Best Of K-Beauty Products|Made in Korea – Reviews & Photos

 

K_Beauty *PR Samples

Hey guys! So here I am finally doing a Best of K-Beauty products that I’ve received from a brand company in Korea. Shout out to Soyoung from Labstory for spoiling me with these amazing products to try on. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

So, here we go:

Wonder Shiny Body Scrub

The first thing that I want to share with you is this big size tube of Wonder Shiny Body Scrub by Aida Cosmetics.¬† I love love the scents of this body scrub. It smells glorious I tell ya’ll!

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Ingredients about the product as shown on Amazon is as follows:

– Contains 20% walnut shells
– 7 types of fruit extrat
– 10 types fo natural oil
– Contains 4 types fo herb extract
– Sweet and fresh grapefruit flavor

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Here’s a close-up shot of the mini beads so that you can see the texture and stuff like that up close. As you can see, it’s not too rough or harsh on my skin whatsoever. In fact, it’s the perfect texture that I’ve been looking for. It’s save to say that it’s by far my current most reached body scrub. Leaving my skin so fragrant, soft and fresh. I’m in love with it!

Body Vital

Next is this Body Vita Show Filter in Lavender which I received to do this review. This is a product that’s really new to me at least and I wouldn’t have thought it would work at all but I was mistaken. This stuff works wonder in the shower and you don’t need a plumber to do it. It smells really good and easy to install. If I can do you, so can you!

It’s been a week now that I’ve been cleaning my body and hair with this shower filter and always comes out of the show feeling refresh and so relax. I suspect it’s the lavender that has those calming properties that’s both aroma therapeutic and relaxing for my body. I really enjoy this product and find a reason to jump in the shower every chance I can. I wouldn’t ask for anything better!

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Comes in four amazing scents to choose from with a new recent fragrant in Freesia added to this line.

Main ingredient used in the process, such as:

  • Vitamin-C (Ascorbic Acid),
  • Citric Acid,
  • Mud powder,
  • Powdered skim milk, and
  • Aromatic scent

If you’re looking for a great scent that won’t leave your shower and easy to install, search no more, this shower filter is made for you!

@Dressingtable Handcream

Korea CHEONGSONG Natural Apple Moisturizer Organic Hand Cream¬†is so gentle and easy to use. Natural apples were used in the process of making this hand cream. That’s so amazing!

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I’ve been using this hand cream ever since my trip to Toronto and have been loving it so much. The cream formula is rich and moist leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. The consistency is not too thick or runny and not greasy at all. I urge you to try it!

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Last but not least are these Wonder Butter Lip Mask and Sugar Lip Scrub by Aida Cosmetic. It was the first time I’ve tried products from a Korean brand and I really being loving them.

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I like the idea of a plastic container that won’t break when travelling. They’re travel friendly and convenient for you to just pop in your suitcase or into your purse. To be honest, if I’ve to choose between the two, I think my favorite has to be the sugar lip scrub, it’s seriously the best lip scrub ever and it taste delicious!

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What I like about the butter lip mask and sugar lip scrub is that they’re safe to be eaten, so you don’t have to rinse off these products. Stress-free just like how I liked it!

Make sure to check on the links of all these products I mentioned above on Amazon or if you find something that catches your fancy.

That’s it for my Best of K-Beauty guys, I hope you like this post. As always, do let me know what you guys think in the comment section below. I hope you found something that you are looking forward to try!

Don’t forget that I recently published a post on my Current Favorites Makeup so hit here to check it out if you haven’t already.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

Disclaimer:  I only work with brands I love, so thank you for helping me to support them. I received these products for free (*) in exchange for sharing my experience, all thought and opinions are my own. The products shown in this blog post were sent to me for consideration. The post is not sponsored.  

 

 

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A Peek Inside My PR Box

Welcome to my second blog post of 2018 everyone! I’ve been back to blogging for a week now and I’m so excited to be sharing with you this new series that I’ve been working on to create since last December.

I’ve been receiving many PR packages from brands that I really love and I thought it would be great for me to show you and talk beauty related stuff with you guys. I’m so overwhelmed and grateful to all the brands that have sent me such amazing products to test and try.

I like to give a trendy shoutout to Mr Kim for sending me these amazing pr samples all the way from Korea. A big thanks to you!

#Pack-Tory Mask Pack
*PR Package

When it comes to¬†K-Beauty face products, you can put any of their skincare products on my face and I’d have no complaint whatsoever. I think I’d be quite happy honesty. I’ve been obsessed with Korean skincare brands for the longest time and since I‚Äôm also a huge mask lover as it is, I thought I’d give them all a go and break them down for you. Let‚Äôs see if they make it into my face mask box!

#Pack-Tory

I really like the the box packaging and it would make a perfect gift for your friends or a gift to surprise yourself this coming Valentine. I got two packs of Moisture Hydrogel and two Anti-Aging Hydrogel Mask by Pack:Tory in this cute box. For a retail box, it comes in a pack of 8.

If you’re in the market to look for a get ready skincare that’s both hydrating and helps anti-aging for your skin these Gel Sheet Masks are made for you. If you’ve been experimenting dry patches in the winter, this mask will sort it out in no time. It’s a quick fix for the skin!

Gel Face Mask by Packtory

If you’ve dry skin like me, you need to be very choosy about which masks you put on your face. Many¬†masks that promise to purify, shrink pores and remove blackheads are¬†extremely¬†drying. Instead, look for masks that offer hydration, soothing, or added moisture and hydrogel mask is a great option for those with dry skin.

Inside each pack, you’ll find two separate gel pieces like so. The first half is for the top as shown below and the other part is the bottom half.

Testing

It feels cooling and very lightweight. I really like how hydrating and skinly smooth this product make my skin feels after. The next two days my skin still feels soft and that’s pretty amazing in my opinion.

With the Hydrogel Anti-Aging pack that I’ve tried, i ntoiced my skin has improved significantly. I would repurchase when my sepnding budget permits.

I’ll definitely make room for these masks in my stash. This stuff is amazing! Kudos Pack:Tory!¬†

#Skinae Patch

Next is¬†Skinae Acwin Plus Derm Acne Spot Pimple Absorbing Cover Patch.¬†I’ve heard many great things about this popular product among Koreans and I was so lucky to have the chance to try it out for myself.

Acne Patch by Skinae (Korea)

This product is fragrance free, alchohol free and cruelty free which means no animal testing. Product contains one sheet of patches with 20 patches.

#Skinae Instruction Patch

I get pimples occasionally so this stuff is really great help. When I see a pimple started to form I just put this patch on and leave it overnight and take it off in the morning, the pimple was gone! It works really well on zits, wounds, acne and zits, I’m quite impressed!

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The thin clear hydrocolloid patch feels similar to a hydrogel sheet mask in texture, adhering your skin strongly even through showers and washing. You definitely need to give this a go! I highly recommend it.

Skinae Collagen Eye Patch

Last but not least we got Skinae Phyto Collagen Eye Patch that comes in a pack of 15 sheets. This product is nature-friendly eye patch with no animal originated ingredients.

Individual Packet by Skinae

I’ve been testing out these eye patches non-stop for the last two weeks. I can see my dark under eye circles and puffiness gone each time I use them. I need to try out this longer to see if it reduce the fine lines on the skin. This stuff is so lightweight and comfortable you wouldn’t even noticed you had them on.

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This patch is smooth and soothing on the skin. I really enjoy this stuff.

EYe Patch testing

It’s easy to get distracted by all the different types of Korean beauty products out there, but if you’re a k-beauty lover, try visiting Amazon website to start your year off right!

Leave me a comment if you like reading this type of post. I’m excited to show you guys all the goodies I received from the PR brands. I love to hear your thoughts and if you enjoyed reading this post.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read. If you’re new to my blog, make sure you follow me on my blog.

Sharon xoxo

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Go Nude! $4 Eyeshadow Palette by Risqu√© Beaut√©

 

I’m super excited to to share with you my latest love that I just picked up over the weekend. This palette is so affordable and it’s going to be my latest day-to-day go to for quick and beautiful eye look.

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I bought this at Dollarama and I swatched it in the store. It’s so pigmented that I’ve to get it but is it justifiable?

In short yes! The GO Nude Eyeshadow Palette is a stunning collection and I’m going to tell you why.

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First up for the packaging. The palette comes in a pink and sturdy metal casing.  It’s a slim palette considering it’s size, so convenient for travelling and popping into larger makeup bags. I love that they use metal packaging for this kind of palette as opposed to cardboard given the price is only $4.

It says on the packaging that this palette is Not Tested on Animals but I can’t find anywhere on the website to confirm this.

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The hinge makes it easy to open and close the lid. The packaging is slim and sleek which I really appreciate. The pink color design is so pretty and girly.

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Does this reminds you of the Naked Palette or what? Like honestly just this packaging it reminds me so much of it.

In terms of the shades, there are a total of 12 in the palette mainly consist of neutral nude shades.¬†There is a great selection of both matte and shimmery shades, with the textures and formulations being on point throughout. You get¬†9 matte shades thrown in the mix and the shades are of warm, cool and neutral tones.¬†When it comes to texture, they’re creamy and smooth to apply. They blend beautifully.

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You’ll get a full size mirror and as you can see you get a total of twelve beautiful shades for less $5 a palette.

I believe it comes with a dual ended applicator like those of Naked Palette but the palette I got is missing a brush. I’m not completely bummed since I don’t really care about palette brush anyways.

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Here are the colors up closed. I want to do it a few up close shots for you guys.

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I’ll go ahead and swatch all these eyeshadows and as always I applied these shadow swatches on my bare hand.

I can see this becoming one of my go to palettes this year as the shades are so me. If you want to get your hands on one I’d recommend you heading to your nearest dollar store before they’re out of stock. However, it seems to be available on ebay or amazon website.

Will you be picking this up? What do you guys think? Share it in the comment below.

Thank you guys for taking the time to read and I hope this was helpful for you. I’ll talk to you guys very soon. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Summer Skincare Must-Haves|AVEENO & NEUTROGENA

 

Hey everyone! So we’re smacked up to the beginning¬†of¬†summer. It’s about 80 degrees where I am right now. So, I thought it would be probably a good idea to have a little chat about sunscreen today. I’m going to show you some of the sample products I just received in the mail¬†from¬†Aveeno and Neutrogena.

Aveeno Summer Must Haves
*Press Samples

I’m a very firm believer that the best sunscreen for you or you could possibly use is the one that you would actually be using. The one that you’ll apply and reapply as much as needed. I love to wear sunscreen¬†with high SPF pretty much¬†everyday in the summer. Yes, I tend to get burn to crisps quite easily, so let just say sunscreen is my life saver.

So many products are out this year, so ¬†many great products actually. I’m super excited because I’m having so much fun doing this review. This year both Brands are introducing their must-haves new mineral sunscreens.

Aveeno Mineral Sunscreen

AVEENO Sensitive Skin SPF 50 – It claims that – this new and improved mineral sunscreens are formulated with naturally sourced 100% zinc oxide and active natural oat to combine effective broad-spectrum UVA sun protection with skin soothing benefits.

I can’t leave home without sunscreen especially when I go for a vacation. So, I’ve been wearing it religiously during our trip to Ottawa and have been loving it. I also shared it with my family members and appreciate how it helps protect our skin from being baked by the UV light. A sunscreen that has a nice and natural soothing scents which reminds me of the beach. I really like the smell even though it reads on the bottle as fragrance free. Honestly, I was intrigued by the non-greasy mineral sunscreen formula. This product isn’t greasy at all and the best thing is that it doesn’t irritate skin.¬†The only cons I can think of is that it leaves a white cast on my dad’s darker skin, but I haven’t found a physical sunblock that doesn’t. If you have dry and sensitive skin then Get yours here!

Baby Sunscreen Aveeno

Next new product is the AVEENO Baby Sunscreen SPF 50 – I’m very happy to have this sunscreen for my 2nd grader. He spent his summer outdoor very much everyday and this is a must-haves for him to wear it whether for soccer or swimming in the pool. I love all Aveeno’s products so I wouldn’t hesitate giving this to him. It’s a brand I trust. Get this for your baby.

Aveeno Cleanser

This is one of my favorite Positively Radiant Cleanser, it leaves my skin feels so soft and completely clean. This is a win. I love the formula, I love the way it smells so natural and slightly medicinal. Available in drugstores.

Daily moisturizer

For younger, oilier skins this lotion alone should be plenty for all day moisture and protection while leaving your skin hydrated. For a daily moisturizer that works, this might be just the ticket for you, too.

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Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial –¬† is a gentle treatment you leave on for just one minute in the shower and because of the steam, it helps to exfoliate and brighten your skin. I noticed tiny micro beads that’s great for exfoliating death skin. If you’re someone who love multi-tasking when in the shower, this In-Shower facial won’t let you down.¬†Find it here!¬†

Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

AVEENO Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial is a deeply hydrating moisturizer that you apply at night. It actually reminds me of the Laniege Sleeping Mask which I’ve been reaching for lately. The formula feels very lightweight on skin and it smells so amazing. I’m also amazed at how quick the product absorbs into my skin leaving skin hydrated and smooth. Smells like a walk through the enchanted forest.¬†Another good thing about this product is that it’s oil free and leaves a soft glow on skin

I think this would make a perfect moisturizer for warm summer night. It’s not super hydrating as other night cream I’ve tried during winter months but this just hit the mark. It’s your summer must haves product if you’ve normal to combination skin typed. Your skin is going to thank you for it.¬†You got to try it.¬†

Makeup Remover Wipes Aveeno

AVEENO Make-Up Removing Wipes¬†– this product contains Total Soy Complex that not only help even out skin tone and texture but visibly transform dull, uneven skin into brighter, more radiant looking skin. I have tried this wipes over the last few days and I’m satisfied by how well it removes my eye and face makeup. This wipes feels a little thicker than other drugstore brands I’ve tried in a good way. I really appreciate its durability. A wipe that cleans and remove all the dirt and makeup with ease.¬†If you haven’t tried this – here’s the link.

Sheer Zinc SPF50

Another two new and improved mineral sunscreens this summer are from NEUTROGENA and it’s their¬†Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen¬†SPF 50 and Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 which I’ll talk about next.

Mineral Sunscreen has increasingly gain its popularity over the past years and was lucky enough to receive package containing a top-up of some of my most-loved Aveeno and Neutrogena products. So I thought I’d put together a post combining these two brands and to tell you a little bit more about some of my favorite skincare items from the collection in case you were interested in trying any out.

If you’re into mineral sunscreen then you just have to try this Neutrogena Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50.¬†¬†Then¬†your quest for mineral sunscreens ends right here.¬†

It claims – this gentle formula delivers superior broad spectrum protection against burning UVB and ageing UVA rays – with 2x better UVA protection than the leading mineral sunscreen.¬†It’s mild even on sensitive skin, and it’s free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and irritating chemicals.

With summer officially here, sunscreen with high SPF UVA protection is a must-haves in my household. I love to know what’s your must-haves skincare products this summer?

Sheer Zinc Facial

Next is the NEUTROGENA Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50 – it’s of 100% zinc oxide UVA. A new revolutionary product that helps prevent sunburn. I like how easy it applies and doesn’t leave any white globs and¬†disappeared into skin rather quickly. I appreciate a good¬†consistency product which is neither overly liquidy nor thick. This mineral sunscreen is on my check list. Try it out for yourself!¬†

Body Stick Sunscreen

I’m very excited to be testing out the Ultra Sheer¬†Facial and Body Stick Sunscreen by Neutrogena. This is my first time seeing sunscreen in a stick format. My first thought was a deodorant but a sunscreen with SPF 50+ in a stick – this I’m intrigued to try. Love the amazing scents and I like that it glides on like a dream. No mess on application and so convenient to use. A travel friendly packaging that’s leak proof and the best part is that you can just throw it in your purse.¬†This mineral-based stick sunscreen won‚Äôt clog pores, and it helps to prevent signs of aging¬†while protecting your skin. Waterproof and lightweight, for a full face and body UVA protection, try this mineral sunscreen the next time you‚Äôre out and about.

I’ve already posted it in my Instagram because I love it so much. I’m very much into skincare right now.¬†Aveeno¬†is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brand.

If you’re new to the brand definitely make sure you try some of the products that I’ve mentioned. Let me know what you think and if you love Aveeno and Neutrogena as much as I do!

So, thanks for stopping and read. I also like to thank Aveeno and Neutrogena for this great opportunity to collaboration. ¬†And until next time, I’m wishing a Great Skin Health! Bye!!!

Sharon xoxo

 

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May PR Unboxing

 

Hi guys! Today is a PR mail unboxing. I show everything I get in the mail. I open everything up and I actually unboxed everything for you guys. If you want to see any detailed reviews of these products, leave your comments below, you guys know I read all your comments.  So, let me know which you want me review first.

So, let’s get started with this¬†PR unboxing.

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*PR Samples

I’ve this Weleda, they’re starting to sent out PR products which you guys know I like that. I got a few¬†samples from¬†them in my mail recently.¬†I’m super¬†excited about that. Shout out to M2 Brand and thank you Weleda!

I got the Age Revitalizing Day and Night Cream, Evening Primrose Revitalizing Body Wash, Calendula Intensive Skin Recovery and last but not least is this cute Mighty Essentials travel bag. All products mentioned here are available now at Weleda online website.

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There are six skincare products catered for different skin types and skincare concern.¬†Here’s a closeup look of what’s available on their website.

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First thing first is the Calendula Intensive Skin Recovery cream. It says here on their website “highly concentrated, soothing care for minor skin irritations and sensitivities. It’s ideal for sun exposure and after shave.

I love to be productive whenever my health allows, so last¬†weekend as I was clearing some cedar bushes¬†in my garden, I noticed later that my hand was super itchy with red bumps. I suspect my skin¬†must be¬†allergic¬†to the cedar plants. Couldn’t have gotten this on a much better time. I applied it on and it makes the irritation less itchy and and¬†clam the redness. I’ll continue to use and report back of any new developments.

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Next product I got is the Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Day Cream. Note that the products are¬†cruelty free (no animal testing) in case you’re wondering.

It says on the packaging –

  • Certified Natural
  • Organic, Wild crated ingredients
  • No parabens
  • No GMOs
  • No aritificial fragrances or preservatives

This is my first time¬†trying out the day cream so yes I’m really excited about that. I really like the consistency, it feels amazing and very moisturizing. I tried it on my hand and I notice it gives my skin a nice glow-y look. One thing I want to put it out there is that you certainly could¬†to smell the scents of the primrose oil. I love the aromatherapy scents that feels so relaxing. I don’t mind the heavy primrose smell because it fades away eventually and it didn’t linger¬†on which is good news.

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I¬†went through a lot on night cream¬†so I’m excited to try this one out tonight. I find the consistency of the night cream is a little thicker than their day cream. Both creams are not sticky or tacky whatsoever. These applies very well on skin.

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Here’s the consistency of the day cream that I want to show you guys. I really like the texture to be honest. It’s not runny or too thick to blend. So, I like it.

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I really appreciate samples that comes in full size especially when it comes to body wash. So, as I was doing the unboxing and saw this big tube of ¬†Revitalizing Body Wash, I know¬†I’m going to share it with my hubby. Yes, I’m excited for that ¬†as well!

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Last but not least, I also got¬†in the box, a¬†Mighty Essential Travel Bag which is so cute. It includes five essentials that’s a must have when you’re travelling or on a short vacation. I’ll be going for a few short trips this summer so this comes very handy.

Weleda,¬†Europe’s leading certified natural and organic skincare. This bag is crafted with purpose by using hand-selected plants and its source from fair trade partnerships around the world. If you want to learn more about the products and farms visit their website . You also get $3 off any one full size product with manufacturer coupon. Expires 03/31/2018.

Here’s what in the Mighty Essential¬†

  1. Skin Food Ultra-Rich Cream – replenish dry, rough skin from head to toe
  2. Arnica Massage Oil – soothes and restores sore muscles
  3. Almond Soothing Facial Lotion – calms and nourishes sensitive skin
  4. Salt Toothpaste – with baking soda to whiten and clean teeth
  5. Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash – antioxidant rich oil to moisturize dry skin

So, that’s about all that’s in my PR unboxing and let me know if you like to see more of this type of posts on my blog.

What are your favorite products from this brand? Let me know in the comments!
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. Make sure you are following me on Twitter and Instagram (@heysharonoox) for the latest update. In the meantime come and say hi! I’ll see you on my next blog, bye!

Sharon xoxo

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Labstory – Korean Skincare & Makeup Products

 

Happy Wednesday guys! Hope you’ve a nice and productive week this far. If you’ve been following me on Snapchat or Facebook, it’s been a bit crazy for me and honestly what’s new? I’ve been having problem with my health and emotions again lately. Blogging has kept me going and moving forward. It forces me to get out of the bed each morning and keeps me on a schedule.

Having said that, I like to try as much product as I can from good¬†brands or reputable brands I trust¬†and want¬†to work with. When Lab Story¬†approached me not too long ago¬†if I’ll be interested to do a collaboration with them, I can’t say no to that.

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* Press Samples

Today‚Äôs post highlight four of my latest love for these skincare products.¬†I never tried anything from the brand. This is my first time trying out products from Lab Story. Quickly I fell in love with Lab Story and here’s my story.

I received four full sample size products in the mail¬†and¬†I’m super excited to share my thoughts and opinions.

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LAB STORY Facial Cleansing Foam Whitening Cleanser

This is by far my most favorite cleansing foam I’ve ever tried from a Korea brand. It smells divine and a little goes a long way. Just a tiny bit not bigger than the size of a pea is all you need to cleanse the whole face.

My current go to cleansing foam. I’ve been washing my face with the cleansing foam since I got it and I’ve loving it. This photo doesn’t do it justice but¬†when you add a little more water, the¬†foam lather like no other.¬†My skin feels so smooth and soft after rinsing them. The fragrance of the herbs and fruit extracts are so inviting. Makes me look forward to¬†my evening skincare routine every day.

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LAB STORY Deep Pore Purifying Cleansing Foam Extra Mild Oil Control

Next is another cleansing foam that combats oily skin while going deep into the pores. They use natural ingredients such as tea tree leaf oils and herbs extracts which I really like.

Since I’ve combination to dry skin, I only used this for a week. I didn’t notice a huge dryness on my face, but I like the gentle foaming action that it delivers to your face. It goes on and washes off so easily. It smells fresh and clean.

This would be prefect for me try again in summer when the weather gets warmer and a little more humid. I’ll test it again for a little while longer and report back my final verdict on this one.

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LAB STORY Perfect Blemish Balm Korean BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ 50ml

BB Cream (Blemished Balm) of the East. Although BB cream has a history that it¬†begins in Germany, it’s the Korean that got hold of this product with the intention to get a flawless skin. But these days, you see every brands own a BB cream (stretching from East to the West) and they cater to different skin types and different demands across the world.

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I¬†was so excited to put my¬†first experience¬†to the test. This product has only one shade if I’m not mistaken and I’m happy to say that it’s a good match for my skin tone. It gives a good sheer to decent medium coverage. It’s feels lightweight and¬†doesn’t feel tacky at all. It blends on beautifully and no streaky lines to be seen.

It claims to smoothes the skin and protects the skin from foreign harms and everyday UV. It covers skin blemishes effectively and equalizes the skin tone allowing for a natural clear makeup.

I second the claim for I could see that this product works amazingly as a blurring agent that covers pores and skin imperfections. This could be my holy grail Asian BB cream.

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LAB STORY Anti Wrinkle Whitening Cream Skincare Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ 40ml 

Last but not least, I got this Whitening Cream which I assume it to be another BB cream but this has platinum powder in it. Well, at least that’s how I’ve been using it. It has SPF 50+ which is so perfect for spring to summer. If wrinkles worries you, what do you think of this Anti Wrinkle cream?

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It has a very nice consistency and not thick in formula. It goes on smoothly and blends amazingly. I use beauty sponge but you can use brush whichever you like. It gives a very nice coverage and it smells so good. And I really like the dewy finish results on my dry to combination skin.

It’s so hard to make good skincare and makeup products and Lab Story does¬†it amazingly¬†on both categories.¬† So, it‚Äôs to no surprise I‚Äôm loving these products so much. I highly recommend this brand if you’re on the market for some great skincare products that actually work. I don’t have anything bad to say about them.¬†I’m very impressed with the quality and¬†will definitely go back to this brand again and again. Don’t have to take my word for it. You got to try it yourself!

If you want a chance to try everything in today’s post, you can check out Lab Story Korea, Amazon or Ebay and learn more about their products at the websites.

Have you tried Lab Story¬†before? What are some of your favorites I‚Äôd love to hear from you! Whether you’re beginners to mavens, all are welcome here!

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!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Book: #Bloombook – Self Discovery Journey

 

Hey guys! If you’re a fan of Estee Button aka Estee Lalonde then you would’ve probably heard of her first book “BLOOM” which was released about two months ago. Since it’s released I was very keen to grab a hold of her book.¬†You could tell that I’m her¬†fan, right!

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She has two youtube channels with one called Everyday Estee which is a vlog and her youtube beauty channel is Estee Lalonde. Her beauty channel is where everything started.

I’m not ashamed to admitted that I’ve only learned¬†about her youtube channel until last summer and I’ve been watching her vlog channel ever since.

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I got this book as a Christmas gift from my daughter.¬†She heard me talking about it and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it. Even though it’s not a signed copy,¬†I’ll still treasure it for a long time to come.

Alright enough of my ramblings and let’s get to business. The front cover of her book is clean and direct to point. I would say this book bloom is very her. Why I said that! I think it’s her style and the way she talks and approach life if you watch her vlogs.

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At first, when I read a few pages I thought it was a little too brief to my usual novel readings. It’s seems to me like it’s a summary of her life to youtube all compressed in this 247 pages book. Frankly, I find it quite astonishing! (in a good way).

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What you can find in bloom are short chapters and some longer stories where¬†she talks about work and female¬†empowerment to name a few. The focus of this post for me to share my experience after reading her book. Don’t worry, I’m going to spoil the contents for you.

Thanks to Estee, I just learned that I’m a homebody myself which is not a bad thing at all. I do love travelling from time to time but most of the time, I love to be at home wearing with most comfortable clothing on earth (pjs) and¬†with makeup or¬†no makeup day. With my health problem, I’m kinda¬†restricted to be doing crazy things I used to do before. Gone are those¬†rat race times and crazy working hours. I didn’t miss it anymore. I find myself in solitude and peace that I couldn’t explain. It’s like I woke up one day with my perspective in place¬†and all I’ve to do is just take the time to smell coffee.

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Each chapters bring readers to how she leads her life from childhood memories to adulthood. It’s an interesting book where you could read on your bedside or when you’re commuting on the bus or train. It’s a light and easy reads!

To add an extra punch, she added some pastel color pages in her book to keep the readers glued. This is brilliant in my opinion.

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I thought this is relevant to our connection of being a Canadian. In her own words how she describe to be Canadian –¬†“Canadians have an internal mantra of live and let live”. I could relate to this.

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From this book you would also find how she combats her social anxiety and coping with depression. Reading this book makes me reflect and think a lot of my past experiences both good and bad. I want to take on her challenge to speak and express more about myself here on the blog and what are the things that makes me bloom!

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I recommend this book if you’re looking to find some inspiration book directly from an experienced youtuber. As I was drawn into my blogging world, I realized something from this book that helps me. I finally find my way home again. I love writing and am passionate about life. This book taught me to know no boundaries and sky is the limit. ¬†My favorite phrase has to be¬†“Following my¬†heart!”

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I hope that you too will find your true inner self or your calling to rise by lifting others.

You can order Bloom now¬†if you want to read more about her self discovery journey. This is not a sponsor post or anything whatsoever, I’m sharing my love of this book and I really hope you’d love it as much as I did!

What do you think of this book? Have you read it already? What’s your take on this? Love to hear your comments in the section below.

Thanks for reading my rambles here on the blog. Have a great day, everyone!! [muah♥]

Sharon xoxo

 

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

Sharon xoxo

 

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Blogtober* Book Of The Week

 

Hi guys, today¬†I’ll be sharing with you an extraordinary blog post I haven’t written before. But hey, if you continue reading- chances are¬†there is extraordinary in the ordinary.

Everyone knows who Oprah Winfrey is. Unless you’re a big fan, though, you may not have heard of a book she has written, called What I Know For Sure. I used to watch her TV Show and I must admit that I really like and admire her for example her fortitude, her charisma and the way she carry herself.

I saw this book and thought, meh, why not? And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

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As I was spending my weekend catching up with my reading¬†with this book on hand “What I know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey, all the emotion from each essay ¬†struck right to the core of my being. It was emotional and yet empowering. It’s a great book to have by your bedside. Pick it up or put it down.

Today, I’m going to share a few phrases of her essay¬†that speaks the most to me.

What I know for sure is that giving yourself time to just be is essential to fulfilling yourself as a human being. So, I give myself Sundays. I’ll be in pajamas all day or go to church. Most times, I just do nothing and let my brain and body decompress.

What I know for sure is that I hope you aren’t s wrapped up with the non-essentials stuff that you forget to really enjoy yourself, because this moment is about to be over. I hope you’ll look back and remember today as the day you decided to make every one count. When you get the chance to sit it out or to dance, I hope you dance.

I know for sure – if you make time for a little gratitude every day, you’ll be amazed by the results.

After reading her book, if you’re anything like me, it’ll have you asking yourself a lot of questions. Am I falling into the same traps? Am I truly happy, or am I lying to myself? Is my life heading in the right direction?

Really, it made me ask myself whether I am being completely true to myself.

Me: What I know for sure that time waits for no one. Get up, keep moving. Full speed ahead. When I look myself in the mirror, the reflection of a¬†young girl is no more. The one standing is a middle age woman staring back. “As I reached another¬†milestone in humility, utmost¬†thanksgiving¬†and joy. Knowing for sure that¬†grace has brought be safe this¬†far and grace will lead me home”.

I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, so, it’s better if you read this book yourself. What I want you to know is that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I think it’s also a lot of more fun. I’m sure many of you could relate. Nothing makes me happier than a gift well given and joyfully accepted. I give as I feel.

As this post comes to an end… I want you to do the same and start giving.

Now, are you blessed? What do you know for sure? Tell me what’s your highest achievement? Share your thoughts in the comment section. I love to read your answers.

Many thanks to all who have stick around and my heartfelt gratitude for the encouragements and inspiring comments that keeps me going. I truly appreciate that.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and I can’t wait to see you again on the next one. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Beauty Bandit: Smoke Balm Review, Photo & Swatches

 

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the balm Smoke Balm

I love the balm products, so happy I ordered this one. Love the color in this trio palette. Easy to travel with or drop in a purse.

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the Balm Smoke Balm Eyeshadow Palette are a new trio of eyeshadow in smoky shades. Housed in the Balm’s traditional vintage pin up style compacts each trio looks like they contain full size shadows.

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The Smoke Balm has two separate palettes, but they are only named by “Set One” & “Set Two”. The one with the grey packaging is Set One, and the one with the green is Set Two. Each palette has three eyeshadow shades.

The palette I got is Set One.

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The best part is that each palette is a mere US$12. This is also packaged in cardboard packaging with the design on the sleeve exactly like the design on the product itself.

These aren’t available on the Balm’s site and appear to be exclusive to Kohls, feelunique or Amazon online.

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I’m quite curious to indulge because the Balm has some of the softest, buttery formulations ever.The shimmery Flame was pigmented and a little goes a long way.
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These were swatches with my fingers on bare arm. The picture was taken in night light, I apologized for the lighting.

Left to Right:
Blaze: Black with silver glitter
Spark: Matte grey-taupe
Flame: Shimmery pearl

Very handy essential palette. Good quality and wonderful for those just starting out in makeup. Packaging is super cute and functional. Really really like this.

What do you think about these Smoke Balm palettes?

Thanks so much¬†for taking the time to read and hope to see you again in the next one ūüôā

Sharon xoxo

 

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Mont Balm Quad by theBalm

I feel I have too many eyeshadows and I’m still looking for ways to increase¬†the size of my collection. I’m just super obsessed with eyeshadows and you can judge me if you like.

So, without any further ado, I present to you a new product item to my collection! Mont Balm!

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If you have been following and reading my blog, you might have known that I’m a big fan of theBalm makeup products especially their eyeshadow palettes. Today, I I want to talk about¬†take a peek¬†Mont Balm by theBalm Eyeshadow Palette. It’s not a new released but I’ve been trying on this palette for a week and I’m in love. I ordered this through Amazon¬†online.¬†It’s unclear to me whether or not this is limited edition, and it also appears to be a Kohl’s exclusive, as it’s not available on theBalm’s site. If you see it elsewhere, don’t mind to share on the comment section below.

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This palette comes in a cardboard material packaging with a lovely girl printed on the top cover. Inside are four eyeshadows with a decent size mirror. It has a magnetic closure which I noticed could be the staple packaging by the Balm.

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The colors are beautiful and very wintery — there’s Zermatt, a shimmery dark charcoal, Aspen, a metallic warm burgundy, Whistler, a metallic slightly rosy taupe, and Cortina, a matte cream.

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Mont balm – this is gorgeous and will be beautiful for winter time especially as a Holiday gift. I for one loved the affordable price point. So yay!

Some of thebalm’s palettes could be a hit or miss but, I’ll definitely be gravitating towards thebalm¬†for the quality and pigmentation which I personally find them impressive.

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These shadows can be applied wet or dry. Here are¬†the the shadows picked up directly from the pan.¬†The texture of the shadows is very soft and smooth, as with all of theBalm’s eyeshadows that I’ve tried.

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Color swatches on bare hand – no eye base or primer were used. The only shade I can¬†complain or that doesn’t perform quite as well in terms of pigmentation as I’d like it to is Zermatt, it’s a bit sheer at first, but it can be built up.

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Other than that, I’d say that these shadows blend well with beauty shimmery finish which wasn’t overdone. I’m pleased with this Mont Balm Palette. I hope you found this post interesting and helpful.

Have you got this Mont Balm in your collection already? I would love to hear your comments.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Stay Beautiful!

Sharon xoxo

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the Balm AutoBalm California Face Palette For Fall

 

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I’m a huge fan of the Balm makeup palettes and I love to keep a collection from this line. I have been very impressed with the quality and amazing pigmentation but this face palette seems to fall under¬†my expectation. Continue reading if you want to know more …

The Balm Autobalm California Face Palette is a $15.00 face palettes that are available now at Kohl’s website, Amazon for $18.00, ASOS and ebay.

Let’s take a look!

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This AutoBalm Face Palette by theBalm consists of a Blush, Highlighter, Brow and Liner. It comes in a cardboard material with an invisible magnet closure.¬†it’s rather cute as a pick up for quickie looks!

It¬†has a nice variety of multitasking products in a sleek packaging that can come in handy for touch ups or if you’re in a hurry and not wanting to spend too much on makeup.

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Colors picked up directly from the pan. Not too bad but I expected a better from theBalm after having a good collection of the products. The texture is smooth but they feels powdery to touch.

Another downside I noticed was, it¬†lacks staying power. Personally, once I’m done with my makeup, I leave it as it is but this palette requires me to touch up which I don’t usually do. So, I’m not a big fan of this palette.

Now,¬†let’s take a look at the color swatches. A decent¬†“meh”, it just doesn’t wow me as much¬†like other palettes do.

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The Blush/Shadow Рit’s peachy-pink tone with enough pigmentation but nothing amazing.

The Highlighter/Shadow– I‚Äôm sad to say¬†this is a powdery boring shade and not a highlighter whatsoever, since the shimmer disappears on the skin once you apply it. I’m in an “Epic shocker” state! Gahhhh!!!

The¬†Brow/Crease Shadow – this is great to use as a transition color on the lid and crease. As a brow product? Not so much. I don‚Äôt know about you, but I don‚Äôt like to spend ten minutes doing my brows and this fades away while blending. Remember this is a powdery shadow.¬†I’m not so crazy about this.

The Lid/Liner Shadow – it came up a little patchy on the swatch but I think it‚Äôs a cool alternative to black liner. I personally prefer to wear it on the lids¬†than as an eyeliner. It’s not dark enough as an eyeliner but to each their own preference.

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Overall, I think you can make a good use of this palette and create beautiful looks with it, but compared to larger palettes from the brand like the Nude‚Äôtude or Meet Matte¬†(review here), these colors lack pigmentation.¬†I repeat, I wasn’t very impressed with this palette. I feel that the formula was too powdery and lack of pigmentation is the biggest issue here.

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On a positive note, I find that they’re easy to blend.

You can see¬†that¬†theBalm has definitely changed the makeup packaging game with their incredible designs, so if you want to get it just because it‚Äôs cute and¬†pretty then go ahead, but¬†grab it on sale because it doesn‚Äôt worth the whole price ($18.00) in my opinion. This is solely¬†my opinion after trying¬†this California Face Palette. It’s not a terrible palette but I would have expected better than this.

Last but not least, I want to point out that all the products from theBalm palette is paraben-free and not tested on animals. So, yay!

What do you think of this Autobalm palette? Do you own one already? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below.

Thank you so much for reading!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Stila “In the Light” Neutral Eyeshadow Palette|Review

 

 

Hey gorgeous!

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This is one of my many other Stila eyeshadow palettes which I’ll be doing a review today. This week I’m doing the “in the light” which I believe is in neutral colors except the grey-blue.¬†I paid this for¬†$20.00 a palette instead of $39.00 valued priced. This eyeshadow palette is a limited edition since Stila has come¬†up with their new FAll 2014 collection – Eyes Are The Window¬†Shadow¬†Palette recently.

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I am very¬†much a neutral eyeshadow girl and so this is very much my street.¬†The first thing I love about this eyeshadow palette is the color ranges. It got four matte and the shimmer shades are colors which I know I’ll wear quite often.¬†¬†The texture on the matte shades are soft and velvety whereas the shimmer shades are creamy and easy to blend. I notice all the shadows have good consistency. They’re both highly pigmented. Besides that, included is a smudge stick which is brilliant. It glides so well and I love how pigmented this eyeliner is. It’s just amazing!

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Inside “in the light” (L-R): bare – kitten – bliss – sunset – sandatone; and

Bottom row (L-R): bubbly – glazed gold – luster – night sky – ebony

with a waterproof eyeliner smudge stick in Damsel (in deep matte brown). My favorite color for an eyeliner. This is a beautiful palette that you can create as many looks as you like. With this palette all you need is a little imagination. ¬†It’s¬†so much¬†fun to play with¬†such¬†incredible shades.

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The Kitten shade, I believe is Stila’s staple is used for inner corner, whereas the matte Brown and Black are for smoking it out lightly and with other gorgeous colors for the lids. The only color which might not be used out is “Night Sky” except if you are doing a smokey eyes look.

So, that’s it on my take of this awesome palette. $20.00 for good a 10 size eyeshadows of¬†great quality and an eyeliner. That’s incredibly good. I absolutely love it and will see myself wearing them everyday:|)

You can get this at Boots, Amazon, Stila, Ulta, ASOS, Feelunique and many sites that sells it.

Do you own this palette? If not, you need it!

Thank you guys for taking the time to read ‚̧

Sharon xoxo