There’s A New Friendly Skincare In Town! Amie Naturally Kind Skincare

Have you heard? There’s a new skincare in town! Amie Naturally Kind Skincare has crossed the pond and landed at Shoppers Drug Mart. And I’ve got some of the friendly British products to show you!

 

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Amie Naturally Kind Skincare

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare consists of 8 natural beauty essentials to help us achieve healthy, beautiful skin no matter what age or skin type we gots! I mean the brand is called Amie-that’s FRIEND in French in case you didn’t know. The brand really wants to be our skin’s best friend! Full of natural plant and botanical extracts, Amie Naturally Kind Skincare is perfect for everyone because there’s no harsh skin irritating chemicals. And the best part is that it’s affordable!

The Amie Naturally Kind Skincare range is pH balanced, dermatologically tested and has been created to help keep your skin in perfect balance: oil and blemishes are controlled and moisture and hydration are given where needed. I’ll tell you this-I wish to HECK I brought these products with me on this road trip because right now my chin looks like a freakin’ MINEFIELD. I don’t know if it was the heat, the sweat, the sunscreen, maybe a new sample of skincare I got-but SOMETHING has wreaked ZIT HAVOC on my poor poor chinny chin chin, and I am NOT pleased. Not one bit. SIGH. These products would have helped keep my skin in check that’s for dang sure.

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Amie Naturally Kind Skincare-Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily and Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask Wash

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash($10) contains apple, lemon and exfoliating blueberry seeds and is gentle enough to use every day. My skin needs chemical AND physical exfoliation to stay clear, and I am missing both of those on this trip, hence the breakout I think. This is gentle, yet effective and it smells SO good. And the price! You can’t beat it.

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask($12) is OH so good. Peppermint and lime draws out dirt, oils, impurities, and leaves  skin clear, REALLY clean and smooth. Smells REALLY good too. And boy, again. I wish I had this with me right now to help clear my skin. Ten minutes is all you need to get better, clearer skin. Bonus-my hubby LOVES this. It’s great for guys with oily skin!

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Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer and Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer ($12) contains rose hip seed oil and mallow and has a creamy gel texture. It absorbs really quickly, leaving skin soft, smooth and ready for the day. It’s great for hot weather and I really missed it on this trip!

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer($12) I passed on to my hubby who has oily skin. I said USE THIS. Then your nose won’t grease up by 10 AM DUDE. And I was right! This is a great moisturizer for those of you with oily skin. It has rosehip, bilberry, and Vitamin E to help control oiliness and shine. It’s not heavy either, otherwise Terry would never use it. It goes on light, moisturizes yet controls his oily skin. GOOD STUFF.

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare also has an eye make up remover that I’m extremely interested in trying since most of them hurt my eyes so much. I think this one might be ok since everything is formulated for sensitive skin like mine. They also have cleansing wipes too!

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare is free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, and animal extracts and is perfect for sensitive, breakout prone skin types like mine! If you are like me, then I think you should check them out on your next Shoppers Drug Mart visit for sure!

 Almost home. One more day after this. I want to be in my own bed so I can relax and miss Marky in peace. Cry in the dark LOL. But GUYS. We might have to drive through SNOW. Apparently it’s been snowing like crazy in southern Alberta and I am not impressed. It’s way to early for snow, even for us!

*products sent by the lovely PR, thoughts are mine as always! As is the disbelief that it’s snowing already. As much as I hated the 35-40C weather for the past 3 weeks, sudden early snow I do not want to experience. Yet.

Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil

I LOVE cherries. I could eat them every day. I could eat them every way. I would eat them in a boat! And I would eat them with a goat… And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good so good you see! (Dr. Seuss, you were my favourite POET dude)

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Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil

So when I found out that the new Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks were made with 100% Cherry Oil? Excited! Cherry Oil has loads of shine people! And Light Refraction power too. That’s physics. Not my forte, but I did take Nuclear Science courses, so PHYSICS IS FUN and I LIKED it. Cherry Oils also add this sublime texture that just melts onto your lips, so that’s what these Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks with 100% Cherry Oil do! You get glossy colour with pretty good pigmentation that makes your lips feel oh so GOOD.

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Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil

The packaging is nice, nothing special. But the lipsticks are so fine! There are 12 shades to choose from, and all are inspired by nature. I have six to show you, so let’s get going!

Swatchy Time

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Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil-#42 Rose, #61 Tangerine, #22 Coral, #51 Rouge Groseille, #52 Cerise Noire, #12 Marron Glace

Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks with 100% Cherry Oil are sheer, but with a couple of swipes you get pretty great pigmentation as you can see.

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Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil-From Left to Right and then down row by row: #42 Rose, #61 Tangerine, #22 Coral, #51 Rouge Groseille, #52 Cerise Noire, #12 Marron Glace

Nice, huh? I like em! They don’t really last that long on the lips though-over an hour tops. But wow they feel good. Like a lip balm! And I love the way my lips feel when I wear them. And I really don’t mind reapplying them. I’d rather wear lipsticks that feel GOOD, rather than lipsticks that last a long time but dry my lips out. Personal preference is what it comes down to. And I really adore these Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsticks With 100% Cherry Oil.

Today is THE DAY. The day I leave Marky at college in California. The big goodbye. It’s going to be so hard. I’m going to try not to cry like an idiot. It’s the LAST thing she needs right now. I know she’ll be fine, and eventually I’ll be fine-it’s just the letting go biz that’s so hard. GUYS. I’m gonna be a mess the whole car ride home I know it. If I don’t post anything here for a few days, you’ll know why… :(

*products sent by the lovely PR, thoughts are mine as always!

Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing Lotion

Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing Lotion($35) is another hit from the brand for me.

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Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing lotion

It’s made for normal to thick, dehydrated or unruly hair. Yup. Yup. And Yup. Especially the unruly part. My hair is unruly, just like my personality HA. It’s like this stuff was made for me! Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing Lotion contains Immortelle Essential Oil, Baobab Seed oil, Orchid Extracts and Lotus Flower Extracts. All those precious oils and flower extracts means that this makes hair look smoother, less frizzy and hydrated too.

But the goodness in Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing lotion doesn’t end there, no sirree! It contains 6 essential Australian fruit extracts chosen for their ability to thrive in harsh climatic conditions. They are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals too, so again- your hair will be hydrated and smoother.

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Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing lotion

And that’s not it! MORE goodies. Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing lotion has Japanese Green Tea to recycle collagen and elastin. And there’s Lotus Flower extract to repair and rebuild the hair’s surface.

I’m telling ya, I’ve never seen so many good ingredients! Actually, that’s not true. Pretty much every Kevin Murphy Hair product is full of amazing ingredients. And they are always sulfate free. Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Anti-Frizz Treatment Style Control/Smoothing lotion smells so darn good too. When I use this, my hair is not frizzy at all. Such a great product! So good in fact, that I did a Mama sacrifice and let Marky take it to college with her. It’s more humid in California than it is in Edmonton, so she’ll need it more than I will right now. I’m planning on buying another one when I get back home to Edmonton. I think it’ll be great to use in the winter. My hair gets frizzier in the cold for some silly reason. Go figure.

You can find Kevin Murphy products in fine salons across Canada.

What’s your favourite ant-frizz hair styling product? 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts (even the unruly ones) are always mine. ;)

Why Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads?

I do this at least once a year. I don’t know why. I think it’s because I like the whole idea of eye makeup remover pads. I really do. It’s like killing two birds with one stone-you got your eye makeup remover AND your pads in one. It seems like a sweet deal, right?

But they ALWAYS suck. And these Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads are no exception.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Sorry Annabelle, but these are just no for me. For one thing, that “extra thick” pads written on there? LIES. These are so thin. And tiny. At least I think they’re on the tiny side. They are not even the same size as an el cheapo makeup remover cotton pad. Smaller than that.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

But that’s not the worst of it I tell you. Here’s a close-up on one of the Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads and see if you can spot what I can’t understand.

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Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

I think you can see that these are SCRATCHY. Like really scratchy! Why??? I mean seriously, who needs a scratchy, scrubby eye makeup remover pad? Who SCRUBS their eye makeup off? Nobody. I’d like to know who thought that was a good idea. Because it’s NOT.

I can’t remember how much I paid for these Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads, but I think they were around $8.99 or so. Stupidly, I thought that they might be a good idea to take on the road trip.

Nope. They are going in the garbage here in Pasadena because my eyes just can’t take the scrubby anymore. Bye-bye Annabelle Long Wear and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. It has NOT been nice knowing ya’.

Every. Single. Time. I swear. I fall for these things and they never, ever work for me. What’s the one makeup product you keep buying that never ever works for you but you just can’t help yourself because you think maybe THIS time it will?

*product bought by silly Tracy who needs to realize that there are no good eye makeup remover pads. NONE. And I swear these took a layer of skin off my eye lids. WHY.

Speaking of eye makeup remover, guess what too? I finally figured out what’s been bugging my eyes! It’s not eyeshadows. It’s MAKEUP REMOVER. OIL BASED ONES TOO. If I use one, I can’t see for days and my eyes itch after using any. So, it’s micellar water for me from now on!

College Beauty and Skincare With Aveeno

My heart hurts today. Today is Marky’s dorm move in day at CalARTS.

When I told Aveeno that Marky was leaving for college and how sad/happy I was, my favourite brand sent her a college Aveeno Beauty basket. I love Aveeno. They are amazing.
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I thought I’d go over some of the products that are perfect for college beauty. Maybe you also have a daughter/son going away to college and your heart hurts too. And like me, I bet your wallet hurts too! College here in the USA is WOW, a whole ‘nother level of BROKE. Thank goodness my dear brother and his wife are helping us out. We are forever grateful and can’t say how much it means to us. Family is EVERYTHING you guys. But yes, what I’m trying to say here is that seriously, college costs a lot of $$$. Even in Canada. And Aveeno products are oh so great, and oh so affordable. Load them students up with Aveeno is a GOOD idea all ’round.
First, there’s MY favourite Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner, which is ALSO Marky’s favourite as well. Like mother, like daughter I guess! When Aveeno found out that little tidbit, they made sure she was all set for first semester with enough of her favourites.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner is our Holy Grail shampoo. I’ve even brought it to use in the hotels on our college road trip here to California. Both of us can’t live without them and you can read my review about how much I/we love them HERE.

Let’s talk Aveeno Cleansers for a bit, shall we?

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser, Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. It contains moisture-rich soy extract and lifts away dirt, oil and makeup without overdrying and is gentle enough for everyday use. It’s also oil free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Perfect for ANY college-bound child to use every day! It’s one of the few foaming cleansers Marky can use because it’s not drying at all. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub is also made with moisture-rich soy extract, but also has microbeads to gently exfoliate while cleansing, leaving skin soft, smooth and even looking. It’s gentle enough to use on her sensitive, dry skin.

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads are dual-textured cleansing pads that help improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. These are SO great for the shower. They are wet, so all you do is add a little bit of water and they foam right up. They’re like a washcloth with built in cleanser! So gentle too. Here in the USA you can even get them with Salicylic Acid to help clear up acne. Whenever I cross the border, I pick up a couple of those ones for sure. Lucky Marky can get them whenever she wants now!

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Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes help rebalance sensitive skin with Calming Feverfew, an ingredient related to chamomile. They smell SO good, and are soft too. They remove makeup and leave skin felling so refreshed. And calm. LOVE.

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Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF30,Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF30 is an awesome daily moisturizer that has great sun protection too and it won’t cause any breakouts at all. And you’re NEVER to young to start thinking about anti-aging and using a really good night cream! Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream helps replenish skin’s natural moisture barrier while your college student sleeps. They’ll wake up to skin that feels refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on another day!

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Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-Itch Cream

Marky has eczema, so Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-Itch Cream is perfect to have in her college beauty kit. Not only does it have Aveeno’s special Triple Oat Complex, it also contains aloe and vitamin E. It provides temporary relief from the itching associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation, rashes due to eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, insect bites, poison ivy/oak/sumac, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, or jewelry. ALL of which Marky gets. Thank you Aveeno for this little tube of WONDER. It’ll be used a lot I’m sure!

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Aveeno Hydropsport Sunscreen Spray , Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

Speaking of eczema, Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream is the ONLY hand cream Marky uses. It doesn’t irritate her eczema at all, never burns or stings, but soothes it  in fact. She can’t live without it! And sunscreen of course. Aveeno sunscreen is the BEST if you have sensitive skin. I’ve talked about the Aveeno Hydropsport Sunscreen Spray HERE, and it’s fabulous. One of Marky’s first college assignments is going to the LA Zoo to draw animals. This sunscreen is going to come in handy that day for sure!

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Aveeno Postively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash, Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash, Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel

Some of Marky’s favourite Aveeno Shower products are next! Aveeno Postively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash has natural exfoliants of rice beads and walnut shells to help remove dull skin. None of those plastic beads that clog up lakes so no worries! After her shower, skin feels soft and smooth. Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash is a soothing body wash that has a calming effect to help that college student relax in the shower while cleansing and moisturizing at the same time. It’s soap free and dye free so it’s gentle enough to use even on sensitive skin. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel is a rich, lubricating gel that has no added fragrance, so it’s ideal for sensitive or irritated skin that’s prone to razor bumps. It gives a close, smooth shave with less irritation, while a special blend of moisturizing lubricants to help moisturize skin and reduce dryness. Such a good shave cream you guys! You need to try it if you use one!

Well, thanks to Aveeno Marky is all set for college! So forever grateful to them. Now, I just have to get used to not having that red head around all the time.  She’s been with me for for 21 years now you guys. Letting go I must do, but I don’t have to like it. Because I don’t. It sucks. Big time. My heart is going to need some time to get used to this… but I’m not sure it ever will.

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*products sent by the lovely people at Aveeno. I am an Aveeno Active Naturals Ambassador and proud of it!

New Vasanti Lipshine Shades And A Giveaway Too!

It’s Friday! And it’s the long weekend too! Last days of summer baby! Let’s celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

Vasanti is a Canadian beauty brand founded by three amazing Canadian women that offers a wide range of products that encourage women to enhance their natural beauty by increasing skin radiance and glow. And I’m all about the glow lately! Bring it! You can get Vasanti Cosmetics makeup and skin care products online at vasanticosmetics.com birchbox.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and in select high end Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada. It’s a really great brand and for those of you living outside of Canada, I highly encourage you to try something if you have the chance!

Let’s get back to the giveaway. Just the goods Tracy :D Vasanti has just released 4 new universally-flattering Lipshine shades. Vasanti Lipshines are really nice glosses! They are a wind-proof, cake-proof formula that provides luminous long lasting and are not sticky at all. They contain Vitamin E and are lovely and creamy on the lips. Oh, and they are paraben and mineral oil and petrolatum free!

The new shades of Vasanti Lipshines are oh so pretty and are named after rivers around the world:
St. Lawrence-Cool Lavendar Pink
Belle River-bright coral peach
Rio Grande-nude beige
River Finn-bright plum

And guess what! Vasanti has so graciously sponsored a giveaway for Beauty Reflections readers! 3 readers will win a prize package including a mason jar filled with 4 Lipshines and matching jelly beans. LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!! AND YUMMY TOO!

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Vasanti Lipshine

So, ya wanna win one? Here’s the rules! You got one week to enter, and I’m sorry but it’s open just to my fellow Canadian beauties. Sorry international babes, but stay tuned for next week! I got something EXTRA SPECIAL coming up I promise!

Just use the Rafflecopter widget to enter and good luck!

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

I think it’s time for me to start showing you all The Clarins Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection, hey? And doesn’t the whole ‘ladylike’ theme sound kind of chic and effortlessly beautiful?

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones($42) from The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection is a new and permanent addition to the line. It’s a gorgeous neutral palette that will make any neutral shadow lover’s heart beat faster.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is a typical Clarins mineral eye shadow palette. They are wet/dry eyeshadows. Use them dry and they are light in pigment and very natural. I personally don’t like using their mineral eyeshadows dry all that much to be honest. I find them a little hard to work with and rather disappointing in texture sometimes. I much prefer using them wet, as they work so much better that way. And especially with a neutral-toned palette like this. Used dry, there’s not a lot of difference in tone when you apply the shadows, but wet? Pure neutral shadow JOY.

Swatchy Time! I actually did swatch the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones dry over a primer, so you can see that they do have decent pigmentation used dry. And if you do use them dry, a stickier eye primer like a MAC Paint Pot works better fyi.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

A ladylike, natural eyeshadow look is really easy to do with the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones. And I did do a simple one for you, using the eyeshadows dry. Very ladylike and great for every day use.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

But I’m Tracy. And I don’t really do ladylike looks all that much. Give me a neutral palette, and I tend to go in the opposite direction of ladylike and look like I’m a grungy Nirvana video extra. Oh, and I did use the eyeshadows wet, because I think that adds to the grunge look. And man, that taupe just shines when you use it wet! Look at how amazing it looks blown out on my bottom lash line.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

The Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is available right now from Clarins counters all over the country.

 Whaddaya’ think? Does this neutral eye palette offering appeal to you? Or is it just another neutral palette lost in the sea of Nakeds and Neutrals that have flooded the market thanks to Urban Decay?

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

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