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Happy Tuesday everyone!! I love watching "empties" videos on YouTube almost more than tutorials because you get to really know if the product works and what the person actually thinks of their purchase! I filmed a little video for you, but if that's not your thing I also went ahead and reviewed all the products below as well - I did go into more detail in the video

A few things to note about the video...

1. I like to say the phrase "Great Buy" / "Product" a lot - sorry in advance
2. I'm not a vlogger by any means, but sometimes these videos are easier to do than type out in a post - even though I'm doing that anyway
3. I wasn't able to do any fancy intros or graphics, but I still hope you like it!! 
4. I'm still working on getting the lighting just right! 

If you weren't able to watch the video here's the cliff notes version of all the products! 

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner
I'm a huge fan of John Frieda's brilliant brunette line. I think it does a great job of exactly what it advertises which is bringing out your natural beautiful hair color. This is a definite repurchase for me! 

Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Shampoo & Conditioner
What I love most about all Pantene shampoos and conditioners is how good they smell!! This was no exception I loved the smell, but I don't think it necessarily cleaned my hair exceptionally well. I'll probably repurchase because I did see a slight difference in the amount of split ends I had, which was a great benefit. 

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
I've mentioned this product once before on the blog and it's seriously my absolute favorite Moroccan oil out there. The price point is amazing & a little goes a long way so it lasts for a long time. I've already repurchased this product and will until they decide to discontinue it - which I hope never happens! 

St. Ives Even & Bright Scrub
Another favorite and holy grail item of mine that I've mentioned on the blog before is the Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub by St. Ives. I've been using St. Ives scrubs for at least a decade and in my opinion it's one of the best if not the best drug store scrub out there! Another item that has been repurchased and will be for years to come! 

Garnier Ultra Lift Sleeping Cream
I'm on a roll with items that I've previously mentioned on the blog before - don't miss out on this seriously amazing and luxurious night cream!! I bought this product in February and just ran out last month so you can see how long it lasted and I was very generous with my application! I saw very tiny improvement in my fine lines, but this is more about having my skin feel fresher when I woke up, which it did! 

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue
If you click on the link above you'll notice it's not an affiliate link and that's because I DID NOT like the product at all! I felt like the coverage was sub par at best and really did nothing for my complexion. It was so weightless that it provided the most minimal amount of coverage, so I was always mixing my BB cream in. I won't purchase this product again! 

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
I can't rave enough about this bronzer! The color is perfect and not too dark and smells like chocolate. Not much to not like there! It took a very long time to get through and I had a sample size! I'll 100% be repurchasing again! 

Benefit Bella Bamba 
Sadly Benefit discontinued this color, but I actually really loved it and it took me FOREVER to get through it. I didn't mention in it my blushes post last week because it was no longer available, but they still have two great blushes - Coralista & Dallas Box o'Powder blush that provide very similar coverage. There is a fun fact in the video at 6:49! 

Zara Perfume 
Can I be more obsessed with Zara's perfume selection - absolutely NOT!! Sadly  it's not sold online, but in stores you have a great selection and the one I used up first is Zara Black and it's floral without being over powering! I have four other's I'm working my way through - it will be very hard for me to buy perfume for over $15 now since these are so delicious and amazingly priced!! 

e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
I didn't have the best track record with e.l.f. products, but this face primer restored my faith in the brand! I used it up in about a month and will be repurchasing because the price is perfect! It's incredibly smooth when it's rubbed into your face, but my only gripe is that because the bottle is opaque (watch the video at 8:15 to see me struggle with finding this word) you don't know how much you have left so it was gone before I knew it! 

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
I'm utterly obsessed with this primer. Yes it's expensive, but when you see how it makes your makeup look and how your face feels you understand the price! I'll repurchase this and use it for special occasions, that way it lasts for a long time! My tip is to go into your local Sephora and ask for a sample - yes they do this and try it out so you can see what I'm talking about! 

Have you tried any of these products? What's a holy grail makeup item you continuously repurchase?

73 comments

  1. I feel so behind, I haven't tried any of these! I literally made notes in my phone though so hopefully I can soon! I love a good primer and I'm glad you said the BB shampoo didn't work because I probably would've tried it. Love these posts!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  2. The video said it was private when I tried to watch it :( But I LOVE the Brilliant Brunette line too! And The St. Ives Scrub is amazing. Definitely need to check out that elf primer and you already got me hooked on that YSL primer.
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. The video didn't load for me, so I didn't get to see your pretty face grace my computer screen this morning, but Ill try again later this afternoon :)
    I like switching between Pantene and Moroccan hair shampoo/conditioner (the one that comes in the round blue bottle) within the week. I feel like switching keeps my hair "guessing" and has been giving me more volume lately. I need to check out that elf primer!

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  4. Darn, I wanted to see your lovely face but video said it was private! But your cliff notes reviews were great. I am super excited to go into Zara and try all the scents! Who can beat the price of e.l.f. products and well, you know how I feel about the sleek and shine G & F products. LOVE them and the smell Happy Tuesday miss gorgeous!!

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  5. Awwwww love seeing you in the video!! So fun! That YSL primer 100% lives up to the hype love it and I'm totally addicted to all Too Faced products they have great pigments and staying power!

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  6. I'm going to try that Moroccan oil. I use to buy the really expense kind...until I knocked it over and wasted half in the counter! Also need that scrub! Thanks for sharing! Trish - tales from trish

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  7. I need that YSL primer in my life! :) Great product rundown, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  8. I love the vlog! My favorite is the Coconut Milk oil. I've had the same bottle for THREE years because all I use is a teeny, tiny little dot.

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  9. I saw some of the other comments, I was able to watch your video so you must have fixed it. :) Love love love Too Faced chocolate bronzers!!! They are the only ones I ever grab. Obviously I am going to have to get that Moroccan oil duh!!! And ummmm $9 for perfume? Are you kidding me right now? Clearly I have been living under a rock to not know that this exists. Loved the video!

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  10. Yay for your first vlog - love it girl! And I'm now super intrigued to try out Too Faced's bronzer, love that it smells like chocolate :)

    Green Fashionista

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  11. Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while and love it! I too love the St. Ive's scrub and have been using it forever - also love Too Faced products! Idk if you've tried their Endless a Summer 16 hour bronzer but that one is great too! Awesome video - I love hearing about different products!

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    1. Thanks so much Ashley!! I haven't tried that bronzer but I'm going to check it out - thank you for the recommendation!

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  12. How much fun! I love your empties, such a great idea! You're adorable in the video!!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  13. ok this is adorable. you're adorable i mean ha. you're a natural!! love this review :) i keep forgetting about st. ives products - i need to get back into that routine - esp for the price! and i like the brilliant blonde shampoo. its pretty good!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  14. I love this! Confession- I've never seen one of these before! I use the Moroccan too, but not as much since I chopped most my hair!

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  15. Love it! You do such an awesome job with your videos! Mine would be hilarious. I'm not so sure I'd be cut out for that kind of thing. Maybe I will get brave and do a cake tutorial for you guys one day! haha I want to try that moroccan oil! I'm in the process of growing mine so I can donate it and I am feeling bored like I need to do something with it! xo

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  16. I'm obsessed with pretty much all the YSL Touché Elcat products... so I'll definitely be trying this one out too!!

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  17. I just did an empties post today too, so funny! That YSL primer is on my radar big time. I love your video, you did such a great job!!

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  18. LOVED!!!! You look beautiful and you did a great job!! I will have to check out that YSL primer some day, and that St. Ives cleanser. Since I honestly have no idea what kind of skin I have anymore haha.Oh and that eye cream!! Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that you have a fab day girl! :-)

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  19. You sound and look great! Would love to see more videos in the future!

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  20. Ohhhh, I just saw the Too Faced bronzer yesterday and mine is nearly out! Do you think it would work for brightening a "winter face" - you know, not too bronzy if that makes sense? I need a winter appropriate bronzer!

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  21. Yay!!! I love everything about this video. Excited to hear about the John Frieda "color" shampoo/conditioner, I've always been curious about those! You say it doesn't clean as well, do you use it everyday or only a few days a week? And bronzer that smells like chocolate? I need that immediately :)

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  22. oh was this ever fun!!! You are just as adorable and friendly as your blog leads me to believe you are! I ADORE all of the John Frieda products and use them regularly.
    you are a great one to do hair product reviews because you have gorgeous hair. You were honest about Pantene too, I don't love them.
    Don't apologize about this video, I would much rather watch a video about multiple products rather than read about them all....but I LOVE how you included a list of all of the products that you are featuring in the video with descriptions.
    HELP!!!!! Where do you buy the Zara perfumes? I have never heard of their perfume. I wear Blue by Ralph Lauren and yes it is at least $60....please lead me to Zara!
    Oh wait, I think you might have linked to it above....going to check that out.
    You did an amazing job! Please do more VLOGS....your personality is delightful!!! (((hugs)))
    catchatwithcarenandcody

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  23. Okay, you are SO CUTE and I loved watching this!!

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  24. First - you are just the cutest! Love videos just to hear voices & see little habits of people when they speak. So fun!
    But you have sold me on that Moroccan oil. I didn't know you were supposed to put it on when your hair was wet. I thought it went on only dry. Its now noted.
    I love these videos too - you learn so much from people you trust.

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  25. This is awesome! I am always looking for product reviews and coudos (is that even the proper spelling?) for doing a vlog!! I definitely will be trying the e.l.f. primer and the face scrub. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. 100% agreed on Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I'd never met a BM product I didn't like... until that one! It did absolutely nothing! I have to stop at the mall today and you know I'll be picking up a sample of that YSL primer :)

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  27. Great review! Love the vlogger. I totally agree on the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, it was terrible. I'm so glad I only got a small size of it. It did nothing. Oh girl, that YSL primer!! I LOVE it. I ended up buying it after I used up my sample. Love love it. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

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  28. I love these posts! Ahhh I've been on the fence with the YSL primer forever. I've used samples and they are amazing. I need to get through a few more products before I let myself buy it.

    xo, Carly | carly blogs

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  29. Love your video! It's so fun to see/hear people speak after reading their blogs for so long. I agree with you on St. Ives - i've been using their scrubs forever too, they're the best!

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  30. This is so fun, Biana! And such great reviews. I have been so interested in the YSL primer, but so afraid to try it because of the price tag. Good idea about the sample at Sephora. I've done that before as well and love when I find a product I don't like because I'm so glad I didn't waste the money!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  31. I love how you did the vlog AND listed the items out too - made it easy to follow along but know the product details too! I love that John Frieda shampoo too and I'm really wanting to try the sleek & shine oil soon.

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  32. Yay a vlog! So glad you did one and you are just toooooooooooooo stinking cute.

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  33. Ah so exciting that you did your first Vlog! I'm still working up the courage to make one, maybe one day! Yours was great!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  34. You did great girl- you're a natural at the vlogging ;) I have that Garnier oil and LOVE LOVE LOVE it as well!!! :)

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  35. I love the St. Ive's scrub. I am always a repeat buyer. I alternate between that one and the green tea one.

    Thanks for the cliffs notes, I don't watch vlogs so it was beneficial to me to see the text!

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  36. I used to use John Freida's Brilliant Brunette & loved it! I had forgotten about it until I read this post so maybe I'll try using it again!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  37. Definitely checking out that Garnier Fructis and John Frieda. Although I don't color my hair...is that a necessary for the John Frieda (didn't watch the video since I'm at work).

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  38. YAY for vlogs! Loved it :)
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  39. I love that elf primer too! Crazy some of the cheapest beauty buys can be so great right?!
    I'll have to check out that Too Faced bronzer the next time I'm in Ulta! xx

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  40. I love that you're making videos!!! There are so few vloggers in the Boston area... and you are so natural on camera!!

    My face is way too sensitive for the St Ives scrub... but I've used it on my feet for pedicures ever since Cosmetology school (that's actually what we learned to to pedis with). The Too faced bronzer is definitely one of my favs! I've been hearing so much about that new YSL primer, I may have to give it a try!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

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  41. I love this Biana! Adorable video and awesome reviews. I've got to try that YSL primer!

    Wishes & Reality

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  42. You did a FABULOUS job with the vlog, lady! I'm with you - it's just so much easier to film a video with this type of stuff instead of typing it all out (major props to you that you did both!). I need to grab that Garnier hair oil and night cream - both sound great!

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  43. Love this post! I'll have to watch your vlog tonight when I get home!

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  44. John Frieda shampoos are definitely one of my favorites! I need to try that Saint Ives body scrub! Sounds amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  45. You are so presh! One more reason I love you; vlogging! Totally agree about the bM "Complexion Rescue" a/k/a FAIL, too! Real reviews are priceless :)

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  46. YAY Biana you are so cute, loved the video! LOVE the e.l.f. face primer and I really need to try that Garnier Moroccan oil treatment! Great post and video gorgeous lady! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  47. Excellent video lady!! You're a natural and your reviews were really informative. I'm intrigued by the Zara perfume. Sounds like a great smelling product for a small price. Also I need the moroccan oil for this humid weather!

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  48. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Biana! I have been using the Pore Minimizer by Benefit, and I really recommend it!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  49. I always try and stop using Pantene but always. always come back to it! Love your reviews - empties. Ha! Never heard of that but it sure makes sense!

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  50. loved loved loved your video! I need to try the Garnier hair oil! And you know that I love the Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer. Great job girl!

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  51. "NOT a great buy... how 'bout THAT?" Bahahaha! You are so cute, it's ridiculous!!! :D
    I have Milk Chocolate, too. The smell!!!!!!!! MMMM!

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  52. I loved this video! I'm in need of a good primer so I'm going to decide which one of these I want to try out! Thanks girl!

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  53. We were on the same wave length with the empties today! I can't wait to watch the video, I soooo want to try that primer now! It sounds amazing!

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  54. I loved the video! I totally LOLed when you said "You can't really see. See??" Haha too cute. And I'm totally going to try that Fructis Moroccan Oil!

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  55. Love the Moroccan Oil, always leaves my hair feeling great. I have that same St. Ives in my shower too. Love the smell of it. Really want to try the bronzer. Love the Oopsie in the middle!

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  56. I wish that I could find the John Frieda line of shampoos here! I'm sure they are in some seriously obscure area and cost an arm and a leg but I love the product line so much! I'll need to give that ELF primer a go soon - I ran out of primer a while ago and still haven't bought any more :| Oops!

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  57. I agree with you - the size of the Benefit blushes and bronzers is super annoying! I do love the colors though - I have Bella Bamba as well and I think you can see the smallest hint of pan... I bought it like 2 years ago! I will say there seems to be so much more product in their packaging - I've also had the Hoola forever with no sign of running out!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  58. Just now catching up on yesterday’s blogs, but your Vlog turned out so cute!! Great work friend! I can’t wait to pick up a few of these to try!

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  59. Loved watching your video--you did such a great job! I have never tried Zara's perfumes before but they sound amazing. I'm a little bit of a perfume hoarder!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  60. Such a cute video! Love this post! Thanks for sharing all this useful info. I can't wait to try some of these products.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com/

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  61. Yay for a vlog! Love this. And I do love Zara's perfumes! Hope you'll do more!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  62. Loved your video Biana! You're such a natural in front of the camera! I laughed when you put the e.l.f. primer up close...ha ha! I think they call that translucent! Def going to try out the Garnier Morrocan oil. And you've convinced me that I need to invest in a high quality primer asap!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  63. I really loved that a lot of my favorite bloggers have been doing videos too now! Whether it's YouTube, or Snapchat, it's nice to put a voice to the photos. I feel as if I can relate better. I NEED to try that hair oil. You are the second person I've heard who loves it. I have permed hair and it's soooo dry sometimes!

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    1. Now that I've actually watched your video, haha.... Let me start by saying you have such a sweet, lovely presence on camera. (: The lighting is a little dark, but other than that I thought you did a fabulous job Biana! Hope to see more. (:

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  64. You for your video!! I didn't know you made them! I LOVE these videos. Totally agree you know if you really like or hate something after you used it all up!! Please make more videoS!
    xo,
    Darcy
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  65. OMG you are so cute in that video. I want to try the John Frieda Shampoo and Conditioner for brunettes. Hopefully it will help with mu gray also. What price do they run about?

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  66. You are too cute in your video! I haven't tried any of these products but the bronzer sounds awesome. And I've never used a Moroccan oil but I feel like I need one with my long hair.

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  67. You're so cute - I love watching you on video!!! I am totally grabbing that scrub - sounds amazing! Oh and I have that same lamp as you :-p
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

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  68. Loved your vlog!! You did a great job and it's awesome to be able to see and hear you (okay...that sounds weird doesn't it?) I'm still in the process of trying to find awesome products so the only official favorites that I have are the CoverGirl mascaras but I love all of the products you mentioned! Thanks for sharing. - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

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  69. I need to try the Garnier Fructis oil! It sounds amazing!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  70. You rocked this vlog! Love your suggestions and I'm definitely trying your Garnier suggestions! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  71. I'm such a fan of these type of posts because they're so far outside of my comfort zone. I just love knowing what worked for someone else. I'm going to give the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette a try. Is your hair color-treated?

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