Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes peek at a Bobbi Brown makeup training class with Kai Vinson, Bobbi Brown Director of Artistry and Education Asia Pacific. It is rather like an intense reality show, as their training is held over a few days where the makeup artists have to familiarise themselves with new looks, products and how to achieve a particular look and they are even graded on it!

You know, quite often as consumers, we are a little rough on the makeup artists at the counters without realising just how much training some of them have to go through. For me, it was an eye opening experience and while it won’t stop me being critical (I’m sorry BB, your foundation bases are still a bit too yellow for my skintone no matter what your makeup artists tell me! icon razz Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014 ) it does help me understand that they ARE trained, but sometimes people have a bad day or just maybe didn’t pay attention in class, for which they have no excuse really, coz the training is top notch! icon razz Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

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I did have the opportunity to have Kai show us how to wear the Nude Glow Collection which you will find at counters now. It is a very light collection which I will tell you off hand won’t attract many people but done right, it gives an almost barely there, ethereal look that in my words made me look like Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. Who doesn’t want that Elven glow, you tell me! icon biggrin Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014 I’ll share some tips Kai taught to make this collection wearable and the tips are applicable for other brands and products too of course ;) 

I’ll also show you a couple of previews of upcoming collections and you can get all excited about those, because I can tell you a couple of them excited me a lot! Onwards!

Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Collection by Kai Vinson

The Nude Glow Collection projects an ethereal look where skin is glowing and makeup looks barely there, only there to help achieve the look of bright glowing skin, after the dullness of winter and festive excesses perhaps?

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Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powders Left: Porcelain Pearl Right: Brightening Nude

These Brightening Finishing Powders (RM200) are powders you apply all over your skin to achieve that glow. Now, where have we seen these before? *coughGuerlainMeteoritescough* But these come in a pressed compact and in 3 shades, 2 of which are pictured above and which are permanent items. Another deeper version Bronze Glow is limited edition.

Kai used Brightening Nude on me which has a pinkish glow to the powder and serves to help brighten the skin, yet it has some pigment so it also adds colour. I tested the Porcelain Pearl one at the counter and it gives a more brightening effect. However I will warn that both these powders tend to be a little shimmery so I caution against using Brightening Nude all over as it can be too much.

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Kai’s Tip on using the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder 

Use a dense brush, like the Bobbi Brown Bronzer brush, swirl over the powder, tap off excess and then apply to cheeks, starting from the cheeks and then blending outwards. This deposits the most colour and highlight on the cheeks and you can then diffuse it for the rest of the skin so you don’t have too much shimmer/glow all over. Top off with a pink blush on the apples of the cheeks for soft colour. The Porcelain Pearl one can be used all over.

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Bobbi Brown Eye Palette in Crystal Nude and Sheer Lip Colour in Pink Flush

The eye palette in the Nude Glow collection will disappoint many as it is not only very sheer, the colours are very light. This is especially so in Crystal Nude, the palette you see above, that has 2 Sparkle colours and 2 matte shades. These are hard colours to wear for almost anyone, myself included. There are 2 other palettes in Bronze and Nude Glow, with Bronze being the most pigmented in warm shades.

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Bobbi Brown Crystal Nude Eyeshadow Palette swatches on left, Sheer Lipstick in Pink Flush on right

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Kai’s Tip on how to wear light coloured, sheer eyeshadow

Use an eyeshadow base or a nude/neutral cream eyeshadow, preferably a matte shade. Kai used the Long Wear Eye Base in Light all over as a base for the light colours to sit on. He did say I could also use the Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in a colour like Malted if I liked. Then, he applied the colours from the Crystal Nude palette that you see above using a patting motion. This deposits more colour. However, as the theme is that of translucent glowing skin, the colours aren’t strong, but they did serve to open up the eyes. Importantly, when wearing light coloured shadows, be sure to line your eyes with a good eyeliner (he used the Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black which I’m dying to get my hands on when it’s available in April 2014!) and apply mascara to open up the eyes.

To round off the look is a pink lipstick which in the Nude Glow collection is Pink Flush. In the image above, I’m wearing Air Kiss which is also a very nice pink and I have to say that I may be changing my mind about wearing pink lipstick after this. Kai assured me that pink lipstick is very wearable once you find the right one and although I do wear a lot of bold lip shades, I may have to find space for pink lipstick in my stash. Not barbie pink mind you, but a nice soft pink like Air Kiss maybe?

Up shot of this is that I was very pleased with how the Nude Glow collection looked on me as you will see here below.

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My skin looks softly glowing, in person I looked like an Elvish princess (that glow!) and although it isn’t a look I’m used to, since I go for smokier eyes and deeper lips usually, this makes me look fresh and young and vibrant and I like it! Once demonstrated, the BB makeup artists had to recreate this look so if you head down to a Bobbi Brown counter, they could help advise you on this (Simple makeup lessons are free!)

Now, onto the previews! icon biggrin Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Uber Pink “Be Pretty” and “Be Bold” Bronzers (RM140)

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You will already see these in store and I’m itching to get one! Question is, do I get Be Pretty (Antigua Illuminating Bronzer) or Be Bold (Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer)? Both are permanent colours so it’s just the embossing that makes it limited edition. I guess I could wait then? Or maybe not? Gah! icon razz Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks Lip Crayons

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Love a good lip crayon? You will LOVE these Art Sticks coming from Bobbi Brown in March 2014 (not long now!). These happen to be one of Kai’s favourite items too and you know, when a makeup artist loves a product, it must be good right? Incidentally, these aren’t new. Bobbi Brown had them a few years ago but they’re now made permanent so that’s going to be an excellent thing.

The Art Sticks are fat wooden pencils that come with a cap so you do have to sharpen them but on the bright side, each pencil comes wiht a sharpener so you don’t actually have to buy one *coughBooNarsBoocough* and they come in a 8 lip smacking colours. I played with them in a most besotted manner and I can tell you I love them. They are matte but have a nice slip to them and I plan to pick up quite a few when they launch so I’m saving pennies!

Bobbi Brown Nectar and Nude collection

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Coming soon also is the Nectar and Nude collection which is a collection of brighter shades for cheeks and lips – just look at that lovely coral blush! The eye palette is quite quintessentially Bobbi Brown so I wasn’t very excited but I’ll share with you Kai’s tip on making this palette work for evening looks.

Kai’s tip on wearing the Nectar & Nude Eye Palette for the evening

First, apply a base of LongWearing Stick Eyeshadow in a deeper shade all over the lid. This helps to deepen the colours which you will then layer over this base. Then, use the deeper shades to contour the eye area and blend with the lighter shades. Use the sparkle colours to add a touch of shine to the eye area. The effect is stunning and one which I can tell you, I never expected to see from this otherwise safe, neutral eye palette.

Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF35 PA+++

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Oh yes they did! Bobbi Brown has come up with a CC Cream which will launch later this month (Feb 2014). I do actually like the BB BB Creams (Kai does too and what was that I said again about makeup artists liking something? icon wink Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014 ) but CC Creams make me feel like the whole alphabet thing is spiraling out of control.

I was told however that the CC Cream will be more of a makeup primer and colour corrector. So, if you have good skin, you could wear it alone as it is very sheer, but if you don’t then you probably want to try something else. The texture is quite light, but a bit silicone-y and they come in tints to “colour correct” skintone. So no, this isn’t an all in one product (despite the fact you may be told it is) but a primer and a colour correcting primer at that. Personally, I’m not sold on this.

Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose palette and collection

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Bobbi Brown is doing a collaboration with fashion designer L’Wren Scott and the Amnesia Rose palette caught my eye for the simple reason – look at those bright colours! They aren’t very typical of a Bobbi Brown palette are they? The purples are fitting for the Pantone Radiant Orchid colour theme this year and while this isn’t a palette I’d go for personally, I saw how Kai made this look very modern, bold and chic for an evening look and I can tell you that if you like colours, and purple, you will want to keep an eye out for this limited edition palette for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tips and previews! icon biggrin Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

Have you taken a look at the Nude Glow or Uber Pink collection? Which upcoming preview item has your eye?

For me it’s the Art Sticks. I want every colour! Ok, asking a bit much, but they’ll be quite affordable and felt quite nice so they are very promising. Also, Be Pretty or Be Bold? Hmm… decisions, decisions….. You? icon biggrin Makeup Artist Tips on how to wear Bobbi Brown Nude Glow collection and Sneak Peeks of Bobbi Brown Spring/Summer 2014

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Sunny February 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

Hey Paris, GAH you’re so pretty!!! Your skin looks absolutely flawless! I don’t think it’s too yellow, either, but I know most BB foundations are yellow-based or neutral at best, so I can see where you’re coming from.

For me, the most interesting upcoming release has to be the art sticks as well! The coral cream blush from Nectar & Nude also seems promising :)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Aww thank you Sunny! I swear it was the magic hands of Kai that really brought out the glow. I was amazed! It actually does have a yellow tint but the lighting helped. I generally have that problem since my skintone is more neutral than warm but I know BB’s foundation gets a lot of raves. It would be nice if she did do something a bit more neutral though! Oh and you would look amazing with the coral blush, Sunny! :D

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Lily February 12, 2014 at 9:03 am

Ah I missed this workshop!! I wanted to go so bad and I happened to be in KL, but I was tied up with other things. Thanks for the update, PB. The look Kai did on you is very natural and it enhances your natural features. Definitely you but better kinda look :-)
I was crazy about those lip pencils when they were out a few years back. I bought a few and even backups, and I used them all! Can’t wait to get them :-)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Aww that is such a bummer! It would have been fun to meet up then. Hopefully next time :) I think Kai was just magical. Wish I could have this look recreated for me everyday! Haha… And Yay for the Art Sticks! I’m so looking forward to them!

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Tracy@Beauty Reflections February 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

Just GORGEOUS!! You look amazing! This is my fave kind of look lately! I guess i should check out the collection hey haha?

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Thanks Tracy! :D But I take no credit – all in the artist’s skill! ;) I think the collection is worth checking out but in all honesty you probably already have similar products. So just employ the tips to use them ;)

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Firn February 12, 2014 at 9:23 am

I’d say that foundation is a spot-on match (or could be the lighting)! And I like this sort of glowy nude fresh look on you. I always feel that Asian women don’t have strong enough features to carry off bold red lips without looking dated, which is why I love the Korean gradient lip trend which looks more modern. :)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Firn but it was the lighting unfortunately. Turned a bit darker and yellow as the day wore on :( But you’re right, this is a very nice everyday sort of look that is very classic and natural. I still like my brighter lip shades, but I can see merit in a more natural and ethereal look too! :D

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Monstro February 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

Hi PB, long time no see! Yes! You look amazing!
I’m inspired to get back into makeup again!

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hey Monstro! Glad to have inspired you to get back into makeup :D Hope you’ve been well ;)

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Cynthia February 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

You look so pretty and natural! I think Kai did very well to make you look natural yet glowing. I do like the Bobbi Brown BB Cream too. :D

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Aww thank you Cynthia and it’s all Kai’s skill at work! Seriously amazing. And the BB Cream is really good! I don’t know why no one talks about it anymore LOL

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Victoria February 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

You actually look amazing and I love the glow on you. Lip pencils and crayons seems to be the craze right now so need to look at those pencils. Did you go anywhere special after your make up session? Would seem such a waste if you did not as you would have been the centre of attention :-)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Thank you Victoria! I loved the glow too (wish I had a makeup artist to recreate this for me everyday! LOL!) Oh and you’re right. Lip crayons are really taking the world by storm aren’t they? Next would be liquid lipstick, I bet! :D I actually didn’t go anywhere after this. Went right back to work haha. Bummer, should have planned a hot date right? ;)

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Applegal February 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

You look VERY PRETTY!!! Love it, love it. I feel like buying the whole collection!

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Awww thank you Applegal but there’s no need to buy the whole collection la, just check out the brightening powders ;) The eyeshadows are a bit tricky since they are very light and sheer so it does take a little more work to pull off ;)

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liyeun February 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

You look so fresh here, I like this look of yours! Perhaps this springtime you can ditch dark liners and eye shadows with red lipsticks? I’m serious, you look younger now! LOL
anyway, I have pink peony and I like how versatile it is as a blush and a bronzer. The pink peony in the permanent collection, if I am not mistaken, is a different shade and it is not an illuminating bronzer?

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Awww thanks Liyeun, it looks like I’ll have to relook how I apply my makeup… Or hire a live in makeup artist! Haha! ;) The Illuminating bronzers are strange. Some of the colours are more blush than bronzer I agree. In fact I wouldn’t peg either Be Bold or Be Pretty as bronzers at all!

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Aggie February 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Love how your skin glows here! May just drop by a counter for a free lesson ;)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thank you Aggie! Definitely all the skill of the makeup artist (and good lighting) :) Lessons are free so it’s worth stopping by if you have the chance

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Shirley February 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Oh gosh, I’m itching to get the bronzers!! You looked amazing btw :)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Thank you Shirley! Which colour are you eyeing? I can’t decide but will likely do the pink one if I do get it :)

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Shirley February 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The pink one cause I want to ‘be bold’.. Haha

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Aww sweet! Bold is a good way to go ;)

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S. Drama&Makeup February 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I love the first pic, you look like you’re having so much fun :D
Just like you, I usually go for smokier eyes and deeper lips but if I’d be able to create such a glowy look on myself I’d put aside my dark eyeshadows in a second!
Bobbi Brown isn’t available in Italy and when I get the chance to see a counter I never really know what to get. Right now I’d totally go for a finishing powder! x

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Haha thank you S and yes I had a lot of fun! It’s a pity there’s no Bobbi Brown in Italy! Gosh they have to get their butt there already, don’t they?! I haven’t been able to do such a good job of recreating this glowy look though. Definitely not skilled enough :P

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Marina(Makeup4all) February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I LOVE your makeup and sweater, such colour really suits you. Seriously, did I already mention how much I like how you look, beautiful? ;)

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thank you Marina! :D It is very fitting for Spring I guess? xx

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lisa February 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I love this look….less foundation, glowing complexion and ‘air kiss’ lips. I need to check out “air kiss”. It’s so fabulous on you!

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Paris B February 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Thank you Lisa! :) I have to agree with the less foundation bit. I’ve been wearing light bases lately and it’s refreshing! Air Kiss is a colour I’d never have picked out on my own but it’s surprisingly nice on. You can deepen it with gloss I’m told. Or check out Pink Flush also :)

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Cindy February 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

You look FABULOUS!! That last picture of you is making me re-think my whole makeup routine.

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Thank you Cindy :) It most certainly made me re-think mine!

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Shari February 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm

That GLOW, paris! You look so beautiful and alluring. I love these kinds of makeup looks most because they just bring out the best in you instead of covering up the real you. Props to the amazing hands as well! Gah, too beautiful PB!

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

*blush* thank you Shari :D It’s a look that I think everyone tries to achieve but not all of us have the skills >.< Gotta practise, practise, practise!

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gio February 13, 2014 at 3:50 am

I love this look on you! You’re glowing!

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Thank you Gio!

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Angelina February 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

PB, you look very young in the pics. Love the barely there make up on you. This is what I wanted to achieve for a long time. Now you make me want to go to BB counter and learn how to do this make up.

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Thank you Angelina :) It’s amazing what an artistic hand and good skills can do, neither of which I have naturally LOL! >.<

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Juan February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

I just managed to read this today and I truly love the makeup they did on you. You look amazing! That’s the thing with makeup artists from renowned brands… they always make you look super awesome, you buy the entire colours they did on you and you try hard to emulate the look even after one year of practice! gah!! ;)

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Thank you Juan :) You’re right about makeup artists, especially the international ones who are so super good at what they do. Just a light dusting of product here and there and they give you this beautiful look and when you try it at home… it looks like mud >.<

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Ting February 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hello Paris!! I echo with all others said about this fresh spring look on you. So fresh and pretty! Boing boing! :D

Some how seeing the Amnesia Rose palette with some bright colours is a bit unrealistic. Bobbi Brown and BRIGHT colours? Really?? Am I dreaming?? (apparently not). I must say it still doesn’t appeal to me. How’s one supposed to wear that bright purple shade in the middle?? The Art Sticks are interesting. I’m currently in matte lips phase. Never thought I’d love matte so much but I do. Still unsure about matte eyeshadows but I think I need to play more with them. :D

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Paris B February 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Haha thank you! You’re so right about the Amnesia Rose palette. When I saw it, I immediately said “Oh dear that’s not very Bobbi Brown is it?” but it’s nice to see the brand branch out. At least for a limited time :) I saw it worked into a very edgy look but I think it suits someone more adventurous or young. This old fuddy duddy can’t handle it :P

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