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Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Weekend Edit: New Products I’m Testing


I’m going to eventually have Dreaming in Blush on a Monday-Friday posting schedule, but I know that there will be weekends where I want to post something right then and not wait until Monday. Enter, The Weekend Edit.

As I was going through my “getting ready” process today I noticed that I am using a slew of new products that I have not talked about on YouTube yet (or this blog, since it is brand new). These are all new additions to my collection, and I haven’t used any of them enough to give them a dedicated review post, but I wanted to share my initial thoughts.



First up is my favorite (so far!) of this bunch, the S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer. This is a defrizzing product meant to leave your hair silky and shiny. Plus, it is supposed to reduce drying time, thus reducing the amount of heat your hair is exposed to.  I use about a 3-pea size amount in my damp hair, and then another pea size amount to the ends of my hair after it is dry. I love this stuff. It has tiny little glitters in it, which leaves your hair super shiny. Plus, it smells delicious – like fruity candy. I can’t stop smelling my hair after using this stuff! I’ve actually been using this whole line on my hair and I couldn’t be happier with it; I will probably do an entire post on this line this week.



I was recently sent the Rosa Arctica Eye* from a lovely PR girl from Kiehls, which is a Youth Regenerating Eye Balm with Rare “Resurrection Flower”. According to their site, the idea behind the Resurrection Flower is that it is able to survive up to 31 months in a dry-out cycle, by falling into antibiosis. When proper moisture conditions are restored it comes back to life without hours (like magic!). On the skin, it works to jolt the cells, stimulating skin’s own collagen and elastin production. This might sound a bit gimmicky, but I like the idea behind it. I actually think of little collagen flowers blooming under my eyes as I apply this. This eye cream also has white birch extract, which is a sugar ingredient known for its ability to boost hydration to the skin, and cocoa and shea butters for nourishment. Plus, it has Squalane, a Kiehl’s signature ingredient, which is easily absorbed in the skin and helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance. The texture is a balm, similar to chapstick, and feels luxurious under your eyes. I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the texture as it is different than your typical cream or gel, but I like it. I also think this would be great paired with another eye cream, like the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Kiehl’s is currently having their Friend’s and Family sale right now for 20% off your entire purchase with coupon code “FAMILY”. This ends on June 17th. I’m personally going to pick up the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and the Crème de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter. If you guys have any other Kiehl’s must-haves let me know in a comment! I am new to the brand and with the sale going on I want to try a few things out!

I’ve been using two Kate Somerville products recently: the HydraKate Line Release Face Serum and the Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8. I love using these, as they feel absolutely lush on my skin, but they are very expensive. They both are meant to work really well at hydrating your skin and being anti-aging, so once I use these more I will do a more in-depth review. Plus, the serum has my love, Hyaluronic acid! P.S. I have to do a review of the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream – it’s love in a little purple jar!



Last we have the newest addition to my little skincare family, the Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I purchased this after reading about it on Caroline Hirons blog, and I have loved it for the few times I have used it. It’s an antibacterial cleanser formulated to fight acne while helping to prevent future breakouts, and has antimicrobial properties. I purchased this for days where my skin is acting up, but it is super gentle on my dry skin and something I could use daily without it being too harsh. I will definitely need to use this more before giving it a proper review, but so far so good!

If you want me to do a dedicated review post on any of these items, let me know in a comment! I hope you enjoyed this Weekend Edit post :)

Elle

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    1. Love everything on here, you should totally make a youtube review of all the S Factor products they look so nice! :-)

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  2. Great posts - really informational! The Kiehls creamy eye cream with avocado is such a holy grail -- maybe I'll try the rosa one since it is on sale anyways.
    Do you have any recommendations for body exfoliation/glowy skin tips? I know you have dry skin - and up until this year I've never needed to worry about it cause my skin maintained it's moisture but suddenly I have dry patches and I don't know what to do!

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    1. I am dying to try the avocado one! That's why I'm gonna pick it up during the sale. Do you have a clarisonic? I actually use mine on my body now! It really helps exfoliate my skin. Plus I use a scrubby loofa everytime I shower to exfoliate as well. And then I slather myself with my new Laura Mercier body butter! :)

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    2. The avocado one is great - super moisturizing, but I'm not sure if it has any anti-aging elements in it... O_o ... I can't even believe I've never thought to use my clarisonic on my face. I absolutely loved it when i first got it, but after my acne cleared up I felt it was too abrasive and only use it every now and then. Will definitely have to try it on my body! And that Laura Mercier body butter is totally on my wish list now...

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    3. It does have anti-aging ingredients you guys! Avocado oil has lots of vitamins and fatty acids which really nourish your skin, and it has an extremely high concentration of Vitamin E which is one of the best antioxidants you can use on your skin. Antioxidants will protect your skin from premature aging caused by free radicals. This cream also has beta-carotene, which is another very powerful antioxidant. In addition to protecting your skin, antioxidants also boost collagen and elastin production, which is great for your under-eye area! Shea butter is another main ingredient and this has a lot of vitamin A, which is the precursor to retinol. Because of this shea butter is basically a natural, more gentle form of retinol, and it really helps to renew your skin. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production. Hope this helps!!

      http://skybluesounds.blogspot.com

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  3. All of these products look and sound amazing! I can't wait to see the post on the S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer. The product sounds amazing!

    www.fashionsontop.blogspot.com

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  4. I just got the REN cleanser too, per Caroline! She also says amazing things about the Goat Milk KS moisterizer, and many other of her products! I love her blog so much! Love yours so far too :)

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  5. this blog is already a favorite! I love it, your doing such a good job, I'd love to see a few makeup products featured on here too!
    xo

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    1. definitely! Right now I am in such a skincare mood, but makeup will definitely be featured on this blog as well!

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  6. Am I alone in thinking the Smoothing Lusterizer bottle looks really dirty?! Hahaha! Loving the blog, Elle! I used to read your old blog way back when! :)

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    1. Hahah! Oh my! You're kinda right! Lol! I'm curious which PR girl was like "guys I really think we should try this shape!" Hah! Either way the product sounds amazing Elle! I wanna try it! Uncomfortable shape and all!!
      Kallie, But First Coffee

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    2. You are not alone. I thought the same thing! Regardless of what it looks like, it is so ugly!

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  7. I have used a ton of Kate Somerville and love them. Ren is definitely a line I'd love to try and read more reviews on. I can tell you have been reading Caroline. haha!

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  8. In love with your style of writing, Elle, I can tell your blog is going to be one of my morning reads while drinking my green juice! Love it (:

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  9. Elle I love the new blog! So pretty and relaxed. It seems much more you! Pineconito should be a guest blogger!

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  10. I love this proyect of yours!! This is also great info! I'd like to read your opinion on some phyto products... Xoxo! Btw I have a blog too! I'm still a beginner and would love if you check out!!
    www.klimver.blogspot.com
    Congrats Elle!

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  11. I'm so glad that you started blogging again. I missed ElleandBlair.com, so I'm so happy that you've started Dreaming in Blush. The name itself is just adorable and so you, I love it!

    - Juliana

    Coco and Picasso

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  12. I have natural hair very much like yours so i was wondering if the S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer weighs down your curls at all? I would LOVE to de frizz my hair but i still want the bounce! Its lovely to read your blog it feels so personal and you seem somewhat closer if that makes sense?! haha
    xxx

    oliviasword.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Reviews would be great, specifically the S Factor Lusterizer - I've been eyeing that for awhile, actually!

    www.alessonoflovely.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Elle - PLEASE do a review on the REN Calming Cleanser. I have redness around my cheeks and I would love to know if this cleanser would help with that, and I also get pimples sometimes. Are there any active ingredients in this cleanser?

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  15. The S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer has the ugliest bottle I have ever seen! Obviously the contents of the packaging is the most important thing to consider, but it is a turn off for me. Anyhow, I enjoyed your post, Elle! Keep up the good work. xoxo

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  16. Elle! So excited you're back to blogging! Definitely want to try the S factor hair product, less dry time is ALWAYS good! Please check out my blog hugkissmakeup.blogspot.com and I'm having a makeup giveaway on IG!!! Hugkissmakeup :)

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  17. Elle! So excited to see you're back to blogging again! I heard some amazing things about the S factor products when I worked in a salon for a bit. I Definitely want to try the hair products. Do you have any skin care product reccomendations? I really want to look into getting a good skin care system going but I don't know where to start.

    Lots of Love
    Xoxo
    Danielle

    missdaniellebroatch.blogspot.ca

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  18. I love the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, I am on my second pot. I really want to try the S Factor range after only hearing good things about it!

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  19. i really like Ren's Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. It smells a bit weird but it feel lovely on the skin!

    Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

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  20. Really wanting to try the S Factor line! heard nothing but great things :)
    silverpassionista.blogspot.com

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  21. I'd love to try out the Smoothing Lusterizer. I've got blonde hair like you and find it hard to find products that make a visible difference to shininess in blonde hair.

    Lucy x

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  22. I've been eyeing the S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer for a while now as well. Especially since Zoe in one of her videos said that the whole line smells like strawberries and cream.

    xoxo
    Liina

    http://missliina.com - check out my beauty blog

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  23. I really want to try Kate somerville products and I'm actually going shopping and buying that Ren mask today :P

    Seaside Beauty
    xxx

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  24. What Camera do you use for your product close ups? The lighting of your pictures is so sleek?

    http://atouchoffglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. Regarding your Mineral Oil questions (I really want you to read this..):
    "Mineral Oils, the most comment emmolients used in synthetic products, can dry out the under layer of the skin so it loses its ability to moisturize itself and becomes dependent on moisture being constantly replaced from an external source. Mineral Oils and their derivatives are occlusive, clogging pores and making it difficult for your skin to breath. Over time, the oils turn rancid and start forming free radicals, whose effects in the skin are very harmful. Most commercial skin-care products contain silicones, plasticlike substances responsible for the smooth, rich textrure you can find in high-end moisturizers. Like Mineral Oils, silicones and other plasticizers form a layer like a coat of plastic on your skin, preventing it from taking in oxygen and interfering with its ability to expel toxins and absorbe nutrients. [...]" - Deborah Burnes, Look Great, Live Gren, Page 71 ll. 5-16

    Hope that helps!

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  26. Loving the new blog, Elle. It seems very 'you', and that's a very good thing! It's reminiscent of the allthatglitters21 blogspot which I adored back in the day. So excited to see you back blogging, and seeming so passionate about it too! I started watching you when I was in Hight School, and now it's four years later and I've come out of uni with a degree and I'm heading off into the big bad world. You got me through so many issues in my life, and you've always been able to make me forget my troubles. You're very much someone who inspires me and reminds me of all the little joys in life. Wishing you the best always from here in Australia,

    Ash

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  27. Oh Elle, I'm already in love with your blog! You said you recently got into reading blogs more. Could you maybe do a post on your favourite ones, eg. your top 5 or something like that? I'd love to check out the ones you enjoy reading!

    Lots of love,
    Lena <3

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  28. I like Lynx' idea a lot!! http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  29. did u know that lauren conrad uses that kate somerville moisturizer? or at least she did.

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  30. I've been wanting to try that mask for sooo long! But I made a deal with myself I have to finish up another mask first!

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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  31. I'd love to hear more about the REN clay cleanser! I love reading Caroline's blog. Isn't she the best? :D

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  32. Hi, Elle! Just a suggestion from a person who enjoys reading blogs: maybe you should include the prices (often one of the first things I look for when reading about products). Great job on the design of this blog :)

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  33. Great items. I would love to see a full review on the kiehls eye cream, I am currently on the hunt for a new one.
    Now following you and would love for you to check out my blog!!

    xoxo
    annpaige
    http://annpaigefashion.blogspot.ca

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  34. Elle!! I am so excited that you are blogging again. I think you really have a talent for blogging as what you write is informative, yet has dash of your funny personality :) Can't wait to keep on reading!

    xoxo
    ibelieveinpink222.blogspot.com

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  35. Hey Elle,
    I love your YouTube videos now I check your blog everyday! I read it when I have a gap of time in my day and it is one of those simple joys! Haha!! I have been watching your videos since I could work the computer ( I am thirteen, which is sometimes embarrassing to say because people automatically think that I am young and immature...) I love your videos and the way you think... Always seeking the bright side! anyways I am so off topic... I was wondering if you could do a video or blog on your breakfast and tips to eating and staying healthy... I have many high risks of getting illnesses or desieses like diabetes and so on. I just would like some tips haha thanks!!
    Your reader,
    ADW
    P.S. I live in Alaska so my skin is also pretty dry!

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    1. aww, hi! I will write down this request, but just off the top of my head, my go-to breakfast is greek yogurt with granola!

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  36. Really want to try the REN clarifying mask, ill wait for your full review on it! :) x

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  37. I want to try the REN.. My skin has been acting up on and off since I had my daughter almost 3 years ago now!! I've heard such great things about most ren products! Loving the blog! Looking forward to reading more posts! <3

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  38. I'm testing the new BB Cream from Maybelline. It's good so far!

    My blog: laura-im-rolli.tumblr.com

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  39. Hi Elle,
    I have been watching your youtube videos for about a year and absolutely love them! I was so bummed when I kept on trying to go to elleandblair.com and it wasn't working, but now I have this blog! I am going to be an incoming freshman in high school next year and am finally allowed to wear makeup. I already know that I want to look very natural but put together, but I do not know where to start with getting all of the makeup and tools. Can you please make a blog post or a video of an updated makeup starter kit with mostly drugstore products. I really trust your opinion of drugstore products since you can't really try them in stores. Thank you so much for doing what you do and you have helped me so much with your videos!:)

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  40. Love the blog so far... I just have one request is there anyway you can make the color of the links a tiny bit darker? I always seem to be squinting to read them and they normally have some of the most important information!! :]

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  41. Congratulations on restarting your blog!

    Best wishes,
    Alina

    http://smilingswan.com

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  42. I am loving your blog Elle! :) I am glad you started one. You are a great wrtier and your posts have lots of helpful information.

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  43. Hi Elle!! I am so excited about this blog, can't wait to see where you take it in the future!! Also quick question: Do you know if Blair is getting a website as well? I love you both, you are such a big inspiration!! I've been watching you both since I was 11, now I'm 14!!
    :) <3 Maggie
    www.maggie-itsjustyou.blogspot.com
    Www.beautifullyrandomanimallovers.weebly.com


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  44. Hey Elle! Because this is weekend edit, I thought I'd share a dream I had this weekend: You were sitting in my livingroom, giving make up tips. The only tip I can remember though was to line your lips with brown eyepencil and then highlight the upper lip with a dark red one. You showed it also. It looked kind of weird ;)

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  45. I love your blog, YouTube channel, and you! I am 13 years old and hope to be like you one day!

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  46. I've been wanting to try the Ren cleanser for so long, now I'm convinced I really need it! =)

    I'm loving the blog Elle, there's something really calming about the way you write! Actually, I think your style has matured a lot, the videos just seem so tasteful now (not that they weren't before!), it's a joy to watch; and now read! =)

    Thank you for this Elle, big hug!! S2

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  47. Hi Elle!! I have been watching your videos for a while and now I am Loving your blog :D

    For Kiehl's, DEFIANTLY go try out the OLIVE FRUIT OIL DEEPLY REPAIRATIVE HAIR PAK !!!
    It is a hair mask or a deep conditioner that I have been using and loving it for over 4 years!!
    It is for dry and damaged hair. I even use it as a daily conditioner when I feel like my hair need moisture after colouring.
    Also, I have been loving their AMINO ACID SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER for 2 years, they smell so great and makes me happy!! I picked up the macadamia shampoo the other day just to try it, but gave it away after few try, because it is no where as good as my Kiehl's amino acid shampoo.

    Oh, and I have used the avocado eye cream before, it is pretty good, but I think I love the La Mer EYE BALM INTENSE much much more. Expecially if you apply it using their little silver headed applier!!

    Looking forward to your new posts!! :D

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  48. I also have and LOVE Laura's Cream Brule bath and body line as well!!! My car steering wheel even smells llike it now because I apply the hand cream every time I go into my car in the morning!!
    I like your post about the product, it is very genuine and cute!! :)

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  49. I thought that the Bobbi Brown extra repair eye cream was your favorite. Do you not like it anymore?

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  50. Reviews would be great, specifically the S Factor Lusterizer - I've been eyeing that for awhile, actually!

    www.alessonoflovely.blogspot.com/

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  51. I've been dying to try the S Factor Lusterizer but I've got some other hair products to use up first! I'd also love a review.

    Magen from Potions Anonymous

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  52. Great to have you back, Elle :) I loved your Allthatglitters blog and was really sad when you stopped updating it. It was my guilty pleasure for lunch breaks at work.
    I really enjoy your writing. Sadly, on the ElleandBlair website it seemed to never go through as it does on your personal blogs (much shorter and feels heavily directed towards a much younger audience). But here it's back, full on. Great! :)

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  53. I Love the fact that you're doing this new blog! It's so great to have something to read when we're not able to listen, like a work break. I Love your writing and the products you review. I've been using the S-Factor Lusterizer since 6th grade and I'm a sophomore in college now. I know this is probably bad, but I've been using the same bottle. It lasts so long and doesn't lose it's power. It's also great that you don't have to use much to get the full effect, so it's great for budgetary reasons. When I purchased it, it was around $60 for the bottle at a salon! I think it's quite a bit more inexpensive now! I can't wait to read more, best wishes to you and your sister!
    www.sarabethsparkles.wordpress.com

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  55. That's funny that you mentioned that you were going to be picking up the Avocado eye treatment and the body butter from Kiehl's, those are the two things I picked up from their sale! I'm new to the brand too and can't wait to try them!!

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  56. Im dying to try that REN cleanser! Definitely do a post on it when you've trialed it!


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  57. lol the Smoothing Lusterizer looks so phallic...:P

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  58. Hi everyone! I know that you have probably read tons of these comments before, but me and my close friend have just started up a new blog all about, hair, beauty, and all that jazz, and it would mean the world to us if you checked it out, and if you like what you see, then to follow us woul be amazing! we put up new posts every week and we promise that we will respond to every request or email individually! Thank you <3

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  59. I'm itching. Try the goat cream after hearing Caroline go on about it!

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  60. I love kiehls BLUE ASTRINGENT HERBAL LOTION. I had a cluster of spots that were seemingly permanent on my chin, the first time I used it the redness around the spots disappeared, and after 1-3 weeks it was completely gone and still hasn't come back leaving no scaring. would highly recommend it (does not break out sensitive skin at least not mine)

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  62. Thank's for review! I hope it's really helpful, I'll advise my sister to use it!
    FreelanceHouse

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