‘ I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see’ – Gabourey Sidibe
Historically my attitude to makeup has been the same as my attitude to wine; quantity over quality. I very rarely range further up the price scale than Maybelline if I’m honest, unless it’s seriously marked down or I get it as a freebie.
Lancome launched their iconic and groundbreaking Juicy Tubes in 2000 when I was 18 and wore my make up like this:
That’s me on the left with Janine who annoyingly looks exactly the same as she does today. So this is cold hard evidence that in 2000 I was all white eyeshadow and orange lipstick. It’s no wonder I was single, or indeed was let out the house looking like that.
I loved the idea of Juicy Tubes and it was definitely something i coveted, however was something I could never really afford back then. Fast forward 16 years (feel old yet?) and a wonderful, wonderful thing called disposable income.
So, needless to say I don’t thin I’m overly qualified in the field of makeup artistry and I certainly don’t consider myself a beauty bloggers (I don’t actually consider myself a ‘blogger’ at all – but that’s a different discussion for a different day). So when Lancome got in touch and invited me along at Fenwicks Beauty Hall in Newcastle to try out their new Juicy Shakers lip gloss, I poor skint 18 year old in me suddenly felt all special and grown up!
So these little colour bombs have moved on from the classic Juicy Tubes. The theory being that the more your shake the bottle, the more intense the colour. At the launch celeb make up artist Fortunato Benavoli was on hand to help me with colour matching. After telling me I had the complexion to suit any lipstick (I bet he says that to all the girls) we decided on the summery Great Fruit, which was deep coral colour, well I have always been a fan of an orange lippy after all!
I have to say I was really impressed with the colour, and love how you can apply as much or as little as you like. The spongy dabber style applicator made it really easy to apply and wasn’t thick and claggy like a lot of lower end lip glosses available (not to mention the smell and taste ah-mazing). The do a range of 14 shades, I also tried out the Vanilla Pop which is a more subtle pinky colour, so they have something to suit pretty much all complexions.My only criticism would be that it didn’t last as long as I’d hoped, perhaps I didn’t shake it hard enough to get enough colour on but about 2 hours and a cup of coffee later, it was pretty much all gone.
Each shaker retails at £18, which, I’ll be honest is a little more than I tend to pay on, well, pretty much anything, but I do own a £22 mascara from Benefit and an £18 lip stain from Smashbox so it’s not unheard of for me to treat myself on things that are really special.
For more information visit Lancome UK here
Fellow North East Bloggers Amy, Debbie and Shannon came along with me so be sure to check would what they thought too: