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

Outfit Indulgence: (OOTD) Colorblocked

Do you ever have those days where you’re all dressed up but have no where to go? Yeah, that happens to be one of those days for me. Karla and I unfortunately aren’t doing a Wanderlust Wednesday because our plans got cancelled. I definitely love this outfit though, so I thought I’d share it with you guys.

It’s a beautiful day out today where I live–the sun is shining and the weather is perfect, not too hot/not too cold. I decided to do my try at color blocking and I really loved how my outfit turned out. Here is a picture of a few details from my outfit.

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DIY: Simple Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Valentine’s day, as we age, the simplistic day becomes more commercialized to loving couples (nothing wrong with that). But remember as kids in grammar school how excited we all got! Buying cute cards and candy for the whole class and making paper heart valentines by hand. Truly  hand-making almost each valentine.  Also everyone got one, what was not to love about that. Now that we are older  you lose that innocence with a valentine and it has gotten more intimate. Why not bring back those memories and give out valentines to your friends! So here is a very simple treat bag to hand out to your loveable friends, cause that is  what Valentines day is about, a little sugar for those you consider close to your heart.

Things I used:

– pink paper bags

– glitter glue pens

– assorted scrapbooking items

– ribbon

– my selection of candy

I decided every bag would look different and personalize each one 🙂 So feel free to go crazy with the decorations! Also my choice in candies were purely selfish (hey I am always down for some candy). Very simple idea , just decorate to your liking add candy and close with ribbon on top. I made 7 Valentine Treat Bags for around 30! The bulk was the candy.  The bags and glitter pens and stickers I bought at target for around a dollar each item. If this is a belated Valentines present I expect the candy to be  loads cheaper (day after). I should show you more of the end result, I think they capture the hand made aspect quite well!

Enjoy making it! I am positive it will bring joy to your friends 🙂

XO Karla