My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 2-8, 2017

As it turns to fall (sort of) in Kansas City, I have been taking care of my skin because the weather has been fluctuating between cold evenings and mornings to hot afternoons.  My skin has been needing TLC!

So, my faves this week include a natural, all purpose balm, hydrating hand and body butter and fall hues of lip and nail colors in plum:

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($10 USD) — Packed with powerful natural origin oils and waxes, this multi-tasking balm helps to revive the brightness and appearance of tattoos, intensely nourishes dry skin and minimizes the appearance of skin marks with a nourishing, 100% natural-origin formula. Inspired by the Amazonian communities that have relied on natural oils to care for their skin for centuries, Amazonian Saviour™ Multi-Purpose Balm is made with just nine, 100% natural-origin ingredients. Enriched with Community Trade organic babassu oil and organic andiroba oil from Brazil. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think: This works well all over, from lips to hands to knees.  It is fragrance and flavor free so it can be used by those with fragrance allergies.  I love it as a lip balm, but I am using it on my cuticles and skin imperfections, too.  It feels amazing on and the 1.6 oz tin will last me a while!

Available at The Body Shop stores nationwide and here: TheBodyShop.com/En

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream ($46 USD) –This decadent, dermatologist-developed, hypo-allergenic moisturizer features 30% raw, unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana (one of the highest concentrations available on the market), organic unrefined coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of rosemary and rooibos extracts.

This helps restore lost moisture and optimizes skin-barrier function while leaving skin smooth, soft and supple. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, it’s safe for all skin types and effective for problem spots such as elbows, knees and feet—and it’s the ideal complement to Karité Shea Butter Crème Mains Hand Cream ($36 USD).

What I think: Another all natural item, the body and hand creams are both rich and hydrating.  They have a light scent. Both are safe for sensitive skin and feel really nice on, plus they absorb quickly.

Purchase at http://www.mykarite.com

Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($5.79 USD) — Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on.a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
What I think: Shown in Midnight and Plum This Show, two dark plum colors.  Plum This Show has a bit more reddish tones and Midnight is plummy purple.  They are both really pretty on.  They do stay on for a while, but are a bit drying as most matte colors are on me.  I think they are very pretty and affordable, which is great for picking up a few in fun colors!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99) — This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish. Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. Plum colored shades available are Plums the World, a soft smokey plum and Society Ruler, a more reddish plum.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99 USD) –The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Shown in Exotic Acai, a deep plum creme.
What I think: I like both of these formula.  The Complete Salon Manicure has everything you need in one bottle, and I like that it’s easy!  But I think Color Therapy is my favorite formula because the color stays on for days and days!  And it is good for my nails.
What products have you been enjoying this week?  Any fun shades for fall?

 

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My Current Fave Bath and Body Products From Le Couvent des Minimes

It definitely is starting to feel like fall in Kansas City. It’s a bit cooler at least.

I was sent the following Le Couvent des Minimes for my honest review. Made in a cloister in the French countryside, these products are crafted with care and love.

Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries

Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries (Price: $9 USD) — I love the feel and scent of this lip balm.  Inspired by the sisters’ benevolent works, that so often brought a smile back to the faces of convent residents, the smile lip balm rose and berries aroma helps to nourish and repair lips on a daily basis.

The original recipe combines softening marshmallow with nourishing shea butter and protective apricot oil, its formula with a floral rose and berries aroma works to provide lasting moisture and protection for lips!

Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream ($18 USD)–  Shea butter works with rose oil to help your skin retain its natural moisture while other essential oils exfoliate. This smooths and hydrates my skin amazingly and the scent is fresh and romantic!  I love this on my dry skin when it gets colder.

Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon

Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon ($44 USD) –This is a very fresh, lemony scent and is light enough to spray all over. It combines the invigorating properties of Lemon and Verbena with the firming qualities of prele to revitalize and tone the body.  This is nice after a bath or shower.   

Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil ($38 USD) — The fragrance opens with crisp notes of apple that mingle with the freshness of orange and lemon. The heart reveals a delicate pear flower, magnified by fig flower and fresh basil. The base notes of woods, cedar and soft musk give a feeling of serenity.

I think this is a fresh scent for autumn with the fruit and wood accords. It is perfect for those who don’t usually wear extreme floral scents!

Le Couvent des Minimes is currently available at Amazon.com and DermStore.com

What are your favorite bath and body products?

Pumpkin Spice Hued Beauty for Fall

Fall is truly here in Kansas City!  Today was finally cooler, although rainy.  I guess you can’t have everything!

I have to say, I do like the occasional pumpkin spice latte and really love fall pumpkin goodies!  I don’t wear a lot of orange, but I do love accents this time of year.  Here are some fun pumpkin spine beauty ideas:

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon

Lauren B. Beauty Runyon Canyon ($18 USD) — A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly!

What I think:  I love this nail color! It’s a warm orangey brown and perfect for fall nail looks.  I love that this is non-toxic.  It lasts at least a few days with at top coat.  So pretty!

Available at Laurenbbeauty.com

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach

Avon True Color Lipstick in Silky Peach ($8 USD) — Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks.

What I think: This is more of a spicy peach and is perfect for the Fall! It has a bit of shimmer to it, which is fun. This is a hydrating color that feels so nice on!

Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick

Finding Ferdinand Custom Mini Lipstick ($6 USD) — In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy.

What I think: I haven’t tried this custom service yet, but I think it’s so cool that you can make the exact color of lipstick that you like! The color above is so pretty, and if you’d like it, you can create it yourself!

Available at FindingFerdinad.com

Rituals Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold.

What I think: Although this doesn’t smell like pumpkin spice, it is sweet and spicy!  Not only does this fun orange scrub smell amazing, it leaves my skin very soft after use.

Available at Rituals.com

What Fall beauty items are you loving?

Brand Review: Erborian

I recently received Erborian products for my honest review. Erborian is a Korean skincare and makeup company that uses natural ingredients along with technology to make skin look and feel amazing!

These are the products I have been testing out:

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion ($34 USD) — a true velvety lotion for normal to oily skin. The mattifying powder, combined with an aqueous phase enriched with extracts of Bamboo – known to be a natural moisturizer – helps to reduce excess sebum and tighten pores. Skin looks perfectly mattified, with a velvety feeling.

What I think:  This needs to be shaken each use to mix the powder with the liquid.  It smells lovely and instantly mattifies my skin!  My skin is combination and gets oily in the hot and humid summer months.  This is perfect for me now and I use it after cleansing and before serum.  It keeps my skin fresh for hours.

Erborian Black Cleansing Oil

Erborian Black Cleansing Oil ($29 USD) — combines the Korean cleansing technique with Charcoal, known for its purifying properties, to offer radiance and comfort. On contact with warm water, its silky texture transforms into a light emulsion, for delicate yet effective cleansing action. Gently removes impurities, excess sebum and traces of even stubborn and waterproof makeup. Skin feels clean, supple and nourished, as if enveloped in a non-oily veil of protection. The complexion looks fresh and radiant.

What I think:  I use the Bamboo Matte Lotion in the daytime, but I use this cleanser at night to remove makeup and really cleanse my skin when it’s oily.  It is safe for my sensitive skin, too.

CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector

Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector ($44 USD 1.5 oz) — This high-definition color correcting primer helps create a flawlessly luminous canvas by blurring the appearance of fine lines to leave skin prepped and ready for makeup application. With two shades, color-matching pigments help create a seamless match to a wide range of skin tones. Broad-spectrum SPF 25 helps to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, and the finished product is a complexion feeling soft with a non-oily yet radiant finish.

What I think:  I have been loving this lately, because it blurs lines and pores, and gives a little color too.  I use it under foundation for days I want more coverage, or on it’s own just to run around.  It has SPF to protect and it is not oily.  The pigment also helps cover my redness so I look fresh and gorgeous!

Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng Clair

Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng Clair ($39 USD 1.5 oz) — This lightweight, five-in-one primer provides a buildable and mattifying coverage for your perfect base to be worn alone or under your favorite makeup look. With three shades formulated to match wide ranges of skin tones, the creamy texture blends easily and helps to minimize the look of pores and skin imperfections for a primed canvas. Broad-spectrum SPF 20 helps to shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, and the result is a protected complexion that feels soft with a velvety, non-oily finish.

What I think:  I use this as primer and foundation.  When it’s warm, I don’t like to use much on my face, and this helps me to look flawless in one step.  It blends well an gives a matte look — I do set it with my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye pores powder.  I love that it has SPF, too!

Erborian Touch Pen Complexion Sculptor and Concealer

Erborian Touch Pen Complexion Sculptor and Concealer ($31 USD) — Enriched with centella asiatica, known for its smoothing properties, Touch Pen leaves a fine, translucent veil on the skin that evens out skin tone for an ultra-light, adjustable finish. This high-precision beauty tool helps to conceal dark circles, imperfections, and visible signs of aging and fatigue, revealing a radiant look by visibly contouring or zoning. Great for both concealing skin imperfections and sculpting the look of the complexion, the sponge tip applicator allows for precise product distribution.

What I think: I love these pens with sponge tip concealers that are so popular lately.  (Here’s the review for the new Julep one).  This has a soft sponge tip that I love. I have it in Clair, which is their light shade.  It is very creamy and blends really well with my fingers or a brush. The coverage is amazing and it can be used all over the face, or just in spots, like under eyes or to cover redness.  I love to keep this in my purse for touch ups. It sets well and doesn’t really need a powder over it.

I really enjoy these Erborian products.  I think my faves are the Bamboo Matte Lotion and the Touch Pen.  I think they are pretty high tech and really make my skin look amazing and am looking forward to trying more products from them in the future.

Have you tried Erborian?  Which products do you love?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 31-August 6, 2017

Another week’s gone by.  My kids go back to school next week and we have been getting ready for that.  We’ve also been having big summer storms in Kansas City, so it is very humid outside!

This week, I have been loving products to clean, refresh and protect my skin in this weather.  They include sweet-smelling bath products, cleansers that will hydrate parched skin and botanical SPF.

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel – Orange Blossom ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — Le Couvent des Minimes Cologne of Love Exfoliating Shower Gel in Orange Blossom combines the exfoliating power of fruit extracts with vegetable-based antioxidants and petitgrain essential oil.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Shower Cream ($12, 6.7 fl oz.) — The blended scent of roses and ripe berries invokes images of a quiet stroll through a blooming garden, the air warm and heavy with late summer.  Essential oils work with vitamin E to support the natural recovery methods of your skin while shea butter delivers intense moisture. Fruit and vegetable extracts exfoliate away dead skin. The creamy formula of this luxurious body wash will leave you feeling silky smooth and smelling as fresh and sweet as a dozen roses.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) — Roses have long signified romance, femininity, passion and even the perfect beauty of nature. But a rose is more than just a pretty face. In fact, roses have been used as an effective antibacterial agent, an antidepressant and even to moisturize dry skin. Blended with the rich antioxidants of ripe berries, these benefits are captured in this cream

What I think: Both of these scents are very fresh and summery! I use exfoliator on my body a lot in the summer.  The orange blossom scent in this one is gorgeous, and it leaves my skin very soft.   The rose and berry products smell so nice.  The rose is the stronger scent, but you can detect the berries as well.  Both hydrate my skin and keep it glowing!

Available at Ulta stores

CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths: ($7.97 on Amazon) —
gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup while ceramides help restore the skin barrier. All CeraVe products contain the vital ceramides healthy skin needs to help restore and maintain its natural protective barrier. Gentle on skin, non-drying, non-irritating.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar: ($4.25 at Amazon) — gently removes dirt, oil and makeup without disrupting skin’s natural protective barrier. Unlike any other cleansing bar, it also contains CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to hydrate and nourish so skin is left soft. In a clinical study, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar was shown to lock in moisture 3 times longer than the leading brand. Non-comedogenic, non-drying and non-irritating. With ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Fragrance free.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser:  ($9.97 on Amazon) — It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural protective barrier. It patented MVE formulation helps essential ingredients penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.

What I think:  All three of these products are really gentle on my skin.  I love the cleanser cloths because I am very lazy at night and love using a cloth that will remove makeup and hydrate my skin in one step.  I keep the bar in my shower to easily clean my face.  And the facial cleanser is my perfect first step in the morning to deep clean but leave my face so soft!

Learn more at cerave.com and purchase on Amazon.com or a mass market retailer near you.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, ) Feature a non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Formula uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte-finish that’s never greasy.

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Natural Spray SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com) A natural spray that delivers a refreshing, powdery-clean feel in a convenient 360° continuous spray. Features a non-sticky, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection with Certifi­ed Organic Alcohol for a naturally luxurious sunscreen experience.

What I think:  First, these smell really fresh and natural, which I love.  More of a soft floral than a beachy scent, which can be a nice change from other sunscreens.  They both dry down to a matte finish without being greasy.  That’s so nice for doing normal outside activities like shopping and working outside.  It looks like I don’t have sunscreen on when wearing it.  Plus they are water resistant up to 80 minutes, so if you are going swimming, these work so well!

These can be purchased at Ulta, CVS, and Walmart

What products are you loving as we are well into summer?

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Brand Review: Perfectly Posh

Perfectly Posh is a company that uses natural ingredients and has fun names and packaging, which are both wins in my book!  Everything smells amazing, too!

They use independent consultants, like my friend Britt, to sell the products all over the US.  I tried a few of her products for my honest review:

Bare it All Micellar Tonic
Bare it All Micellar Tonic ($20 USD)– Cleanse and tone with this no-rinse, 3-in-1 makeup remover, facial cleanser, and moisturizer with a skin-calming blend of lavender, sage, and peppermint essential oils. Reishi mushroom extract helps promote cell renewal while saw palmetto, chamomile, and calendula deep clean, so you can take it all off. Gentle enough for everyday use. Apply cleansing tonic to a cotton pad and gently wipe until skin is completely clean. Use daily, morning and night. No rinsing required.
What I think: I’m a big fan of Micellar cleanser because they are so easy to use, not water required.  Also, they remove all dirt and makeup from my face.  This one smells really fresh, and cleans very deeply.  But, it leaves my skin really soft.  This is a perfect summer cleanser!
All I’ve Avo Wanted Face Mask

All I’ve Avo Wanted Hydrating, Nourishing Face Mask ($19 USD) — If you’re looking for soft, bright, youthful-looking skin, this creamy face mask is all you’ve avo needed. Avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter nourish and moisturize while milk helps soothe and rejuvenate. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes. Rinse well and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

What I think:  This mask hydrates so well.  It’s very creamy and really moisturizes skin.  I think this will be perfect for the colder months when my skin becomes dry.  Also nice for aging skin, because it plumps and smooths skin.

Go West Face Mask

Go West Detoxing, Exfoliating Face Mask ($19 USD) — Red clay and gritty volcanic ash help detox pores and exfoliate dry skin, while antioxidant-rich rosehip oil and calming licorice root extract nourish. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5–10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer to keep your freshly exfoliated face looking soft and lovely.

What I think: I love the smell of this mask.  It has a spicy citrusy scent.  Very earthy.  The texture is like a thin clay.  It’s a little irritating for my sensitive skin, but it did clean out my pores.  I would say that it is amazing for those with normal to oily skin.

Field Better Soon Chunk

Field Better Soon Chunk ($9 USD)–Calm your skin and your mind as you get clean. This big bath bar is filled with oatmeal and lavender to help reduce irritation and inflammation so your skin feels soothed and hydrated. Plus, the scent of rolling lavender fields will put your mind at ease, too. Use daily in the shower or bath and wash from head to toe for a peaceful clean.

What I think:  I love this lavender scented bar.  It has bits of dried lavender in it and it smells so clean and soothing.  Its a really moisturizing bar and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.   This is such a nice bath soap to have, and I am excited to try other scents of Chunks.

Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème
Hello Sweetie Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème ($9 USD) — Say hello to skin that is sweet-smelling and oh-so-soft. Our rich blend of apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe nourishes tired, dry hands without leaving them feeling greasy. Apply anytime to enjoy a big dose of hydration and a sugared vanilla scent you’re sure to be sweet on. The fragrance is sweet and sunny sugared vanilla.
What I think:  If you love sweet vanilla scents, this hand lotion is for you.  It has a rich and creamy formula, which is perfect for hands.  And it smells so yummy!
Hippie Hooray Body Creme

Hippie Hooray Body Crème  ($19 USD) — Summer calls for intensely soft and supple skin without feeling weighed down. Infused with rejuvenating pomegranate seed oil to help promote cell turnover and reveal younger-looking skin, this body crème features French plum oil to moisturize without any greasy residue and a light, not-too-sweet fruity vanilla scent. Apply generously from neck to toes as needed. The fragrance is light fruits, delicate flowers, and woody, decadent vanilla.

What I think:  This is a sultry and sweet fragrance.  It is not a heavy cream, which is perfect for summer.  It absorbs  quickly and leaves my skin soft, not greasy.

I really like the product that I used.  I think they are a little pricey, somewhere between drugstore and high end skin and body care prices.  But I love that they are all natural and you can purchase them from great people!  I intend on buying a few and reviewing more in the future.

Have you tried Perfectly Posh? Let me know what you think!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 17-23, 2017

It has been extremely hot this week in Kansas City!  I have been staying inside as much as possible.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!

My faves this week include body lotions to hydrate skin and help with issues, a great detangler and round brush for smooth hair

Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion

Malin+Goetz vitamin b5 body lotion ($34 USD) — Smooth on our vitamin b5 body lotion and instantly feel hydrated. Light in weight, yet heavy in performance, provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids deliver deep, long lasting moisture and nourishment. The quick-absorbing formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.

What I think:  This is a light lotion with a soft citrus scent.  It’s perfect for the summer, because it has a non-greasy texture and leaves skin really soft.  I love using it after a shower.

Purchase at http://www.malinandgoetz.com

DerMend Mature Skin Solutions

DerMend Mature Skin Solutions is a line of three dermatologist-recommended products designed specifically to address the unique skin conditions we experience with the passage of time. The line features DerMend Fragile Skin Moisturizing Formula, DerMend Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion and DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula. Depending on your skin’s particular needs, one of the three products in the line, used in a daily skincare regimen, can help every inch of your skin keep pace with the years and stay healthy this summer.

What I think: I think these products are genius ideas for taking care of aging skin.  I have been using the Moisturizing Anti-Itch Lotion on some dry patches of skin and it hydrates and helps it feel better.

Learn more at http://www.dermend.com. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Meijer. All three products can also be purchased online at LovelySkin.com.

Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($27 USD) –Weightless, daily detangling mist leaves hair glossy and frizz-free. Perfect for all hair types. Water-light leave-in toner adjusts the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair, for a remarkably smooth, shiny finish. Boosts manageability and shine with Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer. A featherweight blend of essential oils detangles, obliterates frizz and static, and imparts a light botanical scent.

What I think:  I like to use leave in products to keep hair manageable.  This one fights frizz and makes hair really shiny.  This is amazing for year round soft and gorgeous hair!

Available at http://www.philipb.com

Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush

Conair Carbon Smooth Large Round Brush ($8.39 USD) — Combination of boar and nylon bristles distributes scalp’s own oils to leave hair silky and shiny. The Carbon Barrel and bristles help dry hair quickly, add shine and reduce static, providing professional results. New wavy bristle technology helps grab hair firmly, making blow-dry styling easy. Smoothes and straightens coarse, curly or wavy hair Creates soft waves or curls.

What I think:  I love this for blow drying my hair.  It helps smooth it and give volume.  It also helps hair dry quickly!  I like that it has boar and nylon bristles too.  It detangles well.

Purchase at Walmart and other mass market retailers

What products are you loving this week?

 

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