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


Drugstore Discovery: CVS 20% Beauty Purchase Deal

Okay ladies and gents, if you have a CVS store near by and have been eyeing some goodies you’ve been meaning to snatch up but haven’t… It’s time to do so! CVS is offering their Extra Care Members (you know that card you swipe for some awesome deals–basically a membership card which is free) a 20% off coupon through their Facebook for the first 100,000 people to register!

If you don’t have an Extra Care card, it’s easy and completely hassle free to sign up, and even easier to join the Beauty Club (a club within the club where you get awesome deals too!). Please click here if you haven’t joined the club yet.

To get this snazzy deal, simply go to the CVS Beauty Club fanpage on Facebook–yes, on Facebook! And scroll down until you see…


Then, click on the video looking button and this should pop up…


Then you just fill out the necessary information, click submit and voila! They should send you the coupon in your email asap and you’re ready to save and spend!

I just received my coupon and it expires 8/26/2012, which is 3 days from now.

I’ve heard that this doesn’t work in conjunction to the sale products going on right now, so be sure and check with your cashier if it does or doesn’t apply to your purchase (as it has no restrictions on the fine print).

Good luck, and hope you find some great deals!

XOXO Alyssa

Drugstore Indulgence: Sinful Colors “Green Ocean”

Does everybody have their St. Patty’s Day mani ready? If not, I have a solution for a quick, easy, and very affordable way to get it done! Now, I’m sure most of us are familiar with the new nail trend of “flakies” or flake glitters. These bad boys are iridescent oddly cut glitters that add kind of a stained glass and holographic or rather three-dimensional look to the nails without the mess. I just recently discovered this brand called Sinful Colors sold at Walgreens at $1.99 per bottle, and one day while perusing the large selection of nail polishes, I stumbled upon this baby! Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Now, what a beaut!

Green Ocean is a green jelly based nail polish with round iridescent blue glitters and flakies that reflect a green and yellow tint.

I really wanted to capture it the best way possibly so you guys can see just how gorgeous this nail polish is. I nearly drooled while staring at this in person while in the store! You can see the shine of blue when the light hits it, it’s awesome!

Being this was the first time I tried anything from this brand, I was reluctant. Buy you know that saying: you’ll never know unless you try? I tried it! And better yet I caught it while it was on a deal when all sinful colors were only $.99! Woo!

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Current Indulgence: Wet N Wild Cosmetics!

I know, I have a problem. But trust me, Wet N Wild isn’t a brand to look over. I haven’t been disappointed with their products, whether eye shadow, nail polish, or lipsticks, they have always impressed me. For one, because they are really affordable, and two, they have great quality! You can easily find these products at drugstores and if you’re lucky enough even catch a sale so they can be even cheaper! This brand is definitely one of those “bang for your buck” cosmetic brand with amazing things you can’t go wrong with!

I got all of this plus a couple more (couldn’t find it) for under $25! Now that’s a deal. I’m quite a fan of their megalast nail polishes as if you couldn’t tell from my [first] and [second] post, so I had to pick up a couple more just to try them out. I’ve always heard great things about their blushes but I could never find them when I was looking, and finally they surprised me and I couldn’t pass them up! I’m also fond of their matte megalast lipsticks as well [previous lipstick post here], so when I found the rest of the new-er colors I couldn’t resist–the beautiful pinks and oranges are right up my alley. Lastly, I got a liquid liner just to try out since the one I am using at the moment is running out.

Seriously guys, I can’t get enough of this brand! Please share your thoughts if you’ve tried any of these products or even if you have any questions.

XO Alyssa

Drugstore Discovery: [More] Wet N Wild Megalast Nailpolishes!

I just did a recent purchase at Walgreens thinking I could catch the buy 2 get 1 free deal, but apparently I was too late! Boo. But it’s okay because for $1.99 a bottle, I couldn’t complain! I was really happy with the colors I bought not too long ago, that you have maybe seen in my previous post. So after quite a long day of midterms and never-ending classes, I knew I wanted to treat myself to some new goodies. No harm in that, right?

So I got these four bad boys! There are 16 colors total, and because I have six already, I knew I should just get colors that stood out to me the most, so here you go for your viewing pleasure!

(From L to R: Club Havana, Haze of Love, Tropicalia, Bite the Bullet)

These colors are gorgeous, and I absolutely cannot get enough of these! I have a load of untried nail polishes, but these–I put on my “priority” nail polish list to try next. It’s an obsession, quite frankly.

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