Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Review in HD Kisses and HD Embrace!

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Happy Thursday everyone! ¬†This week is flying by as it’s almost Friday-what?! That’s the perk of a long weekend I guess and I’m not complaining. ūüėČ

I have another review on some budget friendly lippies so let’s get started.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Described as a, “lightweight, high definition velvety matte color. Moisturizing, velvety feel. 100% wax-free, gel formula.” ¬†I picked up HD Embrace, a nude pink and HD Kisses, a raspberry mauve shade.

Pros 

Cost effective at under $10

Sleek packaging

Clear tube allows you to see the color

Color glides on smoothly

Good lasting power

Good array of colors

Excellent pigmentation

Cons

Not truly matte

Dry down time takes about 30 minutes

Lighter colors accentuates any imperfections

Sweet scent may not be for everyone

Overall: I’m a big fan of these lip products. ¬†They are reminiscent of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams¬†in both the feel and sweet scent. ¬†I found that the formula glides on smoothly provided your lips aren’t chapped. Both leave behind a stain while eating and drinking, with HD Kisses more pronounced than HD Embrace. ¬†The pigmentation on both are great and usually one swipe is all you need to get excellent coverage. Even as these dry down, I don’t find that these are completely a true matte because I can still rub my lips together and feel a bit of slip to them. With this said though, they aren’t really that moisturizing after they dry down either. I’d describe it as in between a satin and matte. The packaging on these is very sleek and the color you see is pretty much the color you get.

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Some swatches of the shades.
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Have you tried the Revlon HD Mattes? What’s your favorite matte lipstick?¬†

Stephanie 

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April Favorites 2016!

April Faves 2016

Hello everyone! ¬†We’re a few days shy of the end of April and I’ve got a great collection of items to share so let’s get started!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare

One of the items I picked up at the Sephora sale, I can’t get over this beautiful shade. ¬†If you’re in the market for a great liquid lipstick, pick this one up, if you can find it.

Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park

If you’re looking for an affordable liquid lipstick, then Colour Pop is your brand. ¬†At $6, this warm peachy nude applies smoothly and surprisingly lasts even though it’s not a matte formula. ¬†It does come off as it never fully dries and I did find this to be on the drying side but lip balm underneath helps.

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color in So Bare

A collection I initially dismissed, I’m glad I went back to take a closer look. ¬†A lipstick/lip balm hybrid, this feels creamy, hydrating and imparts good pigmentation

Lancome Juicy Shaker in 252 Vanilla Pop

Lancome’s newest take on the original Juicy Tubes, this lip oil is unique. ¬†You shake the bottle to mix the lip oils and pigments to create a nice, albeit sheer, wash of color. ¬†The applicator is a stubby sponge attached to the cap which feels plush and melts the product onto your lips. ¬†This product gets addicting so you have been warned. ūüėČ

Lipstick Swatches

 

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in C3¬†

I was a fan of the Laneige BB Cushion Compact so I wanted to give this one a try. ¬†This does give a nice luminous look to skin that doesn’t feel heavy. ¬†I’m not a big fan of the sponge that’s included so I use my beauty blender to apply the product. ¬†Overall, I’m happy with this one.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation #3

I requested a sample of this foundation at the Charlotte Tilbury counter and this one is pretty much perfection. ¬†It’s light-weight and provides enough coverage for me where it doesn’t look cakey and covers up my redness. ¬†I was worried that this would be to glowy for my combination skin but so far it gives a nice sheen without looking like an oily mess.

Foundation Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow

Another iconic item from Charotte Tilbury, I had to pick up this Film Star Bronze and Glow palette after one of the makeup artists tried it on me.  I will say that the Sculpt shade is lighter than expected but it sculpts cheek bones in a not-so-obvious way.  It blends in pretty nicely too.  The highlighter is also not that obvious looking but adds a subtle ethereal glow.

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey

I love using this blush as it blends effortlessly and looks great applied over bronzer. ¬†It’s not matte and has small shimmer particles but when it’s on me, it looks a bit matte.

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer

A perfect shade for sculpting and contouring, I’m only sad I didn’t try this sooner. ¬†Love that the color is dark enough to define cheekbones but not overpowering. ¬†I use this instead of the CT Sculpt shade when I want more definition.

Blush Swatches

Renee Rouleau Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

I received this when Renee was in town and I have to say that this did not irritate my sensitive eyes. Sometimes certain makeup remover wipes or formulas sting my eyes but this one was very gentle with no burning feeling.  It did well in removing minimal eye makeup but I had to use something more oil based if I had heavier eye makeup.

Skin Script Glycolic Cleanser

I ordered a few samples of these and boy these are¬†very active products. ¬†Containing 17% glycolic acid, I use this about twice a week when I’m experiencing some breakouts. ¬†It’s also doubling as my beauty blender cleanser as it effectively removes all the gunk that accumulates on it.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I’ve been impressed by this hair mask. ¬†As soon as I apply this, it leaves my color treated hair softer and smoother feeling.

 

Skincare Hair

Govino Go-Anywhere Carafe and Water Glass Set

I know this is missing from the main picture, but I didn’t have it with me at the time. ¬†I received this carafe and water glass set in my March PopSugar Must Have Box and since I’ve kept it with me at work, I’ve been staying way more hydrated than I normally do. ¬†The carafe is 28 oz and I refill it a few times a day. ¬†I also love the fact that it’s easy to store and doesn’t take up too much space as you can place the water glass upside down on top of the carafe.

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¬†Please let me know your favorites this month and if you’d want a full review of any of these products!

Stephanie

 

Sephora VIB 15% Mini Haul!

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Hi readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

As promised, here are the final items that I purchased during the Sephora VIB sale along with mini reviews.  Enjoy!

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer

I purchased this on a whim and because I couldn’t help but love the new mini travel size options. ¬†This one cost $15 and it was smaller than I expected but it’s well worth it. ¬†A little goes a long way and the color is visible enough to sculpt cheekbones but light enough to not look fake.

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey

The Tarte Celebrated blush didn’t work out for me as it emphasized my pores and looked patchy so I exchanged it for this one instead. ¬†This is described as a peachy nude shade and it looks so pretty on! This is nicely pigmented and blends in easily. ¬†Perfect for any season.

 

Benefit Hoola

Top-Bottom: Benefit Hoola/Becca Wild Honey Blush

 

The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder The Barest Lip Color in So Bare

I must admit that I first walked by the Estee Edit display a couple of times but dismissed it.  After reading good reviews on the lipsticks and later taking time to swatch the colors, I had to have the shade So Bare.  As luck would have it, I got the last one and as soon as I tried it, it did not disappoint.  Lip balm texture and nicely pigmented color, you should give these a try.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare

This shade is frequently out of stock online and in store so I was ecstatic when I found the last tube in store.  Describes as a cocoa blush shade, this shade is gorgeous and will look great on many skin tones. It has good lasting power though it does fade with heavy drinking and eating. You need this shade.

 

KVD EL

Top-Bottom: KVD Double Dare and Estee Lauder So Bare

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

One of the sales associates recommended this setting powder and although I haven’t used it as much, I do like. ¬†It really helps set your concealer and helps prevent it from separating.

Sephora Sale

That’s it for my mini haul. ūüôā

What did you get at the Sephora sale? 

Stephanie

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color Review!

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Happy Thursday everyone! ¬†I was at Target the other day and was thrilled to find the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors on the shelves. Here’s my review on it.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in Nude Flush 

Described as, “bold, vivid color [that] glides easily onto lips for a velvety matte finish. Formula is comfortable and creamy with a smooth feel upon application.”

Pros 

Budget friendly

Good pigmentation

Good color selection

Glossy

Cons

Made my lips feel numb

Not matte

Fragrance might be bothersome to some

Easily transfers/comes off when eating

Overall:¬†Unfortunately, this didn’t work at all for me as I think I had an allergic reaction to it. ¬†As soon as I applied it, my lips felt very numb. ¬†At first I thought my reaction was similar to what I get when I apply lip plumping glosses but the numbness never faded away. ¬†The second day I tried it, again my lips felt numb and this time they really started to hurt so I immediately wiped it off. ¬†This applied like a gloss and isn’t really sticky but it never dried down to a matte finish. ¬†About 2 hours into wearing them, I could still rub my lips together and get a glossy feel. Upon drinking and eating, the lipstick wore off completely, so this product doesn’t last long. ¬†Even if I didn’t have a reaction to this, I would still return this as the name is misleading, and, in my opinion, you’re better off sticking to the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Colors.

Nude Flush Swatch

Maybelline Nude Flush

A swatch of the shade Nude Flush.  These are nicely pigmented as I only swiped it once across my arm to get this color.

Maybelline Matte Liquid

Have you tried these ones? ¬†What’s your opinion on them?¬†

Stephanie 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review!

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Happy Tuesday readers! ¬†Hope your weekend was great. ūüôā

After much debate, I finally caved in and purchased two NYX Soft Matt Lip Cream products. ¬†I’m currently obsessed with nude/pink shades so I picked up the shades Athens and London. ¬†Let’s get to the review!

Soft Matte Lip Cream

Described as a “velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it‚Äôs no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX fan favorite.”

Pros

Creamy on initial application

Nicely pigmented/opaque coverage

Amazing scent

Decent lasting power

Budget friendly at $6/ea

Great array of colors

Cons

Slow dry down time

Feels drying once it sets

Color of bottle doesn’t match the actual shade

Needs to be reapplied after drinking/eating

Overall: Aside from the amazing cake scent once you open these, I noticed that the shades don’t necessarily match the bottle so I highly recommend swatching these in store beforehand. ¬†They feel very¬†creamy when you first apply them and stay that way for about 10-20 minutes-the dry down time on these is fairly long. ¬†Once dry, this is a true matte finish so it will feel dry unless you apply a little bit of lip balm underneath. ¬†Exfoliating lips prior comes in handy so that the color doesn’t cling to dry patches. These have decent lasting power, however, they do come off if you are eating or drinking and you’ll need to reapply. ¬†I’m happy with these though as they provide good pigmentation and are inexpensive.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Athens- a peach/pink nude.  Very similar to a MLBB shade on me.

NYX Athens

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London- a peach/beige nude.  Applied a little streaky at first but layering helps.

NYX London

 

Another swatch in the light.

SMLC Swatches

Top-Bottom: Athens and London

I hope you found this review helpful. ūüôā

NYX SMLC

Have you tried these?  What shades do you recommend? 

Stephanie