May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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DIY Pamper Jar Inspiration

So today I thought I would do a quick post about a small gift I did for I did for one of my best friends from university. I’ve seen these jars all over the place and thought I would do it myself, this isn’t a DIY per say but this is what I filled it with and how I wrapped it all up.

DIY Pamper Jar - Kilner Jar

I was so long to find this pink Kilner jar on offer, and I built it all up around this jar. It’s a really great size and I knew she’d find a use for it in the future whether within her passion for baking or for general storage.

The next thing was to fill it up, wrapping each thing in cute stared tissue paper so everything that is in there will be a surprise. I started off with two Soap and Glory travel sized items, a body scrub and the old favorite righteous butter. A perfect pairing for travel or just to try. I then went for a load of little treats from a Foot Pack, Aussie hair mask and a selection of face masks. Finally to finish off the jar, I packed in 3 nail polishes two beautiful shades of purple and a glitter top coat. All small items that I knew she’d love and appreciate and I think that’s the joy of the pamper or treat jars that you can do whatever you want with them.

I found the cute star tissue paper in the card factory and this pink and white bag in the pound shop. I just feel like they really finish the whole gift off, it looked so cute and she loved the gift.

So have you ever made up one of these jars, what would you put in it and would you make this for a friend?

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Kiko Milano Haul

kiko milano haul

So I finally bit the bullet and picked up some Kiko products, I am so glad the shops are now popping up everywhere as I always prefer so see makeup in person before taking the plunge. So over Easter I took advantage of the buy 3 get 3 free offer and got some great goodies. At the time of writing I haven’t given these a proper testing yet so this is literally a first impressions post.

kiko water eyeshadow in 201

The first thing I picked up which was the top of my list the Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe,  I love this colour as it is a perfect base colour or an all over colour. It seems pretty good wet or dry and should be nice to incorporate into my makeup.

kiko eyeshadows in 118 & 113

Although I love the range of colours offered I thought I would pick two colours that I would get a lot of use out of. The Eyeshadow in 118 Pearly Beige Silk a perfect lid and shimmery colour which I feel as though I will get a lot of uses out of it. I’ve been looking for the perfect inner corner/eyebrow highlight Eyeshadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, despite been described as a satin it is definitely matte.

kiko infinity eyeshadow in 290

The final eyeshadow I picked up was from the infinity range the Infinity Eyeshadow in 290. Unfortunately I cannot find the name of the colour at the moment but it’s dark grey with a beautiful glitter/shimmer running through it.

kiko nail lacquer in 497 & 521

Finally I picked up two nail varnishes, Nail Lacquer in 497 Pearly Indian Violet and Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearly Ocean. Both are beautiful colours with the metallic/pearly sheen to them which I have been loving recently.

So that’s all for now and I will update you as and when I have tried the products. Have you tried Kiko Milano? What do you think of the products and what would you recommend.

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Review: P.S Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray

If you haven’t seen my recent Primark haul where have you been? (Don’t worry you can check it out here. Anyway in that haul I picked up the P.S. Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray which hopefully will speed up the drying time of nail polish and make life easier.

If your anything like me paint your nails can become a chore where your impatience means they quickly get ruined as I never leave it long enough to dry properly. I’ve wondered about the quick dry top coats and sprays and always wonder if they are worth the money but with this option being only £0.80 then how could I possibly go wrong . . .

So I picked out a nail polish I like that’s never done me wrong before, and I went for the MUA Nail Polish in Purple lovely colour but takes a few layers to build it up so this spray is ideal. So I put on the first layer like normal and let it dry completely on its own before using this spray between each layer and following the instructions, keeping the can so many inches away and not touching it for a minute afterwards. Which did leave the nails each time shinny and dry, so in theory it quickened it up but it didn’t feel like it, it felt like a lot of faff. Also I am unsure what I was expecting but it came out feeling oily while I was definitely expecting more of an alcohol spray, instead of oil. I am so glad I was doing it over a blank piece of paper for photo purposes instead of just generally like I might have done if I wasn’t reviewing it. The oil residue sunk straight into the paper making it look like something your fast food is wrapped in which isn’t pleasant. Although I haven’t tried it and don’t especially wish to I have a hunch this may mark/stain clothes, so use with care. I don’t think I will use this without paper underneath or something.

I’ve tried it a few times before writing the review and I have to say I am finding it doesn’t necessarily speed up the process of painting my nails, with all the stopping, spraying, waiting and cleaning off the residue. Also I’ve tried it with a number of polishes from MUA, to the Barry M Hi-Gelly Shine Polishes and within 24 hours my nails are all super chipper and most of the polish has flaked off even if they wouldn’t normally chip so soon which is a huge concern. I think my final verdict is that it does make it quicker if you need a few layers to dry super quick before a night/evening out but other than that I’d just say be patient. Doing your nails normally doesn’t take that much longer and for quick drying the Barry M Speedy Dry Polishes are amazing?

If you have tried any of the speed dry products let me know what you think of them and how they work in the comments. I still love the idea of quick drying nails but this budget option definitely isn’t viable.

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What I Got For Christmas 2015

what i got for xmas

Ah Christmas is over for another year, we’ve all eaten too much and drink our fair share and we can take a sigh of relief before New Year’s celebrations begin. I hope you all had a lovely day with family or friends. So here is a snapshot of what I got for Christmas, I got a lot of money from people such as grandparents and extended family so I brought some stuff in the sales today. Also I’m going to visit my boyfriend tomorrow so will be getting those presents the so will be posting those presents on Instagram. So here is just a few bits of what I got for xmas.

tomtom start 20

As you get older sometime Christmas becomes more about practicality than excitement and this is where my TomTom Start 20 WE 4.3” SatNav. Since getting my car in July I’ve being using my mums, extremely outdated, never updated satnav and getting my own seemed like a good idea. So my loving parents brought be the TomTom Start 20, easy to use with Western Europe and free updates for life I’m set. Hopefully I’ll never get lost again.

My best friend brought me The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Festive favourites Gift set, I love the green tea set its so fresh. Cannot wait to use this for my morning showers to wake me up before work and the mini body butter will come in handy when travelling. Also from friends I also received the New Look Pin Stud Duffle bag, I’ve needed a new bag for a while and this is a perfect casual bag to suit my needs. I cannot wait to start moving my crap over into it.

New Look Pin Stud Duffle Bag

This year as you know I started my first ever proper job as a graduate, the head of our department got us all a £10 Next Voucher which is so nice as it was out of his own pocket and it definitely came in handy with the sales, Next if great for work wear. Other gift cards I received was £10 for Boots, and £15 for Debenhams.

stocking stuffers ft sally hansen & forrero rocher

Then comes a random array of stocking stuffers featuring a Grand Ferrero Rocher and a Gruffalo Chocolate Lolly which are just a few of the tasty chocolate treats I received, the others are currently on the coffee table to share around. I also got a few nails bits in my stocking this year the really cute and festive Sally Hansen Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips in Snow Bunny which I cannot wait to attempt to try out. As well as two nail polishes, Maybelline New York Nail Polishes 649 and Maybelline New York Nail Polish in 447, which is a base coat and a glittery dark polish which will be great for new year. I also got a few bottles for Rose and one bottle of Malibu all in various states of being drunk in the kitchen.

So that’s what I got for Christmas this year, not the most exciting but I tend to buy what I want throughout the year. Also as it turns to money and gift cards which are harder to show. I’ll share what I got from my boyfriend and his family on Instagram and maybe on here if I pick up bonus sales stuff in January. Still Christmas is more about spending time with loved ones. Hopefully you’ve all had a great Christmas however you celebrate and enjoy the last days of 2015.

Bonus Boots Haul

Hi guys, I known I don’t usually post on a Sunday but as I missed a post earlier in the month I thought I would do a little bonus post today. I popped into Boots on Saturday just because and decided to get a few back up products for my stash as well as prices and offers being so good. Although I just ended up picking up a bunch of random bits.

Boots haul ft botanics and l'oreal

Boots had deals on all sorts of brands that if you spent £15.00 on that brand you could get a little gift set valuing around £30ish and as I wanted a new eyeliner and possibly a new mascara as a few of mine are on the way out.

L'oreal volume million lashes and infaillable

After always having good experiences with L’Oreal Mascaras i thought i would start there and ended up picking up the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture (£9.99). Mainly for the purple packaging but i prefer plastic wands and volumising mascaras so this ticked both boxes.  I also need a new pencil eyeliner so I picked up the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner (£5.19), which I love the twist up as I hate sharpening eyeliners.

l'oreal paris feline fatale

As I’d spent over £15.00 I got the Feline Fatale set free which is meant to be worth £29. I have to say the set is fairly worth it despite receiving another eyeliner and mascara then I can stash them for later. In the set there was the Mega Volume 24h Collagene Mascara in Very Black, So Couture Super Liner in Black, Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Jungle Jade and Color Riche Nail Polish in Feline Sauvage. This is a really wearable and beautiful set and I look forward to digging into it.

boot botanics micellar water

One last non L’Oreal PAris product the Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, which was on offer and once I’ve used up I’m such a hoarder.

Have you picked up anything good up in boots or any other shops recently, also have you picked up anything good in the Black Friday Sales?

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November Favourites

november faves

November has been a good month for me, starting the month off with a visit from my boyfriend, and signing a permanent contract at my work after a 3 month temporary contract, for a different job role. All in all a great month and I’ve being building up something exciting for December for you guys which you may of seen hints about it over on my twitter if you’ve had a keen eye but I’ve put a lot of work into it.

I decided to ‘Shop my Stash’ earlier this month in terms of eyeshadows making and effort to use products I haven’t used in a while although I do admit they are all similar colours. I broke out my Body Shop Shimmer Cubes for the first time in months and I love it, everything you need in one small palette whether you want a full smoky eye or something more subtle. I love to pair this with the P.S Love Liquid Eyeliner in Black, it’s taken forever for me to get into using liquid eyeliner as I used to be so bad at it opting for shadow and an angled brush which I still love it just gives it a very different look and feel. I’ve finally perfected a very thin line of liquid eyeliner which really helps frame the eyes but it’s still subtle. I picked up the Primark liquid eyeliner so it was cheap if I gave in but this is amazing truly black, easy to use and non-streaky I highly recommend picking it up.

nov faves ft maybelline & mus

As it’s fully into autumn and pretty much winter now, it gives me an excuse to break out the darker nail varnishes which I got at totally the wrong time of year to begin with and I can finally fully enjoy them. I’ve also being really loving the darker nail colours but I’ve being loving my Illamasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, it’s a beautiful dark green shade it kind of reminds me of a Christmas Tree with the shine and its beautiful for this time of year. In a complete contrast in budget and colour, I have been loving the MUA Nail Polish in Red Rose. It is such a vibrant and bright red, and considering the £1.00 price point it goes on fairly opaque and it feels kind of festive.

nove faves ft soap and glory and botanical choice

After a lapse in using face masks regularly in October and I’ve managed to get back into using my face mask and I have been using the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Face Mask twice a week. I reviewed it back in August  and it really just clears out pores and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean I feel as though my skin is so much better for using it although I wish that I had taken before and after so I could see if it made a visible difference to my skin but I feel as though there is a visible improvement.

Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep and as the days get shorter there is little to no daylight outside my work hours, which means some days I barely have natural light. You’re body gets tired and you just feel drained, and it seems harder to shut off at night as with electric lighting the lighting doesn’t change. So the bags have been growing my eyes and bags have got worse under my eyes. So to freshen up my eyes and reduce the bags I have been loving the Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches, which are a bargain at £1.79 for 4 sets which is so cheap compared to similar products.

November Favourites face mask and dressing gown

Attractive i know 😉 😛

Totally random other favourite this month, with this grey kind of festive Dressing Gown from Primark, its super soft and fluffy, and was a really good price at only £10. I brought it in a size up so it’s huge, as well as going down to my knees so I’m fully covered, there is also two huge pockets so you can keep your phone or goodies in the pockets. I love this in the morning especially after I’ve had my shower to make a coffee to drink while I get ready. I even hang it over the corner of the radiator so it’s nice and toasty. Don’t you just love autumn?

So what have you being loving this November? Let me know in the comments what you have being loving over November and do you have any festive recommendations for the coming month?

September/October Collective Haul

Who doesn’t love a bit of a haul? I was going to do a collective September Haul but with only a smallish feel unique haul which didn’t seem work it I thought it would be worth combining September and Octobers hauls together as I really haven’t been buying too much. I also apologise if you have seen some of these items in posts already, as I have used some of them as I brought them for particular reasons over September and October.

feel uniwue ft tanya burr

I think I actually ordered this at the end of August from Feel Unique but it didn’t arrive until the start of September and I missed the chance to put them in the collective August haul. I did pretty damn good though getting everything on sale plus an additional 10% off, I resisted going made and I only brought the things I actually need, as if I needed more makeup.

With Tanya Burrs new makeup or repackaged makeup being launched in August a lot of the older items were on sale, unfortunately the lashes I wanted had sold out. Probably because the packages are all being repackaged so £2.80 for Tanya Burr Lashes is a bloody steal, I also missed out of the lip glosses as the ones I wanted had gone but I picked up two nail polishes which I have been eyeing up for months, I owned two already and they are really great nail polishes. So I picked up the totally out of season but so pretty I’ll wear in anyway Tanya Burr Polish in Little Duck which actually went beautifully with my graduation outfit although in the end I went for flower detailed nails. The other nail polish I picked up was the Tanya Burr Nail Polish in Peaches & Cream, a lovely pinky nude some will consider it more summery but for me it’s a great all round nail polish. Both nail polishes were a bargain at £2.16 each.

I’ve been curious to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadows for ages but the highly popular bronze shade, doesn’t fit in with what I tend to wear. However I felt the Maybelline New York Colour Tattoo 24hr Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in 65 Pink Gold (£3.81), would slip perfectly into my makeup collection and will work with everything in my collection either as a strong base or as part of an eye look. Now back to the world of Rimmel, who I seem to own a lot of makeup by concerning lips and face. I think it’s just because they just make such good product, does anyone else absolutely love Rimmel London or is it just me? I love my Rimmel East End Snob Lipliner for being long lasting and thought a second lip liner wouldn’t go a miss so I picked up the Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lipliner Pencil in Tiramisu (£2.01). I’ve tried some cheap, like proper cheap white and nude eyeliners but have found them to be a bit pants but with tired eyes from work I thought I’d try the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Line in Nude (£2.69) which has been recommended to me by quite a few people.

ASDA Diary and PEns

These are the only other two things I brought in September as I wanted to get more organised, and I prefer smaller diaries opposed to the cheap A4 counterpart I’ve barely used in months. I work close to an Asda and because they had their back to school range still in at the time it made sense to pop in on a lunch time. The Patterned Diary (£3.00) is one in which you write your own dates, although I have written it out until the end of the diary and its an 18month diary which I tend to prefer as I like the thickness (sounds odd I know). Then on the organised line I brought some asda own brand Coloured Fineliners (£1.00) so that I can colour code my events, things to do, blog things etc. and it really breaks up the pages.

Primark Scarf

So I wanted a little something to update my wardrobe for this Autumn/Winter without costing a fortune, so Primark was my first stop, as I have a lot of good winter basics and I love layering so I don’t need a huge amount of new clothes. I’ve kept thinking about getting a huge warm scarfs as you can use it as a blanket or it can keep you warm, especially on the commute as I drive to work and this time of year I don’t need a coat but you want something to keep you warm. So I picked up this super soft and big Tartan Scarf which only cost £5.00 I’m obsessed with it.

Macadamia Foot Pack

I’ve talked about foot packs before as they are one of the simplest, and least messy way to moisturises and treat your feet. I’m not loyal to any particular brand or one as I just pick up what’s there, this time I picked up two Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack (£0.99), which I’ve used before and I really love. Well worth trying out.

So that’s what I picked up over September/ October have you guys picked up anything good recently?

Empties #9

empties #9

After having such a huge empties last time where I simply spent most of the time running up to creating the post, thinking this is almost done I’ll wait. Then it just seems to add up as I don’t do it monthly I just wait until I consider I have enough. So here we go again, I’m always going to be obsessed with empties posts as I feel as though people can give the best quality reviews once they’ve finished a product and repurchasability (I’m making up words again) of a product is a definite strong recommendation.


Benefit Roller Lash (sample size): I got this back with Elle in I think February, and I saved it for travelling and finally finished it. I have to say it takes a while to get the technique and if I put the effort to use it right my lashes look absolutely amazing otherwise they just look normal. I have manage to find mascaras that work very similar such as the Primark Curl and Lift Mascara, the Benefit is superior but I’m on a budget and I cannot justify the cost of the mascara. Would I repurchase: maybe, if it was on a good offer.


empties ft superdrug Morrison’s Pure Cotton Wool Pads: I’m not sure what to say, these are decent cotton wool pads especially for a low price point. They don’t break up when taking off nail varnish, the only thing is they aren’t as soft as I would have liked feeling fairly abrasive on the skin when using a cleanser or toner. Would I repurchase: I don’t see why not.

Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Round Pads: These are by far my favourite cotton pads I have ever used, with one padded side which is gentle and good for cleansers etc. While the other side have an exfoliating texture, great for a deeper clean with a toner of micellar water to take off makeup Would I repurchase: yes.

Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes: I’ve mentioned these in empties before, my favourite face wipes as they are the best at removing makeup or correcting mistakes yet they are so cheap. I don’t use them for makeup removal that often but recommend having them in your stash just in case. Would I repurchase: Always.


empties ft tesco & morrisons

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray (Travel Size): I did consider refilling this but the spay mechanism is so-so, so I’m more likely to find a new spray bottle and the pour some out from my regular sized bottle. The heat defence spray itself though is amazing and I will never go without it, thus the travel size and it’s great to have a decent sized thing to travel with as it lasts a good while. Would I repurchase: yes, for full size and travel size.

Superdrug Cocoa Brownie for Brunettes Dry Shampoo: Sometimes the white marks with dry shampoo can be really annoying, so I thought I’d buy a dry shampoo aimed at brunettes as I didn’t find colab did anything for me when I tried it. I did actually like this, it didn’t work as well as batiste but it did soak up the grease/oils and refreshed my hair. It is especially useful on days where you need to do your hair 5 minutes before leaving the house as you don’t have to work it in properly. Would I repurchase: possibly.


Elizabeth Arden Pretty (Travel Size): I’m slowly using these up one empties at a time, although at present I am planning to keep the bottles as I think they are so cute and I think I will keep them to display once I get a proper vanity. I never know how to describe the smell of this one it’s just floral and girly, although the official description calls it a ‘Fresh Floral Fragrance’. Would I repurchase: Possibly, a lovely scent but there are definitely ones I prefer.


empties tf primark

Halo Hand Wipes: I brought these for Slam Dunk way back in may for keeping hands clean and hygiene reasons. I then forgot about them for a bit preferring to have anti-bac hand gel in my bag, when I found them I used the remaining ones to clean my hands when apply makeup and tidying everything. They do the job, but tbh for makeup removal and tidying just use a normal facial wipe. Would I repurchase: great for festivals but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

 Vaseline Derma Beauty Deodorant: I’ve never tried a Vaseline deodorant before but it was on offer and I felt as though I didn’t have anything to lose by trying it. It smells nice and works well, I don’t really feel as though there is much to say about a deodorant past the point of it works well and smells nice. Would I repurchase: probably, I’m not too fussy with deodorant.

Cuticura Primark Exclusive Sparking Fruits Hand Gel: I love non sterile smelling hand gels, I don’t know why but I just prefer it, when I saw this I just couldn’t resist and I’ve liked the previous cuticura hand gels that I have tried before. It smells like a delicious fruit cocktail. Would I repurchase: yes.

Superdrug Nail Polish Remover Acetone Free: I’m super unfussy with nail varnish if it does the job I like it, slight downside of the acetone free one is that it can take that bit longer to remove nail varnish. All in all not bad, not great but not bad. Would I repurchase: I wouldn’t rule it out.


There you go another empties, I’m getting so much more determined to use things up by doing empties posts rather than having several items on the go at once. Although I will try to use stuff up no matter how much I like something as I try to make it work, or pass it on.

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