A Goddess?!, Clean Freak & Mikasa over Glitter Glue

Swatches: AFK Cosmetics A Goddess?!, Clean Freak & Mikasa

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I have a few shades from AFK Cosmetics Fight or Die collection! Sadly when I was swatching these I accidentally knocked Clean Freak off my table and spilled nearly the entire jar on the floor and my chair. t.t I am so sad.

Official descriptions
A Goddess?! is a light and bright buttery golden yellow with a little bit of sparkle and shimmer.
Clean Freak is a soft off white bordering on cream with a slight golden sheen.
Mikasa is a deep jewel toned red bordering on burgundy with a very subtle sparkle.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼teaspoon by volume for $1.50 per baggie.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Lunatick Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

A Goddess?! is a light gold with gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Caranauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Clean Freak is a creamy white with a light gold sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Caranauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Mikasa is a metallic-y, jewel red with gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Silicon Dioxide, Copper Powder, Caranauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

I’ve swatched some other shades from the Fight or Die collection in the past, so here are some more! Clean Freak is my favorite it’s a pretty creamy white with a gold-ish sheen. It just kind of glows! Mikasa is a rich gorgeous red as well and A Goddess?! is the perfect gold. Very pretty colors! Later today I should have some more AFK swatches!

You can find AFK Cosmetics on their own site here. You can contact Dena through the shop email afkcosmetics@hotmail.com. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Peptide + Intense Eye Recovery Serum

Review: [re]fresh Skin Therapy Peptide + Intense Eye Recovery Serum

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Official description

Refresh Skin Therapy’s Peptide+ Intense Eye Recovery Serum is a dynamic and effective dark circle elimination treatment. Using an active ingredient mix of peptides derived from purified soy, rice, and yeast, the formula positively stimulates blood circulation away from the eyes to dramatically reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Benefits
• Reduces dark circles and puffiness around the eyes
• Strengthens connective tissue around the eye
• Restores important moisture levels
• Soothes and softens the skin
• Is safe and gentle to use around the eyes

More details:? The specific peptides used in this formula help improve microcirculation by strengthening the layers of the skin, ?which regulate collagen formation and elasticity. Thanks to the rejuvenated skin cells, increased micro-circulation within the delicate blood vessels. improves the appearance of dark circles.

The Natural Plant Extract and Hyaluronic Acid base delivers a moisturizing boost to dry skin. Seaweed is rich in antioxidants and protective value. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural moisturizer that attracts and retains moisture from the environment.

Where to buy
From Refresh Skin Therapy – You get a 12 mL tube for $49.95 USD.

Directions
Apply one pump to ring finger and tap gently around eye area.

Packaging
This eye serum comes in a plastic syringe looking container. It’s a clear plastic syringe that has a white rubber cap on the tip and then a clear snap on cap over that. The label is what with purple and black details. Has company and product information on it.

Scent and formula
It’s a clear, watery gel-like formula. It has no scent. It’s not sticky and leaves no residue once absorbed.

Ingredients
Chrondus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water (Aqua), Hyaluronic Acid, Triple Peptide Blend (Oxidoreductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydrolized Rice Bran Protein) Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerine.

I have been using this eye serum from [re]fresh Skin Therapy for about a month now. It’s a good serum, but I loathe the packaging. So let me get this out of the way! The packaging is awful, it’s a cool concept, but it doesn’t work well and it annoys me. It’s made to look like a syringe, cute, right? Well it doesn’t work so well. First, it has two caps. It has a clear plastic cap that snaps on and then it has a white rubber tip that pops on. If you don’t leave the white rubber tip on it can leak inside the clear plastic cap a little and if you don’t leave the clear plastic cap on the white rubber tip falls off easily. Now to dispense product you have to twist the plunger end to unlock it and then press it like you’re pressing the plunger on a syringe and product pops out. I do mean *pops* out. If you’re not careful it kind of shoots all over and a lot comes out. More than you need for both of your eyes. I think this product would do much better in a regular pump bottle. It’s a good product and it doesn’t need the gizmo hype of the syringe.

Now onto the product itself! The eye serum is really nice. It’s not sticky or oily and it absorbs completely leaving no residue, it just makes your eye area feel smooth and it’s a little cooling and refreshing. It’s supposed to help with skin texture, under eye circles, puffiness, inflammation, uv damage, improved capillary production and is supposed to increase collagen production. It contains no fragrance, artificial colors, parabans, sulfates, alcohol, or preservatives so it is supposed to be non-irritating. My eyes are sensitive and I get bad allergies. This serum is definitely non-irritating. Even some of my favorite eye gels/serums burn for a few seconds when I apply them, this does not. At all. As I said it’s cooling and refreshing, it helps with puffiness and inflammation from my allergies and it just makes my eye area look less dark and the skin looks and feels softer. It really moisturizes without feeling sticky or oily. It absorbs completely. I don’t look so blah, like death. haha This eye serum is also vegan and cruelty free. I know the packaging is supposed to be air tight and keep the product from contamination and what not, but it just annoys me. Put it in another container and it would be perfect!

  • Packaging
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  • Texture
  • Ingredients
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizes
Non sticky
Leaves no residue
Refreshes & cools
Reduces inflammation
Reduces puffiness
Reduce under eye darkness

Cons
Awful packaging
Slightly expensive

Final thoughts
The eye serum is excellent and one of my favorite formulas, but I loathe the packaging.

Buy or not
With improved packaging, yes.

4.1
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Pro-A Serum & Retinol Surge Moisturizer

Review: Body Merry Pro-A Serum & Retinol Surge Moisturizer

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Official descriptions

Pro-A Serum

  • MAXIMUM STRENGTH RETINOL: This 2.5% retinol serum will let your skin truly sink in all the goodness and power of Vitamin A. It effectively addresses wrinkles, fine lines and spots, while also improving the overall texture and tone of your skin.
  • NATURAL & ORGANIC: The addition of Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid provides the much needed hydration so you can reap the benefits of Retinol, without having to suffer any dryness or irritation. Organic Green Tea works its charm as a powerful antioxidant.
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: The formula does not contain any harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates. No fragrances or alcohol.
  • MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE: The serum is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals.

Retinol Surge Moisturizer

  • MAXIMUM STRENGTH RETINOL: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer contains 2.5% Retinol, which has time and again proven itself to be a potent youth reviving ingredient. This unique formulation is specially designed for you to be able to get the most out of this wonder ingredient, without suffering from any dryness or irritation that is typically associated with the use of Retinol.
  • NATURAL + ORGANIC: The cream also contains Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, which nourishes and hydrates your skin. Wildcrafted Green Tea, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter add their goodness to create a formula that is potent and proven to show results.
  • ANTI-AGING + MUCH MORE: This moisturizer not only effectively addresses wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and other signs of aging, but also helps to provide a flawless tone and texture by working its charm on discoloration, acne and other marks, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Both men and women can use this moisturizer, and it is designed to work well for all skin types.
  • MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE + NO HARSH CHEMICALS: The moisturizer is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals. The formula does not contain any harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates.

Where to buy
Pro-A Serum
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $19.99 USD. It’s currently on sale for $18.99 USD.
From BodyMerry – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $19.99 USD.

Retinol Surge Moisturizer
From Amazon – You get a 3.4 fluid ounce bottle for $49.99 USD. It’s currently on sale for $23.49 USD.
From Body Merry – You get a 3.4 fluid ounce bottle for $24.99 USD.

Directions
Pro-A Serum
Clean and dry your skin. When using a toner, apply the toner prior to the serum. Use your fingertips to apply a small amount of the serum on your face and neck. Once it is completely absorbed, follow with a moisturizer. Can be used daily and under makeup. Apply sunscreen if stepping out in the sun.

Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Apply on your face and neck after cleansing and toning. If using a serum, apply the serum prior to the moisturizer. Can be used under makeup. For normal to oily skin, use morning and night. For dry or sensitive skin, use only at night. Apply sunscreen if stepping out in the sun. If you are a first time Retinol user, apply once every other night until your skin is ready to use it daily.

Packaging
The Pro-A Serum comes in a gray and white box with company and product information on it. The bottle itself is an amber glass bottle with a black dropper top that has a clear glass dropper. The label is gray with white details and has company and product information on it. The Retinol Surge Moisturizer comes in a white plastic pump bottle. It has a white snap on lid and comes with a little plastic white plug. the label is ed and black with white details. It has company and product information on it.

Scent and formula
The Pro-A Serum is a semi-clear, sort of cloudy and slightly yellowy tinged liquid. It has the consistency of a super watered down gel. It smells like an acid like glycolic acid. The scent isn’t strong and once it’s absorbed into the skin you can’t smell it. It’s non-sticky and leaves no residue. The Retinol Surge Moisturizer is white and thick, but it has a watery consistency, not buttery. It has smell and is not sticky or oily. It absorbs completely into the skin without leaving residue.

Ingredients
Pro-A Serum
Organic Herbal Water, Organic Aloe, Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Shea Butter, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

I’ve been using this serum and moisturizer from Body Merry for almost a month and so far I like them. I’ll start with the Pro-A Serum. It’s supposed to help with wrinkles, fine lines, aging/sun spots, moisture, general aging and improve the overall texture of your skin. Some retinol products can dry your skin out even with added products that help with moisture. This is not one of those products. While this absorbs completely, it doesn’t dry your skin out. It just makes my skin feel smooth and soft. The Retinol Surge Moisturizer is supposed to help with the same skin problems as the Pro-A Serum but it also improves the texture of your skin and your skin tone. It evens out the color of the skin and helps with acne discoloration, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other skin discolorations. I really like this retinol moisturizer. It’s not oily at all, it completely absorbs into the skin without leaving any residue and makes the skin look supple and plump. It has helped lighted the acne scars I have as well. Body Merry is a cruelty free company and all of their products are made in the US. They have a 90 day money back guarantee as well. If you don’t like your product you have 90 days to return it for a full refund. No need to return the bottle.

Pro-A Serum & Retinol Surge Moisturizer
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  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Lightens acne scars
Smooths skin
Makes skin plump/supple
Evens skin tone
Not oily
Not sticky

Cons
None

Final thoughts
Both of these products are excellent. The serum is non-sticky and makes skin smooth and the moisturizer is non-oily, moisturizes well and makes skin supple and lovely.

Buy or not
I would purchase these, especially the moisturizer.

4.6
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Ojo de Gato over bare skin

Swatches: My Pretty Zombie Ojo de Gato

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If you missed Ojo de Gato last year from My Pretty Zombie you’ll be happy to know it’s back! Starting tomorrow April 1st you can once again get it. This year Andrea is donating to Snap Cats as her kitty charity of choice! Last year she donated to Blind Cat Rescue! Ojo de Gato is gorgeous and has been slightly reformulated this year to be lip safe!

Official description
Ojo de Gato is a blackened dark coppery brown with a touch of glitter.

Ordering options
You will receive product in a jar without a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight.
You can purchase Ojo de Gato here.

Ojo de Gato was swatched over NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone, over Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

Ojo de Gato is a blackened copper with copper sparks.
Ingedients: mica. iron oxide, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, bronze powder, silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Aluminum, Polyurethane 33, yellow #5, yellow #6, magnesium myristrate. VEGANlip safe

Ojo de Gato is gorgeous and the proceeds go to a great cause. Cats are wonderful, amazing creatures. You know you wanna help them! ;) You can find My Pretty Zombie on Facebook and Instagram!

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Review & Giveaway: Imbue Naturals Vitamin C Serum

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Official description
Discover the Secret to Radiant Rejuvenated Skin. Our Vitamin C Serum is Natural, Organic and it WORKS!
Hi this is Jet, founder of Imbue Naturals where our passion is natural skincare. Our 20% Vitamin C Serum is different to other, similar products you may find on the market because we have consulted professional aestheticians and doctors as to how to make the best possible Anti Aging Serum, based on the current scientific findings. We have stripped out common filler/bulker ingredients and replaced them with useful ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and an Advanced Amino Acid Complex.
Buy with confidence that our product is:

  • Proudly Made in the USA
  • Made in an FDA Inspected Facility
  • Strictly No Alcohol or Parabens
  • 98% Natural 72% Organic
  • Non Genetically Modified Ingredients

Turn the clock back years on your face by nourishing it with Vitamin C.
Reduce wrinkles and sunspots by utilising the hyper moisture retention powers of Hyaluronic acid. Gain even skin tone and beautiful pores with added Vitamin E. Rebuild and regenerate your skin with an Amino Acid Complex that stimulates your skin into producing deep tissue Collagen.
Using our 20% Professional Strength Vitamin C Serum will:

  • Neutralise free radicals and reverse damage to your skin caused by environmental factors like the sun, pollutants or cigarette smoke.
  • Give you a more even skin tone and replace your skin’s natural elasticity.
  • Shrink wrinkles and lines on your face to make you look and feel younger.
  • Diminish scars and Acne marks.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $49.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $20.95 USD.
From Imbue Naturals – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $49.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $20.95 USD.

Directions

Topical application of Vitamin C is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion so only a little bit of Serum needs to be applied once or twice a day. Generally a small pea size amount (a half to a full pump) should be enough to apply to your face in a thin even coat. Remember the Serum is potent so avoid getting it in your eyes.

Depending on your daily ritual you may or may not have some of these steps. However, the key thing to know is just clean your face and pat dry before applying the Serum, wait a minute or two and then moisturize.

In more detail:

  1. Cleanse the face and neck.
  2. Gently exfoliate your skin, pat dry with a nice soft high thread count cloth.
  3. If using a toner, apply now and then allow drying.
  4. I.N. Vitamin C Serum goes on next, a thin layer is all that’s needed. Allow drying or soaking in.

Apply a high-end moisturizer to get the maximum benefit from the Serum.

Packaging
The bottle comes in a white box with gold and black details. One side has a rainbow leaf design. The bottle is a glass amber bottle with white pump top.

Scent and formula
It’s a light weight gel that is slightly creamy colors but clear. It has a bit of a sour scent almost like vinegar but not quite.

Ingredients
Purified Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 20%, Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acid Complex, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol.

I’ve been using this Vitamin C Serum from Imbue Naturals for a few weeks and you have the chance to win a bottle! But more on the Vitamin C Serum. This is supposed to help rebuild and regenerate your skin and help get rid of damage. It’s supposed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, increase elasticity, stimulate collagen production, even skin tone, reduce acne and other marks and moisturize. I can attest that it helps with several of these! I don’t have wrinkles, so I can’t tell you how it works with those, but I can tell you how it’s helped in other areas! Some of you may know that I’ve been suffering from cystic acne for awhile now. When I break out it’s usually a few spots but they are huge and painful and end up scarring. On my pale as sin skin they look like giant purple spots. It’s ugly and I hate it. I had a few spots when I started using this and right now they are barely visible. They have gone from dark purple to a very pale pink. It’s also helped keep my poor dry cheeks moisturized and my skin feels more firm and supple. My skin tone has never looked better either. This Vitamin C Serum is really great and is one of the better ones I’ve used! Imbue Naturals also offers a money back guarantee. The Vitamin C Serum has a 2 year shelf life. You can return it any turn during the life of your serum! It’s a really good product and you should check it out. Right now it’s on sale for over 50% off right now.

Imbue Naturals Vitamin C Serum
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Evens skin tone
Makes skin supple
Reduces acne scars
Moisturizes

Cons
Expensive

Final thoughts
This works really well and my skin loves it.

Buy or not
Definitely.

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Thursday Guest Post!

Two easy-to-do indie EOTDs! (Guest post by Sarah)

Hi guys!  I’m Sarah, and I’ll be your guest writer for today. Today I’ll be sharing with you two looks!

First up is an office-safe mermaid inspired look.

Step 1: Blackbird Cosmetics “Dog Days”, medium-light matte brown, lightly blended into crease.
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Step 2: Ten Three Lab’s “The Buttler”, a deeper matte brown, blended into outer V for depth. (Fun fact: I did the label art for this collection )2ttlb

Step 3: Dawn Eyes “Beloved” patted on the inner to mid lid.  There was some debate at the studio the day I wore this as to whether it leaned more green or more blue, but it’s officially described as a “tealy golden blue” on the Dawn Eyes website.  It’s a perfect mermaid color IMO!
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Step 4: Add some winged liner and mascara!
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The final look under two different lightings.
The final look under two different lightings.

The end result is a very subtle pop of color.  Just enough to liven up your eyeshadow while in situations that call for a more reserved dress code!

This second look was born out of necesity to pack light while traveling.  Samples are super convenient for travel with so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to try out 3 new samples I haven’t had the chance to wear yet!    (Please forgive the drop in photo quality for these, I left my camera at home so all I had to work with was my phone.)

The samples featured are Shiro’s “Kaepora Gaebora”, Blackbird’s “Vintage”, and Dawn Eye’s “Mantle”.
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Step 1: Blend “Vintage”, a mauve matte, into my crease and outer corner.
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Step 2: Pat “Kaepora Gaebora”, a silvery taupe, onto the inner to mid lid section.
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Step 3: Add “Mantle”, a deep purple-brown, to the outer V and lower lashline.  Finish up with mascara!
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All in all, 3 sample baggies and a mascara wand is all you need to pack for this look…. hardly a burden!

Hope you guys liked the looks!  And thanks Luna for the feature!

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Review: Makeup by One Direction LE Tin

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Official description
Created for—and inspired by—fans of the world’s biggest band, this limited-edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, just like ONE DIRECTION.

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). Tins include:

Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes

These new sets are available in stores November 15th at:
Sears USA
Kmart
Target
Walmart Canada

Where to buy
from Amazon – From $12.99 USD to $17.99 USD.

Packaging
There are 5 tins, each have one of the band members on the cover. They all have the same makeup inside. They have a clear plastic sleeve with product information on them.

If you’re a fan of One Direction then you’ve probably seen these limited edition tins floating around! They include almost everything for a full face of makeup. All you need is some foundation and blush! Each tin has the same makeup inside but there are 5 different tins with each band member on the front. The makeup is drugstore quality and perfect for the teen fan! I ended up giving one of my tins to my daughter which she loves as you can see. She’s getting pretty darn good at putting her own makeup on. The colors are really nice. You have metallic and shimmery eye shadows and some decent balms in pinky/peachy colors. The nail polish is bright and pretty. The little brushes that come with the kit are utter rubbish and fell apart the first time they were used. You can find Makeup by One Direction on Facebook here.

Makeup by One Direction LE Tins
  • Packaging
  • Quality
  • Color
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Nice colors
Inexpensive
Available online
Drugstore quality

Cons
Geared towards younger crowd
Drugstore quality

Final thoughts
I would probably purchase this for a younger One Direction fan.

Buy or not
Not for myself.

4.1
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