Monday, 12 December 2016

Monthly Favourites: November

Can you believe this year is almost over? I certainly can't. Christmas chaos has descended for those like myself who work in retail so apologises that I'm a little late with this post. People be cray this time of year. Anyway, let me share my monthly favourites and extend your Christmas wishlist...

By Terry Touche Veloutee
My second tube of this and nearly classed as holy grail status, this concealer works wonders under my eyes to hide any dark circles which I'll be needing after my Christmas party, as well as being a super creamy consistency and medium coverage, perfect for my show stopper Christmas party makeup.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara
As I write this I feel like I'm cheating on my double wear mascara. I got bored, fancied a change and this caught my eye when scrolling through Feel Unique. It's not quite up there with double wear formula wise but for lift and volume, this ticks all the boxes.

Benefit ka-BROW!
I have a love/hate relationship with my brows which I frequently document on here but recently I've been loving this to add colour, create a really defined brow which stays place all day. Full review of Ka Brow here.

Anna Sui L'Amour Rose EDP
I picked this up at work when it was on offer. I can't describe the scent myself so... "Bright top notes of the composition include mandarin, pistachio and neroli macaron. The heart of the perfume is created with a happy chic vibe consisting of powdery floral notes of Parisian cherry blossom and yellow mimosa. Pink cotton candy and sheer musk provide a comforting and decadent finish lingering on the skin." It's got a sweet tone to it but nothing like Britney Spears Fantasy. Also how beautiful is the bottle?

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial
I usually reserve my oils for an evening so this is a very alien concept. A serum and an oil? If you're like me you'll either assume you'll end up like an oil slick or glowing, thankfully for you and me the only option with this is the latter. If you're after a serious injection of moisture during this horrible cold season then this is what you need. Tip: if you use this then Foundation, apply a primer.

What have been you been loving? Are you all ready for Christmas?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Parissa Brow Shapers

I've battled with my eyebrows for as long as I can remember, I use to have the shape that resembled sperm (don't laugh, it was once a trend) and then when big brows came in I had a nightmare trying to grow them back out. It's been an eventful brow journey and I can safely say I'm at a place where I am happy with my brows and that's all down to the Parissa Brow Shapers.

In the past I've tweezed my brows, had them threaded at various places and been to a salon for HD brows and although I've always been happy with the results, I don't like the inconsistency. Sometimes I leave the salon with an arch higher or one brow shorter in length than the other and I've noticed it's made for wonky brows when applying my make up.

I've tried products from Veet and Nair and found that they just stick to your skin without pulling away any hair so I immediately assumed these would be the same but I can confess, I was wrong. In the pack you receive 16 double sided small wax strips, instructions and a vial of post epilation oil (a nice touch). You cut the strips to size depending on how much of an area you're wanting to wax, I kept them the same length and just cut down the clear plastic for easier removal. I rubbed them in-between my fingers to warm them up and then simply apply them onto the area you're wanting to wax following the direction of hair growth, press down so the wax is stuck well onto the hair and pulling the skin taut with the opposite hand, remove the wax strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Quickly.

The strips removed all the stray hair on both eyebrows which really blew me away, like I said before I'm so used to them not working it was such a surprised when I got results. Because they're so small it's easy to define your arch or even wax the beginning of your brow to create that sharp line we see so often on Instagram. I was able to wax both brows using around 4 double sided strips waxing under the brow, around the arch and in between my eyebrows. The post epilation oil is a dry oil which removes any trace of stray wax and really helps sooth the waxed area, don't be put off by the colour, you don't end up resembling a smurf after using it.

These are inexpensive and a great alternative if you can't afford to go to the salon or you prefer being able to manage your brows at home. They retail for around £8.79 at Boots and I'll definitely be repurchasing when I run out, I can see myself using these in the future instead of heading to the salon. After the success with the Brow Shapers I can't wait to try more from Parissa.

This post contains a PR sample. My opinion is always my own and 100% honest.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel

I wrote about my first experience at La Mer here and from then on I've been a convert. My skin hasn't looked plump, radiant and throughly nourished in a long time. Now I had the moisturiser down, it was time to move onto the eyes. I was given a sample of the Illuminating Eye Gel when I purchased my moisturiser, I didn't think much of it when I was handed it, yeah another gel claiming to work wonders but like the rest probably wouldn't make a blind bit of difference. But after using the sample? Oh boy how I was wrong.

The foundation of all La Mer products is the Miracle Broth, I couldn't tell you what it actually contains but it's magic. You would expect this to be your bog standard brightening eye gel but because La Mer products contain the miracle broth, it works to nourish, repair and fight against signs of ageing as well as what the product is tailored to do, in this case it's brightening. Previously I've always had good skin, I've had no signs of ageing but as I'm getting into my mid twenties and the signs of wear and tear are starting to appear, it's areas around my eyes that I'm wanting to prevent showing any early signs. I don't drink as much water as I probably should do or get enough sleep sometimes but as I've got older I've started to notice tiny dehydration lines around my eyes which I'd rather weren't there.

So after using the sample twice a day for around a month and being seriously disappointed when it ran out, there was no way I could be without it. I went back to my Clinique All About Eyes after finishing the sample and it just didn't do anything. The sales assistant told me to use a grain of rice size amount for both eyes, I can honestly say in the past when sales assistants have said this to me I've used more because it's never been enough. With the La Mer gel, I actually find I have a bit left over and it's a generous size amount to cover the area around both eyes. I can't tell you if this will make any difference to future ageing around my eyes because I am only 24 but for those dehydration lines, dark circles and even the odd bout of puffiness it's solved all those problems. The skin under my eyes is plump and completely line free which means I also don't have to worry about concealer creasing.

This is expensive, I saved up for it because to me it's worth the investment. It retails for £100/15ml but using a rice grain amount twice a day, every day will last you maybe around 3-4 months, so when you look at it that way £25 a month for an eye cream is a much better deal than anything any other high end brand could offer. If you like investing in your skin or wanting to tackle the concerns I mentioned below then head down to your local La Mer counter and have a consultation, I promise you'll become a convert.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

If you're a long standing reader of BethBlogsBeauty you'll know I love my foundations, I'm an addict and my collection is mainly taken over by various bases so there's no wonder I jumped at the chance to try the highly coveted Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

It was hard to choose which shade I was over the internet, not having a counter near me I couldn't go in store to test it out so after searching the internet for various swatches and reviews I opted for shade 4 which is a perfect match for my NC15 skin tone (Mac references are always best).

The coverage is medium but can be built up depending on your desired finish. I really like that even though it is a luminous, dewy finish foundation it isn't a sheer coverage. At the moment my skin is very dry and dull looking due to the cold weather so wearing this gives my skin a serious radiance boost and makes me look human again. Because I'm suffering with dry skin at the moment I did expect this to cake or cling to my skin but due to the light fluid texture it sits on my skin flawlessly and doesn't clog any pores. I apply my concealer, powder and the rest of my make up and without using a primer and/or setting spray, the foundation lasts 8-9 hours before I see signs of it wearing off, sometimes I have found I've been able to skip powder depending on how much glow I'm wanting. I'm not one of these girls who carries around a spare bag of make up or has time to so if I invest in a product I want it to last all day and this certainly does.

The packaging is sleek and seriously luxe so it feels luxurious using this product and having a pump attached to the bottle is a welcome treat. It irritates me no end when higher end foundations don't include a pump as I feel so much product gets wasted. The foundation retails for £37 here which is around the average price mark for a high end foundation but I feel you get various finishes and coverage in one product. If you've been eyeing this up like I was then take the plunge, there's a reason it's a celebrity favourite and anything Kim Kardashian uses is good enough for me. Try the foundation and blame me for your bank balance later.

This post contains a PR sample. My opinion is always my own and 100% honest.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

There's nothing I love more than a good foundation, I'm one of those people who spends most time on my base and trying to get it flawless. I suck at eyeliner and I'm not that fantastic at eyeshadow either so I'm someone who would rather get the base on point, work on my contour and make sure my skin looks poreless. If I had to choose on make up item for the rest of my life it would probably be foundation.

So on that note there's no wonder I'm bringing another foundation review to you. I picked up the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation on a whim, not really reading much into the foundation but after searching for something long wearing I opted for this. There's a new stand alone store in my local town so in I popped and graced the unapproachable staff with my concerns. The only friendly member of staff colour matched me, applied to my face and off I went £32.50 lighter.

I've been using this most days for around 3 weeks and what I can say is, it is long lasting. The formula tends to work well with my dry dehydrated skin type so I apply this on a morning usually without a primer and 11 hours later when I return home it's still there. It does tend to slip off areas that can become oily during the day such as my forehead, around my nose and chin area but it's not often my skin ever gets oily and if I'm suffering from a particularly dry patch on my skin the foundation can sink into these areas making it look a little cakey.

The colour match is perfect, I'm a Mac nc15-nc20 skin tone so the shade Warm Ivory looks like my skin but better. The coverage is definitely light to medium and buildable depending on the finish you desire. I personally like to wear a heavier coverage so I build it up and try to inject as much moisture into my skin beforehand to stop it sinking into those dry patches.

The foundation is nice, it isn't a groundbreaking formula. It's purely just nice. If you're after something that you can wear for work without having to worry about reapplying anymore make up I recommend you give this a go but if you're after something to give your skin a bit of ooomph then give it a miss.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Monthly Favourites: October

Well well, it's been a long time since I've written one of these. Sorry I've been MIA most of the year flitting back and forth from blogging. I'm not gonna say this time will be any different but I'm feeling really inspired so just watch this space. I've been loving some new beauty additions to my collection so let me give you the low down.

Benefit 3D Brow Tones
I've written a full blog post on the Benefit brow range here but this one has to be my favourite. My brows are in desperate need of a HD treatment so to tame them I use this on a morning, the wand contains enough product to add some colour as well as giving them a bit more depth and dimension. The formula tends to stay in place all day without leaving them with that dry crispy feeling.

Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge
This is an obvious dupe for the Beauty Blender Micro Mini but I couldn't tell you how they compare as I've only ever used the RT sponges. This comes in a set of two and I love these for applying concealer under my eyes, baking the concealer with powder or cleaning up any eyeshadow mistakes. They're slightly firmer than the larger face sponge by RT but when damp they soften up. If you're after the Beauty Blender minis but don't fancy the price tag then I highly recommend these.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Extreme Mascara
I've never seen this in stores and it's not on the Estee Lauder website but I picked this up from Manchester duty free back in August and it's been my go-to mascara ever since. The wand is significantly smaller than the original Double Wear Mascara wand and resembles the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara but slightly thicker meaning it's perfect for getting into the corner lashes and bottom lashes without looking like a panda. It has the long lasting double wear formula which is the only one that doesn't smudge around my eyes but removes easily using any cleanser.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer
This was an impulse buy when I stumbled upon the new Space NK in York (which by the way is A-MAZING), I was searching for a good coverage concealer which was also suited for dry skin and hey presto, this one from Becca is just that. I got the shade fair which is perfect for my NC15 skin tone. The coverage is medium to buildable depending on the finish you desire but it's also lightweight to apply under the eye and conceal any dark circles. If you're lazy like me this is a great concealer for a quick morning routine cause it does just about everything.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
I love watching Nikkie Tutorials on Youtube and she is all about that glow, she really knows how to make a highlight pop and on my quest for a white pearly strobe like highlighter I stumbled upon this. The Shimmering Skin Perfectors are renowned in the blogging world and ever since picking this up it's a step I never forget. It's a pale, silver-toned pearl which really shines when the light hits it. A full blog post/review with swatches is coming soon!

What have you been loving during October? Have you tried any of these products?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Milk

One Wednesday afternoon after finishing a hard morning at work, I stumbled into my local Space NK feeling rather fed up, tired and generally under the weather. My skin wasn't at it's finest either; I was majorly suffering from dehydration, I had the mother of all hormonal breakouts on my chin and the dark circles under my eyes could of rivalled a panda so when a lovely sales assistant approached me, she sat me down and give me a relaxing mini facial featuring some products from Nude and this was the one I fell in love with.

This Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Milk claims to "revitalise and boost your skin's vitality by feeding it the nutrients it needs with this deeply hydrating, nourishing and soothing treatment" and that's exactly what my skin needed; when the sales assistant applied this my skin looked instantly hydrated, more plump and glowing and I knew it was this because after she applied it there was a visible difference.

I use 4 pumps of this to cover my whole face, I rub it together in my hands and press it into my skin before applying my La Mer moisturiser. I've been using this in my routine for around a month and a half and I've visibly noticed a difference in my skin; long gone are dehydration lines and my skin generally looks brighter and more awake, teamed with my La Mer moisturiser it adds an intense hit of moisture. The "milk" is actually more of a thick cream consistency and as I said before 4 pumps of this is enough to cover my whole face, it sinks into the skin almost instantly too. The only downside to this product is the smell which I can only describe as vomit or sour milk, it is very unpleasant so if you're of a sensitive disposition on a morning I would say maybe leave this although the scent does disappear once it's onto the skin.

Nevertheless the milk is packed with pomegranate, bristle oat, chia oil, Inca gold oil which are all rich in 5 omegas that help renew the surface of your skin, fight against any ageing and provide long term hydration. Nude products are all free from mineral oil, parabens, silicones and so much more so if you're after effective skincare without all the nasties, head to your nearest Space NK to try them out.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Clinique Gift with Purchase

Who doesn't love a gift with purchase? I certainly do, if I can get a freebie when I'm handing over the cash I don't feel as bad. From the 6th - 22nd October, Debenhams are offering this GWP for any two Clinique items purchased, one to be skincare or foundation and as an added bonus with any 3rd item purchased Debenhams will include a full size 75ml Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream.

In the GWP you receive 5 products and a perfect sized cosmetic purse to carry the items as well as room to add your make up, let me talk you through the products and what's included; firstly is the Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour and Primer, I received the shade Sprinkle which is unlike anything I actually own. In the bullet this looks like an opaque fuschia with a hint of red through it but once applied to the lips it's a sheer finish adding a beautiful hint of colour to the lips which is easily buildable depending on your desired look. I find this lipstick easy to wear and hydrating on the lips so it's perfect for everyday.

Included in this GWP is a full size All About Eyes which I love. I've tried this and the rich version although I prefer that, depending on how my skin is and the time of year I like to alternate between the two versions. The original formula (pictured) is a gel cream texture as opposed to the rich version which is a heavier thick cream. I've found it not to be as hydrating but for those days when I'm wearing heavy eye make up, I opt for the original formula to stop all chances of creasing.

I'll always be searching for the "one" when purchasing mascara but I've been loving using this High Impact Mascara thats included. After being faithful to my beloved Estee Lauder double wear mascara it was nice to try something else; I apply this on primed lashes and it lasts all day and gives my lashes a great lift (with added help from LVL) but it does transfer around my eyes so although it's a great product, personally for me it's just not tough enough.

Next we have the cute little palette, exclusive to the GWP with two eye shadows shades and one blush, the pale pink and the deep grey are both versatile shades which can be used in a numerous amount of ways to create different looks, since using this palette I've opted to wash the pale pink eyeshadow over my lids to brighten my eyes up and if I'm wanting something a little heavier I smudge out the grey on my upper lash line. The blush is peach with brown undertones so depending on how you wear your make up you can opt for a bold blusher or subtle hint of colour to create an almost golden glow.

The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ was one of the first high end products I've ever tried, one of Clinique best selling products and a holy grail to many. What I like about this is it's suitable for everyone so when my skin is feeling more oily I can slap this on and I'm good to go or if I'm wanting something with more moisture I can apply a serum underneath then this over the top to really lock in the moisture. The consistency of it is easy to work into the skin and it sinks in so quickly leaving a smooth base ready for make up.

Finally it's the Take The Day Off Make Up Remover Lids Lashes Lips, the product I was most eager to try and as you can tell I've already had it opened. It's a two way formula of oil and water which just work wonders to remove my eye make up but what I like most is its gentle but effective, one cotton pad removed any mascara from both eyes and as a contact lens wearer I didn't find it drying or irritating.

To shop the Clinique range and get your gift with purchase, head over to Debenhams on the 6th. All items except the palette can be purchased full size online but if you've been eyeing up this products and already doing some shopping, this is the perfect way to test the products before purchasing full size.

This post contains a PR sample. As always, my opinion is 100% honest.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

It's just all about hydration on the blog at the moment isn't it? Well of course being a dry skinned girl, who am I to turn down a new face mask with promises to give me hydrated, plump and rejuvenated skin all within 5 minutes. So naturally when I was approached and asked if I wanted to sample the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask I jumped at the chance, so read on if you want to know how I got on.

Unlike what you'd expect from a mask offering to hydrate the skin, this comes in a gel formula which is easily spread all over the skin. In the past I've always steered clear of gels mainly because I have the perception that they don't intensely hydrate but once I've applied this, waited the recommended time and then removed it; my skin is plump and I actually feel like my skin looks brighter and more radiant because it's so hydrated.

For £14.00 you get a huge 75ml jar and because the product is so thick, a little goes a long way, I found that 2 50p size amounts covered my face and neck. The instructions for this is to apply your desired amount, leave it on for 5 minutes and massage in the remainder but I like to follow with my normal routine so I wipe away the excess with a flannel. The only thing I don't like about this product is it can dry a bit tacky which means when I have previously tried to rub in the excess it's been harder than expected so I've found lightly buffing away the excess with a flannel is a perfect alternative for me.

I've been using this as instructed between one to three times a week and I now reach for this whenever my skin is feeling tight, dehydrated and generally dull looking. I really fell in love with this after my holiday after using it on my sunburnt face and the relief I got from this was incredible. Heads up if you're going away and your face burns, taking a product like this is great for adding hydration back into the skin and if you pop it in the fridge for an hour before applying, it really packs a punch as it's already cooling; a must for anyone who's suffered from sunburn and all you want to do is plunge your face into cold water.

If you're after a product like this without wanting to break the bank I can't recommend it enough; Vichy products are always something I'd heard of but never really tried myself as I felt they were more targeted towards older people but I'm loving this mask and I'm really intrigued to see what else the brand has to offer.

This post contains a PR sample. As always, my opinion is 100% honest.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Spray

I've never been one for fixing sprays or primers, my make up tends to last all day on my face but the last time I was in Superdrug I picked up this Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Spray on a whim and to say I'm impressed is an understatement.

The only time I tend to use this is if I'm heading out for a full day or an evening where I'm not wanting to carry around a bag full of make up. I apply my normal skincare routine and then apply my make up as normal and once my application is complete, I use about 4 sprays of this across my face to set my make up. Initially after spraying it over my make up my skin does tend to look dewy but as the spray sinks in it doesn't affect the finish of my make up, so you girls worried about your flawless make up, don't be!

I can't say how well this compares to other brands out there including Urban Decay or Barry M but whenever I've used this my make up has lasted all day; for example last weekend I went out from 1pm and used this to set my make up, after returning home at 11.30pm my face was still flawless. It's cheap enough to use everyday, it's just personal preference that I don't and for the price I would probably chose to purchase this over a higher priced version.

I love Makeup Revolution and everything I've tried from the brand really has impressed me, their products are great quality as well as having a purse friendly price tag... Send me recommendations of your favourites below.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My Experience at La Mer

I know what you're thinking, am I crazy, but before you despair at me handing over a substantial amount of cash for a beauty product, hear me out. La Mer is the platinum tier of skincare with celebrity fans such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez as well as winning multiple awards and having proven scientific research behind the cream. A quick background to La Mer: aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber burnt his skin during a lab experiment and in a quest to restore it, 6000 experiments and 12 years later, La Mer was born.

I'm one of those people who doesn't like to be pushed into buying a product and if I find the sales assistant overbearing I'm more likely to make up excuses and never return to the counter and if I want to buy it, would probably return home to order it online. When I went to my local La Mer counter at Harvey Nichols Leeds I was approached by the sales assistant who asked me if I'd used La Mer before; having seen bloggers and celebrities rave about the brand I was intrigued. The sales assistant sat me down, went through the brand, talked about my skin concerns and what kind of products I like to use on my skin and what results I was hoping to achieve. I was at the counter for a total of 45 minutes and in that time I didn't feel as if the products were being pushed onto me or I was pressured to buy them. I told her my main concern was hydration, if you're a regular reader you'll know my skin is DRYYYY, so firstly we sat down and discussed the creams and what kind of texture and formula I would like which would help my dry skin as well as being easy on a morning; we decided on the Moistursing Soft lotion, the same traditional La Mer cream but in an easy to apply lotion formula that packs in as much hydration as the original.

Onto the lotion; I'm a week in and I can honestly say that my skin is dramatically different. Using my previous routine I would feel like my make up was caking, it sunk into fine lines and by the end of the day I couldn't wait to wash it off. Since using the La Mer lotion my skin feels plumper, intensely hydrated and all dehydration lines have vanished. The sales assistant told me the maximum I would need for my face and neck would be 2 pumps, having used a good dollop of previous creams I was dubious if this would be enough, but 2 pumps warmed up in my hands and pressed into my skin is more than enough.

The sales assistant also went through serums, eye creams and cleansers which could be added into my routine to help maximise the hydration in my skin but at no point did she make me feel pressured into buying them, at one point saying "try the moisturiser first and see how you get on", she also took off my make up using the products, wrote down what she'd used to tailor a skincare routine to my skin and even gave me samples of the products to try at home with the cream to see how I found them. After the mini facial I came out and my skin was glowing and radiant, everything I'd been desperately trying to achieve.

The lotion retails for £170 for a 50ml bottle which is steep I won't lie, but using La Mer instructions and applying just 2 pumps morning and night the bottle should last 3 months at least. On average it works out at just £56 a month for the cream which can easily be dropped on a premium brand moisturiser that doesn't deliver. My only bug bear with this is the white packaging meaning I can't see how much product is left but other than that, the product itself is faultless.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Artis Oval 6 Brush

This has to be the strangest beauty release in my opinion and for ages I'd been deliberating whether to try these; I'm an avid lover of my Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush so to swap that for something that can only be described as an oversized toothbrush was going to be strange. The Artis Oval Brushes are some of Space NK's best selling make up brushes and after a lengthy conversation with a very informative and helpful assistant, I walked out with the Oval 6 which was best suited to what I needed this for and the type of application I was wanted.

The Oval 6 is one of the smaller brushes in the range and because of this it's designed for application of foundation, eyeshadow, blush, concealer, finishing powder, bronzer and even skincare. The easy grip handle makes use of this brush easier than I've ever experienced, long gone are the days of the brush slipping out of my hand, its easy to grip and the curved style means it rests in the hand comfortably.

The fibre bristles on the brush are designed to pick up product and distribute it easily over the face; I've found that whenever I'm using this I don't have to spend ages blending in brush lines, the product seems to buff effortlessly onto my face leaving a streak free finish. Depending on the foundation you're using and the consistency of it, it can be harder to blend some more than others but I've found for picks such as Nars Sheer Glow or Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation it's been the answer to a flawless base. The tapered edges get into all the hard to reach areas such as around the nose, corners of the eyes and under the eyebrow so I no longer have to worry about swapping brushes which makes it so easy in a morning - anything for an extra 5 minutes in bed.

There's no denying these brushes are expensive and £44 for a make up brush may seem excessive to some but the quality is outstanding, I've not experienced any shedding, it doesn't drink up my foundation and leave me none for application and as well as the quality of the brush, it's also cruelty free. It's an investment to your beauty collection and a total luxury piece which will make you look forward to putting on make up everyday.

Have you tried these brushes before? What's your favourite make up brush?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

An Unexpected Primer

I never thought in my time as a beauty lover/blogger I'd be writing on this little space about my love for a mens skincare item but boy I cannot get enough of the Nivea for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. I first saw this on YouTube where NikkieTutorials was raving about it claiming how it makes her foundation last all day and I just had to try it... One month on and I'm loving it more than ever.

As a dry skin sufferer, I don't tend to need a primer, my foundation is pretty good at lasting the majority of the day but for those special occasions I like to add a primer into my routine to help my foundation see me through. Previously in the past I have struggled to find the right primer; those which are silicone based slide over my skin and make application of foundation a nightmare and other primers which are water based tend to soak into my skin and don't make any improvements to the longevity of my base. The Nivea balm contains a high concentrated amount of Glycerin which dries and live the skin tacky and creates the perfect primed base for any foundation application.

Although this isn't being used in the conventional sense, it really does work as a primer; I find after using this product my foundation has lasted way over 14 hours. The consistency is a opaque white non-greasy fluid which glides over the skin almost like a lotion and even though the initial smell is typically masculine it wears off almost instantly after application. I find a little goes a long way; I apply a 50p sized amount into my hands and smooth it over my face and it seems to cover everywhere without needing to go back for more. Unlike most primers on the market, this has a little retail price of £5.35 which is a bargain especially as for that price you receive a 100ml bottle. Just a heads up, Its currently on offer in Boots for £3.50!

Have you tried this before? Do you use a primer in your routine?

Monday, 8 August 2016

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Unifiant

Is this a tinted moisturiser? Is this a spot treatment? I am an avid lover of the original Effaclar Duo and when the Effaclar Duo Unifiant popped through my letterbox, I was beyond excited to try it. A targeted spot treatment with a hint of tint to remove any redness with the original formula to reduce any blemishes.

For me personally, I like to apply this all over my face as a tinted moisturiser; around summer with the excess heat I always find my skin suffers more with blemishes so applying this all over my face keeps any spots at bay, unclogs any pores as well as giving my skin some colour. I was sent the light shade which suits my NC15-NC20 skin tone perfectly.

When using this I've noticed that the product glides onto the skin so easily and doesn't leave that tight drying feeling I've previously experienced with the original formula. This product is targeted to those who regularly suffer with blemishes and combination\acne prone skin but I find on my dry/dehydrated skin this works well too. If you're like me and suffer with dry skin and worry it may not be suitable, I find just applying a good moisturiser underneath helps keep skin hydrated.

This product is surprisingly long wearing especially as it's marketed as a skin care item instead of make up, I've worn this out when shopping and to work with a good powder and it's lasted around 6.5-7 hours before a touch up was required. This will be coming with my on my holiday to keep my skin in check and the slinky tube means it takes up zero space.

Have you tried this product? Do you like the Effaclar range?

This post contains a PR sample. As always, my opinion is 100% honest.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Monthly Favourites: July

With exactly 2 weeks to go to my holiday I'm amazed how much these months are flying by; this month has mainly been about hair and getting my locks into the best possible condition in preparation of 2 weeks sun exposure. I've found some new beauty favourites and rediscovered an oldie in my stash so lets get onto the good stuff.

Benefit 3D Brow Tones | This product has been a life saver in the run up to getting HD brows! The tinted brow gel adds a hint of colour to my brows creating a natural tamed look and also keeps them sealed in place all day. If you're after a brow gel that adds some dimension to your natural brow, I highly recommend this. I wrote a full review on the Benefit brow range here!

Lee Stafford Argan Oil | A beautiful smelling hair oil that leaves my bleached ends feeling silky soft and flyaways tamed. I couldn't say if this is a nourishing oil or one that contains silicones that coats the hair but either way it works for me and it's a staple in my haircare routine now; this will be the first thing I pack in my travel bag.

Kerastase Bain Force Architecte Shampoo & Conditioner | For so long I've just bought high street shampoo and conditioner and not really invested in my hair but due to the length and the amount of times I get it bleached, I needed a haircare routine that would help strength my hair for the future as well as repair. The Bain Force Architecte range really has worked wonders for my hair, I've noticed very little breakage in my hair and the overall condition is improved, my hair looks healthier and shinier than ever.

Mac Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish | This product really does give some glow in comparison to my subtle Kevyn Aucoin highlighter; I don't know if it's because it's summer but I'm really embracing highlighter and this has been my go-to glow giver every time I apply my make up. The powder is a beautiful almost white highlighter with tones of blue, peach and lilac running through it but these colours all blend perfectly to create the most amazing glow. Kim K eat your heart out!

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving in July?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Neo-Bronzer

Hello my name is Beth and I have a spending problem. I'm not one of these people who rationally thinks about a purchase, I'm an impulse buyer and I probably always will be; so as you can imagine when I stumbled upon the Space NK website and saw this beauty that made the blogger in me squeal with excitement, you know it had to go into my basket immediately.

An aesthetically pleasing all-in-one face palette created by Kevyn Aucoin for us beauty lovers to achieve a sun kissed glow with ease. From a peach toned highlighter to mid toned rose pink blusher and finishing with a deep bronzer with red-brown undertones. Typically I'm not a blusher girl and this packs in far more blusher than I expected because of the ombré effect so you can't be heavy handed with this. The pigmentation of this can't be faulted and the powder is so soft and finely milled but you do have to be careful otherwise you may give Ronald McDonald a run for his money. The desired colour combination can be achieved with how much or little you want to apply, personally for me I like a soft natural finish and using a light hand this was easily achieved, the powder sat well on my skin, didn't cake or emphasise any blemishes or pores.

Although the palette gives a beautiful natural flush it's definitely something I would pick up and use when I feel my face looks one dimensional. I do need to embrace blusher and start experimenting with my make up routine but I've been a bronze girl for so long I'm not sure how I'll fair. If you can recommend a good blusher brush then let me know below, maybe if I find a good one I could be a blusher convert. Hey, I said maybe!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Kylie Lip Kit in Koko K

When Kylie Jenner released her lip kit, I was like every other girl out there desperate to try them. Kylie's promise of matte lips in her trademark nude shade got all us giddy with excitement so naturally they all sold out within minutes and ever since they've been like gold dust.

I managed to get my hands on Koko K which is a pink nude with a mauve undertone and not dissimilar to my natural lip colour so I find this was the best shade choice for my skintone. I was originally eyeing up Dolce K but as it's a darker nude, it would wash me out. Once I applied Koko K, the colour sets slightly darker than original application but I find this looks best on me and suits my complexion.

The lip liner is the most perfect match for the liquid lipstick, nothing annoys me more than trying to find a matching lip liner when applying lipstick so I really do like that the kits come with a matching liner. I have no complaints about the quality of the products, the lip liner is very pigmented, creamy and glides on effortlessly giving great colour payoff. I've found that I prefer these liners to Mac; liners I've purchased from Mac previously have been dry and chalky.

The liquid lipstick is in a sleek tube with a doe foot applicator which makes for a precise application; the product dries within 60 seconds maximum and the finish is super matte with no flaking, drying or smudging in sight. This stuff really packs its punch in longevity, even through eating and drinking it lasts hours, meaning the most I've ever had to reapply this during one day was once.

The lip kits are on the pricier side, retailing around £30 which I feel is good value for money as you are getting a high quality lip liner and liquid lipstick but if you are lucky enough to pick one of these up, you are stung with customs charges around £12. I'll leave that up to you to decide whether it's worth it...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Benefit Brow Game

Previously I've always found Benefit to be a bit gimmicky - there I said it - I never really got on with the products but the packaging won me over. The new brow range rolled around and yeah, I was sold. Brows really do frame your face, it's only thing I always make sure I tend to whether that's just a coat of brow gel or go to town and define them. I've built up quite the Benefit brow collection over the past month and I've tried and tested most so here's the low down:

3D Brow Tones | A traditional tinted brow gel with a twist, unlike your tinted brow gels this promises to add highlights to create depth and dimension to your brows. The colour is a perfect match for me and not to mention the formula is long lasting but what I love most about this product is the brush; a plastic brush which distributes product perfectly but the key feature is the spiked tip which allows you to build up colour where you need it and fill in the smallest of areas.

Ka-Brow | Think of this as a sister to the Anastasia Dip Brow, very similar in consistency and longevity but there's just something in this that makes me love it more than DP. The packaging is super handy, coming with a little brush that's attached to the lid and I can safely say that after using the brush, going back to the Zoeva 322, it just isn't cutting it anymore. The brush included with the Ka-Brow is small, compact and makes filling in brows effortless giving you those Instagram worthy brows everyone is after.

Ready, Set, Brow | A clear brow gel claiming to give 24 hours of wear and tame the most unruliest of brows. The double sided wand allows you to coat every single hair locking in make up and keeping brows in place, use the shorter side to come through the front of the brows and the longer bristles to lock the shape into place. This dries absolutely clear so you don't have to worry about flaking; a serious pet peeve of mine when it comes to clear brow gel. Psst Another freebie with Marie Claire this month.

Gimme Brow | A brow enhancing gel with fibres to create natural fullness and definition. With a tapered brush, the Gimme Brow covers all areas of brow enhancing from building up the volume of your brows, to adding colour and definition and finally, setting them in place. Again, another freebie with Glamour mag.

If you're wanting to try some of the Benefit products, be sure to check online where you can find a sample of the Goof Proof brow pencil and at your local newsagents as Marie Claire and Glamour are both running collaborations with Benefit.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

By Terry Sun Designer Palette

From the intricate product detail to the beautiful limited edition packaging, there's no wonder this beauty from By Terry caught my eye. An all in one face palette which promises to give your face a radiant finish and sun kissed glow. With a selection of highlighters, bronzers and blusher, there's perfect choice for any look you're after; all rolled into one handy, travel friendly palette.

By Terry is a brand that exudes luxury and I am yet to come across a product that isn't worth the price tag; this palette is no exception to the brand. I picked up the palette in Light Tan Vibes which is the lighter of the two palettes By Terry have released and it's a perfect match for my porcelain skin tone; the powders are pigmented, finely milled and silky soft. The three smaller shades on the left of the palette have a shimmer/slight frosted finish which gives a beautiful glow in the sunlight; whereas the other three larger shades are matte and the colour selection is perfect for contour and adding warmth to the face. The powders blend onto the skin like a dream, my favourite combination is to use the darker bronze shade to warm up my face, the soft coral blush on my cheekbones and highlight using the peachy shimmer powder.

When I head to Greece next month this will be the first and main item to go in my make up bag, the palette is a perfect size meaning it saves on room and luggage allowance. If you're after a multi-tasking product to give you that goddess glow then I recommend hitting your nearest By Terry stockists quick.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Monthly Favourites: May

May has passed and summer is just around the corner. With my holiday just 2 months away, I'm getting so excited to soon be on a beach and soaking up the sun but first, here's my May favourites...

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
I have always been an eyebrow pencil girl and the thought of using a gel or anything else scared the life out of me but since using this I've ditched the pencil for good. I love how I can get a full brow with such ease and build up the intensity depending on the look I'm after. I can really define my brow shape and create light strokes using the brush, my eyebrows have never looked better.

Soap and Glory Solar Powder
This has been my holy grail bronzer for a year now but Soap and Glory have recently changed the packaging from cardboard to a sturdier plastic casing which is so much better for on the go. It's still the same fantastic bronzer but better packaging! It's important to us beauty bloggers, right?!

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
The traditional Pro Longwear foundation is my favourite so of course I picked this up. It's been in my collection for ages but only up until recently have I reached for it regularly. The cover is medium and buildable so if you're after a heavier coverage, it's easy to work up and the lasting power of this is as good as the original.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
This is everything I've been looking for in a concealer; good coverage, lightweight, brightening, moisturising and the best part is it's an absolute bargain. This little tube has lasted me all through May and now into June. It's an all rounder, no longer am I using 3 concealers to target certain areas, this can do it all.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Moisturiser
If you are a dry, dehydrated skin girl then look no further than this. After trying every moisturiser on the market claiming to relieve my dry skin I was at wits end. This cream-gel formula sinks into the skin like a dream and leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated, banishing that dry, tight feeling. The Moisture Surge range is fantastic and if you're looking for a good moisturising eye cream or face mask, I highly recommend those too.

What have you been loving during May? Have you tried any of these products?

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Starskin Sheet Masks

I used to be an avid lover of the traditional paint on masks but when you're in a rush or wanting a quick pick me up, I've been opting for the Starskin Sheet Masks. Starskin are a brand I came across whilst browsing the beauty halls of my local Harvey Nichols, they're not a brand I'd heard of before but I was instantly drawn to the luxury packaging and the promise of nourished, hydrated skin got me purchasing them in a heartbeat. Depending on the skin concern you're wanting to treat they offer a range retailing around £6-£13 offering masks for eyes, hands and feet as well as a range for the face.

If you're like me and love taking away different lotions and potions on holiday to give yourself that well deserved pamper then these could be the perfect alternative, not to mention saving room in your 20KG luggage allowance. I have been stock piling these for my holiday in August and I can't wait to feel how soft and nourished my face, hands and feet will feel after pampering with these.

The face masks are the traditional sheet masks with the eyes and mouth cut out but unlike other sheet masks they don't have the creamy, milky residue that leaves the masks sliding off your face. When I used the Hydrating Mask it was soaked in a thick gel which clung to my face and really nourished without having to worry that the mask was sliding off. I left the mask on for the allotted time which Starskin suggest around 20 minutes. Once I removed the masks, I gently pat the residue into my skin and I'm left with my feel feeling hydrated, looking plump and glowing.

The packaging of these is fantastic, they come in handy pouches so they're perfect for travelling and if you're suffering with a sunburnt face, pop them in the fridge for an added boost. I can't wait to stock up on more including the Calming mask which will be my holiday saviour!

Have you tried sheet masks before? Do you like Starskin?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Life Update

If someone told me this time last year my life would be completely different I would have laughed in their face. Things have dramatically changed. I'm no longer hanging around with the same people I used to be nor working the same job I was in last year. 2016 has already been a rollercoaster of a year and for once I'm really happy with how things are going.

I left my old full time job in January, it wasn't a case of me finding a new job and handing in my notice, I was forced out of my job and left with immediate effect on my last working day. I've never known how much a job could affect my mood until I got out of the toxic environment. It was a relief to leave and go on to realising it wasn't me that was the problem in that job but the environment and the toxic staff. Where am I now? Well after dabbling in some locum work which means visiting other pharmacies and working on a self employed basis, I found a job at another pharmacy in my town full time which I'm really happy with. I am already feeling much better in myself and enjoying where I am in life now.

As for my personal wellbeing, I am exercising regularly, eating well and generally feeling much better about myself, I've had a really rocky couple of months where "friends" have made me feel guilty for struggling but now I've let go of those toxic people, I can 100% say I'm much happier. I have a holiday booked in August with my family which I'm really excited to go on and I've got lots of exciting events and trips planned for the year.

As for blogging, I will always need to take a break here and then but I love that this little space is mine and those who read it will always come back and support me when I'm here. I'm hoping to bring out some new content, improve on my photography and maybe even dabble in some YouTube. I'm feeling really inspired and I can't wait to share it all with you.

Love, Beth xx

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Technic Prime It Illuminating Face Primer

Primers aren't a beauty product I ever tend to reach for when applying my make up but ever since discovering this gem from TK Maxx I've been smitten with it. The packaging is very Benefit That Gal-esque so I assume this is a dupe for it at a fraction of the cost, I picked this up for £2.99 for 33ml whereas the Benefit That Gal retails for £21.50 for 11ml, so who can argue with that?

As you can see from the swatch the consistency is a thick white cream with a pearlised finish. I tend to prefer this to the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer as the finish is much more subtle. After I've applied the product to my face it does leave my skin feeling slightly tacky but this creates a better base for my foundation. The longevity of my foundation depends on which one I am using on that day, I've teamed this up with Nars Sheer Glow (which I've found to be long lasting) and I've been able to go from day to night. I've also worn this with the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and together my make up has lasted a strong 9-10 hours without a touch up.

The difference between this and the Benefit offering is simply the colour and packaging, That Gal is a pink cream in a twist up applicator whereas this is a white cream in a pump dispenser. I personally prefer the packaging of this in comparisons to Benefit's as it makes application less messy. This is such a great alternative to That Gal if you're wanting to try it but don't fancy splashing out the cash.

Do you use primers? Have you tried this?

Monday, 22 February 2016

Hair Care for Blonde Hair

I love being blonde but it comes at a price, regular trips to the salon and intense bleaching means I really have to do my best to look after my locks, I take a trip to the hairdressers around every 8 weeks for highlights and cut to keep the ends looking healthy but in between I have my own routine to keep it in tip top condition.

To maintain the colour of my hair and keep any brassiness at bay I use the Charles Worthington Colour Revive Violet Toning Mousse after washing. I only really use this once a week maximum as I've found it to be intense. Unlike a wash off mousse or purple shampoo, you apply this to damp hair after shampooing and whatnot then comb through to even out the product and move straight onto blow drying. I'm not sure if it's heat activated but this really does work, I've found more results using this once a week opposed to regular purple shampoo. Some areas of my hair where the highlights are lighter can look almost white/silvery which is what I like about this and it really does help brighten up the colour and remove any yellow tones.

For dry shampoo I use the Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo which is perfect for those with oily hair. I find even though my hair is bleached and dry on the ends, my roots are still very much prone to becoming greasy. I've found that using this in between washing and styling can make my hair last up to 4 days which for someone who used to religiously wash my hair everyday, that's an achievement. What I love most about this product is the formula, once I spray this into my hair it's invisible so I'm not fighting to brush it out of my roots. The product is also great for creating volume so if I'm wanting that second day blow dry look, I can easily achieve it using this.

To condition my hair I use a trio of products depending on how I'm feeling (basically whether I'm being lazy). If I opt to leave my hair to air dry I prefer to use a nourishing treatment such as the Schwarzkopf Oil Miracle Spray, this is an argan oil formula in a spray bottle which makes dispensing the product so easy. I've found that it really penetrates the ends of my hair as well as taming fly aways and makes detangling pain free. To protect my hair from heat theres only one product I opt for and that's the Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer, infused with oil it not only helps nourish my hair but prep and protect it ready for heat styling. To begin with I wasn't a huge fan of it when my hair was brown as it made my hair appear greasy but I'm loving it now my hair is bleached. When I'm styling my hair using the Babyliss Big Hair or my GHDs, I use the Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry to achieve a well-grommed do. The serum-in-creme contains a heat protectant to protect my hair from any heat, nourish the ends and keep styles looking healthy for up to 3 days. I can't say it personally lasts 3 days for me but when I'm opting for a sleek blow dry this is my go to product.

Do you have coloured hair? What products do you use?

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bedtime Beauty

Bedtime is my favourite time of day and previously my routine would consist just diving straight into bed with the TV on but recently I've been trying to make the most of my beauty regime before I settle down into a slumber. I always make sure I do my night time skincare routine before getting into bed but on my bedside table I have been reaching for these products that have really made a difference.

Before I physically get into bed, I spray my pillow with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, theres only one word to describe this spray and it's HEAVEN, the lavender scent is so soothing and relaxing. If I'm feeling especially tense or in need of some proper relaxation, I take the This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less rollerball and apply this to my pressure points and take around 5-10 minutes sat on my bed quietly, inhaling the scent, this does wonders for relaxing me before I sleep and I've found by doing this I have a solid nights sleep.

A must for me at the moment is a good lip balm as my lips have been so dry and chapped so I always make sure I have the pot of Carmex Lip Balm at the side of my bed and in my handbag. It works intensively overnight and most mornings I do wake up and I can still feel some residue on my lips, which I like as it feels it's locking in moisture. Being a shellac wearer I take good care of my hands and I always believe a good hand cream makes a huge difference, the E45 Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream is an intensive moisturiser that works overnight to keep my hands, nails and cuticles feeling nourished. Finally I close my eyes and mist the Asda Dry Eye Spray over each eyelid to hydrate my eyes. This is a dupe for the Optrex Actimist but for half the price, being a contact lens wearer my eyes are prone to becoming dry so I use this as and when I need to keep it at bay.

Once my regime is completed, I climb into my bed and delve into a good book, at the moment I'm currently reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Everyone who has read this tells me how brilliant it is and the reviews speak for itself. I'm trying to limit the amount of technology use on an evening so settling down with a book has been the best way to ensure I relax and get some quality sleep.

Do you have a bedtime routine?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Contour Duo for Girls with Round Faces

I've previously written about the wonder that is the Filmstar Bronze & Glow from Charlotte Tilbury here but my contour game has recently been stepped up since the purchase of the Nars Ita Brush. I purchased this brush brand new off a reputable seller on Depop because I was unaware it was now back in stock, so you can pick your very own from Space NK or the Nars website. The brush is perfect for me and my face, I find because my cheekbones are quite low down and I have a chubbier/round face I have to really suck in my cheeks to create that shadow but with this being smaller and the bristles being tightly packed together and stiffer than my other contour brushes, it's so effortless to blend product into the hollows off my cheeks creating a natural contour.
What I like best about the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is the shades are so versatile, the contour shade is perfect for me as I'm quite pale and although it looks bronze in the pan, the shade has an ash undertone so it creates a subtle and natural shadow as you can see above. The highlighter is champagne with a hint of gold shimmer through it which I use to highlight my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose but also use on my eyes as an inner corner highlight. The highlighter is very natural in regular day light but when the sun hits those highlighted points of my face it really glows. Since using this combo I haven't used any other highlight or contouring products, the two colours in the palette suit my casper complexion perfectly and the Ita brush has made, what I thought to be a scary and complication make up application, so straight forward.

Have you tried any contouring products? What are your favourites?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

My Day & Night Serum

Don't you girls love when you get a good item for a discount? Well this happened to me when I was in my local TKMaxx, I spotted the Elemental Herbology Cell Food hid at the back of shelf for nearly quarter of it's retail price and snapped it up straight away, who could leave that on the shelf? Having checked the Elemental Herbology site I think it's been rebranded to Cell Nourish. Just a quick note for those who aren't familiar with me or my blog, I have seriously dehydrated lacklustre and sensitive skin and I'm constantly on the hunt for something that will ease the redness and give me back that glow.

This is suitable for the most sensitive of skins as it's contents is natural. The super handy pipette makes it easy to dispense the product and I find that I need a 50p size amount to cover my whole face and I apply this morning and night after cleansing, before moisturiser. My large pores around my nose on my cheeks are a big concern for me and I'm constantly trying out new skincare items to reduce them but since using this twice a day I've found that especially around my nose they've dramatically reduced, I've also noticed that any redness that was around my nose has eased too. The serum is a thick creamy white consistency which smells really herbal, the scent is particularly my favourite but it disappears as soon my skin absorbs it.

I'm really in love with this and it's my first dip into the Elemental Herbology range but I'm intrigued to try out some of their other products. If you're like me and missing that glow then I really recommend this, check out your local TKMaxx stores or they also sell it in Space NK too.

Have you tried Elemental Herbology before? What products do you love?

Monday, 8 February 2016

The Prada Purse

For christmas I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful Prada Saffiano Frame Purse in Nero (Black) and ever since I got it, it's been my go to purse for any occasion. I tend to use this as my everyday purse but it's one of those classic pieces you can wear when you're wanting something more sophisticated. The gold hardware is just dreamy, I'll always be a girl who loves black and gold together as it's just so classic.

Inside there is plenty of room for cards with slots on each side of the purse and behind the card compartments there is two side pockets which fit in extra cards or receipts. There's also two main compartments on either side of the zipped section to keep notes or more receipts. The gold zip fastens right around the purse as well as detailing the inner zipped compartment. The leather is strong, durable and doesn't mark at all which is something I look for when purchasing a designer piece, I'm a strong believer that if I purchase a high end item I want good quality and something that would last a life time. This purse is absolutely beautiful and ever since using it I've received so many compliments on it, I just need the bag to match.
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