So I don't tend to do any 'beauty' related posts because to be honest, I get most of my recommendations from other blogs and I'm sure if I've read about it then you have too!
However, at the moment I am just loving Revlon lip products and I had to share the love!!
I know that everyone and their dog knows about the Revlon Lip Butters by now, so I will just give them a quick mention. I bought one in Berry Smoothie a few months ago and have adored using it, it's so moisturising and pigmented enough that it adds a splash of colour to your lips but not so much that you need a mirror to apply it without looking like a clown.
On Tuesday (my first payday, wooop!) I popped to Boots at lunch and got another one, in Macaroon. After getting home I realised they're actually very similar shades, but Berry Smoothie is more pink-toned and Macaron more orange-toned so I think it's allowed!
As you can probably see from above, my Revlon Just Bitten Kissbale Balm Stain has been fairly well used. I am essentially quite a lazy person when it comes to things like make-up, and I can't be doing with re-applying something every half an hour, or every time I take a drink or eat some food.
Enter, the balm stain. It will literally stay on for hours. The balm itself will come off, and you might think you will need to re-apply but lo and behold, you go to the bathroom and your pout is still pretty perfect. I have it in the shade Crush which looks like a bit of a scary dark purple at first but settles to a lovely fuschia-plum colour. Another reason I like them is because of the pencil style applicator, which lets you apply it really precisely if you want to.
At the moment I love to layer it with Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss which gives a gorgeous bright effect (see below).
|L-R: Matte Balm, Lacquer Balm, Just Bitten Balm Stain, Lip Butter in Macaroon, Lip Butter in Berry Smoothe|
Due to my love of the balm stains, when the Colourburst Matte and Lacquer balms were released I was itching to try them. So of course, on my trip to Boots I also bought one of each (it was 3 for 2, so it would have been rude not to get all three right?); the Matte Balm in Sultry and the Lacquer Balm in Flirtatious.
Out of the three, I was the least convinced that I would like the Matte Balm as I generally like quite a glossy finish. I also wasn't sure I would love these two as much as the Balm Stain as they don't claim to be a stain, and that is one of the best things about it in my opinion.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. It goes on so smoothly and I really like the matte finish. Best of all, it's staying power is brilliant! I couldn't believe it when I went to the bathroom at the pub on Friday after a couple of glasses of wine and the colour was as strong as ever.
I can't speak properly of the Lacquer Balm yet as I haven't fully tested it, but I have very high expectations thanks to its sister products.
I would say the only thing I am not fond of with all of the balm sticks is the smell - I think it's quite an artificial minty smell and I just don't enjoy it. However, once it's on my lips I don't notice it so it doesn't really matter!
If I were you, I'd get yourself down to Boots pronto to try these out while the 3 for 2 offer is on!
Are there any brands you're loving at the moment?