My new Bobbi Brown Make-up….

So recently my mom and I went to the mall and stopped by the Bobbi Brown Counter to check out their lip glosses. On any given day I most likely have on Bobbi Brown Makeup….because I just love the way it looks, works and it’s quality stuff!

My mom gifted me with not only a new lip gloss but also a new creme eyeshadow and lipstick. Which I NEVER EVER wear lipstick but I love the way the make up artist did my lips and so it was added into the mix. It was cool because she started with the lipstick, then applied the gloss and right in the middle of both my lips she dabbed a bit of the creme eye shadow! The combination looks amazing and is based on the latest Surf and Sand Collection…..

Picture taken from Bobbi Brown website

Picture taken from Bobbi Brown website

My New Make-Up

Lip Color- Sandwash Pink, Cream Shadow- 24K, Lip Gloss- Pink Gold

 

And I have to say… that Long Wear Eyeshadow…  works! It actually stayed on during a recent triathlon! Uh, yes… I did put on eye liner and eye shadow for my triathlon and it totally stayed put swimming, biking and running! So way to go Bobbi Brown… making women look beautiful while they sweat it out.

If you’re in the market for some new eye shadow I would definitely check out the Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick from Bobbi Brown. Or her lip glosses. And her lipstick too!

My mom and I at the Tri For A Cure. July 2014

My mom and I at the Tri For A Cure. July 2014

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July’s Amazing Offer to join Apriori Beauty!

For the month of July Apriori Beauty is offering a wonderful opportunity to join the company as a new consultant.

For each new consultant that registers and adds a Full Sized Celloxylin Set or an All-In-One Set to their first order; the $79 Starter Kit fee will be dropped to $49 AND you get free shipping. And the other awesome part of this is that the following week you’ll receive your Consultant Commission on the products you ordered and you actually end up getting back your $49 fee (plus a little extra). So this means… that when you register as a new consultant and place your order with one of the two sets…. all new consultants are pretty much getting to start their business for free this month! Which is amazing.

If you’re not sure if becoming a consultant is right for you consider some of the following perks:

  • There is convenient online ordering 24/7|365
  • There are always 20% savings on monthly specials and Autoship offers
  • Consultants receive 20-30% rebate on personal purchases and 20-30% commission on Client purchases — which are paid weekly
  • You receive your own Consultant website — free with registration. Which means you can have clients from all across the country place orders through your site.
  • You gain access to the Consultant Back Office — which includes training, tools, reports, resources, information, community and more to support your business-building efforts
  • There is no monthly minimum order requirement and you don’t have to take on any backstock (unless you choose too).
  • You remain an “Active Consultant” when you reach $150 in total sales once every 3 months (which is SUPER easy). Total sales includes what you order for yourself and what your clients order and it only needs to be $150 between everyone.
  • When you purchase one of the two sets mentioned above you are automatically considered active because you met the $150 sales total.  Each one of the sets is something that all Apriori Consultants can use for either their personal products or to use as business tools to sample their clients and showcase the product lines we offer.
  • Consultants also get to be part of the Apriori Beauty community and can feel 100% confident in the integrity of the business itself.

If you have more questions please feel free to email me at eastcoast.beauty at hotmail.com or message the Lookin Good Girl Facebook page

And definitely check out all of the information on Apriori’s website….  Become a Consultant

Apriori Beauty is an amazing company, lead by amazing women and this month is the perfect time to join!

Some of the amazing Ladies I've met by having my Apriori Beauty Business

Some of the amazing Ladies I’ve met by having my Apriori Beauty Business

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Lookin Good Girl …. 4 Step Facial

This week’s post is how to create an at home facial using your favorite Apriori products. While I am a big fan of going to your favorite Esthetician to get a treatment… in between sessions you can easily create a special treat for yourself. This 4 step system could easily be done Sunday night while you’re savoring the last bit of your weekend.

Step 1: Gently cleanse your face with the Creme Cleanse; applying a light pressure to your face with your fingertips. Take a dime sized amount, add water and apply to your face that has been splashed with warm water. With your fingers go up and around your eyes, under you cheekbones and make small circles on your forehead. Once it appears that you skin has been thoroughly cleansed, use warm water or a warm wash cloth to gently remove any remaining cleanser. 

Creme Cleanse Facial

 

Step 2: Next Exfoliate your beautiful face with Apriori’s Acid Peel. Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, the Acid Peel uses Glycolic and Lactic Acids to provide a deep exfoliation for your beautiful face. It can be applied with your fingers and then removed with a gentle rolling action once it has set up a bit (or it can be gently removed with lukewarm water)

 

Acid Peel Facial

 

Step 3: Just like your favorite skincare specialist applies a treatment mask after she has exfoliated your skin, you can do the same with a light application of the Firming Complex. This nutrient rich serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin; providing excellent collagen and elastin support. And because you’ve just exfoliated away old dead skin cells with the Acid Peel, the Firming Complex will be even more readily absorbed!

 

Firming Complex Facial

 

 Step 4: The last step for your Sunday night Self-Care Facial is a light application of the Night Repair 3-Deep Night Cream. This cream is formulated to help with the natural water loss we experience overnight; helping retain moisture in your skin so you wake up looking refreshed. A few pumps and you can gently massage the night cream over your entire face, neck and décolleté ( in this case… your upper chest, just below your neck)

 

Night Repair Facial

 

 And there you have a 4 Step Facial that can easily be incorporated into your Sunday Night routine that will have you lookin’ good for the upcoming week. 

4 Step Facial

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day xoxoxoxo Lookin Good Girl

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lookin Good Girl. I’ve put together a few songs for you to celebrate this wonderful Loved fill day. Enjoy and you’re welcome.

xoxoxoooxoxoxxxxoxoooxo 

Found via the Google

Found via the Google

Love them.

Stevie has something to say…..

Don’t pretend like ya didn’t want this to happen to you at some point

A personal favorite.

Another personal fave….. Actually you know what I absolutely love this song.

Not feeling Valentine’s Day… maybe you just need some Muskrat Love.

Found via the Google

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Skincare In A Flash… Take it on Vaayycayy!

Going on vacation soon? Not sure how you will take all of your skincare products with you?

Apriori has the perfect solution: the 30 Day set….

  • Each item is the TSA approved size for carry-on travel.
  • The set comes with its own cosmetic bag to keep everything in one easily, accessible place.
  • The 30 day set actually lasts longer than 30 days (anywhere between 4-6 weeks!)

Take you Skincare on Vacation

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Old Man Winter and your skin

Here in the Northeast we are in full swing of cold temperatures and windy days. Mix the two and you have a lovely combination to create windburned, dried out skin that makes you wish warmer days were just around the corner. You add in sitting by a warm fire or cranking up the thermostat and you’re fending off flaky, dry skin from every which direction.

However, even if you don’t live in the Northeast, this time of year can still lend itself to drier skin that needs some extra attention.

If your skin looks and feels like its freaking out because of the colder temps and dryer elements; here a couple of things you can do to show it some love.

1. Moisturize more. Sounds ultra simple but you might not have changed your skincare routine from what you do in the Summer or even the Fall. If your skin is drying out… use extra moisturizer either in the morning or at night. Or try a heavier moisturizer until Spring time.

2. Add some Jojoba Oil into the mix. Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba)  is an oil that most closely mimics our body’s natural oils.  Your favorite moisturizer + 5-6 drops of jojoba oil = Super Moisturizer! The oil helps reduce flakiness and is okay to use even if you have oily skin.

3. Jump out of the shower and slather on your favorite lotion. Right when you get out of the tub, lightly towel off and start putting your moisturizers/lotions on. At this time your skin is primed to receive moisture.

4. Don’t forget to exfoliate! Exfoliating helps remove dead skincells and encourage new, fresh cells to emerge. These fresh cells are much more receptive to absorbing moisturizers and lotions. Apriori’s Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is an excellent exfoliant that can be used on your face and your body. Check it out here: Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

And of course if you need additional skincare support for your beautiful face you can reach me at eastcoast.beauty at hotmail.com for a individualized skincare consult.

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Lookin Good Girl’s Christmas playlist……

At this point in the game I’m most likely to turn down the radio if I hear Frosty the Snowman or Jingle Bell Rock. I have absolutely nothing against these eternal Holiday favorites… but with only 1 day to go before Christmas I’ve already heard them 5,000 times.

So I picked out some of my Christmas favs and created this Playlist as an alternative. It’s as about as eclectic as you can get…Kinda like my general taste in music.

 

Merry Christmas from Lookin Good Girl.

Merry Christmas from Lookin Good Girl.

Father Christmas- The Kinks

Let The Kinks counteract all those sweet holiday sweets with lyrics like; “Father Christmas, give us some money….Don’t mess around with those silly toys”

Merry Christmas Baby- Otis Redding

Mah favorite version of this song everrrrrrrrr. EVER.

Soulful Christmas- James Brown

James Brown loves ya…so get up off that couch and do a little dance for St. Nick.

Low- Just Like Christmas

One of my Christmas Indie picks.

Winter Wonderland- Scott Weiland

I just find the idea of Scott Weiland doing a Christmas album to be very intriguing!

Christmas Time Is Here Again- My Morning Jacket

A mellow Christmas Tune.

Merry Christmas Everybody- Slade 

Santa loves Slade.

Christmas in Hollis- RUN DMC

And my favorite Christmas song of all time! Check it.

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Adding Beauty…. with TriMarni Coaching…..

This week’s post includes an interview with Marni Sumbal of TriMarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC. After following the TriMarni Facebook page, I reached out to Marni because I have really enjoyed reading about her tips and her overall take on nutrition. What has impressed me is that Marni  emphasizes a “food as fuel” approach, yet she does it in a way that totally celebrates food and nutrition through a positive outlook. We’re often bombarded with “Don’t eat this”, “Never eat these foods…”, “Stay the hell away from XYZ”- but that is definitely not the case with Marni’s approach.

Given that food and eating are a big part of most people’s day I wanted to introduce the Lookin Good Girl readers to Marni and her encouraging, positive outlook on nutrition.

Marni speaking

So Marni, explain how you became interested in nutrition and food?

 Well, I can’t say that there was ever a time that food didn’t interest me because I have used food to fuel my active lifestyle ever since a young age and, food tastes good! But when I decided to give up eating meat/fish when I was 10 years old (21 years ago) because I didn’t want to kill animals, I had to educate myself over many years as to how to fuel my active lifestyle with a balanced plant strong diet and also keep my immune system strong. The more I learned about food for my own body, the more passionate I became in helping others understand how food can be used for fuel and for health.After graduating with my Master degree in Exercise Physiology and spending a little time working as the wellness coordinator of a YMCA, I desired a better understanding of nutrition from a different point of view (aside from sports) so I decided to go back to school in order to obtain my Registered Dietitian credential. I really enjoy the balance of working as an inpatient clinical RD in the hospital as well as helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts cross finishing lines all by understanding the power of food.
In an article you wrote for your Blog, you reference “intuitive eating”..can you explain to the readers what that is?
I learned a lot about mindful and intuitive eating during my dietetic internship when I was interning with a practice (Preferrednutrition.org) that specialized in eating disorders. The practice of mindful eating is very powerful and because I feel that much of our population has yet to master a healthy relationship with food and the body, I have really enjoyed helping others learn how to eat intuitively through my business Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition (Trimarnicoach.com).Mindful eating is being in an active state and releasing all fears, worries or concerns about food. It’s about making choices that will give you an enjoyable eating experience in the present moment. Mastering mindful eating is not easy, especially with our quick-fix, diet-fad, food-trendy society. But with many disordered eating habits and body image concerns, your hurried and stressful lifestyle may make eating time a difficult, uneasy and overwhelming experience.To bring some joy to eating, both inside and outside of the home, mindful eating should be practiced often. Instead of fearing certain foods, bring attention as to why you are eating to result in more control and enjoyment with what you are eating. Keep in mind that mindful eating will differ for everyone for eating is a very personal experience.
What are some simple steps for the readers to take if they want to try “intuitive eating” during the day?
Here’s a great exercise (perfect to practice around the holiday season). Take a Hershey kiss (or small chocolate) and place it in front of you on a desk. Observe it, your surroundings and how you feel. Now touch it. How does it feel in your hand? Unwrap the item and observe it again by touching it and then smell it. Now, take a small bite from the top. Place the other half of the inside of the wrapper and place it out of sight. Suck on the chocolate and close your eyes. Savor your treat, making it last as long as possible without chewing it. Are any special past memories coming to mind as the chocolate melts? Now open your eyes. Did you stay present and in the moment? How long did it take to fully appreciate a small bite of a piece of candy/chocolate? Did you enjoy it?
finishing line cheer
 
 One of the premises of Lookin Good Girl is to provide resources and education on how to “Add Beauty Into Your Everyday Life”. Some readers may not have thought about eating and cooking as opportunities to experience Beauty, especially on an everyday basis. But do you have any suggestions on how to create a more pleasurable experience with cooking, even if it’s making lunch to take to work?
I think there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who loves her body just as much as she loves taking care of others. Women often feel pressure to look or eat a certain way thanks to the media idolizing body image over health. This needs to stop. One of the greatest things a woman can do is to feel powerful and strong about her body and that starts with the daily diet.
One thing that I encourage people to do is to take pictures of their food. Even if it starts with a bowl of cereal or an apple, it is really neat to see whatever “Creation” you put together and to be proud of your masterpiece. You don’t have to share these creations with others but I feel that rather than lecturing others about food, we should feel inspired by food in a happy and healthy way
With the Holidays coming up and keeping in mind the idea of intuitive eating; what are some tips you would share with your clients as to how to approach the abundance of foods that come with the Holiday season. 

I want my athletes and fitness enthusiasts to use the habits they have developed throughout the year during the holiday season and to remember that with 365 days in a year, all is not ruined or lost in one day. I do not promote radical or extreme eating so I would never encourage anyone to detox, fast, cleanse or diet around the holidays, January 1st or any day in between. Instead, I want people to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and the body so that when it comes to the holidays, people are not stressed or worried about the overabundance of food and occasional treats but instead, know how to eat in a way that they can jump right back to “normal” eating to support individual needs but to also indulge in a way that still leaves them feeling great after the meal. It’s not something that is learned overnight but the ultimate goal for any individual is to be able to maintain a balanced life and to let food enhance your life, not control your life.
The holidays are actually a great time to be inspired with all the real food options and desire for cooking in a kitchen (two things that people often lack in their lifestyle when it comes to “healthy” eating). Here’s a blog I did on stopping the off-limit food lists:

http://trimarni.blogspot.com/2013/11/eat-real-food-stop-off-limit-food-lists.html
For me, I’d rather people start with their relationship with food around the holidays as oppose to trying to be extreme with eating or stressing about the holiday eats. The same tips that apply to balanced eating for fuel and for health on a daily basis should also apply toward holiday eating: do not save calories or go into a meal starving, monitor your portions by focusing on a plant strong meal, feel better after you eat than before, be accountable for what you put into your body – invest your food choices wisely so that you feel great about your choices, don’t eat with guilt, thank your body, exercise consistently (walking is great!) and eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed (scope out the scene before eating and ask yourself what are the best options that will be enjoyed the most).

Marni and her boys.
 
With the Holidays approaching what are your 3 favorite foods you look forward to? 

I have a saying that “if you eat well most of the time you don’t have to worry about the rest of the time”. So when it comes to the holiday’s I love creating my own creations but I also love traditional family recipes.

A few of my favorites include:
-The Czech Xmas cookies that are homemade and delivered to us from Karel’s (Marni’s husband) mom in Znjomo Czech Republic, where is where Karel was born and lived until he came to the US in 2000.
-Mashed sweet potatoes – although a sweet potato is included in my staple pre-race meal, I love my mom’s mashed sweet potatoes. She doesn’t load them with butter or sugar but somehow she makes them so smooth and delicious and I love the added touch of roasted marshmallows on top.

-Czech potato salad – Because Karel can not celebrate the holidays with his family in Czech, we enjoy bringing some of his traditional holiday recipes to our home and we can share them together. This is one of my favorites!

If a reader is hosting a party could you offer some simple tips for a way to integrate some whole food dishes in with the “traditional fare? You know, like how to sneak some veggies next to the giant bowl of Chex-Mix?
This is a great idea! Now a day, it seems like more and more people understand what foods feel the best in their body and as a host, it’s nice to be able to cater to different dietary preferences. For people with allergies/intolerances or medical issues, it is good to label food as to what is in it as that will make the guest feel more comfortable knowing what she/he is eating. Also, I always encourage  people who go to a party to bring a go-to meal (if they need to bring a dish). You want to bring something that you know you will enjoy just in case there are no other options that appeal to you and your tummy. Most of the time, there will be at least a veggie/fruit/cheese tray but for anyone with special dietary needs, it’s nice to know that you will have something to enjoy around others.
But in terms of whole dishes, think about different types of dips (ex. make your own hummus), colorful veggies and fruits and a whole grain salad (ex. quinoa, almonds and figs with goat cheese). Also, put larger plates next to the salads so that it is easy to make a plant strong meal (the dessert plates don’t work so well for holding more than a few lettuce leaves J ) One of the best ways to enjoy whole foods is to encourage others to bring a dish and to be inspired by what other people bring to your party. Not every party needs to include pretzels, chex-mix and store-bought cookies. I think for most people, homemade food is really enjoyed because there was some time, love and thought put into the prep
Looking ahead to the New Year….What are some of your 2014 Goals?

I’m really looking forward to growing my business with the help of my husband. I absolutely love helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts learn how to eat for fuel and for health and to discover a healthy relationship with food and the body.
We are very excited about our athletes reaching their athletic/fitness goals and sharing the journey with them.
I love public speaking and writing so I look forward to seeing where I can take my skills in the next year for there is a lot of research out there and I enjoy learning new things and helping others through my words.
My husband and I love to travel so we decided on 3 destination races so that we could race to travel (or travel to race) – St Croix 70.3, IM Austria and IMWI. My husband will be racing Raleigh 70.3 but I will be cheering him on, along with my other athletes.
For anyone who is considering racing for a finish line, here is a blog I did on picking the perfect race:

http://trimarni.blogspot.com/2013/11/triathlon-season-planning-top-10-tips.html

If a reader was interested in learning more about your approach to food and nutrition what services do you offer in food counseling? 

All of my services are on my website, but my main services involve lifestyle log reviews, sport nutrition log reviews as well as my 2-month lifestyle program. My focus is not on telling people what to do but instead treating everyone like an individual with specific goals and needs.
I do not give meal plans or believe in off limit food lists so I enjoy addressing the diet as part of a lifestyle in order to eat for fuel and for health and to improve quality of life. For anyone who is local in our area, I provide one-on-one consulting and I also speak at universities, corporations and tri/run groups on various topics. All of my speaking events are listed on my website as well as a few local TV segments. I welcome all emails so feel free to email Trimarnicoaching @gmail.com and to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for education, inspiration and motivation in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition and life.

Thank you for this interview! These were great questions. The last thing I’d like to say is , don’t forget to thank your body every day!

Marni Sumbal


In case you would like a little extra info on who Marni is….. Marni is the owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC and provides consulting and coaching services in the areas of sport nutrition, body composition, triathlons/running, health and fitness. Marni is a Registered Dietitian and works as a Clinical Dietitian at Baptist Medical Center Beaches. She holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, is an endurance triathlete, she is also a Level-1 USAT Coach. Marni is a 7x Ironman finisher and recently completed her third Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii with a PR of 10:37.Marni is a 110% play harder, Hammer Nutrition, Brooks Running ID and Oakley Women brand ambassador. Marni enjoys public speaking and writing, and she has several published articles in Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Health Magazine, Men’s Journal Magazine, Runners World Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, The Florida Times-Union Shorelines, Lava Magazine, Hammer Endurance News, CosmoGirl magazine and Triathlete Magazine, and contributes monthly to IronGirl.com, USAT multisport zone and Ironman.com.
 

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Cleaning Your Make-up Brushes….

Although at first glance you might wonder what Make-Up Brushes have to do with Skincare….. let me explain.

What happens if you never (ever) wash your make-up brushes??

Tiny bits of dirt, oil, make-up, dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. Which means as your applying your favorite NARS blush, you’re sweeping a lovely combination of all these things across your skin. If it’s been six months since you washed your brushes (or NEVER), you’re sweeping six months worth of old junky, yucky particles across your beautiful face. Which is a great way to promote breakouts and clogged pores! (That’s where the skincare piece comes in…..)

Hey, Beth… I love that blush you have on! What is it?”

Oh, thanks!!….it’s called “Breakout City” a unique blend of oil, bacteria and 12 months worth of make-up pigment from my other blushes“.

I’ve seen recommendations to clean your brushes every two weeks up to once a month. I go with at least once a month because every two weeks seems like an overwhelming commitment I’m not ready for. I mean I’ve talked about this with a professional and I decided that I’m just not ready for that level of commitment..and that’s where I am today in my Life. I’m okay with washing my brushes once a month and my the brushes will be okay. I’m okay, they’re okay….. everything will be okay with a little make-up brush tubby once every 30 days.

You do what’s right for you…. but just make sure you do it! Set a reminder on your phone, write it on the calendar, put a note in your make-up bag….. It’s just important to actually be doing it on a regular basis.

So….. the next question might be… “How do I clean the brushes?”.

Here are 5 easy steps to taking caring for your brushes. 

You can buy make-up brush cleaner or you can take baby shampoo or a very gentle regular shampoo and get the job done.

Step 1: Take a very small amount of the shampoo and mix it in with warm water

Step 2: Pointing the brushes down dip the bristles into the soapy water. It’s important to keep the bristles pointed down so that water doesn’t get into the part where they connect with the handle (this can loosen the glue that holds the pieces together orrrrr create a place for bacteria to grow).

Step 3: Gently (GENTLY) rub the bristles in the soapy water … you’ll see the old make-up coming out and will change the color of the water.

Step 4: Pointing the brush down… let water run over the brushes until the water becomes clear. You may need to repeat step 3 but just do so until the water runs clear after it has gone through the bristles.

Step 5: Lightly pat down the brush with a paper towel or cloth and lay flat to dry.

 

I prefer doing this at night so they brushes have a longer time to dry but that’s just me. **Side note**… They don’t have to be completely dry to use them again.

As you see below, these are my actual brushes and I use them on an everyday basis… I personally love my Aveda brushes (from when I went to Beauty School!!!) and my Bobbi Brown ones.

Make Up Brushes

 

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And on the 4th of November, Ye shall shake your tail feathers and enjoy the Day…..

Birthday Jump

 

Go Shorty… It’s Your Birthday….. We’re gonna dance around like it’s ya birthday.

Today is my Birthday and I’ve created a little Lookin Good Girl Birthday Playlist! Here are 10 jams you can shake Birthday Buns too!

1. Montell Jordan- This is How We Do It

2. Peaches and Herb- Shake Your Groove Thing

3. Salt N’ Peppa – Push It

4. Janet Jackson- Miss You Much

5. Gwen Stefani- Rich Girl ft. Eve

6. KC & The Sunshine Band- Boogie Shoes

I'm telling ya right now people... it's my birthday and we're gonna Dance!

7. Bobby Brown- Every Little Step

8. Madonna- Borderline

9. Fergie- Fergalicious

10.  Eddie Murphy- Party All The Time

The Crew at my 5th Birthday.

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