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Sunday, May 20, 2018

IT Cosmetics’ It’s Your Most Beautiful Skin Today’s Special Value at QVC!!!

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It is that time again! Time for a Today's Special Value announcement for QVC! I love alerting you to these great deals on QVC as they really are fantastic...plus, I just love IT Cosmetics. This is a great way to be either introduced to the brand or to stock up on favorites if you are already a fan. 


I had a chance to preview a couple of the items from the kit and they are fantastic! Bye Bye Under Eye Cream is already one of my favorites that I have rotated into my skincare routine throughout this past year. Bye Bye Lines Serum is an item that I am excited to add to my routine! 

So, here is the scoop on the complete set from IT Cosmetics and available on QVC for today only:

IT Cosmetics’ It’s Your Most Beautiful Skin Today’s Special Value® is available on QVC® today Sun, May 20th, 2018 for one day only! This amazing kit has the following items:

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+ - This first-ever full coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics gives you the power to say “bye bye” to beauty imperfections and hello to instant complexion perfection! Infused with full-coverage pigments, and SPF 50+ sunscreen, Bye Bye Foundation is formulated to give you weightless, natural-looking coverage that moves with your skin.

Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream - Make tired eyes look refreshed with this moisturizing eye cream that helps to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes while brightening the look of eyes. Featuring a blue tint that goes on clear, this nourishing formula is infused with caffeine, vitamin C, collagen and peptides. 

Bye Bye Lines Serum - It’s your revolutionary concentrate! Formulated with peptides, caviar extract, sea water, hydrolyzed collagen and algae, this weightless serum helps hydrate skin and improve the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles for glowing, youthful-looking skin.

Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation Brush No. 22 - Featuring a unique triangle-shaped brush head with Heavenly Luxe hairs, this innovative brush reaches every corner of your face—and is so easy to use, it does the work for you to help deliver an even application! Pairs 5perfectly with your included Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer™ with SPF 50+ and all your favorite color-infused skincare products.




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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Light as Air Moisturizer: NEW Olay Regenerist Whip

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Light as Air Moisturizer: NEW Olay Regenerist Whip (with SPF 25):
Have you heard of the NEW Olay Whip products? Yes! Olay has reformulated some of their best-selling moisturizers to now have a whipped texture. This is so exciting! 

I have been an Olay fan and user for many years (literally decades). You guys know that I rotate products and try many new things. However, Olay is a brand that I always return to. So, Olay products have rotated into my skincare routine frequently over the years. 

One product, in particular, has been a trusted product for me over the years: The Olay Regenerist Cream. So, when I saw that the Regenerist Cream is now available as a Whip product...and that they have one with SPF, I just had to try it! 


I just love the texture of this product. The whipped formula really does give this moisturizer a light-as-air feel. It sinks into your skin quickly and leaves you feeling super soft and hydrated with no greasy finish. The Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF has the same anti-aging ingredients as the original formula and texture. It feels weightless and leaves you matte. It truely hydrates beautifully and works to smooth out fine lines and plump your skin while also protecting you from the sun. This is an amazing final touch in my morning skincare routine. I apply it after washing my face in the morning to my damp skin. Also, this is a great product to rotate into your skincare routine in the Spring and Summer! Perhaps you use a heavier moisturizer when it is colder and drier? Try switching to this product when you need something lighter but still need moisture (we all need moisture every day!). 

The Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 has "active rush technology" which transforms the product from cream to liquid on your skin for instant absorption. This skin-loving formula packs in hyaluronic acid, peptides, and vitamins to nourish your skin and keep it hydrated. 

While I do love this product, I also have a wish. While the fragrance is nice, I do wish that it came in a fragrance-free version. Olay does offer various fragrance-free products. However, currently, none of the Olay Whip formulas are available fragrance-free. Also, the active sun protection ingredients are chemical sunscreens. Generally, I prefer the coverage and protection that I get from physical sunscreens. However, I must state that chemical sunscreens are more cosmetically elegant in that they leave no white cast and are generally nicer to apply. However, for those with extremely sensitive skin, they sometimes can irriate. Also, I do wish the SPF was a 30. However, SPF of 25 is usually adequate for my day-to-day moisturization and sun protection needs. However, if I know I am going to be outdoors for a few hours in a day, I use a higher SPF (and I reapply more often). This product retails for $29.99 at the drugstore. Now, that is a pretty steep price for a drugstore. However, watch sales as most drugstores offer really great discounts and sales! 


More Olay Whips:
So, Olay has reformulated the Regenerist line and is now offering a whipped version in addition to their origional Regenerist products. The exciting news is that Olay is also offering whipped versions of their Luminous and Total Effects moisturizers, too! I am just going to have to try all of these! :) I really am loving this whipped texture! I would particulary like to try the Olay Regenerist Whip (without SPF) for nighttime use! 

So, if you are already a fan of the Olay Regenerist line...or, if you previously liked Olay Regenerist but found it to be a bit too heavy, then you just have to try Olay's NEW Regenerist Whip products or their other whipped formulas! I am so loving the texture and feel of these moisturizers. 



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Arbonne's NEW RE9 Advanced PREPWORK Superfood Skincare Regimen

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Effortless Skincare with Superfood Ingredients:
Arbonne's NEW RE9 Advanced PREPWORK Superfood Skincare Regimen

It is so fun to explore new skincare! I am super excited to share about this new Prepwork range from Arbonne. All of the products are great and I am especially excited about 2 of the items that are new skincare staples for me.

Great skincare does not have to take a lot of effort! Skincare can be good for you and a treat to use. This was the inspiration behind the creation of the new Prepwork skincare line from Arbonne. The Prepwork line is an effortless approach to skincare with effective formulates with special superfood ingredients to help your skin maintain that coveted healthy glow while safeguarding it from environmental stressors.

The key ingredients are based on foods, like Kakadu Plum (to boost luminosity) and Raspberry Ceramide (to seal in hydration). I am super excited about the inclusion of Ceramides in the formulation as they are so crucial to the hydration of the skin and the repair of skin barrier.


The Prepwork line has four products:
-RE9 Advanced Prepwork Cleansing Polish
-RE9 Advancd Gel Eye Masks
-RE9 Advanced Hydrating Dew Cream
-RE9 Advanced Soft Focus Veil with SPF 30

Here are some tips and steps for using the Prepwork products from Arbonne:

Prep Step 1: Cleansing Polish ($32, Arbonne.com) – Lingonberry and apricot fuel this gentle daily exfoliator with brightening & toning properties. Bonus: it also removes makeup!

Prep Step 2: Gel Eye Masks ($50, Arbonne.com) – Fruit, veggie and caffeine-packed masks for an instantly refreshing pick-me-up. Expert tip: you can also use them around your mouth (or really anywhere you’d like).

Prep Step 3: Hydrating Dew Cream ($46, Arbonne.com) – Unique lightweight cream that doubles as an amazing pore-blurring primer – giving that hydrating glow without the oily slick.  

Prep Step 4: Soft Focus Veil with SPF 30 ($44, Arbonne.com) – Breathable, dewy skin tint with mineral-based environmental protection for those makeup-free days.

While I enjoyed using this entire range, a couple products really stood out to me...and have become new staples in my skincare routine! So, here is the full scoop and all of the details on my favorites of this collection: the Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen and the Gel Eye Masks:

RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen:
The RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is amazing!!! I am *so picky* about sunscreens and this one is fantastic! First of all, this tinted sunscreen's shade works beautifully with my fair skin tone. The mineral combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide is the perfect combination of minerals for my skin. I am somewhat sensitive to chemical sunscreens. So, my skin really preferrs this mineral combination and it is what I tend to seek out the most when choosing a sunscreen. I love how this sunscreen applies. It looks shiny and moist at first, but dries down to the perfect radiant finish. Beautiful!!! It looks so natural; yet, it really perfects your skin. It really is a YSBB (your skin but better) formula!

The formula contains a superfood cocktail of ingredients containing vitamins C and E, antioxidants, omegas and phytonutrients helps hydrate the skin while minerals defend against environmental aggressors from the sun. The formula is so hydrating! My skin looks and feels smooth and plump when I wear this. It looks great on its own, or under makeup. I absolutely love this product!!!

KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS:

  • Raspberry ceramide, a superfood with omegas 6 and 3, is at the heart of our hydro-sealing blend, along with the antioxidant vitamin E
  • Iron oxides function as mineral pixels, providing a photo-filtered effect
  • Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, non-Nano, mineral sunscreen agents, provide broad spectrum SPF protection
  • Argan kernel oil moisturizes and conditions skin

RE9 Advancd Gel Eye Masks:
These are *so fun* to use!!! My eye area is my "trouble spot" when it comes to skincare. I have sensitive tired eyes that are prone to redness and dark circles. So, I like to pamper and treat my eyes as much as possible. Trust me, these gel eye masks are the perfect treat for your tired eyes!!! These eye patches feel so soothing! It is an awesome extra treat for my skin. Plus, my eyes seem smoother and more hydrated after each use. 



These soothing eye masks feel cool when you apply them and they immediately hydrate the eye area. The eye masks contain a superfood cocktail of ingredients containing vitamins C and E, antioxidants, omegas and phytonutrients, helps improve moisture levels, softening the look of baby lines around the eyes. The eye masks work to brighten dark circles and they leave you looking more awake and refreshed. 

KEY INGREDIENTS AND BENEFITS
  • Kakadu plum, with vitamin C, boosts and maintains moisture, resulting in an improved appearance of baby lines while restoring a natural, youthful glow
  • Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, acai, cranberry, and blueberry extracts, which are sources of antioxidants, help keep skin looking healthy and conditioned with hydration
  • Caffeine helps to reduce the look of puffiness and the appearance of dark circles
  • Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, helps to support the skin’s moisture barrier with hydration to enhance the appearance of brightness and even tone
Overall this is a fantastic collection! My skin had great results. I especially recommend the SPF and the Eye Masks! Be sure to check out this amazing new PREPWORK collection from Arbonne



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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair makes incredibly luxe and effective products that are a joy to use! Here are a few of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's current favorite cleansing, treatment and styling products from them that you will want to know about!

Did you know that May is Melanoma Awareness Month? Cindy from Prime Beauty helps you get your tan on yet keeps it safe with Bondi Sands Self Tanners.

Never Say Die Beauty is a real fan of the unique texture and pigmentation of Butter LONDON's Glazen line. Check out the swatches from the Majestic Metals Glazen Eye Gloss set and the Glazen Blush Gelée.

Did you ever find something that you are just crazy about? That's how Marcia of feels about her RescueHer Essential Kit. You'll want one too once you see it.

Find out how Pammy Blogs Beauty layers her SPF products for Summer!

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is not only versatile it's absolutely flipping GORGEOUS! Find out why Christa from Realizing Beauty can't get enough of it.

Justina's Gems has tried both the matte and the hydrating versions of Tarte's Shape Tape foundation. See which one is her favorite!

15 Minute Beauty has noticed that her skin has gotten drier over the years. She's just tried the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist and she's amazed at what a difference it has made in her makeup!

Polarbelle has began a new series leading into summer entitled Battle Of The Body Glows. The first edition is a Glow Off between Fenty Beauty Body Lava Who Needs Clothes and Smashbox X VladaMua Petal Metal spray luminizer. See which you prefer for glowing summer skin.

Beauty Judy took the new Urban Decay Beached Collection for a test drive. Check out her looks and thoughts on the palette and lipsticks!



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Laura Mercier Summer 2018: Viva Cuba!!!

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Ready to get a fresh and fun makeup look for Summer? Look no further than Laura Mercier's NEW Viva Cuba collection for Summer 2018! This new, limited-edition collection is available on counters and online as of April 2018. I love the idea of a makeup collection inspired by the fiesty Cuban culture. Growing up with a Cuban best friend, I can confirm the passion and firecracker spirit of Cuban culture! :) 

Inspired by the soulful ambiance of Cuban culture, Laura Mercier created this collection by drawing influence from the energy, music, and clashing patterns of street art found throughout the country. The result is earthy matte bronzing shades that embrace the skin with a touch of warmth as liquid illuminating pearls float delicately on the face, eyes seduce and shimmer and lips pop with colours as intense and vivid as vibrant Cuban design.


I got to try out a few items from this collection and I am very impressed with the vivid lip color,  the beautiful warmth that the bronzing powders impart, and the gorgeous shimmer of the illuminator. 


The Matte bronzing powders come in two shades. These deliver a natural-looking warmth to the skin.
Silky, micro-fine powder feels weightless on skin, goes on smoothly and blends seamlessly to provide the ultimate sun-kissed glow. I got to try out Soleil 1. 

Available in two shades: Soleil 1 Soleil 2
Retails for $38.

Inspired by Laura Mercier's best-selling Face Illuminator shades, Liquid Face Illuminator is a sheer light-reflecting fluide ideal for custom blending your perfect level of glow

Available in two shades: Addiction (I tried this shade) and Seduction
Retails for $38.00.


These are Modern matte lipsticks in seductive and vivid in colors. These are the key to the vibrancy of this gorgeous makeup collection! They have fantastic staying powder and impressive pigmentation. They contain mattifying powders and silky conditioners envelop your lips in the softness and comfort of velour.

Available in three Limited Edition shades: Chicas, Havana, and Amor
Retails for $28.00 each. 

If you are ready to kick your makeup up a notch with vivid lips and gorgeous shimmery bronze skin, then be sure to check out Laura Mercier's Viva Cuba



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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring and Summer Staple SPF Products and my SPF Routine: Herpecin L and More!


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Spring and Summer Staple SPF Products and my SPF Routine with Herpecin L and more:
While we need SPF year-round, the Spring and Summer seasons are a great time to check in and evaluate your personal sunscreen routine. The sun's rays are damaging year-round. Not only can you burn from the sun, but also the sun can cause skin cancer, skin damage, discoloration, and can accelerate the signs of aging. So, we all need SPF protection every day. Not only do we need to apply SPF in the mornings, but re-application throughout the day is necessary, too. This is where I have fallen short in my SPF routine in the past. This is my focus now and moving forward. I need creative ways to reapply sunscreen throughout the day (and especially when I am in direct sun). 

For this particular post, I am going to focus on the Sunscreens that I apply to my face and neck/chest (I will save my body sunscreens for a future post). I like to use a variety of SPFs throughout the day. So, lets start chatting about my SPF routine!

To start off the day, I make sure to apply a full and generous layer of SPF to my face as well as my chest/neck area (like I mentioned, I do apply to my whole body, but the body products will be in another post). I even include areas like my ears, lips, and eyelids. These are areas that I have unintentionally skipped in the past, but I am certainly including now. 



For facial sunscreens, I prefer to use physical sunscreens (non-chemical active sunscreen ingredients). My favorite physical sunscreen ingredient combo is Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I like this combo as it works the best on my sensitive skin. The downside to this physical sunscreen combo is that it has a white cast when applied. However, my skin is *so fair* that a white cast is honestly not that noticeable on me. Physical sunscreens are also great because they do not degrade as quickly. So, they offer fantastic protection against those damaging rays of the sun. Right now I am loving the MyChelle Dermacuticals Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28. Typically, SPF 30 is best, but SPF 28 is pretty darn close. I do tend to switch around with my facial SPF, but stick generally within the physical sunscreen category. I also love Neutrogena's Sheer Zinc and my previous Holy Grail tinted SPF from Belli was just discontinued (so sad!!!). However, there are tons of great ones out there and I am curious to explore more options. 

I apply my first layer of facial SPF in the mornings as the final step in my skincare routine. After I get a good base layer of SPF, I like to add in a tinted sunscreen or BB/CC Cream for added protection. Right now I am really loving Pevonia's NEW YouthRenew Tinted Cream SPF 30. This product gives nice skin protecting coverage plus is enriched with other skin-loving ingredients. It comes in a universal shade which just happens to blend in with my skintone seamlessly (not sure how it would blend with darker tones as I am very fair). 

It is so important to not neglect your neck and chest/decolletage area! That area gets just as much sun exposure as your face. Plus, I use skincare actives on my neck and chest which makes it more susceptible to sun damage. So, I like to apply RoC's Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Chest, Neck, and Face Cream with SPF 30. I apply this generously and just love how it sinks in and protects. Granted, I could just apply my facial sunscreen on my neck and chest. However, I like physicaly suncreens on my face but am fine with chemical or mixed sunscreens on my chest and neck area and this one works great and gives no white cast. 


Next, I make sure to apply a generous layer of Herpecin L on my lips. I just adore this lip treatment!!! Not only is it a fabulous lip moisturizer, but also it has SPF 30 protection (which is honestly hard to find in a lip balm...most just have SPF 15 which I feel is honestly not enough protection) and it has ingredients to combat cold sores. I don't personally suffer from cold sores. However, if you do, it is fantastic to get a cold sore treatment, lip balm, and lip sunscreen in one product! Fact: Did you know that 50-80% US adults have oral herpes? Yes, it is actually very common. So, I am hoping that this post helps to de-stigmatize having oral herpes as it is so common. Herpecin L is very reasonably priced and easily available at your local Walmart store. Herpecin L is safe and effective to use every day and throughout the day to help relieve and protect painful cracking of lips while also promoting healing without numbing nor drying. Herpecin L is uniquely formulated with dimethicone for protection, and sunscreens to help guard against the sun's harmful rays.

I reapply the Herpecin L very frequently throughout the day. Lips are very prone to skin cancer, sunburns, and general dryness. Lips really need more application than any other body part because of natural licking of lips throughout the day, eating, and drinking. So, the SPF protection that you apply is constantly being taken off. So, just keep re-applying! I keep an extra Herepcin L in my purse for touch ups and reapplication. I always apply before going outside and when on-the-go. I just love this stuff!!!

For sunscreen reapplication throughout the day, the best bet is really to just apply another layer of your sunscreen. If I am in the yard most of the day or at the pool, then that is exactly what I do. Also, I always try to seek shade and if I am getting a lot of exposure while outside I wear a hat or wear sun protective clothing as well. 

On days where I have minimal sun exposure, my reapplication is a bit different. I recently discovered two fantastic products that are perfect for layering over your previously applied sunscreens and makeup. The first one that I want to talk about is Jane Iredale's Powder Me SPF Dry Sunscreen. This product is fantastic!!! I use the shade translucent, but it is also available in 2 other shades (3 shades total). I believe that this is a SPF 30. However, I wouldn't rely on it as my only sunscreen as you would have to apply it so thick...but, as a supplimental sunscreen it is perfect! Plus, it is so nice to just be able to pat it over your previous sunscreen and makeup without disrupting your carefully applied makeup. It is also fantastic to apply to your hair part if you need extra protection there! 


Another fantastic option for reapplication is the SeriouslyFab Zinc it Over Sheer Sunscreen Facial Mist. This sheer mist is perfecting for misting over your makeup to set makeup and to add an additional layer of SPF protection throughout the day (without messing up your makeup!). The formula is Cruelty Free, Natural, Vegan and Safe with No Chemicals. The formula includes Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. It is available regular and non-scented. I love the sheer extra protection that I get from this product and the nice glowy finish it gives to my makeup!


I hope you got some good ideas for products and tips after reading my Sunscreen routine and tips for reapplying throughout the day! I know that key products like Herpecin L give me the great SPF protection that I need every day while also keeping my lips moisturized, smoothed, and protected. Reapplying SPF to my face, neck, and chest throughout the day really ups my sun protection while keeping my skin nicely hydrated. I am thrilled with my SPF routine! I would love to hear about yours, too! 




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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Get the Look with Neutrogena: Kerry Washington Met Gala

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Kerry Washington Met Gala Get the Look with Neutrogena:

The gorgeous actress and Neutrogena Brand Ambassador, Kerry Washington, walked the Met Gala red carpet and looked absolutely stunning!

Neutrogena products are staples in my personal routine and I notice that Kerry used some of my favorites for her look! I especially love Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel!!! I use it literally every day underneath my daily SPF in the mornings and underneath my treatment products in the evenings. There is no question that HydroBoost boosts my skin's hydration. Amazing stuff, really!

Here is Kerry's beauty breakdown and "get the look" information from Neutrogena:

KERRY WASHINGTON
MAKEUP ARTIST CAROLA GONZALEZ

CAROLA ON HER INSPIRATION FOR KERRY’S MET BALL MAKEUP:
The inspiration for Kerry’s Met Ball look was based on the Met Gala 2018 theme: “Heavenly Bodies” Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

It brought me back to the Renaissance period and I wanted the makeup to embody that era. I felt so inspired, and it’s just one of those events where you can go in a more avant-garde direction.  I really wanted to play around with earthy tones mixed with more brilliant ones like copper leaf. It felt extraordinarily fresh and something that we wouldn’t be able to do on every red carpet.



CAROLA ON KERRY’S SKIN PREP:
I always prep Kerry’s skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It quenches the skin with hydration which is one of the main components in achieving Kerry’s glowing skin. And again, tonight is hands down a skin celebration night so you have to have the RIGHT skincare products in order to give that ultra beam gleam.  For the cheeks, I used Kerry’s new Neutrogena Essential Cheek Palette, available at ULTA.  I used the shade “Elegant” as the highlight along her cheekbones and “Grateful” as the bronzer.

CAROLA ON KERRY’S EYES:
To lay a really solid base for the eyes, I first applied Kerry’s new Neutrogena Essential Eye Palette from ULTA in the shade “Focused” all over the eye. I used this shade in particular because I wanted it to be a neutral and as close as Kerry’s natural shade. Since the inspiration was based on the Renaissance and paintings, that color is key for tying those portions into Kerry’s look.

CAROLA ON KERRY’S LIPS:
I didn’t want the makeup to be all same tone, so I went with a plum-stained lip - something subtle, that felt earthy, but enough to add dimension to the makeup. I lined and blotted her lips and then applied Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Lip Shine in Soft Mulberry and blotted until it became a stain.

NEUTROGENA PRODUCT BREAKDOWN
Get the Look Neutrogena Product Breakdown
Skin Prep: Hydro Boost Water Gel
Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint in Cocoa
Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer in Deep
Kerry Washington Essential Cheek Palette - available exclusively at Ulta.com and ULTA
Kerry Washington Essential Eye Palette - available exclusively at Ulta.com and ULTA
Nourishing Eye Liner in Cosmic Black
Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara in Black
Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Soft Mulberry




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