Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color Review | TheLeiaV

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Welcome back to TheLeiaV!! Today, I have another product review for you and thank you very much for the positive response on my last product review. Gosh, you're so amazing!!
Alright, this week's review is on Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color. I purchased mine from my nearest Watsons outlet at Causeway Point, the product retailed at SGD 21.90 and I recall seeing about 4 of 5 shades from this collection.

I went on to Revlon's official website to check more about this product and claims. Apparently the collection has a total of eight(8) shades; 
  • Seduction
  • Obsession
  • Passion
  • Flirtation
  • Addiction
  • Devotion
  • Love
  • Temptation

The claims on this product are as follows;
  • Lightweight, high-definition velvety matte color
  • Moisturizing, velvety feel
  • 100% wax-free, gel formula

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Let's quickly have a look at the overall appearance of this lip product, I do like the frosted, high end like packaging.

 I especially was intrigued at the applicator tip. From the side, it appeared to me like an inverted ice-cream cone shape tip that means that it has a lot of product on both sides to work with.

Imagine, one quick swiping action to fill in the lips when in a hurry or on the go. Yaay!

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First Impressions - Demo & Review


As I applied the lip color for the first time, it had a very thin, cushion and balm-like texture on the lips. It almost felt like I was applying a lipgloss.

I also noticed a distinct fragrance to this lip product, it smells of a thick cough mixture but thankfully, it disappears almost as soon as it goes onto the lips. I was not able to smell it anytime, I want to say after 2 minutes or so.

The pigmentation was not too sheer like a lipgloss neither was it too opaque like our favored liquid lipsticks. 

In the first 30mins of wear, the formulation was very comfortable on the lips but there was no signs of drying down to a matte finish. Instead, it appeared to have a creamy, semi-matte finish with a sheen on the lips. It did not go on or stay matte though.


I thoroughly enjoyed the balm-y, lightweight feel on the lips but that just means it transfers almost too easily. Perhaps, because of the slip in the formulation of this lip color. There was a considerable amount of transfer with the kiss test and as I was sipping water through filming the review on this lip color. My mug showed proof of the color transfer.


Another set back for me was to maintain the intensity of the pigmentation as the packaging, regular touch-ups will be necessary. Lighter colors from this range, could afford a skip after mid-morning breaks, lunch and tea-time but extra effors are required for the darker shades from this line.

Overall I like the product because of its comfortable wear, a refreshing change to the ultra drying reign of liquid lipstick. At the end of a work day, my lips shrivels up and almost twitches when I reach out for another day of liquid lipstick.

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PREPPING FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT


It is a model’s obligation to arrive prepped and ready to go for every booking and photo shoot, from hair, skin and nails, to mental attitude. It's
the true sign of a professional model. 

Don't leave things until the night before the shoot but maintain your beauty routine at all times so you are ready to go when the agency calls to say  “you’re booked!”.

  • I recommend shaving fuzz and fine hairs from arms and face. To learn about this technique check out a previous post Women's facial shaving {Here}. If waxing do so at least two days before any shoot and really moisturize your body skin, to avoid redness


  • Avoid alcohol the night before so you don’t have a puffy face that goes for any salty foods too


  • Never try a new product the day before a shoot in case you have a reaction to it! Trust me!  This happened to me from a facemask and I had to shoot a jewelry campaign the next day! Not good.



  • Wash your hair the night before, not the morning of a shoot.  Hair stylists prefer hair slightly dirty as it holds product and style better.  That does not mean having any product already in your hair, or greasy hair.



  • Make sure your haircut, hair color, and hair condition are maintained regularly so you don’t arrive on set with a birds nest for the stylist to deal with



  • Make sure you have clean nails and no colored nail polish and that includes your toes



  • Get a good night’s sleep – woe to the model who parties all night and thinks she can pull off a great booking in the morning – no one is that beautiful – or irreplaceable



  • Pack your bag the night before with nude lingerie including a nude thong, bring your toothpaste/toothbrush, and don't forget energy bars, water, and your phone charger. Even if you are arriving with clean face because a make up artist is booked, always bring the basics - foundation, powder, mascara ... Once I went to an early morning booking and the makeup artist was deathly ill and couldn't make it to the shoot and it the location was far from town in the middle of no-where. Thankfully I had enough to makeup with me to make the job still happen for everyone.



  • Check the call sheet for any other specific things they might ask you to bring - always bring 2 choices if clothing or shoe requests



  • Eat breakfast!  Do not starve!  Models who don’t eat before a shoot because they want a super flat stomach or are just nervous, are fooling themselves.  They have no sustainable energy to last through the shoot and clients and the creative team never have patience for low energy from the model.  Eating a normal breakfast will not be an issue by the time you are shooting, after hair and makeup.



  • Arrive with a clean, moisturized face, without any makeup - sometimes this appears on the call sheet as "clean - clean"  (clean hair, clean face, clean nails



  • Sometimes it will be written on the call sheet "arrive bikini ready" - that means waxed and without any fake tan streaks


Being prepared is in your own best interest in helping create beautiful images which can get you re-booked in the future.  Never assume that the photographer or client will be willing to retouch your roots, shaving stubble or lack of proper hair removal maintenance, ragged nails or cuticles, or the dark circles under your eyes from lack of sleep.  The makeup artist and hair stylist are there to enhance your look and are not there for your beauty upkeep.

  
My first agent told every model to always arrive fifteen minutes before your call time in case you are lost or can't find the location, or need to use the washroom, or whatever.  When you arrive on set, greet everyone, be respectful, polite, and engaging.  Always ask the protocol regarding social media, selfies on set, and posting.  The booking is not about you but about the client and the project, so be professional.  It's business.  When the shoot is finished, thank everyone on set before you leave.  Remember: today's assistant stylist, editor or photography assistant could be tomorrow's client! Have a great booking!


Clip In Hair Extensions What you MUST read Before Buying ... a bit of a scam!

Clip in Hair Extensions - Weighing in with some facts you might not know.



Clip in hair extensions have become an easy, no-brainer way to add length and volume to your hair at home. However, buyer beware! When a clip-in hair extension company tells you that you are buying 120 grams of hair they are usually adding in the weight of those darn metal clips! And there are a lot of them in a set of extensions. Never mind the risk of setting off metal detectors at the airport. One well-known brand sells a starter set like this below with 16 metal clips ... which weigh in at 33 grams. So do the math:

120 gram set of clip in extensions
minus
33 grams of clip weight
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Leaving only 87 grams of hair.



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Spring/Summer Makeup, Skin and Hair Essentials + Outfit Idea | TheLeiaV


Hey Guys, Welcome back to TheLeiaV!! If you're living in Singapore, you'd probably know where I am coming from with this blog post.

It has been soo hott for the past few weeks! Which is why, I feel like sharing with you some of the essentials that has helped me during these few months now and the months ahead of us.

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Makeup and Skin Essentials



A good primer helps to smooth out texture and helps to fill in enlarged pores, needing lesser makeup as a result. With the heat, foundation stands no chance at least in my observation.


Repeat after me, "there shall be no more excuse to skip sun protection. From this day on, I shall wear spf of no more than SPF 30 PA+++ There, you go! Your older self will thank you for it.












For days, when the sun shows no mercy and your skin feels parched. Reach for this thermal spring water, my personal favorite! It has many skin benefits and refresh my makeup, sometimes I use this as toner before my daily moisturizer.












While liquid lipsticks are still enjoying the spotlight, it's impossible to not feel comfortable having them on. I came across this new hybrid formula of liquid lipstick, a pleasant surprise! It's a cross between a liquid lipstick and texture and feel of a gloss:) For once, we can enjoy a little of both worlds!



Try skipping foundation and spot conceal wherever necessary instead, lesser touch-ups and fewer incidents of makeup just sliding of your face with the sweltering heat surrounding us, day and night


 


Another common complaint is our dry hair, makes sense. Worst still, the pesky frizz!! Try a hair oil and serum warming between the palms and run it through the mid shafts, paying attention to the ends of the hair. Instant gorgeous shine and frizz at bay, win win !!













Use a high potent oil like the Tarte's Maracuja oil to deeply hydrate skin, nails and even the body. Mix in two drops of this oil into your hand cream for body lotion to kick up the moisture balance. This oil in this travel size doubles up as a cuticle oil on the go too! 

 


The feet and hands always get neglected because it just has so much to do. Show a little tlc by applying a foot cream on your feet before bed and massage a generous amount of hand cream before getting some sleep. Wake up to soft and smooth hands and feet!
















Remember to exfoliate the lips weekly, if you could and nourish them daily with a lightweight lip balm underneath your lippie shade.

Lip balm tends to fade or rather transfer very quickly due to its slippy texture, reapply when required.


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Outfit Essentials




 















My outfit of choice tends to be a light weight top with leggings or a maxi dress like this in the picture.

I like layering up with light weight cardigan whenever it gets cooler especially in supermarkets or coffee joints. A kimono piece like this folds easily and takes almost no space in my bag.


For accessories, I tend to go easy. It's usually a watch and a thin bracelet on one hand, usually that's it. On this day, I wore a midi ring on my right hand.


For footwear, I kept it light by pairing this outfit with a gold gladiator styled sandals.


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Smoked out Greys and Mauves Makeup Tutorial | TheLeiaV


This week’s blog post is going to be a soft smoked out makeup tutorial on a look that I had recently posted on Instagram. This makeup look was highly requested, so here we go!
I don’t have too much to say on this makeup look; hence I shall attempt to keep this week’s post as short as possible. Yes, there are a lot of products going on to the skin only because I want the skin to appear close to flawless.

The face base is a cocktail, I often wear very often. We shall skip the deetsfor now but I recommend a medium to full coverage foundation for this look since the eyes are leaning towards a dramatic look for everyday:)

I might sound like a Granny but don't skip or skimp on spf, your skin will thank you later!

Here is the breakdown for the eyes; 
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Eden)
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder (001 Transparent)
  • Makeup Revolution London (Iconic 3)
  • 1st and 4thshadow from left
  • 2nd shadow from right
  • Essence All That Greys Smokey Eye Pencil (02 Grey Times)
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Auburn & Brunette)
  • NYX Matte Liquid Liner (Black)
  • Loreal Paris Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
  • Catrice Cosmetics Kohl Kajal (200 You’re my Rosen One!)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Pressed (Opal)



 



 





For the eyes, there is a little work to achieve the soft blown out greys and mauves. Tweak these steps according to your preference and desired intensity. I have attempted to recreate the exact look from the instagram picture.

The lip products:
  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (230 Complex)
  • Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip (Tulle)



The easiest of this look is the lips. You can/could go for a single lip colour but I crave for a tiny definition and dimension on mine. That is why I mixed in a peachy nude for the centre of my lips with a dark chocolate-y burgundy toned lip shade. I see the smokey eyes complimenting a pinky nude or even a soft pink shade.

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