Instagram Samples Challenge

Hello, my dear friends!

Those who follow me on instagram are aware that I’m doing the Samples Challenge where I try every day/every other day samples of products that I have collected so far and share the results in my stories! If you missed the stories, don’t worry: you can always check them in Highlights that I save on my instagram page.

Why I decided to do this?

While I was reorganizing my makeup and skin care I’ve found a pouch where I keep all the samples and single-use masks. The reason I was collecting the samples is because when you travel you want to travel light and makeup bag always takes most of the space and weight. But, at some moment I’ve realized that when you travel you don’t really want to experiment with your skin: it is already stressed and dehydrated because of the flight and climate change. And there are so many interesting products like masks and creams to discover!

Inspired by my current read – Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I decided to start with my sample collection as a part of the decluttering process. And make it even more fun and interesting for everyone as I’m sharing my honest reviews on each and every product! For those that I like (and those that state to be hydrating and moisturizing products) I also do a hydration measurement with my device from Philips that I’ve talked about in this post.

By running this challenge I also find so many good products that I’d like to purchase once I finish trying my last sample! I mark them with a custom hashtag #sunkissedblush_approved. By the way, you can also follow this specific tag to find my featured products in a single search!

Nevertheless, there are also products that cause irritation or break me out and from time to time I need to take a break for couple of days to restore my skin. And for sure, I’m letting you know why I liked the particular products, if they really work as promised or if you should skip on them.

I’m not sure how long it’s going to last, as compared to all these basket/pan projects I do not limit myself with any specific timeframe. Anyways, I invite you to join me on this amazing journey to learn more about new products!

This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Why I’m not imPRESS-ed

Hello, my friends!

This is a post about a disappointment in purchase and in experience, but it was not meant to be like this from the beginning! All I can say, beauty is not always flowers and butterflies, guys!

Instagram-ready picture.. never made it to Instagram.

Since I moved to the US I stopped going to salons for nail services, mostly because it is much more expensive here and in most cases it’s not done as good as back home. So as long as I can do it myself I decided that I can save at least on this, because beauty is expensive.

Before, I used to do Shellac regularly, but now I’m a little bit too lazy to get all the lamps and gels and do the whole thing myself, and I try to keep it to a minimum. Last week I was watching a video on youtube and one blogger recommended imPRESS press-on manicure kit from Kiss. I was so thrilled to find an option to substitute the Shellac (that I still miss sometimes) and get a full pack of hassle-free long-lasting “not-a-regular-ugly-glued artificial nails” and rock in them for at least 2 weeks!

Full pack of One-Step Gel Press-On Manicure

Excited about this new beauty hack, I went to the closest store to get a pack of One-step Gel manicure the same day. The best part about these nails is that they look really natural and you don’t need any glue – they are self-adhesive. Following the steps as shown in the instructions I started to attach nail by nail to my natural nails. When I was done with putting them on, I had a pretty much nice and tidy manicure. All that was required in to file the edges as I prefer more rounded nails. I even had a tough time with replacing one nail as the glue in those nails is very strong, but doesn’t harm your natural nails in any way.

Long story short, I was really happy once I was done. Until I turned my hands and looked UNDER these nails.

The worst and really critical part is that there are gaps between natural and artificial nails. And what is even worse, there is still a line of glue in those gaps. Just think how impractical this is. Taking into consideration that I cook myself from scratch and I also do cleaning myself, I could only imagine how dirt will stick to that gap and bacteria will settle and breed there and its youngest generation will start shouting out “hello” from there.

I was so disguised by this thought that I didn’t even go anywhere with these nails. I just started removing them which was really challenging because, as I said before, the glue is very strong. The bamboo stick in the pack somehow helped to peel these nails off and thank God my natural nails were not damaged in any way. Did I mentioned that the whole process of applying these nails took me almost the same time as if I was painting my nails with a base, 2 coats of polish and a top coat?

I was quite disappointed by this experience, as I was really looking forward to some new options for a long-lasting manicure.

Now, I’m thinking to finally try the gel nail polishes that don’t require any lamp to dry, but I’m never ever spending my time and money on adhesive nails.

I strongly believe that sharing my personal bad experience is also good for other people to stay away from products that don’t work or those that are impractical for use.

Have you ever tried something like this? I’d like to hear about your experience in the comments down below!

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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5 Beauty Products from Amazon That Will Transform Your Beauty Routine & Save You Some Cash

Hey guys!

Today, I’d like to share with you some of the Cult-Favorite products that you can get at Amazon and probably won’t find in stores, at least not for the same price.

Amazon indeed can beat some of the stores in variety of products and the prices for these products. Even though I prefer shopping at specific physical stores, sometimes I can find a better deal at Amazon and this post is all about these finds!

Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

K-beauty bloggers swear by this product. These exfoliating pads provide both physical and chemical peeling to help your achieve smoother and softer skin with glowing complexion. The wine extract also helps to tighter your skin.

Needless to say, that it’s almost $6 less than it’s retail price! ($21.54, Buy Now)

Tony Moly Sheet Masks Pack of 11

You can’t have too many sheet masks! Taking into considerations that they really work (tested on myself with a special hydration level device!) and they are for one-time use only ( with retail price of #3.00 each), getting such a good bundle is a very nice deal! ($24.00, Buy Now)

Soy Nail Polish Remover Lemongrass 4 fl. oz.

If you are looking for a nice nail polish remover without acetone and other toxic ingredients – try the one from Priti NYC. It is my personal favorite nail polish remover. It requires a little more time ( I’d say a moment more) to crack the top coat and get to the nail polish but once you see it work, it dissolves the color and keeps your nails conditioned and hydrated. ($20.00, Buy Now)

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment

Another product I can swear by! I’ve already posted about this particular product last year, but I’m going to comment about this one one more time. Because I can talk about this amazing product forever!

This restorative treatment is packed with all the good ingredients and it really works leaving my hair so silky and smooth. I use it instead of conditioner/ or after conditioner, leaving it for 3-5 minutes and then washing it off. By the way, Amazon is the only place I could find it when I moved to the States. And compared to any other “working” products that I used so far, they are never this affordable. And little goes a long way! ($12.47, Buy Now)

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, For All Skin Types, 13.5 fl. oz.

Micellar water is a one step universal cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and oil from your face, eyes and lips.  One of my favorite micellar cleansing water can also be found at Amazon for a discounted price. Even Walmart can’t beat this price. ($6.74, Buy Now)

Finding a good product for a lower price is always a good thing. And sharing goodness is even better! By the way, you can save even more through Ebates cash back system. It’s very easy to sign up and install the pop up window to your browser to get the cash-back alerts from the online stores that you  visit. The cash that you get back is returned to your PayPal account which is indeed easy and convenient to use.

To start using Ebates just click on this green button below.

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And finally, I’d like to add that by using the Buy Now links in this post you can easily support my blog! I promise, you won’t pay any extra if you decide to purchase any of the items. And as always, this post is not sponsored as well. I’m doing my best to do my own research and share my own experience with you.

Have you ever tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comments down below!

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Interior Inspirations: Master Bedroom

Hello, my dear friends!
It’s been a while since I posted my last blog post. It’s not that I’ve became lazy or ran out of ideas to share –  I promised myself to post at least twice per week because I really have a lot to say! But something big has happened in our lives: we have finally closed on our dream house and now I’m spending all my time and energy trying to fill it up with furniture and necessities.

I’ve been dreaming about this for so long and it has finally happened. To celebrate this event I decided to share with you my interior inspirations from Pinterest. I plan to do series of posts about interior designs so stay tuned.

I’m going to start with master bedroom so feel free to add these ideas to your boards!

Bedroom Obsessions

Although we are really struggling in deciding on furniture and the design for our home, I feel like I’m leaning towards more classic, romantic, french-inspired style. Nevertheless, I cannot fit all the ideas in one room: they contradict either with each other or with the layout that we already have. However, there are still some details ( I’d rather call them obsessions!) that add chic to the room and I definitely want to use them in our home.

Obsession #1: Upholstered tufted headboards. Even though it may seem impractical as they become a dust collector over time, such headboards add comfort and coziness to bedroom. Just look at these beds in the interior.

Obsession #2: Open shelf nightstand. There is something special about these nightstands, where you can decorate your open shelves with books or decorative objects.

Obsession #3: Mirrors.  I first noticed this design tip at HR show room in Austin, TX. I was so amazed by the chic and class these high narrow framed mirrors add to the bedroom. It’s now definitely on my dream-list.

Alternatively, to keep things simple, just hanging a small mirrors above the nightstands or a small painting in a mirrored frame will do the trick.

I also like the idea of adding round or shaped mirror to the wall above the dresser. I’m not a big fan of bulky furniture, therefore getting a dresser and a mirror separately and having some space between these two objects in my understanding adds some air to the design.

Obsession #4: Bed end.  It can be tufted to match the headboards, or can be just plain unholstered with fabric or leather. It can be just a bench or can have a storage underneath. For me, it is a very useful piece of furniture in the bedroom where you can put or store pillows and bed cover.

Obsession #5: Reading Bench

I especially like these upholstered tufted benches. I do not know if we have space for that, but I’m still keeping this in my pinboard.

If we had some more space, I would definitely add window seating to our bay window.


Obsession #6: Lights. This includes bedside lamps and chandeliers.

I think the best choice for the bedside lamps for our home is the crystal lamps with white/ivory shade.

They look even better when paired with the mirrors that I’ve been writing about above.

Chrystal chandelier adds a finishing touch to the bedroom.

Obsession #7: Curtains

When it comes to bedrooms, light blocking curtains are a must. Nevertheless, to complete the look I’d like to hang sheer curtains underneath. This will also help in adding some airiness and coziness during the day.

I prefer solid shades without patterns for both curtains.

And finally, Obsession #8: Vanity

Since we do not have vanity space in the bathroom, as a makeup lover I’d NEED to have it at least in our bedroom. A small corner with fluffy seating and mirror framed with lamps will cover all my needs!

This is how I picture our master bedroom. For sure, hunting for furniture and matching accessories is challenging, but visualization is a key in the planning process and helps a lot in creating your dream design.

Would you consider such design for your home? Or you prefer something more plain and modern? Let me know about it in the comments down below!

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation: Hit or Miss?

Today’s review is the longest and the most detailed compared to what I’ve done before.

Let me know if you like such detailed posts in the comments down below!

The Story

I had a very hard time with this foundation. The whole story starts from the moment when they just have been launched at I used a quiz to find my “perfect match” and I’ve ordered Hydrating Foundation in Light Neutral and some other things the same day. When the package finally arrived I’ve realized that I picked a wrong shade: I also ordered Shape Tape concealer in the same shade and tried it first – appeared to be 1-2 shades lighter than I am. I didn’t even try the foundation – I already new that I was lighter than I needed and didn’t want to waste the product and returned it.


Then I waited till they will be available at Ulta to get the right shade. When it finally happened and I got to the store, the assistant showed me the stand with the foundations and I asked her to pick the right color to me. She picked the Light-Medium Sand. I asked if there were more neutral shades but she said Hydrating line don’t have them only the Matte Foundations. I wanted the hydrating line so I decided to go with this color.

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation Shades.
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Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation Shades.

First Impression

When I came home and applied the product all over my face I saw a round yellow face looking at me in the mirror. It was horrible. I was upset with my purchase, but didn’t take it off as I wanted to test the formula since I’ve already used it.


By the end of the day, it looked horrible as well: patches of foundation were missing on my cheeks around my nose although I was using my regular primer underneath and applied the foundation with the round brush.

I decided to read the reviews on this products to see if other people have the same issues. At that moment (finally!) I realized that there are much more shades for each type of the shape tape foundation. I was even more upset that the assistant in Ulta didn’t tell me that I could get the right shade online if they didn’t have it in store!

How shades of my other foundations compare to each other(from left to right): ABH Stick foundation in Beige; Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation in Light-Medium Sand, Armani Silk Luminous Foundation #5; Dior NudeSkin BB Cream #002

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know how upset I was with this service. Nevertheless, I still decided to test-drive the formula one more time. This time with pictures doing my best to disregard the shade.

I’ve looked through the shade names today again and realized that Hydrating and Matte shade names don’t match! This is what caused the confusion to the assistant: there are neutral shades but they are just called differently.

Tarte Cosmetics, but why so?

Final Test-Drive


The foundation comes in a glass bottle. To open it you need to unscrew the lid and it pops with an applicator – the same that comes in their Shape Tape Concealers but in a bigger size. From one side, it is really convenient to apply the foundation straight on your face. From the other side, such applicator can easily breed bacteria inside of the bottle and cause breakouts to your skin.


The Shade Selection

Although there was a dispute about scarce selection for deep completions, I still think they have a really nice range of shades. Moreover, they promised to release 10 more shades for the people who’s complexion shade is missing.


If you plan to buy it online, I would recommend testing the shades in store first. As I was told by Tarte Customer Service, Hydrating Foundation best matched with the Hybrid Gel/Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. If you have not used this product before you can try it at Sephora. Or go straight to Ulta, but make sure no one convinces you about lack of shades in any of the formulas.

One more tip: don’t try to match the shade name of the concealer that you have to the new foundation, chances are that this idea might mislead you.

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation Shades.
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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer Shades.

Formula Expectation

Here is the information from the brand about key ingredients:

  • biopolymer filling spheres: expanding spheres help smooth surface imperfections while promoting water retention & hydration
  • hyaluronic acid: naturally-occurring ingredient in the human body which delivers moisture, firmness & suppleness to skin
  • collagen: helps plump the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • barley extract: helps restore the lipid barrier to smooth over fine lines & wrinkles
  • dermal filler: cross-linked hyaluronic acid that works overtime to help restore skin volume & smoothness
  • vitamin C: antioxidant free radical fighter that helps prevent premature signs of aging & brightens skin
  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear

Above is very promising, so I decided to test it on my skin. My skin is normal both in oil and hydration level and I prepared my skin with scrubs, masks and a stronger primer for the sake of this test.

Here is what I expect from this foundation :

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Formula Reality

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The formula is thicker than I normally use. Despite the thickness, the coverage is light-to-medium. When I tried to build up the coverage, even by using a damp beauty blender to blend out the foundation all over my face I still saw that it is a little patchy. I tried to smooth it out and filled the gaps with the foundation to ensure that all my face is covered.

It looks so much better on the pictures but not in real life: Yes, it add glow to the skin, covers the blemishes but also reveals the texture
I had a hard time blending this foundation

After that, I set my face with translucent powder – I do not use it that often, but today I’m doing everything to prove that my first impression is wrong. After I completed my regular day makeup, I applied the All-nighter Setting Spray all over my makeup.

I managed to neutralize the yellow shade by using bronzer as a contouring powder on my cheeks and eyes and also the blush. I also used highlighters as regular.

When I look at myself in the mirror, I can’t say that I really like it as I don’t see the promised smoother and fresh & healthy-looking complexion. Neither, did I noticed it when I used it for the first time without the setting powder and setting spray. And don’t be fooled by the pictures! Camera eats up the texture of the skin that is revealed by this foundation.

In the next few hours I’ve noticed that on the parts of my cheeks where i didn’t use any bronzer or blush, the skin looked oily and pores look enlarged. Yes, foundation added luminosity to the skin, but huge pores is definitely not something I was aiming for. It also starts to come off slightly.


The oilier it became, the more I would feel it on my skin. And honestly, I don’t remember the last time my skin was this oily.

If you can see the darker line around my nostril then you see how the foundation disappeared around my nose. The more I was keeping it on, the less foundation was on my nose. I used a blotting paper on my cheek at it removed the “healthy” shine. As I understand from this, the ingredients in foundation increased the oil production in my skin that from one side adds luminosity but it also melts the foundation from the other side.

The skin became patchy in that area and no longer lightweight – you can also see it on the photo above. By the way, the photo was taken before I used the blotting papers. I removed the whole makeup by the end of the 6th hour of wearing it.

My Verdict

Although my first and second impressions were not so good, I still wanted to give this foundation a chance. It somewhat performed better when I used tons of other products to keep it in place longer, but it definitely not what I was looking for.

Yes, it adds luminosity but it makes my skin produce more oil. I felt oily even on the next day and this doesn’t add points to this foundation.

The formula is thick and quite hard to blend, even with a smooth primer underneath and a damp sponge. It also reveals the texture.

The coverage is too light and uneven for the thickness that we get and the shine that appears on my cheeks eats up the makeup and makes my pores look even larger.

It definitely won’t stay for the 12h: only maybe if you keep reapplying the setting spray.

But really, why so much hassle for $40?

Yes, I agree that the formula and ingredients sounds very good, but feels like it didn’t work for me that well. For this price I expected something better.

My experiment showed me that I need to search more for my perfect foundation and it’s definitely not Shape Tape.

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know if you liked it or not!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Hello, my beauties!

If you follow me on Instagram ( and if you don’t you are welcome to do so!) recently I’ve share stories about my Nordstrom & Sephora Beauty Hauls. Clinique Sparkle Skin body exfoliating cream was among the products that I shared on that day, and today, I’d like to talk about it in more details.


I was looking for a good body scrub, but this one is so much better than a regular scrub. Why is it different?

First of all, it’s allergy tested. Although it is 100% Fragrance free, it has a natural fresh minty aroma. This was a little unexpected for me, as I don’t like minty exfoliators especially during the winter season. Nevertheless, the minty sensations are very light and the skin doesn’t feel stung after – even the cut on my hand wasn’t itchy at all.

Secondly, I’d like to highlight the way it feels on the skin. I tried a small amount on my hand and I was amazed how gentle this exfoliator is. Yes, first of all it is designed as a CREAM, and at the same time it works as a perfect exfoliator. My hands have become so smooth and the skin is so gentle after I washed it off. Although the grains are fine and feel like a face exfoliator, but they really do their job removing the rough surface and letting the skin glow from within.

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Last but not least, I like that it is oil-free and leaves no residue on your skin as it washes off the skin easily and won’t make the bath tub/floor slippery and dirty.

It is designed to be used on wet body and it is good for elbows, knees and heels while its cream formula allows it to be used 3-4 times per week.


Although, its minty smell is a little unexpected for me, I’m quite satisfied with this purchase and can recommend it especially during a warmer season.

I got this particular one from Nordstrom for $26.50.

Have you ever tried this exfoliating cream? Let me know in the comments down below!

This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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End of January Deals & Specials

Hello, my friends!

Starting from this month, I plan to share with you the ongoing deals and sales more frequently, so stay tuned if you don’t want to miss good things for less!


SKB top pick: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick is only $8.50 now


SKB top pick: ABH Prism Eyeshadow pallet is only $32 now and will cover all your needs. You can create zillion of different looks with just one pallet.

Free Gifts with any $25 purchase:

Ole Henriksen

SKB top pick: I’ve read a lot of good reviews on new Banana Bright Eye Cream and Transforming Walnut Scrub. These two products are on my list to try next!


SKB top pick: just like white snickers, these black leather adidas Stan Smith Sneakers for only $70 will become your wardrobe’s staple.

 Peter Thomas Roth Labs, LLC

SKB top pick: 4-piece Men’s Kit is a nice gift for your significant one for the Valentine’s Day. $29.50 ( value $107)


SKB top pick: The Late Night Survival Kit includes eye-patches and waterproof eye make-up remover that are powered by cornflower. This extract is especially good for people with sensitive skin and eyes. In this kit you will also get a night mask complimentary all for $35. It is a really good price for the value.


 SKB top pick: I love their they’re real! gel eyeliner pen. It’s a little bit uncomfortable to use in the beginning, but once you get used to it (happens pretty fast), you will appreciate how your eyes look bigger! and it’s only 10$ now.

SKB Pro tip:

You can get cash back by using services such as Ebates. It’s free to sign up there and very easy to use when you shop online. Once you sign up, a small notification bar will pop-up whenever you go to any online store. You will also get 10$ note after first use and you can redeem this money by transferring them to your PayPal account, which is for me, the safest and easiest way to save. Use the button below to sign up and get paid to shop!

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*while supplies last.

This post is not sponsored, but contains affiliate links, which means I can get commission if you use the links to purchase the products. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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