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Drugstore Goodies :: BB Creams and Balms!

This is late but great! I’ve had a few new drugstore products for awhile and finally getting around to posting the pictures of the swatches and my thoughts on them.

Let’s start with the BB Creams… what are BB creams you say? In a nutshell, they are tinted moisturizers with add benefits for your skin, called Beauty Balms. Most boast 5 more things that help your skin look fresh, even, or glowing. They seem to be all the rave this summer, which is perfect because heavy foundation in this heat is a form of torture.

The first one that I picked up was the Maybelline version. The Maybelline line has five color options, however I noticed that the color I use, Medium Deep, has a slight red tone. The only con is that it doesn’t play well with my oily skin, however the coverage is enough to see evenness in my skin tone. Maybelline’s version boasts 8 different benefits like smoothing, brightening, hydrating and no oils or heavy ingredients.

I also tried the L’Oreal BB Cream which is a little different. There is only four options, and I went for deep, which is pretty light to say it’s the deepest shade. You’ll notice that the cream has no color, but the whitish cream blends out to an actual deeper color which matches my skin tone. It could match a deeper tone than mine, but I imagine, not that much deeper. It is also lightweight and I like this version better because while it initially has a slight luminance (see the bottom right image), it dries down to a more matte finish and stay oil-free longer than the Maybelline one.

Both were on sale for BOGO 50% off when I purchased them. Maybelline’s BB cream retails for $8.99 and L’Oreal for $10.95.

I also picked up new lip stain balms from Revlon and L’Oreal.

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain Balms are by far the best lip stains I’ve found. Many would agree that stains can be drying, so initially the the Kissable lip stain came with a stain on one side and a bail on the other. This formula marries the two into one product. I chose four shades across the spectrum and the pink one, Sweetheart is a favorite.  As an added bonus, it has a minty smell/taste.

The L’Oreal Colour Caresse are not marketed as a stain, but they do stain a bit. The colors are lightweight and long-lasting. The only con is the taste, I’ve never been a fan of the the way L’Oreal lip products smell/taste.  In the tube, I thought Velvety Fuchsia and Blushing Sequin were more different, but as you can see from the swatches, they are much more similar than not. Blushing Sequin has a slightly more reddish pink tone but on the lip it’s harder to tell the difference.

The Revlon Kissable Lipstain Balm retails for $8.99, while the L’Oreal Colour Caresse is $9.99.


Deal Alert: CVS $3 Off + Small Haul

This is a tee tiny haul from CVS using my $3 off $10 Beauty purchase at CVS… Make sure you scan your card this week to save! It’s only this week.

What sucks is that there aren’t any many sales at CVS on cosmetics, like BOGOs and such. However, Sally Henson products are BOGO 50% off, you can get $5 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 on Maybelline and $4 ExtraBucks if you buy select Revlon products.

I went for the Revlon deal to try out the new Custom Eyes Mascara (Blackest Black/ Waterproof) and one of the new L’Oreal Infallible La Rouge Lipsticks in Blazing Sangria.

Also, if you are in the CVS Beauty Club (if not, it’s totally free and you get more ExtraBucks) you can scan your card to see if you’ve reached your $5 ExtraBucks reward for spending $50… and you know I did. After the CVS clearance I’ve racked up some serious points.

The tally? $9.99 for the lipstick +  $7.99 for the mascara – $3 coupon = $15! Then I got my $4 ExtraBucks for the Revlon, so it’s like I paid $11 for both… at least that’s what they like for you to think LOL! For me it’s $4 off my next haul! Woot!

I haven’t tried the mascara but the wand snaps to 2 positions giving you either voluminous or defined lashes.

As for the lipstick, I wore it — of course — for the rest of the day and it is a long wear formula, meant to last 10 hours. It does last long and the color is a less dramatic red that I think can transcend seasons through out the year.

It’s not too bright, or too bold but has lots of pigmentation. It has a bit of an orange undertone, hence the name Blazing Sangria. One of my favorite drinks!

Tutorial Time

Tutorial :: Fire & Ice Modern Twist on 50’s Glam

I fell in love at first sight with the re-promote of Revlon’s “Fire & Ice” lipstick. The lipstick is so gorgeous and the focus of this look. A flirty neutral eye with winged liner, flushed cheek make for a match to this bright red lip.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on the YouTube page for the tutorial.

Products used:


  • Revlon PhotoReady Foundation in Caramel
  • MUFE HD Powder


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Maybelline e/s Creme de Cocoa
  • MAC e/s Vex
  • Lorac e/s Posh
  • Milani Eye Tech in Black
  • Sila Kajal liner in Onyx
  • Salon Perfect/ModLash 45
  • Maybelline Falsies in Blackest Black


  • MAC blush Bite of an Apple
  • NYC Bronzer in Golden Glow
  • Dior Shimmer Block in Amber Diamond


  • NYX Liner in Hot Red
  • Revlon Liptsick in Fire & Ice

Favorite Fall/Winter Nail Colors!

I finally found a good way to show you guys the nail colors that I love… Since my stash is a bit out of hand, it was easier to show just Fall and Winter colors!

I picked out 18 of my favorite colors that compliment the cool weather. As you will see, I am a sucker for cream finishes, pales and deep colors.

Here’s the list of colors mentioned:

  1. Set the Nude (ULTA)
  2. Jazz (Essie)
  3. Fine Pruned (ULTA)
  4. Velvet Voyeur (Essie)
  5. Perplexed (Revlon)
  6. Hey Doll (China Glaze)
  7. Bougie (China Glaze)
  8. Foxy (China Glaze)
  9. Naughty or Nice (ULTA)
  10. Evening Seduction (China Glaze)
  11. Fire Fox (Revlon)
  12. Miss Matched (Essie)
  13. SoHo Pretty (ULTA Professional)
  14. Goin’ My Way (China Glaze)
  15. Little Brown Dress (Essie)
  16. Ingrid (China Glaze)
  17. Sew Psyched (Essie)
  18. Silver (Revlon)