Get More for a Dollar Challenge with NIVEA Creme


The woods across from where I live.

The woods across from where I live.

I don’t mind the cold or the snow (UNLESS I have to drive in the snow or shovel it). I think Winter, at times, can be beautiful. I love it when the trees are coated with freshly fallen snow and there is a peacefulness in the air. What destroys that image is the yucky, dark snow you find on the side of the road and the rock salt that manages to find it’s way to our carpet.

If there is one thing I dislike about the cold weather months is the damage it does to my skin. My skin gets dried out and cracks so bad it bleeds at times. I am also prone to Eczema outbreaks. They happen a lot when my skin dries out. I guess it’s the cracks that lets in the bacteria or whatever causes the Eczema.

I am never without something of a moisturizer whether if it’s for my hands, skin, lips or face. I am always slathering something on my skin all Winter long.

I was recently contacted by NIVEA. They asked me to take part in their “Get More for a Dollar Challenge” with NIVEA Creme.

If you are not familiar with NIVEA Creme, here is a little more information.

NIVEA Creme has been trusted for over 100 years since its creation in 1911 to hydrate your family’s skin via a clinically proven formula of Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Eucerit — a unique moisturizing ingredient that helps your skin stay soft and supple all day long.

I grew up with NIVEA. My mom used the product. It looks pretty much the same way it did when I was a kid.

NIVEA sent me some jars of NIVEA Creme (the small tins you find in the store for around $1.00) and asked me to use it for a week, along with my family.

The very first way I chose to use NIVEA Creme is on my hands. My hands ALWAYS get super dry in the cold weather months. Since I work with children I am always washing my hands which causes them to feel dry all the time.


I kept the portable tin in my pocketbook so I had it handy when I was at work. Every time I washed my hands I would apply a little bit of the NIVEA Creme on my hands. A little bit goes a long way. If you apply too much your skin will feel greasy.

As soon as I apply the NIVEA Creme on my skin it instantly feels relieved. I can’t stand that dry, taught feeling you get when your hands lack moisture.

My fingers can be so dry that certain materials I won’t touch because I know they will “stick” to my dry skin. My fingertips sometimes feel like sandpaper. Since faithfully using the NIVEA Creme my fingertips are soft and smooth.

I also apply the NIVEA Creme on my hands at home and when I’m out and about running errands. Because I keep the tin in my pocketbook it’s with me all the time whenever I need it.

I never thought to apply the NIVEA Creme to cuticles.

I have one really bad habit – I bite my nails. I try to stop, and sometimes I succeed, but something always happens to stress me out and I bite my nails. Because of this my nails look horrible, including my cuticles. I’m actually embarrassed to have people see my hands because of this. After a week of applying the creme on my cuticles daily (I make sure to rub it in when I put NIVEA on my hands) my cuticles look a lot better. I also don’t have those pieces of skin that tear off from the cuticle area (those really painful ones).

Try heels are also a problem. My feet are not bad during the warm months, but once the temperature dips my feet dry out and I end up having split heels. They look so gross!

I used a neat device to remove dry skin from my heels (look for my review coming soon). Then I applied the NIVEA Creme to my feet. I did this every day just before going to bed. WOW! My feet look and feel great. I am very pleased with how they look. It’s like I have my “summer feet” again.

PLEASE NOTE the creme is a bit greasy so be sure to walk carefully when you put it on your feet so you don’t slip. I applied it when I was sitting in my bed so I didn’t have to walk around afterwards. By the time I got up in the morning the creme has absorbed into my skin and it’s not an issue anymore.

A little bit goes a long way.

A little bit goes a long way.

NIVEA Creme is great for your entire body. I find it best to apply it when you step out of the shower when your skin is still moist. It helps the application to go more smoothly and it seems to make the creme absorb quicker.

NIVEA Creme is great for elbows (mine are “ashy”) and to sooth your legs after you shave them.

What I love about this creme is that you can apply as little or as much as you need and you can apply it to only specific spots. For example, I get random dry patches on my skin. Instead of slathering a lotion over the entire area I can simply dab a little of the creme on the specific spot and rub it in.

I also used the NIVEA Creme to remove waterproof mascara. I purchased waterproof mascara by accident (I personally don’t like the stuff). Rather then waste it I figured I’d use it for a month or so and then buy my regular mascara.

The reason why I don’t like waterproof mascara is because it’s so hard to get off.

My mom taught me to use NIVEA to remove make up. I simply dab a little on a damp wash cloth and GENTLY wipe it on my lashes until the mascara is removed. Then I dampen the other side of the washcloth and rinse off the excess NIVEA Creme. Take care NOT to get it in your eyes. I’m pretty sure that won’t be a comfortable experience.

A friend of mine told me she uses NIVEA Creme on her lips. I haven’t tried that yet. I have a feeling it won’t taste too good if you accidentally get it in your mouth.

I think it’s awesome that one tiny little tin of NIVEA Creme – which sells for around $1.00 – can do so much. Plus a little bit goes a long way. Even after a week I have a lot of the creme left.

For more information about NIVEA Creme and other NIVEA Products visit www.NIVEAUSA.com. You can also find the brand on social media under NIVEAUSA.

Have you ever used NIVEA Creme before? What do you think about the product? In what ways do you use it?




*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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X Out Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for my participation. 

X Out Review

I remember when I was a teenager. It can be a tough time in a young person’s life. There are a lot of perks to being a teen, but at the same time there are some negative aspects too.

One big issue I had as a teen was acne. I was fortunate that it didn’t hit me until my late teen years. I was around 17 years old when I really started to get a lot of pimples. Many of my best friends and classmates started in their earlier teens.

Some days were so bad I didn’t want to leave the house! I’m sure many people can relate to that. It’s embarrassing to have a face full of pimples, even if it’s common for teens.

I know that acne has different “extremes.” Some people get the occasional pimple where as others get it so bad that it leaves marks (scars) on their face and their complexion is horrible.

I didn’t want that to happen to my teens. As soon as they started to approach their teen years I worried about what kind of acne issues they might have.

Both of my kids deal with acne. My daughter (17) tends to get acne on her forehead and chin. My son (15) tends to get it on his cheeks and forehead. My daughter gets big, red pimples whereas my son gets smaller acne marks. None the less it bothers both of them.

My daughter is a senior in high school and looking good is important. She wants to make sure she has clear skin for all those photos her and her friends will be taking all year long, plus she wants to have clear skin for senior events such as the senior luncheon and the ever important prom.

My son is very shy and the last thing he wants is for someone to make fun of him. Sadly kids can be cruel and it’s easy to make fun of someone because of acne issues.

I’ve tried to get a few shots to show you my kid’s acne issues. That was easier said than done because they run and hide when they see a camera coming when they are having a “bad skin day.”


My son’s problem areas are his cheeks and his forehead.


My daughter’s problem area’s are her forehead (between her brows) and chin.

My kids are going to be so mad at me for sharing these photos. It’s actually the same photo – I just cropped it so you can see an up close of their acne.

My kids have tried many different acne products, but as you can see, we haven’t had much luck finding something that works well. Sometimes a product works well for a short time, then it stops being effective. It’s also hard to find a product that works well for both of my kids. My medicine cabinet used to be filled with acne products.

Some products require multiple steps. My kids simply do not have time for that. They are super busy getting ready for school in the morning and in the evening they are too busy studying and getting homework done to be bothered with lengthy treatment procedures.

Thanks to Mom Central I was able to get the X Out product to try out with my kids. X Out is great for busy, on-the-go teens because it’s a wash in treatment that washes powerful acne fighting medicine into your pours to kill the bacteria which causes pimples. There are no multiple steps needed.

X Out even helps to moisturize skin. Both of my kids commented on that after using X Out. Dry skin is a huge complaint for both of them and both of them commented on how X Out didn’t dry out their skin. In fact X Out not only moisturizes the skin it exfoliates dead skin cells too.

X Out contains a PROVEN acne fighting ingredient – 8.5% Benzoperoxide. It’s also sulfate and paraben free and non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic means it doesn’t clog pores. Clogged pores can lead to the dreaded blackheads.

X Out is also good for all skin types. As a parent I especially like this because I know both of my kids can use the product and I don’t need to keep a medicine cabinet full of acne treatment products.

My daughter was quick to want to try X Out. She had a senior luncheon coming up and she wanted to make sure her skin was nice looking. My son was a bit reluctant because he figured it was just another acne treatment.


Senior luncheon. Forehead acne is barely noticeable (there is nothing really there). Chin acne looks much better.

Above is a photo of my daughter heading out to her senior luncheon. Notice the marked improvement of the forehead acne (between her eye brows) and he chin acne looks much better (the mark above her lip is a cold sore).

She’s wearing the same make up she always wears in both photos.

Here is another photo of her forehead acne BEFORE using X Out for a few weeks.


It’s nice to see that the forehead acne has smoothed out. She still has some marks (scars) on her face, and some bumps/discoloration on her chin, but it’s a huge improvement. Even my daughter is pleased.

My son eventually gave X Out a try too.

My son's cheeks and forehead are his problem zones.

My son’s cheeks and forehead are his problem zones.

You can see the acne on his cheeks. He even has some bumps on his chin (normally his problem zones are his forehead and cheeks).

He found the product super easy to use. He’s not one to spend a lot of time with skin care (usually girls spend more time caring for their skin). I’m happy that my son used the X Out on a daily basis.

Here is a a photo of my son taken a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant as well as a belated birthday cake at his grandparents house.



As you can see his cheeks and forehead look smoother and cleaner. He may have a few marks here and there but nothing as noticeable as he used to have.

My kids were sent the X Out Wash In Treatment, X Out Shine Control, X Out Spot Corrector and X Out Body Soap (for body acne).

The X Out Wash In Treatment is the product my kids used twice daily – once in the AM when they were getting ready for school and once in the PM after they got ready for bed. You simply wash the product on your face like you would any other facial cleaner and rinse it off. That’s it! That is all you have to do. You don’t have to follow any kind of process. There are no extra products that you need to use.

We’re a family of four with ONE bathroom. My husband and I both work and my kids both have to get ready for school. None of us has much time in the morning because everyone needs to get ready. As a parent I LOVE having my kids get in and out of the bathroom much faster than before. They don’t have to use multiple products and wait to rinse them off or to dry. Just wash and go. Even my kids appreciate the ease of this product and have commented multiple times at just how easy the product is to use.

My daughter has the X Out Shine Control in her locker. She uses it at school after gym class. It not only moisturizes the skin but also gives it a more “matte” like look by absorbing (for lack of a better description) the oil in your skin. My daughter’s skin does tend to be oily. She likes to keep it at school for “touch ups” during the day. She doesn’t use facial powder, so she doesn’t really have a way to control the “shine” caused by excess oil in the skin. She tells me that she likes the product, and in fact she asked me to get her some more.

Spot Corrector

Both of my kids have used the X Out Spot Corrector from time to time. It’s just an added bit of help against pimples. It’s more so for those pesky pimples that don’t want to go away, or pop up at a time when you can wash your face. It just gives the X Out Wash In Treatment and added “boost” on stubborn acne.

We haven’t tried the X Out Body Soap yet. No one in our family has body acne. I kept it just in case. I know in the hot weather months sweat can cause acne.

My daughter is happy that her skin is looking better than it has in a very long time. She has a lot on her mind these days between finishing up her senior year, preparing for college, looking forward to prom and graduation and of course boys (LOL). The last thing she wants to have to worry about it acne.

I was supposed to have my daughter video tape her review of X Out but due to unforeseen circumstances she’s not been in a “happy place” lately to do the video. I would ask my son but he’s BEYOND shy and would never, ever agree to do it (I’ve even tried bribing him – LOL).

My son is the quiet type. He’s not one to express his feelings too much. I have asked him about his thoughts on X Out and he told me “Can you get more, we’re running out.” Knowing my son I take that as a positive thing. He wouldn’t ask me to get more if he didn’t like it.

I think he likes that it’s so easy to use and it has made a noticeable difference on his skin.

As a mom I am pleased with the product and I plan on purchasing more for my kids. This mom gives X Out two thumbs up.

If you would like to learn more about X Out visit www.XOut.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you or your teen tried any of the X Out products? If so, what did you think about them? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Cornstarch DIY Dry Shampoos for Dark & Light Hair



Dry Shampoos seem to be very popular these days. If you are not familiar with them, a dry shampoo is a power-like substance that you put in your hair to absorb the oils and make your hair look clean. It’s a product that many people use in between washing their hair.

I’ve tried dry shampoos and I’m not exactly fond of them. They work get for some people, but not everyone.

I wash my hair every other day due to the thickness/coarseness of my hair. Thankfully it looks and smells clean the day after I wash it so I don’t really need a dry shampoo product.

For those of you who enjoy dry shampoos, or who have been curious about them, here are some easy Do It Yourself recipes to make your won dry shampoo with simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

“Your cupboards hold everything you need to make your own dry shampoo,” reveals Mercedes Parrilli, international artist for George the salon Chicago. “Grab cornstarch, which is more natural compared to baby powder and baking soda, and it is oil absorbing.”


Brunettes = Mix Cornstarch + Cocoa Powder

If you have darker hair, mix unsweetened cocoa powder with cornstarch.


Redheads = Mix Cornstarch + Cinnamon

If you’re a redhead, use cinnamon with cornstarch equal parts.


Blondes = Mix Cornstarch + Essential Oil

If you have light colored hair, mix cornstarch with an essential oil of your choice for fragrance.

Once mixed, apply with a large cosmetic brush or put into a salt shaker and apply to roots. After application, rub in really well to absorb oil and style accordingly.

Making your own natural dry shampoo is inexpensive and you avoid hazardous chemicals. Dry shampoo made at home is fast acting and your hair will feel, look and smell amazing. Using dry shampoo the second or third day of not washing your hair saves time while keeping your hair looking great. But, it is also important to cleanse your scalp regularly. Cleansing the scalp keeps hair follicles stimulated for healthy hair growth.

These look really interesting and I am tempted to make one to try it out, just to see how well it works.

I agree with using natural ingredients instead of chemicals. I don’t like using extra chemicals if I can avoid it.

I also love how inexpensive these recipes are to make, If you have ever priced a quality dry shampoo you know how super expensive they can be.

Do you use a dry shampoo?

What do you think about these recipes?

Do you have any DIY beauty recipes you’d like to share?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this with permission for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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New from LACOSTE – Eau De Lacoste Sensuelle Perfume



With the holiday season upon us I know a lot of people are going to be spending a lot of time online and waiting on lines at the stores to purchase the “perfect gift”.

If someone on your holiday shopping list is into perfume I have a delightful suggestion you might want to consider – LACOSTE’s new fragrance, EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE.

Feminine and sensual, EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE accentuates an elegant but casual appearance, with a soft twist that is reminiscent of a joyful evening. Beginning with the refreshment given by an evening breeze, the fragrance opens with sparkling, vibrant pink pepper and contrasting tart blackcurrant.

The soft sensuality of nougatine blends with the rich comfort of amber to provide the perfect fragrance for to set the stage for the evening ahead.

I was sent a bottle to review.

I love the generous sized bottle. Sometimes perfume comes in itty bitty bottles and it doesn’t last very long – especially if you use it every day. EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE from LACOSTE comes in a nice size bottle that is sure to last a very long time.

I love the scent. It’s a very light, delicate scent. It’s very much an “every day” scent – one that works well at the office or waiting online at the grocery store.


I would consider this more of a Spring or Summer scent. It reminds me sunny summer day with blue skies and billowy clouds. It’s also a very feminine scent.

As with any perfume the scent tends to change as time goes on. After a while EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE comes across as more sensual and playful.

I am not a connoisseur of perfumes. I cannot tell you what the top notes, middle notes and bottom notes are. I just tell you what I smell and what it reminds me of.

EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE has an appealing scent like baby powder. It doesn’t smell like baby powder. What I mean is that it’s a delicate and enjoyable scent similar to baby powder.

I cannot place the scent specifically. Flowers is NOT the first thing that comes to mind. Dare I say I detect vanilla and perhaps a touch of rose? Its not a fruity or floral scent. It’s something else. Perhaps it reminds me more of fresh air. Have you ever been strolling along and you get a whiff of something really nice but you can’t quite place what it is that you are smelling? That is how I feel about this perfume.

EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE is a very nice perfume that would make a lovely gift for the woman in your life. This would even work for a teenager. I have a teenage daughter and she enjoys wearing this perfume to school. She likes that it’s not over powering and people don’t come right out and say “are you wearing perfume” but rather “you smell nice”.

You can purchase LACOSTE’s EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE at LACOTE boutiques or on the LACOSTE website, www.LACOSTE.com. You can also find links to LACOSTE on social media too. All their links are found at the bottom of their home page.

The eau de toilet (EDT) retails for $82 (90 ml bottle).

Are you a fan of LACOSTE perfumes? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée


Vaseline Lip Therapy

It’s that time of year again – the time where my lips start to dry up and crack. Ugh! There is nothing worse then when your lips crack – especially in the corners. It makes eating and drinking painful. Not to mention how unsightly it makes your lips look. I can’t expect my husband to be overly excited about planting a smooch on dry, cracked lips. He wants to kiss lips that are soft and smooth.

Last week I received an unexpected package from Vaseline. I’m a big fan of Vaseline products. I wasn’t sure what it could be. I was anticipating hand lotion since I go through a lot of lotion during the winter months (my sky gets really dry – especially my hands). I was pleasantly surprised to find two jars of Vaseline Lip Therapy® – one a regular jar and the other totally bedazzled with fine European crystals.

The Vaseline Lip Therapy® that I received were their new flavor – Crème Brûlée. To make it even “sweeter” the new Vaseline Lip Therapy® jars came with 25 teeny, tiny mini Crème Brûlée cupcakes from Baked by Melissa (BakedbyMelissa.com). These super cute cupcakes are the size of a quarter but they packed with amazing flavor.

The cupcakes were “to die for”. They didn’t last 24 hours in my home. My family inhaled them right away. It’s hard not to. They are tiny and they were by far THE MOST DELICIOUS cupcakes I have ever had.

Baked by Melissa


The cupcakes were Crème Brûlée flavored. I don’t see them available on the site so I’m assuming they were made especially for the new Crème Brûlée Lip Therapy products from Vaseline.

I whiff of the new Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée and you can tell it’s Crème Brûlée. Maybe not exactly but you can certainly smell the vanilla and what seems like a touch of caramel. If I didn’t know what flavor/scent this was and you blind folded me and had me smell it I would say vanilla or caramel. It smells so good!

When it’s on your lips you can taste the vanilla, as well as a touch a caramel. It’s very nice and different than other flavored lip products I have used in the past. It’s a unique flavor/scent.

Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée is made with Vaseline jelly to help lock in moisture so your lips look beautiful, moisturized and kissable.

The regular Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée can be found at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.29. That might seem like a lot for a tiny jar but keep in mind you need only a little dab of the product to cover your lips and it lasts a long time. A little bit goes a long way. I’ve had the same size jars last me for a couple of months.

Creme Brulee

If you want to “glam it up” or gift a unique gift to someone special you can pick up the bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy® Crème Brûlée. It’s the same tiny jar but it’s adorned with fine gold and blue European crystals. It’s super cute and perfect for the holiday season. It adds a bit of sparkle to your day.

These special jars are sold at Kitson and online at ShopKitson.com for $45.00. It’s only available while supplies last. This would be a fun gift for the lady (or girl) in your life who likes “bling”.

For more information about Vaseline Lip Therapy® products please visit www.Vaseline.US (please note that it’s .US not .com). You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

You can also see what others are saying about this new flavor/scent using the hashtag #CremeBruleeKiss.

Are you are fan of Vaseline products and/or Vaseline Lip Therapy®? Have you ever tried the product before?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Pamper your skin with La Bella products


La Bella Golden Shimmer Body Lotion 1

I love beauty, bath and body products. It’s a “weakness” of mine just like holiday and season decorations and scents. My bathroom closet is filled with wonderful products. Some I was sent to review but most I purchased on my own. I’m at the drug store on a weekly basis (I pick up syringes for our Diabetic cat). Whenever I see a new product or a new brand on the shelves I get excited and I have to try it out.

I recently received a product to review from a line I have never heard of until now. The brand is called La Bella.

Recognized as the #1 Hispanic brand in styling and beauty products, La Bella® has provided superior performance products that are made specifically for you with unique ingredients for over 30 years.

Originally cherished for their ability to strengthen hair and provide a beautiful glowing luster, La Bella® products quickly became a favorite in the Hispanic community. We are now proud to offer a full line of styling, skin, hair and body care solutions, that:

  • Enhances the Latina woman’s beauty
  • Are tailored to her unique hair and skin care needs
  • Are affordable and perfect for the whole family

I’m not Hispanic. Non-Hispanic women can enjoy these products too.

I was sent to review La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion. The reasons why I wanted to review this product is because my skin is always dry this time of year (the cold weather months) and I LOVE products that make my skin shimmer and shine.

La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion is made with Shea butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Oats and Honey.

I misunderstood a bit what the product was like when I read that it was a “shimmer” body lotion. I have purchased other “shimmer” products before that have a fine, glitter like ingredient in them. The glitter-like material goes on your skin when you spread on the product and leaves your skin shiny and shimmering (a great effect for holiday parties!). I was thinking this shimmering product was similar. It’s not. There is no glitter like material in the lotion, however this is some teeny, tiny flecks of a gold like material in the lotion. You don’t necessarily see it unless you look at the lotion up close. The shimmer effect it gives is more subtle.

You see the golden flecks when the lotion is on your skin. Unlike other products I have used which are most noticeable, this shimmer is more subtle making it more appropriate to wear out and about, to the office and running errands.

I have been wearing this lotion on my arms, legs and chest area (just below the neck) just about every day when I go to work. A few people have made comments about how nice my skin looks (they can notice the golden flecks). My other “shimmer” products are not as subtle and I would never wear them to work. They are more for parties.

As far as a lotion is concerned, La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion goes on smoothly and absorbs fairly quickly. It adds moisture to your skin and it feels nice when it’s applied (not sticky or slimy).

The golden flecks stay on all day. They come off when you take a shower or bath.

There is a slight fragrance to the lotion, but it’s so light that you’ll barely notice it.

If you are in the market for a new body lotion and you like the idea of adding a nice “glow” to your skin, you should check out La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion.

You can learn more about this and other La Bella products at LaBellaBeauty.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook.

La Bella® Golden Shimmer Body Lotion is found at many drug stores across the country for a retail price of $3.99. You can also purchase it on the La Bella website.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no ccompensation The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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