This post is a sponsored Editorial with YSL.


Recounting my journey with make up is one of my favourites. To think of where I started, as a 20 something year old with no clue on the difference between a tinted moisturiser and a matte foundation, to today, a woman who knows exactly what she wants out of her make up bag. It's quite daunting talking make up on the internet with such an incredibly large and diverse collection of women and men sharing their views, techniques and trends. I'm not going to lie, I didn't think there was a space for me in all this.

I wouldn't dream of attempting a "Sun-set eye" as much as I look on with wonder at their beauty and I certainly am too much of a wuss to bake anything when it comes to my face. But what I have done is found my identity in all the palettes and products on offer, I found my style, I found my signature look.

I know what I want out of a good foundation, I know what makes a game changing mascara and I know what fragrances work with my style. For this post I have teamed up with YSL to tell you about all of the above. My signature make-up look, my style identity and my love affair with YSL Beaute.

It all started when I was 18 and I worked in that beautiful boutique in my home town. regular readers might remember it as the place where my interest in fashion and style began. Robin, my boss bought us Christmas presents every year and this one year our gifts came wrapped in a beautiful black and gold YSL bag. That year, she gave us the gift of incredible lashes in the form of the YSL Faux Cil Mascara. This was my first ever high end beauty product and it would go on to define my make-up bag forever. Proof, that a good mascara really can change your life.

But the love affair with YSL doesn't end there. From walking the Jardin Majorelle encapsulated in the scent of Black Opium and a Summer spent obsessing over the game changing Mascaras right through to today, where the day doesn't start without a base of the Touche Eclat Blur Primer, a Subtle glow from the Les Saharienne bronzer and the brightening touch of the iconic Touche Eclat. YSL always has been a staple in my every day beauty bag and for this look I'm walking you through my "Off Duty Model" style, from make up, to fragrance, to outfit.

This post encapsulates the vision, the inspiration and the girl behind the newest edition of the Black Opium Fragrance. Black Opium Floral Shock is the first day time edition of the fragrance which embodies all the beauty of the original scent but with a floral twist to get you excited for the Spring season and banish those Winter blues.

This my guide to creating the perfect Off-Duty Model look inspired by the Black Opium Girl.










The newest addition to my make up bag is the Primer, I just didn't see the point for so long. But long 12 hour days in London, meeting after meeting, rushing across London, I needed something to give me confidence in my foundation.

The Touche Eclat Blur Primer is an illuminating and blurring primer which smoothes visible pores and fine lines. I have larger than average pores and this product gifts me with flawless yet secure make-up application for the entire day.











Foundation is one of my favourite products to apply. I love watching a perfectly matched veil of product sweep over my complexion, perfecting and smoothing the surface. My main reason for using foundation is to enhance my natural complexion but a lot has to be said for the effects when you are having one of those days when you really don't feel like yourself. I like to build on confidence from the inside but a lot has to be said for a good face of make up.

The Touche Eclat Le Tient foundation stays true to my love of full coverage foundations but with added radiance leaving your skin perfected and glowing. I applied using the Touche Eclat Y brush for fully customisable coverage: today was a full coverage kind of day so I filled it up to the top and applied in circular motions all over my face. I always give my foundation time to set on its own which is a perfect time to have a quick Insta-scroll.








I'm going through a "good skin stage" as I like to call it, where concealer isn't high on my priority list. Instead I'm looking to brighten the face and really enhance the natural complexion and for me there are only two products which come to mind.

First, the iconic Touche Eclat which single handily changed the make-up game with its brightening and enhancing highlighting properties in a convenient "throw-in-your-handbag" package is currently my saving grace. I spent 96% of January out of the country and this product made tired eyes look brighter and more awake with one swipe.


Secondly, the Les Saharienne Bronzer is the newest YSL product to rock my world. I generally prefer a cream bronzer for a more natural and healthy glow and most tend to come in large bulky packaging. The Les Saharienne Bronzer fits into even my tiniest of handbags and brings my skin back to life with it's glowy, blurring properties.


When I travel I give foundation a miss and opt for these two products on their own.













Everything in my life is quite neutral and my make-up is no exception, except that is when it comes to my blush. It's wear I get to inject, albeit a subtle pop of colour to my skin in the form of fully flushed cheeks from the Limited Edition Healthy Glow Powder blush.








The eyes are where the real magic happens when it comes to this Off Duty look. Just a subtle smokey finish transforms the focus of the look to that of an edgy yet effortless finish.


"an edgy yet effortless finish."


Using the YSL Eye Duo Smoker in shade Smokey Grey which is the perfect eye shadow on the go, I smudge out the lash line to leave a smokey yet feline contour to the eye, graduating the intensity of the pigment from strong black at the root of the lash to a perfectly blended ombre using the blending brush, in a matter of minutes. Perfect for the girl on the go who doesn't have time to do her make up, you can pack the Eye Duo Smoker in your bag and smudge it out in the toilets taking your make up look from day to night, without anyone knowing. It's the perfect handbag accessory to create a quick and simple smokey eye!







And finally, the piece de resistance, the item every girl everywhere agrees as there desert island make up essential. The item that no make up look is complete without. The one item taking you from tired "back-to-bed" eyes to sultry "come-to-bed" eyes Mascara! Us guys and girls owe it a lot. And true to YSL form, The Shock mascara, like all the others in their range, does not disappoint.


"The one item taking you from tired "back-to-bed" eyes to sultry "come-to-bed" eyes Mascara!"


Intense colour, dramatic length and full impact volumized lashed which don't transfer on to your eyelids and finishes the smudged out smokey eye look, flawlessly. Are they falsies? Aren't they falsies? They won't be able to tell.





A fragrance for the girl who knows what she wants. She's confident yet feminine, strong with an air of vulnerability and she wears it all with a mischievous smile and a strong black outfit.


"A biting oriental freshness that blows the mind but leaves you wanting more."


Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum is a shockingly fresh fragrance of strong citrus notes blended with the sensuality of black coffee and finished with the freshness of white musk all captured and enclosed within the walls of a glam rock bottle.

Black Opium Floral Shock is the finishing touch and partner in crime to YSL's The Shock Mascara, a bold and sensual match made in heaven.







The shirt is four sizes too big, it's worn and smells of my boyfriend but I'm too late to care. To hide the tale tell creases of a late night come early morning, my black blazer perfectly hides a multitude of sins.


"my black blazer perfectly hides a multitude of sins."


These leather trousers have travelled the world with me, they have seen the bright lights of cities far and wide, they are loved and complete this Off-Duty look with an effortless rock and roll air.

The finished look is effortless. I may or may not have brushed my hair and it all looks perfectly imperfect together. It's easy and care free and yet impactful. I love the way the make-up look remains fresh and youthful, whilst still embracing the boldness and sensuality of the Black Opium Floral Shock Fragrance.


 "I may or may not have brushed my hair and it all looks perfectly imperfect together."


The outfit itself compliments the make-up and stays true to my favourite tailored silhouette with the added injection of cool leather fabrics and biker accessories.




Touch Eclat Blur Primer

Touche Eclat Le Tient Foundation

Touche Eclat Reservoir Foundation Brush

Touche Eclat

Les Saharienne Solar Radiance

Healthy Glow Powder Blush

YSL Eye Duo Smoker



Black Opium Floral Shock


My Boyfriends Shirt

Joseph Blazer

Zara Biker Trousers

Gianvito Rossi boots







  1. Lilia | Lily Like 20th February 2017 / 8:48 am

    Ugh, I love your blogposts and photography! It looks like a magazine spread, total goals babe! xo

  2. Pauline Johnson 20th February 2017 / 9:24 am

    Love the photography, you look amazing as always x

  3. Ellie 20th February 2017 / 9:32 am

    wow this is beautifully written and the photography is amazing, I love love that primer!! x

  4. Adele 20th February 2017 / 9:41 am

    So glad you’re back blogging again Lydia! I also use the YSL Blur Primer & LOVE it, a total game changer. When I bought my bottle I was given some samples of the Touche Eclat Foundation & being one who likes a healthy glow I’m impressed. Still deciding if I prefer it to my Chanel Les Beiges foundation which gives a fab natural glow, but I could be swayed!
    Hope you carry on with regular posting!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  5. Primrose 20th February 2017 / 9:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful as always – some products really can be a total life changer and completely overhaul the way we think about and do our makeup! So many goodies I need to try! The primer looks incredible!

  6. Julz 20th February 2017 / 10:29 am

    Lydia, you never fail to impress me with your effortless style. Well done another great blog post xx

  7. fannyanddailybeauty 20th February 2017 / 11:01 am

    I’m usually not a blusher girl, yet this Healthy Glow Powder Blush is really stunning, I love how subtle yet summery the shade is! A brown YSL Mascara was my very first luxurious makeup item as well 🙂

  8. Jenny 20th February 2017 / 11:03 am

    Great look – I’m in love with those biker trousers! x


  9. Ellie 20th February 2017 / 11:18 am

    I love this post, it’s well thought out and genuine. Definitely going to stop by a YSL counter when I get the chance, already have the primer and I’m in love! Great outfit too, simple but punchy, love it. xxx

  10. Adriana 20th February 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous! I love YSL products! That parfum is amazing! Also I love to see you with a little bit of black blended liner!

    The Black Blush

  11. Lisa Autumn 20th February 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I just LOOOOVE the look!

    And the perfume sounds amazing.. need to try it!

    xx Lisa

  12. Marshalee 20th February 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Glad your back on your blog! I was so excited to see a post from you. These photos are amazing. The YSL products are exceptional. I haven’t tried their makeup but their fragrance are to die for. I love this post!

  13. Katy Lynn 20th February 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Your blog posts are so inspiring. I love how you see the beauty in things x

    • Dragon 8th March 2017 / 10:14 pm

      No seas hipócrita Solís, si estás FELÍ con tu colección de H. Tu conciencia te recuerda que nadamás lo que has chorreado en la H de Zoraida Gómez alcanzaría para enmicar las crincdeeales de elector de todo el Mayab

  14. sasa 20th February 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Lydia, always love your makeup look! Gorgeous!

    Shall We Sasa

  15. Lisa Winckelmans 20th February 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Now I am so exited to get myself a primer!
    XOXO Lisa

  16. Chantal 20th February 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I really want to try the new fragrance after reading this post, the original one is my favourite perfume ever so I have to go and check this one out too x

  17. Maria 21st February 2017 / 2:41 am

    So glad to finally see a new blog post from you Lydia! All of the products look lovely, and the photography is insane as always x

    The Chic Pursuit

  18. Leah 21st February 2017 / 2:49 am

    Hi Lydia, great post…i didn’t see what lipstick you are wearing tho! What kind of YSL lipstick and color? you look gorgous!! Thanks….

  19. Karina 21st February 2017 / 10:03 am

    This post is incredible!!! You’re as stunning as always. You really made me discover myself and not being afraid of showing my real self.
    I don’t have to fit in anybody’s shoe last, just mould my own one… I hope you know what I mean.

    Keep going girl!!!


  20. Elina Anwar 21st February 2017 / 10:44 am

    I will aways be so in love with each and every entry you posted, it’s unbelievable! This is amazing, Lydia!

  21. Aasiyah 21st February 2017 / 10:51 am

    Such a bomb post Lydia! Loved it????????????. All the products looked gorgeous. Its amazing how you always push yourself with your content, the quality of this post was amazing. The wording, photography, composition. Everything?????????

  22. Aasiyah 21st February 2017 / 11:02 am

    Such a bomb post Lydia! Loved it????????????. All the products looked gorgeous. Its amazing how you always push yourself with your content, the quality of this post was amazing. The wording, photography, composition. Everything?????????

  23. Lee 21st February 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Not only an interesting and inspiring piece but so professionally written. So often these days, blogs are peppered with erroneous spelling, punctuation and grammar that it can demean the industry they are working hard to promote. Keep up the excellent, engaging and articulate Comms that your industry deserves Lydia.

  24. Natasha 21st February 2017 / 4:36 pm

    These are just the most perfect photos, you look stunning and I love your tips on achieving this look! xx

    Tash |

  25. Amanda 22nd February 2017 / 9:28 pm

    It’s fun to watch crazy makeup tutorials but I go to your channel and your choices for the every day, approachable, doable, and classic look.
    Love love love your style in all ways, and it really inspires me. <3

  26. Diana Free 23rd February 2017 / 3:21 am

    I love the makeup, it really enhances your face in the most pleasant way. I’m into full coverage foundation so I definitely might need to give this YSL one a go.

  27. Claudia 23rd February 2017 / 1:05 pm

    These photos Lydia are absolutely incredible! Your blog and Youtube content is just amazing, I look forward to every post and video you make. I love YSL beauty and Black Opium is my favourite scent, it’s beautiful

  28. Amy 23rd February 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Such a gorgeous look, the mascara works so well on your lashes! ?

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  29. Isabella 25th February 2017 / 2:34 pm

    What stunning photos! I completely agree with your beliefs and reasonings xx

  30. Georgyana Vision 26th February 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I was waiting impatiently for another of your blog posts!! You look stunning as always! Did you see the Alux video on their Alux channel that you were featured into? It was a video about 10 fashion bloggers, and there were a lot of instances of you from your videos put there, the video is from 2 weeks ago. I was so excited to see you there!

    Kind regards from

  31. Abigail Silvester 3rd March 2017 / 8:31 am

    Amazing photos Lydia, love the look of all these product and Black Opium is my favourite fragrance right now. I haven’t tried the Floral Shock one yet but I love the bottle.

  32. Amira 6th March 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I am such a fan of all the effort you put in writing your blog. It is always so detailed and the pictures are amazing. I can’t stop reading the articles over and over again. Each one of them is so helpful in its way.
    You’re doing a good job Lydia, stay true to yourself.

    Mira’s FW xx

  33. Yogita 10th March 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Such a great post. The photos are beautiful!

  34. Marieke 11th March 2017 / 9:09 am

    It is absolutely beautiful!!

  35. Gemma 12th March 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Loved hearing more about some of the YSL makeup and scents, I definitely want to pick a few of the items you mentioned up. Also you look gorgeous and so well put together as usual Lydia <3

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

  36. Terri 14th March 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Absolutely love your style and videos! I’ve got similar trousers to these from Mango and i live in them!
    Much love,

  37. Sophie 23rd March 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I love your blog so much! Every one of your blogs is absolutely amazing and your writing style is so inspiring. I love reading your blogs and it inspired me to change the whole theme of my blog (which I’ve now taken down because I worried about people I didn’t want to see it seeing it!!). I was wondering, you buy lots of high-end bags and make-up and clothing. Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Would you ever consider Ted Baker? I feel like Ted Baker is a slightly lower end brand, and maybe not so much your style. I’m personally a BIG Ted Baker fan, and I was wondering whether you’ve ever come accross the brand, purchased anything from it or considered making a purchase there. I did watch your latest closet tour video and didn’t notice any Ted Baker there. I would love your response,
    Sophie xxx

  38. Aleksandra Culafic 1st April 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I am such a fan of your work. Your an inspiration to bloggers everywhere!
    XOXO, Aleksandra

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