Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara

I think I’m just going to call this week COLOUR WEEK at Beauty Reflections. Today, it’s all about one of my favourite ways to add colour to my makeup looks: coloured mascara! And Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara is what I’ve been using.

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara

I don’t know about you but when it’s hot, I give up on eyeshadows. I haven’t touched an eyeshadow brush in a couple of weeks now. But you know me-I still want to play with colour. So, I just pick one Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara, sweep the bright colour on my lashes and Bazinga! I’m done!

Swatchy Time!

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara Violet Shock, Royal Shock and Emerald Shock

 

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara

I really like the brush on this mascara. It’s not too big and is really spiky with lots of bristles. The formula is pretty lightweight and buildable too. You can either apply just a hint of colour, or keep on layering for bold bright lashes. No flaking or smudging either, so it’s perfect for hot summer days.

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara Emerald Shock, Royal Shock, with Violet Shock on the bottom lashes

Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara in Violet Shock is the most subtle of the three as you can see. It’s perfect for those of you that are a bit leery about using coloured mascara. The subtle shade just adds a little a bit of pizazz to your look without screaming: I GOT COLOURED MASCARA ON!

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara in Violet Shock with brown eyeshadow

But if you’re like me and want to scream I GOT COLOURED MASCARA ON, then pair Violet Shock  with some purple eyeshadow and people will notice it for sure! In fact, a lot of you wanted to know what I was wearing on my eyes in this post here. It was Violet Shock with L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Wet Eyeshadow Quad Unforgettable Lilac applied dry.

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Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascara Violet Shock

I think Avon Limited Edition Supershock Brights Mascaras are an affordable way to add some fun colour to your makeup since they only cost $9.99 each. Call your local Avon Rep soon though, because they are limited edition and won’t be around for much longer.

Have you been trying some coloured mascaras this summer? Have I inspired you to add more colour to your makeup looks this week? I hope so!

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014

THIS is why I love Shu Uemura:

I want women to enjoy make-up more freely”

                                                          -Shu Uemura

Right? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but that’s EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to get across lately here on the ‘ole blog. Sometimes, us makeup lovers take things too seriously imo. I know, for some it’s hard with work rules and all. But really, even if you can’t go full-on crazy with colour like I like to do, there’s ALWAYS a way to inject a little bit of fun into your makeup, right? Life’s too short to have an endless supply of browns and neutrals in our makeup.

And the Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014 is all about that! It’s full of colours and textures that will just inspire you to create playful eye make-up!

 

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Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014

Let’s start with the Shu Uemura Prêt-à-Palette in Pink Hues($85).

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Shu Uemura Prêt-à-Palette in Pink Hues

Hello NURSE, is this a palette custom made for Tracy or what? I don’t even want to USE any other eyeshadows since this palette showed up on my doorstep! With one matte base, two shades to define, and three colours to shade? It’s the perfect pink palette! What else could I possible need?
Swatchy Time!

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Shu Uemura Prêt-à-Palette in Pink Hues: matte smokey dark purple, matte smokey dark blush pink, G pink 35, pearl rosy pink, ME light pink 126, M soft beige 813

The shades from left to right are matte smokey dark purple, matte smokey dark blush pink, G pink 35, pearl rosy pink, ME light pink 126, M soft beige 813.  Shu Uemura eyeshadows are an experience that you need to have some day if you love makeup. I think their eyeshades blend all by themselves, swear to the makeup gods. The glitter shades which are the G shades are the only ones I could do without, but then I use them and think PRETTY. GLITTER. LOVE. So, eh-there’s a place for them in my makeup for sure!

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Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils: ME green 51, G Gold 93, M Black 01, M Chesnut Brown 81

The star of the Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014 are the Drawing Pencils ($28). So soft, so blendable, waterproof, colourful and come in four different textures-they are AMAZING.

These are advanced pencil eyeliners, inspired by Shu Uemura’s Atelier Pro Palette. The blend of double waxes allows for soft and smooth drawing while staying solid. These pencils are amazing at filling in the gaps at the lash root and blended into the skin for natural looking definition. Or you can blend them into other colours for some really cool looks. I’m really digging that there are four textures too-mattes to define, mattes to shade and sculpt, light shades, glitter shades for brilliance, and one amazing matte white that Tracy DEFINITELY NEEDS LIKE YESTERDAY.

Swatchy Time!

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Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils: ME green 51, G Gold 93, M Black 01, M Chesnut Brown 81

 

The shades with glitter don’t swatch all that well, but ignore that! On the eye? Divine! And boy they stay put that’s for sure!

Ok, enough chit-chat, let’s see these products in action!

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Shu Uemura Prêt-à-Palette in Pink Hues

I love these Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014 products A LOT. The shadows are amazing, the liners are so smooth and easy to apply and last all day long no matter what.

Wait! I forgot to talk about the Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara($29), which also is part of the Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014. It’s an all-in-one-eye-opening mascara that curls, gives length and volume, yet still looks natural.

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Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara

The pink blossom applicator was created for Asian eyes. It has a curved brush, and the bristle lengths are designed to fit well for Asian eyes. Meaning, it catches every last lash when you apply the mascara, spreading the formula from the roots to the tips. The wider base is what separates each lash.

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Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara

Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara is also waterproof and MAN is it ever. It’s a bit hard to remove, and you’ll for sure need a waterproof makeup remover and even then, you’ll have to really do some rubbing! But it has some bamboo in the formula, so your lashes don’t feel crispy which I appreciate. If you have problems with your mascara always smudging on you, then this is one you’d LOVE. This is the mascara I’m taking with me on our road trip to California to drop Marky off at college, which is HOLY COMING UP QUICKLY YOU GUYZZZZ. UGGGGH. Imma’ gonna need to stock up on kleenex boxes for the trip home….   :(

You can find all of the Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014 at Shu counters across Canada at Holts and Sephora, or online at www.shuuemura.ca. And in the USA, you can order online as well. OH and guess what!

Use the code: DRAW15 to get 15% off your Shu Uemura order!

There are 3 other eye shadow palettes that are JUST as amazing as the pink one. The warm brown one looks perfect. Personally, I have my eye on the Blue Morning Palette because you know-it’s blue. And I love blues!  And there are 21 shades of Drawing Pencils to choose from! You really need to check out the Shu Uemura Eye Event Summer Collection 2014!

Oh, and one more thing too! Share your summer looks on Instagram with the @shuuemurausa beauty community! Use #eyeloveshu in your photo caption to have your look featured in Shu’s summer eye gallery! You can even win $1000 worth of Shu Uemura makeup too! 

How’s it going? I feel like I’ve been too busy and too sick to really connect with you all lately! But I’m here to tell you I’m feeling SO MUCH better now. And power walking even! Life’s good when all is well with your health, hey?  :D

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine ask always and HEYYY can I say I’m so HAPPY that Shu Uemura thinks the same way about makeup as me? SO FREAKIN’ COOL. 

 

Screw Makeup Rules-I’m Never Matching My Lipliner & Lipstick Again!

It’s been driving me NUTS. All year long to be honest-well, the almost 7 months that have passed(HOLY HECK, is time flying by as quickly for you as it is for me?) What’s been driving me nuts you ask? Orange Lipstick. You know, it’s a HUGE makeup trend. And normally I don’t really care all that much about makeup trends to be honest. But I really LIKE orange. A lot! But it looks just all shades of wrong on me. So it’s been a thorn in my makeup side to not be able to participate in this makeup trend.

So the other day, I decided to try something different. Something against ALL the makeup rules. It was like a last ditch effort to make orange lipstick wearable for me.

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HEYYY? I LIKE IT! I think it works! Can ya’ see what I did there?

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MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MAC Magenta Lipliner

First I took my MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C which is the BEST orange lip liner in existence. Seriously, you know I don’t lie. THEN, I took the fabulous Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin and layered that over top. And the Kicker? I took my unused and unloved(I don’t’ know why, but I forget about this gem) MAC Magenta Lipliner and then lined my lips with that hot, purpley pink. And it WORKS. At least I think it does haha! :D  Here’s the swatches of the colours, so you can see them in their original, almost boring state.  :P

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, MAC Magenta Lipliner

See how they all look so good together?

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in #885 Vibrant Mandarin, MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil 17C, MAC Magenta Lipliner

And who said your lipliner HAS to blend in with your lipstick anyways? You know how I’ve been loving a more graphic eye look lately? Well, how about a more graphic LIP LOOK? I say YES. Screw the makeup rules! Makeup should be FUN.

Let’s do another makeup experiment, shall we? Humour me. Since I quit working, this is ALL the science I get to do lately…

How about my FAVOURITE Red lipstick(which was kind of unwearable for me the last year or so) Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense, which is a really bright red? Well, if I pair it with Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C, it works for me!

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

Take a look!

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

Whaddaya think? See how the bright pink lip liner makes that red work for me? From far away it makes the red look more blue-based than it actually is.

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Make Up Forever #43 Moulin Rouge Artist Intense and Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Fuchsia 16C

One of my favourite reds has always been MAC Viva Glam 1. I mean, Hello Ru Paul was the spokesperson. I love her. And the shade? Gorgeous. But to be honest, a little hard to wear for me since it’s such a brown-based red. A 90s red, if you will.
But I decided to pair it with MAC Magenta lip liner, and YES.

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

I kind of like the combo!

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

I like it! And it means I can wear Viva Glam 1 again! Who knew?

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MAC Viva Glam 1, MAC Magenta lip liner

So what I’m trying to get at in this makeup experiment of mine, is SCREW the makeup rules. Do what works for YOU. Makeup should be fun! And what’s more fun than experimenting with colour?

What lip liner/lipstick combos will you try this week? I challenge you all to come up with a combo you’d never dream to think of pairing! Let’s get BOLD BABY! Post them to Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #BreakTheLipLinerRules and let’s start a new makeup revolution! DO IT. Make me proud!

Beauty Blog Link Love 19/07/14

Phyrra tells you to Be Cool Honey Bunny and check out the new Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection!

Over at Makeup Morsels, MM’s putting some bathtime & bodycare products through their paces. Find out which ones made the cut.

This week at theNotice, Rae has found the perfect neutral quad. You heard her: it’s perfect. And you’ll never guess who it’s by.

Jenny from My Funny Valentine explores the Pantone 2014 Colour Of The Year with a FOTD featuring purples, pinks, grey and gold.

Summer is the best time to check out new beauty products! Jenn from Spicedbeauty finds three that she’s obsessed with.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the hassle-free joy of a lip stain – check out her swatches and decide if not having to reapply lipcolour all day would make your world a better place!

Beauty Info Zone shares beauties from a name we haven’t heard from in a long time Vincent Longo. They’ve developed gorgeous new products and reformulated many of our old favorites. With a discount code too, you can’t help but love Vincent Longo Cosmetics.

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ArtDeco Miami Collection for Summer 2014

Apparently for some people-those who like summer and hot weather that is-Miami is the place to be. There’s no way I’d survive in Miami. I’d melt. But thanks to the ARTDECO Miami Collection for Summer 2014, I can wear the bright summer colors of the fashion trend location without having to visit. Thank you!

The limited edition ARTDECO Miami Collection is very summery indeed! With iridescent eyeshadow sticks, colorful eye liners, waterproof mascara and sensual lip gloss pencils the products  are long-lasting and/or waterproof as well.

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014

ArtDeco Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick No.35 Cruise Ship is a creamy, water-resistant and long-lasting eyeshadow stick. The smokey purple shade is great for a fun evening look! It’s really creamy and blends quite easily before it sets so you have plenty of time to blend.

ArtDeco Liquid Liner No.22 Cool Atlantic is a mineral textured liquid liner containing silica and calcium which makes it waterproof. It has a flexible foam tip that makes it quite easy to apply. You have to shake it first though! And it takes a bit of time to dry, but once it does that eyeliner won’t budge until you take it off.

My favourite part of the ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer are the Glossy Lip Colors. These are a long-lasting, wet-look cream gloss in stick form. Upon application, they feel a bit sticky and thick. The formula kind of hugs your lips, and really reminds me of those MAC Huggable Lipstick Crayons that were released some time ago. If you like those, then you’ll like these as well. The sticky feeling settles down after a bit, and for me becomes quite comfortable actually. Your lips feel really protected and I like that a lot! They stay put with no bleeding or feathering, which happens to me a lot when I wear a glossy lip crayon. Not with these! I really like them!

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014: Liquid Eyeliner No.22 Cool Atlantic, Eyeshadow Stick Cruise, Glossy Lip Colors in No.32 Glossy Havana, No.16 Glossy Pink Grapefruit

Swatchy Time!

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014 ArtDeco Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick No.35 Cruise Ship, Liquid Eyeliner Cool Atlantic, Glossy Lip Colors Glossy Havana and Glossy Pink Grapefruit

Here are what my favourites, the Artdeco Miami Collection Glossy Lip Colors in Glossy Pink Grapefruit and Glossy Havana look like on my lips:

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ArtDeco Miami Collection Summer 2014: Glossy Lip Colors in No.16 Glossy Pink Grapefruit and No.32 Glossy Havana

You can find the ARTDECO Miami Collection at select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores across Canada right now! Get it while you can!

Friday! Finally! It’s been a long, LONG week for me. How about you? Any plans this weekend?

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray(40z $35, 8oz $49) is a new, lightweight silicone-free spray makeup primer which I was pretty excited to try! I have some pretty large pores on my nose, so the idea of ditching a heavy, pore-clogging primer that I usually need to fill in those pores sounded pretty cool to me!

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SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray is a breathable, silicone-free and paraben-free makeup primer spray that’s loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and their temperature-control technology. It’s clinically-proven to soothe redness, prevent breakouts, control the appearance of oil, even-out skin tone and reduce large pores over time. I’m just gonna say it, because you know I can’t HELP myself: C’mon… nothing can make your pores smaller people, I hope we all know that one by now, right? Products can make your pores appear smaller, but I’m sorry that’s just a bunch of malarky. Why companies still try to feed us that misinformation really and truly baffles me…  :(

 

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SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray

SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray applies in a really nice fine mist! So fine that it’s kind of hard to even feel it hit your face. Guess I’m too used to getting slapped in the face by MAC’s Fix+ every day hahaha! :D  But don’t spray too much of the stuff like I did the first time, because you’ll be waiting forever for the stuff to dry! I now know better, and use 2-3 sprays tops. I spray an X and then just straight down the centre of my face. It still does takes a couple of minutes for just 2-3 sprays to dry, and it leaves a bit of a tacky feeling when you touch your face. It’s kind of weird, because you don’t actually feel anything on your face until you touch it and then feel the tacky. It does seem to make pores look smaller, but it doesn’t make them disappear. Nor does it make them smaller over time. I’d type my whole pore rant here again, but it’s late, and I think I got my feelings on the subject across pretty well, hey? :D

What SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray does do is reduce redness nicely, and you know I need me some of that! I don’t really notice my makeup going on any smoother to be honest, but it does seem to help it last longer, especially powder foundation like Bare Mineral Matte which I’ve been favouring over the last while. Usually mineral foundations disappear on me after 8 hours, but not when I use this primer. So, I guess it works! But I do find that it’s a tad drying for my skin, which makes sense since it’s supposed to reduce the need for makeup touch-ups and blotting. I do like that there’s no oil, parabens or sulfates in it, but I do wish there wasn’t any alcohol in there as well. I think that’s a big reason why I find it rather drying for my skin.

I like SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray! But to be honest, I prefer their makeup-setting sprays like Urban Decay Chill and All-Nighter. I use one of them every day and love them! This I kind of forget to use, and I think it’s just that I’m not used to a spray primer. Most of the bloggers that have reviewed this seem to really adore it though! So, it’s worth a try I say, especially if you have oilier skin.  I think you’d really like it then! And by the way, if you want to try this new primer, now’s a good time!

SKINDINAVIA are offering 20% off  their makeup sprays + get a free travel size as well! But just until Friday July 18th, so better hurry up! Order online HERE. They ship pretty much everywhere too!

 Whaddaya’ think? Intrigued? Have you tried this and love it? Do you use a primer? 

 *product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine, especially the pore rant.  :D

How About a Unisex Beauty Routine With Eraclea Skincare

Eraclea skincare is a new skincare line that I’ve recently been introduced to. Each product by eraclea contains a combination of hyaluronic acid sponges and hyaluronic acids of various molecular weights, called the HylaSponge System. The HylaSponge System acts like a “second skin” or equilibrium barrier. It hydrates the skin’s surface layer and helps push hydration toward the skin’s deeper layers.

What’s cool about eraclea, is that you could use them, or your hubby or SO could use them. Heck, if you find that your guy is dipping into your skincare anyways, why not both of you use the same skincare line then? Totally possible with eraclea!

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eraclea skincare

Eraclea has found that products like its Pure Hydration are excellent for men after a close shave(no stinging!) and a day in the sun, so that got them thinking about a unisex skincare regimen for the summer. Now, this is a great idea if you both have the same skin type! These three products from eraclea are great for you couples that both have oilier, or combination skin.

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eraclea pure hydration serum/zinc

Eraclea Pure Hydration Serum/Zinc ($80) is a great moisture-intensive serum that rejuvenates and replenishes the skin, promotes healing and reduces redness. It’s a thin, watery serum with no fragrance at all. It absorbs instantly, leaving a smooth finish to skin. It’s perfect for those that don’t like that dewy, tacky feeling that serums and moisturizers can leave on your face. I love it. I put my sunscreen, or a BB Cream on top of this serum and I’m good to go. No suffocated skin! No breakouts! And my hubby loves it as well. He has very acne-prone skin, and this lightweight serum he actually uses since it feels like nothing on the skin.

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eraclea skincare daily bamboo exfoliant

Eraclea’s Daily Bamboo Exfoliant($40) helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars. This is my favourite product and it’s really great! I love using a manual exfoliator like this, although every day is too much for my sensitive skin. This one is really gentle though, and not overly abrasive at all. It’s great for guys to use to get an even closer shave. If there’s one skincare product you should get for your SO, an exfoliant like this one is what I recommend for sure. And this has none of those plastic beads that are clogging up lakes. Perfect!

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eraclea skincare intensive repair and protect serum/vitamin c

Eraclea’s Intensive Repair and Protect Serum/Vitamin C ($75) works to protect against cell damage, accelerate cell renewal and improve texture.  It has a nice and thin texture with no fragrances and absorbs quickly. Man, it works really well! I think Vitamin C is a must in skincare, and not a lot of guys use it. Let your SO use this one and he’ll be asking for more I promise! It evens out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and will help make sunscreen more effective. A must have for both of you!

Kind of a neat idea, hey? Sharing? Especially when traveling I think it’d be nice to be able to share skincare products for sure. And if you can’t fathom sharing, or are too attached to your current skincare products, then just get some eraclea for your SO. Most of the skincare that’s out there and targeted towards men really does nothing for them. These products will actually give them results!

Do you buy skincare for your SO? 

*products sent by PR for consideration, thoughts are mine as always! :D

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