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  1. We will be doing Secret Santa again this year. It's a lot of fun and we encourage people to sign up! You have to have minimum of 50 quality posts (Hi's etc don't count as quality posts) prior to Secret Santa starting and be in good standing (no warnings etc). The sign ups will be at the end of this month (October) so I just wanted to get this thread going as a heads up. Who is interested in participating this year? This thread can be used to brainstorm as to what would work the best. We have used Elfster in the past. Does everyone want to continue using it this year?
  2. Rules & Help 2014: Secret Santa Rules (Guide) How to use Elfster Signs up Secret Santa for NAILS 2014! SECRET SANTA 2014 sign up now open! Survey Getting to know you... each and every one of you!Casting Secret Santa & Secret Santa Nails 2014 Sugar Plum Fairy Central Casting Call and Lounge Reveals Secret Santa 2014 Reveals
  3. EDIT: SIGN UPS ARE NOW OPEN, FOR MORE INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP SEE HERE. Because the Nails group was such an awesome success last year, I wanted to bring that group back now that the main Secret Santa has been announced. So without further a do, here is your 2014 Nails Secret Santa Thread. This is similar to the regular Secret Santa except that the theme is situated around nail polish, nail products, etc. The rules are simple, they're exactly the same as the main Secret Santa, except that the spending limit is lowered to $20 USD. (just like last year) Secret Santa participation rules: Members who participate must have a minimum of 50 posts by the 1st day of sign ups. Note: "drive by" posts ("hi!" or "I agree" type of posts) won't be counted. QUALITY posts. Get to chatting with your fellow MUT members, you'll be surprised how quickly you accumulate posts if you participate on the forums! Must be in good standing with no serious infractions and/or negative trade ratings within the last 12 months. Sign ups for Secret Santa will begin Saturday, October 25 and last through Saturday, November 8. This is a TWO week window to sign up. This year we will be using Elfster. (I will update this post with the group link once I create it). Note: Because we're using Elfster this year your real name will be used so please make sure you fill out in the nickname field your MUT username so we know who is who. Gifts must be sent out no later than December 1 for international exchanges and December 15 for domestic. Note: This will give you almost one month to shop and ship. For those participating in an international exchange please refer to the USPS or UPS site for details on when the deadline for shipping international happens to be. The international postal dates typically ends on or around December 1 to 3 which is why it's critical if you have an international Secret Santa giftee to mail your gift by those dates. For those within the US the cut off date is December 15 to ensure your SSG has the item by Christmas. You may ship earlier if you wish but please do not ship later then the cut off dates.Navy holiday mailing dates UPS holiday mailing dates USPS holiday mailing dates Endicia holiday mailing dates Shipping priority is not mandatory however tracking is mandatory. If you use Paypal to ship there are 1st class options that may be less expensive and will typically include free tracking. A tracking # is mandatory. Tracking #s should be sent to Santa's Elf (TBD) for our records. Note: International traders, tracking may or may be available however an export # will be issued which acts like a tracking #. Total gift value should be approximately $20. Item(s) must be NEW and never used, swatched or opened. Open to international traders HOWEVER note that gift receiver is responsible for any import fees, duties or taxes (if any). Also international shipping takes longer - up to 12 weeks depending on where the person lives and how it was mailed. (See rule for shipping deadlines.) Note: If you would like to trade only within your country please state that. Once you sign up please do not back out as it will cause problems with the assignment list. If you do back out you may be prohibited from participating in future events. Forum username must be included somewhere on or in your gift to indicate who the gift is from. You may omit your real name if you so choose however do not omit your username. Posting photos of the gifts you receive is NOT mandatory however ACKNOWLEDGEMENT that you did receive the gift IS mandatory. You may or may not like the gift(s) sent HOWEVER please acknowledge that your gift was received so we may mark you off the list. I will post a list of everyone who is participating and will remove names as they acknowledge that they received their gift.This is a swap exchange. As with all swap exchanges you are at risk for a Secret Santa to flake out and not send a gift at all. If you do not receive a gift by December 23 please let us know. This is why tracking is important. It is mandatory and it is an inexpensive way to prove that an item was sent. If you use Paypal to ship tracking is included even in first class shipping. ALLERGIES: If you have an allergy or sensitivity PLEASE let us know so we may inform your Secret Santa. Please note this will not guarantee that your Secret Santa will be able to prevent any reactions as some companies do not list all ingredients. Happy Swapping, Stalking, and Shopping! Love, Nail Santa
  4. Santa is busy this year with the Secret Santa exchange and the Secret Santa Nails exchange that will start up October 25, 2014 so she needs YOUR help! Sugar Plum Fairy duties will involve a whole lot of private messages as the SPF will act an intermediary between the sender and the recipient AND act as mentor to those new to Secret Santa. Elfster does allow the sender to send the recipient anonymous questions so there should this year's Fairies will probably be focusing more on helping newer Secret Santa senders out with any question they may have. Other duties of the Sugar Plum Fairies: Asking additional questions not addressed in the survey Reporting shipping delays Providing tracking numbers Providing shipping updates We'll be using this thread as a main place for senders (Secret Santas) to locate a Sugar Plum Fairy so if you're interested then sign up! @@kawaiimeows found a Fairy Name Generator for those who would like to have a unique Fairy Name! http://www.fairyname.net/
  5. Joining Elfster is pretty easy. Below are screenshots of how to create an account on Elfster.
  6. Borrowing the following from Midsummer Night's Dream. Absolute must-answers (note: If you do not wish to post answers to these three questions in public, please send a PM to @zadidoll . These answers will only be shared with the Sugar Plum Fairies who in turn will share it with your Secret Santa): ALLERGIES!! Please list any allergies to products, foods, scents, etc., that you or anyone living in your household has! Dietary restrictions: Do you or anyone in your household have any food-related restrictions/sensitivities, etc? Would you prefer not to receive food items? Skin allergies/sensitivities: Do you or anyone in your household have any skin allergies/sensitivities not already listed that your Sugar Plum Fairy should know about (e.g., wool, metals in jewelry, etc)? Do you avoid silicone, sulfates, etc? Would you like to get a heads-up from a Fairy that your package is on its way, or would you prefer its delivery to be a complete surprise? Basic background information: Post your replies in this thread and under a spoiler tag OR send to me so once we have our fairies in place we can send it to your Secret Santa.
  7. This post is a central roundup for all of the technical questions for the Secret Santa and Midsummer Night's Dream exchanges. It will be updated as necessary! What is the shipping deadline? For international packages, December 1st. For domestic packages, December 15th. Do I need to get tracking? It is MANDATORY this year! Please PM your tracking information to @, @, or @meaganola. I have an administrative-type question that I need to pose to one of the mods running this round! Who can I PM? @, @, or @meaganola. What is BST? It is MakeupTalk’s Buy Sell Trade forum. You can use it to buy, sell, or swap! There is no limit to the number of threads you have, but it is a *really* good idea to limit your number of Secret Santa/Midsummer posts because then everything is all in one post. To create a BST post, first go here: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/forum/103-makeup-nails/ Click on Start New Topic. Then fill out your wishlist title, then fill out the body of the post, then click Post New Topic, et voila! You have a new url to add to your survey and/or signature! You WILL NOT be able to edit a post outside of the BST section after 24 hours, so I strongly recommend that everyone use that section for this sort of thing! If you create a wishlist in that section and want it in your survey (and not just in your signature), just PM @ or me with the url, and one of us can add it to your survey. Signatures: This is *the* best way to have everything rounded up in one place for your Santa. Just go to My Settings, scroll down to Signature, and edit your signature in the Edit Signature box. It's no trickier than posting. Please make sure to include a link to your Secret Santa/Midsummer wishlist post in the BST forum! There is a limit of four links and five lines of text, so if you get an error message, try editing something down. How do I make a spoiler? There is a spoiler button, but it's sometimes easier to just type it out, especially since the button is not available on the mobile version of the site. To create a spoiler box, just type the following with square brackets (aka [ ] brackets) instead of curly (this works whether you're on mobile or desktop): {spoiler} Then type whatever. Then type {/spoiler} Square brackets are key! Parentheses, curly brackets, and pointy brackets *do not* work for this. Not-Your-Santa Warehouse and Workshop: Brand new for 2014! Think of it as Freecycle for Secret Santa. Elves: Post things you are willing to send to Santa or Santees for the cost of postage! Santas: Get extra goodies for your Santee! Santees: Reap the benefits from people being awesome! It’s located here: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/134915-not-your-santa-warehouse-and-workshop-2014/ How do I use Elfster? We have a thread for that. http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/134584-guide-how-to-use-elfster/ Why do I need to make a wishlist with specific items? I’m really easygoing! I like everything! Your Santa may not be the same way. She may need a list to work from for *everything*, down to cleaning the bathroom. A wishlist will prevent her from crying (seriously, this happens), and it will help her curate a better box of goodies for you. A happy Santa means a happy Santee! I need a little help with... Something for my recipient. I don't want to say what, but I need a forumite's help! Need an expert in Korean skincare/cream blush/indie nail polish/snacks for kitties? Want to get some information to/from your recipient but don't want to do it through Elfster? Sugar Plum Fairies are here to help! Some have posted areas of expertise, but if no one has your specific topic listed, feel free to post a call for help. (Tip: Make sure your PM folder has enough room for plenty of messages because we have lots of helpful people around here!) http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/134581-secret-santa-secret-santa-nails-2014-sugar-plum-fairy-central-casting-call-and-lounge/ I'm trying to post my reveal photos, and it keeps saying I have too many! There is a limit to the number of photos you can put in one post. I *think* it's nine. Try breaking your monster post into a series of smaller posts. That should do the trick! How do I post a photo, anyway? http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/131657-how-to-insert-an-image-into-a-post/ Important: If you are on the mobile site, you will first need to click the black Reply button near the bottom of the page but right above the Fast Reply box. Please note: Unless you click "Attach this file," you WILL NOT be able to put the photo in a spoiler, and mods will not be able to fix that for you. Alternatively, if you use an online photo album like Photobucket, you can use the direct url and add it to your post using the Image button (it looks like a tiny Polaroid photo, with a white stripe at the bottom) on the desktop version of the site. There have been problems with the forum wanting to post *everything* landscape, so I recommend going this route.
  8. Secret Santa 2014 sign ups are now open! Sign ups will close at 8 PM EST on November 8th, 2014. Please read the rules before signing up: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/134496-2014-secret-santa-rules/ Step 1: Sign up on Elfster! NOTE: For whatever reason Elfster is giving Access Denied. PM me your name (1st and last) plus email address associated with your Elfster account. I can manually add you to the exchange. **NOTE: If you do not feel comfortable including your address on Elfster, please message it to @allistra44 when you sign up. ** Step 2: Make sure to use your MakeupTalk.com forum name when signing up. (If a nickname is not provided your name will be removed.) Step 3: Post in THIS thread that you've signed up! Also let us know if you do not want to ship internationally. Step 4: Create your wish list if you haven't done so yet! Step 5: Fill out the "Getting To Know You" survey. Step 6: HAVE FUN! For those still waiting on an invite. I will be sending one tomorrow. For those who have yet to sign up you can now do so. It turns out the link was not the correct link and required an extra set of numbers. I'll be PMing KawaiiMeows so we can figure out what's going on with the Secret Santa Nails exchange link. http://www.elfster.com/exchange/view/12211496/f0ff0c/
  9. Secret Santa participation rules: Members who participate must have a minimum of 50 posts by the 1st day of sign ups. Note: "drive by" posts ("hi!" or "I agree" type of posts) won't be counted. QUALITY posts. Get to chatting with your fellow MUT members, you'll be surprised how quickly you accumulate posts if you participate on the forums! Must be in good standing with no serious infractions and/or negative trade ratings within the last 12 months. Sign ups for Secret Santa will begin Saturday, October 25 and last through Saturday, November 8 at 8 PM EST. This is a TWO week window to sign up. This year we will be using Elfster. Note: Because we're using Elfster this year your real name will be used so please make sure you fill out in the nickname field your MUT username so we know who is who. Gifts must be sent out no later than December 1 for international exchanges and December 15 for domestic. Note: This will give you almost one month to shop and ship. For those participating in an international exchange please refer to the USPS or UPS site for details on when the deadline for shipping international happens to be. The international postal dates typically ends on or around December 1 to 3 which is why it's critical if you have an international Secret Santa giftee to mail your gift by those dates. For those within the US the cut off date is December 15 to ensure your SSG has the item by Christmas. You may ship earlier if you wish but please do not ship later then the cut off dates.Navy holiday mailing dates UPS holiday mailing dates USPS holiday mailing dates Endicia holiday mailing dates Shipping priority is not mandatory however tracking is mandatory. If you use Paypal to ship there are 1st class options that may be less expensive and will typically include free tracking. A tracking # is mandatory. Tracking #s should be sent to Santa's Elf (TBD) for our records. Note: International traders, tracking may or may be available however an export # will be issued which acts like a tracking #. Total gift value should be approximately $25. Item(s) must be NEW and never used, swatched or opened. Open to international traders HOWEVER note that gift receiver is responsible for any import fees, duties or taxes (if any). Also international shipping takes longer - up to 12 weeks depending on where the person lives and how it was mailed. (See rule for shipping deadlines.) Note: If you would like to trade only within your country please state that. Once you sign up please do not back out as it will cause problems with the assignment list. If you do back out you may be prohibited from participating in future events. Forum username must be included somewhere on or in your gift to indicate who the gift is from. You may omit your real name if you so choose however do not omit your username. Posting photos of the gifts you receive is NOT mandatory however ACKNOWLEDGEMENT that you did receive the gift IS mandatory. You may or may not like the gift(s) sent HOWEVER please acknowledge that your gift was received so we may mark you off the list. I will post a list of everyone who is participating and will remove names as they acknowledge that they received their gift. Participating in Secret Santa is at your own risk. This is a swap exchange. As with all swap exchanges you are at risk for a Secret Santa to flake out and not send a gift at all. If you do not receive a gift by December 23 please let us know. This is why tracking is important. It is mandatory and it is an inexpensive way to prove that an item was sent. If you use Paypal to ship tracking is included even in first class shipping. ALLERGIES: If you have an allergy or sensitivity PLEASE let us know so we may inform your Secret Santa. Please note this will not guarantee that your Secret Santa will be able to prevent any reactions as some companies do not list all ingredients.
  10. IT'S TIME! This is the thread for survey posting! A few admin notes: Filling this out is not absolutely mandatory, but it will help your Fairy Godmother considerably in figuring out what to get. Filling out THE WHOLE THING is not mandatory. Aside from the first three mandatory questions (allergies, dietary restrictions, skin sensitivities), feel free to pick and choose what to answer or skip entirely! We're just trying to get to know *you* better. I know if my Goddaughter has a fondness for Wonder Woman, there is likely to be a shiny pin in her future! Also not mandatory: Sending out extras. They're not to be expected, but I know many of us want to send them out! If you would like your survey answers and/or dreamlist linked in the directory in this post (in the spoiler box right before the survey questions), please tag me in your response. I'll update every evening! If you missed tagging me in your original post and would still like to be added, please PM me! PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE POST IN THIS THREAD! Your post will lock for editing after twenty-four hours. Rather than adding a second (third, fourth, twentieth...) post, please just create a dreamlist in the Buy/Sell/Trade section. PM me with that link, and I will add it to your survey post. Any other questions? Just post in the Discussion thread or PM @, @, or me. Because I've been asked, a few tutorial bits: To create a spoiler box, just type this without the spaces (this works whether you're on mobile or desktop): [ s p o i l e r ] Then type whatever. Then type [ / s p o i l e r ] Y'know, I am so used to just typing it out since I'm usually on my phone that I didn't notice there's no longer a spoiler button. And creating a Buy Sell Trade post. First, go here: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/forum/103-makeup-nails/ Click on Start New Topic. Then fill out your dreamlist title, then fill out the body of the post, then click Post New Topic, et voila! You have a new url to add to your survey and/or signature! I'm going to put the Directory under a spoiler cut because this post is long enough as it is. Thanks! Let's pretend there's a :grouphug: smiley here. And now, the survey! Absolute must-answers (note: If you do not wish to post answers to these three questions in public, please send a PM to @. These answers will only be shared with your Fairy Godparent): ALLERGIES!! Please list any allergies to products, foods, scents, etc., that you or anyone living in your household has! Dietary restrictions: Do you or anyone in your household have any food-related restrictions/sensitivities, etc? Would you prefer not to receive food items? Skin allergies/sensitivities: Do you or anyone in your household have any skin allergies/sensitivities not already listed that your Fairy Godparent should know about (e.g., wool, metals in jewelry, etc)? Do you avoid silicone, sulfates, etc? Would you like to get a heads-up from a Fairy that your package is on its way, or would you prefer its delivery to be a complete surprise? Not mandatory but cannot be recommended highly enough: Do you have an on-forum swap/Midsummer Dream list? If it's anywhere other than this post, URL here, please! Basic background information: Style descriptions! Brief is better. Makeup Hair Nails Skincare (face/neck) Bodycare (every where else) Home More advanced questions: Solve for X: I am wearing too much X, and I DO NOT CARE! Cruelty-free or vegan. Important, must-have, nice, don't care? You just won a $50 gift card to your favorite beauty store. Which store is it, and what will you buy? Please list any subscription boxes you receive, along with anything you may covet from recent boxes. Assuming they are separately packaged and clearly labeled, what are your feelings on prepared-by-sender beauty items? Unsealed samples? Items from the bulk foods section? Assuming the same dollar amount is spent, would you prefer several mini items, or one or two full-sized items? Brand-and-color-specific time! What is your all-time favorite beauty item and why? What specific product(s) are you lusting after? Feel free to link to a wishlist with particulars! What make-up items do you use every day? What are your holy grail items? Holy crap? What one item/product are you interested in, but just have't gotten around to trying? General product section, aka not brand/color specific What one product can you just not get enough of? What one product do you actually use more than any other? What runs out quickest in your make-up drawer? What product(s) can you absolutely not use at all for reasons other than allergies/sensitivities listed in the background section (e.g., I can't use foot scrubbers because my feet are too ticklish)? What items (makeup/skincare/tool) do you feel are missing from your routine? What tools/products are you looking to add, even if they are not missing? What beauty-related product(s) do you just not want to receive? Brands: What brand do you have more products from than any other? Any particular reason? What brand(s) have you been wanting to try but haven't gotten around to? What brand(s) do you not want? Colors (not specific shades): Answer quick like a bunny! Favorite color? Favorite color combination? Color scheme of your home/room, either in reality or your imagination What one color (not brand/product specific) do you use more than any other? Why? Color(s) to avoid? Scents What's your favorite perfume/wearable scent of all time? What's your favorite perfume/wearable scent to wear in the summer? What is the fragrance of your favorite home fragrance (e.g., candle, diffuser)? Describe your favorite scents/notes, without naming a specific perfume or fragrance. Without naming a specific perfume or fragrance, what are your favorite perfume companies? Favorite home fragrance companies? What form of perfume do you prefer (oil, alcohol-based, spray, open bottle, rollerball)? What form of home fragrance do you prefer (candle, diffuser, air freshener, plug-in)? Other than perfume/fragrance oils, what is your favorite type of toiletry/scented item? Scent(s)/notes(s) to avoid? And finally (at least for the beauty section), Yes/No? Foils Deluxe Samples Hair Oil Face Oil Perfume Sunblock/Sunscreen Self-tanner/tanning wipes And extra non-makeup-related questions! What designs/designers do you prefer (please limit to top 3) List any public wishlists (Amazon, etsy, Sephora), swap lists and/or Tumbler/Pinterest entries your fairy godparent should consult. Is your box all about you? Or would you like to see things in your box for your significant other/spouse, kid(s), pet(s), whatever? If the latter, please list age/gender/species. If your fairy godparent curates an awesome set of items for you, would you rather they be wrapped individually, or be a huge smorgasbord that you can look at all at once? Would you prefer to open each gift slowly and methodically or will it be ribbons and bows and paper flying as you tear into it? It's a hot, sunny 90-degree summer day and you have no obligation to be anywhere in particular. Where are you and what are you doing? And advanced fun stuff: What do you do in your spare time? Are there any hobby-related items you would like? Fandoms, favorite TV shows, movies, books, music, Hogwarts house, etc. What non-beauty item(s) would send you over the moon? Pirates or ninjas? Zombies: Yay or nay? Disney! Favorite movie, hero, villain? Describe three things decorating your living space. Yes/no, the extras division: Virtual gifts (ecerts/gift certs/eBooks) Hand-made items (from your godparent or purchased) Candles Tarts Reed Diffusers Incense Other home fragrance (say, room spray or scented rocks) Local Items Mix CD Home Items (and what types) Food Items (and what types) Beverages (and what types) Puzzle Books -- words, numbers, pictures Ready! Set! GO!
  11. General Wish List Products love and I use on a regular basis: (both so you can get an idea of what I like and because I like minis/samples of these items) Specific Products I want to try (**=really want to try): General Products I want to try: Brands I love: Also, for more items that I'm interested in, please see my trade list here: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/127025-janines-trade-list/ I added a bunch of stuff to the wishlist section specifically for this swap so that you could get an idea of the types of things I'm interested in. Definitely don't feel the need to get me stuff directly from my wish list! But I do hope that you could use my list to get an idea of what things I might like. I love trying new things and I love getting recommendations from others, so if you have any favorites you think I'd love, send them my way! Secret Santa 2014 Survey
  12. SO. Here's my wishlist. And I put my survey answers here too, just.. y'know.. for.. thoroughness (words?) I want you to know, first off, that I already love you. And anything you get me, I will be completely honored to receive. Thank you, ahead of time, for doing this, because you're awesome. Here's what I copied off of my profile as a wishlist, but please don't feel limited to this. I really REALLY want you to find things that you like, things you'll think I like.. I am NOT looking for these items specifically. I know I'll buy them on my own time eventually probably. I'm really interested in trying some indie things. I also love homegoods, accessories, food, books (oh lord jesus if you have a favorite book. I'd love that.), stationary- I LOVE WITTY CARDS. I'm currently thinking about framing a card that says "Hey baby, let's just stay in bed and listen to NPR." This is me.. y'know? Please don't feel like you need to just do makeup, or just do this or that.. I just want to see what you come up with I love homemade things and local products. I am in serious need of a good (and cute) sleeping mask. I love nerdy things. I love body stuff. I'm really into all things orchid, black, and gold right now. I love lipstick, I hate lipgloss. I really REALLY need a perfect cream coral nailpolish. And a pencil brush. And a great pressed powder. But again, totally not necessary. In all honesty, you could probably just get me a Buffy Bar from Lush and I would love you forever. You could just send me all of the Living Proof samples forever and I would also be happy. I hoard those things. I don't really know what else to add here other than I love you, and you're gonna do great! I can feel it. I guess this is important too- I don't have a bathtub, so anything that needs to be dropped in a bathtub is a no go! Here's a list of things from Birchbox that are on my "loves" list: anything from Marcelle, Beauty Blender (I've never tried them!), anything Amika, the govino glasses, every single candle (I think I've favorited them all...), all the Balm, Benefit's They're Real, Paul & Joe, Lulu Organics, Jouer, Oribe, any Beauty Protector, & Chanticaille (so pretty), And my Sephora Loves List From my profile: Urban Decay Electric Palette (I'm buying this myself. I just love the colors. But I like all colors ), Stila Magnificent Metals, OCC Lip Tar in Rollergirl (y'know, or any lip tar...), Jouer Matte Moisturising Tint, Milani Lipsticks, Benefit Lollitint (and the balm! too adorable!), UD Primer Potion, Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, UD Lipsticks, Bright Eyeshadows, MAC Lipsticks Absolute must-answers: Allergies: None that I know of! Dietary restrictions: I'm generally a vegetarian. I occasionally make exceptions to this rule, but only for locally-sourced, hormone (beef) & steroid free (chicken) animals (cage free, grass fed). If you really care to know more, I'm happy to expand Skin allergies/sensitivities: I avoid sulfates and parabens in hair products. My scalp is not a fan. Would you like to get a heads-up from a Fairy that your package is on its way, or would you prefer its delivery to be a complete surprise? Either is fine! I'll be traveling sometime in June (trying to remember the dates for this) so it might be helpful to alert my roommates if I'll be not at my apartment. Not mandatory but cannot be recommended highly enough: Do you have an on-forum swap/Midsummer Dream list? If it's anywhere other than this post, URL here, please! Holler. I'll work on this. Basic background information: Style descriptions! Brief is better. Makeup: Light on face, big on eyes and lips. Hair: My hair is thick and wavy, purple-y black, so I stick to beach curls and blowouts- actually spending time on my hair is not a priority for me. Nails: Short and stubby! I play the guitar and other stringed instruments of the sort, so I keep my nails short. I typically go for pretty corals and blacks Skincare (face/neck) I need to be better at this. I wash my face.. when I shower.. and occasionally I do masks.. Low maintenance. Bodycare (every where else) Love it. All of it. I love things that are hyper moisturizing and don't smell like flowers. Home: Rustic? Main colors in my room are baby blue and red, with a bit of a mustardy yellow, cream, and dark forest green thrown in. Quite different than my personal style, I essentially only wear black. And gold. Black and gold. More advanced questions: Solve for X: I am wearing too much black eyeliner, and I DO NOT CARE! Cruelty-free or vegan. Important, must-have, nice, don't care? Important, but not a must-have. You just won a $50 gift card to your favorite beauty store. Which store is it, and what will you buy? Lush. Probably 8 gazillion massage bars. And Dark Angels face wash. Please list any subscription boxes you receive, along with anything you may covet from recent boxes. Currently, just Birchbox. I've been thinking about Ipsy again since the bags are getting better but.. eh. I would have LOVED Popsugar's April 2014 box, but I didn't jump on that like a dummy *facepalm*. I also just got a Beautybox 5 and a Memebox, but I'm not a *regular subscriber* Assuming they are separately packaged and clearly labeled, what are your feelings on prepared-by-sender beauty items? Unsealed samples? Items from the bulk foods section? 100% okay with dis Assuming the same dollar amount is spent, would you prefer several mini items, or one or two full-sized items? I will be happy with whatever I'm a sucker for minis (they're adorable, right?), but I love full sized items too (so amazingly convenient). Brand-and-color-specific time! What is your all-time favorite beauty item and why? Gotta be black eyeliner. Cause it's magical. Not brand specific, I think I own 80. What specific product(s) are you lusting after? Feel free to link to a wishlist with particulars! This is way way out of the budget so don't even think about it, but I have an irrational love for the UD Electric palette. One day I'll just.. buy it. Cause.. I want to. What make-up items do you use every day? Black eyeliner, mascara, and some kind of lipstick. That's minimal. Full day I use everything in my makeup bag. What are your holy grail items? Holy crap? HG is They're Real mascara- especially the minis. For some reason, the minis work better for me, maybe I'm crazy. Holy crap item? Um.. I dunno.. I really hate Dr. Jart's BB cream- but mostly because it looks grey on my skin. Way to go, olive complexion. What one item/product are you interested in, but just have't gotten around to trying? Indie makeup brands. I think they're so cool. If whoever's my godmother loves indie brands and can help me out in that way, I'd love it. If not, I'm totally a Sephora gal too Also I need to get a handle on how to use loose shadows.. cause damn.. I'm terrible at it. General product section, aka not brand/color specific What one product can you just not get enough of? Eyeliner for makeup.. I'm such a sucker for all things moisturizing related and yummy smelling. Like, if you smell it and want to eat it (anywhere from a cookie to a cucumber.. and oranges) I'm down. What one product do you actually use more than any other? What runs out quickest in your make-up drawer? Mascara. And eyeliner.. cause.. maybe no one wants to tell me that I look like the emo kid from middle school. What product(s) can you absolutely not use at all for reasons other than allergies/sensitivities listed in the background section (e.g., I can't use foot scrubbers because my feet are too ticklish)? I just found out that I have an irrational aversion to makeup products with the word "cheese" in the title. Thanks, Memebox. But I'll try just about everything once. What items (makeup/skincare/tool) do you feel are missing from your routine? Better eyeshadow brushes, specifically, a pencil brush.. I have one that I use for everything.. thanks, Real Techniques crease brush, you get me through most days. What tools/products are you looking to add, even if they are not missing? I'm gonna refer to my previous answer, I long for a beautiful pencil brush. What beauty-related product(s) do you just not want to receive? Lipgloss. I just don't like it. Brands: What brand do you have more products from than any other? Any particular reason? Benefit. Because they always have Birchbox events and give me wine. And then because I'm tipsy, I forget what a spending limit is. What brand(s) have you been wanting to try but haven't gotten around to? Indies. So intrigued, don't know where to start. What brand(s) do you not want? Umm. I'm a packaging sucker.. so things that aren't prettily packaged generally will get no attention. Here's looking at you, Chocolate Bar Palette impulse buy- you're just too adorable. Colors (not specific shades) Answer quick like a bunny! Favorite color? Black! And coral. I need to become a purple person though- I'm headed to Northwestern about the time all of this happens! Favorite color combination? Black and gold. Color scheme of your home/room, either in reality or your imagination. Ooh did I answer that other question wrongly? Light blue and red What one color (not brand/product specific) do you use more than any other? Why? Copper/gold. It brings out the lovely sunkissedness of my olive complexion *flips hair* Color(s) to avoid? Yellow. My olive undertones are NOT a fan. Unless looking bruised is in this year. Scents What's your favorite perfume/wearable scent of all time? What's your favorite perfume/wearable scent to wear in the summer? I'm into my Fresh Life Rollerball. And citrus. What is the fragrance of your favorite home fragrance (e.g., candle, diffuser)? Vanilla things. Because I want to be able to eat what I'm smelling. I have a wallflower though constantly plugged in (okay, maybe two) that are always in Fresh Linen. Describe your favorite scents/notes, without naming a specific perfume or fragrance. Vanilla, citrus, sandalwood (light), woody, grass, fresh, light Without naming a specific perfume or fragrance, what are your favorite perfume companies? Favorite home fragrance companies? Bath and Body Works for home (they're all I use..), and to be honest, I'm not a huge perfume person.. I care more about the scent than the brand. What form of perfume do you prefer (oil, alcohol-based, spray, open bottle, rollerball)? What form of home fragrance do you prefer (candle, diffuser, air freshener, plug-in)? Rollerball till I die. Spraying stuff makes me cough. I use plug ins in my room, diffusers in my closet, and candles all the time. Where I can see them. Other than perfume/fragrance oils, what is your favorite type of toiletry/scented item? Conditioners and hair things. Holy jesus Living Proof's smell and Amika's smell and Beauty Protector's smell. And It's A 10 if it didn't make my scalp want to break out into an icky mess. Scent(s)/notes(s) to avoid? Florals.. and "white" smells. Not a fan. Headache central. And finally (at least for the beauty section) Yes/No? Foils- Yes Deluxe Samples -Yes Hair Oil- YES Face Oil- YES Perfume- Depends Sunblock/Sunscreen- Nope Self-tanner/tanning wipes- Yes And extra non-makeup-related questions! What designs/designers do you prefer (please limit to top 3) Kate Spade, anything from Express, uhh.. yeah, that's where I shop. List any public wishlists (Amazon, etsy, Sephora), swap lists and/or Tumbler/Pinterest entries your fairy godparent should consult... nada, sorry Is your box all about you? Or would you like to see things in your box for your significant other/spouse, kid(s), pet(s), whatever? If the latter, please list age/gender/species. Not to be selfish or anything.. but.. it's just me I have plant babies that I'm trying not to kill, does that count? Herb garden, you will be mine. If your fairy godparent curates an awesome set of items for you, would you rather they be wrapped individually, or be a huge smorgasbord that you can look at all at once? Would you prefer to open each gift slowly and methodically or will it be ribbons and bows and paper flying as you tear into it? I love things that are wrapped individually, and I'll tear into it. It's a hot, sunny 90-degree summer day and you have no obligation to be anywhere in particular. Where are you and what are you doing? On my rooftop, reading a book. Or going to the beach, and also reading a book. Of course, this is after I've slept in and browsed the internet/caught up on the TV program I missed last night... And advanced fun stuff: What do you do in your spare time? Are there any hobby-related items you would like? I'm a yoga person- and I'm trying to get into the running thing. I love coffee and tea, and I'm a huge craft beer nerd. I love outdoorsy stuff, like climbing and hiking. And I love horses. Love love love horses- I used to compete English and 3-Day . And giraffes. Fandoms, favorite TV shows, movies, books, music, Hogwarts house, etc. I'm a TV person. House of Cards, Breaking Bad, West Wing, Grey's Anatomy, Glee (I know..), Walking Dead.. oh I could go on forever.. Pretty Little Liars. My favorite books and movies are in my profile, I'm a singer-songwriter music person. I'm a Ravenclaw, and I test Erudite- but I think I'm a solid mix of Erudite and Dauntless. I love Game of Thrones, I belong with the Starks. I'm super excited for Sunday, May 4th. What else. I'm a THG fan. What non-beauty item(s) would send you over the moon? Chocolate, coffee, tea, sweets in general. LOCAL ITEMS. I want local items from your homeplace. I love stuff like that. And homemade things. Also love those things. Pirates or ninjas? Pirates? Zombies: Yay or nay? Well, I don't think I'd last long in a zombie apocalypse, but I also don't think I'd last long in THG. But I love the fandom. Disney! Favorite movie, hero, villain? FROZEN for now. I'm a HUGE Little Mermaid fan. My room used to be entirely Little Mermaid. And I have 3 DVD copies of it- regular, diamond, and platinum.. and the lithographs.. yeah.. okay. I should stop now. Big Disney fan. Let's go with that. Describe three things decorating your living space. Popchartlab posters. And beautifully designed beer posters. I also have a sliding door that I repurposed into my headboard and fashioned with twinkly lights. I also have a mason jar chandelier. Yes/no, the extras division: Virtual gifts (ecerts/gift certs/eBooks) YES (I own a Kindle) Hand-made items (from your godparent or purchased) YES Candles: YES Tarts: Yes? Like the edible kind? Yes? I think my general answer is yes. Reed Diffusers: Yes Incense: Nope Other home fragrance (say, room spray or scented rocks) yes.. I dunno what a scented rock is. Local Items: BIG YES Mix CD: I'd love you forever. Not that I don't already love you forever, but I LOVE MUSIC. Big yes. Home Items (and what types) Yes... um.. yes. Food Items (and what types) Yes! Anything! Mostly. I love sweets and I love things that are not sweet. Snacks are great And homemade things. And just, y'know.. anything. Beverages (and what types) Tea, coffee, things you ain't supposed to ship in a box. Puzzle Books -- words, numbers, pictures: I'm a word puzzle person. I love fill it ins, crosswords.. things of that nature. In another life (6 months ago..) I was studying for the LSAT and all I studied was the games section. And I want to be a journalist (gonna be. J SCHOOL WHADDUP), so I love words. And I was a Spanish undergrad major. And I'm trying to learn Arabic. Did I mention that I'm a words person?

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