Beauty on a Budget: Summer Lipsticks

summer lipsticks1Summer is easily my favorite makeup season, not only because I get tan, but because bright colored lipsticks roll into trend, year after year. Bright lip colors accentuate tans incredibly well and are a great way to play around with your look! However, I am still a college girl, although I’m living in the big apple and living corporate life, so even though I’d love to splurge big time on YSL lipsticks and Nars lip pencils, I am still on a budget. Because of this, I prefer drugstore lipsticks, as some of them are actually of fantastic quality, because they aren’t products I would use every day (a la foundations, concealer etc.) and I may not even like! So ladies, here are my top three bright colored lipsticks from the drugstore!

summer lipsticks2First up is a bright orange, Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in 710 Orange Flip. This creme formulation provides lips with both moisture and highly pigmented color that is the perfect orange, not too red not too crazy orange like MAC Morange. Lipsticks from this line tend to have an old-lady smell, however I kind of like it, and once it’s on your lips you don’t really notice it. I also love the bright green packaging – it’s more fun than the classic black and makes it so much easier to find this lipstick amongst the random debris in the bottom of your handbag.

In the middle is Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 90, a bright warm pink. I find that many bright pinks lean cooler and bluer, and while this does make your teeth extra pearly white, they look a little odd on my super yellow complexion. This is why I love this lipstick, besides the fact that it was created by Kate Moss, it’s still definitely pink, while still warm enough to look good on me! Not crazy about the packaging though. It feels like rather cheap plastic and definitely doesn’t feel as expensive as Revlon’s, although the “Kate” signature on the cap is cute! I would say the formulation of this lipstick is moisturizing as well, but not quite as much as Revlon’s.

Last but not least is Covergirl Lip Perfection in 325 Spellbound. This purpley fuschia is not a shade I would normally go for on my lips, but it’s one of my favorite colors to wear and since I had a dress exactly in this color, I knew it would need a lipstick friend to go along with it. Thus Spellbound was purchased. The shade is a little darker and vampier than a normal bright summer lip, but if you are on the paler side or want to look edgy I’d definitely try out this color.

What I love about all three of these lipsticks is that they are both long-lasting, and non-drying. All of them stain the lips pretty strongly once applied, yet are easily removed with makeup remover, so they last a long time. When applying them, I normally lay down the first layer carefully, then blot into a tissue. Then, I add another layer and blot, then add a final swipe before walking out the door. With this method the lips won’t fade and aren’t dry either! Drugstore lipsticks normally go for around $8, which isn’t exactly dirt cheap, but compared to $30 designer lipsticks, or even $15 MAC lipsticks, $8 seems pretty darn cheap.

If you’re looking for a good way to adjust your makeup to fit this summer season, definitely give bright lips a try! What’s your favorite drugstore lipstick?

What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag: Spring Break Edition

what's in my makeup bag spring breakAs you might have noticed, I have been seriously neglecting OBbeauty and it makes me very sad. School work, midterms, and spring break have been a giant interference but I’m back and ready to continue blogging with a vengeance! So here’s my first post back, a What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag Spring Break Edition (you can read my first one here). I spent the past week getting bronzed in the lovely Puerto Rico and I thought I’d share with you what makeup I brought along with me.

Now since my main goal of this vacation was to get tan, I knew I wouldn’t be wearing a lot of makeup during the day due to beaching and swimming, yet I wanted to glam up at night for our fancy dinners. So,  I stuck to the bare minimals but added some fun lipsticks for the nighttime. For a base I brought two shades of my favorite Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in B30 and B40 to mix together to match my various darkened shades of my face, and toss in my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Beige which I can now wear under my eyes once again because of my tan! I kept my bronzer and blush choices slim, and picked out NARS Orgasm for my sole blush of the trip because it looks absolutely fantastic on tan skin. The peachy pink shade gives me an unbelievably natural yet flushed cheek and the gold shimmer leaves me free to ditch highlighter. I brought along my Stila Sun Bronzing Powder in Shade 02 as it is perfect for my tan face. It can lean a bit orange but since my yellow skintone also leans orange when it’s tan it’s a great match.

I had to bring along one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes of course so I picked the original one as it includes warmer shades that are more suited for darker, olivey skin tones like I have. This palette is amazing for travel (and overall) because of the great variety of eye shadow colors it contains. Its range shifts from pale golden and pinky shades to dark olive and coppery browns and even includes a sparkling black that can be used as a liner so one can achieve both daytime and nighttime looks with this one palette. In addition I packed my MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (which I reviewed here) because it is not only waterproof, but also can be worn alone as a subtle shimmery sheen on the lids or as a base for powder shadows. The rest of my eye makeup is standard: Maybelline The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara, Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Slide-On Pencil in Brown Perfection, NYX Auto Eyebrow in Charcoal and Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium Brown.

As I absolutely adore lipstick (and would wear it every day if I could) I brought 3 lipsticks as well as a tinted lip balm which I am in love with. Korres makes some great products, and their Korres Lip Butters are no exception. I have the shade Mango, which is a sheer wash of orangey goodness that both moisturizes the lips and provides that extra color to make your face pop. Also in the coral family is MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, an corally-orangey-pink lipstick that has that delicious vanilla scent of the classic MAC lipsticks. Because it is an amplified formula it is incredibly pigmented and is best applied straight from the bullet then dabbed a bit with the finger. This also looks amazing with a tan because it really stands out and screams summer. The other two lipsticks I brought along with me are both Revlon. Revlon’s Fire & Ice Lipstick (review post in the works) is a bright warm red that is becoming my #1 red lipstick (sorry YSL glossy stain #9) and Persian Melon is a a bright warm pink that is universally flattering. The latter of the two is in a green tube because it is from the “Moon Drops” collection, and also has the scent that the Super Lustrous Lipsticks used to have back when I was a young child. The scent to this day still reminds me of my mother’s Revlon lipsticks she used to wear (Wine With Everything, yes Mom I do remember the exact shade) and I used to try on when she wasn’t looking.

Another lip product I brought but completely forgot to include in the above picture is the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Balm in 04 Mega Melon which is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade for me. Goes great with a casual look or a smoky eye.

As you can see I packed pretty lightly! At night I usually stuck to a gold eye and a bright lipstick but at least I had the Naked Palette handy if I wanted to really mix up my looks!

What did you bring in your makeup bag on your latest travels?

xo Olivia

Revlon Lip Butters: A Review

revlon lip butterIn my last post featuring bold everyday lips, I highlighted the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop. However, these brilliant lip products are so amazing that they deserve their own blog post review. These came out last summer and hit the drugstore cosmetic aisle by storm – they were flying off the shelves and were often sold out, classic Revlon.  And as soon as I got my hands on one I understood why: these lip butters are the perfect combination of lip balm and lipstick. They are pigmented like a lipstick, but creamy and moisturizing like a lip balm. Gliding on smoothly, they coat the lips perfectly, and since they aren’t completely opaque, lip liners or lip brushes are not necessary, thank god. Let’s not forget the cute packaging as well! I love how the caps are the same color as the product itself – it even includes sparkles on it if the shade is shimmery. This makes finding which particular color you want a breeze in your lippy storage or handbag.  The quilted pattern is very reminiscent of their Color Burst lipsticks, but I like this a bit better.

revlon lip butters

Fig Jam, Berry Smoothie, Lollipop, Sweet Tart, Tutti Frutti, Peach Parfait

The shades I have are Fig Jam, Berry Smoothie, Lollipop, Sweet Tart, Tutti Frutti and Peach Parfait, and my favorites are definitely Tutti Fritti and Lollipop.  Starting from the left, Fig Jam looks terrifying in the bullet, like an ugly brown. However, it sheers out to be a brownish wine shade that is incredibly flattering and perfect for winter. Berry Smoothie is one of the first colors I picked up in the store; it’s a very pigmented darker neutral pink with a hint of shimmer. I would definitely consider this an everyday color, but more of an older, more professional shade. Lollipop is a playful and fun bright blue-toned fuchsia with shimmer, but don’t worry, the shimmer is not noticeable on the lip. I love wearing this during the daytime, as can be further explained here. Sweet Tart, I’m so sorry but you are definitely not one of my favorites. It’s a bright pink, but a bit on the bubblegum side which is not  my thing. I don’t wear it very often and sometimes feel bad, but I just can’t make girly pinks work on me! Tutti Frutti, on the other hand, is my summertime favorite. A creamy matte orange, it is the perfect accessory for a tan, especially if your tan leans a bit on the orangey side as mine does. And last but not least, Peach Parfait. I purchased this shade because it is a favorite of Jen from FrmHeadtoToe but honestly I find it way too sparkly for my taste. The actual shade itself is a fabulous neutrally peach, definitely a MLBB (my lips but better), but the sparkles can be a bit chunky and reflect rather obnoxiously in the daylight. Plus, I hate sparkles.

The range of shades is 20-fold, and includes pastel baby pinks, brighter pinks and various shades of red in addition to the ones I own. These Lip Butters retail for about $6.50 in drugstores and are well worth the price, especially for those trying out lipsticks but aren’t ready to commit completely.

Have you tried Revlon Lip Butters?


Revlon: a Day in the Life


For my first blog post ever, I’ve decided to share with you all my experience shadowing at Revlon Cosmetics yesterdayat their corporate headquarters in New York City!

I had an opportunity to shadow Michael Sheehan who works in the Legal department of Revlon, and although I am not particularly interested in law, I am extremely interested in the business behind cosmetics! I got to meet the CEO himself, Alan Ennis, which was pretty awesome considering he is one busy man. A young (only 43) Irish man, he was both friendly and welcoming. He even offered me advice for my future career: to plan out one’s career thoughtfully and wisely, with no rash and quick decisions, a feat difficult for the impatient generation I belong to.

I also got to meet Senior VP Kiki Rees, who is in charge of Global Consumer Engagement, to discuss her role in the company. She explained to me how she works with both the marketing and science/research departments to create products that consumers think they need and will want to buy. These new products are tested by consumers at every stage, even while they are still concepts. Because of this, Rees says it takes at least 18 months for a single new product to be produced and released to the public.

Overall, the experience was awesome, and gave me great insight to the business within cosmetic companies. Although I always dreamed of working PR at the Estee Lauder Companies (as they own the majority of popular makeup and skincare brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Origins, and Bumble&Bumble), I’ve begun to consider a possible future in any beauty brand, be it high end or drugstore as equal amounts of work go into the behind-the-scenes business. It also made me take Revlon and other drugstore brands way more seriously…Revlon is a global corporation, and although many of the directors and senior vice presidents are men, a business is a business.

What’s your dream job?