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Firma Skin: Best Sellers of Firma Skin's Skincare Products [Sponsored Review]

I'm back with another Firma Skin review to end off my collaboration with them.
For this post, I'll be focusing on their skincare product range.


Firma Skin uses their own product range for their facial services too, and I have always been curious about them. It's been a pleasure collaborating with them, and as always, I will hold true to my experiences for my review. So without further ado, keep on reading for my verdict!

Brightening Enzyme Wash



Gentle enough for daily use, this wash contains Papaya Enzyme and Coenzyme Q10 to help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Alternate it with your regular cleanser for a softer, brighter and glowing complexion.


To Use:

Disperse a small amount onto wet hands. Lather and apply over dampened face and neck avoiding the eye area. Massage gently, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Texture: Powder that foams up once it comes into contact with water

Smell: Light floral scent, pleasant scent

Ingredients:
Papain, Ascorbic Acid, Betaine, Arbutin

Cost: $30

Product Rating: 6/10
As a cleanser, this does its job but I would not rave over it. I didn't notice much improvement in terms of unclogging my pores or removing dead skin cells. 

I use this as a general cleanser for night time as a double cleanse after removing my makeup. I like the scent of it and the fun I have each time I work the powder into a foam.

I find that it does leave my skin feeling slightly dry after use.



Vitamin B5 Serum

Enriched with Vitamin B5 known to help tissue repair, this fast absorbing, oil and dye free, non-fragranced serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and Snail Secretion Filtrate to moisturise and replenish nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger.

To Use:
Gently massage 2-3 pumps with circular motion onto the face, neck and chest in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

Texture: thick serum consistency

Smell: almost scent-free, because if I smell hard enough, it seems to have a faint floral scent

Ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Panthenol, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether

Cost: $ 60.00

Product Rating: 10/10
My favorite product out of the entire range, I like how it doesn't have any scent and how it doesn't seem to leave my skin feeling sticky or heavy after use. 

I like how it feels like it helps to rehydrate my skin and how fast my skin absorbs this serum after spreading it out.

Skin Energising Cream

Left: Serum, Right: Cream after spreading them out.
This cream rejuvenates and energises dull and tired skin. Enriched with Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10, these powerful antioxidants strengthen skin and help it regain its natural radiance and luminosity.

To Use:
Gently massage 1-2 pumps with circular motion onto face and neck avoiding the eye area in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

Texture: Cream consistency

Smell: Almost scent-free, it has that typical cream smell to it with a faint hint of sourness.

Ingredients:
Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Ubiquinone
Cost: $ 62.00

Product Rating: 7/10
I'm not a fan of how this cream feels like on my skin, I find that it leaves a sticky and slight heavy sensation on my skin. I concur that it might be too rich for my skin type for the day. I use it for night time now and noticed that I do have a few breakouts from time to time with the use of this cream.

However, I cannot deny that it does help to keep my skin moisturized and does seem to help repair my skin after my sunburn period.

Daily Sun Protection SPF100++ Broad Spectrum


More than sun protection, this ultra light, fast absorbing sunblock has added powerful antioxidants to help defend skin cells. Its breakthrough technology shields against UVA and UVB rays with SPF100++ broad spectrum and protects your skin even at the cellular level.

To Use:
Generously apply to the face and neck 30 minutes before exposure to the sun after cleansing and toning daily. For prolonged exposure, it is advisable to re-apply the product every 1 to 2 hours.

Texture: Cream consistency with a white hue

Smell: cream scent with a faint scent of what I assume to be, green tea

Ingredients:
Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Cost: $ 60.00

Product Rating: 8/10
I like the fact that this sunscreen is made with Titanium Dioxide, making it a physical/mineral sunscreen rather than a chemical based.

However, that means that this sunscreen will leave the skin looking oddly pale due to the whitish hue that physical sunscreen has. This is actually a "good" factor because it goes to show that the Titanium Dioxide used is in non-nano particle (Titanium Dioxide in nano-particle form can penetrate the skin, which is not something that you want). So in a way, that white film you see is what is coating your skin and reflecting the harmful rays of the sun. So big points are given for that fact alone.
As for the sensation of the product on the skin, that's where points are lost. I can't stand the heaviness/ sticky sensation this sunscreen leaves on my face. It makes it hard for makeup to stay on too because of its creamy texture. At the moment, I combat that by powdering my face with a light loose powder after. 

Ultimately, as a sunscreen, I believe this product does its job well in sun protection coverage which is why I am still using it. A note to users is to note that SPF 100 does not mean that re-application is not needed. Click here to read more about what to avoid in sunscreen products.

Where To Purchase?
All the products mentioned in this post can be found here!

What Happened: Find Your Eco-Style, Authentic Japanese Onsen Now In SG, My First Mermaid Performance & Mermaid-Approved Art Exhibit @ SAM

Bishan Swimming Complex
Wet & Wow time at Bishan East Thomson Family Day Pool Carnival



I had quite a splash at the Bishan East-Thomson Wet & Wow! Family Day Pool Carnival that happened on 28th May 8am to 1pm, at theBishan Sports Swimming Complex this year. Featuring over 20 novelty water, sports, arts activities and performances, it promised a fantabulous good time for all ages with exciting activities that includes Pool Games and Rides, Sports Games Stations, Nila and Team Singapore Meet & Greet, Swim with the Mermaids, Sports Mural Wall Painting, Humaniticity Arts Booth, Hourly Lucky Draws, Photo Contest and more!

It was the very first time that I got to perform as a mermaid in front of a live crowd with adults and children. Yes, that means no googles, swimming with my tail and lots of breath holding! The most enjoyable part of it was swimming with the children and witnessing how amused they are with swimming with us. Even the adults were having a great time, requesting for lots of photo opportunities!

If you are interested in having mermaids for your events and parties, please feel free to head over to here for more info!



Yunomori Onsen & Spa Singapore
Authentic Japanese Onsen & Spa Experience

Spanning more than 16,000 sq ft, Yunomori Onsen & Spa can by found in Kallang Wave Mall within Sports Hub. It hosts a total of 11 pools with six variations of baths and other facilities such as sauna, steam bath, massage and spa treatment rooms, shower area, a dining cafe, lounge, locker facilities and luggage concierge service for travelers on the go.

Yunomori’s Onsen entrance fee is $28+ for children & seniors, and $38+ for adults. This fee allows access to the onsen facilities for the entire day to try out all the different variation of baths available. Customers can add-on massage and spa treatments from the Spa Menu available.

Click here for more information.

Singapore Art Museum
Odyssey Exhibition


Delving into the deep, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea – the sixth edition of SAM’s children-focused annual exhibition – invites adventurers of all ages into the watery realms of our Earth as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.

A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. 


At SAM at 8Q, young people are invited to comb the shores and navigate the deep where they make the acquaintance of mysterious denizens and underwater wonders. SAM hopes that, as protectors of the future, all young visitors will also think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans.

 Exhibition is open til 28 August 2016.



Stylecon Asia 2016
First style & beauty Influencer centric event


StyleHaul partnered with Gushcloud to create STYLECON ASIA 2016, the first style & beauty Influencer centric event that will happen across 4 cities in Southeast Asia!

STYLECON ASIA is designed with beauty influencer in mind, and I was invited to join them and have a fun day talking and sharing great ideas and tips for my daily beauty routine with my favourite beauty gurus. 


I had work on the day of the event but I took a few hours off so that I could head down for the Makeup & Fashion Stylestudio Workshop with Beauty Carousel and got to meet YouTuber, Bubzbeauty!

I got to pick up some easy to follow and quick makeup tips using K-Palette products.
One Raffles Place
Find Your Eco-Style


This May, One Raffles Place (ORP) Shopping Mall launched the first ever Great Green Sale to encourage people to shop with a spirit of environmental awareness. With the theme, Find your Eco-style, ORP introduced a range of exciting eco-friendly workshops and exhibitions designed to inspire shoppers to make a stand for the environment. ORP partnered with local artist and tenants to come up with specially curated activities for shoppers. One of the workshop that caught my eye was their T-shirt Scarf Workshop (4,11 & 18 June, 3pm) All shoppers have to do was to spend $280 to qualify for registration and bring along an old T-shirt for the workshop.

And that concludes all that happened for May & the first part of June!
Til the next What Happened post.

Jodulu The Mermaid: The Beginning

Hey hey~ I guess it's no secret now that I'm part of the Singapore mermaid pod!
I started swimming as a mermaid in March and it has been one of the best decision I made.
I got to swim in the ocean with both my legs and my tail, both very different experience.


That being said, I did start out in shallow waters with my tail first because of all of my prior experiences with my tail, I did it in the pool where I could still stand if I needed to.
Drowning was the last thing I intend to do on my trip.



I only went into deeper waters once I was confident enough that I can handle not being able to plant my feet down and it was such an experience! I got to swim with a school of sardines~


It is also through this learning journey of being a mermaid that I got to meet a podful of mersisters who make it easy for me to stretch my tail out from time to time because once you are a mermaid...
You are never going back to being human. Haha!


Check out the video that I made for the start of my journey!


There will be more to come!
Do let me know in the comments section if you have any question abut being a mermaid etc!
I'll be more than happy to help!

Firma Skin: Tri-NewGen Radio Frequency(RF) Treatment [Ambassador Review]


Hi ladies & guys!
I hope that you have seen my video on my thoughts on Firma Skin and their treatment, especially on their AirNutrients technology that applies the Bird's Nest essence! I also like that they use microdermabrasion in one of their facial steps, I like how it instantly brightens up my skin!

But I have already written a post on these steps in my very first review post on Firma skin (you may read about it here), so I won't be covering on those steps... Instead, I would like to share with you my experiences with their Radio Frequency treatment that is said to help relieve tired eyes, black circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.


STEPS

Machine for the RF Treatment

  1. Cleansing
    This step starts off with makeup removal using a cotton pad soaked with makeup remover, followed by a cleanse with Firma Skin's Enzyme wash.
  2. Microdermabrasion
    After cleansing, Beta-HD serum which contains fruit acids and herbal extracts (for control sebum secretion and prevent pimples) are applied to my skin, for the microdermabrasion. This makes the microdermabrasion process more effective. Personally, I find that my skin is brighter and more radiant after this step.
  3. Cool Hammer Massage
    After microdemabrasion, my therapist proceed with a soothing cold massage with the use of a cool hammer and some soothing gel. This is one of my favourite step because it not only soothes me to sleep but also helps to calm my skin down and gives my face a temporary tighten effect (Hello~ Sharp V Face).

  4. Tri-NewGen Radio Frequency(RF) Treatment (15 minutes)
    After the massage, it was followed by the RF treatment that helps to prevent tired-looking eyes.

  5. Mask Time
    This time round, I had a Tea Tree Mask on to help decongest and detoxify skin. This treatment targets blemishes and supports skin healing, so that skin evolves to be softer and smoother. At Firma Skin, the type of mask used is generally dependent on the type of treatment you are doing and your skin condition.

  6. AirNutrients Serum
    After the mask was removed and my skin was cleansed, a mist of Bird’s Nest Micro-Essence and AteloCollagen serum was sprayed onto my face before the application of Firma Skin's B5 serum and sunblock.
VERDICT

Duration: 55 mins, including 15 mins of the RF treatment.

Overall Ambiance: Very neat and simple with individual cabin room.

Cost: $120 (For the entire facial experience)

Effectiveness:I've written my verdict on the entire process before, so I'm just going to focus solely on the RF treatment. It was quite a soothing treatment, I dozed off a little midway... facial massages always make me sleepy.

Did it help to make my tired eyes look less tired? Honestly, even as their ambassador, I've got to say... not really. The difference before and after were quite hard to spot. However, if you take a closer look at the result, you will notice a slight reduction in the severity of my eye bag... even though my dark circles are still quite obvious. Haha! #chronicpandaeye
 Before: my under eye area looks puffy. After: Puffiness appears to be "flatten" out.

However, despite the appearance, the eye massage did left my eyes feeling quite refreshed and less tensed. And while I did not have an obvious result, I also know that it is dependent on individual's genetics and condition. My dark circles and eye bags runs in the family, and with my vampire/ night owl lifestyle, I would probably need more session to see a more significant improvement.

The reason why I decided to accept being their ambassador is because I really love how effective and fuss free their services are... I mean, it's hard not to love them when I always end up with clear radiant skin for days after a facial at Firma Skin.


Reader's Perk

To start off your journey with Firma Skin today, simply book your slot and quote "Vanilla Luxury" under the Promo Code portion when making your appointment to get 50% off your first session!

What Happened: Artifacts from British Museum, PONY back in Singapore & much more!

Hi Peeps!
I decided to start another category to do a quick cover of all the events & activities I was involved in just to share with all of you what happened or what's happening in Singapore.


THE BODY SHOP

I was invited to The Body Shop Summer Party to learn more about guarding our skin against the elements, and get drunk on the atmosphere (and hydration!) with moisture-rich additions to The Body Shop most iconic skincare range! Do feel free to let me know which range you would like me to do a review on!

Vitamin E Range

The Body Shop recently made their best-selling Moisture Cream and new additions to the range work even harder by infusing these new and improved formulas with the moisture power of 100% natural origin hyaluronic acid, in addition to the antioxidising power of wheatgerm oil. 

So that users can enjoy the lightweight textures and love with added minimum 48H hydration for smoother, healthier-looking skin that’s perfectly plumped with moisture


Launched Date: 19 May 2016


Pinita Colada Range

Introducing the new Special Edition Piñita Colada range from The Body Shop, bursting with fresh fruitiness, it is a match made in tropical paradise. From palm treetops to ochre sunsets, this is where skin-quenching, body buffing, summer loving begins.

Launched Date: 9 June 2016







Polynesian Island Tiare Range

Fly away to the Polynesian Islands this summer and surround yourself with the exotic scent of The Body Shop's new Polynesian Island Tiaré eau de toilette, made from young buds that are handpicked before the morning dew to preserve the brightest, freshest, purest scent. 

The luminous blossoms of tiaré have been used by generations of Polynesian women to adorn their hair and perfume their sun kissed skin.

Launched Date: 9 June 2016






Skin Defence Range

The Body Shop created this gentle formula that’s completely vegetarian and formulated without parabens, mineral oils and paraffins. Infused with a blend of red algae extract, vitamin C and Community Trade marula oil, not only does it help protect your skin, it also gives you a brighter, healthier-looking and more even complexion day after day.

Launched Date: 28 April 2016



NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Treasures Of The World from The British Museum

Explore the finest artifacts the world has to offer at this highly-anticipated exhibition from the British Museum in London!


Featuring stunning relics from ancient civilizations and treasures spanning Africa, Oceania and the Middle East, as well as Europe, Asia and the Americas, this extensive collection encompasses over two million years of abundant culture and history. Closer to home, the exhibition also includes items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles, such as a Javanese mask and a kris and scabbard dating back to the early 19th century.

This exhibition is available until the end of May 2016! For more info, click here.


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Romeo and Juliet

Brought to you by the company that has captivated thousands each year with its successful productions of The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. 


"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Romeo & Juliet is a tale of sweet forbidden love, a bitter family feud and a timeless romance eternally sealed with a kiss. Revel in the chance to witness this classic romance brought from page to stage by an amazing cast at Shakespeare in the Park.

Directed by internationally renowned director, Daniel Slater, Shakespeare in the Park promises to be the outdoor cultural event of the year.

Spread your picnic blanket under the stars and relish in the greatest love story ever told – Romeo & Juliet.


Event Date

Wed, 27 Apr - Mon, 23 May 2016 7.30pm

For more info, click here.



ETUDE HOUSE SINGAPORE
Bugis Junction

Located in the heart of the city, ETUDE HOUSE Bugis Junction outlet opened on 5 May with new services and interactive elements, be prepared to be charmed by all things sweet, fun and whimsical as you step into the store!


In celebration of the launch of the new ETUDE HOUSE store,Korean YouTube sensation and blogger – PONY was there for the media opening to share with us 2 makeup looks to create: Clubbing Disco Queen & Strobing.



For the Clubing Disco Queen Makeup Look, it was demonstrated on Miyuki with PONY's Clubbing Disco Queen Set:

  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Curl Fix Lash Perm Mascara #1 (black)
  • Play 101 Pencil #1
  • Tint My Brows Gel #1

Price: $59.00 (UP $84.80)


And for the Strobing Demostration, it was with Qiu Qiu using PONY's MUST-HAVE: Goodbye Contouring, Hello Strobing! Set
  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Play 101 Contour Stick DUO
  • Play 101 Stick #12
  • Play 101 Stick Brush
Price: $67.00 (UP $97.00)

Other notable promotion worth mentioning is:
Pony's MUST-HAVE: Real Powder Special Set
  • Real Powder Cushion
  • Refill X 1pc
Price: $40.00 (UP $48.00)


CANDELA COSMETICS

I was invited to be one of the first few to preview Singapore's up and coming luxury makeup brand, Candela Cosmetics, and come discover the inspirational story behind the beauty brand created to meet the needs of a 21st century modern woman.


However, being a blur sotong that I am... I forgot about the event until I saw fellow blogger friends posting about it on Instagram (Thank god for people who really do Insta-gram) and rushed down to learn a little bit about the brand and the products.

I love how all of their products are formulated with naturally derived ingredients, yet they still have the intense color payoff that products with harsh chemicals do.

Check out the swatches:

Swatches of Perfecting Crème Blush, from Left to Right: Pacific Coral, Bougainvillea and Fire & Spice

Swatches of Luxe Moisture Lipstick, from Left to Right: Guava, Iconic and Chase 
Swatches of Invigorating Coconut Water Foundation, from Left to Right: Chiffon, Cider and Cinnamon
For more info, click here.

BEVY.C
ISETAN Seragoon Central



I was invited to the grand opening of BEVY C. first permanent counter at ISETAN Singapore to check out the other product range that are available here. Having reviewed their Lumiwhite Collection, I was interested to find out more about their makeup products but by the end of the introduction session... I found myself looking forward to their Oil-Control range! Hahaha!

Click here to read my review on BEVY.C Lumiwhite Collection.

And that's all the exciting events and activities for the first half of May~!
Til the next "What Happened" post!

Que Origin: Fancy having your very own Natural Shower Bath? I totally do! [Sponsored Review]


Late last year, Que Origin contacted me to do a review for their (then) upcoming Shower Bath, and they won me over with a description of how the products were formulated with natural oil, infused with botanical extracts and scented with only natural essential oils.

I know I'm slow (slow like a sloth) but I finally got around to test their Shower Bath and I've got to say~ I'm in love with the brand and their products!




A relaxing shower gel doubling as bubble bath infused with calming and soothing qualities of natural essential oil. Enriched with skin soothing aloe vera, moisturising argan oil and other skin loving natural botanical extracts, this shower gel will gently cleanse, nourishes and hydrates your body.

Que Origin believes in formulating natural skin safe products.

Essential oil from Australia and formulated in Korea.

To Use:

Apply on wet body and make lather. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with towel. You can also dispense desired amount with running water in bathtub to enjoy a bubble bath.


VERDICT

Texture: Gel consistency

Smell: Scent of what the name implies actually~ Yes, it's that simple.

Benefits:
Lavender essential oil is known to:

  • Have calming & soothing effects
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Relieve anxiety & stress
  • Have skin rejuvenating properties
  • Slow down aging with antioxidant
  • Be a natural tranquilizer
  • Promote relaxation

Rose Geranium essential oil is known to:

  • Have soothing effects
  • Lessen fatigue & promote emotional wellness
  • Relieve anxiety & stress
  • Calm & relax
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Have astringent properties(slow down the effect of skin sagging & aging)
  • Regulate hormonal health

Lemongrass essential oil is known to:

  • Relieve anxiety & tension
  • Help tone muscles
  • Calm & revitalise
  • Invigorate & inspire
  • Stimulating & relaxing
  • Be soothing & balancing
  • Provide an energy booster
  • Have antiseptic & astringent properties
  • Have rejuvenating properties and uplifting
  • Help with mental clarity and concentration

Ingredients:
LAVENDER
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Linalool, *Limonene - *natural aromatic components from essential oils

ROSE GERANIUM
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Linalool, *Citral *natural aromatic components from essential oils

LEMONGRASS
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Flexousus (Lemongrass) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E),Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Limonene *natural aromatic components from essential oils

Cost: $7.90 for 250ml, $14.80 for 730ml

Product Rating: 10/10

This is one of the easiest skincare product to review. I knew from the start that I was going to love it, not only because Que Origin gives you the option to customize your very own Shower Bath Bottle but because of the scent and most of ingredients in them!

I'm not going to lie, I really like that I can customize my bottle for a little fee. I think it works well as a gift for friends and family and the message/image you want to put on it is pretty much up to your imagination.

As for how it lathers up without SLS, it uses Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate so it foams up quite nicely without it being as harsh as SLS. However, a word of caution for people with very sensitive skin as Cocamidopropyl Betaine is known to cause some allergic reaction to some individuals. I had no issues and I actually find that this shower bath gel cleanses quite nicely and gently without leaving my skin feeling dry or itchy.

Out of all 3 scents, my favourite one has got to be the Rose Geranium. I find that it refreshing and very calming after a hot day outside or after a stressful day at work. I think this product has made it's way to my Re-Purchase list.

If you have tried Que Origin's shower bath gel before, do feel free to share with me your experience!


Special Perks for My Readers

Get SG$5 off for purchase above SG$10

OR
Get $3 off for purchase under SG$10
*Valid for first order only.
Simply head over to Que Origin here to start shopping, and enter "JODULU" as your Referral Code!

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