30 January 2014

Yon Ka Hydration Absolute Gift Set Review

Hi Beauties!
After having a few lovely days off work I actually feel like I didn't even have them haha! I have been a busy bee with moving into the new place, and organising some new ventures for 2014! plus I have been doing quite a bit of retail therapy recently haha :D I think after being so stressed out with work and moving that I was in need of a few cheeky shopping trips with my dad and boyfriend. Anyway lovelies! today's post is going to be about some absolutely gorgeous skincare products that I have been loving. Yon-Ka is a Parisian spa brand that specialises in beautiful and luxurious aromatherapy based skincare products. Yon-Ka products are created through the best of nature and science, giving your skin the natural mean to re grain its balance and vital energy. With half a century of expertise Yon Ka is a lovely and very luxurious skincare brand to try out, and a brand that has made regular appearances in celebrity skincare routines. I have personally used Yon Ka in my skin care routine for around 8 months now, and I have really enjoyed venturing out and trying a brand that was new to me originally, and this gorgeous gift set is not exception! I hope you enjoy this post lovelies, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below! 

Yon Ka Hydration Absolute Gift Set (£80.00)
I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to suffering the effects of harsh wintry weather. Keeping my skin hydrated is definitely a priority, as I feel so much more confident when my skin feels smooth and hydrated. So what is included in this gorgeous gift set ?
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Yon Ka Hydralia Serum (£44.00) - I'm a huge fan of Serum's as they target the very base layers of your skin to deliver hydration on a much deeper level. The Yon Ka Hydralia Serum has been my favourite product from the gift set, as its effects seem almost instant. Studies of the serum show that there was a 33% increase in skin hydration after just two hours of applying Hydralia. The best thing about this serum is it can be mixed with whatever moisturiser you are using, so if your current moisturiser wasn't hydrating your skin enough then you could use this to give it a huge boost. Some of the key ingredients include Horse Chestnut, Blackcurrant and Vitamin C that enhance your skins natural hydrating properties. After going through quite a dry patch in December/ early January I found the Hydralia Serum to be the only product that vanished my dry skin especially around my nose and lips. I also find my skin to be a lot smoother and radiant in comparison when I don't use it. It's expensive, but I would say its really worth it for people who suffer with dehydrated skin.. it will last you ages too :)

Yon Ka Creme 28 - (£36.00)The Yon Ka Creme 28 is a moisturiser designed for dry/oily dehydrated skin! yes even oily skin can be dehydrated too (it took me a while to realise this haha) I find this cream to be very relaxing and I love using it just before bed, as it has true aromatherapy benefits. I do find the texture to be quite different, and it does take a while to sink in to my skin which means I prefer using at night. I find my skin to be a lot more supple and comfortable in the morning. The key ingredients include, Vitamin F/A/E, Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme which definitely give it a soothing aroma. I would really recommend this cream to someone who finds their skin to be quite tight and uncomfortable, as its amazing at soothing and making the skin feel more calm and relaxed.

Yon Ka Masque NO.1 - (£42.00) I have really become a face mask junkie, so as you can imagine I was really excited to try Yon Ka Masque NO.1! I find that most traditional masks go a little hard on your skin sometimes, but I have found some masks to be more creamy and easier to use or leave on overnight. It depends on my needs or how much time I have, but this mask has been a lovely little treat for my skin. The cream gel texture means that I can leave this on for like an hour without it becoming uncomfortable on my skin which I love. The key ingredients include, Vitamin A/C/E, Jojoba,
Barley,Rose and Jasmine which are fantastic for regenerating, repairing and soothing the skin.
Overall, this gift set is an absolute cracker! I'm not sure if this exact one is still for retail, but I have checked and Yon Ka do have some other gift sets available. I am a huge fan of gift sets, as they allow you to sample a few products at generally a better value. The only negatives I can think of for this gift set is the price, as it is on the more expensive side! and perhaps the scents if your not a lover of aromatherapy. However, I think this gift set and individual products are a great way to keep your skin deeply hydrated throughout the Winter and harsh weather. I hope you have enjoyed today's review lovelies, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below. There is nothing more I appreciate than hearing from my loyal readers, so don't be shy :) also leave your links for me to check out too!

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21 January 2014


Hi Lovelies!
I hope everything is going well for you ? I moved into my new place last night which was so much fun, and you can check out the updates on my Instagram account "indiarobyn" if your interested to see the progress I'm making. I'm falling in love with my new room, as its just the most perfect room for a beauty and handbag addict like me :D haha! The Bathroom is gorgeous, and finally I have plenty of space to store my beauty and skincare collection. I also have a walk in wardrobe area with loads of space to hang my clothes and store mine and my mums handbag collection. The past few days I have gone a little  (extremely) candle crazy and I think its to do with wanting to make my new bedroom as comfortable and cosy as possible. It takes me ages to settle into a new bedroom, so I want to make sure that its a really lovely and relaxing space for me to chill out in. I decided to purchase some new NEOM Travel Candles for my new room, as they have an extremely luxurious reputation. I couldn't wait to take some pictures and show you what ones I got. I was so tempted to start burning them last night, but the blogger in me resisted haha. I hope you enjoy this post, and as always I'm here if you ever need me. I also wanted to say Thank You for the amazing response I have had on my Elemis Giveaway Post down below, it's so nice to have so many lovely comments, so a huge Thank You to all my lovely readers!
About NEOM
NEOM ORGANICS offer a modern luxurious take on beauty and home treatments. All NEOM products are organic, as well as being holistic treatments due to the high content of essential oil in each product. NEOM don't agree with synthetic scents and harsh ingredients, instead they create fabulous natural scents that evoke complete indulgence. 
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The first Candle I wanted to look for was something deeply relaxing that would help me sleep at night, as I do suffer quite badly with not being able to drop off to sleep. The Tranquillity Candle is definitely a popular scent from NEOM, as it uses English Lavender, Sweet Basil and Jasmine to completely relax your senses. NEOM also say that English Lavender is cleaner smelling than French, which makes the scent slightly sweeter and more floral than French Lavender which is traditionally quite musky. Therefore, this candle is the perfect pre bedtime treat, it has also won numerous awards for its fantastic and proven relaxing properties. I absolutely love the smell of this candle, and can tell its going to me my new best friend at bed time! it took me quite a while to get used to Lavender as a fragrance, but now I love it and it has genuinely helped me get through so much stress and anxiety!
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I then decided that I wanted to try something with quite a luxurious fragrance, and after looking through NEOM's impressive collection I decided that Sumptuous would be the perfect treat for me. With luxurious ingredients including Wild Rose with Neroli (Orange Blossom) the Sumptuous candle is designed to create an opulent feel-good scent. Rose is used for a calming effect, whilst precious Neroli helps to lift your spirits. I'm really excited to burn this candle as I think it's a good happy medium between being uplifting but also very calming. I can imagine burning this candle whilst in the bath, or early evening in my new bedroom. 
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Finally, I wanted to opt for something that would be more suitable and uplifting for the day time. I chose Inspiration, as I was instantly sold when I saw that Violet was one of the main ingredients. The Inspiration Candle uses a mixture of Violet, Chamomile and Ceadarwood to create a vintage, girly and unique charm. It is also designed to create an inspiring and motivational aroma, which is the perfect way to kick start the new year, and new beginnings. I'm really excited about this candle, as Violet is one of my all time favourite fragrances. I can definitely see myself burning this candle when I'm doing university work, as well as making new and exciting plans for 2014!

I genuinely couldn't be happier with these gorgeous NEOM Travel Candles. They are going to be absolutely perfect for my new bathroom, and they all smell amazing. I'm also beyond impressed with NEOM's customer service, and I love how they let you use your reward points from previous orders to deduct money off your next order! I wish more websites were so good with their rewards system. I have used NEOM candles for a few months now, and I can 100% recommend them!  These candles retail at £15.00 each, but NEOM do occasionally offer some discounts :) They are definitely worth the price tag! I hope you have enjoyed this post lovelies, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below.


16 January 2014

❤Best Of Elemis & GIVEAWAY!!❤

Hi Lovelies! 
I’m sure you all know how much I love Elemis as a brand, which leads me on to today’s post. I started using Elemis products on my skin a year this January, and I haven’t looked back since. I was also lucky to get my perfect job working at a luxury Elemis Spa in March last year, which has given such valuable knowledge about the brand, as well as training that has made me really understand to brand and products I work with each day. Elemis was founded in the UK in 1989, and has grown into the most successful spa, skin, anti ageing and body care range available in the world. Elemis do not test on animals, but instead tests on humans. I think this is amazing, as it really shows that Elemis are not afraid to spend money on clinical trials to ensure that their products are completely cruelty free. A lot of brands use animal testing, as it is much cheaper than running clinical trials on humans. Elemis products are also free of the following nasties, animal derived collagen, synthetics, mineral oil, alcohol and silicone's. Overall, working with and for Elemis has been one of the best experiences I have had, And I’m very proud to be part of their new journey commencing in 2014. I hope you enjoy today’s post lovelies, as I will be summarising my favourite Elemis products that I have personally used. If you use any Elemis products, or would like to share your Elemis wishlist then please don’t be afraid to leave your messages and links in the comments section below (each comment also counts as an entry to the giveaway), plus you can always tweet me at my direct account, which you can access just on the right hand side of my blog page :) - PS the below isn't in order of my favourites, but just cleansers, toners etc.

A gorgeous scented milk cleanser that is great for balancing the skin and can be used as a daily cleanser.

A luxurious Cream Cleanser that uses an array of skin protecting ingredients to keep the skin moisturised, but also balanced.

A Sumptuous cleansing balm that offers a super cleansing experience with luxurious oils produced in the UK.

A beautifully scented toner that helps to balance the natural ph of the skin after cleansing, as well as being a lovely mid day booster spray.

A best seller  from Elemis that delivers clinically proven results of improved wrinkle depth, hydration and moisture levels.

A rinse off exfoliating cream that uses fruit enzymes to smooth and repair the skins appearance. 

An instant resurface of the skin, leaving your skin feeling fresh, brighter and smoother

A powerful oil absorbing and healing mask that is perfect for combination skin. The Lavender scent is also very natural and soothing, which makes this a great relaxation mask.

A rejuvenating moisture hit which uses strawberry and kiwi to rejuvenate and boost the skins appearance.

A smoothing night Cream that stimulates cell renewal, as well as helping to reduce imperfections.

A luxurious buffing body experience, which deeply nourishes the skin with Exotic Frangipani Oil

An indulgent 3 in 1 nourishing oil with the beautiful fragrance of Frangipani.

The Giveaway - Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
It seems like I haven't done a giveaway in ages! And seeing as it's the New Year I wanted to give one of my lovely followers the chance to win my most loved skincare product "The Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner" - I honestly can't sing this products praises enough, and after tweeting about it so many times.. I knew that some of my followers were keen to give it a try, so you never know it might be you! It's super easy to enter, and the main rule is that you must be a GFC/Bloglovin follower for your entry to be valid. The giveaway is international, so good luck beauties!

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Disclaimer - This post is not sponsored, and the prize is funded by myself.

14 January 2014


Hi Beauties!
Hope you are all doing really well! I have been a little stressed lately, as a lot has been going on with moving into my new house, work and of course it's my final year of university ahh!! However, I have been really getting back into blogging this year and I have made a few blogger resolutions. I have been spending a lot of time living with my sister who lives in a barn conversion, as my parents have been away a lot on holiday and business. So, as you can imagine my lighting situation hasn't been great! So I really want to try and improve my blog pictures so that they are as attractive as I can possibly make them. I also want to aim to blog 2-3 times a week like I was before, but with university I think that if I can do 2 good posts a week then I will be happy. The other week I went on a little shopping trip and picked up a few NARS goodies! I have really fallen in love with NARS this year, and I have quite a nice little collection growing now! I definitely plan to invest in some more products, and I already have a wish list of NARS products I want to add to my collection. I hope you enjoy this post, and if there's ever anything you need lovelies then don't be afraid to tweet me or message me in the comments section down below.

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 NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
This is actually a re purchase as this foundation made such an impact one me the first time around! It's the perfect medium satin finish foundation that manages to last all day on me.. Sounds perfect right ? It has a gorgeous finish which is flawless, but it doesn't completely take away your skins luminosity. However, it isn't sheer and it's not that glowy! Which makes this foundations name a bit deceiving haha. I really like this as a day and work foundation, but I haven't worn it on a night out yet, so I'm not sure on what it's flash back is like! - I will be doing a full review of this very soon with more detailed pictures and swatches :)

NARS Laguna Bronzer
If this isn't the most talked about Bronzer then I don't know what is haha! It has been coveted in the beauty world for as long as I could remember, and I can't actually believe I have only just got it. I have always used The Soleil Tan De Chanel as well as bronzes from Dior and Benefit. I'm kind of kicking myself now for taking so long to jump on the bandwagon with this, as it's just the most perfect shade of Bronzer ever. The quality and pigment are amazing, and it's super easy to blend out and make look really natural.

NARS Honolulu Honey
After walking around the shopping mall for a few hours I decided I needed a new nude in my collection haha! So I went back to NARS and my boyfriend kindly treated me to this lovely lipstick. I chose Honolulu Honey, as it's a true nude shade with more of a peachy/beige undertone. This lipstick is more suited to warmer complexions, and was actually voted the best nude for medium toned skin. Despite having a light/medium skin tone, I do tan quite often for work.. And with the NARS Laguna, I can definitely make this shade work for me.    

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This is just a little overview of the products I purchased, but I will be doing a full blown review for each of the products featured, with plenty of pictures for you lovelies. I have been loving using my new NARS goodies, and all three have been regular features in my everyday makeup routine. I would really recommend all of these products, as I think the NARS Sheer Glow and Laguna Bronzer could work for most people. However, I would recommend Honolulu Honey for more warmer toned skin, unless you tan or bronze.. then it's definitely a shade that can work with a bit of added warmth on the face. I hope you have enjoyed this post beauties, and I will be back really soon with another post for you!
Take Care

8 January 2014

☆Apivita Wine Elixir Eye and Lip Cream Review☆

Hi lovelies!
I'm back with another post, and now I’m Using my IPad to write up posts when I'm not on my laptop, so that I have plenty of posts and ideas for my blog. I love using my iPad as it's a lot easier to store ideas and get inspiration for new posts. I felt like I lost my blogging mojo a little, but I think stress was a big part of it too. However, I'm feeling pretty good about blogging again.. Especially with a little make over that I have planned. Today's review is going to be about an eye cream I have been absolutely loving, despite it being a product I thought I might not actually get along with. I'm not the biggest wine fan, so when I saw that it was a wine based eye cream I did have some reservations about using it. However, it's become my go to eye cream for the past three weeks, and I'm really excited to review this as the reviews of it are very limited online. Anyway beauties! I will get right into the review and as always I love hearing from you all, so don't be shy :)
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This anti wrinkle and firming eye cream contains red wine resveratrol and lupin extract to improve elasticity and reduce lines and wrinkles.  Escin and ruscogenine reduces dark circles, as well as using beeswax, Shea butter, hyaluronic acid, oat and lecithin to moisturise in depth.

The Review
Initially, I thought I wasn't going to really get along with this product, as I'm not that fussed on wine and the scent of it. However, I have been pleasantly surprised by this product and it has actually replaced my Origins Eye Doctor, which may I add is a still a really good moisturising eye cream. Apivita Is a brand I have heard of and seen in M&S but it's a brand I have never really known much about. Apivita is a natural cosmetics brand from Greece with a wide range of natural Skincare and bath and body products. Apivita focus on creating green products that have a Greek twist, plus they are free from any nasties.

The best thing about being a beauty blogger is finding out about new brands and products, and since trying this product I have purchased other products from the brand that are also amazing! ( the express eye patches are amazing ) Anyway moving onto the actual eye cream ... This eye cream is absolutely amazing for moisturising the eye area, but at the same time it isn't too much. the cream is quite buttery, which makes it a dream to apply under the eye area. The cream has a slight pearlescent tone to it which I find helps to almost lift the appearance of the eye area, which instantly makes you feel more bright and awake. The Apivita Wine a Elixir Eye and Lip Cream is a really comprehensive cream which covers, wrinkles, lines, darkness, puffiness, dehydration and taking care of the lip area all in one product. Since using it I have found the texture of my under eye area has improved and I haven't experienced any dryness at all. I have been using it under my Bobbi Brown Concealer, and it has kept my eyes from becoming dehydrated, which is amazing especially in the horrific weather we have been having in the UK recently. In terms of dark circles I find it hard to monitor how well an eye cream is working, as mine are hereditary :( however, I have had a few no concealer days since using this cream, which is always a good sign.. As it's the dark circles I want to cover haha.
What I don't like ?
Overall this eye cream has definitely made a positive impact on me, but there are a few things that I need to mention. Firstly, there is a definite scent of wine! But because it's an eye cream the scent isn't strong as it's not all over your face. The scent also hasn't put me off using this eye cream at all, but it's still something to take into consideration if you’re quite sensitive to any type of fragrance. It's also very expensive (£32.00), but in my opinion it's just as good as Origins Eye Doctor/ Ginzing if not a little better, as the apivita eye and lip cream covers every possible eye and lip concern you could imagine. 
Apivita is definitely a brand that has got me interested and wanting to try more. The Wine Elixir Eye and Lip Cream has quickly become my go to eye product, as it has genuinely kept my eye area smooth, hydrated and brighter looking. If you are looking for a multi tasking eye cream and don't mind the smell of red wine then this would be a fantastic choice. I hope you have enjoyed this review, as I always put my all into my reviews to make them as detailed as possible. Don't forget to leave your comments and questions in the comments section below! Nothing makes me more happier than knowing if you have enjoyed reading my posts :) PS - You can check this product out here

Take care!

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2 January 2014

BOBBI BROWN Corrector & Creamy Concealer Kit Review

Hi Beauties!
I'm back with another post woohoo! it feels great to be starting a New Year with my little blog. I'm in the process of planning a little make-over for my blog to make it feel a bit more fresh. I did think about changing my header, but it was hand illustrated for me and it really does tell a story about me! I love bags, makeup, jewels and the colour Pink haha. I'm planning it for some point in January, but I will be tweeting about it on my Twitter account, which you can check out just on the right hand side. I have been buying loads of beauty goodies during the festive season, so I really need to get my blog on and start telling you lovelies about my latest purchases haha! Just before Christmas I purchased two popular products from Bobbi Brown, as I was in desperate need of a concealer. I had just finished my second Benefit Fakeup Concealer, and despite loving it... I just fancied trying something new (The Beauty Blogger in me haha) Anyway, I have had my ups and downs with Bobbi Brown makeup throughout the years.. but these two products are absolutely amazing, and have definitely made me want to try out some more products from the brand. I hope you enjoy this post beauties, and I would love to hear from you in the comments section below, plus you can always tweet me :D PS - Sorry about the weird "W" for some reason it just wouldn't go away.. even when I changed the font :(
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Bobbi Brown Corrector - A wake-up call for tired eyes. Corrector is pink- or peach-based to neutralise under-eye darkness and is designed to be used before Creamy Concealer. New and improved formula is long-wearing and brightens dark circles with quick, just-right coverage that's easy to blend and won't crease. And since great makeup starts with healthy skin, Corrector is infused with skin conditioners to protect the delicate under-eye area.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - Conceal and set in one portable kit. Bobbi's Creamy Concealer blends easily to instantly cover, lift and brighten dark circles. It also helps maintain skin's moisture levels for a smooth, virtually line-less look. Fuss-free pressed powder sets concealer for long-lasting wear.
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Corrector (Light to Medium Bisque) - I have tried various corrector's from both drugstore and high end brands, but I genuinely think this is the best one I have ever tried. I didn't actually intend to get this haha! but once I seen how the lady applied it I knew that it would be such a benefit to me and my dark circles. The Pinky tone is fantastic for correcting the darkness under my eye area, but what sets this apart from other corrector's is the fact that it has amazing coverage that lasts so much longer than any other I have tried. I have also found it doesn't crease at all, even when you layer the creamy concealer over the top! I also like the fact it has some coverage on its own, as this means It keeps my eye area looking pretty flawless all day long whilst I'm at work. The packaging for both products is very sleek and travel friendly, with the bonus of having a mirror as well :D (great for quick touch ups)

Concealer Kit (Medium Beige) - This concealer is so different from my last under eye concealer "fake up" by Benefit it actually reminds me a little of Benefit's Boi ing concealer in texture, as it's not as fluid or moisturising as fake-up, but this concealer is designed to be a lot more of a high coverage concealer. I was worried this would feel cakey in comparison to Fake Up, but actually its not too bad at all! obviously I do need a better eye cream with this one, but the coverage it gives is absolutely amazing. I also find that it hardly creases at all, even when used with the corrector! The Yellow powder is also handy, and I like to sweep this over my eyelids to help correct the tone, as well as just making them look a little more perky! just what you need on these horrible cold mornings haha. 

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If you are looking for a corrector/concealer that really does hide dark circles then these two products are probably a very good place to start. I have been amazed at how well they work together and the lack of creasing *woohoo*, as well as having amazing longevity. You probably could get away with just buying the concealer if you didn't want to splash out on both, but the corrector is by far the best I have tried from any other brand and I really do recommend it. The only thing I can think of is that it might not be moisturising enough for some people, and it can be quite hard to work with without a brush. However, a good eye cream can easily sort that problem! I have been using Origins Eye Doctor, and I have had no problem with dryness at all. Overall, if you are looking to make your dark circles vanish for the day, then these two products are so good! I also think this is a great concealer to use when you are working, as it does pretty much stay put all day long. I think the packaging is lovely and sleek, and I have been loving using these two products together to create a flawless under eye area!

The Swatches
I hope you have enjoyed this post! and your feedback would be appreciated, as I have lost a little confidence in my blogging recently :(

Speak soon lovelies!

1 January 2014

Happy New Year!! - Update

I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to speak to you all over Christmas, but I have been recovering from a pretty nasty chest infection. The last time I had one I actually ended up in hospital, so I had to rest up and take some time off work *Doctors Orders* Haha! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, and despite being ill I had a really good one. I was really spoilt by my family and boyfriend, and I might do a haul post if you would like to see one sometime. I have uploaded a few goodies already, but there are a few more to reveal... and some which haven't arrived yet. 

I can't believe the New Year is here already, but I'm hoping 2014 will fantastic for you all! - I have loads of exciting plans for this year which include, moving, revamping my business, new ventures, a mini blog makeover, holidays and more! I love starting the New Year with loads of exciting plans and I hope you all have some fab things planned as well. I also need to think of a New Year's Resolution, and would love to know what your going to be doing for the New Year. 

I have been busy writing up blog posts, so I'm hoping to get back to my normal blogging self. I'm also having my blog revamped, so I'm hoping that will give me more confidence in my blog again. If you have any requests then I would be really grateful for them, as I feel like I need to build up my confidence again. Anyway beauties I'm going to leave you with a list of some of my favourite beauty products of 2013, and I will be back with a post really soon.
The Jewel Beauty - Best Beauty Products of 2013

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, Elemis Apricot Toner, Origins Make A Difference Plus Treatment, Elemis Tri Enzyme Face Mask, 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Korres Lip Butter Guava, YSL Rouge Volupte *Lingerie Pink, NARS Adult Content Palette

Take Care Beauties!
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