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My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over 8 years now. I started blogging because I wanted to share my beauty hauls and lifestyle experiences. I'm also a pro-consumer, which is probably the fire in my life.

This blog is now happily written by the cutest couple you've ever seen. Gareth's Irish while I'm Malaysian. We met in the most unexpected way possible and since then have been in a loving relationship. He loves to eat, drink and try new exciting things (even extreme sports) while I love the quieter things in life, like spas, massages, shopping and beauty! But we have something in common, we both love travelling.
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Fund-raising for Portable Microphone System


fundraising for community portable speaker

I bought a portable community microphone system that costs RM300 and I hope I could raise some funds to cover the cost of it and also the upkeep of the community website. If you're a beauty and craft lover, then I have two cute gifts for you to consider! First I have two things, a BB Decoden Kit set at RM29.90 and a set of cute birthday postcards RM10/10pcs which you can use as birthday party invitations or purely as birthday postcards. If you like to get both, I'll post to you for free!

Decoden Kit Set RM29.90

Are you looking to pimp your bb cushion up? You know, you can decorate your bb cushions to look like desserts just by using a piping cream made of white cream clay and dessert decodens. The key is not to think too much into it, I made mine by piping it like a whipped cream and then I place randomly picked dessert decodens on it. You can continue to fill spaces in between with the piping cream to make it more delicious.

What are Decodens?
Decodens are deco phone bits that the Japanese started. There's a whole craze over decorating our phone, your camera, your makeup products, just about anything with decodens.

How long does it take to harden?
It starts to harden once you have pipe it, but it takes 24 hours to set. Once it has set, it feels like hard rubber/silicone. The shape would not change as well. During the first 10-15 mins, you can still wipe them off and redo if you feel it's not up to your standards. The white cream clay I have is a quality one, used by many decoden artists.

How many decodens did I use on mine? (sample pic)
About 16 assorted decodens, in various sizes. I find that if you try to coordinate the colors, it won't turn out as cute as an assorted decoden arrangement.

How long does it last?
Depending on how you keep your bb cushion. I have mine for over a year now and it still looks good!
You can get my BB Deco Kit RM29.90 and it comes with the following:
  • 10pcs assorted dessert decoden
  • 1 white cream clay 50g tube
  • 1 random piping head*
Pos Laju RM6 WM / RM8 EM (courier)
Additional 5pcs of decoden at RM3.10 only.

cute birthday postcards

10 for RM10 / 100pcs for RM100 + free courier

These are matte colored printed double-side Birthday postcards which you can use either as it is or as a party invitation or deco. I only have 100pcs of these so if you'd like to support by buying a set of 10 at RM10 or 100pcs (courier free).


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By Pos Laju RM6 WM / RM8 EM (courier)

If you're interested, please drop me an email at tammylci@gmail.com. I hope this can lessen my burden on the upkeep of the community. If you buy both decoden kit + a set of postcards, I'll courier it free to you! 

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Avon Femme Exclusive & Avon Homme Exclusive Review


avon malaysia perfume
Avon Femme Exclusive & Avon Homme Exclusive Review

The OG #bossgirl is here. This is my first time reviewing Avon perfumes so forgive me if I don't know much about the range of fragrances they have. When a long time friend, Aisyah asked if I would review her new perfumes the Avon Femme Exclusive and Avon Homme Exclusive. I said yes, partly because of my curiosity since I've never smell Avon before. The magic word (from her) was that this is the exclusive version of the popular Avon Femme perfume #bazinga.

have you seen Girl Boss on Netflix?

I hate and love her at the same time
(it's like watching a spoiled mental girl trying to make it which makes it interesting but I still hate it)

A lil' bit about Avon. It was founded by an Irish man named David H. McConnell who created a company for women back in the 19th century America to have financial independence. Back then, this was kinda rare for women to be her own boss, much less work. Even if they do work, the earning power is very low compared to the opposite sex. You'll remember the Avon girls from here, all the sampling parties, house visits and makeovers. It's interesting that beauty marketing started out from the homes of the women (direct selling), and now you can just buy a beauty product online.

Avon's rich beauty history

the original girl boss - Avon

excited to test out these perfumes

So a month later, I receive the Avon box. Inside, two perfumes, a catalogue and a sample perfume card. A quick unboxing reveals the perfumes, all elegant looking like jewels. I liked the sparkling diamond design on the Avon Femme Exclusive purple box. The men, on the other hand, is just, very man. The box is in blue with a matte glossy diamond checkered pattern. I had to admit the price is affordable. You can start owning these perfumes for below RM100!

it's raining diamonds! (pic does not do justice)

diamond cut perfume bottle

the scent - sparkling pear, jasmine infusion & black vanilla essence
(only for illustration purposes)

Here come my thoughts on the Avon Femme Exclusive. It's a glamorous new fragrance for the glamorous ladies out there. Perfect for a night out, an elegant affair or a star-studded event. It's powerful, luxurious so yes, you want to go to that power lunch meeting, why not. The perfume is shaped like a jewel, with diamond cuts so the lights would make it shine. Picture a diamond ring, but now it's bigger and spritzes perfume just the brilliance isn't there which if it was would make this perfect. The bottle is see-through so you can see the liquid in purple. The cap is also shaped like a square diamond cut.

The scent? Opening notes of strong sparkling pears with hints of jasmine in the background. It quickly mellows to a musky, warm vanilla scent, which is not edible or sugary, more of a dark vanilla tone which will linger throughout the day.

This, in my opinion, smells like any other expensive perfumes out there. The notes of sparkling pears and jasmine infusion are more fruity, more berry-ish. Avon says this is Floral Oriental but I couldn't detect the floral in it. This lasted me a good 4 - 6 hours on my clothes but on my wrist, the scent weakens after an hour. 

for the man, blue and true

Avon Homme Exclusive

Now the Avon Homme Exclusive, on the other hand, is woody aromatic fragrance. It's not a unique scent IMHO but it's the kind of scents men typically go for - confidence and power. On the first spritz, it gives a refreshing energetic lift but quickly mellows down to a warm, woody, sexy scent which is quite powerful until after 2 - 4 hours it dissipates off. EDT so you can't blame its lasting power. The notes are zesty grapefruit, herbs, spices and earthy vetiver. There's not much description given for the ingredients, so I don't know what type of herbs or spices goes into this concoction.

The square bottle comes with a black cap that's see-through. If you're looking for the identical diamante pattern, it's actually on the back of the perfume.

I gave this to my boyfriend Baby G so he's now one happy guy walking about using this as a day perfume to go out walking about in the malls. He asked if I could still smell it by the end of the day, and I leaned over to smell him. Yeap it's there, but more of a powdery musk after a day out.

P.S: Thanks Aisyah for sending these over, I finally got a chance to own my first Avon product and it was the perfumes. 

Now readers, if you're thinking about getting perfumes for your friends or your partners as gifts, these are perfect since their price point is lower than your luxury perfumes, but they smell good too just like a premium perfume (no  kidding). They can be found on Avon Malaysia's website.

Avon Femme Exclusive 50ml RM89 WM / RM102.40 (EM)
Avon Homme Exclusive 75ml RM89 WM / RM102.40 (EM)

Free gifts while stocks last! If you have the Avon catalogue, show the page with the free gift redemption when you purchase these perfumes from Avon. The Avon Femme Exclusive's free gift is the 10ml purse spray worth RM29.90 WM / RM34.40 EM. The Avon Homme Exclusive's free gift is the hair and body wash 150ml worth RM29.90 WM / RM34.40 EM.

Expectations VS Reality : Online Shopping


expectations vs reality Lazada version

Last month I shared this on my Facebook because it was just too hilarious not to share. You see, I purchased 6 feet inflatable palm tree for a party from Lazada Malaysia thinking it would wow my guests. The price was affordable, it was RM80, about RM40 cheaper than Spotlight Malaysia RM120. It would take weeks to arrive, so I waited eagerly for my palm tree to come.

Then when it did, it was in a tiny flat parcel and I was stunned. I opened the parcel to discover flat pieces of material. Did I just buy a 6-inch palm tree instead of 6-feet? You know like how people always mistakenly buy miniature things for a fraction of a price without really reading into the finer details of the deal.

My staffs blew it up and we laughed - HARD. Instead of the 6-feet palm tree, what I got was a reindeer hat. This is a huge difference and clearly a big joke. While I was very angry and frustrated over my purchase and having to wait weeks for it, I couldn't stop laughing at how silly shopping on Lazada can be.

Thank god it wasn't a sex toy. Imagine what people would think I buy?

have you got a story to share?

I complained to Lazada's customer service and they gave the generic standard apology and whole nine yards of copy paste. This isn't my fault, to begin with, and I wasn't allowed a refund until I returned the goods. Seriously? So if I don't return it, could I report to the consumer ministry that I've been scammed by this website and they won't return my money? Technically, this is a scam. I can start selling diamond rings but deliver a burger instead.

So I had to fill up a form, print it out and spend time and money to travel to the nearest Lazada approved "returned" station to drop the parcel back to them before my refund could be processed. I just wish I was compensated for this? The reason I shopped online = convenience, but I guess these are the cons of shopping online.

You'll never know what may come.

Guardian X Anna Sui Luggage Redemption


Exclusive Anna Sui Luggages at Guardian

YES! I'm a bit late but here's the good news! For all you Anna Sui fans, you're going to scream at these beautiful luggage bags from the Guardian X Anna Sui collaboration! Already I'm gawking at the designs shown here! I didn't get to go to the media launch but I'll still share about this coz dam I love Anna Sui since I was a student! Her designs, creativity and magical butterflies never cease to amaze me.

The collection comes in 2 trolley bags, 1 tote bag and one designer case and can be redeemed at special prices via Guardian's loyalty programme where for every purchase of RM20 you get 1 stamp.

*Extra stamps are given if your purchases include one of the 33 participating brands. Bio-essence, Dettol, Dove, Maybelline, Nivea and Pantene.

Collect 10 Stamps to redeem one item at a special price!
  • 24-inch trolley bag at RM159.90 (compared to retail price of RM399)
  • 20-inch trolley bag at RM129.90 (compared to retail price RM199)
  • Tote bag at RM69.90 (compared to retail price of RM129)
  • Designer case at RM59.90 (compared to retail price RM99)
Stamps will be issued starting from 28 September 2017 onwards.
Redemption starts from 26 October and ends on 31 December 2017 or while stocks last.
For more information, please visit www.guardian.com.my

I want them all!

which one is your favourite?

Guardian X Anna Sui Luggage Collection

Anna Sui Perfume Lovers! Guardian is offering 2 limited edition Anna Sui Eau De Toilette (EDT) starting in November. The EDT, in handy size of 30ml each, are the Dreams Yellow, and   La Vie De Boheme, both priced at RM99.00, inclusive of GST, and would be available in only 150 selected stores. 

24-inch trolley bag

 20-inch trolley bag


Designer Case

The Story Behind The Bags:
  1. The 24-inch trolley bag: “The pattern comes from a Mid-century modern tea towel, with a barbershop quartet theme.  It originally appeared in my Fall 2012 collection, which was inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, and their collection of Folk Art Americana.  We customized the print with Anna Sui slogans, perfume bottles and lipstick tubes.”
  2. The 20-inch trolley bag: “The butterfly print came from dresses in my Spring 2009 collection.  The colours of the original pattern were quite similar to the way they are on the luggage.  Some of the butterflies have been replaced with bottles of my Romantica fragrance!”
  3. Tote-bag: “The rose bordered stripe design was originally done-up in black and white, with red flowers for a dress in my Spring 2007 collection.  It remains one of the most iconic Anna Sui prints.  A runway shot of the dress is on the cover of my new book, The World of Anna Sui.”
  4. Designer case: “The pattern is derived from various Anna Sui cosmetic boxes over the years.”

I'm a bit tad worried about the quality of the luggage because we all know that loyalty goods are usually just factory reproduce merchandises for the sake of marketing redemptions. I hope these luggages are the real thing! I'm so going to Guardian tonight to get my stamps and collect all the luggages!

Update: I collected 15 stamps already! It's all thanks to the double stamp award under the brand partners for Guardian. Tip* Shop during the weekend because Guardian has special weekender promos! They'll give you the stamps and just stick them onto the card. Fill up details on the card and bring to Guardian to redeem your preferred Anna Sui luggage. There is no limit as long you have completed a full 10 stamps card. 

Sunscreen That Turns Into Water! It's Real


Ultra Hydro Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++

Recently something landed on my table and blew my mind away. Like literally if I could show you special effects, it'll be like a slow-mo of sparks and glitter gushing out from my face. What could have done this? This innovative sunscreen from Korea that's super lightweight and when applied it turns into water and you don't even feel like you're wearing sun protection! Okay, maybe I'm being overly dramatic here but seriously, if anyone has tried this and feels the same, please tell me if the feelings are mutual.

Okay, drama over, it's called the Ultra Hydro Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++ 30ml made from "clear glistening moisture energy from the deep ocean". That's the 61% Hawaiian Kona deep ocean water along with 30 kinds of ocean plant extracts and 45 kinds of plant extracts.

sun protection + basic care at the same time

What Is It For?
UV Protection, Whitening, Anti-ageing. It protects against UVA and UVB without the greasy, oily, heavy feeling. It has moisturising and calming effects so it's suitable for sensitive skin types thanks to the almost all natural hypoallergenic ingredients that and two soothing ingredients Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract and Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract.

Main Ingredients: 
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Sea Water, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract.

* 7 Free: 
Free from Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Mineral oil, Artificial flavouring agents, Artificial colours, Benzophenone.

How To Use:
Apply an appropriate amount onto face and pat lightly.
Tip: Recommend to do a proper patch test, if you have an allergy or any other unusual symptoms.

It's a hand-held, travel-friendly size, easy to bring anywhere you want. It's made of plastic with a reflective silver cap which can double as an emergency mirror if you need to apply sunscreen on the go! (though not clear, but you can still see where you're applying it on). To use, you'll need to twist the cap open, to reveal the anti-spill head. Apply pressure by squeezing the body and the fluid will be forced out. Pretty neat, if you don't like your product spilling during travel or handbag accidents.

It's an orange juice looking colour liquid which turns into water upon application on the skin. This is the part where you'll be surprised because the moment you apply it on your skin, it becomes clear and water. Finally, when this settles, it becomes a protective barrier.

It has the usual sunblock scent, slightly citrusy but not overpowering.

anti-spill design, easy to carry and no worries of spilling

turns into water when applied on the skin

see the glistering water, it's no joke!

I give this a 5 star and into my travel bag!

This is definitely one sunscreen that I'm holding onto until I find another awesome sunscreen product! I love that it's lightweight and easy to apply, the coverage is good since it becomes watery so it can cover the surface much better and faster than cream type sunblock. There's no white cast, but the protective layer or barrier on my skin feels soft and hydrated. You can use this as a primer before your base makeup. Another reason I like this is that it's made of so many types of plant and marine extracts. By far the most natural based sunscreen I've used and it has the 7 Nos - No Paraben, artificial pigment, mineral oil, Benzophenone, Talc, Benzyl Alcohol, Sulfate. Safe and clinical proven.

The Vella Ultra Hydro Sun Essence is available through Althea Korea at only RM58. 

Guardian X Anna Sui Exclusive Travel Bag


Guardian X Anna Sui

OMG Guardian is teaming up with renowned designer, Anna Sui for its latest exciting loyalty program where you can redeem Anna Sui's exclusive range of travel bags from Guardian. I don't have all the information yet or picture of how the travel bags would look like but I am sure excited about this because I love Anna Sui! Stalk Guardian Malaysia for the updates, I think it's like next month?! I wonder how it'll look like! Arghhhh #excited.
Especially their perfumes, Secret Wish was my favorite and then last week I visited Sephora and saw their new perfume Fantasia, and I just couldn't stop admiring it. It has a unicorn on top of a cupcake like a bottle. Just beautiful! I'm going to put this on my Christmas wish list.

beautiful isn't it?
A new olfactory signature for the brand, the Woody Fruity Floral scent promises sensuality and femininity with a hint of mystery. The idea was to create a new signature scent in the fantastical realm of romantic mystery that layers in effervescence and optimism, with a pink pomelo potion and spicy pink pepper on the top.

The heart is a beautiful floral bouquet with a delicious raspberry praline note to contrast the sparkling top and to add a brushstroke of just the right touch of playful addictiveness and femininity. Golden cypress and Himalayan cedarwood add an extravaganza of woodsy freshness. The creation is spellbinding, modern and playful.

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Ladykin Fresh Icing Gel Bar


SURPRISE! Our next Selfiegram is going to take place at the exclusive Butterfly SEO+C Workshop this 7th October 2017. Collaborating with Ladykin from Korea, we'll be giving out Ladykin Fresh Icing Gel Bar which FYI, looks like a watermelon popsicle! This is great to cool down the heat during Summer or the Great Asian Weather (365days of Summer). Made using watermelon extracts this icing gel can be used as a light refreshing moisturizer, soothing gel, sleeping pack or as a makeup base to get that moist glow skin. For more information and if you're interested to buy it click here.

What's Selfiegram? This is a unique program created by the Butterfly Project for the community to have a fun, photo review experience in expressing or creating a particular content on Instagram. Depending on the difficulty level, caterpillars (new members/new bloggers) can participate in this program provided they already have an active Instagram account that's not set to private.

To redeem your complimentary Ladykin Fresh Icing Gel Bar just follow the guide above! Don't forget to include the following hashtags #ladykin #altheakorea #butterflymsia and any other hashtags that'll make this cooler. Show it to our Bloggers Relation Officer to redeem it. Only one per butterfly at this SEO+C Workshop. Below is an example of how you can join this Selfiegram:

image credits to Project Fashion Cam

Jurlique Opens 10th Concept Store Starling Mall


Congratulations to Jurlique Malaysia for celebrating the grand opening of their 10th concept store at the new mall in town, Uptown that is. Yes, if you haven't been to The Starling Mall, you should because there are some very nice stores to visit like Book Xcess and coffee cafe where you can read and enjoy a hot cup of coffee. Other cool stores for party planners and decorators to visit is the SSF and Daiso. There are not many dining restaurants but once the food court opens, I bet the crowd will start coming. On weekends, the main court on the ground floor is turned into a community bazaar.

I was there yesterday for my Jurlique facial and there was a home gardening roadshow going on. I'm particularly happy that I got to see at least two major beauty salons here, which is Jurlique and Neal's Yard Remedies. Both I have visited and bought something.

I wasn't able to attend the grand opening media launch but my partner Baby G did and he showed me pictures taken with his phone. He had fun eating canapes adorned with flowers. Among other activities was he got to make his very own essential oil blend which made me proud because he's a big boy now, able to go mingle and make things for his lovely girlfriend (hehe). He collected tea bags filled with actual ingredients of tea like dry orange slices for instance.

I met him after work at The Starling so I could check out their Perfect 10 Opening Deals which was to me, quite attractive! For first-time customers, they're giving away facials at RM60 (np RM198) which are the basic facials. Premium facials over RM400 can get 60% off so I went in for a recommendation. The difference between premium and the normal facials is the use of machines to effectively target your skin concerns - ageing, firming. If you're young and are just doing this for maintenance (basic care) you can go for the ones without machines. The facial promos are applicable here and The Curve, Setia City Mall and Queensbay Mall.

If you a Jurlique user, then check out their concept store promotion  - RM60 on selected products (which is very limited) and PWP 60% off selected products (very limited again) such as their body lotion and body shower wash. All promotions mentioned here are valid until the end of this month only 30/9/17. Facials promotions are only for first-time customers while the products promotion is limited to one (1) per customer. Terms and conditions apply.

I feel the Jurlique Curve and Mont Kiara is much better than The Starling Mall which seemed smaller and not their usual interior. There are about 4 treatment rooms (small) hidden behind. After my facial, I bought their global best seller, the Rosewater Balancing Mist but in the limited edition version which is more intense for RM250 @ 200ml. I've always like their Rosewater face mist, and now that it's in the limited edition packaging and made of glass, I thought it'll be nice to support this store for a change and bought it.

It's really pretty, and the mist is great for hydrating and cooling down your face temperature so you don't produce as much sebum. I had their store opening flyer taken from the concierge which says I could redeem a starter kit from them. Guess what the therapist gave me - one sad sachet sample. To think I just paid RM500 for facial and the face mist, she could've just given me a proper starter kit? Maybe she wasn't happy I didn't buy everything on the table.

Our 2017 limited edition is inspired by nature inside and out as we partnered with acclaimed Australian painter Belynda Henry to celebrate our most iconic product. She created a series of stunning scenes of the Jurlique Farm which appears on this year’s limited edition packaging.

It's with a heavy heart that I have to share that my facial here wasn't a good experience. I have always been fond of Jurlique but after this visit, I feel that there are a lot of improvements needed to be done. Perhaps the store is new, and their therapists needed more training or experience in putting their best interests forward for their customers. I wrote to Jurlique to get a feedback on what happened.

Jurlique Malaysia
The Starling Mall (G-014) Ground Floor
Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya.
(same row as Baskin Robbins, opposite Nicsmann)

For more information check Jurlique Malaysia Facebook.

What's New KBeauty? Half Moon Eyes

This October, I am kickstarting the community with a beauty topic on "Morning Care" by introducing our next beauty collaborator all the way from Korea - Half Moon Eyes (HME). Now we love all things Korean Beauty but what's so special about HME? The fact that they're honest about encouraging women to be just the way they are. While brands are shouting that all natural, organic and the works are what's good for you, HME, on the other hand, tells us that they are not ALL natural and why it's a good thing. How? By combining quick beauty solutions with effective ingredients and packaging them in a fun happy package.

If you're into aesthetics, then you'll love how versatile their product designs are. Be it cute, Scandinavian, minimalist, or tropical vibes, your flat lays are going to be the bomb.

HME's creator, Lee Seung Hyun shares that she was inspired by her own half-moon shaped eyes, hence the brand name, which captures women's hopes and desires to find the most beautiful side of themselves. Which is what makes Korean Beauty so much sought after as Koreans are known for their natural, glowing, beauty coupled through the use of innovative beauty technology and effective ingredients suitable for the Asian skin.

HME has 3 products cater just to make beauty simple and attractive. They are the popular Milky Jelly Toning Essence, Milky Jelly Moisture cream and the cute Pink Fruity (face pack). They are available through popular Korean Beauty online sites such as Althea Korea.

SOS Morning CareAt 8 o'clock in the morning, All-in-one Moisturizing Care for students and workers busily preparing for the day.

Milky Jelly Toning Essence 180ml
After cleansing, use the Milky Jelly Toning Essence which is a 3-in-1 skincare product to cut time short and achieve your beauty needs at one go! It works as a toner, booster, and essence at one go. Suitable for all skin types (mild on the sensitive and oily skin). It's an astringent that gives fresh and light moisture essence with sebum control while increasing skin flexibility. The main star ingredient in this is Silica Powder (pore care). Click here for more info.

* Use on a cotton pad/spray mist/masking.

Milky Jelly Moisture Cream 100g
An all-around moisturizing cream for dry skin with rich moisture and skin barrier protection. This lightweight gel-type moisturizer that's like jelly emulsion replenishes water and keeps you hydrated throughout the day. Is not sticky and has a refreshing fig fragrance. Packed with antioxidant ingredients to protect your skin anytime, anywhere even against dry weather, yellow-dust and fine dust. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. Click here for more info.

* Use as a moisturizer/sleeping pack/hydrating glow when mixed with foundation.

Pink Fruity (Single 10ml / Triple Set 10ml*3 / Palette Set 10ml*10)
This is an 8-in1 mask! A pore care clay wash-off capsule mask (pack) that can achieve 8 beauty effects - cooling effect, hydration, moisturization, pore tightening, texture care, nourishment, exfoliation, and sebum removal. The main ingredient is Dragon Fruit extract, an internationally patented ingredient that effectively removes excess oil and waste material while exfoliating your skin.

* Use 1 - 2 times a week.

check out her glowing skin demonstrating the use!

for more information & video introduction click here

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