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Lush Sparkle Bar Review

3.27.2014

which one is your fave?

Today I did the most horrible thing ever. I thought the lump of pink bar was actually a bubble bar so I prepared my foot spa machine ready and dump the pink goo in. I only realize it's not meant for water when it didn't dissolve or bubble up *face palm*. I manage to still save it and use it as a moisturizer for my hands and feet. Oh what donkey am I today. It's the only Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar I have in my Lush Stash.

when I first open the wrapping

I bought the Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar during the Lush Singapore Christmas Sale. It came in my Fab Christmas gift set but melted when it arrived. It's really squishy and soft. I watch Lush video on this sparkle bar, it doesn't look that soft. According to the video, it's meant to be smoosh before you use it so the fondant centre with shimmers mixed with the shea butter.

watch how Lush Snow Fairy Sparkle is made

Inside the Snow Fairy Sparkle is a fondant centre with Shimmy Shimmy lustre. This sparkle will leave you smelling of our popular Snow Fairy shower gel. Smoosh the Fairy, and its organic shea, murumuru and cupuacu butters will melt over your arms and shoulders (and anywhere else that needs to sparkle) for soft, shining skin that catches the light as you flutter, leaving you beautifully moisturised. Perfect for little girls, boys and closet fairies who want to sparkle from head to toe. Make sure you complete the look with the Snow Fairy scented Magic Wand.

What I like about it:
I love the scent! It smells so yummy like a Snow Fairy White Chocolate Butter. When I massage it on my skin, it gives out these pretty fairy glitters that twinkles! I know I am not 6 years old anymore but this really makes me happy. The glitters makes me feel like a fairy and I bet it looks good during beach holidays, at night just strolling long the beach holding hands with your love one. Because it's rich in butter it can be greasy. The key is to massage and spread it evenly on your skin. This is where a little goes a long way. Perfect just before bed time. Makes your skin super soft!

P.S: It's pink but it didn't make my skin pink! There's no color on my skin.

What I don't like about it:
It's really not suitable for our hot weather. When it arrived at my doorstep, there's no snow fairy shape (sad). I have kept it in my drawer and it's still soft and squishy like cream. The glitter comes off onto my clothes so it has become a bling festival in my room. Also it's not fast absorbing, I have to really massage it onto my skin to smoothen it out otherwise I'm left with a greasy coating.

P.S: Be very careful on getting it on your clothes because it stains! After one washing, my white t-shirt is still pink. 

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Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink

3.26.2014


Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink
Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink is the most innovative anti-ageing drink that helps you to look younger and feel fantastic! Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink contains patented Snow Lotus Stem Cell, DNA, RNA and other active ingredients to rejuvenate and re-energise every cells in our body. With Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink, ageing can be delayed and quality life can be prolonged naturally!

the most expensive range in Kinohimitsu

6 substantial reasons to choose Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink:

1. High quality and excellent ingredient
Snow Lotus Stem Cells are cultured at the state-of-the-art biotechnology to retain its high quality and pureness; and obtain long lasting results.

2. Comprehensive formula
The active ingredients work together to form a bodyguard-like matrix to protect the cells from free radicals.

3. Delicious
More than just a tasty treat, every sip is packed with the goodness of beauty and health.

4. No additives
100% natural and safe, no sugar added, no preservatives, no artificial colouring or flavouring. Hormones, steroids and chemical free tested by SGS (Global Benchmark Recognisation on Quality and Integrity).
 
5. Effective
Liquid formula enables immediate absorption by the body.
 
6. Convenience
A functional, instant drink ready for immediate consumption and enjoyment anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients:
Snow Lotus Stem Cell  is a U.S. (US 61/290252) and Japan (JP 2009 - 299220) patented age-defying ingredient. It is rich in flavonoids (antioxidant) to promote healthy cells function such as to rejuvenateold cells and to repair damaged cells.

DNA and RNA are responsible for cells rejuvenation. They protect and repair cells so that cells can regain its regenerative function to its best state. They also reduce fatigue, improve mental sharpness and improve immune health.

Collagen Peptide (Fish)  in small molecule size allows immediate absorption by the body to plump up skin.

Hyaluronic Acid  (from Chicken Cartilage) and Trehalose (from Seaweed Extract) hydrate and lock-in skin moisture. These combination helps skin to appear supple and delicate.
Usage: 1 bottle a day, preferably before breakfast or bedtime. Shake well before drinking. Keep chilled for delicious taste.

First-time users: 1 bottle a day for a consecutive period of 6 days.

For maintenance: 1 bottle every 2 days.

Kinohimitsu is available at all leading pharmacies. A one month supply Kinohimitsu J'pan StemCell Drink 16 bottles is priced at RM299. 

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My Paul Penders Journey in Langkawi

Paul Penders, CEO & Founder of Paul Penders

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel all the way to Langkawi along with 4 other butterflies to meet the founder of a natural herbal beauty brand Paul Penders himself. Now I have not used Paul Penders products before but they have been around for over 40 years and was one of the pioneers in natural herbal skincare, haircare and makeup that fought against animal testing.

 100-year old herbal tradition from Grandma Penders

Natural skincare made with organic ingredients developed by our own professional R&D team. Meticulously cold-blended in a system that we pioneered. Made in small batches that ensure bio-active ingredients to maintain their full strength to provide optimal results. A natural makeup range that contain organic pigments. Paul Penders products are guaranteed free from any harmful chemical ingredients. Our products fully comply with EU and US FDA regulations

Paul Penders himself is an active environmentalist and avid animal rights activist who incorporates his beliefs into his skincare and cosmetics. His philosophy of "no chemicals" and "no animal testing" started with shampoos and later on evolved into a bounty of new skincare products for people of all ages.

all Paul Penders products are Halal

Paul shared stories of how it all began and how he ended up in Langkawi geopark which he described as one of its kind in the world, is truly a paradise with abundant herbs, plants and flowers. After falling in love with Langkawi, he relocated his R&D facilities in San Francisco to Langkawi Geopark. Before that he was actually from Holland but left after Dutch Government gave him an ultimatum to test on animals or close his factory.

Preservatives are needed to help skincare products stay fresh and free from unwanted bacterial growth when used over a period of time. We use a combination to preserve the efficacy of our products made from vitamins A, C & E, sorbic acid, cinnamon and grapefruit extract.

Interesting bit here, if his products weren't tested on animals then who or what did he test on? It was the Nuns that came to the rescue! Anyway I'm going to share with you my journey to discovering the secrets of Paul Penders which is also my first time flying to Langkawi with Caroline, Fish, Sabrina and Innanie. We are all from the Butterfly Project beauty and lifestyle community so we already knew each other. No ice-breaking or awkwardness needed haha.


we gathered at KLIA on Saturday noon

it's not Air Asia, we're goin on Malindo!

2-hour flight from KL to Langkawi

no haze, clear skies, very sunny & hot in Langkawi

Paul's son Bastian Penders came to pick us up
(he was our host for the entire journey so awesome)

I forgotten to mention that we met the Paul Penders Team, comprising of two marketing ladies called Anne and Celine. Celine lives in Malacca and had just travel 2-hour to get to the airport to be with us. Throughout the journey, they were our "babysitters" haha but we had an even bigger babysitter name Bastian (Paul Penders son). He is such a sweet guy who brought us touring around Langkawi and sharing what he knows. Gosh, and he's ang "ang moh" while we're the Malaysians who don't know our own island. Anyway the Penders family has been in Malaysia for some time so they know Langkawi in and out of their hands!.

TOUR AROUND OCEAN RESIDENCE

this is our destination - Ocean Residence Langkawi
(belongs to Paul Penders as well)

this is where we will be staying for 2 days

we were given a tour around the place & to our rooms

along the beach :D

the beautiful infinity swimming pool

Innanie & Sabrina got The Lookout room

Celine & Anne both got the Hideout

Caroline got the Ocean View A room
(which I think is awesome!)

this is my room, The Getaway

Bastian said it has the best view overlooking the sea


my balcony is so huge!

the long house with a long pool shared by 14 suites
(to be ready in March 2014)

closer look at the infinity swimming pool

the best spot at the pool, everyone was dreaming about it

We bumped into the resort guests who came from Holland for a vacation in Langkawi. The price starts from RM300 per night at The Ocean Residences. There's 24-hour security, complimentary wifi and cable television (in this case Astro Beyond!), all rooms has air conditioning and hot water facilities. Though I don't think this is a Tropical Malay style villa. It reminds me of Sekeping Homes actually where it's simple and fuss free minus rusts and use of metals. The types of rooms available and it's uniquely different from one another makes it very interesting. You can visit their site here if you're interested to find out more www.theoceanresidence.com

After the tour around the residence, we had an hour to freshen up before our next activity on the itinerary. I drank my soda while admiring the sea view at my Getaway balcony, then watch Sponge Bob on Astro Beyond. Then it was time to meet up at the residence lobby where the R&D  facility is at. It's also Paul Penders office as we soon found out during tea time.

PAUL PENDERS R&D FACILITY

arriving at the entrance of the R&D facility

sneak peek at R&D caught on video

kodak moment with Paul Penders & his team
(Celine, Dr. Gatot, Ann, Fishie, Sabrina, Paul Pender, Innanie, Caroline, Tammy)

You might be wondering why the video was cut short. Half way we were told not to take any close up photographs so I had to cut it short. The R&D facility is where the magic happens. The research of herbs, the making of essential oils and secret ingredients cannot fall under the wrong hands! (my way of explaining). I met Dr. Gatot senior cosmetic chemist at Paul Penders R&D facility. It was his off day but he came to meet us all! I asked him which essential oils are the most valuable here and he said chamomile. Wow and I thought it would be roses.

the secret is LevensESSENTIE Gold®

Now we have flown 408.12 km from KL to Langkawi to find out the secret of Paul Penders natural herbal personal care products and we weren't going to go back empty handed! At the R&D facility Paul Penders told us the secret was LevensESSENTIE Gold®  which is a unique feature in all his products. Formulated by his beloved grandmother 100 years ago for her salon customers, the secret was passed down from generation to generation.

This 100-year old, time-tested, holistic infusion of 22 certified organic herbs, enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants that restore, rejuvenate and detoxify the skin. The name LevensESSENTIE Gold® means "Essence of Life" is formulated to balance the skin, hair and body in the most natural way – using plants and herbs sourced from the best healer in the world – Mother Nature. In effect, LevensESSENTIE Gold® creates balance for the skin and body and restores your skin’s health and vitality.

Angelica, Lavender, Arnica, Lemonbalm, Calendula, Nettle, Chamomile, Pegaga, Elderflower, Peppermint, Ginger, Rosemary, Ginseng, Sage, Honeysuckle, St. John’s Wort, Hops, Tumeric, Horsetail, Witch Hazel, Juniper, and Yarrow.

Winning awards in the USA and Europe, Paul Penders continue to innovate his products without harmful chemicals or the use of animal testing. Now his holistic, anti-ageing skin and body care products contains coconut water and natural enzymes. Rich in lupids, lauric acid and glucids; coconut water is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and minerals that help skin look young. In addition, these lovely products are suitable for vegans.

PRODUCT TESTING TIME @ TEA TIME

the products that I would be reviewing

a cute and graphical how to use card

Right after the tour it was tea time at Paul Penders office! The view from his office is amazing. You can see the ocean, the palm trees and herbs planted at his garden just from here. Plenty of sun light too. It must be where he brainstorm all his products.

Each one of us bloggers received a skincare set suited for our skin type and needs. There's two types of sets - hydrating and moisturizing. Each set is worth nearly RM500. I was given the moisturizing set which contains the following products (except ICT was in trial size):

1. Rosemary & Calendula Cleansing Milk 120ml RM85
A natural herbal facial cleanser formulated to effectively remove surface dirt and impurities. With fine plant-derived oils, plus uplifting rosemary essential oil, it gently cleanses normal, dry and sensitive skin types leaving the skin soft, smooth, and noticeably clearer. Includes LevensESSENTIE Gold® - a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs - a traditional formulationa which is the pride of Paul Penders.

*for all skin types

2. Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner 120ml RM85

This alcohol-free toner is especially formulated to restore natural moisture balance, as well as to soothe and clarify all skin types.

*for all skin types

3. Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer 40g RM118

A light creamy night moisturizer for replenishing dry and sensitive skins. Protects against dehydration. Lavishes skin with emollients derived from selected natural moisturizing agents, including the finest avocado and jojoba plant oils. Contains natural vitamins, ceramides and liposomes to keep skin smooth, supple, and resilient. Use liberally for very dry or dehydrated skin. Includes LevensESSENTIE Gold® - a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs - a traditional formulation which is the pride of Paul Penders.

*for dry and sensitive skin. Night use

4. Intensive Clarifying Therapy (ICT) 110g RM280

Get healthy and vibrant skin with regular use of Paul Penders Intensive Clarifying Therapy (ICT). This unique 2-in-1 system, to be mixed just before application to the face, clarifies your skin and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. ICT also promotes the skin's natural elastin and collagen production, and helps to reverse premature signs of aging.

Beauty specialists worldwide depend on this exclusive salon product. They claim that ICT is the perfect answer to skincare - it goes to work on the skin immediately! ICT containsLevensESSENTIE Gold® - a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs - and essential oils, naturally derived ceramides from sunflowers, antioxidants and vitamins A and E. Experience renewed skin clarity and luminosity within the first treatment. Best used after doing Paul Penders 6.6 Facial Workout.

*for all skin types

5. Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 70g RM95
Paul Penders Herbal Sunscreen SPF22 is scientifically proven to provide safe broad spectrum protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun while vitamins repair, soothe and hydrate the skin. Sun protection comes from ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamat (occurring naturally in balsam and cinnamon leaves), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), vitamin E and vitamin A (retinyl palmitate). Thoroughly tested by the Korean Food and Drug Administration.

This non-sticky formulation absorbs almost immediately after application. Non-greasy and so lightweight you won't notice you're using it. Suitable for both men and women. Performs well during swimming and physical exercise. Prevents sunburn. With LevensESSENTIE Gold®.

*for all skin types


look at our serious face during product testing LOL

During the interview with Paul Penders, I asked what was his all time favorite product? He said it was the ICT. I was speechless for a moment, wondering what's ICT. Then he explained, ICT short for Intensive Clarifying Treatment is one of his hero products that helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles while promoting the skin's natural elastin and collagen production. It also helps to reverse premature signs of aging.

As good as it sounds, the product demo on ICT was even better. You see one can't just use ICT just like that. It comes in two core products, ICT I (Herbal Powder) and ICT II (Fortified Liquid) which you need to mix together first before applying on your face. Here is a quick step-by-step guide of how to use ICT witnessed during the product demo session. 

HOW TO USE
INTENSIVE CLARIFYING TREATMENT (ICT)

introducing the two key products in ICT

after mixing both products, it releases oxygen!

How to prepare ICT:
  1. Place 2 scoops of ICT I (Herbal Powder) into mixing bowl. Ensure container lid is firmly sealed immediately after use. 
  2. Add exactly 3/4 scoop of ICT II (Fortified Liquid) into mixing bowl.
  3. With the spatula, gently stir both ingredients to an even consistency.
  4. Leave mixture for 2 minutes. This allows the ingredients to interact, releasing fresh oxygen and other nutrients into a bioavailable form for easy absorption.
  5. Using the spatula provided, or a soft brush, smooth the ICT mixture evenly over face and neck, taking care to avoid the eye area. Should the product come into contact with an eye, rinse well with water.
  6. Leave mask for 5 - 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.
For sensitive / dry skin apply moisturizer before treatment.

the product is now a light green paste ready for application

it dries quickly & you can feel the firmness immediately

see the before & after results of testing on our hands!

We had a fun day talking to Paul Penders and trying out the products in his office. Ann and Celine said we can go for a free and easy session now before dinner. We took the products back to our room and will be testing it tonight on our face before we go to sleep! How exciting is that, I just love to try new products and see for myself the results immediate or after continuous use! 

free & easy time, we walk around the residence

there's my room :) fantastic view indeed

Gosh how long is my post already? I'm going to break this into a two part story. At least I have finally pen down what happened on Day 1 at Langkawi. It's my first time here and boy it's so hot I feel like jumping into the pool right away! Which is what all the girls plan to do after dinner. Stay tune for my second blog post on my thoughts about the products.


Paul Penders International
#1 Ocean Front Estate, 07000 Kuah, Langkawi Geopark Island, Malaysia

Paul Penders Headquarter (for walk in purchase)
No. 58 Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.
03 8063 7889 / 016 2117396

Available at rakuten.com and soon to launch on OnlyBeauty's e-shop http://www.fiiesta.com

Are you looking for natural herbal skincare, make up or hair care products?Visit www.paulpenders.com and www.facebook.com/paulpendersmalaysia to find out more about the secret to beauty via Mother Nature.


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My Massive Lush Haul

3.24.2014

you can guess I am very into Lush haha

I may have missed Christmas last year but Christmas caught up to me, smack me in the face and said so what's the big deal? Get presents for yourself then! There's when I went commando on Lush Singapore's up to 50% off sale and spent RM1k just to stock up for the year 2014. I didn't realize I spent that much but hey I got RM2k worth of Lush goodies!

Dear credit card, u wouldn't mind if it was for Christmas? Not to mention 6 days after Christmas is my Birthday. I just had to get something nice for myself. It's roti canai and nasi lemak for a few months for this lil kitty sob sob. 

want to know what I got? check this video out

Lush products ain't cheap so when it's 50% off why not! It only happens once a year so I figure heck Tammy just do it. You're going to have so much fun with them anyway and they make great gifts for friends and for blog giveaways too. Not to mention the amount of cool reviews you can do with them. Click that check out button already honey! So that's the story of how I end up over RM2,000 worth of Lush products at home. I keep them in a special drawer just for Lush. Whenever I am sad, I open them up to smile (call me insane). 

Here's what I bought, just click the names if you want to know the products for each gift set.




Anyone has their favorites to share? Which gift set do you think is the best here? Let me know which Lush product to review first :D I'm a huge Lush fan and this Friday I'm going on a staycation at Villa Samadhi to enjoy my very own Lush bath party. I can never get enough of Lush HO HO HO!

P.S: I shop at www.lushsg.com because it's the nearest Lush to Malaysia and shipping is free when you shop over SGD200. It takes 3 - 5 working days to reach you after confirmation.

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NARS Larger Than Life Mascara: Volumizing & Lengthening

3.23.2014

my thoughts on the NARS

It's quite rare to see me reviewing mascaras but when I gotten myself not one but two NARS Larger Than Life Mascaras, I said to myself hell yes. First, I got to confess that I wear mascaras like normal people do. I don't go obsessing every stroke or comb them like they're my hair from the roots pulling them from one end to another. I guess if I did, I would have master the art of wearing mascara. Secondly, I seriously failed in trying to snap close up photographs of my "eye lashes" but I figure heck, do people in life go up close to focus on your eyes so much so they can see every strand of your eyelashes? It'll probably be awesome to see the coating and separation of each eyelash but well sorry this blogger here is not going close up on the tiny lashes. What you will see is face front before and after photographs and my honest opinion.

Third, my lashes are so short that I can peek through a camera pin hole without any trouble compared to ones with naturally long lashes. It was at a baby shower that I realize my short lashes was not a weakness but strength!. Behold, H born with long curly lashes was trying to peek through an instax camera hole but had difficulty because H's lashes was in the way. H couldn't peek through the pin hole much less take an instax photograph in this situation. H tried to hold the lashes up with a finger but still couldn't peek through. Here's where I came in to rescue H and take instax photographs.

P.S: Is it called a pin hole? you know where you need to look into a hole to see the view and snap a picture.

if you're thinking about seduction, the eyes tell all - Francois Nars

 one for volumizing, one for lengthening

I did a bit of reading and found out that NARS Larger Than Life Mascaras formula are enriched with Vitamin E and Macadamia Nut Oil. It gives you this luxuriously rich, deep black pigmented effect that goes on silky smooth on your lashes. Quick drying, no smudging, clumping or flaking. It's said that these mascaras will bring over-the-top drama to every lash. They are also fragrance free, Ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers.

What is an ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist – Eye M.D. – is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems.

That's good news for me because my eyes are sensitive to certain mascaras. The chemicals or fumes from mascaras stings my eyes and make me teary and red. This is why I don't review just any mascaras out there and surprisingly, NARS mascaras did nothing of that sort to my eyes. Thumbs up for that.

the comparison between both mascara type

NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara RM95
Lush. Lavish. Dramatically full lashes. Vitamin-enriched mascara boosts volume and curl with every stroke for high-drama lashes that are bigger than ever. Every lash is coated with a velvety finish; no clumping, smudging or flaking. 
  • Distinctive square brush designed for optimum color pick-up
  • NARS' signature honeycomb bristles allow for even distribution

My comments:
I like that it's quick drying so that reduces any smudging or mess after application. The formula is silky and velvety smooth making it effortless to comb through, another brownie point. Downside? I needed to coat more than twice to see the effects. It does not curl my lashes sad to say. There is no clumping during application and smudging or flaking after 2 hours. It actually stays on until the end of the day. It's waterproof too since it's so difficult to remove even with cleansing oil.

NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara RM95
Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara creates high definition lashes that are long and luxurious, sculpted and separated. Dramatic length and separation in one high-performance formula. Nylon fibers hug lashes for extra length making them impossibly long, impossibly sexy. 
  • High-tech bristles on a conical brush allow for optimum lengthening capabilities and precise lash separation
My comments:
Oh I love this one because it actually curls my lashes in one coat. The bristles are like combs and each stroke goes on velvety smooth, separating my lashes while lengthening them. I can't see any visible fibers or lengthening build ups, which is great because I don't want ugly long lashes (is there such a thing?). Still I needed more than 2 coats to see the effects and it does not get any longer than other mascaras I have tried on before. I still love it's naturally smooth lengthening effects with some curl added. Also smudge free, clump free with long staying power that makes it equally difficult to remove with make up remover.

comparison between the two mascaras


up close comparison from Cosmopolitan UK
77. Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara
78. Topshop Volume Lash Mascara
79. Nars Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
80. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

I tried combining the effects of both volumizing and lengthening mascaras but did not like the effect at all because once the volumizing mascara is on, it gets a tad difficult to comb through using the lengthening mascara. Plus with its quick drying, it leaves me no time to quickly move from one mascara to another to seal the deal. Both mascaras are okay in my opinion. They aren't great but when you compared the formula and taking into account that it has been tested and confirm safe for contact lens wearer (good news for sensitive eye people like me) they might just be the right kind of mascaras for you.

With that long staying power, you can cry all you want and they still won't budge. If you have oily skin around your eyes, expect some smudging because while it's waterproof, its not oil proof. Still I hope NARS would improve the mascara's capabilities while still keeping that great formula.

Which would I re-purchase? The lengthening one of course but if I had to choose between a NARS blusher and a mascara. I'll go for the blusher *smiles*.

Where to get NARS?
NARS Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 3.06.01, Level 3 (next to Topshop).

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