Makeup · Personal · skin

Cleansing, skincare, makeup removing, night routine

Hello Beauties,
This is a post that I had started some time ago now and I wanted to still post it because it is still somewhat relevant.
My night routine is always changing with life. When I’m working I tend to have a different cleansing routine to when I’m at home and don’t leave the house for the day.

So today I’m gonna chat to you about one of my older personal skincare/cleansing routines.

I’m sure you’ve all heard many times before that you should always cleanse your face and take your makeup off at the end of the day before going to sleep. You should never sleep with your makeup on, why? Well let me tell you why…

Our skin in covered in pores, your pores secrete sebum that helps protect skin, moisturise and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores.
However if you have makeup on you are blocking the pores and not allowing the sebum to come through and then possibly helping start acne and clogged pores, which could also then lead to enlarged pores!! And take it from me… you do not want enlarged pores! They naastay!
Also during the night time is when your skin is repairing itself and if it’s covered in a layer of foundation it’s not going to be able to do that effectively.

Having worked in the beauty industry I always get asked the question, “why do I need to have a makeup remover and a cleanser? Can’t I just use one of them?”
Well ladies and gentleman that brings me to the rule of 2 step cleansing or double cleansing, there are many names for this process.
It is the process of removing the makeup on your face before and as well as using a cleansing product to cleanse skin.
If you are not removing makeup and dirt from your face then your other products are not going to work as effectively.
To get optimal value from your cleansers, serums, treatments, moisturisers etc. you need to first remove makeup dirt and any impurities on your face that you may have captured throughout the day, this can be done using a facial wipe, makeup remover on a cotton pad, makeup removing lotions, balms, creams or oils etc. Second step is to cleanse your face with any cleanser of your choice cream, gel, lotion, foaming, oil etc. there is endless options.

Anyway moving on I like to change up my skincare routine every now and then to try new products and new ways of cleansing my skin to find what works best for me.
This was my routine I use to follow. I’d do this every night, especially if I had been at work and had a full face of makeup on.

First off I like to make sure I have my hair up and out of my face because there is nothing more annoying when your trying to wash your face and your hair is getting stuck to you!

micellar To start removing my eye makeup I use Garnier Micellar water. Also one of my favourite products.

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Soaking 2 cotton pads in it and then holding them onto my eyes for about 20 seconds to let the product soak in and lift the eye makeup. I then gently wipe any excess off of my eyes.

2If I have really heavy eye makeup I like to use Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, but I prefer the Micellar water.

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I then use these smartskin facial cleansing wipes to remove as much makeup off of my face as I can.8
I then wet my face and massage my Garnier daily cleansing gel wash onto my face and then rinse my face off.1
Depending whether I feel I need it or not I will then sometimes use St. Ives apricot scrub.

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It is an exfoliating scrub however I don’t recommend using it every day, about 2 times a week should be enough depending on your skin.
You should never exfoliate your skin every day, it is too much and too harsh for the skin. You can cause irritation to your skin or acne.

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After I have finished cleansing I then soak a cotton pad in my Garnier daily pore reducing toner and wipe that over my face, focusing on my T-zone.

After I have removed my makeup and cleansed my face I then go ahead with applying my skincare products

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I use Advanced Night Repair Serum all over my face

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I then use Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum around my eye area

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And then follow up with moisturiser. Moisturising for me is very important even if I skip my serums I always moisturise or my skin feels dry, tight and uncomfortable.
I either use Estee Lauder DayWear which is my favourite all time moisturiser.

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I always finish up with some sort of lip balm/moisturiser which ever is closest at the time.
I get dry lips easily and I always feel more comfortable with lip balm on.

So this is what I have been doing as of recently and I find that it is working great for me and my skin.

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them?
I would love to hear about your cleansing routine, leave me a comment below telling me what products you like to use.

Hope you all have a great day!

Sammysbeauty xoxo

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Personal · Uncategorized

Guess What!!

I’m back.

I don’t want to make a big post or scene because I keep going away and coming back to this blog. But I am picking it up again and I’m back at it. And excited to be doing so.
I have been absent for awhile now and keep making ‘return’ posts when I’m back at it. For some reason I cannot just sit down and stick with it even though I’m passionate and want to blog but things happen in life that take me away from doing so.

I want to say yay everyone get excited I’m back and gonna start blogging again but at the same time I don’t want to let anyone down by not sticking with it if that perhaps happens again, I cannot make any promises at the moment.

So I’m not going to give you a big spiel about whats been going on I’m just going to get straight back into blogging.

I do have a lot of content that I had saved as drafts and had not published before I disappeared off the face of the planet and I will probably still upload some of it, but there will be plenty of new content for you all to enjoy!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Hair · Makeup · Nails · Personal · skin

‘Lust Have It’ Unboxing/Review September and October 2015

Hello Beauties!

So my life has been fairly hectic lately, amongst working hard with Christmas coming up, moving house and personal/family stuff going on I have not found time to get my posts up in time 😦 I’m sorry for being a bad blogger xx

So this post as you can guess from the title is going to be a combined September and October lust have it unboxing review.
Because I should have my November box by next week… hopefully.

So on with the first one….

September

 

 

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This months box came with a black mesh zip up bag, something a little different. However mine was broken and has a tear down the side 😦
I’m not jumping with joy over this bag this month as I have received doubles and some of the products just didn’t work for me.

For those who are unfamiliar with Lust Have It, It is a monthly subscription box with 5-6 deluxe sized beauty items and sometimes full size products. Priced at $19.95 a month including postage and handling.

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Designer Brands, Twist n Go. RRP $4.99. Full size.

I have already received one of these in a previous box. It does work well if I want to quickly remove my nail polish without putting remover onto a cotton ball.
However make sure you never let it tip on the side as it will leak everywhere and the smell is impossible to get rid of :/

 

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White Glo, Proffesional Choice toothpaste, 24g. RRP $5.49. Sample size.

Toothpaste…. The whole cosmetics/makeup that Lust Have It is supposed to have seems to be getting few and far between 😦
I guess it’s good that its whitening toothpaste but it’s not really going to help people with discoloured teeth they are better off going to get it professionally done.

 

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Your Tea, skin magic tea, 1 tea bag. RRP $35 USD. Sample.

Got this magic skin tea and to be honest I have no idea what it does apart from being a tea to drink because when I went on their website they had no information on this tea and the benefits of it ? Plus they don’t have anything in stock of any of their teas or teaware.
It also says on the info card that I should have received 6 tea bags however cannot find the other 5 :/

 

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Ofra, Lip Liner Wine. RRP $19.50. Full size.

To be honest I would be annoyed if I had paid almost $20 for this lip liner. I saw the name of the colour (wine) and got excited because I’m really into dark red/plum/wine colours at the moment but when I saw it I realised how light it is, I swatched it and was disappointed that it came out a more nude/brown colour.
I then put it on my lips, at first it didn’t go on it was so dry it pulled across my lips and was like dried chalk, just wasn’t working.
As you can see from the photo below the colour on my lips is not very dark and wine like at all it is more of a nude shade.

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Kerastase, shampoo and hair masque. RRP $42 (shampoo) $62 (masque). Sample.

I will eventually try this shampoo and Conditioner after I finish the other Kerastase hair products I have received. Have heard that Kerastase is a good brand for hair products.

 

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UB Cosmetics, Tint Stick. RRP $23.00. Full size.

I swatched this and it is nice for a light pink stain to your lips however is slightly drying, but the colour definitely stayed.

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October……

Came with a pink mesh zip up bag.
When I opened this one I was rather excited as there were a couple good products I was interested in.
Unfortunately this months box didn’t include the info card 😦 but I have managed to track down the info for you anyway.

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Hair & Me hair rejuvenation treatment. RRP $19.95. Full size.

I have not heard of this brand before but am always willing to try hair treatments.

 

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Flormar nail polish. RRP $12. Full size.

I got excited for the nail polish because a girl can never have enough nail polishes right!?
I got the colour 228 it is a dark maroon/purple colour? something I would definitely use especially on my tootsies as I love dark colours on my toes.
I have not tried it yet so I don’t know how the quality is but fingers crossed it’s good.

 

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Bioderma Sensibo light. RRP $32.99 full size 40ml. Sample size.

According the bioderma website this is a daily moisturising and protecting treatment for sensitive skin that increases the tolerance threshold.
I always like to try new moisturisers and the small sample sizes are perfect for trips away from home. Will definitely try this moisturiser.

 

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Flormar eyeliner pencil. RRP $19.95. Full size.

Slightly disappointed with this product as I got the colour green… a colour I would never wear or ever be able to pull off with my skin tone and eye colour.

 

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Lust Have It Highlighter compact. RRP $29.95. Full size, Exclusive.

When I saw this I was super excited. I am really into highlighters at the moment and am obsessing over theBalm’s Marylou Manizer and my new BH cosmetics highlighters I recently got.
When I saw this I instantly thought it looks just like Marylou manizer and was so excited to try and when I swatched it was fairly happy with the result. The next day I put it on with my work makeup and was sadly very disappointed… I could not see it at all! I don’t know what happened to the shine and glow but it was just not there and I tried looking in many different lights.
I haven’t bothered using it since.

 

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Atkins chocolate candies. RRP $9.00 in 5 pack box. Bonus.

Yes you read that correctly I got candy in a beauty subscription box, they must have run out of makeup…….
Even worse it’s ‘diet’ ‘low carb’ chocolate 😦

 

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Your Tea, skin magic tea, 1 tea bag. RRP $35 USD. Sample.

Same as my september box I received only 1 teabag and am still missing the other 4? Maybe they are going to give me one each month. (my subscription’s almost finished) I’ll only end up with 3 tea bags lol.

 

That brings me to the end of my 2 lust have it unboxing’s. As usual, if you have any questions or opinions/personal experiences with any of these products or would like a review on any specific products let me know, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Hair · Makeup · Personal · skin

‘Lust Have It’ Unboxing/Review July 2015

Hello Beauties!

You know it’s that time of the month…  Nooo guys not that time of the month!!!
My lust Have It box has arrived!  What did you think I was talking about!
This month it arrived in a pink mesh zip up bag again, yaaay! My whinging about the dreaded cardboard box that I couldn’t re-use has finally paid off and the bags are back, hopefully for more than one box.

For those who are unfamiliar with Lust Have It, It is a monthly subscription box with 5-6 deluxe sized beauty items and sometimes full size products. Priced at $19.95 a month including postage and handling.

Lets get into it….

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Be a Bombshell, the one stick. RRP $24.00. Full size.

We had a choice of 2 colours to choose from with this product, I got mine in the colour flustered. It’s a pinky red colour.
It is an all in one stick that you can use on eyelids, cheeks or lips. It does have a nice smooth creamy texture but I don’t know how it would go on cheeks as a blush as it is slightly hard to blend it out and I don’t think I would ever use a redish colour on my eyes either.

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Be a Bombshell, Lip Gloss. RRP $21.00. Full size.
Colour ‘Taupeless’

So I tried this lip gloss as a swatch on my wrist and then on my lips and I am not a fan.
It is very thick and gluggy texture and extremely sticky to the point it felt like tacky glue and my lips kinda stuck together on occasions. I understand that shiny lip glosses are generally sticky and tacky on the lips but I’ve not experienced it this bad.
However it definitely stuck on there!  An hour after taking it off I could still feel it sticking my lips together 😦
I’m also not a massive fan of the colour it isn’t a colour I would personally go out and choose for a lip gloss. It was like a orangey nude on my lips.

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Hikari Eyeshadow quad. RRP $22.50. Full size.

This eyeshadow quad is nice, I like the colours however I have never worn a green eyeshadow like that one before so I don’t know how much use that colour will get but the others are great, I usually always go towards browns natural nudes for my eyeshadow.
They are highly pigmented and seemed easy to blend out.

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Paula’s Choice Resist wrinkle-repair Retinol Serum, 7ml Deluxe sample size.
RRP $52.00, 30ml.

I have tried a few Paula’s Choice products now and they are good, this is a serum for the night to help repair smooth wrinkles, firm skin, and softens fine lines so skin of any age looks and acts younger. I personally don’t have any lines and wrinkles to worry about yet but I’m sure it will be a great product to try in the future.

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Racinne Gentle Refining Scrub. RRP $2400. Full size.

I have not heard of this brand before but am excited to try this scrub. It is said to slough off dead skin cells and impurities. Replenish the skins moisture barrier revealing a smoother brighter complexion.

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Garnier Fructis Full and Luscious shampoo and Conditioner, 10ml sample bonus.
RRP $5.95, 250ml.

I also got a small sample of the new F’n’L shampoo and conditioner to try.
Garnier Fructis claim that it gives visibly fuller, thicker hair with an extra soft weightless finish.

 

Overall this months box didn’t exactly have me that excited to try all the products like previous ones have, my personal opinion… I was slightly disappointed.
But I finally got the pink mesh bag again so that it a positive.

 

If you have any questions or opinions/personal experiences with any of these products or would like a review on any specific products let me know, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hello my Beauties,

I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by the gorgeous Elisabeth from A little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothin’. So kind of her to nominate my blog! 🙂 I feel so honored and feels great to be noticed.
I think you should all go and have a look at her blog because it is fantastic.

I think awards like this are a great way to help you find other great blogs to read and it’s a nice way to let your fellow bloggers know that you love reading their blog, like giving a small gift of acknowledgment. And of course it’s a great way to find out a little bit about other people.

awardHere are the rules: 

    1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
    2. Answer the ten questions your nominator has provided.
    3. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
    4. Create ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

Everythingandnothin’s questions to me:

1.) How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for about 2 years on this blog.
Before that I had another personal blog which I had for many years.

2.) Do you watch Netflix, if yes, what is your favorite movie or show?
I don’t watch Netflix, however I have heard that it has just arrived in Australia which is pretty exciting because it sounds great. I go through stages where I get obsessed with shows and if I’m not working I watch the show and neglect all my other household duties.
The last TV show that I was obsessing over until I watched it all and now have to wait for the next season to be made 😦 was Pretty Little Liars, if you haven’t watched you must!

3.) Outside or inside?
Depends on my mood but I’m usually an inside person looking out..

4.) Best gift you’ve ever received?
This one is a hard one because I have received many great gifts from my family over the many years I have been on this earth and I couldn’t put it down to one ‘best’ gift.

5.) Favorite tradition?
I don’t necessarily have any traditions that I do all the time.
Except Christmas! I love Christmas day sitting around at home with family and friends however as the years have flown by and I have aged it just isn’t the same anymore, every year seems a little different a few more people some years and a few less others, but I like being able to spend the time with my close family and eat lots of yummy foods!

6.) Biggest regret in life?
Wanting to become an adult.
I hate having to do everything by myself! 😦 paying the bills, controlling the money, making sure finances are in order, making sure there is something on the table for dinner each night, driving myself places, doing all the washing etc. BORING!
I miss being able to shrug it off and say I’ll do it tomorrow I’m gonna go play now.

7.) Favorite hairstyle?
I don’t exactly have a favourite hairstyle, I’m a bit boring when it comes to my hair.
However I have always wanted the bob with longer hair at the front and shorter around to the back, I’m yet to have it though.

8.) Favorite app?
Probably Instagram but only because I use it the most.
If you aren’t already follow me @sammys_beauty_makeup

9.) Best beauty tip?
I have so many great ‘best’ beauty tips I couldn’t put it down to just one.
Make sure you blend your foundation down your neck so you don’t have a line near your chin that is a different colour to your skin tone.
Pink coloured concealers help remove the look of dark under eye circles.
A round flat top kabuki brush for liquid foundation gives the best flawless application and finish.
Put a card under your eyes when applying dark or glittery eye shadows to avoid getting fallout on your cheeks.
And soooo many more!

10.) One food you highly dislike?
This one is easy… Mushrooms!!
I find it easier to tell people I’m allergic so that I don’t have to go anywhere near them things!
Seafood is not my favourite either :s

 

My questions:

1.) Favourite Beauty product?

2.) Favourite beauty guru to watch on YouTube?

3.) One food you highly dislike?

4.) What is one Place/Country you would love to visit?

5.) Biggest regret in life?

6.) What is your favourite little luxury?

7.) Favorite tradition?

8.) Where do you write your blogs? Do you have a schedule?

9.) Best beauty tip?

10.) If you have spare time, what to you do?

 

I nominate

The Look List

Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle

A Lack Of Hue

The Glam Gala

Lexi’s Look of the Day

Living Disrobed

Just Jay Beauty

Sarah Loves Makeup

lifeoffashionandbeauty

All things that Glitter

Hedonista Lifestyle

 

I hope you all repost this on your blogs, make sure you comment and let me know if you do so I can read your answers to my questions and get to know you all better.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Makeup · Personal

Almost at 100 followers!!! General chat and face of the day!

Hello Everyone,

Today I thought I would do a more personal chatty post with you all as I didn’t get a chance in the past week to prep a post between working my butt off and going on a road trip for a few days with my boyfriend and his friend. We went to Wollongong New South Wales which is by the beach, I had never been there before so it was good to see another part of Australia I hadn’t been to. We intended on going out on a boat fishing but unfortunately the weather turned bad and we were stuck fishing off of the bank. Was good to get away for a couple days anyway.

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Also I am coming up on 100 followers!!
I am pretty excited to reach 100 as that was a goal for me. I have been slowly counting down every time I get a new follower, and get so excited!
I’m not there yet but I’m so close, I think I have 93 followers right now,
so help me get to 100!

I appreciate every single one of you for stopping by my blog and clicking that follow button. I hope you all still read my blog and enjoy the content.
I would love some feedback on how you guys are liking my posts and what you would like to see more of if there is anything in particular you want to see.
I have been trying to get into a routine of posting every Tuesday so hopefully I can keep that going.

I thought I would show you my makeup of the day from work last week..
My job requires me to wear a full face of makeup and this is how I did my makeup the other day.

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I generally like to go for something nice and natural, I always seem to go for brown eyeshadows, it’s my comfort zone and I get stuck doing the same face over and over sometimes.

If you would like more information on the products I used on my face please comment below and I would be more than happy to help.

 

Hope you all have a great week!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Makeup · Personal · skin

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Hi Beauties,

So I wanted to do a review on one of my favourite skincare products,
Garnier Micellar Water!

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For those who are not familiar with Micellar water, it is a skincare product that removes makeup and cleanses the skin without needing to rinse your face.
Micelles are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing.

Micellar cleansing waters have been very popular lately, I believe the trend started with the Bioderma Micellar Water, which I personally have not tried.

To use the micellar water you just apply a small amount to a cotton pad and wipe over face, focusing on areas where makeup is more heavy like eyes and lips for longer.

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I personally like to wet two cotton pads and hold them onto my eyes for about 20 seconds before wiping away any makeup.

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Then I wipe the cotton pad across my eye area to remove any excess.
The Micellar water lifts all the eye makeup off of my eyes

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Before and after – Left eye makeup has been removed, right still has makeup on.

The Garnier Micellar water is a cheap alternative to the Bioderma cleansing water at half the price, you can pick it up from Supermarkets (woolworths and Coles) and most pharmacies in Australia (Priceline and Chemist Warehouse etc.) for about $12.99. However you can sometimes get it cheaper on sale. The size it comes in is 400ml which is a very generous amount. And it is definitely worth every penny!

I love this product because you can use it on your eyes and lips and it is fragrance free and therefore is so gentle on your eyes, it doesn’t sting and burn my eyes when I am taking my heavy eye makeup off at the end of the day.
It is light and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily or tight and dry.
And it literally just lifts the makeup and takes it away so easily, it’s amazing. No rubbing is required which my skin really appreciates because otherwise it gets red, sore and irritated.

I only have one negative about this product and that is that I’m almost out of it and I love it too much that I use it all the time, I am gonna have to go buy some more soon. They should make a one litre bottle :/

It doesn’t have a strong scent to it and is fragrance free which is good for people that get irritated by fragrances.
It is nice light and refreshing cooling on your face which is good as it doesn’t leave any residue, meaning you can save time by not needing to rinse it off.

I definitely recommend this product! I love this Micellar water and it works great for me to help remove my makeup before cleansing my face.
It’s a great product to take with you if your going somewhere overnight or for a couple of days and want something to quickly and efficiently take off your makeup at the end of the day or for in the morning to freshen your face. If you don’t have access to running water to wash and cleanse your face properly then this is a great alternative.

Although suitable for all skintypes it was specially formulated for sensitive skin.
It is also Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically tested.

I will definitely be purchasing this product again and again.
It seriously is a great product and I think everyone should try it!

If you have used this product yourself I would love to hear about your experience and opinion on it. Leave me a comment below.

I wish you all a fantastic week!

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo


Disclaimer:
All opinions are my own.
All photos are my own, taken by myself.
Some excerpt’s taken from Garnier website.