Rimmel #Insta Collection

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Rimmel #Insta Collection including the Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray, Fix & Matte Translucent Powder and the Wonderfull Mascara with Argan Oil.
 Let's face it, in this day and age it can feel near enough impossible to keep up with the trends and the flawless insta makeup. Everyone these days post a thousand flawless selfies a day and I can't even take one semi decent photo of myself, that I would even contemplate posting online. If I'm not looking spotty, I'm looking shiny. I give up taking flawless selfies of myself before I even try to be honest. Although I'm not a girl with baby soft flawless angel skin, I do like to try my best. I have always used Rimmel's Lasting Finish Foundation and Stay Matte Translucent powder to give me that medium/full coverage finish. I've been using the same products for years and have always trusted Rimmel especially with my base products. I was after a new Stay Matte Powder after hitting pan and noticed Rimmel's new #Insta collection. As any makeup obsessed deal grabber would have done, I made use of the Boots 3 for 2!

The first thing I just new I had to try was the #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray. It has been absolutely baking recently and us Brits just don't react well to the hot weather. I'm never prepared and I never know the correct way to go about things in the Summer (full makeup/no makeup?). I had never really tried a setting spray and I'm not one for primer, but with this hot sweaty weather I figured I could use all the help in the world to keep my makeup in place. I've used this both as a primer and setting spray and on first thoughts I love the way it feels on my skin. I love the refreshing spritz, it's perfect in this weather. The scent is refreshing and kind of smells like cucumbers - there's nothing worse than having a cosmetic smelling scent on your face! I feel like the past week or two have been the toughest time to trial the Fix & Go spray. It's been stupidly hot and sweaty, so it really had a lot of work to do. Although my face did feel a little sweaty after a good few hours in this 30° heat whilst working, surprisingly enough my makeup hadn't budged all that much. I can honestly say that if I wasn't wearing the Primer & Setting Spray, I know my skin would be a big sweaty patchy mess. My face kind of felt like a big sweaty patchy mess, but in fact didn't look half bad! I would love to try this in more of a normal climate, to give it a fair chance.

Originally I was after my trusty Stay Matte powder when the #Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder caught my eye. I'm so faithful to Stay Matte, I almost feel scared to try something new, I managed to talk myself into getting this due to the fact it's another Rimmel product and of course the 3 for 2! The first thing I noticed was the colour. I'm used to Rimmel translucent powder being a little skin coloured, so I was surprised and a little skeptical about the white powder. I don't know why but I was worried this powder would leave me looking as white as a ghost (obviously it didn't). Fix & Matte Translucent Powder instantly mattified and smoothed my skin leaving no fall out behind. This is perfect to get rid of oiliness and to minimise the look of pores without that cakey finish.

Of course I was taking Boots up on their 3 for 2 offer and was on the search for a third. I picked up Rimmel's Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil. Now I don't think this is in the #Insta collection but I just couldn't help myself, it was in the promotion and everyone knows I can't resist trying a new mascara! I picked up the Extreme Black shade as I love a defined lash! First of all I love the packaging, to me it screams Summer ready. I'm also a fan of the thick brush. I love a full thick brush that really grabs and curls my lashes. The Argan Oil promotes smooth and clump free lashes and it certainly delivers! This applies so smooth and easy, there will not be a clump in sight. I think this is perfect for everyday lashes. You may not get your big massive full effect night time lashes, but you will however get beautiful smooth and clump free natural lashes. Your lashes can be thick and full but if they're clumpy, it ruins the whole look. I love the lightweight and natural feel to this mascara, it's perfect for the hot weather!

Rimmel were the brand that got me so excited about makeup and really started my obsession off. I've been impressed with the new #Insta collection and I think when the weather gets back to normal, this can really help me with he whole "#Instaselfie" thing! I would love to try some more from their new collection and see if I can really give the whole flawless selfie thing a go!

What has caught your eyes from Rimmel's new #Insta collection beauties?


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Summer Bronzers

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Summer Bronzers Bourjois Delice de Poudre, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit.
I'm writing this on a very cloudy dull day but in fact we are nearing the middle of June! When I think of Summer makeup I instantly think of bronzer and what better time to need a bit of bronzing than on a dull Summer's day! Us Brits are used to an unpredictable Summer, for me if it's grey outside then all the more reason for a beautiful Summer's bronze! Today I want to share with you three of my go to Bronzers for Summer time.

Summer Bronzers Bourjois Delice de Poudre, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit.
The High Street Summer Bronzer!
Before I started blogging I was never really a bronzer girl, I was that girl who thought she was too pale for bronzer and it would just make me look stupid. In reality I looked kind of stupid with no colour to my face! The first bronzer I got my hands on was the holy grail Bourjois Delice de Poudre. I don't know what was going through my mind, but I chose the darker shade. Luckily this bronzer is lovely and buildable so if you start with a light hand, it's perfect to add a bit of colour to even the palest of skins. The powder is beautifully soft and smells like chocolate, it's such a pleasure to use! The bronzed powder is filled with golden shimmers to give your skin that sun kissed Summer's glow. This is a gorgeous bronzer perfect for Summer holidays. The darker shade is also great for contouring to give you a little dimension. If you haven't tried this high street staple, then get your hands on it this Summer beauties.

The High End Must Have!
The bronzer I've been using everyday and for all occasions for over a year has been the famous Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I fell in love with this from the first glow. Of course with higher end products, you expect beautiful results and quality and sometimes you can be left a little disappointed, not with this! Even with all the hype I was so impressed with the cashmere soft powder, I had never felt anything like it before. The light bronzing shade is not at all orange in the slightest. It gives you a healthy and natural bronze with an added golden shimmer. This is the perfect shade to sculpt and slim your face in the most natural and beautiful way - you really will feel like a film star! The shade is light enough for an everyday healthy hint of colour, but buildable enough to give you a sun kissed and luminous finish.

The Everyday Natural Bronzer!
The last bronzer on my list for this Summer is the newest in my collection the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit. Let's just start with the scrumptious sweet peach scent! I'm a big fan of products with beautiful sweet scents, if your applying something on your face it does help to have a lovely scent. I honestly just can't stop smelling this palette every time I use it. Now onto the actual product, I'm not going to lie I thought this would apply darker but in fact it applies quite fair. This is perfect for girls like me on the paler side, you can build this up for a more sun kissed look. This is a great little bronzer for everyday. The powder is lovely and soft and such a joy to apply.

My skin is in desperate need of a little added healthy bronze this Summer and these are the bronzers I swear by. I would love to know your go to bronzers in this predictable dull UK Summer beauties?

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Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

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Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
You all know by now that when Maybelline come out with a new mascara, I'm the first to try it out. Mascara is one of my favourite things and Maybelline just impress me time after time with their mascaras. So of course when I got this beauty through the door I just had to try it out. Maybelline just kill it every time for me, so it's only fitting they come out with The Colossal Big Shot Mascara.

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
First of all I looove the packaging. It stands out from the crowd and really grabs your intention. In this day and edge you've got to Boss It and Maybelline have got us covered so we can #LASHLIKEABOSS ;) 
I love a full brush so I was even more excited to see The big shots full thick brush. This is the perfect wand to apply full loaded volume in just one coat thanks to its unique wavy bristles. I found this so easy to apply and could see amazing results straight away, it was love at first sight. My lashes were instantly lengthened right from root to tip. The wand instantly coats the lashes so evenly and without clumping with it's collagen enriched formula. I'm a big fan of long voluminous lashes and Big Shot delivers this instantly. This is the perfect mascara to give you effortless big bold BOSS long lashes, Colossal Big Shot won't let you down. My lashes are long and thick all day long. Got a big night out coming up or you just want to #lashlikeaboss everyday, get your hands on Maybelline's new The Colossal Big Shot Mascara.

Once again Maybelline have impressed me. I've always been obsessed with Lash Sensational, could this be my Lash Sensational bigger and bolder best friend?


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5 Product Face

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Five Product Face including Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, NARS Deepthroat Blusher, Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Pencil, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Rimmel Oh My Gloss
I'm one of those girls who's either wearing a full face of makeup or completely bare faced, I don't really have an in-between. I've always envied girls who can just get away with wearing a little concealer and lipgloss and look so natural and glowy. The thought of even going out without powder, bronzer, highlight, eyeshadow (the list goes on and on) just freaks me out, it's all or nothing! Until one Sunday. Simon and I went on a spur of the moment trip for a roast and tea and cake. I didn't want to spend my Sunday doing my makeup but also wanted to look some what presentable, so decided to do something I had never before, go foundation and powder free!

I didn't want to spend time putting on all the trimmings, so for my base I just used the trusty Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I used this on all of my blemishes and blended this out to even my skin tone. I always thought I'd be left with blotchy patches if I didn't use a foundation, but to my surprise my skin looked great and so natural! The Collection concealer covered my flaws and evened out my skin, making me look fresh and ready for the day.
I've never not used powder to set my base, but that day I just didn't want to. I thought my face would feel sticky or sweaty without wearing powder, but actually my skin felt so healthy all day. I went straight on to adding a bit of colour to my cheeks with my NARS Deepthroat blush. Again I always apply my blush after my powder so this felt very odd to me. I loved the finish this gave. My blush looked more natural and flawless and had much more of a glowy and flirty feel. 
In this day and age you just can't go out without your eyebrows on! I used the Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Pencil to give my brows a little boost. This is perfect for an everyday brow. The pencil is nice and creamy and so easy to use and the brush just blend in the colour to give you full natural brows.
One product that really makes a difference to my look is mascara, so of course I couldn't not wear mascara. My trusty favourite for any occasion is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. This lifts and lengthens my lashes, making my eyes look more awake and more alive. Lash Sensational adds so much volume and life to your lashes and it's so easy to use thanks to its curved wand.
To complete my quick and easy look I added a bit of gloss. I used the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in Glossaholic. This is a pretty fun pink to add a bit of colour to your everyday look. This is the perfect shade for a Spring/Summer day.

I was so pleased with how my makeup turned out, I looked healthy glowy and natural. My skin felt like it could breathe. All it took was five trusty products and literally about five minutes to apply! I can see myself choosing the five product face more often now!

What would be your trusty five products beauties?


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NEW IN | Maybelline Pixie Collection

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Maybelline's Limited Edition Pixie Collection
When it comes to makeup, there's nothing more exciting than a limited edition collection. So of course when the new Maybelline The Pixie Collection came through my door I couldn't wait to tear open the package and see what was inside. Maybelline have released some of their trusty best sellers, in the new magical holographic Pixie packaging - it's just like fairy dust!
The new Pixie Collection is exclusive to Superdrug and is in stores now until the 30th May. So if you're like me and need to get your hands on the hottest new limited edition makeup collections, you better act fast!

Maybelline's Limited Edition Pixie Collection Vivid Hot Laquers
Maybelline's Limited Edition Pixie Collection Vivid Hot Laquers Swatches
Left to right: Slay It, Obsessed, Unreal.
The Pixie Collection:
 One of the only liquid eyeliners I can get on with is the Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Eyeliner. This little beauty has a smart tip brush making application so easy and controlled. The formula is lovely and jet black, not at all drying. I love that the tip and handle make for effortless, controlled application.
Maybelline Strobing Stick Light Iridescent is the perfect product for Spring/Summer. I wasn't that into strobing last year, but this year I'm fully prepared. This is perfect for a flirty highlight. The light iridescent shade works so well with my pale skin, it gives a glowy and fun look without being to over board. I love to apply this with my fingers to my cheekbones.
 Just like the iridescent shade, Maybelline Strobing Stick Medium Glow is gorgeous for Spring/Summer. I think this one works better on me if I have a tan, it's also beautiful for the evening. This gives you that warm golden glow we all crave during the Summer!
Of course Maybelline have included one of the most popular high street eye concealers in their new Pixie Collection, the Maybelline Instant Anti Age The Eraser Eye Concealer. Unfortunately I've never been able to join in on the hype with this one because the lightest shade is just a little to dark for me. I have noticed Maybelline have a brightening Age Rewind concealer so I definitely need to get my hands on that one. If you're lucky enough to find a shade for your skin type in this you need to try it. I hear it works wonders for bags, lines and tired eyes.
Next on my list is a product that I have so much love for already, the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. I have the original, but this is also included with the super fun and magical Pixie Collection wrap. This is one of my all time favourite mascaras, Maybelline can do no wrong for me when it comes to mascara. This lifts and lengthens lashes, whilst giving you that thick bold lash look we all crave.
Last but certainly not least in Maybelline's new Pixie Collection are the Vivid Hot Laquers. Laquered lips seem to be the new craze going into Summer and Maybelline have us covered! Say goodbye to the nude matte lips and hello to bold vivid colour packed full of shine! The Pixie Collection Vivid Hot Laquers come in three shades, Unreal (a warm nude), Obsessed (flirty raspberry) and Slay It (a dark sultry plum).

My favourites from Maybelline's Pixie Collection are the Light Iridescent Strobing Stick, Master Ink Liquid Eyeliner, Push Up Drama Mascara and of course the new Vivid Hot Laquers! Maybelline have us covered for our flirty shimmering pixie makeup looks this Summer.

What are your must haves from the new Maybelline Pixie Collection beauties?


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Skincare Q&A!

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Skincare Q&A!
I feel like I've lost my blogging mojo a little bit over the past two weeks. I haven't missed a week of posting in for as long as I can remember. I don't know why but I just haven't had the motivation or inspiration lately. Anyway I need to get back in the swing of things and I thought what better way to get me back in to the blogging game than do a tag post! I found this fun little skincare tag a while back and can't even remember what it was called, ahh! I just loved the questions and finding out about people's skincare habits so I thought I'd give it a go. So here are my answers:

1. What is your skin type? I used to think I had oily skin just because I'm prone to a few blemishes and spots, but I actually think I have combination/dehydrated skin. 
2. How do you store your skincare products? I keep my face washes, exfoliators and masks in the bathroom and moisturisers in the bedroom. I usually love to cleanse my face in the bathroom and moisturise in bed.
3. What is your favourite ingredient? I honestly don't know too much about skincare ingredients...
4. What is your most indulgent product? I don't have too many really high end or expensive products, maybe my Origins GinZing Moisturiser.
5. What is your best budget buy? Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Makeup Remover. It's under five pounds and is probably one of the only eye makeup removers that has ever actually removed all my eye makeup. I just use this with a double sided cotton pad to wipe away my eye makeup before I cleanse.
6. Do you use any tools? I use soft Egyptian cotton face cloths from Dunelm Mill to cleanse my face every morning and night.
7. What are the best masks? I've recently tried the Liz Earle Deep Cleaning Mask and I loved it! I love that it's a little runnier than a normal clay mask and it's not drying in the slightest. The scent makes me feel like I'm at the spa and my skin is left so radiant and soft.
8. What is the best multi-use product? Hmmmm, I don't want to say it but maybe Simple Face Wipes? I don't use them any more to take my makeup off, but I used too (ahh!). I use these now to fix my makeup when I've messed up, wipe my lips before applying lip products and generally cleaning around the house sometimes hahahah! whoops!
9. What is your favourite brand? Oooh that's hard! I think I've always loved Liz Earle, they're products are just so natural and gentle, I always feel like I'm at the spa! I've loved everything from Origins I've every tried and really want to try more. My newest skincare favourite has been the Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse and I was so impressed, I'm on a mission to try more from Pixi this year too. 
10. What is the best spot treatment? I've really been impressed with Origins Super Spot Remover! My spots reduce literally in 20 minutes once applied!
11. What is your favourite step in your skincare routine? I love double cleansing, taking off my makeup and being left with super soft clean skin is the best feeling in the world.
12. What is on your skincare wish list? All of the Origins masks!

I hope you've enjoyed learning more about my skincare, feel free to do this tag yourselves beauties.


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Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

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Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
I made it my goal last month to get back on track with my skincare routine. This meant no more face wipes and no more just using micellar water, I needed to get my hands on a decent cleanser to start off with. I have the worst habit of resorting to face wipes or micellar water when I run out of my favourite cleanser, this time I've bought a back up! As I needed to sort my routine out, I thought what better excuse to get my hands on the new Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanser! I've had my eye on this for a couple of months and couldn't wait to give this double cleanse a go!

I had never tried anything from Pixi before this, but I knew I would love this from the get go. Pixi have collaborated with the skincare queen, Caroline Hirons to bring us this two step double cleanser to answer all our cleansing prayers. Step one of the double cleanse is the solid cleansing oil, I'd like to think of it as more of a balm. The solid cleansing oil is enriched with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil and Omega Rich Camemilia oil to protect, condition, nourish and heal our skin (sounds dreamy right?). The idea is to apply a coin size amount to dry skin, which can feel a bit funny at first if you're not used to a cleansing balm/oil. The solid cleansing oil will instantly start melting away your makeup and any dirt, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and so enriched with goodness! I like to use this with a soft flannel and wipe away the excess. My skin instantly feels softer and cleaner. 
The next step is to dry your face and go in with the cleansing cream. The cleansing cream feels so rich and thick, it's such a joy to use. Caroline reccomends that you massage this into your skin to cleanse and condition your skin ready for the next steps of your regime. The ultra luxe cleansing cream is packed full of goodness including Vitamin C, Peptide Complex and Arginine. The ingredients in this will help protect and relax your skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I'ts not just the older beauties, who need to worry about wrinkles - prevention is key! Vitamin C will promote collagen and the Arginine will improve cell renewal and elasticity - Pixi & Caroline have us covered! The cleansing cream is so lovely and thick you can really enjoy massaging this into your skin and letting it sink in a bit. Once you've completed this step, it's time to wipe away with a soft flannel again and dry. The two step cleanse will ensure every nook and cranny of your face is squeaky clean and there's not a speck of dirt in sight. My face instantly feels so nourished and healthy, I always look forward to my night time double cleanse!

I knew from the get go I would love this and would want to share this with you beauties. I feel really confident about getting my skincare regime back on track now. This is the perfect night time cleanser, the two step double cleanse really ensures you remove all of your makeup and cleanse your skin properly. My skin feels so smooth and healthy - even Simon has noticed a difference!
I'm still working on getting the ultimate products for my skincare regime, I really want to try some more Pixi products after being so impressed with the Double Cleanse - next I think it's time for the cult favourite Pixi Glow Tonic!

Have you tried the Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse yet beauties?



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Stepping Into Spring

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Stepping Into Spring Origins GinZing Moisturiser, Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit, Maybelline the Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara, Dior Addict Lip Glow and Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon.
I think it's safe to say we've finally stepped into Spring. The sun has been shining that little bit more and the flowers are starting to bloom. I love everything about starting a new season. I love to see the changes in the weather, mixing up my Spring wardrobe and bringing out my Spring makeup must haves. I want to share with you today some of my favourite products I bring out whilst stepping into Spring.

Stepping Into Spring Origins GinZing Moisturiser, Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit.
I love to change up my skincare during the spring. Over the Winter I was using a heavier moisturiser that happened to run out just before Spring. Spring is the perfect time to bring back my favourite moisturiser, the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser. This is perfect for Spring, it's light and refreshing but does the job. It has the most gorgeous citrus orange scent that always makes me feel good in the morning. Its legendary skin boosting ingredients such as Panax, Coffee Bean and Ginseng will ensure your skin is left radiant, vibrant and uplifted. Not only is this moisturiser such a pleasure to apply, but it leaves my skin feeling radiant and with a healthy glow.
Of course if you've been reading my blog over the past month or so you will know my go to palettes at the moment are the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette and the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit. Originally I bought the eyeshadow palette and fell madly in love. The shades are so beautiful and warm, perfect for Spring and Summer. The formula is so soft and creamy, the shades really blend so well together - a little goes a long way. Of course the sweet peach scent is to die for and a great added bonus. After being so impressed with the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette, I just knew I had to get the Sweet Peach Glow Kit in my collection. Again this has the cutest packaging and sweet peach scent - oh so yummy! I especially love the peach coral blush in this, the powder is lovely and soft and gives you such a healthy spring blush to your cheeks. My favourite powder in this is of course the warm champagne highlight. This gives you the most beautiful dewy glow! If you want to see this palette in action you can read my previous review

Stepping Into Spring Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Maybelline the Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara, Dior Addict Lip Glow and Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon.
The foundation I've been trying out this Spring is the Revlon Colorstay Makeup. I've chosen the normal to dry skin formula to keep hydration levels and moisture levels at bay. This is said to be medium to full coverage but I like to use this as quite a light base. This leaves my skin feeling and looking so hydrating, natural and glowy. I find the liquid to be lovely and thin compared to my usual Rimmel Lasting Finish. This blends so seamlessly for a natural satin finish.
My mascara of choice this spring is the new Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara. I've been loving this mascara for Spring because it gives you pretty angelic lashes. I always like to go for the more angelic, glowy and natural makeup look in Spring and this is the perfect mascara to achieve this. It has a plastic angel wing brush, unlike anything I've seen before. It makes your lashes longer on the edges to give you a sophisticated and flirty look. I've always been a lover of thick long and bold lashes, but I've really been enjoying the more flirty look.
I have two lip products I've been using whilst transitioning into Spring. I'm a lover of dark nude lips but I've really been trying to embrace the sun and the more fun and pretty shades. My first Spring lip product is the Dior Addict Lip Glow. This is the perfect balm for spring. It moisturises your lips and makes them feel cashmere soft, whilst also enhancing your natural colour to give you a beautiful soft pink shade to suit your skin tone. The more affordable everyday Spring lip I've been reaching for is the Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Creamy Caramel. This is so easy to wear and feels so comfortable on the lips, it's the perfect handbag essential. This is a soft and moisturising lip balm with the added peachy caramel shade. I love this when I want to spice up my makeup look but can't be bothered to wear a lipstick. It's so much easier and more comfortable to wear but looks beautiful at the same time. I really need to get my hands on some more shades!

Do you change up your makeup during the season changes beauties?


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