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Just a normal teenage girl going through life with acne; sharing which products work and which don't, things I think are helping, and other related stuff. Thanks for reading, and hope you can find some helpful stuff!

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Freaking Tired Of It

So lately I've been saying that my acne hasn't been too terrible and that I hardly ever get spots anymore and blah blah blah. And that's mostly true... I haven't really gotten any new spots. I've just had the same ones for like, a month. They're super tiny and don't even look like they've come to a head, they're just itsy bitsy teeny weeny little bumps that have been there FOREVER. And they're driving me freaking nuts!! I know a lot of you feel the same way and everyone has gone through this at one point or another, but I'm going to rant about it anyway. At the end of the day when I take off my makeup I just feel so disgusting. Like, without makeup on I'm a completely different, uglier person. My skintone is uneven, these little spots that won't. freaking. go. away. And I just started breaking out on my chin and.. it's just completely horrible. I seriously want to like grate my skin off! Ok, not literally, but you know what I mean. And I KNOW that my acne isn't even that bad compared to a lot of people's at my school! It's the fact that it's so PERSISTANT and that it's still there no matter what I do to try and get rid of it. So anway, yesterday I had my mom call my doctor to get me some tetracycline. I've been on it before and it didn't do anything, but I only used it for 30 days at a barely-there dosage. My doctor perscribed me some and I was able to pick it up that same day, which was fabulous (this was yesterday, by the way). So I took my first one last night and yay! Now I'm taking one 55mg pill a day. I take mine at night. Well, here's another rant/sob story for you, in case the one above wasn't enough. So last night my mom came into my room and proposed this idea that we take a picture of my face every night and keep track to see how the tetracycline's working. "It'll be like a science fair project!" she said. -_- The idea of doing so had occured to me before, but I'm so lazy and I have a whacky schedule what with dance and all the clubs I'm in at school and blah blah, and I come home at different times every night (sometimes as late as 11pm) that I just haven't stuck with it. Well anyway, we took the first picture last night and it was absolutely mortifying. I looked at it afterwards and it was so COMPLETELY disheartening that I started crying right on the spot. The flash was on, so it made my skin look super pale and my spots bright, ghastly red in comparison. EVERYTHING stood out. Spots I didn't even know I HAD were highlighted. Lately I've been telling myself and tricking myself into believing that my acne really isn't that bad. Of course, I avoid mirrors as much as possible, and the scant few times I DO look in a mirror are at school, from a distance, when I have makeup on. And the lighting in my house isn't great, so it's easy to fool myself into thinking that my skin is better than it really is. So it was an eye-opener and utterly depressing. Bleh. So I'm hoping the tetracycline will work... praying, pleading, BEGGING that it will help. I'm freaking tired of acne and what a destroyer of self-esteem it is. It completely rips you down, chews you up, and spits you back out. It freaking sucks. Enough ranting (for tonight at least, haha). Bye.

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

10/17/2012

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10/19/2012

 

Hi Again

So... after being MIA for a while, I don't really have anything new to report. I have a couple spots now thanks to stress and all that. But they're already going away and drying up, so woohoo! Even though I don't really get active spots anymore, my skin still looks like crap thanks to acne scarring. Blahh. If anyone has any good produts to recommend for clearing that up, I would really appreciate it!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

10/07/2012

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10/09/2012

 

Back On Track, Jack

So after that extremely awkward incident a little while ago, a fresh box of X Out came in the mail came the very next day. I know, it was super fast! They must've overnighted it or something. As you can imagine, I was very grateful for that. So since then I have been using it religiously and things are back to normal, calming down, going great. We're totally back on track! And just yesterday they sent ANOTHER order, complimentary! Very nice of them, I am quite pleased (as is my mom, haha). So that's it! It's going great!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

08/30/2012

 

Minor Setback

So on Saturday we ordered more X Out because I ran out of my previous bottle. This time we got a 60-day supply, so I was going to be covered for a while. Well, the box came in record time-4 days-and I opened the box to discover something completely unexpected. ... I got a bottle of pills for erectile dysfunction. Yeah, super awkward. So we called the number on the invoice and they directed us to another number who said they'd call us back in 24 hours. So that's one day more without my X Out. Today my mom called the "higher authority" and got it all straightened out. They're sending the 60-day supply free of charge and also supplying a prepaid box to send the pills back. Which is fine and dandy, but now my X Out won't be coming for several more days. ANNOYING. I just want my X Out!!! I was hoping to have another stash before school starts (which for me is the 22nd). I did my calculations and I would have it for 3 days before school, giving me a head start on clearing up my breakouts for the beginning of the school year. Now with all the delays, I'm not going to get it until probably a couple days AFTER school starts. So I'm going to be going back to school with a breakout and little pimples everywhere, and it's not going to be a good start of the year. And in the meantime, I'm getting more and more little spots. Great.

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

08/17/2012

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08/17/2012

 

I Am Distraught.

And not for the reason(s) you might think. Since we last spoke, my breakout completely cleared up and my skin was perfectly perfect. The best it's ever been in fact, which was amazing. Alas, since then I have run out of my X Out! I know, it's horrible! And my mom didn't pay for the auto-delivery since we thought it wouldn't work and we wouldn't need it. Little did we know what a HUGE difference it would make. So I've been stuck without it for a couple days now, and I'm really afraid that my skin will go back to how it was before and break out horribly. THAT IS THE LAST THING I WANT/NEED. And by the time we finally order another batch (hopefully with auto-refill this time!) it'll be a WEEK before it finally comes. So yeah, I'm freaking out a little.

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

08/11/2012

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08/11/2012

 

X Out Update

Hello hello hello! It's been about a week since I last posted, and now I'm going to share how my first week has gone using X Out. The first few days everything went super fantastically; my skin felt smoother and softer, and my pores felt cleaner than they EVER had before. The spots I had were clearing up very well. First the redness would go down, followed by a reduction in pimple size. This would continue until they completely disappeared. Awesome, right? A couple days ago, I started having a mini breakout. Now before people go and start saying, "See, I told you so!" I'm going to say that I'm not worried about this new development at all. When starting a new regimen, it's completely normal for your skin to go through a detox period and have a breakout. It's just because your skin is adjusting to the new ingredients and getting all the gunk out and finally bringing it all to the surface. As long as you keep with it and don't switch to something else the second a new pimple appears, your skin should calm down, readjust, and be dandy. In fact, to properly guage whether or not a system is working you should use it for approximately a month. I've looked online and all the places I've searched have said that. SO, I'm not worried at all. I'm going to keep using the X Out, because this is seriously the best stuff I have ever tried. And even though I AM having a breakout, this one is significantly smaller compared to ones I've had in the past. And when I say "mini breakout", I really mean mini. The spots are tiny and very easily concealed. I've used X Out as a mask 3 times now, and all the times have worked quite nicely. The mask feels tingly (in a good way!) and the slight hint of menthol really refreshes my skin. When it's time to rinse off the product, it comes off very easily, unlike some other masks I've tried. Overall, this is a really nice product and so far I love it. We'll see what happens in the next month or so, and I'll keep you guys updated. Here's hoping it goes great!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/25/2012

 

X Out, Woohoo!

Hey guys, the X Out arrived today! I just used it about 3 minutes ago, so these are really fresh first opinions! It came out as a white creamy substance with little granules in it. It smelled really good, like a mix of laundry detergent and medicine. Some people might not like it, but fortunately for me I like the smell of medicinal things. It went on really smoothly, and I could really feel the microbeads getting into my pores and sloughing off dead skin cells, as well as getting rid of oil and dirt. That makes it sound like it's really abrasive and harsh, but it's not; it feels quite nice. The slight hint of menthol left my skin feeling refreshed and clean. And good news, it didn't irritate my skin AT ALL. I have sensitive skin, so I was a bit worried that it would. My face doesn't feel tight either, just clean and refreshed! As for the acne clearing part, this was only the first use, so I'll wait about a week before I judge it on that. So far so good!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/18/2012

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07/18/2012

 

You Guys, I'm Super Pumped!

Alrighty, so in my last post I mentioned X Out by the makers of Proactiv. Well, my mom ordered it for me and I'm SO excited!! I have really high hopes for this product, it sounds wonderful. Now I know it's all marketing and crap, but still, I REALLY hope this'll be the one thing that gets rid of my acne for good. It certainly seems like it will! Here's the website if anyone's interested: http://www.xout.com/ SO PUMPED!!! It can't get here fast enough!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/11/2012

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07/12/2012

 

Another Update!

Sorry it's been so long guys! I've been so busy this summer, it's redunk, haha. Ok, so I don't really have any active spots at the moment. HOORAY! I still have a lot of acne marks though. Blehhh. The hydrogen peroxide has been working well, I think I'll keep using it for when I really need it. It didn't dry out my face at all, which was a main concern of mine seeing how sensitive my skin is. I'm going to be honest with y'all and say that it DOES sting when you put it on, but not as much as you might think. It's only a little really. I do have some bad news though. So I was having a mini breakout, and I decided to put some toothpaste on as a spot treatment one night. So I did my usual thing, put it on blah blah, and when I was trying to fall asleep I noticed that it was stinging a little bit. I thought this was kind of odd, seeing as it normally doesn't do that. But I thought, "eh, it's late, I'm tired and too lazy to go wash it off. It probably just means it's working its magic." So I left it. MISTAKE. I woke up in the morning and took it off, and in the spots where I had put it on, it left my skin RED. Like, it was obviously red. You could see it from a mile away. So now I have these two blobs of red on my chin and cheek near my mouth. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I have used toothpaste on my face so. many. times. and this is the first instance where anything like this has ever happened! So I was freaking out, naturally. Well, I put concealer on and went about my day. I couldn't just stay inside because of this, I had shit to do! I came home around 2 and looked in the mirror to see how my concealer was holding up. It had, thankfully, but my skin was EXTREMELY dry, and was like, cracked. If that makes sense. By this time I'm like, "Great. Jusssst great." I've had this happen to me before, where my skin gets really really dry and cracks open and then I have to pound on the moisturizer to get rid of it. It happened over winter break too. So I periodically put on the Aveeno heavy-duty stuff (like every 5 minutes) until I have to go to bed. This was yesterday, by the way. So today I woke up and went to go inspect my dry areas, and they had improved a LOT, which I am SOSOSO thankful for. They're still a little dry, but not at all like they were before. Now they're a manageable dry-not flaky, not cracked, just dry. Phew, crisis averted, and in a remarkable amount of time! The last time I had a dryness episode, it was all over my face, and it stung like Jesus's hand had come down from the clouds above and gave me an almighty slap. It hurt to smile, it hurt to laugh, it hurt to MOVE. And it took a couple weeks to fully go away. Luckily, like I said, it was over winter break, so I didn't have to go out the entire time. So now my dry patches are under control again, and my skin is doing fairly well. NOW. I was watching tv today, and this commercial came on. You're probably like, "NO KATHERINE! DON'T FALL FOR THE COMMERCIALS, THEY ALWAYS SAY THINGS THAT AREN'T TRUE! DON'T BE NAIVE AND FALL FOR THEIR GIMMICKS!" Well, too late. I saw a commercial for X Out, a facial wash made by the same company as Proactiv. X Out is made especially for teens, and is a 1-step process. Its hook is that it's super low maintenance, and you can use it 3 different ways; a mask, a cleanser, and a spot treatment. So what you do is you wash your face with this stuff for 2 MINUTES. Now, they know us teens are lazy-ass kids, so they had this bright idea to help us stay entertained during the 2 minutes when we're washing our face. On the side of the bottle, there's a funky codey thing, and you scan it with your smartphone and a video comes up. It's a different one every time, and they're on a range of topics. All the videos are exactly 2 minutes, so you can zone out and watch this video while you're washing your face, and when the video ends you know you can stop. Good job to the old guys in business suits sitting around a conference table! I think it's a super clever idea. Annnnnd I REALLY want to try it. "But Katherine, if the routine you're on now is working so well, why would you want to switch to something different?" The answer is simple: It's supposed to be really good shit. The medicine stays in your skin and works 24/7, even when you rinse it off in the morning/at night. It's also supposed to work REALLY fast. And last but not least, I'm gullible. I'll try anything with good marketing. So, I'm going to ask my mom to order it tonight (hopefully she'll say yes!) and then I'll let you know what happens from there! Later guys!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/10/2012

 

Hydrogen Peroxide For Acne?

So yesterday I told you guys I was going to try hydrogen peroxide for my breakout. Last night and this morning, I washed my face with my regular cleanser and then soaked a cotten ball with 3% hydrogen peroxide and, for lack of fancier terminology, rubbed it all over my face. Surprisingly, it didn't sting as much as I thought it would. Don't get me wrong, it did a little, but I've had drugstore topicals that have stung more than that did. There also wasn't an odor-ALLELUIAH! Is that how it's spelled? Whatever. But anyway, it worked really really well. Surprisingly well. I got up this morning and my spots had shrunken considerably and weren't as red as before. They had dried up a lot, and were at the point where they would be completely gone in a couple days. So all in all, hydrogen peroxide is a definite, resounding YES! for acne. I'm going to keep putting it on morning and night for a couple more days, at which point my breakout should be completely gone. I'll let y'all know how it works! Fingers crossed!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/02/2012

 

Breakout :(

You are all smart people, so you can figure out by the title that I am breaking out at the moment. Luckily it's summer and I don't have to do anything or really be around people, haha. It might be because I ran out of my usual moisturizer and had to use another one in the meantime before I could go out and get another bottle. Fortunately, however, it's not too bad of a breakout, and the spots are really small. But still, it's annoying. Tonight I'm going to try the good ol' hydrogen peroxide thing. This is my first time doing it, so I'm a bit nervous, seeing as it could bleach my face and whatnot. I'm only using a 3% though, so hopefully it won't do any damage. I went to the beach today and got some niceee color, especially on my back. My spots there are considerably smaller, even from this morning! THE BEACH IS YOUR BEST FRIEND, PEOPLE. The first time you go out there and are all pasty might be a tad bit awkward, but go to the far side of the beach where there aren't a lot of people. That's what I do! After the first time and you get a little tan, just keep going and you'll build up a tan (woohoo!) AND your acne will clear up! Plus, who doesn't love the beach? It's summer, it's fun, get out there!! I'll let you know tomorrow how the hydrogen peroxide trick works out. Later guys!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

07/01/2012

 

The Terrors Of Bacne *duhn Duhn Duhhhnnn!*

Hello everyone! So today I'm going to be discussing (cough, ranting more like) my bacne. I knoww, it's a gross topic, but I'm pretty positive that a lot of people here have it too. So here we go! Lately I've been using a glycolic wash in the shower; I believe it'scalled the Glycolix 5-2 Formula. You can get it online, that's where I got it. I use it with an exfoliator brush and I swear it has worked miracles for me. The exfoliation is really great for getting rid of dead skin cells and getting out all the sweat, dirt, and grime (an especially important aspect for summer time!). I've also been putting on Adapalene 0.1%. You guys, this stuff is magical. Some of the spots on my back are on my shoulder blades riiight underneath my bra strap, so it rubs during the day and it gets really painful. This adapalene shrinks the pimple overnight AND makes it stop hurting. Awesome, right? I also use this stuff on my face after my moisturizer, and it not only clears up any current little spots I may have, but it prevents new spots as well. So seriously guys, major shout out to this stuff! Getting back to the subject at hand, with it being summer and all, it's super duper hot, naturally, so I want to wear tank tops. I have some really really cute ones that I adore and wish I could wear with confidence, but alas, I cannot. Darn you, you awful unsightly back spots!! But I'm going to keep exfoliating, using my glycolic wash/adapalene, and getting in the sun and ocean AS. MUCH. AS. POSSIBLE. I haven't really had time to thus far with summer gym and all, but this is the last week for it, so as soon as it ends I'm turning into a major beach bum! I'll keep you guys updated!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/26/2012

 

Updaaate

Hi guys! So I don't really have much to say. The skin on my face is pretty much the same, which is good. Today I only wore a tinted moisturizer and didn't go in with concealer afterwards. Surprisingly enough, the TM was enough! You could still see a couple spots, but that's ok with me, I don't really like looking like I'm wearing a mask. I also think not wearing the concealer helped my TM stay on longer... normally my concealer would slide off by the end of the day, no matter how much I powder over it. I think the concealer would take the tinted moisturizer off with it; I don't know, is that plausible? Because today I noticed that my makeup stayed in place all day, and I was outside in the 90 degree heat playing kickball and running and sweating for summer gym. I did get a little oily, but that didn't really affect much. Now let's get to the nitty-gritty; my bacne. Things aren't looking so hot on this front (or should I say back? I'm hilarious, I know. ) Anyway, I still have a looot of acne going on back there. It's so gross, and some of them are painful. My arms are also kinda bad, but nowhere near as bad as my back. I'm planning on going to the beach this weekend, so I'm crossing my fingers that the sun and salt water will work its magic!! This ALWAYS happens, every summer I'm out in the sun and water and my back heals and gets completely clear and life is great, then fall rolls around and it comes back with a vengeance. We'll see I guess. Stay positive guys!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/21/2012

 

Yay! :)

Salutations everyone! As you can most likely tell by the title, I'm having a very good day. My breakout is almost completely gone!! Woohoo, party! I have a spot by the corner of my mouth that's pretty stubborn, but that's the last one I have until I can say sayonara to my evil breakout. It's so great to be able to go out with only a tinted moisturizer... I remember a time when I wouldn't go out of the house without a full face of foundation on.I feel so liberated, you guys! The only issue I have with my skin now (facially speaking) is acne marks, but even those are pretty light, and I'm sure they'll fade eventually. I'm also doing quite well back-wise. And with it being summer and all, I'm very optimistic those spots will be a thing of the past as well. I'm a bit worried though... I'm almost out of retin-a, and the refill on that will take a few days. Hopefully my skin will behave in the meantime... :\ Well anyway guys, take advantage of the sun and salt water as much as you can, it really works wonders! Talk to y'all later!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/19/2012

 

On The Road Update!

Hey hey hey! So as the title suggests, this entry was made on the road. We're on our way home from Chicago and I thought I'd pop in. Sorry about not getting back to you about the moisturizer last night; it's the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer. So on to today's update. My skin has improved in that all my picked spots are scabbed over, and the redness has gone down. They're also smaller in size, so woohoo! I'm afraid for my back though (yep, I have it there too, as well has my upper arms and shoulders), because I was sweating buckets and my back was, of course, covered by my dress and wig. I realize that sounds odd, so to explain, I'm an Irish dancer! Tonight I'm planning on using a glycolic wash in the shower for my back, and then going in with retin-a. Hopefully it'll do it's thing. Annnd that's all for now guys, catch ya on the flip side!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/16/2012

 

Blecchh... :\

You guys. I'm so disappointed with myself. ... I picked. I know I know, I'm a terrible person, but I just couldn't help myself! It was so tempting and I gave in and picked away. Now I have these angry bright red spots on mah faceee. D: And I was doing so well! Hopefully my night routine will help them scab over (or whatever it is picked spots do) so they'll be good for tomorrow; I have a dance competition in Chicago, so they sure as hell better be lookin' better or I am going to have a breakdown. That's my rant for the day. I'll try to update later tonight to let y'all know if my night routine helped or not. In the meantime, I'm going to make a step-by-step list of my face routine! Here I go (that was said in a Mario voice, by the way)! MORNING 1. Splash face with warm water and cleanse with Philosophy's Puritycleanser. This stuff is super gentle and really gets rid of all the grime and makeup that may not have gotten washed off from the night before. Rinse with warm water. 2. Go in again with Neutrogena's All in One Acne Control Cleanser. Massage in for a couple minutes then rinse with slightly cooler water. 3. Apply a moisturizer-my moisturizer varies. If my skin is being lame and going through a dry phase, I'll use a heavier one like the Aveeno daily moisture whatchamacallit (I'll give you the exact name later, I don't have it with me to look). If my skin is behaving however, I'll use the Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer, which is really light and moisturizing (obviously Katherine, sheesh!) and pleasant. Then I'll do the exact same thing at night, except before I apply the moisturizer I'll go in with a spot treatment, usually the Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2 in 1 Spot Treatment. So there ya have it guys! Talk to you later, maybe! P.S. Here are some pictures of the products I mentioned

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/15/2012

 

Good Day?

Hello again everyone! If anyone actually reads this. I have no idea. Anyway, today was an ok day skin-wise. Unfortunately, my concealer slid off my face by the end of the day, but hey, it's summer gym, whaddya expect?* So the second I got home I took off my makeup (which consists of tinted moisturizer and concealer) and put on a spot treatment. The spot treatment in question is Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream, the one that "visibly reduces spot size and redness in as little as 4 hours!" It has 10% benzoyl peroxide, which is the like the highest power of the stuff you can get without a perscription. It works pretty well, and I like that it disappears on your skin; when you rub it in it doesn't leave a white residue like other products do (UNLESS you pile it on. Then it will.) It literally melts away into your skin. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight, which is an added bonus. My major zits (3 on my upper lip) have reduced dramatically size-wise, have basically gone flat, and are getting flaky, which is good because that means they're ready to come off! I won't pick them though, I promise! I'll let them come off on their own, when they're nice and ready I'm feeling much more optimistic today, seeing as my cleanser has worked so well and so quickly on my breakout! It's been what, 3 days? And my breakout is already almost gone! For those of you wondering, the cleanser I use is the Neutrogena All in One Acne Control Daily Scrub. THIS IS A MIRACLE WORKER. Holy grail cleanser, hands down!! It's gentle, doesn't dry out my skin at all, works quickly and is super effective. Plus, it does everything it says it will! It reduced my acne scarring, is getting rid of my current spots, and is preventing new ones. Since my last breakout (which I am still recovering from) I haven't got a single new zit. Yippee! So seriously guys, if you haven't tried this cleanser already, give it a go. It's AMAZING. I WILL NEVER STOP BUYING OR USING IT. And there you go guys! My post for the day! *I'm taking PE in summer school. Not because I failed it in school, but because I want to get it out of the way so I don't have to do it during next year. Yep, I'm a nerd-getting ahead of the game!

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/14/2012

 

First Post, Woohoo!

Hey guys! So I just set up this bloggy-blog to talk about acne, obviously, and my journey through teenagerdom. Just for interest's sake and to shed a little light on the situation, I have combination skin; my nose and forehead get insanely oily and the rest of my face is normal. My skin is also sensitive, and can dry out quite easily. Joy. If asked, I would of course say my acne is really heavy and horrible because, helloooo, I'm freaking out about my skin! In actuality it's probably light... see, my problem is not so much new acne as it is acne scarring. Which is downright horrid because the scars look like active breakouts, even though they aren't. I am, however, breaking out at the moment because I switched cleansers. Bad idea. See, I had this regimen that was working well and my skin was actually looking quite nice-my mom even complimented me on it. But then, I took a fateful trip to the drugstore. I was perusing the skincare aisle, la di da, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a cleanser. It instantly attracted me, and darn it, I fell for its appealing packaging and persuasive little blurb on the back! I used it probably around 4 times (so 2 days) and noticed a change in my skin-not for the better, however. So now here I am, with a disgusting face and gross zits and I want to hide. Seriously, I was inspecting my face in the mirror when I got home from school and started crying. It was bad. Anyway, back to the subject at hand: my acne. Since the bad experience with my new breakout (about 2 days ago), I've gone back to my original cleanser, and I have every limb crossed in hopes that it'll clear up my skin like it did before! So here's hoping! Talk to you later! xo Katherine

xokatherineox

xokatherineox

06/13/2012

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