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Sunday Round-Up: Summer Beauty Products I Love

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my Sunday round-up of stellar summer beauty products I love. Guaranteed to have a forever place in your heart (and bathroom) too!

1.For Gorgeously Shiny Summer Tresses Choose:  Moroccanoil® Glimmer Shine, £19.95 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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These days, the general rule of thumb is shop vegan if at all possible – making this natural ingredient formula a winner, winner, (without the chicken dinner). Some oil makes hair feel like you’ve accidentally slathered on superglue instead, but this is almost weightless. Combined within the little oil-spray treat are antioxidants, argan oil and vitamins. These offer serious nourishment and protection for your hair, whilst simultaneously reflecting light. The outcome is gorgeous beachy textured locks and some generous shine to boot.

2.For Those Dreaded Pores Choose: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, £31.92, www.amazon.co.uk

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The world appears to be spinning that bit faster and it’s because people are literally falling over themselves to get hold of the multi-award-winning mask by Auzzie brand Sand & Sky. I finally got my hands on this amazing product and let me just say – WOW!

With summer here those pesky pores are in their element, and we want rid! No sweat hunnies – just slap on a little of the pink clay mask and within minutes your complexion is brighter, clearer and pores…what pores? We know the existence of pores cannot be banished but their imprint can certainly be reduced. So, what can you expect? Expect them to appear reduced and smaller, expect your skin to be thoroughly detoxified and clearer and expect some beautiful compliments. Hooray!

3.For That Summer Glow Choose: Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, £35 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Are you looking for a self-tanner that makes your skin look that extra bit special? Yes, this does contain dihydroxyacetone in order to provide the tan (minus the skin cancer risk). However, its formula also offers a surge of hydrating hyaluronic acid and a plethora of naturally-sourced antioxidants and nutrients. The result is spectacular anti-aging, hydrating and nourishing qualities absorbed into your skin, achieving nothing less than an inspirational glow. Easily absorbed, buildable and lightweight – the perfect companion for your summer handbag.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have an awesome week people xx

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Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

Hey Lovelies!

There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

Check Out The Best Hair Masks Of 2018 (Guaranteed To Create Irresistible Shine)

Hey Lovelies!

Our hair should be like our crown (or tiara if you prefer)). With the Christmas parties now in full swing, make sure your tresses look as stunning as you do; check out the best hair masks of 2018, that are guaranteed to create irresistible shine (and our endless love).

1.For Dry Hair Choose: Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Fins For Fine Hair, £23.78 (200ml), lookfantastic.com

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Should your hair concern be dry or fine hair, check out this mask by Kerastase – it is a literal game changer. Formulated with their Irisome Complex and glucose proteins, this treatment gets straight to work, nourishing all the way from root to tip, replenishing, softening and revitalising your locks. The outcome is unequivocally beautiful hair.

2.For Curly Hair Choose: Serie Expert Curl Contour Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £11.85 (200ml) allbeauty.com

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Fellow curly haired people, this super-gentle and gel-like mask is incredible for conditioning and detangling your locks, so they resemble beautiful bouncy curls (rather than a frizzy scarecrow-like mess). Ideally, leave the mask on for 10 minutes to allow it’s extra strengthening powers to take full effect and enjoy!

3.For That Extra Shine Choose: Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £19.50, feelunique.com

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I am a great believer in the benefits of argan oil for both the hair and skin – and this mask contains both argan and myrrh extract. Move over Disney princesses and anyone named Aniston as this product offers such superior TLC, your locks will be your shining glory. Hooray!

4. For Split Ends And Achieving Shine: Paul Mitchell Moisture Daily Treatment, £36.25 (1000ml),  Feel Unique.

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Ok, the best bit of advice I can offer is to achieve and maintain lustrous locks you should be applying a hair treatment almost every day. If you think that is a bind, simply swap the conditioner for a GOOD hair mask/treatment. Paul Mitchell’s Daily Treatment is one in a million and combining ingredients such as soy proteins, shea butter, panthenol and his Moisture Complex, this formula delivers outstanding nourishment and shine. You will be hard-pressed to find a split end!

What are your fave hair masks? Leave me your comments below xx

Can LED Light Therapy Actually Turn Back The Clock?

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.

As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:

About LED Treatments:

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LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.

How Does It Work?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!

So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.

How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?

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The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!

Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)

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It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it).  Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).

For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.

More Upside…

Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.

Are There Any Contraindications?

In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.

Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?

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If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.

Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx

 

My 4 Best Skin Tightening Tips

Hey Lovelies!

It’s a fact – for most of us, sooner or later the need for skin tightening will become a reality. Luckily, the beauty industry has tapped in on this common concern and come up with an array of genius products and treatments to help us in our fight against gravity – without resorting to plastic surgery.

Here are my 4 top tips for effectively tightening skin.

1.Ultherapy

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When it comes to defying gravity, this treatment goes above and beyond expectations. Apparently, Jennifer Aniston is a huge fan. It’s basically an ultrasound treatment for the face. Ultherapy triggers and utilises the body’s own ability to regenerate through collagen production, lifting and tightening the skin on both the face and neck whilst smoothing out wrinkles. The downside is that treatment costs between £2,000 – £4,000. It takes a few months for the process to be fully effective and lasts for around 2 years.

2.Microneedling

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When describing the process of microneedling it does sound like it deserves a place in a horror movie – hundreds of tiny needles puncturing the skin. In reality, the procedure is surprisingly painless, and the results are so good that this treatment is ever-growing in popularity. As with other new rejuvenating techniques this one also focuses on stimulating collagen production to plump and tighten. You can research the MD Microneedling Pen here.

3.Tripollar RF Skin Rejuvenation, £249, currentbody.com

Recently, it seems that everyone is raving about the wonders of RF treatments. Radio Frequency (RF) skin tightening is a treatment that uses RF energy to then heat up skin’s tissue, triggering collagen production and in turn achieves a firmer, smoother and tighter complexion.

Although I am yet to try the Tripollar gadget, I have heard such great things, it is next on my to-buy and try list.

However, if you are not comfortable with at-home devices, my advice is to research and seek out a reputable clinic (again this may work out far costlier).

4.Facial Exercises

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Yes people, they may make you look ridiculous, but there’s a lot of research out there to back up the effectiveness of facial exercises. My advice is to shut the door, go ahead and stretch. Tip: When sat waiting in your car, (stationary or otherwise) never assume you are safe to complete these exercises without someone seeing you – it will happen!

Have you tried any of these treatments? Do let me know in the comment section below.

Happy weekend everyone! xx

How The Hell Do We Get Rid Of Pores IRL?

Hello Lovely People!

What the Hell is the deal with enlarged pores? There’s so many products on the market that promise to blur, conceal and diminish these – and some are effective to a point.

However, that point is short-lived and unless you walk around with an arsenal of products at the ready every minute of the day, you just know that the little improvement you can obtain just isn’t worth the endless hassle. So, what do we do? Put up and shut up? Hell NO! Check out some pore reducing procedures that will actually work (for far longer than half your working day). Gooodbyyye pesky enlarged pores!

 1.Laser Up

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You may have noticed the use of laser treatments amongst celebrities has rocketed in recent times. Lasers are touted as a key rejuvenating treatment for their hugely successful results for many skin concerns such as: diminishing fine lines, plumping up the skin, tightening, reducing eye bags…oh and you guessed it, reducing those wretched pores. Should these skin concerns be particularly problematic, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option.

 2.Micro-Needling

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Micro-needling is basically the process of putting many tiny little needles just under the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s own restorative response by stimulating collagen to work its magic. Micro-needling repairs and renews the skin, and in turn greatly reduces those pesky pores. You can visit a clinic or alternatively purchase an at-home device such as the fabulous Swiss Clinic’s Micro-needling Skin Revival Treatment.

 3.Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that utilises fine crystals and a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells. This treatment feels like your top layer of skin has been completely removed, will leave your face very red for the rest of the day – and you definitely need a strong SPF. However, in the whole scheme of things it isn’t particularly painful and definitely not the worst procedure to undergo – and it does greatly improve your complexion, whilst going some way to reduce enlarged pores.

 4.Chemical Peels

 

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Another good treatment option for rejuvenating and diminishing pores are chemical peels. The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin which in turn deeply exfoliates the skin, so that when it dries it then peels off (hence the name). The result is a more youthful complexion with far fewer pores.  Visit: goodskindays.co.uk

 5.Retinol Products

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For quite some time we have heard about the miracle that is retinol. This little gem makes quick work of firming and rejuvenating the skin. The appearance of pores is reduced, and fine lines are lessened. However, take note – retinol can be a tricky product particularly for newbies or those with sensitive skin. If in doubt, firstly talk to your dermatologist. A great retinol product is the SkinCeuticals retinol.

Have you tried any of these products or procedures? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx

Eye Bags – What Might They Be?

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

Amazing Benefits Of Argan Oil

Hey Lovelies!

Meet your skin’s new best friend, argan oil. Otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’ this priceless oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving components that offer incredible benefits for your skin.

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Sourced from the kernels of the organ tree of which is native to Morocco (hence Moroccan oil) it contains an impressive supply of nutrients, including antioxidants, fatty acids  and vitamin E and is therefore, highly beneficial for the hair, too. Goodbye dandruff, frizz and split ends. Hello gorgeousness!

Argan/Moroccan oil is a must-have multi-tasking beauty product and goes far and beyond to transform the hair and skin, maintaining optimal nourishment, radiance and a forever sought-after youthful appearance. Better yet, a few drops goes a long way, making this a true gem.

Get Your Glow On:

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Bursting with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, argan oil has everything your skin needs to stay moisturized, smooth and utterly radiant.

2.Thwart The Aging Process:

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The pure components in argan oil are highly effective in prohibiting the ongoing attack from free radicals. Think of it like putting up a blockade against premature aging. Hooray!

6.Healing:

Argan oil works wonders in reducing the appearance of scars and treating stretch marks. Any oil that can do this deserves to have a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

7.Dry Skin

Don’t let dry skin be the bane of your life. This intensely moisturising oil will target and take down the dreaded unrelenting dry skin from around the nose and other areas, infusing it instead, with deep hydrating nourishment and returning your complexion into one of pure beauty. #No filter life goals.

8.Super Shiny Locks

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Want soft shiny and manageable hair? A few drops of this miracle oil will transform your hair into locks so lustrous that L’Oréal would be jealous.

For skin: Add a few drops to your mosituriser or use as a facial oil.

For hair: Massage into the scalp, rub in a few drops from root to tip, or simply add a little to your conditioner.

Try Moroccan Oil Treatment, £12.10 (25ml), www.feelunique.com

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Always choose pure organ oil.

Have you tried argan oil and what do you think? Please message me your thoughts or leave your comments below xx

Overnight Sleep Masks Are Here And Life Is Officially Awesome!

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but the defiant lazy girl in me is always on the lookout for the easiest and fastest answer to, well, pretty much everything – and skincare is no different. We all know sleep is the time our skin warriors come to life to repair the damage of daily life, making night creams big news for all the beauty savvy out there. Now, ladies (and gents) rejoice in the world of overnight sleep masks; the ultimate in our beauty sleep arsenal. Check out some of the best around:

1.The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, thebodyshop.com

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Some days, it just doesn’t matter what the hell I pile on my skin, or how many layers of concealer and corrector I reach for in the day, my ‘distressed’ complexion remains as constant as Putin’s realm over Russia. The Body Shop’s Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is here to put a stop to those self-pitying, resign myself to looking crap days. Loaded with highly beneficial skin-loving and anti-aging ingredients such as edelweiss stem cells, sea holly and babassu oil, this gorgeous gel-cream gets to spend the entire night working little miracles on your skin. You will awaken to discover a more plump, rejuvenated and renewed complexion – and one less bad skin day.

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, £29, kiehls.co.uk

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Step outside into weather so cold you half expect to see a penguin on the corner, then go home and crank up the heating until you feel your face dry like a prune IRL. There’s never been a better time to buy that overnight mask –  forget the Easter eggs (well, maybe a couple); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is at the top of my Easter wish list. This incredible masque is all you need to reverse the nightmare that is currently UK weather.

3.Lancôme Absolute Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask, £95, Selfridges

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Lancôme’s utterly luxurious mask feels like little drops of sweet heaven on your skin. Effectively dealing with and diminishing fine lines, whilst reversing the look of tired skin, this mask is a truly selfish but totally worth-it investment. There’s no denying it – here you will find the pampered blissful effects of the best night’s sleep, EVER – even if, by 3 a.m. you’re still awake and enjoying the hideous harmony of your fella’s snores.

Have you got a favourite sleep mask? Let me know below, and have a lovely Wednesday xx

 

 

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