but I guess better to be able to choose from a larger variety depending on your own skin correcting needs!

For more…  

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Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

It seems that trends are much in favor of color correcting products, both at the mass market level, as well as higher end…

As with the Urban Decay correcting fluid, these Smashbox pencils are designed to even the complexion by blending away things like redness, excessive sallowness, darkened circles etc.  What I like is that there is both a Peach and an Orange in this 4 sku lineup though, offering a tone to ease “tiredness” for fairer skins, and for deeper.  

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The sticks can be used wet or dry depending on what kind of coverage you need, and they do come with a sharpener. 

 

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Green – reduces redness
Lavender – brightens sallowness / yellowness  
Peach (for light skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles
Orange (for deeper skin) – illuminates and conceals dark circles

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid

Correctors are one of THE most amazing products in the world of color cosmetics.  For moons, it was incredibly hard to track this kind of thing down – as a Ballroom dancer, spray tans were a prerequisite and matching one’s skin tone with any manner of product was a (*cough* pain in the rump!) challenge.  

Performance aside, being able to easily conceal things like excessive redness, sallowness, undereye circles from that late night college paper was SO much easier with the proper product...  But having to go to Halloween stores or places like Ricky’s NYC for stage makeup wasn’t always easy to do!  The products were out there, but often relegated to specific industries such as film and theater.

These days, color correcting palettes and concealers are a CINCH to find.  What I love is that companies are adding color correctors to their already existing, successful concealer lineups, as well as offering palettes, the latter of which is a DREAM to own when you are competing (all the colors right there in one, handy case! 🙂 ) 

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Urban Decay is now offering five shades – the five most popular – for covering the most common perfect-complexion-hinderers, with their Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid: 

  1. Green – reduces redness. 
  2. Lavender – balances sallowness (think, too yellow. Very popular in Asian markets.) 
  3. Pink – brightens dark areas.
  4. Yellow – corrects dullness (also helps with redness and darkness.)
  5. Peach – masks circles/spots.
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The product “features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright. Subtle pearlescent pigments diffuse light to perfect skin, while antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E condition and protect.” It is formulated without Paragons, Sulfates, or Phthalates, and is incredibly easy to use and blend.

YSL also has a few versions of its cult Touch éclat out in corrective hues, which you may have seen already…  And they aren’t alone – there are rather a slew of correctors emerging, both at the mass market and high-end levels, some of which I will speak to soon!

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