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New Glossier Haul

Glossier Skincare favorites

 

Happy New Year friends! What a terrible previous year we had. I’m hoping and wishing for better days ahead as we start this promising new year. Speaking of new year, here are my new Glossier skincare haul.

 

Balm Dotcom – This might be my most favorite product from Glossier ever, and that is because I’m able to use the balm for different purposes. Be it as a lip balm, a sheer lip color, or as a skin salve. Each of the balm has different scents/flavors and each are so fun to use. You’ll never get bored using them.

 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Mango

 

BerrySheer berry tint. The strong berry scent of this is yummy and irresistible.

 

Wild FigDeep coral tint. This is the latest addition in Glossier’s Balm Dotcoms and it’s really good. Much like the Berry one, this is also irresistibly sweet in scent.

 

MangoSheer rose tint. A repeat purchase for me. The fresh sweet mango scent of this awakens you right after twisting the cap and it’s so good. Words cannot describe how amazing this is.

 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Wild Fig review

 

Exfoliating Skin Perfector – Exfoliating toners are trending in the skincare world nowadays and there’s a reason why – they really help to reduce blackheads and they give you a nice glow. I have my favorites in exfoliating toners for sure and will be talking about them here in the blog soon. One of my faves is actually this Glossier Skin Perfector, which is not only convenient to use, it also works well at purifying the pores and getting rid of dead skin cells. This product has powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), as well as Salicylic Acid. I really love this a lot and I can use this everyday (once a day) without any issues.

 

Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector review

 

Zit Stick – At first glance, this blemish eraser stick spells convenience to me. However, it may not be as practical to use as you may think. Yes, it’s a twist-to-release type of product, pretty much like using a pen applicator, yet it’s not really as easy as it looks. For a while, I thought I got a broken product or the packaging just simply doesn’t work. But as it turns out, it’s going to take some serious twisting and churning at the other end of the packaging, in order to see some products coming out. For me, it works as it is expected because it has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid to combat any raging pimples.

 

Glossier Zit Stick review

 

Bottom line, I love Glossier skincare products and I love that they try to be on trend and innovative with their stuff. I definitely recommend that you try the products above if you haven’t already. I will be removing more Glossier products soon.

 

Happy New Year! Wishing for the best this 2021!

 

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FabFitFun Autumn + Winter 2020 Hits & Misses

fabfitfun fall 2020

 

Hello! Here’s a long overdue post that I was going to share a couple of months ago, but for some reason, I forgot to talk about these interesting boxes from FabFitFun. My Autumn box had been sitting for a while, and my Winter box arrived late. Still, I’m very excited to show you what I got from the previous season’s box and this current season’s goodies.

 

The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date

 

Autumn 2020 Box – This box is really pretty, complete with maple leaf design and I like some of the contents.

 

Foxybae curling wand review

 

Hit:

  • Foxybae Curling Wand – I like this classic curling wand. The color of the barrel is cute and it heats up quite well. However, you may need to wear gloves or be very careful in using this, so as to avoid burns.
  • Volition Beauty Celery Green Cream – This clean gel-like lightweight facial moisturizer is a perfect daily cream for those with oily skin. I like the fresh green scent a lot.
  • Masontops Glass Water Bottle with Neoprene in Turquoise – I’m all for glass water bottles like this one. It’s so easy to clean and it’s large enough to store water for working out.
  • The Beauty Crop Glow Milk in Blind Date – I didn’t expect much from this highlighter. I thought the color would be a lot darker on me, but I was surprised at how creamy and how good the product felt on my skin. This highlighter blends well and doesn’t change the complexion. The glow is subtle yet very natural and very pretty.

 

Masontops Glass Water Bottle with Neoprene in Turquoise

 

Miss:

 

Stone Candles Room Spray in Santal

 

  • Stone Candles Room Spray in Santal Noir – I’m not quite satisfied with this room spray. It’s supposed to be a santal scent, but it doesn’t register much. Sleek packaging though.
  • NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil – I like the spice and pine scent, but it feels like any other cuticle oils out there.
  • Voesh New York Pedicure in a Box Duo – If you have time for a complete foot spa, then you’re going to love this step-by-step foot scrub, soak, mask, and foot moisturizer. The box can provide two sessions of relaxing foot spa experience. However, the 4-step process seems a little tedious for me.
  • Jenny Bird Leana Pendant – nice design but the quality doesn’t look good once you look closely.

 

Volition Beauty Celery Green Cream review

 

 

Winter 2020 – This box took a long time to ship and also took forever to arrive. I was really surprised at how the box looks. It’s nothing like the other FFF boxes I’ve received before. This Winter’s box looks so different and ordinary. Also, the products are not as interesting as in the previous boxes.

 

Voir Haircare Rhythm of the Rain Hair Masque & Scalp Detox

 

Hit:

Dr. Brandt POREDERMABRASION

 

Summer & Rose Cozy Robe

 

  • Summer & Rose Cozy Robe – This robe is probably my most favorite item from this box. The fabric feels very cozy, very soft, and very warm, and has a hoodie attached. I’ve been using this robe a lot lately as I do my daily reads.
  • Lily Pulitzer Ceramic Mugs – This set of two very cute coastal mugs are my faves from this box as well. I love how colorful the design is, and I look forward to my morning hot chocolates because of these mugs.
  • Brandt POREDERMABRASION – This product allows you to do light microexfoliation on a daily basis. It’s not harsh on the skin and it takes off dead skin cells gently.
  • Beautaniq Guardian Angel Revitalising Eye Gels – These cute gel masks are perfect for overnight undereye hydration. I haven’t seen any results from these, but at least my undereyes don’t look like the Sahara desert, lol.
  • Voir Haircare Rhythm of the Rain Hair Masque & Scalp Detox – A watermelon-scented balmy hair mask that is perfect for those with Winter-dry strands. I love this a lot and I will use this regularly.

 

Lily Pulitzer Ceramic Mugs

 

Miss:

 

Beautaniq Guardian Angel Revitalising Eye Gels review

 

  • B-Low The Belt Croc Card Case – I don’t like this at all. The quality doesn’t look good. There are better card cases out there.
  • Kind Thins Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar – This tastes ok. I don’t know why this was in my box though, I could have just purchased this at my local grocery store.
  • Daily Concept Daily Facial Dry Brush – I don’t think I’ll be brushing my face with this, but I’ve been using this for my nails, and my nails look well-buffed.
  • Aesthetica Liquid Eyeliner – Such a stiff and easy to erase eyeliner.

 

Aesthetica Liquid Eyeliner review

 

Those are goodies I got from last season and this season’s FabFitFun box. Overall, I have mixed feelings about them. I like some of the stuff, but I’m not quite crazy about the rest. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth continuing my subscription to this box or not. Perhaps I will, or perhaps I will not. We’ll see.

 

Have you received your FFF box already? How did you feel about the products? PM me.

 

 

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How To Make Christmas Tree Cupcakes

christmas cupcake muffin brownie recipe

 

Merry snowy Christmas everybody! It’s gloomy, cold, and frosty where I am, but the spirit of Christmas is alive despite what’s going on with the world right now. I hope you’re all having a good time with your loved ones and are staying well this holiday season. As for me, I’m taking some time to rest and chill. I’ve been doing some cooking and baking lately and, in this post, I’m showing you how I made my own version of Christmas tree cupcakes.

 

Christmas tree cupcake

 

You can call this a lazy guide Christmas cupcake recipe because this is quick, delicious, and practical to make. You can even substitute the cupcake for a brownie or muffin mix. Excited to know how? Keep on reading.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Philadelphia whipping cream cheese (3 x 8 oz tub)
  • Cupcake/muffin/brownie mix (1 box. I like the Ghirardelli ones)
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Gel food coloring in green

 

christmas tree cupcake ingredients

 

MATERIALS

  • Mixing bowls
  • Cupcake/muffin liners
  • Whisk or electric handheld mixer
  • Non-stick muffin pan
  • Ice cream sugar cones
  • Butter knife
  • Icing tips (round and star-shaped tips)
  • Pastry bag
  • Strainer (optional)

 

 

PROCEDURE

Cupcake/Muffin/Brownie

  • Line muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners. Prepare the mixture by following the box’s instructions for baking preparation and overall baking time. Once done, let the pastries cool down. Set-aside.

 

FROSTINGS

Green

 

christmas tree pastry

 

  • In a mixing bowl, mix two 8 oz tubs of Philadelphia whipping cream cheese along with 2/4 cups of granulated sugar. Add green food color. Make it dark, like the color of pine trees. Set aside 1/3 of it in a separate bowl (to be used later to cover the sugar cones). Place the rest inside a pastry bag with the star-shaped icing tip

Plain

 

how to make christmas cupcake

 

  • In another mixing bowl, mix one 8 oz tub of Philadelphia whipping cream cheese along with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Do not add any food color. Place this inside a pastry bag with the round icing tip.

 

Christmas Tree

  • Cover one sugar cone with green cream cheese mixture using a butter knife.

christmas cupcake christmas tree recipe

  • Pipe in a circular motion the plain frosting around the top portion of the cupcake/muffin. This will be the base of the Christmas tree.

christmas cupcake recipe

  • Place the green sugar cone on top of the plain frosting.

christmas muffin

  • With the green frosting, start piping to simulate the pine leaves all over the sugar cone. (This is the most tedious part, but well worth it).

christmas cupcake

  • With a small strainer or by using your fingers, throw in some confectioner’s sugar, to simulate the look of snow on pine trees. 

christmas tree cupcake recipe

 

Easy peasy! This recipe can create 4-5 Christmas cupcakes which are so fun to do with your families. The finished product is so cute that you will not want to eat them. Also, your fingers will turn green either while making them or by eating them (you’ve been warned, lol).

 

Have a very Merry Christmas everybody!

 

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