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Birchbox August 2014

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This month’s Birchbox theme is Away We Go, celebrating everything that makes summer getaways magical, whether you’re counting down to a fun-packed fortnight away from home or day-tripping your weekends away.  Whatever your holiday plans may be Birchbox have your travel essentials sorted in this very handy travel toiletry bag.  The toiletry bag is cute, I love how they have replaced the drawstring bag for this month with this handy bag.  It has three cute blue, yellow and green ice lollies on one side, it is just ideal for putting in your hand luggage or popping into your beachbag.  The only problem I find with it is that it keeps opening, the seal isn’t very strong when you close it.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect

This is a 30ml sample worth £3, full size is 200ml for £20.  This is a leave-in conditioning spray which detangles and protects against heat and sun damage.  It is always handy to take a leave-in conditioner away with you on holiday, especially if you are in the sun all day.  I always need something to protect my hair from drying out in the sun to stop it drying out.  This comes in a handy travel sized bottle with a spray nozzle which makes it easy to use.  You spray this onto damp hair before drying and styling.  I also find these handy to use when I come out of the sea, as I find the sea water dries my hair out and if you can’t wash it straight away while you are on the beach, then this can be handy to help prevent it from drying out.

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Nude – Progenius Omega Treatment Oil

This is a 5ml sample worth £9.66, full size is 30ml for £58.  This is a nourishing oil which is rich in omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 and helps hydrate, nourish and smooth skin.  Simply warm 2-3 drops in your hand and apply to your face after cleansing and before moisturising, or before applying foundation for a smoother application.  Use this product daily to increase your skin’s natural radiance.  This makes my skin feel nice and soft and absorbs in nicely, but I should hope so for a product with this price tag!  Don’t think I will be spending that much on the full sized product.

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Vasanti – BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This is a 20g sample worth £4.33, full size is 120ml for £26.  This is a multi-action exfoliator which ensures a renewed and refreshed complexion.  Brightens with powerful papaya enzymes to give radiance, exfoliates with dermatologist grade micro-crystals and gently cleanses with aloe vera, coconut and panthenol.  The papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone.  This is definitely a product I will be using before and while I am on holiday to keep my skin looking fresh and radiant.  To use this exfoliator use 3-5 times a week, wet skin and apply a pea sized amount of the product over your face and massage in, the rinse off with warm water.

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Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

If you got this in your Birchbox then you got two mini 3ml samples.  So the total 6ml is worth £4, full size is 47ml for £32.  This seems a bit expensive for a CC cream to me, especially when in America this seems to be $32, so I don’t know if Birchbox has just got their prices wrong, but I can not check as I can’t find anywhere in the UK that sells it.  I got the colour light to medium and I think this will work for me quite well, it blends easily and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.  I just wish that this was a larger sample as I don’t think two 3ml tubes is going to last me very long, or be enough for me to trial sufficiently to make a decision on whether I would buy the full size product.  It is a natural shade adjusting CC cream with SPF, it helps to smooth fine lines and even out skin tone, so this makes it ideal for a variety of skin tones.

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Wild About Beauty – Creme Eyeshadow – Matilda

This is Full Size and is worth £13.  This is a long lasting, satin finish shadow from Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob’s paraben free range.  You can apply this with your finger tips or a brush and blend, I tend to prefer using my finger tips to apply creme eyeshadow and then blending with a brush.  You can also use this over powder shadow for a more intense finish.  When I first opened this I thought it would be too dark for me, but when you apply it and blend it it looks like a nice dark bronzey brown and it also has a subtle shimmer to it.  I love the colour and it would look really nice used for a smokey eye.  It feels very nice and light when applied to the eyelid, and you can build the colour up nicely.  You can tell this is a high quality creme shadow and I love the mirror which is in the lid.  The packaging feels like a high end product, I am so glad I get to add this to my make-up collection.

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Lifestyle Extra – The Proposal by Tasmina Perry

This is a bit of a different lifestyle extra for a beauty box, it is one chapter of the book ‘The Proposal’ by Tasmina Perry, the full book is available at the Birchbox store for £7.99.  This is a spellbinding and romantic novel, which spans 1950s London and present day NYC.  This isn’t really the type of book I would normal read, I prefer crime, thriller and horror books, but I will probably give it a try as it is only one chapter.  I can see how it is a good idea, and gives you a taster to see if it is something you would be interested in reading.  I can not value this though, as it is a bit hard to value a book that has one chapter.

Overall I am actually quite happy with this month’s box.  I love the handy toiletry bag included in this box, it will be great for when I go on holiday next month.  This month’s box was worth £33.99 (excluding the book sample), this is more than my box was worth last month.  I will use everything in my box so nothing will go to waste, which is always good.

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox and give them a try, you can do so by clicking HERE.

You can also get your first Birchbox for £10 (free shipping) by entering the code NEW14, so why not give it a try.

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Memebox Global #13 & Discount Code

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Here is another wonderful Memebox, I absolutely love these boxes.  This is my third box and I am still overall not disappointed by them.  If you want to know a bit more about Memebox you can have a look at my first post HERE.  The box they so kindly sent me this time it their Global #13 box which costs $23 plus $6.99 p+p.  All promo codes will be at the end of this post, so keep reading to save some money on your next order.  There are some very interesting products in this box, let me show you what I got.

http://us.memebox.com/memebox-global

$5 off on any order – 2D9LSU

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You get a detailed card in every box that lists the products you have received, it gives you a little bit of information about the item and also tell you how to use it.  This is very important as without this there would be many products you would just not be able to figure out what they are or how to use them.  The information on the products themselves are all in Korean, so unless you know Korean you will not know much about the product without this card.

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23 Years Old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy – $50 (£29.95)

This is a one use product which seems quite pricey at £29.95.  My first impressions were what on earth do I do with this! I wasn’t expecting to see a syringe and a scary looking face mask, it looks like something you would get done professionally.  I’m not too sure what difference it makes being in a syringe rather than a tube, I’m guessing it’s just novelty factor to make it look more interesting to make you pay the price tag.

The product in the syringe is made from carbonated water and creates sparkling bubbles on your face, which massages the skin whilst wearing the face mask.  The bubbles penetrate deep into the skin and cleanse away all the impurities clogging up the pores.  The mineral-rich carbonated water also helps brighten and firm up your overall skin for a revitalised feeling after use.

You apply the contents of the syringe all over your face (not sure how easy that will be) and place the face mask on top.  You keep this on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  This will be interesting to use and I will post pictures on my Instagram, so follow me to keep updated.

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Donga Tempo Eco Natural Super – 3 pack – $3 (£1.80)

What can I say about these!! Well am I impressed to receive tampons in a beauty box…. no not really!  When it comes to this sort of thing you know what you like to use and you don’t really fancy experimenting with the unknown.  So I don’t really know what Memebox were thinking when they added this into the box.  Apparently back in the 1970s Donga was the first Korean brand to produce women’s tampons.  Tempo Eco Natural is made from 100% purely organic cotton which is meant to be gentle and comfortable.  This still doesn’t make it any more appealing to me.  There isn’t really much else to say about these! Thanks but no thanks.  Full size product is 16 pack for $11.

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CNP Cosmetics Derma-Scalp Shampoo – 25g – $2.70 (£1.62)

Full size is 250g for $27 (£16.17).  This shampoo will deep cleanse into your scalp to unclog pores, remove excess impurities, it has cool and refreshing feeling due to the tea tree oil extracts.  This is suitable for a sensitive and troublesome scalp.  The shampoo should be left on for 4 minutes before rinsing off.  This shampoo has a strong tea tree scent, and I think this will be great in the summer when wanting to have a cooling and fresh feeling.  I don’t normally go for such strong scented shampoo.

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CNP Cosmetics Tone-Up Protection Sun 15ml – $10.50 (£6.30)

This sunblock has an SPF 42 PA+++.  It contains powdery components to help keep your skin silky soft, it also contains deep sea water which helps to prevent your skin dehydrating.  This sunblock can also be used as a makeup base.  It has a slight tint to it, but blends in nicely.  You can’t tell very well in the pictures but I think this is slightly too light for my complexion, It may be too light when I apply this to my face.  I am going on holiday soon so I will take this with me and see how this works out for me.

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Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Cream 75 – 75ml – $48 (£28.75)

This cream consists of over 75% organic wheat bud extract which works to hydrate, firm, brighten and fight signs of aging.  This formula is gentle and light so it absorbs easily and does not irritate even the most troubled skin.  Instead it helps to tighten pores for an overall healthier and younger looking complexion.  This cream is a generous size so it should last a while, it also reminds me slightly of Vaseline (but a lot thinner) but once rubbed in it absorbs and isn’t greasy in the slightest.  It can be used day and night which is great and it leaves my skin feeling really soft.  I have really high hopes for this cream and I will definitely be using it right away.  Fan-B has a really good post about the ingredients of this cream and it seems to tick all the right boxes, so a good cream to slather on my face and not worry about it causing any unwanted spots! yey.  You can read her post HERE.

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Soy Bio Plus Fermented Lumpoule – 2 x 6ml – $24.85 (£14.90)

The full size product is 14 bottles x 6ml for $174 (£104.23).  Pretty expensive!  This is made from Korean fermented soy bean lump and is meant to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles and also brighten up your overall complexion.  The name comes from the combination of two words, ‘lump’ and ‘ampoule’ which make lumpoule.  Sounds pretty strange to me! You simply apply 2-3 drops of the ampoule on to your face and pat in for full absorbance.  I really like the sound of this product, and I have high hopes for it.  It should be highly moisturising and full of great active ingredients, all good for your skin.

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Nuganic Customised Sun Base Color Control Cream – 40ml – $54 (£32.35)

For the final product you would either receive the one I have or Pure Snail Color Control Cream.  The card has just the one description so I don’t really know what the difference is between them both as the description makes it look like they both contain snail mucus extracts.  This is a CC cream with SPF 50+ PA+++.  You don’t need to used much of this, I would suggest use small amounts at a time.  The tube suprised me as when I took off the lid there was a pump, I quite like this as it makes it easy to use.  The cream comes out white, but when you start to rub it in it changes to a kind of beige colour.  You can’t really see this is the pictures, I think I applied to much to my hand.  I found if you use too much it takes a while to change colour and absorb into the skin, this is why I suggest small amounts at a time.  It is also quite thick, so I would probably apply a moisturiser before applying this.  This will hopefully help achieve an even coverage and will stop your skin drying out.  This cream works to balance out the skin’s oil/moisture level for a silky smooth finish to your makeup.  It is supposed to cover up major skin imperfections and leave your skin glowing with a natural shine.  I think this cream will also be a bit too light for me, especially after I have caught the sun on holiday.  But I will give it a go and see how I like it.

Verdict

I am very happy with this box, I still have not been disappointed with a box from MemeboxThe value of this box came to $193.05 – £115.64!  Wow now that is definitely worth the $29.99 – £17.97!  You really do get more than your monies worth.  I am happy with most of the products, I wont even get into the fact there are tampons in the box!  I do wish the CC cream and sun block were a little bit darker to suit my skin tone, but I may try mixing a bit of foundation or my BB cream in with them.  I look forward to trying them all out (apart from the obvious!).

The boxes are very cute and bright pink, they come very well packaged and there were no customs charges which is great.  You don’t sign up to a monthly box, you just chose from the vast choice they have on their website, and you can order as many or as little as you want! But you still get the surprise of the monthly boxes where you don’t know exactly what products you will receive.

Discount Codes

$5 off on any order – 2D9LSU

$5 off on orders above $100  –  AFFILIATE-0071-DO4P0-WBSV

$10 off on orders above $150  – AFFILIATE-2532-22BIH-NCOD

Visit their website for more information:

http://us.memebox.com

Memebox Special #7 Milk

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I have been lucky enough for Memebox (pronounced Me Me Box) to send me another box to review!  This box is just amazing as well.  I have since ordered some of their lovely boxes, I just can’t wait to receive them.  Their boxes are very good value for money and shipping is reasonable considering it is coming straight from Korea.  The box they sent me this time was Memebox Special #7 Milk the price of this box is $23 plus $6.99 p+p.  I just love Korean cosmetics and I love how accessible they now are thanks to Memebox.  They have a very large variety of boxes you can choose from and they also ship to 45 countries!

In this box I received 7, yes 7 Full Sized products!  I definitely noticed the difference in weight compared to the first Memebox I received, this has to be my favourite one so far.

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http://us.memebox.com/memebox-global

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You get a detailed card in every box that lists the products you have received, it gives you a little bit of information about the item and also tell you how to use it.  This is very important as without this there would be many products you would just not be able to figure out what they are or how to use them.  The information on the products themselves are all in Korean, so unless you know Korean you will not know much about the product without this card.

I am loving the ‘Milk’ theme to this box.  We all know the benefits of milk, but it is not something I ever tend to associate with skin care.  Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, is a famous beauty icon who is known to have used milk as a secret ingredient for maintaining smooth, supple and radiant skin.  Milk also has properties that repair sun damaged skin, prevent premature aging, and provide nutrients for a youthful look.  With all this in mind I am excited to try these products.

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Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk – 24g – $4 (£2.40)

This is a single use sachet (so I believe) you pour into your bath tub, then fill the bath with hot/warm water and enjoy your very own bubbly milk bath.  It has a mild vanilla fragrance, which you can even smell through the packaging!  It contains almond oil, chamomile and rosemary leaf extracts, these help soften and nourish the skin.  I am not sure how bubbly this product will be, I have never used a powder bubble bath before.  I do really look forward to having a milk bath.  This is not something I have ever had before and I think I may feel like Cleopatra for the day.  I may have to get someone to feed me some grapes whilst I relax in the bath, oh and fan me with some big leaves!

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Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk – 300ml-$25 (£14.85)

This is a very good sized product and comes in a very handy pump action bottle, which will make using it so much easier.  None of my other body lotions are in a pump action bottle, so this is very useful for me.  This is an all-natural body lotion and is made from organic goat milk, which is extremely gentle, moisturising, and fast absorbing.  This lotion is also rich in aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spearmint extracts.  This lotion locks in the moisture and helps to keep your skin smooth and supple.  This lotion is smooth and light and does absorb in the skin quickly, it has quite a nice smell to it which is not too strong.  The smell kind of reminds me of talcum powder.  My skin feels super soft though after using this product.

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Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub – 25g – $11 (£6.55)

In this box you would have either received Peach Milk or Chamomile Milk, I received Chamomile Milk.  I probably would have preferred the Peach Milk one as I love peach, but this one is still nice.  This lip scrub is designed to remove any dead skin you may have on your lips, it also deeply nourishes and adds extra luster to your dry, chapped lips.  It contains lots of natural ingredients such as sugar, peach extracts, milk protein extracts, chamomile extracts and bees wax.  You get a bit of product on your finger (you don’t need too much though) and gently roll the lip scrub on your lips, after you have rubbed it around and feel you have exfoliated your lips enough, wipe of the product with a warm towel or tissue.  After using this lip scrub it is suggested to apply a nourishing lip treatment, so apply your favourite lip balm to soothe and moisturise your lips.

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Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack – 22ml – $1 (60p)

This is a sheet mask, which I am still yet to try.  It says this will replenish your complexion into a baby-face with this milk pack rich in milk protein nutrients, which aid in hydrating and smoothing out uneven skin texture.  After you have cleansed your face you apply the sheet mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.  Before removing the sheet, gently pat in the remaining essence into your skin.  By looking at the product it also looks like it contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.  The little diagrams on the back amuse me, when I look at them they make me giggle.  I think I am going to use this product with my Milk Bath, they will go very well together.  I will relax in my bath with this milk face mask on, I should have super soft skin all over after that!

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 Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream – 100g – $34 (£20.20)

The packaging of this product is so cute I love it.  It is a very substantial tub with a nice embossed donkey face on the top and the name of the cream.  Inside is a nice and light cream, which is absorbed quickly into the skin leaving it feel hydrated and smooth.  This product has no chemical preservatives, no artificial fragrance and no artificial colouring.  This steam cream is made from 100% organic argan oil and natural donkey milk (from italy!).  Donkey milk is apparently known to be more nutritious than milk or goat milk and it is also most similar to mothers’ breast milk.  The cream delivers intense hydration and nutrition deep down into your skin and it is the whipped cream like texture that allows it to absorb softly and quickly.  This cream doesn’t really smell of much, so it is suitable to use anywhere that is needed.  This can be used on face, hands, body and hair.  Check out the Skin Ceramic website HereApparently it is donkey milk which Cleopatra used to bathe in every day, so lets hope it is as good as she thought.

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Enesti Rice & Milk Foam Cleanser – 120ml – $15 (£8.91)

Another product with cute packaging, it looks so pretty.  This is a foam cleanser which is made from mineral rich hot spring water and is packed with rice and milk extracts.  This product is designed to thoroughly cleanse deep into your pores and deliver rich moisture to leave you skin glowing.  You should remove your make up first before using this cleanser.  Lather up the foaming cleanser in your hands and then use the foam to massage over your face before rinsing off.  I do like cleansing products like this as they leave your skin feeling really clean and soft, it is something I should definitely use a lot more of.  This is a nice product to add to my bathroom cupboard.

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Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk – $1 – 60p

Here is a more unusual product.  I must say I have never seen anything like this before.  This is pretty much like a face mask but for your lips!  It contains milk protein extracts for strengthening the moisture level and reviving the glow of your lips.  You just apply the patch to your lips to achieve silky smooth lips.  This patch is to be left on for 15-30 minutes, I guess my partner will be happy with that as it will keep me quiet for that time! So only use this when you don’t want to talk, if you are like me then this will probably be a struggle! Think I had best use this when I am home alone.  On the back of the packaging there are funny diagrams again, don’t know why I find them so amusing!  But it also looks like you can use these patches somewhere else other than your lips!  Not too sure why you would want to, but that maybe what some people want to do.  It will definitely be interesting using this for the first time as I have never tried anything like it, but there is a first time for everything.

Verdict

I absolutely love this Memebox, I think it is great.  There is such a good selection of full sized products and I get to try products which you can’t get in this country, I love being able to try new things.  The milk theme is great, and not something I would have thought about when it comes to beauty products.  The box was just jam packed with lots of goodies, and how cute are they! This is now definitely my new obsession, there are so many boxes to choose from as well, I can see why people order so many of them!

The boxes are very cute and bright pink, they come very well packaged and there were no customs charges which is great.  You don’t sign up to a monthly box, you just chose from the vast choice they have on their website, and you can order as many or as little as you want! But you still get the surprise of the monthly boxes where you don’t know exactly what products you will receive.

Memebox have different types of boxes to choose from:

Memebox:

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

Memebox Special Edition:

Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full-size products and delux samples under its own theme. Memebox special edition is designed to meet the various concerns, beauty trends, and also seasonal needs.

Superbox:

Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own theme, designed to target particular concerns, or collaboration with our favorite brands!

Luckybox:
We created Luckybox to give everyone a different and unique box full of our favorite products for you to feel like the luckiest person in the world! Every Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4 – 8 full sized products and deluxe samples carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products!

Discount Codes

$5 off on orders above $100  –  AFFILIATE-0071-DO4P0-WBSV

$10 off on orders above $150  – AFFILIATE-2532-22BIH-NCOD

Visit their website for more information:

http://us.memebox.com

Birchbox July 2014

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This months Birchbox is all to do with the Summer.  Its theme is Sun Sea & Sand.  So it is packed with samples which are ideal for the warmer weather and for taking away on holiday.  They are decent travel sizes, which is great if you have a holiday booked.  There is a variety of skincare, make-up, body and hair care products, and a lifestyle product as well.  So there is a good variety of products in this months box.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.

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Weleda – Millet  Nourishing Shampoo

This is a none lathering shampoo, so this maybe a little weird the first time I try this one out, as I do like my shampoo to produce a good lather!  I received an 18ml sample worth 85p.  The full sized product is 190ml for £8.95.  The full sized product is not too expensive.  What I like about this product is the fact that is it a natural organic shampoo, so this is also suitable for anyone who is vegan.  This is designed for normal hair, and it helps prevent hair from drying out whilst keeping it supple.

This shampoo is sweet and vibrant, with extract of grapefruit and peppermint, layered with mild, woody amyris. With macadamia nut oil to add a caring, lightly conditioning element, this shampoo is ideal for all the family.

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Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream

This is a sample size 7ml worth £9.33, full size is 15ml for £20.  So this is quite a decent sample size.  This eye cream is a triple action cream, which helps to soothe, brighten and lift.  It is meant to help reduce the dark circles around the eyes and help keep wrinkles at bay.  Couldn’t really ask for me, something I should definitely start using more of.  It is a light weight formula, and it feels very fresh when you apply it.  You only need a very small amount as a little definitely goes a long way.  I do own eye creams, but I always tend to forget to use them.  But with the years passing by it is probably something I should start using regularly.

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Whish – Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter

This is a 22ml sample which is worth £2.16.  Full size is 150ml for £14.50.  This is quite a light weight body butter and it absorbs very easily.  It doesn’t have a very strong lavender scent, it is more sweet and is relaxing at the same time.  It is an antioxidant-rich lotion, which moisturises, firms and purifies all in one.  It contains organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter, organic aloe, organic seaweed extract and organic rice bran oil.  It is also paraben and sulfate free, and it is also not tested on animals.  So there are definitely some good points to this body lotion.  I do tend to use body oils rather than lotions, but this is a nice lotion to use and it is a handy size to take away on holiday.  Think I’ll need more holidays to use all the samples I own! 🙂

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Gilchrist & Soames – English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath

This is a 40ml sample size worth £1.90. Full size in 236ml for £11.25.  This gel contains marine nutrient sea kelp to invigorate the skin.  The good thing about this product is that it maybe used to create a foamy bath, but you can also just use is as a shower gel.  So even if you don’t have a bath, or you prefer showers, then this item can still be used.  It is paraben and phthalate free.  It has a nice fresh and not overpowering scent, and will be nice to use when I want to treat myself to a relaxing bath.

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Laqa & Co – Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees

This is a 2g sample worth £7.57.  Full size is 3.7g for £14.  You either received this colour or you got a purple colour.  I was hoping to get this one, but once I actually tried it I wished it was just a little bit darker, as it is just a little bit too light for my skin tone.  It is a very nourishing lip pencil, and it is glossier than I expected it to be.  It is very easy to you, and very handy to just pop in to your bag so you can grab it when needed.  When you apply the pencil it has a kind of minty scent, so it is slightly cooling to your lips.  This is great for the summer weather.  This colour Bees Knees is a nice coral colour, and is an ideal colour for the summer, just unfortunately not quite the right colour for me.

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Ultra Dex – Oral Spray

This is a Full Sized product 9ml worth £3.65. It is an oral mouth spray in mint flavour, and there is 130 sprays worth of product, so it should last a while.  It eliminates odour and is anti-bacterial to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and plaque.  It says you only need one spray and you really do, I sprayed it twice the first time and it was quite strong!  It says it delivers 12 hours of freshness, but I guess that would all depend on if you eat etc.  I was a bit unsure on whether I was happy about getting this in a beauty box, but it is a handy thing to pop into your handbag.  I don’t currently own a fresh breath oral spray so I guess getting one isn’t really going to hurt.  Who knows, it may come in handy one day.

So overall my box this month was worth £25.46, again not bad considering I pay £10 + £2.95 p+p.  I am quite happy with this months box, there is nothing I dislike.  The only thing I would really change if I could would be the colour of the lip pencil, but they can’t always send things that will suit everyone.  I will just have to get used to the colour.  I would definitely recommend Birchbox, I have been very happy with the products I have been receiving recently.

If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox you can do so HERE.  You will also receive £5 worth of points to spend in their shop.

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Memebox Colorbox #2 Orange

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I was recently contacted by Memebox (pronounced Me, Me Box) who asked if I would be interested in trying one of their boxes to review.  Of course I was very excited about this and snapped up the opportunity.  I had not actually heard of Memebox before they had got in touch with me.  So I had a little look at their website and was excited to see that it was Korean beauty products, and I have always wanted the chance to be able to try some.

Memebox is a rapidly-growing, leading e-commerce beauty retailer born in Seoul, currently headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to.

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The box I was sent was the Color Box #2, price of the box is $15.00 plus $6.99 shipping, approx £12.82, which I think is a fantastic price.  In the box I received 4 Full Sized products, which came to the value of $39 approx £22.73.  I love the fact they ship to the UK for only $6.99, this makes their boxes so accessible.  They have a very large variety of boxes you can choose from and they also ship to 45 countries!

http://us.memebox.com/memebox-global

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1. Dearberry Flirt Lipstick 06 Million Dollar Orange – Full Size $12 (£6.99)

I was scared to receive an orange lipstick, but it is more a blood orange colour, so more red than orange.  It works a bit like a lip stain as well as its that vivid and a strong colour, it lasts a long time on.  It has lots of natural ingredients, Olive oil, cocoa butter and cupuacu butter.  It has a buttery smooth texture, and you don’t need to apply much to obtain full coverage.  I am happy with this product and I love the bright pink packaging!! Very girly!

2. Dearberry Today Nail Laquer 10ml – Full Size $3 (£1.75)

I received colour #20 Fantasy.  It is a nice coral orange, which is fantastic for the summer.  It is very easy to apply and gives good coverage with just one coat, but I still apply two coats.  The Today Nail Laquer series offer over 40 different shades, so lots of colours to pick from.

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3. L’OCEAN Eye Shadow, Pastel Orange – Full Size $10 (£5.83)

This is a great colour, not too sure how I will use it though as I don’t often wear orange.  It applies very easily, and is velvety smooth.  You can tell it is a good quality eyeshadow and will be long-lasting.

4. Tosowoong Bronze Spectrum Waterproof Gel Pencil #11 Sunshine – Full Size $14 (£8.16)

This is a waterproof gel eyeliner, in a metallic orange colour.  It looks bronze in colour, and it very easy to apply and easy to blend as well.  This will be good to add a bit of brightness to your eyes.  At first I was unsure how you sharpen this, as the pencil itself is plastic, after looking it up it appears you just sharpen it like any normal wooden pencil.  That will be interesting to try when I need to.  I like this product, and it will come on handy for the summer.

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Verdict

So I was impressed with this little box, and I have already ordered another one!  I can’t wait for that one to be shipped.  What I love the most is the prices! They are very cheap considering they are coming from Korea, and I get to try products I wouldn’t normally try.  I was a bit unsure about getting the Colorbox #2 Orange, but I was pleasantly surprised, and these are products I could actually use.  I was scared of the colour orange, as it is something I would never normally wear.

The boxes are very cute and bright pink, they come very well packaged and there were no customs charges which is great.  You don’t sign up to a monthly box, you just chose from the vast choice they have on their website, and you can order as many or as little as you want! But you still get the surprise of the monthly boxes where you don’t know exactly what products you will receive.

Memebox have different types of boxes to choose from:

Memebox:

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

Memebox Special Edition:

Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full-size products and delux samples under its own theme. Memebox special edition is designed to meet the various concerns, beauty trends, and also seasonal needs.

Superbox:

Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own theme, designed to target particular concerns, or collaboration with our favorite brands!

Luckybox:
We created Luckybox to give everyone a different and unique box full of our favorite products for you to feel like the luckiest person in the world! Every Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4 – 8 full sized products and deluxe samples carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products!

 

If you would like to give Memebox a try use the code TRYMEMEBOX for $15.00 off your first order.

Visit their website for more information:

http://us.memebox.com

Secret Beauty Box on Facebook

Well guys, I have decided to connect the Secret Beauty Box with Facebook, to keep people more connected and so everyone can join in a bit more as well.  Which is always good 😀

You can find my new page by clicking HERE.

https://www.facebook.com/Secretbeautybox

Don’t forget to invite your friends to it as well and spread the word.  Lets make it a little community, where people can share their views and opinions.

Thanks guys and get liking the new page 😀

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Birchbox April 2014

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I must say I do love this time of the month, where I receive all my beauty boxes.  BIRCHBOX arrived very quickly this month, and was surprisingly a lot heavier when it arrived, so that got me very excited.  Also they have changed the other packaging, instead of the inner box being in a bigger box, there is just a cardboard wrap around the actually box its self now.  So that makes it a lot easier for recycling. I explained how Birchbox works in my previous Birchbox post, you can check that out HERE.  It costs £10 + £2.95 p&p a month and you receive approximately 5 samples and also a lifestyle sample.  I also received an email off them as I have been subscribed for 6 months now, so I got 20% off purchases from the online store.  Which was great, and meant I could purchase the English Laundry Perfume.

It was fantastic to see a lot larger samples in this months box, I have been a bit disappointed with a few of my boxes and I also found the sample sizes to be ridiculously small, especially compared to other monthly beauty boxes.  So hopefully they have taken this on board and this is a start of whats to come.  This months theme is ‘Good enough to eat’.

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Tommyguns – Pomegranate & Orange Flower Shampoo

I was made up to see this full sized product in the box.  I received a conditioner from the same brand a couple of months ago, Fig, Plum and Marshmallow Conditioner, which smells amazing and I love the conditioner.  So it was nice to receive a shampoo to accompany the conditioner I already own, even though it is a different scent.  This is full size 250ml and is worth £5.50.  It is a daily shampoo and it is suitable for all hair types.  Its is a gentle shampoo which is why it is suitable for daily use, it gently cleanses your hair.  It smells fantastic, just as i expected it to.  I have used it a couple of times, it is very light and not thick at all. My hair feels very clean after using it and not covered with product, like some shampoos make it feel. It is a great shampoo and I will definitely get more when I run out.

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Color Club – Gala’s Gems Nail Polish in ‘Breakfast At..’

This nail polish comes in a set of four for £15, we got one which has a value of £3.75.  We got to pick what colour nail poilsh we wanted to receive a few weeks before we received our box.  I chose the colour ‘Breakfast At..’ which is described as an emerald pearl colour, and it also has a striking resemblance to a certain iconic jewellery box.  I must say I wasn’t very excited about the idea of receiving nail polish, as it is just something I don’t really use that often.  I prefer Gel polishes.  I did  like being able to choose the colour though, as that meant there was more of a chance I would actually use it.  So when it arrived I thought I would try it out to see what the colour was like.  The first thing I noticed was that it was very quick drying, which meant that I didn’t have to wait for ages to carry on doing my day to day things.  So this was a massive bonus! Also I absolutely loved the colour, I don’t actually own a nail polish like this at all.  One reason I am not a fan of nail polish is that I find it tends to chip within 24hrs!  Well this does not chip! I am amazed! I have finally found a nail polish I like!  It has finally started to look a little bit shabby on my nails, but it has been several days, so for me this product is definitely a winner for me.  I’m not sure how much I will use it, but seeing how fab it is I know I will definitely use it again!

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One Love Organics – Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm

Now this little tub I received is just magic! This is 15ml in size and is worth £11.54, full size in 39ml and is £30.  It is a waterless beauty balm, and it has so many uses! It can be used as a cleanser, moisturiser and can also as a custom treatment foundation.  It has a very nice orange scent, and I love it.  It is organic, and not tested on animals, and is made of plant based ingredients.  To use this balm as a cleanser, you need to warm some balm in the palms of your hands, and then gently apply to your face and massage in using circular movements.  Then with a cloth and warm water wipe off.  If you want to use is as a moisturiser, use a small amount and apply to the area you want moisturised.  You only need a small amount for this.  The other use this balm has is it can be mixed with your favourite mineral powder to create a custom foundation, which helps moisturise your skin at the same time! Which I think is fantastic!  You can even use this balm to tame any flyaway hair as well! This balm has so many uses, and i’m sure people will come up with many more uses as well.  I am very glad I received this sample as I get the chance to try such a versatile product, which has that many uses that everyone will be able to use it for something.  My skin feels so soft after using this product and smells amazing.

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The Balm – How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek and Lip Cream

This is a very cute little sample from The Balm Cosmetics, it is a sample of one of the colours from their cheek and lip cream palette.  It is worth £4.33 (if i’m correct) as it is one sample out of the six, full size is worth £26.  Firstly I love the packaging, it comes in the style of a little book, and it is very cheeky packaging with topless men next to each picture of the colours available.  I received a sample of the colour Pie, so apple pie.  Every name of the colours has something to do with apples.  The colour is great, it’s like a pinky red.  This is not a product I tend to use a lot of though, but it does work well.  It is easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t dry your skin out.  It isn’t something I would buy the full sized product of, but it is something nice to have and try none the less.

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This is a 0.6g sample worth £1.50.  The full size is 4g worth £10.  This is not the first time I have received an eyeliner from Birchbox, but thankfully for me I use eyeliner everyday!  I tend to prefer liquid and felt tip eyeliners though, but this is still handy to use, and ideal to pop into your bag and take with you when you go out.  This eyeliner is like many other eyeliners, it is a nice colour and is easy to apply.  But I tend to find liquid eyeliners and longer lasting for me.  I will definitely get use out of this product, but it is not my favourite eyeliner I have received from Birchbox.

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Propercorn – Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato

With this months theme being ‘good enough to eat’ I guess it only made sense that you actually received something that you actually could eat! A full size bag of this is worth 90p, but as I have already munched my way through this pack and thrown the wrapper away, I can’t remember what sample size I received, so it was probably worth around 40p.  I was very intrigued by what these would taste like, and I found out a lot spicier than I was expecting! I don’t think I could have eaten a bigger bag of this though, but it was tasty.

So the overall box worth this month was £27.02, Birchbox price is £10 + £2.95 p+p.  Again it is very much value for money.  I am a lot happier with this month’s box and I can’t wait to see what we get next month, and whether they have large samples again.

If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox you can do so HERE.  You will also receive £5 worth of points to spend in their shop.

If you want to purchase any of these products from Birchbox you can do so by clicking below.

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Birchbox March 2014

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 This is one of the first beauty boxes I tried.  I have been getting BIRCHBOX for about six months now, and this box was the start of my addiction to getting these beauties sent to me in the post.  When you sign up to Birchbox you fill out a beauty profile, which they are meant to use to base what products you get given in your box.  I’m not sure how much they actually go by what you fill in, as I have been given several products which are too light for my skin even though I have stated my skin tone.  Also it appears that everyone gets nearly the same products, with maybe one or two being slightly different.  With Birchbox you don’t know what products you will be receiving each month, as it is kept as a surprise.  I quite like that about this box, but I also like other boxes where you get more of a decision as to what you will receive, such as Love Me Beauty and You Beauty Discovery.

Birchbox is £10 + £2.95 P&P a month, or you can subscribe for 6 or 12 months, which would save some money.  But I prefer not being tied into a subscription and being able to cancel at any time.  Each month you receive approximately 5 beauty samples and an added lifestyle product, and they all come in a handy drawstring bag.  You also receive Birchbox points for each box you receive, and then if you fill in surveys for each product you have been sent you get more points.  100 Birchbox points are worth £10 to spend in the e-store, which is probably one of the best parts of being subscribed to this beauty box.  I already have a lot of points saved up and I can’t wait to spend them on some luxury full size products.  Right well that is the box explained, so before I go on too much I will get on with reviewing this months box.

This month Birchbox collaborated with British brand, Lulu Guiness.  So this month the box had a funky stripy sleve over it, also some products were picked by Lulu herself.  But I must confess I haven’t actually heard of Lulu Guiness until now.

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Benefit – Stay Don’t Stray  

This first sample from Benefit is 2.5ml in size, which may seem very small but as you don’t need to use a lot at a time it should last a while.  This sample is worth £5.13, which is already half the price of the box! The full sized product is £20.50 for 10ml.  This product is a primer for eye make up and concealer, so it makes your eye make-up stay put all day long.  All you need to do is apply 3 small dots below your eye and also on your eyelid, blend in, let set and then apply your eye shadow and concealer as usual.

This is also great to wear alone, for those days you really don’t want to wear much make-up, but also need that little something to hide those pesky under eye circles.  You may expect this to dry out your skin, but it really doesn’t! It actually hydrates, which is great.  It also contains Vitamins C and E which help fight signs of aging! Can’t complain with that.  It comes in two different shades; Light & Medium, Medium & Deep.  I received the Light & Medium, when i really should have received the Medium & Deep shade if Birchbox had read my beauty profile correctly! But that isn’t really a massive issue, as by the time I have finished applying all of my make-up you don’t really notice what shade has been used.  All in all it is a great little product to try, and is a very handy size to pop in your handbag.

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Dr Brandt – Pores No More

This sample is from Dr Brandt, I have tried their products before but only through Birchbox.  This sample is 7.5ml and is worth £9.75.  The full sized product is £39 for 30ml.  Pores No More is a pore refiner, which absorbs excess oil, minimises pores and blurs fine lines.  It has a nice silky soft feel when applying to your skin, and glides on effortlessly.  I love the way my skin feels after using this product, and it also mattifies the skin reducing shine.  It also contains Tea Tree Oil, which has antibacterial properties to help keep your skin healthy.  This can be applied before make-up and also after make-up, so that means you can re-apply it throughout the day when you feel it is needed.  I think this is going to be a must to add to my holiday bag, to help against humidity and it is also resistant to sweat! Always handy when going to a hot country, and when you don’t want to look a sweaty mess in all your holiday snaps!

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Molton Brown – Replenishing Hand Cream

This sample is for Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream, it is 7ml and worth £1.75. The full sized product is £10 for 40ml.  I don’t really tend to use hand creams that often, but this smells divine and I will definitely be using this one.  It contains truffle extract, which ensures you hands stay incredibly soft, and rose extract, which is moisturising.  The thing I like about this hand cream is that it absorbs instantly, I don’t like hand creams that leave your hands feeling greasy after using them.  This is also a handy size to pop in your handbag or make-up bag. So I am quite happy with this product.

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AromaWorks – Nurture Body Oil

This sample for AromaWorks Nurture Body Oil is 5ml and is worth £1.63.  The full sized product is £32.50 for 100ml.  I wish the sample size was a bit bigger, as if you are like me and like to apply body oil all over your body then I don’t think this will last for many applications.  So really you will only be able to try this product once, which for me isn’t enough when deciding whether to spend £32.50 on something.  The smell of this oil is absolutely gorgeous.  It consists of a blend of May Chang, Roman Chamomile & Sandalwood mixed in with coconut oil and helps promote relaxation and mental calm, it also smells very luxurious.  I don’t think this is something I would purchase the full sized product of though, I just couldn’t spend £32.50 on 100ml of this, I use that much body oil that this really wouldn’t last that long.  I think I will stick with my cheaper and larger alternative, which is Baby Oil and does the job, even though it doesn’t smell as divine as AromaWorks.

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English Laundry – No 7

This sample for English Laundry N0 7 is 2ml and is worth £1.88. The full sized product is £47 for 50ml.  Well I received an English Laundry sample a couple of months ago for the Signature perfume, and I fell in love with it and I even received the Full sized product for my birthday off my partner.  So I was quite happy to see another sample from the same brand, and yes I also love this one too! So I think I maybe using my Birchbox points to purchase this.  I can see how people would not like perfume samples as you can just go to a perfume counter and ask for some, but as you can’t get this product in the UK I would never have discovered my now favourite perfume! So thank you Birchbox.  This perfume has notes of pear, jasmine, melon and apricot. Gardenia, jasmine, almonds, sandalwood, vanilla créme and musk.  It has a sweet musky smell, and if probably more an evening perfume compared to the Signature scent.

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The final little extra product is a Lulu Guiness stick of rock, which is apparently her inspiration for her Spring/Summer collection.  Not the most useful or extras but i’m sure I will get round to eating it at some point.  Would have been better if it was something we would benefit from.  There was also a voucher for £20 off when you spend £100 at any Lulu Guiness store, or online.  I won’t be using this as it has to be used by the end of the month, and i don’t really have £80 spare!! So a bit of a waste really! There was also a voucher for a free makeupper at a Benefit Beauty Bar, which also seems a bit pointless and they will do this for you anyway without having a voucher.

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All in all I am still liking Birchbox, but I do wish there were some larger samples in the box.  They seem to be getting smaller each month, it would be nice to have at least one full sized item.  But I do like the fact that they are more luxurious brands than other boxes, so you get to try things you wouldn’t normally get a chance to.  Also as you receive points every month you will then be able to purchase a full sized product, this is probably one of the main reasons I stay with Birchbox.  The total value of this box is £20.14 (excluding the stick of rock), double what you pay for the box without p&p, so you do get your moneys worth out of the box.

If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox click HERE.  You will receive 50 (£5) points.

Use the Code NEW14 for free P&P OR BBXFEBFAVES for Three FREE extra items. (posted separately)

Also – for a limited time only – all subscribers have the chance to win a Mother’s Day Beauty Hamper, worth £500! Packed with luxurious products from brands including Aromatherapy Associates, Laura Mercier and Benefit Cosmetics, it’s such a fantastic treat for any mum in your life. You will be automatically entered if you subscribe while the competition is on.

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