Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder review and swatches

Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder Review and Swatches

The Story

The Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is part of Sephora’s Holiday 2017 release. It contains 8 g of sparkly body powder for the affordable price of $13.

Now, I have no use for this in all honesty. There’s nowhere I’m going or nothing I wear which will be the perfect reason to pull out this product and puff it all over my being.

I got this, because ages ago, Yves Saint Laurent released their Baby Doll Perfume, and perfumed body powder to go along with it. I was enamored with that body powder, after I saw it in a magazine, and have since been looking for something similar to it. Enter the Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder.

Says Sephora:

What it is:
A loose, shimmery powder for body, face, and hair.

What it does:
This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

This set contains:
– 0.28 oz/ 8 g Loose powder

$13 for 8 g is a good price.

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DIY Beauty: Silky Avocado Eye Cream via Hello Glow!

Disclaimer: This recipe is not mine. It is taken from the book Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber. Here is the link to the Hello Glow blog. 

The Story

Lately I have developed an unhealthy obsession with eye cream, and my favourite one is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which I reviewed HERE..

So when I came across a recipe in the book Hello Glow where an eye cream was created using the main natural ingredients in the Kiehl’s version, I knew I had to try it.

The Eye Cream 👀


1 tablespoon shea butter

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil


30 ml lidded glass jar

Small saucepan

Measuring spoons


  1. Boil 2 inches of water in a small saucepan and reduce the heat, to create a water bath. Place the shea butter into the glass jar, and put this glass jar in your water bath.
  2. Wait for the shea butter to melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the shea butter melts, remove the jar from the water bath and let it cool for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the vitamin E and avocado oils, and stir to mix. Continue stirring as the mixture cools to create a smooth, creamy texture.
  5. Let the mixture cool (I placed it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours), screw on the lid. To use, dab a little around the eyes; do not tug at the skin.

This cream is to be used daily, it is for all skin types, and should be used within 6 months.


My Experience

This cream is quite luxuriant and emollient, so I try to use it at night only, before bed time. I wake up in the morning with firmer, plumper skin around my eyes. The ingredients in this are amazing for keeping the delicate skin around the eyes fresh and youthful-looking.

Sometimes I like to apply this on a bare face for about half an hour or so and then rinse it off for a quick treatment. I also like to apply it on a bare face in the shower. I like to think the steam mixes with the cream and it is magically absorbed into my skin for increased fabulousness.

I also like to use it around my lips for the same benefits it gives the skin around my eyes.

A little goes a long way with this!

I recommend using a 30 ml glass jar for this as the recipe states. I used three 10 ml ones, and that was a slight pain. (But OMG they looked so cute!) Everything you need for this recipe can be found on Amazon.

I like to keep my jars in the fridge, as shea butter melts quickly with the heat of the body, so it is easy to keep the cream in the fridge without fear of it becoming frozen.

Note: This does smell very much like shea butter and that may not be to some people’s liking.

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My Punta Cana Vacation!

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Our private pool and the view from our room

CHIC Punta Cana

So, this past week, my husband and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on vacation. We stayed at this resort right by the beach called CHIC Punta Cana.

Now I’m not any good at reviewing hotels and resorts, but I’ll try to tell you the Yays and Mehs of this one, plus my vacation in general.

The Yays

  •  Gorgeous resort. Good mix of relaxation plus entertainment.
  •  Friendly staff. They were very polite and hospitable, even those who had to work on Christmas Day.
  • Lots of places and rooms all over the resort for guests to lounge about or explore.
  • Spa facilities plus vouchers for services.
  • Huge all-inclusive buffet, with a selection of dishes from various cuisines including Mediterranean, Arabian, including Italian, and more. The buffet had a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Various restaurants on the premises which offered a selection of cuisines.
  • A general store within the resort which offered medicine, items of personal hygiene, and apparel among other things.
  • The fact that the beach was right next to the resort and could be accessed on foot.
  • Not too many people this time of the year which I personally liked. The resort and beach weren’t crowded which meant more space and privacy.
  • Spacious rooms, and ours included an adjoining private pool as well. They had vouchers for room upgrades as well.
  • Singing, dancing, karaoke, belly dancing, and other forms of entertainment for guests.
  • The resort was divided into families and adults only sections. We stayed in the latter, which I liked.
  • Lots of stuff to do in Punta Cana including speed-boating and snuba (scuba + snorkeling) which we did. I really, really enjoyed this experience, despite actually not knowing how to swim. I held on to a raft and swam underwater with fishes and OMG it was such a rush!!! 😳😳😳🙆🏻🙆🏻🙆🏻
  • The beach. Loved it.
  • Excellent cleaning services. They made the place look untouched once they were through with it.
  • No bugs at the resort! Yaas!
  • Wifi. Duh.




The Meh

  • Room service food was so mediocre. I almost think this was done on purpose to redirect people to the buffet and restaurants. If you ever go to CHIC Punta Cana and order room service, choose the scrambled eggs for breakfast and chicken fingers or pizza for lunch and dinner. They’re somewhat better than the rest of the menu items.
  • Here’s what I didn’t like about the bath: while there was an amazing rain shower and a jacuzzi, the bathroom wasn’t exactly one room. It was broken down into three separate sections, wherein the actual loo was in a small separate room next to two wash basins which were beside the shower/jacuzzi “room”. I know I kind of suck at describing this setting, but bear with me. The main thing is, the bathroom wasn’t one whole room, but broken down into three “sets” of rooms, which didn’t exactly invite privacy. And mama likes her privacy, ya know?
  • The sea wasn’t very friendly, this time of the year at least, which some people may not like. (We still had a blast trying to keep standing upright against the waves, tough!)
  • Some staff members didn’t know how to speak English which was a bit of a communication barrier.
  • They kind of blasted loud music until 12 AM which early sleepers may not like.

Overall Experience

Honestly, I would give this resort 4/5 were I to rate it. Despite some flaws, it really was a great place to stay at, especially because of its proximity to the beach! I really liked Punta Cana and the generally relaxed and friendly temperament of its people. I would definitely recommend going there on vacation, alone or with family/friends, and staying at CHIC for this experience. 😊😊 (Just remember to order what I advised you to, if you order room service. You’re welcome.)

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