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Swatch and Review: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow Enhanced Eye Duo

Make Up For Ever had released Aqua Shadow pencils a few summers back, meant to be a more convenient version of their famous Aqua Cream shadows. I love the MUFE Aqua Creams, so I was naturally intrigued by the Aqua Shadows.

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OOTD and FOTD: My LBD from YesStyle for NYE

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas! We lost power from a massive ice storm, so keeping warm was definitely a priority. I’m getting a little sick, but I refuse to miss another New Year’s Eve. One year I was down with the flu and it was horrible being alone and sick in the house while everyone was out.

I’m wearing a Little Black Dress for New Year’s Eve. Everyone’s got their favourite LBD – mine is this one by 59 Seconds from YesStyle.ca

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Black Friday shopping has started on Sephora.com!

Sephora has started its Black Friday deals already, for all you online shoppers! I just made a few purchases at $12 CAD each:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Duo ($48 CAD value)

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BareMinerals Enchanting Eyes ($39 CAD value)

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Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. II ($70 CAD value)

I am a VIB Rouge so I get free shipping on all orders without a minimum purchase requirement (yes, this does mean I have a shopping sickness). I just paid $36 CAD for goodies worth $157 CAD. What a steal!

What’s in your shopping cart?

(Image source: sephora.com)


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FOTD and mini shopping spree!

So I thought I’d try out the Mai Couture lip gloss I received in my April Glymm Box as well as a makeup look for my date this weekend 😉

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Blush: theBalm and PANDORA’S Makeup Box swatch and comparison

I’ve always thought that having one blush was good enough – when you find the perfect colour for your complexion, you shouldn’t need another, right? It would just look weird… right? Here are the two blushes I own and have tried: theBalm’s Hot Mama! and PANDORA’S Makeup Box blush in St. Tropez.

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Sephora VIB haul round 2

I went to Sephora again yesterday with angelandthings to haul some more goodies! This one was definitely not as large as the one I’d made last week – not for lack of trying, though. I very honestly just ran out of “immediate wants” 😛 And I suppose, immediate cash, too…

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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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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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Sephora and TheBalm haul from October

Back in October, I made a post commending my friend angelandthings for hauling makeup for us from the US.  I got everything back in January, but have barely started using any of it yet! I am obsessed with getting eye makeup especially, but hardly ever wear makeup on a daily basis. And while the variety is lovely to have, I find myself sticking to the same few products for a neutral look, just because I’m too lazy to get something new or I’m not adventurous enough to wear vibrant colours without an occasion.

Here is the Sephora haul:

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  1. 2 full sized 0.21 oz Aqua Creams: 13 Warm Beige; 15 Taupe
  2. 2 x 0.025 oz Aqua Eyes: 0L Mat Black; 2L Pearly Brown

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