Revlon Expression Experiment and Makeup Tutorial

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Hi all!

As you may have read I had to take some time off to deal with personal issues, but now I am back.  So I thought I’d come back with something fun, and what better way to do that than with makeup!  I’ve done a tutorial before with products some of you may not know about, but this time it features Revlon products, and I know you’ve heard of Revlon, right?

Last week I had to opportunity to review a couple of Revlon products, including an eye shadow palette and one of their lipsticks.  I’ve used a few Revlon products in the past and still use their nail polish, so being able to try these out was fun!

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Here is what I received…


Revlon Colorstay 16 hour eye shadow palette, in Bombshell

Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick, in Fire & Ice

I must say when I first opened the lipstick I was slightly shocked because 1. I don’t wear lipstick, and 2. I am not a red person- at all!  So when I saw it I thought “Oh My!”  But after I applied all the makeup and added the lipstick, I liked it.  I feel that red is one of those classic colors that can really make you pop, and stand out from the crowd.  Well to get started with the tutorial, I decided to go with the way it says to apply the eye shadow on the back of the case.  And here is how it went…


-The lightest shade is the “highlight” color, and I brush that over my entire eye and onto my browbone.

-The light gray shade is the lid color, and I brushed it over my lid up to my crease.

-The yellow shade is the accent color, and I put that in the outer corners of my eyes, the case says this is to “create drama.”

-Last, the darkest shade is the contour or crease color, and I applied it to just my crease.

Here is the look that resulted from those guidelines…


Sounds simple, right?  Well it was super simple, and came out pretty great.  Looking at myself in these pictures and then in some other iPhone pictures later in the day, it almost seemed like the color got more intense over time.  I know when I first applied it I did not think that the shadows were very pigmented, but after seeing myself in a different light I realized the were.  Except for the yellow, I thought that it needed to be a little brighter to stand out on my skin.  But one someone else it may pop!

Here is the look with the very red lipstick…


Don’t you love it?  I loved it!  So now about how the makeup lasted.  The eye shadow say “16 hour,” and I think I might agree with that.  I didn’t wear it quite 16 hours, but I did wear it for a significant length of time.  The shadows lasted very well, and did not seem to crease.  I did however us a eye primer (revlon has a makeup primer as well) before I applied the shadow.  I’ve found that primer allows for smoother application, and the shadow seems to stay in place.  As for the lipstick, it was light, smooth, and didn’t feel cakey on my lips.  I can’t stand when I have heavy stuff on my lips, so this lipstick was nice.  It did seem to smudge and wear off at times if I accident touched my lips against something.  And that made it look faded after a while.  But when I first put it on I liked it, and it gave my lips a little shine!

I can say that I’d recommend both of these products to at least try, you might like them.  It’s a great time to do it, since Revlon is doing an “Expression Experiment” right now.  And with that they are encouraging women to “prove that beauty is anything but routine.”  They want women to try something new and step outside their comfort zone.  I can say I definitely did that with this look, especially with the hot lips!  I think it’s fun to try something new every once in a while, and I think I may ever do a red lip again…gasp!

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You all can join in on the Revlon Expression Experiment yourselves, by visiting the link and clicking “get started.”  It’s a Facebook app that let’s you view monthly makeup challenges, see what others are doing, and also join in on the action.  It’s a tool that can be used just for fun, and it may even supply those of you that are bloggers a project to do every month.  All in all, I had fun doing this and would gladly try a new style each month.

I hope you enjoyed my first post back.  Let me know in a comment what you thought about my look, and I’d love to see your own looks that fit your style!

Until next time…


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Taking A Break

Hi all!

Usually I’ve never announced my small absences, but this time I felt it was needed. I may around elsewhere on the web, but due to some personal issues I need to take a break. I love my readers and I’m so thankful for you all who stop in to read. I will be back soon, and hopefully back with more recipes and DIY projects.

Thanks in advance for understanding.
Until next time…

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday! Randomness

Hi All!

Hope you all are enjoying the summer.  We’re finally in August, and that means school will be starting back up soon.  But that hasn’t stopped this heat from beating down.  Oh man has it been hot here in California.  The past couple of weeks have been filled with activities for me and the hubby though.  It started with a lake trip for a couple of days, and that was awesome!  My hubs is not the outdoor type, yet he got out in the lake and even rode a jet ski!  That was interesting considering there were 3 of us on the thing, a few sketchy moments but we worked it out.  This past weekend was somewhat of a family trip.  My sister in law had to pay up on a bet she made with my hubs, so there was a group of us that attended a Giants game in San Francisco.  It was a great weekend with family and friends!

Well enough about me, lets get to what Wednesday is for…Pins!  Of course I’m linking up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple as always.  I usually do a theme, but this week I’m feeling kind of random.





How funny is this!?!


Seriously awesome woman!




I added my own source, because the pin wasn’t pinned correctly.


Added source for this as well


Well that is all the pins for this week.  If you need an invite to pinterest let me know in a comment, and make sure you include your email address.  Hope you enjoyed the pins, and don’t forget to head over to The Vintage Apple and check out what others are pinning.  If you have a blog, go link up!  You can find my pins and boards here.

Until next time…

Album Review: Nick Gill’s Waves Are Only Water

Hi All!

Last week I was contacted by signer/songwriter Nick Gill to check out his new album “Waves Are Only Water.”  To be honest I had never heard of Nick before, so at first I was like “is this for real?”  So I did what anyone would do and did some research.  I love finding new music and artists to listen to, so after I found out that he was for real I was excited.  Like I’ve said in the past music is my escape, and sometimes you just need a few good songs to get lost in.

About The Artist & Album

Nick Gill is pretty accomplished for being only 20 years old.  After viewing his iTunes page, you’ll see that he has been making music since he was in his teens.  The album was produced in Franklin, TN by Grammy Award winning producer Ed Cash.  So even with him being an indie artist, he is still making music with some big names.

Waves Are Only Water was released on May 18, 2012 across multiple channels including iTunes and NoiseTrade.  It features seven songs, and is in the pop/rock genre.

Waves Are Only Water Tracks:

1. By The Way
2. Dawn
3. How It Feels (To Lose A Friend)
4. Love Never Has A Last Chance
5. Risky Business
6. Row
7. Summer In The Winter Time

My Thoughts On The Album

When I listen to new artists I like to listen to the tracks once through, and then go back to listen again.  My first impression of Nick’s album was “awesome!”  He is a very talented songwriter, and his voice is smooth with a slight rasp to it.  I can see how it is in the rock genre, but you can definitely tell that he is based in Nashville.  While listening I could hear the bits and pieces of country sounds coming through my speakers.  Although, there are only seven songs on the album but he dives into several emotions like loss, love, and hope.  The upbeat “Love Never Has A Last Chance” is probably my favorite, just makes you realize that there is always room for love.  I see it being the album you can close your eyes and sway to, bob your head, and tap your toes to.  If you really listen you can pick up more than the country tones in the music, you can hear it in his voice as well.  Definitely a country boy.  I’d most likely add his songs to my lazy beach day playlist.  So overall opinion, go listen!

Reminds me of:

Jack Johnson
The Fray
Mat Kearney

Additional Links:

Nick’s Website
Album on iTunes
Nick’s Facebook
Album on NoiseTrade
Nick’s Twitter

*I was contacted by the artist to possibly do this review, but all opinions of the music are my own*

I really suggest you check out Nick’s album.  It’s only seven songs so won’t take long to listen, plus I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.  Have you heard of Nick Gill before?

Until next time…