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Beauty

6 Beauty Tips to Read Before Your Next Trip

Becoming a travel aficionado is 70 percent on-the-road experience, 20 percent coaching and mentoring (i.e. your trusted partner telling you to nix the seventh pair of shoes) and 10 percent reading articles like this one! Since you can’t take every single beauty product you own with you, these six beauty tips will come in handy whether you’re going out of town for the weekend or about to embark on a two-week trip to Europe.

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1. Get clean quick and calmly.

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Face wipes are so convenient when you’re having a late night. I like to take face wipes with me on trips because they’re less likely to spill and cause damage compared to bottled products. I alternate between two different kinds - Pond’s Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes with Chamomile & White Tea and Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes.

2. Look alive, pack white eyeliner.

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Use white eyeliner on your inner lash line to make your eyes appear bigger and ultimately make you look more awake, an essential for the jet setter.  Oh look, it’s in nano size. The Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner may be small in size and price ($5), but packs the power with this highly-pigmented product.

3. Dry shampoo to fix your ‘do.

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Dry shampoo powder or aerosol sprays help prolong your blowout and soak up oily roots.  Hold a few inches from the roots and do a quick spray to the oily spots (your part, front hairline). Tousle hair then finish with a brush to work in product and work out yesterday’s messy locks. I like this Pssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo. Other than the outdated logo and funky name, the actual product works great!

4. Cover roots with mascara.

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If your roots are creeping in, you most likely don’t have an extra bottle of hair dye in your suit case. Use mascara as a make-shift, on-the-go solution for a quick touch up. Sorry blondes, this trick is for dark hair only.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, $12.00 at Sephora.

5. Invest in multipurpose products.

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Multipurpose items like a lip-&-cheek stain are practically made for traveling. After a long flight, particularly in the middle seat, you may not have gotten the beauty rest you needed. A stain adds some color to your face and keeps you from looking overly tired. This Stila Lip & Cheek Stain comes in a wand which makes more easy applications while on the go.

6. Red lip = instant glam.

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A bold lip color instantly transitions your look from day to night. This Relentlessly Red Lipstick from MAC is one of my personal favorites. It’s so beautiful that you won’t need much else.

Have a beauty tip you’d like to share? Leave it in the comment section below.

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Beauty, DIY, Hair, Nails, Skin

10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!

BFTE Cosmetics
Beauty

Understanding the Chemicals in Your Cosmetics

To understand the dangers of certain cosmetic chemicals we first have to remember that our skin is an organ. When we place creams, liquids and even powders they can be and likely are, absorbed into your skin. This means it has the potential to reach your blood stream and other organs. So knowing that, would you purchase an item that had a label of “may cause cancer”? Just because it isn’t labeled doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Knowing what chemicals you are putting on your face and body is vital.

A woman puts anywhere between 130 – 515 chemicals on her face and body, daily. We do this without even thinking about doing it. But what we don’t realize is that some of those complicated words on the ingredient list are actually harmful chemicals and many of the individual ingredients haven’t been evaluated for safety. (Be overtly aware of this if you purchase foreign products.) Sites like Mbm.net.au have a huge database of cosmetic ingredients, their purpose and how harmful they are. Additionally, following safecosmetics.org will keep you abreast on the current strides being made to address these cosmetic chemicals and the companies who use them.

My solution, natural is better. Let’s be honest, I can’t remember that entire list (and it is a HUGE list) when I’m out shopping at a local store but I can keep the ingredients to a minimum. A great way to do this is to purchase natural based products. If you are lucky the ingredients will be simple with no complex words. If you purchase online I recommend checking the ingredients to the website provided before making your purchase and if all else fails, make some homemade products! Then you’ll really know what’s in your make-up.

Have you ever thought about how many chemicals you put on yourself? Here’s my three to avoid and some alternatives.

1. Petroleum by-products like petroleum jelly, petrolatum, liquid paraffin and mineral oil.

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  • The issue: It interferes with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism only increasing dry skin and chapping making you want to use the product even more. Cheap trick industries!

  • Alternative: Use natural waxes like beeswax combined with oils like sweet almond oil. Looks and feels similar to the jelly petroleum however are much better for your skin. The difference here is you won’t be drying out your skin; you’ll actually be healing it!

  • Try it: Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm

 

 

Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl) are used as preservatives and they aren’t always labeled. 

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  • The Issue: Primarily used in skincare products and deodorants they have been found to cause breast cancer tumors. It also has the possibility to contribute to sterility in males, hormones imbalances in females and produce early puberty/
  • Alternative: First off use natural deodorant or make your own at home!  You could also use products which utilize Phenoxyethanol which is a natural alternative derived from rose. Antioxidants like C and E also offer preservation as well as grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract and essential oils which increases the shelf life of the product.

3. Talc (Talcum) powder is a cosmetic grade powder that is identical to asbestos a carcinogenic chemical.

BFTE Cosmetics Why? It’s used to absorb moisture and applied to the underarms and genital area as well as in blushes, face powders, eye shadows, foundations and skin fresheners.

  • The issues: Used near the eyes it can irritate sensitive mucous membranes. However, Talc in a liquid product poses minimum risks. It does however clog pores and cause skin irritation. It is also linked to vaginal and ovarian cancers possibly due to its use on genitalia. There are also respiratory problems linked by inhaling the powder in the air.
  • Alternative: Use products containing finely milled cornstarch, beeswax or other natural ingredients. Cornstarch is silky, very absorbent and safe for babies and completely non-toxic.
  • Try it: BFTE Cosmetics Pro Eye Shadows

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Celebrity

{Link Love} Oscar Edition

While many of you were melted into the couch watch the 86th Academy Awards, I was doing the exact same thing (shocker!). Then today I couldn’t decide what about the Oscars I wanted to write about most – hair, makeup, selfies, gowns, um, everything. Since I’m having an indecisive day this post will encompass a whole lot of links that tie in to Oscar night.

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Oscar looks for less. Penny Chic recreated a few of the night’s top fashions, include Angelina Jolie’s sheer and stunning style.

There’s a really cool Oscar dresses info-graphic  that’s circling the blogosphere and it’s already been updated to include Cate Blanchett’s Armani Prive gown. Take a look.

Want a little Oscar-worthy glam infused into your look? Try this hair accessory.

The best Oscar beauty looks.

Philadelphia-based jewelry designer Mack and Jane‘s creations were in Oscar night gift bags.

Beauty Sweet Spot spotted Lupita Nyogn’o’s lip gloss. I wonder if Ellen gave it back to her or kept it, and Pharrell’s hat. 

Pretty Connected is hosting an Oscar gift-bag giveaway and it’s filled with a whole lot of goodies.

Penelope cruz wore H&M to an after party. Can she be any more awesome?

 

 

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Beauty

Feed Your Face: 5 Foods to Improve Skin Radiance

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve looked in the mirror and thought, “how can I better my skin”? I’ve tried millions of different creams, serums, moisturizers and cleansers and very few have given me the results they had promised.  To tell you the truth, I don’t have bad skin but I’m a firm believer in prevention and I stand by the saying “there’s always room for improvement.”  In all my product sampling and research, the only way that I’ve been able to get positive results is by taking a closer look at the kind of food I consume on a daily basis.

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No, I am not about to prescribe a diet. I can’t diet; I love food way too much.  But there are specific foods that can help you out; fruits and vegetables more specifically. Get ready because this is an inside out approach to beauty. You really are what you eat!  So here is a list of five foods to put you on the trend-hungry fast track to beautiful skin.

1. Blueberries

blueberries Blueberries are considered to be one of the best super foods.  The term ‘superfood’ refers to foods that have health promoting properties.  “Blueberries are high in antioxidants”, says health coach and wellness expert Chanelle White. “The antioxidants in blueberries protect skin cells and support collagen health, resulting in a smooth and youthful appearance”.  If I’m not eating them by the handful, I’m using them as a topping for yogurt, cereal, oatmeal or salad. Chanelle recommends eating 6 oz. of blueberries each day along with a balanced diet of whole foods. “Within 4-6 weeks you should notice skin with a natural glow and smooth appearance.”

 

2. Avocado

avocado In the last few years I’ve really grown to love avocados.  They’ve become a grocery staple in my home and not just for their taste but also the added bonus of health benefits.  “Counteracting winter dryness means more than just finding a good moisturizer. Hydrating your skin from the inside out with avocado, one of the healthiest sources of fat in nature, helps your skin stay supple and reduces redness and inflammation”, says Jolene Hart; certified health coach and author of Eat Pretty. “Avocado is a fat and protein source that burns quickly for energy, so don’t get caught up in calorie counting”! They’re are packed with vitamins and there’s so many ways to enjoy them.  From sandwiches to salads and soups, they’ve proven to be versatile and useful in the pantry. I personally love adding them to smoothies or just eating them raw with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

 

 

3.  Kale

kale Kale is another ‘superfood’ and great source of beauty vitamins.  Its super crunchy and has a slightly bitter taste.  I usually chop it up and add it to homemade soup or mix it with other organic leafy greens like arugula and spinach for salads.  Sometimes I start my day with a green smoothie that includes kale, apple, pear, spinach, celery, romaine, banana, avocado, blueberry and a squeeze of lemon.  It sounds rough, but it’s delicious and filling.  Jolene says that “one serving of kale (about a cup) has over 200% of your daily vitamin A needs (important for keeping skin smooth, glowing and blemish-free) and over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs (a serious collagen-builder that fights signs of aging)”.  Try it and I guarantee you be able to see and feel the results.

 

4.  Beets

beets Beets are full of great vitamins and nutrients that support your skin and they taste delicious too.  I love cooking with them mainly because they’re a great source of energy to me.  They’ve also been known to lower blood pressure and improve overall mental health. Beets are most commonly used and recognized in salads but you can also add them into the juicer with any of your other favorite veggies and fruits.  Jolene also says “this detoxifying veggie naturally cleanses the body by supporting our lymphatic system (a plus for radiant, glowing skin). It also contains a phytochemical that helps maintain skin elasticity and fight UV damage.”

 

 

5.  Walnuts

Walnuts When I’m on the go it can be hard to find nutritious snacks to hold me over in between meals.  As part of the solution, I’ve been purchasing nuts and 

seeds and making my own trail mixes at home.  I try different variations but always include raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, cranberries and my favorite, walnuts.  I’m not the biggest fish eater so eating walnuts helps me get in my daily dose of omega-3’s.  According to Marie Veronique, another well-recognized health expert, “eating ½ cup of raw and unprocessed walnuts has almost the total daily value

of Omega 3s. Omega 3s helps smooth complexion and helps your skin fight breakouts”.

This is just a small list to get you started.  There are many more fruits and veggies known for their skin improving and overall wellness abilities.  The trick is to be disciplined enough to get them into your system on a fairly regular basis.  It can be difficult initially so try putting your own spin on snacks and meals by integrating them slowly.  Do you have any tips on foods or recipes that target skin? Please share them in the comment section below! I’d love to try some of them out.

image sources: walnuts - www.alkalinelifestyle.com //avocados - www.earlsorganic.com // blueberries - www.usnews.com // beets - www.aliabaadfarms.com // kale - www.mindbodygreen.com

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Celebrity, Featured, Features, Uncategorized

Beyonce’s Secret Visual Album: Our 10 Favorite Trends

Beyonce just dropped a secret album!!! This calls for multiple exclamation points because – 1. It’s Beyonce, 2. It was a total secret (likely because she’ll be dropping something BIG in 2014 and this will create crazy buzz – genius!) 3. It’s a visual album. Beyonce has blown my mind yet again.

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So seeing as the Queen B doesn’t limit her trendsetting to music, let’s discuss her looks for the visuals and break down the standout trends video by video.

1. Pretty Hurts -Star Style

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Beyonce plays a beauty pageant contestant and shines on stage in starts. Get a load of those earrings.

2. Ghost – Natural Beauty

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Skin is dewey, brows are full and brushed upward, and bottom lashes look bare.

Trend Hungry Tip: Keep brows looking full and fabulous by drawing short, feather-like strokes with an brow pencil. Here’s a full-brow video tutorial.

3. Haunted – Flapper Gone Glam beyonce haunted makeup

You can’t see in this picture, but Beyonce’s outfit is black and white, very sleek. This highly-pigmented lip with nails to match and smokey eyes are the focal point. I predict nails and lips going matchy matchy.

Trend Hungry Tip: Bring attention to your manicure by stacking on midi rings. They draw the eye to your finger tips and make for amazing manicure Instagram pics.  

4. Blow – Disco Diva

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Beyonce’s beauty style for hanging at roller rink calles for a bold lip and eye. A bright orange lip and blue eyeshadow may seem intimidating, but totally work.

Trend Hungry Tip:Want to rock a bold lip and eye? Go light on blush and tone down eye and lip so that both stand out, but don’t scream drag queen.

5. No Angel- Homegrown Style

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Who looks this hot pumping gas?

6. Yonce- Model Behavior

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If you’re fashion obsessed then you may recognize a few faces in Beyonce’s Yonce video. Fashionista.com tells us to look out for sightings of “Joan Smalls — wearing a grill and lip-syncing the lyrics — Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman.”

7. Partition- Chandelier Chic

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The corset and headgear seem to be decked in crystals, tassels, and jewels. Get a load of how tiny her waist is. Think this will spark corset training to to become more mainstream?

8. Jealous – Extra Accessories

beyonce-jealous Bracelets and rings add the bling, but what’s really eye catching is that ear cuff. It looks dangerous and it’s a trend that is sure to be popping up much more in 2014.

Check out what other celebs are rocking ear cuffs and where to buy on a budget.

9. XO – Gypsy Jewels & Peekaboo Bra

beyonce-xo-outfit Thank you for showing us how to stay stylish while on a roller coaster. Like Beyonce’s mesh bra? It’s only $28. Buy now, as many fans will likely snatch ‘em all up.

10. Flawless -Punk Plaid & Chains

beyonce-flawless Punk has been reborn this year and will be taken to the next level in 2014.

Trend Hungry Tip: Looking for a new way to style a flannel shirt. Button high and wear a short necklace to really make the collar a focal point.

And if you’re digging the chain belt, here’s a slew of gold chain belts for cheap.

All images are screenshots taken from the videos. Sample and buy Beyonce by Beyonce on iTunes.

 

 

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Beauty, Uncategorized

{Freaky Friday} Disney’s Evil Villain Nail Kits

Halloween is less than two weeks away. Start thinking about plans and costumes (I’m planning on being Kris Jenner). I love pretty much every holiday & around this time of year I like to half-ass DIY a costume (usually something topical), eat snickers, and add pumpkins to my place. Right in time for Halloween, Disney’s Evil Villain Collection is now at Walgreens.

The collection includes Ardell lashes, ELF makeup kits, Kiss Nails manicure kits,  SOHO makeup bags, and charmed ponytailers  and themed after Disney’s baddest ladies – Cruella De Vil, Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Ursula.

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Kiss Nails sent me the Ursula nail kit to test out and it came with all the best nail ornaments – rhinestones, nails sticker decals, and the most different packets of the prettiest glitters. The kit has direction to guide you so you can create the signature look, but I decided to just decorate my current manicure with some of that shiny  green glitter – so witchy! 

You can kinda see them in this sneak peek pic of an upcoming Dare to Wear post.

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{photo by Audrey Gallagher}

Maleficent is from Sleeping Beauty, by the way. I had to google it so I figured you may want to know as well.

What Disney Villain would you buy?  Comment below!

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Beauty, DIY, Featured, Features, Skin, Uncategorized

Fall Beauty DIY: Pumpkin Face Mask

Put down those Pumpkin Spice lattes and prepare to be pampered by everyone’s favorite fall fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Fall really translates into pumpkin everything, so why not add skin-saving, gold mine to the long list of yummy uses?

I’m here to introduce you to your new favorite face mask, perfect for replenishing skin after the brutal summer sun. “The Pumpkin Pamper,” as I have so cleverly named it, contains only four ingredients and can be made in seconds. Let’s get started.

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What You’ll Need and Why:

  • 3/4 cup of 100% pumpkin puree (it’s much easier to just buy a can of this stuff, but be mindful to check the label and only buy if there are no added chemicals or ingredients). Why? Pumpkin is bursting with Vitamin A, C, and Zinc, which help replenish and heal damaged skin.
  • 1/4 cup “live” yogurt. Why? Enzymes in live cultured yogurt kill unwanted bacteria, which helps to unclog pores and treat acne.
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Why? EVOO is rich in Vitamin A & E which help to soothe and smooth tired skin
  • 1 tbsp organic honey. Why? Honey is full of antioxidants, which help to reverse sun damage by eliminating free radicals caused by overexposure to the elements.

Mix all ingredients together (by hand) in a small bowl. Pumpkin is best absorbed when used on moist skin, so I recommend applying this mask right after the shower while your skin is still damp. For better results, hop out of the shower and crank the hot water to create a steamy bathroom. The humidity will open up pores, which will allow for best absorption.

Apply mask and wait 10-12 minutes. The longer it stays on the better!

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Beauty

Video: Backstage Beauty at Daisy Fuentes NYFW

I hope my NYFW photo diary kept your cravings at bay. Now, on to some backstage footage! I got to find out about a new product that Maybelline New York comes out with in November. Ever wonder who decides what manicure the models should wear?  I had to ask and guess what else, the polish they used was only 4 bucks! There’s one more video coming soon, but for now get a glimpse backstage NYFW at Daisy Fuentes show for her Kohl’s Collection.

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Beauty, event, Featured, Uncategorized

HopeCuts: Discounts at Top Salons & Spas This Weekend for Charity! (book now!!)

If you stalk my life out like I hope you do (wink, wink, follow me on Instagram!) then you know I’ve been changing up my hair a lot lately. Over the summer I got highlights and a trim, then more lights and a little more length off via my sneak peek at ARS Lab. And now with HopeCuts right around the corner I decided to do it again and this time went for a long bob Topper’s Salon & Spa.

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I’m telling you this because if you’re thinking of switching up your hair, now is the time! Not only is it a time for a new ‘do, but you may also snag a discount while helping a worthy cause. This Sunday, September 15, 2013 (and other select dates), 100+ salons and spas in PA, DE, NJ, DC, VA (and beyond) will donate 100% of the proceeds from haircuts (and other services) to help fight cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses.

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Yup, salon and spa employees will open shop on their day off to volunteer their time and many salons will offer deep discounts, makeover, beauty baskets, door prizes, entertainment, complimentary refreshments and much more.

HopeCuts” began 18 years ago and has raised over $4 million dollars.  The event began in 1995 when a local cosmetology school opened their doors and dedicated an entire Saturday to raise funds for cancer and HIV/AIDS research at City of Hope.  It’s really taken off and today, “HopeCuts” events are held at hundreds of high-end salons across the country.

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Sounds like a good time to switch up you hair or even book a mani/pedi. To find out what salons & spas are participating in your area visit www.cityofhope.org.

I still can’t believe I chopped my locks, but am LOVING this look. It makes every outfit look more chic – seriously! It also goes great with cat-eye sunnies and a poker face – very Posh Spice. Thank Toppers!!

What style are you thinking of trying? Comment below!