Our Favourite Vegan & Cruelty-Free Skincare and Makeup Must-Haves in 2022.

I’ve been wanting to make the move to natural, cruelty free makeup for quite some time now, and I very fortunately had Annette with me to ‘show me the way’ (yep, that was for you Star Wars fans)! I have been using natural skincare for a few years now, but I always love exploring and discovering new brands. In this article I take you through the best of the best cruelty free makeup & skincare that 2022 has to offer… lets go!

Cleanser

The Gentle Foaming Cleanser by Natio is one of my fav natural cleansers! It feels nourishing whilst deeply cleansing at the same time. It also smells good and is a beautiful pearly white colour. Containing sandalwood, shea butter, calendula, jojoba, rosewood and lemon, the cleanser is designed to help neutralise your skin’s natural pH as well as support natural moisture balance.

Serums

If you’re looking for a deeply hydrating and regenerating serum, as well as one that targets pigmentation, fine lines, scars, then the Sabbia Co Antioxidant Repair Oil has you covered. Containing avocado oil, sea buckthorn oil and blueberry seed oil, this serum is the perfect blend of natural remedies. I love this serum because it makes my skin FEEL so GOOD! And if it makes you FEEL good, it’s doing something right. Pair it with the Jade Gua Sha tool for some extra loving.

For my acne prone friends (me included) looking for a serum that soothes irritation, de congests your skin, with all the anti-acne ingredients such as Sea Buckthorn oil, Calendula extract and Rosehip oil, then the Bondi Sands Wonder Potion Hero Oil is your new AM & pm go to. The packaging is also SO cute.

Sunscreen

Let me let you in on a little secret… when I’m in a rush to get out the door, I love to apply a tinted sunscreen because, not only am I applying sunscreen (oh so important living in sunny Perth!), I also get a little bit of colour & coverage – its like 2 products in 1 and I am here for it wholeheartedly. Well formulated tinted sunscreens are really hard to find (or maybe I’m just a tough critic), but ones that have a nice coverage, the right SPF rating and one that will last… it can be like finding a needle in a sunny haystack.

This is where Bondi Sands comes to play again. Not only do we love a good Bondi Sands tan but their tinted sunscreen is amazing! Its the Sunny Daze SPF 50 Moisturiser. First up, SPF 50 is a must, I will literally never wear anything less than SPF 50, so tick to Bondi. Its also hydrating, another tick, and contains vitamin E, wild hibiscus extract & zinc oxide. Plump and protected is this products slogan and I f*ck with that.

Makeup Brushes

A makeup brush that is interchangeable and also small enough to fit inside your tiny bag which was quite literally invented just to look cute – thanks to ecotools, this is now possible.

The Daily Essentials Face Kit is the brush kit every beginner to guru needs. It includes an angled crease brush, an angled brush, a spoolie, base buffer and an airbrush concealer brush. They are also made with recycled materials, renewable bamboo, are cruelty-free and 100% vegan. I’m obsessed. If you want an indepth tutorial of how to use these bad boys – head over to our insta @wellnesswa! SO, go get your JACQUEMUS ‘Le Chiquito’ bag. I support you Queen.

Glowy Makeup Oil

When I’m wanting a no-makeup makeup day, I find this product mixed with my sunscreen gives me the ultimate glow and just the right amount of colour I need. It’s the Endota Spa Organics Jojoba & Coconut Dry Shimmer Oil. You can use this product on your too, but I find mixing 3 drops with my sunscreen to put on my face is the perfect match. I love it and you need it – it’s especially perfect for dialing up the glow in winter.

If you’re wanting a milder glow than the option above, then opt for the Grown Alchemist Tinted Hydra Repair Day Cream. This cream is extremely hydrating and smoothing as well as giving darker & more tanned skintones that sun-kissed sparkle. The stars of the show are Camellia and Geranium Blossom, and they are what make this cream smell SO good. Unfortunately for me, this colour is too deep, so for my other fair skin toned friends maybe leave this one. But for those blessed with a deep complexion, this would be a perfect everyday cream for you. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen underneath!

Bonza Bronzer

Everyone needs a good bronzer in their lyf (stay tuned for our bronzing/contouring article dropping soon!), especially heading into winter – we’ve gotta add some colour to those chilly cheekbones!!

One of the best natural bronzers I’ve tried is the Mineral Bronzing Powder by Endota. I love how its a pressed powder because it doesn’t go everywhere when you open it – it’s easy to use and easy to take with you on the go (probably not in your Le Chiquito bag tho)! The colour ‘Sunkissed’ is gorgeous, it provides a natural sun kissed look (who would have thought?!) to your face, making you look like you’ve just spent 6 weeks in Paros. We won’t tell if you wont.

Mascara

A good mascara is hard to come by, especially when you’re adding vegan & cruelty-free into the mix. Natio have just come out with a brand new range of 3 x mascaras which are: tubing (say bye-bye to panda eyes), cruelty-free, vegan & are great for sensitive eyes.

For a more natural look that works wonders on both upper & lower lashes, we can’t go past the Precision Tubing Mascara in both Brown & Black. If you like a little more va-va-voom, the Infinite Tubing Mascara (pictured above) in Black has you covered – this one has been my go-to for nights out & days when I’m feeling in the mood for looking a little extra fancy / awake, and at the price point of $17.95, picking some up is a no-brainer.

BROWS. BROWS. BROWS.

Alright so a tip I learnt quite a bit ago was that if you’re in a rush, a brow gel is your best friend to tame, and tint your brows. My absolute favourite brow gel is the Flower Beauty Fiber Fix brow gel. What makes this product even better is that its cruelty free, vegan and gluten free (although don’t try eating it). Its also only $9… thats some serious bang for your buck.

Spritz ‘n Mist

Wanting to freshen your makeup during the day? Or just feeling like you need a little pick me up? The Grown Alchemist Hydra-Mist is my go to product just for this. It also pairs perfectly with the day cream I mentioned earlier. Why is it so good? It contains peptides which protect your skin from environmental damage, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to visibly smooth, soothe and boost your skin’s glow. It also smells so calming and refreshing, which makes it perfect for a quick breather when you’re feeling frazzle-dazzled in the middle of your day – a little bit of relaxin’, a little bit of glowin’. Perfect.

&Hearts; The Best Gosh-Darn Face Mask this Side of Pluto

The face mask I’ve been using to prep mine and my clients skin before makeup application for YEARSSS is the go to Go-To Skincare Transformazing Sheet Mask. Honestly, you wont ever want to worry about trying another mask again (kidding, but it’s SERIOUSLY good and deserves a permanent spot in all makeup/skincare cabinets). It instantly hydrates and plumps your skin, makes you look (& feel – equally important) like you’ve spent 8 hours at a lush spa being pampered, and gives you a flawless makeup base for any special occasion or just BECAUSE. This is all thanks to lashings of Kakadu plum, finger lime, Tasmanian pepper leaf & niacinamide. It also only takes 10 minutes – everyone has time for that. Run, don’t walk.

So… I’d love to know, which products are ticking all your boxes right now – head on over to our Instagram and let me know!

Article by Olivia, local natural makeup artist, Leo, content creator & beauty editor in training – follow along for more beauty tips & tricks.

Daily Wellness Routine: Nina Gelbke / Naturally Nina, Vegan Nutritionist, Influencer, & Recipe Creator

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

My name is Nina, I am an accredited Nutritionist (from Endeavour College of Natural Health) and Sports Nutritionist, as well as CrossFit Coach and recipe developer from Western Australia with a big passion for all things food and nutrition, fitness and living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

I spend most of my time training or coaching in the gym, working with clients one-on-one for their nutrition goals, and in the kitchen whipping up delicious and wholesome food, as well as sharing nutrition education, recipes and breaking down misinformation on my Instagram @naturally_nina_ and website.

What time do you go-to bed & wake up most days / how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I go to bed early and get up early, aiming for about 8 hours a night but it definitely doesn’t always happen as sleeping has always been something I’ve struggled with unfortunately!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I eat a lot! I’ve learnt that this is super important to support my training and if I don’t prioritise eating enough, my performance, recovery and energy levels definitely suffer.

Before training I’ll usually have some toast with nut butter, banana and cinnamon plus a coffee.

During training I’ll drink electrolytes and sometimes have some lollies or dried fruit if needed.

Breakfast post training will be overnight oats or quinoa flake porridge with soy milk, flaxmeal, plant protein powder, plus banana, berries and nut butter.

For lunch I’ll usually have leftovers from dinner, a wrap with tofu, salad and hummus, or a sushi bowl type meal.

Afternoon snack will be a big smoothie, or a Fodbods bar with fruit.

If I’m training again I may have something extra too, like rice cakes with nut butter and banana.

Dinner really varies, but often looks like a tofu veggie stir fry with rice, falafel with sweet potato, toasted veg and hummus, chickpea pasta or bean chilli with rice and guacamole.

I always have something sweet after dinner too, maybe something I’ve baked, or some yoghurt with berries and granola!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I do CrossFit training and Olympic weightlifting, usually training once or twice a day for 5 days a week, plus 1 active recovery day (usually a swim!) and 1 rest day a week. I absolutely love everything about CrossFit, how much it challenges me mentally and physically, how much it helps me grow and get stronger, and the community that comes with it.

♥ Naturally Nina wearing Fortify Gear

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

I absolutely love Fortify Gear. An Australian owned branded with super comfy, well fitting activewear that I pretty much live in – in and out of the gym!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I love a good remedial massage especially during big weeks of training when I’m feeling a bit sore! My go-to is Joyce Remedial in Dunsborough – he’s the best!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

I would absolutely love to start incorporating regular ice baths and saunas into my recovery routine, but haven’t really found a place nearby to offer this just yet!

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Honestly, focus on doing more of the things that make you feel good! Whatever those things are for you. Eating food that you enjoy and makes you feel your best, moving your body in a way that you love, spending time outdoors and around people that light you up – that’s the real secret to feeling great!

Another tip is keeping your brain happy with ongoing learning and education. Might seem like a strange one but I personally find this so important to my overall health and wellbeing. I’ve been loving the new short courses that Endeavour College offer for keeping up learning about nutrition and health, as well as regular professional development and educational podcasts both in the nutrition and fitness space.

Thanks to Nina for sharing her lovely wellness routine! If you’d like to keep up to date with her incredible vegan recipes & Crossfit inspo – head on over to her website & Instagram.

Be well,

xoxo

Getaway Goals: Gift Mum a Road-Trip for Mother’s Day This Year!

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Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? After being cooped up for literal years, the thought of hitting the open road (jack) to check out some of the stunning forests, beaches & mountains that WA has to offer has our wanderlust desires tingling.

With restrictions easing across the state just in time for Mother’s Day, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself, and mum, by indulging in some crisp, autumn air, idyllic scenery & of course our world-class eats and drinks – and a road trip in a campervan is the perfect gift to make these intra-state travel dreams a reality!

We’ve rounded up our 5 fave, cute vans from campervan hire company, Camplify, that the fam will love (and even better news, they offer gift vouchers which are perfect for Mother’s Day!) – check them out and let us know your favourites in the comments!

Frankie
Craigie, WA

Frankie has everything mum needs to embark on the ultimate glamping experience. With the ability to sleep two as well as bring a furry companion along, Frankie is also solar powered & has the option for going completely off grid. This super boujee van is available for pick up just north of Perth in the coastal suburb of Craigie. So what are you waiting for? Gift mum an unforgettable experience in the beautiful van, Frankie.

Zaidee
North Beach, WA

Zaidee was created from the inspiration of the ocean and nature, giving her a “coastal boho” interior design. Her neutral and fresh appearance creates the perfect home on wheels, making you feel comfortable and relaxed wherever you park up. Zaidee is perfect for mum to bring along one other or simply have some time to herself featuring a queen sized bed, power for appliances and a TV.

Harry the Hiace
Innaloo, WA

Meet Harry the Hiace, he’s a fully equipped van with all your basic pantry essentials, pots and pans, an ‘everything you need’ kitchen with cooker, fridge and sink. Harry even has a prime sunset spot called ‘the lawn’ which is a fully functional roof rack with ladder, covered in fake grass so you and mum can enjoy the stunning sunset or sunrise. Harry also provides a few other essential items including camping chairs, a portable blender, projector and charging station to charge your phone. He’s thought of everything!

Art Vandelay
Exmouth, WA

Sleeping two, Art Vandelay is super cute van that has been renovated to include everything you need for a perfect coastal holiday. He’s located in Exmouth, which is situated in the stunning North West Cape area of WA, and what better way to explore the famous coastline & beaches that this area has to offer? Venture to the outskirts of Exmouth, or Coral Bay, and go on one of the best snorkelling trips in Australia around the Ningaloo reef. Art Vandelay is available for pick up in Exmouth or delivery within 50km of the town.

Tilly The Tourister
Neerabup, WA

Tilly the Tourister is a hard-floor camper trailer sleeping four, allowing mum to go away on a girls trip with friends or, if you’re lucky enough to get invited along, family. Tilly exudes a luxe coastal vibe which fits perfectly for a beach holiday. This clean and fresh van has all the indulgences including aircon and heating, coffee machine, shower and toilet plus solar panels to go totally off grid.

So, which one of these beauties will you and mum be off adventuring in? Our pick is… all of them!

Be well,

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Katie Eales, Founder of Sabbia Co.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I grew up in Port Douglas, in a half Italian / half Australian household. Growing up diving the Great Barrier Reef, camping under the stars and eating 90% homegrown was where I found my deep love and appreciation for the planet. I moved to the Gold Coast to study marketing straight after year 12, I then went on to travel throughout many Asian countries, Europe and the States. In 2017 I met my husband Dave, in 2018 we found ourselves on a remote beach in Sri Lanka and were devastated over the amount of single-use personal items we were surrounded by.

When we arrived home we decided to minimise all single-use items in our home. As we started to research and test reusable products we fell in love with many amazing sustainable swaps. Our mission was no longer to overhaul our home but everyone else’s. And this is when Sabbia Co was born (September 2019). An ethical brand with minimal impact on the environment, that creates unique facial kits out of sustainable, biodegradable, reusable and chemical free tools. Along with sustainably sourced and packaged skincare that is formulated by myself.

Sabbia translates to sand in Italian. I’m half Italian and the purpose of what we do at Sabbia Co is to create sustainable products that can go back into the Earth like a grain of sand.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

We wake up at 4/4.30am each weekday and aim to get to sleep by 8.30pm – 7-8 hours beauty sleep is essential!

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Dave wakes up at 4am, does his morning meditation and mini workout then comes in with coffee and I get up around 4.30am. I start every morning with coffee in bed and meditation before anything else. I then go for a beach walk, Pilates or yoga around 5/5.30, shower, breakfast and journaling if I have time before getting into the office at 7.30am.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I start the morning with a glass of water then coffee with oat milk, I drink 3-4L of water throughout the day and limit myself to 1 coffee. Breakfast is either avo and egg on sourdough or coconut yogurt with muesli and banana.

Lunch varies between rice paper rolls, sushi and wraps. Dinner is also always different (stirfry, salad, rice bowls or pasta), I am currently pregnant so trying to incorporate organic read meat, chicken or salmon a little more than usual. We both have a sweet tooth, I try to make healthy bliss balls and cookies but we can’t go past a block of chocolate every now and then.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

Skincare is my biggest passion, hence Sabbia Co…

AM

Cleanse with konjac sponge and botanical glow cleanser, revive face mist, collagen c serum, multi-vitamin moisturiser, Ultra Violette SPF and Mineral BB Cream – everything is from our sustainable skincare brand Sabbia Co except for the sunscreen from Ultra Violette.

♥ Sabbia Co botanical glow cleanser


PM

Remove makeup with reusable makeup cloth, cleanse with konjac sponge and botanical glow cleanser, revive face mist, collagen c serum and multi-vitamin moisturiser. I alternate between facial treatments – matcha clay mask, overnight hydrating mask with multi-vitamin moisturiser or Gua Sha/Facial Cupping with our antioxidant repair oil.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

We eat dinner around 6pm so that we can clean up, have a stretch and begin to wind down. We have a no phones after 7.30/8pm rule which we both love!

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

Early wake up, meditation / movement and nourishment (food, mind, skin, soul)!

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies.
Palm Beach farmers markets every Saturday. The olive sourdough is my staple! And I love being able to eat seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Beach walk, pilates and yoga – I’ve done my yoga and pilates teacher training so I tend to create my own flows at home.

I studied at Studio Pilates in Brisbane, Essence of Living and Fire Shaper on the Gold Coast. I don’t teach as it was more of a self exploration study but I love to practice in the comfort of my home or reformer Pilates at Ritual in Palm Beach.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Lululemon.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Gua Sha and Facial Cupping – seriously life changing! We have a free ebook so that our customers can learn and perform in the comfort of their own homes.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

Facial massage, I have done it to myself but I would love to find somewhere where I can have a professional perform it on me.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends?

Very much so, I read my cards and manifest with the new moon each month. The cards I use & love are Wisdom Of Gaia by: Toni Carmine Salerno.

Thanks to Katie for taking the time to share her lovely routine with us – head to the Sabbia Co website to find out more about their sustainable beauty products!

Be well,

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Jodi Duval, Functional Naturopath & Owner @ Revital Health.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m a lover of life, of connection, having fun and experiencing the world, I live with passion for health and helping others become optimal. I created Revital Health, a Functional Naturopathy Health Optimisation Clinic with the purpose of empowering and supporting transformation with cutting edge information, treatments and technologies, combining traditional treatments and knowledge to give clients the best outcomes. I have over a decade of clinical experience, I’m the CEO of HOMeHOPe Australia, lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, and podcast host. I’m a mum of two beautiful kids and a spoodle and I take being the best example I can for them very seriously.
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What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I’m a big advocate of routine, and I love sleep, I wake up most days around 6:30am aiming for 7-8 hours sleep, I’m up and outside straight away to see the sun in my eyes and bare feet on the grass. The day starts with setting yourself up for the best sleep and this is what sets up the production of melatonin for the night.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Getting up at the same time and seeing the sun, and a small 5 min stretch and meditation for clarity of mind is one of the best things to set me up for my day. I also have a very large glass of filtered water from my Aqua Tru filter with celtic sea salt as soon as I’m awake. I’m a mum of 2 young kids so my morning is busy preparing and organising.. its go from the time I come back inside, these small priorities are a must to keep me grounded.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Mornings I usually do intermittent fasting until 12-1pm, I have organic coffee with butter in the morning which sees me though most of the morning. My eating revolves around my cycle, so in my luteal phase if I’m hungry for breakfast I will eat.

Lunch normally looks like a keto Locako bar on the run until I get home for a paleo bread loaded toast with butter, avocado, sprouts or nut butter, In summer or warmer weather I go for a super smoothie with collagen, berries, coconut yogurt avocado, super greens plus lots more. Then for dinner I have a large variety of vegetables, meats, fish, salads, homemade pizza’s, homemade burgers… the list goes on. Dessert is always a few pieces of cacao. I will always finish eating before 630-7pm (unless out with family and friends) to set me up for an optimal sleep and fasting.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I love looking after my skin. I have used Rationale for over 4 years now and love the way it makes my skin glow. I use the 6 step program. I also do at home needling every few weeks. Plus facials every few months. Hydration through water consumption and minerals daily is another non negotiable for me.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

As you can imagine this list is extensive..I compound personalised nutraceuticals and herbal medicines for my clients and myself. This is based off comprehensive metabolite testing and life circumstances. At the moment, I am supplementing with NAC, vitamin C, omega 3, zinc carnosine, quercetin, ALA, glutamine, Theanine, Magnesium threonatea and Iron Bisglycinate. I also take a herbal compound with Rhodiola, Withania, Licorice, Lions Mane, Gingko and Bacopa, this changes regularly.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

My favourite wind down starts with turning on red and orange lamps in my house to minimise blue light and maximising melatonin. I love having a bath and and listening to music. I also love reading before bed then I’m usually in bed around 930pm if I’m not working or marking ☺

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Exercise / Movement / Infrared Sauna
2. Fun, laughing, connection and passion
3. Nature and nourishment

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

Little Sisto – for the loaded toast and bowls (another local but such a goodie)

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

Dunn and Walton in Doubleview is a local love and they do amazing smoothies and juices!

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies?

Stirling Farmers Markets are my local and Subi Farmers Market is a favourite too, Scarborough Farmers Markets are starting this week and I’m excited for these as well!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I love to play, handstands and trampoline with kids are a great way to move. I’m normally active all day, walking and moving but focused activity 4 x a week either the gym for weights, Reformer pilates, or Tracy Anderson online workouts.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

I love Lululemon, so comfy and they last forever!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

I’ve tried a lot of treatments and technologies but I have never got around to PRP injection therapy on my face.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

At the moment I love the Rationale Facials.. Heaven. I also love laser treatments for my face at Youth Lab. At home my go to’s are Infrared sauna and Red light therapy.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

I do love crystals and ceremonies and plant medicine.. maybe another discussion for another time 😉 one thing that may not be woo woo but I try my best to protect myself and my family from EMF with protection devices on my computer, in the home, on the phones and no wireless headphones.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Hydration! Eating well, IV nutrient therapy, facial, sauna, massage and a body exfoliation.

♥ Falafel Nourish Bowl @ Pearth Organic Kitchen

If you could have the ultimate day of wellness & happiness in Perth – what would it involve and where would you go?

Pilates Reformer, Bodhi J for a body and face treatment, then to a float lab, infrared sauna, IV therapy and a meal at Pearth Organic Kitchen.

♥ Aro Hā, New Zealand

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Bali is still a favourite of mine, many places I love there, I have been dreaming of going to Aro Hā in New Zealand and have always wanted to go to the Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in Switzerland.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

I feel my top secret tip is consistency and starting now..no procrastination. I always view health as now.. so I do my best in the moment and try to keep balance where I can.

Where to find Jodi:

The Revital Health Podcast
Revitalhealth.com.au
@revital_health
@homehopeorg
Online course @ the revital health academy – Base Health

Thank you so much to the beautiful Jodi for taking part in our interview series!

If you have any questions, feel free to pop them below 🙂

Be well,

xoxo