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…

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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…

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-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…

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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…

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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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Date Night Makeup

Hi All!

The hubby and I have been going on more date nights than usual, or maybe it just seems that way now that he is out of school.  But I thought I’d show you all my go to look for when I go out with him.  I know many people love the smokey eye look, and I can’t blame you.  It’s sexy!  However, I’ve always felt the smokey eye is for those nights out on the town.  The times when you get dolled up, put on those killer heels, and dance the night away.  But since I just don’t go out like I used to, I have to try and sneak that look in when I can.  So I came up with my own softer smokey eye, that has a hint of color.  It still makes me feel good, but not as overdone.  So here’s how it goes.

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Above you can see the colors I used, and some of the other makeup I use for this look.  They include: Coastal Scents makeup palettes, elf foundation, elf cream eyeshadow, lid primer (urban decay), black eye liner (stila), mascara (mary kay), bronzing powder (mark), smashbox artificial light luminizing lotion, bronze bliss lip gloss (mary kay).  These are just things I use, but you can use whatever colors or brands you like.

So this is me to start…

1.  Make sure you start with a clean and moisturized face.

2.  I know everyone has their “way” of applying foundation and powder, so that would be your next step.

3.  Apply lid primer.  Optional, apply a cream eyeshadow close to your skin tone, mine has a little shimmer. (top left)

4.  You will apply the color that will eventually be your hint of color.  I used a coral/red color (bottom right, in colors pic).  Apply it just above and into the crease of your eye, and bring the color down to the outer corners. (top right, above)

5.  With a blending brush, blend out the edges of color you just applied. (mid. left, above)

6.  Brush entire lid with the color you would like for your lid (mid right, above).  I used a light coral color. (bottom right, in colors pic)

7.  Take a dark coordinating color (top left, in colors pic) and use a fluff angle brush to apply it to the outer corners of your eyes, halfway across your lash line, and halfway across the crease of your eye lid. (lower left/right, above)

8.  Finish it off by lining your eye (top & bottom) with a black eye liner, as close to the lash as possible.  Then smudge your upper lid with your finger to soften the liner. (bottom, above)  Add mascara.  Optional, go over the liner of your upper lid with the dark color crease color you used to blend further; and add the first color (bottom left, in colors pic), underneath the liner of your lower lash line and blend.

9.  Apply a very light color (top right, in colors pic) to the inside corners of your eyes, optional.  I like to do this to lighten up my eye slightly.   And highlight your brow with a shimmery color (middle, in colors pic).  Add blush if you like, and highlight your cheeks.

10.  Add some lipgloss, and Enjoy!

 Yeah I had fun taking pictures after this was all done.  Sometimes I get carried away!  But I hope you try it out some time, if not for date night, then just for fun.  Let me know what ya think.  Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Until next time…

Beauty in Strange Places

There are times in life where you sit back, and think “well that was unexpected!” I’ve had many experiences where I’ve found unexpected beauty in the weirdest places.

The first time I actually took a picture was in a car wash. I looked up and the windshield looked sort of like an ocean wave. Beautiful!

The second time I’ve taken a picture was last weekend.  I was washing my hands in a public restroom, a semi gross one, when some soap fell onto the back of the water faucet.  The best part was it fell into the shape of a heart.  I knew I had to snap a picture.  Amazing!

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make it so wonderful.

Must Love Beauty! Great Find/Mini Product Review

I don’t wear makeup very often, but when I do I want it to look good.  For most of us, I think there have been moments in our past where we look back at some of the outfits and makeup and say “what was I thinking?”  I know I have done it many times, mainly 8th through 12th grade.  *smiles*  Those were some awkward years, but I think by my senior year I was starting to figure things out.

Back then it was no big deal when you just threw on one shade of eye shadow over your whole eyelid.  There were days of some awful lip liner, pencil eyebrows, and overall just some really bad makeup choices.
The good thing about today is that there are so many other options, and great makeup tools to help avoid those mistakes of the past.  The thing is some may not know how to achieve the look they desire.

About a year ago before my wedding I started looking up makeup tutorials on Youtube and I came across a pretty awesome channel by a great makeup artist.  It’s called MakeupByTiffanyD, and it’s great!  Her channel is a great resource for reviews, tips, tutorials, and she even hold giveaways for some great products. She also has a blog to accompany her Youtube channel.  She is really fun and upbeat in her videos, and I like the way she explains her steps.

Her videos have led me to find some really great and simple looks for myself that I just change up by using a different color scheme.  She does some great simple videos, and more detailed ones.  There are also great celebrity “get the look” videos.  She does seem to grasp that not everything will work for every person, and that not everyone can buy the really expensive makeup and brushes.  Instead you can match the colors you do have to what she is using and it will come out just as beautiful.

Although, I do believe that when it comes to brushes price does reflect quality, or at least with the brushes I have used.  Some of my cheaper brushes have not held up as well, or the bristles feel rough against my skin.  So brands big brands like M.A.C and Sigma do know what they are doing when it comes to brushes.

Some great brands/products that I used prior to and after watching her videos are listed below:

  • dr. feelgood- This is a great product made by Benefit Cosmetics.  It has always made my face feel smooth and takes away the shine!  Sometimes I would just wear this by itself with no makeup.
  • E.L.F. – Great place for cheap brushes.  I would recommend their “Studio” brushes over their “Essential” brushes.  They are a bit more $3 compared to $1 per brush but they tend to hold up better.  They also have lots of other affordable products that won’t break your bank.  Great sales too!
  • Coastal Scents- They have some great makeup palettes!  I have the 88 original and 88 shimmer palettes.  Love them because I have a variety of colors to choose from.  I also have several brushes from CS that are pretty nice and still on the cheaper side.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion- I love this primer (the original)!  It seems like my eyeshadow lasts forever with this base.  And it seems like I am able to blend my shadows better.  Right now it is being offered this in a squeeze tube, instead of the normal bottle with application wand.
  • Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion, Flash- This has been my friend for a long time. *smiles* I use it as a highlighter on my cheeks.  All you need is a few small dabs in the spots you want, blend it, and instant glow!

Until next time,