It’s Mountain Calling !



It’s almost winter here in Canada with Christmas just around the corner and that means it’s the perfect time of the year to go out and shop for yourself and your loved ones. I love to go to the malls and or drugstores to look for some new Holiday collection or any special deals. We all love to do that..don’t we ?

And..Pharmaprix is one of my favorite drugstores to get my hands on some cool stuff. I start my Christmas shopping quite early and I still have some I didn’t cross out yet. I was just checking on my usual obsession “Eyeshadow Palettes” when I saw this Mountain Calling Eyeshadow Palette by Essence. 

I could not resist myself from buying it because, a) It was a limited edition palette which is only for winter b)It was for only $4.99 and for 6 eyeshadows. Awesome !! Right?

The packaging is what gravitates me in the first place. The ski lodge and the ski mountain design reminds me of the coming ski season. Oh! how adorable the packaging is. It comes in a cardboard material with a magnetic closure with a pop out ski lodge. How cool is that!

Texture wise, I really love it. It feels creamy, pigmented, smooth with amazing color payoff. Six satiny eyeshadow shades in shimmer:

Right to left:  pearl, soft beige, light brown, forest green, winter blue, and charcoal grey. Includes  sponge eyeshadow applicator.

The verdict- Essence Mountain Calling Palette is an affordable palette which is ideal for creating subtle and defined eye looks. The wintery shades will cater almost all the skin-tones viz fair, medium and dark. I’ve other color shadows that works beautifully when mixed together.

The above swatches are on bare skin with just one line swipe, picked up directly with my fingers from the pan. Look how so pretty the pigmentation and texture. I’m falling head over heels for this.

These are non-chalky, decently pigmented, non-irritant, blend-able, silky smooth and last for 4+ hours on primed lids without creasing. Lighter shades need layering to show up but these are workable. You can use this palette on its own as well as with other shimmery colors to create a plethora of eye makeup looks.

This is 100% recommended. For $4.99 I say go for it girl. Totally worth trying it OUT. This one is a winner in my book. Don’t walk, run to your nearest drugstores for this great value palette. What are you waiting for … Mountain Calling!

Have you seen this limited edition palette by Essence? If yes what do you think of it? I would love to hear your comments.

Be sure to visit other BABES IN BLOGLAND . You got to check their blog post for Blogmas Day 13.

Thanks as usual for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo



Join me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’





Belvada Harmony Lipsticks – Photo & Color Swatches

lipstick harmony

This is a blogpost that was mentioned previously in my post. I just got the time today to share it with all of you.

Here we see two different lip colors by Belvada in Natural Earth and Elegant Maroon that is mostly warm and the other shade has some sort of pretty red undertones.

lipstick by Belvada

I snagged these refills for $2.99 each instead of the original price of $10.00. I’m excited and thrilled with this great steal.


The product has some sweet scents on both lipsticks but not overwhelming. It glides beautifully and I love my lip appearance. Yes, they’re lovely!

The staying power is good. It lasted for 3-4 hours for me. Again, I would point out that its fall and the weather is getting drier. This product lasts the drier weather simply because of the moisturizing formula.


The net wt is 3.4g. This lipstick is true to its color and I really like the smooth and amazing pigmentation.


The mini lipstick comes with a frosty plastic lid. This though is a good, convenient way to see the shades when it comes to deciding the colors.


My lips wearing Natural Earth. A lovely nude shade for everyday wear. Love Love it! The size is cute and easy to bring in your purse if you need to touch-up. Other than that, it’s super light and so convenient. Just to point this out, this lipstick is the size of my thumb.


The Elegant Maroon really caught my eye when I was picking up the shades. It’s the perfect lip color for fall and the holidays. For more intense bold lips, I could use a darker lip liner to fill my lips to be more popped or look like Kylie Jenner‘s lips for holiday looks.


Here is the color swatch of the Elegant Maroon. Amazingly gorgeous shade and pigmentation.


A closed up look of the packaging which you can use it alone or put into the Duo Lipstick Holder that could fill two lipsticks when travelling.

elegant maroon lipstick

They have a better pay off and are easy to work with. The formula is moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. I have tried four different shades to date and they are pretty impressive.

harmony by belvada

Personally, I am enjoying these lip products. I was so glad that I got these on special discounted price for I would have not spent $10.00 for a mini refill lip products.

Hope you found this continuation post to be interesting and useful. Until next time Stay BEAUTIFUL!

What’s the highlight of your day? It could be anything and not necessary beauty related. I love to read your comments. My greatest inspiration comes from the wonderful comments sent in by you, my beauty friends.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

Essence Nude Eyeshadow Photo & Swatch


This is called “How to Make Nude Eyes” makeup box by Essence and I found this at my local drugstore (Shoppers Drug Mart to be precise) and it cost $2.00. In my opinion this is a new collection of Essence’s new eyeshadow after their All About Nude eyeshadow palette in 01. I personally like this new packaging more to be honest.


Net wt: 0.14 oz. This box packaging is light and sturdy. I really like the design on the top and the nice color selections. You got the light, mid tones and dark color shadows.


This one has a mirror on top and comes with six eyeshadows. I really like the packaging which sort of reminds me of the Too Faced Neutral Palette. It comes with a sponge applicator on one end and a blunt cut mini brush on the other end. I haven’t tried the applicator yet, so I couldn’t comment much for now.


Up Close picture of this makeup box packaging. The nude shadow collection includes shades of beige, gold, apricot, and browns.

essence nude eyes

It’s a very cool toned neutral nude color selection with taupy type shades and by just looking at this palette, it looks like a pretty color selection. I’m not expecting it to be an intense smoky palette but again the theme is how to make nude eyes.


In addition to that, there are instructional cards on the top. Guide for everyday and night out look. When you take these out you see and get an idea how to do your eye makeup.


They feel pretty creamy when I put my brush into them. They don’t kicked up a lot of powdery shadow and in my opinion so much easy to manage. They feel great but I would wish that they have more color intensity to it to match the nice quality they have.

nude makeup box

The color swatches are pretty decent. I was expecting the taupy shade to be more intense but it just lack the “uhm”. It’s doesn’t give me the “wow” effect but don’t get me wrong, I do love the packing and color selection but the pigmentation in this formula is a little lacking. They’re all shimmery shadows and it would be great to see a few matte color mixed in this palette if you ask me.

I’ve tried several different shadows by rotating them but it tends to give me a similar look each time. The color finish doesn’t give me a unique popped of the color intensity. That’s what happened when you get all shimmery texture and not the best pigmentation. It leaves me quite to be desired.

But I think if you’re a makeup beginner or young person starting up with makeup. There is a positive point to it. These shadows don’t give you a lot of fall out for those of you whose starting out with things. So for $2.00 a palette, I’d say go for it.

Have you tried this makeup box by essence? Where did you see this eyeshadow palette? Would you pick this one up? I love to read your comment.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this  and I’ll see you next time.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sharon xoxo

Hard Candy vs L’Oreal Infallible!


These Hard Candy Eyeshadow caught my eye since it look a whole lot like the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow. Both have the same in looks, shape and packaging. They look exactly alike right to tee. Amazing right!

In this post, I’d like to talk and see if Hard Candy could be a dupe for the L’Oreal Infallible.

So, I have sometime to play a little bit with them and would love to share my thoughts on these.

Here are some of the color eyeshadows that I’ve recently reviewed and if you want to read a full review, click here and here.

L’Oreal Infallible has 23 color ranges and Hard Candy has 10 pretty shades to add to your collections.

L’Oreal Infallible net weight for 3.5g and a slight difference of 0.3g less for Hard Candy. I love love these pressed shadows. Very easy to blend formula whilst amazing color payoff. Such beautiful eyeshadows. L’Oreal claimed that for 24 hours longevity but I don’t usually wear my makeup overnight. So, I can’t tell if the claim was true since I didn’t test it for that long duration but one thing for sure is that I don’t see any fall out and they lasted for more 10 hours without fading on me.

Okay, next the conclusion whether or not Hard Candy is a dupe for the L’Oreal infallible eyeshadow? I find that they just as good as the color payoff, they last just as long.  the only difference is that the L’Oreal Infallible is slightly more foil metallic finish and that’s the only difference that I’ve found between these beside the weight which I just mentioned earlier in this post.

Should you spend $10.99 for the L’Oreal Infallible or the Hard Candy two for $5.98? By all means go with the Hard Candy two for $5.98. They’re absolutely amazing! Yes, I do love the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow and will probably purchase them but I’ll get all of the Hard Candy Duo eyeshadows.

So, those are my thoughts and I hope you find them helpful.

Which is your next to reach for eyeshadow? Make sure to leave your comments down below. I love reading your comments.

Thank you very much for stopping by <3.

Sharon xoxo






eyeliner by prestige

Classic Khol Eyeliner Pencil by Prestige Cosmetics. Net wet: 0.04 oz for $3.95 at online website. You can find this brand at Ulta or London Drugs and some selected Canadian drugstores at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and Uniprix.

I picked up mine at Uniprix while I was there to get my prescription drugs. I’ve several of these eyeliners by Prestige in different colors and I’m pleased to say that it has perform well as an eyeliner in my opinion.

This eyeliner is a beautiful, Brown. While it seems not my typical eyeliner color, I have worn it in place of my typical black eyeliner for a few days and have found it to be gorgeous.


The formulation is fairly creamy on the eye. While I think it could glide on a bit easier, it is still a fairly good texture. You can use it for smokey eye makeup which I’ll show you in this post.


It’s not bad for the price, and there are plenty of traditional and funky colors available, but it needs sharpening which is the only downside I noticed.


I really like how it glides without resulting in tugging or pulling on your lash line.

That concludes my review today. Hope you liked this post and find it interesting.

Which is your favorite color eyeliner apart from the typical black liner? I love to hear your comments in the section below.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo


You can join me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’

Breaking News! Joe Fresh Is Now Available At Shoppers Drug Mart

flyer from Shoppers Drug Mart
flyer from Shoppers Drug Mart

Canadian friends, the wait is over! You can now enjoy Joe Fresh cosmetics at your local Shoppers Drug Mart starting now. Joe Fresh is a Canadian Clothing brand that has branched out to beauty products. Before you can only find their beauty products at Loblaws, Maxi and a few stores in New York but the good news is you could see them in SDM stores. 

Have you heard that Joe Fresh is now at Shoppers Drug Mart? Seriously, and I have a clip from this week’s flyer that you might want to check it out.

Have you spotted Joe Fresh beauty products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart? I love to hear comments from you on the section below. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Sharon xoxo

3 Colors Eyeshadow by LA Colors|Review & EOTD


la color eyesgadow trio

I did mentioned in my previous post that I’ll be trying out some of the products from the mini beauty haul a week ago. So, I’ve tried them and I love to share my thoughts and opinion on this particular item from LA Colors.

I purchased this from Miss A online store and I’m happy with my purchase.  I’m going to talk about this 3 Color Eyeshadow in Dandelion by LA Colors for $1.00. Net wt: 0.19 oz. Oh yes, I paid $1.00 only for this eyeshadow and that’s a no brainer.

la colors swatches

Yes, these three expertly coordinated shades can be worn alone or together to create a array of looks. Complete with dual ended applicator in this chic palette.

Amazing pigmentation and the color payoff is insane. The formula feels creamy to touch and oh boy, it blend so well. Color swatch on bare hand and the shades are true to its color. Love it! Love it! There are 12 beautiful flower name options on their website but this shades speak to me the loudest.

The order in the palette: Pastel Yellow (satin matte), Rustic  Bronze (shimmer) and Deep Forest Green (shimmer) from left to right.

fall eotd look

I tried using the three shades available in this palette and I love the finish look very much. These color swatches were close to what you see in this eye makeup. So yay for that!

Also available at Target selected stores or drugstores or Dollar stores. LA Colors is a cruelty free  makeup brand.

Hope you liked this one!

Have you tried any LA Colors makeup products? If yes, which one. Don’t forget to leave your comment. I love to read and hear your comments.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read. Stay Beautiful!

Sharon xoxo


You can join me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’


Drugstore Madness Wednesday|Quo Back To Basics Eyeshadow Palette


Quo Back to basics palette

I’m an eyeshadow palette junkies, and I’m not going to hide it. I got to admit that I’m super obsessed with eyeshadow palettes.

So, today, I’ll be sharing with you another new brand which caught my eyes at Shoppers Drug Mart ( Canadian drugstore). I love this palette! It was re-released again this year as part of the Quo Holiday 2013 collection and I bought mine like just recently. Regular price was $25.00 but I got this for a special discount. Uh huh! I paid $15.00 only for this bad boy! I’m grinning from ear to ear 😀  Absolutely love, love the price but let’s get down to business … inside the palette, whahaha!

qua eyeshadow palette

This Quo Back to Basics Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 gradient eyeshadow shades including light, neutral and darker, smokey shades along with a full-size eyeshadow brush. Does this palette reminds you of any high end ones? I’ll review the answer below for this palette could be a dupe. Continue reading …


The packaging is of cardboard material but sturdy. I like the pattern on this year’s palette better, still gold, still beautiful but not too busy and more elegant. It also has a magnetic closure with a decent size mirror inside. Net wet: 12 x 1g = 12g. It has a clear plastic film placed on top of the eyeshadows, taped down on three sides. This will help avoid testing/ contamination, which is always a plus.

the brush

The brush fluffy, thicker and soft. It works well for packing on eyeshadows. Black handle, with gold ferule. A small detail but I think Quo should put its brand logo on the handles of these brushes, making them look more professional and with brush numbers. That would be cool!!!

quo palette

The shadows are lovely and pigmented, and are also pretty and wearable shades that would suit everyone. The shades are so wearable or versatile.

UD vs Qua palettes

I honestly love it! Its very similar to the Urban Decay Naked palette, but half the price. It features very similar colors as the Naked Palette. The Quo shadows have a great texture. They wear very well and blend nicely. All of the shadows have great pigmentation, especially the darker shadows.

UD naked palettenaked palette by UD

Since I’ve my beloved Urban Decay Naked |Palette, |I’m going to show you the comparison between these two palettes and I’ll tell you if this Quo could be a dupe for the Naked |Palette at the end of this post.

Above is the Urban Decay Naked Palette with the color swatches on my bare hand. That’s right, not on any primer just naked. What you see is what you get! It’s my most favorite eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.

Naked vs Quo

Thought you guys want to know how close it is to Urban Decay Naked palette, so let’s get to it.

Here they are, Naked on the top and Back to Basics on the bottom. First glance, they are very close except for Toasted (fourth shade in from the right) looking a little lighter than the shade from Quo. The size of both palettes and colors are so closely similar. The order of the shadow placements in the palette and even the shadow brush. Whoa! Too much insanity here, right now! But you still haven’t seen the color swatches yet. Scroll down below.


Oh yeah! Now what do you think? Can you spot the difference?

light shades palette

I don’t know about you but I can’t tell them apart except at closed-up or on swatches. Even though I know that Quo makes good eyeshadows but I am still impressed to see how smooth these applied and how similar they are to their Naked counterparts.

darker shade palette

The texture of this Quo is freaking amazing. It’s buttery soft and so smooth. Blends so ell and live the soft shimmery finish. It has 4 matte shades in this palette which is pretty awesome!

color satches comparison

Here are the color swatches on bare arm as usual. Amazing pigmentation on both palettes. I did not experience any chalky texture or fallout from either palette. OMG! I got so giddy while swatching, I couldn’t stop smiling. I love Quo!

light shades swatches

Lighter shades comparison and the darker 6 down below. The lighter shades you could definitely use them as highlighter or on your inner corner wherelse the darker shades are more my go to colors for nude, dramatic and smokey eyes.

darker shades swatches

As suspected, Toasted UD swatched (on the left) has a darker bronze while the Quo shade showed up as a lighter bronze. The other three follow most of the pairs compared above: dupes head on! In fact, I think the Quo shade that is paired with Gunmetal might actually more pigmented.

ud nakedquo eyeshadow look

You can easily create casual looks , as well as beautiful soft cut crease. The top picture I’m wearing the Urban Decay Naked Palette and the one below is Quo Back To Basics Palette. Can you spot any difference whether it’s a high end product or a drugstore brand?

I would absolutely recommend this palette to anyone! It’s a great value , and an overall great product. Note that the palette is Limited Edition, as part of the holiday collection which you can still find some at some local Shoppers Drug Mart. Head over there today and grab this while it lasts.

This palette is good for beginners or for collectors considering the price of $25.00 compared to Urban Decay which is $60.00. And, it’s not a must have if you already have Naked Palette. Let’s just say this is a budget friendly alternative 🙂

I love to hear what you think of this palette if you have tried them before and share your comments down below.

Thank you for taking your time to read. Truly appreciate it.

Sharon xoxo


You can follow me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’ ❤


Wordless Wednesday |Spotted At The Drugstore

Happy Wednesday friends! This week Wordless Wednesday I’ll be sharing with you some of the pictures I took just recently. I spotted some interesting sale promotion at the Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) nearby. To be honest, I haven’t tried this Soap and Glory brand before and I’m intrigued to try them. Have any of you like, love or hate this product brand? It was at 50% off from its regular price 😀

Spotted at the Drugstore



Here are some new arrival makeup products I spotted and I’m excited to share them with you all. On top is the Maybelline Brow Gel In The Pencil.


Next is the L’oreal Infallible Nail Polish.

july 24, 2015 spotted

Another L’oreal New product is this Lumi collection.milani mate lip creme

And lastly, is the Milani Lip Creme which is a Limited Edition.

Hope you find this post helpful and interesting.

Have you collect or pick up any of the above new collection products from your drugstore yet? Let me know what your comments are.

Thanks for coming by.

Sharon xoxo

Drugstore Madness Wednesday|Joe Fresh Eye Palette

If you read my last week’s post, I did a Friday Makeup Haul with Joe Fresh products and click here to read my full review. Otherwise continue reading below …

Joe Fresh is a Canadian clothing brand exclusive to Loblaws (a retail grocery store in Canada) and they’ve make their mark in recent years and have been expanding from clothing to beauty. Sources says that Joe Fresh makeup brand will be hitting all drugstores in Canada by 2016 but as of now you can find their products at Loblaws and Maxi (subsidiary to Loblaws Ltd) under this flag name.

taken from joe fresh
taken from joe fresh

Anyways, let’s get the ball rolling for our weekly Drugstore Madness Wednesday. I was back for more of the Joe Fresh’s makeup products and lucky for me I saw a couple of products that were a great deal and here is what I want to share my review on. Today, I’ll be talking on just one item I picked up and the others will be posted in the coming weeks.

joe fresh trio shadows

So, here is Joe Fresh Eye Palette in Hypnoticeye regular price $12.00 and guess how much I paid for this one. $2.94! That’s an amazing steal! But on the other hand, I got to kick myself on the back since I paid a full price for the same palette earlier on. Oh well, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, fact of life – what can I say! 😛

Inside this palette you got three beautiful eyeshadows, a mini eye pencil in Black and a brush applicator. There is a stripe of mirror in the cover and the packaging is very nice for a drugstore brand.

color swatch joe fresh

The shades in Hypnoticeye consists of Plum and Brown color toned which have matte finishing and the Champagne color is rich with glitters as a highlighter. The formula is impressively pigmented. It’s goes on smoothly and these shades are so pretty to work on. It blends very well and the color stay all day.

brush - liner

Next thing to talk is the eye pencil in this palette. It’s buttery smooth and it glides like butter. I really like the size of this pencil for it’s easier to control when it’s short. But that’s just me and you can find a standard eye pencil at any Joe Fresh counters.


I’m wearing the shades today. The Plum shadow I used on my lids and the Brown color for my crease and the Champagne for highlighter. Hope you guys like it 😀

The brush applicator is decent and does its job nicely. It’s almost the same size as the mini eye pencil.

*US readers can find Joe Fresh at six locations in New York; select Joe Fresh items are also available at more than 650 JC Penny stores 

So there you have it, another week of the Drugstore Madness Wednesday great steal and until next week, stay beautiful for another great deal ❤

Have you heard of Joe Fresh makeup brand? What do you think of this eye palette? I love to hear your comments on the section below.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

You can join me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’ 🙂

Marcelle Eyeshadow Quad| Review & Swatches


For those of you who haven’t heard of Marcelle Cosmetics, it is a makeup company based in Montreal Canada and this brand is available at any drugstore for example the Shoppers’ Drug Mart and also at my nearby Walmart. They have a beautiful collection of makeup products but I’m mostly drawn to their quad eyeshadows. I did a review recently on the monochromatic quad which I’ll put a link here (a full review).

marcelle quad shadows

I’m excited to do another Eyeshadow Quad by Marcelle in Jungle Fever in this post. Net wt: 45g 4.5g and you can find it at any local drugstores. This product is 100% paraben free. The packaging is cute with two tier component. The top is for the shadows and the bottom two tiny sponge brush. It’s retail for $15. 95 at Shoppers Drug Mart and on Marcelle’s website.

marcelle jungle fever shadow jpg

These eyeshadows are creamy and silky smooth. It really like all the shades in this pan. The versatile shades will enable you to create any look you like from subtle to dramatic. I can use this shadow to do a smokey eye, single shadow and neutral look.

Highly pigmented and it blends super well. On top of that, it last all day. The quad shadows are in beige, brown, wasabi green and darkest green (almost to grey tone). All four shades are with shimmer and if you enjoy shimmer finishing look, then go no further. This eyeshadow quad could be just for you. Will I recommend this Marcelle Quad Shadow? Yes people, get your hands on this eyeshadow and you would not regret buying it; it is a value for money product! I love it! ❤

You can order online at Marcelle’s website and free shipping on order above $50. Available in 9 different color options to choose from. Marcelle has the “Get Point” reward where you collect your points on your purchases and redeem it on checkout.

What do you think of this Marcelle Quad eyeshadow? Would you pick it up. I love to hear your comment and don’t forget to leave it down below.

Thank you for taking the time to read 🙂

Sharon xoxo


DISCLAIMER: All the makeup products in my blog are purchase by me and the opinion are solely mine.

I’m not affiliated to Marcelle or any companies whatsoever. I’m just sharing my love for this eyeshadow and hope you get to try them too whether in Canada or the US.

St Tropez Instant Glow by Ipsy Glam Bag|Review





I got this from my Ipsy May Glam Bag and remember I old you that I’m excited to try it out? Well, today I’m going to talk all about this wash off Instant Glow Body Lotion by St Tropez. It’s now retail for $9.00 (regular [rice $18.00) a tube. Net wt: 50 ml.


St Tropez claim that this lightweight cream simply smoothes on to give you an instant, even, beautifully golden tan that will wash off whenever you choose.  If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to get your golden tan in an instant, this body lotion is calling for you.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, on to the practical part.


Left leg without the Instant Glow Body lotion yet.


I just simply dab a few spots of the lotion on my leg and blend them evenly. The color look bronzy gold and the smell is amazing. I simply smooth them from top to toe using my palms or you can use a latex gloves.


In an instant, you get a golden tan glow just seconds upon application. My left leg is with the Instant Glow while the right leg is without the tanning lotion. Here is the result of just a slight dapping lotion which actually works so well. I’m truly impressed!


So, if you’re thinking of getting your tan in an instant but don’t have time to go for tanning spa or self tanning which takes 1-2 hours. Bring this bad boy out and apply it like you mean it. The result is a satisfactory good looking and glowing tan that all will envy.

Best part is that it’s easily washable with just water. It doesn’t contain tanning agent. How cool is that! I highly recommend this to my family and friends. And yes, I will repurchase once I’ve finish this tube. By the way, getting tan doesn’t seems to be that hard afterall 😀

Why wait for summer when you can get your tan today! Head over to your nearest drugstore or St Tropez online website to order.

Thank you as usual for stopping by.

Sharon xoxo


Join me on facebook, twitter, instagram and bloglovin’ D