Luci Barker

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Ben & Anna UK Vegan Deodorant Stick | Review!


I'm very excited to be writing today's blog post, as I will be reviewing a Vegan Deodorant Stick by Ben & Anna. Ben & Anna are a real life couple and have recently released their brand in the UK after being launched in Germany around 2 years ago, in June 2016. B&A are a strictly vegan, organic brand and their products are aluminium and paraben free.

Recently, I have been looking closely into trying to use more products that aren't testing on animals or using animal products and swapping out those that are. I was kindly sent this Deodorant Stick from Claire, who is the Marketing Assistant at Ben & Anna and I will be sharing my thoughts on this with you all!

I really like the packaging of these sticks, although they are quite minimalistic, they have white packaging, with the stickers that correspond to the scent of each stick and they even have an unscented stick called 'Pure' so this would be perfect for those that have sensitive skin. Ben & Anna  have also recently launched the Natural Deodorant Sticks with paper packaging, in the UK, which I the one I have here and they're working towards cutting down plastic waste. 

The Full Range includes:

  • PURE
  • PINK GRAPEFRUIT
  • INDIAN MANDARINE
  • PERSIAN LIME
  • VANILLA ORCHID
  • PROVENCE
  • NORDIC TIMBER
These sticks retail at £9.95 each and you get 60g worth of product. These sticks are a little more pricey that your average deodorant, but I think the fact they're vegan, the way the work, the scents they offer and the story behind their brand, that it is worth it and that I would be happy to spend that little bit extra on an independent company with such great branding, packaging and story. 

You can read their story here!!


I decided that the Pink Grapefruit Stick would be best for me as 1. I love fruity scents, especially during the summer time and 2. when it's described like this on the website: 

'A slice of heaven with a sparkling smell that makes you feel good. The extracted grapefruitunfolds as the deodorant is applied to the skin.Anna has a particular affinity for this amazingfragrance combination and will be quick to tellyou that this is a must have for your next holiday trip.'

I knew it would be perfect for me. I have very sensitive under arms and a lot of deodorants can be quite itchy on me, however this one seems to be very comfortable. The benefits of this stick include it's soft on the skin, neutralizes any odour, it's not sticky and it even says on the website that they don't clog the pores on the underarm area. I also noticed that this does stay on all day, I could still smell the scent after a long, hot day and it still smelled very nice, so this is another plus for me.

The Ingredients Include:

Sodium Bicarbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Maranta Arundinacea Root Powder*, Zea Mays Starch, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera, Citrus Grandis Peel Extract, Limonene**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Citral**, Linalool**, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract* (source here)


Overall, I am very happy with these deodorant sticks particularly because they're vegan, they don't make my under arms itchy and they also have some really greats scents so I'm sure everyone will be able to find one they love. 

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

How To Cope With Writers Block!


I'm sure we've all been through those times where we are struggling for post ideas or have no motivation or inspiration in order to get writing. So, for today's post, I thought I would share a few tips of how to cope with writers block.  There are only a few of the tips either that I use or that I think would be good to use and I hope they help you!!

1. Plan your content in advance:

I like to plan out what I’m going to upload and when weeks, if not months, before its due to go live. To put it in perspective, I have already started planing Septembers posts, with July and August fully planned. That way, if I come up with other ideas or sponsored posts / collabs come up, I can then shuffle them around and be even more ahead of schedule and I won’t be getting as stressed haha!

2. Arrange Collabs or contact Brands for Sponsored Posts:

If you're really stuck for ideas maybe try contacting some other bloggers or tweeting out to see if other bloggers want to collab with you and they may have some ideas on what you both could do or you could bounce ideas off of each other. You could even contact some brands and see if they would like to work with you one a new post and they may have some ideas of how you can work together.

3. Quick Fire Ideas:

Set yourself a challenge in order to come up with some post ideas. E.g. set a timer for X amount of time and try and come up with X amount of posts in that time. This has helped me a lot with, not only keeping up to date with uploading posts, but also writing a number of them in advance and scheduling them.



4. Check our other blogs or Bloglovin:


Reading other blogs can really help to give you some inspiration when it comes to writing. Obviously, I’m in no way saying that you should copy them, but if you see a good post idea then you can put your own spin on it or even give that blog a shout-out in order to give them credit for the idea/post. Bloglovin’ also helps a lot as it brings many bloggers content to the same place, again to give yourself ideas from the people you follow, or you can search to find posts that fit your niche i.e. Fashion. 

A lot of other bloggers should also have 'Blog Post Idea' posts which will give you a number of different post ideas, some may even be for particular times of the year e.g. Christmas. 

My Blog Post Idea Posts:

Christmas: (click here)
Spring / Summer: (click here)
General Ideas: (click here)




5. Look at your Blog Statistics:

If you look at your blog statistics you will be able to see which of your posts has been most popular or what topics are most popular, whether they’re related to Beauty, Fashion or Lifestyle etc. And then you'll be able to see what your readers/followers like to read and that may help you out.

6. Take a Break:

If you're really struggling for ideas, you can't find the words to start writing a post or you feel like you're forcing content, then maybe it's time to take a break. Your readers/followers will still be there for you when you start uploading again, but I feel like you should absolutely love and be proud of every single post you put out there, instead of uploading half-hearted content just because you have a schedule to stick to. Obviously, there will be posts you love more than others, or posts that you find that you spend more time on to make it perfect but personally, I'd rather upload every now and then with some really good, original content that I love, rather than uploading very often but average content that I know I've rushed.


There you have it, some of my tips of how to cope with writers block. I really hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you next time!!



Until Next Time,

Luci ♡♡


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Saturday, 23 June 2018

My Makeup Collection Part 7 | Foundations and Primers.


So we’re edging closer to finishing my Makeup Collection Series and today I’ll be sharing my Foundations & Primers with you all. My collection of Foundations & Primers aren’t too big 
as I’ve recently had a clear out, but the ones I will share with you have been part of my collection for a long while now and I love using them all for different reasons.


So, firstly primers. Up until a couple of years ago, primers weren’t really something I would as I didn’t really believe in them ... tbh I still don’t know if I do ... but I like to use a glowy one to give a more highlighted and glowy look to my skin before applying the rest of my makeup. 

The L’Oreal LumiMagique has been my go-to for quite a while now and I’m sure you’ve all seen me talk about this a lot on my blog, especially recently. It’s such a perfect dupe. for the MAC Strobe cream, which is my absolute ride or die, so the fact that I’ve kind something for almost a 3rd of the price, makes it the perfect primer for me. 

The next, and only other full size, primer that I have is the Revolution Radiant Peach Correcting Primer and it's been working really well with my skin. The first time that I was trying it and squeezed it on my hand, it came out like an orange paint and I was kinda of put off by first impressions, but after I applied it to my face  it actually gave me a subtle summer glow and not look like an Oompah Loompa like I thought it would. 

I do have other primers but these are all mini samples, but I still love using them nonetheless. These minis include MAC Strobe Cream, MAC Skin Base Visage and the Pink and the Yellow MAC Prep & Prime Natural Radiance. As well as the Pur Cosmetics Correcting Primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish.


My first foundation is my one and only stick foundation, which I am really loving using at the moment. Again, stick foundations were never something I would decide to pick up and try out as cream products don’t really suit my skin, but this is on another level. This foundation has really good coverage, blends really nicely without being cakey and they have a really good shade range. I did film a review of this foundation on my YouTube channel which you can watch (here). 

Next up, are the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation ... longest name ever ... and I have 2 of these. One in the shade Fair and one in Natural. This foundation has really good coverage, gives a glowy finish (which I love) and it doesn’t give that cakey look. The only issue I have with this foundation is the shade range as Fair, which is the lightest shade, still has an orangey colour to it and it also oxidizes slightly. I  use the NYX White Foundation Mixer to lighten the foundation and it has been working for me. I do think that, if the foundation was to match me, I think it would deffo be one of my favourites. However,  they do have 15 shades and a white mixer and costs only £10 so I think that they pro's out ways the cons. If you would like to read my full review you can (click here).

The Rimmel Breathable and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum have been my longest loving Favourites when it comes to foundation as they just suit my skin perfectly. From the shade, to the glowy finish, the lightweight but decent coverage and the price. If you’re new to makeup or are looking for a good foundation that also has a good price tag, then this one will be right up your street. Also if you’re a little pale, like me and you want something that isn’t going to oxidise or give that orangey look, these are perfect for that. 

Before finally decided to pick this one up, the Revlon colourstay had been on my wish-list for years, after being raved about within the beauty community on YouTube/Blogs. If you would like to read my full thoughts on this foundation then you can click here!

Last but not least, I have the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation which isn’t my favourite, but I do really like it. The actual foundation is really long wearing and has good coverage but the cons are that I have the lightest shade (F100) but is really dark and orangey and it’s quite thick. However, I do think that if it was a little lighter I would like it more. Also, I like to mix this with a lighter foundation, like the Bourjois one, to thin it out and make it more yellow toned and it actually works well then.


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I hope you enjoyed this post and reading about my Foundation collection. Please let me know any foundations you have or are keen to try in the comments below and I’ll see you soon for the next part of my makeup collection series!
Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

THE BLOGGER PLAYLIST FOR ALL THE SUMMER VIBES.


For today's post, I thought I would do something a little bit different and get a few other bloggers to join in too, to share the songs that give us all the summer vibes. 

Before I get onto sharing the girls favourite summer songs, I’ll start by sharing mine and why they give me them summer feels. 

Let’s start with one that’s probably quite obvious and that’s Summer by Calvin Harris. This one is so 
up beat and its sub a vibe-y song to drive to when it’s really hot out. 

One Kiss by Dua Lipa has been on replay since it came out a few months ago and I know that it will continue to be throughout the Summer. Again it’s so up beat and it’s a song that just makes you want to get up and dance. 

Colours, Jason Derulo is my next favourite and I've had it blasting out for the past few weeks and I will do throughout the summer. It's all about representing your Country and your Flag ... and it's the Coca-cola anthem for the World Cup, so it's the perfect time to be playing it.

Girls Like by Tinie Tempah, was one of my favourite songs a few summers ago and it just reminds me of hanging out with friends and pretending we could all wrap haha! 


Better Now by Post Malone. Post Malone has been one of my favourite artists for almost a year now and every single song he brings out is a bit of me and this is no exception. Again, it's a fast and up beat song that just makes you want to get up and dance ... it also would be the perfect song to be singing along to at a concert or festival.

Nobody To Love by Sigma is an oldie but a goodie and is that type of song that takes me back being at school and hanging out with friends over the summer ... this song would be on repeat and rightly so because I still jam this out now!! 

Last but not least is 2002 by Anne Marie from the Speak your Mind Album, which again is a fairly new song that has been on replay since I first heard it. With the line 'Oops I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye, hold up if you wanna come and take a ride with me, better hit me baby one more time', she's included parts of the lyrics from the likes of Nelly, Backstreet Boys, Jay Z and Brittney Spears. It's just the perfect cheesy, old school, love song,and I am loving it.


Industry Me: www.industryme.co.uk

Flower crowns and glitter at the ready, festival season is here and summer has finally arrived. Allow me to introduce myself, it’s your girl Ray from IndustryMe here to dazzle you all with my knowledge of the summer hits you have to include on your playlist.

You’ll definitely need your sunscreen after the scorching heat delivered by the likes of One Acen who brings you hip hop vibes an urban edge and a dash of Caribbean flavour. The singer has teamed up with WSTRN to bring you the song ‘Vice Versa'.

In at #2 with awesome alt-rock inspired throwback vibes is OCNS with their new single ‘You’. This feel good number is bound to have you leaping off the walls with positive energy.




Lea-Mai: www.leamaicarter.blogspot.co.uk


Malibu - Miley Cryus
Power - Little Mix
Teenage Dirtbag - WheatUs
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato 
Familiar - Liam Payne
Rockstar - Post Malone & 21 Savage 
Crying In The Club - Camilla Cabello 
Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas


I love all of these songs, because they have the upbeat music that makes everyone want to dance barefoot and drink cocktails all afternoon. Old songs are my favourite, but I defiantly need something with a beat. 



Came here for love- I love this song because it’s so upbeat and reminds me of Love Island which I love hahah! 

Ocean by Martin Garrix- reminds me of being on the beach with my friends and family having a BBQ in summer 2017.

Malibu by Miles Cyrus - reminds me of chilling with my dog in the sun.

Thankyou so much to the girls that took part in this post, it was so nice to see how differently each blogger writes and sets out their posts. I hope you all enjoyed reading something a little bit different from me! Also don't forget to check out each of the girls links and I'll see you Saturday with a new post!!


Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

My 5 Product Face.


For today’s post I wanted to do something that I hadn’t done before, which is My 5 Product Face. I’ve seen soo many of these posts and I love reading them, so I thought why not share mine with you!

Ok, so let’s start with the base, when I’m trying to go for more natural and quick makeup, I like a foundation that is lightweight but also has a decent amount of cover and something that matches me perfectly. This is why I reach for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in the shade no.52. The Bourjois foundations are really yellow toned and work perfectly to cancel out any redness on my skin, due to spots. This foundation is also super easy to blend, whether that be with a sponge or a brush, they both apply it very well. Because this foundation gives quite a natural finish I don’t usually need to set it as my bronzer does the job due to me applying it to my cheekbones, down my nose and on my forehead but if I find that it’s creasing I would usually just take a little bit of the RCMA no colour powder.

I’ll then use a bronzer just to warm up the face and to give the impression that I’ve actually tried with my makeup haha. I usually use the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, which is my all time favourite. This is such a smooth and easy to blend bronzer, which will suit many skin tones including us pale gals, without looking like an orange stream on your face.

Brows have always been my favourite part to my makeup routine and even when I want to look more natural, I still like to have my bold brows. I use the MAC Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette, which I find perfect because I’m able to use a little bit to just give the brows more shape or you can build up the product to get the big, bold look which I love.


Next up is Mascara and I use the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline one. I usually skip eye shadow completely, however, I may blend some bronzer through the crease to bring the makeup look together. I love mascaras that really lift the lashes and give them a nice curl, without having the use lash curlers, and this one does the job perfectly. I couldn't recommend it you all enough!!

Last but not least is the lips, because no look is complete without a lil summin summin on the lips. I've really been liking Mehr by MAC recently, as it's a little more pink than the usual nudes I use and it's much nicer for this time of year. 


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And there we have it, my 5 product face. I'd love to hear the products you use in your 5 product face in the comments below. 

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

sophdoesnails x Revolution Eye Shadow Palette | Review + Look!


Welcome to today's post, where I will be reviewing the Soph x Revolution  Eye Shadow Palette. You’ve probably seen me talk about the Soph palette quite a lot on my blog or over on my YouTube channel, so I thought now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’d do a full review on it, in case you were thinking about trying it out or wanted to know what it's like.

Firstly, let’s talk about how incredibly versatile this palette is and how you can create lots of different looks, whether that be a neutral smokey eye or something with a pop of colour. There’s a perfect balance between matte shades and shimmery shades and this makes it perfect for all different types of looks and also for travelling. Its a good palette to travel with as the packaging isn’t too bulky or big and it has 24 shadows ... all for only £10. Although the packaging is quite minimalist, it's also quite different to the sleek black packaging which you usually see with some of the other Revolution palettes and also a lot of other brands too!


These shadows are extremely smooth, pigmented and they blend really easily. I find that with some eye shadows, that the brush has a hard time picking up the product but with this one there is no issue. With one tap in the shadow you have more than enough to work with, but you can also build each shade up or you can use the slightest amount for a more sheer colour on the lid. 

Here are some of the looks that I created using this palette:

These are a couple of the look that I created with this palette, one is more natural and the others is more glam. I think both these pictures show just how versatile this palette is and that it's perfect for anyone who likes a more neutral look or really likes to play about with different looks. It's also really good for someone who wants build up their collection and it's deffo an asset to my makeup collection. I couldn't recommend this enough.

Soph has also collabed with Revolution again to bring out another eye shadow palette and 3 lipsticks, so I'm very exited to get hold of these as they look incredible and they're right up my street!!

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Overall, I am very happy with this palette, it comes with me everywhere and it's now become my go-to ... I just can't put it down to use one of my other palettes. If you haven't already tried out this one or any other Revolution products, I deffo cannot recommend them enough, the packaging, the quality, the shade range in the Foundations / Concealers etc etc ... what's not to love?!

Also, if you haven't already seen my latest YouTube video you can watch it here. It would mean so much if you could go over and take a look at my videos and maybe subscribe if you like my videos. My goal is to get to 50 subscribers and thank you in advance if you do go and take a look!!

 Don't forget to subscribe to my blog if you would like to be notified every time I upload! 
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Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

My Current Missguided Picks | Including Style Love Island!


Hey, for today's post I thought I would share some of my current picks from Missguided and these will include some of the items from the MG styles Love Island section. Missguided have got some lovely summer bits and I just had to share them with you all. You can click each image for the direct link to each item. I hope you enjoy!!


Petite White Multi Crochet Patchwork DressWhite Stripe Ultimate Plunge SwimsuitWhite Broderie Wrap Frill Mini SkirtRed Floral Crepe Overlay Bardot PlaysuitNude Ribbed Strappy Midi DressBrown Multi Western Buckle Block Heel SandalsQuay Australia x Missguided Matte Black & Gold/Smoke Oh My Dayz SunglassesWhite Bardot Frill Sleeve Shift DressPeach Stripe Tie Front Frill Bikini Top Mix & MatchWhite Highwaisted Extreme Fray Hem ShortsBlue Highwaisted Binding Runner Denim ShortsPink Ribbed Culotte JumpsuitPink Floral Cold Shoulder JumpsuitBlue Denim Embellished Cross Cami DressRed Polka Dot Print Frill Tea DressPink Western Buckle SlidersBlue Denim Retro Contrast Panel Wide Leg JeansOrange Paisley Kimono Jacket
Shop the Missguided website here!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

30 Blog Post Ideas for Spring / Summer!


For today's post I wanted to do something a little bit different and share some Blog Post ideas for Spring and Summer. We all have times where we struggle for content ideas or when we have no motivation to write or take photos etc. so here are 30 Blog Post ideas to hopefully help you out when you need it!!

  1. What's in my Summer Makeup Bag?
  2. How you cope with Writer's block
  3. Pack with me
  4. Come away with me (If you're going on Holiday)
  5. Summer clothes try on haul
  6. Holiday OOTD's
  7. Swimwear haul
  8. Clothing wishlist
  9. Your Summer makeup routine
10. Your favourite products for this time of year
11. An updated Skincare routine
12. Your Travel Essentials
13. Picking your Summer Fragrance
14. Your favourite Spring / Summer Nail Polishes
15. Bloggers and Blog Posts you've been loving recently (Monthly?)
16. Pop of colour Summer eye look!
17. A Workout Routine? / How you got your Beach Bod (if you're into fitness)
18. Your favourite Spring / Summer Lip Colours
19. A Festival Makeup Look
20. Festival Outfit Haul or OOTD
21. Your Goals for the rest of 2018
22. End of the Month Empties 
23. Summer Evening Routine / Pamper Routine
24. Your Summer Bucket List
25. Blog about a Day out
26. A day in the life of a Blogger
27. How you get the glow / Your highlighter collection 
28. A Blogger Event you went to?
29. Get a bunch of Bloggers together to each share something e.g. a favourite product etc.
30. Tan Lines TAG!


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Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Body Skincare For Those Who CBA!



When it comes to taking care of the skin on my face, neck and chest, I’m all over it and don’t go a day without doing my whole routine at least twice. But, when it comes to taking care of the rest of my body, skincare sort of goes out the window and I become really lazy with it. This gave me a good idea for a blog post so that I could share with you the way I take care of my skin when I really can’t be bothered.



Nearly all of my body skincare is done in the shower so that when I get out the shower I can focus on doing my hair and the rest of my skincare routine. If you would like to read my latest skincare routine post you can click here. The first product that I use in the shower is the Radox Shower Mousse in the Mango and Mandarin scent, which is such a fresh and fruit scent and I absolutely love it. This Mousse can be used for a number of different things including a body wash, shaving cream and it's also really nourishing and hydrating as well ... so if you get quite dry skin, like I do particularly around my elbows, then this would be right up your street. I'm definitely quite lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin, other than my face, neck and chest, so having something you can use in the Shower, that has multiple different uses is perfect for someone like me!

You can buy this here!



Obviously using a shaving cream or conditioner or something that's going to protects the skin from cuts whilst shaving is recommended, however using razors that have an extra hydrating soap around the razor really helps to keep the skin from coming up in a shaving rash or bumps and it works wonders if you're travelling or if you run out of shaving cream. These razors that I have been using are the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razors which have an added 'protective ribbon of moisture' with added Aloe Vera, they're also good for sensitive skin so you won't get any irritation from them, like you may do when using other razors without this. 

Take a look at these razors here!!

Using an in-shower moisturiser also works wonders and saves you time when getting out of the shower, usually I would just use the Mousse, but sometimes if I need a little bit more hydration I would use the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser for dry skin. Some other good ones include the Dove Nourishing In-Shower Argon Oil (linked here) and the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (linked here).



Lastly, if you suffer from Bacne (back acne) like I sometimes get, as well as down my arms, this Back Spray from the Boots Tea Tree Range will be you're new bff. When I get out the shower and have dried off, I then spray this on the tops of my arms and on my back and this treats those spots and redness that I have. The tea tree is also very soothing on the sore / more red areas and within a few days you should start to notice a difference ... I cannot recommend this enough and you can check it out here!

Also, if I do want to put a little more effort in, I'll then finish off with some body butter. I have been absolutely loving this M&S Lemon Verrena Body Butter recently. It smells soo good and keeps you feeling smooooth all day!!!

I know this post was quite short, but I still wanted to share with you the way you can take care of your skin without having to put much effort into it. I really hope you enjoyed this post and have maybe taken some tips away from this!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

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