TREND CHAT #2 - WESTERN

Monday, 4 July 2016










Hello, lovelies! Today I have another outfit post and a little trend report, throwing it back a decade or so with this 90s favourite accessory, and also jumping on the bandwagon of the neckerchief trend that social media has been awash with recently. For one so loyal to the mighty black jeans and t-shirt combo, (hey, what can I say? I'm stuck in my ways) adding details like this really do help to stop an outfit from being boring, hence my love for this trend. 

Since I'm also serving you subtle western vibes with the neckerchief and buckle belt combo, and it just so happens to be the 4th July (coincidence or what? lol) I'd like to say Happy Independence Day to any American friends that may be reading this! Now I may not be decked out in red, white and blue, I think I'd feel a little treacherous of my beloved England! Though, given the shit show that is currently The United Kingdom (let me summarise: 2 Brexits - the EU and the footie, political turmoil, laughably awful prime ministerial candidates, and to top it all off, especially shitty British weather, Brilliant) I must say I don't currently feel as guilty temporarily offering my patriotism elsewhere lol! 

I joke, but getting back to the point, the fashion world is seemingly loving the USA right now, as the Americana Trend seems to be looming large this S/S season, thought not being widely recognised as such. What with the dominance of cowboy-esque double buckle belts, denim, and fringe, or better yet, nail two trends in one with fringed hem denim! (I may have just got myself a pair of these, too!) I've even seen a fabulously striking pair of silver boots with red and blue details (I'll link them below, because they really are something!) This all harks back to the wild, wild west, folks! If you want to go to town a little more than I have with the trend, swap out the black bandana for red, the black tee for white, and black jeans for blue and there you have it, patriotic dressing at its finest! 

The great things about the bandana/neckerchief? It can be used as, well, both a bandana and a neckerchief! Forever thankful for pieces that give me options! You could also get more creative and wear one as a belt (maybe you'd have to have a super tiny waist for that one!), but you could definitely loop it into one of your jean belt hoops. You could also have it draping from a front or back pocket, or tie it around the wrist as a cool, bracelet contraption. So there you have it! Endless options, and the best thing? A bandana is only going to set your back a couple of pounds. Don't you just love when you can cop on to one of the biggest trends for under a fiver?!

I'm totally on board with the neck accessory trend in general, in which we're seeing a tonne more 90s hits (always a good thing!). I may have just bought a bunch of chokers off of Asos. It seems it's also time for me to dig out my old tattoo choker.... 

What do you guys think of the neck accessories trend? Are you guys fans? Have you been channeling much of the Americana Trend? Let me know in the comments!

Outfit Details:
Jeans: Topshop
Jacket: Mango (old, similar here - and on sale!)
Bandana: Asos (red here)
Rings: (H&M, Shop Dixi, Boho Moon - all sold out, but search the sites for similar chunky jewellery!)
Loafers: Zara (sold out but a very similar pair here!)
Sunglasses: Asos (Old, similar here)
(The Asos boots I was harping on about, here!)

Until next time, 
Bisous, 
Eva xxx

LANCOME JUICY SHAKERS - A REVIEW

Friday, 1 July 2016


Hello lovelies! Today I thought I'd give you a wee beauty review of a product I have been testing for a little while.
Now, this post is embarrassingly late, I was sent this product way back in March before the official release, and was planning to publish a little review before it hit stores. Well, evidently that plan failed spectacularly, and I suspect many of you have seen reviews of this product already. But I thought I may as well add my two cents for those of you who may be a little late to the party.
I'll try and keep this as short as possible, Lord knows I have a tendency to waffle on!
(Oh, and I thought I'd add, of course, I am no beauty expert, these are just the honest opinions of one who loves beauty!


PRODUCT DETAILS:
Hailed by Lancome as their newest 'lip revolution', the Juicy Shakers are marketed as tinted lip glosses/oils which pair "nourishing lip oils with beautiful pigments for plump but natural looking, glossy lips." 
They contain sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil; all natural, nourishing oils which will help keep your lips, well, nourished - all good stuff so far then!
The Juicy Shaker is available in 13 shades, with one limited edition shade, 400 mint, yet to be released, and retail for £18.00 each.
The shade I got was named '381 Mangoes Wild' (The favourite of Lily Collins, so I hear); a pretty, deep pink shade which has, you guessed it, a fruity, vaguely mango-ey scent to it.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
Now, in complete honesty when I first I first used the product, I wasn't sure what to make of them! But let me give you a breakdown of all my thoughts.

Pigment:
The first time I applied the shaker I seemingly failed to have grasped a fundamental aspect: that you have to shake them to intensify the colour. I mean, come on Eva, they're called juicy shakers for a reason! But, even after copping on to this, and giving the product a good old shake, the pigment is still fairly weak. When you look at the product in the packaging, the colour looks very bright - do not expect the same colour pay off when applied. Hence, my initial disappointment.
But after prolonged use, I came to see that this isn't an entirely bad thing at all, making them rather versatile. If you want something very natural, you shake it less, something stronger, shake a little more (though, note the above), so you have a fair bit of control on the way you'd like the product to look. This fact means it can also be paired with virtually any lip product, given the weaker colour pay off - so a plus if you want to make any matte lip glossy; I often use it with this purpose in mind.
I also had a little realisation when I read a little about these to aid my writing of this review. On Lancome's website they are marketed as a lip tint, nourishing lip oils, so, they're not really marketed or meant to provide a particularly strong pigment. Given this, I'd say they do deliver on what they promise to do, but still, a little disappointing pigment wise, nonetheless. 5/10

Lasting Power:
My only other criticism would be the lasting power of this product. These lip tints really don't last that long at all. Within 2 hours (and I may even be pushing it here), it completely disappears from my lips (though it does leave them soft), so expect re-application. Now, I'm not someone who has a problem with re-applying makeup throughout the day (yep, I'm one of those that applies my powder about 20 times), so I don't particularly have an issue with this. But, do bare this in mind. 3/10

Applicator and Packaging:
Cute packaging, designed in the shape of cocktail shakers, doesn't feel cheap or overly plastic-y.
I am a fan of the applicator, a dome-shaped cushion-ey sponge (of course a sponge is going to be cushion-ey... duhhhhh Eva lol!) The shape and size give the perfect amount of control. Press lightly on the lips to dispense the product, the shape nicely fits the lip contours so it doesn't get messy, especially when considering the oily consistency. 9/10

Comfort:
Lancome's main marketing/selling point is that it is a moisturising product. On this count, they certainly deliver - the shakers are nicely moisturising. It doesn't feel too weighty on the lips, and is very comfortable. 10/10 for comfort, Lancome.

Formula:
This brings me on to formula, as these are lip oils, you might have expected them to feel greasy on the lips. This isn't the case - very comfortable as mentioned, well done again, Lancome.
The applicator means that the oily texture doesn't make for a messy or overly fussy application.
Also, despite their weak lasting power, they do fade away very well, without leaving any of that nasty gathered residue (know what I mean?) or smear awfully. They won't leave a mess, as you may have expected given the consistency - so no need to worry about the fading process. 9/10

Shade:
I'd also recommend the shade I was given, Mangoes Wild. Of all the shades, it'd definitely be one of my favourites, particularly given that it is probably one of the more strongly pigmented ones in the collection. It smells nice (though I'm not one who ever really has a problem with scented products -unless it's really vile), and is a really pretty deeper pink which I think could be paired or topped on virtually any lipstick. 7/10


(A seriously moody shot of me with the product on my lips - model behaviour lol) 

MY VERDICT: It's a tough one, folks! When I set out to write this review I thought it'd be rather a mixed bag, but reading over it now I realise just how many positives there are to the product, and how useful it has become in my daily makeup routine. I tend to apply it on days where I can't be bothered to apply a lip product. Alternatively I apply it when I have been wearing a matte nude lip, and am beginning to feel uncomfortable with the drying effects - this is great to just place on top. So make no mistake, it does get considerable use! Having said this, I can't honestly say that, had I not been sent one, I would be rushing out to buy one, nor can I say that I intend to buy another having used the product. Let's put it this way. If I were to lose this product tomorrow, I would definitely miss it, but I don't think I'd miss it enough to go out and purchase another at the current retail price (there'd have to be a sneaky 20% student discount code on feelunique or the like for me to be tempted, maybe I'm just stingey I don't know!)

 I think it depends entirely on what you are after. If you want a product that will give your lips just a hint of colour, a fresh, natural look, whilst keeping them moisturised then this product more than suffices, and would be a good option.

Perhaps, then, I'd say, I don't think its overly necessary to collect the whole collection or even a few, given the fact the pigments aren't very strong. But, I would say that if you're a beauty lover or a fan of  minimal makeup, or have dryer lips, then it would be handy to have one in your collection.

Have any of you guys tried the Lancome Juicy Shakers? What do you make of them? Leave me your opinions in the comments!

Stay tuned as I plan to post 3 blog posts next week, you lucky people (lol) ..(but don't hold me to it)...

You can purchase the Lancome Juicy Shaker here. (Enabler Alert! There's 10% off Harrods beauty until Sunday as well! You're welcome!)

Until next time,
Bisous,
Eva

xxx

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