Stash or Trash #1 – Intro!

I decided to start a new blog series, exciting! I figured, like many fellow makeup lovers with a larger collection, that I have a lot of stuff that I haven’t used for a very long time. Some of the things I have I haven’t touched for one year…or two. Some of my things I don’t even remember what I think about.

So the goal with this series is to pick out some products in my collection that I haven’t tried for a while, or things I don’t remember what I think of, try them out for some weeks and then decide if I want to keep them or not. A way of phasing out products I don’t like or use, and a way to rediscover fun things in my collection.

So with this intro I will present my Stash or Trash products and talk a bit about them. After some weeks I will do another post and go through each product, my experience with them and if I will keep them in my collection or get rid of them.

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I am hoping this will help me to either declutter a bit, or to just rediscover good products to use within my own collection. I have found plenty of gems when digging through my drawers so I do have hopes I can do that with this series. And honestly, I probably have some stuff that does not work for me or are getting too old that I need to get rid of.

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This Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer I think I have used once, several years back. I don’t remember at all what I think about it, so I want to use it a few times. If I don’t like this one I can see myself getting rid of it since it’s quite a few years old and I obviously never reach for it. But I will give it another chance to see how it looks and wears before making a decision. Maybe it’s the best thing ever and I just didn’t discover it!

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Hope Girl Illuminating Powder is one thing I picked up, meaning ordered online, but never used. Frankly I did not really realize how this looked before I got it. I would have never picked this up in a store to put it that way. It’s just too glittery to be a powder and to much of a traditional powder to be a highlighter, but I will test it out and figure out properly how it looks in the skin.

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L’Oreal Lip Pain Matte is also something I picked up to try, tested a few times but for some reason I didn’t love it and I just put it back in my drawer and forgot about it. Now it’s time to properly figure out what I think about this formula. I have way too many reads to keep one with a formula I don’t like because it just will never be used. Time to figure out my final thoughts!

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This one is quite random. It’s a lipstick with a unknown name and brand that I got as a free gift with an order a while back. I just swatched it, but never used it. The thing with this is the same as with the L’Oreal lip paint. I have too many reds to keep one I don’t like wearing. Problem is I’ve never tried. Maybe this is the best thing ever! I have yet to find out.

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Can you believe Urban Decay palettes used to look like this? It does not have a name on it so I don’t know what it’s called. It’s probably way too old. I also have at least 4 of these shades in other palettes, so I am ready to declutter this unless I fall in love with it when I try it one last time. It’s also kind of tempting to keep it just for the sake of it. I mean, who has a old palette like this? It’s kind of a collection item? What would you do? Keep it as a relic or put it in the bin? I have to try it once more before making a decision.

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I bought a six-pack of tiny little lip tint wine bottles a few years back. They are so cute, but I just never reach for them. I think I need to rediscover this formula, and maybe that will make me start using them again!

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This Estee Lauder Pure Pops Cream Eyeshadow is also a forgotten old thing. I remember I used to use it a bit when I first got it, but honestly it’s been forgotten about for quite some time. I was not sure if it was still good, but the swatch look fine. I am ready to test this out and see if I can see myself reaching for it a bit more often. If not I should jsut get rid of it since it’s not exactly young anymore.

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Can you believe this is my first Smashbox product? It’s way past expiration date, but I stick to disinfecting my stuff and if it feels and smells good I am fine using it. I am not a pro and only use it on myself after all. I also drink milk after the expiration date and that’s always worked for me. So I like to take chances! This Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in the shade Starstruck haven’t been used all that much lately. I am not even sure if it’s dried a bit. I will use it as a shadow base a bit before I make up my mind.

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I got heaps of these Everyday Minerals mineral blushes that I picked up way back when loose mineral makeup was so popular (those where the time for messy bathrooms I ‘ll tell you!). This is the shade “Like Lady Bird Lake”. I got several more shades, but I think I will just pick out those that I really really like to keep, because I almost never reach for loose powder blushes. So I really should only stick to the ones I really like. I do like this, but I am not sure if I like it enough. But I will keep you updated!

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The last item this time is a Kiko Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow. This is a light shimmery pink. Which I’ve never used. So I decided to throw it in this rounds Stash or Trash to figure out if I think I will use it a bit before it dries up, or if I think it’s time has come.

And that’s all ten products I picked up this round. Now I will have some weeks to test and try everything, and I will do a roundup post with the results of what gets stashed back in the drawers and what gets trashed!

Do you have any fun strategies to rediscover or declutter things in your own collection?

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What is in my makeup bag – January 2019!

New year, new project pan, lots of new exciting stuff in my monthly makeup bag. My 2018 project pan has come to an end. I had so much fun with it, but it’s nice to lay down all the products I’ve been using over and over again in 2018, and replace them with my 2019 project pan items! There will be a induction post coming shortly, and also a summary of my 2018 project pan and how it went, so stay tuned for that.

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But for now let’s go through my January goodies!

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I picked two eyeshdow palettes, both from my project pan. The Colourpop Fame palette is a beautiful cool toned neutral palette, and I wanted a cool toned palette in my project because I love cool tones in winter and changing things up are always nice. The second one it the old but famous Lorac Pro palette! I have already used this a lot back in the days when it was new, but I wanted to pull out this old friend again for my project pan. I already have one pan in this palette, so my goal is to reach a second pan.

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For primers and foundations/BB Creams I picked two of each.

  • The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer – I probably have just a week of use left in this primer, so I put it in this months bag just to finally finish it. Not the biggest fan of it. Does not seem to do that much for me.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – This one on the other hand I love! Such a nice hydrating primer, and perfect for winter when I can get a little dry.
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moustruizing – Nice BB Cream that is a part of my project pan. Nice light coverage and comfy wear.
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation – Still not sure how I feel about this, but I did add it to my project pan. I want to use it to figure out if I like it enough to repurchase, or if I won’t miss it in my collection.

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  • Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder – Amazing loose setting powder.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder – This is one of my favorite powders. So fine milled and gives a beautiful look to the skin. Not sure if this will last me all month so that’s why I needed two.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 hour Waterproof Concealer – Nice brightening concealer. Don’t really need it to be waterproof, but it last long on the skin.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer – This is almost empty. Hope to finish this my the end of January. It’s OK, but I don’t love it so I just want to finish it.

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Finally I get to play around with some more blushes!

  • H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush “Cantaloupe” – Beautiful, easy to wear fool proof everyday color. And it looks lovely on the skin!
  • Physicians Formula Butter Blush “Rosy Pink” – Natural matte pink. These last very long on the skin, and again it’s so easy to apply. Perfect for busy mornings.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush “Ethereal Glow” – These blushes are so beautiful I do understand why they get all that hype! Very soft pink color with a gorgeous glow!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush “Journey” – The Tarte blushes have been a favorite for quite some time now. This is a nice peachy shade with a very soft satin finish. I am so happy to get to use so many of my favorite blushes this month after struggling so much with my project pan 2018 blush.
  • Makeup Mekka Hypnotic Metallics Single highlighter “Glitz” – This is a new one that I barely swatches, so I am excited to try it out and see what I think of it.

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  • Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum – Perfect for winter I guess. And nice to have some options for highlighter.
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder – My project pan bronzer. It’s pale enough so I can use it with ease even on my pale winter skin.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter “Lunch Money” – My only project pan highlighter. As you can tell I already have quite a pan, so my goal is to finish this one completely. If I manage that it will be the first highlighter I complete, but the super shock formula is very easy to go through so I think I can make it.

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All of the lip product this month is from my project pan! So I will get a good start by getting some use out of all of them!

  • Estee Lauder High Gloss “Pearl” – Had this for so many years. It’s a bit pale for me so I think this will work best as a topper over other lipsticks.
  • Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss – Because it comes out almost clear but looks berry on the lips. Smells delicious too! It’s getting really old so I just want to finish it before it goes bad, but I really used to love this and wear it a lot!
  • H&M Sheer Lipstick “Arabesque” – These lipsticks are fantastic if you want something sheer and easy to wear. Perfect for every day. I love this lippie and would be happy to pick up more shades.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – Shade name is worn of my it’s a nice pink.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – This one I also lost the shade name of, but it’s more of a purple gloss. These all came it a set a long time ago.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss “Fashion Fanatic” – The only one that still has a name! A lighter pink gloss.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick “Bare Bliss” – Old fave that is maybe getting too old so it”s time to use it up. Used to be an old favorite as well so it’s not that much left!
  • Clinique Long Lasting GlossWear “Black Honey” – A gloss stick in one end and a liquid gloss in the other. Both in the iconic shade Black Honey.

Do you have a monthly makeup bag, or do you just use whatever you feel like?

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan Blush Vol.II

This one have been hanging around in my drawers for quite some time. Over a year and a half to be exact. But I have been using it quite frequently the last couple of months and I felt like writing a review for you. I do think that it’s a good thing to take a deep dive into your collection sometimes to find something to review. I really don’t think people who blogs or does YouTube and write reviews should feel forced to pick up only the new stuff to review. As makeup lovers we often have plenty of stuff laying around in our drawers, and the best thing is that these are products we often know very well, which makes them excellent review items. As long as they are not discontinued off course. If you are also a creator I challenge you; Next time you need to review something, open your drawers and have a look instead of heading over to your closest makeup store. I am sure we all have plenty of stuff laying around that deserves some attention.

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But now maybe we should stop wasting time rambling and get on with the review? (I like to write, I can’t help it!).

The blush palette has a similar appearance as the eyeshadow palettes with those fancy funky ladies on the cover. The packaging is their standard cardboard with no mirror. It feels sturdy and are quite slim and easy to store. Inside you get a selection of 6 different shades.

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The reason why I have been using these blushes more lately is because I got a bit of a tan this summer and I maintained it with self-tanner through fall. Many of these shades are too dark for me during winter, but during summer they are quite nice. The Vol.I blush palette I find to be too dark for me, so I did not pick it up, but I really like that they have an option for darker skin as well. I would however like to see one for fair skin too. I mean, there is so many makeup options for fair skin, and way to little for dark skin, so no need to complain really, but I think a third palette would be a fantastic addition! Imagine the Vol.I for darker skintones, Vol.II for medium skintones, and a Vol.III for light to fair skin tones! That would have been something! (We can dream right?).

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The colors in this blush palette has a very nice variety!

Yara is a warm brown. Not the right color for me as a blush but it works really well as a warm bronzer if I have a bit of tan. It looks less orange on the skin than it does on the arm swatch, so I quite like it for the purpose.

Sola is a gorgeous dark rose gold with shimmer that would look just as amazing on the eyes as on the cheeks. This is too dark for me in winter, but it’s a beautiful summer time blush and I used it a lot lately.

Tau is a matte orange blush. This is actually so flattering on the skin, again this is too dark during winter but it’s a stunning warm matte blush for a bronzed summer look!

Bee is maybe the shade that works the least for me. I don’t feel it’s too dark for me during summer, I just feel it’s not the right tone. I can even make it work during winter with a super light hand, and if I really buff it out, but it’s just not my favorite anyways. This is the shade I get the least use out of. That being said there is nothing wrong with the quality and I bet this looks stunning on medium or even dark skin!

Zoba is my favorite. This one works all year for me, and is together with Leena the only two shades that are usable for me all year (I have light skin, but not fair). It’s pink with a golden sheen and looks amazing as a glowy blush!

The final shade, Leena, is a matte peach. This is just a great all year, all looks kind of blush. I often use this with a little bit of Zoba on top to give a very soft sheen. Perfect if you feel a bit pale and dull to brighten up the face.

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The quality on these are great. They are quite pigmented though, but blend fairly easy, so with a light hand and a little bit of buffing they work really nicely. They don’t have any kickback in the pan so they seem fairly firmly pressed. Which means they are easy to control and they will last you for ever. I know I have used this palette quite a bit for the 1.5 years I’ve owned it and it barely shows any wear. So with Juvia’s Place reasonable pricing added to the equation you get a cheap, great quality palette that will last you almost forever. If that’s not a good deal I don’t know what is!

Have you tried Juvia’s Place blushes?

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Tarina Tarantino Blushes – Review!

This is one of my unknown hidden treasures in my collection. For those of you who are familiar with Tarina Tarantino might know her better for her loud hair and jewellery line, but she also has a small selection of makeup products. I own a few of them, among them three blushers!

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First of all, the packaging is a piece of jewellery on its own! They feel heavy and look almost like small art pieces. I got three shades. Parasol, Feather and Carved Rose. All of these three are also a part of a blush palette (which is currently on sale at her website), but at the moment they are not available as singles directly from her site. I don’t know if they are being discontinued or not, but there are plenty of them on Ebay and I don’t really think you will find any fakes as this brand is not known for their makeup. This is just as much an art piece as a makeup item so I would recommend this for any makeup collector out there.

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The formula is very easy to work with. It’s pigmented enough, but not to the extreme so you have to be too careful. It’s just enough to give you a nice flush of color. It applies really easy and evenly. Just a very simple blush to use!

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Feather, Parasol and Carved Rose.

I had these blushes for several years and they have been among my favorite ones for very long. That’s why I felt I needed to share these beauties in case they disappear for good.

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Do you have any hidden gems in your collection? Something that no one talks about but you really love?

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush – Review!

As so many other I am a fan of the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, and it got me curious to test out the other products in the Murumuru Butter family. They got those bronzers, some blushes and some very nice highlighters. So I picked up a bit of everything to play with, and will be reviewing the blushes today!

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The packaging is similar to the Butter Bronzer just a bit smaller and quite a bit more pink. They got the same palm leaf design and the same bulkiness. I like that the lid is clear so you can easily see what blush you are reaching for without reading the label. I picked up the shades Rosy Pink and Natural Glow. Rosy Pink is a matte soft pale pink, and Natural Glow is like a very pale rose gold. It is not matte but have a nice sheen to it without being shimmery. I am very happy with both shades, but I think the shade range could easily take advantage of some darker shades. I am quite pale and still these are too light for me now that I got a slight tan. I think medium skin and darker could have a problem finding a dark enough shade. Let me know if I am wrong, I would love to be corrected on this!

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The consistency of the product is similar to the bronzer. So a very very creamy powder. My favorite way to apply these are with a slightly denser synthetic brush. The amount of product is easy to control because it is more of a buildable pigmentation rather than “first-swipe-and-you’re-ready- for-a-carneval”. I prefer buildable blushes if I had to pick actually.

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One thing that really surprised me was longevity. Usually I find that most blushes would have disappeared after 3-4 hours anyway regardless of brand, but these guys had really really good staying power. After 8 hours it was very easy to see that the blush was still there. So I am impressed by how long they last on the skin. They may actually be the longest lasting blushes I’ve ever tried!

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One drawback though is the very bulky packaging. and when you open the blush completely you find another compartment that holds an applicator. Not a brush, and applicator. The sponge type! To me it was absolutely useless. There is also a mirror, but it is so tiny and I really don’t see myself ever using it, mostly because the placement is really unpractical since it’s underneath the blush and you would constantly have to open and close it to use it. I would have much preferred no sponge and no mirror in exchange for a slimmer packaging.

It is still a darn good blush though, and I guess I have enough blushes suitable for traveling so it does not matter all that much.

For a price tag of 12.99 $ it’s not the cheapest at the drug store but still well worth the little extra coin. I wold absolutely recommend these, and I hope to pick up some more shades myself!

Oh, and yes, they do smell like the bronzer!

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Nabla Glowy Skin Highlighter & Glowy Skin Blush – Review!

I love Nabla as a brand. I discovered them almost two years ago, before they came to BeautyBay and became more available, and I got a few of their single pan eyeshadow sand think their formula is amazing. So since they’ve expanded their makeup line to some new gorgeous products I had to try. And I have even more on the wish list, I mean have you seen their pretty pressed highlighter, their loose powder and concealer? I want them all!

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But now I want to focus in a specific product and that is their Glowy Skin Blush and Glowy Skin Highlighter. These are cream stick products and they got a few different shades to select from, but I went for one blush called “Maybe Baby” and a duochrome pale highlighter called surreal”. They got two blush shades, one slightly darker than the one I ordered, and three highlighters one light, one medium and one dark. So hopefully even though the selection is sparse it will suite for a big range of skin tones!

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It took me some time to learn how to apply these properly. At first attempt I felt like they lifted off the foundation underneath and everything then looked patchy. Not a good look at all. I soon figured out that my mistake was waiting until the foundation had dried. On second attempt when I applied these before the foundation set ended much better and I liked the result. I think these can be a bit troublesome if you have a foundation that dries very quickly, but if you have a minute or two these sticks are super easy to swipe over your cheeks and cheekbones to blend them out.

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The result with both these products are very glowy and natural. These are not for you if you want a strong blush or a beaming highlight because both these products are quite subtle. But they does give the most gorgeous glow to the skin, and I really like how they look. They are perfect for natural skin days, and if you don’t want to go natural and want some more ompfh to your highlight. I had no issues layering powders on top. But just on their own they make you look glowy and healthy, which is not a bad look at all!

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These are not very strong in pigmentation though. I do have a bit of a tan, but I am still of a lighter skin tone, so if you usually have a tan or medium skin I would recommend trying out the darker shades of the range. These guys work for me still with a tan, but I think they will look better when I am paler.

I found that they blend quite easily because the skin seems to warm them up enough fairly quick, and I applied both with fingers, sponges and brushes without facing issues with any of them. My preferred way was the sponge.

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I really do like them though, because they are a good option for the neutral days and to be honest those are most days.

Did you try anything exciting from Nabla I should try too? Leave a note in the comment because this is a bran I want to see more of!

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Benefit World O’Blushes Palette – Review!

Benefit blushes always tempted me. I always planned on picking up some more of their staple blushes. I got the blush Coralista many many years ago and it is still one of my very favorite blushes, so I guess it would have been worth the splurge for me to get some more. The thing is they are not very easily accessible in my country, and with taxes on top of their already high-end price I just got something holding me back.

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Another thing holding me back was the bulky size. The Coralista blush take up the space of at least two regular blushes, and those blush palettes they’ve released before looked awfully big and bulky.

But when I found this little piece at the airport I knew I had to have it, because it is perfect! Benefit finally made a small blush palette with a travel friendly size. Plus it contained only shades that I was really interested in picking up anyway!

The size of the palette is just a little smaller and a little slimmer than a 9 pan Z-palette. In other word very travel friendly. It also has the iconic Hoola Bronzer in addition to three blushes namely Dandelion, Rockateur and Galifornia. So the selection of blushes is very good because you get that soft baby pink Dandelion as well as the more neutral Rockateur and the bright fun coral of Galifornia.

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the packaging is super cute, with the iconic designs of each blush. And again, I love how sleek and compact it is while it still holds a general amount of products.

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If you never tried Benefit blushes before I can assure you that these are good quality blushes. They are pigmented, but still easy to control and blend. They apply very effortlessly because I don’t feel I have to be a very skilled blender or applier to make them look nice, they just do! They also look very even on the skin. All three colors in this palette will be used. Dandelion is perfect for winter, Galifornia is such a fun summer shade, and Rockateur is just one of those blushes that always works with anything.

I was excited to try Hoola, because people seemed to be so excited when Hoola Light was released, and I heard so many people complain that they like the Hoola shade but found it to be a bit too dark and therefore preferred the Hoola Light. Being a Nordic person I am used to being quite fair, but I honestly don’t think Hoola is too dark at all. I actually think it will be invisible on me when I get that famous summer tan I am always talking about (or . Right now it works fine, and I really like the shade. Warm, but not too much!

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In short terms, I will get good use out of all the products in this palette. That combined with the handy size means that this is a bit hit for me, and I would highly recommend this if you’ve been thinking about picking up some Benefit blushes but found the size of the packaging to be too much. Here you got three blushes and a bronzer in one handy small palette.

What is your Benefit favorite?

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