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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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Review: The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Cleansing Foam

In my first The Face Shop haul, I purchased the Cleansing Foam and the Essential Cream from the Arsainte Eco-Therapy line on the suggestion of the sales associate (SA). I have been using this cleansing foam every day since.

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Swatch and Review: Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Lip Service and Tutti-Cutie

What does the new Benefit packaging bring to mind for you? I think it almost reminds me of something out of Aladdin, with their skincare packaged like glass potion bottles with corked tops. Benefit’s Hydra-Smooth Lip Color lipsticks look similarly magical, although the white tubing reminds me a little more of cathedral pillars.

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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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Swatch and Review: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant, Charcoal, and Forest

I own three Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliners. I suppose you can probably already tell that I like them.

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Swatch and Review: Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Purple and Blue

I had never tried coloured mascaras because I didn’t see the point. Most mascaras only come in black with some brands offering brown as an alternative. Being Asian with black hair, I figured the most natural way to go would be black mascara anyway. So what prompted me to buy a purple and a blue mascara?

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OOTD and FOTD: Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

My workplace was having a party where we were supposed to wear ugly holiday sweaters. Some people showed up with ugly non-holiday sweaters, some with non-ugly holiday sweaters. I saw this sweater on YesStyle and thought that sweater was wintery enough to be a holiday sweater.

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My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to skincare routines. In fact, my morning routine just consists of splashing water on my face and patting it dry (in defiance of everything everyone has ever told me about twice-a-day routines). I really would rather sleep in for the few extra minutes. In fact, I would go to school in pajamas if I could.

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I’ve been pretty diligent lately and am starting to look forward to my nighttime skincare every night. I’ve started to think of it as a treat, associating it with relaxation and a break from studying. Here’s what I have been using recently and how I have been using it.

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Swatch and Review: Benefit Erase Paste and Creaseless Cream Shadow

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I included a Canadian quarter for size reference but had to blot out the centre because coin images are protected by copyright. Canadian quarters and American quarters are the same size. And if that doesn’t help you at all, then I really need to consider taking my pictures next to a tape measure.

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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?

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