#FrostyVoxBox – New York Color Cosmetics

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: $1.99 for 0.11oz (3.2 g)

“Ready to take your lips to the next level? Try our NEW Expert Last Lip Color in twenty tantalizing shades. Get intense, amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours! Our moisturizing formula glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear.”

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This is a beautiful colour, one where people would say My Lips But Better.

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Goes on smooth but a bit sheer. The surprising thing is, the colour gets deeper as time pass. I swatched it on both my lower arm and the back of my hand, and I saw the deepening of colour as I went on puttering around.

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 (After putzing around, it’s not just me right, it’s a little darker?)

On my lips, I didn’t see this change. It went on a sheer mauve-y wash with a bit of shimmer. Looking at the pictures, it had a bit of silver, chrome-y look to it.

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It reminded me a little of L’oreal Colour Juice Stick in Strawberry Fields (one of my all time favourite lipstick). Of course the L’oreal is even more sheer, but the finish is similar.

Since L’oreal discontinued that lipstick, I may have found my dupe! I see on New York Colour’s website there are loads more shades, and if I’m not mistaken, #411 Snow Cone may be it. I can’t wait to get my hands on that shade.

I didn’t find that it lasted the full six hours, but it did last through one mug of tea. But by the end of that mug, there were more on my thumb (from wiping the mug, I hate seeing lipsticks/gloss on mugs) than on my lips.
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There’s a distinctive scent when sniffing right out of the tube, but I didn’t catch a hint of it when I have it on. It was after numerous sniffing of my hand that I recognised what it reminded me of. Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops. It certainly brought back memories of elementary school and Winter. Heh.

The packaging is pretty nice and weighted. The colour of the tube matches the colour of the lipstick, including the slight shimmer. I just wished that the lipstick can be rolled down so that the cap won’t catch it accidentally. But maybe it won’t be much of a problem for long, because I really like the colour and texture of this lipstick; it’s gonna be used past that point soon.

Additional image: the ingredients
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This lovely lipstick was sent in an Influenster Vox Box for my use and review. Ravings are all my own.

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#FrostyVoxBox – Rimmel London

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: $7.49 for 4.2 FL OZ (125 ml)

“Gently removes all eye makeup, including long-lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue.”

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: $4.49 for 0.042 oz (1.2 g)

“Gives instant colour impact with its high intensity pigments. The ultra-smooth and creamy formula glides no easily.”

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The eyeliner was super smooth, “glides on easily” is too right. The only down side is that it’s rather blunt. Great for smudging out, but not fine enough for precise cat-eyes.

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Another pro is that it is rather budge-proof. I swatched it on my arm and it did not smear, just not quite as vibrant in colour.

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I opened the eye makeup remover and soaked a cotton pad and ran it across the lines.

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It took a few swipes but the eyeliner did come off. I would suggest to place the soaked cotton onto the eyes for a few moments before gently massaging the eyeliner off. The skin around the eyes are super sensitive and when rubbed too harshly, may create premature wrinkles.

I didn’t notice any oily residue so it would be suitable to use to correct any mishaps during makeup applications.

After using it a few times, I did not have any reactions to either the eyeliner or the makeup remover.

After checking the Rimmel website, I see that there are a few colour options for the eyeliner, but no greens and gold and only one purple. Boo. (But they do have loads of different types of eyeliners, I’m interested in trying the gel ones & the eye definer ones!)

Additional images: (all can be click-thru to full-sizes)
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Both the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup remover & Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner were sent to me by Influenster for review; thoughts and opinions are from my little grey cells.

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#FrostyVoxBox – Celestial Seasonings

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea:

“Live life well this holiday season with Celestial Seasonings and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane! It’s made with the very finest green tea leaves, peppermint and other botanicals, because at Celestial Seasonings, we know you are what you steep.”

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This tea smells just like a candy cane. It’s not very strong in peppermint flavour, but the smell is super recognisable.

I usually drink my tea straight up. I don’t drink milk tea (HK-style or otherwise) but I love lemon tea. When in HK, that’s my drink of choice (besides Carlsberg beer, naturally.).

This tea does not need any embellishments, it won’t turn bitter even after steeping for way longer than allowed. (I’m one to leave the tea bag in my mug as I’m drinking my tea, the bag doesn’t bother me.)

I actually had another sample from Celestial Seasonings before; they sent the Candy Cane Lane along with Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.  I didn’t like that as much, the smell was too…sugar cookie-y and the taste didn’t suit me. So I am super happy that they sent the Candy Cane Lane instead.

There was a coupon included for .55 cents off. Yay! I’m thinking of ways to incorporate the tea flavour into food/drinks. What can I use it? Infuse some milk and make pancake batter? Peppermint hot chocolate! Heheheh. The world at my fingertips

Happy drinking!
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The Candy Cane Lane tea bags were sent to me courtesy of Influenster, but the review is in my own, honest opinion!

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Shortcuts v Smartcuts

Will I be laughed out of my home by making these?


Or am I being super smart and enjoy my holiday with my family by not worrying about the food?

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Baking Preparations

Why are the butter so expensive? Not a single grocery store near me are having super-duper sales for butter. I need butter for my pie crusts and cookies dangnugget!

Well, I guess I don’t need butter, but it makes everything taste so much better. I guess I can substitute with shortening since I still have a tub of it.

Now I have to get the ingredients to make the mincemeat and have it all prepared and soak in it’s own juices.

Arrrgh! I’m panicking!

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Some more?

I know, two days empty and I really don’t have much to show for it. Just trying to get the last bit of holiday preparation in.

Well, yesterday I went to volunteer time at the local food bank; helping sort the donated food and putting them in boxes.

Eye opening. Yes there were loads of food being donated but I didn’t know that the food bank doesn’t take innards and bones? Tripes and suet and marrow bones. Oh the things I could’ve cooked. I understand not a lot of people want those parts, but I cannot believe they would throw out perfectly good food.

On the other hand, I cannot believe the “food” that the companies donated. It seems like they didn’t want to dispose of the spoiled and rotten foods themselves. We got weeks old meat that turned various shades of colour along with broken opened packages. Well, you take the good you take the bad. I’m glad that people do donate food, and toys, and clothes, and blood, and time to help out all year round. Help is not just needed during the holidays or during disasters.

Five more days to Christmas! May everyone be happy and satisfy with life. ❤

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Influenster Frosty VoxBox

I signed up for Influenster a little over a year ago? And was using that site to gauge worthiness of products. I use it in addition to Makeup Alley because it’s hard to trust what is the true claims of products.

Google searching always seem to bring the same sites and reviews, so I just wanted a place to make informed decisions.

Anyway, I was selected to take part in the Frosty campaign and was given the products for use and review.

With what’s been happening in the world these past few days, I felt weird talking about this and I put it on hold. I haven’t even tried anything yet; I just opened the box and took some pictures of the items.

But in the next few days, I’ll be sure to upload more pictures and share what J and I feel about the products (I have to share the goodies with my sister! Plus, you get more than one opinion. Win-win!)

Here’s a picture of the box:
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& The items:

  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Sachet (Full sized: $29.99)
  • NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: $1.99
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
  • EcoTools Hair Brush: $10.99
  • Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: $7.49
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterpoof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: $4.49
  • McCormick Gourmet Thyme: $4.79
  • Fruit Vines Bites: $1.28-$1.79
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