31 October 2014

October Favourites

October Favourites
Throughout October I found myself reaching for some old favourites along with a new foundation sample that I'm trying to make last as long as possible. Starting off with my beloved Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Spray (which I might add is like gold dust where I live) this leaves my hair feeling super soft and really helps to keep it free from tangles after I have washed it. This is my second bottle and will not be my last as I really do rate it, plus I think it smells incredible and is super affordable too.

As autumn arrived I decided to change my make up routine a little bit and started to use my NARS Fairy's Kiss Palette much more. The purple hues in this palette are fantastic and are very easy to work with where on a whole I find that it is very hard to fault eye shadows and indeed any product from NARS. From one counter to the next I have being wearing MAC Plumful whenever I have had the chance, this really is one of my up-most favourite lipsticks to wear and will be the first MAC lipstick I use up without a doubt as I reach for it more than any other.

Lastly I have managed to pick up a little sample of the Dior Skin Star Foundation after having my skin tone matched in House of Fraser a few weeks ago. I have to say so far I think this foundation is utterly beautiful and isn't as expensive as I had anticipated considering it's from a brand that I class to be incredibly high end. Whilst I really do like it it's not something I will be investing in this side of Christmas as I've a few others to use up first however I will be bearing it in mind when the next foundation shop is on the cards.

Before I sign off for today I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the gorgeous ladies who guest posted for me this month. Don't forget to check out their blogs and indeed their posts that they put together for me where you can read all about Bioderma, LUSH and a DIY Facial Pamper!


30 October 2014

Dorothy Perkins Wish List

Dorothy Perkins has always been one of my favourite high street stores to browse especially at this time of year as I really like their knitwear and accessories in particular. A few days ago on the Dorothy Perkins twitter page they were holding a little tweet to win type competition. I didn't win sadly yet thought that my little wish list would make a nice quick and interesting post for today.

The three quarter length jumper is super cute and is my favourite colour when it comes to clothing, yes I can safely say that I'm a granny as I love the colour grey! In fact quite clearly there is a bit of a theme here with the clothing items I've chosen as they are predominately black, white and grey. I think that this is primarily because these are the types of colours I feel most comfortable in and of course they go with most things too. As for the black and white tunic I have to say I'm pretty darn gutted that this is now out of stock in my size. I really do regret not ordering it and have found myself praying to those of a higher authority ever since that it will come back into stock soon.

28 October 2014

Guest Post - DIY Pamper Facial

DIY Pamper Facial
Hello everyone, My name is Chaitra and I am so happy to be writing for one of my favourite blogs today. Thank you so much Amy, for this lovely opportunity! Every now and then I like to give myself a facial at home. It is just my way of caring and pampering my skin because happy skin makes me a happy little bunny! I have a very simple routine and I do this whenever I get the time, but at least twice a month. Hope you enjoy a little peek into my routine here.

 What you need:
 A Balm Cleanser / Oil
 Flannel / Muslin Cloth
 Essential Oil
 Hot Water/ Steam
 Face mask

1. Apply the balm cleanser/ cleansing oil to your skin and massage for about five minutes. I am currently using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and it is a miracle product. This video by Lisa Eldridge is the ultimate guide to facial massaging. I am a 100% sure you will love the video.

2. Run your flannel under hot water and wipe the cleansing oil off your skin.

3. Bring some water to boil in a teapot, optionally add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in there, cover your head with a towel, put your face close to the teapot and let the steam do its magic on your pores for about 3 to 4 min. I have found that the steam really makes the skin more workable and supple.

4. Exfoliate your skin with an exfoliator of your choice. I personally just use a mix of honey and sugar as a facial scrub and I love the results. Wash off.

5. Apply your favourite face mask and eat some dark chocolate while it works wonders on your skin. My current favourite face mask is the love lettuce fresh face mask from Lush cosmetics.

6. Wash off and apply the serum and moisturiser in your skincare routine.

 That's it. I find this routine helps to relax, refresh and rejuvenate my skin. And also I like taking out time for myself once in a while, it is a good de-stresser and just a feel good thing.

 Do you have any relaxing facial routines?

26 October 2014

Short Term Goals


Generally speaking I tend to keep my personal life off my blog the majority of the time however simple posts such as these are a great way of showing more behind the person without diving into their life too deeply. A few days ago I came across a post by Cat over at Lilac Ghosts where she shared her personal short term goals. I found this to be a really interesting little post so thought I would create my own little list; it'll be nice to look back at this in the New Year to see if I managed to achieve any of them.

1: Firstly I'd like to have somewhat of a 'spring' clean in my bedroom and get rid of a few things. I've a few bits and bobs that I have being meaning to put on eBay for the best part of a year; it would be nice to get around to that soon.

2: I'd also like to finish a few books that I've had on my bookshelf for too long. Before I Go to Sleep has been half read for around a month now, it's about time I finished it and gave it back to my friend asap!

3: This beautiful photograph is from a relatively recent visit to the woods where I live. Considering I live by such a beautiful place I sadly don't make as much use of it as I should. My plan is to try and make regular visits from now on in forms of going for walks and exploring new trails. It is so refreshing and relaxing over there so I find that it's a great way to chill out for a few hours, plus there are so many nice things to photograph too.

4: As some of you may know I have recently started a GDL which is a Graduate Diploma in Law. Before I started I was told that the course is pretty intense however I completely underestimated just how intense it would be. This huge shift in the sheer volume and pace of work has made me take quite a long hard look at my organisational skills, this is something I have already started to work on and improve.

5: Looking back to the previous point I need to remember that whilst studying is so very important as well as job applications, work and volunteering I also need to ensure I save time for myself. At the moment I'm feeling like I'm being hit by a bus every day (to quote my lecturer on Friday) so I simply need to remember to allocate myself time to relax and to not think about law or vacation schemes, even if it is just for a few hours.

Setting short term goals is quite important to me as I do it on a daily basis in the form of a to-do list however they are pretty much on a day to day basis. Having something set in stone for the remainder of the year will hopefully allow me to focus on them without feeling a time constraint.


23 October 2014

Recent Purchases #4

Recent Purchases

It's just a quick one today as by the time most of you will be reading this I will have endured or still be enduring four different law tutorials throughout the day with the subject of Land Law up first, delightful! Actually it isn't that bad at all, I just need to get my head around some of the legal jargon used however before I ramble on too much I'm going to get straight to it with today's post. I'm writing this right at the beginning of the week whilst on a quick break from studying and thought that it would be a nice opportunity to sit back and write a couple of blog posts.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent purchases that I have picked up over the last few weeks. Once again I'm growing my nails (shock horror) and have picked up for what must be the millionth time the Sally Hansen Maxium Growth nail treatment which I have to say is very good; it's quite simply me that let's the side down where growing my nails is concerned. Alongside this I finally picked up one of my most coveted beauty items which is the Dior Addict Lip Glow. I cannot begin to express how much I have wanted to try this product whereby my curiosity has only been fuelled even more by such positive praise from Sophie.

Moving onto clothing I have picked up just a couple of items in the past few weeks where I have just realised that one of them isn't actually pictured; both are from Primark. I'll put it out there that Primark is a place that drives me quite literally insane! I don't think I have ever had a pleasant shopping experience in any of their stores which is why I tend to avoid it like the plague. Having said that I do find it to be very good for basic items such as plain tops as I like to wear them a lot therefore enjoy having a nice selection to choose from. I picked up a simple dark green long sleeve top just last week as I really do like the fit of those tops in particular (I have quite a few now) and they wash really well too! For such an affordable price I actually think they are very good and would definitely brave those Primark aisles again to pick up a few more. The other item I picked up was a beautiful light grey knit jumper which cost me just £10 which I found in the Primark concession in Selfridges, yes that surprised me too! Over to Dorothy Perkins I found myself purchasing a tartan scarf however be warned I highly doubt my scarf purchases will be ending there, I have some weird scarf obsession that cannot be tamed.

It's slightly worrying that in the last two trips to Birmingham I have made three visits to Paperchase however I did come away with a rather handy weekly desk planner which I think will help me resolve my organisation woes, at least I hope so anyway. Lastly whilst in Asda I decided to pick up some metallic Sharpies because firstly you can never have enough Sharpies and secondly I thought they would be really good for Christmas this year when decorating Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. At this time of year I tend to have these wonderful ideas yet somehow find myself being too busy to carry them out, hopefully this year I can do a few Christmas inspired DIY posts to help get into the festive mood. Who am I kidding, WHSmith have had the chocolate oranges in...I'm already there!


21 October 2014

Guest Post - Favourite Lush Bubble Bars

Favourite Lush Bubble Bars

Hello all you lovely readers of A Little Boat Sailing! I'm Latasha, I blog over at Today I Adore, and it's a pleasure to be guest posting for Amy as her gorgeous blog is one of my all-time favourites! Today I'm going to be singing Lush's praises, as usual, and talking about two of my most loved bubble bars... 

First up, somewhat of a classic and constant repurchase for me, The Rose Jam Bubbleroon. It's a Macaroon-ish shaped bubble bar that shares the same scent as the Rose Jam shower gel and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. All three are completely dreamy for you rose-scented lovers. It smells absolutely heavenly, like the most delicious floral rose jam and a hit of sweetness in there to level it out. As with all bubble bars, split this one in half and you will have a silky-soft bath with lots of bubbles and a bathroom that smells like a jar of jam.

A new favourite of mine has to be The Comforter. Its swirly companion, Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds is much more on the sleep-inducing side of things, whereas The Comforter gives you a big hug with blackcurrant bubbles. It's more fruity, but there's definitely a sweet side in there too, along with a little citrus. A must-sniff when you're next in store, I can't resist the candy pink water and addictive scent!

Have you tried either of these bubble bars? What are your favourites?


18 October 2014

The Muji Files | Part 1

Muji Files 1

When it comes to storing your beauty products there is no denying that the appeal of the much hyped about acrylic storage from Muji is one that is hard to avoid. For a while I held off but then one day I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase two draws of my own; the rest is quite simply history. Upon closer inspection of my content recently I have noticed that I have never really alluded to my beauty storage and indeed my collection on a whole therefore I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone as it were and combine both within a mini blog series therefore welcome to The Muji Files Part 1!

Kicking things off I'm starting off with my top draw because you know I'm all about the base, about the base...check me out with a current music reference there albeit the different spelling! Back to make up rather promptly I tend to store anything here that is a base product such as primers, concealers and of course foundations as they are the first things I use in the morning when I apply my make up after I have moisturised. Some of my favourite items within this draw consists of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer which has to be one of my favourite high street concealers to date; paired up with the Seventeen Phwoaar Paint you have a pretty good combo here for helping to cover dark circles. The only thing I feel that I do need to mention is that before using Phwoaar Paint I really do have to ensure that I have used a hydrating eye cream beforehand as I do find it prone to sinking into any creases.

A big shout out goes out to the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and NARS Sheer Glow which are two of my up-most favourite foundations that I have tried since I started my blog. Firstly I can't ignore the price tag of these as they're not cheap however I have been so impressed with these two and would without a doubt re-purchase them when they eventually run out. In comparison I have a much more affordable foundation option in the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I would go as far to say that it is my favourite from the high street that I have ever tried. For me I find that it provides a light to medium coverage that blends really well and feels light on my skin; it is an almost perfect match for my skin tone which makes it one of my favourite budget beauty buys.

I also like to store foundation samples here too as I'm a big believer in trying a sample of a product before buying them, that is of course if it is possible to do so. At the moment I have a few samples from Lancome and have also more recently picked up a little sample of the DiorSkin Star which is beautiful! Quickly rounding up this post I have a few primers that I tend to go between with no real loyalty to any if I'm honest, they're all pretty good however I think I'm still looking for the one that works for me. A worthy mention here does go out to Benefit Porefessional Primer which I think works better for me in comparison to the NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer.

15 October 2014

Oh Olivia!

Olivia Burton Watches

Olivia Burton Watches are to me some of the most beautiful and affordable currently on the market. This year I finally purchased my very own for my birthday of which I couldn't have been happier with my first purchase; if you missed that you can head on over and read the whole post dedicated to the Moulded Bee Watch. My love for bumble bees and of course rose gold made that choice the perfect one at the time however since then I have being looking at more designs and have fell in love with the brand even more than before.

Since July there have been quite a few new releases that have caught my eye, whereby there still quite a few of the original designs which are still firmly in my mind. The Olivia Burton infatuation here will not end with just the one watch for me as there are so many different designs and colours which will work with an array of outfits. Seeing as I don't own a watch with a black strap I think that will be my next point of call as I believe that it would be a style that I could literally wear with anything. Above I've picked out just a few of my favourite designs of which the Winter Garden Watch is without a doubt my favourite; I simply adore the floral detail on the clock face. This is closely followed by the Rose Gold and Mock Croc which is an exclusive design to The Dressing Room.


14 October 2014

Guest Post - Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution

Bioderma Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution

Hi my name is Gemma and I blog over at Miss Makeup Magpie, and I'm really excited to be guest posting for Amy as I love her blog so much. I really hope you like my post...

When Escentual had their French Pharmacy Skincare event back in June, I took advantage and ordered quite a few skincare products which I shared in my Escentual Skincare Haul. I am a massive fan of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and have used it religiously for nearly two and half years to remove my makeup, and I just love how quick, easy and effective it is at makeup removal. When I saw that the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O was included in the offer, I decided it was the perfect time to give it a try as it's designed for those who suffer from dehydration, so I thought that it might be better suited for my dry skin than the original version.

I can't say that I find the original Bioderma to be particularly drying, but I was interested to see how the Hydrabio would compare. Just like the original, the Hydrabio H2O dissolves my makeup extremely quickly.. even the most stubborn of mascaras (especially Benefit's They're Real! mascara). However the biggest difference I've noticed, is that it leaves my skin so much softer and almost as if it's been moisturised by using it. It also feels a little more gentle, especially when used on my eyes as it doesn't sting whatsoever. I still love the Bioderma Sensibio but the Hydrabio really is better for my skin, and I've noticed that my skin is looking less dry than it used to, which I love. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin, I'd really recommend trying this more moisturising formula as it helps the skin to retain moisture throughout the day, and leaves the skin a lot more supple which is ideal as we head into central heating season.


10 October 2014

Bee Good Christmas Giveaway

Bee Good Christmas Gift Set

It's October therefore I think I can get away with having a post with the word 'Christmas' written in the title just about. A few days ago I was kindly sent a gorgeous little package from Bee Good that had some pampering treats along with some rather delicious looking biscuits too! 

At the moment I have already had the opportunity to try the Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm* which I think is really nice and helps to keep my lips in good condition, especially now that the cold weather is upon us. The Honey, Borage & Echium Intensive Hand Repair* is a new addition and is one that I'm really looking forward to trying as you can't beat a good hand cream. Of course not being just for your hands they are really beneficial for looking after your nails too; we all know the problems I have in that department.

Just yesterday I was offered the truly lovely opportunity to hold a giveaway on here for one of you to win your very own 'Bee-Pampered' Gift Set which retails at £20 and will be available to purchase on the 1st November. To win these lovely pampering treats and some yummy biscuits all you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter widget below and leave some form of contact detail in the comment section. This is open internationally and will run over the weekend ending Sunday. 

The winner will be chosen and notified once the competition ends; good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


8 October 2014

October Wish List

October Wish List
It has been a while since I popped up a wish list therefore today I thought I'd share with you just a few things that I have being looking at recently.

Starting off with the most gorgeous pyjamas to ever grace this earth we have the Hush Vintage Rose Pyjama set. These look super cosy and are so very beautiful, I honestly don't think I've ever fallen for a pair of pyjamas in all my life; I guess there is a first for everything though!

Being quite the fan of Charlotte Tilbury already it comes as no surprise to me to find another eye shadow quad cropping up on my wish list. The Sophisticate quad has four beautiful shades that look as though they would be simply perfect for day time this autumn. In contrast to summer where I tend to go for a simple winged liner and mascara I really like to up my game more at this time of year and pull out more of subtle smoky eye for both daytime and evening.

Whilst we're on the topic of eye shadow it would be rude of me to not include the new NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadows as they have to be some of the nicest I have seen in a long time. In terms of quality, pigmentation and texture these are incredible whereby I have to say I have being looking at the shades Himalia and Callisto in particular although they all do look stunning.

Kikki K is the place to browse if you're a stationary addict like me. The designs are simply beautiful with plenty to fit your particular style and interests. Currently I have my eye on the Textured Leather Personal Planner in black as it looks incredible and really sophisticated too. I like the fact that it has gold rings inside compared to so many that have silver, it is for me a lot more unique than so many others that I have seen online. I'm quite the fan of planners such as these as they allow me to plan my days and weeks so I hopefully don't forget anything important. *hopefully*

Last but most certainly not least is this Red Tartan Blanket Scarf from River Island. Every year I seem to try and hunt down the perfect tartan scarf but never seem to find one; this year will be different.

6 October 2014

LUSH Bubble Bars

LUSH Bubble Bars

Going back a few years I had quite literally no experience with LUSH products however fast forward to the present day I have found myself dabbling into their bath bombs, bubble bars and lip scrubs. LUSH in my experience is one of the best stores on the high street to pop into. It's always so colourful and interesting with really enthusiastic and helpful staff members. I have to say I often find myself coming away feeling rather cheerful after I've paid a visit although that could be the fumes from all the products reaching my head.

So far from LUSH I have really being enjoying the Bubble Bars as I think they are so much better value for money compared to the Bath Bombs; I also find that you get a lot more bubbles too. Recently I have tried three out therefore I thought I'd give you a mini overview of what I thought.

LUSH Karma Bubble Bar

Starting off with the Karma Bubble Bar I have to say that out of these three above it was my least favourite. My reason for this was purely because of the colour it turned my bath water, it turned the water orange, in fact almost red which for me I really didn't like; I still have half of it sitting in my bathroom. It did small nice although I struggled to pick up the orange oil scent which I found a little disappointing. I found that the amount of bubbles that were produced when using just a few pieces of the product was actually pretty impressive however overall I wouldn't re-purchase this particular Bubble Bar as the colour really did put me off.

LUSH Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar

Pop in the Bath was for me better than the previous bubble bar however it still didn't fill me with much enthusiasm. As you can see I had the white version although I'm pretty sure there are other colours available whereby I think if I'd had a different colour then I may have enjoyed this more. The white had no impact upon the colour of the water however again there were plenty of bubbles which was a positive thing. Pop in the Bath smelt nice but again I didn't really find myself picking up any of the key ingredients such as lemon oil. Whilst I wasn't completely happy with this I'd be tempted to try a different colour as I think that would completely change my experience. 

LUSH Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar

Of course I had to save the best until last! Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds has so far been my favourite bubble bar that I have tried. First off it turned my water a light sea blue which automatically made me feel like a mermaid, no word of a lie. In regards to scent I'd say that this out of the three was the most relaxing with woody scents such as cinnamon and frankincense whereas the others were more citrus based which I associate with awakening and refreshing vibes. The amount of bubbles it produced was again very impressive from just a small amount used.

Overall all three of these bubble bars produced a really good amount of bubbles for only a small amount of the product being used. I was able to achieve between four or five baths out of each one making them really good value for money considering they are more of a luxury treat.

I'm hoping to pop into LUSH this Friday coming so do you have any more recommendations for me?


3 October 2014

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Asda Halloween Witch Asda Halloween Witch Make up Asda Halloween Fancy Dress Asda Halloween Face Paint
 *Sponsored Post

No sooner are my summer skirts and sandals tucked away I'm to be found on the hunt for a costume for this year's Halloween party. This year I'm heading off with my friend for a Halloween evening where there's a three course meal, fancy dress and other shenanigans taking place; I'm super excited! Halloween for me has always been rather exciting as it brings back so many memories of the Halloween parties I used to have as a child with my family and neighbours, they were so much fun and often resulted in lots of apple bobbing and treats that would have your dentist weeping silent tears.

This year I'm most likely going to go as a witch, where as you can see I've already being practising! All of the above items can be found at George at ASDA where I picked all of these things up for a grand total of £10. I opted for a witch's hat, make up kit and fake eyelashes as I have quite a few other items that I can wear at home to help finish off the outfit on the night. It's been a long time since I did anything like this whereby I have to say I absolutely loved piling on this green face paint and being much more care free with my make up. The make up kit is actually pretty good for the price as the green paint worked wonderfully and was super pigmented, I do however think it would be worth picking up a white face paint as well so you can create more dimension to your face by highlighting areas. 

Out the whole kit I found the only disappointing item to be the lipstick as it was just like a lip balm and provided no colour at all sadly, however for £4 for the whole thing I wasn't too worried. Reaching for an alternative out of my make up collection I rounded the whole thing off with a bold lip, fake lashes, green diamantes and gold glitter.

I have to say this is the most fun I've had on a post for such a long, long time; I truly hope you enjoyed it too.

What do you think? Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

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1 October 2014

French Skincare | Tried and Tested

French Skincare

There's no denying that when it comes to skincare the French quite simply own it. In my experience having tried just a few brands from across the channel I have always had pretty good results therefore I've found myself really coming to trust brands such as Avéne and La Roche-Posay. Luckily for us in the UK these brands are found in Boots and a number of online websites so we are able to get hold of most of the products that are on offer.

Over the last year I have tried a couple of products from said brands therefore feel as though I can share my thoughts on them with you. For reference my skin is oily to combination along with areas of dehydration.

First up I have the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water which I picked up in early summer. In all honesty I have been a bit sceptical of quite simply water in a can in the past however I have to say when using them they are incredibly refreshing and soothing to the skin. This was actually in a clearance stand when I picked it up which is why I decided to give it a go although having now used it I'm not entirely convinced that I would pay full price for this in the future. Avéne of course has something very similar whereby I have the much smaller handbag size option that I have definitely preferred over the much larger can from La Roche-Posay. This is a super handy size to put in your bag and take out with you, especially in the summer. Out of the two I'd buy the Avéne thermal water over the La Roche-Posay version simply because it's cheaper and a more suitable size for the purpose I want it for such as taking it out with me when it's hot.

Onto Cleansers I have only tried one from Avéne thus far which is the Extremely Gentle Cleanser* which as the name clearly suggests is a gentle cleanser for those with sensitive skin. I wouldn't go as far to say that my skin is on the extreme side of sensitivity however it can be sensitive at times and is on occasion prone to redness. This cleanser is pretty inoffensive as it doesn't have any fragrance and is white in colour. Being a gel I naturally enjoy this type of texture anyway therefore it has been quite a pleasure to use as it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean without any tightness. I would like to point out that it does contain SLS which does surprise me a little although it is pretty low down in the ingredients list.

Effaclar Duo +, need I say more? Sadly my tube of this fantastic product has very recently run out much to my annoyance as I need to now go and buy a new one (I'm waiting for the Boots offers). Using this blemish treatment in areas such as my chin and t-zone I find that this really does help to keep blemishes at bay, it also for me reduces the longevity of any blemishes that do occur. Blemishes be gone!

Rounding off for this evening we have the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50+ SPF which out of all these products featured is my firm favourite. Over here in the UK I think we drastically underestimate the importance of SPF, especially when the sun isn't bearing down on us. This year I upped my game and have tried to ensure I have a designated SPF within my routine as at times not all of my foundations or moisturisers contain sun protection. For me I have found an absolutely fantastic product that I'm not looking to replace with any other. This boasts a wonderful formula that sinks into my skin leaving an almost matte feel yet does not interfere with any make up that I apply afterwards. It's one of my favourite discoveries of 2014 and will for a while long be within my skincare routine.

I realise that I have featured just two brands here when there really is quite a variety out there to research and of course try. If anybody would like to see a full review of any of these products featured above them be sure to let me know in the comments below. Being all beauty enthusiasts here I'd love to find out what your favourite French skincare products are.

Au revoir!

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