Unmask prettier skin with Earth Therapeutic K-Aesthetics Facial Masks

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Each of these masks is available in a 5 pack for $11.99 on the Earth Therapeutics website as well as at Amazon but for slightly more money.

Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia

 

Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

*press sample, affiliate links

Sweet dreams with a trio of Sleep Masks

sleep masks

Nighty night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.bug2 carcabin.comThis week Makeup Wars has decided to share our favorites when it comes to sleeping. I’ve received three products that fit this category although I’ve actually had more over the last year. Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer, Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque Moisturizing, and Woda Celebrity 24Karat Gold Mask are coming your way to help you beautify while getting a good night’s sleep.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer
($14.99) is my bargain pick. This 1.7 oz jar will last you for months if used 2-3 times per week as recommended. This is used in place of your moisturizer/night cream.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

As with all Aveeno Positively Radiant skincare products this uses Active Naturals Total Soy Complex which works to deeply hydrate and nourish skin.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

This overnight facial is oil free and non-greasy. You don’t need to rinse it off until morning. It’s also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Aveeno’s Positively Radiant line works to target 5 factors of radiance – tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. I find this to be deeply hydrating for my skin.

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque ($8.00) is another bargain buy at about $2.60 per use. I really love using this and highly recommend this. It’s a fragrance free gel that is infused with Adenosine and Papaya. If you have very dry skin then you need this. It’s very watery so at first you’d think that it’s not moisturizing but I wake up with completely refreshed skin and notice a difference in the hydration on my face.

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

There’s no doubt why the biggest word on the package is Moisturizing! You apply the mask to your face and neck and massage it gently onto your skin. You want it as absorbed as possible. Done! That’s all it takes. Leave it on the entire night and you’ll wake up revitalized. Both Target and Ulta carry Miss Spa masks though at the moment I don’t see this online though they could be in stores. Miss Spa has it on their website and that makes it worthwhile to shop there.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA CELEBRITY 24 KARAT GOLD MASK is my luxury buy. I just reviewed this in full so here’s a smidgen of that. I really enjoy using this mask and seeing the results on my skin. I’m just using it one night a week though it’s so gentle that I could easily use it more often. I’m just trying to savor it.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

The 24 Karat Gold Mask’s name comes from the fact that it’s infused with 24 karat gold. The gold works as a powerful antioxidant to fight signs of aging. I’m part of that battle as are many of you. It contains a potent dose of Vitamin C to help lighten hyperpigmentation.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask is part mask and part moisturizer. Directions tell you to apply a rich layer on your face, neck, and decollate. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. It dries down but not all the way. It remains moist on your skin but not quite as moist as when you applied it. Do not wash it off though. Instead gently remove any excess with a dry cloth (I use a muslin cloth) and pat the remainder onto your skin.

me™ GLOW beauty boosting eye mask

me™ GLOW beauty boosting eye mask

Let me put in a plug for Me Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask which is totally unlike these other masks since it’s an actual mask. You wear it all night (or as long as you can) to help soften the lines around your eyes. When I was using this more regularly I found it helped me with the darkness under my eyes.

Now that you see what’s in bed with me (beside my hubby and dog and the bed bugs) what do you use? I’m eager to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers have in their arsenal.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration


Mask of the Month: Woda Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

Woda Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

Woda Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

April brought me a lot of masks but one stands head and shoulders above the rest. WODA CELEBRITY 24 KARAT GOLD MASK is a 15 minute paradise for me and a morning delight.

sample

WODA_NEW-FINAL-LOGOLet’s learn about WODA before I give you the details. The word Woda means Water in Polish. The creator of the Woda skincare line is an aesthetician named Margaret Tomaszewicz. She has her own facial spa and decided to create a line that met all her client’s needs. Her skincare line is hydration focused, a line she promises will be based on scientific research, promising to be of the best quality, using organic and natural ingredients to aid specific skincare needs.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

As a lover of facial masks I was thrilled to be offered the WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask to try and I’m more thrilled to be using this. It is not like the other masks that I use, it’s much more of a skincare product than just a mask.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

The 24 Karat Gold Mask’s name comes from the fact that it’s infused with 24 karat gold. The gold works as a powerful antioxidant to fight signs of aging. I’m part of that battle as are many of you. It contains a potent dose of Vitamin C to help lighten hyperpigmentation.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

When I first opened this I smelled cinnamon cookies. It reminded me of the cookies I buy for my grandkids (ok, me too) at Trader Joes. The smell is extremely pleasant to me and one that doesn’t last long once it’s on your face. It’s stronger in the jar than on your skin.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask is part mask and part moisturizer. Directions tell you to apply a rich layer on your face, neck, and decollate. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. It dries down but not all the way. It remains moist on your skin but not quite as moist as when you applied it. Do not wash it off though. Instead gently remove any excess with a dry cloth (I use a muslin cloth) and pat the remainder onto your skin. That’s it. You are moisturized!

Woda Celebrity 24 Karat Mask

Woda Celebrity 24 Karat Mask

When you wake up in the morning you’ll find your face is a little brighter, plumper, and beautifully moisturized. It adds that extra boost of hydration that your skin is begging for. It is recommended to use this once a week but it’s gentle enough to apply and leave on more often. The more you use WODA, the more luminous and bright your skin will become.

WODA

WODA

WODA products have never been tested on animals and, for every product sold, the company plants a tree via their donations to One Tree Planted.

A little goes a long way and I expect this jar will last me at least 4 months if not longer. It’s delicious smelling and nutritious on my skin. That’s a little bit of paradise right in my own home. It should be in your home too.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration, affiliate link

Ingredients:

Aqua (Deionized Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic Aloe), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Organic Sunflower Oil), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin (Kosher, Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Organic Coconut Oil), Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Mica,Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba Oil), Phenoxyethanol, 24K Gold Leaf (Gold), Sodium Carbomer, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage Oil), Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Flaxseed Oil), Oenothera Biennis Oil (Evening Primrose), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Organic Rosehip), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Tamanu), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract (Oregon Grape), Calendula Officinalis Extract (Organic Calendula), Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Chamomile), Lavandula Angustifolia Extract (Lavender),  Arnica Montana Extract (Organic Arnica), Centella Asiatica Extract (Oranic Gotu Kola), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Wild Geranium), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Geranium), Ethylhexylglycerin.

15% Vitamin C. Nut-free formulation.

Masks of the month: Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask and Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Miss Spa masks

Miss Spa masks

Every month I plan on sharing masks with you and today I have 2 that I’m totally crazy about! I’ve been so busy using MISS SPA OXYGENATING BUBBLE MASK and MISS SPA 24K GOLD CREME MASK that I’m ignoring everything else including their Overnight Gel Masque (review coming). These two masks are amazing to use and easy to get your hands on.

press samples

I am so used to sheet masks that I’d forgotten about how efficient and comfortable another type of mask could be. These are perfect for those of you who say you aren’t comfy with a sheet mask. They feel great on my face, cost $6.99 each (I get 2 uses per package), are available at Ulta, and work so wonderfully you’ll love them as much as I do.

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask

MISS SPA OXYGENATING BUBBLE MASK is like a party on your face. It’s the most fun you can have without getting drunk. The Oxygenating Bubble Mask starts by looking like a gel but turns into a cream mask once applied.  Suddenly it starts tingling and moving and grooving. You can watch it in action if you want.

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask in action

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask in action

Leave it on for about 15 minutes to deliver an oxygenating effect that will revitalize dull skin. This mask is infused with antioxidant rich white tea extract that helps to reinvigorate your skin. There’s also pineapple fruit extract and vitamin B3 to exfoliate and even your skin tone. I seriously love how this feels but it does feel funny. It’s like someone is tickling my face as the bubbles fade away. I wash it off with either plain water or use a washcloth and my skin feels and looks brighter than ever. I love applying it just after my shower while my hair is drying.

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

As much as I love the oxygenating bubble mask I can’t help but love MISS SPA 24K GOLD CREME MASK a little bit more. It makes me feel like I’m in a fairy tale when I turn gold wearing it. I don’t know what I was expecting the first time I used this but when it turned into a true metallic gold on my face I was amazed and fascinated.

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask wet

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask wet

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask dry

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask dry

Miss Spa uses pure 24K gold when creating this. The gold promotes luminosity and my face truly glows after I use it. The peptides and moisturizers in it work to deliver hydration and increase elasticity.

Water (Aqua), Gold, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl Lactate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide.

It’s a great mask to use when you are doing things around the house. It dries but never uncomfortably. It doesn’t crack and there’s no fragrance. And you’ll feel like you’ve had the Midas touch even after washing it away. It’s perfect to use before a special occasion since your skin will look ahmayzing!

I’m truly enamored with these two masks and I’ll be found at Ulta purchasing more. Target has a line of Miss Spa Facial Sheet Masks ($3.99) too if you are looking for more to make you appear younger than springtime.  —  Marcia

*press samples, affiliate links

Masks of the Month from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

Last month I introduced what I hope will be a monthly post: Masks of the Month. I started with ToGoSpa and their lip and eye masks plus Hada Labo Tokyo sheet masks and why I liked these. I’m all about masks and love to use them therefore this month I’m going to share with you some Body Shop masks that I was sent.Not everyone loves sheet masks but there’s an alternative, turn to The Body Shop for one or more of their jar masks. The Himalayan Charcoal Purify Glow Mask was particularly great for me at holiday time but also great since then.

The Body Shop HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL Purifying Glow Mask

The Body Shop HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL Purifying Glow Mask

This 100% Vegan Mask is muddy looking goodness. Charcoal masks are meant to deep clean and that’s what I like about it. I have pores but I don’t like pores! Therefore once a week or once every other week is very helpful for those getting the gunk out of my pores, especially the ones on my nose. Even though I exfoliate often my nose often doesn’t want to cooperate. The Himalayan Charcoal mask has helped with the cleansing I need.

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

As many of you know I am phobic about fragrance so I worried about this mask but it has an intoxicating tea fragrance. Ingredients include Bamboo Charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, Community Trade Tea Tree Oil from Kenya, and Green Tea Leave from Japan.

Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol Denat., Camellia Sinensis Leaf, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pumice, Argania Spinosa Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Charcoal Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limonene, Linalool, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Menthoxypropanediol, Citral, Geraniol, Coumarin, Caramel.

Himalayan Charcoal Purity Purifying Glow Mask ($28) can be left on for 5-10 minutes. In 10 minutes it completely dries down but isn’t stiff. I use a muslin cloth to wash it off and then continue with my skincare. The Body Shop recommends using it 2 to 3 times a week but I think that depends on your particular needs.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The other mask that I have from The Body Shop is British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. When I first saw the words “british rose” I worried about the fragrance. Even though a mask is on for a short time my sensitive nose can pick it up all day long BUT this smells pretty darn good and I don’t mind it at all. This mask is the total opposite in texture of the charcoal mask as this one is gel like. As a matter of fact it reminds me of a jar of jelly. It’s soft and has little bits of rose petals crushed into it. Sort of like Valentine’s Day in a jar.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

This too is 100% Vegan but it works to plump and moisturize your skin. The British Rose mask never dries down. It stays moist just like it wants your skin to feel. It’s especially nice if your skin is feeling dehydrated by winter winds and weather. The three key ingredients are rose petals and essence of hand-picked roses from Britain, Rosehip oil from Chile, and Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico.

Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-32, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium EDTA, Rose Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Menthoxypropanediol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, CI 14700/Red 4

While I don’t feel that my face looks all glowy after using this it does feel hydrated. I leave this on for about 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off with a washcloth, either muslin or terry.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

One reason I love to use masks so much is that whenever I notice that my face needs some extra help, whether that’s hydration, deep cleansing, or a fresh glowing face, I turn to a mask. It gives my face the extra vitality that I need to make a change. Are you ready for a change?  Try The Body Shop masks!  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links in use to help with blog expenses

These two masks are available at both The Body Shop and Ulta.

 

Facial mask giveaway

Applying of a facial mask

I’m in the process of cleaning up to move. For a cosmetic junkie who loves subscription boxes that means a lot of extra items that I just can’t hold onto. That’s good news though for Beauty Info Zone readers since I’ll be hosting a lot of giveaways over the next few months, brand new of course.

I’m unable to take photos of these but here’s what I’ll be dividing up between 2 winners:

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

Sesha Skin Therapy Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

SESHA Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

SESHA Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Mask

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack (aloe)

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack

Miss Spa Bamboo Charcoal Clarifying Mask

Secret Garden Olive Oil Ampoule Mask OR Camillia Oil Ampoule Mask

Karuna Anti-Oxidant Treatment Mask (protect & balance)

Karuna Anti-Oxidant Treatment Mask

Karuna Anti-Oxidant Treatment Mask

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

both winners will also receive:

Klorane Eye Patch (1 set each)

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Purlisse Blue Lotus + White Tea Treatment Sheet Mask (prevent)

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + White Tea Mask

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus + White Tea Mask

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

  • 2 winners, international
  • ends 2/4/17 @ 11:59 ET
  • you must be an email subscriber of Beauty Info Zone. If I’m unable to find proof of that you’ll be eliminated
  • the second must for the giveaways is the comment in the Rafflecopter
  • if comments close before 2/4 then email me at [email protected] and label it MASKS, then click “I commented” and continue on
  • only entries through the Rafflecopter will show up when I go to find the winner

These are all sheet masks from my personal collection. I’m sure to find more as I’m destashing and will add more to the packages. Good luck  — Marcia

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