HANA Organic Skincare Review

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This Eco Lux pure skincare line was created on beautiful Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington State. I’m really loving this entire line, which I would describe as being incredibly delicate, gentle and really effective. My skin has been drinking these beautiful ingredients right up! The line is not only gluten free (I’m gluten-sensitive) but uses certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic ingredients! There will be a discount code at the end of this review! [Read more...]

Rose Love

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I don’t know what it is but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of Rose. Rose tea, Rose water, Rose oil, Rose-scented anything (as long as it’s not that artificial smelling rose – eek). I actually dedicated an entire post to my love for roses called “Beauty and health benefits of roses”.  I shared the benefits of this beautiful flower but wanted to reiterate some of the many amazing benefits of smelling, drinking, bathing and moisturizing in this flower…

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Beauty Buzz | Blue Orchid Botanicals – Wildflower Grains & Citrus Body Scrub

Blue Orchid Botanicals – Mind.Body.Soul Vegan Skin Therapy

The lovely Falon Thomas created this holistic skincare line after the birth of her second daughter who had atopic dermatitis. She was fully inspired to  use her accumulated knowledge and benefits of living a naturally centered and plant based lifestyle for herself and her family. She transitioned into a wellness warrior!

Falon extensively researched herbalism, extracts, and natural ingredients, and then began experimenting with the recipes that would become her product line at Blue Orchid Botanicals. I love her commitment and passion!

I have always believed that whole, natural wellness starts within. My motto is mind,body,soul skin therapy because our state of mind is the source of positive patterns. Beauty is brilliant because it’s state relies on the individual.

When Falon asked me to try two of her products, I was very excited! And here is what I received…

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Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil

Let me start out by saying, I love, love, LOVE Pelle Beauty’s newest addition to her performance based skincare line, LUXE Beauty Oil! I reviewed the Pelle Beauty Stellar Oil last year and although I love and recommend that oil, I have to say that the Luxe oil has completely stolen my heart.

One of my favorite flowers in the world is Jasmine. The scent is so unique and some of the flower’s power comes in its ability to deeply relax as well as lift depression. Just as significant is that the essential jasmine oil can boost confidence AND improve skin elasticity. Wow, that’s pretty impressive!

Take a look at some of the other powerhouse ingredients:

Cucumis Sativus Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride,  Oribignya (Babassu) Oleifera oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) flower oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil.

Benefits of this beauty oil:

  • Luxe Beauty Oil is an exceptional deep penetrating & healthful way to revive your skin. A natural anti-aging beauty oil containing 10 plant-based floral extracts & botanicals to refine, restore & revitalize lackluster complexions. Stunning results for all skin types.
  • Luxe contains high doses of Omega 3′s, essential fatty acids & Vitamin E to naturally preserve elasticity & improve your skins appearance. Your complexion is protected, nourished & happy. Luxe intensely moisturizes yet is lightweight for all skin-types. Our potent essential oil blend works double duty to provide both an indulgent aromatherapy experience and radiant complexion.

Created by the beautiful Marnie Cipriani, this Vegan friendly line delivers what it promises. Marnie said it perfectly,

“We create skincare that is simple, straightforward and easy to use. We believe in making the most natural products we can while ensuring that they’re luxurious, safe and effective. We use the finest plant based ingredients and essential oils available to keep you gorgeous!”

I’ve been using Luxe for three months now and I have to say this is an exceptional aromatic jewel of a product. When I opened the bottle (I know this seems overly dramatic…but you have to take my word for it until you experience it for yourself) I felt like I was immediately transported to a field of pure white jasmine buds! There is real magic in the synergy of pure Jasmine and Neroli.

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Now on to the performance. “Renew, restore, revitalize“, yes it definitely does! I use Luxe at night after my routine of cleansing and toning, I add two to three drops of this nectar on my hands to warm it up. I then use upward circular light strokes until my face, neck and décolleté have absorbed all the loveliness in.  My winter dry, overly reactive skin drinks this right up. Remember that a little goes a very long way!

Another two favorite ways that I enjoy this Queen of the Pelle Beauty line is to use it as a perfume. Put a few drops behind your ears and on your wrists. And/ or after shampooing your locks, when hair is still damp, rub a few drops on the ends of your hair and let air dry. This oil makes your hair shine and I probably don’t have to mention that when you walk by your significant other or anybody thats in your close proximity, a compliment is probably going to follow.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time for a personal splurge. Marnie has offered a discount code to my readers. Just use the code “BBB15″ for 15% off of your purchase (can be applied to any Pelle Beauty purchase.)

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Have you ever tried the Luxe Beauty Oil or any other product from Pelle Beauty? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Brand Focus: Pollen & Wax

I was introduced to the brand, Pollen & Wax, “for the organic being”, from the lovely Megan from Seed to Serum. If you read her article you can feel her enthusiasm jump off the page for this relatively new line! That kind of love for a product always makes me really curious to see if I feel the same after I personally experience it for myself. I always have to give new products some  time to acclimate to my skin, because I have a very sensitive and reactive complexion. Well, I’m happy to report that Pollen & Wax is a brand that I will use and continue to recommend. What began as an Etsy shop in May of 2013 (which they still have) has grown to have their very own domain.  Take a look over at: POLLENandWAX.com 

Bee, the owner and creator who hails from Seattle Washington has this to say:

“This company grew out of a dream to create holistic and  luxurious items that will love you back and protect your health (and the earth!). It is so inspiring to be a part of a community of mindfulness and conscientious action, and uplifting to realize that we can make a small difference in every corner of our lives. It is my wish that P&W products help you indulge in self-love and healing while supporting our fragile ecosystems and honoring our own bodies. In love and health” Bee

This line of organic beauty and wellness care is hand-crafted in small artisanal batches. The names of her products are so eclectic, you will have so much fun discovering what’s in each one.

I especially love the process that Bee has invented called, Typology. This will help you narrow down and craft a skincare routine for your individual needs. She based it on the energetics of the four seasons.

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Beauty Buzz | Gressa Skin

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Gressa Skin  was created and formulated by the beautiful Svetlana Sanchez who says this about her philosophy:  “I believe health comes from the organic whole foods that we eat. I feel the same about our skin. Our chic eco-skincare does just that, provides nutritious and luxurious skinfood. I invite you to turn the simplest, most essential daily need of skincare into a ritual. Feel good about what goes in your skin.”

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Svetlana Sanchez, Owner and Founder of Gressa Skin

Gressa believes that true beauty is an achievement of absolute balance. Balance of the soul. Balance of the mind. Balance of the body. Gressa came to life during a search for this very balance. Gressa is chic, eco-skincare that sets you on a journey to find balance within each bottle.

All of Gressa’s products are prepared and hand-poured in micro batches to ensure freshness and potency. Learn more about the Philosophy behind Gressa Skin and take a peek into The Gressa Ritual. You can also learn more about the ingredients used in Gressa Skin as well as the wonderful organizations that Gressa gives back to.

Now onto the products I tried out from the line…

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Lip Boost BARE – This 100% Vegan trademark formula spotlights Carnauba Wax, Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil and tops it off with Sea Buckthorn Oil and CoEnzyme Q10 for ultra boost to your delicate pout. This lip boost has quickly become one of my favorite go-to colors. It brightens up my lips with a beautiful sheer rosey-pink tint with slight shimmer. It’s incredibly moisturizing, feels like your wearing a very hydrating lip balm! The Lip Boosts are great on their own or worn underneath or overtop of other lip colors. I am eager to try the other two colors Lavish and Brilliant.

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Dirty Pretty Things – Regenerate, renew, re-mineralize and revitalize your skin with this blend of traditional herbs and spices loaded with antioxidants for your skin to eat up. When I was first sent these products from Gressa I wasn’t able to use the Dirty Pretty Things as I was in the middle of a horrible bout of dermatitis and Svetlana recommended that I wait until the dermatitis was more under control since the warming spices would be a bit too much for my skin. I had to look at this beautiful bottle and wait for my skin to heal so I could finally use it. That day finally came and it was worth the wait! This mask/cleanser in one smells like a cozy autumnal afternoon and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Another way to use this product is as a spot treatment on any blemishes. But now for my favorite way to use Dirty Pretty Things:  Draw a warm bath for yourself with Epsom salts, light a candle, and mix a little of this incredible alchemical mixture with honey and apply to your face. This product helps me enjoy winter just a little bit more! Happy spa-at-home moments.

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Rejuvenating Mist – Made with pure Neroli Oil this Rejuvenating Mist is a MUST in anyone’s beauty routine. I am a huge fan of Neroli – the benefits of it are endless. It’s known for it’s ability to combat anxiety and stress and tone and soothe the skin. I use this every day, all day. It’s also wonderful on damp hair! Gressa Skin also sells a Purifying Mist which is from pure rose petals which I have to try next.

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Have you tried anything from Gressa Skin? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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My Must-Have Affordable and Organic Beauty Oil

I am really thrilled to be reviewing the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil here on my blog. I actually purchased this on whim when I was at Whole Foods Market. The Acure Organics Argan Oil caught my eye and I decided to buy it. When I first used it, I applied it on my hands and within seconds the back of my hands looked smooth and any dryness I had before I applied it was all gone.

I was so impressed that I lathered it on my face and neck before bed and was amazed when I woke up the next day with the most supple, glowing looking skin. I have been using it day and night ever since purchasing it and am almost out of my bottle. I am picky when it comes to oils that I use on my face since I am incredibly sensitive and prone to eczema. I also break-out sometimes if I am not using the correct oil for my skin. This oil not only doesn’t break me out but it heals any post-breakout redness within days. I also love to use this as an under-eye serum. It sinks in quickly and leaves my entire eye area feeling soft and hydrated. It’s also a must-have for your hair! I use a few drops on damp hair every day.

This is an oil that everyone should have in their beauty cabinet. Why? Not only is it 100% organic, but it’s incredibly affordable and easily accessable and even more, it WORKS. It’s more effective than many oils I have tried that are double, even triple the price of this oil.

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can you tell how much I love this!?

Here is a little more about this “liquid gold”…

A true skin SUPER FOOD! Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” so get yourself some beauty bling!

Argan Oil is 5 products in 1. Use it as a:

  • repairing facial serum
  • body + decollete massage oil
  • hair serum
  • hand + cuticle repair
  • soothes dry elbows + heels

You can purchase this oil here for just $10.95! This is the best deal I have found for this oil.

I will be re-purchasing two more bottles of this right after I post this review. I will never be without this oil.

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Have any of you tried the Acure Organics 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil or any other products from Acure Organics? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Brand Focus: Farm To Girl

I’d like to introduce you to a new company that debuted last summer. I’m so happy to bring you this review. I recently discovered Farm to Girl by perusing on The Environmental Working Group (EWG) site. (Yes, I do that because I love finding companies that are inventing products with the cleanest standards!).

The Environmental Working Group rated Farm to Girl lotions, baby care and anti-aging face creams as #1 safest on the market! Their products received their coveted “Zero” ranking, which is the greenest, safest and cleanest product rating. These products are made up fresh per order and are very affordable. I’m pretty sure they will become staples in many women’s beauty regimens.

“What makes Farm to Girl different? Fresh, Fair, and Free” as Kim the owner likes to say! I could not have said it better~

          When I looked at the site, I was immediately impressed with the Farm to Girl story:

Like  a wildflower, Farm to Girl began with a particularly  stubborn seed—our founder Dr. Kim Warren-Rhodes—refusing to believe that natural beauty requires anything more  than a handful of pure, simple ingredients, a burst of sunshine, and a sprinkle of water and love. For many years, Kim was never worried  about what was in her beauty products or how they affected her health. It wasn’t until her Ph.D. studies at Stanford that she learned about the  pervasiveness of man-made chemicals in our food and body care, and their negative  impact on human health and the planet. She also learned that a simpler world of  sustainable choices  exists and that truly green companies can do both good business and do good.

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So needless to say, my interest was increasing by the moment. Then I read on to find that they give 20% of their profit to  women’s health and education! I love when I can help to support a company that so freely gives back to causes important to my own heart.

When I contacted Kim and told her I was so impressed with her zero rating with EWG that I  would love to try her products, she happily complied! I was curious if a zero rating lotion could really be “that good”. I’m happy to report it IS. I also explained to her about my extremely sensitive skin. She was so helpful in recommending the products below…

Organic Baby Bliss—Unscented

Made with Organic, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil Hand-pressed by Women Villagers in Solomon Island

Description: Throughout the world, mothers moisturize and protect their baby and children’s skin with natural plant oils and herbs. And we do, too. At Farm to Girl, we developed this unscented organic everyday baby and kid’s lotion, made with no petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or other synthetic chemicals, for one of our sister’s toddlers, and she’s used it ever since. With no added dyes, perfumes or fragrances, this creamy lotion has a natural hint of freshly-cracked Pacific Island coconut.

Ingredients: Filtered water, organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil and Randy Oliver’s California Happy Bee beeswax.

Price: $8.95

My Thoughts: This is not just for babies and kids! I have already used up my sample of this wonderful cream. It quickly became my favorite hand cream because it sinks in beautifully without leaving a greasy residue. It’s also wonderful for using on any dry patches.

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Manuka Honey Healing Lip Balm

Made with Organic, Pacific Coconut Oil  Hand-pressed by Women Villagers in Solomon Islands

Ingredients:  Organic virgin coconut oil, New Zealand Manuka honey, and Randy Oliver’s California Happy Bee beeswax.

Description:  Indigenous Maori tribes of New Zealand have long-valued the native Manuka bush for its honey and traditional medicine. We respect and use that knowledge to create an  ultra-healing lip balm from organic virgin coconut oil and active New Zealand Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey’s anti-bacterial  (UMF 5-15+) and anti-inflammatory properties heal naturally and powerfully, and we often apply this tasty and soothing treat as a remedy for cold sores and chapped or sun-burned lips.

Price: $6.95

My Thoughts: Oh this lip balm has stolen my heart! It has the most wonderful consistency of any lip balm I’ve tried. It’s like reaching into caramel without the stickiness. And the light honey scent is so appealing to me.

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In my opinion this is a  wonderful new brand you should try. It really is a  special company doing incredible things with the cleanest ingredients. I’m going to have to agree with Kim that, “Farm to Girl is officially the “Cleanest & Greenest Skin Care on the Planet!”

Kim has graciously offered a 10% off discount code as well as a free raw coconut lip balm with every purchase you make! Just mention beautybybritanie.com when you check out!

Don’t forget to let me know how you like the line after you’ve tried it!

xoxo,

Britanie

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5 Things I’m Loving…

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Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope you all had a happy and safe NYE and are enjoying the new year. I am here with my first post of 2014 and I am bringing you some of my current favorite products. Some I literally just started using a few days ago while others I have been using for the past month.

Kjaer Weis Foundation – I have been reaching for this foundation whenever I want a flawless finish. It’s absolutely beautiful. I am the color “Like Porcelain” and it’s literally the perfect match for my very fair skin. Spirit Demerson owner of one of my favorite online shopping destinations: Spirit Beauty Lounge put it perfectly when describing this new foundation when she said “it’s none of the shiny, heaviness of an oil-based foundation, but with all of the velvety coverage of one.  It applies like a thin veil yet still has significant coverage.  When I use it, I almost scratch my head like ‘how did that happen?” — exactly. Look out for a full review + swatches of this foundation coming very soon!

Mineral Fusion Concealer – I feel like when it comes to under eye concealers, I can never quite find “the one”. I have an especially hard time because I have severe dark circles and because my eye area is extra sensitive. Combine those things with the fact that I use only natural products and it makes it even harder to find a concealer that not only lasts but covers darkness well and doesn’t irritate my eyes. Enter my newest discovery and love: Mineral Fusion Duo Concealer. I found this at my local Whole Foods Market. I really love duo concealers. I love to mix the lighter peachy shade with the more pale pink shade to create the perfect coverage. I took a look at the ingredients and while it’s not as clean as I would ideally like (it contains Phenoxyethanol - ugh) it’s still clean enough for me. After ONE use of this concealer I was sold. hooked. in love. I can say (for now) that my search is over for the perfect under eye concealer. This baby is a keeper. I use the shade “Cool”

Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit – I really, really love this little brow kit. Not only does it come in the cutest packaging that’s super easy to travel with but it comes with a brow powder and wax. I actually recommended this product to May Lindstrom the other day when we were texting back and fourth about brow products and I told her that this is the one I use and recommend most. It shapes my eyebrows perfectly and does a great job of lasting all day. I use the color “Brunette”.

Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo – Okay so I literally just bought this shampoo yesterday. I know it seems crazy to mention a product after one use but honestly this stuff has made my hair look healthier in just ONE USE than it’s looked in a long time, not to mention how incredibly soft my hair is! I CAN’T STOP TOUCHING IT! I have been loyally using Rahua hair products and will continue to use them because they are truly the cleanest hair products I have found that really work amazingly well. The thing with Organix is that they are not as clean as I would like. They do contain “fragrance” which is not very comforting but they are free of a lot of nasties, including harsh sulfates. They are also extremely affordable and easy to find. It’s nice to have a shampoo that I know I can get at my local CVS. My best friend Nour actually recommended this product to me and after her description of it I literally went to the store that night and picked it up! This is definitely going to be my go-to affordable shampoo of choice. If you want instantly softer and shinier hair, GET THIS. It also smells like a tropical paradise in your bathroom after using this. Amazing.

Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner – I am trying to think of a way to describe my love for this toner without being too dramatic. I’m not sure I can do that. The first thing that comes to mind when I apply this serum every day is “how did I ever live without you?”  – seriously though, how? This cleared up a few breakouts I had within two days. It also is diminishing redness around my nose and keeping my skin super clear and glowing. Full review coming soon.

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Tell me what you are currently loving and if you have tried anything that I mentioned above, let me know your thoughts!

xoxo,

Britanie

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May Lindstrom Skin: The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Review + Giveaway!

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Most of you know by now how truly in love I am with not only this brand, but the woman who created it. If you are lucky enough to get to meet May and her most beautiful family, then you will understand how this luxurious skin care company is a natural offshoot of her being and her natural lifestyle. She grew May Lindstrom Skin with tender loving care and attention to the smallest detail as if it were her baby as well.

Not only is each and every one of May’s original formulations decadent in appearance, but the ingredients inside each, is as pure as it effective. She is truly a unique creator who has innovated a line different than any I’ve ever tried.

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The beautiful May Lindstrom. Would you just LOOK at her skin!?

May has graciously offered a full sized Blue Cocoon beauty balm concentrate for my readers! Just in time for the Holidays (although, trust me you won’t be giving this away!)

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May’s Blue Cocoon reminds me a bit of her. It’s exquisite and delicate. You need the tiniest amount of this miracle blend for it’s effectiveness. This product really helped me with my sensitive skin. It contains calming ingredients that help irritation and inflammation. Perfect for adding to your regimen especially with the harsh winter elements wrecking havoc on our delicate skin. I even gave in and let my Mom share some of this delicious treat and it not only helped her rosacea but cured some spots of eczema!

It’s packed full of powerful skin food ingredients like Blue Tansy Oil, Frankincense Oil, Virgin Marula Oil, Immortelle Oil, Schisandra Spenanthera CO2 Fruit Extract and many other Organic, Wild Harvested and Fair Traded ingredients.

Let the experience of Blue Cocoon wrap it’s arms around you and give you a hug. The aromatherapy experience of the Blue Tansy will encourage all of your anxiety to just melt away!

“May Lindstrom Skin inspires you to take your self-care routine to a new zenith of delight and indulgence. As a catalyst for decadent skin-care rituals, we invite you to create the time and space for the personal connection you deserve.”

Beauty Balm Concentrate

Tranquil. Intoxicating. Deep Calm.

Our balmy blue enchantress greets your skin with cool serenity, melting on touch to a fluid potion that tenderly envelopes you in the most decadent azule calm.

Mystical blue tansy eases feelings of emotional anxiety while releasing heat and providing nourishment and relief to delicate, inflamed and irritable skin conditions.

The Result: A complexion that is quiet, and a mind that is clear.

The Ritual: Massage a pea sized amount into damp skin following cleansing.

 

THE GIVEAWAY:

WHAT YOU WILL WIN:
A full size jar (1.69 oz / 50 ml) of The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm. (Valued at $160.00)
HOW TO WIN:
Please share your experiences with May’s products or what about this product entices you. I’d also love it if you could share your own skincare rituals. Is there anything you’d like to see May add to her line of products? I will pick the winner at random on 12/22/13 (just in time for the holiday’s!) and announce it back on this post!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! xoxo

 

Congrats to the winner of this giveaway: Jessica (comment #22)

I cannot begin to thank each and every one of you for your in-depth responses sharing your routines. I learned so much from so many of you. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing all of your experiences. I will be doing many more giveaways in the future and there will be more opportunities to win things! Thank you again so much. xoxo

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