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Review: NEW Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

30 Jun

I am such a sucker for new drugstore products so when I saw that Revlon came out with a new formulation I hopped right on it! I have been using it for the past 3 1/2 weeks and here are my thoughts:

*There are 12 shades and I found it hard to find one that matched my skin because in the glass jar they all tend to look the same. I purchased mine in the color “Nude” which ended up matching me perfectly.

Texture: This claims to be whipped, but the consistency was more of a thick milkshake (weird, I know). I thought this would feel very heavy on the skin, but it ended up being much more lightweight than expected.

Staying Power: The package says 24 hours but seriously, who wears foundation for that long? I only need mine to last for about 10 hours and it did just that perfectly. It didn’t settle into my pores, and the finish was not totally matte, just a tad bit dewy. I added a translucent power on top to prevent any oiliness.

Coverage: I would consider this to be a medium-full coverage foundation. It is much lighter than the original Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation, but I found it to be much easier to blend.

Application: I have used my fingers, stippling brush, or a flat top kabuki brush to blend this in and all of them worked very well. It is super easy to blend and doesn’t leave any streaking like the original colorstay. The final result is a smooth and satin finish.

Packaging: I really like that this comes in a glass jar, it makes you forget that it is made by Revlon. But it seems to be a total waste and is bulky in my makeup organizer. The glass jar is deceiving as it does look like theres a ton of product but really there is only 0.8oz. Luckily, a little product goes a long way.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this foundation. I have been neglecting all my other ones, both drug store and high end ever since I tried this one. If you are looking for a long staying medium coverage foundation that controls shine- this is your best bet. It retails for about $11-15 at any local drugstore.

What do you think of the new Revlon products? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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April Favorites!

2 May

Happy May everyone! I hope you’re all as excited as me for the summer! I discovered a ton of great products this month even though I have been keeping my makeup routine at a minimum. With the semester winding down and finals quickly approaching, I haven’t had much time to experiment as much as I like. Here are the products that I’ve been loving:

FACE

Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Foundation: I previously raved about the Revlon colorstay, but this foundation even beats that. I think why I love it so much is that it is more of a color match for my face and is such an awesome formula. It helps control oil all day and even lasted through my evening workout  at the gym without budging (Normally I wouldn’t wear makeup to the gym but I was coming from work). If you are a fan of the color stay foundation I highly suggest you give this one a try!

Monistat Soothing Care Chaffing Gel: I know, I know you’re probably thinking why in the world would I put a chaffing gel on my face? My boyfriend looked at me like I had 3 heads when he saw this in my bathroom; but what do they know anyway, right? 😉 Well I have heard many people raving about this as a primer! It turns out that the active ingredient in this gel is the same as in high-end primers. To be honest, if you put a MAC label on this you would have no idea that it wasn’t a primer. It goes on super smooth and leaves such a nice flawless finish underneath of foundation and powder. Trust me on this, just try it and see for yourself.

MAC Skinfinish Natural: This has always been my holy grail powder, and I don’t think I will ever be able to live without it! Flawless finish every time I use it.

Revlon Cream Blush in “Pinched”: This is part of Revlon’s new Gucci Westman Collection. I have never owned a cream blush because to be quite frank, they scare me. I just think it is so much easier swoosh some powder on your cheeks but this has totally transformed my thoughts on cream blush. First of all, this color is GORGEOUS- it’s a bright peach that blends in so well. There were three colors, all are bright, but from what I have heard they might look intimidating but they all blend in amazingly. I only purchased one, but I plan on going back for a second one because I’m hooked! To see the full Gucci Westman collection click here: http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Featured-Collection/Escapism.aspx

EYES

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes: The name of this mascara does exactly that, it makes you look like you have a million lashes. I normally am not fond of rubber bristles but the formula on this makes lashes look so long and volumized! I used to use Lancome’s Definicils mascara and this is a very close dupe to that.

Jordana Fabuliner in Black: I remember using this felt-tip eyeliner in high school because it was so cheap ($1.99 at Walgreens) and I just rediscovered it. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped using it! The felt tip is so saturated, so easy to work with and gives the best dark, matte finish. If you are not a fan of liquid eyeliner or have a hard time with gel eyeliner, TRY THIS. I promise you it’s amazing, and especially for the price!

LIPS

Revlon Lip Butters: With everything going on this month, I have been super lazy and just grabbing these lip butters. Specific favorite colors have been sweet tart (hot pink), Lollipop (bright fuscia) – I get tons of compliments when I wear this one, and last but not least Creme Brulee (champagne nude). I love these because they are super moisturizing and pigmented and give a nice sheen to the lips.

PERFUME

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: I have always had this perfume in my cabinet and every couple months I forget it exists and then rediscover it and fall in love all over again. It is the perfect every day scent; very crisp and clean and lasts for hours. And with this one, I always have people ask me what I’m wearing because it smells so good!

JEWELRY

Michael Kors Oversized Runway Watch in gold- If you follow me on twitter or instagram you would know that I stalked this watch out because it was sold out for a while at Nordstrom and Michael Kors. I have 2 other Michael Kors watches and think they are a fantastic quality and durability. They are a bit pricey, but they are beyond worth it. If you are a person who wears a watch every day like me, you will get years of use from it. The style is a classic, and I know I’ll be wearing it forever! I have also been stacking different bracelets and bangles on my wrist with it, a look that I also love!

And thats it for my favorites. Like I said, I wasn’t able to experiment with any eye shadows or things like that but I am excited over this month’s discoveries!

Hope everyone is enjoying their spring!

Battle of the Lip Butters!

30 Mar

So it seems that every makeup brand is coming out with their own line of lip butters. What is a lip butter you ask? Basically it’s a tube or pot of tinted lip balm- a product that will give you color and keep lips hydrated. I noticed so many of them out there on the market so I did some research of my own and here are my thoughts on the most popular ones.

1. Revlon Color Burst Lip Butters (can be found at drugstores): These come in SO many different shades that it was hard to pick one. I got creamsicle and it was a nudeish-orange tint. The packaging is super cute and really easy to just throw in your bag and go. I didn’t love this color because it came out a bit white and too frosty on my lips. The texture was really smooth and it kept my lips moisturized but I felt like it came off within half an hour.

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2. Maybelline Baby Lips: Unlike the Revlon ones, these are scented and they smell SO YUMMY! I got pink punch and cherry me, both are very pigmented (pinkish/red) and kept my lips soft for a while. I have to warn you though, I was tempted to lick it off because these smelled so good. For only $3-4 you really can’t go wrong with these!

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3. L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm: I am a total sucker for packaging and these reminded me of the YSL lipsticks so I was pretty much sold after that. I purchased two shades: caring coral and nourishing nude- both great everyday colors! Out of the drugstore balms this is definitely my favorite. The color variety was very nice, they were well tinted (more than a balm but a little less than lipstick). These had a great shiny sheen to them which was great because I didn’t have to apply lipgloss overtop of it.

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4. KORRES Lip Butter (can be found at Sephora): I LOVE this stuff! Usually I hate any lip products in pots, but this one is worth digging your finger in. I have it in the jasmine flavor which also seems to have a bit of a vanilla scent. I really enjoy it because the scent isn’t too overbearing and it keeps my lips hydrated all day.

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5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick: This is a staple in my beauty bag for various reasons. This product can be used anytime you have super dry skin or chapped lips; I especially like this for the winter time when the weather seems to dry up my skin the most. It has a very nice vanilla scent and has no color or tint and I have heard people using it for anything from scars to stretch marks. It costs around $5 dollars and is well worth it for all the purposes it has.

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What are your favorite lip butters? Are there any colors/shades that you particularly love? Let me know, I would love to hear them!

Go Nude

16 Mar

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Even though bright lipsticks are all the rage this season, a nice nude lip color is classy and everyone can pull it off!

I’ve compiled a quick list of tips to help with finding the perfect nude lipstick without making you look like Casper the ghost.

DO find a color that is within two shades of your natural lip color. If you are fair skinned, look for colors that have a pink undertone. If you are medium or darker shade, go for the beige/brown undertone.

DON’T look washed out. You don’t want to look like you just put concealer all over your lips. “Nude” is a term to describe your natural lip color and you want to find a lipstick that makes you look like you..but better!

DO exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick. Nobody likes flaky dry lips so use a scrub or lip conditioner. Recently I have been loving MAC’s lip conditioner and I always put it on in the morning and before I go to bed at night. You can find it at any MAC store or online here: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/164/472/Lip-Conditioner-Tube/index.tmpl

Here are a few of my favorite nudes!

1. Revlon in “Soft Nude”- I’ve talked about this one a couple times but it’s my go-to lipstick for everyday and you cant beat the drugstore price.

2. L’Oreal in “Fairest Nude”- The formula is so smooth and leaves a nice creamy finish that lasts pretty well throughout the day. This is a little more mauve than the Revlon color, and I think it would look great with any skin tone. The only complaint I have is that it has a bit of a chemical smell, so if you are sensitive to scents this may not be for you.

3. MAC in “Viva Glam Gaga 2”- This color is more beige and can make me look washed out so I only use it in the summer. If you are naturally dark this would be a great nude color for you and it’s pretty affordable as well.

What are your favorite nude lipsticks?

Beauty on a Budget

24 Feb

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” -Yves Saint Laurent

There is a sudden rush I get when I find a product that I love and is inexpensive. Drugstore brands like Revlon, Maybelline, and L’Oreal are always coming out with new products to compete with fancy high-end companies. I love this time of year because as the season changes and the weather becomes warmer, these companies come out with new products to cater to our every day beauty needs. Recently I went out to stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart to see what all the hype is about. Here are my favorites:

1. Milani baked blush- Um, first of all why have I not discovered this brand sooner?! I am so amazed at the quality and how pigmented this blush turned out. It is a dupe of the MAC mineralize bronzers and blushes but with a way better price. It stays on all day, isn’t too shimmery and gives a beautiful glow.

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2. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara After watching countlesss videos of makeup gurus ranting and raving about this stuff, I finally caved in and bought it. Now, I will be the first one to say that I have hated every single drugstore mascara I’ve purchased but this one really surprised me. It gave me great length and volume. It coated every lash and did not clump or crumble after wearing it all day. Highly recommended!

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3. Maybelline Smooth Mousse Foundation- Once again, I have never been satisfied with a drugstore foundation and found them to make my skin oily and breakout. I purchased this for the first time a couple months ago on a whim because I had run out of the MAC foundation I usually use. This has become my all-time favorite foundation- I seriously can not say enough good things about it! I have freckles and this gives me the perfect coverage that lasts all day. If you are looking for a medium-full coverage this is worth trying out.

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4. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick These lipsticks are super pigmented and glide on lips very smoothly. My favorite color is soft nude, which is shown in the picture below. I specifically love this shade because it’s versatile and completes any look you are going for.

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5. Tresseme Split Remedy Serum- I have a love/hate relationship with drugstore hair products and can never find anything I am truly happy with. For the past year I have been using Moroccan Oil products and although I liked them at first, I found that it made my hair ultra soft (almost too soft) and did nothing for my split ends. They’re also very pricey. So, I purchased this on a whim and I am officially obsessed with it. I applied it on the ends of my damp hair and after blowdrying and straightening it out my hair looked like I just got a fresh cut (SERIOUSLY!!) My split ends have disappeared and I hope they never come back- good riddance!

6. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush There has been a lot of different opinions on this new product but I was really excited to try it out. It has the texture of play- doh (so cool) and I purchased it in the color “rose petal” which is a soft pink. Although it is not very pigmented and I wouldn’t use it alone as a blush, it makes a great highlighter for your cheekbones.

7. Garnier Skin Renew Under Eye Concealer- This works wonders for sleep-deprived college kids like me! Super easy to roll on under your eyes and it gets rid of the dark circles and puffiness. It has become a favorite in my makeup bag.

I hope this post gives you a little insight about great products that are out there! You can get great quality without spending a fortune. Also, drugstores have sales every week and clearance sections for discontinuing colors/shades; so be on the look out for those.