Juvia’s Place Afrique Palette – Review & Swatches!

Afrique is a bright and fun 12 pan palette released by Juvia’s Place in 2018. Inspired by African culture both the colors in the palettes and patterns will surely pick up your mood. It looks to fun!

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The design is true to Juvia’s Place regular design. You got these funky ladies on the front cover with a bright orange background. When you open it you get an explosion of pattern an colors where you usually have the mirror (no mirror here as usual), and it surely gives me African vibes. The color story is also fun as Juvia’s Place palettes usually are. Just upon opening the palette I feel like there is so many fun, creative looks to do!

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There are 7 mattes and 5 shimmers. Let’s chat about the mattes first. There is a nice selection of both bright, fun colors and some neutrals. This palette really is the perfect balance between color and neutrals. Even though at first glance it looks more like a colorful one, you will be able to just as many neutral looks as colorful ones with these shades. The two brown shades are good. They have a decent pigmentation and blends very well. The deep maroon matte also works nice. These three shades was the three best mattes in the palette.

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I rarely have any issues with Juvia’s Place palettes. I really have just been bragging and bragging about them in my reviews. That’s why I was left a bit puzzled when I played around with the colorful mattes. The yellow is not very pigmented. It really needs to be build up, and honestly I don’t really feel I get it exactly to where I want it. That’s odd because they have proven that they can make good yellow mattes with the Zulu palette which I own and love. Not only did I have issues with the yellow, but also the matte blue and matte green. I felt like they were a bit patchy and that they really had to be built up. I found it hard to do more advanced looks with them because getting them even was a challenge. It was kind of like they were a tad too dry. Finally the matte orange, I had minor issues with. It was again not as pigmented as I wanted. Once again they also have a better orange in Zulu. It did not apply patchy, but it needed to be built up more than what I am used to with Juvia’s Place.

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For the most part I did like the metallics though. At least Kofi (metallic gold) and Togo (Metallic green) are true to the regular Juvia’s Place formula I feel. I do think Angelique (metallic bone color) was nice but a tiny bit chunky. Maybe it’s the lack of my skills rather than the eyeshadows, but I found it hard to photograph because it looked chalky. I realize that this is not really an issue at all. Most people would not care at all. I found Fifi (metallic red) to not be as rich as I am used to with Juvia’s Place metallics. The last metallic shade “Cotonou” was also the most disappointing. I am used to Juvia’s Place metallics to be so rich, so when I had to build up this to get my payoff, I was just not happy. I feel like they CAN do so much better, so I am a bit puzzled why they didn’t.

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Sad to say, even though the color story is fun, and you can get a good makeup look out of it in the end, I am just not as happy with this as expected. I know Juvia’s Place can do nice matte colorful shades, because I already have a lot of them. These shadows just don’t live up to the usual standards. Some of the metallics hold the good old stunning formula, but a few of the metallics also missed the mark.

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I love Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palettes, and I would recommend every single one of them. I would suggest buying any of the other palettes before this, because this one although usable does not live up to the other amazing Juvia’s Place palettes. Just pick another one!

Have you tried this? Did it work for you, or are you also left with the feeling that it’s not as good as the other palettes?

XOXO

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Stash or Trash #4 – Intro!

I took a deep dive into my collection again to find 10 items I want to test and try over the next couple of weeks to figure out if I want to keep them i my collection. I am so bad at decluttering I really have a hard time letting things go, I am a collector at heart, but this strategy helps me because I pick out 10 item that I haven’t used in a while, or that I am not sure fits me any more (or maybe it never fitted I just didn’t realize).

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I try to pick out a bit of different products so I got blush, highlighters, single eyeshadows, and even a high end eyeshadow palette. So this will be interesting to test out!

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The eyeshadow palette is off course Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured palette. This is the old version. I have never had such an expensive palette with this cheap of a packaging. Sadly I was not loving the formula either. I think the Desert Dusk palette is way better than this (although to be honest the Huda Beauty formula is not among my favorites). This palette just didn’t do it for me. I had this for three years or so now I think. And it’s been almost three years since I used it too! I just remember not liking it and since I have so many eyeshadows it seems silly to reach for one I don’t like. I just need to check if I like it better now and if it’s worth keeping.

The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize is the only Charlotte Tilbury product to ever dissapoint me. Everything else I have tried from the brand has been a hit. This is a cream eyeshadow, and the shade “Marie Antoniette” is so beautiful. But I just could not make it stick to my eyes! This one is probably also about three years. I need to try it again and see if there is any changes.

The cream shadow from Kiko, the Metallic Shine Eyeshadow in shade 06, I did really use to like. I just haven’t used it for a while either. I will play around with it and see if I think I will get more use out of it or if I just maybe should toss it before it dries out.

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The Kiko Pure Pleasure Creamy Blush in 03 Untamed Coral used to be one of my summer favorites. I am afraid it may have gotten to old and the formula may have changed. I will give it one more go and see if there is still some life left in it.

The Estee Lauder x Michael Kors Very Hollywood Shimmering Loose Powder is a funny thing. Because I bought it years ago. Probably 8 or even more. And I never used it. Not even once. I don’t know why I got this to be honest. It’s just been sitting in my collection and for some reason it was never used. Now I will!

Everyday Minerals Cheek Blush in “Waffle Cone”. I used to use these blushes all the time back when mineral makeup was so popular. I had loose powder everything back then, even primer and concealer (I know, hard to imagine). I used to really like this one, and I will try it again now and see if I think I will continue to use it in the future.

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I own several of Makeup Revolutions liquid highlighters and I have to say I like them just as muchas more expensive ones like that one from Cover FX or Iconic London. But this shade in particular “Dragons Blood” (I got it for the name off course) is a bit glittery and I never really liked it on my cheeks.

I also picked out two shades from my Liveglam KissMe liquid lipstick collection. I have quite a few of them and I love the nudes and reds, but the darker shades I have had some issues with. I picked out the shades “Sugar Daddy” and “Vixen” to try them one last time to see if I can make them work for me. I only used them a couple of times when they were new and then they have just been dormant in my drawers.

Finally a K-Beuty product. I relly used to like these Perifera Peri’s Ink Velvet but haven’t used it in a long time. Now I pull it out again to see if it’s a keeper!

Now I will go on to use these products for a while. I will see if I can make them work, if they are still good and if they are worth keeping in my collection or not. Hopefully I will get to declutter a tiny bit to clear up space, and if I am lucky I may rediscover and old favorite that I fall in love with again.

In a few weeks time when I have made up my mind I will post the recap and my decluttering progress!

What is your favorite strategy for decluttering?

XOXO

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Makeup Hauls – August 2019!

OK, so the hauls collected in August is quite a bit less than what I got in June, but I have a pile of things I need to review and I really need to slow down on collecting more palettes untill I work my way through a bit. So I am trying to limit myself a bit. Not being too successful but at least there is a decrease in stuff since last month.

Anyway, you may notice something strange, and that is that there are no Colourpop hauls this time. That’s actually the first time since I started writing these monthly hauls. There is just always something from Colourpop. Off course, I did order something, it’s just that the parcel arrived two days into September, so those items (which are delicious little things by the way) will be presented in the next haul post.

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Since I already love Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick foundation, and really really like the Conceal & Define foundation I figured it could not hurt to test out their Matte Base Pore Blurring Full Coverage Foundation. I haven’t heard that much about it and it’s been a while since it came out. It’s kind of the same thing with these Makeup Revolution Eye Glisten thingies. There is one liquid shadow on one side, and a glitter on the other side. I picked up the shade Yours Truly (pink) and It’s Fate (Champagne and silver). No wonder that they release a bunch of stuff we never hear about. I mean no one in the world’s got time to review all their releases unless they were solely a Makeup Revolution review site. Anyway, I am excited to try these. Would you like to now what I feel about these? Or is the reason for the quiet around them that people are indifferent?

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BH Cosmetics released some beautiful stuff lately as well! I picked up the beautiful Glowing in Greece blush and highlighter palette. It’s so so pretty! It rarely happens to me that I find the blush palette to be the most attractice in a collection but this time around that was the case. I also picked up the palette Summer In St.Tropes. It does have both some fun shades as well as more neutral options, which is something I love. But I have to admit the blues and the yellows was what drew me in. I hope the quality will be similar to the Weekend Festival palette, which is in my opinion the best palette BH Cosmetics have made.

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Also, I was lucky enought to recieve some PR from Dumb Blonde Cosmetics, and I got the Tropic Like It’s Hot collection featuring 4 summery fun pigments, and 4 glitters.

I don’t showcase much PR on my blog or IG and the reason being I don’t really get much at all. Almost every time a brand reach out I do decline the offer. And I never reach out to brands to tell them about my excistence either. My philosophy is that I have so much makeup already, and I can afford to buy basically what I want, so I don’t see any point in recieving PR unless it’s actually something I would have liked to buy myself. After all my pile of new makeup is more than large enough to feed me with review material for my blog for months and months, and I don’t need free stuff I don’t really want to clutter up. I do think it’s better that I just buy the things I really want. But when this brand reached out I did a rare thing and happily accepted, because her products looks so cute.

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And sure thing, the glitters are so cute! I do love chunky glitter and that is also a part of my collection that I feel like expanding. Chunky glitter can just save any look! So after receaving the PR package I was so happy with the products that I ordered these glitters as well, I even got some free samples thrown in the order which is so nice! Now I have a bunch of chunky goodess to add to looks.

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I got some more palettes too! From Makeup Revolution. I already got two palettes from ther Forever Flawless series and I am quite happy with the formula on these. They are cheap, the packaging is nice, and the shadows are among the better ones from Makeup Revolution. So when they ca out with the Forever Flawless Ice palette, I just had to. It reminds me of simething though, because it looks awfully much like a Blue Blood dupe.

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I am not a big fan of the food palette trend that’s been going on lately. I don’t want pizza palettes, or burger palettes, or milkshake palettes. Especially when they are shaped like mentiond food item. It’s just not my thing. But a regularly shaped palette with an Avocado theme I can get on board with. Besides I love green, and this palette looks so pretty. So the Makeup Revolution Avocado Palette had to be mine!

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And so did this Turkish Delight palette (again something foody). This is the first one of the chocolate bar palettes I’ve tried. They never really tempted me, ut this one did! I love the color story, and also that there are several different textures in this palette including glitters! And glitter just makes me happy!

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The last item is also a palette, but for your cheeks! The Balm just have the cutest

Creative Makeup Looks #3 – Blue Flowers!

My intention was to do a big post full of makeup looks incorporating all the beautiful wild flowers that grow here during summer. But then kitchen renovation happened, and then my trail riding accident happened, and then suddenly the flowers where all gone. I only mamaged to do two looks using flowers. Not enough to do a big flower power makeup looks post by, but I still wanted to shade them and put them in my creative makeup looks series.

This blue look I made by just doing something simple and added one of my very favorite flowers. Not only do I really appreciate the color and the minimalistic beauty of the flowers but the name even has it’s own beauty. “Forglemmegei” which means Forget-Me-Not (and I do believe that’s what it’s known by in english aswell) is just such an impactful, melancholic and beautiful name. I remember my grandmother was the one to teach me this.

I found it just behind my house, and being one of my favorte flowers this was off course the first one I picked to do a look with.

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  • Slush Palette – Bubblegum, Coconut Milk, Blue Hawaiian, Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Blue Curacao.
  • Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Palette – Abyss.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing.
  • L’Oreal Paraside Extatic Mascara.
  • Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Perfect & Cover Concealer.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy BLK.
  • Garden Flower – Forglemmegei (Forget-Me-Not)

I was happy to encorporate a flower with such nice memories to a look, and off course I do love blue!

XOXO

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Colourpop Proceed With Caution Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

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Another one of these 9-pans from Colourpop that we have seen a lot of lately (wasn’t it just a bit over a year ago they released the first one?). Colourpop have been releasing these palettes so fast I almost feel like they have forgotten all about the other ones. I mean I would love the occational 16 or 12-pan, and what about a few more palettes in the same shape as Brunch Date? I don’t want to tell Colourpop to speed up releases though, it’s just that we have seen a lot of 9-pans lately. This one is a bit different though as it’s not in their monochromatic series. Not in the fruit series either.

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This one is a collaboration with Shayla, which I unfortunately know nothing about, but I do like how she compose a palette. This one is amazingly versatile for being a 9 pan. I mean, there is only nine shades, and on top of that it’s manily a neutral palette, but still you have so many options and can do so many different things it’s incredible. I did 4 looks with this palette on Mondays post, and I remember when looking at them I was surprised that such different looks can come out of a tiny little palette like this. And still, the palette offers all the basics I need and I didn’t feel the need to reach into any other palette to complete a look. That’s a pretty impressively composed palettes, so congrats to Shayla and Colourpop for job well done!

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Among the 9 shades you get 4 mattes, which all perform nicely. I could wish that the yellow was a teny-tiny bit more bright and popping, but you can build it up. There is also one matte black with glitter (why do you keep doing this to me?) that sure enough works as a matte. The other 5 are Colourpops gorgeous metallics. They are, as we have learned to know them, very smooth and pigmented and just joyful eyeshadows overall. I have to say that one exception is the orange shade “Warning”. Don’t get me wrong, the shadow is absolutely stunning, but it’s a bit on the chunky crumbly side, so I do think it need a dampened brush. Not to enhance pigment, but to reduce fallout and make it go more smoothly on the lid. It is beautiful though, if you can be bothered that extra effort (which it’s well worth).

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OK, so a couple of the shades are not perfect. But there are only tiny issues you can work around. I can deal with having to build up a colour that is a bit more tough to make, like yellow. And I can deal with dampening the brush when the result is so amazingly stunning as “Warning” is, because even though it needs some setting spray I do think it’s by far the most beautiful thing in this palette. But set aside the few imperfections (who’s perfect anyways) this palette is beautifully composed and you can do so much fun with it, and so much neutral and simple with it. For real, it should have you covered anywhere from no-makeup makeup to dramatic glam. And all this from a tiny little 9- pan.

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I am not at all surprised that I love the formula, because Colourpop usually nail it. They usually have good colos stories too, so that’s really no surprise either. I am just amazed by how versalite a tiny little neutral palette with a few pops of color can actually be. If you like to play a bit around with different looks, but prefer neutrals, this handy little ting is highliy recommended!

XOXO

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Stash or Trash #2 – Recap!

Time to go through the products in my second stash or trash post to sum up what to keep and what to get rid of. I do these series to go through some of my stash I haven’t been using in a while and possably do a bit of decluttering.

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Here is an overview of all the products I added this round. I pick out 10 products I am not sure if I like, haven’t used in a while or just forgotten about to see if I will be able to get rid of some or if I possibly find a new favorite. Digging around in your old collection is so much fun too!

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First let’s start with some things I can se myself putting in the bin. The Dior Diorshow Mascara in shade 258 is a beautiful blue mascara, and originally it was nothing wrong with this mascara (the Diorshow mascaras are great!) but it’s completely dried out now and no use to me anymore. Instead I recently made and order with the blue Colourpop mascara, so I will happily add another blue one to my collection.

The Physicians  Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio “Glam Nude” is no good. The liner is not that pigmented and applied very uneven. So this one was also easy to let go of. I don’t need old products that don’t work!

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The  Cream Crush Long Lasting Color Eyeshadow pot was also a good product (I still have the product in other colors so I obviously like it) but at this time it is a bit on the dry side and I just never reach for this either. I am getting rid of this one too. Look at me decluttering stuff! (I am actually really bad at decluttering).

The Oriflame Giordani Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Deep Emerald” and  “Sea Sapphire” I decided to keep. They are so so stunning, and the colors are very rich, and the pencils are really creamy. I had these for many many years but I never used them. Parts of the problem I think is that I kept them among my single eyeshadows, a drawer I rarely remember to even open so I just never think about these. But since these pencils not only work as eyshadows, but also as eyeliners I decided to keep them among my other colorful eye pencils and got a lot more use out of them. Besides they look stunning on the lower lash line so these are keepers!

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The Kiko Long Lasting Color Lip Marker in the shade107 (top) and 105 (bottom) on the other hand I am getting rid of. I realized why I never use them. They are patchy on the lips and makes them feel too dry. I tried using them with a gloss on top but even then they look streaky and uneven. Both of them are ready to be binned! Kiko makes plenty of great lipsticks so no use hanging on to these anymore. I don’t want streaky lips anyway.

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The Everyday Mineral Blush in “Memphis Rose” I thought would be too dark for me, but it actually looks really pretty. I was surprised by how much I liked it applied. On the other hand I don’t really think I would miss it, and I think if I put it back in my collection I would just forget about it again. A loose powder blush must be really something special for me to be bothered using, and even though this is pretty I will declutter this one as well.

The  NARS Orgasm Illuminator I have been using quite a bit lately. It gives a gorgeous natural flush with the iconic orgasm shade, and it’s such an easy product to work with. This one I can see myself reaching into quite a bit especially since I enjoy cream products a whole lot more lately, especially for summer. So this one can stay!

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Lastly, the product I struggled the most to decide upon. The NYX Ulitmate Bright palette was a well used palette a few years ago, and for being drugstore it’s not bad at all. But as my collection have been growing a lot over the years I’ve gotten so many great colorful mattes that I never reach into this. After using this a few times I realize I probably won’t reach much into it in the future either. The pinks and purples are not as good as I would like them to be. The main reason why I want to keep this palette is that I really love the lavender and turquoise shade. But after taking a quick look into my collection I realize I do have very similar shades I would rather use. So even though this brings back good old memories I decided to let go of it.

So to do a quick summary I decided to declutter 7 items and keep 3. Not bad at all!

Altogether in this series the counts are:

  • Decluttered: 12
  • Kept: 7
  • Makeup artifact box: 1

To clarify the last bullet point I made a box where I can store products that I don’t see myself using but for some reason or the other have a collectors value (mainly for being old and limited edition) and I want to keep these products in a separate place. The one item in the box is a very old and almost unknown Urban Decay palette I decided to keep during my first recap of stash or trash .

Hope you enjoy this series, and I am excited to soon start the third round!

XOXO

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My Makeup Collection 2019 – Bronzers!

We all enjoy a good bronzer right? At least I do. I don’t pick up too many bronzers I would say, but still I have managed do build quite a collection over the years. So now I want to show you all I got. Some of them I use on a regular basis, while others, like the beautiful limited edition pieces from Guerlain I consider true collection pieces that I want to keep intact. Do you do that? Buy makeup you don’t intend to use just because they are collection pieces? I guess that shows I am more than a regular consumer and quite a hoarder or what?

Anyway, let’s see what I got hiding in my drawers!

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  • Estee Lauder Luminous Liquid Bronzer.
  • NARS Laguna Illuminator (it’s not an illuminator despite the name, it’s a glowy bronzer!)
  • Becca Gradient sunlit Bronzer – Sunrise Waves.
  • Nilens Jord Powder Bronzer – Matte (they have a shimmery version as well).
  • L’Oreal Back to Bronze – Sunkiss.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Bronze Light (mini).
  • Morphe Brontous – Celebutante.

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And these are my collection pieces. Can you understand why I can’t make myself use them? The patterns are so beautiful.

  • Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Terra Magnifica.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Chic Tropic.

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  • The Balm Take home The Bronze – Oliver.
  • The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer.
  • Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer.
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster – Light to Medium.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – So Ceylon.
  • H&M Radiant Bronze Island Hopper Glow Powder.

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  • Guerlain Terracotta Sun Tonic.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Ultra Shine Bronzer.
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Air Care & Dare 003.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder – 01.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint.

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  • Isadora Bronzing Powder – Matte Tan (It’s HUGE!)
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder.
  • Nilens Jord – Heart Shimmer 514.
  • Colourpop Pressed Powder Bronzer – Afternoon Delight.

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  • Nilens Jord 100% Natural Minerlas – 530.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Park Ave Princess.
  • Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder – Medium.
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Tan 003.
  • MAC  To The Beach Creme Bronzer – Beach Bronze.

What is your favorite bronzer?

XOXO

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