I’m having a serious lip crayon moment, having bought no less than five in the last month. Three of these were from Revlon, two of their new lacquer balms and one matte balm. Last summer I was a big fan of Revlon’s kissable balm stains, so when these started popping up on Instagram it knew I had to try them out. Within about a week of launching the colours I was interested in were sold out at my Edgars, but I found a really good selection at Woolworths in Canal Walk. I chose the lacquer balms in Ingenue and Tease and the matte balm in Elusive.
My favourite of the three is the matte balm, Elusive, (pictured centre) because it has really good staying power. The colour on my lips is a medium pink, cheerful without being overpoweringly bright. Although it looks matte it is still moisturising, so comfortable to wear. It applies evenly and doesn’t need building up, although be aware that they don’t all apply equally well as I’ve read several reviews saying the shade Mischievous can apply a bit unevenly. Also, make sure to buff your lips before applying the matte balms as they will slightly emphasize flaky areas. Both variants have a faint minty scent but I find the actual mintiness (is that a word?) isn’t as strong and tingly on the lips as the original kissable balm stains.
The lacquer balm in Ingénue is a sheer nude, and Tease is a burnt orange. The lacquer balms contain what look like shimmer particles, but this doesn’t translate on the lips. Ingénue and Tease both have a lustre to them without apparent glitter. They feel more balmy and hydrating on the lips than the matte balm, but the trade-off comes with the staying power. I found Ingénue especially to wear off very quickly. These are great value at R120 and I like the range of shades. The simple packaging means they are also great for chucking in your bag, as I’m often paranoid my really expensive lipsticks will melt or the lid will come off somehow in transit.
Since doing this post I saw Julia from All Dolled Up has done a video review on these, so here’s the link if you want to see more shades in action and a giveaway! http://www.alldolledup.co.za/2014/03/mini-review-revlon-colorburst-matte-and-lacquer-balms/
Better late than never! For anyone who noticed that I missed two My Week in Instagram posts in a row, life at the end of February was so hectic for me work-wise that my blog took a back seat and my February Favourites were delayed. This was a tough one because I was like a kid in a candy shop with makeup during Feb and didn’t have anything I used consistently through the month which I haven’t mentioned before. Every few days I was on to something new and exciting! So these are a few things I might not have talked about before but which I use daily or weekly.
1. Frankincense Cleansing Balm from Balm Balm – repurchase from www.luhla.co.za
2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion extra mild – www.clinique.co.za
3. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask – www.woolworths.co.za
4. Rain Kalahari Melon & Honeybush Body Polish – www.rainafrica.com/za/
5. L’Oreal Keratase Elixir Ultime – www.retailbox.co.za
6. Hair wrap/hoodie thing from John Frieda
7. Optiphi Essence 1.168 aromatic balm
It feels like forever since I did a weekly post! The excuse of being busy is getting old, so let’s just say I reordered my priorities over the last few weeks. I didn’t post anything for a week and nobody noticed except my grandmother, which proves that pressuring myself to keep blogging is benefiting nobody really, especially myself.
When I have a morning free I love to film a YouTube video and take some blog photos, but I’m not going to let it become another chore. This week I had fun doing a Dior Spring 2014 tutorial for the simple pleasure of using my new makeup, and I’ve been doing a bit (lot) of online shopping lately so I might feel inspired to do some reviews when I’ve had a chance to try everything. Every now and then I get a comment or a tweet that makes the hard work worthwhile, but frankly I’ve been feeling pretty disheartened about my blog for a while. I suppose the thing to do is apply some lipstick and soldier on.
Can’t wait to see the benefits!
My little Mieko
Nails of the day with Nails Inc Porchester Square
My makeup storage
Perfect night on the couch…
Best thing EVER. My hair says thank you
I finally have my hands on the Chanel CC cream which I have been wanting since I got a sample in December, or probably even before that. I put it on my 2014 wish list a while back, and waited quite long for stock to come in. Apparently they had a waiting list for it, despite the ridiculous price! I didn’t actually realize that these sell for R700 until I checked my till slip, and perhaps being armed with that knowledge might have been useful. Luckily I had a gift card and my Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm had just finished that morning, so I felt it was as good a time as any to get this.
So was it worth it? It is in the same league as a high-end foundation and absolutely worth a high price tag, but I don’t think any foundation should be priced much over R500. Anyway, that is just my opinion and doesn’t mean the Chanel CC cream isn’t really fabulous. There are similarities between this and the Bourjois CC cream (not surprising since they are manufactured by the same people) but the Chanel one takes the plus points a step further and has fewer cons. It contains hyaluronic acid for hydration and extracts to combat environmental aggressors.
What I love
- It is quite thick, so a little bit goes a long way. No need to use a lot of product.
- I find it really long lasting. Even without a primer underneath not much oiliness comes through around my nose during the day.
- When it starts to slip slightly around my nose by late afternoon I literally just use my fingers to pat the CC cream back in place and it looks fine again. This is difficult to explain, but it doesn’t disappear completely the way the Bourjois CC cream does without a primer.
- I think this would suit dry skin because it is nicely hydrating, but also suits combination skin. Unless you’re very oily perhaps.
- It has an SPF30 (mineral filters), which is the highest I’ve come across in a CC cream and one of the reasons I decided to buy it. It doubles as my everyday sunscreen.
- I think the coverage is good, using other CC creams and very light foundations to compare. Some reviews have listed it as “sheer to medium” coverage but I definitely get a medium coverage from this. It also corrects redness and under-eye shadows very well.
- You can also wear it under foundation if you need heavier coverage, but I haven’t tried this as I’ve found the coverage just right for me.
- It is satin-matte and dry to the touch (doesn’t transfer) but doesn’t look flat or dull. It definitely has a radiance to it without looking shiny or dewy.
- It has a pretty Chanel-like floral scent.
What i don’t love
- There isn’t much I don’t love about this CC cream. As I mentioned, this is the best CC cream I have tried in terms of coverage and longevity as well as he way it looks and feels on my skin.
- The fact it only comes in only one shade, #32 Beige Rose, is problematic. I am the equivalent of MAC NC25 and it works perfectly for me. In the middle of winter I might need to lighten it slightly. Anyone with tanned skin is probably going to look a bit pink or pasty as it is a fair shade with slight pink undertones.
- Some people complain the scent is overpowering. I don’t find this to be the case at all, but just be aware if you don’t like scented products.
- Actually, I don’t love the price!