Restorsea Giveaway! *Worth $175*

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When I first heard mention of Restorsea, I admit I just rolled my eyes.

My mom and my aunt were trying to tell me I’d love it because it’s “all natural.” This is one of my pet peeves– people are constantly recommending products to me that they think are green– because they are advertised as such– but are actually just green-washed. (I have one friend who thinks that everything purchased at Whole Foods is going to be my “new favorite organic product,” when often, they contain PEGs, preservatives, and “fragrance.”)

As we’ve discussed on this blog many times, everyone is entitled to his/her own comfort-level of what is “natural” or “organic” enough, but I do try and go as natural as I can. And for me, this has meant forgoing many perceived luxuries. I didn’t think I was ever going to find a prestige brand skincare that was also actually natural enough to satisfy me.

UNTIL NOW!

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My aunt had some samples of Restorsea and was kind enough to share with me. I took them to be polite, and then read the ingredients. I could not believe what I was reading. Its ingredients, with one exception (fragrance), are pretty natural! No parabens, no phthalates, no PEGs, no chemical peptides, no silicone, no mineral oils.  I mean, this cream wasn’t whipped up in a hippie’s kitchen in Brooklyn (too bad!) but it’s as darn close as a super-high-tech, luxury, super-effective line is ever going to be! Do I wish they made an option without fragrance? Sure. But until then, I feel like that is one compromise I, personally, can make.

Anti-aging wasn’t a big concern for me when I started using the cream. I am in my 30s, and I’m sure my skin had signs of aging, but I had bigger problems: acne. My acne is entirely hormonal, which means that no amount of willow bark, tea tree oil, juice cleanses, antibiotics, or anything like that was going to fix it. BUT I have found that Restorsea, because it increases cell turnover, makes my breakouts fewer, they go away MUCH faster, get less red, less irritated, and are less noticeable. A miracle for me. Seriously life-changing.

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Here’s a piece of the story from Restorsea‘s website: Read the whole thing here– it’s not that long and it’s fascinating!

 Reluctantly participating in a hike through the pure fjords of western Norway, Patti landed herself on a tour of the country’s largest salmon hatchery. She became transfixed by the hatchery workers’ hands; while their faces betrayed their true ages, their hands looked much younger. Because the workers’ hands were consistently submerged in water, Patti knew where to look for their secret.

Patti in the above clip is Patti Pao, who “boasts an illustrious beauty background, having launched over 400 products for lauded brands such as Avon, Elizabeth Arden, Guerlain and Peter Thomas Roth.”

And, bonus: Restorsea donates 5% of sales to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. Wow.

So, here are a few ways you can try these great products:

  • They give out samples on the site to new customers.
  • You can purchase them at Restorsea.com
  • OH, and WE ARE GIVING AWAY ONE full-size RESTORING NIGHT CREAM! Comment below to enter. (US entries only).

There’s so much more I want to say about these products (I’ve tried-and-loved the Night Cream, Day Cream, and Eye Cream) but this post is already getting long. So please post questions in the comments section and I will answer them as best as I can. Every question counts as an entry to win the Night Cream! If you don’t have a question, feel free to just post that you want to win. If you share the link to this post via Facebook or Twitter, you’ll get a bonus entry!

PS Regardless of if you win this or not, you can get free samples of Restorsea here: http://www.restorsea.com/info/Sample_Request

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PJR Fieldtrip: W3LL People Supernaturals Event at Henri Bendel

Posted by:  Jordan

This event recap is embarrassingly delayed, as Emily and I indulged in this fun event back at the beginning of November, but better late than never for some fun pictures and possibly some introductions to some great brands.  The event was hosted by Well and Good NYC, a Green Lifestyle blog that we love.  The event featured makeup from W3LL People (which you know we’re obsessed with), Yarok Hair Care, and skincare from One Love Organics.

Me getting my makeup done by W3LL People co-founder, Shirley Pinkson

Me getting my makeup done by W3LL People co-founder, Shirley Pinkson.  Is there anything that makes you feel prettier than having your makeup done by a famous makeup artist with a glass of bubbly in hand?

The most amazing part of this event was that the founders of the three brands were all there to talk about their products and give you personal tips and tricks.

Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics and Mordechai Alvow of Yarok

Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics and Mordechai Alvow of Yarok

Thanks to Suzanne Leroux of One Love Organics (a skincare line that I can’t wait to try–her story is so inspiring), I now have a new method for applying any face cream to my skin (hint–press, don’t rub!).  Click here to watch the brief video of her demonstrating how to apply their Skin Savior cleanser/moisturizing balm (truly a do-it-all product) when using it before applying makeup.  This “press, press, press” technique should be used for applying all moisturizers and serums, she explains.  Plus, her sweet southern drawl just makes me immediately trust anything she says!

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Emily being impressed by something Suzanne is demonstrating with the incredible One Love Organics skincare products

Finally, after our beautiful W3LL People makeup was applied with precision by the talented makeup artists, and we received skincare consultations from One Love Organics, it was on to the experts at Yarok for some hair styling tips.

Me listening attentively (while sipping my champagne) to Mordechai explain that for my hairstyle, "fingers are better than combs or brushes!  Fingers are all you need".  And some wonderful green styling products, of course!

Me listening attentively (still sipping my champagne) to Mordechai explain that for my hairstyle, “fingers are better than combs or brushes! Fingers are all you need!”…and some wonderful green styling products, of course!

"You need to confuse the hair shaft", Mordechai explained while blowdrying my hair in the opposite direction

“You need to confuse the hair shaft”, Mordechai explained while blowdrying my hair in the opposite direction

He smoothed and shined Emily's hair, which is always smooth and shiny because she has enviably gorgeous, thick hair!

He smoothed and shined Emily’s hair, which is always smooth and shiny because she has enviable gorgeous, thick hair!

Coiffed, made-up, and posing with Shirley from W3LL People after she convinced Emily she definitely needed to try Altruist 15 mineral foundation, which Emily is now thrilled with!

Coiffed, made-up, and posing with Shirley from W3LL People after she convinced Emily she definitely needed to try Altruist 15 mineral foundation, which Emily is now thrilled with!

All of the products used at the event were on sale, so of course Emily and I had to treat ourselves to a couple of items (perhaps also had something to do with the free-flowing champagne and lack of food–not complaining…champagne is the perfect shopping partner!).  I chose two products that I had been needing for a while and found it difficult to find effective all-natural replacements for: an eyeliner pencil and brow color.   Hypnotist Eyeliner and Capitalist Brow Pigment in Matte Auburn, both from W3LL People, came to my rescue.  I had trouble finding an eyeliner pencil that had a smooth application and stayed put.  W3LL People’s fits the bill–just wish they had more colors to choose from!  Currently the only color available is black, which as one of the makeup artists told me, “is like a little black dress for your eyes.”  I was also delighted to find an eyebrow powder that was the right color.  I was having trouble replacing my Bobbi Brown eyebrow powder because I couldn’t find a natural looking color that didn’t verge on orange or red for some strange reason.  Happy to end the search now that I’ve found this beautiful brow powder that makes my sparse eyebrows more defined and not clownish.  Cheers to that!

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Lux Naturals Whipped Shea Butter

Posted by:  Jordan

Lux Naturals Whipped Shea Butter

If you do just one thing for yourself during Snowstorm Janus here on the East Coast today, make it a priority to treat yourself to this decadent all-natural whipped shea butter from Lux Naturals, a New Jersey based company that makes small-batch, handmade natural soaps, bath products, and soy candles.  I bought mine–the Herbal Lavender scent–at our new Whole Foods in Brooklyn, but you can also buy it on their website or at these locations.  For $16 you can melt away your snowstorm rages in an instant, while intensely hydrating your skin and indulging in some wonderful aromatherapy.  No more scaly winter skin.  Take that, Janus!

We had some friends over for dinner last weekend and I had my jar of body butter on the bathroom sink.  After my friend tried it in my bathroom, she immediately brought it out to the living room for her husband to try because she loved it so much.  Her husband was then obsessed with it and marveled at how the minute the whipped frosting-like butter touches your skin, it melts into an oil. The whipped texture is so incredibly luxurious that I can’t possibly do it justice by describing it in words.  My 2 year old daughter describes it best by saying “I want to pop the bubbles in it!”  I love putting this body butter on her skin right out of the bath.  The next day I can still smell the lavender scent lingering on her skin.

Emily bought the Vanilla Peppermint scent and she’s just as in love with this lotion as I am.  We were originally planning on trading scents halfway through, but I think I’m so in love with this lotion, I might just be buying my own Vanilla Peppermint scent the next time I’m at Whole Foods!

One note on the scents: not all of the scents are from pure essential oils.  Some of the scents use phthalate-free fragrance oils, so they’re 98-99% natural rather than 100% natural.  Just be aware, if that’s important to you.  Otherwise they all smell amazing!  The company explains in more detail on their website:

Q: What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?

A: Essential oils are all-natural oils which are derived from a variety of plants and flowers. Because not all fragrances are found in nature we also use fragrance oils which are, for the most part, synthetic but some also contain essential oils. We use only phthalate-free cosmetic grade fragrance oils that are made for use in bath and body products.

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Our daughters testing out the delightful Lux Naturals products on display at Whole Foods. They’re already natural product junkies, just like their mamas.

 

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Game Changer

posted by: Emily

Every so often, a product comes out that revolutionizes not only how I use that particular type of product, but my ability to use other products as well.

That sounds vague, I know, so I’ll cut to the chase.

RMS Beauty’s “Un”Powder not only has changed the way I use powder, but has enabled me to use products I didn’t dare to use before, like tinted moisturizer, cream blush, liquid foundation, and eye shadow. That’s a game changer.Image

It’s perfectly named. It’s not like any other powder I’ve ever used. It feels like silk on my skin even hours after applying it. It absorbs oil all day. It allows me to wear the shine-inducers above I used to shun. I couldn’t go near tinted SPF moisturizers before because they made my skin look greasy. Now I can– “Un”Powder makes it all good. Cream Blush used to just slide off my cheeks. Not anymore. Eye shadow didn’t stay on my lids for more than 10 minutes. Now I wear it all day, and it’s opened a whole new world of options.

Oh, and because it’s truly translucent, there’s no frustrating color-matching process. There’s no choice. Just “Un”Powder.

There’s only 1 ingredient: silica (don’t worry, no relation to silicone, no danger). Amazing.

So, if you want to change things up in the new year, get “Un”Powder. It just might open up possibilities you never dreamed of…

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Black Friday 2013!

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I was going to wait until “Cyber Monday” to send out reminders about some great deals from our favorite companies, but today, looking at my inbox, I was surprised to find so many Black Friday deal offers that I had to share right away! Post any we don’t know about in the comments!

Still and always one of my favorites, ever, Splurge Skincare is offering 15% off their own brand-new retail site! Use the code THANKFUL for 15% off your purchase through 12/8.

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HipApotheca.com: 30% off site wide, through Monday, with code Black30. Brands include Alima Pure, Coola (which was on Jordan’s Gift Guide), and a new favorite of Jordan’s and mine, Yarok (natural haircare!– we got to meet the founder a few weeks ago. More info on that coming!).

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Do not miss W3LLPEOPLE.com ‘s 20% off everything cyber Monday. I love absolutely everything I’ve tried from W3LL PEOPLE, and I’ve tried it all. You cannot go wrong here.

JohnMasters.com offers 25% off everything! Use code holiday13. I stock up on my favorite Rose Foaming Facial Wash during this sale each year!

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RealPurity.com has some terrific deals through TONIGHT ONLY. Check them out here. They make the foundation that both Jordan and I use and love.

Like Gloss48 on Facebook to get a code for $10 off your purchase of $25 or more. Expires Sunday at Midnight.

The Grand Ultimate, WELEDA, is doing 25% off their entire site through Nov. 30 at 11:59pm. Code: FRIDAY

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Vine.com has lots of natural brands– not just cosmetics, but food and home goods, too, 30% off through Dec. 3.

Nourish Organics is offering 50% off their entire store! Stock up on amazing holiday gifts!! They are already affordable to begin with, and with 50% off, they make perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping: done. GREEN50 is the code, and it’s TODAY ONLY!!

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Vapour Organic Beauty: 30% off everything through Monday night! Yay! (I’m currently wearing their nail polish on my fingers AND toes! BlackFriday13 is the code.

Honest Company is just the best for all things home, cleaning, baby, and skin care. They are offering an extra free product with your bundle, which is ALREADY a great deal as it is! If you’re not already using Honest products, start today.  Code: GIVE2013

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There are so many Black Friday deals out there– basically, if you love a brand, go to their site or Facebook page and you will likely find a great deal today or this weekend. Ecomom.com, Bubble and Bee, and spiritbeautylounge.com are three more you should check out. I could go on and on…

And:

It’s not makeup or lotions or potions, but here are some great Organic clothing deals:

PACT Apparel, organic cotton socks, t-shirts, and great undies, offering 30% off Friday and Saturday.

Kate Quinn Organics, our go-to baby-and-kid clothing store, is offering 50% off EVERYTHING! ff2013 is the code.

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Happy Shopping! And Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

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2013 PJR Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by:  Jordan

Raise your (likely, always well-manicured) hand if you’re one of those super-organized people who is already done with their Holiday shopping by now.  I’m definitely not one of those rare creatures (and I’m constantly in need of a manicure).  I’m always so envious of those who manage to do their shopping all year long, rather than save it for the rushed few weeks between late November and mid-December, like I always do.  For those of you who haven’t finished (or–more realistically–haven’t even thought about beginning), here is our comprehensive gift guide of ideas for each person on your list.  Happy shopping!  (Spoiler Alert for any of my family members who might be reading this list–stop reading now if you don’t want any surprises to be ruined!)

For the new mom or mom-to-be:

Garden Girl Rub a Dub Baby Wash The Rub a Dub shampoo/body wash from Garden Girl ($16 for 8 oz) is a new favorite bath time product for my 2-year-old.  We love the calming lavender scent and the tear-free, super lathery formula.  Replace that cheap, synthetic, chemical-filled Johnson & Johnson–”the gentle stuff” (that tag line irritates me to no end)–baby shampoo with something that actually IS gentle.  And for the new mom or mom-to-be,  The Honest Company just came out with Organic Belly Balm ($15.95) and Organic Nipple Balm ($13.95 and a MUST HAVE item before you even think about having the baby–do not go to the hospital to deliver your baby without it!).  Round out the gift for the mom with a homemade Epsom Salt bath (just combine unscented, pure Epsom salts with a couple drops of your favorite calming essential oil in a pretty container), and the new mom will be thanking you endlessly.  Combine it with a meal delivery or homemade freezer-ready meal plus a little babysitting while she relaxes in the tub, and you’ll be the best gift giver on the planet!

For the woman who’s always putting others first:

Jane Iredale Glamor_Eyes-Lips_Palette This woman deserves something dainty, elegant, pretty, and–here’s the clincher–something she’d never buy for herself.  Treat her to this ultra luxe Glamour Eye & Lip Palette from Jane Iredale ($75).  It seems so frivolous, but in reality all the colors are super wearable so she’ll be using it daily, not just for special occasions.  Jane Iredale also has this insanely cool, Jane Iredale Snappy Brush Wandmagnetic Snappy Brush Wand for eyes ($30).  You can snap the brushes together so you streamline your brush kit, and it makes for really easy touch-ups since all the brushes connect with magnets.  I haven’t tried it yet, but Emily has, and reports that it’s absolutely amazing and the eyeliner part of the brush is the best eyeliner brush she’s ever found!  This is the perfect complement to the Eye & Lip Palette, and sure to make nearly every woman on your gift list give you an enormous hug.

 

For the Snow Bird:

Coola Plant UV face For anyone who has to escape the dreary cold weather every winter, like myself, give the gift of sun protection.  Coola’s Plant UV facial sunscreen ($42) provides excellent daily protection, doesn’t feel like heavy sunscreen sitting on your face, and contains skin-beautifying ingredients like lilac leaf, beet root, and mushroom extracts–all of which have antioxidant or anti-inflamatory properties.  Combine the sunscreen with a set of Nourish Organic’s new Coconut and Argan Oil Body Wash and Body Lotion ($9.99 each) and that person will be dreaming of tropical getaways all winter.

For the Glamour Girl:

w3ll-people-natural-warrior-makeup-kit Emily and I went to an event at Henri Bendel’s last week where we got to meet several founders of natural beauty companies (recap coming soon!).  One of these amazing people was Shirley Pinkson, the founder of W3ll People (LOOOOOVE this brand so much!  Read Emily’s review of some of her favorite products here).  At the event they told us about their three limited-edition gift sets, hand picked by Shirley.  The Glamour Girl on your list would, without a doubt, flip over the Power Beauty Kit ($48.50) which includes Universalist ColorStick#5 (creamy crimson), Paganist Lipgloss #2 (Sheer Gold), Hypnotist Eyepencil (velvet black).  I bought the eye pencil at the event because I was having major issues with all my eyeliners smudging all over my lids and disappearing by mid-morning.  Not the case with the eye pencil from W3ll People ($16.50).  Its smooth application stays put, blends easily, and, as the makeup artist told me while he was applying it on my eyes, “it’s like a little black dress for your eyes.”

For your office mate or cousin you see once a year:

Bubble and Bee salt cube four pack For this gift recipient, you need something universally loved, but still unique.   I recommend the Bubble and Bee Bath Salts ($27.80).  The 4-pack gift cube includes the following scents and at least one of them is sure to please the most finicky of gift recipients: Chamomile and Lavender, Lemongrass Ginger, Orange Peel, and Coconut Lime.  You could also break up the 4 pack and give the tin as small, individual stocking stuff or hostess gifts.  Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing in a fragrant bath of detoxifying salts?   Read a great review of these bath salts from The Glamorganic Goddess.  She made me immediately want to try these out for myself!

For the men in your life:

Weleda shaving cream My husband is the exact opposite of a product junkie.  When he finds something he likes, he doesn’t deviate, and he refuses to test new things out for our blog.  He started using Weleda’s skin care for men back when we first started this blog in 2010, and he hasn’t looked back.  Gone are the days of having razor burn on his neck and breakouts from the scary ingredients in his old Gillette “sensitive skin” shave foam.  If your guy is anything like mine, force him to try Weleda’s products and he will definitely thank you, and never try anything else, ever again.  My husband swears by the shaving cream ($14.50), the after shave balm ($23), and the moisture cream ($21).  I’m still pushing for a natural deodorant and toothpaste, but he’s not budging yet.

For the gardener/dish washer/nurse/or anyone else with hard-working hands…so basically everyone on your gift list!:

Ellovi Butter An extra moisturizing all-purpose, unscented, six-ingredient Body Butter from Ellovi ($26).    Made in Oakland, Butter is made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea.  Emily, in particular, is in love with this product.  She says:

Ever have that feeling that your skin is so thirsty it might actually want a drink? Sometimes, when I’m climbing into bed at night, I look down at my poor legs and see the parched skin practically begging for moisture. I’ve been keeping a little jar of Ellovi by my bed and slathering it on my legs. It has the satisfying advantage of soaking in almost immediately– I can practically hear my skin say “thank you!” as I apply it. And, because it absorbs so quickly and completely, I don’t have to worry about it getting my sheets and pjs all greasy. Also, I don’t feel guilty about washing it off in the shower in the morning, because it’s fully absorbed! Win-win!

 

That wraps up our gift guide for this year, but please let us know in the comments about any items that are on the top of your wishlist, or great gift ideas that you’ll be giving this season.  We’d love to hear from you!

Also, stay posted for our annual Cyber Monday roundup!

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PJR Outing: Event for Nourish Organics

Posted by:  Jordan

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CEO, Rob Robillard, making us love Nourish products and the company even more than we already do!

A few weeks ago Emily and I were invited to a Fall Press Review for Nourish Organics, where they made public some exciting news regarding a couple new products at a very exciting new store (they’re currently only selling their products at Whole Foods and online on Nourish’s website).  I’ll get to the fun news in a second, but first let me tell you a bit more about the brand–unless you’ve been reading our blog for a while, then you probably know and love them as much as we do.  Nourish became the first 100% USDA-certified cosmetics company in 2003, back when NOBODY was talking about cosmetics actually being all-natural and healthy enough to eat.  The products are all made at their headquarters in Beaver Falls, PA.  At the event, we got to meet the CEO of the company, Rob Robillard, who has formerly worked for high-profile companies such as L’Oreal and Kiehl’s.  He clearly knows what he’s doing in the cosmetics world, but he hoped to make it better–better for us, better for the environment, AND still keep everything in the line affordable.  We got to learn a lot about the company, as well as the products, which we already knew we loved but it was fun to learn even more.  Such as, did you know that a product can’t contain water if it’s going to be 100% organic because water can’t be USDA-certified organic?  Fascinating!

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Emily, Mr. Robillard, and myself in front of an enviable display of Nourish goodies

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The new Nourish products, sold exclusively at Target for a mere $9.99 each. Aren’t they pretty?! Even better, they smell incredible and moisturize like crazy!

But the real excitement at the event was when Mr. Robillard announced that starting this Fall, Nourish will have two new products launching exclusively at…drumroll…Target!!!  Who doesn’t love Target?!  We got to try both of the new items, Coconut + Argan Oil Body Wash and Lotion, and have been loving the rich, super-moisturizing, sweet-smelling products.  We were told at the event that it was difficult to create the scent for these two new products because the traditional coconut smell we’re all used to is a manufactured, unnatural scent, and if you cut into a fresh coconut, it doesn’t actually smell like much.  So they had to play around with a lot of different essential oils to come up with a scent that was reminiscent of what a “coconut scent” smells like to the average consumer.  In my opinion it actually smells more like vanilla and caramel, but not in an overly sweet, cloying way.  It’s warm and subtly sweet.  I love the smell of these new products, especially this time of year when I crave warm, sweet scents like chai, vanilla, and cinnamon.  And of course they’re also amazing for Fall/Winter because they’re ultra-hydrating.

Target is also selling the Lavender-Mint and the Almond-Vanilla body washes and lotions (the Lavender-Mint line is one of my all-time favorites–I just love that scent!  It’s especially nice in the deodorant, which really does work.)  If you haven’t had the opportunity to try out Nourish Organic products yet, head over to Target and treat yourself–or I suppose you could be generous and pick some up for holiday and hostess gifts.  But don’t forget treating yourself this time of year!

In other exciting news from Nourish, they’re in a soft-launch mode of their new facial line, which is currently only available online.  Emily and I haven’t had the opportunity to try anything from that new line yet, but you know we’ll be anxious to try it and will report back on it as soon as we do!

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