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I’m already obsessed with this Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer that #tulagiftedme. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️What’s special about it? It releases "glow particles" that create a warm-toned, radiant base for makeup - seriously, I don’t know how exactly this primer works but it might be the best makeup primer I’ve ever used. I typically wear tinted moisturizer on a daily basis but this is the first primer that I’ve used that I’ve actually felt comfortable wearing a non-tinted primer alone (with no foundation, etc. on top). It smooths my complexion, evens out my skin tone, masks redness, hides imperfections and leaves a matte finish (perfect for my oily skin). Will definitely be repurchasing! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️it’s packed with probiotics (helps skin lock in hydration and maintain balance), turmeric (decreases the look of redness & inflammation), chia seeds (prebiotic that increases skin’s luminosity) & licorice (evens the appearance of skin tone)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ They also sent me their Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream and Glow & Get It Brightening & Cooling Eye Balm, both of which I’ve only used once, so I’ll let y’all know how I like them after I used them more consistently! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @tula #TULAobsessed #TULAFILTER #OctolyFamily ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You can use my promo code (HOLLYHIGHLIGHT) for 20% off on TULA.com

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Beauty retailer review # 5 = @skinstore ⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ This store was a 2019 discovery for me & I feel like I’ve been missing out over the years for not knowing about it until now!⁣ ⁣ They have great “gifts with purchase” deals (TONS of options), lots of discount promo codes (I always find them on retailmenot.com), awesome sales literally all the time (right now there’s a 25% off sale for customer appreciation week), & offer free shipping on orders over $49. This pic shows my last order (purchases listed below) along with a 22-piece GWP beauty bag... the @perriconemd no foundation serum mini that came in the bag has become a new fav! ⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum⁣ ▫️The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% High Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula⁣ ▫️Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Mist & Softening Body Lotion Rose 300ml X2 (not pictured) ⁣ ▫️Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector⁣ ▫️Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer⁣ ▫️Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser⁣ ▫️SkinStore 22-Piece Anniversary Sale Beauty Bag⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ Where’s your fav place to online shop for beauty products?⁣ ……………………………………………………………….⁣ #skincareroutine #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #skincareproducts #instaskincare #skincareblogger #skincareluxury #skincaretips #skincareobsessed #skincarelover #skincareregime #beautycommunity #skinhealth #beautyroutine #healthyskin #glowingskin #skinfood #antiaging #skinstore

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This brand never disappoints!#amorepacificgiftedme their Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment gel and both of these Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System skin mists, all 3 of which I’ve really enjoyed so far! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️The eye gel is super moisturizing (which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles) and it contains Bamboo Sap to improve treatment product absorption for instant and long-term hydration. I had already finished two minis of this eye gel before getting this full-size so I knew ahead of time that I liked it! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️The facial mists are super refreshing - they’re infused with Fresh bamboo sap as well as lotus and green tea extract to help revitalize dry skin to enhance moisture absorption and prevent dehydration. They also leave skin radiant and dewy 👌🏻⁣ ⁣ What’s your favorite @amorepacific_us product?!⁣ ⁣ @sephora #AMOREPACIFIC #sephora #OctolyFamily #intothegloss #beautycare #beautycommunity #botanicalskincare #cleanskincare #crueltyfree #ecobeauty #ecoskincare #foodforskin #greenbeauty #greenbeautycommunity #greenbeautyproducts #greenskincare #howyouglow #naturalskincare #skincare #skincareroutine #skinessentials #skincarejunkie

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I have been loving this new @volitionbeauty Celery Green Cream recently! It’s super lightweight with a gel/water-based consistency which is perfect for my oily skin, especially in this hot summer! Andddd I love that it smells like fresh, cut cucumbers 🥒 ⁣ ⁣ The cream is infused with celery extract (assists in removing excess oil, hydrates skin and is packed full of anti-inflammatory vitamins A/C/K which protect against free radical damage), peptides & hyaluronic acid (to firm and tighten pores + refine skin’s texture) and antioxidant-rich Green Tea (a natural astringent that helps curb oil production).⁣ ⁣ Definitely recommend this moisturizer, especially for oily or combo skin! *kindly gifted, but all opinions honest, as always! ⁣ ⁣ @sephora #volitionbeauty #skincarecollection #skincarecommunity #igskincare #instaskin #intothegloss #beautycommunity #antiagingskincare #cleanbeauty #cleanskincare ⁣

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These are some of my current self tanning favs - @theisleofparadise products are scentless (only time I can “smell myself” is the morning after I’ve slept with the tanner on & sweated throughout the night) whereas the @sttropeztan has a tropical scent to mask the “tan” scent (the scent is a little on the strong side but I think it smells good). All 3 are super easy to apply but I still always use a tanning mitt to make sure I get even application, and I love the color that all 3 provide 👌🏻 What’s your go-to self tanner? *gifted, but all opinions honest, as always!

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BOOK REVIEW:⁣⁣ Two Can Keep a Secret & One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣⁣⁣ I love how these books are narrated from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints (and there are different narrators for each character) - they both kept me guessing until the very end. Recommend them both! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ⁣ One of Us is Lying: “Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.”⁣ ⁣ Two Can Keep a Secret: “Ellery’s aunt went missing in Echo Ridge at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself”⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣⁣⁣ #twistyread #suspenseread #audiobookclub #audiobookstagram #whattoread #bookstoread #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #booklover #bookaholic #bookstagrammer #igreads #bibliophile #currentlyreading #murdermystery #igread #bookclub #audible @audible #goodreads #bookstagram

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Wishing this was last week when we were still relaxing in St. Kitts 🏝 Highly recommend @parkhyattstkitts if you’re looking to book a trip to the Caribbean (thanks for the rec @lindsaysilb)!

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Brand spotlight @herbivorebotanicals, one of my all-time favs! I love so many of their products (especially lapis oil and their body scrubs)... now I just need to try the Bakuchiol serum to complete my collection. Has anyone tried it yet? *some of these products kindly gifted

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These @patchology Clean AF On-The-Go Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes have been my go-to lately for removing makeup prior to washing my face (I have a pack with me in St. Kitts currently ☀️). They’re infused with vitamin B5 (moisturizes), biotin (rejuvenates), and antioxidant-rich folic acid (detoxifies & purifies pores). And the packs are re-sealable so they’re super convenient to keep with you on the go 👌🏻 What are your favorite cleansing wipes? *kindly gifted

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I loveeeee the Beauty Elixir that #mycaudaliegiftedme: it’s a toning mist intended to help tighten pores, set makeup and boost radiance for a glowing complexion. It’s infused with 100% natural ingredients: rosemary (to tone), rose organic essential oil (to boost radiance and soothe) and astringent mint (to tighten pores). And how pretty is this limited edition pink bottle?! What’s your favorite @mycaudalie product?⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ @sephora #LoveAtFirstMist #OctolyFamily⁣ #intothegloss #caudalie #holisticbeauties #skincareproducts #skincareproduct #skincarecollection #igskincare #igtopshelfie #instaskincare #skincareblogger #bblogger #selfcare #skincarecommunity #skincarediary #glowingskin #antiagingskincare

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These highlighters that #OFRACosmeticsgiftedme are sooo gorgeous! They are beautifully pigmented and I love both of the shimmery shades: “Covent Garden” is a champagne rose (silver undertones) and “Soho” is a champagne peach (gold undertones). The buttery formula applies so smoothly and only one swipe provides the perfect amount of “pop” to my cheekbones and bridge of my nose (although it’s definitely buildable if you want a more dramatic look)! (FYI: you can use the code OFRA20 for 20% off your purchase at ofracosmetics.com)⁣ ⁣ @ofracosmetics #ofraxtaliamar #ofracosmetics #OctolyFamily #makeupoftheday #luxurymakeup

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Happy Tuesday! I have been loving this Clean & Calm Cucumber Cooling Eye Cream lately! It smells SO good (if you like cucumber scented products, this one is 👌🏻) & feels really good to apply. It contains a peptide complex, squalene, collagen & cucumber extract to target fine lines/wrinkles, depuff & brighten dark circles, as well as hydrate & soothe the skin around the eyes. What’s your favorite @herbaldynamicsbeauty product? *gifted but all opinions honest, as always⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ #texturetuesday #instaskincare #skincareaddict #skincareroutine #skincareregime

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🌈 HAPPY SUNDAY 🌈 Spot any of your favs in this #rainbowshelfie? So many of these are forever favorites of mine, with some newbies that I am dying to try! Let me know if you have any questions about any of these! *some items gifted #shelfiesunday #sharemyshelf #skincareshelfie #skincarecollection #instaskin

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BOOK REVIEW:⁣ Reconstructing Amelia & Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight ⁣⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ I love love lovedddd Reconstructing Amelia-a mystery/drama that’s told through 3 alternating points of view (15-year old Amelia Baron, her mom, Kate, and an anonymous blog called gRaCeFULLY). There are so many juicy twists and turns throughout that kept me entertained until the very end - I finished it in like 2 days, seriously 🤣 Highly recommend if you are looking for a good mystery! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ⁣ “Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from her daughter’s exclusive private school. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, & Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school & finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, & an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia: an academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. & clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.”⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ Where They Found Her was also good with tons of characters all with their own secrets & lots of twists intertwining the characters. I love stories told from multiple perspectives with plots that keep me guessing-definitely a page turner, but I enjoyed Reconstructing Amelia more! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ⁣ “The body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there but journalist Molly Anderson begins to unearth some of Ridgedale's darkest secrets... Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her missing mother, & PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who's suddenly having disturbing outbursts. Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, & Sandy, the novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby's death, revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized.”

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Round three of my sunscreen series (& having serious withdrawals from our @sea_island trip w/ these pool pics):⁣ ⁣ I absolutely HATE the way most sunscreens feel (esp. w/ my oily skin) so this means I’m always on the hunt for sunscreens w/ a lightweight texture that I can reapply throughout the day w/o clogging my pores. SOLUTION= @tatcha’s Pore Perfecting Sunscreen. I tested a LOT of sunscreens during our trip & this was one of my top two!⁣ …………………………⁣................................⁣ ▫️Highlights: lightweight, makeup-gripping, antioxidant-rich⁣, broad-spectrum SPF 35 protection against UVA & UVB rays ⁣ ▫️Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 15%, Octisalate 5%⁣ ▫️This is the first mineral sunscreen that I’ve used & it actually feels good to apply (it looks & feels similar to the @hourglasscosmetics Mineral Veil primer that I absolutely love). My skin loves that it’s mattifying w/ a velvety finish providing shine control-I don’t dread reapplying this sunscreen b/c it doesn’t feel like sunscreen! ⁣⁣ ▫️Even though it’s only SPF35 (I typically look for higher SPF for my face), it provided great sun protection (this is probably also due to the fact that I reapplied more frequently than I typically do, since I didn’t dread the process for once). It also contains Silk extract (provides the silky-smooth texture), Japanese wild rose (helps tighten the look of pores & smooths skin texture) & loquat leaf extract (antioxidant-packed to protect & calm skin). It does contain silicones (which probably is a reason why it feels so good to apply) but I used it for a few days in a row on our trip & I didn’t have any breakouts afterwards!⁣ …………………………⁣................................⁣ Will definitely be repurchasing! What’s your fav sunscreen & why? #tatcha #antiagingskincare #texturetuesday

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Allure’s June Beauty Box⁣ ⁣ Most of these I have yet to try, so once I do I’ll update this post! Have you tried any of them yet (if so, which are your favs)?⁣ ………………………………………………………………………..⁣ ▫️Moroccanoil “Treatment”: this is the only product I’ve tried so far (b/c I already have the full size) and I use it daily! It keeps my hair looking smooth and healthy - I apply a little before blow drying and reapply a little bit to smooth fly aways after drying ⁣ ⁣ ▫️The BrowGal “Eyebrow Pencil”: I love their browgel so I’m hoping I’ll love this brow pencil too ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Eau Thermale Avene “Thermal Spring Water”: I’ll be taking this facial mist with me on our vacay to the Caribbean next month, for sure! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Floss “My New Favorite Lip Gloss”: loving this pretty packaging so hoping it lives up to how good it looks!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Context “Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream”: you know how much I love eye creams, so can’t wait to put this one to the test!⁣ ⁣ ▫️SGX NYC “The Do-It-All 3-In-1 Dry Texture Spray”: I go through dry shampoo like crazy so I can’t wait to try this one! It claims to volumize, texturize, refresh and hold 👌🏻⁣ ………………………………………………………………………..⁣ @allure #allurebeautybox #intothegloss #luxuryskincare #productjunkie #beautyreview #skincarejunkie #skincareaddict #beautyjunkie #luxurybeauty #beautyproductaddict

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More empties!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Already have repurchased:⁣⁣ 〰️ @sttropeztan Bronzing Mousse (been using this for YEARS & love it) 〰️ @babyfoot Exfoliation Foot Peel (this WORKS-if you don’t believe me check out my post from a few months ago w/ before&after pics)⁣⁣ 〰️ @oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume (I go through a bottle at least once a month)⁣⁣ 〰️ @biologiquereserche_usa Masque Vivant (now I have the full size, plus a back up 👌🏻)⁣⁣ 〰️ @biologiquereserche_usa Lotion P50 (as w/ vivant, now I have the full size, as well as like 4 more minis)⁣⁣ 〰️Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion (currently making my way through the full size)⁣⁣ 〰️ Tretinoin cream (b/c everyone in their 20s+ should have a RX-strength retin-A cream, if possible)⁣⁣ 〰️ @drdennisgross Hyaluronic Marine Dew It All Gel (I enjoyed this & repurchased the full size preemptively but it does pill under makeup so I probably won’t repurchase after finishing my full size)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️Enjoyed and will probably repurchase eventually:⁣⁣ 〰️ @miraclefruitoil Miracle Fruit Seed Oil Treatment (smells SO good & makes my hair soft, but I have some other hair products that I’m currently trying to finish first)⁣⁣ 〰️ @remiliahair Hair Capsules (love these capsules so much-definitely will repurchase eventually)⁣⁣ 〰️ @belifusa Eye Bomb (another 1 of my fav eye creams- dying to get a replacement jar!)⁣ 〰️ @m61skincare PowerGlow Peel Exfoliating Facial Peel (thank you @lindsaysilb for sharing these on your story one night last year-they’re perfect for traveling) ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️Enjoyed but probably won’t repurchase:⁣⁣ 〰️Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream (I like the way this feels but it’s too expensive for me to repurchase since I have others that I prefer)⁣⁣ 〰️Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks⁣⁣ (I prefer eye creams to under-eye sheet masks) 〰️Malin & Goetz Brightening Enzyme Mask⁣⁣ (not sure if this did anything for my skin or not) 〰️Saturday Skin Quench Hydration Mask⁣⁣⁣ (this def hydrated my skin & left me w/ a glow, but I have too many sheet masks that I need to use before I purchase any more) 〰️Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control (b/c I just don’t believe any “anti-cellulite” topicals work... curious to hear your thoughts on the topic 👇🏻)

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Some of my current skincare faves: ⁣ ………………………………………………………⁣ @drjart Ceramidin Cream: I can’t rave enough about this moisturizing cream! It has saved my skin on NUMEROUS occasions when it’s been dry/flaky (especially when I’ve overdone it with my tretinoin cream). My skin is naturally super oily so I have to be careful about which moisturizers I apply before makeup but even though this is a pretty thick cream, I can still apply it to my dry spots pre-makeup without it causing my makeup to go on any differently. I keep a mini in my work bag for spot treating any dry spots throughout the day. Seriously, LOVE this cream & can’t recommend it highly enough! ⁣ ⁣ @drunkelephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream: I’ve talked about this eye cream before but I wanted to highlight it again b/c it’s one of my favs! It’s infused w/ antioxidants (including vitamin C), peptides, ceramides & cucumber extract to help brighten, firm & hydrate the skin around our eyes. It’s super hydrating so it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles & feels really good to apply ⁣ ⁣ @mariobadescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea: this is my third bottle of this spray to go through if that tells you how much I like it! I like to use it pre-workout after washing my face for some hydration (I don’t like to apply moisturizer before a workout b/c of how much I typically sweat 🤣). I also love this mini size to throw it in my work bag for a midday pick-me-up.⁣ ⁣ @theisleofparadise Self Tanning Drops (Dark): these tanning drops have been a favorite of mine for a while now (I did a detailed review post a few months ago if you want to check it out)-was so excited when they sent me a replacement bottle (thank y’all so much!). Also have been loving their tanning water recently & will do a review soon! ⁣ ⁣ @supergoop Smooth & Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Sunscreen: I’ve tested this sunscreen once & I feel like this is going to be a huge hit for my oily skin-we’re going to @parkhyattstkitts in a few weeks so I’ll be bringing this with me to use (so stay tuned for a thorough review soon after)!⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ #igskincare #skincareroutine #skincareaddict #shelfiesunday

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You probably already know that @caudalie is one of my absolute favorite brands... so when #mycaudaliegiftedme these products from their Vinosource line I couldn’t wait to try them!⁣ ………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Moisturizing Sorbet: I’ve been through several minis of this gel-cream moisturizer and I love it! Perfect to use almost anytime for my oily skin (but I’ll switch to the intense cream at night if my skin is dry)⁣ ⁣ ▫️S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum: this serum reminds me a lot of the Vinoperfect serum (scent & texture), but it’s a little thicker and great for when my skin is on the dry side⁣ ⁣ ▫️S.O.S Intense Moisturizing Cream: another great product for dry skin - I’ve used it a few nights in the past month when my skin has been in need of some TLC but I’ll be saving most of it for the winter months when I’ll be fighting dry skin regularly! ⁣ ⁣ What’s your favorite @mycaudalie product??⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ #caudalie #mycaudalie @sephora #OctolyFamily #octoly #skincareroutine #saveyourskin #skincareaddict #frenchskincare #igskincare

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Brand appreciation post: @savorbeauty⁣ ………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️REFINE Yuzu Lemonade Peel-Salicylic Acid Vitamin C Treatment: a 30 second salicylic-acid & citrus fruit peel that I’ve been loving lately! I did a double take when I read that you only leave this peel on for 30 secs, but after using it, I totally get it now. It is super strong & INCREDIBLE: an at home peel that I’ll be using weekly from here on out! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️HYDRATE Truffle Face Cream-Organic Age-Delay Cream (for oily and acne-prone skin): tbh, I haven’t used this more than once, but I enjoyed it that one time! I’m excited to use it more-waiting until I finish some other night creams before I start incorporating this one into my routine routinely, so will update soon! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️DETOX Manuka Honey Mask-Glow-Boosting Natural Exfoliating Mask: I was so excited to try this as soon as I got it! The thickness of this mask really surprised me but since it’s a “honey mask”, I probably should have expected it 🤷🏻‍♀️Overall, a really good, soothing & exfoliating mask that I’m looking forward to using more! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️GLOW Carrot Rose Serum- Natural Retinol Beauty Oil: as with the truffle face cream, I’ve only used this serum once but once I finish up some other serums/creams, I’ll be incorporating these two into my routine, so stay tuned! ⁣ ⁣ *these were gifted, but as always, all opinions honest!⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ #skincareroutine #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #skincareproducts #instaskincare #skincareblogger #skincareluxury #skincaretips #skincareobsessed #skincarelover #skincareregime #beautycommunity #skinhealth #beautyroutine #skincare #healthyskin #glowingskin #skinfood #antiaging #savorbeauty

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Mascara Roundup 9 (drugstore style):⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️L'Oréal “Voluminous Lash Paradise” ($8): this 1 definitely provided the best volume (w/o clumping my lashes together) & it also lengthened well; more pros: it’s waterproof, hypoallergenic & the formula left my lashes soft (no crunch). Another plus: my husband said this 1 made my lashes look the best “b/c it made them look the fullest, compared to the others” 👏🏻 Swipe right for pics (pls ignore the poor quality, these were the best I could get 🤣)⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️essence “Lash Princess Volume Mascara” ($5): thought this was going to be my fav when I 1st used it-the curved wand makes it easy to coat all of my lashes & it curls lashes well. However, once the formula dried my lashes looked clumpy & I had to use a lash brush to comb them out. It definitely curls but it’s not good for lengthening⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️CoverGirl “LashBlast Volume Mascara” ($9): not going to lie, when I 1st saw the wand I almost threw it away...glad I gave it a chance b/c I really like this one! It separates my lashes well, lengthens & adds volume. More pros: waterproof & hypoallergenic, smudge-proof formula that leaves my lashes soft-definitely a keeper!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Maybelline ”Falsies” ($7): I really like the curved shape of this wand-it makes it easier to apply mascara w/ my almond-shaped eyes. The wand also separates & lengthens lashes well. It provides some volume too but I’d say the definition it provides to my lashes is the best quality of this mascara. I don’t notice any flaking when I wear it for short periods of time, but at the end of one of my work shifts (almost 12hrs) I do notice a little flaking (but I rub my eyes t/o the day so this probably has more to do w/ it than the mascara itself)-another keeper!(& thx @bradleyabailey for telling me about it 😊)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Grande Cosmetics “Grande Primer” ($25): a white pre-mascara lengthener & thickener that's “infused w/ a lash-loving combination of no-flake microfibers, nutrients, & peptides”; I do notice my lashes have more volume when I apply this before mascara.It’s also supposed to help improve lash appearance over time 🤷🏻‍♀️⁣ ⁣ BEST VOLUMIZING= @lorealmakeup⁣ BEST LENGTHENING= @covergirl⁣ BEST DEFINING= @maybelline

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April’s @newbeautymagazine Testtube:⁣ …………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️NCLA-So Rich in Rose Petals: I already keep one of these cuticle oils in my car (& use it daily) so I was excited to get another vitamin E treatment oil-it smells sooo good!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Derma E-Vitamin C Peel: an ultra-gentle, fruit-derived weekly peel w/ AHAs, lemon & passion fruit extracts to remove dead skin cells for smoother, more even skin; excited to try it!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Kosmetic Immunity by JKosmmune-Lotion: I’m really intrigued by this brand which claims to have “created the first immunity-boosting skin-care line in the world & is the first in the US to use beta glucan” (claims to moisturize, boost collagen production, remove redness, minimize fine lines & boost the immune system) in cosmetics. Better believe I’m abt to be doing much more research on this (bringing out my inner 🤓thanks to my science background)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Nyakio-Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream: you already know how much I love testing eye creams so I can’t wait to try this one which is enhanced w/ Peruvian quinoa, coconut oil & coffee extract to help soothe, de-puff & tackle dark circles⁣ ⁣ ▫️Shea Terra-Shea Nilotik Cold Pressed Shea Butter: a nourishing balm to help moisturize & soften dry skin/fine lines, smooth lips & brows, etc. ⁣ ⁣ ▫️ScalpForce-UV Filter Hair Tonic: an all-natural solution to help protect the scalp & hair from the sun (I never knew my hair needed protection against the sun 🤔🤣)⁣ ⁣ ▫️MMXV Infinitude-Universal Facial Treatment: a seven-in-one beauty cream enhanced w/ white truffle, olive extract & hyaluronic acids to moisturize, minimize fine lines & brighten skin⁣ ⁣ ▫️Grande Cosmetics-Grandeprimer: a lash primer enhanced w/ non-flake fibers & peptides to lengthen/strengthen lashes & boost volume (I’m also interested in trying the lash primer thanks to @xokrisroyale-let me know your thoughts below if you’ve tried it!)
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Tried posting my “night out” makeup routine video as an IGTV but instagram deleted it because I used a song for background music. Any tips on how to get around that copyright?! Anyways, swipe left for the video routine (3 videos-sorry, I’m sure it’s pretty boring with no sound 🤷🏻‍♀️)! Check my stories for a breakdown on each step of the routine! ⁣ ▫️Primer: @yslbeauty (Touche Eclat Blur Primer)⁣ ▫️Foundation: @benefitcosmetics (Hello Flawless Liquid Foundation-Honey)+ @coverfx (Custom Enhancer Drops-Sunlight) @artisbrush (Oval 6 Brush)⁣ ▫️Undereye Concealer + Highlighter: @yslbeauty (Touche Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen-Luminous Ivory) + @artisbrush (Oval 8 Brush)⁣ ▫️Blush: @narsissist (Liquid Blush-Orgasm) + @sephoracollection (Pro Angled Blush Brush )⁣ ▫️Eye Shadow: @ctilburymakeup (Eyes To Mesmerize-Marie Antoinette)⁣ ▫️Eye Liner: @marcjacobsbeauty (Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner-Midnight in Paris) @eyeko (Skinny Liquid Liner-Black)⁣ ▫️Powder: @lauramercier (Translucent Loose Setting Powder) @fentybeauty (Powder Puff Setting Brush)⁣ ▫️Bronzer: @lauramercier (Face Illuminator-Indiscretion) @fentybeauty (Cheek Hugging Bronzer Brush)⁣ ▫️Highlighter @josiemarancosmetics (Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil) @lauramercier (Fan Powder Brush)⁣ ▫️Eyelash Curler: @shiseido + @thedrybar⁣ ▫️Mascara: @buxomcosmetics (Lash Volumizing Mascara) to separate and length lashes Too Faced Cosmetics (Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara) to add volume ⁣ ▫️Lower Lashes: @lancomeofficial (Drama Liqui-Pencil Extreme Longwear Eyeliner-Brûlée & Definicils Mascara)⁣ ▫️Brow Pencil: @chellabeauty (Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream)⁣ ⁣ All of these products are staples in my routine except the new Too Faced mascara which I tried out for the first time during this video - honestly, the brush is too thick for me so I’m not the biggest fan of it! #grwm #grwmmakeup

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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣ I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. Seriously. This is such a good psychological thriller read! The story revolves around two pregnant women, both with MANY secrets, which are revealed in alternating chapters (I love stories told from multiple perspectives) that merge into a series of chilling twists. It reminded me a lot of “The Girl on the Train”, but I thought this book was way better. There are so many juicy twists and turns throughout that kept me entertained until the very end - I finished it in like 2 days 🤣 Highly recommend if you are looking for a good mystery/thriller! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣ “Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. The one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. ⁣ ⁣ When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, a conversation that is about to change Meghan’s not-so-perfect life forever…⁣ ⁣ With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.”⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………#twistyread #suspenseread #audiobookclub #audiobookstagram #whattoread #bookstoread #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #booklover #bookaholic #bookstagrammer #igreads #bibliophile #currentlyreading #igread #bookclub #audible @audible_com #goodreads #bookstagram #psychologicalthrillerbook #psychologicalthrillerread

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Happy Saturday everyone! I love this @omorovicza buttery night cream, especially when my skin is irritated (from overdoing it with retinol/acids) or dry (perfect for winter months) and it smells so good! ⁣ ⁣ It contains hazelnut peptides (helps reduce the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles), carrot oil (boosts collagen production), plum almond oil (soothes skin & protects against damage from free radicals) and apple pectin (hydrates and softens skin).⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ What are your favorite hydrating night creams? Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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🍉SUMMER GIVEAWAY 🍉⁣ ⁣ INCLUDES: ⁣ ▫️Isle of Paradise Light Self Tanning Drops⁣ ▫️Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream⁣ ▫️Volition Beauty Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF50⁣ ▫️Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub Refining Peel Gel⁣ ▫️Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream⁣ ▫️Clarins Extra-Firming Mask⁣ ▫️The Ouiai Wave Spray⁣ ▫️Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick⁣ ▫️Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment⁣ ▫️Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil ⁣ ▫️Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi⁣ ▫️Naturally Serious Skin Hydra-Plumping Mask ⁣ ▫️Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer ⁣ ▫️Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask ⁣ ▫️Patchology Milk Peel Sheet Mask ⁣ ▫️Body Blendz Coffee Buff ⁣ ▫️Juvia The Nubian Eye Shadow Palette⁣ ▫️Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love “Taupe”⁣ ⁣ HOW TO ENTER⁣ -Follow me @thehollyhighlight⁣ -Like this post ⁣ -Tag two friends in one comment (tag unlimited friends in separate comments for unlimited entries)⁣ ⁣ EXTRA ENTRIES⁣ -Share this post in your stories & tag @thehollyhighlight (5 extra entries)⁣ -Share this post in your feed & tag @thehollyhighlight (10 extra entries)⁣ ***accounts must be public so I can see, or else send a DM w/ a screenshot of your story/post***⁣ ⁣ RULES/DISCLAIMER⁣ -Closes 6/30;winner will be announced soon after (chosen at random)⁣ -Must be 18+ or have a parent’s approval⁣ -Host is not responsible for the parcel once it has been shipped. Lost of damaged goods will not be replaced. This giveaway is not hosted in affiliation w/ Instagram⁣ ⁣ 💕Thank you all for entering & good luck!💕#beautygiveaway #makeupgiveaway #skincaregiveaway

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Have you tried @volitionbeauty yet?? This brand has been on my wishlist to try for a while now so I was so excited to get to try their Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads (still dying to try their strawberry 🍓 serum)!⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Key Ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar, obvi (full of antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E + Alpha Hydroxy Acids to remove dead skin cells, promote cell renewal purify clogged pores & diminish the appearance of dark spots & blemishes for brighter skin)⁣ ▫️My Thoughts: I was nervous that these peel pads would smell & burn like apple cider vinegar BUT they don’t! The scent isn’t unpleasant at all and I didn’t experience any irritation with them - I’ve only used them 3 times so far but after each use my skin looked brighter, for sure! I can’t wait to keep using them because I have a feeling they are going to keep my pores clear and my skin looking radiant!⁣ ▫️ FYI, the new 3-pack “Try Me Kit” is available exclusively through Sephora if you don’t want to splurge to get the full set! Gifted, but all honest opinions, as always!⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ @volitionbeauty @sephora #myownvolition #feelthepeel #skincareroutine #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #instaskincare

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Round two of my sunscreen series (and having serious withdrawals from our @seaisland trip with these pool pics)! Next up = Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops⁣ ………………………….......................................⁣ As I mentioned in my last sunscreen review post, I cannot stand the way most sunscreens feel (esp. w/ my oily skin) so I tend to try to get away w/ just using my SPF-containing @lauramercier tinted moisturizer on a daily basis…but when on vacay I know that I need heavier protection. I purchased these sun drops a while back & finally got to put them to the test during our trip:⁣ ⁣ ▫️Highlights: strong UVA/UVB protection (SPF 50); infused with antioxidants (vitamin E/purslane to protect skin), hyaluronic acid (moisturizes) + beta-glucan (to help promote regeneration of damaged skin cells); lightweight, scentless⁣ ▫️How to use: you can either apply it alone (which is what I did most days) or mix a few drops with your foundation or face cream (I did try mixing with my tinted moisturizer & didn’t notice any separation/pilling) ⁣ ▫️I can say that on the days when I used this, my face stayed well protected from the sun (I did have to reapply every hour or so, similar with other sunscreens) & it didn’t clog my pores or lead to any breakouts 👌🏻. If you have dry skin you might love the consistency because it’s super moisturizing (but it’s a little oilier than I prefer). I LOVE the beautiful glass bottle & the application dropper but for $145, I wasn’t WOWed.⁣ ………………………….......................................⁣ There are so many products from Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare line that I’m dying to try (I love her face cream), especially the glow drops. Which ones are your favorites? ⁣ #drbarbarasturm #antiagingskincare #sunscreenreview #texturetuesday

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May’s BoxyCharm Box:⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ ▫️First Aid Beauty “Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream”: a coconut-water infused, oil-free, lightweight water cream that I can’t wait to try! I tested it on the back of my hand and it sank into my skin immediately and has a sweet scent to it⁣ ⁣ ▫️Alamar “Colorete Blush Trio”: a 3-shade blush palette with a formula that looks buttery smooth and highly pigmented (if I don’t try this soon I’ll be giving it away, so stay tuned!)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Ciate London “Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow”: a long-lasting, metallic/glittering liquid shadow that has the prettiest shimmer (swipe right to see a swatch)! Not sure if the shade is for me but I’ll be testing it out on my lids soon! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Pur “Pro Eyelash Curler”: haven’t tried this curler yet but as much as I love mascara and curling my lashes, I know I’ll be trying it soon! Pro tip: use your hairdryer to heat up your curler before use (I do this to curl my lashes prior to mascara, apply mascara, then curl again once lashes are dry)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Oryza “Opaline Top Gloss”: a weightless and waterproof lip topper to add shimmer to your lips (swipe right to see a swatch); I tried this as soon as I got it and should have read about it first because I used it like a lip gloss and almost threw it away… you’re supposed to LAYER it OVER your lip color. It has a dry texture so did not feel good alone on my lips, but I’ll give it another try soon (on top of my lip color)⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ Which product was your favorite from this month’s box? ⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ #beautysubscriptionreview #discoverunder10k #makeupcommunity #beautycommunity @boxycharm #boxycharm #boxywaves @alamarcosmetics #alamarcosmetics @firstaidbeauty #firstaidbeauty @purcosmetics #purcosmetics @oryzabeauty #oryzabeauty #oryzawaves #firstaidwaves #alamarwaves @ciatelondon #ciatelondon #ciatewaves #purwaves #texturetuesday

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Some mini reviews on this Memorial Day Monday! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @youthtothepeople Mint Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream: this is a great, lightweight moisturizer that I’ve been loving for my summer (extremely oily) skin. It’s enriched w/ kale, spinach, green tea & hyaluronic acid & smells SO good (clean 🥬 scent). My mini is almost empty & I’m wishing I had a restock!⁣ ⁣ ▫️YTTP Superfood Cleanser: I’ve been through 2 minis of this cleanser-it smells so good (similar to the moisturizer) & leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped. HOWEVER, my skin does require routine use of salicylic acid in a cleanser (or else I break out) so I can only incorporate this cleanser into my routine a few times/week (I took this mini w/ me on a trip last week & left behind my regular, full-size cleanser...& I had lots of blackheads by the end of the week). Soooo this cleanser probably works best for non-acne-prone skin⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @peterthomasroth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum: this is a hydrating, hyaluronic acid-containing serum that’s very lightweight & similar to b-hydra (a tad thicker than b hydra but still lightweight enough to wear under makeup). I add this to my AM routine when my skin is in need of a little bit more hydration 👌🏻⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️Laneige Water Sleeping Mask: this overnight, hydrating mask smells really good & it really does leave my skin plump & glowy in the mornings... but unfortunately it clogs my pores b/c I always start to notice small bumps abt 2 days after using it. So many people rave about it though so if your skin doesn’t get congested easily, you might love it too! ⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask: this is my 2nd mini of this mask to finish & I do notice a pretty “glow” after using it, but after trying A LOT of masks over the past few months, I wouldn’t say this is a life-changer for my skin. I still think it’s a good product (& the bright purple color is so fun 🤗) but I have others that I prefer⁣ ⁣⁣ ▫️ @drlancerrx Radiance Awakening Mask: another brightening mask that I’ve been testing recently-it’s an overnight mask that contains vitamin C & niacinamide (among other ingredients) to help brighten skin. Continued in comments...

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I’m so sad to have finished this @tatcha body butter! I loved it-smells so good (the signature tatcha scent) and made my skin silky smooth! What’s your favorite body cream?⁣ ............................................................⁣ #jbeauty #tatcha #asianskincare #skincareblogger

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Online beauty-retailer review #4:⁣ ⁣ Sephora used to be my 1 & only when it came to purchasing products but I started this post series b/c I've been testing out other retailers after having issues w/some Sephora orders over the past year...⁣ ⁣ PERKS⁣: ▫️Beauty Offers: gift-with-purchase promo codes for "free" minis that are frequently updated & tend to have some good options to choose from but you can only use one code per order. The beauty offers used to be SO much better than they are now (you could basically get BAGS full of free minis) but unfortunately I haven't seen any codes for offers like this in years. This pic is 3 orders combined, but I got the following minis using promo codes: Private Doctor Minus Serum, Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream, Fresh Gift (Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream & Dream Face Cream & Soy Face Cleanser)⁣ ▫️Free Samples: 2 per order (used to be 3)-although several of my orders over the past year have left out 1 or both samples completely & the samples are frequently substituted based on supply (as you can see I only got 3 samples total instead of 6 w/ these 3 orders)⁣ ▫️Free Shipping: with orders $50+⁣ ▫️Beauty Insider: 3-tiers based on how much you spend yearly; you earn points based on $spent & can use points towards beauty-insider rewards (basically a selection of minis to choose from); I'm a "Rouge" which means I get free shipping (no minimum), I earn 1.5 point per 1$ spent, & more! The selection of beauty rewards gifts is usually pretty slim though (if anyone has actually selected the stamp set.... lemme know 🤣)-I got the GLAMGLOW Supermud Activating Charcoal Treatment Mask & Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer minis each for 100 pts.⁣ ⁣ What I purchased:⁣ ▫️Sephora Favorites Festival Faves⁣ ▫️Brioego Sea Goddess Hair + Body Shimmer Mist⁣ ▫️Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions: Copacabana Bronze⁣ ……………………………………………………… With all of that said, I still love Sephora (love/hate relationship 🤣) & order from there about monthly 🙈, but just wanted to share my thoughts & let y’all know I’m testing out other retailers! Where’s your favorite place to shop for beauty products? ⁣ ……………………………………………………… #luxuryskincare #instaskincare #skincareblogger

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Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson ⁣ …………………………………………………………………..⁣ “Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door: a chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder…”⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ Ever since reading “The Kind Worth Killing” I immediately download any new releases by Peter Swanson. His last book wasn’t my favorite (“All the Beautiful Lies”) but I really did enjoy this one. It reminded me of The Kind Worth Killing in that it is fast-paced, dark & twisty, alternated perspectives between two lead characters, featured screwed up characters/unreliable narrators and kept me guessing until the end! There were several twists throughout the book, especially about half-way through when some of the supporting characters began narrating the story from their POV (in addition to the main two characters). Overall, I really enjoyed this psychological thriller and could definitely see it being made into a movie (although I’m still waiting for “The Kind Worth Killing” movie to actually be made since they announced it was in the making a while ago).⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ …………………………………………………………………....⁣ #twistyread #suspenseread #audiobookclub #audiobookstagram #whattoread #bookstoread #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #booklover #bookaholic #bookstagrammer #igreads #bibliophile #currentlyreading #mysteryread #igread #bookclub #audible @audible #goodreads #bookstagram

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Mascara Roundup 7:⁣ ⁣ ▫️Glamour Dolls “Essentials”: this is just a big NO for me...the brush looked promising at first but after using it twice the curve of the wand straightened completely out. Also the 1st time I tried to open the mascara, the pink plastic cover came off of the wand handle… but it is only $5 🤷🏻‍♀️⁣ ⁣ ▫️Butter London “Power Up” ($20): this is another no for me…the creamy formula is nice & it does define & lengthen lashes eventually (after about 4-5 coats 😳) but it isn’t volumizing. Pros: I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging & it’s water-resistant⁣ ⁣ ▫️Too Faced “Better Than Sex” ($24): this used to be my go-to & I recently got a new tube in my @boxycharm so I wanted to review it. It has a unique hourglass wand that volumizes well w/o clumping lashes. My only complaint is that some of it “sheds” to the skin below my eyes t/o the day (but it doesn’t happen every time I use it). All-in-all, a solid mascara!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Maybelline “Define-A-Lash”: I decided to start testing some “drugstore mascaras” b/c there seems to be a lot of good alternatives (under $10) to luxury brand ones ($20-30 each). I bought this one ($8) b/c the wand reminds me of one of my favs by Buxom (good for separating, defining & lengthening) but this wand is a lot smaller & I def prefer the Buxom. I do like using this for my lower lashes, though!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Grande Cosmetics ”Grande Mascara” ($25): I really like this soft, creamy formula (it’s infused w/ a blend of peptides & natural waxes to condition lashes & promote healthier-looking lashes over time); I was hesitant about the brush at first sight (it’s straight & on the smaller side) but it does lengthen & volumize lashes suprisingly well (w/o clumping). It’s water-resistant but also easily removable to help prevent lash breakage⁣ ⁣ ▫️Wander Beauty ”Mile High Club” ($26): this brush also made me hesitant when I first saw it (long, thin & straight) but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well it lengthens & volumizes lashes w/o clumping, smudging or flaking. The formula is also ultra soft/creamy (infused w/ castor seed oil) & it contains trehalose + peach leaf extract to help strengthen, condition & prevent breakage

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I am already obsessed with these three beauties that #amorepacificgiftedme! Let’s get into the details:⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder: a water-activated powder-to-foam daily exfoliator enhanced with papaya and green tea-derived enzymes intended to gently cleanse, buff away dead skin cells, extract impurities from pores and polish for brighter and healthier-looking skin. This reminds me a lot of @tatcha’s rice enzyme powder that I’ve been using for a while now, so I’m interested to see how the two compare long-term!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Treatment Enzyme Peeling Masque: an exfoliating and hydrating peeling masque enhanced with glycolic acid (0.7%) and botanical enzymes intended to remove dead skin cells, improve clarity and even skin texture for smoother, brighter skin. It’s pretty heavily fragranted (which I’ve heard some people complain about) but it’s a clean scent and doesn’t bother me! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Vintage Single Extract Essence: an anti-aging essence enhanced with fermented green tea extract and antioxidants to improve clarity, texture and elasticity of skin. This is my first time incorporating a bottled essence into my routine (I’ve used mists before) and I like it so far!⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ #amorepacific @amorepacific_us #OctolyFamily #kbeauty #octoly #skincareroutine #skincareaddict

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More empties! Happy to answer any questions about any of them, as always! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Already have repurchased:⁣ 〰️ @neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream (my fav eye cream ever)⁣ 〰️ @drjart Ceramidin Cream (this stuff is SO good for chapped skin-my skin is naturally oily but when I get dry spots this is my go-to)⁣ 〰️ @amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (I already got the full size of this mask before finishing the mini) ⁣ 〰️ @grandecosmetics GrandeLips Hydrating Lip Plumper (another one bites the dust-I’ve been through like 5 of these already)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Enjoyed and will probably repurchase eventually:⁣ 〰️ @peterthomasrothofficial Lashes To Die For Nighttime Eyelash Treatment⁣ 〰️ @m61skincare PowerGlow Peel Exfoliating Facial Peel (thank you @lindsaysilb for sharing these on your story one night last year-they are perfect for traveling) ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Enjoyed but probably won’t repurchase:⁣ 〰️Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask (I have too many sheet masks to use before I can let myself start repurchasing 🤣) ⁣ 〰️Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster⁣ 〰️Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect + Repair Moisturizer⁣ ⁣ ▫️Not for me so will not be repurchasing:⁣ 〰️Ila Body Scrub For a Blissful Experience ⁣ Dior Hydra Life Triple Impact Makeup Remover (this burned my eyes and irritated the skin around my eyes 👀)⁣ 〰️KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (lip sheetmasks just do not work for me... if anyone has used one that works, I’m all ears 🤔 also, I purchased a pack of 10 of these so you might see some more in upcoming empties posts if I don’t give them all away first)⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ #beautycommunity #beautylover #skincarejunkie #cleanskincare #kbeauty #skinessentials #glowingskin #instaskincare #farmacist #sephora #makeupandwakeup #makeuphaul #makeupaddiction #makeuplover #skincareblog #skincarereview #skincareregime #skincareph #skincarelover

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I was so excited when #Coloresciencegiftedme their Pep Up Collagen Renewal Face & Neck Treatment because I already love their 3-in-1 Eye Renewal Therapy (SPF35) and the Unforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield (SPF50). Let’s get into the details:⁣⁣ ………………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ Key Ingredients:⁣⁣ ▫️An exclusive blend of peptides (to help train skin to build its own healthy collagen/elastin to improve firmness/resilience & improve its appearance)⁣⁣ ▫️Advanced antioxidants (to defend against environmental aggressors that accelerate skin damage and prevent/reduce visible signs of aging) ⁣⁣ ▫️Hyaluronic acid and plant-derived skin softening ingredients (to deliver intense hydration and smooth skin’s texture)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I already have a bunch of face treatments that I’m either currently testing or have lined up to test, so I mainly wanted this to use on my neck (I’m in my late 20’s and already have noticeable lines). I’ve been using this after cleansing and before the @strivectin neck cream. Since user results were collected after an 8-week study, I can’t really review this after receiving it only three weeks ago #sorryoctoly… but I’m excited to keep using it and I’ll update with my results after a few months! ⁣⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ What’s your favorite @colorescience product? ⁣⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ #colorescience #PEPUP #OctolyFamily ⁣⁣ #octoly #skincareroutine #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #skincareproducts #instaskincare #skincareblogger #skincareluxury #skincaretips #skincareobsessed #skincarelover #skincareregime #beautycommunity #skinhealth #beautyroutine #skincare #healthyskin #glowingskin #skinfood #antiagingskincare

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Since 97% of y’all were interested in the products that I packed for my trip to @sea_island last week (from the poll I posted in my stories 😉), here are the skincare and haircare products that I took with me! I know that I’m the queen of overpacking so this might look like a lot of products to you, but it’s SO hard for me to narrow down to the basics (so no judging 🤣). What are your travel beauty essentials? ⁣ *some of these products gifted ………………………………………………………………………⁣ #travelbeauty #beautycommunity #beautylover #skincarejunkie #cleanskincare #kbeauty #skinessentials #glowingskin #instaskincare #skincareblog #skincarereview #skincareregime #skincareph #skincarelover #sharemyshelf #skincareshelf #skincareshelfie #rainbowshelfie #towerthursday @sharemyshelf

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes ⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ “Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way…”⁣ ………………………………………………………………⁣ When I heard about there being a sequel to the book “You” (thank you @queenslicebeauty) I immediately bought this audiobook since I binge watched the TV series “You” in like 2 days - it was SO good if you haven’t watched it yet (features Penn Bagdley, or Dan from Gossip Girl 😉). This book was very similar to the first and kept me entertained until the end (I finished the audiobook in 3 days). The narrator did a really good job too (he sounds almost identical to Penn Bagdley from the show)- I normally don’t like male narrators but this one did a great job. Definitely recommend you watch the TV series… the way the last episode ended definitely makes me think there will be another season based on this book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ #serialkillerthriller #twistyread #suspenseread #audiobookclub #audiobookstagram #whattoread #bookstoread #bookblogger #booksofinstagram #booklover #bookaholic #bookstagrammer #igreads #bibliophile #currentlyreading #murdermystery #igread #bookclub #audible @audible_com #goodreads #bookstagram #domesticsuspense

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It’s crazy to me how you can look forward to a vacation for MONTHS & then when the time finally comes, the days FLY BY. So sad to be back to the real life but will be reminiscing on how much fun we had in @sea_island until next time (especially since I took a million pool pics like this 🤣, so stay tuned for an upcoming sunscreen series)! ⁣ …………………………⁣ I tested a LOT of sunscreens during our trip & this recently released @supergoop was one of my top two! I absolutely HATE the way most sunscreens feel (esp. w/ my oily skin) so I tend to try to get away w/ just using my SPF-containing @lauramercier tinted moisturizer on a daily basis…but when on vacay I know that I need heavier protection. This also means finding a lightweight texture that I can reapply throughout the day since one of the worst feelings to me is re-applying facial sunscreen after sweating, esp. since my pores clog so easily. SOLUTION=Supergoop’s Unseen! ⁣ …………………………⁣ ▫️Highlights: oil-free, invisible, weightless, scentless, makeup-gripping, antioxidant-rich⁣ ▫️This is the first sunscreen I have used that literally has no color & actually feels good to apply (it looks & feels like a sheer, makeup primer, similar to the @yslbeauty blur primer that I just purchased the full size of since I loved the mini so much). My skin loves that it’s oil-free & mattifying w/ a velvety finish providing shine control-for once I didn’t dread reapplying sunscreen b/c it doesn’t feel like sunscreen! ⁣ ▫️Even though it’s only SPF40 (I typically look for higher SPF for my face), it provided great sun protection (this is probably also due to the fact that I reapplied more frequently than I typically do, since I didn’t dread the process for once). It also contains red algae which helps protect against the harmful effects of Blue Light (light emitted from electronics). It does contain silicones (which probably is a reason why it feels so good to apply) but it’s been 5 days since I started using it on a daily basis & my pores aren’t any more clogged than they were to begin w/ & no weird breakouts! ⁣ …………………………⁣ Will definitely be repurchasing! What’s your fav sunscreen & why? #supergoop #antiagingskincare #texturetuesday

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April’s Allure Box:⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ ▫️Laura Geller: Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil (Shade: Brown Eyed Girl) - this is my new favorite eyeliner! I love the creamy/gel formula and that it’s waterproof... I have a problem with rubbing my eyes throughout the workday so I need a formula that stays in place and doesn’t smudge... and this one has been perfect! Also, the dark brown/eggplant color is gorgeous and has a little shimmer that I love!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Anastasia Beverly Hills: Liquid Lipstick (Shade: Pure Hollywood) - I haven’t actually tried this lipstick yet but the pale mauve shade looks gorgeous! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Luxie: Small Tapered Blending Brush (Rose Gold) - I have acquired a collection of eye shadow brushes from my multiple beauty subscriptions 🤣 so I wasn’t thrilled to get this brush, but the bristles are really soft! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Briogeo: Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme - this lightweight, heat-protecting cream smells so good and the scent definitely does last for a while after blow-drying. It’s supposed to fight frizz and smooth hair but I need to use it a few more times to form a better opinion about this aspect! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Vita Liberata: Phenomenal Organic Tan Infused Cloths - I’ve used TanTowels before and liked them so I’m excited to see how these compare!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Natasha Denona: Mono Eye Shadow (Shade: 124K Aubade) - I love a sparkly, nude shadow so I’m excited to try this one! ⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ #luxurybeauty #glowingskin #beautysubscriptionreview #discoverunder10k #makeupcommunity #beautycommunity @allure #allure #intothegloss #luxuryskincare

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Since I love trying new products I love when Sephora releases a good “Sephora Favorites” kit, and this “Festival Faves” was a great one with almost $100 worth of products for only $35! I brought a bunch of these minis with me on my trip to @seaisland so I’ve been testing them and will update with my thoughts soon! ⁣ ..................................................................⁣ ▫️ @amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @bumbleandbumble Pret-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @igkhair First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @milkmakeup Highlighter In Turnt⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @theouai Rose Hair & Body Oil⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @soldejaneiro Brazilian Body Crush Fragrance Mist⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @stilacosmetics Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow In Perlina⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @supergoop Unseen sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 40⁣ ⁣ ▫️ @verbproducts Ghost Dry Oil™ Disco Edition⁣ ..................................................................⁣ Which “Sephora Favorites” are you thinking about purchasing (or have already purchased) during the sale?

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More “empties! Happy to answer any questions about any of them, as always! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Already have repurchased:⁣ - @firstaidbeauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm (my favorite for healing chapped lips-miracle worker!)⁣ - @grandecosmetics GrandeLips (my favorite lip plumper)⁣ - @drjart Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask (love using this overnight, hydrating mask in the summer)⁣ -@amorepacific_us Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra Gel (expensive, but good lightweight gel moisturizer)⁣ - @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish Primerizer (great, hydrating primer)⁣ - @zoskinhealth Oil Control Pads (forever repurchase) ⁣ -@zoskinhealth Offects Exfoliating Cleanser⁣ -@zoskinhealth Dual Action Scrub⁣ -@zoskinhealth Exfoliating Polish⁣ ⁣ ▫️Enjoyed and will probably repurchase eventually:⁣ - @herocosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible Blemish Patches (I applied these to basically every blemish on my face, small & large two nights in a row-some of my smaller bumps disappeared after night 1 & others after night 2, but they didn’t seem to affect my larger bumps. I do feel like they helped speed up the healing process, though!)⁣**gifted** - @111skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask (probably my favorite eye gels that I’ve used)⁣ ⁣ ▫️Enjoyed but probably won’t repurchase:⁣ -@laneige_us Water Bank Hydrating Gel (I like this lightweight moisturizer but I have other similar products that I prefer)⁣ - @patchology Hydrate FlashMasque Sheet Mask (pathology is one of my favorite sheet mask brands but I just have too many sheet masks currently that I need to use up)

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Second up on my review of online beauty shops is Rescue Spa (first review was on Dermstore a few weeks ago, in case you missed it):⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣ I purchased @biologique_recherche Lotion P50 & @trudon Rose Poivrée candle and my order came with six minis (listed below) and the cute skincare routine card (swipe right for the picture of the card). I was very impressed with the minis that they sent with my order (enough so that now I ordered the full-sized versions of the Creme Dermopurifiante and Masque Vivant 🤣). My 2nd purchase from Rescue Spa (@biologique_recherche_usa Lotion P50 Pigm400, Lait VIP O2 and Masque Vivant) came with the @valmontnorthamerica Energy Spirit of Purity Purifying Pack & Face Exfoliant, but unfortunately no Bioloqique minis… I’m still waiting on my Masque Vivant because it has been on backorder, so I’m hoping I’ll get some more Biologique minis with it!⁣ …………………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Biologique Reserche Creme Dermopurifiante Mini⁣ ▫️Biologique Reserche Masque Vivant Mini⁣ ▫️Biologique Reserche Lotion P50 1970 Mini (X2)⁣ ▫️Valmont Energy DetO2X Cream Mini⁣ ▫️Valmont Energy Prime Renewing Pack Mini⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣ Have you shopped from @rescuespa? What’s your favorite online beauty shop?⁣ ……………………………………………………………………………⁣ #biologiquerecherche #rescuespa #frenchskincare #instaskincare #antiagingskincare

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One of my all-time favorite masks is the @freshbeauty Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask so I was so excited when #freshbeautygiftedme their new Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask! ⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️What is it? A two-step, hydrating overnight mask that consists of a cooling gel essence (rosewater, damask rose extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, smooth and strengthen) that you apply first, followed by a silky, water-cream mask (time-release technology and evening primrose root extract to help lock in hydration).⁣ ⁣ ▫️My thoughts? I’ve only used this mask twice so far so I can’t really thoroughly review it, but here are my thoughts so far:⁣ 〰️it smells really good (the essence part smells like fresh roses and the mask part smells like cucumbers, similar to the black tea instant perfecting mask 👌🏻)⁣ 〰️it’s not sticky at all and sinks into my skin quickly so I don’t have to worry about it rubbing off onto my sheets ⁣ 〰️my skin does look and feel soft and hydrated the next day. I wouldn’t say it’s life-changing but I I’ll definitely be saving it for the winter months when my skin gets dry and is in need of deeper hydration⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ What’s your favorite Fresh product?⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣ @freshbeauty #freshbeauty #freshrose #OctolyFamily

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April’s BoxyCharm Box:⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ Giving away this eye shadow palette (and the brushes)! Seriously though, the shimmery shades are so pretty but I just know that I will never use 90% of these shades! See below for details if you want it (along with the two eye shadow brushes)!⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ ▫️Pur The Complexion Authority: Festival Palette ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Luxie: The Summer Daze 3PC Brush Set⁣ ⁣ ▫️Artist Couture: Diamond Glow Powder⁣ ⁣ ▫️Butter London: Powder Up Mascara⁣ ⁣ ▫️Battington Lashes: Monroe Silk Lashes⁣ …………………………………….............⁣ For the palette/2brushes: like/comment on this post and share your favorite post of mine in your stories, (tag me)! I’ll choose a winner by Sunday!⁣ winner @beautifymylife_! …………………………………….............⁣ #beautysubscriptionreview #discoverunder10k #makeupcommunity #beautycommunity @boxycharm #boxycharm #purvibes #luxievibes #artistcouturevibes #butterlondonvibes #battingtonvibes #boxyvibes

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You probably know Caudalie is one of my fav brands so I was super excited when #mycaudaliegiftedme their French Faves On The Glow Set including their Beauty Elixir, Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet & Vinoperfect Serum! The Beauty Elixir is the only product that I haven’t tried before now (I have been using the serum for almost a year now & I have several minis of the moisturizing sorbet) and I’m loving it so far! These are three more products that will definitely be joining me on my trip to Sea Island next week! The other products pictured are also some of my favs and the rest of my Caudalie collection 💚⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ ▫️Eau De Beauté - Beauty Elixir : a toning mist intended to help tighten pores, set makeup and boost radiance for a glowing complexion ⁣ ▫️Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet : a lightweight, oil-free, hydrating gel-cream intended to help moisturize, soothe and strengthen skin ⁣ ▫️Vinoperfect Radiance Serum : an oil-free serum intended to help tackle dark spots, even skin-tone and boost radiance⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ What are your favorite Caudalie @caudalie products? ⁣ ……………………………………………………………⁣ #mycaudalie #OctolyFamily @mycaudalie #caudalie

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5 more work days until we will be vacationing in @sea_island for the week and I CANNOT WAIT! Some products that I plan on taking with me:⁣ ................................................................⁣ ▫️Purvari “Organic Rose Petal Mist”: I have been using this for the last two weeks and I like it! I still think the Jurlique rosewater mist is my fav but if you prefer a less fragrant mist, you might love this one! The size of this one is perfect for traveling though!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Herbivore Botanicals "Jasmine Green Tea Water Balancing Toner": I have heard mixed reviews on this toner so I’m interested to see how it works for my skin! Will update soon...⁣ ⁣ ▫️Glow Recipe “Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer”: this is a super lightweight gel-moisturizer that smells exactly like the mask (fresh 🍉) & soaks into my oily skin immediately. I got it towards the end of the summer last year so I have only used it a few times (the texture is perfect for hot weather - I tend to switch up my moisturizers for fall/winter) but I’m planning on using it more in the upcoming months so that I can fully review it soon!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Dr. Barbara St. Urm “Sun Drops SPF50”: these broad-spectrum sunscreen drops are going to be put to good use next week ☀️ (I’ve used them once but I need to use a product consistently to fully evaluate it)! I’ve heard nothing but the best about her skincare line so my expectations are pretty high! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Glow Recipe “Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser”: I got this a few months ago but still haven’t tried it! Will update soon 👌🏻⁣ ................................................................⁣ Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts if so?!⁣ ................................................................⁣ #skincarecommunity #travelbeauty ⁣ #travelskincare #luxuryskincare #beautyreview #skincarejunkie #skincareaddict #luxurybeauty #kbeauty #beautyproductaddict #skincareaddict #glowingskin

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Just a little @muradskincare family photo 💕🧡Spot any of your favorites? I’m thinking the water gel and blotting perfector are going to become essential components of my summer routine! ⁣⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ ▫️Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask⁣⁣ ▫️Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil⁣⁣ ▫️Acne Spot Fast Fix⁣⁣ ▫️Essential C-Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30⁣⁣ ▫️Essential C Cleanser⁣⁣ ▫️Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ⁣ ▫️Eye Lift Firming Treatment⁣⁣ ▫️Nutrient-Charged Water Gel⁣⁣ ▫️AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ⁣⁣ ▫️Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF30⁣⁣ ▫️Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence⁣⁣ ▫️Night Fix Enzyme Treatment ⁣⁣ ▫️Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture ⁣⁣ ▫️Instant Radiance Eye Cream⁣⁣ ▫️MattEffect Blotting Perfector ⁣⁣ ……………………………………………………………………⁣⁣ #muradskincare #skincareroutine #antiagingskincare #glowingskin @muradskincare #pinkwednesday #mggpinklemonade

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February’s Allure Beauty Box:⁣ ………………………………………………………………………..⁣ ▫️Wander Beauty “Mile High Club Mascara”: this mascara sounds too good to be true - it apparently layers without clumps, volumizes, lengthens and curls lashes perfectly. I am pretty picky when it comes to mascaras, so I’m excited to give this one a try and see if it lives up to the hype!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Modelco “Metallic Eyeshadow Trio - Mykonos”: contains three pretty shimmery shades (Burgundy, pink-y champagne & brown) - I tend to keep my eye shadows neutral, so I might be giving this away even though the shimmer is fab! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️Moda Metallics “Triad Eye Brush”: a super soft, precise shading brush that’s apparently great for contouring - I have a bunch of brushes so it might be a little while until I try this one out!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Mamonde “Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser”: a K-beauty two-in-one cleanser that starts as an oil to help with makeup removing and then transforms into a foam for deep cleansing; it’s infused with damask rose oil, so it has to smell incredible!⁣ ⁣ ▫️Mamonde “Flower Lab Essence Mask”: a hydrating K-beauty sheet mask infused with nourishing botanical extracts, moisturizing hyaluronic acid & glycerin that apparently has the most amazing rose-scent! I can’t wait to try it! ⁣ ⁣ ▫️The BrowGal “The Instatint Tinted Brow Gel”: Love Love Love this brow gel! Might be my new favorite-the lightweight formula contains tiny microfibres preventing that crunch that some other brow gels leave behind.⁣ ⁣ ▫️Mally “High Shine Liquid Lipstick - Shade: “Orchid”: a highly-pigmented, rich, creamy and glossy liquid lipstick in the most beautiful mauve color. I will definitely be using this!