Lancome Shakers

Hello everyone. Happy Saturday!

I have been trying Lancôme’s Juicy Shakers this week and been loving them. I had also tried on their matte shaker in Kiss Me Chérie. This is a nice deep brick red shade.


With these matte shakers, you may have to shake really hard just to hear the clicking sounds and to access the pigmentation on your first use. At least, I had to and one YouTube reviewer had claimed the same.

A highly pigmented matte liquid lipstick, delivering intense color payoff with a lightweight, second-skin feel that wears comfortably throughout the day without drying. Its pillow-like cushion applicator allows for precise application- no streaks or smudges.

The applicator is a big sponge, but I have no problems with it.

Applying this onto my lips, it feels similar to applying Revlon’s Moisture Stain; but less watery. One Influenster commented it’s like a stain. There is a watery texture and I can see how the commenter would think that.

On the lips applied, this feels lightweight. I know something’s on my lips. I can feel it. To me, it feels like water on my lips.

This will stain quickly. I tried removing this within a minute or two thinking I wanted to try something else. You will have to use makeup remover or oil or even an easy liquid lipstick removal such as the new Maybelline one.


This works like magic! Glide it on your lips and leave for few seconds then rub it off. Voila!

Back to the matte shaker. With this shade, I have applied Lancôme’s Lip Lover’s in 355 and 362. I received a compliment from a Lancôme rep at Ulta when trying 355 on my already stained “Kiss Me Chérie”.

This doesn’t dry out my lips. However, once stained, it can be drying. It’s like any other lipstick that fades without reapplication. But I like this more than Revlon’s Moisture Stain.

Revlon’s felt drying more and didn’t last all day for me.

Lancôme’s matte shaker, if drying, can be paired up with their last year’s Juicy Shakers or Lip Lovers collection. This will bring back the moisture without removing the stain.

Have you tried these shakers?

Prompt: Cringe+Review: Tarte Pout Prep

Hi everyone. Happy Sunday!

My lips tend to dry out quickly. Not even exfoliators could help them. Few months ago, I noticed Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments helped moisturize my lips longer. But those around $24. And if their tinted, I want more shades. But I don’t want to spend that much on a lip balm.

Exfoliators are supposed to help with prepping your lips and I heard it also helps a little with the drying out. I’ve tried so many. From Dior’s expensive Lip Sugar to the cheapest I’ve heard so far E.L.F.’s in their lipstick package. I even tried making my own.

In between those two, I tried Fresh’s Lip Polish and its new wand type. I didn’t like the wand one as much for exfoliating, but it gave a nice glossy finish to my lips. As for the original Lip Polish, it was alright giving it a second try. Back in college I never liked it. Trying a sample again,  it’s ok. I think I’m not into brown sugar for exfoliating though. And I wanted more in an exfoliator.

GlamGlow’s lip scrub was nice and felt similar to Milani’s. However, I Cringe[d] with the taste in my mouth when little pieces found its way inside (YUCK!). I couldn’t tolerate it. Plus, there was something missing in it.

Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Lip Scrub in a pencil/marker packaging was cool to try. But it got really messy. And it didn’t seem to be working on my lips.

Bite Beauty’s both original lip scrub and Agave. Their whipped one was interesting to try. It applied on my lips without any sugar texture- just creamy. I didn’t think it did the job and don’t understand how it’s meant to exfoliate without the granules.

Agave was better than the original. But I couldn’t stand the smell. Is that just me??? Plus, I’m not into brown sugar scrubs (mainly for its smell).

Lush’s homemade lip scrubs that are delicious! They are popular, but I’m not into the dry texture. Plus, I wanted my lips to be conditioned. They just felt dried…. But it tasted so good (especially Popcorn)!

Milani Sweet Sugar Scrub was so sweet and was like putting a really nice desert on my lips. But let’s face it, it just wasn’t for my tastebuds.

E.L.F’s $3 lip scrub in a lipstick packaging is amazing. But breaks off when I use it. And it’s also missing something. But I’d use it if I didn’t keep breaking them.

Now, I’m sure I’m missing some others I have tried. But before this gets any longer, let me introduce to you the exfoliator I have tried and found I love more than all these.

Tarte has come out with another exfoliator called Pout Prep. I tried locating YouTube videos and haven’t found much on it. It retails for $16 and only has two reviews with ratings of 4-5 stars.


I ordered mine with a 15% off discount as a first time customer on their website. I am not new to their company. I’ve been buying their products from Sephora and Ulta.

Pout Prep is a “minty lip scrub and treatment Balm with moisturizing maracuja, shea butter, and exfoliating sugar to gently buff away flakes and treat thirsty lips.”

Both maracuja and shea butter sink deeply into lips to hydrate, firm, and protect from future drying, cracking, and/or chapping.

This product has vitamins C and E, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Carnauba Wax. If you’re not into wax in lip products, this may not be for you as it does contain wax.

When reading about this product, I thought of the $33 Dior Lip Sugar.


This product is designed with concentrated granita texture that gently transforms into a balm as it melts on lips. Both products consider themselves as a balm.

Are these similar? Perhaps in how their designed to be used. But the textures are completely different. You apply Dior’s like a lip balm and the sugar immediately melts onto your lips. Pout Prep’s sugar doesn’t immediately melt away. And you can remove by rinsing it.

I find when using Pout Prep first time, the sugar did melt onto my lips creating a balm like texture. But other times I’d have to rinse it off.

What is/are your favorite exfoliators?

Sephora

So, while Tarte had a beautiful packaging-Sephora decides to go all bleh and give us-How awesome! At least the wrappers color code with the box.

This just makes me wish I saved opening Tarte’s for last.

Anyways, onto what I purchased from Sephora. A total of six products are in this box including samples. Sephora, if you didn’t give lots of samples, I’d still be sad with your packaging. But your samples (I requested)… guess will do for the low down packaging.

Honestly, for the amount people pay, you think Sephora would have enough to make some nice packaging and gift wrappings.

I ordered the Fresh Sugar wand, which I already have. I just was to impatient to wait for my order in the mail I drove to Sephora for another one. What was in my head? I don’t know. Just excitement and curiosity.

Seriously, Fresh’s Lip Treatments are amazing. Returning the two I had owned was a downer. Their’s is more moisturizing and longer lasting than all the other lip balms I have tried. I love it. Currently, I am trying their Advanced lip therapy. It’s not tinted, but it works. I still think their tinted lip treatment is amazing and my favorite.


As for their Sugar Wand, I never liked their Sugar exfoliator. But I decided to give this a try. It’s their little newbie. I feel like this goes on like a sticky gloss. It does exfoliate. I like it better than their original exfoliator. But I feel like it could be better. And that’s something to say for all products. All of them in every company could be better. There’s always that one area in my corner that doesn’t feel exfoliated. But I still like the wand. And I’m still gonna try it. And now, I have a backup. It’s all good.

Next is Fresh In the Buff Bundle. This is the other I had purchased. The rest are just from points and samples/promotions.

In the Buff contains a Sugar Cream Lip Treatment in Buff, their original Sugar Lip Polish (exfoliator), mini size Advanced Therapy, and Sugar Nude lip balm. All but the exfoliator and advanced therapy I am excited to try. I have already tried the other two.


The others were from points, promotions, etc. From that, I chose Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder sample, Giorgio Armani sample Fluid Sheer, Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Beetroot, and both Tarte and Bobbi Brown’s 500 points.

Tarte’s 500 points contained an eye treatment, highlighting moisturizer, 4-in-1 mascara (I currently own and used to own waterproof), hydrating boost moisturizer, and tinted moisturizer.

Bobbi Brown’s Cult Favorites contain Sand Dune Long Wear Creak Shadow Stick, Black Smokey Eye mascara (used to use), Brownie Lip Color, Hydrating eye cream, and medium bronzing powder.

Have you tried any? What’s your favorite?

Tarte

Hello everyone! I ordered from Tarte the other day and my package came back. It’s so gorgeous! Made me want to blog.

By the way, I have a new blog site just started few days ago. I hope to add more on it in the long run as I start my Avon business. The site is http://www.monkaroovon.wordpress.com and my Avon site: http://www.youravon.com/monkaroovon Please check that out as I have only one lonely blog up and hoping for more post on it!

Now, lets live “tartefully” as the box says. This recent purchase, I bought Quench Lip Rescue in Cherry, Pout Pep Lip Exfoliant, and Color Splash Lipstick in Yachting. I also received Tarteguard 30 for free. I had 15% off each purchase because it was my first time shopping on their site.

I love their Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue line in Rose and Berry. They are my faves! I also love their Color Splash line. I have Island (mini) and Berry Mojito (full size). Now, I have Yachting to add to my collection. I tried also 5’Oclock and Boardwalk. I also swatched a few others in Sephora. 

The lip exfoliant, I am excited to try. As for the sample tarte guard 30, I am iffy because I’m not sure is it meant for oily or dry skin. I am hoping it’s ok for my normal to dry. Anyone have any thoughts on it?

Update: Rani Cosmetics

Hello everyone! How are you? Remember these?If you do, great! If you don’t, these are by a newly launched makeup company, Rani Cosmetics.

Rani Cosmetics was created by a YouTuber TotalMakeupJunkie101 (aka Eshani Patel). For more information on her first lipstick launch, please visit her YouTube page TotalMakeupJunkie101. You won’t regret it! 🙂 Also, a previous blog of mine describes her lipsticks more in depth.

For now, here’s an update!

Eshani created these as her very first launch to her new company Rani Cosmetics. She plans on expanding the company with other cosmetics besides lipsticks. Because she loves her lippies, she decided they would be the first.

She says she plans on launching more lipstick formulas. These were the first to launch because in a world full of matte’s, she wanted to find something different- innovative. A business can only run if it has something unique, something of its own and not what everybody has. So, her launch is not another matte, or a cream, or a liquid. Rather, it’s glitter!

If you love glitter, these are for you! If you don’t, you may turn into a glitter lover with these. Or, you may still find glitter so unflattery. ;-( (poor glitter)

Either way, Eshani has created six shades that are designed more for the darker, tan skin tones. Even with this, these still flatter all skin tones.

My last blog has three shades reviewed. I just received the nude shade Tattoo. I ordered all these on my own. Each lipstick sells for $18. It’s pricey, but if you think about it, it’s worth it. Eshani isn’t someone who is rushing to make products just for selling. She puts her whole heart and mind into it. She wants the best of the best even with the detailings.

I tried the nude for a few mins, but forgot to take a picture. It’s shimmer shows and I feel like it’s a great shade on me. But when I think of a nude, I think of something more true to your lip color. This one is more of a orangey-tone. I love the shade. It does stand out more than I thought it would.

Overall, I love these lipsticks. But I feel, for me, I would want to wear it on a special occasion. I keep thinking Latte is one I can wear daily and I can. But when I see the shade on me, my head is thinking glitter. I remove it because of that.

Also, I’ve been wanting moisturizing lip products these days. That’s my biggie and I stand by it. If these were more moisturizing, I’d totally wear Latte. My go-to lip products these days been more natural shades that moisturize- neutrogena lip gloss, bite beauty smashed lip treatment, Fresh Sugar (Rose and Coral). Sometimes, I apply a light touch of Clinique’s Pop+Primer in Icon over the Bite Beauty’s smashed.

Eshani’s lipsticks are so gorgeous. The amount of time she put into these shows. I support Eshani with her makeup line. Six shades makes it easier for some to stay focused on what sort of shade they desire. I feel these flatter all skin tones, even mine, which usually does not happen. Usually when a company mentions their shades flatter all skin tones, I see myself in the color and feel uncomfortable or too much. Not with these.

These do have a unique scent to them. Unique, meaning each has its own individual scent. Such as Latte has a chai latte scent; Lassi smells like mango; etc. These are tolerable and subtle. But if you can’t stand scented products, these wouldn’t be for you.

One con I have noticed that makes these something I don’t want to wear daily, other than it not be as moisturizing as I want it to be, is the glitter can transfer. I will find my chin or around my lips may have glitter on it. It’s not that badly noticeable. But once I see it, I become aware of it and think it is noticeable. If you’re one like me, be aware these do transfer.

These claim to go on sheer to full coverage. I can’t get the sheerness on my lips. When I try, I end up with a medium coverage. It can be built up to its full opacity.

These are awesome lipsticks. I am not here to down on them. I love these lipsticks. But for me, I’ve been finding them as only for special occassions. But that’s just me. Some people on YouTube who were never glitter fans grew into these. If I see glitter, I cringe. When I tried these I didn’t cringe. My first thought, “It’s not so bad”. These are amazing. And I would wear them daily if only I was that bold and my head wouldn’t think one tiny glitter on my face!

Overall, these are worth a try. But be fair warned, she isn’t accepting returns on used products. Therefore, if you want to try these but are unsure if you’ll love them and don’t want to spend so much money, try one. If you want more, go for it! I do plan on purchasing the last two in her collection. And I’m hearing she’s coming out with more products within two to three months! 😀 If you’re planning on purchasing just one, the shade most everyone loves is Tattoo.

Have you tried these?? What did you think? Has she turned you into a glitter fan?

Pictured below are Lassi, Bhindi, and Latte. As I mentioned, I just received Tattoo; however, forgot to take a picture of it.

Poetry: Bound

Baby given up with no name;

Until someone took her in- shelter from the storm;

Once nameless, now framed with a name;

Adopted by a family, last name changed;

Growing up, a feeling she never could ignore;

Secrets kept, she never once implore;

Memories lost she couldn’t restore;

Bound lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused;

A house that felt like no home;

A family disconnected;

Betrayed of lies;

But one remained hidden deep inside;

Within her heart, a longing she couldn’t sway;

A face once without a name, named.

Had a home.

Had a family.

Had a life beyond some.

Yet, deep within,

A child once nameless,

Could never separate her from reality;

Deep within, her heart bound by

Lost, lonely, abandoned, hopeless, dazed, and confused.