Allure Part 2: Our MAJOR Haul from the Beauty Closet

Hey everyone!

Everyone has heard rumors about magazines’ “Closets”. The fashion ones are adorned with every shoe, handbag, dress, skirt, and top ever made, and the beauty one is spilling with lip gloss, eye shadow  mascara, spray, serum, polish, and shine. Allure gave us a tour that confirmed our suspicions. Though we got to see the clothes that Allure is using for their next shoot, a meeting was going on in the actual fashion closet, so we can’t say anything about it. But the beauty closet? It’s incredible. Practically a Willy Wonka factory for makeup hoarders (like us); the whole room is covered with wide shelves (ceiling to floor) with a tiny space for the door, and another space for the lucky employees to navigate through. Two or three of the shelves are devoted to products that Allure will feature in the upcoming issue. The rest are everything that Allure can not or will not use. These products have been previously written about, tested, or placed aside because they simply don’t go with the topics that Allure is covering. We were allowed to take anything from the products that would not be used including Chanel, Prada, Burberry, Essie, Yves Saint Laurent and much, much, much more. Oohing and ahhing, we chose our favorites very carefully. Here’s our top 10 products (in no particular order).

1.  Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics  Eye shadow in 1

Even before I tried this, I knew it would be good when I saw the brushes. One is double sided foam, the other is double sided rubber. Yes, rubber brushes  They are  1/2 of the recipe for high intensity. The other half? These colors were made like any other shadow-except with one tiny, yet awesome change. Have you ever wet your brush before applying shadow to make the color stick? You don’t have to with this palette! The solvent was replaced with water, so you don’t need to worry about reapplying- one of the many reasons this should be in any girls makeup bag who loves smoky eyes. Another ingredient is the colors. The silver is sparkly and light- so you don’t look look like a clown,  the green turns out to be a high-intensity black, the white is a translucent  almost blue pale highlighter, and the periwinkle adds a cool touch and ties the whole package together. Use individually or together, and be prepared to hear “wows!” all day long.

Rating:★★★★★★★★ 8/10

2. M.A.C. Pigment Colour Powder in Vanilla


This super soft illuminating powder is my new makeup staple. It gives a glow to your lips, eyes, you name it! The  pigment comes in every color, but I knew when I saw the Vanilla, I knew I needed it. It has an awesome texture, a sleek package, and stays on for hours. It’s not flaky either- it’s actually the opposite  It actually feels like your putting on velvet. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it looks on. Depending on how you move, it changes color. One second it’s a opaque white, the next a shimmery gold.

Rating:★★★★★★★★ 10/10

3.Dior Addict Gloss in Pink Trench

I’ve been lusting over this gloss for who knows how long. When I got it, I was ecstatic. It was every bit as good as I dreamed. The brush is soft and applies evenly and the gloss is actually also a plumper.  According to’s study, lips become “+ 26% fuller and + 36% more hydrated.” (I’ve only had it for a week, but I’ll let you know) The color is  a pale, gloss that is just noticeable enough to give you that extra shine with tiny prisms of sparkle.  J’adore!

Rating:★★★★★★★★ 10/10

4. Rain Glitteratti powder in Gold Digger

This glitzy powder, unlike M.A.C’s, is sparkly and out-there. But not in a bad way! In a super awesome way, actually. It’s a sweet, pretty touch to a smoky eye or bronze-pink lip.  This is almost identical to the pigment powder, except while the pigment has a glow, the powder has a glow and sparkles. Never-the-less, this is a gorgeous color that looks amazing on a smoky eye.

Rating:★★★★★★★★★ 8/10

5. M.A.C Lipglass in Viva Glam

 Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass

This reminds me so much of Nicki: it’s flirty, sweet, pretty, bright and awesome! The formula is incredible and it’s super creamy, smooth and long-lasting.  The color is a shocking pink, thats still elegant to pair with a smoky eye. The brush helps you pack as much shine is possible, it’s a little bigger than the average one. This gloss is something I’d recommend to anyone who wants a high power, shiny, and intense lip gloss.


6. Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray

With this sea salt spray, its summer everyday. It smells like salty ocean waves and and a tiny bit like Floridian humidity (fruity and warm and happy). Luckily, it only gives you tousled, pretty waves. It’s really easy too- all  you need to do is spray and scrunch in towel-dried wet hair, or dry for extra oomph. This is the only sea salt spray I’ve used that actually makes it look like you have perfect beachy waves.

Rating: ★ (10/10)

7. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Excentrique


It’s loud, but elegant. Pigmented, yet long-lasting. Thin, yet moisturizing. I love orange-red lipsticks, and this one is no exception. Chanel has made yet another sleek, flirty, stick that screams notice me.

Rating: ★ (10/10)

7. Lucid Lipgloss in Cabo


I’m a complete sucker for vanilla, and this Lucid gloss is paradise. The gloss smells like cake batter, but looks professional and sweet. The picture is  little deceiving: it’s a sheer. nude, color with a teeny bit of shine. The brush is long and applies the non-sticky formula easily. Love it!

Rating: ★ (8/10)

9. NYX Color Lip Balm in Grazie


Want a balm that looks like a lip stick but feels like a moisturize? Look no further. This chapstick is a pale  raspberry red, color that makes your face glow. It’s really soft and also smells amazing-like cherry. It stays on for hours and makes your lips noticeably softer.

Rating: ★ (10/10)

10. Yves Saint Laurent Creme De Blush in Audacious Orange

Don’t be fooled by this bright orange color, I was at first. The tint is actually a pale pink colot, that gives you a super-natural flush.  It doubles as a lip moisturizer , but appears more coral when on lips. There’s no gross smell or any bumps, it goes on so smoothly.

Rating: ★ (10/10)

And there’s our top ten. Do you have any of these products, and do you like them? Comment below, and stay posted by following for part three: Gemma Kahng show.


love s.s.