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

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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

IMATS LA 2012 Haul

I hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about IMATS! Because I know I’m not. I feel like since last week, I’ve been so inspired and just enamored by everyone’s beauty and passion for makeup, it has really sunk in that the makeup industry is somewhere I want to be a part of one day. It sounds so superficial to some people, but really, it’s about the confidence and the added spunk that these tools we use can add to us which can easily brighten up anyone’s day, including our own! From the funky, bright colors to the drama and darkness, the possibilities are endless! Not to mention the special effects. 

Anyway, moving on. Our long awaited haul! This was so exciting, we filmed it as soon as we got back to our hotel room because we wanted to play with our new goodies ^_^ Hope you all enjoy!

We got everything we wanted, plus more! 

If you went to IMATS and have some awesome goodies you’d like to share with us, or even would like to hear/see a review of the things we’ve gotten, please let us know! 

XOXO Alyssa

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

Rock The Lips!

Ladies, do you know what today is? It’s International Women’s Day!

So that means us women need to come together to support one another and recognize what today is all about. Now, let’s not just celebrate our femininity but recognize and address the concerns of women everywhere. Although this is one day founded in 1910 to celebrate who we are, we must not forget who we are the rest of the year as well.

(via Rock The Lips)

Rock The Lips is a wonderful social media campaign that brings all women together in a creative way–by rocking red lips! Now I love a red lip any day, but just another excuse to wear it and for a great cause? How could I not?! It’s pretty easy, and not to mention fun! To show your support, rock a red lip–Now, snap a picture of you and your “power pout” and share it with the world! If any of you are Instagram users, tag your photo with #RockTheLips, and you can see all the beautiful women sharing the empowering message of International Women’s Day.

Now, anyone else excited to rock the red lip with me? Share your thoughts or what shade of red you wore. Have a good day!

XO Alyssa