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Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Paint Tin + Giveaway

Friday, May 15, 2015

Gift giving for me is really easy. 
90% of the time I get it right!
The other 10% is usually a disaster.
Like the time I bought my mom a frame for Mother's day and it fell apart in a few weeks.
So embarrassing! 

Crabtree & Evelyn can help you pick out the best gift for your love one. Candles, perfumes, creams the list goes on. One of my favourites on the site is the Hand Therapy Paint Tin ($60.00 CAN).

It's comes in a gorgeous floral tin are which houses 12 ultra-moisturising hand creams (25g in size). This is not your typical basic hand creams they are formulated with rich ingredients such as macadamia nut oil, one of my favourites shea butter, and ceramides. This is therapy for your hands!
  • Gardeners
  • La Source 
  • Avocado, Olive & Basil 
  • Rosewater 
  • Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed 
  • English Honey and Peach Blossom 
  • Citron, Honey & Coriander
  • Verbena and Lavender 
  • Somerset Meadow 
  • Lavender
  • English Honey and Peach Blossom 
  • Summer Hill 
  • Nantucket Briar 




Right now, I've been prepping my hands with lavendar so I can have super soft hands before the wedding!

Canadians: I would like you guys to try out the product as well!
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Readers: Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The verdict is in!
The ladies are loving the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil.
Check out what my Spiced Beauty Readers had to say!

Cheryl

When I received my Skintimate Skin Therapy shaving cream I was pleasantly pleased with the package, it had a very nice design and highlighted the Moroccan Oil and that its lotionized with vitamin E. When I was ready to use the shaving cream I squeezed a small amount into my hand and a luscious pink mound of shaving cream came out, the smell is amazing, I worked it onto my legs and it was a nice creamy lather, the smell seemed to get better as it was smoothed onto my legs. After shaving my legs and even days later, my legs felt silky smooth, I had no irritation and my legs felt hydrated and not dried out at all. I love the way it makes my legs feel while I am shaving and after I am done, I love the smell and I love the hydration I get from the Moroccan oil. I am so pleased with this product, thanks for letting me try this product.

Florence

I received my Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil and had a chance to try it. I was quite happy with the results. First I love the scent and the amount of latter if provided. The shave gel gave me a close shave and left my skin feeling so soft and so moisturized. Can't wait for the weather to warm up and I can wear shorts to show off my legs.

Nicole

Overall I really liked the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. It had a great consistency that allowed me to put it on easily. The light fragrance was perfect and not too overpowering. The gel did it's job and shaving was a breeze with no nicks or skin irritations. The addition of Moroccan Oil meant that my skin felt lovely afterwards. I will definitely pick this one up again when I'm shopping for shaving gel.

Judy

I recently had the opportunity to review Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. This opportunity arrived just in time to get my legs ready for the nice weather. The first thing I noticed was that it had a really nice smell. It provided a nice smooth shave with no nicks. I found that a small amount of the gel went a long way. My legs were very dry before and after shaving I found that they were moisturized. I was very impressed with this shave gel!​

Steph

My legs are so smooth thanks to Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil!
Before receiving this sample I just dreaded shaving my legs! I dreaded it so much so I barely shaved my legs during the winter (scary!). After using this sample it changed my thoughts about shaving drastically. My skin on my legs stopped cracking, I had no more razor burn and my legs had a beautiful shine after my shower. Not to mention the smell is amazing! I will definitely be buying this in the future and I will recommend it to all my friends! So glad I received the opportunity to try this product.

Anne

The Skintimate Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil was a beautiful product. I liked how it came out in a lotion form and lathered up really well! It smelled beautifully light and wasn't at all overpowering. Also, a little went a long way which was great! The shave itself was really close and the razor slid very easily over my skin. After rinsing my skin was extremely smooth and soft which is a great side effect to have in a shaving product! I also smelled fantastic afterwards! I also loved the beautiful purple packaging!

I would not hesitate to purchase this product in the future for myself and my daughters!

Courtney

I really liked this shaving cream. It was a cool texture (and colour!) when I dispensed it. Once I rubbed it in, it foamed and lathered like any regular shaving cream does. It smelled awesome and left my legs really soft and hydrated after. I will absolutely be buying this again!

Karla

I received the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil to review free of charge from Spiced Beauty . I first used it to shave my legs ,and I love it! I have always loved Skintimate products,so this was no surprise. The smell of it is really nice,but not too overwhelming at all. It made my legs feel so soft, smooth and moisturized afterwards. It lathers up nicely as well,you don`t need to use a whole lot. I definitely would buy this! Thank you for the chance to review it :)

Belinda 

Armed with a new shaver and the Skintimate Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil....and 10 minutes of me time I tested this new product.
I suffer from dry skin and I find that many gels and creams cause my skin to be sensitive and flaky. Not the case with this product.
I have used it three times now and love it! It lathered up all nice and thick and resulted in a nice close shave.

My skin feels super soft, silky, smooth and did not zap the moisture from the areas I shaved. I totally recommend this product and thank you for the chance to review it.

Jonnie

What I first noticed about this product was the tiny amount I needed. A small dollop of gel quickly transformed into a nice, thick layer of foam covering my legs. I was able to get a really close shave with no irritation at all and my skin was left feeling incredible! It's like the product acts as a shave gel and a moisturizer together. The shave gel has a nice, feminine scent and rinses clean easily. I also liked that the lid has bumps, making it really easy to open even with wet, soapy hands!

Zahra

I was very pleased by the Skintimate skin therapy silky skin shave gel with Moroccan Oil, in terms of both scent and feel. I liked that the scent was pleasing but not overpowering. When I squeezed some gel from the can, it was very gel-like which caught me off guard but as soon as I tried to apply it, it became light and fluffy and very smooth to put on the area.

My skin felt quite smooth after I was done with shaving and it allowed the shaving process to be much smoother and therefore closer. I felt like I was able to get a closer shave than I would if I were using regular soap or some other product.

I will continue to use product for my shaving needs. In fact, my husband also tried it and preferred it to the male-scented products he uses. He might not admit it to his friends but he would rather use this.


Emily

Shaving cream was never really a must for me as I just used my shower gel and figured there wouldn't be much difference. I was so wrong! Firstly, the Skintimate shave gel applies evenly with a wonderful, yet not overpowering, scent. Razors glide easily to give a very smooth shave. Best of all, I got no nicks, which almost never happens. The Moroccan oil really helps with moisturization and gave me the silkiest feeling legs I've had in a very long time. I can honestly say that the Skintimate shave gel does make a difference. I'm converted!

Maria 

I liked the Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. A few of the cons were that it didn't lather as much as my usual shave gel and i also got a few nicks. It is better than Skintimate shave gels i have tried in the past. I liked the light scent and the color of the gel and bottle.

Heather

I stopped using shaving cream last year because I was not able to find a formula that didn't irritate my skin. I was excited to try this gel because of all the great things I've heard about Moroccan oil. The gel is think and smells amazing. It foams into a rich, creamy lather that is thick enough to last for my shave without requiring reapplying. I found the cream enabled me to get a very close shave and I didn't have any irritation at all. My legs felt so smooth that I didn't even feel the need to apply moisturizer after I was finished. I will definitely recommend this shave gel to my friends.

Thanks again for giving me a chance to try it out! I'm definitely a convert to this brand!

Amy

This shave gel was a pleasure to use! It comes out of the can as an opaque pink gel and then turns into a white foam when it is rubbed in. Compared to other shave gels, I found this product much creamier, thicker and richer. I usually use soap for shaving and sometimes it can cause razor irritation. With this skin therapy shave gel, my razor glided right over my skin with no drag or irritation. My legs were left soft, smooth and perfectly moisturized. I didn't even feel a need to apply moisturizer to my legs. Overall, I really liked this shave gel and will continue to use it for my shaving needs.

Thank you for the opportunity to test this shave gel!

Congratulations to Cheryl H. from Ontario for winning the $100 Visa gift card!


H&M launches premium beauty range

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I worked at H&M for 4 years. It's such an amazing company. I still miss it. 
Since I left, there has been so many new items added. 

I'm excited to announce that H&M now has a beauty products! 

Be prepared to see a full makeup collection (700+ items) plus beauty tools, haircare and body care this Fall. It will be available in over 900 stores worldwide.


“We are very excited to have ‘fashion for the face’ on offer at H&M. It’s an opportunity to be inventive and creative, and to have fun with colors”, says Sara Wallander, concept designer at H&M Beauty.

Please note-The range, which will replace existing beauty products at H&M. So stock up now!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Brushes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It was immediate love when these showed up at my door. 

Where do I start? 
The construction of the brushes, size and bristles are extremely high quality. 

One of the biggest selling features for me is the plastic encasing that it comes with. 
Yes... you can buy something like that separately but it's always so hard to get the perfect fit. 

Overall, I'm extremely impressed. 

Check out the specs on both brushes: 
SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Airbrush Blender #78
$48.00 CAN
  • Pointed head shape.
  • Fine synthetic fibers.
  • Perfect for high definition coverage.
  • Areas like your eyes and nose get blended easily.
  • Amazing with liquid foundations but still suitable for powder.

-RO tip: For targeted use, buff in product and then pat and roll product onto the desired area. For full coverage, massage product into skin in a circular buffing motion.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Contour Blender #77
$43.00 CAN
  • Contour angled shape.
  • Fine synthetic fibers.
  • Makes contouring easy.
  • Works with liquid, powder & cream.
Pro Tip: After makeup application, sweep this brush along the T-zone, jaw, and forehead to create a smooth and blended look.

Have you seen these in Sephora yet?




Maybelline: Jourdan Dunn- Met Ball 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I really like Jourdan Dunn! 
Why? 
She went from being spotted in Primark 9 years ago to being the first black British model on the Forbes list! ICONIC!!! Plus she comes from a West Indian background like me. She was at the MET ball and her makeup was done with Maybelline products- I have the scoop!
“Jourdan's makeup look was created to reflect the gold and mauve tones of her
graphic cut-out and geometric shaped dress.”
Breakdown:
Face-
Maybelline New York Master Prime in "Blur + Illuminate"
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Coconut #355
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder and Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
Cheeks-
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Plums Up
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light in Mauve
Eyes-
Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Palette (June 2015),
-Mauve toned shades on her lid and crease. 
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel in "Bad to the Bronze" + "Pomegranate Punk".
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in "Blackest Black"
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Black Pearl Waterproof Mascara.
Brows-
Maybelline New York Brow Drama
Lips-
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Daringly Nude
Nails-
Maybelline New York Color Show in Onyx Rush
I love it!
I'm need that palette ASAP!

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Currently Obsessed: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

When it comes to hair, I think that everyone should have the opportunity to have fun.
Wear protective styles! Play with your texture!
Overall DO you!

Since I've been doing me for the past two months, I decided to try out more natural styles.
A Canada based beauty store named Aonebeauty.com allowed me to try out some brands that they sell. I have a beauty supply store near me but it's so popular that everything is always sold out!

Shopping online gives me..
A) More selection.
B) The opportunity to try lot of the products that my fave USA bloggers are talking about :)
C) Deals and allows me to save money!!!

Let me point out that I'm not being paid to promote anything. 
I'm just a bride-to-be/new home owner who now pays bills and can't depend on mommy and daddy anymore.. LOL!

Moving on.... I have a very TIGHT and defined curl pattern. Shrinkage is NOT my friend. I've always heard really good things about elongating curling gels. I decided to give Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Don't Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel ($8.99 CAN) a try. 

Now I'm currently obsessed!!!
Main ingredients:

  • Moisturizing conditioners
  • Flaxseed
  • Shea Butter 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

I didn't know that flaxseed is a natural remedy for scalp health! 
It's anti-thinning and promotes hair growth.
It's best to use it on clean hair. Like fresh out the shower hair! 
When it's slightly damp, I take a nice quarter sized amount in my hands and apply it from root to ends. I tried it on hair with product and it didn't go so well when I wanted curls but worked well with twist outs. Just something to think about.


Have you tried a curl elongating curling gel before?

++ I received this product free from Aonebeauty++

Currently Obsessed: VICHY Ideal Body Serum - Milk

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sooo the groundhog was right. WINTER is still here!
By now I thought I would at least be able to rock my maxi dress but no.. I'm here pulling out my parka and boots. Hydration is key right now. 

My new BFF is VICHY Ideal Body Serum - Milk ($24.00 CAN).
What is Serum-Milk?
Serum-milk: Emulsion gel enriched with mother-of-pearl particles to enhance the skin. As a milk, it delivers hydration and comfort, as a serum, it has a very fresh, fluid and melt-in texture that is instantly absorbed. It is possible to dress immediately.
There are two key active ingredients usually used in face care in this product:
Hyaluronic Acid and LHA 


In combination, these result in radiant, smooth, hydrated and firmer skin. Since I have sensitive skin it's good to know that it's suitable for all skin types and infused with Vichy Thermal Spa Water. Plus paraben-free and hypoallergenic!

By combining 10 fundamental oils:
  1. Apricot kernel,
  2. Passionflower
  3. Corn
  4. Rice Bran
  5. Sunflower
  6. Blackcurrant Pips
  7. Rosehip
  8. Coriander
  9. Macadamia
  10. Jojoba
Best way to maximize the benefits:
Apply it to your skin when it's still slightly damp.
It will boost your hydration!


Curls or no Curls?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

As you all know the big day is drawing near.
The number one question I get asked is "Are you nervous?"

My answer is "No...."
I know exactly what I'm doing and I wouldn't do it if it wasn't for me.

I have my dress..
But now I need to pick a final hairstyle.

Here are my three choices.
Curls or no Curls?
Of course, all Kim Kardashian looks.
Which is your favourite?

To make this style work for me.. I need A LOT of volume and length.
I'm happy to say that Bella Dream Hair is going to help me achieve that!

I had the opportunity to choose from four types of hair.

-Brazilian Straight
-Brazilian Wavy
- Brazilian Curly
-Brazilian Natural Wave

Brazilian Natural Wave is the best hair to get the look I want!
It can also be straightened.

I had the opportunity to choose lengths from 8" to 36".
YES 36" *screams*

I'm thinking about making them into clip-ins so I can change my hairstyle for the honeymoon.
Not sure yet...

I'll be sure to post the final look.

Hard Candy Spring Collection + Swatches

Thursday, April 16, 2015

All these spring launches are getting me excited.

I had the opportunity to go to a Spring 2015 Hard Candy party and I was really impressed.
I saw a lot of great products to add to my spring makeup regime.
New eye primers!

Price: $4.98 CAN
Colours: (from left to right)
  • long wear
  • shimmer 
  • smokey
I'm really excited for the smokey primer. 
I've never seen ANYTHING like it.

Plumping Serum Lip Gloss + Fiberized Brow Gel & Brow Highlighter Duo
Plumping serum lip gloss

Price: 4.98 CAN
Colours:
  • pinky swear
  • magic muave
  • string bikini
  • show stopper
  • it girl
  • swan lake
  • nude beach
  • lion tamer
  • girl next door
  • crush on you
  • gallery girl
The plumping serum has improved it's formula.

Fiberized Brow Gel & Brow Highlighter Duo
Price: $5.98 CAN
Colours:
  • Light medium
  • Medium dark
I've never seen a fiberized brow gel before so I'm extremely excited to wear a product like this in the summer time. When it's hot and I know it's a struggle to keep your brows on. 

Eye shadows + Fierce lip gloss effects
Fierce lip gloss effects
Price: $5.98 CAN
Colours: 
  • just glow 
  • candy baby 
  • contraband 
  • black rose 
  • nude plunge 
  • make blush 
  • pink attitude 
  • knockout punch 
  • daredevil 
  • skyfall 
  • adrenaline 
  • plum diva 
Eye Shadow Collection 
Price: $5.98 CAN

  • guilty pleasure
  • aphrodisiac
  • rated - x
  • birthday suit
  • raining men

Skin Luminizers
Price: $7.98 CAN
Colours:
  • in the buff
  • blushing babe
Plumping Serum Gel Stick
Price: $4.98 CAN
Colours:  
  • anonymous 
  • admired
  • popular 
  • desired
  • beloved 
  • infamous
  • victorious 
  • wanted
It's a very unique lipstick because has lightweight mango butter 
which helps with hydrating your lips.

Wedding - Quick and Easy Seating Plans- Top Table Planner

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So I'm in the process of finalizing my guest list.
This has been the MOST nerve wrecking process ever.
Who to invite, who not to invite...
One of the biggest things to consider is personalities.
Especially when creating your seating plans.

You need an easy, clear and concise way to do it.
I found the perfect online software to help!
It's called Top Table Planner.


I asked Adam Leyton the Director of Top Table Planner some quick questions about the software.

Why should a bride look into using a software like Top Table Planner?
Also what are the benefits of using a software like this?
TopTablePlanner takes all the stress and headache out of arranging your seating plan. Instead of messing around with scraps of paper or Post-It (sticky) notes which can easily get lost or muddled, you simply move your guests and tables around the screen until you’ve created the perfect plan. You can even save different versions to see which works best.

The greatest benefit of TopTablePlanner is that as there’s no software to download, you can access and edit your seating plan from anywhere - from home, work or even at your venue! It’s easy to create PDF copies of your plan too for printing or emailing to your stationer or wedding/event planner.

Which devices can the software be accessed on?
TopTablePlanner works on pretty much any device with an internet browser - PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone!

What is the best way to input guests on to the software?
It’s easy to import your guest from an Excel spreadsheet or Word file. You can, of course, add names manually too.

What types of tables can you choose from?
TopTablePlanner supports round, square and various configurations of rectangular table. You can add rows of seats too for planning your ceremony seating as well if you wish to.

So far I have created all 12 tables and filled them with guest.
I was even able to differentiate guest by gender and meal choice.
I feel so accomplished!
You have two choices: 
  • A free trial
    The only thing you can’t do in the trial is save plans and it’s limited to 10 guests and 5 tables.

  • Paid
    It costs just £10/$20 for 6 months of use or £15/$30 for a whole year. 


They also offer a 7-day moneyback guarantee.

NewYorkColor: April Challenge #NYCBeautyPro

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's been a while since I have done a #NYCBeautyPro challenge! 
I had to do challenge this month due to it's contents.

I know it's early to say this but I swear New York Color Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stains ($2.99) are the best products of 2015.

Back to the challenge....
This month we had the opportunity to do a look inspired by like our favourite fictional character.

I picked Tiana from The Princess and the Frog!
I felt like her bold lips would be perfect to emulate with these lip stains!


I shared these on instagram and you all went crazy!
They're pigmented and EXTREMELY long lasting.


PLUS UNDER $3.00! INSANE!
I swear Tiana would have these in her makeup stash.



Main products used:
  • New York Color Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain ($2.99)
  • New York Color City Proof 24 hr waterproof eyeshadow ($4.99)


Have you seen these in-stores yet?


Weddingbells Celebrates 30 Years!

Friday, April 10, 2015

I had the opportunity to attend the Weddingbells 30 years anniversary event. I love Weddingbells! They were one of the first magazines to get in contact with me, when I got engaged. They are the "go-to source" for Canadian brides. The lovely event was at the Design Exchange in Toronto. 

Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells stated that the anniversary would be eventful-
"From live performances and innovative d├ęcor concepts, to an on-trend party menu of cocktail foods, an epic candy table and a very special wedding cake; this will definitely be a celebration to remember.”

Some highlights:
  • There was an opportunity to win a trip for two to The Cove Atlantis in Bahamas 
  • A crazy macaroon table
  • Manicures from CND
  • Hair touch-ups from Revlon Professional 
  • Each guest received a key to win one of three items from inside the Birks lounge. 

Check out some pictures from the fun event!


I was obsessed with the latex balloons hanging from the ceiling!


Loved the modern gowns these brides were wearing!


Watched an amazing aerialist!


I got lovely CND manicure.
I also learned that I need to introduce Solar oil into my nail regime.

Essie Loves Tattify

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Fashion week at David Pecaut Square.
One of my highlights was visiting Essie's media-exclusive backstage lounge to get some #essielove.
My nails were done using one of the newest spring 2015 collections!
I choose "picked perfect" as a base with an accent of "garden variety" from the flowerista collection! This collection marks the first collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff. 
She's essie's global color designer.

To jazz up my manicure we used Tattify!
Tattify sells temporary tattoos and nail art wraps.
Definitely a trend that we will see everywhere in the upcoming months.

After all of that was done, I went into the mani cam for my close up!

Do you like my nails?

Make Up For Ever Spring 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Make Up For Ever Spring 2015 event.
There were quite a few products I know you all would be excited to try out!

The star of the show were the Step 1 Skin Equalizers!
These are primers that not only transform skin’s texture but also creates the ultimate canvas.

What you should know:
  • 10 Formulas to address dullness, shine, dryness, shine & dehydration.
  • The formulas can be layered.
  • Perfect for ALL skin tones.
As a mascara fiend, I'm ready for the SMOKY STRETCH Lengthening & Defining Mascara.
This is a mascara that doesn't need to be layered. It has a Flex Control complex which will glide on your lashes to built definition and length. 

Last but not least, there is a new Pro Sculpting Duo. 
This product is a gel powder formula which blends flawlessly. 
Two duos available.  

Check out the photos below:



Available NOW at Sephora, sephora.ca and in MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.

CANADIAN GIVEAWAY: Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wedding season is here. I can't believe my shower is so close! 
I planned this really cute outfit which requires me to share an area which has been hidden from mother nature for a while. 
My legs! 


I was trying to decide which method did I want to use to bring myself back to civilization. That's when I got an email to try out Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil. I had no idea what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. The formula was something I've never seen in my life. I swear I wanted to eat it.. don't ask but it reminded me of some yummy pink icing!

To get started, I wet my legs and dispensed the products onto my fingers and gently rubbed in.
That's when it started to produce a nice rich lather! Overall shaving was easy and here was no irritation after. I was extremely happy!

Canadians: I would like you guys to try out the product as well!
I'm picking 15 SPICED BEAUTY readers to receive  Skintimate Skin Therapy Silky Skin Shave Gel with Moroccan Oil samples. Once you get the sample I want to hear from you!
 In exchange for your review of the sample, I'm offering you a $100 Visa gift card!

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