The Positivity Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag post but I can promise you that I do have a valid reason. Although tags are a great way to get to know someone I did kind of feel a tad bored, I felt that sometimes they were an ‘easy’ post that didn’t always reflect my blog. Recently I’ve been a bit fed up so I thought I’d reintroduce tag posts and go with one that I thought would be nice as it’s all about feeling positive. So kick back and relax, enjoy this post and feel free to do this tag yourself.
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1) Name three things in your life that make you happy and positive.
The first one is going to be quite soppy – in fact scrap that all three of these are going to be soppy but they’re true and real answers. First up is my boyfriend, I’m going to drop a bombshell now and explain that I suffer with depression and anxiety, I was first diagnosed at eleven and it’s been a nine year uphill struggle, I will be doing a full post on this but for the past four years it’s been made easier by my boyfriend. I met Simon in my first year of college and we’ve been together since, he’s very supportive and trust me that’s not always easy because I can be the moodiest and angriest person at times and I’m a handful, but he’s always there with cuddles and smiles and tickles plus he makes an amazing cup of tea. Second is my mum, I don’t see her as much now because I live away from home at University but again, she’s always been very supportive even through my darkest of days and I love her to pieces. Whenever I’ve felt down my mum has always lifted me back up and although we may not have always had a lot she’s always given me everything she possibly could and I couldn’t ask for more. Finally is my best friend Rachel. On my blog I’m very happy and confident but in all honesty I really struggle making friends. We’ve had out ups and downs but Rachel has also been a rock this year, from daft nights out to stressing over degree assignments we’ve made so many memories this year and she’s going to be living with me in September with my boyfriend, myself and another of my friends, so I’m really looking forward to that.

What do you do to try and be more positive?
I try and focus on the things that I enjoy and have to look forward to, it can be daft things like what I’m having for dinner/tea that night or watching an episode of my favourite television show. Silly things like blue skies or a heartwarming song can really lift my mood, so I try and focus on things like that. Blogging is also something I adore, I feel like I’ve managed to connect with some truly amazing people, I absolutely adore writing especially about beauty because it’s something I really enjoy.

What do you do to relax?
I’m a stresshead by nature so it’s not always the easiest thing to relax but I do have several hobbies that help. I love reading other people’s blogs which is always nice and of course I write myself. I also love reading and I’m self taught on the piano and keyboard so I sometimes I’ll learn a new song. Lately I’ve been trying to read more as I’ve neglected my beloved books and it’s really helped with my sleeping habits too.

What is your favourite positive quote?
I’m not one for quotes, I don’t know why but I think the fact that I don’t have a great memory probably contributes. One quote I love though is “don’t worry about what you can’t change.” I’m a huge worrier (again see above with the anxiety) but one thing I did learn is not to panic over things that I can’t change. Sometimes life throws us curveballs which can be hard to deal with and of course the quote is easier said than done but I try not to worry about what people think of me or what other people are doing. I can only change my own actions so if there’s something that happens I can try to fix it and if it’s out of my depth then I can try to deal with it and focus on other things.

Everyone has a part of their body that they dislike, say something positive about yours.
In all honesty I hate my stomach and my hips, I used to be underweight but ready meals and a lack of exercise changed that, I also was on anti depressants all last year and a side effect was that I gained weight. Sometimes I find it hard looking at what have now become rolls and it always sucks when you can’t fit into certain clothes but I’ve been trying to change that by doing a cardio workout every two days and doing strength training such as press ups and sit ups every day that I’m not doing cardio. I did this last year and I managed to lose a stone so I know I can do it I just need to persevere.

Who are your positive role models?
I don’t really have any role models, as such because I always find that no matter how perfect someone’s life is there’s always stuff going on underneath the surface that we don’t know about. I’m also not one to be obsessed with celebrities. I suppose I’d say my nan, she’s a lovely person and lights up every room that she’s in, she has endless love and kindness and she’s one of those people that you can’t help but love, I can guarantee that if she could she would invite all of you over for ice cream! I think that she’s truly a kind person which can be a rarity in this world, I hope one day I can be like her.

Who should do this tag next?
Anyone who likes to! However seeing as I know that Katie from Plus+Beauty and Rachel from Sensescentcentral will most likely be reading this I’m going to tag them both, all of you feel free to do this and let me know if you do so I can read your answers!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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July Favourites

So we’re almost at the end of July and I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not, payday is on it’s way but my boyfriend will start work in August working long hours so that’s definitely going to be tough. On the brighter note, July has been very stressful so in a way I’m glad it’s over. Whilst I decide how I feel about the end of July I thought I’d share with you my favourites.
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Starting with makeup I’ve been a little indecisive this month so I don’t have an abundance of favourites but what I do have I have enjoyed. I’ve been loyal to one eyeliner this month which has been the 2true Pro Tech Extreme Felt Tip Liner. I had literally given up hope on felt tip liners but this one has restored my faith, it doesn’t last all day long and definitely needs topping up however it lasts longer than other felt liners I’ve tried, it’s easy to use and very black, so that’s a thumbs up from me. I’ve also only used one lip balm this month and that has been the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock this smells absolutely gorgeously fruity and it leaves a fuchsia tint to the lips which is low maintenance yet pretty, it’s also hydrating making it a great summer lip product. A foundation with a story has to be the Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation, my friend Rachel gifted me the rest of this and it’s one that my nan has used for over ten years – frankly it’s wondeful and my nan has good taste. Highlighter has been a bit of an issue this month with some of my cream highlighters such as my Avon Duo moving my makeup or wearing away and with the heat this summer the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer has managed to work it’s way back into my makeup bag, this has stayed put and offers a lovely sheen to the cheekbones that’s subtle yet effective, well done MUA.

One haircare favourite this month has been three products all from the same range and they are the Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Serum. It’s not often I fall in love with shampoo and conditioner but these were bloody good! These smelled amazing, left my hair super soft and shiny and generally were great, I went off Garnier after the Sleek and Shine shampoo left my scalp drier than the Sahara Desert but this new range is seriously the bomb. Game changers my friends!

I have three skincare favourites the first being the Origins GinZing Eye Cream I feel a bit naughty mentioning this because it’s a cult product, pricey and it contains alcohol which I know is a nono for some people but for me this works and my under eye circles are no more – cheers Origins. The Derma V10 Tech Solutions Deep Cleansing Nose Strips were a pleasant surprise as they are the first pore strips to make a difference. I’m not usually oily on my nose but this summer I ended up with a lot of blackheads on my nose and one pore strip pulled out a ton of the little gits. I’m very impressed with these and would definitely repurchase. As mentioned above my skin has been oily this summer which has been an. absolute. nightmare. Thankfully La Roche Posay had my back and their Effaclar Duo Plus is the first product to get rid of the cystic spots that had buried deep in my skin. I never thought those would go and Effaclar Duo changed that for me. This definitely works for me but results are not instant so you will need to use this continually and have patience to make this work.

Pretty Little Liars has me hooked both the books and the tv series and I’ve been watching the series with my boyfriend. Simon and I have managed to get near the end of Season 2 and we’re really enjoying it so far. Instagram. Wow despiteall my protests that I would never use this app, I finally caved and I really am enjoying it, I’ve had a lot of fun playing with filters and taking some snaps and I’m pretty proud of my feed. Find me on there @ninarossbeauty. My sister also brought me back the loveliest silver bracelet from Italy, it’s a stunner but me being an idiot forgot to take a photo so if you keep an eye on my Instagram feed I’ll get a snap on there soon (I may have even done it by the time this photo goes up) hint hint.

That concludes my monthly favourites, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you like any of these favourites and share some of your own!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Summer Nail Polish Edit

Now that summer is well underway I’ve been stashing away most of my pastel polishes from spring and of course my darker polishes from Autumn and Winter, and it’s been all about the brights. From cream polishes to metallics, I thought I’d round up five polishes that I have and most likely will be using for the rest of the summer.
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(L-R: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape, Essence Colour and Go Nail Polish in Rollercoaster, 2true Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish in Shade 22, GOSH Nail Lacquer in Ocean, Maybelline Superstay Seven Day Gel Polish in Uptown Blue)

2True Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish in Shade 22 (2truecosmetics.com)
When I first tried this colour I really wasn’t sure whether I would wear it and I even contemplated passing it on because I’ve never been a fan or coral, orange and bright pink colours, however, I hung onto this and I’m so glad that I did. This is a two coat jobbie and it really is a neon pink that looks great with a tan and is so fun for summer. The formula is quite chip resistant lasting me a good few days with minimal chipping and this retails for a mere £1.99. I’m glad I kept an open mind about the colour because it’s quickly become a go-to bright polish for summer.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape (Boots)
I couldn’t resist adding one of my beloved Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint’s into this post but they really are one of my all time favourite nail polish ranges. The shade Blue Grape has been neglected in my collection and I’m not quite sure why as it’s a really bright navy blue shade that looks great on the fingers and toes. This is definitely one for the poolside and it is worth saying that the polishes from this range usually last me around a week without chipping and that’s without a top coat.

Essence Colour and Go Nail Polish in Rollercoaster (Wilko)
I only own this polish by Essence but it’s so darn good I’m going to need to pick up some more shades. This colour of green really jumped out at me because at the time I didn’t have this sort of shade in my collection. This formula is great really glossy and near perfect in one coat and I love the colour. Again similar to both polishes from above this doesn’t chip instantly which makes me love it even more.

GOSH Nail Lacquer in Ocean (Superdrug)
I haven’t had the chance to wear this yet this summer but I’ve been gazing at it longingly and will definitely be using it soon. This is a gorgeous turquoise shade that is more metallic which I simply adore. Turquoise is my favourite colour yet I find it hard to find a decent turquoise polish that I adore. Thankfully this is lovely and I can’t wait to wear it. What I really enjoy is that I can wear this alone of layer it underneath my Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Nail Junkie if I fancy turquoise glitter.

Maybelline Superstay Seven Days Gel Nail Polish in Uptown Blue (Boots)
I’ve been mourning my Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry since I used it up recently (more on that in my next empties post) but thankfully this stunning blue shade is keeping my nails looking pretty this summer. This really does last for ages (and we all know how rare it is to find a product that lives up to it’s name and claims) and it offers a gorgeous glossy finish. I particularly like this on my fingernails and I’m really not surprised that this has become a cult favourite in the beauty world. I own two other shades from this range which I haven’t got around to trying yet but if they’re as good as this I know that I’ll be sold.

So that rounds up my picks for summer, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what polishes you have been rocking this summer. I love discovering new nail polishes.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

 

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Pastel Hues inspired LOTD

Despite it being a rainy day today (I’m writing this in advance) I really felt like a spring/summer look that left me feeling feminine and so I decided to opt for something pastel inspired. This look is pretty simple and easy to achieve and you can make it your own by using your own colours, it’s also quite pretty, girly and feminine, perfect for those days where you want to look and feel pretty.
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Eye Makeup
BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette – I used this to apply a sheer wash of colour to this lids and I opted for a mint shade which I thought would look pretty with my green eyes. I’ve a fan of cool toned colours so I thought this would look nice. I applied this with my Urban Decay Fluffy Brush and just applied it across my lid and into my crease, I also used a lighter minty white shade for my inner corners.
2true Pro Tech Felt Tip Liner – Although it’s not easy to see in the photo I wanted to add a bit of a fierce edge to the rest of the delicate pastel hues so I applied this a little thicker than normal along my upper lash line and created a small wing.
Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara – I used this mascara as it’s my go-to at the moment and I tend to use one mascara at a time. This is a little on the drier side now but I used it sparingly to create natural looking but still volumised lashes.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Black – I used this on my tightline only to help to subtly define my eyes.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude – I used this on my waterline to brighten the eyes and to make them look wider.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark – I only used a small amount of the wax and really distributed it through my brows to help keep them looking defined but to also keep them soft looking, I didn’t want this to look too harsh.

Face Makeup:
Max Factor Lasting Perfomance Foundation in Fair – I skipped primer as I’ve not got one that I really like in my makeup bag at the moment and decided to go straight for foundation. This foundation is excellent (review up in a few days time) and offers a light to medium coverage that you can build up the layers on to get as high a coverage as you need. I chose to go for light-medium coverage with this as I wanted this look to be on the natural side.
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer – I used this under my eyes, down my nose and then on any blemishes, I’ve nearly used this up but this is a really good concealer that’s not too thick or thin and that works really well for me under the eyes and on blemishes. I’d only improve this by increasing the blendability.
Etude House Cookie Blusher – I skipped powder and contour as I wanted this to be quite fresh and quick so I went straight to blusher and applied a small amount of a pale pink blusher to the cheeks for a healthy glow.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter (Pink) – I love this highlight for a subtle pink sheen to the skin that really emphasises my cheekbones. This isn’t too glittery which I’m thankful for.

Lip Makeup:
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty – This lipstick is a muted pink that is a really nice YLBB shade, admittedly it seemed to have wiped off but it is a nice colour and it works for this look.

That concludes this post you can easily adapt this using your own products and colour choices, I find this fresh and girly perfect for both spring and summer, if you liked it hit the like button and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Sensitive Skin and how to deal with it

Today’s post is probably going to be a little bit more rambly than usual but I wanted to talk about sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can be a real problem in day to day life and as someone who suffers with it myself I thought I’d share some of my tips, tricks, advice and product recommendations with you. I hope that you find this post useful.
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What causes sensitive skin?
In all honesty there’s many different reasons for sensitive skin and sometimes there isn’t always a solid answer. Some of it may be genetic, I know that sensitive skin runs in my family so I have family members who suffer with different skin concerns, external factors such as diet can also affect the skin as can illness and stress. Sensitive Skin can be even due to allergies, I myself find that some skincare products I can use whereas others will irritate. Generally speaking sensitive skin can last a life time but it truly depends on each individual.

How do I know if I have sensitive skin?
I was unaware that I had sensitive skin until I turned eleven. I was trying some skincare products including the Beauty Fluid by Olay and some Simple skincare products and I realised that my skin felt very different to normal. My face turned tight and itchy, red blotches appeared and it felt sore and swollen. I had had that reaction before as a child when I realised I was allergic to face paint after having it painted, I also learned as I got older that certain brands such as Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks and even occasional products such as the Lancome Gel Eclat Cleanser caused by skin to feel the same way. I realised that I had sensitive skin that is most likely caused due to an allergy of some of the chemicals or ingredients used in the products.

I don’t have the exact symptoms above but I do have skin problems what do I do?
If you ever experience problems with your skin be it layers or dry skin, feelings of extreme tightness or soreness or you have any strange looking rashes then your first port of call should always be the GP. There is a whole hoarde of skincare illnesses, conditions and diseases out there but chances are that your GP has seen it before and can treat it. This can also include any problems you have with your scalp as it is still part of your skin. The skin is an organ of the body so it’s very important to take care of it, no matter who disgusted or scared you may feel it’s always worth getting checked out – usually the doctors will be able to provide creams or medications that will help keep it under control.

I think I have sensitive skin, what products should I avoid?
Unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly which products to avoid, because everyone’s skin is different, you may fall under the category of sensitive skin but everyone has their own preferences and this is very subjective. Over time I realised after using them that I can’t use Olay, Simple or Montagne Jeunesse products but that was after trying them. Usually with products such as hair dye, perfumes or even skincare a patch test is a good idea, this is where you apply a small amount of product to somewhere such as your arm (or with hair products a strand of hair) and you leave it for a few hours without rinsing. If said area starts tingling, hurting or reacting then you know that you are most likely allergic to the product and you can safely avoid it. If you are pregnant or have severe allergies though it is always best to consult your GP usually these instructions and warnings are on the box of the product.
*Tips and Trick – Don’t ever use someone elses medications or cream, products such as steroid cream which aid with eczema and psiorisis actually thin the skin which can lead to broken capillaries.

Is there any ingredients to avoid?
There isn’t a specific ingredient that I avoid as such but I am wary of products containing alcohol and parabens. Alcohol can often dry out the skin and strip it, and parabens which are often used to preserve a product can also be damaging to the skin. I also tend to try to avoid products with a heavy perfume, I will most likely never try Chanel skincare because chances are that the amount of perfumes and scents added to the product will irritate my skin. I often research a product one websites such as makeupalley to try and find if it will be suitable for my skin. That doesn’t mean I refuse to use these (eg my Origins GinZing eye cream is paraben free but contains alcohol) but if it doesn’t contain alcohol and parabens then that makes me happier.
*Tips and Tricks – If you are allergic to products try and compare the packaging and see which ingredients appear in all of them eg parfum, this could be the ingredient which is causing problems.

Is there any information out there about skincare and sensitive skin?
Of course! You can’t believe everything that you read on the internet but there are two resources that I throughly trust and that have more information on both sensitive skin and ingredients used in products. For information about ingredients particularly Parabens the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) offers guidelines. I also like the website Paula’s Choice who explains (in depth) skincare way better than I ever could.
*Tips and Trick – Go easy on exfoliation be it chemical or physical, overexfoliation can be stripping on the skin.

What products would you recommend?
Again this is completely subjective so please don’t take my word as gospel on this but these are a few brands that I have tried that I find to be suitable for my sensitive skin:
Nivea
LUSH
La Roche Posay
Amie (I’ve not tried this but it’s aimed for young and sensitive teenage skin.

That concludes this post on sensitive skin, if you enjoyed this or found it useful please hit the like button and feel free to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Collection Review

When the Garnier Ultimate Blends range first came out I didn’t end up trying it, mainly because I was uncertain after reading a plethora of mixed reviews. However, I recently got my hands on some samples online of the new Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Collection and I thought it would be fun to test them and share with you my thoughts.
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The Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Collection consists of a shampoo, conditioner, hair serum and hair mask. I have here the shampoo, conditioner and serum but have not tried the mask. The products contain honey, propolis (made by bees to protect their beehive) and royal jelly and are aimed people with fragile and damaged hair. I often find that some moisturising products can end up leaving the hair greasy or they can not be hydrating enough, as someone who suffers with dry hair I’m always on the hunt for something moisturising and strengthening.

These samples don’t reflect the full packaging but I have researched the packaging and I feel indifferent towards it, it’s not something that I’m in love with but I don’t hate it either it’s an average packaging which is fine with me. These products are high street prices, the shampoo retails for £3.89, the same price for the conditioner and the serum is priced at £4.99 with the hair mask at £4.49. There is a range of sizes available however at the moment Boots is doing an offer at the products being £2.00 each across selected Ultimate Blends products.
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Starting with the shampoo, this was nice in texture and lathered up well, I must point out that this smelled absolutely gorgeous, I’m not usually a fan of honey or Royal Jelly but teamed together with the Propolis this had a light sweet smell that I could not get enough of – I was literally sniffing my hair all day and I did go as far as to force my boyfriend and my friend to smell my hair.
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The conditioner and serum were both also lovely, the conditioner felt thick enough to moisturise but not so thick that it weighed my hair down, the serum was fairly runny in texture but again was very moisturising, non greasy and it didn’t weight my hair down.
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Onto the results and my hair was incredibly soft and shiny, I’m not sure how much stronger it felt but I didn’t expect much from only one use, I can imagine over time though this could strengthen the hair but I am hazarding a guess at that. I can confirm that this didn’t irritate or dry out my hair or scalp and it didn’t leave my hair greasy either.

Overall it’s rare that I fall in love with a shampoo and conditioner in actuality I’ve never tried a shampoo or conditioner and found it so amazing that I simply had to repurchase so it’s a new feeling for me but I can confirm that I loved these products, would recommend and repurchase.

Now excuse me whilst I buy the entire Strength Restorer range including the hair mask…

The Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Range is available here on offer for £2.00 a piece.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this collection or any other products from the Garnier Ultimate Blends range, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm Review

When products do the rounds of the blogging network and gain a cult following it’s always hard to resist and so when I saw the cutest little egg shaped lip balms otherwise known as the EOS (evolution of smooth) lip balms I had to try one. I picked up the scent Strawberry Sorbet and since then I’ve been giving it a thorough testing, finally I’m ready to review it so here’s my thoughts.
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I do adore the packaging of the Eos Lip Balms, they are in a cute little egg shape and the lid twist off to reveal the rounded lip balm – and yes when you put the lid back on it does have that satisfying click that so many of us love to hear. I picked up my lip balm from Topshop for eight pounds as they weren’t readily available in the UK at that time, however now they are available on Beauty Bay for just over five pounds which still isn’t the cheapest lip balm out there but by no means is the most expensive.

Starting with scent I have the scent Strawberry Sorbet but it’s a tad disappointing really, it smells very synthetic not like actual sorbet or strawberries and I have tried lip balms with much nicer scents such as the ones by the Body Shop and my beloved Maybelline Baby Lips.
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One thing I do like is that this is a clear lip balm, as a rule of thumb I do often love tinted lip balms but I do prefer clear ones if I want to apply a lipstick over the top and I’d much prefer a clear lip balm that one of those with a white cast to it such as the Nivea Lip Butters.

At first I got a little addicted to this but then when the sun came out I realised that this wasn’t actually nourishing at all. I find this to be quite waxy and it seems to add a barrier over my lips which causes my lips to dry out.

Overall I’m pretty disappointed I was sucked in by the packaging and the hype and I was left with a less than satisfactory product, I’ll be giving this to a friend and I wouldn’t repurchase or recommend this, for the price I did expect better.

The EOS Lip Balms are available here for £5.95.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, have you tried the EOS Lip Balms? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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