Sunday, 15 October 2017

My Current (Under £50) Homeware Wishlist

Millenial Blush Pink Homeware UK

Despite the fact that I still live at home and have seriously ran out of space in my bedroom, I can't stop thinking about all things homeware related. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been watching homeware hauls on YouTube recently, namely Suzie's, Alix's and Anna's. But the one place that I'd absolutely love to visit, as a result of watching many of these videos, would have to be Homesense but sadly there isn't one near where I live. Why don't we have a store in Glasgow yet Homesense?! Despite this, I have found quite a few pieces on the High Street that I'd love to add to my room and eventually, my own home, one day.

So here's what's currently on my homeware wishlist, of which all of it is under £50;

Oliver Bonas Round Sheepskin Cushion (£45) - First up we have this beautiful blush pink sheepskin cushion. I haven't seen any other circular fluffy cushions like this, other than this one and even though it's a little bit pricey, I still have my sights firmly set on it. Maybe it will go into the sale eventually and then I can snap it up a little more guilt free.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Love Quartz Wall Art Print (£39) - I first became aware of this print and the fact that Urban Outfitters actually do prints, as a result of watching Anna's videos. It's just such a beautiful print and it would really tie some of my previous blush pink buys together in my bedroom. At the moment it's still in my online basket but what I've done is I've downloaded the print onto my phone and my laptop as their backgrounds to see if I'm still as obsessed with it in a few weeks time as I am now. Somehow I have a feeling that I will be and that I will be making a little Urban Outfitters order sooner rather than later.

George at Asda Hexagonal Hanging Mirror (£10) - Asda really is a hidden haven of great homeware pieces and this hexagonal mirror looks like something you'd find in Oliver Bonas, for example, for about three or four times the price that Asda are charging. It looks like it could be the perfect size for finally setting up a little makeup area in my room without having to rearrange and move everything about in my room to allow for this.

H&M Home Spotted Porcelain Mug (£6.99) - One of my favourite prints, second only to leopard print, has to be dalmatian print and in particular H&M's dalmatian print. At the start of 2017, it was actually my very first purchase of the year, as I pounced when I saw that they had released bedding in that very print and I was incredibly glad that I did so as it sold out in a couple of hours, never to be restocked again. This mug is just too beautiful to resist and I can already imagine it with a big hot chocolate with whipped cream in it.

H&M Home Velvet curtain length (£34.99) - I've always had a thing for all things velvet and that love is ever greater in the colder months when all the shops thankfully jump back on the velvet bandwagon. Whilst I've added some blush pink and rose toned pieces to my bedroom, I still have the same teal curtains that I've had up for some time now. And whilst they still work with some of my bedding and cushions, it would be nice to switch it up a little even for six months of the year.

Hobbycraft Cream and Pink Peony Bouquet (£10) - I bought a similar bouquet of peonies from Habitat earlier in the year and you might have even seen them feature in quite a few blog posts and Instagram posts since then. Ever since, I've been looking for another bouquet with different tones and colours to use in such blog photographs and I think that I might have just found them with this one from Hobbycraft.

Antropologie Silvered Geode Coaster (£14 each) - Again, I saw Alix and Suzie pick up some similar coasters from Homesense for a fraction of the price of one of these but aren't they just so dreamy? If owning coasters in general, nonetheless little works of art like these ones, doesn't say adulting successfully I don't know what does.

Urban Outfitters Honeymoon Hotel Hold Me Closer Wall Art Print (£29) - Sometimes I find that certain quote or motivational prints can look a little juvenile or cheap but this one really is the exception to that rule. It's simple but sleek and it also features lyrics from one of my favourite Elton John songs.

Maisons Du Monde Crossy Copper Metal Lamp With Lampshade (£32.39) - Now how beautiful is this lamp? I actually hadn't heard of Maisons Du Monde before but I've now well and truly bookmarked their page as they seem to do all the current trends, such as faux fur stools and blogger favourites like rose gold, copper and Scandi designs for a really reasonable price. Think Pinterest pieces that you can actually afford and find in the UK. Has anyone ordered from them before?

I also wanted to share some of the other pieces that I've got my eye on too, all of which are still under the £50 price mark;

Have you made any homeware purchases recently? If so, what did you get? If not, do you have anything on your wishlist? And do you feel like changing things up throughout the year when it comes to your bedroom/home?


Sunday, 8 October 2017

The 'It's Now Autumn' Outfit

leopard print coat 2017 uk

It's been quite some time since I last shared an outfit post on my blog but I already have another one planned for later in the month in addition to today's post. As much as I enjoy stocking up on midi dresses, jumpsuits and bardot tops in the warmer months, I only ever really get a chance to wear them when I'm on holiday. And since I did some solo travel this Summer, I don't really have too many photos which feature me in them, nonetheless enough to do an outfit post like this one. But I've recently bought a couple of great Autumn/Winter staples, ones which I couldn't wait to share with you, which is why today's blog post came to fruition. I also took advantage of the fact that I'd had a Tilbury Transformation from the Charlotte Tilbury team to get a chance to try out the new Hollywood range. Here are the products that were used on me that day and I've now got about a million and one new things on my evergrowing beauty wishlist;

And here are some of the bits that I've recently added to my wardrobe to take me from the pitiful Scottish Summer to Autumn/Winter in style;

First up is this gorgeous leopard print coat. I've been searching for the perfect leopard print coat for many years now and they're either too boxy on me, too jazzy or too expensive but I spotted this one in Next's window on a recent trip to Buchanan Galleries and even though it was on a child's mannequin, I decided to have a look in store to see what size it went up to and thankfully the biggest size, the age 16, fit me perfectly.

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I already own a few pieces from the older girl's collection, even though I'm about ten years older than their demographic but the quality and prices are exceptional and this coat was no different. I personally wear a lot of black all year round so some of the brown and beige leopard print coats that I've found just didn't go with what I already own but this works so well. I also adore the slightly larger print as it's like nothing I've seen on the High Street before. I also find the larger spots a lot more flattering on me than the smaller busier spots. It's already cold enough to warrant wearing a coat and I'm so glad that I managed to pick this one up. All I can say is if you're slightly smaller than the UK average when it comes to clothes, don't forget about teenage ranges as you'll often find gems hidden in this part of the store. As someone with small feet too, I regularly get sandals and trainers in 'child's sizes' for about half the price of the exact same adult ones too, which is a win win really.

personalised name necklace

I'm not someone who wears a lot of jewellery on a day to day basis but thanks to a couple of new additions to my jewellery box, that has now changed. Ever since I first watched Sex and the City I've always dreamt of having my own Carrie necklace but with a name like Ellis, which is rarely ever seen when they bring out personalised name pieces in the shop, I thought it would cost me hundreds of pounds. So when an email popped into my inbox from Prezzybox to ask if I'd like to receive and review their personalised name necklace* I really did feel like Christmas had come early. Not only could I finally get a name necklace that was personalised to me and my name but I could also get it in rose gold. Talk about dreams coming true! I haven't had it off since I received it and can quite easily see it becoming as special to me as Carrie's was to her.

Glasgow fashion blogger

The one piece of jewellery that I do wear on a daily basis, if you do call it jewellery, is my mini Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, as seen in my How To Save Money On Designer Pieces blog post but it ran out of battery at the end of August and I just kept forgetting to get a new battery. That and the fact that when I enquired into having the battery replaced when I was out shopping, they wanted to charge me a price where I could essentially buy a brand new watch for less. That's when Brown's Family Jewellers got in touch to ask if I'd like to review one of the fantastic watches that they stock.

Cluse rose gold watch

It really was perfect timing and I fell in love with the Cluse Minuit rose gold & grey watch* as soon as I saw it. I absolutely adore the touch of rose gold and the fact that it not only goes with the rest of my jewellery which is probably about 90% rose gold now but that it also goes with my new Next coat!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips

Lastly we have the pair of earrings that every blogger and their Mum seems to have bought this Summer; the H&M tassel earrings. I managed to pick up the black pair online and I couldn't leave the rose gold pair behind when I spotted them in the new H&M store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow City Centre this past weekend. I really like the way they make a basic outfit, of a t-shirt and jeans, look all the more put together and they work especially well when you've got your hair slicked back.

So those are some of the recent additions to my wardrobe and jewellery box. I'll be sharing some more later in the month when hopefully I'll have found a great new pair of Winter boots and maybe some new Autumn/Winter accessories such as a hat, scarf and gloves.

Have you bought any new pieces for your Autumn/Winter wardrobe? If so, what caught your eye in the shops or online? If not, do you have any 'must-buys' that you need to pick up? And would you like to see outfit posts appear more regularly on here?

Do you prefer Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer fashion? What do you think of the pieces that I've managed to pick up recently? And what trends are you excited to embrace in the coming months?


Friday, 6 October 2017

What I've Been Watching: In September

Can you believe that it's October already and almost Halloween (aka. my favourite time to binge watch all of the best horror movies)? Even though it was only September I did let a couple of horror movies slip into that month, solely because I hadn't seen either of them before. And spoiler alert; both definitely impressed. Actually, this month's edition of What I've Been Watching is one of those rare ones where I really enjoyed everything that I watched, so be sure to continue reading to see why.

Total Bellas

Growing up WWE or WWF as it was called when I started watching (god, I feel old!), was a permanent feature in our house. We'd either be watching Smackdown or Raw, counting down the days to the next Pay Per View, spending our entire weekend on the Playstation playing the game or phyically playing with the figurines of which I think only two were mine and they were my two favourite Divas (Lita and Chyna were the best!) So it's always been something that's interested me, even if some of the storylines and acting are more than a little bit questionable when you watch it back as an adult. When Total Divas first started it was a great show to stick on on a Sunday night. And even though I always look forward to a new season of Total Divas starting, despite the fact that I could do without it featuring a few of them (I'm looking at you Lana and Eva Marie), Nikki and Brie have always been my favourites. So when Total Bellas started last year I was over the moon.

This is the second season of Total Bellas to be aired and it revolves around the two sisters, their lives both inside and outside the ring and their family. I'm loving it even more than ever as Brie is expecting her first child with husband Bryan and Nikki is about to get engaged to John Cena so it's the kind of storylines that I'm actually interested in watching, again unlike in Total Divas where some people get more airtime than others. If you're looking for a fun and easy to watch show to enjoy, you could do a lot worse than Total Bellas.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

After seeing the first Ouija movie which was honestly one of the dullest and most juvenile horror movies that I've seen in recent years or possibly, ever, I didn't hold out much hope when they revealed that they would be making a prequel. But I have to say, this is the kind of Ouija movie that I was expecting and so much more. It also doesn't end in the way that you expect it to, which is always a big bonus for horror movies. I feel like it leaves you more unsettled if the evil, in this case, isn't quashed or stopped entirely and that's exactly what it did.

The child actors, specifically Lulu Wilson who plays the youngest daughter, are really good and you're actually invested in the characters and their lives, which again is a rarity in most modern horrors. Talking of child actors, you'll also find the actor who played Elliot in E.T. in this movie too. It was one of those occasions where you know you've seen someone's face before but you're just not sure where. Cue a bit of quick Wikapedia-ing. If you're looking for something to watch this Halloween, I'd definitely give Ouija: Origin Of Evil a try! And this leads me onto another horror movie I'd definitely recommend giving a watch this month.

The Strangers

I'd heard a lot about this movie back when it was first released but never got around to actually watching it for some reason or another. I honestly don't know the last time a movie made me feel this tense and uneasy. I genuinely had a knot in my stomach and not a single drop of blood had even been shed. Because you kind of know what's coming as this is a home invasion type of movie, you know that they're going to make their way in somehow but waiting for it to actually happen really builds up the tension. There was the odd jump scare but they didn't feel out of place at all and all I can say is that the masks, specifically the main guy's scarecrow sack one, are so creepy!

It was just my luck that after watching this, in the dark might I add, right before bed, that our home alarm system wouldn't work. Cue me flinching at the smallest sound and failing to get a proper sleep that night. Now if that doesn't show how successful this movie was at building up suspense and scares, I don't know what else does.

The Martian

September is my Dad's birthday month and as someone who seems to always be watching documentaries on NASA and space travel, I got him The Martian on DVD, along with some other presents, for his birthday at the start of the month. Matt Damon's character is left stranded on Mars after he's presumed dead. With limited supplies, he really has to think and come up with a way to stay alive until he can be rescued. And we're not talking about a couple of weeks or months here, we're talking years until someone can come and rescue him. Even when you think all hope is lost Damon and the only music that he's been left with (it's a fabulously funky disco playlist) keep you smiling and rooting for his character, even after every setback and problem that he encounters during his time on the red planet.

It also featured supporting actors that I really wasn't expecting to see in it such as Donald Glover, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean. Sean Bean in particular, played against his normal stereotype i.e. he wasn't killed, which was a nice change for him.

The Island With Bear Grylls

After initially tuning into the celebrity version of the same show mainly because R.J. Mitte, who played Walt Jr. in Breaking Bad was taking part in it, I saw that the previous seasons of this show were on demand and quickly downloaded a few into our Sky planner. I'm not the biggest fan of Bear Grylls and I had a feeling that he would feature in this pretty prominently but thankfully that wasn't the case. Bear only really pops up to say they must 'find it, catch it and kill it' or to tell us how dangerous dehydration can be. When you binge watch it, like I did, this can get a bit annoying as he practically rattles out the 'find it, catch it and kill it' line a couple of times every episode. But apart from that, some of the situations that they get into and what they have to endure is honestly unreal. I'm talking people falling from the side of a cliff onto rocks, people being swept out into the ocean by riptides and other medical emergencies which have to be dealt with on a remote island in the middle of nowhere. It's safe to say I wouldn't last two minutes on the island! Haha.

The first celebrity season was pretty enjoyable, the latest one however, not so much. Basically Iwan Thomas is the worst! If you've even seen an advert for that particular season or even five minutes of an episode, you'll know exactly what I mean.

So there's what I watched in September. As mentioned above, I'm already planning out when to watch some of my favourite Halloween related movies this month, namely Hocus Pocus, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Scream quadrilogy. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while, you might remember the Halloween edition of my What I've Been Watching series but I'll leave a link to it here just in case you didn't. Basically if you're looking for some inspiration as to what to watch to give yourself a fright or to get into the Halloween spirit this month, be sure to check it out.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the TV shows or movies in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any recommendations?


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How To Blend Your Foundation Like A Pro

bareminerals barepro liquid foundation review

As someone who never used to wear foundation, I still feel a bit like a newbie when it comes to this particular beauty product. Whilst some people only apply theirs with a Beautyblender or similar blending sponge, others rely solely on their favourite makeup brush but up until very recently, I hadn't quite found a form of application that worked for me. That was until Magnitone released the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Makeup Blending Brush*.

Launching on the first of this month, I was very kindly sent this product in advance of it's official launch as part of the ambassador programme. Before becoming a Magnitone ambassador, I was already a huge fan of their Barefaced cleansing brush so it was no surprise that I fell in love with this makeup brush almost immediately. Using the same Vibra-Sonic technology, the BlendUp brush pulses and massages with over 250 movements per second to create that perfectly airbrushed finish.

bareminerals barepro foundation review

I've been putting this to the test alongside another new launch, the bareMinerals BAREPRO liquid foundation and the two really do work hand in hand to leave me with a finish that before now, I could only really dream of. I hadn't tried any of bareMinerals foundations before now, apart from the Complexion Rescue but I am now sorely tempted to try both the BARESKIN and the BLEMISH REMEDY, as a result. It's also a really good colour match, something that can't be said for all foundations when it comes to me and my incredibly fair skin. And speaking of trying other foundations, what I also really appreciate about the BlendUp brush is the fact that you can also use it with liquid or powder foundation, as well as with tinted moisturisers, primers, concealers and BB/CC creams.

Another big bonus, as someone who can often get a little bit lazy when it comes to cleaning their makeup brushes on a regular basis; it has a self-cleaning mode. If you often neglect cleaning your brushes solely because of the amount of time and effort that it takes, then this could be the ideal solution for you.

magnitone blendup

The brush comes with a SmoothBLEND brush head, which is a nice universal type of brush head but there are also two other brush heads available to purchase. These are the BuffBLEND and FeatherBLEND respectively. Hopefully you can see it vibrating in the photograph above. It also comes with a USB charger and is available in black, as pictured, or white.

So there you have it, two products which have finally allowed me to blend my foundation like a pro.

Do you struggle to get that flawless finish when it comes to your foundation? Does the sound of an electric makeup brush sound intriguing to you? And have you tried anything from Magnitone before? If so, what did you think?


Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Ultimate Guide To NYC

ultimate guide to new york city

As mentioned in The Ultimate Guide To Glasgow, I have been working on another Ultimate Guide ever since arriving back from my first solo trip back in July and here it is; The Ultimate Guide To NYC;

Friday, 29 September 2017

How To Spend A Rainy Day In Glasgow

glasgow travel guide

Since I took as many photos as I did when visiting my two favourite museums in Glasgow for my Ultimate Guide to Glasgow blog post, I thought that I would dedicate a full blog post to how I spent the day at Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. And as it seems that Summer is well and truly over for yet another year here in Scotland, I thought that it would be interesting to show you how I'd spend a rainy day in the city, that is if I venture out of the house into the cold, wind and rain. So here's how to spend a rainy day in Glasgow;

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Mystery Beauty Haul From Unineed

unineed review

As mentioned in my most recent haul post, my Fragrance Direct haul, I've done quite a few haul posts over the past month or so, namely because of the amount of shopping that I did in New York. So when Unineed got in touch to see if I'd like to receive a mystery beauty haul from them I was really intrigued and excited.

If you're not familiar with Unineed, they're a beauty and fashion online retailer, based in my hometown of Glasgow, who stock over 250 brands. You'll find skincare, makeup, haircare, fragrance and even handbags and accessories, with lots of great savings to be had.

So let's see what they sent over;

ysl touche eclat limited edition

YSL Limited Edition Touche Éclat*

Despite blogging about beauty for almost four years now, I've actually never properly tried or reviewed YSL's iconic Touche Éclat. I have given it a swatch on several occasions but never felt the inclination to try it myself. My Mum, on the other hand, who also swatches it every time we pass by a YSL counter whilst out shopping, has always wanted to try it. For some reason I never think to gift my Mum beauty products at Christmas or on her birthday, mainly because I give her any press samples that are just too dark for my complexion or products that just don't really work for me. But seeing this packaged like this has made me rethink that.

This is the limited edition star collection Touche Éclat and the packaging immediately reminded me of the Pat McGrath kits in a very good way. I mean, imagine receiving this for Christmas or in the run up to the party season? Hopefully my Mum won't see this blog post as I think I might just need to hide this away until Christmas morning for her. Plus, like me, she's a bit of a magpie so will very much appreciate the sparkly star packaging.

nyx high voltage lipsticks review

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks* (£2.75 instead of £5.50)

As you will have already seen if you read Ellis Tuesday on a regular basis or follow me on social media, 2017 was the year that I discovered NYX and in a big way. Their products finally became readily available at Boots counters across the country (hello big Boots haul!) and then I went a little lip crazy when I paid the standalone NYX store in NYC a visit. Even though some of their products have quickly become some of my all-time favourites, I hadn't actually strayed too far away from the soft matte lip creams and butter glosses, when it came to their lip products and for some reason or another, hadn't paid their traditional lipsticks too much attention, until now.

These are so so comfortable on the lips and the pigmentation is unreal, especially when you consider how affordable they are! I particularly adore Tiara, which is such a me shade but I can't wait to wear Mirage in the colder months and how beautiful will Beam be come Spring?!

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Super Cleansing Kit review

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Super Cleansing Kit* (£11.35 instead of £39.99)

I have to admit, I haven't actually tried anything from Olay before (I know, another big beauty blogger confession to make)! I have, however, been loving using a cleansing brush to care for my skin, as seen in my self care blog post. This kit is a great way to introduce a cleansing brush into your routine without having to spend a lot to do so and at just £11.35 on Unineed, instead of £39.99 like it is regularly, it's simply too good a deal to resist!

this works deep sleep pillow spray review

Caudalie Eau De Raisin Grape Water*

You'll have also seen, if you read my latest Sephora haul, that I treated myself to a couple of Caudalie bits when I was in the US. Having circulation issues weirdly means that I get a roasting hot nose and an almost butterfly style red rash across my nose and cheeks in the colder months. It's highly annoying as it's the only part of me that's red hot in the cold Autumn/Winter months and there's no real way for me to cool it down whilst going about my day to day business. But I think I may have just found the product to help me out. My skin feels soothed and cooled without having to apply lots of different products or a cold compress. Another score for Caudalie!

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* (£16 instead of £18)

Speaking of impressive products, I now finally understand the hype and holy grail status surrounding this product. I've had my eye on it for years now but could never really justify the almost £20 price tag but my oh my is it good. It's actually transformed my bedtime routine if you can believe it. Some nights I was heading to bed early solely to switch from one screen (the TV) to another (aka. my phone screen). Surely I can't be the only one who gets sucked into a YouTube vacuum and half an hour of watching soon turns into hours and all of a sudden it's after midnight and I'm watching conspiracy theory and true crime videos, which ultimately stop me sleeping soundly that night. By spritzing this on my pillow I've now been getting into the habit of thinking of my bed as somewhere to sleep (I know, revolutionary eh?) I've found it easier to drift off and have had better sleeps since and I think it must have something to do with switching up my bedtime routine and only going to bed when I'm tired now. I'll definitely be stocking up on this stuff and I have my fingers crossed that This Works do Christmas gift sets! Even having £2 off it on Unineed certainly makes it easier to think about about treating myself to it once this one runs out.

luxury beauty haul

A huge thank you to the team at Unineed for sending this mystery parcel over to me to try and review. They did such a great job at picking out these pieces, especially as I hadn't tried any of them before. And I've definitely found a few new favourites as a result.

What do you think of some of the beauty brands and products that Unineed stock? Where do you typically buy your beauty bits from? And are you a fan of haul posts popping up more regularly on Ellis Tuesday?


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Organising My Makeup Collection

makeup drawers acrylic uk

For years now I've been on the hunt for some affordable makeup storage. I think it was spurred on by the fact that everyone seemed to have a certain set of Muji drawers either on their blogs, YouTube channels or Instas. But at the time I just couldn't part with £30+ on clear plastic drawers, no matter how much I wanted them.

Because I blog about beauty, there really are beauty bits dotted all over my house and sometimes I almost forget what I have and what I love as a result. So when I spotted these babies on the New Look site I knew that I'd finally struck gold. I had initially planned on taking advantage of the 25% off everything deal that they ran a few weeks ago but for some reason or another (probably because I'd already been a bit spendy that month) I hadn't got around to buying them. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I clicked back onto the site to see that they were running a buy one get one free promotion on their entire beauty range. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!! At £15 each (aka. what they cost normally), I think that's a really affordable price for what you're getting but them being BOGOF meant that each set of drawers cost me just £7.50!

acrylic makeup drawers uk

I'd seen other acrylic drawers, other than the Muji ones, online but most were on Amazon or eBay and I wasn't sure what the quality would be like or if I could return them if they didn't work for me, which was another reason for ordering them from New Look. I got free delivery to store and knew that I could easily return them had they not been to my taste after receiving them. They're a great size and the quality is really good too, something I wasn't necessarily expecting. To have all of my makeup in one place and organised by category makes such a big difference each day. It also means that my makeup bag isn't bursting at the seams either.

transparent cosmetics organiser drawers new look

Let me know if you'd like to see a full blog post on my makeup collection as well as which products are my holy grails and instant re-buys! It has been quite a while since I've shared some of my beauty favourites.

You might already spot a few, as well as a couple of new purchases (hello CT's iconic Glastonberry lipstick, Clinique's Chubby Gloss & Shine and the new Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter!)

How do you store your makeup and beauty bits? Have you been looking for a similar storage solution too? And did you even know that New Look did makeup storage, brushes and a huge beauty range?


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Starting My Laser Hair Removal Journey at Therapie Clinic Glasgow

Therapie Clinic Glasgow Reviews

When it comes to body hair, thankfully I'm quite lucky that the hair on my arms, legs and face (excluding my eyebrows) is blond and basically invisible. But I'm not quite so lucky when it comes to my underarms. For some reason my hair grows in darker, thicker and in a really unruly manner under there. And when you throw into the mix that my underarms cave in weirdly, making it really difficult to shave without getting into weird and sore positions or cutting myself about ten times, I neglect this part of my body much more than I should. This becomes even more apparent in the warmer months when I'm wearing strappy tops, dresses and jumpsuits. Shaving that area of my body is a much bigger chore and task than it should be and I almost feel like screaming with frustration each and every time I do choose to shave there. It's finally got to the point where enough is enough. I needed to think of another way of dealing with it. Waxing really wasn't an option for me as I don't really need anymore pain in my life (Invisalign and IBS are quite frankly more than enough to contend with) and didn't want to irritate my sensitive skin either and that's what led me to do some research into laser hair removal.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Importance Of Self Care & How I've Been Looking After Myself Recently

self care beauty tips

As you might have seen if you follow me on Twitter, midway through last month I found a red, itchy rash on my right hand side just above my hip bone. A couple of hours later I was sat at the doctors, following an emergency appointment with the nurse, where it was confirmed that I had shingles. Now I don't know about you but the only time I've heard of anyone getting shingles is when they've been at least 70 years old, so you can imagine my surprise, being just 25. As a result, I felt run down and ridiculously scratchy for almost two weeks, with some of the after effects still ongoing. Thankfully we caught it early enough that it didn't get a chance to get really bad but I did feel pretty rubbish throughout it all and it got me thinking about the importance of self care.

I did a blog post, back in January, on creating a 'feel better' hamper and whilst all of those points and tips are still completely valid, this time as it wasn't IBS related, I just felt rather gross and unclean, which I'll explain why in a minute. So it was definitely a new experience when it came to feeling unwell but here's how I've been looking after myself recently;

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks

Dedicating a few hours a week to a little bit of pampering

Whilst the rash was still raised and rather angry looking, in an effort to keep the area clean and to stop any infection or me disturbing the rash and possibly scarring the area, I decided to wash my hair over the bath and opt for stand up washes. Both of those things were just about as fun as they sound and left me feeling rather dirty and unclean even directly after. I was dying to have a bath or shower but was worried that I would accidentally catch the rash, allowing it to seep and then scar. So as soon as I felt slightly better, I put a free afternoon and evening to good use and did some much needed pampering. I've been loving the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks, of which my favourite has to be the Super-Hydrating Soothing Mask. They're also super affordable and you'll often find them on offer in the likes of Boots and Superdrug. Over the past couple of weeks I've made my way through three of them and will definitely be repurchasing. Something as simple as applying a sheet mask, sticking your feet up and watching an episode or ten of Sex and the City can do wonders for ones well-being, or at least mine anyway.

Drinking more water

As mentioned in the first of my Invisalign blog posts, I'm several weeks into my Invisalign journey and it really does change your day to day life both in good and some slightly inconvenient ways. One positive of the situation is the fact that I have been drinking a lot more water. Mainly because having the trays in makes me incredibly thirsty but also because I can only drink water with my trays in, it really is my only option. This little water bottle from Flying Tiger is the perfect size to carry around with me on a daily basis and unlike some of the metal water bottles, it's not ridiculously heavy either. It's actually so light and was only £2 too, so quite the bargain.

magnitone barefaced review

Getting serious about my skincare

I'm not sure if it was a result of the medication I was on or because my body was run down or a combination of the two but my skin has been terrible recently. I'm used to only having one or two blemishes at a time and they're normally pretty easy to cover but it's not been like that at all recently. At one point I had ten (yes TEN!) spots on my chin alone. Then there were several on my forehead and a few on my cheeks so I decided to get to work on putting together some kind of radical routine to deal with the way my skin was acting. It was pretty nice timing actually, as I've just become a Magnitone ambassador. I've been using my Barefaced Sonic Cleanser* ever since and my skin is finally starting to improve. The Pore Perfection Anti-Breakout + Blemish Control heads* in particular, really are a gamechanger. They even seem to be stopping those annoying little bumps under the skin that feel like they're about to erupt but never do.

I've also been attempting to exfoliate more, as again, for some reason I've had more dead skin and debris on my skin, both when it comes to my face and my body, than ever before. The Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser*, which I actually received as part of my aftercare and prep package at Therapie Clinic following laser hair removal (more on that on Wednesday), is SO good! If you haven't been sure what exfoliating product to try or to pick up, I would easily recommend starting with this.

My skin has also felt parched so I've been upping the hydration with Pixi's H2O Skindrink on my face and Crabtree & Evelyn's Goatmilk & Oat Soothing Body Lotion* on the rest of my body. Both have been wonderful and I was so grateful to have both in my beauty stash to start using during this frankly crappy period for my skin and body. The Skindrink is even more incredible and soothing if you store it the fridge. It does feel a little bit weird to see it in the same drawer as various different cheese products but the cooling sensation is unreal and well worth trying out for yourself.

glossier balm dotcom review

Getting lippy

Much like my skin, my lips have been so unruly. I'm hoping that they're now back on the straight and narrow but honestly, my lips always get a little unmanageable in the colder months. So this year I'm being really proactive with my lip care. This nugg Exfoliating Lip Smoother* is the kind of product that I've been looking for for years. I actually tried to find the Tony Moly Lip Scrub when I was in NYC, to no avail, so was very happy when I was sent this to try on my return home. It isn't too rough on the skin and is really portable too, which is definitely a bonus and makes me remember to use it more, as a result. It also smells INCREDIBLE! Like I can't even describe how good it smells. Think buttery vanilla and you're along the right lines. And the Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom is just as dreamy as you would imagine it to be! It also actually makes me want to apply lip balm, which is not something I normally look forward to. I'm already counting down the days until I can place a Glossier order here in the UK. October cannot come quick enough! Phase 2 set and Glossier sweatshirt, you will be mine!

palm print homeware

Fresh bedding

Last but not least, something as simple as fresh bedding can instantly improve my mood. Surely I'm not the only one who feels like that, am I? Having had shingles, I really wanted to wait until the rash had almost completely disappeared before changing my bedding, just in case. So after getting the all clear the first thing I did was dig out some new bedding. This is the new set that I've put on my bed, which my Mum managed to snag from the Next sale the day I returned home from New York this Summer. I love the fact that it's reversible as the black background makes it much more cold weather appropriate and you know I love a good palm print!

So there's how I've been taking a bit more care of myself recently and a little health catch up thrown in for good measure too.

Do you practice self care? If so, what are the things that you do? If not, what would you like to start doing? And what does your current skincare regime look like?


Friday, 8 September 2017

CitizenM New York Times Square

citizenm new york times square

As you might remember if you read my blog back in October of last year, I had a little staycation at CitizenM Glasgow and I absolutely loved my time there. So much so, that as soon as I even contemplated visiting New York, there was only going to be one place that I wanted to stay and that was CitizenM.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Fragrance Direct Haul

Fragrance Direct Discount

Having done a couple of haul posts recently, namely my Sephora haul, my Bath & Body Works haul and my NYX haul, Fragrance Direct got in touch to ask if I'd like to pick out some products to feature in today's blog post and of course, I couldn't say no to some new beauty bits, especially as I had just run out of my favourite perfume. They also let me know that they now offer 10% off for students, thanks to UniDays so if you're heading back to Uni or starting your first year and want to pick up some beauty essentials before starting back, be sure to check out the Fragrance Direct site.

Many make the misconception that Fragrance Direct only sell fragrances, when in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. Along with discounted fragrance deals, they also stock lots of drugstore and slightly pricier brands and products. And even I was shocked to see some of the latest brands that are now being stocked on their site and not only that but with a discount too.

So here's what I found on Fragrance Direct;

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush Review

As mentioned above, I'd just run out of my favourite perfume of all-time; Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream so I was definitely in the market for a new one. There were several that I had my eye on but I'm so glad that I decided to stick with what I know but with a little bit of a twist by trying out the new and limited edition Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush* It's such a pretty and unique scent but I can still tell that it's in the Daisy and Daisy Dream family. If you're a fan of those fragrances in particular, I'd definitely check out this limited edition scent whilst you still can as it's just the perfect everyday scent for me, one that also works for nighttime too.

Fragrance Direct Discount Code Student

After adding that to my basket it was then that I saw two brands immediately stand out from the rest and that was MAC and Bobbi Brown. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them and quickly narrowed it down to these two products, of which I am now madly in love with both.

I'd previously tried another one of Bobbi Brown's Rich Colour Lipsticks, with it becoming one of my holy grail shades so I was keen to try out another and that's exactly why I had to go for the stunning Rose Blossom shade*. It's just such a beautiful shade and adds some colour to my lips without being anything too dramatic. And the MAC Mineralize Blush in the shade Love Thing* is easily my new favourite. Plus I got £2.50 off it simply by buying it from Fragrance Direct. I might need to try out a few more of MAC's products, especially as I've never really tried anything from them before (I know, bad beauty blogger right there), as a result of falling head over heels in love with this product.

Real Techniques Brush Set Review

Whilst browsing the makeup section, I spotted two more deals too good to ignore. Hello half price Bourjois Mascara* and Real Techniques limited edition brush set* for under £15!

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk Review

Last but not least I picked up two products that I'd been wanting to try for a while now. First we have the Clinique Cleansing Milk*. I'm a big fan of their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm but sometimes I can be a little bit lazy and reach for makeup wipes (micellar wipes but still wipes) solely because I can't be bothered with the balm formula. So to try the milk instead has been a real gamechanger for me. I find that it's much quicker and easier to work with without compromising how well it works.

And last but not least we have the Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo*. I've still be using and loving the Toni & Guy Shampoo that I featured in the first of my Haircare Routine blog posts so when I spied this and the fact that it was just £2.99, I thought 'why not give it a go?' And I have to say, it's as good as some of the pricier dry shampoos that I've tried in the past such as the Paul Mitchell Dry Wash and my beloved COLAB Dry Shampoo. At £2.99 I might just have to stock up!

So there you have it, that's what I picked up from Fragrance Direct and the best thing is that everything featured in today's haul came in at under £100, when using the 10% UniDays student discount. How good is that, particularly when you take into account what I managed to buy?

Have you tried any of the products in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? Are you or is someone you know, starting back back University soon? And have you ever shopped on Fragrance Direct?


Sunday, 3 September 2017

What To Consider Before Getting Invisalign & Why I Decided To Get It

what to know before getting Invisalign

As alluded to back in my What's New In My Dental Routine blog post, I finally took the plunge and decided to get Invisalign. When I was fifteen I had train track braces and I had them for a little over 18 months, so essentially a year and a half. I put myself through a lot of pain, hassle and 18 months of smiling without showing my teeth in photographs and at the end of it I had perfectly straight teeth and my jaw was finally in alignment (bye bye overbite!) However, my wisdom teeth started to come in a few years later and as a result, my aligners no longer fit properly. But instead of doing the sensible thing and going to my orthodontist to tell them this, I just let them slowly drift back to their original position. It had always bothered me to an extent and I wasn't all that happy with my smile but to be honest it wasn't really that noticeable, or so I thought. But as the years and months went by and my teeth continued to move, my lower teeth got even more crowded and one or two moved outwith their gum protection. This meant that my gums were starting to recede and quite badly too. It was then that my dentist suggested that I take a trip to the orthodontist.

I knew for a fact that there was no way I was going to get train tracks again. All that kept replaying in my mind was that episode of Sex and the City where Miranda gets braces an adult and that was enough for me to completely disregard traditional train tracks altogether. Ceramic braces were another option but I was pretty set on going down the clear braces route. The only thing putting me off; the incredibly steep price tag. My eventual treatment plan came to just shy of £4000 which is easily the biggest investment I have ever made and this was an investment in myself. Breaking it down into monthly amounts certainly helped to make it less of a scary figure and I gave the whole process the go ahead just before I went to New York, especially as it would take several weeks for the trays to be made.

Every blog post I read and YouTube video that I watched, bar a select few, were horror story after horror story and when I put that first tray in I wondered if I hadn't just made the biggest mistake of my life but after some encouragement from many of you on Twitter, I persevered and now, on tray 3 of 15 on top and 19 on bottom, plus eventual refinement trays, I often forget I'm even wearing them. So here's what to consider before getting Invisalign;

You have to have self discipline

I have to admit, it is really strange essentially causing yourself intentional pain and that's basically what you're doing each and every time you put in a new tray, normally for the next day or so in my case but after that it's either slightly uncomfortable or unnoticeable. If you don't have self discipline it could be very easy to leave your aligners out when your teeth are screaming 'don't put me back in' or if it's particularly sore. The same can be said for having them out for more than your allotted two hours per day. I just keep reminding myself that no one forced me to get Invisalign and this was completely my choice, whenever I'm in any pain or discomfort. It will be worth it in the end too.

You might not want to snack as much

From what I'd read, I thought that having Invisalign would put a complete stop to any and all snacking but as long as I can be bothered with the little added bit of extra hassle of taking my trays out and brushing my teeth again before putting them back in, I'm more than happy to take them out to have an evening snack or a glass of orange juice, for example. I think I may be the only person who's had Invisalign to gain weight, solely because I eat larger meals to stop myself from snacking all day and then often have a snack in the evening too. Where is this Invisalign diet they spoke of? Hehe.

The thirst is real

Sure, you can eat and drink anything you like when you've taken out your trays but since they're in for 22 hours a day, if you're following Invisalign guidelines, that's 22 hours where all you can drink is water. I've definitely noticed that I've been drinking more solely because I feel thirsty, which can only be a good thing but sometimes I'll find myself dreaming of a hot chocolate or an ice cold can of Pepsi when I know I can only drink water. I thought I was being smart by buying flavoured water before getting them but sadly I can't drink it with my trays in as there is some kind of sweetener/sugar in it that would get trapped under my trays that could damage/decay my teeth. So if you see me lovingly looking at your glass of juice, that's why.

Invisalign Pros and Cons

It is an investment

The amount can be quite eye-watering, especially if you're not used to paying for orthodontic treatment. I know that some insurance plans in the US cover or part cover Invisalign treatment but here in the UK, you'll be paying out of pocket, especially if you're over the age of 18. Most practices offer payment plans and financing options, if you can't pay outright. I decided to pay my nearly £4000 outright. This means that I paid for my Clincheck and to have the trays made and then only have a few more lump sums to pay throughout my treatment. As I mentioned above, breaking it down by month makes it much more easier to stomach or even break it down by tray. This is an investment and unlike buying a car, a house or a designer handbag, this is an investment in yourself. If you've never been confident about your smile, just think how much of a difference this will make or if you need to get braces for reasons other than vanity, just think how much this will improve your situation.

They're not completely invisible

I'd heard many people remark that it was blatantly obvious that they had aligners in, again on online forums and blog posts (honestly, why did I read these to 'research' Invisalign?!) so I was expecting them to be quite noticeable. You can imagine my surprise when I had them put in and all that looked different was that my teeth were ultra shiny. Even when I had my attachments put on a week later, I couldn't believe how well they blended in with my natural teeth colour. Unless you get close up and look at my teeth side on, you honestly can't even tell that I have little bonded bits on my teeth. When it comes to wearing my trays, there are only two noticeable bubbles where they really highlight the fact that there's something on my teeth but other than that, they really aren't obvious in the slightest. If I haven't told someone I have aligners in, they wouldn't have even guessed that I did. Obviously this will differ on a case to case basis but don't expect them to be completely invisible or as prominent as regular braces either.

So there are some of the things that I would consider before getting Invisalign.

Have you ever had braces or Invisalign? If so, what did you do to make having them that bit easier? Or are you thinking about getting Invisalign at some stage? And would you like to see how my Invisalign treatment progresses and how much my teeth change?


Friday, 1 September 2017

What I've Been Watching: In August

Best and worst movies of 2017

As I mentioned in last month's What I've Been Watching blog post, I still have quite a few movies and TV shows, ones that I watched when I was on holiday, to share with you and that's exactly what I'll be doing in today's blog post. Normal 'me watching it in the same month' service will resume next month but until then, here's what I watched when I was travelling, as well as the one movie that I went out and saw in August;

Annabelle: Creation

As you will probably already know if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for some time now or have caught some of my previous What I've Been Watching blog posts, my favourite movie genre has got to be horror. So it was no surprise that I felt an urge to see this movie. I enjoyed the original Annabelle for what it was, nothing groundbreaking and a little jump-scare heavy but fun nonetheless. So when I saw that Annabelle was getting a prequel I knew I would have to see it at some point but when I heard really good reviews, particularly when the first movie was pretty much universally slated, I booked tickets to see it almost immediately. And I have to say, it might just have been my favourite of this kind of horror movie, even as good as, if not better than The Conjouring, one of my absolute favourites. It had a story (something you don't always get with horror movies), you actually cared about the characters and the scares weren't all of the jump-scare variety. All in all, if you like a good scare, go and see Annabelle: Creation!

Get Out

Whilst on the topic of horror movies, I had had Get Out on my to-watch list ever since it was first released in the US so when I saw that it was available to watch at CitizenM I actually let out a little shriek of excitement. I saved it for a rainy and dark evening in NYC and stocked up on American snacks and candy to make it a proper movie watching experience and it was a nice break from the madness of New York, for one night anyway. I now completely understand why it scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes! It was released on DVD a few weeks after I arrived back in Glasgow and I bought it that day and have since watched it several times since then. It's just SO good and not your typical horror movie in many senses of the word. It's much more than that. Also, I couldn't get enough of Chris' best friend, Rod and him being TSA. If you haven't seen it yet, I can't urge you to watch it enough!


I hadn't heard great things about Baywatch but I wasn't in the mood for anything too heavy, so I thought that I would put it on as I caught up with social media and generally just chilled out one rainy afternoon in NYC. It had the potential to be a Bad Neighbours and you could tell that they were almost trying to recreate the magic of 21 and 22 Jump Street but it just didn't work at all. Zac Efron, who was good in Bad Neighbours, for example and Dwayne 'The Rock' (he will always be The Rock to me) Johnson and basically the whole cast to be honest, just weren't very good. They were almost playing caricatures of their characters, which was strange. Some of the scenes were just too silly, even for this kind of comedy movie and there's a scene in it where a boat goes on fire and I was just left sitting thinking 'what is happening here?!' That and the fact that the special effects in that scene in particular are just so laughable. It just wasn't good at all, there wasn't even a couple of laughs that could have made it worth watching for me either.

Why Him?

All it took was the fact that this movie starred Bryan Cranston and James Franco (two of my favourite actors) for me to hit play almost immediately on my return flight home when it came to this movie. It wasn't the best comedy that I've seen but it certainly wasn't the worst and after seeing Baywatch, I couldn't judge it too harshly at all. Franco plays his character perfectly, as does Cranston, I guess and it was good to see Megan Mulally (Karen from Will & Grace/Tammy 2 from Parks & Rec) appear in this too. It also has a slightly holiday/Christmas theme to it which only made me more excited for the upcoming months. There's also some good guest appearances in this such as Kaley Cuoco as a Siri-style character but overall, I'm not sure that I would race to watch it again. It served it's purpose of keeping me entertained for a couple of hours on an overnight flight and did make me laugh more than a few times but I'd probably reach for Meet The Parents or Meet The Fockers instead.

The Bold Type

Whilst I was also in the US, a new TV show premiered and it was one that I was instantly drawn to. It's always been my dream, probably ever since I first saw Ugly Betty, to work at a magazine in New York, so The Bold Type was always going to be right up my street. Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine in the US, The Bold Type centres around three friends working at the fictional Scarlet magazine.

I saw the first three episodes when I was in NYC, enjoying them thoroughly and had my fingers crossed that when I returned to the UK it might have been picked up, either on UK television or on Netflix but I still haven't seen any news of it coming to the UK, yet. I'm still hoping that as Netflix shows many of the Freeform shows here in the UK, that one day soon we'll see The Bold Type on our screens here. I think I'll always think of it so fondly, as well, because I was watching the girls make their way around NYC, after I'd done just that earlier in the day.

So there you have it, what I watched in August and July.

What have you been watching recently? Have you seen any of the TV shows or movies in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you have any recommendations?


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Summer To Autumn Fashion & Beauty Transitional Wishlist

Transitional Summer to Autumn Fashion & Beauty

Even though we probably only had about 7 days of Summer up here in Scotland, none of which were consecutive, there's no doubt about, it's already starting to feel rather Autumnal, even though we're still in August. Frustrating as it may be, I have to admit, I'm definitely one of those people who quite enjoys the colder months. It's been getting dark a lot earlier, there's a crisp feeling in the air and I've already seen a couple of conkers on the ground this week, so I thought that now was as good a time as any to add some bits to my wardrobe to take me from the milder weather here in Scotland to what will be more rain, wind and cold over the next couple of months. I've made quite a few online orders in the past couple of days, namely from Ellisons, the Topshop sale and Miss Selfridge and I have so much more that I'd love to buy in the upcoming weeks. So here's what I have my eye on right now, both when it comes to fashion and beauty;

As soon as it gets that little bit colder my favourite colour to wear has got to be burgundy but despite that, I really only have one or two pieces in this colour, namely my Kate Spade cross body and Hotter Romance boots (as seen in this blog post). So this year I'd love to add some clothing pieces in this shade, as well as a couple of beauty bits too.

I love the look of this burgundy duster coat from Miss Selfridge and it looks like the perfect piece to wear over heavy knits or lots of layers, especially as I get far too warm when wearing several layers and a big Winter coat. When it comes to beauty, there's one lipstick that I just can't get out of my head each and every Autumn/Winter and I think this year I finally need to just go for it and buy Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Glastonberry Matte Revolution lipstick the next time I'm in House Of Fraser. Isn't it the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter?!

I also like the look of this berry boudoir shade from CND's latest collection, which I spied on Ellisons when checking out their nail art kits. I don't own too many darker shades, probably because I'm afraid of staining my nails but this one looks good enough for me to get over that fear. And whilst I'm not quite sure that I'm the kind of person who can pull off purple eyeshadow, after getting as much use out of my Naked Heat palette and seeing this exact shadow on Safiya in one of her recent videos, I think I might have to give this shadow a try.

As a result of browsing Love The Sales, I spotted this beautiful floral embroidered backpack from Accessorize, which might need to make it's way to me soon. I love the fact that I regularly find myself discovering quite a few hidden gems, both on sale and full price when having a look through the sales. I might have also spotted quite a few dreamy Kate Spade handbags in the House Of Fraser sale, as well, thanks to Love The Sales alerting me to them but I did just buy one in NYC so I really shouldn't have even looked as now I'm lusting after another.

And you can't go wrong with a couple of more black pieces in your wardrobe now can you? This denim pinafore dress from Topshop looks like it would instantly dress up even the plainest of t-shirts or knits underneath it and you could wear it with or without tights too. Can you tell that I'm trying to justify this purchase to myself right now? Hehe.

I also always think that a pair of black patent boots look so chic in the colder months and this pair from H&M are an absolute steal at just £24.99! Hopefully they'll have them in the brand new H&M that has just opened on Buchanan Street in Glasgow City Centre. Fingers crossed! I'm planning a visit anyway, mainly to check out our brand new home section (goodbye savings!) and to finally get a little bit basic and buy the infamous H&M tassel earrings that everyone's wearing. I feel like the black ones are the most me, surprise surprise. It might also be time to invest in a slightly sturdier and larger umbrella now that Summer (what Summer?!) is over in Scotland. This one, again from H&M, looks pretty adorable.

What will you be adding to your wardrobe and makeup collection over the next couple of months? Are you as big a fan of burgundy as I am? And have any of the pieces in today's post caught your eye?


Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Ultimate Guide To Glasgow

Guide to Glasgow City

After recently travelling to New York and getting a lot of tips, advice and ideas from reading blog post guides on that city, I thought that it could be helpful to others, who are thinking of making a trip to Glasgow, to write a similar post on my hometown and that's what inspired today's blog post. I've already got one on New York in the works for next month but until then, here is the ultimate guide to Glasgow;

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