Sunday, 31 October 2010

A Few Of My Favourite Things: October 31st


Spookey nails - impossible to pick anything up while wearing them but they were only £1 from Asda!

My Pumpkin - he's meant to be Chuck Bass. I'm on Gossip Girl overload this week, catching up with Season 4 and reading the books.

Black pepper toasted pumpkin seeds - yummy and healthy.

Halloween cupcakes - yummy but not-quite-so-heathly.

What're your favourite things this week? And how are you celebrating Halloween?


Friday, 29 October 2010

Taste Of Her Cherry Chapstick

My least favourite thing about winter: dry lips. Ever since the weather turned cold, my lips have been so dry that my lipstick collection has barely been touched and I've developed OCD about applying lipbalm.

Here is my collection (I actually don't own a Cherry Chapstick, do they even still make them?!):


L-R: This Works: Turbo Balm, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Tutti Fruitti Beaute Des Levres, Superdrug Little Green Tin, Vaseline Rosy Lips, Boots Tinted Lipsalve, Carmex Cherry

My thoughts:

Turbo Balm £10 8/10
This balm boasts natural ingredients which is great as a large amount of what we put on our lips probably ends up being eaten (doesn't an average woman eat something like 8lbs of lipstick in a lifetime? Gross!). It smells gorgeous, probably due to the Rose it contains along with Cocoa butter and Monoi and can also be used on dry skin and cuticles. The only downside is the £10 price tag - crazy!

Tutti Frutti around £2.50 6/10
I bought this in Nice airport last year with my remaining Euro coins. It smells gorgeous, very sweet and fruity which goes nicely with the bright packaging. It contains Vitamin E to help nourish lips but I don't find this as moisturising as my other balms.

Little Green Tin 95p 7/10
The cheapest of my collection. This is Superdrug's dupe of the Vaseline Lip Therapy range. This Aloe Vera balm has a gorgeous apple fragrance which I personally love although if you don't like apples/apple flavoured things then it's not for you! As a basic petroleum jelly balm I don't find this particularly moisturising and it can make my lips feel greasy if I apply too much. Still, for the price its not bad and its great for using on dry skin too.

Vaseline Rosy Lips £1.59 9/10
Part of the Vaseline Lip Therapy range, this pink-coloured balm smells gorgeous and leaves my lips slightly tinted pink. The Rose and Almond Oil in this make it really moisturising and it leaves lips shiney and healthy looking - great for days when you don't want to wear lipstick. I used this loads over the summer and the smell really reminds me of sunny days. The pink tint means that its not suitable for use on dry skin - pink knees would not be a good look!

Boots Essentials Tinted Lipsalve 99p 7/10
I really like the stick application of this product as pot lipbalms can be messy and probably aren't the most hygenic. This bargain balm has a pink tint to it which is definitely noticeable on my lips, more so than the Vaseline tinted balm. Its fragrance free so great if you don't like scented lip products and I tend to reach for this when I want a natural look or as a base for pink-toned lipsticks.

Carmex Cherry £2.49 10/10
I only bought this last week but this has to be my favourite of the lot. I'd never used a Carmex balm before - I can't believe I waited so long to try it. I chose the tube as its more hygenic and also wanted a lipbalm with SPF 15 in to protect my lips from the sun when I'm travelling. The balm has quite a strong smell to it - menthol with a hint of Cherry, it's smells less "medical" than the traditional Carmex. The balm contains Camphor and Menthol which make it tingle when applied and it made a difference in only a few hours to my nasty dried out lips. I like how this leaves my lips slightly shiney but not greasy and it makes a great base for lipstick. I really want to try the Mint Carmex next. I'm definitely a Carmex convert!

What's your favourite lipbalm? Anything else I need to try?

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

LilyLipstick is one today! I started my blog on October 27th 2009 - I can't believe how fast the year has flown by or how I ever lived without blogging before.


photo from Google Images

My blog didn't exactly start out as a fully formed, perfect blog - it's definitely been a big learning curve for me in just blogging itself. Taking good photos, writing reviews, figuring out html codes, finally getting my photos hosted by Photobucket rather than battling with Blogger...hopefully my posts have improved from my first few attempts!

I've had an amazing year blogging - here are a few highlights:

- discovering amazing products through other bloggers. I was too scared to order from ELF and had never heard of Sleek before I read blog reviews on them - now they're two of my favourite brands.

- winning lovely prizes in giveaways. I won Jen's Temporary Secretary giveaway and Peonies and Lilies' Blog Birthday giveaway - it's such a nice surprise to win something and I love my prizes!

- reviewing products for companies. I received some lovely skincare from Cellnique and am a Rimmel London VIP which has resulted in me getting sent some amazing products to try. It's such a privilege to get to try out a product and to know that your opinion counts.

- setting up a Twitter account. I really didn't "get" Twitter until I started blogging and while I'm not a fully fledged Twitter addict (yet) it's a great way to get to know fellow bloggers and companies.

- getting over 250 followers. I was amazed when I reached 50. Thank you all so, so much for sticking with my blog and commenting on my ramblings! xo

- discovering the amazing Green Monster and drooling over food blogs like Laura's super healthy recipies.

I think it's been a good first year for LilyLipstick and I can't wait for what's to come!

The Best Things In Life Are Free

This has been a good week for freebies.

Yesterday I finally picked up a copy of Cosmopolitan with the free Missguided nail polish. I chose the black glitter as thought it looked really pretty for winter and is similar to a Topshop nail polish that I've not quite got round to ever buying.


My polish. Check out Liloo's swatches here - looks so pretty on.

I've been needing a new eye make-up remover for a while and while I love Clinque's Take The Day Off I can't usually justify £13.50 (Botanics and No 7's eye make-up removers are great too but Clinque's is just that little bit better in my opintion!) for it but Debenham's Clinique Bonus Time made me change my mind (I'm far too easily swayed by freebies). I also picked up a tube of Super City Block SPF 40 which is one of the few suncreams that I can put on my face without my skin breaking out. This will be essential for when I'm in Australia next month and good suncream is definitely something worth paying a bit more for. I love L'Oreal Matte Fluid facial suncream too which is slightly cheaper.


My freebie was this Betty Jackson Black make-up bag with all these goodies inside:


Dramatically Different moisturising lotion, Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, SPF 15 Glosswear, High Impact Curling Mascara and Colour Surge Eyeshadow Trio.


I really love the eyeshadow - the diagram on the mirror and mini brushes are so cute! It reminds me of Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes kit. I can't wait to give this a try.

Are you influenced by freebies when purchasing make-up?

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Funk Rock and er, Jessica Simpson

It's no secret that I love a bargain. I rarely buy things full price and the thrill of finding an amazing markdown is well worth sorting through the sale rails and trying on what feels like 50 terrible I-know-why-this-is-in-the-sale frogs to find a prince (something that I would have purchased and loved at full price).

I visted the Funk Rock store over the weekend and was immediately drawn to the 2 for £10 rail hidden at the back of the shop. I picked up these two super-flattering, easy to wear dresses which used to be £24.99 each! They're pretty similar but I prefered the black based dresses to the more colourful ones they had. I love how these will be great for holidays and for layering up with tights and boots for winter.



Next stop was Tk Maxx, a store that I'm not really a fan of. I just don't have the patience to look through all the racks of dubious items that are definitely not "designer" to find something nice and the stores always look like a bit of a jumble sale. I headed straight for the accessories where something leopard print jumped out at me, I grabbed it to try it on "for fun" and fell in love with it! It was only £12.99, half the price of the Topshop hat I'd been admiring. I took it to the till to pay and asked the shop assistant to chop the labels off for me so that I could wear it straight away! It was only when I got home that I noticed the Jessica Simpson label inside the hat...I had no idea that she had a fashion line and as she's er, hardly one of my style icons (I don't think I even have "style icons" but if I did she would not be one of them) it probably would have by-passed me if she did. A quick Google, however, reveals my hat for sale for $58!


Modelling the hat in the oh-so-flattering florescent shop lighting.

What unexpected gems have you found lately?

Monday, 25 October 2010

17 Wild Curls Mascara

I've been wanting to try 17 Wild Curls mascara for a while so it made my day to win their Twitter compeition last week. I tweeted what I thought makes a good mascara (I said "super black") and was sent a tube of Wild Curls in "Wildest Black". My rules for a good mascara are as follows:

Must be black black black. I may be pale and fair haired but would never dream of using a brown mascara, it just seems wrong! I also hate "black" mascaras that dry to a dull dusty grey.

Must not flake off or smuge during the day. Self explanatory there.

Must give thick, dramatic, standout lashes. It made my day a couple of weeks ago when someone asked me where I "bought" my lashes from. Mother nature may have blessed me with naturally long lashes but they're so light that mascara makes all the difference.

So how does 17's Wild Curls fair?


Top: My lashes with two coats of 17 Wild Curls Mascara in Wildest Black (I created a 17 EOTD with 17 Shadow Singles in Beyond Bronze and Walnut Pearl in honour of the mascara)
Bottom: The brush compared to my current favourite mascara, Rimmel Lash Accelerator

17 Says: Create lashes as sultry and striking as the night with the new 17 Wild Curls Mascara in Wildest Black and let your lashes do the talking with bold, night-time allure.

Firstly, I love the packaging of the 17 mascara - gotta love a bit of leopard print. The wand is different from what I'm used to. Having used mostly rubber comb wands (Max Factor Masterpiece Max, 17 Defining Mascara) for the last year or so, I'd fallen out with traditional brush wands until the Lash Accelerator came along. 17's mascara has a traditional brush style wand but the bristles are arranged in a spiral formation. I thought this would make it hard to apply but the brush was actually really easy to use and the perfect size - no annoying blobs of mascara all around my eyes as with Benefit's Bad Gal Lash.

This mascara made my lashes look long, full and more curly (I always curl my lashes first anyway though - can't live without my eyelash curlers!). I love how black and pigmented the mascara is and it lasted all through the day without a smudge in sight. Top marks, 17!

17 Wild Curls Mascara is available from Boots for £5.99 - bargain!

Have you tried Wild Curls mascara?

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Paris Je T'aime

Travel apparently broadens the mind, apparently. One thing's for certain, travel has definitely been on my mind a lot lately. I'm off to Australia in two weeks for six weeks of sun and adventures. I can't wait. I booked the trip right in the middle of university-finals-revision-hell and I can't believe I now only have two weeks until I'm off on a 23 hour flight to the other side of the world.

Today's outfit is travel-themed but slightly closer to home: Paris. J'adore Paris. I've been to the city a few times and whatever the season (be it 30 degree summer heat or what felt like sub-zero in November) or who I've been with (a girlie trip with my mum, a holiday with a friend, visiting a friend studying there and a work day-trip) I've always had an amazing time.


Dress: Topshop, Necklace and bracelets: Oliver Bonas, Tights: Topshop

What's your favourite place to travel to? And do you have any up-coming travel plans?

Saturday, 23 October 2010

A Few Of My Favourite Things: October 23rd

This week I've loved:


Snog frozen yogurt parfait - yummy, healthy and worth feeling even colder for!

Winning 17's Wild Curls mascara on their Twitter competition

Painting my nails with Sleek's Bare polish

Late breakfast in Cafe Nero - soya latte and a fruit and seed bar

What are you favourite things this week?

Friday, 22 October 2010

Apres Ski

"It's so cold!" Is still my first thought upon waking up/leaving the house/making any contact with the outside world these days. I still haven't sorted my winter coat yet and have a strong aversion to trousers and jeans so winter dressing is something that I find a little challenging. Thankfully my New Look fair isle (I still want to call it Alpine) cardigan is so warm and perfect for cold days.


Cardi: New Look, Shorts: G.21 @ Asda, Tshirt: Warehouse, Tights: George @ Asda

I'm still getting to grips with using a tripod and the timer function on my camera. My photos aren't perfect but I had fun taking these and that's what counts, right? I've been taking the photos in my lounge as my room is far too messy! I can't seem to balance my camera portrait style on the tripod, so that's why the photos aren't full length - there's just not enough space for me to get far away enough from the camera with it landscape-way. I'm not wearing shoes in these shots as shoes in the house is a bit no-no but I wore my Office boots out which are so warm - my feet are appreciating a break from heels!

What winter trends are you facing the cold weather in?

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Feline Good

I couldn't resist the cheesy title of this post. Here's me wearing the cat jumper that I purchased a couple of weeks ago. I've said before that I'm not a fan of winter clothes but this may be cute enough to make me change my mind!


Jumper dress: New Look, Tights: gift from Japan. Rather lacking in accessories here - felt that the dress was attention-seeking enough!

What have you been wearing since the weather turned wintery?

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Deliveries, Freebies & Bargains

I really need to impose a spending ban on myself. This really is going to be my last haul for a while! I definitely feel ready for winter now and can't wait to actually start wearing some of my new purchases and hopefully doing some more outfit posts to show them off.

First up, my DHC delivery arrived. I blogged about the Deep Cleansing Oil here and also ordered a face wash. You get to choose four free samples with every order and so I went for a deep conditioning hair treatment, a mini olive soap, an AHA skin treatment and an eye cream.


Next, some No 7 freebies. My mum purchased the "Protect and Perfect" range a couple of weeks ago but didn't like the products. She gave me the day cream, eye cream and serum to try. I've never used anti-aging products before and I'm only 23 so probably don't need them just yet but I'm looking forward to trying these out anyway as I've heard so many good things about the range.


Finally, clothes shopping (again). One of the few fashion advantages to being 5'1 is that children's clothes still fit me. I picked up this cute purple cardi for only £5 from H&M kids. I also got the imitation leather mini skirt for £7 which I'm so pleased about - I tried the skirt on a few weeks ago and really wished I'd bought it as soon as I got home so it was great to buy something in the sale that I had actually considered buying at full price (I'm terrible at buying things just because they're bargains).


From New Look I got my "Alpine" cardigan (is Alpine even the name of the trend? That's what I'm calling it, anyway) which I'd been searching for the last couple of weeks. This one is perfect and it feels so soft and warm too. Also in New Look, I picked up this cute nautical tshirt for only £5 from the concessions sale rail. I love stripes and feel like it's a little tribute to Jen as she always looks fab in stripy bretton tops.

What have you purchased lately?

Friday, 15 October 2010

A Few Of My Favourite Things: October 15th

This week I've loved:


My Graze box - especially the 7 Fruits Flapjack, yummy and healthy(ish)

Elle with free Clinque lipgloss

Marie Claire with free Ciate Paint Pot

Lunch at ASK - goat's cheese calzone

What are your favourite things this week?

PS. Want to try a yummy Graze box yourself? Use M9V2925 to get your first one free (you can always cancel after your first box so it won't end up costing you anything)!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

It Works: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I thought I would start a new series on my blog. "It Works" will feature products that I love and which for me have, well, worked.

1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil


I have just ordered my second bottle of this from As far as I'm aware, the products are only available online but there is free shipping on orders of £50.00 or more so that'd be great to take advantage of if you were wanting to start a new skincare routine from scratch.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is currently on offer for £12 and is usually priced at £16. This is more than I usually pay for a skincare product but my first bottle of this lasted me over a year so its pretty good value. Also, now that I've reached the ripe old age of 23, I feel that I should be investing a little more in my skin and so £12 is not a huge price to pay for a product that really works for me.

Why Do I Love It?

I have normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone so oil is really the last thing I would want to be putting near my face. However, from the first time I used this product I could just tell that my skin liked it (I have sensitive skin and used to suffer from exzema so have to be careful what I put on my face). The oil comes in a pump bottle and I find that 1-2 pumps is enough to use, hence why it lasts so long.

I use this product in the evenings, after removing my eye make-up with Botanics eye make-up remover. I apply 1-2 pumps to a cotton pad and wipe the oil over my dry face - this effectively removes my face make-up and you can really see it coming off onto the cotton wool. If I'm wearing a lot of blush/bronzer I sometimes do a second application of the oil to make sure it is all off.

I then wet a washcloth and massage my face in circular motions to remove all the oil - the oil lightly foams when it makes contact with water and this ensures that it doesn't feel heavy on my skin or leave a greasy residue. After this, I wash my face with a face wash or face soap. I've just re-ordered DHC's Washing Powder which I liked when I made my previous order. In the past I've also used Clinque's Foaming Cleanser or just whatever soap I have on the go (I know that soap is meant to be bad for the skin but I've always used soap on my face and it doesn't seem to be doing my skin any harm).

Using this product in the evenings as part of a double cleansing routine has really made a differnce to my skin - it appears brighter, cleaner and softer. If I skip the Cleasing Oil my face just doesn't feel as clean and I get dry patches on my cheeks and chin with facewash alone.

I think this product would work for most skin types but rememeber that everyone's skin is different so what works for me may not work for you. There are other cleansing oils out there - I looked at Mac's, Shu Uemura's and Laura Mercier's but decided to go back to DHC's as its less expensive and I already knew that it worked for me. I rarely repurchase products and don't really have a set skincare routine (although I do always remove all my make-up before bed, I'm just not particularly fussed with what I use to do the job) so for me to use a product everyday and keep going back to it means that the product is pretty special!

Do you use a cleansing oil?

What I Wore...In Barcelona

Packing for a holiday is something that I always find a bit of a challenge - I spend ages deciding what to wear each day and having to plan outfits in advance isn't easy...I usually dress to suit my mood on a particular day and despite having far too many clothes, I feel like nothing in my wardrobe naturally fits together in "outfits" - aaaah!

I've just come back from a mini-break to Barcelona. I went for only 3 nights so only took hand baggage on the plane which, while great for avoiding check in queues and baggage conveyor belt dramas, further added to my packing stress. With no space for those "will I, won't I" wear this pieces, I eventually decided on two day dresses and my new leopard print jumpsuit. The day dresses are so easy to wear and can be dressed up for evenings with jewellery while the jumpsuit was a bit of a risk - I'd never worn it before and don't think I could wander around my hometown in a leopard print all-in-one without attracting some strange looks but the thought of a new city to explore and (hopefully) sunny weather meant that it was thrown into my bag along with my ever faithful vintage sandals and a couple of Topshop cardigans.



Jumpsuit: New Look, Bracelets: Oliver Bonas, Black and White Dress: Zara, Belt: Matalan, Wrap Dress: M&S Limited Collection, Sandals: Vintage (via my Grandma)

What are your packing tips for holidays and mini-breaks? Are you more adventurous with your style when you're away from home or do you stick with tried and tested outfits?

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Holiday FOTD

I've just come back from a mini holiday to Barcelona. I went for 4 days with my mum and it was lovely to have some girlie time exploring the beautiful city. We only took hand bagage to avoid queues at the airport so it was a bit of a challenge to fit all my outfits and beauty products into a Longchamp Le Pliage bag. As a result of packing light, I edited my ever-increasing make-up bag into a few key products and ended up wearing the same look each day. I actually really like this look as its quick, simple and looks just "made-up" enough.



Face: Rimmel Hide The Blemish in Ivory under eyes, 17 Oil Control Powder on t-zone, Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light as a bronzer, Barry M Blusher shade 6 on cheekbones

Eyes: Mac Paintpot in Rubenesque all over lid, Mac Sable in crease, Sleek Face Contour Kit used as highlight, L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss, Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara

Lips: Mac Viva Glam Gaga lipstick

Do you have a staple make-up look? Or do you experiment on a daily basis? I'd love to know!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Lasting Finish?

Rimmel have recently re-launched their Lasting Finish lipsticks and as a Rimmel VIP I got sent two shades - Asia and Drop Of Sherry.

The new Lasting Finish Lipsticks boast an improved formula incorporating Colour Protect Technology, enriched with 50% longer-wearing colour-boost pigments for up to 25% more colour impact than traditional lipsticks.

Intensity, smoothness, shine and an up to 8-hour staying power - new Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick truly has it all.

I love both the shades that I got sent - Asia is a pinky nude and Drop of Sherry a darker russety pinkish red. My first impression of these lipsticks is that, like the other Rimmel lipsticks I've tried, they have a pretty strong smell. Personally, I don't mind this - I quite like the "lipsticky" smell of them and once applied, the smell disappears. The texture of these lipsticks is great, they apply smoothly and don't drag on my lips like other long-lasting lipsticks do. They feel moisturising and comfortable to wear and I like the finish - good colour pay off and a slight sheen.


I wore Drop of Sherry today to test out it's "long lasting" claims and I was very impressed, 4 hours later the colour was still as vibrant as when I applied it. After a much-needed Starbucks fix it did need touching up a bit. Asia also faired well, after about 4 hours the colour was still visible and while the sheen had worn off, I wasn't left with patchy colour or dried out lips. These lipsticks don't feel like long-lasting ones as they're not matte or drying, nor are they difficult to remove - no stained lips or make-up disasters if you accidentally smudge them while applying!

These are a lovely addition to my ever-growing lipstick collection and I'll definitely be wearing them both a lot this winter. I love how they leave my lips feeling soft and don't settle into the lines on my lips or flake off halfway through the day. While they do still need touching up, the colour fades pretty evenly and they're great for days when you don't have the time to keep reapplying your make-up.


Asia on the left, Drop of Sherry on the right.

Have you tried Lasting Finish? What's your favourite long-lasting lipstick?

Monday, 4 October 2010

Testing 1 2 3

I recently purchased a camera tripod from Ebay. I'd been wanting one for a while as I want to start doing more outfit posts and pictures taken in the mirror don't really cut it. However, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to all things technology so its going to take a bit of practice before my outfit posts are up to the standard I'd like them to be but here's my first attempt:


Top: Charity shop (originally Topshop), Shorts: Topshop, Bracelets: Oliver Bonas, Boots: Office. Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish in Drop of Sherry

Does anyone have any tips for using a tripod?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

When It Rains, I Shop

I've gone shopping crazy over the last couple of days. That goodness it was payday this week...I blame the weather for this consumerist excess. It's so miserable outside that the only thing that's going to cheer me up at the moment is some new clothes and beauty goodies.

First stop, Superdrug. The recent cold weather has made me feel in need of some pampering so I picked up a couple of facemasks - a fruity one and a tea tree one. These were both around 80p so I'm not holding out for miracles but they should be fun to use - I used to be a big fan of peel of masks when I was younger so felt quite nostalgic buying them (you know you're a beauty addict when you get nostalgic over a face mask). I also picked up some Garnier Pure cleansing pads which I'm hoping will help to clear up the stubbon break-out on my chin at the moment:


Next up, House of Fraser. I picked up this cute top from the Oasis concession, reduced from £38 to £20. When I got to the till it was knocked down again to £16 due to their 20% off day - bargain!


The colder weather has made me finally abandon my bare legs, I did make it to the end of September without wearing tights but was getting sick of having goose-bumpy legs so some new tights were in order. I picked up these three pairs from Topshop - I love the corset ones the most, can't wait to wear them!


My last shopping stop was Primark...I'm not a huge Primark fan really so was surprised to find quite a lot of decent stuff in there. I got this crochet jumper for £9 and a velvet bodycon skirt for £5 (I've been looking for a new bodycon skirt for ages to find one which also taps into this season's velvet trend and is only a fiver is pretty amazing!)



What have you been purchasing lately?

Saturday, 2 October 2010


A month ago, I was sent Rimmel's new Lash Accelerator mascara. See my first thoughts on it here. Lashes are having a bit of a beauty moment with a multitude of products out there claiming to enhance your natural lashes, this mascara adds to the array of lash enhancing products by claiming to instantly lengthen and thicken lashes AND lengthen your natural lashes by 117% after 30 days of wear.

So...30 days later, here are the results of my "Lash Challenge". I wore this mascara pretty much everyday (aside from 2 days when I didn't leave the house and so didn't apply make-up) and didn't miss the rest of my mascara collection at all during the Lash Challenge - I love the application of this mascara and how it gives me the lash look that I desire, thick, black, dramatic lashes. But, did it work?

Here are my natural lashes at the start of the 30 day challenge:


And here they are after 30 days, curled but with no mascara:



Can you see a difference?

I don't think that I be honest, I wasn't really expecting to as I was quite sceptical of the claims of a mascara actually being able to make my lashes longer. So, I think I failed the Lash Challenge but I really like the mascara and will definitely carry on using this until it dries out.


Have you tried Lash Accelerator? What did you think of it?
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