Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Narcissists and The #NoMakeup Selfie


Let's start with a definition:
nar·cis·sism [nahr-suh-siz-em]
1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Synonyms: self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.

You may have noticed that your Twitter and Facebook feeds are cluttered with a slew of "selfies" with the hashtag #nomakeup. A large number of these selfies are being posted to raise cancer awareness. How a #nomakeup selfie actually raises cancer awareness is beyond me. What does raising awareness do for those afflicted with cancer or those that will get cancer in the future? Long story short, NOTHING. Cancer needs research and research costs money, so cancer charities are always trying to raise money for more research in order to find a cure. Posting a picture of your unmade up face will not necessarily bring donations into cancer charities. However the recent narcissistic practice of selfies is being justified (at least in the UK) by claiming to raise awareness for cancer and it did lead to a slight increase in donations to cancer charities. So "Yay" for that.


However, there is a larger issue that is not being addressed. There are still a plethora of poorly lit, out of focus #nomakeup selfies being posted on the interwebz for no other reason than to say, "Look at me!" It's not surprising that narcissism levels are on the rise, and have been for years. The increases were noted before "social media" was even in the regular vernacular. However, narcissism has clearly skyrocketed since the advent of social media. At the same time, it seems that there has been a steep decline in kindness, charity and empathy levels since the advent of Facebook and Twitter. Even though we are more connected than ever, we are less interested in other people, unless those other people have opinions on us! "Enough about me, what do you think about me?" It's almost as if having electronic accessibility has made us all a little more antisocial.


I believe the reason the #nomakeup selfie becoming a trend is not only so participants can believe that all of Instagram actually thinks that a blurry and poorly lit selfie is what one really looks like, but to also benefit from getting "likes" and comments on "how cute" they look, thereby reassuring those with fragile egos and those with narcissistic behavior that the practice of posting these types of pictures is acceptable. Let me allow you in on something...it's NOT acceptable.


What irks me so much is that people applaud and remark how "brave" one is to post a picture with no makeup. That's not brave. Capturing a spider int he bathtub is brave. The whole #nomakeup selfie trend seems to imply that women are so dependent on their makeup that the very thought of photographing themselves not completely made up is some sort of super human or super altruistic thing. This is not only ridiculous, but it's insulting. Worse yet, some participants in the #nomakeup selfie craze have accused those that DON'T participate in this ridiculous mockery of bravery, of being vain. Vain? Because they chose to not take a self serving picture sans makeup? Pluheeze!

The core of the issue here is shaming women for wearing makeup. I am here to say that there is NOTHING wrong with wearing makeup. Women wear makeup for many reasons. The majority of them wear makeup because they LIKE makeup! They like the way they look in makeup, they like the ritual of the application, they like the colors and the artistry. I'm not saying women, like myself, don't like the way we look without makeup and it's the only reason we wear the stuff. Not at all. That's like saying that women only wear clothes because they don't like the way they look without clothes....wait. Bad example. It's like saying men grow beards because they don't like the way the look without one...Men grow beards because THEY CAN. Women wear makeup because THEY CAN! It's just that simple.


It's fine to post a #nomakeup selfie, but if you are going to do it, do it for real. Good lighting, in focus no filter. THEN let's see how many "brave" women there are. Stop lying to yourself and stop shaming your fellow females for wearing makeup.


 Now if we can just stop taking so many selfies that would be a step in the right direction. Let's not focus so much on yourselves and start to focus more on our world and what's going on in it. If people dedicated half the time they do to taking, editing and posting selfies, and instead focused on local and world events maybe the world would be a batter place. Maybe we would care more for each other. Maybe words like "selfie" and hashtags like #nomakeup will become a passing fad and words like Altruism and #MakingADifference will fill our social media feeds instead. There is always hope!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Lipstick League – week of 3.17.14

Question of the Week: What is your all-time favorite drugstore lipstick?

Answer: Oh goodness. I don't think I have one. Am I such a lipstick snob that I don't even have a recommendation?  Perhaps you all can leave me your favorites in the comments section.

Clumps of Mascara - is all over this fantastic concealer from IMAN Cosmetics. It goes from a powder to a creme. It’s magic!

EauMG - shares a list of perfume names that make her feel sad. But, hopefully this post will leave you feeling glad.

Gouldylox Reviews - Too Faced has released their new summer collection and the shadow palette is a vision in bronze and electric pink. It may contain the hottest pink shadow I've ever seen! Is it for you?

Lipglossiping - shares some luminizing foundation tips for boosting skin radiance. Perfect for anyone with a dehydrated skin type!

My Beauty Bunny - Want fuller, plumper, kissable lips? City Cosmetics' City Lips Lip Plumper delivers! And we've got the before and after pictures to prove it.

Nouveau Cheap - swatches what might possibly be the most beautiful drugstore blushes she’s ever seen.

Pink Sith - imagines that a Samurai Princess would fall in love with Tatcha’s Indigo Soothing Silk Body Care Line while still being incredibly badass on the battlefield!

Prime Beauty - found and beautiful and easy way to bring Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color of the Year into her wardrobe with butterLONDON's Molly Coddled!

Phyrra - shares the Best Cruelty Free Illuminizers. Get your glow on!

we heart this - introduces you to a one-ingredient product under $20 that banishes acne and fights wrinkles. Say what now?

Beauty Junkies Unite - You don't have to be a vintage Urban Decay lover to appreciate this lipstick color that's a blast from the past---and available for a limited time. Try not to fall in love with Gash Revolution Lipstick!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beauty Spotlight 20 questions with Lola's Secret Beauty Blog

The Beauty Spotlight Team wants you to get to know each of our members better by asking them a series of personal and blogging questions, but will Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reveal anything interesting about herself? Click here (or on the photo below) to find out!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream and Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Tatcha is a skin care company with its roots in Japanese (specifically Geisha) beauty treatments. I have talked about their skin care HERE. Now they have a new line of body care and skin care that uses Indigo as it's source of inspiration and treatment. I am honored to have been given a sample of the body butter and hand cream to try.

As always, the Tatcha packaging is exquisite!

According to Tatcha, Indigo has been used for as a soothing and restorative treatment. 

"The stems, leaves and petals of the Indigo plant are steeped in water and fermented to make a concentrated botanical extract. Significant scientific research shows that Indigo is remarkably effective at relieving symptoms of those suffering from conditions such as dermatitis, and may be used in place of steroids and other prescription treatments."

As always, the Tatcha packaging is exquisite!

Tatcha goes on to cite that 

"...during the Edo Period, Japan’s noble samurai wore a layer of Indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help heal injuries; in Japan, the color is often referred to as 'Samurai Blue.'" 
This got me thinking. I am fascinated with Japan, and it's culture. The Samurai were something I have always admired as highly disciplined warriors, but until I started doing some research I thought all Samurai were men. Not so. About 700 years BEFORE the Edo Period in Japan lived a Female Samurai or onna-bugeish named Tomoe Gozen. Her story is not 100% certain, but what we do know is incredibly heroic for any samurai male or female. It is believed that Tomoe Gozen fought and survived through the Genpei War. (The first major war between samurai clans) And during the battle of Awazu, Tomoe even took the head of a rival samurai, which is an incredible honor for any samurai who defeated an opposing warrior in combat. Her story, as old in the Tale of the Heike, (considered by many to be historical fact rather than fictional poetry) is one of a strong and beautiful warrior.

Tomoe Gozen
Image from http://japanese.lingualift.com/blog/tomoe-gozen-the-female-samurai/

"Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors."
— The Tale of the Heike
Tomoe Gozeni mage from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Y%C5%8Dsh%C5%AB_Chikanobu_Tomoe_Gozen.jpg

You know what she sounds like? She sounds like a real Kick Ass Samurai! And because all women should be princesses I now dub Tomoe as a Samurai Princess! A princess takes care of her skin, and I think if I were a Samurai 900 years ago and if Tatcha was around then, I would have luxuriated with the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter and Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream.

If I was in Tomoe's place, I imagine after a long day of sword and archery practice, I would bathe and then apply the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter to my bruised and battered arms and legs. Possibly a few scrapes might have been obtained, and the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk body butter would blend and absorb easily into my dry skin. 


The fragrance would be light enough for daily use and not too strong as to inhibit a good night's rest. The body butter would almost instantaneously smooth and soothe my dry skin, and it never feels greasy or sticky. It is a medium thick body butter with an indigo blue color, but none of the color shows up on the skin and the thickness of the cream makes it perfect for applying night or day. 


As with all Tatcha products, a little goes a long way. This body butter has lasted me months so far, and I'm not even finished yet.


If I were Tomoe, I would have rough hands from holding and fighting with a sword and using a bow and arrow. How my fingers would ache after a long battle. I bet if I had some Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream I could still wield my sword without it feeling slippery in my grasp. 

That's because the hand cream absorbs quickly and never ever feels greasy. If it ever feels sticky, it's probably because I applied too much. Like all Tatcha products, a little goes a long way. I don't use this hand cream as often as I should, but the tube has lasted me for a few months now.


I can tell you that I do love both the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter and the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream. They are certainly a luxury as the price is high compared to hand creams and body butters at the local drugstore. The quality is unparalleled...so there is that.  If you want a real indulgence and possible healing benefits from your body care products, then you NEED to check out the Tatcha Indigo products for yourself.

You can purchase the Tatcha Indigo collection directly from the Tatcha website or from Barneys New York. The Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter comes in a 6.8 oz jar and retails for $48 USD. The Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream comes in a 60mL tube and retails for $38 USD.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Beauty Spotlight

Warm weather is just around the corner which means that it's time to put your best skin forward. Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends the Ellen Lange Retexturizing Peel as a fantastic at-home Peel Kit that will effectively reveal gorgeous glowing skin!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone was intrigued when she found a product named Whoopie and now we're sure you will be too.

Prime Beauty finally found the bareMinerals True Romantic Collection and it's THE perfect soft, feminine mix of makeup for spring and the romantic in all of us.

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat is singing the praises of New Zealand skin care brand Obiqo-- and she's hosting a fabulous Giveaway for two full-size products! You have until Monday evening to enter.

15 Minute Beauty shares some great neutral lippies for spring, which are on her shopping list. Which should she buy first?

The Pink Sith shows you three of the new L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks and reminiscences about being a band geek all at the same time.

Love multichromes? Phyrra shows off her current favorite ILNP Washing Ashore.

China Glaze will be launching its Spring speciality collection, Surprise, in April. Check out swatches now on polish insomniac!

Mostly Sunny has been enjoying the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres. For those who enjoy smokey eyes, Tissé Gabrielle is definitely worth a look!

Do you love intensely pigmented cosmetics? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out new line additions to the Prestige Total Intensity collection!

Come have a cuppa at drivel about frivol with Kate's selection of favourite tea perfumes. There will be cake....

Do you have a memory of Dippity Do? Perilously Pale would like to change that memory to a 2014 memory.

The Lipstick League – week of 3.10.14

Question of the Week: On average, how often do you make impulse beauty purchases? What type of product is your biggest weakness?

Answer: I have stopped impulse purchases for the most part, but when I do break down it's usually lipgloss or lipstick that gets me.  What about you?  Let me know in the comments section.

Clumps of Mascara has found the best nail polish top coat ever. No really, it’s pretty incredible.

EauMG - is kicking off festival season with a review an indie fruity-floral perfume roll-on that reminds her of hip Southern music festivals.

Gouldylox Reviews - Can a hot scissor hair cut change your life? Or just steal your money? I did the research to find out.

Lipglossiping - goes all out gaga for a gourmand skin treat that leaves you smelling of hot-buttered popcorn. Do you know what it is yet?

My Beauty Bunny - has teamed up with The Humane Society and beauty bloggers around the world to make a video in honor of #BeCrueltyFree week. Please watch and share to help spread the cruelty free message!

Nouveau Cheap - There’s a new collection of jelly polishes now hitting drugstores! Come check out the Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies.

Pink Sith - gives you her top 10 wish list beauty items for Pantone’s Color of the year in Radiant Orchid!

Prime Beauty - goes nude (in spirit only) with the new Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Collection--a drugstore gem!

Phyrra - shares her Top Ten Cruelty Free Radiant Orchid Beauty picks.

we heart this - What do bacon, Mr. T, mug shots and Rosa Parks all have in common? Why don't you click here and find out?!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Dear Readers:
I have nothing in my head right now. It is an empty "mind palace". Stark, desolate, a void. If you walked through my mind right now your footsteps would have a sharp, cold echo as the sound bounced off the walls in my mind. I am without original thought, motivation and feeling. It has been this way for several weeks now. I have felt like I am "phoning" it in when it comes to my blog.  

I know this is supposed to be a happy place where I gush over lipsticks and eyeshadows and tell you funny stories about blush, but I'm burnt out right now.  It takes most of my energy to just get out of bed in the morning and go to work. And then, at work, I have to deal with passive aggressive co-workers and office politics.  By the time I get home I'm so tired I just want to curl up in a ball on my couch, but Darthypie has homework and wants to play.  A lot of people are reading this and thinking "That's just life. Deal with it." And I am trying to deal with it, but there are others things at play that I'm not quite ready to share with you all. Things that make the daily grind even "grindier".
On days when I just feel like crap, I feel like I'm wearing a mask to hide how awful I feel on the inside. But either way I just don't have any passion right now for certain things. So you will see a decrease in my posts. I don't plan for it to be forever, but for the time being I will not be posting 4-5 times a week. I am doing this because I would rather give you quality over quantity. I can be like other blogs and post vanilla reviews about products two times a day, but that wouldn't be me and that's not why you read this blog. I want to write to entertain as well as inform and I just can't be very entertaining right now...at least to my standards.  I just don't want to let you all down.

So bear with me. I'll be back. Everything I post between now and getting back to 5 times a week will not be comedy gold, but I hope it will be useful and mildly entertaining.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Ten Radiant Orchid Wishlist Items


Top 10 Tuesdays is back and this week we are showing you our Top 10 beauty items for Pantone's Color Of The Year, Radiant Orchid.  Since I already did a color post on this subject color I thought it would be fun to show you my wish list of Pantone Radiant Orchid inspired colors.


Let's start off with THE MOST expensive item on the list...MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Dressy - Large' Tote in Fuschia!  For a mere $368 this baby can be all yours.  Since I'm on a budget, I'll drag out my old purple drawstring bag and pretend it matches the Radiant Orchid color scheme.  Hey, This is a WISH LIST after all!


Let's focus on Makeup for bit shall we?  Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Raspberry. Retailing for $26 you will get your money's worth from this sucker. Doubling as a lip and cheek product this is perfect  for a mid day touch up in an on trend color.


I added the Clinique 'Cheek Pop' Blush in Plum Pop to my list because it is so darn cute! I have also read good reviews for these little blushes so I'm excited to pick one up, and at $21 a piece I won't break the bank!


Friends have RAVED about these Laura Mercier New Lip Glacé lipglosses, and I have some from a while back that I really did enjoy.  The Orchid color is PERFECT and on trend for the Radiant Orchid theme and let's face it, you need more lip gloss in your life.  Want to pick one up? It will set you back $25.


Speaking of lip gloss, a brand that doesn't get enough love is Vincent Longo 'Perfect Shine' V Gloss. The brand has some great quality makeup and the lip products are excellent.  The gloss named Alpha 7 is the perfect purpley-fuchsia you have been looking for.  At $22 a piece it's not too hard on the pocketbook either!


I am a fan of lip stains and a lip stain that doubles as a cheek stain is even better in my book.  Benefit Cosmetics new Lollitint is the Radiant Orchid answer to your lip/cheek tint dreams.  A little goes a long way so the $30 bottle should last you a while.  I know this one is on my "LOVES" list at Sephora right now.


If you really want to splurge, like I do, try out some of the new Marc Jacobs Beauty products. I think a great place to start (besides lipstick) is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con - Plush Shadow in The Punk. This radiant Orchid, smokey violet and griege shadow trio is sure to make a sensual somoky eye. I just want it because I'm in love with purple shadow at the moment.  I want to get it before that moment passes too, but at $42 I might have to think about this one a little more.


Want something a little less dramatic?  Then reach for the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid. Not only will this frosty and smokey lilac make you happy beyond belief...at least that's what the reviews I read say, but at $26 per "eye stick" you might just breathe a sigh of relief!


I have never tried this brand but theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish, A Fuchsia Too Many is just too pretty to ignore. It's the perfect summer Pedi color and I really need a dose of Summer right about now.  At $10 per bottle I might indulge and buy a 2nd color for my hands!


Last but not least, rain boots!  Rain boots?  Yes! Rain boots!  It rains a lot in the Spring and thunderstorms in the Summer are common where I live.  This bright purple will chase away the rainy grays and keep my feet dry too.  Since I can't bear to spend $140 on that other popular brand of rain boots I think the Kamik Heidi Rain Boot in Dewberry for only $50 is a great compromise!

So what about you?  Do you have any "wish list" items in Radiant Orchid?  I would love to hear about them.  Also check out these other blogs for more Radiant Orchid inspired beauty!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Blushing Harmony, Fuchsia Orchestra and Plum Adagio - Review, Pictures, Swatches

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick is the latest liquid glossy lipstick/lip-stain/lip-gloss hybrid from L'Oreal. I recently reviewed it in a piece for Walgreens, but I was so enamored by the formula I purchased 2 more colors for my own personal use.


Why do I like the L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick? The super megawatt shine. It's like vinyl on my lips. It's so awesome. Plus my lip surface looks smoother when I wear it. When my lips are smoother, the shine is magnified, hence the vinyl lips! According to L'Oreal the Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick is "formulated with precious micro-oils and rich color pigments". OK. "Precious" oils might be a marketing ploy because the first oil listed in the ingredients after a slew of silicones is Hydrogenated Castor Oil. At the end of the ingredient list, there is Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rosehip), but being so low on the list means there is less of it in the product, which means, a scant amount at best. HOWEVER, I didn't buy this product for the "precious oils", I bought it for the colors and the incredible shine (Thanks Silicones!!)! The colors I selected are vastly different from one another, but the formula remains the same. Moisturizing, shiny, not sticky, no noticeable or offensive flavor or scent and all around decent wear time! WIN!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Blushing Harmony 103
What I found interesting about this product is that all the color names were related to music in some way. Plum ADAGIO, Fuchsia ORCHESTRA, Blushing HARMONY. It reminded me of my high school years spent in the Band and Orchestra playing the flute. By 8th grade, I was Second Chair Flute in both band and orchestra. I was a band geek. I fully admit it. I had fun and had friends with similar geekiness. What's not to like. Plus you get to go on field trips if you are really good, which we were.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Blushing Harmony 103

My Band teacher for Jr. High was named Mr. Ball. Mr. Ball was a no nonsense, tall and tortured man. He taught band to a bunch of entitled kids in an affluent part of the state. He had to put up with smack talk from the drummers and trumpet players and my constant challenging for the 1st chair spot in Band. It happened that my "friend" which I now know as my frenemy (we didn't have that phrase back then.) played flute too and she was also very good at it. In order to move up a seat in the flute section, you had to challenge the next person up. You both selected a piece of music from what the band was playing and then you played the piece after 1 week of practice on a cassette tape and them Mr. Ball would listen to both and determine if the challenger "won" or not.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia Orchestra 106

This poor man...he had to endure these challenges all the time. We were a competitive bunch, and there was always movement among the assigned seats. Beth, who happened to be the preppiest girl I have ever met, was perfect in every way. Perfect straight blonde hair, perfect skin, perfect clothing, perfect grades, just perfect. I envied her. I had funky curly hair in a bad haircut, bad skin, frumpy clothing, and barely passable grades...but the one thing I was "perfect" at was playing the flute.
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia Orchestra 106

The Jr. High where I attended only had 2 grades, 7th and 8th. On the last performance for 8th grade, I had challenged Beth for first chair, again. We both made our recordings. I think I nailed it. Come time to find out who "won" and Mr. Ball apologizes to us profusely saying he didn't have time to listen to the tapes before the final performance, and there would be no challenge. I was so upset. I was devastated. I would always be in Beth's shadow. Her preppy penny loafers looked extra shiny that day, and my MIA flats looked extra scuffed up. Her perfect straight white teeth sparkled as she heard the news. Mr. Ball said to me. "Elvira, You can hate me for the rest of your life, but I'm sorry I couldn't listen to the challenge in time for the performance." And my snotty 8th grade brain replied. "Fine. I will!"

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Plum Adagio 502

What a bitch! I can't believe how unbelievably rude I was to Mr. Ball. He was my teacher. Not a peer and here I am talking to him with no regard for his position and stature. I still remember the shocked and hurt look on his face when I said it.  Ugh. That's going to haunt me for the rest of my life.  Now that I think back about it, I am ashamed how I responded and how I acted. The world didn't end because I didn't get first chair in the final 8th grade performance of band. My life was not over because I didn't beat the hated, Beth and all her preppy regalia. What did happen is that I told a man that probably got paid 20K a year to deal with 6 classes of snotty kids that I would hate him until I died. Shameful.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Plum Adagio 502

So if you are out there Mr. Ball. I just wanted to let you know that I don't hate you and that I am sorry for how I acted and what I said. You were a great teacher, and I learned something very valuable from you that I still repeat to this day. "If you're early, you're on-time. If you're on-time, you're late. If you're late you're out!". Best saying I ever learned in Jr. High. Oh and Beth, if you are still out there, here is a big fat raspberry PPTHHPTHPFFTHPPPT! That's for making fun of my nails covered in blue and black sharpie. There wasn't suitable black and blue nail polish back then, and I did what I could to achieve the look I wanted. You just don't know how to get your freak on! So there!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick Swatches L to R Plum Adagio, Fuchsia Orchestra, Blushing Harmony

You can purchase L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick from drugstore.com, Walgreens, Ulta and Target. The price ranges from $7.99 to $9.99 each. The stores are always having a BOGO 50% off or a BOGO Free deal for L'Oreal products, so just be patient until you can participate in one of those specials.

What do you think? Do you like this super shiny look? What about the colors?

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