Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My Second Pregnancy Update | 38 Weeks

It's been a while since I last talked to you about my pregnancy. In fact, it's been more than a while. My last pregnancy update was at 20 weeks when I found out the babys gender. Just in case you didn't read that post then I'll bring you up to speed, we are having a baby boy! It's all very exciting. Many members of my family were so sure I was having a girl. Perhaps that was wishful thinking on their behalf as my first is a boy. As lovely as it would've been to have one of each though, it's just as exciting knowing I am going to have two beautiful little boys to look after.

It's insane to see how much time has flied as I am now 38 weeks & 1 day so it's just under two weeks until little man is due to make his arrival into the big wide world. I have to admit it is becoming quite daunting as time goes by as I am half expecting him to arrive early just like his big brother. 

My 38 Weeks Pregnancy Update

Monday, 12 June 2017

A Few New Beauty Bay Purchases

I very rarely ever treat myself to new beauty products, well, definitely not as much as I used to, that's for sure. With just two weeks left until I'm due to give birth I thought I was entitled to it. I mean c'mon, a girl has to look her best when she's going through one of the most painful but beautiful experiences of her life, right? That's my excuse anyway.

 I was scouring Beauty Bay for quite a while as I was unsure as to what I wanted but soon enough I found myself with a few things in my cart and heading towards the checkout. It made it all the more exciting knowing I would receive my goodies the next day too as I ordered before 8pm. Don't you just love it when you get free next day delivery?

A Beauty Bay Haul

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Joan Collins Compact Duo Review and Swatches

If you're not aware of the wonderful and iconic woman, Dame Joan Collins, then I will bring you up to speed. She's a multi talented woman, not only is she a fabulous english actress but she's also an author and columnist too. I was unaware until lately that she actually has her own beauty range called Timeless Beauty which includes cosmetics, fragrance and skincare. Joan created the range with the hope that it will inspire women and make them feel and look beautiful, no matter what age they are. I absolutely love that. 

Now, she has many products within the Timeless Beauty range but for the last couple of months I've been trying out the Joan Collins Compact Duo Lipstick and Powder. Encased within a chic gold compact is the Divine Lips Lipstick in and the Meticulous Skin Perfecting Pressed Powder, complete with a reasonably sized mirror on the left which comes in handy for any touchups. I have the Lipstick shade 'Suzy Starr' which is a beautiful light coral, suitable for even the palest of skin tones. I couldn't be sure if it would work with darker skin tones though. The shade name was inspired by the name of the character she played in the 1980 movie 'The Tales of the Unexpected'. In fact, I believe all of the Divine Lips Lipsticks are all named after many of her famous roles. 

Joan Collins Compact Duo
Joan Collins Compact Duo

Friday, 2 June 2017

Four Products to Achieve a Flawless Base

You may be wondering where on earth I've disappeared to over the last week. If I'm honest I just didn't feel up to it. Writing up a post on this blog was the last thing on my mind after last weeks events, like many others. It no longer felt important and so I decided to take a step back and ease myself back into blogging as and when I felt it was the right time, and that time is now. 

Today I wanted to talk you through four of my favourite products that helps me to achieve that flawless base, no exaggeration. For foundation is the *Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24h Foundation(£31.50). If you have read my previous post here then you'll know of my love for it. It delivers full coverage with a lightweight and comfortable feel and satin-matte finish. The foundation blends into the skin ever so seamlessly, no settling into fine lines or creasing under the eyes. It's very long wearing too, which is always a good thing, especially if you want your makeup to last you well throughout the day, special occasion or not.

Four Products for a Flawless Base

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Lancome Dream Team

If you're a follower of me on Instagram then you'll have seen that in late March I was sent an extremely exciting PR parcel from Lancome. Inside the elegantly presented box was the Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24h Foundation, La Base Pro Hydra Glow Primer and the All Foundation Brush. They immediately picqued my interest as I've not tried many base products from Lancome before(Teint Idole Cushion Foundation and Blush aside). Ever since then I've been using all three together to see how they worked as a trio and I'm happy to say that they've all exceeded my expectations. 

The Lancome Dream Team

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Blogger Made Me Buy It

I have to admit ever since I started blogging and reading other beauty blogs I have found myself purchasing beauty products more now than ever before, most of which are influenced by my favourite bloggers. You can see it as a good thing or a bad thing. You may just discover an absolute gem that you'd never have heard of otherwise, but it can tug on the ol' purse strings and leave your purse as light as a feather. It depends on how you view it. I must admit not all products I've bought have become favourites of mine, in fact a fair few have been a disappointment and never been repurchased. I thought I'd share the products that have well and truly won me over.

The Blogger Made Me Buy It

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Denman Strawberry Daiquiri Fragranced Brush

Hairbrushes aren't a product that I am excited by if I'm honest, although I've been an avid lover of the tangle teezer and the wet brush, but as of late I've been thoroughly enjoying using Denman brushes. Last year I was given the opportunity to try the Denman Boar Bristle Brush which I absolutely loved!(see that review here) and after trying it I was then giving the wonderful opportunity to try out one of their fragranced brushes from The Cocktail Collection, which I was so excited about. I don't know about you but fragranced hairbrushes somehow make me feel quite nostalgic. It takes me back to when I was a child. When I was younger I used to have the idea in my head that if I sprayed my hairbrush with a tonne of deodorant then my hair would smell amazing, and actually in a way, I was kinda right. It totally worked! Although I have to admit I haven't done that in years(Don't worry, I'm not lost in the 90's/early 00's again). I tend to stick with a 'normal' hairbrush now. Well, I did until most recently when I discovered the Denman Strawberry Daiquiri Fragranced Brush.

Denman Strawberry Daiquiri Fragranced Brush

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Limited Edition Maybelline Pixie Collection

There's nothing I love better than a new collection, or more specifically, a limited edition collection. This Spring Maybelline have put together a selection of their best selling products with the most dreamy, LE silver holographic packaging, but as always with a limited edition collection they're only available for a short period of time.The collection consists of a total of five different products and are available to buy now, until the 30th May, exclusively from Superdrug. 

The Limited Edition Maybelline Pixie Collection

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Dr Botanicals Advanced 8-Hour Overnight Renewal Cream | Review

I am always chopping and changing my skincare routine, especially where moisturiser is concerned. My skin is combination so it's oily in my t-zone and somewhat normal/dry elsewhere. It changes all the time, in fact it's become even more difficult to control since I became pregnant, which as you can imagine is really frustrating. For the last couple of months I have been using a new night time moisturiser within my routine, the Dr Botancals Advanced 8-Hour Overnight Renewal Cream. It is quite a mouthful to say aloud.

Dr Botanicals Advanced 8-Hour Overnight Renewal Cream

Monday, 1 May 2017

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Oil with Rose Petals

For the best part of two years, maybe more, I've used the Garnier Micellar Water to remove my makeup. I guess you could say it's been an absolute staple within my skincare routine as I've purchased many a bottle. Micellar Water became such a big thing in skincare after it was first introduced by Bioderma. Admittedly I never tried the Bioderma version as I couldn't justify paying over £10 for something I wasn't quite sure of so I was relieved when the drugstore started picking up on the popularity of it and created their own versions. Now it seems that Micellar Waters are actually being pushed aside for the likes of Micellar Cleansing Oils instead. I was so intrigued by this and was curious to see if a Micellar Cleansing Oil was just as effective as the Micellar Water.

For the last month or so I've been testing out the brand new Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Oil with Rose Petals(£15) to see if it worked just as well as a normal Micellar Water and I am happy to report back that it is just as good, if not better. 

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Oil with Rose Petals

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Top Three Favourite Concealers

If I'm honest Concealer has never been one of my favourite steps in my makeup routine, although it is an absolute necessity, without it I would look like a walking zombie. I tend to use different concealers on different areas such as my under eyes and on various parts of my face to cover any imperfections I may have. Although I do have quite a selection of concealers in my stash I tend to reach for just three right now. Surprisingly only one of them is high end and the other two are drugstore.

My Top Three Favourite Concealers

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring Makeup Picks | The Pink Edit

Since Winter disappeared in a flash and Spring arrived I've been changing my makeup up. Lately I've been opting for a lighter, dewy base as opposed to the usual medium-full coverage base that I'd normally go for and I've incorporated more colour into my makeup routine too. To be more specific I've been adding plenty of pink. I've put together a few of my favourite Pink Makeup Picks that are absolutely perfect for Spring.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks | Review and Swatches

 Out of all the different makeup products that I own I have to admit the one product I find myself buying more of are lipsticks. You can never have too many right? I have quite the collection of them right now, and still I cannot bring myself to declutter. I guess you could say I'm quite the hoarder but it's not like I'm never going to use them is it? I love having different options to choose from everyday. The latest lipsticks to be added to my growing collection are the Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks. I've been using them on and off over the last few months and I've thoroughly enjoyed using them. 

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks

 The *Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks come in three different formulas and finishes with a total of 39 shades to choose from. The finishes include Sheer, Cream and Matte so there's something for everyone. If you're not a fan of sheer formulas then you've always got an option to go for a cream or a matte or vice versa. As for the packaging, I adore it. They look chic and luxurious. The lipsticks are enclosed within a black metal casing with a gold rose placed on the top of the lid. To then dispense the lipstick out of the packaging you simply click the rose and it slides out of the bottom which I find to be pretty sleek and simple.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Vichy Dermablend Makeup Range

As someone who is quite a fan of Vichy skincare it's a wonder why I have never tried any of their makeup products before, specifically their Dermablend range. Well saying that I have been quite a hardcore lover of their Setting Powder for quite some time now but I have never delved any further than that, until recently. For the last few months I have been trying out three of their base products, the Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation, 3D Correction Foundation and Corrective Stick and so I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.

The Vichy Dermablend range is very specifically a camouflage makeup range which is designed to cover and conceal any imperfections or flaws, from redness to dark circles, vitiligo and even acne too. 

Vichy Dermablend Makeup Range

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

March Beauty Favourites

 I'm a little late on this yet again with us being nearly halfway through April but today I thought I'd share with you my favourites from the month of March. I haven't actually popped up a monthly favourites since around October(which you can see here) but I did recently talk about my 2016 favourites in early February(you can see that here too). I just didn't find myself reaching for many new products last year. I always seemed to find myself falling back on the same products time and time again so it became a bit repetitive and so I didn't find myself talking about anything new for a while. However I am happy to say as of late I have accumulated quite a selection of products which have since become a favourite, or perhaps a staple in my routine. 

As always there is more makeup than anything else. I didn't seem to try out much in relation to skincare or bodycare last month unfortunately but that may well change soon. 

March Beauty Favourites 2017

Let's start with my new favourite eyeshadow palette, the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette(£43). Boy am I glad I bought this. I've been lusting over it for the longest time but I just never managed to get my hands on it. It was restocked so many times on Beauty Bay and every single time I missed out! I was so gutted but luckily I managed to get my teeny mitts on it just under two months ago thanks to the lovely Leah from Devoted to Pink. Let me tell you, it was definitely not a disappointment. The shadows are so buttery soft, intensely pigmented and so easy to blend. They don't differ in texture or pigmentation either, no matter whether it's a matte, satin or metal finish. It's been one of the best investments I've made so far this year. 

As you may well know if you've read my previous post I have been completely won over by the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz(£19). Since I got this with some birthday money I just haven't managed to put it down. It has one of the best formulas that I've tried, it's literally soft to the touch and adds the most beautiful sheen to the skin. It's just a dream to use. I need to try more highlighters from Jouer, in fact I have Citrine in my sights next.

As far as primers go I don't have an awful lot of them. In fact I probably only really knew how much of a necessity they were just over a year ago. My primer of choice last month was the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer(£9.99). I only bought it later on in March but it is quite a moisturising base which adds some radiance onto the skin, therefore making me look more awake and glowing which is exactly what I need in the morning. The glow shines through the foundation too which is exactly what I love. I haven't really liked the idea of a completely matte base lately since the sun has made an appearance.

Something that isn't necessarily new to me but may be seen as entirely new to you as I haven't mentioned it much is the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer(£7.99). I sadly lost it a few months ago and haven't managed to find it since so I decided to repurchase it. I am so glad I did! It is one of my favourite under eye concealers and I don't have a lot of those. It is pretty much perfect(near enough anyway), it brightens, hydrates and covers up those pesky under eye circles so wonderfully. 

Another base product is actually a foundation. I haven't invested in a new foundation for quite some time now(until now of course!). I've always been wary of drugstore foundations as some brands in the past haven't catered well for pale skin tones. However the drugstore brands seem to be slaying the foundation market at the moment by extending their shade range and launching new formulas. Maybelline in particular has impressed me with the Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation(£5.99). It feels so light on the skin and has a medium coverage which can be easily buildable without any caking up. They also have the perfect shade for me too(Warm Ivory for reference). I will for sure be sharing my full thoughts on it in a future post if you'd like to know more about it.

This year I have been determined to try more products out from Pixi Beauty and that I have done. Last month I invested in two of their face mists, one of which has made their way into my favourites, the Pixi Vitamin Wake Up Mist(£16). Although the product name suggests it's a 'wake up' mist it can be used for other purposes too. I love to use it after makeup to diminish the matte finish my setting powder leaves and also as a refresher for my skin too when I need it. The citrus scent is what completely drew me in though I have to say, it's beautiful. I am easily bought!

And lastly, this wouldn't be a favourites post if it didn't include a lip product. I surprisingly didn't have many lip favourites last month which is strange as I normally have a bunch of them to share. I seemed to be taken in by the whole shimmery lip 'trend' and invested in the Jouer Lip Topper in Skinnydip(£13.50). As instructed I apply it on top of my liquid lipstick of choice and it leaves the most mesmerizing nude shimmer on top making my lips look beautifully plump. It is seriously gorgeous! 

What beauty products were you loving in March?

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz

 If you've been a follower of my blog for a while now then you'll know of my huge obsession with highlighter. It all started with the MAC soft and gentle MSF and then slowly but surely my heart got stolen by the Sleek Solstice Palette. Since then I have accumulated over 20 highlighters, some in cream form and others in powder form. I am showing absolutely zero signs of finishing my collection either. I still have a few on my wishlist at this point. The latest addition to my highlighting stash is the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz.

Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz

On my birthday I ended up on the Cult Beauty site with a cheeky birthday discount code and a few products suddenly 'slipped' into the basket and made their way to the checkout, one of which was the Rose Quartz Highlighter. At first I was unsure on what shade to go for as they have three shades to choose from, Rose Quartz, Topaz and Citrine. Topaz looked a bit too dark for me judging by swatches as I am so fair so it was between Citrine and Rose Quartz. Both shades are absolutely stunning, at one point I was tempted to get both but instead I decided to do the sensible thing(which is unheard of for a makeup junkie like me) and decided to go for just the one, Rose Quartz. I am happy to say I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing it either.

Rose Quartz is unlike any other highlighter I have, a pinky-champagne. It adds a certain luminosity to the skin, natural but ever so beautiful. When you first apply it, it can be seen as a little subtle but if you like to have a strong glow going on then you can easily build it up to the intensity that you like. The formula is what completely blew me away though. It has somewhat of a soft, creamy, velvety texture so you have to be super careful. When I first swatched it my nail made an indentation as the powder is so fine. It blends in so seamlessly into the skin too which is what I love. With some highlighters I've tried in the past they tend to sit on the skin and leave that horrific stripe on the face which is just a complete no no so I'm glad to see it doesn't do that. 

Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz Swatch

The packaging is ever so beautiful too. A sleek, chic and luxurious gold square compact with a 'click' closure which makes it nice and compact. I can't say it's exactly travel friendly though. I would be too scared to take it on holiday with me in fear that it will smash into smithereens but that's just because I feel the powder itself is just too vulnerable as the texture is just so soft.

Overall I absolutely love the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz. It's a beautiful shade and the formula is just dreamy. I will definitely be picking up Citrine next when I can. I am completely obsessed. You can purchase it here from Cult Beauty for £19 but unfortunately it seems to be out of stock but you can join the waitlist so you can find out when it's back.

Have you tried any of the Jouer Powder Highlighters?

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Friday, 10 March 2017

A Collective Makeup Haul

It was my 23rd birthday just over a week ago and I have since accumulated a few new makeup products to add to my ever growing collection. Some products I have were gifted for my birthday and some were bought with my birthday money or my own. I guess you could say this is more of a birthday haul but without the added extras such as the homeware, chocolate and clothing I received. Who wants to see all of that when there's so much beauty to be seen? Literally.

A Collective Makeup Haul

I needed to repurchase a few favourites of mine after going without them for so long. I forgot how much I enjoyed using them and I am so glad I finally have them back in my collection. The first thing I picked up was the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation which is one of my all time favourite drugstore foundations ever, literally! It's light-medium coverage, natural and it doesn't cake. I've been through so many bottles of it. The other repurchases I made were concealers, the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I lost my Bourjois concealer a few months ago and I haven't been able to find it since, I was so gutted. It is the perfect under eye concealer, it brightens whilst still hydrating my under eye area and it doesn't crease which is a huge thing for me as some drugstore concealers I've tried before does just that. As for the Lasting Perfection Concealer it is my favourite for covering up any blemishes or acne scarring I may have. It's super inexpensive too!

Now onto all the new goodies! This is all so exciting for me as I have been meaning to pick some of these products up for quite some time. Let's just start with the highlighters shall we? I bought a shed load of them. I just cannot resist, they're my favourite makeup product to buy. I bought two shades of the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powders in Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer. They were both just £3 each and so pigmented! I am yet to try them but I hope they translate as well on the face as they do when swatched. Another drugstore highlighter that Josh kindly bought me for my birthday is the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Rose Gold Lights. It is unlike any highlighter that I have in my collection right now which makes it all the more appealing and it is such a gorgeous shade too. 

This year I was determined to look more into Laura Geller makeup and so I decided to pick up the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Charming Pink which appears to be a lovely subtle pink. I had £10 worth of points on my Debenhams beauty card and it was discounted too so I managed to get it for just £8.90. How good is that? Such a great bargain. The last glow giving product I picked up was the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz which came as part of my Cult Beauty order. I was so indecisive about what shade highlighter I wanted, Citrine or Rose Quartz but I decided upon the latter. I've used it just the once so far and my god I'm impressed. It's so so beautiful, it's lightweight and blends in seamlessly. I'm looking forward to adding Citrine to my collection soon. 

As I mentioned I made a cheeky Cult Beauty order with some birthday money and I happened to add some more Jouer products into my basket, lip products in particular. The Jouer Long-Wear Lip Topper in Skinnydip was on the top of my list straightaway. I've used it just the once and I can already tell I am going to use it to death this Spring. It adds the prettiest sheen to my lips and makes them look somewhat plump too which I love. The other is the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Cream in Dulce de Leche. It's a beautiful nude pink and I've worn it just the once too but combined with the Lip Topper. I'm not sure what to think about it right now, particularly as it wore off quite quickly after just eating a bacon bap. I will give it a go on it's own and see how it fares. The last thing I picked up from Cult Beauty is the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect. It's my first CT lipstick and I am still yet to try it. I can't bring myself to use it just yet.

A foundation that I have been meaning to try since it's release is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. They have added some new shades to the range recently and I must've swatched five of the lighter shades until I found the right one for me, Warm Ivory. I used it just the other day and I honestly feel like it's going to become a new favourite of mine. It has a nice coverage, it's the perfect shade and it has a wonderful matte finish. I adore it! Another product that Josh bought me for my birthday is the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Makeup Fixing Spray. I recently ran out of the Oil Control version and loved it but I wanted to try something new. And finally the last thing I picked up was the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Salute which is yet another nude. I just can't resist a nude lipstick okay? They're my weakness. The formula is so creamy and smooth. I have since bought two more shades as I love how they feel on the lips.

That's pretty much everything I bought or received for my birthday. I am so excited to try out the products I haven't already. I will undoubtedly update you all on my thoughts on some of the products in the near future. Just let me know what you'd like to know more about!

Have you purchased anything exciting lately?

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders | Review and Swatches

If you've read my recent eyebrow routine(here) you may be able to tell that I am not basic when it comes to my brows. I am super fussy and like to make sure they are absolutely perfectly defined before I apply the rest of my makeup. The trouble is though I have to use three products to do so! Yes, sometimes that can feel like a chore but it's what I like. I rarely ever change up my brow routine but for the last few weeks I have been trying out some new brow products, the *Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders. I haven't used a brow product from Rimmel since I was around 15 when I filled my brows in with their Brow Pencil but obviously since then the whole entire brow game has completely changed.

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders
Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders

The Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders are quite simply loose brow powders within what looks quite similar to their exagerrate liner packaging. The pots have to be shaken before application in order to get enough powder onto the applicator provided inside to fill in the brows. The applicator is a soft sponge which appears to be a little too thick for me to actually define the brows thoroughly. It's just not very precise. Due to that I prefer to outline and fill my brows using my ABH dipbrow pomade first of all and then fill in any sparse areas using the Brow Shake Filling Powder from the beginning of my brows and outwards. The powder is ever so soft and fine that it seems to kick up a bit of a mess when in use so I make sure to tap off any excess on the applicator before I use it.

There are four different shades in the range, Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown and Black. I have been using the shade Medium Brown which is the closest match to my hair and brows. Unfortunately it is warm toned rather than cool toned which is a disappointment as an ashy shade would've matched me so much better. In fact I'd say that all of the shades in the range are currently warmer tones which is a shame as I would've liked to see more variety. I hope that Rimmel decide to add some new shades to the range in the future so there's more choice.

Admittedly the Brow Shake Filling Powders can be seen as a bit of a faff as they don't exactly do the job that they claim to do. Granted they fill and enhance the brows wonderfully but the sponge applicator makes it so difficult to define and shape them. I'd say they are much more suited towards filling rather than actually defining them. It would've been much easier if the applicator was an angled brush as it would give you more precision. Thankfully I haven't found any problems in terms of longevity. The powders have stayed put throughout the wind, rain etc, without any fading. If you're perhaps looking for a brow product that will give you intense, full brows in seconds and lasts throughout the day then this may just be for you. 

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder Swatches

Overall, I personally enjoy using the brow shake powders for filling rather than using it as a 'whole'. I have found it is what works best for me. You never know though, you may feel entirely different. It's just what I've found from my experience.

The Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders are priced at £5.99 in Boots and Superdrug now which is well priced compared to other brow products on the market at the moment. If you're interested in giving them a go I suggest you give them a swatch before you buy.

Have you tried the Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders? 

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