Tag Archive: Yves Saint Laurent

Jun 27 2014

Beauty Bytes: YSL Couture Palette

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I find beauty a challenge, I love beauty products and seem to stock up on the latest trend and ones with pretty packaging, but I am not very good at doing my own make-up other than the basics, so when Yves Saint Laurent invited me to have a one-to-one make-up masterclass with the amazing Fred Letailleur, the man behind Cara Delevigne’s latest YSL beauty ads, I jumped at the chance.

The makeover was all about the eyes to celebrate the launch of YSL’s new Couture Palettes, a collection of eight different eyeshadow palettes, each inspired by a timeless fashion collection from the house of YSL – ranging from browns, classic black and grey, as well as vibrant greens and purples. What I love about this product, other than the luxurious gold packaging, is that it is really geared to allow anyone, even me, to put together a great eye make-up look with its five complementary hues including a base and highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eye, which Fred said was very important.

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Fred used four key products in the eye make-up lesson – the iconic Touche Éclat highlighter pen, which he used to hide my dark circles under my eyes as well as highlight the brow bone, the Baby Doll mascara, which I love as it made my lashes super thick, as well as a black eye pencil to create dramatic couture-style eyes. He was really speedy, which gives me hope that when I do it myself it won’t take me hours, and I love that each palette comes with a full tutorial on how to recreate the look of the ads.

I always love having my eyes done, when you wear glasses it is nice to show off what’s underneath instead of hiding the eyes away and I really loved how vibrant the colours looked and how easily they blended together. The look is definitely something I will be attempting to recreate and I will be utilising the new YSL Eye Style platform that features lots of videos and how-to-guides created by Fred, I can’t wait to try the how to achieve the perfect cat-flick.

As well as being a hub of beauty secrets, the YSL Eye Style platform is also asking readers to upload a shot of their eye make up for the chance to win prizes each month from June to August, then one overall winner will win a personal masterclass with Fred, a trip to London, and a hamper containing £500 of YSL make-up. So don’t forget to upload your Eye Style and share on social media with the hashtag #YSLEyeStyle.

Are you a fan of YSL make-up? 

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Jun 05 2013

World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet

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Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favourite red carpet stars, granted she doesn’t always get it right, sometimes she takes the drama of the dress a little too far, I am talking about her right leg pose at the Oscars in 2012, but no matter what she keeps you wanting more.

Well this week, less than three weeks since she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, Angie was back on the red carpet with Brad Pitt as he promotes his new movie World War Z, and since Sunday she has wowed London, Paris and Berlin.Angelina brad London  World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tagFor London the star went black, simple and elegant in a gorgeous Saint Laurent gown. I just love how even when she is working an understated look she still looks fabulous and I love the sheer panelled bodice.

Keeping with black, Paris was another Saint Laurent look, this time a suit, I just love the contrast of the masculine tailoring with the feminine bow necktie on the blouse.

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I love everything about this look from the colour to the sculptural peplum, this is an elegant look paired with all the attitude an A-list actress should bring to the red carpet. I am so pleased that she kept her accessories minimal, pairing with just white heels and barley-there make-up.

Which look is your favourite?

Also, is it just me or have Angie and Brad coordinated hair styles? London – they both have their flowing locks down, followed by sleeked back and up in Paris, and back to long in Berlin.Angelina brad berlin World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tag Angelina berlin  World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tag[Pics: courtesy of Paramount/Getty Images by David M Bennet, Pascal Le Segretain, & Andreas Rentz]

Dec 17 2012

Cover Loving: Gwen Stefani In Saint Laurent For Vogue

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Gwen Stefani is certainly having a moment when it comes to magazine covers. This year I have already gushed about her divine Harper’s Bazaar September issue, her abs on the Marie Claire cover, and her digital print mash-up on the October issue of ELLE UK wearing Peter Pilotto and McQ by Alexander McQueen. Well it seems American Vogue wanted to end the year on a high with the release of the January issue with Gwen wearing an ensemble from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

Captured by Annie Leibovitz this is a gorgeous cover. I love the pose on the piano, the ruffles, the sparkly jacket, the pop of red on her lips and even the oversized felt hat – this cover is so memorising that I can let them off for putting too many cover lines all over her.

What do you think of Gwen’s latest magazine cover?

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[Pics: Vogue.com]

Jul 30 2012

Cover Loving: Models Continue To Shine On The September Issues

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I love celebrities and I do love seeing celebrities on magazine covers, yep even I have been persuaded to buy a magazine just because my favourite actress is on the cover, but I have to be honest I do love it when models take covers, more so when it is a September issue – as they are the fashion issues of the year.

It seems that this September the supermodels really are taking over and producing some amazing covers. I have already shown you ELLE UK’s gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, well the subscriber cover dropped through my letterbox over the weekend and I am so pleased they showcased her incredible pins!!! Well it seems that more magazines around the world understand the power of a model – Flare, Canada’s biggest fashion magazine has gone for Lindsey Wixson, Vogue UK and Japan both went for Karlie Kloss, Tokyo Numero have the lovely Candice Swanepoel, and Tatler shows that Cindy Crawford can still work it.

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One of my favourite covers so far for September has to be Flare’s gold rush with Lindsey Wixson wearing a coat, top and skirt from Prabal Gurung’s autumn/winter 2012 collection, with incredible Laruicci earrings and a super pop of red lippy.

What I love about this cover, other than the obvious – her striking beauty, I still can’t believe that she is only 18-years-old, but that Flare didn’t go for one of the obvious, high-spending advertisers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton or Gucci – it is always refreshing to see, especially with a September issue.

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I was expecting a lot from British Vogue, September as they state themselves is ‘Fashion’s Olympic moment’, but for me this vibrant  seventies-inspired look doesn’t quite cut it for me. Shot by Nick Knight, I love the Jonathan Saunders high-waisted gold printed skinny trousers teamed with a clashing printed silk shirt, but I am put off by Karlie’s pose, I am not sure Tara would approve, and I really dislike the orange and pink text – just too much.

I think I am going to have to give it to Vogue Japan, their September issue featuring Karlie in an Yves Saint Laurent chainmail dress is divine. I love the moody feel to this cover, the white background works perfectly with the smoky tones and of course it wouldn’t be Japanese without the text overload. Everything from the styling to the make-up to her pose and the text works on this cover shot by Mikael Jansson.

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Special mention has to go to Cindy Crawford, how stunning does she look for Tatler, she really doesn’t age I couldn’t believe that she is 46 – she is giving these younger models a run for their money!!!

Have you been impressed with the September covers so far? Do let me know which ones are your favourites.

[Pics: ELLE UK, Flare/Max Abadian, Vogue UK, Vogue Japan, Tatler]

Jan 10 2012

Bag Lust: The Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote

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I do lust over designer handbags a lot and my latest obsession is Yves Saint Laurent’s Cabas Chyc leather tote that just exudes Parisian chic. Why am I loving this bag so much? Well for a tote I want a classic shape, something that it is sturdy and roomy, has a touch of elegance, and most of all something that can bridge the gap between casual to smart and everything in between *not asking for a lot then!*. Plus it is essential that a day tote is versatile.

The YSL Cabas Chyc certain is that. This roomy bag has a class about it, I love that the logo is a subtle ‘Y’, which doubles up as the buckle. I also appreciate a tote that can work in some many colours – this bag comes in every shade from the classic black, dark brown and beige, to vibrant red, magenta and ocean blue hues, and even has a subtle black leopard print and a very youthful black denim tote, which has a certain charm about it.

Don’t just take my word for it, this gorgeous tote seems to be the latest celebrity ‘It’ bag, seen on the arms of the likes of Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, Aussie popstar Kylie Minogue, as well as Rihanna and the always stylish Sienna Miller. It also seems to be the go-to handbag for Hollywood elite as well as the Cabas Chyc has also been spotted with Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Salma Hayek.

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The celebs may all go for the black and brown versions, which are great wardrobe staples and if you are going to spend over a thousand  pounds on a designer bag that then is probably the best to go for. But for me, I am just so in love with the midnight blue shade above, I don’t know why but this colour just looks so gorgeous against the gold accents, also I think it would work nicely with black, vibrant prints as well as a camel trench for the ultimate Parisian outfit. But at £1,195 from Net-a-Porter I better get saving!!!

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[Pics: Yves Saint Laurent Facebook/Net-a-Porter]

Mar 27 2011

Metropolitan Opera IV: YSL Ladies in Black – Lindsey, Olivia, and Claudia

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Who: Supermodel Lindsey Wixson

Where: At the Metropolitan Opera Season IV premiere of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory

Wearing: A black silk muslin dress with lace details, lace bustier with embroidered black crystal belt, finished with a black crystal ring, black velvet sandals and an ivory satin clutch with black velvet detail

Verdict: Lindsey is my best dressed lady in black, and a lot of it has to do with her sexy attitude in this dress, mixed with bold red lippy and slicked back hair. I love the sleeves, the cuffs, and the corset of this dress from the Edition Soir 2011 collection, but the stand-out piece of her outfit has to be that bling ring!!

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Who: Olivia Munn

Wearing: A strapless black velvet Yves Saint Laurent floor skimming gown, teamed with a belt in black velvet with gold bow and piping details, and finished off with black suede gloves, black velvet heels and a black velvet clutch with embroidery detailing

Verdict: I always find that Olivia really knows how to work Old-Hollywood glamour to the full, and this dress really has an elegant glamorous quality to it that I adore. I love the addition of teaming it with slouchy gloves – gorgeous.

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Who: Claudia Schiffer

Wearing: A black silk crepe Yves Saint Laurent halter dress with band details and open back, finished off with matching metal clutch and heels

Verdict: As always the German supermodel looked gorgeous and elegant, for some I am sure that this look is a little dull and boring, but come on Claudia is rocking this simply-yet-sleek floor skimming gown to perfection.

[Pics: YSL]

Mar 27 2011

Metropolitan Opera IV: Rebecca Hall Goes Bold in YSL

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Who: British actress Rebecca Hall

Where: At the Metropolitan Opera Season IV premiere of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory

Wearing: An orange silk crepe Yves Saint Laurent dress with long sleeves from the Edition Soir 2011 collection, teamed with a black crepe bejewelled belt, finished with black peep-toe heels and clutch

Verdict: Bold colour for a bold beauty, I love this dress from the colour, to the cut, to the slouchy belt, and the flowing locks. Divine from head-to-toe. Rebecca is really giving Emmy a run for the best dressed in my opinion. There was a lot of black, and Rebecca really stood out.

[Pic: YSL]
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