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THE DRESS EDIT LOOKBOOK: HOW TO STYLE SPECIAL OCCASION OUTFITS (PRETTYLITTLETHING)

New Year. New Dress, Glam it up girl.  W hen it comes to special occasions...who doesn't love to get their glam and style o...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CIRCA HOME RELEASES NEW FRAGRANCE RANGE FEAT. THE KITCHEN ALCHEMY COLLECTION (WHITE TEA & WILD MINT) - #CIRCAHOMEXOZHARVEST


Circa Home launches their latest Kitchen Alchemy collection featuring White Tea & Wild Mint 

Circa Home have teamed up with OzHarvest to launch another beautiful fragrance and initiative which is now available at circahome.com.au and nationally. The latest Kitchen Alchemy range have been formulated with White Tea, Wild Mint and Bergamot which leaves your kitchen smelling refreshed and cleansed after cooking up a storm. 

What a brilliant way to spruce up the place and make it smelling amazing once again. If there's ever a way to get rid of that cooking smell, definitely burning a candle is the way to go. When it comes to fragrance and house products, they make exceptionally ideal gifts especially with Christmas creeping around the corner. (*Hint Hint, Santa Claus) 

Products available from the range include: 
Classic Candle, RRP $34.95 
Fragrance Diffuser, RRP $44.95 
Hand Wash / Hand Lotion, RRP $24.95 
Hand Care Set, RRP $49.95 

Fragrance Notes: 
Top: Wild Mint, Anise, Bergamot 
Middle: White Tea, Fig, Lily of the Valley 
Base: White Woods, Musk 

I absolutely love the amazing initiative and commitment between Circa Home and OzHarvest: 
$1 from every Kitchen Alchemy product sold goes to OzHarvest to help provide nourishing meals to Australians in need. 

Have you smelt the latest Kitchen Alchemy candle? It's so divine. 

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CIRCA HOME X OZHARVEST 

An evening of fun, food and fragrance 

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*Cue the food photos (warning: delicious food brought to you by the wonderful team at Circa Home, OzHarvest and lovely ladies). 











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Are you hungry, yet? 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

GET PERFECTLY DEFINED BROWS WITH THE RETURN OF BOBBI BROWN'S FAVOURITE BROW PRODUCT


Your favourite brow product by Bobbi Brown is now back.  
For perfectly defined brows that stay on for all day long, it's hard not to miss the Perfectly Defined Long-wear Brow Pencil by Bobbi Brown (which now comes with a refillable cartridge guys). It's a wax-based long wearing brow pencil which has a slanted tip so that you can easily look to soft to defined looking brows. On the other end of the pencil there's a spoolie attached which is perfect for combing and taming any stray hairs. Additionally it uses a waterproof formula (being sweat and humidity resistant) which allows for up to 16 hours of wear which is great for a longer wear. 

I've been using this brow pencil for a few days now and already I am in love with its long-wearing and waterproof formula. It's amazing how it doesn't smudge or fade which means your brows can stay on the whole day. As for the slanted tip I find it so easy to create either a soft or defined look for neat and natural looking brows. I would 100% recommend this brow product as it's incredibly long-wearing and so easy to use on a daily basis. 
When the full-size product runs out, simply remove the empty cartridge and insert a new one. The refills will be available in all existing shades, and sold separately. 
Full size: $65 
Re-fillable Cartridge: $42 

Available at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counters, www.bobbibrown.com.au, AdoreBeauty & Mecca. 
                                   

Bobbi Brown daily essentials 


Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil, Bobbi Brown 

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Have you tried this brow pencil out yet? 

Monday, September 9, 2019

WHAT I RECEIVED IN THIS MONTH'S BELLABABY BOX - BABY & SKINCARE HAUL


It's that time of the month again, where I dive into another surprise full of baby and skincare goodies box...

You can easily look to subscribe to Bellababy where each month you're sent a surprise of goodies ranging from skincare, baby essentials to even makeup. This month I have teamed up with Bellababy to share my honest opinions of what I thought about the box. 

Each box caters for all Mamas (new and existing) and there's a variety of brands included. It's literally the perfect excuse to try out more brands and learn what works for you. 

This month I receive the following items in the Bellababy box: 
  • Munchkin Details Bottle & Cup Cleaning Brush Set (full size) - Hello to a full sized product! This is exactly what I needed especially with all of the bottle cleaning I've been doing on a daily basis. I love how there's a selection of brushes, each with its own role of cleaning tricky corners in sippy cups to slim straws and more. This literally solves my cleaning issue with bottles, teats, etc. 
  • Baby Bellies Organic Carrot & Apple Nibblers (full size) - It's the perfect snack for my toddler to try and what better way to eat their way through a healthy alternative. These bite size snacks are perfect for the little nibblers as they can work on their motor skills. 
  • Nuk First Choice+ 150ml PP Bottle (full size) - This orthodontic shaped bottle replicates a breast so that it allows for a fuss-free feeding session on Bubs. I'm actually excited to try this on my little one and to see whether he will like it. I've heard many great things about Nuk and it's such a bonus for Bellababy to include this product in this month's box. 
  • Blaq Express Charcoal Wipes (sample size, 5 wipes) - Charcoal helps to detoxify and purify the skin and it's even better when it's in the form of facial wipes. These pre-soaked detoxifying charcoal-infused formula wipes feel very absorbent and does a good job in helping to remove makeup from the face. 
  • Allganic Baby Hair and Body Wash (full size) - For a dermatologist tested and non-irritant product for your baby's hair and skin, this is your go-to product. I've already tried this out on my toddler and he literally smells so good right after a bath. I felt that it is incredibly gentle on his skin and he didn't experience any redness or rashes which is a relief. I will most definitely be repurchasing this product. 
  • Palmer's Coconut Sheet Mask (full size) - I'm all about refreshing sheet masks and Palmer's is one particular brand that I haven't tried any from as yet. Thanks to Bellababy I was able to give this sheet mask a go, and I must say that it delivers a whole heap of hydration to the skin. This sheet mask is a must if you're after nourishing and hydrating looking skin. 
  • Seraphine Botanicals Lip/Cheek Crayon (full size) - Another full size makeup related product that I am excited about featuring a lip and cheek crayon by Seraphine Botanicals. It's the perfect product which leaves you with a natural look and the best thing of course - is that you can literally use it on both your cheeks and lips. Talk about multi-tasking product! 
  • Little Innoscents Natural Sun Lotion SPF30+ (sample size, 30ml) - I'm actually familiar with this brand so I was so thrilled to find a Sun Lotion sample in the box. It's basically a mineral based sun lotion which is a great, safe and natural option to sun protection. Your skin will be protected - the only difference is that this sun lotion doesn't contain any chemicals or preservatives. 
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The Bellababy monthly subscription box allows you to try out new brands and products that are baby and mother related. For instance in this month's Bellababy box, there are products I've yet to try. This is perfect for sampling new brands and products before purchasing the full sized products at the supermarket. 

To get started with the Bellababy box subscription, simply head over here to join in all the fun which is perfect for new mums. 

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Have you tried the bellababy box before? 


HOW TO PROTECT COLOURED HAIR AND TREAT DULL, DRY & SPLIT ENDS WITH THESE MUCH NEEDED HAIR CARE ESSENTIALS

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Protect the hair for with these much needed essentials by Daily Naturals. 

Your hair deserves the best care. It's so important to invest in products that work for us. Daily Naturals, an Australian made and owned brand is a new haircare range that has worked for my hair, leaving it feeling healthier, shinier and with less breakages.

Recently I tried out a bunch of haircare products from the range that are designed to protect and extend the life of coloured hair (something ideal for those with coloured hair of course). 
After using these products I felt that they were incredibly gentle to use on my hair for everyday and they had a light, natural fragrance to them. They don't contain any harsh nasties such as sulphates or parabens which is absolutely a must for me when it comes to everyday hair care products. 

Some of the latest haircare products I tried out from the Daily Naturals range include: 
  • Colour Protect - Shampoo - Conditioner - It's a 100% vegan friendly product made with no sulphates and parabens. The products contain argan oil which leaves your hair feeling so much smoother and manageable (perfect for those who constantly get tangled hair). The hair care product does look to protect your hair colour from fading so that you're left with long-lasting colour. Overall, I did see that my colour didn't fade as much as it would if I were using a shampoo/conditioner which didn't have the colour protection feature to it. It's a nicely scented haircare range where it's super gentle on the scalp and I would definitely look to repurchase again. 
  • Treatment - Ends Sealer - Contains certified moroccan oil which is the perfect ingredient for if your hair is feeling dry and unruly. It helps to protect your hair from heat damage and colour fades. Also, in the longer run you can look to expect less hair breakages which is definitely a plus for me. If you constantly get split ends just like myself, the Ends Sealer is your baby! 
  • Treatment - Argan Oil - This product restores shine and moisture for all hair types out there. When your hair is looking dull and in need of some TLC, then you definitely need this in your life. I usually like to use about just 1-2 pumps on my ends as opposed to my scalp so that my hair doesn't get too overly oily. 
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Have you tried any of the hair care products as mentioned above? 

Friday, September 6, 2019

SKIN HEALTH SCIENCE LAUNCHES A NEW AUSTRALIA COSMECEUTICAL SKINCARE LINE USING PURE, POTENT & PROVEN ACTIVES


Created by twin sisters Samantha Hair and Jessica Whalley (both cosmetic nurses and with extensive backgrounds in medicine) 


Skin Health Science have finally launched nationwide with three simple products that are full of potent active ingredients. Each of the products contain active ingredients at the correct strengths such as red algae which help to support and regulate healthy skin. 

Recently I tried and tested their simple products which includes of the following below: 
  • Carbo Cleanser, RRP $72/120ml, (Activated charcoal cleanser), we all known charcoal is a magical ingredient in helping to cleanse out the pores from grime, oil and dirt. Skin is left feeling so purified which is the end result for me when it comes to cleansing my skin. The formula includes fruit extracts from Bilberry, Sugar Maple, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel and Cranberry which all help to decongest the reduce inflammation of the skin. This was a refreshing and effective cleanser that I've tried out so far and the fact that it incorporate activated charcoal, really makes it the perfect cleanser for my skin. 
  • REM Repair Serum, RRP $159/30ml, I'm all about facial serums because I find that it absorbs better allowing the skin to replenish and rejuvenate. The REM Repair Serum contains a potent concentration of high-grade actives which are important for healthy cell metabolism. It includes active ingredients such as Retinaldehyde, Tetrapeptide 30 and Vitamin B3 which help to restore the skin's barrier. 
  • RP Moisturiser, RRP $115/50ml, last but not least after applying on the serum I would follow it up with a moisturiser. The RP Moisturiser is incredibly lightweight and is made to restore the skin back to its healthy glow once again. It's very hydrating as it contains Jojoba Oil and Aloe which also soothes and relieves any skin irritations. 
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Are you curious to learn more about Skin Health Science? 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

MY HOLY GRAIL SKINCARE PRODUCTS BY KIEHLS - TRIED & TESTED REVIEW


Are you looking to spruce up your skincare routine?

Kiehl's is a brand I've been using for so many years now and one that I could trust when it comes to quality skincare products. Recently it was time to spruce up my skincare range and look to identify my skin issues such as dark pigmentation spots, breakouts, dryness and uneven skin texture. Thankfully, there are products which specifically target each area from the Kiehl's range and I've been incorporating them into my daily skincare routine. 

These products are considered as a holy grail to me as so far they've proved to be very effective on my skin and the results are on-point. Hands down I'd repurchase them again because I consider them as an investment for achieving better and healthier skin down the track. 

Here are my TOP 3 from Kiehl's... 


Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Kiehl's, RRP $78 

I've been looking for a fast-acting serum for my dark pigmentation spots for so long and finally I've found a product that works for my skin. It even looks to even out my skin tone which is a bonus! The Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is super effective and absorbs easily onto the skin. It works to prevent future dark spots from appearing as well as other skin discolouration. What I love about this product is that it doesn't contain any nasties which includes silicones, parabens and fragrances. The Dark Sport Solution has evened out my skin tone and I can visibly see how much smoother and brighter my skin feels after application. 

As for its consistency, it has a really nice texture (similar to honey) and it applies easily and evenly over the skin. You don't require as much product as you think, only a little will certainly go a long way. Simply cleanse the skin and apply the product over the entire face both day and night after you've applied your favourite moisturiser. I do recommend using a high UV sunscreen during the day for the added skin protection from harsh UV rays. 

Furthermore, with continued use on a daily basis I have noticed my acne scars to slowly fade which is incredible. It has taken me so many years of trying multiple products to try and achieve a brighter and even skin complexion - but thankfully I've finally discovered Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution...it definitely worked for me. 


Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, Kiehl's, RRP $52 

Many people tend to skip using treatment essence products because they simply don't know much about its effectiveness. I first discovered using essence products when I was in holidaying in Asia and noticed that many beauty shops were stocking multiple brands of essences. I recall asking one of the assistants at the store about why we should use essences and she said that it's an integral step in Korean and Japanese skincare which helps to transform our skin, where it leaves it feeling soft, plump and hydrated. 

Kiehl's offers an exciting product called the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. It helps to restore your skin's youthful look as well as smoother and healthier looking skin. Similar to a serum, an essence is more lightweight on the skin.

Furthermore, it features a velvety liquid concentrate which works to promote anti-ageing and hydration for the skin. The essence seeps into the skin with its Iris Florentina Root Extract (highly known for its deeply nourishing and anti-ageing benefits), which in effect visibly improves any fine lines, dullness and uneven skin texture. 

I would use the Treatment Essence both morning and night onto cleansed skin as part of my skincare regime. Simply pour a few drops into the palm of your hand, then gently press this all over your face and d├ęcolletage. After regular use you will start to notice how glowing and healthier your skin will appear. The Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence has proven to me to be a supercharged product for the skin and a must-have in our daily skincare routines. 


Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum, Kiehl's, RRP $67

I cannot highly stress the importance of using an eye product within our daily skincare regime. The areas under our eyes ages quicker than our skin, which is why I've been using eye products religiously on a daily basis. One product that has definitely made the list has to the Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum. It's a super smart 5-in-1 solution for the eye which makes you think that it's probably a must-have in your beauty cabinet. The five key benefits includes lifting, firming, smoothing, hydrating and restoring the youthfulness back to the skin. 

After using the product for a couple of days, I could already tell that the skin area around the eyes looks firmer, lifted and brighter looking. My eyes definitely looked more youthful and less tired which is amazing considering that I've had many sleepless nights since giving birth last year. I have to admit that it's the most effective eye serum I've used by date and I love how it's fast-acting for an eye product. 

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Have you tried any products by Kiehl's before? 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

NEW PRODUCTS - MY EVERYDAY SKINCARE ROUTINE - DAY & NIGHT


Here's a closer look at some newbies I've incorporated into my daily skincare routine. 

Lately I have been trying out these two new products by Derma Energy which includes their 'A Happy Medium, EE Cream' and 'Race Against Time, EE Serum'. Both of these products are ideal for those with normal, oily and combination skin with a focus on ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, etc. 


A Happy Medium, EE Cream 

This is ideal for those with an oily t-zone or oily to combination skin in general. This is the perfect hydrator for the skin as it doesn't leave you with a shiny or oily sheen. It leaves skin feeling well hydrated and balanced which is great for everyday use. 


Race Against Time, EE Serum 

This EE Serum looks to reverse the signs of ageing, fine lines and dull skin. Even though some of us may not be in the 'ageing skin category', it is always important to have this at the back of our minds. You can always look to treat and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, etc. before it's too late. Prevention is always key especially when it comes to skincare. 

I would use the EE serum both morning and night after cleansing my skin. The result? I did feel that my skin felt much smoother and brighter, with fine lines around the eyes being less obvious looking. 
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Have you tried out any of the above? 

THE WEEKEND OUTFIT EDIT: FRESH COMFORTABLE & STYLISH LOOKS FOR THE WEEKEND


How to dress comfortably for the weekend

Femme Luxe offers affordable and stylish fashion including trendy outfits ranging from casual to glam. If you're looking for pieces that you can easily re-wear for the weekends or simply look to layer over each other, then you definitely cannot go wrong with shopping at Femme Luxe. Their pieces are affordable, comfortable and of reasonable good quality. 

For this look book I was aiming for pieces which include a mix of casual, style and glam. You can easily look to layer on these outfits with some stylish accessories such as sunglasses, bag, shoes, etc. When it comes to my ideal weekend outfit, I like to keep it casual and comfortable. The key to expressing your own style is to make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in your chosen outfit of the day. 

Here are my ideal outfits for the weekends: 


The All Black OOTD 

I love wearing all black especially when it comes to the tops and bottoms. I've paired my outfit of the day with the Black Loungewear Tracksuit Set - Maria in size S/M with some grey sneakers and a white bag (just to balance some contrast out). This set is incredibly comfortable which can be worn all day long...or even to bed. This set feels incredibly breathable and since it's winter in Sydney right now, this was the perfect outfit choice. 

You can shop the Loungewear Set here


A Touch Of Glam 

We all know that weddings can fall on a weekend which is why I included this piece in my look book. Being the perfect nude coloured Camel One Shoulder Slinky Midi Dress, I just admire its slinky ruched material which gives you a hugging figure look. Pair this outfit with your favourite nude heels and you're ready set for your next social event. 

You can shop the Camel One Shoulder Slinky Midi Dress here


The Denim Shirt Dress 

You can easily style a denim shirt dress either for a casual or glam look. I've paired the Blue Denim Button Through Shirt Dress - Mila with a pair of nude heels and of course my favourite white bag. If you want to dress up your style by a tad, then you can always opt for a shirt dress as they're easy to pair up with some sneakers or killer heels. 

You can shop the Blue Denim Button Through Shirt Dress - Mila here


Be Comfortable and In Style 

Another loungewear set which I have been loving so much is the Loungewear set. You can wear this on your supermarket errands or a trip to favourite cafe. This set is incredibly comfortable and looks stylish at the same time. I paired this outfit with my favourite grey sneakers to give it more of a casual vibe. 

You can shop the Loungewear set here

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What's your ideal weekend outfit like? 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

TOP CANDLES FOR THIS SEASON - LIMITED EDITION - DARK ARTS DUO BY GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES


Take a mystical journey into the dark arts, where magic and mayhem rule... 

I love anything that's mystical or dark arts inspired. Glasshouse Fragrances have released their latest Dark Arts Collection which includes their Magic Spell (Pumpkin Pie) and Spellbound (Enchanted Embers). From pagan symbols to ancient secrets surrounding the packaging, both of these candles offer a unique and individual scent 

Glasshouse Fragrances sure do know how to bring the fragrance of mystery and magic to your own living space or work environment. If there's a season which is made suited to both of these candles, it'd definitely have to be the Autumn (Fall) or Spring season. 

Check out my thoughts on both of these candles below. 

Spellbound, Enchanted Embers 

For more of a hypnotic, amber and musky type of fragrance, the Spellbound (Enchanted Embers) definitely looks to tick all of the above boxes. With notes of plum, peach, peony, violet, vanilla and so much more, this is the newest addition to Glasshouse Fragrances. 

Top: Peach, Plum 
Middle: Amber, Violet, Peony 
Base: Leather, Vanilla, Patchouli 

Fragrance Family: Oriental 

RRP $49.95, now available via Glasshouse Fragrances


Magic Spell, Pumpkin Pie 

Add a little bit of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and spices to create this aromatic and addictive fragrance. This candle is just beautifully scented and gorgeously packaged. I love anything that's pumpkin spice inspired, so instantly it became a favourite of mine. It definitely speaks Fall vibes especially with the cinnamon and spices which are definitely strongly scented. 

TOP: Coconut, Orange, Pumpkin 
Middle: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin, Maple 
Base: Caramelised Sugar, Musk, Vanilla 

Fragrance Family: Gourmand 

RRP $49.95, now available via Glasshouse Fragrances

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Which fragrance are you looking forward to trying out? 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

KEEPIN' IT CHIC & SOPHISTICATED - SPRING LOOK BOOK - HOW TO STYLE BLACK OUTFITS


Keepin' it chic and simple 

Femme Luxe offers affordable and stylish fashion including trendy outfits ranging from casual to glam. There's something for everyone and I definitely had fun browsing through their e-commerce store. 

So onto the pieces I've selected which includes black and white, I wanted to create a sophisticated and glam look for Spring coming. We all know that wearing black is always safe to choose when it comes to piecing outfits together. The pieces are classy, sophisticated and suited my body shape the best. When it comes to styling your outfits, it's key to know what works for your body shape. 

Here are the three looks I've pieced together: 


A Date Night Look 

I've pieced together a Black Bardot Body Suit with Black Cargo Slim Pants by Femme Luxe to create the perfect date night look. It creates a sleek, sophisticated and classy look for an evening night out with your loved ones. If you're wanting an outfit other than a dress, then simply pair it up with some slim pants and a bodysuit, you simply can't go wrong with it. 

You can shop the Black Cargo Slim Pants here and Black Bardot Body Suit here


Sunday Fundays

For something casual and not overly dressed, you cannot go wrong with this comfortable loungewear by Femme Luxe. It's comfortable and you can literally getaway without it looking like actual loungewear. For days where you just don't want to dress up, this is your ideal outfit. 

You can shop the Houndstooth Short Sleeve Boxy Loungewear Set here


Let's Glam It Up! 

This one shouldered dress really adds a touch of glam to your overall style. Great for a night out with the girls or even a special occasion. Pair it with your favourite high heels and off to the dancing floor you go! 

Black One Shouldered Ruched Slinky Midi Dress available here. 

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This post is in collaboration with FemmeLuxe (an online boutique offering gorgeous outfits which you can find here).  

Monday, August 19, 2019

GOING BACK TO BASICS - NOURISH AND PROTECT THE HANDS FOR THIS WINTER


Keep your hands looking healthy...

Sometimes when we're too focused on our face and body, we can look to forget about our hands. Winter can cause our skin to be dry and harsh especially with our hands. 

Enbacci offers an amazing trio Hand Care Gift Pack which is perfect for a gift for your friends and family or...a treat to yourself. The pack contains a Nourish Hand Wash (280ml), Brightening Nail and Hand Cream SPF15 (40ml) and a Moisturising Hand and Nail Cream (40ml). 

The Nourish Hand Wash feels very gentle and smells beautifully scented. It almost reminds me of the hand soap that you see being used at luxurious hotels. It leaves the hands feeling cleansed and soft which you really can't go wrong with. 

Their Brightening Nail and Hand Cream SPF 15 is perfect for an all day wear, especially if you're outdoors such as driving. There's some level of sun protection which is great for preventing further ageing of the skin. And if you're after a less heavy hand cream, you can always opt for their Moisturising Hand and Nail cream which is a lovely everyday essential to keep in your handbag. 


Hand Care Gift Pack by Enbacci 

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Have you tried any of these by Enbacci?