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6 Of The Best Beauty Tools You Need In Your Life Right Now

Hey Lovelies!

2019 is here and there’s never been a better time for clearing out your beauty cupboard and replacing yesterday’s skincare saviours with brand new innovation that is sooo much better. Check out the 6 best beauty tools that will transform your complexion. I’ve tested these products and if they were an ice cream, they would be Bailey’s Haagen Dazs (instead of the outdated refrozen vanilla in the bottom of the freezer – you get my point).

1.Sarah Chapman’s The Facialist, £28, cultbeauty.com

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Although this looks like something a Star Trek Voyager crew member may point at you, it’s actually something far more useful. This quirky little device will literally transform your complexion. The facial massager simulates the same movements as that of Sarah’s celebrity-adored signature facial. Not only does it achieve a significant lift and radiant glow, but the clever tool also makes light work of ridding toxins and puffiness. Hooray!

2.Foreo Luna 2, £169, www.foreo.com

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This has to be my best beauty tool and when I remember to use it, I never fail to reap the compliments. It makes such a difference to my complexion; not merely cleansing, but it also successfully targets and treats various skin concerns (particularly irksome fine lines). One trick I have is to add facial oil or serum and the little gem works all of those awesome ingredients into my skin. I love you Foreo Luna 2.

3.The Beauty Blender by Beautyblender, £17, www.cultbeatuy.co.uk

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Everyone who loves makeup should own one of these priceless beauty tools. Perfect for use on any makeup, this gadget seamlessly creates that much sought-after flawless finish. #Nomorestreaks!

4.Skin Roller, £42, swissclinic.co.uk

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Good quality derma rollers (when used correctly) can really work wonders on the skin. I’ve tried quite a few products by Swiss Clinic and they never fail to impress. Swiss Clinic’s Skin Roller combines 540 micro needles of which effectively work to trigger collagen production, improve circulation and stimulate the formation of new skin. Within a couple of weeks of use, wrinkles appear reduced and my complexion looks and feels amazing! I love this.

5.19 Momme Housewife Silk Pillowcase, £26, www.lilysilk.com

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I can’t state enough just how much I cherish my silk pillowcase. If you don’t want premature creases and wrinkles (DUH!) the silk pillowcase is the way to go. Your skincare products will stay on your face (rather than be soaked up by the pillow) and you will find you awaken without the dreaded indent that’s made itself unmistakably known in a glaring diagonal fashion across your face! I thank you oh wondrous silk pillowcase makers! Check out this one at www.lilysilk.com

6.Dyson Airwrap, £449.96, qvc.co.uk

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Want luscious locks without the painstaking truth (that you are slowly destroying your hair with heat)? Dyson’s Airwrap’s genius technology has made it possible for us to enjoy incredible hairstyles – but without using extreme heat. #hairgoals!

What are your fave beauty gadgets? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely weekend people xx

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The Best Vitamin C Serums To Combat The Onslaught Of Winter

Hey Lovelies!

Happy hump day and brace yourselves, for we are about to experience the true wrath of winter. Never fear – here are the best vitamin C serums to ensure your skin receives warrior-like protection against the onslaught of brutal weather. Take that, cruel UK winds!

Whether you need a boost to keep bugs at bay or give your skin a lift, vitamin C products are literal miracle workers. Loaded with antioxidants, good vitamin C serums will reduce fine lines, kick-start collagen production, boost hydration and brighten the skin with minimal effort required! People, we need this in our lives.

1.Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, £67, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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This is one brand to keep your eye on and for good reason; it’s outstanding products deliver real results and people are loving them. Their C-Firma Day Serum offers a noticeable improvement to the firmness, tone of the skin, providing an overall luminous complexion you will absolutely love.

2.SkinCeuticals Vitamin C E Ferulic Serum, £135 (30ml), www.skinceuticals.co.uk

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OK, I know this is crazy expensive – but if you’ve read any of my reviews you will know I totally rate SkinCeuticals products for their superior results. This brand is in a league of its own. Should your skin look dehydrated, dull, tired and in desperate need of help (as does mine of late), take a leap of faith and invest in this serum. It will not disappoint, and a little goes a long way.

3.Obagi Professional C-20 Serum, £96.49 (30ml), www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk

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Obagi has been the name on top skincare specialists’ lips for some time now and when it comes to skin transformation, people in the know swear by its almost magical properties. I would recommend purchasing an Obagi skincare package for optimal results. However, if you were to buy just one of their products, this is the one. Renowned for its skin brightening and plumping abilities, the Professional Vitamin C Serum is one of the greats.

4.Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, £70, www.spacenk.com/uk

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Another incredible brand has to be Sunday Riley. Their vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a true hero product. Want to tackle fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone? This cult product does all its name suggests, and a whole lot more besides! I love this.

5.Inkey List Vitamin C Serum, £7.99, cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should the other products seem a tad pricey (particularly as it’s January and we are all broke), The inkey List’s Vitamin C Serum is a fantastic alternative. Providing a huge 30% L-ascorbic acid, the serum ensures amazing skin brightening, plumping and protective antioxidant benefits, without making a dent in our back accounts. Yay!

What is your fave vitamin C serum? Leave me your comments below xx

Discover The Best Vegan-Friendly Brands Of 2019

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a good week so far. So many people are searching for ways in which to live a healthier lifestyle, with veganism now becoming a huge trend. This is also applied to skincare and makeup, and as such, vegan products are becoming ever-more popular. Check out the best vegan skincare and makeup brands/products of 2019.

1.E.l.f Cosmetics

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Should you want A-Mazing beauty products that are vegan-friendly, good enough to give M.A.C a run for their money and yet are somehow completely affordable (who the hell doesn’t?) then you have to check out E.l.f Cosmetics. If you are looking for entirely vegan products keep in mind that whilst the cosmetics are all vegan, some of their skincare and makeup brushes aren’t, so double-check before purchasing these. Buy their Elf and Mattifying Mist (£9) here

2.Jeffree Star

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When it comes to clothes and eyeshadows, colours are set to be huge for S/S 2019 and Jeffree Star’s awesome colour palettes and totally vegan to boot! Buy the incredible Beauty Killer Palette (£59) from Amazon Uk

3.Kat Von D Beauty

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I am a huge fan of Kat Von D products and so am totally stoked to hear she is planning on transforming her entire cosmetics line into vegan-friendly formulas. If you check out her website you will find the #Vegan section, presenting the vegan products that you can buy now. Check out her Lock-It Finishing Powder ($29) here.

4.Milk Cosmetics

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When I heard that the much-loved U.S brand, Milk Makeup are (finally) to launch in the U.K I was on cloud 9. I have been waiting to get hold of these for-like-ever! Milk Makeup cosmetics are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and their roll-on or stick makeup products prove to be a huge success. I cannot wait to try their innovative roll-on stick face mask. You won’t have to wait for much longer to try these highly anticipated products as they will be available from January 28 at Cult Beauty. #loveveganbeauty.

What do you think to these vegan brands? Have you tried any of their products and what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below. xx

Discover The Best Makeup Setting Sprays Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Today I’m sharing with you the best makeup setting sprays.

The festive season is in full swing and you’ve got back-to-back parties for the foreseeable, which means Instagram and social media are about to be flooded with pics. So, you want to look A-mazing? This year, it would be great to avoid any dodgy-looking pics taken just a few hours into the event, in which liner seems to have gone for a swim underneath your eyes (taking the smudged look to a whole new level) and any foundation has slipped from your face like you’ve been standing in a melting pot. Not a good look! This party season, we want serious staying power – but we don’t have to resort to the spray on plaster in the bathroom cabinet. Here are the best setting sprays that are incredible at ensuring your makeup remains flawless all evening.

1.E.L.F. Matte Magic Mist & Set, £5, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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As a huge fan of E.L.F. Cosmetics foundation and primer, I couldn’t wait to give their Magic Mist Setting Spray a try – it did not disappoint. Makeup acquires a gorgeous matte finish and stays firmly in place for a good 8 hours – which is unbelievable for me given that makeup seems to just evaporate to the point where it looks like I hadn’t even bothered applying any to begin with. Major result!

2.Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist, £17, www.debenhams.com

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Being a newbie to Kat Von D products I was keen to try out this setting spray. This works a treat in creating a gorgeous matte finish and (most importantly) locks your makeup to your face like it has some kind of invisible super power. You can party the night away and still take some filter-free pics on your ride home. I love this!

3.NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, £7. nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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When I read about the woman who claimed her makeup stayed put (using NYX Setting Spray) throughout the trauma of a car crash, I wasn’t surprised. For me, this setting spray has serious gluing power, provides a beautiful matte finish and instead of nipping to the club toilet and cowering in sheer horror at your ‘Freddie Kruger-like’ reflection (obviously from seeing a face of smeared makeup, not blood), your flawless complexion is, well, actually PERFECT! NYX, I love you!

4.Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, £24, urbandecay.co.uk

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When it comes to makeup Urban Decay set their standards to a truly professional level (which is probably why they charge that much more). Urban Decay’s Setting Spray ticks all the boxes (no setting into lines and caking, or fading) and your makeup looks as if you had just applied it -even when you’ve gone from work to a party and then danced your ass off of 3 hours straight! To be fair I haven’t tested it after 16 hours (yet) but the party season has only just begun.

What are your favourite setting sprays? Leave your comments below and have a lovely Sunday people xx

Best Post-Party Hacks To Look As If You’ve Actually Had Some Sleep

Finally, party season is here – which means dancing, fun…and a lack of sleep. Make sure you look as fresh as a daisy with the best makeup hacks. These tips will ensure you look like you have actually slept more than 4 hours (but sadly, they won’t help you function any better – multiple strong coffees until you can get to your bed will deal with this).

1.Highlighter

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Apply your highlighter generously around the eye area, paying particular attention to the inner and outer corners of the eyes, and upper brow bone too. Furthermore, add a little to the area at the outer side of your eye to give a lifted effect. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Wand, £27, www.charlottetilbury.com

2.Curl Those Lashes

A top trick for opening up the eyes instantly is to use an eyelash curler. This works miracles.

3.De-Puff The Bags

Eye bags the size of hammocks are kind of a giveaway to your previous night’s antics. Avoid the comments/looks/questions by quickly erasing the bags, dark circles and puffy ‘I haven’t slept in a week’ look. The best product I know of for a quick fix after a late night is Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, £60 (Pack of 12), www.johnlewis.com

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Once you try these under-eye masks they will become your post-party skin saviour. Drenched in a retinol-based formula, these patches (allegedly loved by Kim Kardashian) instantly plump the skin, erasing any evidence of dryness and lines (temporarily of course – but long enough to get through your day shift)).

4.Colour Corrector And Hydrating Concealer

 

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Firstly, address any dark circles with a colour corrector and then apply your concealer – but make sure it is a hydrating concealer. An ordinary concealer may make the situation worse as it can cause a cakey effect so close to the eye area, thus emphasizing any bags/lines instead. We don’t want that, so opt for a good product such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24, www.feelunique.com

5.Illuminate

Add a drop of illuminator to your foundation to brighten your overall look, detracting from tired skin. Iconic London’s Illuminator is totally dreamy, £32.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

6.Neutral Shades And Eye Drops

When you are absolutely shattered it is best to stick to neutral eyeshadows and lips, so that you do not draw attention to any sleep-deprived imperfections. Lastly, don’t forget the eye drops – these are always a Godsend!

Happy partying people xx

 

Best Beauty Gift Sets For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

All beauty fanatics out there are certain to love a fabulous beauty gift set in their Christmas stocking. Discover the best beauty gift sets around for under £40. Read on:

1.Benefit Defined And Refined Brows Kit, £31.50, boots.com

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Everyone knows that if your eyebrows look great it literally transforms your overall look. Now you can achieve professional brows with ease; this awesome kit contains everything you need for creating flawless brows and incredible selfies. I love this.

2.Bobbi Brown Pret-A-Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, £26, bobbibrown.co.uk

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I am a total sucker from neutral eyeshadows and nobody does them better than Bobbi Brown. Check out this awesome little gift set combining 5 eyeshadows and nude lip gloss to complete a beautiful Insta-worthy look. Sold!

3.Laura Mercier Pret-A-Powder Limited Edition Powder & Puff (Translucent), £36, spacenk.com

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Want sheer matte coverage, perfectly set makeup and an undeniably pampered feeling? Behold, Laura Mercier’s rose-gold lidded gift set. Fantastic Christmas pics – Check, check and check!

4.MAC Look In a Box Basic Brush Set, £39.50,  maccosmetics.co.uk

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Globally-loved brand MAC brings us their best-selling makeup brushes in a too cute for words, giant-sized lipstick holder. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want this in their Christmas stocking (other than the dog, perhaps)?

5.Dior Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Gift Set, £27, boots.com

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This Christmas make your eyes pop and wow all who see you with Dior’s backstage kit, including Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara and a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D for the perfect base to achieve maximum effect lashes. Could this Christmas get any better? I think not.

Have you bought any of these gift sets? What do you think? Please leave your comments below xx

Can LED Light Therapy Actually Turn Back The Clock?

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.

As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:

About LED Treatments:

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LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.

How Does It Work?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!

So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.

How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?

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The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!

Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)

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It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it).  Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).

For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.

More Upside…

Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.

Are There Any Contraindications?

In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.

Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?

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If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.

Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx

 

The Best Beauty Gift Sets For Her (At Bargain Prices)

Hey Lovelies!

It may be bleak out there, but its nearly Friday, which means the fabulous weekend is almost upon us – and with it another opportunity to grab some Christmas presents at bargain prices. Check out the best beauty gift sets that your friend, mum, sister (or you) will adore.

1.Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £27.50 (Was £55), debenhams.com

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The top notes of cardamom, pepper and ginger are encompassed in a heart of gardenia, peony and orange flowers, evoking an irresistibly sweet yet sensual aroma that will leave the senses intoxicated with bliss.

This Versace set contains ‘Crystal Noir’ eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion – everything you need to feel and smell divine throughout the festive period (and it’s a total steal)!

2.Liz Earle Brilliance Every Day Gift Set, £40 Was £57), lizearle.com

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Should you be searching for the perfect beauty gift set this Christmas, you can’t get better than globally loved brand, Liz Earle’s Brilliance Every Day gift set. Offering highly effective and naturally active ingredients, these products will ensure your skin and hair are looking healthy, radiant and completely rejuvenated. Included in the set:

1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Multi Award-Winner)

1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic

1 x Botanical Shine Shampoo (For All Hair Types)

1 x Botanical Shine Conditioner (For Normal Hair)

2 x Pure Cotton Cloths

3.Bobbi Brown Exclusive Pretty Effortless Eye, Cheek And Lip Kit, £59.50 (Worth £101.50), lookfantastic.com

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Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time fave brands and I am so excited to see this gift set on offer. Containing their best-selling Mascara, Brightening Finishing Powder (light), Lip Colour (Brownie) and Mini Fae Blender Brush, this kit provides all a girl needs to look amazing this Christmas! Whomever receives this kit will be SO HAPPY!

Happy Friday people xx

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The Best Face Primers Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Make no mistake – when it comes to attaining that flawless look, a good face primer is a literal Godsend! However, truth be told, the beauty market is flooded with primers that promise the earth and unsurprisingly there are some that fall way short on delivering even a mediocre result. We want actual blurring, smoothing and makeup that stays put! Do not fear, here are the best primers of 2018 that truly work little miracles to aid us in achieving that no filter necessary complexion. Read on:

1.Becca Backlight Priming Filter, £28, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should your skin look a little dull (that’s pretty much everyone this time of year), you want those pesky imperfections gone and a perfect canvas for makeup application, this incredible primer is a star performer. Its soft-focus pigments blur away imperfections, diffusing the light to achieve that Insta-worthy complexion. Better yet, this product is packed with liquorice extract and vitamin E to brighten, firm, tighten and protect. Woah!

2.Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22, nudebynature.co.uk

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If you want natural skincare and makeup, this brand is for you. Loaded with natural active ingredients such as native Australian Kakadu Plum (brimming with vitamin C), as well as antioxidant rich Vitamins A and E, and green tea, ensure that your skin is not only even and smooth without the use of silicones, but receiving extra nourishment and protection too. Furthermore, you will find your makeup stays firmly in place for the duration. I adore this brand!

3.Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26, smashbox.co.uk

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This transparent gel formula works like a dream in creating a flawless base for your makeup and is one of the best primers I have ever tried. Minimising the appearance of imperfection, fine lines and pores, whilst creating an even and smooth base for your makeup – is there anything this face primer can’t do?

4.Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, £14.50, www.urbandecay.co.uk

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Oh, how we HATE pores. Why should we suffer with them? The answer is, we shouldn’t. Say hello to Urban Decay’s magnificent Optical Illusion Primer, which goes a hell of a long way in reducing their appearance, whilst also blurring fine lines and providing a beautiful matte finish. Urban Decay, I love you!

Happy Monday people xx

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