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English Laundry Notting Hill

Trestique Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine 

Benefit High Beam

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate x 3

Laqa and Co Cheeky Lip Crayon in Cray Cray

Knot and Bow Party Confetti Bag

Tocca Emelia 

Naobay Oxygenating Moisturizer

Bee Kind Shampoo

Bee Kind Conditioner

Real Chemistry 3 Minute Peel

Roloxin Lift Facial Treatment

V76 Well Groomed Ultralight Cream 

River Studios Virtual Reality Viewer

Harvey Prince Bailando

English Laundry Riviera

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris

Parlor Touchable Curl Cream x 2

Temple Spa Shampoo

Temple Spa Conditioner

 

 

Other Boxes

Tony and Guy Sea Salt Texturizing Spray

Skin79 Pomegranate Girl Sheet Mask (full size)

Garnier Ultra Life Eye Cream (full size)

Kenneth Cole Signature for Men Eau de Toilette (full size)

Leaders Brightening Recovery Coconut Gel Mask (full size) x 3

IPKN Wrinkle Care Snail-8 Sheet Mask (full size)

IPKN Goat Milk Mask (full size)

Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

The Face Shop The Therapy Tonic

Skinfood Glacier Water Gel Mask (full size)

Holika Holika Juicy Aloe Sheet Mask (full size)

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Sheet Mask (full size)

Holika Holika Juicy Blueberry Sheet Mask (full size)

Leaders Lifting Recovery Coconut Gel Mask (full size) x2

Cosrx Planner + Stickers

 

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Dry Shampoo

Select K-Beauty

Japanese Sunscreens

RawSpiceBar 

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Have:
  • Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask x2
  • rms beauty the ultimate makeup remover wipes (3 wipes)
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH Acne-Clear Invisible Dots
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler--Latte
  • Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm – Travel Size x 2
  • Cynthia Rowley - Beauty Brightening Illuminator
  • Roloxin Mask 1 packet
  • Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

 

Want:

  • Montale Roses Musk
  • Graydon Hair Smoothie
  • Acure Organics Lip Lush
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick
  • WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask
  • Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face
  • POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix
  • Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco
  • amika Touchable Hairspray
  • TOCCA Crema da Mano - Hand Cream/Perfumes
  • Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
  • Naobay Mattifying Cream
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
  • Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Serum Concentrate
  • Sumbody Salt Scrub/Bonbons/Soap
  • Milk Makeup Gel Brow
  • Benefit Dew the Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer
  • Penhaligon’s Levantium Eau de Toilette
  • My Daughter Fragrances 
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