Birthday Haul [365 to 40]

I picked up a few things for my birthday from Sephora in late March. Mainly to claim the yearly birthday gift before the month ended. I haven’t shopped much at Sephora over the past two years since I discovered Ulta and the Dermstore.

Haul included:
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer – I love a glossy lip and wanted to try at least one Rhinna created product. This universal shade is so pretty and definitely work appropriate.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Mini Mask Sampler Set – I have been eyeing the Kiehls mask individually for quite a while now but didn’t want to spend a lot for such large jars.  This sampler set is perfect and each 0.5oz jar provides enough for a few routines. I just bought this last week of March and it is now no longer on the site.
Set includes Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask & Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask. The prices do vary from $32 to $54.

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I also claimed a few rewards:
250 pt perk – The Ole Henriksen The Bestsellers -Truth Serum, Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.

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500 pt perk – Fresh Mini Mask Bar – Soy face cleanser, Umbrian clay purifying mask, Lotus youth preserve rescue mask and Rose face mask. Each mask retails for $25 – $58.

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Bite Beauty Bite Lip Set (Birthday Gift)- Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, Agave Lip Balm and Agave Sugar Lip Scrub.

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100pt perk – Kiehl’s Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C trial size – 0.17 oz/ 5 mL. The full size of this retails for $62 – $104.

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Sheet Masks Part I

My love for sheet masks continue. You can see my constant sheet mask posts on my Instagram @beausci2010

 

I have found a few new sheet mask online retailers and purchased masks from a few new brands. Of the masks in this post my favorite brands are the My Beauty Diary (Taiwanese), Maskingdom (Taiwanese), Freeset Doneky Milk (Korean) and Love More (Taiwanese).

 

Keep Calm and Mask On!!!

Sheet Masking 101: Asian Beauty How To

Sheet masking is very easy. Here is a quick video from one of the top Korean Beauty experts – Soko Glam. Although this video is focusing on Korean Beauty, a lot of great sheet masks are made in Taiwan too. Hence the tile “Asian Beauty”.  I will be sharing my favorite sheet mask brands, types and retailers throughout 2017.

 

This video is does not belong to me but to Charlotte Cho and Soko Glam. I am just a skincare connoisseur and am a fan of Soko Glam.

Sheet Masks on the Go – Work Trip Skincare

Whenever I travel for work, I always bring a sufficient number of sheet masks with me. For this particular 5 day work trip  I brought along 17 sheet masks and 2 tube masks (1 glycolic acid and 1 mud). The joys of checked luggage – it allows you to pack whatever you want. I used a few and some I left as a small thank you gift (tied with a bow) for the cleaning lady.

Sheet masks are a great way to take of and treat your skin while away especially after a plane ride. The air in the airport and plane usually dries out my skin, so as soon as I check into and get settled in my room, I cleanse, detoxify and mask. Masks specific for restore moisture and boosting hydration are the best after a flight e.g mask with green tea, bamboo, honey, aloe and hyaluronic acid. As the trip progresses with long days, I usually use masks that detoxifies  (mud & sheet masks with charcoal), brightens (pearl and rice) and repairs/treats (snail and tea tree).

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask – Review



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“Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.”  The Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask retails for $35 (1.18 oz bottle) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Key Benefits:
* Draws out dirt, oil & other skin impurities
* Improves skin tone & texture
* Leaves skin feeling instantly smoother & refreshed
* Enlarged pores will be reduced
* Firmer & more strengthened skin
* Clearer skin with less breakouts

How To Use: Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate.

Key Ingredients:
Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem CellsNaturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

Full Ingredient ListDeionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Kaolin clay, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hibiscus Fibers, Cranberry Fibers, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Purified Smectite Clay, Cranberry Fragrance, Haematococcus Pluvialis extract (Astaxanthin), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry extract), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Wildcrafted Prunus Virginiana (Wild Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Rheum Palmatum (Rhubarb), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Lecithin, Tocopherol.

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My Thoughts: This mask smells delicious. The ingredient list shows quite a few berry extracts and oils that all contribute to its amazing smell.  This clay mask serves a dual purpose (1) As a detoxifying and cleansing clay mask. Nail in clay contains high amounts silica, which is useful in removing dead skin, it pulls out oils and other toxins, purifying and moisturizing the skin. (2) As an exfoliator. Massing in circular motions while applying and removing the mask also helps to remove dry, dead flaky skin.

I am a big fan of clay masks and this one was pleasant to use. The only minor issue was that the oils had separated from the clay and it had to be mixed. In addition to the amazing smell I like that the product had a soft pudding like consistency unlike the typical hard/more firm clay masks. Overall, I enjoyed using this mask.

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

Leaders Korean Sheet Mask Haul/ 한국어 시트 마스크

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I definitely took advantage of the recent Leaders Cosmetics USA  50%off sale to restock and try a few new masks. Leaders is a South K0rean brand created and tested by a team of dermatologists of the Leaders Skin Clinic. Leaders was founded in Korea, in 2004, by two leading dermatologists from Korea’s top university.

Daily Wonders  are premium grade cotton masks made from natural cellulose, that contain gentle and effective ingredients to target and treat specific skin concerns.  I got Bye Bye to Dry and Pore be Gone for Good Masks.

Leaders StepSolution. I couldn’t find anything specific about this particular line other than it is a premium grade cotton masks. I stocked up on a few of the PoreScaling Black Aqua Masks. I think this mask may be reformulated in the near future as it has been on sale for awhile and the others in this ‘line’ have been upgraded. 

Leaders InSolution masks are made of ultra fine and thin silk cellulose. This line serves to address unique skin concerns. InSolution masks are safe, effective to use as a part of daily regimen for optimal skin health. I tried the Aquaringer Treatment, and stocked up on the Teatree Relaxing Renewal, Aloe Soothing Renewal and Collagen Boosting Renewal Masks.

Leaders Mediu stands for Medicine for U. These Amino masks contain 17 different types of amino acids, which are natural moisturizing factors. The masks in this line help to moisturize, protect, and soothe the skin by replenishing  essential ingredients for healthy skin composition. I picked up the Amino Lifting and Moisture Masks.

I have other Leaders masks in my collection; at least a pair of the each InSolution in the old packaging and a 7 Wonders that I picked up at Ulta. 

My favorite is the Teatree Relaxing Renewal mask for whenever my skin is acting up and I always have one in my stash. I haven’t tried it in the new packaging yet. I am a big fan of this brand. 

My attempt at translating this post into Korean with the help of Google. Translating back into English makes for quite a fun read. It is a dream of mine to be fluent in Korean one day.

나는 확실히 재고 보충 및 몇 가지 새로운 마스크를 시도하는 판매 떨어져 최근 지도자의 화장품 USA 50 %를 이용했다. 지도자는 지도자 피부 클리닉의 피부과 의사들로 구성된 팀에 의해 만들어지고 테스트 사우스 K0rean 브랜드입니다. 지도자는 한국의 최고 대학이 선도적 인 피부과 의사에 의해, 2004 년 한국에서 설립되었다.

매일 불가사의는 대상 및 특정 피부 문제를 치료하기 위해 부드러운하고 효과적인 성분을 함유 천연 셀룰로오스로 만든 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다. 나는 건조하고 모공이 좋은 마스크에 대한 사라질 이별을 얻었다.

리더는 StepSolution. 나는 그것이 프리미엄급면 마스크입니다 다른 것보다이 특정 라인에 대한 특정 아무것도 찾을 수 없습니다. 나는 PoreScaling 블랙 아쿠아 마스크의 몇 가지에 사들였다. 나는 잠시 판매하고있다이 ‘라인’에서 다른 사람이 업그레이드 된 바와 같이이 마스크는 어쩌면 가까운 미래에 재 공식화 생각합니다.

지도자 InSolution 마스크는 초 미세하고 얇은 실크 셀룰로오스 만들어집니다. 이 줄은 고유의 피부 문제를 해결하는 역할을한다. InSolution 마스크는 최적의 피부 건강을 위해 매일식이 요법의 일부로서 사용하는 것이 효과적이고 안전합니다. 나는 Aquaringer 치료를 시도하고, 갱신 마스크를 밀어 갱신, 알로에 수딩 갱신과 콜라겐을 휴식 Teatree에 사들였다.

Mediu은 미국에 대한 의학의 약자 지도자들은 이러한 아미노산 마스크는 천연 보습 인자이다 아미노산의 17 가지 유형을 포함하고있다. 이 온라인 도움말의 마스크는 수분을 보호하고 건강한 피부 컴포지션의 필수 성분을 보충하여 피부를 진정합니다. 나는 아미노 리프팅과 수분 마스크를 집어 들었다.

나는 내 컬렉션에 다른 지도자 마스크를 가지고, 기존 포장의 각 InSolution 내가 Ulta에서 채취 한 7 대 불가사의 중 적어도 한 쌍.

나의 마음에 드는 사람은 내 피부가 연기되고 난 항상 내 마리화나에 하나있을 때마다의 Teatree 휴식을 갱신 마스크입니다. 나는 아직 새로운 포장에서 그것을 시도하지 않았습니다. 나는이 브랜드의 큰 팬이다.

 

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When ‘The Last Choice’ Sheet Mask Review

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When’s The Last Choice Bio-Cellulose Sheet Face Mask  Perfect for when your skin feels dry and in much need of moisture. This is an all-natural coconut jelly sheet mask made from coconut juice which is gentle enough to treat burn patients. The serum is slightly opaque (not an emulsion), non-greasy, non-sticky and lightweight. It contains hyaluronic acid (a sugar molecule that has the ability to hold moisture and strengthen the skin), saccharide isomerate (water-binding agent and emollient to provide intense hydration) and ginseng extract to keep the skin healthy. Bio-cellulose mask sheet can hold essence 100 times its weight, that is 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets. 

Suitable for: All skin types that undergo periods of dryness

What does it do? Moisturizes/Hydrates

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for about 30 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Bio-Cellulose

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Where to Purchase: Retails for $7.00 at the following places Sephora, Ulta Beauty,  Anthropologie (online only), Beautychoice.com (online only), Birchbox (online only), Rickys NYC

Country: Made in Korea

Would I purchase? Yes. It has a slight limeade scent that goes away after a minute. The fit of this mask is better than most gel masks. I did not need to cut the nose bridge and the eye slits are the right size. When masks are not formulated with parabens, sulphate, and phthalates. They are also vegan and gluten-free. The Last Choice mask was very comfortable and my skin felt very moist and soft afterwards.The sheet adheres very close to the skin, which is good as it reduces serum wastage and allows 100% sheet-skin contact. The serum was not sticky and absorbed well into the skin. There is about a 1/4 tsp. if serum in the packet. It comes layered between a paper and a plastic film. 

 

About the Brand: When, launched by J.C People in July 2011, is a premium face mask brand taking extra care of your skin at anytime, anywhere, in any situations. High-quality and unique, our face masks have been receiving overwhelming responses from overseas buyers. Headquartered in Korea, we have successfully started our international expansion in November 2012 by launching in the US via the world’s largest cosmetics sales channel, Sephora. We have further expanded to reach Europe, China, and the Middle East. We strive to become a worldwide leading face mask brand.

Check out the brand’s Youtube Channel to get the latest on When masks and how to tips:

 

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Disclaimer: This product was received from When and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by When. My Amazon review name is BEATS.

LoveMore Wild Yam Firming Mask

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The combination of wild yam extract and deep seawater (rich in minerals) delivers a truly revitalizing skincare experience. Wild Yam from northern Taiwan has been a key ingredient in many Asian skincare products in recent years. Ginseng and dioscorea essence leaves your skin smooth as a baby. The saponins and plant hormones coupled with important peptide ingredients, helps alleviate wrinkling. Chinese white pearl extract is added for its whitening effect to combat the daily effects of aging. Other main ingredients include Coenzyme Q10, allatonin, hyaluronic acid and peptides.

Suitable for:  All skin types

What does it do? Smooths out wrinkles, counteracts the effects of aging, tightens pores and revitalizes the skin.

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 15 -20 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Type of Mask: Silk

Volume: 24ml/mask

Shelf Life: 3 years

Where to Purchase: I got my initial LoveMore Wild Yam from MaskGenie monthly subscription pouch. I have since then repurchased from Chuusi. Prices vary for this mask ($1.50 – $3.00) and others in the line which can be purchased from ebay, Amazon and other KBeauty retailers.

Country: Made in Taiwan

Would I repurchase? Yes. I love this mask and the brand in general. This fit of the silk mask is great although the edges lifted a bit and it is very delicate and tears easily. It feels amazing on the skin and the essence is not sticky and absorbs readily.

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Valentia – True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask Review


TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM
“This nourishing formula works fast to repair and refresh the eye area while protecting skin from the usual suspects of aging. Our natural and organic ingredients work to calm and reduce puffiness in the eye area revealing softer, more refreshed looking eyes. With continued use of this antioxidant treatment, you will start noticing a more rejuvenated, radiant, and brighter under eye area.” (Valentia). True Glow Eye Cream (1.18 fl. oz bottle) retails between $25 – $54.99 on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

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Key Benefits: 
Diminishes fine lines & wrinkles, nourishes, hydrates, tightens the under eye area, brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness.

Key Ingredients:
1. Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.
2. Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress-related aging.
3. Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.
4. Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

How to Use: After cleansing, apply True Glow gently around the area under the eye dabbing the skin with your ring finger in a circular motion around the orbital bone and moving towards the nose bridge. Apply twice a day.

My Thoughts: I like this eye cream for its texture and the fact that it does not have a strong citrus (Vitamin C) scent. It is very creamy and absorbs very quickly (see images below). I did notice that the area around my eye was softer, well hydrated and moisturized after use. It was a bit difficult to assess the improvements if any of the wrinkles and fine lines as the area around my eyes is very, very dry. I also noticed that the puffiness was reduced when applied in the mornings. Overall, I like this eye cream and will add it to my skincare regimen.

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ULTRA PLUMPING HYDRATION MASK
The perfect answer to your dry skin problems. This hydration mask features a unique blend of amino acids and potent antioxidants, like Japanese Green tea and Aloe Vera, to reduce fine lines, increase collagen production, and fight environmental irritants. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Sea Buckthorn Oil flood skin with vital moisture, creating a softer more supple skin. Treat your delicate facial skin with nature’s most nourishing ingredients, and instantly restore radiance.” (Valentia). The Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask retails between $25 – $54.99 (4 oz jar) on Amazon.com or Valentia.com.

Ultra_Plumping_Hydration_Mask_with_BoxKey Benefits: Boosts collagen production, increases skin radiance, reduces fine lines, locks in moisture and reveals softer smoother skin.

Key Ingredients:
1. Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.
2. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid:Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.
3.  Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.
4. Japanese Green Tea:Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.
4. Aloe Vera:This botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness.

How To Use: Apply to face evenly avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and warm water.

My Thoughts: This is not only a very hydrating but very plumping mask. It tingles for the first 5 minutes as indicated on the on the jar. It may be a bit too much if you have very sensitive skin or areas of dry patches (as I did with the latter). This mask can be applied with a brush or the fingers. I prefer to put a bit on the cover (just turn it upside down and shake) and use a brush such as the ELF synthetic foundation brush ($1) so as not to contaminate the jar. Once dried it looks transparent. After removal with a warm rag my face is noticeably brighter and softer. I am happy to add this mask to my mask collection as I do not have one of this consistency and function.

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Overall thoughts on the brand: I am a fan of this brand and am fortunate to be able to try a few products in the line. Valentia uses natural and organic ingredients i.e. the ingredients are simple and effective. Their products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and are made in the USA. 

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Disclaimer: These products received from Valentia and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information provided by Valentia.  My Amazon review name is BEATS.

BeauNa Apple Whitening Sheet Mask [Review]

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Suitable for: All skin types especially for those experiencing dull, tired or environmentally stressed skin.

Benefits: Whitens and brightens due to the apple extract and Vitamin C.

How to Use: After cleansing and applying toner, apply mask evenly onto face. Leave on for 20 -30 minutes. Remove gently and pat remaining essence into the skin.

Volume:1 mask/23ml/0.8fl.oz

Country: Made in Korea

Would I repurchase?  No. Mainly because of the scent.
The essence in this mask had a light generic apple scent, the one typically associated with apple bath and body products found everywhere. The essence was not very thick and I was pleased that there was nothing remaining in the packet. The mask was not too large and fit relatively well except for the nose bridge, I always have to cut this to separate from the top portion. There were not too many air spaces between the skin and sheet except for the nose area. At first there was a slight tingling sensation which went away after 2 minutes. After 20mins I massaged in the remaining essence which then became tacky. I hate this feeling. However, there was a scent similar to sunscreen once the essence was absorbed. I have a severe aversion to the smell of sunscreen to especially if it lingers. And this did linger.

 

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