Revlon Lip Butter in Crème Brulee - Review

Saturday, March 31, 2012


So the Revlon Lip Butters have finally hit British soil but again not without problems,
it seems they have still to be rolled out in many stores if Twitter is anything to go by.
My tip is check the smaller Boots stores as that is where I found mine,
okay there was only 7 shades but they had plenty of stock so it is worth a try?
Also Glasgow ladies there was plenty of stock in the Sauchiehall Street store.
I apologise for all the lip butter reviews and thank you all for hanging around :)
but we have reached the end....woooo!
The full swatch gallery should be up on Monday .


Sadly the UK will only be receiving 14 of the 20 shades that are available in the US/Canada,
I have provided a list of shades that will be available in UK for reference purposes - link.
Once I pick up the last shade Frosting I will compile a full swatch chart/gallery.
Much like the other products by Revlon these little lip wonders come packaged complete
with the quilted design on the plastic outer sleeves, it gives a slight high end feel.
Each shades packaging matches the shade inside, I do like a bit of colour coordination!
In my opinion the casing is pretty, practical and sturdy which is all I can ask for.


Revlon Crème Brulee is the UK's token nude shade - Brown Sugar looks better 
but it was not one of the 14 shades that made the UK cut sadly...oh well!
Creme Brulee is a mid toned yellow based brown shade that is glossy in finish.
In my opinion it is a slightly more yellow and less pigmented version of Mac Viva Glam 2.
As a nude lipstick fan I really wanted to like this shade but just couldn't get to grips with it,
it is too yellow based and pale to be flattering on my skin tone bit this may be a great shade
for paler/cooler skin tones?


The formula of these is something else, I had no idea I would enjoy wearing these quite as much as I do!
Generally speaking the shades are well pigmented and glide on very much like a traditional lip balm.
Yet they superior colour pay off in comparison to a standard tinted lip balm.
Each shade gives a semi-opaque coverage of colour with a light glossy finish,
they are very moisturising and comfortable to wear.
I liken these a little to Mac Cremesheen lipsticks as they feel and wear very similar on my lips,
obviously each one of us will have different results but this is what they remind me of.
The Revlon Lip Butters have a very mild typical lipstick scent but nothing noticeable when worn.
I found these to wear around 2-3 hours some shades wore longer than others
but they are not exactly long lasting.
Overall I am very impressed with these lipstick/lip balm hybrids!


Product Summary
Round Up - A great combination of lipstick and lip balm that gives the best of both worlds.
Best For - Fans of tinted lip balms or light moisturising lip coverage!
Pigmentation - Generally 7/10 but really great for what it is.
Availability - These hit the UK mid March, available via Boots
£7.99 each or 3 for 2 - link

Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting - Review

Saturday, March 31, 2012


So the Revlon Lip Butters have finally hit British soil but again not without problems,
it seems they have still to be rolled out in many stores if Twitter is anything to go by.
My tip is check the smaller Boots stores as that is where I found mine,
okay there was only 7 shades but they had plenty of stock so it is worth a try?
Also Glasgow ladies there was plenty of stock in the Sauchiehall Street store.
I apologise for all the lip butter reviews and thank you all for hanging around :)
only one after this to go and on Monday there will be a Lip Butter swatch gallery!


Sadly the UK will only be receiving 14 of the 20 shades that are available in the US/Canada,
I have provided a list of shades that will be available in UK for reference purposes - link.
Once I pick up the last shade Frosting I will compile a full swatch chart/gallery.
Much like the other products by Revlon these little lip wonders come packaged complete 
with the quilted design on the plastic outer sleeves, it gives a slight high end feel.
Each shades packaging matches the shade inside, I do like a bit of colour coordination!
In my opinion the casing is pretty, practical and sturdy which is all I can ask for.


Revlon Sugar Frosting is one of those shades I knew I wouldn't like from the off set,
it is far too pale for me to wear alone and would best be used in my opinion over another shade.
Sugar Frosting is the palest of pink with a strong white undertone and has a frosty/shimmery finish.
On the lips it gives a white pink pearlescent finish - think mother of pearl and you'll get the idea.
In all honesty I don't find it all that flattering and fear the deeper your skin tone the worst it will look!
I struggled to get this to show up on my skin so there is no arm swatch for this shade...sorry.


The formula of these is something else, I had no idea I would enjoy wearing these quite as much as I do!
Generally speaking the shades are well pigmented and glide on very much like a traditional lip balm.
Yet they superior colour pay off in comparison to a standard tinted lip balm.
Each shade gives a semi-opaque coverage of colour with a light glossy finish,
they are very moisturising and comfortable to wear.
I liken these a little to Mac Cremesheen lipsticks as they feel and wear very similar on my lips,
obviously each one of us will have different results but this is what they remind me of.
The Revlon Lip Butters have a very mild typical lipstick scent but nothing noticeable when worn.
I found these to wear around 2-3 hours some shades wore longer than others
but they are not exactly long lasting.
Overall I am very impressed with these lipstick/lip balm hybrids!


Product Summary
Round Up - A great combination of lipstick and lip balm that gives the best of both worlds.
Best For - Fans of tinted lip balms or light moisturising lip coverage!
Pigmentation - Generally 7/10 but really great for what it is.
Availability - These hit the UK mid March, available via Boots 
£7.99 each or 3 for 2 - link

Sleek MakeUp Blush by 3 in Sugar - Review

Saturday, March 31, 2012


The newest release by Sleek Make-Up is a range of trio blush palettes
that are limited edition in selected Superdrug stores until mid April 
but permanently at the London Marble Arch store and via Sleek Make-Up's webstore - link.
I hope that helps clarify things a little?


As with the majority of Sleek Make-Up products this comes neatly presented in a matte black case,
although it stores 3 well sized blushes the compact is fairly hand sized and small enough to travel with.
The little blush palette also has a decent sized mirror housed inside for on the go touch ups!


"Blush by 3 is a trio shade blush palette that takes you effortlessly from day to night! 
 Each palette has 3 ultra pigmented shades to choose from in matte and shimmer shades. 
Use the matte shades for a subtle day time flush, 
and add the shimmery shade over the top for a touch of night time glamour! 
With 5 different shaded palettes to choose from , your only dilemma is which one to pick! 
Choose from Pink Sprint, Pumpkin, Lace, Flame, or Sugar."


Sugar consists of three shades :
Turbinado - Is a mid almost deep dirty orange shade, perhaps best described as a blend of orange 
and brown? This is a matte shade and not chalky but not as pigmented as the shimmer shade.

Muscovado - Appears as a reddened bronze shade that has a slight plum leaning.
This shade is really pigmented and although a shimmer shade it is subtle and easy to wear.

Demerara - Is a deep red with a brown undertone and best listed as a terracotta shade.
The other matte shade which again is not chalky but not as pigmented as the shimmer formula.

For me this trio is better suited to those with medium to deep skin tones as the shades are quite deep
in tone and really pigmented that they may be a tad overwhelming on those with pale skins.
However that is just a suggestion I am a firm believer in wearing what ever the heck you feel like!
The three shades do lean slightly warm and have an air of summer/warm weather about them.


Sleek Make-Up blushes are soft but not overly so,
they apply with ease but don't break/shatter if like myself you are a little heavy handed.
I found the formula to be easy to apply and blend out with a normal angled blush brush,
there was next to no fall out and as mentioned the shimmer shade has a subtle effect 
- no glitter or gritty finish/feel.
In terms of wear this wore just as any other Sleek MakeUp facial product
and survived a good six hours on un-primed oily skin in the current heat wave
but when used with primer it lasted a full nine hours with ease.

Product Summary
Round Up - Three bronze type blush shades in one handy palette.
Best For - In my opinion I have found this trio better suited to those with deeper skin tones.
Pigmentation - Hard to rate as the matte formula is less pigmented than the shimmer one.
Availability - Permanently available from Sleek Make-Up's web store - link £10/10g (S)


L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize Day Cream - Review

Saturday, March 31, 2012


As I have been testing the Clinique 3 step range thoroughly I couldn't test this out myself
so I asked my sister to road test this on my behalf as she has oily skin just like myself
and will more than likely have the closest results to me as humanly possible!
So read on to find out how she got on over the course of a month.


L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize Day Cream comes presented in a typical screw top jar
that so many facial products often do- the jar is glass so not ideal for travel
but perfectly adequate to store on a dresser or on a shelf in the home.
The jar's design is fairly simply with a white lid and silver label nothing too fancy
but it in know way looks cheap or tacky.


"Not radiating your usual fresh, youthful glow? 
What if you had the 'code' to unify irregular skin tone 
and re-awaken a more even luminous looking complexion?
Irregular pigmentation beneath the skin's surface can reduce skin's luminosity." 


L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize Day Cream is a light silky gel like potion that has a pearlescent glow to it.
Once applied to the skin it absorbs instantly and soaks in within seconds leaving behind no greasy residue.
The cream does have a light scent but it is really faint and did not irritate my sensitive skin in any way.
The great thing about L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize Day Cream is that it instantly perks up the skin
with a luminous glow very much like a highlighter does but with a more subtle approach - no shimmer/glitter!


Neither I nor my sister use a night cream as most are far too rich for our oily skins to handle
but this cream is light yet intense enough to be used both day and night,
infact it is actually recommended that you use it for such purposes
as it provides enough hydration to allowing you to awaken to slightly more luminous skin.
Of course to see best results with a skin care product you do have to use it over a period of time but
this serum instantly hydrates and provides a light dewy glow to the skin.
After a week it aims to reduce the appearance of irregular pigmentation 
and gives the skin a brighter, fresher appearance.
My sister can not vouch for the irregular pigmentation as she doesn't have anything of the sort to test
but it certainly does perk up the skin and gives a healthy glow without being over the top.
After a month it does state that the same results will be had only more intensified 
and my sister completely agrees that her skin does looks so much brighter and illuminated.

L'Oreal Youth Code Luminize Day Cream (S) is available from selected L'oreal stockists
such as Superdrug - link 50ml/£9.99



Sleek MakeUp Glo Face and Body Highlighter in Peach Shimmer - Review

Friday, March 30, 2012


Sleek MakeUp have recently re-packaged their Glo Face and Body Highlighter line.
Gone is the long rectangle palettes with the little oval brushes and in is a more compact square design.
Sleek MakeUp have however stuck with the matte black packaging with glossy black logo,
I like that the packaging is instantly recognizable and sleek - no pun intended.
Although the outer casing is matte I do not it be a dirt magnet like some matte packaged products.
I also want to mention that the case is sturdy and has a large mirror housed inside!


Sleek MakeUp Glo Face and Body Highlighter comes in three shade variations :
Peach Shimmer, Bronze Baby and Gold Digga.
All of which feature five complimentary shades of glowing strips of powder,
which can be used separately or blended together to create an unique shade.
Admittedly if you plan on using the shades alone you will have to use a small brush.
I guess any product of this nature will draw comparisons to Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks
as I don't own such product any more I'm hesitant to draw any conclusion. 


Peach Shimmer is mainly constructed of light shades ranging from a golden ivory to a mid bronze tone.
When blended together the five shades form a mid toned bronze that has a slight peach undertone,
on medium to dark skin tones this makes a beautiful golden highlight 
and on paler tones this could be the light warm bronzer that so many search for.
Glo in Peach Shimmer is fairly pigmented but not so much that it applied muddy.
As this is a highlighting powder it of course has a shimmer finish but not so much that it is overwhelming
but one that adds radiance and a luminous finish to the skin that is subtle in the right way.


Sleek MakeUp Glo Face and Body Highlighter are soft but not overly so,
they apply with ease but don't break/shatter if like myself you are a little heavy handed.
I found the formula to be easy to apply and blend out with a normal angled blush brush,
there was next to no fall out and as mentioned the shimmer is subtle no glitter or gritty finish.
In terms of wear this wore just as any other Sleek MakeUp facial product
and survived a good six hours on un-primed oily skin in the current heat wave
but when used with primer it lasted a full nine hours with ease.

Product Summary
Round Up - A warm bronze peach toned highlighter/bronzer.
Best For - Med/Dark skin tones a warm highlighter, light tones a pretty bronzer.
Pigmentation - (7/10) Fair for a highlighting product.
Availability - Selected Superdrug stores and Sleek Make-Up's web store - link,
8.2g/£6.49(S)



Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation - Review

Friday, March 30, 2012


Like most I couldn't wait to trial the newest release from Benefit
which is actually their first ever liquid foundation...very exciting!
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation took 3 years to create
and comes in 9 shades which is provides decent enough variety wouldn't you agree?
So was it worth the wait? Read on to find out more... I'm such a tease!


As you can probably tell from the photographs I currently only have a sample (try before you buy)
but the packaging for the full size bottle doesn't differ at all, 
it is simple transparent bottle which allows you to easily see how much foundation you have left -
no more waking up in the morning to find you have ran out.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation also have a pump function 
which is a god send with foundation as it allows you to dispense it with such ease and minimises waste.


"Hello…it’s flawless time! 
Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage 
for a natural complexion you can believe in. 
It’s you…just more luminous & healthy looking."


As you have gauged from above this is an oil free formula that provides a light-medium coverage
that also contains an SPF 25 to help protect your skin against environmental damage and sun rays.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation provides a natural coverage while hydrating the skin,
it also hydrates as it covers making it ideal for dry skin types.


Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation is pretty thin and loose in consistency 
and very much a liquid which took a little getting used to as I tend to buy gel foundations.
It has a light "make-up" type scent that is not offending or strong nor do you notice it once worn.
How you apply the foundation is of course up to you but I found that as it is a liquid and a loose one at that,
I got the best coverage when applied with my fingertips but of course that is just preference!

As always I have used my mole as point of reference in terms of coverage

I have shade "I'm So Money" Honey which is approximately an NC25/30 in Mac
so it is a little to light for my NC37ish skin tone but not so much so that I couldn't warm it up with a bronzer
however when the time comes to buy a full size bottle I will buy a shade or two up.
On the skin this feels so light and hydrating and covers really well for a light to medium coverage level
as you can see from my before and after photos using my mole as guidance.
It applies really well and blends like a dream with next to no work.
As it has an SPF25 it makes it a great choice for all us city girls but perhaps not the best for flash photography - hello flash back a.k.a white face brown body.
My only grumble is that it wasn't as long wearing as I would have liked
but I do suffer from oily skin that only gets worse as the weather heats up so that will have contributed
to the shorter than usual wear time - un-primed/set this wore for 6 hours, primed/set just over 7.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation 30ml/£24.50 - link