{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

{How to} Rockin’ Romance Look

Want to achieve this Grammy-inspired look at home?

Amélie Ducharme (COVERGIRL Make-up Pro) and Justin German (Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist) share with us details on how they created this Rockin’ Romance look!

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
Hair: Justin German
{Make-up Look} 
Amélie Ducharme, COVERGIRL Make-up Pro:
  1. To keep focus on the eyes, skin must look flawless. Create your base with COVERGIRL Outlast Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush.
  2. Even out any dark circles by applying COVERGIRL + Olay Eye Rehab CC Cream with a concealer brush. Apply in a triangular shape under the eye – from corner to corner and down toward the nose.
  3.  Next, lightly apply COVERGIRL Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder under the eye to set concealer. Also apply on forehead nose and chin for a natural yet matte skin finish.


  1. With your finger, apply COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in “Ohh La Lilac” all over the lid up to the crease and along the bottom lashline with a flat shadow brush.
  2. Using a shadow brush, apply COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black” to the outside corner of the lid and then from the inside corner, blending toward the center of the eye, connecting both sides in the crease. To create dimension, apply the plum shadow from the COVERGIRL Eyehancer 4-Kit Shadow in “Prom Queen” to the middle of the lid, just below the crease. Also, sweep this plum colour under the eye.
  3. Rim the bottom of the eye, tighter to the lashline, with the Shadow Pot in “Molten Black”, blending slightly wider toward the outer corner of the eye.
  4. Next, line the entire waterline with COVERGIRL LiquidLineBlast Eye Liner in “Black Fire”. To intensify the look, use this pencil to trace over the shadow on the outer corners of the eye and blend out and up using the sponge tip on the other end of the pencil. Using a shadow brush, connect the shadow from the top and bottom lids just beyond the outside corner, lifting up and out toward the temple, elongating the eye. The further out, the more dramatic the look!
  5. Using COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in “Pitch Black Passion”, trace along the upper lashline starting from the inner corner and creating a thicker line as you move to the outer corner extending just beyond the lash in an upward movement.
  6. Coat the lashes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in “Very Black”. Start with multiple coats of Step 1 for extreme volume, then apply Step 2 for a pitch black glossy finish.
  7. Finish the eye look by applying the silver shade from the “Prom Queen” palette under the brow.


  1. For this smoldering look, you want to create a thick, strong brow. Fill in brows with COVERGIRL Brow & EyeMakers Pencil one shade darker than your natural colour.

 Contour & Blush:

  1. To contour the face, use COVERGIRL Clean Glow Bronzer in “Spices”. Starting with the darkest shade of the palette, apply just under the cheek bone at the temple. As you move toward the apple of the cheek blend the middle and lightest shade.


  1. Finally, prep lips by applying moisturizer topped with a thin layer of your foundation to cover any redness around the mouth. Then, fill in your pout with COVERGIRL LipPerfection in “Yummy” – a great pastel pink! 

Final touch:

  1. For a more matte finish, apply a light dusting of Clean Pressed Powder.
{Hair Look} 
Justin German, Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist:
  1. First, prepare by washing hair with the new Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo.
  2. Blow-dry with a round brush and pin in clips, like you would rollers – this will give you a great foundation for this updo. Set with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.
  3. After a few minutes, remove clips and shake out the curls. Spray in Pantene Advanced+Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist to relax the look and build texture.
  4. Now, part the hair in two sections. Start by collecting hair from temple to temple and pile it in a knot on top of your head.
  5. With the remaining hair, gather and put into a ponytail just below the crown. While the sides are tight to the head, they are not slick. We want an undone look! Backbrush the ponytail, while misting with hairspray.
  6. Next, twist the ponytail downward and pin into the head all the way down. Finish by tucking in the ends with a few bobby pins at the nape of the neck. 
  7. Undo the top section of hair and backbrush with a few spritzes of the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray. Then lift hair at the front, creating tons of volume, roll and pin into the top of the hair roll that was created with the bottom section of the hair – connecting the top and bottom into one.
  8. For the final touch, using your fingertips, pull out a few pieces of hair from the front, lifting and spraying for even more volume and texture.
  9. Finish with a few sprays of KERAGLOSS for extra shine.


Grammy Inspiration:
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Let me know if you give this look a try! 🙂

#BeautyUnited’s Fave Hair & Make-up Look – 2014 Grammy Awards

Photo Sources: www.fashnberry.com & www.becomegorgeous.com

During the 2014 Grammy Awards, the  P&G #BeautyUnited bloggers were invited to the Thompson Hotel in Toronto for the #MusicGlam Twitter Party hosted by Arianne, TheGlitterGeek.

We mingled, munched on delicious hors d’oeuvres, had a few drinks, got hair and make-up touch-ups, and tweeted all night long about beauty & fashion of our fave celebs.

During the commercial breaks the #BeautyUnited bloggers voted on their top hair & make-up looks. The final vote came down to Paris Hilton’s Hair and Rita Ora’s Make-up.

The challenge of the night was for Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, Justin German and COVERGIRL Make-up Pro, Amélie Ducharme to re-create our top looks, and of course, add their magic touch!

Here is the final look called, Rockin’ Romance:

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola
Make-up: Amélie Ducharme
Hair: Justin German
Don’t you think they did an excellent job re-creating our top make-up & hair look?


Amélie Ducharme and Justin German share with us detailed instructions on how they created this look.
Click here.

Photos of the evening:

Thompson Hotel (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

Pantene Pro-V Hair Products (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
Justin German re-creating Paris Hilton’s hair inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)

COVERGIRL Make-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
Amélie Ducharme re-creating Rita Ora’s make-up inspired look (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
(Photo cred: Gerry – @PBunnieP)
With Gerry  – @PBunnieP (Photo cred: Arthur Mola) 
Getting my make-up touch-up (Photo cred: Arthur Mola)
With the host of the #MusicGlam Twitter Party, Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek)

L’Oreal & TIFF’s Style Stars Event

It has been two weeks since TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) has come and gone. It’s always this time of year where people look forward to star gazing on the streets of Yorkville, watch well-made independent and hollywood films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in the Entertainment District, or party it up at beautiful downtown clubs or lounges.

I have to admit, I was one of the Torontonians strolling around Yorkville hoping to accidentally bump into celebs, but uhhh … no luck.  Earlier this day, however,  I attended a TIFF event at the Panorama Lounge hosted by L’Oreal Paris Canada called the “Red Carpet Style Stars Event”.

Panorama Lounge was such a beautiful venue to hold this event. You take the elevator up to the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre.  This venue represented Toronto very well with its breath-taking view of our beautiful city.

This evening began with some mingling with champagne and h’ordeurves with fellow make-up artists and bloggers. Then it led to an informative and entertaining presentation by Eric Del Monaco (Official Hair Artist of L’Oreal Paris in Canada) and Johnny Lavoy (Official Hair Artist of L’Oreal Paris in the United States and hair stylist on Project Runway).

Eric Del Monaco

Johnny Lavoy

These two talented hairstylists showed us the hair styles of different celebs and talked about how they achieved the look and which products they used. They also mentioned what hair colour can do to your over all look.

One tip that I will forever take with me is from Eric Del Monaco:

If you have warm-toned skin, choose a hair colour that is cool-toned.
If you have cool-toned skin, choose a hair colour that is warm-toned.

After this presentation, we all just wanted to go home and dye our hair or try out the classic Audrey Hepburn hairdo which Johnny Lavoy showed us how to do:

 Once the presentation was over, we preceded to mingle amongst the beauty lovers and got to check out the new hair and make-up products as well as take photos.

Donna (DonnaMarieMUA), Joyce (SparklyPlayground) and myself
Eddie Malter (Official Make-up Artist of L’Oreal Paris in Canada) and I

Eddie Malter is one lucky guy! LOL

With gorgeous and talented MUAs – 
Donna (DonnaMarieMUA), Fiona (FionaMan), Arianne (TheGlitterGeek)

Eddie Malter and Eric Del Monaco – I love their humour!

Eric Del Monaco, Myself, Donna, and Eddie Malter
Eric & Eddie with Caroline and Margaret (some of the wonderful people behind the event – Cowan & Company)

During all the mingling, I noticed some of the girls wore my #ArtisanBraceletsForACause bracelets!

Ladies, you are awesome! Thanks for the support!
Artisan Bracelets for a Cause
Elaine (TOBeautyReviews), Arianne (TheGlitterGeek), and Donna (DonnaMarieMUA)

We came home with a wonderful L’Oreal & TIFF Swag Bag

Love the print on the inside of the make-up bag

Thank you L’Oreal and TIFF for a wonderful event!
Can’t wait to try out the products!