Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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Hello, lovely people!

Of all the makeup products out there, my favorite to use is mascara. Whether I’m wearing a full face of makeup or not, it always opens up my eyes and makes me seem so much more awake and pulled together! I’ve tried my fair share of mascaras in my day, and my latest venture is the Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline New York.

So, when I first began using this mascara, I hated it. The formula was too wet, the brush was too big, and I just couldn’t figure out why everyone was loving it so much. After watching a few youtube videos on the mascara and letting it sit in my makeup drawers for about 2 weeks, I finally started to understand the beauty of the product.

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First of all, the packaging is adorable. The rose gold exterior is unlike any other drugstore mascara and makes it seem so much classier and more expensive. Speaking of expensive, I bought this mascara at CVS for $8.99.

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The brush of the mascara is double sided, with shorter bristles on one end and longer bristles on the other. The purpose of that is to have the shorter bristles used the base of the lash, to form volume for the lashes, and the longer bristles are used towards the ends of the lashes to create a longer and fanned out effect. The entire brush, as well, is curved to fit the shape of the eye and allow for the user to get every single lash covered in mascara to achieve the best results.

The formula of the mascara, like I said earlier, began as being very wet and, when I tried to apply it, got all over my eyelids making clean up a pain. After practice with the larger wand, ‘mastering’ the technique of using the double-sided mascara wand, and allowing the mascara to sit-essentially allowing the formula to dry out- the mascara showed its true colors and became the rave worthy beauty product that everyone was talking about.

Here is a side by side picture of one of my eyes with two coats of the mascara on my lashes and one eye without it.

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P.S. I hadn’t done my eyebrows yet, so please excuse them haha

Overall, I’d give this mascara a 7 out of 10 stars, only because of its condition when I first purchased it.

Have you tried out the Lash Sensational mascara? If so, did you like it? If you have any mascaras that you think I should try, leave them in the comments below!

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Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

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Hello, lovely people!

I’ve been nominated by Izzy from Qthee for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! Along with this nomination comes a tag, and if you’d like to check Izzy’s out (which you should!) you can click here.

I’ve never done a tag or been nominated for a blogger award before, but the great thing about them is that it’s an award for bloggers nominated by bloggers! It’s perfect for interacting with others in the blogger community, but also allows our readers to learn a little bit more about us! Thanks Izzy for nominating me!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link them in your post
2. Answer the ten questions you have been sent
3. Come up with 10 questions of your own
4. Spread the love and nominate up to 10 bloggers

These are Izzy’s questions for me:

1. What book would you love to live in?

I’d love to live in the book She May Not Leave by Fay Weldon. It takes place in Europe in the 70s or 80s (it’s never actually specified). It just seems like a time when things were much simpler and living there would be great.

2. What is your favorite Disney movie and why? 

I hate having to choose! But, I think my favorite Disney movie would have to be Hercules. The way the story is told is unlike any other Disney movie, involving aspects like the 5 singers that somewhat narrated the story in song, and the way the “heroin” was actually a villain and didn’t want to admit she was in love (unlike every other Disney movie where the princess seems to fall head over heels in a matter or seconds haha). Plus, watching Hercules transform from the scrawny kid to a beautifully muscly man was like a gifts from the gods! (Does that remind anyone else of Captain America??)

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3. What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?

The nicest compliment I ever received was probably when one of my best friends said that she missed me (because I had moved away a couple yeas ago). It’s just odd for me to hear that someone could actually miss me being around them haha. I don’t know, it was just really sweet.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere, I’d love to go to Australia and experience what life is like in the Southern Hemisphere of the world. Australia, in my eyes, seems like the country that has all their shit together. There’s never any bad news coming from Australia, and it looks like it’s full of happy people on surfboards, trying to avoid giant spiders haha.

5. Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?

Sky diving, for sure! I’ve always wanted to go because I love the idea of feeling the rush from hurtling towards Earth from an airplane but knowing that you’re completely safe! I know, I’m a typical adrenaline junky.

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6. What makes you smile?

Walking in the sunshine makes me smile without fail. I don’t like when it’s uncomfortably hot outside, but when there’s a slight cool breeze and I’m outside with the sun beating down on me, there’s nothing better.

7. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would it be?

If I could listen to one song for the rest of my life, it’d be “Toes” by Zac Brown Band. It always makes me smile, and I just love listening to it all the time.

8. What skill would you love to learn?

I’d love to be able to make immediate connections with strangers. Not everyone I ever walk by of course, but being able to strike up an interesting conversation with someone I know nothing about and possibly have it lead to friendship would be great. It probably sounds weird when it’s explained like that, but I think it’d be so nice to be able to connect with people like that.

9. If a prince asked for your hand, would you marry him and become a princess? (Let’s pretend you’re all single haha. I know that some of you aren’t).

I think it depends on the circumstances. If I was asked right now and I didn’t have to worry about school or any sorts of responsibility, I’d totally say yes. But if I’d have to drop everything I worked for just to sit in a palace for the rest of my life and do nothing, I’d say no.

10. If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

I don’t know if I’m breaking the rules of the question, but I’d trade lives with Jackie Kennedy. I’m absolutely in love with John Kennedy and to be his wife for one day would make me the happiest person alive.

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Now, it’s your turn! My nominees are:

Jasmine from Oh Hey There Hair

Alice from Beauty by Alice

Jenny from Jenny from Neverland

Samantha from My Beauty Cloud

Jade from Jade Amber’s Blog

Here are my 10 questions for my nominees:

1. If you could have lunch with any person, dead or alive, who’d it be and why?

2. What’s your least favorite physical activity?

3. If you weren’t a blogger, what would you spend your time doing?

4. What’s one word you’d use to describe yourself and why?

5. If you were on death row, what would you want your last meal to be?

6. Motorcycle or pick-up truck?

7. If you could create any holiday, what would it be and when?

8. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

9. Texting or talking on the phone?

10. What’s one thing that ‘isn’t what it used to be’, but you wish it were?

Thanks again to Izzy for nominating me and, to the people I nominated, make sure you tweet me when you post your answers so I can read it!

My ‘Books to Read’ List

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I love to read. The world of books and literature is a world nothing like the one in which we live, and that’s what makes books so special! I only ever like to read one book at a time though, so I always have a never ending list of books that I want to read but haven’t. Since I briefly talked about books in my Q&Kay, I thought I should share the top five books on that list with you!

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1. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

It’s no secret that I love to read books written by Gladwell, but this is one of the few books that I haven’t yet read by him and can’t wait to read his take on underdogs  and misfits in a world where everyone likes to come out on top.

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2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I’m probably a decade late on reading this book, but I haven’t seen the movie, so I’ll hopefully be able to appreciate it that much more. We all know that books are always better anyway!

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3.  Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

I’ve only ever read the summary of this book on Amazon, but it seems like a book written for humor, and, as I rarely read books of that genre, it enticed me to find out what they were like!

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4. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr

This book really caught my eye, for obvious reasons I assume. I’ve always hated the ban people have placed on ‘curse’ words and how they’ve seemingly always been named as ‘bad’. This book is finally going to answer those questions of Where did these words come from? and Why are socially unacceptable to say?

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5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This book is one like no other. Just reading half of the synopsis on Amazon made me stop and add the book to my cart. It’s such a classic tale and popular in good reason; I can’t wait to find out what all the hype is about!

If you’ve read any of the books I listed, let me know and tell me whether or not you liked them! I’d love to find out and, if you have any more book suggestions for me, let me know in the comments as well!

If you’re wondering, I’m currently reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and am LOVING IT.

If I Had One Wish~Kate Spade

Hello, lovely people!

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I spend so much time online and, when i’m not reading other blogs, on pinterest, or scrolling through twitter, I’m on my favorite stores’ websites in search of new things for me to buy. I thought it would be great to show you all the items I’ve been drooling over and my first stop is Kate Spade New York!

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1. 5 O’Clock Metro Watch

I’ve recently been totally obsessed with watches! They can elevate any outfit to the next level and this watch is absolutely adorable! The color of the band with the gold and pink are a perfect match along with the small martini glass in place of the ‘5 o’clock’. You’ll never forget when Happy Hour is with this on your wrist!

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2. 2016 17-Month Large Agenda

I love staying organized when it comes to my life and there’s no better way to do it than with an agenda that you wouldn’t mind taking with you everywhere! It’s unique design and 17-month plan make it perfect for any woman on the go.

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3. Scalloped Metro Watch

Like I said before, I love watches; I also tend to wear a lot of black as well. This watch would be a nice addition to any outfit and an eye catcher for anyone passing you by!

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4. Cedar Street Dot Manuela

Although I don’t travel as much as I wish I could, this bag could be taken to the gym, to sports’ practice, or kept in your car as an emergency kit. It seems nice and roomy and has such a lovely and clean polka dotted exterior.

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5. Cedar Street Dot Lacey

Would it be a Kate Spade wish list without one of their wallets? I don’t think so! This wallet is compact but, when opened, proves that it has the ability to hold any number of credit cards, checks or cash-and the more the better if you ask me!

This isn’t a sponsored post; I just love the Kate Spade New York brand! What’re your favorite brands for accessories? Let me know in the comments!

Quote of the Week: Change

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“You get a strange feeling when you leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.”

~Azar Nafasi

I grew up as the daughter of a woman employed by the military. As a result, about every four years my family would be forced to pack up their lives and move to a new place full of new people, but it also paved way for a new us. My most recent move was from Southern California to Washington DC and it was terrible. I remember it all so clearly that it still hurts to think about.

My life was amazing when I lived there. I had friends that loved and cared for me, the weather was always perfect, and I lived within walking distance of the beach. My life couldn’t have gotten any better, and I didn’t expect it to because I truly loved it. I was happy. I was always happy. I’d hang out with my friends more, go to school sports’ events, and be invested in the church I attended with every chance that I got.

I remember when I left. I remember spending my last day enjoying the beach with one of my best friends and then going to dinner and a movie with another. I remember that it was my birthday. I remember that I had to say goodbye to everything I could ever want that night.

I’m not one to cry. In fact, I hate the act of crying. But I moved here and within the first week, I was in tears. It was the type of crying that really didn’t come from anywhere. It was just so much built up pain, anger, and sorrow that all arose at that one moment and exited in the form of tears… I haven’t been the same since.

I look at the world differently than I used to, I’m rarely as happy, and I don’t spend time with other people in the way I did. I’ve learned not to get attached to people. I’ve learned that people don’t miss you, no matter how much you miss them. I’ve learned that no one is going to be there for you when everything crumples, so pick yourself up and clean up the pieces alone.

I’m stronger now than I have ever been, and I’m glad about it; I just wish I hadn’t gone through a living hell to gain it. So yeah, I miss the beautiful place I lived, the people I knew, and the times we had, but the one person I miss the most is the person I was before.

Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes!

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Summer is here and in full fruition as we approach the last few weeks in July! What better time to tell you all my favorite nail polishes to wear in the warmest months of the year! The formula for all these nail polishes are amazing, and I certainly always find myself reaching for them when I’m in need for a quick, at-home manicure.

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1. 335 Blue Bombshell~Maybelline Color Show

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2. 021 Neutral Statement~ Maybelline Color Show

Sally Hanson Pink Coconut

3. 600 Pink Coconut~ Sally Hanson Triple Shine

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4.White On~Sally Hanson Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear

Essie Full Steam Ahead

5. Full Steam Ahead~ Essie

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I hope you give all of these polishes a try and let me know what you think! Do you have any summer holy grail nail polishes?

PS~ Sorry I couldn’t use all of my own pictures! The lighting turned out bad for almost all of them, so I had to resort to the internet for swatches XD

‘Talk About A Good Read’ Tuesday!

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The Forgers by Bradford Morrow

Hello, lovely people!

In an earlier Quote of the Week post I wrote, I mentioned a book whose narrator was a man in love with writing and found words on crisp paper intoxicating. That book is the one pictured above, and I’m beginning a new series where I review books I’ve read, hopefully inspiring you all to read them as well!

The Forgers is a book lover’s dream. In the world of rare literature, forgery, and blackmail lies the three main characters of this tale: the newly murdered Adam Diehl, his sister Meghan, and her boyfriend Will-who is also the narrator of the entire story.

Capturing the true essence of a mystery novel, Adam is dead and all that is left of him is his rare book and literature collection and body removed of hands and feet. As any loved one would be, Meghan is left in disbelief and heart break as her only living family is dead. Will, on the other hand, was never truly fond of Adam and, once released from countless hours of questioning, begins to receive anonymous letters written by deceased authors. Knowing that they’re forgeries and that someone is jokingly reminding him of his past occupation, threats begin to arise and he has to decide how far he’ll go to protect the ones he loves.

The Forgers was unlike any fictional tale I’d ever read before, and for that, it was a delight to read. The language used by the author was refreshingly older than that of modern speakers, and it added the perfect atmosphere to go along with the story.

Not knowing much about the world of literature, I was worried that the story would go right over my head, but I ended up being able to follow it well and still remained interested with all of the references made throughout the book. I’m sure someone with better knowledge of rare author’s works would fall head over heels for the book, but for those of us who don’t, it’s surely still an enjoyable book.

Overall, I’d give the book 8 out of 10 stars; only because there were a few parts that were slower in the book that I felt were just extra lead up to the more important sections of the plot.

I hope you all decide to give this book a read, and tell me what you think!

Q&Kay!

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Hello, lovely people!

Excuse my cheesy title, but I’m really proud of myself for coming up with it haha. Anyway, this is going to be a ‘Question and Answer’ post where I take some questions I got on twitter and some that I formed myself so you all will, hopefully, get to know me better 🙂

Here we go!

1. What made you start blogging?

It’s summer where I live, and that means school’s out and I can scream and shout (shoutout to anyone that got that High School Musical reference)! Because it’s summer though, I don’t really have anything that I want to do, so I began this blog to keep me entertained and to have something to do on a regular basis. In addition, I love writing so blogging just seemed perfect for me!

2. What type of music do you like to listen to?

I like to listen to almost all genres of music. From country to hispanic to old school rap. I just recently really started loving John Mayer’s music (I know, I’m like a decade behind, but it’s never too late to love John Mayer!).

3. What’s your favorite book genre?

I don’t know what to call it, but I love books that teach you about the human mind. No, not to control future humans. Books that can teach you why people do this or why we don’t do that, including books on different philosophers and what their beliefs are; I love them. My favorite author is Malcolm Gladwell and I strongly suggest you give his books a read.

4. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Last year, for Thanksgiving, I went to Texas to visit a good friend of mine and her family for the holiday. I’d never met her family before, but they were all such sweet people and really made me feel like they’d known and loved me for years. Fast forward 9 months and I was talking to my friend on the phone when she told me that one of her uncles had asked how I was doing the last time she and he had talked! That might not seem like a big deal to you, but that meant everything to me. The fact that a man I’d known for only a few days asked about me months later just to see how I was doing (and he said my name when he asked, so he’d actually cared enough to remember!!) warms my heart and makes me smile every time I think about it.

5. What’s your biggest flaw?

My biggest flaw would have to be my self-centered personality. It’s not that big of a problem and I still care about other people, but it definitely shows through sometimes and can be off-putting to others.

6. Do you like sports (playing or watching)?

I love sports! My favorite sport to play is volleyball, buy my favorite sports to watch are football and baseball (Go 49ERS and Dodgers!!!).

7. Tea or coffee?

Coffee, for sure! I wish I could like tea, but I have yet to find one that I love.

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8. What’s one thing you can’t live without?

I could never live without indoor plumbing. I know how lame that sounds, but I seriously would hate not having running water or a toilet system.

9. Where is your family from?

My family is from, and I could be wrong, South Africa.

10. Why do you continue blogging?

Because I love it. I’ve probably said that phrase more times than I can count in this post, but I really do love blogging and I hope I can continue to do it for a long time in the future. Being able to have a place to share my thoughts, opinions, and stories with people is wonderful in my opinion. Not to mention the amazing community of people of I’ve gotten to talk to just by being a blogger. It’s truly a great experience and I thank all of you readers for being with me on this journey 🙂 xoxo

Quote of the Week: Missed Adventures

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“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go.”

-Randall Munroe

I’m the type of person that dreams of adventure. The thought of losing myself in a journey that I don’t know the outcome to sounds outrageously enticing. My struggle is getting there. I don’t like to take risks, I worry about whether doing X,Y, and Z will cause me to get hurt, and-like any other person- I worry that people will think I’m crazy for doing it. I know these feelings are normal, but I think it’s time to let them go.

Yeah, it seems a little scary. But life wouldn’t be worth living it weren’t. Imagine the stories you’d get to tell, the memories you would’ve made, the impact people would have on your life. Just writing this gives me the sense of being wonderstruck.

Not too long ago, I was invited by a friend of mine to go to a drive-in movie with him and his friends. Before you get any ideas, this guy and I didn’t have a thing, it wasn’t some super cute date, it was just some guy from my church inviting me to hang out with other people from my church. Now, let me give you some backstory:

At the time of this call, about three weeks ago, I hadn’t been to church in months. Unintentionally, I had completely cut off everyone that I had known there because I didn’t feel like it really mattered to keep in touch with them at that point. When this guy invited me to hang out with them, I said no because I thought they’d ask me a ton of questions and I just knew it would be awkward.

I’ve been wanting to go to a drive-in movie forever! I’ve seen all the vintage photos on pinterest and I wished so much that I could be apart of that. But I said no because I was afraid it’d be awkward! I mean how stupid is that? I missed the one opportunity I had to go because of some brief discomfort I’d have to endure with a group of people. We wouldn’t even have been talking to each other for long because we would have been watching the movie!

Anyway, the point of that story was to show that I missed my one chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time over something incredibly insignificant.

So you know what?

Call that friend you haven’t talked to in a long time. Ask the guy you like on a date. Go for a walk around your neighborhood without any shoes on. Go get a cup of coffee and have a conversation with a complete stranger. When someone asks you if you want to hang out, say yes! whether you know what you’re going to do or not.

Life is full of opportunities for us to enjoy; it’s just our responsibility to take them.

Top 5 Drugstore Makeup Products

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Hey, guys! Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve loved trying new drugstore products and these are my all time favorite!

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1. Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Foundation

Being an oily skinned girl, it can be difficult to find the right foundation for me that doesn’t make me look like an oil slick after a few hours of wear. Although this foundation doesn’t mask all of my oil, it definitely helps provide medium coverage and oil control! It also contains SPF 20 which is a great plus in the summer months, along with its long wearing formula.

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2. L’oreal Paris True Match Mineral Powder

On top of the foundation I listed above-or any foundation for that matter- I love the apply this powder! It helps control my oily face in addition to keeping my foundation on and looking good all day. It also comes with a mirror and sponge applicator (that I use when I only need to touch up my makeup in small areas of my face) which is a plus when applying the powder on the go.

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3. Maybelline New York Brow Precise Pencil

For filling in my brows, the first product I reach for is this brow pencil by Maybelline. It comes with a spooly (spelling??) brush on one end and a pencil-with a slightly waxy consistency to keep brow hairs in place-on the other. The brush is perfect for combing through unruly brows and the pencil comes in a few different colors, so anyone would be sure to find the right shade for them!

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4. Maybelline New York “The Falsies” Volum’ Express Mascara

This was one of the first mascaras I used when I started wearing makeup and, even though it’s been a while, I decided to go to the store and buy it again. It was even better than I remembered and made my lashes look longer, fuller, and-as the title suggests-fake! Another great thing about it is that the brush is curved to the shape of an eye, so getting the brush to perfectly coat every lash is a breeze. I love this mascara along with quite a few other Maybelline mascaras too (but that’s a conversation for another blog post).

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5. Maybelline New York Baby Lips

Last but not least, baby lips. I’m sure everyone and their mother either owns, has owned, or will own a baby lips lip balm and I’m in the same boat as them. When you get past the adorable packaging, you’re in store to find a great smelling lip balm with an amazingly moisturizing formula and SPF 20! For some reason, the amount of lip products with sun protection is outrageously low, but keeping lips protected from the sun’s rays is just as important as protecting the rest of your body. This is always with me when I’m on the go, especially in this summer season. Another great thing about it is that the baby lips line includes tons of other lip balm “flavors” to try as well!

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I’m not sponsored by any of these brands to talk about their makeup, I just genuinely love them! I hope this post inspired you to go to your local drugstore to buy them and try them out yourself!

Comment down below and tell me if you’ve ever tried these products and how they’ve worked for you. Do you have any suggestions of great makeup products I should try?