Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation SPF 15 Review & Swatches

Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation SPF 15

On Ulta’s website, they described this cushion foundation as the match made in makeup heaven. Tap the cushion to add just the right amount of coverage or double tap to add more. It’s perfectly portable too, with an air tight, no mess compact that makes applying liquid foundation a breeze. Infused with coconut derivative, the luminous, lightweight, and buildable formula helps boost hydration and contains SPF 15 for added skin protection.

It has both chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients, which includes octinoxate, octisalate, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. It appears to have a slight white cast when I take flash photos; hence, I do not recommend using this if you plan on taking flash photos. I would prefer not to add any SPF if it’s just SPF15; anything under SPF30 will not help much with sun protection. It contains 0.52oz/15g of products; one thing I do no like about the packaging; they claimed to be an “air tight”, which isn’t true. The lid and divider don’t seem to close all the way, and it doesn’t have the snap closure sound either (or perhaps I got a defective one). This is a big concern to me for cushion foundations, because it seems to leak all the moisture in the cushion if it doesn’t close well, and it will dry out faster. My cushion was pretty much dried out after just a week or two of testing; and I did flip the cushion a few times to make sure I used every bit of product. Below, see photos of the packaging:

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inside packaging

 

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According the Wet n Wild’s website, it has total of 8 shades; I’m not impressed with the shade range because it doesn’t seem like it has anything in the tanned/dark side. I got the lightest shade Light Ivory, it has a neutral undertone. It is about half a shade too light for my MAC SFF NC15 skin tone (below, please see shade comparison to NC15), but the next shade up (Cream Ivory) is a shade too dark for me. After bronzer and full face of makeup, it matches pretty well anyway.

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I generally have normal skin, sometimes dehydrated if I don’t consume enough water. For your reference, I have listed all of my other foundation shades here:

https://luvsummeikup.com/2017/05/12/list-of-my-foundation-shades/

This cusion foundation does not seem to oxidase, it just dries down to about half a shade (at most) but no major difference. Below, please see fresh and dried swatches:

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For all of my Foundation Tests, I will start with no primer, no powder first just to see how it will hold up on its own. For cushion foundations, I will first go with foundation brush, then beauty blender, and then the cushion applicator it came with. Lastly, I will pick the best application tool, and add primer and powder to do a final test.

A) Using a foundation brush:

At 7:00am, I applied 2 layers and got medium coverage, I applied another layer (3 layers) for high medium coverage. It did not give me full coverage because I was still able to see slight redness peaking through. It gave me a natural finish on my normal skin. It did not set on its own; after 20 minutes, my skin still felt tacky. However, surprisingly the bronzer and highlighter went on ok. It did not diminish my pores, but did not exaggerate them either.

At the 4 hour mark (11:00am), nothing major has changed, except when I laid my hand on my chain, the foundation came off a little bit.

At the 8 hour mark (3:00pm), the area around my nose became a little bit shiny, and the foundation sunk in to my pores and gave me polka dot nose. After that, I had to powder and face mist my face because I had meeting to attend at work.

B) Using a BeautyBlender:

First application started at 7:00am. One layer using the BeautyBlender did not do much at all, just gave a layer of shine. After 2 layers, it somewhat balanced out my overall skin tone. It gave light medium coverage with 3 layers on, and a more dewy finish than using the the foundation brush. Again, it doesn’t really set, even after an hour, it still felt tacky to the touch. The bronzer and highlighter moved the foundation just a little bit, not as smooth as the brush application. For some reason it didn’t go on too smoothly on my nose; I tried blending it out but it just gave me separation, and it enhanced my pores.

At the 4 hour mark (11:00am), the coverage in the center of my face was about 30% gone, and not much product left on my chin, all of my redness peaked through. It left a dewier looking, and shinier nose.

At the 8 hour mark (3:00pm), nose area become too oily, coverage pretty much all gone. I could barely see any bronzer and highlighter left. In order not to walk out the office looking like a grease ball, I had to blot off the oil; after blotting, all the foundation were completely gone. I then reapplied light layer of foundation (yes, I have everything in my office for touch-up purposes) and powder just to look semi-decent for another few hours at work, and washed off my face as soon as I got home.

C) Using the Cushion Applicator that it came with:

At 7am, I only needed to apply 2 layers to get the same high medium coverage as using the brush with 3 layers. It gave a natural finish, bronzer and brush went on smoothly. Again, felt tacky to the touch even after 30 minutes. My nose area looked the best when using the cushion applicator, it gave an even coverage, and no polka dot nose and did not enhance my pores.

At the 4 hour mark (11:00am), the foundation started to sink in to small fine lines underneath my eyes, and caked up a little around my nose. Nothing really noticeable unless looking extremely close to the mirror.

At the 8 hour mark (3:00pm), the foundation sunk in to my pores even more, especially around my nose area; and my nose became shinier. Although the rest of my face (cheek, chin, and forehead) looked decent, but again I had to powder my nose a little and face mist because I had meetings to attend.

D) Last Test with Primer and Powder:

At 7:00am, I started my application using the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I chose the foundation brush application, because the cushion application takes longer although they gave similar result. And I finished up with a light layer of Ben Nye Banana Powder; after applying the Banana Powder, the shade matched the rest of my body perfectly because it cancelled out that little pink tone in the foundation. After setting my face with the banana powder, it gave a velvety matte finish, and it smoothed out my pores; bronzer and highlighter went on seamlessly.

At the 4 hour mark (11:00am), nothing has changed since initial application. Pores still looked good and no shine on my nose; it still had the velvety matte look.

At the 8 hour mark (3:00pm), still going strong, except just tiny caked up around my nose but nothing too pronounced. From a far conversation distance, it still looked velvety matte and flawless on my normal skin.

At the 12 hour mark (7:00pm), I was able to see a little bit of separation on my nose and chin when I looked super close-up using my 5x mirror, nothing major though. Overall, I wouldn’t mind wearing this everyday if I set it with powder. Sadly, it dried out too fast because of the imperfect packaging; because of that, I would not repurchase again.

Here’s the image of all 8 shades from Wet n Wild’s official website:

8 shades

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Kerstin Florian Makeup Product Swatches & Review

Kerstin Florian Luminizing CC Cream

To see the list of other foundation shades I usually wear, please visit this link:

https://luvsummeikup.com/2017/05/12/list-of-my-foundation-shades/

Let me start off with the Luminizing CC Cream; it comes with 3 shades: Porcelain, Natural Beige, and Sand. Each tube comes with 1.7 fl oz of product, and it’s $46.00USD each. On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as Lightweight, hydrating color corrector imparts a smooth, radiant, even-toned complexion. Plus these benefits to finish what your skincare starts • Enhances Tone & Clarity • Reduces Redness & Pigmentation • Refines Texture. Here are the shade comparison:

CC Cream

The top swatch is the MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15, which is my perfect shade. The Porcelain is a shade and a half too light for me; and the Natural Beige is about half a shade darker than my skin tone. However, since it’s a CC Cream and has sheer to light coverage, it looks fine after I blend it out. I apply two layers with my BeautyBlender for a sheer light coverage, just to cancel out my redness when I run errands during the weekend. I find this CC Cream does not really set; if I do not set it with a powder, it will transfer even after 2 hours of wear. It can add slightly more coverage if I apply it with a brush; however, it tends to slide around and leave brush marks when I apply with a brush. It does not last long, I would say up to 3 hours max if I set it with powder; however, it fades nicely on my skin, so I do not mind wearing it for errands. For everyday work, I would want at least medium coverage; so I use this as a primer to give my skin a healthy luminous base before applying foundation.

Kerstin Florian Skin Renewing Foundation

The Skin Renewing Foundation comes with 3 shades: Warm Beige, Vanilla, and Tawny. Each tube comes with 1.0 fl oz of product, and cost $48.00USD each. On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as Long-wearing, soft-focus foundation provides smooth, buildable, skin-healthy coverage. PLUS these benefits to finish what your skincare starts • Minimizes Lines & Wrinkles • Attracts & Maintains Moisture • Boosts Firmness & Elasticity. Here are the shade comparison:

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Again, the top swatch is the MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15; the lightest shade Vanilla is a shade too dark for me. However, after using a lighter shade powder, it can make it work. Same as the CC Cream, I like to apply this with my BeautyBlender; it gives a more skin-like natural look. This foundation gives a light to light-medium coverage when applying with my BeautyBlender. It can be a full-medium coverage if I apply with a brush and two layers. However, it tends to separate around my nose and forehead when I apply with a brush, right around the 3-4 hour marks. So what I have been doing is to apply the CC Cream as a primer using the BeautyBlender, then apply the Foundation using the same Blender, and set it with a powder for everyday look. It will cover my redness and even out my skin tone; this method lasts 5-6 hours without separation. But it does start to separate after 6 hours of wear; not too noticeable though, unless I look super close to the mirror. And, for days when I need even more coverage, I would apply their concealer; which I will talk about next.

Kerstin Florian Brightening Concealer

Their Brightening Concealer comes with 3 shades: Ivory, Beige, and Honey. It comes with 0.3 fl oz of product, and it’s $28.00USD each. On Kerstin Florian’s website, it described as Luminous age-defying concealer offers buildable coverage and lasting wear without settling or dehydrating. PLUS these benefits to finish what your skincare starts • Minimizes Fine Lines • Reduces Dark Circles • Combats Puffiness. Here are the shade comparison:

Concealer

Comparing to the MAC Studio Fix in shade NC15 on top, the lightest shade Ivory is about the same (if it’s not darker), so I cannot use it for brightening my under eye areas.  However, I can use it as all over face Concealer to cover redness and mild blemishes. I find it’s the best to apply with BeautyBlender as well; I tried blending it out using my concealer brush, but it gave intense brush marks on my skin. I do like the formula of this concealer though; it’s very creamy and hydrating. Just wish they would come out with lighter shade options, so that I can use it for my under eye areas.

I have been using these 3 products for the last few weeks; so far I’m enjoying it. They did not break me out, and they keep my normal but dehydrated skin hydrated all day.

L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Moisturizer Review

Thanks to @lorealusa @LOREALSKIN for sending me this L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Moisturizer, Triple Powder Intensive Anti-aging Day Cream to try out. This is a triple power intensive anti-aging day cream Moisturizer that claims to improve our skin in just 14 days. The #RevitaLiftChallenge claims to hydrate the skin and  improve skim texture in 1 week, then reduce wrinkles and firming the skin in 2 weeks; it’s recommended to use day and night for 14 days after cleansing and use sunscreen during the day.

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I had been using this as instructed and completed the 14 days challenge. I used it after cleansing and toning during the day, followed up with SPF50; then at night, I used it after makeup removal, cleansing, and toning. I did not use any other skincare products because I wanted to make sure that I see the result only this cream gives. Unfortunately, I did not see result in improving my pores nor skin texture, I don’t have wrinkles yet so I can’t say if it in fact improves wrinkles. As far as firming and appearance go, I did not see big difference in firming, but it did soften my skin overnight. And, it did hydrate my skin and kept it moisturized the entire night and day; perhaps I need to continue using it longer to see greater result. You only need a tiny bit for entire face, using too much might cause break-outs because it can get very heavy. It has Parfum/Fragrance as one of the ingredients, but it’s very light as it appears at the end of the list; it did not cause any allergic reaction to my skin, I also like the fresh smell of the cream. However, if you’re sensitive to Parfum/Fragrance, you might want to avoid this. I recommend this for Dry Skin Type; so far for me, it’s a nice moisturized cream for my Normal to Combo skin, when using it with thin layer.

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Here is the ingredient list for your reference:

 

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Aid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.

Play! By @sephora , May 2017

Play! By @sephora , May 2017

So, as I mentioned previously that I canceled my subscription earlier this month, because I haven’t been impressed with their selections. This is my last box, at first I wasn’t sure if I’ve made the right decision, but now I am confident that I did the right thing. This box literally came on May 30th; since I’m busy at work doing month-end, I don’t think I will have the time to use the bonus point card. They actually sent me a shipment notification email 2 weeks ago, but the tracking never been updated. I had to call the shipping carrier and ask, they advised that @sephora never dropped off my package. So I contacted @sephora and they immediately sent out this “replacement” by 2-Day shipping. 


This month’s box came with Grande Lips Lip Plumper in Clear, @trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent, @tataharperskincare Resurfacing Mask, @christopherobinparis Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, @milkmakeup Blur Stick, @nestfragrances Black Tulip. I am liking the clear cosmetic pouch though, it’s convenient to use because I can see what I have and it seems like it’s waterproof; I usually use all transparent and waterproof makeup bags when I go travel. As for the rest of the items, I might want to give the Milk’s Blur Stick a try since it was all over the internet. The rest… I’ll give them to someone who would enjoy more than me.

Below are the photos of the products:

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Have a great one lovelies! Thank you for stopping by my blog! 

LuvSumMeiKup: List of my Foundation Shades

Skin tone: My face has neutral undertone while my neck and the rest of the body has light yellow. My face is also naturally one (1) shade lighter than my neck. I tend to pick the shade that has yellow/golden undertone that’s closest to my skin tone, so it matches the rest of my body. But if the yellow/golden shade is too light/dark or unavailable, I would pick the closet neutral shade, which usually works as well.

I wear MAC Cosmetics’ MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC15. It’s my perfect shade when it’s freshly swatched, but it turns slightly darker when it’s dried.

List of my Foundation Shades:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: Ivory
Bareminerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Warm Light 07 & Golden Ivory 08 (mixed ratio 1:1)
BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation: Sand
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick: Warm Ivory 1
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: Light Beige 010
Covergirl COVERGIRL Healthy Elixir Liquid Foundation: Ivory
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation: L30 Golden Ivory
Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation SPF35: 015 Tender Beige
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation: 015 Tender Beige
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup For Face and Body SPF 15: 2N1 Desert Beige
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30: 1N2 ECRU
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup: 1W1 Bond
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25: 1W2 Sand
Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation SPF 20: Warm Beige
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation: 150
Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation: L1 Porcelain
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Foundation: 4
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF25: 3
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free: Porcelain
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: Linen
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Cream with SPF50: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation: Linen
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20: 03 Crème
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear Foundation SPF15: 140 Ivorie (N)
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50: 140 Ivoire N
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21: 140 Ivoire N
Laura Mericer Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation: 1W1 Ivory
Loreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation: 130 Vanilla
Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: 201 Classic Ivory & 205 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: 101 Classic Ivory & 105 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation: 301 Classic Ivory & 305 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation: NC20 & NC25  (mixed ratio 1:1)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15: NC15
MAC Waterweight Foundation SPF30: NC25
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation: 117 = Y225 – Marble
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation: F6
Milani CONCEAL + PERFECT 2-IN-1 FOUNDATION: 00B Light
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: Fiji
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: Light
Stella Limitless Foundation: S01
Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation: 150
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Fair-Light Sand
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation & Concealer: 2.5 Linen
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: Ivory
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: Almond
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation: 2.0
YSL All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation: BD20 Warm Ivory

This is the List of my current shades for the foundations that I have tried so far. I will keep adding new shades as I try out new products; please check back later for more.

BECCA First Light Filter Face Primer, Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder, Soft Kabuki Brush

Reviews on BECCA First Light Filter Face Primer, Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder, Soft Kabuki Brush

Thanks to BECCA and Influenster for sending these amazing products for me to test out. Especially the Filter Primer, it was already on my Shopping List before they sent it to me. They also sent me the Soft Light Blurring Powder and its matching Soft Kabuki Brush. 

 

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Let me start with the First Light Filter Face Primer since it was the most exciting item to me. I used this immediately after I received it and I have been using it everyday since then. I currently have normal to dry skin at the moment; this primer gives my skin a very nice sheen and a smooth surface before foundations. It blurs out my pores and hydrates my skin. I tend to use matte finish foundations a lot; after applying the foundations, I have a healthy glow and natural skin look because of this primer. I absolutely love this primer and I can now stay glowy the entire day!

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Now onto the Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder and its matching Soft Kabuki Brush. The Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder is not completely translucent, as you can see from the photo below. It does definitely set my makeup nicely and acts as a veil to blur my pores. It also gives my skin a natural and pore-less finish. This setting powder is infused with ceramic microspheres and it creates an even complexion. It has a light tint to it but doesn’t interact with my foundation colors and it’s an universally shade. I realized whenever I used this to set my makeup, my makeup last all day without being greasy. I usually get somewhat oily on my T-zoom towards the end of the day, but it doesn’t give me that when I wear this. It’s amazing!

The Soft Kabuki Brush on the other hand, is an ultra-soft, synthetic fiber kabuki brush that’s designed to provide full, flawless coverage. It’s also suppose to use for setting the face and for contouring, it will ensure seamless makeup application. However, I don’t find it working for contouring because of how soft the bristles are, plus the round top just doesn’t seem to work as a contour brush (to me). I tried using it on pressed powder and it doesn’t pick up the powder easily. I would recommend only using this for loose setting powders.

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Play! by Sephora, March 2017

Play! by Sephora, March 2017

March’s theme is The Gleam Team, the perfect way to glow. It includes glowing primer and highlighter; also includes an unimpressed white cloth bag.

full bag

First item is the Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow; it claims to hydrate, blur and enhances a lit-from-within complexion finish. I used it as my primer before foundation, it did provide a luminous look and kept my skin looking hydrated; however, I am not a big fan of the smell, it has a very strong sweet candy smell that doesn’t go away as quickly as I hope it would. Also, it doesn’t keep my foundation last, it actually made my normal skin looked quite oil after a few hours wear. Perhaps it’s good for people with dry skin or a night out that doesn’t need to last the entire day.

GlamGlow

Then we have Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter; it claims to offer a luminous, soft-focus sheen with cream-to-powder formula. Personally, I do not see the “powder” finish in this; it does provide a very nice sheen and I used it to highlight my cheek bones and the bridge of my nose after foundation and before powder. The shade reminds me of Champagne Pop from Becca.

Benefit

The Surreal Deal by Josie Maran; it’s a surreal skin argan finishing balm that skim luminous primer that provides all over glow to the skin. I don’t have a swatch photo here because you can’t even see the swatch. When I first put it on, there was a slight sheen; however, the sheen quickly disappeared after blending out. It gave a soft and matte finish to the skin, no smell (which I like), and it blur out my pores. I do like to use this as my face primer, it made my foundation goes on a lot smoother.

Josie Maran

Next’s up, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink; it’s a super-cream, waterproof eyeshadow stick. This is a second one I received from Play box, in different shade. Unfortunately, I am not a fan. It doesn’t last that long on my eyelids, it creases after about 4hrs of wear and I don’t believe I have oily eyelids.

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Then we have the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast; it’s a weightless spray that delivers long lasting volume and adds texture to the hair. Now, I am a huge fan of Living Proof products! My favorite from them is the Dry Shampoo, I always have to have 3 bottles at home. This Full Dry Volume Blast does make my hair looks noticeably fuller; I just spray them on my roots, in sections, then use my fingers to distribute the products evenly.

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Lastly, the bonus fragrance sample – Chloe Fleur de Parfum. It’s a floral fragrance that has the notes of lemon and white cedar essence, rose, and cherry blossom.

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