Sunday, November 30, 2014

High Tops Style FOTD + Cyber Monday Promotions

Above: The Ash Vangeliz High Tops, resplendent on the rooftop.
Truth be told, I am not much of a tennis shoes girl, however, these Ash Vangeliz High Tops have captured my heart.  The leather is soft and the zipper sides make putting these on a breeze. Coupled with an Equipment blouse in Pine (the perfect neutral green for most complexions) and ultra-versatile dark blue Rag and Bone Skinny Jeans (I wear these weekly), these shoes are the quintessential balance between casual and chic, urban and uptown.  Oh, and they are endlessly comfortable! 

Above: The full look.
Above: Nudes, bronzes and peaches for the face for an understated color palette.
Also wearing:
Above: A view from our hotel room.
CYBER MONDAY DEALS

  • TOM FORD Lips & Boys: Available at Neiman Marcus today only...I picked up Flynn (a perfect pink nude), Luca (a light coral peach, Collin (a deeper, 90's-inspired nude) and Julian (a lilac pink)...swatches soon! I suspect most shades will go fast, so order soon for best options! 
    • Bloomingdale's...25% off a host of regular and sale merchandise.
      • Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Maker...if you are a coffee lover, this is incredible, if you are one who cannot get enough frothy milk on your coffee, this is a MUST.  We bought ours from Bloomies last year and use it daily...the fact that is it $100 off simply cannot be ignored.  Ours makes us ridiculously happy. 
    BEAUTY
    • Net-A-Porter: Up to 50% off!!  The website was, tragically, down over the weekend but now it is live and brimming with sales! 
    • Space.NK: Spend $100 and receive a $25 giftcard on a future purchase of $100+ free ground shipping...this is a marvelous time to stock up on By Terry (reviewed HERE), including the lovely Baume de Rose Set and NudeStix (reviewed HERE).  This promotion ends at midnight on 11/30! 

    FASHION 
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this style-oriented feature + Cyber Monday hybrid post and wish you an excellent start to your December.  I am still in the midst of responding to comments and emails and look forward to being caught up by early next week ; )  

    Much more soon including my official Holiday Gift Guide, a beauty tutorial and some new product highlights! 

    xoxo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Highlighter and Powder: My Current Base Product Favorites


    Above: Base, base everywhere! 
    Happy Thanksgiving weekend!  Here is a discussion of my latest base products on current rotation.  From primer to powder and everything in between, I'm covering base products from some of my favorite lines including By Terry, Shu Uemura, Kanebo, Tom Ford, Burberry and Surratt Beauty.

    Kindly scroll on for the video and product breakdown as well as the Bottom Line...


    **Products (with links to their respective reviews etc.) Discussed:

    1. LMdB Peau Vierge...review HERE
    2. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream...review HERE
    3. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer...review HERE
    4. By Terry Ombre Black Star Bronze Moon + Brown Perfection...review HERE
    5. By Terry Velvet Rouge in 01 Lady Bare...review HERE
    6. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting in Natural and Fawn...review HERE
    7. Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation...review HERE
    8. The Lightbulb Oleo-Pact Foundation
    9. Surratt Beauty Surrealiste Skin Concealer #5...review HERE
    10. Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo in #3...review HERE
    11. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer in #3 Natural Beige...review HERE
    12. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator Sheer Beige...review HERE
    13. CharlotteTilbury Bronze and Glow...review HERE
    14. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Powder in Vanilla Sand #3...review HERE
    15. Burberry Sheer Foundation Luminous Compact Trench #6...review HERE

    Thanks so much for watching this video...I welcome your questions and comments and hope you have a beautiful weekend!

    Good things ahead...including a Black Friday haul, some Cyber Monday only details, and a FOTD!

    xoxo,

    --The Beauty Professor

    **Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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    Thursday, November 27, 2014

    Black Friday Navigation Guide...Sales, Promo Codes and Curated Choices!

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    Above: Black Friday shopping with a lap top and a coffee in hand...what could be better?
    For the past few days, the web has been abuzz with a plethora of promotions dedicated to the ineffable Black Friday shopping extravaganza.  Although some of us embrace the thrill of traditional shopping on the 28th--dense crowds and long lines can be marginally invigorating when coupled with the thrill of the hunt--there is a certain sense of peace in choosing one’s spoils from the comfort of a computer, ideally with a frothy latte at arm’s reach.  

    To assist in savvy navigation of the sales, I have compiled a list of my favorite retailers, replete with discount details and my curated choices:

    DEPARTMENT STORES (Beauty + Fashion)

    • Bloomingdale's 
      • Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Maker...if you are a coffee lover, this is incredible, if you are one who cannot get enough frothy milk on your coffee, this is a MUST.  We bought ours from Bloomies last year and use it daily...the fact that is it $100 off simply cannot be ignored.  Ours makes us ridiculously happy. 
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    BEAUTY
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    FASHION 

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    Bottom Line: I hope you found this Black Friday post helpful and cannot wait to hear about what you may have indulged in...please share your choices in the comments section below!

    Good things ahead, including a video on all things base-related (primer, foundation, highlighter, concealer, powder, oh my!) and some Cyber Monday only deals.

    xx,

    --The Beauty Professor


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving from Jethro + me!
    Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!  I consider it both an honor and a blessing to be able to share in this community of beauty with you; thank you for your insight, questions, comments, kindness and support...it is the lifeblood of this blog! 

    May your day be brimming with a celebration of gratitude, family, friendship and love...oh, and some seriously good food ; )

    From my heart,

    --The Beauty Professor

    **While in the midst of travel, I am working on responding to comments and emails while still continuing to generate new BP content for you!  Thanks for your patience ; ) Also, my Black Friday Navigation Guide goes live at midnight EST...I'll be braving the wilds of Union Square in San Francisco with my family in the morning...you? 

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    By Terry Fall 2014 Densiliss Releases...A Swatch-Laden Post of Epic Proportions!


    Above: A bevy of By Terry Densiliss.
    In the nearly three years (!) that Beauty Professor has been in existence, the iconic French line By Terry has yet to disappoint.  Endlessly chic, wildly luxurious and unquestionably timeless, each product is reflective of classic beauty and craftsmanship.  This post is dedicated to the latest By Terry Fall 2014 releases...chiefly the Terrybly Densiliss Powder, Terrybly Densiliss Blush, Terrybly Densiliss Primer, Terrybly Densiliss Concealer (also reviewed HERE) and the brand new Rouge Velvet Lipstick.

    Kindly scroll on for more details, an insane amount of images, full spectrum SWATCHES of each product and a By Terry look with all products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

    Above: A preview of the full By Terry look.
    Above: The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Powder in #03 Vanilla Sand.
    The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Powder (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) is brilliant.  The shades cater to a spectrum of skin tones and, from the luxe metal compact to the iconic quilted embossed surface, this powder is a beauty lover's dream come true.  #03 Vanilla Sand is a wonderful match for my NC 23-25 skin and I adore using it as a setting powder (applied with a fluffy brush) and touch up powder (at which point I use the included powder puff).  It adds a touch of color to the skin, keeps oil at bay for hours and lends to a poreless finish that makes skin look like porcelain while still conveying a sensationally natural look.

    Official Details:

    This powder compact blazes new paths in wrinkle reparation and recasts the complexion in a youthful light by smoothing, mattifying and re-texturizing lined skin.  Exclusive Densiliss technology brings together mimetic micro-pigments and F.T.C.-Flawless Time-Control-soft focus prisms complex to silence telltale fine lines, camouflage stubborn wrinkles and seamlessly blur imperfections.  The luxurious silky powder sets like a second skin for a flawless sheer matte finish that stays put and weathers the storm.  The precision face puff guarantees tip-top application and touch-ups every time. Use on bare skin after moisturizing or dust over foundation to set. 

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    Above: A swatch of By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Powder in #03 Vanilla Sand in direct sunlight.
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    Swatches of the Terrybly Densiliss Powder in indoor lighting.
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    Swatches of the Terrybly Densiliss Powder in outdoor shade.
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    Above: Swatches of the Terrybly Densiliss Powder in direct sunlight.
    Above: By Terry Platonic Blonde...a blissful harmony of peach and pink.
    The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) is lovely on every level.  I have had my eye on #01 Platonic Blonde for awhile and, upon procurement, can confirm that it is everything I thought it would be and more.  This peachy pink shade is simultaneously soft yet vibrant and the creamy texture blends into the skin with a satin finish that practically looks "lit from within."  Every shade of this blush is silky, drenched with color and Terrybly long lasting...such a magnificent formula. 
    Above: A swatch of Platonic Blonde in direct sunlight.
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    Above: Swatches of the Densiliss Blush in indoor lighting.
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    Above: Swatches of the Densiliss Blush in outdoor shade.
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    Above: Swatches of the Densiliss Blush in direct sunlight.
    Above: Densiliss staples.
    Above: It all starts with the base...the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss is brimming with ingredients that benefit the skin.
    The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) is a delightful gem.  This ultra-potent formula smooths onto the skin, virtually banishing visible pores and fine lines upon contact.  One pump creates a soft-focus finish that vastly improves the look of bare skin and following with foundation furthers its inherent value since it creates an excellent base to which foundation adheres for hours.  I got 11 hours of longevity from my foundation with this primer as a base...consider me duly impressed.  Long term usage may result in increased collagen production and strengthen skin and I look forward to monitoring the outcome!

    Official details

    This trailblazing anti-wrinkle primer harnesses exclusive Densiliss technology to deliver the powerful age-repair and firming benefits of a serum with the unifying action of a colourless corrector.  Mimetic Factor works to ramp up collagen and fibroblast turnover to fill in wrinkles and strengthen the skin's density.  F.T.C.-Flawless Time-Control-soft focus complex provides sheer light-reflecting coverage to visibly smooth the skin's micro-surface and reduce imperfections, guaranteeing results even on age-damaged skin.

    Above: A swatch of the Terrybly Densiliss Primer in direct sunlight.
    Above: The full ingredients list.
    Above: A swatch of the Terrybly Densiliss Concealer in Natural Beige in direct sunlight.
    The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK and swatched and reviewed in detail HERE) is all sorts of wonderful...infused with anti-aging, skincare benefits that  combat dark circles and puffiness while simultaneously brightening the eye area (without the use of shimmer!), this concealer is marvelous.  Shade 03 Natural Beige is a befitting match for my NC 23-25 skin...it is light neutral beige (that leans slightly yellow) that truly brights a lifting light to the orbital area. 
    Above: A swatch of Lady Bare in direct sunlight.
    The By Terry Velvet Rouge Lipstick (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) is a creamy, full pigment liquid lipstick with stunning opacity and supreme hydration.  I naturally picked the lightest shade, the expertly named #01 Lady Bare, and am beyond delighted by the smooth application and gorgeous nude beige hue.  It provides a nude look without washing out the face, wears for hours, adds moisture and fades evenly.  I am enchanted with this formula and cannot wait to procure #03 next ; ) 

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    Above: Lady Bare, alone on the lips.
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    Above: The Velvet Rouge comes with a soft, flocked, doe-foot applicator.
    by terry velvet rouge lipstick swatches
    Above: Swatches of the Velvet Rouge Lipstick in direct sunlight.
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    Above: Swatches of the Velvet Rouge Lipstick in indoor lighting. 
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    Above: Swatches of the Velvet Rouge Lipstick shades in outdoor shade.
    Above: By Terry Beauty...breathtaking, no?
    Above: Addional products used in the imges that follow.
    Also included in this look:
    The images below reflect the culmination of the By Terry Densiliss Fall 2014 releases, working together in harmony to create a singular look...smoky bronze eyes + nude lips = timeless...

    Above: By Terry Velvet Rouge in #01 Lady Bare...a quintessential creamy, mid-toned nude beige. 
    Above: The Ombre Blackstars in Bronze Moon + Brown Perfection  create a gleaming bronze eye that stays in place for hours on end.
    Above: With a flash.
    Above: In outdoor sunlight.
    Above: In outdoor shade.
    Above: In outdoor sunlight with a flash.
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    Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this ode to all things By Terry...in sum, her latest Densiliss releases (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) are utterly spectacular and highly recommended for beauty lovers of all walks of life.  Yes, the products are an investment, but with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner, there is no time like the very near future to embrace the By Terry line...I promise, if you are anything like me, you simply will not regret it.

    Have YOU tried of the new By Terry Densiliss products?  What is catching YOUR eye?

    Good things ahead, including a new foundation-focused video and Black Friday Shopping Guide!  I am in the midst of travel and am working to respond to all comments and email in a timely manner...thanks for your support, understanding and patience.

    xx and have a beautiful day-before-Thanksgiving ; ) 

    --The Beauty Professor

    ** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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    Monday, November 24, 2014

    FOTD Featuring Prescriptives, Rozgé, Revítalash + Gorgeous Cosmetics

    Above: The Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation process yields once ounce of an expertly matched formula plus a small travel jar that makes toting it in one's makeup bag a breeze.
    As a foundation lover who simply does not tire of the pursuit of the best base possible, I unhesitatingly embraced the chance to try the Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation process.  You may remember Prescriptives prominent position in department store beauty floors across the country in the 80's, 90's and 2000's but, the line's physical departure from the brick and mortar retailers did not signal the end of the line.  In fact, its online presence is significant, with a full offering of the cutting-edge, easy to wear makeup that Prescriptives make its mark in the beauty industry in decades past.  That being said, perhaps the most innovative element of the website is the ability to create, through the usage of a video conference and picture uploads, a foundation from spec! 

    Kindly scroll on for details on my experience with this process, a few new discoveries from less mainstream, independent beauty brands and a complete FOTD look with all products discussed as well as the Bottom Line...

    Above: My video chat with Bobby. 
    My process began with a real time video chat with Bobby, a Prescriptives Beauty Genius.  She had me upload a recent image of myself so that she could familiarize herself with my coloring.  Once received, we discussed my skin type, matches in other formulas and what I was looking for in my custom foundation.  Here is a sample of our exchange...

    Welcome to Prescriptives Online. Your personal Beauty Genius will be with you shortly.
    Hello. Thank you for your interest in Prescriptives. My name is Bobby. How may I assist you?
    Bobby: Hi Rachel. I will be working with you to create your Custom Blend recipe today.
    Bobby: Do you have a current photo without makeup on available?
    Bobby: To upload your photo, click the "Browse" button to navigate to the location of your chosen digital picture. Highlight the image and click "Open." This will begin the upload process and may take a few moments.
    Rachel Anise: Hi Bobby...just got off of the phone with Janna...sorry! I am not seeing the video portion pop up yet, but I tested it yesterday and it appeared to be working. Any thoughts?
    Bobby: Yes I will need to send the Video portion once your photo is uploaded.
    Bobby: Do you see the continue button to browse for your photo?
    Rachel Anise: Yes...the photo is loading...
    Bobby: Wonderful. Thank you.

    Everything is bespoke...from undertone and level of coverage to oil control and finish!  The entire conversation--Bobby, by the way, was warm and kind and we had a lovely chat--lasted about 20 minutes and, once we finished, she told me that my personal recipe would be inputted into the system and queued for production right away.  She also reminded me that if the shade/formula wasn't to my liking in any way, it could be adjusted and (upon return of the original) an augmented version would be sent, free of charge.  Based on my personal preferences, I chose:
    • Medium coverage (Bobby said the full coverage was extremely opaque)
    • A light-medium shade with neutral to yellow undertones 
    • Oil control
    • Candlelight (golden warm) finish
    • Lifting ingredients to firm skin and minimize fine lines

    Above: Medium coverage, oil control and slightly glowy...my foundation recipe.
    Within two weeks, my Prescriptives custom foundation arrived and, much to my delight, a travel sized bottle was included with the standard one ounce formula.  Even though I rarely reapply foundation over the course of a day, I prefer carrying a small jar in my makeup bag, just in case! 

    Above: One ounce of bespoke foundation + a travel jar for good measure.
    The foundation was exactly as Bobby and I discussed it to be; though in swatches, the coverage could have looked  "light to medium," it was a true medium once applied on my face.  As soon as the remnants of my post-summer tan faded, the foundation was a lovely match for my NC 25 skin.  It is unscented, contains no sunscreen (which guards against flashback in photos!) and is friendly to my sensitive skin.  I found the finish to be satin in nature and I get between 7 and 8 hours of very comfortable wear before feeling the need to touch up with powder, hence demonstrating the power of the oil control ingredient. 

    Above: Swatches of my custom blend in direct sunlight.
    All in all, I am impressed with my Prescriptives Custom Blend foundation and look forward to including it in my rotation this winter.  If you feel like you've tried every foundation option on the market but have had issues with finding just the right shade, texture and finish, this is an excellent resource!

    Above: The Rozge lip glosses in Oslo, a pale baby pink and Prague, a shimmery cool rose. 
    Additionally, I've been in the midst of experimenting with lip glosses by Rozgé and have included them in my final look below.  The non-sticky formula is infused with a host of natural ingredients to nourish lips while adding luscious color and shine.  I love mixing Oslo (a pale baby pink) with the deeper rose Prague for a sublime light cool pink with luminescent shimmer.  Everytime I wear this creamy, pigmented gloss, my lips feel like they've just undergone a hydrating, conditioning treatment...magnifique.

    Here are the full details on the formula

    Made from a combination of natural, healing, organic and wild-crafted ingredients, our lip gloss provides hydration, color and shine. Each color option is made to be opaque while going on smoothly and giving shine. There are over 22 different shades to choose from - colors to match all personalities. Each lip gloss comes with a light up wand and side mirror, providing the perfect package for easy application.
    This non-toxic formula contains shea butter, jojoba oil, safflower oil, aloe vera, and sunflower oil to soften and smooth you lips. Dragon’s Blood, a remedy dating back to ancient Roman times, works to heal dry, cracked lips, while making them softer, and smoother. Added benefits include increased cell rejuvenation, vitamin delivery to the lips, and a reinforced moisture barrier, helping lips lock in moisture to fight damage from harmful UV rays.

    Key Ingredients

    Dragon Tree - Dragon's Blood - Valvari

    Dragon’s Blood (Croton Lechleri)

    A dark red sap, wild-crafted from the bark of the Dragon Tree, Dragon’s Blood works to protect and heal the skin.
    Aloe Vera - Valvari

    Aloe Vera (A. Barbadensis)


    Pressed from the leaves of an Aloe succulent, Aloe vera moisturizes and softens the skin.
    Jojoba-Oil-Valvari

    Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinenis)

    A natural wax ester extracted from the jojoba bean, this component works to relieve dryness and condition lips.
    Safflower-Oil-Valvari

    Safflower Oil (Crthamus Tinctorius)

    This natural oil cultivated from the Safflower plant is rich in Linoleic acid, an important carrier of Vitamins A, D, K, and rich in Vitamin E.
    Shea-Butter-Valvari

    Shea Butter (Butyrosperum Parkii)

    As natural Vitamin A component, Shea butter heals skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
    Sunflower-Oil-Valvari

    Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)

    As a main component of sunflower oil, oleic acid regenerates skin cells and while acting as a moisture barrier.


    Above: The Rozgé glosses also have the ability to light up...clever, no?
    Above: Swatches of Oslo and Prague in direct sunlight.
    Above: Oslo + Prague on the lips.
    Above: The Revítalash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel tames and conditions brows.
    I embraced the skillful powers of the Revítalash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel to groom my brows in seconds.  This water-resistant formula is the quintessential taupe brown (no red undertones) to match a spectrum of brow shades and a just a few upward strokes instantly add shape and depth.  

    Above: A swatch of the Revítalash Hi-Def Lash Gel in direct sunlight...note the neutral, universal taupe shade. 

    Above: Full enough for added flair but restrained enough to look natural, the Mini Lashes are perfect.
    The final touches for this particular look came in the form of the Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Lash Mini Lashes.  I typically prefer individual lashes when I am looking to infuse a bit of drama into my fringe, but these full strips are remarkably natural looking! I was able to apply them swiftly with a touch of the Duo adhesive and was stunned by how seamlessly they blended with my subltle and clean look. They add just enough fullness and length for fluttery lashes that don't require mascara.

    The images below reflect the my Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation and the full look (in various lighting situations) collectively created by the products discussed above...

    Above: Indoor lighting (by a window) without a flash...these images were taken 6 hours after foundation application. 
    Above: Outdoor direct sunlight.
    Above: Direct sunlight with a flash.
    Above: Outdoor sunlight...just a touch glowy (mind you, it was extremely hot the afternoon that I took this and I didn't use powder to give you the most authentic rendition of performance). 
    Above: Mixed outdoor lighting.
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    Bottom Line: I wholly recommend the Prescriptives Custom Blend option for foundation aficionados  in search of the most customizable option available.  The process was refreshingly easy and the turn around time was brief, even for a foundation fiend like myself! Additionally, the Rozgé lip gloss, Revítalash Brow Gel and Gorgeous Cosmetics Lashes are beautiful finishing touches for a clean, refined and natural look.

    I hope you enjoyed this FOTD, highlighting one amazing foundation matching system and some fantastic, less mainstream, independent beauty brands!

    Good things ahead, including a By Terry-centric post (with swatches galore!), a fresh video and a Black Friday survival guide ; )

    xx,

    --The Beauty Professor


    ** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  


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