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Best Affordable European Makeup

Some of my favorite (affordable) European makeup

Europe definitely has a lot to offer the international traveler. I mean, so many different countries and cultures concentrated in a relatively small area…

But visiting a dozen countries in a month can get extremely expensive, so what’s a beauty lover to do? Pass on the makeup shopping??

Of course not!

On the good ol’ continent, you can find lots of top quality products that cost less than a latte.

Here are my top recommendations!

Best Affordable European Makeup

These are my favorite affordable European (but non-Italian) makeup products; for recommendations on Italian makeup, check out my series, “Best in Beauty From the Boot”

1. Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink (€3.99)

Matrice Defining Blush 040 Think Pink

If someone made me try the Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink after having depotted it, I’d for sure think it was a high-end blush.

I swear, I’d bet my entire makeup collection on it! It’s that good.

Creamy and not in the least bit powdery, nicely pigmented but easy to blend, and long-lasting, too.

Oh, and here’s the best part: it’s only €3.99!

2. Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory & 020 Light Beige (€3.49)

Catrice Camouflage Cream

If you’re blessed with oily skin and occasional hormonal spots like this mama, then you’ll know that liquid concealers just don’t last.

To cover up those angry red zits and the marks they usually leave behind, I think it’s much better to use a dry-texture concealer.

In my opinion, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($35) is the best in this category, but Catrice’s Camouflage Cream comes in a close second, and it’s just a fraction of the price.

Should you ever spot a Catrice stand during your European adventures, make sure you put your paws on this fantastic concealer.

3. Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 01 Black Fever & 02 Hot Chocolate ($2.49/€1.99)

Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil 01 Black Fever 02 Hot Chocolate

Ok, I know that you can get Essence at Ulta these days, but wouldn’t it be cooler to pick up something from this affordable German brand after admiring the majestic Cologne Cathedral or visiting the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle?

My first recommendation would be the Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 01 Black Fever and 02 Hot Chocolate, because I mean, who doesn’t need black or brown eyeliner?

These glide on super easily and last amazingly well both on the waterlines and lashlines.

4. Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural – Blondes/Lighter Skin ($4.99/€4.99)

Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder 01 Natural Blondes

Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural is one of those bronzers that’s impossible to go overboard with, and that’s my favorite kind.

No patchiness, no Oompa-Loompa-ness. Just a healthy-looking complexion.

Plus, if you like coconut-scented products, you’ll find yourself opening the compact just to give it a sniff more often than you’d like to admit…

5. Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat ($3.99/€3.19)

Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

I wonder if Cosnova (the German company that makes Essence and Catrice) keeps the exact formula of the Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat in a vault like Coca-Cola does with their secret recipe…

This stuff is magical!

I’m sure there’s a secret ingredient that makes their nail polish shine brighter than a Swarovski store and last longer than finals week.

6. Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve (£8.99)

Max Factor Crème Puff Blush 10 Nude Mauve

Despite what the name suggests, the Max Factor Crème Puff Blushes are actually powder blushes (although, the non-powdery kind), and are said to be dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($38).

My favorite thing about Nude Mauve is that it gives me a nice definition and very subtle luminosity without interfering with the color scheme of the rest of my makeup.

Best Affordable European Makeup Swatches

L-R: Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 02 Hot Chocolate and 01 Black Fever, Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural, Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory and 020 Light Beige, Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink, Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve

7. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (€21.80)

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Look

On my eyes I’m wearing Bitter Start, Substitute For Love, Pure Ganache, and Subtle Blend from the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Aaaand… I saved the best for last. This palette is UH-MAZE-BALLS!

Compared to the products I’ve mentioned so far, the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette might almost seem pricey, but €21.80 for 10 top quality eyeshadows is still pretty good in my opinion.

From the buttery texture, to the high pigmentation and blendability, there’s nothing I don’t love about these shadows.

The color selection is perfect for my taste (lots of warm goodness!), and there’s a good balance between shimmers and mattes (6-4).

If you want to have your mind blown by how well the Cocoa Blend shadows swatch, click on this Portkey (#harrypottergeek) to go straight to my blog! 😉

Best Affordable European Makeup

All the makeup I’ve used today is European, and here’s a breakdown of what I’m wearing:

Anyone coming to Europe this summer?


Carolina Braina


Hey, ladies (and gents), it’s Carolina here, reporting live from Bologna, Italy, to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty from the good ol’ continent! For an extra dose of that timeless Italian glam with a touch of humor and self-irony (because, you know, laughter is the best makeup), come say hi at carolinapage.eu and Instagram.

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Conquering My Fear of the Buxom Full-On Lip Creams http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/buxom-full-lip-cream-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/buxom-full-lip-cream-review/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:00:03 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200572 Full Disclosure: I’ve been afraid to try the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream for ages. I heard them described as “plumping” and “tingling” and was like, “Oooh, girl. No.” Like, I was seriously nervous about trying these glosses! But because I take my job as a beauty blogger very seriously, I finally took the plunge. There are 15 […]


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Well…they sure do look good, right?

Full Disclosure: I’ve been afraid to try the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream for ages.

I heard them described as “plumping” and “tingling” and was like, “Oooh, girl. No.” Like, I was seriously nervous about trying these glosses! But because I take my job as a beauty blogger very seriously, I finally took the plunge.

There are 15 shades in all, $20 each (available now at Ulta), and I have five of them here — Peach Daiquiri, Pink Champagne, Grape Groove, Sangria and Berry Bramble.

First up is Peach Daiquiri, which is very sheer with just a hint of a peachy undertone. On my bare lips, it’s not particularly groundbreaking, BUT I do think it would look nice over a nude lipstick to give it a little life.

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Wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Peach Daiquiri

Pink Champagne is another very light gloss that would probably work better over a lipstick than on its own, at least for me. 

Both Peach Daiquiri and Pink Champagne are kind of high maintenance, though, in that lines form and the color clumps a little when I press my lips together.

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Wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Pink Champagne

So I think the light shades are honestly kind of underwhelming, but the darker shades are great, like Grape Groove, which has a light purple tint that adds just enough color to the face without being too bold.

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Wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Grape Groove

And then there’s Sangria. I think it’s a really pretty red gloss, and if a straight-up matte red lipstick is too much for you, go for a gloss! And this one’s so summery.

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Wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Sangria

Lastly, there’s Berry Bramble, which is probably the one I’ll reach for the most out of the shades here. It’s more pigmented than Grape Groove but a bit lower key than Sangria.

It’s just such a flattering gloss, and I think it’s a great example of the Buxom Full-On Lip Creams at their best. The color applies smoothly and lasts pretty well for a gloss.

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Wearing Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Berry Bramble

After trying these out, I fully admit that my fears were a little bit…overblown. There is a small tingly feeling when I wear them, but it fades after a couple minutes. There’s also a cotton candy smell that I LOVE, but it’s not too overpowering. 

I will say that these are a tad sticky, although that seems to also help them last a bit longer than some glosses do on my lips.

I think these glosses are right in the middle of the lipgloss spectrum. They aren’t totally sheer, but they aren’t fully opaque (like the Tarteist Glossy Lip Paints or Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses) either.

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Trying the Buxom Full-On Lip Creams!

In case you’re curious, here’s the info on the rest of my makeup:

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Malaga (reviewed in this post) // Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadow in Sphinx // MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Rich Core // Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette (sold out online) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Have you tried these Buxom glosses? Which shades are your favorites?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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The Day in Beauty Vol. 20: The New $49 NARS Survival Kit 2, Connor Claire Cuteness and Wine for Yo’ Cat http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-survival-kit-2/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-survival-kit-2/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:24:12 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200947 We made it to Saturday, babe! Great job. 🙂 Wherever you are, I hope you have a nice weekend lined up. I felt like switching up my makeup game today because I’ve been all about black eyeliner, beige and brown lids and nude lips lately. I love that look (it’s easy), but I felt like […]


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The NARS Survival Kit 2 ($59)

We made it to Saturday, babe! Great job. 🙂 Wherever you are, I hope you have a nice weekend lined up.

I felt like switching up my makeup game today because I’ve been all about black eyeliner, beige and brown lids and nude lips lately. I love that look (it’s easy), but I felt like doing something different, hence the NARS Survival Kit 2 ($59), the second of two new limited edition sets coming soon from NARS (July 1 exclusively to NARS counters at Nordie’s). This one comes with two eyeshadows, two blushes, a mini gloss and a mini mascara.

This one incorporates color in a fresh way with everyday shades that aren’t intimidating, but also aren’t really typical of nude/neutral looks.

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Swatches of the NARS Survival Kit 2 Eyeshadows, Blushes and Lip Gloss

Beginning with Tokyo II Eyeshadow, a light satiny violet, which creates an absolutely gorgeous wash of color on the lids, ya know, if you don’t have a lot of time to get ready and you want to wear color, I think Tokyo II is a great way to go. Here I quickly buffed it on my lids with a domed brush and blended out the edges with a tapered brush.

Rich, warm reddish brown Galapagos, which is one of my absolute favorite NARS shadows, has tiny flecks of golden glitter. It also makes an appearance in the palette in this kit.

SO pretty and SO much hotness in smokey eyes, especially with a black base under it. Here, though, I decided to keep it simple, since I only gave myself 20 minutes to get ready this morning, so I used Galapagos as a liner by wetting an angled brush (the NARS #47, which I think is THE BEST angled brush for winged liner!), then applied Galapagos on my upper lash lines.

Wetting the brush intensifies the shadow and makes the brown richer and yummier and more milk chocolatey…and also makes the gold flecks really come through.

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Wearing NARS Survival Kit 2 on my eyes, cheeks and lips

Of the two blushes in this kit, Modesty and Daydream, Daydream is a satiny mid-toned peachy pink kinda like NARS Orgasm, but without the golden shimmer running through it. Sometimes I like colors like Daydream a little more than Orgasm, to be honest, because they don’t come with the same shimmery gold drama.

I mean, Orgasm’s really pretty too, but if you’re having a “big pore day,” it’s not always easy to wear.

And Modesty works well as a warm golden beige highlighter. I only need to use a little because it’s pretty shimmery and intense.

The kit also comes with a juicy, plummy red gloss called Phantasia. It’s so pigmented that it’s almost like wearing a liquid lipstick, but the glossy aspect of the gloss subsides over a few hours, leaving behind a soft stain.

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The NARS Survival Kit 2 packaging

Of course you can wear the pieces in this palette separately, but I also like wearing them all together, because they’re colorful AND wearable, which is very much my style.

I think Connor likes it, too!

coywolf lemon dress

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Oh! Here are a few interesting stories I came across this week that I thought you might also like…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my sweet friend. 🙂 Let me know how you’re doing.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Sometimes Your Survival Depends on a Pretty Pink, and for Those Times There’s the NARS Survival Kit 1 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-survival-kit-1-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-survival-kit-1-review/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:34:47 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200870 “I need makeup to survive!” she exhaled, placing the back of her left hand against her forehead melodramatically and tipping her head. OK…so maybe eyeshadow, blush, gloss and mascara aren’t as important to your day-to-day survival as, you know, food and water, but they’re handy to have around! — especially when they come in chic […]


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The new $59 NARS Survival Kit 1 (coming exclusively to Nordstrom and the Nordstrom website July 1)

“I need makeup to survive!” she exhaled, placing the back of her left hand against her forehead melodramatically and tipping her head.

OK…so maybe eyeshadow, blush, gloss and mascara aren’t as important to your day-to-day survival as, you know, food and water, but they’re handy to have around! — especially when they come in chic limited edition packaging like they do in the new NARS Survival Kit 1.

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Wearing NARS Naiad, Kalahari II and Audacious Mascara on my eyes, Off Limits and Mata Hari on my cheeks and Party Girl on my lips

The new limited edition set will cost $59 when it arrives in the Promised Land, also known as Nordstrom stores and the Nordstrom website, July 1st with a compact containing two powder eyeshadows and two powder blushes, a mini lipgloss and a mini mascara.

NARS Survival Kit 1

  • Naiade Eyeshadow
  • Audacious Mascara
  • Kalahari II Eyeshadow
  • Off Limits Blush
  • Mata Hari Blush
  • Party Girl Lip Gloss

I’d like to make a shout-out to Kalahari II, one of the eyeshadows in this kit. It’s a glistening taupe-plum, and I think it’s one of those “Ya gotta have it!” pieces from NARS. I’ve been wearing it for years (it’s also in the permanent collection). It lasts all day long and looks amaze-balls with bronze eyeshadow and/or liner.

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NARS Survival Kit 1 swatches

Kalahari II is almost enough all by itself to make me love kit, but as if it weren’t enough, the kit also comes with another NARS classic, matte cool pink Mata Hari Blush.

You know those blushes that make you look and feel more alive and, like, 10 years younger? Mata Hari is one of those blushes for me. When I brush a small amount on the apples of my cheeks (it’s very pigmented), I look like I just finished a stair workout and kicked total butt while doing it.

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Wearing the NARS Survival Kit 1

By the way, in the pic below, Party Girl Lip Gloss (a cool-toned pink) looks like a warm rose because I was wearing a neutral lip pencil called Hourglass Canvas underneath it. I had some bright pink spots in the center area of my lips from wearing NARS Schiap the other day, and I wanted to cancel that out before applying Party Girl. But when worn on its own, Party Girl is a very sheer cool pink and looks closer to how it looks in the swatch.

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The NARS Survival Kit 1 packaging

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The NARS Survival Kit 1 box

Add Hateship, Loveship to your Netflix queue

Honestly, I don’t even know why I keep Netflix around anymore. Sometimes it seems like a bottomless pit of awfulness. I have a hard time finding good things to watch on there that I haven’t already seen, but occasionally I stumble upon something like the movie I watched last night, Hateship, Loveship, starring Kristen Wiig.

It’s about a socially awkward and emotionally stunted caretaker who falls in love with a man who needs some help getting his life together.

It’s one of those quiet love stories…so good luck to you if your partner only wants to watch movies with dragons and car chases, LOL!

I really enjoyed it. I thought it was sweet and poignant and well-made with clear character arcs, so not like a lot of independent movies that…don’t really seem to go anywhere, ya know?

There’s also this song by Tammy Wynette that plays during the end credits called ‘Til I get It right. It’s so pretty… I listened to it all morning.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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My Favorite Products From Sephora Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/favorite-products-sephora-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/favorite-products-sephora-collection/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200431 Poor Sephora Collection! I feel like it’s the Cinderella of all the brands you can find at Sephora. I mean, I don’t know about you, but 99% of the times I go to Sephora, I don’t even look at their own brand. 1% of a bajillion times is still quite a few times, though, so […]


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Poor Sephora Collection!

I feel like it’s the Cinderella of all the brands you can find at Sephora.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but 99% of the times I go to Sephora, I don’t even look at their own brand.

1% of a bajillion times is still quite a few times, though, so over the years I’ve actually managed to find some real gems.

So get ready, Sephora Collection. Polish your glass slippers because today’s your day to shine!

Sephora Collection Best Products

My favorite products from Sephora Collection

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red & 03 Strawberry Kissed ($14 each)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 01 Always Red Swatch

The Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red is my go-to for holiday dinner parties as it remains pretty much intact even if I end up eating my own body weight in one meal

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 03 Strawberry Kissed

03 Strawberry Kissed is a shade I prefer using in the summer months, and I included it among my five bright pink lipsticks to try this summer

Sephora definitely knows how to make liquid lipsticks, that’s for sure! I’ve tried three different types, and they all rock.

I’ll start with the one I think is the most popular, which is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain.

I have it in two shades, 01 Always Red and 03 Strawberry Kissed, and they’re both equally good.

Even though they’re completely matte and transfer-proof, they’re not overly drying or uncomfortable.

Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Cranberry Luster ($16)

Sephora Luster Matte Cranberry Luster

Sephora Luster Matte Cranberry Luster Swatch

There’s nothing matte about the Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Cranberry Luster

If you want the staying power of a liquid lipstick but don’t like the idea of completely matte lips, you may wanna have a look at the $16 Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Colors.

They’re not transfer-proof, but still pretty long-lasting.

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream in 04 Wonderful Fuchsia ($8)

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream 04 Wonderful Fuchsia

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream 04 Wonderful Fuchsia

The Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Creams have a cushion applicator

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream 04 Wonderful Fuchsia Swatch

The Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Creams are Sephora’s latest liquid lipstick launch, and let me tell you, I’m very impressed!

04 Wonderful Fuchsia has a fantastic formula that almost feels like velvet on the lips. The finish is completely matte, but it doesn’t dry down like the Cream Lip Stains.

This means that they’re not as transfer-proof and long-lasting, but also that they’re more comfortable to wear.

My only complaint is that the cushion applicator doesn’t really allow a precise application, so I always use it in conjunction with a pencil (alternatively, you could use a lip brush).

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil in 06 Soft Charcoal ($12)

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil 06 Soft Charcoal

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil 06 Soft Charcoal

If you like to soften up the look of your brow pencil with a spoolie, you’re going to need a separate one

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil 06 Soft Charcoal Swatch

If you need a cheaper alternative to your Anastasia Brow Wiz, the Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil is definitely one to consider. Just don’t throw out your old Brow Wiz because you’re gonna need the spoolie!

I usually like to soften up my brows with a spoolie after I’ve filled them in, and the little comb Sephora’s pencil features is pretty useless for that.

The pencil itself is pretty good, though — very long-lasting.

Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner in 15 Purple ($14)

Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner 15 Purple

Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner 15 Purple Swatch

I really like how this plummy purple enhances my light brown eyes

Whenever I want to define and enhance my eyes quickly, I grab my Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner in 15 Purple, trace a line along my upper and lower lash lines, and soften it with a pencil brush.

I love that it’s pretty easy to smudge, but once it sets, it doesn’t budge until I take it off.

Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser ($18)

Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser

On the packaging of the Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser it doesn’t expressly say to avoid the eye area, but personally I never use it there

If you’re looking for an affordable makeup remover, let me tell you that the Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser is not half bad, as it removes makeup very efficiently without drying the skin.

It has a honey-like consistency (not as sticky, but you get the idea), so when you massage it onto dry skin there’s a little friction that makes it feel like it’s warming up.

Once you add water to rinse it off, it emulsifies, and even that light tackiness is gone, together with all of your makeup.

And now tell me, have you ever tried anything from Sephora Collection? If you have, what are your favorite things?


Carolina Braina


Hey, ladies (and gents), it’s Carolina here, reporting live from Bologna, Italy, to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty from the good ol’ continent! For an extra dose of that timeless Italian glam with a touch of humor and self-irony (because, you know, laughter is the best makeup), come say hi at carolinapage.eu and Instagram.

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