Unboxing September 2015 Mishibox!

This is my fourth and last month with Mishibox.   This month’s box was better than previous ones and I am glad I received September’s box. What is Mishibox?

MISHIBOX is a U.S.-based Korean beauty discovery subscription service that delivers a combination of 4-6 deluxe-sized samples and full-sized Korean beauty products to you every month to help you discover your favorite Korean beauty products. 

Our mission at MISHIBOX is to help you explore the world of Korean beauty and discover your favorite products in a convenient, effortless, and affordable way. We want to make Korean beauty products accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of where you live or what language you speak.

The cost of this subscription is $18.95/monthly (for now ~ it will go up to $19.95) and that does include shipping.  This box is only available for USA addresses at this time.

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Cleomee Skymilk Donkey Snowy Pore Balm   I haven’t seen Cleomee in a long while ~ Memebox had a few items from that brand in the past, so I am familiar with them.  I do enjoy donkey milk products, I have two Skin Ceramic donkey creams (steam and gel) and have used donkey masks before.   This is a pore balm and normally, I do not use these types of products in the warmer months.  I know, a pore balm sounds like it would be perfect for the summer, but I find that I want less on my face in the summer because my face just turns into a grease pit.  Just a light dusting of Innisfree No Sebum powder will dampen down the oil when it is warm outside.  However, in the cooler months, I do like using products like this, which is a balm made from donkey oil, donkey milk, beeswax, shea butter, argan and macadamia oils ~ with an ingredient list like that, you’d think it would be greasy!  But it isn’t ~ this also has silica in it and when I apply this scentless transparent balm on my skin, it leaves a wake of a smooth matte finish.  There is a small sponge pad, which is how I apply it or you can use the spatula, which I don’t use that.   This is a great product as I do use it as a primer in the winter and it keeps my skin pretty hydrated while giving me a matte finish.  You can also just use it on your T-zone as well.   Full Size 25 g Value $25.00

Ingredients:Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Microcrystalline Wax, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Propyl Paraben, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Donkey Milk (0.04 mg), Donkey Oil  (1,225 mg), Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyl Paraben, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Olivate, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis

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Skylake Silk Cocoon Hair Conditioner  I actually own this as once Mishibox put in Skylake in their first box, I did purchase the several items from the Skylake shop once it opened.   However, even though this doesn’t have jasmine in it, but ylang ylang, this does smell like jasmine and I am allergic to the scent.   I also know that this is very rich and more suited to dry hair, because my friend Heather @ My Little Subscription Box Blog  has tried it and felt that it weighed her hair down.  I’ve already given the huge conditioner to my mom ~ it will last her a year haha ~ so this one will go into my gift pile.  Mini Size 25 mL  Value $5.00

Description: Skylake Silk Cocoon Hair Conditioner is a premium way to maintain your hair healthy, soft and energized. Composited with real silk cocoon extract and hydrolyzed silk cocoon extract that contain natural protein and other natural nutrients, it is recommend for people with weak, damaged and dry hair.

Ingredients: Skylake Oriental Herb Water (Water, Morus bombycis leaf extract, Angelica Gigas Extract, mentha arvensis leaf extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Angelica Dahurica Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Inula Helenium Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract), cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, methylpropanediol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, cetyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, pentyl glycol, silkworm cocoon extract, poria cocos extract, panax ginseng root extract,  paeonia albiflora root extact, biota orientalis leaf extract,polygonum multiflorum root extract, eclipta prostrata extract, hydrolyzed silk, butylene glycol, hydrolyzed keratin, argania spinosa kernal oil, tocopheryl acetate, dimethiconol, dicaprylyl carbonate, polysorbate 80, lactic acid, dimethicone, C12-15 pareth-3, amodimethicone, ceterimonium chloride, trideceth-12, panthenol, ceteareth-20, cacao color, disodium EDTA, benzophenone-9, cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) flower oil, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis


Holika Holika Basic Nails Spring/Summer 2015  I received the green shade, Joyful Mint.  Sigh. It isn’t even a nice green shade, but one that is a weird cross between mint and kelly green.   Ahh, to be honest, none of the shades, Real Mandarin, Sun Shine or Pink Blossom, would have rocked my world.  When it comes to polishes, I like bright aqua, deep blues, deep greens and vampy plums and black-reds.   Besides, it is FALL.  Why are we getting a spring/summer shade?  Shouldn’t we get a fall shade?  Full Size 10 mL Value $5.00

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimetllitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, n-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Octocrylene, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), CI 11680 (Pigment Yellow 1), CI 74160 (Pigment Blue 15)

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Magis Lene Cell Précieux Sampler   This sampler contains 1 vial of toner, 1 vial of emulsion, a foil serum and a foil cream. I have never heard of this brand before and after seeing the retail prices, I know why!  This is very high end and expensive and I really am either into inexpensive or middle of the road prices.  I do draw the line at spending $170 for a cream ~ I don’t care if it is made with kitten whiskers, unicorn farts and fairy dust, no way will I spend that type of money.  Anyway, Magis Lene Cell Précieux line is made with Colloidal Gold, lots of herbal plant and grain ingredients along with a fermented marine bacteria ~ Pseudoalteromonas.  I’ve heard of this ingredient before, as I received a product in one of my Memeboxes,  A.H.C. Aqua Memory Cream and it is in some Leaders masks as well, that contained this fermented bacteria:

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is a strain of bacteria isolated from mud found on King George Island in Antarctica. According to Dermaxime.com, it is a peptide that is classified as a protein derivative, and contains the following three amino acid residues: glycine, histidine and lysine. It is used in a number of anti-aging products because of its ability to regenerate and protect the skin by retaining moisture and water, heal wounds, increase collagen and elastin production, and improve hydration.  source

So, I am not sure WHY these products are so pricey, as the ingredient list doesn’t scream anything that I haven’t seen before ~ maybe it is the brand name?   I will use these, they are good for one day of skincare testing.  These products are for anti-aging, whitening, wrinkle reducing and moisturizing.   I am guessing at the sizes, as they are not marked.  Sample Sizes:   Toner 5 mL RV $2.70 Emulsion 5 mL  RV $2.88 ~ Serum  1 g  RV $3.00 ~ Cream 1 g RV $3.40

Description: Combining the powerful natural recovery ingredients and the state-of-the-art technology, MAGIS LENE suggests an ultimate youth treatment through your daily life. CELL POWER COMPLEX(Eclipta Prostrata, Pseudoalteromonas Extract, Golden Collagenine, Ginseng Callus Culture Extract) give their inspiration to MAGIS LENE CELL PRECIEUX line which helps maintain the skin’s balance in order to preserve your natural beauty and transparent appearance.  Highly fluid texture, moisture capsule with premium oil, allows toner & emulsion to be gradually absorb into the skin and penetrate effectively into skin layers. And see how quickly your skin’s firmness and brightness is cared!

Toner Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Viola Tricolor Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Himanthalia Elongata (Brown Algae) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pearl Extract, Propolis Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Soluble Collagen, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, PEG-75 Stearate, Steareth-20, Adenosine, Ceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Sucrose Distearate, Chrysin, Polyquaternium-51, Panthenol, Ceramide 3, Xanthan Gum, Folic Acid, Caramel, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Propylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Lecithin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Colloidal Gold, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis

Emulsion Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Viola Tricolor Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Himanthalia Elongata (Brown Algae) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pearl Extract, Propolis Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Soluble Collagen, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, PEG-75 Stearate, Steareth-20, Adenosine, Ceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Sucrose Distearate, Chrysin, Polyquaternium-51, Panthenol, Ceramide 3, Xanthan Gum, Folic Acid, Caramel, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Propylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Lecithin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Colloidal Gold, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol  cosDNA.com analysis

Serum Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Viola Tricolor Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycereth-26, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pearl Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Thymus Quinquecostatus Extract, Prunus Serrulata Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Acacia Farnesiana Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Butylene Glycol, Chrysin, Panthenol, Caramel, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Sucrose Distearate, Ceramide 3, Folic Acid, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Lecithin, Colloidal Gold, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol  cosDNA.com analysis

Cream Ingredients:  Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Viola Tricolor Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyquaternium-51, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycosyl Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Vegetable Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Heptapeptide-9, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Pearl Extract, Propolis Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, C12-13 Pareth-23, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, C12-13 Pareth-3, Bisabolol, Ethylhyxylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Magnesium Aspartate, Sarcosine, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Potassium Aspartate, Steareth-20, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Sucrose Distearate, Chrysin, Panthenol, Ceramide 3, Xanthan Gum, Folic Acid, Caramel, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Propylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Lecithin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Colloidal Gold , Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol  cosDNA.com analysis

 

 

Cleomee Skymilk Premium Donkey Oil & Milk Facial Sheet Mask   We beginth and endth the bag with Donkey products!  I have tried donkey facial sheet masks in the past, but none by Cleomee.  This mask will improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten skin tone, while ensuring that there is no moisture loss and supporting cell renewal.  This has both donkey milk, a very hydrating and moisturizing ingredient and donkey oil, which is very soothing.   Donkey milk masks are very rich and emollient, and I usually save them for winter months, as my oily skin cannot handle this type of heavy mask in the warm months.  Full Size 25 g Value $3.50

Description: Centella Asiaica extract and witch hazel extract are included and they have excellent skin soothing benefits to problem skin as well as revitalize and firm fatigued and elasticity-loss skin. With donkey oil and donkey milk, concentrated in essential fatty acids and vitamins, restore the elasticity to sagging skin while helping to reveal your original beautiful complexion

Ingredients: Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Niacinamide, Donkey Milk, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Donkey Oil, Sodium PCA, Witch Hazel Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Dipotassium Glycyrrizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 80, Tocopherol Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocohpheryl Acetate,Pyridoxine HCl, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Fragrance   cosDNA.com analysis

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I do think that September’s box was their best one ever, but I also felt that for almost $20.00, I could be getting something else, maybe GreekPack (foooodddd…)  I did like receiving the balm but I do question a spring time color nailpolish for Fall!  I feel that Mishibox does a great job with presentation, packaging, information, but their products are still not quite that exciting enough for me.  I also feel that for almost $20.00, this is not a very good value ~ Beauteque is about $27.00 a month, and they rock with full sizes and great prices.  Beauteque also had a rocky start, but they got their act together by the 3rd or 4th month ~ Mishibox hasn’t and I have decided to cancel.  However, I will keep an eye on this box and the products and how they improve.   I would love to resubscribe to them if they improve drastically.  I think they will get there, but for now, they just quite aren’t there yet.

I paid $18.95, including shipping and received a MishiBox Value of about $50.00.  Again, just like Beauteque and Memebox, MishiBox value just means that you can find these products much cheaper elsewhere

Did you receive this month’s  Mishibox?  What did you think of it?

 

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6 thoughts on “Unboxing September 2015 Mishibox!

  1. OMG you had me crying with “kitten whiskers, unicorn farts and fairy dust”, I almost fell out of my chair. I had no idea Magis Lene products were that expensive, how crazy. I got the Pink Blossom nail polish which is the only color I would have liked. It’s still hot and humid here so i can wear this polish for another month or so, but I would have preferred a fall color as well. I have decided to cancel this sub too, I had hoped they would improve but I just can’t justify spending almost $20 a month on this as the value just isn’t there for me. I went ahead and signed up for Beauteque as I really have enjoyed your reviews on them and I’ve bought a few head to toe bags and have been happy with them. Hopefully Mishibox will improve in the future.

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    1. yeah, my cats are shedding right now, but I thought kitten whiskers sounded more “magical” than cat hairz… haha I am glad you enjoy my reviews and I think that Beauteque has just gotten better – not to say that they haven’t had their moments either, but I do think their bags are well curated. That is the other thing with Mishibox – they have no cohesive theme

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  2. Seriously, before I even read your thoughts about the nail polishes, I thought “Why Spring and Summer?” It’s stuff like that that makes you feel like you’re getting “leftovers”. I was dying laughing when you were talking about pricing. I just can’t pay tons of money for a brand name. I can’t! Why, when you could get a dozen other (amazing) products instead?!

    If Mishibox ends up amping up their stuff, let me know! 😉

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    1. I saw my weird green nail polish and sighed. Thank gawd for Ulta where I can nab some OPI. As far as Magic Lens (my name for Magis Lene), as Fiddy Snails commented, the ingredient list is amazing, BUT, I’ve seen other brands with similar amazing ingredients and they are not that expensive. And I always feel that even the inexpensive brands are so much better than Western expensive pixie dust. I also think that the normal customer of Mishibox will not be able to afford the full size version of Magic Lens. I could do the toner & emulsion, but the cream & serum? No, I love to test and try out new products too much!!

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  3. I wasn’t enthused about mine (except for the conditioner, which I’ve already used up because it’s perfect for my hair) but after seeing the ingredients for that sample kit? Heck yes! Except for the orange nail polish I got. That’s a 👎

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