Lash & Brow Love

Lash & Brow Love

Lash & Brow Love

By: LouLou Piscatore

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Briana Halm


Natalie Mauney
Shanna Ossi
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I am in lash extension recovery. After about three years of continuous use, I made an unwelcome pandemic discovery. My own lashes had suffered. They were short, sparse, and in a word, sad. So I did some research. Apparently, the added weight of the extensions can stress the hair follicles and shift them into a premature shedding cycle. Over time, this can result in shorter, finer lashes. I immediately swore off extensions and began lash rehab.

You may have experienced the same thing with your eyebrows, which thin as you age. It’s tempting to try microblading, but it cuts the skin to deposit pigment. Over time, this can permanently damage your skin and kill your existing hair follicles. It can even lead to infection and permanent scarring.

The good news is that there are easier, healthier, and more cost-effective alternatives. You can condition and grow your own lashes and brows with a little help. Eyelash serums hydrate and condition the lash hair and stimulate the follicles to grow by keeping them in the growth phase. Eyebrow serums strengthen and moisturize the brow hair, prevent fallout, and improve growth. Just a heads up – It takes about a month to see results, and about 3-4 months for dramatic growth, but they do work! Apply daily, and preferably at night on clean lashes and brows to give the serums plenty of time to absorb.Have patience, it took about 4 months for me to see a big difference, but now my lashes and brows have never been fuller or healthier.

If your lashes and brows are at their best, you really don’t need much else during the summer months (maybe some lip gloss). To get you started, here are some of our favorite lash and brow serums. For more lash and brow products, check out our website

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Joy Beauty: Joy Brow and Lash Rejuvenator

InstaNatural: Eyelash Enhancing Serum

The Ordinary: Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum

RapidLash: Eyelash Enhancing Serum

Pureauty Naturals: Biotin Eyelash Serum

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Ginger Beauty: Gingel

Joy Beauty: Joy Brow Tinted Brow Gel

Revitalash Cosmetics: Revitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

Lash Spell: Brow Spell Enhancing Eyebrow Serum

Wen by Chaz Dean: Botanical Brow Enhancing Serum

Sunscreen Safety

Sunscreen Safety

Sunscreen Safety

By: LouLou Piscatore
Sunscreen Blog - Yoga Love Magazine
Every summer we slather on sunscreen to protect ourselves from the negative effects of the sun (and the depleted ozone layer) But how safe is your sunscreen?

It’s important to get to know what’s in your sunscreen. For starters, sunscreens are either mineral or chemical based. Some sunscreens contain both. Mineral sunscreens, which often contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, sit on the skin’s surface to deflect the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin and absorb the sun’s rays. This is where the problems start. Recent studies have shown that many of the chemicals used in chemical based sunscreen are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream at levels much higher than the FDA’s safety threshold. According to Yale Medicine (2021) at these levels, the chemicals have the potential to cause cancer, disrupt the hormone system and cause harm during reproduction and development.

As reported by the Environmental Working Group, “when the federal Food and Drug Administration proposed its most recent updates to sunscreen regulations, it found that only two ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, could be classified as safe and effective.” Last year, the European Commission published opinions on the safety of three other common ingredients in chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone, homosalate and octocrylene. It found that hundreds of sunscreens manufactured in the U.S. use them at concentrations that far exceed safety levels. In addition, last May, benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in 78 sunscreen and after-sun care products, many from well known brands.

Chemicals in sunscreen may be harmful to other forms of life, too. According to the Coral Reef Alliance (2021) there are an estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen deposited into the ocean annually. Studies have shown that chemical sunscreen is toxic and has “significant impacts to coral health and their reproduction.” And it can be harmful to other marine life too, like fish, dolphins, green algae, and sea urchins, causing problems like deformation, decreased fertility, and impaired growth.

So what do you do to protect yourself? And the environment? Use a mineral based sunscreen. Back in the day these used to turn your face white (remember putting Zinc on your nose?) but not anymore! Now there are plenty of safe, clean, and fun (glitter!) options. Here are some of our fav’s:

Sunscreens we Love

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SPF 30 powder sunscreen with a brush. Easy application. Reef safe and chemical free with resveratrol and green tea.
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Sea Star Sparkle SPF 50 Glitter sunscreen by Sunshine and Glitter
Made with biodegradable glitter! Reef safe, water resistant, paba and paraben free.
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Black Girl Sunscreen 

“Made by women of color for people of color because we get 

sunburned too.” Mineral sunscreen with no white residue! Ozybenzone and Octinoxate free, with avocado, jojoba, cacao and carrot juice to moisturize and heal skin

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Monat Sun Veil Daily Mineral Protection 


Sunscreen and serum in one with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, arnica

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Salt and Stone 

SPF 30 

Face Stick and Lotion 

Zinc based with no white residue, water and sweat resistant and reef safe with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and ashwagandha.

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Dune The Bod Guard and The Mug Guard

Reef friendly, paraben free, oxybenzone and octinoxate free, 72 hour hydration, inclusive – invisible on all skin tones.

Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Sport Sunscreen

SPF 50

Water resistant, oxybenzone and PABA free, no parabens or phthalates



MacMillan, C. (2021) Is my sunscreen safe? Yale Medicine.,sunscreen%20over%20time%2C%E2%80%9D%20Dr.

Sunscreen 101: Protecting your skin and coral reefs. (2021) The Coral Reef Alliance.

The trouble with ingredients in sunscreen. Environmental Working Group.


Common Chemicals Found  in Sunscreens 

The most worrisome sunscreen active ingredient is oxybenzone. It is readily absorbed through the skin (Matta 2019, Matta 2020) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found it in nearly all Americans, with higher levels in those who report applying sunscreen (Zamoiski 2016). Oxybenzone behaves like an endocrine disruptor in many studies (Krause 2012, Ghazipura 2017) and is potentially of greater harm to children (FDA 2019). In an evaluation of CDC-collected exposure data for American children, researchers found that adolescent boys with higher oxybenzone measurements had significantly lower total testosterone levels (Scinicariello 2016). Female exposures to oxybenzone and related chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of endometriosis (Kunisue 2012).

Four studies published in 2020, support previous findings that oxybenzone can act as an endocrine disruptor and may increase the risk of breast cancer and endometriosis (Kariagina 2020, Peinado 2020, Rooney 2020, Santamaria 2020). In addition, the National Toxicology Program found equivocal evidence of carcinogenicity in rats after observing increases in thyroid tumors and uterine hyperplasia in females with high exposure to oxybenzone (NTP 2020). Recently, the European Commission found current human exposure levels to oxybenzone to be unsafe and proposed a concentration restriction of 2.2 percent (SCCS 2020) – lower than the limited amount allowed in U.S. sunscreens, which is up to 6 percent. Several countries ban the sale of sunscreens that contain this ingredient, because it may be harmful to aquatic life.

EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone.

Octinoxate (Octyl methoxycinnamate)
Octinoxate is an organic UV filter. It is readily absorbed into the skin and continues to be absorbed after the sunscreen has been applied. It has been found in blood 16 times above the proposed FDA safety threshold (Matta 2019, 2020). Animal studies have shown the chemical has hormone effects on the metabolic system and affects thyroid hormone production (Seidlova-Wuttke 2006), with some evidence for other endocrine targets, including androgen and progesterone signaling (Krause 2012). Several countries ban the sale of sunscreens made with octinoxate, because they may be harmful to aquatic life.

Homosalate is an organic UV filter widely used in U.S. sunscreens. Homosalate has been found to penetrate the skin, disrupt hormones and produce toxic breakdown byproducts over time (Krause 2012, Sarveiya 2004, SCCNFP 2006, Matta 2020). A recent opinion from the European Commission found that homosalate was not safe to use at concentrations up to 10 percent and recommended a maximum concentration of 1.4 percent, because of concerns for potential endocrine disruption (SCCS 2020). The FDA allows U.S. sunscreen manufacturers to use it in concentrations up to 15 percent.

Octisalate, an organic UV filter, readily absorbs through the skin at levels 10 times more than 0.5 nanograms per milliliter, the FDA’s cutoff for systemic exposure. This cutoff is the maximum concentration that may be found in blood before there are potential safety concerns. A case report showed that the chemical has been linked to allergic contact dermatitis (Singh 2007). Analysis of high throughput screening assays by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests octisalate may have endocrine effects, weakly binding to the estrogen receptor.

Octocrylene readily absorbs through the skin at levels about 14 times the FDA cutoff for systemic exposure (Hayden 2005, Matta 2020). Studies have found that octocrylene causes relatively high rates of skin allergies (Bryden 2006). It has been linked to aquatic toxicity, with the potential to harm coral health (Stein 2019), and it is often contaminated with the known carcinogen benzophenone. According to a recent study, its levels can increase when it is stored (Downs 2021). 

Avobenzone is a widely used organic filter that provides protection from UVA rays. Avobenzone can disrupt the endocrine system and has been shown to block the effects of testosterone in cellular studies (Klopcic 2017). In one study, avobenzone was detected in serum samples at levels nine times above the FDA’s cutoff for systemic exposure (Matta 2020).

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
Mineral sunscreens are made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. The FDA proposed that both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide be classified as safe and effective. Evidence suggests that few if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues (Gulson, 2012, Sadrieh 2010).

Titanium dioxide is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, because of the potential of exposure through inhalation. For this reason, powdered or spray formulations containing titanium dioxide are of concern. In general, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens in the EWG sunscreen database. 

The trouble with ingredients in sunscreen. Environmental Working Group.

Rooted In Our Roots: A Black Hair Journey

Rooted In Our Roots: A Black Hair Journey

Rooted In Our Roots: A Black Hair Journey

By: Sara Clark
Yoga Plus Magazine - Rooted In Our Roots- A Black Hair Journey - portraits of 3 young people and their haircuts

I grew up in a home where black history permeated the air. From art on our walls to curated books on our shelves to my mother’s proud afro, reminders of black beauty were present. My first Barbie didn’t arrive until I was older and my parents mindfully monitored our mostly PBS television consumption. Yet as far back as I can remember and well before I entered a predominantly white public school system, I still found myself influenced by Eurocentric features as the basis for beauty. By the age of nine I rallied hard to get my hair permed much to my parent’s disapproval. Even with all the black love around me, I desperately wanted long, straight hair. How could this be?

As I step back and look at how history informs the present, I can’t help but to reflect on the Tignon Laws of the 1700s, which forced black women to cover their hair with fabric. Their hairstyles were deemed too distracting and elaborate. The laws were an attempt to stop white men from pursuing women of color while also separating the women into a lower social class, whether they were free or enslaved. Just this one historical account of the policing of black hair let alone black bodies has called forth great empathy for my own journey towards self-acceptance along with that of my ancestors. As I reflect, I can’t help but to wonder: could the negative relationship with my hair that I experienced at such a young age be in my DNA?

As research on epigenetics continues to expand, it has been confirmed that historical trauma passed down through generations affects the expression or suppression of genes. Any outside stimulus that can be detected by the body has the potential to cause epigenetic modifications. Shame can be inherited. So it’s no wonder that even with very little outside influence as a young child I still had a desperate yearning to change the way I looked. It was if my body sent signals alerting me that wearing my hair in it’s natural state could cause me harm.

From the workplace to the classroom black adults and children to this day are denied jobs, school admittance and even athletic pursuits due to their hair. The discrimination of black hair has been so disturbing that The CROWN Act of 2019 was passed first in California followed by New York, New Jersey and recently Colorado. It’s a step in the right direction in protecting natural hair in the workplace. And while pop culture continues to appropriate black hairstyles while discrediting it’s African origins such as when Kim Kardashian referred to her cornrows as “Bo Derek braids,” the black hair movement is still alive and thriving. Black women are rising in power while rocking their natural roots such U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley who wore Senegalese twists while running for office to Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o to Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi who said “I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in being yourself.” Just as the women oppressed by the Tignon laws still found a way to express their beauty and artistry by adorning their headwraps with ribbons, jewels and feathers, black culture always finds a way to defy the odds and influence the world. I can also proudly say that determination has also been inherited; to learning to love my hair, our hair despite the constant attacks. As you will read in the short essays below, we all have a story about our hair and how it is not only political but also one of the deepest acts of self love.


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Brittany Simone

I am a Sound and Breath facilitator, yoga teacher, and Transformational coach.
My relationship with my hair is still evolving. I have parents who have always told me how beautiful my hair was but as I grew up and began to compare myself to others I started to doubt it. I never saw my hair texture reflected anywhere as an example of beauty. I begged my mom to relax my hair and used to really wish it was straight or in ringlets. Somewhere in the process of moving more deeply towards myself, I fell in love with my hair. I heard someone once say, “How divine you are… that your hair reaches for the heavens.” And now I’m considering how I’d like to express myself through my hair next. To see our own beauty and truth is a political statement. To understand our hair is symbolic of our divinity is undoing the indoctrination. It’s rebellion. So let’s get rebellious. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “self love baby.”

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Kyle Somersault

I’m a Bronx native, music lover and founder of the meditation community, Innerglow. Much of my recent work has been at the intersection of culture, wellness and community building. From a young age I internalized that my hair wasn’t beautiful. I wouldn’t let my hair get too long because that led to criticism from my parents. I spent a lot of my life in majority white spaces and through the conditioning of society and the environments I was in, I internalized that blackness meant “less than.” Allowing my hair to grow has been a part of my commitment to taking up space and letting my presence be felt. There’s a black hair revolution currently taking place which is super inspiring to me. It feels like a revolutionary act to embrace something I was conditioned to hate. I’ve had to unlearn this conditioning, and in the process I’ve made a commitment to be my full self in whatever room I walk into. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “you’re already enough.”

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I’m an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, 500hr certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and Breathwork healer. I grew up in a majority white community with very few black people and even fewer black females. Every racist comment that could be said to me has been said but the Universe blessed me with an aries moon so I always come out on top. When I think of my hair I think of it as a journey towards looking as androgynous as possible. By high school I was doing as little maintenance on my hair as possible; I basically wore a bun or ponytail for four years. In college I had locs that grew from 2000-2010. Fed up with being seen as a straight woman I cut it all off and haven’t looked back. I get hit on by cis men a lot less and most people assume I’m queer or gay or something ambiguous and I prefer it that way. I feel like I have an entire mood going on. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “Worry less about what others think.”

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Victor Arumemi

I am a creator that enjoys telling stories through an eclectic and authentic lens whether with the stroke of a pen or paintbrush or playing a diverse DJ set. I like exploring the nature of creating community and connection through art. The evolution of my hair started in my youth with harrowing bowl cuts and low caesars and fades with crazy parts to an unhealthy preoccupation with having waves. I rocked a kinky coiled mane that was once blue and also blonde. When I started going with a more natural style, I found myself increasingly fascinated and in awe of black hair and the untold stories and history that lay within each and every crown. I also enjoy the spirit of rebellion that so many natural styles evoke. I am currently enjoying the touch and feel of my locs and the sensation of my hair brushing against my skin and obscuring my face. I look forward to continuing this journey of seeing my natural hair thriving. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “find a way.”

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Izetta Pritchard

I am a Senior Merchandise Planner at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as a yoga and meditation teacher. My journey with my hair is the journey of being black in this world. I have been denied jobs, promotions, opportunities and relationships because of it. Falling in love with my hair has been a journey of falling in love with myself. I always wanted hair like my mother’s as hers fell into soft, silky ringlets. I spent years trying to obtain something that wasn’t mine to have. I no longer desire wavy hair like my mother. I still love her hair, but I love it on her. I appreciate the texture and thickness of my hair. Having locs gives me freedom to swim, do my hot yoga and sweat it out knowing it will always look amazing. Whether I am leading a class, leading a meeting or simply walking the streets my hair screams I am here, I belong here and you will not break or change me. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “keep your eyes on your own head; love yourself and don’t compare your hair to anyone else’s.”

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Mominatu Boog

I’m a Senegalese/Liberian digital brand strangest, vipassana yogi, writer and hatha yoga practitioner. I went from an anxiety and grief stricken child to a world traveling woman. After sitting in two vipassana meditations last year I felt silly holding so much attachment. I wanted to get rid of everything from my hair to my clothes. I wanted to be seen as Mominatu the being not Mominatu the girl with the big Afro. So I chopped it! I’ve shaved my head now three times in my life. I’m currently in a bit of a transitional period. I’ve been finding it hard to feel beautiful in the “in between phase” but I’m looking forward to my hair growing back in all of its glory while appreciating it for where it is now. My biggest accomplishment thus far has been breaking out of my own cocoon that was self doubt, worry, and fear. I now, spread my wings using my voice to empower young black women to escape their cocoons as well. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “my value doesn’t decrease based on your inability to accept my freedom.”

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D’Andre “Sage” McMillan

I am a creative visionary and engineer. My spiritual journey has taught me that I am never without as long as I am whole within. In contrast, as a person of color the marathon continues. The women in my family made sure I always looked groomed because being clean cut was seen as socially acceptable as a black man. Towards the end of my college experience, I began to redevelop my relationship with my hair. There is such deep fulfillment in being reunited with all aspects of yourself. I currently let the top grow and keep the edges lined up and the follicles moisturized. I’ve been learning to love how my hair looks, even in the struggle phases! I see my hair as an extension of my identity, power and essence. I also LOVE to play in my own hair. If my hair could share wisdom with the world it would say, “Patience is required along any journey. If you wish to grow you must show up each day, nurture the roots and reach for the Sun.”

Keeping Abreast of It

Keeping Abreast of It

Keeping Abreast of It

By: LouLou Piscatore
Photos: Sari Goodfriend


Breast care - Boob balm
Are your breasts getting enough attention? I mean, apart from your yearly mammogram and the occasional exam, how are you caring for them? We massage lotions and potions into just about every body part, but our breasts are often left out of the wellness routine…and they deserve our attention.

For starters, the body’s lymphatic system is highly concentrated near the breast and underarm. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. It also transports lymph — a fluid containing white blood cells — throughout the body, and is an important part of our immune system.1 Wearing a bra (especially underwire) can cause stagnation in the area and interfere with lymph circulation. Taking off your bra and massaging your breasts at the end of the day can help drain the stagnant lymph fluid and support detox and circulation to the tissue.

Breast massage can reduce hormonal tenderness and reduce swelling, Not to mention, the skin on our breasts and chest is thinner than the rest of our body and needs moisturizer (and natural sunscreen!) to prevent signs of aging. Perhaps most important of all, it is an effective preventative care measure. Regular breast massage will keep you familiar with your own body, so you’ll be the first one to notice any changes. Courtney Kinnare of Noniko Natural Skincare recommends using a breast specific product, and making it part of your self-care routine. “You are not only moisturizing your décolletage, but you are also familiarizing yourself with your ‘normal.’ Early detection is one of the keys to beating breast cancer and by getting to know your body, you are increasing your chances of noticing any differences.”

Some other tips for breast wellness? Rethink your underwire bra. Ideally you want a bra that offers support without cutting off circulation. And use natural deodorant. Your underarms are right next to your breasts and packed with lymph nodes. Standard deodorants contain aluminum and hormone-disrupting preservatives like parabens, both of which pose health concerns.

Need some inspiration? Try one of these multi-tasking, non-toxic, breast-positive products, and add some breast care to your self-care.

1 – When Beauty and the Breast Bio Cellulose Breast Mask

2 – Hatch — Nipple and Lip Rescue Balm

3 – Noniko — Boob Balm

4 -Mega Babe — Bust Dust

5 – Dirty Girl Farm — Boobie Butter

6 – Aroms Natur — Love Your Breasts daily firming massage oil

7 – Banyan Botanicals — Breast Care Balm

8 – Lansinoh — Organic Nipple Balm

9 – Simply Divine Botanicals — Keeping Abreast Of It

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Head to Toe

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Your skin is a living, breathing organ. It is your largest organ, and it needs the same level of care as other organs. It needs nourishment, hydration, sleep, oxygen and apparently lots of moisturizer. For thousands of years, Ayurveda has associated aging with “drying out.” Now western science is catching up. According to recent research, some of the systemic inflammation associated with chronic diseases of aging has been linked to — dry skin!

In a recent article, Mariana Lenharo documents the research going on at the University of California, San Francisco, and the links between dry skin and inflammation.The inflammation response is part of the body’s immune system and plays an important part in healing tissue damage and fighting viruses and bacteria. But chronic, low-level inflammation has been linked to common age-related degenerative conditions (like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease). As you age, the skin barrier deteriorates, and is unable to keep the skin hydrated. So the skin sends out signals to the immune system to try and repair itself. Those signals, and the immune system’s response, creates systemic inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.

This creates exciting possibilities. They found that if you improve skin function, you can reduce inflammation. Basically If you moisturize your skin, you can improve your health. And one of the most exciting findings is that treating even part of the skin has enough of an impact to make a difference.

So skin care is health care, and Ayurveda was right all along. Stay moisturized. Pick a body part and start with any of these great products:


Belly Mask, Belly Oil

Lip Serum, Lip Mask, Citrus Hand Cream

Smooth Operator Intimate Serum

Line-filling Eye Balm

Ad Astra Nighttime Eye Cream Emulsion

Precious Sea Hand Saviour

Thigh Rescue

Happy Pits

Stretch Mark Cream, Stretch Mark Serum,

Founders Blend Scalp and Hair Treatment

Foot Treatment

Lip Patch, Eye Patch, Foot Mask

Butt Masks

Himalayan Body Buff

Barrier+Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream

Body Cream

Body Butter

Stone Crop Body Oil



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Creme No. 3



Ceramide Refuel Soap Jel

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