Trying Out Lip Oils

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Suddenly, it seemed like last year, brand after brand starting putting out their version of the lip oil. Whereas the super popular liquid lipstick seemed like it could be drying, the lip oil seemed more moisturizing and thus, more appealing to me.  I decided to just dive right in and basically pick the two with the most hype and the prettiest packaging, the Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry Tale and the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Raspberry.  I didn’t really do any major research on either lip oil, but made the decision pretty much on some favourable reviews on Youtube.

How They Look


Lancôme Juicy Shaker after initial application (left photo), after half and hour (middle photo) and Clarins Lip Oil after initial application (right photo)

Judging from their ad campaigns, I assumed that the shine from these lip oils was equal to a high-shine lip gloss! I guess, that is the power of photography.  I do think that these lip oils impart a lovely low-key shine.  However, the shine does fade pretty quickly.  The Lancôme Juicy Shakers fade pretty within a half an hour whereas the Clarins Lip Comfort Oils probably lasts about an hour.

Here’s where these lip oils differ tremendously.  The Clarins Lip Comfort Oil dulls down in shine after a few hours, but it still leaves the lips moisturized.  In contrast, the Lancôme Juicy Shaker fades pretty quickly and leaves a matte stain on your lips.  Neither of them are super pigmented, but I would say the Juicy Shaker leaves a subtle tint of colour (it would also depend on what shade you got).  This isn’t a Korean style lip tint in that the stain doesn’t last after eating.  The Clarins Lip Oil almost looks clear with a sheer hint of colour. However, since I have really pigmented lips, it almost looks just like a clear gloss on me.  Also, one other thing to note is that when the Lancôme Juicy Shaker dries down, you do see more of your lip lines.

How They Feel

I think one of the great things about these lip oils are that they aren’t sticky.  I would say that the Juicy Shaker really feels like you have oil on your lips.  I could see that this might not be the most appealing to some people.  On the other hand, the Clarins Lip Oil feels thicker and more like a gloss.  That is perhaps why I feel that the Clarins lip oil is overall more moisturizing.  After using the Lancôme Juicy Shaker all day, my lips did feel a bit dry.

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One of my favourite aspects of these two lip oils are their applicators.  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker’s applicator feels like a soft latex sponge that hugs your lips.  Of course, the “funnest” part though, is shaking the cocktail shaker shaped packaging to mix the oil with the pigment in the product.  The Clarins applicator is also a joy to use.  The “cocoon” applicator grips the perfect amount of product when pulled out of the tube. This larger than average doe-foot applicator also fits comfortably on your lips during application.


How They Taste

Even though no one has any intention of eating these oils, you do accidentally taste them sometimes.  They both don’t have any taste I find.

How They Smell

Both of these lip oils smell like fruit, which I love!  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker smells more like raspberries and the Clarin lip oil smells like cherries.  The scents don’t linger, which I prefer.

VERDICT:  Overall, I enjoyed trying out these lip oils.  I realized though, as a category, there is a lot of variety.  These are two difference products and which one you purchase will depend on what you are looking for.  The Lancôme Juicy Shaker gives you a beautiful sheen and leaves a subtle tint. In contrast, the Clarins lip oil is more of a lip treatment that not only moisturizes your lips, but gives a more natural hint of colour.  Neither are super long lasting on the lips, so you do have to reapply after a few a hours.

Travel Tag

The High Line in New York City is one of my favourite places in the city.  Against the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a public park built on old elevated train tracks in the Meatpacking District.

My journey in travel has evolved over the course of my lifetime.  When I was younger, I remembered one my teachers had us write down 50 things we wanted to accomplish in our lifetime.  I don’t know where the physical list has gone, but I do remember that I had written that I wanted to travel the world.  When I was a kid, I was one of those lucky enough to go to Disneyland multiple times because I had family in Los Angeles.

Then, when I finally started to make money during my university years, I decided to fulfil that travelling dream by moving to London, England for a bit.  From there, I had the chance to visit all the art museums I dreamt about visiting in Europe.  However, for the last decade, I have totally lost the travel bug, and have mostly only travelled to visit family.  Not sure what brought about this change, but maybe I thought I could find myself through travel, and ultimately I figured I could only fulfill that by looking inward.  Fast forward to today, and I feel a tiny bit of an itch again, so who knows?

Thank so much to Anna from Style Under Pressure for tagging me to do this fun tag!  You should definitely check out her version of the tag here.  She has been to so many amazing places that I would never even dream of going.  Plus, the photos she has taken from her trips are amazing. Also, her knowledge of skincare is so extensive and informative.  I have learned so much from her already.  Do check out her blog here!

Where is your favourite place you have visited?

Paris, France (Sorry, I couldn’t post any of my photos from Paris because I still used film back then) stole my heart a long time ago (it was the first city I travelled to without my family) and it is still my favourite.  There are just so many things I love about it.  Chocolate Eclairs.  Eiffel Tower (especially lit up at night).  Some of the best makeup and skincare.  Art, art, and art.  Plus, it is definitely one of the most romantic places in the world and the setting for my favourite romantic movie, Before Sunset.

As an honorary mention, I would have to say Venice, Italy.  The minute you get there, it is just so dreamy, like something out of a movie.  Plus, New York, New York, mostly because there is so much happening, so many restaurants, shows, and stores to explore.

If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you pick?

Well, either than visiting family, I would probably pick Tokyo, Japan.  Being an anthropology major in university, I would love to experience the Japanese culture, which I feel is so full of oxymorons. Traditional yet modern.  Unified yet quirky.  Most importantly, I love Japanese makeup.  I couldn’t imagine being able to pick up whatever I wanted at a whim.  I would probably be broke!  Plus, I really want to get a hot drink from those vending machines!

Anna mentioned this in her blogpost also, but the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru would be a pretty amazing place to visit since I considered becoming an archaeologist at one point in my life, believe it or not.  Sounds funny now considering that I am so into anti-aging and can’t imagine myself digging for hours in the sun.

My family is originally from China, but I have only visited Asia last year.  This is a photo I took of the Taipei 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan.  Such an amazing cultural experience, but the makeup was the highlight!  I could swatch and play with all the Asian makeup I wanted.

Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?

As you probably guessed from the previous places I have travelled to, I am a city girl.  I really enjoy art, architecture, fashion, and those are mostly found in cities.

What are 3 of your holiday essentials?

Having worked many years as an amusement park ride operator in my teenage years, I think I have gotten enough sun for a lifetime.  That is perhaps why most of my essentials are related to sun protection.

  1. Wide-brimmed hat – Like Anna, I can’t live without a hat when travelling.  Often, you end up walking around so much, that it is easy to get sunburnt.
  2. Sunscreen – It is apparently the best anti-aging product and at my age that is hugely important.
  3. Internet – Sometimes, I try to remember what we did without Google Maps (We did just fine).  I love getting lost, but not all the time.  Moreover, since being a blogger, I can’t help working and checking up on my blog and reading the blogs of others.

Are you an Over-Packer or an Under-Packer?

I think I am neither extreme, but if I had to pick, I think I am an under-packer.  Except the horror of forgetting my essential skincare, I sometimes subconsciously love to forget stuff so I can go check out what they have at the local drugstore or makeup counters.

What is your favourite thing about going on holidays?

I think my favourite thing about travelling is all the unplanned moments that you talk about years after the trip.  Like the stranger that helped you when you were lost or finding an unexpected gem of a place.  Or sometimes the sticky situations that you get yourself into and manage to survive and talk about for years later on (although taking a ride from a stranger is something I’ll never do again, hopefully).

What is one place you would never want to visit?

I can’t think of a specific place, but I guess anywhere where I would feel extremely worried about my own safety.

Who would you rather go on a holiday with, family or friends?

I enjoy both, but I guess as I have gotten older, time with family always seems precious since everyone is so busy with their own lives.  Also, since travelling can be stressful, it is comforting to have family by my side.

What is the most adventurous dish you have tried from another country?

Gosh, I can’t think of any.

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Year End Favourites: Top 5 Makeup and Skincare

This is my first collaboration and I am excited to do it with the lovely Sylvia from her blog  She has the most adorable blog where she discusses beauty, her daily life, and her travels.  We decided to talk about favourite beauty products of the year, narrowing it down to our top 5’s in makeup and skincare.  Go check out Sylvia’s favourites here.

Top 5 Makeup Favourites


H & M Color Essence Eye Cream in Sirocco

Let’s face it, I have too many cream eyeshadows.  They range from drugstore (Maybelline) to high-end (Tom Ford).  However, if I had to pick one that I used the most, it would have to be the H & M Color Essence Eye Cream.  The packaging might not be the most luxorious, but it is chic and minimal, and the formula is my favourite.  The gel-cream formula glides and blends out easily on the eyes, doesn’t crease, and lasts pretty much all day.  The price of $6.99 USD is just a bonus.

msh Love Liner Liquid in Rich Black

I have been on a mission to try as many Japanese liquid liners as I can simply because they are some of the best.  As the name of blog implies, most liners smudge on me.  Out of all the liquid liners I have tried, this one is definitely my favourite.  I always make the least amount of mistakes when I use this liner.  I’m not sure specifically why.  It could be the barrel is a little more weighted or the brush is extra flexible, but it is the best also because it stays on all day, is really black, and doesn’t dry out (I’ve had mine for a year).  Definitely holy grail status.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Verbena

Unfortunately, if I don’t jive well with the scent of product, it can be a deal-breaker for me.  When I tried Bite Beauty lipsticks the first time, I just could not deal with the scent and had to return it. However, when I smelled the Amuse Bouche lipsticks in Sephora (they smell citrusy with a touch of mint), I decided to give them a try again and I’m glad I did.  Even without lip balm, they are super moisturizing and the colours are super pigmented.  They don’t last on my lips through heavy eating and drinking, but they stay on remarkably longer than I expected.  Can’t wait to get more colours!

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the Balm Put a Lid on It Eyelid Primer

I don’t hear about this eyelid primer talked about much, but it is definitely one of my favourite discoveries of the year.  For me though, eyelid primer is one of those unsung heroes.  It might not be as exciting and flashy as some other fellow beauty products, but a complete necessity for someone like me with oily lids.  For me, this products combines the best qualities I enjoy in two other cult eyelid primers.  The convenient tube packaging is reminiscent of the Two Faced Shadow Insurance and the formula has the staying power of the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  It is the best of both worlds!

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Missha The Style Defining Blusher in PK03

This is completely a surprising favourite for me.  It was one of those products you plop in your cart because you needed free shipping.  Why not get a lovely pink blusher?  The shade is lovely, blends out nicely, and most of all, lasts a long time.  Plus the packaging is cute.  It has been a major staple the last few months.

Top 5 Favourite Skincare


Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence

I am not obsessed with the appearance of my pores, but this product made me understand the importance of “pore-care.”  Is that even a term?  One of the reasons that Korean skincare has been such a big hit is that you can see results pretty fast.  Within a day, I noticed the my pores were smaller and more refined after using this product.  It is pretty amazing.  This is actually a late year favourite, but I am almost done with my current bottle and ready to order a new one.

Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Essence

I bought this essence at my local Korean supermarket on the recommendation of the salesperson. Mostly, because she said that they said it was fermented with gold green tea and I was really in need of an essence.  If you want to try out a snail essence that is not sticky, blends in quickly, and is anti-aging, I would recommend this one.

Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence

This has been a staple in my skincare routine for most of this year until I branched out and tried other products for my blog.  I love that it sinks in quickly and leaves my freshly cleansed face moisturized and plump.  Plus, it doesn’t have a strong fragrance and the 91% fermented soybeans have amazing anti-aging properties.

Whamisa Organics Flower Eye Essence

I’ve had a problem with eye creams not working well under face makeup (e.g., makeup balls up on top of some eye creams).  However, this Whamisa eye cream has been wonderful under makeup. It not only sinks in quickly, but leaves a smooth and moisturized surface for makeup application.  It also lasts a long time because you only need a small amount per application.  As a whole, if you are looking into trying organic skincare, I would recommend this Korean line.

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LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule

This is another love from Glow Recipe, the online Korean natural skincare website.  Since it is curated line of products, I haven’t tried anything that I didn’t enjoy.  If you are looking for instant glow, this is your product.  Packed with propolis and multivitamins, this ampoule not only provides instant glow to your skin, it also revitalizes your skin and evens out skin tone.  It also another product that is great under makeup because it absorbs really quickly.  My only small gripe is that you go through it pretty quick because it comes in such a small bottle.

That’s it!  My favourites of the year.  Hope you enjoyed reading this post and have a wonderful new year!