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LaLicious Review and Giveaway



All-natural bath and body line, LaLicious, sent us their best-selling Sugar Kiss Souffle Body Scrub to try. OMGosh!!!! You will have to restrain yourself from grabbing a spoon and digging in to consume this heavenly-scented product. It is deliciously yummy! You know me and my sugar scrub addiction, I could not wait to take a shower! With pampering ingredients including Honey, Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E, it's no surprise it left my skin incredibly soft and delightfully scented. LaLicious Sugar Souffle Scrubs are available in eleven intoxicating scents. A {large} 16-oz. jar retails for $34. Need a gift sent to Mom or Nana? Gift boxing is also available for $2.50.


Infused with notes of casaba melon, white tea and ginger, the newest addition to the LaLicious collection is Sugar Reef which encapsulates the clean and fresh aroma of an ocean breeze. The Collection includes Sugar Reef Sugar Souffle Scrub, Body Butter and Body Oil.
In honor of Earth Day, LaLicious will donate 20% of ALL Sugar Reef sales during the month of April to Save Our Shores. Save Our Shores' mission is to care for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action.


LaLicious can be found at select spa retailers nationwide and online at LaLicious.com. Get social with them on Facebook and Twitter.




Chic Giveaway! LaLicious is gifting one reader the Sugar Reef Body Butter. Enter to win by completing one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter id.
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win a body butter from @LaLicious_LA and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com RV: $25 #Contest #Giveaway 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 8, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thanks to LaLicous for sending us their fabulous product, for supporting the preservation of our oceans, and for sponsoring this giveaway.



Vitabath Review and Giveaway


Vitabath sent us three of their fabulous Moisturizing Body Washes. We received refreshing springy scents including Asian Orchid & Coconut, Green Tea & Sage and Heavenly Coconut Creme. First off, I love the array of bottle colors that are available. Using them was a treat, I felt as though I was vacationing on a tropical island when using the Heavenly Coconut Creme. The body washes are sulfate and paraben-free and are enriched with Vitamins A, B3, C, E and B5. How is it that I have never tried these before? The scents are light and delightful. These would be lovely in a basket for Easter or Mother's Day. Don't forget to treat yourself to one too! 


Available at retailers across the U.S., click HERE for a store near you or save a trip and order direct from MyVitabath.com where they are on sale for $9.99 for a 12-oz bottle. Follow Vitabath on Twitter and like them on Facebook for new product announcements news and specials. 




Chic Giveaway! ~ The sweet folks at Vitabath are gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader three body washes! Enter to win by completing one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID.
  • Visit MyVitabath.com and let us know which body wash you would most like to try
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win 3 Moisturizing Body Washes from @Vitabath and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $30 #Contest #Giveaway 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 9, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you, Vitabath, for sending us your fabulous body washes and sponsoring this giveaway. We look forward to working with you in the future.

nuNaat Review and Giveaway


We were sent nuNAAT's Silicone Collection of hair products to try. The collection includes ~
  • Silicon, Keratin and Protein Shampoo 16.9 oz.
  • Silicon, Keratin and Protein Fortifying Hair Masque 8.8 oz.
  • Silicon, Keratin and Protein Leave-In Conditioner 10.5 oz.
  • Silicon, Keratin and Protein Hair Serum 3.3 oz.

I used the shampoo and masque while showering and the leave-in conditioner mixed with a few drops of hair serum before styling. I wasn't sure I was going to write this review because my hair was very tangled after shampooing and applying the masque. I'm used to stepping out of the shower with silky wet hair. Also, the shampoo didn't lather as much as I am used to so I wasn't sure how well it was cleansing my hair. Lastly, I'm a bit of a packaging snob and although I didn't know the price of the products until writing this review, the packaging didn't float my boat. HOWEVER, this review was a reminder to me that I should not judge a book {or a haircare line} by its cover. What struck me first after blowing my hair out was how healthy my hair looked. If I were to describe the line in one word it would be VA VA VOOM...okay that's three words, but you get the idea. For some reason the inclusion of the words silicone and keratin led me to believe using these products would result in more of a Brazilian straightening effect. I have more hair on my head than I know what to do with so I tend to shy away from volumizing products, but I know many women who complain their hair is thin and lacks body and they would absolutely love this line. If you are looking to add volume and bounce to your hair, look no further than nuNAAT's reasonably-priced Silicon products. The MSRP for each product is only $5.49! That will teach me not to be a packaging snob! Checkout their entire line at nuNAAT.com. Products are available at select retailers across the country, a store locator is available on their Facebook page. 




Chic Giveaway! Want voluminous, healthy looking hair? nuNAAT is gifting one reader their entire Silicone line. Enter to win by completing one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID.

  • Visit nuNAAT and let us know which product you would most like to try
  • Like nuNAAT on Facebook
  • Follow @nuNAAT on Twitter

Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win a hair care collection from @nuNAAT and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com #Contest #Giveaway 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 5, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thanks to the team at nuNAAT for sponsoring this giveaway.


The Retail Life Giveaway


The Retail Life reached out to us and asked us to help spread the word about their new community. The Retail Life is an online community which features nearly 250,000 job opportunities in the retail industry. It is also a place where members can visit to network and share info with like-minded individuals in the retail world. I like the concept of a community job board especially at this time when unemployment is so high. I applaud any business trying to help US workers find jobs. 

The Retail Life is currently hosting a variety of giveaway promotions for its members, visit their Member Benefits page for all the details. They also have a referral program where members can earn Visa gift cards for referring friends and co-workers who join their community. I was able to navigate through the site easily and read many of the pages before joining. Signing up is easy, it can be done through several social media sites or by entering an email address and creating a password.

Check them out at TheRetailLife.com and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter



Chic Giveaway! ~ To help spread the word about their community, The Retail Life is gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader a $25 gift card. To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~ 
Bonus Entries {optional}
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win a $25 Visa gift card from @TheRetailLife and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com #Contest #Giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 4, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.


Thanks to The Retail Life for sponsoring this Giveaway.


We received a giftcard to facilitate this review. No other compensation, including referral rewards, will be received.

Haralee Pajamas Review


I recently discovered Haralee, a company that makes pajamas specifically designed for those who suffer from night sweats, After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, company founder Haralee Weinbraub, soon realized that a long-lasting side effect from chemotherapy is hot flashes and night sweats. It was at this time that she learned about wick-away clothing which draws perspiration away from the body to the fabric where it quickly evaporates. At the time, Haralee couldn't find any pajamas made from this fabric to help her get a comfortable night's sleep so she did what any inspirational, determined, extraordinary woman fighting breast cancer would do...she started the company! Talk about turning a negative into a positive! 

Barbara Pajamas, Photo by Haralee
I received the lovely "Barbara" pajamas pictured above which have a sleeveless top and capri pants. Both the pants and top have Haralee's signature lettuce edging helping transform these pajamas into loungewear. The Caribbean Blue color is a deep shade of teal. I purposely rolled these up into a ball when I took them off to see if they would wrinkle, but no matter what I did to them they looked just pressed...even after sleeping in them! Of course one doesn't have to suffer from night sweats to wear these pj's, but if you do, you will adore them. I particularly loved the capri pants and the edging definitely is "the cat's pajamas". Lightweight and ideal for traveling, I am definitely taking them along on my next trip.


All of Haralee's products are made in the USA and the company donates a portion of every sale to support Breast Cancer Research. The Barbara Pajamas retail for $62 and can be found at Haralee.com. Free shipping with a $150 purchase. Follow Haralee on Twitter and be sure to like them on Facebook where their fans save 10% off their purchases with promo code "Facebook". 

SkinnyJeans Review and Giveaway

Hello SkinnyJeans! Even the name makes me smile. Who doesn't love a great pair of slimming jeans? Our good friends at SkinnyJeans allowed us to choose a pair of their fabulous slimming jeans to facilitate this review. I totally missed that their new Spring Color Collection is out. Look at these gorgeous shades to brighten up your wardrobe.


I chose NiteWash Barely Boot Cut. Yes, I already have a pair, but as far as I'm concerned, you can never own too many pairs of SkinnyJeans! I've worn my others so often, they are now a bit lighter than these so it was time for a new pair. This time, I requested the next size {taste testing too many delicious cookies I guess} because my other pair have become a bit tight. If you are in-between sizes like I am, I would suggest ordering a size up rather than down. These are a perfect fit and are very comfortable and I can tell you from my previous pair, they wash well and are made to last.



Designed to make you look 15 lbs. lighter {HELLO!}, the fabric is classic denim but with a high elastane/nylon content to hold everything in and to prevent the fabric from bagging or stretching out. The barely bootcut design gives the illusion of longer legs and slimmer hips, the pocket size and placement slenderizes the backside, and the inseams are drawn forward on the leg making it look as though there is less leg. ~ And now you know why I ♥ them... and you will too!



Made in the USA, SkinnyJeans can be found online at SkinnyJeans.com and are priced at $178-188. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the know about new products, specials and contests.

Okay ladies, who wants to look 15 lbs. lighter? Our friends at SkinnyJeans are gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader their choice of SkinnyJeans {colors and corduroys not included}. To Enter, leave a comment letting us know you have completed BOTH of the following required entries.


Bonus entries {optional} Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Each comment = one entry. ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet: #WIN a Chic pair of SkinnyJeans from @helloSkinnyJean and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $178 #contest #giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 17, 2012. For complete rules, additional Contests and Winners' List, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Many thanks to our friends at SkinnyJeans for this fantastic Gifting Event, for sending us their chic jeans, and for helping customers look 15 lbs. lighter! 



Eyedews Review and Giveaway



We were sent a package of Eyedews to try. These are clear, single-use eye masks that are placed under eyes to relieve puffiness and lessen dark circles and fine lines. 




Infused with Vitamins C and E, these nutrient-rich eye masks are clear, have a jelly-like texture, and are lightly scented with lavendar. Use anytime of day for 20 minutes and discard. I particularly like to use them in the morning, they do a great job at "de-puffing" especially helpful during allergy season. Also perfect to use just before a party, an important business meeting, while traveling, or anytime your eyes need a little refreshing. Eyedews are packaged in flat, sealed foil wrapping and can fit inside the smallest purse. Each packette contains two Eyedews. Celebrities love them too ~ 




A package of 6 retails for $25 on Eyedews.com. They also sell wholesale and are available at select spas and retailers across the U.S. 


Who has a hot date planned? You will look your best because the folks at Eyedews are gifting one reader a package of 6 pairs of Eyedews! Enter to win by completing one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID.
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win 6 pairs of luxurious eye masks from @Eyedews and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com RV: $25 #Contest #Giveaway 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 3, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you to the team at Eyedews for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us your fabulous product.


Call for Chic and Luxurious Products ~



I will be joining hosts Sharon Delaney and Volanda Calloway on the set of NBC-17's My Carolina Today to share some of my favorite gift ideas for Mother's Day with their viewers. If you have an awesome product that you think we should see, please contact us for possible inclusion in the segment. 


                                                                                   ~ Barbara



Ottlite Natural Makeup Mirror Review and Giveaway

We haven't featured a makeup mirror before, so we were excited to receive Ottlite's Natural Makeup Mirror in white.


The lighted mirror provides natural lighting to show true hair and makeup colors. No more having to put on your glasses or contacts before applying makeup. You can also say bye-bye to makeup faux pas' when leaving the house on dark or rainy days. The mirror is two-sided ~ one side provides 1x magnification and the reverse 5x which is great for tweezing eyebrows and doing a quick check before leaving the house. The mirror requires two bulbs which are included. Each bulb is energy efficient and will last approximately 10,000 hours. 


There is an on and off switch providing the option to use the mirror without the light. This is a large {13" high with a 11" base}, sturdy mirror with a sleek design. The mirror is available in five colors white, black, turquoise and brown, black and white, and pink. It retails for $99. Right now it is on sale for $69.99 at Ottlite.com. They are going quickly at this price and some of the colors are out of stock so hop on over there and snatch one up quickly.

Ottlite is gifting one lucky reader a Natural Makeup Mirror. Enter to win by completing one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~  
  • Visit Ottlite.com and let us know, in addition to the Natural Makeup Mirror, which product you would most like to own.
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win a Natural Light Makeup Mirror from @Ottlite and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $100 #Contest #Giveaway 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 8, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you Ottlite for sponsoring this event and gifting us your cool mirror.



Mama Rocky's Review and Giveaway

Mama Rocky's is an online marketplace featuring a variety of  cookies, chocolates, jams and spreads, sauces and dips from food vendors across the US. Mama Rocky's welcomes companies of all sizes that make delicious food items to join their marketplace. The concept is wonderful, we've featured several companies here that I know would love another outlet to sell their gourmet goodies. Mama Rocky's offers a nice selection of gluten-free cookies which I was happy to see. 


Ordering is simple. My only suggestion would be to have a shopping cart link and icon to be able to view what is in the cart while shopping. We received a selection of cookies to facilitate the review. The items arrived in a few days via FedEx in perfect condition. Although we were not asked to review the items we were sent, that didn't stop us from tasting them. ☺ {By the way the My Dad's Gluten-free Chocolano Cookies were very good!}


Most, if not all, of the brands on Mama Rocky's were new to me, what a great venue for an up-and-coming business to expand their customer base. In reading their vendor requirements, Customer Service appears to be of paramount importance. Vendors are required to submit samples for tasting before they are accepted into the marketplace. Checkout their selections at MamaRockys.com. Connect with them on Facebook and follow on Twitter and be the first to know when new vendors come on board. And, of course, if you're a food vendor interested in selling in their marketplace, be sure to contact them for more info.


To help spread the word about their marketplace, Mama Rocky's is offering one Chic Luxuries' reader their choice of goodies valued up to $25. Shipping is also included. To enter to win, complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~   
  • Visit MamaRockys.com and let us know which product you would most like to try.
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ Enter to #Win $25 in delicious food from @MamaRockys and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com #Contest #Giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 30, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you, Mama Rocky's, for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us the assortment of cookies.

It's Makeover Time! ~

Our site received a fresh new look for Spring!


We still have a few finishing touches to make, but want to give a shout out to Blog Milk for their beautiful design and especially Lena for her patience and hard work. Special thanks also to my friend, Elaine Biss, for her inspiration. ♥

We have a lot of exciting things in the works and can't wait to share them with you all! 

                                                                                ~ Barbara
                                                                                       xox






I Want Her Handbag Review and Giveaway

Calling all handbag lovers! We know that is just about every one of our readers so pull up a chair and let us tell you about a company we recently discovered. I Want Her Handbag offers a lovely selection of well-priced celebrity and designer-inspired bags.


They sent us this adorably chic bag to introduce us to their company 




There's something about a yellow bag that just brightens the day. This one is a sunshiny golden yellow and a head-turner for sure. It has two zippered outer compartments and a unique lock and key closure. A detachable strap allows it to be worn as a shoulder bag or handbag. This bag retails for £29.95 which equals approximately $47. I Want Her Handbag has a large selection of handbags and all of them are around this price. They ship worldwide too.


Find them online at IWantHerHandbag.com, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook for deals, giveaways and new product announcements.


Our friends at I Want Her Handbag are gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader the Handbag of their choice! ARV: $50. Open WORLDWIDE! 


To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~   
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win the handbag of your choice from @IWantHerHandbag and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com ARV: $50 #Contest #Giveaway Open WORLDWIDE
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 2, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you to our new friends at I Want Her Handbag for sending us this cheery tote and sponsoring this giveaway! 

Hapari Swimwear Giveaway

Summer will be here before you know it and if you love swimming as much as I do, a new swimsuit is probably on your wish list every year. Hapari has just launched their 2012 Swimwear line and they have a special treat for one lucky reader. Checkout Hapari's gorgeous selection of tankini tops, bottoms and skirts as well as Plus Size Swimsuits and Mastectomy suits. Here's a few of my favorites ~  


Dolce Allure Tankini Top $49
Kona Twist Tankini Top $49
Turquoise Twist Tankini Top $49
I love this cool turquoise color, even without a tan it brightens up any complexion. Hapari is generously gifting me a giftcard and I think I will be ordering both the turquoise twist and the kona twist tankinis and alternate the tops with a turquoise bottom. Tankinis offer so much versatility for mixing and matching and most of Hapari's tankinis can be worn three ways ~ as a halter, tank or criss-cross.

Hapari also offers coverup dresses and skirts as well as Men's and Junior Boys Swimwear. Hapari's chic line of swimwear can be found at their flagship store in American Fork, Utah, at select retailers or online at Hapari.com.

So who is ready to hit the beach? One of you will be doing so in chic new swimwear because Hapari is gifting a lucky reader an $85 gift card! 

To Enter complete one, or both, of the REQUIRED entries and leave a comment below letting us know you have completed the entry {if you can provide a link to the tweet or share, even better} ~
  • Tweet about this giveaway, tweet must include a link to http://hapari.com, sample tweet ~ Enter 2 #Win an $85 gift card to http://hapari.com from @Hapari and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com #Contest #Giveaway 
  • Click Share under our Facebook post about the Hapari giveaway to share on your wall. 
Bonus Entries {optional} ~ 
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April  7, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you Hapari for sponsoring this event and gifting us and a lucky reader a gift card.

Pinckney Cookie Cafe Review and Giveaway


My #1 weakness, far and away, is cookies. It is not easy to find a scrumptious soft and chewy cookie that tastes as though it just came out of the oven, at least I haven't found one ~ until now! Founded by Michael Pinckney in 1999, Pinckney Cookie Cafe has been baking up extraordinarily delicious and flavorful cookies ever since. Michael sent us his four varieties to try ~



The Pinckney Original ~  The cookie that started it all ~ rich dark belgian chocolate chips, chocolaty dough, walnuts and a hint of coconut. My favorite!




Bing Bling! ~ Founder Michael's fav, this gourmet goodie has pieces of diced dried bing cherries added to the original cookie recipe. I'm not a fan of cherries so was a little hesitant to try this one. I could not detect the cherry flavor but the addition of them made this cookie unbelievably moist. It is a favorite in my house too!



COCO ~ The most unique of the four varieties, COCO is an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with hints of coconut and orange. I did taste the orange in this cookie, it was subtle, but not being a fan of orange, I preferred the other three, but that's just my personal taste. COCO is chock full of flavor, unbelievably moist, and could almost be a stand-alone dessert. Anyone who likes a bit of orange zest, would LOVE these.




Classic Chocolate Chip ~ Two types of dark chocolate chips make this American classic even better! 


The cookies arrived from across the country {all the way from Bellvue, Washington} via priority mail. Incredibly, they tasted as though they just came out of my oven. Although we are all experiencing record high temperatures, the chocolate didn't melt and the cookies remained plump, soft and chewy. They even have that right-out-of-the oven smell! Each variety was in it's own chic gift box, the icing on the cookie for these gourmet delights. And the flavor? In a word...FANTASTIC! Find them at LoveTheseCookies.com {♥} for $9.95 per box. They would make the perfect gift to say thank you, thinking of you, happy birthday, get well soon. Also ideal for that hard-to-buy for friend or relative and cookie-lovers everywhere. Don't forget to order yourself a box too! They contain no preservatives and can be refrigerated or frozen...although if your house is like ours, they probably will never make it to the freezer. 




Want to hear some SWEET news? Pinckney Cookie Cafe is sending one lucky reader a box of each of their four yummy flavors!


To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~  
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win FOUR boxes of delicious gourmet cookies from @PinckneyCookie and @ChicLuxuries on http://ChicLuxuries.com RV: $40 #Contest #Giveaway
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET April 6, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Thank you to Michael and the team at Pinckney Cookie Cafe for sending us your awesome cookies and sponsoring this giveaway. 
 

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