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Christmas Gifting with Zoeva: Plaisir Box, Lip Lacquers & Strobe Gels

Posted on December 15, 2016

Hi Guys!

Out of all the beauty brands in the world, Zoeva is definitely up there with my favourites. Their products are always of a high quality, as well as being beautifully packaged. But when their new Plaisir Box arrived a few weeks ago, I actually couldn’t contain my excitement…

The Zoeva Plaisir box (pleasure box) is a beautifully presented gift box containing three of Zoeva’s stunning eyeshadow palettes. The theme of the set is chocolate, with each palette representing a type of chocolate – white, milk and dark. The set contains two brand new palettes – the Blanc Fusion Eyeshadow Palette and Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette as well as their best-selling Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette…

An ode to the fine art of confectionary and a revelation to all beauty gourmets and sensualists, the ZOEVA PLAISIR BOX merges the full pleasure and varieties of chocolate, transferred into cosmetics. From dark brown to fawn and white, indulge in a carefully selected assortment of three tempting eyeshadow delights: sumptuous pralinés, creamy caramel and exquisite white chocolate.

The Cocoa Blend Palette is possibly my favourite out of the three. It contains a selection of warm truffle tones with both matte and shimmer finishes, and the shades are both intense in pigmentation and silky smooth to apply. I absolutely love the shade range in this palette, with Warm Notes and Freshly Toasted being two of my favourite shades – this palette is just perfect for create a glamorous evening look.

The Caramel Melange Palette is slightly lighter and brighter in tone than the above Cocoa Blend Palette, but still warm and definitely vibrant. There are some gorgeous bronze and butterscotch shades in this palette, as well as Aftertaste, which I love, it’s a striking matte cinnamon orange, which would make for a beautiful transition shade.

And lastly the Blank Fusion Palette, as you can probably guess this one represents white chocolate, and has a distinct milky white, cream and yellow theme. This palette again contains a lovely mix of matte and shimmer shades, enabling you to create a plethora of eye looks.

When you put all the palettes together, you really have a stunning selection of eyeshadows that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content 🙂

And if you didn’t know, Zoeva also have a fantastic range of lip products on offer, including their Pure Velour Lips (£9.75) which is a matte finish liquid lipstick offering a lightweight, full coverage formula. I have shades All is Calm – a dark rosy brown shown above top, and Clear Message – a pretty blushed nude, shown above middle.

Zoeva’s Pure Lacquer Lips, in contrast, is a moisturising liquid lipstick with a striking high-shine finish. I have shade Unrefined – a warm beige nude which is highly pigmented with a lovely glossy finish.

And lastly, one of Zoeva’s newest releases is their range of Strobe Gels (£11.00). These weightless highlighting gels are ideal for adding a touch of dewy luminescence to the complexion. The super lightweight gel formula is easy to use and blend, and comes in three wearable shades –

  • Halo – a pearl gel with silver shimmer for fair to light skin tones.
  • Corona – a peachy gel with rose gold shimmer for light to medium skin tones.
  • Aureole – a bronze gel with gold shimmer for medium to dark skin tones.

I really can’t get enough of these products right now, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, I highly recommend you check out Zoeva’s fantastic makeup and brush range.

The Plaisir Box is currently sold out in the UK, but available direct from Zoeva for £48.00, and the Strobe Gels and Lip products are all currently available at Beauty Bay.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Illamasqua Extinct Collection

Posted on September 22, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have Illamasqua’s brand new Extinct collection to share with you today – and it’s probably one of my favourites yet. The Extinct collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of insects, the reality of climate change and the fearlessness of punk. It includes iridescent beetle tones, dark glittering purples and fantastic reflective finishes which can be use to create makeup looks that really go outside the box.

The Extinct visual focuses on brave, unique shapes that emphasise the eyes, lips and nails to inspire creativity and push boundaries. This powerful collection provides you with the tools and expertise to create your own kind of beauty that challenges the expected.

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Starting with the Demise Palette (£34.00) – I love the name of this palette, it’s so dark and dramatic! This eyeshadow quad contains four intense autumnal shades, perfect for creating a striking smoky eye. Illamasqua have brought back previous shade Gimp, a deep black-blue to include in this palette, but I have to say I’m in love with Interitus, a rich burgundy that’s perfect for this season.

  • Wilt – Red Gold
  • Gimp – Black Blue
  • Lost – White Gold
  • Interitus – Burgundy

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There’s also a Pure Pigment (£17.50) – this is a finally milled pigment that can be worn alone to softly reflect a translucent blue or layered over a deeper product to give it a 3-D punch. This shade is called Axolotl and though it’s describe as holographic, I wouldn’t say it is. It’s very similar to MAC’s Reflects Teal pigment.

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The collection also includes two Powder Eyeshadows (£16.50) – Jubilance first caught my eye, this is a wonderful light copper shade, almost like a shiny penny. It has the most amazing high shine finish, and it’s incredibly soft and easy to apply.

The other shade, Cascade, I thought was just an average white when I first saw it. How wrong I was though! Cascade though innocent looking actually has a luminous blue frost finish that looks pretty awesome when you catch it in the light!

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Here’s some swatches starting with Jubilance at the top, then Cascade, then Axolotl.

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And lastly, I have two Nail Varnishes (£14.50 each) – the Extinct collection offers two exciting shades with high shine finish. Shade Remains is a deep merlot injected with glitter particles and Quagga is a two-toned green that mimics iridescent beetle wings. Illamasqua recommend to wear these over a black polish to intensify the colour, which I’m going to try myself very soon.

The collection also includes a Matte Lip Liquid (£18.50) in shade Exoskeleton – a dusky Plum, and a Gel Liner (£20.00) in shade Quixotic, a deep emerald green.

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The Illamasqua Extinct Collection is available now at Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Win a Limited Edition Urban Decay Eyeshadow Vault Worth £195!

Posted on September 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m really excited to bring you a fantastic giveaway today!

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite beauty brands, Urban Decay to offer THREE lucky readers the chance to win a limited edition Eyeshadow Vault worth £195! 😀

This amazing vault contains 20 full sized individual Urban Decay eyeshadows, with ten from their original range of eyeshadows, and ten from their super sparkly moondust collection. There’s a real mix of shades included in the Vault, from deep smoky greys, to metallic plums and shimmery silvers. As expected from Urban Decay, all the shades are intense with plenty of shimmer, 3D sparkle and lots of pretty colour shift!

I’ve included a description of all the eyeshadows as well as photos –

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  • Shockwave (Moondust eyeshadow) – deep berry with pink and blue 3D sparkle
  • Mushroom (Moondust eyeshadow) – medium grey with bright silver sparkle.
  • Vortex (Moondust eyeshadow) – smoky black with green shift and gold 3D sparkle.
  • Zodiac (Moondust eyeshadow) – smoky black with blue-green shift and 3D sparkle.
  • Scorpio (Moondust eyeshadow) – a matte black with 3D gold sparkle.

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  • Rockstar (Standard eyeshadow) – deep aubergine shimmer.
  • Mushroom (Standard eyeshadow) – warm grey shimmer.
  • Mildew (Standard eyeshadow) – mossy green shimmer with gold shift.
  • Lounge (Standard eyeshadow) – brick red sating with green shift.
  • Blackout (Standard eyeshadow) – blackest matte black.

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  • Solstice (Moondust eyeshadow) – metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.
  • Space Cowboy (Moondust eyeshadow) – light champagne with bright silver sparkle.
  • Dak Force (Moondust eyeshadow) – taupe-brown with gold and iridescent 3D sparkle.
  • Interstellar (Moondust eyeshadow) – antique gold with pink and gold 3D sparkle.
  • Cosmic (Moondust eyeshadow) – metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.

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  • Last Call (Standard eyeshadow) – metallic plum shimmer.
  • Scratch (Standard eyeshadow) – rose gold shimmer.
  • Busted (Standard eyeshadow) – deep brown shimmer.
  • (Standard eyeshadow) – peach shimmer with gold shift.
  • Sell Out (Standard eyeshadow) – pinky champagne shimmer.

So now for the giveaway! As ever, all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below – this giveaway is open internationally and will only run for ONE WEEK, so be quick! And there will be THREE winners. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, and good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is in collaboration with Urban Decay

MAC It’s A Strike Limited Edition Collection

Posted on August 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have some gorgeous products from one of MAC’s latest upcoming ranges to share with you today – the It’s a Strike Limited Edition Collection is a really cute curated selection of products with a bowling theme. MAC have included a large selection of new as well as re-promoted products in the collection, including Lip Glasses, Eye Shadows, Nail Lacquers, and Fluidline Pens with play-on-words names related to all things bowling…

Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with M∙A∙C IT’S A STRIKE! A range of lipstick and Creamsheen Glass IS RACKED IN RED. Rich Eye Shadow and Fluidline Pen shades will have everyone begging to join your league, while easy hues of casual colour are right up anyone’s alley. Prcatice a clean follow-through with three creamy colours of M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer. Finally, knock them all down with the luminous allure of new Pearlmatte Face Powder.

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Ok so let’s start with the lip products. I have a Lipstick in Bowl Me Over and a Cremesheen Lipglass in Throw a Spare. There are seven lipsticks in the collection with varying finishes including Matte, Retro Matte and Dazzle. Bowl Me Over is a gorgeous and autumnal deep brown toned red, and the Cremesheen Glass in Throw A Spare is a bright blue toned sheer fuchsia with a sparkly pearl finish.

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  • Honeylove – light beige toned with rose (matte)
  • Flat Out Fabulous – bright plum matte (retro matte)
  • All Fired Up – bright fuchsia matte (retro matte)
  • Perfect Score – deep red (matte)
  • Bowl Me Over – deep burnt brown (retro matte) (online exclusive)
  • Liquid Lurex – tarnished gold (dazzle)
  • Babes And Balls – deep burgundy (matte)

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  • It’s A Strike – soft nude pink
  • King Pin – deep chocolate mauve
  • Throw A Spare – fuchsia with pearl
  • Right Up My Alley – deep red
  • Spare Me – dark purple

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There are also six single eyeshadows in the collection. I have Bowlarama which is an intense lime green with a satin finish. Now I know this shade does look a bit out there, but you can easily sheer it out for a hint of colour, or of course wear it applied layered up if you’re feeling daring!

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  • Gutter Gal – off-white grey (matte)
  • Bowlerama – bright lime green (satin)
  • Bowl Out – mid-tone grey (matte)
  • 300 Game – blackened cherry (matte)
  • Join My League? – dark espresso (matte)
  • Carbon – intense black (matte)

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The Pearlmatte Face Powder (£24.00) has to be my favourite product though. Trophy has a fun skittles and bowling ball design, and this powder really does give the most beautiful sheen to the skin. Trophy contains four pearlmatte shades (top to bottom swatches above)  – a light lime green, a bright white, and a mid pink, which when swirled together, give a lovely light pink toned pearlmatte finish (bottom swatch)

There are also a few more products in the collection which I haven’t had the chance to try –

Fluidline Pen (£18.00)

  • 
Vintage Brown – deep dark brown
  • Retro Black – black
  • Indelibly Blue – deep navy blue

StudioNail Lacquer (£10.00)

  • Rack ‘Em Up – cool deep khaki (cream)
  • 5 Pin – deep wine (cream)
  • Baby Split – sheer lime green (cream)

Casual Colour (£18.50)

  • 
Have A Lovely Day! – neutral nude
  • Blind Score – dirty reddish lilac

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The MAC It’s a Strike collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Dior Skyline AW16 Collection: Nude Air Luminizer, Colour Correctors, Brow Chalk & More!

Posted on August 1, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Dior’s AW16 Skyline collection really is to die for – I posted a couple of days ago about the new Mono Eyeshadows, and I have a few more products from the collection to share with you today…

To the Parisian “SKYLINE” Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, gazed when seeking enlightenment for the AW16 collection. Like an architect for the face, this new makeup wardrobe explores shape, line and structure through the transformative nuances of shade, light and extraordinary optical illusions. From frosted beige to reddened browns, coppery pinks and glinting metallics, autumnal hues find order in state-of-the-art formulations that redefine beauty for the modern woman.

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Let’s start by looking at the stunning Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in 001 (£39.00) – this is just the most gorgeous powder – please tell me I’m not the only one that doesnt actually want to use pretty products, because I don’t want to ‘ruin’ them?? Well I have used this and I don’t think I’ll be putting it down all summer! It’s the most wonderful champagne beige illuminating powder, perfect for highlighting both face and body – this is a must have for highlighter fans!

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Next I have the Diorshow Brow Chalk in 002 Soft Brown (£20.00) – now I’m the first to admit that I’m no expert at brows, so I’m always looking for a fool-proof product that I can apply quickly and easily, that just does the job without any fuss. The Diorshow Brow Chalk is a chunky brow pencil that combines the colour intensity of a pencil with the staying power of a wax. It fills and sculpts brows with ease – you can use the flat end of the product to cover a larger area, or use it on its edge to draw fine lines. This is available in three shades – 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown, and 003 Dark Brown.

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I also have one of the Dior Addict Lipsticks (£26.50) from the collection – shade 777 Sensational is an intensely pigmented beautiful shimmery magenta pink. There are also two more lipstick shades in the Skyline collection – 951 Too Much, a bright red, and 927 Sophisticated, a deep brown.

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And the Skyline collection of nail polishes are just gorgeous. Dior Vernis (£19.50) in shade 848 Skyline is a wonderful warm reddish toned chocolate brown. These shades are inspired by the Parisian horizon on an autumn day, and as expected the rest of the shades on the collection are all nudes, including 112 Minimal, a marble beige, 522 Abstract, a stony taupe, and 818 Obscure, a dusky brown.

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And lastly I have a couple of the Fix-It Colour Sticks (£23.50) – you’ll probably have noticed that colour correcting is one of the latest beauty trends, and Dior have included four lipstick-sized colour correcting sticks in this collection, to help you neutralise any colour issues you might be having –

Dior’s Fix-It Colour contains soft-focus agents to blur away imperfections, refine the skin’s surface texture and banish dullness.

  • 200 Apricot: warms dull skin, reducing dark spots, hyperpigmentation and shadowy circles. Perfect for olive skin tones.
  • 300 Yellow: smoothes away purple under eye shadows and visible blood vessels – then revives blue-toned lips that can alter the colour of lipstick. Ideal for pale skin.
  • 100 Blue: delivers targeted contouring, then evens out and energizes dull, yellow skin to renew its integral radiance.
  • 400 Green: neutralizes redness caused by heat, blemishes and spider veins.

There are also plenty more gorgeous products in this collection which I’d definitely advise you check out! There’s beautiful eyeshadow palettes, highlight and contour sticks, lip glosses and illuminating pens – get your wish-lists at the ready!

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The Dior Skyline collection is available now at John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Dior Skyline AW16 Collection: Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows

Posted on July 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’ve just recently received some simply beautiful products from the new Dior Skyline AW16 collection, and I thought I’d share the new Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows with you today…

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Like an architect for the face, this new makeup wardrobe explores shape, line and structure through the transformative nuances of shade, light and extraordinary optical illusions. From frosted beige to reddened browns, coppery pinks and glinting metallics, autumnal hues find order in state-of-the-art formulations that redefine beauty for the modern woman.

The Diorshow Mono range of eyeshadows was originally inspired by the fabric textures of the brand’s fashion clothing – including matte, silky, ultra-glittery and lamé – and feature super-saturated hues to deck the eyes in long-lasting colors with radiant finishes.

The Skyline AW16 Collection introduces six brand new lustrous finish Mono Eyeshadows into the range, and these highly pigmented, smoky shades promise to illuminate the eyes in a flash. The new shades offer a modern take on the classic smoky eye, with shades ranging from leaf-strewn brown to shimmery plum and dusky pink, of course with the all-new high shimmer lustrous finish…

  • 094 Gravity – a steely grey shimmer.
  • 184 Temptation – a vivid purple shimmer.
  • 564 Fire – a golden bronze shimmer.
  • 684 Reflexion – a taupe brown shimmer.
  • 764 Fusion – a pink and gold shimmer.
  • 794 Fever – an muted purple toned brown shimmer.

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  • 794 Fever – an intense purple toned brown shimmer.

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  • 684 Reflexion – a taupe brown shimmer.

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64 Fusion – a pink and gold shimmer.

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To look at the shadows in the pans, I must admit they looked as though the formula might be quite chunky and give a bit of fall out – but they’re actually beautifully smooth, soft and buttery – with no fallout whatsoever. The three shades I have are all super shimmery as well as being really well pigmented, and they’re just gorgeous to wear for either a sweep of shimmer across the lid, or built up for a more intense look.

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I’ll have another post coming up shortly showing some more products from the gorgeous Skyline AW16 collection, so keep your eye out for that in the next week or so!

The Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows are £24.50 each, available from today at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Brant Brothers Limited Edition Collection

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know what you’re thinking… WHO?? Well I must admit I didn’t know either. The Brant brothers will be more familiar to US readers, but to us in the UK, they’re New York based socialites, or ‘IT’ boys. Peter and Harry Brant are fearless lovers of fashion as well as beauty, and make for a fitting yet interesting collaboration with MAC Cosmetics…

Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.

The Brant Brothers collection includes both makeup and skincare – such as the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream – all which are aimed at a unisex audience.

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First up we have the Eye Shadow x 4 in 4 Pillars (£27.50)

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This eyeshadow quad contains four neutral shades with matte, satin and pearl finishes –

  • Mother’s Milk – a soft matte beige satin.
  • Sandstone – a soft matte taupe matte.
  • Mystery – a muted plum-brown veluxe pearl.
  • Carbon – a intense black matte.

All the shades are wonderfully soft and easy to blend, and due to the shades being neutral and ranging from very light right through to intense black, you can easily create a multitude of looks with this palette.

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Next the Eye Kohl (£15.50) – this is available in three shades –

  • Smolder –  an intense black.
  • Paragon Pearl – a champagne gold.
  • El Dorado – a bold gold.

I’m a big fan of MAC’s eye pencils, and this Kohl i son exception. El Dorado is a lovely shimmery gold shade, that works well to add a pop of golden highlight to the eye.

I’ll also include details of the rest of the products in the collection –

Brushes –

  • 208 Angled Brow  (£18.00)
  • 163 Flat Contour (£31.00)

Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker (£19.00)

  • Boysenberry Blush – berry plum red
  • Bitten Lip – dirty coral red
  • Sunset Boulevard – coral brown
  • The Jamie – mid-tone red blue

Fluidline Brow Gel Creme (£16.00)

  • Neanderthal – deep, rich brown

Pro Sculpting Cream Duo (£26.50)

  • Climax – light white highlight
  • Crevasse – taupe contour

Brow Set Clear (£14.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel (online exclusive £29.00)

Prep+Prime Natural Radiance (online exclusive £29.50)

Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (online exclusive £22.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream (online exclusive £24.50)

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The MAC X Brandt Brothers collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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