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Review : Glamego Feb 2018 Beauty Box!

Hey dearies,

With February’s box, Glamego has just reaffirmed the fact that they are indeed India’s No.1 beauty subscription box. Titled ‘Classy Flaunt’, this time the box contains 4 full sized products worth Rs 2000, while the box itself costs only Rs 299!

Glamego February box

Here are the products in detail :

● Mcaffeine Choco face pack – This comes in 2 variants – gel based for dry skin and clay based for oily skin. I like that Glamego is truly a personalized box. I received the one for dry skin because they asked me my preference beforehand.

Mcaffeine choco face pack

Chocolate and caffeine, both are powerhouse ingredients that bring out the glow in your skin while pumping it with antioxidants. This mask looks just so yummy and smells delicious. God knows how I resisted just eating it up. Lol!.

I applied this creamy mask for about 15 mins and washed off with cool water. It left my skin looking radiant and youthful. I love this brand, which is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand.

This product is worth Rs 359 for a tub containing 25ml.

● Kronokare Pollu-Stop face – This colorless mist is one of a kind, I feel. It helps in warding off pollution from our face. How cool is that!. It’s perfect for those who spend a lot of time outside. It actually acts as an invisible shield against pollution nano particles and thus helps protect, nourish & soothe the skin.

Kronokare Pollu stop face

It has a strong scent which am not really a fan of. The product itself gives a barely there look when sprayed on the face. It can be used before or after applying a face cream. It comes fitted with a fine nozzle and as such spraying with it creates a nice mist.

It specifically says ‘face’ in it’s name because this same product is available for the hair too that helps our tresses fight against pollution. It’s actually one of the products in Glamego’s March box.

This product is free of sulfates, silicone, parabens, fragrance or mineral oil. It’s worth Rs 495 for a bottle that contains 30 ml.

● The Nature’s Co Radiance face cream – This is hands down my favorite product in this box. It’s main ingredient is saffron, something that’s very expensive and wonderful. It smells of saffron itself.

Nature's Co saffron radiance face cream

Saffron helps in making the skin radiant and am so glad I got to try out this cream. The texture of it is so unlike regular face creams. It’s balm like, slightly viscous and yet when applied on skin, it slides on smoothly like a rich cream. A little goes a long way.

[This pic is from my Instagram. Do follow me, if you aren’t already].

The tub is super tiny, containing only 25 ml. But, guess what?. It costs a cool Rs 550!.

The ingredients list is as follows : Saffron, Aloe Vera extract, Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil, Wheatgerm oil, Almond oil, cream base, aroma & natural preservatives. This brand is cruelty free & eco friendly.

● Bella Voste Perfect lip gloss – This was one of the products I received in the January box too (read that review here). But I selected a different shade this time. It’s a light, gorgeous pink shade called Pop of Pink.

Bella voste pop of pink

Overall, I love that the general theme of this box is to bring out the best in your skin. I am all about skincare as some of you already know.

I highly recommend Glamego. You can sign up here.

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

Four Tips to Caring for Your Teeth!

Taking care of your teeth is the key to good dental health. When you get used to this daily routine, you will never be afraid of getting close to people in social events due to bad breath.

Swollen and bleeding gums will also be a thing of the past. As a matter of fact, it’s easier than you can ever imagine. Other than boosting self esteem, good oral hygiene will save you from incurring medical bills when you visit the dentist. You only need to follow the tips outlined below.

1.​ ​Brush​ ​Your​ ​Teeth​ ​Two​ ​Times​ ​Everyday

Brush teeth

Your teeth can never be in good health if you don’t brush them. You should actually brush them early in the morning and in the evening. This is not one of those things that you can afford to skip. This is because it only takes about 10 hours for bacteria and germs to build up in the teeth and gums. In fact, failing to brush your teeth for just a few days in a week is enough to earn you a tough stain.

Dirty teeth can really steal your fun moments when you are hanging out with friends. This is due to the fact that you can not laugh out loud without being ashamed of your stained teeth. The good news is that there are so many teeth whitening agents that are available at pearlywhites.com at affordable prices. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth in circles to ensure you reach all the areas of any tooth.

2.​ ​Use​ ​Fluoride

You should never use any toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride as an active ingredient. The mineral is also present in water and its purpose is to defend your teeth against bacteria and cavities by forming a thick layer on the outside. If the enamel of your teeth weakens, it becomes easier for bacteria to penetrate into the core of the teeth. Such a case eventually causes your teeth to decay. Since mouth washes are also rich in fluoride, they can be used to counter cavities and bacteria at their initial stages.

3.​ Floss​ ​Regularly

Flossing should also be done on a regular basis. This is because brushing alone is not enough to flush out the harmful bacteria that are in your teeth. Just so you may know, each tooth has 5 sides. The upper side that is used for crushing food, the inner side, the outer side that’s seen when you smile and the two spaces that separates one tooth from the other.

The brush can only clean the first three surfaces and that’s why you must floss to remove the dirt that’s in between the teeth.

4.​ ​Clean​ ​the​ ​Tongue

Most people ignore the tongue when cleaning their teeth. They think that it cleans itself automatically, thanks to the saliva that never dries up. That’s not true because the tongue can be as dirty as your teeth. Harmful bacteria can actually stick on the tongue for the longest period of time as possible.

Oral care

There are two ways of cleaning the tongue. The first option requires you to apply some paste on the tooth brush and run it back and forth. The other option is similar to flossing because you only need to run a string along the tongue, from the back to the tip at the front.

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Guest Post – Thank Your Skin with Hyaluronic Acid!

If you have been applying layers of powder just to correct your skin’s excess shine, you’re committing a serious mistake. You see, applying powder won’t just make you look cakey, but it can also cause closed comedones (read: acne) and zits. And that’s the last thing you want to happen, right?

Listen, if you want to get a more even and radiant finish, your makeup products aren’t the only things you have to be concerned about. Prepping your skin matters, too. And to tell you the truth, a properly prepped skin can make a huge difference in the coverage and longevity of your makeup.

Now, you’re probably wondering: How do I prep my skin?. One of the best things you can do is exfoliate your skin. Getting rid of dead skin cells can make your skin more even, allowing you to apply your makeup easier.

Another tip is to make sure your skin is moisturized. Look for ingredients that have hyaluronic acid as it has a really potent hydrating property. It can provide a long-lasting moisture so your skin stays plump and smooth even after you apply your makeup.

And you know what else?. Hyaluronic acid isn’t just great for moisturizing the skin. It also has the ability to fight signs of skin aging. By locking in moisture, it can prevent the skin from sagging. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so you won’t have to layer too much foundation on your skin just to hide them.

With its ability to strengthen the skin’s barrier, regular use of skin care products with hyaluronic acid can increase your skin’s protection against UV rays, too. With so many benefits, this is one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin.

Still not convinced?

Here’s an infographic about hyaluronic acid you might want to check out :

Hyaluronic Acid

About the Author :

Hannah

Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Click here to check out her latest article.

Thanks to Hannah for sharing this amazing infographic and article with my readers ♡

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Three Tips to Using Oils to Stay Healthy!

Are you looking for natural ways to keep healthy?. Essentials oils may be the answer you are looking for. When people think of oils, they probably think that it is only limited to aromatherapy. Most people know that oils are placed in an aromatic diffuser so that the house can smell good. But aromatherapy can also have benefits such as mood enhancing and energy boosting depending on the oil that you will use.

But now, research has discovered that oils can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is to improve the health of individuals. Check out some of the tips below that you can do in order to be healthy through the use of oils.

1. Use them to fight colds and flu – When the fall and winter months come, there’s no denying that some of our family members might fall sick. When that happens and you are adverse to them taking medicines, you may try the natural method and use oils instead. There are so many oils that you can choose to that job. One of those can be peppermint oil, which can relieve chest congestion and even soothe headaches and fever. Other than the peppermint oil, you can also choose lemon essential oil, which is a very effective decongestant. German chamomile can also relieve muscle aches and pains brought about by the flu. Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are so much more oils that you can use. Just do your research to find out what oils you can use and choose one that you are most comfortable with.

2. Use them to get a good night’s rest – Aside from exercise and having a good diet, one of the things that our bodies need in order to be healthy is ample rest. When you don’t get enough sleep or you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, your body is more at risk to suffer from many diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. When you lack sleep, there is also an increase of cortisol in your body, which is the stress hormone. If you’re having difficulty getting enough sleep, try putting lavender, chamomile or jasmine oil on a cloth and then place that next to your pillow. As you breathe aroma, it will help you have a more relaxed and peaceful sleep.

3. Use them to treat skin rashes and the like – Oils are a great natural remedy that can be used for skin ailments such as rashes or even psoriasis. If your skin itches, it may be due to reasons such as eczema, hives or dry skin. Soothe your skin by applying oils like chamomile. You can even use this for itchy scalp if you are suffering from it. If you want something that you can use as a moisturizer, Good oil hemp is an answer to that. Hempseed oil is perfect as a moisturizer because it has a high content of omega 3. It can help the skin retain hydration and is also used to treat dry hair.

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Five Skincare Treatments to Try to Reduce Your Body Fat!

Skincare and weight loss are two of the top things that concern most people today and the industry is booming with no signs of decline in the coming years. Skincare companies are on the rise, since the demand for beauty and wellness products and services is ever surging and with new technological upgrades and breakthrough in skincare and fat reduction, the needs are expected to boost. Treatments that provide both skincare and fat reduction are ever popular, as they hit two big birds with one stone. These treatments are highly sought- after and success stories never run short.

The combined power of skincare and fat reduction makes these treatments not only appealing but cost- beneficial in a sense. Here are the top treatments that offer this dual effect:

1. CoolSculpting

What is Coolsculpting? This latest fat reduction with huge skincare effect treatment is one of the most popular procedures in non- invasive and non- surgical treatments. Through a patented cooling technology, targeted fat areas are frozen and then natural fat cells reduction is induced. This treatment also takes off pesky cellulites under the skin that results in a smoother, younger look.

2. Cellulaze

Hailed as the very first FDA-Approved cellulite “cure”, Cellulaze works by inserting a small laser tube under the skin, the laser heats up and melts fat lumps and pockets while softening the bands of tissues that keep them together. As cellulite or fat is reduced, the skin outside is also improved and given a fresher look. The skin also ends up being tighter, keeping sagging and fine lines away.

3. Vanquish

This non-invasive, non-surgical, painless and generally comfortable procedure has many people wanting for more. Vanquish made a good name in the industry with countless of procedures done annually in different parts of the world. This treatment works with the use of Radio Frequency (RF) directed to target fat cells. Heat is applied to the target area and destroys fats without damaging the skin. The result is an optimum reduction in body fat and a tighter, smoother skin.

4. ZWave

Introduced in the market and approved by the FDA in 2015, ZWave is one of the well- known innovative treatments for skin care and weight loss. This treatment is also non- invasive and non-surgical. It works with the use of high energy radial shockwaves to target areas for fat reduction and cellulite management. Many beauty experts are giving positive feedback to ZWave with great potential to provide the required result for many.

5. Mesotherapy

Although not performed in the United States as it is not approved by the FDA, mesotherapy is a popular procedure in many countries in Europe and Asia. It uses vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes injected under the skin to break down fat and manage cellulite problems resulting in fat loss and tighter skin.

Treatments vary in effect and cost and there is not one that can serve as a cure-all for cellulite and weight loss. Hence, a practical expectation must be set and caution must be observed in undergoing any of these treatments to avoid problems.

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Three ways that anti-aging skin care can improve your skin!

If you’ve never thought of having a skin care regimen, you need to rethink your decision. You may think that you will be just wasting your time and most especially money when you buy the products that you see being sold all over the malls and online.

If you don’t know yet, your skin is an organ and like any organ in your body deserves care and maintenance. If you exercise and eat a healthy diet in order for your body to be healthy, then adding a skin care program will just add to making yourself healthy.

If you are still hesitant about using anti-aging skin care, check out the benefits you can have from them below. These are just some of them and there are much more that you can find if you just do a little research.

1. They will make you look younger than your age – who does not want that youthful glow? And did you know that I t can be achieved without having to put on all sorts of makeup on your face? There is a way to get rid of those dark spots on your face, or to reduce the fine wrinkles all over your eyes. Anti-aging products are packed with ingredients such as collagen or antioxidants that help the skin brighten and glow.

2. Using them will make your skin healthier and firmer – do you hate looking in the mirror because you see that your skin has started to sag? Using certain products can make your skin firmer and bring back the elasticity that your skin lost due to aging. There are products that bring nourishment to the skin so that it can actually repair itself faster.

3. They will delay the delay the damage that your skin may get – there are so many factors that contribute to the skin aging. It may be due to sun exposure, stress, genetics, or just you not taking care of your skin for a long time. While there is really no reversing skin aging, much like getting old cannot be reversed, there is a way though, to delay the inevitable. Getting started at a young age can result in reducing the effects of the factors mentioned above.

These are just some of the things that having an anti-aging skin care regimen can bring to your life. Don’t think that you will just need this when you start feeling the effects of aging in other parts of your body. The earlier you start, the better the results will be.

If you are not sure how to begin your skin care, you can start by familiarizing yourself with phytoceramide. This ingredient can bring such effects to your skin that it would like you went under the knife or had Botox without actually having to do it.

Think of healthy, glowing wrinkle-free skin done the natural way. There are many ways to introduce phytoceramide to your skin, whether through cream or supplement. For more information, click here for the best phytoceramide products that you can find on the market today.

Why Improving Beauty Naturally is Important..

How do you define beauty?. When do you consider yourself to be at your most beautiful?. While many women would readily confess that they never leave home without putting on at least some type of makeup on their faces, there are those who would rather go bare-faced.

The beauty industry is undoubtedly one of the biggest in the world. Every year, women spend thousands of dollars on new products that are advertised to guarantee instant results. But can these products really make you more attractive to the people around you?. While it may be true that makeup and enhancements may make you more attractive to others, there are some scientists who argue that it’s not really the makeup that attracts people to you. Rather, it is your physical beauty and the attributes that you are born with that do so.

There may be many reasons why women or even men use makeup or other beauty products to enhance their physical features, but ultimately it is their natural look that would make them stand out from the rest.

The truth is you don’t need to spend too much money to be able to look your best.  There are times that the products you put on your face can do more harm than good on your face, skin, and body. Do not fall victim to the instant results as the truth is there are no shortcuts to having flawless skin and a perfect body.

You need to work hard to achieve them. And you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars either. Did you know that there are common household items that can help you improve your beauty naturally?. Take honey for example. It has been used by our ancestors for a number of reasons, including as a cure-all for ailments. Other foods such as lemon, tomato, and cucumber can do wonders for the skin as well.

You also need to focus on not only what you apply on your skin, but what you consume as well. Many do not realize that simply changing your diet can do wonders on their skin’s glow. If you refrain from foods that may be bad for you and opt to eat more fruits and vegetables, you will clearly see the difference.

Improving your beauty naturally can be easy. Whether you have oily or dry skin, there is a way for your beauty to improve naturally without applying chemicals onto your skin. Are you conscious about your acne problem and would like nothing more than to get rid of that pesky pimple. There are many methods you can use such as the mask method or even the ice cube method to get rid of them.

There are many websites that have done their research and listed down hundreds of tips for everyone to improve their beauty naturally. Hack Yourself Pretty is one of those websites. Do you have oily skin?. If so, they have some tips for people like you, so check it out here. Go to the website to find more useful reviews and tips to help you get started on your journey to having natural beauty.

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Review : May 2017 Glamego – Most affordable beauty subscription box in India!

Hey guys,

Today’s review is about Glamego, India’s most affordable beauty subscription box. At only Rs 299 (Approx AED 17!), May’s box is so worth it because it contains four full sized skincare products from premium, organic brands with a total worth of Rs 814!. It came in an eco friendly, simple box with Glamego’s [quite stylish] logo on it. Here are the products and my opinions about them :

Glamego

Glamego May box

Premium Himalayan Crushed Roses foot soak/Bath salt by Soap Square – Man, the scent of this!!. It’s heavenly. It’s like you stepped into a rose garden. It contains Rose petals, which are rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties along with Pink Himalayan salt & Rose oil.

Pink Himalayan salt roses bath salt

I never knew bath salts could be of such high quality. This is the best bath salt I have tried. I used it as an exfoliator since it’s crushed to a fine form. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and scented. The divine scent actually stays in the shower for hours on end. When I got it, it had hardened into a block. But, it can easily be crushed. This brand is paraben free, crueltyfree, SLS free, vegetarian, natural and handmade. The benefits of using Epsom salt bath salts and foot soaks are many. I am yet to use this in a foot soak.

This pack containing 140 gms is worth Rs 400.

Choco Strawberry lip cream by Vedic Line – This one has the wonderful scent of chocolate. It has cocoa butter and beeswax, both being ingredients that are known to deliver moisture & softness to our lips. Funny enough, I don’t find ‘Strawberry’ listed in the ingredients list!. Huh?. Strange. Anyways, am in love with this creamy, indulgent & rich lip cream ♥

Choco lip cream

It is 15 ml & worth Rs 85.

Neem Caffeine face wash by M{Caffeine} – This brand is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand. Quite interesting!. Coffee is an ingredient that has been found to be pretty beneficial to skin, be it in DIYs or skincare products, for it’s high antioxidant properties.

M caffeinated face wash

Seeing Neem on the label, I had a feeling that it’s not a match for my skin type (normal/dry) since it’s usually found in products targeting those with acne taking into consideration it’s antiseptic properties. But surprisingly, it felt great on my skin. It didn’t leave a dry, stretchy kind of feel. Instead, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed.

It has a pretty great scent. Actually it reminds me of that fresh, sharp scent that men’s aftershave has!. I love it and so does my husband :). It also contains Vitamin E which gives a healthy glow to the skin. It’s texture is thick and gel like. For that reason, you just need a teeny tiny amount each time you use it. This 50 ml bottle will last quite a while. It’s worth Rs 199.

Lavender scented handmade soap by BioBloom – One of my most favorite scents ever is lavender and am glad I got this. Some received other variants in their boxes such as Rose soap & Neem & Aloe Vera soap. The scent is soft, relaxing & pleasant. This soap has a creamy feel on touch and lathers just right. It cleanses well. This brand is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Formaldehydes, SLS etc.

Lavender scented soap

It is 100 gms & worth Rs 125.

Overall, am happy with the value Glamego delivered this month. It’s price, Rs 299 is inclusive of shipping too (only in India)!. How amazing is that?. Definitely a beauty subscription box worth checking out. Sign up here.

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

Review : Nature Republic’s Real Nature Aloe Sheet Mask!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me Nature Republic’s Aloe Sheet mask, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here).

Nature Republic sheet mask

It came wrapped in a thin cover which had stars and zodiac signs printed on it. So pretty!

I like the concept of sheet masks. They are easy to use and fuss free. Ok, so this mask has the most realistic visual of Aloe Vera, printed on it’s pack. It’s beautiful & attractive enough to make anyone reach for the pack. Inside, I found the mask that is composed of three layers of cellulose, that’s brimming with essence. I found most essence on the mask itself and next to nil dripped inside the pack.

Nature Republic sheet mask

Here is the sheet mask pack. It came with a Thank You card from Skin18.

The essence has a light, pleasant scent and is thick, cool to touch and non oily. It says here on the pack that it should be applied on cleansed skin, right after applying a toner. So, I used my Jeffrey James Botanicals toner on cleansed skin and then applied the sheet mask.

Applying sheet mask

I promise the end result isn’t as scary as it looks in the beginning, lol!

On application, my skin felt hydrated, moisturized & soft. I left it on for 20 mins. Aloe is soothing and has healing properties. This mask is best for dry, irritated skin. I do have normal/dry skin, however it is not irritated. Still, I benefited much from the mask as it left my skin feeling refreshed and full of life!.

I do recommend you try this mask. The only problem I found with it is that it has a high alcohol content.

Price : $2.40 (Approx AED 8.82) for a pack containing 23ml essence

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

iHerb Haul #12 – One phenomenal Korean skincare product & more!

Hey guys,

Am back with yet another iHerb haul. Remember, in my last iHerb haul, I mentioned that I received $15.41 as loyalty credit?. Well, loyalty credit expires after 60 days, so when I received a reminder in Nov 2016, to use the credit, I decided not to waste it & bought two skincare products. Here are my thoughts about them :

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack – Etude House is one of the most popular Korean brands. Koreans are knows for their elaborate skincare routines and beautiful skin. Sleeping pack is a new concept to me. So, I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a face pack that works while you are sleeping. It’s used in place of the night cream, like twice a week.

Etude House sleeping pack

Before going further with the review, I gotta talk about the packaging!. Koreans make the most adorable & cute stuff. This product is made to look like a bubble tea, complete with tapioca pearls lookalike in it!. It definitely looks edible. It comes in a glass, with a plastic lid and a scoop. Inside, there is another protective lid to avoid the product from transfering.

Etude house sleeping pack

I chose the ‘Strawberry’ one. It’s pink in color and has a unique kind of water like, ultra lightweight texture. It smells amazing. On application, it’s like a splash of water, quenching the thirst of dry skin. It’s super hydrating. When you have extra dry feeling, get hold of one of those pearls with the scoop that it comes with, break it apart, mix with the strawberry pack and apply. On waking up the next morning, the skin feels extremely hydrated, well rested, soft and supple.

Definitely try this out. It’s a boon for those with normal/dry skin. Another variant of this sleeping pack is the ‘Green tea’ one.

Price : $13.84 (Approx AED 50.82) for 100 gms. But I paid only $11.76 (Approx AED 43.72) since Etude House was one of the Brands of the week (which features brands at 10 – 20% off), at that time. In 2017, iHerb has revised several of their product prices. So, currently this one is priced at $12.33 (Approx AED 45.29).

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer– I have so many day and night creams, but nothing that’s general in nature. That’s why I decided to buy a daily moisturizer. This one contains Jojoba oil & Aloe Vera, along with many other plant based ingredients.

Desert Essence moisturizer

It is crueltyfree, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free & contains no SLS, Mineral oil or petrolatum. It does have a sweet scent and that’s actually because of the Geranium essential oil that’s added to it.

The white colored cream is thick and it’s best to work with small amounts, as a little goes a long way. Due to it’s texture, it’s best for winter only. During summer, it tends to melt right off of the face. But it’s definitely hydrating.

Price : $6.28 (Approx AED 23.07) for 120 ml, that should last a good half an year or so!. Super affordable, right?. Currently, this one’s price has been slashed to $5.17 (Approx AED 18.99).

Shipping & Loyalty credit

Since it’s a small purchase, I opted for the Global Mail shipping option which cost $4 (Approx AED 14.69). It was delivered by post and reached me in UAE in 10 days.

I got a loyalty credit of $1.82 for this purchase.

When you use my code SCZ695 (at check out), you will receive an instant 5% off your bill total, plus another 5% as loyalty credit, which can be used in your next order! ♡. Happy shopping!

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