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My biggest Sephora VIB haul. Ever.

Today is just not my day. I woke up too early and lacking sleep on a Saturday morning from a bad dream; realized that despite having gone to Loblaws a mere 3 days ago, I’d forgotten to buy eggs; and upon going to the grocery store yet again, had a bus cancelled on me, making me wait an hour outside in the cold.

So. I am going to revel in the Sephora VIB haul I made on Thursday. Except now that I’m going through my pictures, my haul seems abysmally small considering the amount of money I’d spent…

Sephora had a VIB event (which I’d mentioned here) where VIB’s and a friend got 15% off as well as a Sephora umbrella and a bag of samples. If you missed it, don’t worry too much, as VIB’s will still have 15% off until April 6th.

Here’s what I’d intended to purchase on my way to Sephora:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 18 Purple and 2 Steel

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March 2012 Glossybox: Worth the wait?

I have so much to share: my Sephora VIB haul yesterday,  and my first Canadian Glossybox and my first Sasa.com haul just arrived today. Better take this one step at a time!

First things first: check out my research on Canadian beauty boxes if you’d like details and comparisons of the 4 current Boxes available!

Here’s the March 2012 Glossybox – they had a bit of a hiccup processing this month’s Box, which normally should have turned me off, but I had a little more faith in them. But it’s finally here!

I must admit I was full of anticipation for this box, especially since their reason for the delay had been trying to get some of the samples through customs.  So I was expecting some good goodies 🙂

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Mishmash of tidbits

So many little things I want to talk about – here’s a mishmash of some of my favourite blogging topics all in one post.

1. Art on MS Paint

I’ve been working on my poster presentation, and I prefer having diagrams and images on all of my powerpoint presentations rather than blocks of text. I’ve always hated siting in lecture where the prof reads off slides filled with rows and rows of text. Why bother lecturing? I could just read it on my own – don’t waste my time and put me to sleep.

Here’s one of the diagrams I drew on Microsoft Paint – pixel by pixel. No tablet, no PhotoShop. Time consuming, but oh-so-satisfying, because it is completely personalized for me, by me.

Wow, the resolution is terrible as a jpeg. It looks so much nicer as an original Paint bmp, but WordPress won’t let me upload bmp files 😦

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COSME-DE.COM mini haul and review

Firstly, blogging is lagging behind as I struggle to keep up with the influx of thesis demands and lack of sleep 😦 I am thoroughly sick of working, though, and I can’t stop obsessing over (my lack of) blogging. Without further ado, let’s get down to business so I can finish this and concentrate on my work 😛

Thanks to a recommendation by Lil Miss Shanghai, I made my first order from COSME-DE.COM on the 19th. The order was dispatched the very next day on the 20th. Although the estimated delivery date was stated as March 29th – April 9th, I got my package yesterday on the 26th. Considering that COSME-DE is based in Hong Kong and my package was an international delivery, I am duly impressed by the delivery speed!

Here’s my mini haul:

Skin 79 Lovely Girl BB Cream and Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara

I wonder if you’re wondering why I made such a small international purchase. Most of my international hauls are quite a bit more substantial than a measly total of 2 items. (That reminds me, I haven’t posted any of my YesStyle hauls >__< despite my review)

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Sashimi party: Homemade sushi

I know that I just did a food post yesterday – but this was such a fun dinner that I couldn’t resist 🙂 Also, I  made a very satisfying haul today, but I can’t show you everything because a lot of the items I got are for my upcoming beauty swap and I want it to be a surprise for blissno9! So here’s some of the yummies we made today, instead.

Dark’s friend invited us to his place for a sashimi party – we were going to make our own sushi from scratch. There had been a market deal to get 50% off fresh fish fillets. They got 8 lbs of sashimi-grade salmon for $25 CAD! That’s less than I pay for one dinner meal of all-you-can-eat sushi!

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Baked Yummies: Blueberry lemon cookies

This was from Kristen’s recipes on Baker Bettie, where she was making cookies to replace muffins because she actually doesn’t like muffins! I have no objections here, because it came out to delicious cookies. Since I can’t boast about my food photography skills, here’s the picture from Baker Bettie that made me want to try making them for myself:

Incidentally, her recipe for soft and fluffy blueberry lemon cookies was Freshly Pressed. Here is her recipe directly:

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Tagged: 11-11-11 about me and about you

I was tagged by kofykat to complete… I have no idea what these things are called. The first word that comes to mind is “survey” haha. In any case, here’s what I have to do:

Tell 11 things about yourself, answer the 11 questions asked by the one that tagged you, tag 11 other people and ask them 11 different questions.

11 things about me:

You are about to see a side of me that I bet you weren’t expecting.

  1. I am very picky when shopping for shoes and wish I could design my own. Usually, I know if I’ll love it how it looks on me just at a glance – comfort is another issue altogether, though.
  2. I have the worst time in the world trying to keep eye makeup on. I’ve tried many things, and I’m still working on it – product by product.
  3. Despite having a cat, I have always been a dog person. I am now a fan of both!
  4. I have always wanted to design my own house.
  5. I have always been independent.
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Topbox.ca: Win a MUFE eye shadow palette

Canadian Beauties: here’s a chance to win a MUFE palette from Topbox!

I have linked the above image as my referral 🙂 Hope you enter and best of luck to you all!

There’s also a MUFE event at Yorkdale this Saturday:

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Review: Gumdrop

Last week, I picked up Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Gumdrop in a mini-haul. It seemed like there was a lot of raving about this product. The idea of a moisturizing lipstick really appealed to me, especially since I have dry lips and skin regardless of the season. There were many beautiful shades that I wanted to try, but I figured I should just start with one, just in case I didn’t like it. Since I don’t wear lipstick regularly, I wanted a light shade that wouldn’t be overly dramatic but would still give me some colour.

Gumdrop – taken in natural daylight

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Beauty addicts: here’s an adorable giveaway by blissno9 – I love Sanrio characters haha they’re all so cute! 🙂

Bliss No. 9

I know 40 followers aren’t much, but for me it’s a milestone! I started this blog about a month ago, and I’ve LOVED blogging about beauty, meeting everyone, and having a lot of fun seeing everyone else’s creations!! I’ve decided to do a small giveaway to celebrate this, feel free to participate below!!! Open until April 1st 2012.

What you get: White L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Polish, Lancome High Resolution 3x Sample, Eclair Color Sky Blue Eyeshadow, Rilakkuma Note Pad, Hello Kitty Emery Board, Assorted Gems Nail Art Wheel, 3 Nail Art Filo Canes, 5 Cute Cabochons, Custom Periwinkle TKB Pigment Eyeshadow

Contest Rules:

1. All you have to do is Follow My Blog (if you aren’t already)

2. Share this post on your blog, facebook, youtube, twitter, etc.

3. Leave a comment on why you would like to win!! 😀

Good luck!!!!!

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