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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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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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Swatch and Review: Joe Fresh Lip Tint in Ruby

I picked up this Joe Fresh lip tint a while ago and I believe it was $6 CAD. I have never used lip tints before and thought this would be fun to try, especially at that price.

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Natural lip colours: Clinique, NARS, and Smashbox swatch and comparison

There have been requests for swatches of the NARS and Smashbox lipsticks that I’d bought on my Sephora VIB hauls on Thursday and also last week, so I figured I may as well compare them both. I had been looking for a “my lips but better” lipstick shade (inspired by Sunny), as I had never purchased lipsticks before and I figured I should probably start with baby steps. And of course, it’s never out of style to look yourself (but better)!

I also wanted to compare the new purchases with my usual go-to natural-looking Clinique lipstick, which my mother had given me.

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