Beauty Blurbs: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry

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Hey y’all! I’ve been trying to get my hands on some of the new Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms, but they’re so popular I can never find the colors I’ve been wanting! I had my heart set on Standout, which is supposed to be “the perfect red.” Every time I looked, it was nowhere to be found! I think it was a blessing in disguise though, because I wound up buying Sultry instead, and I love it!

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It’s a much more everyday color, so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I snagged mine for $8.99 at Ulta, and it’s one of 10 colors you can select from. Sultry is super pigmented, so the color comes out nice and rich. It also had a slight, refreshing, minty smell.2

My one con is that the Matte Balm isn’t very balm-like at all. According to the website, “Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm offers velvety color with balm-like moisture.” First of all, I don’t think a color can be velvety? Secondly, I definitely didn’t feel a balm-like moisture. It actually sort of dried out my lips. It wasn’t too terrible, but I may try layering it with gloss or over some chapstick in the future. It sank into all my lip cracks and crevices, so maybe a lip primer would work as well?3

Overall, the color was great. It was sort of a punched up “natural” lip color like Honey but with a little more “oomph.” The wear time is pretty good, too. I’d say it lasted me about 4-5 hours before eating. After, I ate dinner, I definitely had to reapply. I wouldn’t say that’s unexpected though…especially since the Revlon Matte Balm doesn’t claim to be long-wearing. 4

I definitely want to buy a few more colors if they ever aren’t all sold out! And, just to round out this post, here are some real awkward pictures of me. The life of a wannabe blogger isn’t ALL glamour. Enjoy! Get your own tube of Sultry here
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Beauty Blurbs: L'Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

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Hi y’all, apparently I have a mascara obsession because I have, yet another, mascara review. This review is of the L’Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara in Blackest Black (as always). This mascara claims to make “lashes appear fuller, longer, sculpted and curled at [every] angle. Clump-free. Flake-free. Smudge-free.” Eh…not so much.1

While I loved the super shiny, gold-mirrored packaging, I wasn’t such a fan of what it contained. L’Oreal was the first mascara I ever used, but once I switched to Maybelline Falsies, I haven’t really looked back. My mom still loves L’Oreal mascara though, so I figured I’d give this one a shot.

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As you can see, the first coat went on pretty well. It defined my lashes some and added a little bit of length but not much volume or curl as advertised.

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The second coat is where I saw some issues. There was clumping, and the fibers were visible and chunky. You can see above how there were visible gaps between the fibers and my lashes are pretty clumpy.4

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara was okay. I always apply at least two coats of mascara for a fuller, longer lash look. However, this mascara doesn’t really allow me to do that. It might be okay for you, if you’re a one-coat kind of person, but I wouldn’t recommend it over other mascaras I’ve used. At around $8.99, it’s a little pricier than some drugstore mascaras, and I don’t think it’s worth the extra couple of bucks. If you want my advice, I say stroll straight past the L’Oreal section over to Maybelline! Is there a better L’Oreal product I’m missing? If you’re a fan, you can always snatch up a tube here.

I have some Ulta gift cards to spend thanks to my parents from Christmas and my birthday, so next week I’m hoping to go invest in some new makeup to review! I can’t decide if I should get tons of drugstore brand stuff or a couple of high end products…too much to choose from!!! I’m not good at making important decisions like this…

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Beauty Blurbs: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – Crush Review

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Today, I wanted to do a review of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color Crush. I sang Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain’s praises before when I reviewed the color Honey. Several months ago, I also picked up a tube of the balm stain in the color Crush. Crush is much more bold than Honey, and I have been getting tons of wear out of it during the fall and winter months.1indoorlightnoflash

In some lighting it appears more pinky-red, and it some lighting it appears more cranberry or burgundy colored.2indoorlightwithflash

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have great pigmentation and apply smoothly. I love how they can really bump up a simple makeup look. 3flashnoflash

I made sure to include several pictures with different lighting to show the versatility of this balm stain. I love that it’s a balm and a stain combined because it’s really moisturizing unlike some long-wearing lip products. Typically when I get stains they really dry out my lips and crack quickly. Not worth the convenience of fewer applications. That’s so not the case with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.4naturallightnoflash

This product seriously lasts forever on my lips! I think the Crush color definitely has more “staying power” than Honey. This could be simply because it’s darker, or because it’s more heavily pigmented.5both

It could be my imagination, but I think Crush makes my teeth look a little whiter, too! Every little bit helps, right?6goofysmile

I applied Crush before I ran errands all day, and took a picture to show how well the balm stain lasts. I had eaten cereal, drank water, run errands, and not reapplied once! When Honey wears off on me, it leaves a sort of lipliner effect. That wasn’t the case with Crush! It appeared to wear off equally all over my lip, which was great.
7hourslaterAt under $8 at most retailers, you can’t beat the price and quality of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. You can also get them online, here! They have so many color selections, so there’s something for every lip color and occasion! I’d definitely recommend picking one (or two…or six) up next time you see them on display! I’m hoping to acquire more colors soon!

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Beauty Blurbs: ck one mascara Review

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Okay, I’m sure you’re all starting to think the only thing I care about is mascara after my recent posts. I promise I use other makeup though. 🙂 In fact, I have another Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain review coming up soon! Today, I wanted to share a review about ck one mascara.

I received an email from Ulta with a coupon for a free tube of ck one mascara for my birthday! If you ever shop at Ulta, I’m going to go ahead and recommend you join their rewards program. Every week I get coupons for either 20% off my purchase or $3.50 off a purchase of $10 or more. It’s not always a huge discount, but something is better than nothing! You can also occasionally redeem points for free products based on how many you’ve accumulated. And apparently for your birthday, you also get a special surprise!2packaging

I was excited to find out this was for a full tube of ck one mascara, valued at $18. The color I received was Black, which was perfect as that’s what I would have chosen! They do also have a blue one (along with other colors), which could be fun on occasion! The packaging was so sleek; I loved it. One thing to note however, is the black half of the tube is matte. This could cause some annoying fingerprints if it comes in contact with other makeup similar to NARS packaging. It’s not a huge deal to me, but it’s worth noting if that bothers anyone.3packaging

According to the box, the “multi-look brush expands or contracts for on-demand volume, length and definition.” The most unique thing about ck one mascara is definitely the wand.4wand

It can be left straight or by twisting the top of the lid the brush curves and contracts. It’s great for anyone who prefers one type of brush over the other. I alternated with both styles, and I didn’t notice too great of a difference in application. Some people may though, depending on your lashes or style of application.5straighttwisted

I wasn’t expecting much, but after one coat, I was happily surprised. The mascara was easy to apply and went on very smoothly. I don’t think it added much volume, but my lashes were definitely longer and more defined.6onecoat

My second coat definitely added more volume and a little more length. It is also worth noting that I had trouble swiping the wand through my lashes for the second coat. It kept catching and was almost impossible to work through the roots of my lashes. I typically prefer to let my mascara dry some between coats, and that caused a slight issue with this mascara. Perhaps in the future I will try adding my second coat immediately. 7twocoats

Here you can see a side by side comparison of one versus two coats. One coat is definitely a softer look. I think if I applied a second coat immediately, it would eliminate some of the clumping. I really loved how well the tiny bristles accentuated my bottom lashes.8onecoattwocoats

Another issue I had with the wand was some residue on my lids after the second coat. I’m sure most of that is just due to “user error,” but I typically don’t have that issue with wands with longer bristles (ironically?). Another thing to note is that my eyes were slightly irritated at the end of the day. There is currently lots of pollen in my area, so it may be due to that. I haven’t tested this mascara again to be sure though, so I figured I’d mention in just in case anyone experiences similar issues or has very sensitive eyes.9

Overall, I have to say, I’m very pleased with the ck one mascara. At $18, I’m not sure if I’d buy it again over my $5-6 drugstore mascara, though. It’s definitely fun to try out new mascaras, but if it’s coming out of my own pocket I’m more hesitant to splurge. IMG_2305

I was happy to try out this birthday surprise from Ulta though! Anytime something is FREE, I’m a happy camper!woohooIf your makeup budget isn’t very strict, I’d definitely recommend picking up ck one mascara to give it a try! Or, if you have a birthday coming up, make sure to sign up for Ulta’s Rewards program! I’m not sure if this is their “free gift” in every region or not, but you’re sure to get something fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and I promise I’ll branch out from mascara reviews soon! 😉

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Beauty Blurbs: Maybelline Falsies Mascara Review

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Hey everyone! Time for another mascara review! As I said before, mascara is my fave beauty product. In this review, I want to talk about my all-time favorite mascara: Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Very Black (as always). I’m no makeup professional, so the ability to get a false lash look without potentially glueing my eyelids shut is pretty thrilling to me.2

This mascara contains fibers that cling to your lashes similar to other lash primers and more expensive products to give a lengthening and volumizing effect. Maybelline claims it increases lash visibility by 300%, and while I have no clue how they reached that statistic it definitely makes mine more apparent…maybe by 245%? 😉 3

Surprisingly, considering the fibers, there is little-to-no flaking, which is always a plus. Also, this mascara does not dry out quickly. It’s great quality for a mascara under $5! Considering the price and lasting value, I never hesitate before swiping on a second coat.4

The wear is great, too. Even after running errands all day, my luscious, non-fake falsies are still intact! Much better than dealing with false lashes coming unglued and dangling into your eye like a restless caterpillar. 5If you’re a fan of drugstore beauty products (and their prices!) like me, definitely grab a tube of Maybelline Falsies Mascara next time you make a run to the store! Or just get one online, here!

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