Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#ProfessionalStyle | Product Review | Flawless Makeup Application for the Office

I am a self diagnosed makeup & "product lover" (aka Junkie) so when I received a message that I was selected to review the YSL Influenster VIP Box I was thrilled.   I received the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Touche Eclat Blur Profector. 

The box arrived & everything was package very well.   I am a lover of great packaging and YSL always knocks it out of the park with their mirrored gold packaging. 

Inside the box there was an information card sharing the featured products that I would be reviewing.  The models were absolutely gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?

The first product that I reviewed was the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer.  I have combination skin but definitely oily in my t-zone & large pores on my nose.  The blur primer is a gel-fluid consistency that claims to blur out your imperfections & also gives your skin a radiant glow.  The gel primer to me had almost a silicone feel so it's extremely smooth + it has flecks of gold shimmer.  I am use to wearing a cream primer for the most part so this was very new for me.  

The blur primer applied like butter which I was pleasantly surprised at just how smooth my skin felt after application.   What I did not care for particularly was the applicator.  I applied it to the back of my hand to warm up the product & then applied it with my fingers.  I allowed the primer to set for a few minutes and applied my normal foundation & the application was smooth as well!  

I wanted to put the product to the test so I did wear it on a day where I knew I would be running errands and in & out of the heat.  It stood up to everything that it claimed.  I felt like my makeup looked flawless for the entire day & I was less oily even after 5 hours. 

I highly recommend this product for anyone if you have combination/oily skin and want a flawless foundation for the office and/or networking events.  The YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer 1oz bottle is priced at $57.00 at Sephora and I think its worth the investment.  

The next product I received to review was the Yves Saint Laurent  Touche Eclat Blur Perfector; Retail Price $55.00 at Sephora.com

I fell in love with the packaging for this product, its pink, gold & very shiny...something that every woman loves!  Lets be real ladies who would not like to pull out this lovely compact to refresh your face?  The blur perfector included a mirrored compact, cosmetic puff & a velvet YSL pouch to store the compact when not in use.   The overall packaging on this product definitely gets 5 stars in my opinion..... 

Ok, lets talk about about the actual product.....I was extremely nervous when I opened the compact & saw a light pink "balm like" compact.  If you didn't know I am a brown girl so my first thought was "oh this is going to be interesting!"   The product claims to be a  "balm-powder" that acts like a transparent foundation & helps to minimize pores & smooths out complexion.  

I personally used this product to touch-up my face after a few hours to control my shine.  My first time using the product I did not use the cosmetic puff because I didn't feel like it would work with the balm like consistency of the product.  I used a cosmetic sponge & I literally felt like I was wiping all of my makeup off with each swipe of the product.  So I wasn't feeling it at first to be completely honest.  However I tried the product for a second time & used a blotting application and it worked much better + I did not wipe off so much of my own foundation.   This is a product that you would definitely have to get use to the consistency but its a nice product.   Also being that it was a light pink color, it did come off translucent once applied to my face!  

Again, as you can see the packaging is absolutely beautiful however overall I would give the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector a 3.5/4.0 stars.  Its a product that you definitely have to get use to working with on the application.  

However, I would be less likely to recommend this to a busy professional woman  for  touch-ups through the day because #1 its not a powder formula so you have to think about the applications. Its still a good product BUT quick touch-ups between meetings...not so sure about.    #2 (A Win) its a balm like compact so it leaves no room for accidents in the compact breaking if you carry it in a briefcase for meetings or simply an after lunch refresher. This compact does leave with that "I have an Instagram filter" without the help of a camera look!  Funny but so true.  It really does blur imperfections.  

Have you tried any YSL cosmetic products?  Do share your favorites in the comments!! 

Thank you Influenster for selecting me to review this VIP YSL Touche Eclat box & I look forward to reviewing more amazing products with my readers!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Recap: Tiffany & Co. Nashville | Fun + Fashion Event

I had the opportunity to partner with Tiffany & Co. Nashville  at The Mall at Green Hills for their first ever in-store style event.  Fun + Fashion at T&Co. for an evening of fun, fashion & of course fine jewelry.  A group of Nashville Bloggers & Fashion Stylist were invited to show their style perspective based off of the 2015 Power of Style Trends with Elle Magazine & Tiffany & Company.

Each blogger selected a Style Solution based off of the Spring 2015 Style Trends; Bohemian Romance, Natural Explorer & Modern Graphic. These looks were based off of style, beauty & jewelry runway.   My selection was Modern Graphic which I was so excited to share my style perspective as it relates to my target client but also the current professional woman that loves to indulge in a luxury piece of Tiffany jewelry.  Every woman would love to indulge in a little T&Co. luxury...classic yet modern! 

I chose a window pane style look because its extremely popular right now and is easy to transition from day to evening simply by adding a smoky eye or bold lip color for an evening look.  Very modern + graphic but still city chic in black & white. 

I created the above 2 inspiration boards to share with my model Chelsea & also Tara of Capella's Salon + Spa in Mt. Juliet for hair & makeup of my style vision for the day.  I wanted my Modern Graphics style to show the young - middle age professional woman that loves a classic look for the office that could transition to happy hour or a girls night out +  also loves to indulge in jewelry & other fun Tiffany accessories.  

All attendees of the event indulged in savory tiffany blue treats +  champagne...of course! 

Feel free to search the Instagram hashtag #TCoNashvilleStyle for more images from the evening. 

I am in love with the Tiffany blue leather tote + sunnies.  They were perfect for the look! 

Pre judging selfie with Chelsea! 

Looks:  Bohemian Romance, Natural Explorer & Modern Graphics. 

Models:  the overall event was a style competition and although we did not win the competition, I am confident that I represented the Tiffany brand & also shared style options for my target client.  

In love with this Tiffany T-Bar Cuff bracelet....You must check this piece out in person! 

Chelsea & I both ended the evening celebrating with a little T&Co. love!! 

Stylist & Bloggers:  Taylor Colson - And Delight Reigned |  Emily Lunsworth - The Locus of Style | Melissa - Fabulous Glance Nash
Also pictured:  Teri C. - Tiffany & Co.