Jul 092014
 
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ddCan you tell that it’s Haute Couture week in Paris? Dior seems to be entirely renewed with the work of its lead fashion designer Raf Simons, who showed his work against a wall of orchids at Paris’ Rodin Museum. This year’s haute couture used graphic shape as the canvas for the complex handwork embroidery and modern details that is setting new standards for the historic haute couture craft. The show featured embroidered silk coats,elegant ball skirts and soft, sophisticated color.

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May 112014
 

Chanel Perfection Velvet08I’ve been testing the new Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation ($45/ 1 ounce), which I love 1,000 times more than the similarly-packaged Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. The finish of this is not matte, but rather a soft satin. The finish is light and buildable to a solid medium. The lasting power is a solid ten hours. Chanel Pefection Lumiere Velvet is a step forward for Chanel’s foundation line.

Chanel Perfection Velvet07Rated at SPF 15, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet’s sunscreen is modest and not a substitute for a separate, and necessary, sunscreen. Lately, I’ve been using Chanel’s sunscreen. Both of these products play very well together.

Chanel Perfection Velvet05The discreet square bottle is lightweight, well-designed to shake-shake-shake, and very travel-friendly.

Chanel Perfection Velvet10My Chanel Cameo/Ivoire (MAC NC15) skintone was matched to B20, which is slightly warm but works very well. My apologies for no comparison swatches on this one–I’ll be living on the road for a while and I’m blogging under less than ideal conditions.

Chanel Perfection Velvetc1After a few minutes to settle in, the finish is gorgeous. Here she is wearing Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B20 with Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, Nars Lost Coast eyeshadow duo, and Nars Olympia Contour Blush. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):
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Overall:  Love, love, love.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet is available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

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Mar 252014
 

Chanel Rouge Allure Charmeuse and Fleurie ($34 each/exclusive to Chanel.com) have been in my review queue and it is certainly time to post some information about these lovely shades. You can see other blogger reviews at The Beauty Look Book and Temptalia. Both are beautiful, brightening colors from the Jardin de Camelias collection.

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Chanel Fleurie is a medium cool rose with subtle sparkle. The formula is creamy and moisturizing. Fleurie is a color that is near-opaque in one coat, and certainly fully opaque in two. Because of the lovely Chanel formula, there is plenty of rich pigment and so there is no caking effect with the buildup of color.

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Chanel Fleurie on Liz:

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Here are some quick comparisons with Chanel Jersey Rose, Chanel Rouge Allure Seduirsante and Chanel Confidentielle:

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Chanel Charmeuse is a soft nude cream without sparkle. This color is slightly sheer.

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Chanel Charmeuse on Liz. You can see that, because of the formula’s sheerness, some of Liz’s natural pink lip color shows through. As I’m sure you’ve already surmised, Chanel Charmeuse a difficult color to offer as an online-only product. It is difficult to predict how this color will look with your individual coloring because it cannot be played with at counters. Personally, I am pleased with the color but caution that you take our swatches with a grain of salt.

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Here are some quick swatch comparisons with Chanel Rouge Allure Mythic and Chanel Rouge Coco Patchoulli:

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Overall, both Chanel Fleurie and Charmeuse are beautiful colors. I seriously love the Chanel Rouge Allure formula, and so both of these are winners for me.

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Mar 132014
 

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We chose a few items from Chanel Jardin de Camelias that we’d like to share with you, to put you in the mood for spring. This collection is exclusive to Chanel.

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The Chanel Jardin de Camilias is part of a long tradition of this line to release a soft, face-brightening capsule collection this time of year. Of the items that we chose, my favorite is the Chanel Ombres Tracees eyeshadow palette in Jardin Zen ($65).

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This softly pigmented collection has a light cream-toned highlighter and a soft cool pink. To keep the color palette in the sophisticated (rather than the jejune) side of things, Chanel has added a soft mid tone grey-mauve and a deep pigmented black. There is a soft sheen throughout the shades, and an inconsistent bit of sparkle throughout the mauve and black shades. The design is gorgeous.

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Swatches:

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Chanel Jardin Zen is the perfect palette for understated sophistication. If you are the kind of person who thinks that most eyeshadows look too strong on you, this is the perfect palette for you. This lightest shades are a soft whisper of color in an ultra-finely-milled powder. Here is Liz wearing the three lightest shades, applied very lightly with the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush.

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I’ve been having very good luck applying this palette with the Wayne Goss eyeshadow brushes (typically, #3). We didn’t use the Jardin Zen black shade in this picture, although it makes a good eyeliner shade or applied softly in the outer “V” of the eye to add depth.

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Above, Liz is also wearing the Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Sakura ($43). This is a softly-pigmented cool medium pink. We had to layer it on quite a bit to build up the color that you see on Liz in these photographs.

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Above, Liz is wearing the Jardin Zen eyeshadow palette, the Chanel Sakura blush, and Tom Ford Paradiso lipstick. Below, she wearing the same makeup and singing Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” because we get sort of carried away like that. She’s also used the T3 Bodywaver ($149). We’ve both become addicted (we each own one by this point). Anyway, I think the Chanel Jardin de Camelias products look quite natural on her.

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We also tried  two Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks in this collection–Chanel Rouge Allure Charmeuse and Chanel Rouge Allure Fleurie ($34 each). Chanel Charmeuse is a pretty soft lustrous semi-sheer nude.

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There is a touch of shimmer in the formula.  This reminds me of Tom Ford Pink Dune, but the formula feels more moisturizing and lush.

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Because Charmeuse has some sheerness, it doesn’t “blank out” one’s lips or give the “corpse effect.” You’ll see a touch of your natural lip color showing through, depending on how heavily you apply the color. On Liz:

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Chanel Fleurie is a cool medium rose with red shimmer reflects.

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Another:

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This reminded me of Tom Ford Paradiso, however again I prefer the Chanel formulation (your mileage may vary, but the Rouge Allure feels better and seems to last a bit longer on me). On Liz:

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Swatches:

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Overall, this quiet little capsule collection from Chanel is easy to miss. Perhaps you shouldn’t, especially if you love soft, natural colors that look amazing everyday.

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Jan 082014
 

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I’ve always had an affinity for the rebellious spirit of the punk movement. I was around to see some of the ending phases of it in California, and enjoyed the Punk:  Chaos to Couture show last spring at the Met in New York City. I could go on (oh, could I!), but let’s move on to the makeup instead.

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When MAC recently released the Punk Couture collection that included several deep toned lipstick, I couldn’t resist picking up MAC Instigator and Studded Kiss ($15) to add to my vamp colored lip collection.

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But first, let’s start at the beginning.

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To do this post properly, I reached into the vault to see three Chanel near-black lipsticks released in a very limited production in 2009. These three colors–Hysteria, Obscure, and Maniac–have not seen a lot of use. Perhaps I needed Punk to experience a re-awakening to really appreciate their edgy beauty.

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Here are the three colors:

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More recent additions to my vamp collection include Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Provocante from a Fashion’s Night Out release, the comparatively sheer Rouge Allure Envoutante, and Rouge Allure Rouge Noir (#109).

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Here is a lip swatch of La Provocante:

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And Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir:

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Currently, MAC has released four deep colors as part of Punk Couture. I picked up MAC Studded Kiss and Instigator, which have a matte formula. These melt pretty well on the lips, and look incredible under a gloss.

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MAC Studded Kiss reminds me of Chanel Rouge Noir–it is a deep red black jewel. The pigmentation is incredible. I wore it for most of the day today, and it’s vibrant color wore for hours without drying out my lips or fading until at least four hours had gone by.

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MAC Instigator leans deep black purple, and reminds me of Chanel La Provocante:

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I haven’t played with MAC Instigator extensively yet, but as this collection is selling out so quickly I thought it best to get some images up as soon as possible.

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Here are swatches of MAC Studded Kiss and Instigator:

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Here are more swatches that include the Chanel deep colors, Hysteria, Obscure and Maniac:

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Here are my modern Chanel acquisitions, Chanel La Provocante, Envoutante, and Rouge Noir:

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Here is the entire group (click to enlarge):
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You can see that the original 2009 set is the deepest and darkest of the group. Here is one more set of the entire group:

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I hope you enjoyed this little overview of some of my deep, dark lipsticks. Although these aren’t always in my comfort zone, I’ve always found it fun to use these on days when they feel right. If you’d like to get the MAC, do not wait a moment longer. Nordstrom has MAC Instigator and Studded Kiss up for order (they’re back-ordered for February delivery) and I do not know whether they will last the night.

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Jan 082014
 

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When Chanel’s Spring 2014 Collection released last month, I went to several different counters to test the products. I was unable to find products that captured my imagination, although I’m still looking at the lip pencils as potential items. I found that this collection’s items–as much as I tried to love them–were just a bit off for my coloring, or didn’t really seem to have the uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from the line.

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Although I’m very excited about several upcoming items from Chanel this year, for now I chose a single lipstick as the one “must have” item for me this season. I know that some of my readers will be surprised. Indeed, although I have not always had time to cover them on Cafe Makeup, I’ve continued to buy extensively from Chanel collections for the past several years. Spring 2014 is the least that I’ve purchased from a Chanel release in a very, very long time.  Hopefully, the rest of the year will look much better.

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 At any rate, I chose Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée ($34). This matte-satin deep mauve is an unusual shade, yet still has enough sophistication to look fabulous.

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I love the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet formula, and I would have purchased the other velvet in this collection (Diva, a neon pink), except it seemed a bit too bright. Chanel L’Adorée is a near-opaque, but has enough transparency to be modified slightly depending on the color of your natural lips.

Chanel L'Adoree7Alternatively, you could tweak it toward the red side by using Chanel’s Vamp/Rouge Noir lipliner, or more purple with Amarante. Here are swatches to show Chanel L’Adorée against the more red Chanel Rivoli, and the comparatively darker Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir and the Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir.

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Here is Chanel L’Adorée on Liz, looking gorgeous (no base, no lipliner, and no gloss):

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Although I love Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée, I wish that I could have fallen more in love with Chanel Spring 2014. Based on their recent runway looks, I’m sure that there will be many more items to love this year. For now, I’m enjoying this Rouge Allure quite a bit.

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Dec 162013
 

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A new blush is always cause for celebration, and we are celebrating Chanel Joues Contrast Emotion #87 ($43) (designated as “87” on Nordstrom’s site). This has the Chanel Powder texture and is made in France. Note that The Beauty Look Book’s reviews and comparisons are here.

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Part of the reason that this blush is celebratory is its universality. It has enough color and tone to look good on a variety of skin-tones, from light to deep, as well as cool and warm. Also, the medium pink color will look good with a variety of looks and various situations.

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Chanel Emotion is a deep pink-rose:

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Chanel Emotion on Liz:

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I do not have anything quite the same in my collection, so I did some random swatches so that you can place the color between plums and pinks. Here is Chanel Emotion compared to Chanel Plum Attraction, Illamasqua Chased, and Chanel Rose Temptation:

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Overall, we’re applauding Chanel Emotion as a new addition to Chanel’s Joues Constraste line. True love!

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Dec 112013
 

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Reports are just coming from last night’s Chanel Les Metiers D’arts show last night in Dallas, Texas. Although I won’t be doing a full re-cap, I wanted to post a look or two, as well as to note that Chanel will be introducing a new foundation next year called Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet which was used at this event.

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Nov 142013
 

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The Collection Nuit Infinie collection brings us the Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees eyeshadow palette ($80), a neutral-with-a-twist palette that gives a foolproof dark smokey eye. This selection includes five workhorse shades that lean toward the deeper side of the neutral palette.

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 Chanel Charming is housed in the traditional 5-pan format of the Pearl River and 51, Montaigne.

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Inside are four near-matte shades and one near-shimmer. The overall impression of this palette is matte once applied to the skin:

Shade #1 is a neutral matte beige that is the only truly light shade in the palette, and it is not very light. In  tonality, it is close to my natural skin tone although it is a touch cooler/neutral. It can be used as a matte highlight (for example in the inner corner), or to add a bit of light once the other darker shades are applied.

Shade #2 is a neutral light brown that provides a good base color for the overall lid.

Shade #3 is a complex shimmery metal cinnamon color that applies as a soft red-brown.

Shade #4 is a dark neutral matte brown.

Shade #5 is a dark mauve grey.

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 The shades are finely milled, well-formulated and look appropriate in numerous work and play situations. As I said earlier, the overall impression on the eye is much deeper than many neutral palettes. Although it looks “dupable” compared to other palettes such as Urban Decay’s Naked, the superior, more refined texture sets Chanel Charming apart. In sun:

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However, I will say that I did experience a little deja vu using this palette–it reminded me of a deeper toned version of the Guerlain 10 Rue Des Francs-Bourgeois 6 pan palette (reviewed here) ($86), a palette in Guerlain’s permanent line which has been my neutral go-to eyeshadow palette over the past few weeks. The palettes are close in price (about a $6 difference). The Guerlain palette does not have the mauve dark shade of the Chanel Charming palette, and the metallic shade in the Guerlain’s is more prominent and brighter. Here are swatch comparisons (the Guerlain on top, Chanel Charming on the bottom row):

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Another (with Guerlain 10 Rue Francs-Bourgeois on top, and Chanel Charming on the bottom.

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As you can see,  Chanel Charming is the choice for a darker, smokier look. Given my paler skin tone, I find Guerlain 10 Rue Francs-Bourgeois a better choice for an everyday, work palette.

Overall, Chanel Charming is not the ‘star product’ of the Holiday 2013 line that I was expecting with Chanel’s unparalleled creativity that we’ve seen in past seasons. However it is a well-formulated, beautiful everyday palette and genius for an easy, dressy eye for the Holiday season and beyond.

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Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 Review

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Oct 302013
 

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Chanel has recently introduced the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 ($55/ 1 oz.) in the pink-toned Rosée to the U.S. market.  Chanel describes that this is:

A lightweight, oil-free makeup base helps to correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to give you a radiant complexion. Pearl protein and licorice extracts work together to counteract dullness, while pure white mineral-ceramic pigments give you a natural glow. The formula is also enriched with SPF 30 and hyaluronic acid to protect your skin. 

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 I’ve been using Chanel Le Blanc in Rosée for the past few weeks. First up, in my opinion, this is not a product for everyone.  I do believe, however, that there is a certain demographic that will absolutely adore the results, and I fit within that demographic and so I’ll provide my experiences.

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Have you ever noticed the glow that very young children seem to have? Even warm toned skins seemed to have a touch of dewy freshness. As we age, go through hormonal changes, acquire age/dark spots/scars, or even have a fading tan, our skin may seem to lean a bit darker or warmer than we are used to from our younger days. This manifests in unevenness that is hard to conceal unless one wears some spot-treatment concealers or medium to full coverage foundations. It makes cooler colors hard to wear on warmer skin tones–skin just doesn’t look bright, clear and super clean. Even so, these solutions don’t seem to have the same glow factor that’s so beautiful about younger skin. Chanel Le Blanc Rosée blurs, corrects, and helps hide uneven skin colors, and adds a fresh-faced base that mimics that youthful pink glow.

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When I use Chanel Le Blanc Rosée on my warm NC15/20 skin, it evens out the color imperfections, serves as a matte primer to extend the wear time of my foundation, acts as a sunscreen, and gives my skin a pretty, fresh, youthful, delicate, light, ethereal color cast that knocks off a few years. It’s surprisingly flattering.

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More ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Chanel Le Blanc Rosée will certainly work on cool skin tones as well, indeed pinks look lovely on cool toned individuals. Note that there is no way on this planet or any other that I would wear Chanel Le Blanc Rosée without foundation–the pink is unnatural without at least a sheer wash of color that matches my skin tone.

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In the past, I’ve used a few other Chanel bases, including the former Blanc Lumiere (in 20 Mimosa, pictured above), the Asia-exclusive Le Blanc in 30 Lys, and the U.S. UV Essentiel sunscreen (which applies sheer/clear).  Lately, I’ve been reaching for Chanel Le Blanc Rosée because I love the fresh look and longevity that it provides. It makes my skin look prettier, and isn’t that the whole point?

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Blanc Rosée has been a wonderful brightening base product for the last several weeks–definitely my favorite primer so far. It really brings a youthful, tone-evening luminosity to my skin. So far, so much love!

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