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Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge

Hey BIC beauties! One of my goals this year is to try to put together a makeup capsule with a handful (okay, maybe a large handful, in my case) of products that will work for me for an every day look and special occasions. Given my current collection, I won't need to be starting from scratch. 😂 So, I'm treating this capsule makeup collection challenge like a shop my stash and declutter adventure all in one. Would love for you to join me if and when you can.


If this is something that interests you or just piques your curiosity, please feel free to use this thread to document and challenge yourself to

(1) use what you have / shop your stash; and

(2) determine which products in your collection to keep, which to declutter, and which to try again another day. All with the goal of curating a set of makeup products that will help you achieve a signature look - and maybe a few additional products for other looks in your daily life, including looks for special occasions or events.

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Every week, I will post a group of makeup products I plan to choose from (i.e., shopping my stash) for my looks during the week. The themes / prompts are guides and if you have a certain interpretation or approach you want to take with it, go for it! Not every product has to fit squarely within the theme; it can be just one item.



WEEK 28 (July 8 - 14) - The "If I Were To Curate My Ultimate Makeup Capsule" Makeup Capsule (aka The "These are My Favorite Products" Makeup Capsule) - We're over halfway through the year, BIC beauties. Have you discovered or rediscovered any favorite makeup items from the first half of the year? Show us what products would make up your ideal makeup capsule. I know I'm curious to see everyone's most-loved or "go to" products. 


Upcoming Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 6.24.2024] Take a sneak peek at the themes to come.

WEEK 29 (July 15 - 21) - The Sticks and (Gem)Stones Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Colour: Summer Edition Makeup Capsule - Have some stick makeup in your stash that could use a little love? Time to bring 'em out include one or more stick product in a capsule (thanks @danielledanielle missjeanie). Stick makeup not your thing? All good; we're bringing back our previous Pops Of Colour theme (thank you @missjeanie), for a second option for this week's capsule - pick one or more products that add a summery pop of color to your look. Feeling adventurous - curate a capsule championing both themes.
WEEK 30 (July 22 - 28) - The BIC Inspired Summer Edition Makeup Capsule and/or The Pan It! Makeup Capsule - Okay, BIC Beauties, here we go - we have a new capsule theme as well as a well loved one - assemble a capsule of one or more beauties inspired or enabled by the fabulous members of our Sephora Beauty Insider Community? Or, put together a look with one or more items from your project pan. Or, meld the two prompts together for a capsule of both BIC inspired and pan it! products!
WEEK 31 (July 29 - August 4) - The New, Old or "Is It Time For This To Go?" Makeup Capsule - Did you pick up some new (or new-to-you) beauties this month that you want to play with (or keeping playing with)? Are there one or more tried-and-true products, or sleeping beauties in your collection that you want or need to put to use? Or, are there products in your stash that need to be put up on the chopping block (such an awesome theme, @cianni)? Here's your chance to curate a capsule with one or more products from one or any combination of these categories. 

Previous Makeup Capsule Themes: [Updated 7.1.2024]

1 - The First (of the Year) Makeup Capsule
2 - The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule
3 - The $20 USD ($27 CAD) & Under Makeup Capsule
4 - The "On the Go!" Makeup Capsule
5 - The Best of January 2024 Makeup Capsule
6 - The Black Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
7 - The Lunar New Year - Year of the Dragon Makeup Capsule and/or The "Things I Love" Makeup Capsule
8 - The "BIC Inspired" Makeup Capsule
9 - The Best of February 2024 Makeup Capsule and/or The "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
10 - The International Woman Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
11 - The "One Brand" or "All The Brands" Makeup Capsule 
12 - The "Springing Forward" Makeup Capsule and/or The Pops of Color Makeup Capsule 
13 -  The Fast & Furious / Quick & Easy Makeup Capsule and/or The March 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule 
14 - The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule
15 - The Makeup-Artist-Founded Brand Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
16 - The BIC Inspired (Summer Edition) Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
17 - The "Green" Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule
18 - The  April 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule and/or The "More Play Time With My Sephora Savings Event Hauls" Makeup Capsule
19 - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule
20 - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule and/or The "OMG, More Stuff From the Sephora Spring Savings" Makeup Capsule
21 - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule
22 - The  May 2024 "On Top", "On The Chopping Block" or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule
23 - The Love Is Love Makeup Capsule
24 - The Repurposed Makeup Capsule and/or The Multi-tasking Makeup Capsule
25 - The "Welcome, Summer!" Makeup Capsule and/or The "Good Stuff" Makeup Capsule
26 - The June 2024 "On Top", "On the Chopping Block" and/or "On Repeat" Makeup Capsule
27 - The Indie Brands Makeup Capsule and/or The Summer Vacation Makeup Capsule

FAQs: [Updated 4.28.2024]


What is a capsule makeup collection?  

A capsule makeup collection is a selection of makeup products that can be used to put together different looks for a variety of occasions. For some of us, that may mean a group of essential products for your everyday look plus a few extra items for a more glam or dramatic look; and, for others of us, that may mean, a lineup of our holy grail product(s) in each makeup category. My ideal capsule makeup collection probably falls somewhere in between - we'll (hopefully) find out at the end of the year! I don't see myself as a minimalist, but I don't have an extensive collection of makeup either. I appreciate the collections of people who fall within both camps but I float somewhere in between - on the one hand, my brow product collection would earn a gold star if we were using a minimalist approach to makeup; my lip product lineup, on the other hand, would not. 🤣 It would most definitely not.  


Why have a capsule makeup collection?  

Everyone will have their own reasons for having (or not having) a more streamlined makeup collection. Over the years, I've just become more interested in having less beauty products on hand (well, except for lip products, lol) - a handful of items I use or reach for more frequently with maybe a few additional products that are go-to's for me for special events or occasions.  Don't get me wrong, I love trying new products and I don't see that changing. I just like the idea of having a simpler collection (I appreciate that "simpler" can be relative), curated to my needs and lifestyle.

Why weekly? 
A few years ago, beauty & lifestyle blogger Serein Wu, did a weekly series (on her blog and YouTube channel), Makeup Bag Monday, where she rotated her makeup bag each week with new product launches and makeup already in her collection. Every Monday, she shared the products she selected for the upcoming week and provided detailed makeup reviews on the makeup she used for the previous week. I may not post detailed reviews, but will at least try to include a weekly recap (probably at the end of the week) of what products I like and which ones didn't work for me.  If weekly works for you, great. If not, feel free to join in based on what works best for you.


What if I don't have enough products to fit the theme for a full face?

No need for your entire makeup capsule to fit the weekly theme(s). Just one will do. And, even if you don't have one that fits squarely within a theme, feel free to post your makeup capsule. We'd love to see what you're using and hear your feedback on the products as you put them to use. 

All are invited to join in this adventure, whenever and however is most effective for you. I'm excited to see what results from this experiment. 

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Week 19 (May 6 - 12) - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule - To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month Recap



The fit:


Better than last week, but why do I bother? 🤣

ETA Tags:

PATRICK TA Major Dimension III Matte Eyeshadow Palette 

PATRICK TA Major Headlines Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush Duo She's So LA 

PATRICK TA Monochrome Moment Velvet BlushShe's Seductive

Danessa Myricks Beauty Power Bronzer Cream Bronzer Deep 

Gisou Honey Infused Hydrating Lip Oil 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna We're Even Hydrating Longwear Waterproof Concealer 

ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr On 'Til Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray 3.4 oz/ 143 mL 

One Size Brow Kiki

BASMA The Cream Blush Fuchsia 

BASMA The Cream Blush Cherry Red 

Kulfi Underlined Kajal Clean Waterproof Long-Wear Eyeliner Jungle Gems 

Hourglass Mini Ambient Lighting Bronzer Radiant Bronze Light 

Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet 

PATRICK TA Major Headlines Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush DuoShe's Baked

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Golden Glow

Sephora Jelly Melt Lip Tints

Saie Really Great Gloss

Ami Colé Lash-Amplifying Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara Rich Black 

Ami Colé Skin Melt Talc-Free Loose Setting Powder 

UD primer in Caffeine

PAT McGRATH LABS Sublime Perfection Concealer M18 

Stila Highlighter palette

Live Tinted Tinted Moisturizer Shade 6

Random Lashes

Velour Lashes Lash & Go Eyeliner 3-in-1 Eyeliner + Magnetic Lash Adhesive 


So the week was hectic, some of my  selections fell to the wayside.  I also subbed out something midweek because Youthforia CAN GO KICK ROCKS 🤬 ( The Deeper Hues Thread (Swatches, Color Matching, etc.) 

I really wanted to resume my lash game, especially upon learning velour was AAPI, but every morning something cut into lash practice, so by Thursday, I just gave up on it.


I took my Jelly Melts out of lipstick purgatory, and was like, I really should start using this...AND IT DIED.  The applicator just peaced out.  I tried using a lip brush, but it wasn't the same.  RIP Lip melt.


I got decent mileage out of PATRICK TA Major Dimension III Matte Eyeshadow Palette , the creams are dried up, which kind of is meh given it's not something I used a lot and have had less than a year.


Got mileage out of the Gisou lip, too.  Ironically @sister13 's dislike of it (and getting a fab new shade), reminded me to use mine 🤣


@itsfi& @ather .  The Live Tinted moisturizer is comparable to Tower28, and it's less dewy.  One of the reasons I wanted to try it was because the Tower28 is too dewy for me.  The shade match was so good...but while I like beaming, but I was full on glazed donut and rather keep any and all donuts regulated to only my mouth (not my face).  This isn't as dewy, BUT IT IS SO ORANGE once you go past a certain shade.  I am using it to use it up and for the SPF 😎, but I won't be repurchasing.  I just saw Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Huez Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Mineral Spf 30 Sunscreen is on its way, so I'm hoping that'll be the one for me.




Week 20 (May 13 - 19) - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule aka " I'm living in My Met Gala dream, don't wake me plz"




The Fit 🙌🏽

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PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership VII Eyeshadow Palette - Divine Rose Collection 10 x 0.047 oz./ 1.32 g 

PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette - Bronze Seduction 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Waterproof Micropencil Eyeliner Amethyst 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Waterproof Micropencil Eyeliner Emerald 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Waterproof Micropencil Eyeliner Opal 

NARS Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base 

Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet 

PAT McGRATH LABS Dark Star Volumizing Mascara 0.43 fl oz / 13 mL 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Linework Paintbrush Fluid Liquid Eyeliner 0.034 oz / 1 ml 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Soft’Lit Naturally Luminous Hydrating Longwear Foundation(I hate looking for this tag, I swear)

Lancôme SKIN FEELS GOOD Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 23 05N Radiant Tan 

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Bronzerin Desert Glow

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Bronzer Bronze Divinity 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Melting Bronzing & Sculpting Stick Chocolate Caramel 

PAT McGRATH LABS IntensifEYES Artistry Wand 

PAT McGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss Bronze Temptation 

PAT McGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss Flesh 4 

PAT McGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss Flesh 6 

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Blush Divine Rose(Actually it's the Duo DRII)

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Blushin Paradise Glow

Dior Forever Glow Maximizer Longwear Liquid Highlighter 017 Nude 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Shadowstix Longwear Eyeshadow Stick Bellini Ba$H 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Shadowstix Longwear Eyeshadow Stick Get On Taupe 

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Blurring Under Eye Powder Yellow 

Ami Colé Skin Melt Talc-Free Loose Setting Powder Deep / Medium 

Becca Skin Love Foundation

Urban Decay Vice Lipstain

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Rouge Gel Lip Liner 17 molasses 

Becca Highlighter Mini in Rose Gold

KVD Beauty Super Pomade Vegan Eyeliner, Shadow & Brow Pigment Medium Brown 


I'm really enjoying this week, probably my fave this far.  It's the mix of new and forgotten loves.  Divine Rose when I got it, was kind of lackluster, but it's been pulling weight now

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@danielledanielle Your stash is enviable!!!

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Glad I could inspire you with my negativity, lol!! 😂😂😂 @danielledanielle 

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Lol, not negative at all @sister13 .  If anything, it made me curious.  "I went in thinking, I don't remember it being like that, lemme see 😂🤣"

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@danielledanielle  Great capsule!!! Too bad about your lip jelly’s. 


Thanks for the tag on the live tinted! I’m interested in trying it now!!! 

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@danielledanielle  I love the capsules you put together! You have some very nice products in here. Interesting to hear your thoughts on everything, what worked for you and what didn't. Sorry about your Patrick Ta palette and lip melt, that's a bummer ☹️


(also, reading up on the Youthforia debacle: oh nooooo...that was one of my fav blushes, but I definitely won't be repurchasing now, or buying anything else from the brand...yikes 😬)

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Thanks @caitbird .


I still have one Jelly Melt! That's something 😂

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@danielledanielle, I’m sorry your week was hectic. I hope things have gotten to a more steady state.

Week 19: AAPI

Your AAPI has some fabulous beauties but that’s a huge bummer about the Patrick Ta palette!  🫤 Kudos to you on resuming or trying to resume your lash game. With the exception of a couple of JBeauty lashes, I gave away all my faux lashes last month to a coworker and to a friend’s adult daughter. I can’t remember the last time I put them on myself. 


💯on your decision to sub out, D. 💯 



Week 20: Sleeping Beauties 

Yaaay, glad this week’s theme has been a good one for you. I’ve been looking forward to it, even with it being as humbling as it’s been to see how many sleeping beauties I actually have. I knew there would be a lot, but … 😳 


Is that the new Fenty hydrating longwear foundation I spy in your bag? 

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Yes, sleuthy as always @itsfi 


I think the last time I tried a lash outside an occasion was 2022...😶


Heh, no worries...sometimes makeup aspirations are just that.  I think I'll give the capsule a re-do at some point.  I was able to revive the creams with Mehron, but I do recall them being on the smudgier side, so if they don't get used past this point, I just continue to enjoy the powders.  I really like the easy neutral eye I can get with this, and it doesn't look dusty.

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@danielledanielle, I'll have lashes put on me for an occasion and then I somehow talk myself into thinking that I can do it. That would be a nooooo! But, at the time, I think, oh, I'm sure with a little practice .... so I pick up a couple of lashes and they sit ... and sit ... and sit. 😂 But now they are in good homes, with people who wear false lashes on the daily. 


btw, I meant to say in my original response, I'm jelly of your nails. What lovely lengths they have. 😍

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RECAP - Week 19 The Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Makeup Capsule

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I'm behind on posting. I caught a bug of some sort Sunday night, but am feeling better-ish now. Here's a quick debrief of the standouts (good and bad) from my Week 19 capsules.

Top Shelf:

No new products to add to the Top Shelf, but there are a few beauties I can see making their way there at some point.


Pleasant Surprises:

😍 U Beauty The Super Tinted Hydrator - My sales associate gave me a sample of this tinted hydrator a while ago and i liked it enough to pick up a full size, but it's sat for a while. Well, I can admit when I've made a mistake and that was a mistake. I have enough dark spots from sun exposure and healing blemishes that I feel more comfortable adding a concealer to certain areas. That being said, this gives my complexion that dewy, plumpy, hydrated glow that my current normal-to-dry leaning skin loves. 


😍 Live Tinted Hueguard Skin Tint SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum impressed me with its coverage and longevity. It's not a GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) in this category, in part because it's up against the Tower 28 which I enjoy so much, and in part because I feel like I still need to use it in different circumstances, weather, situations, etc. to be in a better assess its overall performance. It is one I am happily keeping around and I look forward to trying it out more. @missjeanie @ather 


😍 Tower 28 Beauty Mini MakeWaves Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara Jet - I've held off on trying this for the looooongest time, mainly because it's not a waterproof formulation. I know this gets a ton of hype and there was a part of me that wondered whether the results would be similar to the Tower 28 SOS spray - a cult favorite but something that just doesn't work for me. Well, that was not the case here. While it's not without its flaws (does smudge a little, but actually no more so than some of my favorite waterproof mascaras), it's clear to me now why and how it has the following and devotion it does. Still early on and I'll want to test it during the warmer months but I'm a fan.



🤔  Anna Sui Gel Foundation Primer - it leans on the "like" side, but I want to test it out more, to make sure it's not just a fluke. Also, to make a fair assessment, I need to test it out when my skin is more on the oily side and when the weather is both warmer and cooler.


🤔  Kulfi Underlined Kajal Clean Waterproof Long-Wear Eyeliner Cheeky Chiku - I'm not typically a fan of gel liners, but this one is not bad. I need more time with it to determine if it's a keeper though. 



🗑  Jason Wu Beauty Jewel Stick Eyeshadow - Sparkle Pearl - Oh, I wanted to like this eyeshadow stick - the shade is really pretty - but it goes on very patchy. Ordinarily, I might give it another few weeks, but I have so many similar products to this, and ones that I consider favorites, if not Top-Shelf-worthy, so I'm going to let this one go. 


Month-to-date - that's 1 decluttered product so far for the month of May. 


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@itsfi  oh no. I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling good. I hope it passes quickly. Poor thing. 

The Live tinted sounds like it may be a contender against the Tower 28 sunny days!! I can’t wait to see how this pans out!!


Yay you love the Tower 28 Mascara. I’m surprised you haven’t tried it till now! I hope it just becomes more of a fav for you! It’s such a great one! 

Feel better! 💐 

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@ather, I just realized - it was you I think that mentioned a Live Tinted product, a serum in stick form, perhaps? that is geared in part towards addressing discoloration or hyperpigmentation? Is that right? Was that you? My recollection is that the item contains niacinamide?


Yeah, I’m a late comer to the wonders of the Tower 28 mascara. It came out and caught on when I was being very good about how many mascaras I had open and in use - it was one at the time and I was sticking to waterproof or tubing mascaras.


These capsules have made it a little more challenging to keep to just a few open mascaras - I’ve been aiming for no more than 3 at a time. I’ve been able to stick to that most months so far. 

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@itsfi  Yes! I did try the Live Tinted Superhue® Hyperpigmentation Serum Stick which I enjoyed. And would re purchase. But I think I want to try Live Tinted Superbright™ 15% Vitamin C Serum Stick #next. I have a bit of sun damage from my early years of using baby oil in the summer and not applying sunscreen as a kid ever. So I’ve been trying to address those spots and I have been bouncing around from different products! It was my first attempt at this brand and I really did enjoy it! 

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Ahhh, that's good to know @ather - with so many products out there and many more being launched, it says a lot about a product if it's repurchase-worthy. 

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@itsfi @ather ya..... my skin tint loving self, is gonna need the Live Tinted, wish it was one of the products on Sephora! 


I've been using the under eye colour corrector off and on to see if it's a fav... it's good, but not my favourite.  Partially due to the shade I picked.  But you've pushed me to go grab the other two products I haven't opened yet. The first is the SPF 30 primer that I'm not super hyped about anymore lol.  Luckily... only a DS.  The other one is the Superhue hyper pigmentation stick.  That stick was the driver for me to try the brand.  I haven't used it on my face yet, but the texture feels oily at first on the back of my hand, But after one or two swipes with my hand it sinks right in and I can't tell there was anything there.  My hand feels and looks ever so slightly less dry.  It does have niacinamide, bakuchiol and Vitamin C in it.  I'm going to start swapping it into my routine... I'm feeling like I need some new skincare variety in my routine!

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I've been impressed with the Live Tinted products @missjeanie @ather; the serum sticks seem interesting - they look like they'd be great for travel, or just keeping in your purse for touch ups. 


missjeanie, have you tried the OleHenriksen Banana Bright sunblock? The Live Tinted is similar (though not a dupe in my mind) to it; here are some swatches - 

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@itsfi I've only ever tried smaller DS/Foils of the OH so I can't say that I've had time to formulate a true opinion on it.  I did think the Live Tinted the other day looked brightening, which I enjoyed.  Maybe I should try to pick up the OH to try it out more.  Not that I don't have a lot to work through here... lol

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@itsfi  Oooo thanks for the comparison!! They look similar! 

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@ather, consistency wise, the Live Tinted is more like a lotion while the OH has a whipped feel to it. 

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@missjeanie  Yay! I’m glad you’ve been loving the brand! I see the SPF on the Canadian site. I’m hoping the tinted moisturizer comes soon!!! 

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