Ipsy Ultimate June 2020 | Make Waves

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Today, I am going to Un-box my Ipsy Ultimate for June 2020 and give y’all my thoughts.

Ipsy ultimate is $50 a month. You get a larger makeup bag, 8 full sized products, and 4 deluxe sample sized products.

My Add Ons

This month I was a day late for add ons, so a lot of the cool stuff was gone. But I did get a few things I wanted!

Hanalie Full Face Sheet Masks pineapple, pear, lychee, and papaya

These masks came in a set of two, I bought both. They address a variety of skin concerns, and I’m sure I’m going to love them.

Luxie 640 Pro Precision Tapered

I already have one of these and love it for highlight. These was either $4 or $6 add on and I just couldn’t pass it up.

First Aid Beauty Pores be Gone Matte Primer

This is something else I have already tried and loved. This was a $4 add on. Just couldn’t pass it up!

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

A perfect day cream for the summer, can’t be mad about that!

Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

The other day I noticed how bad the pores around my nose are looking. I am definitely going to use this mask to spot mask the area around my nose and cheeks.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Acne Treatment Facial Oil

I have never tired an acne treatment in an oil form, I’m excited to give it a go. I hope it works. Lord knows I need it.

H2O+ Hydration Oasis Nourishing Gel Cream

And we have another face cream. I am probably going to pass this little one on to a friend. I have one that really likes gel creams and always asks if I have any I want to pass on.

Dr.Brandt Pores no More Luminizer Primer

I have one of these primers currently in my rotation and it’s almost empty, but I love it! This was the item I picked for my box this month.

Yensa Super 8 Lip Oil “Pink Shine”

I enjoy lip oils. They feel soooo nice. I’m excited to try a new one out. I just hope the color doesn’t show up much on the lips.

Verb Hydrating Mask

This is a hair mask I have already tried and love. It works very well and smells great. I am happy to have another sample of it. I get about two uses out of this sample size.

Pixi Fresh Face Blush “Beach Rose”

The formula of this blush is really buttery and nice. It’s a rosy brown, which is a color I have been leaning to a lot lately for blush. So this is perfect!

Ciaté London Dewy Stick Highlighting Balm “Glow”

I have had one of these before from boxy charm, and I hate it. It broke me out really badly. I am going to pass this along to one of my sisters.

Wander Beauty Frame your Face Precise Brow Gel “Clear”

I wish I would have gotten this in a tint so that it could be a one and done brow product. But, whatever, I can always use a clear brow gel- I fly through them.

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner “Black”

I have been wanting to try this liner out of curiosity, but I can never justify purchasing eyeliner, because I get so much in sub-boxes. I am happy I get to try this one out!

The Balm Auto Balm Pic Perfect

At first glance and swatch, I am not too excited about this palette. It just isn’t one I think I will use. I am going to test it on my eyes before I make a decision. However; I’m pretty sure this is another product I am going to pass on to one of my sisters.

LaRuce Brush Set

I couldn’t find this specific set online to link. The set name isn’t on the packaging and ipsys included card is useless. I wish I could have found it through! The brushes are very soft and seem very sturdy and well made.

The set includes a flat foundation, angled contoured, small kabuki, tapered blending, and shadow brushes.

That is it for my Ipsy this month! It isn’t my favorite box of all time, but I definitely will use all but like two of the products, which isn’t bad for a subscription box to be honest.

What was in your Ipsy this month? Comment or link below!

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What was inside my Ipsy “Golden Hour” Mystery Bag? | An Un-Bagging

For a limited time Ipsy had a “Golden Hour” Mystery Bundle for $14. I was able to get my hands on it. I figured I would show you all what I received, so you can have a bit of a glimpse of what Ipsy tends to include in these bundles.

Skylar Hydrating Body Lotion “Capri”

I may be incorrect, but don’t two sister own this brand who used to be really big on YouTube?

The scent is beautiful. It is very sweet and citrusy. The formula feels amazing and sinks nicely into the skin.

If they have this scent in a perfume, I may have to purchase it. It is delightful.

Ahava Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer

I don’t like this moisturizer as much as the previous. The scent is very cosmetic, and the formula is a bit more greasy. It is not stated if this product is meant for face or body. It is supposed to work well for sensitive skin.

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

This is a sample that I have been hoping I’d eventually receive. I have heard great things about this cleaners. I love that it is meant to remove makeup and deep clean the skin.

Now for the makeup!

The Balm Auto Balm Blush “Houston”

I love the shade of this blush. I think it is going to be perfect for the spring. The Balms blush formula is fantastic, I highly recommend them.

Il Makiage Eyeliner “Black”

This is a liner I already own and love. I am happy to have a back up of it!

That is all for my mystery bundle. Over all I was pretty happy with it. Some nice products in a cute little bag. A $14 well spent.

Have you purchased any Ipsy bundles?

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A full face of makeup I am panning | I let the music guide the look

I have started following a lot of panning groups on Reddit ( u/mrsmandreedus) and decided to start my own project pan.

I will not solely use these products, but for work, and when I need a quick look. These are the products I will be reaching for.

I decided it would be fun to do a full face for y’all with the products, but I decided to add a twist. I listened to the “Sad Covers” play list on Spotify, and let the music help guide the look! Let’s just say, it turned out grungy.

Base products

For my primer I am using up the last little bit of my last Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I love this primer, I just have so many and need to use them up.

For my concealer I am scraping out the last bits of my Tarte Shape Tape in Fair. This is my favorite concealer and I will repurchase it once this one is gone.

For my foundation I am trying to finish the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation in F1. I am not 100% on how I really feel about this foundation. Some days I love how it looks, but othersI HATE it.

The powder I am trying to pan is the Elf Tone Correcting Powder in Cool. I enjoy this powder, but it doesn’t do enough color correction for me to repurchase it. It does set well though.

Face color products

For my blush and bronzer I am using up the ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzer in Fiji Matte. I have gone through a few of these over the years. As you can see the bronzer is pretty much done for. I will probably be repurchasing this guy.

The highlighter I am trying to pan is Citrine from Jouer. I love this highlight and don’t want to see it go. But, I dropped it once and keep having to repress it. So I want to use it to get it out of the way. I probably won’t repurchase because I do have so many similar highlighters.

Brows

The pencil I am trying to use up is from Winky Luxe. I have had it so long that the packing design has rubbed away. It is a decent pencil, but nothing special.

For my brow gel, I am using up The Brow Gal Instant tinted brow gel in Brown 02. I actually really like this product. It really helps to make my brows look full and natural. I have another one to use up after this one. Then I will probably repurchase.

Eyeshadow

The primer I am trying to pan is the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocher. This stuff last forever. It works great, but it isn’t something I would spend the money on again.

The eyeshadow palette I am hoping to pan is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. This is my all time favorite eyeshadow palette. If I pan a decent amount of it I will repurchase.

Eyeliner

For my water and tight line, I am trying to finish is the Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Black. I love this liner. I won’t repurchase it though, because I have so many black liners.

For liquid liner, I am trying to pan the never ending Revolution Renaissance Flick liner in Black. I really love this liner and will be repurchasing it. Even though I have like 15 black liquid liners, but whatever.

Mascara

I always use two mascaras at a time. It’s a weird habit, but I have always done it.

The first one I am trying to use up is Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express in Black. It’s an okay mascara, but nothing I would repurchase.

The second mascara I am trying to use up is the Tarte Big Ego mascara. To be honest, I was let down by this mascara. I usually love the Mascaras from Tarte, but this one is leaving much to be desired.

Lips

I have almost panned the KVD Liquid Lip and Lip Liner in Lolita. This is my go to lip shade and I will be repurchasing.

Setting Spray

For setting spray I am almost done with my second to last Mac Fix Plus. I actually do really like this stuff. However, I have others sprays that work just as well, for a lower price. As of right now, I probably will not repurchase.

The Look

What is a product you are trying to use up?

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Ipsy Platinum | April 2020

Is this bag not the cutest? It typically wouldn’t be my type. But, as I have learned more about myself during lock down. I am in love with this makeup case!

How is lock down treating everyone? I hope you are all doing well mentally! As someone who is immunocompromised, I have been stuck in side. I have really been working on my mental health, and processing things I refused to before. I’m stuck in the environment where i feel safest, so I figured now was the right time for self improvement and discovery.

How have you all been handling this lock down? Need anyone to talk to during all of this, for any reason? PLEASE snap chat me @manda_janette. Or DM me on Insta @_notan_alien

I have had this box for a few days now, but have put off posting. I want to enjoy doing this, I don’t want to feel like I have to. So no more attempts at schedules. We are going back to the good old, I want to do what makes me happy, fueled posts!

Now, let’s actually get into the Unboxing! BTW, we have the info card back this month!

Jules Smith Beauty Power 5 Shadow Palette $28

This is a brand I have never heard of, so I am very intrigued.

Each shadow is inspired by different powers and properties of different genres stones.

I haven’t fully researched the brand, so I cannot speak of them as a whole. Just this palette. This palette is gluten free, cruelty free, and vegan.

I could not use this palette on its own, but the shadow quality is really nice, I think it will make a great companion palette.

YENSA CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil $38

I do have a primer from YENSA that I really enjoy, so I am excited to try another product from them. This is an oil to milk emulsion that removes, face and eye makeup, as well as other impurities on the skin.

I am excited to give this a try. I don’t have much experience with cleansing oils, and I think this is a good place to start.

CIATÉ London Triple Shot XXL Mascara in Black XXL $22

I have some friends who love this mascara, so I am excited to try it for myself! Lately, I have just been doing my mascara and brows for a makeup routine.

I am a little apprehensive about the wand itself. I prefer wands that are fuller, fluffier.

Trèstique Mini Lip Glaze Set $48

This is a nice little set, with a nice variety of colors. But, there is no way I would pay almost $50 for this. I do however, enjoy all of the shades, and the texture feels very nice. I think I will actually get a lot of use out of these minis!

Il Makiage Long Wear Eye Pencil in Batman $17

I have already used this a liner and I really enjoy it. It goes on smooth and stays on. I have pretty watery eyes and it did not budge from my water line.

Céla Seed to Skin Scrub Natural Grain Polish $34

I love body scrubs. It’ll be exciting to try a new one. Especially one so pricey.

Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio $28

The formula of all three products is buttery and pigmented. I also think all three shades will work great on my fair skin. I can rarely use every shade in palettes like this. So that’s fun.

Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush in Primadonna $8

I actually really enjoy this blush. It gives my cheeks and flush, healthy glow.

Lavido 2-in-1 Purifying Facial Mask and Exfoliator $36

My skin has been horrible lately. This mask and exfoliator is meant to increase cell turnover and nix clogged pores and breakouts. Hopefully it does it’s job, because I really need it.

Goldfaden MD Hands to heart anti-aging and brightening hand treatment deluxe sample

I am going to be honest. I already gave this to my mom. I have so many hand creams and I would never use this. I’m 24, my hands are still fine for a bit.

PureHeals Propolis Softening Toner Deluxe Sample

I have used this toner some, and I am enjoying it. It is meant to help brighten skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory aloe Vera and propolis.

Kismet Pure Vitamin C Primer Deluxe Sample

I want to give this primer a fair chance. But, it is FULL of silver glitter. It is meant to brighten skin, the vitamin c. Apparently, it is also meant to smooth out pores. We will see about that one.

That is it for my box. I am really pretty happy with it. It was a nice pick me up during this lock down.

What was in your Ipsy this month?

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Petit Vour Box | March 2020

Today, we have a cruelty free, clean, and vegan monthly subscription box unboxing. Petit Vour!

Each month you get four beauty products, deluxe sample sizes and at least one full size. This box is skin care heavy, with usually only one makeup item.

We all know unboxing posts can get long, so let’s jump in.

EIR NYC Active Face Wash $20

This foaming cleanser is meant to exfoliate, being scaring to a minimum, and stop break outs. It sounds like everything I need in one bottle!

Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil $18

Alima Pure is a brand with some wonderful products, especially their setting powders.

This is a traditional eye pencil, but it is jet black and creamy as can be. I am going to go through this girl quickly.

Inkling Scent Roll on Perfume “Sultry” $15

This scent holds notes of sandalwood, amber, lotus flower, orchid, and Bulgarian rose, and vanilla.

My first thought when I smelled the scent was floral, yet a bit masculine. I have to be honest.. I think this is my new favorite scent!

Pacific Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic $5

This is a product I already know and lovey. This is a great size for travel- not that I will be getting to do any of that anytime soon.

I am very pleased with this months box! I discovered to amazing items, got one I already love, and another I am hoping will answer my facial prayers.

What did you think of this months box?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate | January 2020

Sorry for skipping my Ipsy post last month. It was a great box! I just haven’t had much motivation to post lately. Hopefully that is starting to change.

Glam bag ultimate is $50 a month. There are a lot of mixed opinions on this box, but I actually really like it, and use a ton of the stuff I get. It is pretty skincare heavy, but I love being able to gift the nicer items that I am not going to use to friends and family.

This months theme is clean slate, which is rather fitting. There is literally no info on the card this month. Just a spot to write what your aspirations are for the year. Mine is “This year I will, treat myself with the same care and respect that I do others.” Having body dismorphia makes that difficult- but I am determined to heal!

Per usual, we are starting off with the bag. They nailed it this month. It is marble, pink and rose gold. It’s cute and the perfect size for an over night trip. It’s very sturdy and well made. I know I will be using the hell out of it!

The next items are two sheet masks from Avette. Not really sure what they are meant to target, so I will have to do a bit a research. I do love getting sheet masks in my boxes though.

Next I have toner pads from Essenherb. These game at the perfect time. I am almost out of my current toner. Hopefully these work well with my skin, it has been crazy sensitive lately.

Next we’ve got a kale and vitamin C serum from Sweet Chef. This is a product I will be passing on to my mom. She is in need of a new serum, and I have so many.

Here we have the Take the Drama Away honey and copper peel off mask. It is meant to exfoliate to lift away impurities. Which, lord knows I need my impurities lifted right now. So far 2020 has been a bad year for my skin. I have never used a mask with copper, so I am intrigued.

Of course, we have a nail polish. This is the Pretty Woman Polish in I’m So Jelly. I may pass this along, I have so many polishes in this shade… but it is my favorite shade of polish- she may just stay with me in my stash.

I am hyped about this one. It is the full size of the super hyped up Thrive Causemetics mascara. I have tried a sample and LOVED it. I am really thankful that I got this mascara, especially right now. I have been trying out the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara, and I am not really vining with it like I thought I would.

For me, this is a super exciting product to get. The It Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I love pillow sprays and this one I have tried and did enjoy. It just smells so nice!

Here with have a moisturizer from Ahava. Apparently this product is an ipsy exclusive. It is meant for normal to dry skin. I am going to give it a shot and see if it is helpful at all. I have had some success with their hydrating mask.

Here we have the best FARAH brush I have gotten thus far. It’s well made and super soft. This is a 160F Face Brush. I am going to be using it for cream blush, bronzers and maybe even highlights. It is the perfect size and density. I really like that it matches the bag with rose gold, pink and marble.

Here we just have a basic black pencil liner from Sugar. Usually this wouldn’t be too great. But I have been using the crap out of black liners lately, so I am totally fine with getting such a basic, run of the mill product.

Next, we have the Flesh Highlighting Balm in StarLite. The shade is beautiful and really packs a punch. I will be using this a ton. Before I saw the shade I figured I would pass it on to my sister. But, no. This is mine!

Our last product is the Alternative Rock Vol. 2 palette from The Balm. This palette is super neutral, and has shadows blush, bronzer, and a highlight.

This is for sure going to be my new travel palette. It’s easy to work with, and neutral. I am planning on doing a whole review of this palette, so I wanted to keep my opinion short for now.

That is it for my Glam Bag Ultimate this month! I am very happy with it, and do think it is worth the price! I have yet to actually be disappointed by this box.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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Ipsy Glam Bag | May 2019 Un-Bagging

I think this is my first Ipsy post in three months!

I definitely got the last two bags, just my motivation to post, much less play with makeup, was non-existent.

But, my motivation is starting to come back, so we are starting with unboxing, hopefully soon I can get back into reviews!

In this months bag I got…

First! Let me start by saying, the bag is super cute, but the glitter does come off.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, deluxe sample

This is the size you can buy for like $12 at Sephora and Ulta. I honestly prefer the little mascara sizes. You can use them up before they go bad.

However, Benefit is not cruelty free. But, I am going to throw this in a gift for a friend, so not a total loss.

SL Miss Glam SS 57 Blending Brush

This Brush is super cute and soft. I have already used it and it helped to blend the shadows I used nicely.

Naisture Charcoal 3 Step Nose Pack

So, if any one knows anything about this brands cruelty free status PLEASE let me know! Their products are paraben and silicon free, which is awesome!

I got two in the bag, and I used one. I really liked it! It was a longer process than just a normal nose strip, but it was worth it! My nose looked much more clear!

INMO Velveteen Dream Eyeshadow in Super Bass

This shadow is a pretty pink shade. I have a Zpalette on the way to me, so it will be deported and placed in there.

I think Super Bass will make a really pretty all over lid shade.

Pixi By Petra Endless Silky Eyepen in Copper Glow

I love Brown and Copper eye liner, it really makes my hazel eyes pop.

The formula is super soft! I have used it and it does not tug on the eyes at all.

That is all for my Ipsy bag! Not too bad for only $10! Definitely will use, and have used, everything but the mascara.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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Allure Beauty Box February 2019

On a whim, I signed up for the Allure beauty box. It is $15 a month. Is it worth it? Let’s find out!

Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara $26

I have tried one other mascara from Wander that I liked. The little blurb that the allure beauty assistant wrote makes this mascara sound really promising.

Model Co Eyeshadow Trio “Mykonos” $15

I think this is the first product I have gotten from Model Co. The shadows are pretty, but nothing new to my collection. I am probably going to give this to a friend.

Moda Metallics Triad Eye Brush $4.99

I am always up for eye brushes in subscription services! I do like Moda brushes, they are soft, sturdy, and affordable.

Momonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser $21

I have been obsessed with K-beauty lately. I am excited to try any and all of it. You guys will see a review of this in a empties post soon!

Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask $7

I got the variation in Hibiscus.

If you read my blog then you know that I really enjoy Sheet Masks. They are cleaner and much more convenient than typical face masks.

The Brow Gal Instatint Brow Gel $22

I actually already own this product and I love it. In fact, the one I am currently using is almost empty, this came at the perfect time!

Mally High Shine Liquid Lip “Starburst” $21

I wish I would have gotten one of the other product options, but I am willing to give this a try. The shade is pretty, but the product seems sticky. I guess we will have to try it and find out if it works out for me.

As of right now, I am not sure if the box is worth the price to me. I am going to have to try it for another month and give you a concise opinion. Out of the 7 products, only two I won’t use. There was also a Mally shadow stick in a pretty dark bronze shade that wasn’t in the pamphlet, which is neat.

Have you ever tried Allure Beauty Box? What are your thoughts?

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Boxy Charm February 2019 | UnBoxing

Happy Hallmark card holiday everyone!

To celebrate this day that prompts spending, we are going to unboxing something I probably shouldn’t spend the money on every month.

Boxy Charm.

Boxy is $21 a month and includes 5 full sized or deluxe sample sized beauty items.

Let’s open her up shall we?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $24

This is a Mascara I know I enjoy, so I am glad to receive it. Already paid for the box plus a few $ and I don’t have to purchase a Mascara when mine runs out.

Pretty Vulgar Bronzed B. Bronzer “Sun kissed Snitch” $32

I have a strange bronzer obsession, I will never turn one down. The formula on this bronzer feels super creamy. I hope it is light enough for me though.

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer $18

This is actually one of my favorite primers! I use it almost daily to fill my pores on my t zone. Now I have a back up! It fills well, doesn’t ball up, doesn’t have a sent, and looks nice on its own as well as under makeup.

Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream $20

The cream smells like those buttered popcorn jelly beans. I really don’t like the sent. PASS.

Positive note, it feels great on the skin. I am sure I have a friend that will love it

Nude Stix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color “Copper Foil” $24

I am not the biggest fan of shadow crayons, but I am willing to give this one a go. It seems creamy and like it will blend well.

That is it for my Boxy Charm. It isn’t the worst, but also isn’t the best that I have gotten.

What was in your Boxy Charm?

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Ipsy January 2019| First impressions!

With it being the beginning of the new year, I feel that I am hold my Subscriptions to higher standards. I am hoping the quality of them this month will set the standard for their quality for the rest of 2019.

Let’s get into Ipsy and see what kind of year it is going to be.

Ipsy is $10 a month. You receive 5 deluxe sample-full sized beauty products or makeup. It is supposed to be geared to your likes, based on their quiz.

The bag itself

The bag is cute, reminds me of spring. It is not something I will use though, passing it on to a friend. That is no big deal tough.

So Susan Dream Maker Light Shifting Highlighting Cream “POP Star”

I have wanted to play with cream products more, so I was pleased to receive this high light.

1st Impression: Blinding! Blends out best with your fingers or a beauty blender.

Illamasqua Coloring Pencil “Honour”

This is the first Illamasqua product I have ever tried! I am actually really excited about this, which is silly because it is just a brown eye liner.

1st impression: The product is creamy and lasted a long time in my water line. I think this is my new go to liner!

Hola Neon Velvet Liquid Lipstick “DF”

I have never heard of this brand. But, it was nice to receive a full sized liquid lip. I do love trying new to me brands.

1st Impression: The color is really pretty. It last quite a while, then I decided to drink some water. Then it came off patchy. So, don’t expected it to last through drinking or eating. But, what does last through it?

Akar Mini Care Lip Butter

I feel like I have heard of this brand before. Anyway, I have been in the market for a product to repair my winter worn lips.

1st Impression: The lip butter is super creamy. My lips actually felt really nice the rest of the day. I can see myself going through this rather quickly.

Jeju:en Sheet Masks

I will be honest, when I read the names I actually laughed out loud. I’m so mature.

I haven’t tried these masks yet, but I am anxious to see how well they work. Keep yours eyes out for an empties post, they may be in there with a mini review!

Ipsy Add Ons.

I took the opportunity this month to purchase two add ons. I really enjoy this new program!

Luxie Small Contour Brush added on for $3

I have said it a million times. I LOVE Luxie brushes.

1st Impression: I used the Wet n’ Wild contour duo and it blended out seamlessly extremely quickly. Great brush from Luxie as always.

Tarte Double Duty Beaty Make Every Moment Count Cheek Palette added on for $12

What a steal!!

I love Tarte blushes, so I jumped on this as soon as I saw it.

1st Impression: I used the shade “Love”. Must I say more besides Tarte Blush? They have my favorite blush formula. Love this palette, I am so glad I added it to my bag!

Here are all the products that I tried on my face! Please ignore my too bold brows.

Over all?

I am super happy with this bag! I am really looking forward to what Ipsy has to bring for 2019.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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