One month of 2016 done and dusted already?!? This year is already going crazy and flying by, I remember Christmas like it was just yester...

January Favourites

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

One month of 2016 done and dusted already?!? This year is already going crazy and flying by, I remember Christmas like it was just yesterday! Let's not dwell on this for too long, lets get stuck into my favourites for the month!

Kicking things off this month in the beauty front, a haircare favourite of mine has been the OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo/Conditioner. This haircare duo is formulated to help hydrate and defrizz your hair, something I definitely need after my locks have taken a battering from this harsh, winter weather. I've noticed when I use this shampoo and conditioner, my hair definitely feels smoother and silkier, and just looks a lot shinier and healthy looking. Also I adore the scent of these, its what I'd think a tropical island would smell like, so sweet and fresh! I would highly recommend the Kukui range, as well as the other varieties OGX has to offer, as they work wonders for my hair and are super affordable!

Another beauty favourite this month has been The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Shower Gel, a product I have used in pretty much every bath/shower this month, and I'm so upset that is has finally run out. The scent of this is to die for, to me its very manly, like an aftershave sort of smell, that I actually find really deep and sexy. The shower gel lathers up really well and leaves a slight scent on your skin once your out the shower, nothing to overpowering, just a slight linger. I really like The Body Shop shower gels as a whole, as I find the scents to be really lovely and fresh, affordable and they leave my skin feeling nourished and hydrated, without being too drying.

I love face masks. They are my favourite part of my skincare routine and I love trying and testing new ones, to see which ones work best for my skin type. Recently I had the opportunity to try out the AA Skincare Frankincense and Rose Deep Cleansing Face Mask. This specific mask features essential oils, these help to really nourish the skin and leave it feeling moisturised, leaving my skin feeling plump and bright, something it definitely needs with this cold weather, I want to look glowing and hydrated. I have reviewed this mask is more detail here.

A new addition to my monthly favourites, but my favourite blogger of the month has definitely got to be Em from EmTalks. She is just all kinds of goals! I've really been enjoying reading her fitness and health posts, as these have really helped to motivate me and help me with my fitness routine and starting to adapt my lifestyle to lead a more fit and healthy life. As well as that, I love reading her blog on a daily basis as there is always something on there to read and catch up with, from food posts, beauty posts, travel and fashion, Em definitely has a blog that you should be following!

As a goal of mine in regards to my health and fitness, I've ditched the fizzy drinks and have been upping my water intake, as I felt I really lacked in this and it was definitely something I wanted to improve this year. As well as just drinking water, green tea is something that I've really been enjoying and the Twinings Pineapple and Grapefruit Green Tea is just perfect! I love that the flavour isn't so overpowering and you get the right amount of juicy pineapple and sharp grapefruit, that combine to make a really lovely tea, I am quite obsessed really and already have finished one box in the space of a week. Ooooooops! I've also reviewed this here if you want to find out some more.

Something more fashion related here, I've been loving H&M Lace Bras. Lingerie is something that I write about much, as it is seen as quite a taboo subject, but we all wear it so why not share the love about lingerie you have been loving. The two bras that I featured in the image above are the two that I have purchased recently and I just love them. H&M bras are just so affordable and I find them to fit really well and flatter my body shape, plus they are super pretty and super comfortable!

Last but no means least, I have recently dug out a couple of lip products from my stash, and I have fallen back in love 100%. Enter the ELF Matte Lip Colours in Tea Rose and Praline. I've been loving nude lip shades this month, and these have been my go-to lips colours, Tea Rose is more of a pink toned nude, and Praline is more of a brown tone, both shades that I find really wearable and suited to my skin tone.

What have been your favourites this month?

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From time to time, creating content and ideas for your blog can be a real struggle when you're stuck for ideas and cant seem to think...

Battling Bloggers Block with 20 Post Ideas

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

From time to time, creating content and ideas for your blog can be a real struggle when you're stuck for ideas and cant seem to think of anything to write about that you and your readers will benefit from and something you know they will love hearing about. I wanted to create just a small list of blog post ideas, that you can try and post about for those times when you seem to be out of ideas and have bloggers block. I've thought about a number of blog post ideas, that you can write about in so many different ways, that there will always be something to write about, regardless of what your blogging niche is.

Beauty Bloggers
- Show us your current favourite beauty products, why do you like them?
- Make a list of your top 10 drugstore/ high end products
- Compile a wishlist of products you're lusting over
- Show us your everyday make up look
- Been shopping recently? Haul your items in a blog post

Fashion Bloggers
- Make a blog post about your current favourite clothes store or online store
- Collage together some outfits for different occasions e.g. date night, seasonal, occasion wear
- Recreate a celeb look from high street brands
- Photograph a lookbook with clothes you've recently purchased
- Post a wishlist from 1 store or a combination of stores

Food Bloggers
- Post a recipe to something new you have made or your favourite dish
- Share your store cupboard essentials 
- Tell us about your ideal 3 course meal
- Review a restaurant you've been to for an evening meal
- Share 10 foods that you want to learn how to make

Travel Bloggers
- Share 10 cities that you wish to visit
- Collage together some of your recent holiday snaps
- Show us your travel essentials for short or long haul flights
- What are your travel washbag or make up bag essentials
- Tell us about your dream holiday destination

Hopefully this post has helped some of you and has just inspired you with some new ideas for content on your blog, and a way to kickstart your thoughts into writing and sharing some great blog posts!

How do you overcome bloggers block? Have you written any similar posts to this recently?

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"This amazing Aloe Vera Gel does a lot more than moisturise your skin and hair. It's also the best antibacterial product to tr...

InstaNatural Aloe Vera Gel

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"This amazing Aloe Vera Gel does a lot more than moisturise your skin and hair. It's also the best antibacterial product to try for sunburns, acne, razor bumps, abrasions, insect bites, scratches and more! It's so helpful that you'll want to take it everywhere you go."

When it comes to moisturisers, I never tend to choose more gel-like formula as I prefer to use a more thick lotion or body butter, as these feel more nourishing on my skin, and they have just been something I have always bought and loved to use. However, in 2016, I want to try and vary the products I use and the InstaNatural Aloe Vera Gel* is something that I have really enjoyed using over the last few weeks.

I've been applying the Aloe Vera Gel all over my body, especially after shaving, paying more attention to my arms and legs, and have noticed a huge difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. My skin feels softer, smoother and just looks a lot healthier, hydrated and moisturised. Another great feature of this gel I've noticed is that it has such a fast absorbing lightweight formula, that you don't need to stand around for ages waiting to dry, great for this cold winter weather, and you aren't left feeling sticky or greasy!

This ultra-revitalising antibacterial gel also works wonders for other skincare needs such as:
- Sunburns
- Acne and blemishes
- Minor cuts and scratches
- Pesky insect bites
- Razor bumps

Overall, I have really been enjoying using this Aloe Vera Gel and it is something that I am really happy to have in my beauty stash, but for me personally, I think it will be a great all over moisturiser for the more warmer summer months, as it will give you a light moisturising and also protect you from the sun. only as I prefer something more thick and heavy duty in the colder months, as my skin gets quite dry.
480ml - £13.95
What are your favourite moisturisers?

*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback

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As part of my New Year resolutions, I'm hoping that I will find enough time each morning to get myself a healthy and filling br...

My Current Go-To Breakfast

12:00 Laura Thornberry 3 Comments

As part of my New Year resolutions, I'm hoping that I will find enough time each morning to get myself a healthy and filling breakfast, that'll make me feel energised and ready for the day ahead of me, and so far I've had breakfast for every day of 2016! In today's post, I wanted to share with you my current go-to breakfast and what ingredients I use to make it, that keep me fuelled into lunchtime. All you need is a few ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time in the morning, and you can also treat yourself to this super tasty breakfast porridge!

You will need
4 Spoons of Porridge Oats
200ml Almond/ Normal Milk
Handful of Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Banana
Honey
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Cacao Nibs

Method
Grab yourself a microwave safe bowl and add 4 spoonfuls of Porridge Oats
Pour in 200ml of milk and stir
Add a handful of Frozen Berries - I use Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and Redcurrants
Microwave for 4 minutes on high, stirring occasionally
Peel and slice your Banana into small circles
Once cooked, remove Porridge from microwave
Add sliced Banana, Chia Seeds and Cacao Nibs
Finish with a squeeze of Honey and enjoy!

If you have a little more time in the mornings, why not treat yourself to my King of Breakfast pancakes or for those of you who have little time to spare each morning, check out my Breakfasts with Belvita post.

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"Intensely hydrating and nourishing for the skin, we've used our best-selling combination of Frankincense & Rose to crea...

AA Skincare Frankincense & Rose Deep Cleansing Face Mask

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

"Intensely hydrating and nourishing for the skin, we've used our best-selling combination of Frankincense & Rose to create a naturally effective face mask that’s especially well-suited to dry and mature skin."

When it comes to skincare, my favourite part of this routine is definitely the use of face masks. I find face masks so relaxing and its a great way to really treat and nourish the skin after a long, tiring day. Simply running a nice hot bubble bath, taking your make up off, cleansing the skin and applying a face mask, lettings it dry for 10-15 minutes, washing off and being left with plump, smooth skin, refreshed and cleansed what more could you want?

I've been using this face mask for a number of weeks now, just so I could really see the results from the product and if they suited my skin type .All I can say is that the Frankincense & Rose Deep Cleansing Face Mask is simply beautiful. The scent, the texture, the end result, all something I look for in a skincare product, and this face mask from AA Skincare really ticks the boxes. Upon application it feels so delicate and soothing, my skin just loves it! With features of essential oils, these help to really nourish the skin and leave it feeling moisturised, unlike some masks which can be very drying on the skin, whereas this is completely opposite! Once the mask has dried, and been wiped off with a face cloth, my skin just looked more radiant and glowing, something that really helps in these cold, winter months.

"This deep cleansing and intensely nourishing face mask will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. Gorgeous ingredients such as Frankincense essential oil will help to rejuvenate and tone the skin, whilst Rose oil will nourish, hydrate and moisturise."

Suitable for: all skin types, but particularly the more mature skin types.
100ml - £7.94

What are your favourite face masks?

*I was kindly sent this product by Amphora Aromatics for my 100% honest review

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"Twinings pineapple and grapefruit infused green tea is a tropical inspired blend of sweet juicy pineapple and tangy grapefruit wi...

A Green Tea Worth A Try

12:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

"Twinings pineapple and grapefruit infused green tea is a tropical inspired blend of sweet juicy pineapple and tangy grapefruit with the delicate tones of green tea. A fusion of flavours to invigorate and refresh."

When it comes to hot drinks, I am a huge lover of tea. Normal breakfast tea, fruit teas, peppermint teas and especially green teas. Green teas are just so good for your body, loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, its a great drink to help cleanse the body and improve your health, with regards to weight management, metabolism, skincare and general bodily functions.

Whilst browsing my local supermarket at all the flavours of green tea they had to offer, this specific one from Twinings stood out to me the most. Pineapple and Grapefruit. It sounded so sweet and tropic and exotic and fruity, I knew I just had to give it a try, and I was certainly not disappointed! I'm slightly addicted! Twinings Pineapple and Grapefruit green tea is a perfect drink to start your mornings with, its just so refreshing and gives you that kick-start you need to the beginning of your day. Just don't leave it to brew for too long, as that is when it starts to get bitter and you don't get to taste all the sweetness from the fruits. I find this flavour of green tea so refreshing and tasty, that I certainly want to try some more of the fruit flavoured green teas that Twinings have to offer! Next on my purchase list is the mango and lychee green tea and the pomegranate green tea. They both sound delicious!

Have you tried Twinings green tea before? What are your favourite flavours?

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For this months wishlist edit, I will be focusing on fashion and style products that I have got my eyes on. When it comes to clothes ...

The Monthly Wishlist Edit

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

For this months wishlist edit, I will be focusing on fashion and style products that I have got my eyes on. When it comes to clothes shopping, I try and purchase staple pieces that I know are going to last and will see me through all seasons in some way or another. So lets take a look at January's picks.

As mentioned in my December Favourites, I absolutely adore my white and black Roshe Runs. They are my most worn and go-to choice of footwear on an everyday basis. Don't get me wrong I love wearing heels and boots for special occasions and times where I want to feel more dressy, but I love being comfortable and supported. I want to purchase a new pair of Nike Roshe Run Trainers, preferably the all black version as I see these being such a versatile piece of footwear and I know they will get as much use as my pair now.

When it comes to basics, I love shopping in New Look. I find that they have such a wide variety and have such affordable prices, there will always be something I like. Whilst browsing the website recently, I came across the Black Ribbed Stripe High Neck 3/4 Sleeve Top / Burgundy Ribbed Stripe High Neck 3/4 Sleeve Top which I thought would be a great basics for the winter to spring transition. I have been loving the high neck feature on tops and feel they just help to make an outfit look more put together, and I also and a fan of the ribbed detail and half sleeves, as I find these to be a very flattering fit.

As a huge underwear lover, it wouldn't be right not to include something that I have my eyes on. And for this I have seen a 
gorgeous set from H&M including Lace Balconette Bra / Mesh and Lace Hipster Briefs in a nude, beige sort of colour, 
something I am lacking in my underwear collection. But this set is just so pretty. I love the lace detail and I think its such 
a classy and sophisticated underwear set.

Next up, Ankle Boots. I love to wear ankle boots on special occasions and for nights out, especially black boots as I feel they just make an outfit look more dressy and formal, when you want to dress more casually. I've spotted these gorgeous Jones Bootmaker Newby Heeled Ankle Boots that I feel would be a great addition to my shoe collection. 

And finally, I have been on the look out for a new watch for so long, I just cant seem to find the perfect one. At the moment, I'm wearing a pretty Rose Gold watch from River Island, which is looking a little worse for wear, however it has lasted me a good few years, so I'm not complaining. As I wear my watch everyday, I really want to treat myself as this is really the only piece of jewellery I wear on a daily basis. Saying that, I really have my eye on the Michael Kors MK5263 Ladies Blair Chronograph Watch. I love rose gold watches, as I feel they as just more feminine and sophisticated, and suit my skin tone more than gold/silver, so hopefully some time in the future I shall be purchasing myself a lovely new watch!

What products are on your current wishlist? Is there anything from my wishlist that you like the look of?

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I'm sure we are all aware at how hard it really is to save money. As one of my New Years resolutions , I want to keep up with my mone...

Easy Ways To Save Money in 2016

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

I'm sure we are all aware at how hard it really is to save money. As one of my New Years resolutions, I want to keep up with my money saving and try to curb my spending by only purchasing things that I really need and not want. Any by no means this will be easy, its all about taking things into moderation and having the willpower to say no when wanting to spend. I have come up with a simple list of ways that I intend to help me save money and wanted to share these with you, if you're looking for some new ways and inspiration to save as well.
1. Save any loose change in a jar/piggy bank
This might sound like such a small thing to do in order to save money, but in honesty, who likes carrying around all that small change in their purses. Saving all the small change will gradually begin to build up over time, whether it amounts to £5 or £50 over the year, it is at least something you have managed to save.

2. Sell unwanted items
With apps like Ebay and Depop making it easier for people to sell there unwanted products, this is a great way to de-clutter as well as save money. I personally use Ebay and find it really simple to sell items that I no longer use or want, with the hope of getting some money back to save.

3. Create a savings account
I created a savings account last year and it is something that I feel I will really benefit from in the future. Every payday I put aside a small amount of my wages to help build up my savings, and if I have any money left over at the end of the month, I would generally add this to my savings too.

4. Use loyalty cards/ vouchers/ discount codes
Having loyalty cards is a great way to reward yourself when spending on products you may need. You'll be able to spend your money but also save up points from your purchases, that will end up in getting money off or special discounts in the future. Even when shopping online, its always great to search for discounts and voucher codes for the specific shop, even if you save just the delivery costs, that's still a couple pounds in your pocket, and if you're a big online shopper like myself, this will soon add up over your numerous orders.

5. Write your shopping lists
Whether its on paper or saved as a note on your phone, making strict shopping lists will make it easier for you to remember the products that you genuinely need and will be an attempt to stop you going overboard and purchasing things that you really don't need. Whether its for a trip to the supermarket, Boots, Superdrug, or any other store, make sure you carry a shopping list to make sure you only pick up the relevant items.

6. Use cash to pay
This is definitely something I need to start doing more. I'm always using my card to pay for products I buy as it is just a more convenient way to live. But it is also very dangerous for my bank balance. Paying with cash will allow you to feel more restricted and allow you to budget your money more carefully, so you don't overspend.

7. Try lower priced brands
For many of us, we all have our favourite brands. Whether its for food items, beauty products or clothing for example. We always stick to the things we know and love, without trying products that do the same job/look the same, but have a lower price tag. It's always good to experiment and see what it out there to purchase, so trying lower cost products instead of repurchasing your favourite more expensive, higher end products is worth a try.

8. Meal planning
Meal planning is just such a simple idea to help you save money. If you plan out what you'll eat and what ingredients you'll need from day to day, you'll be less likely to buy products you wont eat and less likely to snack on food in between meals.

9. Use up products before repurchase
As a blogger who continually writes about beauty products, I am guilty for this. I always want to try new products or purchase items from other bloggers recommendations. I have a beauty stash that could be used for my entire family for a good few months, so in 2016, I'm hoping to work my way through it all before purchasing any more unnecessary products.

10. Have more nights in
We all know that going out, whether its to restaurants, bars or clubs can be pretty hard on the old bank accounts, so why not have more relaxing nights in. Cook yourself a nice meal, watch a few films and cosy up on the sofa and chill. Or even have all your friends over for a cosy night in and just enjoy spending some quality time together.

How will you attempt to save money this year? What other simple tips could you recommend?

*Photo taken from google

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As a beauty lover, one aspect of this is perfumes and fragrances, in which I am a HUGE fan. I love trying and testing out new scent...

New Year Fragrance Haul

12:00 Laura Thornberry 3 Comments


As a beauty lover, one aspect of this is perfumes and fragrances, in which I am a HUGE fan. I love trying and testing out new scents and I believe you can never have too many! Recently I posted my Fragrance Wishlist, that shared some of the new fragrances that I am dying to get my hands on. But I was lucky enough to either snap these up for Christmas or purchased them myself in the Boxing Day sales, and even one for my Secret Santa gift!

Burberry Touch for Women
"A fruity, vibrant fragrance of California orange, blackcurrant, dewberry and subtle rose oil. Fresh top notes of seductive jasmine, Madonna lily and tuberose with a delicate hint of peach and raspberry. Cedar wood, oak moss and vanilla complement the fruity notes, adding a soothing warmth"

Paco Rabanne Olympea
"Her magnetic eyes and her fragrance take us into the wake of her seduction. Her fragrance is a unique olfactory adventure, at the crossroads between the sensuality of salty vanilla accord and the freshness of floral notes. A fresh oriental fragrance whose balance of the accords forms a genuine Paco Rabanne signature."

Rogue Love Rihanna
"ROGUE LOVE by Rihanna captures that moment when love first hits you with a wild rush that goes through your whole body. Delicious fruits tempt your senses with notes of fresh citrus and succulent peach mingling with the temptation of juicy berries. Just as the facets of love take multiple twists and turns, the core of ROGUE LOVE by Rihanna is built with layers upon layers of lush, rich florals. A bit uncontrollable like the fluttering of the love-struck heartbeat, the petals are a radiant texture with vibrant colours of honeysuckle, jasmine and orchid splashed with the simply irresistible seduction of coconut."

Pink Print Nicki Minaj
"The Pinkprint opens with a fresh mixture that includes bergamot, pink grapefruit and passion fruit. The heart is composed of nectarine, frangipani, orange blossom, heliotrope and roses. Coconut, driftwood accord, sandalwood, patchouli and skin musk end the composition."

Reb'l Fleur Rihanna
"Plump, delicious fruits, red berries, purple plums and juicy, ripe peaches, make a delicious first impression. Then the heart opens into a lush hybrid hinting at Island life, subtle yet intoxicating, blossoming with sumptuous florals, a passionate melody of Hawaiian Hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose and coconut water. Defiantly sexy, the base notes linger, a beguiling, sensual mélange. Vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk become a sultry chorus striking an unforgettable, emotional chord."

I'm looking forward to wearing all these new scents over the next few weeks, and will eventually be posting a week long series entitled "Fragrance Week", where I will share my thoughts and feeling about some of these scents, and some others that I picked up in Christmas gift sets.

What are your current go-to fragrances? Have you tried any featured in this haul? What perfumes are on your wishlist?

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As we have now entered the New Year, I have wanted to include a new monthly series to the blog, where I pair together an outfit that I wo...

The Monthly Date Night Edit

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

As we have now entered the New Year, I have wanted to include a new monthly series to the blog, where I pair together an outfit that I would be perfect for a date night. Whether its a trip to a restaurant, the cinema, pub or club, or even a fancy cocktail bar, I have wanted to share with you some of my favourite pieces currently on the high street and how I would style them for the perfect outfit of the night.

For this particular outfit, I've wanted to keep the colour scheme quite minimal, as this absolute gorgeous top from Zara, the eye catching lace details and the gorgeous shade of burgundy will be the pop of colour that I think is perfect for January, as we are still in the winter months and this colour is still on trend and gorgeous for the time of year. Simply pairing with some high waisted jeans, my current favourites are from Primark, to make your legs look longer and thinner, a simple pair of chunky yet sophisticated boots from New Look, for that added height and what I think just makes the outfit more appropriate for an evening date. Finishing this outfit with just a simple leather jacket for a more casual vibe to this super classic and formal outfit.

Miss Selfridge Petite Ruby Faux Leather Jacket £49
ZARA Guipure Lace Blouse £17.99
Primark Black Super High Waist Skinny Jeans £10
New Look Black Buckle Strap Ankle Boots £22.99

What is your favourite piece from this outfit?

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For me, 2015 has been a good year. I feel like I have overcame and accomplished lots of things that I had previously wanted to do, ...

16 Things For 2016

12:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

For me, 2015 has been a good year. I feel like I have overcame and accomplished lots of things that I had previously wanted to do, and I wish to carry them forward in the year ahead. I've began learning Spanish, I've travelled, I've lost some weight, I've began to exercise and eat healthier, I've felt better about myself and I've learnt a lot. I've had lots of good memories and that's something I want to carry on with into 2016. 

As the New Year is here, I've wanted to devise 16 things that I want to achieve over the year, whether its blog or life related, and to share these with you as we enter 2016. There's the whole "New Year, New Me" saying, that honestly I think is stupid. New Year goals and resolutions shouldn't be just wiping your slate clean and trying again from the beginning, you should want to carry on and improve the person you are and the goals that you want to achieve in order to be the best you can be.

1- Learn to Drive
2- Save Money
3- Post Monthly Favourites 
4- Publish at least 10 Blog Posts Each Month
5- Continue to Learn Spanish
6- Spend Less Money
7- Improve Blog Photography
8- Lose Weight
9- Read More Books
10- Create a Workout Plan
11- Learn New Recipes
12- Explore London More
13- Be More Organised
14- Drink More Water
15- Create New and Exciting Blog Content
16- Be Happy

What are your goals for 2016?

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