October Beauty Review & My Favorite Sephora Minis

 

Hey everyone! So today we’re going to do my a two part post. First will be my November beauty in review and followed by My Favorite Sephora Minis. I’m very excited to be doing this post and I hope you guys will enjoy it. I’ve quite a few products that I want to go through so let’s just jump right in.

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I’ve only two skincare products that I wanted to rave about and it’s the Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer, well that’s a mouthful and this Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is a gift from my daughter.

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Oh my gosh, these packaging are really cute. I was sent the Paula Choice’s item by a pr company and I’ve been liking it ever since. I did a review about it awhile ago and I’ll put a link here if you like to read it.

Moisturizer by Paula's Choice

Here’s the formula with a good consistency. It’s not runny nor too thick. It helps hydrate the skin and prevent it from UV light. It contains SPF 25 and if you’ve normal or dry skin types then you’re going to like this.

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The second product and it’s the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which is a birthday gift my daughter picked up from Sephora. She knows I’m obsessed with skincare stuff so she gifted it to me.

Caudalie Serum Eclat

It was my first time trying a serum from this brand and I was really blown me away. All reviews that I’ve seen on this have had the same reaction which is, I saw the results overnight. It’s a huge claim but this really surprised me the first day I tried it. It has                           in it and if you’ve hyperpigmentation scars or fine wrinkles, this is amazing. I’ve been using it for over 2 weeks or so and I find this helps in lighten those areas amazingly.

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The Physician Formula Butter Blush in Natural Glow is the least that I’m excited about. I’m really disappointed with the formula and the color payoff. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the cute packaging but the color and formula of this just didn’t cut it for me. It didn’t do anything as far as I can see from a blush. The shade is very pale and I think it would be great for a highlighter than a blush in my opinion. It just didn’t give me the color that I was looking for.

Physican Formula Butter Blush swatch

I’m thinking of returning this one for something different.  So yeah, I wasn’t really particular about this. Sad to say that this doesnt work out for me. I was really dissappointed because I was looking forward to trying this but sometimes that happens.

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Moving on, I”m going to talk about some of my all time favorite minis that I decided to revisit and have been loving. Sephora came out with what they call mini sizes products this holiday season so if that’s your thing, then you’re going to like these.

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URBAN DECAY Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette (C$36) I’ve tried this palette for a very long time and it’s still my favorite neutral matte color eyeshadow palette by far. It comes in a small and compact palette that’s travel friendly and easy to use. You get six lovely matte shadows that’s versatile and pigmented. It gives a nice matte finish that’s subtle and for extra long staying power, wear it on top of a primer. It works everytime for me. Urban Decay is a cruelty free brand that commits to end animal testing. 

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TARTE Tartelette Tease (C$30) is another palette that I’ve with me for a very long time.  This is a six pan eyeshadow palette. It has a nice mix of matte and shimmery shadows.  The texture and the color payoff is just smooth as silk and amazing. Absolutely love this palette. If you’re looking for a neutral nude eyeshadow palette, this one is made for you. Really gorgeous and I absolutely love the colors and the texture. I’m obsessed, don’t know if you can tell! But anyways, I’m excited to do a #EOTD makeup tutorial on my Instagram post. So yeah, don’t forget to stay tuned!   

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini (C$16) is my latest concealer I’ve tried and was totally hooked. I got it in the shade custard which is closer to my natural skin tone just around my face if you’re my skin coloring which is like an NC20-25. It also has become my go-to product. I think it’s a great high end product to have if you feel like a little spendy. The doe foot applicator is awesome and the formula so easy to blend. It looks really good on the under eye areas as well as around the face. Definitely check this one out! 

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BECCA Champagne Glow on the Go Highlighter Set (C$24) where you get a duo of Shimmering Skin Perfector® Spotlight Wand in Champagne Pop & Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed in Champagne Pop, in a travel size format. It says on the website this is an exclusive shade created in collaboration with #Jaclyn Hill. I knwo Becca is well known for their highlighters and the formula is exceptional and beyond. So good! So beautiful! If you don’t love this, I really don’t know what to say. You got to try it for yourself! 

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BENEFIT COSMETICS BROWVO! Conditioning Primer Nutrient Rich Eyebrow Primer Mini (C$16). This was sent to me by a pr company for review awhile ago and here I am talking about it again on my monthly favorites. Benefit comes out with many nice eye products that I’ve been liking. This is a great mid-range to drugstore option I think. The formula works very well to set the brows in place and the plastic brush wand is really cool. Can you see that? Cool right! It doesn’t have that glitter, shimmer or sheen effect that’s going to make your brow looks crispy or shine weird in a different light. If you like to splurge a little at Sephora, this is a good one.  

So that does it for this post guys and I hope you enjoyed it and found this post helpful. Let me know what you guys have been liking for the month of October? Share in the comment below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and read. Hope to see you on my next blog.

Sharon xoxo

 

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Top Box Luxury Essentials LE

 

Hey everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by and here’s the story I’ve been getting more requests to feature a more luxury brand makeup on my blog. I’m talking brands like Bobbi Brown, GlamGlow, Darphin and more from this box that’s I’ll be talking here in this blog.

TOPBOX Luxury Essentials

I do understand your concern to know whether products like this are really much better than the products you can get from the drugstore. You know that I’m very familiar with what’s happening at the drugstore but admittedly I haven’t tried or dabbled quite enough products from very high end price range just so you know.

TOPBOX PR samples
#press samples

I’ve been experimenting them on and off for about the past weeks so let’s jump in.

First thing first, I’ll show you what’s in this Luxury Essentials box.

#TOPBOX BEAUTY BOX
Deluxe & Mini size samples
  • Smashbox | Photo Finish Foundation Primer (7.1mL deluxe sample)
  • Bobbi Brown | Crushed Lip Colour – Ruby (2.25g deluxe sample)
  • Darphin | Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream (4mL deluxe sample)
  • Estée Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ll (7mL deluxe sample)
  • Clinique | TAKE THE DAY OFF MAKEUP REMOVER (50mL deluxe sample)
  • GlamGlow | SUPERMUD (15g deluxe sample)

CLINIQUE MAKEUP REMOVER

First thing I like to talk about is the Clinique Take the day off Makeup Remover. Whenever anyone asks me which oil free makeup remover I’d recommend, I pretty much always say Clinique.

I’ve just went through my first bottle recently and was pleased when I received a deluxe size sample as back up. This is my favorite makeup remover this month. I use it on my eyes, lips and even on my face and it does a great job in removing all. I don’t have to rub my eyeballs out with this product. A gentle wipes is all it takes to remove all your stubborn eye makeup. It does seems a little pricey for a makeup remover but it totally worth it on how well it performs. This stuff is magic!

GLAMGLOW FACE TREATMENT

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment is a little bit on a hefty price but I’ve good experience with this product so far. It’s my third time trying it last week and I actually like it. It cleans my pores out like no other while giving it a blur out look. I notice the blackheads around my nose is not visible. The smell reminds me of the chinese herbal roots medicine that my granny used to brew when I was little. It’s not terrible actually, you just got to get used to it. This product dries up pretty quickly on the skin so, be sure to apply it fast then leave it on for 5-20 minutes and let it do its magic. You might feel a little tingling for a second or two as the mud started to do its thing. My skin felt really clean after this, I mean really really clean and soft. 

If you’ve sensitive skin then you might want to skip on this one.

ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR

Moving on is the Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder. I just want to say tell you guys upfront that his product is not new to me. I’ve used it long before I started blogging and have been loving it since then. I just felt like I didn’t have a great opportunity to talk about it until now. So here we go! I’m going to say that this repair serum is a hidden gem type of status.

I had first wore this product it my late twenties, and fast forward to today I’m revisiting a product that I truly love. When I got this sample, I immediately start using it. I’m so impressed with the improvement on my skin. I notice my skin looks radiant and smooth in texture wise. A flashback on why I love it was because this serum really helps reduce fine lines on my forehead significantly.  I was glad I started early with this product. It works great and I highly recommend it! It’s like walking back on memory lane.

DARPHIN SKINCARE
Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Serum

My first time trying out this brand by Darphin is awesome. As we all know, skincare product is something that just can’t be a one time thing because it needs time to work. . So, let just say that I’m in the stage of figuring it out now but I can tell you that after using it for about two weeks now, I notice my skin feels firmer and less dull.

It’s a lightweight gel that keeps my skin feeling well hydrated. It’s not greasy or drying at all in case you’re curious to know. I can’t stop falling in love with this heavenly scents. It smell so so good! For product that really works, I would change my skincare regimen for this. Major thumbs up from me!

SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER

In this box you’ll also get a mini size version of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This product has been in the market for a while and a lot of people has been talking about it. I’ve heard many mixed reviews about this product but I’m one of the many that find this primer works well on me.

I wore it again for my daughter’s birthday dinner last night and I got so many compliments on my flawless makeup. This primer is a dream come true. It’s super lightweight, feels wonderfully silky and gives my skin a flawless look. I’ve never felt anything quite like it before and it felt almost high-tech in my opinion. What do you think? Have you tried this primer before? Share it in the comments below.

I like to apply them all over my face. You just need a small pea size product to cover the whole face. Once set, I go ahead to apply my foundation and the rest of my makeup. This primer is a universal translucent gel that works for every skin tone. Perfect!

BOBBI BROWN LIPSTICK

I usually buy lipsticks in mauve nude or classic red so when I saw this in my TopBox essentials I just flipped out. A gorgeous mini by Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in the shade Ruby. It’s described as a mid-tone ruby red.

Lately I’ve been rocking on some of my favorite darker red and berry lipsticks and since you guys like the lip swatches I did on my previous posts. I thought I’d put a #LOTD in this post as well.

#LOTD Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip
#LOTD in the shade Ruby

I gave it a whirl and boy look how pretty is this! It’s definitely ruby on my lips you guys. The formula goes on sheer and pigmented. It feels very comfortable on the lips. It’s save to say it qualifies for MLBB (My Lips But Better) lipstick. A smooth, sheer and satin shade that I think will look great on anyone this holiday seasons. You need to try Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color if you haven’t already.

Do let me know in the comment if you like to see this type of post again or just sprinkle in more luxury product reviews on my blog. Bear in mind that I’m by no means abandoning drugstore like that’s my happy place.

What do you think? Would you pick up this box? Let me know in the comments!

I’m just happy with these products. Many thanks to TOPBOX for these gorgeous press samples. You can enjoy a 15% off your first purchase with the offer code TOPBOX15! 

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

Sharon xoxo

 

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