Quo Blending Sponge Review

Quo Blending Sponge

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Today I have a little review of the Blending Sponge from Quo – a brand that is carried at Pharmaprix / Shopper’s Drug Mart. I needed to replace both of my makeup sponges, but figured that I would just buy one first to see how I liked it. [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique website]

Quo Blending Sponge

Blend your way to a flawless finish with this latex-free sponge. It enables precision application of cream and liquid foundations especially around nose and eye area.

Quo Blending Sponge

I’ve never tried the official Beauty Blender, so I can’t comment on how the Quo Blending Sponge compares, but I have tried and reviewed sponges from Real Techniques and Crown Brush

The Quo Blending Sponge is very soft, yet bouncy. I’ve mainly been using this blending sponge for concealer – both for my under eye and anywhere I need some extra coverage. I like the pointed end for blending out my Becca Brightening Under Eye concealer.

Quo Blending Sponge

The price was good too – less than $10 CAD! All in all, I really like this one!

Thanks for reading,

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Empties October 2017

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Today I have my stash of empties for October – I think I made good progress in using things up this month!

October 2017 Empties

Maui Moisture Revive + Hydrate Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner – This worked really well for my thick, wavy, frizz-prone hair. I just purchased the Strength + Anti-Breakage Agave Shampoo and Conditioner to try out instead of repurchasing this one. Review is here.

October 2017 Empties

Ahimsa Naturals Solid Brush Cleanser in Rosemary & Lavender – This was a great brush cleanser, it took me almost 2.5 years to use up. If I can find this locally, I’ll repurchase. Review is here.

Saje Natural Wellness Stress Relief Diffuser Blend – Once I use up a few more of the essential oils in my stash, this will be one of the ones that I will be repurchasing as the lavender based scent is so lovely and relaxing. Review is here.

Oct 2017 Empties

Badger Balm Ginger & Lemon Lip Balm – This was a good lip balm, I might repurchase once my stash is used up. This one was never reviewed.

Saje Natural Wellness Lip Balms in Sweet Lips and Tingle Lips – I loved both of these lip balms, and plan to repurchase the next time that I order some Diffuser Blends from Saje. Review is here.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – I liked this primer a lot, but it started to thicken and congeal (GROSS) so I didn’t bother finishing the last bit in the bottle. I don’t think that I will repurchase this one as there are other primers that I’d like to try. Review is here.

Oct 2017 Empties

Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Serum* – I am sad that this one is finished, this might be the most beautiful serum that I’ve ever used. Sadly it is pricy, and I don’t have the budget to repurchase this right now. But it is going to the top of my wishlist! Review is here.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion – This is one of the best and most affordable retinol serums that I’ve ever used. I’ve already repurchased a back up of this one. Review is here.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA – I’ve tried this one and the Buffet, both are peptide serums and both work well. But I don’t need both of them. I’ve already repurchased the Buffet serum. Review is here.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – This made my skin look great, but my skin never adjusted and it always stung when I used it. Instead of repurchasing this one, I am currently testing out the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (also from The Ordinary). Review of the Vitamin C Suspension is here, review of the serum is coming later this month.

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack – This sample came in my September Ipsy GlamBag. I’ve been occasionally using it a night when I felt like my skin needed a moisture boost. I have so many night creams / sleeping packs on my wish list, that I’m not going to be purchasing a full size of this one at this time. I never actually reviewed this one, but I really liked it.

So there you have it, all the things I’ve managed to use up this month! Have you finished up very many things this month?

Disclosure: All items except for the one marked with * were purchased by me. The product marked with * was a PR sample. Please see original review for details.

 

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush Review

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I FINALLY got The Air-Brush! I kept missing out on this Wayne Goss’ brush every time it was re-stocked since it was first introduced, but not this time! *I might have set myself an alarm to not miss out this time, just fyi*

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

What is The Air-Brush? (info in italics taken from Beautylish.com)

Exquisitely soft and artfully designed by makeup artist Wayne Goss, this limited edition powder brush is the one tool you need to sculpt, buff, and bake your way to a flawless, airbrushed look.

Why It’s Special
  • Master even the most advanced makeup techniques, including contouring, baking, buffing, highlighting, and more, with the versatile tapered shape
  • Decadently soft blue squirrel bristles glide across skin to ensure a smooth, seamless finish
How to Use

Use with your favorite powder products to easily achieve the sculpted, airbrushed look you want. When angled on its thin side, the brush creates a sharp contour line. The tapered tip can be used to apply highlighter to targeted areas. Sweep blush and bronzer onto the cheeks with the large flat side. Buff powder into skin or blend away lines by moving the brush in circular motions with light pressure.

Other Details
  • Handmade by traditional artisans in Japan
  • Made with 100% cruelty-free blue squirrel fur
  • Limited edition
  • For use with powder products only
  • Full length from tip to end: 17 cm
  • Length of bristles: 3.75 cm

I’m a huge fan of Wayne Goss, his brush collection and his youtube channel. I own and have reviewed a four of his brushes already (here and here).

The Air-Brush is just a beautiful as the others, the bristles are ridiculously soft. SO SOFT! The glossy black handle has a nice weight. I prefer brushes with this type of handle.

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

I’ve only used it for highlighter and bronzer so far, but my makeup technique goal for the new year is to teach myself how to contour. But so far, like my other Wayne Goss brushes (two eye shadow brushes, one blush, and one foundation brush) I’m completely in love!

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

Have you tried any of his brushes?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Unboxing My First Ever Ipsy Glam Bag (July 2016)

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I just received my very first Ipsy Glam Bag last week. So I thought that I would do a little unboxing and review for you all. I was so excited when my mail carrier handed my bright pink envelope!

The theme for this month’s bag was “Hot Summer Nights” and the bag is a super cute silver bag with little beach umbrellas.

Ipsy GlamBag July 2016

So what was in my Glam Bag?

Ipsy GlamBagJuly4

A deluxe sample sized Joy Inducing Hand and Body Lotion from Not Soap Radio. This is a really nice hand and body lotion filled with a sweet lemony goodness scent that is not too overpowering. I’d never heard of this brand before, and was happy to see that they are cruelty free, as well as being free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

 

A single shadow from the Balm from their Meet Matt(e) Trimony collection in the shade Matt Muskowitz, a deep plummy shade. I’ve really been into matte shadows these days, and was lamenting that I didn’t own very many mattes, so this is a great addition to my single shadow collection.

Ipsy GlamBag July 2016

I received a makeup brush, which thankfully wasn’t jammed into the makeup bag because the bristles would have gotten crunched. This brush is from Sedona Lace, and is brush EB13, a synthetic blending brush. This is a nice brush – I love adding to my brush collection. Another cruelty free brand.

A full sized Banana Setting Powder from Bellapierre Cosmetics! To be honest, I was afraid of this powder at first because it looks SO VERY YELLOW. But it blends in flawlessly! I’ve used it for setting my undereye concealer. This setting powder is super silky. Another cruelty free brand.

Ipsy GlamBag July 2016

The final product is a deluxe sample sized tube of the GravityMud Firming Treatment Mask from GlamGlow. I only tested this one on my wrist. There is no way that I could EVER use this on my sensitive facial skin! I’ll be passing this one on. This product is not cruelty free.

Ipsy GlamBag July 2016

All in all I really liked four of the five items in my very first Ipsy Glam Bag! I was super happy that nearly everything in my bag was cruelty free! If you get the Ipsy Glam Bag, were you happy with yours?

If would like to sign up for a monthly Ipsy Glam Bag, here’s my referral code:

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=ynq38

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I was gifted a free Ipsy GlamBag from a friend, but I had to pay for the shipping to Canada.

Makeup Brushes & Tools – Generation Beauty

Tarte –  Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush ($34 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Tarte Powder Player

Product performance: Introducing the other half of tarte’s next-generation “powder couple.” Designed to complement the newly re-launched smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted pressed finishing powder, this professional quality bamboo brush balances lightweight design with the ultimate in luxury. Achieve a seamless, natural-looking complexion with this goofproof, eco-chic tool made with sustainable bamboo and supremely soft, synthetic bristles. The unique, dense design allows you to expertly buff on just the right amount of whisperlight powder to achieve flawless coverage and a smooth, soft focus effect – it’s like airbrushing without the air™!

Tarte2

This brush is so incredibly soft and it works amazingly well for applying powder. The handle has a nice weight and it is a gorgeous addition to my brush collection.

Tarte3

Luxie BeautyLuxie Rose Gold Medium Fan Brush #560 ($18 USD) *I purchased this for just under $15 CAD*

Luxie Beauty

Our Luxie Rose Gold Medium Fan Face brush has been handcrafted with ultra soft vegan synthetic bristles to allow a soft touch to the skin when swiping back and forth. This uniquely shaped brush gives you the easiest and precise application of highlighter and bronzer when you need it. It helps enhance and sculpt your cheekbones while also allowing you to swipe away any excess powder from the cheekbones and undereye area.

I’ve been wanting to get a fan brush for several months now. The synthetic bristles are super soft. I’ve been using it for applying highlighter all week.

Luxie Beauty

Luxie BeautyLuxie Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush # 522 ($24 USD) *Generation Beauty Freebie*

Luxie Beauty

A testament to cruelty-free and vegan beauty, this Luxie highlighting brush features a sleek pink handle and rose gold ferrule. The makeup brush has antibacterial synthetic bristles that are clean and soft as silk on the skin. Without needing a lot of makeup product, the brush size makes it ideal for an easy and simple makeup application. Perfect as an everyday highlight brush.

Luxie Beauty

Another super soft synthetic brush from cruelty-free and vegan brand Luxie Beauty. I think that I will be using this one mainly for bronzer.

Luxie Beauty

Royal & Langnickel –  MODA Smoky Eye Brush #BMD-421 ($6.99 USD) *Generation Beauty Freebie*

Royal & Langnickel

Synthetic Filament. Apply shadow with precision in the crease and close to the lash line for a dramatic eye look. This beautifully bold, 100% vegan line includes water-resistant acrylic handles with a Silk-Touch™ coating for ultimate durability and ease of care.

These MODA brushes are ridiculously soft. I’ve used this brush a couple of times for a subtle day version of a smoky eye.

Royal & Langnickel

Royal & Langnickel –  MODA EZglam Duo – Luscious Lips #BMD-EGLL ($5.99 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Nude or dramatic, get full luscious lips with the Pointed Lip and Flat Lip brushes.

Royal & Langnickel

These brushes are great for applying darker shades of liquid lipsticks as I find that the doe foot applicator that most liquid lipsticks have is not precise enough.

Royal & Langnickel

Crown BrushFlawless Face Blender #DP1-O ($24.99 USD) *I purchased this for $6.00 CAD*

Crown Brush

I got this to test out and replace my Real Techniques sponge as it is starting to wear out. The flawless face blender sponge is really soft, and I found it to be easy to use for applying foundation or BB cream.

The photo on the left shows the blender dry, and the photo on the right shows how it looks when dampened.

Crown BrushBrow Duo #C413 ($8.20 USD) *Generation Beauty Gift Bag Swag*

Crown Brush

I use brow pencils right now, so the brow brush end hasn’t been tested out. The bristles are pretty hard though. The spoolie brush end is a spoolie – I think that they are all pretty much the same.

Crown Brush

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received some of these items from the Generation Beauty by IPSY event. I paid for my ticket to the event with my own money and am under no obligation to review any of these things. I purchased some of these items. Refer to each individual product for this information.

 

 

Generation Beauty by IPSY (Toronto 2016)

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

Hello, hello!

I’m back in Montreal after a whirlwind trip to Toronto for the Generation Beauty event that took place over the weekend (May 14th and 15th). I’ve only had enough time to photograph all of the loot from the event. I have not tested anything out yet.

The show took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. I took the train from Montreal the day before, and stayed with a friend.

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

After checking in, I was given my access pass which had a “passport” with little tickets on it. Basically, you get one ticket for each of the booths, which gives you a free product (some companies were giving out sample sizes, and some were giving out full sized products).

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

Day 1:

I had arrived at the MTCC shortly after 11 am, I think that the doors opened at 10am. The lineups for the bigger brands were already super long, so I decided to see how many of the smaller brands I could visit in the meantime. I know that I was only going to be there until 2pm, as I was planning on meeting up with two of my awesome fellow bloggers Stashy from Stash Matters, and Cat from My Lip Addiction (more on this epic meetup of awesomeness and shopping in Wednesday’s post).

The lineups for Too Faced, Tarte, Makeup Forever, Smashbox and Nyx were insane on the first day. So I decided to leave them for day 2.

Here’s all the loot from day 1:

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

As well, there was a gift bag filled with more swag:

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

I don’t know if you can see it due to the reflection, but that is a large powder brush from Tarte!

Day 2:

Because of the insanity of day 1, I decided to be there for when the doors opened at 11am, and found a giant lineup to get into the event. Supposedly people started lining up at 8am!

My goal for the day was to try to get in the lines for Tarte and Too Faced. The lines were mega long immediately after the doors opened, so I ran around to try to hit all of the smaller brands before trying for Tarte and Too Faced. I managed to get to all of the booths except for Nyx, Make Up Forever and Pur, because by the time that I got through the Tarte and Too Faced lines, the show was nearly about to close.

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

As you can see, I actually made it through the insane lineups for both Tarte and Too Faced! The wait time was more than an hour for each one!

I managed to meet up with Little Beauty Loves! We were trying to find each other and accidentally ended up side by side in the Too Faced line. It was pretty funny!

There was also a gift bag of swag for day two as well:

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

This was my very first beauty convention. There were things that I really enjoyed, and things that I did not.

Loves:

I loved that there were a surprising number of cruelty free brands taking part in the show. I loved how friendly nearly all of the attendees were. I had great conversations with several people while waiting in the various lines.

Not so loves:

I did not enjoy the super long lineups, especially on day two as I had my backpack with me. This leads to my second complaint – there was no coat and bag check. That sucked, because my bag was HEAVY. My back and shoulders are still sore from lugging all my stuff around for hours.

Overall:

All in all it was a great experience. But if I go next year, I’m wearing my running shoes, and will not be lugging around a heavy backpack. And I will remember to bring a refillable water bottle.

Here’s all the loot that I got for both days:

Generation Beauty by IPSY, Toronto 2016

This doesn’t include anything that I purchased at the show. I’ll include that in Wednesday’s post.

I’ll start testing and swatching things over the next week or so, so I can start reviewing products. I will most likely review things in groups by category, otherwise I’ll be reviewing all of this stuff until next year, haha!

Anything that I received that I know that I will not use, I will not swatch or test. Instead I will set them aside for an upcoming giveaway that I am planning.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received all of these items from the Generation Beauty by IPSY event. I paid for my ticket to the event with my own money and am under no obligation to review any of these things.

 

Project Focus 10 – The Final Chapter

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As you know, my fellow collaborators got through the 10 weeks of the Project Focus 10 Challenge. Today I’m just closing the loop and adding some final thoughts.

PF10 The Final Chapter

First of all, I want to thank my fellow collaborators (Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy) for keeping the challenge going for all ten weeks. And I especially want to thank Ingrid for being the brain that came up with this collab, and for asking me to participate! ❤

All in all, out of the 10 products, I was able to finish four and trash two.

I think that I will do this again in a few months, because after doing this, and swatching the single shadows in my collection, I’ve realized that I have a lot of makeup that gets neglected.

Summary of the 10 Products (and links in case you missed it):

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, trashed, will never use again after my bad reaction!

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, still in love with this brush, I swear it gets softer each week!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week 3, and finished by week 6! I didn’t notice that it made much of a difference for my hair, so I probably won’t get it again.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – reviewed week 4, trashed as it made my lashes droop horribly.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, and finished at the end of March! My cuticles need this stuff, so I have to replace it asap!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer –  reviewed week 6, I didn’t use this as much as I had hoped, as I’m still a wee bit too pale right now, but I do plan on wearing it in the summer.

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – Reviewed week 7, finished! I will probably buy this again at some point, but I have some other shampoos to use up first.

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – Reviewed week 8, finished! I will probably buy this again at some point, but I have some other conditioners to use up first.

Georgie Beauty False Lashes No. 2 L’Avant Gardiste and Black Lash Adhesive – reviewed week 9, they are so pretty, I need to master the art of applying false lashes!

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette – reviewed week 10, I managed to use this a minimum of twice a week, sometimes more. I’ve actually continued to use it at least once or twice a week since.

Would you do a similar type project pan?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 6 Review & Update

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is already been SIX weeks since starting Project Focus 10?

Project Focus 10 is a Collab that I am doing with three lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Today I’m reviewing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Bronzer in their iconic shade Park Avenue Princess. Here’s what it says on the Sephora website about this bronzer:

What it is:
An ultralight, mineral-based bronzing powder.

What it does:
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer is an oil-free bronzer that fuses earthly minerals with naturally-derived ingredients for a natural-looking finish. It contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and it’s infused with mineral pigments that are known for their soothing and softening properties.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

My experience: This is the first and only bronzer that I’ve ever owned as most of them are too dark for my skintone (for reference, I use Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc).

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Because I’m quite pale in the winter time, I have to be careful in applying, otherwise it is too much (as you can see in the swatch on my arm, and my face is a lot paler than my arm). The colour is definitely buildable and long lasting on my skin. I think that it is a bit too warm for me this time of year, but I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it in the spring / summer.

Update on the remaining PF10 products:

Make-Up:

Focus10 Makke-up2

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 2x, loving the matte shades this week!

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Make-Up Tools:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – Once again I did not use my false lashes, I need to do a patch test with the adhesive before trying them out. Maybe I’ll do that this afternoon.

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily

Haircare and Bodycare:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 2x,

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 2x,

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 2x, finished!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, often several times a day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

 

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 2 – Wayne Goss Foundation Brush

Hello, hello!  In case you missed it, I’m doing the Project Focus 10 collab with Ingrid from Curly Sping Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on the Project Focus 10 collab:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

I’m back to review one of the items from the Project 10 Focus Collab, and update you on my progress on the remaining items. Today I’m reviewing the Wayne Goss Brush 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 01

Here’s what is says on the Beautylish website (the only place I believe that you can buy the Wayne Goss brushes):

Brush 01 is perfect for foundation, it’s about 5mm longer than a typical stippling brush to allow for gentle blending that won’t pull the skin.

These brushes are so beautiful with their glossy black hornbeam handles and brass ferules. Each brush is handcrafted in Japan.

Wayne Goss Brush 01

My experience: I know that this is a foundation brush, but I haven’t been using it to apply foundation because when I do, I end up with a streaky application. Instead, I’ve been using it for blending and buffing out concealer daily – especially since I’ve had to use a LOT more concealer than usual thanks to my unfortunate reaction to the Hard Candy Primer last week. It works amazing for undereye concealer as well! The bristles are firm yet soft, and densely packed. I haven’t had any bristle loss when washing it. All in all a gorgeous luxury brush.

Update on the remaining products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Make-up:

1. Hard Candy Primer – reviewed last week, will never use again after my bad reaction.

2. Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used two times

3. Essence Lash Mania Mascara – used one time

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – used once

Make-Up Tools:

5. Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – did not use

Haircare and Bodycare:

6. Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used twice

7. Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used twice

8. Living Proof Prime Style Extender – used twice

9. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – used daily

Overall, I think that I made mostly good progress this week and managed to use everything except for the false lashes and the reaction inducing primer. I’ll be back with the new review and update on my progress with the Project Focus 10 Collab on Monday, February 8th (not counting my regular posts on Wednesday and Friday). Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Curly Spring Blossom

Stash Matters

Styled with Joy

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Disclosure: I purchased all of these things. My review is based on my experience of using the product.