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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Review: skin 2 skin care Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery #skin2skincare #AntiWrinkleNightRecovery #NightCream

(product photo courtesy of www.skin2skincare.com)

1.7 fl.oz./50mL $78.00
Night cream is very important to add to your routine once you reach a certain age. Usually about late 20's to say 30 years old. This is usually when you start to see the first signs of aging, if you are like everyone else. That is because like most people you will have had your share of sun exposure, environmental aging and genetic aging. Hopefully you will not have smoked, as that will add a few years to the equation. Adding a night cream to your skincare regimen helps the skin do a few things. First of all the skin regenerates overnight and flushes out toxins from the skin. That is why the skin always kinds of looks and feels kinds of blah in the morning. When you add a good night cream to your regimen it helps to add in some good ingredients that are anti-aging and that will help to aid the skin in repairing itself overnight.

skin 2 skin care Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery is a night cream that helps your skin recover from daily environmental stress aging. It renews dry and sensitive skins and can provides essential healthy skin nutrients. This cream is ultra-hydrating, has intense moisturizers, calms redness, helps skin sensitivity and controls wrinkles. The cream also renews dry, flaky skin too. It contains an advanced plant powered anti-aging formulation, with 7 high performance actives, 32 anti-oxidants along with super anti-oxidant EUK 134 (Eukarion-134), S2S Nutrition Complex, including redness and sensitive skin regulators. Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery also contains: S2S HITS™ (Hydrating Infusion Therapy System), ultra-hydrating WildPlum Harvest™, Australian super-fruits Kakadu Plum, Illawarra Plum and Burdekin Plum that improve skin's hydration up to 60% in 30 minutes, 128% in 30 days and more in the long term. In addition to those ingredients is Rose Hip Oil, which is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin’s surface, hydrate during the day, get rid of itchy skin, reduce scars, fine lines and correct hyperpigmentation. Another wonderful ingredient is Gatuline® Drema Sensitive to get the red out of hypersensitive and reactive skin, it also inhibits irritation, swelling and accelerated skin aging.

Some other great ingredients in addition to those are the following: S2S Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, which is a super-antioxidant, helps to repair the skin, get rid of redness and scarring. Chronoline is a wrinkle defying peptide that helps to decrease the appearance of deep wrinkles. Allantoin is a plant ingredient that helps to soothe the skin. Lanablue is an extract of blue-green algae and a natural effective Retinoid alternative for smoothing the skin that has been proven to be a powerful wrinkle reduction alternative; after 21 days of use there were no Retinoid side effects such as redness, dry skin, sun sensitivity and irritation. S2S Bio-Active Complex are 'super' extracts that provide nourishment, vitamins, omegas, anti-oxidants, anti-irritants, toners, tightens, brightens, and blemish control. Shea Butter is a wonderful hydrating and moisturizing ingredient. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant molecule that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. It helps to draw moisture to the skin. Vitamin E is a Vitamin and anti-oxidant that is moisturizing and helps to get rid of scarring helps to get rid of free radicals that can cause wrinkles. 

There are no "bad" ingredients in skin 2 skin care Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery such as parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, paraffin, phthalates, sulfates, PABA, synthetic colors or fragrance. skin 2 skin products do not contain any animal ingredient nor do they do any animal testing. This jar is enough for a 3 month supply. 

I like this night cream. I found that it does a good job of hydrating and moisturizing the skin. It is best for dry and sensitive skins, it is not for normal, combination or oily skin types. As my skin has been dry recently, it made a good match. I don't have any wrinkles currently. Although I do have some hyperpigmentation. My skin has been somewhat itchy because it has been dry from the cold winter months. This cream has been helpful for that, as it is soothing. After looking at the ingredients in this cream, I do think it would be a great cream for those with anti-aging issues. Especially for someone who is just starting out with using a night cream. I would highly recommend this cream for someone to prevent wrinkles and prevent aging issues such as lines, hyperpigmenation and uneven skin tone. I would also highly recommend this for those with sensitive skin as it has a lot of great ingredients in it for itchy, red, irritated skin. It is very soothing to the skin. All in all, this cream is a wonderful choice.

skin 2 skin care Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery is available for $78.00 per 1.7 fl.oz./50mL jar. Like skin 2 skin care on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Skin2SkinCare; Follow skin 2 skin care on Twitter: @skin2skincare and Follow skin 2 skin care on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Skin2skincare.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: alba botanica hawaiian detox frothy scrub anti-pollution volcanic clay #albabotanica #hawaiiandetoxfrothyscrub #antipollutionvolanicclay #scrub

(product photo courtesy of www.albabotanica.com)

9 oz./256g $8.99
To finalize my series on the alba botanica hawaiian detox products I've tried, today I am going to cover one of my favorite products. Everyone needs a good scrub, even if you have sensitive skin you can use a gentle scrub on your skin. This scrub is not for sensitive skins. If you are having trouble with clogged pores or breakouts, then this is a great product for you.

alba botanica hawaiian detox frothy scrub anti-pollution volcanic clay is a wonderfully light, lathering detoxifying scrub that helps to rid skin of clogged pores, as it detoxifies deep down into the skin leaving it feeling silky smooth. It has the extraction power of real volcanic clay, an enticing blend of nourishing torch ginger, soothing lotus flower and biodegradable buffing beads to deliver a soft scrubbing of the skin. This scrub can be used on the face or all over the body to help rid it of dead skin cells, breakouts, keratosis pilaris, etc. It also soothes skin as it detoxifies. 

This scrub is hypo-allergenic, so should not cause any allergic reactions. It has been made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. Also it does not have any: synthetic fragrances, harsh sulfates, artificial colors and no parabens or phthalates.  One of the best things is that this scrub has not been made with  any plastic microbeads that harm the environment. 

Since my move, my skin has been up in arms, meaning it has been breaking out a lot because of stress and everything. This scrub has really helped me a lot because it has helped clear out my skin. I have been cleaning and unpacking which leads to a lot of sweat and grime and I have been breaking out on my chin lately. I have been using this scrub to help combat this as well as the keratosis pilaris on my upper arms that I have had my entire life. It works very well for that too because it helps clear out the dead skin cells that clog the hair follicles (pores) that cause the problem in the first place. After using skin is soft and lovely. It really is a wonderful scrub. I am very happy with it. It is going to come in very handy over the spring/summer months when my skin is in limbo all the time. To use: scrub gently over face and body in bath or shower. Can be used for daily or for several days in place of body wash.

alba botanica hawaiian detox frothy scrub anti-pollution volcanic clay retails for $8.99 and is available online at Amazon and TargetUse the store locator page to find a location near you. Like alba botanica on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/albabotanica/; Follow alba botanica on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/albabotanica/ and Follow alba botanica on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/albabotanica/?hl=e.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)










Review: alba botanica hawaiian detox cleanser anti-pollution volcanic clay #albabotanica #hawaiindetoxcleanser #antipollutionvolcanicclay #cleanser

(product photo courtesy of www.albabotanica.com)


6 fl.oz./177mL. $9.00
Yesterday I did a review on alba botanica's hawaiian detox towelettes. I mentioned how much I really liked them. For a long time I have been a fan of alba botanica products, especially the hawaiian line. Their products are very nice, they contain good ingredients and their products are great on the skin. Today I am going to continue the review of the detox line with the cleanser.

alba botanica hawaiian detox cleanser anti-pollution volcanic clay is a great cleanser for any skin type, but is especially good for normal, combination to oily skins. It is detoxifying as it helps get rid of the pollutants that your skin (specifically the pores) gets clogged up with thus causing your complexion to become a mess. Powerful volcanic clay helps to extract all the gunk from the the pores, clearing away problematic impurities while an infusion of torch ginger and yerba mata help to rebuild the skin's natural defenses. Aloha, bright, clean, clear skin! The cleanser is also rich in anti-oxidants to help fight off free-radicals. 

This cleanser is hypo-allergenic, so it is good for even sensitive skins too. It has been made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. Also it does not have any: synthetic fragrances, harsh sulfates, artificial colors and no parabens or phthalates. To use: Massage a dime sized amount of cleanser into a frothy lather over damp face and neck, Rinse and be happy that your face is clean and detoxified.

I love how this cleanser feels on the skin. It has a nice rich lather, but does not strip the skin of its natural moisture barrier, so it leaves the skin feeling nice and clean but not dry and parched. My skin was "detoxified" meaning after using it for a long time I noticed a difference in how my skin looked, my pores looked smaller and I did not have as many problems with blackheads, small pimples or breakouts. 

alba botanica hawaiian detox cleanser anti-pollution volcanic clay retails for $9.00 and is availble online at Amazon, Target, Vitacost, and Walmart. Use the store locator page to find a location near you. Like alba botanica on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/albabotanica/; Follow alba botanica on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/albabotanica/ and Follow alba botanica on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/albabotanica/?hl=e.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)









Thursday, February 22, 2018

Best Hair Tips For Girls With Natural Curls #MayaSmith, #TheDoux #CurlyHair #Hair #HairCare


                   BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS
International Stylist and Curl Master Creator of The Doux
Gets Real About Real Hair 




People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.
The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.  

Be gentle when washing curly hair.
According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.
Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.


Step Two: Prep for shampoo.
Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro. 
If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya. 

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.  

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.
Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel.  They suck up every last bit of moisture.  Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don't feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.


Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.
Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting.  A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.  

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:
Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya's unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

Review: alba botanica hawaiiain detox towelettes anti-pollution volcanic clay #albabotanica #hawaiiandetoxtowelettes #antipollution #volcaniclay #cleansingtowelettes

(product photo courtesy of www.albabotanica.com)


30 towelettes/$4.99
At the end of the day, I am usually too tired to take off my makeup with regular cleanser. I absolutely love facial cleansing towelettes. They are a godsend for me. And when I my face is breaking out, like it has been lately or in the summer when my skin is oilier, I love cleansing towelettes that are made for skin that is a little bit oilier or they help detox the skin. Those are hard to find. Well I found some good ones. They are from alba botanica

alba botanica hawaiian detox towelettes anti-pollution volcanic clay are perfect for the end of the day cleansing of makeup or just to cleanse your face. They get rid of everyday pollutants, from hands, makeup, to grime in the air, anything that soils the pores and stuff that causes complexion chaos. These towelettes have real volcanic clay in a multi-tasking towelette that loosens, absorbs and whisks away makeup and any other impurities to leave skin feeling refreshed, renewed and clean. These towelettes are detoxifying for the skin, as the volcanic clay helps to get rid of all the impurities in the skin. What else is in these magic towelettes? Why alba botanica has included gentle lotus flower and torch ginger to tone and rebalance skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, renewed and feeling absolutely clean. 

The towelettes are also hypo-allergenic and alcohol-free for sensitive skin. They are very soft, biodegradable and made from FSC certified cloth. Finally, the towelettes have been made with 100% vegetarian ingredients, they have no synthetic fragrances, no harsh sulfates, no artificial colors and no parabens or phthalates. 

alba botanica hawaiian detox towelettes anti-pollution volcanic clay are the best facial cleansing towelettes I have ever used. My face feels really clean and there is no trace of makeup left after I use them. The other thing I really like about them is that they don't leave my face feeling dry. My skin isn't oily per se, it is normal to dry in fact. I sometimes still experience adult acne because of hormones and it is very frustrating. I have to use a lot of AHA's to keep it at bay and keep my pores (hair follicles) clear of any leftover makeup, sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria to keep the acne away. These towelettes help because they detoxify the skin. In fact, you will see in further reviews that the whole hawaiian detox line is amazing. 

alba botanica hawaiian detox towelettes anti-pollution volcanic clay are available online at Amazon and Vitacost and at mass market locations around the country. Use the store locator page to find a location near you. Like alba botanica on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/albabotanica/; Follow alba botanica on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/albabotanica/ and Follow alba botanica on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/albabotanica/?hl=e.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)










Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque #LaRochePosay #HydraphaseIntenseMasque #Mask

(product photo courtesy of www.laroche-posay.us)


1.69 fl.oz/50mL $19.99
Because it's winter, I have been discussing soothing, hydrating skincare. I know that my skin has been much drier this winter, one because I have gotten older and also because it has been a brutal winter this year. It has been cold and there has been a lot of snow where I live (outside Buffalo). I am going to continue this discussion with a product that will help ease your skin's dryness as well as any irritation and itchiness. It will calm and sooth the skin. 

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque is a soothing, hydrating mask that helps to restore skin's luminosity and comfort. It is formulated with Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid to infuse skin with water and to moisturize and soothe skin. Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid absorbs up to 1,000 times its own weight in water for an immediate plumping effect and long-lasting hydration. It is also formulated with Anti-oxidant Thermal Spring Water to soothe skin. 

This mask is for all skin types, but is especially formulated for dehydrated skin. It works great on skin that has been battered by the elements of winter, such as the wind and cold. It also helps to soothe skin that has been burned by the sun, as it gets dehydrated too. After using it skin looks bright, rehydrated and luminous again. It is soothed and replenished with moisture. The mask has a non-greasy gel texture. It is light and soaks into the skin easily. 

To use, apply a generous layer to clean skin all over face and neck. Leave on for at least 10 minutes. Gently remove any excess product with a cotton pad. The rest will have soaked into the skin and will have rehydrated the skin, leaving it plump, soothed and replenished with moisture. Can be used daily. This mask is paraben-free. 

I love how this mask makes my skin feel. It was definitely suffering from the brutal winter. After using this it felt plump, soothed, soft and bright again. La Roche-Posay is the most popular line in European pharmacies, and with good reason. Their skincare is very good. Everything I have ever used by their company has left my skin in great condition and this mask is no different. If your skin is dry, dehydrated and in need of some comforting, use the Hydraphase Intense Masque. It will leave your skin feeling softer, plump, hydrated and luminous. I guarantee it. 

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque retails for $19.99 and is available online at www.laroche-posay.us or at certain Walgreens nationwide. Like La Roche-Posay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Twitter:@LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/larocheposayusa/ and Subscribe to La Roche-Posay on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/LaRochePosayUSA.



Until Next Time~



Marie Papachatzis


(This was sent for consideration)










Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum #LaRochePosay #HydraphaseIntenseSerum #Skincare #serum

(product photo courtesy of www.laroche-posay.us)


1.01 fl.oz./30mL $36.99
In the skincare realm, serums are the part of the regimen where you need to really use the most active ingredients, the best ingredients and also where you should concentrate more of your money. Serums are very valuable. They absorb into the skin easily and tend to contain ingredients that are more expensive and have smaller molecules that absorb deeper into the skin than other products.

If you have dry and dehydrated skin, like a lot of people do in the winter, then this product will be perfect for you. Dry skin is a little different from dehydrated skin. Dry skin is skin that doesn't produce enough lipids (sebum). Dehydrated skin is skin that has a loss of moisture in it. The two often go hand in hand but are not mutually exclusive. Dry skin is usually inherited while dehydrated skin is environmental. You can have dehyrated skin from using water that is too hot in your shower, using too many AHA's on the skin, from winter's dry air and the forced air heat in your home, etc. If the skin on your face is dehydrated that does not mean it will be on your body too, as is the same with dry skin. 

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum is rehydrating gel serum for long-lasting 24-hour hydration. The serum is especially made for dehydrated and dry skin types and is also suited for sensitive skins, but can be used for all skin types. It soothes, moisturizes and visibly plumps skin. The serum contains fragmented Hyaluronic Acid that infuses skin with water, moisture and helps to soothe dry and dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that draws moisture into the skin and it is a molecule that can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water. It has a refreshing gel texture that is perfect for those with dry and dehydrated skin. Also, it has an immediate plumping effect on the skin.

Other ingredients in the serum are Arginine and Serine, which are also naturally present in the skin and these also help boost hydration. It also contains Anti-oxidant Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin, as dry and dehydrated skin is often irritated and itchy. 

This serum should be used daily, after cleansing and toning your face. Apply to the face and neck. Be sure to avoid the eye area. This serum is paraben-free. I have found this serum to be like a drink of water for the skin. If your skin feels thirsty, this will quench it. After using, skin feels soft and oh so plump. I really like how my skin felt after using it, especially since I have been having problems with dry and dehydrated skin this winter. I love anything with Hyaluronic Acid. It is a the ingredient to have if your skin is feeling oh so horrible.

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum retails for $36.99 and can be purchased online at www.laroche-posay.us and at certain Walgreens locations nationwide. Like La Roche-Posay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Twitter:@LaRochePosayUSA; Follow La Roche-Posay on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/larocheposayusa/ and Subscribe to La Roche-Posay on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/LaRochePosayUSA.



Until Next Time~



Marie Papachatzis


(This was sent for consideration)









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