With the exception of this week’s cloudy skies, the temperatures are rising and this means my favorite time of year: SUMMER MAKEUP COLLECTIONS! Oh, the bright lips, the bronzers and waterproof liners! I’ll be rolling out some of my favorite brands’s collections one by one, and today I’m starting with Youngblood Cosmetics.
For those of you new to the brand, YB Skin is a salon-only beauty line created by dermatologist Pauline Youngblood. All the products are made cruelty-free and contain the best minerals for your skin. They even offer vegan and gluten-free formulas! Watch all the new products and trade show fun roll out on Youngblood Cosmetics’ Instagram here.
June 1st marks the day YB Skin launches their summer picks.
Lipstick in DRAGON FRUIT: $19
This long-lasting formula blends Sunflower oil, Jojoba seed and Vitamin E, making lips kissably smooth. The color is a sheer, clean pink that reminds me of watermelon. I adore the formula of this lipstick: it feels grease-less but soft at the same time! This is a fave for me.
Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in FLAUNT: $25.50
The Mighty Shiny Lip Gels have a high shine, sheer color and light vanilla scent, making them easy-to-wear when you’re on-the-go. With ingredients like Jojoba Seed, Almond Oil and antioxidants, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your mouth. The Flaunt shade for summer is a bright, clear pink with gold shimmer. It’s beautiful on it’s own or paired with Dragon Fruit lipstick.
Here I layered a NYX lip liner in Fuchsia under the Dragon Fruit lipstick. It really shows how versatile this lipstick is. You can wear it sheer on its own or pack a punch with a liner. Follow me on Instagram for more fun makeup photos!
Pink, pink and more pink! Whether you are in a relationship or not, this is a fun way to get into this Hallmark-card-invented holiday. I went with a “60’s Anime” vibe with this one. Top and bottom lashes, glitter and a heart on my cheek.
Follow along as I “pink-i-fy” myself in this video
I’ve been rocking this baby doll pink lipstick from Youngblood Cosmetics for a week now. It’s coming out in their Spring Launch in March! It’s called Debalicious, after a Youngblood employee who wears this signature color on the daily.
You can always replace the pink on the lips and the heart on the cheek with red for a bolder look!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you think it’s an overrated holiday?
This week I attended the launch party for Youngblood Cosmetics’ spring line at the beautiful Montage Hotel and Spa in Beverly Hills with my PR guru Jenn (Refine PR) and my sister Chantal who just happened to be in town. The floral arrangement in the lobby took my breath away! It smelled so amazing in there.
YB’s head makeup artist and Director of Education, Phillip Luque, demonstrated all the cruelty-free and beautiful products that Youngblood will be releasing on March 1st, 2013. Tara Buck, actress from True Blood (she’s the human bartender from Fangtasia!) was his model. Phillip explained that the reason Youngblood Cosmetics is only sold in upscale medi-spas and skin care clinics (and online) is because the creator, Dr. Pauline Youngblood, wanted to keep the brand unique. YB Skin was first created in a medical setting, specifically for patients recovering from harsh medical procedures, and is now popular among makeup artists and their celebrity clients.
I’ve had Youngblood products in my kit for the last couple of years and to be honest with you, my clients truly enjoy them. My personal faves are the Eye Impact Quick Recovery Cream (fabulous on mature skin and puffiness) and the Eye Illuminating Duo which I use on myself everyday. Okay, on to what everyone wants to see: the products!
The spring line includes the Anti-Shine Mattifier, Minerals in the Mist in four scents, Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon, and a baby doll pink lipstick in Debalicious.
Here’s some fun trivia on the lipstick name: everyday, a Youngblood employee named Debbie Axen would come to the office rocking a drug store-bought baby doll pink lipstick. She said she loved the color and that YB didn’t have anything close to it. When Pauline Youngblood, the creator, heard this, she designed this lipstick color especially for her! Can you imagine having a lipstick named after you? Lady C lipstick- I would buy it. Lucky girl, Deb!
They weren’t kidding about the gorgeous teal gel liner that is Lagoon. This stuff didn’t come off my hand, even after I washed them twice with soap! Side note: to remove gel liners I recommend using oil-based removers. The Youngblood gel liners can also be used underneath eye shadows to intensify the look and make your makeup longer-wearing. Isn’t Debalicious the prettiest pink? It’s universal- it’s build-able and looks great on everyone.
These mineral sprays are fantastic. I spritzed the Relax formula (Lavender and Vanilla) and was pleasantly surprised when it felt tingly on my skin. I’m a big fan of MAC’s Fix + and Mario Badescu’s Rosewater spray, but neither of those actually cool skin down like this one did. I also can appreciate that the spray nozzle gave an extremely fine mist. I didn’t have to jolt and squint when I applied it. These misters can be used before makeup to hydrate and refresh or after to set. The key ingredient that makes these misters so unique is Liquid Green Clay, which helps to detoxify skin. Aaahhhh
Next up is the Anti-Shine Mattifier, which you apply on your T-zone before makeup, just like a primer. I’m actually wearing it today. If you watch my Youtube channel, you know how much I complain about my oily skin and shiny face. It’s raining today so there’s extra humidity in the air and guess what: my face is completely dry, not a drop of oil. This multi-functional formula reduces surface shine and regulates your skin’s oil production. OILY FACES UNITE! It’s also wax-free.
Guess who was also there? The Chae sisters, Linda (Makeup Talk) and Jen (FrmHeadToToe)! We chatted about our crazy experiences at the IMATS and cruelty-free makeup brushes, which we all are on the hunt for. They also taught me how to take a photo through a mirror, ha ha.
I hope you guys find this review helpful, everything you see here will be up for grabs on March 1st, 2013. Youngblood Cosmetics: Cruelty-free beauty CAN be good quality too!