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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tuesday Morning Edition

Anyone still trying to cram in some last-minute shopping?! If you have a Tuesday Morning by you — fear not…..this gift guide is for you! This store carries a mix of everything from baby clothing to children’s toys to rugs and furniture to coffee and food items! Being that I am putting together a holiday basket for my in-laws, what I got are all food items. Here are my picks!

I don’t think these are tastier than the ones from Walkers but these are very good and this assorted package makes a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or even as a standalone gift!

Highland Speciality Shortbread Cookies

I’ve seen this product in other specialty discount stores also. This brand carries the same product in other flavors as well but I like the original one as is. My in-laws love this so I made sure to include this in the gift basket I’m putting together. I actually bought an extra box for myself too and I’m down to a few pieces in the snack drawer!

Anastasia Coconut Patties

I’ve never tried this before but it looked like something that would fit in a nice holiday gift basket. I always thought that tasty fruity treats are more prevalent during the holiday season like fruitcakes. Crossing my fingers that it’s tasty!

Liberty Orchards Fruit Delights

Ah, cheese crispies. I always associate this with holiday gift baskets as that’s where I’ve encountered them in the past. I think they’re usually found in the savory kind of holiday gift baskets where you see smoked salmon packs and summer sausages.

Roka Cheese Crispies

I have tasted the lemon curd version this brand has so I didn’t hesitate to pick up the orange marmalade when I saw that the store has it! I think it makes a great addition to a holiday gift basket as I always see some jams or jellies in them.

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Champagne

With that said, why stop at the one with champagne when they also have the same thing but with whisky? 🙂

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Whisky

Next items are a little unconventional for a holiday gift basket I’ll admit. It would’ve fit better in a cooking themed gift basket but my holiday gift basket to my in-laws has a few cooking items as well so I picked these up. My mother-in-law likes to experiment in cooking and I’m hoping that this will be something new for her to try out.

Gia Green Pesto & Garlic Paste

Last item I picked up is a random one but I know that my mother-in-law was looking into making tiramisu at home. I don’t think she has tried yet but this would help her out by cutting out the step in making them since it is an ingredient in a tiramisu. So….I’ve included this in their holiday gift basket.

Matilde Vicenzi Vicenzovo Ladyfingers

This doesn’t even cover the beautiful decorative boxes I got that I used to hold gifts and other snack items I’ve purchased like tasty pizelles. All I can say is this store has a ton of options for holiday gifts if you’re running out of time or ideas and if one is in your neighborhood. You can browse their website here to get an idea of what they carry and have to offer.


ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

Ho, ho, ho! How are y’all doing with your holiday shopping? I hope you all find what you’re looking for with ease. I got this in a few days ago but didn’t get around to posting until now. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

I actually like the bag for this month eve though I feel overall it’s a little flimsy. It’s perfect for the holiday season and I do love shiny things. First item that caught my eye is the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. I am familiar with this brand and I’ve been running low on eye creams so this is a good one for me to try soon. Next we have the Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil. The shade I got this in is Black. Some other ipsters got Mocha. Then we have the F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E. I have to retake the quiz again as I keep getting these makeup brushes when I have no use for them since I already have enough. The good news is my niece will benefit from this predicament as she’s really into makeup now, so I tossed this into a makeup bag filled with makeup extra goodies for her. Next up is the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer. I don’t use makeup primers much but have been stashing some over the years to test with to compare quality and effectiveness. Then we have The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee. The shade everyone got is called Rhubarb Custard. I thought this has a matte velvet finish but I looked it up and saw that it actually has a shine to it. Still, it looks like more of a lip stain than a lip gloss to me. Last up is the Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream. It says it’s good for sensitive skin so I anticipate no problems when trying this out as soon as I run out of my current facial moisturizer.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer

The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee

Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

I liked most of what I got so here’s to hoping the bags in 2019 will keep up this trend!


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: World Market Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! I hope you all will have a great time spending time with family and friends. And to those that are volunteering, thank you for your gift of time in help spreading the love this holiday season. I know that a good number of you use this day as a marker to the start of your holiday shopping. Well, in case you have a Cost Plus World Market store by you or along the way until Christmas and New Year’s…..this gift guide is for you. I only managed to feature things that I have purchased in the past and will gladly purchase again but feel free to pop in the store or browse online since they carry everything from coffee to soap gift sets to furniture. The possibilities are endless with this store! Here are my picks!

I remember over 15 years ago trying out a cobbler mix and ended up loving it. I tried to find it with no luck. One day I randomly got a scone mix from a local coffee shop here as I had a gift certificate. I absolutely LOVED it. It was expensive but I didn’t think about it at the time since I had a gift certificate. When I lived in the East Coast, I was about 15 minutes away from World Market store. I loved it. I missed it and decided to see if they have an online store and OHMYGOSH they do! I looked up scones and was greeted with a wide variety. My first order consisted of the Lemon Poppyseed Scones and Wild Blueberry Scones. It arrived, I made it and was hooked. I’ve tried a lot of other flavors since then but here’s the top 3 I recommend: Lemon Poppyseed, Wild Blueberry and Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel is the most requested one by those that I have made them for. When buying online, it’s a case (box) of 6 packaged scone mixes for $29.94. I even purchased the gluten free varieties of the Lemon Poppyseed and Wild Blueberry ones so that my gluten-free friends can partake and they love them!

Sticky Fingers Scone Mixes

In that same order, I purchased the World Market Smoked Salmon set on a whim. I like smoked salmon that we get in the office from gift baskets during the holiday season from various clients. I thought it’d be perfect for an upcoming cabin stay and I’m so glad I purchased it. It’s perfect with crackers! While none of us were huge fans of the Lemon Dill (it was okay), the Classic one is so tasty! When looking at their website just now they have another flavor called Cracked Pepper! Um, it’s going into my cart for the next time I make a purchase. This retails for $8.99 each. I can’t find what the set of 2 costs but I think it comes to be the same as the individual price.

World Market Smoked Salmon

The next item is something I purchased for a very good friend and neighbor of ours. I remember he was looking for marzipan snacks but had a hard time finding it. The thing with World Market is it carries things from all over the world and you never really know what you may find….like this marzipan set! This Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars set is made in Germany. It looks very nice and ready for gift-giving — I hope my friend likes it! But this is just a sample of what food items you may find there. They have all sorts of snacks and chocolates and fruit cakes. This goes for $6.99.

Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars

This next item is from the first order I made online as well. I added it to my cart on a whim as my friends who just got back from New Orleans couldn’t stop raving about shortbread cookies. Now here’s the thing, before having this I have never eaten a shortbread cookie before in my life. There are lots of other cookies that just look more appealing to me. Oh my goodness, I’ve been missing out! From the moment I had my first bite of these Walkers shortbread cookies I was hooked! I went through half of that pack of 20 in a few days. I have since repurchased this in my last 2 orders. It’s the perfect size for snacking or just handing someone a small buttery treat! This value pack of 20 individually wrapped set of 2 shortbread fingers retails for $10.99.

Walkers Shortbread Fingers Value Pack

And here’s another random purchase of mine that I loved! Mackays Lemon Curd is slightly sweet and tart. I wasn’t sure what to use it for but there’s lots of ideas online. I got this in a set of 6 jars for $23.94. My favorite way of using it is in making lemon bars. I am including this in a gift basket I’m putting together from my mother-in-law.

Mackays Lemon Curd

I know that you can get this in stores now, but I wasn’t familiar with Biscoff Cookie Butter back then — only with Biscoff Cookies itself. So it was a random purchase and I got the set of 8 jars for $39.92. While I get this in stores around me now, if you’re making a gift basket or something like that….buying from World Market might be more convenient.

Biscoff Cookie Butter

I could go on and on about World Market but I’ll stop here for now. What I can say is if you happen to be close to one, go and stop by. There’s something for everyone in your Christmas list. And if you aren’t close to one, like me, there’s always online and the variety is pretty good there as well. I’m sure there will be some Black Friday deals and you bet that it’s one of the stores on my list for Black Friday shopping. 🙂


ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’ve skipped posting on the last few ipsy Glam Bags because primarily I had a lot of things going on in my life but also there wasn’t too much that wowed me the past few months. In fact, if I had remembered in time I would’ve canceled my automatic yearly renewal. Oh well, I have another year of it and I hope that it will be fairly good since I canceled after so many years. Here’s what I got in my ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag

I like the material of the bag this month. It’s a material that will repel drops of water when it comes in contact. I tend to like bags like that the most. First item that caught my eye is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush. I love this brand and own a decent amount of products from them. The shade I got this in is called Quirky. Next item that caught my eye is the Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum. I’m running low on what I use for the delicate eye area so I’m glad to have gotten this in my bag this month. Then we have the Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint. This is a K-beauty brand that is new-to-me but surprisingly relatively accessible since apparently CVS carries it?! The shade I got is called #9 Love Sniper Red. I was about to pass on this but I looked at some ipsy reviews and (at the time I read it) it’s overwhelmingly positive so I thought I’ll give it a go. Next is another item I’m eagerly looking forward to trying it out. Another K-beauty brand? Their roots are with K-beauty though it seems. The Botanic Farm Avocado Honey Rich Water Balm Cream looks like it would be great for the winter months and we’re definitely getting winter weather here right now. Last up is the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara. I *might* actually keep this as I haven’t tried a new mascara lately and I am itching to.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum

Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint

Botanic Farm Avocado Honey Rich Water Balm Cream

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

This might be the first time I actually liked every single item I got including the makeup bag. Wow! I know this trend will probably not stay but a girl can hope, right? I’m very eager to try these out and post my reviews on them at a later point.


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Zoya Edition

Christmas is coming up fast! Still out of ideas? For the beauty lover in your life, Zoya might just have what you need! And right now you can get a lot of what they have to offer at a deep discount. Just stick around til the end of this post to find out how. Whether you want to give something a small thanks or blow them away with a range of colors, check out these gift sets they have to offer this holiday season.

For the lip color lover, Zoya has 6 Gloss & Lipstick Duo sets available: Holly Days Duo, Believe in Magic Duo, Snow Kissed Duo, All The Glitters Duo, Taste of Winter Duo, and Fun & Frosty Duo. Each set retails at $15.

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos (closer shot)

Don’t want the lipstick? Just want lip glosses? Zoya’s got this set for you — Kissmass Quad! This set retails for $24.

Zoya Hot Lips Gloss Quad

Their Nail Polish Quad gift sets are definitely the highlight, in my opinion. 10 colorful gift sets for any nail polish lover! Each set retails for $30. I have 4 of these sets to show you (plus a travel kit).

Zoya Nail Polish Quads

First up is All Wrapped Up.

Zoya All Wrapped Up Nail Polish Quad

Next is Happy Holo-Days.

Zoya Happy Holo-Days Nail Polish Quad

Then we have All Snuggled Up.

Zoya All Snuggled Up Nail Polish Quad

And finally, here’s Merry & Bright.

Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad

A different kind of nail polish set is this Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit, which retails for $24.

Zoya Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit

Going big? Why not get the ultimate nail polish lover the entire Zoya Winter 2018 collection, Jubilee?

Zoya Jubilee Collection

Zoya Jubilee Collection (stunning shades)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (bottle shot)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (close-up)

Each shade retails at $10 each. You can purchase them in a preset set of 6 or pick and choose which shades from this collection you’d like to stick in someone’s stocking for Christmas!

As always, Zoya runs some great sales and promotions that you can score any of these for really good prices! Like right now, anything under their gift sets category is 70% off with code GIFT. That makes each Gloss & Lipstick Duo set $4.50, each Nail Polish Quad $9, the Kissmass Quad and Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit $7.20 each and each Nail Polish & Lipstick set (not featured in post) $5.40. That’s a really good deal! The smaller gift sets are perfect for stocking stuffers too or just a small token of appreciation.

You can view all their available gift sets here. You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or the last minute to get in on this deal. I’m actually going to a get a few sets with deals this good! Happy shopping!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Curtain Call: Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Hey guys! It’s Fri-YAY! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag. I ran out of facial serum one day and looked at my stash to see what I have. Even though I got it a while back, it’s brand new and sealed so I gave it a go. Here’s my thoughts on the Onomie Powerful Priming Serum.

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

Stated from their website:

    An antioxidant-packed serum and makeup primer in one
    This serum-meets-primer replenishes the skin, boosts radiance, and evens tone and texture, while priming skin for makeup application. Infused with Daisy Flower Extract to brighten and even skin tone, Blackjack Botanical to increase collagen production and Willowbark Extract to encourage cell turnover, our P.P.S. is clinically proven to bring a visible improvement to skin’s tone and texture. Used daily, our Powerful Priming Serum leaves skin healthier – with or without makeup.

What I love about this product? It is both a facial serum and makeup primer. I don’t use makeup primer much or have experience in them really so this review is more on as a facial serum. The 2-in-1 aspect might be a motivating factor to purchase for some. A little goes a long way and I don’t mind the texture of the product. It is slightly more viscous than I thought but that’s no problem as long as the application is seamless with it, which it is. I feel like this does moisturize my skin but it also has fine shimmer in it. I do believe it makes my face look brighter and better due to that so I saved it for use in the facial serum step during the AM only (I used another one for that step during PM). Some might not like the fine shimmer, which is not expected from a facial serum but I think it’s more prevalent in makeup primers. It gives your face an iridescent glow when under light.

What I don’t like about this product? Because that this is a 2-in-1 product, I feel that it falls a bit short as a facial serum. It is not bad, but it’s not great. It’s only okay and that doesn’t warrant any thought of repurchase in my book.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great week so far! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

Stated from their website:

    A universal serum that gives skin its daily dose of moisture for soft, smooth, youthful-looking skin. Formulated for all skin types, this hydrating gel instantly infuses skin with essential hydration to help plump and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    This water-based gel absorbs immediately into the skin leaving behind an invisible shield that helps to seal in hydration. Its lightweight texture makes it perfect for layering under your favorite A.M. and P.M. moisturizers. Hyaluronic Acid—a moisture-locking agent—helps hydrate, plump and nourish. Anti-aging Peptides help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Collagen helps skin appear more plump and replenished with an improved-looking texture. Colloidal Oatmeal, along with Aloe Leaf Juice, help calm and soothe irritated skin for an all over healthy-looking and feeling complexion.

What I love about this product? The product itself is a clear and transparent in appearance like a gel. It has the looks of being hydrating. I use a small amount of this and patted it gently all over my face with my fingertips. I use this in the facial serum step of the Korean 10-step skin routine I’ve been doing for months now. It absorbs pretty quickly into my skin and while there is a scent to it that’s not too light, it dissipates pretty quickly so it doesn’t bother me at all. It feels to be quite moisturizing. I’ve used this product for over a month and it does the job of a facial serum I would say. Simply put, it works well.

What I don’t like about this product? While I’m not too impressed with this brand’s other products, this is the best product they have that I’ve tried so far. I would consider buying this the next time I’m shopping for a facial serum.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Zoya Element Swatches

Hey guys! As the weather now cools and Fall is basically here, Fall colors is popping up around like crazy. Today’s post is on the entire Fall 2018 collection from Zoya! I had most of this photographed a few weekends ago but with a new camera, a lot of the shots didn’t turn out the way it should so I will have to add them in later. I thought I could get to it within the past few weeks but life happens. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Element Collection.

Let’s start off with Donnie.

Zoya Donnie

Donnie is my favorite crème in this collection. I tend to like magenta or fuchsia shades and this one is right up there. It is described as “a full-coverage purple-toned sangria cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Donnie (close-up)

Up next Jenna.

Zoya Jenna

Jenna looks to be the typical pink crème shade. It is described as “a full-coverage dusty rose pink cream with blue undertones”. Formula for this shade is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jenna (in shade)

Zoya Jenna (close-up)

Next we have Leighton.

Zoya Leighton

I actually like this shade more than I thought I would. It’s a deep, dark eggplant purple crème with a nice shine. It is described as “a deeply saturated blackened aubergine cream”. Formula is nicer than I thought it would be as I always have difficulty with really dark purples and reds. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leighton (in shade)

Zoya Leighton (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leighton (close-up)

Then we have Rumor.

Zoya Rumor

Rumor was the one I thought I’d have the most difficult time with but it applied beautifully for a frost shade. It is described as “a full-coverage mauve taupe with a subtle shimmer – a perfect classic shade for Fall”. As expected, the finish shows brush strokes very evidently. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rumor (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rumor (close-up)

Next up is Kendra.

Zoya Kendra

Kendra is a beautiful crème shade that has a nice shine to it. Described as “a beautiful full-coverage marsala cream”, formula for this shade beautiful as it applied nicely on like butter. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kendra (close-up)

Then we have Gardner.

Zoya Gardner

Gardner looks more blue than I thought it would when applied onto my nails. It is described as “a deep periwinkle with a vibrant magenta shimmer in a dense foil finish”. Formula for this shade is on par with the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gardner (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gardner (close-up)

Up next is Rachael.

Zoya Rachael

What a stunning shimmer Rachael turned out to be. It is described as “a full-coverage mulberry berry cream”. This shade screams Fall to me and makes me think of wine. Formula is beautifully smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rachael (close-up)

Then here’s Ruthie.

Zoya Ruthie

Ruthie is a beautiful rose pink crème shade with a nice shine. It is described as “a full-coverage raspberry rose cream”. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ruthie (close-up)

Next up is Devin.

Zoya Devin

Devin is the other foil shade in this collection. It is described as “a steel blue with hints of multicolored shimmer in a dense foil finish”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Devin (close-up)

One that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Maryann.

Zoya Maryann

Maryann is one of my favorites in this collection. It is described as “a full-coverage pink-toned rose with soft glowing shimmer”. I will retake photos for this shade as it looked like it bubbled on me for some reason. I remember the formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Maryann (direct sunlight)

Zoya Maryann (close-up)

Zoya Maryann (lighting changed)

Then there’s Maeve.

Zoya Maeve

Maeve is a nice prurple crème that I like a lot. It is described as “a full-coverage concord grape cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Maeve (in shade)

Zoya Maeve (close-up)

Last up is Alyssa.

Zoya Alyssa

Alyssa is a beautiful red crème that’s perfect for Fall. It is described as “a full-coverage red-toned purple cranberry cream”. Formula for this shade is very nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Alyssa (in shade)

Zoya Alyssa (close-up)

Overall, there are a lot more pink shades in this collection than I thought it would but I feel like for the most part they’re different enough from each other. Most of these are perfect for Fall!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream

Happy Sunday! As the cooler weather is here to stay, I spent this weekend breaking out my Fall and Winter footwear. I can’t wait for the cooler season to decrease the fly and mosquito population around here. I’ve also recently revisited my skincare regimen as cooler weather does bring about huge changes to my skin. Today’s post is on a product I’ve been using for about 2 months now. I got it from my ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my take on the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream

What I love about this product? This little green tub holds enough product to last for a long time. A little goes a long way. The product itself is opaque and white in color — as what is expected from a typical eye cream product. The texture is light and not greasy at all. There is a tingling sensation when I gently pat it on my under eye area after washing my face both morning and night. It absorbs quickly and keeps that area hydrated. The price point isn’t that bad based on how much I use it. At $54 for 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml on their webpage, it seems a lot when you’re trying to compare it to similar products from other brands but a little goes a long way and this is the second Dr. Lili Fan product I’ve tried and I’ve been impressed with both products so far.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I’m looking into purchasing this when I’m out and after I’ve used all other eye creams I have in my stash. For me, this is the eye cream I like most to date.

More information on other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment.

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Stated from their website:

    WHAT IT IS:
    This water-gel moisturizer instantly quenches skin and provides ongoing moisture. Clinically proven to more than double skin’s hydration and hydrates skin for 24 hours.

    KEY BENEFITS:
    This innovative lightweight formula absorbs rapidly and is great for dry to oily skin types. It features a high-performance formula powered by dual-hydration technology that combines replenishing actives to add moisture while attracting additional hydration, plus protecting actives that support skin’s barrier to preserve moisture.

What I love about this product? The product itself is a clear blue gel in appearance. It looks to be very hydrating (makes me think of water droplets!) and has a light marine or sea themed scent. I use a generous dollop of this (it is not watery but not thick like a lotion — somewhere in between, like a gel bead droplet almost) and patted it gently all over my face with my fingertips. I use this as my step 4 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I’ve been doing for months now. If you apply too much of it, it will feel sticky on your face so go easy when you’re using it for the first time. It absorbs really quickly into my skin and has a cooling feel to my face. It feels quite refreshing. I’ve used this product for over a month (love how long it lasts) and I love how light it is while keeping my skin supple.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I have since moved on to trying out several other products for the facial serum step ever since I ran out of this and this is still one of the best I’ve tried.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a sample I got from my Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box. Here’s my quick review on the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish.

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

What I love about this product? While this sample lasted me only for one shower, I feel like I have enough to share with you my thoughts on this product. I was expecting a nutty scent kinda like a coconut maybe, but it’s not quite like that. It’s most subtle, like some lightly scented baked cookie with nuts that has a hint of vanilla. It’s not strong at all to me. My husband said it reminds him of a detergent scent — not like full-on Tide but one of those various Gain scents or something. It’s pleasant. The texture of it is on the creamy side to me and I can actually just use my hands to grab a good amount and rub it over my body in a circular motion. I don’t feel like the product melts away too fast in the shower but I definitely applied it to damp skin as opposed to under running water. It’s not very exfoliating to me but it actually does the job still. It mildly exfoliates is what I would say. It left my skin feeling luxuriously soft and smooth.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! Once I’m done going through my stock of body washes and scrubs, I’m off to purchase this! It can be purchased in many retailers for a reasonable price.

More information on other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy September 2017 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop.

NEOGEN Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

What I love about this product? It is described with the following on their website: “A unique oil drop texture that combines the hydrating effects of oil and moisturizing effects of an ampoule in a one-of-a-kind formula containing precious white truffle. This serum improves dark dull skin tone while giving a glow to skin. The result? You will see a hydrated, bright, and glowing looking skin. Its hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin type including sensitive skin.” The product itself is golden yellow in color and is clear. It has a subtle glowing effect when applied onto my face. The feeling left on my face when applied is not greasy at all. I use a generous drop (or 2!) of this and spread it all over my face with my fingers. I use this as my step 4 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I started a little while ago (my nightly routine is now up to 9 steps every night). It is so light that I keep on layering stuff onto my face with no issues on how my face feels with it. To me, there is a scent to it but it’s so light that I honestly don’t even know how to describe it. My husband sniffed it and said he can’t really smell anything, so this is a definite win in my book! I’ve used this product for at least 2 whole months and I love how light it is while making my face feel so soft and supple.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! I am now trying another facial serum as I ran out of this a few weeks ago and let me tell you, this is so much better.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box

I forgot that I got this box in a while ago but never got around to posting it. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box.

Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box

I’ve already used the Rembrandt 3 Day Teeth Whitening Boost Kit and the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish sample. I should have blog posts on these coming up soon.

Soo Ae Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask

Rembrandt 3 Day Teeth Whitening Boost Kit

Hello sensitivity relief fluoride toothpaste

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Softsoap Earth Blends Body Wash

Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner Sample

Not bad for $5 at all still!


Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Dry Skin Hand & Body Cream

Hey guys! To those that play Pokemon Go, today is Community Day! I hope to be able to see and catch a Squirtle sporting some sunnies! Haha! And if you’re out yesterday like I was, I hope you managed to snag yourself a shiny Articuno! Onto blog stuff, today’s post is on something I’ve been using diligently since March. Here’s my take on the Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Dry Skin Hand & Body Cream.

Zoya Naked Manicure Healing Dry Skin Hand & Body Cream

What I love about this product? While I’m not a huge fan of the scent initially (as scent is relative to everyone), I’m okay with it now. The scent is leaning on the strong side but it dissipates over time quickly enough that it doesn’t bother me anymore. It did in the beginning though. I thought maybe it was a hint of a certain kind of vanilla but my husband doesn’t really detect vanilla. He described it as “honey flower” and I can agree with that. The product comes in a twist cap tube that a lot of body creams and lotions come in. It is white in color and the consistency is what I would expect from a lotion more than a cream BUT the leftover feel the product has on my hands is definitely like a rich lotion or cream to me. I use this on my hands the most but I can see it working nicely on anywhere on my body, except for the face as it says so on the tube in bold lettering.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing but while I like it, it doesn’t replace my holy grail hand cream from the Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Hand Care System I’ve used a while ago. And I’m not sure if it can beat the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream for winter hand problems that I’ve had.

More information on other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag

A little late again but better late than never! Ever since I started Pokemon Go from scratch last week, all my free time has been devoted to it. I finished with the Articuno raid with my co-worker friend Lohan and a bunch of his friends. I used all raid passes and I realized I have to get used to being in raids more (I forgot to use the golden razz!!!). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag

The bag I got is nice (ignore the fly on one of the products — the picture above was the best products group shot). It’s a material that will repel drops of water when it comes in contact. Very good to have those on hand. First item that caught my eye is the FORMULA 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime. I love face masks and this one is described on ipsy as “a cleanser, exfoliant, and face mask (yup, all three) that treats blemishes, removes blackheads, unclogs pores, and controls oil.” Next item that caught my eye is the MAKE UP FOR EVER STEP1 Skin Equalizer Primer. I’ll try it out to see how it smoothes out my large pores. Then we have the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream. I’ve has great experience using the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream so I have high hopes for this. Next we have the Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush. ipsy subscribers got this in either Prom Queen or Primadonna, which is what I got. Last up is the Estate Cosmetics Lip Icing. The shade I got is called Goodie.

FORMULA 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime

MAKE UP FOR EVER STEP1 Skin Equalizer Primer

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream

Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush

Estate Cosmetics Lip Icing

Not bad again! Next month’s bag should be out in transit to me shortly and I can’t wait cause I saw what the makeup bag looks like and it looks really nice. I hope the material is nice too.


LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Hey guys! To those in the US, I hope y’all had a nice July 4th celebration. I know I sure did! I ended up taking the rest of the week off so it’s just a seamless 5 days of being off from work. It was good to spend 2 days with family. I’m also glad for the free time as I’ve started playing Pokemon Go from scratch and I’m now level 21! I started exactly last week….haha! I find the game interesting and useful enough to keep me walking since I dislike working out. I walk about 3.5 km during a work day! Anyway, I’ve been using this product featured today since late March and I feel like I have enough to provide a comprehensive review. Today’s post is on LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

What I love about this product? It smells so good! The scent is like a fruity gum to me. I really like it. The color of the product looks to be a light peach pink like the color of the container. Use of this product is straightforward: “Apply generously and leave on overnight. Gently wipe off remains next morning.” I don’t typically have anything that remains on my lips the next morning so I’m not sure what that meant. Maybe I’m not applying enough? I apply a thicker than thin layer on before I go to bed — a little bit more than a normal lip balm swipe basically. While I didn’t have issues like really dry or cracking lips, I do find that my lips are soft, supple and well moisturized when I use this. I am using this every night now. The price point isn’t that bad based on how much I use it. At $20 for 20g on their webpage, it might seem a lot when you’re trying to compare it to a lip balm but a little goes a long way and this is not like a lip balm….it’s an overnight treatment for your lips. Also, you can find it cheaper on various websites online. I’m very eager to know how this performs on my lips during winter, a time when I do encounter problems like dry or cracking lips.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I would gladly repurchase this again when I’m out. It’s been almost 4 months and I barely put a dent in that little tub.

More information on other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Zoya Sunshine Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Summer 2018 collection from Zoya! I had most of this photographed 2 weekends ago but had to retake some shots due to the lighting on some shades were near the end of the day and it was too red. I haven’t been motivated enough to set some time aside to feature an entire collection this year until this collection came along. I have a surprising favorite from this bunch. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Sunshine Collection.

First up is Ellie.

Zoya Ellie

Ellie looks to be a dark magenta in the bottle. It is described as “a full coverage raspberry sorbet cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice and those that know me knows that I love fuchsia and magenta shades the most. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ellie (in shade)

Zoya Ellie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ellie (close-up)

Next we have Saldana.

Zoya Saldana

It’s an icy blue glitter shade shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a buildable, cotton-candy blue iridescent-holo topper with hints of pink and blue colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula is very nice for a glitter shade. Not too chunky and not sparse at all. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Saldana (in shade)

Zoya Saldana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana (close-up)

Then there’s Minnie.

Zoya Minnie

Minnie is a nice crème shade that I felt doesn’t scream summer to me. It’s like a neutral shade to me but the formula for this is great. It is described as “a full coverage pink toned coral cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Minnie (in shade)

Zoya Minnie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Minnie (close-up)

Then we have Karen.

Zoya Karen

Karen was one of the harder shades to capture in this collection. Then again, I have trouble with red shades in general. It is described as “a full coverage poppy red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Karen (in shade)

Zoya Karen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Karen (close-up)

Next up is Nahla.

Zoya Nahla

Nahla is the other glitter shade in this collection. I think it’s a good glitter topper for darker shades like red ones, which this collection has a lot of. It is described as “a buildable, golden iridescent-holo topper with hints of multi-colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula for this shade is very nice, similar to the other glitter shade this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nahla (in shade)

Zoya Nahla (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla (close-up)

Then we have Sandy.

Zoya Sandy

Sandy is a beautiful crème shade that has a nice shine to it. It’s the pink shade closes to what I call Barbie pink in this collection. Described as “a full coverage blue toned flamingo pink cream”, formula for this shade beautiful as it applied nicely on like butter. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sandy (in shade)

Zoya Sandy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sandy (close-up)

Up next is Marigold.

Zoya Marigold

What a stunning shimmer Marigold turned out to be. I am in love with this shade so hard. It is described as “a bright and dazzling micro-shimmer red in a full coverage formula”. The finish makes me think of glass fleck shades and I long to pull those out from my stash now. Formula is beautifully smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Marigold (in shade)

Zoya Marigold (direct sunlight)

Zoya Marigold (close-up)

Then here’s Missy.

Zoya Missy

Missy is another pink crème in this collection. It is described as “the perfect summer pink in a full coverage cream formula”. Formula for this shade is on par with the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Missy (in shade)

Zoya Missy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Missy (close-up)

Here comes Delia.

Zoya Delia

Another beautiful crème shade with a nice shine, Delia makes me think of summer pastels. It is described as “a full coverage muted amethyst cream”. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delia (in shade)

Zoya Delia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delia (close-up)

Next up is Clementine.

Zoya Clementine

Clementine is another shimmer in this collection. It is described as “a full coverage salmon toned coral with a pink and orange micro-shimmer”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Clementine (in shade)

Zoya Clementine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Clementine (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Virginia.

Zoya Virginia

Virginia is a red shade that seems to have a semi matte finish in some shots. It is described as “a full coverage juicy coral red cream”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Virginia (close-up)

And to see how the glitter shades will look over some others in this collection, here’s Nahla over Virginia.

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (close-up)

Last up is Jack.

Zoya Jack

Jack is the nude crème in this collection. Shades like this generally don’t look good on me at all. It is described as “a full coverage nude cream, perfect to match your morning latte”. Formula for this shade is a little finicky for me. I kept having to reapply it for a nice, smooth finish. It’s just thicker than the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jack (in shade)

Zoya Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jack (close-up)

And here’s Saldana over Jack.

Zoya Saldana over Jack (in shade)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (close-up)

Overall, there are a lot of red shades in this collection. I feel like they could’ve done with a yellow or lime green (or both) but the glitter topper works well on the red shades.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

A little late but better late than never! As I mentioned before I’ve been busy the last 2 months. There was a lot of celebrations and I also made a trip back to Philly to see my cousins and their families. I stayed there for almost a week and it was a blast! My eldest cousin also gave me a bunch of barely worn and new clothes so I’m set. I won’t have to shop for clothes for a long time (she did that the last time I visited too). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

Now, this bag speaks to me a lot! I’m a snail mailer and this is perfect to hold some of my snail mail items on the go. 🙂 First item that caught my eye is the Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E mud masks and I’m very excited to try this soon! Next item that caught my eye is the Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick. The shade I got this in is Intimacy. Others got the shade called Spicy. Then we have the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask. I’ve been using the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner and Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Detangler on my hair faithfully for the past few months (for every few days) that I’m ready for a change. Next we have the tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick. I find this item very interesting and it’s supposed to minimize the appearance of pores so I’m trying it out soon. Last up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I’ve used products from this brand before and they’ve ranged from being okay to good. I’m hoping for better things with this one.

Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask

Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick

Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

So not bad at all still! I hope ipsy continues the trend with sending me products that suits my preferences. I’m looking forward to next (this!) month’s bag now!


Curtain Call: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

Hey guys! It’s a nice pleasant Saturday in June! It’s not as hot as it usually is so we’ve gone out earlier today to just go see stuff and I also gave our dog Yeager a bath out in the backyard. I’m just doing a few loads of laundry and will settle in for a quiet night finishing up the last season of “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix. Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

What I love about this product? It is a “rehydrating and soothing toner” that comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle with straightforward instructions. “Lightly mist onto clean skin and allow to absorb thoroughly. Can be used anytime skin needs a hydrating boost.” The sharp, refreshing scent is light and dissipates quickly once it is absorbed into the skin. I did get a tingling feeling when using this the first few times especially after a PMD treatment. I use this as my step 3 in the Korean 10-step skin routine I started a little while ago (mine is about 8 steps really but you get the point). The first 2 times I used it as is, spritzing it onto my clean face but I disliked getting the product onto my lips even when I tried to hide my lips by smacking them together (best way to describe it at the moment). I then started just spritzing it straight onto the clean palm of my hand and patting it onto my face, using my clean fingers to distribute it evenly by patting all over. It’s absorbed pretty quickly.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, nothing really. Since I am out of toner for step 3 of my daily skincare regimen, I am looking to putting in an order for it since it worked really well with everything else I’m using. I can’t seem to find the same exact product available on their website currently, but I do see they have a Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist that works as a toner as well. It doesn’t have the same ingredients so I’ll have to read about it more before I decide to try that.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag

I know this is late but I had taken the pictures already so we’ll go ahead with it anyway. Here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2018 Glam Bag

I LOVE this bag! It’s quite beautiful really. I saved it to give it to my MIL. It makes me think of mothers for some reason (I think it might be the rose gold and the butterflies?). The first item that caught my eye is the H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment. I’m very much into skincare right now so this is right up my alley. Next is the Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub. I love body scrubs so this went straight into my shower. Then we have the Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick. I’m still debating if I want to keep this or not. The shade is called Miss Conduct and I’m not sure if it suits me or not (plus, I have a ton of lip products already). Next we have the Manna Kadar Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick. The shade I got is called S’more. Last up is a Steve Laurant Blush. TI’ve never heard of this brand before but it seems like it would be a really nice blush. The shade I got this in is called RosĂ© All Day. The other shade some others got is called I’m Blushing.

H2O+ BEAUTY Oasis Hydrating Treatment

Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Smashbox Cosmetics Always On Liquid Lipstick

Manna Kadar Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick

Steve Laurant Blush

Overall, I’m very pleased with what I got — especially the bag! I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!


Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018

Hey guys! I have been very busy this past 2 months so the posts have been coming slow. I have a backlog of it now. To kick things off again, today’s post is on what I’ve received in the Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018 a while ago. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018

My favorite item is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. I actually already own this product and was about to run out so this came just in time! The most interesting item is the Patchology Wink & A Kiss Kit. I will post a full review on it soon! It was very interesting to try — something out of the box for me. Stay tuned for detailed reviews in some blog posts in the future!

*Products featured here are received complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*


Freeman Papaya and Mango Moisture Shampoo

I am 2 months in using this product and I feel like I have enough to provide a comprehensive review. Today’s post is on Freeman Papaya and Mango Moisture Shampoo.

Freeman Papaya and Mango Moisture Shampoo

What I love about this product? It’s supposed to be color safe and rich in moisture, which is a welcoming thing for dry and damaged hair. I was actually pretty happy with how it performed even though I don’t have colored hair and my hair is neither dry nor damaged. The most interesting thing I found about it is that it acts like a clarifying shampoo almost for me. It gives me that squeaky clean feeling in my hair that I normally get with clarifying shampoos. It’s just not to the same degree — which isn’t a bad thing at all! I really appreciate it as summer weather is here and my hair tends to fall limp faster due to any products and natural oils from my scalp weighing it down. This provides some relief to that until the next wash. The scent of this product is definitely on the fruity side although it doesn’t strike me as having the freshness tone that fresh fruit has.

What I don’t like about this product? It looks to be discontinued. -.-

More information on other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


NEOGEN Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

Hey guys! Today’s post is on a product I got from my close friend Renu. She was sent this to try it out and stuff but it didn’t work out for her. While the product seems that it works well, she found it to be too drying for her skin. She passed it onto me and here are my thoughts on the NEOGEN Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser.

NEOGEN Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

What I love about this product? Everything from the pump bottle to the green colored packaging to the scent — it’s all very appealing to me. I was wary about trying out a new facial cleanser but since my friend found it too drying, it might be perfect for me since I think I have oilier skin than her. The first 2 times I tried it, I could see what she meant about it being on the drying side. It cleans my skin very well, stripping almost ALL of the oils from my face. While I love it, I do agree with her that it’s on the drying side. BUT! I started the Korean 10-step skin routine (mine’s more like 8 steps really) and the first step is using an oil based facial cleanser. The cleansing oil I’ve been using is DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. While it doesn’t leave my face with a lot of oil, I could still feel some left over on my face. Enter the NEOGEN Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser for step 2 and it is PERFECT for it! It cleans and strips away whatever is left over after using the cleansing oil. My face is ready then for the next step (facial toner). The way I apply this is to use one pump’s worth of foam and spread it over my dry (or close to dry) face. I rub in or massage it in as much as I can and wet my fingers to add water to it on my face. I find that I have better control this way than a few other ways I’ve tried to use this product.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing other than accessibility probably. The price is a bit higher than most generic cleansers but it lasts a long time and it’s worth the price.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box

I got this box earlier but I didn’t get around to posting it. By now, I received another Walmart Beauty Box so I thought I’d post this one now. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box.

Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box

The most excited thing in this bunch is the peeling gel face mask. And I can’t wait to try the Aquaphor product. I hope it doesn’t come across as too greasy!

Degree UltraClear Black+White Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner

AP2 Volume Gloss Gel Polish

Soo’Ae Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel

The contents of this bag is much better than many of the ones I got recently. I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!