Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Check out these giveaways!

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been making note of beauty/nail polish-related giveaways to mention in a blog post. I thought I would point out just a few, in particular that any visitors of my blog might be interested in entering!

As always, be sure to check out the sidebar, as well as my Giveaways page, for more giveaway opportunities around the web! I won't always post about a giveaway I find right away in a blog post, but I do update the giveaways page somewhat frequently.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A new favorite lip product for fall: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Inspired by autumn, I set out to add some darker shades to my lip product collection. Instead of opting for a typical lipstick or lip gloss, I decided to test out the Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, or Just Bitten 2.0*.

I chose the two darkest shades, Adore, a warm burgundy, and Crush, a cooler plum/berry color.

Top: Adore
Bottom: Crush
Stains left after immediately wiping away product
with dry paper towel
The above swatches show the product swatched heavily on the back on my hand.

The product itself is like a twist-up crayon. The texture of it in the tube and going on is similar to a lip balm, but once on the lips, I found it to dry somewhat more quickly than would a good lip balm, like Burt's Bees, and definitely more so than the Revlon Lip Butters (which, on me, never seem to dry so much as disappear). To remedy this problem, I found myself layering the balm stains with a clear or complimentary lip gloss.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore
What I love about this product is that the lasting power really is something to write home--or blog--about. I've never found a lip product to last longer than a few hours or past a meal, but I applied each of these in the morning and saw that they had indeed stained my lips until well after I was back in my dorm until the late afternoon. They lasted me several hours and through more than one snack/meal without reapplication (excepting lip gloss/"top coat"!).

I find both of the shades I chose to be flattering for a variety of skin types and lip pigmentations because they do go on very sheer--at first! One minor annoyance I might note is that in application they do drag a bit at first and have to be built up for the color to show. However, I sometimes find myself spacing out a bit after the first three or so coats, and BAM--there's your color! So, consider yourself forewarned and don't overdo it.

Have you tried this product? What are your feelings on lip stains?

* There is another Revlon product on the market of the name Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm, which is a dual-ended stain and balm product. This product hasn't received as many positive reviews, though I haven't tried it myself and, therefore, do not recommend it.