amika polished perfection straightening brush review with before and after pictures

Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush – Review (with Before and After pictures)

The Story

I do not know how or why I first heard of theΒ Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush,Β but hear of it I did, and then I watched some YouTube videos where people sang its praises and demonstrated its awesomeness.

Naturally, I had to get it. πŸ™„

Says Sephora:

Which hair type is it good for?
βœ” Straight
βœ” Wavy
βœ” Curly
βœ” Coiled
βœ” Tightly Coiled

What it is:
A thermal straightening brush that instantly creates smooth hair in a single stroke with the power of a straightener and the ease of a hairbrush.

Key benefits:
– Achieves sleek styles with zero static
– Preserves moisture for healthy hair
– Delivers shiny, smooth, frizz-free styles

If you want to know more…
This brush incorporates Double Negative Ion Technologyβ€”the maximum in negative ionsβ€”to create shiny, smooth, frizz-free results with zero static. Ceramic Bristles with Nylon Cool-Tips emit far-infrared heat that instantly penetrates the cortex of the hair cuticle, heating from the inside out. The hair is heated evenly and in half the time of conventional heat, reducing the risk of damage. An LCD Digital Interface allows for precise setting and monitoring of temperature up to 450Β°F (232Β°C), the most important element for getting consistent and effective results. The auto-shutoff feature means no power will be wasted when not in use. In addition, a temperature lock allows for uniform temperature control. An easy-grip, nine-foot, 360Β° swivel cord makes use and storage simple. The cord is made of heat-proof, up to 450Β°F (232Β°C), fabric and a professional hook.

What else you need to know:
Voltage is 120V

You pay $120 for this brush.

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Cover FX Glitter drops in mirage review and swatches

Cover FX Glitter Drops in Mirage – Review and Swatches


The Story

So I was at my local Sephora, browsing around, when I came across the Cover FX Glitter Drops. I swatched all three shades on my hands, was absolutelyΒ mesmerizedΒ by the glitter, and stared at it for a long time before coming to my senses. Then I mixed the swatches together, died, and went to heaven.

I came back to earth quickly when I noticed the price of these glitter drops – $44 each. 😳😳😳

Anyway, I didn’t get them. I came out of the store, still staring at my shimmering, glimmering hand. I showed it to my husband who told me he’d get the product for me if I wanted it. And I wanted it. So he got it for me, bless his sweet, caring heart. ❀️

Says Sephora:

What it is:
A multidimensional glitter highlighter that imparts a high impact, light-reflective finish.

What it does:
Ultra-concentrated and customizable, these liquid glitters can be used alone, under or over makeup, or mixed into your favorite beauty product for an incredibly luxe glitter effect on the cheeks, eyes, lips, and body.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
This product is cruelty-free and vegan. It is also free of gluten, mineral oil, parabens, fragrance, and talc.

You get 15 ml for $44 and it comes in 3 shades: Aurora, Mirage, and Lunar. I got the shade Mirage, which is accurately described as a golden champagne glitter

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charlotte tilbury hollywood flawless filter review and swatches shade 4

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – Review and Swatches (Shade 4)

I must admit, I had never purchased a Charlotte Tilbury product before this buy. I just thought they were a little too overpriced, and nothing really ever appealed to me. And then, along came theΒ Hollywood Flawless Filter – described by Charlotte Tilbury as “A Complexion Booster For Super Starlit Skin”, this product is, essentially, an illuminating soft-focus primer or glow booster, which doubles as a highlighter.

Says Charlotte Tilbury:

Darlings, this is a new REVOLUTIONARY category in makeup, a customisable complexion booster for super starlit skin in seconds! My Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 4 has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Featuring fabulous ingredients, it soft-focuses, illuminates skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.

The Hollywood Flawless Filter in Shade 4 is a neutral golden yellow for medium skin tones. Wear on its own or is suitable with Magic Foundation 6 Medium or Light Wonder 6 Medium.


β€’ The ultimate high gloss, high glow celebrity-skin-filter-in-a-bottle! This was born on the red carpet makeup, inspired by technology, for real life, in real time that looks amazing on-screen or off.

β€’ Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over your complexion for a poreless-looking, creamy finish.

β€’ Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to your face where you need it.

β€’ Finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother which means it only ever looks as amazing in real life, as it does on camera.

β€’ Porcelain Flower Extract is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin.

β€’ Ideal for superstar-lit skin whether you want a subtle glow or a mega-watt complexion.


Fill: 30ml for $44

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olive garden chicken giardino recipe

Recipe Post – My version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Giardino

Chicken Giardino is quite possibly my favorite dish at Olive Garden. I love the light lemon pepper sauce and the perfectly grilled chicken. Recently I found out that the recipe uses white wine, and since I do not consume alcohol in any form or quantity, I decided to make it at home, with a few alterations.

The following recipe is taken from Olive Garden, and I’ve made a few modifications to suit my personal palate.

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huda beauty obsessions eyeshadow palettes review and swatches

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes – Review, Swatches, and Makeup Looks (Warm Brown Obsessions and Smokey Obsessions)

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes are four teeny-tiny eyeshadow palettes which contain full sized pans of eye shadows in various ranges. I recall hearing Huda say in one of her snaps that these are basically full-sized eyeshadows housed in small, compact palettes. She basically said something to that effect.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe.

What it does:
Each Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette is packed with a selection of nine highly pigmented mattes and striking shimmers, all with a smooth and blendable texture. Available in four color themesβ€”Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey, and Electric Obsessionsβ€”the palettes are super compact and lightweight, making them a must-have for your handbag. The large mirror, conveniently-sized palette, and versatile shade collection allow you to create both classic and playful looks that are easy to apply on-the-go.

– Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessionsβ€”Instantly bring light and warmth to your look with Huda’s go-to palette. Packed with eight mattes and one shimmer in heated tones of browns, reds, oranges, and copper, the color range flatters any skin tone and eye color.

– Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessionsβ€”Six pigmented mattes and three gorgeous shimmers in dusty rose and plummy hues create a soft, natural finish for a smoky, sultry effect.

– Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessionsβ€”Master the ultimate smoky eye or staple nude look with this range of four mattes and five metallic shimmersβ€”including an intense black, warm shades of dark brown, champagne, gold, and silver.

– Huda Beauty Electric Obsessionsβ€”The electric palette offers six bold mattes and three shimmers in bright blues, electric yellows, and neon pinks. Creating dramatic, show-stopping looks is now effortlessly achievable with just one palette.

This set contains:
– 9 x Eyeshadows

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
“These are really condensed eyeshadow palettes but you get so much product. I am obsessed with the Warm Brown and Smokey Palettes. They’re both full of the most gorgeous, buildable colors that take your look from day to night easily. The Mauve Obsessions Palette is the makeup essential that everyone needs to create everyday looks with a sultry edge. The Electric palette features super bold colors that are still really wearable so you can create amazing, understated looks. I really wanted to give people the option to have fun with as many colors as possible without having to invest in individual shades. It was all about giving color junkies everything they need, in a compact way.”β€”Huda Kattan, Brand Founder

SIZE 9 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g for $27 each

There are 4 versions:

  • Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Electric Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

I have the former two and will be reviewing them jointly.

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chicken chili dry Pakistani indian desi Chinese recipe

Recipe Post – Chicken Chili Dry

One of the many things I miss about living in Pakistani isΒ Desi Chinese. I know all countries have their own brand of Chinese food which combines local flavors with traditionally Asian ingredients, and Pakistan is no different.

(DesiΒ is pronounced dey-see, btw. Not Desi, like Lucy and Desi.)

There are so many restaurants back home which cater to desi-Chinese loving individuals like me, and one of their more popular dishes is Chicken Chili Dry, which is basically flour-coated, “breaded” chicken tossed in a spicy gravy with vegetables.

I’ve been looking for a good Chicken Chili Dry recipe for ages now, and I have finally found an easy and delicious one via Huma In The Kitchen on YouTube.

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Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow – Review and Swatches

The Story

Truth be told, I’ve never really been into Korean beauty/skincare all that much. I just do what I can to make sure my dry skin keeps looking healthy and moisturized, as best I can.

However, I’d been eyeing the Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow for ages on Sephora, and when I finally decided to spend $32 on it, of course,Β of courseΒ it promptly went out of stock.

So, then, last weekend, I was prowling around my local Sephora, looking for stuff to blow money on, when I came across a few boxes of this cream placed snugly inside the K-Beauty section.

Naturally, I picked one up without another thought, purchased it, and brought it home. And man, am I glad I did.

Says Sephora:

Which skin type is it good for?
βœ” Normal
βœ” Oily
βœ” Combination
βœ” Dry
βœ” Sensitive

What it is:
A lightweight, quick-absorbing cream that provides coverage, brightens the skin tone, and primes skin for makeup application.

Solutions for:
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Introducing the secret to glowing, picture-perfect skin. Son & Park, the K-beauty brand that brought you the cult classic Beauty Water, has created a lightweight base cream that’s packed with flower extracts you’ll love, including lily, rose, and jasmine. This whipped cream contains pearl to illuminate the complexion and rosa damascena flower to help control sebum production. After using the filter cream, your skin will look brighter, smoother, and more even, as if you actually put a real life filter on it.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is free of artificial fragrance, petrolatum, benzyl alcohol, chlorphenesin, BHT, TEA, mineral oil, and talc.

You get 40g for $32.

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