Dispatches from Indoor Cycling Class

If you asked me about exercising eight months ago, I would’ve told you that I’ve been avoiding it like the plague due to my knee injury. Or that I’ve limited my workouts to long walks from Salcedo Village to the Park Square UV Express station. Either way, the thought of pursuing a workout routine has given me a case of The Scaries, given my history of accidents and injuries induced by workouts.

However, when my friend Bella started raving about indoor cycling classes at Electric Studio last month, I started getting curious about it. What does indoor cycling have in store for me?  Will my knees give up on me? Am I gonna pass out? Will I come out stronger after several sessions? The only way to answer all these questions is to try it out for myself.

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Fast forward to the last Thursday of August 2019. After coordinating with Bella and talking to my dad about indoor cycling, I finally bought my first-timers package at Electric Studio in Salcedo Village. The first-timers package entitled me to five classes, which I had to complete in a span of two weeks.

My first class was the most difficult one. I couldn’t keep up with the choreography and the accompanying workout routines, so I ended up leaning and stopping for several minutes in the middle of the class. I also fell a few times, which grabbed the attention of my instructor. To be honest, I wanted to give up during my first class because my body wasn’t having it. Luckily though, I was able to finish it, despite encountering those difficulties.

The succeeding classes ended up getting better and better. I was able to gradually keep up with the workouts, and I found myself to be more at pace. From remaining seated on the bike during 95% of the class to standing up for several minutes, it was arguably the biggest form of improvement I’ve seen in myself during spinning classes. Don’t get me wrong, though– I still struggled with the stretching bit during cool downs and my core is still in very poor form.

Aside from the physical benefits, spinning classes have been helpful with my mood and my sense of focus. I have ADHD, and working in social media has made me unnecessarily attached to it. Being in spin class compels me to disconnect from my phone for just 45 minutes and focus on the workout at hand. You’re forced to be present in your body, and it pushes you to just enjoy the moment. This was evident during the Twice x Seventeen x Stray Kids-themed ride that I went to a couple of days ago. I was living my best fangirl life while pedaling to a remix of Fancy by Twice and Clap by Seventeen. Who knew that I could baksu my way through spin class? I find myself feeling fulfilled after every class, which is good. There’s also a community component in these classes, which can be very helpful as well.

Now that I’ve completed my first five spinning classes, I can honestly say that this is one of the few workouts that I have enjoyed. While I may not be able to join a few spinning classes for now, the experience has inspired me to pursue working out more actively.  Maybe I’ll get my own stationary bike or a desk cycle to get the feeling…or take my dog outside for a walk during weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Crush: Red Velvet

Red Velvet is one of my favorite K-pop girl groups. Aside from their diverse and exceptional discography, out-of-the box concepts, amazing chemistry, and stunning visuals, what drew me to them are their makeup looks! It’s clean, yet bold, and chic all at the same time.

As a proponent of semi-bare minimum makeup, there were three eras from Red Velvet which I found right up my street: the Summer Magic, Sappy, and Reve Festival: Day 1 eras. The looks were colorful, yet somehow doable for daily wear—a beauty principle that I go for when I’m in a rush. Out of all the members though, I found Joy and Wendy’s looks to be the easiest to get inspiration from, which you can see below:

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As you can see, the looks from these eras had clean skin, glittery eyes, and bright, yet lived-in lip colors. Aside from these looks, Seulgi’s beauty look from the Wow Thing video is another favorite of mine.

(Seriously, this look is giving me a reason to bring out all my bold lip colors)

Blabber aside, I would like to know your beauty inspirations! Are you into k-pop too? What makeup looks are you planning to copy or include in your routines soon? Let me know. I had fun writing this, and my neutral makeup-loving self is yearning to experiment and try these looks from time to time.

5 Things: 5 Favorite Beauty Finds of 2019

A couple of years back, I came up with a segment called “5 Things,” where I ask friends and peers five questions where they have to share their top 5 of anything. I forgot to follow through, so I have decided to revive it for nostalgia’s sake.

As you can tell in the title, I will be talking about my five favorite beauty finds of 2019. I’ve discovered a lot of products this year, but these five things are the ones that I’ve been enjoying at the moment.

  1. Revlon Ultra HD Hypermatte Ultra Lip Mousse in Spice 

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A very recent find! I initially planned on buying the Sunnies Face Lip Dip in Femmebot, but I ended up buying this instead, since I got sold on the plush, yet longwearing formula, and the pretty pinky-brown color. It’s a bit pricey for drugstore (Php 575!), but if you want a lipstick that’s fairly comfortable, long-lasting, and suitable for all occasions, grab this one.

2. Hada Labo Gokujyun Moisturizing Cream 

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One of my favorite purchases during my Osaka trip was this hydrating cream from Hada Labo. I forgot to bring a moisturizer for this trip, so I headed to the nearest grocery from our hotel to buy this. Anyway, this cream saved my skin from the cold, windy weather of Osaka, and gave me a nice glow throughout the trip. I love this cream so much.

Speaking of Hada Labo, Hada Labo is coming to Manila very soon, and I hope that they sell this here. If not, please point me to a dupe of this.

3. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum 

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Ever since I discovered the wonders of hyaluronic acid through the Hada Labo cream, I realized that I needed to add more hyaluronic acid to my skincare routine. This serum may be small, but it packs a lot of hydration. Since then, my skin feels a little bit more plump and less parched.

4. Scentsmith Eau de Parfum in Ambrette Sea Salt 

(I can’t find an exact photo of the Ambrette Sea Salt one, I AM SORRY)

Ever since I discovered Glossier You during my trip to New York last year, I have been on the hunt for its dupe. The internet has pointed out that Lanvin’s Eclat D’ Arpege and Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt are potential dupes for it, but I cannot really spend my money on them. Luckily, I found Scentsmith in Greenbelt 5, and I found Ambrette and Sea Salt, which reminded me of Glossier You and bread. Although it’s not as long-lasting as it seems, it smells warm and comfortable— just like a warm hug.

5. Nature Republic Triple Meringue Tint in Red Brownie

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(Again: I can’t find the actual color for Red Brownie, but lol)

 

I was never really a red lipstick girl, but this lip tint/lip stain changed the way I perceive red lipsticks. It’s fairly long-lasting, and the texture’s pretty nice. In addition, it’s also a close dupe of the Sunnies Face Lip Dip, lol.

 

And those are my beauty favorites this year! What beauty products are you enjoying so far? Also, do you want me to interview people and share their ~~5 things?

 

Updated Makeup and Skincare Routine

Hello there! I’m back. As you can tell in the title, I will be talking about my updated makeup and skincare routine. It’s been quite a while since I last talked about mine, and a lot of things have changed since then.

Having a solid skincare and makeup routine has been helping me with my mental health. It calms me, and it gives me a sense of structure for the day ahead. If you want to know the products that I’m using and my thoughts about them, just keep reading!

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Glossy-Yay or Nay? A Glossier Mini-Haul and First Impressions

I’ve known about Glossier since 2014, but I think I only became a Glossier fangirl this year. The release of the brand’s Phase 2 set was the catalyst for it, when Glossier included makeup staples such as concealer and lipstick (I didn’t care about their skincare at that time). I dug deeper into the brand, by looking at their online campaigns and watching reviews on YouTube. Almost everything about Glossier’s ad campaigns just screamed “authentic, inclusive, and simple” which is a breath of fresh air from the traditional beauty campaigns that I see in print and online. Just check out this roundup of GRWMs below!

Recently, I decided to treat myself with some Glossier products. Although I originally wanted to try out their skincare (Milky Jelly Cleanser and Priming Moisturizer, anyone?), I decided to opt out of it because I didn’t want to disrupt my current skincare routine. I am at this point where my skin looks and feels really good, and having new products in my arsenal can be either a hit or miss.

Instead, I decided to buy the Balm Dotcom and the Generation G. The balm dotcom is described as a “universal skin salve,” which can be used for dry lips, cuticles, and minor cuts, while Generation G is advertised as a “sheer matte lipstick.” I got the balm dotcom in Coconut (thanks Mel of @glossiermnl!), while the shade I got in Generation G was Crush (which I got from MUP Store), which is a bright pink-berry shade that I would normally avoid.

Now, on to my thoughts about the products! The Coconut balm dotcom immediately became a favorite of mine. At first, people may think that the balm dotcom is a glorified version of petroleum jelly or Vaseline. I guess it’s because of the price (it retails around 12 USD, but I got mine for Php 750), but I’ve looked past that because it works really well and it feels really good. I have dry and dehydrated lips, and the balm dotcom was able to moisturize it. Not to mention, the coconut scent is clean and pleasant, which is a far cry from the coconut scents that I am used to. At 0.5fl oz, you only need the smallest amount to moisturize and hydrate the areas that need some extra TLC. And oh, the flavored balm dotcom’s packaging is beautiful.

On the other hand, I am a bit conflicted towards Generation G. The lipstick definitely lived up to its claim of being a sheer matte lipstick. It’s buildable and dries down to a matte stain, and it glides on like a balm when applied. It lasts long too. Color-wise, I really like the just-bitten pink berry stain that Crush leaves on the lips.  However, I do think that the amount of product you’re getting and the product’s packaging does not reflect its steep price. At 0.04 oz/1.13 g, you’re only getting a small amount of product, and its plastic packaging feels a bit fragile. Also, Generation G just comes in four shades, and I think that expanding the color range a bit would be a big help for many skin tones. If you are looking for alternatives to Generation G, just get Revlon’s matte/balm stains or use a lip stain and put a balm over top.

To wrap this up, I think that the products that I got from Glossier are very good. The balm dotcom definitely lived up to its hype. Generation G, on the other hand is also very good, but I just wished that it was developed better, in terms of pricing, product distribution, color selection, and packaging. I would recommend Glossier if you are a fan of low-maintenance makeup. If you are a big skincare fan, I think you should look into Glossier’s skincare range because I’ve heard good stuff about it. In fact, I am considering getting the Back to Reality trio soon, which includes the mint balm dotcom and the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. Another thing to note though, if you are buying Glossier here in the Philippines is to find a reseller that gives you really good prices.

 

 

 

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

One of the things that I have been contemplating to write about in my blog is my everyday makeup routine. While funemployment has kept me at home almost every day, I do have days where I go out. Because of this, I have developed a makeup routine that has allowed me to look like an amplified version of myself, without scaring the shit out of people. I have also made the makeup routine versatile enough for any occasion or place.

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I first start with my base. Working on my base is probably the portion of my routine that takes up the most time, depending on how many imperfections I have to correct. I usually start with sunscreen, and I use the Belo SunExpert one with SPF 40. It feels nice and light on the skin and it helps make my makeup stay longer. Next, I use a primer from Maybelline, and I put it on areas where I feel shiny. The Maybelline primer feels nice on the skin, but I don’t like the smell of it. Sometimes, I would forego primer and just use sunscreen because I don’t want to be bothered with an extra step. However, sunscreen is necessary. After putting on sunscreen/primer, I put on my BB cream or tinted moisturizer. I usually use the Pond’s one, but I recently got a tube of tinted moisturizer from Marks and Spencer, so I try to alternate the two or mix them together. Once this is finished, I apply concealer. My favorite is L’Oreal’s True Match Concealer in W4-5/Light-Medium. However, if I have a massive spot, I use my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 and top it with the L’Oreal concealer. I set everything with powder, and I use my Maybelline White Superfresh Powder in Sand Beige.

Once I am done with my base, I then proceed to the eyes. Usually, I just work on my eyebrows and put on mascara. My favorite eyebrow product of all time is the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil, but I recently used it up. What I have right now is the Brow Lasting Eyebrow Mascara in Dark Brown from Bench’s makeup line. It’s a good find for its cheap price because it stays on all day. However, I have to use a very light hand with it because the brush is too big to use on the brows. In addition, I have to keep a spoolie with me to blend the product so that my brows would look natural. I recently got the Fashion Duo Brow Shaper from Maybelline, and it has taken over my beloved Etude House eyebrow pencil. For mascara, I usually use the Maybelline Hypercurl or the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister mascara. I like having defined lashes because it looks like I am awake. However, if I am in the mood to wear eyeshadow, my favorite is the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in Creamy Beige.

I don’t usually wear blush because I don’t like to be bothered with any extra steps whenever I do my makeup. However, the invention of lip-and-cheek tints have helped me incorporate cheek products into my routine. The lip and cheek product that I use is Happy Skin’s Shut Up and Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse in Swept Off My Feet, which is a neutral midtone pink that gives a slightly pinched look. Unfortunately, I am about to run out of this product, so if you have a good suggestion for lip and cheek tint, please let me know! For lips, I usually wear a lipstick in a neutral or nude shade. My current favorites are L’Oreal’s Tint Caresse Lip Color in Lily Blossom (which somewhat reminds me of Glossier’s Generation G in Cake), Sleek’s Matte Me liquid lipstick in Birthday Suit and Ettusais’ Creamy Lip Crayon in PK-02. However, if I really cannot be bothered, I just put on tinted lip balm.

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The finished product!

That concludes my everyday makeup routine! It took me quite awhile to figure out and somewhat perfect it, but this combination has worked for me ever since I started doing it.

 

 

Current Beauty Favourites (Part 2)

Apologies for not updating my blog, since the past month has been quite turbulent. I’m starting to get into the swing of things again, so allow me to kick things off with a beauty post!  While some of my favorites have been consistent from last July, I’ve added new products in my roster because I’ve been trying out new products left and right. Here’s a list of the beauty products that I’ve been loving so far, ranging from shampoo to lipsticks:

Hair Care 

  • Dove Daily Hair Vitamins – I’m still thinking that this thing is made from unicorns because it repaired my dry, damaged hair. My hair is now a lot more manageable than before and I would like to thank the hair vitamins for that.
  • Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Color and Perm Lasting Care Conditioner – This is a very new addition to my hair care routine (I’ve been using this since last week, by the way)! I dyed my hair recently, and using a color-safe conditioner has helped reduce the damage in my hair.
  • Head and Shoulders Apple Fresh Shampoo – Best!! Shampoo!!! Ever!!!! And it smells good too.

Skin Care

  • Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – Sometimes, makeup remover wipes just don’t cut it. If you have thick foundation and waterproof mascara, you need a makeup remover that removes everything. This makeup remover just does that, and the formulation is gentle enough to not dry your skin out.
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – This facial oil is so good! Although I find the smell of this a bit cloying, I can get past that because it’s so effective. It has calmed my irritated, sensitive skin, and it has tamed my acne scars too. It’s quite sad that I only have a sample of this 😦
  • Olay Natural White All-In-One Fairness Day Cream with SPF 24 – This is my favorite day cream/sunscreen. Not only it hydrates the skin and gives enough sun protection for my face, it also lightens dark spots too!
  • Clean and Clear Active Marks Acne Cleanser – I like this facial wash because it’s very effective yet very gently. Not only does it zap pimples and other impurities, it also has a calming effect on your skin too.

Makeup 

  • Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream in Beige – This BB cream is still my favorite base product. It’s a good match for my skin tone, and it doesn’t irritate my skin because of its skincare ingredients. It also has good coverage too! But despite its benefits, I’m still frustrated that this BB cream only comes in two shades. Come on, Pond’s, give girls more shade options for your BB cream!!!
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 – This is one of the best concealers that I’ve tried. It’s a very good match for my skin tone, and it’s great at spot concealing and tone-correcting. It’s also long-lasting as well. My only problems with this concealer are that the MAC stores here in the Manila have a limited color selection…and it can be a bit of a pain to apply.
  • Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium – Another very good concealer! This is a great overall concealer, but I find this concealer a bit grey-toned at times. Maybe it’s because this concealer a bit light for my skin tone, but I’ll find a way to work around it.
  • L’Oreal True Match Concealer in W4-5 Light to Medium – I’m obviously a concealer lover, and this is the best concealer that I have tried. Shade-wise, this is the lovechild of my MAC Studio Finish and my Revlon concealers. Formula-wise, it’s very easy to work with, and it’s long-lasting too.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Cream Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige – I’m not an eye shadow girl, but if I were to use an eye shadow for the rest of my life, it would be this. It’s a dupe for MAC’s Paint Pot in Groundwork, which is a popular neutral eye shadow in the beauty community! It’s a bit hard to work with, but I can get on with it because the color is just so nice.
  • Essence Silky Touch Blushes in Natural Beauty and Adorable- I’m not a big blush person, but these blushes are great if you want to look healthy and fresh. These blush colors are flattering for different skin tones too! Natural Beauty is great if you want to enhance your ~~*natural glow*~~, while Adorable is the blush that you use if you don’t want to look dead. It’s great that these blushes are affordable too!
  • Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara – This mascara has trumped my Majolica Majorca mascara because of its staying power. While the Majolica Majorca mascara lengthens and expands my lashes, I like this mascara more because it volumizes and curls my lashes really well, while still looking natural. In addition, this mascara does not leave disgusting residue under my eyes, lol. However, I tried combining my Majolica Majorca and my Hypercurl mascaras and my lashes looked like I had falsies! But concoctions aside, this mascara is great by itself.
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom – Best tinted lip balm/lipstick ever! This product is perfect for lazy days, and it wears nicely on the lips. The downside to this is that it’s expensive, but it’s so good. I love Clinique’s Chubby Stick lip colour balms, and this one is no exception. Maybe I’ll get Coming Up Rosy soon.
  • Maybelline ColorSensational The Creamy Mattes in Touch of Spice – I’m not going to lie that I thought that this lip color was a little too dark for me. However, after several tries, this lipstick has become one of my favorite lipsticks in my arsenal. It’s comfortable and long-lasting, and it smells like vanilla cookies. Haha.
  • MAC Amplified Lipstick in Cosmo – This is one of my most-worn lipsticks. It’s a nice, flattering shade for everyday use, and it’s comfortable to wear. Staying power is pretty decent too.
  • NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin – I previously mentioned in a blog entry that this was my favorite lipstick of all time because it’s my holy grail MLBB. It still is a favorite, but the title of “Favorite Lipstick Of All Time” has become the NARS Audacious lipsticks. The color is just perfect for almost every occasion, and the staying power is pretty great too, given the matte formula.
  • NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Julie and Vanessa- These lipsticks have usurped my NARS Tonkin as my favorite lipstick of all time. Julie is the perfect peachy nude lipstick for me, while Vanessa is an elevated version of Happy Skin’s The Morning After (which is my one true lipstick love). Both lipsticks are great shades, and the formula of these lipsticks are a lipstick lover’s dream because they are very pigmented. Not to mention, these lipsticks last well on me too.

Anyway, these are all my current beauty favorites. I don’t really have a lot to say after listing them all down, but these products have done me good over the past several months.

The Lipstick Tag

A post I nicked from Carina! I don’t usually do this, but it’s fun answering these things.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?
I have 18 lipsticks, but I have 24 lip products all in all.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned? 

The first lipstick I bought for myself was Nyx’s Round Lipstick in Milan, while the first high-end one that I have is Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin.

3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?
My favorite lipstick brands are Nars, Happy Skin, and MAC.

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

My most-worn lipstick is Happy Skin’s Shut Up and Kiss Me lippie in Crushing On You.

 

5. What is your favorite finish?
I like lipsticks with creamy, satin finishes [Nars Audacious Lipsticks] and mattes.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Lip products are my weakness! I bought two lip products from Nars last week: a Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita, and an Audacious lipstick in Julie.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
3-4. I usually have the lipstick I am wearing on that day, two neutral lip colors, and a bright one—- in case I need to look vibrant.

8. What is your favorite red lip color?
I don’t have a red lipstick yet 😦

9. How do you store your lipsticks?
I put them in a makeup bag.

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
Hmmmm I’m lusting for Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils in Train Bleu, Dragon Girl, and Cruella, and MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick.

 

Quickie: New Acquisitions

Okay, so payday happened and the first thing I did after I got my pay was to buy makeup. I swear, this is a monthly thing that needs to be controlled. But anyway, here are the new makeup products that I bought:

NYX HD Concealer in Glow – I’ve been meaning to try out this concealer for quite some time now, and when I finally had the opportunity to purchase it, I jumped at the chance. This concealer is deemed as a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Overall, I think this concealer is a fairly decent one. It has good coverage, it’s buildable, and it lasts pretty well (provided that you set it with a powder — I use my Maybelline powder foundation to set it). The price point is pretty good too. However, there are some things that I don’t like about this concealer: One, this concealer smells funny. This concealer has that smell that is similar to a combination of milk and paint. It’s a good thing that the smell becomes unnoticeable when you apply it. Second, the shade range of this concealer is meh. Although it offers eleven shades in their range (including colour-correcting ones), it’s a bit difficult to gauge your actual shade with this concealer! To be honest, I had a hard time finding my shade until I settled for Glow. Glow is a bit too light for me, but it’s something that I could work with. I just hope that Nyx introduces more shades for people who are in between two colours. But shade and smell aside, I think this is a good concealer for its price point.

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin – Allow me to flail and die for a bit because I finally!! purchased!!! one!!! of!!! the!!! lipsticks!!! I’ve!!! been!!! lusting!!!!!! for!!!!! Ever since seeing Carina‘s numerous posts about this lipstick, I ended up adding it to my “Lipstick Lust List.” It’s such a beautiful, everyday nude-browny pink shade that can be worn on multiple occasions. I honestly think that this is my holy grail MLBB lipstick. Although I am intimidated by matte lipsticks, this one is a matte lipstick that I immediately fell in love with (I prefer creamy-satiny-near glossy finishes, by the way). Formula-wise, this is a matte lipstick that is surprisingly comfortable to wear. It glides on easily, and it doesn’t feel that drying. However, I do admit that I still need to prep my lips with a lip balm before applying this because I have dry, parched lips. But despite this setback, I still think that it’s a beautiful lipstick. Blabber aside, I just think that I need to get used to matte lipsticks. Hehe. (Edit: Tonkin is officially my new favourite lipstick of all time). 

Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil in 01 – I’m trying my very best to love this eyebrow pencil (Nothing else comes close to Nichido’s Mineral Eye Pencil in Walnut). It’s a good eyebrow pencil, but I cannot seem to wrap my brain around the fact that this always gets broken. Hmmmmmm should I place my eye pencils in the freezer so that they wouldn’t get destroyed? Maybe.

And that’s it for my rundown of my newest purchases! So far, I’m happy with these buys. It’s been a few days since I bought them, and I can easily see that these products (especially the Nars lipstick) will be my makeup staples. Anyway, kindly suggest some products to try out so I can review them! Heehee.

Current Beauty Favorites (Part 1)

Officially ending the #hugot posts streak with a beauty-related blog post. I think I owe it to myself (and to my lurkers) that I have to give my feelings a break, and that I have to move forward  and do something that I actually enjoy—- which is writing about beauty!

Now that I am writing something about beauty, allow me to share the beauty products that I have been loving over the past few weeks/months. Choosing these products was a fairly easy decision to make, since the products that I’m going to mention this entry are the ones that I reach for quite often. Anyway, here’s a rundown of my current beauty favorites (so far):

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