Friday, July 13, 2012

My Expression Experiment with #Revlon

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Revlon for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is hard to express yourself and try new things when you're not confident in yourself.

The focus of the Revlon Expression Experiment is to empower women to try something new, step out of our comfort zones and express ourselves in ways we never thought possible. I was challenged to try some nail, lip and eye color that I previously would not have dared to choose for myself.
Revlon Expression Experiment

I usually stick to nail polish in neutral shades on my hands because I think the chips will show the least. And when I do put on nail polish, I usually have someone else do it because I don't think I'm very good at it. But Revlon's Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Indigo Night was irresistably beautiful. And long with the basecoat and topcoat, it was easy to apply, even for me.

Revlon Longwear Colorstay Indigo Night

After doing "surgery" on my girls' stuffed animals, gardening, and cooking (I was making chicken, so also...washing hands a lot!), my nails are just slightly losing color at the tips, but still looking pretty and smooth (I should just apply more topcoat to the tips next time). I never thought that being a busy mom would mean I could wear a brightly-colored polish. I have always admired it on other women and thought it was so me. Now I feel like I can wear it more often.

Sometimes, something that should be easy to do, like apply foundation, isn't so easy after all. I often end up with clumps or foundation has settled into my fine lines, or it has disappeared all together. The extra step of applying makeup primer like Revlon Photoready Color Primer is so worth it! The time I'd save skipping it would just be spent feeling unsure about my make-up's staying power. There's also a product for the eyes (Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener) to help keep eyeshadow in place. I loved that it smoothed out the weird veins I have on my eyelids.

Speaking of eye shadow, this is DEFINITELY something where I stick to neutrals, and when I did wear it, it wouldn't last or would smudge. Why bother? I'll just be un-colorful on my eyes. This is Revlon Colorstay 16-Hour Eyeshadow in Inspire, aptly named to inspire me to try something new.

I'm taking baby steps and going from my usual black eyeliner to matte navy blue on the crease (with the yellow shimmer in the background all over the lid up to the browbone). But it's a start in a new direction!

The eye primer made it even easier to apply, and stay on. No worrying about smudges. And it's subtle so it's still me.

So I had three lipstick types to choose from in my kit, all RED! Raise your hand if you're afraid of red lipstick! Fortunately, there was one in the bunch to nudge me in the right direction...Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart.

It's got a sheer shimmer and is almost pink. A great way to experiment with red.

So this is just make-up, right? In the grand scheme of things, it's something rather frivolous. .

But to me, as someone who is painfully shy, it's more than that. It's a confidnence boost, a way to show my fun side, a primer (no pun intended!) to trying new things in other parts of my life. It's an example to set for my girls that you should still take care of yourself, you should still love yourself. And that doesn't mean you have to be vain.

Thank you Revlon for this opportunity to express myself, to be comfortable in my own skin, and to take a chance and try something I never would have on my own!
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To keep up with Revlon's new products and for more information on Revlon's Expression Experiment, visit the Revlon website or Revlon on Facebook.

So tell me...what are some ways you would like to express yourself, but you have been afraid to break out of your shell?

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  1. How fun to get to play in some daring new colors... the beauty of make up? It washes off :)
    Actually like you in a bright lip. It looked pretty!

  2. Oh I'm a makeup scaredy cat, but you're right... baby steps! You look great and I think that lipstick color is gorgeous on you!

  3. Those are daring... but I love that blue nail polish. I think I could handle that color on my toes! Looks like it was fun to experiment!

  4. So pretty! What a fun post.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  5. I love that blue! It is Colts blue (my town's team). You look fabulous in the color stay palate too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. You might be painfully shy Stephanie, but you are so very pretty! Thanks for the interesting post, because it is so easy - as you said - to just 'not' bother. Definitely going to try the primer!


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