Bridget Update: Grumpy Hedgie


Back in January, I introduced my baby hedgie, and today I wanted to share a quick little update, along with some adorable pictures.

Bridget has recently stopped being her normal happy go lucky snuggly self and started to act depressed, by this I mean she has been sleeping even more than usual, she is eating a lot less, she has been jumpy, grumpy and very anti-social.

From doing some research and chatting with the breeder, I believe Bridget has started quilling. Quilling is like teething, it is when the hedgie starts to lose her super prickly baby quills and starts growing her slightly less pricky grown-up quills. This process puts the hedgie in quite a bit of discomfort causing her to feel less than her happy little self.


Thankfully I got a little photo shoot in before her quills started to hurt and she could still be held comfortably. Unfortunately, there is really nothing that can be done to make her feel more comfortable, other than not touching her quills.

So other than giving her her bath I try not to touch her. I let her sit on my lap, or in my hand while I feed her snacks.



According to the breeder, this phase should only last two-four weeks, and then the hedgie will start to feel more herself.

 I hope you enjoyed this update, I thought it would be fun to do these every now and then.


Bridget The Hedgehog


Rimmel London Lipstick Collection

The other day I was going through my lipstick and realized that Rimmel was the only brand that I seem to consistently buy. That’s probably because Rimmel just really know how to make lipstick whenever someone asks me to recommend a lipstick brand Rimmel is the first one I think of.

Today I thought it would be fun to do a little collection post, and go over all my Rimmel lip products.IMG_9575IMG_9582

Moisture Renew Lipstick 

Summer Angel 

0 This is a lovely shimmery nude. I have used this one a lot, it’s almost gone, in fact, I’m setting myself the goal of finishing it off this month.

Red Alert 

This is very bright red!

I don’t really wear this one because it tends to be messy and somehow ends up on my nose.


This is a pretty basic pink lipstick, I wore it a lot over the summer. It is cool toned with a touch of shimmer.


Longlasting Lipstick

Airy Fairy 

This is such a pretty light shimmery pink. I forgot how much I loved this, I think I’ll start wearing it more.


This one is pink, very pink and shimmery. I love this one for summer, and I had to repurchase this one because I left the original in a hotel in Wyoming(sad times)


I don’t wear red lipstick very often but when I do it’s usually this one. This one is a bright vintage red with a satin finish.


One of my go-to nudes, I actually have two of these for some strange reason. I used to wear this all the time, but I haven’t as much lately.

This is a beautiful cool toned nude.


Lasting Finish Lip Contouring Pencil

049 Natural 

A matte nude.

I got this to go with my cool toned nude lipsticks, but it turned out to be lighter than my natural lip color so I don’t actually use it.

021 Dynamite Red 

A very bright cool toned red.(photo doesn’t show the color properly)

I don’t wear this one very often so it will last me for a long long time, but it is a most when I wear red lipstick.

007 Rose Quartz 

A cool toned satin dusty rose shade.

This is my go-to lip liner, I have repurchased it many times and I have two of three little pencil stubs rolling around in my lipstick organizer. This is really close to my lips natural color and as I mainly wear nude lipstick this is the perfect liner for me.

Mauve Shimmer 

This one is very similar to Rose Quartz, it is a slightly darker warm toned dusty rose color.

To be honest, I thought this was Rose Quarts, it wasn’t until I started this post that I relived it wasn’t.


So there is my Rimmel lip collection!

What are your thoughts on Rimmel lip products? Have you tried any of these?


Maine Magic Mud Review


Allow me to introduce you to Maine Magic Mud!

I’m so excited to be writing this post, not only because I’m sharing some amazing products with you but also that there are made right here in Maine! I know I have mentioned before how much I love small businesses but I love them even more so when they are local.


Peppermint Salt  Scrub 

“This simple organic scrub, combining the brightness of peppermint and our signature rich Magic Mud, makes a wonderful introduction to the Maine Magic Mud product line.”

This scrub smells so good! It makes me think of candy canes and hot cocoa which is never a bad thing. I have been using this on my hands and it leaves them smooth and soft, I have gotten several compliments on my soft hands since using this.


Tumeric & Neem  Salt Scrub

“The newest addition to the Maine Magic Mud line.  This organic scrub combines the cleansing powers of turmeric and neem with the revitalizing properties of our mineral-rich Magic Mud.  For help managing any skin type, this scrub can’t be beat!”

I have been using this one as a body scrub and I have been loving it, my skin has been feeling so good. This has a lovely light citrusy scent.



 “The baked mud is broken down to visible flecks in the exfoliant base which burst when being scrubbed on. As you scrub the mud becomes more and finer until the exfoliant is far smoother than it began. This unique effect allows the exfoliant to suit almost any skin type. If it is too rough to begin simply rub gently until the flecks are broken down to your desired consistency before you begin to scrub.”

So far this is my favorite, I have been using it every evening for the past week, and it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth. I really like the consistency of it as well, it is very light and creamy, and the exfoliant is fine and gentle, it also has little to no scent.


Magic Mud Masque Kit 

“By separating the liquid and dry ingredients we have been able to avoid the use of the chemicals that maintains consistency in most cream.Simply put together the two ingredients at home and you will have a classic charcoal masque combined with the benefits of Maine Magic Mud.”

I love the idea behind this kit, the fact that the ingredients can be kept pure is amazing, and I find mixing up a face mask really fun.  You mix a teaspoon of the powder and a teaspoon of the liquid, and it makes just the right amount of mask. Once applied you live it on for ten minutes, it will be mostly dry at that point. It rinses off really easily and doesn’t leave a lot of residue on your face.

This mask left my face a little rosy, but not at all uncomfortable, it did make my eyes burn a little the first time I used it but that was because I got it a little to close to my eyes, the second time I didn’t have any problems.


Tea Tree & Kelp Shampoo and Conditioner 

“Our shampoo and conditioner incorporates responsibly harvested and processed Maine Kelp and combines it with the classic advantages of tea tree oils. The wonderful properties of Maine kelp, slowly being discovered and seemingly endless (including being rich in minerals and vitamins kelp is also a great source of amino acids) are proudly brought by Maine Magic Mud to your hair.”

I was very curious to try out Magic Mud’s hair products and so far I have really liked them. I have only used this duo twice, but both times my hair felt light, clean, and smooth with that just cut feel, that we all love so well.

I can’t wait to see how this works after prolonged use.


When Magic Mud offered to send me some samples to review I was beyond excited, and now that I have been using them for a little while I can safely say that they are awesome products.

Which of these would be your favorite?


February Degustabox Review


It’s hard not to be excited when a box filled with food is delivered to your door.

As you may know, I have been getting Degustbox for the last few months, but this is my first official review here on A Sparkle Of Grace.

Degustabox is a monthly subscription plan which contains 9-14 surprise food products with each box. The items are selected from name brands, will contain new flavors, and give you a new option to think about the next time you’re looking for a break in your eating routine.

This months theme is The Big Game! and I see the theme shining through with all the party style foods.



BOBOLI Thin Pizza Crust $3.99

“Prefer a thin pizza crust? Look no further than our 12-inch ready-made thin pizza crust for delicious results, form entree pizzas to pizza appetizers.”

The box was in our house for about half an hour before we used it to make pizza, I used the pizza sauce that also came in this months box, along with some mozzarella and parmesan cheese, peppers and mushrooms. It was a great lunch, and I’m sure we will be getting this again.


ORGANIC GROUNDED SNACKS Aged White Cheddar Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips $3.29

“Perfectly paired creamy white cheddar and a hint of garlic, our Aged White Cheddar chips are as good as your imagination hopes they’ll be.”

I may or may not have eaten this whole bag by myself. As you may have guessed I liked this a lot, they were cheese and crunchy, need I say more?


BOBOLI Italian-Style Pizza Sauce $2.75

“Flavored with garlic and onion, Italian-style, it’s the perfect topping for any 12-inch pizza.”

I used one of these on the before mentioned pizza crust and it was just the right amount of sauce. It seemed to have a slight sweetness to it that I wasn’t expecting but really liked.


LUNA Lemonzest   BARS $1.39

“Luna whole nutrition bars are crafted to help keep you nourished throughout your busy day and give you the energy to break through. Each bar is a delicious, gluten-free snack that’s perfect in between meals.”

These were so yummy! The lemon flavor was really light a refreshing and I really like that they are quite sweet because I have a sweet tooth but still like to feel like I’m eating something healthy. I got three in the box, but as you can see I eat one before I took the photos.


GOYA Refried Pinto Beans Traditional $1.09 

“Authentic, chunky-smooth, cholesterol-free Goya Refried Beans”

Honestly, I don’t like refried beans, so I personally won’t eat these but everyone else in my family likes them.

 Goya Refried Black Beans Casero $1.39

“Goya’s top quality black beans, cooked and seasoned for easy preparation of this classic and delicious Mexican side dish ”

We had these with dinner the other night, and as I don’t eat them I have to really on what they said. They all said that these were a slightly different texture then they expected but really good.


MRS RENFRO’S Craft Beer Salsa $3.49

“Mrs. Renfro’s tasty salsa with Rahr & Son’s amber lager delivers a unique and bold flavor.”

This salsa is so good! I’m a big fan of salsa and we have been very loyal to a certain brand but my loyalty may have just changed over to Mrs. Renfro. This salsa has a sweetness to it but it is also spicy, not too spicy but just enough to leave a lingering feeling on your tongue.


SIR KENSINGTON’S Spicy Ketchup $4.99

“Sir Kensington’s spicy ketchup features chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of coriander.”

I haven’t actually tasted this one yet, my occasion for ketchup are infrequent at best, but my dad tried it and said it was quite nice but tasted more like barbeque sauce.


Tiger Tail $1.99

“Small batch mustard, crafted in Dyersburg Tennessee. Inspired by tradition and made of only the highest quality ingredients.”

This is a nice mustered, I have to admit to it not being anything too special but it is quite nice. I like the fact that it is a small batch production and that it is made in the USA.


THE SPICE HUNTER  Coriander Lime Global Fusion Rub $4.99

“Inspired by Thai cuisine, The Spice Hunter’s Coriander Lie Global Fusion Rub adds a fragrant, citrusy flavor that’s delicious on chicken, tofu or fish.”

I love this spice, so far it has been used on baked salmon, and grilled chicken and it has added a lovely flavor to both. I’m definitely a fan and I’m going to look for some of the other Global Fusion flavors next time in the grocery store.

Overall I’m very happy with this box, my favorites are the salsa and the coriander lime spice.  What are your thoughts on this box?


You can click (here) and use the code O2Z11 to get 50% off your first box, for a total of $9.99 instead of $19..99


This box was sent to me for review. All thoughts are my own. 

Emior 4 Step Anti-Aging Routine


Today I have a very special guest!

When I received these products, I know that I wasn’t the best person to test them out, being twenty I don’t feel that I would be the best judge of anti-aging products. Thankfully I volunteer that was a little more fitted to testing these lovely products out.

Hello, I am Anna’s mom, Julie. I was very excited when Anna received these beautiful skincare products, and as some of them were geared toward anti-aging, I knew I was the perfect one to try these. Emior’s products are a pleasure to use and make you feel special when using them. I love the natural, light scent and that they do not test on animals.


STEP 1 Gel Cleanser 

  • Fights acne and minimizes breakouts.
  • Purifies skin and lifts away impurities.
  • Soothes skin inflammation.
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Smoothens skin.
  • Heals the skins.
  • Reduces excess oil production.

This is quite simply a gel cleanser. It feels very cool and refreshing on your skin. The Fruit Exfoliator and Gel Cleanser work well together but could be used separately as well.


STEP 2 Fruit Exfoliator

  • Revives Dull & dry skin.
  • Restore skin’s smoothness and glow.
  • Detoxifies skin and revitalizes it.
  • Reduces fine lines and sun damage.
  • Improves product penetration and skin treatment results.
  • Brightens the complexion.

This is a scrub that can be used twice a day if you desire, I used it in the evening. Very creamy and makes your skin feel so smooth! The Fruit Exfoliator and Gel Cleanser work well together but could be used separately as well.


STEP 3 Anti-Aging Serum 

  • Visibly reduces dark spots and all kinds of age spots.
  • Reinforces, smoothens and hydrates the skin.
  • Evens out wrinkles and balances uneven skin tones.
  • Brightens skin and stimulates its growth on a cellular level.
  • Helps skin appear clearer, brighter and smoother looking.
  • Protects you from environmental factors such as UV rays that accelerate aging.

Love this because it sinks in and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.

STEP 4 Eye Cream

  • Gently moisturizes the skin around the eyes.
  • Highly effective natural ingredients for daily hydration.
  • Dramatically lifts, firms and de-puffs your eyes while you sleep.
  • Expertly balanced with soothing extracts.

This is very light and sinks in quickly, help with the puffiness that I have around my eyes in the morning.

I really like this skincare overall. The texture of my skin felt improved after using it for a week. The only thing I would include is a moisturizer after the anti-aging serum for extra moisture.


I have also used this set for the past week, and although I don’t think this set is particularly suited to my skin,  I have been really impressed with the quality of them. My favorite is the Fruit Exfoliator, it’s really gentle but you can still tell that it’s working.

You can find all of these products(here).

Thanks so much too my mom for working on this post with me.





These products were sent to me for review, all thoughts were my (our) own. 

Fashion Picks from Fashionmia


I wanted to do was try to break out of my blogging shell a little this year, so when FashionMia got in touch with me it felt like the perfect way to ease into fashion.

I actually need to update my wardrobe and I have found a lot of inspiration on their site.

They have so many adorable cheap t-shirts it took me forever to pick out just a few for this post. They range from classy, to adorable, and me being me I went for the more dressy ones.


I love the style of this top, the lace pattern is so feminine and elegant, and the sleaves are so pretty. 


This one is so simple and pretty and again I love the sleeves.

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I actually have a shirt very similar to this one and I love it. It’s has a very classic casual look.

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This one is a lot like the last one, except I think it is a little more elegant and less casual. I like how the top layer crosses over a little in the front, I think this would be really flattering.


I love tops like this one because they can be dressed up or dressed down. I have a couple tops with ties like this in the front and I wear them all the time. 



Do I really need to say why I like this one? It’s so simple and elegant, I love the ruffles on the front. 

FashioneMia also has some adorable spring shift dresses. I pick out a couple what I would love to have in my wardrobe but there are a ton more, they definitely have something for everyone.


This dress is so cute! This would be a wardrobe staple for me, although it looks like it would be a little short on me. I love the white caller and the fact that it is an A-line.



Does this not look so comfortable? I could see myself wearing this one all the time. 


How adorable is this dress? I can totally see this with some denim leggings and some ankle boots.


This one is so cute and classic and I love the lace caller. The dress reminds me of one of my favorite dresses growing up, I wish it still fit me. 

Which item is your favorite? I think it’s a toss-up between the sweater dress and the grey top for me.



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January Favorites


January was actually a decent month for me, blogging wise I feel like I have made some good progress, and life wise thing have been pretty good too.

I don’t have a lot of favorites this month, just a few new things that I have been enjoying.

SO SUSAN Blush & Glow Luminizing Blush 

This blush came in one of my Ipsy bags back in the day, but I have just recently fallen in love with it. It is a natural cool peachy blush that works really well for my skin tone, it also gives a subtle highlight that I love.

MILANI Stay Put Brow Color in 03 Medium Brown 

I have been using this for the last couple of weeks and I have been loving my brows, so that says a lot in itself. This is so creamy and easy to use, I have been using it with my RealTechniques slanted brow brush.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish Lips Contouring Pencil in Rose Quartz 

This is my all time favorite lip liner, the color matches my lip color almost exactly, so I can just use it for definition wither I’m wearing lipstick or not. I just repurchased it after not using it for quite a while and I forgot how much I loved it.

ESSENCE Lash Princess Volume Mascara 

I got this mascara on my birthday and after using it a couple of times I didn’t really like it. I recently started using it again and my opinion has completely changed, I don’t know if it has dried out a little and it makes it easier to use or what, but it’s become one of my favorite mascaras. It gives volume and length, it does have to be used lightly because it can be a little messy.

CLEANING STORY Yellow Earth Deep Cleaning Foam 

I just pick this up at TJ Maxx a couple of days ago on a friends recommendation, and it’s so nice to use.  I can’t tell you how well it works over time yet, but it makes my skin feel really smooth and soft. It has a sort of pasty consistency until you add water and then it started to foam. I will do a full post on it once I’ve used it longer.

BOSICA Exfoliating Peel Gel 

This came in my January Sephora Play box and after three uses I’m in love. It makes my skin feel like brand new, I think you are supposed to use it regularly to see any.

TONY MOLY Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick

I bought this 90% because it was adorable and 10% because it sounded like a good product. I have been using this every day since I got it and I really like it, it is cooling and makes my eyes feel refreshed, and yes it’s adorable.

MACADAMIA Thermal Protectant Spray

My hair has been very damaged lately so I decided I need spend the money and get a better product to use when I style it.


A few none beauty related things I have been loving.


“After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination. His condition costs him his job as a prominent homicide detective in the San Francisco Police Department, but he continues to solve crimes with the help of his assistant and his former boss.”

Monk also has many many phobias, we are in season five and are still learning about them.

The Last Jedi

This was the first of any of the Star Wars movies I had seen in theaters and boy was it impressive. The first time we went to see in we sat in the second row, which made it a little difficult because I couldn’t see the whole screen at once. The second time we sat in the back and it was more enjoyable, also because I had seen it before I could enjoy the details more.

This was just a really good movie, the filming special effects were amazing, and of course the acting, I also really like that they kept some of the old charm of the originals.

What have you been loving this month?


December & January Empties


My empties box was starting to overflow so I decided it was high time to do an empties post. As I have so many empties to share  I’m not going to do a little overview of each product, so if you have any questions about one just let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can.

THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Night Lotion-Travel Size

LUSH Grease Lightning 

BOSCIA Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask-Travel Size 

PROMISE ORGANIC Nourishing Coconut Facial Lotion 

FIRST AID BEAUTY Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-Sample

LUSH Imperialis Moisturizer-Sample

PERRICONE MD Hydrating Cloud Cream-Sample

GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Maga Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow- Sample


THE BODY SHOP Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet

LUSH Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion

DELECTABLE Coconut & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion 

TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream-Sample 

CAKE Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Cream 


MILANI Prime Perfection Face Primer 

NYX Angel Veil Primer 

BECCA First Light priming Filter- Sample 

BENEFIT The PoreFessional-Sample 

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer-Sample

REVLON Photoready BB Cream in 101 Light Pale

L’OREAL Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in 201 Classic Ivory 

PHYSICIANS FORMULA #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer in Light 

KAT VON D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L3 Warm

ELF Brow Duo in Medium COTY AIRSPUN Loose Face Powder  in Translucent 

LAURA MERCIER Translucent Loose Setting Powder 

BAREMINERALS Baseline Silky Cream Eyeliner in Deep Brown

RIMMEL Lash Accelerator Serum 

TARTE Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara

IT Superhero Mascara- Sample 

MAYBELLINE Lash Sensation Mascara in Black Pearl

KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub- Sample 


RENPURE Lavender mint Dry Shampoo

LIVING PROOF No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream 

BRIOGEO Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spry 

DEVACURL Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask 

So there you have it!

I’m so happy to have used up a lot of my mostly used up products and I have a lot more free space.



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Current Lipstick Loves


Do you have a lot of lipstick? I know I do.

I was going through my lipstick collection the other day and realized that I have only been using five regularly, so today I want to tell you about these lovely lipsticks and why I love them so much.


MILANI Lipstick in 25 Naturally Chic

This smells like fruit candy, and it is a gorgeous dusty rose. The formula of this lipstick is so comfortable and easy to wear, it’s not the most long-lasting, but that doesn’t really bother me.


MAKEUP REVOLUTION Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur

I love the packaging of this lipstick, I mean is rose gold! What more can I say? This is a cool semi-matte nude, it’s lovely to wear and it lasts pretty well. It is a perfect everyday nude.


BAREMINERALS Gen Nude Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

Now you must know by now that I don’t like liquid lipsticks, but this reminds me more of the NYX matte lip creams then a liquid lipstick. It’s very comfortable and fairly long lasting and that color is perfect, it is a light pinky nude.


BAREMINERALS Pop Of Passion Tinted Lip Balm in Nude Passion 

BareMinerals such in hear twice! I know this isn’t technically a lipstick, but I have been wearing it like one, it’s great for when I don’t want to wear lipstick but I still want a little definition. Also, it feels like your just wearing lip balm.


KAT VON D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral 

This is a cocoa rose matte lipstick that smells like hot chocolate.The formula is really soft and comfortable and easy to wear.  The packaging is really cool and the letters KVD are written in cursive on the lipstick itself, making it one of the prettiest lipstick I’ve ever seen.


Right to Left-Natural Chic/Chauffer/Swag/Nude Passion/ Cathedral

What lipsticks have you been loving?


Sephora Play! First Impressions: January


This month Play! box is called Happy You Year, and the theme is A Beautiful 2018. The paper that tells about the products also has a challenge for each month designed to help up your beauty game. For January, drink the proper amount of water, for March eat more greens, things like that.


The bag this month is quite cute is has a girl holding a banner with the words “Happy You Year” and the year 2018 above. The bag itself is the classic white drawstring, with a light blue ribbon.

I’m very excited about this months products, so let’s  get right to it!


BOSCIA Exfoliating Peel Gel $34.00

This sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to try it out, I think I have used an exfoliating peel gel before, but I’m not positive.

“A gel peel that exfoliates gently using AHAs and removes impurities for a bright, soft skin”



I used this blush this morning and it’s beautiful! it applied nicely and the color works really well for me. It is a pretty light pinky coral color.

“A pressed powder blush in a soft shimmery peach for a hint of warm cheek color.”


GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Clearing Cream-To-Foam Cleanser $32.00

I have used this cleanser before and I absolutely loved it so I was very happy to find it in this month box. This makes my skin feel so nice and fresh.

“Ultra-creamy cleanser uses a blend of three charcoals to clear pores and remove excess oil and makeup”



I absolutely love this lip gloss! When I first pulled it out of the bag I was worried that is was a liquid lipstick, and you know how I feel about those( My Thoughts On Liquid Lipstick ) but thankfully it was a gloss. This feels so comfortable on, not too sticky or gooey, just creamy and glossy.

The color is gorgeous as well it is a little darker then I would normally wear in a gloss, but used lightly it is the perfect nude.

” An opaque high-pigment lip gloss in a desert-sand shade for shiny, lacquered lips”


CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream $26.50

I used this eye cream this morning and it seems really nice, very refreshing and slightly cooling.  I’ll have to test it out further and let you know what my final thoughts are.

” A hydrating and brightening under-eye cream that’s easy to pop in your bag for pick-me-ups throughout the day.”


GLOSS MODERNE Clean Luxury Masque $65.99

Instead of the usual perfume sample, they included a mask! This is great because one, my hair is in dire need of some TLC, and two I didn’t really need more perfume samples.

“A deep conditioning mask that repairs damaged strands and eliminate frizz for soft, healthy hair”

I’m really excited to try this out this week.


Final thoughts are that this was a great box to start off the year. I will be using all the products and can’t wait to test them out more.

What are your thoughts on this months box? Have you tried any of these products?


Sephora Play! December      Sephora Play! November    

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