Welcome to a new week ladies and gents! I’m currently mourning the fact that spring break is over and I have to go back to school. BUT, I only have 29 more school days until GRADUATION, so that’s coming really fast! Last week, I received an ONYX box, a beauty subscription box curated with people of color in mind, for review from the company. Although the product was free, all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

The Packaging

The box was actually a LOT smaller than I was anticipating from my previous experience with subscription boxes. Don’t let it fool you, though! It’s packed full with goodies! I also like how the decorative stickers make it very clear that this box was intended for people of color. I have a hard time with conventional subscription boxes because 9/10 times I’m going to get at least 1 product that does not work for my skin color or hair type. That devalues the box in my eyes, and I’m not getting what I paid for.

I also really enjoyed their faux magazine cover insert which includes all of their social handles and theme for the month which was Spring Prep Rally! To quote from the insert:

Maxi dresses. Music Festivals. County Fairs. Are you ready for Spring? Let us prepare you with a few of our fave beauty essentials. Deep clean your pores, hydrate your body, and prime your face for the proper Spring glo-up.

Sometimes subscription boxes have a hard time staying on theme as well, and I think they did a really good job at sticking to this one! So what did I get? Keep scrolling to find out.

The Products

See how packed full it is? In fact, when I took the picture, I didn’t realize there was another product hiding underneath the confetti and other products! Also, one thing I was worried about was that it might feature ALL product lines geared towards people of color. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I do enjoy trying out more mainstream products that I’ve already heard of. Luckily, there was a good mix of the two types.

Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash (Travel Size 1.7 Fl oz $1.49, Full Size $3.99-$5.49)

I can never have enough body wash to be honest. Olay is one of the brands that floats in and out of my house, but I never actively seek it out. It’s infused with petroleum and shea butter and includes “pro-glycerin” to allow your skin to absorb the moisture it needs. This has a nice fragrance, almost like coconut mixed with salon shampoo. It’s very creamy in texture, but I don’t find it to be any more moisturizing than any other body wash I’ve used before.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (Deluxe Size 2 Fl oz, Full Size $5-$6.50)

I just want to put out there that I hate getting shampoo and conditioner in beauty boxes. I get my hair done at the salon and almost NEVER wash my own hair at home unless it’s been too long between visits and it needs to be touched up. So no, I haven’t used this product. That said, I think it’s good that they selected a brand that is more geared towards the hair texture of curly haired women, and it may be more useful for them that way.

Gorgeous Cosmetics iLine Liquid Eyeliner Pen (FULL SIZE $27)

(Sorry for the blurry picture!) I was very VERY happy to get this liquid eyeliner pen in a full size! By itself, it has more value than the whole box so that’s a good indicator of a subscription box’s value! Liquid eyeliner and I have had a hard time in the past (I used the little e.l.f. ones), but this one has changed the game for me. It has a pointed felt tip and it glides on SO easily! It’s much easier for me a do a winged look ( I had to practice for ages to get it right with my Maybelline gel pencil) and it’s very pigmented which is always a plus.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Deluxe Travel Size .25 fl oz $10, Full Size 1 fl oz $36)

I already own this primer in its travel size because I wanted to test it out. I’ve been using it for some months now, and my final verdict is that it’s okay. It holds my makeup in place alright for the first 2 or so hours, but after that, it starts sliding around anyway. I think my oily T-Zone is the problem, but regardless, I wasn’t planning on repurchasing. However, since I’ve got more of the stuff now, I’ll just keep using it until it’s gone because I’m making an effort to use up my beauty products before I buy more of them.

Cocoa Butter Mother’s Land & Sea Detoxifying Mud Masque (FULL SIZE 2 oz $18)

I was intrigued by this product because I thought it was going to be an actual mud mask! Turns out, it’s a powder that you add water to and then applies to your face. I figure it’ll be a bit of a mess my first time using it, so it’s going to get it’s own separate post in the near future when I’ve used it a couple times. It smells nice and minty which is very relaxing for a mask.

Manna Kadar Lash Extending Primer (Deluxe Sixe .14 oz, Full Size $24)

I’ve never really seen the point of lash primers, mainly because I’m naturally hairy so I have long, fairly thick lashes already. However, I do have an issue with mine sticking together and looking gross, so I’m thinking I may just ditch this product and use the wand as a spoolie. #Multitasking

Kuvit Handmade EyeShadow in Corazon (FULL SIZE .125 oz $8)

I love this eyeshadow! I don’t own too many singles because I think you’ll always get more bang for your buck with a palette. That said, I don’t own any red eyeshadows, and this one is beautiful! The pigmentation is amazing for a handmade product. It is VERY soft, however, and I had trouble removing it from it’s packaging without fall out everywhere. I think it’ll be great for blending and I can’t wait to pair it with some of my other shadows.

ONYX BOX TOTAL VALUE: $72.79

That’s almost 3 times the value of paying for one box! I really enjoyed the ONYX Box experience, and I think that as it grows, more people of color are going to be able to enjoy this box on a widespread scale. The value is pretty good for a subscription box, and on a student budget, I could stand to part with $25 a month to continue my subscription. Want to try out ONYX for yourself? Use the promo code DYMOND, and you can get your first ONYX box PLUS an editor curated box. That’s TWO boxes for the price of one! Thanks again to ONYX for sending me the box for review!

Until next time,

Dymond M. <3

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3 Cool Ways to Wear Clear Lipgloss in 2017

In honor of Glossier rereleasing their Black Tie set lipgloss today, I’m going to show you three fun ways to wear clear lipgloss! In my previous review, you guys know I thought that the clear gloss was a tad bit basic. It’s a late 90s/early 2000s trend that can feel a little lackluster at times. So I took it upon myself to experiment with the gloss and find more ways to wear it! So whether you’re just venturing into the gloss game or are really for some hardcore beauty looks, I’ve got something for you. Let’s get started!

The Jelly Sandwich Style

This gloss style is the one that has been so popular (or unpopular based on your taste) in the past. Just LAYER. IT. ON! The effect is a perfectly 3D glassy look on your lips with mega shine! This is a great way to add some editorial level beauty an everyday makeup look!

Glitter Lipgloss

This gloss style can be a tad bit more advanced so proceed with caution. First, I applied 1-2 layers of the lipgloss to my lips as normal. Then, I took the pointed Shader brush from Julep and NYX’s Face and Body cosmetic glitter in Crystal and applied it as a lip liner! You can leave it that way, or you can add more glitter as you wish. I did a gradient towards the center of my lips so it was more opaque the close to my lip line I got. Then, just clean up the edges with a clean lip liner and some tape!

Layered Over Another Color

This look is pretty simple! Just find another lip color that you love and isn’t already glossy, and apply the gloss over the top! Matte shades are good for this because it’s likely that the gloss won’t mix with the color already on your lips since it’s dry. I layered the gloss over Mac Cosmetic’s Matte Royal!

I hope you all enjoyed those mini tutorials! If you’d like to buy a Glossier Lip Gloss for yourself, remember to shop through my link! First time shoppers get 20% off, and returning customers can use promo code HELLOLA for FREE SHIPPING until 4/11. Keep in mind that these promos cannot be combined!

Stay glossy!

-Dymond M. <3

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April 2017 Beauty/Style News

Hey, everybody! After that no buy (which was more like a low buy but oh well), I’m excited for all of the beauty news coming up in April! I’ve picked up some notable sales, collection drops, and more all happening in the month of April!

Fashion News

Forever 21 Sale

  • I’m pleased to announce I’m now part of the Forever 21 affiliate program. I figure it’s not a bad match considering I’ve started buying more things from them (even if fast fashion isn’t the best for the environment). So, I’ll be finding out about some of their sales a few days before they begin and I can give you the scoop! Forever 21 will be having a BOGO Free on Sale Merch from March 30 until April 2nd! Now’s a great time to buy some offseason essentials like coats, hats, and gloves, or you can stock up on cute sunglasses and tee shirts for the summer!

    H&M x Coachella

  • Also, I’m super excited about this year’s H&M x Coachella collection. I’m not a fan of Coachella. I think it’s a really exclusive thing for rich people to run around appropriating too many things at one time. And last year’s collection was very reminiscent of that. Lots of boho and flowing desert motifs with lots of emphasis on Native American culture. I bought my Cat Eye sunglasses from this particular collection and that was it because I couldn’t find anything else that suited me. This year’s collection is a huge step up from last year’s, and it seems like the H&M designers really took a cue to customer responses. There’s a lot of lace, hearts, and stars mixed in with tougher fabrics like denim, and it’s pretty dang cool.

Beauty News

  • Colourpop Cosmetics is having an EPIC Free Shipping sale until 3/31 at midnight! That’s free shipping on everything, no minimum! What’s that you hear? The sound of my wallet crashing and burning 🙂

MAC @ Ulta

  • Of course, you all know I’m super duper happy that there will be MAC at Ulta This May! This brings me one step closer to never shopping at another place for beauty ever again, but darn Glossier and Milk Makeup have got me under their spell…You can begin browsing the collection online April 23, and they will be available to purchase May 7! I’ll keep an eye out for any Platinum early access!

DARKSTAR 006

  • There’s a new PatMcGratch Kit on the horizon and it’s called DARKSTAR 006 and is due out April 11! It’s way out of my student budget (at least at the moment) but I have no doubt it’ll sell out quickly. But shoot, I’m just trying to get my hands on the original Metalmorphisis kit.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

  • The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale is already in full swing, but some of the best deals will be coming during the last week of the sale from April 1-8th! I’m actually waiting until the very last day of the sale (April 8th) to score the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil for only $10.50! On April 1st you can score the entire Mario Badescu brand for 25% off! So there’s a lot to look forward to!

Too Faced Glitter??

  • Too Faced’s founder Jerrod Blandino announced on March 25th, that a Too Faced Glitter Palette is in the works, but won’t be dropping until about June. You all know I already am married to my Urban Decay Moondust palette, so I’m not dying to get my hands on this, and with Too Faced’s discrepancies between palettes, I kinda can’t wait to see if this will actually be any good.

So that’s the scoop for this month! I’ll add to this (or maybe make another post) if more good stuff comes up. Got any questions? Leave me a comment or you can reach me at any of my socials @thechicmachine!

Payday Here We Come!

-Dymond M. <3

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Beauty No Buy Results

Hey everyone! March has been a total whirlwind of a month, but I wanted to let you all know how my beauty shopping no buy turned out!

 Soooo, I’m going to admit that the no buy turned into more of a low buy.And my spending was probably displaced from beauty shopping to clothes shopping. I mean, you should see my Hot Topic bill! Just as a reminder of the rules, I wasn’t supposed to buy any makeup or skincare products with the exception of repurchasing things that I’d run out of. I compared my spending from the last two months to the two months before that below.

Now you’re probably thinking: You don’t look like you made that much of a difference in spending. And to be honest, it felt like that at first. But if you look closer there are a few things to inspect.

  1. One of those hair appointments was $83! I got my hair dyed which was a treat, and that I’d saved up for, and normally a hair appoimtment would cost between $30-$40. Therefore that is an outlier, and shouldn’t count.
  2. What I was really focusing on were the “Non-Essential Purchases”. As you can see, I cut that number in half, and spent less than a 3rd of the amount I spent at the end of last year. Sounds like a win to me!

Of course, I could do better the next time I do something like this. However, my next goal is to try #panning, where I actually use up the makeup I have. I’m actually dangerously close to finishing up a few things, but that’s for another post! 

I hope you guys enjoyed my little adventure into a no buy! Let me know what other challenges you’d like me to do in the future!

Peace!

-Dymond M. <3

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90s Space Spice Makeup Tutorial

This past weekend, I posted this adorable photo on my Instagram (@thechicmachine)! I’d been trying to find new ways to play with my (newly dyed) hair until it grows out long enough to put into one ponytail. I think makeup looks can become a lot more diverse when your hair is put up away from your face because now you have an entire canvas to work with! Today, I’ll be teaching you how to recreate this very 90s look that I like to call “Space Spice” because if I were a Spice Girl, that’s probably the name I’d choose! PS: I swear I didn’t intentionally use all Glossier products, but they’ve worked their way so seamlessly into my routine that it happens sometimes. <3

You’ll Need:

  • Silver Toned Highlighter – I used Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone ($22)
  • Blush (Any Color as long as you look a little flushed) – I used Glossier Cloud Paint, Dusk and Haze mixed together. ($18/1 and $30/2 w/ code 2BLUSH)
  • Brow product of your choice – I used Glossier Boy Brow in Clear ($16)
  • Lipstick that closely matches your blush – I used Glossier Generation G in Jam. ($18)
  • You can also use any foundation/concealer/etc. that you’d like. However, I wanted it to be a fresher look, so I opted out of that and any eye makeup!

    Application

    1. Use whatever you have to start with a clean base! I double cleansed with Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser and Tony Moly’s Peach Punch Sweet Foam Cleanser. I followed up with my Glossier Supers and Priming Moisturizer, and then Missha’s Safe Block SPF 45.
    2. BLUSH FIRST, THEN HIGHLIGHTER. This is especially important if they’re both powder formulas as they’ll be a little harder to blend. Since Haloscope and Cloud Paint are both cream formulas, I applied the Haze/Dusk blend first. Then, I put Moonstone right around my eyes and blended the edges together.
    3. Do your brow thing, girl!!! I put the brows after the highlight because you don’t want it smudging your perfectly fleeked brows, do you? I just throw a swipe of BB Clear through my brows and allow them to dry.
    4. Lastly, swipe your lip color of choice on and BAM, you’re done!

    Bringing Back the 90s!

    Here’s the final look! Now you can recreate your own spicy vibes right at home! If you try out this look, post it on IG and tag me! Make sure to check back later this week for another Youtube video! There’s a sneak peek of the content over on my IG, and while you’re there don’t forget to follow!

    Love ya!

    -Dymond M. <3

     

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    Glossier Cloud Paint Review & Swatches for Dark Skin

    I love watching red carpet coverage for most of the major awards shows. Not only do I get to see the beautiful dresses, but I also get to glimpse at some of the super cool makeup looks that artists put together. At this year’s Oscars, Glossier decided to debut it’s newest product, a cream blush aptly named Cloud Paint. How dreamy does that sound? The GTeam named the colors, inspired by NYC sunsets,  Beam, a sweet peachy coral, Puff, a bubblegum pink, Dusk, a sandy brown, and Haze (the one I wanted to try the most), a gorgeous raspberry.

    Some of my favorite celebs like Taraji P. Henson and Reese Witherspoon sported the shades on the Oscar’s red carpet, and they looked to die for! Each individual makeup artist’s look varied in how they chose to incorporate the blushes into the overall look, but I think they’ll look even more natural as standalone shades.

    Image from Into the Gloss; Taraji is wearing Cloud Paint in Dusk

    As a Glossier Rep, I got the privilege of trying all 4 shades BEFORE they drop TOMORROW March 2! Below you’ll find your coveted swatches. And if you like them, be sure to shop through my link for 20% off of your purchase and free shipping at $35!

    Pretty Paint!

    Glossier cloud paint swatches on dark skin in natural lighting!

    First Impressions?

    They are a lot more liquidy than I thought they’d be! In fact, they all squirted out a little upon opening so be careful. They’re very creamy upon application but dry to matte within 30 seconds depending upon how much product you apply. I didn’t notice much of a scent either. The swatches on my arm all came out pretty nicely although I’m a little darker in the face so the faded into my skintone a lot more which was disappointing. I had to layer the color a few times to get a noticable glow, especially on the lighter shades Puff and Dusk. Haze was the standout color, and Beam was surprisingly fun as well although it struck me as more shimmery than the others.

    Bottom Line?

    I’m putting one of these babies to an all day test drive to see how long they hold up, but so far I like the formulation, but not necessarily the pigmentation. Glossier has done a good job so far in terms of customer representation, but these blushes seem to have slightly missed the mark.

    Again, the release date for these blushes is TOMORROW MARCH 2. I know a couple publications had the release date set for the 6th, but the date was pushed up by the GTeam which means you guys can get your hands on it faster! Make sure you shop with me for 20% off of your order and free shipping on $35!

    Happy Hump Day!

    -Dymond M. <3

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    6 Lovely Red Lipsticks For Darker Skin

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Regardless if you have an SO to spend the day with or not, I find Valentine’s to be a really great day to play around with bold makeup looks ESPECIALLY red lipsticks. My mom actually wouldn’t let me wear red lipstick until I was 16, so I’ve been making up for lost time every since! Below are swatches of my top 6 red lipsticks for dark skin! Plus, all of them (except for the Stila Liquid Lipstick are under $20, so they can totally be a “treat yo self” kind of thing! So take care of you, and know I love all of y’all! Have fun!

    -Dymond M. <3

    Red with Love

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    Revlon Love is On

    Glossier Generation G in Zip (Use this link for 20% off!)

    Stila Liquid Lipstick in Rubino

    L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche 304 Ruby Opera

    Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Black Orchid

    Urban Decay Vintage Vice Lipstick in Bruise (Discontinued)

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    Product Review: Glossier Boy Brow Clear

    Happy Friday everyone! I’m so happy it’s the weekend FINALLY. Weekends are my chill time, so my makeup look can be pretty nonexistent. However, if I decide to go out somewhere, I want to look nice without all of the work. Enter Boy Brow Clear. Y’all know that BB Black is my holy grail eyebrow product since I hate going to get my brows waxed. When Glossier announced BB Clear, I knew I couldn’t wait to try it out! The formula itself goes on white and dries clear. It has the same effectiveness in holding down hairs without the color. It’s perfect for everyday wear, PLUS the applicator seems to pick up more product than my BB Black which I love!

    Got my BB Black on in this pic! <3

    Bottom Line?

    I love this stuff so much that I’ve lost count of how many tubes I’ve ordered. I think the BB Clear that Glossier sent me makes #6 or 7 overall. Either way, this has made its way into my everyday rotation, and I highly recommend it to anybody with big caterpillar brows like myself or not! Boy Brow also comes in Blonde and Brown! Want to try for yourself? Use my special link to get 20% off your first purchase and free shipping at $30!

    Have an awesome weekend!

    -Dymond M. <3

    *Some of the links in this article are affiliate links which means I make a small commission if you choose to shop through them. For more info see the Disclaimer page.*

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    I’m a Glossier Brand Rep! + Priming Moisturizer Rich Review

    Happy Friday, everyone! Before we get to this super luxe face cream review, I have some great news! Late last year, I started following a couple girls on Instagram who suddenly had Glossier brand rep pages. For those of you who know my history with Glossier, y’all know exactly what I thought. Hey, I want one of those! Well, earlier this month, I finally got the coveted email asking me to join the Glossier brand rep program! I was super stoked (of course) because now instead of store credit, I have an affiliate link!

    To be clear, 1st I had the regular referral link that’s open to all Glossier customers. Then I was a member of their affiliate program for which I earned a commission. NOW, I’m a part of the rep program that mixes the best parts of both! YOU GUYS now get 20% off your 1st purchase and free shipping at $30, AND I get actual money. Win/Win!Just a heads up, though. My old referral link no longer works, so if you want the discount, you have to go through my page. I’ve taken the time to go through my old posts and switch the links so none of them should be broken, but let me know if you have issues. All the links should now take you to a page that looks like this!

    If it weren’t for all of you loyal readers, I never could’ve gotten where I am today, so again I thank you. Now, onto the good stuff!

    Priming Moisturizer Rich Face Cream!

    After 3 weeks of use, I feel I can write a pretty good review about the PM Rich! Glossier again crowdsourced ideas through Into the Gloss, which is how Milky Jelly came along too! I really loved the packaging on this one! Glossier seems to be stepping it up every time. I love seeing this jar next to my Super Serums! So luxurious!

    They really hit the nail on the head with the formula for this one. PM Rich is supposed to be similar to the regular Priming Moisturizer, but with a thicker consistency for dry skin. I have combo skin that switches between oily and dry, and it worked on any day so that was a plus! It is WAY thicker than the regular PM, and is closer in consistency to Julep’s Night Shift Cream which is the night cream I’ve used for almost 3 years.

    I’m a little meh on the scent. They used lavender, which is usually a great scent to me! It’s different than rosewater which is a plus, but I guess I’m still getting used to it. It’s not medicinal, just odd. It also takes a lot more product to cover my face due to the thicker consistency. This has led to me using a good portion of the jar in only 3 weeks which sucks because I don’t want to run out that fast. Keep in mind it usually takes me 4-6 months to finish ONE bottle of the regular PM if I’m careful. So although it’s only $35, in repurchases, it could add up.

    Bottom Line?

    I would recommend this cream to my friends, especially those with dry skin. It looks great on your counter, feels great on your skin, and makes an ordinary day feel luxe! If you want to buy one for 20%, just hit this link and go check out my page! Also, new products mean a giveaway on the horizon…Want to know when the next one is? Make sure you sign up for my email list in the sidebar!

    Later haters!

    -Dymond M. <3

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    My Twinkle Voxbox & My Thoughts on Influenster

    Last month, Influenster selected me to participate in their holiday Voxbox, the Twinkle VoxBox! I certainly enjoyed my Covergirl Voxbox and round two sounded great! This particular box contained a mixture of “holiday essentials” both for beauty and food. Sadly, 2 of the products were chocolate, so I didn’t eat them, but my family got a kick out of it. I’m mostly here for the beauty products anyway! I must mention that I received the Twinkle Voxbox from Influenster for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own!

    Covergirl So Lashy! Mascara

    I felt most excited to receive this mascara out of all of the products teased. Ads for this mascara were in all of my magazines and on Youtube, so I was already familiar with it. I have to say I am very disappointed in this mascara. Since I only have my own eyelashes to work with, I couldn’t test its claim to be the best mascara for all lash types. It just didn’t work for mine. The applicator picks up way too much product even after swiping excess onto the tube which led to clumps. Also, I didn’t see the point of the ball on the end of it? It’s supposed to grab smaller lashes at the inner eye, but I don’t think it did anything I can’t already do with a regular mascara. It’s such a miss which I hate because I wanted to love it.

    Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion

    I’m on the fence about this lotion. During the winter, I get horrible itchy bumps around my knees that no amount of moisture seemed to be able to help. Not baby oil, cocoa butter, and certainly not super fragranced Bath and Body Works lotion. I started using this the night I got the box over my entire body, and not four days later, all of the bumps around my knees were gone. Eureka! I thought I’d finally hit the jackpot! But about a week ago, a strange rash showed up all over the back of my right hand and on my left shoulder. Naturally, I stopped using it, but neither has left. I’m not sure if I had a bad reaction to the lotion or to something I ate/took after my surgery. I’ll update this once I have a doctor’s visit!

    Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

    I love NYM’s products! I’ve purchased both their argan oil and sea salt spray multiple times, and I’ve been satisfied with their other products as well. This just wasn’t a product designed for my hair. My hair is thick, coarse, and soaks up moisture like a sponge. Therefore, I don’t need a dry shampoo to soak up excess oils! And, it was unscented, so I couldn’t even enjoy that. 🙁 Probably going to gift it to a friend.

    Final Twinkle VoxBox Verdict

    Okay, I feel bad because it sounds like I hated this VoxBox but I didn’t! Overall, the Twinkle Voxbox had amazing value, and great name brand products for me to try out for FREE which never hurts. Hopefully next time, the products work for me a little better!

    Want to earn a VoxBox for yourself? Join Influenster with my unique referral link and start connecting your socials. Influenster is one of my favorite sites to do research on beauty products I want to buy! There are tons of pictures, you can ask questions and have them answered in a snap, and it’s a great community to be a part of! If you participate on a regular basis, you could be chosen next! Want to learn more about how I earn all of my freebies? Sign up for my email list for surprise sales, coupons, and more that I only share there!

    Happy thoughts!

    -Dymond M. <3

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