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Lazy Day + 5 Product Makeup Look

Hello beauties, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Thursday! One of my fellow bloggers, Dippy Writes, inspired me to write up this post. I highly recommend visiting her blog – she has great posts on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle!
I was originally going to have two separate posts, one for my lazy day routine and another for a makeup look with 5 products, but I realized they would be super similar so I decided to combine the two!

I just want to put out there that I’m no MUA or beauty expert, I just love playing around with makeup and I learn new things each and every day.
This lazy look is what I typically do for most days, I prefer to just cover up most of my acne scars and smear on some lipstick before running off to class or wherever else I may have to go.
As many of you may know, I am currently in school to get my Master’s in Health Administration. I stress out way too much for my own good which causes me to break out like crazy, mainly while classes are in session. That being said, I’m still trying to find a better way to cover up my acne/dark spots so any tips/tricks would be appreciated!
Onto the products I used:

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Loreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner 
This eyeliner is super creamy and I love using it on lazy days because it applies super quick compared to my other liners. However, I don’t use this if I’ll be out for more than a couple of hours because it can start to get runny. If I am out for long I’ll use Milani’s Retractable Pencil or Urban Decay’s Glide On. I do want to try Ardency Inn’s pencil soon though, I keep hearing that it’s a holy grail item!
I didn’t use a liner on my top lid today but if I do I usually will stick to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner or Mac’s Fluidline.
Smashbox Photo FInish More Than Primer Blemish Control
This is the only primer I like at the moment but I do want to find something from the drugstore because like Kathleen Lights would say, “girl, das esspensive!”
Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
This foundation works so well on me, it’s super easy to apply compared to other foundations I tried and it gives a nice medium coverage! It does tend to make me break out sometimes but I haven’t found anything that will give me the same type of coverage. Maybelline Fit Me and UD’s Naked Skin are on my list though!
Buxom Full On Lipstick in Acapulco
This was the first lipstick I ever bought so it does have a special place in my heart!
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer
I just got this to review a couple days ago and so far I really like it! This has a thicker consistency compared to the Mac Concealer I’ve been using.
So those are the 5 products I used for this look! I do switch up lippies, eyeliner, and add in eyeshadows but this is what I basically do for days I’m feeling lazy – which is about 80% of the time!

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LuxePineapple Ciate Mystery Boxes of Joy

When LuxePineapple mentioned they were going to sell Ciate Paint Pots and Minis I knew I had to get my hands on them.
For those who don’t know, LuxePineapple is a website that sells beauty products at a discounted price and they release Boxes of Joy and Mystery Boxes a few times each month and they also have the option to build your own Box of Joy at times! I’m crazy addicted to their un-subscription boxes, not only because of their great deals, but also because of their kindness, positivity, and fantastic customer service!  
The Ciate Boxes of Joy were released earlier this month and I was bummed at first since they were set to release while I had class. From what I’ve seen, most Boxes of Joy sell out super quick but I was able to snag 2 of the 5 different boxes that were being sold!
There were options for curated boxes and mystery boxes – I opted 2 mystery boxes! I thought the smaller boxes they came in were super cute! 

Top: Ciate Paint Pots Box of Joy #4 |MYSTERY 3 Paint Pots Plus 1 Mini – $18.00 (Retail Value – $45.50)
Colors (left to right) – Knickerbockerglory, Kiss Chase, Night on the Tiles, Razzmatazz
Bottom: Ciate Paint Pots Box of Joy #5 MYSTERY 1 Full Size Plus 4 Minis – $16.00 (Retail Value – $47.00)
Colors (left to right) – Boudior, Double Bubblegum, Razzmatazz, Risky Business, Pool Party
LuxePineapple did not disappoint! I was worried I would get colors I wouldn’t like but I’m love with all the colors! I think a lot of these will be perfect for the spring and summer, especially the pinks! Although I got a repeat of Razzmatazz, I don’t mind since it’s a super pretty glittery gold and I don’t have any polishes like it!
Happy Tuesday Beauties! 
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March 2015 Birchbox Review

I say this every month but this month’s box is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Birchbox is totally on point with their box designs – if you’re a subscriber, don’t forget to keep all of your boxes, they’re planning something fun at the end of the year!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in theBirchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!
Plus they have some fun opportunities for bloggers/youtubers each month, like the Birchbox Book Club! I was able to read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels – Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects a few months ago and  I actually just got an email a few minutes ago saying I will be receiving this month’s book, Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin!
So now for this month’s box!

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This month’s theme was creativity:
Get inspired with this month’s picks. Expressing yourself hasn’t been this fun since finger painting.

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Being the dummy I am, I forgot to take a photo of the back of my information card and now I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

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Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume Sampler – .05 oz $1.65
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in 04 Angel Kiss – .05 oz $11.00
Argh! The dreaded perfume samples! At least it’s Harvey Prince and a larger vial than I usually get! I’ll stick this in my purse for emergencies but there’s a 99% chance I won’t use it. It doesn’t smell horrible but it’s not a scent I would purchase for myself, I think it’s great for the Spring though! I’m horrible at describing scents but the inside of the card says it’s spicy, sweet, and calming.
I was super excited  to see this lip crayon, the shade is perfect for me ! I think it’s cool that they sent us a sample that’s half of a full size, this should last me for a long time!

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 1 oz $2.75
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter – FULL SIZE! $12.75
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24 Hour Miracle Cream – .17 oz $1.87
I’ve always heard people raving about the Protect & Detangle so I’m excited to try it out! It’s supposed to lock in hair color, protect from heat damage, and add silkiness.
I don’t incorporate a highlighter into my makeup routine but I probably will now that I have this little guy! I honestly thought it was a nail polish at first glance haha!
I found the miracle cream interesting because it’s a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover all in one! You apply it as a primer/moisturizer or use a little on a cotton ball to remove makeup!
This box has a value of a few cents over $30! I’ll for sure be using 4/5 of the products and I’m super excited about the lip crayon and protect & detangle! I’m also happy that they included a full sized product and decent sized samples for me this month!
March’s Birchbox is a win for me, if you’re interested in subscribing you can do so here!
If you’re already a subscriber, what did you think of March’s box, was it a hit or a miss?

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March 2015 Beauteque BB Bag Review

Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for beauty and skincare products from the Eastern side of the world! They have an AMAZING variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!

The BB Bag is their monthly subscription beauty bag. Each month Beauteque will send you a bag full of 7-8 full sized beauty, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle products but I’ve noticed they have a larger focus on skincare. Each bag also has a few products where subscribers can choose a specific scent, shade, etc. Options will be emailed in a survey format on the 15th of each month and if you don’t choose by the 20th, the Beauteque team will choose for you.
Here’s a breakdown of the different plans and prices:

  • $24 + shipping for 1 month.
  • $24 + shipping for 3 months 
  • #23 + shipping for 6 months 
  • $22 + shipping for 12 months 
  • Shipping fees are 3.95 for the US, $5.95 for Canada, and $8.95 for Europe.
  • If you subscribe by the 5th of the month, you will receive the BB Bag of that month, if you subscribe after the 5th, you will receive the BB Bag for the next month.
  • Subscribers will be billed on the 15th of each month if they choose the month to month option and bags will begin to be shipped on the 15th as well

Before I get to the products I have to mention how great Beauteque’s bags are! I love the diverse styles, patterns, and material they use and I think they’re the perfect size for me! This month’s bag has a really pretty lip pattern on it and it’s definitely going into my school bag for sure!
This month’s theme is “Our Lips are Sealed” and the bag was curated to give the best of the best.
Each bag comes with a card detailing the products sent

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Onto the products!

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TonyMoly Mini Bling Pocket Hair Mask – $3.00
A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Sheet Mask – $5.00
I never used a hair pack like this before so I’m really excited to try it out! It’s a leave in hair treatment for the ends of damaged hair. You’re supposed to leave it on for 15-30 minutes and remove it. It looks pretty simple to put on, you basically put the pack on your hand like a glove and wrap it on your hair like a pony tail – that probably sounds confusing but the picture instructions look simple!
The Nail Sheet Mask was customizable, I chose the Avocado while the other option was Berry. This nail pack nourishes nails and cuticles, you wear it for 15 minutes and massage the remaining essence into your skin!

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The Face Shop Rice Toner – $14.00
Mizon Modeling Cup Pack – $8.00
The Face Shop Massage Cream in Cucumber – $12.00
I’m still using the toner I got from the Head to Toe Milk Bag but I opened this one anyways because it’s supposed to be super moisturizing. I’ve only been using this for 2 days but I love the way it feels and it does help moisturize my skin more than other toners have!
I’m glad Beauteque put the Mizon Pack in a ziploc bag because some of it did spill but I’m glad the cup itself didn’t break! For this product, you use a 1:3 proportion with water and powder and then mix it together. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse!
Subscribers were able to choose between Cucumber and Mugwort massage creams. The cream has Vitamin B to refresh and revitalize skin, you massage it on your face for 3-5 minutes and then rinse it off with a cleanser – use 1-2 times a week. I used this about an hour ago and have to say I’m impressed! The cucumber scent was pretty strong when I opened it – I don’t like the smell of cucumber at all – but I’m happy to say the scent was minimal when I applied it to my face and massaged it in, it felt so creamy and moisturizing! My skin was left super refreshed and soft after washing it off!

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Etude House Look At My Eyes in #503 – $9.50
Beauteque Pore Control Blackhead Brush – $15
I was really happy seeing an eyeshadow in this bag! I’ve never used one from Etude House is one of my favorite brands so fingers crossed I love this shadow as much as their other products!
I honestly had no idea brushes like this existed, I’m intrigued and I’ll be testing it soon! I loved Beauteque’s foundation brush from one of their BB Bags last year so I do have high hopes for this one. I’m glad they have a string at the end so I can hang it off the rack in the shower!
Here’s a swatch of the Etude House eyeshadow


I like the pigmentation and it’s not chalky at all, I know I’ll get tons of use out of this!
This month’s bag retailed for $69.50 according to the prices listed on the card but I noticed some prices are inflated, I found cheaper prices of some of the products on other websites. That being said, from the calculations I did, the value of this bag is still higher than the price!
My favorite products from this bag are the toner, massage cream, eyeshadow, brush, and the bag itself! This actually might be my favorite BB Bag yet!
If you want March’s BB Bag, be sure to subscribe by the 5th! You can subscribe here! If you subscribe after the 5th, you will get April’s BB Bag.
This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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LuxePineapple NYX Mystery Box of Joy Review

Before I begin I just want to point out the box was tied much better than shown in the picture – I couldn’t help myself when I got this package, I ripped open the box before taking any photos and my bow wrapping/tying skills are terrible as you can see. Not that anyone cares.
Moving on!
LuxePineapple is a website that sells beauty products at a discounted price and they release Boxes of Joy and Mystery Boxes a few time a month and they also have the option to build your own Box of Joy!
Liz, the founder of LuxePineapple, was kind enough to let me build my own Box of Joy for review purposes, you can check it out here!
When LuxePineapple tweeted about their NYX mystery boxes, I knew I had to get my hand on one. Each box was $10 with free shipping and included 3 NYX items!

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I was really glad I purchased this as soon as they came out because they sold out in minutes!

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NYX Diamond Sparkle Lipstick in Sparkling Rust  $4.63
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt $4.50
NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Truth $7.00
Everything but the lipstick is available on NYX’s website but I did find the lipstick on NYX UK’s website so that’s where I got the retail value from.
I took some swatches of the products

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I don’t know if you guys can see but I swatched the mosaic powder first, it’s a really pretty golden color! I think I’ll end up using this as a shadow more than a highlighter/bronzer but who knows! I really like the color of the lipstick they sent me, I know I’ll be using it often! I know I won’t use the jumbo eye pencil often but I’m glad they sent me a pretty blue since I don’t have any colors like this!
This box had a value of around $16 and that’s a really great deal for me considering I only paid $10 for this box! NYX is one of my favorite drugstore brands and I love trying different products from them, and getting them at a discounted price is a huge win for me.
I’m definitely looking forward to purchasing more boxes from LuxePineapple, especially since they’re releasing some Ciate polishes soon! If you’re interested in checking out LuxePineapple, be sure to use my link here to get $10 off a $25 purchase!
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Beauteque February 2015 Head to Toe Pink Bag Review

Beauteque is by far my favorite website to shop at when it comes to Asian beauty products, I’m particularly addicted to the various sheet masks they sell! Along with their monthly BB Bag, Beauteque also released a new Head to Toe Bag! This bag is not a subscription bag, it is a one time purchase and is only available until the end of February – I was kindly send this for review purposes.
The Head to Toe Bag costs $26 plus $4.95 shipping in the US, $6.95 in Canada, and $8.95 in Europe and contains 7-8 full sized products.
Some items are customizable and three of the items were shown in a sneak peek while the other items remained a mystery. I tried not to peek at all of the contents of Head to Toe Bag but I couldn’t help but check out reviews from other bloggers since the crazy weather delayed the mail!
February’s Head to Toe Bag had a theme of “Pink”, and is said to include a variety of beauty products perfect for an afternoon with friends or a night out with that special someone!
I saw many other gals raving about the actual bag this month and I can’t say I disagree! It’s completely different from the other bags they sent and I love the material and design! Plus the color is perfect for February!
Each bag comes with an information card detailing the products inside

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Onto the products

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Hada Senka by Shiseido Moisturizing Lotion – $15.95
Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer in Pink Sparkle – $11.50
I know Shiseido is a highly respected brand so I was excited that Beauteque included one of their products in this bag! I tried this out and it feels great on my skin – it’s lightweight and moisturizing. I think it’s perfect for right now since I get a few dry patches in the cold weather.
I’ve never used a luminizer before since I prefer a matte finish. It can be used on its own or be mixed in with a foundation. I was curious to try this out but I made a HUGE mess with this product! I didn’t know it was going to be super liquidy/runny! I got it all over my hand and clothes. It does give a subtle glow but it settled into my lines so I’ll probably find someone to give this to. I really wish the packaging was different!

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It’s Skin Todak Todak Wash Off Mask in Pomegranite – $2.50 each
Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream in Rosehip – $3.95
Yay for masks! I’ve never tried these wash off masks before but I’m excited to use them. These are one time use but I’ll probably get 2 uses out of each pod. These are specifically for moisturizing and elasticity! You apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
I was really interested by the spoon cream since I never saw a product like it before. This cream is supposed to moisturize and brighten skin. You snap the handle and use it to mix the cream and apply it on your face overnight! I love Etude House so I’m really excited to try this out!

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Lameila Compact Puff – $15.95
Tony Moly Automatic Lip Liner in 02 – $7.25
Tony Moly Circle Lens Volumizing Mascara – $6.50
The compact puff was in the sneak preview so I was really really excited to try it out! I LOVE my beauty blender but they’re pricey so I’m trying to find a nice dupe to purchase. Although the card says it’s nearly $16 I found this compact for $3 on a different website.
I have an addiction to lip liners at the moment so I was really happy seeing this in the bag! The shade is a gorgeous pink color and I know I’ll be using it often! It wasn’t super creamy but wasn’t rough when applying either, I may purchase a few other color! I also like how there’s a brush at the other end!
This mascara is supposed to give a long and defined look and isn’t supposed to clump. I’ll probably pass this over to someone since I don’t use mascara often. I do like how affordable it is but again, I found both of these Tony Moly products for a slightly lower price than listed on the card.
Another look at the lip liner + a swatch

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The overall value with the prices listed on the card come to be around $66 so I think they had a misprint when they wrote the retail value was $80. However, some of the products do seem to have inflated prices and with my research over the web, the value I came out was near $50. I still think that’s a great value for the price of the bag! Plus I’m in love with all of the products – except the luminizer. I think my favorite are the Tony Moly Lip Liner and Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream! I’m most excited to try the compact puff to see how it compares to the beauty blender!
I think Beauteque was successful in incorporating the products to the theme of “Pink”! I was intrigued on how they would do that and I am definitely going to stick the bag into my purse soon since pink is my favorite color!
I’m super excited to see what they come up with in March! If you’re interested in purchasing the Head to Toe Pink Bag, you can do so here! They’re available until the end of February or until supplies last.
This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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LuxePineapple Build Your Own Box of Joy Review

First off, let me just say how excited I was to FINALLY get this! Mail was delayed for a few days because of the crazy weather but it seems like the worst is over.
UPDATE: LuxePineapple does not currently have the option to create your on Box of Joy as I was able to. They will be releasing other boxes soon so be sure you’re following them on Instagram and Twitter!
What is LuxePineapple?
LuxePineapple is not a subscription service. They release about 3-4 different Boxes of Joy , filled with beauty products, each month and they’re available until supplies last. From my knowledge, they seem to sell out super quick! They also release Mystery Boxes of Joy from time to time, and the ones I’ve seen so far have included incredible products! Some brands LuxePineapple includes in their boxes and shop are Mac, Laura Geller, Too Faced, Kiehls, Lancome, Tarte – and according to their Instagram, they’ll be including Urban Decay and NYX products soon!
A great thing about LuxePineapple is that they offer some awesome deals in their shop – as you’ll see with my Box of Joy!
When I first visited their website, I thought it was too good to be true since some high end products had such a huge discount! They included this explanation as to how they offer low prices:
We work the same way that large retailers like TJ MAXX do.  It’s not a secret. Manufacturers liquidate overstocks, discontinueds, excess testers, or “old” packaging after a package update.  We buy in big quantities and pass along the savings to you. We keep our overhead low so we’re able to keep our prices low too.  We DO NOT buy shelf pull items, we DO NOT buy product from China, we DO NOT buy “fake” products.  After working in professional beauty for a decade it took me  a year prior to our launch to find and vet our vendors. We think we have the greatest products  at the best prices and work hard daily to keep it this way.
Cost?
Not all Boxes of Joy cost the same price, the ones I’ve seen so far cost from $10 – $25. The Build Your Own Boxes have various prices since you get to decide on how many item you’d like to include! My favorite thing about LuxePineapple is that shipping is FREE – but only in the US. If you live outside of the US, you can email them and they’ll give you a quote on shipping.
Onto my box!
I was originally going to review one of the pre-made Boxes of Joy from LuxePineapple but when they came out with the  ”build your own box” option, they asked me if I’d rather try that! Although I did get to choose the items, LuxePineapple gave me store credit in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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The packaging is gorgeous! I love the box they put it in – it reminded me of Birchbox and the way they tied it up reminded me of Glossybox!
I noticed some of my products were covered with some dust or something – not sure what it was.

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My box came with this cute card and I think keychain they added was super cute!

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Laura Geller Accessor-Eyes Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner & WOW Factor Mascara – $20.00
Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eyeshadow in Enchanted Garden – $17.00
I’ve never owned any Laura Geller products so I was really excited when I saw this in the shop! I thought it was perfect to get since I just finished the gel liner I was using and the mascara will probably be given to my mom since she goes through them super quick.
I love Too Faced and I just HAD to have this shadow, it’s such a pretty shimmery dark brown! They had tons of other colors in their shop when I purchased this one but many of them have sold out since I last checked.

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Kleancolor Kabuki Brush – $4.50
Kiehls Mahvelous Muave Lip Gloss – $6.50
I thought this Kabuki Brush was cute and I’ve never tried this brand before. The bristles aren’t super soft and you can see from the photo that the hairs are already starting to come off – but it was only $4.50 so I wasn’t expecting it to be luxurious.
I know the Kiehls lip gloss is discontinued I wanted to check it out anyways so I thought why not?!
The total price of my box was $48.00 but stop – wait a minute! (am I the only one who laughed? yes? okay moving on)
With the Build Your Own Box of Joy – you can use coupon code “CUSTOMBOX” to get 50% off your order BUT you have to have $30 of items in your cart!
So the total cost of my box was $24 with free shipping  (do you hear angels singing because I do!)
For the price, I think it’s a great deal! I do wish I waited to place my order though because they just added some Mac Blushettes for $12.50! Who knows though, I may build another box just for those!
Anywho, I do recommend checking out LuxePineapple if you’d like to purchase beauty products at a discounted price and don’t mind if it’s old packaging or whatnot!
I’m definitely looking forward to the NYX box they announced on Twitter – which should be coming out in a few weeks!
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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