• Beauty
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain review + swatches

    Hello there lovely! Liquid lipsticks are certainly in the wind right now. Every brand out there is releasing new liquid lipsticks, although with different level of quality. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains is on the better half, and the only bad thing about them is that they don’t have a wider color range!

    First thing first: the name is quite misleading, as I’d say it is indeed a liquid lipstick, and I don’t get why they called it a stain. They’re so easy to apply, and last for a very long time. Perfect for everyday life, when you’re too busy to apply a new layer every couple of hours.

    Sephora Cream Lip Stains review

    Sephora Cream Lip Stains review

    My six shades are, from left to right: 01 Always Red, 03 Strawberry Kissed, 06 Pink Soufflé, 08 Whipped Blush, 09 Watermelom Slice and 13 Marvelous Mauve.

    I originally only had three of these, that I had my mom get for me when she was at Sephora, but they were so good I had to get a few more shades once I got the chance! What is kind of unfair though is that all of the shades isn’t available in Europe. I recall wanting one of the darkest shade for last fall (14 Blackberry Sorbet), but unfortunately it turned out it was impossible to get a hold of.

    I honestly don’t know which one is my favorite anymore! At first I loved Marvelous Mauve more than anything, then it was Whipped Blush which is the brightest shade ever – then it was Strawberry Kissed which was the most beautiful pinkish red on my lips, and now just recently I fell in love with Always Red!

    Sephora cream lip stains swatches

    So let’s do a rundown for each shade, shall we?

    01 Always Red: Your classic red.
    03 Strawberry Kissed: Pinkish red. It really depends on the light if it’s more on the pink or red side of things. Either way, it’s gorgeous.
    06 Pink Soufflé: Just pink. I don’t feel like this one is anything special, just your everyday kind of shade.
    08 Whipped Blush: Oh where do I begin with you! It’s a bright fuchsia, which sure brings attention to your lips. It can easily be used to make a statement.
    09 Watermelom Slice: It’s more of a pink coral shade if anything. It may be a bit too yellow based and warm toned for my fair cool complexion.
    13 Marvelous Mauve: Your lips but better. It’s still gorgeous and I love having it in my collection.

    Sephora Cream Lip Stain whipped blush 08 applicator

    The time it takes for them to dry to a matte finish is just right! You get to work with it to make it perfect, without worrying it’ll dry right away, and the applicator is also easy to work with. Then yet again it’s not like you have to wait for a long time before it sets. It’s strange that way.

    I can honestly say I love these, and would love to get some more in my collection. The price is just right at $14, which is a lot cheaper than a lot of other liquid lipsticks out there.

    If you want lip swatches in the future, make sure to mention it in the comment section! Which shade is your favorite? XO

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  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker review

    The Lancôme Juicy Shaker is new this season, and is a well anticipated product come spring. What first caught my attention was the innovative packaging. It’s luxurious and elegant, yet fun and young.

    Lancome Juicy Shaker review lip gloss

    Lancome Juicy Shaker lip gloss reviewTo open you simply unscrew the cap, which then present to us the cushion applicator. At first it might seem like an odd one, but it’s fairly easy to apply. I dare say you might even apply without a mirror, and that’s about as easy as it gets.

    If you haven’t heard about the Lancôme Juicy Shaker yet, it’s a lip gloss with a bi phased formula pairing nourishing lip oils with beautiful pigments for plump but natural looking, glossy lips. These nourishing oils contain sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil – according to Lancôme’s website! The nourishing lip oils and the pigment tend to separate during the day, so before each use you have to shake it (hence the name, I guess). Depending on how pigmented you want it you can vary your shaking time; the more you shake it, the more pigmented it’ll be.

    lacnome juicy shaker gif

    I found that the formula is quite sheer, but it’s buildable to about medium coverage.

    What I love about this lip gloss is that it doesn’t feel like a lip gloss at all! I hate that sticky feeling you’re usually left with, but this one doesn’t have that. Your lips are left soft and oily, which I guess causes the shine. Over the course of a few hours your lips will absorb the oil, and you’re left with a stain.

    Lancome Juicy Shaker swatch review

    It’s currently 13 permanent shades in the collection, available since March 16th. I’ve only tried one of these yet, which is Mangoes Wild.

    In the above pictures I’m wearing Lancôme Juicy Shaker Mangoes Wild. In the first one I’m wearing nothing on my upper lip, so you can properly see the pigmentation for yourself.

    It retails for $21 / £18.

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  • Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette

    Chanel is famous for their elegant sleek packaging. Usually black with the double C logo on top. We all fall for Chanel’s luxurious packaging, which I confess, is partly why I decided to get this one. The Chanel Entrelacs eyeshadow palette.

    Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette packaging pearls

    Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette packaging

    The eyeshadows got the most beautiful pattern. It’s the one that inspired the Chanel logo, and I’ve been so reluctant to make a dent in it. It’s starting to come off a bit, on some of the shades, but you can still see it clearly.

    Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette swatch pearls

    Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette swatch swatches

    I use #1 as an inner corner highlighter, as well as for the browbone. #2 is a perfect crease color. #3 I use for all over the lid or the outer v. #4 goes on the outer v and/or along the lashline. #5 is very versatile, and I sometimes use it as a highlighter, while other times I use it all over the lid. Sometimes I also use it in the middle of the eyelid over my main color to make my eyes appear wider.

    They’re not very pigmented as you can see from the swatches, but they are builable, so I don’t see a problem with it. I am however an eyeshadow-newbie, so for me it’s easier to not mess it up considering the pigmentation. I like it, but for the more experienced user this might not be for you.

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  • Nail of the Day: Essie Fiji

    Ladies, I welcome you to NOTD: Nail of the Day! Waking up today I was craving pastels on my fingers, so that’s what we went for.

    Essie fiji nail polish swatch and bottle Essie fiji nail polish swatch

    Essie’s Fiji is a light pink, and even though it seems to be quite transparent after the first coat, I’ll encourage you to keep going, as it takes a couple more to be fully opaque.

    It came with one of those itsy-bitsy brushes that takes ages to apply; well for me at least, but I’m the worst at applying nail polish.

    Essie fiji nail polish bottle

    I’ll advice you to go with two or three thin layers rather than one thick layer. With three layers you end up with a beautiful opaque light pink color on your nails!

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  • MAC Creme Cup Cremesheen + swatch

    It’s only fitting that a blog called hellolipstick features lipsticks. To make it easy on myself we’re going to feature one of my favorite lipsticks ever from MAC: Creme Cup!

    This is my first lipstick from MAC, and I have to say it’s what got me into lipsticks to begin with. It’s a light blue pink, an accurate description here from the MAC website. It retails for $17.

    MAC creme cup cremesheen opened

    MAC creme cup cremesheen essie fiji swatch review

    Please note that I have a fair and cool-toned complexion. Lipstick with warmer undertones doesn’t look good on me, and as much as I want to I just can’t pull it off. My mistake getting into makeup was always lusting after what other girls had, even though their complexion was completely different than mine. Creme Cup on the other hand is also cool, which is why I finally managed to find a lipstick that worked for me.

    MAC creme cup cremesheen swatch

    For me this is the perfect everyday shade, but it might not work for you if you’re more tan than me. I’ve read a few reviews stating that this is the perfect shade for fair blonde gals, and I completely agree. I even purchased this for my sister, who is also fair and blond, as she kept borrowing mine all the time.

    MAC Creme Cup accurate swatch on lips

    It has a cremesheen finish to it, which basically means it has a high-shine finish to it. It applies evenly and ain’t really a hassle: it’s one of those that you can apply without mirror, and it will still be spot on.

    Hopefully you got a better idea on how this lipstick looks in real life! I’ll get better at taking swatch-on-my-lips photos; promise.