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Fourth Blogoversary Beauty Giveaway: Open Worldwide

It is my blog's fourth birthday! I can hardly believe I have been at it for four years. Because I'm on a tight schedule this week - subcision for acne scar removal scheduled for Wednesday, wish me luck - my usual blogoversary special post on the history of beauty and makeup will follow over the next few days.
But first, let's have the customary giveaway. Two prizes, two winners. An assortment of makeup and skincare. Open worldwide. Follow all the rules (below).
Scroll down to enter my fourth blogoversary makeup giveaway.
Fourth Blogoversary Beauty Giveaway: Open Worldwide

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017 Review, Unboxing, Contents

Meet the world's best beauty box. It comes out only once a year, on Boxing Day. I bought last year's Beautylish Lucky Bag, which you can see here, and fell in love with the concept.
Lucky Bags are popular in Japan around the New Year time - businesses distribute them, believing they will bring good luck to the recipients.
There is no actual bag - the contents of the Beautylish Lucky Bag come in a regular box with special wrapping paper. The owl, which Beautylish incorporates in the wrapping paper each year, is said to bring luck. Nils, who co-founded Beautylish, tells his staff to make each bag better than the previous years'.
The Lucky Bag costs $75, and international customers need to pay shipping as well. You cannot combine orders with the Lucky Bag. But the contents are worth a lot more - my own bag contains products worth a whopping $194, as you can see below. 
Spoiler: There are NO eyeshadows in my Lucky Bag!

Scroll down for the contents of the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017.

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017 unboxing, review and contents.

Kat von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, EOTD

The Kat von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette launched in Sephora Dubai a couple of weeks ago. My Mum had asked me to get her a couple of brow products, and told me to get something for myself, on her. I decided to pick this one up. 
This palette has sold out online in the US, but those with access to a Sephora which stocks Kat von D can pick it up in-store.

Scroll down for the review, swatches and eye makeup looks with the Kat von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette.

Kat von D Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches, eye makeup looks.

Holiday 2016 Makeup Giveaway Results

On January 15, 2017, this blog will turn four years old! Wow. If someone had told me I would stick to this for four years, I would have scoffed. If someone had told me I would even start a beauty blog, I would have pulled a stomach muscle laughing.
Of one thing I am certain - there are no regrets whatsoever. I actually enjoy blogging about makeup, and if photography - cropping and resizing included - has me dragging my feet, I still say it is a small price to pay for the sheer pleasure I find in the beauty blogosphere. Long may it last!
The point is, as I should have told you rightaway, that I will be celebrating with a giveaway, of course. I'm trying to get hold of the very elusive Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette for a giveaway, but I barely managed to order one for myself and it hasn't arrived - if not, I'll buy one more whenever it launches in Sephora Dubai and we'll have the giveaway then. Till that time, I'll fill the space with more makeup and skincare giveaways, never fear - do drop back around my blogoversary for the giveaway!
But before that, I have to tell you who won the Holiday 2016 Makeup Giveaway.
Holiday 2016 Makeup Giveaway Results

Skincare With Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, Essence, Lotion and Steam Cream

After all the Holiday excesses and sleepless nights, it is time to heal and rejuvenate the skin. I have been using Benton's Snail Bee High Content range - firstly, it contains neither dead snails, mucus/bogey, urine nor crushed bees. The "snail mucin" in question is the lubricant that the gastropods secret from their legs as they glide around. I have a scary story about snails further below.
My other favourite Korean brands, Mizon and CosRx, have provided documentation saying they do not harm the snails while collecting the lubricant. Benton say they have been certified cruelty-free.
Although I had heard a lot about Benton, I was put off by some mentions of the smell - it was supposed to smell like something I won't mention here - because you are going to puke and then call me names afterwards. To add to my apprehensions, I had heard horror stories about product contamination about two years ago. But I received a couple of samples and opened them - there was no smell! Neither pleasant, nor unpleasant. I bought the lot pronto in November, and here are my thoughts.

Scroll down for my post-Holiday skincare routine with Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, Essence, Lotion and Steam Cream.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, Essence, Lotion and Steam Cream review, comparison with Mizon and CosRx

Beauty Products Used Up in December 2016, Link Party

Because of all the Holiday fun, I forgot to show you my December empties. 2016 has been one bittersweet ride. Not as bad as my personal annus horribilus, which was 2012, but still among the top three horrible years of my life. I spent eight months on antibiotics. I spent almost five months in HIDING because of cystic acne. I missed my parents' wedding anniversary dinner for the second time ever. I didn't celebrate a bunch of other joyous events.
The bright spots? I spent more time with my grandparents (even THEY flinched at the sight of my face). I learned about and began adhering to a proper skincare regimen. I began learning two new languages and signed up for two other study courses. 
Hopefully 2017 will be a fresh start.
Before that, however, let me show you the trash of the month.

Scroll down for the beauty products I used up in December 2016 and for my thoughts on each.

Here are the beauty products I used up in December 2016 and for my thoughts on each.

Goals And Resolutions For 2017

Goals And Resolutions For 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones have had a great Holiday season, wherever you are around the world. I also wish each of you a very fruitful and prosperous 2017!
2016 was one of the three worst years of my life. I spent the first few months hiding at my parents' place, not even stepping out to sign for packages, with my face ravaged by a terrible breakout. Things began looking up from the mid-year, and I am due to start subcision for the scars from January 18.
For 2017, my goals are as follows:

2016 Makeup Favourites: Best 10 Lipsticks Of The Year

Did you have a good Christmas? I had the time of my life, and came away with better loot than I have had in a while. Swag included a Coloured Raine eyeshadow palette, a 40x jeweller's loupe, new trainers, books, a new jacket, and more. But all that is for another time; I'm too lazy to take photographs today.
Now that the year is almost done, I thought I would talk about my favourites - this year has clearly been all about liquid lipsticks, with brands coming out with new, non-drying formulations. I hope the trend continues well into 2017!

Scroll down for deets on 10 of my favourite lipsticks from 2016. 

Here are the best 10 lipsticks of the year.