REWIND BLOG: I love the Imperfect Me!

 

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Today’s post is about a post rewind blog which I posted a few days ago in my other (Express Beauty Blog) channel and thought to share it here with you guys.

I’ve visitors coming from a far and will be spending some quality time with them, so I’ll do my best to post as many blog contents as possible but I apologize in advance if I miss a post or two in the coming weeks.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you on the next one. Click here!

https://expressbeautyblogwordpresscom.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/i-love-the-imperfect-me/

So that’s it for now, and I’ll see you on my next blog, bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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RANDOM Question Tuesday

 

What’s up guys? Welcome back to my blog. If you’re new here, I share every Tuesday asking random questions and beauty related tags. And if you like to get notification of my upcoming posts, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog or any social media. It would mean a lot to me!

I love to eat and I couldn’t go on my day without breakfast. You can say that I’m a breakfast type of person and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Breakfast to me is important and I make sure that I start my day right with a perfect meal. You might also know that I love my carbs so much that I couldn’t live a day without my beloved carbs. Anyways, talking about breakfast and carbs really make me hungry now.

So my question to you is this:

What do you like, pancake or waffles? Are you a breakfast type of person or you prefer lunch?

Shoot your comment below. I’d love to hear your answers. I’m curious to know which is your favorite.

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday: What’s Your Favorite Part of Blogging

 

Hey guys! Welcome to my blog! This week’s Question Tuesday is exactly what the title of this post is.

Well, I find my two favorite parts of blogging to be content production and community interaction.  I love putting together a post I know everyone will love and then hearing and discussing about it on my blog.

Now, you’re turn! As a blogger, what’s your favorite part of blogging? Or perhaps, what’s your least favorite part? How do you get your effort balance in blogging?

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope to see you again on the next one. Bye for now!

Sharon xoxo

 

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What You Don’t See On Social Media!

 

In this Tuesday’s blog post, I’m going to talk about What you don’t see on social media. I’m sharing some moments where I hid myself from online life. If you’re in a viscous circle of comparison right this moment, you got to read this.

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What you wouldn’t find out from my social media postings is that I love my family, I love wearing heels, I don’t share selfie pictures and I’m an introvert.

With social media, you’ll never know what the person is truly like. I understand how easy it is to judge someone based solely on these posts. There’s more to it.

Remember that social media personas aren’t the whole truth. Rather, they’re just pages of information of what I choose to share. But again life can still be honestly magical. Maybe take the pictures you see with a grain of salt or, perhaps allow yourself a moment to believe that maybe the trick of it all is to feel like there can be a small amount of perfect within the mess.

Let’s take Facebook post as an example. Everything I want to be doing, or strangely, the things I think I want to be doing. That is, Facebook is inherently biased.

The number of pictures I take of myself working, sitting on a couch, hiding behind my pajamas and thick writer’s reading glasses?

Anyways, I’ll close with this “what we see is not all that there is”.

What other options are there? You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. The world needs you to be weird. Now I tag you to share what you don’t talk or share on your social media.

Or better yet, to be you. Not what you think you ought to be. Just be YOU!

I hope this helps anyone reading this post to refrain from comparing at this moment.

Sharon xoxo

 

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Tester Wednesday: Fortune Favors The Brave : Review, Photos & Swatches

 

Hey guys! Welcome back to Tester Wednesday. It has been a while since I talked about Makeup Revolution (MUR) beauty products. I ordered a few palettes online a few months ago and had been putting all these goodies on the back burner. Well, better late than never right!

So, today I thought I’ll share my first impression review on this beautiful palette. This palette is quite special because it was created in collaboration with Jane Cunningham.

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This is her palette that she’s been working on with Makeup Revolution and had finally launched it last March.

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This palette retails for £9.99 which is a great price value for a drugstore brand. Why did I say that? Continue reading and you’ll find out why.

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Let’s talk about packaging for a second. It comes in a matte gold which makes it look much more luxurious and houses 30 eyeshadows, large mirror which I really appreciate and a simple dual-ended eyeshadow brush.

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This is a 30 pan palette. I really love the color selections she created. The shadows are for everyone, irrespective of age or tone according to Jane.

I like that she added four baked eyeshadows in the mist of all these amazing color shadows. They’re super pigmented and very metallic. Looks so pretty all over the lids. Love love this!

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Here’s what you’ll find in Fortune Favors The Brave palette. You got light sheen and mattes, metallic bursts of color heading through to the darkest shades of black, plum and navy.

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All the shades have names which are printed on a plastic sheet. Nope! I’m not complaining at all, I like to see that effort being pour in naming these shadows. Win in my book!

I’m most excited to show all these gorgeous color swatches down below.  All swatches are with one swipe directly from pan without primer.

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Row 1: Glimmer, Buffer, Peachy, Hope, Fortune, Skylight, Transformer, Midnight Rainbow – the middle Hope and Fortune are my favorite shades

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Row 2: Ice Cloud, Golden Coins, Cashmere, Tip Top,  Green Machine, Smoothie

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Row 3: Caffeine Fix, Latte, Pink Diamond, Creme, Drama Queen, Lonely Planet, Blacqua.

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Row 4: Soft, New World, Favour, Sunset Hour, Super Gold, Winning, Brave, The Revolution – and at the end Winning, Brave and The Revolution are also some of my favorite shades in this palette .

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Here’s a quick eye look I created.

The overall quality of the eyeshadows is good. There are some less pigmented shades like Glimmer, Peachy, Midnight Rainbow, Tip Top, Smoothie, Latte, Crème, Soft and Pink Diamond which require a bit more work and building up to get a desire intensity. Other shades are smooth and well pigmented. They’re easy to blend and they stay all day without bulging on eyeshadow base I wore for this first impression review.

I highly recommend it if you’re on the market for an affordable and good quality product from a drugstore brand. Overall, I’m quite impressed with the wear time and happy with the look. It performs well and I got nothing bad to say about this palette honestly. It’s a versatile palette that would look gorgeous for anyone.

I love that MUR is accessible to everyone on price point with no loss on quality. Best thing is that you can get this at Amazon, ebay, Ulta and Superdrug stores.

So what do you think of the ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’ palette? Comment what you think. I love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Stay tuned for more popped up makeup products which I’m so excited to show you guys. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday – What Really Drives You?

Hey guys! Yes, I know it’s just January but I was wondering how’s your new resolution or goals coming along?

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We all strive daily to accomplish our set of goals while staying focused to the tasks at hand.

However, have you stopped lately to think of what really drives you to keep going? Or what motivates you? Comment and share your tips.

Take a look and see which one(s) you can relate to. Is it …

  • Ambition
  • Money
  • Independence- To feel in charge of your own life
  • Security- job security, financial security, peace of mind
  • Status/Power/Prestige
  • Self-esteem/The good feeling you get after getting the task done
  • Opportunity to improve, to grow and become more capable.
  • Self-recognition and respect from others after a job well done.
  • Making a difference/ the feeling you get inside
  • You’re competitive
  • Self Acknowledgement
  • Add on any that I didn’t listed it here.

Let’s face it, we’re humans and the tasks we set out to accomplish requires work. Work can be demanding and it’s not surprising that we sometimes abandon it for something that is less challenging or something that seems to be more fun. When that happens, take a quick break and refuel once you’re back on track.

I’ll close with this quote “One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” – John W Foster

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and help you find what really drives you?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

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Brand Spotlight – NYX Cosmetics

 

This year, I’ll be adding some exciting contents here in the blog. For a starter, I’ll be doing a brand spotlight which focusing on a specific brands which I’ve tested, new finds and old favorites that I discovered. Mostly are in the drugstore price point category. I planned on posting them on a monthly basis Brand Spotlight. 

So, without further ado, let’s get comfy and chat beauty!

Today I’m sharing 3 brand spotlights for the month of January that gravitates me the most. I’ve definitely been transitioning out of my dark, matte lip phase and into some lighter neutral nude of late. Don’t get me wrong if you think I’m going to stop rocking my red lipsticks either.

I picked these up at my local Pharmaprix (aka Shoppers Drug Mart) when they had their spend your reward points during shopping trip last December.

First thing first, is the

NYX LINGERIE LIQUID LIPSTICK

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I like that it’s so easy to apply, thanks to the doe-foot applicator. I find it’s pigmented enough that you usually only need one swipe, although I usually go for two coats to be safe.

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This lip color is truly matte, creamy, long wearing, and the color is absolutely beautiful. I love it.

Bedtime Flirt is that girly nude with a little bit of pink. I tend to go for brown/mauve toned lips, but I love this for something more feminine. A perfect MLBB (“my lips but better”) shade for me. It’s almost as if NYX Cosmetics intensified my natural lip color, then bottled it in liquid lipstick form! It sits on my lips pretty nicely once set and it doesn’t seems to transfer at all. I like that it’s long lasting too.

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My current favorite shade from the range is Bedtime Flirt since this is the only shade I picked up for now. It’s just such an easy shade to wear. Texture wise it feels whipped/mousse like when applied, drying to a matte finish.

The only downside I think the worst (for me) is that sometimes it feels sticky on my lips. I don’t know if I got the bad batch but I hate that feeling. I wish it wasn’t sticky because I really find the color to be so pretty for an everyday lip.

Overall though, I really like the shades of the lipsticks from this line. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who hates sticky feelings on the lips.

NYX DEWY FINISH SETTING SPRAY 

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If you have been reading my blog, you know that I’ve combination of normal to dry skin. I chose the dewy because most of my makeup is semi-matte looking and my skin extra dry in winter. So this is a nice product to have as far as dewy finish setting spray is concerned. You guys know that I like anything that makes my skin looking healthy and fresh.

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This is my first purchase of setting spray from a drugstore brand and I was curious to see try it out. I like that it holds up my makeup in place.

The spritzer sprays fine mist. I like to spritz it upwards and let the mist settle on my face. That way, I avoid any droplets that might fall on my face and disturb the makeup. When I was spraying on my face, I can feel immediately a film holding on my face. I felt like I have a thin, transparent and shiny cover on my face. The smell doesn’t bother me that much.

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My overall thoughts, if you’re a person who uses a lot of mineral makeup or lot of powder makeup, you can give this a try. If you use liquid or cream foundation, which by itself imparts some dewiness, then you can skip this spray.

NYX LOVE CONTOUR ALL PALETTE

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Since publishing my Love Contour All post, I thought it’s fitting to include it here as part of the brand spotlight product to be featured.

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What beauty products are you loving in January? If there’s anything you have questions about to would like to recommend just leave me a comment so we can chat beauty! I’ve some exciting post coming up next week. So, please stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday : Which #Buzz Word for 2017?

 

Hey guys! We’re back to our 1st week of Question Tuesday. Hope you’d enjoyed reading it. I’ve seen many bloggers who shared their new  resolution goals for 2017.

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So, I’m very excited to be riding the waves with so many others. Join in and share :

Q: What’s your buzz word in the comment below.

Q: What was your last word to 2016?

Q: What are you looking forward to in 2017?

My word of intention is Inspire as my last year word Strength. I want to share stories of how I went through some difficult moments where my health took a big turn affecting a huge part of my life. I found strength helps me through and it helps pushing me to move forward. I’m very happy for 2017 and can’t wait to see what’s in store for me. I planned to write about lifestyle and my health problem and not to forget beauty. I hope my posts will help to inspire some of you. This year’s content I’ll be touching on  sensitive issues which I never shared it before here in the blog. Beauty from outside in – helped me to be stronger to face the day and hoping what I’ve experienced will be an inspiration to you.

Let me know which buzzwords you think is best for you this 2017? I love to know.

Thanks for reading.

Sharon xoxo

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Question Tuesday – What’s your Beauty Resolution?

 

I loved this! It’s so simple and positive every single thing on this list! Don’t you think?

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I vow to: 

  • Tell myself that I am beautiful every. single. day. Quite straight forward. Hahaha!
  • Is to love my body the way it is, and know that I am beautiful
  • Find my look or style and embrace it to it’s fullest
  • Water water water and more water!
  • Take five minutes every morning to stretch so I feel refreshed and ready for the day! :]

Come on now! I know you got some incredible resolution you’re dying to tell. I’m all ears babes!

Comment below and share list of your beauty resolutions, which I think is brilliant considering New Years Eve is quickly approaching. Share yours here like confetti-es!

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Thanks for stopping by the blog. Have a great week, everyone!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Tag Me Beautiful!

 

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

Now, let’s jump right in.

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Tag Questions by everyone in no particular order:

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day! Love you guys!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday

 

Happy Tuesday guys! I’m very excited for this week’s Question Tuesday honestly. I hope you would enjoyed reading this post.

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As my blog turned 2 years old last week, I’m that some of you who have been following my blog since then know a little more about me. Yes, we came a long way and I’m so glad that you’re my friends.

So, instead of doing a beauty Question Tuesday, I was thinking it would be a great idea to give you guys a mock test.

Q: How would you answer this question about Me? (Anyone who knows me knows I love ____________).

Q: What are you loving this week? 

Leave all your comments below.

From the bottom of my heart,  I would like to express my thanks to everybody for been an awesome bunch. [muak]

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Random Questions Tag

 

Today was the first time since Thursday that I could really sit down and take my time to write my blog. So, I thought I’d share with you something light and casual. Nothing too crazy but is it going to be a random post- Oooh YES!

So, let’s jump right in.

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Here are my answers to the 30 random questions tag:

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed, I feel safer

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Occasionally, when I really like the products or packaging

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Tucked out

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Obviously not, that’s just crazy

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
I like ’em! I find them helpful!!!

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yesss all the time. Hahaha!

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
A big bear

8. Do you have freckles?
Nope and I’m happy about that #lol

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes lol, I just can’t help it

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people walk slow and take over the side walk

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No cuz it would be a lot

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
Ewwww nooo

13. What about pooped in the woods?
That’s even worse.

14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Sometimes, when I’m in the my zone

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
No, never!

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
One!!!

17. What size is your bed?
King -_-

18. What is your Song of the week?
Ummmm… Beautiful In White by Westlife

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yea sometimes they look good, lol

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh YES!

21. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My Hubby

22. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
That’s pretty straightforward. No way! I`m way too conservative

23. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Don’t remember!

24. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes, I have

25. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
Like a year ago or something like that

26. Favorite type of fruit pie?
Blueberry / Other pie Pecan

27. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Lawyer / Model

28. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes!!!

29. Ever been in love?
Of course…its fun and still madly in love

30.Tea or coffee?
I’m a coffee addict.

Well, now you have read all my answers so feel free to like and comment with a few of your answers below. I love to read your answers and really hope you would do this tag too.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Happy a beautiful Wednesday!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

Disclaimer: The art painting picture is not mine. I’m a huge fan of this painting. 😉