CURRENTLY LOVING // SUMMER EDITION

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  1. GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION- on my second bottle, worth every penny but wish the price wasn’t so steep
  2. DIOR- I apply this every night before I go to sleep and wake up with moisturized lips
  3. DAISY BY MARC JACOBS- one of my favorite perfumes, perfect for the summer!
  4. CHANEL LIP GLOSS- almost done and will be repurchasing has a nice coral peachy tint
  5. MILANI EYELINER- only $8 and works even better than high end brands, always restock when I stop by CVS
  6. ANASTASIA BROW WIZ- game changer, on my third brow wiz and it never fails me

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Love any blush with a peachy pink shade, and these TARTE blushes are gorgeous when applied. I was impressed with the staying power even in these humid, hot days! Other favorites are BENEFIT’s coralista, bella bamba, and NARS orgasm.

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  1. LUSH “I LOVE JUICY” SHAMPOO
  2. LUSH “CUPCAKE” MASK
  3. FRESH SUGAR LIP POLISH
  4. GENMAICHA TEA

If you haven’t tried LUSH, I would highly recommend going into one of their stores! It’s hard to miss since you can smell their bath bombs from afar, but they have amazing face masks. I’m a fan of their cupcake, bb seaweed, and love lettuce masks – all made from fresh ingredients! I’ve also been using the “I LOVE JUICY” shampoo, has a nice citrus scent to it but I wouldn’t use it on dyed hair because it lightens your hair (at least in my opinion). I didn’t know how important it was to exfoliate your lips until I used FRESH’s sugar lip polish, smells delicious and helps¬†slough off the dry flakes. Great before applying lipstick! I also am a huge tea drinker and my friend went to Canada and brought me back genmaicha tea, one of my favorites!

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These products are what I call the “holy grail products”, I learned that term after looking up reviews on MakeupAlley. They include: origins spot treatment (for those stubborn pimples), fresh sugar lip treatment, biore nose strips (love them!), ole henriksen’s line, fresh eye cream, davines absolute beautifying potion oil, and sk-ii toner. I highly recommend ole henriksen, you can sample their products at Sephora! I also recently got introduced to davines and fell in love with their “love¬†shampoo and conditioner.

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Saved the best for last! Last but not least…Toby! Researched and waited a couple of months until I found the right breeder and picked up this cutie. He’s getting potty trained and learning how to go down the stairs, but he’s a bundle of joy! Never buy a puppy from a pet store (they’re typically puppy mill dogs), always adopt or find a reputable breeder :)

Toby’s IG: @hi.toby

 

 

Love, Sharon

TASTE OF SUMMER

IMG_6738First time making this smoothie and it turned out delicious!

What you need: half an avocado, 1/2 cup of almond milk, sliced honeydew, 1 frozen banana, and blender

Directions
1. Put all the ingredients inside the blender and blend everything for about 30 seconds – check to see if it’s the consistency you like. If not, blend until you’re happy with the consistency.
2. Pour everything into a cup and enjoy! Put ice cubes in if you want to serve the smoothie chilled.
3. Voila, enjoy!

IMG_6626IMG_6370IMG_6284I used coconut water as my base and added fresh fruits and edible flowers to make these ice pops! Just freeze them overnight and they’re ready to enjoy in the morning :)

What are some of your summer favorites?

 

 

 

Love, Sharon

 

SUMMER ICE POPS

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Summer days are only fun for the first week or so, and then I get tired of the summer heat and pray that fall is near. To keep me preoccupied from the weather I decided to make ice pops with fresh fruits I had at home! Amazon, Ikea, and Whole Foods¬†have been my best friend over the past month and keeping me preoccupied at home, trying out new recipes. Hope everyone’s staying cool!

 

 

Love, Sharon

BEAT THE HEAT

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The weather has been hot, humid, and drizzly¬†the past couple of weeks so I’ve been staying cool with fresh fruit at home. I got a wake up call from the doctor to change my lifestyle and make smarter¬†choices so. My doctor¬†suggested that I try cooking at home instead of going out, which I am guilty of. Here are a few suggestions for those looking for healthier snack alternatives!

  1. Reach for fruits (nature’s natural sweets) instead of cookies and processed sweets
  2. Make your own pops with fresh & minimal ingredients from home and skip the ice cream aisle
  3. Refresh your thirst with green tea! I’ve been drinking iced green tea everyday and add sliced lemons for an extra zest. But make sure you don’t drink it at night unless it’s decaf, I couldn’t sleep until 4am because I drank 2 cups before bedtime.
  4. Everything is about balance – overeating on fruits (I’m guilty) isn’t good either but cutting processed food like cookies and sweets will improve your over health, emotionally and physically. But don’t beat yourself up if you¬†have an occasional ice cream or chocolate chip cookie :)

 

 

Love, Sharon

HOME…

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Fun and easy way to eat fresh fruit – in a coconut!
What you need: coconut & choice of fresh fruits
Directions
1. Crack open a coconut and empty it out. I put the coconut juice in a cup to enjoy later.
2. Chop up your choice of fresh fruits and place it inside the coconut
3. Voila, enjoy!

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I made these ice cream pops at home with my sister, super easy to make!
What you need: ice cream cone mold (I purchased mine from amazon), fresh strawberry, banana, almond milk, and yogurt
Directions
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and put it in the mold and freeze overnight
2. Take it out from the freezer and run the mold under water for about 5-10 seconds to help the pop come out without breaking
3. Enjoy!

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I was homesick while staying in New York for a couple of weeks, and am so happy to be back home. I love New York but I grew up and live in a suburban neighborhood where I can drive around and have my personal space¬†(I’m a bit claustrophobic). Lately I’ve been trying out new food recipes at home and spending time with my sister. We both love flowers and¬†to me,¬†flowers are a little reminder of home and¬†home is where the heart is. One handy tip I learned overtime is to re-cut the stems every 2-3 days to keep flowers fresh and helps lengthen the life of the flowers.

 

 

Love, Sharon

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