Monday 28 March 2016

Lancôme Juicy Shakers♥*

I'm up for using a good lip product. It's either a hit or miss regarding the formula, colour and all the nitty gritty things in between. Lip oils though? Not a lip product I've came across before nor tried. I have hundreds of lip sticks and lip glosses, so I was excited to add the Lancôme Juicy Shakers* to my collection.

Initially, I find the boxes quite cute. Even though they are simple, the shine effect gives the minimalist aesthetic a little extra. The details of the products are across the box, giving you an idea of what beauty is inside.

The packaging of the lip oils remind me of nail polishes but can also be interpreted as little cocktail shakers - hence the name of them, "juicy shakers". On the left is the shade "Great Fruit" and on the right "Freedom of Speech"; the names are sweet. I was curious to how the formula of the oils would work; even though they appear bright, I wasn't sure if they would live up to the pigmentation. Thankfully, they did, and I was pretty relieved. As they are oil based, the pigment and oils require a shake before using, to release the full potential of the colour.

I was originally curious to the applicators. Would I be greeted with a doe-foot applicator or something completely different? The applicators are interesting. As you can see above, the shape of them are rather peculiar. Although, the seem to "fit" the shape of my lips. I like the applicators as a whole, I like the uniqueness but also that I can get along with them too.

I knew these Juicy Shakers would not be a disappointment. Lancôme have created a range full of beautiful colours, and they did a good choice in sending me the colours they did. Each Juicy Shaker retails for £18. I know I would happily own the whole range!

Have you tried these Juicy Shakers? Any colour recommendations?

*PR Samples

Monday 21 March 2016

Trying Out New Brands♥

I love trying out new makeup products. Whether it's from brand that I adore or a completely new brand to me, I'm up for trying it out. If it's makeup, I can hardly say no, how could you?! When I was given a Glossybox from a family member who didn't fancy the box, I think it's fair to say I was rather thrilled to play about with the goodies inside.

Starting with the one skincare product inside - Talika Photo Hydra Day Cream. Even though I have mega oily skin, I still believe it's vital that you moisturise your face. As advised, it's a day cream - I'm really picky when it comes to morning and evening creams. It has a nice consistency which isn't too thick nor watery and absorbs into my skin fairly quickly. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin, nor does it make my skin feel greasy. As far as fragrance is concerned, I don't think it has one - or am I nose blind?

I have a serious love/hate relationship with lipbalms, but I decided to give the Lanolips Banana Balm a shot; there was something about the banana scent that I liked. It claims to be a 3-in-1: a lip conditioner, a lip protectant and a lip lustre. I always worry that lipbalms are going to leave my lips feeling as though I've slathered cooking oil on them. Thankfully, I don't feel this way towards this balm. It's light, non-greasy and non-sticky. My lips feel hydrated and smooth. Not to mention they smell nice too!

I have tried lots from MUA in the past, and since I love eyeshadow, I knew the MUA Undressed Palette would be right up my street. There's just so many Jasmine colours in there - look at all the pretty golds and browns in there! It comes with 12 shades - all of which are of a high standard regarding pigmentation. It has two blue shades which spice things up a little if I'm feeling adventurous (always and forever). The only downfall is that it comes with a sponge applicator, but in all honestly, I cannot complain for the low price tag.

Finally, I have a lip crayon. Lord and Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss is my first ever Lord and Berry product so imagine my excitement after hearing the brand being raved about everywhere. I was worried it would be matte and super drying. Fortuantely, it's not too much on the dry side, after all, it is a pencil. Pigmentation wise, it sure does not lack it at all. One swipe on my lips and I was greeted with the colour. It's in between a pink and a red with some orange tones throughout it. It will be super pretty in the upcoming (hopefully) Spring and Summer.

All of the products have been good in their own way, absolutely none of them were a let down. I would recommend them all for different reasons! Especially if you are anything like me and love to try out new brands and products.

Have you tried any of these products?

*Also, how cute is the featured Daisy Mae Bracelet? I am loving it right now!

Monday 14 March 2016

Vichy Dermablend♥*

I have been more into wearing my base makeup - I'm loving all the different finishes, varying coverage and mimicking flawless skin. When Vichy contacted me regarding their Dermablend, I was more than eager to give the range a shot!

The packaging initially comes in black boxes - sleek, professional yet minimalist. I don't keep my makeup in their boxes, mainly for easiness and quickness, but for a first impression on the product, it definitely adds an extra little something. 

I had high hopes for the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation*, and it is certain that those hopes were met. Mine is in Porcelain, but even though it's the lightest shade, I feel it isn't that light - it matches me ideally though. I knew it has good coverage so didn't want to use too much and waste it, or look cakey. When applied with a makeup brush, it buffed out flawlessly! I sometimes have red cheeks but this foundation managed to cover them up. As for the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*, I couldn't wait to give it a shot. I usually use a pressed powder, so was intrigued to see how a loose powder would work. In conjunction with the foundation, it is impeccable. It sets the foundation in place as the name would suggest, but leaves a slight "dewy" finish which actually looks good with this foundation.

Both the packaging and quality of these two products would come across as exceptionally highend. Using them together creates a flawless base and looks as though your skin has zero imperfections - covers spots, redness, scaring etc. It's legit the dream team! Using either a makeup brush or damp sponge, the finish looks perfect.

I must say I am loving these two. They don't leave a cakey finish either, win win! Once applied to your face, it doesn't even feel like you're wearing any makeup it's that lightweight. I have oily skin but my makeup lasted a good 7-8 hours - it even survived a hectic food trip so I guess that's proof?

Have you tried the Vichy Dermablend range?

*PR Samples

Monday 7 March 2016

Oh, I'm The Princess♥

Don't let the title full you, I am literally the princess, I wasn't named Jasmine for any reason (haha). Anyways, with that a side, let me present the perfume which will make you feel like a princess, smell like a princess and is actually named princess.

A perfume loved by many and spoken about a lot by bloggers is Vera Wang Princess Eau De Toilette. I had wanted a Vera Wang perfume for the longest time ever, and when I realised it was reduced on feelunique, I just had to get it. It retails for £60 for 100ml, but I got it for around £20 due to the discount code I popped on top of the sale price, bargain if you ask me.

I knew beforehand that the bottle was gorgeous, but didn't know just quite how gorgeous it was until I held it. I love the delicate, heart-shaped glass bottle it comes in. The writing across the bottle is rather elegant and classy, but also girly. I cannot figure if the bottle itself or the perfume is purple - it's either one of the two. I find the top to be adorable - the crown and jewel ring can be wore as rings, although, I just find them too cute and leave them on the perfume.

The scent itself? Simply sweet and stunning (great alliteration!) Apart from being sweet, it's slightly fruity too. It's ambition is to make anyone feel special and significantly like a princess, which I believe it achieves. It's a girly scent, so if you're not into sickly-sweet perfumes, avoid this. 

Top Notes: Water Lily, Apple, Freshly-Sweet Mandarin and Apricot.
Heart Notes: Exotic Guava, Tiara Flower, Tuberose and Dark Chocolate.
Base Notes: Vanilla, Amber and Wood.

This perfume is ideal for someone who destines to feel like a princess and loves a beautiful perfume. 

Have you ever smelt this? Do you like it?

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