{REVIEW} Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in “Sultry Samba”

The Rio Rush Gucci Westman Collection is a limited edition collection which was inspired by the “summary nature of the Brazilian culture of Rio de Janeiro”.

Gucci Westman was inspired by the famous ‘Carnaval’ in Brazil and “aimed to evoke a celebration of life, dancing and colours” in her collection. This collection includes beautiful shades of nail lacquers, lipsticks, and eye shadows. But today I will focus on one of the products in the collection.

This collection launched in June 2014 and will be in stores while quantities last.



For those who want to step into the world of wearing bold, vibrant lipstick but are still a bit nervous, I would recommend trying the Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks from the Rio Rush Gucci Westman Limited Collection.

I tried out the lipstick in the shade “Sultry Samba” which is a beautiful bright pink shade with a slight purple undertone. This is a gorgeous shade for a sunny day or even to brighten up a natural make-up look. (Shhh … I’m going to tell you a little secret: I wore this on a day where I felt super tired and it just brightened up my face and made it look like I had all the sleep and energy in the world!)

{Tess’ First Impression}

The formula is not as pigmented as I expected. To get the vibrancy and full coverage of the lipstick, multiple layers will need to be applied on your lips. For those who are vibrant lipstick veterans, I would say this lipstick may not be for you. You can find a more pigmented formula with a similar shade elsewhere (“Fuschia” by Joe Fresh).

On the upside, this is why I think this lipstick is a great way to introduce someone to bold, bright lipsticks. This lipstick is buildable which allows for more control on how light or dark you want the coverage to be which is perfect for someone still trying to get used to wearing bold lips.

This formula is a gorgeous matte finish which I find isn’t drying to the lips. However, a tip for wearing any matte lipstick …  put on lip balm beforehand and let it absorb into your lips.

The shade “Sultry Samba” is a beautiful shade that looks great on every skin colour. Bonus: with its bluish/purplish undertone, it makes your teeth look whiter (who doesn’t love whiter teeth? ;P)!

This lipstick coverage is after three applications

{Beauty Panel} How to Choose a Nude Lip Colour

Wearing a nude lip is a great compliment to a smoky eye. But choosing the right nude lip shade can be a little tricky. A nude shade for you may not be the same nude shade as your best friend. It’s all about complimenting your skin tone. There are hundreds of nude shades out there to suit each person’s skin tone. But if the wrong shade is chosen, you could look washed out.
Here are a few tips on how to choose & wear the perfect nude lip shade:
  • If you are fair-skinned, choose shades that have a soft pink-beige undertone.
  • If you are medium to olive skinned, choose a rose-pink-beige or peach undertone.
  • If you are dark-skinned, choose a caramel/bronze or berry undertone.
  • Don’t choose a shade that is lighter than your skin colour. This can give you a washed out appearance.
  • If you find that your lip pigmentation can be a bit uneven or dark, you can always neutralize it by first applying concealer (same colour as your skin) to your lips as a base before applying the lipstick.
  • When wearing a nude lip, wear blush to help brighten up the face.

I have medium to olive skin. One of my favourite nude lipsticks is Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #3 (Ultimate Beige). It has a rosey, mauve undertone to compliment my skin.

{Products used}:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in “Ultimate Beige (#3)”

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Hope my tips helped! Good luck!

LOTD – Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss

The long weekend is here for us Canadians and we get to enjoy it with such beautiful, warm weather!

My outfit today is black and white, but to get a kiss of summer on my lips, I’m wearing one of my new matte lipsticks by Rimmel  London! It’s called, Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss.

My observations:

  • This lipstick is a beautiful matte lipstick that is very pigmented with a subtle scent. 
  • It’s not as drying as other matte lipsticks, but I still recommend to exfoliate and moisturize your lips beforehand. This just makes the overall application look smooth and supple. 
  • The lipstick is long-lasting and doesn’t really transfer to cups, straws, or your hubby’s lips compared to other lipsticks that claim to be long-lasting.

The shade I’m wearing today is in 102. It’s a vibrant, blue-toned pink:

If you are searching for a good matte lipstick, I would definitely recommend this collection. It’s such an excellent quality lipstick with an affordable price point (approximately $6.98 CAD).


A Moment to Play

I feel like I’ve been soo busy lately that I realized my day-to-day hair and make-up has become soooo boring.

Daily hair routine:

  • Tying all my hair in a bun

Daily make-up routine:

  • A tiny bit of foundation arount the nose, powder to set
  • Bronzer on the cheeks and forehead
  • If I have time, I’ll apply gel eyeliner (I never used to leave the house without eyeliner!) 
  • Curl lashes + mascara

Tonight, after bracelet making and spending quality time with my mom, I set aside time to play.
I haven’t played with my hair and make-up in months! Today was an opportunity for some me time so I couldn’t pass that up!

So this is what I did …

I’ve always wanted to try the upside down braid on myself but thought it could never be done because my hair is too short. SUCCESS! I totally proved myself wrong. Might I add, it feels like such a work-out on my arms?!!

Because I always like to keep my eyes simple, I thought to add some colour with a bright lipstick (JOE FRESH Fuschia).

What do you think??

I’m all done up. Now…I just need to go out. 😛

xoxo Tess

LOTD – Sheer Clover {Aveda}

Hello everyone! Meet my sister’s lips! HAHA

She is wearing a very soft, neutral colour with a slight hint of pink. This lipstick is called, “Sheer Clover” by Aveda.

It’s such a pretty colour that can match with almost every skin colour, outfit, and hair colour! ! lol

Well, hi there, purrrty sisterrrrr!!

LOTD – Made With Love {MAC}

Today I wanted to go for something a little bright, but not too intense.

I opted for “Made With Love” by MAC which is a coralish-pink colour. It is a lustre finish which is somewhat sheer and gives a slight gloss or “wet” look.

See how it’s still a bit sheer?

This is great for those who want to venture into wearing bright, colourful lipsticks but are still a bit scared.

TIP: If you want a more sublte look, apply the lipstick by dabbing it on your lips. Then take your clean finger to distribute the lipstick evenly on your lips and cover any missed areas.


Lately, I’ve been wearing bold lip colours.
On a daily basis, my make-up tends to be very neutral. But on weekends I love to spice it up with a bit of colour on the lips. I used to be very afraid to wear bold lip colours, but lately I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone to give my look a bit more … oomph.

So I think I’ll start posting photos of my “LIPSTICK OF THE DAY”. I don’t wear lipstick everyday, but when I do, I’ll post a photo for you to see. Who knows, it might introduce a new colour to you or help you determine whether or not you like a colour you were contemplating on getting.

Here is what I wore today:

Lipstick: VINO {ANNABELLE Cosmetics}
Lipliner: Cherry {ANNABELLE Cosmetics}

* don’t mind the lipstick shape. lol I melted all my lipsticks for my make-up kit and left a bit on the tube for me to use.
The inspiration of today’s lip colour was my turquoise necklace
I wanted to wear something deep, but not too dark.