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Boxing Day Sales (2016)

Monday, December 26, 2016


Yes, I know I know. I've wished you a Merry Christmas and signed off for the year, but I had to pop in and share a few too-good-to-miss Boxing Day sales with you!

These aren't all beauty sales, they include a few from other stores I love!
  1. La Mav Organic | 20% off sitewide | Use code: SAVENOW
  2. Recreate Yourself Brands to buy: 25% off all Jane Iredale + an extra 10% off with code RYBoxing | Also on sale: Burt's Bees, Eye of Horus, Simple As That,  | Also carry: Inika, Cedar & Stone, Hurraw, Lavanila, Madara, Metta Skincare, The Little Alchemist, W3LL People + more
  3. Flora & Fauna | Up to 70% off | Brands to buy: Eco Tan, Inika Organic, Dr Hauschka, Metta Skincare, Weleda + more
  4. Nourished Life | Brands to buy: Inika (some gift sets are around 30-40% off), Eco Tan, PAI Skincare Sets, Ocinium Skincare, La Mav Gift Sets (some a good 20% off!), 100% Pure + more
  5. Beautiful Because | Brands to buy: Vapour Beauty, Lily Lolo, Ere Perez, Eco Tan, Rahua Beauty + more
  6. The Iconic | An extra 25% off all sale styles | Use code: EXTRA25 | My picks: Snap up some new accessories like this sweet rose-gold pouch (for those new make-up or skincare essentials!), add a few classic pieces to your jewellery collection (just in time to sparkle on New Year's Eve) or deck out your summer wardrobe with some light, breezy styles or new active wear..
  7. Weleda Australia | 20% off sitewide | No code required, discount applied at checkout
  8. The Beauty Chef | 20% off sitewide | Use code: BOXING-DAY-SALE
  9. Sienna Byron Bay | 40% off | Use code: BOXING40
  10. Little Ondine | 50% off five popular collections | Use code: BOXINGDAY50 | 20% off twins + individual colours | Use code: BOXINGDAY20
Kelsey xx
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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016



I want to thank each and every one of your for your support of Liberty Green in 2016. 
What I do wouldn't be possible without you, and YOU are the very reason I began this blog.

See your messages each day brings a smile to my face, knowing I've helped at least one other woman discover green beauty that truly performs, can still make you feel beautiful without risking your health. 

I'll be on holidays until Jan 9th (if you see me around, I'm not really here!), so I will see all of you in the New Year! I already have some amazing things planned, but until then - have a merry Christmas, and a happy New year!
Kelsey xx
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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 20, 2016



With Christmas just days away, you should have everything organised by now, but it can be surprising how much you have to do, and easy to forget one or two (or three!) things!

I've got some last-minute Christmas gift ideas, that would be loved by any woman on your list, as well as a round-up of my fave boutiques that have the best kind of Christmas Angel - GIFT CARDS available. What is it with gift cards? As the giver, I feel like I've put in little effort and always feel like I should do something more, but as the recipient, I'm usually hopping with excitement at the prospect of completely guilt-free shopping (seriously, it's like winning a shopping spree!) And with that thought in mind, you can be 100% assured that a gift card is always welcome!

Onto the list!


  1. May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Spa-in-a-jar. Need I say more? 
  2. Lily Lolo It Girl Collection Any of the Lily Lolo Gift Sets would make a beautiful gift. They are gorgeously packaged, and perfectly curated! I recently reviewed the Almost Famous Collection here. And if you're in Sydney, skip the post and pop in-store to Emporio Organico and pick up your pressies in person!
  3. Kari Gran Lip Whip Duo Beautifully packaged, this duo includes a colour + sheer shimmer shade, in a universally flattering berry tone. 
  4. English Tea Shop Organic Wellness Tea Luxury Variety Gift Box How absolutely gorgeous is this gift box? Super pretty, and a wonderful gift for your mother, sister, bestie, or any tea-lover!
  5. Kypris Beauty 1000 Roses Beauty Elixir An utter treat, indulge the senses in this heavenly rose oil beauty elixir. Over 1000 roses go into each bottle, and the scent is divine!
  6.  Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Care Set Everything you need for beachy mermaid hair, wrapped up in one sweet package! I adore Captain Blankenship, and can't say enough about it. This set will be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone (with hair!)
  7. Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish With a rainbow of stunning colours, and beautifully boxed (buy one, and they'll be individually boxed, by three and they'll come as a set!), SBB is the only brand of traditional nail polish I'll use! Code LIBERTYGREEN saves 15% off.
  8. Tata Harper Natural Glow from Head to Toe Gift Set Everything you need to get your glow on - from head to toe! Beautifully packaged, this set is ready to give straight from the box.
  9. LUK Beautifood 5 Lip Nourish in Gift Bag Five of LUK Beautifood's best-selling shades in one adorable draw-string bag! The Lip Nourish provide a sheer wash of colour and lasting moisture to keep your pout soft and kissable!

GIFT CARDS

If you're having trouble choosing or just can't decide, these are my favourite boutiques and brands to offer gift cards. Let her choose and spoil herself!


SHOP IN-STORE (and tell them I sent you!)

  1. Emporio Organico (Sydney)
  2. The Lab Organics (Melbourne)

CHECK FOR DISCOUNTS





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8 Reasons To Make Your Own Sourdough

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Alongside green beauty, I'm also passionate about health and wellbeing over all, and food to me is a huge part of this. I've been eating a wholefood diet for several years now, which started with removing refined sugar around 9 years ago. "Wholefood" is basically any food it it's most unadulterated form, unprocessed, unrefined and natural.

This includes whole grain flours (freshly ground from the grain), unrefined sugars (raw honey, rapadura, rice malt or maple syrup), whole dairy (that is certified organic, biodynamic or home-grown and raw) and free-range, pasture-raised meat. The easiest way I find to sum up a 'wholefood' diet is like the Paleo diet, without the exclusions (Paleo removes grains, legumes and dairy)

Today I have Sarah from Say Little Hen here to share with you 8 reasons to make your own sourdough - and it's not as complicated as you might think! Sarah also has an E-book, Spelt Sourdough Made Simple which has been especially created for whole-grain spelt (or whole grain wheat) flours. If you want to give making sourdough a whirl, I highly recommend you pop over and check out the e-book!

Until December 26th, you can use code LIBERTYGREEN to save 10% off your purchase of Spelt Sourdough Made Simple

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At this busy time of year I find it very grounding to immerse myself into the ritual of making sourdough. As the world rushes on by, sourdough continues to bubble away, doing what it has done for centuries uncounted - turn flour, water and a little salt into the most delicious bread you'll ever taste.

Getting started with sourdough is as easy as 1, 2, 3 - the 1 being add flour to a bowl, 2 adding water and 3 stirring it all together. Nature takes over and does the rest. You're on your way to having a living, bubbling sourdough starter which is the doorway to many wonderful things. There's bread, pancakes, biscuits, muffins, cakes - and even doughnuts and pastries.


But, during this busy time of year, who has time to bake their own bread? You do, in fact. We all do.

That bread is time consuming and kneading something to be avoided are two common myths that must have been created by someone who had never baked a loaf of bread in their life.
True, sourdough can take many hours to make. But all of that time is spent by the bread, not you.

You don't have to be a breadsitter - it's really quite capable of managing on it's own. It's been doing it for centuries, remember?

I fell in love with sourdough baking because of it's simplicity, flavour and the wonderful rhythm of creating it. Mixing ingredients together to later return and find it risen into a beautiful dough - on nothing more than flour and water - is magical. Kneading the dough is relaxing, and getting the loaf out of the oven is exciting.

Baking your own artisan bread doesn't have to be complicated, time consuming or stressful. With simple recipes and basic techniques, it's really very easy and so very enjoyable and rewarding to make your own bread.

In my experience, sourdough is far more flexible and forgiving than yeasted bread. It's ridiculously easy to change up your bread baking routine to suit whatever is happening your life at the time.

Some other reasons you might like to give sourdough baking a go:

  1. You have access to fresh bread whenever you want it 
  2. Sourdough would have to be the healthiest of all bread. Grains naturally contain phytic acid, which stops your body being able to absorb most of the vitamins and minerals contained in the flour. The beneficial bacteria in sourdough starter breaks down phytic acid, making the nutrients in the flour available to your body.
  3. Along with breaking down phytic acid, sourdough also breaks down gluten into amino acid, making it easier to digest, which is why many people say they feel better eating sourdough rather than bread made with commercial yeast. 
  4. Sourdough also produces lactic acid (which predigests the grain for you) and "eats" a lot of the sugar present in the grain. 
  5. Overall sourdough actually makes the nutrients in grains and seeds available to your body, making it obviously more nutritious, satisfying and beneficial 
  6. Making your own is far cheaper than buying properly made sourdough from the store or local bakery, particularly when you're using grains such as organic spelt. Plus you also know that it was properly fermented, allowing your body to access all of the benefits outlined above 
  7. By changing proving schedules you can control how "sour" your sourdough actually is 
  8. I've heard many people say that they can happily eat sourdough, particularly spelt sourdough, without any negative side effects, when processed breads and yeasted products would disagree with them. Many people with gluten sensitivities (not allergies) have also said that they are able to eat and enjoy sourdough. 


When I started making sourdough, I'd already been making my own bread for years, using commercial yeast. I never, ever imagined that I would fall in love with sourdough baking so much that I would completely change to making sourdough bread only.

Making sourdough is highly addictive and so rewarding.
Are you ready to give it a go?
I think you'll love it.


About the Author

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My name is Sarah - I'm an Australian blogger with a love for wholefood baking, knitting and spending as much time outside in nature as possible. Say Little Hen is where I share my personal experiences of living on a small farm on the tablelands of Queensland, with my beloved Border Collies, two milking cows and large flock of chickens. More often than not you'll find me in muddy jeans with a collie by my side in the veggie garden or out in the paddocks. From baking everything from scratch, to trying to live as organically and sustainably as possible on a realistic budget and finding the time for creativity, this is my life on Say! Little Hen.





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John Masters Organics Hair Spray, Volumising Foam + Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturiser | Review

Monday, December 12, 2016


Finding natural hair styling products that perform equally as well as their conventional counterparts can be a tricky task. I love voluminous waves, and anything that can help give me longer lasting hold, added volume or texture is more than welcome. 

100% Non-toxic, Natural, and also using Certified Organic ingredients (where available), John Masters Organics has a good range of hair styling products, hair care and body care. It's a brand I'm surprised I haven't heard more about before now, because everything I have experienced from the line so far has been an utter delight. Truly, you needn't look any further for amazing, all-natural hair styling products!

I'm not one to gush, but I'm going to say it right now - I haven't found a better hairspray than the John Masters Organics Hair Spray. This spray amazed me at first use, and is comparable in performance (and also feel) to any 'regular' hairspray. 

I've also been using the John Masters Volumising Foam, and the Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturiser from Emporio Organico. I also received several samples of the John Masters shampoo, conditioners, body washes and body milks, and I'm going to talk a little more about those below. 

Alongside the online store, Emporio Organico has a flagship store and organic in Sydney (Crows Nest), so pop in if you're local or visiting the area! They also carry so much more than just natural beauty products, and also have a wide range of fermented foods, Paleo & GAPS-friendly products, eco-home products (cleaning, storage, cook wear and pretty much anything else you can imagine. 


John Masters Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturiser / Review

Packaged in a sleek amber glass jar, this hair texturiser has a slightly sticky, creamy feel and thick consistency. Designed to add shine, texture and soft, flexible hold, I only need a small amount of product. I've been using this by taking a small amount and spreading through my fingertips, then applying lightly to each section of hair, before heat styling. This cream also works well to smooth down any fly-aways, or shape unruly or wayward strands into place. 

I've also applied the Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturiser using the "scrunch" method - after heat-styling, I'll spread a small amount of product through my hands, then 'scrunch' the curls/waves, all over, adding more product if necessary. It would also work well to texturise and shape shorter styles. 

The Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturiser gives a soft hold and shine to waves and curls, and doesn't feel sticky once applied. It is also nicely moisturising, and helps to protect hair from damage during heat styling. Castor oil smoothes the hair cuticle, while glycerin softens the hair shaft and shea butter adds moisture.

Nearly all of the ingredients are Certified Organic, and you can find a full list of ingredients here.


John Masters Organics Hair Spray / Review

As I mentioned above, the John Masters Organics Hair Spray is hands-down, the best I've used. The hair spray has a very similar feel, finish and texture to a regular aerosol-based hair spray - without the nasty chemicals!

Six organic ingredients suffuse hair with beneficial nutrients while delivering an all-day hold with a light, citrus scent. This hair spray is suitable for all hair types, helps fight frizz and protects against humidity, perfect for styling curly or straight hair, great for daily use and safe for colour-treated hair

A light spray of the John Masters Organics Hair Spray is sufficient to provide lasting hold to waves and curls, and won't weigh down your style or leave it looking product-heavy. I've been using this spray by lightly spraying after setting with hot rollers, and then a light spray on each layer as the rollers are removed, and also a final spray after styling. If I'm using a curling iron, I just spray sections as I go after curling.

The Hair Spray has a really firm hold, but it doesn't leave my hair stiff or knotty, and it works really well with just a small amount. After spraying, I can still gently comb or brush through sections if I need to, so it isn't going to turn you into a lacquer-head.

When a hair spray holds up in the tropical North Queensland Summer heat and humidity, I think you have a winner.

As mentioned above, the Hair Spray uses just seven ingredients, 6 of which are Certified Organic. You can find the full list of ingredients here.


John Masters Organics Volumising Foam / Review

Used alone or paired with the other two products, the John Masters Volumising Foam is an incredibly lightweight foam/mousse, that easily spreads through damp hair and helps to create weightless volume. I find some products can leave even freshly-washed hair looking gunky or greasy, but none of these products have that issue. 

I've again only been using a small amount of product for good (lasting) volume. I apply the John Masters Volumising Foam to the roots of damp hair, and then blow-dry. This product is also easily brushable, and doesn't leave my hair feeling stiff or prone to frizz. 

The pump makes it easy to dispense and disperse. My favourite way to use this product is on freshly washed hair, and blow-waved and styled into bouncy, voluminous waves! A light spray with the Hair Spray, and I'm good to go. 

The Volumising Foam is 100% non-toxic and natural, with 7 Certified Organic ingredients. Find the full ingredients here.

John Masters Organics Shampoo, Body Wash & Body Milk / (my thoughts)

This isn't going to be a full review, as I've only trialled sample sizes of these products, but I'm also really impressed with everything I've tried.

John Masters Organics Spearmint and Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
This shampoo was so lovely and refreshing to use, as the Spearmint scent enveloped me whilst I massaged my scalp. The scent doesn't really linger in the hair, however, so you don't need to worry about scents clashing with other products. My hair felt so silky and soft after use, but thoroughly clean!
This shampoo was really moisturising for my hair, and again left it feeling silky. This was probably a little heavy for my hair, but it's intended for dry, damaged hair, and or a once-per-week alternative/treatment. My dry ends did feel smoother and softer afterwards, however.
I wasn't sure how it would go for my hair as I don't use a conditioner (it's usually too heavy), but this was probably my favourite so far. It's left my hair feeling perfectly balanced (smooth, soft, silky and clean, but fresh even to the roots!) My hair feels SO good after using this!

John Masters Organics - Geranium and Grapefruit Body Wash
The body washes are an absolute treat to use, they smell amazing and leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised. They also work well to provide a barrier for the skin whilst shaving.

John Masters Organics - Geranium and Grapefruit Body Milk
I'm really loving the Body Milks and am planning to purchase some as a regular moisturiser. They are lightweight, creamy, smell delicious and absorb quickly without leaving any greasy residue.

John Masters Organics - Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Milk
When I used this I kept being told I smelled delicious and like Creaming Soda - I felt pretty delicious, too! The Body Milks work well for anywhere on the body - hands, arms, legs, dry elbows or knees - and leave my skin smooth, soft and hydrated.



Overall (+ a discount)

I really don't think you can go past this line if you're on the hunt for amazing hair care and styling products. The Hair Spray is absolutely a new favourite, as is the Volumising Foam and the Hair Texturiser. 

You can shop John Masters Organics at Emporio Organico in Australia, and code WBM10 will save you 10% off your order for a limited time.


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Lily Lolo Christmas Collection (Almost Famous) | Get The Look + Review

Friday, December 09, 2016




It's no secret that I love gift sets. Given the choice, I'll almost always purchase a set over single pieces. They come packaged beautifully, and (especially when it comes to cosmetics) the products have been carefully selected to complement one another. 

Emporio Organico has an online store, or if you're local to Sydney, you can also pop into their flagship store in Crows Nest!

There are several different sets to choose from, and I opted for the Almost Famous Collection which includes the new Pedal to the Metal Eye Shadow Palette, Mineral Blush in Rosy Apple and Lipstick in Rose Gold.

The Christmas Collections are packaged in the most gorgeous blue and white boxes, ready to be gifted, and perfect for storing things in afterwards! And they are, of course, 100% natural and non-toxic. You can find all of the ingredients listed here, here and here.


Almost Famous Collection / Review

As I mentioned above, this gift set is perfectly curated. The blush and lipstick pair beautifully with the eyeshadow palette to create a perfectly coordinated and flattering look.

I actually wasn't too sure about the shade of lipstick when looking at it in the tube, but it really surprised me once on the lips. Note to self: Always swatch! 

Lipstick in Rose Gold

I've found all of the Lily Lolo Lipsticks to be very creamy and moisturising, and this shade is no exception. It is also long-lasting and it fades evenly. I don't find this shade to leave a stain on my lips, but that's typical with lighter colours. As I said above, I really wasn't too sure about the shade in the tube. It appears much more nude than what I usually wear, and almost too peachy. 

The shade will of course look different on everyone due to skin tone, lip pigment, colouring etc, but I was pleasantly surprised by how flattering the shade Rose Gold really is. Flattering to the point I think I've found a new favourite shade. It has a very slight shimmer to it, which is something I also usually dislike/avoid. The shimmer is very subtle, however, and merely adds more dimension to the lips, giving the illusion of fuller lips. 

Once on, Rose Gold is what I would describe as a nude, rose-gold tone. It does have a peachy undertone, but it is a very flattering shade - and it works very well within this collection.



Mineral Blush in Rosy Apple

In the pot, this blush has a very shimmery finish - almost a sheen as it moves in the light. 
The shade is a warm, muted natural burnt-rose tone. It works well on most skin tones, including the very fair. Packaged in a sifter jar, it's easy to dispense the correct amount of product and keep it tidy and safe from spills. 

This blush is incredibly lightweight, and VERY pigmented. You need the smallest amount of product, so one jar will quite likely last until expiry! Due to the shimmery/sheen in the pot, I was quite surprised (and pleased) to see that the shimmery effect doesn't transfer to the skin. Not one bit. Even up close. Instead, I was left with a beautiful luminous finish and healthy glow!

I really think this blush is what pulls this entire collection together. The shade is warm enough to work with the nude lip/smokey eye look, but fresh enough to work with lighter, more colourful looks!



Pedal to the Metal Eye Shadow Palette

This palette includes both matte and shimmer shades, in a range of neutrals, metallics (gold, silver & taupey grey) and charcoals. It also includes a great highlight shade. 

All of the pressed eyeshadows and light and silky, easy to blend and build, and have good medium - high pigmentation. You can also use all of them wet or dry. Tip: Wet your brush with a setting spray or toner and go over the shimmer shades after application for a metallic finish and more intense colour.

Most of the time, I prefer a more natural look, but sometimes I do want something more dramatic, and this palette accommodates that. The Almost Famous Collection would actually cover almost any look or occasion with just these three products. All of the shades play beautifully together, and offer endless opportunity for experimenting. 

I particularly love the shade Hook Up - a matte, light beige (second last), which has a peachy/pink undertone. It makes a gorgeous transition or all-over shade. The shade Pole Position - a matte, soft brown (third from left) is also one of the more neutral/natural shades and makes a pretty crease shade.

I've gone fairly light and natural in the look below, but you can also create more dramatic, smokey-eye looks with this palette. 



Get The Look / Almost Famous 


Foundation: Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken
Concealer: W3LL People Bio Correct Concealer in Light (eyes)
Highlighter: W3LL People Bio Brightener (formerly Moonstone Glow)
Cheeks: Lily Lolo Rosy Apple Blush / Almost Famous Christmas Collection
Eyes: Lily Lolo Pedal to the Metal Eye Palette in the shades Hook Up (base), Pole Position (crease) & Gold Medal (outer V) Almost Famous Christmas Collection
Lips: Lily Lolo Lipstick in Rose Gold / Almost Famous Christmas Collection




Overall

I think these gift sets are an absolute must-have, and any woman would be thrilled to find this collection under the tree! The Lily Lolo Almost Famous Christmas Collection is also so versatile, you could get away with only owning this plus a few other basics (so perfect for teens also!)

You can find any of the Lily Lolo Christmas Collections at Emporio Organico, and for a limited time, code WBM10 will save 10% off your order.


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A Green Christmas Giveaway

Saturday, December 03, 2016


I have teamed up with 15 AMAZING green beauty brands to bring you an entire month's worth of festive fun, starting it all off with A Green Christmas Giveaway

I'm giving away over $1900 worth of green beauty, and every giveaway is open worldwide. With prizes from brands like Kjaer Weis, Tata Harper, Rahua Beauty, Lily Lolo, La Mav, Karen Murrell, The Little Alchemist and more, you do not want to miss a single moment! Follow me on Instagram now to join in all the holiday fun!

A Green Christmas has already begun, and includes three INCREDIBLE prize packages from Emporio Organico, Eve Organics and Flora & Fauna


Prize Package #1 Pamper & Relax is from Eve Organics, worth over $160AUD and includes - 
  • Harlow ‘Rustic’ bath soak $32.50 
  • Blissoma Roll-on Stress Treatment $24.95
  • Black Robin Skincare ‘Mallow Out’ Face Mask $19.95
  • Harlow Fire Candle $38.00
  • Leahlani Skincare Citrus & Citrine Toner $45.00
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Prize Package #2 Party Prep is from Emporio Organico, worth over $570AUD and includes - 

  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask $88.00
  • Formulary55 Sea Mineral Body Polish $14.95
  • Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil $144.00
  • Ashely & Co Organic Sootherup Hand & Body Lotion $49.95
  • MV Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic $90.00
  • Rahua Beauty Omega 9 Hair Mask $65.00
  • Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub $24.95
  • Pai Skincare Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator $48.00
  • John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel $45.50
  • ENTER HERE

Prize Package #3 Holiday Glam is from Flora & Fauna, worth over $230AUD and includes - 

  • Inika Organic Buff Pot Rosy Glow $45 
  • Eye of Horus Bio Active Vegan Mascara $38 
  • Little Ondine Nail Polish in Starstruck $22
  • Eco Tan Exfoliating Glove $19.50
  • Trilogy Skincare Hydrating Mist Toner $26.95
  • Yarok Hair Dry Shampoo (travel size) $13.95 
  • Black Chicken Body Oil (sample size) $10.95 
  • Lily Lolo Mineral Eye Shadow in Silver Dollar $13 
  • Adorn Lipstix in Natural Red $39
  • Flora & Fauna Bamboo Toothbrush $4.95
  • ENTER HERE

Good luck beauties! xx


Kelsey xx
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