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Makeup by ONE DIRECTION-Take Me Home Collection Review and Swatches

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A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

IMG_9560I recently had the unique opportunity to review a makeup kit that will be available later on this month. These One Direction makeup kits will be available in 3 varieties, and I received the “Take me Home” Collection. This kit is geared towards the “Girl Next Door” and offers more natural looking makeup.


I was immediately drawn to the packaging, it is very nice! I love the directions on the inside of the tin casing! The kit I received includes:

  • “Taken”-Liquilights Glow Gloss: Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows neon yellow under UV light


This looks very bright, but it’s not! It adds a nice iridescent glow to the lipstick included in the kit and I look forward to trying it with other lip products. It’s not sticky and doesn’t really have a smell or taste to it.


  • 4+1 Eye Shadow Pallette in the perfect nude shades 
  1. “Back for You”-velvet creme
  2. “Change My Mind”-peachy shimmer
  3. “C’mon C’mon”-soft taupe
  4. “Little Things-smokey brown
  5. “Take Me Home”-golden glitter creme


I really like this palette because the colors are very neutral and I feel these colors would look great with any eye color! The pigment was pretty good over a primer, and I noticed little to no fall out. I love that you can create a variety of subtle to more dramatic looks with this palette. There are also some ideas on the inside of the collectable tin.


  • “Last First Kiss”-nude-pink sheer lipstick


This was very sheer and I applied over a balm to avoid dryness. The color is subtle but very pretty and I think it would be great for a more dramatic eye or for work/school. I also think the color is great for younger teens.


  • “Little Black Dress”-volumizing mascara in perfectly black 


This was a bit less dramatic than what I normally like, but the formula was pretty good. There was no clumping or smudging that I noticed. I used 2 coats in the photo above of my eyes. Again the less dramatic look would be very appropriate for a teen or anyone who likes a less dramatic, yet defined look.

  • “Live While We’re Young”-multi-dimensional gold glitter nail polish


This polish contains larger hex gold glitters and smaller hex gold holo glitters in a clear base. I applied 2 coats over a color I already had on called Requested by Mentality Polish. This is a fun polish with an easy to work with formula. It would look great over a variety of colors.



  • “I Wish”-warm chocolate brown eye and body crayon


This applied pretty easily on my eyes. I used it as an eyeliner and I was happy with the result. It can also be used an a darker eye shadow and a body crayon for the stencils that are included in the kit. The stencils would also be fun to decorate your school supplies and the makeup tin with!


This is a very cute, natural looking makeup look! This would be great for an everyday makeup look or for school. I enjoyed all the items in the kit and I will definitely use them again.

From L-R: I wish, Back For You, Change My Mind, C'mon C'mon, Little Things, Take Me Home, Last First Kiss, and Taken

From L-R: I wish, Back For You, Change My Mind, C’mon C’mon, Little Things, Take Me Home, Last First Kiss, and Taken


The kit, along with the 3 others in the collection, will be available in the US in late August. International release dates will be announced soon! I think these kits will retail for around $29 each.

  • Macy’s-August 11
  • Stage Stores-August 25
  • Dillards-August 25
  • Beauty Brands-August 25
  • Lord and Taylor-August 25

Check out the Makeup by One Direction Facebook Page What are your thoughts on this kit?


**This was provided by Brand Backer in exchange for my honest review of the makeup. All views are solely my own and based on my personal experience with the makeup.

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Cult Nails: Passionate Dreams Collection

It has been quite some time since I have posted a polish swatch blog post. I have missed it terribly, and as I type this, the old familiar feeling is infusing me. I love it. I have been very busy with my pageantry, and now that my national competition is over, I have way more time to blog, and I am so happy for that.

Today I am showing you a collection from Cult Nails, called the Passionate Dreams Collection. This is an older collection released back around Valentine’s day, but I would be committing a nail crime if I allowed these gorgeous colors to sit un-swatched. I am in love with this entire collection.


From L-R: Angel Whispers, Ignite, Kiss, and Lethal


A soft, pale pink crème provides the base color for this texture polish. Even though the finish may feel slightly rough, its color and signature Cult Nails™ shimmer create a softening effect reminiscent of an Angel’s wings.


This is my favorite from the 4 in terms of color. This is what I call “Princess Polish”. In terms of formula, it was a bit on the thick side, but I took care of that by adding a few drops of thinner. It worked fine. This is 2 coats with no topcoat.


Blending a black jelly base with silver glitter, it’s like closing your eyes for that first kiss, and seeing stars. Ignite is pure passion fuel.

IMG_9652I love this. Reminds me of the night sky. I have several polishes like this, and yet this one is somehow different. I think it’s because the glitter is very tiny in diameter, so it truly looks like the night sky with millions of tiny stars. This is 2 coats with no topcoat. Great formula on this one.


No love story is complete without a kiss. Crafted to invoke emotions of lust and desire, Kiss is a vibrant red that dries to a wax-like finish.

IMG_9638Red polishes are a favorite of my husband. If given the choice he will always choose a red. He loves this one and so do I. This is a true red with a wax-like finish that Cult Nails is known for. I love the wax finish. This is 2 coats with no topcoat.


Like staring into your lover’s eyes, you won’t be able to look away when this silver foil is on your tips.


This is the best formula out of the 4. It went on so perfect!! This is 2 coats with no topcoat. It dries very quickly as well.

All 4 of these are available at Cult Nails for $12 each and Angel Whispers is a Limited Edition with only around 48 left forever so hurry and get it!



**If you noticed, I have a new watermark. I will be rebranding my blog to “The Cute Pharm D” soon to match all my other social media accounts.

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Aviva Hair Revitalizer Advanced Hair Growth System Review

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I have never successfully taken hair vitamins. I attempted to start myself on Biotin a few months back but I ended up quitting after about 1 week due to horrible acne. Let me give you some background info on my hair before I jump into this review. I have very long, thick hair that is color-treated blonde. I am not someone you would immediately think *needed* a hair supplement, but I am always interested in having healthier hair due to the stress I put it through such as dyeing, blow drying, curling and straightening. If it grows quicker that is a plus!

I was recently given the opportunity to try a supplement called Aviva Hair Revitalizer though BeautyStat. I was sent 2 months worth of vitamins. I was a bit nervous because the product contains 5000mcg of Biotin per serving, and me and Biotin don’t normally get along well. But, I was going to give this vitamin a try with the decision to quit if I got horrible acne like I did last time I tried Biotin.

I took this from Aviva’s website to explain how their vitamins work.

Hair emerges from hair follicles, which are multi-layered structures that house and process the nutrients responsible for healthy hair growth. Without these necessary nutrients, hair follicles can malfunction and result in dull, thin, lifeless hair, as well as hair loss. So, what does this mean?

It’s simple: a healthy hair follicle is the key to healthy hair!

Creating visible results in as little as 30 days*, Aviva’s proprietary dual complex works with your hair’s natural cycle to stimulate healthy growth from within – up to 6mm beneath the scalp’s surface – enriching and enhancing stronger, thicker, and more beautiful looking hair. As Aviva rejuvenates and improves the health of hair follicles deep below the surface, it revitalizes the hair’s DNA. Working with your natural hair growth cycle, Aviva hair growth vitamins help support hair structure and encourages new, emerging hair.

Here are the ingredients:

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My thoughts on some of the Key Ingredients:

  • Biotin-whoa nelly that’s a lot of Biotin, but as well as being good for hair, biotin is supposed to help your nails as well. Double win!
  • Folic Acid-from a pharmacist’s perspective I am thrilled to see this in here. All women of child bearing age should be taking a folic acid supplement. This supplement provides all you need as long as you AREN’T pregnant. (Pregnant ladies need more!)
  • Iron-most woman can also benefit from some supplemental iron, so yay!
  • Everything else-nothing jumps out to me as being scary or something to avoid, I’d have no problem recommending this to one of my patients.

So what happened when I took this supplement? Here are my in depth thoughts.

  • Packaging-Great packaging. 1 month’s worth comes housed in a high quality box with a lid that slips off and on. Inside the box are individual blister packs of 8 soft gels. Coming from someone who has difficulty with packaged medication, I had no problems getting the soft gels out of the blister packs, they easily just pop right out!
  • Appearance-the soft gels themselves are somewhat large and sort of a bubblegum pink color. Coloring probably won’t matter to most people, but I love the pink.
  • Taste/Ease of administration-I didn’t notice a gross taste or aftertaste when I took these. Also, even though they are large, I was able to swallow both soft gels at once with plenty of water. They are coated and go down pretty easily.
  • Compliance-You take 2 soft gels once daily. I am not always 100% with taking medications, I often forget. I can honestly say I haven’t skipped a day of these since I started. I think it is because I know I am making my hair healthier. Tangible results usually improve compliance.
  • Side Effects-Like I mentioned before I got acne the last time I tried to use a supplement of Biotin. It was so bad I had to discontinue the vitamin. I cannot explain how or why, but I have not had any extra acne since starting this and it’s been over 1 month. I am thrilled because I was very worried about that. I experienced no other side effects and no upset stomach which can be common after taking a vitamin. I do recommend taking these with at least a little bit of food on the stomach and a full glass of water.

So perhaps the most important aspect of this review, did the vitamins work?? After about 3 weeks of using the vitamins, I noticed softer hair. Like, significantly softer. As far as growth? Yes, a thousand times yes! I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I noticed, but I had been using the vitamins for at least 30 days, maybe a bit longer. I usually go 8 weeks between dye jobs and my beautician trims my hair every 3rd visit since I am trying to get it really long. Well I noticed the amount of regrowth that I usually get in 8 weeks at somewhere around the 5 week mark, AND I actually got a trim even though I got one 8 weeks ago. My hair also appears a bit more shiny than it was before. And as an added bonus, my nails are reaping the benefits of this vitamin as well! They are growing like crazy and I’m cutting them every few days.

Here are a few hair pics of my hair after taking the supplement for a month. My hair had been flat ironed in both pics.

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All in all I’d say this vitamin is the real deal. I can say from both a consumer and a health professional’s point of view that I would certainly recommend this, and I do plan to repurchase and keep taking it.

Use code AVIVAbstat14 to receive a 20% discount and FREE shipping on a 30-Day Supply product purchase of AVIVA Hair Revitalizer at

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New Love2Love Fragrances #love2lovewalmart

Love2Love; the latest fragrance line to hit exclusively at Walmart: Love2Love, designed for women who love gorgeous fragrances at affordable prices. This private label fragrance collection from Coty Beauty is sold exclusively at Walmart — so you know it’s going to smell good.

Spritzing on the freshest scents is pretty much how we get into the springtime spirit. But sometimes it’s hard to pick just ONE scent. Luckily, the Love2Love fragrance line is composed of 4 uniquely blended scents to lets consumers express their individuality — at an incredibly affordable price. No matter the consumer’s mood or personality or preference for floral or musky notes, there’s a Love2Love scent just right for her.

Feeling extra-girly and femme? Try Orange Blossom White Musk. Inspired by a trio of oranges, this perfume has top notes of sparkling Bergamot, bitter Tunisian Orange and sweet Italian Orange. Mid-notes of Orange Blossom and soft Peony compliment the trio of oranges, while a base of smooth Blonde Cedarwood, Orris, creamy Sandlewood and White Musk embrace the citrusy aroma.

Feeling hopelessly romantic? Freesia Violet Petal captures that journey towards true love with top notes of Peach Blossom, Lily Petals and Lavender blooms. Complimenting mid-notes of Turkish Rose, Princess Rose, Violet Blossom and Freesia balance off the light floral scents, while base notes of sheer Musk, Heliotropene and a touch of Crimewood add mystery and passion.

Feeling fun and frisky? Try Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa with shimmering top notes of Peony, Raspberry and sparkling Mimosa flowers for flare, mixed with delicate mid-notes of Honeysuckle, Jasmine and Sweet Pea flowers. Round it all off with base notes of Musk, Rosewood and Almond Blossom for a lasting impression.

Feeling nostalgic and timeless? Fresh Rose Peach is a classic floral scent with top notes of Lychee, Cassis Buds and Peach Nectar, along with mid-notes of Geranium and Bulgarian Rose for substance and base notes of Orris and Musk that linger.

Spring is the perfect season to try new scents and express oneself in an aromatic way. And at the affordable price of $9.98 (for 3.4 oz) and $6.98 (240ml), try all 4 scents without going over one’s beauty budget.

Love2Love is offering consumers a chance to Design Their Dream Date to enter for a chance to win a Hawaiian vacation.

Simply visit the Love2Love brand page and choose the location, outfit, time of day and ambience to design a dream date card. Then, share the dream date with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Use the hashtag #love2lovewalmart. Once consumers have created and shared their dream date, they’ll be entered to win the grand prize Fantasy Flyaway Date-cation OR 1 of 4 $100 Date Night Packs given out weekly.


A round-trip to Maui, Hawaii including car rental, 7-night hotel stay at Sheraton Maui Resort and $750 in spending cash (awarded in the form of an American Express Gift Card).


$100 Fandango Gift Card (to use on movie tickets) and a $75 American Express Gift Card (to spend on a night of dining and entertainment).

Enter NOW for a chance to WIN the gift cards by clicking HERE. And to enter to win the grand prize, click here on >>

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Taking Your Makeup on Your Spring Break Trip

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Every spring break countless college kids leave the campuses and head for the beach. It’s become almost a rite of passage to spend your week off from classes, partying in the sand during the day and visiting the clubs on the strips at night. Girls spend months in advance getting bikini ready and searching for that perfect outfit. But how much thought do you put into how you pack your makeup to your trip?


Out of your foundation in your eyeliner, to blush and mascara, it’s important that you store your makeup properly before jumping in the vehicle. There are lots of available choices when it comes to transporting your makeup stash, however you want to ensure that you choose a possibility that gives each item within your collection their own space, to ensure that it doesn’t roll around as being the car crush and moves powdered makeups or break your containers.

While plush, quilted makeup bags may seem like a great option in the beginning, the ideal way to move makeup long distances is really a makeup train case. Train cases, like the ones found at The Salon Outlet, are designed to give different types of makeup their own separate compartments, so fragile items won’t be crushed by bigger things. A train case can also be a great way to transport makeup since your collection will automatically be organized. With the separate compartments that fold into one particular to transport case, each type of makeup with have its own place in the folding case. You can store foundations, makeup pallets and big items towards the bottom of the makeup trunk. Eye compact, lipsticks and shadows containers will fit easily into the upper compartments. So you don’t have to bother about your grabby roommate snatching your favorite shade of lipstick before Saturday night’s party, you can even lock your train case!


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Coolway True Smooth Review and Discount Code

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True-Smooth-Spray1I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new product by Coolway called True Smooth. It’s a spray that you apply to hair after washing, and then you blow dry your hair like normal. The product promises results similar to a flat iron, without actually having to use the flat iron. Theoretically, you will decrease damage to your hair by skipping ironing and reducing the amount of harsh heat it’s exposed to.

The following picture is what my hair looks like after blowdrying with no product in it. I have long thick hair that is medium to coarse in texture. I highlight it every 8 weeks, so it tends to be on the dry side as well.


After using shampoo and conditioner like I normally do, I towel-dried and separated my hair into 2 equal parts and after shaking the product well I sprayed 25 sprays on each section of hair. Then I combed the product through my hair to evenly disperse it. The design of the bottle makes it easy to spray which is important since you will be using 25-50 sprays each use. I then used a paddle brush and blow dried my hair on the highest heat setting. The results were as follows:




As you can see, the results were pretty good! My hair felt smooth and nice afterwards and I couldn’t feel any stickiness from the spray. I couldn’t even tell I had put anything in my hair. The blow dry process felt like it went quicker as well.

For some, the True Smooth spray may be enough to replace their flat iron, but for me it wasn’t. While I do think it did a really good job, I still flat ironed my hair afterwards (not shown in pics). That’s just a personal preference though. I will continue to use the product because I felt like it made flat ironing easier and produced a gorgeous smooth finish, and it also acts as a heat protectant.


**Use Code BeautyStat14 to receive a 10% discount on all Coolway purchases on their website.

**This product was provided for review by BeautyStat


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6 Easy Tips To Help Your Skin Survive Winter by Lara Ramos

Lara Ramos, an expert beauty author from HSN, created a very helpful list for combating dry winter skin. I love this list, so I wanted to share it with you guys!


It’s no secret that skincare should change with the seasons, but it can be tough to know what’s best when the weather turns wicked. Here are a few simple things that you can do to keep your skin healthy all winter long so that it’s fresh and glowing come spring:

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Helpful Tips for Healthy Skin all Winter


1. Buff away dry winter skin
Buff away your dry winter skin and reveal a glowing complexion with a luxe body scrub. I look for a combination of sloughers (exfoliating granules) and softeners (natural oils) to leave my skin soft and hydrated. Something like AHAVA’s Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($25) is the perfect solution.

2. Seal in moisture
Once out of the shower, seal in moisture from head to toe. On my face, I like to amp up the hydration with the addition of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, while I opt for something lightweight and easy to apply from the neck down.

3. Ease up on cleanser
Colder weather means that it’s time to lighten up your cleanser, because over cleansing can strip and irritate skin. I love Trish McEvoy’s Gentle Cleansing Wash because it’s creamy and soap-free. It’s safe enough to be used on my eye area and easily rids my face of the day’s makeup, without scrubbing.

4. Use non-drying products
If you use a facial serum or toner, make sure that it’s extra gentle and nondrying. Skin tends to lose moisture in the winter, which can result in rebound oil production and more breakouts than usual.

5. Double down on hydration
If you find your skin to be extra dry, invest in a hydrating facial mask that doesn’t need to be washed off and can be worn overnight.

6. Protect your hands and nails
Probably the most exposed to the elements, your hands and nails need extra protection this time of year. When it comes to a hand cream, the richer the better and a sweet scent doesn’t hurt. Perlier’s White Almond Hand Cream ($15), which sinks right in and soothes on contact.


I hope you found this list helpful, what are your favorite products for winter skincare?


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November Wantable Box: Unboxing and Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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I was recently able to review another Wantable makeup box courtesy of Tomoson. I got some goodies from their November collection, and I’m excited to show you guys!

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You can get your own customized wantable makeup box for $36/month or $40 for a one time box. You get 4-5 high end full size makeup products.



  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Mood Melody ($12)


A matte black with a teeny tiny hint of shimmer. I LOVE it. I love kohl pencils for a number of reasons. Mainly because for me, I get the best control and results when I use pencils. I love the looks of liquid, but I need more time to make them look good. I am always running late it seems, and pencils like this are quicker to apply.


  • Michael Marcus lipstick in Debbie ($24)


I had not heard of Michael Marcus before, but I am very excited about this lipstick. It looks kind of orange in this photo, but it’s actually more cool-toned in real life. It promises long lasting pigment and castor oil to moisturize lips. Count me in!

  • Girlactik Beauty Eye Shadow in Vintage ($19)


This is described as a shimmering pewter with a pearl finish. I think it will be perfect for an all over lid color. I love the packaging and the built in mirror. This is another new-to-me brand.

  • Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Highlighter ($29)


A really pretty highlighter lotion that moisturizes and lasts up to 16 hours. I am excited to use this on my cheeks, chin, nose and brow bones. This is yet another new brand for me.

I also received an included sample from Skiin called Skin instant skin tightener and line filler. I am interested to try this, I do have some fine lines I’d like to minimize. The sample is good sized and I should get at least a few uses out of it.


Overall I am impressed with the box (Overall retail value $84). It contains some nice items I will definitely use.

You can join Wantable here. They also do accessory and intimate apparel boxes!

Here is my Unboxing video :)


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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The Skin Regime: After the 3rd and 4th Peels.


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I have done 2 more peels since my last post. I am doing them every 7-8 days at this point and my skin is tolerating them very well. And starting to look very fabulous I might add! I mentioned in my last post that I would be bumping the glycolic acid peel up to 40%. I used this one from Skin Obsession after finding the link on Dana’s website. She keeps a list of skincare companies that sell the glycolic acid peels. I kept the 3rd peel on my skin for 5 minutes and the 4th on for 6 minutes. I think I will try to keep the next peel on for 8 minutes (I won’t keep it on past 10 minutes for this particular peel). The 40% is definitely more intense, but the results were a bit improved. My skin in general is looking more vibrant and even toned and way more smooth. I have had some annoying pimples along my jaw line though, which I am treating with 10% benzoyl peroxide. I am unsure if this is due to my cycle or the peels “purging” my skin.  Still, most days I just wear a light BB cream and finishing powder and that provides enough coverage. Dana mentions in her book that after you put your skin through the boot camp, the type of foundation you need to use may change. She was right. My skin used to be chronically dry, mostly from the acne products I was putting on it. Also pretty unevenly toned. Not anymore. It’s hydrated and glowing. I am very happy with this regime and excited to be officially half way through the boot camp phase of my skin transformation. I plan to do a total of 8 peels before moving into the maintenance phase.


This is how my skin currently looks. I am only wearing a drugstore BB cream. I did not retouch the photo, it is straight out of the camera.


My Original Skin Regime Post

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CV Skinlabs: Skincare Review

I was recently able to try a new-to-me skincare brand called CV Skinlabs. I was very excited!

(CV Skinlabs) is a natural & organic collection of luxuriously soothing & clinically proven formulas that nurture and repair skin. Each product delivers outstanding beauty benefits with an unprecedented new standard of safety.

Each CV Skinlabs blend is screened by toxicologists to ensure that it’s free of potentially harmful chemicals & all formulas have been proven to heal & repair sensitive skin while restoring radiance & luminosity.

I tried 3 different products:

  • Restorative Skin Balm-This is a great, thick balm that can be used on lips, cuticles, or even eczema. It protects the skin and holds in moisture. I used it on my lips and cuticles and I LOVE IT. My cuticles are soft and supple. It is pretty much without scent and a little goes a very long way. I have to keep my cuticles looking good for my swatches, and this may become my new go-to cuticle moisturizer. It really is good stuff.
  • Calming Moisture for Face-This moisturizer contains antioxidants and calms redness. Perfect for me since I tend to get really red, especially around my nose for some unknown reason. I have been using this twice daily after I wash my face and I really like it.
  • Body Repair Lotion-I only got a sample of this so I only used it once, but from using once, it seems pretty awesome! I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I usually exfoliant them pretty good in the shower every day. This was very nice to use after my shower on those spots. Since exfoliating causes just a tiny bit of irritation, and the areas are already red, this lotion was great! I’d like to get a full size bottle.

Overall, I am impressed with this skincare line. I love that it’s all natural and safe. I love that it’s gentle and still gets the job done. Since I’ve been doing Glycolic acid peels, I have been really being careful as to what I’m putting on my skin. I love that this is safe skincare that actually works.


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