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Vanessa  Skincare blogger in the 🇺🇸 ✨30s ✨oily/combination, acne-prone skin ✨ 📍Minneapolis, MN 📩goalstogetglowing@gmail.com

https://goalstogetglowing.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/ph-testing-results-cleansers/

Finally had a chance to test the pH of a couple new #cleansers .👍🏻
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🖥Click #gtggphtest to see other cleansers tested by myself or others or visit my blog for the full database
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@biologique_recherche_usa Lait VIP 02 Milk Cleanser (thanks for sending the sample @ashleyellebeauty!)
💰$67 for 5.1 oz ($13.14/oz)
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@olehenriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser 💰$25 for 5 oz ($5.00/oz)
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@tatcha #thedeepcleanse
💰$38 for 5 oz ($7.60/oz)
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🔆Very Important: The pH of a product only indicates whether it is acidic or basic. It can’t predict how your skin will respond to it. Other factors (like the overall formula & the type of surfactant used) still need to be taken into consideration.
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🔆Cleansers with a slightly acidic pH of 4.5-5.5 are particularly ecommended for people with #acne, #rosacea, eczema, or dry skin, but everyone can benefit from a cleanser with a pH in that range (or at least no higher than 6.5--I wouldn't personally go that high since I am acne-prone...see why below👇
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🔆The acid mantle of our skin is slightly acidic, with an average pH of 4.7 (Lambers, et al., 2006). Cleansers with a slightly acidic pH help to maintain the skin’s natural environment & protect the acid mantle. Disrupting the acid mantle can lead to acne, inflammation, atopic dermatitis, dehydrated or dry skin, skin sensitivity, & even fine lines.
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🔆Acne grows well at pH values between 6 and 6.5 & when pH drops to 5.5, its growth noticeably decreases (Korting & Braun-Falco, 1996). Skin at 5.5 pH is better at preventing the growth of bacteria than skin at 6.5 pH (90% of bacteria prevented vs 60%, Schittek et al 2001).
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🔆Raising your skin’s pH to a 6.0 or higher, leaves the skin open to dryness, infection, & damage on a perpetual basis. *Long-term* use of cleansers with a high pH can result in irritation that is great enough to cause hyperpigmentation (Baranda et al., 2002)
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👩🏼‍🔬Fun fact 👨‍💻
The pH level scale is logarithmic – meaning each 1-unit increase represents a 10-fold increase.
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#lowphlife #skincareph #skincarecommunity #phtest #cleanserph #beautyblogger #skincareblogger #olehenriksen #abblogger #laitvipo2 #abbeatthealgorithm #BiologiqueRecherche #tatcha

Quin asked me to put together an AM & PM routine for him but he said he wouldn’t use more than 2 products per routine (minus cleanser & SPF), & it couldn’t be smelly ((insert eye roll)) & it needs “to not waste his time” (i.e., needs to be effective).
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Tough Task!
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I wanted to make sure I had products that were multi-functional & I wanted to have (1) an antioxidant to fight signs of photo aging, (2) low dose Retinol because he would stop anything that caused irritation, (3) light exfoliation to help with dull, uneven skin, (4) hydration and moisture, (5) some brightening ingredients, (6) ingredients to help with collagen synthesis.
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I shopped my stash for the #pmroutine & I ordered the 2 products for the #amroutine.
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🌞#morningroutine
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1️⃣#vitamincserum: Quin didn’t like the hotdog water smell of my #lascorbicacid serums & since he doesn’t use things up quickly I went with a Vit C derivative (15% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) that wouldn’t smell or oxidize. Another bonus of the @sundayriley #ceorapidflashbrighteningserum is that it has some #glycolicacid (meets my requirement for light acid exfoliation) and it is Hydrating since it has squalane and other moisturizing ingredients.
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2️⃣#moisturizer: the @origins #ginzingmoisturizer is Quin’s favorite moisturizer so I knew I had to include it in the routine. This has Ginseng and coffee bean and is a lightweight gel moisturizer
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🌜#nightroutine
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1️⃣#serum: @biopelle_inc #knrserum* : this checked all my boxes, it has a low concentration of Retinol (it is actually in a time-released doses of 0.75% retinol to help with penetration & efficacy), this also has #tetrahexyldecylascorbate, peptides, gentle exfoliants (it has #salicylicacid and #kojicacid which increases cell renewal while decreasing melanin production), and #niacinamide for brightening.
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2️⃣#coppertripeptide cream: Dr. Pickart 3% GHK VIP Luxury Cream*. This is more than just a nighttime moisturizer bc it can help with the synthesis of new collagen and help accelerate skin healing. This also doubles as a great eye cream. It also has aloe, amino acids and lipids to help restore smoothness and elasticity.
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Now let’s see if he sticks with it!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

First, Thanks again for all the sweet messages yesterday (and for all the messages and prayers since Quin’s accident back in Dec!). 💓We are still in the hospital, but hope to get home this weekend and he can continue the road to recovery. 💃🏼🕺🏻
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While at the hospital, I wrote up a review on the blog for the @tula multi-spectrum eye renewal serum {gifted}
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This eye serum has stolen my heart. I have tried lots of eye creams/serums but usually there’s no question that I prefer Chanel. BUT for this serum I can say I am equally as in love with this formula as I am the Chanel #lelift #eyecream.😱
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The ingredients for this are just what I want in an eye cream. I talk about all of them on the blog. It has caffeine (from green tea), mushroom extract and hydrolyzed rice protein, all of which can help to make eyes look more awake, less puffy and with reduced dark circles. AND it has #argireline (help soften fine lines), probiotics, turmeric, and antioxidants to provide the skin with protection against damage by UV light, oxidative stress, and the dreaded #glycation.👏🏻👏🏻 (I explain what glycation is and why it’s awful, especially for our eyelids on the blog).
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Price: $68 for 0.5 oz
#Dermstore has a coupon code right now WINTER that brings this down to ~$55
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If you have an eye cream you love but you want to incorporate some additional peptides and antioxidants, you can easily apply this and then use your cream on top. I did that last night and my eyes doesn’t show how tired I am this morning. Also, on extra puffy days I like to apply #deciem #caffeineeyeserum and then put this on top 🙌🏻
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At Long last, my review of @skinceuticals versus @timelesshaskin {gifted by brand} vitamin C is up on my blog (link in bio). 💃🏼🤗😓
I included @paulaschoice Resist C15 because that was my favorite going into this and I was trying to see if there was something that could top it.
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⭐️Go to the blog to find out which one was my favorite!⭐️
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👩‍💻DETAILS: I started using Timeless on my entire face for 2.5 weeks, then, I received some amazing friend mail from @refresh_byhilary which included The Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. So at that point I used #timelessvitaminc on one side of my face every morning and #skinceuticals #CEFerulic on the other for 2 months. I took before & after pics to track pigmentation & evaluated the ingredients, feel, pH, and more. ((all on blog))
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⭐️No matter what brand you choose, consistency and patience is key. Some of the beneficial effects of vitamin C are hard to pinpoint (like AOX protection and an increase in collagen production) and improvements in hyper pigmentation take time as well. I’ve found that if I use a vitamin C serum~ 5 Days a week I notice the most effects over time.
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⭐️I am currently testing a new affordable (~$28) Vitamin C Serum by @maeloveskincare* that doesn’t have such a low pH (but it’s still 👍🏻 at 3.2), has a pH balancer, has the Ferulic Acid, Vit C (15%), Vit E trifecta, and has other ingredients like aloe, grape seed extract and a few others to help with redness and signs of aging. On the higher end, I am also testing @biopelle_inc XCP Brightening Serum* with 10% L-AA and 2% phytic Acid (which has been an ingredient I continue to be impressed with!) In addition to grape seed & green tea extract. So more to come!
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**Update: I’ve been asked a couple times if I have used @drunkelephantskincare C-Firma. Unfortunately I haven’t used more than a sample. @princekristopher is who I would turn to for a true comparison between DE and PC bc he has gone through multiple bottles of EACH!❤️❤️**
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#vitamincserum #paulaschoice #c15superbooster #timelessskincare #skincarereview
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I am waiting for Quin’s CT scan to be done and I came across this table in an article I had printed out to reread. It’s 5 years old so there are probably new studies that have been conducted as evidence for the various criteria across the different derivatives, but I thought I’d share it! I always lean toward L-ascorbic Acid because it works so well for me, but there are some great L-AA derivatives out there!
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P.S. I worked on my vitamin C comparison blog post all yesterday. Once we get back from the hospital tonight I will try to finish it and post it on my blog (it’s far too much info for IG. I would have one million “continued in comments” comments. 😆 )
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My hands have been SO dry this winter, so I’ve been trying every hand cream I find. Let me start by saying that if these didn’t have a fragrance (or at least had a subtle scent that I liked) then I would be really happy with these hand creams.
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They are a thick cream that applies nicely and actually provided really decent moisturization (the little dry patches on my hands weren’t noticeable any more and my hands stayed soft for awhile). Also it doesn’t leave that annoying greasy feeling that some hand creams do.
However, the fragrance is wayyyy too strong for my taste. The Rose one was less potent and easier to live with than the Pink Breeze that I had to wash off immediately because it was such strong sweet scent. 😬 (but I should note, that I tend to prefer warm, androgynous scents so I’m sure some people will really like these #toeachhisown ❤️. For example, my mom preferred the smell of the Pink Breeze over the Rose).
Also, I prefer that my hand creams don’t compete with my perfume, so these probably aren’t for me, but they do have a wide range of scents available. Hopefully you are able to smell them before buying (they should be available at @cvspharmacy)
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I received these @duftndoft hand creams from @0.8l_usa for free for review purposes.
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@algenist #geniusliquidcollagen - REVIEW-
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[PR Gift]
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Increasing & stopping the breakdown of collagen is a major skincare focus of mine. Collagen production slows as you age (about 1% with each year after 21; Shuster et al., 1975) making skin thinner & looser, without the springy quality of youthful skin. ((😞))
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But I don't use this product thinking its main role is to boost collagen...it would be great if it did, but I don’t know of any scientific evidence that the collagen used in this product will penetrate the skin & increase collagen over time. [Note: #algenist says that the plant-derived liquid collagen they use has a much lower molecular weight than animal collagen & is able to interact with our skin.. so perhaps it does! Not sure TBH]
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🌟Bottom line is that my skin looks SUPER plump & healthy when I use this. (When I stop using it, those effects don’t stick around).
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🌟 I treat this product like I treat #SundayRiley #GoodGenes. I use it before special occasions or when I know I want my skin looking its best. The effect is immediate--skin looks plump & has a glow to it. 😍🙌🏻If I use it 3 or 5 days in a row before an event, the effect is amplified. I honestly love it.😬
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💥CONS: The price ($115) AND how quickly I can go through this compared to other liquid serums bc it has little micro-algae pearls that take up space in the 30 mL bottle.
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🌟 So what’s in it?! It has lots of humectants (that help to attract & retain moisture & diminish the appearance of fine lines, I believe this is main role the liquid collagen plays), microalgae oil, #niacinamide (powerhouse of benefits, including collagen synthesis), vitamin E (which can reduce collagen degradation), some peptides that are messenger peptides for collagen renewal (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Lintner et al 2000) & some that prevent the breakdown of collagen (palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7).
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🌟 Is there a cheaper alternative to this? IMHO... no. I can achieve the same plumpness if I layer a couple different hydrating serums. But I don’t have an individual product that gives the same effect as this with one layer.🤷🏼‍♀️
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[see comments for some ingredients known to boost collagen]
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#skincare #beauty

I highly recommend you enter this giveaway by @eastforeden The #SDSM is a fantastic mist. It provides antioxidant protection (which is important for everyone’s skin) and it can help soothe redness or inflammation. I think of it a powerhouse treatment in a mist form. @deciem knocked it out of the park with this one. But it’s pricey. So try to win it! 😉#EastForEdenBOGO

#MOTD
Today was quite a hectic day. After bringing Quin to doctor appointments I had to endure 2.5 hours at the DMV to finally get my Minnesota Drivers license (which means I put on more makeup than usual and took time to do my hair #dontjudgeme).
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#foundation: @urbandecaycosmetics Naked Skin weightless liquid makeup (shade 3.5)
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#contour: @katvondbeauty Shade +Light palette
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#bronzer: @marcjacobs 104 #tantastic O!mega Bronze
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#settingpowder: @lauramercier #candleglowsheerperfectingpowder (shade 1) and then I added some @hourglasscosmetics #ambientlightingpowder In dim for good measure 😊
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#blush: @milanicosmetics #bakedpowderblush In 05 Luminoso
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#highlighter: @colourpopcosmetics pressed powder highlighter (doesn’t say name on package. I think it has something to do with kittens 🤷🏼‍♀️)
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#mascara: @diormakeup Iconic Overcurl
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#eyes: @anastasiabeverlyhills #subculturepalette
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#brows: ABH dipbrow in Auburn
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#eyeliner: #marcjacobs highliner gel crayon
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#lipgloss: @buxomcosmetics full-on lip Cream in #whiterussian
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Oh , and as for my DL photo... I DIDN’T GET TO SEE IT! 😫 they said they will mail it to me in 3-4 weeks.
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#driverlicensephotosuck
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Last night's retinol routine (I try to use Retinol 4 nights a week).
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1️⃣CLEANSE: @Kravebeauty #MatchaHempHydratingCleanser - still reaching for this over all other cleansers❤️
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2️⃣CORRECT & REGENERATE: @envymedical #trifectingnightcream, 0.2* - This is a lower dose #retinol but it still feels like it packs a gentle punch. I was really excited about it bc it has encapsulated retinol to improve texture and tone but it also has peptides to brighten skin, antioxidants (bamboo, pea extract), ingredients to boost and strengthen the skin's barrier, AND hydrating and skin-softening ingredients. Sometimes my face flushes a little when I apply this, but that goes away pretty quickly and so far I haven't experienced any irritation. I've been rotating between this and the #ShaniDarden Resurface and I have to say that I am preferring this one. (#envymedical also has a slightly stronger concentration that you can work up to)
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3️⃣NOURISH & SOOTHE: @stratiaskin Liquid Gold - Amazing after retinol because it has ingredients to really strengthen and soothe the skin.
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I was going to stop there, but before going to bed I added two more steps.
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4️⃣CORRECT & REGENERATE: @defenage 8-in-1 BioSerum. This gel-serum using age-repairing peptides and a host of other ingredients to repair and strengthens the skin. Alpha-Defensin 5 communicates with your Skin’s master stem cells to produce new skin cells which lead to brighter, tighter, firmer skin. (Full review on blog). If you can’t use Retinol bc you are pregnant or it causes too much irritation, this may be a great alternative
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5️⃣SLEEPING MASK: I have been using this @pureheals_official #GinsengBerry 80 #OvernightMask* once a week and I am really liking it. I apply a thick layer and it feels like it forms a protective layer to hold in moisture and soothe my skin. In the morning I notice soft, even-tone skin & my pores seem less noticeable. This is an affordable mask 👍🏻 (it is $30 for 3.4oz at Ulta so coupons and ebates would also bring down cost)
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I’ve loved seeing everyone else’s #bestnine2017 so here’s mine! It brought a smile to my face that you all seemed to like the posts with infographics and databases because I love making those (currently I have a facial mist database, AHA product database and cleanser pH database— the facial oil database is coming in January🤞🏻).
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The top post was my collab with the fabulous Natalie of @roadtoglow — Just FYI I posted a slightly updated version in this pic and it’s also available on my blog.
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I hope everyone has a very Happy New Years! Quin and I will be having a low key NYE with my family in our condo. It isn’t what we were originally planning a couple months ago, but now it feels absolutely perfect. ❤️❤️❤️
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This was last night’s #Retinol routine and my face felt pretty darn fabulous this morning AND looked surprisingly well rested despite getting up every 2 hours to give meds to Quin and coughing nonstop all night (my cold apparently laughs in the face of cough suppressants😒).
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I don’t usually mask before applying retinol, but my friend Liz had sent me some of her new Venus Mask and I couldn’t wait to try it!❤️
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1️⃣ Oil cleanser to take off makeup➖@tula Kefir Replenishing cleansing oil* This is an excellent cleanser that turns milky with water & doesn’t require a washcloth.
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2️⃣ Mask to hydrate, brighten and heal skin ➖@thealluringalchemist Venus Mask - I think this is the best mask that Liz has ever made. It has cacao, mesquite, quinoa, and rose clay.
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3️⃣#Retinol to soften & smooth skin, lighten pigmentation associated with photo damage, & aid in toning and firming the skin over time ➖ I’ve currently been using @shanidarden Resurface - this has hydrating ingredients (like aloe, sodium PCA) in addition to 5% #lacticacid and #niacinamide and I was surprised to find that it hasn’t caused any irritation despite its strength. So far, I’m a big fan of it. My sweet friend Laura (@lathertolashes) passed this on to me when it didn’t work for her. 👉🏻NOTE: although the INCI on the bottle says Retinol, it is actually Retinyl Propionate
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4️⃣Emulsion to hydrate, treat & nourish ➖After waiting for the #Retinol to absorb I mixed @you.skincare #clarifyingglowserum with my new Christmas gift from my mom 🎉🎉🎁🎁 @alkimiskin Cinco (which is just as amazing as I knew it would be given the ingredient list and who made it 👉🏻@roadtoglow)
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