By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Sticks

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I have another great product to review for you all. I am always on the quest for finding makeup that looks good with just a few simple steps. If I were to pick just one eyeshadow to carry with me in my purse, these eyeshadow sticks would be it.

I first saw Tanya Burr use these eyeshadows in one of her makeup tutorials on youtube and I instantly fell in love with colors! From then I knew that I wanted them for myself, unfortunately, By Terry is not readily available in Houston. I tried purchasing them from other sites but they always seemed to be out of stock. So, I waited patiently. On my trip to Paris, I was finally able to purchase two of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow sticks.

Although they come in a stick form, the formulation of these eyeshadows feels like liquid when it touches the skin. The eyeshadow sticks glide effortlessly onto the eyelids for convenient application. They are really easily blendable while they set. Once set, the waterproof colors do not budge for the entire day, creating an almost tattoo like hold.  They are highly pigmented but when blended, the colors give of a slight shimmer that makes the eyelids look more radiant than glittery. The colors are buildable which makes them perfect to be transitioned from day to night.

I got the colors ‘Bronze Moon’ which is a beautiful bronzy gold color and ‘Misty Rock’ a subdued metallic purple.

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What are some of your favorite eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments section below!

Until next time,

Sarah

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*These opinions are 100% my own. I have not been sponsored to review these products. I just want to share some great product finds with you all 🙂

New at NARS

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NARS is a makeup brand that I have been a fan of for years. Specifically because they have a great range of well crafted products. So, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled onto the NARSissist dual intensity eyeshadow palette while browsing around at my local sephora! It was love at first sight! The most beautiful eyeshadow palette I had ever seen!

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The compact, mirrored palette comes with a small eyeshadow brush and eight eyeshadows that can be worn dry or wet. When dry, they are sheer with a soft sheen which is great for daytime wear. When worn wet, they turn into the most dramatically pigmented eyeshadows (great for nighttime). This palette offers a variety of colors that can be used to create many different looks that could easily be transitioned from day to night.

The formulation of the eyeshadow powder so smooth and silky. They are formulated to last up to eight hours,  have minimal creasing when applied and can be easily layered / blended.  The palette retails for for $79 which I think is a STEAL because if you were to buy each eyeshadow individually, it would cost $29 each. So eight eyeshadows for $79 or eight eyeshadows for $29 each? I would definitely pick the first option. Just a reminder, this palette is limited edition so if you want to buy it, I suggest you do it sooner that later. I’m leaving you with swatches (Dry on the left and Wet on the right) so you can see the dramatic difference a little water makes to these beautiful eyeshadows!

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If you have tried this palette, please let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Until next time,

Sarah

xo

You’re Lips but Better

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For the past few years, I have been on a quest for finding the best ‘my lips but better colors’ and I am happy to say, I have found them.  These are really easy to use, everyday, effortless colors that you can just apply and go. You don’t have to think about them twice, they WILL look beautiful on your lips!

I have worn them separately and layered on together and I absolutely love the way they look either way.

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The Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in ‘Pillow Talk’ is seriously amazing! It’s a matte darker pink lip liner that somehow blends in seamlessly with the natural lip color. When I applied it  to my lips, it seemed as though it had enhanced my lip color, making my lips seem just a tad pinker. The formulation glided on like butter and the staying power of this liner is also on point. It doesn’t budge (useless you eat). It didn’t dry out my lips and even made them appear fuller and plumper. This lip pencil is PERFECT to achieve the ‘no makeup,’ makeup look. I usually wear it on its own when I just want to add a little color but make it seem like I’m not wearing anything at all on my lips.

What can say about the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in ‘Sweet Stileltto’ except that its awesome! Let me first start off by saying how beautiful the packaging of the tube is! It’s the perfect size, not too small and not too bulky– it would fit perfectly in a clutch or a large bag, without getting lost. The rose gold color of the tube gives the packaging an instant glamorous/luxurious feel. The doe foot applicator offers easy application of the product. As for the formulation, it’s a high gloss lacquer that gives the lips an impactful mirror shine, making the lips appear larger and fuller. It’s non sticky formula contains antioxidants to hydrate and soothe the lips. I love to combination of this and pillow talk together. I think it’s simply brilliant and makes my lips seem more voluptuous!

The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #79 is a great everyday lipstick. It’s a beautiful vibrant pink that again can be worn on its own or over another product. The color looks great in the summer with tanned skin as well! The formulation is super smooth and moisturizing. It doesn’t feel cake-y on the lips even after a few coats.  It is a slightly sheer color, with a medium level of sheen that can be built up to make it more opaque.
I wear it over the lip cheat once I have filled in my lips entirely with the lip pencil. You can see a demo of the two in my Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial . My only quibble with this, as with most lipsticks, is that it doesn’t stay on for too long. You do need to reapply it throughout the day. If you want to splurge on a great quality product, the staying power is a small price to pay.

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Overall, if you have to get only one product, I would highly recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in ‘Pillow Talk.’ You won’t regret it!

If you’ve tried out any of these products or have other ‘your lips but better’ products to recommend, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Until next time,

Sarah
xo

Poached Eggs With Asparagus and Parmesan

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!

It’s bright and early in the morning and I just got done cooking and eating the most delicious eggs so I thought I would share the recipe with you all! Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and there’s no better feeling than starting your day right with a good, nutritional meal ( I feel like it starts you off on the right foot). On weekdays, I usually start my day with a giant fruit smoothie. However, on the weekends, I like to spoil myself and my husband (Rami) with a nice breakfast. This usually entails an entire week of searching for the perfect recipe(s) and grocery shopping accordingly.

As a new years resolution, I am trying to eliminate processed carbs as much as possible. This is not to say that I am following any particular diet regimen, I’m just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables instead of processed carbs. This particular recipe is atkins friendly, low carb, simple and satiating.

Eggs by far are one of the most nutritionally dense foods that one can eat and are a great source of protein. I love eating eggs for breakfast. I have tried eating and cooking them all kinds of ways but poached eggs with a perfectly cooked, golden yolk is just.. heaven.

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • Eggs (the fresher, the better)
  • Asparagus (I used the thinner stalks)
  • Unsalted Butter (1 tbs)
  • Parmesan Cheese (to taste)
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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To start, cut the the asparagus stalks halfway and discard the bottom half. Next, blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling salted water until they are bright green and tender ( about 3 minutes).

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In the mean time, preheat the broiler at 400F. Once asparagus is cooked, drain and lay flat on paper towels and dry completely. Once dry, transfer the asparagus to a baking dish, brush with unsalted butter, sprinkle salt and pepper and grate parmesan cheese on top. You can use as much or as little cheese as you like. I, personally, used the parmesan cheese liberally and the pecorino cheese sparingly.

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Put dish into the oven and broil for about 4-6 minutes until the cheese has melted on top and the asparagus is slightly crispy on the outside.

To poach the eggs (this is the easiest way I have tried and tested):

In a separate pot, bring water to a simmer. It is crucial that the water does not come to a boil. I usually turn the temperature on the stove hot enough to keep the water warm but not come to boil. Break an egg in a small bowl.

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Swirl the simmering water around in the pot, while the water is swirling, drop the egg into the center. The inertia from the water helps the yolk wrap around the egg to give the egg its round shape.

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Wait about 3-4 minutes and the egg should be perfectly poached!

Transfer the asparagus and eggs onto a plate, sprinkle with some more salt, pepper and cheese. Enjoy!

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If you try this recipe out or if you have any other recipes to share, please let me know in the comments section. I am always looking for feedback / good recipes. 

Until next time,

Sarah xo

My All Time Favorite Skincare Serum

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Over the years, I have invested a lot of time looking after my skin. As a result, I’ve done a lot of research and tried many brands. One of my top picks for skin care products, to date has been Kiehl’s. Their products are high quality and they work that is, their products do what they cliam! Although, I have only tried a limited number of products from Kiehl’s, I can safely say that four of the five products I’ve tried are the top contenders in my books for all time favorites! However, I will only be writing about one of them today, and you’ll soon understand why.

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The product that I think needs a post on its own, and its much deserved time in the spotlight is one of my holy grail products; the creme de la creme of all serums (at least, in my opinion/experience) if you will. I have oily skin and the thought of using an oil based serum as part of my nighttime routine was definitely nerve wracking. However, I had read such great reviews that I decided to give it a try. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate instantly became my favorite serum of all time!

This stuff is like magic in a bottle (or as close to magic that you can purchase in a bottle). The soothing lavender scented oil absorbed into my skin the minute I applied it. It did not leave an oily residue on my skin and I still added on a few drops of my moisturizer on top.

In the morning, my skin was noticeably smoother, softer, brighter, plumper and firmer. Using this serum daily has made my skin appear well rested regardless of whether I’ve had a good nights sleep or not. And, the best part, it is made of 99.8% natural ingredients so it doesn’t make me break!

Although this serum is a little pricy, the packaging is helps conserve the product. The dropper allows you to extract the specific amount of product (3-4 drops is enough for your entire face) without causing any waste. I can’t say enough great things about this product. If you have to splurge on one skincare item, I would urge you to invest in this one. You won’t regret it.

If any of you have used this serum or any other Kiehl’s products, please leave a comment below and let me know what your experience has been with them 🙂

Until next time,

Sarah

xo