My top 5 HOLY GRAIL products 2018

 

Although I have quite a large collection of products, there are ones that I reach for over and over again. Tried and tested, the following 5 products are items that I can’t live without (big call, I know)…

 

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  1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it until I am blue in the face, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Universal Peels have completely changed my skin. I have been absolutely obsessed with these little miracle pads for about 18 months. The patented two-step formula is unlike anything else on the market and it delivers the most effective skin care treatment I have ever used. After using these, my skin is refined, brighter and fresher while my pores look diminished and fine lines reduced. I cannot sing the praises of the Alpha Beta peels enough. I would gladly give up all other skincare products to be able to use these forever… well, these and a touch of moisturiser 😉

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2. Fudge Clean Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

I couldn’t tell you how much tubes of Clean Blonde I have gone through over the years. This shampoo tones my hair like nothing else. Not only that, but it doesn’t dry out my fine hair, nor does it make it dull or frizzy.  I am pretty easy-going when it comes to hair, but one thing I cannot stand is brassy tones, this little mother sorts them out quick smart. My shower is never without this indigo beauty.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I call this my facial in a compact. This beautiful powder gives my skin the most stunning natural glow. My skin looks fresh, bright, radiant and just glowing with health. I don’t know how Hourglass do it, but there is some kind of sorcery in this powder. I use a light dusting all over my face as the last step in my makeup routine and the result is an ethereal radiance that needs to be seen to be believed.

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4. Becca Under Eye Corrector

I have been raving about this corrector for years now. This glorious little pot rids my undereye area of discolouration, it brightens and refreshes without caking or creasing. I use this every time I apply makeup, and even often when I don’t. You can read more about it here, along with the rest of the Becca Bright Eyes range.

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5. Beauty Blender

There are many imitations, but no one has quite replicated the magic that is the Beauty Blender. I refuse to apply my foundation with anything other than my trusty sponge. I find my base looks more seamless, foundation looks natural and there isn’t any threat of cakeface. The Beauty Blender blends out cream products effortlessly and is the perfect tool for baking. I never travel without one and always have plenty of backups on hand. Nothing, I mean nothing, compares to the Beauty Blender.

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I would love to hear what your top 5 Holy Grail Products are.

 

Camille x

 

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Mecca Must Haves

Over the last few months there have been some incredible new releases at Mecca. While I’d love to walk you through every one of my favourite products, I don’t want to be writing a novel.  So,  I thought I’d highlight a few of my current must haves and holy grail products.

Hello beautiful people,

Over the last few months there have been some incredible new releases at Mecca. While I’d love to walk you through every one of my favourite products, I don’t want to be writing a novel.  So,  I thought I’d highlight a few of my current must haves and holy grail products.

Nars 

Oh, where to begin? I love Nars, I  really do.  The fabulous PowerMattes* are only new to my collection, but man, they have made an impression. The formula is light, and slightly watery, but packs a pigmented punch. They apply easily – especially thanks to the pointed applicator. They seriously last all day without too much flaking at all. While they are on the pricey side of things, keep in mind there is no need to top ups during the day, so the tube is going to last you about 3 times as long as a regular lipstick.

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Still on Nars, this wouldn’t be a ‘must-haves’ post without the mention of the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer*. I have spoken many times about this pot of magic, and you can find a detailed blog post here. I have been using this concealer almost daily to cover up the effects of sleep deprivation thanks to pregnancy hormones. They are just perfect for daily wear. They are light, blendable, long-wearing with minimal creasing and have no need for a setting powder.  They really are the most perfect, all in one concealer.

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Bare Minerals 

To be quite honest, Bare Minerals really wasn’t ever on my radar. There was nothing that really jumped out to me. That was until they released their incredible Gen-Nude collection. Their lip products are such high-quality and measure up against the make-up big wigs. Both the liquid lipstick* and gloss formulas are exceptional, I cannot fault either of them. The more products I use from the brand, the more I fall in love. Don’t be foolish like me and discount them, because there are some absolute gems in the range.

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Hourglass 

Hourglass is another one of those brands that I cannot get enough of. Their products are of the highest quality and honestly feel like they contain some sort of magic. All of their powders add the most beautiful glow to the skin and somehow make you look fresh, healthy and airbrushed. Now those are big claims coming out of my mouth, but I wholeheartedly believe it. Their blushes are stunning, they blend like no other. The flush on the cheeks look so natural and glowy.

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The Ambient Lighting Powders are by far my favourite. Basically, I can’t leave the house without a dusting of Dim Light. With my oily skin, I have always been hesitant to dabble in illuminating powders – there is nothing good about looking like a greasy disco ball. But Dim Light is like a facial in a compact. It smoothes, hides imperfections and adds the most healthy looking glow to the complexion – like i said, it is some sort of sorcery.

Mecca Max

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard about the really exciting release of Mecca’s own line MECCA MAX. I have had the chance to trial most of the range, and have definitely discovered some must-have products. Firstly I have to mention the incredible Power Couple Mascara*. From first swipe on the lashes, I fell in love. This mascara lengthens and defines, leaving my eyelashes super fluttery. There is no flaking or smudging in sight. That alone sold me, but this mascara has a nifty little featutre – the dual wand. The smaller brush allows you to really get into the roots to create volume, and accentuate bottom and corner lashes. My new holy grail mascara.

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Mecca MAX have really hit the mark with their lip products. From the gorgeous Pout Pop * lipsticks that are dreamily creamy, to the non-sticky but pigmented Boss Gloss* and the hydrating City Slickers Tinted Oil* , this range cannot be faulted. I have found myself reaching for Mecca Max lip products on the daily, over my usual go-to products. The range is affordable, full of gorgeous colours and just screaming to be a part of your collection.

Dr Dennis Gross 

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I rave almost on a weekly basis about my love for all things  Dr DG. I will tell anyone who will listen how incredible the Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels* are. Seriously, everyone needs these in their lives. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has improved my skin like these have. The targeted formula of both AHA’s and BHA’s work together to treat almost all skincare concerns. They chemically exfoliate by removing dead skin cells, polishing the skin, treating ageing concerns to reveal smooth, bright and even skin. An absolute must have. You can read more about these clever little pads here and here.

FRANK

Where would a must haves list be without good old trusty Frank. I have loved body scrubs for so damn long. The sensation of buffing and polishing skin just feels a little too good.  Since becoming pregnant, I have loved scrubs even more. I need to ensure my skin is polished and hydrated to prevent stretch marks, so Frank has been joining me in the shower more often than not. Even my partner Kane is quite partial to Frank – Who would have thought?!  Plus that gorgeous coffee scent really kick starts my morning, especially while my caffeine intake is limited. Damn you, growing baby.

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Too Faced 

Too Faced have some damn good products. But there is one gem that I have re-purchased, over and over again. The Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is the most beautiful everday bronzer in my collection. Not only does it smell like a chocolate dream, but it is the most perfect contour colour that blends effortlessly. It can be worn quite sheer or built up for an intense Instagram-worthy contour. I always reach for this over my other matte bronzers.

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Lanolips 

I recently raved about the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment* over on the ‘gram. It has been my lip saviour for tail-end of winter. This unique product is not only a suuuuuper hydrating creamy balm but it also works as a natural exfoliate to get rid of those pesky little dry flakes. It adds a glossy sheen to the lips and smells exactly like icy-poles. So really it covers all bases.

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Urban Decay

I would put money on the fact that almost every beauty-enthusiast has had a bottle of Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray in their collections at some point. It is a cult product and for all the right reasons. It truly sets that cake in place for hours on end. It settles down any excess powders, doesn’t add shine, nor does it matte out that beaming glow. If you are after a good quality and effective setting spray, this little bottle is your best bet.

WinkyLux *

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This quirky little brand is just too cute for words. They are known for their kitschy packaging, especially the medication shaped lipsticks.  I personally think their lipsticks are just gorgeous, and are great to throw in the handbag for touch ups throughout the day. I also adore their balms.* Not only do they smell delicious, but they add a kiss of sheen and colour to the lips, while adding a boost of hydration. Plus what other lip balm has a gorgeous dried flower encased in the actual product?

What are your Mecca must-haves? Have you added any more to your wishlist?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

October ’16 faves

Hi Petals,

I haven’t posted a monthly favourites in a while – soz. I always mention the products that I’m loving, either here or through Instagram, just not always in this format. But,  I thought I’d do a quick round up of my current loves, as there a quite a few. October itself was suuuper busy for me. I moved house, attended heaps of events, went to an engagement party and a concert. I absolutely love this time of the year, things start to get busy, the weather is heating up and things start to feel a bit festive; and now that I am living across the road from the beach,  you’ll catch me there most mornings and afternoons.

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The Beauty Chef – Probiotic Skin Refiner

This little bottle of goodness is pure liquid gold. This toner exfoliates, balances the skin all while hydrating your cute little mug. The AHA’s are reaaaaly gentle, so I’ve been using this daily, if not twice. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. My skin is left so seriously smooth, plump and fresh. My face is sporting a new brightness and clarity, which I can thank The Beauty Chef for. I have unfortunately ran out of this little guy, but I will definitely be re-purchasing. Although this toner is a little on the pricey side, I am so happy with the results that it really doesn’t phase me all that much – Plus I love supporting Australian businesses.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Baci and Caramello 

I had noticed these liquid lippies getting around on the ‘gram for a while but had no intention of grabbing them. I was browsing through Mecca at Bondi one day and next thing I know I’m walking out, Mecca bag in hand with two of these little babes coming home with me. But no buyers remorse here, I am sooooo glad I picked these up. The formula is beautiful, quite thin and watery, but super opaque. The colours are jam-packed full of pigment, they’re really long lasting and very comfortable. As for the shades, they’re perfect. Caramello is the most perfect nude that I have been wearing to death. Baci is a delicious subtle mauve-y neutral that I love to wear both during the day and out at night. Very welcomed additions to my liquid lip collection. I have my eye on the shade called Patina as well – If you buy it for me I’ll be your best friend?

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Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

There is a reason why this product is so raved about – it is utter perfection. From the moment I lifted the lid and my eyes fell upon this dreamy chocolatey swirl, I was done for. But then to see how well it performed… well, I was ready to sell all my belongings to fund some sort of  ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ gadget enabling me to live inside this pot of magic for the rest of my life.  But apparently the technology in a 80’s science fiction family film doesn’t exist. Who would have thought? Anyway this bronzer just blends out in the most perfectly natural way, giving the skin a stunning sunkissed glow. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and push it into the areas on my face that the sun hits. It is a much more subtle contour than the ‘instagram look’ which is much more my pace. I adore this. I will buy Soleil Tan De Chanel for evermore. The end.

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HEMPME Face Cream*

I am sure you are all familiar with the benefits of Hemp skincare. It is an amazing anti-inflammatory, it is great at hydrating the skin and can even prevent acne with its antibacterial properties. Hempme have created a certified organic face cream that is just heavenly. The moisturiser is really light and absorbs quickly, leaving the skin really hydrated and happy. I even noticed a mattifying effect on my greaseball of face which is a very welcome result. My boyfriend, Kane, has commandeered this now, so I am forever searching for it and fishing it out of his ute/esky/backpack/various manly storage items. I think I’ll have to purchase another and keep it under wraps, so that I’ll actually get to thoroughly use it. I love this face cream.

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ONNE Body Balancing Balm*

Yes, yes, so much yes! I love this body moisturiser. It is super hydrating and is perfect for fake tan up-keep. It is rich but absorbs quickly. And the scent makes me want to swing in a shady hammock between a couple of coconut trees, mojito in hand. I love the smell of coconut, but not when it is super sweet and artificial. This is like creamy coconut goodness that you just want to smell forever. I have only recently discovered ONNE, but man, I am impressed.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel*

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you would have read about these little babies a couple of posts back, so I won’t go into too much detail. When my Probiotic Skin Refiner started to run out, I began alternating between it and these Daily Peels. These are really practical and easy to use. My skin is refined, refreshed and silky smooth. I ADORE these. My skin has never looked so good. I cannot stress to you enough how incredible these wipes are.

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Bioderma Sensibio Tonique Toning Lotion*

Yes another toner – I must be on a toner binge lately. But unlike the last two in this post, this toner isn’t a treatment, but just your regular humble hydrating toner. As the weather heats up, I like to swipe a toner over my face a couple of times a day to refresh. Bioderma is an incredible brand that is known for its innovative and consistently outstanding performing products and this product certainly fits into that category. Created for sensitive skin, Sensibio Tonique is gentle but full of hydration. It removes any oily build up, soothes the skin and brightens my complexion. I have really been enjoying this little number.

Dusty Girls Mineral Blush in Golden Delicious *

If you read much of my ramblings, you’d be aware that I adore all things MooGoo. I have been a big time lover and user of their products for over 4 years. Without fail, I always revert back to their wholesome, sustainable and just bloody good products. Their make up line Dusty Girls is no different. Although I haven’t used a lot of the colour products, I have used their Earth Cream for years also. I was lucky enough to be invited to a Blogger Lunch and was able to swatch all their cosmetics. And this little beauty caught my eye from the start. The peachy, golden coral shade is my ultimate go-to blush shade. It is a beautiful pop of colour giving the skin a beautiful natural glow. The formula does look a little shimmery in the pan but creates the most stunning sheen across the cheek, subtly highlighting the cheek bone. Also, being a mineral product, it is actually good for your skin and doesn’t block pores and what not. This blush can be used as a stunning natural crease colour for any eye look.  I have been using this little baby daily and I adore the way it looks. If you love natural, sustainable products, that are also Australian made, or if you just love a really gorgeous blush, do yourself a favour and get on to Golden Delicious. I have a code for 15% off on the Dusty Girls website, just enter ‘jointheherd’ at checkout and get your goodies cheaper! Valid until the end of the year. I make no money off this code, just want to share the savings.

Have you used any of these products? What were your monthly faves?

Speak soon my loves,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare – Review

I must have been living under a rock, because I had never heard of Dr Dennis Gross Skincare. Once I was aware of the brand, I had a little look around on the interwebs and found that it is a well-loved and raved about brand. I was sent a few of their best-selling products to trial and I thought I’d give my lovely readers some feedback on whether the products are up to scratch and worth the hefty price tags.

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Dr Dennis Gross is a certified Dermatologist and through his work was inspired by the common skin concerns of his patients and created a skincare line to address these concerns. ‘Dr. Dennis Gross personally formulates cruelty-free products using science & nature for clear, glowing skin, targeting lines, wrinkles, firmness, dry skin, & acne.’

Firstly, I just want to mention the overall packaging – I really like it. The packaging really reflects the brand and the medical background on which it is built upon. It is informative, clear and bright, without being too clinical. Each of the boxes outline what the product is, what it is meant to do and how to use it. I really like that it is straight forward and informs the user about the active ingredients. The brand really stand behind their products and their claims which I think is really important.

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Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Oil-Free Moisturiser.
The name alone of this bad boy has me sold. If I was on the hunt for a moisturiser and came across this on the shelf, there is a very good chance that I’d buy it without hesitation. Being an oily lass, oil free is the only way to go. Plus, my skin really reacts well to the addition of Hyaluronic acid in products. Anyway, enough of my first impressions, let’s dive in a little further. The box says that this moisturiser works twofold to restore hydration to your skin by drawing in moisture, then sealing it in to keep it looking dewy and supple throughout the day. The word dewy makes me a little nervous, as dewy for me means a hot greasy mess. The formula is really light-weight and light blue in colour. There is very subtle fresh scent, which isn’t offensive in the slightest. The moisturiser feels really refreshing on the skin and absorbs almost instantly. My skin does feel soft and supple and I’m really glad that there isn’t any dew in sight. Because of the light-weight formula, this little guy is perfect under makeup and creates the perfect canvas for your foundation. I really like it, really like it. It is similar to my favourite moisturisers of the moment and see it getting a heap of use in summer, when something  super light-weight is required. I am not sure whether it would it would provide enough hydration for you dry gals, but I couldn’t say for sure as hyaluronic acid is known for its hydration properties. I am really impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it to my other oily  skinned ladies. #oilyskinforlife

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Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster
When I first received the package, this little guy probably stood out the most – and not because of the bright orange bottle. This baby can be used alone as a serum or added to other face products, including foundation, to boost radiance. Very interesting. The radiance booster combines three acids – Pyruvic, Tartaric and Linoleic (all of which, I’ve never heard of) to resurface and firm the skin. The ingredients list is impressive and contains quite a large array of antioxidants like cucumber, watermelon, green tea and chamomile. The serum is almost watery and very light in colour, with a faint floral scent. Like the moisturiser, the formula is absorbed quickly and leaves no residue on the skin. I have been using this for around 4 weeks and have actually noticed a difference in my skin. It doesn’t look as dull and is definitely a touch brighter. I tend to think that this, in combination with the oil-free moisturiser, has actually regulated my oil production and made me a little more matte. So exciting! I  generally use it straight up as a serum, sometimes add it to my moisturiser, to increase benefits. I haven’t yet had the courage to add it to foundation, but I will shortly. Overall, I really like the results that I am seeing and using the product is a pleasure. The price point does make me grimace a little, so I do try to use it a little more sparingly than usual. This little orange bottle of goodness is a winner.

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Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

This serum states it ‘recovers firmness and helps smooth wrinkles caused by aging and the environment. This potent anti-aging serum delivers a time-released dose of retinol overnight to support skin’s natural repair process. A synergistic combination of retinol + ferulic adic and skin perfecting niacinamide re-textures skin for a more flawless complexion.’ The serum is housed in a brown plastic bottle with a handy pump. The formula is a creamy in colour and consistency. The scent is familiar but I can’t quite figure out why. It is slightly hospital-y but it isn’t bad. The serum is, as you’d expect from an overnight product, much thicker and takes slightly longer to sink into the skin. But when it does, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth – I couldn’t stop stroking it, haha. I really like that it didn’t leave any oily residue as some treatments tend to do. I have only used it a short time but the results have been amazing. I’ve noticed little lines around my eyes disappear and the overall health of my skin improve with leaps and bounds. I am really excited to see the results after prolonged use.

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Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Ever since becoming a beauty blogger, my favourite discovery has been AHA‘s especially when they are on cute and practical pre-soaked pads. So, I was really excited to learn that Dr Dennis Gross has created his own product to fit the category, however it has a few differences.

‘The ‘star’ of the skincare range, this two-step system was developed as a safe and effective, at-home treatment to improve the skin on a daily basis. A precise blend of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, it aims to improve the appearance of skin tone, texture, firmness, clarity, radiance, plus moisturise to leave skin soothed and balanced. Ideal for oily skin and those suffering acne and rosacea.’ – Mecca
The Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel contains both AHA‘s and BHA‘s , these acids are used resurface and refine the skin by fighting uneven skin tone, rough texture, enlarged pores and fine lines. If you are used to AHA’s, Glycolic Acids and facial peels you’ll be prepared for the process. However, for those new to peels, they can tingle and slightly sting for a couple of minutes after use – this is just the acids getting to work by chemically exfoliating. The peel encourages cell turnover to promote more healthy and brighter skin.
The 2-step system is a breeze to use, the pre-soaked pads are really practical and easy to swipe over your face. The scent is quite strong and fairly acidic but it doesn’t linger around for too long. The moisture quickly dries on the skin and no-reside is left. I would strongly suggest following up the treatment with a good quality moisturiser, as the acids can be a little drying.   I really enjoy chemical exfoliation and always see results after use. My skin is fresh, clearer and brighter. I love that these pads come individually packaged so that they don’t dry out. I believe you can buy the pads in tubs as well. I think that almost all skin-types would benefit from the use of chemical exfoliants, sensitive skin types should just take it easy at first.  If you buy any one product from the Dr Dennis Gross line, it should be this.

Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily 
These little babies are pretty self-explanatory. They are based on the same premise as the Universal daily peel. but just a little bit stronger. I would suggest using the Universal peel first and if you’re after a little more, introduce the extra strength variety in slowly for tougher pigmentation and scarring.

 

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Overall, Dr Dennis Gross’ Skincare range has really impressed me. My skin is looking the best it ever has. I understand that these products are pricey and will be out of people’s price range, heck, they’re even out of mine, buttttt after using them and seeing the results I would happily budget to be able to continue to use them. Dr Dennis Gross is sold at Mecca, so I would suggest going in for a peak and even requesting a few samples to see for yourselves.

 

Have you used any of Dr Dennis Gross’ range? Let me know.

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.