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Revlon Cherry Tart (#70) Colorburst Lip Butter Review, Photos, Swatches


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Revlon Cherry Tart (#70) Colorburst Lip Butter

There’s Nothing Tart about This Sweet Red!

Wearing red lipstick, particularly when you are new to makeup or simply not used to wearing red, can seem a little intimidating.  Choosing a shade and texture like Revlon Cherry Tart (#70) Colorburst Lip Butter (≈ $7.49 USD for 0.09 oz./2.5 g.) is a great option for those looking to introduce red lip color into their makeup repertoire.  It is a sheer pinky-red with red, and what appears to be, silver micro-glitter, and has a glossy finish.  From looking at the lipstick in the tube, you would think the color would be a bright, opaque red-not the case here.  Actually, I think a better name would have been “Cherry Pop” because the color is more like the stain that is left after eating a cherry popsicle (but no one asked me, haha!)!

Lip Butters are supposed to be a “buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy, glowing lips.”  These feel so good going on the lips because they are so hydrating and glossy (the are not at all sticky).  Your lips stay hydrated throughout the wear, but I did notice my lips felt a wee bit parched once this wore off.  However, they were not dry enough for me to feel the need to reach for lip balm.  

The opacity of Lip Butters is sheer to medium.  This shade is on the sheerer side, but can be built up to medium pigmentation with some layering.  Because of its sheerness, Cherry Tart was a dream to apply-no lipliner needed!  

This shade lasted for about 3.5 hours, but started to fade after about an hour and a half.  You can tell when these start to fade because you will no longer feel the glossy texture.  It did fade evenly and what was left on my lips was a nice pinky stain.  So, even though most of the product was gone, there was still some visible color left on my lips.

As with all the Lip Butters, I seem to detect a minimal, synthetic, sweet scent (no taste), but it could just be my imagination longing to smell something sweet due to the yummy names of Lip Butters!

What I really like about this red is it works well with your natural lip color, which makes it more of a universal red-works great on warm and cool skin tones.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Revlon Cherry Tart (#70) Colorburst Lip Butter

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Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer

A Cherry Gray for These Gloomy Days!

These rainy days and cold weather put me in the mood to search for a nice gray nail lacquer.  Since fall has already passed, and we are smack dab in the middle of winter, I knew I did not want a dark gray.  When I came across Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./14.8 ml.), I knew I had met my match.  It was originally released with the Intimate collection and the company describes it as a “soft, delicate light neutral gray with an opaque, glossy creme finish.”  To me, it is a light (but not pastel) dusty gray with a cream finish.  It is neutral, as it leans neither warm nor cool.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 4 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  

The texture of this lacquer was a little on the thick side-not unusual for Zoya’s cream finishes-but it was not so thick that it was gloopy or difficult to get an even finish.  What did make application difficult was the brush.  For some reason, the bristles were splayed.  None of my other Zoya nail polishes have splayed brushes, so I am assuming this was an anomaly.  

Dove was fully opaque in two coats and dried to a nice glossy finish.  I love how shiny Zoya’s polishes look, even without a topcoat.  In the swatch photos it looks like you can see the white part of my nails, but it is just the way the light is hitting it and the way my nails grow (weird, I know!).  

This lasted seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping!  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coats, which I highly recommend, and attribute to Dove’s long-wear and lack of chipping.

I really like the packaging of Zoya’s polishes.  It is not at all cumbersome and if you store your polishes standing upright in a drawer, the small cap makes it easy to view which color you are grabbing.

It is important to note that all of Zoya’s nail lacquers are Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, and Camphor free!  So, if you are looking for polishes sans harmful toxins, I recommend trying Zoya.  With over 300 hundred colors to choose from, you are bound to find a color you love.  

NOTE: Please excuse my thrashed cuticles in the swatch photos.  I am working on getting them into tip-top shape.  You don’t realize how bad they are until you start taking macro photos of them.  Yikes! 

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer

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MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 Review, Photos, Swatches


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MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50

The Best Way to Protect Your Face!

When you are extremely fair, like I am, it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Even if your skin tone is medium to dark, it is still important to wear a product with an SPF.  Ever since it launched, years ago, MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 ($30 USD for 1 oz./30 ml.) has not only been my go-to primer, but also my must have sunblock! MAC describes this product as “featherweight, fast-absorbing, oil-free, [and] invisible. Will not affect the look, texture or long-wear integrity of your makeup. Specially formulated with oil-absorbing powder, helps prevent oil breakthrough. Provides high-level broad spectrum sun protection. Worn daily helps guard the skin against discolouration, premature aging, dryness and other effects of sun exposure. Suitable for all skins.”

I have found all of the above claims to be true.  Before I started using this, my skin was very oily and I always had trouble with my foundation breaking down, due to oil production. This product helps foundation  apply smoothly and absorbs oil, which in turn makes your foundation last longer.  As my skin has become a little drier over the years, I still love this product because it does not dry out my skin, even though it absorbs oil.  

For some reason, I am very sensitive to most sunblocks.  If the smell doesn’t bother me, the heaviness/thickness does.  I would always feel like my skin was suffocating.  Prep + Prime Face Protect is incredibly lightweight and does absorb rather quickly.  If I am going to be in the sun for a long period of time, I will even apply this to my arms because it is so comfortable to wear.

Also, I wish the tube it came in was a little easier to squeeze.  It is not really a problem until you get down to the last bits of product, when you want the tube to be a little more pliable.

The only problem you may encounter with this, and any product that contains an SPF, is when using flash photography.  I am so pale that I have never had a problem using this with flash photography, but if your skin tone is medium to dark, you might notice a white cast on your face in photos taken with flash.  I have read that if you use this under a foundation that does not contain an SPF, you can counteract the white cast.  I personally cannot attest to this, but it is something to try.  A professional photographer should be able to fix the white cast in the editing process, but it is still something to consider if you are thinking of using this product during a special event.  

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The Final LAB Report for MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50

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Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter Review, Photos, Swatches


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Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter

A Creamy Nude for Your Pretty Pout!

If you are looking for a glossy, sheer, nude lipstick, then you may want to check out Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter (≈ $7.49 USD for 0.09 oz./2.5 g.).  It is a light, warm beige with micro multi-colored shimmer and glossy finish.  The shimmer is pretty undetectable to the naked eye (I can only spot it using a loupe), but it helps add to the shiny-ness of the color.  The color comes off a little more peachy on the lip swatch than it is in person.  Lip Butters are described as a “buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy, glowing lips.”

The texture of Lip Butters reminds me of MAC’s Sheen Supreme Lipstick formula and these have the added bonus of being hydrating.  I swiped on Creme Brulee when my lips were somewhat dry and instantly felt my lips become soft and smooth.  Without eating or drinking, this shade wore for about 2.5 hours.  The color and glossiness faded about 50% after an hour and a half) and the balmy feel lingered for an additional hour. Because this is not long-wearing (and is not advertised as so) you will need to reapply after eating/drinking.  I do not find that Lip Butters help with hydrating your lips long-term-once the product is gone, so is the hydration-but they don’t dehydrate your lips anymore than they were before applying the product.

The pigmentation of Creme Brulee is sheer with one swipe, but can be layered to slightly build its intensity-Revlon describes the opacity of Lip Butters to be “sheer to medium.”  Earlier this week, I paired this with a smoky eye and it was the perfect nude color for my lips.  I could see some of my natural lip color peeking through, so my lips did not look lifeless.  

I really like the packaging of these.  The fact that the caps resemble the color of the lipstick, and there is a little window at the top, means you know exactly which color you are grabbing.  My only concern is the plastic of the caps can be prone to cracking, or deep scratches, if you are very careless with them.

I seem to detect a minimal synthetic, sweet scent (no taste), but it could just be my mind longing to smell something sweet due to the yummy names of Lip Butters!

Overall, I like Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter formula (I’ll be reviewing more of these in the near future).  I do not really mind having to reapply lipstick throughout the day, and if you don’t either, I recommend checking them out.  They come in 20 different shades, so there is something for everyone.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter

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Chanel Blond Clair (#10) Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches


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Chanel Blond Clair (#10) Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil

Sculpting Brows Made Easy!

To be honest, I think my brows are a pain!  They are super light, pretty much white (see photo below), and the hair is thick (which I do appreciate, but is difficult to color).  In an attempt to avoid having them professionally tinted (which I know I will eventually try), I am on the prowl to find the perfect products to define, sculpt, and color my brows.  Several months ago I came across Chanel Blond Clair (#10) Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil ($29 USD for 0.03 oz./1 g.), which the brand describes as “the ideal way to groom your eyebrows. The soft, smoothly textured pencil applies easily, shapes and shades perfectly, and stays put for long-wearing, natural definition.”  Blond Clair is a medium taupe that leans a little warm, almost tawny.  It is the perfect brow color for those with blonde, strawberry blonde, and certain shades of red hair.  

Chanel’s brow pencils come with a sharpener and a spoolie at the opposite end of the pencil-very convenient!

The pencil is soft enough to glide across the skin, but not so soft that it is difficult to sharpen, or you have to worry the tip will break off.  It gives great pigmentation with one pass and is smudge and water resistant.  It applied fairly evenly on my brows-I think what made it difficult in some spots is the thickness of my brow hair.  The texture of this pencil makes it easy for the product to cling to the hair.  It is truly long-wearing (held on long past 8 hours) and I only noticed slight fading on some of my brow hairs.  It stays put really well on the skin and is ideal for filling in sparse areas.

Because this is a pencil, and not a product you would use an angled brush with (say a shadow or a gel), you will get more of a natural finish instead of a clearly defined brow.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this product.  On days when I do not feel like fussing too much with my brows I tend to reach for this because it is so easy to use.  Generally though, I like to use this to help shape my brows and then top it off with a brow gel to groom and more thoroughly color my hair.

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The Final LAB Report for Chanel Blond Clair (#10) Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil

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