December 10, 2019

Skincare #SephoraHaul and Sephora Tough as Nails Manicure Kit - Review

Hey guys!
This winter is much milder than last years, and though I am not complaining, but it makes me realize how we are slowly becoming part of climate change. I realized that the small samples, that I love to get with my order, add significantly to the landfills, as most are single use items, or are too small to be kept and often gets spoiled lying around in the drawers for years. They fill up my recycle bin with the excess paper packaging and the small plastic containers - well they are just landfill material. I am trying to buy bigger sizes of the products I like but I also love to get the more convenient 50ml size, which I can use for travel as well. It's a tough situation to be in and how I have become entitled to products that serve me, just because I can afford them. It is a time for change in lifestyle and something I will look forward to in 2020.
For now, let's talk about my recent skincare haul. I got these from Sephora as a bare minimum of what I need now, as compared to future. Don't we all buy more, cuz we think we might need it and often forget about using them. So I got the exfoliant, the face washes and the manicure kit that I needed and have started using! Yayy!! Using my purchases is so pleasure-full!!! LOL
Reviews in today's blog!


December 2, 2019

Burt's Bees Hand Salve Review #WinterCare

I suffer from eczema on my hands and nape which gets worse in winter time. Though I try my best to manage it appropriately, like drinking lots of water, staying stress-free (hahaha) and keeping my hands covered in gloves with petroleum jelly on, but the truth is I hardly excel at achieving any of that on a regular basis. Firstly, I hate petroleum jelly and gloves. I would do anything to avoid wearing gloves. I despise it; maybe because it makes me feel unable to feel and touch.. 
Anyways, since last year I discovered the Burt's Bees Hand Salve and it changed my life. I no longer suffer from red blisters, or cuts on my knuckles and my hands feel so moisturized even in this extremely dry weather.
More on this in today's blog

November 26, 2019

CHARLOTTE TILBURY - The Gift of Pillow Talk Lips (includes Lip Cheat and Matte Lipstick) - Review, Swatch and a Dupe!

Charlotte Tilbury's best selling nude pink lipstick comes in a holiday gift set for C$40 and its available at Sephora and also at Charlotte Tilbury's website. If there is anything I would consider a must have from CT's makeup line, its the lip products! I absolutely love her formula and the lip cheats are my favorite lip pencils. I highly recommend you to get this gift set because its worth the price and the shade Pillow Talk works for all skin tones. 

More on this and a dupe for this beautiful shade in today's blog!


November 19, 2019

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Palette of Pops Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Celestial Eyes - Review and Swatches

The title of this post suggests a very long name for an eyeshadow palette that appears to be anything but big or luxurious. Its packaging feels flimsy and very plastic and not something of luxury. Remember when I shared about my NARS Voyageur palette, I spoke about how it was still substantial enough to be not called a 'mini palette' and it has six highly pigmented shades. 
Let's get this clear, this rendition by Charlotte Tilbury is not something of luxury, nor does the hefty price tag of C$70 justify its mini existence. 
However, the shimmer shadows are extremely gorgeous and sparkly and the color combination is perfect for evening or special occasion. Despite what others think, I like shimmer shadows that are slightly sheer, so I can use them as a topper or as a light wash off sparkles on my eyes. I do not like full-on glittery eyes, unless its a costume party and there is a dress code I need to adhere to! 
More on this palette with swatches in today's blog.


November 7, 2019

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation in 7.5 Neutral - Review and Swatch

I got this new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation because I am loving everything British these days. My trip to London made me fall in love with the city and everything it has to offer including the lovely beauty products that I have been using for years. I even went to Borough Market for Neal's Yard Remedies! I feel blessed to have experienced the best time with my family in London and I wish the same for you all :o)
Anyways, so you will soon see more of Charlotte Tilbury on my blog as I start posting the holiday gifts and I am sort of juggling with whether this brand is worth the price tag. It definitely has a gorgeous packaging and the formula and fragrance is great but I had some issues with this  foundation. This was also the only liquid foundation that I took on my trip to Europe last month and it makes my skin appear flawless in every single photo, though I wiped it off at the end of the day because it turns into an oily mess in the humidity of Italian cities and London. 
For swatches and more keep reading...


July 17, 2019

NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz Review and Swatches

Oh my gosh! I am back at it again! This summer has been insanely busy as my kids grow up and their activities and curiosity goes up to a whole new level. I am super occupied, however, I never stop thinking about my makeup diaries and how much I neglected it. I actually neglected myself and everytime I look at my feet, I cringe at why I didn't go for a pedicure yet... so it is that crazy busy! Anyways, I wanted to share this gorgeous NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in detail on the blog. I posted about it on Instagram when I purchased it and since then I have taken it to two vacation trips and this palette has helped me pull elegant looks for date nights and even for strolls around the city. Its definitely become my most used palette over this Spring/Summer and I can't wait to talk more about it. 



April 16, 2019

MAC Lover Program (previously MAC Select) + MAC Birthday Gift 2019 Review and Swatch

I shared my MAC store experience in my previous post and I decided to never buy MAC products but since my sister is a huge fan, I slowly got sucked in to the MAC-mania. And now I have a few products that I use on a daily basis and love it. I also tried some of my sister's MAC lipsticks when I was visiting her, and I absolutely loved the color pay off and the longevity! Especially at the price point and with the MAC Lover discount offers, I am on to creating my own collection of MAC products. I never thought, I would dedicate blogs to a brand I don't like, but here we go!!
So, thanks to my boxing week MAC haul, I became a MAC Lover - Devoted member. It's the second tier of the MAC loyalty program, which was previously called MAC Select. Being a Devoted member, I got to choose a birthday gift during my birthday month and I added a January date so I can get the gift earlier in the year - cuz I am impatient like that! :P
The gift I received was actually much better than I had expected, considering that Sephora gives me travel size products on birthday, with MAC Lover program, I got a full size Technakohl Liner in a color of my choice and a MAC tote bag.
More on this in today's blog..

April 11, 2019

Sephora Birthday Gift 2019 - Review and Photos

Hey everyone,
I quickly wanted to share this year's Sephora birthday gifts with you. As you can already see that there are more options to choose from and two options just for VIB and Rouge which are the Jo Malone 9ml cologne or the 250 Reward points. Last year I picked the points because I like the Rewards Bazaar and can usually get a nice size travel friendly product for free. I have tried numerous rewards in the past so the points have more worth to me than the gift itself. 
This time, since I was travelling during Spring Break I picked the Drunk Elephant set. I had never tried Drunk Elephant because it seems very expensive, and I thought this was a nice way to try out the brand.  

March 7, 2019

TANGLE TEEZER Wet Detangling Brush Review

Finally some bright sun in the morning and I couldn't miss the opportunity to catch up on my morning yoga with the sun on my face! I never knew how much I can cherish the heat filtering through the windows and warming up my entire living space. Its so calming and just what I needed to overcome all the travel related anxiety that is gradually seeping in and I am praying I stay calm till I get to the airport. 
It's always weird whenever we vacation for Spring Break, because our closets are full of warm clothes and jackets and all kinds of mitts and socks and suddenly I am shopping for tank tops and flip flops!! It drives me nuts because, firstly, I can't find it in stores and secondly if it is in stock, its not in our size or the colors are not what we want. I usually don't like to hit the malls as soon as I visit a place but it seems like that is my only option. 
So anyways,  I wanted to share this Wet Detangling Brush from Tangle Teezer with you all, especially those with long hair like me, because it can be stressful to brush out wet hair.  I usually do not brush my wet hair, but over time, I learnt that if I want to avoid heat styling, my best bet is to brush my hair when wet and brush again when damp and then after a few hours. Of course, wet hair is more prone to breakage, but with this brush, things are looking quite good!
I use this on my kids hair as well, because I never use a hair dryer on them and this keeps their hair looking smooth and frizz free.
More on this in today's blog!  


February 27, 2019

LAURA MERCIER Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation in Golden 3W2 - Review and Swatches

I was really excited when I saw this new foundation on Sephora's website and since I am looking for a Spring foundation which needs to be dewy and fresh, I was naturally attracted to this. Also, it promises 15 hours of moisturization!! Like seriously! I need that stuffff!!! 
Now you know, I haven't had a great experience with Laura Mercier in the past because her products always break me out, I still wanted to try this out. I think I forgot my experience two years ago, when I tried the Flawless Fusion foundation and was left with itchy red spots on my face
Anyways, I tried the new foundation from Laura Mercier and I have a lot of swatches in this blog for you to compare it with my other foundation matches. Keep reading to find out if I like this one!

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