Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Foundation – Review

Hello, all! If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, then you know that I’ve been testing out the Revlon ColorStay 24 hour foundation. This product claims to be America’s most-loved longwear foundation (which, I have literally never heard anyone else say before, but alright) and comes in both a Normal/Dry Skin formula and a Combination/Oily Skin formula. As it is winter and the weather has stripped the life from my face, I went for the former! I picked mine up from Ulta for $12.99, which is on the higher end of drugstore pricing. Fortunately Ulta is running a Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on Revlon products until February 13 or you can buy it from Walmart for $10.

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This foundation comes in what feels like a glass bottle with a twist-off lid and no pump, though I believe newer bottles should include that. It is fairly liquidy, but not so runny that it becomes difficult to work.

In terms of coverage, I would say that it is a medium and flexible. The first layer of it evens out my skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation on my face and a second layer in the areas where my hyper-pigmentation is the most prominent cancels out the majority of the darkness without looking cakey. It also gives the skin a very natural, demi-matte finish, which is great for me because full on matte usually sucks every ounce of moisture from my face and a dewy finish leaves my face as greasy as a Pizza Hut pizza. In addition to having a nice finish, it also has a nice wear time. Though it is nowhere close to the 24 hours that the title claims, it does chill on my skin for a good 7 to 8 hours before it begins to look a bit less fab (though the wear time on me is sometimes about an hour less than that because I’m always napping in my makeup).

My favorite thing about this foundation, though, is the flexibility that it offers for different types of skin. In addition to coming in 2 different formulas to cater to normal, oily, dry, and combination skin, it has a wider array of colors to choose from than most drugstore lines. The normal/dry skin foundation has 12 shades and the combination/oily foundation has 20. While I do not believe there’s such a thing as “the perfect foundation,” this line offers so many options, that it comes close to it in my books.

Overall, I give this foundation a solid A. It has a solid wear-time, a strong color selection, and provides options for different skin types.

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Your Fave is Problematic: New Foundations

Today on Instagram I learned that a lot of people now believe that Lorac Cosmetics is “racist.” No, they have not accidentally dropped the N-word or openly appropriated black culture. In fact, most of the debate stems not from any sort of offensive inclusion of blackness, but on the exclusion of blackness from their new foundation line. While the debate is heated and often eye-roll inducing, I can ultimately say that I am quite pleased.LoracInsta

The debate is primarily concentrated on this post featuring a model with swatches of the 8 shades of their new Sheer POREfection Foundation which appears to only carry 2 shades geared more-so towards those of us with more melanin in our skin. In all honesty, I am past the point of being disheartened as Lorac’s most expansive foundation line includes a “whopping” 10 shades and the “perfect transition color” from their Pro Matte Smokey Eye Tutorial looks a bit like ash when I put it in my crease. Based on these experiences, I am not saying that I knew that their new foundation launch would not include a lot of black and brown friendly shades, but…let’s be real: I was not expecting them to launch a lot of black and brown friendly shades.

And, as previously stated, I am pleased with the drama. While, there is nothing positive about loving to invest in makeup products and not being able to because they are made without you in mind, there is something positive about beauty fans engaging in meaningful conversations. I was so hype to try a Benefit foundation after hearing one of my favorite YouTubers talk about it, but could not buy it because they did not have my shade. I was really excited to buy and review the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation when it first launched, but never purchased it because I knew that any reader darker than me would not be able to try it because they did not have their shade. As a black woman I have become conditioned not to expect my shade range to be included in a foundation’s launch, unless said launch comes from a company with “black” in its title. Black people come in all different shades of darkness and lightness and many times a great deal of us are completely excluded from enjoying new foundations because our shade has yet to be created. My black friends often ask me to help them choose the right foundation color or lament to me about being improperly shade matched by the artists at various counters and I often wonder, if this problem happens to so many of us, then why isn’t it t more broadly discussed?

For this reason, Instagram commenters, I salute you. You have continued to bring meaningful conversation to social media, and though your use of the term “racism” is overzealous and some of your opinions are a little wild (and others are flat out offensive) I am more than happy to see this challenge to the status quo. Continue to ask questions be it on why foundation launches are so limited, the truth behind consumer trends, and why so many of your fellow beauty lovers continue to reach for a comparison between brands like Black Opal and Too Faced, Maybelline, or Lorac. Let 2016 not be the year that we continue to hide behind explanations of the present condition, but let it be the year that we continue to push for what the near future can be.

*Note: This post does not exist as an attack on Lorac Cosmetics or any other mentioned brand. The original Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette is my 1 true makeup love and they are the creators of my favorite lipstick. This is simply a commentary on the themes emerging on the public responses to their recent Instagram post.

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Pointless Sweater

I have a love of sweaters that runs so great that I don’t even have a need for them to be functional anymore. This sweater does nothing to keep me warm in this emerging winter cold and I decided to continue the trend of non-winter-functional pieces by layering it over top of this pastel, floral sleeveless button-down. I’m on this new kick of pulling my summer pieced into winter wear because I like a challenge (read: my wardrobe is not as expansive as I wish it was). Don’t limit your clothes to the season friends. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Live your dreams.

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Sweater Mountain Lake; Blouse: H&M; Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: ?; Boots: Charlotte Russe

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Travel Makeup: The Kit

Questions: What is in my travel makeup bag?

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It’s winter break at my school and while no one is obligated to go home, we all were told that we definitely needed to get out. On the bright side I get to spend all of those fun holidays like Christmas and New Year’s with my family at my home-home rather than in the cold white halls of my dorm-home. On the more shady side, it meant that I had a lot of uncertainty in terms of what I should pack for such a vast amount of time, meaning that I grabbed a lot of brushes and ran like the wind. Here are the results.

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Bags

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Holiday Makeup Looks

I’m planning for a low-key holiday season, stuffed with plenty of Netflix (no-chill), cookies, and the smooth R&B tunes of Ariana Grande’s new Christmas EP. Spending the days with extra-chill vibes, doesn’t mean that my makeup has to be toned down as well. Whether you’re going out or staying in, I hope you enjoy these 2 makeup looks/inspiration that are sure to keep your face fly, festive, and fun.

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ELF Cream Eyeliner – Review

Hello all! Today’s review is on the ELF cream eyeliners. I usually rock with the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen, but mine dried up and was not working for me anymore and I was in the market for a replacement. My school’s bookstore only stocks one brand, which is ELF, so I decided to give this one a shot. ELF can be pretty hit or miss with their products, but when the price of the eyeliner is only $3 I have zero standards or desire to be picky.

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The packaging of the liners is very simple as it comes in these clear little pots with black twist-off lids. It isn’t fussy, there are few bells and whistles, and I am 100% here for it. They come with a little liner brush that you can use, which is helpful for beginners who are looking for a low commitment entry into the cream liner game. I personally threw mine out (hence, the lack of pictures of it) as I already own actual full size liner brushes, but I appreciate the contribution.

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I picked my liners up in the original “Black” as well as in “Coffee” for those days when I’m seeking a more Ariana Grande-esque wing. Swatch wise, I find that Black applies much better than Coffee because the former is much more opaque. They live up to the name “cream” liners by being ultra-creamy, but the shade Coffee is so creamy that it feels thin upon application. It initially comes off as a little translucent and sometimes has the issue where the brush can cut through the product which can make your liner appear slightly patchy, though it is not as noticeable once the product fully sets.

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Both liners dry to a matte finish and then lock into place. As you can see, I swiped my finger across the liners a few times after they’d dried for about 15-20 seconds and there was only a small amount of streakage. They last all day on my eyes, despite my overly-oiled up eyelids, though I still recommend basing them with a primer or actual eyeshadow.

Overall, these liners are 2 of my favorite products that I’ve ever picked up. They’re easy to work with, long lasting, and cost efficient. The classic Black is definitely a must have and Coffee, while not formulated quite as well as Black, is a fun alternative if you’re just looking to try something new. I think these are great liners, particularly if you’re looking to rock a dramatic wing but don’t have the dexterity or patience for an actual liquid liner.

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The best part about going home for breaks is getting to delve into my wardrobe with all of the clothes that I haven’t been able to wear while I’m at school. For instance, I had completely forgotten that I owned this delightfully fuzzy monstrosity which is why it’s getting a little love from me today. It’s wonderful because it’s warm, but slightly less wonderful because it sheds and only has 3/4 length sleeves so my arm-shins are always cold. Despite that, my poor chilly arm-shins have never been styled better.

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Sweater: ?; Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; Shoes: Mossimo (Target); Necklace: Forever 21

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Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

While I occasionally do fancy myself and investment product, I am generally 100% here for a good, cost-efficient product. I don’t have a huge fortune to look forward to and I’m pretty much the quintessential broke-college-student, which means I’m always looking for the hookup and I like to share it with you all when I find. So in that spirit, here are 5 things that I’m currently loving that all round up to under $5!

Eyelure Definition Lash 121

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

ELF Cream Eyeliner

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

Black Radiance Oil Free Liquid Makeup

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