How to Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring

It’s that time of the year again. As you begin to swap your cozy coats and over-the-knee boots for lightweight cardigans and cute wedges, it’s time to rethink your skin care products. Daylight savings is this week (finally), and unless a last-minute winter surprise hits the forecast you can probably safely stow away the heavy-duty moisturizers and familiarize yourself with your warmer-weather favorites. Here’s how to make a seamless transition from winter to spring


Spring Clean Your Pores

Preparing your skin for warmer weather begins with a fresh canvas. Once or twice a week, swap your daily cleanser for a penetrating product formulated to purge oil, dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin. Ingredients such as mud and clay are ideal for purifying the skin and dissolving oil that could otherwise leave your skin shiny for hours. We love Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser.

Exfoliate Twice a Week

If you have dry skin, you may exfoliate regularly already in an effort to reduce those telltale flakes. Otherwise it’s worth adding a quality facial scrub to your routine to renew your complexion just in time for spring. Skin may appear a bit lackluster after months spend indoors in dry heat. A scrub revives your skin, boosts circulation, and leaves it softer, too. Try Glo Skin Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub  for a smoothing treat that smells great, too.

Try a Lighter Moisturizer

Unless your skin is extremely dry on a regular basis, you don’t need to stick with the same heavy-duty moisturizer that saw you through fall and winter. A lighter emulsion is just right for hydrating skin without leaving skin greasy. You can also easily wear makeup over these formulas. Try bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion  for instant softness without the weight.

Never Forget Your SPF

No matter what the time of year, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the ravages of potent ultraviolet rays. Be sure to select a broad-spectrum formula that combats both UVA and UVB rays to prevent both skin cancer and signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Remember to do this last—and make it a point not to skimp. If you’re short on time, try a moisturizing SPF product infused with a hint of color. We like Avene Complexion Correction Shield SPF 50+.

3 Winter Beauty Products You Need to Survive the Season

If you live in a particularly chilly part of the country, no doubt you’re missing the comfort that only springtime sunshine and cozy summer can bring. The way winter wreaks its unique brand of havoc on everything from lips to skin can be traumatic, especially if you’re prone to irritation, have sensitive skin, or deal with frizzy hair on a regular basis. Here are three key products that are designed just for those winter beauty emergencies—the situations that require a little something extra to see you through the rest of the season without a hitch.

For Irritated Skin

It’s not unusual to develop a dry complexion even if your skin is normal. You may notice an increase in patchy, irritated spots anywhere from your cheeks to your undereye area to your nose. That sort of discomfort usually
can’t be mitigated by your usual moisturizer—the one you put on beneath your makeup. Instead, you’ll want to load up on a product like Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Balm , which is an advanced formula designed to target those problematic spots and deliver just what you need for consistent relief. It’s even safe to use on skin exacerbated by eczema and atopic dermatitis, two conditions that can become aggravated by falling temperatures.

For Irritated Eye Areas

You may be surprised to feel small bumps beneath your eyes. While your normal concern is probably puffiness or dark circles, this is an added issue that isn’t normally on your radar. The SkinCeuticals Eye Balm  is designed to combat the worries that plague your undereye skin particularly during this time of year. It’s ideal for aging skin, which is thinner and therefore more susceptible to irritation. As it is, your undereye skin is particularly delicate—so it can only benefit from a product enriched with emollients that leave the area softer and continuously hydrated.

For Chapped Lips

It’s sad but true: our lips are usually the first to show signs of winter’s ravages, along with our hands. That’s why it’s important to upgrade your moisturizing game at the turn of the season. If you haven’t already started using something hyper-hydrating, turn to ToGoSpa Organic Lip Balm in Organic Love . This is a lush, feels-amazing-to-the-touch product enriched with organic virgin coconut oil and African shea butter. Together, the duo work to nourish on contact. The moisture lasts, lasts, and lasts—and that’s the key to persistent comfort throughout the season.

It’s that time of the year again! Whether you need to bulk up on your cold weather beauty loot or just want to add something extra to your routine to take care of that pesky dryness, you’ve got a great opportunity during out Winter Beauty Sale. It kicks off this Saturday, January 26, 2019. Snag a few items for yourself and prepare to face the rest of the season in comfort!

5 Body Products Everyone Needs in the Winter

Winter has a tendency to take its toll on the skin. Even if you aren’t typically dry or sensitive, the harsh, cold air can create uncomfortable tightness, itchiness, and scaliness. To combat these problems, you’ll need to swap your usual products for a few emulsions formulated with specific nourishing ingredients that soothe and protect the skin. Here are five we love for the season.

Fix Your Hands

With excessive hand washing—something many of us do throughout cold and flu season—comes the
tendency for rough, dry hands. In more severe cases, your knuckles may crack and even bleed. The trick is to find a product that does more than simply coat it with a little moisture that comes off when you next wash your hands. Avene Cicalfate Hand  is designed to create a protective barrier that locks out the aggravating effects of winter without leaving your hands sticky or greasy. Used regularly, it will make a visible difference in the condition of your skin.

Scrub It Up

Even if you don’t typically exfoliate your skin, winter is an opportune time to start. In order to reap the rewards of any moisturizing products that you use, your skin needs to be free of flakes and dryness. Use a product like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Blood Orange Body Scrub  at least three or four times a week to enjoy a smoother, softer canvas that’s more accepting of your body creams and lotions. This formula is made with sugar and raspberry seeds, which make it gentle enough for most skin types. Bonus points for the gorgeous scent!

Add Rich Moisture

A generic body lotion that you tap into your skin during spring and summer won’t do much if you’re suffering in the winter. Upgrade your moisture game with something richer, creamier, and more protective, like Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion . It’s packed with nourishing vitamins B5, C, and E, all of which work together to heal irritation. The nourishing formula sinks right into the skin without leaving you sticky, so you can get dressed quickly.

Treat Your Baths

There’s more to winter skin care than simply hydrating your skin. If you take regular baths, make the most of that time by treating the water with a conditioning product, like Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Salts. The combination of soothing mineral salts and seaweed gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal the softer skin beneath. And because of its enzymatic content, you may even notice a slight glow when you’re done with your soak. It also boasts a fragrant spice scent.

Use Some Oil

Some body oils are capable of doing anything, from smoothing frizz to soothing dryness to healing irritated cuticles. A product such as John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil  is as versatile a taskmaster as anything you could imagine—it’s able to handle all of the above and so much more. Use it to soothe freshly shaved skin, or put it on before you apply lotion to lock in some extra moisture.

Skin Care Ingredients to Add to Your Winter Routine

It’s that time of the year again—and there’s no better way to protect your skin from winter’s wrath than by filling up your beauty arsenal with key protective ingredients. The season’s usual side effects, ranging from ultra-dry skin to chapped lips to red skin, are annoying, sure, but they aren’t set in stone. There are several steps that you can take to ensure your skin doesn’t freak out just because the weather is having a tantrum. Here’s what you should add if you haven’t already included it in your regimen.

Squalane

You’ve probably heard of squalene, which comes from shark liver oil. But squalene is the plant-based alternative that your skin will love during winter. It’s designed to soothe irritated, reddened skin when you’ve just come in from the cold, and it can prevent your skin from the effects of potentially damaging free radicals. It’s a powerful antioxidant that nourishes on contact and works over time to protect your skin. Try Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane , which is a non-comedogenic formula that enhances your complexion and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the key to the baby-soft skin we all crave. Although we’re all born with it, it fades away as we grow older. It’s especially important to use during winter because it locks in moisture and leaves skin more supple and healthy looking. We’re loving Karin Herzog E&R Hyaluronic Acid Serum —not only does it deeply hydrate, but it also fills your fine lines to leave skin looking its smoothest.

Moringa Oil

Non-comedogenic, gentle, and suitable for all skin types, moringa oil has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most beneficial ingredients available. More than just a potent hydrator, it’s also known for its anti-aging properties and ability to enhance your complexion’s glow. If your skin is prone to rashes and burns when it’s cold outside, you’ll love the way moringa oil soothes on contact. Try Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil  for quick results.

Ceramides

If you suffer from especially dry skin, you may already be familiar with this hyper-moisturizing ingredient that empowers your skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps lock in more water. That’s essential when temperatures drop, because your skin is far more susceptible to moisture loss when the air is so dry. Using a ceramide-rich product can leave even the driest skins healthier and softer. We love SkinMedia TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream . It can be used on even the most sensitive skin types.

Evening Primrose Oil

You may hear all about all types of oils year round, but few are as effective during winter as evening primrose oil. It’s enriched with essential fatty acids that help lock in the moisture you’re more inclined to lose as temperatures fall. This not only keeps your skin softer for longer periods, but also helps reduce the discomfort you might feel due to rough patches and inflamed areas. bareMinerals Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum is a skin-loving addition that softens on contact and helps make your skin more resilient with regular use.

The Definitive Guide to Face Masks

If you’ve even set foot inside a drugstore in the past year, you’ve probably come across a face mask. The world of skincare is forever dynamic, but this is one useful, effective trend that is here to stay. What may confuse even the savviest beauty enthusiasts, however, are the endless formulas. Are you a cream or a gel gal? Should you try a sheet or maybe some clay? Maybe all? We’re proponents of experimenting until you find the product that works best for your skin, especially since they all promise to do everything from deeply hydrate dry spots to treat acne to combat aging. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

Using Them Properly

Face masks are an amazing addition to any skincare routine—provided you’re using them the right way so that they have time to actually work their magic. Keep these handy tips in mind:

  • Cleanse Skin First: Masks should only be applied to clean faces. If you’re using a rinse-off formula, apply it right after cleansing. If it’s an overnight mask, put it on as the final step of your routine.
  • Know the Product: Take into account the purpose of your face mask. If it’s a deeply hydrating nighttime product, you can probably skip your usual evening moisturizer so that the mask’s ingredients have a chance to penetrate. Have super dry skin? Use both for efficacy.
  • Understand Sheet Masks: The beauty of a sheet mask is that it imparts intensive ingredients that sink into your skin on contact. When you lift it up, don’t rinse! Massage the remainder into your skin for lasting effects.

While You Were Sleeping

You may wind down at the end of a long day, but your skin is just getting started. It’s during the overnight hours that your skin works its hardest—your cells repair and regenerate, which means it’s an excellent time to use a potent product that won’t be disturbed by environmental aggravators and everyday stress. Your skin is simply more receptive at night, and more inclined to reap the benefits of effective ingredients like anti-aging vitamin C. The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask  is formulated to moisturize while you sleep while combating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll wake up to a fresher, brighter complexion, and with regular use you may notice a difference in visible signs of aging.

 

Play With the Clay

You haven’t touched clay in years—but you finally have a good excuse to toy with the stuff thanks to the hundreds of products crowding the shelves today. The beauty of clay is that it’s versatile enough to suit all skin types. I
t’s ideal for oily types who want to soak up the excess sebum, but even dry and sensitive skins can benefit. That’s because clay is formulated to draw out the many impurities that build up, from dirt to oil. This is a baseline for all types of clay masks, but you can narrow down your selection to one designed specifically for your skin type. The bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection  is packed with four tubs of clay designed to deep clean, hydrate, exfoliate, and firm. Take your pick!

 

The Next-Level Sheet

You’ve probably heard all about sheet masks, and even if you haven’t tried one it’s probably turned up on your Instagram feed more than once by now. Besides making for a great social media photo opp, though, sheet masks are some of the most effective skin products available. They were everywhere on Korean drugstore shelves before they made the transition abroad, and today they’re a global phenomenon for very good reason. The beauty of this fabric mask is that it douses the skin with beneficial ingredients, like hydrators and nutrients. That’s key if your goal is to see visible results. The Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Recovery Mask  contains 10 essential vitamins and GABA, a topical relaxing agent.

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Meet the Newest Brands to Hit TheBeautyPlace.com

As the year slowly winds down, your social calendar begins to fill up and you go in even greater search of products that will keep your skin looking its best. You’ve got to keep up appearances, after all—and TheBeautyPlace.com is making it exceedingly simple to do exactly that. The company is excited to introduce a slew of the hottest and most engaging beauty brands to its ever-burgeoning collection of fabulous finds.

Embryolisse

The darling of the beauty world, Embryolisse was born in 1950. In its earliest days, it was sold on French pharmacy shelves and proudly scooped up by women the world over who considered it their little beauty secret. Fast forward to 2018, and the brand is practically synonymous with perfect skin. The line’s best selling Lait Crème Concentre is a lightweight emulsion enriched with shea butter to instantly drench skin with moisture. Formulated to soften on contact, it leaves skin feeling buttery soft.

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SiO Beauty

If you’ve tried just about everything in existence in your efforts to smooth the fine lines and wrinkles developing beneath your eyes, it’s possible you haven’t yet met SiO Beauty. The collection is packed with potent patches designed to minimize those pesky, visible signs of aging overnight—and giving you the youthful visage of your dreams. You’ll find treatments for smile lines, under eyes, the neck, and the face.

Neova

If your dream is to achieve a healthier complexion using intuitive products that truly get your skin, you’ll find the answer in Neova. The line is designed to deliver serious results, no matter what your need—smoother skin, a softer finish, or firmed up fine lines and wrinkles. The advanced products are enriched with potent ingredients, like copper peptides, plankton extract, and glycolic acid.

Jade Roller Beauty

You may have noticed a sudden interest in beautiful gemstones lately—however, none of them are being used in the traditional way. Jade Roller Beauty introduces a collection of stunning beauty tools made with authentic jade stones. They’re designed to stimulate blood flow, improve the skin’s tone, diminish the look of fine lines, and detoxify over time. Beyond these benefits, gliding jade over the skin is a pampering, soul-soothing experience.

Empower your beauty routine with these intensive products formulated to transform your skin—and renew your spirits.

 

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day: The Dos and Don’ts of Gifting Skincare Products

When it comes to gifting your beloved on Valentine’s Day, you consider yourself something of an expert—until it comes to surprising your special someone with skincare products. Giving someone the gift of a healthier complexion is definitely a tricky proposition. But there are great ways to give your number one a skin-focused gift all in the name of showing just how much you care. Here’s what to do, what to give—and oh, yes…what not to do!

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For Dry Skin

Don’t…bore them with a bunch of rules that they need to follow, like avoiding hot showers and drinking more water. They already know, trust us.

 

Do…give them the best of the best. No one will be offended when you present them with a hyper-moisturizing product that drenches their skin with the hydration they need. Try a top-of-the-line treatment that they might not consider on their own, such as Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($36.59). It’s formulated to keep skin soft for up to three full days, which means it’s a miracle worker for anyone with a dehydrated complexion.

For Tired Ski

Don’t…comment on their tired eyes or pale skin. And by all means, don’t tell them to smile!

Do…be the hero that provides them with the change they need to see an improvement. When you gift them with a cult favorite that everyone loves, they’ll be thrilled. We’re partial to GLAMGLOW FlashMud Brightening Treatment ($47.93), a powerhouse mask that instant rejuvenates lackluster skin while leaving it softer. With regular use, skin appears more even and dark spots fade.

For Acne

Don’t…worry too much about giving a skin care gift to someone with acne. They know they have it—and they’ll highly appreciate something that works.

Do…try something that’s not in their usual line of vision. You won’t find iS clinical Acne Travel Kit ($98.99) at a drugstore or mass market retailer. Tucked inside a sleek travel bag, your recipient will find generous deluxe sizes of a cleanser, an SPF 50 moisturizer, and two potent serums. Used together, they’ll heal existing blemishes and help prevent new breakouts from forming.

For Sensitivity

Don’t…try to explain the gift as a solution to their “problem.” Skin care is tricky to give, but if you know the sensitive-skinned person well enough, you’ll be fine.

Do…put some thought into it. A product for sensitive skin needs to be formulated specifically with ingredients that nurture and soothe. Avoid heavy fragrances and additives that might cause irritation. Look for key words that suggest something gentle, like Glo Skin Beauty Healing Gel ($25.99). It’s an exceptional choice for anyone with skin that’s easily disturbed—and “healing” is a joy for anyone with deep sensitivity.

For Anyone

Don’t…try to figure out their skin problems and choose a random product that they may never use.

Do…focus on luxury instead. When you’re shopping for someone you don’t know quite so well or who is somewhat picky, it’s best to stick with a classy gift like the DermOrganic Skin Care Sampler ($8.89). Made with certified organic ingredients, the products are fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and infused with argan oil. Simple and skin-loving, this set contains a facial lotion, a facial cleanser, and a hand and body lotion.

 

Why You Need Some Acid in Your Life

Your skin care routine may be on point, but you can elevate it even more by adding acid to the mix. Although you might worry about the possibility of irritation, the newest breed of acid-based skin products are designed to treat your skin without causing discomfort. Here’s what you need to know—and what to try.

It Combats Aging

 If your goal is to stave off the early signs of aging, it’s important to get a head start with a product that is specifically designed to target those fine lines and wrinkles. Look for something injected with hyaluronic acid, a potent ingredient that rebalances your body’s collagen levels as those naturally decline with age. The acid helps boost your ability to synthesize collagen and moisturizes your skin at the same time. It’s a double whammy that spells serious success for tired looking, aging skin.

Karin Herzog E&R Anti-Aging Corrector Serum ($89.99) not only looks gorgeous in its gold-encased bottle, but also provides your skin with a hyper-concentrated infusion of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin B3. A touch of chamomile soothes while the concoction penetrates deeply to reveal smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

It Brightens Skin

A sallow complexion is easy to revive with some makeup, but if you want to get to the root of the matter you need to focus on your skin care products. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliating agent that sloughs away dead skin cells on the surface layer of your skin. The result is fresh, healthy, vibrant skin that also appears to youthfully glow, thanks to the acid’s ability to stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin.

And since you likely hydrate your skin every day anyway, it’s worth switching to Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture ($42), a deeply moisturizing lotion that contains both glycolic and lactic acids. The combination works to improve the cell renewal process while smoothing rough spots. It also contains vitamin D and microencapsulated DHA, which lend your skin a golden glow over time.

It Heals Damage

Glycolic acid does more than just exfoliate—it also has the potential to heal skin abnormalities without causing irritation. The key is in its size. Glycolic is the smallest possible type of hydroxy acid, which means it’s easy to add to virtually all types of skin care formulations. As it penetrates the skin’s outermost layer, it works to eliminate issues such as dryness, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.

If you’re concerned about the prevalence of these issues, a product like Glo Therapeutics 10% Glycolic Cleanser ($40.99) works wonders. In addition to the acid, it also has anti-inflammatory aloe vera, soothing Canadian willowherb extract, and green tea leaf extract, a potent antioxidant that combats the harmful effects of free radicals

Beauty Sleep 101: Products to Help You Snooze Better

New year, new you! If you’ve vowed to get more sleep this year, you aren’t alone—and you probably need all the help that you can get, too. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we believe that improving sleep is one of the best enhancements you can make to your beauty routine. You’ll feel better, your skin will look better, and you’ll be far more motivated to handle everything life throws your way. Here are some tips for getting the beauty sleep of your life—plus a few of our favorite products to help you get there.

First things first: the technology has got to go. While they’re some of our world’s greatest advancements, those tables and smartphones just don’t belong in bed with you. Our suggestion? Pick up an actual book and make a commitment to read a chapter or two each night. It will give you something to anticipate, and it’s much more likely to lull you off into dreamland. Studies show, in fact, that looking at a bright screen for longer than an hour can make you more alert, precisely at a time when you should be ready to wind down for the day.

Soothe your senses by massaging an aromatic moisturizer into your skin. Gently manipulating your skin is an easy way to relax your mind and body, while a soft scent calms your nerves. Try John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Milk ($16.99)—the light vanilla is warm, while the citrus notes add some radiance to the milky notes.

Your skin does the majority of its work overnight, so if another resolution is to achieve a clearer complexion you may want to invest in a nourishing treatment like Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask ($40.99). It’s infused with smoothing collagen, brightening vitamin C, and illuminating camu berries, all of which work together to reveal more brilliant skin by morning.

Lighting a candle while you sleep isn’t a good idea, but a NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser ($41.99) will fill your bedroom with a potent fragrance that will easily relax frayed nerves and soothe your senses. The Vanilla Orchid and Almond scent is a particularly good choice for overnight, when warm nutty notes combine with coconut milk, vanilla, and amber to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Sometimes it’s hard to sleep no matter what you do. In many cases, the best solution is to create a blackout so that your eyes don’t have to deal with any niggling light. The London Bath & Beauty Printed Sleep Mask ($3.99) is a cute and economical solution that slips on easily. It’s made from soft satin and feels perfect against the skin.

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