NO 7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream

Oohhh noooo…. I ran out of my night cream. I have been using my Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital night cream for many months and I just have to replace it with a another night cream fast.

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The next morning, I rushed to a nearby drugstore and found this brand ~ No 7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream in 50ml retailing for $25.99. Boots company made No 7 cosmetic in UK and I saw in youtube one of the UK beauty guru was talking about the lip liner she uses for her makeup tutorial.

No 7 night cream

This product claimed to be restoring, replenishing and containing rich formula that works to help your skin recover from the day and smoothes fine lines, leaving skin soft with a healthy renewed radiance and visibly lifts and firms and as an added bonus, improves the appearance of deep lines in 4 weeks. They also recommend to use their Day Cream in the morning for even better results.

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I have been¬†using¬†this No 7 night cream for more than 4 weeks since my last purchased and I dare to say that it does really worked for me. I have¬†dry skin and so far,¬†my skin is¬†working great with this product.¬†Although this won’t lift skin in the least,¬†¬†it does makes my face¬†felt smoother and firmer. My skin felt hydrated and¬†it¬†left my skin moisturized. What else¬†could I asked for? Ummm… okay, maybe some¬†fresh after cleansing smell? Love the smell. It’s soothing and relaxing.

Cute nice glass jar packaging. I also liked the sound of the lid of the jar opened or closed. To me that’s skin care.

Thanks for taking the tiime to read my blog.

When was the last time you ran out of your favorite night cream?

xoxo

Sharon

 

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Last Chance/Taupe of Drawer by Pure Ice nail polish

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Happy Mondayyyy¬†Beauties! …¬†Last weekend,¬†I¬†spent sometime having¬†fun playing with some of these nail polish which I got from Wal-mart for less than $2.00.¬†¬†I grabbed these two fantastic colors in Taupe of Drawer in watermelon¬†and Last Chance in purple. I think Pure Ice has 55 different color selections to choose from. They also have very cute and quirky names : ))

 

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The brush¬†is thin and slim. The formula is¬†okay in general. Not too thick nor too thin. I find the cube¬†glass packaging adorable. The price is so cheap I wouldn’t expect much for something which cost so little. To me, for a nail polish that won’t chirp on me for less than 3 days is good enough and these nail polish has¬†proved themselves worthy of me getting a few more colors for fall. The last time I wore them, it lasted me for about five days and I’m happy so far. Let’s face it, sometimes there are wear and tear and that goes too for nail polish.

I agree that the first coating is sheer and double coating will have a nicer look. Applying them too thick, if more than two layers might be more prone to chirping. The downside of it is that it takes a longer time to dry. So, patience is a must.

Pure Ice nail color look

I would hope and love if these nail polish lasted longer but if you plan to just wear it for an evening out or catach a movie than, it would be just right. On the photo, I applied the nail colors in a pattern style. Hope you guys like it!

Oh yes, Pure Ice also came out with their 3 in 1 Top Coat which is selling at Wal-mart. Thought you might want to know.  Please let me know if you would like me to make a review for this One Stop Shop (3 in 1 Top Coat).

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photo courtesy of Pure Ice

 

What is your favorite Pure Ice nail color?

Thank you for reading!

xoxo Sharon

 

 

Visible Lift¬ģ Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup SPF17

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Today, I’m going to give my overview of this L’oreal Visible Lift Foundation which I have been using for quite sometime. I remembered, I got this fabulous foundation awhile ago and it was on special. I paid half price of $19.00(1.0 fl oz) for it. Well, after minutes of digging and almost turning the bin upside down (just kidding!). I was so glad that I found my skin shade (Hurray!!!). And yes! I got mine in Honey Beige (No. 155). Perfect color tone for me.

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Color swatch (Honei Beige in No. 155)

There were twevlve color shades available and ranges from lightest to darkest shades.¬†The darkest shades will suit more likely for the medium skin tone. Can be purchased online at http://www.lorealparis.ca or at your L’oreal counter store.

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photo without loreal foundation

I wore it this morning and are very excited to give my first thought about it. Mind you, this foundation felt so lightweight and smooth. I love it. The texture is slightly thick but soft. It has a silky texture and exceptional blending ability. It has medium coverage that was able to cover most of my uneven skin. I started by applying moisturizer first and then proceeded to applying the foundation. Putting moisturizer as a base is important for someone who has dry skin. This product seems to cater more for normal to oily skin person. I just dispensed with one pump of the foundation on the back of my hand and apply them with my fingers. It blends very well and set in pretty fast.

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after loreal visible foundation

Here is¬†my photo shots taken The “Before” L’oreal Visible Lift foundation and “After” with makeup and the amazing foundation.

after 11 hours look with foundation
after 11 hours look with foundation

Photo taken after wearing the foundation for 11 hours.¬†I can still see my eyeshadows and¬†maybe a little bit of ¬†some shine on my T-zone area and¬†that’s about it.¬†¬†I¬†see¬†that my face still looked fresh and this foundation is so long lasting, except for¬†my lips of course. I didn’t do any touched up at all. I’m amazed!

On their website, they claimed that this¬†Visible Lift Serum Absolute –¬†features an age reversing serum of 5 ingredients in 1 luminous makeup. This new makeup instantly evens skin tone with a luxuriously lightweight formula that doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles.

Okay, let’s not get too excited.¬†First of all, no makeup foundation is age-reversing, not even a second. Well, I didn’t buy it because it’s age-reversing but it does make me feel fresh and less fatigue.

I also love the bottle packaging that comes with a pump applicator. A little goes a long as the saying goes. Great product with great value for money.

Let me know on the comment below. Do you have an everyday foundation? What are some of your favorite shades and brand?

Thank you for reading!

xoxo

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pixi Mesmerizing Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hey guys!

Yesterday, I put up some of my¬†beauty haul. It was my recent purchased from Target. Frankly, I haven’t tried Pixi makeup before and I’m just thrilled to be able to pick up this pretty eyeshadow palette in Copper Peach for $12.00 (0.20 oz).

Pixi Mesmerizing Eye Shadow

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette.

Pixi Mesmerizing Eye Shadow

On their website, it shows five different varieties of color palettes. This palette is not a limited edition since I don’t see anything on the packaging that says so.

Color swatch

Color swatch

I would say that the colors are¬†almost nude and neutral.¬†It’s a very pretty color and I think it is well suited for everyday wear. Some shades are smoother/softer than others, but all of the shadows commonly are very pigmented, and you only need the lightest touch of the brush for good color pay-off (especially the darker shades).

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These colors are beautiful and smooth. It’s silky and the pigmentation was perfect. There are three matte colors in the palette and three shimmery or gem-y. I also noticed that the third and fifth color seems to be pretty similar when I made the color swatch. Both colors looked like light beige to me on swatch. Color division of the packaging are clean and sleek.

I¬†like the box packaging. It¬†was of soft¬†light green with gold lining.¬† I’m sure¬†some of you would know that green is one of my favorite colors.¬†These colors are great. The pigment is perfect and it stays all day. It didn’t crease has any fall out¬†and I really like the smooth and soft texture of this eyeshadow.

At $12.00 a palette , these eyeshadow is decent in price for Target brand but a little bit pricey for high street store.

I find it to be a lovely everyday shade. Great for day and evening wear. I used three color shades from the palette for my makeup look, top with granite color eyeliner by Prestige and mascara from NYC.

What is your favorite makeup product from Pixi?

Thanks for reading.

xoxo

Sharon

 

What would life be without Onion?

 

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onion-omelette-egg

I love omelette egg and especially mixed with onion. They’re fun to make, the egg has protein¬†while the onion contains¬†rich content of thiosulfinates, sulfides and other odoriferous sulfur compounds.

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I promise I won’t be¬†going too into details about onion but just¬†to share some of the properties in an onion. Do you know that onion is effective to prevent E.coli and¬†salmonella to name a few? It also has medicinal¬†effect to treat¬†cold, cough, asthma and breathing problem. Onion can also prevent cardiovascular and cancer – provide some¬†protection against tumor growth. I didn’t know much about onion but after¬†doing research and reading about it. I know better what I’m eating now and how it helps my body.

This particular combination was born when I was in Malaysia. Most of the folks eat onion omelette with rice and curry.

Therefore, I got my inspiration and beat up a few eggs and chopped up some onion with a pinch¬†of salt and they’re good to go into¬†my frying pan. It’s very tasty and yummy.

I encourage you to get creative and beat up some eggs for a starter.

Good luck and happy cooking.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Haul! Target mini beauty makeup haul

Target mini makeup haul

It’s that time, my¬†beauty mini makeup haul has landed.¬†Yes!!! I went shopping again at Target and got some beauty bits that I really want to try. I’m¬†thrilled to share some of¬† my haul today with you.

So here is the little haul of what I’ve purchased!

I have wanted to try the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral¬†palette for a while and so I decided that it’s time for me to get it. It’s a little bit expensive for a small palette eyeshadow but¬†I’m all in for this one.¬†I picked up¬†this¬†gorgeous color¬†Copper Peach palette in 0.20 oz¬†and I know that I’m pretty sure going to have lots of fun playing with these colors.

pixi eyeshadow palette

I really want to talk more on each of the makeup that I just picked up.¬†So, I will start off with this Pixi palette. So, many fun colors to play with,¬†I’ll be busy for weeks. I would¬†definitely give my thoughts and opinion once I have tried them including swatches etc in my next blog.

nyc new trio eyeshadow

Next up is the NYC New Trio Eyeshadow in 789 on West Vintage.¬†Trying new colors¬†are one of my favorite things¬†to explore. So, I like this West vintage eyeshadow and absolutely doesn’t mind giving it a try.¬†I got mine for less than $3.00 for 0.15oz¬†depending on where you live.¬†Pretty intense color palette and it came with a duo-end tiny little brush. Will have my review up soon.

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Next¬†in line is the¬†Maybelline Fit Me Octinoxate¬†lotion with SPF18¬†. I got hold of this one in¬†315 on Soft Honey (1 fl oz) which was on special for $6.99. I made a color swatch and the color tone seems to pretty much¬†complement my skin tone. Behind the bottle it does mentioned matches natural tones, blends seamlessly and let skin breathe. I’m not here to do a full blown review, don’t panic. Ha!Ha!

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Finally, I also like to share with you this Cover Girl Pressed Powder in  715 on translucent medium. Compact powder is 0.32 oz for $6.99 (regular price $8.99) at Target. In the next few days, I will be using these pressed powder with my foundation and will share my experience with you as we go along.

Last item in my haul will be the NYC Show Time Mascara in 844 on Extreme Black. This mascara has shorter brush and it’s waterproof. Yeah!!!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I’m off to prepare some yummy lunch.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!

Are there any new products you have tried recently?

Check back soon for reviews on some of the products in this blog! ūüôā

Stay Beautiful!

xoxo

Sharon

 

 

Everyday Minerals|FREE Custom Sample kit

 

Hey friends, I just want to share with you some of the samples that I received recently. They are my free custom sample kit which I ordered online from Everyday Minerals and all I have to do is pay for the shipping costs which is about $3.79.

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So, I got these 7-piece custom sample kit :

3 pcs for face – lanai in the sand(bronzer), poipu-lar shores(bronzer) and finishing dust(finishing powder);

2 pcs for cheek – peony petal and cameo(blush);

2 pcs for base – golden beige (matte base) and honey(jojoba base)

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Okay, let’s get to the point. I got these samples¬†to try the products and also to check the color swatch if it works for me instead of buying a regular¬†size and then decided that it doesn’t. So, I think this is a wiser¬†way to actually pick up any makeup products without much hesitation after sampling them.

These samples have been lying around on my desk for awhile and I decided to try it on today.

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I started with¬†their¬†Golden Beige (3w) with peony petal as the blusher and poipu-lar shores the bronzer for today’s makeup look. Since, they were all in powder format, I¬†have a hard time applying them. The powder foundation didn’t stick well and¬†I have to¬†dap my brush with water and then mixed it to make it easier to blend as if it’s a liquid foundation. Maybe, it’s just me, I’m so used to liquid and¬†cream foundations. I like the¬†smooth feeling on my face¬†and it has medium coverage. Would definitely need to build-up for full coverage.

Since I have dry skin, I tried to avoid applying too many layers.¬†Like always,¬† I usually put my moisturizer on before foundation but¬†sad to say,¬†I can still see dry patches on my face with these foundation. My face does looked more radiant and fresh except it’s a little drier for dry skin person. Not too bad for those who prefer powder foundation. The color I chose was a little lighter than my normal color tone.¬†Luckily, this is just a sample and I know now that I’m going to use this as my standard guide on¬†how light or dark shade I should get when ordering online.

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The bronzer and blusher works perfectly well for me except that the powder were¬†flying everywhere while I was putting them on. It’s a little bit messy though. I have all finger prints¬†now on my keyboard. Oops!

Overall, I like the color blush and also the bronzer because it’s quite pigmented and soft. The¬†bronzer did it’s job by contouring my face well. I would love to them in creamy formula but that’s just me.¬†For those who loves natural mineral makeup, I would recommend you start with Everyday Mineral. The price is reasonable and the quality is good for a mineral product.

My conclusion is that these samples from Every Minerals are all good products. Except that I need to use them wet instead of dry when it comes to using these pretty formulas.

If you like to try their samples, just click here to get your free samples. You choose the shades you like, how great is that?

Have you tried any mineral makeup products? If you do, which kind and brands do you like most?

Thank you for reading.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow

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All twelve pretty color shades of cream formula to pick.¬†I can’t resist¬†the temptation to get this illuminance cream shadow. My mind is saying it’s sooooo prettyyyy …. have to get it…… Like always, I ¬†grabbed this purple eyeshadow palette again. The one I got was in 725 on Va Va Va Bloom. I just love the color and how creamy it was when I applied them on. It came in four color shades in a slim, sleek¬†and mirrored compact.

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These¬†were the look of the illuminance cream shadow eye makeup I did yesterday. I did some closed up photos and there were nice pretty color shades.I’m not sure if you can see it clearly but you can see some colors on my eye lids. I didn’t use eye primer but¬†the cream ¬†does last long. I’m glad I got this. Planning¬†to wear these colors on my eyes¬†these fall for sure.

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I only used three colors out of¬†the palette which were the second on the pallete¬†from left to right. I didn’t use the maroon for this look. For this look, I only apply eyeliner from Prestige in granite color. The top photos¬†were taken¬†under the lights and the bottom look with natural light.

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The cream is not tacky and it glides smoothly. It holds up quite well. All four colors are  creamy and has some shimmer and it just looked so pretty on my eyes.

What is your favorite eyeshadow brand?

 

Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel

 

Moisture Renew LIpstick by Rimmel in 360
Moisture Renew LIpstick by Rimmel in 360

Two weeks ago, as I went window shopping at Wal-mart. Just checking if there were any new products for fall season. My five year old son was with me at the makeup section and¬†he picked up this lovely color (Rosette) for me to purchase. Well, this was not the¬†new collection from Rimmel. But then I thought,¬†well I haven’t been¬†buying lipsticks lately and I desperately need one. I preferred to get Revlon because¬†I just love the creamy and matte¬†texture. Anyways,¬†so thought¬†it would be a good idea to get this one. First reason, so that I will not disappoint my son and second I pretty much like the color when I made a color swatch. I believed there were like twenty different colors to choose from. So, I paid $5.47 for 0.14oz.

Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel
Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel

I got to admit that this lipstick was¬†too creamy and it glides¬†easily on lips. It’s smooth and nice on the lips but in my opinion the¬†formula was too moisturizing or I would say wet. ¬†It’s smudges and¬†on top of that, Oh dear, it has such strong scents. I can’t tolerate the smell of¬†the roses scents (too strong for a lipstick).

Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel
Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel

I like the color I got in Rosette but not so much on the texture.

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Bare lips

Lips without lip liner and lipstick yet.

Moisture Renew lipstick on lips
Moisture Renew lipstick on lips

I put on the lip liner before applying this super moisturizing lipstick. It’s super pigmented and that might be the reason why it bleeds color like crazy.

Moisture Renew lipstick KISS
Moisture Renew lipstick KISS

This lipstick has intensed color shade. It’s bright and had glossy finish. So, when I tried to check on the¬†color transfer.¬†I was suprised to see the amount of the color transferred. I refused to believe to get three times of color transfers by just applying one coat of lipstick.¬†I rest my case.

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The color wasn’t as long¬†lasting as the Kate Moss Long-lasting lipstick by Rimmel. I’m terribly disappointed with¬†this one. I don’t see myself wearing this lipstick again. It will be in with my other Collectible haul (products that I will not used again).

For that price at Wal-mart or any drugstores, and to pay $2 more, I will definitely go for Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks ($7.99 at Target) anytime than to go for this particular product.

 

 

 

 

 

Ahava Mineral Makeup Care – Light Foundation

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Ahava MIneral Makeup Care
Ahava MIneral Makeup Care

 

I found this little gem not long ago while browsing through some makeup products at Winners (Canadian retail chain store).¬†In case some of you haven’t heard of this brand name Ahava. It’s a¬†cosmetic brand from NSW, Australia. They seems to have very interesting research and development on the minerals they found and to produce some of the most natural skin care in the market. I’m super excited to give my thoughts on this amazing foundation that I have tried and simply love it.

Ahava foundation swatch
Ahava foundation swatch

There were¬†four different color shades available in their website.¬†The shades¬†are from light to dark. The color shade which I picked up was in Terra Dark (the darkest shade). Suprisingly, this foundation doesn’t seems too dark for my skin tone since I usually wear medium color shades. Behind the packaging, it said enriched with dead sea minerals and dunaliella (known for its antioxidant activity) seaweed. Approved for sensitive skin.

This light foundation was true to its claimed. Trully lightweight and this foundation set in very fast.  Unfortunately, like many foundations, there were always some drawbacks. I found this foundation dries up on me like powder as I was blending gently with my fingertips. It has very sheer coverage and needs build up to get a medium coverage. I must say that my skin does feel fresh and light overall. It lasted well throughout the day. For me, I felt that it has a strong scents and need getting used to it.

Ahava foundation swatch comparison with BB cream
Ahava foundation swatch comparison with BB cream

In my opinion, this product serves more as a BB cream than a foundation due to the texture and lack of SPF. I put the comparison between Ahava foundation with BB cream by Rimmel (in light shade).

Ahava foundation swatch comparison with BB cream

The packaging size was like a¬†travelling package. It’s small and convenient to bring along in my makeup bag or for going to trips. I am very happy to be able to try this product out all the way up North. I can’t wait to discover more of this makeup brand to try on.

Conclusion, I am satisfied with this little gem and I was thrilled to be able to share it with all of you.

Have you tried any of the AHAVA makeup products? If yes, which one?

Thank you for reading.

xoxo

Sharon

 

Sephora ~ Color Bronze Palette

sephora color bronze
sephora color bronze

Recently, I ordered a few items from Sephora using their online order. So, I really like to try this Color Bronze which has a bronzer, 4 colors¬†lip gloss and 8 shades eyeshadows. It’s 3 in 1 combo¬†packaging. I received my order quite fast. I believed in 2-3 days depending where you live and the ordering process was easy.

Sephora Color Bronze
Sephora Color Bronze

The size is almost like a credit card size but there were two wings on both side. The packaging is of hard plastic compact material.

Sephora color bronze eyeshadow
Sephora color bronze eyeshadow

Out of the eight color shades from the palette only one was matte (brown), where else the rest were with shimmers.

Sephora Color Bronze Eyeshadow swatch
Sephora Color Bronze Eyeshadow swatch

The top three lighter shades were very light and has little pigmentation. It was more of metalic shimmer and best to wear for evening nightout. I made a swatch color and to my disappointment, these eyeshadows have very limited lasting effect even with eye primer on. It’s powdery and color were very light.

sephora lip gloss swatch
sephora lip gloss swatch

Lip gloss swatches of the four colors in nude,¬†pink, wine, orange-y red. Texture wise, not too bad for a lip gloss. It’s fragrant free and it glides smoothly as any lip gloss should.

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sephora lip gloss

I used a quite a bit on the lip gloss since it does give some nice color on my lips. It’s not sticky and paired well with a lovely lip liner if I just want to wear lip gloss for the day.

sephora color bronze swatch
sephora color bronze swatch

Lastly. here are the swatch I made for the bronzer which I quite like. The color is nice and it has good pigmentation.

sephora bronzer color palette

Overall, I think the name Color bronze really focuses a lot on its¬†bronzer¬†and not so on the eyeshadows and lip gloss. I admit that I¬†expected more from¬†Sephora product compared¬†to the drugstores brand¬†but¬†in my opinion these eyeshadows doesn’t work for me.¬†It might work for some and I’m sad to say that it failed my expectation.

Anyways, my question to you is:

Have you ever bought a product that fall short to your expectation? What would you do if this had happened to you?

Thanks for reading.

xoxo

Sharon

 

 

My French Toast & Tacos

French Toast with Blueberry
French Toast with Blueberry

Well,  have I mentioned that besides talking about makeup and beauty, I also enjoyed cooking and making flower arrangements? What is weekend for me? Eating homemade food and enjoyed a freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

So, this morning – I’ve prepared a simply dish of french toast with blueberry on the side.

Fish Taco
Chicken Taco

As for lunch, nothing fancy. I just cut strips of chicken and seasoned it with my delicious (marinated sauce) own recipe and grilled the fillet fish for 20 minutes in the oven.

Chicken Taco
Fish Taco

So, there you have it. Just a lazy weekend dish and spending time with my family.

Hope you guys have an excellent weekend.

Sharon