Sweet Sparkle – February Unboxing – Kiss of Winter

Hi everyone,

Today’s blog post is all about the Sweet Sparkle February Box. The theme of this month was Kiss of Winter.

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I did not film a video however, I created a makeup look using all of the products and took pictures in between steps to write up a blog post.

I am really enjoying the fact that now we get a card with all the items written down on it plus a little description on each of them and the retail cost. This really helps in seeing whether the box is worth it!

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Before applying any of the products

Concrete Minerals – Mineral Eyeshadow – Shade Sweet Catrina – Retails for $8 

This is a 100% vegan and cruelty free product. It has quite a soft texture and is a pink-champagne shade that flatters all eye colors with a light shimmer.

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My thoughts – I found that this isn’t really pigmented and you need to apply a lot of product if you want to get the colour onto your eyelid. Although, I have yet to try it with some sort of setting spray which might help the pigmentation pop.

Be a Bombshell – Baked Blush – Shade Teacher’s Pet – Retails for $6

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This is a baked mineral refined into a powder formula for the ideal baked blush. It enhances your cheekbones with its lightweight glimmer of pink and gold.

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My thoughts – Since it has shimmers in it, your pore friends on your skin are going to speckle through and I personally do not like it! The colour is cute, the packaging is great; but as a product it isn’t my favourite.

Kokie Cosmetics – Dynamic Due Eyeliner – Retails for $8

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The products entails to be a long wear, intense black and smudge free eyeliner. It is a double-ended liquid liner used to create a matte finished look that will last all night.

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My thoughts – I loved the eyebrow pencil we got from Kokie in January however, this isn’t a favourite product of mine. The felt tip pen side is great however, the other side isn’t. When I try to go over the line, the black becomes patchy. It is true that it doesn’t smudge and it is quite long lasting. However, it doesn’t create an intense black look.

Crown Cosmetics – Pro Volumizing Mascara – Retails for $4.99 

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The mascara entails to lengthen, volumise and define lashes. The large wand akes your lashes to new lengths without clumping them.

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My thoughts – The wand is pretty harsh on the edges so it isn’t my favourite wand. However, I love the effect of this mascara on my lashes. It doesn’t clump them together and the formula doesn’t transfer to my eyelids.

LA Splash – Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick – Shade Cookie Dough – Retails for $14

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The shade is dessert like and it has a velvet matte formula and is waterproof. It also exfoliates, moisturises and applies for a long lasting sultry look.

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My thoughts – I love the rose gold packaging it is just adorable! The dofer applicator is perfect to help us achieve the perfect lip look. The smell though isn’t my favourite as it has this weird scent! But it really does last long, it isn’t patchy and it isn’t drying!

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The Finished Look

Have you ever tried any of these products? 

Thank you so much for reading! 

Love Kezia

xoxo

 

Sweet Sparkle – January Unboxing – Hello Beautiful

Hi everyone,

I decided that for the Sweet Sparkle January box I shall just simply do a blog post all about the products. It will also include photos I took of using the products on a makeup look that I created!

If you would like more information about Sweet Sparkle then visit their website – www.sweetsparkle.com 

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Every month Sweet Sparkle choose products according to a theme. January’s theme was called Simply Beautiful. It basically revolved around beauty that is kept natural. In fact we didn’t get an eyeshadow palette as we usually do; instead we got a single pigmented shadow – which I can just say is just lovely and simple yet gives the right amount of colour to your lids!

I also liked that this month’s card came with the list of products we received plus how much they costed and a little description about them! I hope that this will be done in future boxes!

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The products we received were – 

Kokie High Brow Angled Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde

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For the first time ever we received a BROW product! And I really love this pencil as it is angled so it helps you attain the eyebrow look that you might want.

I am still brushing up on my eyebrow skills but I think I am getting better. I love the bigger brows (kind of like Cara Delevingne’s!) I found that with this pencil I managed to create what I wanted to!

This retails for $10!

Nicka K Contour Kit

Now this palette confused me as there were three shades. I know that the one on the left is a contour shade whilst the one on the right is the highlight shade. But then what is the one in the middle? I used that shade as a sort of blush to give my cheeks some natural colour!

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I actually liked the contour shade, it is different to other contour powders I have used as this one is sort of an ashy brown! But it blended well same as the other 2 powders. They all gave more depth to my face!

This retails for  $3.99 – this is quite a bargain as the quality is quite good!

Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder – Beige

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This was such a cute pigment to get. I found it set well on my eye lid and did not move in any sort. It also blended well and you could easily create an eye look with just this shade!

With my eye look besides using this powder I also used the highlight shade from the Nicka K Contour Kit!

(A photo of the eye look I created is below with the Hikari Mascara)

The Bella Pierre shimmer powder retails for $15!

Hikari MascaraJet

I did not quite like this mascara as it left my lashes all clumpy and did not separate them well. It also did not curl them if you know what I mean so I would not recommend this Mascara.

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This retails for $15

J.Cat Beauty Wholly Addiction Lip Liner – Acorn

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I absolutely loved both lip products in this box! The lip liner is such a nice mauve-y shade I love it. It also was not drying on my lips! I applied it all over my lips.

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This retails for $2.99 – I highly recommend these lip liners!

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Gloss Stick – Love Stamp 

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I am trying to wear more lip glosses and I love having this in my collection.

The shade goes perfectly with the lip liner – it is like a dark pink glossy shade. It also isn’t that sticky!

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This retails for $19. 

The total price of the box therefore was – $65.98 – this is amazing as I only paid $24 for the box! 

So this month’s was definitely a good splurge!

Have you ever tried any of these products?

Are you subscribed to Sweet Sparkle?

Thank you so much for reading !! 

Happy weekend!

Love Kezia

xoxo

Sweet Sparkle – Naughty or Nice Unboxing

Hi everyone, 

So yes today is Thursday and I am a little tardy – by a day – of posting a blog post related to the video that I uploaded on Youtube yesterday!

But …. it still is here just 24 hours later.

Today’s video is the Sweet Sparkle Unboxing of the December box! I know I am so late having already received the January box. Although I am thinking that for the January box I will only do a blog post related to it!

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The December box is a definite hit for me unlike the November one.

I simply love what we received and am so happy with what we got!

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The products mentioned – 

L.A Colors Day to Night Eyeshadow Palette

Now the colour choice is a good one as you can create a number of looks with them. However, they are not at all easy going when it comes to blending them out!

J.cat Beauty Lovestruck Blusher & Bronzer in Babe

I absolutely love this blush and bronzer combo! I have reached for this product a number of times ever since I filmed this video. You have to be so careful to not apply a lot and try and blend it as fast as possible as it does tend to stick to one place if you apply it wrongly/too much!

Kasina Professional Fake Eyelashes – 100 % Human Hair with Tapered Ends

OMG!! You guys know my struggle when it comes to false lashes! But these didn’t give me that sense of impatience and anger rather the opposite! I used my lash glue from Ardell and simply applied them correctly in one try! SUCCESS!

LA Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in Runway

This shade is just gorgeous!! I love this so much !! Even though I do not like the shape of the bullet lipstick as it makes it difficult to apply I still love it nonetheless! You do have to be careful with darker colours as they can be sheer and patchy but this didn’t give me much trouble either! Love how it settled onto my lips!

Bella Piere Cosmetics Clear Eye liner Base

I don’t really know the exact job of this eyeliner but its supposed to make the job of applying eyeliner easier. Now I don’t know if it was because the black eyeliner was good but it was a piece of cake to do some winged eye liner!

Bella Piere Cosmetics Noir Eye Liner

As I said above, the eyeliner went on perfectly and I really love how black this product is! It isn’t sheer just jet black so to say!! I love it!

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The look I created using these products!

So as you can see the products this month were a cuppa tea when compared to the November ones!!

I can already tell you that the January products are a hit however I did not try them! But I really think I will like them!!

Let me know in the comments down below whether I should do a blog post about the January box or a video !! 

Have you tried the Sweet Sparkle subscription? Have you tried any of the products? 

Thank you so much for reading!!

Love Kezia

xoxo

December Makeup Favourites

Hi everyone, 

So December is over and I am not going to repeat how quick it passed and how we cannot believe its 2017 already, as I am sure that I am not the only one who is aware of this!

I have loved so many products and have tried out so many new ones too.

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But the products I shall be mentioning are all products I have used throughout the month of December, ones that I love.

These are all makeup products.

Would you like to see a non makeup related blog post? Let me know in the comments down below!

My December 2016 Favourites are – 

The Beauty Treats Roses Eyeshadow Palette

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I received this palette in a Sweet Sparkle Box. I didn’t think I would still use this palette however I have and did!

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The shades are all so pretty and from the photo you could see which are my favourite! I love that dusty pink/red it is gorgeous especially loved using it during the Christmas Season! The shadows all blend well and even though there is fall out it is something I can deal with!

ELF Blush – Tickled Pink

This is a fave oldie I have had for years! I love this blush, it is so subtle and natural. I love adding it to an all natural makeup look, you know to just add colour to the face. I miss ordering from elf, it was such a good and reasonable brand. I really must check again to see if the shipping rates have lowered, but last time I checked they were sky high!

Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer

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I love this Primer, I don’t really understand primers sometimes, but I can see that this does something! It really helps minimise my pores, reduces shine and creates a lovely base for my foundation and the rest of my makeup look!

Max Factor Miracle Match Blur & Nourish Foundation

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This goes hands in hands with the primer. I have tried the primer with other foundations, however I never tried this foundation with other primers. The primer as I said really sets a nice base, and the foundation settles so well with it. I love the coverage that it has, it also lasts long and yes there is some shine after a few hours, but nothing a little powder can even it out!

Rimmel London Clear Complexion Transparent Powder

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This is a monthly favourite. I used to love the Rimmel London stay matte powder however I now switched to this one. I feel this is less heavier and more gentle on the skin. I love setting my under eyes and eyelids as well with this powder. And who wouldn’t love it for its inexpensive price!

Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara

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This is an oldie too and I absolutely love it. The wand is just good enough to hit all them lashes! It doesn’t transfer on the lid and creates such nice volumed lashes!

City Color Highlight Trio Palette

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This highlight palette I have found myself to levitate to a lot recently. I also got this from my Sweet Sparkle box! So yes thanks to the Sweet Sparkle box I have found new items that I adore!

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As you can see from the photo I LOVE those 2 lightest shades, I like mixing them in together to create that natural highlight glow!

Milani Matte Lipstick in Naked

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I have been loving this lipstick for work, for running errands, going to appointments; basically for an everyday makeup look that is natural and quick! This just gives the right amount of pink shade to my lip. The formula is all matte and lasts for a while too. Yes of course you will need to reapply it after eating as it does brush off.

Essence XXXL Longlasting Velvet Matte Lipgloss in Silky Red

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This is such a cute lipstick. I actually got this at the Essence event I attended with my friend Christabel and she actually got two of these. She was so nice as to give me one and I thank her for that! The formula of this lipstick is so nice and creamy. Yes you need to reapply it constantly throughout the day as it is not long lasting however it gives the loveliest of shades. That pinky red! Also it smells like a vanilla cupcake!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Point Zero

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This was one of the lipsticks Kathleen Lights made! I love this it is such a lovely dusty brown perfect for autumn/winter. I guess if you are used to pinks everyday, this would be different. The formula of the satin lips is amazing and lasts long too!

So those were my December favourites, what were yours? 

Thank you so much for reading!! 

Love Kezia

xoxo

Sweet Sparkle Unboxing – November – Precious Metals (Better late than never!)

Hi everyone,

Yes I KNOW! This unboxing is a tad late! I know it is late because November was 2 months ago and I already received my December box which I still have yet to try out.

The look I created with the November Box

Unlike Lip Monthly I like doing full videos related to Sweet Sparkle because if you don’t know, the box sends out a couple of products whereby you can create an entire look! So I like just opening the box and filming myself to see what look I create with said products. However, I do not think that is going to be the case for the December box.

Comment down below if you want to see a video of me unboxing the December box as well as doing a makeup look with those products!

Anyways, so here is my video, 2 months late of the November Sweet Sparkle Unboxing.

You could visit their website right here on – http://www.sweetsparkle.com

A Month Subscription costs $24.50 so it is a little bit pricey however, we get products from drugstore brands (such as Jordana, Wet n’Wild, LA Girl etc… ) which for us Maltese we don’t see much of.

However there are different plans you could sign up to and if you want to have a look you can click here.

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The November month’s theme was Precious metals and so we got a pure metals fluid eyeshadow and metallic lipstick which I was excited about because I don’t own anything metallic in my collection!

BUT I was disappointed with this box because unlike the previous boxes we did not receive a MASCARA and I don’t think it was worth the money. I didn’t even receive the Precious Metals theme card we get every month. So it was a THUMBS DOWN for me.

Here is the video –

Here is what we received – 

Beauty Treats – Roses Eyeshadow Palette

This is an eyeshadow palette which I have used this eyeshadow palettes on other occasions besides for this video. That means that I liked it especially the rose pink shade I used in the video.

The eyeshadows are quite powder-y however I was not bothered by it.
Absolute New York Products – Pure Metal Veil Fluid Eyeshadow – in Champagne

I loved this product and loved experimenting with it. It emphasised my lines on my eyelids but concealing them and setting the concealer it should help.
LA Girl -Glide Gel Eyeliner

For the makeup look I created I wish I never used this product. But applying this product on its own with maybe one coloured eyeshadow on my eyelid would be great!
Jordana – Coral Sandy Beach Blush Powder

The blush is not my favourite colour however, it applied well on my cheeks.
City Color – Highlight Trio Palette

This highlight I LOVE! I love using the 2 lightest shades in the palette. Cannot see that yellow one as a bronzer as it has chunks of glitter inside.

I don’t like bronzers like that. But I love love love the last two light shades; they give a lovely highlighted look.
Klean Color Metallic Lip Gloss

I have never ever tried a Metallic lipstick before until tryout this one. It is a little sticky and it is not my favourite colour however the brand’s formula is amazing as it dries completely matte and lasts quite a long time!

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How the metallic Liquid Lipstick looked on my lips

So what did you think of this month’s box? Are you subscribed to this subscription? 

Thank you so much for reading, and I wish you a lovely day/evening!

Love Kezia

xoxo

Sweet Sparkle October Unboxing – Shades of Fall

Hi everyone, 

Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday.

I have uploaded a new video and am in the mood to write a blog post about it. It could be because the window’s curtains are opened, and sunshine is passing through or because I finally feel so much better.

So since I have this energy mood, that equals me to being able to sit down comfortable on my bed, put a pillow under my laptop, turn on my pumpkin spice candle and I am good to go to write. Ahhh I love this good mood.

So today I uploaded a video of me unboxing the October Sweet Sparkle Beauty Box and the theme of the month was Shades of Fall.

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You could visit their website right here if you are interested in subscribing and would like further information. There are three different types of subscriptions from you to choose from.

https://www.sweetsparkle.com/

The products that I got were – 

Miss Adoro Blending Sponge

This blending sponge looks cute but I personally feel that it doesn’t do an accurate job of blending out your foundation/concealer to a natural looking finish.

I think the Real Techniques Beauty Blender is much better!

City Color Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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I preferred this eyeshadow palette to the one we got back in the September box from Jordana. I think this eyeshadow palette has a better colour pay out and the eyeshadows blend well altogether.

I also think that the packaging is so ideal and compact, it is not heavy and it is small so it would be a perfect palette to take with you when you are travelling.

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner in Black

I actually was impressed by this liquid eyeliner. I usually am not a fan of pen eyeliners as I feel that they are patchy and don’t give you the best colour pay off. Even though, I had to go over the line to be happy with the final look, I really liked this eyeliner.

Milani Runaway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara

I LOVE this mascara. I had even loved last month’s mascara by Jordana.

But this one is so good and I have been using it constantly! The wand is a basic wand, it seperates your lashes evenly and does not leave them clumpy. It does not transfer onto your eyelid and I just love it!

Wet n Wild coloricon Blush – shade apricot in the middle

This may not be my favourite colour as a blush – as I more of a pink blush girl – but with the look I created in the video and the theme of the month it goes really well. And I cannot say that the Wet n Wild Blushes aren’t good as that would be a lie. They blend nicely on your cheeks and makes your blush complexion even,

Nicka K New York Duo Highlighter NDO010

I have mixed feelings about the product. I mean I swatched them one shade barely showed and the other was a chalky white. And personally, I do not want a chalky white on my cheek as a highlight. I prefer the gold highlights you know?

But the colour payoff of this palette is quite bleak and you can barely tell that there is any highlight even when applying both shades. So I guess, this palette would be perfect for those people who are looking more of a subtyle and dainty highlight rather than the bright in your face highlights.

Rude Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Swank

So one thing I have to say, each month the box comes with a card and the card will have a picture of a model probably wearing all the makeup products together with the name of the theme of the month.

The lip colour she is wearing is more of a purple-mauve shade but the lipstick I got is more peach toned rather than purple mauve-y toned. Now I don’t know if the model is wearing the lipstick or not, or because we have different shaded lips but Kezia was disappointed.

I mean when I swatched the lipstick on my hand I was so excited to try it on. But when I did I saw the shade as being a common shade that I already have in my collection. I cannot say that the formula of the lipstick wasn’t good, cos it was. It was not drying on the lips but moisturing and creamy.

So there you have it, those are all the products I received from Sweet Sparkle in the October box.

If you want to see me trying out the products and giving you my thoughts on them then you can watch it right here – 

I really hope you enjoyed reading!

Thank you for all the support!!

Happy Sunday!

Love Kezia

xoxo

Sweet Sparkle Beauty Box – Review

Hi everyone, 

How are you all doing?

Everyone is back to work/school, so hope you’re all doing okay and have settled back into your routines.

Me? I am still grasping the concept of getting out of the house by 7am.

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Today’s video is about a new subscription box that sends every month. It’s called Sweet Sparkle and it is based in America.

You can watch my video right here –

What intrigued me is that it sends out full sized products which is super!!

Also, the brands vary and I like the fact that I can try out new American brands that are difficult to get over here in Malta.

I found out this box existed from my friend over on youtube Elle.

Visit Elle’s Channel –
https://www.youtube.com/user/elleoenigma

You can visit Sweet Sparkle‘s website here to get more information about the product –
https://www.sweetsparkle.com/

Every month comes with a theme – this month’s theme is All American Girl.

Products Mentioned –

1. CITY COLOR Contour & Define Palette: http://amzn.to/2bTNFI5img_5026

In this palette I mostly liked the highlight as it really is super pigmented and gives such a lovely glow.

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Yes it did arrive broken but I managed to fix it !! Just a little hack I learnt through watching youtube videos!!

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2. WET N WILD Contour Brush: http://amzn.to/2cy4IoF

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I actually really like this brush, it is super soft and blends products well!
3. JORDANA Powder Eyeshadow: http://amzn.to/2bTNnCu

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This eyeshadow isn’t the best. Even though the palette offers lovely natural shades they do not have long lasting power.
4. JORDANA Best Lash Extreme Mascara: http://amzn.to/2bTNNHH

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I really like this mascara and have used it on more occassions. It does not give you such a volumised look but it offers more of a natural long looking lash look in my opinion.
5. KLEANCOLOR Retractable Lip & Eye Liner: http://amzn.to/2cnhL8l

The lip liner applied smoothly on my lips and went on great. I loved applying this before applying the liquid lipstick that was also in the box.
6. RUDE Notorious Liquid Lip Color: http://amzn.to/2bTO8dd

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I absolutely LOVE this shade! Like I said in the video it reminds me of the JOLLY christmas season! It is such a nice vibrant red shade perfect for the holiday season!! It is a little sticky but it does not transfer (just a little – literally a LITTLE).

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7. REVLON Photoready Kajal Liner: http://amzn.to/2bTODWs

I do not like the white side of the pencil however, I really like the black side. The pencils themselves are a little harsh and not soft. But the black went on really well on my waterline.

I am so excited for the next box because in the end I love how the look came out!!

Hope you enjoyed my post/video!!

Thank you so much for reading/watching!!

Love Kezia

xoxo