Friday, July 11, 2014

Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet: Review And Swatches

Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet

If your local drug stores or other makeup stores carry Lumene, you've probably seen the new recent launch from them: the Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet. It's one of those typical jumbo pencil type lip products that only the laziest makeup company doesn't carry or come out with these days. So on to the review.

There are 8 shades available in total, and yes, I got all of them. This is how much I liked the colors. This has never happened to me before, but I find this color range very beautiful and universally flattering for everybody, there is no dud shade in this line. They all look gorgeous and actually very good on me (all of them!), which is phenomenal, that's why I got all of them (I also had a 30% discount, which sort of encouraged my splurge). In fact, I can really see myself wearing each shade at some point.

The formula of these lip products is kind of a hybrid of a lipstick and a lipgloss with moisturizing properties. It has a pretty nice color payoff and a really lovely finish, super shiny and juicy, oh, just BEAUTIFUL. I will say this: it actually feels very high end on the lips, very smooth, doesn't dry out my lips AT ALL, which can sometimes happen with such products not when you wear them, but after. This didn't happen to me. I felt that they were indeed very moisturizing and comfortable to wear, so texture-wise these are great. They also wear nicely and fade quite gracefully, without any white lines or patchiness or dryness or flecks of glitter remaining on your lips, none of that unpleasant stuff. Wear time is nothing super outstanding, 2-3 hours, if you don't eat, so it doesn't have any staining effect like, say, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (these are great ones if you're looking for a staining product). Note: the only one shade that I found leaving a pretty decent stain behind and lasting for quite some time on the lips was the red one in #15 Full of Berries. Overall, I'd rather have a comfortable lip product on my lips and be willing to re-apply than anything drying. I just DON'T LIKE DRY LIPS. Period.

So, here are all the colors available.
Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet (from left to right): 10 Spring Beauty, 11 Sandy Beach, 12 Summer Sky, 13 Blooming Meadow, 14 Fresh Morning, 15 Full of Berries, 16 Wild Raspberries, 17 Come Into Flower

I feel like this is such a nice shade range with a balance of warm, cool and neutral colors, each shade actually being suitable for most people. It is a rare thing, I hardly ever like the whole shade range, it's usually 1-3 shades max that I think will look good on me, finding others being geared more towards people with warmer or darker skin tones only and not for us, cool girls :). So these are very well thought out to please both worlds.

Here are the swatches from 2 slightly different angles.

Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet. Swatches (from left to right): 10 Spring Beauty, 11 Sandy Beach, 12 Summer Sky, 13 Blooming Meadow, 14 Fresh Morning, 15 Full of Berries, 16 Wild Raspberries, 17 Come Into Flower

I should say a few words about the finish. It is just perfection. It is so shiny, just a perfect summer lip finish. Do bear in mind that some shades have shimmer in them, but not all (some are just creamy), so if you want to steer away from it, just know it. However, when applied to the lips the shimmery shades look very nice without the visibly detectable annoying particles of glitter. Instead, they just look playfully shiny and flirty in a good way.

That's about all I have to say about these lip pencils. I don't have a single bad thing to say about them. I'm in love with them. If you can put your little charming hands on them, do so. I cannot think of anyone who might not love them.

Thank you for reading. I hope this post was helpful. Please, share your thoughts in the comments. I'd love to read them.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Whites

Summer whites

Hello, you gorgeous ones! I think that it's time to make post about something other than makeup. Today, I want to suggest to you one simple way to update your summer wardrobe.

It is simple - add white accessories. I think that we often forget how classy and chic white color can look in accessories. Plus, white is the color to wear in the summer, when you want to look fresher, younger and lighter. It's also a very safe and mistake-proof variant to choose. Below is a list of 5 things that you can use from your closet or from the store (why not buy something new for yourself, right?) to upgrade your look to the ultimate lightness and airy summer spirit.

1. White light summer scarf

White summer scarf

To be honest I haven't seen a lot of summer white scarfs at all, and I don't know why. I recently picked up this scarf from Reserved and am so happy I did. What can look more crispy and pulled together than a lightweight white scarf over a casual bright T-shirt or blazer, or anything really. White looks so good close to the face, it freshens everybody, and makes the whole look... instantly summery. There's just something very chic and relaxed about this simple accessory that just puts any outfit to the next level, making it a bit more dressed up and crispy even though it keeps it in the casual family. It would be a great addition to any pastel outfit, or a two-colored look (coral-white, blue-white, red-white etc.) and a must have for black and white lovers. Just try it, you'll be amazed at what a simple white scarf can do.

2. White sneakers

White sneakers

Ok. Who doesn't know that white sneakers are a huge trend this summer? Yep. You can wear them with anything. Yes, ANYTHING. That's another trend: rocking sports shoes with casual, classic or even dressy outfits. Fashion is so caring this season, you don't have to sacrifice your comfort to look fashionable. There's something very girly about pure white converse or sneakers. Even if you love color and wear simple casual clothes, white sneakers can get you anywhere (super handy when travelling) leaving you looking sharp, fashionable and clean, without messing up your style really. They are actually timeless and won't ever look out of style.

3. White clutch

White clutch

Another item you can't go wrong with. A white clutch will look great with any light summer dress, or even jeans and a T-shirt. This one is super versatile, not just because it is white, but particularly because it also has a long strap that you can attach or de-attach. Love this clutch. Looks great with a white scarf by the way :).

4. White pearls

White pearls

I feel that nowadays, pearls are being unjustly neglected. And it's a shame, because I don't know of any other jewelry that would make ANY woman beautiful, make her eyes sparkle, and make her look more feminine and dressed up in a blink of an eye. It's the kind of piece that should be a must have in any wardrobe in my opinion. It suits any woman, skin color, age, style and occasion (day time or night time, you name it). What more could you wish for?

I find the long thread of pearls particularly handy, because you can wear it as is, or wrap it around your neck 2 or even 3 times, or wrap it around your wrist multiple times to turn it into a bracelet. It's very handy. If you have a dilemma about what accessories to wear with your evening dress or outfit and you just don't know - wear pearls and nothing else. They'll be just enough and will do all the job for you. Period.

I actually have a lot of different pearls in different colors and lengths: I love them that much. I would sing a whole ode to pearls if I could. If you're thinking about getting pearls, my advice to you would be: get real ones, don't get fake ones, they'll ruin the whole effect. Just get real ones. It makes all the difference. It's a timeless classic chic piece that you won't regret investing in.

5. Any other white accessory (earrings)

White earrings with black cats

Now I have to admit that I posted a picture of these not so much because they are white, but because they are super fun and cute. They just make me smile and think of summer :). Who can tell me they're not cute? Cat lovers, are you with me :)?

Ok, so there it is. A small list of whites to lighten up your summer. Now, you obviously don't have to wear them all together at the same time, but most of them are pretty classic staple pieces that make good candidates for a small investment and will serve you faithfully individually or in a team.

Phew! First fashion related post - done! Yay! I hope you found it helpful or maybe inspiring. Please, share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to read them. Do you have any white accessories? Which one is your favorite?

Enjoy the summer and be blessed :-*.