• LOTW- Queen Elsa From Frozen

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    LOTW- Queen Elsa From Frozen

    Anyone else’s daughters STILL obsessed with Frozen? While I admit, I really like this movie. I like that the Princesses are the heroines. I like that the Anna choose her sister over the boy. I like that the entire movie was sisters trying to protect and help each other. While yes there was the romance/boy drama that is in all Disney Princess movies, it was not the main theme. See lots of great things to love about this girl power Disney Princess movie…..

    HOWEVER……

    After seeing it thirty times (thanks dad for making sure the girls got this on Blu-Ray to watch over and over and over) the song Let It Go, is kinda like nails on a chalkboard. Not only is the movie on constant repeat, my girls have discovered the joy of You-Tube and listen to the songs on there. Basically some aspect of Frozen is on at all times at my house.

    No big surprise, that they want to be Anna and Elsa for Halloween. It’s all they talk about. Really… it ….. is….. all….. they…. talk….. about…. But, being the supportive mom that I am (now with a slight tick at even the mention of Frozen), I am on the search for a great costume that I can make easily. Cause to buy them from Disney is ridiculously expensive, no thank you. Part of the costume, is having the perfect makeup. So I have been trying and trying to get Elsa’s perfect. I have to admit it is harder than I thought. My solution? Onto Pinterest I go; this girl nailed it. She duplicated it so perfectly. I am so impressed!

    I think that with it being on a person and the close up with the eyes closed, I will be able to duplicate it. Pretty excited to get started. How about you guys, are your daughters going to be Anna or Elsa for Halloween? Please tell me that I am not the only one with kids already thinking (and talking) about Halloween already?

  • Amazing Mineral Foundation

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    *This is a sponsored post. I received all the makeup I am reviewing
    at no cost, in exchange for this post. But as always
    all the opinions and thoughts are my own*

    Lets start by saying that I love mineral makeup. It gives a great, flawless, matte finish, plus it is so much better for your skin. When it is a good mineral foundation. It is so easy for a loose powder foundation to go wrong and become cakey, chalky, or just plain weird-looking. Can we say hello pancake face? Not good. So when I find a really great mineral makeup, I want to totally stalk up and then tell you all about it.

    Clear Skin Minerals- Healthy Face Minerals has come out with an amazing foundation line. It is a loose powder base consisting of: silk, clay and pearl (yes pearls). But also vitamin E and jojoba oil making it really good for your skin. It is designed to sit on top of your skin so it wont clog pores, or cause irritation.  Since it sits on top of the skin it will also, minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores and provides a great natural SPF.

    They sent me samples of both Ivory and Light Beige. When they tell you that a little goes a long, they mean a little goes a long way. My first time using this foundation, I used WAY too much. Thank goodness it is just makeup, so I could wash it off and start over. Attempt number two, was much better. I tapped my powder brush into the loose powder and then tapped it off until no more would tap off. Then stippled it under my eyes, around my nose and on my forehead (yes all without re-dipping into the foundation). Then using my buffing brush I started buffing it in. Re-tapped stippled it onto my checks and jaw line. Then with my buffing brush blending it in with large circular motions. I do think that I buffed it into my skin, versus letting it sit on top of my skin. But it looked (and felt) amazing.

    This turns out to be a full coverage foundation. It covers EVERYTHING!!! All of the little red spots around my nose and on my chin were gone. It even covered all my freckles. A totally different look on me, since I normally let them peek through. It even covered my dark circles under my eyes, no concealer needed. All of my little lines were covered, the large pores by my nose were gone. Gave a remarkably matte finish.

    I love that they sent me two shades. After using them for a while, the lighter shade is simply to light for my skin. HOWEVER, it is great to contour with. It brightens up under my eyes (while covering my dark circles), and on my forehead a bit. Since they are only one shad apart it is a very subtle highlight. Not something that I do often, but it is fun when we go out.

    What are your thoughts? Have you used a mineral powder foundation or do you like liquid foundation? Why?

  • VoxBox Opening!!

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    Influencer VoxBox Surf’s Up

    I was so excited to be selected for an Influencer VoxBox. It was so fun not knowing what was coming, but knowing that I was able to get one of the coveted boxes. I have to admit, I was thrilled when I opened it up!!! It was full of some great products (some that were very much-needed at that particular moment too). What is even better, they were all full-sized products. No skimpy samples here. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Influencer, they are a great company that connects brands with bloggers. They run all kinds of programs to get everyone connected, but the best is the VoxBox. When they have a brand that they think you will match well with, they email you a pre-survey. You have a short amount of time to get this filled out and back to them. Then if you are a match they let you know that you are going to be getting a box. Way exciting!!

    So now onto what was inside this great box:

    • First Aid Therapy Shot– I have seen these in the stores, you know by the cash registers for that impulse by. Every time, I have walked right by it. I was pretty excited to get this one in my box, so I could actually try it out. And you know, it came in pretty handy that weekend. We had a lot of fun for the 4th of July. For whatever reason, I woke with a headache. (Really no idea why that was hehe) Trying to muddle through, I remembered that I had this on my desk from my wonderful VoxBox. I popped it open and downed it. Within minutes, yes minutes, my headache was gone. It was so fast acting, tasted good, and it actually worked. LOVED it!! From now on I will have a few of these on hand at all times.
    • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun– Again for the 4th, if you read my blog you know that we got to spend a good amount of time outside. The weather was amazing, it was sunny and warm. Just a perfect 4th of July day. But, I got horribly burnt. My shoulders, my back, my neck. Not fun. Normally I am an aloe type of girl; just keep slathering that stuff on. I went to grab the aloe, and saw this sitting there, waiting to be tested. Man this was so awesome. It applied more like a lotion, then aloe, and there was no stickiness. It immediately gave my poor red skin relief. Really felt amazing on. I am a convert, no more straight aloe over here. From now on, this will be my product of choice for the after sun relief.
    • SinFul Colors Nail Polish– This was a product that I have actually tried before. They are a great nail polish brand. The colors always apply like they look in the bottle, they dry quick, and you only need one coat. (I do apply two, but I am weird like that) This color, according my girls, was the perfect mermaid tail color. Since blue is so in this season, it works perfectly. And all of us girls have blue fingernails and toenails. We are happy!!
    • Jumba Juice– Okay in all my excitement, somehow this didn’t make it into the picture. But we also got a coupon for a free Jumba Juice. Let’s be honest, who does not love Jumba Juice. Can’t wait to redeem this!!! I might even share with the girls….. Maybe.
    • CoverGirl Bombshell Curvacous Mascara– This is by far my favorite item in this box. CoverGirl is a great drugstore brand that never disappoints. This mascara gives amazing volume, length and curls your lashes. It lasts all day, without flaking or smudging. It is a true, very dark black. Best mascara that I have tried in a long long time.

    **I received this box, and all of its contents at no cost in exchange for this review.
    As always my opinions and thoughts are all my own.**

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  • LOTW- Summer Trends 2014

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    This summer there are so many different trends going on. Some are really great, some are geared more for a twenty-something crowd and some are just perfect for everyone. What are some of the trends that have you excited? Which ones have you running? Here is my list of the 2014 trends: the good, the bad, and my thoughts on them

    • Colored Eyeliner– One of the great things about summer is the natural, “me-but-better” looks. The main down fall is you can get stuck in a rut, there is no real excitement, there is no pop of color. This makes it so easy to grab some colored eyeliner, for that pop. This years big shade is blue. Any shade of blue works, turquoise to a dark navy. While I am a fan of colored liner (mainly purple and green), I just can’t get into the blue. The nice thing about this trend is that anyone, of any age, with any skin tone can totally rock it. If your into blue.
    • Bold Brows– The eyebrow is making a HUGE comeback. The days of the tiny over-plucked brow is over. Big and bold (but very groomed) is in. For me, and girls with big brows, this is great. The brow helps to not only frame the face, but it anchors the face as well. Again it is a look that anyone can pull it off.
    • White Eyeliner– It kinda ties into the colored eyeliner, but not. White eyeliner makes a striking statement; it makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more awake and the whites of the eyes look whiter. You can line the waterlines of your eyes, or you can layer it on top of the colored liner for a night out statement. I find this hard to pull off, while I like to line my waterlines with it for a day look. Anything more then that makes me feel… weird.
    • Orange Lips– Orange is HUGE. If you look at the run-ways orange lips are everywhere. This is one of those trends that I just can’t get into. Maybe I am just not finding the right shade of orange, maybe my skin tone is just the wrong tone for orange, who knows. But I have crossed this trend off of my follow list. (But I have shifted it slightly to corals and peaches. They both are orange based without being orange)
    • Peach Blush– This has to be my favorite trend at the moment. Peach blush looks amazing on everyone. It really gives a nice warm, lit from within look. I think that this looks great on everyone, but mostly women in their 30s-50s. As we age, we tend to think that we need a pink blush to look younger, but this peach color will do more for you then any pink color.
    • Glowing Skin– Having glowing, “my-skin-but-better” is in. While I tend to think that this is code for a dewey look, I do think that glowing lit from within is a good look for most people. Having great clear skin (even if you are faking it), will always be in fashion. There is nothing better then a great canvas. But lets keep the dewey look to those 20-somethings.

    I think that I was able to hit the all the trends: Eyes, Blush, Lips, Brows, and Skin. What are your thoughts? Are these trends that you would follow? Just a word of advice- try them one at a time, not all at once 🙂

  • LOTW- Simple Natural Summer Look

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    I am loving summer time. Everything from being outside, to sticky popsicle hands, to seeing the stars, lets not forget about amazing BBQ’s and the parties centered around the BBQ. With all this time outdoors, the last thing you need is a face-full of heavy makeup that will melt in the humid heat. SO here is my simple natural summer look.

    Materials Used:

    Step 1-
    Line lower waterline with the Rimmel Nude color liner. For those of us who are use to lining our eyes with black or another dark color, this look takes a little getting use to. I kept hearing bloggers and makeup artists swear by this technique to make their eyes look more open and awake. To be completely honest, the first few times that I did it, I thought that I looked like something out of the 80’s. Everyone told me how great I looked and asked if I was sleeping better; I was very confused. Now that I am more use to the look, I have to say, the other bloggers were right. This really does make my eyes look bigger, and way less red (meaning more awake). It is a worth a try (and more then once).

    Step 2-
    Apply Burle from lashline to eyebrow.

    Step 3-
    Apply Copperplate on the outer corners of your eyes. From lash line to crease. The key is to blend, blend, blend.

    Step 4-
    Apply Omega in the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 5-
    Line upper lash-line, from outer corners in about two thirds of the way, with Dark Slate. This will give your eyes great definition but not has harsh as a black liner. You can wing it a little bit; or have it thicker at the outer corners of the eyes and narrowing as you move towards the inner corner. Even a simple line looks great with this look.

    Step 6-
    Stipple DD cream under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Blend in with large circular motions. Making sure that you apply it all the way to the hairlines, ears and blending down your neck.

    Step 7-
    Apply tarte cheek stain by stippling it (straight from the tube) onto the high points of the apples of your cheek. Then using your buffing brush from EcoTools (see here for my review on this brush) blend it all in with small curricular motions up your cheek bone. Normally, I am not a fan of this method of application for blush. But with this particular blush, it is easy to achieve and blend upwards. Don’t be scared by the color of this blush (it is a very dark berry color), I was totally turned off by it. After trying it, I am a total convert. It is a great sheer, light berry color; that looks like a natural flush of the cheeks.

    Step 8-
    Apply a little bit of lipgloss. I am a huge fan of the BellaPierre lipgloss in Chocolate Cream. A very light nude color, lots of shine, but no stickiness.

    Step 9-
    Last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    A very simple natural summer look. What are your thoughts? Is this something that you would wear? Have you used any of these products before?

  • Chocolate Bar In Depth

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    I just realized that, I had an intro to this pallet and a tutorial on it, but I never actually listed the colors or done any actual review on it. No idea how that happened. I guess in all my excited it just slipped my mind. That is how much I am loving this pallet!! Well no fear, I caught my mistake and here is my full review on all the colors/shades/and textures of this fantastic makeup.

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    Starting on the top left corner, moving across the right top row, then going down to the middle far left color, moving across the middle row, then finishing up on the bottom left and moving across the bottom row. Make sense? Okay lets go……

    1. Gilded Ganache– A dark shimmery green-brown.
    2. White Chocolate– A matte white. This is my most used color, I use it as a base color to every look I do with this pallet. Even though it is a matte light color, it covers all the little veins on my eyelid creating a nice blank canvas.
    3. Milk Chocolate– A matte light brown.
    4. Black Forest Truffle– A dark shimmer reddish-brown.
    5. Triple Fudge– A very dark matte brown.
    6. Salted Caramel– A medium orange brown. While at first, I did not think that I was going to love this color, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
    7. Marzipan– A shimmery light brown, with a hint of pink. This looks great with Salted Caramel.
    8. Semi-Sweet– A matte medium brown.
    9. Strawberry Bon-Bon– A matte light pink. This was another color that I thought that I was not going to like, but turns out I really love it. It works well with ALL of the colors in the pallet.
    10. Candied Violet– This is a glittery purplish shade. Not one of my favorites, and it has the most fallout of the lot, but it is a really pretty shade. It gives the browns a nice little subtle color.
    11. Amaretto– A dark shimmery burgundy brown.
    12. Hazelnut– A medium shimmery brown.
    13. Creme-Brulee– A light shimmery golden brown. This colors looks amazing over anything, and with all the shades in the pallet.
    14. Haute Chocolate– A dark shimmery brown.
    15. Cherry Cordial– A dark shimmery red.
    16. Champagne Truffle– A light shimmery white with a tinge of pink.

    As you can see there is a huge range of colors and textures to work with. The possibilities are endless. All of the colors are so creamy, and they are so easy to blend. I am not sure if the cocoa powder in them melts with your body heat or what, but they seem to melt into a perfect consistency making them a dream to work with. And lets not forget the amazing chocolate smell that you get with this shadow. Even after using it everyday, I still LOVE that smell. If you only get one new pallet this year, I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

    What are you thoughts on this pallet? Did I miss anything important?

     

  • LOTW- Chocolatier

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    I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.

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    Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.

    MakeUp Needed:

    Step 1-
    Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow

    Step 2-
    Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.

    Step 3-
    Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.

    Step 4-
    Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.

    Step 5-
    Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.

    Step 7-
    Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick to your lips.

    Step 9-
    Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?

  • LOTW- Maleficent Inspiration

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    Has anyone had a chance to see this yet? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Maybe I will take Tink out, and have a mommy-daughter date. It has been a while since we had one and I know that this movie is a bit to dark for the little girls.

    Today’s look is inspired by this movie. Those chiseled cheeks, those red lips, and the perfectly heavy lined eyeliner. While we will never have Angelina’s bone structure, we can copy this look. This look will be a bit more intensive than some of the other looks, but won’t be any harder to accomplish.

    MakeUp Used-

    • Black Eyeliner- Both in a pencil and in a gel
    • Mascara
    • MAC- Brule (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Omega (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Brun (Eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Shroom (Eyeshadow but we will be using as a highlighter for your cheeks)
    • MAC- CopperPlate (Eyeshadow)
    • Clinique Better than MakeUp (Foundation)
    • Too Faced- Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer)
    • Clinique- Sugared Maple (Lipstick)

    Step 1-
    Line both your upper and lower water-lines (that rim around your eye) with the black eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Line your upper eyelashes with the black pencil as well. This will give you a guide for later when we apply the black gel liner.

    Step 3-
    Apply Brule all over lid, from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Apply Copperplate over lid, being careful not to go above the crease.

    Step 5-
    Blend Omega into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply Brun heavily along both the upper and lower lashes.

    Step 7-
    Apply your gel eyeliner along the top lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your foundation all over your face by stippling it on (under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead) then blending with large circular motions. (I am on vaca and totally left this foundation at home. Please forgive me that it is not in the picture.)

    Step 9-
    We are going to apply quite a bit of bronzer, the look will be harsh and dramatic. You want to apply this just under your cheek bones. It will accentuate your cheek bones making them pop a bit. The darker the bronzer the more they will pop.

    Step 10-
    Now we want to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, again to help make those bone pop. Apply Shroom to the tops of your cheek bones. (The great thing about highlighter, is that you don’t need to go out and buy any additional product. Any light, slightly shimmer eyeshadow color will work)

    (Note- we are going to skip on the blush with this look)

    Step 11-
    Apply a dark red lipstick. Personally I like Sugared Maple.

    Step 12-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    What are you thoughts. Do you ever wear this much makeup? Is this a look that you might wear on a date night out?

  • Chocolate Bar… For Your Face

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    Thanks to my amazing grandma, I was finally able to get my hands on Too Faced Chocolate Bar. YEA!!! I was seriously jumping in the store, so giddy to get my hands on it. She has to be the coolest grandma ever, I can always count on her to indulge my addiction. My grandma was happy to be able to give me a gift that I was so excited about. Even though, I think I may have embarrassed my kinda reserved grandma. Ohwell, I was that happy and excited. Like the two year old that I am; I ran home, washed my faced and began to play with this AMAZING pallet. (So I will fully admit and disclose that I am already a little biased. I love Too Faced; they can do no wrong and I love all the names of colors)

    First, lets start with this packaging. How incredibly cute is this box? I am so loving this. While all the Too Faced products are cute, this one takes the cake. Not only is the box adorable, the actual makeup tin is genius. It looks just like a chocolate bar. Fun!

    Next, when you open it, the makeup actually smells like chocolate. And not in that weird chemical way some chocolate scented items do. You know the ones that say they smell like chocolate, you open it up, take a whiff and are like in what universe is this chocolate. Nothing like that. It really does have a delicious scent. My hubby made the mistake of trying to get ready when I was in there playing with this for the first time. I was just standing there enjoying this amazing smell and my hubby looked at me with the strangest look on his face. When I finally got enough courage to look at him, he blankly asked what in the world I was doing. So yup made him smell my makeup too. I think, he thinks that I need a padded room and some serious help.

    Like all Too Faced products, they are incredibly pigmented. I have been in a MAC phase, and while I love MAC they are wonderful. I forgot how much more pigmented Too Faced is. So that first time, whoops a bit to much. Good thing it is just makeup and I could wash it off and start over. And even better, even with all this pigment, there is no fall out!! LOVE that!! All of the shadows are so creamy and dreamy to blend. There are no harsh lines when working with any of the colors, even the darkest ones in the set. It is made out of actual cocoa powder so I think that may have something to do with how blend-able it is.

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    The color names are to fun!! And they kinda make me hungry lol. I think that I am going to break this post into two posts, since it is already a small book. Come check in next week for a break out of all of the colors in this pallet!! They are totally worth their own post!

    Do you guys have this pallet yet? What are you thoughts? Do you have any other Too Faced makeup?

     

  • LOTW- Purple Smokey Eye

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    Everyone loves a smokey eye. I have touch on a daytime smokey eye (you can check out that look here if you have a moment), and most everyone is familiar with traditional smokey eye. Since the color of the season is Orchid, or as most of us call it…purple. I thought that I would so a purple smokey eye. Last week I did a green eye look, but purple is my favorite color to play with. I use it a lot in my looks, with my hazel eyes, it makes the green in them really pop.

    Materials Needed:

    • Too Faced Boudoir Eyes
    • Black Eyeliner- A kohl pencil
    • Mascara
    • Maybelline BB Cream
    • Bobbi Brown blush in Antigua
    • Bobbi Brown lippy in Pale Beach #15

    Steps-

    Step 1-
    Apply “In The Buff” all over eyelid; from lash line to eyebrow. This will give us a nice base (canvas) to work with.

    Step 2-
    Apply “Voulez-Vous” on your eyelid; from lash line to crease. You will want to start the color on the outside corner and work your way in, take it about two-thirds of the way in.

    Step 3-
    Apply “Birthday Suit” on the inner third of your eyelid; from lash line to crease.

    Step 4-
    Apply “Lap Dance” in your crease. You will use this to smooth out any harsh lines, and to blend everything together. Using windshield wiper motions.

    Step 5-
    Apply “French Tickler” along your top lash line.

    Step 6-
    Line your lower waterline with the Black Kohl pencil.

    Step 7-
    Apply “French Tickler” along your lower lash line; starting at the outer corner bring it in about a third of your lower lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your BB cream by stippling it onto the areas that need more coverage (under your eyes, around your nose, the area between your eyebrows, and your chin). Then blend in with large circular motions. I apply my BB Cream or foundation AFTER my eye makeup on darker looks like this, in case of fallout. While I have very little fall out with Too Faced in general, it drives me nuts when I get my foundation perfect, to then have it ruined because I have dark fallout that won’t just sweep off. 

    Step 9-
    Apply Bobbi Brown Blush in “Antigua”. You will apply a very light layer of this starting at your hair-line, and sweeping down your cheek bones. Then using circular motions blend it in. Then take the color up your hair-line towards your temples. You will want a very light blush, that will frame your eyes.

    Step 10-
    Apply Bobbi Brown Lipstick in “Pale Beach #15”. If you are going this heavy on your eyes, then keep the look balanced by keeping those lips a nude color.

    Step 11-
    Last, but never least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. 

    This is a look that I wear often, when the hubby is taking me out. How about you? Is this something that you would wear, or is it a bit to dark for you? Let me know. Also let me know if there is a certain look that you would like me to talk about. 

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