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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Current Bedside Situation

THE BODY SHOP Argan Oil body butter has been my go to as of late, I like to slather this on my skin just before bed after a hot shower. It leaves my skin feeling buttery smooth without being sticky. I cannot not have it on my bedside table.

The sweltering weather lately leaves me parched, so I love to have my tumbler next to me. This was SHINee tumbler from SUM Market, perfect size for icy drink; peach tea with tons of ice cube or cold apple juice.

Ever since it arrived late April, I cannot stop adoring BANANAFISH' photography. She really has the talent. They said you can't take a good photo unless your heart is in it, and her loves toward her object shines.

JONGHYUN's BASE / SHE IS & NCT 127 FIRETRUCK have been on repeat since I'm yet to receive my CHERRY BOMB album. BASE is a classic, MONO-Drama is a song I will never get tired of, same with White T-Shirt. Paradise is perfect song for a sunny day drive. These albums are truly the embodiement of summer.

What do you have on your bedside table?
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Who doesn't love peanut butter? And chocolate? And both of them combined? Chewy, soft cookies with crispy edges? Yumm, you can't deny them. Not with how easy this recipe is; 5 ingredients!

I used to be such a baker girl back in college, whipping batches and batches of cookies or brownies every now and then. I no longer have the luxury of time to bake after started working full time, but the holiday gave me time to revisit my favorite peanut butter cookies recipe.

1 cup  of peanut butter (store-bought. You can use both the creamy one and chunky one. I use creamy skippy for the 'melt in your mouth' kind of cookies, and chunky for extra peanut chunks)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large eggs
1 tbs baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips/chocolate chunks, or, really; go overzealous with them
additional (for me): 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Mix brown sugar, egg, and baking soda on mixing bowl until thoroughly incorporated,

add in the peanut butter and mix again. Enjoy that heavenly peanut butter scent filling your house, proceed with caution; do not dip your finger too much into the batter. I know it's tempting, but; don't. Once is enough,

dunk in the chocolate chips/chunks. Mix again to your liking; use spatula if you wanted the chocolate to be big, or mixer if you want them broken into little pieces and play'peek a boo' in your mouth later,

chill the dough for at least 2 hours, or overnight,

Scoop the dough using small ice cream scoop, place it on baking try with 5 cm between each cookies.

Bake in 250 F for 8~10 minutes. Let it cool, then,

dig in.

 What is your favorite peanut butter recipe?
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nail-ing The Summer Blues

Excuse the bad pun, but don't we all love a bad pun? No. Okay, then. It won't stop me from sharing these three gorgeous blue nail polish to rock in summer. They look especially pretty with a little bit of tan.

Imagine chilling by the pool with perfectly done nails; sea-turqoise nails, isn't it just lovely? The most recent addition to my nail polish squad fits the job perfectly;  PAUL & JOE La Piscine. Unlike other muted-blue that can turn ashy, this shows up as true turqoise. The formulation is also something I incredibly love; one swipe for rich, opaque goodness.

Blue and silver can do no wrong in my opinion, they're made for each other. Hence why this polish from JILL STUART is a perfect pick for summer. Observant Virgo is a lovely sapphire blue polish with silver glitter that adds a touch of fun onto your nails.

CHANEL Vibrato might not be my favorite in term of formulation but I have to admit that this particular shade of blue looks really great against my medium-olive skin. It dries well, the glossy finish also never fail to make me swoon.

What are your summer blushers pick?
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Flush

The sweltering heat calls for healthy and glowing, which means highlighter for so many people, and cheeks for some other; like me! I have large pores, so choosing summer-appropriate blush that often comes with shimmer/glitter for that extra glow, can be intimidating. Right formula makes such big differences when it comes to these kind of blushers.

There's no doubting my love for BOBBI BROWN blush in Nectar. It's not as raved as other high end blushers, I personally find it baffling with how incredible this blush is. Biled as matte, this actually comes more as 'satin' in term of finish with the way it makes my cheeks glow in a very natural way. Packed with insane lasting power, you don't have to worry about sweat melting this off from your skin.

I'd say JILL STUART blush is the Japanese equivalent of Hourglass' blushers except I never try them, but if descriptions in internet is right, then this pretty much is. Imparting beautiful radiance onto the cheeks, with it's medium pigmentation, you can never go overboard with this dreamy peachy-pink blusher.

Picture doesn't do this dainty little thing justice. THE SAEM was under my radar until I picked this blush on a whim. While the formula is sub-par compared to the previous two, this is still a beautiful blusher in term of finish. The golden flecks look intimidating on pan, but upon application, it doesn't emphasize my pores at all, delivering a subtle golden sheen onto my skin.

What are your summer blushers pick?
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

5 Products I cannot Live without

"Products I cannot Live without" is such a classic post for blogger. While I do not have them for makeup category, skincare is a whole another story. My skin condition is heavily reliant on the products I used, once I found the right routine, I'm not inclined to change just for the sake of trying new product if it means 'jeopardizing' my skin's health.

For years, I've been loyal user of SHISEIDO Perfect Whip, exactly because of how good it is. It's thick, creamy, and lathered up right with foaming net gives you such a dense ball of foam for heavenly cleansing experience. Whenever I tried to swerve lane by using another cleanser, my skin gets bad, maybe this cleanser is cursing me or something to use it forever.

No brand does oil like KIEHL's do. Their Midnight Recovery Oil is a coveted product for a reason, and while not as hyped, Blemish Clearing Cream is another gem in their lines. Combo of this to every night blesses me with happy, clearer skin in the morning.

The very first product that shows actual effect on my skin is Essential Balancing Emulsion from Laneige. It's mouthful, what's with emulsion and all, but to put it simply; this is moisturizer for oily skin that also comes with UH-MAZING skin clearing effect. I noticed that after using this, my acne scar fades faster. Not what I expected from product that's not marketed as such, adds another reason to love it.

Okay, so this is technically cheating since I said I have none from makeup category, do forgive me for I really, truly cannot live without this one. For years I stay away from MAYBELLINE's eye product since they refuse to go along with my oily lids, until this one. Lash Sensational is favorite of many, and I can see why. I can skip the curling step, yet I get the fluttery and curling effect just the same.

What are products you cannot live without?
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Favorite One Wash Wonders

For someone who talks about beauty, I'm actually on the 'rubbish' side when it comes to applying eye shadow, I cannot even do smokey eyes right to safe a life (ahem - my sister's life ,actually). Either it's my incompetency or I'm just too into 'energy-saving' when it comes to it. One-wash wonder is more my thing, especially these three.

BURBERRY Gold Pearl; you might be thinking 'oh, this again?', which is exactly the testament of how much I love this eye shadow. Burberry's color range might not be exciting for some people (brown and nude and neutrals), but for me, the whole charm of its eye shadow lies in its formula. Easily applicable with buttery texture, lack of cough-inducing powderiness, intense pigmentation with glow-inducing finish; exactly what you'd want from such luxurious product.

NARS Isolde; my most recent eyeshadow purchase quickly make it to the list, no wonder. I'm smitten with the golden color which has slight orange-ness on it, either because it's actually there or because of my skin color. The shade actually makes the ey eshadow more dimensional than being the classic gold, taking away the 'boringness' of one-wash wonder.

ZOEVA Caramel Melange; shade '18 C' is 'dearly abused' ever since I got my hand on this palette. The only downside about this palette is its powderiness, yet it doesn't stop me from applying this pearl orange shadow on my lids.

What are you favorite one wash wonders?
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Pick Me Up Haul

There's no denying I've been feeling under the weather lately. There is no denying either than when I feel stressed, I tend to channel it by spending my money. It makes me feel guilty sometimes, but when I'm driven to the wall, all I wanna do is feel good by treating myself. Here are some products I picked up.

NARS Duo in Isolde; this duo from NARS have been in my wishlist since forever. I'm smitten with the combination of  gold and copper, such beautiful pair for easy yet polished look. Perfect for someone who's more into 'one wash wonder' kind of shadow. The formula is dreamy; buttery-smooth, non-powdery, and pigmented.

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Concealer; for years I stay loyal to BOBBI BROWN's creamy concealer, to the point I actually got kind of bored with it (I'm sure I'm not the only one?) . FIT ME Line just got available recently and with how many people said it's dupe of the infamous NARS creamy concealer, I cannot help but try.  I've only tried it a couple of times to really give my verdict, but this one is a lot more runny than the original NARS.

KIEHL's Butterstick Simply Rose; the new lip balm offering from KIEHL's got me reeling. I absolutely adore KIEHL's as a brand and this balm reminds me a lot of FRESH sugar lip treatment (which I had love-hate relationship with). I can say I like this tinted balm more than FRESH's offering, simply because it doesn't make my lips flakey by the end of the day, and despite being light-weight, it gives my lips lots of moisture.

THE BODY SHOP Lip & Cheek Tint; I got this for free by exchanging my TBS points without any expectation at all. The pigmentation and lasting power surprise me, but other than that, the formula doesn't work that well. It leaves my lips patchy by the end of the day and doesn't stay on my upper lip at all.

THE BODY SHOP 3 in 1 Brow Definer; this brow-noob is finally challenging the world of brows, yay! I stick with brow mascara not only just for the ease of it, but because I'm scared I'd just buthcer my brow if I tried anything more 'complicated'. Yes; 'drawing brow' is complicated in my opinion. This pencil comes with brush, highlighter, and actual brow pencil. The pencil is creamy and easy to draw, it's not as pigmented but it saves me from over-drawing my brow.

What do you buy when you're feeling down?
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Glow Getter

With summer all around us, it’s time for glowy and fuss-free makeup look. Perky colors like coral and orange are replacing the muted rose and dolly red. Mattifying blush is swapped with bronzer for sun-kissed skin or shimmery blush for glowing cheeks. Everyone have different ways of getting that glow.

I have oily skin, so I need my primer to be strong enough to deliver that glow from under my mattifying foundation. My pick falls for Paul & Joe Foundation Protecting Primer. It wasn’t something I thought would work well on my skin, but I’m glad I bit the bullet and go with it. It performs better than Max Factor’s in term of brightening my face, as well as making my skin look alive and helps foundation to stay.

For the cheeks, I’ve been loving The Saem’s Orange blush. It looks intimidating on photo while in person, the corally orange translates beautifully into my skin. The pigmentation allows this blush to be buildable so I won’t end up with bright orange cheek. It lasts longer on my skin than I expected, a truly pleasant surprise.

I already went on and on about Burberry Gold Pearl before, a year later, my love is yet to wither. This eyeshadow works amazing as highlighter. The buttery formulation allows this to impart beautiful glow on the cheekbones without looking too chunky like some eyeshadow tends to do when used as highlighter. The gold color also compliments my medium tan skin really well.

What are your favorite glow getter products?
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

5 Jill Stuart Favorites

5 Jill Stuart Favorites

As a brand that often get mention in this blog, of course Jill Stuart deserves another exclusive post. I admit that Jill Stuart product can be a hit or miss on me, despite how much I love them. But once they ticked the boxes, they’re too amazing not to be talked about. Here are 5 favorites of mine.

Nail Polishes; I’ve talked about their nail polishes here. Not only beautifully-made bottles, they also come with beautiful formula. I rarely have problem with neither applying nor removing except for some that came with glitters. They wear beautifully for 3~5 days without chipping. The shades range is more on romantic side with many pinks and nudes, it goes well with their brand identity; something romantic and timeless.

Hand cream; some people might find it marmite but hand cream is something that is actually difficult to get right. Some only have the scent without having moisturizing quality, or it’s hydrating but too sticky. Jill Stuart got it right in every sense; consistency, hydrating and moisturizing, also the heavenly scent. There’s a reason why this is my mom’s favorite.

Blush; it’d be weird to talk about Jill Stuart but not about their blush, it’s equivalent to talk about MAC but not about their lipstick, seeing as it’s their best-selling product. You’d think they’ll turn sheer on my medium-tan skin, but they’re actually quiet vibrant. The medium pigmentation makes it buildable so it’s impossible you can go wrong with it. It also gives your cheeks nice and healthy radiance with their micro-shimmer, I have large pores, but I never have issue with it.

Lip Balm; like hand cream, it sounds simple but finding ‘the one’ for you is not an easy task. I can say this is the best lip balm I’ve ever used. It’s thick but absorbs into lips quickly, giving my lips sheen, moisture, plus a hint of color. It also tastes and smells delicious, as I don’t have problem with fragrance in product, it’s pleasant, but if you have, this might not be the one for you.

Mouse Brow Mascara; I recently talked about this in my 1st impression post. This quickly rose to the top of my favorite brow product! Brow used to be the last of my priority but after this came into my life, filling my brows become such a joy. I love how easily it fills my brow, shape them, and keep them at place at the same time. It doesn’t even take a minute, so hassle free!

Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, June 16, 2017

1st Impressions

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturizer; I started using this one in hope this could prevent my acnes from forming at all. After a month of usage, I found out that this broke me out. Quick search in internet told me that many people experienced purging when using this one on skin with dirty pores. Needless to say, I laid this down for the time being until my break out is completely taken care of, I still have a couple of acne scars left on my cheeks and chin.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Eye Cream; believe it or not, this is the first time I use proper eye cream in my routine. It has the signature Laneige scent that I personally find pleasant, and feels cooling on the skin. The gel absorbs quiet fast, doesn’t leave my skin sticky either. As for the effect, I know eye cream is something that will show effect with long-term usage, so I cannot say much for now. But I think it helps since even with my constant lack of sleep, I never really look dead with horrible dark circle in the morning.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner; like any other toner with ‘clay’ , this toner is dedicated for oily skin. While I do not feel any uh-mazing effect from this toner (since this is toner and many people find it to be a marmite product), I definitely like this more than the previous one I’m using from Kiehl’s. This feels refreshing and cleaning at the same time, something that I’m looking from a toner. Plus, it helps removing some dirt residue from my skin.

UD All Nigher Makeup Setting Spray; I think I don’t need to say much about this highly coveted setting spray; I love it! I understand why people is all over this product, it truly makes difference.

Paul & Joe Protecting Foundation Primer; first of all, I really didn’t expect I’d love this primer so much. I thought this won’t work that well on my oily skin, but how wrong I was. I think there’s never a day when I skip this primer, even when I’m not wearing foundation. This has a very slight tint to it that helps hiding redness and some blemishes, while giving an instant perk up to my skin at the same time. It has heavenly scent as well, so applying this on my skin in the morning (dead 4 AM in the morning) becomes such a joy.

Jill Stuart Mouse Brow Mascara; as a brow noob who had recently overplucked my brow and ended up with uneven brow; THISIS LIFESAVER! It’s amazing how quickly this one fills my brow and makes it stay in place afterward, doesn’t slip even with excessive sweats and washing. Jill Stuart definitely nailed this one!
The Saem Single Blusher OR1; for something that I picked up in a whim, I’m truly surprised with how good this blusher is. It’s not overly pigmented so it can be build up (something I love from a blusher), and it lasts considerably long. The only downside is it’s so powdery so I need to properly tap the brush AND the container after use or I’d end up with messiness everywhere.

The Same Matte Shadow RD1; now, this is the star of the show. I picked up this one when I was looking for the ‘right’ shade of red, and like the blusher, I didn’t have that much expectation toward this dainty little thing. Up until now, it still blows me away with how pigmented and long-wearing it is, for a matte shadow, it definitely isn’t chalky at all, plus it blends like a dream, and did I mention it stays forever without smudging nor creasing? It does better job on my oily lids than TooFaced even. I still have the urge to visit The Saem counter and picked up another color, but for now, this red one will do.

Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello, how are You?

It’s been roughly a month and some more since my last blog post, from blogging at all. “Life happened”, it’s cliché, but it’s true. April definitely took turn for the worse and I can say I was facing – I still am – one of the toughest moments in my life. It definitely wasn’t easy, I’m constantly faced with moment when I question myself and everything around me, there are many times I want to stop, but I’m in a position that disabled me to.

The fact is, I didn’t completely distract myself from the internet. Rather, they’re the only place where I can find solace. In the short time between 21 and 24, those three hours were the only time when I felt free. There were amazing people who made me think all these struggles will be worth it in the end, there are people who told me “just a little bit more, at least see until it ends”, and it’s really the only thing that keeps me going, as shallow as it is.

I have not stopped writing either, I mentioned a couple of times that I had an outlet for my creative writing somewhere in the internet and last month, I managed to finish quiet a big project. They took most of my attention outside work, and thus my blog had to be sacrificed. I just had to choose between that or this little space of mine, and that one won.

I feel incredibly sorry to my blog and people who happened to frequent here during my absence, to be honest, I’m not sure if I can return to my original Tuesday-Friday schedule anytime soon. But, I think I want to start little by little, starting with this post. Hello, how are you? I hope you’re doing fine and will continue being one.
Until next time!
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April

New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
April starts with some purchases; of things that have been sitting on my wishlist and things that I bought out of necessities. It left quiet a dent in my bank account but considering 3 of them are something that I will get sooner and later, and I was presented with chance to buy them with lower prices, I regret none of it.

Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion; this is the new version of my holy grail moisturizer that I've mentioned in my latest empty post. It's simply impossible for me to  live without it at the moment with how many acne scars I have, I need to get rid of them fast and I don't feel like going in another trial-error with new products just for the sake of trying new product.

Laneige Essential Power Skin Refiner Light; is the toner from the same series with the moisturizer. This has been sitting on the back of my wishlist for so long, but for some reason, they're always out of stock in my country. My aunt went to Korea two weeks ago, and I managed to get my hand on this thanks to her help, it costed less than if I bought it locally, so I couldn't resist.

Laneige Clear C Peeling Mask; another thing in my wishlist is this peeling mask. I heard great things about Clear C range and its ability to bring brightness back to the skin. Out of all products they have in range, this peeling mask interests me the most. I haven't tried any peeling products before, so I thought I'd give this a chance. It has strawberry seeds that's supposed to help removing dead skin cells easily without being too abrasive.

Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette; I've been lusting over this palette for so long since it's release but they're always out of stock. When they're back online, I didn't think and just went straight to purchase it. This palette consist of 10 colors with equal amount of matte, shimmer. I can tell that Liquid Center is gonna be my favorite color.
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, April 14, 2017

April Makeup Menu

We're back with another installment of monthly makeup menu. April is gonna be a busy month for me and as much as I want to keep everything simple, I want to add pop of pink on to liven up my ashen complexion (hello, insomnia and sleepless night) and brighten up my mood.

The good coverage base; starting with foundation from Bobbi Brown which is the heaviest coverage base I have at the moment. This foundation feels incredibly lightweight and undetectable on the skin, it evens up my skin tone as well. The constant lack of sleep has me going back to Creamy Concealer from the same brand, nothing covers them better than this little pot of peachy-toned concleaer.

After patting Maybelline Fit Me powder to lock the base, I apply deliberate amount of Jill Stuart blush on the cheeks and swipe Burberry eye color in gold pearl along my cheekbones to further perk up my complexion.

Pink on The Eyes; on contrary to last month, I'm being creative with my eye makeup my incorporating some pink & red on the lids. Jill Stuart quad has this stunning pink with finely mild shimmer that's surprisingly pigmented. I pair it up with the chocolates from the same quad, but when I feel daring, I pulled out The Saem red eyeshadow for a touch of stark red on the outer corner.

Little Details; my love affair with eyeliner continues, especially after I bought one from local brand PAC. This black eyeliner is really easy to apply with its fine nib, but my only gripe is that this takes longer to dry. Jill Stuart brow mascara has been my go to eyebrow product lately after I run out of my Bobbi Brown's one. The formula is on the wet side, but it shapes my eyebrows lately with minimum effort. On the lips, I want to keep it simple with swipe of pink lip pencil under whatever choice of lipstick I make that day.
What is your recent makeup menu?
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High End Skincare Wishlist

High End Skincare wishlist.
High End Skincare wishlist.
Stepping up my skincare game was my beauty goal in 2016. Now I've found the one formula that's perfect for my blemish-prone, oily skin, I feel like venturing into different brands and different types of skincare. There're so many lovely brands mentioned in my favorite blogs, and here a couple that have intrigued me most. Many of them are facial oils, because they do wonder in working through skins to improve its condition plus adding extra moisture and glow.

Do you have any high end skincare wishlist?
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Product Empties #03

Recent product empties
Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free toner | no repurchase; I love Kiehl’s, I really do. I had high expectation when I bought but this toner didn’t do anything special. It doesn’t mean this is bad toner per se; it was fine but nothing spectacular and didn’t give me that refreshing feeling that I love to feel whenever I’m whipping my face with well-toned cotton pads.

The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel | Repurchase; oh, I love this shower gel. It smells a lot better than TBS’ previous atlas rose shower gel; lighter and uplifting, also it makes my skin silky soft afterward, definitely repurchasing this.

Majolica Majorca Lash Aesthetic mascara | Maybe repurchase; as an avid Majolica Majorca fan, their mascara will always have special place in my heart. It thickens as well as elongates my short lases, it’s waterproof and easy to remove as well. Definitely ticked the boxes to be favorite mascara.

Shiseido Perfect Whip | REPURCHASE; I think I’ve mentioned this cleanser a hundred of times already, so I’ll just summarize it as the best cleanser ever existed in the planet. I think this is my 8th or maybe even 10th bottle already, I love it that much that I’ve ordered another.

Jill Stuart Fruit & Aroma Mist Refresh Oil Control | No repurchase; this facial mist smells of heavenly fruits, a dash of mint, and Jill Stuart’s signature rose. During hot, sweltering days, this is such a life saver, especially since it also has mattifying effect. If this wasn’t a limited edition product, I’d repurchase it.

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil | No repurchase; this loose powder was very hyped around the time I started blogging, and I think still until today. I just don’t find anything special from this loose powder, even Maybelline Fit me does better job at keeping my makeup from slipping and setting my makeup. Maybe my skin simply didn’t get along with it.

Max Factor Primer | Maybe repurchase; I’ve sung my praise for this primer from heaven and back already. This smoothing primer not only plump up my face and cancels some redness, but also adds a natural glow to my skin, making my makeup application easier without striping it from glow. It’s sad to part with it, but I won’t be repurchasing it for now in trial of other primer.

Beyond Alice in Wonderland Handcream | No repurchase; this lovely almond-scented hand cream is now sitting pretty on my vanity as decoration. As a hand cream, this did pretty well job at keeping my hand smooth, but nothing stellar from moisturizing part.

Laneige White Balance Emulstion Light | Repurchase; I finally relented and bought another bottle of this emulsion. Nothing had helped vanishing my blemish scar as fast as when I combined this with Kiehl’s blemish clearing cream, and with my recent breakout, repurchase of this became an obligation.

What did you think of my recent empties batch?
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