Saturday, March 22, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Mischievous and Audacious: Review, Photos, Swatches

The concept of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm is a good one: a pigment-rich lip balm that goes on creamy but finishes matte and nourishes the lips at the same time. These balms contain shea, coconut, and mango butters and are meant to be moisturizing as well as highly colorful. Like some of Revlon's other lip color products, such as the Colorburst Lip Butters, these are an innovative way to deliver the look of a lipstick but with something different from the traditional lipstick formula.

These balms look and feel like they are made of an almost gel-like formula. Going on, they have quite a bit of slip, like a lip balm, but they certainly have the pigmentation of a matte lipstick. They are highly opaque. They have a semi-strong minty smell, but no minty taste. They have a very slight cooling effect on the lips. A few moments after applying, the balm dries to a matte finish.

I picked up two of these balms, Mischievous and Audacious. Wouldn't you know it, they are both a shade of orange.
Revlon Matte Balm Mischievous
Revlon Matte Balm Audacious

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Revlon Limited Edition Vintage Super Lustrous Lipstick in Jungle Peach

Back in October of 2013, Revlon announced that in spring of 2014 they were going to re-release 5 of their iconic shades from decades past. They had voters decide on five out of ten shades that represented some of Revlon's most beloved classic lipsticks.

Personally, I didn't think I was going to care much about these re-released lipsticks. I am not one for nostalgia, nor do I adore all things vintage. Many makeup lovers relish the idea of being able to don vintage colors and feel connected with the iconic beauty of the past. I am all about what's new and now, but when I saw these vintage lipsticks sitting in a modest display in my CVS, with most of the lipstick having been sold, I saw the colors on the label and was immediately drawn to the lipstick called Jungle Peach. It looked like such a sweet color, and I am always attracted to peach tones.

The five shades of Super Lustrous lipstick that Revlon chose to re-release for a limited time are:

-Icy Violet from 1946
-Snow Peach from 1956
-Sandstorm from 1999
-Fifth Avenue Red from 1958
-Jungle Peach from 1963

These shades appear to have hit stores around mid-February. 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Jungle Peach is light-to-medium, warm-toned peach that leans more towards an orange-cream color than a pink-cream. 

Revlon Jungle Peach
Revlon Jungle Peach

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen: Review and Swatches

Before today, I don't think I had ever used a cream blush. Tragic, I know, yet somehow they had never appealed to me. Powder blushes always seemed to work just fine. They never really looked too cakey over my foundation and finishing powder or looked unnatural. I wear my blush lightly, anyway.

But a couple of weeks ago my sister and I were browsing through CVS and looking for new makeup products. Maybelline had an offering of something new: a blush stick. There were 6 shades to choose from. Me being me, I went for the one that said "coral" on the sticker. I just gravitate towards corals and oranges. I like coral more than pink because pink just feels too girly for me. I got the Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen #30.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks contain shea butter and are meant to be sheer and highly blendable.

They are 0.24 oz of product put into a short cylindrical package that is meant to be portable for easy carrying in one's purse.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crown Brush Makeup Brushes

Today we are taking a look at Crown Brush makeup brushes.
I've heard of Crown Brush here and there on the makeup boards, but I had never seen one up close and personal until I went to The Makeup Show in Los Angeles March 1st and 2nd. Crown Brush was stationed prominently in the center of the loft where the trade show was being held. They had one of the largest booths there and there were just rows upon rows of baskets of brushes. These brushes were not that expensive, thankfully, and I just had to buy 6 of them. 

Crown Brush has been making brushes for 25 years. And there is this, from their website:


Gotta love that!

The first brush that I bought is the SS024 Deluxe Pointed Blush - from the Syntho Series. 

This brush is a large domed blush brush with a bit of a point to it. It is definitely on the large side for a blush brush. 

This brush is made from Syntho fiber. From the Crown Brush brochure:

"Syntho fiber is a high grade synthetic fiber that is thinly extruded to mimic natural bristle. Each tip is razor cut to further soften the tips. Perfect for powder, liquid and creme products. Syntho is extremely versatile and durable."

This brush is incredibly soft against the skin. It's a little bit larger than I am used to for a blush brush, but I think that allows for easy blending of the blush so that it's not all concentrated in one area.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Makeup Show: Los Angeles 2014

Hello makeup mavens, it's been a few days since I've posted but that is because I've been a busy beaver. This past weekend I attended The Makeup Show in Los Angeles. What an incredible experience. I had never been to a makeup trade show before. I've been hearing about IMATS for years but never had the chance to go, and I only just recently found out about The Makeup Show.

If you have been haunting makeup boards for a while, you're probably familiar with many of the brands that were present. But some, you may not have heard of, and I want to share them with you.

Makeup Show
At 8:30 a.m., it was already a mad house. There was a line through the lobby of people waiting to get in. Once we arrived on the 13th floor of the California Market Center in downtown L.A., we were let into the loft that held the show.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Poparazzi Makeup Brushes - First Look

I traveled out of my way today, for makeup. I have my local CVS which is great, but the last time I stopped by, it didn't have what I am really trying to get my hands on, the L'Oreal Collection Privee Color Riche Lipsticks. You know, the four shades to match four of L'Oreal's models, Doutzen Kroes, Frida Pinto, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez? Ooh, you didn't know? Well, watch out, because those are my new lemmings and as soon as I get my hands on one you can bet your bacon it will be here.

Anyhoo, I decided I would try the next nearest CVS to me, the one in Pacific Palisades, CA. I browsed the aisles like a rabid monkey in search of the Privee, but didn't find them. What I did find was a picked-over display of the Maybelline Nude collection. I browsed all of the new displays and didn't see much that was interesting to me. Just as I was walking though the brush aisle, defeated and about to leave empty-handed, a little pop of green and hot pink caught my eye. There they were, standing out from the essence of beauty and Ecotools brushes. These crazy little brushes with pink and polka-dotted handles. The bristles were white with pink tips. And they cost about $2.50 a piece.

I was intrigued. I have been to many CVS's and Rite Aids in my time and I have never seen these Poparazzi brushes. I had to buy them. Now, I don't expect them to be great quality but you never know, they could surprise us. I needed a second crease brush anyway because my MAC 217 is amazing but I can't keep it clean all the time.

In any case, I will be doing a full review of the Eye Crease Blender and the Eye Shadow brush by Poparazzi within the next couple of day. I just wanted to give you a first look, in case you're on the hunt for cheap brushes at your local drugstore.

Poparazzi Makeup Brushes

How do you feel about a makeup brush you can buy for $2.19? Does that excite you or make you suspicious? I know I was really excited when I picked these up. I have high hopes for these funky little brushes. But we'll have to wait and see.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in Peaches

Today we are taking a look at Covergirl's Clean Glow Blusher in Peaches/110.

from the package: "This lightweight formula blends easily so you can customize your perfect matte glow every time."

I have to admit that Covergirl is the last drugstore makeup line that I give consideration to when I am browsing my local CVS. Something about their brand doesn't speak to me, and I'm not sure if it's the advertising (i.e. Pink's annoying "clump crusher" mascara commercials) or the miserable experience I had with the last covergirl product I tried over 5 years ago, the abominable Smoky Shadow Blast. Suffice it to say I haven't purchased a CG product in a very, very long time.

I suppose it was the very alluring brand new display I happened upon at CVS just days ago that drew me to this product.

CoverGirl Clean Glow Blusher Peaches
Something about the display and the way it sat prominently just as I walked in made my eye go straight to the blushes and highlighters. I'm a sucker for any makeup that has the word "peach" in the title. I think there is something delicious about peach lips and cheeks and on occasion, eyes.
CG Clean Glow Blusher comes in a fairly sturdy plastic pan with a white bottom and a clear top so you can see the product from the within the packaging. I like that because I think the way the product itself is designed is very pretty to look at; it almost looks like a 3-toned wave, and it just makes you eager to swirl your brush around in there.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maybelline Volum' Express The Mega Plush Mascara

This was an impulse buy. I had been wearing Physician's Formula Organic Wear mascara and was unsatisfied with the results. I was browsing Walgreens, actually shopping for a new shampoo and conditioner and when I passed the new beauty displays there was, sitting on the top shelf, a display for Maybelline Volum' Express The Mega Plush mascara. I suppose I was a bit of a sucker because I bought it due to the fact that it was being sold in a two-pack for $9.99, and the regular price for one was $8.99. I grabbed one of the two-packs and headed for the register. I bought it in the color Blackest Black.

It was one of those rare moments when I bought something on the fly and didn't spend any time researching it or the reviews. Sounded good on the package. Gel-mousse formula, 40% less hard waxes. Also, I liked the fact that the brush had bristles, like mascaras used to before every drugstore mascara started with the hard plastic brushes. I'm not a fan of those. I was seriously tempted to buy L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara that was sitting right next to the Mega Plush, but at $9.99 for one of those, the Mega Plush seemed like more of a bargain.

The Packaging: Very cute, in my opinion. The tube is a teal/turquoise with hot pink metallic lettering. The wand part is just the right size and thickness to hold in your hands while applying the mascara.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nivea A Kiss of Care & Color lip balm in Sheer Coral

Let me start off by saying, I am an absolute lip balm hoor. At any given time, I have about 5 lip balms in my purse, not to mention two lip glosses. If I see a new lip balm advertised, I will hunt it down and try to snag it the minute it hits the shelves.

I have tried countless lip balms, including natural ones and yes, including high-end ones such as Fresh, Dior, and even La Mer - which is still the best lip balm I've ever tried but at a whopping $50 won't be taking its place in my purse anytime soon.

Nivea A Kiss of Care and Color comes in three shades: a pale pink, a sheer red, and Sheer Coral, which is the one I bought. This lip balm sits among the top 10% of lip balms I have tried from the drug store. It is one of the best drug store lip balms I have used and certainly the best that has a hint of color. It beats Burt's Bees tinted lip balms as well as Alba Terratints.

Let's start with the packaging: so far so good. I have only had it for four days and so far no problems with it coming undone and making a mess. It comes in a silver stick with a slanted top, which is odd considering the product itself is flat, not slanted.

The Product: the stick itself has a moisturizing center and the outer ring is the color. Sheer coral, in this case. However the color itself goes on a bit more pink than coral.

The Consistency: smooth as butter, although not as thick as a Revlon Lip Butter. Light, like a lip balm. Comparable to chap stick but it feels nicer going on - not as stiff.

Moisturization: very good. My lips feel hydrated when I put it on and for a few minutes there is a very light
cooling sensation.

Color payoff: sheer. As is to be expected from its name.

The Duration: short. But, it seems that most lip balms don't last long on me as I tend to smack my lips and rub them together a lot.

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. I really recommend this product for moisturization with a hint of color.

I bought this product for $5.49 at Walgreens. I have a feeling it might be cheaper at CVS or Rite Aid by about .50 cents but may be harder to find there.

Have you tried this lip balm? What would you compare it to?

Thank you for reading.

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Hello potential Readers!

Inspired by G over at Nouveau Cheap, as well as countless other bloggers/vloggers such as Vampy Varnish, Scrangie, and the pixiwoo sisters, I decided it was time to dive into the pool of insanity that surrounds beauty bloggers on the net.

Suffice it to say that my posts will not be the most sophisticated you've seen, as I am a novice, and furthermore I am working only with the camera that comes with my Samsung Galaxy S4. But, at least you'll know what makeup looks like under the glaring eye of a cell phone.

What are my qualifications? Well, besides being an avid makeup lover I am presently a sometimes makeup artist and a former employee of a major international retail chain of cosmetics stores. I am a rabid member of a certain very large makeup community and am constantly keeping up with new trends and products.

I can promise you that over time my posts will improve, as will my photographs, as I am planning on buying a DSLR camera in the near future. In the mean time I will share with you what products I already own and the ones I purchase in the near future.

Oh, and I will tell you more about my interests as time goes on. I feel like I'm filling out a dating profile right now!

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(another) G