Me & My Sephora Birthday Gift

 

Hi guys! Do you know that May is my birthday month? Well, May is an exciting month for me for many reasons month one of which is that I get to receive my Sephora‘s Birthday Gift (for FREE!) :).

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This year there are three sets you can choose from (check out the other two on Sephora’s website here). Caudalie and Jack Black are both nice sets but since I’ve already have the Caudalie skincare products I skipped on that one. I really want to try the Jack Black but it’s only redeemable through online and since I was already in the store, I grabbed the Tarte Lip and Cheek set instead.

It includes:

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1x Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty  

This shade is described as a gorgeous dusty pink which neither look too dusty on cheeks but is the most perfect toned down pink that isn’t too dark or too mauvy vibe to it … did that makes any sense? It’s so beautiful and richly pigmented that a little goes a long way. This is actually my second blush from this line and I love how creamy and smooth the formula is. It blends extremely well on cheeks and the shade is absolutely stunning. A perfect shade for summer it is.

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If you need a natural look blush for a medium -light skin, this shade is for you. The best in every way and my all time favorite blush for every occasion.

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1x Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit 

Second one in this set is Birthday Suit and do allow me to talk about it for a sec. It’s truly matte and the neutral nude looks so flattering on my lips. It feels very comfortable and not drying at all. It’s definitely MLBB (My lips but better) and yet noticeable. I’m so much in love with it that I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I got it. This could be my perfect MLBB shade after all. I posted a #LOTD photo in my Instagram link wearing it.

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You know it’s’ the one when —  (a) the lipstick is basically the same shade as your lips but adds just a bit more depth and intensity to your pout. (b) The one you can apply without a mirror and (c) after having four cups of coffee or tea and not mess it up.

To be completely honest, I was blown away to the point that when I’m done with this one, I’m most definitely picking the full sized version of Birthday Suit.

Glad you asked —  Did you know that you don’t have to even shop at Sephora to qualify for your free birthday gift?  All you’ve to do is sign up for a Beauty Insider account. Easy as 123! And if you’re already a member, don’t forget to redeem your birthday gift at the check out or in store the next time your birthday is coming up.

I don’t know about you but I love that the Sephora Birthday Gift comes at me with options this year.

So what are your thoughts on this year’s Sephora Birthday Gift? Anyone received it yet? Which one will you choose?

Thanks for taking the time to read. I’ll see you again on the next post :).

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Colourpop Box Unboxing 2

 

Hi guys, in this post I’m going to do a box unboxing. I received this box a week after Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrived on time but it’s better late than never.

Here is the video unboxing of Colourpop’s box series #2.

I didn’t open the box because I wanted to share the excitement with you guys. You will see the original state of the box and how it looks like in this video.

It comes in a white cardboard box and the print on the side says “Made In LA”.  And it’s opened up a nice flower design with the Colourpop name on it. There’s a insert Mother’s Day greeting card for me which is so lovely. My hubby and son knows that I love makeup so this was a great surprise.

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The first 3 products are the Colourpop Pressed Shadows. I got it in the shade Outta Luck, Top Notch and last one is Let Me Explain. These are the eyeshadows that drew me the most. I don’t remember having any of these pressed shadows from Colourpop before and so I’m very excited to try them out.

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Next, is the Mini Ultra Satin Lip in the shade London Fog (a cool-toned blue red) and Dopey (a mid-toned dusty mauve). The full size Ultra Satin Lips retail for USD$6.00 each (the same as their Ultra Matte Lips).

This is a new alternative to the Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick. I love their ultra matte and this is another reason why I like this satin lipstick. Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite beauty products of all time. In general, I love their intensity, their precision, and their long wear.

Some liquids gives bulletproof wear, meaning it can dry out your lips but not these. The big difference between Ultra Matte and Ultra Satin is that Ultra Satin doesn’t dry down to a completely matte finish. It doesn’t feel heavy, sticky, or even tacky, but you know they’re there. These are extremely pigmented and sets to a comfortable satin finish. I really like the shades of these two liquid lipsticks.

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This was the best Mother’s Day gift bag that was gifted to me. Shout out to my hubby and son for choosing this awesome gift. I love everything in it. The swag bag is super cute!

Inside the Mother’s Day swag bag (limited edition) you got a Double Play Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter, 2 Blotted Lip Lipsticks and an Eye liner. It was a super deal since they only paid $25 for all 4 items.

Which one do you like?

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It’s revolutionary! Say whaaat! That’s right! Colourpop created a new formula based off of their super shock technology that’s developed specifically for this face palette that will not dry out!

Double Play Pressed Powder Blush Face Duo is retailed for $16 on their website. The shade on the left is Getting Handsy which is described as a matte blush with warm nude undertone while the Padded Down is a pearlized highlighter in warm champagne undertone.

I’m super excited to give this a test run. I’ve heard some positive things about it so I’m curious to try it out myself. You guys know the drill – an upcoming post review with color swatch coming up soon.

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Next thing I got is their new range of lip products is the Blotted Lip Lipstick. I got the shade Sucker is a soft coral and Drip is described as a warm rosey mauve color lip.

As I did the color swatches, I feel that Colourpop Blottled Lip Lipsticks have the most unique texture I’ve ever come across – it combines the firmness of a wax crayon with the silky-smoothness of silicone. It has the cushiony softness that’s comfy to wear on lips. There’s no fragrant or scents at all.

One thing I noticed is that if you want a medium coverage, you need to swipe at least 2- 3x to get the opacity. I wear Drip today for lunch at Bar B Barn (I had BBQ chicken and fries) and I did a quick touch up before heading to Sephora. It was a NO fuss touch up! I’m currently loving it.

The formula is my absolute favorite from Colourpop so far. If you’re like me and prefer minimal, natural, no-fuss makeup looks, I would definitely recommend picking up a few of these. Plus at $5 each, you can’t beat it!)

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Last but not least, is the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the color Brew -Haha and is described as a True black brown in a matte finish. I really like the color but the pencil keeps breaking on me. I’m not sure if I got a bad one because the first I did the color swatch it broke, and then when I tried to use it again today, it kept breaking. I like the pencil but this one failed me. I don’t recommend this pencil liner to anyone until an improvement is made to the formula.

Don’t forget to check on their website for their new Limited Edition Birthday Bag Kit. It’s their 3rd year Anniversary, you guys! This is not a partnership or sponsor post whatsoever, I’m just sharing some love on the special deals.

Just a quick reminder that Colourpop hold the PETA badge of honour Beauty Without Bunnies.  This company is cruelty-free! It does NOT test on animals.

Have you tried any of Colourpop makeup products yet? What’s your favorite? Tell me everything down below!

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Enjoy!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Hit or Miss? Caudalie Favorites Set

 

Hi guys! What’s going on friends? So, if you read last week’s post, you’ll know about my new obsession in skincare by Caudalie and how much I’m loving the skincare products.

It’s going to be a little review on the skincare products that I’ve been using lately and it’s got to be the Caudalie Favorites Set. I really like that they have very much all the products which I wanted to try out and there have been a lot of requests for a review on some of the products from this set.

So, I’m going to go ahead with the review right now.

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This set comes in a good size travel bag which I really appreciate. I like that the material is made of part cloth and the front a transparent plastic for easy view.

Premier Cru The Eye Cream – for all skin types

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On the website, it says – this sumptuous eye cream reduces the signs of aging related to the eye contour: dark circles, puffiness, drooping eyelids, shadowy areas. Apply morning and evening, a twice daily ritual for best results.

I’m quite impressed with the texture, it’s creamy and luxurious. This tinted tan color cream goes on smoothly without leaving any white cast or stickiness whatsoever.

It’s been a week since I tried it and I haven’t noticed anything substantial. I don’t find that it helped at all with dark circles or puffiness. The only good side I noticed is an immediate radiance effect on my skin and that it works well under makeup.

Frankly, I’m so glad that I got it in sample size before I decided to plunge in the splurge. Given the price in full size bottle is $99 (CAD$110) at Sephora, I honestly don’t think it’s worth the hefty price tag. It’s an okay eye cream but don’t expect it to knock your socks off kind of eye cream.

Instant Detox Mask – to tighten pores 

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I get a lot of requests to do this review. So, I’m going to jump right in.

Although I’m a fan of Caudalie, this is my first experience with their masks and I’m well impressed. The full size tube is 75 ml and retails for CAD$47 and it’s Made in France. 0% animal ingredients and paraben free.

This mask comes packaged in a beautiful sleek squeeze tube. They claim that Instant Detox Mask is designed to eliminate impurities and toxins to tighten pores and renew skin texture. Recommended use is 5-10 minutes and rinse, 2x per week. Main ingredients are pink clay, grape marc and coffee.

My thoughts after one week of testing it. I do think to see long-term results one needs to put skincare products to the test for an extended period of time, but in the one week that I’ve tested it, I can say that after each use, you can definitely feel a difference in skin texture and overall feel.

This is a traditional clay mud masks that draw impurities, oils and tighten pores. It comes in a pink clay color that will dry and tighten after you applied it. As it dries, I can feel my skin tightening and you can see tiny dark spots where it’s drawing out oils from your pores. It’s non-irritating and leaves the skin feeling super clean. If you have dry skin like me, then you may want to leave this on for a shorter period of time or just use this on spots.

My verdict: The Instant Detox Mask is something I think will be extremely popular, especially for those with oily skin, it’s potent but still very gentle on the skin and won’t irritate or sting like some other lines will.

Beauty Elixir – for smoothing & glowing complexion

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Let’s talk about this Beauty Elixir shall we and take a moment to enjoy this awesomeness! Yes, it’s my first experience trying out this product so you can tell how excited I was when I did the test run last week.

Here’s what I think.

I’ve heard so many hype on the internet awhile ago and have always wanted to try for myself and see what the raves were all about. So, when I saw this is in the Caudalie Favorites Set I was over the moon.

Could you  just imagine misting your face with the refreshing Beauty Elixir on a hot summer day… What a relief that would be, right?

Let me tell you. It feels refreshing and awesome! The mist is very fine and not squirty at all, the frosted glass packaging looks beautiful on my vanity, and it does feel cooling on the skin for the 3 seconds before it dries. I love the amazing scents. I’m in heaven.

Micellar Cleansing Water – 3 in 1 remove makeup, cleanse and tone 

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Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water is a soap-free water that removes makeup while cleansing and toning the your skin. I really like the scents – it has a slight orange, lemon and minty scents which I can’t really describe but it does smells amazing.

It removes eye makeup very easily. You don’t have to rub it hard, just leave the cotton pad on your eyes for a few seconds and then gently wipe it off. Won’t cause eye irritation and tugging. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. I know that I’ll be reaching for this from now on and will repurchase in a full size bottle once I go through this one.

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – to quench and smooth skin 

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Last but not least is the moisturizing sorbet cream. The product itself is a white color cream, which has the perfect texture and consistency. It’s neither runny like a lotion; nor is it very thick to mimic a balm. The moisturizer is extremely light weight, with a nice creamy texture, I would say it feels more or less like a mousse with primer. It’s cooling and not sticky at. I love the smell of what they characterize it as “cut grass”.  Smells so fresh and calming.

This is a perfect cream for dry skin to combination skin typed people. Since I’m in the dry combination category I see myself reaching for it. At present. I’m mainly using it in the morning instead of putting loads of moisturizer. This moisturizer may seem light weight at first sight but it really gets the work of hydration done perfectly. I’m in love!

I truly think this is one of the best yet.  If you’re a total skincare product junkie, new starter to skincare or product tester, you know you don’t really need a bunch of full size skincares … let’s face it, you just won’t use them up. Here you get a nice sampling of products that are still generously sized. Good job, Caudalie! For $39 it’s a super deal.

That rounds up my latest testing of skincare by Caudalie. I hope you enjoyed and if you’re on the hunt for a good skincare, I hope this review helps.

Any favorite you’ve tried? Comment below.

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New Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette by BH Cosmetics

 

What’s up you guys? Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be a very exciting one because I just received my Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette in the mail two days ago. When I opened it – my heart skip a beat.

I was going to do a different post on beauty haul but that would come shortly.

This palette is so much better than I thought given I only paid $19.50 for this palette. Hearing so many amazing things about her first palette, I can only imagine how much more awesome this palette will be. I’m shaking with excitement as I unwrapped this bad boy. SPOILER ALERT – It’s gorgeous!

Now let’s get started.

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From what I learned, the newest collaboration from BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel is a turn up version of her previous palette. In case some of you didn’t know who Carli Bybel is, she’s a huge youtuber with over 5 million subscribers on tube.

She already has one BH collab, I never purchased it which makes this even better thing for me to get because I don’t have the original.

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This is a gorgeous palette, it’s luxurious and the color selections are amazing. The outside design of the packaging is cute. It’s a very large palette which I like but not practical for travel at all. It got a nice big mirror and it says “aspire to inspire”. It’s a nice cardboard packaging, it’s not going to get too dirty and you could wipe it clean.

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The packaging is huge but not bulky in thickness whatsoever and there’s a magnet closure on the lid which I really appreciate.

7 new shades

Deluxe Edition has all the previous shades plus seven new shadows and three new highlighters. The shadows and highlighters marked with a smiley emoji symbol are the newbies, FYI.

In this palette EVERYTHING is creamy and buttery to perfection.

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If you guys just look at these shadows. These shadows just screams spring to me. Look at the mauvy, purple and peachy shadows. The colors are absolutely stunning just by looking at it. So, let’s into swatching.

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1st row

I’m using a finger swatch without any eye primer or eyeshadow base on my arm. I swatched the shades for you guys and as you can see the pigmentation is incredible especially those shimmery ones.

Here’s the top row of shadows. Can we just stop and be mesmerized by this rosy pink shade (second on the right). That’s such a beautiful color. So much pigment and shimmery reflect. The last one the right has the same color except it’s less of a pink that you see here.

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2nd row

I was sucked in the most by the mauvy shadows in the middle. Isn’t it an amazing color that’s perfect for spring? I’m so excited I want to play with all the shades in this palette. Don’t forget to stay tuned as I share exciting #EOTD makeup on my Instagram the coming days.

The matte shades have lovely pigmentation and blended very well in my opinion. The shimmer shades are soft, buttery and highly pigmented with no effort required to get intense color payoff. They’re just stunning!

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3rd row

The eyeshadows are mainly neutral easy-to-wear shades, making this a great palette for every day and I find myself reaching for it often.

It has pink and plum shades in addition to gold, bronze and copper. The gold color second from left is pure stunning. I really like the versatility you get from this palette.

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Guys could we stop here to admire these beauty. You know that these sections are for highlighters ONLY!

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The left highlighter is an icy peach highlighter that has a warm to it. The golden highlighter on the right is one of the new hues. Oh my gosh! Just look at that! It feels like they’re super intense and almost…creamy. I don’t really know how to describe this. I can’t even tell you … you definitely need to get this palette I’m telling you.

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They threw in four other incredible highlighters that are insanely gorgeous. Here’s the final row of highlighters with a new icy shade (far left) created for porcelain skin tones verse the warmer tones for women of color. I’m in love with the two middle highlighters currently. Let me know if you like to see a makeup tutorial in the comment section.

These are the most pigmented, rich and beautiful highlighter I’ve ever seen in my life. Absolutely stunning! I can tell you, the formula is out of this world. Seriously!

My two cents opinion, Carli makes it so affordable for everyone to purchase this. I’m loving the new shades of highlighters in her deluxe palette. The colors are gorgeous, and EVERY color here is usable! This palette is a steal for this price and so worth it. I can’t say enough about this palette! GO Get it!

The BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette is available for $19.50 (pre-order sale) at BHCosmetics.com.

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1 Brand No Fuss FOTD – COLOURPOP

 

Hi guys! It’s been raining outside so it’s dark, gloomy and cozy morning as I sat down in front my laptop to write this post. I don’t know about you but I’m elated when it rains. I love listening to the sound of the falling rain. Is it just me or anyone else like it too?

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I’m bringing back 1 brand No Fuss #FOTD today. I actually have a lot of requests to either redo an old 1 brand makeup post or feature new brands that I haven’t features before. I did a Colourpop haul and I nearly get everything I need to create this” No fuss” face of the day!

Products Used:

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I’m not doing a full makeup tutorial so I skip the process of applying foundation and concealers. I prep my face with Positively Ageless SPF 30 moisturizer by Aveeno and then I go ahead to apply the BB cream from Lab Story which is my current favorite. They’re honestly the best I’ve tried. If you’re curious to learn more, simply click here for more detailed review.

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The first thing I gravitated towards were the eyeshadows. I absolutely love all of these shades. They’re warm toned and perfect for everyday wear.

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  • Paradox – warm satin burgundy red
  • Seeker –  warm matte reddish brown
  • Jinxie – soft pearlized gold
  • Elixir – matte terracotta

My favorites has to be Paradox, Seeker and Elixir. These kind of shades are always my favorite because they make my eyes pop. It’s nicely pigmented and easy to apply. It doesn’t fade or crease throughout the day.

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First I apply Elixir on my crease and blend it nicely. Then I go on applying Paradox on the lids. With the same color I smudge it out on my under eye area. I used Seeker for the outer corner while Jinxie on the inner corner and on the brow bone.

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A water-resistant Crème Gel in Bangin’ Brunette in true brunette brown. Packaging is a cute glass jar with white screw on the lid, and I’ve always loved ColourPop’s holographic logo.

That aside, I really like the formula of this cream gel. The consistency is great, it’s creamy and easy to use. A little goes a LONG way with this.  It slides smoothly and sticks to the skin. I’ve black hair and the shade “Banging Brunette” is perfect for me. I’ve no intention of switching for now.

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  • First of, with Dope Taupe brow pencil spoolie I brush my brows up, used light and small strokes to outline the shape and when I’m satisfied with the shape I want, I got ahead to fill in any empty spaces or sparse areas with the Brow Colour Crème Gel in Bangin’ Brunette.
  • As for my wing, I used Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black since I misplaced the Creme Gel liner I got from Colourpop.
  • I didn’t use mascara for this look since I’m going for the “no fuss” makeup #FOTD”.

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This Brow Pencil is in the shade Dope Taupe. Each pencil is double-ended, with the pigment on one side and a spoolie on the other, leaving you with no excuse to not blend your color and brush your brows into shape. So brilliant!

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Note that I barely pressed down on my hand with this pencil and you can totally see  a nice color payoff from it. It has a nice pigmentation and glide on amazingly.

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It’s a spoolie that combs and brush very well.

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Next is the Super Shock Cheek blush in the shade Quarters. Quarters is described as a mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish. This blush comes in a circle plastic container with a twist-up cap. I find the texture of the blush very soft and almost creamy. It’s super soft to the touch and I feel like if I press my finger on the pan, it will leave a deep dent.

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Fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage. Color builds from natural-looking flushed look to more intense bright looks. This blush is very pigmented and buildable. Build to your heart’s desire!

I love Colourpop and I love this pretty shade. Perfect everyday color to wear this summer.

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This is part of their Lippie Stik line. The shade I got is in Cami Matte X and it’s described as cool toned mauve. The packaging is of a white, slim and it’s a crayon lipstick.  It’s a crayon lipstick but it’s not the typical pointed tip. It’s actually slanted as you can see on the photo below.

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The formula of this lipstick itself is amazing. It’s super creamy and super pigmented. One swipe is all you need.  There are different finishes of the Lippie Stix but Cami Matte X comes in matte. Longevity as you may have guessed is unbelievable!

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If you’re a matte lover, I think you’ll be really impressed with these textures. I’m loving this pretty shade and the formula.

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These are intensely pigmented and apply evenly. Application is incredible and so is the opacity. It also doesn’t feel anywhere near as dry as the other brands I’ve. It feels comfortable on the lips. I love it so much that I want a few more… hahaha!

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I use my fingers to pack the color on the cheeks. I just use it lightly and it can last up to 5 hours.

This is the finish look. Hope you enjoyed this “no fuss” face of the day! I really like the way everything came together. While this look is fun and has pops of color, I think it is still very wearable.

Conclusion, you just can’t go wrong with Colourpop makeup products. I think it’s a must-buy   If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up or comment. Let me know your requests for future 1-brand “No Fuss” looks!

Have you picked up anything from this brand lately? Did you know that Colourpop is bunny approved. Meaning they test their products leaving fur babies to be fur babies, they’re cruelty free?

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Hit or Miss – Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes

 

Hey what’s going guys! Today I’ll be sharing my hit or miss drugstore eyeshadow palettes as requested. I know how overwhelming it can be trying to find a good eyeshadow palette when you’re not able to test the products properly. Drugstore makeup can be a hit & miss thing but their palettes are definitely stepping up these days. So, I thought it might be helpful to talk with you guys some of the eyeshadow palettes that I’ve tried and I’d recommend if you’re on the fence to pick something from the drugstores! FYI – this is not a sponsored post!

Okay, let’s do this.

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I’m going to talk on these three eyeshadow palettes which I picked up from my local drugstore not too long ago.

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My girl friend introduced me to this eyeshadow palette. I like that it comes in a huge pan which means you get a lot more products from this palette. The best thing is it’s also travel friendly.

Covergirl TruNaked Palette is available in Nudes, Roses and Goldens and retails for CAD$12.97.

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The Goldens shade contains warmer shades of beige, tans, olives and browns. If you’re someone looking for these color eyeshadows, this one is for you. It reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay Naked palette actually. I love the color selection in this palette. They’re so pretty and all the shadows are so versatile. You can create a neutral to dramatic look with these.

There are three matte shades Creme, Cookie and Sierra while the rest are shimmers. I didn’t notice any difference in formula between the different finishes. They all feel the same to me.

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They’re very easy to blend out and long lasting. It’s really pigmented while I also notice that it does kicks up some powders, I wouldn’t be too alarm by it. In fact, I found that I don’t need to dig into the pan that hard to pick up products.

I was quite impressed with the formula and quality. They apply so beautifully on eyes and on swatches. I’m loving this palette and it’s a hit for me.

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Rimmel London launched these in three shade groupings which are golds and nudes, roses, and smoky shades. I picked this palette because I knew right away that this would be the most wearable choice out of the three palettes.

I have a fairly good track record with Rimmel eyeshadow as I happened be a fan of their Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow Palette.

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Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette comes housed in a plastic compact that contains 12 shades. The palette also contains two dual-sided sponge applicators.

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Some textures are creamy and smoother than the other. Yes, I’m referring to the matte and shimmery shadows. The matte formula is silky smooth while the shimmery ones seems to be more textured with glittery feels to them. It’s not bad but it would be even better if they’ve have similar formula to the matte shadows.

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I was hoping for a much better or improved formula but this doesn’t even come close. Sadly it didn’t bring me to the moon and back 😦  I don’t think the formula is up to par with the Glam Eyes Eyeshadow formulas they’ve done in the past. The shadows blends to sheer and grouping other colors together. It gave me a serious black eye look which certainly isn’t cute at all. That was a deal breaker.

I’m quite disappointed with this palette and wouldn’t recommend it. You can definitely find other brands for the same price point but you’re getting a better quality product.

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I’m not going to do a full review here, at the risk of being repetitive but for those of you that didn’t see my original review, I’ll just keep it short and sweet by saying that this formula is quite impressive.

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The Wet n Wild Au Naturel eyeshadows are richly pigmented, soft, and glides on so smoothly. To be honest, I really don’t have anything negative to say about this palette. For the price, quality and that it’s cruelty free, I say run to your nearest drugstore and pick one now.

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Needless to say, this is a winner in my book.

I hope this review was helpful, and let me know if you’ve found any must-try shades from this line!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read. If you did enjoy this post definitely follow my blog. I hope you come to check on my social media down below. In the meantime come and say hi! I’ll see you on my next blog, bye!

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(FYI: These were all purchased by me and this is not a sponsored post)

Yes to grapefruit – Underrated Skincare Product – Review

 

What’s up you guys! Today, I’ll be talking about a skincare product that has been under the radar. I find this product to be underrated. It’s a good product that not so many people talk about it enough.

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I don’t really heard anyone talks about it. I think it’s so good. I really like it that it makes my skin feel hydrated and helps on my uneven skin tone at the same time. I just love how it make my skin looks and feel.

On a side note, Yes to … products are always 100% free of toxic ingredients. Rest assure that their products are at least 98% natural, free of parabens, and made with recyclable materials. By the way this brand is not tested on animals (cruelty free) and vegan free, in case you’re wondering.

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Here’s a bunch of products and solution to your every skin types. You can find ‘YES TO‘ store, online, Amazon and in almost every drugstore, mass and grocery outlet.

It says here on their website about the product description: Yes To Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer is clinically proven to help diminish the appearance of dark spots in four weeks! It contains Moringa oil which apparently is a great conditioning ingredient that boosts radiance with fatty acids while grapefruit helps to decrease the appearance of age spots.

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I’m always looking for ways to brighten up my skin and this moisturizer is life changing for me. I’ve an uneven skin tone on my cheek for the longest time and I hated it. I’ve tried many products but all had gone to waste. But after religiously applying Yes to grapefruit for the past 2 weeks, just look at the result. This may sound crazy but it’s amazing. I’m very impressed!

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After trying for 2 weeks, here’s my two cents on this product.

It does a great job at moisturizing. I like that it has a thinner yet creamy texture to it. It absorbs easily into my dried skin without leaving behind a greasy or oily finish. In my opinion, the formula might be too rich for oily skin type person but if you’re dry skin, then you’re going to love it.

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Granted the smell of this product is pretty strong but it goes away quickly. I’m usually very sensitive to strong smells but this I can tolerate. It’s not bad at all, you can smells the scents of grapefruit combined with bitter orange extract.

Don’t be scared by the slight whitish cast as you apply them …that goes away too as you blend them in. So far, I’m very happy with this product.

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I really like it despite reading some negative reviews about it. I think this moisturizer needs more love and for something that actually works, the question is why not! That’s right, I’m shouting from my roof top that you should run and get it. I highly recommend it.

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Let me know if this is the kind of post you want to read in my blog, then I can do it more often. There’s so many beauty products that get so much hype on the internet but there’s a ton that doesn’t get enough hype. They’re so good and nobody talks about it!

Has anyone try it? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comment.

Okay, that complete my post today. Hope you’d enjoyed reading it.

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Haul This! Cruelty Free Mini Beauty Haul

 

Hey guys! Can you guess which beauty products I’m going to show you this week? I’m going to show a mini beauty haul of the products that I got for myself. It’s a good haul and worth sharing, in my opinion.

It’s a lazy afternoon as I was browsing through my email and saw news of my favorite cruelty free BH Cosmetics‘ makeup products on sale. You know how I love BH Cosmetics’s products and if you’ve been following my blog since the beginning then you probably have read some of my post reviews here in my blog.

I want you to picture this!

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Yes, it has to be BH Cosmetics cruelty free mini beauty haul. I got the following products:

  1. Face Essential 5 Piece Brush Set
  2. Glamorous Blush 10 Color Blush Palette
  3. Iluminate Cream Cheek & Lip Tint by Ashley Tisdale
  4. Neutral Eyes To Go 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette
  5. Modern Mattes To Go 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Ultimate Lips To Go 6 Color Lipstick Palette
  7. Studio Pro Beauty  & Precision Sponge

Here are some pictures and close-ups:

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Face Essential 5 Piece Brush Set. Cruelty-free synthetic brushes – Retail for $12.50 

I’ve been obsessed with these brushes. It all started with their 10 Pieces Sculpt and Blend Brush Set and I was hooked. I then went back and ordered their second version of the Sculpt and Blend set which I’ll share my review on the upcoming post. But today,I just want to talk about this 5 Piece brush set that I’m very excited to test them out.

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Here’s what inside the box:

From left to right: 112-Concealer brush, 111-Foundation brush, 110-Contour brush, 109-Duo Fiber brush and 108-Powder brush 

It says here on their website: “Ideal for applying powders, creams, and liquids and depositing color in just the right amount for a perfect finish every time.”

To be honest with you, I really like the design from this collection. It’s my third sets from this collection and I’ve high expectation on this one. The bristles are very soft and doesn’t hurt the face. The brushes don’t shed or fall out whatsoever, they’re dense, have a nice handle and they look pretty luxe. They hold onto product very well and are beautiful.  Lastly, is it only me or does anyone else like brushes with numbers? I like to see brands that go an extra mile to do just that. It’s a plus in my book. Very nice face essential brush set!

For the price and quality, I would highly recommend BH cosmetics 🙂

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Glamorous Blush 10 Color Blush Palette – Cruelty Free – Retail for $9.99 

This is love at first sight!

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It includes a combination of complementary matte and shimmer shades in soft nudes, pretty pinks and deep berry. Perfect shades to wear for spring and summer!

With my excitement, I did a quick swipe on my cheek with the coral shade today and I only have to apply it once, it has so much cover and pigmentation. Don’t let the intense color scares you, they’re very settle on the cheeks so it’s very buildable. All the colors are calling my name. I can’t wait to try them out and share my thoughts with you guys. So, don’t forget to stay tuned!

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Iluminate Cream Cheek & Lip Tint by Ashley Tisdale – Cruelty Free – Retail for $5.99 

I got mine in the shade Cabana and they’re also available in 6 different shades from apricot to berry.

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With my combination to dry skin tone, I appreciate face products that could gives me a dewy and fresh finishing look. So, after reading so many positive reviews on this product I decided to try it out myself. I love trying out makeup products as you may know by now and I’m very excited to give this a test.

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Studio Pro Beauty  Sponge (lavender) & Precision Sponge (fuchsia) – Cruelty free Sponges – Retails for $4.99 each

Last products I got are these sponge blenders. I’ve a confession to make, I’m hooked with beauty blenders and not ashamed to admit it. I really want to try different sponges from different brands and sizes, if you know what I mean! I also got this on sale for $5, so you cannot go wrong for that price!!

The shape of the precision sponge reminds me of the Hersley Kiss chocolate which I find it super cool. I’m a sucker for anything cute and adorable so that’s how it all started. The sponges you see here are its actual size and not their maximum size. I really like to damp my sponges before working on application. I feel that the texture are really dense and not squishy but has bouncy texture to it, if that make any sense. It has a different feels to some of the beauty blenders I’ve tried.

It says here on the packaging, the sponge is:

  • latex free
  • hypo allergenic
  • odor free
  • reusable
  • wet or dry

Here are the 3 palettes I got for FREE. 

  • Neutral Eyes To Go 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette
  • Modern Mattes To Go 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette
  • Ultimate Lips To Go 6 Color Lipstick Palette

Yes, it’s crazy right! But that’s the truth. BH Cosmetics always has that sales, deals, promo codes and they send you coupon if you subscribed to them. When they finally arrived, I’m like yes, come to mama! I can’t say no to eyeshadow palettes and a lip palette that’s cherry on a cake. You know what, they’ve made my day! SO HAAAAAPPY!!!

Anyways, I’m going to do a road tests and report back of what I think later on my blog. Don’t forget to check back or subscribe to my blog to get notification of any upcoming posts. In the meantime, check out on my Instagram for the look I created.

What are your favorite makeup products from this mini haul? Sound off in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by and read. Hope this mini haul is helpful. Until next time, take care. Happy Hauling!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Which is best? Elf Blending Sponge [Review]

 

Hey guys! Today, I’ll be reviewing this product which I purchased at Walmart. I did a Walmart beauty haul previously. I’ll have a link here if you care to check it out. I got request to do this review and so let’s jump right in.

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This is a specific post to makeup blending sponge. I finally got my hands on this little cute sponge by ELF Cosmetics

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Here’s what Elf claim on their website “Flawlessly applies makeup for professionally even and smooth-looking skin. Great for creating a full coverage base, contouring or layering color. This durable sponge is washable and reusable, and perfect for use with all formulations including creams, liquids, and powder foundations, concealers or blush.”

Let’s get into the review:

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Before soaking in water

This is how it looks like. It’s definitely has an odd shape compared to other brands. I don’t particularly love or hate this shape. In contrast to the teardrop shape of the beauty blender, the e.l.f. sponge has a pinched middle to grip which some people might like.

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After soaking in the water and squeezing the water out

I’ve to squeeze harder to immerse the e.l.f. sponge in water or squeeze water out.

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The maximum I can squeeze out of this blending sponge.

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After soaking it turns out to be so much bigger in size. You see it can’t fit into the packaging anymore. It grew! I notice that it’s a little dense and feels much harder than the beauty blender when it’s dry, if that make sense.

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So, I’ll be showing you the foundation and concealer application with my favorite! I like that it’s much easier to grip with this blender than the other that I’ve tried. It doesn’t bounce as much which I don’t particularly hate as long as it applies well.

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I’m trying out my Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation again today. I’ve been reaching for it ever since I got it. I’m excited to be trying out this ELF Blending Sponge for this review. Yayyy!!!

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I can’t stand when sponges soak up a ton of product and shape is secondary for me. What I’m saying is that I really like this blending sponge. I’m quite impressed that it blends so well.

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I feel that it blended out great as it should. I really feel that it really works well putting on my foundation. You can tell, it works very good.

Overall, it’s really a good price tag for beginners but it’s not my favorite favorite. You know what I mean. Well, there’s a lot of other makeup blenders out there which are much better but for this price tag, I say give it a try if you’re on a budget spend.

So, I hope you’d enjoyed this post and subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already. I post three times a week.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope to see you guys on the next one. Bye for now!

Sharon xoxo

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Tester Wednesday: Wet n Wild Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette

 

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog! I’m so excited to bring you this review!

First let’s get the deets out of the way.

Wet N Wild Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette is one of those gems where you can get two palettes for CAD$15.00, which in my opinion is an insanely steal!

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These 10-pan palettes are priced at a low CAD$7.97 each and available at Walmart exclusively. The two shades are called Nude Awakening and Bare Necessities. For me, Nude Awakening is definitely the best looking of the two as it has that really rich brown and burgundy shade.

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Both palettes feature an assortment of matte, shimmers, satin and sparkle shades. I think it’s fantastic that they included so many mattes, as most of their palettes tend to go the sparkler route.

The two palettes that I picked up are: Nude Awakening (top) and Bare Necessities (bottom)

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I like the presentation, it’s sleek and small, Wet n Wild always keeps it very simple. Size wise these palettes are  pretty travel friendly. You can easily fit one into your to-go makeup bag. Convenient isn’t it!

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Nude Awakening

As usual Wet n Wild knocks it out of the park with their highly pigmented formula. Very nice color selections in this palette.

This palette features 5 matte shades and 5 shimmer and satin, which is a great combo and should please everyone. There is a very nice matte black that gorgeous burgundy/berry shade and those two darker browns. The tau[e/rosy matte shade is beautiful and the shimmer shade all swatched very smoothly and aren’t all glittery. The 5th shade was a little chunky but it’s also one of the prettiest shades in the palette. Overall, I’m quite impressed with the quality and especially for the price. I don’t have anything bad to say about this palette frankly.

Here are the color shadows breakdown from left to right:

1-A matte cream

2-A pink champagne glitter

3-A rose gold shimmer

4-A bronzey pink shimmer

5-A mauvey pink shimmer

6-A matte rosy brown

7-A matte burgundy

8-A satin brown red with micro glitter

9-A matte chocolate brown

10-A matte black

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It also comes with a double ended sponge tip applicator. I don’t use their applicator for blending eyeshadows but if you’re travelling and need to have a last minute touch-up, this would come in handy.

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Nude Awakening

Keep your eyes peeled, here’s the color swatches for your eyes to feast!

I wore the Wet N Wild Au Naturel Eyeshadow from the Nude Awakening palette for the past last week and it definitely delivers a beautiful look. I found the shades to be pigmented, easy to blend and they stayed on all day. I didn’t  wear any eyeshadow primer and the staying power lasted for about 6 hours until I took it off in the evening and overall I was very happy with the look I got. I’ve to say that I’m really impressed!

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Check out on my instagram for photo of the #EOTD I did last week, if you’re curious to see how I get this look. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily photo uploads.

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Bare Necessities

The shimmers in this Bare Necessities palette are very nice too, I only had a problem with the last shade (the glittery black) which has large chunks of glitter and not a lot of pigment. But the gray and brown shades next to that are both really nice. I’m also really digging that 5th shade down a lot.

This palette is the more neutral of the two. It contains more golds and taupes than it’s rosier sister. This palette only contains 2 mattes. The rest are shimmers and satins.

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The shades on this palette is amazing as well. You get more shimmery shadows in this one compared to the first palette mentioned above. The color swatches on my bare hand is so pretty but I find the blending needs more effort. I also experience a little fallout from the gold color eyeshadow which is not a big deal for me. I just use a Q-tip to clean it up at the end. Easy peasy!

Here are the color shadows breakdown from left to right:

1-A satin white champagne

2-A light rose gold shimmer

3-A true gold shimmer

4-A bronzey gold shimmer

5-A bronze shimmer

6-A pinkish taupe shimmer

7-A cool time matte gray brown

8-A cool tone matte brown

9- A steal blue shimmer

10-A matte black with silver micro glitter

Get the look:

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I’m a huge Wet n Wild fan and I was so excited to get my hands on these. I own a lot of higher end palettes and sure, these drugstore ones will never compare in quality, but I’ve such a love for affordable and accessible makeup.

My favorite of the two is Nude Awakening and I highly recommend it but if you’re a eyeshadow palette collector like myself then I would suggest getting both so you can really have a more varied selection of shades for more looks. At this low price, why the heck not?

Now, what are you waiting for! Run to your nearest Walmart now and grab it before they’re all gone!

Thank you for reading my review! I hope it helped! If you’d like to see more reviews, please feel free to follow me and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Sharon xoxo

 

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NEW Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation – Review & Color Swatch

 

Hey guys! So today we’re going to do a new drugstore foundation which is new to me. And it’s this Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation. I’ve seen many people talked about it and thought to jump on the bandwagon and try it myself. I got this at one of the Walmart in my area after a long wait and searching I finally got my hands on this.

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This one has a neutral undertone and not super yellow, I’m NC25 so it works out well. But on first dab with my beauty blender, I tell you guurrl, this color match is on point. If you like a pump applicator, you got a pump for a drugstore foundation. How cool is that! They don’t have a lot of shades honestly, I think they’ve only 8 shades.

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On the back it says medium coverage, lightweight, oil free formula, long lasting and water resistant and sweat proof. So if you’ve plans after work to do your workout or head to the gym. You’re pretty much covered.

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If you like a pump applicator, they got you covered! It has a thick consistency and not like those liquid foundation. It feels like a thick liquid cream. It blends really well with no streak and smells really good. It has a refreshing scents to it. This foundation feels a little sticky and thick in formula. A little doesn’t goes a long way though.

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It’s a good shade and not too orange I feel. Just to point out there that I do have dry to combination skin and yet I can still feel the tackiness before the foundation sets. And I also sets it with my setting City Color HD powder. It gives a semi-matte finish which I really like.

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But as far as the coverage goes, it’s amazing! I think it did a great job in covering the redness around my nose areas and skin imperfection.

A couple hours later, I cooked and went to pick up my son from school. I feel it actually looks good. It doesn’t look bad at all. As far the color to me, the color stays the same. It’s not the perfect match but it didn’t seems to oxidize a lot. It feels really good honestly. It’s going pretty well and I’m happy. Another thing I forgot to mention earlier is that Milani is a cruelty free makeup brand, in case you’re wondering.

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Back for my final update. I had this foundation on at 11am and now it’s 8pm and I believe it’s about 9 hours. For 9 hours I think it held up well. My pores are still like very covered which is very nice. The foundation is still on. Overall, I find the claims to be true. I don’t sweat a lot since it snows and I don’t hit the gym either. But with all the coverage and long wear as far as that goes. I like it as far as the price goes. It doesn’t feel super heavy and doesn’t need primer for it. The pores and fine lines looks good.

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I don’t have any thing bad to say about it. I like it a lot. I don’t see myself returning it. I’ll use it more. This is winner in my book!

Have you tried this foundation before? If yes, comment what you think. I love to hear your comments.

Thank you for reading! Hope to see you again on the next one. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Brand Spotlight : BH Cosmetics

 

Hey guys! A new month brings a new brand spotlight your way. Each month I blog What’s New in Brand Spotlight. With each new month full of amazing products and brands which I’m so excited to share here with all of you. This is the third series since it started in 2017.

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So today, I’ll be talking about my long time favorite brand – BH Cosmetics.  Woohoo! I feel recharged and refresh after a lovely relaxing weekend. I took Tuesday off of last two weeks and was forced to take a break now and then by my doctor … amazing how addicted to work I’ve become. Unfortunately when I take a day off during the weeks, everything piles up and I’m now playing catch up. I’ll try to schedule my posts sparely instead of a 3 days block.

History: 

BH Cosmetics is one of the most affordable brands that caters good quality makeup that makes you wonder how they can sell them for such a low price. If you haven’t checked their website, do so, because they’ve amazing discounts, promotions, sales practically throughout the year. They ship worldwide too, at a very reasonable price in case you wonder!

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When I saw the BH Cosmetics 6 Color Palette Contour & Blush 2 I knew I had too try it. I got mine from Winners for CAD$14.99 a palette but if you check out now at BH Cosmetics’ website, you only pay US$9.99 for the same palette. It’s available in two shades, a cool or warm toned palette.

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The design is their standard ordinary black plastic packaging. It’s slim, sleek, compact and sturdy. Inside you get six shades in this palette.

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This coral pink blush is so pretty for spring. I love how rich and pigmented, but light-weight the blush is. I was surprised at how well this blush blended. Awesome color payoff, a little goes a long way! The all natural and cruelty free blushes are so amazing. I love and quite impressed with myself in finding a cruelty free brand spotlight this month.

I’ll have the color swatches down below.

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I noticed the white shade is great for setting the under eye. It finishes as matte which I don’t recommend applying it as highlighter.

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None of the shades are chalky or powdery at all. There was no fall out either when used as a crease contour shade. I can say all these shades blend well together.

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The contour powder and blushes are arranged neatly in large pans in the palette. It’s not just reminiscent of Zoeva’s Face Contour palette but it looks quite similar. Good news is that it would actually fits your brushes nicely. Unfortunately, since I don’t own this palette, I can’t draw a comparison, but would be interested in what the direct comparison would show …

Did I mentioned that they’re all matte!! Definitely build-able and nothing to complain about for the price.

Overall, I think it’s suitable for “contour-blush-beginners” as it includes Highlighter, Bronzer and Blushes. An all-in-one product for a price that should not be higher. It’s not a must-have palette, but it certainly is an unsung hero, because when you apply it right, it gives the most gorgeous natural finish to your face. I hope this review helped you. 

Are you still enjoying New Brand Spotlight each month? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you soon on my next post. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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