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Maybelline New York - The Colossal Big Shot Mascara 

How time flies! It has been 5 months since I posted my last Product Review. So let's dive right into today's for the Colossal Big Shot Mascara by Maybelline New York.

Brand Overview

Maybelline New York is an American drugstore brand and part of the L'oréal group. The Big Shot Mascara is the newest addition to their colossal mascara range.

 

Packaging

Like the original Colossal Mascara, the Big Shot comes in a yellow tube. Only this time it is a metallic yellow. The brush is medium sized and has waxy bristles.

Product Information

The Colossal Big Shot Mascara comes in a washable and waterproof version. On the US Market Maybelline released three new shades with the Youtube Beauty Vlogger Shyala Mitchel. 

These shades are Poppin' Purple, Baddest Black and Boomin' in Blue. I haven't seen them in Germany so far. The price varies between 7.99 and 12,99

Product Claims

According to Maybelline, it is a volumising mascara, which gives bold lashes in one coat. The concern claims 8 of 10 users saw bigger bolder volumised lashes.

 

Application

Maybelline recommends applying the mascara from root to tip for dramatic volume. This how I and probably all of you apply mascara, so nothing new on the mascara application front.

 

My Experience

For me, the most important part of mascara, next to the performance, is the brush. The brush of the Colossal Big Shot Mascara works like a charm. It covers all lashes with just one coat. There is never too much product on the brush. Probably due to the waxy bristles, the mascara doesn't get dry and clumpy after two or three weeks of use.

Performance-wise the product holds its claims. It gives an impressive volume with just one coat. If I apply several coats, I almost get a false lash effect. I have the waterproof version. It stays on the lashes all day even if I cry. There is no need for a fresh-up during the day. The Big Shot Mascara doesn't fade a bit.

Final Verdict

I already have and will repurchase the Colossal Big Shot Mascara. I highly recommend the mascara for all of you who like to get bold lashes with just one stroke.

 

Have you tried the Colossal Big Shot Mascara yet?

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Product Review

- Maybelline New York - Fit me! Matte+Poreless -

On my never-ending hunt for the perfect foundation, I put the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+ Poreless to the test. Here are my thoughts.

Brand Overview

The Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless Foundation is another product from Maybelline's FIT me! line, which includes several foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzers, powders, and other makeup products.

 

Packaging

Unlike the Fit me! Luminous+Smooth Foundation which came in a glass container, the Matte+ Poreless comes in a squeezy tube. I love squeeze tubes because I can cut them open and use up every little drop of the foundation.

Get it here

Product Information

Here in Germany the Fit me! Matte+Poreless Foundation comes 16 shades. The colour range starts with 100 and ends with 355. It comes with warm, cold and neutral undertones. The higher the number the darker the shade. 


Unfortunately, the colour system changes from country to country. If you are a 120 in Germany, it doesn't mean you are the same in the UK or US. Another difference is the colour range. It is much wider in other countries than Germany. There are 32 shades available in the US and 19 in the UK.


Product claims

According do the product information the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless is a lightweight foundation which mattifies and refines pores while giving the skin a natural, seamless finish. It supposedly works best on normal to oily skin.

 

Application

The foundation has a very light slightly runny consistency. It is easy to blend into the skin, and it leaves no visible makeup lines. For the application, I tried a damped beauty sponge as well as different makeup brushes. Both methods worked equally good.

 

My Experience

Like I mentioned before, I have normal skin with a slightly oily T-zone aka combination skin and prefer foundations with medium to full coverage. 

 

First things first, this is not a medium to full coverage foundation, but rather light to medium. One layer of foundation leaves a light coverage on my skin which I can build up to medium, but I have to use at least a second layer to achieve a medium coverage. If you have acne or other more prominent skin issues, you'll need an additional concealer to cover them.

Also, the finish isn't matte, like the product name is claiming, I love it. It is velvety and like promised in the product description larger pores look more refined. Even better, the foundation doesn't look like makeup on the skin, no matter how many layers I apply. Uneven skin texture looks almost photo-shopped. Leaving me with a flawless looking skin.

On me, the foundation lasts all day. Touch ups in my T-Zone area aren't necessary 90% of the time.

Final Verdict

So, is the Maybelline Fit me! Matte Poreless my perfect foundation? No, it isn't. 

Will I repurchase it again? Yes, I will. Also, the coverage is just light to medium, I have and will repurchase this foundation because I love the finish. The mixture of the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless and my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation comes pretty close to a perfect foundation. The combination of both gives me the coverage I want as well as a flawless looking skin. 

Do I use the Matte+Poreless Foundation on its own? I do, occasionally, but only with concealer to achieve a better coverage.

 

You will love the foundation if you want to blur out uneven skin texture, to achieve a more flawless looking skin. Like claimed in the product description the foundation mattifies impeccably without looking dry. Therefore, it will work for oily, normal and combination skin.

 

I hope this review was helpful?

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Product Review

- Maybelline New York - Fit me! Luminous+Smooth Foundation -

Here comes my first Product Review of 2017. I didn't notice it's been four months since I did my last one. However, I like to test new products a little bit longer to give you a thorough overview.

 

For the last three month, I put the Maybelline New York Fit me! Luminous+Smooth Foundation to the test. Here are my thoughts. 

 

Brand Overview

Maybelline New York is an American drugstore brand and part of the L'oréal group. 

The Fit me! Luminous+Smooth Foundation is part of Maybelline's FIT me! line, which includes several foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzers, powders, and other makeup products.

 

Packaging

The foundation comes in a clear glass container with a black plastic cap. It contains 30ml of product and has a pump dispenser. 

Product Information

The Fit me! Dewy+Smooth Foundation comes in 10 shades, with warm and cool undertones. The colour range starts with 105 and ends with 315. The higher the number the darker the shade. All shades with the end number 5 are suitable for cold undertones (pink, rose shades). The numbers ending on 0 work for warm undertones (yellow, golden). The price varies between 7,95 -9,95 . I got mine from here for 7,95  .


Maybelline renamed the foundation from Fit me! to Luminous+Smooth Foundation. In the US, they sell it under Dewy & Smooth Foundation with a colour range of 16 shades. Furthermore, there are also products available which                               still carry the old label on their containers. 


Product Claims

According to Maybelline, the foundation hydrates rough patches, smoothes the skin texture while blending seamlessly into the skin for an undetectable natural luminous finish with medium coverage.

 

Application

The foundation has a light consistency. It is easy to apply and blends fast into the skin. Maybelline recommends your fingers or an applicator to blend in the foundation. 

I used a damp beauty sponge as well as makeup brushes for application. I prefer the beauty sponge because the finish is more luminous in comparison with a makeup brush.

 

My Experience

As some of you already know, I have normal to combination skin. Usually, I opt for foundations with medium to full coverage. 

 

The first thing I noticed after applying one layer of foundation is that the coverage is just light not medium. For medium coverage, I have to apply another layer. To cover blemishes or redness I have to use a concealer. 

The finish, however, is the bomb. It has a natural dewy finish. Just the perfect amount of glow for an everyday makeup look. Like promised in the product description, the foundation doesn't accentuate any kind of skin texture. 

On me, the foundation lasts all day. At some point of the day, I need to touch-up around my nose, but I have to do that with almost every foundation. 

Final Verdict

Would I repurchase this foundation despite its light to medium coverage? Yes. Here is why. 

I love to mix the Luminous+Smooth Foundation with my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. The combination of both offers me the right amount of coverage and glow I am looking for on a daily basis. 

Do I wear the Luminous+Smooth Foundation on its own? Most of the time I don't. Nevertheless, I wear it almost every day mixed in with other foundations because I just can't get enough of its finish.

 

You will love the foundation if you like a light coverage with a natural dewy finish. If you prefer more coverage, I highly recommend mixing the Luminous+Smooth Foundation into your other foundation. You will love the finish. 

For all of you with oily skin, this foundation might not the be the best choice, as it adds some extra glow to your face.

 

I hope this review was helpful?

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Product Review

- Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation -

For the last weeks, I put the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation to the test to find out, if it could live up to its promising claims. 

Packaging

The gunmetal coloured bottle has clear cutouts, so you can always check how much foundation is still left. It contains 30ml of product and comes with an airless pump. I am a big fan of airless pumps as they guarantee usage down to the last drop. 

Product Information

The All Nighter Liquid Foundation comes in 24 shades with neutral, warm and cool undertones. The colour range starts with 0,5 and ends with 12,0. The higher the number the darker the shade. All shades with the end number 5 have cool undertones (pink, rose shades), the 0 numbers are for warm undertones (yellow/ golden), while the neutral shades end with a 25. You can get it for 36,00€ on urbandecay.com.

Product claims

According to Urban Decay, this foundation is waterproof, long-lasting, highly pigmented, therefore, provides full coverage with just one layer, delivers a flawless looking complexion with a matte finish, has a light diffusing effect of blurring out flaws, is paraben-free as well as oil-free, mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine. 

 

Application

The foundation has a creamy consistency and is so highly pigmented, that one pump is enough to cover my whole face. To achieve the best result Urban Decay suggests applying the product with one their foundation brushes.

I apply it with a buffer brush as well as with a damp sponge. Whichever method I use the finish is always full coverage. I prefer the damp sponge to achieve a slightly dewy finish instead of total matte complexion when using a brush. 

 

My Experience

I have normal to combination skin. My area of concern is the nose. I have some redness around the nostrils and tend to get oily in this area. Every foundation I try must keep these problems in check.

 

Right after the application the All Nighter Foundation has a matte but not cakey finish. After it has set, my skin appears flawless. It doesn't accentuate pores, uneven skin, or expression lines; no matter how long it's on my face. The coverage is outstanding, even the redness around my nose almost disappears. The foundation lives up to its name by lasting all day long. Sometimes I get away with zero touch-ups, for the rest, I only have to polish around my nose. As a matter of fact, it withstands my workout sessions without a problem.

While applying don't go overboard, start slowly, only build up in areas that need extra coverage, otherwise, the foundation looks too heavy and unnatural. 

Final Verdict

The Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is already one of my favourites which I will repurchase in a heartbeat.

You will love the All Nighter Liquid Foundation if you are looking for great coverage with an airbrushed finish that lasts all day long. In my opinion, it works best for normal to oily skin types. On dry ones, it might look cakey as it is oil-free and provides zero hydration.

 

Until then, have a good one.


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Product Review

- Maybelline New York - Fit me! Matte+Poreless -

On my never-ending hunt for the perfect foundation, I put the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+ Poreless to the test. Here are my thoughts.

Brand Overview

The Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless Foundation is another product from Maybelline's FIT me! line, which includes several foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzers, powders, and other makeup products.

 

Packaging

Unlike the Fit me! Luminous+Smooth Foundation which came in a glass container, the Matte+ Poreless comes in a squeezy tube. I love squeeze tubes because I can cut them open and use up every little drop of the foundation.

Get it here

Product Information

Here in Germany the Fit me! Matte+Poreless Foundation comes 16 shades. The colour range starts with 100 and ends with 355. It comes with warm, cold and neutral undertones. The higher the number the darker the shade. 


Unfortunately, the colour system changes from country to country. If you are a 120 in Germany, it doesn't mean you are the same in the UK or US. Another difference is the colour range. It is much wider in other countries than Germany. There are 32 shades available in the US and 19 in the UK.


Product claims

According do the product information the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless is a lightweight foundation which mattifies and refines pores while giving the skin a natural, seamless finish. It supposedly works best on normal to oily skin.

 

Application

The foundation has a very light slightly runny consistency. It is easy to blend into the skin, and it leaves no visible makeup lines. For the application, I tried a damped beauty sponge as well as different makeup brushes. Both methods worked equally good.

 

My Experience

Like I mentioned before, I have normal skin with a slightly oily T-zone aka combination skin and prefer foundations with medium to full coverage. 

 

First things first, this is not a medium to full coverage foundation, but rather light to medium. One layer of foundation leaves a light coverage on my skin which I can build up to medium, but I have to use at least a second layer to achieve a medium coverage. If you have acne or other more prominent skin issues, you'll need an additional concealer to cover them.

Also, the finish isn't matte, like the product name is claiming, I love it. It is velvety and like promised in the product description larger pores look more refined. Even better, the foundation doesn't look like makeup on the skin, no matter how many layers I apply. Uneven skin texture looks almost photo-shopped. Leaving me with a flawless looking skin.

On me, the foundation lasts all day. Touch ups in my T-Zone area aren't necessary 90% of the time.

Final Verdict

So, is the Maybelline Fit me! Matte Poreless my perfect foundation? No, it isn't. 

Will I repurchase it again? Yes, I will. Also, the coverage is just light to medium, I have and will repurchase this foundation because I love the finish. The mixture of the Maybelline Fit me! Matte+Poreless and my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation comes pretty close to a perfect foundation. The combination of both gives me the coverage I want as well as a flawless looking skin. 

Do I use the Matte+Poreless Foundation on its own? I do, occasionally, but only with concealer to achieve a better coverage.

 

You will love the foundation if you want to blur out uneven skin texture, to achieve a more flawless looking skin. Like claimed in the product description the foundation mattifies impeccably without looking dry. Therefore, it will work for oily, normal and combination skin.

 

I hope this review was helpful?

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Product Review

- Kiko Milano 3D Lifting Foundation -

Normally, I only do a product review after testing it for a longer time, to see how it performs in different situations, with other products, and to notice any long-term effects. But this KIKO foundation really amazed me so much, that I couldn't wait to tell you about it. So let's dive right in.

 

Brand Information
KIKO MILANO is an Italian brand founded in 1997 by Peracassi. Their range includes makeup, face and body products. They promise innovative, high-quality products for affordable prices.

Product Information/ Packaging
The foundation comes in a sleek black plastic container with a purple print. It has a pump dispenser, an SPF 15, contains 30 ml and is available in 10 shades for 14,50 €.

Product Promises / Claims
This product promises a lot. According to the product description, this is not only a foundation but also a skin care treatment. The formula is described as soft and creamy, to ensure a ultra-smooth application with adjustable coverage, for a natural, smooth skin tone with a fresh, radiant, long-lasting finish and a lifting effect. The results are supposed to be immediate as well as long-term.
The foundation contains the exclusive K²-multi-lift formula, an innovative plant complex containing highly purified hyaluronic acid and a biotechnological micro-algae extract.
The hyaluronic acid should create a thin protective film to maintain the skin’s youthfulness, elasticity, and an even skin tone. It also consists special inorganic powders which should counteract with the skin irregularities to give a filler effect, by evening out the skin tone and minimising blemishes. Furthermore, the foundation is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E and a medium protection factor (SPF 15), to fight photo-aging.

My Experience
The consistency is thicker than other liquid foundations. It feels like a rich face cream which appears to be a foundation at the same time. Although it is thicker in consistency, the application is easy. With just one and a half pump you can achieve a medium to full coverage, depending on your skin. The foundation sinks into the skin immediately, evens out the skin tone and leaves a dewy finish. I wore this foundation for several days, for more than 10 hours, with no touch ups. And besides some shininess around my nose, the product didn't move or wore off.
Regarding the lifting effect, my skin doesn't really need a lift. Nevertheless, right after application, I always have the feeling my skin looks firmer and more radiant. Throughout the day, I noticed, that the foundation neither sink into fine lines nor settles into the expression lines. The firmness and radiance also outlast the day.
I have been using this foundation for two weeks, so I can't say anything about the long-term results. But so far I have the feeling that my skin has improved. To me, it appears more even with less redness.

Final Thoughts
Would I recommend this foundation? Definitely.
I didn't expect much while buying this foundation. To be honest, I mainly bought it because it offered a shade light enough for my pale skin, for a really good price. After the first application, I was so amazed by the result, that I read the product description. So far, it keeps it promises. The skin looks firmer, more radiant and it lasts all day. For this price, I didn't expect such great results, and I highly recommend trying it out. I will definitely try other products of this brand.

Please let me know if you tried it out. Do you recommend any other KIKO products?

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Product Review

- BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 2 Brush Set

As a makeup artist, I am always on the hunt for new brushes. That's why I'm constantly looking for new ones to join my collection. At the beginning of the year, I ordered the BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 2 - 10 Piece Brush Set online. Here are my thoughts.

 

Brand Information
BH Cosmetics was founded in 2009. They kick-started their business with eyeshadow palettes. Since then they have extended their product range to lip, face and makeup brush lines.

Product Information / Packaging
The set comes in a cardboard box with an image of the brushes printed on it. Inside they are wrapped in clear plastic. All brushes have black handles and golden ferrules. They are numbered consecutively from 123 to 132. The set includes five larger and five smaller brushes.
123 is labeled as a flat top buffing brush, 124 as a tapered face blending brush, 125 as a tapered contour brush, 126 as a precision blush brush, 127 as an angled face shader brush, 128 as a small deluxe blending brush, 129 as a small round blending brush, 130 as a large shader brush, 131 as a nose contour brush, and 132 as a precision detailer brush.

1. Flat Top Buffing Brush (no.123)   2. Tapered Face Blending Brush (no.124)   3. Tapered Contour Brush (no.125)   4. Precision Blush Brush (no. 126)  5. Angled Face Shader Brush (no. 127)   6. Small Deluxe Blending Brush (no. 128)   7. Larger Shader Brush (no. 130)   8. Nose Contour Brush (no. 131)   9. Small Round Blending Brush (no.129)      10. Precision Detailer Brush (no. 132)

Product Promises/ Claims
According to the product description, this is a multifunctional brush set. The 10 synthetic dual fiber brushes should be suitable for eye and face applications. Furthermore, the brushes are supposed to work with creams, powders, and liquids.

 

My Experience
The fibers of the brushes are very soft. After cleaning them, several times, they remained their softness and shape. So far there has been no shedding.
In my opinion, the majority of the brushes are for face applications. I only use the precision detailer brush (no. 132) for the eyes. It works perfectly for tight lining, blending the lower lash line, and to achieve a precise cut-crease. The other three smaller brushes (no. 128-130) are a touch to big for working on the eye, especially for makeup beginners. No. 130 is great for applying cream products to the face. And 128 /129 work very well for blending out harsh lines and around the nose. They are too dense to blend out eyeshadows. I prefer fluffier ones to do the job. 
My favourite brush of the set is no. 125. The tapered contour brush makes contouring quick and easy. It puts on the product and blends it at the same time. The same goes for 124 and 126. The flat buffer brush (no.123) is a standard foundation brush which works just fine. I was really curious about no. 131, the nose contour brush, because I never saw nor used such a brush before. I am not completely sold on this one for three reasons. First, you can only use it for the tip. Then it takes some time to get the hang of it. And finally, you can achieve the same result with the other brushes in this set.
The only brush that didn`t work for me at all was no. 127. I tried it several times, with different products, but never liked the outcome. I find the shape makes it hard to apply products evenly on the skin, especially powder products.

Final Thoughts
Pricewise the set is a winner. I paid 22€ in total, meaning only 2€ per brush. Considering the great quality of the brushes this set is a bargain. As promised, they work with creams, powders, and liquids. For this price, you get everything you can ask for to cover all your face application needs.
In contrast to the product description, I don`t think this set works for the eyes and the face. Just no. 132 really works for eye applications. Furthermore, the brushes no. 127/ 131 aren´t necessary for the set. You can achieve everything with the other ones.


Would I recommend buying the set? Definitely! I think this is a good set to start with but also a great addition to any makeup brush collection.

Do you know this set or any other products of BH Cosmetics?

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Product Review

- Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick -

The Liquid Lipstick trend is still going strong and on my neverending search for the perfect liquid lipstick, I discovered GERARD COSMETICS HYDRA MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS.

Brand Information
GERARD COSMETICS is a US makeup brand founded by Jennifer Gerard. Before producing a makeup line, Jennifer Gerard rose to fame with "Whitening Lightning" teeth whitening products. Arising from this success, she launched Lighted Lip Glosses and Brow Bar to Go, a brow palette to create the perfect brow. Since then, she is, slowly but constantly, extending Gerard Cosmetics product range.
Product Information
The Liquid Lipsticks come in 15 shades: Three of them are bright shades (Immortal, Mercury Rising and Summer Lovin') while the other twelve hues are taking up the current nineties lip colour trend. They more muted, with grey or neutral undertones. For all nineties lip trend lovers, like me, these twelve colours are a match made in heaven. They are all gluten- and cruelty-free.
Packaging
The outer package is made of black cardboard with gold/white labelling. The actual product comes in a sleek see-through container with a gold-toned lid and 1.75 g of product.

Product Promises/ Claims
According to the product description on BeautyBay, the lipsticks apply like a liquid, then dry down to a matte finish, while promising to be long-wearing and also hydrating. The product information states that the lipsticks are crafted with a special anti-flake formula,  to prevent congealing, smudging or fading.
My Experience
I purchased five of the fifteen colours. These shades are Gravity, Cher, Ecstasy, Invasion and Iced Moca. You can see colour swatches below. Due to the clear container, you can easily find your desired shade in your storage.
All of the five shades have a slight chocolate/vanilla like scent to them. Personally, I like the scent, to me it isn't irritating at all.
Application
While applying, they have a creamy, velvety consistency. Due to this consistency, the colour glides on very easily. One application is enough to achieve an opaque, bold, and an even coverage. They dry down quickly to an ultra-matte finish.
Durability
I wore all five shades for at least 8 hours, without using a lipliner first; I ate, drank, and even touched my lips from time to time.  All of them stayed in place the whole time. I even had not to reapply the lipsticks after eating. There was no smudging or cracking up. Furthermore, I couldn't notice any significant colour fading at the end of the day. And also they lasted for ages, my lips felt hydrated the whole time.

Final Thoughts
I love this Liquid Lipsticks. I have absolutely nothing to complain about. Every product claim turned out to be true. Finally, a bold lip colour doesn`t mean high maintenance, anymore. Pricewise they are in the same range as other liquid lipsticks on the market. And for me, they are worth every cent. I will definitely buy more.

So, if you are into super-matte, bold, hydrating, long-lasting lipsticks, the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks are for you.
You can purchase the lipsticks on Gerard Cosmetics website or at BeautyBay.

Do you know the lipsticks?

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Product Review

- Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

This is the first post of my Beauty Product Review Series. I start with a reasonably priced item the Essence's Lash Princess Volume Mascara.

Product Promises according to Essence`s Homepage: The lash princess mascara with a specially shaped cobra-head wand covers each individual lash to create dramatic volume and a gorgeous, sweeping look; for intensive fluttering lashes.
First Impression/ Packaging: I received a full sized sample of this mascara with my monthly InStyle subscription. At first sight, I wasn`t intrigued. I don`t like the packaging, which should represent an evening gown, at all. For me, the packaging cheapens the product and wouldn`t seduce me to buy it.
Application/Result: The wand is slightly curved (“cobra shaped”), medium- sized, deposits just the right amount of product and with just one coat it covers all lashes, lifts them, and creates great volume. You can also  layer the product to intensify the effect without getting clumpy, heavy lashes.

And the icing on the cake is the really affordable price. I have repurchased this product several times for myself and to use on my clients. 

Verdict: BUY!!! For me, this product is a clear case of “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. The only cons are the packaging and there is no waterproof formula available.

Click here to find out where you can buy the mascara in your country

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