My Sephora VIB Lust List & Recommendations

I honestly was not planning on doing an entire post dedicated to the upcoming (and currently going on for VIB Rouge-ers) Sephora VIB Sale because of all of the countless others that are floating around and my lack of time to write nearly as many posts as I would like. However, I have time for a post today and I was feeling like writing on the products that I’m thinking about along with a few products I would personally recommend. Because there’s lots of overlap on my first list with my last wishlist post, I’ve denoted those items with a star – and you can read more on those here.

The Lust List


  • *NARS Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette ($92): In terms of holiday palettes, this large and economical one has caught my eye. I do already have the Paloma Contour Blush in full-size but I wouldn’t mind having the shades in a more accessible form – as I love them so much – and it has a myriad of cult-favourite NARS shades that I’ve wanted to try but haven’t managed to get around to – Laguna, Luster and Dolce Vita to name a few.
  • *REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial ($74): I’m well aware that this concentrated lactic-acid based treatment is likely not worth the hype but I really want to try out something with the other alpha hydroxy acid in it, and this one seems gentle – so a 20% off time period would be ideal to take the plunge.
  • *Tangle Teezer Original Detangling Hairbrush ($20): I’ve mentioned my insanely tangly hair on many an occasion and seeing as I struggle with this affliction, I want to try the original version of the brush that claims to eradicate them altogether.
  • *Laneige Bright Review Original Serum ($59): I’m desperate to add a product with niacinamide to my routine because of its cell-communicating, breakout eliminating benefits and this serum intrigues me with its potent concentration.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($66): For years, I’ve heard amazing things about this beyond pricy foundation but it’s never been available to me – as we don’t have a counter – until the brand launched at Sephora. I don’t exactly need a foundation per se, but I’ve got to see if this foundation delivers on its promises on dry skin as everyone claims…
  • Miss Dior Eau de Parfum ($80-$150): For a year now, I’ve been holding onto the remaining drops of my sample bottle of this guy and every time I do wear it, I fall in love. This warm and spicy jasmine, patchouli and citrus scent instantly makes me feel more pulled together slash sophisticated and does not strike as offensive in the least. The sale is a good opportunity to take the plunge for another perfume and I might very well use it…


My Product Recommendations

  • Living Proof Curl Detangling Rinse ($32): If you’re in the market for a luxurious conditioner that’s almost impossibly lightweight but has the best slip and detangling power in this world, look no further. It has a different gelatinous texture that is not the most thick and hydrating product in existence but it offers enough moisture while leaving the hair weightless. The scent is rather perfect, too. It’s definitely one to try especially for fine haired curly and wavy types.
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($46): I do believe that this visibly-shimmery golden champagne highlighter is worth the hype if you love quite a glow and don’t suffer too much from enlarged pores and you find super-warm face products flattering – because the undertones are strong in this one and are not universal in my opinion. I do love it, though.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($23/$50): If you’re interested in that glow but are looking for a less obviously shimmery and gold-leaning option, I definitely think that the liquid products in the cult favourite shades are the way to go. They add serious glow without the shimmering factor and do not highlight pores to the same degree – and Moonstone might be more universal, especially on fairer skins.
  • Sephora Collection Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser ($11-19): If you’re as lazy as I am and are looking for an easy way to clean your brushes on the daily with little downtime, look no further. This spray does exactly that without containing alcohol and therefore does not irritate the skin or damage brushes in the long run.
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte ($39): NARS’ hella-expensive lipstick formula is phenomenal, as I’m sure you’ve heard from myself and countless others – but sales like this one are the perfect opportunity to try it out. The lipsticks are great because of their longevity along with their perfect semi-matte finish thats comfortable but doesn’t migrate like glossier formulas do – and there’s impressive pigmentation. If you’re looking for a neutral rosy-but-not-too-pink shade, my vote goes to Brigitte. I’m contemplating on taking the plunge for another shade myself.
Any thoughts on the sale?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #59/60/61

This has got to be a record for me, being the most belated weekly medley post as of yet, but in my defense I was exam writing and essaying, and quite honestly I was not going to put one of my rare moments of spare time to write quite possibly the dullest post ever – given the content. I’ve said it before: now that I’m done with my third year of university I kind of don’t know how to deal. This seemed like the best start somehow…

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  1. One rare moment of celebration (featuring alcohol) should be saying enough in itself, however I’ll elaborate: I actually socialized in a functional way and actually had fun plus there was actual documented photo evidence. I must say that the gin and tonic was divine.
  2. There’s something a wee bit off in this picture – perhaps the extreme amount of snow that we have in the middle of April? Although the infestation of snow is still present, I’m pleased to report that Spring is appearing to rear its head and we haven’t had any storms in ten days. Shocking.
  3. This image might strike you as familiar, however, I couldn’t help but repeat it. How else was I to depict the craziness over the last few weeks precisely?
  4. I might have bought The Sims 4 as a post-exam celebratory present and I also might have enjoyed binge-playing it throughout the last few days of spare time. It’s gooooood, especially if it’s also a nostalgic pastime.
  5. Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 01 Clair-Brunettes, one of the substantial purchases from my relatively contained Sephora order, and let me tell you that it might just be worth the splurge! It’s subtle but adds the nicest warmth and kind of indescribable glow to the face. More on this and other items to come soon – heads up.
  6. Although I have not been particularly thrilled with my less than frequent posting schedule as of late, I have been satisfied with the posts that have gone up. This one titled “Some Recent Acquisitions” was among my favourites.
So any updates from the last three weeks?
Maggie, x.

My Sephora VIB Sale Goodies


Believe it or not, I was somewhat restrained in my purchases during the sale, despite the alarming total cost of my order – a good bit more than half of my order was made up of Christmas gifts and things that I picked up for friends. It has to be mentioned that this year’s sale was a disaster, especially for us Canadians; first there was the overwhelming traffic that lead to the site crashing for everyone and then there was that issue where a good number of Asian accounts were disabled along with international checkout being cut down for the first couple of days. However, I ended up with everything that I intended to get and I’ve tried these four products, enjoying each one a good deal. It should be noted that although I may have gone slightly blush-heavy with this, I was surprisingly strong avoiding the palette trap completely.


NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil ($45)

It had been a good long while since I indulged in anything resembling a higher end cleanser and since falling in love with gentle forms of cleansing in the last year and a half, I had made up my mind that I wanted to try something higher end. This raved-about gentle cleansing oil seemed to fit the bill, with an impressive ingredient list, filled with gentle concentrated oils and very few extraneous potentially irritating ingredient lists. I’ve tried it and have really enjoyed it, finding it gentle particularly on my uber-sensitive eyes and more than that I’ve been liking the different but still hydrating dry-oil texture along with the fact that the packaging isn’t messy in the least.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat ($41)

Diffused Heat in action
Diffused Heat in action

If you’ve been around these parts with me for any length of time, you might very well be aware of the intense love that I developed for the Ethereal Glow shade after picking it up April along with the fact that I’ve been wanting to try another shade (or three) since. I was tempted to go for the palette in the spirit of excess being more economical, but I decided to just go for the original shade that I’ve been longing for. Let me tell you, it has meant all of my high expectations since wearing it. It has a good deal of pigmentation and has more of a sheen than the Ethereal Glow shade and in its likeness, this blush offers the most gorgeous finish and somewhat unique colour. The shade is described as a vibrant poppy and while it appears to be in the family of those warmer-toned corals that I love, it has this strong rosiness of tinge of brighter pink to it that really flatters.


Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal ($33)

I’m rather fortunate as a whole as my local Sephora holds a great deal of the brands that I’m interested in but I’ve always been more than slightly annoyed that it doesn’t carry Becca because I’ve heard so many great things about the brand. I knew that I wanted to try either one of the blushes or highlighters and it was easy to pick this one because it’s supposed to be like the Hourglass blush but with added glow – it’s formulated with their beach tints mixed with their highlighters for less than the price of the famous highlighters so I had to go for this one. Man, have I fallen in love. It leaves the most gorgeous intense highlight on the skin along with the muted rosy berry hue on the cheeks and applies easily, blending like a dream. I might have casually been dying over this during Tuesday’s post…

Raspberry/Opal in action + Dolce Vita on the lips
Raspberry/Opal in action + Dolce Vita on the lips


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita ($31)

This true warm rose hued lip offering in the gorgeous lip pencil format has been on my mind for a while now, as you may be aware from wishlists past and I used the sale as opportunity to give in despite the fact that it wasn’t exactly inexpensive and the shade wasn’t miles different from my beloved Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-Ist. Again, I wore it on Tuesday and I’m in love not only because of the flattering hue but because it’s not drying and it lasted on my lips after eating an entire bowl of soup.

Did you partake in the Sephora VIB Sale?
Maggie, x.

The Daily Face #23 | Same Old, Same Old


Today seems to be the perfect day to do one of my ‘the daily face’ posts for numerous reasons. First, I’ve been seriously slacking on posts of this series for months, second, I actually have time to put one together because I don’t have class until four o’clock today and last, I’ve kind of just received my Sephora VIB order in the mail and I’ve been wanting to have a play with a few of these items. I’m ridiculously excited.


Seeing as I wasn’t in the mood for any sort of primer, I went in with my beloved Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation in 20 first, that somehow magically seems to glide over dry patches in a flattering way, provide impressive medium-full coverage and leave the skin with the most gorgeous luminosity. Next, I applied the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque underneath my eyes with patting motions in order to allow for the product to sink in to the skin and before patting out the inevitable little itty bitty creases. At this stage, I’m one to go for their eyeshadow base of choice and mine certainly is the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base. Next I killed two birds with one stone with the NARS Contour Blush in Paloma that I also adore and use constantly; first going in with the darker shade to sculpt the cheekbones before brightening up the under-eye region with the cream shade. Then was the blush, undoubtedly the most exciting part. With my Sephora order, I went for my first Becca product ever, the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The cream texture was not overly emollient and easy to use, depositing a fool proof amount of product and quite possibly the most beautiful highlighting effect that I’ve ever seen. Drool. I’m also rather partial to the subtle rosy berry-tinged hue. The face was finished with the tiniest bit of MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light through the center of the face.


The eyes began with the brows and although I’ve been sticking to the usual suspects, I’ve been going for a more sculpted look and have been digging it. Obviously, the products were the MAC Coquette Eyeshadow and a nice little angled brush. There was no particular novelty associated with the rest of the eyes, either. I went in with MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow on my lids, MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow through the crease and MAC Smut Eyeshadow through the outer corner and along the lower lash-line. I did a nice little kitten flick with the L’Oreal Infallible SuperSlim 12Hr and finished off with a nice coating of Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara on both my upper and lower lashes.


As far as lip balms go, I went for the EOS Sweet Mint – because I find it to be their most hydrating offering, despite the slightly irritating minty sensation – prior to going in with my brand new NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita that I’ve been lusting after forever. I’m in love. The texture is just as nice as everyone says and I love the slightly warm rose hue.

What makeup have you been reaching for lately?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #42/43

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I can almost believe it when I tell myself that there is a way in looking at this post as slightly early, as well as horrendously late, but the truth is that I haven’t written a blog post in five days. Believe me when I say that I would have salivated at the very thought on any day, – except maybe Tuesday when I had that horrific migraine – It was just the most work-heavy week that I’ve had this year, filled with exam studying, essay writing, reading and assignment writing chaos. I’m pleased to be back here, rambling on about my general thoughts and live musings and I’m not one to be mushy, but let it be known that I love you all dearly. And I wrote that without feeling nauseous in the least.

The good news is that in my absence of posting things regularly has left me with a few noteworthy products that warrant sharing. First up, I’ve been loving the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($20) as a delicious smelling, subtly sweet zesty lime-scented nourishing cream because the skin all over my body (not just the eczema-d legs that I go on and on about) has been hella dry and a little bit irritated and this fits the bill while being fun with the scent aspect. I enjoy how non irritating it is but nice and hydrating with the high shea-butter content but I must admit that its not one to put on truly irritated areas.

There’s also the fact that I seem to have convinced myself that not only has my frequent scented-candle burning been helping me handle the stress of my ridiculous life at the moment, but has also increased my productivity. Not too long ago I picked up the ever-popular Bath & Body Works Mahogany Teakwood 3-Wick Candle ($22.50). I might be one of the few that experiences this, but in my small room I can sometimes find these candles a bit overwhelming and I enjoy that the throw of this cologne and woodsy mixed scent is not ridiculous.

I’ve dug out the autumnal warm rusty-tinged pink Benefit Boxed Powder in Rockateur ($36) and have been digging the illuminated rosy effect that it adds to my skin. It’s one that instantly adds life to the face but you don’t have to be overly careful with it which I enjoy because I’m not exactly filled with endless time in the mornings to slap makeup on my face. I’ve also been enjoying the MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy($19) and I suppose it’s now safe to say that this peach-hued deeper neutral shade has earned its place in my staples; it has more colour than a nude that suits minimal makeup looks nicely without requiring too much care or thought.

You may be aware that the Sephora VIB Sale has come and past and that there was all sorts of craziness involved in the whole online shopping experience — the site shutting down for everyone due to traffic, the international checkout ban that went on for the first few days — and I’m pleased to be waiting for my package that is now in transit full of all of the products that I intended to get. I’m excited. Another fabulous thing was ChelseaWears’s latest duo of youtube videos. They weren’t exactly of the beauty variety but they were hysterical, nevertheless, and it nearly killed me in the best way possible.

How has your week (and a half) been?
Maggie, x.

My Sephora Sale Picks/Recommendations

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It has reached that time of year when many are beginning to have access to the promotional sales at Sephora that begins with the Friends & Family Sale (I don’t have access to that one unfortunately) and will continue soon with the VIB sale so I figured it was due time to share some of the products that I consider essential and worth picking up, especially at a substantial discount for once. I’ve also been wanting to share some of the higher end products that I adore for some time now so it only seemed fitting to share.

Caudalie Vinosource Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream ($40 CDN)

If you’re looking for a moisturizer that doesn’t break the bank – but keep in mind that it’s not uber-affordable either – that delivers on the intense hydration and soothing front, look no further than this one (or the lighter Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet if you’re more of a true combination skin type and worried about the t-zone situation). It’s almost like a moisturizer and treatment at once and it is quite possibly the gentlest and most soothing thing on my delicate skin and it’s magically effective while being lightweight.

DevaCurl B’Leave In ($26 CDN)

This certainly isn’t a product that will suit a wide variety of hair types and this is perhaps tied to the fact that despite the name, this is not a leave in conditioner. Instead, this is a leave-in protein treatment that when used with other styling products with hold adds vitality to the finer or sad limp curls and waves in my hair – there’s nothing else like it. I would recommend it if you have hair of the wavy or curly variety that falls flat and/or limp in spots, particularly towards the front and at the roots.

Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation ($50 CDN)

There are two things of crucial consideration that must be said before I truly get on into this about this foundation: one it’s expensive and has some crazy hype and claims and that I might have only had this for under two months. It’s a real testament to the wonder that is this foundation that despite these two factors, I believe that it is worthy enough of praise to make my edited down list here. It’s a ridiculously long wearing foundation that true to its claims offers that brightening luminous effect with a satiny finish and medium-buildable coverage. I love that it does all of these marvelous things without including harsh alcohol in the formula. This has to be my newest foundation love and I’d say its worth the price, however it’s not quite a seamless second-skin foundation; it is slightly visible on the skin but it covers and brightens like nothing else so it’s a worthy trade off.

Bobbi Brown Corrector ($30 CDN)

It might not look all that special but this discoloration camouflaging cream concealing product covers my dark circles like nothing else. I know that you’re technically supposed to apply a concealer on top but on the everyday basis where I can’t be bothered, I get away without applying one on top without sacrificing on the coverage front. It can settle into creases within the first couple of minutes but after some patting in and some setting if I’m not to lazy, you’re set for days. I wouldn’t expect to be matched to Light to Medium Bisque given that I’m on the fairer side of things but its slightly deeper shade helps to conceal my horrific dark circles with minimal product, effort and visibility. The seemingly small pot lasts ages too.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush ($41 CDN)

It would be an understatement to even intimate that my love for this blush formula in Ethereal Glow has not been documented in a frighteningly redundant frequency but I couldn’t resist mentioning it now that there is an opportunity to get the magical formula at a price that is slightly easier to stomach. There’s something just so beautiful about the formula of these blushes, especially in how they add that subdued glow while actually blurring imperfections on the skin as opposed to highlighting them. I’ll either be picking up the palette version of this or another shade…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($67 CDN)

I will admit that this has certainly been talked to death, both the standard miraculous blurring powders and the palette itself, but if you’re eager to try them out for themselves but have not yet had the opportunity, I would recommend going for them now in the nice palette form. I’ve reviewed these extensively and in short I find they create a beautiful subtle effect and these three shades offer a nice selection – Radiant Light to add warmth, Dim Light to blur the skin with the nice beige hues and Incandescent Light to serve as a lighter more traditional highlighting powder.

NARS Contour Blush ($46 CDN)

You might be aware that I’ve waxed poetically on the middle shade available (Paloma) but I stand by my assessment that these powder duos are exquisite but the truth remains that they are a pricy investment so they seem to be an ideal sale item. The powders are pigmented and smooth, working nicely to contour the face and highlight and set the other areas in a flattering and seamless way. If you’re looking for a more natural contouring product and matte highlighting powder, look no further – if one of the three shades strikes your fancy at least.

Dior 5 Coleur Eyeshadow in 734 Grege ($61 CDN)

Despite being quite an extravagant purchase, Dior eyeshadows have proven themselves to be my favourite of all time – they’re hella pigmented, buttery, long-wearing and have the least fall out that I have EVER experienced and Grege is the palette that I have that I find to be the most versatile. It has a nice caramel satiny shade, a shimmery pale ivory shade, a muted taupe, a shimmery mid-tone gunmetal-silver and a matte greyed deep brown that work together to create a multitude of different ‘looks’ and although it’s quite an investment at first, the shadows do last for ages as they come with an impressive amount of product.

Do you have any recommendations for me to check out? I’m always eager…. 😉
Maggie, x.

A Weekday Wishlist

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This post is going to begin with a bit of a (very) tangential ramble; I know you’re all absolutely shocked by this. Believe it or not, I’ve been really enjoying blogging lately but I’ve had difficulty getting a good number of posts up because life has kind of sped up crazily as of late but not so much that I’ve gone to finding time and inspiration to write blog posts as a means of procrastination from all the other stuff that I have going on. Case in point? I’ve been meaning to get another wishlist post up over the last little bit but I haven’t managed to get anything done and I apologize for the lack of happenings around here. Before I get into things, I’ll offer the disclaimer that the round-up is rather high end because I’ve been trying to hold of on purchasing until the promising Sephora VIB Sale and I’ve had my eye on these things and writing this list may or may not be what is preventing me from running to the mall and picking some of these up.

InterDesign 3-Drawer Multipurpose Storage Container with Knobs ($19.99)

Considering how disorganized I am, it’s a given that I am in need of some practical way to store my everyday makeup and although I’ve lusted after the options of MUJI I’ve held off because of their frankly ridiculous shipping prices to Canada, so obviously when I spotted this one on Amazon, I’m convinced that it’s the one for me. I suspect this purchase will happen in the not-too-distant future.

Forever 21 Wool-Blend Boucle Cardigan ($33.80)

At the moment I’m really into that whole cozy sweater situation and this fits the bill and I have been longing after one of these tweedy boucle knits for years and years, actually. It seems obvious that this would be something that I’ve got my eye on then but it does also have a nice slouchy silhouette too. Obviously it shall be mine.

Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($55)

I’ve been a huge fan of what Caudalie products that I have tried so it only seems fitting that when I spotted this oil promising to soothe and restore dry and sensitive skin overnight, my interest was peaked. However, I held off because it wasn’t exactly cheap and I still had a good portion of my rosehip oil left but after running through most of that container and hearing Amelia Liana rave about this stuff in her recent skincare video, I’ve got my eye on this one.

NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick in Brigitte ($37)

There is no doubt that this recently-released lipstick formulation has luxurious packaging and a gorgeous formulation but I was prepared to pass on it because as nice as it was, it seemed to be nicely packaged marketing hype. My opinion changed when I tried these out on my hand at Sephora a little while back and exercised impressive restraint by not picking up a shade or two of the formula after feeling how creamy and comfortable they were. Within the huge collection there were numerous shades that caught my fancy but this one was easily at the top of the list and seemed to be a little more unique than the rest, a peach-hued neutral hue that would suit all seasons. They had a texture that seemed to be ideal for my sensitive lips and they are supposed to release moisture throughout the day and I rather enjoyed their opacity and lack of a scent.

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Skyliner Seven Piece Petite Highliner Collection ($56)

Recently I did wax poetically about my love of this creamy eyeliner formula in the shade Brown(Out) and my love for the formula might have even grown since so it shouldn’t be a shocker that I have my eye on this set of the pencils in miniature form to try out different shades. This satisfies the eyeliner addict in me by merely looking at it…

Kerastase Creme d’Huile Oleo Curl ($42)

Although I acknowledge that my mane is in desperate need of a good hair cut, — I’ve just been far too lazy to actually book an appointment, oops — I have been actually enjoying that whole hair thing recently rather than groaning whenever I have to thing about washing or detangling my hair and I’ve been getting into curl creams again. I don’t have any that I’m in love with at the moment but I’ve been enjoying the texture so when I figured out that Kerastate actually shipped affordably to Canada, I became convinced that I wanted to splurge on their offering because of the great things I have heard about the product itself as well as the luxury brand as a whole. Have you tried anything from their line?

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7-Plush in 212 The Dreamer ($71)

I most certainly do not need another eyeshadow palette, especially when you consider that it wasn’t too long ago that I picked up the Smashbox Cherry Smokes Photo-Op Eyeshadow Palette, and I didn’t need one then, but I’ve been lusting after a new one. Given that I’ve already fallen in love with the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow formula from their The Starlet palette, this palette seemed to be ideal because it has some interesting warm tone neutral shades in my usual palette with some mattes thrown in, including that essential warm-toned blending shade as well as a darker one. Love.

REN Flash-Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($58)

I’ve been intrigued by this radiance-boosting product ever since it entered the blogosphere and was raved about by a few of my most trusted but I expected that it would merely be filled with a good amount of natural fragrance and some irritating alcohol but I was pleased to hear that it doesn’t contain alcohol and instead has a good dose of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant I’ve been wanting to add into my routine because of its brightening effects. It promises that instant radiance after being applied to the skin and I’m always for some radiance and glow.

 Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette ($67)

So I’ve mentioned countless times how much I love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow and that I’ve been eager to try another shade in almost every wishlist post that I’ve done this year but I seem to be unable to take the plunge despite really wanting to try another shade. For this reason, the palette seems ideal and would allow me from refraining from making the difficult choice. It has Luminous Flush which is a rosy shade that I’ve had my eye on in particular, I would be interested to try the more mauve-toned Mood Exposure and I’m sure I’ll enjoy the exclusive peachy shade Incandescent Electra.

What have you been eyeing up lately?

Maggie, x.

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