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Hi guys! Just a quick post to let you all know that Girl With Makeup has not only moved to a whole new blogging platform with a snazzy new design but has also changed names to 'Emma Lou Makeup' (not the most original I know). There's a more lengthy explanation over on the new blog here so please go check it out. Nothing else has changed - all the old content is still there it just looks a bit different (hopefully better, that's what I was going for..!) Once the change has been made on Bloglovin' I'll be setting up a redirect between the two domains so the transition will hopefully all be a-ok. 

I hope you love the new look as much as I do, please go check it out and tell me what you think!

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Rodial Glamtox Skincare

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It's not very often I feature skincare on the blog these days. It's partly because I have a pretty solid routine that doesn't often get switched up and partly because if I do introduce something new then I like to really, thoroughly test it out before giving my two cents. Otherwise, what's the point? Case in point: the Rodial Glamtox range. I've been using a few pieces from the line for months on end now and feel I'm finally ready to review it.

If you've never heard of the brand before Rodial sells itself as luxury and high-end with a results-driven approach to skincare. Naturally, it's expensive. Eye-wateringly so. But one of the many perks of blogging is being able to try stuff out that you would never have the chance to ordinarily. The Glamtox line is focused on lifting and brightening to help fight the signs of ageing. At 25 I'm maybe not the exact target market (no wrinkles... yet) but prevention is better than cure and I went into it thinking that the ingredients can only be beneficial for my skin, wrinkles or not.

Let's begin with the product I was initially most excited about using, purely for the novelty factor admittedly: Rodial Glamtox Night*. (It has one of those pumps that you press down on, it really is the small things in life...) Glamtox Night is a pale yellow gel that feels oh so lovely, calming and refreshing when massaged into the skin on a night. It absorbs immediately with zero residue although this does leave me feeling like I need to put an oil/moisturiser on top as my skin is left feeling quite dry still. The aim of the gel is to improve the texture, elasticity and pigmentation of the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and generally brighten, plump and nourish. Ingredients-wise (I have a thing for reading up on ingredients) from what I can gather it mostly contains lots of silicones which would explain the silky, fast-absorbing feeling and lots of emollients and moisturisers along  with vitamin C, retinol and a few natural ingredients like 'dragon's blood' which heals and hydrates. So, does it actually do what it says? I can't speak for the whole 'reducing fine lines' thing which is one of its main selling points but I would say that it leaves my skin feeling plump and nourished and it feels really nice to apply, unlike anything else I've used. At £90 (ouchie) for 30ml it is super, super expensive. 

I've also been trying out the Glamtox Day SPF15* cream, though this is probably the product that I use the least out of the three. Why? It's a daily moisturiser and, clue being in the word 'daily' it's just not rich enough for my dry skin. I generally use night creams during the day as it's only then that they tend to be moisturising enough to make my skin feel comfortable. But that's just my skin, and not at all a reflection of the product. Being a Rodial product it's not just a moisturiser though, oh no, it's also  a wrinkle plumper and uneven skintone fixer. Reading up on the website it's a favourite of makeup artists as a primer so I think I'll be putting into my kit to try and get some more use out of it. It's very light feeling and smoothing so I reckon it'll be fabulous on oilier skins who don't want anything too heavy. This one costs £75 for 50ml which is slightly cheaper than the gel  but still very expensive.

Finally we have my favourite product of the three: the Glamtox Serum*. I cannot be without an oil or hydrating serum on a night and this one has really cemented its place in my routine to the point where I'm finding myself applying it most nights. To me it's very similar in function to the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial in that they both aim to plump, brighten, rejuvenate, regenerate and all that good stuff. However the Rodial serum is actually a whole lot more natural in its ingredients with all kinds of different oils, collagen, hyaluronic acid and retinol to name just a few. While I've been using this my skin has just been really good; clear, bright and not as dry as usual. The best part: it usually costs £59 for 50mls but it's currently on sale on the Rodial website for £10(!). For what you're getting that is a bargain and it's a total coincidence that this review is going up when it's at such a crazy low price. If you're in the market for an a great all-rounder serum it's definitely worth taking a look at.

The whole range is obviously aimed at more mature skin than mine and that's not to say it means it's not beneficial because for me because it absolutely is, like I said the serum has earned a solid place in my skincare routine. I just think that slightly older skins would see even greater results as the whole 'wrinkle reducing' thing (or should I say 'appearance' of wrinkle reducing) has been clinically proven. Perhaps I should let my mum have a go and report back? (Not that she has many wrinkles mind..! )
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Daily Makeup Routine

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I realised I haven't done a daily makeup routine post in such a long time so I figured it's time to update you all on what's been gracing my face of late. Let's be realistic here, it's always gonna be about pink lips, pink cheeks, winged liner and lashings of mascara with me but the specific products I use to achieve that have - for the most part - been switched up since my last post on the subject.

Now that summer has made an appearance (I have a tan, woohoo) my skin has been much less dry than it was even just a few months ago meaning I've been able to ditch the hydrating primers and just go straight in with foundation after moisturising. I've been using the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation religiously as it's just all kinds of awesome for dry skin but I recently purchased something a little bit different that I've been loving not only for the novelty factor - the Dior Diorskin Airflash Foundation. An aerosol foundation..? Yep, you heard right. Sounds gimmicky, I know, but it really does work. I literally spray it directly onto my face (it will also cover your eyebrows, eyelashes, probably a bit of hair), let it settle, spray some more if needed and that's it, it's like airbrushing your skin with no brushes or blending required. I use the shade 100 which I believe is the lightest available and it's just right, although it definitely wouldn't be light enough for really pale girls. There's a whopping 70ml in the can I'm guessing because some of it naturally disperses into the air and it comes in at £33.00 Full review will be up in due course. There'll be no surprises on the concealer front: Collection Lasting Perfection and Rimmel Lasting Finish. As a side note, I'm looking for a decent undereye concealer (I don't have bad circles but they do need brightening up) so any suggestions please hit me up.

Eye makeup-wise I'm still using MAC Painterly as a base. I'm not head over heels in love with it but at the same time I can't not use it, you know? It's a bit too pink for my liking and sometimes I feel it looks a bit too thick but it is good for evening things out when I don't want to wear eyeshadow. Plus I've had it for ages now, have still got loads left and it's not showing any signs of drying out. After running the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner dry I'm back to using a pen liner with the Maybelline Master Precise and while the nib is lovely and fine it doesn't last very long on my lids and has already pretty much totally dried up after not even two weeks. In short, don't buy this. The L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim is a much better alternative. My eyelashes are still lurrving the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara - it's so good. Lengthening, defining and ace at holding a curl without any smudging or flaking. Tick tick tick tick tick. Eyebrows are of course courtesy of Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, I freaking love this stuff and wonder how I ever managed to go so long without it. It's HG material, no doubt.

I hate to sound like a parrot here but I'm still also head over heels for Soap & Glory Solar Powder. It just doesn't cease to amaze me the different it makes and I'm now onto my second one. The perfect shade for my skintone, it adds warmth and dimension to my face and so easily too as the formula is just so beautiful. It's true love, people. For my blusher of choice while I still absolutely love Illamasqua Promise I've repurchased Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink which I completely used up a couple of years ago and just never got round to buying again. The slightly warm pink colour is really flattering and the formula is so nice - not as creamy as the ultra soft Illamasqua cream blushers but by no means a cream to powder either, instead somewhere in the middle. Exactly how a cream blush should be, really. For powder I've been using the Claudia Louch Mineral Compact Pressed Powder* a lot and it's really very lovely but I've been trying to use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light some more and show it some love as it did not come cheap. Honestly though... I don't get this. Or at least not yet (I have a tendency to do a complete 180 on products). I wasn't expecting miracles from it or anything but I really don't get the hype. I'm still waiting for the a-ha moment. Someone, please tell me I'm not alone in feeling like this!

I'm still into lip liners in a big way and I can't see myself ever stopping using them as the difference they make is huge and they instantly make me feel put together. I'm going through a MAC Soar phase at the minute which has a much cooler tone than the very warm MAC Spice which I was obsessed with for a good half a year. On top of the liner I've been layering the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Rose which adds a slightly glossy, moisturising pop of pink. I gotta say, it's nice seeing myself in a much cooler lip than the warm one I've been rocking for so long. I may not change up my makeup very often but when I do it feels gurrrd.

Aaand that's about it for the updated daily makeup routine. Some products haven't changed since the last update and won't until (if) I ever find something better (Solar Powder and Dipbrow I'm looking at you) and some are new, very welcome additions - that would be Lash Sensational and Dior Airflash which, who knows, could themselves become staples. 
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June Favourites

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Sorry but I have to say it: how the hell are we half way through the year already?! I remember when I was a kid and the six weeks summer holidays felt like they went on forever, now I feel like time is just escaping me. Anyway, I digress. I didn't discover too many new favourites in June as I've been continuing to use a lot of the same products from my May Favourites but a few nice and affordable makeup bits were purchased that I've been really enjoying and have made their way into my daily routine.

Let's begin with the one skincare item, the Rodial Glamtox Serum*. I find myself rarely featuring skincare on the blog these days, partly because I have a pretty solid routine that doesn't often change and partly because I think you have to really thoroughly try out a skincare product before giving an opinion, hence the Rodial serum only just making and appearance after over three months of use. The Glamtox Serum is, to me, not too dissimilar to the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial not only in appearance and texture but also in function in that they both contain a potent blend of oils and vitamins and aim to do that whole rejuvenated and regenerated thing. However looking at the ingredients lists Rodial is actually much, much more natural than Sarah Chapman which is chock full of numbers and words I can't pronounce and quite frankly I find slightly frightening. The Glamtox Serum also contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A) which does a whole load of amazing things for the skin, although it is second last on the ingredients list. Given that I'm 25 my skin's still in pretty good nick so I can't speak for the supposed reduction in the appearance of fine lines but I can say that I believe it does some good in making my skin more plumped and hydrated and I just really like knowing that I'm feeding it some really good stuff. P.S. I've literally just looked on the Rodial website and found that it's currently more than half price at £24 making it even cheaper than the Overnight Facial - definitely worth checking out especially at that price.

Two new lipsticks have been gracing my face the past month and they are lovely and cheap, yay! I haven't heard a great deal about the new Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks but they caught my eye in Boots (everything catches my eye in Boots let's be honest) and I got the colour Rose which is a pretty pop of pink. They have this new wax-free gel technology which makes them ultra light, creamy and moisturising on the lips but still with good colour payoff. And I've found that if you go on the Revlon website website they show you what each color looks like on different skintones - genius! Bravo, Revlon.

The other lipstick I only bought in the last week of June but I like it that much that I just have to include it. The Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 03 is entirely different in formula to the Revlon one - it's a matte which I normally avoid like the plague and it's more of a true nude than I would normally go for (slightly less pink, more beige) but when those two features are combined the result somehow makes your lips look a bit fuller - I reckon it would look amazing with a smokey eye and I'll be trying that look out ASAP.

Finally we have another winner from King of mascaras Maybelline. When I first tried the Lash Sensational mascara I found I had use an eyelash comb afterwards as too much product went on them but all you really need to do is wipe the brush before applying. It gives amazing length and definition, holds a curl (#1 criteria), doesn't flake, doesn't clump and doesn't smudge. The formula is quite wet but it's not at all thin, it's actually quite thick it's just that it takes a little while to dry - Maybelline Falsies for instance is pretty useless until it's dried out and thickened up a bit when it becomes amazing, Lash Sensational however is great from the get-go. I love the curved, plastic brush too which really lengthens, separates and defines. Another win for Maybelline, I swear they can do no wrong when it comes to mascara.
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My Charlotte Tilbury Collection

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My obsession with Charlotte Tilbury makeup is spiraling outta control. There's something just so seriously lustworthy and addictive about - hell, even midst writing this I placed another order and so my collection has now grown even further. It's a bit of a problem. I read review after review of different products and shades while trying to decide what to get next and so thought I'd help anyone else out in a similar position by doing a brief(ish) roundup of each product. Although if you're anything like me you get so overwhelmed at the choice that usually you end up buying nothing at all.

This was the thing that kickstarted the whole obsession; I honestly don't think I've ever lusted after a single piece of makeup so much as I did with this and it lived up to all my expectations and more. I don't actually use this on myself and it instead belongs in my kit as the sole bronzer I use - it is that good and I'm yet to come across a single bride/bridesmaid/mother of the bride it doesn't work on. The not too cool but not warm colour makes it more like a hybrid between a contour and a bronzer working to define, shape and warm the face and the subtle golden shimmer never looks at all obvious on the face instead helping with the whole radiant, lifted effect. That's all without even touching on the formula which is just perfect - not over the top pigmented allowing the colour to be built up, really finely milled allowing for really easy blending and absolutely no powderiness. The warm, golden highlighter I find can be a bit much and I'm looking to get a fan brush to deposit it more subtly on the skin. But still, it is beautiful. And the packaging? Don't even get me started. Divine.

Powder & Sculpt Brush
I felt like I couldn't get one without the other and bought the bronzer and brush as a set (whole £2 saving woohoo...) While it is undeniably great for contouring I rarely do it on myself nor on my brides and so it's been relegated to highlighter application - a total waste admittedly. Still, if I do ever find the need to contour I'm really glad I have it because it is the perfect shape and size to get right in that hollow and blend out. And come on, even Charlotte Tilbury's brushes are totally beautiful - without a doubt the nicest I own.

Eyeshadow Palettes in The Vintage Vamp & The Uptown Girl
Along with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow the eyeshadow palettes have to be the standout products of the range. I absolutely love the whole concept behind them and how each one is so distinct with its own individual look. It's just genius and I want them all. For a super sultry burgundy eye look The Vintage Vamp is your gal or for more cool smokey grey tones it's all about The Uptown Girl. It goes without saying that the formula is impeccable: they blend beautifully and with zero fallout. Like Charlotte Tilbury said herself all you need is a fluffy blending brush and all of the work is done for you - and it's so, so true.

Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
Another iconic CT product, I was dying to get my hands on this and when I finally did... I was left a little disappointed. It does get major brownie points for really truly being waterproof and smudge proof (scribble it on your hand and it will not come off) but the downside to this is that it's really waxy and difficult to apply and that really puts me off from using it. The colour is a nice, neutral pink (I find the so called 'dupe' Rimmel Eastend Snob to be a much lighter, cooler pink just fyi) and I do like how it looks on the lips but I'm just not really a fan of the formula. Give me a MAC lip pencil any day, that's all I'm sayin'.

Full Fat Lashes Mascara
I watched an interview with Charlotte Tilbury where she said the mascara was the product that was the most difficult and took the longest to get right. To me there's not much point trying to achieve the 'perfect' mascara because people want different things - some length, some volume, some curl, some all three. Full Fat Lashes is supposed to do it all but in reality it doesn't really lengthen or hold a curl particularly well. It is a nice mascara and I love how creamy the formula is and that there are zero clumps (literally, none) but for me I need more a bit more drama.

Rock 'N' Kohl in Bedroom Black
Everyone needs a good black pencil eyeliner in their collection and it should be smudge-able but should also set and stay put, long-lasting and of course super duper black. The Rock 'N' Kohl eyeliner does all of those things but I find it hard to get excited about it because it's another black eyeliner and a decent one is ten a penny nowadays. I didn't buy this as (like most of my Charlotte Tilbury stuff) it was part of a present but if I did I would definitely have gone for Barbarella Brown as I find browns much more flattering than black which can be quite harsh and unforgiving.

Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze
Honestly, I've never really gotten on with these crayon eye pencils in general so I'll keep this one short and sweet. Amber Haze is a really gorgeous bronzy-brown with golden shimmer designed for brown eyes. It's creamy on application but once it sets it really sets and doesn't budge so it doesn't allow much time for blending however it does still crease on me without a primer. If I enjoyed using eye crayons I would probably love this because the colour is stunning but I just find them too much like hard work to tempt me to stray from my powder eyeshadows. Lazy... me?

Beach Stick in Las Salinas
A pink cream blusher of some description is my daily go-to and so picking up a beach stick in this bright, fresh pink was a total no-brainer for me. Instructions state to apply straight from the stick and blend with the fingers but I find this just completely ruins my foundation and bronzer underneath and so instead I swipe my stippling brush across the product and then apply. Perfect. The formula is like nothing I've used before; it's not creamy but it's not powdery either - I think it's maybe something to do with the ceramidone which is the apparent 'genius ingredient' - whatever it is it makes it feels light as air and silky smooth. It doesn't have the natural dewiness that comes from a truly cream cream blush but instead has this whole light-diffusing thing going on that makes the skin look healthy and glowing. Las Salinas is the most beautiful cool, fresh pink that I just love and after recently seeing the bronze Ibiza in action I now want to get my hands on that one too.

Aaand that just about rounds up my collection. To be honest, even the products I'm a bit less enthusiastic about I can't help but still admiring purely because everything's just so damn aesthetically pleasing. Midst writing this I've gone and added The Golden Goddess palette and Lip Lustre in Blondie to my collection - told you, it's a problem. Feel free to let me know if there's anything you feel like I'm missing that I absolutely must get - I know it won't be long before I get my hands on the Light Wonder foundation and a blusher... but in which shade? Help a girl out!
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Richard Ward Haircare

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You probably all know of the 'growing my hair out' journey I'm going through at the minute, lord knows I go on about it often enough. As a result I'm really trying to look after my hair and have cut back on the amount of heat I use on it dramatically. Also as a result I'm open to and excited to try out new haircare products - anything in a bid to protect my hair and make it grow lovely and long and beautiful (I can dream).

Before this whole hair kick began I was sent some pieces from celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward  (Kate Middleton being one of his clients) who has turned his hand to creating a range of new haircare products. The line is comprehensive with everything from shampoos to styling sprays and is all surprisingly very affordable - for some reason I've never been one to spend a lot of money on haircare like I do on makeup or skincare and so for £5.99 across the board prices are very appealing. I did do a little Googling (it's what I do, I Google everything) and he also has a whole line of 'professional' products that are more on the expensive side of things - I'd be interested to how big the difference in quality is between the two.

I've been using the Anti-Ageing Argan Hairspray* and honestly, I'm really not fussy with hairspray. As long as it has decent hold without going crispy I'm happy and it does just that - long gone are the days of backcombing my hair into oblivion and using a bucketload of Tresemme Extra Hold hairspray (cringe cringe cringe). It does contain argan oil which is obviously beneficial to the hair (although how beneficial it could be in a hairspray I'm not sure) however I find the whole 'anti-ageing' thing in the title a little unnecessary given that hair is, well, already dead. Still, it's a nice product and one I would be happy to buy with my own pennies.

The two other products I've been trying are the Keratin Styling Spray* and Keratin Shine Vitamin Boost* both of which contain super popular ingredient of the moment - you've guessed it - Keratin. Keratin is the stuff that makes up our hair and nails and adding it back into the hair helps 'fill in the cracks' where there is damage therefore strengthening and smoothing the hair and basically doing a whole load of wonderful things as a result. I was surprised to see Keratin actually fairly high up in the ingredients list of the Styling Spray - given its price I expected it to be way at the bottom somewhere more or less rendering it totally useless. But it's not. Hooray! Out of the two Keratin-infused products the Styling Spray is definitely my fave, I use it on damp hair after I've washed it and find it makes things slightly fuller and thicker post-blowdry without any crispiness or making the hair feel overloaded which is great because I hate feeling like my hair is full of product straight after I've washed it. I want it to feel clean! As for the Shine Vitamin Boost, well, to be honest I don't really notice any difference although my hair's pretty lacklustre anyway so it would probably take a super duper amazing shine spray to make much difference.

I'm no hairdresser so I really have no idea how much Keratin you would need in a product for it to actually work, all I know is that it's right near the bottom of the ingredients list for the Shine Spray and somewhere near the middle for the Vitamin Boost which is more encouraging. For a very  affordable haircare line I'd say it's pretty good - I'm not blown away or anything there's some decent, solid products with some really good ingredients in there.
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Three Steps to a Natural, Flawless Base

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Things have come a long way from back in the day when I used to slather on Revlon Colourstay like it was going out of business. Admittedly my skin has improved a lot since then but I really wish I could go back and tell myself that I really did not need to wear such a thick, heavy foundation every single day. Since starting in the world of bridal makeup it's really surprised me just how many people think their skin is so, so bad when in reality it's not, and how many people insist on wearing a heavy coverage foundation when actually it would look a whole lot better with something a bit lighter. I've had quite a few bridesmaids insist I use Estee Lauder Double Wear and I'm yet to see it look great on anyone (Double Wear Light on the other hand is amazing) and so I thought I'd do a post on how to get your makeup looking completely flawless but still natural without that mask-like look. This is how I've been applying my base daily for a good few years now and there's three separate, definable steps to it.

1. Apply Your Foundation
For daytime wear I like something very light like Rimmel Match Perfection or for something a bit fancier I use Nars Sheer Glow, either way the steps are the same. Having dry skin means a well moisturised base is key for me, or if you have oilier skin you might like to use a primer to help lock things in place and provide a smooth canvas. Recently I've been enjoying using a combination of my fingers to initially apply the foundation then my favourite Sephora Mineral Powder Brush to get it buffed and blended in properly. The key here is to apply a quite light layer, just enough to even things out where on my skin there's still quite a bit of scarring and some redness poking through especially when I use something really light like the Rimmel foundation.

2. Liquid Concealer
Next I use a heavy coverage concealer, something along the lines of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or Collection Lasting Perfection, you know the drill. I apply this in the areas that still need coverage which on me is my forehead, bridge, creases and sides of my nose and all round my chin. Rather than buffing this in like with the foundation instead I use the same brush and stipple the concealer in - this is really important so that you're actually covering what needs to be covered and not just moving the concealer all around. At this point my skin is looking pretty damn good but there's still a small bit of work needed to be done to get a truly flawless finish, and this is when we move onto step three.

3. Pinpoint Concealing
I absolutely swear by pinpoint concealing and have been doing it for probably as long as I've been into makeup. For this you need a solid concealer in a pot - MAC Studio Finish, Seventeen Phwoarr Paint and Rimmel Lasting Finish are good ones - and a small concealer brush, I like to use the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. At this point my skin always has just a few small areas where those really stubborn scars are still coming through, or where I have active blemishes which is pretty much always exclusively around my chin. With the brush I take a small amount of the pot concealer (which is always very high coverage) and apply and blend it only where it's needed and the smaller the brush the more precise you can be, hence 'pinpoint' concealing.

Ta-dah! Whether I'm wearing something really light (which is usually the case) or something a bit heavier by applying my makeup in this way I always, always get really flawless, perfected looking skin that still looks natural and not caked in makeup because it isn't caked in makeup. Even when my skin was still full of acne scars I applied it in this way and it was a revelation because it meant I was finally able to wear all those BB creams and tinted moisturisers. The key is to building the coverage where you need it and not just putting mounds of foundation on and being done with it. A bit of undereye concealer, some powder and boom, you have super lovely looking skin that lasts all day long.
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