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Kanebo Sensai Anti-Aging Skin Care Extends Into Foundations

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Sensai Cellular Performance foundations provide coverage in addition to "all the benefits of full-fledged skin care products," according to Kanebo

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