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I rarely keep track of the gossip scene, especially the ones in Asia. The headlines themselves are enough to make me grimace; misleading and over-exaggerated. I was just reading up on the press conference for "Ip Man 2" and questions were asked about Donnie Yen's personal life. 1 meager on-topic mention and the rest of the article...go figure. Dear Macho Man, I don't need to know about you buying tampons for your wife. Ahh~ imagine him in a middle of a duel with Sammo Hung and shout "CUT! I need to go to the supermarket and buy tampons!" The horror of horrors - that image will pop up in my head whenever I watch "SPL" or "Ip Man 2."  (TДT)

Same thing - if I show up to talk about "Fright Night" and you ask if 2012 is going to happen, I will set harpies on you! Didn't your lecturers teach you to STAY ON TOPIC when writing thesis? TSK!

Of course, there are scandals that are too hard to miss, unless you spend 39 days on some 'ulu' location vying for a million dollars. That's a different story. Sidetrack: JT, you are the dumbest contestant yet; who gives the immunity idol to a villain and expect him to keep his word?!

When my friend tried to do some gossiping last night over at MacDonald's, I almost wrote her off but it turned out to be something disgusting enough for me to blog-rant. This despicable man who called himself Wing. What kind of a name is that? Maybe he meant to pronounce it as Wayne in Cantonese or he just simply likes to eat chicken wings... I don't know nor do I want to find out!

Apparently, this douchebag made a disastrous joke on April Fools' Day by posting intimate photos of his ex-girlfriend. Is he trying to be the next Edison Chen or what? Wait, there's more - he publicly said she wasn't chaste when they did the deed.

It's bad enough for a guy to brag about his "prowess" to his peers, but to the enthusiastic media and general public?  If any of my exes dare to mention the slightest thing about me to anyone, it will be some ferocious creatures a trillion times worst than harpies that I will set on you! Mark my words♥

Someone needs to explain to me what's the fun of camwhoring yourself in your birthday suit. Unless you're trying to capture yourself basking the glow of motherhood like Demi Moore, that I approve. I'm starting to sound like an old fogey - is this the norm now? If so, I rather remain a spinster!

According to my friend, he's not all news-worthy prior. Well well, dear friends, let's give a round of applause and welcome the latest Media Whore, Mr Wing. cluck Cluck CLUCK!!!

Pimping yourself out to the media isn't exactly new, the objective is to stay in the spotlight. Often for the wrong reasons. Anyone remember the "commando" frenzy starring Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? And those perverted photographers...they keep aiming and shooting at their crotch areas, why the hell weren't they arrested?

You don't really need to be a real celebrity to front the tabloids covers, as long as you have something DELICIOUS to entice the appetites of the masses. Start preparing your womb so that it can churn out 8-10 babies at one go, everyone will want to find out EVERYTHING about you. Once the moolah starts coming in, you can have all the plastic surgeries you want to make yourself look like a real superstar!

When you have those 8 cash human cows, secure a reality show and then in order to get ratings soaring high, have your Snorlax of a husband to admit an affair with a dumb blonde. After getting your divorce details splashed on every magazines, remember to inform the public how long you have remained celibate, like what the now-ex-Mrs Snorlax did.

If all else fails, take a cue from the Heene family by hiding your kid somewhere on Shutter Island and then set off a hot-air balloon.

The methods mentioned above have been tried and tested(not by moi!) and proved to be very effective. Otherwise, latch yourself to a man of status and try not to lament how wrinkly he is. He will probably summon whatever energy he has left and smack you across the room. Ooh, another great reason to stay in the spotlight, no?

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Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

The new Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 comes in Fair, Light, Medium and Deep. Infused with microlight minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and even out the skin tone without the need for heavy make-up.

Microlight Minerals - Naturally derived mineral pigments incorporate Mineral Mica, an optical diffuser, softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E - Moisturize and provide antioxidant protection.
Dionysis Extract - An extract of the Sea Campion Plant shown to slow the effects of free radicals even more than Vitamin E or Cranberry, providing strong antioxidant protection.
Squalane - Botanically derived from olives, brings back the natural feel of skin's most moisture.
Jojoba Esters - Derived from the desert plant, acts as a barrier for water loss, keeping moisture in the skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate - A powerful moisturizer for the skin.

I almost freaked out yesterday when I swatched the product. So bronzy and I'm using the lightest shade! My skintone is fair and with the product applied on one half of my hand, that area looked like it got obvious action under the sun (lol)

Later I found out it was due to the terrible lighting in my room; it was raining cats and dogs with terrible bolts of lightning earlier.

This is a moisturizer with pigmentation; it doesn't provide any coverage but adds color to your face, giving it a fresh, luminous glow. It provides a hint of sheer with a dewy finish. With SPF 15, you will look radiant and protected.

Along with the Green Tea Lavender fragrance, the Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer will be available at Elizabeth Arden Singapore counters from mid-May. Only 3 out of the 4 shades will be available; Fair, Light and Mediim. 50ml retailing at SGD$52

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For those who knows me well, I don't do New Year countdowns. Couple of minutes before the clock turns 00:00, I would jump into bed with my pillows under and over my head, waiting for the world to rapture. I believe the end of the world will happen. Someday. No one can predict the exact date, but it will happen. It did with the dinosaurs, so it will happen with the human race. My fellow Aliens, you better watch your behinds or you'll be hopping "OUCH" all over the place!

Since we have no idea when Judgment Day will happen, I assume it will be the time when everyone's making merry and busy bragging about their pretentious resolutions - that's when the cunning Hades convinces shiny Zeus to let loose on humanity and punish us for the slaughtering of dolphins, the decaying infrastructure and education system etc.

So if my calculations are right and when TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) eventually happens, I rather die in my soft bed than getting into a stampede with herds of drunk banshees running nowhere to save their lives. 

Everyone seems to believe the Mayan prophecy, that 2012 is the end of the world. December 21st, 2012 to be exact. Now, the Mayan's concept is just an ancient pre-science interpretation of time. 2012 is when the Mayan calender ends...the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. I can't wait to hear from the horse's mouth -those promoting these nonsense- the lame excuses they can come up with as to why the world didn't Ka-Boom!

2010 sure started out with a bang(no pun intended), with major weather problems, HUGE earthquakes, the Sun getting all fired up, volcanoes erupting etc. And here's my original intention of what I meant to blog about: Charities and raising funds to help those caught between in the clashing of the Titans *roll eyes*

I used to volunteer to paradewalk around my neighborhood to sell flags in my school uniform. Back then, we were raising funds for the Singapore Red Cross Society. When I say "back then", gosh, people were damn generous BACK THEN! I have uncles and aunties slotting money notes into my tin. Without any hesitation. These days, before you can even finish asking "Hi, would you like to donate to...," people on the streets will shoo you like a fly! 

To be honest, I don't blame the current mentality of my fellow Singaporeans. Everyone was willing to fork out some money to help those in need, eg. the sickly folks who couldn't afford to pay for the extravagant hospital bills, and the lonely elders being sent to nursing homes. But of course we need to have some black sheep to "balance the society."

I hate those unfilial pricks who send their parents away to be taken care of by unrelated but kind volunteers. What, you can afford thousands of dollars to employ a maid to babysit your kids but can't do the same for your aging parents?! Don't get me started on those who gradually stop paying bills - as a result, these nursing homes are appealing to the public for donations to keep up with their daily expenditure.

No thanks to a particular Buddhist monk who misappropriated funds, everyone have become conscious, "Where do my 50 cents go ah? You better make sure you don't go buy some club membership OK?" Personally I do not know any monks, other than those who knows Shaolin Kung Fu living in the fictional world of TV. I must say, this one sure knows how to live life to the fullest - luxury cars, race horses, club memberships. Maybe we should all go be monks and nuns, eh? I really want to use his head as a gong! F!@#$%^&

When it comes to charity shows, TV stations like to use celebrities as the main draw. Some years ago, having them performing stunts was a sure-win way of raising quick money. The more dangerous, the BETTER. These executives like to hang some celebs upside down like monkeys, or have them dressing up as Buddhas and jump over the Great Wall <-that's what I would like to see but no one else thought of that!

With the economic downturn, those TV bigwigs know that the secret of making money for charity is to minimize outlay. Preparation works for those dangerous stunts cost alot of moolah too. So what do they do? Get people to sing. Or maybe get them to do the Macarena and sing, whichever works better and faster to get the cash cow mooing. I know, the whole "let the music heal or touch your soul" sounds cliché.

The bigger the celebrity they managed to 'secure' for such fund-raising events, the more willing they should be to give their time for free. What the public look for from them are passion and the willingness to use their influence and contacts to appeal to the masses for donations. And it is the quality of time they give that makes a difference.

I'm sure there are many celebrities out there who are passionate about good causes and willing to give their time without demanding a fee. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who rely on such events to create publicity for... themselves. Need I remind you about the recent charity fraud?

No matter how well-off you are, its the thought that counts no matter how many coinsmuch the amount is. But please do not lie about the millions of moolah you've donated, like "Paper Zhang!" And I can't fathom how some celebs can be so stingy with their money - sure you have to do your hair and go for facials, upgrade your living conditions blah blah... that amount of money you're donating, I can double that sum and I'm just a simpletini. Go figure.

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Yesterday evening I was invited to a blogger event organized by Elizabeth Arden Singapore, giving us a sneak of their Green Tea Lavender fragrance.

Close your eyes and allow yourself to be transported to a place of serenity and endless optimism. Purple waves of blossoms captivate the eye, while the scent of natural lavender awakens your spirit. The new Green Tea Lavender adds a splash of carefree relaxation to the sparkle of Green Tea original for an invigorating fragrance experience that sweeps your senses up and away.

Emphasizing the feel-good nature of the franchise, Green Tea Lavender has one of the highest quality certified organic essential oils available, Givaudan's Organic Lavender from Bulgaria. The organic lavender used in this fragrance possesses a unique character with a very rich aromatic almost amberry note.

Fresh. Relaxing. Carefree.
Italian bergamot, Meyer lemon and Sicilian mandarin come together expertly and are blended with a herbal trio of spearmint with chamomile. Green tea fuses with oolong tea and is accented with the highest quality lavender notes and a touch of magnolia before blooming into a surreal background of soft skin musks, bitchwood and ambrette seed.

The Eau de Toilette Spray comes in 50ml and 100ml, SGD$59 and SGD$83 respectively. Green Tea Lavender will be available at EA Singapore counters from mid-May 2010.

For those who have been following my blog, you would know I am a Satsuma freak (lol) But before that, I was, and still am, a lavender lover~ σ(^。^; Besides the infusion of green tea and lavender, the fragrance has a very sharp scent evoked by other citrus ingredients. It doesn't come off as overpowering; suitable for daily use and last up to 3 hours.

In addition, the Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 was also introduced at the event. I will blog about it separately when the lovely Marketing team of EA Singapore send me the product. Available in Fair, Light and Medium; 50ml at SGD$52. Available island-wide from mid-May.

Bloggers who attended the event were also given a box of macarons! I meant to have it for breakfast but I woke up to find it GONE!!! (TДT)

The event was held at the Arteastique, Mandarin Gallery. The food was delicious.. whereas the tea took 30mins to arrive. I ordered White Chrysanthemum Tea. Yay for antioxidants!!!

Lastly, a familyportrait of the party from last night☆

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Here's what went on behind the scenes at the photoshoot yesterday.

The stylist wanted a demure look, but the hair dude aka Sky got me looking like Brigitte Bardot! I ♥ this fashion icon, but on looking more at the shots, it got me thinking of the late Sharon Tate. However everyone thought it looked too 'mature' for me, so they bun me up instead (lol)

At the end of the day, I had a blast, and kudos to the SPH team, the photographer was easy to work with and everyone made the atmosphere less intimidating. I think I may have smiled enough for a lifetime(ha!) but seriously, I wasn't as stiff as I'd thought I would be ← new moi~.♪

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Before I start gushing about my day, let's take a moment and mourn the passing...of dear old... ME! That's right, the old AtelierGal has gone home to be with the Lord. The 'spiritual' AtelierGal, I mean (lol)

You see, I used to be stoic and have this slightly untouchable aura that I'd wrapped around myself, as a result I might look fierce when I don't smile. And when I am smiling, my facial expression just looked stoned. Tsk Tsk. Tragic, I know.

The night before I'd set a mantra and kept chanting over and over to NOT CLAM UP, and I think it worked! (^-^)v Who cares if they find the new me TALKATIVE, at least I'm not sitting at a corner reading my book in silence! I thought listening to Beyond & Journey would help me to relax, but I totally didn't really need to reach for my music player at all!

Now that we have welcomed the new, bubbly ME, let's begin!

So this morning I did a photoshoot for Elizabeth Arden Singapore, which will be featured in the June issue of NÜYOU Magazine.

The brand's best-selling Skin Brightening Overnight Capsules from their re-launched White Glove Extreme skincare range will be highlighted in the beauty session, as part of their 100th anniversary celebration feature. For those of you who have been following my blog, you would know how much I had raved over this night treatment!!

Often I have people telling me that I have good skin. Unbelievable! We all have good and bad skin/hair days. And I don't find my complexion any good. While having my makeup done, I was told that I had a good canvass to work on; products were able to be applied on smoothly. I see, that's what they were referring to...

I think I may have smiled enough for a lifetime (lol) but seriously, I wasn't as stiff as I'd thought I would be. It was a fun morning, though my feet hurt from my new pair of shoes...

In return, I was given a packload of TO-DIE-FOR products!! Thanks again, to Liz, Agnes & Sheena! Σ(゚ー^*) Special thanks to the SPH team, Benedict the makeup artist and Sky who did my hair~.☆

In my following entries, I'll be posting up the products and also behind-the-scenes shots taken this morning! Stay tuned!!

As a way to celebrate the "birth" of a new and improved ME, here's a Sneak Peak:

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我是听Beyond的歌长大的. 如果你从来没听过Beyond的歌,
那就真的太可惜了. 他们是华人音乐的骄傲.

Okay, I've lost count the number of times I've professed my love for Beyond, but if it encourages more friends to listen to their music, it's all worth it~.

The band debuted back in 1983 and I've been listening to them since I was eight. I used to spend hours in front of the radio and television, learning the lyrics to their songs, and belting them out in perfect Cantonese (I think my Cantonese was way better when I was a kid). Paul Wong is aging really nicely now, I'll probably hyperventilate if I ever get the chance to see him up close. (lol)

If you have never listened to Beyond, it is not too late to start now. The band was undeniably the rock legend of Hong Kong's pop golden era during the early 1990s. They dominated music charts all across Asia and starred in numerous movies..very much like what The Beatles did for the UK and USA. The band believed strongly in the themes of love, peace, and charity; their songs are mostly centered around humanitarian causes or full of optimism.

When Wong Ka Kui died in 1993 due to internal brain injuries (he fell off from a 3-meter stage while filming a game show in Japan), the whole of Hong Kong went into a long period of mourning. Beyond never regained their glory or musical achievements ever since.

A Hong Kong-born composer, songwriter and singer, he was lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and the founding member of Beyond. He composed more than 90 percent of the songs and wrote a number of award-winning lyrics. Ka Kui is most remembered for his unique and powerful voice
-steady and rhythmical-
that was able to convey a number of emotions, making him the heart and soul of Beyond.

The song he was most well-known for was 海闊天空.
Best song ever written
, in my opinion~.♪

情人 - BEYOND  曲︰黃家駒  詞︰劉卓輝

盼望你沒有為我又再度暗中淌淚  我不想留低 你的心空虛
盼望你別再讓我像背負太深的罪  我的心如水 你不必痴醉

哦 你可知 誰甘心歸去  你與我之間有誰

是緣是情是童真 還是意外  有淚有罪有付出 還有忍耐
是人是牆是寒冬 藏在眼內  有日有夜有幻想 無法等待

盼望我別去後會共你在遠方相聚  每一天望海 每一天相對
盼望你現已沒有讓我別去的恐懼  我即使離開 你的天空裡

多少春秋風雨改 多少崎嶇不變愛  多少唏噓的你在人海

I hope YT never ever take down these videos. Copyright is such a selfish capitalist ideology in modern society. If these videos are removed, then there will be lesser people who will get to know about great bands like Beyond, there will be lesser people who will be inspired by them, there will be lesser people who will try to make music like Beyond.

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What is Rohto Hadalabo?
Rohto Hadalabo is a skin care range that uses only the purest ingredients for whitening and hydrating. Rohto Hadalabo aims at improving and maintaining the condition of your skin to create young, dewy and healthy look.

A joint collaboration between Mentholatum Co. in US and Rohto Phamaceutical Co. in Japan, Rohto Hadalabo creates several skin care series for dull and uneven skin tone, dry and dehydrated skin and oily, acne prone skin.

Rohto Hadalabo Japan Goku Jyun Hyaluronic Lotion Light

This refreshing toner has a lightweight texture, suitable for oily and acne prone skin. The lotion helps to refine rough skin texture to create a matte and silky finish.

Containing Supahiaruron Acid and Hyaluronic Acid for intensive hydrating benefits, this toner is able to penetrate into the skin for effective moisturizing result without leaving a greasy layer on the skin.

Doesn't contain fragrance, mineral oil, coloring. Interestingly, this product is labelled "hypoallergenic" which means it is less likely to cause allergic reactions.

It leaves a sticky feel and takes at least 10mins to sink into my skin. However I do feel that my face is more hydrated.

Rating: 3/5

Rohto Hadalabo Japan Goku Jyun Hyaluronic Mask

Containing similar properties, this facial mask contains Supahiaruron Acid and HyaluronicAcid with re-hydrating, softening and moisturizing benefits. Theintensive hydrating ingredients can also prevent the evaporation ofskin's natural moisture to improve skin's softness and healthiness.

The essence felt 'heavier' than the toner, even when I tried to blot the excess solution, the stickiness refused to budge even when I wake up the next morning.

Rating: 2.5/5

Disclosure: The products were given to me for review purposes.

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Few hours ago, I was at a farewell party for the about-to-wed couple before they set off to Portugal to "begin a new life together." When the GF said 'a new life,' she's talking about babies.

Barry aka the BF, got her another diamond ring(Yawn) and then proceeded to get down on one knee(5th time already!) and... I swear the Brits tend to be repetitive in everything they do. How is that fun?

Here's the part where things got interesting:
Barry is a Beatles fan. The type who goes gaga over anything Beatles-related, but stays away from the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom.

*inserts the 411 on Yours Truly and The Beatles*
My folks don't listen to the Beatles, so do not blame me for the lack of interest. At least I know some of their more popular songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Hey Jude" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

I know the names of the members too - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison* See? I'm not hopeless after all.

Back to last night:
Hui Qing aka the night's showoff queen, tried to be a smart alec and purchased a copy of "Best of the Beatles" for her man. Over the phone earlier, she told me it cost her around 300 bucks from eBay. Nothing wrong, right? Read on!

The woman brought out the laser disc vinyl to show "the man I'm gonna be spending the rest of eternity with(exact quote)," I literally had to fake a phone call and rush to the kitchen to avoid laughing in her face.

Come on, I'm not a Beatles fan, but I do know about the whole Pete Best fiasco. Besides, I used to work at 2 different record stores! Self-imposed mandatory. For those still scratching your heads, let the Missy explain:

Pete Best was a drummer who got kicked out of the group in favor of the much handsomer Ringo Starr** So the India-born Brit was a little bitter about being jettisoned from the band and came up with what has to be one of the most elaborated revenge plots of all time. He decided that confusing the shit out of the fans would be damn hilarious. 

He recorded an album and called it "Best of The Beatles." No foul here - the album was exactly what it claimed to be: a record by Pete Best (formerly) of The Beatles.

Everyone else got the joke but the GF. She merely consoled herself by saying "at least it got my man laughing." OK, you win.

So, I'll get back to my writing and end this post with my favorite George Michael song, which coincidentally features a Beatle. The only track in my play list that has anything to do with a Beatle. Again, I am not that hopeless.

*So I cheated, I only knew 3 out of the 4 bugs guys. Sue me!
**I think jealousy played a part, seriously, Pete looked a hundred times handsomer.

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The birth of a new eye color palette that creates amazingly intense eyes with gradation; rich, wearable hues created through a quartet of silky pigments.

- Eye color that creates amazingly intense eyes through the combination of two light and two shade colors.
- A light, weightless texture that stays fresh all day.
- Highlights the shimmer of pearl using highly translucent powder.
- Includes large and small specialized tips at either end of brush.
- Fragrance-free.

Fasio's Spring 2010 collection presents Shadow Trick Eyes eyeshadow quads that comes in 5 different shades, each containing 4 powder colors from light to dark in typical Japanese graduated color scheme.

The 4 shades each consisted of a slightly different texture: the 'highlight' shade is smooth with a soft pearl glimmer while the 'light' color has a more shimmery and sheer finish. The 'shadow' shade is semi-metallic and the 'shadow line' is matte.

Although the swatches don't look too pigmented, but the colors are buildable. I got this in blue, the 'shadow' shade has a strong purple tone☆ Comparing with the ZA Dramatic Eye palatte reviewed previously, this one wins hands down for its blendable and smooth textures. Plus, even without using an eye primer, the colors lasted for 6 hours before showing signs of creasing.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: I paid for this product and in no way was my review influenced by the distributor/manufacturer.

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Lancôme - 75 years of Beauty Excellence

Beauty is more than skin deep. Lancôme, a contemporary beauty brand leader understands this. It doesn't only make women look beautiful, it strives to make women feel beautiful too. It's why founder Armand Petitjean chose the rose to represent Lancôme as a symbol of feminity, creativity, and beauty.

Lancôme has become synonymous with breakthrough ingredients, brilliant textures and unique blends of fragrances and colors.

With a quest for innovation and innate understanding of the skin, Lancôme has reached major milestones in skincare such as Rénergie, Absolute, Blanc Expert and Génifique - all product innovations that have left an indelible mark on women's beauty today.

The same pioneering spirit goes into the make-up. From L'Absolu Rouge to Ôscillation, Lancôme's lipsticks and foundations boast outstanding textures and impeccable, consistent results.
It is also this daring and creative spirit that has inspired Lancôme's International Make-up Artistic Directors over the years to create such intrinsic and memorable make-up collections every season.

Lancôme's perfumers exude a passion for fragrance in the creation of scents with distinctive olfactory signatures as seen in Trésor, Miracle and Magnifique. Finally, the epitomy of beauty is revealed through Lancôme's global beauty ambassadors; from the stylish Daria Werbowy to the charming Elettra Wiedemann and elegant Kate Winslet - all just as unforgettable.

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I ordered mine in February and really took my time in testing out the Vitacreme B12. The obvious results didn't show up overnight and this cream has slowly turned into something that I would use on a long-term basis.

I have been using this as my night treatment consistently and in 2 weeks, I noticed fine lines diminishing, improvement in elasticity and my skin felt really smooth and supple. As if I had understood Botox! The pink cream is light, smooth and absorbs quickly. It works best when you patiently massage the product into the skin.

The best part is - I wake up with my skin looking dewy and fresh, and it didn't break me out at all. However, it didn't do much in shrinking my pores nor reduce blackheads.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: I paid for this product and in no way was my review influenced by the distributor/manufacturer.

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