Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Fashion Fanatic Eyeshadow Palette

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MAC is killing the makeup game with their releases lately. This summer, they released a MAC Girls line where they created limited edition eyeshadow palettes based on different personalities. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this one is the Fashion Fanatic palette for the fashion forward girl who loves bold and unique shades!

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What’s in the palette:  Like all the palettes MAC has put out in this GIRLS line, this palette includes 8 eyeshadows in different finishes and one highlighter. This palette includes daring bold and unique shades! Must Have It is an orangey bronzey opalescent highlighter. Mad Mod & Outfitted are the shimmery glitter shade in this palette (which are OH SO GORG!). On the Hip Side, Wild Card, & Fashion Fanatic are the creamy mattes. Shop, Shop, Shop, Style & Influencer and Totally fierce are your satiny pearl shades. The package is super sleek and includes a mirror, which is one of my favourite things about any palette.

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The Good: OMG I love everything about this palette. The names, the shades and the packaging scream Daff Diaries (lolz). No really, this is probably my favourite MAC Girls Palette. I love how the shades, despite being bold and not from the same shade range, compliment one another. The formula of these shades are so silky smooth. The shadows and the highlighter glide on so beautifully. And when you foil some of the lighter shades, they look stunning on the lids! Style & Influence is probably my favourite shade from this palette. I love how pretty the lilac is! The shimmery shades are gorgeous too! Another thing I love about this palette is the outer packaging! It’s so chic! This palette can be used to create so many different looks using multiple shades.

The Bad:  As with all the MAC Girls palettes, there are some shades which require you to foil them to get the true colour payoff. This is not a horrible thing, it’s just time-consuming which can be an issue for some. To Foil: Spritz your shadow brush with Fix+ and then dip you brush into the lighter shades. You will get amazing colour payoff with that technique!

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 9/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Prissy Princess & Basic Bitch)

Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Prissy Princess Eyeshadow Palette

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Did you know MAC came out with a GIRLS line this summer and based 6 eyeshadow palettes on different personalities of women? Well fear not, that’s why you have me! I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this one is the Prissy Princess palette filled with the prettiest fairy tale-esque shades!

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What’s in the palette: Like all the palettes MAC has put out in this GIRLS line, this palette includes 8 eyeshadows in different finishes and one highlighter. This palette is filled with neutral pinks, taupes, browns and greys. The colours are just so pretty!  She’s a Rainbow (what an adorable name) is a pearly rose gold opalescent highlighter. Too Good To Be True is the glittery shimmer shade in this palette (probably one of my favs in this palette). Prissy Princess, Colour Me Spoiled and Spoil Yourself are the creamy matte shades. Fabness, Sweet Tart, Eternal Optimist and Good Girl & U Know It are the satiny pearly shades. The package is super sleek and includes a mirror, which is one of my favourite things about any palette.

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The Good: I feel like this palette was made for me. I love the names, I love the shades…I love everything about this palette. The neutral shades are perfect for the day and you can definitely use a few of these shades for your nighttime look too! The highlighter is pretty. As you can see, this is practically your pretty…girl next door palette filled with shades you just can’t hate! The formula of these shades are so buttery smooth! They glide on to your lids without any fuss and when some of the shades are foiled, the colour pay off is so intense!

The Bad: I love the colours of the packaging BUT the name of the palette, even though it’s in huge block letters, isn’t supper prominent. I wish Prissy Princess was written in a hot pink colour but that’s the only downside (if I’m being extra critical). Again, if you’ve my review about the other palettes in this line, you already know that there are a few shades in the palette which don’t have the best colour payoff unless the shadows are foiled.

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 8.5/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Basic Bitch)

Review: Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Contour Palette

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, then you can do so by clicking right here. As always, make sure to follow me on all my socials by simply searching Daff Diaries or clicking the links on the right hand side of this page! So without further adieu, I give you my review on this raved about palette!

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First Impressions

If you’ve been an avid reader of this blog, then you’re already aware of the fact that Kat Von D makes some seriously amazing beauty products (hello, this one’s my all time fav). So, it was only natural that I would want to try this beauty line’s contour palette…especially, given that contouring is and always will be a beauty trend no matter what (thank you Kardashians). When I first saw this palette and swatched it, I fell in love with the fact that both the “shades” and “lights” were matte. The “shades” are the equivalent to the darker contour shades and the “lights” are the matte highlight shades (ain’t that cute?). Also, I love that she includes a How-to-guide in this packaging for newbies like me (bonus). Overall, I was very very VERY impressed when I first saw and tried this product. The names of these shades are pretty Kat Von D like (if you’re familiar with her products). One of my favourite things I noticed was the fact that all the colours in here were natural looking.

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Product Application & Formula

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The formula has to be one of the best I have ever used, especially for a powder. Seriously, it feels smooth and it’s super easy to blend. You can use a Beauty Blender or a brush and this looks flawless on your skin. One of the biggest pros of this product is the fact that it’s universally flattering for all skin tones. In fact, all the colours included in this palette will work with any skin tone because they’re natural looking shades (depending when the light hits you where). It’s easy to use and I found that I could combine the shades together without it looking cakey on my skin (woohoo). Theyre super buildable and it doesn’t irritate your skin! The best part about this product is that you don’t need a lot of it and it swatches incredibly well (scroll below). Every single shade is extremely opaque and gorgeous!  Along with being the perfect formula, the packaging is also nice. It’s got a ginormous mirror and the size is not super big, so you can travel with it.

Product Formula: 10/10

Product Application: 10/10

Swatches

Can you say GORGEOUS?

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Price, Availability & Accessibility

You can pick yours up at Sephora for $55 (CDN).

Final Verdict

This has to be one of my most used contour palettes ever. It’s easy to use. It looks extremely natural and never cakey. It’s worth every single dime and I’m convinced that I will be repurchasing this product once I hit pan! The palette isn’t intimidating at all for newbies. You can use and combine these shades to get the perfect contour!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Review: Tarte’s Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case

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Hi Dolls! Remember that Sephora haul post from a while ago (if you don’t you can check it out here)? I finally got some time to use and review everything purchased during that haul! Remember to follow me on all my socials (listed at the bottom and the side of this blog). Enjoy & see you in the next post!

What is it?

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This holiday palette from Tarte has to be the prettiest thing I’ve seen from all the holiday launches this year. I’m a die-hard Tarte Cosmetics fan, so I always have high expectations every year from Tarte. I find that I end up buying all their launches and never get disappointed. This palette features a ton of things. It’s got 24 eye shadows, which are limited edition. There’s a good mixture of mattes and shimmery shades in the mix. Also, can we talk about the names of the shadows? They’re so adorable and very art-themed (which makes sense, given the name of this palette). It also has four cheek products (a blush, highlighter, a shimmery bronzer & a matte bronzer). Wait, there’s more…lolz. There’s a little flap which reads “Imagine, create, inspire” (kind of is adorbs in many ways), which you can lift to reveal MORE products. A sample size of the glossy lip paint, a deluxe lash paint mascara and a skinny liquid liner (I’m glad that a palette finally includes a liquid liner instead of the traditional liners). To wrap this gorgeous palette up, it’s got a pretty pink, purple and gold design all over. It also has a mini mirror.

First Impressions and thoughts?

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The Eye Shadows: Okay, I’ll be brutally honest here, there are some shades that aren’t up to par with what Tarte usually offers. But with that being said, there were a few that I absolutely loved. The darker and coloured shades swatch well and stay decently long on your eyes (make sure to use an eye shadow primer though). The lighter shades are not the best. I found them to be a little chalky. But it was okay for me because I’m not a huge fan of lighter shades in general.

The Cheek Products: Well we all know that Tarte prides themselves over their cheek products. The shades in this palette is not a complete fail at all. Instead, it’s one of their strongest points of the palette. They wear well, they swatch well and you can also use them as eye shadows too! What more can you ask for, right?

The extra deluxe stuffs: The glossy paint in obvi does not disappoint! I’m not a huge lip gloss fan but this shade I, surprisingly, liked a lot. My lips weren’t overly glossed and it goes perfectly well with the eye looks, which you can create from this palette! The liner and mascara are good, I mean I have my favourites from other brands, but these aren’t totally horrible…they’re good. They do what they’re supposed to do!

The Packaging: One of the main reasons why I LOVE this palette is the way it looks! Seriously, look at it! It’s GORG GALORE! Also, I love the “imagine, create, inspire” inscription. It’s visually appealing and the names of the products are too cute to ignore!

Swatches

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My Verdict?

I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen better from Tarte (that was the hardest thing I’ve written since I’m a die-hard Tarte fan). The palette itself is pretty (hence the name, I get it now). But, some of the shadows are super chalky and don’t really swatch well. Although, if you’re like me and don’t really care about the lighter shades, then you should definitely get this palette for it’s darker colours! The shimmery ones are just too pretty on your eyes! Also, the cheek products are fabulous! I know it is pretty pricey, but try to think of what you want out of this palette and decide based upon that!

Where to buy?

You can get yours at Sephora for a cool $77! It does say the actual value is $543 but you’re getting the palette for a tiny fraction of that price!

Pros:

  • Gorgeous packaging
  • Shimmery eye shadows are gorgeous with no fall out!
  • The cheek products are great
  • One palette helps you create multiple looks

Cons:

  • Price
  • Some shadows are chalky and don’t show on your lids with one swatch

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 (The shimmery shadows, the packaging and the cheek products make this palette worth it!)

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

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Makeup Diaries: The Naked Battle

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Before the release of the new Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay, I’ve decided to do a little compare and contrast between all the Naked Palettes that I own. Each one of these palettes are unique yet similar to one another. Below, I’ll share a link to my review (click on the title/picture) and who will benefit the most from each one of these palettes. As always, if you’re not following me on my various social media accounts (seriously, why aren’t you yet?!), then give me a follow on these sites: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Tumblr. 🙂

IMG_2886The Naked Palette

What: This is the original Naked palette, which created quite the frenzy when it first released. I still remember having to return to Sephora a few times before the palette was back in stock. At the time of this palette’s release, there was nothing like this on the market and being Urban Decay, I knew that the shadows would not disappoint.

Who will benefit the most: It’s a warm toned palette but I’ve seen almost every skin tone use this. Each one of these colours are gorgeous on practically anyone. Personally, this being the original Naked palette, I’m sentimental about this one.

How often do I use it: Quite often. If I’m not using just the palette for an eye look, then I’m usually picking out the colours I want to use for a certain eye look.

What I use it for the most: A golden/bronze smoky eye. I find that this palette is really perfect for any sort of smoky eye, whether it’s for a shimmery one or a matte one. Click here for an eye look created using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because this is THE original Naked Palette and honestly, if you have to pick out of all the Naked Palettes, then this really should be the one. It’s the most versatile and the most flattering on any skin tone.

 IMG_3799The Naked 2 Palette

What: This was the much-anticipated second installment of the Naked line of products from Urban Decay. This palette was specifically created to showcase cool toned shadows, which weren’t included in the original palette. Although, there’s a few shadows that were re-included in this palette from the original, it’s still a pretty unique palette. Again, Urban Decay hit it out of the park with this, which features some gorgeous metallics and shimmers.

Who will benefit from this the most: As much as I want to say this palette is made for all skin tones (it is, I mean I use it on my lids and haven’t had an issue), this palette looks the best on lighter skin tones. These shades don’t wash lighter skin tones out and it really does a great job at looking neutral. This doesn’t mean that if you have a darker skin tone, then you should miss out on this. The darker colours, shimmers and metallics will work wonderfully with any skin tone. But as a whole, this one is best for lighter skin toned dolls!

How often do I use it: If I’m being completely honest, not as much as my other Naked Palettes. This is probably because this palette (for my skin tone) isn’t perfect for daily wear. But I do use it for nights out, time to time.

What I use it for the most: Shimmery and metallic eye looks. Also, I have used the shade YDK alone on my lids a lot of times and it looks amazing! Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because the quality of the shadows are incredible. If you love cool toned shadows and/or metallic/shimmery shades, then this is the palette for you.

 

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What: This had to be the palette I was waiting for the most. I’m a huge fan of anything that is rose hued or rose-gold. So, it was a given that I would be purchasing this no matter what the outcome. Again, UD (being the game changers they are) killed it with the third installment of the Naked palette. This palette includes rose hued shadows with a mixture of mattes, shimmers and satins (like the other palettes).

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone. Honestly, I’ve spoken to anyone and everyone that have used this palette and the verdict is the same: It’s amazing. Although, it’s probably the priciest from the lot, but it really truly is a unique palette that flatters every single skin tone.

How often I use it: A lot. This palette is usually at the top of my bunch. I find that whenever I’m in doubt of what eye look to do, this is the palette I gravitate towards first. This also makes my brown eyes really pop out, so most of the time this is the palette I use for nights out.

What I use it for the most: Everything from a smokey eye to a shimmery eye to even using some of these shadows individually. The shade Nooner is used for almost all my eye looks I wear, as a crease/transition shadow.

Why this should be the palette you purchase:…because have you not seen how pretty the colours are? This palette is super versatile and even with the hefty price, it’s totally worth it. You can transition this palette from day-to-night very easily.

 

IMG_3882The Naked Basics

What: After releasing three installments of the Naked palettes, Urban Decay did something everyone was waiting for (including me). They decided to release a smaller, more compact version of the Naked palette featuring only “basic” matte eye shadows!

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone who’s obsessed with matte shadows and anyone who needs something subtle for work. This palette works with any skin tone, despite being a more warm toned palette (which is why UD released a cooler and darker toned version of this palette, which I don’t own). Each one of these shades can be used with one another or by itself, which is perfect for the workplace environment.

How often I use it: Every day I am at work. Out of all the Naked palettes, this is the one I use everyday because the colours are not shimmery, they look great on my eyes and they’re matte as well as you can transition your eye look from work-day to party-night!

What I use it for the most: Everything from a subtle smoky eye to a basic brown eye. Sometimes, I just use Venus to highlight my brow area and that’s it. Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because it’s an all matte palette that’s super versatile and the size of this palette is perfect for travel!

There you go dolls, hope this guide helps you decide which Naked palette to go purchase! Have a great Sunday Dolls! x

Review: Tarte’s Tartelette Palette

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Often, it’s a rarity to see an eyeshadow palette devoted to just matte eyeshadow colours. Many makeup brands have tried to incorporate matte eyeshadows. Some have accomplished it greatly and some haven’t but there hasn’t been one exclusive palette that offers only matte shadows…until now. Tarte’s Tartelette Palette is the first of its kind and has been put out on the market due to popular demand. When I first saw this product on Sephora’s website, I was floored. A palette that features 12 exclusive matte eyeshadows that have been designed to work with one another? Sign me up because it was just too good to be true. In fact, I was so excited that I ended up purchasing this without reading any reviews or swatching the product. The Tartelette palette’s shadows are made with Amazonian Clay (just like most of Tarte’s products). This versatile palette is formulated without mineral oil, sodium and gluten. It’s dermatologist tested and very beneficial for your eye area! The packaging of this product is sleek and it comes with a pretty big mirror on one side. It also includes a How-to-guide on getting some day and night looks. These long-wear eyeshadows can be used as a liner, lid shadow and/or crease shadow, the possibilities are endless!

My Verdict?

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Okay are you ready for what I have to say? This product is so incredibly amazing that I have dubbed it as the best eyeshadow palette I have ever used to this date. I’ve been using this palette for weeks now and I cannot explain to you how impressed I am by each and every single eyeshadow in this palette. There isn’t a single colour that I don’t like or don’t use! First of all, the quality of these eyeshadows are amazing! They’re buttery soft to touch and they perfectly glide on your lids without making any sort of mess or being streaky. The formula is incredible. Most of the time, matte eyeshadows tend to become either powdery or dry but this isn’t the case with any of these shadows. There’s no fall out, especially if you use it with an eyeshadow primer. The texture of the shadows are smooth and the formula does not irritate my eyes nor does it make the eye area dry! Secondly, each of the 12 shadows in this palette are so incredibly pigmented that you get enough colour with one swipe! Of course, you can build the colour up to your desired intensity but you don’t really have to pack on the layers as much. Third of all, the versatility of this palette is astonishing! Each and every colour here can work harmoniously with one another or can stand alone on its own. I’ve used some of the colours as liners and they worked great! You can pair them any way you want and it’ll work, so the possibilities of your eye look are endless! Also, did I mention all the colours are MATTE? The colours are so incredibly matte that they look phenomenal when they’re on your lids! Last of all, the packaging of the product is so adorable. It’s sleek, cute and small enough to fit in your makeup bag. I love that it has a big mirror as well. Also, the names for the shadows are so cute and empowering. This palette was created to celebrate, inspire and empower women and the names of the shadows really showcase that! All in all, this product is a must have for any eyeshadow lover, anyone looking for a new eyeshadow palette or anyone that loves matte eyeshadows! At $53 (CDN), you will not be disappointed! This is worth every little bit of your money and think of it as a long-term investment. I absolutely love this palette and have been using this obsessively the past few weeks! Tarte has hit the mark with this impressive product! You can purchase this at any Tarte retailer (I got mine at Sephora)!

The colours

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  1. Free Spirit: A light yellow cream
  2. Force of Nature: A very pretty blush-nude
  3. Dreamer: A milk-chocolate brown
  4. Multi-tasker: Chocolate brown
  5. Caregiver: A pale baby pink
  6. Natural Beauty: A very pretty mauve
  7. Best Friend: Mulberry
  8. Bombshell: Dark grape purple
  9. Super mom: An ivory cream
  10. Wanderer: Light pale brown
  11. Power Player: A greyish brownish Taupe
  12. Fashionista: Black

Honestly, I love all the shades equally and can’t chose one!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Amazing quality of the eyeshadows
  • Incredible formula, buttery smooth, glides on
  • Intense colour pigments, you get enough colour with one swipe
  • Cute casing
  • Versatile colours that work great together or individually
  • All Matte eyeshadow palette

Cons:

  • Absolutely nothing

Rating: 10/10 (If I could rate it higher I would, this is a must have for any makeup lover or anyone looking for an eyeshadow palette!)

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Review: Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

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Everyone that’s a makeup addict already knows about the infamous “Naked” line of products from Urban Decay. After becoming a cult hit, Urban Decay decided to put out a second edition of the Naked palette, calling it the Naked 2 Palette. The first edition of the naked palette had 12 eye shadows that were bronze based and warmer in tone. The Naked 2 palette also offers 12 eye shadows that are taupe and grey-beige based neutrals and are a bit cooler in tone. This palette comes with a double ended “Good Karma” shadow and crease brush as well as sample packets of Eye Shadow Primer Potions. All of the colours in this palette can be used either for a day time look or a night time look, the possibilities are endless. These shadows range from matte, satin to shimmery. After swatching the palette at Sephora, I was so impressed that I had to give it a whirl!

My Verdict?

I am a die-hard Naked Palette user, so this particular palette for me came with high expectations. Urban Decay did not disappoint me at all. Although, initially I was unsure if I would love this palette as much as the original Naked palette but I have fallen in love with this palette as well. In fact, I sometimes have a hard time deciding which palette to use because I love them both equally and there have been times when both the original Naked palette and the Naked 2 palette have travelled with me wherever I went. Everything about the Naked 2 palette is great. Firstly, the pigmentation and opacity of the shadows are incredible. With one swipe, you get a lot of colour. They’re buttery, soft and smooth. They glide on your eyelids. Secondly, the formula of the shadows is amazing! There’s absolutely no fall-out from any of the shadows (including the shimmery ones). There’s no creasing either. Thirdly, the longevity of this product on your lids is incredibly awesome! Nothing moved or smudged throughout the duration of the product on my lids. In fact, I had to use makeup remover to remove it. Another thing I love about this product is the versatility of the eye shadows. It’s perfect to wear during the day or night and all the shadows can work harmoniously together with one another or they can be used alone. Lastly, the packaging of this product is better than the original Naked Palette’s casing. It’s a metal shut case, which is perfect for when you are travelling. Also, the brush is fantastic. I use the dual ended brush not only with this palette but also with all my other eye shadows. All in all, this is one phenomenal eye shadow palette. It really is different from the original Naked palette. This is perfect for anyone who wants to own both palettes. At $64(CDN), this is worth every little bit of your money. Also, the price is exactly the same as the original Naked Palette. So if you are going to invest in any taupey/beige based neutral palette, then this has to be it! You can purchase this at Sephora (that’s where I got mine) or any other Urban Decay retailers. I highly recommend this products to anyone who is in the market for a great neutral palette!

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The Colours

  1. Foxy: This matte cream colour is perfect as a highlight colour.
  2. Half Baked: This colour is also featured in the Naked Palette and is a shimmery golden-bronze colour, perfect as a base for a smoky eye.
  3. Booty Call: This shimmery pale pink colour is perfect as a highlight as well.
  4. Chopper: This shimmery shadow with silver microglitter is a beautiful shadow!
  5. Tease: A matte pale brown, which I use mainly to define my crease.
  6. Snakebite: This dark shimmery metallic bronze is a gorgeous colour!
  7. Suspect: This is a pale golden shimmery beige colour, perfect for a base shadow colour!
  8. Pistol: This shimmery light gray/brown shadow is perfect for a smoldering eye look.
  9. Verve: This is a shimmery white shadow perfect on its own or in the inner corners of your eyes.
  10. YDK: This shimmery/metallic bronze colour is beautiful on its own.
  11. Busted: A shimmery deep brown, perfect for your outer corner!
  12. Blackout: This has to be one of the blackest matte shadows I have seen in a palette!

My favourite shades are YDK, Foxy, Chopper, Tease and Snakebite

Rating: 10/10 (This is an amazing sequel to a great original. If you love Urban Decay’s shadows, then this palette is a must have!)

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