Summer Must-Haves: Bath & Body Works

 

This summer heat is getting to me and what better way than to go in a well air-conditioned giant mall right? And that’s what I did! Saw that Bath & Body Works are having a semi-annual sale up to 75% and so I want to do a mini haul today. They’re all Bath & Body Works stuff.

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I’ve a few items that I wanted to show you.

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Wallflowers Fragrance Refills is on sale now for $3.00 a bottle on their website or in-store. I’ve been so obsessed with the Honeysuckle and Freesia scent currently so it was my first pick followed by Fresh Cut Lilacs that smells incredibly amazing as well. I love the scent in my bedroom, I just can’t get enough of this stuff.

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I got this Glitter Fish Nightlight because I think it’s super cute. It’s the design, it’s all about the designing for me! This reminds me of the ocean and sea creatures which is quite fun. Also available in several shapes and designs.

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Oh my gosh! A fun fish with soft glow and glitter fish feels so relaxing. Paired plug with my favorite fragrance refill, it just smell so summery and nice in my bedroom. I can stare at this cute fishy all night! Love it!

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I also picked up this Black Mini Perfume Spray which I know I’m going to be wearing it alot for the rest of the summer. It comes in a spray format which is really cool. I can’t wait to wear this in the summertime. It smells really nice! If I can just describe what it smells like, it has a strong musky note to it. I think it’s very sophisticated but without over the top, you know what I’m saying. It’s also so convenient to just drop it in your purse. I absolutely love it! So go give this a smell if you’ve at Bath & Body Works near you!

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I bought these for my car. This is a Car Scentportables in New Car which I’ve been looking for ages ever since I got my new car. I always love the scent of a new car so this stuff is right up my alley. It comes in a cute  individual pods or disc like so and I just love how portable and easy it is so use. I haven’t tried this yet in my car, it’s supposed to continuously last for up to 4-6 weeks! I’m really excited to try this one out and with many road trips coming our way this summer I know we’re going to enjoy our car ride more with this!

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I actually bought a Coco Shea Cucumber Body Wash because of my hubs. He loves body wash very much and I’ve to admit I like it too. I just couldn’t resist a creamy and moisturizing body wash. This is the nicest feeling body wash and I think it’s very refreshing and cooling, or should I say cool as a cucumber after each shower.  I think this one is going to be my new summer favorite. On top of that, it’s on sale for $3.16 a tube which is such a great steal!

I’d love to know what you guys have been loving from Bath & Body Works! Leave me a comment down below and tell me what’s been floating your home-decorating boat over the past few weeks! Happy shopping!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Sale – Mini Beauty Haul

 

Hey everybody! Today’s post is a mini beauty haul I just picked up from the Sephora’s VIB Rouge 20% Sale. 

I got a Anastasia Beverly Hill Prism Eye Shadow Palette and also the Tory Burch Deluxe Mini Duo which are their limited edition holiday collections.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Prism Eye Shadow Palette (C$55)

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I didn’t pick up the Subculture Palette after having heard so many mixed reviews of how the formulation flopped. So, instead when I heard of their new released of the limited edition Prism Palette I was like yes, just take my money. It’s super glam and more up my alley. Long story short, I got mine from Sephora using the VIB Rouge 20% Sale rebate and I also take advantage of the 2.5% cash back with purchase with ebates.

I like the packaging. It’s very sleek and travel friendly. The outside packaging is so elegant and luxurious. The smooth and velvety felt material with the gold lettering just seals the deal (except it will get dirty fast if you’re not careful) but other than that, it’s a great palette.

BH Prism Palette Color Swatch

Consist of 14  shades that features universal neutrals and prismatic metallics such as the following;

  • Lucid (duo chrome white gold with pink reflect)
  • Eden (ultra-matte coral pink)
  • Unity (ultra-matte nude ochre)
  • Sphinx (metallic warm bronze)
  • Osiris (duo chrome midnight violet with red reflect)
  • Sphere (ultra-matte electric green yellow)
  • Obsidian (ultra-matte deep black)
  • Dimension (duo chrome silver grey with pink reflect)
  • Parallel (ultra-matte truffle)
  • Pyramid (metallic yellow gold with green reflect)
  • Throne (duo chrome blackened blue-green with multi-color reflect)
  • Saturn (ultra-matte terracotta)
  • Eternal (metallic violet copper)
  • Lure (ultra-matte ashy lilac)

I really did like this though, the fun mixed color selections are just amazing. It has a few really beautiful natural neutral warm and some intense bold cool tone shadows. You get a good even ratio of matte and shimmer shades out of this palette. I’ve been wearing this none stop for the past two weeks and testing it out. The formulation is creamy, super blendable and highly pigmented. There’s some kick up but nothing major.

ABH Prism Color Swatch

Honestly, the shade Sphere is so unique in my opinion. It won’t be for everyone but I’m liking it. I love all the colors in this palette especially Throne, Saturn and Lure, they’re easy to blend and very user friendly. Simply put, I want to think that it’s a do-it-all kind of palette, perfect for the sultry, bold, subtle, or even that daytime glow that wil look great against any skin tones. Totally worth to buy! 

Tor Burch Mini Duo

Tory Burch Deluxe Mini Duo (C$26)

Let me start by saying that I’m a perfume hoarder but I’m also very picky when it comes to certain perfumes. I’m not an expert in this field and neither am I trying to say that I am. I wish I’ve that ability! I just know what I like, that’s it that’s all.
When I did a swap on this duo, I surprised myself of how much I enjoy the scents. I know I’ll be wearing them everyday and never be tired of it.
This set contains:
– 0.24 oz/ 7 ml Tory Burch Signature Eau de Parfum Deluxe Mini
– 0.24 oz/ 7 ml Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau de Parfum Deluxe Mini
It’s a good fragrance especially for those who loves all things Tory Burch.

Tory Burch Eau de Toilette

TORY BURCH Eau De Toilette (Regular size C$108 for 1.7 oz)

It’s definitely a lighter smell than the musky, woodsy scents that I was expecting but the citrusy scents was spot on. I like the clean and fresh scents that’s feminine but not girly and also I want something that makes me feel “put together” even in jeans and t-shirt at the take out restaurant.

Notes:

Neroli, Grapefruit, Cassis, Bergamot, Peony, Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Vetiver, Sandalwood.

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TORY BURCH Love Relentlessly (Regular size C$102 for 1.7 oz) 

It makes me feel happy every time I wear it. I don’t have many floral perfume to be honest but this one just won me over. I’m like this is the one! I like the the floral scent which wasn’t overwhelming but has an edge to it, if that makes sense. The way I’d describe this perfume is that it’s light to the nostril but yet the sweet scents lingers. It long wearing and I always gets compliment when I wear it.

Key Notes:

Pink Pepper, Rose, Orris, Sandalwood
It’s not to strong, not to soft but just right! If you like sweet perfume you’re going to love it.
Thank you so much for stopping by and read. I planning on starting a new series #Blogmasbagmonday this December. Would this interests you? Don’t forget to comment down below.

Sharon xoxo

 

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Beauty from Sephora [First Impression Review]

Today, I just wanted to share a few beauty products which I recently acquired from Sephora online. I haven’t been out and about for the past few weeks due to my health but nevertheless I’m so glad to still be able to get my beauty addiction fix through online.

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I believed I’ve shared my sneak peek on my facebook the moment I received the parcel  and promised a review coming soon.

So, without further ado, let’s begin. Here are three products:

  1. Besame Lipstick Matches in Red Velvet
  2. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum (redeem from points)
  3. Dior Eau For Men (promotional gift)

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When I saw the promotion code at Sephora to get this for free, I immediately jumped into it. A few days later, I got a parcel at my door.

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I really love the scents of men’s perfume, or eau de toilette. Insane right! Yes, I’m just weird isn’t it. I know! I’d have guess that much lol!

Ingredient: Moroccan Grapefruit, Calabrian Bergamot, Crimean Coriander, Tuscan Iris, Virginia Cedarwood

Anyways,  I didn’t expect to receive a decent size bottle of this Dior Eau De Toilette For Men. For this to come in 10 ml net wt size, that’s freaking insane. Bear in mind, it’s a free stuff with purchase if you know what I mean. Regular size bottle is CD$70.00 (net wt: 1.7 oz) Not that I’m complaining or something but dang was I impressed. You totally got me on this one, Sephora!

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Love the droplet applicator packaging. I can smell the beautiful scents the moment I pulled out the applicator for photo shoot. It smells really amazing and not overpowering as I know some found in Dior women perfume. I can’t wait to surprise this gift to my honey bear this evening.

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I have some pathetic points just enough to redeem this Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total Volume Serum in 0.3 oz net wt for $98.00. I’ve been obsessed with Clarins skin care products this past month. Not sure what has gotten into me.

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Here is what I think of my first impression with this product. It smells amazing, very calming, soft and gentle on my skin. Love the consistency of the serum. Very lightweight and absolute quickly into skin. This cream is for normal, dry, combination and oily skin typed. Hurray!

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum does come at a price and is something I’d definitely use during my skincare routine. I’m all good so long as the products works for me. But if this is not within your budget for twice weekly use, you can use it by rotation with other brands!

I’ll continue to be trying out this cream and report back for more updates.

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I saw this Bésame Lipstick Matches by a beauty blogger and was intrigued to try it myself. I was extremely interested in this brand of lipstick because of the packaging and because they only make different shades of red.

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When I first got it I noticed the packaging is so pretty. Even the outer packaging looks amazing.

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The full size lipstick comes in their signature gold metal tube with red chrysanthemums and vines on it. The lipstick wasn’t as heavy as I expected it to be but it doesn’t feel cheap either. Love it! The matchbook lipstick is so cute.

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There are five lovely shades in this collection. I got the Bésame Red Velvet Matchbook for CAD$7.00 at Sephora online. Also available  Bésame online.

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One match is enough for multiple applications.

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I feel like the set is a good way to try the brand out. I’m looking forward to using the lipstick matchbook next time I go out. I’ve never seen anything like it. The packaging alone is something makeup collectors would enjoy. It’s also Parabens and Gluten Free.

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When I first put it on, I noticed that it was opaque turning to opaque after 1 to 2 swipes. It does dry down a bit and it becomes more matte. The description of a satin matte is about right.

This lipstick is not budge proof and it does transfer with a light lip print. I wore it for 3 hours to eat waffle, drink coffee and keep doing my regular chores. Love, love it!

What do you think – would you be tempted to try something like this?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. I’ll see you again on the next one 🙂

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Beauty Bandit: Demeter Fragrance

 

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Thank You CBB (Canadian Beauty Bloggers) and Demeter for sending me such great scents to play and create with! I received this parcel on the last day of the year and was thrilled that it’s my first sample received from a PR company for 2016. This is the going to be the longest post I’ve written for January (grab a cup of hot cocoa and chips).

OK, let’s dive right in.

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The first box of Duo custom fragrance kit I got is Clean Skin and Sunshine. It sounded fresh and refreshing, don’t you think?

I think it’s safe to say that perfume and cologne have been used for centuries primarily to enhance attractiveness. We wear bottled scents to seem more appealing. And many people choose a fragrance based on not only their own enjoyment of it, but how they hope it shapes others’ perception of them.You want to smell FREAKING GOOD! NO!!!

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Never heard of this brand? No problem. I’ve done some research and here’s what I found. “Demeter Fragrance is a perfume house in Pennsylvania which produces fragrances with aromas and scents of nature such as soil, flowers, fruits, cakes, drinks, and other interesting smells. So far they have produced over 200 fragrances with thematic names”.

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Retail for $35.00 a bottle of Foolproof Blending Duo at Demeter Fragrance Library online. Available in over 200 scents, and there are made for everyone in this planet depending on your inner heart desires.

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In this DUO set:

  • Two 1 oz sprays – Clean Skin and Sunshine
  • Refillable spray bottle, so you can blend in more precise proportions than just blending directly on the skin
  • 4 Droppers
  • 1 Funnel

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My nose’s own interpretation of Sunshine and Clear Skin:

Sunshine smells happiness, and there’s even a slightly cottony note that I’m sure is purposeful and could arguably be construed as clean laundry. It’s pretty damn fresh, but not over killed. Focus for men and women, was launched in 2013, has good smell. It smells just like the cotton bed sheet or laundry you just brought in to dry, ahhhh,  I could feel the warmth of the sun. It was subtle, in fact, no one noticed I was wearing a fragrance until I shoved my wrist in honey bear face, which is a really cool thing to do to get his attention,lol!

The amazing thing about the fragrances is that they always hit the scent on the nose (pardon the pun), and each scent is an accurate replica of the original smell. When I got a first whiff of one of the scent, Clear Skin, it reminded me what skin smells like straight out of a shower. It does smell like baby oil upon first spray but then quickly becoming citrus-y and musky. I really like it.  Another thing to take note is the cologne is focus mainly for women and was launched in 2012.

I prefer to wear them as it is, decided not to be my own chemist! But if you love chemistry in school you are going to enjoy playing with an array of scents and customize it to your liking.

Have you tried any Demeter cologne or fragrance? I want to know what you think in the comment section.

Next to the Trio set:

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Hawaii Vanilla, Angel Food and Gingerbread. WAIT a minute! Did I make a wrong turn somewhere? Is this a food recipe 101? Nope! These are just a few of the unique scents in the Demeter Fragrance Library, a fragrance company that creates unusual scents from everyday life.

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TO Chemist wannabe, create a scent which is uniquely YOU! Doctor Jane or whatever you want to name yours.

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Trio Pick Me Up Cologne Spray

Here is what you get in their Trio box. Each bottle net wt : 1 fl oz

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Angel Food, Hawaiian Vanilla and Gingerbread

Honestly, I don’t know anyone who had tried Angel Food in reality to know how it smells like. I’m curious to know. The scent is sweet but with a hint of alcohol. It has a short lifespan of lingering smell but it so flattering that you want to spray a few times more.

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First Up:

Hawaiian Vanilla fragrance – is an oriental vanilla fragrance for women. It has a sweet scents of vanilla bean combined with citrus. I can feel the freshness when wearing it. I really like and enjoys it. One of my favorite of the bunch.

Angel Food – it reminds me of coconut,  vanilla pudding but with a strong pan of alcohol on first whiff. The last ingredient just throw me off board but nevertheless the coconut scents calm down the storm. In my opinion, it has the strongest scents among the three I have in Trio.

Gingerbread – Oh! this is incredibly awesome. Gingerbread cookies is all I think of the whole day. It brings me back to past Christmas, the smell of baked gingerbread cookies. It smells so so good!

I was surprised to find a USB key and key chain from Demeter in this cute little goodies bag. Can’t wait to use them.

Thank you for taking the time to read. You guys are AWESOME!

Sharon xoxo

 

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