5 Drugstore Makeup Beauty Haul + Review

 

Hey guys,

Remember me telling you guys that I was at Target and got a handful of makeup products?

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Well, some of the products I did a review post already and today, I thought I’ll share some here in my beauty haul.

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So, here are my five favorite products. I got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil for $5,99 Annabelle Smoothliner for $4.99, NYC BB Radiance Perfecting Powder for $4.99, Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation for $9.79 and Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush for $8.99.

nyx jumbo pencil

The first item is the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 619 Rust. Net wt: 0.18 oz and it’s cruelty free. Available in 22 vivid shades and formulated using mineral oil and powder. Thus, creating a creamy and voluptuous eyeliner that can be used as an eyeshadow. It’s very soft and smooth and it gives a slightly metallic shimmery finish. I picked this shade simply because that’s the last one standing. This color is of brown rustic warm-toned with some metallic shimmer to spare. Once I buffed it on my lids, it gives a very pretty brown-neutral finish. I wasn’t sure if I’ll like this color in the beginning but after trying it out I’m in love. Amazing color!

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Annabelle Smoothliner Waterproof + Long Lasting Eyeliner in Brownie. Net wt: 0.04 oz. I got this on sale price for $4.99 (regular price $6.50). Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!  I can tell you that this is the most creamiest and smoothest eyeliner so far. I have many types of eyeliners and yes, I’m still searching for that one to be my drugstore holy grail eyeliner and I proclaimed that I have found it here. Yeah!!! No tugging or scratching on lids. Effortless application. The texture is smooth as silk and it comes in seven shades in matte or metallic finish. That’s cool!

sonia blush

Next is this Sonia Kashuk Cream Blush in 03 Blossom. Net wt: 0.15 oz. You won’t believe if I told you that this creme blush is freakingly creamy and oh my gosh! It’s so smooth and it feels very moist on pan. It goes from cream to a smooth powdery feel (but doesn’t look powdery) on seconds. It’s not sticky at all and so easy to blend. This shade is a muted pink that is perfect for porcelain to fair skin. This shade I picked is a little bit too light for my skin tone. There are three available shades of Blossom, Petals and Rosey a Target. I’ll try to get another shade in “Rosey” since I really love the texture and how it’s not scented.

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Okay, this NYC BB Radiance Perfecting Powder I believe was out last December and it was pretty new then. But I have to say that I haven’t seen them until lately at Target. So, out of curiosity, I just wanted to try and share what I think of this perfecting powder. The shade I picked is the 01 Naturally Beige with net wt: 0.20 oz. It arrives in a compact disc packaging with a semi-circle sponge applicator and a half size mirror. The texture is very soft and easy to buff with medium coverage. The price is so affordable for a drugstore brand that actually works.

sonia kashuk foundation

Last but not least is this Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation in 04 Buff. Net wt: 0.06 oz.  Available in six pretty shades from fair, medium to dark skin tone. The packaging is very hardy plastic container. It comes in a pump application format. This is a liquid foundation that is not thick. he consistency is lovely. I’ll put up a color swatch and full review once I have tried this bad boy. Hopefully, it’ll be ready by next week. I have several other products to review on. So, do say tuned and check in daily for your daily post 😀

Have you spotted any of this NYC face products, especially the BB Radiance in your area? Let me know on the comment below.

As usual thank you for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Acure Day Cream|#Ipsy March Glam Bag|First Impression

 

 

Hey beauties!

It’s me for my first impression review on this beauty product which I got from my March’s Glam Bag from Ipsy.  This month’s Ipsy’s bag has everything to love and I have started trying out some of the products that I’ll be writing my reviews on. Except for this, Acure day cream and an item or two which I’ll do it as my first impression.

acure day cream

If you have normal to dry skin than this will be a good product to try and if you have sensitive skin the natural ingredients might help you to consider. I have problems with some products that often times causes breakouts. I’ve tried this since yesterday and so far so good.

It has an amazing smell of citrus or tangerine. Sorry, I’m terrible in describing amazing smells but each to its own. But this scents I do like very much. It smells refreshing.

acure day cream

This is a sample and not for resale. Net wt: 1 fl oz.  Guys and gals this is going to get better. This day dream is cruelty free certified. It’s good for your skin and for the planet! Hurray!

I find that the texture is thick and heavy on application. It’s not runny but rich and creamy. No stickiness detected except moisturizing skin. I apply them on face and neck as per my usual day cream routine and oh how moisturizing my skin feels throughout the day. It blends easily with it’s smooth and soft texture and the only thing this day cream leave is a soft and tender skin.

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Well, if you are looking for a simple moisturizer for day time wear that will keep your skin moisturize without giving you the shine and also health conscious then you’ve found your perfect moisturizer. Afterall this day cream is vegan, paraben and gluten free.

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I don’t see any SPF or UV protection formula in this Acure Day Cream but like I said, if you’re wearing it to moisturize then go for it. Afterall, your skin deserve some love and care even though when you’re indoors too.

So, that’s it on my first impression review and if you like to see more of Acure skin care products, you can find them at local drugstores, ipsy, Amazon and Acure online.

Frankly, I don’t picked any day cream or facial products by random choice but thanks to Ipsy’s sample bag I got this month, I got the opportunity to try it and totally love it. I won’t hesitate to grab a regular size tube at my local drugstore once I have emptied it out.  Under my skin care regime calculation, I predict to be hopping over to get another pretty soon.

What do you think of this day cream? Have you tried any Acure beauty products? If yes, which one.  Let me know on the comment section below.

As usual, thank you so much for the love.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat|Review

 

 

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My innocent little pick me up makeup at my drugstore turns out to be a major beauty haul. That’s right. That how much I’m obsessed with makeup.

The shade I picked up was in Nude Diaphane with net wt: 1.18 fl oz.  That’s right! That’s the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat liquid Foundation which by the way is cruelty free and oil free. Remember to look for the Bunny’s logo to be sure that it’s really cruelty free certified.

color swatch nyx

Anyways, this is an exciting foundation that I have been meaning to pick awhile ago. Since I ran out of foundation, I need to replenish it. He!he! I did a color swatch on hand and oh yes ….also on the jawline. That’s the proper way to find the perfect shade for your foundation (TMI). As you can see on wrist, the shade looks orange-y but on on face you can totally see the difference. I don’t detect too much of the orange-y tone on skin.

This foundation has an amazing smell but is not overpowering. It blends incredibly well and I find that the texture is closer to BB cream than a foundation. This formula is more runny and not as thick which is good by the way. I learned that to minimize big pores, it is advisable to wear liquid makeup products instead of using the thicker formula.

nyx on face testing

On the left is without foundation and on my right is with NYX liquid foundation.You can see that there a little bit more dewy and it does covers the pores. I would say that coverage is medium but buildable. This foundation stays on and didn’t bulge for many hours. I even worn it to take a nap and I can tell you that my skin still looks pretty awesome.

Will I recommend this to my family and friends? I definitely will and will repurchase once I’m in the moon and back. The price point is reasonable for a drugstore brand and the quality is impressive.

Have you NYX Stay Matte? Which shade did you choose?

Available at any drugstore, Walmart, Target and online.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon xoxo

 

IPSY Glam Bag|Unbagged|Floral Fantasy

 

 

Mail man is here this morning with a hot pink package. Yup, my March Ipsy bag has arrived. Want to see what’s in my bag? Come on in … and see what goodies I got this time physically.

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I love hydrangea flowers and I told myself that I have to add this ipsy banner in my post. I learned that I can get a sneak peak for this month’s Ipsy glam bag. Excited! You bet I am. The theme for March is “Floral Fantasy”. Yes, it’s Spring (I know, I know I have repeated myself over and over again about Spring but look at all these gorgeous flowers). They’re tempting me. I just can’t help it.

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2015 ipsy unbagged

Let’s talk about the “Sneak Peak”. Ipsy allows the so called sneak peak where you get to sneak into your glam room to check out which products you will receive in your package mail. Personally, I prefer to receive a surprise package. I’ll be like “A Package For Me?” Oh…. I can’t wait to open it. You know what I mean right. But anyways, since I was tempted and did a sneak peak which I wish I didn’t, It just dampen my excitement by half but when I received it, the level went up to 100%. This is the best glam bag by far. I mean I can totally see myself using each one of them thoroughly and completely. The bag has floral print and I believe it’s the standard size for ipsy bag.

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NYX Cosmetic Butter Lipstick in Hunk with net wt: 0.16 oz (valued for $6.00)

This butter lipstick is hydrating and delicate to lips. The buttery formula is smooth and the satin finish is awesome. I have one of this NYX butter lipstick before from Ipsy and I’m loving it. So, same goes for this Hunk in purple-violet shade. Love it for evening wear. The color is beautiful and I love NYX lips products and this shade is fabulous for Spring. Just in case you’re wondering, this butter lipstick is available in 22 luxurious shades. Available at Ipsy, drugstores, Ulta, Walmart and Target.

acure day cream

Acure Day Cream with net wt: 1 oz (valued for $18.99 for regular size of 1.75 oz)

I love to try different day cream especially those of SPF protection but this one seems to fall short in this category, but the upside is that this product is gluten, vegan and cruelty free. It claims to help fight off signs of aging with a one-two punch. Sounds interesting and I’ve got to try this product definitely. Very eco friendly.

pur lisse

Pur~Lisse Beauty Pur~ Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover with net wt: 1 oz (valued for $32.00 on regular size of 5.6 oz )

Yes, you read it right! Soy milk!!! And that’s not all. This cleanser that removes your makeup also contain whole oat and white tea as part of the ingredients. Oh my! I haven’t tried anything like this and this is a great opportunity for me to venture into the unknown. Wha.aa…ha…ha… It claims to gently washes away dirt and even mascara while soothing and toning skin. A Soy milk Cleanser – cleanse and also remove makeup, how cool is that. And it’s for all skin types, wonderful! Excellent! I can’t wait to try for sure. Available at ebay, ipsy and Pur-Lisse online.

everlyn cream

Evelyn lona Cosmetics Concealer in the shade Flawless (which is an medium with beige undertone) with net wt: 0.55 oz (valued for $18.75)

This is a gluten free, natural, organic and cruelty free product. The ingredients are formulated for sensitive skins to hide imperfection and yet moisturizing. I’m totally falling head over heels to try this. I have serious dark circles under my eyes and this concealer arrives in perfect timing since my other concealers need replenishing soon. On second thoughts, this shade is in medium ivory which might be too light for me. Hmm… I know that the rule of thumb is to have a concealer one or two shades lighter than my skin one. So, here is a color swatch and let me know what you think on the comment section below.

marsk 50 shades

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Fifty Shades of grey, I mean Fifty Shades. Oh wait a minute … that’s the most talked about movie and book. I’m excited to try out this bad boy. I’ve already got an eye makeup look in mind. Check back later if you are curious to see what I’ll do with this loose eyeshadow. It’s a mineral eyeshadow which is cruelty free and 100% natural. The pigmentation is absolutely beautiful and blendable. The creamy texture put a punch to its intense depth. Can you guess which look I have in mind?

Okay beauties, product reviews will be up next week after I have tried them thoroughly since I just got them yesterday. Until then here are the swatches to calm your curiosity.

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So, what do you guys think? Here are all the five samples I got from this month’s subscription. Will you be picking up any of these items? What do you have your eyes on?

This month’s bag are all cruelty free and 100% natural ingredients which is very eco friendly and my most favorite March bag ever. I love this glam and so happy I got all cruelty free products <3.

Ipsy, please keep them coming.

Excited to join Ipsy Monthly Subscriptions. Look no further, for only $10/month you get five products to try and be amazed. Envy, don’t be – just join me and we can share our experiences together with IPSY.

Thanks for reading, hun!

Sharon xoxo

Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands

 

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Hey lovelies!

I’m so glad to be back after my one week off from surgery and I just can’t wait to share some of the highlights for the coming weeks. As we go along, you will be introduced to different segments in my upcoming posts. So do stay tuned!

On my previous post, I did talked and touched the tip of doing more of the cruelty free beauty products in my post and today I’m going to enforce it by just going to do just that.

So, what does cruelty free products actually means? In layman terms it simply means products which are not tested on animals. You can help save rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and other animals from going through the excruciating tests.

How do you know if the product is cruelty free? Well, with the PETA’s Beauty program it’s as easy as (vegan) pie! Just look for the cruelty free bunny logo on the product package you intend to purchase or check out on my weekly post where I’ll feature more of the new brands joining this cruelty free program, also where to get them and how to be active to help save one bunny at a time. Here is the link of the logo.

Frankly speaking, I don’t claim that I am all about cruelty free and vegan free but after reading  and understand the importance of supporting cruelty free products, I put myself this challenge to have and create more awareness on the makeup products I’m about to purchase in the future.

Do you know that you can find cruelty free makeup brands at your local drugstores? I didn’t know before but I do now and I’m totally going to share some of these amazing finds with you guys.

Here are the counters to look for when you shop for cruelty free makeup products :-

cruelty free durgstore brands

Annabelle|Flower|Milani Cosmetics|NYX Cosmetics|Physician Formula|Pixi|Wet N Wild|E.L.F.

As you can see that there are plenty of cruelty-free alternatives out there! I’ve put together this list to help you make the right choices. It’s very easy to find good budget-friendly brands and products at your local drugstore.

That’s it for this week’s edition of the cruelty free drugstore makeup brands and I will do another posting on high end makeup brands for the companies whom had also signed up for cruelty free pledge.

What are your favorite cruelty free drugstore finds? I love to hear comments from you.

As usual, thank you so very much for reading!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

Milani Makeup Cruelty Free|Swatches|Reviews

 

Hey gorgeous,

I’m back earlier than planned. In fact, I have posted one review yesterday. I miss you guys and I just have to kick start with my blogging as soon as I’m able to sit and type. It’s like the “Die Hard” movie.

Anyways, I really want to talk to you about these three makeup products that I have tried and here are my thoughts and opinion on each. Last Friday, I did a beauty haul and since I can’t wait any longer to try them I immediately dived into swatching the colors and here is my review.

A short announcement – Milani cosmetics is a cruelty free brand company. It does not test on animals according to PETA.

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These are my beauty haul which I have posted and for convenience sake here are the products from previous post.

But since I’m only going to do Milani’s makeup review today, I have included all these lovely and amazing products which I will dig deeper into. I suggest that you continue to read to find out what makes Milani products to be my next favorite high street brand.

milani ;istick review

Well, I have been eyeing on Milani makeup line for a while and as strange as it may sound I just couldn’t get a hold of this brand where I live previously. But fortunately, I was in the moon and back when I found Milani at my new neighbourhood Walmart 😀

Oh!!! oh!!! I’m so excited that I can’t figure out how do I put this? Okay, let me start by saying that this Milani Color Statement comes in a golden lipstick packaging which I think is unique. I love how the transparent bottom able to show the exact shade to choose from.

This color statement lipstick is very pigmented with a matte finish. It feels creamy and it glide easily. The shade I chose was “Naturally Chic” and this color is neutral nude and natural looking for my lips. I feel pretty wearing it.  milani blush review

Oh my gosh! Just look at how stunning this baked blush is? For $9.88 only a pot I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting a few more shades for my collection. I got Corallina in 08 and I just love, love this blush. It’s so freaking pigmented and look at the color on swatch. It has a soft shimmer which is not completely matte finish but it’s not shinny. I only swipe once with my brush to pick up the formula and look at how insanely the color on my cheekbone was! I have to say this again, a little goes a long way with such incredible pigmentation. Ah..mazing!

It’s soft and smoothly blendable. I love the packaging too. It pretty and cute. Inside the second tier is a round mirror and a semi-circle brush. I’m not so sure of the brush but the mirror is an asset for touch-up<3

milani face powder review

This Milani Illuminating Face Powder  in Hermosa Rose is lovely to look at and undoubtedly great as a bronzer and blush but less than a highlighter. I would say 85% spot on for a multi purpose product. I notice that the lighter shade in this pot doesn’t bring out the color as a highlighter. The rose-y tone blush and bronzer are pretty amazing.

This product is so pigmented and creamy that my heart is screaming with joy. I love the shade I picked and just can’t get enough of it. So, I will be going there for another round of “Beauty’s Touch” very soon. Oh dear! Did I forget to mention that the rose flowers design on this packaging is stunning and dang cute!

If you are looking for a cruelty free makeup products then look no further. You’ve come to the right place. Milani has an amazing collection of products that can’t stop to impress me. So, you rock Milani! 

Is there any particular favorite products you like to share in the comment below? 

Thank you for the love.

Sharon xoxo

 

Cosmopolitan Blush|Review|Ipsy

 

Hey girlfriends! Well, after a week so of dolling myself with this pretty blush by ModelCo Cosmetic, I’m flattered to say that this blush looks good on me (giggling).

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I got this blush in Cosmopolitan which is of a pinkish tone and it’s very smooth and you wouldn’t believe how pigmented this blush is until you have tried it. The packaging is in a simple round plastic which I don’t really mind as long as I can see the shades from the glass window. The net wt: 0.12 oz and selling for $22.00 a pot online at ModelCo.

This blush has two gorgeous shades available for this line and good news is that ModelCo is a cruelty free makeup brand. It claims also that this blush gives a natural and radiant glow to brighten on any complexion. Sounds inviting!

After my one week experience using ModelCo blush. Here is what I have to say:- It’s so easy to blend with a sheer to medium coverage but buildable to the shade you desire. I find that it’s long lasting and no discoloration after 3 hours of wear. Yay!!! On me, this blush gives me a blushing and dewy finish. I love how is makes my skin looks fresh and I’m glad to have tried this product frankly.

The next time I shop, I will definitely get the other coral shade as well in my vanity. This pink tone will be prefect for Spring and the Coral for Summer would be ever marvelous!

Overall, this blush is of awesome quality and topped with it’s claim for cruelty free. I would recommend it to my family and friends. NO doubt that the price of $22.00 is a little too steep but it’s still worth every buck.

Which color shade would you pick for this Spring?

As always, thank you so much for reading.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Cruelty Free Makeup Products

Hey lovelies,

I have received several requests from friends to do a cruelty free makeup products. I jump in immediately with excitement to share some of the makeup and skin care products which are not tested on animals or cruelty free.

After checking high and low, here are a few of the products which I would pick up for myself and recommend them to my family and friends.

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1) Colourpop Blush in Swift is the most popular shades out of their twenty available colors. This blush is of deep warm brown in a matte finish. This blush is buildable from natural looking to flush intense bright looks. Selling for $8.00 a pan and this product has never been tested on animals.

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2) Too Faced Soul Mates – is a new bronzer and blush in one moulded in a cute heart shape design. The shades are Ross & Rachael which is of warmer tone and Carrie & Big for cooler undertone. It’s selling for $34.00 each at Sephora or online. This bronzer combo blush is vegan friendly and paraben free.

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3) This company offers cruelty free, vegan and gluten free luxury cosmetics. Check this palette out since it is made with natural ingredients that provides natural sun block. This palette is selling for $45.00 at Gabriel Cosmetics. In this palette are four amazing neutral eyeshadows, a blush and a  powder. You can create using these shadows for a simple or bronzed smokey eyes look whichever you find fancy.

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4) 100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist – This product is suitable for sensitive or dry skin types. The company claims that the ingredients are certified organic. Organic hydrosol is used to hydrate, refresh and soothe all skin types. If you are looking for organic products for body, skin and nails, check this brand out. They’re cruelty free and donate towards animal causes.

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5) Milani Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner – Instead of the traditional packaging of eyeliners in a straight barrel, Milani designed an ergonomically sound applicator. This design insanely brilliant. It seems to me that this easy to handle applicator might be a life saver for those who are like me who sometimes have the problem of drawing a perfect line when liquid liner is concerned. This Milani tech perfection is cruelty free too.

They’re cruelty free, 100% vegan and organic. So, if you are looking for cruelty free makeup products then this post is for you. I will be sharing more of the vegan free beauty products in my posts. I’m excited on going full force on this project to share some awareness of the cruelty free makeup products which is so important to our well-being and also healthy for the environment.

Whats your favorite product at the moment? Which products are you lusting to try? Share in the comments below!

I hope that I have answered some of the requests on cruelty free makeup products and hope you find them helpful.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo
*The photos above are not mine.

Matte Lip Paint|Lip Gloss by ColouredRaine

 

Hey girlfriends,

I remembered doing a post on this Colouredraine matte lip paint a couple of months ago and I just can’t stop to share my love for this incredible matte lip paints. I saw some new shades in the collection compared to last year’s collection and Mars is the shade that is calling to me 🙂

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Truffle/Raine Fever/Suite Raine/Electric Raine/Berri Raine/Amazing Raine/Vanity Raine/Sugar/Marshmallow/Soul/Mars 

For $16.00 a tube with a net wt: 0.4 g available online at Coloured Raine website. It is cruelty, paraben and gluten Free. Vegan!

I simply love how matte it looks and gorgeous, gorgeous shades this lip paint offers. It looks so velvety and vibrant matte lip finish. So, if you are looking for some lovely and amazing shades for this Valentine, why not just hop over to Coloured Raine and pick a few colors you love 🙂  Make your pick before they’re gone. Too many incredible shades to choose from, why not start with Vanity Raine and Amazing Raine. They’re bold, sexy and romantic colors for Valentine’s Day.

For a gorgeous velveteen finish lip paints at that best price, I couldn’t resist but to lush a few. I’m crazily in love with this Mars shade which I find it so pretty. I add it to car but it’s out of stock. Argh!!! What a bumper!!! Anyways, I’ll do a review on this matte lip paint once I got it and review will be made available in my next post once I’ve tried it : ) Coming Soon Mars!

Oh yes, by the way, if you love lip gloss more than matte lip paint then proceed reading below.

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Oh gosh!!! When I saw these jars of lip gloss at Colouredraine website, I started to sing “I’m on top of the world”, “I’m on top of the world” song. More amazing are the lip swatches. Look how amazing each shades are.

This awesomely pigmented lip gloss comes in 11 glorious colors which I couldn’t resist at all too. I’m putting it on my wishlist for my upcoming spring vanity.These lip gloss are selling for $14.00 a jar at Colouredraine website. On first glance, these lip gloss looks so creamy but you wouldn’t believe if I told you that it’s a lip gloss.

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Arabian Night/Bajan Princess/Intimate/Persian Queen

Oh wow … even the name of the lip gloss makes my head turns. I haven’t had a lip gloss with such a bold creamy color and lusting finish. I would love to have a sexy lips like this for Valentine. Hurray!

Bear in mind that all the photos posted are not mine and I’m not affiliated with Coloured Raine whatsoever. I just love their matte lip paint and lip gloss so much that I just have to share my love on these products with you guys.

Which shade would you pick for Spring 2015?

Thank you all for reading.

Sharon xoxo