Friday, 28 March 2014

Penney's Bargains

I absolutely love reading and watching Penney's Hauls on YouTube or via blogs. It must be because everything is so cheap and affordable, and you can really just pick up some great bits in general from Penneys! I headed into town today to treat myself. I am running the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for an animal charity be it the DSPCA, or Collon Animal Sanctuary where we rescued my dog Charlie from. I decided to buy some workout gear and where else to go but Penneys?! Cheap as chips, and they have seriously upped their game of late. Unfortunately they didn't have much variation in the way of colour which is why I didn't get a top. Don't worry, I would never subject people to the sight of myself just in a sports bra and leggings!

1. Water bottle €2
 I got myself a fancy shmancy runner's water bottle that you can hold easily in your hand, and look how cheap it was. 2 yo-yos, shure where yould ya be going?
2. Sports bra €6
You gotta give them girls some support. Oh god, once I went to the gym and innocently started my workout as usual but having forgotten my sports bra I attempted to run in a normal bra. Well holy god, did I almost get knocked out by my nunga nungas. Do not try this at home.
3. Yoga Pants €10
While technically yoga pants I will be using these for all gym/running work. They are so soft, I am a bit concerned about the waistband however, not sure if they will be great for running because of slippage.

My next purchase was this fab collapsible jewlery organizer that you can easily hang on the back of a door, in your wardrobe, etc. I was planning on trying to use it to store my makeup somehow but it is definitely more jewlery sized and I discovered I had a lot more jewlery laying around than I actually thought! This is double sided, I have one side filled with earrings, bracelets and necklaces and one side to go.

Look how tidy, neat and organized I am! :)
4. Jewellery organiser €4
Tempted to go back and pick up the handbag organiser also!
5. I saw these shampoo and conditioner recommended by Tara Makeup on Facebook so I said I would pick up the blonde version! €3 for a shampoo AND a conditioner? Come to mama.
6.I also was thinking about getting my unpolished paws on a new nail varnish shade and this lil' baby caught my eye. Minty fresh at €1.50!
I will be posting a review of the nail polish shortly along with one of the shampoo and conditioner. Keep those peepers peeled.
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

The best of beauty bloggers

This is the last week of our Best of Beauty Blog Challenge brought to you by Samantha at All the Buzz and all the lovely ladies of the beauty blogging world, including moi. Sob! I have enjoyed taking part and can say I lasted the eight weeks! That's commitment for ya ;) I hope you have enjoyed reading my blogs each week and I have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about new blogs along the way. I know this post is strictly beauty blogs but I think we all dabble a bit so if I mention a blogger who isnt strictly beauty don't crack the whip, ya hear? :) 

So hear it goes, in no particular order...
Dolly Dowsie : Probably one of the first blogs I started reading
All the Buzz Well she is the woman behind this fantastic challenge! Loved finding out about new brands such as Glitz n Pieces via her blog
 Beauty Baggage She is an all round lovely girl
At the Beauty Desk Love every post by Sarah
Big Blonde Girl She is hilarious and brutally honest in every post

I think 5 is enough or I could be here all day and I don't want to leave anyone out or forget anyone, but they are the main blogs I would be having a gander at! Probably because they are such easy to remember names! Oh and can't forget Great posts! Leave your links below so I can have a look at what I have been missing out on :-)

Keep on blogging it beautiful!
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Emma's Eco Soy Candles Review

I am an absolute divil for candles so when I came home after a stressful day to find this gorgeous package of goodies waiting for me, it is safe to say I was over the moon.
I had heard about Emma's eco-soy candles via Twitter and other bloggers such as All the buzz had featured them on their blogs previously so I was delighted to test them out.
The beauty behind these candles is that they are all made of completely natural ingredients such as essential oils and soy wax, none of your typical synthetic nasties. This means that they won't cause an artificial overpowering smell and the headaches that can go along with too-sweet scents.
I received a Neroli fusion wax melt which I have burning here beside me in my makeshift oil burner aka a little fondue pot. I adore this scent it is so calming and relaxing.
"A blend of light and precious Neroli blossom and sweet orange oil with a touch of musky lavender: soothing, floral and calming."
I couldn't believe it when I checked the website, the wax melt is retailing at only €4.95, what a fantastic price! There is also free shipping to Ireland. Score!
 I also received a Lemon grass 20 hour tin candle. This scent is very citrusy and will energise and awaken you.  It retails at €9.95 and provides you with 20 hours of lemongrass scent. You can purchase Emma's eco soy candles at or she also visits various craft/trade fairs so you can find her at one of these:
Upcoming Craft Fairs and Trade Shows in 2014:
Autumn Ideal Home Show RDS: 24-27 October 2014
Weekly at the Old Schoolhouse Market, Laurence Street, Drogheda - Saturdays from Feb 15th.
 Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare: Last Sunday of the month from Sunday March 31st to October, plus their Christmas market on Sunday 7th December.  
    If you have heard of other Irish brands that are worth a try let me know!
Happy shopping!
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Tried & Tested: Perfectil~ Hair Growth Hero?

I recently received a package containing a 3 months supply of Perfectil the skin, hair and nails supplement. Perfectil is said to contain essential nutrients to help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. This supplement has often been attributed to hair growth as well! So for all you ladies looking to have lovely long locks for summer stay tuned because I will be having a competition soon on my blog to give away a 4 week supply of Perfectil! Head over to Blogging it Beautiful on Facebook  to check it out.

I have had such a hassle with my hair. I chopped it into a bob when I was 15, then I had hair extensions when I was 18 which destroyed my hair. It completely split and broke off on one side of my head, it seems the right side is weaker so I have been looking for a supplement to take as I had to get all of my hair chopped to above my shoulders in order for it to have a chance at healthy growth.
I will do a 1 month and a 2 month update and let you all know how I get on with taking the Perfectil and see if I notice a difference in my hair, skin and nails. I have never really had problem skin, and my nails are quite strong and grow long so hopefully it pumps all the goodness into my hair!
The Science-y bit aka What's In It:
Grape seed extract: to help maintain a healthy complexion
Natural Plant Carotenoids: Antioxidants for the skin
Natural Vitamin E and Iron: Vital factors for the maintenance and good condition of hair, skin and nails.
As you can see the pill is quite big it is recommended you take it on a full stomach, after your main meal with a glass of water. You can buy Perfectil in most pharmacies and chemists. Boots definitely stock it.
Hopefully I'll see you back here on the 21st of April with an update, and maybe noticeably longer/healthier locks ;-) Who knows! Stay Tuned. Be sure to head over to to catch the competition giveaway of a 4 week supply of Perfectil and some other goodies.

The TMI Blogger Tag

I just saw this tag on Samantha at All the Buzz blog and decided since I haven't been blogging a lot lately this would get me posting. I also love finding out more about the person behind the blog, I'm just naturally nosy I guess ;-) Feel free to copy this tag if you want!
1: What are you wearing? 
Pink starry pajama bottoms and a navy hoody, I'm freezing and yes I know its 5pm, don't judge me!
2: Ever been in love? 
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? 
What ones aren't terrible...
4: How tall are you? 
5ft 5 and a half, I think ;-)
5: How much do you weigh? 
Hah, no comment.
6: Any tattoos? 
Nope, considering it but don't know if I will every take the plunge! I'm scared of needles.
7: Any piercings? 
Just my ears. Had my belly button done twice but it always closes up.
8: OTP? 
Actually have no idea what this stands for! i'll copy Sam's answer here, too lazy to Google.
9: Favourite show? 
I don't really watch TV, but I'll watch Corrie if its on! Oh and Come dine with Me is usually hilarious thanks to the voice over.
10: Favourite bands? 
Kings of Leon. I prefer singers though, Beyoncé, Paolo Nutini, Florence and the Machine, etc.
11: Something you miss? 
When life was simpler. The start of a relationship.
12: Favourite song?
Happy by Pharrell atm, just makes me feel good!
13: How old are you? 
20. 21 in December...You know shit gets real when you hit 2-0.
14: Zodiac sign? 
Sagittarius, and I definitely think it suits me.
15: Quality you look for in a partner? 
Loyal, adventurous, exciting, loving and caring. Good sense of humour too. Don't take themselves too seriously. Generous, and great manners.
16: Favourite Quote? 
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." It's from Harry Potter, and it applies to all aspects of life. It reminds me to have a positive attitude.
17: Favourite actor? 
Will Smith, I think he was incredible in the Pursuit of Happyness also Leonardo di Caprio is a fantastic actor only really realised it in the Wolf of Wall Street. Matthew McConaughey is fantastic too. Jennifer Lawrence is fab as well. Loved her in Winters Bone and the Hunger Games.
18: Favorite color?
I like bright colours like red, and also used to wear a lot of purple.
19: Loud music or soft?
Loud music! But depends on my mood I guess.
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? 
Under the covers in bed. Or out for a walk. It always clears my head.
21: How long does it take you to shower? 
Probably 10 minutes tops, I don't get how people spend forever in the shower. Don't tell the hair gods but I am not one to wait around in the shower for 3 minutes with my conditioner on.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 
Depends on how much time I have. It can take me about 15 minutes if I am being a slob and lazy, and up to an hour if I am making an effort with makeup. Double that for a night out!
23: Ever been in a physical fight? 
No, I'm too classy for that. ;-)
24: Turn on?
Nice eyes, nice smile, someone with a genuine interest. Smells nice, good dresser. Smart, good banter.
25. Turn off?
Bad manners, ignorance and arrogance.
26: The reason I started blogging? 
I always read blogs and I just thought why not? Helps me with my writing as I am a journalism student.
27: Fears? 
Life's too short to live in fear.
28: Last thing that made you cry? 
Losing someone I love.
29: Last time you said you loved someone? 
Yesterday I think.
30: Meaning behind your blog name? 
I  like alliteration. Haha and it kind of sums up my blog as it is predominantly a beauty blog. I also take the beautiful meaning to try be beautiful in all aspects of life so it can describe lifestyle/fashion blogging as well.
31: Last book you read?
The Make Up Girl, not sure who it is by but I loved it.
32: The book you’re currently reading?
I have three on the go, take a really good book to hold my interest.
33: Last show you watched? 
Probably one of the soaps. Mam always has them on
34: Last person you talked to? 
My dad, he gave me a lift home.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 
My friend Bronagh who I have known for coming up to 8 years...omg.
36: Favourite food? 
A roast dinner, haha me and Sam are v similar. Can't beat my Mam's roasties. I am also in love with chorizo.
37: Place you want to visit?
Sri Lanka, it looks amazing. I would like to go to California/ Florida as well.
38: Last place you were? 
College, then waiting in the freezing cold for the bus, then SuperValu then home finally!
39: Do you have a crush?
Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling...list goes on. ;-)
40: Last time you kissed someone? 
Over a week ago.
41: Last time you were insulted? 
Can't remember, luckily.
42: Favourite flavour of sweet? 
I love Haribo jellies.
43: What instruments do you play?? 
44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
I love big statement necklaces. I also have a ring someone special gave me.
45: Last sport you played? 
Hockey, I played it for a good few years and briefly in college.
46: Last song you sang? 
Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynn. Love it.
47: Favourite chat up line?
Chat up lines are just too cringy for words.
48: Have you ever used it?
No, dear god.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 
At the bus stop having the chats with one of the lads from college.
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Any blogger reading this! Just link back to me so I can see your answers and find out more about you. :)

Saturday, 22 March 2014

No Makeup Selfie

The last few days a new viral trend has blown up on social media sites. The trend is that of the 'No Makeup Selfie.' Girls post photos of themselves on social media sites with no makeup on, donate on average €4 to the Irish Cancer Society or Action Breast Cancer and urge others to do the same. 

It's fantastic to see such a positive thing that is raising awareness of breast cancer, reminding women to check themselves and donating money to such a worthy cause at the same time. It definitely makes a change from the #Neknominations and seems to have caught on more than the #Raknominations. 

Here's my no makeup selfie below!

As is usual with everything that seems to go viral, there have been naysayers commenting on how the no makeup selfie alone is not helping anyone. They have been proved to be wrong as donations to the Irish Cancer Society have soared in the last 48 hours to over €500,000. 

If you want to take part, I urge you to donate to one of the cancer research societies. You can do this online or via text by texting PINK to 50300 to donate €4 now. 

One in ten Irish women will get breast cancer but 8 out of 10 will survive thanks to breakthrough treatments, greater awareness and participation in screening. 
Now go check your breasts!


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Best of Beauty Treatments

How are all my lovely ladies this week? :-) I am full of the joys of spring as I arrived home after a stressful day to a gorgeous package of Emma's Eco Soy Candles. I am currently burning my Lemongrass scent and I will be sure to do up a blog post on how I get on between that and my wax melt!

So this week it is the penultimate week of the Best of Beauty blog challenge and while I have been late in posting once or twice I am delighted to have stuck with it and it has definitely introduced me more to the blogging community and given me some fantastic blogs to read! Thanks a bunch Sam, you really are a star! Check her blog out her at All the buzz 

This weeks theme is Best of Beauty treatments. My ultimate favourite pamper treatment would be a massage and I had a fantastic one in Johnstown House Hotel. That wasn't today or yesterday, mind you!

I will be visiting Castlemartry Resort in a few weeks (5 star, v swanky don't ya know ;-) ) and I am planning on getting a massage there so I'll let ya know how they compare ladies.

I also love to do my nails. Cherry Sue has some fantastic DIY nail inspiration on her Facebook page so give her an aul search.

I am obsessed with Catrice nail polishes as they have a great colour range, fantastic colour names and are great value. I also love Penneys nails which you can see in two pics below. They only cost like €1.50 or €2 and to be honest if you apply them right, and file them they can look like the real deal!

Christmas nails that I DIY'd ;-)

Bows and sparkles, you name it, I'll wear it on my nails! Give Penney's nail range a check when you are next in store. Worth a few euro to jazz up your finger tips.

Til next week ladies! Follow the #bobblogchallenge on Twitter for more beauty banter! And like my Facebook page

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Best of Budget Beauty

I've been very bold and left it late to post up my Best of Budget Beauty Blog Challenge, the week just ran away with me! Plus, I have blogged so much on my favourite budget beauty bargains so I felt like another post might be a bit redundant, until I decided I just had to share with you ladies the fabulousness that is CATRICE's gel liner brush.
Winner of an IMAGE Beauty Award in 2012, it is easy to see why~ this is the best gel liner brush I have used, and let me tell you there have been a few! It has an angled brush on one end which is perfect for filling in eyebrows, and then a thin liner brush on the other end. I prefer using the angled brush for getting defined flicks as I find the other end a bit fiddly to use.
This is great value, retailing at just €2.99 and available in Penneys and all good chemists. It's worth having another look at CATRICE's other makeup brush offerings as I've found this one to be fantastic.
I love my liner looks as you can tell! ;-)
Head on over to Twitter and follow the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge for more beauty banter, and a big thanks to Sam at All the Buzz who is the beauty and the brains behind this blogging challenge.  
You can find me  on Facebook over at Blogging it Beautiful ~ a cheeky like would be much appreciated!
Stay fabulous!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

My ITEC Makeup Artistry Experience

Beauty School Dropout Graduate

I am delighted to announce I am now an ITEC qualified makeup artist. No one in my class achieved less than a merit in our overall assessments, and we will receive our certificate in mid April.

I thought I should probably do an updated blog post as I have just recently finished my course and since so many people were interested about it when I first talked about my journey to becoming a makeup artist here.
I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know how I got on and what to expect! :)

I completed a 16 week one evening a week ITEC in Beauty Makeup. I trained with Niamh Martin of Nimabrush, and you can find out about my course by clicking on Scoil Mhuire ITEC

We had our written theory exam last Tuesday: questions such as what is blepharitis came up, such is the beauty of the randomness of the ITEC. It is inflammation of the eyelid, just so ya know! ;-)

On Wednesday we had to bring a model in for our practical exam where we had to do a cleanse, tone, skin analysis and a day makeup.

The examiner also looked at all of our portfolios and graded them.

I have to say it was quite a nerve wracking experience doing the exam, as you have someone looking over your shoulder at your work and marking you, which is something I had never experienced.

The day makeup consists of foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyebrows, mascara, liner, eyeshadow, lipliner, lipstick and lipgloss and there are marks for all of these so you have to attempt all and do not attempt to play it to safe even though it is day makeup. A wash of colour is acceptable but you are more likely to get higher marks for attempting a contoured eye and gel liner.
The two above photos would be good examples of a day makeup.
The main thing in an ITEC exam is hygiene. We had to decant all products onto a palette like the one below. You do this by using a wooden spatula or rubbing a cotton bud into the bronzer/powder/blush/eyeshadow to decant onto the palette. It's a bit tiresome but it is very hygienic.
 The other thing is you must use disposable mascara wands, one for each eye. This is to prevent cross contamination and the client developing a stye or conjunctivitis.

You can also not touch the client's face and you must have a cotton pad or a tissue between the face at all times. A lot of artists don't actually work like this, but I see no harm in being extra cautious and hygienic! :-)

We had 30 minutes to complete a day makeup, and then the examiner came around to look at everyone's makeup. After our cleanse and tone, she actually got a cotton pad and wiped the clients face to make sure you had cleansed properly. Then she asked questions about skin type and what you would recommend for the client.
She also asked me why you would sharpen your eye pencils and lip liners, and also why we would use disposable wands: both answers are for improved hygiene purposes and to avoid cross contamination.
Once the exam is all over you will wonder what you were worrying about at all! If you have any questions that you would like answered just comment below or contact me via my Makeup Artistry page artist


Face of the Day: Sunkissed Summer

Me with the new blonde gruaig
So in keeping with my makeup of the day challenge here is my second face of the day, a look I myself entitled: Sunkissed Summer. I went for a gold eye and a pop of colour on the lips.
What I used:
  • Sleek Vintage Romance palette Gold shadow
  • Collection gel liner in Black
  • CATRICE Better than false lashes mascara
  • NYC lipstain in Unstoppable Red
  • CATRICE blush in Apropos Apricot
So there you have it, how are you all getting on with your #motd?
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Monday, 10 March 2014

CATRICE Ultimate Colour Lipstick Review

I am a huuuuuge fan of red lippy, I adore the whole pin up look that goes along with red lippy and winged liner and so I have quite a few red lipsticks on rotation in my makeup bag.
This is the first time I have worn a non-matte red lipstick, and boy, did it get messy! First things first, I suggest you buy a red lip liner as all bright lip colours especially if they aren't matte tend to bleed. Rookie mistake number 1: I didn't line my lips.
I love the pigmented rich red of this lipstick. I would say it would err on the side of a pinky red. It is called My Red Card and is a CATRICE Ultimate Colour lipstick. I adore this brand and it was reduced to €2.25 in my local chemist! Such a bargain.
It gives a really lustrous finish and a makes my lips look like I got collagen, but I would HIGHLY recommend you line your lips to avoid looking like you were just shifting the face of someone.
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Makeup of The Day Challenge

I'm sure I am not the only girl who gets stuck in a makeup rut every once and a while, where all you do is stick to the same makeup day in day out. There are all sorts of gorgeous colours, shades, contoured eyes, pigmented lippies we could wear so why don't we experiment?

I decided to challenge myself to create a different makeup look each day and anyone else who would like to join in is more than welcome! :) Upload your look to or onto Twitter using the hashtag #motd which stands for Makeup of The Day and include me in the Tweet, @KjWheelo

It would be great to see your creativity :-)

Today, I had to play it safe and keep my makeup rather tame as I had a job interview but I still chose colours I normally would never go for. I went for a purple smoky eye and a pink lip. I used different eye shades and a different blusher than I would normally go for, also a more natural lip.
Natural look with a wash of colour on the eyes for definition
What I used
MUA Shade Bare from Ever After Matte palette: palest pink matte shadow as base (not pictured)
GOSH Trio in Waterlily~ I used the purple shade
No7 Smoky Rose Quad~ I used the light purple on the lid, darker purple to contour and white shimmer to highlight
CATRICE Multi Colour Blush in 070 Iced Caramel Macchiato
CATRICE Ultimate Colour 240 in Hey Nude
Let me know what you think! #motd
Keep on blogging it beautiful

Friday, 7 March 2014

Quirky Café Review: Primrose Place

I visited this quirky cute little café recently called Primrose Place and I must say I was so impressed! It is located in the village of Summerhill  Co.Meath, a place that most people would definitely just drove through. I am letting you in on a little foodie secret though- this place is well worth a stop off!
I went with my dad for a nice lunch out and I was won over by the décor. It is powder pink and light grey, the perfect mix. Girly, without being too overpowering to put off the male clientele. Teacups, and tea rooms is the overwhelming theme and I have a few snaps I took to give you an idea of the place, although the pics really don't do it justice! :)
The top photo is of the teacup chandelier that one of the café workers daughters made! She is obviously extremely talented, and the bottom photo is of a quirky selection of photo frames, tea cups, spoons and fancy plates. If I owned a café, this is exactly the homely, quirky yet comfortable décor I would be going for.
Even about the décor I hear you say, what about the FOOD? I had an extremely tasty baked potato with crispy bacon, cheese and chive filling. It came with the choice of two salads for €6.95, I had homemade coleslaw and a mixed rice salad. It was deeelish.
Look at me taking snaps of my food
My dad had the beef ciabatta I think which was on special. They had various specials on which were great value for money. They also had a very tasty looking Primrose breakfast that I think I might indulge in next time!
I also had a rocky road, which was made with crunchie, malteasers, melted chocolate and marshmellows. It gave me a serious sugar rush and my eyes were bigger than my stomach as I couldn't finish it.
It is definitely a little gem, and is well worth a visit!
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Til next time!


Thursday, 6 March 2014

My Princess Product

What woman doesn't want glowing gorgeous skin like Cinderella? That's why my Princess product is Esteé Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation.

With week 5 of the #BOBBlogChallenge courtesy of Sam over at being all about The Princess Product all I could think of was skin, skin, skin!
Once I have my foundation done to perfection I feel a million dollars, and the only time I have felt like that with foundation was when I was matched up at the counter and given a sample to run away and try before midnight, Esteé Lauder Double Wear foundation in Cool Bone, and Pale Almond for those princesses who like to tan!

I had never used this foundation before last Friday and I am officially a convert and bow down to the ravings of MUA's about the wonders of this foundation. It is the ONLY foundation I have ever worn that has lasted me 9 hours of running around Dublin city shopping and commuting. It could have lasted me another 3, if I hadn't had to obey the cardinal rule of taking my makeup off before bed.

Ladies, this foundation lasted a feast in Gourmet Burger, a stressed and starving Katie, an extremely busy Grafton is in a word, sha-mazing.

The blurb says, "Keeps skin looking fabulous, breathing comfortably through heat, humidity and activity without changing colour, fading or coming off on clothes. Natural matte finish and SPF10 sunscreen to protect skin."

No foundation, not even MAC has lasted me 9 hours with absolutely no budging around my nose and cheeks where I need the most coverage as I am blessed with the most Irish of skin tones. The shade cool bone is also a perfect match for my skin unlike MAC's Matchmaster in 1.5 which is actually not great but which, until I tried this Holy Grail of foundations, I was wearing everyday.

I will definitely be purchasing a full size bottle of Esteé Lauder's doublewear light foundation-when I run out of my MAC, hey I don't like to waste ;)

Esteé Lauder Doublewear Light Stay in Place foundation retails at €36.50 in Boots, which is well worth it. I wish I had a before and then a 9 hours after pic to prove the fabulousness! Might keep you updated with pics via Twitter ;) @KjWheelo and via Facebook

I am looking forward to reading all your Princess Products ladies!
Keep on blogging it beautiful xoxo
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