Dollar Store Random Haul

 

Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me in this blog. Today’s post is going to be about Dollar Store Random Haul. I was in there when I visited Ottawa a couple of days ago where I excitedly picked up a few random things. Oh yeah! I’m literately the ultimate tourist.

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I noticed they’ve souvenirs for Canada 150th Birthday (which is on July 1st) and so I grabbed a few as a memento. I want to say nothing is over $5 from Dollar Store and they’re usually price around $1, $1.25, $2 and $4.

Blending Sponge

When I saw this Blending Sponge by Jolie Couture, my instinct told me to get it. I don’t really know this brand but I don’t mind trying out new brands and products especially when it costs only $2.50.

I’m very curious to try out this sponge so I let you know what I think in the hit or miss series. So don’t forget to check back later.

Sticker and after sunscreen

I was tempted to go nuts on the sunscreens, but had to remind myself of the insane amount of sunscreens I’ve that I got to finish this year and opted to just picked one. L’Oreal Sublime Sun After Sun Rich Repairing Lotion drew me to it. Made the purchase and I asked my hubby if he’ll help me to use it and was glad that he’s on board with the idea. I burnt to crisp with summer heat and this after sun repairing lotion is what need this summer.

It smells amazing and feels so lightweight. I really like the cooling sensation which is not sticky at all when I rubbed it on my body. Seriously, I’m in love! You guys have to try this.

Next is the Adventure Sticker that I’ve been loving. It would look super cool to have them on my laptop. I’m a sucker for cute things so I can’t pass on this one. I’ll show you how it looks in my snapchat and don’t forget to add me!

Tattoo and keychains

I’m such a tourist in my own country. Grabbed some souvenirs to mark Canada 150th Birthday on July 1st. The Tattoos and Key chains are super cute. I wore the tattoos last weekend and even though it rained, the tattoo was still holding on. It was a big celebration for Canada from coast to coast. Check out my instagram or snapchat where I shared some interesting posts.

Sharp alarm clock

This is a random pick by my hubby. A Digital Alarm Clock that’s only $4 by Sharp that’s a super steal. I’m going to put this in good use once our old Casio call it a day.

Air Wicks Stick ups

Last but not least are two packs of Airwicks in Lavender and Chamomile scents. These are products I love to have them in my home all the time. I need to go back to get a few more packs. They smell amazing and it makes me happy.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read. If you did enjoy this post definitely follow my blog. I hope you come to check on my social media down below. Make sure you are following me on Twitter and Instagram (@heysharonoox) for the latest update. In the meantime come and say hi!

Happy Canada Day, friends!

Sharon xoxo

 

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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!

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

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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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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Book: #Bloombook – Self Discovery Journey

 

Hey guys! If you’re a fan of Estee Button aka Estee Lalonde then you would’ve probably heard of her first book “BLOOM” which was released about two months ago. Since it’s released I was very keen to grab a hold of her book. You could tell that I’m her fan, right!

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She has two youtube channels with one called Everyday Estee which is a vlog and her youtube beauty channel is Estee Lalonde. Her beauty channel is where everything started.

I’m not ashamed to admitted that I’ve only learned about her youtube channel until last summer and I’ve been watching her vlog channel ever since.

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I got this book as a Christmas gift from my daughter. She heard me talking about it and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it. Even though it’s not a signed copy, I’ll still treasure it for a long time to come.

Alright enough of my ramblings and let’s get to business. The front cover of her book is clean and direct to point. I would say this book bloom is very her. Why I said that! I think it’s her style and the way she talks and approach life if you watch her vlogs.

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At first, when I read a few pages I thought it was a little too brief to my usual novel readings. It’s seems to me like it’s a summary of her life to youtube all compressed in this 247 pages book. Frankly, I find it quite astonishing! (in a good way).

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What you can find in bloom are short chapters and some longer stories where she talks about work and female empowerment to name a few. The focus of this post for me to share my experience after reading her book. Don’t worry, I’m going to spoil the contents for you.

Thanks to Estee, I just learned that I’m a homebody myself which is not a bad thing at all. I do love travelling from time to time but most of the time, I love to be at home wearing with most comfortable clothing on earth (pjs) and with makeup or no makeup day. With my health problem, I’m kinda restricted to be doing crazy things I used to do before. Gone are those rat race times and crazy working hours. I didn’t miss it anymore. I find myself in solitude and peace that I couldn’t explain. It’s like I woke up one day with my perspective in place and all I’ve to do is just take the time to smell coffee.

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Each chapters bring readers to how she leads her life from childhood memories to adulthood. It’s an interesting book where you could read on your bedside or when you’re commuting on the bus or train. It’s a light and easy reads!

To add an extra punch, she added some pastel color pages in her book to keep the readers glued. This is brilliant in my opinion.

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I thought this is relevant to our connection of being a Canadian. In her own words how she describe to be Canadian – “Canadians have an internal mantra of live and let live”. I could relate to this.

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From this book you would also find how she combats her social anxiety and coping with depression. Reading this book makes me reflect and think a lot of my past experiences both good and bad. I want to take on her challenge to speak and express more about myself here on the blog and what are the things that makes me bloom!

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I recommend this book if you’re looking to find some inspiration book directly from an experienced youtuber. As I was drawn into my blogging world, I realized something from this book that helps me. I finally find my way home again. I love writing and am passionate about life. This book taught me to know no boundaries and sky is the limit.  My favorite phrase has to be “Following my heart!”

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I hope that you too will find your true inner self or your calling to rise by lifting others.

You can order Bloom now if you want to read more about her self discovery journey. This is not a sponsor post or anything whatsoever, I’m sharing my love of this book and I really hope you’d love it as much as I did!

What do you think of this book? Have you read it already? What’s your take on this? Love to hear your comments in the section below.

Thanks for reading my rambles here on the blog. Have a great day, everyone!! [muah♥]

Sharon xoxo

 

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An Honest & Emotional Health Update

 

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Hi guys! I mentioned in the previous post about my health and today I’m just going to sit down and update you guys a little of what’s happening behind the blog. I’ve some health and body issues for quite sometime now and it’s just don’t seems to be getting any better. I kept telling myself that I’m going to blog about it but for some reason I keep on postponing it. But then after talking to my doctor yesterday, I thought I just fill you guys on what has been going on, in today’s post.

I’m postponing it because I’m shy and nervous. I hope at the end of this post, you guys would comment positive and encouraging things to say to help me and others who are in this situation out. I feel so alone sometimes but reading your comments and reading your posts makes me less alone, if that make sense!

I had a chronic injury for awhile but since last year I started having new symptom which was so weird. It may be caused by my pain that makes me feel depressed. So now, I’ve two issues that need to be helped. I’m not going to touch on that too much because different people have their ways to cope with it. It just that recently, it gets a little more annoying and more frequent! There are days, where I just don’t feel like doing anything. And then the  good days is when I can crawl out from my bed to sit down and write reviews, my beauty favorites and beauty hauls.

I feel that for the past few weeks, it just getting harder for me to feel motivated and I’m sort of falling behind with tons of products waiting to be reviewed. I don’t want to add more stress in my already depressed situation so I’m planning to just blog as the day goes.

It’s not over yet but a great lifestyle change for me. I haven’t been myself the past many months. I can say that this a very challenging and difficult time for me. I also want to mention that it wasn’t also like this all the time as I said earlier. My depression is really like a yo-yo.

I’ll still try to plan my blog and write when I’m more myself. And I really really appreciate you guys for been patient with me. I hope this post will explain a little bit of what is going to be, moving forward on this blog. I’m hoping to be able to do the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday blog posts and Thowback Thursday. On other time, I’ll try to also focus more on posting instagram and snapchat where you guys can subscribe or follow me there.

So, sorry that I won’t be able to post Saturday blog for now since I want to spend some real quality time with family as well. Hope you can understand where I am.

Thanks a million for be an awesome friend and for taking the time to read! Hope you’ve a lovely weekend [muak].

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Blogtober* Book Of The Week

 

Hi guys, today I’ll be sharing with you an extraordinary blog post I haven’t written before. But hey, if you continue reading- chances are there is extraordinary in the ordinary.

Everyone knows who Oprah Winfrey is. Unless you’re a big fan, though, you may not have heard of a book she has written, called What I Know For Sure. I used to watch her TV Show and I must admit that I really like and admire her for example her fortitude, her charisma and the way she carry herself.

I saw this book and thought, meh, why not? And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

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As I was spending my weekend catching up with my reading with this book on hand “What I know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey, all the emotion from each essay  struck right to the core of my being. It was emotional and yet empowering. It’s a great book to have by your bedside. Pick it up or put it down.

Today, I’m going to share a few phrases of her essay that speaks the most to me.

What I know for sure is that giving yourself time to just be is essential to fulfilling yourself as a human being. So, I give myself Sundays. I’ll be in pajamas all day or go to church. Most times, I just do nothing and let my brain and body decompress.

What I know for sure is that I hope you aren’t s wrapped up with the non-essentials stuff that you forget to really enjoy yourself, because this moment is about to be over. I hope you’ll look back and remember today as the day you decided to make every one count. When you get the chance to sit it out or to dance, I hope you dance.

I know for sure – if you make time for a little gratitude every day, you’ll be amazed by the results.

After reading her book, if you’re anything like me, it’ll have you asking yourself a lot of questions. Am I falling into the same traps? Am I truly happy, or am I lying to myself? Is my life heading in the right direction?

Really, it made me ask myself whether I am being completely true to myself.

Me: What I know for sure that time waits for no one. Get up, keep moving. Full speed ahead. When I look myself in the mirror, the reflection of a young girl is no more. The one standing is a middle age woman staring back. “As I reached another milestone in humility, utmost thanksgiving and joy. Knowing for sure that grace has brought be safe this far and grace will lead me home”.

I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, so, it’s better if you read this book yourself. What I want you to know is that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I think it’s also a lot of more fun. I’m sure many of you could relate. Nothing makes me happier than a gift well given and joyfully accepted. I give as I feel.

As this post comes to an end… I want you to do the same and start giving.

Now, are you blessed? What do you know for sure? Tell me what’s your highest achievement? Share your thoughts in the comment section. I love to read your answers.

Many thanks to all who have stick around and my heartfelt gratitude for the encouragements and inspiring comments that keeps me going. I truly appreciate that.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post and I can’t wait to see you again on the next one. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Blogtober* Dress Up For Fall – Zara & Coach

 

Hello guys! Today’s I’ll be doing a different blog post than my usual beauty makeup haul. It’s going to be a dress up for fall blog post. It’s basically all the clothing and accessories I got from Zara recently. Let me know what you think of this different format in the comment, please.

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I ordered them online on Zara website. You can see here my current wardrobe clothing for fall. I always keep it simple and comfortable like stripe top and skirt but I always try to spice them up with a little accessories.

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Top

I’m almost always wearing a t-shirt when I’m just hanging around and my latest obsession is this Zara Round-Neck Stripe Top. I also very obsessed with stripes. They’re super comfortable and easy to throw on so that’s a definite must have for me. I like to pull up the sleeves and usually I tuck the front into the front of my skirt. This can also be paired with a denim jeans and a rugged jacket for casual look. It’s nice to wear a soft pop of color when the weather is so grim.

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Bottom

I love wearing skirts for more formal occasions and thankfully I finally found an A-Line Skirt with pleated front. I love that they’re in a comfortable thin material but not over the top. I also really like the design of this skirt where I can paired it with any boots or even high heel shoes. But this time. I took this opportunity to finally wear my ankle boots.

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Shoes

Flat leather ankle boots with fringe is prefect for fall. I wear them with jeans, skirts and dresses. The design is simple but yet sophisticated. It has that girly cowboy look which I absolutely adore. Topped with the fridge, this boots are everything you need for fall season.

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Handbag

I’ve been keeping this Coach New York Handbag I received from my hub since last Christmas because I thought it was too pretty to wear, but that’s nonsense!  Come on pretty things are meant to be worn and not just stared at, right! So, for its first outing I wanted to make it the statement piece of the outfit. I really like the color match I picked for this month’s look-book.

I was able to put my wallet, cellphone, lipsticks, mirror, glasses, phone book – yes, I’ve it with me for a long time and I always has it in my handbag wherever I go. I know, I’m strange!

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Extra

I bought this necklace two weeks ago and I’ve been reaching for it. I’m loving it! It’s a pretty accessory that make an impact to the entire outfit. Today, I’m going to show you this silver chain necklace and talk a little bit about it. I like silver as to gold – reason been anything gold I wear will turn red. But don’t get me wrong, I do like gold things as long as I’m not wearing them.

So, that’s it for my first installment of fashion post here in this blog. I’ve some more fashion haul coming this way.

Would love to hear your feedback or comment as to what you think of this post. I hope you fin this post interesting and let me know if there’s anything particular that you’d like me do in the comment section.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope to see you again on my next blog!

Have a fab week!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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Question Tuesday|What would it be?

 

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog. Today, we’re going to talk on the following topic.

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Q: If you could have any job for one day/week/year, what would it be? It has to be something completely frivolous- no saving the planet/people/animals, just an occupation that is fun. Of course, you would magically have the skill/talent/body/whatever to do the job to perfection.

Here are mine:

  • Be a model for Fashion Week
  • Morning news anchor
  • Food critics
  • Beauty Columnist

Don’t forget to comment in the section below. I love to hear what your comments.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again on my next blog!

Have a fab week!

Sharon xoxo

Question Tuesday Tag Comments

 

Hi guys! Today I’m going to do something really different in this blog. I’m thinking of starting a new tag questions for November and I need your help to comment below what you would like me to put in the tag.

Let’ s chill out:

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It’s going to be called #Tag Me Beautiful.

The rule is very simple. All you’ve to do is comment one or many questions you like in the comment below. It could be any random or beauty related questions. Once I’ve collected 30 questions from you all, I’ll do a tag based on your questions. And for doing that, I’ll put a link back to your blog so that you too can do this tag.

So, let’s do this ladies and gentleman – share it and make this viral.

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

 

 

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Question Tuesday| Are You Cleansed from Digital Detox?

 

When I was on my one week vacation it’s also the start of my digital detox. Which means no internet, no phones, no TV, no iPads and nothing. I know I’ve been on the internet and using everything digital too much. So, this time I wanted to take the opportunity to just go back in time.

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First stop, I make sure that I don’t check on the internet after breakfast for the next 6 hours (for two consecutive days). I don’t read emails and I turned off my phone when I was out. It’s very hard initially and this makes me realize how much dependent I was.

Have you heard of digital detox? Would you be interested to do a challenge to be without internet, phone and TV for the next 24 hours? What do you think would be the hardest thing about been so dependent on them?

I think it would be an interesting experiment and I would love it if you try it at home. I love to see how you did without digital detox.

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Tweet me when you’re back on the internet.

Okay, I’m digital cleansed and would very much love to hear your stories.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you on the next post.

Sharon xoxo