Since living in Boston and working almost full-time, my makeup routine and budget for makeup has certainly changed a bit! For one thing, I hardly wear any makeup at work, so a lot of the products I do pick out are more so designed to enhance my features a little bit and make me look awake, rather than a full-coverage glam beat. It’s noteworthy to add that while I wish all of these products were cruelty free (it’s an ideal I strive for,) L’oreél and Maybelline are unfortunately not cruelty free at this current point in time. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy reading about some of the makeup I’ve been using lately from the drugstore! 

Lightshow Palette Fire Fit | POPBeauty | $12

I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadow palettes because I just don’t think they hold up to the more expensive ones (nor do I find the color stories interesting,) but this one just looked too beautiful for me not to try. I’d never heard of POPBeauty before, but since the price was decent and the entire collection of products looked adorable and clean, I decided to give it a go. As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of warm browns and oranges, and that’s exactly what this palette has to offer! The colors are gorgeous and the shimmers are especially stunning, but the mattes were not quite as pigmented as I had hope. Nonetheless, I’m definitely going to keep using it this fall and I’m glad to add it to my eyeshadow collection! 

Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in “Matte-Traction” and “Matte-ly in Love” | L’oréal | $11 each

I definitely don’t need another red lipstick in my makeup bin, but oh well, I really loved the look of these two colors. I think $11 for a lipstick is super reasonable, particularly since they all perform relatively the same and look all alike once applied on the lips. I was expecting these lipsticks to be a bit more matte, considering the names, but they still looked very flattering despite being a more cream-based formula. I also really like the packaging on these lipsticks: for a drugstore item, I actually think they look quite sleek and expensive. 

BrowFast Sculpt | Maybelline | $6

I’ve been meaning to buy a brow mascara for forever now, because I’ve finally grown my brows back in and I think they look much more natural when I use a mascara wand as opposed to a brush or a pencil. Although I really love this product a LOT and I think it’s so simple to use, I wish I had gotten a lighter color! My natural hair color is quite a warm brown, and the brow mascara shade I picked out is quite an ashy, dark brown. Nonetheless, for $6, I’m super impressed and I’m definitely going to keep using it because I love the formula. 

Matte Lip Stain in “Empower” | L’oréal | $12

Right behind a classic red, my second favorite lip color is a nudey pink. This time, I decided to opt for a lip stain formula and go with this one, also by L’oréal. I love this formula because it’s not too drying- something I pay attention to as the weather starts to get colder. There’s nothing worse (makeup-wise) than putting a drying lip stain onto your cracked lips! Because this lip stain is so soft and smooth, I think it could also double nicely as a cream blush. What do you guys think? 

MasterCamo Crayon Corrector | Maybelline | $10

I’ve always had very red, uneven skin, and since I’ve had luck with green concealers in the past, I decided to buy a new one. One of my biggest reasons for wearing such a heavy foundation in the past was because I wanted to erase my redness, but now that my makeup is on the softer side these days, I’ve found it looks more natural for me to just counteract the redness and then put a BB cream on top. I really like the spongy design of the brush, and I think it’s been doing a pretty good job so far! This is definitely going to become an everyday item for me. 

Lip Liner in “Brandy Wine” | wet n wild | $4

Last but certainly not least, I decided to pick out a dark lip liner that I could wear with my nude-colored lipsticks. I think that adding more emphasis to your lower lip and cupid’s bow can make them look more defined and rounded, which is why I decided to pick a color that may mimic a shadow of my natural lip color. I’m pretty happy with the color, and for $4 there isn’t much I can complain about. What do you guys think?

In general, I’d say I’m a pretty all-or-nothing person. I’d rather wear a full face of makeup and do the whole shebang or nothing at all, but sometimes, I just don’t have an hour to spare painting my face. Particularly in the humid summer heat, when I’m with my boyfriend, or when I’m simply just lounging around, there doesn’t seem to be any point in loading on the foundation and powder. I already have quite oily, sensitive skin, so putting on tons of makeup on a daily basis isn’t exactly prime for my skin, either. 

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Anyway, today I’m going to guide you through how I personally do my makeup in around ten minutes. It doesn’t feel (or look) as glamorous as a full face beat, but it gets the job done for me!

No matter what day it is, even if I decide not to wear any makeup, I will always apply moisturizer in the morning and evening. I used to think it was silly to do so, since my skin is already so shiny and oily, but I actually feel like constantly moisturizing has helped to combat my acne a lot. Right now, I’m using a couple of moisturizers by Soap & Glory. I use the ‘For Daily Youth’ moisturizer in the morning, and ‘The Fab Pore’ in the evening. If you are also interested in using those two products, keep in mind they are fragranced and may not be ideal for all skin types!

The next step for me is to prime my face. Priming only takes two seconds, and doing so will prevent the minimal makeup I’m wearing from sliding around or wearing off throughout the day. The primer I’m using right now is the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer, and I’m really impressed with how it works. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I’ll probably buy it again because I think a good primer is a reasonable investment. I just coat my face with a thin layer of this primer, and that’s all I need to keep my face looking fresh all day.

When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of foundation, I’ll usually opt for spot concealing instead. My face does have a few acne scars after years of cystic acne, so I like to even out my skin tone by using a bit of concealer in those areas. The current concealers I use right now range from tarte Shape Tape, a classic, to cheaper alternatives, like the Covergirl TruBlend concealer. I should probably use a color corrector as well to combat some of the overall redness, but I haven’t found a brand that I’m satisfied with yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

Brows are one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine, and I also think it’s the step that really cements everything. Because my brows are so short and sparse, it really makes my face feel clean and pulled together to throw on a couple of good brows. Right now, I’m using a reddish colored eyeshadow to fill them in, and that’s it. I don’t really go in and conceal them unless I’m planning on doing eyeshadow and face makeup as well, so I can skip that step for now.

Sometimes I’ll go in with a little liquid liner and give myself a little wing, but other times, I’ll just use some brown eyeshadow and apply that to the other corner. I don’t like to add a lot of liner to my eyes unless I’m wearing shadows as well, because I think eyeliner alone makes my eyes look tiny, so I try not to go too ham with the pen. Today, as you can see, I went a little bit over the top. Of course, I also follow that up with a couple of quick coats of mascara. In particular, my go-to is the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara, because I’ve been using it for years and I really appreciate the intensity of the color. 

The last two steps for me are a few coats of lip balm, and a few good spritzes of setting spray. Setting spray will lock my makeup into place and keep it from fading off, and lip balm, of course, will help keep my lips hydrated and shiny throughout the day. I’m using Morphe setting spray right now, but I have to say, I’m not a fan of the pink bottle they released with the Jeffree Star collection. I like that they tried to go for a strawberry scent in theory, but I honestly think it just smells like cough medicine.

Anywho, that’s how I do my makeup in about ten minutes! I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative. Let me know what makeup you’ve been loving lately in the comments below.


I posted my first Hush review in late November, and since then, I’ve been genuinely loving everything I purchased. I was expecting the products to be hit-or-miss, but maybe that’s not the case. Either that, or I just got extremely lucky with everything I bought. The thing about the Hush app is that you can’t post reviews or stars on the products, so unless you do individual research, you’re going into it with no real judgment. Like I said, however, I’m happy with everything I’ve bought so far, and excited to have new things to try!

Even though all of the products on the Hush app are relatively cheap, I still can’t afford to buy tonnes of products all the time. Since it’s been a while since I’ve bought makeup, I decided to treat myself to some fresh, new things. The Hush app is also having a 40% off sale for customers with point accounts, so that further initiated me to drop some money on the website. Yay, capitalism!

As I said, I got everything for 40% off, plus a free gift, so I actually didn’t break bank this time. This entire purchase of 18 items, including free shipping, cost under $100. What a damn steal.

Let’s divide everything I got into three categories: face, body, eyes, and hair.


Product: HD Pro Corrector Highlighter

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $4.00

What I paid: $0.00

My thoughts: If you spend more than $35 on Hush, you are graciously awarded with a  randomized free gift. I was expecting the consistency of this product to be thick and opaque, because it’s branded as a concealer, but it’s actually very similar to a liquid highlighter. I actually prefer this liquid formula to a powder one, because it goes on much less cakey and offers more of a glowy sheen. Like I said, I also got it for free, so there isn’t much to complain about!

Product: Illuminating Face Powder (Amber Nectar)

Brand: Milani

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $4.86

My thoughts: Most of the time, I’m just a pinky blush kind of gal. I don’t use browns and contours on my face, because it usually looks too dark and muddy, but I decided to try this powder to chisel out my cheekbones. It’s pigmented, but not too dark, and it gave my cheeks a warm, rosy glow. I think this powder might actually end up replacing my blush altogether!

Product: Cleansing Water: Be Clean, Be Moist

Brand: Huxley

Original price: $25.00

What I paid: $15.00

My thoughts: Out of all the products I ordered, this was actually the first one I tried! I used it to remove my makeup, right before my usual nightly shower, and followed it up directly with the rose water cleansing foam I’ll mention in a bit. Some of the products I ordered are Korean beauty, including this one, but I’m pretty sure everything I purchased is cruelty-free (albeit, some of the bottles I ordered are printed in Korean, so I’m not positive). Upon first impressions, I actually really like this product. It removed my makeup cleanly in just a few swipes, and it carries a light, clean scent. I haven’t noticed any irritation with my skin either, so I’m going to continue using it. The only thing it caused on my face was a little bit of redness, but that could just be due to rubbing it quite a bit on my face.

Product: Cherry Lava Purify Mask

Brand: Pacifica

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts: There are quite a few things I really like about this mask. First of all, the smell is sweet and fruity without being overwhelming- Pacifica is very eco-friendly and natural in that regard. I also really like the consistency of this mask- it’s smooth, covers nicely, and was extremely easy to wash off. It didn’t feel uncomfortable or thick on my skin, and surprisingly didn’t leave a lot of redness behind when I washed it off. I really love the brand Pacifica, for both their ethics and the quality of their products. This will definitely be a mask I reach for again!

Product: Face Primer (Poreless)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: I’ve used E.L.F primers in the past, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. The last primer I used was the tone-adjusting one (the green one), and while I liked what it did for my face, it started to develop a funny smell very quickly. Luckily, this poreless primer has been working flawlessly so far, and I haven’t detected any odd smells. My skin is very oily, as I’ve said, so I definitely prefer using these cream primers over oil-based ones. I would recommend any and all of the E.L.F primers to anyone!

Product: Primer Oil

Brand: City Color

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts: I liked this primer in theory, because it looked like it would be very nourishing on the skin. That being said, the skin on my face is constantly very oily, so counteracting it with another oil probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part. If you have dry skin, or even normal skin, this probably would work extremely well on you. Unfortunately, us oily folks will have to carry on without. The primer itself did feel very smooth and fresh on my skin, but it added quite a bit of shine to my already shiny face.

Product: Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover (Rose Water + Pearl Essence)

Brand: Joss+Lyn

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts: Similarly to the cleansing water, this product is also Korean beauty. I used it as a facial cleanser in the shower immediately after removing my makeup, just to make sure all the leftover oil and gunk was out of my face. I really like the foamy, softly fragrant formula of this product- it feels extremely luxurious and thick on the skin. I needed to use a little bit more of the product than I thought I would,  because the bubbles dispersed and thinned quite quickly, but I’m still happy with what it did for my skin.


Product: Step By Step Renewing Foot Balm

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: Like you’ll hear me say numerous times, I really like the brand Formula 10.0.6. I haven’t been disappointed by one of their products yet, and this one is no exception. I love to pamper myself after a long day, and this balm is perfect to use after a hot shower. Slather it on your feet, slip into a pair of fuzzy socks, and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.

Product: Butter Up Moisturizing Body Stick

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts: Not only does this body stick work really well, but it’s also quite fun to use. There’s something about sliding a buttery stick across your arm that I find very satisfying, especially when it smells like coconut and vanilla. It’s skincare luxury. I really like the brand Formula 10.0.06; their sweet-smelling creams and lotions remind me a lot of Pacifica Beauty. One thing it’s already helped me with is a dry patch on my ankle, where my heels usually rub at the skin. I rubbed some of the lotion on that spot before I went to bed last night, and now, my feet are as soft as ever. This product is essentially just a gigantic chapstick for your arms and legs, and I’m looking forward to using it more.


Product: Sinfully Angelic Felt-tip Eyeliner

Brand: LA Splash

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts: This is not a bad eyeliner by any means, but I do prefer my Stila felt tip liner more than this one. The LA Splash eyeliner is great for creating a sharp line, but the black is not very opaque, and requires more than one coat to make the line dark enough. Like I said, however, the liner is very easy to use, and would be great for a beginner who is just learning to wing their eyeliner.


Product: Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Bad Habit

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $7.20

My thoughts: This palette, of course, is designed to be a dupe for the Subculture palette by ABH. I’ve never actually used the Subculture palette, but for $42, I’ve heard its dusty, messy, and not really worth the price. So far, I actually really like this dupe, and the fact that I got it for seven dollars is even more mind-boggling. I did notice a little bit of kickback in the pan, but it was nothing serious, and there wasn’t any fallout when I applied the eye shadow. The colors are also extremely pigmented, and similar to ABH in that regard. Overall, this is a win for me.

Product: Tinted Brow Mascara (Chocolate)

Brand: NYX

Original price: $7.00

What I paid: $4.20

My thoughts: You really can’t go wrong with a tinted mascara for the brows. Mine especially are extremely sparse after so much plucking, so I really need to add some extra volume before I leave the house (otherwise, I look like a hard-boiled egg). I especially love the brand NYX because their brand is vegan-friendly, and all of their products are cruelty free.

Product: Elf Eye Brushes (Blending Brush)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $3.00

What I paid: $1.80

My thoughts: I’m always on the hunt for a new blending brush. Right now, my favorite brushes are the ones I got in a Bad Habit bundle, but I do enjoy E.L.F brushes as well. I probably should have thought it through about ordering in the mail, though- the packaging of the product slightly flattened the brush. Nonetheless, it still works fine, and blended my eye shadow to a dream. And, of course, it’s insanely cheap.

Product: Brow Kit (Dark)

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $8.00

What I paid: $4.80

My thoughts: I’ve been using the ABH brow pomade since high school, and I think that will always be my #1 go-to for brows. That being said, it’s not exactly designed for smoldering hot summer weather and sweaty foreheads. I wanted to try out a powder formula as a backup plan for the summer, with the hopes of avoiding having shiny eyebrows. I really do enjoy this product so far- it’s opaque, smooth, and easy to use. I also really love that the kit includes a tiny brush and some wax for your eyebrows- mine certainly do like to fly out all over the place if I don’t wax them down.

Product: False Lashes Pack of 5 (#601)

Brand: J Lash

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts: I’ve been wearing fake eyelashes pretty much on the daily for about six months. I still struggle with the application, so if that also sounds like you, these could be the eyelashes for you. They’re soft, wispy, and easy to apply, making my morning routine much faster. They’re almost a little too natural for my taste; I like to go full-out with dramatic, pinup eyelashes, but I’m enjoying using them nonetheless.


Product: Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Face Candy

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $5.04

My thoughts: I haven’t been disappointed by a Hush eye shadow palette yet, and this Face Candy palette is no exception. It’s amazing to me that their products are so affordable, because the palettes to perform amazingly. This particular palette is an array of purples, silvers, and a stunning gold, as you can see. The formula is buttery and pigmented, with extremely minimal fallout. I’m excited to pick this palette up again for some 1930s-40s themed looks. 

Product: Pin-Up Tease Boudoir Mascara

Brand: NYX

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: Despite the fact that I’ve been wearing mascara since middle school, I still struggle with getting huge globs of product all over my eyelids. That being said, this product is really easy to use, and the wand is light and delicate. Good news: I have somehow managed to not to stab myself in the eye yet using this mascara! And, of course, I had to purchase it because it’s called the pin up tease. Could this be my new favorite mascara ever?


Product: Plush Bow Headband (Pink)

Brand: Spa Solutions

Original price: $5.00

What I paid: $3.00

My thoughts: This is just a cute ‘lil headband, so there’s not much negative I can say about it. Anything pink,  fluffy, and girly will catch my eye, so this is no exception. I’m not planning on rocking it out on a Friday night, but I have been using it to keep my hair out of my face when I do my makeup. 

Overall, I’d give this entire batch of products a 9/10. The only things I didn’t like were (kind of) my own fault, like buying an oil-based primer when I already have oily skin. I’m looking forward to buying new makeup when the time is right, and, of course, I will post a review of my thoughts!

GREAT: Illuminating Face Powder, Cherry Lava Purify Mask, E.L.F Face Primer, Moisturizing Body Stick, Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette, Dark Brow Kit, Vice Eyeshadow Palette

GOOD: HD Pro Correcter Highlighter, Cleansing Water, Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover, Tinted Brow Mascara, Blending Brush, False Eyelashes, Pin Up Tease Mascara, Plush Headband

NOT QUITE GOOD FOR ME: Primer Oil, Felt Tip Eyeliner

Coming up next: What’s in My Bag?

I’m definitely the sort of person who finds a particular product they like, sticks with it, and buys it repeatedly until something new comes along. That’s not to say I don’t like trying new things, but if something is working for me, why not continue using it?

With that being said, I go through bottles and tubes almost weekly, especially when it comes to makeup and beauty products. These are the products that have worked so well for me, I have to stock up on them again and again. Hopefully, you’ll find one or two things that resonate with you as well!

One of my favorite cleansers of all time is this Kale Detox Face Wash by Pacifica. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve mentioned it before, because it’s been one of my favorites for a long time. Delicious-smelling face wash isn’t a must for me, but it’s definitely a benefit- and this face wash smells like a fresh fruit smoothie. I aim to wash my face at least twice a day, so this product certainly dwindles down fast. Hey, Pacifica, can you make me a thirty-two liter bottle of this stuff?


Something I’ve been trying to prioritize more in the past few months is using organic, environmental-friendly products on my face and body. My mom actually introduced me to this vegan deodorant cream by Lumē, and I’ve been loving it ever since. I’ve struggled with natural deodorants in the past, because I feel like most of them aren’t strong enough, but this one actually really works. This deodorant contains lavender and clary sage essential oils, so it smells super sweet, and it’s even safe enough to also use on your lady bits. One bottle of this stuff also has a rather long shelf life- I’ve managed to make this deodorant last about two and a half months! 


I’ve bought a lot of foundation in my life, but the only one I’ve ever repurchased is the Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation. I’ve struggled with finding the perfect foundation in the past- they’re usually either too drying, too dark for my skintone, or simply too sheer for my taste. I’ve loved using the Becca foundation for the past few months because it counteracts every problem I could ever have. The foundation is creamy and full coverage, and the brand itself is cruelty-free, which I absolutely must have in my makeup products. In regards to other makeup products, I’ve also had to stock up on more Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I swear, the uses for this stuff are everlasting, so it’s no wonder I run out of a single bottle after only a month and a half. The only downside to both of these products is that they’re a bit on the pricier side, but it makes sense, considering how advantageous they are.


Admittedly, I used to be one of those people who hardly ever cleaned their makeup brushes. It’s actually kind of amazing, the difference you can see in your makeup application based on how often you clean your brushes. It can also, more than anything, be a health hazard for your eyes if you neglect to clean your beauty brushes, as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Something I’ve gone through incredibly fast the past few months is the IT Cosmetics Brush Bath- a spray that effectively and quickly cleans your makeup brushes. I always spritz my brushes with the brush bath before I use them, and after rubbing them with a cloth or towel, they literally look good as new. I also really enjoy the smell of this product- it’s like a citrus-y, fruity, almost lavender-scented product. Cleaning brushes is no longer a chore!


Being a full-time college student, I don’t have many opportunities to immerse myself in the luxury of bubble baths. That being said, when I am home from college, I definitely like to go overboard with as many baths as I can. Look, I know baths don’t actually make you cleaner or more hygenic, but they feel so damn good on the muscles. There are few feelings that compare to submerging yourself in a boiling tub of hot, fragrant water. I tend to go back and forth with using products from Lush and Bath & Body Works, especially the 2018 holiday scents released by the latter. My favorite bubble bath at the moment is Twisted Peppermint; it’s the only bubble bath scent I haven’t gotten tired of yet. I’ve already nearly emptied the bottle, and yet, I’m still considering running back to Bath & Body Works to stock up again. I like my baths to feel luxurious, and Twisted Peppermint definitely delivers that rich, sweet, dessert-like bubbly goodness. Of course, as tempted as you may be, don’t actually eat it. I refuse to allow bubble bath to become the next tide pod fiasco.

I’m planning on ordering some new products from Hush later in the month, so hopefully around springtime, I will have some new items to review. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I mentioned today, and if you share a similar love for them!

Coming up next: Finding Out I Have ADHD at 19

I’m no a makeup guru. Hell, I don’t even know if my skin is warm-toned or cool-toned. One thing I do know, however, is that you don’t need hundreds of dollars worth of products to make your face look properly beat and absolutely fabulous. I’ve found through trial and error that there are a handful of ways you can stretch out the usefulness of your products, and even some products that you can make for free in your own kitchen. Being a full-time college student, my disposable income for the month is relatively limited, so I always try to be resourceful when I have the opportunity to do so.


-If you find yourself sucking at putting on false eyelashes, you can cut the lashes in half and simply put half a lash on each eye. For starters, this literally doubles your stock of eyelashes and gives you a backup pair. Secondly, it’s scads easier to get a fake eyelash on your eye when it’s half as big (most regular-sized eyelashes are too big for a standard eyelid anyway.) Make sure the side of the eyelash that flares out more goes outwards rather than inwards when you apply it onto your eye, as this tends to look more balanced and extends the natural shape of your eye more naturally. You should also remember to keep your eyelashes in a clean, dry place after you finish wearing them to prevent bacteria and the possibility of infections.

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-Face moisturizer doubles as an excellent defrizzer and curl-enhancer in a pinch. Or, if you’re as hooked as I am, every single morning. Squeeze a dime-sized amount of moisturizer into your palms and rub it together until your hands are shiny. Then, evenly run your fingers through the areas of your hair where you notice frizziness and dryness. I honestly can’t believe that I’ve never heard of this hack being used by anybody else. It’s cheaper than buying a professional hair cream, it doesn’t make your hair look greasy, and it’s easy to carry around with you in your bag. Facial moisturizers are also generally fragrance-free, and won’t leave a strong, lingering scent on your head.

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-Have you reached the sad day on which your bottles seem empty? Think again. You’d be surprised how much product is stuck to the inside of the bottles that you could potentially be tossing away. Just when you think you’ve reached the end, cut open the tube and scoop out the remaining product that’s probably stuck against the edges. I’ve found from personal experience that there can be up to a week’s worth of product hiding in there.

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-Ever noticed that the lovely scent of your perfume only lasts for 10-15 minutes? You’re probably applying it wrong. Rather than splashing your perfume randomly about your body, try only putting it on your pulse points. These refer to the areas where your body heat is more reactive- your inner wrists, behind your earlobes, behind your knees, and even in your cleavage (if you have any.) You’ll find that the scent lingers so much longer when you use it this way, and you’ll subsequently save more product.

Coming up: Buddhism and Science