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SMASHBOX: THE HOODWITCH | COVER SHOT CRYSTALIZED EYE PALETTE & SWATCHES + REVIEW

I was a little disappointed when I got this palette. It’s too tiny! I thought it would be a bigger palette for the price. However, I love the packaging, though. Well, the advantage of this small palette is that I can take it with me inside my purse anywhere. It’s my first time using a Smashbox palette, and the shades are stunning. The lighter shades are not as pigmented as I thought they would be. However, you can build it up. The darker shades are my favorites. This palette had eight (8) vivid eyeshadows.

ABOUT THE TEXTURE:
The texture is smooth and very easy to blend.

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Gianni Bini Faux Fur Jacket + Cheeky lime Ava (review)

I love, love, love this Gianni Bini faux fur jacket. I got this as a birthday gift from my friend, Helen, on my birthday a couple of weeks ago. This jacket is by far the most comfortable winter jacket I have ever worn. When I was doing this shoot (see pictures below), it was so windy and cold. At first, I did not even think that I would be able to stay outside a little longer, checking out new views to shoot, and also do my self-photo shoot. Thankfully, wearing this jacket helps me stay warm the whole time I was out. Also, since we are moving to Branson soon, this jacket will be my warmer for the next winter ♥♥♥.

Now, about this cute Cheeky Lime Ava bag/camera bag. It’s on sale right now. It used to be $85.00. However, right now it’s on sale for $29.99 ♥. Now, that’s a steal! Inside the bag, I can fit two camera lenses and the camera body, of course. I’m pleased with this purchase.

ABOUT THIS BAG:

Product Description 

Functional and stylish. 
Weather-resistant polyurethane exterior. 
Detachable shoulder strap.

Outside Dimensions:
Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0″ x 5.0″ x 9.0

Inside Specs:
Padded walls protect your equipment.
Adjustable interior velcro dividers allow customization and flexibility.
Fits a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1 additional lens.
Outside zipper compartment with phone pouch
Room for batteries, memory cards, and accessories.

Misc:
Water-Resistant Man Made Material.
Stands on its own.
Gunmetal Hardware.
Wipes clean with a damp cloth.

See ya next time and have a great day!

XOXO – ESTER

Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Review: 2Dudes Brew & Que Barbecue Restaurant in Monroe

I can’t believe we haven’t been to this restaurant before because this place is incredible! This place is very clean. The food was tasty, and the service was outstanding. This place is by far the only restaurant (from all the restaurants we dined in) in the Twin Cities that has the best sausage, in my opinion. Their menu prices are very affordable, as well. I’m so glad Sean was able to find this place while randomly searching for restaurants in Monroe. We had a great time, and the food we ordered was fantastic! If you haven’t been to this place yet, be sure to give them a visit. The only thing I don’t like is the parking space. We had to park a little farther. However, if you don’t mind walking for a little bit, then it shouldn’t be a big deal. So, go ahead and visit this restaurant. ♥♥♥

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Movie Night + Review On Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

A bowl of Pho first before going to the movie theater.

I love the story of Maleficent, but the “Mistress Of Evil” thing I don’t like that because from the beginning of her story, she was a good fairy that was betrayed by someone she loved and whom she thought who loved her for being her. Well, the whole thing was all a lie. She lost her wings, and her heart was filled with anger and revenge because of that.


On this one, Maleficent is not only the fiercest fairy we know who protected other fairies and her kingdom, but also a mother who knows best and willing to risk her own life to protect her child ( Aurora is not her biological child, but she raised her as her own).


To those who weren’t watching it tonight (Oct. 17, 2019), I’m not going to spoil it, haha. You have to watch it tomorrow, Oct. 18, which is the release date. Also, you’ll see more winged creatures on this one. So, don’t miss it!

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Small and Cute: Ardel Wooden Top Handle Faux Leather Bag

When I was in my teenage years until in my late twenties (20’s), I always loved carrying bigger bags and bigger purses. My friends and other family members would comment about it by saying, “You’re bag/purse is bigger than you, girl.” Those comments did not bother me at all. And now that I’m in my thirties (30’s), I don’t carry bigger purses anymore. As much as I love it, my shoulder says something else. You know, we call it “age,” hehe.

Lately, I’m into small purses (one reason to avoid shoulder pain talk). One of the newest cute purse in my collection is the Ardel Wooden Top Handle Faux Leather Bag by Sole Society. I love the quality of this baby and how lightweight it is. The first thing that caught my attention was the wooden handles. Those handles simply add details to the whole look of this cute purse. Plus, it was on sale when I got it. And yes, I will definitely get another color of this style when it is back in stock. 

Details of this purse:

SIZE INFO

  • 8″W x 7 ½”H x 3 ½”D. (Interior capacity: small.)
  • 2 ½” strap drop; 21″ – 24 ½” convertible strap drop.
  • .9 lb.

DETAILS & CARE

  • Magnetic snap-tab closure
  • Top carry handles; optional, adjustable crossbody strap
  • Interior wall pocket
  • Signature animal print lining
  • Polyurethane
  • Imported
  • Item #5820251
Posted in Food, Reviews

HELEN’S DELICIOUSLY SAVOURY SIOPAO WITH PORK FILLING (Steam Bun With Pork Filling)

Good Wednesday morning, everyone! How’s your Wednesday morning going so far? This morning, I’m thankful I rechecked my work schedule. Somehow, I kept thinking that I have to work this morning, but when I rechecked my schedule, I was like, “oh gosh, I’m closing again.” However, that’s what we call #itslife ☺


At this moment, right now, I am just going to enjoy another Siopao that I bought from my friend (Steam Bun with Pork Filling) to go with my morning coffee. I bought one dozen of it, and if you’re an Asian like me, a dozen steam bun really won’t last long, hehe. Shoutout to my friend, Helen. She did a great job! I will definitely buy SIOPAO from her again ☺.

If you want to order, don’t hesitate to send her a message (◄◄).

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The Crazy Popper-Gourmet Popcorn & More

I’m not a big popcorn fan. In fact, the only time I eat popcorn is when Sean and I go out and watch a movie or when we take the kids to play bowling. I don’t really eat popcorn that much, well not until Sean found out about this popcorn store place called The Crazy Popper. He brought home some bags of delicious popcorn in different flavors last week after work. He brought home a creamy dill flavor, a chocolate caramel and nuts flavor and a Tuti Fruiti flavor. Today we stopped in for a few minutes about an hour before they closed for the day and bought 2 more bags with different flavors than before.

They have over 40 flavors of gourmet popcorn to choose from. And to be honest, they’re so good! Besides popcorn, they also offer old fashioned sodas and nostalgia candy. They accept phone orders and can ship nationwide. Guys, you need to check this place out and try their popcorn if you haven’t tried yet. You’re going to love it as much as I do!

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Review: POND’S CLARANT B3 & REJUVENESS ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. About me, I’m grateful to God for everything today.

Today, I am just going to share my number one and all-time facial skincare products from POND’S (you can find them at your local Walmart store). I started using POND’S products back when I was still in the Philippines over ten years ago and I fell in love with it! I experienced great results using these products since then, so, I am not looking for a replacement at all.

How I Used Them?

I applied them on my face and neck twice a day alternately. Example: Today, I applied the Clarant B3 on my face and neck after shower or cleansing and before going to bed. But you can use it daily though. I just preferred using it every other day. By the way, Clarant B3 is a dark spot correcting cream. The following day, I applied the Rejuveness Anti- Wrinkle Cream. It helps tighten the skin on your face for firmer younger-looking skin. One solid reason why I’m sticking to these products.

POND’S CLARANT B3

  • Ideal for normal to dry skin.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Won’t clog pores.

CLARANT B3 is formulated with vitamins B3 and C. This daily moisturizer evens skin tone in 2-4 weeks and visibly diminishes the appearance of dark spots (that’s why I love this product).

POND’S REJUVENESS ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM

  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Won’t clog pores.

REJUVENESS is formulated with AHAS (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and COLLAGEN. Visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in just two weeks, leaving skin firmer and younger-looking. You can apply this product twice daily.

If you haven’t used any of these two products from POND’S yet, you should probably give any of these a try. And when you do, I would love to hear your feedback.

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Posted in Beauty, Lips

Review: Wet N Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liners + Swatch

I’m getting obsessed with wet n wild gel lip liners lately. So today, I’m sharing three colors that I love wearing anytime. Among these three colors, my most favorite is the Gone Burgundy.

My Three Fave Colors So Far:

  • Never Petal Down (654C)
  • Gone Burgundy (652C)
  • I Got The Juice (663D)

About The Packaging:

  • I love the packaging. It’s really cute!

Textures:

I really love the texture. It’s creamy and soft and it applies easily on the lips.

What I Love About These Lip Liners:

  • It holds up almost all day.
  • It gives my lips a pout perfection.
  • It makes my lips look softer.
  • Creamy and has a flawless result.
  • Very pigmented.

What I don’t Like About These Lip Liners:

  • To be honest, I couldn’t think of anything.

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I had to stepped outside the house when taking a photo of this swatch above.
Wearing the Gone Burgundy.
Wearing the Never Petal Down.
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Ingredients:

  • Isononyl Isononanoate
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Polyethylene
  • Ozokerite
  • Microcrystalline
  • Paraffin
  • Polyglyceryl-2
  • Triisostearate
  • Glycol Montanate
  • Isodecyl
  • Neopentanoate
  • Synthetic Wax
  • Triethoxycaprylylsilane
  • Polyhydroxystearic Acid
  • BHT, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR)
  • Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891
  • Iron Oxides/CI 77491
  • CI 77492
  • CI 77499
  • Red 7 Lake/CI 15850
  • Red 40 Lake/CI 16035
  • Yellow 5/CI 19140
  • Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090

Should I Recommend This Product?

Definitely, Yes!

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REVIEW: MY LORAC MEGA PRO 4 EYESHADOW LOOK #1+SWATCHES

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Hello everyone! How’s your day? I hope you had a wonderful day. Today, I am going to share my new favorite eyeshadow palette. Lucky me, it was on sale when I got it. When I received it, the first thing that came to my head was “I don’t want to ruin this pretty thing”. What I meant was, I hesitated using it because it’s too pretty and I want it to stay untouched. However, we-ladies (or anybody who loves makeup) know that’s not going to happen. I tried it for the very first time and to be honest, for the price, it did not disappoint me.

THE COLORS

It has such good colors. My Favorite colors so far are Spice and Blackberry. These two colors go really well with my skin tone.

Textures

It has a soft, powdery texture and it blends seamlessly.

What I Don’t Like

  1. The first thing I don’t like about this palette is the pans. They are smaller than I thought.
  2. The shimmers don’t stay on my eyelid.
  3. Not enough pigmentation.

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Check out my first look below using this palette.

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Lorac Eyeshadow Swatches
Four (4) colors I picked for this look.

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