Pre-Christmas Mini Haul #2!

Following a brilliant weekend shopping with my best friend from University, I thought I would bring you a mini haul to show you the things that I bought. We had the best weekend meeting up with one of my most beautiful friends, shopping all day in Birmingham and nomming bacon sandwiches on Sunday morning. Apart from the fact we were both riddled with cold germs, it was perfect :).

Just to top it off, we both got an array of gifts…for ourselves! I am going to show you mine here:

1. New Look Tartan Skirt – £19.99


I have fallen in love with this colour combination this winter, I think there is something so autumnal about the combination of blue and green, especially as it is tartan. The zip details really give it an edge, and it is the perfect length to be worn with black tights and winter boots (without looking too mini-skirtish).

2. New Look Pale Lace Jumper – £7.00 (was £14.99)


This jumper is really light weight, and the pale pink lace across the bottom will look great worn with jeans or black trousers. Also, it was a bargain at half the price! Quite thin though, so I’ll have to wear a black cami underneath to make sure I don’t flash anyone…

3. River Island Faux Fur Leather Jacket – £65.00


NOW, this is my favourite thing that I bought last weekend. I swear when I was walking around River Island I saw about 5 people carrying this jacket around either going to try it on or buying it (which pleased me and annoyed me at the same time). This jacket is genius, the faux fur is the SOFTEST thing you will ever touch (maybe apart from a kitten or something). Also, the fur is actually detachable, which means this jacket will take me through winter and into spring, so I don’t look like a Yeti that got lost. It’s quite pricey don’t get me wrong, but I think it is TOTALLY worth it.

 4. Topshop ‘Rio Rio’ Lipstick- £8.00

Originally when browsing through the Topshop cosmetics, I was actually looking for a dark plum shade, but then ‘Rio Rio’ caught my eye. A bright orangey red, this colour is really eye catching and will look great in summer, or as a daring shade for winter on those bright crisp mornings. I am a big fan of Topshop make up, and I think that the lipsticks in particular have great staying power, although the formula isn’t as great as say a Mac or YSL lipstick, it still does the job on a budget.

Also, may I add you get a very satisfactory ‘click’ when shutting this lipstick. This does matter.


This finishes up my second Mini Haul! What pre-Christmas gifts have you been buying for yourself? 🙂

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The Understated Christmas Manicure

Hi All!

I thought I would do a quick post on my favourite style of understated manicure, that still has that something special about it for Christmas. Nude nail polishes are having a thing at the moment, along with muted grey taupes and beiges. These can look so chic, and help to elongate your fingers.

My version of an understated Christmas manicure uses a muted beige from Rimmel and a touch of sparkle with a Barry M Glitter tip:

Rimmel 500 ‘Caramel Cupcake’ and Barry M 350 ‘Diamond Glitter’

I sometimes find it difficult to pin point the exact nude that will suit my skin tone, as often they can end up too similar to the shade of my skin. This can make the polish look too orangey, or too cool toned. The Rimmel shade is a lovely and rather non-offensive nude that will suit most skin tones. It has a taupe-y tone to it, so won’t come off too orange.

Here are the products that I used:

Please don’t think I’m a tramp for the weird marks on the Rimmel lid, that is actually where I’ve shut the polish SO tight I have had to open it with my TEETH. Yes, you heard right. Teeth.

The Rimmel polish has a wide brush which makes it easy to use, so about two coats of this is perfect to build up an opaque colour.

Then, once that is 3/4 dry, I used the Barry M Glitter to gently press some of the polish onto the tips.

I find the best way to do this is to put on a really thin layer on each nail, then go back and layer it a little bit more. This means that you won’t end up with a lump of polish at the end of the nail (which won’t dry and will probably end up smeared on your face by freak accident).

Finish with a layer of Seche Vite and you are good to go! (Also, this will look great on people who like to wear silver rings…I am not a massive ring person so I don’t bother…looks great with or without!)


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The Burgundy Lip

Hello ‘Pressers!

One key trend that is ALL OVER the beauty scene this winter is the dark red lip, or burgundy lip. Usually more of a nudey – pinky lip person, this is quite bold but looks great as part of a winter make up look.

I know that brands like Nars, Mac and Charlotte Tilbury really rule the roost when it comes to matte style bold lips, but I have also heard great things about the Rimmel bold lipsticks. I thought I’d give Rimmel a go, and also try a lip liner of a similar colour to really do it properly.

The shade I chose is ‘Starry Eyed’ in the Lasting Finish range, matching this with the 1000 Kisses  ‘Black Tulip’ lip liner:

I think the key things to remember with wearing a bold lip are:

  • Keep the rest of your make up toned down (I tend to leave blusher and just use bronzer to make sure it’s not too full on)
  • Moisturise your lips to make sure the colour lasts the longest
  • Make sure your lip liner is sharpened!
  • Slowly build up the colour rather than apply thickly



The lip liner is great, (smells just like Crayola though which I’m not too sure about) and really helps you when you apply the actual lip colour.

The lip stick itself is a good texture, not too matte but is really pigmented. Be careful when you first apply it though or you could end up looking like Ronald McDonald. Not a good look.

At a measly £2.99 for the lip liner, and only £4.99 for the lipstick itself, it is MUCH better value than some of the higher end brands, so affordable AND looks great for a Christmas night out :).

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If I won the Beauty Lottery…

It’s coming up to Christmas, which means a few things: Presents, presents…and um…presents?!

Sometimes while I am watching a film or television, I will often find myself in a dangerous situation browsing websites like ASOS, Miss Selfridge and the ultimate Kryptonite…Space.NK.

It got me thinking, there are SO many things that are pretty and shiny and lovely and IDEAL christmas presents. This is the ultimate wish list, and instead of looking for presents for myself (*slaps wrist*) I will probably use this for inspiration for family christmas presents :).

I have put together a collection of the ultimate christmas beauty gifts, from a mix of the best premium brands around :D.


This Ciaté advent calendar is a great PRE-christmas gift, and is perfect for all the nail polish addicts out there. It is so cute, and shaped like a mansion with 24 doors housing teeny nail polishes…containing brights, pastels and glitters. I recently picked up one of these myself, and because it was from Space.NK I got a brilliant sample set with an Eve Lom face mask, Rodial face oil and shampoo and conditioner! So even if you decide to get a gift for someone else, you could always keep the samples for yourself (shhh…)


These By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow sticks are a great high end beauty gift. At a rather extortionate price, these eyeshadows are available in a great variety of shades. I have heard a lot of good things about the shade ‘Misty Rock’, which looks like a gorgeous taupey pink.


A staple in any make up bag is a set of eyelashes curlers, and these Shu Uemera curlers are expensive, but will last you a lifetime. Oddly, there is a limited edition that is exactly the same as the normal set, BUT it has a little picture of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat attached to it (hm, necessary?!)


QUEUE the most expensive dry shampoo that ever existed (I may be wrong but it’s bloody pricey). The Oribe dry texturising spray is renowned for adding lasting volume, and making freshly washed hair look tousled and texturised. If you fancy trying a budget version though, you can try the L’Oréal super sizing spray which I reviewed here. Although it isn’t as long-lasting, it would save you a lot of money!


Ahhh, if you are looking for something shiny that will look B-E-A-Utiful on your dressing table, cast your peepers over the Zoeva ‘Golden Luxury’ make up brush set. This really is a gorgeous set, and would make a great christmas present. The cheapest I have seen it online for is £56.95 , but it sadly looks like it is out of stock :(.


To create that perfect wintery flushed look, one product that can do this in one sweep is the Ambient Hourglass Blush. Again, pretty pricey, but the gold shimmer marbled through it means that it acts as a highlight and blush in one (well, that’s what I’m saying anyway). To me, ‘Ethereal Glow’ looks like a perfect cool toned pink that will perk up any wintery complexion!

SO…drum roll please. The TOTAL PRICE for this wish list amounts to…..


Jeez Louise, well it’s a good thing that I have a smidge of self restraint, to make sure that I don’t go bankrupt.

Anyone out there lucky enough to have all of these things? Ahhhh, merry pre-Christmas every one!


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Dye-ing for a Red Ombré

I have always been keen to change things up with hair colour, within certain limits. In the past I have tried violet wash in wash out colours, warm coppery reds and slightly lighter browns. One of my favourite things I have EVER tried though, is the L’oreal Wild Ombré dip dye kit in Red 6.66. 


Having always had darker hair, I have always said a big fat resounding ‘NO’ to the thought of ever going blonde, as I just know it would look terrible and ruin my hair at the same time (thoughts of bad ashy blonde hair with black – brown roots comes to mind.) Not wanting to be left out of the Ombré hype, I was pleased to find a red dip dye kit that looked easy to do at home, and was very reasonably priced.

Now I have used this kit about 2 times before, and have been very very happy with the results. The first time I used it, the red was not very prominent but more of a shimmery red tint along the ends of the hair. The second and now third time that I have used this, it is much brighter due to the gradual lightening of the hair each time. When it catches the sun, it becomes a really vivid red so looks quite striking.


One thing that some may say is an advantage, and others a disadvantage is that after the first week or so once you have dyed your hair, depending on your original colour, on me this tends to go quite violetty because it is quite a cool toned red at first. After the first couple of weeks of washes (depending on how good you are at not washing your hair everyday – *slaps wrist*) it tends to calm down a bit into a more warm, reddy ombré.

NOW, when dyeing your hair – particularly if it is red in a white bathroom- I have a few tips that might make the whole process easier, AND save your bathroom looking like a scene from Psycho:


Make sure that you use either a body lotion, body cream or something like Vaseline to put around your face, hairline, and around your ears to stop yourself getting the dreaded dark hair dye ring around your face. Particularly for me, using a red hair dye and getting it all over me meant a very tense time of having to use a damp flannel around my neck to stop my skin looking like it had been scalded. A simple swipe of body lotion will help to act as a barrier, and keep the colour where it belongs…on your hair.


When it comes to those crappy disposable gloves you get in your hair dye kit, hair bands or bobbles are your best friend, trust me. I put a hairband on each wrist in order to keep the disposable gloves on my hands, and this also stops you from getting any hair dye inside the glove, or around your wrist.


As I’ve mentioned, I have to dye my hair in a white bathroom. Which is risky. Therefore I try to cover as many surfaces as possible, and try to minimise the amount of things that I ruin :). One of the things I do to protect my clothing (although I tend to wear old oversized t shirts for hair dyeing) is to grab a bin bag, turn it upside down, make a hole for my head and one each for my arms and wear it like it has just waltzed off the Jenny Packham runway at London Fashion Week (garbage chic, anyone?). This will help to protect your clothes, and you can clip it tight around your neck to protect your neck too. Best of all is that you can whip it off and chuck it straight in the bin after.


BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH. When using this dip dye kit, I cannot stress how important it is to brush your hair first. You are kindly provided with a brush to squeeze the dye onto, to make it easier for you to brush the dye into your hair. Now, clearly the people who designed this brush were not asian, as we asians have pretty thick hair and this is a very flimsy brush. The aforementioned bin bag really comes into it’s own in case you pull too forcefully on said Flimsy Brush, handy if you get little splashes of dye everywhere after dragging Flimsy through the lengths of your hair.

Hair dyeing can be a bit of a chore, but the results make it totally worth the sitting on the bathroom floor watching youtube with a timer on your phone for 35 minutes.

What do you think, has Ombré had it’s time in the (bleaching) sun? Or is it here to stay?!

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Top 5 Things about Winter

Hello ‘Pressers!

Today is the 2nd of November, and it is really starting to feel like Christmas! It kind of feels like we are on the home stretch to Christmas now. This means it won’t be long before we can eat too much chocolate, wear onesies to a McDonald’s drive through and watching hours and hours of bad TV!

I thought I would give you guys a quick run down of the top 5 things I love about Winter/Christmas time. Some of these are beauty and fashion related, with a couple of random things thrown in :):


Be it a snuggly old jumper, a special Christmas onesie or the world’s most comfortable scarf, knitwear is having a big thing at Christmas. Particularly when you have Christmas jumper competition at work, or you go for a perfect winter stroll with a snuggly, soft warm scarf. One of my favourite pieces of knitwear is my Christmas jumper from Primark with a snuggly little polar bear on the front (think it was around £14 last year, and I’m sure they will have some new ones out this year). Another knitwear favourite is my New Look scarf, which may just be the SOFTEST SCARF IN THE UNIVERSE. It has a gorgeous combination of pastel pink, green and lilac, in a checked design (kind of like a picnic blanket) but I love it.




I have to admit, I am a bit of a magpie. This is generally in life, you wave something shiny near me and you will catch my eye darting around trying to work out 1. if it is pretty and 2. if I can wear it. One thing in particular is getting some (tasteful) bling, and one place that I love to experiment is nails. I love a good sparkly Christmas nail look. My favourites are Bourjois ‘Toppings” in Sun Scales, Barry M Glitter varnishes and Technic (Bodycare) varnishes. For a breakdown of a few of these, take a look at my ‘Autumn Nail Colours‘ post.




This might seem like a bit of a ‘moo’ points (anyone who watched Friends will know what I’m talking about) but I think that at Christmas time there is nothing better than sitting with a blanket and a steaming mug of hot chocolate or tea. Especially if you feel yourself getting ill, my personal favourite are cups of hot Indian homemade Chai, OR the limited edition Starbucks Salted Caramel hot chocolates- droooollllll.



I LOVE going to London around Christmas time. The atmosphere is electric, and as much as this is a cliché the buzz of walking around London seeing Christmas lights, being wrapped up in the aforementioned knitwear and spending time with loved ones really is special. In particular I love walking down Oxford street looking at the shop windows, and preparing for Christmas and stocking up on presents!



For me, although Christmas isn’t even related to Hinduism, we always celebrate Christmas with a few traditions. A few of these include making mince pies, me being in charge of Christmas day dessert (tarte tatin, anyone?) This is the time of year that all 5 of us are together at home, and as our family begins to grow it’s going to be lovely to have everyone at our house with smells of Christmas dinner and brilliant family arguments ringing throughout our house walls. It always gets to a point where we all know we have had enough time together and we start bickering, but that is all part and parcel of this time of year :).

I know this picture is of food…and wat?!
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The Perfect Palette

Ahhh, the joys of make up palettes. The luxury packaging, the satisfying click of the lid, and the wide array of colours, shimmers and mattes.

A considerable newb to palettes, I have the Naked 1, and also recently added to my stash the ultimate palette of them all (eek!). Kindly linked by a fellow blogger (who is brilliant, may I add, LittleBitSoph), I quickly ordered the Lorac Pro Palette.


I was seriously pumped, particularly because I had my sisters’ engagement coming up. Unfortunately I was brought back to reality by the shipping time! I think it stated a minimum of 13 days and actually it wasn’t too bad as it took…13 days to arrive! That was from order confirmation to actually receiving the palette. The customs charge was unwelcome, but hey ho in for a penny in for 1 MILLION POUNDS.

I heard about the Lorac Pro palette through a number of blogs, namely from LittleBitSoph and Vivianna Does Makeup. What really drew me to it in the first place was the simple fact that it contained a row of matte shades (brilliant for your crease) and a row of shimmer shades. Too often in palettes from what I’ve seen, you get the odd lumpy glittery shade that ruins the look of it, doesn’t apply nicely and gets all over the rest of the palette.

The packaging of the Lorac Pro is very different to anything I’ve really used before, but it does have a feel reminiscent of the Nars packaging: black, soft to the touch and sturdy. With a magnetic ‘shut’ it isn’t the most practical in terms of making sure it is completely closed, but it is very slim and neat if you were travelling with it.





There are 8 matte shades in the palette, and what I love about them is that there are only 3 ‘light’ shades, and 4 whole ‘brown’ shades. For asian skin this is really useful, as some browns in the crease can look too warm or cool toned, but in this palette you have 2 of each. The black is great when used with an angled liner brush like the Mac 263, for a more subtle eye liner. ‘Taupe’ is my favourite crease colour at the moment, just the right amount of warm toned brown, and you can really build it up for more definition.


The shimmers in this palette are really versatile. With my favourites so far being ‘LT. Bronze’ (no idea what that means), ‘Champagne’ and ‘Pewter’, there is a good array of nudes with a few more unique shades like ‘Garnet’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Slate’. The formulas for these are great because the shimmer is minute, so it creates a really iridescent look without being too ‘sparkly unicorn’. Don’t worry that’s not an eyeshadow shade, but I am tempted to see what that would look like :p.

Using this palette for the first time, I used the shade ‘LT. Bronze’ over the lid, with ‘Taupe’ blended into the crease. To build up the brightness, I added some ‘Half Baked’ from the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. A thin line of jet black liquid eyeliner, a coat of Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara, a set of false eyelashes and you have a great look for a special occasion (such as doing my sister’s make up for her engagement, see snippet below!).


What’s your favourite make up palette? Please be careful with your suggestions…as there is a very vulnerable shopper writing this here post 🙂

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Zoella Beauty Haul!

Hello Everyone! 🙂 Today I have an exciting haul to show you, it’s only the entire range of newly launched Zoella Beauty! For those of you who don’t know, Zoe Sugg is a British Youtuber who has worked her way up the Youtube mountain to the very peak, having over 6 million subscribers to her main channel alone. She has a blog that she has kept going for many years, and she has just recently launched her own range of beauty and skin care products. You can get the range from either Superdrug, or Feel Unique, with prices starting from £5 :).


I’m not going to write a lengthy wordy post on these products as you might find that boring…so what I will do is just run down the products I like the most so far: The Zoella make up bag is brilliant, the gold detailing on the zip makes it seem really fancy (ooh), and the colour choices are really bright and on trend. There is one with a guinea pig on it, but I opted for the one with the graphic eyes! It is the perfect length to fit in make up brushes (elaborate yet impractical picture below) and the lining is light orange, so you don’t need to worry too much about getting the inside covered in foundation or concealer as it is unlikely it’ll show.


The candle is really lovely, I like that it’s held in a little tin, as candles that you get in glass casings often get burn marks on the side of them and end up looking a bit sorry for themselves. The scent is quite fresh, and not ‘old granny’ floral in the slightest. It isn’t a strong smell once it is lit, but just enough so that when you walk into a room you can smell it (but it doesn’t whack you round the face and say ‘HELLO I AM HERE’. )


The third and final thing I have used from this range so far is the ‘Blissful Mistful’ body mist, which is in the most adorable packaging (complete with rose gold cap). Obviously for a body mist the most important thing (and objective) is the smell. It has a slightly orangey scent, but like the candle is very fresh and clean smelling – best description ever, I know. The only downside to this is the spray head, with a body mist it tends to be very wet because it is not like a perfume. Having said that, you can always spray onto your wrists and rub onto your neck etc, which works just as well.


The remaining parts of the range (body lotion, bath soak and fizz bar) I haven’t used properly yet, but I will update this post as and when I do. All in all, I think this range is really well thought out, from the scents to the packaging, and I think she’s made a brilliant little platform that she can build and add to as she grows in success and popularity. Affordable, practical yet beautifully designed, this range is great for christmas presents, birthdays and general treating yourself!


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Autumn Nail Colours


As we are well into Autumn, I’ve started to leave the bright sunny shades back where they belong and am slowly moving over to the dark, more muted autumn colours when it comes to nails. This time of year is brilliant, I particularly like the cosy nights in with a cup of tea and a blanket (I have just aged about 80 years) and a good ol’ crunchy leaf to stomp on (just digressed back to 4 and a half years old).

This little post includes some of my favourite shades for autumn, and also as we are nearing christmas, some of the top coats that can make things a little bit more festive :)!


So if we start with the non glitter shades:

Left to right: Kiko, Barry M Gelly in ‘Watermelon’, Nails Inc ‘Regent Street’, Tanya Burr ‘Midnight Sparkles’, French Connection

This is just a selection of the shades that I think are ideal for autumn. The Kiko polish is lovely, and I picked it up on my last visit to Landannnn. I don’t think they have shade names or numbers which is annoying, but this muted grey is really chic and is an ideal colour if you aren’t allowed to wear bright coloured nail varnish in your office, place of work, or school.

The Barry M polish is wrongly named if you ask me, when I look at this shade the last thing I think is watermelon. I actually think ‘Pond Sludge’ but I don’t think that would fly with Bazza. This shade might be a bit love/hate, but I really love the teal colour, and I think again it is quite a sophisticated shade to have on from late summer to autumn.

The Nails Inc polish is ‘Regent Street’ is probably my favourite of the bunch here, as the maroony burgundy shade is really really chic, and also looks great with the gold glitter polish I will be talking about in a mo. This is a classic autumnal colour, and the formula is long lasting and hardly chips…which makes it even better!

Tanya Burr‘s ‘Midnight Sparkles’ is actually what I am wearing now as I tinker away at these laptop keys. This is a gorgeous dark mauve, with purple shimmer in it, that looks really nice when it catches the light. It is almost black-purple, so it looks great if it is glossy and opaque, which isn’t hard to achieve due to the thick formula and easy to use brush.

Finally, we have the French Connection mauvey reddy purpley colour (again, no shade names or numbers, sort it ahht). This is a gorgeous colour, but be warned it can be quite difficult to build up this shade to what you see in the little bottle. The brush is quite thin too, but if you have the patience then there’s noting wrong with cracking this autumnal colour out.

If you fancy a little nod to christmas, take a look at these three glittery top coats:


Technic by Bodycare Nail Polish, Bourjois ‘Sun Scales’ and Barry M Silver Glitter Top Coat


The blue glitter top coat is actually from Bodycare, and costs a measly £2-3 per bottle. This is a right bugger to remove, but layered over the top of a dark purple, black or navy blue, it is really striking. I wouldn’t go over board with this stuff though, or you will be finding bits of it on your nails in 2017.

The Bourjois ‘Sun Scales’ is really beautiful, and VERY clever. It’s actually little bits of gold foil (like someone got some gold tinsel and put it in a food processor), therefore it isn’t too cumbersome to remove and looks really really good over a burgundy, black or blue nail polish.

The most versatile of this trio is the Barry M Silver glitter top coat. With different sized little silver glitters, this pretty much looks good over ANY colour (maybe not gold though…#jussayin). This again is quite difficult to remove but hey, towards Christmas you might find yourself tucked in in a cosy bed rather than out in the lashing wind and rain, so you might as well treat yourself to a bit of pampering (or scrubbing at nails with remover pads :)).

Let me know what your favourite autumnal shades are so I can fritter away my next wage slip 🙂

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Brilliant Brows!

Eyebrows are having their time in the spotlight. Of all the facial features I expected to be talked about in the beauty world, honestly I didn’t think it would be eyebrows…bigger and bushier!

For the past few months I have been using the Soap & Glory Brow Archery, but have been getting frustrated with the fact that I was only using one end of the two ended pencil (the pencil end, not the felt tip end). Also the nib on the pencil end is very waxy, so sometimes when you are using it your eyebrow hairs tend to clump together a little.

I’ve been pottering along with the Brow Archery for quite some time now, so much so that it came to the end of its’ life (R.I.P, waxy pencil). So began my quest for a new Filler of Brows…hence a sneaky trip to Boots. Now I have heard lots about the Anastasia Brow Whiz, and the Benefit Gimme Brow, but I wanted something I could pick up there and then. I walked past the Soap & Glory stand, and noticed a new Brow product: Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush.

IMG_1184   IMG_1185 Here are a few headlines about this brilliant brow product:

  • The nib is teeny tiny, so it means you can get a really precise line
  • The colour I chose is “Hot Chocolate” which is a cool toned brown, slightly darker than the brown Brow Archery
  • The spoolie on the second end is brilliant!

Here is an end result, slightly darker than I’m used to but am pretty happy! IMG_1172IMG_1182 And to end this post…some people that do not know how to Eye Brow: eyebrows-004worst-eyebrows-213-1021-Got-Joke-Bad-eye-brows-012   Disclaimer: These images are from Google Images

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