Tag Me Beautiful!

 

Hi guys! I hope¬†you are all having a great week so far. If you know me well you will know that I love my Question Tuesday post.¬†So, 2¬†weeks ago¬†I did a special post asking you to¬†comment. I received many comment questions which I’m going to share with you right here. Special thanks to¬†all friends who have responded. I’ve put links to all who have contributed to these tag¬†questions.

Now, let’s jump right in.

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Tag Questions by everyone in no particular order:

  1. What is your key to stress relief? Heather Lilia РWalk away from my computer and take a walk.
  2. What is on your Christmas wish list this year? (it‚Äôs never too early to start thinking about Christmas!) stashy¬†– I’ve a long ¬†beauty list to go through this year. So,¬†I’ll be a separate post for that.
  3. What is the best site of blogging for you? Sonja Josipovic¬†– I’m using WordPress and I’m¬†quite happy with their service.
  4. You can only take FIVE beauty products with you on a trip. What do you take? Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups¬†– Hmm.. this is a tough one. But if I’ve to choose only five then I’ll take my moisturizer, bb cream, an eyeliner, eyeshadow palette and a lipstick.
  5. Name your top 5 ‚Äúholy grail‚ÄĚ products! (Makeup) ingrid¬†– Beauty Blender, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, it Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette.
  6. What’s your favorite concealer? hey.maca (@esmacaa) РFor drugstore brand, I like the Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer.
  7. What is your number one favourite beauty product? Nellwyn Lampert (@cardinalpress)¬†– This is a difficult one since I love all my beauty products but I’ll say eyeshadow palette since I’ve most in my collection
  8. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Valerie Gray (@valmg) РA banana, 2 toasted bread on avocado and a cup of hot coffee latte.
  9. If you only had 5 minutes to do your makeup, what products would you apply? Saidah www.aproverbswife.com¬†– I can’t go out without eyeliner and lipstick.
  10. What was the last thing which made you laugh? Jelena Milosavljevińᬆ–¬†My son told me that his home-class teacher kiss him on the cheek to express thanks for the birthday gift. He said “Mommy I don’t want to marry Mdm Annie”.
  11. What is one place you wish you could visit and one place you would love to go back to?  Neely (@Neelykins) РI wish to visit Europe someday and I want to revisit Japan again.
  12. Do you *actually* throw out your mascara every three months?
    (http://www.classyontherun.blogspot.com) – It’s advisable to throw away mascara every 3 months¬†but I keep those with cute packaging for my collection.
  13. My question is what made you come up with this and what is the weirdest question that somebody has ever asked you?¬†toughcookiemommy¬† – I just got this idea as I was preparing for my weekly Question Tuesday post. It’s quite random but I really enjoy the response I get. I don’t remember getting any weird question honestly. I find all the questions are well thought-off.
  14. What are your best tips for make up while cruising and why. Tell us about make uptrends and myths.¬†(@MrsALOMartin)¬†– Summer is the best time for cruising and I would advise to just bring a minimal makeup.I’ll be on the ship most of the time and I want to keep it casual.
  15. If you had to choose one makeup product and only one what would it be? ¬†carrie@thelavenderhytta¬†– I love eyeshadow palette so that’s what I’ll pick
  16. How do you get rid of sunburns? Imaobong Asuquo РApplying aloe vera or deep moisturizer helps to cool down the skin
  17. If you can only choose one make up product to use for the rest of the month what would it be? crystalMy answer will still have to be eyeshadow palette
  18. But since I‚Äôm a huge lipstick fan, what do you prefer? Matte or sheen? And what brands do you normally use?¬†Mai Cochico¬†– I’m a fan of matte lipstick. I’ve a few brands which I really like. Makeup Forever, MAC and Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick line.
  19. If you had 25 hours in your day how would you use the extra hour? Jill Fickling-Conyers РI would definitely use the extra 1 hour catching up with reading
  20. Do you like contouring or a more natural look?¬†Laura¬†– I like¬†a no makeup makeup look but on occasion I don’t mind contouring
  21. How do you keep your makeup staying fresh throughout the day? lipstickandpuppykisses РMakeup setting spray works everytime
  22. What‚Äôs your favorite ‚Äúnatural‚ÄĚ (toxin-free) beauty product?
    AWanderingVine¬†– I’ve many favorite brands but currently I’m loving the @maison jacynthe ¬†
  23. What are your winter beauty essentials? T-Nicole Johnson РI need hand and body lotion, heavier moisturizers, lip balm,  waterproof mascara, SPF sunscreen, budge proof eyeliner and burning a candle.
  24. When do you put eyeliner on and should you do top and bottom?¬†Candy Kage¬†– I feel that applying eyeliner can really make a big difference to the eye makeup look. Apply eyeliner on the upper liner unless I’m doing a smoky eye look then I’ll do a tight line on both top and bottom.
  25. What is your favorite thing to do in November? Hey Sharonoox РI love to start pulling out my wishlists and start shopping for holiday gifts.

Thank you for stopping by to read. I hope you enjoyed this post and find it interesting. Now, copy this Tag Me Beautiful and spread the fun of tagging.

I heard many of you like this idea, so let me know if you like anything specific you want me do on the next Question Tuesday! Until next time, let’s keep questions coming.

Have a wonderful day! Love you guys!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipsticks – Review & Swatches

 

 

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Story about Hard Candy: I started to be a fan of this brand for more than¬†a year plus and have always like to check their new collection lines whenever I’m at Walmart.I noticed that, in¬†the recent years, the brand definitely seems to be making a comeback with its daring and affordable color makeup.

Today I want to share with you some unique lipstick shades from Hard Candy’s Fierce Effects Lipsticks Collection.¬†

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Available in 16 fiercely color exclusively at Walmart only for CAD$5.98 a tube.

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The Fierce Effects Lipsticks packaging come in simple black lipstick tubes with a very pretty silver-studded cap. The top of the cap has a color window that matches the shade of the lipstick inside. That’s so cool right, I also like the name of the lipstick printed on the label, Yay!

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First shade I have here is NUDIST in neutral nude color-toned. Nice color which is not crazily fierce than the other two shades I picked.

You can see that once uncapped, though, the lipsticks don’t look great; the actual bullets are poorly formed and they just seem roughly-made. The formula feels soft which I suspect causing the bullet to look flimsy. Frankly, I expected a better made lipstick period.

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Despite the not too impressive formulation, the packaging of these is pretty great. It gives a pretty sheen and translucent yet vibrant finishes as seen on both the color swatches below.

1066 – Nudist – is a dusty rose metallic, another fantastic shade and my personal favorite out of the bunch.

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When I wear it on my lips, it feels moisturized and quite comfortable actually. The downside of this lipstick that I can immediately point it out is the smudge and transfer-prone wear due to the super slick and almost wet finish product.

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1053 РThunder Рis an eggplant purple,  this one is kind of sheer but build-able to a nice and even coverage.

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1066 РNight Queen Рis beautiful blue,  this one that has a nice translucent sheer finish but build-able.

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Which color lipsticks would you want to rock this summer? Leave your comments below.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Hope to see you on the next one!

Have a great day everyone!

Sharon ♥

 

 

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This & That Tag

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I came across a beauty blogger who posted This & That tag and since it looks so fun, I’ve excited to do this especially on a dull day like today.

MAKEUP

Blush or bronzer? 

Blush. I prefer blush more than bronzer coz’ it’s easier to apply.

Lip gloss or lipstick?

Lipstick. I’m a big fan of lipstick and lip gloss when in a hurry or the dry season.

Eyeliner or mascara?

Eyeliner! I’m scare coz’ some¬†mascara can rain on me? ;'(

Foundation or concealer?

Concealer. Must hide my dark panda eyes, yikes!!!

Neutral or colour eyeshadow?

Neutral is beautiful! Colour eyeshadow is my sidekick.

Pressed or loose eyeshadow?

Pressed. I tried wearing loose eyeshadow but I figured out that it was too messy for me.

Brushes or sponges?

Brushes. I don’t mind using my figures to apply makeup that is liquid-y like concealer, foundation etc…

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NAILS

OPI or China Glaze?

OPI is my go to! I’m not really a nail person¬†but I have OPI collection the most.

Long or short?

I’m not good at keeping long nails, so short is easier to upkeep!

Acrylic or natural?

Natural.

Brights or darks?

Darks or anything in between.

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BODY

Perfume or body splash?

Perfume, again I’m all about perfume or eau de toilette. Body splash once awhile.

Lotion or body butter?

Lotion. I love the smooth and soft texture of lotion on my skin not to mention the amazing scents.

Body wash or soap?

Body wash.¬†I can’t¬†remember the last time I used soap. Probably after I realized that there is an alternative to soap!

Lush or other bath company?

I do have some preferences for example Rose 31, Archive, Miller Harris and Crabtree & Evelyn were the soaps I used before I convert to body wash.

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FASHION

Jeans or sweatpants?

Jeans – Levi’s boot cut. I also like¬†cargo¬†pants ‚̧

Long sleeve or short?

Short¬†sleeves. I’m just use to it.

Dresses or skirts?

Skirts. I love to do a mix and match!

Stripes or plaid?

Big stripes especially in blue and white like those of Ralph Lauren Polo.

Flip flops or sandals?

Sandals. I would love to wear flip flops at the pool or the beach in the summer.

Scarves or hats?

I ‚̧ scarves. I look funny with hats somehow. Boo…hoo.. ūüė¶

Necklaces or bracelets?

Necklaces.¬†I don’t usually take off¬†my necklaces except going in for MRI or X-ray.

Heels or flats?

Heels are my most love possession. But I haven’t been wearing it since I delivered my son who is now 6.¬†Second to heels are my best companion is the leather¬†slip on moccasin.

Jacket or hoodie?

Actually sweater with hoodie for indoor and jacket for outdoor.

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HAIR

Curly or straight?

Straight. I already have straight hair and I’m quite happy with it.

Bun or ponytail?

Bun, messy bun! I always feel that wearing a messy bun is sexy. It gives character to the look.

Bobby pins or butterfly clips?

Butterfly clips! One clip is all I need. Yay!!!

Hair spray or gel?

Neither. Natural for healthy looking hair.

Long or short?

Short. Less time to dry and so much easier to maintain. When I had my long hair, all I did was tied them up in a bun or ponytail all the time.

Light or dark?

Brunette actually. I have black hair and I would love to have a lighter hair like brunette.

Side sweep bangs or full bangs?

Side sweep bangs, but I’ve grown them already. I may look like Cleopatra (hair gone wrong) when in full bangs ūüėõ

Up or down? 

Up. Fortunately, now that I have short hair, my hair problem is gone. Yipee!!!

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Rain or shine?

Rain! I love¬†the sound of the falling¬†rain. Ti..Di…Ta..Da… Ti…Di…Ta…Da …. wo..oh…oh…

Summer or winter?

Winter. I love the silence and the quietness. Able to bundle up in front of the fireplace and be cosy with family.

Autumn or spring?

Autumn. It’s the most beautiful sight of the season. Where¬†leaves changes their colours and our animal friends preparing for hibernation. I like spring because it signifies hope or new life.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla and maybe white chocolate!

East coast or west coast?

Makes no different to me. I’m happy with where I am ūüôā

Vogue or InStyle?

Vogue.

Kim, Kourtney, or Khloe?

Who are they? Kindly excuse me for my naivety.

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Coffee or tea?

Hi,¬†my name is Sharon and¬†I’m a coffeeaddict -0-0-

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Whew!!! that’s a long but fun tag to do. I hope you do it too!¬†Just do this tag. I promise that you’ll have tons of¬†FUN.

These friendly bloggers I am tagging are:-

somethingabouttiffanys

vogueinfatuation 

a touch of beauty

frenchvanillandcoffee

 apoorva 

somedaysunny

plus+beauty27 

acasualbeauty 

beautyminatii 

say hello to gorgeous

prettytrippy 

prettyloved 

I just listed a few new bloggers in my blog for this tag and I want you to know that you are pretty awesome too and I tag you and everyone who is reading this!

Do you enjoy reading this kind of post? Let me know under the comment below.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Sharon ‚̧

Till next time… love you guys ‚̧

Sharon xoxo

7 Basic Beauty Guidelines You Must Know

Hey guys!

I’m back again with some of the basic tips which I have gathered and experienced over time and taught what better time than now to share it with you guys. I bet¬†many of you might have encounter or¬†aware of these beauty guides, but I’m just going to talk about¬†it here in my post since I find it relevant to us on a daily basis.

1. Expensive doesn’t always means better!

There are good and bad products in all price categories and there are some amazing inexpensive products you should really consider before going for the expensive stuff. Just like the idiom, a coin has two sides.

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2. Remember to check foundations, concealer and powder colors in natural light

Drugstore or retail store outlets lighting is deceiving, what seems perfect under artificial light can look disastrous in broad daylight. ¬†Ideally, try to pick by bringing the product nearer to the window where there are natural lights. Oh yes! do a color swatch on your jawline closer to the ears than on the hand since the color on the face and hand doesn’t always match.

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3. Be extra caution with shiny blush or eyeshadow

Okay, fine some of us love shiny makeup but let’s keep in down for evening or special occasion.¬†It is recommended that a blush with a matte finish or a hint of sheen works best for daytime makeup.

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4. Never to test mascara or eyeliner in the store

Many of us are tempted to try on the testers provided at a¬†makeup counter and a note of precaution. Try to avoid using the tester since you never know how many people have double-dipped or how old the testers are. We don’t know how contaminated they may be. I know it’s a pain, but for the health of our eyes and due to hygienic purposes it’s best to purchase these products and test them at home.

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5. Sanitize lipstick with alcohol based spray before testing

If you are like me, wanting to test almost all the colors on the testers then one advise is to ask the salesperson to either shave off the top portion of the lipstick with a disposable spatula before testing them. Cannot spray and cannot shave, then wipe off several layers of lipstick with a clean tissue. I usually test them on my hand instead of on my lips and same goes for the lip gloss.¬†I don’t want to get any¬†gems and neither do I want to give my gems to the other¬†person.

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6. Saw a cosmetic artist whose makeup you admire? Ask them for application tips! 

Especially if their skin tone is similar to yours. It would be much easier for you to pick up great tips and begin to feel more confident about choosing the best colors for you. You’ll be surprised to see how helpful some are.

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7. Don’t be afraid to return a makeup product, even if you have used it.¬†

Almost all drugstores and mass market stores like Walmart will provide complete refund on makeup purchases if you have the receipts even if the product has been used. Target store no longer issue refunds once items has been opened or used.

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These are some recommended or suggested guidelines only and you are free to choose whichever tip you like. Hope this helps.

Do you have tips that you like to share? I love to hear your comments.

Thank you for reading.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

Flawless BB Cream by Body Shop

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The Body Shop ~ Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream  in Dark shades

Today, seems like a good day for me to share some information on what I read about BB cream. The trend¬†seems to have started from Korea in 1990’s but was founded some 50 years ago by a German Doctor for the sole purpose of covering scars. From my understanding¬†BB cream was recommended by dermatologist to cover the scars and help heal the skin. But I guess it went saturated and so we have all the creams from A-E.

BB cream was¬†one of the hottest trends in the beauty industry last year and it doesn’t seems to stop there. Clearly catching onto the alphabetization theme, then came CC cream, even DD cream and now EE cream which were¬†just launched by Estee Lauder recently. That was ¬†the newest EE cream = Enlighten Eye effect skin tone corrector SPF30. So, all these creams have become popular simply because the demand was there.

I am also among the people who are using BB cream in order to get a quick fix on my face before putting up makeup.

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The BB cream formula and color swatch. 3 available shades of Light, Medium & Dark

Are you wondering what my favorite BB cream is? First of all, it’s important to analyse my skin tone type and preference on choosing my¬†BB cream which might be different from yours. I have dry skin and so I will prefer to choose a dewy finish¬†with natural coverage and light texture. I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing it at all.

Finding a right BB cream can be a challenge. It has to fit just right. I have tried many BB creams and finally I found my true love with this Tea Tree Flawless BB cream by The Body Shop. It hits all the criteria I mentioned and I love wearing it.

The formula has a darker tint but when I apply and blend them in, the color just don’t looked so dark on¬†skin. Last time I check, my face and neck has the same color tone (photo below). Yay!!! ¬†True that it doesn’t have full coverage but I’m fine with it as long as it covers some of my uneven skin and that it gives a dewy finish.

The texture is a little bit more liquid-y than the Korean BB cream which are much thicker.  As for this Tea Tree BB cream I can feel the cooling and relaxing effect from this amazing cream. Also the smells are just so wonderful.

As for the price, I paid $15.00 for it and with the special offer of Buy 3, Get 2 Free promotion at the Body Shop, it’s a good bargain.

So, overall I like this Flawless BB cream very much and will continue to wear it and planning to get a lighter shade for winter since my color tone changes and also to catch the promotion while it lasts.

What is your favorite BB cream you are wearing?

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

Beauty Haul – Makeup Haul!

Happy Friday Beauty friends! It’s Friday and it’s time for Beauty Haul! Yay!!!

This week, I’ll be sharing with you guys some of these makeup haul which caught my eyes when I was at Winners (Canadian Retail Chain Stores).Well, this¬†may be my may¬†impetuous buy but I’m happy that I got them. I’m obsessed with makeup and so I have to get them.¬†Once I have tried them thoroughly I’ll give my thoughts to share them with all of you. But for now,¬†I’m just as thrilled to just post them up.

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Here are some of my beauty¬†makeup haul. ¬†So, let’s start. I have here the …

bourjois eyeliner pencil khol bourjois lipstick

Bourjois Khol & Contour eyeliner (16h) in 79 Bronze Raffine (wt: 0.04 oz). It says to be enriched with pure pigments and allows for an intense results lasting up to 16 hours. Its soft and blendable formula is ideal to apply both on the inner and outer rims of the eye. Had been tested on sensitive and contact lens wearers. I picked up this¬†bronze color which is perfect for autumn eye makeup. It’s also waterproof so no worries about¬†freaking out.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick. It¬†says to keep perfected pout hydrated for 10 hours.¬†Does it¬†include eating and drinking time?¬† Ok, I always wanted to have a collection of Bourjois’s makeup line¬†and once I spotted it, I¬†can’t resist the temptation to get it. I always love red but this fuchsia seems to speak to me and well with the price I have to get it because it’s Bourjois!¬†On color swatch it has¬†¬†rich pigments and pretty¬†creamy finish. I’m not sure when I will wear this color¬†but I’ll make a review to share.

cake lipbutter balm maybelline age rewind powder

Cake Kiss Me Lip Butter Balm. This I bought because of the cute tube packaging. Furthermore,¬†¬†it’s a limited edition and also¬†I’ll be needing lots of lip balm when the weather gets dryer here. I love to collect limited edition makeup’s too.

Next is the Maybelline Age Rewind “The Perfector- Primer Inside” pressed¬†powder. The white swirl is mixed¬†into¬†the compact to infer the primer inside. Although powder is usually applied¬†after primer¬†, concealer or foundation. It says no caking, no settling. Provide a touch of radiance for a younger looking skin instantly.

I picked this in light/pale. My bad¬†bet, I didn’t see the shades after been drawn with this swirl thingy (giggling!!!). Anyways, this shade is definitely too pale for me. I usually get¬†light to medium shades or just medium. I’ll probably return it or mixed with darker powder. I haven’t decided yet and yes¬†I read some good reviews on¬†this though. Urghh!!! What to do???

revlon lip gloss stila eyeshadow

Revlon ColorBurst Lip gloss has amazing colors and shine that make lips pop.¬†It’s said to be¬†5x more shine than patent leather. I picked up¬†this lip gloss in Embellished, it’s like dark¬†violet/plum color and I like the fact that it’s not sticky.¬†Seems to have glittery formula in¬†it.

Stila Countless Color Pigments Eye shadow in Encore (wt: 0.1 oz). Below are the claims by Stila

Features & Benefits:

  • Endless color combinations in each pan
  • No two Countless Color Pigments are alike
  • Full coverage, pearl formula
  • Long-wearing
  • Vibrant, color-matched compact

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Last but not least is this Stila Stay All Day-wet to set eye shadow trio in Safari (wt: 0.15 oz). I paid $12.99 for it. Here is a preview of the¬†stay all day shadow. It’s a 3D velvety shadow which are unique, it gives¬†a luxe finish on lids when combined with water. Stila promises an all day wear that‚Äôs crease-proof. I like the looks of these a lot so I‚Äôd be curious about trying one or two shades.

This ends this week’s beauty haul and I’ll be bring in more hauls next Friday.

So, until then, Stay beautiful and thank you for stopping by.

When was the last time you had an impulsive buy makeup? Leave comment below to share.

Sharon xoxo