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Easy, Everyday Makeup

Hey everyone! One of my all-time favorite eyeshadow palettes is the Too Faced Rock & Roll palette because it’s got a good collection of shades for edgier looks. But I don’t really try to use it for much else… until now. Continue reading

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Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stain

Hey everyone!

Good news! My house’s heating and the upstairs shower are both fixed! And I finally managed to buy thermal curtains to replace the cheap dark brown ones in my room, and I’m getting packages today! One of the packages is from The Body Shop, so be sure to watch out for that haul post!

Anyway, back when I was first getting into lip products, two brands’ packaging stood out to me: Butter’s Liquid Lipstick and Revlon’s Moisture Stain line. Both of them were in rectangular tubes instead of the usual circular ones. I also had no idea what either product was, though thought they were similar. I first tried the Revlon line, and it is honestly a bit of an oddball product. Continue reading

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Ombre Beachy Nails

One of my favorite tricks that I’ve come up with is an ombre effect on a nail. It takes two or three colors and blends them into a more continuous ombre effect. While I’ve only ever done this with a black or white base color before, today I decided to use Essie’s Sand Tropez nail polish as my base. It’s a lovely tan that’s great for a nude nail, and I’ve fallen in love with it since I first bought it a few weeks ago. Because it’s beach season, I’ve decided to pair it with a pale grayish blue, Maybelline Color Show polish in Poolside (It’s a limited edition shade) to look almost like the water’s edge.

The main tip to this look is to use very little polish on the brushes so that it’s hard to get an even coat (or if you do, it’s a super thin coat). By layering up a couple coats and having each layer’s colors end in a different spot of the nail, each layer may look splotchy but the overall effect is like an ombre. The best part of it is that while it looks professionally-done, it requires no tools other the basic brushes that come with each polish.

First, I used Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat. Then I put on two layers of the Essie Sand Tropez. While one layer may go over the entire nail, one or both layers should start at the cuticle and end about halfway down the nail (but not at the same place). Both can cover the entire nail, but there are a lot of layers of polish that can build up.

Two coats of Essie Sand Tropez

Two coats of Essie Sand Tropez

Then I put on three coats of Maybelline Poolside. The trick to this is actually to start at the tip and paint downwards, so that when you lift the brush away, not all bristles pull up at the same time and the color trails off. I usually start with the shortest layer first and then make a longer layer. If you let layers dry between coats, you can usually dab at the color if the color change looks too extreme on the last layer. The last layer for this was actually the thickest and the shortest, to smooth out the finish near the tip and make sure the color is the most vibrant.

Two to three coats of Maybelline Poolside.

Two to three coats of Maybelline Poolside.

Then I added a slight sparkle/shimmer. I used a shade from OPI that was actually a mini without a name (it has NL !36 13130 printed on the bottom, though I think at least one of those refers to the batch number). It’s mostly translucent white with small white sparkles . Extend it a little bit past the longest bit of blue. I then finished off with a top coat, Revlon’s Extra Life No Chip Top Coat.

Thoughts on this final look: I’m not so crazy over using so much sparkle. It’s what I like using to finish off white-base ombre looks, and I figured it might look a little like seafoam. It’s too powerful on top of the entire blue half of the nail, and you lose a lot of the ombre look from the blue. I’ve never had this happen before on any of the polishes or looks I’ve done, though this is the first time using it over top of either color. (I also used it over the whole nail on the thumb before realizing it didn’t work).

Poolside also wasn’t a good color to use. The formula is very thin and watery, which made it a little difficult to work with here, and it just seems too light for the ocean. Having a third color on top of it may have helped.

Close-up to show textures.

Close-up to show textures.

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My Foray into Liquid Lipstick

So I’m supposed to be working on an academic paper for my professor, and should actually be done by now, but professional writing is boring. Also, I have references to do, and that will take me forever. And so here I am, procrastinating. I do that well.

Anyway, I was in Target the other day and saw that Revlon has a new line of liquid lipstick. It’s called ColorStay Ultimate. Now, among my favorite lip products is Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain, and while I never had worn liquid lipstick before, I first thought that was like a liquid lipstick. So I didn’t quite know what to make of this. And I bought it. In Ultimate Orchid.

It’s a very bright pink with a slightly cool tone. I didn’t expect it to be quite so vivid. The first time I wore it, I glooped it on kind of thick without wearing any lip balm under it, and that was an absolute mistake. It dries a little strangely – it dried my lips out so much, but was sticky (the in between stage once it’s applied but before it’s fully dried) forever. I didn’t want to have to open my lips or have to talk. I put some lip balm on it after an hour or so, and it didn’t do anything but made it worse. It didn’t help my dry lips and only seemed to add moisture back to the lipstick. It was also a pain to get off, and only slowly wears off.

I tried it more sparingly today. I put lip balm on first, and then was careful with the application to get an even amount of the lipstick everywhere without using too much. It dried much better, though the texture does end up almost a little sticky for a while, and the color was not quite an eyesore. It lasted for about seven hours or so before I decided to touch up the color. I’m not too crazy about the color – I didn’t expect it to be quite so saturated, even when using a thin layer, and it’s just a little too bold for an everyday look.

I’m not quite crazy over the packaging – it looks like a large lip gloss stick, nothing more and nothing less. I personally really liked the more compact, rectangular feel of the Moisture Stain. It was shorter, a little thicker, and rectangular, which, along with how unusual the product was, helped convince me to try something that otherwise looked like lip gloss, which I normally don’t care for. I’ve seen other liquid lipsticks in different bottles and tubes, and they look much more interesting than this.

And speaking of the Moisture Stain… I think I prefer that over the liquid lipstick. They both use the same wand, but while the lipstick had to be thin, the stain first went on more like a gloss, and more product could be used. The glossiness faded quickly, kind of the way that the liquid lipstick dries, but while the lipstick ends up still as a layer, sometimes with a little stickiness, the stain just leaves the color. You can apply more of the stain or leave your lips, and while you have to watch that the color doesn’t run, it still looks fine. The lipstick looks like it should for longer, but I feel more comfortable with the stain.

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