June Beauty Favourites!

Well hello there♥

Wow… could I sound any creepier.. HA! I know.. it has been a WHILE! As I am sure many of you know… I have been fasting for the month of Ramadan.. meaning tiredness for me has kicked in MASSIVELY! Unfortunately.. this has meant my beloved blog has been slightly neglected (boo!).. I honestly miss blogging regularly SO much (even though it has only been about 3 weeks)… but I have literally been SO exhausted. However, it is so nice to spend more time with family and just using this month to really reflect on everything you have and be grateful for it too.

So… I am sure you all know I will be going on holiday soon too! I have decided that I will be having my first “blogging break” when I go.. so this means I will not schedule any posts videos for the week I am away. I want this week to be fully focused on enjoying our holiday and just spending some WELL DESERVED time away! BUT… I will be back in the swing of things once I am back (Yay!)… SO..I literally cannot WAIT… and I am also so excited to get back and working on my blog/YouTube again!

RIGHT GUYS.. that is enough of my life update.. I hope that explains why I have not been so active! SO.. onto this actual post ey? Now…. I have still been VERY active with trying and testing new products.. so of course this post had to be all about my favourite items over the past few weeks! OK.. so grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read of my STAPLE items for the past month (or so, hehe).

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Zoella Double Créme Body Cream

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I am sure you would have come across the new Zoella range.. it has literally taking the blogging/YouTube world by STORM. And why wouldn’t it? A new range of beauty items by one of the most popular and successful bloggers EVER … I have been a fan of Zoella for so long.. and when I saw that the theme of her new range was “Sweet Inspirations”… I had to try it! If you want to see what I picked up.. check my YT video here! Now.. I love every single one of the items in this range… but the reason the Body Cream has made a special appearance today is because it is the ONE body cream that has me obsessed with moisturizing my skin in the warmer months. Now… I am the type of girl who is obsessed with body butters in the winter.. but as soon as it gets warmer.. I stop using them! BUT… I use this little angel without fail every single morning! It has the most amazing, sweet almond/honey scent that lingers on your skin for the longest amount of time ever! It sinks into the skin SO quickly.. which is perfect if I am ever rushing in the morning and I don’t have time for my moisturizer to sink in. And guys.. the packaging. I do not even need to say anymore.

Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Cream*

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I received this little beauty a few weeks ago and I was SO exciting to try it. If you guys know me … you will know that I only wash my hair once a week… and this is usually on an evening, right before I go to bed. Now…. nobody likes to sleep with wet hair, so I would always need to do the dreaded chore of blow drying my hair (ahem.. which may I add would take SO long!). This little baby is a blow dry primer and you use it on wet hair to protect your hair against heat, and it also acts as a “mini treatment” for your hair. It also claims to help reduce your blow drying time… now I have tried products that claim to do this before, but have not noticed any reduction in time.. so of course I was a TEENY bit apprehensive when trying it. BUT… guys… this blow dry treatment does EXACTLY THAT.. and MORE! I adore this product so so much… I apply a 50p sized amount through the ends of my hair first, and then I run it through the rest of my hair. I then blow dry my hair (which might I add is dry in around 2-3 minutes instead of the usual 6-7).. ahem.. did I time it? YES I DID. Just so you guys could get a real review and idea of how amazingly this product works. It also helps with that awful, dry feeling the ends of my hair has, and makes it look so much healthier too. This has become a staple whenever I dry my hair.. I am also trying to get my husband to use it too.. hehe.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (Lavender & Rose)*

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I have wanted to try this cult item for so so so long… I am sure you have heard almost every single blogger RAVE about this item… so when I received this item in the post.. I was SO EXCITED TO TRY IT. Let me tell you guys.. I was not disappointed! It has SUCH a luxurious feel to it… I feel like I am really treating my skin every single time I use it. I also have the limited edition Lavender & Rose scented one (AND can we please appreciate the adorable packaging!). It has so many essential oils and natural ingredients in it… and my skin has never felt SO soft, or looked as radiant on a morning. I can honestly see why so many people love this item… and it has been my GO TO makeup remover/cleanser on an evening. If you are a lover of the original C&P, I highly recommend giving this one a go.. the scent is amazing and really relaxes you on an evening!

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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I have purchased a few foundations this month… but the one that has stood out to me has to be this one. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! If you saw my previous post… you would have seen how much I raved about this foundation (ahem.. probably as every other blogger has too).. but I really have fallen in love with this product. I adore the packaging (come on guys.. it is just so beautiful to stare at right?), I find it so easy to apply and the finish that it gives is just amazing. If you are a matte lover… I would advise you avoid this foundation… because it does give that glowy sheen to your skin. However.. if you love that finish.. I would suggest caving in and buying it (seriously, do it). It makes your skin look so flawless and literally requires no effort whatsoever when blending.. I really see this as being a perfect foundation if you are on the slightly …. lets say lazier (hehe) side when it comes to makeup… you do not need to pump any product onto your hand (meaning no foundation stains!), it is perfectly blended almost straight away and it is so easy and light to carry in your makeup bag if you need any touch ups! I apply mine using the RT Buffing Brush, by just dipping the brush into the little cushion and then directly to my face! I am SO in love with it!

Crown Satin Finish Foundation*

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Now… do not be fooled by the name of this… unless you like your skin to look VERY dewy (I am talking crazy amounts here guys), I would not use this on its own as a foundation. BUT… mix it with another foundation OR your favourite moisturizer.. and we are talking a whole different ball game! I mixed a pump of this with my Seventeen Stay Time Foundation… and I was SO chuffed with how the finish looked… it illuminated my skin and gave it that “just been sat in the sun and got a slight tan” look! It is so easy to blend and really is a staple for summer makeup! It has slight coverage so you could definitely transform your favourite moisturizer into a tinted one for light coverage.. perfect for holidays! I have been loving mixing a little bit of this in with my L’Oreal Infallible foundation on a daily basis too, and I find it is SUCH a pick me up and really helps my skin look more awake and healthy! LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Right guys… that is a few items that have stood out to me this past month and have become absolute staples too! I will try to do these every few months or so… as it means I will always have new items to talk to you about! I definitely recommend each and every one of these to you… I have trialed them so you don’t have to.. so all that is left for you to do is go out and buy them (bad influence I know.. muhaha.. your bank will hate me).

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OK LOVES.. I have a VERY busy week ahead of me… I have to get ALL MY HOLIDAY THINGS READY, Eid is also next week, which I am so excited for! I am also HOPING to get 2 or 3 blog posts up next week so you guys have something to catch up on whilst I am away! 

What are your plans for the next few weeks? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? Are you going on holiday soon?

I am going to love you and leave you now guys… honestly… I cannot wait to be blogging twice a week again.. I miss you! For now… have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

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*Items have been gifted to me for reviewing purposes

 

Makeup Removal: Micellar Or Balms?

Hiya!

Good week? Hope you have been making the most of the lovely weather this week! In fact.. today (Sunday) is a right scorcher.. BBQ’s & cold drinks at the ready I think! Honestly.. the sun puts me in SUCH a good mood… I am sure you can only imagine how EXCITED I AM to go on holiday (ahem… 5 weeks.. but whose counting?)

Now.. this post was one of those *OMG literally just popped into my head* type moments.. There I was removing my makeup, pondering life as you do.. when I thought to myself.. “Hmmm… I use quite a few different things to take all my makeup off with.. some depending on how lazy I feel.. others because I think they are fun to use” (you will see what I mean below ha!).. AND there we have it… new blog post idea!

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So… I use two main types of makeup removers.. cleansing balms and micellar waters. I stay away from wipes … they are EVIL! No matter how tired I am .. I never use wipes… in fact I don’t even own a pack ha! I thought I would talk you through the different makeup removers I use.. the pros & cons.. and also which is my favourite (and I DO have one!).

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Cleansing Balms – When I Want to Have Fun Removing Makeup

Now.. I don’t know about you… but some nights I actually REALLY enjoy taking my makeup off.. I use those 15 minutes to really get my skin feeling as clean as possible.. and just to make the experience as “fun” as possible. You are probably thinking, Saira.. what on earth are you going on about, “fun”? Well… I am talking about the amazing things that are Cleansing Balms.. these are solid, rich cleansers that melt to an oil when applied to your face. They work by breaking down all the makeup, dirt & grime so it is easy to remove.. and they also “grab” all the excess oil and sebum (ew) on your skin so you are left with clear skin that is less likely to break out!

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How do you use them?

I usually use a 50p sized amount and warm it up between my fingers first.. then I start on with my face.. I just massage it all over the face and let the balm work its magic in melting off all my makeup. Then.. I go over my eyes and do exactly the same thing. This is where the fun factor comes in guys.. if you ever want to scare your husband/partner… use cleansing balms. I cannot even tell you the look of shock on hubby’s face when I used one of these for the first time ha! In fact.. if you watched my first vlog.. I actually show you it in action! Then.. you would use a muslin or a regular face cloth (I love my £1.50 ones from Primark.. they work a treat!), and just wash it all off your face!

Pros:

They are (almost) suitable for all skin types… they are SO SO gentle so would be perfect for those with sensitive skin. Also.. I have oily skin and they work a dream for me… I know what so many people think.. how does oil/oil work? But it just DOES… My skin is never left feeling greasy!

They add a gorgeous “glow” to your face… it must be all those wonderful, natural ingredients in them!

Nothing removes waterproof mascara like these babies do

It almost feels like you are having a facial when using these… I think it is all that face massaging you do!

Cons:

I have not found this problem… but for those with VERY oily skin… they may find their skin to be quite greasy after using these

It does take slightly longer than other forms of makeup removal.. especially as I personally like to double cleanse too

My Faves

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Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

This is my latest cleansing balm that I have been using and I literally love it so so much! It is a solid white balm that you just rub between your fingers and apply to your face! It has a gorgeous, light, fresh fragrance and is so gentle on your eyes. I find it works so well and quickly.. and my skin is so soft afterwards. My skin does not feel greasy after, in fact it feels so soft and it actually has a beautiful glow! I usually always double cleanse with this… however a few nights ago I just used this and my skin actually felt like it was thoroughly cleansed! This is also a right bargain.. and you can pick it up for £13

Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm*

This was actually my first cleansing balm that I used… and it is absolutely AMAZING! It does such a fab job at removing all your makeup… and this one actually has tiny beads in that help exfoliate your face! Now… I actually used this on my eyes too and never had any problems.. although I was slightly more careful to only use it on my lashes/eyelids and not get any product on the inside! This one has a yummy, fresh, lemon-y scent. Anything lemon scented has me obsessed! I find this one does leave a slight residue on my skin.. but as I am in the habit of double cleansing.. I don’t have any problems! This baby does such an amazing job at making my skin just GLOW! This one is slighter steeper in price at £36.. but if you are looking for a luxurious cleansing balm.. I highly recommend this one!

Micellar Water – Literally Like Water On Your Skin

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I remember when micellar water became popular a few years ago (I am still to try the Bioderma though!). I find these work best when I want something quick to take my makeup off.. but still feel like its thoroughly cleansed in one step. Miceller water works by tiny molecules that grab onto makeup, oil, grime and dirt, allowing you to sweep it all away with a cotton pad!

How Do You Use Them:

I apply a small amount on a cotton pad and sweep this over my face first. I use one pad first to remove all the makeup, then a second one to remove all the dirt and grime. I sometimes even go in for a third time JUST to make sure. Then.. I do the same thing for my eyes… although I do press the cotton pad on my eye for a few seconds .. as I find this makes any stubborn mascara/eyeliner easier to sweep away. Honestly… with micellar water… your skin feels very refreshed and cleansed… so if you were feeling lazy… you could skip double cleansing!

Pros:

They literally feel like water on your skin.. which means no uncomfortable, tingly, stinging feeling

This magical water really does remove every. single. trace of makeup!

There are different formulas if you have dry, sensitive or oily skin!

Micellar waters are so quick and easy to use.. so a definite if you find makeup removal a chore!

Micellar waters are slightly more affordable then cleansing balms

Cons:

For me… micellar waters do not really help my skin look any more radiant or glowing after using them

You use up an AWFUL amount of cotton pads!

They can feel slightly drying on your skin after using them

My Faves

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Garnier Micellar Water

I know this is SO many people’s fave micellar water.. it is affordable, works an absolute TREAT and is available for every single type of skincare out there! It does such an amazing job at removing all your makeup and making your skin feel so clean.. but I do find it has the tendency to leave my skin feeling slightly on the drier side

Caudalie Paris Micellar Cleansing Water*

This micellar is an absolute GEM! It has a slight lemony/sweet scent which I love so so much! Again… it is amazing at removing makeup and making your skin feel so clean… I find this one has a slight “cooling” sensation too…. which is what makes me love it slightly MORE than the Garnier one! I find that this one does not leave me with that dry feeling.. so it has been the one I have been reaching for! This is on the slightly pricier side at £30 for the full sized bottle… but I have been OBSESSED with the lovely feeling it leaves my skin with after using it!

SO … that is my run down of both cleansing balms and micellar waters… but which one do I prefer?

Honestly.. it has to be The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Balm… I just LOVE the way it makes my skin feel, how easily it breaks down all the makeup and removes every single bit of dirt on your face! I love that if I was feeling EXTRA LAZY .. I could even go without cleansing my face after. The scent is lovely and relaxing .. so you really feel like you are having a good pamper before bed! I really recommend it girlies… it is a definite WIN for me!

Let me know what your prefer… cleansing balms or micellar waters? Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?

Thank you SO much for reading loves.. I really hoped you enjoyed this post.. you know when you just LOVE how your idea for a post turns out EXACTLY how you pictured it? Yep… that is how I feel about this post right now! Yay!

I will be off now loves… I am enjoying the beautiful sunny weather we are having and preparing for a BBQ!! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How To: Get Clear Skin♥

Well HEY THERE sweeties!!♥

I cannot even TELL you how chuffed I am to be writing a blog post!! I will be honest.. I MISS days I don’t get the chance to blog.. I honestly wish I could write a post EVERY DAY!! But you all know there are just NOT enough hours in the day!!! I also LOVE setting days aside where I can spend time catching up on other blogs/YouTube videos… I personally think it is SO important to spend time reading your blogging buddies’ hard work.. remember they probably put JUST as much effort into their posts.. and we ALL know the amazing feeling we get when people LOVE your post!! So go on angels.. SHARE THE LOVE!!

RIGHT loves… I wanted to share a beauty post with you all today WOOP! ‘CAUSE WE ALL LOVE A GOOD BEAUTY POST RIGHT?! So.. something that I am sure is important to probably EVERYONE here is having clear skin!! Now of course.. I know there are SO many factors that can affect how clear your skin is… such as genes, environment, makeup etc… but I wanted to give you a few tips on what has worked for me… and HOPEFULLY some of these will work for you too lovelies!!

My Skin♥

I think it is important to talk a TEENY bit about my skin first (this is always helpful right!?)… so if you have a similar skin type to me.. maybe we can be beauty product twins?

I have combination skin – My t-zone is VERY oily (boo!).. and my cheeks tend to either be normal, or slightly dry. I rarely get breakouts.. fast food (aka the yummiest food ever) is the main cause of any spots I get. Also.. mucky make-up brushes (I know this sounds gross but we are all guilty of it.. yes I am looking at YOU girlies!) give me spots.. I need to learn!

So loves… I have recently REALLY started looking after my skin and got myself into a little routine.. and wanted to mix this up with some tips that YOU can use to get clear skin (hopefully!!!). Sound exciting? Well.. let’s get right on with the post!!!

Have a Proper Night Time Routine♥

Since I have got a good night time routine set up.. I notice ALL the difference in my skin in the morning! Think about it like this loves… you spend most of the day with a face full of make up on (usually), in a stuffy office/shop/classroom… and even your house for that matter… your poor skin will be exposed to all sorts of toxins/nasty stuff.. surely it deserves some extra TLC at night? NOW I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL GIRLIES.. by the time it gets to bed time.. you reach for your makeup wipes that you have on your bedside table, “remove” your makeup… and get straight to sleep. I don’t blame you for doing that either.. you are absolutely shattered, all you want is your bed. I was the same.. BUT I did notice that my skin just looked dull when I woke up… and did not have that “fresh faced” look… so I thought to myself.. “my skin deserves some loving”… and I set aside 15 minutes of my evening to fully focus on my night time routine!

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My Routine♥

First point of action.. thoroughly remove all make-up that is on my face! GET RID OF THOSE MAKEUP WIPES LOVES! Pick yourself up a cream cleanser/micellar water/cleansing balm.. whatever would work best for your skin! I find that the Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm works an absolute dream on my skin. It is a oil based product, and I rub the balm between my fingers then rub all over my face and eyes. The result is MELTED MAKEUP ALL OVER YOUR FACE! I then use a warm wash cloth to remove all of the makeup.. it literally just slides off and leaves your skin looking SO refreshed and clean!

I then use my ESSENTIAL PRODUCT.. if you do not have this.. GET IT OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. It has honestly made one of the biggest difference to how clear my skin is ! This dream product is the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Brush… I use it with either Movis Soap from Lush or Clinique’s Foaming Wash. Once this has been done.. I pat my face dry and move on to the next step! MOISTURIZING! Am I the only one who spends a good 5 minutes just giving myself a little facial massage every night? It helps so so much in reducing puffiness, giving a natural glow and lifting and firming the skin! Ooooh come on… who wouldn’t want to do that every night!! You also do not need some fancy, expensive moisturizer.. whatever works for you will be fine!! Hey.. I even use coconut oil on alternate nights (effective AND affordable!).. this is AMAZING! I am honestly thinking of doing a full post/video on coconut oil .. it is a dream product!

That is my little facial routine for the evenings.. trust me loves.. if you incorporate something like this into your evening.. you WILL notice a difference.. give it a go darlings and let me know how you get on!

Scrub A Dub Dub♥

Ahhhhh SCRUBS! In my personal opinion.. there is nothing that makes my skin look AS CLEAR than after I have used a scrub. And it is 100% understandable.. when  you use a scrub, you are basically removing all the dirt/dead skin (ew I know ha!) from your face and revealing clean & refreshed skin! I would recommend using a scrub 1-2 times a week.. It is best to not use it too often as you do not want to over-scrub your poor skin. Trust me loves.. add a scrub to your weekly face routine and notice the difference straight away. I highly recommend the St Ives Apricot Scrub, or the one below from Cylax (this was a very affordable one from a Pharmacy).. it has been a firm favourite of mine for years.. but I know there are SO many amazing ones out there! Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Make Time for Masks♥

Ahhhh.. face masks… tell me someone who doesn’t love a good face mask.. even my husband and brother have been known to join in on my weekly routine! A face mask once or twice every week works an absolute TREAT for making your skin look clear! I would recommend the Lush ones HANDS DOWN.. they have fresh face masks for every single type of skin out there… AND THEY SMELL GORGEOUS AND ARE ALL NATURAL! Yay! Another FAVE of mine that just leaves my skin looking SO bright & clear is the Rituals Vitality and Energy mask. So darlings.. add in a mask 1-2 times a week.. and notice the difference in your skin! I have also been LOVING the Lush Full of Grace* serum to use after masks… it makes my skin GLOW.

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Clean Those Mucky Brushes♥

So.. as mentioned previously… one thing that gives me spots is if I am lazy and do not clean my make-up brushes! Now… I know we are all so guilty of doing this.. me included.. HOWEVER when I started noticing I was getting spots without changing anything in my routine.. I slowly realized it was those make-up brushes that hadn’t been cleaned…. hmmmm… gross I know! Now.. I ALWAYS try my best to wash them every week.. that way I know they will not affect my skin! I also recommend cleaning your phone on a daily basis, changing your pillow cases every week AND avoid touching your face! Little things like this really CAN make all the difference loves!

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Dealing With Spots♥

Ohhhh…. HOW ANNOYING .. you spend all that time perfecting your skin care routine.. and you STILL get that pesky spot.. grr!! Don’t worry.. I have the perfect thing that you can use!! Now.. this item does work a treat for me.. however EVERYBODY is different so I would not know if it would work in the same way for you (unfortunately!).. but that product is GERMOLENE! Now.. this is actually an antiseptic and anaesthetic cream.. usually used for cuts/bites & burns.. BUT can also be used on spots! Savlon is another similar product.. and I actually keep one in my handbag.. and anytime I ever do get the SLIGHTEST spot.. I put some of this on straight away.. and NO WORD OF A LIE GUYS… the spot has gone down within hours! If I ever notice any spots appear at night.. I apply a thin layer of this and they are almost invisible in the morning! It really is an amazing product that works SO well.. I highly recommend… as it is afforable too, yay! ALSO… avoid touching ANY breakouts you get.. this will only pass on germs to other areas of your face AND MAKE THINGS WORSE.. NOO! Just apply some Savlon/Germolene.. and leave them to heal on their own!

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Water.. And Plenty of It♥

If there is anything you take away with this post.. let it be this step lovelies!!It is probably the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to clear skin… And it is of course.. DRINKING WATER. We all know the benefits of drinking water so I am not even going to go into detail… just do it darlings! Buy yourself a pretty tumbler or bottle (I recommend Primark or B&M for cute ones!).. and set yourself a goal do drink at lease 2 litres a day! You will soon pick up the habit AND notice a massive difference in your skin! Yay!!

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So my loves… these are the steps I take to ensure my skin is as clear as I can get it ! Of course.. there are some miracle products that can cost A TON of money… but really all you need are a few essentials, plenty of glasses of water AND SAVLON FOR YOUR BREAKOUTS hehe. OH.. and try to get plenty of sleep.. I am still working on this though muahaha. 

I really hope this post helped some of you.. I am a massive believer that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get clear skin.. in fact most of it depends on what you put in your body.. so try to avoid takeaways too (these are the devil to me.. I ALWAYS get a few spots on a weekend when I eat naughty things.). Also… I was lucky enough to not suffer from acne when I was younger… but if you have scarring from acne.. try coconut oil or bio oil.. I know SO many people who use it and have noticed a massive difference! Remember darlings.. you know your skin better than anyone.. so try to use products specifically for your skin type… and if you do suffer from quite bad acne.. pop a visit to your doctor who should be able to help!

Thank you SO much for reading lovelies.. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

 

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