Improve your kissing with Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Winter brings me two unwanted problems  –  dry hands that need constant moisture and dry lips that need extra moisture. I’m working on both of these problems often but they can be hard to solve. I needed help and Michael Todd came to my rescue by sending their INTENSIVE CREAM LIP TREATMENT my way. This wonderful cream is not a lip balm, it’s a treatment which is why it’s so effective.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

I use intensive cream lip treatment when I’m home. It lives in my house so that I won’t go through it too quickly. As soon as my teeth are brushed and my vitamins taken, on goes this lip treatment. At night before I get in bed, on goes this lip treatment. I have lip balms all over my house and use those too but those aren’t what I attribute my better feeling and looking lips to.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Pull off the lavender top and you’ll find this slanted tip that helps smooth the cream on. It’s cooling on my lips and the cream glides on. It’s good to then massage it in circular motions. Make this baby work for you! There’s a tiny bit of tingle at first but it’s gone within a minute. It’s nothing that hurts but I do notice it at first.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Let’s talk about what makes this so successful. Three ingredients have the most effect on this treatment. 1.  Soluble Collagen 2.  Actimp™ 3.  Hyaluronic Acid.

Infused Collagen helps plump and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and works from the inside out.

Actimp™ is the one you haven’t heard about. It’s a peptide made from Sweet white Lupine Flower which not only has skincare benefits but also helps collagen do its job. Extracted peptides from the Lupine flower are clinically validated to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction restoring elasticity & firmness while healing & repairing through an increase in collagen & elastin production and a decrease in damaging enzymes.

Hyluronic Acid is my favorite ingredient and I’m always happy to find it in my skincare. It attracts water to the skin’s surface and delivers nourishing hydration to skin’s outer layers.

The more moisture the better.

Mally H3 lip gloss on my Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment treated lips

Mally H3 lip gloss on my Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment treated lips

While this gem is on the expensive side ($48) it’s worth it to keep your lips in kissing condition. Pampering your lips with something other than a beautiful lipstick is worth a little indulgence. Your lips will thank you and so will your kissing partner.  — Marcia

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 Ingredient list:

Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Extracts of Lavandula x Intermedia (Organic Lavender) Flower, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower,Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae), Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aqua [water] (and) Carbomer (and) Polysorbate-20 (and) Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 [Matrixyl 3000®],), Hydrolized Lupine Protein (Actimp®), Stearic Acid, Ubiquinone (CoQ10) , Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopherol, C12-15 AlkylBenzoate, Flavor, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Collagen, Oenothera Biennis (Organic Evening Primrose) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Glycerin (and) Water [Aqua] (and) Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (and) PalmitoylTripeptide-38 [Matrixyl® Synthe6], Acetyl hexapeptide-3 [Argireline®], Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Xanthan Gum.

 

Manuka Secrets full line review and giveaway

Manuka Secrets products

Manuka Secrets products

MANUKA SECRETS has a secret all right and that’s the New Zealand Manuka Honey that is a product they exclusively farm themselves for their spa scented line. “For millennia honey has proven to enhance health and well-being. Manuka Lab™ is rooted on the technology and uniqueness held within New Zealand’s globally renowned Manuka/Tea tree bush and the UMF honey and oils produced from its nectar and leaves.”
Your skin will be moisturized with this powerful ingredient along with the many other ingredients that are liberally used in their lineup of 8 products. In honor of Manuka Secrets bringing their line to Ulta.com and Ulta stores they have sent a set for review and two sets for a giveaway. You’ll want to read about this line and what it can do for you.

Manuka Secrets Honey

Manuka Secrets Honey

Dr. Fernanda Da Silva Tatley is one of the founders and is the company’s molecular medical microbiologist. She chose Manuka Honey since it’s indigenous to New Zealand and provides an antidote for skin’s aging process and aids in moisture replenishment. The line is targets to those above 30 which means it’s great for all of us actually. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Honey Factor.  “SUSTAINABILITY: Dr. Fernanda da Silva Tatley has uniquely crafted Manuka Secrets with sustainably sourced ingredients, ensuring a balance with nature and in harmony with its inhabitants. Manuka Secrets Manuka Honey is gathered from the purest most remote regions of New Zealand where this precious resource is managed and protected for future generations.”

Manuka Secrets Cleanse

Manuka Secrets Cleanse

MANUKA SECRETS CLEANSE – BALANCE & REFRESH MANUKA HONEY UMF 18+ ($19.95) is a good cleanser for makeup removal. It leaves skin feeling refreshed without any tautness. It contains wonderful ingredients like almond oil, aloe vera and cucumber assist to cleanse, refresh and soothe. Shea butter supports a deep moisturising nourishment. Frankincense, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils finish with a silky touch and an alluring spa scent.

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant

MANUKA SECRETS EXFOLIANT UMF 18+ ($24.99) contains 2 sizes of bamboo plus jojoba pearl and white clay to purify and exfoliate your skin. This exfoliant is suitable for all skin types and isn’t too harsh. To stimulate your circulation it’s recommended to use this for 2-3 minutes. Exfoliating with this helps assist with your skin regeneration. Great ingredients include Cacao, Shea butter, Flaxseed, Rice bran and coconut oils support a deep moisturising nourishment. Cucumber assists to soothe and soften.

Manuka Secrets Mask

Manuka Secrets Mask

MANUKA SECRETS MASK UMF 18+ ($24.99) is what’s considered a wet mask. This doesn’t dry down and get crunchy. It stays damp the entire time you have it on your face so it feels much more moisturizing than most masks. This contains high levels of Hyaluronic Acid which are great helpers to hydrate and soften your skin. It also contains white clay which helps lift dry flaking skin and impurities. To moisturize it uses shea butter, almond, rice brand and flaxseed oil. It’s a very comfortable mask to use. It’s recommended to use it for 10 minutes or less.

Manuka Secrets Day Creme

Manuka Secrets Day Creme

MANUKA SECRETS DAY CREAM UMF 18+ ($29.99) is a lightweight moisturizer that has no sticky feeling to it. It doesn’t have sunscreen in it though so you’d need to add that yourself. As with all of the Manuka Secrets products the ingredients are the best. Advanced CoQ10 supports skin’s natural CoQ10 regeneration. High levels of hyaluronic acid assist to hydrate and soften skin. Jojoba, Rosehip seed, almond oil and cacao and Shea butter support a deep moisturising nourishment. Advanced narcissus tazetta bulb, and liquorice assist in soothing dry-irritated skin.

Manuka Secrets Serum

Manuka Secrets Serum

MANUKA SECRETS SERUM UMF 18+ ($49.95) is their most expensive item but a little goes a long way. It’s a thin serum that’s liquidy and contains no silicone. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t interfere with foundation application. The serum is meant to brighten and even your skintone.

Manuka Secrets Night Creme

Manuka Secrets Night Creme

MANUKA SECRETS NIGHT CREAM UMF +18 ($29.99) is also a lightweight moisturizer but seems a little richer than the day creme. I apply it over the serum for that double dose of protection. The ingredients include advanced CoQ10 supporting skins natural CoQ10 regeneration. High levels of advanced narcissus tazetta bulb, algae, aloe vera, and calendula soothe and soften. Hyaluronic acid assists to hydrate and soften tired skin. Jojoba, Rosehip seed, and macadamia oil, cacao and shea butter support a deep moisturising nourishment.

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme and Lip Lustre

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme and Lip Lustre

MANUKA SECRETS HAND CREME ($14.99) contains a rich but light formula. It absorbs quickly without leaving any residue behind. You can use it and continue doing any work you were doing without fear.

MANUKA LIP LUSTRE PACIFIC PARADISE ($9.99) is something they call a Purse Pal since it’s small enough to be on the go with you. It’s a rich feeling lip balm that will moisturize your lips with ease.

all 8 Manuka Secret products

all 8 Manuka Secret products

This total group of products retail for $205 although today it’s on sale for approximately 30% off on Ulta’s website. I’m not sure how long these are on sale so it’s a great time to purchase them now. It’s also a great time to enter our giveaway. Two US readers will win the entire line of Manuka Secrets products, all 8 of these. Manuka Secrets is a spa scented line due to the use of frankincense, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils in each of the products. I find that the fragrance lingers although it becomes less dominant during the day.

Our giveaway will be open through Thursday, 8/13/15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close early please email your comment to me at [email protected] and label it SECRETS. This is US only. Entries will be checked so please be careful with what you’ve checked in the Rafflecopter. Good luck!! — Marcia

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*products sent for editorial consideration along with the prizes

Waxelene – a winter savior giveaway

Waxelene Lip Balm

Waxelene Lip Balm

Earlier today I did a Top Ten post about winter saviors and Waxelene was one of my choices. There’s a very good reason for that. This is a product that you need for your dry winter lips. I received it this summer and used it sporadically. I forgot about it until my first cold of the season struck. Suddenly my lips were dry and hurting. I needed relief.

Waxelene

Waxelene

Waxelene is a name that doesn’t draw me in but the product is worth overlooking that. This is an all natural lip gel that has no petroleum in it. It isn’t greasy but you can feel it on your lips. It’s very soothing. I don’t wear it under most lip colors but as soon as I’m home for the day, on it goes.

Waxelene calls themselves “the petroleum jelly alternative”. It gives you the relief that you think of with petroleum jelly but the texture is much more pleasant to use. According to their website: Waxelene® is revolutionizing skin care. It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.”

Waxelene

Waxelene

There’s no fragrance from Waxelene and it’s cruelty free. The main ingredients are Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E Oil and Rosemary Oil. The size I have is the lip tube ($3.99, 0.25 oz) and it also comes in a flip top tube ($4.99) as well as in jars ($8.99/2 oz and $17.99/9 oz).

2 oz jar of Waxelene

2 oz jar of Waxelene

Now why would you want a jar of this? Because it’s not just for lips. Waxelene is good for dry skin, baby bottoms, after shave, anti-chafing. removing makeup and much more. Rub it on the heels of your feet or your elbows and you’ll notice the difference within days. You can find Waxelene online or at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS and Whole Foods.waxelene back

For this giveaway we’ll have 2 winners of a lip tube for an international giveaway. It’s a small prize but one you’ll adore if you win it. The giveaway ends on 1/11/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] so you can continue adding your Rafflecopter options. I know you’ll love this if you win or if you purchase it. — Marcia

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*product sent by PR for review and giveaway

Perfect autumn lips with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

I swear, indoor heat is the most annoying thing ever.  I have so many issues with dry skin and dry lips…my entire body becomes the Saraha Desert.

Sahara DesertI am always surrounded by tubes of various lip balms, but at night I like to give my lips a good scrubbing with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo ($25).  Now, scrubbing the lips sounds painful, and I have had some bloody lip disaster with exfoliants that are just too harsh.  But I am completely sold on the Exfoliating Lip Duo that we were sent because it gently and effectively removes any dry skin, hydrates lips, and comes in practical, smart packaging.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

This is a dual-ended lip treatment with a sugar-based lip scrub on the bottom and a Marula Oil based solid lip oil on the other.  It is just an awesome little package with a fantastic lip scrub.  First, the lip scrub tastes delicious.  Second, just a tiny bit scrubbed onto dry lips removes all dry skin and leaves lips super smooth.  Third, you don’t even have to wash it off after – just wipe with a dry towel.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Once lips are wiped clean (I dare you not to lick them first…it really does taste wonderful!) open the top of the jar for the solid lip oil.

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

The solid lip oil is Marula Oil, a fantastic antioxidant that treats lips and helps to build collagen.  This is the perfect finishing touch for hydrated, healthy lips.

Since I started using the Exfoliating Lip Duo every night my lips couldn’t look or feel better.  It is a real winner in my book.  It’s not just a night treatment – it’s also perfect before applying lip pencil and lipstick.

Check out these tips from bodyography Creative Director and professional makeup artist, Lori Leib, on how to get your fall lipstick to last.

Step 1: Exfoliate and hydrate your lips with Bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo, this creates a beautiful base for any lip color.
Step 2: Lightly dab off the solid oil from the Exfoliating Lip Duo with a tissue after a few minutes – now your lips are prepped for color.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 3: Choose a smooth plum-colored lip pencil like Bodyography’s Rosewood Lip Pencil and line the outside of your lips.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 4: Use this same pencil to color in the entire lip.
Step 5: Take a pressed powder, I used Bodyography’s Every Finish Powder in Translucent and lightly brush some of the powder over the lip liner to create a nice matte base.

bodyography Every Finish Powder
Step 6: Apply a warm plum toned lipstick like Havana Sheer Lip Stick all over the lips, blot with a tissue and apply again.
Step 7: You should now be left with a long-lasting, sexy Autumn lip!

bodyography Havana Lip Color

Be sure to try this, it works!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Double the care with ChapStick Hydration Lock

I love products that do more than one thing, and ChapStick’s newest product, Hydration Lock ($2.99), is doubly good.  ChapStick sent us their Moisture & Renew and Day & Night versions to try, and in this case being two-faced is a good thing.

The Hydration Lock Dual-Ended Balms are two lip balms in one, with a different formula on each end.

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock:  Moisturize and Renew

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: Moisturize and Renew

Moisturize side

Moisturize side

Renew side

Renew side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew is all about hydrating and treating for the best anti-aging results.  The Moisturize side has antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic spheres, and leaves lips soft and silky.  This side has a slight vanilla flavor.  The Renew side has shea and mango butters, and tastes a little fruity.  I like to layer these for the full treatment.  Lips definitely look healthier with less fine lines when I use it.

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

Nighttime side

Day side

Night side

Night side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night has skin protection on one side, and tons of moisturizers on the other.  This is the perfect ChapStick to have in your purse at all times.  The Day side has SPF 12 and no flavoring.  The Night side has shea and mango butters for conditioning lips, plus tamanu and coconut oil to soften and treat.  It doesn’t have much flavor, but it does smell like chamomile.

I love the packaging for these ChapSticks.  They are really convenient and definitely give 24 hour care for the lips.  You can find these in person and online at most major drugstores.  – Lisa

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Fighting vertical lip lines with Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

So what do you find has aged the most rapidly on you over the years?  Your hands?  How about your neck?  For me, there’s no question…it’s my lips.  I have those darn hereditary vertical lip lines.  My mom has them, my grandma had them…and now I have them.  I’m not going to lie, I know I will eventually turn to something along the lines of Juvaderm or lasers to get rid of them.  But in the meantime, I do everything I can to stop their progression.  Osmotics Cosmeceuticals sent me their Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35) to try, and with my lip issues they had me at hello.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

So what the heck is Blue Copper 5?  Copper peptides are amino acids bound with a copper element.  They have been found to be quite effective in healing wounds, fighting wrinkles, and smoothing skin.  Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck combines copper peptides with hyaluronic acid for mega hydration and anti-aging, with some macadamia oil thrown in for even more moisture.

How could anyone not try this??

How could anyone not try this??

Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck has a fantastic slip and feel, leaving lips extremely hydrated.  I put this on very generously and am sure to also apply the Natural shade to my vertical lip lines as well.  I just can’t tell you how fabulous my lips feel with this treatment.  Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck comes in three colors:  Natural, Golden Nectar, and Cognac.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Natural

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Natural

Natural looks blue on the wand, but it goes on clear.  I go crazy with this one…it seems like the more I put on, the happier my lips are and my lip lines are much less noticeable.  This isn’t like other blue-tinted glosses that makes teeth look whiter, but the moisturizing effect is amazing.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Golden Nectar

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Golden Nectar

Golden Nectar is a very subtle peachy shade, but it also has some shimmer so it makes lips look more lush.  I love this over lip liner because I get the color from the liner, the shimmer and shine from the gloss, and the moisture and plumping from the hyaluronic acid and macadamia oil.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Cognac

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck in Cognac

Cognac is a very pretty soft red shade that provides color while also delivering the same moisture and treatment.  This is a lovely shade that would complement any skin tone, with just the right amount of pigmentation for a great pop of color.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck swatched, left to right:  Cognac, Golden Nectar, Natural

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck swatched, left to right: Cognac, Golden Nectar, Natural

With all the fabulous moisture, my lip lines are most certainly less noticeable and pronounced.  My lips look more full, and they feel soft and smooth.  This lip treatment may not ‘cure’ my lip lines, but I do believe they keep them from getting worse.  And until I can afford a $3000 liquid face lift, I am happy to at least keep the status quo.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck is non-comedogenic, and has no artificial colors or fragrances.  You can find Osmotics at high-end department stores like Saks and Nordstrom, as well as online at Osmotics.com.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copper Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalane, Menthol, Flavor, Titanium Dioxide, Mica. MAY CONTAIN: Red 7 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Red 4, Iron Oxides

Recover seductive lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Cooler weather is moving in, which means chapped lips could be in your future.  Now is the time to do some prevention so you don’t have to do triage later.  I have been in major prevention mode with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm ($65, product sample), and it is the ultimate in luxury for lips.

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse is a line that feels like fabulous indulgence in every way.  Just opening a Natura Bisse box makes me feel like I am wearing Louboutin heels and Bulgari diamonds whilst sipping Krug 1928 Champagne and luxuriating in a Chanel bubble bath.  I have read fantastic things about Natura Bisse Eye Recovery Balm, so I was hoping the Lip Recovery Balm would be just as great.  It certainly is different from any other lip balm I’ve ever tried…and it is wonderful.

I guess I am used to slick balms that make my lips feel all slippery, so at first I was taken aback by the texture of the Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm.  It doesn’t make lips slick, instead it ‘polishes’ them and gives a smooth, sleek look and feel.  It definitely hydrates and softens lips, and carob extract keeps lips from chapping.  Other ingredients include Opuntia Ficus extract for regenerating damaged skin, as well as aloe vera, Rosa Mosqueta, mango and shea butter, amaranth seeds and vitamin F to plump lips and increase elasticity.

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - interesting texture!

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – interesting texture!

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

The smooth texture makes Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm a perfect base for lip liner and lipstick, and it helps keep color from migrating into fine lines.  Since it isn’t shiny, your guy will also love it and kissing will be that much more enjoyable!

This is definitely one of the pricier lip treatments available, but the jar lasts a long time and the results are terrific.  If this is in your budget, I highly recommend it.  Louboutins, Bulgari diamonds and Krug 1928 Champagne are optional!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Hydrolized Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Linoleate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Linolenate, Sodium Saccharin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700).