Monday, October 31, 2011

Revlon - Royal Cloak

Happy Halloween!

Before I get to this post, I have a question for you guys. I recently came across some pretty cool looking retro-style images through a google search and I was totally inspired. So, I'm wondering if you would be interested in a retro inspired nail art series? It would probably only be 3 or 4 designs in the series but I think that would still qualify it as a series.
What do you guys think? Are you interested? Let me know in the comments!

Anyways, onto today's post.
I've completed all of my Halloween-themed posts already so today I have a new and popular Revlon shade to show you.

This is called Royal Cloak and it's from the new Masquerade Collection. The collection features 8 new and limited edition shades of polish but this one was the one that stood out to me the most out of all of them. There's also a white shimmer that I think I'll go back and pick up. But in the meantime, let's have a look at Royal Cloak.



Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial - Vampire Bites

Hey guys!

Today I have the last Halloween tutorial that I'll be doing this year for you. I didn't realize how popular this design would be but I've had several requests for a tutorial on this design so here it is!

To refresh, here's the design I'll be showing you how to do today:



Keep reading for the tutorial!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial - Cat Eyes

Hey guys!

Today I have another Halloween tutorial for you! This is for another of my designs from last Halloween and a tutorial for this one has been requested a couple of times through my nail art requests page.

I was actually hesitant about doing a tutorial for this design because the only photo I have of the finished design is one that I'm really unhappy with. I know my nails have been in worse shape (for proof check out this post) but I'm still embarrassed about the state of them in this photo. However, I know you guys want to see this tutorial so I'm swallowing my pride and just doing it!

This is the design I'll be showing you how to do today:




Keep reading for the tutorial!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Review & Swatches - CND The Plum Truffle Duo

Hey guys!

Before I get to the review, I want to quickly say that my next two posts will be two more Halloween nail art tutorials for you! I was only planning to do one more Halloween tutorial but so many of you requested a tutorial for my Vampire Bites mani that now I'm going to do that one as well as the other one I had planned. Hope that's good news for you!

Anyways, onto the point of this post. Today I have a new duo for the Holiday 2011 season by CND to show you. I've been so impressed with what I've been seeing from CND lately that I've been snatching up every new collection/set that I come across!

This duo is called The Plum Truffle Collection and it includes a creme as well as an effect polish.



Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Nail Art - Abstract Halloween

Hey guys!

Today's Halloween design will probably be the last of the series. I'm actually kind of sad about this because I really love doing Halloween nail art! I guess I'll start looking forward to Christmas nail art now!

Today's design is a combinations of ideas taken from the box of the OPI Halloween mini set from 2009: Tattoo Ta-Boo! I added a photo below in case you don't have this set or you haven't seen these designs before. I recreated designs 2 and 3 and I obviously changed the colours for my mani but I think I actually prefer how I did it! Sorry OPI! These designs are pretty cool though and they're not something I would have come up with on my own.

Hope you like it!




Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme (base)
Illamasqua - Radium (base for ring finger)
OPI - Funky Dunkey
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Comparison - China Glaze Near Dark vs. OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow

Hey guys!

Today I have another comparison for the China Glaze Haunting Collection for you! This is another that I promised to do from my original review post of this collection.

This comparison is between Near Dark, the deep blackened green jelly from the collection and OPI's Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow which is originally from the 2009 Spain Collection (a.k.a Coleccion de EspaƱa) but I'm pretty sure this can be bought now as part of the permanent line.

Let's see how they compare!



Keep reading for the comparison!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Nail Art - Vampire Bites

Hey guys!

Sorry that I haven't posted any nail art in a while but it's been a pretty rough week for me! I had 2 papers, 2 midterms and a book to read all in the past week so I was forced to sacrifice painting my nails twice last week which I always hate doing. Nonetheless, I'm passing in my last midterm paper today so I can get back to painting my nails on a regular basis now.

As I said, I'm passing in my last midterm paper today so I was working on it until pretty last last night. However, my nails were completely naked so I knew I had to put something on them pretty quickly. Normally in a bind like this I would opt for some sort of animal print but I wanted it to be a Halloween design so I had to come up with a quick and simple Halloween design.

I ended up with the idea of just doing a variation on the "drippy manicure" but I would use flesh and blood colours to make it Halloween-appropriate. I used a design by the lovely and talented Robin Moses to inspire the blood drips. The design then quickly elevated to a vampire bite and blood design so that's what I did!

Hope you like it!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
OPI - Samoan Sand (base)
China Glaze - Salsa (blood drips)
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps (over drips to add some sparkle)
China Glaze - City Siren (sponged to look like bruises around the bites)
China Glaze - Naughty and Nice (bites)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Monday, October 24, 2011

OPI - Gold Shatter

Hey guys!

Today I have yet another crackle polish to show you! I know I keep saying that I'm over crackle polishes but I still like to try new shades when they're released and I like to be able to do the reviews for you guys so that I can hopefully help you in your purchasing decisions.

This is Gold Shatter and it is a recent addition to OPI's line of Shatter polishes. It doesn't belong to any specific collection (although I remember reading somewhere that it was going to be released with the OPI Muppets Collection but it definitely didn't belong with that collection) so as far as I know, it was simply released as an addition to the Shatter line.
However, I do think it was released around this time of year to coincide with the holiday season since gold is a very Christmas appropriate shade.



Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Comparison - China Glaze It's Alive vs. Nicole by OPI Brilliant Idea

Hey guys!

Today I have a quick comparison post for you that I promised I would do in my review post of China Glaze's Haunting Collection.

It's Alive is one of the shades from this year's Haunting Collection and when I swatched it I thought that it was similar to another shade that I own - Nicole by OPI's Brilliant Idea, which is a Target/Shopper's Drug Mart exclusive.

So let's see how they compare.



Keep reading for the comparison!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Featured Blog - October: Adventures in Acetone

Hey guys!

Welcome to October's featured blog post! I've known since last month's feature which one I would be doing next so I'm actually early posting this one!
For my newer followers who haven't seen one of my featured blog posts before, check out my Featured Blogs tab at the top of the page for more information.

Jacki is a friend of mine through a Facebook polish group and she started catching my attention recently when she posted photos of her nail art in the group. For some reason I wasn't already following her blog, Adventures in Acetone, so I started following immediately and I'm so glad I did! She's definitely an up-and-comer in the nail art community and her blog is one that really deserves some extra attention.

On her blog you'll find a mix of nail polish swatches, freehand nail art, stamping nail art and tutorials. She updates really frequently so there's always something to look at and she takes really clear and colour accurate swatch photos. I also really adore the name of her blog!

Here's a sneak peak of her work:


Keep reading to find out more about this great blog!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial - Mummies

Hey guys!

Today I have another Halloween tutorial for you! I figured that since the first Halloween tutorial that I did for you was for a more intricate design that today I would do a tutorial for an easier, less complex design - mummies!

This design has been seen MANY times before but it's a great Halloween design that can be executed by just about anyone at any level of nail art skill. I first did this design some time last year but now that I feel more skilled and better equipped, I'd actually like to try it again for this year's series!

Anyways, here's the design I'll be showing you how to do:



Keep reading for the tutorial!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Haunting Collection for Halloween 2011

Hey guys!

I finally have the China Glaze Halloween Collection for you! It seems rather strange to be posting swatches of a Halloween collection when I've already posted swatches of two Christmas collections!

But as it turns out, this collection was back-ordered at my supply stores so I had to get these at Sally's instead (and actually, Rebecca picked them up for me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to get all of the shades).

This collection is supposed to include 6 shades, but there's actually 7 shades at Sally's because one of them was a Sally's exclusive release. And luckily, because I got these at Sally's, I also got that exclusive shade, which I'm happy about.





Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Comparison - Color Club Perfect Mol-ten vs. Revlon Punk

Hey guys!

Today I have a quick swatch comparison for you. I'll be comparing 2 green foils, both of which were released in Fall 2011 collections.

The first is Color Club's Perfect Mol-ten from the Foiled Collection, which I reviewed and swatched here. The second is Revlon's Punk which was released with the Edgy Elegance Collection. I posted about this collection in a haul post but I never did get around to swatching it. Hopefully I will manage to swatch the whole collection but in the meantime, you'll be able to see one of the shades here.



Keep reading for the comparison!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Nail Art - Ghoulish Ghosts

Hey guys!

Today I have another Halloween design for you!

I knew I wanted to do a ghost design this year but for some reason I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to go about it. So, after some google searching, I came across a video tutorial for a ghost design that I totally fell in love with it. The design is by professionalDQ and I'm really glad I found her because she's super talented and I'm loving going back through her older designs! I definitely recommend checking out her channel.

I changed the design a bit to make it my own but her design was definitely my main inspiration. I had also planned on taking a page from Sarah's book and adding a glow in the dark top coat to my ghosts. However, I completely forgot about this element until I was just about done with my mani, so I had to scrap it. Sadly I don't have the awesome photography skills that Sarah does so I would have been unable to capture a picture of my glowing ghosts anyways.

Anyways, here's my interpretation of this cute design:


Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - Meteor Shower (base)
OPI - Alpine Snow (ghosts)
Wet 'n' Wild - Black Creme (eyes, mouths)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review - MAC Matchmaster Foundation

Hey guys!

Today I have a makeup post for you! I've basically transitioned my blog to be primarily a nail blog but every once in a while, if I find a makeup product that I'd like to share with you, I'll still do so. So this will be a review for MAC's newly released foundation called Matchmaster.

According to the press release, here's what MAC had to say about this new foundation:

"With our all races credo, we’re redefined what a perfect match should be with new Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 technoloigy, using translucent pigments to create a formula that enables a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin tone. Adding to Matchmaster’s true-to-life appeal is its moisturizing demi-matte finish, medium buildable coverage, and line-reducing soft focus powders. Add the fact that this formula reduces excess shine-creating oil, and who could resist?"


The reason I was so intrigued by this new foundation is that I'm super pale, so the new 1.0 shade (comparable to a NC/NW 10) really excited me. I've been using the NC15 shade from MAC (the lightest they offered until now) for a couple of years, but even that is just a smidge too dark.

However, I've come to really love the formula of MAC's Prolongwear Foundation, so I was still hesitant to try a new one, despite the fact that Matchmaster was offering a shade better suited to my skin colour. In the end, I decided to give it a try.

How did Matchmaster do? Keep reading to find out!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review & Swatches - Color Club Foiled Collection

Hey guys!

Today I have a Fall 2011 Collection from Color Club for you - the Foiled Collection, which consists of 6 foil (obviously) polishes and 1 topcoat.

I'm always happy to add Color Club sets to my stash since they're usually of high quality and they're well priced, so whenever I'm able to find them at Winners (the only store in my area that carries Color Club), I snatch them up.


Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review & Swatches - LCN Heavy Metal Crackles

Hey guys!

Recently LCN launched a crackle collection that consists of 7 new, heavy metal inspired crackle shades. As much as I have been saying that I'm over the crackle trend, these new crackles by LCN are actually different than any of the other crackles we've been seeing and they're the first ones in quite some time that have actually peaked my interest.

Out of the 7 shades released, I only picked up the 2 that I was most interested in. However, my interest is even more peaked now that I've tried these 2 shades so I might go back to my supply store and see if the others are still available!




Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Manicuring 101 - The Different Nail Shapes and How to Achieve Them

Hey guys!

Today I have another instalment of my Manicuring 101 Series for you! I keep receiving comments/emails about how you're all really enjoying this series so far and that you're excited to learn more and I'm really glad to hear that.

For any of my newer followers who haven't seen any of the Manicuring 101 Series yet, check out the Tutorials tab at the top of the page and you'll find links to all of the other instalments from this series.

Today's post will be a discussion of the different types of nail shapes that you can have and how you should go about achieving them. Today's post will tie in with the next post in the series which will be a discussion of the many different types of nails files available and how to use them properly.


Keep reading for a info on nail shape!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Comparison - Revlon Blue Mosaic vs. OPI Gone Gonzo!

Hey guys!

I want to quickly thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a great day and it was made even better when I came home and read all of the awesome comments you left for me.

Sadly, there was a bit of a damper on my day because I had an exam this morning so it was haunting me all yesterday while I was trying to celebrate my birthday. I'm pretty much used to that now though since my birthday is always during midterm exams. Luckily, this is my last year of University so I won't be having that issue any longer!

Anyways, because these past few days have been pretty hectic, I only have a short comparison post for you today. As I said in my review post for the new Revlon Fall 2011 glitter polishes, I had a comparison in mind for two of the three polishes. I already compared Facets of Fuchsia with Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance and today I'll be comparing Blue Mosaic with OPI's Gone Gonzo! from the Muppets Collection.



Keep reading for the comparison!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BIRTHDAY NAILS!

Hey guys!

Today is my 24th birthday! I'll be pretty busy today so this post is a scheduled one which means that I won't be able to respond to any comments until later tonight or early tomorrow. So thanks in advance for the birthday wishes!

I took a break from my Halloween Nail Art Series to do this birthday mani and although I didn't really have a solid idea of what I wanted to do, I knew I had to use the most birthday appropriate nail polish - Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday!

Enjoy!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Zoya - Jolene (base)
China Glaze - Something Sweet (base for ring finger)
China Glaze - White on White (cupcake frosting)
Deborah Lippmann - Happy Birthday (sprinkles on cupcake frosting, over base on the rest of the nails)
Nicole by OPI - Step to the Beat of my ♥ (heart on top of frosting)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial - Jack-O-Lanterns

Hey guys!

Today I have a Halloween tutorial for you! A number of you have requested that I do tutorials for some of my Halloween designs from last year so I decided to start with my favourite one - my Jack-O-Lantern design.
This design is probably one of the most intricate and time-consuming designs that I've ever done but don't get discouraged, it's actually not too difficult if you're willing to put in the time and effort.

Now, for my original design I did 5 separate Jack-o-Lantern faces (one for each nail) but today I'll only be showing you how to do 1 of the 5 faces (the one that's featured on my thumb in the original design). However, once you know the basics of how I went about one of the designs, you should be able to apply this tutorial for the other faces.

So to refresh, here's the design I'll be showing you how to do:



Keep reading for the tutorial!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Comparison - Revlon Facets of Fuchsia vs. Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance

Hey guys!

One of the reasons the new Revlon glitters polishes are so popular is that one of them is a supposed dupe for the coveted Deborah Lippmann shade Bad Romance.
Luckily, I already own Bad Romance so today I'll be doing a comparison for you to determine if these two are in fact dupes.



Keep reading for the comparison!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tag Post - As Time Passes By...

Hey guys!

A couple of days ago my friend Rebecca did a tag post that I really enjoyed, so I decided to go ahead and do this as well.

The point of this tag is to post a photo of what your nails used to look like and what they look like now. The photo I'm going to show you is one that I have never posted anywhere before and honestly, I'm quite embarrassed by it. However, I want to show it to you guys to hopefully offer some inspiration for beginners in the area of nails and nail art.

This photo was taken on April 10th, 2010 which was about a month before I started my blog. It was my first try at cheetah print and I obviously thought at the time that it was good enough to take a photo of.


Look at the mess around the cuticles! You all know how anal I am about that now so it's really hard for me to look at this photo. And look at the awful shape of my nails! This was long before I really learned how to care for and file my nails properly and the now-certified manicurist in me is horrified by this photo. Furthermore, the photo in general is really awful and I'm so happy that I got better at photographing my nails.

Now let's move to a more recent cheetah print mani:


Ahhhh, much better. Clean cuticles, smooth polish application, my freehand has very clearly improved, the photo is clear and showcases the nails well, and best of all, the shape of my nails is a million percent better.

So there you have it, a look at how everyone has to start out somewhere! As embarrassed as I am to post that photo, I hope it will show some of you guys that if you're not confident with your nail skills right now, with time, effort and practice, you can - and will - improve!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Giveaway - Win 3 piCture pOlish Shades of Your Choice! - CLOSED

Hey guys!

Today I have a very exciting post for you! Do you remember the piCture pOlish Blog Fest that I participated in back in July? Well at the end of the Blog Fest, piCture pOlish announced that all of the bloggers who participated would be able to host a giveaway sponsored by piCture pOlish!
It's taken a while for it to be my turn but it's definitely better late than never, so here it is!

The winner of this giveaway will win 3 piCture pOlish shades of their choosing. How awesome is that?! I really loved the shade that I tried (Vegas) and I really want more piCture pOlish shades myself so I'm going to be totally jealous of whoever wins this giveaway!


Keep reading for the rules and information on how to enter!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Review & Swatches - Revlon Fall 2011 Glitters

Hey guys!

I'm so excited to be able to show you these polishes today! These have been available to those of you in the US for a while now but I didn't think we would ever get them here in Canada, let alone in Newfoundland. However as you know from my recent haul post, I spotted them last week!

These glitters belong to a larger collection called Expressionists and there's actually one (or maybe two, I can't remember) other nail polish(es) that belongs to the collection. However, these glitters really stole the show, and you'll see why.




Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Series - Spiderweb Funky French

Hey guys!

Today I have the next design in my Halloween series for you! Thanks for the load of requests that you've sent in over the last couple of days, they'll be helping me out through this series.

An interesting (well, sort of interesting) fact about this design is that it's the first one in as long as I can remember that I didn't practice on a nail wheel before doing it on my own nails. You see, I always practice my designs first so that I don't end up doing something on my nails that I hate and that I would have to remove. However, I simply didn't have enough time last night to practice my design first so I just had to wing it.

Hope you like it!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Illamasqua - Gamma (base)
Wet 'n' Wild - Black Creme (funky french, spiderweb, spider, pupils)
China Glaze - White on White (eyes)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Muppets Collection

Hey guys!

Today I have another Holiday 2011 Collection to show you! This one is by OPI and it's one that has created quite a buzz throughout the nail community.

Like I said in my recent haul post, I was lucky to have gotten to my beauty supply store when I did because they hadn't even put the collection out so they just sold me the collection in the original boxes they came shipped in and that even included the displays for no extra charge!

I would normally separate large 12 piece collections into 2 posts but I know how much you all want to see these new Christmas collections so I'm just going to do 1 large post instead.


Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Series - Zombie Flesh

Hey guys!

Today marks the beginning of my Halloween Series! I have a few ideas for this series myself but if any of you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Fill out the request form in the Nail Art Requests tab at the top of the page to send me your ideas.
Remember though, I did a Halloween Series last year as well and I'd like to not repeat any of those designs.

Today's design was actually something that was suggested to me last year (well, the idea "zombies" was suggested and this is just my interpretation of that idea) but I was never able to get to it, so I thought it would be nice to start out the series with this one.

I really like how this turned out but the self-critic in me thinks that in my efforts to make the flesh look as rotten and dead as possible, I may have made it look too much like a camo print.
Nonetheless, I think the idea still came across pretty well so I hope you all like it!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
OPI - Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window (base)
China Glaze - Westside Warrior (sponged over base)
American Apparel - California Trooper (sponged over base)
Nicole by OPI - Deeply in Love (cuts)
China Glaze - Velvet Bow (outline of cuts to deepen the colour)
Wet 'n' Wild - Black Creme (stitches)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Monday, October 03, 2011

Haul - OPI, Revlon & Nfu-Oh

Good afternoon!

Today I have yet another haul for you!

I've been hauling quite a lot of polishes lately and although it's been a lot of fun, I 'm definitely going to need to take a little break during the month of October.


OPI Muppets Collection: Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, Gone Gonzo!, Excuse Moi!, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Divine Swine, Rainbow Connection


OPI Muppets Collection: Pepe's Purple Passion, Meep-Meep-Meep, Designer... de Better!, Wocka Wocka!, Warm & Fozzie, Animal-istic
More Christmas polishes! I got these before they were even put on the shelves (in fact, they were sold to me in the boxes they were shipped in and I even got the 2 displays with them)!


Revlon Edge Elegance Collection: Innocent, Punk, Aloof, Fierce, Girly, Princess
I have been eyeing this collection at a number of drug stores but I never actually made the step to get them until a few days ago when I noticed the displays starting to disappear. I didn't want to regret not getting them so I picked up the 6 that were left. However, I know I'm missing 2 other shades from this collection so I'm going to try to track those down asap.


Revlon Fall Glitters: Facets of Fuchsia, Blue Mosaic, Starry Pink
I have been seeing these polishes around the blogging community a lot lately and I didn't think they would ever show up here but I spotted them a couple of days ago at a drugstore! I was pretty darn excited!


Nfu-Oh Flakies: 50, 51, 52, 56
Who doesn't love flakies? A couple of weeks ago I caved and bought these and now I want more! SO pretty! If I wasn't about to start my Halloween Nail Art Series, I would definitely try all of these out as full manis.


Look out for swatches of these polishes in the future!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

From the Vault - Dexter Nail Art

Hey guys!

Any Dexter fans out there? The sixth season premieres tonight and I'm really excited!
I did a Dexter themed nail art design about a year ago but I know that most of you weren't following me at that time so I decided to pull this picture out again to show it to you.

As you can see, my nails were a bit differently shaped and I wasn't as knowledgeable about caring for them/filing them as I am now, but I still really enjoy this mani. I also wasn't as good as taking photos (the background here is my washing machine, haha) so I'm glad to see that that's also improved.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this mani! And enjoy the premiere of Dexter tonight!


Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
China Glaze - White on White (base)
Nicole by OPI - Deeply in Love (letters, blood splatters)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Let it Snow Collection

Hey guys!

I know you've all been wanting to see swatches of this collection since I showed you them in my unexpected haul last week, so here it is!

This is China Glaze's Holiday 2011 Collection and I definitely wasn't expecting to have these to show to you so early. It just seems so crazy to be reviewing Christmas polishes already when Halloween is almost a month away! I haven't even started doing any Halloween nail art yet! Nonetheless, hopefully seeing these swatches early will help you make your decisions about which of these you want to get for yourself.


Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Pink Shatter

Hey guys!

In my unexpected haul from last week I picked up OPI's newest addition to their Shatter line of polishes - Pink Shatter, which is the 2011 Pink of Hearts polish for Breast Cancer Awareness.

As I've said a number of times already, I'm rather over the crackle trend now and I'm hoping it dies off really soon, but I still feel the need to test out new additions to the trend to see if there's anything unique.



Keep reading for the review and swatches!
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