E:30/04/17, Win 1 of 3 Crabtree & Evelyn Men's West Indian Lime Traveller Sets, RRP £24.00 each

Discover these fantastic gift sets featuring Crabtree & Evelyn's best-selling men's fragrance and enter our new giveaway for a chance to spoil and impress the man in your life. The top-to-toe grooming items in this limited edition will add a touch of luxury to his daily shaving and are a must-have for his important business trip, weekend break or romantic holiday. Let him enjoy the classic scent of fresh limes and rich spices wherever he goes.

Men's West Indian Lime Traveller Gift Set

Conjure up the balmy West Indies, where relaxation is taken seriously. Virile yet inviting, the refreshing scent of West Indian lime mingles with touches of zesty lemon, orange flower and vetiver. Ground coriander and nutmeg accents add island appeal, whilst ginger invigorates. For a final splash of dashing, the scent is topped off with a woody finish of juniper, cedar and sandalwood. Tucked inside this lime-green patterned box are four West Indian Lime favourites for invigoratingly scented skin and a velvety smooth shave:

How to apply for this trial?

Apply before the 30th of April 2017. To enter, follow us and retweet this article on Twitter or like us and share it on Facebook. The details of the winners will be published the next day and the products dispatched shortly after. Read carefully the Terms & Conditions before entering this giveaway. 

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E:20/09/15, Win 1 x Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette Gift Set | 50ml, RRP £49.99

This month we are offering our members a chance to win a luxurious Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette 50ml Gift Set for Men worth RRP £49.99, beautifully presented in a sleek gift box displaying the iconic red Prada stripe and containing a fragrance and a shower gel.

The story behind the fragance

Luna Rossa is inspired by the infamous 'Luna Rossa' boat created in 1997 for the America's Cup.

"I decided to call the boat Luna Rossa one evening over dinner under a full moon. The name has a kind of magic feeling related to the winners of the America Cup." Patrizio Bertelli, 1997.

Looking to the values at the heart of extreme sailing as a starting point for new ideas, Prada's new masculine fragrance evolved from the pursuit of excellence. Taking the esteemed Luna Rossa name as it's own, it is a scent with a reverence for the natural world and a passion for innovation. Designed by Yves Behar, the Prada Luna Rossa fragrance bottle is inspired by the technological and sleek dynamic beauty of extreme sailing boats.

Prada Luna Rossa EDT for Men, 50ml RRP £47.50

Prada Luna Rossa is a masculine fragrance that reinterprets traditional ingredients with agility. The backbone of the fragrance is lavender - an unmistakable natural ingredient in perfumery - teamed with a bitter freshness of orange essence, resulting in a fresh and invigorating scent. Aromatic clary sage and spearmint nanah essences channel the spirit of vast open spaces and rugged, natural elements whilst ambroxan and ambrette absolute create a woody amber- like signature - the dynamic paradox of synthetic and natural ingredients brings a warm sensuality: refined, dignified and timeless.

Prada Luna Rossa Shower Gel, 100ml RRP £26.50

Get an intensely refreshing shower experience with the Prada Luna Rossa Shower Gel, a deep cleansing scented body wash for men. Infused with moisturising ingredients and gentle cleansing agents, this invigorating shower gel works to eradicate daily pollutants while ensuring perfect tolerance for the skin. The body is left feeling supple and smooth, and is scented with the intensely fresh aroma of Prada Luna Rossa EDT for men.

How to apply?

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Gucci "Made To Measure" is it as expensive as I think it is?

You can see the product page here and my review which basically boils down to "I really like this but I can't afford it". Well I decided that I'd really test this so I went to Boots and spent (too) long choosing a men's EDT to test longer term and really really decide if it's worth staying with one more expensive fragrance. The choice eventually boiled down to Made to Measure (at £97 for 100ml) and Boss Orange (£48.50). You can see the product page the the Boss product here.

I like both of them but as you can see the price is pretty much double for the Gucci product and I'm going to start with that one. The idea is that I'll use it as my everyday fragrance both at work and home and see how long it lasts in terms of the bottle (50 ml), how it develops over a long time and whether I get bored. I'll buy the Boss Orange another day (month!) and do switch over to that one.

Okay let's start with some background. From the Gucci site:

"Inspired by the success of Gucci Première, Creative Director Frida Giannini created Gucci Made to Measure, an exacting fragrance for the man who demands the very best.

A contemporary legend in the making, Gucci Made to Measure draws from the House's eponymous line of custom suiting to create a distinctive scent tailored to the modern connoisseur. Assured and sophisticated, Made to Measure never fails to make a truly memorable impression, distinguishing the wearer as a man apart.

Gucci Made to Measure is a spicy oriental fragrance tailor-made to create an unforgettable impression.

Meticulously constructed from prime ingredients sourced around the world, the sophisticated scent recalls the luxury and  rigorous craftsmanship of a Gucci Made to Measure suit.

A masculine counterpart to Gucci Première's elegant flacon, the Gucci Made to Measure bottle exudes authority and sophistication.

Presented in an understated slate and pearl grey palette, the bottle is crafted in stately haute parfumerie quality glass and bears a individually finished hand-brushed metal cap in the shape of the House's iconic Horsebit detail. Drawing from Gucci's heritage, the box is adorned with the Diamante pattern and a gold and gunmetal version of Gucci's signature Web stripe."

The bottle

Sorry I'm just not that keen. Yes it's great quality and I do like the colours but the bottle top is just not for me. I know bottle design shouldn't be a big issue but for me either it needs to be simple and easy to use or interesting and easy to use. This one is neither (to be fair the bottle does feel like quality). The "hand-brushed" metal cap is heavy and well made but when it's removed you can see and feel the quality of the bottle far more. It's heavy and feels worth the money in your hand but the spracy nozztle is imprecise. I like the slightly strange tint to the liquid in the bottle, subtle but again suggests quality. 

The notes

Top:

  • Calabrian Bergamot - Bergamot orange is a not edible and is cultivated for production of its essential oil. Its scent is fruity-sweet with mild spicy note.
  • Tunisian Orange Blossom - A fresh and sweetish floral note coming from citrus aurantia tree (bitter orange tree).
  • French Lavender - provide a dry and balmy base.
  • Anis Seed - An herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. The fragrance is similar to licorice, fennel or tarragon.

Middle:

  • Sri Lankan Nutmeg - A spicy sweet facet with earthy and more pungent base notes.
  • Water Lilly - Floral subtle sweetish flower scent.
  • Plum - Lush sweet fruit scent.
  • Cinnamon - Sweet and bitter.
  • Juniper Berry - Fresh and lingering.

Base:

  • Cistus Labdanum - A deep powerful leathery scent note derived from the rock rose derived from a rockrose.
  • Patchouli - A sweet earthy dark woody scent from a bushy herb from the mint family. 
  • Leather - Derived from birch tar.
  • Amber - A sweet and warm scent.

 First week

I really do like this fragrance when I first spray it on but I've tried all sorts of things this week to try to make sure it develops fully and is noticable throughout the day but I just can't seem to find anything that works. Oh well I'll keep trying!

 First month

So it's been an interesting month and it has firmly established me in my thinking that I like the fragrance but it really does need reapplying frequently throughout the day if you want it to have any impact. I've settled on applying it to my shirt cuffs as well as on my skin so that I could at least be reminded that I was wearing it.

I still have at least a month to go before I finish the bottle and try the Boss Orange and I'll be sad to see the bottle empty but I must admit I'm unlikely to buy Made to Measure again - well probably!

Time to move on

So I haven't actually finished the bottle of Made to Measure but I've decided to buy the Boss Orange Man Eau de Toilette this weekend anyway! Basically I've given up, I used the last of the bottle to make my ironing smell nicer - no idea if that's bad for the iron but...

The product page for this one is here. "Like BOSS Orange Woman, the new male fragrance is driven by a comforting vanilla note signifying the free-spirited optimism that characterises the brand; however as the 'brother' scent it is blended with a more masculine woody note which gives a smooth dry-down."

  • Top Notes: Red Apple Corriander
  • Mid Notes: Incense, African Orange Flowers
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Olive Tree, Vanilla

You can see from the product page that I first reviewed this one in 2012 and I basically liked it (but I wasn't convinced by the orange). Over the last two years I've really grown to like this one and so I decided to try it as the cheaper option in my longevity trial.

 The first two weeks

Instantly you get more longevity for your money with this one. It lingers on the skin as well as clothes but it doesn't dominate. It's incredibly hot at the moment but the scent doesn't break down during the day. I do apply it fairly densely but even so (and especially given the price) the level in the bottle doesn't seem to be going down very fast. I like the simplicity of the bottle and of the spray but I can really see (and feel) the difference in quality with the Gucci one. Is it really worth only half as much? Well let's see...

 Half way through the bottle

 Okay so how are things going? I still really link the scent and it's certainly lasting longer than the Gucci both in terms of lasting on my skin and using less of the bottle. Even so I'm still not convinced that the longevity is good enough for a product that costs this much.

It is unbearablely hot at the moment so in all honesty I'm not sure if this is currently a fair test as I've thought before that both the Gucci and this one are better suited to autum and spring rather than summer.

On to the second half of the bottle!

Okay, so I'm down to the last quarter of the bottle so it's time to round up (and end this blog!). I really liked both of these but I must admit that I like the Made to Measure more but it's too pricy and just doesn't last long enough. The Gucci is nice and certainly less expensive and it does last longer but somehow neither of them are going to win for me. I'm just going to have to find another two to compare!

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Jan 13│Win 1 x Kenzo Homme EDT Boisée Set │The Perfect Gift For Your Valentine

1 x Kenzo Homme EDT Boisée Gift Set

This month we are offering our most active member a chance to win this luxurious set from Kenzo to treat the special man in her life.

This dream Valentine's Day gift is a celebration of the organic relationship between man and the earth with a dynamic scent that is equally energetic and intense. Wholly masculine and deeply sensual, the inspiration behind the fragrance and the gel is the steadfast power, strength and serenity of the tree.

1 x Kenzo Homme EDT Boisée, 50 ml

Launched in September 2010, this new fragrance for men is a flanker to 1991′s Kenzo Pour Homme.

This reworked version is finished in matte brown to reflect the trunk of a tree and features vibrant engraved leaves that bring the bottle to life.

Harking back to the original Kenzo Homme bottle, Woody - Boisée - is inspired by the vitality of bamboo, one of nature’s marvels.

“For this fragrance, I imagined a Kenzo tree with woody notes to symbolise unmistakeable masculinity. For me, this tree epitomises a man’s sense of peace as he draws his strength from nature. I visualised its cool, bright leaves in mint and basil. For its branches, I chose a blend of black Madagascar pepper and Tunisian rosemary to emphasise the woody notes. I also worked with cedar which represents the trunk to bring strength, movement and depth to my creation. Finally, for the roots, I used Haitian vetiver which gives depth and creates a balance within the fragrance” Olivier Polge, Perfumer

1 x Kenzo Homme EDT Boisée Body & Body Shower Gel, 50 ml

The set also includes a tube of hair and body shower gel to fragrance your skin with hints of mint, basil, undertones of black pepper, rosemary, vetiver and cedar.

How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be a registered member. Sign up?
  • You must submit the highest number of postings or be the most active member in January
  • Only the postings validated by our team moderators would be taken into account
  • We will select and contact the winner shortly after 31 January 2013
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions
  • Click here to review the EDT
  • As seen on Samples 4 Free, Offer Oasis, Freebie Finder, and The Prize Finder
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Aug 12│Win 1 of 3 Lanvin Rumeur EDP

July's Prize: REN Shower Wash Trio Set

With 35 reviews, 52 listings and 438 threads, bougheyrm was our most active member last month and the winner of July 2012 prize. Congratulations on winning this luxurious set. Enjoy & Review! 

August's Prize: Lanvin Rumeur EDP Spray

Re-introduced in 2006 by Lanvin and the perfume was created by Francis Kurkdjian. Rumeur is a casual fragrance that is subtle enough to wear every day to the office or when hanging out with friends. The feminine scent features woody base notes of musk, patchouli and sergina. Combined with the soft floral tones of jasmine, white rose and magnolia, Rumeur is a scent that turns heads without overpowering the senses. That should enough to keep everyone talking about it!

How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be a registered member
  • You must submit the highest number of postings or be the most active member in August
  • Only the postings validated by our team moderators would be taken into account
  • We will select and contact the winner shortly after 31 August 2012
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide.
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions
  • As seen on The Prize FinderLoquax, Froggy Landia and Women Freebies UK
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March 12│Win a free Lancôme Trésor In Love Gift Set

Congratulations to last month star reviewers: gypsonic and bresnahan

With 331 reviews, 206 listings and 164 threads, gypsonic was our most active member, followed by bresnahan with 389 reviews, 1 listing. They are the co-winners of our February 2012 prize, the Yves Saint Laurent Opium Gift Set.

Lancôme, 76 years of luxury and elegance

Lancôme was founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean with a simple motive: to create a beauty brand that would deliver French elegance around the world.

The name was inspired by the ruins of a castle, Le Château de Lancosme, while the roses in the area inspired the company’s symbol of the single golden rose.

Since the launch of its first five fragrances in 1935 at the World's Fair in Brussels, Lancôme has expanded its business into makeup and skincare products.

The brand represented by the most famous actresses, global supermodels, makeup artists, and perfumers has been part of L'Oréal since 1964.

Lancôme Must-Have Skincare Travel Set

Twenty years ago, Lancôme created a unique perfume which became a Legend of Haute Parfumerie: Trésor.

Discover Trésor In Love, Lancôme's fragrance sensation that captures the spirit of the first moment of love.

The treasured moment when everything starts, a liberated spirit of romance conveyed with floral notes... Both luminous and vibrant, sensual and radiant, Trésor in Love is a soaring hymn to love. The heroine of Trésor in Love lives her love story with a disarming spontaneity.

The juice of Trésor in Love was made with many contrasts: a new irresistible floral, composed of a touch of nectarine and wood of cedar, a characteristic rose and a bright jasmine. Object of desire with slender lines, the bottle of Trésor in Love delivers a resolutely modern energy, like an essence of today. A black satin rose adorns the bottle like a lucky charm around the neck.

This month, we are giving away a Lancôme Trésor in Love Gift Set to our top reviewer containing:

How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be a registered member and you must post the highest number of reviews in March.
  • Only the reviews validated by our team moderators would be taken into account.
  • We will select and contact the top reviewer of the month by the 31th March 2012.
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide. 
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions.
  • As seen on ThePrizeFinder, and Loquax.
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Feb 12│Win a free Yves Saint Laurent Opium Gift Set

Congratulations to Jan 12 star reviewers, SamBrez & chantelleSs

They are the co-winners of our January 2012 prize: The Vera Wang Lovestruck EDP Gift Set .

- With 180 listings, 286 reviews and 55 threadsSamBrez was the most active member this month.

- With 131 listings, 260 reviews and 57 threads, chantelleSs has been playing a leading role since joining us.

Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), one of the greatest names in fashion history

"The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable."

- In 1953, at 17, Yves Saint Laurent was hired as a couturier by Christian Dior.

- In 1957, he found himself at the age of 21 the head designer of the House of Dior.

- In spring 1958, his first collection catapulted him to international stardom but his later collections featuring hobble skirts and fashions were savaged by the press and in 1960 he had been fired by Dior.

- Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent is one of the great fashion names of the 20th century.

- During the 1960s and 1970s, his firm popularized fashion trends such as the beatnik look; safari jackets for men and women; tight pants; tall, thigh-high boots; and arguably the most famous classic tuxedo suit for women in 1966, the Le Smoking. He also started mainstreaming the idea of wearing silhouettes from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. He was the first French couturier to come out with a full prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) line.

- The exceptional legacy of YSL has thus been renewed and a contemporary identity at once forged through innovative collections that marry elegance, refinement, French chic and timeless style.

- Today YSL’s collections include women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, small leather goods, jewellery, scarves, beauty, ties and eyewear.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Gift Set

This month, we are giving away two enchanting YLS Opium Gift Set 30 ml to our 2 most active members.

Enter into a bygone era of decadence and enchantment with this set, an ideal way to experience the timeless essence of the Orient.

Opium symbolises YSL's fascination with the Orient and his unique understanding of a woman's hidden emotions and inexplicable passions.

Opium arouses the senses with an exotic blend of lush floral, rich spices, and deep wood notes. A one-way ticket to a symbolic and enigmatic faraway place.

Create a pampering ritual everyday by cleansing with the skin softening Shower Gel and hydrating the body with the scented Body Lotion. Ensure the aroma lasts even longer by spritzing the EDP over this fragrant base.

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How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be the most active registered member in February.
  • Only the submissions validated by our team moderators would be taken into account.
  • We will select and contact the top-2 members of the month by the 29th February 2012.
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide. 
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions.
  • As seen on FreeStuffWorld, OfferOasisThePrizeFinder, best free beauty samples and Loquax.
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Jan 12│Win a free Vera Wang Lovestruck EDP Gift Set

Congratulations to last month star reviewers: SamBrez & mixnmatch1, UK

They are the co-winners of our December 2011 prize: The Lancôme Skincare Travel Set.

- With 126 listings, 137 reviews and 16 threads, SamBrez was our most active member and a brilliant moderator.
- With 52 listings, 105 reviews and 16 threads, mixnmatch1 was pivotal in helping the new comers.

Vera Wang, 20 years of wedding celebration garments for the stars

Vera Ellen Wang was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. She began figure skating at the age of six.

She was an editor at Vogue for seventeen years and Ralph Lauren design director for two years, despite having no formal design training.

In 1990, she opened her own design salon in teh Carlyle Hotel in New York that features her trademark bridal gowns. She has made wedding gowns for many well-known public figures such as Chelsea Clinton,  celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, actresses such as Sharon Stone, and socialites such as Kim Kardashian.

Wang has expanded her brand name through her fragrance, fine papers, eyewear, shoe, flowers and houseware collections.

Vera Wang Lovestruck Gift Set

This month, we are giving away two luxurious Vera Wang Lovestruck EDT 30ml Gift Set to our top reviewers.

A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, it's all about Vera's interpretation of being madly in love. The fragrance is a sparkling floral.

Like an addictive crush, there's an instant attraction to its mouthwatering notes of pink guava and mandarin. With a sweet caress, a delicate bouquet of tuberose and lotus blossom follows. Behind it all are precious woods and a sheer musk, a lasting trail that brings warmth and comfort to this irresistible fragrance.

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How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be a registered member and you must post the highest number of reviews in January.
  • Only the reviews validated by our team moderators would be taken into account.
  • We will select and contact the top-2 reviewers of the month by the 31th January 2012.
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide. 
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions.
  • As seen on OfferOasisThePrizeFinder, best free beauty samples and Loquax.
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Nov 11│Win a free Christian Dior Ladies Miniature Fragrance Gift Set

Congratulations to last month star reviewer: mixnmatch1, UK

With 59 listings, 140 reviews and 5 threadsmixnmatch1 is our October 2011 winner of the Paco Rabanne Lady Million Gift Set.

Christian Dior Ladies Miniature Fragrance Gift Set, 4 x 5ml

Parfums Christian Dior is the make-up and perfumery line of the House of Dior and was created in 1947 with the launch of Miss Dior perfume. It is one of the rare Perfume Houses that has the privilege of having its own In-House Perfumer.

The remarkable thing is that this activity started at the same time as Christian Dior Couture. This reveals the important role of fragrance for Mr. Christian Dior, as the final touch to his dresses. Not only was fragrance very important for him, he also believed that fragrance should express the same image of quality and creativity as his dresses.

Today, it features a comprehensive amount of masculine and feminine fragrances as well as a set of colognes for men.

This month, we are giving our top reviewer the chance to succumb to the magic of 4 of the greatest women fragrances by Dior and to indulge in precious miniatures presented in a single collector’s edition.

Sometimes bold, sometimes floral, The Christian Dior Ladies Miniature Fragrance Gift Set fragrances all express a state of mind, a lifestyle, an enchantment that always leaves a touch of seduction in its wake.

Click here to read our article on how to choose your fragrance?

Box Contains

  • J’adore EDT (5ml), created by Calice Becker in 1999: Revealing the most sublime qualities in each woman. J’adore is the great women's floral fragrance by the House of Dior. The richness and generosity of its floral bouquet make it a timeless scent.
  • Dior Addict 2 EDT (5ml), created by Thierry Wasser in 2005: Ultra-feminine fragrances that capture all of Dior's brazenness and elegance. Dior Addict fragrances reveal ultimate freedom, spontaneity and joie de vivre.
  • Hypnotic Poison EDT (5ml), created by Annick Menardo in 1998: A daring perfume to assert your femininity. Truly seductive love potions; unique, magnetic and sensual fragrances.
  • Miss Dior EDP (5ml), created by Jean Carles and Paul Vacher in 1947: The timeless elegance of a Couture fragrance. "A sophisticated, fruity, floral and woody chypre, Miss Dior holds the promise of love." François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator since 2006.

How to join our free online competition?

  • To qualify you must be a registered member and you must post the highest number of reviews in November.
  • Only the reviews validated by our team moderator would be taken into account.
  • We will select and contact the top reviewer of the month by the 31st November 2011.
  • The prize can be delivered worldwide.
  • Click here to access the list of the past winners of our monthly competitions.
  • As seen on offer oasis.
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Oct 11│Win a free Paco Rabanne Lady Million Gift Set

Congratulations to last month star reviewer: mixnmatch1, UK

With 32 reviews, 11 listings and 2 forum threads, mixnmatch1 is our September 2011 winner of the Caudalie Vinosource Beauty Essentials Gift Set

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Gift Set 50ml

This month, we are giving away a Paco Rabanne Lady Million Gift Set worth over £45.00 RRP. This Lady Million gift set comes in a stunning gold gift set that contains the newly launched EDP and a scented Body Lotion.

Paco Rabanne was one of the first to challenge preconceptions in fashion and then the world of fragrances. He made a strong statement in the world of fragrances in 1973 with the creation of Paco Rabanne pour Homme, the essence of virility and seduction. Successes followed on from this – XS, Ultraviolet, Black XS, Black XS for Her and this year 1 Million and Lady Million, always at the cutting edge of trends, always in the momentum, always surfing on the “daring attitude".

This is a limited Christmas edition so get your hands on it before it’s too late and treat yourself or a loved one as a star!

Box Contains

Join our free online competition to win a top brand

To qualify you must be a registered member and you must post the highest number of reviews in October.

Only the reviews validated by our team moderator would be taken into account. We will select and contact the top reviewer of the month by the 31st October 2011. The prize can be delivered worldwide

Good luck everyone!

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