Weekly Cheap Secret:

Milani cosmetics are pretty high quality, especially with its drugstore price tag. I really like their lip products. They usually pack a pigment punch. Milani Lipstick Lip Color in Rose Hip is a perfect example. It is a satin cream finish hot pink. It provides full coverage and feels great on the lips. It does have a slight floral fragrance which makes it seem more expensive than it is. Plus it has that gold packaging which I love. This color reminds me a lot of the YSL Fall 2008 Tuxedo look. And it is fauceted like all those expensive brands (um, Sisley). I like to wear this shade with nude eye makeup when I want the lips to really stand out. I also like to wear it with gray and steel eye makeup, this is very YSL Tuxedo. Or I just wear this with a swipe of black liquid liner. This color makes me feel made up without trying too hard. It retails for $3.50. Can that be beat? Answer: no. It can be purchased at most drugstores and drugstore.com.

Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Bow Color Collection is all about “wrapping” up 2008. There are some nice holiday items and the rest are well, relaunches. The colors aren’t horrible but they are predictable. I really liked the fall makeup collection better. It seemed “newer”. This collection offers us the following:

LIPS: Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Honey Beige which is a warm peachy beige. This shade really works with dark eye makeup. We have Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Burgundy. This is one of my fave holiday shades. It is a deep merlot with gold glimmer. Perfect with dark eyes for extra drama or minimal eye makeup. It just looks polished. We have the limited edition Bow Collection Duo Lip Colour Locket. This is a lip gloss duo housed in a golden bow compact. I believe it can be worn, the compact that is. It has a pinkish red lipstick and a pale pink lip gloss with blue shimmers. The colors are very beautiful and this duo is made to celebrate YSL’s 30 years in the makeup biz.

NAILS: La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Dark Blue which is an almost black blue. I love it, so rich and gothic. The other is Moonlight White which is a milky white. Moonlight White would be great on fingers and Dark Blue on toes, or vice versa.

FACE & EYES: We have the Palette De Maquillage Multi-Usage Make Up Palette. This palette contains two deep eyeshadows in a shimmery navy and a deep midnight black, a pearly golden beige highlighter powder for face and eyes, a matte hot pink lipstick, and a clear glitter lip gloss all in a velvety YSL “bow” bag. This is so pretty. The Bow Collection Four Colour Eye Shadow has a shimmery deep plum, dusty lilac shimmer, pale mauve shimmer and a purpley brown shimmer. The eyeshadows are in a golden “bow” case. We have the Touche D’Or Golden Touch for Face in a sheer gold “liquid”. Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush has been relaunched. And we have a lovely holiday makeup kit with minis: Holiday Set. It contains a black satin tuxedo YSL logo bag, a Touche Eclat Radiance Pen, a Golden Gloss in a rich festive gold, mini Luxurious Mascara in black, mini Elle YSL EDP spray.

Overall the colors are OK. It is all about drama, bright lips and dark eyes. It is a lot like the Tuxedo Collection that we had this fall. This is just an “extension” of the fall collection.

shu eumara is offering us some bold colors and graphic floral packages to wake us up this holiday season. This winter isn’t about snowflakes but the anticipation of spring and bold blossoms. The collection is a project between shu and Mika Ninagawa, a Japanese photographer and director. The colors range from wake me up bolds to everyday neutrals. I love it. It is graphic, it is colorful and the packaging is pure artwork. I love the ad campaign. All of the models look flawless and I am all about these “fascinator” headwear things.

EYES: There are three limited edition eyeshadow eye color palettes. Each compact contains 10 wonderful mixable shades. Midnight Winter Sakura comes in a beautiful cherry blossom compact. The colors are a little more “winter-ish” than the others. They are rich and neutral. It comes with rich browns, taupes, mauves and a blue. There is Adorned Marguerite. The compact is plastered with 60’s flower power daisies. The colors in this compact are a bit bolder. The colors range from lime green to baby pink to acid yellow to cool purple. It is a very beautiful compact with lots of possibilities. Lastly, there is Secret Luscious Rose. The compact is covered with romantic red roses. The colors are dusty and range from mauve to gray to moss. It’s very lovely and make great “neutrals” that aren’t just brown. There is a Drawing Pencil Mini Trio Set. It contains three mini liners in a rich blue, warm burgundy-ish brown and rich black. They all come in a blue rose box. Two artistic set of lashes are available. There is the lovely pair, Mini Red, seen on the model above. And there is a Slant Purple pair which is just heavenly too.

LIPS: There are two adorable Unlimited Lip Gloss Mini Trio Sets that contain three min glosses and a super cute, graphic makeup bag. There is Seductive Gerbera which comes with a red gerbera bag. The glosses are beautiful and contain a nude gold, baby pink and a rich wine. The other set is Delicous Rose which comes in a tropical orange rose bag. The glosses are bold and vivid and contain a bright orange, bright fuschia and a vivid red. Three Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks in a peony pink and white case have been launched. The three colors include: Brown Beige, Orange Beige and Pink Beige. The last being my favorite.

OTHER STUFF: Two Nail Enamels are available in Tanzanite Aquarium. It is a color changing rich blue with silver glitter. The other is Garnet Aquarium which is a deep shimmering merlot. There is a portable brush set that comes in a beautiful red rose bag. And there is a makeup bag with rainbow colored chrysantheums.

I like it, I really like the eye color palettes the best. I may need one of them to help me make it through the gloomy winter that is ahead. Find out more about the collection on shuuemura-usa.com.

I really like the “look” of MAC Holiday Red She Said Color Collection. I’m all about retro glamour. I love red lips and nude eyes. The model’s makeup is so lovely. However, I have many things this collection offers in my collection already. So, this look seemed boring and old since I do this anyways.

The collection offers six Mineralize Eye Shadow Trios. I found them horribly boring and a major disappointment. I sampled them dry and the pigments were very weak. The metallic shades were worthless and were very chunky and glittery. The other two shades were muted and a bit chalky. These trios retail for $17.50.

There are two Fluidline gel eyeliners in Blacktrack, a flat matte retro black, and Silverstroke, a metallic silver. I love this formula. It is easy to use and lasts all day. These retail for $15 and last forever.

There are 5 Lipsticks in this collection. They are OK and not bad but didn’t scream out “take me home” either. There is Red She Said a satin blue red, Crazeee a pearly coral shade, Pomposity a frosty blue pink, Soft Pause which is a brownish berry shade and Quiet, Please a frosty pale 60’s beige. These retail for $14 and are typically wonderful.

There are five shades of Dazzleglass Lip Gloss. These glosses are super shimmery and feel great on. I really like these. Talk about “festive”, these are so fun. The colors include: Date Night a plum with tons of glimmer, Baby Sparks a pale pink with tons of glimmer, Miss Dynamite a coppery penny shade with tons of pearly glimmer, Love Alert a blue-ish berry red super shimmer, and Sugarrimmed a pale pinkish white frost that looks great over other shades. These go for $17.50, a little more costly than their other glosses.

Two Beauty Powder Blushes were launched: Stark Naked which is a warm shimmery pink and Enough Said a light warm shimmery nude. These go for $18 and aren’t too bad.

Two Nail Laquers were launched: Rougemarie which is a creamy blue-ish red pink and Beiged Bliss a pale shimmery nude. These retail for $11.

Overall, despite the shadows, the collection is pretty enough. I didn’t find it exciting and the packaging is the same as always. I didn’t buy anything but I do love the Dazzleglass. It is a lot like Chanel’s gloss.

It’s a little late in the season to still be obsessing over orange lips, but I can’t help it. I’m wearing it until snow hits the ground. I’ve been inspired by this lovely picture of Rita Hayworth for Down to Earth. To get this pretty simple but glam look you need to apply foundation or concealer as and where needed. I recommend L’Oreal Quick Stick Instant Foundation and Lola Cosmetics Creme Concealer. Lightly dust face with a loose powder such as Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil using a big fluffy brush. Lightly brush brows with Anastasia Brow Gel for definition. Fill in brows with a brow pencil such as the one by Lancome if your brows are light or sparse. Brush a nude eyeshadow such as the lightest shadow in Physician’s Formula Matte Collection Eyeshadow Quad in Canyon Classics all over the lid. With a crease brush, blend in the lighter bottom row shade into the crease from the same compact. Smudge the darkest shade on the top lash line with a liner brush or Q-Tip. False lashes are must to get Rita’s look. Apply a strip of whispy false lashes such as Andrea Mod Strip Lashes. Coat with a mascara if you want extra drama. I think the lashes by themself will add enough but if you want more volume coat with a volumizing mascara. Line lashes with a liquid liner such as Prestige Liquid Liner in Black, the sponge tip of this liner will give you the Rita look that you want. Apply a tiny amount of mascara to bottom lashes or if you have thicker lashes anyways leave them alone. The drama is on the top lashline. Apply Ulta Cream Blush in Bashful onto the apples of your cheek with your fingertips. Don’t be scared to add a little more if needed. Apply a bit of foundation or concealer onto lips so that the lipstick will stay. No lipliner is needed. Apply MAC Lipstick in Morange onto lips. I love this shade. It is an electric orange with no shimmer but has a semi-satin finish. It also has a light vanilla flavor and wears for hours. You’re done. Just apply a lovely lady like fragrance. I’m thinking a gardenia or a jasmine scent such as Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia solid perfume dabbed onto the pulse points. You’ll be sure to turn heads like this bleached strawberry blonde.

Le Smoking 1975

After Yves Saint Laurent’s death, I only find it great timing that the fall makeup collection for 2008 is “Tuxedo”, the look that is his legacy. I’m sure this was planned before the company had any idea of Yves’s health status. These collections are made years in advance, but this is a great collection to come out when it has. Yes, it is more smoky eye, very strong and very “seductive”. Which it has to be, to compete with the sleek androgyny of a ladies’ tux. Menswear on ladies was pretty hip before YSL but he mainstreamed it. Yes, dykes in clubs sported the look before it hit Vogue, vamps and violets,  and Dietrich was signature in this look. Chanel wore men’s clothing but these ladies weren’t the typical public. YSL brought this to the public in the 60’s, just when gender roles were being openly bended.

YSL offers for the fall/winter season Tuxedo which contains some nice collector’s palettes and of course it is all about luxury and glamour.And that ain’t cheap.

EYES: Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Eyes – This contains three shimmery shadows to create a smoky eye. There is an intense black, charcoal grey and glimmering champagne. It comes in a gold compact and the powders are stamped with a YSL logo. It retails for $60. There’s the Eyeliner Moire Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald Reflections which is a metallic jade green. This retails for $30. There’s the Everlong Lengthening Mascara in Ever Green which is a metallic jade green that retails for $27.50.They’ve also launched the new Ombres 5 Lumieres Colour Harmony for Eyes. These are eyeshadow compacts that contain 5 corresponding shades. They are available in 6 compacts: Sahara (warm sands and browns), Indian Pink (plums and pinks), Tawny (browns and neutrals), Lilac Sky (lilacs and purples), Riviera (blues and smoky blue shades), and Garden of Eden (khakis and greens). These sell for $56.

LIPS & NAILS: Rouge Pur Lipstick in Purple Velvet, a deep vampy berry, and Pink Satin, a soft baby doll mauve. There’s Rouge Pur Shine Sheer Lipstick in Shimmering Pink, a shimmering candy pink,  and Tuxedo Pink, an electric hot pink. All the lipsticks retail for $29. Also, available is the Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Purple, a gold flaked blackberry,  and Golden Berry, a gold flaked Barbie pink. This formula contains real 24K gold and retails for $28.The Nail Lacquer is available in Tuxedo Gray, a shimmery gun metal gray,  and Rich Coffee, almost black but deep coffee shade. These retail for $19. I love the shades used for these lacquers.

FACE: There is a Palette Collection Collector Palette for the Complexion that looks like the eye compact and contains a sheer beige face powder, warm peach blush, and a pearly pink highlighter. This also has the YSL logo on the powder and is in a gold compact. Retails for $60. There is the Flash Radiance Skincare Brush which is a brightening cream highlighting skincare item that smooths fine lines with a silcon elastomer and erases fatigue with caffeine. It has a brush tip applicator and retails for $52. The company calls this their secret weapon. There is the Variation Blush in Silky Nude which contains both matte and shimmery powders of a perfect nude with a hint of pink. Retails for $42.

Overall, the collection is very “strong”. The lips are bold, the eyes are dark. It is very chic and very YSL. I like it that bold pinks for lips are being used for the fall/winter. It is a great mix of masculin and femme styles.