Clinique iD Custom-Blend Pop-Up Shop!



I remember that I used to always be obsessed with the Clinique Dramatically Moisturizer, and now it's got a completely new revamp! You can now pick your own base moisturizer and customize a booster on what your skin concern may be. This way no matter what kind of skin you have from dry to combination.. and what ever concern you may have - whether its pores, dullness, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles or redness.. there is something for YOU.

Clinique has their first ever Pop-Up Shop for the iD Custom Blend Hydrator! Here's a sneak peek into the shop itself!

The first thing you do when you walk in is you can get your skin analyzed. You take a picture of you face and it tells you what your skin concerns should be (lmao). Each concern correlates to a different cartridge/booster that targets the concern. You can also choose different bases for three different type of moisturizer. 








There are five booster cartridges to choose from: blue to target pores and uneven texture, green to target irritation, orange to target fatigue, white to target uneven skintone, and purple to target lines and wrinkles. 



At the pop up shop you can even CUSTOMIZE your own bottle. OMG! How cute is mine! You can choose from plenty of designs and even put your name on it. They even have a station where you can further decorate it with stickers. Lastly, the pop-up has a green screen area to take a picture and a VR station (which i forgot to do!) 

One of my favorite parts though..... this little photo op!


You can check out the pop up which is open today at: 132 Prince Street, NY NY

You can purchase the Clinique iD hydrator here :)


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Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum

Oh man, you guys know i LOVE my Vitamin C- so I was so excited for the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum (20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA) to arrive. I picked it up right when it came out! 


So what is this: It's a lightweight, clean serum with 20% Vitamin C, 10% Mild Fruit AHA and Japanese Angelica Root Extract. This product says its good to soften, smooth, brighten and even out skin tone. It's great for all different skintypes that are worried about dullness and uneven texture, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. 

I've been using this product for about 2 weeks now and here are my thoughts:
I only needed about 1-2 pumps on my face. There is no strong particular smell, which I liked (usually Vit C products smell like burning or strong citrus). Another thing I found interesting was that it was super lightweight and almost essence-like. It felt almost like I was putting water on my face. This means that it absorbed straight into my skin without extreme tackiness or other heavy feelings! This did not sting my face in any way. It was extremely gentle and pleasant. I would use this product after toner and before I put on my moisturizer. 

After 2 weeks for my combo skin, I didn't notice major differences. I did notice that my skin was smoother and a bit more radiant. Some of the dark spots and hyper pigmentation on my face became ever so slightly lighter, but not enough for me to really notice a difference. I'm interested to see down the line how this might affect my skin more. 


As you can see in the picture above, you can see the very watery, texture. It is quite lovely and easy to pat into your skin!

Overall I'm liking it so far. I haven't seen major differences, but I am seeing them. I'm looking forward to seeing how this may change my skin!

You can purchase this item on sephora or tatcha for $88. Will you be picking it up?? 
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Glow Recipe Avocado vs. Watermelon Sleeping Mask


I got a lot of questions about which one is right for you. People are wondering if they should pick up the Avocado or the Watermelon sleeping mask (UH... I would say, get  both if you can ;P)

Similarities: 
These are BOTH products for hydration and work overnight to help give you a nice exfoliation your skin glow in the morning. They are both great for uneven texture and dullness of skin.

Now for the differences: 

The Watermelon Sleeping Mask - for me, is best used during warmer weather when I have oily skin. This is more of a oil free, gel like formula that is more lightweight and bouncy. It provides AHA to gently exfoliate off your dead skin cells to give you the glow you want! It is packed with hylaronic acid and watermelon extract to add hydration to plump up the skin! Your skin will be hydrated, soft & smooth, and brighter.

The Avocado Sleeping Mask - is good for all skin types, but best for more dry skin. For me, this is the perfect mask for the wintertime! This is a more creamy texture, that adds a bit more thickness and depth into your hydration. It adds avocado to add that dense hydration (and collagen). This also exfoliates, but instead of AHA, it has PHA (which are larger in molecular size, so it works more closely to the surface of your skin rather than the deeper layers of your skin). It also has kaolin clay and manuka honey to help pull out impurities of your skin while providing soothing properties for stressed out skin. Your skin will be hydrated, smooth, brighter, but also firmer (since it also helps with the elasticity of your skin)

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So for me, it depends on how my skin is. When it's oily, the Watermelon sleeping gel provides a better hydration without my skin feeling greasy in the morning. The Avocado one is way more creamy and intense in the hydration and does a more gentle exfoliation on the surface on my skin to help with my eczema that might flare up during the cooler weather.

You can purchase both products at sephora here or here or on the glowrecipe site :) Will you be picking any of these products up?? :)



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What's NEW at Wander Beauty!?


I recently went to a Wander Beauty event and they just launched their NEW No Days Off Discovery Kit! This is their new kit that features 3 new products of beauty essentials for on the go -- especially when you have no days off!

It includes:
-a mini Drift Away Cleanser (1oz) This is a gel-to-foam cleanser that cleans makeup and impurities gently to give a double cleansed effect to nourish and revitalize all in one step.

-mini Dive In Moisturizer (.67oz) This is a 72 hour moisturizer (WHAT?!). It packs in Pentavitin and 13 fruit extracts to hydrate, brighten and protect for healthier looking skin.

-mini Extra Mileage Hair Refresher (.94oz) THIS I WILL NEED A FULL SIZE!!! lmao. This is so innovative! This is a liquid hair refresher that has silica powder so it duals as a hair texturizer and kind of like a dry shampoo to help keep you fresh -- especially after a work out or what not! I tried this after the workout and I did NOT look sweaty or greasy at all!!!

-the cutest clear, peach and gold (with words "no days off") cosmetics pouch

Testing the products out - so I can't wait to let you know how they are! Already love the cleanser and hair refresher, but have yet to try the moisturizer!!

Currently this item is not out yet, but it will be $38 and you can pre-order!

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Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream


OOOOOK - this new highly anticipated retinol cream from Drunk Elephant arrived as a fun little gift the day after Christmas .. and I've been testing it out for a couple weeks and I'm ready to give you my thoughts!

First off, I want to mention, I've tried some retinols in the past and it has been a disaster for me. So much that I feel scared to try retinols! I must've also been young and dumb, because anytime I've tried them my face would peel and get very sensitive, so I'm always weary of how much I put. Mind you, I have combo oily skin (sometimes combo dry in the winter), and it is not sensitive (except for my eye area).

So insert the DE A-Passioni Retinol cream! I've been into Drunk Elephant for some time now and I legitimately get excited any time they come out with a new product. So this new product is a Retinol cream that is a CLEAN product that has 1% vegan retinol to diminish fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.

According to the website, here are some of the highlighted ingredients in this product:
- 1.0% Retinol: Improves the look and feel of uneven skin tone and texture and addresses the damage from daily exposure to UV rays, pollution, or other free radicals.- Triple Peptide Blend: Helps visibly firm and strengthen, boosting the visible results of retinol.- Vitamin F: Works to improve the appearance of texture and suppleness and calms signs of sensitivity.
Also, to go over what these ingredients do:
 Retinol and supportive peptides restore bounce, resilience, and clarity to skin while helping to even tone and texture without redness and irritation. Vitamin F and a curated blend of oils replenish lipids and moisture while antioxidant-packed ingredients defend against environmental stressors.
Now for my experience:

They said to start 1-2 times per week and then increase from there. It also says to use a pea size amount, so I also started with less than that. In addition, they recommend mixing with an oil or serum if needed - I did, because it allowed a bit more of a 'buffer' for when I was putting the retinol on my face. (Can you tell how worried I was to try this? LOL)

On the first day, I put half a pea size with the B Hydra Serum and the Marula Oil. When I placed it on my face, it gave a slight tingle, but nothing my face wasn't used to. When I woke up, my skin did not feel dry or peely like past retinols, but I didn't see any visible differences in my skin.


Here's the mix of products I tend to use: Marula Oil, B Hydra (white bottom right) and a tiny pea size of the retinol. When I felt like I was putting more retinol, I added the protini peptide cream. 

I wanted to try again after 2 days, so on the third day as I looked at my skin, it looked smoother.. seems to continue to heal as the days go on! So on the third day, I tried again and mixed it with B Hydra, Marula Oil and the Protini Peptide cream, but I used a little bit more of the Retinol. Still a bit of tingling, but no burning or worrying sensation. I woke up the next morning, skin looked good! smooth and a bit more radiant.

I continued this routine for 2 weeks and I will say that I have had NO peeling (because I was very careful and really started with a little bit to work my way up.) I want to try and use it more because I know that this is a WAY effective product... however, I also know if I increase too quickly, my skin won't be accustomed to it and it may peel and be dry.



The only thing that I've had trouble with is the packaging. I know that the foil packaging was designed specifically to help the product keep better and what not, but even with squeezing from the very top, I find that the product starts to come out of the tip. Because of that I'm scared as I continue to use it, I might end up wasting product because I use such a small amount at one time.

Long story short -- a little bit goes a long way, but this stuff has been ROCKING so far! Not sure if it's because of the mix of products, or because this has more hydrating ingredients or because this is Drunk Elephant, but this is the first time I've used retinols for more than a week without it peeling on my skin. <3

This product costs $74 for 1oz and you can purchase it at Sephora or Drunk Elephant. (And mine even came with a mini B Hydra to get ya started!!!)

Have you ever tried Retinols? What are you thoughts!?
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Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

With winter in full force, my skin's a mess! It cant handle the weather changing and my skin has been patchy and oily and dry and all sorts of strange things. When I heard about the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, it sounded like a great item to try.

The new Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask is a creamy mask with avocado, honey and PHA to moisturize dry, dull skin overnight! It's a super rich cream that helps with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and loss of firmness and elasticity.

From sephora.com - here are the ingredients in product:
Highlighted Ingredients:- Avocado: Helps provide hydration and support natural collagen.- Manuka Honey: Provides antioxidants and soothing properties to refresh stressed out skin.- PHA (Polyhydroxy Acid): Provides a gentle exfoliation while you sleep.- Kaolin Clay: Pulls impurities from the skin without causing redness or irritation; and absorbs excess oils, decongests pores, and diminishes shine. 
Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also cruelty-free.


To me, it sounded like the perfect thing for my skin - it encompasses everything I needed for my dry but oily skin. It has products to help hydrate and plump (avo and honey), but also had products to exfoliate and pull out impurities (PHA and Clay).


I've tried it about 4 times. This product is to be used about 2-3x per week. After my whole skincare routine (double cleanse, essence, serum, moisturizer + oil), I used the spatula to scoop out some product. They say to use just a dime size (and do just use a dime size, because the first time I used too much) and I tap it onto my skin. This product was so thick and creamy and didn't slip and slide on my face.


It melted into my skin and absorbed pretty quickly, so I knew I wouldn't have a problem with the product getting all over my pillow. I could feel a slight tingling sensation which I supposed was the PHA (YASSS). When I woke up and washed my face, the first thing I noticed was that my skin did not feel dry or tight (hydration centrallll!). I also noticed that my skin patches had diminished a bit and were smoother. My skin also felt smoother and brighter. I will also say, that I saw some teeny "pimple" looking things around my chin area, and my guess that it was helping to purge out impurities. This did not scare me because this tends to happen to my skin a lot when I try new products that help to "clean out" my pores. It also clears up within a couple of days. 

By the 3rd use, my skin patches were still visible, but also visibly smaller. My skin had no more break outs and seemed plumper (although sometimes its hard to tell because my skin is always plump in the morning because I'm probably all swollen from all the drooling and sleep lmao). My favorite part of this product was seeing my hydration levels increase and seeing my skin looking brighter. It seemed less uneven and dull, which is my biggest problem in the winter.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product! I think that it's definitely worth trying. If you have sensitive skin, I would definitely get a sample to try on a patch of skin because if the PHA tingled on my skin, chances are someone with sensitive skin's reaction will be stronger.

You can purchase it here at sephora or on the glow recipe site for $45 for 80ml of product.
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5 Products/Brands that Gave me Confidence in 2018

Jan 4, 2019 | | 0 comments
Here they are - 5 products that gave me confidence in the 2018. These are products that I'm for sure bringing into the new year... and probably longer. These are products and brands I found that have really changed my thoughts about myself.


1. Too Faced Multi Sculpting Concealer - This has single-handedly changed my makeup look. I haven't been able to find a more hydrating, high coverage concealer that stays on my oily, but dry and patchy skin. You only need a little bit, and it doesn't cake under my eyes (like other super high coverage concealers) and makes my skin look brighter and more awake.

2. L'oreal Unbelieva-Brow Longwear Brow Gel - This was a love/hate product at first, but after I got over the learning curve, THIS PRODUCT CHANGED MY BROW GAME! usually my brows are pretty solid, but throughout the day if I sweat or touch any part of my brow, it starts to shift... but this product..! Once it dries, it DOES NOT move. It's so good, you HAVE to use an oil product to clean it off. It comes with a separate brow brush, which took a bit of trial and error to get it to shape my brows correctly. I would say this takes as much practice as it does getting a perfect eyeliner wing! Let me know if you guys want a tutorial -- SO GOOD!

3. Jouer Rose Gold Palette - This is unlike any other palette I've used. It's not overwhelming with only 12 colors, but the palette that it offers is so beautiful. It allowed me to do my usual day looks, but allowed me to experiment with a couple new colors. It was the first time I didn't feel intimidated to try new colors with my old and after a while, I started using colors I wouldn't necessarily use and people were complimenting me on my looks.

4. Drunk Elephant - This brand was introduced to me this year and it, along with some other products have really changed my skin. Being Clean beauty - it's free of fragrance, essential oils, etc... it's non-toxic, healthy for your skin... and my skin was happy for it. With a regimen of all Drunk Elephant, my skin began to clear and change (first it purged and broke out a bit). The products that I LOVE LOVE are the framboos glycolic night serum and the protini peptide moisturizer. They really work for my combination skin!

5. Fresh Beauty - I've always LOVED fresh beauty but these two products.. not sure if it's one, the other or the mixture of both have really made my skin so supple, plump and hydrated. The Fresh Rose Toner and the Fresh Kombucha Treatment Essence made such a great duo for my skin. Because of both thin formulas, it allows the product to really skin deep down into my skin. I'm seriously obsessed and am not sure I can stray from these two products!

What are some products that you're bringing in from 2018?! :P
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HiMirror Overview + GIVEAWAY!


Oh mannnn -- so I got the HiMirror (first generation like way back when) a while back and although I felt like it was SO cool - it had many updates that it needed. For example, you had to wave the mirror in order to move it from screen to screen and there were no online functions you can use.

BUT O M G.. their new HiMirror (mini) is updated and SO DARN COOL! Now it is a touch screen and has so many more functions!

If you don't know what HiMirror is, it's a "virtual beauty and health consultant featuring the Amazon Alexa-Enabled feature." It's basically a "smart mirror" -- a mirror that can help to personalize your skincare routine and can analyze what you need to make your skin better. It has a face detection thing, so you are able to log in with just your face!

Here is the face detection!


What it does:
The biggest and coolest function I believe is the skin analyzer. It allows a camera to take a picture of your skin and analyze to see the condition of your skin. It discusses the texture, pores, wrinkles and more. Once you use this every day, you can see how your skin may be changing for the better (or maybe not) with the current skin care routine you are using.
Here it is analyzing my face! 

Here's all the stuff my face needs help with WAH!
It even shows you your problem areas on your face! Here's where all my dark spots occur.


Other features:
Amazon Alexa Enabled - I don't have Alexa, but I could see how cool this could be if you are commanding Alexa to do things for you! lol :P

Make up Light - My original HiMirror light ONLY turned on with the camera, so this one is amazing because you have an LED light to apply makeup or to look at your skin. You can even adjust the brightness and warmth.

Virtual Beauty Box - This is a way to manage all the skincare products you are using. This is SO cool. It not only tells u the products you are using, but allows to track how certain products are affecting your skin. They also tell you if your products are about to expire.

Internet / Entertainment - OMG!!!! You can stream youtube, spotify and go on IG and FB. WHAT. It also has weather and news!!!

Below you can see how it has a bunch of different functions as well as the light that you can freely turn on to use as an actual mirror with lights!



Add ons:
HiMirror also has 2 different devices that you can add on with the mirror itself. There is a Smart Body Scale ($99) which provides accurate measurements of your body index. Also it has the HiSkin ($49.99) which measures your skin's hydration and pigmentation.

Honestly for me, this is a do it all mirror. I love that it analyzes your skin every day, but I think for me the most exciting part is knowing that it will help to track how each skin product works for my skin. Especially because I have my daily regimen and I always have so many products to try, it's nice to be able to see if products are truly effective for my skin.

I also love that since my skin is constantly changing because of weather, it helps to let me know what is going on with my face. It shows the specific places my face needs more hydration or more attention because it's porous or wrinkly. This way I can even target the specific spot on my face that I need to work on!

Overall, I am really loving this. There is a learning curve with all the functions that it has. And like any fancy piece of technology, it does has some ticks here and there like being frozen, but a simple restart usually fixes it all.

and GIVEAWAY!??? yes!! within the next couple days, I'll be hosting a giveaway on my IG to celebrate this awesome device! Come find me @beautybyjessicalee

The HiMirror retails for $119, but there is a $25 discount on amazon
You can also purchase from the HiMirror from the website - here are the discount codes you can find! 
BM668 Mini $119+Free ground shipping ($25 off coupon code: OFF25)
BM608 HiMirror $139 +Free ground shipping
BM618 HiMirror Plus $189 +Free ground shipping
BM619 HiMirror Plus+ $239 +Free ground shipping
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Products for Dry, Itchy Scalp

Ever since I began getting eczema on my scalp, it has been such a huge blow to my confidence in so many ways. My head is not only itchy, but also flaky. This causes so many embarrassing things :( When I scratch my head, all of a sudden there are flakes all over my clothes and on the floor. I have to start thinking about ways to wear my hair as well as clothes that will mask all the flakes in case I do scratch when I'm not thinking.

Your shoulders are made for greatness, not dandruff
 That's what my husband ALWAYS tells me... when he runs over to help me clear off flakes when he sees that I've been scratching.

It's been a journey, that's for sure... but I found some products that have definitely helped to alleviate some of the itch or flakiness and I wanted to share them with you in case you are like me.. struggling with flakiness.


Philip Kingley:

Flaky Shampoo
-I've been using this product (and finished it and threw it out!) and it has been amazing on my scalp! If you just have a dry, itchy scalp, I think this will help clear it up without stripping your hair of its natural oils or feeling overly dry. It left my hair still nice and shiny! I rotate this in with my medicated shampoos and find that it still keeps my scalp at bay without feeling dry! And another plus is I love the slight apple scent!

Flaky Toner
THIS. I love the applicator that makes it easy to get to all the spots of your scalp. This really works though, and helps keep your itching at bay. NO residue and I find myself itching less with this product! Definitely does a beautiful job soothing your scalp!

DpHue:

Apple Cider Vinegar Salt Scrub (not pictured, because it looks SO dirty in my shower since its a tub you scoop! lol)
SO this one is super difficult to use if you have long hair like mine. HOWEVER, I think this is a product that can be super effective if you have short hair or have the time to sit and separate your hair. When I sat and separate my hair, placed the product in the itchy, infected areas, gave it a bit of a rub, it seriously made a huge difference in my hair. I think it was the longest that I felt my scalp without an itch. It also felt SO clean, and I was SO happy about that!

Lotus RX:

Shampoo and Conditioner
-This is a great shampoo and conditioner that is paraben, sulfate and salt free. This was developed specifically for dandruff with prescription strength while gently washing and nourishing scalp and hair. This stuff is SO creamy and provides such a nice lather and is excellent at soothing and moisturizing my scalp. When my eczema on my skin is bothering me, I also use the conditioner and lather it on my skin! It definitely calms the redness and irritation but feels so nourishing! And the creamsicle smell... OMG. so delish!

Hope some of these products will help you! I am definitely adding to the list as I continue to use more products! <3 Hope some of you on this scalp journey with me find comfort that you're not alone!!!

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Drunk Elephant -- Inspector Drunk Holiday Set


If there is any set you NEED to get this holiday, it's the Drunk Elephant Sets!!! If you've always wanted to try their products, or even restock, this is a great way to get a hold of their products and try a bunch of samples as well!


Today we'll be chatting about my personal favorite set of the bunch, the Inspector Drunk Set! I'm the biggest fan of their Framboos glycolic night serum -- however, it's an expensive little number (at $90 for the 1oz), but it has worked wonders for my skin. In the Inspector Drunk Set, you get the full sized Framboos, along with 4 other little minis (which aren't that mini!) for a total of $98. That means you're getting all of those travel sized products for ONLY $8!

Here are the products you receive in the set:

Full size Framboos Glycolic Night Serum - here is the description of the product: 
This high-tech gel resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion. Formulated with a dream-team AHA/BHA blend including glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids, and blended with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos™ sinks in easily and delivers an effective level of chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization. Fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration, along with excess oiliness and the appearance of pores, appear dramatically diminished over time. Horse chestnut, bearberry, and white tea help to calm and soothe, while improving the appearance of broken capillaries. Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one—practically overnight.  (From Sephora.com)
- 1 oz/ 30 mL Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
- 0.27 oz/ 8 mL B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
- 0.17 oz/ 5 mL C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream 

As you can see, they aren't skimpy travel sizes - these minis will still last you a couple of weeks!

I personally have been using these products and saw a huge difference in my skin. I loved using this skincare regimen! I would use the Jelly Cleanser to get rid of my makeup and cleans my face, then I would make a little cocktail of bhydra, framboos, lala retro and a bit of marula oil. After I would apply the eye cream. It has made my skin so incredibly soft and clear since I've used them. I don't notice as many random acne spots and blackheads popping up, and I noticed my skin looked more consistently clear, smooth, and even -- even despite the cold weather change!!



FYI -- Drunk Elephant is also a CLEAN brand. Here are some of its promises:
Drunk Elephant is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of the formulations. They never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on its safety and bio-compatibility. You won’t find what Drunk Elephant calls "the suspicious six" of any kind in their products (1. silicones, 2. chemical screens, 3. sensitizing colorants/perfumes, 4. sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) 5. essential oils, 6. drying alcohols), making them appropriate for all skin. They believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue. When formulating the products, they focus on pH and toxicity, always making sure that the actives are at efficacious levels. This is the Drunk Elephant difference.
They also have another (Agent Ellie) set which has a full size C-Firma Serum, specific for the daytime as well as a Rescue set with a full size La La Retro, and The Big Reveal Kit  which has a full size Sukari Baby Facial.

Of course during this time, Sephora is starting to have its 20% off sales. So these are a MUST HAVE to pick up! With the 20% discount, the Inspector Drunk set is only $78.40 before tax, which means its LESS money than even just the full size framboos! HOLY COW! (Yes.. I picked up another set. LMAO). Will you be picking this gem up!?!
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