Would I Recommend these?… I think NOT

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Helllooo Lovelies!!

So I have shared a lot of my beloved product discoveries but as we all know there are many not so great products that was tried along the way. Instead of snatching a special spot in my collection of products they get their own special blog post.

Maybelline EyeStudio Cream Shadow Palette: Just don’t do it. This is one of the worse cream shadow products I have tried. If you have tried the old NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow pencil and those don’t work for you then I can guarantee you that this will fail you miserably. It creases on me almost instantly.. well.. more like an hour after application. It tends to just slip and slides and never really sets.

Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: I have heard so many great things about this mascara but unfortunately it doesn’t work for me at all. The formulation is really wet, it’s a plastic flexible brush, it doesn’t hold a curl at all, and it smudges within a couple hours without it giving me any volume.

Stila One Step Bronze Primer: The product looks like mushed up jello when it’s dispensed from the tube. The bronze coloring doesn’t disperse evenly so it leaves your skin blotchy after applying. The weirdest and grossest part is that after application theres some residue that forms if you continue to rub it. It’s so weird and nasty that makes me almost believe that I got a bad bottle.

Bare Minerals Face and Body Color Genuine Jade: This highlighter gets more and more green each time you use it. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk I haven’t met anyone that has a green undertone to their skin. I have quite a yellow undertone so I thought that this product would work and the first couple of times did work but as time went on I noticed how green this product actually is.

Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Honey Dipped: As much as I tried liking this bronzer in the end I just couldn’t force it to work. The color was just too orange for me and a little to shimmery as well.

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play: I don’t like crunchy stiff hair spray. That is all.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

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Review: They’re Real Push Up-Liner

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Hello Lovelies!

I introduce to you the latest craze and stir up in the makeup world, Benefit’s Gel Liner Pen. This isn’t just your ordinary Gel Liner, the Silicon Flexible Tip is what makes this product a standout from the rest. It’s nothing like you’ve seen before in an eyeliner pen which is why this Pen comes with an instructions manual! How many beauty products have you tried that requires an instruction manual?!

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They’re Real Push-Up Liner

One thing I really do like about Benefit’s Deluxe Samples is that it is literally the actual product in Miniature form so you are really able to get a feel for how the product actually performs. I’m not going to explain how to use the pen because you can take a look for yourself in the picture below.

 

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Package: Very nice sturdy and nice packaging. The cap is a twist off cap so it ensures that you screw the cap on tightly preventing the product from drying out. The tip is a soft silicone so it can be easily wiped and cleaned.

 

IMG_0091IMG_0119Formulation/Performance : This is actually pretty dry but not too dry to the point where it dries quickly enabling you to work with the product. I haven’t experienced any smearing, smudging, flaking, or wear off throughout a 12 hour day aside from a little bit of transfer to my upper eyelid because sometimes my eyelid gets hooded. That’s still pretty amazing if you ask me.

 

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Usability: When you twist for the product to come out the product comes out like how play-doh comes out when you push it through a shaper. If you twist too much product out then it will just break off and sit on your eyelid until you manipulate it so don’t twist up too much at a time! It was hard to use the first time because it takes some playing around and getting use to for me to actually get a grasp on how this new tool works.

Final Verdict: This is a really cool concept and convenient for those that love gel liners. It definitely is a totally different application technique unlike any others in the market right now. The color and finish of this is what I like in eyeliners which is super black and matte. I think this is going to be one of those love or hate products because if you have the patience and the ability to master this new application process then you would probably really love it compared to the brush dipping into the product then apply. If not, then you might just give up before you even give it a proper try. I can’t say that I’m in LOVE with this product and that I recommend every single one of you to run out and get this. This would be one of those product that I would include in my On-the-go makeup bag because it is gel liner without the fuss. If you’re looking around for a new gel liner then definitely give this one a try, if not then you can hold off until a Sephora friends and family sale.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

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A Day Trip to Temecula for All the Winey

Hello Lovelies!

Recently I took a short day trip out to Temecula,CA for some wine tastings. If you are in the LA area, the drive is anywhere from 1.5-2 hours depending on traffic of course.

 

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You can grab some lunch in Downtown Temecula which has that old town feel. There are all sorts of cuisine and little boutique shopping areas.

We visited a couple Wineries but the two that I would most definitely recommend are Wilson Creek and Ponte. All the wineries are on one road so you literally just drive from one to the next and their less than 5 min away (driving wise).

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Wilson Creek Winery
This was at the end of road and one of the last wineries. The size and garden area of this winery is HUGE and beautiful. There are ample seating in the garden area with tables and umbrellas for you to sit, relax, talk, and enjoy your wine with friends or family. They have wine tasting $15/$20 per guest depending on if its weekday or weekends and you get to sample 5 different type of wines. They are known for their Almond Champagne which has a really nice scent of Almond but it does seem a little artificial. If you want to buy a bottle it’s actually cheaper to buy it at Bevmo or other retailers than at the winery. I though I had taken more pictures but I guess not.. so just go to their website to visualize what I’m trying to say (:

 

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Ponte
The size of this Winery is huge as well! There are two parts, one is the resort and the other is where the Barrel Room/Tasting Room/ and restaurant is at which is separated by a 5-7 min walk. The resort part was very new and decorated with a lot of reclaimed wood detailing. There are seating outside with fire pits incase it gets a little chilly in the evening. On the other side there was this beautiful garden area just outside the barrel room which is open for you to go into explore and see how the wine barrels are stored.

Tips** Before you go please check on the hours because a lot of them close around 5PM so we were unable to do some things that we wanted to… Like visit the Barrel Room..

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Until Next Time,

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<3 Jessica

Outfit Details: Charlotte Russe Sunglasses / Forever 21 Floral Maxi / Forever 21 Pink Kimono / Coach Madison Sabrina Ikat- Blue / Bandolino Sandals

 

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Review: NYX Le Frou Frou Mascara

Hello Lovelies!

I have here another mascara review! I got this NYX mascara for Christmas which came in a set with some other products. I’ve actually never heard of anyone talking about this mascara so I’m not sure if it has good or bad reviews until now. I wanted to see what others have to say about it so of course I turned to Makeupalley right before starting this post. There are quite a lot of negative reviews on it and the thing that most people pointed out was that “it did nothing to their lashes”. I have to disagree with that actually because for me it does give me volume and a bit of lengthening like it says it does.

 

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Package: Pretty normal square tube. Nothing special.

 

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Brush: Very basic round bristle brush and it applies the product without clumping.

 

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Formulation: Its not too dry or wet so right in the middle. It gives me enough volume but I wish it would give me a bit more length. The length it gives me is very minimal and like a lot of mascara it doesn’t hold my curls very well. The mascara probably brings my 100% curled lashes down to about 50% after application. I can still live with it because it hasn’t gotten to the point where its pointing downwards which will cause smudging later on the day.

 

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NYX_LeFrouFrou_1 NYX_LeFrouFrou_2 Performance: Its lasts all day and I have only experienced smudging with this after about the 8th-9thth hour of wear which is still pretty good.

Final Verdict: The rating I would give this mascara would be a 3/5. This Mascara retails for $5.99 which is fairly cheap but for what it does there are way better mascaras in the drugstore for about the same price. This isn’t a horrible mascara but also it’s not something thats noteworthy. I will continue using this until I’m out but I would probably not be repurchasing this. 

What is your favorite mascara under $10?

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

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Get to Know me at a Skin Deep Level

20140706-143351-52431872.jpgThis is the Get to Know Me Beauty Blogger Tag that I saw going thought that it would be fun to do! Get it?.. Skin deep?… heh.. I tried haha

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight? Straight

2.  Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? Currently I have it done at the salon but I have done it myself as well in the past.

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it? I change my style depending on my mood, day, where I’m going, what I’m doing, who I’m going out with, etc. I can go from super casual (tshirt,shorts) to super dressed up (dress, heels, the whole shabang)

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon? For the most part I do my own. I probably go get my nails done at a salon probably only a couple times a year at most.

5. How often do you change your nail polish? I am very lazy so I don’t change my nails polish color until I absolutely have to because it has chipped to the point of disgust. Depending on the nail polish I will be wearing the same polish anytime between 1.5-2.5 weeks.

6. Do you polish your toes in the Winter or just the Summer? Mostly during summer.

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup? Ranging anywhere from 15min – 45hour. On a day to day basis I would say about 15 min but on a night out and I’m doing a full face makeup then 45min.

8. What do you do first? Face or Eyes? Face

9. Do you collect makeup? Or just buy it when you need it? I never thought of it as collecting but I guess I do collect because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime probably but that hasn’t stopped me from purchasing new items has it?

10. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday? No. Makeup is an enhancer and not a necessity. If you feel that you need a full face makeup on everyday before you leave your door then people around you are not seeing you as you but seeing you as who you want them to see.

11. Do you wear make up when your home alone or with family? No. When I am home and know that I won’t be going out or doing anything special then I wouldn’t even put in the effort of applying makeup but sometimes when I am lazy and I know I need to be productive that day I would get ready whether I am going out or not just to get myself out of the mentality of “I can just lounge around today”

12. How often do you wear false lashes? When I am going out on a special occasion, clubs, or just a fancier night out.

13. Will you leave the house without makeup? Yup

14. How many high-end products do you have? In my collection I would estimate about 10-20%? I am not sure actually but most of my products are from the drugstores.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed? Nope. I wear what I feel like wearing when I wake up.

16. How often do you change your handbag? Theres one that I use on a day to day basis casually but I would change it to something else if I’m going to dinner with friends or if my outfit will match another purse better. I probably change my purse sometimes 2-3 times a week?

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep? I go to sleep probably around 3am and wake up anywhere from 10am-1pm depending on how late I was up the night before. I would have a more regular sleep schedule if I was working or in school but currently its neither because its summer!

18. How often or when do you work out? I have been trying to get back on the grind of working out and in the past 2 weeks I’ve been pretty good about it. I would exercise at least 5 days out of the week.

19. Left handed or Right handed? Right!

20. How tall are you? 5’5″

21. Do you speak any foreign languages? Fluent in Cantonese and I can get by with Mandarin

22. How many pets do you have? None :[ but I want a puppy!!

23. How often do you blog? My schedule is every other day (:

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs? Most definitely! Its the most exciting thing when I see a notification!

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? I don’t physically have a list but I keep a mental list and my memory sucks so often times I forget until something reminds me of it. I should really have an actual list that I can keep track because it would save me so much time when it comes time to buy things I need.

26. How did you come up with your blog name? My name Jessica Chan but my grandma calls me caca so JessicaKAchan

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? Olympus E-PM1

28. How often do you clean your house? Not often enough. I tend to leave things cluttered until I get annoyed to clean things so sometimes it would be super clean and sometimes its just a huge mess.

29. What’s your favorite color? Teal

30. Do you swear? Bad habit that’s hard to get rid of >.<

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day? Its actually in the middle of the night so my day is ending!… SLEEP

I hope you learned a thing or two about me and now its time for your to do it so I can learn something about you!
I am going to tag the following people…
UnitedPink
Cecilia’s Corner
JoannaLoves
SplishSplasch
SillyFaceAlice
Bauble&Trinket
Atticus Primped
and of course you! yes, you the one thats is still reading this post.
I thought it would be fun to include a collage of pictures to let you guys see more of who I am and what I like .. Would be so awesome if you guys did it to if you decide to do this tag (: Adding that personal touch ;)

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

 

 

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Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Shots

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Hello Lovelies!

To kickstart this long weekend for the 4th of July, I am here with an easy recipe that you can bring to your BBQ or party. Everyone knows about Jello Shots and if you have outgrown them then fear not because this Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Shot is like a jello shot that gained enough EXP and now has leveled up to the grown up level. This looks super cute and it’s easy to enjoy.

 


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 Ingredients:

Strawberry (make sure their bigger in size)
1 Box of Chocolate Pudding (4serving size)
Cool Whip (4oz) – Optional
Creamer (1 cup)
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (1/2 Cup)
Vodka (1/2 Cup)

 

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Step 1: Cut the top of the strawberry and scoop out the insides making it hallow like a cup. I used a Double Melon Baller as a scooped because the size is perfect for this. If you want the strawberry to stand on its own then you can also cut the bottom portion off as well creating a flat surface but make sure you don’t cut too much or else it’s going to cut into your hallow strawberry cup. You can use the insides for something else if you are making multiple dishes but I just make strawberry water with it.

 

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Step 2: Get a big soup noodle bowl for the next step. It should only be filled less than half after you pour in 2 cups of liquid. Mix in your Creamer (I used hazelnut because.. hello? Chocolate Hazelnut= Nutella = heavenly!), Liqueur, and Vodka (or in my case Soju which is a clear spirit that is similar to Vodka because I didn’t want to spend 15 bucks on a bottle of vodka that I will not drink so instead I opted for a bottle of Soju that is only about $3).

 

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Step 3: Add in your pudding mix and whisk it until its smooth.

 

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Step 4: This step is optional but it really makes the pudding a lot more fluffy and light. Fold in 4oz of Cool Whip (do not whisk it in).

 

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Step 5: You can either do the next step the hard way by scooping in spoonful at a time to fill the strawberry or transfer your pudding into a zip lock bag and create your own pastry bag so you can squeeze it in.

Step 6: Let it chill until it’s ready for serving. You can either chill it in the fridge so it’s easy to plop in your mouth and consume or it can also be chilled in the freezer turning it into a frozen treat.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product but I really want to post this today before tomorrow! It’s pretty straight forward so I’m sure you guys can imagine how it looks like (: You can’t even taste the alcohol in the pudding and it’s so delicious paired with the strawberry.

If you decide to try this recipe out please let me know how yours turned out!

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

**sorry for the picture quality, the lighting was terrible yesterday >.< and when I make this again I will probably update the pictures in the future but for now this will do**

 

 

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June ’14 Misses

Hello Lovelies!

I tried 3 not so great products this month that I want to share so that you are aware of some cons before you go purchasing these items.

 

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in dark & deep brown – I love batiste dry shampoo and they are my HG but unfortunately I really dislike this one. The formulation works just like the other ones from Batiste but because this one has a hint of brown in the formulation it ruined it for me. The color in the dry shampoo isn’t a very subtle but I could see it getting on my skin after I sprayed it. I had to wipe my forehead to get the brown off my face. Throughout the day when I touched my hair, I can see the color coming off making my fingers brown. When I washed my hair at the end of the day the water looked like I just dyed my hair and all the brown coloring is coming off. If you don’t mind any of this then it wouldn’t be a problem but for me its a total game changer and I can’t use this product anymore because the coloring is too much.

Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo -  First off this is not a bad dry shampoo when it comes to performance wise but the only problem I have with this one is the fact that I feel like I am suffocating every time I use this. The scent is not bad but it’s just very strong and pungent. I have to hold my breathe and step out of the room every time I use this just so I cant breathe. I demonstrated this to my cousin and she agreed with me as well that the fragrance of this product is way too strong. Unlike the Batiste one where I won’t be using again, I will still suck it up and work around the problem to finish the product up.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel with SPF - If only this product sinks into my skin as effortlessly as the night time moisturizers. Unfortunately it doesn’t and it leaves my skin feeling a bit tacky after application. It takes awhile for this product to be completely absorbed by my skin which is a problem when I am getting ready in the morning because I can’t wait 20-30min for a moisturizer to sink in before I start my makeup routine. In order to work with what I have, I’ve blotted my face to mattify my skin before applying foundation or any face makeup. It’s very weird because the consistency of the gel is very light so I am not sure why it doesn’t sink into the skin more easily. I will be using it for the time being because I don’t have another SPF moisturizer to use at the moment.

With the new products that I have tried this month it seems that I have had more misses than loves but we’re not always that lucky to find products that works for us right? If you want to see my June’14 Loves then click here.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

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June ’14 Loves

Hello Lovelies!! We are officially more than half way through with 2014 which is crazy! I actually don’t have many beauty products this month that I’ve been loving but instead most of these things are more lifestyle base? This year I have been trying to go through all the products that I have already before buying anymore items so I actually don’t go out and buy many new products because lets be honest, how many face/body do we have to be able to use the plethora amount of products that we own? Yea, only one. So lets get into my obsessions for the month of June.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Proactive+ – I have never used proactive before until recently in the past week. This is a fairly new product for me and it was given to me by my aunt because someone gave it to her. Since I have been suffering from daily mini breakouts this month I figure it wouldn’t hurt to try this out and it has stopped and cleared my breakouts within a day of using this. I can’t go in depth with how I really like it because right now it’s more of a first impression and I am getting really great results but I will have to do a more in depth review of this later on.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tangle Teazer - I don’t blow dry, heat style, dye, or do anything to my hair on a regular basis but my hair is so damaged with an army of split ends. I have been wanting to try some of these brushes that are suitable to be used with wet hair because I don’t like using wide tooth comb. I settled for the tangle teazer because it looks cute and my stylist used it on me when I went to get my hair cut and styled 2 weeks ago. I don’t know if it prevents hair breakage but it makes brushing out my thick tangled hair a lot easier than with a normal comb.   IMG_1208 Wines - I’ve had wines here and there but never really gotten to really enjoy and love it until this past month. I prefer white wines over red just because I like wines chilled but of course I enjoy a good glass of reds as well.   Maze Runner / Scorch Trials - I started the Maze Runner series in the beginning of this month and it has been one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around it it. I love dystopian books so the Maze Runner is right up my alley. The first book I thought was a little slower but the second book was just so engaging because something changes and stuff happens like every chapter. I breezed through the second book in two days and I felt a little ridiculous when I even dreamed about it. The one thing that I particularly liked about this book was the fact that it didn’t revolve completely around romance like Hunger Games and Divergent are the ones I can think of on the top of my head. It gets a little boring and repetitive when it goes down that road and the Maze Runner is told in a boys perspective also.   Suits - OMG I am in LOVE with SUITS. I know I know I am a little late but better late than never. If you haven’t watched suits yet and you like quirky smart ass humor then you got to give this show a try. Although I like Madmen but I can’t stand the stereotypes, sexism, and everything else that goes on in that era because it drives me up the walls with annoyance as I’m watching it. Suits is pretty much the same but instead of being in an Advertisement agency they are in a Law firm and it takes place in present day with witty humor. I have also tried some products that I didn’t like so much this month and that will be on my next post so keep a lookout for that. What products did you fall in love with this month? Until next time, <3 Jessica

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Blue Jam Cafe

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i’m in love.
everything we ordered was just so delicious that even after the meal I wanted MORE!.. Like now. I have been craving for Blue Jam’s crunchy french toast this past week so I thought hmmm.. I should share this delicious gem with you guys and make you want it so you can suffer with me.

This place is quite small so I can’t imagine the amount of people there are waiting for a table during peak hours.
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Italian Breakfast Risotto- beautifully plated and tasted just as good as it looks. Arborio rice with fresh mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, fresh basil, fresh tarragon, and parmesan reggiano, topped with two poached eggs and drizzled with herb pistou. need i say more? just a forewarning though, if you’re looking for a lighter brunch option then this might not be what you’ll want to order because it is quite heavy since it is a risotto.

Crunchy French Toast. … GET IT! .. don’t think about it.. its a must! French toast with corn flakes. Not too heavy or sweet.. the most delicious french toast I’ve ever had. Has just the right amount of crunch to it without it being too hard or awkward to chew.

If you ask me for a recommendation for brunch, right off the bat I’ll say Blue Jam.

Until Next Time,
<3 Jessica

 

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Review: Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

Hey Lovelies!

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This product is definitely not new but I have been skeptical until I finally tried it. My friend actually gave this to me since she didn’t like it so I wasn’t expecting much from it but its still one of those products that I have always been curious of. To my surprise I actually really like it. Garnier has 3 different roller for the under eye and the one that I will be talking about today is the only one that is tinted with color. There is only one shade but the formulation is very thin so I don’t think the “shade” would matter.

 

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For my fair skin I have found that this works really well as a light under eye concealer. The coverage is light-medium so don’t expect full under eye coverage but it’s enough for me to see the difference between one eye and the other. For everyday use I would prefer this over an actual concealer because the formulation is so light that after you blend it in it looks and feels just like skin. Its the lightest “concealer” you can possibly use and the metal rollerball feels really good on the eye when you apply it.

I would definitely recommend this if you are having troubles with under eye concealers being too heavy for the hot weather or creasing issues.

Until next time,
<3 Jessica

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