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We absolutely ADORE Valentine's Day, not only because celebrating romance usually gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves, but because it's a wonderful time of the year for cosmetics shopping.

Why buy roses or chocolates when you can get the best beauty products around?

We've decided to curate a list of our top 12 makeup, skincare and cosmetic goods for this year's Valentine's Day; whether it's for a hot date, a dinner for the gals or even a cosy night in with Netflix and a furry friend.

From your favourite smouldering red lipstick to sparkling pink eye-shadows and rose-scented perfume; 'tis the season for LOVE in beauty-land. 

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1. Charlotte Tilbury 'Hot Lips' red lipstick in Carina's Love.

Inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau, this bold and sexy red lippy inspires confidence in any woman who wears it. It's siren red and has light-diffusing pigments that create a luminous finish for a full-bodied effect.

In Chinese culture, the colour red is representative of good fortune and joy, so it's positively perfect for Valentine's Day, right?

There's a great reason why Charlotte Tilbury is a globally renowned brand, and their matte lipstick range stands by their statement of good-quality products for women. 

The creamy formula, protection from UV damage and seamless finish are just three reasons why this lipstick makes our top 12. Enjoy it in all it's glory, gals.

Buy: Charlotte Tilbury
Price: €32

2. L'Occitane Romantic Rose collection

For Valentine's Day, it's only too important to smell and feel your best. We've found the ideal scent for the eve: ROSE. French powerhouse brand L'Occitane have gifted us with a set, that we all both need and deserve.

The gorgeous and elegant fragrance set includes: Rose Eau de Toilette, Rose Shower Gel, Rose Body Lotion and Rose Hand Cream. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane 'Romantic Rose' collection is priced at €69 from the L'Occitane website.

3. Too Faced 'better than sex' mascara

The 'Better Than Sex Mascara' Hourglass-Shaped Brush is genuinely revolutionary.

Formed by discovering the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic silver screen Blonde Bombshell, the brush has the ideal silhouette that separates lashes for voluminous perfection.

The collagen-fuelled mascara formula give you redefined lashes which stretch to unreal lengths, for romantic dinner date eyes.

Buy: Debenhams
Price; €19.55

4. CND nails

Nail brand CND Vinylux have just debuted their new range, featuring stunning pinks, dark berry, ravishing reds and blush tones to show off your romantic side.

Mambo Beat, Rose Bud, Hot Pop Pink, Tinted Love, Wildfire and Dark Lava are ideal for a hot date, or pretty much anything the night has in store; There's a colour for every kind of date.

For Valentine's Day, why not treat yourself to a some gorgeous new shades from the iconic brand? You'll feel pampered and date-ready in no time.

Buy: CND 
Price: €11.95 (Shellac and Vinylux)

5. L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo

For anyone with platinum blonde, highlighted, silver, bleached hair and all shades in between, the L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is a TOTAL WINNER.

Finding the best purple shampoo to keep the brassiness out of light-coloured hair can be tricky, but thankfully L'Oreal Paris have solved that problem just in time for Valentine's Day.

Tried and tested by us, we can guarantee that this stuff genuinely works. Any yellow tones are washed out, leaving your hair looking bright and rejuvenated. Yes girls.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is priced at €8.95 from all major retailers now.

6. Dermalogica intensive moisture balance

Promising to deliver nourishment beyond the skin's surface, the Dermalogica intensive moisture balance cream is 100 percent professional grade.

It's vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and uses NO artificial colours or flavouring; it's legit eco-friendly while clearing up all those dry skin worries. We'll take 10, please?

Buy: Dermalogica
Price; €51

7. Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe mascara

Finally we have discovered the best clump-free mascara in town, with four oils to it's lash-loving Wonder collection.

For volumised, thick and full lashes, with maximum volume; Rimmel's your go-to product.

Rimmel has even infused argan oil into it's four-oil complex, as well as Maracuja oil, Marula oil and Camellia oil for conditioning and protection from hair splitting.

Argan oil is renowned for nourishing properties, so mascara won't have to damage those eyelashes anymore. Thank GAWD.

Buy: Littlewoods Ireland
Price: €10.90

8. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly: The 4-in-1 lip liner pen

Why have one Valentine's Day lip liner when you could have four, stunning shades?

Grab yourself the Nude or the Pink edition, whichever you're in the mood for will light up your night. Each edition has four beautiful shades, from 'Buff', 'Bare', and 'Peach' to 'Rose', 'Blush' and 'Rouge', you're in for a treat.

Line the perfect pout with makeup guru Aimee Connolly, she's only gone and made the holy grail of lip liners.

Buy: www.aimeeconnolly.com
Price: €29.99

9. Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner

Garnier Ultimate Blends are launching up to 98 percent natural origin haircare, and we could NOT be more excited about it.

Your hair will feel cleansed, nourished and weightless using their almond crush shampoo and conditioner, which is made with a blend of organic almond milk and agave sap.

The gentle formula is a complete game-changer; did we mention it's 100 percent vegan? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner are priced at €4.95 each and are available from all major retailers.

10. La Roche Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil AP+

La Roche Posay have long been one of our go-to skincare brands, and their new cleansing oil for dry skin will save the day for those of you who are PLAGUED with this skin type.

It's a soap-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free pH neutral shower oil that gives your skin the lipids it needs to reconstruct the skin barrier,

Skin with atopic tendencies or extreme dryness will CRAVE this product, it also soothes that feeling of tightness many of us know and hate.

Buy: Feel Unique
Price: €12

11. Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

From white shades like 'Tempera' and 'Vermeer' to baby pink 'Bijon Fresco', bold raspberry 'Love Letter' and 'Venetian Red', even brown shades like 'Red Ochre' and 'Cyrprus Umber', we're dazzled by these Renaissance-inspired tones.

The range is gorgeous; this collection of matte and metallic eye-shadows is PERFECT for creating dazzling cosmetic effects this Valentine's Day.

Anastasia Beverley Hills always create the best products, which means they sell out fast. Grab yours now online from Cult Beauty to avoid disappointment.

Buy: www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Price: €49.11

12. Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel

Leading French brand Bioderma has introduced the new Sensibio foaming gel, and all we can say is: WOW.

The gel is specifically created to soothe and hydrate your skin to ensure it's free of trapped oil and impurities.

It's mild but cleansing active ingredients calm irritations and will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean just in time for your Valentine's Day make-up regime.

Buy: Cloud10 Beauty or select pharmacies nationwide
Price: €13 

That concludes the round-up of our top 12 ultimate Valentine's Day beauty products: tried and tested.

You'll be getting a faster heartbeat and butterflies in your stomach just looking at these gems, let alone using them. They'll melt your heart, and self-love is all about treating yourselves, right?

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Makeup can give you that special finishing touch for any prom look, so you can stand out from the crowd. Whether you are going for a low-key or high-fashion look, you want to make sure your makeup is done to perfection.

Although it would be lovely to have a professional come and do your makeup for the big night, this is not an affordable luxury for most people. We've got a few quick tips and tricks to help you take charge and get prom ready in no time, no stress.

Dress to Impress

You've probably spent a lot of time finding your dream prom dress, so it's important to centre your makeup look on it. Your makeup and dress should always compliment one another, rather than compete for attention.

For example, if you were wearing prom dresses in bright colours with embellishments such as this gorgeous number from JJ's House, a complimentary makeup look would be matching red lipstick with light eye makeup.

A heavily made-up eye area would be too busy for this style of dress and completely overdo your overall look.

If you're wearing a plainer style of dress like this JJ's House velvet gown, you can combine sultry, smoky eyes with your red lipstick as it's a makeup look that compliments the material and these styles of prom dresses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mirrored Magnificence

It might not usually be a good idea to copy other people's work or ideas, but when it comes to makeup looks, it's practically a recommendation!

We often see celebrities or models made up in a way that we think will suit us too – prom can be the perfect place to try it out!

The key to making this look work can be summed up in one word: practice! If you leave it until prom day to try it out, chances are it will be a complete disaster – it might look like a mess or just not look as good as you thought it would.

Prom night is not the time to work this out.

If you want to mirror the look of your favourite celebrity, practice and preparation are the best ways for you to get there.

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One of the biggest things most people forget to do is make sure their makeup looks good in pictures. This is something that again is best to practice and prepare before the big night.

Flash photography can wash out your skin and makeup, and can make you look pasty and startled! You would be shocked to know what the biggest culprit for this is: moisturiser – or more specifically, moisturiser with sunscreen in it.

The sunscreen reflects the flash, completely washes out your face and mismatches the tone from your body.

Make sure you plan ahead and check to make sure the face cream or foundation you use on prom night does not include sunscreen. If it's only a small amount, you can try and take photos to test how reflective it might be.

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Okay, so we're a day late but why can't every day be National Lipstick Day?

From old Hollywood-glamour red pouts, to 1980's frosted pink pouts and Morticia Addams-style dark pouts, a good lipstick has the power to transform a mood/outfit/whole day.

So in honour of this timeless make-up staple, we did a whip around the office to see what lippies the team have stashed in their make up bags and why they wouldn't be seen without them…

Kat O'Connor, Staff Writer

My favourite is Mrs Mia Wallace by Urban Decay.

It's a gorgeous deep red and never fails to boost my confidence.

I'm not a huge makeup fan and prefer a natural look, but when I want to feel more glamorous I pop that on and I'm good to go. 

Mrs Mia Wallace,Urban Decay, €15.45

Mary Byrne, MagicMum Editor

My go-to is a Rimmel lippie in a pinky shade.

Unfortunately, I've used it so often that the colour code has worn off and I'm not 100% sure what it's called.

I'm not really a lipstick type of person tbh, and I opt for the same one whether I'm heading to a gig or a wedding – why fix what's not broken?!

I love this one is because it also works really well as a blusher – it's got a lovely creamy, matte texture and blends in really well. 

Jen McShane, MummyPages Editor

As I have so little time in the mornings, I want a lipstick that won't have vanished by the time I arrive at the office.

So I tend to favour a lip crayon – specifically Chanel's Le Rouge Crayon Del Couleur (€35).

It's really a two-in-one; a retractable twist that doubles as a liner and a lipstick.

The thin nib means you can outline your lips expertly and fill them in, on-the-go, in a hurry, wherever you are. It has a satin, yet ultra long-lasting, intense colour finish and despite the price tag, I have it in multiple shades – that's how good it is. 

Chanel's Le Rouge Crayon Del Couleur, €35

Shayna Sappington, Editorial Intern 

I love Mac's lipstick Twig.

It's a nice neutral colour you can wear everyday and looks different on everyone.

Their lipstick doesn't dry out my lips and always smells like vanilla. 

MAC, Twig. €20.00

Aoife Loughnane,  Editorial Intern

Like Mary, I'm not a huge lipstick person mainly because anytime I've attempted to wear it in the past, I look like I've devoured a pot of strawberry jam. 

However, I do love the Kate Moss Rimmel range – but I espesh love the Rimmel only 1 Matte Lipstick in nude. 

It's also fantastic as a blush on the cheekbones – just a little dab last hours and it actually looks good. 

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Have you ever been so unfortunate as to see a a pair of love birds absolutely eating the faces off one another in public?

If you were in close proximity to this act and monitoring it, David Attenborough style, then you may have noticed that if the lady in question is wearing bright lipstick, a good shift can often leave her previously perfect lippie in disarray.

Shifters of the world, rejoice, as now the "snogged lip" look is en vogue. 

 

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Looking like a hot mess is officially in style. Well, according to Preen by Thornton Bregazzi anyway.

The designer duo sent models down the runway looking like they'd just stepped out of Coppers on a Friday night. 

Every girl knows that shifting in lipstick is not an ideal situation as the reapplication process can be a b****, but this trend is saying "let your lips be" by mimicking the results of a feverish kissing session.

While we'd usually be into any look that meant we could be more low-maintenance than ever, there is something about those messy edges that reminds us of the kind of painful, chapped lips that arrive during a bad flu.

We might give this trend a pass. Unless it happens accidentally, of course. 

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As if being sick wasn't bad enough, it now seems the we may have to part ways with some of our favourite beauty products if we want to prevent the illness form reoccurring. 

Sure, a a little bit of lippy and a lashing of mascara might make us feel better when we're in the depths of a bad dose, but when you consider the amount of germs that could be living in your cosmetics collection, you might want to consider ditching the makeup if you don't fancy having to dispose of some of your favourite products. 

According to The Independent, Morgan Statt, a health and safety investigator for consumersafety.org, confirmed there a multiple health risks associated with using makeup while we're poorly. 

“You should absolutely dispose of any lip products after you’ve been sick," says Statt.

“Your lip linings are a natural gateway to your respiratory tract which puts you at an additional risk of infection and illness.” 

But lipsticks aren't the only offenders, Morgan told SHEmazing that certain eye products can provide the ideal conditions for bacteria to grow. 

"If you've had some sort of eye infection, like conjunctivitis, it's best to toss out any eye makeup you were using when you got the infection. Dark, moist places like a mascara tube are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, which could spur on inflammation," she said. 
 
"If you only suffered a cold and don't want to part with your products, you can salvage certain ones. If you use an eyeliner pencil, cut off the top portion that you used while you were sick and disinfect it with an alcohol wipe. The same can be said for your favourite eyeshadow palette. Get rid of lingering germs by disinfecting with an alcohol wipe."

But wait, all hope is not lost! 

If you really can't bring yourself to bin your favourite lippy, you can salvage it by cutting off the top and disinfecting the tube with rubbing alcohol. 

However, if you are really concerned about germs, Morgan says that dumping the product is the best option. 

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Whether it is seductively adding more pull to your pout, or you're scrawling a meaningful message on a mirror, the power of lipstick cannot be ignored.

Here are nine BIZARRE things you didn't know about your lippy…

1. White lipstick was a trend in the 1960s for a true 'mod' look.

2. It’s said that women who wear lipstick daily unintentionally eat about 4 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime (HOW GROSS). 

3. In the 1700s, a man could have his marriage annulled if his wife had used lip rouge during their courtship. 

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4.  According to a study called the 'Lipstick Effect' women increase their desire to buy lipstick during economic recessions. 

5. Some shimmery lipsticks used to contain fish scales (also known as “pearl essence”) to add shine.

6. Although the term 'lipstick' wasn’t first used until 1880, lipstick use actually dates back to Ancient Egypt. It’s said that Cleopatra made her red lippy from crushed Carmine beetles. 

7. One of the most expensive lipsticks in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick, which will set you back €56,000. 

8. While all other cosmetics were rationed in Britain during WWII, lipstick was kept in production because Winston Churchill felt it boosted morale.

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9. A University of Manchester study found that a woman wearing red lipstick captures a man’s gaze over three times longer than one who is wearing no lipstick at all.

There you have it ladies, from the weird to the wonderful. 

Pout out! 

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So, Autumn is almost upon us, and you know what that means –  time clean out that makeup bag, and stock up for the season ahead. 

As has been the trend for the past few years, bold lips are here to stay for 2017. 

From metallic golds to subtle lilacs, here's our picks of this season's biggest colours.  

Blood Red 

1. Charlotte Tilbury – Red Carpet Red R.R.P €32.00

2. Rimmle Kate – #1 R.R.P €7.49

Dusty Lilac 

1. NARS Audacious Lipstick – Dominique R.R.P €30.00 

2. Inglot Lipstick – Shade 281 R.R.P €15.00

Subtle Metallic

1. Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Foiled Brat R.R.P €24.00

2. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Cosmic Metals Lip Cream  – Retro Harmony R.R.P €10.50

Deep Plum

1. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Lipstick – Shameless R.R.P €32.00

2. MAC Matte Lipstick – Investigator €20.00

Chocolate Brown 

1. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Turnt Up Lipstick – Dahlia R.R.P €8.50

2. MAC Matte Lipstick – In My Fashion R.R.P €20.00 

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M.A.C are renowned for their cult beauty items and amazing collaborations. 

This year alone the brand has teamed up with ten of the world's top beauty influencers, but now the company is creating the perfect lipsticks with a complete pop queen.

The one and only Nicki Minaj is on board with M.A.C to create some sizzling nude lippies, and we're dying to see them IRL. 

 

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'@nickiminaj dominates fans’ hearts and hip-hop charts with her bravado and razor-sharp rhymes,' reads the original Insta upload. 

'With her unstoppable seductive power, the queen is set to conquer the world.'

'Get cheeky and take charge in the queen’s two suggestive Lipstick shades. This September, get nude with Nicki.'

'Need even more Nicki in your life? M·A·C has a MAJOR surprise coming in 2018.'

 

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The cult lipstick brand then uploaded another picture, showcasing two stunning lipsticks. 

The caption revealed that Nicki will be releasing not one but two nude lipsticks with the iconic beauty brand. 

The nude duo will be released in September, and we may start queuing outside Arnotts or BTs now… 

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It's National Lipstick Day, and to celebrate the ultimate finishing touch to any makeup look, we at SHEmazing HQ reflected on our favourite lippie products. 

From mauves to nudes to browns to dazzling reds, the varying shades we love are as unique as the women who wear them. 

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Embellishment

'Obviously the entire world has become obsessed with liquid lipsticks thanks to Kylie Jenner and her kits. I've always been a big fan of NYX because their colour range is massive, but Embellished is the ideal mauve shade that goes really well with my colouring. (aka pale AF with dark eyes and brows)'

'It doesn't require lip liner underneath and I need something I can slick on on the Luas on my way to drinks or whatever, and I'm definitely no MUA so one-step application is the only way forward for me.' – Sarah Magliocco, SHEmazing writer.

M.A.C Lipstick in Russian Red

'Mine has to be M.A.C's Russian Red.'

'It makes my lips look bigger and the colour goes with every makeup look.' – Oliva Hayes, SHEmazing writer.

Maybelline Coloursens Nude Lipstick in Coffee Craze 

This is the perfect 'your lips but browner' colour, and it makes your teeth look super white. 

'It's also a really nice texture and doesn't dry out your lips at all.' – Lauren Nolan, SHEmazing Writer 

M.A.C Lipstick in Dark Side

'I don't really wear lipstick that often, even if I have a full face of makeup I'd more just wear a tinted Vaseline.'

'I often find that if I wear red lipsticks and stuff that I still feel like I'm playing with my Mam's makeup it's like a dressing up box, but this is more of a burgundy, and it doesn't;t feel waxy and artificial it feels quite creamy.'

'I't one of the few lipstick I've bought a few times.' – Niamh McClelland, SHEmazing Editor

M.A.C Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy is a cult classic, and there is a reason why – it goes with every look.

It is the perfect matte shade for both day and night, I wear it with pretty much everything.' – Rebecca O'Keeffe, Senior Staff Writer at Sheology.

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In desperate need of a new lippy?

Well, today is your lucky day – or tomorrow, rather.

In celebration of International Lipstick Day on Saturday July 29, MAC cosmetics are giving customers the opportunity to get their hands on one of the brand's cult lipsticks completely free of charge.

But, there's a catch.

As the old saying goes, there's no such thing as a free lunch and so you will need to spend a minimum of €50.00 in order to avail of the offer

The colours available are Cyber, Stone, Fleshpot, Media, Captive, and MAC Red.

This limited promotion will run in Arnotts and Brown Thomas stores all over the country for one day only.

So, if your makeup bag has been looking a little sparse lately, this is the perfect excuse to stock up on all those essential beauty buys.

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Coco Chanel once said "if you feel sad, add more lipstick and attack," and this is a mantra we can ABSOLUTELY get down with. 

Well, with that in mind, we started to think about our favourite lippies, and what colours we especially love to wear in the summer (when the sun actually decides to shine.)

I dug through my makeup bag, and talked to the other lovely ladies here at Shemazing, and came up with a wonderful list of lipsticks that are perfect for summer.

Let us know your thoughts! 

1. Benefit 'They're Real! Double the Lip' in Fuchsia Fever

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2. Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Tangerine Scream

3. NOTE Cosmetics Rich Colour Lipstick in Black Violet

4. Bobbi Brown Semi Matte Lip Colour in Pink Mauve.

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5. M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick in Pretty Boy.

6. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk

7. NYX Pin Up Pout Lipstick in Violet Femme

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8. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge

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 Fleur de Force is one of the world's biggest bloggers, boasting a following of over one million fans across social media.

The beauty obsessed blonde has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to create her signature lip stick, which is being sold online at MAC and at Brown Thomas.

Today, the blogger will be in Brown Thomas to discuss her new lippie shade, and will be hosting a meet and greet in the Grafton Street store.

'Take your photo with Fleur, try her perfect nude lipstick and discover her favourite M·A·C products,' reads the event description. 

 

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In case you didn't manage to get your hands on a ticket to the event, Fleur will be over on the Brown Thomas Facebook page at 4.30pm doing a Facebook live.

The blogger is set to discuss her new venture and will be doing a Q&A session live on the social media site.

 We definitely won't be missing this.

 

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