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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

***NEW***: butter LONDON™ LIPPY Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection


Trends for Autumn/Winter 2012:


The matchy-matchy lip and nail trend is here to stay! Inspired by the high-impact lips seen on the catwalks this season, the LIPPY Autumn/Winter 2012 collection includes bold pops of color, chic nudes and a vampy hue. The shades are rich and highly pigmented for a look that’s luxe and perfectly on trend!


Toff

Colour: A darker, dustier, brownish variation on a rose pink. Stop to smell them. The roses, not the toffs.


Definition:  A slightly derogatory name for a member of the British upper class.

Come to Bed Red

Colour:  The sexiest red in history, by butter LONDON.

Definition:  ENOUGH SAID! A butter best seller for “Coco” wannabes.

Tea with the Queen

Colour:  On the pink side of tan, very neutral, but never boring. Understated and exceptional for work, or obviously, tea with the Queen.

Definition:  A highly prestigious invitation extended to important and boring members of the British public.

La Moss

Colour:  Vampy and full of red wine, just like its inspiration.

Definition:  Adding the prefix “La” to anyone’s name implies that they are a diva. A fashionista’s nickname for England’s most famous model.

Queen Vic

Colour:  Stunning, elegant and classy. Red wine meets cranberry. Fit for a queen.

Definition:  Beloved monarch, responsible for many of London’s most beautiful landmarks. (Also the name of about 3,000 English pubs).

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LIPPY products do not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth. butter LONDON™ is available at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, www.butterlondon.com, and in fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the globe. 

MSRP: LIPPYs are $17 each, 3 Free Lacquers are $14 each

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scrub Away the Mondays...AVEENO Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub

As I've posted in the past, I love DIY spa days. One of my favorite parts of that process is the facial scrub. And just so happens, I'd been contemplating starting a new series on facial scrubs-Scrub Away the Mondays.  There is currently, several facial scrubs already in my stash that I am planning to review. However, just today, I received a package from a brand of which I have used for years. Today, I would like to share with you a fairly new product, AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® Resurfacing Scrub

During my earlier years, I most often turned to the Aveeno Clear Complexion collection whenever I experienced breakouts.  I still keep a bottle of the Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer at hand just in case. Over the past few years, I have started seeing those nasty little signs of aging, so I amped up my anti-aging game.  I have been given the opportunity to try some of the products from  AVEENO'S POSITIVELY AGELESS®  collection. This collection is made up of several anti-aging products, that claim to help preserve each individual's skin to help reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone, and to help correct the look of discolorations.  As I am in my mid-40s, this is just what I need. LOL!

The AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® Resurfacing Scrub is a gentle, oil-free, allergy tested scrub. Most of us have tried those scrubs that felt like sandpaper on our skin.  This is probably the most gentle scrub I have come across yet. At first touch, I was suspect; the microbeads are almost non-detectable, but after massaging in circular motions, I felt the very fine, microbeads. Not the abrasive granules, so many scrubs & exfoliators contain.  This non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking) formula is definitely gentle enough for daily use.
Another benefit of AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® Resurfacing Scrub is that is contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C is increasingly being found in more skin care products. It is an antioxidant that has shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® Resurfacing Scrub also features their Natural Shiitake Complex Technology. "The AVEENO® Brand has captured the beauty-enhancing benefits of this natural antioxidant, within the ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Shiitake Complex which works with the skin's own natural renewal process to help deliver a broad-spectrum of benefits."

My experiences:

I have maturing, combination-oily skin. My skin texture issues are rough patches on my cheeks, chin and on my nose.  I used this product as directed, applying it to moistened skin and massaged in circular motions.  Afterward, my skin was smooth, and soft, including what were my rough patches. I absolutely love the scent, it's not overpowering or irritating. Also, it didn't leave any residual feel. So the question is would I recommend this product to anyone and would I purchase it for myself? Yes. 

I received several other products from this line and can't wait to share them with you. So if you're experiencing those first signs of aging, please give the AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® collection a try.

AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS® Resurfacing Scrub Summary: 
  • Suggested Retail Price: $8.99-9.99
  • Size: Net Wt. 5oz (141 g)
  • Available at National food, drug, and mass merchandisers
Grace, Peace, & Blessings.
* These sample products were sent to me for review consideration by the PR department of the Manufacturer. These however, are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: **NEW**: The Body Shop-Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

I have been in search for an effective Pore Minimizer, as well as a Mattifying Facial product that could control my shine.  Also, I have mentioned the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil in a previous blog post. So imagine my excitement when I received notice that The Body Shop just recently released a new product that addresses each of these issues.  This new release is an addition to their Tea Tree  Line
So what is it?  What is this new multi-tasking product that could address my desire for an effective Pore Minimizer, a primer, a Mattifying Lotion, as well as it has the anti-bacterial effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil? Click Here for Tea Tree Oil Benefits.

The Body Shop has just released The Tea Tree Pore Minimiser ($18).   This is a new addition to the Tea Tree product line and just became available yesterday, August 20th. It is available in stores and online at TheBodyShop-USA.com.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is clinically proven to reduce pore size, redefine the skin’s texture and mattify your skin from the very first use.  Simply apply after moisturizer and before makeup and say hello to makeup ready skin! 


The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser acts a multi-tasking product.  It contains tea tree oil, lemon tea tree, and tamanu oil, all of which work together to keep your skin clear by helping to prevent blemishes and blackheads; in addition it primes the texture of your skin as well as controlling excess oil.
So, The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser appears to address several of our facial needs. I am excited to try it and will report back on the results.  If you are just as excited as I, give The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser a try and please report back your results.

For more information: 
Like The Body Shop on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBodyShop
Follow The Body Shop on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thebodyshopusa
Follow The Body Shop on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/thebodyshopusa/


Press Release Information:

Tea Tree Collection
Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

***NEW***: butter LONDON™ Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Trends for Autumn/Winter 2012:

Sequins! Velvet! Satin! Tweed!  This season, the catwalks were abundant with rich texture!  We’ve translated this to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The colour tones speak to “earthiness” but are not specifically earth tones – think rust, shimmering greens and silvers. This collection feels future-forward but not futuristic. This season is all about using texture to add interest and depth to your look!

Lovely Jubbly

Colour:  A vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue and gold micro particles. Channeling a distinctly retro 70’s feel, this sultry glitter gives high impact sparkle perfect for Disco Divas.

Definition:  Brit speak for “Excellent.”  Used when a person hears pleasing news or has a stroke of good luck.
Trustafarian

Colour:  A golden holographic finish gives this delightful sage green a surprising and sophisticated edge.  ***I See "Holo"!!!!***

Definition:  A spoiled rich kid who pretends to be a hippy but still goes home to Daddy’s mansion on the weekend.
Gobsmacked


Colour:  A heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter with a slightly textured finish. This shade is unlike anything we’ve seen before.  A legend in the making!

Definition:  To be totally speechless.  Unable to think of anything to say.

Shag

Colour:  A high-shine metallic lacquer in a warm orange-burgundy hue. Reminiscent of fallen Autumn leaves. Sigh.

Definition:  Brit slang for “knocking boots.”

Dodgy Barnett

Colour:  A highly holographic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver. A classic!   ***I See "Holo"!!!!***

Definition:  A bad hairdo. A mullet of any variety is a seriously Dodgy Barnett.
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Backstage with butter LONDON:  butter LONDON is a backstage staple at Fashion Week, having created the nail looks for shows including Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, and Yigal Azrouel.  Sought after for their innovative design, technique, and custom blended colours, this season the brand created the nail looks for Altuzarra, Kevork, Kaelen, Simone Rocha, JS Lee, Craig Lawrence, Matthew Williamson, Michael van der Ham, and Roland Mouret.

MSRP:  $14 each

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fall, 2012 Pantone Fashion Color Trends...

I realize that the air is still saturated with the scents of summer, but I love the cooler months so it goes without saying that I was anxious to see what the fashion colors of Fall, 2012.  So the source of all sources for this information is PANTONE®, the Authority of Color.  PANTONE® has identified 10 shades for the Fall of 2012.  

The polish addict in me had to see which polishes I already own and which I still need to acquire to have my nails set for Fall, 2012.  You will quickly see, some colors, I still need to do some shopping while others, I am more than ready for the season.

"Rich and robust, French Roast is a tasty, sophisticated hue that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall."
L - R: ChG Ingrid, SC Winterberry, OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

I still need to pick up a couple more for the French Roast category, maybe a shimmer or two.  Any suggestions?

"Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow, suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten a fall day."
L - R: Orly Glitz, Pure Ice Bite Me, OPI Rising Star

All I have in this category are shimmers, or metallics.  I need a cream gold or honey shade. Have you ever seen such a polish?

"Like the name implies, Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it."
L - R: Essie Big Spender, Essie Super Bossa Nova, Orly Frolic, Orly Hawaiian Punch

L - R: Icing Purple Passion, ChG Fuchsia Fanatic, SC Cream Pink, OPI Ate Berries In The Canaries

I think I am set for Pink Flambé.  I couldn't even limited my selection for this post. LOL!

"...vivacious and enticing Tangerine Tango for an ongoing retro feeling."
L - R: ChG Riveting, Nina Pro Evening Sun, Zoya Myra, SC Big Daddy

Earlier this year, Tangerine Tango was identified as the Color of the Year, I have been gathering polishes since.  I even blogged about this color back in April. Click Here for blog post.

"to bring a calming element to the mix, ...Ultramarine Green, a deep, cooling blue-green. "
L - R: SH Real Teal, Orly Green With Envy, SC Rise & Shine, ChG Exotic Encounters

I am surprised just how many Ultramarine Greens I own and like. I think I am set unless there is a new release that I can't live without.


"As the season transitions from the heat of summer, Bright Chartreuse, a vital yellow-green, pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooling days of fall. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every color in the palette."
L - R: FP Guggen I'm Lime, SC Happy Endings, WnW I Gotta a New Com-Pewter, FP Sexy Sundress

When I first read that Chartreuse was one of the colors, I thought I wouldn't have any in my collection and would need to add this color to my shopping list, but to my surprise, I am set.
"...sensible and strong Olympian Blue, a patriotic blue that will surely make its way into fall and winter athletic apparel."  
L - R: SC Blue By You, Orly Royal Navy, Essie Mesmerized, WnW Grew Up In Cobalt-Imore

L - R: ChG Frostbite, ChG Blue Sparrow, Pure Ice French Kiss

If you have followed my blog for more than 10 minutes, you know that Blue and Purple would not be an issue for me.  I found these and some but limited myself to these blues above.
" Other staple neutrals include elegant and versatile Titanium, the quintessential cool gray, "
L - R: SC Slate, Orly Decoded, Loreal VIP Status, ChG Hologram

I remember, the first time I saw someone wearing a gray polish, it was so different but so pretty. I have been looking for that perfect gray for my skin tone (warm).
"...Ethereal Rhapsody is a grayed-down purple that also encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted tone."
L - R: SC Amethyst, ChG Gothic Lolita, ChG Spontaneous, AA African Violet 

L - R: Orly Charged Up, OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI, Zoya Tru

Purple, need I say any more? If I must, dusty purple is a welcomed shade for the fall season.
"and Rose Smoke, a veiled rose tone that pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium."
L - R: Orly Your Blushing, Orly Prelude to a Kiss, SC Star Fish

This Rose Smoke was probably to most difficult to find matches in my collection. I am more of one who likes bold colors.  I did find these three in my collection.

So, according to PANTONE® , these are the colors for the 2012, Fall season. Surprisingly,  PANTONE®  didn't include the typical fall colors, like deep burgundy, green, rust, and red.  Are you ready, or do you still have some shopping to do?  What polishes are on your list to get?

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





* FTC: Most of these products were bought with my own monies, however, some were sent to me for review consideration by the PR department of the Manufacturer.  These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup - 8/10/2012


  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: Getting polish remover (and other beauty products) for FREE from CVS! To celebrate, I did a fun crackle manicure that will be great for college football season.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for the perfect "golden-laced pink-peach" blush for a natural glow- then look no further than Youngblood's Crushed Mineral Blush in Sherbet! This is a real stunner!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado: NYC Summer Crush is a palette that screams tropical with it's warm pink, orange, yellow, and purple colors, but how does it perform?
  • adore-a-polish: In this post Kristina breaks down to the bare necessities in what she brings on her theme park adventures.
  • Midnight Manicures: brings you two beautiful unique polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, No Plain Jane and Deviantly Daring.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom brings you several polishes from Layla Cosmetics
  • TheFabZilla: Tight lining the eyes can be intimidating. TheFabZilla shows you her technique in 3 easy steps.
  • Ishah x Beauty: Olympic Fever abounds, check out my Olympic themed nail art for this month's Polish Days.
  • Phyrra: Phyrra tells you how to go Back to School Gorgeous! They're budget friendly, too.
  • GlitterPukee: GlitterPukee talks about the awesome Aussie cosmetic line Eye of Horus. The products are perfect for anyone with sensitive eyes. They are waterproof but super easy to remove. Want more? Great swatch photos are just a click away!
  • Ooh La La Polish: Looking for an easy & fun nail art challenge? Check out the "My Favorite Things" challenge at Ooh La La Polish!
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: Simple, yet modern, and it goes with everything. The Tutti Frutti Stripes Nail Design.
  • the passenger element: Why I had to cancel by Glossybox Subscription (spoiler: unimpressive)
  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a Scandalous Polish??? Melissa at Pinked Polish, Tried it on Tuesday
  • Beauty Product Review: Want big, bright eyes? Find out how I get the look with Smashbox's Brightener!
  • Polarbelle: See the Layla Cosmetics booth at Cosmoprof 2012 and all the beautiful items that Polarbelle experienced.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura loves Lhasa! This week's Taupe-tastic Tuesday features the beautiful shade by NARS.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick: How did I get over my aversion to wearing "vampy" colors? By wearing one with glitter, of course!
  • Aly Loves Lacquer: Aly Celebrates Her 20th Birthday with Freehanded Cupcakes
  • makeupmaniac16: Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection: Review + Swatches
  • Mani Curiously: Looking for that perfect red polish? Check out E's ode to butter LONDON's Come To Bed Red!
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: Ready for fall? Here are the swatches of Zoya's Diva collection complete with the MUST HAVE FeiFei!
  • Liesl Loves Pretty Things: Liesl loves China Glaze Bohemian collection! Check out the possible Lippmann Sugar Daddy dupe here.
  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge declares Christmas in July when she reviews the July Glossybox!
  • Gorgeousskin: Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation- was it love or not so much?
  • Beauty Info Zone: How much can you spend on one face? Find out what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone spent on her face in the Makeup Wars.
  • Love my Nails: Cute nail polish art that's both simple and chic!
  • Makeup Chronicles: Until 8/13, get a free gift from e.l.f. when your order is over $20!
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista takes a look at some of the newest (and most extravagant) innovations in nail polish. 18k gold leaf and black diamonds, oh my :)
  • A Little Polish: Looking for a great nude polish this Summer? Check out Stephanie's favorite here!
  • Samarium's Swatches: Sarah from Samarium's Swatches is celebrating her Blogiversary by having a Giveaway!
  • MakeUpMom123: Awesome August Giveaway! Three Great Prizes Including an Indie Nail Bundle, Make Up Bundle & Amazing Hair Care Bundle. Enter Today!
  • beyond Beauty Lounge: At home facial peel
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: NOTD: My own Mermaid's Tail...Orly Royal Navy & Essence Choose Me
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L tried loose nail art glitter for her manicure for the first time.
  • Adna Cosmetic: How to get the golden look for summer
  • Captivating Claws: Are you a glitter-lover?? If yes, you'll love these beauties from Shimmer Polish!!
  • The Glossy Pages : Evie Evan takes us on a Concealer Crash Course
  • Baking Beauty: Are you looking for some new makeup, but you're short on cash? Baking Beauty highlights the weeks best beauty coupons.
  • Media Maven: Media Maven helps you to achieve a flawless back-to-school beauty routine in 5 minutes flat!
  • Amber Did It!: Amber shares a metallic gradient manicure
  • DeyiMizu: Look fresh with a simple Champagne Gold FOTD
  • Patty and Goldie's Day Off: Come explore the Whimsical by Pam nail polishes

  • Grace, Peace, & Blessings.


    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Beauty Blogger Weekly Roundup - 8/11/12

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    Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    PRESS RELEASE: OPI Announces Collaboration with Multi-Platinum Selling International Superstar Mariah Carey

    LOS ANGELES – August 10, 2012 – OPI Products Inc. announced a collaboration today with multiple Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Mariah Carey. A five-time Grammy Award winning global superstar with over 200 million records sold worldwide and 18 Billboard No. 1 singles (more than any solo artist in history), Carey will be the inspiration for a line of OPI limited edition nail lacquers that will launch January 2013.
    OPI is thrilled to work with Mariah, an industry icon who loves nails and considers lacquer one of her favorite accessories,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With her magnetic personality both on and off the stage, Mariah serves as a great inspiration for beautiful, bold colors.”
    About Mariah Carey:
    With a distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few. Mariah has written seventeen out of her eighteen Billboard No. 1 singles and has two consecutive and unparalleled Billboard “Song of the Decade” titles “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men) and “We Belong Together,” further marking her massive presence on the charts since her 1990 song debut “Vision of Love.” Mariah became the second artist in history and the first female performer to have a song debut at No. 1 with “Fantasy” (1995), the groundbreaking collaboration with O.D.B. of the innovative rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Carey’s original holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas is You” redefined its place in pop culture as one of the greatest holiday hits of all time when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011, seventeen years after its debut. Mariah’s influential and stellar contribution to the music industry spans multiple genres and is showcased through a multifaceted hit catalogue as well as a long list of diverse collaborations.
    Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry and has left an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She recently made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed role as a social worker in “Precious,” the 2009 film based on the novel “Push,” by Sapphire. A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of domestic and international philanthropic causes near to her heart including The Fresh Air Fund/Camp Mariah (a retreat where inner-city children explore career development), Save the Music Foundation and Make-a-Wish Foundation among several others.
    Mariah is currently in the studio, writing, recording and executive-producing her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group; the lead single "Triumphant (Get ‘Em)," is now available on iTunes. Recently Carey made worldwide headlines with the exciting news that she will join the judges’ panel of FOX’s American Idol when the series returns in 2013.
    About OPI:
    As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


    ***As soon as I get additional information, I will share it with you.***

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    REVIEW: Sally Hansen Moisture Twist 2+1 Primer + Color

    For as far back as I can remember, when I thought of the brand Sally Hansen, one product came to mind. I can't remember a time when at least one bottle of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails wasn't in my home.  Recently, I spotted new product from Sally Hansen-a Lip Product. I knew that Sally Hansen had other products like spray tans and hair removal products. But for some reason, I just never even considered anything other than their nail products.

    Sally Hansen Moisture Twist 2-in-1 Primer + Color, is a fairly new product that combines lip primer with shine and color.  It touts the following benefits:

    Benefits

    • +30% more moisture, instantly
    • Antioxidant formula has Jojoba, Sunflower & Moroccan Argan oils
    • Non-sticky, weightless feel
    So during my most recent trip to Walgreens I decided to give this product a try. Sally Hansen Moisture Twist comes in 10 different shades.  Walgreens had the Sally Hansen products on sale (reg. $5.29, Buy 1 Get 1 50% off, so I decided on Plum Pirouette and Fuschia Fusion.

    Plum Pirouette is a faintly pigmented mauve plum with a light golden shimmer. The formulation is as advertised, is weightless and non-sticky. There is a slight vanilla scent but the scent is not offensive.

    Fuschia Fusion is a blue-based pink with a teal shimmer.  These lip colors come with a doe-foot applicator.  Of the two I purchased, Fuschia Fusion is my favorite.  But I may still purchased a couple more - Cherry Twist and Berry Blend.

    I know that many are on the hunt for the perfect opaque lip color, but sometimes I prefer a sheer, so  Sally Hansen Moisture Twist 2-in-1 Primer + Color is a good option.  And as a 40+ woman, I'm always looking for that holy grail product to help ward off the signs of aging.  With Jojoba, Sunflower & Moroccan Argan oils, this product has great antioxidant benefits.

    Are there any other Sally Hansen products, that you have tried and really like that I should consider?

    Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





    * FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

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