Something both fun and luxurious for the dressing table; Yves Saint Laurent’s Top Secrets Beauty Sleep. It’s a two-in-one rescue cream for parched, crone-like skin. (I’m just being honest. We all have those nights, surely?!)
The YSL Top Secrets products have been inspired by the real problems encountered by beauty professionals; models who don’t get enough sleep or are permanently jet-lagged, and the makeup artists who then have to make them look amazing! I have a real soft-spot for YSL – it’s used so often backstage and on shoots that the scent of the products will forever be stuck in my memory.
The “Beauty Sleep” Restoring Skincare Palette is no exception – the face cream smells beautiful and it has a luxurious, cushiony texture. The lip balm sits on top in its own little compartment, next to a spatula for (I think!) lifting out the face cream. Word on the face cream: this is not some lightweight slap-it-on-all-over cream. It’s not greasy, but it is rich! It’s for seriously tired, dry faces – think ‘a bottle of wine and a flight to New York’ levels. The leaflet advises spreading a thin layer with fingertips, but I have been applying it to targeted areas and avoiding my T-Zone. For all-over application, I’d suggest pressing it in with the palms of your hands. This is not the right product to splodge on in thick layers, take a little time to apply it to the areas that need it. It’ll last a lot longer then too!
How do you feel about the secret compartment packaging? I quite like the ritual of applying the cream and then the balm, right before I go to sleep. The pot feels very grown-up, the kind of thing I wouldn’t mind rolling down the aisle of the aeroplane when I drop my makeup bag. Unfortunately the things that usually roll are a) Tampax and b) tubes of breath mints. More often than not, both at the same time.
YSL ‘Top Secrets’ Beauty Sleep (30ml Cream, 5ml Balm) is £45 from Selfridges.com