{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

Get Olivia Wilde’s Look from the 2014 Golden Globes

How many of you agree that Olivia Wilde looked absolutely stunning at the 2014 Golden Globes? I sure did! She looked even more beautiful with her mama glow!

Her purple eye make-up paired up very nicely with her sequenced-emerald green Gucci gown and as much as she had a smokey-eye, her look still gave off a natural, effortless look. 

Melanie Inglessis, Celebrity Make-up Artist did an excellent job to achieve Olivia’s look. Here is what she used:

                             (Olivia Wilde’s photo sourced from www.glamour.com, image by: unknown)

1. Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, $16.95
2. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in Nude, $18.95
3. Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light (mixed with PhotoReady Makeup) and Peach Light (brushed on cheekbones), $16.95
4. Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched, $12.95
5. Revlon Powder Blush in Bronzilla, $12.95

6. Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse, $12.95
6. Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse (dark purple shade used wet as liner), $12.95
7. Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Liner + Brightener in Carbon Cleopatra, $9.95
8. Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black, $9.95
9. Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde, $9.95

10. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Private Viewing, $12.95
11. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural, $9.50

12. Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal, $5.95

This look can go with any eye colour, so give it a try and let me know how it goes!

For more info on the products, visit: www.revlon.com

{Beauty Panel} Canada Day Nails


It is Canada Day long weekend and to celebrate our nation’s 146th birthday, here is a nail look to show everyone how proud we are to be Canadian!

With this look, I tried to emulate a Canadian flag with three of my fingers. With the remaining fingers, rather than leaving it solid red, I thought I would add a pattern to keep the look unique.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the proper nail tools! I’m going to show you how I created this look with things you can find at home!

  • To create a triangle on your thumb and pinky, use two pieces of tape. This will act as a guide/stencil and ensure your lines are straight.
  • If you don’t have a dotting tool to create the polka dots, use a ballpoint pen. Drop a bit of your nail polish on a piece of paper or Styrofoam plate and dip your pen into the red polish. Apply dots where desired.

  • To create the ends of the flag (pointer finger and ring finger), you can freehand the white line and fill it in. An alternative is using your trusty tape as a guide.

  •  If you don’t have a nail brush that has long, thin, but dense bristles to draw on the maple leaf, print a small maple leaf from the computer, cut it out, and paint over it with your red nail polish.
  • To apply the maple leaf on your nail, use your clear nail polish as glue. Dab a bit on your nail and gently place the maple leaf on it. Ensure you push down the edges of the maple leaf to keep it secure. 

  •  Add a topcoat to all your nails. This will make your patterns smooth as well as add a protective layer to help make your polish last longer.

    {Products used}

    • Essie in “A-List” 
    • Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in “Night & Degas” 
    • Pro FX Complete 3 Top Coat, Base Coat
    • Nail Strengthener 
    • Scissors 
    • Ballpoint Pen 
    • Tape 
    • Tiny print out of maple leaf

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      Revlon Nail Art Expressionist

      Oh how the “Magic of Makeup” makes you feel so giddy!

      What a great event, I attended this evening, hosted by Revlon at Barchef in Toronto. They shared some of their new products that will be available in stores this Summer 2013. (Can May & June come any faster!!?)

      The night was full of new products, great company, mini cupcakes, drinks, h’orderves,  tarot card readings and nail polish!

      Leeanne Colley, Revlon Nail Expert, and her team from Tips Nails Bar treated their guests with a manicure. Getting a fresh new mani by Tips Nails Bar was my favourite part of the night. I’ve always wanted to pay a visit to their salon as I’ve heard and seen some of their great work!

      When it was my turn to get my nails done, the nail artist, Oksana, asked me what colour I would like to wear. Going through the colour selection, it was really tough to decide. Revlon has a great selection of Revlon Nail Art Expressionist colours (see colours) and it was hard to narrow it down!

      Inspired by Leanne Colley’s look from the FW’13 Lucian Matis fashion show, I decided to choose black & white — sophisticated and chic.

      Here is the final product:

      Matte Black Open Moon Mani with White Strips
      I love it so much! 
      I just wanted to tweet/instagram/blog about it when I got home!!
      Thanks Revlon for a wonderful evening!

      Nude Chic Revlon Nail Polish Review

      Nude polish is the “IN” thing right now….
      Will you follow the trend?

      If so, I recommend the Nude Chic Revlon nail polish!

      This colour is gorgeous! It has a tad bit of a pink undertone which makes your nails look fresh, clean and healthy! In my opinion, if the nude polish was more yellow/beige-ish, it’ll look dirty and unhealthy like when some people get yellow nails from smoking too much (no offense to all you smokers! LOL). For me, I’m asian which means I have a yellow undertone….if I wore a polish that was yellow undertone, my nails would look camouflaged and my nails will look like an extension of my fingers! Ewwww ;P

      Like mentioned in my other video “Sephora – Cargo and OPI Sale!” I think the Revlon nail polishes are just “OK”. I don’t like how it bubbles when it dries. I just fell in love with the Nude Chic colour and got an awesome deal for the polishes, “3 polishes for $5!!”. So I just HAD to buy it!!

      This photo was taken 5 days after I applied the polish:
      Base Coat (China Glaze)
      Top Coat (China Glaze)