Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Jan 4, 2008

Off to Vegas for CES!



Hello pretties!

I'm off to Vegas for CES! Sadly, CES has nothing for the cosmetic lover to muse over however if you happen to be a geek, like the Muse, you'll be happy to read all about my adventures when I get home! Don't worry part of my adventure will consist of hitting the MAC Pro store in Vegas while I'm there so it won't all be about geeky bits!

I go to CES, Macworld, and Defcon (and other geeky conferences I won't mention here for fear of appearing too much like the nerd I am) almost ever year. This year I'm unable to be away too long from my office due to our renewal season being so amazingly busy! So I'll be away for two days only minor correction it'll actually be 4 days if you count the weekend (contrary to popular belief I don't blog all day! I have to earn my crust somehow and blogging about cosmetics just doesn't cut it. I actually own and operate my own insurance offices with my sister riding shotgun!).

Some exciting info about CES:

Yoko Ono will be there! I'm one of the few surviving fans (
and Paul McCartney's a fan too! There's a joke in there somewhere if you're quick enough to catch my weird sense of humor!) of the Plastic Ono Band! In my weird musical tastes I somehow see the Plastic Ono band as a musical masterpiece! I'm excited to just meet Yoko Ono as I believe she's responsible for some of John's better work contrary to the fans that are calling blasphemy at the moment! If you're a Beatle fan you (like me) probably have a healthy love hate relationship with Yoko Ono so saying she's responsible for some of John's best work is ok to admit!

Let's see who else....Natasha Bedingfield and Mary J. Blige! I'm throwing names out that I think you'll know because if I start flinging geeks at you chances are you're going to say "who the hell is she talking about?".

I haven't quite dug into my schedule yet and I'm not entirely sure what's going on during what dates and what I'll be able to fit in and what I'll miss but I can tell you a few items that I'm hoping to catch up with while there!

High-Performance Audio & Home Theater Exhibits
Keynote Addresses
Gaming Exhibits
Emerging Technology Exhibits
Robotics
Keynote with Winblows Creator Bill Gates (There would be another joke in that!)
Jerry Yang is doing some sort of keynote speech as well I believe which I'd like to see!
CNET's Best of CES Awards

I'm quite excited! Wish me luck and maybe I'll score awesome tech gear as well as amazing cosmetic purchases! I doubt I'll come home from Vegas without some sort of makeup in tow! However, I can't promise much as I'm attending with a hoard of geeky guys that are most definately not going to want to take time out to shop for cosmetics but we shall see what happens!

Wish me luck!

See you in a few days ;)

Happy Weekend!


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The Weekend Beauty Steals and Deals

This is rather the condensed version of Steals and Deals as I haven't had as much time to research items for you this week ;)

The good news is I believe it's a great Steal ;)

HSN has some killer deals on Clean perfume this week that I don't think you want to miss! I love Clean. Let me say that again. I. Love. Clean.

It's such an amazing scent and truly gives you that just from the shower scent. Soap and Water has never been so sexy!

If you never tried Clean and you're looking at this Steal and Deal and wondering well I can't smell it so I shouldn't really buy it. Think again! If you love really fresh scents that just bring out the feeling of "cleanliness" then this scent would be for you! It's very fresh, very light yet lingering, and just beautiful! Think soap and water, think just fresh laundry from your dryer, think beautiful!

Clean is not cheap by any means. It runs $76 for a 2.14oz bottle. That's quite costly but on the up side it's for the Eau de Parfum NOT the Eau de Toilette. A ton of the market is saturated with designer scents that are expensive and Eau de Toilette in format. Which means they are short lived upon spraying them. Clean is very lingering and has wonderful throw so people are going to stop and ask what is that you're wearing?!?!?

If I use it once in a week I can smell it for the entire month on my coat. It just sticks around. Gorgeous.

Anyway enough of my raving! On with the Steals and Deals!

As I was saying 2.14oz is $76 but you can get your choice of Ultimate, Fresh Laundry, Provence, or the regular Clean with a matching 2oz Lotion for $60 at HSN!

As I said before this is for the Eau de Parfume so that's a double deal! It's about a $16 discount from the regular price plus you're getting the matching lotion! Not bad at all!

I seriously can kick myself right now as I own all of the versions of Clean and paid $76 for each when I could have gotten this deal! Grrrrr!

Clean Original


Clean Ultimate


Clean Provence


Clean Fresh Laundry


I can't think of a better Steal and Deal to start the weekend off!

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DuWop Moon Venom Review

A few weeks ago I had told you about DuWop's newest gloss entitled Moon Venom. Click for details.

The thing with Lip Venom is you either really love and appreciate it or you loath it. It's really that simple. I fall into the love group. Some people find that the sting is a bit too much to handle and that's especially the case if you're sensitive. I'm not sensitive at all and I find the bite from Lip Venom quite nice.



I have all the Lip Venoms they have released up until now and when Moon Venom popped up that too got quickly added to my collection. Each release is different from the last in sparkle. That's about the only difference in the glosses. They all taste the same, they all give the same clear glossy look, they all work the same to plump your lips up however each has a sheer sparkle to them that's quite different. Flash Venom comes in versions of gold and silver sparkle while Pink Shimmer Venom, you guessed it, comes in a pink shimmering version.



Moon Venom falls somewhat into the Flash Venom category as it's a similar silver however it's a bit more of an intense sparkle to it so it looks almost iridescent when applied instead of just straight silver sparkle. All in all it's quite lovely.

It does it's normal duty of making my lips look just bitten plus I get the added bonus of such a beautiful sparkle. At $17USD for such a small tube it's a bit costly however I find these last literally for ages on end so it's quite inexpensive for getting so little product that lasts for so long. I use my regular Lip Venom for one to two touch-ups daily and it's about a year old!

Moon Venom is mostly definately a Muse Approved item! But be warned it packs a mighty bite!

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Paul & Joe Spring Collection 2008

I asked my most lovely friend, Iris, from Rouge Deluxe to see if Paul & Joe would be releasing it's X Disney on her end of the world but sadly it appears Paul & Joe will not be bringing X Disney to Singapore shores!

Great big sigh of disappointment for Singaporeans far and wide :( I wonder why not.

Anyway, that's the rather bad news!

The good news is here is what it looks like (if you haven't yet been exposed to it):



The collection is quite small and I find myself both loving and hating that. I love that I'm not going to have to spend 1 trillion dollars to get the lot of it and I hate that it's so damn cute that it's gagging for more pieces in it! Know what I mean?

It's a pretty simple selection of products with alot of emphasis on the uber sweet packaging! I mean look at those containers? So, so sweet!

The set includes all of the following:

Face Color B


The face powder comes in two colors which appear to be a standard pink and a lovely peach color. They are 3,990 yen per a pot which is roughly $36USD each. Bit costly but not too bad considering the cute factor. Hey, money is no object when cute comes into play right? I'm slightly worried these will be a bit on the sheer side but it's mostly about the collecting it rather then getting big color pay off. Sounds strange but when you collect cosmetics purchasing a product for LE reasons only is a standard practice among the cosmetic junkie elite!

Hand Cream


Next up we have the hand cream which is darling as well but falls into the silly price range at well. This is selling for 2,100 yen which is about $20USD give or take a few cents! The price has not turned me off to wanting it so it's definately on the "want" list. I'm also generally curious about the smell. It's going to be quite funny if it turns out to be unscented! But hey the packaging is damn cute isn't it?!

Milky Lip Treatment


Last in the collection is the milky lip treatment. This is 1,890 yen which is about $17 USD or so. Looks equally cute as the other pieces in the collection.

Overall, I'd say the hand cream and lip treatment are pointless and the real gems in the collection are the two face powders. In all seriousness if you're a collector you're going to want the lot be it pointless or not but if you're looking to save a dime maybe purchase the pink powder only as that looks the most appealing of the lot!

I asked for all four items and I'm hopeful that my mate will be able to locate them all as this is somewhat a favorite of mine so far in the Japanese Spring Collection line ups!

Stay tuned for my review on each of these products!

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Jan 3, 2008

Lush Be Popular in the Rogerson's Household

Peter celebrated his 64th with a little Lush!



Look at the glow on his face after receiving a Green Green Bubble Bar from Lush!



I have no idea what he's doing with the soap but I believe he's taking a little sniff either that or he thought he could eat it! One never knows with Peter. The grapevine has told me he ate a bit of the Lush popcorn packaging and soon after realized "soap" flavored popcorn is not all that great for a snack!

This has to convince you to buy some bubble bars and soap from Lush now right?

If you haven't been with the Muse since the start of her little blog you might be a bit confused as to who this character is. Confused? Mystery solved by clicking here.

Bonus Shot:

Peter's girlfriend Dorothy expressing her enthusiasm for Britain! I imagine she's thinking to herself "Let's do it for England kids!" I nicked that expression from someone sorry it was just too good not to add in!



I'm sorry I just generally enjoyed this shot and had to throw it into the mix! I had told Jonny that it would've been even better had she strolled out just wearing the British flag and naught else (I'm positive Peter would have loved that too)!

This pictures remind me how long and in between it's been since I last talked to Peter :(. You won't meet a better man to match wits with then him!

Sadly, Peter, once in love and lust with me, has left me for his beautiful Dorothy. I try hard not to be too jealous as they traipse across England together living happily ever after!

I'm kidding, I'm kidding!

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Parado Eyeliner



Parado's newest eyeliner could take the place of MAC Technakohl for me! It's looks mighty fabulous my dears!

I love soft kohl liners as they are always a snap to use when you don't have a steady hand for liquid liners!





It's on my wish list!

Want it?
Need it?

This could reach Muse Approved status soon! Check back for my review soon!

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Latest Obsession: Napoleon Perdis Eye Patrol in Private Angel

I haven't really jumped on board when it comes to Napoleon Perdis. Many of the products get rave reviews but I personally haven't seen too much to wow me after testing the items at my local Sephora.

Honestly, many of the products sounded awesome such as the China Doll Foundation and Concealer.

Thankfully I didn't get crazy and order these items online because it turns out that some are downright awful. At least to my eyes. The concealers and foundations are a weird off orange color that remind me of a sixty year old ex-socialite with a bad orange tan from Miami (Kinda how I picture Paris Hilton in 30 Years).

An example of what I mean:


We love you Donatella but SPF is always in fashion my dear!

Actually, come to think of it many of the foundations sorta match Napoleon Perdis's spray on tan.

To get an idea of some of the colors of China Doll Foundation picture Napoleon Perdis as he is here but with more of an orange overcoat!


I'm honestly not being brutal or dissing this brand just for the sake of it. I really felt like the products weren't at all that great. I was pretty shocked at the colors. Who wears this stuff? For serious.

I will say that some products were damn right good and one of which has made it to my Latest Obsession list. I ended up purchasing one Eye Patrol in the color Private Angel. I honestly wanted every single color in the Eye Patrol line. The colors are delightfully sheer yet full of sparkle!



Private Angel is thee perfect gold I've had the pleasure of owning. It's a gold color infused with a million little bits of finely milled shimmer. It's really a versatile color that can be used standing all alone by itself with a bit of liner and mascara or as a base for a more dramatic color or as a highbrow color to light up your current look!



For all Napoleon Perdis's faults I'm saying the line redeems itself with these great shadows!

However, I do predict that these products will sooner or later fall victim to the 75% off Sale at Sephora! I'll be waiting in the wings to snatch up some more Eye Patrol shadows until then!

Do check them out!

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Beaute de Kose Cyber Shine Eyes Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palettes



One of my absolutely fav lines in Japan is Beaute de Kose. They have a fine line of cosmetics and I always love the LE products that are released. These Cyber Shine Eye palettes are most definately on my wish list! Don't let the picture fool you I'm positive these pack a mighty shimmer and shine contrary to the picture looking matte and ordinary!

Cyber Shine Eyes is available in two color variations 01 and 02! It appears 01 is Blues, Purples, and other cool tones while 02 consists of a Gold, Beige, and other warmer tones!



I want both to be honest!

Not only am I loving the colors the palettes include (and the promise of sparkle) but I'm loving the compact itself. It's such a slick and shiny affair! Very nice!

The palettes are sadly not cheap at 4,800 yen per compact. That's a bit hefty for a four color palette which somehow, in my weird twisted mind, leads me to believe these should be quite gorgeous!

Anyway, these are most definately on my Spring Collection wish list!

If you're loving Beaute de Kose as much as me you might want to check out my post about the Star Twinkle Collection by clicking here!

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Stila Cherry Crush



I happened to plop this in my cart when shopping for Benefit Throb powder.

Meet Cherry Crush, a brand new lip and cheek stain from Stila:


I'm always on the lip and cheek stain bandwagon and this would be no exception as it looks pretty great. Expect a review shortly when I get mine but for now I will say it's looking rather nice!

It's $24 which is a bit much but I'm hoping this turns into the perfect natural red flush for my lips and cheeks!

Want it?
I know I do! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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Steals and Deals Weekday Edition

These deserve a mention my friends!

20% off your $100 or more at Bliss! I purchased a pair of pink MBT's with this and couldn't be more chuffed as that's an amazing deal! I also stocked up on Shampoo/Conditioner and Shower Gels! Use Coupon Code: ELFISH



If you're not a big fan of Bliss products they offer an array of designer brands including popular cosmetic lines so take advantage of the 20% off to purchase makeup ;) Plus they carry La Mer. 20% off La Mer is always a good excuse for a purchase (even with the discount it's a bit rich for my blood but hey if you're a fan the discount is sweet!)!




15% off your total Lush Fresh Cosmetics purchase! Just use code GIFTFORYOU08

Enjoy!
Cheers!

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Jan 2, 2008

New Year's Resolutions



I've gone and decided to make a few Resolutions for myself this year that I so know I'll break but it's fun making them anyway and looking back next year to see if I actually keep any of 'em!

What are some of yours?

Mine are (in no particular order):

  • Drink more water!



I'm a big fan of tea and it's my main drink of choice (I was British in my previous life. Serious!). This year I've decided that I'll add more then 64oz (8 glasses) of water into my diet. It does wonders for my skin so that's totally an added bonus!

  • I'll stop stockpiling K-Dramas and start watching them!

I have a wicked, weird habit of purchasing the newest K-Dramas on DVD as soon as they launch on YesAsia. I literally stockpile K-Drama like it's the end of the world and these dramas will somehow aid me during the demise of the planet. I've found that I'm way too busy to get through an entire set and my collection is becoming so vast that it's taking over my DVD shelf. So this year I've decided that I won't so much as glance at any K-Drama boxsets without first watching what I already have! Bloody hell I have ones that were released in '03! How's that for ridiculous (I also happen to do this with Bollywood, Anime and Japanese horror films! But thankfully it's not as bad as my obsession with Korean soaps or maybe it is hmmmmm!!).



Holy cow I think I have Hotelier for 3 years now and only watched the first episode! SHEESH!


  • I will only buy parts of a collection rather then entire collections!



Again, my obsessive nature gets the best of me and I find that I do the age old, collect them all, pokemon type deal with cosmetic collections! I've decided this year I will only buy what I need rather then entire lots of items at once! I'm ridiculously addicted to cosmetics and I'm hoping to think with my head this year and not be so compulsive with my purchases!

  • I will use my limited edition products without feeling guilty!

Limited Edition cosmetics bring out the parental side of my nature. I take extra special care of items if I don't think I'll be able to get them again and most times I find myself not even using them which is completely and utterly shameful! I collect Chanel palettes and have some over 8 years old untouched, brand new, in the box. That's fabulously awful and this year I've decided I will start breaking into my beauty vault without feeling like I'm breaking the law! I've already started on this resolution when I cracked open one of my bottles of Guerlain Forever Gold and went right ahead and used it! Click here for details!

I will use that eyeshadow palette this year! I will use those meteorites this year! I will! I will! Maybe! Kinda....Sorta.....


  • I'll organize my e-mail better and reply faster!



I'm terrible with e-mail! I'm unorganized and leave people awaiting replies for ages on end! It's so utterly rude of me but in my defense I will say that I'm uber busy with life, the universe, and everything so sometimes it's really difficult to get replies out! I have so many people I want to talk to at once and sometimes I'm just too disorganized to get replies out quickly!!!!!! This year I vow I'll take better care of my inbox and stop avoiding the mess and start cleaning it up! It's rather weird that I'm so unorganized when it comes to e-mail as I'm quite an organized person (hell I have my CD's in alphabetical order and my DVD's seperated into genres!) but it's just one of those things I guess!

  • I'll stop giving millions of dollars to Steve Jobs (Right after MacWorld Expo 2008)

This will never happen but I thought I'd add it in anyway.

I'm gonna stop biting your Apple Steve! It's too bloody expensive to be a Mac lover!


  • I will not buy designer shoes and purses that cost more than my future child's (if I have any that is) education!

I promise to get right on this Resolution bandwagon as soon as I have these Jimmy Choo half boots in my possession! Honest! I swear!


It's easy enough to give up LV when J-Lo is doing scary ads for them (That disgruntled pissed off look on her face is from paying $1999999999.00 for that bag she's holding! How do I know? I wear the same expression when leaving the store with similar bags in tow...well....maybe not.....but the blissful utopia soon ends when the credit card statement comes in the mail! J-Lo must have just gotten her statement! See how she's ready to fling the bag at someone! "Marc Anthony get over here I need to whip your arse with this bag so I feel better about the cash I dropped on it!")


I love shoes and I love purses and paying obscene amounts of money for them really is sick. E-Luxury sent me a Christmas card this year that must mean I'm either a good customer or I went way overboard! I need to utilize Bag, Borrow, and Steal more often! Click!

  • I'll adapt my musical tastes to the general population!

My taste in music runs from the extreme to the weird. It includes everything from Classical to J-Rock to Heavy Metal and Vintage Rock to Acid (especially Dutch Trance please thanks so much) and most definately Euro Trash oh and don't forget Show Tunes (Can you say John Barrowman? Hey before Who and Torchwood the man had a singing career (and still does except for his tiny little mistake with his latest CD but no worries he'll bounce back!)! I rarely venture outside of listening to any of the newer songs that can be found on regular radio stations. About 50% of my CD collection consists of Japanese Rock (I have a rather die hard crush on Gackt. I can't help myself bish┼Źnen really do it for me!) So basically my main problem is if you stick what's her name..oh ya...Carrie Underwood or some other "pop" favorite flavor of the month under my nose I'll probably sneer and turn away! So my Resolution is to accept the flavor of the month and know more about it so when someone casually mentions Carrie Underwood or that Montana girl or those three brothers what are their names? Jonie Brothers? Well if someone casually mentions these people or their songs in a conversation I can be somewhat versed on who they are instead of giving a blank stare and later replying with "Who?" Honestly, I feel rather retarded when someone mentions a popular song and I haven't a clue about it! Another reason I'm bringing this up is because my sister Tivo'ed Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, don't ask me why she does this it seems rather pointless to watch this crap after the fact but she does and hey who am I to judge. Anyway she recorded it and about half the musical guests were not even remotely familiar to me. For instance, at one point on Tuesday morning I walked in and that annoying Ryan Seacrest was interviewing the Montana chick and I looked at my sister and said "Who's that?" (and no it wasn't because I had an extremely lately night! I generally didn't know who the girl was!). I later realized that I should KNOW about this girl as people are literally lying to get tickets to her concert and paying huge sums of cash to attend (Thanks to Google I know all there is to know about her now!)! It's like I'm completely out of touch with the American musical population (and I live in America! There in lays part of the problem! I should know this stuff right?!?!?!)! This year I shall educate myself on popular music!

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  • I'll work harder on my relationship!

Ahh Edie and Michael! I can't think of a better picture for this resolution!


Long distance relationships suck. My boyfriend lives in England (I honestly don't think I could ever settle for a man that wasn't English) and I live in New York (not always hopefully) and over the course of several months I feel like our relationship has hit rock bottom. I'd love to be able to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try harder to make things work better. Stop being sensitive, stop with stupid fights, be more understanding, etc.....I think we generally drive each other nuts lately (or maybe I'm driving him nuts!) and we somehow forgot how to do the thing we do best together, have a laugh. And make fun of Americans! I'm kidding, I'm kidding! I'm a yank myself why would I ever do a thing like that?! I meant to say he'll make fun of the Americans and I'll laugh when none are around! See? I'm patriotic and respectful to my country! In all seriousness when you're fighting so very much with the person you love so much it's literally kills you a little bit inside with each harsh word and causes for many a sleepless night. I wish we could just laugh again!

  • I'll take better care of my undereye area!

You read my blog so you know how obsessive I've been about my undereyes lately and wrinkles! 30 came in October and since then it seems my undereyes decided to say "ok it's time for us to begin puffing up, wrinkling, and generally behaving badly"! So I've decided I'll take better care of my undereye area (10 years too late but hey maybe I can reverse the damage!)! I've been using eye cream since I was like 18 but it appears it hasn't done much to help with the tiny lines I see forming! I think it has to do with me and my roughness when quickly applying my concealer! This year I'm not going to smooth on I'm going to pat on gently. Wish me luck as the urge to smooth is hard upon me most mornings!

For treating my eyes overnight!


For treating my eyes throughout the day!


Be gone puffiness!


  • I will absolutely NOT keep ever issue of Heavy Metal, Vogue, and Doctor Who Annual!

I plan to stick to my guns this year on this. I'm a bit of a geek (I use the term "bit of" very loosely as I wouldn't want to admit being a full blown geek to my readers when I've tricked you all into believing how very posh, suave, and generally awesome I am. I'm exaggerating a little aren't I?) so that's where Heavy Metal and Doctor Who Annual come into play. I have issues of Heavy Metal dated back to the late 80's sometimes I wonder if there might be a teenage boy hidden in my body or something (lord knows I hope NOT!). I do the same with Vogue, I think it stems from my hidden hope that one day I'll meet Tom Ford and we'll sit down, have a cuppa and pour over my backdated copies of Vogue together (and maybe he'll realize he doesn't want Ivan anymore and would rather play house with me! What?! A girl can dream can't she?!)! I'm a sad little human being when it comes to Fantasy Art and Vogue. At least Doctor Who Annual can be controlled some (especially since it bloody sucks as of late) but Vogue and Heavy Metal is a bit (again I use that "bit of" terminology very loosely!) out of control at the moment. It's really a rather sad little habit of mine and it needs to stop. I'm obviously a packrat as you can see. I've challenged myself to dig in and E-bay off some of my older issues of Heavy Metal without crying over them when I do it and thrash some of my issues of Vogue. My eyes are watering as I type this....

SOLD! For One Trillion dollars on E-bay (well maybe not this particular issue but I can definately find a 1977 issue that'll nab me a $100! WAIT! I know! I can be like this guy and sell it all in a LOT! Click!)


Trash awaits me love!


You might have to pry this issue from my cold dead hands because chances are I won't let it go while blood is still pumping through these veins!


  • Organize CP's better!



I'm always happy to arrange a CP for lovely people but the problem is that I'm too busy to get items shipped out in a timely fashion! So I'm sitting ontop of things for ages on end while these poor, poor people await their items! I've resolved myself to do better with shipping CP's out in a timely fashion! I aim to be timely and more organized with CP's in 2008! Wish me luck!

  • And finally last but never least.....be the best person I can be!

I've got this covered already I think as I'm not such a bad sort ;) I'm generous, I'm very kind, I'm sweet, I have flawless good manners (Told you I was British in another life didn't I?), I'm giving, I'm honest to a flaw....I'm the super hero type disguised in the short, round, and average suit. Well maybe not super hero.......

Hopefully I didn't bore you too much with my Resolutions! I firgure if I have them down in written format somewhere I'll be more inclined to keep them! Plus I have all of you to keep me on the straight and narrow path!

So....what are your Resolutions this year? Any pack rats like me?

Tell your Muse!

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