Archive for November 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Rendezvous Rendez-Vous"

I will come straight out and admit that I picked this up because it looks like the Clinique Chubby Sticks that I'm too cheap to buy. This Revlon sort-of-dupe-but-not-really is around £7, and it was on 3 for 2 which reduced the price further.

Stupid name aside, these balm stains are excellent. Provided my lips are in good condition prior to application, these keep them relatively moisturised all day as well as delivering the promised stain which shows up as a true tropical peach/orange even on my pigmented lips. I like this a lot.


This is easily layered, which is another plus in my book. My only gripe would be that the smell of this particular one is a bit odd. I haven't tried any others from the range so I'm not sure if the scent is a universal thing or specific this colour, but I'm just putting it out there.

Lip swatch:


From what I've seen, the Chubby Sticks aren't staining and are basically moisturising tinted lip balms, whereas these are definitely designed to stain and probably aren't as moisturising or glossy. They are (like the Chubby Sticks) of a twist up design, so you don't waste product sharpening - another plus.
All cosmetics at Superdrug are on 3 for 2 at the moment, so I'll take the opportunity to invest in a few more of these!

October Empties

 I really haven't used too much up lately, hence the lack of empties posts, but these two items have finally left my service and I think I'll honour them with a quick post.


E.L.F High Definition Powder - Will repurchase when I get round to ordering off the E.L.F website again. It buffed in nicely but did leave a bit of a white cast (though that tended to wear off by mid morning). I used it to set my BB Cream when I wore it, and for that purpose it was fine.

Boots No7 Powder Eyeliner - While I've already repurchased this, I'm beginning to wish I hadn't! The amount of fallout from this product is incredible and it tends to run after a long day at college or in a humid environment. I use it to set gel eyeliner and make it more matte in appearance, but cleaning up the fallout afterwards is such a hassle that I tend to avoid using it now.

Current Skincare Products

I don't often do skincare posts. No time like the present, right?


I use a scrub two to three times a week to keep my skin soft. I don't really have a preference, but an Elizabeth Arden facial scrub thing is my all time favourite. Usually I use whatever is in the house, which tends to be some leftover from the Soap and Glory bathcare sets that are released every Christmas, but at the moment I've been using this Cocoa Butter one (pictured) I bought on a trip to London recently. It's quite creamy and not very scrubby, and while my skin doesn't feel particularly dry after use, it doesn't feel amazingly clarified or whatnot either so I probably won't repurchase.

I moisturise my whole body every day, it's pretty much an essential for me. I can't stand dry skin :/

Papaya Body Butter by the Body Shop - These I like, but only buy when they're on promotion. The body butter doesn't feel sticky once applied and they keep my legs and body moisturised all day. Only drawback is the price and the comparatively small price.

Alpha Hydroxy Cleansing Cream - This I like. Now as a Chemistry student I know that acid cleansers don't stay on your skin long enough to make any real difference, but I add a squirt of this to my night moisturiser (E45 cream) every week or so and wake up with really soft skin.  It also removes my makeup fairly well but I'm using a facial wash for that job at the moment.

Superdrug Mud Therapy Face Mask - I bought this for £2.59 a while back (minus a 10% own brand student discount) and it's lasted for ages. It feels nice and cooling on the skin and my skin feels cleansed when I remove it. It might be a bit more helpful for oily skin types than it is on me, however.

Superdrug Foaming Facial Wash - Foaming face washes seem to be all the rage in the blogosphere at the moment, and this one was going incredibly cheap so I picked it up. It does a fantastic job of removing my makeup at the end of the day, but I have dry skin and this can dry it out further. It's fine when used with my usual face moisturiser.

Anyone used any of these products? Opinions?

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