Most of us know that cosmetics have a relatively short shelf life. Some products expire in several years where as others, like mascara, reach their limit after a couple of months. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll consistently forget to give your make up bag a good spring clean. It’s not that I don’t enjoy replacing my cosmetics but my mind only retains a small selection of important information at a time, such as when the next episode of Gogglebox is on. Apparently my brain doesn’t think cosmetic hygiene makes the cut and swiftly removes it from my memory. Stupid brain. One of the many problems that comes with this is you’re left with a make up bag that’s bursting with unused products, some of which may or may not have been purchased in Tammy Girl.
Don’t judge me.
It’s a bad situation folks but last week I thankfully had the perfect excuse to ditch the old and make space for some shiny new products. The nice staff at Yves Saint Laurent in Debenhams invited some experienced beauty bloggers to try out their latest collection and test their new products. Oh, and I was invited too! My make up bag didn’t stand a chance. I would like to point out that I am by no means a cosmetic connoisseur, more like someone who likes dressing up and has an appreciation for pretty colours. However, I saw this an opportunity to develop my beauty knowledge and I was more than ready to experiment so here goes:
In terms of their new releases, I really loved the latest edition to the Black Opium range, Black Opium Floral Shock. I was surprised by how fresh it smelt and loved the floral and citrus additions to the classic scent. Along with the perfumes, we also tried and tested lipsticks, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks and lip liners. I mean really, the collection just went on and on and on. For someone who carries a varied collections of lip products, I was in heaven. Although I tend to gravitate towards matte lipsticks, I was really impressed by the Rouge Volupte Tint in Balm which smelt beautifully fruity and left my lips feeling really hydrated. I also loved the design and the colour wasn’t too highly pigmented so it’s perfect if you’re applying make up on the go.
We also had the chance to colour check our skin and received a personalised sample of foundation. I gave the foundation a few test runs over the past week and the results were surprisingly successful! It’s certainly not that I wasn’t expecting high quality from YSL but, if you’ve read my former review of Dior Forever Skin Foundation, you’ll know that I really struggle to find foundation. To be honest, I don’t think YSL’s addition has knocked Dior off its post but it came pretty damn close folks! The YSL foundation gave pretty good coverage and didn’t dry out my skin either. The colour was also perfect for me so if you are struggling to find your perfect shade, know that you have a friend with the YSL team.
Thanks very much to the YSL team for inviting me to their lovely event. As always, it was great to meet up with more bloggers, work with local companies and I finally learnt what a liquid lipstick was too!