Radical Skincare Overview

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The older I get, the more appreciation I have towards good skincare. Anti Aging Skincare plays a very important role on my daily skincare regime. I always make sure that anti aging product is incorporated into my skincare regime; I am too worried when I see some fine lines. Call me Kiasu, but well who doesn’t wish to delay skin aging? LOL 😉

The story behind radical skincare was an interesting one. Two sisters Rachel & Liz, both of them have been working in their father’s lab for years and thereafter they’re working in cosmetics industry to create skincare for celebrities. Rachel, who were in her 40s just had her second child and she was having rosacea. This time round, they decided to create skincare which can multitasks and at the same time suitable for sensitive skin.

Few weeks ago, I was given a chance to try RADICAL skincare. RADICAL skincare emphasises multi tasking effectiveness on their product. It’s a skincare to tackle multiple problems at one go; hydration, wrinkles, firmness and radiance. The skincare is packed with generous amount of antioxidant to combat anti aging process. The technology behind Radical Skincare is TRYLACEL technology – a technology that encapsulates the ingredients to mimic human membrane cells and helps to deliver functional materials to the sites where they are needed.

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I was given a few products to try and I’d like to mention a few that has worked very well for me.

Extreme Repair 

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If I were to choose one moisturiser that works best for my skin so far, it would have to be Extreme Repair. My skin has became so dry after pregnancy and I have found few items that works well for my skin, but it seems like Extreme Repair has been the champion for all moisturisers that I’ve tried. Keep reading to know more!

Extreme Repair – as the name suggests, it is meant for dry skin that needs to be repaired asap. It hydrates and moisturises skin without making it look oily. It also firms and re-textures skin condition. The key ingredient is camauba wax from Brazil, desert date palm, and rice oil to protect our skin from harsh weather.

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I’m wearing Extreme Repair after my serum and using this to my whole face and to my neck too. I find that Extreme Repair works wonders and it works quickly; I notice that my skin feels suppler and softer after 3 days. It feels smoother, looking healthier and more firm. It that doesn’t sound convincing enough, I even tried it on my mom’s face (my mom is in her 50s) and she too, commented that her skin feels so much better after using it for few days. We are now sharing this tube whenever she visits my place here 😉

Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30

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Another item that I found to be a lovely staple is the Skin Perfecting Screen. It’s packed with SPF 30.

Along with Radical Skincare philosophy, this product is meant to multitasks. Not only it helps to protect the skin against damaging UV Rays, it is also packed with a range of antioxidant to help delaying skin aging by reducing appearance of wrinkles.

Skin Perfecting Screen is also packed with Diamond powder which helps to give that healthy glow and thus I like to use this as a tinted moisturiser too. In the days where I don’t feel like applying too much make up, I will reach out to this and use it after my moisturiser. It provides light coverage and it doesn’t feel sticky at all on my skin. Even on the days when I am not going out, I will also apply a thin layer of Skin Perfecting Screen to make sure that my skin is well protected.

On most days, I am using this right after my moisturiser and will apply my BB cream to get the coverage I need. When I’m staying indoor , I have used this to top up some sunscreen on top of my make up when I need to step out and being exposed to the sun. It feels lightweight even on top of my make up; It didn’t feel sticky at all.

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Hand and Nail Multi-Repair Creme

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Last but definitely not the least is the Hand and Nail Multi Creme. Hand and nail cream is an important item on my skincare staple. It’s important because I tend to bite my nails a lot since I was a kid, hence applying hand cream would help me from biting my nails.

I rarely put my thoughts on hand and nail creme as I found most brands to be equal. But once I try Radical Skincare Hand and Nail Cream, I was sold. It was very lightweight and it was easily absorbed into the skin and it doesn’t leave any sticky feelings at all. I love the citrusy scent that smells so refreshing! It lingers very nicely and I definitely think this hand cream is suitable for everyone who likes lightweight cream and for those who doesn’t like heavy smell. I am definitely a fan of this hand cream 😉

With Trylacel technology, this handcream does not only hydrates the skin but also helps to protect the skin against aging. It’s made with ingredients such as coffee, tea, niacinamide, vitamin C and superoxide dismutase (SOD) to re-stimulate collagen to improve skin firmness. In the ingredient list, we can also find Hexylresorcinol to reduce dark spots and Myrrh to strengthen cuticles and nails.

 

In a nutshell, I definitely think that Radical Skincare worth a try. Although the price point is not the most affordable one, but hey it’s worth to pay more for something that WORKS. I strongly recommend Extreme Repair for people with dry skin. It feels very rich and moisturising; it can help to hydrate my skin in airconditioned room for a long hours.

 

 

 

Kiehl’s Singapore celebrate 10th birthday, and here are my favorite products…

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Happy birthday to Kiehl’s Singapore!!

Kiehl’s Singapore celebrates their 10th anniversary

I would like to take this opportunity to write a post dedicated to my favorite Kiehl’s products. I started using Kiehl’s product about two years ago and these products have always been my favorite and I will always repurchase the products whenever I almost ran out of these.

Here are my favorite products from Kiehl’s and products are not in sequence..

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Firstly is the Ultra Facial Cream. My skin type is normal to combination – however at certain times, my cheek area tends to be drier than the usual. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream comes in few types; the classic ultra facial cream, the intense hydration and lastly the newly launched is the oil free type. The products captured above is the classic type and the intense hydration type.

I love both face creams, they moisturises my skin without leaving a greasy feeling. On top of that, the product is fragrance free, so it’s a lovely product to be used anytime of the day. I am using the classic ultra facial cream for my day use and the intense hydration for my night routine.

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Here’s another product that I have been using over and over again.I am currently on my third bottle. Here’s Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This serum helps to minimize dark spots and to brighten the skintone. I love this product because it’s effective in brightening my skintone. Whenever I feel that my skin feels dull, I’ll pick this out and apply it onto my face. In few days, I will usually be able to witness the result; my skin looks brighter and healthier.

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Lastly it would be the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This was the first oil based products that I tried and since then, I have always been a lover of oil based products. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery is the product I am looking for whenever I am having a breakout – it has always helps to calm my skin down. This would also be the product that I am looking for whenever I feel too tired to apply many products at night. I will apply my serum quickly and add this as a moisturiser.

I also love Kiehl’s Suncreen, BB cream and many others.. But these three has always been my top picks from Kiehl’s! If you have not tried any of these, you can always pop by at Kiehl’s store and ask for samples.

And to celebrate Kiehl’s Singapore 10th Birthday, Kiehl’s is collaborating with Olivia Ong to release a limited edition designed Calendula Toner and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. The design is inspired by one of Kiehl’s most iconic and long standing ingredients from nature – Calendula flower.

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Hope this post have been helpful and as always, thanks for reading!

By: Meryl

Guerlain Super Aqua Creme Day Gel

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In a humit and hot day, I often source for a product that hydrates my skin without leaving any sticky feeling. Thanks to Guerlain for sending me this item and letting me try this.

The key to have young and radiant skin is by constant hydration. I always try to keep my skin hydrated by religiously applying moisturizer and drink plenty of water. Guerlain Super Aqua Creme Day Gel is packed with aquacomplex. Aquacomplex is an exclusive combination of plant and biotechnological ingredients. The quantity and quality of the water infused in the product is important as this will affect the ability of the product to naturally boost hydration flows and restore the skin’s youthful appearance.

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Super Aqua Creme Gel feels lightweight to me, this is a perfect gel moisturizer for my daily use. Upon applying the creme, my skin feels refreshed immediately. I love the fresh scent this day gel provides, no alcoholic smell and it makes me feel fresh. But for those who are sensitive to smell, you may want to check this out at the counter if the scent suits your liking.

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I have been using this for few weeks and so far it has been a very positive experience. My skin feels fresh and no sticky feeling at all. I love this gel texture that leaves my face oil free all day and this product is able to keep my skin hydrated for all day.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By : Meryl

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil

Hello everyone!

Few weeks ago, we were invited to attend La Prairie Event for their latest products Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil. I was in Singapore during that week therefore I was able to attend event with Meryl for the first time.  La Prairie is one of the skincare brand which I wanted to try when I have a chance. Thanks La Prairie for the beautiful and organized event and surely for inviting us!

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To find more about the products, below is the information from La Prairie!

Thanks for reading! By: Monica

Miles high in the Swiss Alps, in a world of sheer ice crystals, beauty transcends time.   Here, two seemingly fragile plants and one tiny algae learned to survive and thrive in the harshest setting on earth for plant life, developing strategies to outwit the environment, protect their own DNA and flourish.  It’s only fitting then that la prairie, with a heritage and legacy deeply rooted in Switzerland for over three decades, harnessed the extreme-survivalist secrets of those Swiss extremophile plants and algae into one extraordinary, patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex.  This Complex transfers the strength of survivor plants and algae to the skin, allowing it to become more resilient, acclimating seamlessly to the daily extremes of life.

After all, you’ve learned to adapt to life’s stress, but what about your skin?  What your skin needs in order to counteract an accelerated pace of aging is to fortify itself and become more resilient against what ages us the most – climate extremes, pollution, constant travel, lack of sleep, anxiety.  With the introduction of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, featuring the patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, your skin becomes more resilient and renewed so you can look younger, longer and is ready to tackle any and all elements that age skin.  This is extreme skincare at its best – incorporating the some of the most sophisticated survivalist secrets of nature into scientifically-sound skincare.

How it all began…the journey for Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal…

Research and development for la prairie extends beyond the laboratories and into the field, from the top of the mountains to the ends of the earth.  For the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal launch, inspiration – and key ingredients – came from the Swiss Alps, an area Dr. Daniel Stangl, la prairie’s Director of Innovation and an active mountaineer, is extremely familiar with.  Pursuing his passion for research on life in extreme environments, Dr. Stangl’s studies led him and the R&D team to the discovery of a tiny plant identified as Saxifraga Oppositifolia, or Purple Saxifrage, growing just below the summit of the ice-covered Dom, one of the highest mountains in Switzerland.  Dr. Stangl hypothesized that the plant must have extremely protective cellular mechanisms to survive and thrive in what is recognized by botanists as the coldest place on earth where a flowering plant has ever been found, which could translate to skincare benefits. 

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Inspired and intrigued by that idea, the R&D team began a deeper exploration of plants and algae living and prospering in an extreme world of ice and snow for a project they deemed “Swiss Ice Crystal Plants.”  They soon found another tiny and fragile extremophile plant called Soldanella Alpina – this one flourishing on the lower slopes of mountains in the central parts of Switzerland, up to 3000 meters above sea level.  Soldanella Alpina is dormant through a prolonged winter “ice age,” earning its nickname ‘sleeping beauty,’ but in early spring, the water trickling through cracks in the frozen snow above rouses the root and causes the plant to germinate.  A small bud begins to open, and using the fuel stored up in the leaves, Soldanella Alpina melts a place for itself to grown under the snow or ice.  As the bell-shaped flower grows up toward the light, it continues to melt the snow until it emerges into the fresh air.

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The evolution…from the mountains to the lab…

As they continued the quest for ageless beauty and unearth additional benefits found among the leaves, stems and flowers of these extremophile plants, la prairie’s R&D team partnered with a Swiss nursery specializing in high Alpine plants.  Nestled within this nursery among specific soil and climate conditions, Purple Saxifrage and Soldanella Alpina grow in a sustainable way.  Both plants are harvested only once a year, in June, after their short flowering season, through a laborious process where every single plant is cut by hand, carefully purified from soil and dried for further processing and extraction of precious components.

The R&D team at la prairie then added a third ingredient proven to be a survivor among harsh conditions: Swiss Snow Algae, a potent anti-aging powerhouse that was first utilized in la prairie’s Cellular Power Collection.  A true pioneer of living in snow and ice, Swiss Snow Algae build tiny microcrystals of red pigments that protect against extreme UV and visible light in high altitudes. During the winter, Swiss Snow Algae rest in the form of red spores beneath the snow blanket. In spring, the resting spores germinate and release smaller green flagellate cells which travel towards the surface of the snow to proliferate, leading to the phenomenon of a crimson blanket on the snow’s surface, seen in summer.  La prairie sustainably grows Swiss Snow Algae in bio-fermenters, harvesting the red form of the algae after the UV induction.  Combined with extracts of Purple Saxifrage and Soldanella Alpina, Swiss Snow Algae completes the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex trifecta.

Upon finalizing the patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, the la prairie R&D team knew they had created a true triple threat against aging.  After all, the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex helps your skin adjust to skin-aging stressors and support cell renewal, day after day.  To make certain that what the plants are doing for themselves, the complex will do for our skin cells, Dr. Stangl and his team employed cutting-edge genetic, molecular and cell biology methods to demonstrate the unique protective and anti-aging benefits of the complex for the skin.

The outcome…a new age of timeless beauty…

With Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, skin has the strength it needs to acclimate to life’s stresses – increased hydration and resilience – in two incredibly textured treatment products.

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As Dr. Daniel Stangl states, “I’ve been with the brand since 1993 – through 20 years of ground breaking, innovative launches – and the new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal products are among the most exciting products we’ve developed.  To be able to capture the youth-protecting properties and adaptive nature of the three survivalist plants – deemed the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex – and combine those with revolutionary technologies of modern skincare is exceptional.  In essence, the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex helps skin outwit daily aging assaults from the environment – an incredible achievement.”

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Says Lynne Florio, Global Brand President for la prairie, “When it comes to the development of new products for la prairie, no cost is spared, no research left undone, no frontier is left unexplored in our quest for agelessness.  Our clients pay a premium for the best in their skincare, and they expect the highest level of performance.  We aim to exceed their expectations, and I am confident we have done so with the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal duo.”

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*NEW FOR FEBRUARY 2014*

CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL CREAM

AGE DELAYING, LAVISHLY HYDRATING

Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream offers a nourishing daily moisturizer with extreme benefits, helping the skin adapt to a world of extremes:  stress, environment and aging.  The modern formulation – an oil-in-water gel-cream – feels rich but immediately penetrates and turns skin to silk as it revitalizes the complexion and works to fortify your skin’s resilience to life’s increasing aging assaults.  The result is an ageless appearance.C_SIC_C_hero

Formulated with the best that science and nature have to offer, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream features the youth-preserving Swiss Ice Crystal Complex (comprised of Saxifraga Oppositifolia, Soldanella Alpina and Swiss Snow Algae), which fortifies your skin’s resistance and adaptability to a world of daily skin aging extremes.  In addition, it contains the anti-aging powers of Tissue Guidance Matrix and two plant cell extracts based on stem cell technology to assist with skin renewal, Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize and photo-reflecting agents to help skin glisten.

As Dr. Stangl says, “With Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, we’ve created a deeply moisturizing, age-delaying cream that excels at fortifying your skin’s resilience to life’s daily aging assaults.”

Fortify, hydrate and renew skin with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream.

 

How to apply:

  • Smooth over face and neck after cleansing and toning.
  • For enhanced moisturization and barrier protection, blend a drop or two of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream.
  • May be used over a serum.
  • May be used AM and PM.

 

Bonus: Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream is also an excellent “recovery cream” for stressed skin (a result of dermatological procedures, change in climate or excess traveling).

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Product description:

Packaging:                                         A clear Lucite outer shell designed with an ice crystal effect, paired with shiny silver cap

Size:                                                      50 ml / 1.7 FL OZ.

On Counter Date:                            February 2014

Price:                                                    SGD 500

 

*NEW FOR FEBRUARY 2014*

CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL DRY OIL

WHISPER LIGHT, LUXURIOUSLY NURTURING

Seeking clearer, smoother, hydrated, nurtured skin?  Turn to Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, a hydrating, nurturing dry oil that becomes one with your skin upon application.   Containing a precious blend of pure oils and age-delaying extracts – nature’s answers to youth and beauty – as well as new Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, the sheer, weightless dry oil strengthens and fortifies your skin to prevent moisture loss and keep skin supple, emitting a non-oily, natural, healthy glow.

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While the benefits of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil are plentiful, the most obvious is hydration, as oils help create a seal which locks in moisture on skin.  In addition, the youth-preserving Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, which embodies the intense survival capability of extremophile plants and algae capable of withstanding the harshest environment on earth for plant life – namely Saxifraga Oppositifolia, Soldanella Alpina and Swiss Snow Algae – helps to provide potent anti-oxidant protection.

Fortify, restore and nurture skin with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil.

As Dr. Stangl declares, “A drop of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil each day is the remedy to your complexion issues.  It’s incredibly effective in strengthening the skin’s natural moisture barrier while also soothing and nurturing skin.”

 

How to apply:

  • May be used AM and PM.
  • May be used alone or used in combination with another moisturizer to dramatically nurture and strengthen your skin’s resilience to rapid aging factors.
  • For current serum users who also desire incorporating Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil into their existing skincare regimen, apply your preferred serum first to clean skin.  Follow with a blend of 1-2 drops of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil mixed in with moisturizer of choice; smooth mixture over face, neck and décolleté.

 

Bonus: Science has proven that lightweight oils moisturize the skin really well, putting to rest outdated fears related to using oils on the skin.

 

Another surprising benefit is that a dry oil product can help every moisturizer work better.  After all, humectants in creams draw water into your skin.  Oils hold water in, so if you use both at the same time, you get the most hydration.

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Product description:

Packaging:                                         A clear Lucite outer shell designed with an ice crystal effect, paired with shiny silver cap

Size:                                                      30 ml / 1 OZ.

On Counter Date:                            February 2014

Price:                                                    SGD 500

 

Disclaimer: the pictures and information in this post is taken from La Prairie Press Release kit.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream with Desert Plants and Glacial Proteins

 

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Kiehl’s chemists are known industry-wide to “go the extra mile” by torture-testing their highly effective formulas in some of the most remote places on earth. To ensure it hydrates even the most parched skin, Kiehl’s has sent its legendary Ultra Facial Cream to the uncharted peaks of Greenland, 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley, 13,000 vertical feet to The Mount Whitney Portal – and this year, across the frozen sea ice of the North Pole.  

Most skincare products claiming 24-hour hydration are never exposed to real environmental elements to prove their all-day endurance. To test the performance of its iconic Ultra Facial Cream, Kiehl’s partnered with adventure explorer and polar guide Doug Stoup, on his recent expedition to the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. Amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice, The North Pole has some of the harshest conditions in the world with temperatures reaching as low as -43 degrees C (-45 degrees F).

 

Clinically Proven To Improve Not Only Surface Hydration But Overall Skin Quality

 

As many skincare companies offer 24, 48, and even 72 hours of hydration, Kiehl’s chemists – never trend chasers – focus on ensuring Ultra Facial Cream offers much more than surface hydration. To prove the efficacy of the iconic formula that was invented 8 years ago, Kiehl’s chemists conducted new studies to test not only for duration of hydration, but for overall skin health indicators, including improvement of skin softness, smoothness, and radiance. In this clinical study, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream was proven[1] to show significant improvement in key attributes of healthy skin:

–       Improves skin radiance by 32%

–       Improves skin softness by 54%

–       Improves skin smoothness by 42%

 

Consumer results showed:

–        94% thought skin looked healthy

–       92% thought skin felt refreshed

–       90% thought overall look and appearance of skin was improved

 

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: As “Ultra” As It Gets! 4 Sold Per Minute Globally.

 

With fans like Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Alanis Morissette, Zachary Quinto and Kim Kardashian, Kiehl’s is proud to continue to offer a truly “ultra cream” for over 8 years. Developed with only high quality ingredients to impart long lasting hydration and skin health, this formula has proven efficacy in the most extreme environments to deliver even in your everyday urban cityscape.   With over 2 Million jars sold in 2012, Kiehl’s sells 4 ULTRA FACIAL CREAM PER MINUTE GLOBALLY across 45 global markets.

 

Key Ingredients: Antarcticine (a glacial glycoprotein sourced in Antarctica), Imperata Cylindrica (a desert plant extract indigenous to the Australian Outback), Squalane, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

 

Key Formula Attributes: Light-texture cream; provides 24-hour hydration with continuous water replenishment throughout the day; leaves skin visibly well-balanced, with improved softness, smoothness and radiance; particularly in harsh weather conditions; helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air.


Size: 50ml               

Retail Price: $48



[1] Clinical study of 55 men and women including Caucasian and Asian with normal to dry skin over 4 week period.

 

Disclaimer: This information was extrated from Kiehl’s Press Kit  that was given to me.

 

 

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