Now this is something I have never done before because I never thought anything special had ever happened to my blog before for me to warrant writing this type of post. However 2016 was the best my blog has been to date and I am so fucking proud of that.
I also saw that The Mini Mermaid had written something like this so she inspired me to do this too.
From having a look at my stats I discovered that the views of my blog in 2016 more than doubled in comparison to 2015! WOW!
I’m not going to lie when I say I am a tad disappointed that not more of my varied posts weren’t on here… But meh I can’t complain! To be honest I am known for my lip product reviews, as well as Lush reviews as well so these seem apt to be fair.
Since me starting There Might Be Coffee in 2011 my blog has grown and here is how much.
I have written 597 posts.
I have had 91,224 views.
I have had 64,427 visitors.
Finally my best views ever were on the 13th September 2016 with an amazing 597 views on my blog! The post that was live on my blog that day was Big Beauty haul.
So what would I change about my blog in 2017?
I would love to attend more events to be honest! I loved attending all the events that I did in 2016 and it was lovely to meet some amazing bloggers along the way.
I would also love to write more reviews and start doing my look book posts again as I really miss doing those.
To be honest towards the end of 2016 my blog wasn’t as active and posts weren’t being written and published as often as I wanted them to be. Why? Well I work in retail/hospitality and with that comes working all over Christmas and dealing with people getting ready for “the most wonderful time of the year” (didn’t just sing that as I typed it…) so as soon as I came home from work I would be shattered and just want to eat, order presents online, wrap presents, read, play games and chill out.
I have noticed since moving into the house that when I lived at home the first thing I would do other than get changed into my pajamas was turn my laptop on. I don’t do that when I get home from work in my house. I still get changed into my pajamas but more often than not I’ll start doing some housework. My laptop gets put on a back shelf and it’s because I have better things to do now and as boring as I sound, more adult matters.
However I am going to try my hardest in 2017 to keep my blog updated and posts published as often as I can because I genuinely missed writing throughout November and December.
I now have a daily journal I use to write down blog ideas and when I’ll be writing them up etc. I also intend to use a notebook to write blog posts in whenever I don’t get the chance to get on my laptop to type up ideas etc.
What kind of posts would you like me to write in the future? Once a month I might pop a little voting panel up on my Twitter so you can go and vote.
Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.
I have been so damn excited for this Lancome launch since I heard about it before Christmas, so a few Sunday’s ago when I was in Selfridges with my friend Poppy, I knew I had to look at it. They had only been released in Selfridges at the time, and luckily the Birmingham store had them in stock a few days early. I had my eye on tw0o, and left with one of them.
I had my eye on Berry In Love since seeing the press release of the Juicy Shaker’s so I knew this was one of the ones I wanted to swatch on the back of my hand. I also eyed a gorgeous blue shaded called Mint To Be, which I would love to get my hands on as it’s limited edition!
The girl who served me was so lovely, and when I asked if I could try the product she applied it for me, and I really liked how it looked… So I was naughty and bought it. But this is my last treat for a very long time! So… Was it worth it?
I have mostly pros, but a few cons with this product, which I am going to talk about in this review. First of all I have to talk about the packaging.
How adorable is it? This is probably the first thing everyone is noticing about the product, it certainly was for me! It’s meant to be a little cocktail shaker, and as a huge cocktail making fan (is that even a thing???) I just fell in love with it. As you can see it’s silver, just like a cocktail shaker, and has the Lancome name around it, with the Lancome flower on the top. Not all of the packaging is silver, with the bottom part of the bottle being clear so that you can see which lip colour you have.
The applicator for this is very different, and I haven’t personally seen anything like it before. It reminds me of a little sweetie due to the cone, and sponge style shape. It was white when I first opened the product, but now it is sodden in the shade I picked up. Like most lip gloss products this has a screw top, which feels nice and secure when you do the top back up.
As I’ve already mentioned, I picked up Berry In Love which is a gorgeous purple shade, which has some slight purple and blue shimmer running throughout. All the shades are said to have their own unique scent to them, of course depending on the flavour. Mine being berries related, mine smells just like it, and it’s not an intense or strong scent, it’s just light, and perfect. You can’t taste it when it’s on the lips, but depending on the person, you may be able to smell it whilst it’s on the lips. I can smell it a little bit, but it isn’t anything offensive.
Image taken from lancome.co.uk
The shade I picked up is also the same shade that Lupita Nyong is wearing in the advertisements of the Juicy Shaker’s.
This isn’t like a normal lip gloss mind, and I don’t just mean about the unique packaging. This lip gloss contains nourishing lip oils such as sweet almond oil, omega 3, and cranberry oil! Meaning your lips don’t just look great, but they’re being nourished too, to make sure they stay in great condition. Due to what the lip gloss contains, it also means that it isn’t sticky or drying.
When you first get the bottle the pigment of the lip colour, and the oils will be separated in the bottle, so you need to shake it up really well to get them both merged together again. There’s a little ball inside that helps mix the two together, and it clicks around when you shake it, which I love! It really adds to the whole cocktail shaker style of the product.
There is both a lot of pros and (in my opinion) a con to this… I’ll go on to talk about the pros first.
One of the pros is how this feels on the lips. I wear glasses, so I hate when you wear a sticky lip gloss, your hair gets stuck in it, and then blows onto your glasses and you’re left with a lovely streak of your favourite gloss. Lovely! But with this it has a texture similar to water to be honest, and it feels really comforting on the lips, and hydrating. I love it for that, as it means if my lips are sore I can still rock a bit of colour whilst keeping my lips hydrated.
Another pro of this product is how it looks on the lips when applied. It’s nothing intense, which is to be expected with it being a lip gloss. It’s just perfect for spring and summer, for days when it’s warm outside and you don’t want to be caked in make up. Of course I only have one so I can’t compare the pigmentation to other shades. You’re meant to dab the product on with the applicator, and the more layers you apply, the more intense the colour will get. I find that dabbing the colour onto the lips work better than applying it like you would a normal lip gloss in a sweeping motion. I also found the longer I owned the product, the more product the applicator began to pick up, thus more product and pigmentation on the lips.
This is where I go onto the con. This cost me £18.00, and personally I don’t think it is worth that money. If you ask me, the majority of the price is for the packaging and the name, which sucks because I don’t want to be paying for the pretty packaging. I would expect to pay say £12.00-£15.00 for something like this. I know it’s Lancome but I never really remember their products being this much money! For a lipstick, yes, but not for a lip gloss.
Due to the consistency of the lip gloss, it doesn’t stay on the lips all that long. It might leave behind a slight stain, but it isn’t anything special. I’ll apply it before I drive to work, and by the time I’ve arrived there, walked to work, clocked in, got ready, and headed down to start my shift, it’s gone. Which annoys me. It shouldn’t have vanished in all of half an hour!
This being said, I do still really enjoy this product and I’ll probably start to use it over purple lipsticks, such as Rebel by MAC (review here) to give them a bit of a pop and some gloss.
As I’ve already said, I want to pick up the limited edition blue shade called Mint To Be. It’s a gorgeous bright blue shade, which when applied to the lips leaves a clear and slight blue shimmer. It’s great for making teeth look whiter!
Overall this is a great product, especially for young girls and teenagers who are just starting to experiment with make up. I know my mom bought me the Lancome Juicy Tubes lip glosses when I was first starting to wear make up, and I loved them (I still own them… They should probably be thrown away now…). These might be great for women who want a bit of colour on their lips, but if you’re expecting a lot of pigmentation from these, then you’ll be disappointed as these aren’t anything mind blowing… Sadly. These will make for a great present from a summer holiday this year, as I’m pretty sure they’ll be cheap as chips in duty free, and tax free areas.
As I said before, these retail for £18.00 each and are currently available online and in store at Selfridges, and online at Lancome’s website. I’m unsure if they are available in store at Debenhams, but at the time of this post they weren’t on the website. You can pick these up in 13 shades, with one being limited edition.