Category Archives: Revlon

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Incites ANOTHER Lip Color Craze

Listen, no one seems to create a lip phenom like Revlon. I ran around town like a cray person last December in search of Colorburst Lip Butter, and let’s not also forget the original Colorburst Lipstick and its Lipgloss companion. So it comes as no surprise that the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is also causing a frenzy. If you can find them (don’t be shocked if the display is empty), you will have trouble walking away with only one. I first got a tease of this earlier this spring as I was prepping my next wave of Revlon trend videos (new one will be up next week!) in a juicy cherry shade called Romantic. From there, I was all, sign me up for every color.

Swatches L-R: Honey, Charm, Romantic
Wearing Charm!

Revlon’s take on the crowd fav pencil lip product (think Tarte Lipsurgence, Clinique Chubby Stick) is well-done. They are a budget-friendly $7 and the twist-up applicator is ultra convenient. I found them to be semi-moisturizing and the deeper shades leave a beautiful color behind on lips for hours after the balm wears off. I couldn’t resist trying the peachy nude Charm, and was so curious to see if it left a stain. It doesn’t really, but is a great color nonetheless. It’s nice to see a more nude color in a stain line-up that isn’t so brown.

We KNOW you guys MUST have an opinion on this product. Let us know in the comments!

Revlon + Product Girl on How to Wear the "Wet Hair Look"

For this month’s featured Revlon video, we bring you the “Wet Hair Look.” For us, that means a tightly pulled back bun, a.k.a. top knot. It’s the best part of having long hair, and is a go-to hair style of mine. Anything goes, really, when you pull your hair back. It can be relaxed for daytime or even chic for night. In the video below, I talk about the transition from day to night with three Revlon products: 

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush™ Mousse Makeup
  • Revlon Luxurious Color™ Smoky Crayon
  • Revlon® Just Bitten™ Lipstain + Balm (in Desire)

 

We have been a fan of the Just Bitten Lipstain+ Balm for years, and using it again here reminded us of that. Desire is such a pretty pink! As for the PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup, I like that quite a bit, too. I’ve always been a fan of the PhotoReady (despite others discontent with the sparkles!) and the Mousse is straight up cool. The shade I’m wearing here is a little too light for me come summer, but I’ve been loving it in these paler, pre-faux tan days. And, last, the Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon. Love it in theory, but we have to urge you to PRIME, PRIME, PRIME. If not, well, you can imagine what happens. Good for the smudgy look!

Let us know your thoughts. Tried any of the above?

Also, click on over here to see the rest of the bloggers take on The Wet Hair Look.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

Revlon + Product Girl Tackle the Red Lip

We’re back at you with another Revlon video! This one is near and dear to us because it covers a very important subject: RED LIPSTICK! Honestly, I credit Carla for my deep appreciation of red lipstick. She has been singing its praises for years, and knows every stain/gloss/crayon/stick there is to know and its texture/undertones/attributes.  For reals. She’s like the red lip dictionary. I’m pretty smitten because I’ve found a red lipstick that I LOVE. The name is very fitting: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red. And how I do, truly.
 

I walk you through the red lip look in the video, using the following Revlon products:

  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Perfecting Primer
  • Revlon ColorStay™ Lipliner in Red      
  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Love that Red
  • Revlon ColorStay™ Longwear Nail Enamel in Bold Sangria

There’s an ease with the rest of your makeup when wearing a red lipstick. You almost need nothing else on your face. And we speak from experience, red lips give you confidence like nothing else can. It brings out feelings of power and control. So ladies, own your red lips!

Also, we have a giveaway for you! We’re giving away ten (10) of the ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Bold Sangria. It’s a new formula to the Revlon brand that is supposed to mimic the wear of a gel polish. It’s super shiny and really long-lasting. Leave us a comment here telling us your favorite way to rock a red lip (and feel free to confess you fear of red lipstick, too!) We want to know where you stand. We’ll pick our winners end of day on Thursday, April 26.

Also, click on over here to see the rest of the bloggers take on the red lip!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

Revlon Bronzy Look + New Video

While bronzer is a four seasons product, it does seem to have its official season in spring/summer. We’re welcoming the season with a new Revlon video. You may recall, last month we announced our partnership with Revlon in 2012 to create videos highlighting beauty trends each month. The fun continues in April with BRONZY goddess-ness.
 

The products used in my Bronzy Look video include:

  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Color Correcting Primer
  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Concealer in Light
  • Revlon® Bronzer in Natural Bronze
  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Sculpting Blush Palette in Peach

I really liked the Revlon Bronzer in Natural Bronze. It reminds me of my beloved Tarte Park Avenue Princess. In addition to applying it in the “3 shape” I mention in the video, I like to take a fluffy eye brush and apply it just above the crease and below the brow bone. It’s great when you’re going for the monochromatic bronze look and is very natural.  

You can also view my Bronzy Look video here, along with the other bloggers teaming with Revlon. Let us know what you think!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com

What's New in Beauty: Beauty Bar Sample Society, One Love Organics, Revlon + a Giveaway

Remember when we told you about Beauty Bar.com’s foray into the sampling world with the “Sample Society?” From the looks of the first box, this one appears every bit worth the attention. Samples included:

  • Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz)
  • REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml)
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen (.14 oz)
  • Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).

We remain obsessed with One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, and this piece from the ladies at Birchbox has some AMAZING tips on how to use this wonder salve. Oh, and they’re selling it too! Yay! [Birchbox]

This video on how to do your brows, sans salon, is a must-watch. [Refinery 29]

Want.THIS. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Bronzer. [Saks]

A pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup….still unbelievably gorgeous! [US Weekly]

We’ve teamed up with Revlon in 2012 to deliver “how-to” videos every month! We kicked off March with the Smoky Eye. Check it out here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Get the Look: Smoky Eyes

Some exciting news on the Product Girl front! We’ve teamed with Revlon to create videos each month highlighting beauty trends. We are very excited to be a part of this effort (we’re in good company!) First up? Conquering the smoky eye. One of our favorite looks, yet one that we recognize can be a challenge. We promise…it’s not that scary. And if it is, embrace it. A little smoke around the rims of your eyes is sexy!

In this video, we focused on three products to get the smoky look:

  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Eye Primer + Brightener
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eye Shadow  (in Siren)
  • Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume™ Mascara

I really liked the Eye Primer + Brightener. I’ve been using it a lot in place of concealer (or in conjunction with, depending on how many hours of sleep I’m getting!) with great results. It also works as a subtle highlighter along the cheekbone. Because I liked this one so much, I’m giving away 10 of the Revlon PhotoReady™ Eye Primer + Brightener. To enter, leave a comment on this post by next Friday, March 23. I’ll select 10 winners at random at the end of the day.

And, we’ll be back each month with a new look. With each one, I hope to impart some beauty 4-1-1. Also, you guys, videos are hard! Kudos to you that do them often. Major kudos.

To check out more tips and looks from the other fabulous blogger gals, click here.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

Just Another Mani Monday: My Manicure Must Haves

I use to be very erratic with my product selection when I did my nails at home, that is mainly because I didn’t care as much about my nails as I do now. My friend actually commented on this the other day “you’ve become quite a nail gal, haven’t you?” Well yes, I certainly have. Now that I am more serious about this, I have narrowed things down to a solid group of products that I cannot imagine my life without. Some of these I have received as samples but a few of these items I have picked up myself. With one of these items, I’m now on my 4th one!

  • Sally Hansen Nip ‘Em Neat – the core of this set is really the cuticle trimmer but it comes with a pusher that I use in place of an orange-wood stick. One end works great as a cuticle pusher and the other end I use to clean under my nails and clean up my edges with a bit of remover or clear polish. It is also great to free up ingrown toenails. For some reason, I’m very susceptible to that. The set retails for $14.99, which is a lot for just one tool, but if you’re more comfortable with a full size cuticle trimmer, it is well worth it.
  • Tweezerman Mini Cuticle & Hangnail Snipper – I picked this up as part of Tweezerman’s Mini Nail Rescue Kit and it’s probably one of the best $20 I’ve ever spent. I prefer this smaller version of a cuticle trimmer because it is much easier for me to work with. Because of its size, I keep it with me in a little makeup bag I have deemed my “nail bag”. At that size, this snipper is super convenient. I also find I go much easier on my nails with this tool compared to a full sized trimmer. If this set is not for you, try the Squeeze and Snip. It’s the same price but I suspect it is also a bit larger.
  • Orly Pusher & Remover – this tool has changed my life in the short amount of time I have had it. I received it in a gift bag from Orly at Cosmoprof after experiencing their Gel FX manicure. Unfortunately I have no idea what it costs or where you can find it, finding more information on this online has been tricky. It is part of the Gel FX line so if you have a beauty supply store near you that sells this, pick it up… you will not regret it. Not only is it great for removing soak off gel color from your nails (if you remove it yourself at home) but it is also fantastic for cleaning up the cuticle area because of its rounded tip, it’s the perfect shape for cleaning up your cuticles.
  • QTica Cuticle Repair Balm – When I remember to slather on a cuticle oil, my cuticles stay fairly neat but let’s face it, the problem is I don’t remember and then end up looking horrible, you’ve seen the proof. I thought CND’s Solar Oil was good but this balm blew my mind the first time I used it, this little jar of goodness can give your cuticles a complete transformation in a matter of hours. A small jar goes for $12 and it is WORTH it, a small dip into the jar gives you plenty of product to moisturize your cuticles with. This is INTENSIVE CARE for your cuticles. With all the digging into files and filling I do on a regular basis with the day job, my cuticles need it!
  • Orly Two Sided Buffer – Like the Pusher & Remover, this buffer is part of the Gel FX line up and I do not know its price. This buffer has a different type of grit on each side, neither of them hard on the nail. I use this buffer to smooth out the ridges in my nails in place of the rough side on the Revlon buffer. I find the size and thickness of this buffer makes it easier for me to work with. I also really like that this buffer is made of the same material from top to bottom, you’re not going to wear away at the grit and leave it looking ratty and useless.
  • Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer – I’ve professed my love for this nail buffer before, I simply cannot get better results from any other nail buffer. This is the product that I have now purchased for a 4th time, which at $4 its really a no brainer. Normally a squeaky noise would drive me crazy but with this nail buffer, the squeaks give me the craziest shine ever. If you were to look at my nails after I’m done using this, you’d swear I had a clear coat of polish on.

So these are all the tools I use before I do my nails, when I do them at home and I use them in this order before any color goes on my nails. Now that I’ve shown you my must haves, what are yours? Let me know in the comments.

Nail Must Have: Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer

Sometimes I like to wear my nails bare with nothing but a high gloss shine on them. When I’m in that kind of mood, I turn to my favorite kind of nail product… the nail buffer. Most of them have at least 3 steps, the usual file, buff and polish routine but that can be hard on your nails. My favorite nail buffer of the moment is Revlon’s Crazy Shine. It does just that, gives my nails crazy, glossy shine as if I had a coat of clear polish on.

One of the things I like about this nail buffer is the shape, it makes a bit easier to get to the sides of the nail. With the OPI square buffer I used before this one, the little gap between the product surface and the little bit of square edge wouldn’t get in close enough so I like that don’t have that problem with Revlon’s. The other side of the product is also much gentler than 4-way nail buffers, there’s no harsh grit that files off half your nail bed here. It just smooths things out a bit in preparation for the shine frenzy that is about to begin. Best of all, it does its job for about $3, much cheaper than the OPI nail buffer I was using and with the same results. I think I have a new favorite buffer.

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Ten or Less: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss

Revlon is doing amazing things lately. We both loved the Revlon ColorBurst Lipsticks so were excited to see what the ColorBurst Lip Glosses were all about. First thing that caught my eye was the  packaging. Overall, it has a very “glam” look with the quilted cap. I picked up the shade Pink Ice, and while it doesn’t have much in the way of color, I like this gloss very much. It’s got some shimmer to it, and it has a very natural vanilla scent (like vanilla extract).

The wand is quite similar to the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss. It’s squeezed in at the middle and is flexible — makes for a good application in my opinion. Definitely a great budget beauty buy! While Pink Ice is demure, there are some vibrant bold shades that can satisfy the urge for more color.

Revlon Photo Ready Compact Makeup: Love it or Leave it?

After the success I had with Revlon Photo Ready Foundation, I was eager to try Revlon’s Photo Ready Compact Makeup. It looked promising, and I thought it might be handy to have a purse version of this foundation. But it’s not your usual run of the mill compact makeup. Rather it has a liquefying screen which turns the product from cream to liquid for application. In hindsight, the words “liquefying screen” may have been a red flag.

It’s hard for me to really evaluate this as a foundation because I had such a hard time getting the product out. You really have no choice but to use the sponge that comes with the compact, which I reluctantly did. It’s not that I have beef with the sponge, it’s just a bacteria magnet and I don’t like the idea of slathering the same applicator over my face day after day.

Ultimately, I think there are inherent flaws with the idea of a liquefying screen. I’d like to see that go away. Until then, this product is a “leave it.” Anyone else have any experience with it?