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Les Sahariennes: perfect summer bronzer!

I’m not a huge makeup girl…by all means. I do not like to spend times prepping and primping myself in the AM. I just like to add a little mascara and a colored matte lipstick and this does the trick. But for some reason…I wanted to get on the bronzer train because I knew I was moving to the Middle East and having a glow and bronzy skin would look killer…you know without having to expose myself to the sun too too much. SOooOO, then I came across this bad boy…the Sun-kissed Blur Perfector by Yves Saint  Laurent! OMG!!!! Like this is just so creamy and so amazing. It’s rich, it’s glowy, it’s bronzy and it’s beautiful in the most subtle, natural way. It’s not crazy orange and it does not make you look like David Hasselhoff. A little goes a long long way.

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I just for kick decided to invest in a 55$ bronzer that wasn’t very necessary for me to have., but when I tried it, I knew that it was going to be a long-term relationship. I cannot explain how this makes the skin look..I mean it claims to blur imperfections, to diminish the size of your pores and smooth out the skin…I don’t really see the hiding imperfection part because I do not have many at the moment as my skin is doing great..but it does somehow smooth out the skin. It came with a small and thin contour brush but I didn’t like the grip on it and so I decided to invest in a good brush as well…with is this lovely solid PRO Contour Sweep brush from Sephora. It’s a whooping 43$ but it’s totes worth it in my opinion…only because I bought it when there was the 20% off deal. It’s a brush that I will keep in my collection for a very long time! The bristles are soft but they are packed so tight that they’re firm enough to blend out your cream or powder bronzer to perfection.

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I do have to admit that going to so many weddings this summer gave me a little positive oomph and energy to perfect my makeup application skills and I do have to admit that I came a long way from where I was before. I am now a highlighter whore…omg, what a shame! But it does look freaking awesome with a sexy tan.

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I know that my pan looks grubby and disgusting but as you can see above it is well loved and well used. The sun-kiss blur perfector really does give you a sun-kissed look..as you can see in my little swatch above, it adds just a small hint of bronzed color to my skin and the amazing part of it is that you can go light or heavy on it..so sometimes, I end up contouring with it whenever I sport a turban look and other times, I just add it across my nose and cheeks to give just a hint of bronzed glow. There’s however one small negative comment about this and it is definitely the smell…I have no idea why high end brands love to stuff their products with a tons of old granny/floral-y smells which is quite a turn off really…but I get passed that because the smell doesn’t linger.

Now, do I recommend this? A big yes, if you’re looking to invest in a good creamy bronzer, then do it, buy this and enjoy it..because YOLO! one obviously because it’s a freaking amazing product and well worth it!

 

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Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I found this cleanser on a whim…I was really annoyed having tight skin every time I washed my face. I was looking for something gentle yet efficient and stumbled upon this baby; been using it for 5 months now and I can honestly say that this is MY cleanser…I ain’t using anything else, ever!

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The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is absolutely wonderful. Why??? Because of its low pH for one and it has tea tree oil for two. Tea tree oil is an amazing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic product; it helps tremendously with acne-prone skin as it heels wounds and cuts. So, this cleanser has a particular smell but it’s not invasive, because it smells like tea tree but ever so slightly. This cleanser’s natural ingredients are gentle but super effective. What I like about this cleanser in particular is that the low pH of 5.0-6.0 is optimal for the skin because it restores its balance and helps to reduce irritations. It’s so gentle you barley notice it deeply cleansing your skin! It gently removes build-up of sebum and dead skin cells. I know it is to be used in the AM only, as it is written on the bottle, but that doesn’t stop me for using it in the PM as well. And, what’s even more awesome is that it’s pretty affordable (12.38$ on Amazon). This cleanser is bomb, seriously.

I have used COSRX products before and never have been disappointed. I am super happy with the fact that it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin tight or dry. I use it hand in hand with my FOREO brush and this is what I will be using for a while. I am very very satisfied and will not change it.

If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, then this is your guy!

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Red Lip: my top picks <3

A classic red lip is always a good idea to finish up a glamorous outfit! I always had a super special place in my heart for a red lip. It’s the effortless way to make any look extra polished. It’s always a good idea to opt for a cool Parisian vibe. 2 minutes and voila, you head out the door looking like the hottest woman in town. I always like to opt for a matte lip color, because I find it suits me better.

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But how, oh, how do you find the perfect shade for you??? I know red lipstick can be tricky and some people might think that it doesn’t work for them..but that’s wrong. You can find the perfect shade for you depending on your skin tone. The undertone of your skin is important when choosing lip colors, especially darker colors. You are either a cool (pink), neutral or warm (yellow) undertone . Eventually, you will discover through trial and error what your undertone is. Or, you could always ask for assistance at any beauty counter.

A good and simple way to know if the red color works for you…you just smile and see if the lip color emphasizes the whiteness/yellowness of your teeth. If your teeth appear whiter, then you know that the color you picked is perfect for you.

As you all know, obviously, the red lipstick has been an iconic beauty staple since Ancient Egypt…So, here are my picks:

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The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are honestly the best of the best lipsticks out there. one major reason why I love these so much is that they’re in pencil form, which means that you don’t need a lip liner. For anyone who’s lazy, like me, will love this. The formula is amazing! It’s outstanding even!  These pencils offer a matte lip, but they are infused with Vitamin E and that offers a ton of moisture. You don’t have that icky cracky feeling. They’re so velvety as the name suggests; they glide on like butter when applied. My go-to Nars red lip color is Cruella. I love this color because it’s a cherry red and it works perfect with my skin tone. It’s matte, it’s pigmented and it stays on for hours. This is a total win-win product!

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I know I was kinda bashing the Stila mascara in my last post, but this product is amaaaazing! The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is seriously no joke. OMG!! This is seriously a long lasting lipstick…like all day and the day after even. I put it on, ate, took my shower, came out and it was still there….beautifully intact. Beso is a beautiful true red color. I believe it would suits loads of skin tone. It’s super bright and super red. These lipsticks are creamy and are super full-coverage. It’s also matte, yayy!!! The texture is comfortable and it feels lightweight on lips. So far, this red color is aces!!! I cannot stop loving this. Bonus: It is enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil…so there, your lips will for sure be happy.

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Colourpop…ugh! Such a good brand and super affordable! This yet another beautiful matte red color I go for on a daily basis. Bossy is a blue red, which suits warmer skin tones better. It’s a gorgeous matte formula that doesn’t dry out the lips. For it’s huge 5$ US price tag, it delivers what it promises…giving you luscious matte red lips’ lips that aren’t cracked or dry. The only down-side to this is the fact that you need to reapply a lot for often than the other 2 brands I mentioned above. But, honestly, for the price.. I can’t complain.

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Last, but definitely not least, the Marc Jacobs  Le Marc Lip Crème Lipsticks are to die for! If I had to choose one makeup brand to use for the rest of my life, it would totes be Marc Jacobs. Goddess is a bright red, almost with a gold undertone. It’s the very definition of a yummy luxurious lipstick. Marc is my man! He’s got the formulas all done; from lipstick to eye shadows to eyeliners…Goddess is a creamy lipstick that delivers indulgent color that lasts all day long. The pgmentation is insane! Anddd the formula is triple-milled and is enriched with hydrating ingredients. Helllooo moisture! My favorite part about this range is obviously the packaging; it’s super sleek, sexy and it’s magnetic (no fear of it opening randomly in your bag).

 

If any of you are looking for a statement, signature red lipstick…then definitely check these out! They’re super worth it for one and they’re the perfect way to make any outfit and any makeup look punchier.

 

 

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The mascaras battle

I got these 2 mascaras as samples from a Sephora purchase a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to test them out to see how good they were. I was looking for something new to replace my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara..you know just for the fun of find something new and exciting. Then I got these 2 as samples and I thought, what a perfect opportunity to test them out..maybe they’ll be even better than my holy grail mascara.

I got the Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara and the Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. The names are pretty heavy and seems to me like they promise to deliver amazing results. Well, not really, because I wasn’t super impressed.

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The Stila mascara was too wet and heavy for my taste. I got it everywhere and if I didn’t give it enough time to dry on my lashes, I would find it all over my lid. Super not cool! Plus, the wand has so much product on it, I almost needed to get some off with a Kleenex to be able to use it without excess product. The result was nice, but I feel like it clumped up a little too much for my taste. Like, it was beyond spider lashes…not a look I like to go for. It was hard to get clean off and even if I went over it twice with a makeup remover, I still had some product left the next day. What I didn’t really like too was the fact that throughout the day, I had fall out all over my face…That was the biggest turn-off for me.I want my mascara to stay on my lashes..not all over my face! For 30$ CAD, I want my mascara to deliver what it promises to do. This doesn’t give me huge extreme lashes, it just gives me a huge mess to clean up. So not worth it for me..so that was a big no no for me.

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The Lancôme mascara was pretty much the same for me. Too much clump and no volume or body. It weighed my lashes down so much, there was no curl left. It almost made my lashes look short, if that makes sense. Too much wetness for me and it also gave me the same spider lashes, which I do not like at all! Oh annnddd, it has an awful smell!! Ugh, the minute I get the wand out of the tube, I want to puke. It smells like baby powder or like a chemical…I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s bad! This runs for 34$ CAD and I, sincerely, think this so not worth the money.

 

I don’t know if it’s just me and I can’t seem to use these properly, but they both sucked just a little. I usually love Stila and I was super surprised this didn’t deliver. Maybe I got bad tubes, but I will not be changing my mascara anytime soon. I will totes be sticking to my Marc Jacobs mascara for now, until I find something better.

Have you guys used these mascaras? Do you like them? Let me know!

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The Foreo experience

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I’m not one to spend so much money on little gadgets and beauty tools…but my skin had a little bit of unwanted texture over the end of the summer and carried on like this till October. It was gross to the touch; almost felt like a sidewalk or something. I used to wash my face with the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for the longest time and I was quite satisfied with it. However, when I felt like my skin got drier and more sensitive, I knew that the bristles were irritation and stripping my skin for its natural oils. I stopped it for a while but I couldn’t get rid of the dead skin. I had seen and heard about the Luna device but never wanted to invest it because of the steep price (299$). I heard so many people rave about it and swear by it in their daily skincare routines. When I got notification of a 20% discount at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I though this is the chance to risk it and try it out. It’s now or never!

I wanted to try the product for a little while before I shared my opinion and thoughts with you guys. I have been using it for a little over 3 months now and it is safe to say that this little baby changed my life. Literally! It helped improve my skin texture, remove dirt gently, exfoliate lightly and improve circulation. I can honeslty attest that the Foreo Luna 2 changed the way I clean my skin! It’s super safe to use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin. ANDDD I use it morning and night! So far, my skin loves it.

 

A The Luna is made with a thick silicone material, which makes it easy to clean, easy to use and makes it gentle on the skin. It’s waterproof! So it’s totes safe to use freely under water…which I don’t usually do, but this is a good option to have. The device comes with 2 sides, the one with the little bristles and the one with the big waves. One side for cleaning and one side for massaging your products into your skin. I do not ever use that side, but that’s an option for those who want to get the full experience. This device pulsates and allows you to clean your skin everywhere on a timed frame…which means that you do not over-clean and strip your skin or hurt it.

Now, this device claims to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it helps obtain radiant, firm, youthful-looking skin. Now, I don’t know about the wrinkles and fine line, but I do know that I have radiant, healthier looking skin. What I like about it is the shape, I feel like its shape is perfect enough for you to get those little narrow ridges clean. Like around your nose or under your lips. It honestly feel like you’re getting a baby massage every time you clean your face. It gives you the right amount of clean with the right amount of fresh and plump. I feel like products skin better and absorb better with the help of this device.

I am super surprised that I would like this so much, but I really do! Plus I do not have to change batteries or charge it. I have been on the same charge for the past 3 months. This is always a plus for me!

If you’re looking into investing in the Luna device, I recommend it! Annnnd on top of it, there’s a little offer right now on the Sephora website, where you can get the Luna in a package with products for 199$. They have the sensitive skin one and the combination skin one.

It’s truly a good investment, especially that it gives you results. It’s totes a keeper!

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K-beauty sheet masks

As you all know by now, I am a massive mask junkie. I love me a good detoxing/relaxing time with a good mask on. Whether it is a bubble bath or couch time with a good tea in my hand, I like to have a mask on because that’s how I feel super relaxed. I guess it’s a comfort thing. So, I went with my sissy 2 months ago to find a good burgundy lipstick at the mall and we were walking past The Face Shop. I was always intrigued by k-beauty and wanted to see what the hype was all about. So I plunged in there and got a few masks along with some face products.

I also started shopping a little online for some face products on www.jjcosmetics.com and on www.w2beauty.com.

I want to share with you my thoughts and honest opinion about theses masks. However, I wanted to use them for quite some time before I spoke about them on my blog. I have been using them since October and I’m a little meh about some of them.

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The Character masks were 5$ CAD each. But there was a promotion where you buy 4 and get 1 for free. I ended up getting 5. The cute part of these masks is the fact that they’re characters and they’re printed. So when you put them on, you get into character. It’s so Korean! It’s why I feel in love with them before using them even.I also got the Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack from Benton on the W2Beauty website. I bought the 10 pack one for 20$ USD. The packaging is not as cute as the other masks I purchased..but nonetheless I tried them and here are the verdicts:

Each mask has a different benefit; some were hydrating, some were moisturizing, some were brightening, etc..etc… Just like Sephora masks, these bad boys had something to offer. The hydrating ones were my favorite. For me, the character masks were much better in the sense that they offered me more hydration than the Benton one.

The character masks were more serum infused. When I got them out of the package…I still had loads of serum left in it, which meant I could keep the remaining product to use it more. The faces did what they promised to do, which is hydrate, brighten and moisturize. It says to keep it on for 15 minutes, but I always left it for 30 because of greed! Haha! Not even! Sometimes I left it for longer, because I would go on about my day and forget it was there. It never fell down. When I took the sheet off, my face always felt plump and super hydrated, which made it easier for me to apply my tinted SPF and not looks like a cracker.

The Benton masks on the other hand were not my favorite…and I have tried plenty, but these definitely did not make on the “to repurchase” list. First of all, it’s obviously super sticky, because there’s snail  secretion in there. I thought it wouldn’t bother me, oh! but it does. I could not stand how sticky it was on my face. The consistency bother me some much, that I never gave them a chance. Every time I would put one of these on my face, 5  mins in, I would remove it and throw it out. It was weird on the face, it was sticky but did not stick. I always felt the sheet rubbing around and I needed to stick it every 2 seconds because it came off. I know it sounds weird, but it was drying more that hydrating for me. I felt itchy and just did not like it at all. The serum that was left in there, I used, but still did nothing for me. Maybe it wasn’t a type of product that worked for me. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you out there. We’re all different and our skin is different. So what doesn’t work for me might work better for you and vice versa.

Final verdict, if you have sensitive skin like me (prone to breaking out when trying new products), I would recommend the Face Shop masks because you get your money’s worth. I did not like the Benton masks and I will not repurchase them anytime soon.

 

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Noël…Going incognito!

I am Muslim, but I grew up in Canada with Christian friends and so, Christmas is a very festive period for me as well. I just feel nostalgic when December hits because it brings every good memory I had growing up. The snow, the merry people, the festive ambiance, the music and of course the ugly sweaters! How can Christmas happen without the ugly sweater! Since, I do not celebrate Christmas or need to wear an ugly sweater any time soon, I decided to paint my nail green. Yes green! It’s the perfect deep emerald green color you can possibly find. I am so in love with this color, I can do it on the daily.

Going incognito is a deep green color, almost forest-like. Reminds me of pine trees and the merry jolly times of the year. It’s a GORGEOUS teal-ish emerald green that has enough blue in it to prevent it from being too “boring” or too”flat.” The formula is wonderful. It’s opaque by 1 coat. You can definitely get away with 1, if you’re an intermediate/advanced painter. I, personally, always do 2 coats for evenness.

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Since this nail lacquer is part of the 2010 collection…you will probably only find it at Amazone online. But, if you’re looking to wear something festive on your nails this season, then I would recommend you go for colors like Stylenomics, Trophy wife or Off Tropics!

If you can get your hands on Going incognito, buy it! You will definitely not regret it!

 

 

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Captivating

This is my second ever Tarte purchase. I used their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara for a little while until I switched to my favorite Marc Jacobs one. It was a really nice mascara, I’m think to go back to it for a little while…

Anyway, I decided to invest in one of their blushes (it’s like 35$ CAD a pop!), because apparently they’re super amazing with pigmentation and color choices. So I took the plunge and got myself Captivating (based on some color swatches on the Sephora website). It was a bit of a risk to purchase a color not knowing if it would suit my skin tone or not…However, once I received it, I quickly swatched it on my hand.

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The blush is so buttery and very pigmented! I just need to gently tap my brush into the pan and apply it using a stippling motion because it allows me to control how much blush I put on. Because they are so pigmented, a little goes a long way! Captivating is a peachy bright blush, which I find nice for both day and night, depending on how much you put on. I have a light hand when it comes to blush because I don’t want it to look crazy (I have been guilty of looking clownish :S).

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I have an olive skin-tone and sometimes I find that peach doesn’t look that great on me. But this color is soooo beautiful on. My skin tone loves this baby! I’m super happy that I took the plunge and I would definitely purchase more from that range. What I also love about the blush is that there is no shimmer in it, so it looks more natural on the skin.

I can confidently say that Tarte Amazonian clay blushes are definitely SUPERIOR in terms of texture, pigmentation, and staying power. I am sure to invest in more colors!

 

 

 

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Youth to the people <3

As y’all know by now..it’s winter out there :p DAH! And it’s that dreaded time again of dry dry parched skin. Hello fish scaley skin…goodbye beautiful glow. Wah wah! But wait, you don’t need to suffer if you find the perfect moisturizer to salvage your skin from its unruly behavior. I was searching for weeks for that perfect remedy to soothe my painfully dry skin…until I stumbled onto this little baby on the Sephora website. I read loads of reviews before I took the plunge. I mean, I did not want to invest into something not knowing if it would give me results.

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Well, The Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream is the BOMBBBB. That’s a mouthful!  It seriously made a huge difference on the texture I had on my skin. The reason why I was ready to invest in this is purely for the story behind the brand! Youth to the People is a family owned company that formulates, makes, and packages its products in California. The veggies extracts are cold pressed and sourced in the US. What really really sold me on this is the fact that their products are free of added color and fragrance, they’re 100 percent vegan and they never test on animals. Yay!!! The cousin duo has got it all down. Oh oh!! And their packing is made from recycled materials! Bonus and bonus!

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This is a multifunction, lightweight face cream loaded with superfoods—kale, spinach, and green tea—and hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin. This is the answer and the solution to dryness, to fine lines and wrinkles and to replenish loss of firmness and elasticity.

This 2.0 oz pot runs for 48$ CAD but it is totes worth it. It is packed with green leafy superfoods which help restore, rejuvenate, and condition the skin. What I love about this is that it’s lightwieght. It feels like a bit like a gel; its whipped texture is quick absorbing. All the potent nutrients inside this little pot deliver antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect against free radicals, environmental stresses, and redness. The hyaluronic acid hydrates and locks in your skin’s natural moisture. The refreshing, subtle scent is naturally derived from the extracts. It’s not heavy…so all you sensitive nosed people out there, don’t you worry, this smell fascinating.

 

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The perfect daily SPF

I never was a SPF girl because I always thought it wasn’t necessary as long as I do not hang too much in the sun. But that has been quite impossible these past few months since I have been traveling a lot to the Middle East. My skin texture was affected way too much by the unprotected sun exposure. So I figured, it is really time to invest in a good SPF that will not break me out or leave a white cast on my face. A couple of weeks ago, I went into Sephora looking for that perfect SPF cream. There was a wonderful beauty adviser that showed me a couple, but ended up suggesting this one:

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Clarins’ Multi-Protection Tinted Sunscreen is exactly what I have been looking for. I give me SPF 40 protection and a little tint without being too heavy or without making me look like I am wearing makeup.

It’s a super lightweight formula! It’s the perfect year-round, oil-free SPF 40 anti-pollution sunscreen. What I love about this is that it shields the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and free radicals ANDDD it lightly covers the skin.

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I got this at a local Sephora and unfortunately cannot find it online. The Sephora online website has the regular Clarins SPF (not tinted).  But it would be available here for those who are interested. You pay 42$ for 1.7oz. A little goes a long way and so, for the price, you get quite a bit of product. I have been using it for about 2 months now on a daily basis and still have loads left!

I recommend this product if you’re looking for a powerful sunscreen formula that acts as an slightly tinted shield. It will definitely help protect the skin from the appearance of dark spots and future aging. It delivers broad-spectrum protection and antioxidant defense. This formula is formulated without parabens and it is dermatologist tested! It is also oil-free which is perfect for those with oily and combination skin. It leaves you matte without too much shine.
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The only small thing that I hate about this is that when my face is really dry, it shows too much on my cracked skin. So for those who suffer from dry skin need to moisturize deeply before applying this. Other than that, this is a great product to add in your skin regimen.

 

So if any of you are in the market for a new SPF, I recommend this little baby! You will not regret it!