The Body Shop Red Musk Is Surprisingly Wow!

I like The Body Shop. I really do. I’m just not an insane fanatic groupie when it comes to their stuff. It’s mainly creams and body stuffs which are things I like. But honestly since I’ve been so hot and flashy lately, those are things my hormonally challenged body just can’t take at the moment. I can’t even look a body moisturizers without sweating… :P

And sure, I realize that The Body Shop do fragrance. Glazed Apple, Strawberry, Mango…your basic fruit salad fragrances is what they mainly create. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WROING WITH THAT. It’s just not…Tracy. I don’t know, fruity fragrances are for happy go lucky types-not middle-aged, snarky types like moi.

And then, I met The Body Shop Red Musk Eau De Parfum. No flowers. No fruit. So ME. Even the bottle I like. It’s simple and not fussy.

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The Body Shop Red Musk Eau De Parfum

The Body Shop describes Red Musk Eau De Parfum as “spiced musk with hot notes of cinnamon and intense tobacco for a distinctly different fragrance”. Kind of a scary fragrance description, hey? Honestly, I don’t really smell the cinnamon so much. If you think this is gonna smell like Big Red Gum (which is what I thought) don’t worry! It doesn’t. The cinnamon just gives a bit of warmth to the fragrance. And if you’re scared of the tobacco in it? Again, don’t be. It’s subdued. I promise you won’t smell like a fireplace full of cinnamon hearts! It’s like a warm winter hug that’s just perfect for this time of year.

If you’ve been wanting to try a fragrance that’s different, out of the norm, not floral… wanting to venture into something a bit more masculine but not SO masculine like say some Tom Ford fragrances like Tobacco Vanille??? Then The Body Shop Red Musk Eau De Parfum is what you’ve been looking for. It lasts forever too! Impressive staying power! And at $37, it’s a great price! Highly recommend it!

Have you tried any different fragrances this year? Something out of your comfort zone?

So, I’m Outta Matzo Crackers… I’m Back Baby!

I’ve had over 3 weeks off! And it’s been kind of awesome truth be told. No more worrying about taking pictures of stuff before using it, no more stressing about PR-it’s been NICE to not have to “BE” a Beauty Blogger!

I’ve eaten all my matzo crackers(gotta get more dang it), and been to California and back in my time off. Marky is home for Christmas! She’s been sick poor red-headed thing… BUT I’ve been able to play mama the last few days again and am LOVING it. But most importantly, I’ve had time to think about this beauty blogging business.

I won’t quit. I can’t. There’s so few of us bloggers left these days that tell the truth. I’m telling you, it’s hard. And I don’t want to point fingers at the people who’s don’t. I mean, sure I get that we’re all different and that some things that don’t work for me MIGHT just MIGHT work for others. But when the general consensus about a product is that it SUCKS??? Yet you still love it? I’m sorry, but I just can’t anymore. You don’t blog for the people anymore, you blog for the BRAND. And that’s not blogging anymore. That’s being a magazine. And I don’t want to be like that.

I’m at the point where I don’t want to say YES to every Tom, Dick and Harry brand out there. I don’t NEED more stuff to be honest. I abhor hoarding. My mom was a bit of a hoarder, and I do not want to be that nope no way no how. I won’t be saying yes to get products just for the sake of GETTING products anymore. I really REALLY don’t like that part of blogging, and what it turns us into. Seriously, it’s ludicrous. I don’t need 15 bottles of shampoo sitting around even though I can’t use them but HEY–It’s free stuff???!!!! Screw that. I’m so, so tired of That Beauty Blogging GREED. It just has to stop. NO AMOUNT OF FREE STUFF IS GOING TO FILL THAT VOID, THAT SADNESS, THAT NEED for whatever your heart is craving. This is what I’ve learned in the last 5 years of blogging. I want no part of that anymore. Done like dinner I am.

I will only work with brands I LOVE. Brands I TRUST. Brands that don’t pressure me every other day to post. Brands that respect me, just like I respect them. It’s a two way street that blogger/PR relationship and I wish a lot of PR would recognize that. I’ve had a couple of PR actually support me in my hiatus-and I love that. I’m not kidding- A couple of brands actually emailed me and said they were PROUD of me for sticking to my guns. THEY ACTUALLY READ MY POST. Like hello?? PR that really READ blogs? LOVE them-and you want to know who they were? VICHY. And AVENE. Yup. I love those PR ladies and brands to pieces. Blogging isn’t a full time job for me-it’s a HOBBY. And hobbies are supposed to be something you love doing. And I want to keep it that way, and thanks to understanding PRs, that’s what it’s going to stay like for me.

So, what does all this mean Tracy? Things are gonna change around here yessiree. But for the BETTER. Because what you see and read about here on Beauty Reflections will only be the things I truly do use and LOVE. Things that will be worth MY TIME. AND YOURS. And I might be blogging more for people MY age. Yeah, I know that might be a bummer for some of you. But I’m telling you that this aging thing REALLY brings new beauty challenges to the forefront. So, expect a few more OLDER beauty related posts around here. Those of you who read my blog and are my age know what I’m talking about…Hot flashes and makeup DO NOT make a good mix. BUT as a beauty addicted junkie you know I’ve been searching for the things that DO work for me during this hot and flashy time of life! So if you’re going through the same things as I am then HAPPY DAYS! I’m here to help. :D

But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some new and trendy makeup on here! Or a snarky negative review. Because you will. Oh, YES YOU WILL. I’ll still be buying things, and sometimes even the brands I love come out with duds. Hey, nobody is perfect! And I’ll be sure to tell you if anything I try is a dud. Cross my heart. Me and snark are one. United for all time. We can’t be broken. Once you’ve crossed over to the Snarky Side, there’s no going back… :P Plus, I love wine. I do. And there’s nothing like a glass or two of wine to bring out that Tracy snark!

BUT…I won’t be blogging EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I can’t anymore. The daily pace is something I just can’t keep up with now. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO WORRY ABOUT BLOGGING FOR FREE STUFF. Yup. That’s the biggest truth I’ve learned in the last 3 weeks off. And I’m okay with that. I am. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-makeup and skincare don’t pay the bills yo’.

I hope this is ok with all of you! There’s a couple of things I’ve tried over my little break that I think are FANTASTIC. So, I’ll try to get those posts up as soon as I can. Not like there’s really any hurry, because LORDY if you still have Christmas shopping to do then GOOD LUCK TO YOU my friend. I won’t even set foot into a mall here in Edmonton this month, so I can’t even imagine what lunacy you have to deal with in cities bigger than mine if you still have to shop.

CHEERS my friends! And I hope you missed me as much as I missed you!

P.S. And THANK YOU so much for all of your support and comments on my last post. I can’t tell you how much LOVE I have for all of you!

xo Tracy

Uggh Christmas. And I Give Up. This is a long time coming…

I bet you’ve never read a blog post like this, but HERE GOES NOTHING.

I’ve had a couple of glasses of pinot grigio and TWO count ‘em, TWO Matzo crackers. No butter mind you, but STILL. And I’m listening to the free sampling of the new ACDC Album. YEAH. You heard me. ACDC. ROCK OR BUST DUDES. Marky doesn’t like them either, but I don’t care. I LIKE THEM so SCREW IT. This has been a long time coming, and if you’ve been a good friend of mine this post isn’t a surprise to you.I’ve been talking smack for a good year about doing this…

I just CAN’T anymore. What? Do this. Something’s gotta give, and I just have to be honest with you all, because if there’s anything I’ve ever tried to be in my blogging life is HONEST. And CRAP. If you blog? You know how hard that is to do.

But this time of year is the WORST. I’ve been hit from all sides and have just too much to blog about, but NOTHING. I repeat NOTHING is that inspiring at the moment. I have an ASS full of skincare at the moment and I could just regurgitate what the press releases say, but THAT AIN’T ME. Read a magazine if that’s what you’re looking for. I ain’t a magazine, hey? I like to try stuff. Give my honest opinion. And truth be told? IT’S DANG HARD TO DO these days. Some PR companies HOUND me every other day, and I give UP. Yeah, magazines go to print with their LIES easily, but I can’t. I CAN’T. Blogging isn’t that. And some big name bloggers have succumbed to the whole magazine style. And WIN AWARDS YET. And sorry, I just think that’s WRONG. Putting out gift guides about the best 10 gifts to buy your BFF????  ISN’T BLOGGING ANYMORE. That’s a magazine. And I don’t care if I hurt anybody’s FEELINGS. I mean, why should I? This is all a bunch of nonsense anyways. And I don’t want to be a part of that/this. So screw it. I give up. I CRY UNCLE. I don’t want to turn into THAT. I don’t want to do any LOOK-HERE-BUY-THIS Christmas Blog posts. It’s not my style. If I like it? And get a chance to try it? I’ll tell ya. Promise.

What does this matzo-wine-ridden rant all mean then? Break time for Tracy. Sorry all. But bloggging isn’t all that and a steak(yeah, I changed that saying because I LIKE STEAK OK-everything is better with steak anyways-ALBERTA BEEF RULES). I’ll be on Instagram still if you miss me and my snark. And I might just get inspired over there to blog again, but for now? I need an honest break just like my good friend Paris @MyWomenStuff. I’ve never taken one in FIVE YEARS. IT IS TIME. Like my amazing friend Maggie @MaggiesMakeup I need to step back. Re-evaluate this blogging thing. And when I’ve figured that out, I’ll let you know. 

I REALLY want to say: THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.
 

 
But that sounds so final. And I don’t think it is?? I’ll be back. Soon. When I’ve eaten enough matzos… :P And thinked about all this stuff some more and where I want to go with this…GEEZ.
 
LOVE YOU ALL, TRACY
 

*nothing to disclaim or shouldn’t it be CLAIM here really? Cause that’s what this little blurb is all about. MAN I’m sorry if this is all too much? Maybe this menopausal gal is getting her final period because WOW my boobs hurt while on the treadmill today LOL. And I bet that’s something you didn’t need to know AHAHAHA.

Christmas Bath And Body Gifts From Avon! Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Collection

This bundle of Bath and Body stuffs from Avon would make an awesome gift under the tree!
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Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Collection $16.99

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Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Collection

A pampering home spa experience for your feet or someone else’s! And it’s all boxed and ready to give!

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Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Collection

Avon Foot Works Pomegranate Chocolate Collection is a 4-piece set that includes:
• Soothing Foot Soak to soak feet and prep them for treatment
• Smoothing Foot Scrub to scrub away calluses and dry skin
• Moisturizing Foot Cream to moisturize and make tootsies soft and smooth

AND you also get these cute slipper socks too!

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Avon Bath and Body Classics in Peppermint Vanilla

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The scent is SO GOOD. Like Christmas in your shower! Peppermint mixed with vanilla and a touch of creamy white chocolate is amazing!

Avon Peppermint Vanilla Shower Gel($2.99 right now)-cleanses with lotsa suds!

Bubble Delight Bubble Bath($9.99)-best bubble bath ever! I remember my mom using this on us when we were kids, so it’s been around forever-and for good reason! You can’t beat the bubbles and the price! Right now you can get two for $10!

Body Lotion($3.99 right now)- keeps that yummy scent going and moisturizes nicely!

You can order all of these goodies right now on www.avon.ca . Any of these would make great gifts for teachers by the way!

Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection

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Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection

The Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection is inspired of course by the Aurora Borealis as you can tell by the name. But I kind of wonder if they’ve ever seen The Northern Lights? Because I have, and honestly there should be GREEN in there. Like my hair green. :P And there is no green as far as I can see in the collection??? I guess the collection is supposed to be GLOWY like the Northern Lights, so ok… I’ll take that…BUT SERIOUSLY. WHY NO GREEN??? :P Wouldn’t it have been SO COOL TO SEE BRIGHT SHADES OF GREEN?? I think so.., and even though I adore the Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection-I honestly do-I still feel a little bit…let down? It’s BEAUTIFUL, don’t get me wrong, just not what I was expecting is all.

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Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection

Lise Watier Aurora Eyeshadow Palette($43)-This LE eyeshadow palette is PHENOMENAL, even without any green in it! There are six, creamy, pigmented shades: Taupe, Ivory Rose, Violet, Pink-Mauve, Gold and Midnight Blue. But GRRRR… still should have been some GREEN in there…I’m not gonna let this one go easily as you can tell hahaha….but I”m right. I know I am. :P

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Lise Watier Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

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Lise Watier Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

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Lise Watier Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

These are Lise Watier’s creme-powder texture that are so amazing to work with. They blend like a dream! And even with just a finger! Honestly, you don’t really need a brush when applying them. That’s how good they are. I have to say that in all the blogging I’ve done, any of the creme-powder eyeshadows from Lise Watier are THE BEST to work with.

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Lise Watier 24 HR Glam Eyeshadow in Champagne Glam, Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Indigo Velours

Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Indigo Velours($20) – is the most gloriously pigmented deep matte blue eyeliner I’ve ever seen! It has a hint of teal in it and I LOVE that. It glides on effortlessly because it’s so creamy even though it has a waterproof finish. It’t what I’m wearing in my waterline.
Lise Watier 24 HR Glam Eyeshadow in Champagne Glam($22)- is a waterproof eyeshadow crayon that glides on smoothly for a long-lasting, crease and smudge proof finish. There’s a built in sharpener under the cap. I used it as a base for my eyeshadow look here, but I often wear it just alone. It’s probably my favourite eyeshadow crayon on the market. As you know, I have REALLY oily lids, and this is the only one I’ve tried(and I’ve tried A LOT) that actually truly stays put without disappearing on me.

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Lise Watier 24 HR Glam Eyeshadow in Champagne Glam, Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Indigo Velours

 

Lise Watier Aurora Celestial Light Powder($36) This is a Limited Edition iridescent rose, brown and gold toned highlighter powder that adds a shimmer of light to the face or the body. It’s really subtle and lovely! I don’t care for really obvious highlighters, so this is right up my alley.

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Lise Watier Aurora Celestial Light Powder

Swatchy Time!

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Lise Watier Aurora Celestial Light Powder

It kicks up a bit when you swish your brush in it and seems powdery, but on the skin it’s really beautiful!

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Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Stella and Emma

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Stella and Emma($24)- I think that these are my favourite Lise Watier Lipsticks. So hydrating with concentrated Labrador tea extract! They give such a pretty, soft, glossy and lustrous finish.

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Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Stella and Emma

They are sheer, but as you can see you can easily build up the pigmentation. And they last pretty well too! I actually think that they are better than my fave Dior Addicts Extremes-pretty similar in texture and finish, but just feel BETTER. AND CHEAPER.

Here I am wearing Stella on my lips with the Aurora eyeshadow palette(these pics were taken before my dye job of green):

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Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection with Stella Rouge Fondant Supreme on the lips

And Emma this time on my lips:

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Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection with EmmaRouge Fondant Supreme on the lips

You can’t go wrong with any of these pieces from the Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection! They are all really REALLY REALLY GOOD. So much better than any of the other palettes from popular brands I’ve tried this holiday season. Yup. Lise Watier needs to get sold on Sephora I say! Makeup Junkies won’t know what hit ‘em because the line is SO GOOD.

And you can order the collection if you live in the USA btw! They do ship to you! Check them out on www.lisewatier.com.

Have you seen the Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection in stores yet? Don’t just walk by this time-actually LOOK at it and GET SOMETHING, for the love of all makeup PLEASE. :D

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always! :D And I still don’t get why there’s no green in this collection… :P

New CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

AHHHH, KATY PERRY…. If only I BELIEVED YOUR LASHES REALLY GROW TO LOOK LIKE THIS…

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Mascara ads are the WORST, right? RIGHT. Makes me so angry, and I have good lashes so with those of you that don’t, I can only imagine the distrust you must experience seeing these kinds of ads. We all know that Katy HAS to be wearing false lashes in the ad. Like DUH. I mean look at the feathery fullness she has going on. Hardly anybody is BORN WITH IT MAYBELLINE.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

So! New CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara apparently has a petal-shaped folded brush with two separate bristle lengths to align and coat every lashes evenly for full separated lashes.

You can see the different bristle lengths.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

And here. But Petal? I don’t see it? Do you? Maybe? Another angle?

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

The bristles are pretty spiky and grab every lash really well, with some pain btw. NO PAIN, NO LASH GAIN I guess! What’s different about CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara is that it has a mousse formula and the bristles flex, so that means you get lotsa’ volume with soft lashes. No stiff, crispy lashes with this one!

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Like most CoverGirl mascaras, I find the formula of CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara really bulidable with no clumping. You really have that smooth formula down pat CoverGirl, hey? You can keep piling on their mascaras with no fear of clumping. And I like that.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara kind of DOES give you lashes that look like they bloom and grow like soft pretty petals all in a row, hey? OK. I get it now. I get the tagline hahaha. BUT it takes lotsa layers that’s for sure. This is not a one-coat WOW I GOT LASHES kinda’ mascara. It takes time. And effort. Even for me. It’s a lot like Clump Crusher to be honest? Just all pink instead of green.

It’s nice though! And worth a shot if CoverGirl Mascaras work for you! They work decently for me, but I can get loads more length and volume from other mascaras to be honest. Still, it stays put! Doesn’t flake or smudge! So a pretty good deal on sale at the drugstore and worth a pick-up in my opinion.

Have you tried CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara yet? What’s your favourite Drugstore Mascara brand? Mine would be CoverGirl! Their mascaras are always solid. But honestly, I wonder…is this just the Clump Crusher Formula in a pink container? I think maybe yes…

*product received because I’m a proud Beauty United Blogger, damn straight. And all these words? Are mine. Like they have time to tell me what to write. It’s P&G people. And like I’d even listen HA if they tried. Can’t buy me with a tube of mascara…it takes maybe THREE tubes LOL. :P  AHAHAHAHAHA…ahem. :D

Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel

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Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel

Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel is…different! Let me explain.

Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel($69.90)is an exfoliator, or rather as the company calls it..a facial peeler. And yup, that’s actually a better description! Everybody can use it, no matter what your skin type is. Made with 100 % pure Moroccan Argan Oil, tea leaf extract, aloe vera, orange peel extract, papaya extract, pomegranate extract and cucumber extract, it’s got a lot of great ingredients to hydrate and nourish skin while literally, and I mean literally- PEELING away dull, dead skin cells.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Maris Sal, Aloe Barbadensis Lead Juice, Carbomer Triethanolamine, Decydroacetic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, nylon-66, phenoxyethanol (fragnance) supplement, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan Oil), orange (citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Extract, Papaya (carica Papaya) Extract, Pomegranate (punica Granatum) Extract, Cucumber (cucumis Sativus) Fruit Extract, Dunaliella Bardawil Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum Tomato Fruit

As you can see there are loads of natural extracts in Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel like aloe vera which is anti-inflammatory and smooths the skin. There’s orange peel extract to help to reduce oiliness in the skin and papaya extract to dissolve the dead skin cells. Pomegranate extract will help to prevent and reverse dryness and reduced elasticity, and cucumber extract to also calm skin irritations.

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Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel

It’s indeed a gel! No grainy beads in it at all, because that’s not how it works. What you do is apply a generous layer of Soft Peeling Gel onto clean wet skin, and then start massaging it into your face for 1 – 2 minutes. I highly recommend doing this in the shower ONLY, because what happens is that it starts to kind of disappear into your skin, but then you’ll notice these kind of gummy flakey bits on your skin appear. And they are kind of sticky to be honest, and unless you have a good stream of water handy, a little hard to rinse off. I  decided to jump in the shower to rinse it off, because even a washcloth wasn’t working. I was kind of miffed and ready to throw the stuff into the garbage after that.

UNTIL I SAW MY FACE IN THE MIRROR AFTER. WOW.

My face was so SMOOTH. And BRIGHTER. And TIGHTER. But not dry at all! What those gummy flakes were was my dead, dry skin cells sloughing off and it was kind of an alarming amount to be honest! But I guess that’s how much build up there was to get rid of because I didn’t recognize my skin after using  Simon & Tom Soft Peeling Gel. It’s really neat! Twice a week is the recommended amount you use it, and oh yeah, I’m going to keep using it! It didn’t irritate my intolerant, sensitive skin at all either. It’s a keeper! A messy one albeit, but messy GOODNESS.

You can order this weird yet neat product from Amazon!

Have you ever tried a peeling gel before? It’s a pretty different experience! 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

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