Lancôme Juicy Shaker – Vanilla Pop

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The Juicy Shaker is the latest lip offering from Lancôme, a pigment infused bi-phase lip oil which retails at £18. Now, when I first heard about these I thought they seemed like a bit of a gimmick but when I tested these out in store I was drawn in by how moisturised my lips felt. The product is part oil and part pigment based so when left to sit the pigment drops to the bottom and oil sits on the top, that’s where the ‘shaker’ part comes in. The packaging has been designed in the form of a cocktail shaker, you simply shake the product up (rather vigorously) to mix the oil and pigment together before use. Lancôme took inspiration from their world famous cocktail shaker lipstick from 1945 and their Juicy Tube lipgloss from the 90’s, mixed them together and out popped the Juicy Shaker.

The Juicy Shaker comes in 20 shades, each with their own unique scent. Vanilla Pop has a sweet vanilla scent, but is not sickly when applied and gives a very sheer wash of colour, in this case a lovely berry red. The oil gives a plump and glossy look to the lips and they felt nourished and hydrated after just one use. I would class this product as more of a lip treatment, with a hint of colour and sheen as an added bonus. This product doesn’t last a long time on the lips but because of the unique applicator, re-applying these are half of the fun anyway!

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The Lorac Pro Palette

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The Lorac Pro Palette, what I thought was an urban beauty myth finally mine for the taking *holds palette up to the sky to angels singing*

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this beauty as a result of a good friend (BFF x1000) hunting it down in Florida. Knowing that this palette was only available in the US (and even then the chances of finding it were likened to discovering big foot!) I was sceptical that my request would be fulfilled. To my delight upon her return my dream had come true!

The Pro palette came packaged in a compact black box along with a good sample size primer at 5.5g

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The palette itself contains 16 deliciously pigmented and buttery shadows, 8 matte (top row) and 8 shimmers (bottom row).  The shadows are presented in black sleek packaging which is handily narrow and compact for travelling.  One of the things I like most about the palette is the correlation between the matte and shimmer shades, for example for each matte shade there is a shimmer shade below it which compliments it beautifully. I find that this is particularly useful for those of us who are not au fait with applying eye shadow and need a quick shadow combo on a sleepy Monday morning. Handy pairings aside, all 16 shadows compliment each other extremely well and can be mix n’ matched for dozens of versatile day to evening looks.

Retailing at $42 (£26) the Lorac Pro palette is one of the best quality products I have come across. I am reaching for this palette on the daily over my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette- it just can’t compete on quality, pigment or blend ability! As you can tell I am head over heels in love with this palette! Well worth the trip to the US… Or a good will gesture from a good friend (BFF x 1000)