HONEYMOON VLOG | Ocho Rios, Jamaica @ Sandals Resort | Katrina S

WHAT’S UP, I’M BACK AND I’M A MRS!!! What? Yes, crazy I know. I am now MARRIED and a wife. Life is wild. I am loving it and I LOVED this vacation. I hope you enjoy reliving the best parts of my honeymoon jammed into 10 mins because I prefer not to bore people lmao.
I hope you enjoy and… LMK IF YOU WANT MORE VLOGS (cause I want to make them)

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
Easy Fall Makeup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jca1…
Beauty Haul Update – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5KBw…
CYO Foundation Wear Test – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lVVS…

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GRAB A COFFEE | Vlogging, Spontaneous Halloween makeup, and chatting about fall | Katrina S

HEY THERE Katrina comin’ back at ya live and in stereo (lol) – I wanted to sit and chat, per usual, while playing with a drugstore *AFFORDABLE* eyeshadow palette, tysm Colourpop you’re a Godsend. I hope you like this type of video and let me know others you’d like to see from me! I keep a list. No, but really I do.

Thank you so much for spending 15 mins of your day with me, I’ll never take that for granted.

FACE *full deets coming in next video ;)*

PRODUCTS
Colourpop Element of Surprise eyeshadow palette
BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel deluxe eyeshadow palette
Loreal Superstar eyeliner
Butter London mascara + Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume mascara
Ofra Cosmetics long lasting liquid lipstick in Verona
Elf Cosmetics lip oil in Nude Kiss

BRUSHES (in order mentioned)
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
SL Miss Glam L34
Luxie 207 medium angled shading
Luxie 213T on lower lash line

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Whhhaaattt – Real Neat Blog Award

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Off Her Mocha wrote a very enticing blog post after her nomination for a Real Neat Blog Award and if you’d fancy a read I’ma link that bad bittie here. Thank you so much for nominating me to do this next! I love sharing more about myself and hope anyone that stops by to read this enjoys my answers to learn a lil’ more about ya girl KS Loves…

THE RULES:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Out of all of your blog posts, which has been your favourite to produce?

You know what, I gotta say all of my Wanderlust Wednesday and Empties products posts. I flippin’ loooove reviewing food and trying out new restaurants on a regular occurrence. I also love writing empties reviews because who doesn’t love a solid review of something someone has completely used up and whether or not they’ll purchase it again?! Those are my holy grail posts.

What is your idea of a successful blog?

Engaging. I want to be able to excite others and entice people to have conversations over anything and everything.

What are your 3 most-played songs at the moment?

Shape of You and What Do I Know? by Ed Sheeran
Of All Things (ft. Too $hort) by G-Eazy

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?

I have this really bizarre dream of wanting to experience Whoville IRL – and yes I know that’s impossible but I want to. So I guess Cindy Lou Hoo.

What were your New Years resolutions and have you stuck to them?

I have to be honest here I never really make New Years resolutions. If I set my mind to something at any point of the year, I do my best to follow through!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Don’t ignore your gut feelings and your instincts. Have an itch to start something new? Do it! Feeling a bit of luck and inspiration? Go for it. Worried somebody or something is dragging you down? Ditch it.

What impact has having a blog had on you and your life?

Meeting sOoOoOo many new people from all over the world! I love it and feed off of the energy. Gives me so much courage and motivation to try new things and not be afraid of failure.

I’m going to nominate 3 people for this:

  1. Lulu over at Voudouri’s Views
  2. Katy from Something Different
  3. Sakshi at The NChanting whispers

YOUR QUESTIONS, LADIES:

  1. What’s your biggest blogging milestone to date and why is it so important to you?
  2. Dinner or dessert // favorite food from that answer?
  3. What is something you’d like all of your followers to know about you?
  4. What is your next goal for your blog?
  5. What is an activity you could spend hours doing?
  6. If I’m traveling for a week I cannot live without these three items: _______________
  7. Since starting a blog, have you stepped outside your comfort zone with a specific post/picture/etc. and how did that feel?

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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Let’s Chat: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

“This kinda got me into the whole ‘double cleansing’ trend.”

HELLO, hi there, it’s me, KS Loves back at it again. Today we’re breaking down all pros and cons of the ever so popular Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. Full size of this product costs $29.50 but you can also find yourself a travel size of this in Sephora or Ulta.. at least I’m pretty sure you can because that’s the size I tried out first (lol).

I feel like the double-cleansing preach is on the rise and in my opinion, for the right reasons. Girlfriend you gotta get that makeup off your face before you go in with a face wash or how’s your face wash supposed to deep clean?!

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Makeup wipes will get the job done but can often leave you without that silky smooth yet squeaky clean feeling. The idea behind a cleansing balm is that it melts down from a solid to an oil and breaks up your makeup. It is extremely soothing and doubles as a nourishment to your skin. Instead of stripping it, the cleansing balm gently removes your makeup within seconds.

I wasn’t sure how I would like an oily product on my face because (hello, oily af over here), but it does such a powerful job cleansing and leaving my skin soft, not feeling tight.

PROS:

  • full-size lasts you a long time (I bought this jar in January and you can see how much I have left after using 5/7 days per week)
  • melts off your makeup without stripping or tugging at the skin
  • scentless and shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin
  • does what it says it will do while simultaneously adding moisture back to your skin

CONS:

  • since this is an oily balm, it’s difficult to wash off, and easier to remove with a damp cloth – for this one reason I hate dirtying a wash cloth almost constantly

So that’s my review – what are your thoughts?! Do you have this product? I see the reason it is so poppin’ over most social media pages. Thank you so very much for the read and until next time…

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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All About Lip Care

“I didn’t realize I had so many lip care products…
but the show must go on!”

Today’s post is all about the exfoliation and hydration of your lips, honeys! Lip care is something that can often get neglected and I’m the first to admit I’m guilty of doing so.

A little tip: try to keep a lip scrub in the shower so you’re reminded to exfoliate regularly

And by regularly, I would recommend 2-3 times a week. Don’t go bananas – your lips are sensitive! I have three examples of lip scrubs I like for entirely different reasons so let me jump on into it.

  1. Seraphine Botanicals Sugar + Lemon moisturizing lip buffer for $24.00
    This one is my all time favorite (and of course the most expensive – meh). I love the nourishing salve base to this product with some microfine sugars to exfoliate. Unlike the remaining two products, this one has the most hydrating base to it, made with avocado, apricot, and jojoba oils. I use this lip scrub right before bed and then apply one of my favorite lip balms *mentioned later*
    Your lips feel nourished & refreshing.
  2. Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub for $19.00
    This lip scrub is an in-between product between the other two. This one has a good grit to it for exfoliation, but incorporates a shea butter base to also hydrate the lips. This is a good lip scrub to leave in the shower. I wouldn’t use it before applying lipstick as the oils may mess with your lipstick color/formula. I should also mention that this one and the next SMELL AMAZING.
  3. Indi Beauty Buttercream Antioxidant lip scrub for $11.99
    What I like about this one is it’s the best bang for your buck. This is well worth the price, but a little more $$$ will get you more of an oil-base as the other two lips scrubs provide. I like this one the best before applying lipstick as there is no slick oil feeling after applied so you are left with a clean and smooth base. 1, 2, 3 and done with this product – it is so quick to use.
    Disclaimer: it’s a dryer formula, so use caution if that’s not something you’re into

With any of these lip scrubs, I recommend rubbing onto your lip with your fingers and massaging into your skin. The easiest method for me is wiping it off with a damp towel when finished.

Onto the next category… HYDRATION. Must must must. Skipping this step would be like getting out of the shower and not applying lotion – who can relate?

No but really, I love a good thick moisturizer before bedtime and if thick consistencies are not your cup of tea, I have two other recommendations for you. Let’s get into it.

  1. My favorite, hands down, most luxurious lip treatment is the Hanalei Lip Treatment for $25.00 which I will definitely be purchasing once I am finished with my Ipsy sample.
    It’s sooooo flippin’ GOOD. Like, it is hydrating. It is a thick formula and rubs down onto your lips almost as an oil, but silkier. Omg, I don’t eve know how to fully explain it. There is little to no scent and I slather this on my lips right before bed and wake up still feeling the hydration penetrating my lips.
    Highly HIGHLY recommend. And it lasts forever – so yes, it’s worth the $$$
  2. My second favorite nighttime moisturizer is this Milani Moisture Lock lip oil treatment for $8.00. This is a much more price-friendly option you also will last you a long time. If you are more into oils and less into thick consistency products, you may prefer the Milani product. You can slather this all over your lips and you are left with shiny, juicy lips that absorb the moisture all night long.
  3. The next product is a bit of a lighter formula, and I have mixed feelings about it. It is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair lip therapy for $12.00 – this is actually cheaper than I thought it was. Now that I look again at the price, yes this lip balm is worth it – but here’s the tea. The consistency of this product is NOT consistent. As in, sometimes this strange liquid-y film comes out of the applicator instead of actual product. I find myself having to squeeze some out onto a tissue until the real product comes out. The real product itself is actually very nice – it’s soothing and more of a daytime lip moisturizer. It’s just that sometimes I don’t have a moment to go running to the bathroom before using this product, and for that I dock it points.
  4. The last product I have int his round up is the Korres lip butter in Jasmine found at Sephora for $12.00. This is the lightest formula of them all and may give your lips a *slight* pinky tint – kind of like your lips, but better. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase when I’m out of it, but it is a good option for those of your that prefer a lighter formula.

And that’s my roundup on lip care! Do you use any of those products? Have you liked/disliked any? Are there some favorites of yours I haven’t tried yet? Please let me know in the comments below – I’m always open to discussion!

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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Putting a Spotlight on Casey Holmes x Smashbox Highlighter

“See what I did there with the title… SPOTLIGHT palette… get it???”

This post is way overdue – I totally get that. But if there’s one thing we all agree on, it’s probably a bangin’ highlighter palette review am I right?

First off I shamelessly want to say I’m obsessed with Casey Holmes. Everything she stands for. If you are not already watching her on YouTube, I’m going to conveniently plug her channel here. If there were ever a time to kick back, crack a cold one, and chill out on a Friday night – it would be with Casey Holmes.

But enough about that we can get to the good stuff. Casey’s collaboration with Smashbox Cosmetics is this Spotlight Highlighter palette (mine is the pearl palette but there’s also a gold for deeper skin tones). The “lightest” or rather “most natural” shade is turn it on, middle intensity is crank it up and your clubbin’ highlight is blow a fuse (formulated with the most sparkle).

This palette is GORGEOUS. I think the easiest way to lay it out will be pros and cons.

PROS:

  • blends like a dream – I am not left looking like I applied a streak of highlight to my face
  • the shade turn it on gives a beautiful glow yet is subtle enough to look from within
  • the ability to go from soft glow to ultra glam in one palette
  • the versatility to use as a highlighter or shimmer shade on your eyes
  • melts into your skin
  • intensifies even more with a setting spray applied first

CONS:

  • tbh the only thing I was thinking this entire time was the cost but when you think about it, you get three incredible shades for $35.00 and this will last you longer than a year – WORTH. IT.

So those are my thoughts! I don’t think you can go wrong to purchase this highlight as each shade is smooth and buttery, worthy of its own attention. This palette gives you the option to stay subtle or glow to the heavens. All at a cost that makes sense and somewhat supports an incredible influence in the YouTube realm.

My hat’s off to you, Casey Holmes.

 

Xoxo,
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Brand Feature: Briogeo Hair Care

“I will 100% credit this Briogeo haul to Kathleen Lights.”

Okay, let’s get into a topic that is boujie hair care products. And what I mean by boujie is this… b$o$u$j$i$e$ lmao – I know you feel me. I purchased three items from the Briogeo hair care brand: the scalp revival micro-exfoliating shampoo ($42), don’t despair deep conditioning mask ($36), and their rosarco milk leave-in conditioning spray ($20).

I have been using these products probably once a week since Christmas (okay they were gifts, I didn’t buy them myself & I’m not ashamed to admit it, thx mama). So that’s a full three months usage on a pretty regular weekly basis, and I haven’t even used half of each product yet. So before we start to dissect the pricing, let’s take a moment to appreciate the quantity for the $$ because ya girl is not complaining in that department.

First up, the scalp revival micro-exfoliating shampoo which retails for $42.

Yes, you read that right. More than forty buck-a-roonies for this bad boy. I like this exfoliating shampoo, but I’m not in love with it. It is a very gentle exfoliant for your scalp when your head is feeling 1. weighed down with product and 2. a bit irritated (meaning itchy or flakey).

I’ve experienced both issues and to say it has helped me would be falsely selling this product. I like it, it smells good, and the jar is lasting me awhile. But will I repurchase? Nah.

Next up, don’t despair, repair! deep conditioning hair mask which will cost you $36.

Now this, this I love. And would gladly repurchase for the cost. I think the price of this conditioner is very fair, considering I am not even halfway through the jar after once weekly use for four months. And it 👏🏻 puts 👏🏻 in 👏🏻 WORK!

My hair is so silky smooth after using this product and a little goes a long way. Immediately after shampooing I will soak my hair in the product and tie it up in a bun for the remainder of my shower and then rinse. Afterwards I feel like I was just at the salon for a deep treatment.

The last product I tried from this brand is their reparative leave-in conditioning spray which you can buy for $20.

It seems a little steep for a leave-in conditioner, but I do quite enjoy this product. I think depending on your preference you could take it or leave it. Personally, I will consider repurchasing based on how long it’s lasted me and the silky texture it leaves my hair feeling. The two conditioning products from this line do what they say they will and I can appreciate that.

Overall, I have a lot of love for Briogeo products and will continue to purchase from their line. I think they contain great ingredients and for the most part, worth your hard-earned COIN.

Have you tried anything from this line? Do you plan on it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Xoxo,
KS

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Skincare/Makeup Declutter (products I’m tossing)

“Time for a good ‘ole DECLUTTER.. I don’t need this, this, or that anymore.”

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Today’s post is a little bit old-school. A good, old-fashioned makeup declutter. You know, “I have upgraded to this,” or “I never use that.” That’s the vibe we’re going for here. In case you have any of these products and they work tremendously for you, please let me know! Maybe I’ll reconsider. It’s just that I haven’t touched these in months and need to move on.

Don’t hold onto anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose any longer!
*Ladies, this same concept applies to relationships too* 😉

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First up, my hardest product to let go of: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub – $7.99

I love, love, love the scent of this exfoliator. I cannot tell you how much I love it. There is something so calming and soothing to the scent of this product. It also did a great job; my skin felt v soft after applying, and it didn’t strip my skin. It also did not irritate my skin.
My reason for tossing: I splurged and purchased the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion, and ya girl does not need two exfoliators. HOWEVER, this was a great drugstore option while I used it.

Second, I have my CVS brand Daily Calming Moisturizer.
*Heads up, I couldn’t find the CVS brand of this online so I linked the Aveeno form of this. CVS’s is just a knock-off version for less money.*

I loved this moisturizer. It was recommended to me by a friend. I would agree that yes, it was soothing. I used it all throughout the summer and it felt quenching on dry, sunburnt skin. I have no complaints about this product at all. In fact, I’ll probably repurchase it.
My reason for tossing: it expired. And I don’t need to be clogging my pores with old products!

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Next is the Soap & Glory Clean on Me shower gel – $10 for a full-size bottle
My reason for tossing: it irritated my skin. I’m not sure what did it, could’ve been the scent (it’s good, but rather strong). My skin doesn’t like harsh perfumes, so I need to just get rid of this and continue to use a milder shower cleanser.

Then there’s the Body Shop Skin-Clearing Tea Tree Toner – $14
My reason for tossing: I didn’t notice a difference in my skin using this, though I must be honest, I used my Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion much more than I committed to the tea tree toner. It’s also expired. Time to toss!

Onto my e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Papers – $5
My reason for tossing: these blotting sheets have been sitting in my vanity for months and I never touch them. Here’s why: you can blot with tissue/toilet paper. Sure, it’s not fancy, but it soaks up just as much oil as a blotting sheet. I firmly believe these are only created to make more money. Girl, just blot while you going potty.

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Skyn Iceland Relief Eye Cream – $45 for full-size
My reason for tossing: mainly, if I like this product, it will cost way too much to repurchase a full-size container. I haven’t touched this product since the day I got it. I’m not a huge undereye moisturizing person, and I have a Vitamin C one from the Body Shop I need to use first.

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer – $4.99
My reason for tossing: I didn’t get the right shade to match me, so I can’t shit on this product. While I can’t discuss the quality, I didn’t like the applicator. The wrong shade along with the dislike of applicator, I need to toss this. It’s just taking up space.

So that’s my little declutter! Have you experienced any of the same product disappointments? Or should I save one and keep testing it out?!

Anyways, this has been some fun girl time. Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts below.

Xoxo,
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My FIRST Boxycharm Review

“I have a new reason to write about makeup on a monthly basis.”

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So I tried Ipsy for a year – loved it. Have nothing but positive things to say about it. My “problem,” or rather, reason for switching over was mainly to receive full-size products. Having samples is fabulous, don’t get me wrong. Small samples of high-end makeup is perfect for experimentation before you splurge.

HOWEVER.

However… I was extremely excited to sign up for Boxycharm. I do want to put it out there, it took about 5 weeks to get off the waitlist. Based on my experience, you can’t just sign up and expect that month’s box. Might not be the case for everyone, but that’s just what happened to me.

Boxycharm is a box of 4-5 full-sized makeup products and costs you $21/month. Most of the time a single item will already cover the cost of the box, but if not then two products will definitely exceed the $21 you pay.

I received a beautiful full-size eyeshadow palette, setting mist, lipstick, travel set of four eyeshadow brushes, and three lips masks. GREAT brands too, by the way! Luxie and Cover Fx are pretty popular atm.

So let’s get to the good stuff, what did I think?!

  1. Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette – retails for $25.00

 

This palette is awesome. I really like it. The quality is there, and you better believe the pigment is too. I really like the color selection, and think you can get a nice combination of natural and bold looks with this palette. There is a perfect shade for me to set my eyeshadow primer, as well as several darker colors to bolden an eye look.

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The metallic gold shade (second row, right-hand side) is out of this world – see swatches below. This 9-shade palette has a crease shade, deeper colors for the outer-v and crazy pops of color with the gold and blue. Everything blends incredibly well and creates a flawless finish on your eye look.

 

2. Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Spray – retails for $31.00

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You must shake this up first. I repeat: you need to shake this. Otherwise, you will have a pile of glitter on your face. Attractive, right? No, not unless you’re trying to look like a New Year’s Eve explosion at midnight.

With that being said, the mist on this is extremely fine – and I really like that. No one really wants a squirt to the face. This lays nicely on the skin and does give a dewy glow. I’m particularly oily, so I’d only use this before going out at night when I won’t be wearing makeup for a full day.

3. Luxie Brush Travel Quad – I can’t find this on their website

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These are fabulous. I can’t say enough positive things about Luxie’s brushes. They blend nicely, travel easily, and don’t disappoint. Ever. You can tell in the picture above that I get good use out of them (yes, they need cleaned).

4. KNC All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (set of 3) – a set of 5 retails for $25.00

These.. okay these. I would not recommend. I didn’t notice a difference, they are SO BIG over my mouth and chin, and the tingly sensation skeeved me out. For $5 a pop and no real improvements in the moisture/plumpness of my lips, they’re not worth it in my opinion.

5. Laq A & Co Cloud Lips in Storm – retails for $17.00

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This is a gorgeous stormy shade of a deep reddish purply plum. Does that make sense? Okay good. This is super comfortable to wear on the lips but I highly recommend a lip liner underneath. She is not easy to apply without one and you need to draw a line before you color inside, capisce??? I like this though; it transfers, but the color is gorgeous and well worth it.

Would look fabulous paired with a vampy eye look.

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And that’s everything for my first Boxycharm box! I LOVE IT ALL. I’m very happy with my first box. I could leave out the lip masks and still be completely satisfied with the remaining four products for $21/month.

Have you tried Boxycharm or Ipsy? Do you have a preference? Is Boxycharm worth the extra $10/month for you? I’d love to know!

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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Red Clay deep cleanser

“Thank you Ipsy for granting me another holy grail skincare product.”

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This cleanser is good. In both quality and price-wise. The First Aid Beauty red clay deep cleanser retails for $24.00 full size (which is 4.7 oz of product). That’s a lot of face cleanser, and you don’t need to use this every single day – unless you want to.

It comes out of the tube as a gel, but once you add water it quickly foams into a silky lather on your face. Not a foamy lather, but a silky one, like it’s replenishing moisture while drawing out your excess oils.

The red clay cleanser works to target:

  • oiliness
  • blemishes/blackheads
  • & pores

Here’s how I’d recommend its use based on your skin type:

  • once weekly for those with normal skin
  • every other night for those with combination/oily skin
  • OR the “recommended” by First Aid Beauty is as much as twice daily for those with oily skin and blemishes they’d like to target

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I have been using this cleanser every other night for two weeks now, and I have loved the way my skin feels after each use. *My skin is oily and I do have problem areas, but wouldn’t consider my skin to be covered in blemishes.* It provides a very deep clean yet is gentle at the same time. I don’t feel like it misses any trace of makeup, as my face feels completely refreshed and squeaky clean after each use. I almost feel like it does the work of a toner yet lacks the “drying” properties we often see in toners.

Bottom line: would I repurchase this? Definitely!
I think the price is right and the product is great. I am very intrigued by my first First Aid Beauty skincare item and this might be the gateway into trying other products.

Have you tried any items from this line of skincare? What are your thoughts? Any holy grail’s I need to get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below!

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