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REVIEW || Lush Liquid Lipstick in 'Ambition'

Friday, 28 February 2014
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I was really excited to be introduced to the make-up range, 'Emotional Brilliance', at a recent Lush event (post here). I'd never tried it before and to be honest, was a bit intimidated by the plain packaging - was this lipstick or eye shadow? It might sound crazy, but when I heard they were 'pigments', I assumed they'd be powder. I also assumed you'd have to do some weird, complicated mixing process to turn them to your desired make up form. Ain't nobody got time for that

Turns out I was totally wrong. We were shown the liquid lipsticks first, and I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a simple doe foot applicator - like a normal lip product! The colour I loved the most was called 'Ambition' and I was so excited to find this little beauty in my goody bag at the end of the night (thank you girls!). 'Ambition' is described as 'pillar box red' but I think it leans more on the orange side, which is more noticeable in the top pictures. For me, a pillar box red is a Winter shade, but I think Ambition is a warm orange-red and perfect for Summer. 

If applied directly to the lips, the colour is bold and opaque, but if you wanted a more subtle look, you could apply a small amount and pat it in. The formula contains 'jojoba oil, rose wax and candellila wax base to soften dry lips' and feels lightweight and lip-balm like. The finish is moisturised, but not glossy. I'm not a fan of super-glossy or matte, so right in the middle is perfect for me. 

It feels quite wet at first, but settles after about ten minutes. After this, it literally does not budge. I took it off at night, had a shower, went to sleep and my lips were still stained in the morning! For me, the initial result lasts about two hours without re-application, but the stain lasts all day. 

I'm so excited to have found a new make up range to explore and I'll definitely be visiting Lush again soon to explore the rest of the lipstick colour range. More posts to follow!

Have you tried any of the Lush make-up range before?

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p.s what do you think of the pics? There's so much to learn with this new camera, and I definitely need to improve my selfie skills, but I'm quite happy with my first attempt!

Asymmetric and Monochrome

Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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I did have a review scheduled for today (one of the few times I've been organised), but I've decided to retake the photos on my new camera instead. Once I've worked out how, I'll be right on that. 

 So today I thought I'd show you an outfit I've put together around this beautiful dress from Zara. This is one of those dresses that slowly grew on me. It caught my eye at first but I wasn't sure about it. Then I had the urge to check it out again later. And now, I'm totally obsessed with it. 

These pointed heels were on my wishlist a while ago, but I didn't listen to my instincts, and now the black ones are sold out. Sob. But not to worry, because I actually prefer the grey ones with this dress. It makes a nice change from an obvious black or white choice. This gorgeous green clutch (which, by the way, is only £19.99!), ties it all together perfectly I think. 

Do you like this outfit? How would you style this dress?
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Tuesday Chit Chat

Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Hello! So I try not to ramble too much in my fashion and beauty posts, and I've just realised that there's quite a few little things that I've not mentioned on here. So today I thought I'd write a little rambling-only post, and catch up a bit. I've got a big cup of tea to keep me warm, but sadly I don't have any cake. This photo is just a distant, fond memory of mine. Stupid diet. 

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Scottish Fashion|| If you follow my twitter, you might know that I've started writing for a new fashion website called ScottishFashion which, as the name suggests, focuses on the amazing fashion that Scottish designers have to offer. I didn't know much about it before I got involved, but this website has helped me discover some gorgeous, unique fashion. Definitely worth a look! 

New Camera|| I finally ordered my new camera on Sunday. I've been looking into it for a while, and decided to go for the Canon 600d. I was told it's a good 'entry level' SLR camera, so hopefully it's not too difficult to use! I'm starting an evening course in April and I'm really looking forward to learning about photography - but you'll have to bear with me and my amateur efforts until then!

Spring is Springing!|| We're finally on our way out of Winter and I'm starting to realise I'll soon be losing the security of my big snugly jumpers. Time to take action. I'm leaving the comfort food and endless supply of hot chocolate in the past, in favour of healthy eating and Jillian Michaels '30 day shred'. Today is day one, and I plan/hope to update you on day 30 when I've acquired buns of steal!


Do you have any camera tips for beginners? Let me know in the comments!

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OUTFIT || Lush Braehead Event

Sunday, 23 February 2014
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Jayla Polka Dot Shirt Dress*:Love Pink Boutique || Backpack:H&M
Burgundy Chelsea Boots: Topshop (sold out)

Hello! Hope you've all had a fun weekend! On Friday night, I was lucky enough to go to Lush Braehead for their first bloggers eventThis was to give us a preview of their new Easter and Mother's day range, and we were not disappointed! The girls were so helpful and informative - I couldn't believe how much they knew about each product off the top of their heads. They kindly talked us through the new products and gave us some demonstrations of the lovely bath products in action. I loved the Glittery bubble bars and carrot soap for Easter - they smell unbelievably good!

I'd definitely recommend going to Lush for a Mothers day present, their gift sets are totally different to what you'd get anywhere else. They're wrapped up in printed fabric which can be reused however you like (environmentally friendly and all that!) and the thing that I loved the most is that you can make the gift a bit more personal and add in some of your mums favourite products. I'm not going to lie, I squealed a little when they gave us a goody bag at the end. It's like they read my mind because it contained the top products on my mental wishlist that I'd created throughout the event. I'm most looking forward to trying out one of their liquid lipsticks from the Emotional Brilliance range. I've been using their solid shampoo since Friday too, so expect a post with my thoughts soon! 

The event was also a good opportunity to wear my new collar shirt dress for the first time. Love Pink Boutique kindly let me pick something from their site, and this dress was calling my name! I love the structured collar and the floaty fit means it's really comfortable to wear during the day. I think it goes really well with my flat chelsea boots, but I also think it'll be easy to dress up too. The material feels nice and soft, and didn't cling to me or go static - which is so important with this style.

I preferred the dress without tights, which was fine since the event was indoors. Not so practical on a windy day though, hence why I'm back to indoor outfit pictures this week. I'll be back outside for better pics next week hopefully!

Do you like this dress?
What's your favourite Lush Product?

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And here's some pictures I took at Lush!

Secret Garden Bath Bomb (I had to restrain myself from jumping into this)




How to add social media icons on Blogger

Wednesday, 19 February 2014
When I started blogging, I was utterly clueless when it came to HTML, blog design or anything related. Over the past year, I've spent a lot of time googling 'how to', and finally feel like I know the basics. One thing that I struggled with was adding my own social media icons. After reading and trying a few different ways, I found what I think is the easiest. So today I thought I'd do my own attempt at a 'how to add social media icons' tutorial - using Photobucket. This tutorial is based on Blogger, which is what I use, but it should still be helpful when it comes to getting your code. It's a long post, but it's really not difficult I promise!

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1. Pick your social media icons! There are so many sites that offer free downloadable icons. Just do a simple search on Google images for 'free social media icons'. Once you see ones that you like, click the link and if they're free, you should be able to save them. Here's some I found:

Free Social Media Icons - Simply Brenna)
Free Social Media Icons (huge selection!) - Geek Fairy

2. Save them to Photobucket! This website makes this whole thing so easy! It's totally free, and there's so many things it can be helpful with. Once you've signed up, you need to upload your icons to the site. Click 'upload', find the folder you saved them to and upload each one individually. 

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3. Edit your icons! You can now resize your icons if you want to. Have a think about how you want your icons to show (eg. two in a row) and how big they'll need to be. Once you've uploaded your image, scroll down and click your icon. Then click 'Edit', 'Resize', pick your size then save!

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4. Get your code! Now this is the best thing about the site. Photobucket prepare your HTML code for you, all you have to do is click on the HTML box below and it'll copy the code. Easy!

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5. Add your link! The code you've copied will show your image when pasted onto blogger. But first, you need to change what'll happen when your reader clicks the image. It's easy to do that, you just need to change the code slightly. Paste the code onto a word/notepad so you can see the full thing. The first URL in the code should be replaced with your own personal link (at the moment, it'll just link back to the Photobucket website). Highlight the URL (between the speech marks), and copy in your own personal link depending on what icon you're working on.

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If you're linking your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Bloglovin' then just replace it with your own personal link for the icon. If you're adding an email icon (like the one above), replace the link with 'mailto:(your email address)'. For example:

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This means that if your reader clicks the mail icon, it'll open up a new email draft with your email address already input in the 'to' section. 

Add each social media icon to Photobucket and edit the code individually. I recommmend saving all your codes in their own notepad, in case you ever need to change them!

6. Paste your code onto blogger! Now that you have your new codes, you can paste them onto Blogger. 

1. In your blog homepage, click 'Layout'
2. In layout, select 'Add a gadget' on your sidebar or footer (depending where you want your icons!)
3. This will bring up a pop-up, scroll down and select 'HTML/Javascript'.
4. Paste your codes! You can paste each icons code one after another, you don't need to add a space or do it on the next line or anything. To check your code, click 'Rich Text' in the corner and it'll show a little preview of your image! 

7. And you're done! Once you've hit save, you can preview your new layout and move about your gadgets to get them where you want. If you want them in a row but they don't fit, you can widen your sidebar in the 'Template section' to fit. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and I'll do my best to help!

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Time for a clear out || Blog Sale

Monday, 17 February 2014
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Hello! Just a quick post today to let you know I'm running a blog sale for the next few weeks. I'm planning on having a huge clear out, because I just don't have much storage space. I'll be adding more over the next week, so make sure you pop over and have a look so you don't miss anything!

Find everything on the page above, or click here!

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OUTFIT: A Walk in the Snow

Saturday, 15 February 2014


Checked Coat: Zara (sold out, similar here) || Cropped Jumper:Primark
Pleather Zip Skirt: Zara || Block Heel Cut out Chelsea Boots: River Island (here)
Back pack: H&M (here) || Black Beanie: H&M (old)

My first outfit pictures in the snow - finally! Andy and I went away for the night on Friday to a lovely hotel in a little village called Drymen. It was actually our Christmas present from his mum and dad, so we'd been looking forward to it for ages! The hotel was old-fashioned style, with a log burning fire and the biggest bed I've ever seen in my life! It felt so cosy, and then it started snowing! I must admit I did start feeling super Christmassy - I know it's wrong, but I couldn't help it.

I was glad I'd brought my camera with me, and my checked coat because for some reason I haven't shown it in an outfit post yet. Quite surprising considering I've been living in it since I got it. I absolutely love it! I couldn't believe my luck when I found it half price in the Zara sale. Reduced from £80 down to £40 and they only had my size left - that's fate. 


Did any of you do anything for Valentines day?

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P.S Here's some more pictures from our weekend away. Hope you like :) 



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Friday Favourites: Kimonos

Friday, 14 February 2014
Happy Friday and Happy Valentines day! < 3

So if you've read the title, you'll see I'm still going on about my love for kimonos. I bought a kimono at the tail end of summer last year and loved it. Kimonos are the perfect combination of stylish and comfortable, so I'm glad they seem to be sticking around for another Spring/Summer. And even better, they're coming in all new lengths and styles. This year's kimonos are longer (like the one I wore in this outfit post) and have a bit more detail, like fringing and lace. 

I've picked out a few of my favourites for you this week. 

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I love the pastel colours in these. The top right lace kimono is my favourite and is one that I'm hoping to get for my holiday in May. I think this would look lovely over light denim shorts or even a little white dress at night time... *loses concentration day-dreaming about summer*

Have you seen any nice kimonos lately? Which one of these is your favourite?

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REVIEW || Schwarzkopf got2b Volumizing Powder

Wednesday, 12 February 2014
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Schwarzkopf got2b POWDER'ful Volumizing Styling Powder, £3.00 (here)

Like most girls, I'm on a never-ending battle against flat hair. I recently discovered the got2b styling range from Schwarzkopf and their volumising mousse has earned itself a place in my daily routine. But I won't settle at that, and my battle continues. The perfect product is out there somewhere! When I saw this in Boots, I had to give it a go - for research purposes, obviously...

The texture of this was not what I was expecting. It dusts out like talcum powder, but as soon as it makes contact with anything, it turns to a wet, sticky textureIt took me a few attempts to learn how to use this properly. I found the best way was to lightly dust the powder straight onto my roots, using my fingertips to rub it in. The powder turns sticky once applied to the hair, then hardens as it dries. Once dried, the roots feel noticeably thicker. Even without any back-combing, this gives an amazing amount of volume at the roots.

This product is an absolute god-send when I'm putting my hair up. I don't like to wear my hair tight to my head, so I'd normally spend ages back-combing and hair spraying just to get my hair into a simple ponytail. With this powder, I just have to dust a little through my roots, puff up my hair with my fingers and put it straight up!

As you'd expect with a long-lasting product, it's not easy to get out. For me, this is the only downside of the product. It works wonders for volume, but brushing it out isn't an option. It's quite heavy too, and not the type of product you'd leave in for more than a day. This pretty much rules it out as an every day product for me because I wash my hair every second day. 

So it's not made it into the everyday pile for me, but I'll be keeping this one aside for up-do's and day two's - an unintentional rhyme, but quite catchy actually!

Have you tried this powder? What did you think?

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VALENTINES: OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Monday, 10 February 2014
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Valentines Heart Bracelet || Miss Selfridge 

Just a quick post today with a little outfit inspiration for those of you doing something nice for Valentines day. This skirt from Zara is so dreamy - I can't stop staring at it! I think it looks really expensive too - I'm sure I've saw a print like this on the catwalk recently but I can't remember what designer it was from (let me know if you do!). The colourful print means this skirt would go with any colour, but I picked these shoes from Topshop to bring out the red - since it's Valentines day y'know. I love pointed, strappy style heels at the moment - they look so sophisticated and make a nice change from the chunky wedges and block heels that I've been wearing for so long! 

Do you like this outfit? 

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P.S - In case you haven't noticed, I redesigned my blog last night! What do you think?

OUTFIT || Kimono in the Garden

Sunday, 9 February 2014
Hello! Hope you've all had a fun weekend. I'm working today so spare a thought for me if you're lazing around in your onesie and enjoying the Sunday that everyone deserves! *feeling sorry for myself* Anyway, I hope you like this week's outfit. I'm managing to get more outdoor pictures now which I love - not the best scenery admittedly, but better than my living room door.

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Long Kimono: H&M || Long-sleeved Cropped Top: H&M || Layered Necklace: H&M
 Leather Panel Leggings: Topshop (old) || Cut Out Chelsea Boots: River Island (now on sale here!)

I am obsessed with H&M at the moment.They have some lovely prints in just now, and the one on this long kimono caught my eye straight away. It's a bit longer than other kimonos I've seen, which I think makes it more of a statement piece that doesn't really need much else going on around it. I dressed it down in the outfit above, because we were just going out for dinner. But I think it'd look really nice over a black cami dress with sandals if I wanted to dress it up for a night out. 

Oh, and one last thing - I finally decided to branch my blog out to Facebook this weekend and set up my own page! So if you'd like to get Facebook updates for my new posts, you can head over and like my page here

Do you like this outfit? How would you style this kimono?

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Friday Favourites: Co-ords

Friday, 7 February 2014
Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY! And if that wasn't good enough, it's also my day off! So before I head out for the day to do some shopping with my sister, I thought I'd show you some of the co-ords I've been loving recently. If you follow me on twitter (@MeowMaisy), you'll know I've been a bit obsessed with these lately. I just love all the different patterns that are out there at the minute, and how there's so many different ways to wear them. 

Here's some of my favourites, and I know I'll be adding more to the list over the next few weeks! 

Hope you like!
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1.  ZaraQuilted Bomber Jacket and Baggy Elastic Trousers (£75.98 for both) 
I saw these in the shop last week and couldn't stop thinking about them for ages. The pattern is quite bold but the calm colours stop it from being too crazy. I thought this would be a really good outfit to pack for holiday, because I could wear each item on it's own and it'd also be super comfy for travelling in too. I love the sandals with the trousers above too! *adds to wishlist*

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2. Topshop: Floral Satin Cami and Multi Blurry Floral Skort (£66.00 for both)
I love everything about these two! The pattern, the skorts, the full outfit in the first picture! I actually plan on getting this for my friend's hen night in a few weeks, so hopefully it'll still be in stock then *hoping you don't all go and buy it*. I think I'd be able to wear these as separates in the summer with flat sandals, which would make them a bit more casual. 
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3. H&M: Bomber Jacket and Loose-Fit Trousers (£49.98 for both)
This is actually the jacket that I got in my shopping challenge last week (you can read about that here). It was only when I was looking for a link for the post that I realised there was matching trousers, too. I got the trousers in black, so I know that they're really comfy and well-fitting. But, I think I need the matching ones, don't I? It would be rude not to...

Do you like co-ords?

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How To #1: Give Yourself an Eyebrow Makeover

Wednesday, 5 February 2014
We've probably all had an episode of over-plucking at some point in our lives. I know I have. It's been a while since thin, pencil eyebrows were in but some people still haven't recovered from the eyebrow massacre of the past. I've finally managed to re-shape my eyebrows over the last year and although I'm no Cara Delevigne, I thought I'd tell you some of the useful tips I found....


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1. Ditch the Tweezers - You'd be surprised at how much you change your eyebrow shape by plucking a few odd hairs here and there. The best way to find your natural brow shape is to go right back to the blank canvas. What's a few weeks of bushy brows in your whole life? It never looks nice to have one or two hairs astray - but if you leave it, it becomes two or three, then four or five and eventually ... you have a whole lot of eyebrow shape to work with. Mine grew back fully within a month or so, but if you find your own are taking ages, try applying castor oil to them at night, it's supposed to speed up hair growth and make them thicker too.


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2. Find the Shape - When you've finally got your blank, hairy canvas, it's time for the all important shaping. Now I know this is a 'How to' guide, and I'm about to tell you how to let someone else do it, but I think it's SO important to get them shaped professionally. I don't get my eyebrows waxed all the time because it's too expensive, but when it comes to shaping, it's a vital step! A beautician knows how to find the right, natural shape for your face. Pick your beautician carefully, make sure you both agree on the same look. If she's sporting a dodgy, overdone scouse brow, avoid. Or there's a good chance you'll end up matching!


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3. Maintaining: Pencil before you pluck! - I've always done my eyebrows after a hot shower, when my pores are open, which makes plucking a lot less painful. The problem is, this is when my face is make up free. Most people use eyebrow pencil or shadow to shape their brows as part of their normal make up routine, and it's only when this is done that you can see your exact shape. I highly recommend pencilling/filling in your eyebrows before plucking. This means you'll find the stray, unwanted hairs a lot easier, and it stops you from over plucking what you want to keep - which, annoyingly, is so easy to do! 

How do you shape your eyebrows? 
Do you have any tips for reshaping?

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P.S  Did you know you can follow me on Bloglovin? I'm nearly at 300 followers! 

Shopping Challenge: Last Minute Weekend Away

Sunday, 2 February 2014
Hello! So recently the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow asked to take part in a Blogger Shopping Challenge, to celebrate their later opening hours. Myself, Linsay from MissLinnyO and Laura from A Life With Frills were all given a £75 budget and challenged to find an outfit, in just one hour, to fit our chosen theme for a last minute shopping trip. 

Coincidently, Andy and I had a trip to Edinburgh planned for the following weekend, so it made sense to pick an outfit for a 'Last Minute Weekend Away'. For me, packing for a weekend away is all about planning. Picking a few key pieces to rework throughout the weekend means you get different outfits, without carrying mountains of clothes. I worked out that I'd need an outfit for: 

1. Day - Sight-seeing and shopping
2. Night - Dinner and drinks 
3. Travelling Home - Comfy clothes for the car

I'm so glad I chose to go in H&M first. Within fifteen minutes I'd picked up this patterned bomber jacket (29.99) and black loose-fit trousers (19.99). Both were versatile enough for casual and dressy - perfect! I then set-off to Debenhams to find a top to dress up my trousers, and found this cream 3/4 sleeve top in the Miss Selfridge section for £25. This took me to £75 exactly - all done with five minutes to spare!

And here's how I styled them on my weekend away .... 

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1. Day: Shopping & Sightseeing - The jacket takes this t-shirt and jeans combo from 'boring' to one of my favourite outfits! My ASOS Lewis slipper shoes had their first outing too - and they're super comfy! It started raining before we left, so I grabbed my black coat and beanie to throw over the top to keep me warm and dry. I really like this outfit!


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2. Night:Dinner and Drinks - These trousers are so comfy and easy to dress up,too. I think the shape of the top works really well with these trousers. Loose fitting trousers can sometimes be unflattering, but the bigger sleeves on the top help to balance out the bottom half. I wore my black and gold statement necklace and took my red clutch to add some colour.

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3. Travelling Home - These trousers were perfect for travelling - it felt like I was wearing jammies! I wore my black chunky boots and added a tired face and messy hair to give it that real 'I don't want to go home' look. Oh how I wish the weekend was longer!

Thanks to St Enoch Centre for asking me to take part in such a fun challenge!

So where would you go if you had an hour to find an outfit?

St. Enoch Centre is now open until 7pm Monday to Friday with free parking between 5-7pm until 14th February.

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