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Three ways to style long men’s hair

So you’ve scrapped the crew cut and grown out your hair, but now you’re stuck with a lifeless man mane that’s more Year 9 tragic than effortless demigod. It may sound obvious, but long hair is all about the styling. We’ve scouted out three quick ’n’ easy dos for you to add to your arsenal, so give them a try before you chop it all off again.

The down do

If you fancy embracing your inner Samson, this is the do for you. But to stop your hair looking dead on your head, you gotta get some texture in there. Use a couple squirts of Bleach London Moussey Mousse on damp hair to add a bit of volume. Run it through your hair with your fingers and gently blow-dry. Create a side parting for that no-sweat-swooped look.

The half-pony

If you love the look of long hair but ain’t crazy about having it in your face most of the time, this handy half-pony will be your go-to. Spray Style Expertise Salt Spray over your hair and run your fingers through to spread it evenly. Scoop up the top half of your hair and twist it into a bun. Secure with a hair band – and there you have it.

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The man bun

You knew it was coming – the Marmite of man hair! Some people can’t stand a man bun, but it’s practical, stylish and a trend that’s here to stay. So it’s worth a try. Gather your hair into a ponytail, finger-combing as you go to keep it smooth, then twist into a bun and secure with a hair band. Tame any flyaways with Superdrug Men’s Hair Styling Wax and you’re good to go.

TOP TIP: You can position your bun at the nape of your neck, on your crown or on the top of your head – great ways to switch up your look.

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Best Shampoos for Fine Hair

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Is your hair flat, fine and far-from-fabulous? We hear you loud and clear. So instead of reaching for a texturising spray to fake volume, target the root of the problem by going back to the haircare essentials. Here are the best shampoos for fine hair:

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Do Volumising Shampoos Really Work?

If you have fine hair, then reaching for a volumising shampoo is a great place to bring that va-va-voom back to your tresses. So, yes - they do work. These types of shampoos are designed to be light and to boost hair from the root while also giving you a deep-clean too.

How do volumising shampoos work?

Now here's the fun part. Contrary to popular belief (and also common sense) these shampoos do not add anything to the roots. No special wonder ingredient. No diffuser-style application necessary. Instead, the reason why they are so great is that most regular shampoos and conditioners leave behind a residue on the hair which can weigh the strands down. The result? Flat-like-a-pancake hair.  Volumising shampoos do not leave behind this snail trail of residue. 

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L'Oreal Paris Elvive L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo 250ml £2.99 Buy Now

Best Shampoos for Coloured Hair

If you have dyed fine hair, an extra nourishing and colour-protecting shampoo is going to be your best friend. It’s also worth noting that to preserve the colour, you will need to wash your hair less frequently as shampoos often strip away the colour while cleaning your hair. Going for a gentler, colour protecting option can make all the difference.

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Mane 'n Tail Mane 'n Tail Colour Protect Shampoo 355ml £6.99 Buy Now

Best Shampoos for Ageing Hair  

As time goes on, you may notice your hair needs an extra dose of TLC. So to care for mature hair, look out for shampoos that have extra invigorating ingredients such as caffeine.

If you’ve noticed any thinning of the hair, you may want to speak to your doctor or Superdrug pharmacist to find out what may be causing this, as you could need a vitamin boost or medication. There can be many reasons why you may find hair thinning once you’ve reached a mature age, menopause can be one of them.

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How to Revive Fine Hair

Weather, pollution, stress – it all shows on our skin. Did you know it can also show on our hair? A great way to help revive damaged fine hair is to start from the basics: trim the split ends, start using a gentle shampoo and commit to applying a hair mask once a fortnight. With the condition of your hair improving, you will see more volume and shine even if your hair is very fine or even dry. 

Look out for ingredients such as coconut oil, almond oil or argan oil to help reduce the appearance of damage, but make sure the formula is light enough as sometimes fine hair can get weighed down if the shampoo’s consistency is too rich.

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Dry Shampoo For Fine Hair

It’s generally not a good idea to wash your hair every day. But, fine hair can look quite flat in between washes. As a quick boost, use dry shampoo in-between hair wash days. 

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To intensify the effects these shampoos have on fine hair, look out for their conditioner buddies – conditioners for fine hair have to be nourishing and completely weightless.

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Just Landed: L’Oreal Stylista

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Obsessed with those waves you’ve just spotted on Instagram? Got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to grid-worthy braids? If you like your hair with a serious side of sass, L’Oreal Stylista is for you. This brand-new range focuses on the styling products designed to give you the looks you see on social, aka the hair of your DREAMS.

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Lay the foundation for banging braids with the clever Braid Milk hairstyling cream, enriched with coconut milk. This silicone-free formula gives the grip you need to get the perfect plaits and holds with up to 30% less frizz. We’ll take that.

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Can’t live without your straightener? Get even more sleekness and protect your hair at the same time with The Sleek Serum, a hairstyling protector that eliminates up to 95% frizz and helps protect hair from heat damage up to 230°C. Smooth on to damp hair before blow-drying, then add a tiny drop after straightening, to lock in the smoothness and give up to 24-hour humidity protection.

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Never found the Holy Grail of salt spray? Well, that’s about to change. The Beach Wave Mist hairstyling spray is the perfect non-crispy, beach waver. Scrunch into hair lengths for laid-back waves or apply before braiding, then shake hair out for a more emphasised look.

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Hallelujah, it sounds like our spring hairstyles are sorted. Thanks, L’Oreal.

The L’Oreal Stylista range is available online and in store now.

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Just Landed: The new makeup collection from e.l.f.

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Our go-to brand for designer beauty dupes, e.l.f., has just dropped its new collection and we want it all. Hitting every trend from matte textured eyeshadows to liquid lipsticks, it’s your next season’s makeup bag sorted.

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If you’re all about the eyes, you won’t be able to resist the Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette 2. Its 10 glorious shades, from the palest champagne to smoky black, will help you create every eye look you ever wanted. Finish it off with the newly formulated Eye Enhancing Mascara, with a specially designed swirl head, which grabs the lashes from root to tip, to ensure max coverage.

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Dewy skin addicts should reach for the Shimmering Highlighting Powder, which comes in two shades that can be dusted all over for a soft-focus effect or concentrated on areas to define and highlight. Prefer a creamy textured glow? Try Beautifully Bare Targeted Natural Glow Stick. Draw these easy-to-use crayons anywhere you want to illuminate, and pat with fingers to blend.

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As the liquid lip shows no signs of slowing down, the Liquid Matte Lipstick is the perfect addition to your beauty regime. It’s enriched with vitamin E, so it won’t dry your lips, and feels comfortable and supple to wear. Keep lips in matte lipstick perfect condition with the Lip Exfoliator Clear, a gentle exfoliator made with shea butter and natural oils.

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The new e.l.f. colour collection is available online and in store now.

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Easy Hairstyles For When You’re Running Late

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Ever played that dangerous I’m-just-going-to-close-my-eyes-for-5-minutes game and woken up in a panic half an hour later? We’ve all been there. If your instant reaction to running late to work/date/life is to scrape your hair back in a panic or leave it unkempt and wild then we’re here to save you with these super quick hairstyles. Just because you don’t have time on your hands, it doesn’t mean your messy hair has to give the game away!

The ‘I Woke Up Like This’ Hair Heroes

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Glamorous Grecian Braids

Who me? Late? Never! These braids are so easy to pull off that you could probably get away with doing them on the train as you make your way to work – just keep a couple of grips in your handbag!

Step 1 – Separate front section

Woman starting to braid hair

If you have time for a little brush through first, then fab, if not then just run your fingers through your hair and grab a small front section.

Step 2 – Plait

Woman braiding hair

Do a classic three-strand braid (that’s the one where the outer section swaps with the middle, then repeat on the other side) until you’re three-quarters of the way down the hair. Secure with a clear elastic band.

Step 3 – Repeat on other side

Woman pinning hair braid back

Do step 2 on the other side of your hair, grabbing a similar-sized section of hair and braiding it to the same length. Finish with a tie.

Step 4 – Pin back

Woman styling hair into braids

Take a hair grip, sweep your braid back and pin it into place. Repeat on the other side and try to position as symmetrically as possible for a polished finish.  

Prettier than a Pony

A ponytail is always a giveaway that you a) haven’t had time to hit the dry shampoo and b) woke up late. So, throw a curveball with this pretty twist top knot instead.

Step 1 – Create a ponytail

Woman brushing hair into ponytail

Sweep your hair back into a high ponytail. Use a brush to make it look neat or fingers if you’re deliberately going for an undone vibe. Secure with a hair band and spritz hairspray for extra hold.

Step 2 – Section & twist

Women styling hair into top knot

Split the ponytail in half and with one section twist it around the hair band until a bun starts forming. Pin into place. Repeat with the second section of hair and pin.

Half up Half Down

This one is great for when you’re running late to see your besties – a relaxed style that’s playful.

Step 1 – Section hair & twist

Woman with hands through her hair

Using your fingertips, pull back a front section of hair. Next, twist until the hair begins to create a messy bun.

Step 2 – Secure into place

Woman creating top knot

Using hair grips, pin your messy top knot into place. Pull out any uneven bits if you have time!

Fancy French Braids 

If you’ve got braid tekkers, then you’ll find this one super easy. Warning: Don’t try this if you find a normal braid a challenge.

Step 1 – Create a centre parting

Woman sectioning hair into centre parting

Use the thin end of a tail comb brush or your fingers to create a centre parting.

Step 2 – Braid away

Woman braiding hair

Create three smaller sections on one side and start your braid. Braid from the front to the back and secure with a hair band. Repeat on the other side.

Top Tip: For the finer deets on how to create this in seconds check out our full French braid tutorial.  

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What is Glycolic Acid?

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Chances are you’ve already heard about this hard-working ingredient, or maybe you might have spotted it gracing pots and tubes along the skincare aisle. But, what actually is glycolic acid? And more importantly, why should you care? Let the masterclass commence…   

Young woman with clear skin touching face after applying glycolic acid

So, what is it?

In science-y terms, glycolic acid is part of an active compound called alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all the AHAs and is water-soluble, which means it can get deep into the pores before working its magic. It is naturally derived from sugar cane (which is why it’s sometimes referred to as a ‘fruit acid’) but can also be made synthetically.

In skincare terms, it’s an ingredient that exfoliates by getting rid of dull and dead skin cells to reveal newer, healthier skin underneath.

How does it work?

It works by breaking down the glue that holds cells together which then results in exfoliating the skin as it effectively removes dead cells. It’s a weak acid so it can break down oil and sebum which clogs up pores – perfect if you’ve got blemish-prone skin and blackheads. And as a happy knock-on effect of cleaning out the pores, it also shrinks them too!

Why use glycolic acid?

Basically, there’s not a lot this AHA can’t do. It can exfoliate the skin evenly. It can clear up blackheads and blemishes. It can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (that exfoliation can reach the epidermis to stimulate cell activity). It’s a pore minimiser. It can treat pigmentation and reduce the appearance of age spots and acne scars. It can also restore PH harmony in the skin. Sold? Yes, us too!

Where can I find it?

In a similar way to the ingredient retinol, you can find glycolic acid in various forms and concentrations. If you want to use it at-home and haven’t used it before then always introduce it to your regime slowly and increase usage/concentration over time to avoid any irritation.

You can also opt for targeted treatments (eg. chemical peel) that include a high dosage of glycolic acid, but these are administered by dermatologists and professionals.

How to use glycolic acid

Everyone’s skin type is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to using this exfoliating AHA. The best advice is to introduce it into your regime (starting with a low concentration between 5-8%) and then monitor the effect it has on the skin to see if you need to increase/lower your dosage. It is totally normal for the first few times you use it to experience mild tingling as this is an indication that it is working.

If you continue to experience any redness/dry patches or irritation then give your skin a break. Overuse can dry out the skin, so always follow up with a hydrating moisturiser. And always use SPF after treating the skin with glycolic acid because all that exfoliation and new cells can make the skin more susceptible to UV damage.

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How To Tackle Period Pain

Young woman holding a hot water bottle to stomach in pain

Ladies, it’s time to talk about periods. They’re something most women have to deal with every month, and sometimes they can result in painful menstrual cramps. Many women can go about their daily activities despite the cramps, while others may be forced to take it easy and rest up until they pass. Whatever your situation, there’s plenty of things you can do to help ease the pain and make you feel a little bit better.

lady laying on bed holding her tummy with period pains

Period Pain Relief

Most of the time, a simple OTC painkiller can significantly help to reduce the pain of mild-moderate period cramps. A dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen can be sufficient for many women, while others may need to visit a healthcare professional such as a pharmacist to find something more tailored.


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Other Period Pain Remedies

If you don’t fancy painkillers, there are plenty of things you can do to help tackle period pain naturally. While these methods may not be effective for everyone, they can certainly help you feel more relaxed and reduce cramps.

Keeping active helps period cramps

Light exercise has been proven to reduce cramps in some women, so it might be beneficial to take a walk or do some gentle Yoga or Pilates.

Use heat pads 

heat can help to relax the abdominal muscles that are contracting during your period, so relax, kick back and chill out with a heat pad if you’re in pain.

Take a bath 

There’s nothing like a hot bath to help relax your mind and muscles at the same time. So take the evening off and stock up on your favourite bubble bath!

Prioritise self-care 

Take some time for yourself say yes to self-care. Whether it’s reading a book, watching your favourite show or pampering yourself with a face mask, it’s a must at the time of the month.

Take your vitamins 

Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet and taking a multivitamin or health supplement designed for women. Iron, zinc and evening primrose oil are often beneficial, though it’s important to consult your GP before taking them.

If you feel your period pain continues no matter what you try, you should consider booking an appointment to see your GP to discuss possible options which may ease period pain (such as oral contraceptives) and tests for underlying health conditions.

 

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A guy’s guide: Do you have sensitive skin?

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Red, sore, itchy, flaky… if your skin isn’t happy, nor are you. Sensitive skin can be something you’ve always had or it can be caused by stress, allergies, pollution or even the weather. If you’re currently suffering, there’s plenty you can do. Here are our top skin hacks for men…

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1. Read the packaging

When shopping for new products, take time to look at the labels. Avoid anything containing alcohol, fragrance or colorants, which are common irritants for sensitive complexions. If a product says ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘dermatologically tested’, these are often safer for sensitive skin.


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2. Use shaving gel NOT foam

Foam is drying and potentially irritating as it tends to be detergent based, while a gel contains more moisturisers and is gentler on the skin. Try also shaving with the direction of the hair growth, not against it.


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3. Go on a skincare diet

If you’ve been overloading your face with rich products in an effort to soothe itchy or sore sensitive skin, you may be doing more harm than good. Rich creams can clog skin, block pores and aggravate sensitivity. Get back to basics with a gentle face wash twice a day and a light fluid moisturiser.


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4. Wear a daily sunscreen

Sunshine can be an enemy of sensitive skin, drying it out even further and aggravating inflammatory conditions such as rosacea. Keep skin protected by wearing an SPF of at least 15 every day.


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5. Pat, don’t rub

After washing your face, don’t rub it dry vigorously with your towel. Instead, pat it gently. And if your towels are rough and threadbare, it might be time to invest in new soft ones for your face.

6. Reduce your water temp

We know a scorching shower or steaming bath can be relaxing, but if your skin is sensitive, really hot water can make it worse. Keep showers warm and baths comfortably tepid.

7. Steer clear of abrasive scrubs

You may be tempted to scrub dry patches, but if you’re sensitive, abrasive scrubs will leave your skin red and inflamed. Look for smaller, gentler particles if you still enjoy the squeaky-clean sensation.

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How to stick to your goals

We all start the year with the best intentions. You go to the gym three times a week, toddle into work with your homemade lunches, and even manage to make a bit more time for your family. But if you’re anything like us, the Superwoman routine gets old fast. By February you’re back to buying lunch every day and skiving off workouts. Funny thing is, you know your morning spin class will give you that Beyoncé buzz – and that channelling Nigella in the evenings will make you feel you’ve got your life in order. So if we enjoy the stuff we’re trying to achieve, why is it so difficult to keep up? Truth is, staying motivated is the hardest part. That’s why we’ve come up with these four top tips to helping you achieve anything you want – seriously.

1. Break it down

It’s much easier to stick to something specific and short term than a vague, massive goal. So, you want to get fit – great. But what does that look like, and how are you gonna achieve it? Determine what ‘getting fit’ means to you, and set yourself weekly or monthly goals.

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2. Put it in writing

Make a list

A check list will help in two ways:

  1. Setting out your goals will force you to work out what they are. That nagging feeling that you should be saving can be turned into ‘Save x amount of every monthly pay cheque.’ When you’ve done it, you can tick it off and see that you’ve achieved your goal.
  2. Once you’ve made your list, display it where you’ll be able to see it every day. This will help keep your goals fresh in your mind and remind you to stick to them.

3. Sharing is caring

Family and friends can be a great support when you’re trying to stick to your goals. They can give you the extra boost you need on days when you’re just not feeling it. Sharing your goals with others also makes you accountable for them, which acts as another little incentive to stick to them.

Tell fam

4. Give yourself a break

eat chocolate

Two things you need to know when trying to achieve any goal:

  1. Nobody’s perfect (cheers for that one, Jessie J)
  2. Everyone needs the occasional cheat day

If you cave and eat a pizza, so what? Everyone eats pizza. Don’t beat yourself up about it because tomorrow is a new day. Also, allowing yourself a cheat day might help you stick to your goals. Moderation is key. If you tell yourself you’re never gonna eat chocolate again, you’re probably gonna eat more chocolate because you’re constantly thinking about never having chocolate – mmm, chocolate… But if you limit the sweet stuff to Saturdays, you won’t feel you’ve condemned yourself to broccoli for the rest of your life, and it’ll be easier to eat healthily six days a week. 

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Mother’s Day Ideas

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She’s your number one fan. Your shoulder to cry on. Your one-in-a-million queen. Every mum is special in her own way, but we know on the day that’s dedicated to her it can be difficult to sum up just how much you care in a few words on a card. Well, they say actions speak louder than words, so we’ve sought out the most thoughtful Mother’s Day ideas that’ll show her just how much you care! And the best part is? We’ve got something for every mother or mother figure in your life…

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For the Spa Lover

If your mum is in desperate need of some TLC then we bet she’s dropping all those ‘I’d love to get away and go to a spa’ hints. Sure, if you have the budget to make her pampering dreams a reality then go for it, but don’t be disheartened if you can’t cover a weekend away. Why don’t you bring the spa to her? Create a personalised pampering hamper packed with Sanctuary Spa with all the goodies she’ll need to activate zen mode. 


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Or pick her favourite beautifying treatment (nails are a great all-rounder) and book in some time with our in-store experts at the Beauty Studio. That way she can be pampered by the pros, whatever your budget. 

For the Foodie

Whoever said ‘the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ clearly hadn’t met a female foodie. The same principles still apply! So if your mum loves spending her evenings cooking up a storm in the kitchen or books up Michelin-star restaurants at any given chance then a food-inspired gift is sure to satisfy her cravings for good grub.

Treat her to a hotel-inspired breakfast, complete with perfectly poached eggs and flaky pastries. And for all the dads out there looking for inspo, the kids will love presenting a classic breakfast in bed. Even if it is something easy like a bowl of yoghurt and granola!   

Or treat your mum to an afternoon tea spread of champions as a gift idea or day out idea. Of course, you can create your own cake display at home too if you want that personal touch.

For the Adventurer

If your mum’s idea of a great day out is exploring the great outdoors, then join her on her adventures on Mother’s Day. Book up an activity that she’ll love or maybe opt for something a little outside the box – fruit picking, anyone? Remember, it doesn’t have to be too costly to be considered thoughtful, even joining your mum on her usual dog walk or mapping out a new hiking trail has the personalised touch that will stand out. 

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For the First-Time Mum 

Does this year mark her entry into motherhood? If so, she’s probably playing the role of supermum juggling her pre-baby life with her new responsibilities (and lack of sleep!). Make her first Mother’s Day super special by giving her the VIP treatment. Run her a relaxing bath, put on her favourite playlist, get her favourite book/mag at the ready and light up some scented candles. It’s amazing what an hour of peace can do for the mind, body and soul!  


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For the Glam Gran

We bet your mum on Mother’s Day will also be paying a visit to her mum – so don’t miss out your Nan this year. Pop over with your beauty kit and give your nan a vlogger-inspired makeover to get her glammed up for the day of fun! Here’s some inspo for a killer smokey eye look:

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