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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Best Christmas Ornaments for Beauty Lovers | L'OCCITANE

L'Occitane Christmas Ornaments

Each year L'OCCITANE releases the most lovely gift sets, which never disappoint. From Christmas crackers to ornaments, beauty advent calendars to $200+ gift boxes, there's a gift to fit any skincare lover's needs - and at every budget. This year, the entire look and feel of the collection has gone in a new direction. The brand partnered with fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to create whimsical packaging that's less frilly, and more fun. Here are my favourites from L'OCCITANE Holiday 2018 along with some highlights from the launch event earlier this fall.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

REVLON FALL 2018 | My Favourite Products

New Revlon 2018

Newsflash: I am still looooving Revlon you guys. A whole bunch of their newest products caught my eye recently, so I wanted to try them and share my thoughts with you. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Favourite Fall Fragrances | New Perfumes for 2018

2018 Fragrance releases

There's no doubt about it, winter is just around the corner. I like to stay cozy and warm at this time of year by wearing warm scarves and knit sweaters. In addition to dressing up, I love wearing makeup and perfume to boost my mood when the weather turns frightful. Here are 4 fragrances, 3 for women and 1 for men, that I would highly recommend trying out this season.

Monday, October 15, 2018

How To Refill and Reuse Caffitaly Coffee Pods

Caffitaly Coffee Pods

I love my Caffitaly espresso machine, and I never want to use anything else for my morning cup of Jo. I had a few extra pods of espresso hanging around from Nespresso and found a way to reuse some of my old Caffitaly pods! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Avon Fall for Paris Fashion Collection | Styling and Review

Avon Tweed Jacket

A few weeks ago I noticed the most gorgeous jacket on my friend Maria's Instagram page. The stunning tweed fabric drew me in, as we all know already that Parisian style is my cup of tea. I eagerly clicked on her blog link to find that the entire look - tee, earrings, handbag and jacket were from the same Avon "Fall for Paris" collection, on sale this fall. I had to get my hands on the jacket especially, and I can't believe that I received the entire collection to showcase in this style post. Here's how I wore all of these pieces for day and night.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Highlights from Suite on the Sixth 2018

Suite on the 6th
A sample of products from the featured brands - mine looked a bit different than this!

During TIFF 2018 Suite on the Sixth welcomed a diverse group of notable brands to showcase their top picks for celebs and media alike. I was beyond excited to visit since I've raved about BOGS boots, L'OREAL makeup and recently started to buy SimplyProtein bars to keep in my workout bag. Here are some highlights from my visit to the lounge.

Monday, October 1, 2018

How To Get Back Into Your Routine For Fall | Farleyco Beauty

Farleyco Beauty Products

The turn of the season always gives me a push to start something new, refine my habits and do some general housekeeping. Here are some products I use to get my beauty routine back on track for the cooler months ahead.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Products I've Used Up | Empties #10

Beauty Empties

It's that time again! Here are some of the products that I've used recently, and the ones that actually made their way into my "finished products" bag, since not all of them do. Between travel and spending time at Joseph's place, then sharing items with my mom and sisters, here's what I've saved to chat about.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Power of Aqua Réotier | L'OCCITANE Skincare Review

L'OCCITANE Aqua Reotier Review

Hailing from south eastern France, L'OCCITANE's newest hydrating skincare collection has a beautiful story of origin. Each of the five products in the line are enriched with the water of Réotier, a supercharged mineral water that is free-flowing through the alps, escaping via a small natural waterfall. This fresh mountain water is very unique with its rich mineral makeup that includes 10 times more calcium than any other spring water in France. When the L'OCCITANE research team started to analyse this water three years ago, they couldn't help but ask #WhatsInTheWaterHere?!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Best Drugstore Suncreen | Ombrelle, Aveeno, Bioderma, Hawaiin Tropic

Drugstore Sunscreen

Though it is mid-September, the sun hasn't gone away yet. This weekend in Toronto will be in the mid-twenties, so I'll be showing some skin and soaking up the final rays of Summer 2018. That being said, I always try to wear sunscreen when I'm outside for more than 20-30 minutes to avoid sun damage. I don't work as a lifeguard anymore, so I go through sunscreen really slowly. I think the options at the drugstore have greatly improved over the past couple of years, so here are my very top picks.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

My Favourite Dermalogica Products | Brand Review

Best Dermalogica Products

Dermalogica is a famous skincare brand, known around the world for their minimalistic packaging, clear motives and no-fuss formulations. Their products are expensive, and I find that to be a bit intimidating sometimes so I don't always buy from their collection on a whim. What you should know is that all of the products I have tried are really good- they use great ingredients, boast enticing names and I find that the products themselves are quite long-lasting. As I have sensitive skin, I'm drawn to brands like Dermalogica who don't use artificial colours and fragrances in their skincare. They also have this great website called where you can check in on your skin's status - understanding what factors may trigger breakouts and redness.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

#FOTD | Almay Best Blend Forever SPF 40 Foundation & e.l.f. Eye Products

Almay Foundation Sponge

Almay as a brand always transports me back to high school. They've been a reliable brand for affordable makeup options at the drugstore for as long as I can remember. With products subtle enough for a school uniform, and gentle enough for my sensitive skin, I'm always interested to see what they have coming out next. The new Almay Best Blend Forever Foundation is an incredible daily base available at the drugstore right now, for a multitude of reasons. The packaging is sleek, the foundation is easy to use, and it offers a finger-free application via the sponge top, perfect for on-the-go makeup.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Paula's Choice | Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask & Rehydrating Moisture Mask

Paula's Choice Face Masks

As a long-time Paula's Choice fan, I'm always game for trying something new from the brand. I've been very loyal to Clinique for my masks in recent years, so it's hard for other brands to stack up. These two Paula's Choice masks aim to clear pores and rehydrate skin, both of which I need on a weekly basis. I'm going to try and mask every time I workout, which is 2-3 times per week, so I'll update you on if that happens and how it's going in the upcoming months. Now, on to the PC review!

Monday, September 3, 2018

What to Buy at Sephora's VIB Sale | High-End Products Worth the Splurge

Sephora Sale Picks

My relationship with Sephora is really starting to mimic that with Starbucks. I don't like paying a premium for things I can find at a lower price-point, so I generally hold off shopping there. I'm also lucky enough to be able to work on my blog in my spare time, which grants me access to occasional press samples (and some ad revenue, which I look at as an opportunity to re-invest in my blogging gadgets!) 

So I haven't been VIB at Sephora for a while now, and I'm honestly very proud. I don't like watching my expensive makeup expire, so I try to maintain a reasonable stash while also indulging in a few fancy goodies here and there to aid in my reviews online. With this surprise Sephora sale (on now!) you can receive major discounts on all of your favorite products - and when you partner the 10-20% off with an Ebates discount, you're scoring even bigger. 

Here's a quick rundown on Sephora's membership program: If you spend $350 in a year, you're a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider), and if you spend over $1,000 in a year, you become a Rouge member. During this sale, Rouge members will receive 20% off all products in store and online with the code YESROUGE, starting August 29. All VIB and Beauty Insider members can start shopping the sale on August 30. (VIB members will receive a 15% discount with code YESVIB, and if you're an insider, you'll get 10% off with code YESINSIDER.) This sale runs until Sept. 3, so I wanted to share a few of my favourite products at Sephora to help fill your basket.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Dr.Belmeur - dry-sensitive & acne-prone skin | THE FACE SHOP

Dr. Belmeur

Dr.Belmeur is a skincare line by THE FACE SHOP formulated with no ridiculous chemical additives or artificial fragrance. Dermatologically tested, this line provides gentle skincare and barrier-enhancing solutions to treat common skin problems such as dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Dr.Belmeur’s custom-made formulas offer simple solutions to incorporate into your daily routine. Thanks to ChickAdvisor I was able to try the Advanced Cica Recovery Serum, Recovery Cream and Panthenol Soothing Gel Cream - and loved all of them.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mary Kay TimeWise Skincare | Launch Party & Review

Mary Kay Timewise

Do you use Mary Kay cosmetics? As they are a 55 year old company, I feel like we've all dabbled into their skincare or makeup at one point in our lives. With millions of salespeople worldwide, Mary Kay is clearly making great products that have withstood the test of time. This is a multi-level marketing brand that is promising results, and delivering on them. I was recently invited to a re-launch party for the TimeWise skincare line which took place at Her Majesty's Pleasure in Toronto. This was the most memorable event of 2018 for me, and the products themselves have really impressed me so far.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Most Flattering Nail Polish Colours Ever | Essie Spring/Summer 2018

Essie 2018

If there's one beauty treatment I won't pass on, it's doing my nails. I adore a little at-home mani, and I've been lusting over Essie's newest shades this summer. I have a big selection of favourites here, all of which are extremely flattering on the nails. I was most surprised by the opacity of these shades, most needing only 2 coats to achieve a streak-free application. Read on to see how I use these stunning polishes.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Edens Garden Natural Bar Soap | Review

Edens Garden Soap

Edens Garden is an amazing natural brand, they have home and beauty products that are so high quality, and don't have outrageous pricing just because they're "green". I find that their objectives are in the right place, providing us with beautiful and special daily essentials that are infused with 100% pure essential oils, promising to uplift, cleanse and refresh with ease. Here's my review from January where I chatted about their diffuser and oil blends. Today I want to introduce you to their new solid bar soaps, which look totally scrumptious and smell better than you can believe. Read on to see which scents they offer.

Friday, August 24, 2018

How to Deal with Summer Heat | Hair, Skin, and Body Essentials

summer skincare must haves

Reaching the extremes in weather, routine, stress etc. can totally throw off the health and quality of our skin and hair. Everything runs in sync where lifestyle and body are concerned, so I always believe that a good self-care routine leads to a happy, positive outlook on life ahead - and increased health overall.

Even though summer time is generally fantastic in all regards, intense sun, stifling heat and a busy schedule can leave us feeling burnt out - literally. Here are some products to make the last bit of your summer as amazing as possible, helping you take control of your hair health, quicken the length of your showers, and protect your skin from the elements.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Best Drugstore Matte Eyeshadow for all Ages | Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula matte eyeshadow

When I'm buying makeup for myself now, I have simple rules: high-end foundation and concealer, low-end liner and mascara. High-end eyeshadow, low-end blush and bronzer. Lippies can go either way. I have a tooon of makeup, more than I need, but I still love trying products from all ends of the spectrum since I know you can find awesome dupes at the drugstore for your favourite $ephora finds.

Physicians Formula is a brand that is readily available at the drugstore, but the regular price of their products are literally Sephora worthy. So which of their beauty buys are actually worth it? I have been hearing about their Matte Eyeshadow Quads on YouTube from bloggers like MsGoldGirl, and couldn't help but try them all out when I received a 50% off coupon at Generation Beauty last year.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Brew Authentic Italian Espresso at Home | Caffitaly Ambra S18 Coffee Machine Review


As I'm writing this, my mocaccino is releasing a small ribbon of steam, along with the most lovely fragrance that warms my cold, post-TTC-commute heart. Some mornings, the only thing that will get me  is an espresso. I teeter between being a tea or coffee drinker, since a strong black tea gives me such steady energy, but espresso makes my brain run at lightning speed (even after I've stayed up writing a blog post until 2:30 AM. :D)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish | Pomegranate Seeds and Shea Butter

dove body polish

Dove doesn't always come top of mind when I'm shopping for pamper products, but they are definitely a go-to brand for affordable body washes and soap bars when I want something that's gentle on the skin. Their new collection of "Body Polish" exfoliating scrubs are unique and very lovely overall. I received mine via the Topbox Circle review club and haven't stopped using it due to the expensive-feeling experience, luckily available to everyone of all budgets.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Lole White Toronto

On July 26th over 4,000 people gathered at the Exhibition Place in Toronto for The 6th edition of the LOLË White Tour, produced by evenko. In a sea of yogis all dressed in white, we celebrated yoga, wellness, hope and equality with teachers Elena Brower and Megan Marie Gates.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Need a Facial for your Scalp? Try the NIOSCOPE Derma Renew Treatment by NIOXIN


A few weeks ago I visited Raffaello Salon in Yorkville for a NIOSCOPE Derma Renew Hair Treatment. Christopher Marrello was so welcoming and helpful, explaining every step of the treatment in detail and standing firmly behind the NIOXIN products he used. The entire NIOSCOPE "Head Spa" was just over 1 hour, and my experience included washing, blow drying and styling. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Time-Saving Summer Skincare Essentials | Farleyco

farleyco summer

For me, summer beauty is all about efficient products that pull their weight and make life easier. Over the past few years, Farleyco has been my 1-stop-shop for affordable brands that don't mess around. They're always stocking the newest and best from a variety of brands, so here are a few of my current faves that you can buy now.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer Beauty Hacks | Air Dry Hair, Brighten Blonde, Plump Skin

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
hair remedie

Summer is upon us, so now's the time to shake up our skin and haircare routines with the help of Hair RemedieSunIn and Vichy. See my favourites from these brands below and how I incorporate their products into my daily life.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Increasing Health, Happiness and Self-Love Through Wellness Treatments at Soul 7 Yorkville

Soul 7 Yorkville

Are you feeling overly stressed? 

Fragile mental states like this creep up on me so fast sometimes, and it can be hard to cope alone. At Soul 7 you'll find a team of researchers and therapists redefining wellness through their non-invasive treatments. They offer Health Canada approved frequency technologies in full-body sessions to treat mind and soul. I was so excited to visit their Yorkville location, and will definitely be back for a guided meditation class later this summer. Read on to see why.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Pixi Spring 2018 | Skintreats & Makeup Review

Pixi Makeup Review

Where makeup and skincare are concerned, I don't think there's a brand better than Pixi - especially at the drugstore. I’ve loved Pixi ever since trying them for the first time last year and I was mega lucky to receive their spring/summer 2018 collection to try, which is all freaking amazing. Honestly. I adore everything about this brand. Let's jump into the swatches!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Summer 2018 Body Shop Products | Visit The Store & Review

Best at The Body Shop

One of the longest-standing skincare brands in my beauty cabinet has been The Body Shop. I love the simple, reliable power of their hair, skin and makeup lines, which suit my needs perfectly. It helps that their stores are widespread, and there's almost always a sweet sale going on to help stock up on your faves. Earlier in the spring I visited their Queen St. location and got the lowdown on some of their new products for 2018.

Hurry! The Body Shop has a huge sale on now with 40-70% off. Don't forget to use Ebates to save an additional 8% in referral bonus as well. Sign up for Ebates here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father's Day Giveaway with Farleyco!

Father's Day is on Sunday and thanks to Farleyco I am giving away an awesome set of men's hair and body products from Johnny's Chop Shop! My personal fav from the brand is their Born Lucky 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It smells amazing and works so well. You can shop all products from the brand here.

Enter the giveaway below:

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Happy (almost) Father's Day!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex vs. L'Oreal Lash Paradise

This totally feels like a totally #vintage post, I haven't done a Splurge or Save in ages! See my previous ones here.

Today I'm comparing Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which costs a whopping $30 CAD vs L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise which you can find for as little as $11 at Walmart. Did I splurge or save on this makeup staple? Read on to find out.

Favourite Long-Wearing Makeup for Combination Skin | Face of The Day Video

Favourite eyeshadow palette

Some people find makeup a chore, and I totally understand that sentiment. It’s a pleasure for me having a makeup-free weekend, since any 15 minutes dedicated to sleeping is a godsend after a long week. 

But when I do go glam, I don’t like reapplying throughout the day. I want my full-face of makeup to be budge-proof for 15 hours, so here’s how I do it!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

How To Fade Acne Scars | Personal Microdermabrasion Device (PMD) Review

PMD Review

I've always had mild acne, and that's one of the reasons I started blogging way back in 2012. With proper cleansing, moisturizing and ingredient awareness, I have gotten a hang of my skin's needs and I truly love the skin that I'm in. I read a great article on The Zoe Report recently which laid out my skincare values perfectly: Keep skin moist, don't pick scabs, remove dirt/makeup, exfoliate, keep your brushes/accessories clean, and remember that beauty starts from the inside, and radiates out.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

BEANSTOCK 2018 | Toronto's First Coffee Festival

Beanstock Tickets

Coffee lover? Toronto event-goer? Oat-milk-enthusiast? Welcome, Beanstock 2018!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

SUMMER 2018 Fashion HAUL!

Summer 2018 Fashion Haul

There are many forms of therapy, and mine usually consist of shopping for cute clothes. A regular workout routine means feeling more and more confident in my physique, so this summer I'm excited to rock cropped tops and rompers once the weather hits scorching temperatures.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Best Makeup Under $10 at Walmart | Hard Candy Spring Summer 2018

Hard Candy Spring Summer 2018

I'm the type of gal who will pick up a $7 eyeshadow palette during my grocery run, then spend $30 on one lipstick without batting an eyelash. It's all about balance in the world of beauty, and I have a soft spot for everything Hard Candy ever since I fell for their concealer, baked blush, bronzer, highlight and eyeshadow 4 years ago. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on some of their new releases for Spring Summer 2018, which are all available online and in-store at Walmart.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Atelier Cologne Store Opening | Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Atelier Cologne Yorkdale

A few weeks ago I braved an April ice shower and visited the store opening of Atelier Cologne at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. The store just oozes Parisian chic, no detail is missed and each product is simply divine. They had giveaways, discounts and freebies for the first 75 customers in line. Read on to see my purchases and (massive) winnings from the day.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Clarins Summer 2018 Flamingo Collection | Swatches and Review

Clarins summer 2018

I’m honestly surprised I still have all 10 fingers because I’ve never gotten into a package quicker than with Clarins’ Sunkissed Summer 2018 Collection. Everything about it shouts perfection. From flamingo prints to vivid colours, this collection is a must for anyone needing a makeup bag refresh this year. I am reviewing the bronzer, 4-colour pen for lips and eyes, the makeup pouch and a lip comfort oil.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Meeting Caroline Hirons, The Plant YYZ, Laine and Lola Pon Pons | Vlog #8

With Dimitra Davidson, founder of Indeed Labs - Toronto-based skincare company

This was such an amazing few weeks. From meeting legendary Lady H (aka Caroline Hirons on YouTube) to fun events with friends, I can't wait to continue enjoying spring and summer.


Friday, May 11, 2018

My Summer Blonde Hair Secret | Sun-In Lightening Spray

SunIn Review

Sun-In Hair Lightener Spray has been around since the 70's, and costs only a few dollars for some serious colour payoff. Having two older sisters and medium-blonde hair, we've stocked bottles of this lightening elixir in our washroom cabinets for as long as I can remember. Sun-In gives you the same natural highlights you get from the sun - only faster! Their advanced conditioning system includes botanical extracts and special illuminators to give hair an extra dose of shine. This spray is alcohol-free, and you don't actually need the sun to get immediate results.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kat Von D Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade & #70 Pomade Brow Brush | Review

Kat Von D Super Brow

Influenster is a great program for makeup lovers, and those who enjoy reviewing products in general. My most recent product sent for review is the Kat Von D Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade in Medium Brown ($23 CAD), along with the Kat Von D #70 Pomade Brow Brush ($22 CAD). I have dark blonde hair and my brows are considerably pigmented, so this shade works great when sheared out.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cityline! Yves Rocher Store Opening, PR Events, Atelier Cologne & Come From Away | Vlog #7

Cityline Fashion Friday

I've had an amazing month of April, it has probably been my best one yet! From seeing a Fashion Friday taping of Cityline with Dave Lackie and his Twitter family, to group dinners and store openings, I can't wait for the excitement to continue into May. Here are some highlights, which you can also see live in my vlog below.

Yves Rocher Store

First up was the store re-opening party for Yves Rocher hosted by Anum from SummerxSkin. I loved this event, it allowed me to re-discover a brand that I've used only a handful of times before, and now it has become a staple in my routine.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal

I received a large portion of the Hydra Vegetal line collection, which you'll see below.

Yves Rocher Toronto
I'm enjoying the cleanser from Hydra Vegetal, along with the toner and moisturizer. These will be extra good in the summertime, since they have a light, fresh feel on the skin. Less is more - don't over-use the moisturizer since it can feel sticky.

Yves Rocher Scalp Rinse
This vinegar rinse is super delicious smelling! I think it's a nice product to add into your routine, and it leaves my scalp feeling fresh. I can't say whether it has transformed my scalp yet or not, but I'll report back after more regular use.

Yves Rocher Mascara
This mascara was a free gift with purchase, and I love it! the brush is rubber and quite stiff, but the product is so lengthening and doesn't smudge or flake off.

Yves Rocher Dedodorant
My favourite product from Yves Rocher has to be the deodorant. I have since bought 2 more because they're only $5 each! They're a cream formula and perform so much better than my usual Nivea roll-on. I'd recommend wholeheartedly, especially since the store always has a great promo going on for those with a membership card.

Best Yves Rocher products
The shampoo and shower gels are quite nice as well, the fragrances are lovely and they don't strip my skin.

Maman coffee
Now, to Cityline! Our morning began with incredible pastries and coffee/tea from Maman- a cafe I have always wanted to try in downtown Toronto.

Cityline Audience
I sat between my blogger friends Brianne and Grieta  as we watched the glorious Fashion Friday taping.

Joe Fresh Glasses
One of the best parts of the episode was seeing all the new frames from Joe Fresh. They're beyond chic! Watch the April 20th episode here to see how these ladies had their looks elevated with new glasses.

Tracy Moore

Dave Lackie

Dave and Tracy looking fabulous as always!! Thank you for hosting us.

Atelier Cologne Yorkdale

I visited the new Atelier cologne store at Yorkdale the following weekend to see what it was all about.

Atelier Cologne Canada

We enjoyed chocolate orange macarons and fresh citrus juice while waiting in line for the store to open.

Chocolate Orange Macaron

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

I've loved the Orange Sanguine cologne absolue for years, and the first 50 people in line received one of the 30ml bottles to take home.

Atelier Cologne Leather Case

You will receive a small leather case to put over your 30ml bottle with select purchases in-store. The best part is that they'll emboss it for you with whatever saying you like! I'll post mine in an upcoming review.

Atelier Cologne Perfume

The whole store is simply divine.

Atelier Cologne Yorkdale Mall

Atelier Cologne Toronto Store

Atelier Cologne Gift Wrap

They also have incredible gift wrap, making Atelier Cologne your perfect one-stop-shop for all your gifting needs.

Leather embossing

Getting my leather case embossed!

Come from Away Toronto

Amidst the wild ice storm, my sister and I went to see Come from Away in downtown Toronto. The show was outstanding, truly heartwarming to see the compassion that Canadians expressed in a time of crisis.

Yelp Maezo

My Yelp Elite Toronto group had an awesome exclusive dinner at Maezo on Richmond St.


Maezo Review

Both the food and company were wonderful.

Khau Gully

April was a month filled with delicious Indian food dinners, we went on a family outing to Khau Gully, located in uptown Toronto. It was a bit pricy but the food was outstanding. Service was great and the restaurant was very clean. Would recommend!

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