Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Poll


I have learned a valuable lesson.  If decide something is a holy grail, stop buying new stuff and just keep using said holy grail.  I know. Ground breaking concept isn't it?  About a month ago I was finally finishing up my bottle of Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.  My skin was finally clearing up, thanks to a new night creams and face wash I was using and I thought to myself that I need a new foundation.  Sure I was still oily as ever, but I thought a foundation that was more sheer would look better since I don't have as many imperfections to cover up any more.  I was smart this time. (K. sort of smart) I didn't actually purchase any foundations....well except for that L'Oreal True Match foundation (which broke me out). I actually went to Sephora and Nordstrom to get samples of the foundations I wanted to try.  The first hurdle was getting a color match. I'm so impossibly pale and neutral that most foundations are too dark, pink or yellow on me.  Then there was finding the right formula. I still needed something for my oily skin and I needed something that wouldn't break me out either.  So what did I try?  I tried Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear, Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation, Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup, Tarte Smooth Operator and Make Up For Ever HD.  Rather than boring you with the details of how each performed let me just say that NONE of them worked for me because of one reason or another.  I decided to try a tip from a fellow EL DW user and apply the foundation using a damp sponge.  Ah ha!  Success.  A sheerer application and still the long wear and oil control I needed.  But my idiocy doesn't stop there, Primers.  Yes. I am a primer junkie. I keep thinking that I am going to find something better to make my face look airbrushed and perfect. I try all sorts of primers and you know what? The Dr. Brandt primer that I recommended and said was my HOLY GRAIL back in 2008 is still my holy grail. I have no idea why I stopped using it. I started using it again this past week and I am kicking myself for ever straying.  So the lesson I learned is, you never know how good you have it until it's gone.  Does this mean I am no longer doing foundation reviews and primer reviews?  Um...DUH!  No.  I think you all know me well enough to say for certain there will be more foundation reviews and primer reviews for many years to come.
On a more personal note. I know my posts have been a bit irregular. I have some personal things going on in my life right now and I am not able to devote as much time to the blog as I would like to.  This does not mean I am "quitting". but it does mean that I may not post every day, Monday through Friday for a while. This is only temporary. Don't worry. No one is dying or going to jail or anything like that.  Just life gets in the way of makeup sometimes.
On To The Poll

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Caprice.  A neutral dusty pink that shows rather warm on my skin, but is very sheer an sadly discontinued.

2.  Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products?  If so, what are they?  - Well for sure the Dr. Brandt Pores No More, but also the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I adore it!

3.  Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it?  - Yes and Yes. The dialogue from the entire movie is burned into my brain. I had to throw out other things to make room for it so my Nephew's birth date, the 5 years of french I took and most of my Junior High experience have been erased.  But I'm OK with that.

4.  What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I think I'm still searching for a holy grail oil controller whether it be a primer or moisturizer and a holy grail cuticle treatment would be nice too.

5.  Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade?  If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? -  Yes and No.  Sure it made sense once Indy explained it and showed everyone which one it was, but honestly I thought it would be more... um...festooned.  Plus I think that movie was kinda jumping the shark adding in Sean Connery, but that's just me.  It certainly was better than The Crystal Skull or Temple Of Doom.

21 comments:

  1. For a moment, I thought you weren't going to blog anymore... *breathes huge sigh of relief*


    1. Blush Of The Day?
    Zhen blush in Wind. It's a shimmery bluish pink!

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they?
    Surprisingly, none. I'm still looking for the next best blush/mascara/primer/foundation/cleanser/etc. I'm going to bookmark this post to see what other people's HGs are!

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it?
    Nope, I guess I'll have to watch it!

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now?
    Anything. I want to finally find a product that I absolutely love!

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked?
    Nope!

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  2. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Illamasqua cream blush in Rude

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - Nars Sheer Glow foundation, but since I'm a foundation wh00r, I own 14 other ones and can't stop buying more though I kick myself in the butt for doing so.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - No, but wasn't "always look at the bright side of life" from that one?

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I need a new HG moisturizing mask for my winter dehydrated face skin, because the one I had from LRP was discontinued. It's a nightmare.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? I did see that movie but I really don't have an opinion - there wasn't enough makeup to look at in that movie to keep me focused I guess :)

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  3. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Stendhal Rosé.

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-cleanser, the only makeup remover/cleanser that doesn't make my skin go crazy.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes. Can't remember any lines, though. It was too long ago!

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - Eye cream, quite a quest.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? - Yes. I don't remember what I thought at the time, I watched it so many times since!

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  4. 1. Blush Of The Day? - None yet but I'm guessing my go to Korres

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? Not right now (for a change)

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes and Yes. From the injustice inherent in the system to the Knight who say Nee and the Holy Hand-grenade of Antioch.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - The magical hair product that will moisturize my hair in the harsh Nebraska winter

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? When I saw the choices my heart wanted the one that looked like it came from MP&THG, but the wooden one kind of made more sense.

    p.s. moving sucks, during the holiday doubly so but thing of all of the wonderful things you had forgotten you owned.

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  5. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Nars South Beach multiple. HG nude blush!

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? GA Face Fabric, MAC Opulash mascara, Juice Beauty SPF 15 moisturizer, BB Extra Eye Cream.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes and No. Life of Brian/Meaning of Life I really remember more for some reason. Always look on the bright side of life...it's only wafer thinnn.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - Undereye concealer is always a problem for me - they crease and make the area look dry no matter what cream I use...using BB Corrector with YSL Touche Eclat right now. It's good but not GREAT.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? No.

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  6. 1. Blush Of The Day? - R&R Bedroom, as it has been pretty much every single day for the last 2 weeks. It's so easy to wear and it goes so perfectly with Shu BR710, which is also lovely and moisturizing and so easy to wear, and I just don't have time to be creative in the morning anymore. (Also been wearing the same eye combo everyday for the last 2 weeks too lol... )

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - I'm pretty happy with a lot of what I'm using currently. I'm not nearly as adventurous with my beauty products as most bloggers haha... Murad Acne Treatment Concealer (on 2nd tube), Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Tonic (3 years and going strong), Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Treatment (3rd or 4th tube), Avalon Organics Vitamin C Treatment (3rd bottle), Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion (2nd bottle), jojoba oil + olive squalane (4 years), Kanebo Kracie Naive Olive Deep Cleansing Oil (2nd bottle tomorrow night), Boscia blotting sheets (2 years), Anastasia brow powder duo in Medium Ash (4+ years), Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara (6th tube soon), Koji Morning & Night Shallow Type Lash Curler, Shu Uemura cream eyeshadows (as eyeshadow base), Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Foundation (when I can get a match), Laura Mercier Stickglosses (I have 7), Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimiteds (4), and Chanel Rouge Allures (just 1 currently). :D

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes, and isn't that the one with the shrubberies and the Knights of Ni? If so, maybe...

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I would love if I could find a more potent dark spot/acne mark lightening treatment, and I keep thinking there might be another primer out there that will control my oil better... oh, and while I'm pretty happy with my Alba Botanica sunblock, I keep thinking it must be possible to formulate something better (I'm allergic to chemical sunscreens so I can only wear high zinc/titanium ones... which for the most part are pretty greasy still). I also do really like my plain silica powder, but I'm not completely married to it either. And ... still testing out MUFE Full Coverage Concealer. I like it a lot, but it seems a little on the dry side for the undereye area.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? I'm sure I did... but I honestly don't remember that movie, though I do remember snippets from Temple of Doom and The Crystal Skull, lol.

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  7. 1. Blush Of The Day? - R&R Bedroom, as it has been pretty much every single day for the last 2 weeks. It's so easy to wear and it goes so perfectly with Shu BR710, which is also lovely and moisturizing and so easy to wear, and I just don't have time to be creative in the morning anymore. (Also been wearing the same eye combo everyday for the last 2 weeks too lol... )

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - I'm pretty happy with a lot of what I'm using currently. I'm not nearly as adventurous with my beauty products as most bloggers haha... Murad Acne Treatment Concealer (on 2nd tube), Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Tonic (3 years and going strong), Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Treatment (3rd or 4th tube), Avalon Organics Vitamin C Treatment (3rd bottle), Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion (2nd bottle), jojoba oil + olive squalane (4 years), Kanebo Kracie Naive Olive Deep Cleansing Oil (2nd bottle tomorrow night), Boscia blotting sheets (2 years), Anastasia brow powder duo in Medium Ash (4+ years), Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara (6th tube soon), Koji Morning & Night Shallow Type Lash Curler, Shu Uemura cream eyeshadows (as eyeshadow base), Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Foundation (when I can get a match), Laura Mercier Stickglosses (I have 7), Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimiteds (4), and Chanel Rouge Allures (just 1 currently). :D

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes, and isn't that the one with the shrubberies and the Knights of Ni? If so, maybe...

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I would love if I could find a more potent dark spot/acne mark lightening treatment, and I keep thinking there might be another primer out there that will control my oil better... oh, and while I'm pretty happy with my Alba Botanica sunblock, I keep thinking it must be possible to formulate something better (I'm allergic to chemical sunscreens so I can only wear high zinc/titanium ones... which for the most part are pretty greasy still). I also do really like my plain silica powder, but I'm not completely married to it either. And ... still testing out MUFE Full Coverage Concealer. I like it a lot, but it seems a little on the dry side for the undereye area.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? I'm sure I did... but I honestly don't remember that movie, though I do remember snippets from Temple of Doom and The Crystal Skull, lol.

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  8. 1. Blush Of The Day? - R&R Bedroom, as it has been pretty much every single day for the last 2 weeks. It's so easy to wear and it goes so perfectly with Shu BR710, which is also lovely and moisturizing and so easy to wear, and I just don't have time to be creative in the morning anymore. (Also been wearing the same eye combo everyday for the last 2 weeks too lol... )

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - I'm pretty happy with a lot of what I'm using currently. I'm not nearly as adventurous with my beauty products as most bloggers haha... Murad Acne Treatment Concealer (on 2nd tube), Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Tonic (3 years and going strong), Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Treatment (3rd or 4th tube), Avalon Organics Vitamin C Treatment (3rd bottle), Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion (2nd bottle), jojoba oil + olive squalane (4 years), Kanebo Kracie Naive Olive Deep Cleansing Oil (2nd bottle tomorrow night), Boscia blotting sheets (2 years), Anastasia brow powder duo in Medium Ash (4+ years), Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara (6th tube soon), Koji Morning & Night Shallow Type Lash Curler, Shu Uemura cream eyeshadows (as eyeshadow base), Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Foundation (when I can get a match), Laura Mercier Stickglosses (I have 7), Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimiteds (4), and Chanel Rouge Allures (just 1 currently). :D

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - Yes, and isn't that the one with the shrubberies and the Knights of Ni? If so, maybe...

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I would love if I could find a more potent dark spot/acne mark lightening treatment, and I keep thinking there might be another primer out there that will control my oil better... oh, and while I'm pretty happy with my Alba Botanica sunblock, I keep thinking it must be possible to formulate something better (I'm allergic to chemical sunscreens so I can only wear high zinc/titanium ones... which for the most part are pretty greasy still). I also do really like my plain silica powder, but I'm not completely married to it either. And ... still testing out MUFE Full Coverage Concealer. I like it a lot, but it seems a little on the dry side for the undereye area.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? I'm sure I did... but I honestly don't remember that movie, though I do remember snippets from Temple of Doom and The Crystal Skull, lol.

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  9. @Katie: I thought I was the only person in Nebraska with a makeup fetish! :)

    1. Blush Of The Day? - none. I just used a tiny bit of ELF bronzer as a highlight.

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - don't have any yet.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - yes and yes. "She has huge... tracts of land!"

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - Facial care; I'm most concerned with my cleanser and exfoliant because I tried a different type of cleanser and had awful breakouts on my skin for a few weeks.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? - Never saw it.

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  10. 1. Blush of the day? Probably wont bother putting one on. i'm sick :(

    2. Do you have any hg beauty products? Yep, ga etk mascara, el sumptuous mascara, origins 10 min mask, ddf ultra lite moisturizing dew, chante fs foundation, my clarisonic, poshe top coat, lm kohl pencil liners, ga blushes...wow that is alot. go me :)

    3. Have you ever watched monty python? I have never seen that movie or any other monty python movies for that matter, but it is on my list of things to watch

    4. What holy grail are you searching for now? Acne treatment. Many things I have used have helped alot but my skin isnt clear yet.

    5. Did you see indiana jones? yes, that is actually one of the only indy movies i've seen surprisingly (ok maybe not surprisingly considering my answer above). I wasnt very surprised by it just because the super adorned one was wayy too obvious an answer.

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  11. 1. Blush Of The Day?
    MAC Pinch O' Peach

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they?
    Benefit Brow Zings in medium, the perfect match for my brows and my dyed hair.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it?
    For some reason we watched it in Latin Club in high school, but I got mad at someone in the middle of the movie, so I went downstairs and sulked instead of finishing the movie.


    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now?
    Anything that eliminates oilies for an extended period of time.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked?
    Yes, it was so obviously plain compared to the gilded others, he would have been silly to choose anything else.

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  12. 1. Blush Of The Day?
    Hourglass

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products?
    Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion. I luuuurve this stuff for my face. Actually, I love all of her skin care products. Oh and Lancome Difincils mascara.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it?
    Yes! "This isn't my REAL nose, it's a false one"

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - A nice lip gloss that isn't tacky! It's hard to find.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked?
    Yes, but I don't think the inside would be lined with gold. Jesus's people were simpler than that. And poor. I doubt they had any gold-ware.

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  13. 1. Blush Of The Day?
    Nada. I am suffering from an allergic reaction to God-knows-what. Can the "measles look" pass for blush?

    2. Esty True Colors pigment in "Chameleon", a funky red/green shifting color. This as a shadow makes my eyes so blue they look fake. (I'm sure Frynnae has a dupe.) Oh and W&W #666 Brandywine lip pencil....99 cents of perfection, add Avon's cheap Dew Kiss Lip Dew and voila! Sexy & subtle.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it?
    About 100 times.
    "Your Mother was a hamster and you father smelt of elderberries".

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now?
    Gold gel-cream eyeliner in the perfect shade of bullion and the ultimate creme-to-powder foundation.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked?
    Actually, yes. 12 years of Catholic school and a Father who is a pastor (funky combo right?)as well as a biblical historian, you gotta know that the "J"-Man was a simple carpenter or turn in your bible...lol.

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  14. Wow, I didn't know that readers answered the questions in the comments! Now I'm tempted to go back and answer the other Thursday polls - Lol!

    1. blush of the day? LMdB "Echo."

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? YSL Noir Radical Mascara and LMdB Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe. The latter makes my skin look fabulous.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? Yes, loved Monty Python back in the day, but can't remember any lines.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? The right eye shadow primer for me.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? No.

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  15. 1. Blush Of The Day? - NYX Expresso.

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - The only thing I've found so far is Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have some TFSI coming in the post that I used a giftcard for, so I want to see how that compares. I also really like MAC Studio Finish concealer, but I feel like there's something with a bit more coverage out there.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? - No. I'm one of those people that can't stand Monty Python.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - Concealer. I find that if I have a good concealer I can get away with wearing just that and a bit of tinted powder

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked? - No.

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  16. 1. Too Faced Lust to Love blush duo
    2. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (for awesome foiled effect), Morgana Cryptoria Lipsticks, Meow Pampered Puss Foundation... those are my 4 so far.
    3. Yes. 'It's just a flesh wound!'
    4. A night time moisturizer.
    5. Yes. And yes, it made sense to me that it would be plain.

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  17. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Nars Deep Throat. I have been wearing peachy-pink blushes exclusively lately.

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? - yes. My HG foundation is Almay Nearly Naked with the Nearly Naked loose powder. I consider Revlon Age Defying concealer HG for under eye concealing. Almay Eye Base+Concealer matches my UDPP in performance. I find Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer perfect for concealing zits and redness. Stila Smudge pot and Stila Stay all day eyeliner are my HG liners.

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? I don't know if you could call what I did "watch". I fell asleep around the time they were picking up dead bodies around the village and one of them was alive.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? - I am always looking for the perfect pink lipstick. I love light cool and peach-y pinks. I wish I could remember the ones I have when I'm buying new ones.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? I haven't seen any Indiana Jones Movies.

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  18. 1. blush of the day? None. I'm still in my jammies

    2. Do you have any Holy Grail beauty products? If so, what are they? Yes, La Mer foundation, SKII facial essence and masks

    3. Have you ever watched the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail? If so, can you recite any lines from it? No and No. But, DH is next to me reading my answers and he's trying to give me the lines.

    4. What Holy Grail are you on the search for now? Best vampy lipstick that will last and last on me.

    5. Did you see the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade? If so, did you think the Holy Grail would be the one that Indiana picked?
    Yes, and yes, the one that he chose was "logical". The movie made me put the City of Petra on my bucket list.

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  19. @thecandiedmango You are not alone. I was beside myself when I found Rescue Beauty Lounge np here. The girl working there must have thought I was insane

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  20. I have always struggled with foundation because of oilier skin and break-outs too!

    Powder/mineral foundations are the best option I've found. They can still be dark enough to even out color but won't add oil or cake too much on skin and make break outs worse

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  21. I love your site.

    I can't recite the entire movie like you. But my line from monty pyton: "ni"

    :)

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