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Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book. Let’s see what’s inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth £19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth £2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about £4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth £11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth £9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth £5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = £53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over £80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products – and there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth £20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturisers: Soothing Hydration Powered by Grapes

Posted on July 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a gorgeous range of products from Caudalie to share with you this evening – this is Caudalie’s new Vinosource Moisturiser collection…

I wanted to recreate the feeling of pure joy when you bite into a grape packed with water and sweetness through the Vinosource Collection textures that are comprised with organic Grape water. For even more delectability, I chose a palette of pinks for the décor of the new range and signature organic Grape Water. I invite you to bite into life as if you would that sensational grape! – Mathilde Thomas, Co-founder of Caudalie.

The Vinosource range contains Caudialie’s famous Organic Grape Water, which penetrates the skin’s cells to saturate them with water. It’s also rich in anti-oxidant polyphenols and polysaccharides – intelligent sugars that capture water and keep it at the surface of the skin, as well as minerals that contribute to the maintenance and functioning of the skin barrier, leaving skin feeling soothed and moisturized.

Let’s take a look at the products –

Starting with the Moisturizing Sorbet – this is perfect for dehydrated and sensitive skin, it has a lightweight gel-cream formula that turns watery on contact with the skin, where it then soothes, moisturizes and strengthens. It has a light, refreshing scent including notes of mandarin blossom, lemon tree leaf, cucumber water and fresh mint. I’ve been using this on a daily basis for the last few weeks, and it suits my dry and often sensitive skin perfectly.

Next the Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid – you can probably guess by the name that this has been designed for those with oily complexions. This lightweight fluid fights shine by reducing excess sebum, leaving the skin feeling rebalanced, matte and velvety to touch. It contains absorbing and sebum-regulating Java tea leaf extracts and flax powder, as well as anti-oxidant grape polyphenols.

The Moisture Recovery Cream – is a cream designed to deeply comfort and nourish, leaving skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable all day long. It restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the skin’s barrier. This velvety and natural cream supplies dry skin with the exact dose of plant lipid nutrients required for the skin to feel nourished and soft.

And lastly the Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream – this is ideal for very dry skin, and for use on normal skin in harsh weather conditions. Described as first-aid skin care, this product nourishes skin deeply and protects it from drying out, it also restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the skin’s barrier. I went to Freddy’s Sports Day last week and managed to get a bit sun burnt on my face, this left my skin dry and dehydrated – especially on my nose and forehead. I’ve been applying this moisturiser ever since and it’s been a complete lifesaver – it sinks into the skin and moisturises SO well – I highly recommend this.

The Vinosource Moisturisers are £23.00 each, and available now at Caudalie.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New From Lookfantastic: Beauty Boxes To Suit Your Skin Type

Posted on February 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

So it’s 2016, and we have a market completely saturated with a never ending amount of beauty and skincare products, so how do you know where to start? How do you know what to buy? How do you know the best product for YOU? Well you don’t, that’s the problem. That’s why many of us rely on blogs and reviews to find out what people really think of these products, so we can decide if they might suit us too.

Having sensitive skin is especially problematic when trying to choose skincare – I should know. And I’m so excited to find out that Lookfantastic have come up with a great idea to help those of us that just aren’t sure which products to choose…

They have just launched three new special edition beauty boxes – but these are not beauty boxes as we know it. These boxes are especially curated by skin type, and there are options for If you have Normal/Combination skinOily/Blemish Prone skin, and Dry/ Sensitive skin which I have.

Each box is £35.00 and contains around £100 worth of skincare products, specifically chosen for your skin type. This is a fantastic way to try out products without spending a fortune, and you may just find the perfect solution for your skin too!

The Dry/Sensitive Edition includes a mixture of full size and trial size products:

  • Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk 200ml (worth £9.00)
  • Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml (worth £7.20)
  • Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (worth £10.00)
  • NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 30ml (worth £38.00)
  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré 30ml (worth £13.00)
  • Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue 15ml (worth £18.00)
  • There’s also a very informative booklet included, not only giving you info about the products, but also skin facts and helpful information.

Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk – This light, non-fragranced cleansing milk is designed to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil, without stripping skin of moisture. Its mild, yet powerful formula uses APG Complex to dissolve impurities, whilst hyaluronic acid works effectively to deeply hydrate skin and leave it purified, soft and supple. Gluco-glycerol boosts moisture levels, making this creamy lotion suitable for soothing both dry and sensitive skin.

Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Mask – For skin that needs intense hydration, this mask aims to restore skin’s natural barrier, leaving it feeling instantly comforted and more supple. The Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask contains Sea Fennel and Brown Algae to help skin retain moisture, and Sweet Almond Oil to intensely nourish.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil – This award-winning face oil is perfect for transforming dull, dehydrated skin into a radiant, dewy and glowing complexion, whilst also calming areas prone to redness. This skincare hero contains eight oil extracts including Amazonian buriti nut, Camellia and Rosehip Oils to reduce redness, address uneven skin tone and minimise the visible signs of ageing and scarring. The healing blend of Yarrow and Benzoin plus English chamomile work together to plump, soften and soothe the skin with each drop.

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex – Combining twelve forms of hyaluronic compounds, MMHC is the perfect product for plumping up and intensely hydrating dry and dehydrated skin. This advanced serum absorbs quickly to target fine lines and wrinkles,  preventing moisture loss and increasing short-term elasticity to reveal a more youthful-looking complexion. The serum also works to strengthen the skin’s structure, giving a visibly hydrated, comforted and smoother complexion.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – This amazing sounding multi-tasker can be used as a moisturising lotion, primer, face mask and even a make-up remover! It contains essential fatty acids and vitamins to reduce irritation and plump skin, and it’s enriched with nutrients and water to balance skin and promote cell renewal. The lotion delivers a satin film to reduce dryness and discomfort for a soft, radiant complexion.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue – This product promises to instantly soothe and refresh tired and sensitive eyes. Enriched with organic grape water, which is 100 per cent natural, it’s hypoallergenic and oil-free – making it suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin around the eye area. Morning Eye Rescue also contains white tea extracts to decongest skin, leaving it fresh and glowing.

Well, all these products sound fantastic to me, but I’m especially keen to get started with the NIOD MMHC and the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré  – I need to know if this really can do everything it promises!

I think this box contains a great looking selection of products, and if they actually work for me, my skin will be very happy indeed. Lookfantastic have definitely hit the nail on the head here with their tailored skincare boxes, and I think they’re going to be very popular indeed.

I’ll be trying these products out over the coming weeks so I’l let you know my thoughts on them very soon. I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for sensitive skin?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas Beauty Sets Worth Checking Out

Posted on December 15, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Christmas is in the air, the tree is up, the chocs are out (I like to start early) and I’m getting really excited now! I still have some shopping to do, but I’ve got most of it done now luckily. I’m just looking forward to spending some quality time with Freddy and the rest of my family now 🙂 If you’re still picking up gifts and you’re on the hunt for some beauty goodies for a loved one, I have some gorgeous sets to share with you today, including skincare, fragrance and makeup. Enjoy!

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DKNY Be Delicious 30ml Eau De Parfum gift set (£37.00)

I tried DKNY’s new Be Delicious fragrance when it launched a couple of month’s ago, I won’t go into too much detail as you can check out my original review here, but it’s a wonderfully juicy and fresh scent, and this little gift set includes a mini tube of body lotion and an EDP fragrance, which would make a lovely gift.

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Thierry Mugler Alien gift set (£50.00)

If you’re looking for a fragrance set that’s a bit more in the fancy side, what about this Alien Gift Set by Thierry Mugler? The set is beautifully presented in the classic Alien colours of purple and gold, and inside is a 30ml refillable bottle of Alien eau de parfum, a 100ml radiant body lotion, a 30ml shower gel and a 15ml body cream.

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RMK Christmas Base Makeup Kit (£55.00)

RMK may not be the first brand you think of when you’re looking for beauty and skincare gifts, but this gorgeous little set should definitely be on your radar. I’ve tried a few RMK products before and I really think they’re underrated. If you’re looking for something a little different, this set contains a Limited Edition Liquid Concealer in EX-01 (the lightest shade), a 30ml bottle of Extra Moist Skintuner Treatment, perfect for rehydrating the skin, and an 8ml Barrier Treatment Essence, to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and prevent dryness.

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Burt’s Bees Naturally Gifted Gift Set – Cocoa and Cupuaçu Edition (£15.99)

This fab little set from Burt’s Bees doesn’t even need wrapping as it’s so wonderfully packaged! The hexagonal tin contains a trio of natural body and lip skincare solutions, including Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa and Cupuaçu Body Lotion for perfectly pampered skin, a Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (Apricot shade) for a hint of colour and a Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear for soft & moisturised lips.

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Ole Henriksen three little wonders mini gift set (£14.40)

This dinky little kit includes three of Ole Henriksen’s top products to restore the youthful glow back to your complexion. These professional strength products work in unison to combat all visible signs of ageing, revealing healthy and radiant looking skin. The set includes Truth Serum Collagen Booster 9.76ml – this vitamin C rich serum boosts collagen production and restores radiance back to the complexion, Invigorating Night Treatment 7g – this overnight resurfacing gel dramatically improves the texture of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and Sheer Transformation – an everyday oil-free moisturiser that works to improve the skin’s tone and texture whilst helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

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Ted Baker Polly Fragrance & Mirror Set (£18.00)

Ted Baker always come up with the most wonderful gifts, and this gorgeous set would make a fantastic stocking filler. It contains Ted’s Polly EDT in a mini 10ml bottle, and a handy flip open compact mirror.

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Omorovicza Introductory Christmas Set (£59.00)

Described as the perfect Omorovicza starter kit for skincare on-the go, this gift set contains five bestselling products which have been handpicked for their deep cleansing, brightening and energising effects. The set contains a Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml) which re-energises and brightens the skin, a Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml) for a hydrating and energising burst, a Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml) to remove impurities without stripping the skin, a Cleansing Foam (30ml) to leave skin clean and refreshed, and a Balancing Moisturiser (20ml) which provides long-lasting hydration whilst being instantly absorbed.

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Pai Skincare Instant Calm Discovery Collection (£20.00)

The Instant Calm Discovery Collection is the perfect introduction to Pai skincare products. Presented in a luxurious gift box with a bespoke print, the trio delicately cleanses, replenishes and hydrates sensitive and redness-prone skin. Complete with a handy wash bag and organic muslin cloth, you can treat your skin on the move. The set contains a Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (30ml) – this non-drying cleanser effortlessly melts away the build up of daily dirt, make-up and impurities, a Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream (10ml) – a soothing moisturiser developed to calm redness and irritation, leaving skin comfortable all day long, and a Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic (12ml) – perfect for hydrating dry and sensitive skin.

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Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set (£48.00)

Perfect for normal to dry skin, this set features Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream 100ml – a medium-weight moisturiser, Special Cleansing Gel 30ml – a soap-free foaming cleanser and a limited edition Facial Cleansing Mitt, made of soft silicone with honeycomb pattern, that works with the cleanser to help slough off dead skin cells while cleansing the skin.

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Diva China Glaze Collection Gift Pack (£29.99)

A hairdryer is always a great gift for Christmas, and this Diva hairdryer gift pack also comes with some gorgeous China Glaze nail polishes too! In the box you’ll find a high quality Diva Pro Dynamica 4000 Hairdryer and nail polishes in High Maintenance and Ruby Red from China Glaze, as well as Blow dry brush and three hair clips.

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Caudalie Rose de Vigne Gift Set (£26.00)

I love Caudalie products, and this lovely Rose de Vigne gift set would be well received by beauty lovers this Christmas. The set includes a full sized Rose de Vigne 50ml fragrance and a free Rose De Vigne Shower Gel 50ml & Hand Cream 30ml.

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Lipstick Queen Ice Queen Story Set (£35.00)

This sweet little Ice Queen Story set from Lipstick Queen is made to look like a book, except you open the cover to reveal two gorgeous lipsticks! Shade Winner Sinner is a rich burgundy red, and Ice Queen is a sheer shimmery silver and gold which can be used on it’s own or as a top coat. I’ll have a post coming up about these shortly!

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New CID Cosmetics Award Winning Collection (£56.00)

Another brand you might not initially think of, CID Cosmetics are definitely worth a look. This luxury gift set contains three of their top selling makeup essentials, to leave skin, brows and lips nothing less than award-winning this Christmas. The set contains a three full size products – an i-prime, an i-gloss in Tickled Pink, and i-groom in Neutral.

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I’d love to hear if any of these fab sets take your fancy?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Top 10 Christmas Tree Beauty Baubles!

Posted on November 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know I know, I’ve been going on a bit about Christmas this week, but I can’t help but get excited when there’s so many gorgeous beauty offerings available this year!

I’ve already put together a Beauty Advent Calendar Guide and another one especially for all the Candle Advent Calendars, but what about all the other fantastic gifty things, sets and special Christmas products that are available? Well I have a whole load of posts planned for you, and I thought I’d cheer up your Friday with a selection of beauty Christmas tree baubles!

1. Molton Brown Eucalyptus Festive Bauble (£10.00) – Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath product brands, and now you can adorn your tree with their limited edition festive baubles. There are eight options available filled with some of their most popular fragrance washes.

2. Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Joyride (£5.00) – Another limited edition product, this sweet little hanging pack contains a mini lip bullet, that twists up to give precise application with no need to sharpen. This soft blendable formula gives a dewy cream finish and vivid colour. This is the perfect gift for Topshop make-up fans!

3. Liz Earle Glossy Nails Gift in Knockout (£9.00) – Red is the shade of the season, so this Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Knockout should make any nail polish lover a happy bunny this Christmas. The polish lasts up to 12 days and helps to strengthen and protect nails during wear. (Available in three shades)

4. Ciate Paint Pot Duo to Go (£10.00) – This gorgeous nail duo includes mini paint pots of Tinsel Town and Members Only shades. Wear the colours alone, or layered together for a sparkling party look!

5. Boots No7 Star Bauble (£6.00) – On the theme of nail polish, the Boot’s No7 Star is perfect for those on a budget. It’s only £6.00 and opens up to reveal a 10ml Stay Perfect nail polish in Milan.

6. GHOST The Fragrance Bauble (£5.00) – Any fragrance fan would be delighted with this GHOST fragrance bauble. The floral fragrance starts with fresh flowers which is followed by an enveloping wave of vanilla and the warmth of amber, sandalwood and musk. It includes 5ml of GHOST The Fragrance.

7. Caudalie Divine Oil Christmas Bauble (£8.00) – Caudalie’s award-winning Divine Oil now comes in a perfect stocking filler size this season. This multi-use, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes & enhances thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of 4 oils, combined with the patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols.

8. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms (£29.00) – Guys take note, pick this set up for your lady and you’ll be getting some serious brownie points this Christmas! Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Lipstick Charms set contains three universal K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades – the dreamy Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red. I’d be very happy indeed to find these hanging on my Christmas tree!

9. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament (£24.00) – What is Christmas for beauty lovers without Jo Malone!? This smart little box that opens to reveal an English Pear & Freesia Cologne (9ml) and a Nectarine Blossom Honey Body Crème (15ml) Wrapped and ready to hang for a best-dressed Christmas.

10. Ted Baker Mini Golden Treasure Limited Edition (£4.00) – And lastly, I had to include Ted Baker, the king of gifting. Ted’s gift sets are always to die for, and this dinky little tree ornament is no exception. This limited edition gift contains a Shimmer Body Soufflé 50ml, which is perfect for making your skin look and feel gorgeous!

Now if I had my way, I know what I’d be decorating my Christmas tree with this year! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Caudalie Rose de Vigne Fresh Fragrance

Posted on July 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

My only experience of Caudalie products so far has been a sample of their Polyphenol Anti Wrinkle Serum, which I received in March’s Lookfantastic Box. I loved this serum so I was really excited when Caudalie offered to send over their latest fragrance – Rose de Vigne for me to try out!

Rose de Vigne, is Caudalie founder’s Matilde Thomas’ fifth Fresh Fragrance scent for Caudalie, and the latest addition to my ever-growing fragrance collection. I love rose based fragrances but I think rose scents can often be overlooked by a younger audience, as they’re traditionally perceived as a more mature scent. Rose de Vigne though, is a beautiful combination of hesperides and rhubarb top notes, rose de mae and blackcurrant at the heart and magnolia, musk and amber woods which create a base note harmony. The result is a light, fresh and fruity rose fragrance, that’s definitely young at heart!

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Below the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a countless number of roses bloom, creating a marvellous landscape of light, flowers and fruits. I captured their bright, pure fragrance in the early morning, blended with the scent of grape bunches and vine stocks, at the heart of my new Fresh Fragrance: Rose De Vigne. – Matilde Thomas

As far as I can tell, this isn’t an EDT or EDP fragrance as it doesn’t say either on the bottle. Due to the strength of the scent though I’d say this sits at an interesting place halfway between a perfume and a body spray, and at only £26 for 50ml it’s definitely worth purchasing.

I’m beyond impressed with this fragrance, considering it’s not an actual ‘perfume’ the scent lingers for hours before you need to re-apply, and I have to say this is definitely my favourite rose scent yet! If you’re looking for a fresh summery fragrance I’d highly recommend snapping one of these up!

You can purchase Rose de Vigne 50ml for £26.00 from Caudalie.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Caudalie products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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