Anti-Haul – First Chapter

Good morning, darlings! I hope we all are having a fantastic start to our week. Only 2 more days and the weekend will be here. I noticed there are quite a few blog posts and even youtube videos on this subject. I always talk about what I want but never really what I don’t want.

*Disclaimer: These are all my personal thoughts and opinions on these products. In no way or form am I shaming these brands or products.

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Tony Moly x Samyang collaboration collection

I’m sure many of you know, I’m all about buying new collaborations with cute packaging. I like and dislike this collaboration for various reasons; the first would probably be I feel like cushion could look more cute and I question if whether Tony Moly and all these other korean brands are running out of ideas. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of iconic brands and things that Korea has and Samyang is one of them because the internet literally blew up with a whole bunch of fire hot noodle challenges. I just think the collaboration is weak and nothing special. It will quickly be forgotten because there wasn’t much thought put in it. When I think of Tony Moly, I think of fruit packaging and cute pandas – never have I thought that they would collaborate with an instant noodle brand. I think they should have made something dessert themed instead. Unfortunately, I will be skipping out on this collab.

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Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette

I own quite a few things from Too Faced and a lot of their eye shadow palettes are repeated shades or similar to one another. I was hoping they would go out of the box and release an eyeshadow palette with more pops of colour. The lucky clover collection was so adorable and I was hoping they would make more palettes like that. This gingerbread spice palette will be available during the holiday seasons and I believe this will be a limited edition release. If anyone knows me, I love anything fall/winter themed, hot chocolate and pumpkin/cinnamon spice scented products but I just don’t think I would get much use out of this palette for it’s shades therefore I don’t see any reason why I would pick this up other than for flatlay or reviewing purposes. I personally would not grab this palette on my own. I own way too many warm/cool tone red and brown shades to get anymore. At this point, I am hoarding a lot of palettes I don’t even use.

Etude House Lip Products *in general*

This may shock many of you because I know there’s a huge volume of kbeauty addicts/lovers who love Etude House’s lip products but hear me out… I own a lot of etude house products and they are very affordable with cute packaging. I feel like everytime I get their products it’s super hit or miss. The soda tints for example, I only find myself using the peach one the most and grape from time to time. The milk one I anticipated for turned out to be a clear gloss with a tiiiny bit of pink tint to it. Their popsicle collection was just awful, they were not tints by any means and just disappeared within one meal/hand wipe. I feel like because they produce cute packaging, they kind of half ass their formulation. This is just my personal experience with their lip products. Their cute interchangeable lipsticks are alright, I don’t find myself reaching for them either but they are better in formulation than the tints.

 

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Pretty Vulgar The Powder Room – Translucent Powder

I am so done with all these high end brands releasing translucent powder and asking for outrageous amount of money. Let’s be real here, ladies & gents… It’s a POWDER, I’m sure it’s not mind blowing and it’s also TRANSLUCENT. It’s not something multi functional and be used alone. I purchased the Laura Mercier translucent powder when I first started on makeup and I have not touched it for 2 years. The only time I would ever use an expensive high end powder is if I was gifted it. Overall, it’s not worth my hard earning money to buy something to mattify or “bake” my face. I also don’t bake my face, I gently apply some pressed powder (with spf) ontop of my foundation or cushion and I’m good.

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Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Full Coverage Concealer Fluid

No way in heck, I will pay 36 canadian dollars for a concealer. Concealers are just as expensive as foundations, I don’t have any heavy dark circles of blemishes to conceal so this would be absolutely pointless for me to buy or use. Also, I have purchased the Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation because of Jaclyn Hill raving so much about it. I actually really hate it. Never have I felt my face so weighed down, sticky and oily. Even setting it, it still was oily and my hair would cling on to it. You know that sticky lip gloss feeling and you hair gets caught on it? yeah, exactly like that but with a foundation. You can imagine how annoying that was for me.

 

Well that is all for chapter one, friends! Have yourself a wonderful day and stay tuned for the next chapter on Dorki’s Anti-Haul.

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PRODUCT FLOPS: CHAPTER 2

Hey hey, this is probably the most active I have been on my blog and I really just wanted to stretch this series because there are quite a few products where I just did not like and I really wanted to share with you all my thoughts and opinions on them.

Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products.

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The first bb cream I have ever tried!!
At the age of 17, I started getting more familiar with makeup and experimenting with different brands and products. Bb creams were a huge deal back then because they weren’t just for post surgery folks but they are the future of foundation because they are multi-function and provide anti-aging, whitening and buildable/high coverage. Bb creams may vary in texture and coverage but this one was very thick and has medium coverage. I loved this bb cream for my early stages of practicing with makeup. This bb cream had literally ONE shade and it’s most comparable to the Missha M Perfect Cover Bb cream in shade #21 but it has a really heavy grey undertone to it. I didn’t appreciate that it clung onto my dry patches and made my skin look aged especially around my smile lines and forehead. Maybe this bb cream is meant for oily skin users? Not sure but this was a flop for me and I don’t know why I repurchased this thing 3-4 times.

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INC.redible You Glow Girl in Cosmic Blur

This product came out before the Colourpop Jelly shadows and I thought this idea was brilliant but at the same time, it was too good to be true. Anyone who has followed me on Instagram long enough would know that I am all about that holographic, duo-chrome, unicorn look. This is gorgeous when you first apply it and you can layer it pretty well. My issue with this is that if you accidentally wipe or touch your face, the highlight is GONE. I highly doubt this is going to be blendable with other shadows because it’s consistency alone. The concept is great, the formula definitely could be revamped and improved on. Overall, it is a fun product to play around with to take some cool photos with but it’s not meant for long wear use.

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I had extremely high hopes for this foundation but it just did not work out in the end. The shade match was quite accurate because this was only available online to purchase so I kind of just eyeballed my shade and hoped for the best. The one thing I appreciated about this foundation was that it never oxidized on me. This foundation has such a DENSE, thick and oily texture to it. Not something I would like in a foundation. It really weighed my face down and I felt extremely uncomfortable with it on. It’s the exact feeling I get when my skin is congested from a hot, humid day. The odd thing was my face didn’t oily regardless the fact my face felt weighed down.. it looked quite dewy and healthy but I just did not like it’s heavy texture. If they had a lighter formula for this, I would have loved it.

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I honestly purchased this palette for the blue-lavender shade aka “arctic glow” but it just didn’t work out. It looked really bad on my skin and it looked like a giant blue strip on my cheek even if I gradually layered it and took my time to blend it. Winter Rose and Northern Lights were okay but I was hoping they would be more buildable. Frosted Kiss (peachy shade) was a cream formula. I personally don’t really like cream highlighters because they don’t apply well and you have to work really hard to blend it in the skin. I prefer pressed powder highlighters because they’re not as messy and difficult to work with.

That’s it for this chapter, friends. Tune until next time for chapter 3 on Product Flops!
Have a good night~

Tips&Tricks – How To Save Money

I’m pretty sure many of you find this amusing that I’m making a post like this but I figured it would be something helpful and hopefully gives some of you motivation to save money. I’m one of those girls who loves retail therapy and I will spend for the most stupidest reasons. Two examples I do at-least once a week is: 1) I don’t like what I’m having for lunch and I want fresh, hot food so I will order out. 2) I am sad/stressed/upset and I need to buy something to cheer myself up. Do these examples apply to you or you can relate? Let a girl know.

I think what is important is to not restrict ourselves because that will create more resistance and temptation later on. There should be a focus on an objective of some sort, whether it’s a handbag you wanted for so long, a property, vacation or etc. You should start off with an objective and it should be something you are passionate about, not something you want for temporary because we tend to lose track of the goal if it is.

Tip #1: Have a piggy bank

I always put my loose change, 5 dollar bills and lucky pocket money in my piggy bank. I got my piggy bank last year and he’s become very heavy now. I was tempted to open him up quite a handful of times but I quickly stopped myself because my objective is to fill him so full, that I can no longer put anything more in him then I will open him up and cash him at the bank. You will notice a significant difference how much a piggy bank can change your saving game. Cashing in hundreds, maybe even thousands of bucks?! How rewarding does that sound?

Tip #2: Skip out on buying coffee and make your own coffee at home

Wake up earlier in the morning and prepare yourself some coffee. Buying coffee every morning before work does add up. Think about it…

Let’s say you get 1 large cup of coffee every morning on a weekday…
$5 x 5 days = $25
For 1 month (30 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 22 days = $110
For 1 year (365 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 283 = $1415
That’s A LOT of money!

Currently minimum wage in Ontario is $14-$15
$14 x 80 work hours = $1120
$15 x 80 work hours = $1200
^ These are BEFORE deductions. Usually when you hit the 1k mark, you get deducted about 200 dollars per pay cheque.

We don’t realize the damage we are doing to our wallets when we buy little things here and there. I am an avid coffee drinker, I feel a significant difference in my overall behavior and awareness with and without it. I am gradually teaching myself to build tolerance to live without coffee. Some days I will give in and buy but I came from buying coffee every single day to drinking coffee maybe.. once or a twice a week?

Tip #3: Have a budget

Again, going back to what I said about restricting yourself. Never restrict yourself but make sure to budget your money out wisely.
Here is an example:
Say you make 3K a month and live away from your parents…
You spend (every month)…

$200 on groceries
$60 on phone bill
$80 for utilities
$50 internet bill
$150 for bus fare/gas
$200 on misc lunch/dinner occasions
$1200 for rent

What you have left…
$1060

Varying how big your objective is and how close you want to get to close to it. The remaining money you have left per month, you should at-least try to save 50%-60% of it. Have a Tax-Free Saving Account and just continuously save each month and you will start to notice the numbers growing bigger and bigger.

That is all for today, friends.
If you’re interested in more tips, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in these kinds of posts.

PRODUCT FLOPS

Hey, hey friends!
I am starting a new blog series called “Product flops” aka Products that did not work for me. I posted on instagram asking if anyone was interested in hearing my thoughts on products that just didn’t work out for me and I recieved a positive feedback on my comments along with dm’s.

Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products..

I no longer own many of these products because I tend to declutter and give away products that did not work for me to my family members and close friends. For consistency, I will be posting a photo of these products I found online with the description and experience I had with it below.

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A couple of months ago, I was on the hunt for a new foundation to try out and I wanted one that had medium coverage and felt weightless on the skin. I saw quite a few bloggers post about this particular foundation and I quickly went to grab it at my local Sephora. The weird thing was, I swatched this foundation at the store on my hand it somehow turned orange within 10 minutes so I thought maybe the tester went bad and went ahead to grab it anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can just return it, right? I went home to test this foundation out and to my surprise, I turned into an oompa loompa. Even wiping this foundation off with a makeup remover cloth, you can visibly see that it is full blown orange. Thank god I did not go out looking like that because I’m sure many people would find it amusing. It also has a really bad floral scent to it. I am not even sensitive to scents and I didn’t find the scent pleasant at all. Out of all foundations I own whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, I have never seen any of them oxidize the way how this oxidized on my skin.

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Something I quickly learned about Sephora “sale” items are that they USUALLY are on sale for a reason. This was when Sephora had Colourpop for a month and then took them off the shelves for some reason. The highlighter was a fail and was just an oil with shimmers in it. It would constantly seperate with the shimmers at the bottom while the oil fluid ontop. It wasn’t even buildable and was a fail for me. The mist smelled horrendous, it smelled like a bitter herbal scent. The only thing that I enjoyed from the scent was the lip balm for it’s beautiful red orange tint, sweet and soft mango butter scent and performance for lasting throughout a long day. I normally love colourpop products but the liquid highlighter and mist was a total fail for me. I’ll stick to their fantastic super shock eyeshadows, pressed shadow palettes/singles and concealers!

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Ivory

*FYI – I purchased this foundation when the shade range was much more smaller back then.
This was my very first high end foundation and was also the only foundation I swore by working at my first job. It has a medium to full coverage.
The consistency was perfect for me since it wasn’t too thick in formula nor was it too watery but how it performed on my face was a different story. As I played around with more makeup, I started to realize that this foundation does not work for me for various reasons. It oxidized into a Simpsons yellow on my face, it clung to all my dry patches and emphasized my pores and has a very odd paint scent to it just like the UD Naked skin foundation and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has. Luckily it did not break me out but I definitely would not repurchase this foundation even in another shade.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 2

This was either the 2nd or 3rd foundation I tried when I got into makeup and it was awful. Urban Decay was reputable for their fantastic naked palettes, perversion mascara and the OG 24 hour glide on pencil eyeliners but this foundation was terrible for me. So terrible that I threw it out and did not think twice to give it to pass it on to someone else. First of all, it had a horrendously strong chemical scent between a spray paint x accetone and it had a strange thin, watery consistency and everytime I dispensed it out from the container, the product would have air bubbles on it. When I applied it on my skin, it dried up pretty fast but within an hour my face started to look extremely dehydrated. I’m not sure what was in this foundation but was bad news for my skin… I broke out on my forehead, cheeks and chin and if any of you know me, I don’t break out unless my skin reacts negatively to a product, hormonal or too much sodium in my diet.

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Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Gray Brown

I’m sure quite a few of you are shocked by why this product did not work out for me considering the fact this is raved and loved by many influencers and was featured on social media for quite a long time. This product is effective however it has it’s bad side to it. It has a very odd chemical scent to it. I’m not sure how people found it pleasant. I have repurchased this product over 4 times in different shades and my feelings about it have not changed about it. I always thought maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I’m using it wrong. My brows are tinted beautifully after every application, my problem is that I can’t use any face masks or wash my face because the tint will easily come off. The shade I have been using more frequently is Gray Brown but after a few days, the tint on my eyebrows turn into this strange forest green colour… If any of you are on the hunt for a good brow tint, I strongly suggest you to try the clio duo brow pen.

Alright, that is all for today. There are more products I wanted to share but we’ll leave that for another time. Til’ next time, friends.

Toodles!

[REVIEW] Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask

Good evening, darlings! I hope you all are having a fantastic Wednesday. The long weekend is upon us and I’m ready to kick back and mask away while I catch up on my favourite netflix series.

Firstly, I would like to thank Charles Kim from Commleaf for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to try and test out this product to it’s full potential. I received all of these products 2 months ago and got to try each and every one of them. Today, I will be reviewing the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask. I absolutely love sleeping masks and if you guys have not tried out sleeping masks out before, I would strongly like to suggest you to do so. Think of them as an all in one thick moisturizer enriched with nourishing and hydrating ingredients. You will wake up feeling refreshed and so will your skin!

I have used this mask twice every week since I have received it and I am so happy with the results that I had to come on my blog *for once* and share my thoughts on this lovely product.

Claims on this product:

  • Size: 1.65 fl oz/50 ml
  • Convenient overnight leave-on mask
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Help reduce signs of aging
  • Softens skin texture and brightens overall skin tone
  • An ultra-hydrating overnight mask infused with 75% rose water and rose petals that replenish lost moisture throughout the day. 
  • This sleeping mask is a great way to revitalize the skin with a smooth and supple finish. You will end up seeing your skin GLOWING in the morning. 
  • The essence in the sleeping mask contains ingredients that have the following properties: Hydrating, antibacterial, firmness improvement, and brightening, and anti-wrinkle. 
  • Included 7 botanical patented ingredients that are known to soothe and ease with anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-blemish. 
  • How to use: On a clean and toned skin, evenly apply a generous amount onto the skin. Use the silicon brush if possible. Gently pat or massage for better absorption. Wash thoroughly in the morning. Use 2-3 times a week.

Ingredients:

Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Oenothera, Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fructan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Betaine, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Cyanocobalamin, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone

The product is also…

  1. paraben-free
  2. sulfate-free
  3. alcohol-free
  4. silicone-free

My thoughts:

I really can appreciate minimalist packaging especially for skincare because I do believe that the consumer should be able to see the ingredients and what they are using. Skincare with busy packaging can be difficult to read.

The first thing I noticed when I dispensed this mask out from the tube, was that it had a very jam-jelly like consistency and beautiful red tint to it. As you massage it into your skin, you will notice the red tint is still there but not as noticeable. It has a faint rose-herbal scent to it. I wasn’t sent a silicone brush with this mask however I used my fingers to apply this sleeping mask and it worked just fine. I would leave this mask on overnight and rinse it the following morning. I am very pleased to see that this product does not break me out nor has an unbearable strong scent to it because I can be very sensitive to scents. My skin feels plump, supple and refreshed from every use!

If you cosDNA these ingredients, all of them are in the safe side of hazard scale and there are no silicones in this product. There are a handful of sleeping masks in the market that contain some sort of silicone in them to fake the appearance of “blurred skin”. I personally don’t have any issues against silicone based products but I don’t prefer them for various reasons – they can clog the skin, be irritating and also pill on the skin.

I would like to suggest this to everyone simply because it is an all around great sleeping mask. It brightens, fights signs of aging, heals scars and counters acne.

Where to buy?

Greenalleyshop 

Walmart 

Amazon

 

I hope you all found this review helpful and please feel free to write a comment below if you’re more curious on this product or you wanted me to review a particular product. I am open to suggestions. Have a good night!

[UPDATE] Where have you been?

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A BEAUTY-RELATED POST. PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER POSTS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THAT. THIS IS A LIFE UPDATE POST. THANK YOU & GOOD DAY*

Hello Friends! I know, I know.. I have not been as active on my blog but I can explain… So I wasn’t as clear on my Instagram as I should have been. I got laid off my previous job and I was fortunate enough to get back in my feet within minutes. I was secured a position as the exact same role and duties at another place with a higher salary. I guess some things can be a good change.

My previous company was trying to exit from the market for a while and they finally did. I started noticing few to no calls and sales so they had to do what was best for them. However that being said, I had A LOT of administrative filing, paperwork and data entry to do to restart from square one. It is exhausting but very rewarding. I promise you that I will be more active here in about 2-3 weeks or so. Things are starting to really fall back into place for me and I can finally organize my thoughts on what I can do for my blog. I have many of you to thank for providing me fantastic ideas on what topics I should cover on my blog. I absolutely love how you guys are curious of what skincare products I like or dislike, places where to shop/shop smart and etc. In my perspective, I think anyone can achieve anything they want to achieve whether it’s your social media, work, life and etc. You just got to have the proper tools to guide you. The best guide I can thank and give credit for is google. I google EVERYTHING, guys. Yes, everything. Everything I want to know… usually there will be a post, website or forum on it. Do I always go by it? absolutely not but it is amazing to connect with others online to share yours thoughts with.

For a while, I was quite embarrassed to admit that I lost my job but the more I thought about it. I didn’t lose my job because of me nor did the employees… It was just poor management lead from one thing to another. Things that are way beyond any of control. Yes, I will admit it was quite traumatizing initially but as time progressed, I started to realize how many skills and attributes I have developed from my previous jobs and most importantly now. To think, at the age of 21.. my very first job was at a grocery store. I had no experience in anything, no sense of direction where to go for job wise and somehow I was fortunate enough to land my feet on an administrative role. How cool is that? Just for anyone’s reference, I majored in arts. I didn’t find a passion in it therefore I decided to stop pursuing. It was more of a hobby for me. Sure, I have a creative mind and skill but I felt very annoyed when someone told me to draw or paint something. I would much rather do it for my own pleasure than do it for others. As selfish as it sounds, I am being very transparent on my feelings.

Anyway, if you gotten this far on my post. Thank you, I will speak to you all soon!

[BEWARE] If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Hi friends! Welcome back ~
So, I’m pretty sure many of you have already read my k-beauty shopping tips post. I suppose this is a continuation to that.

I found this seller on my recommended ebay feed and the first thing I noticed was the price for the Skin79 was quite low.
Here are several reasons to be aware of and why I believe this seller is a fraud:

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  • Products he/she selling is irrelevant to K-beauty or any sort of beauty related product
  • BE VERY careful of the item location, notice it says “Seoul, Korea”, while the other items are listed “China”
  • The seller is based off another country – it IS possible that they are reseller who is selling FRAUD products
  • Be sure to check seller rep by the star beside their username and always check the feedback ratings

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  • That extremely sketchy description gives it away “red/gold bucket”… who writes that? LOL you mean… bottles??
  • Sellers that sell counterfeit products will always use very specific terminology and key words such as “HIGH QUALITY, 100%, REAL, (BRAND) NEW, CHEAP, AFFORDABLE, GREAT VALUE and etc”, there will be sellers who like to live on the edge and even try to write “AUTHENTIC” – this is the most effective way to trick consumers in believing it is the real deal
  • Even if you ask whether it’s authentic or not, most will play it off as it is. If you don’t believe me, see sites like aliexpress, alibaba, wish and etc and read their choices of wording the product’s description
  • Always take cautions purchasing on Ebay. This is quite concerning to see that 44 of these potentially fake bottles were sold to people.
  • Your skin is more important than getting a good bargain on a fake. Your skin over a cheap price tag + it potentially being counterfeit!Counterfeit makeup can potentially do a lot of harm to not only your skin but your overall health. You and I both do not know what these unauthorized factories are doing behind closed doors, nor have these products were FDA approved.

Please do your research on counterfeit makeup if you have not already.

Here is a list of website links to articles on dangers of counterfeit makeup:
1. 13 Terrifying Dangers Of Counterfeit Makeup
2. CBC – Counterfeit May Pose As Risk
3. Health Line

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  • Other additional things you can do whether you are purchasing on ebay or not is to always ask the seller to provide clear images of all angles of the product and also to show proof of purchase
  • Click here to see the differences: Skin79 Counterfeit vs Authentic

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Until next time, friends.
Hope this helped, I’m looking into doing a series for this. What do you think?