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Top 10 Tips for Applying Makeup to Acne prone Skin!

If we lived in an ideal world, we´d all have flawless skin. However, we live in a world where not all of us are blessed with good genes. Therefore, many of us have to deal with the outbreak of acne, making it extremely difficult to apply makeup. Fortunately, you need not worry as we have listed 10 tips for applying makeup to acne prone skin.

Makeup

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If you find that your skin is flaky because of the over application of acne cream, you can use scotch tape to remedy the situation. All that’s required of you to do is to pat your skin with it.

It is not necessary for you to use heavy makeup to cover your acne scars. In fact, the over application of makeup only sheds light on the acne. Therefore, you should instead use sheer foundation to put the spotlight on the rest of your acne-free skin. Concealers should be used to cover up acne. When you apply foundation on the blemishes, you must do so with care; avoid dabbing more than necessary.

Sometimes, discoloration may still occur despite the use of concealers and sheer foundation. During those times, you can use a color corrector to ensure that the makeup blends in.

It is also advisable for you to add brightness to your complexion towards the end of your makeup routine. This will help bring glow to your skin which can otherwise be dull because of the use of primer, color correctors, blush etc.

You shouldn’t use cream foundations on your acne prone skin when applying makeup. It might be tempting to go all out with the concealers and foundation to hide the scars, but it will not enhance your appearance. In fact, it will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. We can do without unwanted attention.

Here´s another important tip for you! You should ensure that your eyes are soft and nice when applying makeup to your acne prone skin. Therefore, you should avoid using dark mascara at all costs.

It is important for you to moisturize your face properly before you begin your makeup routine. Failure to do so often leads to chalky and rough looking skin, which, in turn, only brings more attention to your scars.

You must, at all costs, remove your makeup before you go to sleep. If you fail to do so, your skin will not breathe properly and the pores will clog up. And, the clogging of the pores could lead to the growth of more acne.

This tip is really a no-brainer. It is imperative for you to wash your hands before you begin your makeup routine. We wouldn’t want any bacteria, oil, and dirt on your face now, would we?

Now, the most important tip for you to know is the fact that you don’t have to cover the blemishes for anyone else. Don’t be pressured into applying makeup. You should only do it for yourself 🙂

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Incredible iHerb discount code for UAE customers!

Holla! If you are in UAE & love online shopping, now is THE time to try iHerb. Never before offer!

$20 off any purchase of $40 or above. Valid till 11th July 2017 & for first time customers only.

Link is :

ae.iherb.com/?pcode=UNEW20&rcode=SCZ695

All discount codes are attached to this link. Ships from US to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL.

Check out all 12 of my iHerb hauls by clicking here.

iHerb literally has everything that you want and need except for clothes and electronics. Go for it!. You will love the site as much as I do.

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Giveaway Winners : Makeup class at DHD Beauty School, Dubai!

Hey guys,

Congratulations goes to these two extremely lucky ladies for winning a spot in a group makeup class by award winning hair and makeup artist, Dahlia of DHD Beauty school in Dubai!.

First prize winner is Jemsheena Yoosuf who gets to choose to learn any one of the following three – Bridal makeup, Glam evening makeup look or Everyday daytime look.

Second prize winner is Adiba Khan who gets to choose to learn one of the two remaining looks that weren’t chosen by Jemsheena.

Both winners please email me at nazninazeez@gmail.com so that we can discuss & take this further.

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Giveaway : Makeup Classes at DHD Beauty School, Dubai!

Hey guys,

I am so excited to team up with DHD Beauty School in Dubai, to give away makeup classes to TWO winners!. Each winner will win an admission each in a public group class. A class is 3 hours long and held at DHD Beauty School’s bright and spacious private classroom/studio.

Makeup class

The group classes are for seven women, to learn how to master the art of make-up on themselves. Taught by their own master trainer Dahlia, these small, intimate classes allow for a relaxed, and personalized teaching experience. These classes normally cost AED 450 per person.

Dahlia DHD Beauty

Dahlia

How these classes works usually is, people put down their names on DHD’s public class registry form, and when they get seven names on the list who all has the same learning outcome goal, from three options, they host a class.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win this amazing opportunity to learn from the best!. Onto the giveaway details :

● There are 3 mandatory entries to enter this giveaway. Complete that and then do the rest of the entries for more chances to win.

● Giveaway is open to UAE residents only, because, well obviously the classes are being held in Dubai.

● There are three class options, to learn- Everyday daytime make-up, Glam evening make-up & Bridal make-up. Since each winner will go into two separate classes, I am going to let the first winner (whom I’ll choose randomly using Rafflecopter) decide which class she wishes to take. Then the second winner will choose a class out of the remaining two options.

● Giveaway will end on June 8th, 2017.

● Winners will be contacted via email by June 10th & also announced on the blog.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any doubts at all, just ask in the comments below. Good luck!

Here are some more details about DHD Beauty School’s classes, that you might wish to know :

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kits for evaluation (to be able to recreate the look at home) but also to use DHD’s professional kit to try new products and tools as well. They are based in Barsha Dubai. They also hold private makeup classes whereby a group of seven women can book a session together at a cost of AED 3000. This would be a fun and unique idea for a bridal shower, hen party, bacherolette party, birthday party, baby shower or just a casual girls day out. Decorations and catering are available on request.

Definitely check out DHD Beauty’s website for more information and share this giveaway with your friends right now, because it’s a great opportunity!.

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Five Simple Beauty Tricks While On The Go!

Keeping up with our beauty routine is much easier when we are in the comforts of our home. However, when we ladies are on-the-go, especially when traveling, keeping up with all of these may not be the first thing that comes to our mind. We may not have the time to deal with all the demands of our beauty regimen.

Yet, your beauty routine doesn’t have to suffer even when in transit. Even when we are at our busiest, it is still possible to look our best. Check out these 5 simple beauty tricks while on the go.

1. Always keep hydrated.

This may be the least thing related to your beauty regimen, but for you to have great skin, you must always include hydration in your skin care routine. This is extremely important, especially when traveling by plane. Traveling at high altitudes can cause flaky skin as the air can be very dry. Drink plenty of water every now and then. In addition to that, apply your favorite moisturizer to your face and body for added skin hydration.


2. Treat your hair before traveling.

Being in transit for long periods of time doesn’t do our hair any good. As harsh as it is to our skin, being on the go can also affect our hair. That is why treating your hair while you are still at home by applying hair masks can make a difference. Doing this will suffice, so while on the go, you may simply spray dry shampoo. You’ll definitely look like these top models we see on tvs. Bringing handy hair masks and hair essential oils on your trip will also do.

3. Skip foundation.

Applying foundation is time-consuming. And when you are in transit, it may feel like such a hassle to apply it. So when you are on-the-go, it may no longer be necessary. Instead, use tinted moisturizers as they are lighter than the foundation, but with added benefits. It will keep your face hydrated, and at the same time, it can also cover up dark spots and blemishes. The best thing about this is that it will only take seconds to apply. Even while you are inside any type of vehicle, you can just squeeze a little in the palm of your hand, apply it lightly on your face, and you are good to go.

4. Use multi-purpose beauty products.

This product is heaven-sent to those who are perpetually late. Instead of bringing a lot of products in your bag, you can just use one for several purposes. One example is coconut oil which you can use as a lip balm, face and hair moisturizer, and even as makeup remover! Another example would be tints that can be used not only for your lips but also as a blush.

5. Always bring blotting paper.

Bless the soul of the person who invented this amazing product. When on-the-go, our skin can get very oily, especially in the forehead and nose area. Fret not; instead of redoing your entire beauty routine, you can simply put on that oil blotting paper to get the unwanted shine off of your face.

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Review : April 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

No, it’s not a typo in the heading. This box is indeed Apr 2016’s. I just missed reviewing it!. Even though the box is old, my opinion about the products in the box is new right?. Lol, so I decided to do the review anyways 🙂

The box concentrates on skincare products, which I love. Onto the products, in detail :

Apr 2016 Glambox

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash – This face wash’s main ingredient is Neem, known for its purifying, antiseptic properties. This product helps fight pimples, prevents acne marks & cleanses impurities and keeps bacteria that causes pimples away. This is a highly effective herbal cleanser, perfect for those with oily skin. However, it does not suit me since I have normal / dry skin. I gave it to my father who has oily skin and he absolutely loved it. It came in a full sized 50 ml tube, along with a flyer about it.

Neem Face wash

Pond’s Flawless white Visible Lightening Day Cream – I am not one who wants to achieve ‘lighter, fairer’ skin. I don’t see the need to set that as a goal. That being said, this cream is so lightweight and creamy and I love it. Only a little goes a long way. So, work with small amounts. I finished this tub completely and to say the truth, I did find my skin to be more luminous and lighter in color. It’s light pink in colr and came in a full sized tub containing 50g.

Ponds fairness cream

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mist with SPF 30– Sunscreen in a mist form?. Sign me up!. Lol. This is such a fantastic & convenient concept. The mist feels soothing and moisturizing on the skin while giving a protection of SPF 30 throughout the day. It came in a spray bottle containing 50ml. I have it in my purse for protection on the go. Love this one ♡

Bioderma Hydrabio

Lady Speed Stick Fresh & Essence – This deodorant/anti-perspirant roll on is quite nice. It has a fresh scent. But unfortunately, it is not long lasting. It came as a 50ml roll on. There was a larger than life sized brochure too, in the box. I found it really creative!

Lady Speed Stick

Hiluxe HI Color & Shine Nail Laquer – This is a 5 Free nail polish by the brand Eleanor. It’s in the color NH03 Pretty Purple and is a cool toned purple, which is pleasing to the eyes. In the pic below, I have applied double coat on all fingers except on the little finger, which has a single coat. You can see the difference.

Purple nail polish

Forgive my ‘not so good’ application. I rushed while applying it, this time. The bottle contains 9ml. Even though its a nice color, it started chipping really fast. Am talking about the second day itself!. I don’t even bite my nails.. I dislike it’s quality.

Jane Iredale Just Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain – This is such a magical product. I was quite disappointed at first to see the color of this lipstick. I thought it wouldn’t match me.

Jane Iredale lipstick

However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I swatched it!. It turned the most gorgeous shade of natural pink, on my lips. It’s superb. On the hand though, the color is barely visible and looks more peachy. I haven’t tried it as a cheek stain. Here are the hand and lip swatches :

Pink lipstick swatches

Quizas Loewe Seduccion Eau de parfum – A sample sachet of perfume, containing 1 ml was also included in the box. This one has a very strong scent, which is usual for a men’s perfume. However, this is a women’s perfume and I am surprised by how bold it is. It has notes of Passion Fruit, Blackberry along with Jasmine, Tuberose and the seduction of Vanilla & Caramel. Too strong for me but my husband loved it..

Seduccion perfume

Voucher time!

Glambox vouchers

This box came with so many vouchers!. Here they are :

● Free travel size eyeshadow kit upon any purchase of AED 250 exclusively from Esthetic Sense.
● 10% off all purchases of AED 200 or more from Kardashian Beauty
● 20% discount voucher on Bioderma Hydrabio Range products
● Chantelle Paris gift voucher worth AED 100
● Biolite Aesthetic Clinic Gift Certificate worth AED 250
● 40% Off discount code on Designer-24’s site
● 50 – 70% discount offers on Eleanor’s online site
● #GLAMBREAK online raffle entry

Overall, a nice box with a good, thoughtful mix of products. Glambox has been doing great in bringing in products from awesome brands, of late. Once again, this box doesn’t disappoint. Good job, Glambox!

Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Spinz BB Talc!

Hey guys,

All of you are familiar with BB creams. They are everywhere. However, recently, I saw a different variation of the BB concept – a BB talcum powder!. BB here, stands for ‘Brightening & Beauty’.

Spinz BB Talc

It’s by the brand Spinz. This powder gives an instant glow to the skin. As it says on the tin, it does cover spots and blemishes, to an extend. It’s perfect to get rid of that undesirable oiliness that forms on the face, on a hot, humid day. The powder is very similar to powder foundation, but has an orangeish color and is very fine in texture.

Spinz BB Talc

I found this in Lulu Mall, Edappalli, Kerala. It’s hard to find it anywhere else. I definitely recommend it. Spinz has different types of powder talcs, that are easily available everywhere. However, this one is found only in Lulu, as far as I know.

Price : Rs 75 (Approx AED 4.25) for a 100 gms pack.

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Review : The Violet Box March – April 2017 Edition!

Dear friends, hey!

It’s my first time trying out The Violet Box, a bi monthly Indian subscription box that ships not just within India but to over 70 countries including US & UAE!.

What is the Violet Box?

Violet Box is a beauty box with 10 to 12 beauty products. Indulgences like gourmet teas, coffees or chocolates are also added depending on the curation. A new box is launched every 2 months. It has been reviewed as one of the best beauty boxes in the world. For every box sold, Violet donates a month’s period essentials to a girl in need in India. I love that they are involved in charity work too.

Violet box Mar Apr 2017

The March-April Edition of Violet Box has 14 amazing products focused on body & eyes. They include 5 full size beauty products, 7 deluxe size beauty products, dark chocolate & luxury coffee. Products are worth over $80 USD (based on US prices) while it’s price is $39.99 (Approx Rs. 2998). Currently though, this box is on sale and thus its price is Rs. 1499 (Approx $23). Awesome savings!.

Violet Box Mar Apr 2017

In detail – This Violet box is a white colored box with it’s name written in a golden font. On unboxing, the first thing that registered on my mind was a heavenly coffee scent and also mixed with it, a smell of a luxurious spa. The products were all laid out on a bed of coconut fibre. I knew I was in for a treat. This box focuses on body & eyes and truly is a dream box for a skincare lover like me.

Full size beauty products

1) Raw Rituals – Caffeine Infused Body Scrub – 75g

raw rituals coffee scrub

This scrub is probably the first dry scrub mix that I am trying out. I thought it should be mixed with water to make a paste. However, in the ‘Directions’ mentioned at the back of the tub, it says, you need to just wet your skin while in shower & rub this dry scrub, in a circular motion. Leave it on for 4-5 minutes and rinse with warm water. It smells heavenly, like luxurious coffee.

The antioxidant properties of coffee and the exfoliating effects of the sugar makes this a truly wonderful product, that moisturizes & makes the skin soft. It contains ‘Grinded Arabica Bean Coffee, Coffee powder, Sugar mix, Hempseed oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil, Himalayan salt & Coffee oil’. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, chemical free, natural, preservatives free product.

It comes in a 75 gms tub and is worth Rs 300.

2) Raw Rituals – Green Tea Under Eye Cream – 10g

Raw rituals under eye cream

Just when my Clinique eye cream was about to get over, I find this in the box and I am absolutely overjoyed!. This antioxidant rich, Green tea & Coffee infused under eye cream is quite unique. For one thing, it’s not a cream!. It’s more like a light weight balm. It has a lovely scent of both green tea and coffee and has a light green color. It is easy to apply it around the eye, due to it’s balm like texture.

It comes in a 10 gms tub & is worth Rs. 300.

3) Fuschia – Sandal Saffron Bath Salt – 100g

Epsom bath salts

This is my first time ever trying out a bath salt. Fuschia is another Indian brand that is crueltyfree, vegan, handmade and natural. Since I don’t have a bath tub (and even if I had one, I am not in the habit of using one), I looked for alternate ways to use these bath salts and tried it in 2 ways.

One way is to use it for exfoliation. Since these salts are fine, it feels great to use it as a body scrub. It almost feels like a skin polish. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way is to use it in a foot soak. I quite loved soaking my feet in warm water, with these salts in it, for 25 – 40 mins. It’s very relaxing.

It smells so very much of Sandalwood and I really liked it. This scent lingers on the skin for quite a while. The salts are a mixed color of pink/saffron. The ingredients are ‘Sea salt with Dead Sea minerals, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, Sandalwood Essential oil, Saffron threads & Olive oil’.

It comes in a 100 gms plastic tub and is worth Rs. 450.

4) Neemli Naturals – Coffee & Cocoa Body Wrap – 75g

Clay body wrap

First time trying a body wrap. I read instructions at the back and understood that it can be used on face too. It’s ash in color and smells predominantly of coffee. I took some of this powder in a bowl, mixed some water in (you can mix milk or rose water) and made it into a paste. The end result was a thick, bottle green colored paste!.

I applied it on face, neck and shoulders and left it on for about 10 minutes. It started drying to an ash color. I then washed it off to reveal soft skin. But I have a major problem with it. It left a greenish tint on my skin!. What a horror, looking like Hulk, albeit a less ferocious, lighter green version. Lol!. My husband made fun of me. Anyways, the tint faded away some hours later. Fair skinned people beware!. It will show more prominently on your skin.

The product contains ‘Coffee, Cocoa powder, Zeolite clay & Bentonite clay’. It’s a crueltyfree, natural product and I will continue using it because of the wonderful ingredients in it, but I will definitely avoid using it on my face!.

It came in a resealable pack containing 75 gms & is worth Rs 550.

5) C.A.L. Los Angeles – Draw Me Eyeliner

Cal Draw Me Eyeliner

Wow, this eyeliner is the perfect, jet black color, that’s an essential product for every makeup lover. On application, it dries immediately with a glossy finish. It’s waterproof and so velvety smooth that it just glides along the eyelid. It came in a little pretty black bottle with a golden lid. It is a crueltyfree product.

Deluxe Size Beauty products

6) Ital Veloce – Fine fragrance Body Mist

This is a 12 ml sample, called Shooting Stars, in a small spray bottle. It has a beautiful, floral scent that’s very feminine & is pink in color. I absolutely love this one and will try to get a full sized version.

7) Tatha – Shea & Cocoa Body Butter

Cocoa butter

This thick body butter has the goodness of both Shea butter & Cocoa butter. It is named ‘Spicy Sandal’. It has a really lovely scent of cocoa butter more than sandal. It’s so moisturizing.

8) Tatha – Green Apple & Jasmine Shower Gel

Green apple shower gel

This shower gel smells so uplifting and fresh, thanks to it’s dominant green apple scent. The jasmine scent is quite subtle and I prefer it that way, since am not a huge fan of that scent. It lathers just right and feels divine!. Love this vegan, crueltyfree product. It came in a 30 ml bottle.

9) Natures Co – Lemongrass Footspray

Foot spray

This one is targeted at those who are on their feet throughout the day. It energizes tired feet and banishes bad odor. It smells so refreshing since it’s main content is Lemongrass oil (which is pretty expensive). It also contains Patchouli oil, Tea tree oil & vegetable glycerin. The sample came in a handy 10 ml bottle.

10) Just Herbs – Apricot Scrub

Apricot scrub

This scrub, named ‘Apricot sparkle’ contains apricot kernel oil, walnut shell grits, Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil etc. It is as natural as anything can be. It’s very similar to any walnut scrub out there in the market, however it smells much more organic and also it’s base (what the walnut shell grits are present in) is more lotion like and not thick. I am in love with it ♥. The sample is a good sized 35ml bottle.

11) Khadi Naturals – Jasmine Moisturiser

Khadi jasmine moisturizer

I am not a fan at all of Jasmine scent in skincare products and was not really excited to read ‘Pure Jasmine’ on this product’s label. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I took a sniff of it. They have captured the scent of jasmine in probably the best manner possible. It lifts the mood and overall is enticing!. It’s a lovely herbal moisturizer that literally melts into the skin. The exotic fragrance lingers on so strongly that you don’t need to wear a perfume. The sample is a 15 ml one, good for 3 or 4 uses considering how much you use each time.

12) Thalgo – Brightening Cream

Thalgo cream

This one is called ‘Melt-in Smoothing Brightening cream’. It has a lovely, lightweight texture and easily melts in to the skin just like it’s name. In a hot, humid climate though, this one would ‘melt’ (pun intended) right off of your face.. It came in a 2 ml tube, good for a single use.

Indulgences

13) Teddy Roosevelt – Luxury Instant Coffee – 5 servings

Teddy Roosevelt coffee

This finely powdered coffee smells really strong. Even though each pack included here is a single serving, I used the content of 1.5 sachets to make a perfect cup of coffee. It’s deliciously luxurious.

14) Christopher Cocoa – 55% Dark Chocolate – 40g

Luxury dark chocolate

I loved this chocolate. There were 4 pieces, each wrapped in golden foil and containing an almond & a raisin. These were packed into a black resealable pack.

Other than Thalgo, every other brand is new to me. What a delight to try out new brands and products!. That’s why I love the concept of beauty subscription boxes. Visit their site to see if your country is one of the 70 countries to which they ship to. They ship free to most countries, including UAE. Also, in international boxes, there are slightly difference to certain products since they are thoughtfully curated in such a way that there are no problems with international customs etc.

Did you enjoy this review?. Do leave a comment below, with your feedback =)

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Herbal Cleansing milk by Prakriti Herbals!

Hey guys,

Cleansing milk is a gentle cleanser that suits all skin types, especially my skin type (normal/dry). Today’s review is about one such product by crueltyfree, Indian brand, Prakriti Herbals. Founded in 1995 by Ms. Neeta Adappa, this brand strongly believes in being natural and in the power of Ayurveda.

Cleansing milk

Prakriti Herbals emphasizes the philosophy that nature has always provided an abundance of plants, roots, flowers and herbs rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins and minerals that have been used in body and skin-care from time immemorial. 

This cleansing milk has the goodness of Aloe Vera, Fresh Lime and Cucumber. It’s gentle enough to be used even by those with sensitive skin.

Cleansing milk

My experience : This is probably one of the best cleansers that I have ever used. It has a really lovely, fresh scent of lemon, thanks to the lemon oil in it. It takes away the impurities of the skin, in just one swipe, leaving the skin looking so radiant and soft. It doesn’t dry out the skin at all. It can also be used as a makeup remover. I tried it on waterproof makeup and it didn’t remove it. You will need something stronger for that. However, try it on any other regular makeup, even eye makeup and this cleansing milk removes it easily, while being super gentle.

Cleansing milk

It is light green in color and has a slightly runny consistency. Don’t let the simple packaging fool you. The product is definitely high quality and very effective. It comes in a plastic, capsule shaped bottle. They are an eco friendly brand and have mentioned ‘Contact us to recycle the used bottles’ on the bottle. Like all cleansing milks, I usually take a small amount of it on a cotton pad and wipe it in circular motions on my face and neck. Then I wash and pat dry.

The main ingredients are lemon oil, Aloevera juice and cucumber extracts. I am in love with this product and I highly recommend it.

Price : Rs 200 (Approx AED 11.29) for a 120 ml bottle.

This product can be bought from leading Indian online retailers such as Amazon, Flipkart etc.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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