Purple and Black Nail Art

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This mani starts with two coats of Sally Hansen Street Flair. Once dry, I taped off two tips and painted ManGlaze Matte is Murder to make french tips. On the other nails, I used stencils from Polished Vino to create the cross hatch design. It got a little messed up in between some of the parts but I actually really like the concept behind this design.

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I Will Master the Watermarble!!!!

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I *WILL* master the freaking watermarble! As with anything, it just takes lots and lots of practice!! Today’s marble used Sally Hansen Fright Night and Sally Hansen OMGhost from last year’s Halloween Insta-Dri collection. The accent nails are Pretty Serious Sugar Cake which is a gorgeous hot pink creme.

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This one would have been pretty awesome if the stupid topcoat hadn’t smeared the marble. (//Cries into bowl of acetone.) But now I know  – use Seche Vite. I used SV on my other hand and nothing smeared…so…lesson learned. The smearing topcoat was Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That which I really love as a quick dry topcoat but apparently I shouldn’t use it on top of nail art that took me all day.

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Mint and White Nail Art Inspired by a Dog

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The Born Pretty Store sent me a few sets of french tip guides to show you. For today’s mani, I used the big check mark design. This is shown in the second row, far right. Today’s mint and white nail art is also for this week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Challenge. The prompts this week are tape and green. I’m cheating a little bit by calling these decals ‘tape’ but sssshhhhh! I won’t tell on me if you won’t!!

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This mani was inspired by a dog in one of my dog training classes. It is a stark-white Samoyed and the owner paired her with a mint green collar and leash. It looked so gorgeous that I had to do a mani in the same colors!

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On for all fingers except my ring finger. That finger got two coats of Revlon Minted. Once dry, I applied the stencils one finger at a time and painted with the opposite color of the base coat.

I like how this turned out as it looked very clean and fresh.

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Sally Hansen Coral Reef Dupe?

A Facebook fan asked if I knew of any dupes for Sally Hansen Coral Reef. As you may know, Sally Hansen changed the formula on many of their most popular X-treme Wear colors (not a popular decision) and this exact color is no longer available. I pulled out the closest colors in my collection that I could find. Those happened to be Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze and Zoya Wendy.

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Peachy Breeze is a shade darker while Wendy is a shade lighter. I think the closes would be Peachy Breeze, especially if you take formula in to account. Wendy was significantly thinner than the other two Sally Hansen polishes.dupe-for-sally-hansen-coral-reef

If you’re desperate for a dupe of Coral Reef, then I would recommend tracking down Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze. And you better do it quick! Who knows if they’ll change the formula on that one, too!!!

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Pretty Serious Bloody Bride

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On an online shopping whim, I purchased Pretty Serious Bloody Bride. I seriously just loved the name. Bloody Bride is a very dark jelly that really does look like fresh blood. She has glitters packed in there. Almost like someone bled all over a glitter collection. It’s really fun. But then again, I have a pretty sick sense of humor.

 

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And now we get to a little bit of a disaster. Maybe it goes with the theme? We have a Bloody Bride and a stamping massacre going on here. I used (well…attempted to use) Sally Hansen Liquid Gold to stamp a design from Pueen Plate 46. Things didn’t go so well. LOL. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for this fail and you’ll keep coming to visit me!!

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Born Pretty Store Water Decals W-12

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The Born Pretty Store sent me a few sets of water decals to show you.

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For today’s nail art post, I selected this one from the bunch:

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I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On. Then, I let the decal soak and I cut strips of the paisley off and applied to my nails. I used acetone and scissors to remove the excess. Then, top coated and I was done! born-pretty-store-water-decals-paisley

I love how this one turned out! I especially love how quick and easy it was!!!

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Thanks again to BPS for sending me these to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com

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Sally Hansen Sun Sheen

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I bought Sally Hansen Sun Sheen over a year ago…so it’s probably time that I used her, eh? Sun Sheen is from last year’s Satin Glam collection. This is two coats without a top coat. My husband will say that his favorite color is blue, but it’s actually orange, so obviously he loves this one.

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I don’t really have an update on my dog, Lena, yet. We decided to do the surgery at our regular vet’s clinic instead of the specialist’s clinic. It will be WAY cheaper that way. I wish money wasn’t a factor when determining care for my furbabies, but the sad reality is that it is a factor, and a big one at that. I called the clinic on Friday to schedule Lena’s lumpectomy but the scheduling coordinator won’t be back in the office until Monday or Tuesday. So at this point, I don’t even know when her surgery is! The good news is that she doesn’t know anything is wrong with her, so she is her usual, crazy self. 11017825_939896652588_3349922376511544612_n

Note: This shoe is not a mom-approved chewing toy. The irony is that I was heading out to go teach a dog training class and this is what she was doing!! SMH.

Sally Hansen Patriotic Mani

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Sally Hansen sent me three colors, just in time for some 4th of July Nail Art! They sent me Vandal Eyes (blue), Tag, Ur It! (white), and Quick Brick (red).

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I started with two coats of Tag, Ur It! on all nails. Then, I painted two coats of Vandal Eyes on my pointer and middle finger. This blue is a tad sheer, so I do recommend a white (or blue) base. Once dry, I stamped using Tag, Ur It! I forgot how well Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes stamp! On the remaining nails, I used squiggly decals and painted Quick Brick on top, immediately removing the decals. Quick Brick almost has a jelly finish which I really love and can’t wait to play around with more!

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Holo Watermarble

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From the vault!! I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish it or not. It even has my old watermark!

It’s high time I did another watermarble! This one uses Sally Hansen Sumac Sonic, Sally Hansen Night Fright, and Sally Hansen OMGhost. Once again, I used my decals technique to make this mani.

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On my pointer finger, you can see a few bald spots close to the cuticle line. This happened when I was trimming the decal. I thought I’d cut it all the way off but I hadn’t. So, when I pulled the excess to discard it, it pulled on the polish that I wanted to keep! I repaired it as best as I could. It’s not very noticeable in real life, but the gosh darn camera doesn’t miss any errors!! It’s really too bad because my pointer finger decal was my favorite one. Isn’t that always the case??

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I had a hankering for an actual holo mani but holo polishes aren’t usually opaque enough to watermarble. So, I used Enchanted Polish Djinn in a Bottle to top this off, giving all three colors a bit of a holo spin. Djinn doesn’t show up very well on the white (so if you need a white holo, keep looking!) but it gives the black a really nice rainbow look.

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Black, White, and CHROME

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The Born Pretty Store sent me Plate BP-L016 to share with you! Here is a picture with the entire plate:

Vintage Demask Theme Love Nail Art Stamp Template Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L016 12.5 x 6.5cmI went a little craaaazy today and did more than just plain ol’ stamping. I added french tips AND striping tape! Whaaa?! I know, I know, it’s a little crazy but I wanted to take the extra time just so you’d have something interesting to look at. See how much I care about you? All kidding aside…I love the way this turned out and this is one of my favorite nail art looks! I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On. I used Mundo de Unas Black to stamp the leafy design from BPS Plate L-016. Then, I used scotch tape to guide my french tips where I used Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome to create the french tips. Finally, I used chrome blue striping tape to line the tips. Phew! That’s a lot of steps but it was well worth the effort.

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Here’s what my nails would have looked like if I stopped when I normally would. I really like the plain black and white look and I would totally wear this as-is. What do you think? Do you prefer it with the french tips or without?

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R-Rated Mani

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Today’s mani is subtly r-rated so if that might offend you, I recommend you skip this post! :) This mani starts with two coats of Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet which is a cranberry sugar shimmer.

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Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Moto Swatch

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I have a quick swatch for you of Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Moto! I swatched some other Patent Gloss polishes for you here and here. None of my usual stores had the red one, though! I was randomly driving around and happened…on accident….to find myself on Bartell’s. I swear that looking for polish was only like 10% of the reason I went there. (Ok. It was 90%. You caught me.)

Lo and behold! The missing red color from my patent gloss collection! It would have been wrong not to buy it. All the other patent glosses have been asking me where their Moto friend is and I haven’t been able to come up with a good answer. When I told them that all the stores were sold out, they accused me of not looking hard enough! The other patent glosses were pretty excited when Moto joined our family.

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As with the other patent gloss swatches, I did not use a topcoat. They really are this shiny on their own! Moto is a deep red – almost oxblood, but not quite. There are no issues to report with the formula.

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Yellow Flowers Nail Art

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Today’s mani is two coats of Sally Hansen Velour which is from their Velvet Texture Collection. Then, I used Mundo de Unas Cream and a design from Cici&Sisi’s Yellow Collection to create this look. There’s something pleasantly spring-like about this mani. I know spring isn’t for another few weeks, but isn’t it kind of nice to think about? Sitting outside, reading a book, petting my dogs, and looking at holo polish in the sun!

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Here is a plain swatch of Sally Hansen Velour. I’m a huge fan of this collection! I really love the textured look that Sally Hansen came up with!

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Watermarble using the Decals Technique

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Another watermarble!! I know, I know, I did one just a week or so ago! I’m crazy and wanted to do another one. I figure the only way to get awesome at them is to do them over and over again. Just like with stamping, things like this take practice! So for today’s watermarble practice, I used three Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polishes: Petal Pusher, Mint Sprint, and Plummet. I used the decal technique which I described in my post earlier this month. And of course, at the end, I put some China Glaze Fairy Dust on top!

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If you’ve been struggling with watermarbling, I recommend reading my how to make watermarble decals post. It totally changed my watermarbling desires! I hated it before, but now I’m kinda enjoying it. I need to practice the making of the design in the cup part, but otherwise, it’s easy and breezy!

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One of the keys of watermarbling is having room temperature water. If it’s too cold, then the polish acts like a crazy person.

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A lot of polishes are good for WM’s. You’ll want to look for polishes that are nearly one-coaters with a traditional mani. Since you can’t really layer it to make it opaque, you want coverage in one coat. If you’re going to use polishes that are more sheer, you can start with a white base coat before applying the decals. That will help the colors pop.

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Double Stamping Modern Nail Art

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This is the first double stamping mani I’ve done that I wasn’t embarrassed to show you! I started with two coats of Enchanted Polish Paint it Black. This is certainly a high quality black creme but you could use any of your favorite black polishes for this look. Then, I used Sally Hansen Sterling Silver and Titanium Flush which are both from last year’s color foils collection. I used my firm Konad stamper for these ones since that’s the only stamper that I can get to pick up these polishes. The design is from Pueen Plate 77.

Here is a plain swatch of Enchanted Polish Paint it Black. It went on quite smoothly.

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And here’s my design! I have some smudging on my pointer finger. I feel like that’s the finger that always gets smudges. I’m going to have to have a firm talking to that finger to see why it’s always misbehaving.

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I like how it looks like fun doodles…but in a controlled way. Yes, I was the kid that only colored in the lines!!

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I took a picture before I did the double stamping just in case it looked horrid.  Again, you can see my pointed finger is being a jerk.

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Glitter!!! Using OPI 50 Shades of Grey Shine for Me

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Today I’m featuring OPI Shine for Me which is from the OPI 50 Shades of Grey collection. I had actually promised myself that I would not buy anything from this collection because I really hated the book. It wasn’t the subject matter, mind you, it was the horrid writing and zero character development. I promise I’m not trying to offend anyone that likes the book. It is just not for me – not by a long shot! Buuuut when I saw this gorgeous glitter at Sally Beauty, I just needed it!

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Vinyl which is from the Patent Gloss collection. Then, I used some zig zag nail vinyls and painted Shine For Me on top. Shine For Me has silver and blue glitters but in some light, it also has a purple essence two it.

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This guy is very full-coverage so if you wanted to do a full-on glitter bomb mani, you would not need any base color to support it. Two coats of this, and you’d be shining away!

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Brown Lattice Nail Art

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For this mani, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Regal which is from the new Velvet Texture collection. I stamped using Mundo de Unas Pinon stamping polish. The design is from Cici&Sisi Plate 05mundo-de-unas-pinon

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Striping Tape Nail Art

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For this mani, I started with two coats of FingerPaints What a Night from their Bright Lights Big City collection. Then, I used striping tape and painted Sally Hansen Vinyl on top. Vinyl is from the new Patent Gloss collection.

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I think it’s important to note that I did not do a final topcoat for this. That is how crazy glossy the Sally Hansen Patent Gloss collection is! I love the creamy black paired with the shimmery duochrome polish. I think it makes the design really pop.

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I’m so glad it’s Friday!! This week has been craaaaaaazy and the weekend is a welcome respite. I can’t wait to relax with my darling and wonderful husband and snuggle in the soft fur of my doggies!

Stamping Over Texture with Sally Hansen Velvet Texture

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I picked up a few Sally Hansen Velvet Texture polishes from the drugstore a few weeks ago. These are some very lovely mildly textured polishes. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Velveteen stamped with Sally Hansen Presto Pink. The design is from Pueen plate 76. I can’t get enough of pink and black together!

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I did not use a top coat for this because it would have totally ruined the the velvet effect! I’m pretty happy with how this turned out even if the design does remind me a little of a grandmas couch! :P

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Kirby wants to know if you can still see him if he hides behind my treadmill and exercise ball…

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Striping Tape Nail Art French Tips

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A little while ago, I swatched the FingerPaints Bright Lights Big City collection for you. The FingerPaints Paint the Town Purple was my least favorite….until I made this mani! Then I really loved it. I used silver striping tape and Sally Hansen Vinyl which is from the Patent Gloss collection.

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There is just something about this that I really like. It’s very much my aesthetic – well, at least when I’m not doing stamping!! The problem with Paint the Town Purple was that visible nail line, even after two generous coats. That was quickly solved with black french tips! I used silver striping tape to give it that added extra edge

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Plaid Stamping Mani

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Today’s mani is not one of my favorites. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Chic which is from the Patent Gloss collection. Then, I used Mundo de Unas Velvet as my stamping polish. The design is from Vivid Lacquer plate VL015. This is the first time I have not liked a design from VL.  I think it’s a little too messy looking. (And after 10 nails, I know it’s not me.) Also, I think the squares and lines are too big.  I would have loved to double-stamp this design so it looked even more like plaid, but when I double-stamped, it just completely covered up the lavender color.  Another thing I don’t like about this mani is the color combo. I’m really just not feeling it! Good thing I stockpile acetone!!!

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Two Tone Green Stamping

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Today’s mani starts with two coats of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet which is an awesome mint creme. I purchased what I thought was Konad Black on Amazon but it turned out to be Konad Gold Black which reads more like a dark green. I decided to pair the greens together to create a green two-tone stamping mani. The design is from Pueen Plate 81. Unfortunately, the stamping smeared a little when I put topcoat on which made me pretty sad.

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Here is a plain swatch of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet which went on very smoothly and self-leveled quite nicely.

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Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Chic

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These polishes flew off the shelf and jumped in my shopping cart! Oops! These are the new Sally Hansen Patent Gloss collection. My store only had three of the colors left. I’m sad I missed out on the red one! I managed to pick up Chic, Slick, and Vinyl. I swatched Slick and Vinyl for you here.

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Chic is a nude creme. This is two coats with no topcoat. That’s right! NO topcoat! These are so ultra shiny it’s amazing! This is a nice nude that almost gives me mannequin hands. (that’s the dream, right?)

 

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Seahawks Nail Art

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Well, it’s official! The Seahawks are in the playoffs! Woo hoo! I’ve never been a big football fan, but there is something about the Seahawks that just make me wild about them! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t have a little crush on Russell Wilson?? In honor of the fabulous Hawks, I did two coats of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (new formula) and once dry, used striping tape and painted Sally Hansen I-Rush Luck on top.

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I hope that if any of you are Panthers fans that you’ll still stick around after that post! And that goes for Broncos fans, too! :P

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I’m looking forward to tonight! I think we’ll make some chicken wings and chill on the couch and root for the home team! Woo hoo! Who’s with me?

Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Swatches

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I’ve been gaga about Sally Hansen’s special collections lately so when I saw the Sally Hansen Patent Gloss, I just had to grab some! Sadly, my store only had two colors left – the black and the blue. If I see the other colors, I’m totally going to get them!

Sally Hansen Vinyl Patent Gloss is a dark, rich black. This is with NO topcoat on! It is this shiny and satiny without any topcoat. I think it’s super gorgeous.

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Sally Hansen Slick Patent Gloss is a dark, dark blue. Again, this is two coats with no topcoat! The blue did flood my cuticles a bit and it was super hard to try and clean up! So, you’ll want to be careful so you don’t end up with alien cuticles like me! :P

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