M.A.C Amber Times Nine Eye Shadow Palette Review (3 min read)

Hi!

I today we are talking M.A.C … one of my favourite High End brands ever! I have already published a few posts related to their make-up, if you want check them out here:

  1. Get A Free Lipstick From M.A.C Cosmetics
  2. Haul Time: Latest M.A.C Cosmetic Purchases
  3. M.A.C Favourites 2015

All caught up? Great, now lets get started!


So this is the first time I ever purchased M.A.C eye shadows… finally! I always wanted to try them out!

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I instantly fell in love with it because of its travel size and you get nine beautiful neutral shades that can easily create both a night and a daytime look.

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Shades:

Top Row: Cozy Grey; Kitties; Georgia Peach.

Middle Row: Ricepaper; Creative Copper; Cork.

Bottom Row: Don’t Tell; Aromatic; Pepper, Please.


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This picture shows you how the Top Row shadows turn out on your skin. As you can see they are very gentle yet well pigmented. I love to use them for shadow transitions and base.


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Here is the Middle Row; it features my all time favourite shade which is in the middle – Creative Copper. It is such a gorgeous gold & shimmery shade! I get so many complements while wearing it. It is well worth looking into getting gals.


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Lastly, the Bottom Row: these shades are much darker and so work well in the outer corner of your eyelid and to define your lash line. They blend well and I generally enjoy using them!


Favourite Look:

The first look I love creating is by applying Cozy Grey all over my eyelid, Cork in my crease, Aromatic in the outer corner, Kitties in the inner corner & a thin sweep of Creative Copper all over the lid.Additionally, you can apply some Kitties on your lower lash line to highlight that area. 🙂 Blend it all together and you achieve such a flattering look!


Overall I give this palette a massive thumbs up! There are so many fun shades that will work with any look and most importantly it is such a great price for nine M.A.C shadows. My obsession with eye shadows is unreal right now. Are any of you guys in the same position haha?

Do you have any M.A.C eye shadows? If so what shades do you recommend?

Like, share, comment & follow lovlies!


Love, K.

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How I Clean My Brushes (3 min read)

Hey! I hope everyone is having a great day! 🙂

Cleaning your make-up brushes is so important – not only will it allow a nice & clean application every time but it will reduce the appearance of acne on your face. The old make-up product which builds up on your brush will have its own bacteria and dust settling, therefore, it’s almost a necessity to keep them clean!

Today I want to share with you two ways in which I clean my brushes. All of the products that I use in this post are new to me, however, last year I have mentioned another great brush cleansing product here if you want to check out another option.


One of my biggest obsessions this year (so far) has been buying brushes. My collection has grown so much and added another weekly chore to my weekly schedule – that is cleaning them.

I will now tell you two ways of cleaning your brushes – the first is a lazy routine and the second one is more time consuming. Let’s get started!


Lazy Routine – Quick Scrub

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This method involves two things: a brush cleansing spray and a face cloth/towel. This month I have really been into using the New Look Pure Colour Brush Cleaner. This bottle has 200ml and only costs £3.99 … WHAT A BARGAIN! I am very happy with the way it cleans my brushes and it smells like the seaside to me:’) I highly recommend it to anyone that likes cleaning their brushes- it’s so worth getting!

All you need to do is spray the product onto the cloth and swirl your brush bristles around until they look clean! Takes a few minutes and dries very quickly, this is especially handy when you are using different shades of make-up and can make a fast switch on a clean brush.


 Proper Cleanse – For People That Have Time

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This method usually takes over night to complete and so I only do this once a week. For this you need: warm water, baby shampoo & I additionally use a brushegg to scrub the brushes.

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All you need to do is soak your brushes in warm water for 20 minutes, then put a small amount of baby shampoo on the palm of your hand & swirl every brush in circular motion. Any make-up should instantly come off and change the colour of the shampoo. After this you rinse the brushes in cool water, squeeze excess water out and let them dry over night – tah dah you’ll wake up to dry & clean brushes!


I hope that you enjoyed this post, if so please like, comment, share & follow to stay tuned to the future ones!

Do you clean your brushes regularly? What method/ products do you use?

Thanks for reading.


Love, K.

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Skin Care & Beauty Focused Haul (5 min read)

Hey, happy first of August everyone!

Yesterday I went on another shopping trip but this time to a big shopping centre in Dundee. As I previously mentioned here … I never really bothered with a proper skin care routine and I wanted to give it a go. Who knows, maybe I can stick to it and have nicer skin! While at it I also picked up a couple of new beauty products that I haven’t used before.

Now grab a nice cup of tea & some biscuits and let’s find out what I bought!

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The first store I went into was Lush. I love the smell of the whole room while walking in – all the gorgeous scents hit you at once!

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As soon as I stepped in a nice girl called Alice came up to me and began to show me around their skin care alley. I was specifically looking for face masks that would cleanse my skin and fight acne during break-out times. She was very helpful, fun and was informative about their products.

The first mask which she recommended to me was the “Mask of Magnaminty” (£10.95). This mask claims to fight eruptions and outbreaks and return the skin to tip top condition. It’s meant to be very good by the sounds of it, however, I will be posting a focused review of this product on Friday! So definitely stay tuned.

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The second mask I got was the “Angels on Bare Skin” (£7.25). This is an everyday face and body cleansing mask that is meant to even out the skin tone and give it a natural glow. Once again, I will review this mask in depth sometime next week. I have high hopes!

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Have any of you guys tried out these masks? What do you think about them? Or maybe you use different Lush masks? Please let me know in the comment section!

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Then I went to the M.A.C section of Debenhams.

Again, a lovely girl welcomed me in and helped me choose some products. Although I have bought two foundations in my previous haul (click here) I decided to double check if I’m wearing the right shade. To my luck, I actually needed another shade all along – woops. So you guys should definitely check your skin tone regularly with a professional make-up artist, as I will too from now on.

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My correct shade is NW15. NW15 stands for “Neutral Warm 15” for those that are not sure. I picked up the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation because its formula works best for me. The biggest difference between  NW15 and my previous NC20 is that this does not come up as orange anymore. I guess I got paler over the summer, sad face 😦 Scotland needs more sun!!!

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Studio Fix Fluid – £22.00

Oh guys, at last I joined the Prep+Prime Fix Spray wagon, woop woop! I will let you know how I get on with it in another post. Thanks to those who kept recommending it, you succeeded in persuading me.

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Prep+Prime Fix Spray£17.50

What other M.A.C products should I check out? Be sure to let me know!


Last but not least, Superdrug.

I literally spent about 5 minutes in there because Lyall kept moaning. This is a prime example of why girls should not go shopping with boys – there is legit no common interest!

So, In the time that I had in Superdrug I picked up:

1. Cleansing Facial Wipes for Combination Skin. They are the best, I always get some from their range. Even waterproof make up comes off smoothly and the wipes don’t hurt your skin while scrubbing it. I think the packet was about £1 for 25 wipes … bargain!

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2. Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara (£7.99). I think this one contains some special oil blends, we’ll see how it helps my lashes.

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3. Maybelline Color Show Nail Varnish in “City Smoke“(£2.99). I really wanted to buy a grey toned nail varnish and this one looks promising. I will paint my nails tonight and post a quick update for you on the colour on my Instagram.

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We now reached the end of this haul! I hope that you enjoyed reading it and want to see more in the near future of course.

Let me know if you own any of these products and what you think of them.

As I mentioned above I will be posting reviews on both of my Lush face masks and the rest of my beauty buys within the next couple of weeks. I’m excited to see what results they bring for my skin.

Speak later,


Love, K.

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Haul Time: Latest M.A.C Cosmetic Purchases (5 min read)

Hey my lovely bloggers,

If you are reading this post then you are most likely a massive M.A.C Cosmetics fan like me. Although they are on the more pricey side it is well worth paying the money for their amazing products. So this shopping trip ended up with just over £100 in total for 6 products – crazy right?! Anyway, carry on reading to see what I bought and what I thought of it.


1. Two Studio Fix Fluid Foundations in “NC20” – £22.00 each

I swear by this foundation – I have been dedicated to it for over a year now and I constantly repurchase it, hence why I bought two, just to be stocked up. I apply it with either an Eco Tools brush or with a Maybelline beauty sponge. No matter what way I apply it, it does not show any streaks and covers up all my blemishes. The only thing I would say here is definitely go into a store and get one of the make-up professionals to advice you what shade to go for. Without doing this I would never know what shade to choose – there are so many!

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2. Pro Longwear Concealer in “NC20” – £17.50

So I never owned a concealer before until I spoke to a M.A.C make-up artist who explained to me why to have it. Basically you apply the concealer on top of your foundation to cover up any nasty blemishes and it sounded like a fair enough reason to buy one.

Big mistake I did was not asking what shade I would need – so I went with my instinct. I picked up the same shade as my foundation in “NC20”, but little did I know what a bad shade choice it was. When I applied it onto my face I looked like a ghost… It was way too light for my skin! I’m still confused to why this is the case but life goes on.

Instead I use this concealer to highlight my brow bones and the bridge of my nose, for now I’m happy with using it for that purpose. It’s consistency is thick and looks gorgeous on camera!

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3. Mineralize Skinfinish Baked Highlighter in “Soft and Gentle” – £24.00

I wanted to purchase this highlighter in forever! It’s probably one of my most loved products for two reasons:

A: it makes me have such a healthy glow, with a glided peach shade.

B: there are so many uses for it. Not only can you use it as a highlighter, but as an eye shadow too! Have any of you also tried using it this way?

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4. Lipstick in “Velvet Teddy” – £15.50

I finally found a “Velvet Teddy” in the store! It only took me about a year… . I’m glad I kept looking for it and succeeded because it looks so adorable on and I can at last have my Kylie Jenner lip days. Its shade is a deep-toned beige in matte finish.

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Below is a swatch of it:

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5. Lip Pencil in “Subculture” – £12.50

I took ages to match a lip pencil with my new “Velvet Teddy” lipstick and “Subculture” was an angel sent from heavens. You don’t see many people using it YET … I feel the hype  about it coming soon.

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Here’s what it looks like beside the lipstick:

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As you can see this lip liner allows you to build upon its colour intensity, I started from light to dark creating an ombré effect for you to see. So many other lipsticks can match with it!


If you didn’t already know … for every purchase you make with M.A.C they will give you a free sample. This time I chose to take the 6ml Prep+Prime Skin Sample and I plan to purchase the full size version next time I’m going make-up shopping. It makes my face feel soft and simplifies the application of foundation, it’s literally effortless as it glides on much easier than with no primer. Furthermore, with its help the foundation stays on for longer and does not move around.
If you enjoyed reading this post and want some more M.A.C Cosmetics reviews, I have other posts already published on my blog, simply click here  and here to check them out.

I would love to know what your views stand on M.A.C Cosmetics and hear out other product recommendations that I could look into next time I’m shopping!

Thank you all for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Remember to like, share and comment 🙂


Love, K.

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Queens Garden Party (Part 1): Hair & Make-Up (5 min read)

Hey,

On the 5th of July I was honoured to attend Queen Elizabeths Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.

I wanted to look my best that day and so I woke up at 5am to be ready for leaving the house at 9am. I put A LOT of effort into this look. To see what my hair and make-up looked like for this event, keep reading!


Make-Up:

At first I was stuck on what I wanted it to look like – after much thought I decided to go for delicate and feminine.

For my face the make-up routine was pretty much normal – M.A.C Studio Fix Foundation, Pro-Longwear Concealer, A.B.H Contour Kit and Brow Pomade. To see how I always do my eyebrows, click here and to read about my contour regime click here.


This was the perfect time to use my  rose gold toned Naked 3 palette.

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I used “strange” to make a fresh, one toned canvas on my eyelids. I applied “limit” in the middle section of both eyelids and put “nooner” & “blackheart” at the ends. To really drag attention to my eyes I also blended in some “burnout” and “dust” on the bottom and the inner corners of my eyes. Sorry if this sounds confusing, but it’s very hard to give a written eye shadow tutorial!

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My eyelashes are already quite full but I really wanted to add length to them. To achieve this, I used Eylure lengthening lashes which are rather easy to apply (and trust me, I suck at putting fake lashes on #struggles). I then applied my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara to set them.

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Hair:

Not long ago I decided to chop my hair, to read about my experience and what triggered my decision for this click here.

But yeah, my hairstyle options were very limited so I just went ahead with some curls and volume. To protect my hair from heat damage I sprayed it with Vo5 “Plump it Up” heat defence spray and finally to keep the curls last all day I used Vo5 “Strong Hold” weather resistant hairspray.

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I had to place a fascinator into my hair-do too, and it all turned out perfect at the end. I have purchased it at a local shop and you can see a picture of it below!

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At last, here is the final result:

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Oh did I say that I used Velvet Teddy on my lips? Well now you know!


This would be everything I have to share about my hair and make-up look. Stay tuned to the next couple of posts further telling you all about my experience.

What is your favourite special occasion look? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!


Love, K.

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Updated Eyebrow Routine: Even More On Fleek (3 min read)

Hi!

Eyebrows still seem to have a major impact in the world of beauty at the moment and my routine has slightly changed since my last post on this topic. To refresh your mind on it click here or simply carry on reading my updated eyebrow routine.


I use five products daily:
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in “Dark Brown”

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I use this product at the very start of the whole routine, it is two sided: one side has the product and the other has a special spooly. I use that spooly to brush my hairs in the direction of my forehead and this makes them look more voluminous once filled in.

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I first use the thinner side of the product to draw hair like strokes at the front of my eyebrows and fill in any sparce gaps. Here, you want to stick to a natural look and it is yet not the right time to make them dramatic. Then I go on to use the thicker side of the product to draw a line on the bottom of both eyebrows. This acts as a guild line for the next few steps.

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2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in “Dark Brown”

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This is a miracle worker. It is very buildable and allows you to play around with it more than a powder would. It is almost of a clay texture and very pigmented, so be very careful on the amount that you put onto your angled brush. You want to make your brows dark at the tail, lighter in the middle and almost faded at the front. I know that every person has a different brow preference, but I like to keep them natural. Make the strokes of your brush stronger from the line that you drew with the ABH Brow Definer and go in an upwards motion. Avoid making a bold line on top of your brow if you to aim for a more natural look. Once I get the desired colour I brush through my brows with the ABH Brow Definer spooly once again to blend everything in. Don’t worry if the brows look messy – the next two products will help us tidy it all up.


3. M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in “NC20” 

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I then pick up a clean angled brush and apply some of this product onto it. I draw a line directly below the bottom of your brows to create that tidy look. It’s good to use a light shade of concealer or foundation under your brows  because it uplifts them and gives an illusion of gorgeous brow bones.


4. M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in “NC 20”

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Similar application to what we did with the M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear concealer but this time we apply the foundation on top of your eyebrows. This once again tidies your brows and creates a sleek look. At this point feel free to add any more colour to your brows if you went over too much hairs with the foundation.


5. Maybelline Brow This Way Gel in “004 Clear”

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Use any clear gel to set your brows and tah dah you are finished!


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Snapchat filters make life better & here are my brows for you guys!


I hope that your brows are even more on #fleek now and that you found this post useful.

Like, share, comment and follow if you are enjoying my blogs!


Thanks for reading and speak soon again! As now I caught up with my posts a bit, I will only be posting on Mondays and Fridays.

Love, K.

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Get A Free Lipstick From M.A.C Cosmetics (3 min read)

Hey guys, just a quick post today.

Yes you’ve read the title right – there is a way of receiving a free M.A.C Cosmetics lipstick of your choice that is usually worth £15.50. You may now be wondering how? So here’s the answer:

Not many beauty fanatics are aware that M.A.C Cosmetics has a programme called “Back to M.A.C” which aims to recycle primary packaging that was purchased there. This includes: glass foundation bottles, glass concealer bottles, lipstick tubes, eye shadow palettes and so on! Every time you collect 6 containers you can take them to your nearest M.A.C counter and receive a free M.A.C lipstick.

I think that this is such a great idea and I personally need one more empty packaging to get my free lipstick! I even know which shade I will choose. All thanks to my major addiction to their Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in “NC20”.

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To read more about the “Back to M.A.C” programme on their official page click here.


So have you heard of this programme before? What are your thoughts on it? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading, I just though that this matter does not get enough advertisement and who wants to miss out on a free M.A.C lipstick opportunity? Certainly not me, nor anyone else I would think – please like & share to get the word spread to our fellow beauty bloggers.


**This post is not a direct collaboration with M.A.C Cosmetics, I’m simply a big fan of their products.**


Love, K.

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M.A.C Cosmetics Favourites (2015) (5 min read)


Like a typical a girl, I am obsessed with make up. Today I want to write to you about one of my favourite high end make up stores, which is M.A.C, and some of their products which I instantly fell in love with! *This post isn’t sponsored and all opinions are my own! :)*.

M.A.C is not a cheap brand as you probably  know, it is more of a guilty pleasure , but the quality of their products is unreal so they are totally worth every penny you spend! Every time I go into a shopping mall I take the chance to visit their store and sample their new collections – I swear this is going to make me bankrupt one day! Recently, I went into my nearest M.A.C store and asked to get help with matching the right shade of foundation to my skin as I had finished my BareMinerals Powder one. I must say that I was very fortunate as the M.A.C girl was one of the lovliest people I ever came across!


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Foundation which I chose at last was – M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid in NC20.

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What do I think of it? I love it! You can build it up to your desired coverage, it is matte so ideal for people with combination/oily skin.


I will be honest, I never really liked wearing lipstick until I had tried the M.A.C ones!  I will share with you my top three – they were £15.50 each and are totally fabulous.

  1. Viva Glam II (Satin)
  2. Sophisto (Lustre)
  3. Diva (Matte)

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1. Viva Glam II is in a Satin finish, is very similar to Velvet Teddy which is legit hard to find anywhere as Kylie Jenner made its sales go crazy! So, if you are looking for an alternative to Velvet Teddy like I did, this is the shade for you! It is a beautiful tan nude that will make your lips truly glamorous. I usually pair it up with a lip liner –  M.A.C Lip Pencil in Spice –  that really does define your lips.

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2. Sophisto is in a Lustre finish, although it is not as pigmented as I would like it to be, it still looks good for a minimal make up look! It is very moisturising and has a nice vanilla scent to it ( well I think it does anyway?!).

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3.  Diva is a matte lipstick and often reminds me of something that Rihanna would wear. I only really wear it for a night out as I am not brave enough to rock it during daytime…maybe one day! One tip I’d share with this lipstick is to use a lip balm before applying it, this will make your life much easier – trust me.

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Here you can see what they look like on:

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Lastly, I had taken a sample of M.A.C False Lashes Extreme Back mascara (it’s so small!) which will probably only last me a few applications, but it is so good! It makes your eyelashes appear really black and much more defined! I will be looking into buying a full size for this product when I’m finished with my current mascara.

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I hope that you guys have enjoyed reading this post! Leave me feedback in the comments, be sure to follow me for future posts and hit the like button! I will try to post at least twice a week to get this blog started, so I will speak to you all in the next one!


Love, K.

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