Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks in Power Peony and Lilac Flush

I’ve been a big fan of Mabelline Color Sensational Lipsticks for quite some time.  I have seriously flaky, dry lips and I love a moisturizing lipstick.  I also love bold colors that aren’t boring.  These are not always easy to find in the drug store!  Maybelline has really been stepping up in that department in recent years.  I recently picked up 2 of the lipsticks in the spring line, Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom.  (Rebel!  I like it already…)  I chose Power Peony, a milky pink pastel (yet not the lightest in the bunch) and Lilac Flush, a milky lavender.  Lilac Flush is not your typical drugstore color and was sold out when I first tried to get it, so imagine my surprise when my boyfriend walked in the front door with it about 2 weeks later.  REALLY?!  How did he remember I was looking for that?!  Awesome boyfriend, 5 stars, would date again!

Power Peony and Lilac Flush:

5-13-2015 004

Also shown:  Earth Essence Lavender Moisturizing Body Candle, Chanel No 19 mini, Guerlain L’Interdit mini, Balmain Ivoire mini

What Maybelline has to say:

“Super-saturated pigments take fresh picked pastels to a new bright

Never dull, washed out or shy
Honey nectar adds a sumptuous feel

Why You’ll Love It

Maybelline Color Sensational® Rebel Bloom lipstick. Now pastels rebel in 10 vivacious shades. A kicky boquet of lip colors in pinks, reds and mauves. Honey nectar adds a sumptuous feel

For Best Results

Apply lipcolor starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges of your lip, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip.”

Well, thanks for the lipstick application tips, Maybelline.  But I’ve been doing that since I was five.  As to when I started getting decent at it is anyone’s guess! 🙂

The formula:  The Rebel Bloom lipsticks are a little bit different than the other Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks.  They have a bit more of balm texture, so to me they are more moisturizing.  Fabulous!  They are a tad more sheer, as well, letting a hint of your natural lip color show through, unless you really layer them on.  I think this lends to the white based pastel shades being a million times more wearable than most of the white based, opaque pastel lipsticks out there.  You know the ones I’m talking about…the kind that nobody can pull off.  Still, I went a step further and added a gloss on top to add just a hint of dimension.


Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom lipstick in Power Peony with a hint of clear gloss on top


Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Lilac Flush topped with a bit of L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Color Riche lip color in Purple Prelude.  I find this shade is so light and milky that deepening it a hint flattered my skin tone much better.

Wrap up:  All in all, these feel good on the lips, do not dry them out (even without a gloss on top or a balm under), and do not settle in fine lines and cracks.  I get a good 4 hours’ wear out of them before I need to reapply.  I like the pastel lavender tube, as well.  I paid about $5.50 each for these at Target.  I hope these go BOGO somewhere before they’re gone; Blushing Bud and Orchid Ecstasy are now on my wish list!



Simple Cleansing Micellar Water – Review 

First of all I’ve gotta come clean with you. (See what I did there?) I suck at using makeup remover. No, not because it’s hard. Because it’s easier to just wash my face. And then because like 50% of my makeup is black eyeliner, I get it all over my face, towel, and hands. It’s not pretty. It looks like I got in a fight with a squid and got the ink.

The last thing I heard it say was “I’ll cut you”

So a while back, Rachel (who takes way better care of her skin than I do) picked up some of this stuff called Micellar Water and I was intrigued. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Hadn’t ever heard of it.

The Internet seems to be telling me it’s been a thing for longer than I thought, though, so maybe I didn’t notice because I was busy doing hand to hand combat with squids every night.

Can we all just agree to not talk about my hands? What a mess.

Anyhow, I came across it in an unlikely place: my grocery. Apparently they carry a lot of Simple’s line. Who knew! And since today I was inspired to wear a full face of makeup to work, it felt like a decent time to give it a try.

As the brand name suggests, it’s pretty easy to use. I saturated a cotton ball, and valiantly hoped it would take off all my makeup in one go. Lol no. Okay, so it’s not a miracle, but…

Wow, okay, that’s gross. I told you at least 50% of my makeup is black eyeliner. It took it right off though! No problems at all. It felt nice too, cooling.  I feel like one of those might actually have a legitimately identifiable impression of my eye or something. Anyway, three cotton balls later everything was clean!

The third cotton pad wasn’t in that picture because my cat ran off with it, BTW.

End result:

Totally works. Under six bucks at the grocery store. I’m sold. And yes, I re-did my eyebrows after I washed my face. If I need to leave my house or someone comes to the door, that’s the least I can do as a public service. 😉