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  • Beauty Guru: History and Trends of Nail Art
    Beautiful nails can do so much to enhance the appearance of your hands. Whether you are a nail design artist and flaunt fabulous designs or prefer a simple French manicure, well-manicured fingernails add so much to you overall look.
  • Beauty Guru: Skin Care Routine Resolution
    Have you made your New Year's resolutions? Resolutions can be as simple as taking better care of your skin or very difficult such as dieting or quitting smoking, either way be realistic so that you can succeed.
  • Beauty Guru: My Winter Moisturizing Skin Care Routine
    The cold months of a northern winter can be harsh on the skin causing dry itchy skin patches. However with a few simple steps you can keep your skin soft and hydrated all winter long.
  • Beauty Guru: Guide to Selecting the Perfect Blush
    Choosing the right blush that compliments your complexion can be challenging. However, there are tips that can help you in finding the perfect blush.
  • Beauty Guru: My Favorite Skin Care Recipe
    DIY skin care, fun, easy, eco-friendly and so beneficial to the skin.
  • Beauty Guru: Caring for the Combination Skin Type
    A combination skin type is a condition whereas part of the face is overly dry and other areas are oily. The oily condition usually occurs in the T zone, which encompasses the forehead, the nose
  • Beauty Guru: Resolution to Take Better Care of My Skin
    I do not know why resolutions are so hard to keep. Maybe it is because mine are usually unreasonable. This is year is different, I have made these resolutions that are actually doable.
  • Beauty Guru: My beauty holiday wish list
    I love getting bath, beauty and skin care products. My holiday wish list are things I wouldnt normally buy myself but would love to have. What is on your beauty holiday wish list?
  • Beauty Guru: DIY French manicure
    Fabulous fingernail designs aka nail art has exploded. The colors and designs can be as simple as a single stripe to intricate and elaborate.
  • How to Do an at Home Chemical Peel
    Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is the most beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA). A glycolic acid peel will even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and promote a brighter complexion.
  • Beauty Guru: Fall makeup and fashion trends
    2012 fall fashion and beauty trends brings us a wide variety of colors, such as leather in maroons and reds, mulberry lipstick and the eye shadow colors in peacock hues.
  • Beauty Guru: My summer beauty tips
    Summer is the time of year to adjust your makeup to a more natural and sun kissed complexion. Here are my summer beauty tips that work for me.
  • Requirements for a Beautiful Complexion
    The key to a beautiful complexion is a good skin care routine. It does not have to be complex or expensive. Start with these basic requirements to get a glowing complexion.
  • Beauty Guru: Summer beauty mistakes and mishaps
    Summer beauty mistakes and mishaps; it happens to the best of us. No matter how well you start the day perfectly manicured and looking your best the events and environment can take that flawless finish you left the house with and send it into disarray.
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  • Beauty Guru: My must-have beauty products
    Do you have a favorite beauty product, one you just could not live without? I would guess we all have one, whether it is body butter with your favorite scent or the perfect eye shadow color.
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  • LUBRIDERM Daily Moisture Shea with Calming Lavender Jasmine Lotion Review
    My first impression when I applied the Lubriderm Daily Moisture lotion was the scent.  The scent was quite strong upon application but it wasn’t bothersome as I really like the smell of lavender and jasmine. I was impressed by how long the scent lingered
  • Guidelines for Selecting the Right Moisturizer
    Moisturizing is the key to soft supple skin and using the right products for your skin type is essential. Too often skin care products are purchased based on hype without the consumer taking into account their skin type.
  • The Overlooked Mineral We All Need
    We often hear about the importance of vitamins such as Vitamin D, A, and B complexes' in our diet and the importance of minerals such as iron and calcium. However, there is one mineral that is often overlooked that is essential to good health.
  • The Perfect No Fail Pie Crust
    This recipe is guaranteed to give you the perfect pie crust! It is absolutely no fail and produces a nice flaky crust.
  • How to Hydrate Dry Brittle Hair Naturally
    You can combat dry brittle hair with simple and natural remedies.
  • Not Just a Brush – A Wondrous Hair Tool!
    The Braun Satin Hair brush with ion technology is wonderful! The brush does not pull at my hair like my inexpensive brushes do and the ion technology leaves my hair smooth.
  • User post: The Best of the Best Beauty Products
    On the September 21st Today Show, Ms. Linda Wells, editor and chief of Allure magazine revealed the best of the best beauty products for 2011. Below are the products they featured on the Today show. So what do you think of these products? Have you tried any of them and if so do you think they are th
  • Easy DIY Bath Bombs
    Bath bombs also known as bath fizzies are fun and inexpensive to make. They can be customized to your favorite fragrance and customized for your skin type. Bath bombs also make a great gift for any occasion. Get the recipe and watch the video!
  • How to Say Goodbye to Split Ends
    Is your hair troubled with split ends even after you get regular trims? There are remedies and preventive measures to eliminate split ends once and for all. Try a few homemade hair masks to nourish the hair.
  • Test Your Skin Care Knowledge - Interactive Puzzle
    Test your skin care knowledge! You can print this out or go to Complete Skin Care Therapy and do the crossword puzzle online!
  • Skin Care for the Combination Skin Type
    Combination skin can be frustrating. The dry areas need moisture and the oily areas need blotting. Taking care of this type of skin type can be challenging as you are literally dealing with two different skin types.
  • Hair Care Tips for All Hair Types
    Achieving beautiful hair can be easy with these simple and effective tips.
  • Do You Use Hair Serums? An easy fix for dry, frizzy hair
    Hair serums are a styling aid that treats frizz, manages curl and adds shine. The main causes of frizz are due to rough and open cuticles of the hair shaft. The open, rough cuticles of the hair lets moisture into the hair shaft causing it to swell and create frizz. When a hair serum is applied, it c
  • Beauty Guru Post: 11 Hair Care Tips
    Dry hair - avoid over washing your hair and consider a shampoo containing humectants or that offer a low ph balance. Shampoos that have a high ph or ph balancing shampoos often lift the cuticle of the hair thus allowing moisture to evaporate from the hair.
  • Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor Review
    Our Shine beauty guru project for June was to try out the new Venue ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor. This razor has moisture bars located on the top and bottom of the razor thus a shaving cream is not necessary. These moisture bars contain a blend of body butters and is dermatologist tested so even the
  • Sunscreens – the confusion continues
    Sunscreens have been in existence for quite a long time and unfortunately we still do not know the effectiveness of these ubiquitous creams and sprays. For instance there is no consensus on whether or not sunscreens actually prevent skin cancer. The Food and Drug Administration's 2007 draft on sunsc
  • Beauty Guru Post: Should I Cut My Hair First or Dye it First?
    Well I am overdue for a haircut/trim and a hair dye. This led me to the question should I dye my hair first and then a hair cut or vice a versa?
  • Beauty Guru Post: Healthy You Means Healthy Hair
    Did you know there is a direct correlation between healthy hair and your health? Hair problems such as dry brittle hair, hair thinning, hair loss and flaky scalp can be an indicator of a health condition or lack of nutrients in the body
  • Beauty Guru Post: How To Eliminate Split Ends
    Split ends of the hair shaft are a result of damage to the cuticle layer. The cuticle layer is the protective layer of the hair. It consists of overlapping cells much like shingles on a house and protects the cortex (the second layer of the hair) and the medulla (the marrow of the hair). Depending o
  • What is Your Hair Porosity?
    Porosity is a term used in hair care to describe the hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. A good analogy would be to consider your hair like a sponge. When the sponge is new it is very porous and absorbs water thus it has good porosity. On the other hand an old sponge where the tiny holes h
  • Effective Immediately – Recall on P&G Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color
    Just released on April 11, 2011 and April 18, 2011, Proctor and Gamble have recalled its Clairol Natural Instincts products. This was a voluntary recall by Proctor and Gamble stating that the products may produce an unwanted color effect. This recall covers the United States , Canada and Puerto Rico
  • Beauty Guru Post: How to Add Volume and Bounce to Fine, Limp Hair
    Hair texture can be categorized into these general types: fine and thin, dry, coarse and wiry, greasy or frizzy. Due to the fact that there are different types of hair texture it is important to maintain your hair with the products specially made for the texture of your hair. For instance, for fine
  • Beauty Guru Post: How to Select the Right Hair Brush for Best Results
    Are you using the right hair brush for your hair care and styling needs? I would guess that the majority of us just grab a brush, run it though our hair and don't give it a second thought. However, the proper hair brush can make a big difference in our ability to style our hair, prevent unnecessary
  • Review - Body Butter Strawberry Smoother by Softsoap
    The Body Butter Strawberry Smoother by Softsoap sounded luxurious and luscious and I couldn't wait to try it. After a long winter here in the north woods, my dry skin really needed something new and exciting and a product that would gently exfoliate to bring a new glow to my skin.The first thing I n
  • Beauty Guru: The Link between Hydration and Beautiful Skin
    Most people fail to realize just how important hydration is in maintaining a healthy body and beautiful skin. Maintaining the proper amount of fluid in the body at both the extra-cellular (outside a cell) and intra-cellular (inside a cell) is essential for cell health.
  • Exquisite and Lengthy Lashes is Just a Stroke Away
    I just loved the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara! The color I received was extreme black, and it was true to its color. Furthermore, I must say the application was flawless and in just a couple of coats it really brought out volume and length to my eyelashes.
  • Beauty guru: 5 Common Mistakes When Selecting Skin Care Products
    Is your dresser filled with a menagerie of skin care products that you do not like or they just didn't do as the product claimed. Finding the right products for a good skin care regimen can be quite overwhelming given the enormous selection available. Well you are not alone as many people face this
  • Beauty Guru: How to Keep a Simple and Effective Skin Care Routine
    Good skin is more than just an application upon application of skin care products. Overuse of and a menagerie of skin care products can actually be detrimental to your skin and to your health especially when they are loaded with harmful or otherwise questionable ingredients.
  • User post: Oh no! I ruined my skin!
    Have your ever heard of Toasted Skin Syndrome? It is a skin condition called Erythema ab igne. The term comes from the Latin meaning "redness from fire". It is also known as "chronic heat dermatitis" and laptop induced dermatitis. This condition is brought about from exposure to heat. This syndrome
  • User post: Shielding Lotions – for real or just another skin care product?
    In the last few years a new skin care product called shielding lotions has emerged. This new type of product is a lotion specially formulated to protect the skin's outer layers from irritants, whether it is in skin care products or environmental factors. They are also formulated to restore moisture
  • User post: Chronological Aging or Accelerated Aging
    Our skin ages in two ways: the accumulated physical changes normally associated with the passage of time (chronological aging) and through the accumulated damage cause by exposure to environmental pollutants and UV radiation (accelerated aging).
  • Colgate 360 SonicPower Powered Toothbrush Review
    I just loved this toothbrush!! I feel like my teeth have never felt or looked so clean in between dental visits! I found it easy to hold and it easily reaches the back molars and sides.
  • User post: Let's Talk About Makeup Brushes - types and uses
    Makeup brushes come in a range of sizes, fullness, and brush angles. Additionally each makeup brush has a specific purpose. Just like an artist or carpenter, having the right tools is essential to correctly achieve the effect you want. Are you using the right brush for your makeup application? Do yo
  • User post: 10 Beauty Tips Everyone Can Use
    There are numerous beauty tips shared among the Shine community and I really enjoy the posts and the writer sharing what works for them and what doesn't. The beauty tips range from using common ingredients in the home such as baking soda, olive oil, etc., to beauty tips on the right application of m
  • User post: Properties of Essential Oils in Skin Care Products
    Many skin care products use essential oils in their ingredients. For instance I saw a Paul Mitchell Tea Tree line of shampoo and conditioner recently advertised on Shine. It made me wonder if people really knew the significance of what tea tree oil has to offer and other essential oils in skin care
  • User post: I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas - eco-friendly gift ideas!
    With Christmas just around the corner, I am sure you have starting considering gift ideas. However, have you thought about eco-friendly gifts? Giving the gift of "green" sends the message that you are an environmentally aware consumer and that you care about our planet. While there are probably many
  • User post: Easy Steps to Brighten a Dull Complexion
    Did you ever notice that some people just have a glowing complexion? It is not their makeup that gives them that glow it is the canvas on which they started. A great complexion that has a natural glow starts with proper skin care and a healthy diet.
  • User post: Simple Remedies to Eliminate Dry Skin Patches
    Patches of dry, flaky and itchy skin are common during the fall and winter months. While they can appear on almost any part of the body there are typically common on the legs, face, and hands. While there are many skin conditions that cause dry patches such as eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infection
  • Causes and Treatment of Acne
    Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. It affects those in there teenage years to early 20's. Acne usually affects teenage girls on their face, while boys are usually infected on their backs. While there is no cure for acne, there are numerous skin care products and gentle herba
  • Caring for Combination Skin
    A combination skin type is a condition whereas part of the face is overly dry and other areas are oily. The oily condition usually occurs in the T zone, which encompasses the forehead, the nose and chin areas. These areas are prone to breakouts (blackhead, whiteheads, pimples) more often because of
  • Fall 2010 Fashion Trends in Leg Wear
    Tights, hose, over the knee socks or scruched up socks can really spruce up the outfit. There is such an array of colors, and styles.
  • User post: Makeup 101
    Makeup has so much to offer; it can cover imperfections, elongate the face, and enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. For those that wear makeup already and need a refresher course or for those that are just beginning to wear makeup, proper application is essential to fully utilize what it has to
  • Countdown to Halloween – Time to Get Your Costume
    Halloween is enjoyed by young and old across the country. I have heard it said that Halloween is the most celebrated event enjoyed by adults. The houses are decorated with skeletons, ghouls and pumpkins, and in my hometown there are numerous costume parties and costume competitions.
  • User post: Must Have Skin Care Tools
    In order to attain soft supple skin, and a beautiful complexion constant care and attention is required no matter what your age or skin type. However, when shopping for basic skin care products it can get quite overwhelming with the plethora of skin care products on the market. Below is what I consi
  • Herbal Facial - for a gorgeous complexion
    The skin produces natural oil which hydrates and protects the skin; unfortunately this oil attracts environmental pollutants, dirt, dead skin etc. Facial steam cleansers will clean and nourish the skin. So why not pamper yourself with a complete facial rejuvenation treatment! A lavish way to treat y
  • How to Minimize Pores
    Large pores are usually associated with an oily or combination skin type. Additionally as we age facial pores become larger because the skin loses elasticity and collagen thus causing the pores to stretch. Furthermore, did you know that large pores, believe it or not, can also be genetic? For the mo
  • User post: My Take on the Fall 2010 Makeup Trends
    The fall 2010 makeup trends are so diverse that there is a style that can suit everyone's taste. The bold colors of crimson red lipstick on full lips, strong eyebrows, eye shadows in plums, forest green, grays with a hint of shimmer, and the always fashionable smoky eyes was seen on the runway this
  • The Right Mineral Makeup for Your Skin Type
    The advantages of mineral makeup are its anti-inflammatory properties, which is useful for those suffering with problem skin such as acne or rosacea. Additionally, mineral makeup will not clog pores as it is non-comedongenic, and is also great for those that suffer from skin sensitivity. True minera
  • Super-Moisturize Your Hair This Fall
    Emu Shampoo & Conditioner - Super-moisturize dry, fly-away hair while adding volume, bounce and manageability!Best shampoo and conditioner for dry, brittle hair. Helps slow thinning and hair loss and promotes faster growing hair! Save with this top-selling Emu Shampoo & Conditioner Combo!Currently o
  • Wrap Your Body Thin!
    If you never had a body wrap you don't know what you are missing. They provide relaxation, rejuvenation and skin conditioning. There are wraps for moisturizing the skin, detox wraps and cellulite removal wraps. Body wraps are also known to take off inches, tone and tighten the skin.
  • Tips and Techniques to get the Perfect Manicure
    We have seen several posts recently abut the fall 2010 nail polish color trends. However, we have not seen how to properly color your nails to get that professional, just walked out of the spa, look.
  • User post: Beautiful Legs - treatment and prevention of spider veins
    Many women are bothered with telangiectasia. You know those small clusters of veins showing through the skin, commonly known as spider veins. They are dilated and broken capillaries that lie just beneath skin, and usually appear on the backs of knees, cheeks, nose, thighs, calves and ankles. While t
  • User post: Perfect eyebrows
    In an earlier post here on Shine, I talked about eye shadow techniques for different eye shapes, i.e. close-set eyes, wide-set eyes, hooded eyes, etc. Another very important factor to enhance your overall look is properly shaping your eyebrows. I am sure you have all seen women with unnatural lookin
  • User post: Eye Shadow Techniques for all Eye Shapes
    Identifying the shape of your eyes will allow you to apply specific makeup techniques to bring out their full beauty. There are several shapes of eyes and below I have outlined a few common shapes and the makeup applications to enhance their natural beauty.
  • They're here - Fall 2010 Eye shadow Palettes
    The weather has cooled down here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and that started me thinking about what the fall color trend would be. So I set out on my search engines and low and behold it is one of my favorite colors. From what I gathered, it is purple and all of its spectrums along with smo
  • Please Support The Safe Cosmetics Act
    On July 21, 2010, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.
  • Philosophy - $300 Beauty Product Sweepstakes
    Hi. For those of you that love skin care and bath and body products, Philosophy has a sweepstakes going until 7/31/10 to win $300 worth of spa products. Visit Philosopy to enter your chance to win!
  • Shine Beauty Guru: Can't Live Without Summer Product
    As a woman with dry, thick, coarse and wavy hair, the summer heat and humidity can play havoc on it. Furthermore, styling my hair is a challenge, it likes to argue with me most the time and wave where it wants to wave. Therefore I use a variety of products to combat frizz and to aid in the styling p
  • Give the Gift of Clean and Green with Exquisite Homemade Soap
    Years ago many people made their own soap to save money, thus it was made using lard (usually not recommended for soap making) and uncertain strengths of lye. Homemade soap from years past often resulted in a harsh, smelly soap and more often than not irritated the skin. Compared to soaps of yestery
  • The Coffee Cure for Cellulite
    Cellulite is a condition whereas the skin dimples leaving an orange peel appearance of the skin. It is commonly found on the thigh, belly and buttocks and is visibly more common in women than men because of the way women store fat. Furthermore, while weight may play a factor it is not always the cas
  • User post: When are you too old for stilettos? or too young for that matter?
    I just read the post about the health effects of high heels. From what I can tell from the comments we are not ready to give up our high heels. The post and especially the picture of the cute stilettos prompted me to ask the question "at what age are stilettos inappropriate". I love the shoes that w
  • User post: Get Fuller, Sensual Lips with a DIY Lip Plumper
    Just like the skin on our face, believe it or not our lips age too. They lose collagen and the subcutaneous fat within the lips. Lips are also prone to damage from free radicals. The lips begin to thin and the Cupid's bow (the v-shape on the top lip) begins to flatten out. To prevent and/or reduce a
  • Antioxidants - Nature's Gift!
    We hear about antioxidants everyday and the benefits they provide to your overall health. Additionally, antioxidants get quite a bit of exposure in skin care products. So what are antioxidants and what exactly do they do?
  • User post: Nylons – to wear or not to wear to a job interview?
    Well the summer heat is on, and we all know how hot nylons can be. So the question is - if you are wearing a dress or dress suit to an interview should you wear nylons?
  • The Secret is Out – clinical strength and waterproof deodorant!
    I have always used Secret deodorants and have always been pleased with the level of protection they provide. Secret's newest product Clinical Strength claims to be waterproof and will provide protection against wetness and odor all day. The instructions for application are to apply at night and in t
  • User post: Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick
    Did you know lipsticks and most other makeup for that matter are categorized into warm, cool or neutral colors? Additionally, your skin tone can be categorized into these three basic tones. Therefore, those people with a warm skin tone generally look best in reds that have a yellow undertone, and th
  • User post: Safe, Natural, DIY Sunscreen Recipes
    Summer is here and so is the need for sunscreen. Unfortunately with all the negative information about the dangerous chemicals in sunscreens and their impact on your health and the environment it makes you wonder if sunscreen is doing more harm and than good.After visiting the Environmental Working
  • A Beautiful Complexion Starts with a Facial
    A facial is a cosmetic treatment of the face, which involves a variety of skin care treatments. They are:
  • Covergirl’s Smoky ShadowBlast – A Pleasant Understated Effect for Smoky Eyes
    I loved the idea of achieving classic smoky eyes in just two simple steps and all packaged in one convenient product. Covergirl's shadowblast did just that except in a more understated way than I expected! It is a duo cream product that comes in a tube. One color of the tube is the highlight color a
  • Does Your Make-Up Cause Cancer - Myth or Fact?
    Nowadays in some form or fashion there is always an article or news release about another product causing cancer or linked to some harmful health issue. While I am not the type of person to take everything I read as gospel, I do consider the source and do my own research on the product at hand.
  • Home Recipe to Fight off Mosquitoes - easy, natural and eco-friendly!
    Summer is here and along with summer comes those pesky, irritating, mosquitoes. While there are many effective insect repellents on the market, there are also home remedies that are just as effective and eco-friendly. Furthermore, home remedies made with essential oils have by far a more pleasant sc
  • History of Earth Day - Celebrate Earth Day April 22
    In the late 1960's air pollution clouded our cities with toxic fumes spewed out by cars and factories. Air pollution in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities were linked to disease and death, thus leaving city life barely breathable. Another concern was the large-scale use of pesticides, whic
  • Eliminating Under-eye Circles - How to Select the Right Concealer
    At some time in a woman's life we are plagued with dark under eye circles. The root cause of these circles can be attributed to a variety of reasons such as stress, lack of sleep, allergies, genetics, medications or thinning skin under the eye to name a few. However, whatever the reason, they are un
  • User post: Longer, Fuller Eyelashes Naturally
    Just like our skin, eyelashes need attention too. We wash and protect our skin with various skin care products and take the time to pamper our skin with a nightly skin care routine, however, have you ever thought about how much attention you give your eyelashes? Eyelashes are all too often neglected
  • Younger Looking Hands!
    How old are your hands? Age spots, wrinkles,and rough skin are sure signs your hands could use a little tender loving care.
  • Pretty Toenails for Pretty Sandals - Remedy to Combat Yellowing Toenails
    With summer fast approaching, hopefully, it is time to get out the pretty sandals and show off well manicured toes. Unfortunately there are those that suffer from a disease called Onychomycosis. This disease is commonly known as toenail fungus, and it causes nail discoloration, yellowing, lack of ri
  • Really Cool - Colour and Effects Nail Polish from CND
    When people think of fashion they usually think of clothing. However fashion is more than the clothes you wear, it includes the color of your eye shadow right down to the color of your fingernails. Pretty, well manicured, and freshly painted nails can add so much to your overall look.As a Shine beau
  • User post: 9 Habits of highly effective skin care and 3 habits to break!
    Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is a complex, highly dynamic system that plays a very crucial role to our general well-being. Addtionally, our skin is also a reflection of our overall health. Skin is our body's protective layer and it needs care and attention.
  • Brown spots, age spots, no matter what you call them - are they normal?
    Age spots, liver spots, sun spots; no matter what you call them they can be unsightly and bothersome. Listed below are the most common types of skin spots along with possible treatments to remove or diminish their appearance.
  • Are people rude when commenting on Shine posts? What do you think?
    I thoroughly enjoy reading all the articles on Shine. The posts have so much to offer and give real insights into skin care, beauty tips, etc. I also enjoy reading all the comments that people offer.
  • Troubled with these common skin problems
    Fine Lines and Wrinkles The major factors responsible for lines and wrinkles from aging are loss of collagen, elasticity and the fat within the deep layers of the skin decreases. Pre-mature aging can be attributed to over exposure to the sun. UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue, i.e
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