Face of The Day

 

Intro:

So today I was feeling some love for my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and as I have several Bright colours I went for a neutral eye and soft peachy pink cheeks. I finally settled on the gorgeous bright pink ‘Lovesick’ shade.

Happy reading! x

 

 

Here is what I used colour wise for this look:

Nars Laguna Bronzer

Revlon Powder Blush in 020 Tawny Peach

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 280 Pink Impact

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick

 

 

 

 

EYES:

I did a sheer wash of Urban Decay’s ‘Sin’ from the Naked palette, then to add a bit of depth blended ‘Naked’ into my crease.

Finally I lined my upper lash line with ‘Darkhorse’ and applied Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in ‘Extreme Black’.

 

CHEEKS:

I took a big fluffy powder brush and applied a small amount of Nars Laguna Bronzer to my cheekbones, temples and underneath the jaw.

On the apples off my cheeks I then applied Revlon’s Powder Blush in Tawny Peach using an angled fluffy blusher brush.

 

LIPS:

Now, this might sound a little weird but as my lipliner I used Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 280 Pink Impact. I know what you’re thinking – omg, an eyeliner on your lips? no! – well actually yes.

It feels like a lipliner, it has great staying power as it’s waterproof, doesn’t dry my lips out and is the perfect base for the lip colour I used.

I used this to shade in my entire lips and then used a couple of layers of Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick.

 

Favourite Nail Products!

Favourite Nail Products:

Hi guys, so I thought I would just do a quick post on what nail products I use on a regular basis regardless of what colour I’m painting them. Here is a round up of the base, quick dry, top coats and any other sort of nail care products that I always have to hand. I don’t pretend to be hugely qualified in nail knowledge but for photoshoots I do like to keep mine in good condition and a nice length.

 

 

Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat:

 

 

This is just a really nice, inexpensive, quick drying base coat. Works really well, doesn’t let any of the colour i’m wearing stain my nails and dries really quickly. This is available on the highstreet in Superdrug/Boots and larger supermarkets with a make up section. It’s also under £10 yay!

 

 

Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat:

I absolutely love this stuff, leaves my nails nice and shiny and the colour lasts so much longer without chipping. Typically this lets my polish last a good 4/5 day without a single chip and that’s pretty good going for me! This is more expensive than my other recommendations but to me, if it works well then it’s worth the money. I believe this one is around £14 and available from Essie’s website or Boots.

 

 

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry:

 

 

I’ve done a full review on this product and it’s definitely a staple for me now. If you’re impatient like me and often find you smudge your nail polish having not waited long enough for it to dry this is AMAZING. This dries your nails in about 90 seconds and is only £6.49. It’s available on the highstreet from Superdrug, Boots or larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

 

The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil:

 

 

I don’t have particularly dry or problematic cuticles but I regularly use this oil as it’s hassle free thanks to the pen/brush applicator. Keeps your nail area looking healthy and moisturised, plus there’s a gentle rubber cuticle pusher on the lid. Two in one yay! This is available from The Body Shop for £7.

 

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry

 

 

What is it?

A liquid, brush on oil that dries wet nails in less than a couple of minutes.

 

The Review

This product is a life saver for me, I like to paint my nails but I’m also very impatient when it comes to letting them dry for long enough. It’s easy to use and absolutely amazing!

Just paint your nails as usual and apply your top coat, allow this dry for about 30secs just so it’s not super wet and lightly brush on the Liquid Quick Dry.

This is a a runny liquid as it’s a fairly thin oil so you do not need to really push the brush as you brush on the product. I find that roughly three, quick, light strokes coats the nail and after about 90secs it’s completely dry and has no effect on the polish’s ‘natural’ finish.

 

Worth the Money?

A nail technician at a photoshoot the other week used it on me so of course, if it’s good enough for a pro then this stuff definitely is worth the money!

It works really well and is hardly an investment buy at £6.49 – compared to some of the other ones out there from brands such as OPI it’s an absolute bargain.

This product is widely available on the highstreet from places such as Boots and Superdrug and most larger chain supermarket with a make up section:

http://www.boots.com/en/Revlon-Liquid-Quick-Dry_1247711/

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

 

 

 

 

What are they?

Moisturising ‘balms’ with buildable colour.

 

Thoughts?

I only have one shade (as pictured) in ‘Honey’ which is a natural pink but I am already in love with these and desperate to get my hands on some of the other colours – there’s definitely something for everyone.

The staying power – as to be expected – is about 3/4 hours but then these bad boys don’t claim to be long lasting and are pretty moisturising so perfect if you like some colour but find normal lipsticks too drying or uncomfortable to wear.

These have a slight peppermint smell but I feel like it wears off pretty quickly and isn’t overpowering, just very pleasant.

I’ve also found that although the colour goes on initially fairly sheer, you can easily build the colour up and I am one of those people that likes to have that option.

These balm stains aren’t super shiny or glittery, they just give your lips a plump, healthy sheen and I love the fact that you don’t sharpen them. You twist the bottom and more product comes up, just like a regular lipstick.

I tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks and I feel like this is Revlon’s version and frankly, although I adore the Chubby Sticks, these are equally as good, if not better AND a fraction of the price.

 

Where can I buy?

They retail for £7.99 normally HOWEVER, I got mine in Boots and right now they are only £5.99!

You can get your hands on these lovelies at larger supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and as always, the Revlon website:

http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipstain/Just-Bitten-Kissable-Balm-Stain.aspx

 

 

Product of the Month – April

 

I am absolutely loving this particular Lip Butter from Revlon, these were a HUGE hit in the states where they were first released and us Brits can get our hands on them too!

Peach Parfait is such a gorgeous peachy pink colour with a bit of shimmer for that extra plumping effect. This colour is my absolute favourite right now as it brightens up my every day look while still looking fresh and natural. Perfect for spring and summer and perfect for those of you who find that lipsticks can be a little drying on the lips.

These lip butters are all AMAZING and come in a variety of shades and finishes so there is something for everyone.

Full review and swatches of more colours from this range on its way – watch this space!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (combination/oily skin)

 

 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Combination/Oily) in 150 Buff

 

 

What is it?

A natural, satin finish foundation with medium but very buildable coverage.

 

The Review

I am absolutely in love with this foundation!

Ok so I’m not new to it at all, I had just been trying other things recently and decided that seeing as I’m quite oily in my t-zone (especially as im on and off the tube all day for work) that as summer is approaching I cannot possibly continue to use my beloved Nars Sheer Glow.

Having used the full bottle the first time I purchased this foundation last year I decided to repurchase and having been wearing it for the last week or so, I can’t imagine why on earth I ever stopped.

This foundation comes in a HUGE variety of shades with both warm and cool tones (i’m wearing 150 Buff and wear MAC NC15 fora reference) and is a good, affordable replacement for Mac’s Studio Fixing Fluid as it boasts many of the positive qualities affiliated with the well know foundation. It also comes in two types: normal/dry skin and combination/oily (i purchased the latter).

This foundation feels lightweight on the skin and I had forgotten just how well it covers despite this. I would say this is a medium coverage foundation but very buildable. Although a thin layer covered what it needed to, on application of a second think layer I personally found that I had no need for concealer at all!

This foundation wears well and gives a flawless, natural, satin finish for hours! I also found that even though my cheeks are quite dry, the combination/oily foundation kept my oily t-zone at bay (without any powder) for several hours without making my cheeks appear dry yay!

This foundation is easy to apply, just be aware that it dries quicker than most so you want to blend with a stippling brush or sponge (or whatever you prefer but I like those best) as you apply it.

 

 

Now, having said all this I do have a couple of points to make about the packaging…

Yes, the packaging is sleek and it does feel more expensive to have a screw top glass bottle but my issue with it is exactly that. It is a screw top glass bottle.

I can just about live with the glass bit as I have yet to experience a bottle smashing in my suitcase (I travel in and out of London every week for work) but the screw top is a bit of a pain.

As we all know, the danger with having no pump is that at some point you may well knock it over while the bottle is in use, not only that but it is a LIQUID foundation and comes out quite quickly and as with most liquids, is quite runny. This of course could get very messy and the outside of the neck of the bottle tends to get covered in foundation on a regular basis … a little unhygienic.

A pump would be much more efficient than our own unsteady hands at delivering the correct amount of foundation,

Worth the Money?

Despite the screw top? Absolutely! If you get that fed up with it decant it into something with a pump and your messy little problem is solved 🙂

I purchased mine from Superdrug for £11.99 but it is also available at Boots and most large chain supermarkets.

Alternatively order it from Revlon’s official website http://www.revlon.co.uk/#/1