January Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery feat. Ranavat Botanics

januar 14, 2020

While the January Beauty Discovery is still available let me share my thoughts and impressions of the box. Spoiler alert, I love it!

January Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery feat. Ranavat* products: Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser, Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum and Jasmine Tonique. You can check out the box here.
January Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes Ranavat Botanics. Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser, Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum, Jasmine Tonique
Ranavat Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser is the Hero of this discovery and I would have to agree that this product is truly beautiful. I don't use cream or gel cleansers regularly and you know, I actually can't even remember when was the last time I used a cream cleanser. As someone with oily and now combination skin I always avoided cream cleansers. Not that stripping gel cleansers did my skin any good but I found cream cleansers to be too heavy and rich for my skin type (teenage oily, acne-prone skin) so I never got around to using them. Then I started using balm and oil cleanser, and mainly water in the morning so if it wasn't for this box, I would probably never gotten around to trying out this beautiful product. First let me mention the whole look of it - I immediately fell in love with the mauve rose colour, the minimalistic yet utterly chic design, and my heart sings when I see a sustainable, recyclable aluminium packaging. Great choice! Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser is really so creamy, luxuriously creamy and so nice to use. The star ingredient is Manjistha, the Ayurvedic herb that is known as the “apex of superfoods” for its ability to cleanse and detoxify. This botanical formula is a cream-slash-balm hybrid. Thanks to its lush texture, it removes makeup, dirt and oil, and leaves skin hydrated and balanced. Let me just quickly address this last sentence and if it really removes makeup. Well it depends on how much make you're wearing. It beautifully removes face makeup but for me it doesn't remove my three coats of mascara, especially if I don't use a wash cloth. Based on my experience if you only rinse it off with water, it won't remove all mascara. I prefer to use it as my second evening cleanser or as an occasional morning cleanser (I often wash my face with water in the morning). I wouldn't really say the skin is left hydrated once you rinse it off but it's certainly not dry, which I enjoy very much. A gorgeous cleanser, highly recommend you trying it out. You can check out Ranavat Luminous Ceremony Cream Cleanser here.

Ranavat Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum is a facial oil I've fallen in love before. It was featured in one of the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery by Beauty Heroes and it was actually then and there that I fall in love with Ranavat. Read my review here. An award-winning treatment that packs 18 organic ingredients into an oil-based serum, Radiant Rani has established itself as clean beauty royalty. Based in Oils of Sesame & Rice Bran, the same as cleanser Radiant Rani also contains Manjishta but also there are a bunch of amazing ingredients that I know and love like Turmeric, Saffron, Licorice Root. In my previous review you can check out how impressed I was with some ingredients I never heard of  before (read it here). Radiant Rani has a beautiful scent of Rose with a hint spiciness. The serum help to reduce redness and hyperpigmentation but it's not a one-time miracle. Regular use does the trick. You can check out Ranavat Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum here.

Ranavat Jasmine Tonique is for all the Jasmine lovers! As the Radiant Rani it was featured in the Indie Beauty Spotlight Discovery by Beauty Heroes and you can see my review here. This single-ingredient product contains Organic Steam Distilled Jasmine Petals and I'm here for that! I love a good Jasmine scented product and this one definitely is beautiful. Use it in the morning and evening, after applying makeup, love it all day long. You can check out Ranavat Jasmine Tonique here.

You can get January Beauty Heroes Beauty Discovery with Ranavat products here.

Much love to you,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Vegan Cooking #9

januar 08, 2020

Or more like Vegan Baking. :) I was introduced to this dessert by my friend's mom and it's so good! Super easy to make and really delicious. It's fluffy and so yummy, and approved by non-vegans as well. These are not really brownies, perhaps it's more like a sponge "cake".
Easy Delicious Vegan Brownie Dessert, no dairy, no eggs. Biskvit brez mleka in jajc, veganski.
Easy Delicious Vegan Brownie Dessert, no dairy, no eggs. Biskvit brez mleka in jajc, veganski.
Easy Delicious Vegan Brownie Dessert, no dairy, no eggs. Biskvit brez mleka in jajc, veganski.
 "Brownie Sponge Cake" 

3 cups* of coconut yogurt (I use the brand My Love My Life)
1,5 cups of brown sugar
half a cup of melted coconut oil

1 cup of coconut flour
2 cups of flour
2-3 tablespoons of cacao
2 teaspoons of baking soda

2-3 tablespoons of jam (rosehip or apricot works well)
dark chocolate

How to:

1. Thoroughly mix together yogurt, sugar and coconut oil. I recommend whisking it with a mixer. Spend some time on this because the more you mix it the fluffier it will be.

2. Then with a wooden spoon mix in cacao and coconut flour, and before everything is incorporated add the flour and baking soda. Also make sure that you sift all the dry ingredients because they will mix and blend together better.

3. Transfer onto a baking tray (20x30 cm).

4. Bake on 180°C for 25 minutes and then let it cool down.

5. Once it's mostly cooled down, spread on marmelade mixed with a bit of water and melt some dark chocolate which you then pour on top. Let that cool down completely and then it's time to enjoy.

Do try out this recipe, you will love the end result, I'm sure!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Much love,

Jana xx

*I use a yogurt cup (180g) to measure the ingredients.

December Boxwalla Beauty Box with Lepaar Skincare

december 12, 2019

As it is written on the card that comes in the December Boxwalla Beauty Box, I'm excited to showcase a brand that nudges you to really slow down, experiencing the textures, the smells, the wholeness, & the souls of things: Lepaar Skincare. This is an Australian brand, created by Johanna & Christo Everingham. Joanna was introduced to organic cosmetic crafting by her alchemist mother and has been making her own skincare compositions for over 20 years.

In December Boxwalla Beauty Box "From the Earth, Slowly" are three products from Lepaar Skincare: The Luminous Beauty Balm, Luxurious Body Firming Oil and Velvet Sole Lip + Face Balm. You can check out the box here.
December Boxwalla Beauty Box Lepaar Skincare From the Earth, Slowly. The Luminous Beauty Balm, Luxurious Body Firming Oil, Velvet Sole Lip & Face Balm
December Boxwalla Beauty Box Lepaar Skincare From the Earth, Slowly. The Luminous Beauty Balm, Luxurious Body Firming Oil, Velvet Sole Lip & Face Balm
Lepaar Skincare The Luminous Beauty Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Lepaar Skincare The Luminous Beauty Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
The Luminous Beauty Balm is a very soft balm. Super soft! A silken balm filled with whole plant extracts & non-nano 24K gold that are sun-infused by Lepaar on their Kangaroo Valley farm or Sydney studio in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive Oil for 4-6 months. You can check out the whole list of ingredients on their website here, where there's a lot of information, like their origin and skin benefits. To mention a few ingredients in this luxurious balm, there's Calendula, Vanilla, Rose, Chamomile, Carrot Root, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Turmeric, and more stunning ingredients. This beautiful blend is suitable for all skin types, it especially benefits mature and teenage, acne prone, sensitive, imbalanced skin.

I love its soft and smooth consistency, that the extracts are sun-infused in-house and then hand-blended at full moon or new moon, ingredients are biodynamic, organic, wildcrafted. There is Beeswax in this balm, but Lepaar doesn't test on animals. I love that this balm doesn't feel too heavy or rich, I enjoy the fact that it doesn't contain Shea or Cocoa Butter. Sometimes my skin doesn't react well to those, well it depends on the amount, and other ingredients. This is a balm so it doesn't get completely absorb into the skin but it does sink into the skin easily and quickly. And with all balms, less is more, always. I love using it in the morning, especially if I'm going hiking or just out in nature, it works lovely at protecting my skin from the cold weather. It's also a wonderful product for nighttime use. I don't use it every day but I didn't experience any problems with clogged pores. I have yet to use it more regularly to see how it really works for my combination skin but so thus far I'm really liking it. Another thing to mention is its scent which is not strong and I actually don't really smell much, mainly just olive oil. I like it.
Lepaar Skincare Luxurious Body Firming Oil December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Lepaar Skincare Luxurious Body Firming Oil December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Luxurious Body Firming Oil is a deep tissue strenghtening compostion that cocoons, softens and smoothes the skin. It was created to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, help firm, tone and strengthen the skin while protecting our spiritual equilibrium. The base of this oil is the same as it is for The Luminous Beauty Balm - Olive Oil, Calendula and Vanilla Extracts. In this base are again, like with the balm some truly stunning, sun-infused ingredients such as Arnica, Camellia, Milk Thistle, Neroli, Saffron. The scent is mild and indeed, I enjoy that. Well honestly, I wouldn't mind a stronger scent, which I like in a bodycare product, especially if I find a scent that is beautiful (to me) and I treat it as a perfume. I can't really say if this body oil is in fact firming or if it helps with stretch marks and such. I don't really use it for my body but more as a luxurious "hand cream". I only use it at night, I slather it on before sleep - on my hands, elbows, neck and decolletage. As I'm writing this, I have to say that this one is my favourite products from this box. It's just so stunning!
Lepaar Skincare Velvet Sole Lip & Face Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Lepaar Skincare Velvet Sole Lip & Face Balm December Boxwalla Beauty Box
Velvet Sole Lip + Face Balm is composed with exfoliating and rejuvenating Papaya Seed Oil, Calendula Extract, Beeswax, as well as Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt that provides the skin with 84 trace elements. This is a nice lip balm which I mainly only use in the evening, before bed. It's not the most nourishing lip balm I ever tried but a very lovely product nonetheless. It can be used as a face balm, to sculpt eyebrows (I have to try it like that!) and as a highlighter. And using it like that, as a highlighter is my favourite thing to do. The look it gives is so natural and truly gives that "glow from within", which is always what I look for in a highlighter. Not mad about all the extra nourishment my skin receives when it sits all pretty on top of my makeup.

You can still get the December Boxwalla Beauty Box with these exquisite Lepaar Skincare products.

Get the box here.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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First Impressions on the NEW Earthwise Beauty Products

december 05, 2019

Yesterday I received the two new products from my beloved Earthwise Beauty. I won't be the first to say it but EWB is truly such a special & magical brand, my favourite brand. Every single day I use at least one of Ava's products and with a number of products I have (so thankful about that) that is for sure saying something. I get ridiculously excited when I hear Ava is creating a new product because as I said it before, I'm obsessed with her creations! This time she not only launched one, but two products and I have some things to say about them so here are my first impressions.
Earthwise Beauty Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil, On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist. Skincare. Veagn. Handcrafted.
Earthwise Beauty On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist. Turmeric, Frankincense, Myrrh. Code Loveliness saves money
 On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist* is a "youth-preserving serum in a mist". A very interesting product with a unique scent profile. This product is the outcome of Ava's obsession with ancient precious resins, as there are four of them included here: Myrrh, Frankincense Serrata, Frankincense Sacra and Copaiba. There is so much to say about this product I don't even know where to begin! Since this is a first impression I don't want to overwhelm you with all the details so let's get the bascis done. This product has a wonderful spray mister which provides a fine mist. Swing feels like a mist, not a serum (if you think of serums as watery & super hydrating). It feels like a dry mist, not heavy at all. It is as Ava described it "it is a dry serum in a liquid format that strives to deliver a very natural skin feel when you or someone else touches your face: the skin is matte, perfectly soft, well-conditioned, springy and alive, and dry - not oily, coated, or sticky from products." It's really quite unique. The scent is resinous, warm, spicy, a bit sweet, I could say addicting. Unlike anything I have in my collection. I love that it contains Turmeric for its amazing brightening effects, Aloe Vera & German Chamomile to calm redness and there's also "a very progressive plant ceramide–cholesterol complex that has been scientifically proven to boost the functioning of mature skin". Wow what a special product! As I said, I love how it feels on the skin, very unique, and the scent is addicting. If you want to be even more impressed, then I highly recommend reading Ava's description, it will blow your socks off! You can get Earthwise Beauty On a Swing Among Trees Face Serum in a Mist here.
Earthwise Beauty  Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil. Organic, cold press, unrefiend, deep orange colour. Code Loveliness saves money

Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil* is an unscented, organic, cold-press, unrefined Rosehip Oil. A single ingredient oil that will become a favourite of many, I have no doubt about that. I have always been a fan of Rosehip Oil but not all are created equal. This is NOT an oil extracted only from rosehip seeds but it is made from the seeds, fruit pulp, and fruit skin - hence the name whole-fruit rosehip oil. It's holistic, balanced, and fullest in its range of nutrients. I'm in awe of its gorgeous deep orange colour which can show up on the skin. It is a rather lightweight oil and it gets easily absorbed into the skin. Rosehip oil is known for its amazing benefits - it reduces hyperpigmentation, scars, acne, fine lines and wrinkles. I'm really so excited to include it in my everyday skincare routine, my skin will thank me for it. Meant for all skin types, especially sensitive, acne-prone, and mature. You can get Earthwise Beauty Rosa Whole-Fruit Rosehip Oil here.

As always you can use my affiliate code Loveliness for 15% off your order at Earthwise Beauty.

If you have any questions let me know, I'm happy to help.

Much love to you all,

Jana xx
*samples generously provided
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Repurchased: Ere Perez & Rahua

november 25, 2019

Not sure if you've noticed but I think I can easily say - long time no see! I've been either rather busy or rather lazy to write a new post so it's been a while. I have been present on Instagram but also not that much. The last five or six months have been exciting with new jobs, new boyfriend, just lots of newness all around. Hopefully I'll be back on track with new writings, it looks promising, so let's start with a quick post/review/repurchased products I got a few weeks ago. But before I do that do let me know how you are doing?? Anything new and exciting you'd like to share? I normally catch up with you on Instagram so don't be shy to send me a message there or in the comments or via email, wherever you wish, if you wish. :) Now onto the two products I repurchased, both I got from LoveLula.
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara vegan, Rahua Classic Conditioner, LoveLula
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara vegan, Rahua Classic Conditioner, LoveLula
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara, vegan, LoveLula
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara* is one of the best mascaras I've tried! Over the years of horrible natural mascaras I found some great ones but as of right now, this one is the winner for me. I first saw it in action on my beautiful friend and was like omg which mascara are you wearing and where did you get it?! I placed an order and I was expecting to like it but my friend has long lashes as it is so I wasn't completely sure how it would go. I can't remember now if it was love at first use because often mascaras don't work the same just right after you open them but tend to show their true colours in a while but I'm completely in love with it and had to buy a new one. Now this one is still brand new, unopened because I have others to use up but you better believe I'm dying to start using it. It really lengthens my lashes and gives them some volumen. I love that it's super black. I use two to three coats and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I'm not sure why are the selling it as a "waterproof" mascara because I don't think a natural mascara can be waterproof but on me it stays put all day. Sometimes there is a little bit of smudges but all in all it's truly a wonderful mascara and I highly recommend it. It's vegan & cruelty free. You can get Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara here.
Rahua Classic Conditioner, LoveLula
Rahua Classic Conditioner*is actually not a repurchase for me, which I just found out now as I previously had Rahua Voluminous Conditioner* (see my review here). I actually really wish to find a good conditioner in a solid bar packaging so there won't be any waste but for the time being I'm still using a conditioner in plastic packaging. I have to say that this one is really lovely and I've been using like your regular conditioner but also as a leave-in-conditioner. It's meant for all hair types, especially colour treated. It contains moisturizing and nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Rahua Oil, which fortifies weak, damaged strands while nourishing and regenerating the scalp and hair follicles. It smells of Palo Santo, although I sometimes think I'm smelling coconut (there's no coconut in the product). The conditioner is nourishing and makes my hair softer and more manageable. You can find Rahua Classic Conditioner here.

Wishing everyone a beautiful week!

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided
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Beauty Heroes turned 5! This is their Amazing September Beauty Discovery

september 13, 2019

You guys, I'm sure a lot of you have already heard that the wonderful Beauty Heroes turned 5 years this September! I cannot believe it's been already five years, time flew by!! I'm so excited for them and so very honoured and grateful to be a part of their close community - like I said many times before, I'm so humbled and thankful to be one of their brand ambassadors. Thank you so much for having me, love you lots.<3

 Of course five years doesn't just happen overnight so Jeannie & her team came up with a gorgeous September Beauty Discovery* to celebrate their birthday with a bang (not to mention her new store in Novato!). In this box are five products, some are full size and others deluxe sizes. You can check out this discovery here.
September Beauty Discovery Five for Five Beauty Heroes, Laurel Skin, Josh Rosebrook, Honua Skincare, Ayuna, LILFOX
September Beauty Discovery Five for Five Beauty Heroes, Laurel Skin, Josh Rosebrook, Honua Skincare, Ayuna, LILFOX
Laurel Skin Sun Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Laurel Skin Sun Serum (10 ml) - this product was a Hero product of August 2016 Beauty Discovery and here is my review of it. This serum is loaded with plant based ingredients that make skin look repaired and youthful with a bright appearance. I love all Laurel's products I've used and I really want to try more of her products because they are so amazing. They are made by hand in small batches (ultra-small batches) and they feature concentrated, luxurious and gorgeous raw, organic, locally sourced ingredients. What I love most is that Laurel Skin products are so effective and they truly make a difference in my skin. Sun Serum includes oils of Rosehip, Red Clover, Bilberry, Cranberry, Red Raspberry, and Laurel’s own biodynamic 'house blend'. Like I said in my review - this oil works amazingly well at reducing acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation. It is brightening and repairing. I love that it beautifully sinks into the skin and that it hydrates it all day. I'm thrilled to have it back in my life and if I wouldn't have as many facial oils as I currently have, I would definitely splurge on the full sized bottle. You can check out Laurel Skin Sun Serum here.
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask (45 ml) - this was the Hero product of December 2019 Beauty Discovery and I dedicated this mask a special review with my friend Nic (check it out here). This mask works like a charm every. single. time. IT IS SO AMAZING, I cannot even put it into words. It is packed full of stunning ingredients like Cacao, Turmeric, Calendula and so many more, all of which create this magical concoction that makes my skin so, SO happy. I haven't used this mask in a little while and I used it a few days ago and you better believe my skin looked amazing all day long, and the next day too. It's so brightening and it actually makes my skin glow. LOVE. You need to get this mask asap, you will love it, I'm so sure of it. You can check out Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask here.
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum (30 ml) - this was the Hero product of June 2017 Beauty Discovery and you can read my review of this serum here. What can I say, another gorgeous product from the September Beauty Discovery. They really came through with this discovery! Have you tried Honua products yet? I am such a fan! Aloha Youth Serum is a lightweight, hydrating and quickly absorbing serum that calms inflammation, calms & brightens the skin. Kapua made a wonderful job with this serum and I love that I have it back in my collection. You can check out Honua Skincare Aloha Youth Serum here.
Ayuna Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II Less is Beauty September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Ayuna Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II Less is Beauty September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II (15 ml) - this was the Sidekick product of the November 2017 Beauty Discovery and you can read my review here. I am utterly obsessed and deeply in love with Ayuna's products. Omg they are so stunning and unlike anything I have ever used. So effective and like they've been made for my skin. Cream II has a scientifically advanced, botanical formula that boasts an array of high-performance natural ingredients. Phyto-peptides and plasmas, rich in botanical cell factors from Green Carrot, Arabian Cotton, Pomegranate and phyto-peptidic fractions from Turmeric Root and Centella, help skin maintain a feeling of regeneration. Now I have to say that I slightly prefer the Cream I, which is a bit more light and a bit more suitable for my combination skin. I actually love using their creams with The Facial* (Low or High) - so the acid toner first and then the cream, and that's that, nothing else. My skin glows each time I use the combination, and if I use their Essence and the Balm too, then good skin days are guaranteed. But anyways, Cream II is luxurious, rich but not thick, it's very moisturizing and leaves my skin revitalized and soft. It's one of those cream that you don't need a serum or oil on top because there really is no need for that. You can check out Ayuna Natural Rejuvenating Treatment Cream II here.
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum September Beauty Discovery Beauty Heroes
LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum (10 ml) - this was the Hero product of October 2018 Beauty Discovery and you can check out review here. I like this eye serum a lot. Its star ingredient is Kalahari Oil, cold-pressed from African watermelon seeds that are rich in omega-6 and -9 and boosted with a host of skin-supporting seed oils of Cucumber, Passion Fruit, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Pomegranate, Rosehip and more. It is a lightweight oil, it quickly sinks into the skin and hydrates my skin. You can check out LILFOX Kalahari Eye Serum here.

September Beauty Discovery is truly so amazing and I highly recommend it!!<3
You can get it here.

With all my love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot seed Renewing Oil Cleanser

avgust 23, 2019

I have been testing a couple of new-to-me cleansers and one of them is this lovely oil cleanser by a UK brand Inner Senses. I have mentioned the brand before on my blog and I have to say that I always really enjoy their products. The one that impressed me lately is their GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot seed Renewing Oil Cleanser*. I believe this is one of their newer products but don't quote me on that.
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser
As its name would suggest the two main ingredients in this cleansing oil are:

Carrot infused Jojoba Oil + Carrot Seed CO2 Extract - rich in antioxidants, they support well aging. They are rejuvenating and also help to even out skin tone.

Tomato Seed Oil + Tomato Leaf Absolute - deeply moisturizing, they improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out the skin tone.

There's also Camellia & Papaya Seed Oils, Safflower, Castor and Avocado Oils.

This oil cleanser has a non-greasy, lightweight consistency and it beautifully removes all my makeup. It's gentle yet effective and I always love that when it comes to skincare products. I use it just like any other cleansing oil or balm: apply on dry skin, massage it all in until it thoroughly dissolves makeup and then remove everything with a warm washcloth. The scent goes hand in hand with its name - it has a fresh, earthy aroma, just like greenhouse. If I close my eyes, I can actually smell tomato plants. 
Inner Senses GREENHOUSE Tomato and Carrot Seed Renewing Oil Cleanser consistency and colour
93% organic and 100% natural this product is recommended for dry, sensitive, combination, irritated and dull skin.


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Much love to you all,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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