Thursday, May 14, 2015

Old Navy Haul

Hello!

I completed yet another semester of college, finally! This semester was weird; at times I felt like it was flying by yet at others time I thought I would never reach the end. These past couple months were stressful and challenging but I also had fun and learned a lot about myself. I'm so glad that I get a break from school and I'm ready to enjoy this summer. I get to work on my creative projects, hang with my besties, go on a road trip to Chicago with one of my besties, and work more.

I recently went on a little shopping trip to Old Navy to update my wardrobe for the summer as well as have a couple new things to wear on my trip to Chicago.


One of the things I purchased from Old Navy was this short sleeved black and white shirt. It's nothing fancy but I think you can never have enough basic pieces in your wardrobe. There are endless possibilities with this shirt! It can be dressed up or dressed down and can transition nicely through each season. 


The second item I purchased from Old Navy was this sleeveless soft pink floral blouse. I was very lucky to find this cute top on clearance, it was a steal! This blouse is too cute, it has a soft, feminine feel to it. The fabric of this blouse is thin and lightweight so it's perfect for the warmer months.


Of course I couldn't walk out of the store without buying a skirt or dress. There weren't many of them that caught my eye except for this black and white patterned maxi skirt. One of the issues I sometimes have with maxi skirts and dresses is that they can be just a bit too long but the length of this is perfect! I adore maxi skirts and dresses, they're so much fun to wear. I'm definitely thinking about wearing this when I'm in Chicago.


One of the main reasons I actually went to Old Navy was because I needed some more pants. I have lots of tops but it always seems like I don't have enough bottoms. I love these orange-red cuffed ankle pants. The fun color screams summer to me and I'm so excited to wear them. 


Jogger pants were a trend that really had to grow on me. Slowly I came to adore them but was hesitant to buy myself a pair because I thought they would look ridiculous on me. There was a ton of cute jogger pants at Old Navy in varying colors and prints. I decided to stick with a pair of black joggers. I haven't gotten a chance to wear them out yet but I have tried them on and I actually really like them! They're so soft and comfy to wear, it almost feels like you're not wearing pants. I have a ton of ideas on how to style them and I already want to get another pair soon.


The last two things I purchased from Old Navy were flip-flops. I bought a pair of hot pink flip-flops and ta pair of tan flip-flops with white straps. Flip-flops are a must for me in the summertime! It's so easy to just slip them on and go plus I think they're super comfy.

This concludes this little haul. I'm so excited to see what this summer holds and am determined to cross a little goals off of my checklist this summer. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and I hope you all have a wonderful day. :) 

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette Review

Hello!

I hope everyone is enjoying March so far. It's finally warmed up a little bit in Cleveland! I've been trying to keep afloat in what appears to be a sea of projects, exams, and homework. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed but I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and keep trudging along. 

For the longest time I've been wanting to build up my collection of neutral matte eyeshadows. I sifted through my drawer and it was filled with fun, bright colored eyeshadows but not very many neutral shades! My collection got just a little bigger last month when I decided to buy the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette. 

This is one of my first products that I purchased from Tarte and I honestly don't know why I waited so long to try out the brand. I've heard many good things about the brand and I was impressed when I swatched their sample products in Sephora or Ulta but I just never got around to purchasing a product from them until now. I'm very impressed with this palette! 



First off, I'm in love with the packaging. The front of the palette has this purple gradient going on with the brand name in pretty gold script while the back is gold. The back of the palette tracks fingerprints like crazy so I'm glad that Tarte didn't make the whole palette gold. I also like how compact the palette is, it makes it really easy to travel with. 

The palette features 12 beautiful shades. 

Free Spirit, is a slightly yellow cream shade
Caregiver, a very pale pink shade
Super Mom, a soft ivory shade
Force of Nature, a light pinky nude shade
Natural Beauty, a light mauve shade
Wanderer, a light brown shade
Dreamer, a deep warm brown shade
Best Friends, a muted medium plum shade
Power Player, a light taupe shade with gray
Multi-Tasker, a warm chocolate brown shade
Bombshell, a deep plum shade
Fashionista, a rich black shade 

The pictures below feature swatches from the palette. I showed how the shades looked with and without the flash. The first six shades on my hand starting with the upper left side are Free Spirit, Caregiver, Super Mom, Force of Nature, Natural Beauty, and Wanderer. The next six shades on my hand starting from the upper left are Dreamer, Best Friends, Power Player, Multi-Tasker, Bombshell, and Fashionista. 






There are so many different looks you could create with this palette; a smokey eye for a night out or you can just swipe a shade on the lid for a pop of color. The shadows in this palette are so buttery and smooth! All of the colors are very pigmented and rich for the most part. Some of the shadows in this palette such as Super Mom were a bit powdery but most of them applied nicely and were very blendable. I used this palette for a friends wedding last month and I was very happy that they lasted all day, I didn't notice them fading or anything. 

This limited edition palette costs $44 and I think the price is pretty fair considering the quality of this palette. 

This has become my go-to palette when I want to create a look. Overall I'm extremely happy with my first purchase from Tarte and I definitely plan to purchase more products from them in the future.

For those of you who have the palette what do you think about it? Are there any other palettes you are dying to get your hands on let me know! 

I hope everyone has a nice day! 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks Review



Hello! 

I would like to start this blog post by wishing you all a Happy New Year, I hope 2015 is off to a great start for everybody! So far I have no complaints except that it's freezing right now. I'm all bundled up and blasting my space heater in hopes that my room will warm up soon. 

Anyways, today I am going to be reviewing Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks. I have been a fan of Jeffree Star for a couple of years now. He seems like such a fun person, his music is catchy, and his makeup is flawless. When I first heard that Jeffree Star was going to be coming out with his own cosmetics line I was so excited to see what products he would come out with. 

On Thanksgiving I was running around like a mad woman when I got the notification that I could finally preorder the lipsticks. I squealed when my package finally came the day before Christmas! I wanted to try out all three of these lipsticks a bit before posting my opinion. I can tell you that I instantly fell in love with these lipsticks. 




First off I adore the packaging of the lipsticks; it's so bright, edgy, and fun. I really want to get something to put my lip products on display such as these rather than stash them away in my makeup drawer. The applicator for this product is wonderful, it's very flexible and makes it easy to apply these fun lipsticks.

So far the lipsticks come in three beautiful colors.

Redrum, 
a beautiful cool toned red lipstick. 
Prom Night, a fun bright pink lipstick.
I'm Royalty, a unique royal purple lipstick.




The lipsticks are very glossy when you first apply them but after a few seconds they turn into a very nice matte formula.

 All three of the lipsticks are incredibly pigmented. One of the issues with matte lipsticks is that they can make your lips feels very dry but my lips didn't feel dry at all when I wore these lipsticks!

The lipsticks are long lasting. I wore these lipsticks multiple times for long hours and I had no issues with the lipsticks feathering or looking cruddy. I was very happy and surprised to see that the product stay put on my lips when I was drinking and eating. That almost never happens! I usually have to retouch my lips at least once during the day but I didn't have to do that at all when I wore these lipsticks.




 The Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks are $18.00 each and the bundle for all three colors is $48.00 but last time I checked the bundle was sold out. I think the price of the lipsticks is worth it for the quality you're getting.

I could not be happier with these lipsticks and I'm looking forward to more colors in the future. Jeffree Star has outdone himself and I can't wait for him to release more products, I think he's definitely going to change the cosmetic industry.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy this review and have a marvelous day! :) 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Summer as a Fashion Intern



Hello!

I can't believe August is coming to an end and we'll be welcoming September on Monday. Jeez, time just seems to fly by. I've already been back at college for a week! I know you guys are probably so sick of me dropping off of the face of the Earth, then coming back again. I'm so sorry about that! I'm not going to bore you with a thousand and one excuses about why I haven't posted much lately. 

I've made a little personal goal with myself that I will post at least once a month. I'll try to post more than that but my goal is once a month. I'm gonna make it work!

One of the main reasons why I've been so busy is because I got an internship this summer. I was informed about the internship through my school; a boutique in Little Italy, Ohio called 'Tre Sorelle' boutique was looking for an intern.  I put in my resume and I was surprised when the owner actually wanted to interview me. I was even more shocked when my boss, Christina Cavotta, hired me. 


 Tre Sorelle Boutique has been around for three years now and it is one of the most darlings shops I've ever seen! Christina gets most of the clothing from the garment district in New York and LA, the items she picks are on trend yet very unique. I highly doubt I could find most of these items in a Forever 21 or a Wet Seal.

She only gets three of each item; so a cute dress will come in one S, M, and L - once those items are gone, they're gone and it's onto new stuff. If I could, I'd take all the items in there for myself. The clothing is mostly in junior sizes so they do tend to run a little small but I think there is something for everyone in there. There's clothes, bags, accessories, stuff like candles, soaps, and what not. The crowd that shops at the boutique is very diverse; there's young preteens, teenagers, college students, young adult women, mom's, elderly women, etc. 

My duties as a fashion intern varied, I was pretty much all over the place. In many ways I guess my duties were just like any sales associates; opening the boutique, greeting customers and providing excellent customer service, I put bags together, made sure the store was neat and organized, taking down the total sales for that day, and closing up the store.

However, the experience was so much different than my crappy grocery store job. I was working in an environment and selling stuff I was actually passionate about. I got to experience what it felt to work at a job I actually liked. Unlike my regular job, I didn't feel that awful feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach before I had to go in.  Everyday was different, I never knew who would walk in that door or how busy the day would be. 

Some days would be unbelievably slow and others days would be so busy that I could barely think. I interacted with some very interesting people and enjoyed hearing people's lovely comments about the store, the shop window, and seeing their faces when they came out of the dressing room to show off the clothes they were trying on. I found myself having conversations with some of the most interesting people. First time customers who had never been in the store before I would see them pop in a week or two later. It was so interesting and fun!

As an intern I also got to help out my boss with her 'Miami Vice' summer fashion show at Shooters. Christina has a fashion show every season and I can't remember for sure, but I think it was her twelfth or thirteenth fashion show. I was there all day and was all over the place. I arrived hours before the show started to help her and her family set up for the fashion show; I set out little decor and set up a little shop for our products. I was backstage for the whole show helping the models get dressed, making sure they were all in their correct order, and ready to strut their stuff when it was their turn. All of them were very sweet and kind, when I told them that I was an intern a lot of them wished me luck after college which means so much to me.

Before my internship, I hadn't visited Little Italy in years so I never was around for all the little events that happened there. Unless I was with my dad, I never really bummed around Cleveland much in general. I just never had anyone to really explore with and driving around there always overwhelms me with the endless traffic and construction.

During my internship, I got to see bits of the city that I never really seen before and I participated in events that I haven't been to before. My boss started doing these 'pop up shops' around Cleveland. Basically she would set up shop at different locations such as bars and restaurants. Instead of barhopping it's barshopping which I thought was such an interesting, cool concept. People who have never been to Little Italy could see some of the items the boutique has, buy some stuff, and hopefully come visit in the future.

I worked during La Notte Bianca, an Italian tradition where the shops and museums are open all night, it's something Little Italy adopted and I thought it was really nice. I also worked during The Feast, it has some Catholic religious connotations that I can't remember at the moment but there's tons of food, drinks, music, a carnival, and shops selling festive Italian themed stuff. It was huge! Never again will I complain about parking down there on a regular day when I had to find a space for The Feast. It was a constant flow of business but it was really, really fun. 

I had such an amazing summer and the main reason was because of my internship. I cracked that shy shell of mine even more and I improved so much socially. I was surprised at how effortless it was to make conversation with some of the customers that walked in and I'm so proud of myself for that feat! 

 My love for the fashion industry has only deepened. I learned so much about running a business and how much passion small business owners put into their shops or restaurants. They have to!  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against big businesses. At one point they were just a small business themselves and they were able to get huge, which I think is great! I shop at all the popular mall stores like Forever 21, H&M, and etc. So I'd be a hypocrite if I said I was against them. But I will say that small businesses offer such a unique shopping experience compared to chain stores.

Christina Cavotta is such an amazing boss. When I first applied for the internship I was a little nervous that I'd have to deal with someone like Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, I'm so glad that I was wrong. Christina is one of the nicest people I've ever met; she always seems to have a smile on her face and radiates such positive energy. It's not hard to see why when you meet her family. They're all so incredibly nice and very supportive. Before I interned, she was basically running the whole shop herself and her mom would help her out. It's so cool to see a smart, open minded, friendly female business owner in this male dominated world. 

If I could pass on one piece of advice that I was given to by many fashion students and alumni from my school it's this: if you're looking for an internship, intern for at least one small business. You'll have a more personable relationship with your boss and learn so much. Working for a small business, especially in the fashion industry, means wearing different hats because there are less employees compared to a bigger business. You're doing multiple things and that's what you'll get to experience. Seriously, if you have the chance, do it! 

The best part about all of this is that Christina decided to take me on part time! I was very sad at the thought of having to leave and now I don't have to. I quit my grocery store job and am now working at the boutique occasionally while I'm in school. I am so thrilled!

This is a very long blog post but I hope you guys like it! Expect more hauls from me since I'm working at the boutique. In fact I'm going to try to post a haul sometime next week as long as I'm not too busy with school. 

Have you ever had an internship? Where was it and how was your experience? What piece of advice would you give to those who are currently looking for an internship or just got one? 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for reading! :) 

P.S. if you're ever in Cleveland and you want something to do, here's the address to the boutique. 

12403 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH

Here's all of Tre Sorelle's Social Media: 

IG: shop_tre
Facebbok: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tre-Sorelle-Boutique/143799415707725?ref=br_tf
Website: http://www.shoptre.com/
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Friday, June 6, 2014

May Favorites!

Hello! 

Wow, I can't believe May is already over! This month went by pretty fast. Some great things happened in May; I finished my spring semester of college, I got to hang out with my friends more, and I nabbed an internship for the summer! I'm very pleased with how this month ended and I look forward to what June will bring.


The end of the month means it's time to go over my favorite or most used products in May. This is actually my first monthly favorites post on this blog! There were quite a few products that I used a lot this month so my first favorites post will be a bit lengthy. :) 


The first product on my favorites list for the Month of may are the Equate Night-Time Makeup Remover Towelettes. Prior to these, I was using the Neutrogena Night Calming Cleansing Towelettes. After I used those up I wanted to look for a cheaper alternative and I found these Equate towelettes which were significantly cheaper at my Walmart. I love these! It takes me no effort at all to remove my makeup with these towelettes. No tugging, no irritation, and they're cheap! I'm going to be buying these from now on.



The next product on my favorites list is the Aqua Marina face and body cleanser from Lush. I absolutely adore this product! I plan to post a full review on this product later on, so I won't ramble on too much about it. I was previously using the First Aid Beauty face cleanser and it worked pretty well. I actually love that cleanser as well. However, I wanted to branch out and finally buy something from Lush! The employees at Lush recommended the Aqua Marina face and body cleanser for my dry skin. I like to use this when I'm in the shower. I love how soft and fresh my skin feels after I rinse it off. I'm extremely happy with this product. 


The Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel is my holy grail of exfoliators. I was given a sample of this product awhile ago at Sephora when I was looking around for a new exfoliator and I fell in love with this product immediately! I went back to Sephora and bought this product as soon as I could. Since I have rough skin I don't like gritty scrubs because I find that they make my skin even drier and flakier. Basically, you apply the gel onto dry skin and gently massage the gel in a circular motion to get rid of the dead skin cells and then rinse it off. I use this product about two times a week. The peeling gel isn't gritty at all, it's very smooth and gentle on my skin. This has done wonders for my skin! It does a great job of getting rid of any dry flaky patches near my nose. My skin feels so soft. I am definitely purchasing this product again when this is all used up. 


When I was at Lush I also made a last minute decision of purchasing this Bubblegum lip scrub. I adore this product! I use this on my lips daily to get rid of the dead skin cells on my lips and it makes my lips so soft. Since I've started using this lip scrub I've noticed that I really haven't had any issues with my lips getting chapped. Another thing I like about this lip scrub is that since it is made with natural ingredients I can just lick the scrub right off after I'm done. It smells and tastes just like bubblegum! 


I've been using this Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme foundation a lot lately. To be honest, I still don't know if this is my favorite foundation. I'm still on the hunt for my holy grail foundation but in the meantime I'm working with the products I currently have. This foundation provides medium-full coverage so I love that it covers up any flaws and redness on my skin. It matches my pale skin perfectly. I have very fair cool toned skin and the color porcelain ivory is a perfect match. I also love that it makes my skin look very smooth and flawless for the most part. What I don't like about this foundation is that it doesn't seem to stay put. Even with primer I find that it tends to get blotchy throughout the day. I don't use setting powder because I have dry skin so it just makes my makeup look so cakey. So while I do use this product a lot and there are things I like about this product, I don't think I will be repurchasing it again. If you have dry skin like me and have any recommendations for foundation let me know in the comments below! I'd really appreciate the suggestions. 

                                                   



I've been using this blush so much since spring started! This is The Balm in Hot Mama. Can I say how much I adore The Balm's packaging? It's so cute and fun! This blush is a pinky-peach color that has a subtle shimmer to it. I love sweeping this blush on my cheeks; it gives them such a nice warm glow. It's perfect for the warmer months. 


I think the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer might be one of my top favorites. I'm constantly using this before I apply my eye makeup. It really does a good job at making my eye makeup pop and preventing it from creasing.


I've been loving this Maybelline Line Stilleto so much! I've been using this everyday to line my eyes. I love that it's flexible enough to give me the control I need to make wing my eyeliner.



My Naked Palette has been one of my most used palettes in May. I adore my other palettes but this is my go-to palette when I'm in a rush or want something rather simple. This palette has all the colors I need to create a dramatic or simple look. I've been more drawn to simple, neutral eye looks this month.  I love all the colors in this palette but I've been using the colors Sin, Toasted, Creep, Buck, and Naked the most lately. 




 I have a little collection of lip balms that I like to use but during May I stuck to good old Chapstick. Since I've stuck to rather simple looks this month, this is often the only thing I'd really use on my lips this month if I didn't put on any lipstick. This Chapstick keeps my lips very hydrated and it doesn't have that annoying stickiness at all.

Whew, we're finally at the end of this long list! May has been a pretty good month to me and I can't wait to see what happens in June. What has been your favorite products for the month of May? Anything that you're dying to try? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for reading! :)
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

First Internship!

Hello!

I have some very exciting news that I wanted to share with all of you; I just got my first internship! I can't even put into words how ecstatic I am.

As some of you may or may not know, I am a fashion student at Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. It is required that you have at least one internship in order to graduate. The more the merrier of course!

I am very fortunate to go to an amazing school with a faculty who really cares about their students succeeding in the real world. I constantly get emails about job openings, internships, etc. A lot of them are too far away from me at the moment but I got an email for an internship at Tre Sorelle Boutique in Little Italy. It's only thirty minutes away from me which is very doable. I sent in my resume right away and the next day the owner of the boutique asked me to meet her on Thursday.

I haven't been to Little Italy in years so it a fun trip to me. The boutique is so lovely; it's a quaint little place filled with lovely articles of clothing, accessories, and home decor accessories that are so beautiful and unique. It's so beautiful inside and out, I wish I would have taken some pictures! The owner gets the items from all over. The boutique has been in operation for three years now.

The owner of the boutique was so incredibly friendly and outgoing. The interview was pretty casual for the most part; she made me feel so comfortable that I was able to have an actual conversation with her. I talked to her about what inspired her to open a boutique, what type of customers shopped there, and my own career dreams.

On Thursday I got the email from her that I was hired for the internship. I am still so surprised and excited! I can't believe I'll be starting my first internship. It's the first little stepping stone of many to following my dreams.

I'll be blogging about my experience and duties while I'm working at this internship. I also have some other posts coming up such as a review and a favorites post.

When I start my internship I'll try to snap a few pictures if I can and share with you all.

Anyways, I'll stop blabbing about this now. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette Review


Hello!

I know I've pretty much said this in every one of my blogs I posted so far, but it's been so long since I posted anything! I'm very sorry about that but since I am out of school for the summer I am settling into a normal routine. It feels nice to be going to bed before the birds start chirping. I am going to try my best to commit to posting more frequently on here.

Anyways, this post is a review on the Electric Palette from Urban Decay. I'm not 100% sure, but I think I purchased this palette around in the beginning of April. I wanted to really give myself time to play around with it before posting a review.

This palette came at a good time for me because I had been wanting to use my Sephora gift card that my two lovely best friends got me for Christmas but I was so stuck on what I wanted to use it on! I was seriously contemplating getting the Naked 3 palette; I swatched it many times when I visited Sephora or Ulta and while the packaging is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous, I just don't know if I wanted another neutral color palette anytime soon. I love my neutrals and I use my Naked palette all the time, but I also love color. When this palette came out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

First off, the packaging for this palette is beautiful. I love the vibrant floral motif pattern on the palette, it looks so fun and edgy.



The Electric Palette is made out of plastic but it's very durable. I'm so glad that Urban Decay has seemed to move away from the flimsy cardboard packaging. The palette opens and closes up every easily thankfully. When you flip open the palette there's a nice big mirror. 



The palette has 10 pressed-pigment eyeshadows that are 0.04 oz. and the palette also comes with a dual ended brush. My palette is just pictured without the brush. There are five matte shades and four metallic shades. Eight shades are brand new. All of the eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, I only need to dip my brush once to get the perfect amount of color on my eye. I love all of the eyeshadows so much, I don't think I can pick a favorite. My only gripe is that revolt does have a lot of fallout, so if you're going to be using this color I definitely recommend doing your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face. 


These are the five colors on the top row from left to right:
Revolt: a bright metallic silver with silver glitter
Gonzo: a bright matte turquoise 
 Slowburn: a bright red-orange matte
Savage: a bright matte hot pink
Fringe: a bright metallic teal



These are the five colors on the bottom row from left to right:
Thrash: A bright lime green matte
Freak: a metallic bright green with flecks of gold
Urban: a bright metallic purple
Jilted: a bright metallic fuchsia
Chaos: a bright matte blue 

As I said before, all of the shadows are incredibly pigmented and they are all velvety smooth. None of them seemed too powdery to me. I personally found them very easy to apply and blend.

The big controversy about this palette is that four of the ten shadows were not approved by the FDA for the immediate eye area and I know that is a big drawback for a lot of people who are thinking about purchasing this palette. But to be completely honest, it's becoming very hard for me to take the FDA seriously when they ban kinder eggs but allow all these disgusting chemicals to be put into our food. That's just my own very personal opinion and you can take it with a grain of salt. I've applied most, if not all of these eyeshadows and have had no problems. The only slight issue I have is that I have to spend a little more time removing my eye makeup at night because some of the colors do stain. 

This palette costs $49 and to me it is very worth the price. If you're not someone who cares for bright colors and lean more towards neutral shades, this palette might not be for you. I personally love both neutral and bright shades. For me, I really don't care - I'll wear a bright eyeshadow in the daytime for no reason at all. Bright funky colors are very wearable to me. If you're someone like me or if you like to reserve bright colors for fun nights out then this is the palette for you.

I am so incredibly happy I bought this palette and added it to my growing collection.

What do you think of the palette? Do you have it? If you're from another country did they place warnings for some of the colors on this palette? 

I hope you all have a wonderful day! :)
 
Look created using Electric Palette

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