COMPETITION CLOSED: Win a Kat Von D Eye Shadow Palette of YOUR choice…

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Happy Halloween y’all 😀

Anyone else pretty much oblivious to how the heck that came around so fast? To think it’s November tomorrow (almost) makes me want to crawl under the bed for fear of waking up to shop shelves filled with Frozen paraphernalia whilst blasting out cheesy 80’s festive tunes *arrrgh* HOWEVER, without dwelling too much on future events lets focus on today shall we 😉 Which brings me to my next point chums… it’s the LAST chance to enter my Kat Von D  INTERNATIONAL giveaway, where one lucky entrant will win themselves a gorgeous eye shadow palette of their choice. Sounds nifty, huh? Then if you haven’t done so already be sure to get your name down – if you’re not in you can’t win! Competition closes midnight tonight GMT.

Sitting comfy? Then feast your eyes on what you could win and how to enter! Goodluck…

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Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

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This eyeshadow palette is something special, y’all! Arranged with the perfect blend of neutral, warm and cool tones, it contains base, contour, highlight and define shades…just one look and you know this sh*t is insane!

Each matte powder is finely milled and highly pigmented for true payoff and awesome blendability! We dare you to find a shade that you don’t absolutely adore

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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Interstellar Eyeshadow Palette

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Seize the night with Innerstellar’s twelve starry-eyed shades. Our signature color quad configuration gives you larger-sized base shades (so you don’t hit pan on the ones you use the most), plus a dazzling constellation of pop colors in shimmer and matte finishes! Each base shade is arranged above three accent shades, creating three color quads in this one palette!

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

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The Chrysalis Palette opens up a world of breathtaking beauty, inspired by the cool, dramatic hues of a butterfly. Create full eye metamorphosis with the swipe of a brush! Each finely-milled eyeshadow is saturated with bold, pure pigment. Crease-free and long wearing, these powders have super rich payoff and gorgeous blendability!

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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THE ABOVE GIVEAWAY IS RUNNING THROUGHOUT OCTOBER – ENTRY CLOSES 31/10/16 @ MIDNIGHT (GMT)

ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM & CONTACTED ON MONDAY 07/11/ 2016

ENTRANTS MUST BE 16 YEARS OR OLDER

Once again, thank you all SO very much for your support, encouraging comments & generally just being a fabulous bunch. Wishing all those who enter the very best of luck!

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The Nail File: Gel Polish Vertical Ombre with Mermaid Dust…

Howdy nail addicts & beauty buddies…

If like me, you spend far too much time deliberating over a trio of gorgeous colours, why settle for one when you can have all 3? Yep, my thoughts exactly chums 😀 as this week I talk through one of my favourite nail looks for virtually any season – a gorgeous vertical ombre *happy sigh* However, not only have I combined three of my most coveted colours; being the sparkle-obsessed magpie that I am, I just couldn’t resist a sprinkling of mermaid dust to give the finished look a gorgeous subtle shimmer.

Note for fellow Nail Techs: If you haven’t already invested in mermaid dust then I insist you treat yourself on your next nail art spree. This stuff is SUPER popular, gorgeous over virtually any shade of gel polish and perfect for any season. Whatsmore, it’s the perfect compromise for those clients that like a hint of shimmer without going full bling. Voila!

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Anyways, time to grab your cuppa and nestle back into your comfiest chair for a few minutes as I chatter through how to create this easy peasy nail art look that is a must-have option for those who either can’t decide on a delicious range of shades or those who simply love to glam up their nails with an eye-catching paint job 😉

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Are you a fan of the ombre look? What trio of colours would you opt for? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to know, don’t forget to say a quick howdy in the comments below🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

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What a week…

Between a potent concoction of hospital appointments, blood tests, running errands, organising Emma’s Halloween costume, school appointments etc. These days I’m sure I moan 70% more than I ever did before… not getting time squeezed in for filming, trying to lift my head of the pillow some days, whilst other days I’m ever so thankful that I’ve managed to get up and dressed. Sounds crazy right? Especially at the age of 34. But this last month seems to be this very scenario on repeat play – kind of like groundhog day but in a week-to-week format. If anything, this past month has taught me to be grateful for schedules AND the ability to stick to them… something I was always good at but not so much lately. Is that an excuse to buy myself an Erin Condren planner? Nah, didn’t think so gals, but maybe a Christmas treat to roll in 2017 – I guess I should start leaving hints for Santa sometime soon 😉

But as always, I love to get a little Sunday chatter in with you lot… and if you’re scrolling through the interwebs on the search for a few fun snippets whilst you sip your ‘Sunday mug of yumminess’ then why not check out a few of the links below? If you’re a blogger too, you’re welcome to leave a link to any blog posts you’d like me to check out – which reminds me Emma from Country Girl Em, I’m still to catch up with your previous weekly round-up so I’ll be sure to pop by today for a chatter 😀 Why not check out her blog for yourself too, it’s certainly a favourite of mine!

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The Makeup Menu: Inside the No 7 Gift Box

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Take a peek inside this gorgeous little gift box full of No 7 goodies I recently received after a huge Advantage points spend in one of my favourite drugstores, Boots! If you want to watch the haul video then *click here* to check it out – don’t forget to subscribe so you can keep up with future uploads! 🙂

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Nail Tech Haul & Giveaway

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I didn’t manage to get uploading a chatter this week, however, if you haven’t already checked it out then why not stop by and take a peek at my recent Nail Art Haul – filled with stamping plates, stamping polishes, glitters, gel polishes and a few other nail related goodies. There’s also details of the exciting international giveaway that’s still open for entries! Remember, if you’re not in you can’t win gals 😉

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DIY Spooky Halloween Bat Display

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Fancy rolling up your sleeves and getting creative this Halloween? If so, this fun Bat display is sure to add a sprinkle of spooky character to any room – a cheap & cheerful decoration that is perfect for parties and would make an awesome table centrepiece too!

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As always, thank y’all so much for the support, comments, re-tweets, shares, likes & just darn right loveliness. You lot really are an awesome bunch. Do feel free to pop a favourite link from your blog in the comments below for the rest of us to check out, otherwise do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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DIY Spooky Halloween Bat Display…

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As Halloween swiftly approaches, I always get an overwhelming desire to roll up my sleeves, break out the acrylic paints, paper glue and dive right into making cute little Halloween crafts. Of course having an 11 year old daughter only adds to the excuse to run riot, and as per usual Emma’s roped into peppering our little abode with all sorts of spooky artistry.

This year I thought I’d attempt a really cute bat display I spotted in Tesco Food & Living Magazine. Although the original creation is displayed with the twigs pushed into a Pumpkin, Em’s and I thought we’d save ours the pain of piercing him with garden sticks and opted a glass flower vase instead finished off with black ribbon.

I must admit, this is probably one of the easiest and most effective Halloween crafts I’ve created (even the most novice of crafter can’t go far wrong), it doesn’t make too much mess (though a table covering is highly recommended) and is relatively quick so you’re not left grumbling a few hours later – great for eager kiddies who prefer to see their efforts come to life rather pronto!

So here’s what you’ll need:

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Firstly, get yourself out to the garden or local woodland and find some decent size twigs. Thankfully our garden is edged with rather bulky bushes so uncovering our twigs wasn’t too much of a task, however, you’ll also need to rustle up:

Some paint (acrylic works really well)

A decent child’s sized paint brush

Some black card

Twine or thread

A pencil and pair of scissors…

Something to display the twigs in when done: vase/pumpkin/large jar/ empty bottle etc.

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Here’s how to do it:

After rummaging around the garden to find your chosen sticks, clear them of all dirt and debri. I’d suggest you also give them a clean under warm water to remove any hidden nasties that could be lurking. If necessary leave them to dry.

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(We found ours right beside Peppa the cat)

Once dry it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get painting! Em’s and I chose a gorgeous coppery acrylic paint for a touch of autumnal shimmer. However blacks, browns and even purple will look equally as impressive. Just make sure you get all the nooks and crannies covered, then leave the paint to dry – this really shouldn’t take too long if using acrylic, ours were touchable in 30 minutes!

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Next take your black card and draw a template of a bat with your pencil. Cut this out and use it to draw another 4-6 bats… or as many as you darn well like! Carefully cut out your little colony of bats and trim to neaten. You’ll also need to rub out any obvious pencil lines.

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Next make a hole in the head of your bat *ouch* and carefully tie your thread through. I used a hole punch as my card was rather thick. Now make a loop on the other end of the thread to dangle your bats from the twigs.

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Display your twigs in a vase (or pumpkin) and enjoy your crafty art work… voila!

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Top Tips…

  • Sprinkle your twigs with glitter for an extra twinkly effect… black glitter looks fantastic over black acrylic paint!
  • Once done keep them for Christmas. You can always swap your bats for mini baubles!
  • If you’re limited for space why not make a miniature version to display on your desk? Your bats could look super cute in a jam jar with some spooky themed ribbon tied around it!

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Will you be attempting any Halloween themed crafts this year? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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The Makeup Menu: Inside The No 7 Gift Box…

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Oooh erm, hello Tuesday…. it’s been a while since I slipped from my normal routine, however with what feels like half the house turned upside down from re-decorating at the moment, it’s no surprise that I’m thrown into domestic chaos – and so is the blogging routine until the paint brushes are fully packed away again *sigh*.

HOWEVER, enough waffle as I grab my cuppa and tell you guys all about the fabulous little No 7 gift box I received in-store as part of a promotion when treating myself to a few beauty goodies. It’s been sitting patiently on my beauty table for a number of weeks now, eagerly waiting to be opened. Time to take a peek inside…

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AIRBRUSH AWAY PRIMER

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“No7 Airbrush Away Primer for days when you want your skin to look flawless and your makeup to apply perfectly.

Pores and fine lines appear to disappear and wrinkles are put into soft focus leaving your skin perfectly smooth and even all day.

Contains hyaluronic acid moisture locking spheres to help soften the appearance of fine lines and smooth the skin.”

Personally, I’m a huuuge fan of the No 7 primers and this is no exception. With its silky texture that doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily, Airbrush Away helps to smooth out imperfections allowing your foundation to appear slightly more airbrushed and flawless. It glides on like a dream and makes a considerable difference to keeping your makeup looking fresher for longer. Say goodbye to parting with unnecessary wads of cash for a decent primer, as for £16.50 this is definitely an affordable investment – and a little goes a loooong way ladies! It’s definitely worth the spend!

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STAY PERFECT EYESHADOW in MATTE MOCHA

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“No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow delivers high impact colour. Blends effortlessly and lasts for hours.
 
For even longer lasting results, use over No7 Stay perfect Eye Base and apply with the No7 eyeshadow brush.”

As many of you already know, I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to eyeshadow – the more shimmer the better. If truth be told… if you take a peek into any of my palettes you’ll notice that the matte selections are barely touched, so needless to say I was a little sceptical when it came to imagining me falling head over heels for this particular formula. Okay, so it hasn’t got the glam of my beloved shimmer however this is a gorgeous shadow that truly deserves the praise. It may not be over dazzling in appearance but this beautiful warm grey is a gorgeous colour that works incredibly well with so many other tones (I’ve found it especially fabulous with plum tones!!) Just as I’d expected from No 7, it outlasted my expectations. I applied this at 10am and by 6:30pm it was still looking fresh and well. At £7 it’s not the most pocket-friendly of drug store options however its endurance makes the spend completely justified. Available in 22 individual shades or you can buy the trio’s – one thing I will say is that this particular shade (mocha) is a fantastic staple for anyone!

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DRAMATIC LIFT MASCARA

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“Inspired by haircare, No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara contains flexible polymers and Keratin to help boost lash from root to tip.

The curved brush helps to capture all lashes and push them upwards, No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara is proven to lift lashes by 70%.

Wand Style- A curved styling brush that fits perfectly in to the roots of the lashes to help lift each individual lash to create the ultimate wide awake look.

Finished Look- Lashes are lifted by 70% and are boosted from root to tip.”

Okay, this is where I tend to grumble a little. No doubt about it, at £13.50 it’s not the most expensive of mascara’s by a long shot however why-oh-why do I never see a dramatic difference in my lashes compared to some of the cheaper drugstore brands? In fact, one of my biggest disappointments in mascara has got to be from MAC – which certainly wasn’t priced for what it was worth. Yes, the No 7 Dramatic Lift is a nice mascara but unfortunately I didn’t see anything extraordinary about my lashes after application. One thing I did notice is that the mascara didn’t tend to flake like many of the cheaper alternatives too. On the whole, not enough drama for me however so I’ll still be sticking to my classic Max Factor False Lash Effect. Sorry No 7 *sob*

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SHEER TEMPTATION LIPSTICK

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“Colour glides easily over the lips, creating a shiny lipgloss effect without any stickiness.. Now we’ve added some gorgeous new bang-on-trend colours to the range, perfect for a subtle daytime look or more dramatic evening lips.

Enriched with natural waxes and Theobroma oil (which you’ll find in chocolate!) to care for your lips, and Maxilip to help hydrate the lips.”

Tucked inside the little box of goodies was a lipstick voucher for a Sheer Temptation Lipstick. I opted for the shade Caramel Kiss… which seems to be a bright pink on the website – yet nothing of the sort in reality! So as you can imagine by the name of the formula this is certainly not a heavy matte concoction, but instead, a beautiful lightweight lippy that feels incredibly nourishing and kind to your lips. There was no bizarre taste, no nasty stickiness – just a smooth & silky coating of lip colour that felt intensely hydrating to wear. Of course being a sheer lippy it doesn’t have overly lengthy staying power, though I managed to get about 2.5 hours out of it – which in my humble opinion isn’t anything to grumble about for something that feels so nourishing to wear. Okay, so you may have to reapply, but honestly gals, once you feel how soft this is on your lips you won’t have any hesitation to pampering your pout a second time round!

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Final Thoughts…

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No 7  continuously seem to impress me the more I dip into their product range. I started a number of months ago with their Beautifully Matte foundation and since then I’ve been hooked. Considering this was a freebie gift set that has a great range of goodies to suit everyone, I’d certainly recommend any makeup maven yet to try No 7 to pop into your local Boots store and give them a go. The staff have always been so incredibly helpful, so if you’re not sure what you’re looking for don’t worry as they’ll certainly keep you right without seeming pushy!

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I love the final look and this is definitely a great range of staples I’ll enjoy using as part of my daily routine. Thanks No 7 – you’ve converted me once again to even more of your fantastic range!

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Have you tried the No 7 range yet? Beauty or Skincare? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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CLOSED: Win A KAT-VON-D Eyeshadow Palette Of YOUR Choice…

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It’s GIVEAWAY time here on Confetti & Curves as we celebrate our exciting news! As y’all know, we recently hit a grand total of 2000 subscribers thanks to you fab folk popping by to check out my regular beauty & blog ramblings! But it’s not only that whopping milestone we’ve been digging out the party hats for, as Confetti & Curves celebrates its 2nd Blogiversary!  Cue the Blogday cake gals *woohoo*

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And of course, what better way to say a HUGE thank you to all my blog buddies & readers than to host a fabulous INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY featuring something a little special… which is exactly why you could win a gorgeous KAT VON D eyeshadow palette of YOUR choice!

Wanna know more? Then just keep reading…

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Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

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This eyeshadow palette is something special, y’all! Arranged with the perfect blend of neutral, warm and cool tones, it contains base, contour, highlight and define shades…just one look and you know this sh*t is insane!

Each matte powder is finely-milled and highly pigmented for true payoff and awesome blendability! We dare you to find a shade that you don’t absolutely adore

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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Interstellar Eyeshadow Palette

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Seize the night with Innerstellar’s twelve starry-eyed shades. Our signature color quad configuration gives you larger-sized base shades (so you don’t hit pan on the ones you use the most), plus a dazzling constellation of pop colors in shimmer and matte finishes! Each base shade is arranged above three accent shades, creating three color quads in this one palette!

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

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The Chrysalis Palette opens up a world of breathtaking beauty, inspired by the cool, dramatic hues of a butterfly. Create full eye metamorphosis with the swipe of a brush! Each finely-milled eyeshadow is saturated with bold, pure pigment. Crease-free and long wearing, these powders have super rich payoff and gorgeous blendability!

*Excerpt from KVD website*

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3) Leave me a comment below stating the Kat Von D palette of your choice!

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THE ABOVE GIVEAWAY IS RUNNING THROUGHOUT OCTOBER – ENTRY CLOSES 31/10/16 @ MIDNIGHT (GMT)

ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM & CONTACTED ON MONDAY 07/11/ 2016

ENTRANTS MUST BE 16 YEARS OR OLDER

Once again, thank you all SO very much for your support, encouraging comments & generally just being a fabulous bunch. Wishing all those who enter the very best of luck!

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Name Reveal & Winner Announcement…

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If y’all cast your memories back a week, hard I know considering I can barely remember what happened yesterday let alone a whole 7 days, you may recall I posted a “Help Me Name My Nail Business” which was open to suggestions both on the blog & various forms of social media.

Well gals, I’m thrilled to announce that after a week of mulling & chewing over the MANY creative suggestions you guys came up with I finally decided on a name I adore, and one that best represents how I want the branding of my new nail adventure to be!

And the winner is…

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Thank you to Deborah who kindly suggested the fabulous name: ‘Liquid Glamour‘. Deborah I LOVE it!!! It was love at first sight with this name… though one of your others certainly gave me a giggle. Looking forward to meeting you for your Gel Polish mani! 😀

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Runner Up

However as Nicola suggested adding my name onto the end of Liquid Glamour, which adds a little personal touch I simply had to have a runner up! I adore this suggestion Nicola so thanks for adding your idea, I hope you enjoy your Champney’s polish set!

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SO… fancy taking a peek at the new logo/branding?

*Drum Roll pleeeeeease*

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Check out Liquid Glamour on Facebook where I’ll be showcasing all my latest designs, mini tutorials and fun giveaways so *CLICK HERE* to hit that follow button!

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A maaaahoosive thanks to everyone who took the time to suggest such a creative selection of ideas to torture me with, needless to say you’s made it a tough decision but I couldn’t be happier with the winning name!

Cheerio Chums…

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