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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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Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation

16 Apr

If there is one type of makeup product that I am SUPER DUPER anal about it would have to be foundation. Finding one that gives you the right color, finish and coverage is extremely important or else you will end up looking like a cake with orange frosting. And I’m sure this is not the look you are going for. 

So recently I stopped by the Chanel counter to try out the Vitalumiere foundation because I heard a lot of mixed reviews on it and I wanted to from an opinion myself. How do I put this nicely….I HATE IT. Here is why:

-Extremely dewy finish; I literally looked like a shining disco ball after application and even after I had set it with my MAC Skinfinish powder. 

-The cover is not buildable. It is supposedly a full coverage foundation but it came nothing close to any of the medium or full coverage foundations I have used in the past.

-The sales associate claimed that this is “wedding foundation” because it claims to give a glowing and even finish. I would rather jump off a bridge than wear this on my wedding.

-The smell reminds me of an old lady’s perfume. Bleh.

I hate to sit here and bash this foundation because I am a fan of Chanel products. But I think people mostly pay for the label rather than the product that you are receiving. For example, the Revlon Colorstay foundation is super cheap and gives great full coverage  and a matte finish. Why would you spend $50 when you can spend $10? 

What are some of your favorite foundations? Let me know!

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!

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.