Drugstore Discovery: Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes

I love Revlon products, and they are hands down my favorite drugstore makeup brand because they offer so much in their range that are truly long lasting and have great pigmentation. I’ve had my eye on these babies for quite some time and had such a difficult time finding them. But lo and behold I went to an Ulta and found the last of each of the shades I wanted: Coral Reef and Flushed, they did have a natural shade but I felt like that wouldn’t show up well on my skin tone so I skipped that one.

From left to right: Flushed and Coral Reef

Flushed and Coral Reef

Here’s my take on cream blushes, they don’t usually work well on me. I’ve had my share of some from brands like MAC and NYX but they would slip and slide and wouldn’t last on me. But I heard some amazing reviews on this and decided to give them a try. And I am so happy I did!

Swatches of Flushed and Coral Reef with flash

Swatches of Flushed and Coral Reef in direct sunlight

One word: WOW! When I first swatched these I noticed right away that although it was a cream product it had a very satin finish which makes blending out the color really easy and allows layering the color to be flawless. These swatches are of course with nothing underneath it, and you can already tell how amazingly pigmented these are!

What is great about cream products is that they are versatile, as a makeup artist you have to think outside of the box especially when it comes to your kit and what products to throw in their on a job. Now I haven’t tried this but I can imagine it would work. Cream blushes would work well as a lip color, just as lip color would be a great alternative to cream blush. Now don’t call me crazy until you try it, but I can tell that if you just use a lip brush and layer this on your lips it’ll create a beautiful color.

These do blend out easily, which I adore, and set nicely. It would be nice to use under a powder blush or even on it’s own. I haven’t experienced any slipping or sliding with these products with or without a powder blush on top which makes me extremely pleased!

I would definitely give these a go if you haven’t tried these yet. They are perfect for makeup beginners or pros because of the ability to layer to the desired color intensity you would like.

Let me know if you have tried these or wish to, or even what look you’d use with these babies. I’m not sure about the availability of these, whether or not they are limited edition, but I did recently find them at an Ulta and even saw them at a CVS near by.

XOXO Alyssa


Dreams do Come True! OCC x Nylon x Sephora

Where do I begin? I absolutely adore OCC Makeup, for their amazing pigmentation in their lip tars all the way to their pigments, nailpolishes, and foundations. No doubt is their lip tar a cult favorite of sorts–I mean what else do you think when someone says OCC? Next up, Nylon Magazine… I’ve been a long time fan of this magazine because it’s so unique compared to say Seventeen or Cosmo (not hatin’) and it’s simple yet caters to an edgier or dare I say “hipster” crowd. I’ve always spotted Nylon in racks of magazines because of their bold pink NYLON logo which is what attracted me to the mag in the first place and then my love affair grew. Lastly, Sephora! What else can you say about Sephora? It’s the infamous one-stop-(higherend)makeup-shop with so many goodies to have googley eyes over. So this fall, OCC has teamed up with Sephora to start selling their lip tars to exclusive stores nationwide as well as online.

The best part about this launch is that OCC and Nylon teamed up to bring an exclusive/limited edition lip tar shade to match the bright neon pink of their logo–of course named what other than “NYLON” to be launched on the Sephora website only!

Who else is a sucker for exclusive stuffies? I know I can’t be the only one. This is no exception. Hot pink, OCC, Nylon, Sephora?! Done deal. I know I’ll be stalking the site come that day! Who’s with me? I’m also curious to how it will compare to MAC’s Candy Yum Yum.

(For more info and swatches of this baby check out Temptalia)

XOXO Alyssa

Swatches | Sugarpill Limited Edition “@#$%!”

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m always impressed with Amy’s (aka Shrinkle) Sugarpill eyeshadows. For one the color range is amazing, and second the pigmentation is perfection.

If any of you went to IMATS LA this past June, you must have stood in the worth-the-wait line of the Sugarpill booth. I was so giddy, I nearly died of excitement nearing the booth because of how colorful and lively the girls were. One eyeshadow in particular caught my eye the most, it’s called “@#$%!” and how exactly you pronounce that, I have no clue! BUT, when I did ask for it, the salesladies just referred to it as the “limited edition” eyeshadow. And well, there ya go! It is LIMITED EDITION, which meant… yes, I had to get it for that reason. And another reason was because it was exclusive to IMATS only! How exciting is that? Yeah, pretty darn exciting.. I know. I didn’t even need to swatch it to know I wanted it.

@#$%! is a cool toned berry red with silver microglitters/shimmer that actually stay when swatched and applied/blended with a brush (WOW!). The texture is perfect, it’s not gritty as you’d imagine with the fine glitters and it feels like butter… so smooth.

As soon as I took this bad boy home, I noticed it looked familiar to another color I just picked up from Sugarpill, called Love+, the bright vibrant red available on its own or in the Burning Heart palette.

But long behold, no two eyeshadows are ever the same (unless you really have two of the same eyeshadows!).

Here is Love+

And here is @#$%!

As you can see, Love+ is a lovely primary red. It’s just RED. True to color, red. It’s matte with no shimmers and has a similar smooth texture when swatched and applied.

Here is Love+ on the left and @#$%! on the right.

Now, I love these colors! I’m not one to sport the red everyday on my eyes, but hey I like options. I do not own any other red eyeshadows so I cannot compare these to any brands or other products, but as far as these go, I really like them! Normally Sugarpill eyeshadows retail for $12 but at IMATS I got @#$%! for only $8.40 and Love+ was in a palette I got for $24! Such a steal!

I am not exactly sure about the availability of @#$%!, whether it is only an exclusive to the LA IMATS or if it will go to the others, or even if it will be released in the near future. But I really do enjoy the color. Did you miss out? Probably not, but I have yet to discover any comparisons if there are any.

XOXO Alyssa

Swatches | Sugarpill Heart Breaker and Burning Heart Palettes

At IMATS, I picked up two palettes that have been on my “Must get from Sugarpill” list for a while. I got the long coveted Burning Heart palette and the recently released Heart Breaker palette which I was so ecstatic about because when I went to IMATS last year, the Burning Heart palette was sold out and I wasn’t able to get it. So it has been my mission to get my hands on it, and even online it was impossible to get because it was sold out! So phew! I can finally cross these two off my list and move on to the other items on that list.

Heart Breaker palette and the Burning Heart palette

Just look at these amazing colors. Cute right? Not only that, check out the die-cut mirror *_* swooning over the packaging and how huge these eyeshadows are. I highly doubt I’ll even hit pan on these badboys in my lifetime. But nonetheless, I can’t stop staring.

On the left we have the Heart Breaker palette which consists of four gorgeous colors that remind me of mermaids and the ocean, the reason? No clue. On the right we have the Burning Heart palette that has four amazing warm toned colors that remind me of a sunset, too pretty!

Clockwise starting from the left we have: Acidberry, Velocity, 2AM, and Mochi

L to R: Acidberry, Velocity, 2AM, and Mochi (on top of UDPP Eden)

Acidberry is a lime green color that is very vibrant and “POW!” in your face. A shade comparison I have for this is MAC’s Bitter which is a light yellow green with poor pigmention–so Acidberry takes the cake!

Velocity is a matte royal blue. This is what I wanted MAC’s Atlantic Blue to be, but failed to miserably–so again, Velocity wins that round!

2AM is a matte pinky purple, very warm based with a slight sheen. I love this! Probably my favorite out of the bunch. I don’t have any shades similar so this one is a star shining on it’s own.

Mochi is a seafoam blue color with a slight sheen. I knew I had shades similar, but this one is just so pretty! Compared to MAC’s Aquadisiac, Mochi is a touch lighter and more matte in texture. MAC’s Haunting is almost a dead on dupe except Haunting is a bit lighter.

Clockwise starting from the left we have: Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, and Poison Plum

L to R: Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+, Poison Plum (on top of UDPP Eden)

Flamepoint is a vibrant matte orange.

Buttercupcake is a vibrant matte yellow.

Love+ a bright true primary red.

Poison Plum is a deep matte purple with a slight pearly sheen. This is just too pretty, you can’t tell from the swatch the sheen it gives off but it’s very beautiful and transfers really well when applied and blended with other shadows.

I don’t have any similar shades from the Burning Heart palette which was one of the reasons why I wanted to get my hands on it as my first shades of red, orange, and yellow.

As you can see, these colors are very vibrant and super pigmented. These colors are just with one swipe of the finger on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I enjoy these palettes a lot. As of late, on their website they are currently sold out of all of their palettes which retail for $34 a piece. But you can purchase the shades individually for $12. Personally I think it’s a deal when you purchase the palette because for four eyeshadows you save $14–you basically buy 3 eyeshadows and get 1 for free. Pretty awesome! AND if you go during IMATS, it’s even cheaper. The pigmentation and the quality of these babies are way beyond my expectations. I plan on purchasing more palettes that they are coming out with soon because let’s be real they are just too good!

Hope this helped you guys out in a way. Let me know if you’ve at all tried any Sugarpill products or plan to!

XOXO Alyssa

Sweet Tooth for Sugarpill

Where do I start?! The title says it all. You all know I have a sweet tooth, but my love for makeup has just doubled because of these amazing eye candy goodies! Sugarpill, an infamous brand of cosmetics known for their vivid colors and impeccable pigmentation always takes my breath away (not to mention the money in my wallet–but who cares!?). Amy, aka Shrinkle, has definitely hit the ball out of the park with her products. She paid attention to detail so well with her loose eyeshadows, her  pressed eyeshadows, eyelashes, and not to mention the cute packaging. Three words to describe her products: TO DIE FOR. And if you haven’t tried any of her goodies yet, you are missing out!

Here is a sneak peak to the swatches I’ll have up for you guys in a bit. I’m sure you’ve all seen this in our IMATS haul, and if you haven’t yet, please take a look and see all the amazing things we got! I picked up two palettes, three pigments, and an eyeshadow. I didn’t want to start playing with these until I did swatches because everything was just so pretty in it’s packaging and in itself I didn’t want to “ruin” it’s pristine-ness just yet (if you know what I mean). Literally, they were just too cute and perfect I could just eat them!

I am seriously in love these babies and have been mixing and matching them with some other fun goodies I got from IMATS, it’s truly so amazing to have such inspiration and this feeling of loving makeup all over again because of the people I’ve met, seen, and just going to IMATS in general. Ahh so overwhelming and so much fun at the same time.

XOXO Alyssa