Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color 506 Camelia and Le Top Coat Velvet Matte Review

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color 506 Camelia and Le Top Coat Velvet Matte Review

Along with the new Rouge Coco Stylo, Chanel also reformulated all of their nail colors into a newer longer lasting formula called Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour ($28/0.4 oz). All of the colors from the previous formula have been discontinued or pulled from counters and online (at the time of this post old colors are still showing up online at Saks.com).

There are currently 15 shades in this new launch, 5 of which are re-promoted shades in the new formula. Today I have Camélia 506 I will be sharing with you. The new formula is creamy and has really rich pigmentation. One coat offered full coverage but I still added two out of habit. Glides on smooth and easy. Camélia is a rich deep peony pink kind of color, which I think is perfect for the warmer weather months.

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With the new formula launch they’ve changed the packaging a bit. The names of the colors are now printed on the back of the bottles rather than the front. Another change is the brush. The previous brush was thin and dense and the newer brush is a bit thicker and fans out a little at the edges.

The LE TOP COAT VELVET($27/0.4 oz) is a long-wear and matte effect top coat. On the Chanel website, its listed as a limited edition. It’s already sold out at some of my local Chanel counters. But still available on Chanel.com. I tested the top coat on numerous colors and think its looks best with solid and more pigmented colors.

Here it Camélia 506 on its own.

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And here it is with the Le Top Coat Velvet.

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I think overall the new Chanel Le Vernis formula is a keeper and I think the Matte Top Coat is a fun top coat to play with. Have any of you tried the new nail polish formula from Chanel? What are your thoughts?

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Burt’s Bees 501 Blush Basin and 523 Sunset Cruise Lipstick Review

Burt's Bees 501 Blush Basin and 523 Sunset Cruise Lipstick Review

I love it when I’m running errands and I coincidently run across something so unexpected. Like when I was in the personal care aisle at Target and just happened to see the newest Burt’s Bees Lipstick ($9/.12oz). Of course there were no display samples to play with but for the price, I thought I could take the risk.

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I grabbed two of the colors I thought I would use the most, 501 Blush Basin and 523 Sunset Cruise. Anyone familiar with Burt’s Bees knows the brand produces 100% natural products and even uses recycled packaging. In the ingredients list you’ll find a number of essential oils and natural waxes, such as beeswax. Which is why I was so excited that they decided to launch a lipstick in such a cute and chic tube. I’ve been using beeswax products since my high school days and still love their products.

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501 Blush Basin is a dirty rose nude color. You can barely see the hint of pink in there. The 523 Sunset Cruise is more of a dark muted coral. I think these colors would look really great on pigmented lips. The formula is on the creamy side and moisturizing, so you can definitely skip your lip primer or balm before applying. On the swatch above they look similar on my hand but applied different on the lips.

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I was highly impressed with the Burt’s Bees Lipstick formula I’m considering getting other colors. It has a nice honey scent to it that’s not overpowering and goes on then lips super smooth. The Burt’s Bees formula reminded me of this lipstick, which I must say is quite impressive for $9.

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The Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are currently available at Target, Ulta, Drugstores and online.

Are any of you fans of the Burt’s Bees products? What are some of your favorites?

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Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator Review

Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator Review

Wander Beauty, which was founded by Divya Gugnani and supermodel Lindsay Ellingson, was launched out of a shared passion for travel plus a less-is-more philosophy. The line produces and sells a large array of products, from lipsticks, to eyeliners and even makeup applicators.

While browsing the new to me beauty brand, the On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($42/2 x 0.11 oz) caught my attention and I decided to give it a try. It’s an all in one blush, highlighter and lip tint that comes in a double sided tube. This comes in two different color combinations: Soft Pink/Nude Glow and Coral Rose/Nude Glow. I opted for the Coral Rose because warmer shades tend to look better on my golden olive skin as opposed to cool tones.

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I love the idea of a two in one product. Not only does it save you money but it also clears up some space in your makeup bag for other products. The On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator is fairly easy to use. It can be applied straight from the tube or using your fingers. Although, if your out of napkins or cleansing cloths I would suggest you apply it straight from the tube or with a brush.

There’s a video on the Sephora website showing the different ways to apply it. Even when applying straight from the tube I still found it necessary to blend either with my fingers or with a brush/beautyblender.

In terms of pigment and lasting power, I found the On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator to be a little on the sheer side. I needed more than one swipe to get the color to show on my cheeks. The highlighter worked well overall and not too shimmery. I really liked applying it on the lids to brighten up the eyes and give them a little glow. The blush looked a little frosty on my pigmented lips and didn’t give them much color.

Here it is swatched on my skin. I tried taking a picture in direct sunlight so you can see the color and how warm and sheer it is.

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Overall, I give the On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator a thumbs up. It gives natural coverage perfect for an everyday look. If you’re into sheer and subtle blushes and highlighters you’re going to love this one. If you’re one to love a more pop of color from your blush and more shimmer from your highlighter you might want to opt out on the splurge. Hope this review helped. You can currently find Wander Beauty products on Sephora.com, on the Wander Beauty website and qvc.com.

Have any of you tried something from the Wander Beauty brand? Any recommendations?

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Nordstrom’s Spring Beauty Trend Week

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This weekend I attended my local Nordstrom’s Spring Beauty Trend Week show. I’ve only recently started to attend the shows. I’ve been to one in the fall of last year and this time for their spring show. The show features upcoming beauty trends that are currently in season. The focus of Saturday’s show was about the new naturals and pretty pastels.

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Its an early morning show that runs from 8am-10am, just in time before the store opens and customers start their weekend of shopping. Morning refreshments are served so if you’re running late no need to worry about your coffee and breakfast. A very cute Nordstrom Beauty tote bag filled with samples is also gifted to each guest upon arrival.

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I’ve been to a number of shows and Kelly Edwards, the Midwest beauty director, has been the emcee and she’s been doing an amazing job. An itinerary of the show’s featured brands is provided for each guest. The show featured brands such as NARS, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Burberry, Amorepacific, Jo Malone, and so many others. Each brand featured a model with the product they were trending. And best of all guests are asked to fill out a card and enter a raffle where a number of prizes throughout the show can be won.

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After the show guests are welcome to stick around and get their makeup done at any counter they please. Although, it can get pretty packed and it is recommended that appointments be made beforehand with each guest’s brand preference.

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Sara Happ, originally from Illinois and founder of the Sara Happ line, was a guest speaker and offered attendees a free lip scrub at her counter. I personally wanted one but the line was insanely long.

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Overall, I had an amazing time and would definitely do it again. I also recommend the show to anyone who wants to be in the know about the latest trends and wants advice on how to go about replicating some of the looks they see on the runway.

In order to attend the show guests are asked to purchase a ‘ticket’ by purchasing a $20 Nordstrom gift card, which you can later use on anything in the store. For more information you can visit Nordstrom’s website and check the dates of your local Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Show.

Has anyone ever attended one of the shows or plans on visiting? What are your thoughts?


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Friday Finds

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Boy am I glad its Friday. Its been quite busy here and the snow we had yesterday didn’t help with the stressful and chaotic week …yes u read it right, snow. Snow and wind and low temps don’t make for a good spring start.

In other news, my local Nordstrom will be holding their spring Beauty Trend Show tomorrow. Its an early morning show that provides attendees a sneak peak at some of the latest in spring beauty products. Tomorrow will be my fourth time attending and its so much fun. Refreshments are provided before the show starts and the emcee at my last two shows did an amazing job.

The best part of the show is that every attendee will receive a bag filled with samples and amazing prizes are given away throughout the show. How cool is that? Brands such as NARS, Tom Ford, La Mer, Anastasia, Urban Decay, Charlotte Tilbury, Burberry, etc. are featured. And even though it’s an early morning show, I can’t wait to see what’s new!

On to the Friday Finds. Clicking on the picture should take you to the source.

Despite the weather or maybe because of I should say, I’m getting really anxious for spring and summer to come around. To spend the day outdoors, lemonade, sun, rabbits, barbeques, etc….a girl can dream right?

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For those living in Chicago or planning a visit, the Chicago Botanic Gardens should be on your must see list!

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As I was browsing the web I came across this pic and it kinda reminded me of the infamous B and S (Blair and Serena) from Gossip Girl.

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Another reason I can’t wait for summer is being able to ride my bike. I have one that looks almost exactly like this one. I’m loving the addition of the basket and flowers. I just might do that when riding mine. Now to find a basket.

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And of course, the weekend coming upon us means a new recipe is in order. And this one looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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Hope everyone enjoys their weekend. What do you guys have planned?

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Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté Shine’ Oil-in-Stick vs. ‘Rouge Volupté Shine’ Review

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Stepping away from the matte lipstick trend, Yves Saint Laurent recently released a new oil based lipstick called the ‘Rouge Volupté Shine’ Oil-in-Stick Lipstick ($37/0.15 oz).

The formula is infused with beneficial oils that give the lips a luminous look while providing much needed hydration. And who doesn’t need more hydration for their lips? I mean, I rarely, if ever, hear someone saying ‘my lips are too moist’. However, I do hear, (and I’m guilty of this) the phrase ‘my lips are so dry’ constantly. So, after much debate as to which color to get I decided to splurge on number 43 Rose Rive Gauche, which is a pink rose color that I think is perfect for spring.

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I compared the Oil-in-Stick formula with the regular ‘Rouge Volupté Shine’ Lipstick and did indeed notice a difference. While the products both look similar in texture and swatched on the hand, the formula feels quite unique on the lips.

It goes on smooth and doesn’t feel sticky, which I’m grateful for. Gives the lips great moisture and has a fruity, mango scent, which I think smells amazing. The new formula reminds me of the Hourglass’ N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil, only the YSL one comes in a stick, which makes it easy for applying on the go.

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The formula for the Oil-in-Stick goes on light/sheer at first but is definitely buildable to your liking. On my golden olive skin Rose Rive Gauche applied a little more pink than what you see in the tube and it lasted about 3 to 4 hours. However, it will transfer if your drinking or eating. I usually take any lip products off my lips before I have lunch and then reapply after I’m done.

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The Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté Shine’ Oil-in-Stick Lipstick is a Nordstrom exclusive and is currently available at your local Nordstrom beauty counters, Nordstrom.com and yslbeautyus.com.

Have any of you had a chance to test out an oil based lipstick? I’d love to hear your thoughts?

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SOFTLIPS® | LUXE REVIEW

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Today I thought I’d share a new product that I stumbled upon while visiting my local Target, the new Softlips Luxe lip balm($3.49/0.13 oz).

I’m a huge sucker when it comes to lip balms. If its new I will buy it and if it looks pretty there’s absolutely no stopping me. When the new egg shaped eos lip balms came out I practically bought one in every color I could find. Afterall, I am the blogger behind balm.

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Get it? haha Ok maybe not so funny but still, its a nice coincidence.

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From what I could tell, the new Softlips Luxe lip balm is exclusive to Target and Wal-Mart, although as with most products on the market, you can purchase it from Amazon and eBay.

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The Softlips Luxe comes in two variations, the Silky Shea and Creamy Coconut. Shea butter is a universal ingredient when it comes to lip balms and moisturizers in general so I opted for the coconut and I’m glad I did. My thoughts:

– smells amazing
– Works well as a lip primer for matte lipsticks
– melts on the lips and applies clear (no white film ion the lips)
– moisturizing
– as is typical with most balms, it only lasts about an hour
– Can’t beat the price

Overall, I’m fairly pleased with my purchase. Seeing as I was already a huge fan of the Softlips Cubes I had a feeling the Luxe wouldn’t disappoint.

Has anyone had a chance to tried these? What are your thoughts? I’m currently keeping an eye out for the Hello Kitty Softlips Cubes.

Introducing one of our newest #SoftlipsCube flavors: the Hello Kitty Peach Mango Cube! Find it at Kmart today.

Posted by Softlips on Wednesday, March 23, 2016


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Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation and Blur Primer Review

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Hi everyone, hope your Tuesday is treating you well. My apologies for being a no show on Monday. My weekend was super short and before I knew it Monday crept up on me. I’ll make it up to you. 😉

Today I have a new foundation I wanted to share with all of you. The Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22 ($58/1 oz). I received deluxe size samples of both the Radiance Awakening Foundation and the Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52/1 oz) that was released with the foundation.

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The Radiance Awakening foundation and the Blur Primer are the newest additions to YSL’s Touche Éclat line. The formula is meant to make the skin look flawless by providing great coverage and making you look awake and refreshed even if you only got 2 hours of sleep (we’ve all been there). The Touche Éclat foundation is said to have ingredients that help to fight off the effects of a fatigued and tired face by “stimulating micro-circulation.” That’s science talk for giving the face a message. 😉

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It comes in a pump glass bottle for easy dispensing and its recommended that you use it with the new Touche Éclat Le Teint Brush (sold separately). I used my fingers to dispense and then used my handy pink beautyblender to blend it smooth. The formula is pretty lightweight and thin. For me, it gave buildable coverage without feeling cakey. With one coat you get sheer coverage (your skin but better) and is buildable to your liking. I have combination skin, so I was worried this would give me an extra shiny face. However, I was impressed with the coverage and the results. I want to say that my skin looked flawless with a bit of radiance. Not what I expected. Also, the first time I put this on, I didn’t use a setting powder!

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The first time I put this foundation on I used the YSL Blur Primer. Don’t let the look of this fool you. It looks glittery but goes on clear and its very lightweight, you cant even feel it on. The primer dis help blur some of my pores and help make a great canvas for the foundation.

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It’s nice that the TOUCHE ÉCLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation comes in 22 different shades. Many to choose from. The color I was given was Beige 50 – Honey and I think it was perfect for my golden olive skin. It comes with SPF 22, which is always a plus in my book (many of my moisturizers don’t have SPF and I hate caking my face with too many products before foundation).

I have it swatches of it here with the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in Beige 30.

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Overall, a thumbs up for Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation and the Blur Primer. It comes in 22 different shades, has SPF 22, has buildable coverage and gives the face a nice subtle glow.

Have any of you tried the new Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation or Blur Primer? What did you think? Both are available at your local Nordstrom, Sephora as well as online.

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday everyone. I’m glad to say this week just flew by. I hope it was the same for the rest of you. I’m going to share a few of my Friday Finds from around the web. Hope you all enjoy. 🙂

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I’m definitely feeling Spring in the air these days and this picture sums up how I feel about it. The pastel colors, the outdoors and the blooms everywhere can put a smile on anyone’s face. Also, think bunny rabbits and egg hunts. 🙂

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Speaking of blooms, I just recently came across the website terrain and I must say I find myself visiting almost everyday now. Especially, with the weather getting warmer and gardening season upon us. If you’ve got a green thumb or like me you just love looking at plants and flowers and the beauty it brings, I highly recommend you visit the site.

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We recently started getting warmer weather here in Chicago and I was searching for ways to help my skin make the transition from winter to spring and came across this article. I love that it differentiates between the different types of skin, such as dry, oily or sensitive. I found it very helpful.

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This smoothie looks so good, I have really high hopes that will taste just as good. I’m not one to eat my veggies or take vitamins and so I think maybe incorporating something like this into my daily routine will be good for me. I mean it’s only four ingredients and one of them is apple juice. How hard can it be? And Kristin’s recipes are some of the best I’ve tried. I’ve been following her since before she had a baby.

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Last but not least is talk about this Fujifilm Mini 8 Instax Camera. I got one in pink as a gift from my sister ♥ and its so much fun. I highly recommend. So if you BFF’s BDay is coming up and your not sure what to get him/her, here’s a great idea. And even better Urban Outfitters currently has them on sale.

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Hope you all enjoyed my finds from around the web and enjoy your weekend!

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Micellar Cleansing Waters Review: Garnier, Bioderma, Caudalie and Simple

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Hi everyone, today I have a round up of the micellar cleansing water products I’ve been using lately. During one of my trips to Target I noticed they had a promotion going on for the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water ($6.99/13.5 oz). By that time I’ve already been using the Bioderma Sébium H2O ($12.95/250 ml) and the Caudalie Cleansing Water $28/6.7 oz) and was a huge fan, so I decided to make a purchase and give it a try.

I ended up purchasing both the pink and blue version of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. They both do the same job, which is to remove makeup and cleanse the face. However, the blue one is a Bi-Phase cleanser made to remove even stubborn waterproof makeup. So I took the both of these home and gave them a test run. I must say I was very impressed.

Before spilling my thoughts about the products let me just sum up my facial cleansing routine:

1 – I use an eye makeup remover for mascara, eyeliner and shadow

2 – Then I remove face makeup with a makeup remover, either a cleansing water, cleansing wipe or a cleansing oil

3 – I use either a foam or wash to cleanse the face (i.e., Kate Somerville’s Gentle Daily Wash)

4 – If it’s necessary and I’m not being uber lazy I’ll use a type of treatment, such as the ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment or the EradiKate® Acne Treatment

(obviously Kate Somerville’s been really nice to me ;))

5 – And last but not least, I moisturize

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Before this, my cleansing routine was to just wash and moisturize. But I realized that for someone who puts on makeup everyday a more efficient system was needed. I first fell in love with cleansing waters after using the Bioderma Sebium. After using it I felt like my skin was gradually changing. It felt smoother, brighter and, simply put, it felt cleaner. So the strong relationship I have with the Bioderma motivated me to purchase others.

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water was surprisingly a great competitor. I love that there isn’t a strong scent, which can sometimes make it or break it. It’s gentle on the skin. My skin didn’t feel tight or dry afterwards. And best of all , I felt the same results as with my Bioderma. I have to add these bottles are big and will last you a long time.

The Caudalie comes from a more luxurious brand, hence the price tag, and has a grape juice smell to it. At first, the smell was a big enough reason for me to stop using it, especially because I don’t like the smell and can’t stand the taste of grape juice. However, I still have the bottle and use it when my other micellar waters are nowhere to be found. It does get the job done, which is to remove my makeup. And the smell is slowly growing on me.

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Now for the Simple wipes, I also bought these from Target while they were on sale. That’s the nice thing about drugstore beauty products. They almost always go on sale!!!

I like the idea of using a wipe to remove my makeup when I’m too lazy to turn on the faucet. However, I don’t ever feel that my face is ‘clean’ when using this. I always find myself using these as a cotton pad to apply other micellar waters or my eye makeup remover.

So overall, my top picks would be the Bioderma and the Garnier at a close second. The Bioderma can be purchased from Beautylish and the Garnier can be found at Target, Walgreens, CVS and other drug store retailers.

What do you guys think? Is anyone thinking of including a micellar water into their cleansing routine? If so, I’d love to hear what you think.


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