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@@jayeme - eveything was perfect! I could tell how much time you spent picking things out and I love it all.

 

The first thing I picked up was the Temptations, which our cats lived. I got a little distracted playing with them, but got back to business fast!

 

Pretty hands and nails!

 

 

 

 

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I adore all of the Toccas, but Bianca is my favorite. And the polishes are terrific. I haven't tried Essence at all and the purple is gorgeous. And I really like the Cover Girl (I've apparently been missing something in the outlast polishes, as both of my swap buddies sent some). Such a good job picking out colors, too.

 

 

 

Then lips and eyes!

 

 

 

 

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The lip products won't go right side up but it's a great mix of balms and glosses. I like the Pixi balm a lot and since I go through them fast, it's great to have another pink. And the Laqa! I have 2 of the purple, but BB never sent me a different color ... or the CR gloss. The colors are great, too. Knowing I'm not a bold lips girl, I think Jayeme was a little worried about a couple of these, but I think they will be fine. And her fave balm, too!

 

We both are fans of the Anastasia brow gel! I'm always psyched to get minis for when I travel. And purple mascara - love!! Jayeme also included a Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Brun Beam, a dupe for the Clinique Chubby Sticks I like and a great color.

 

 

 

Then there's Samplepalooza!

 

A Birchbox full of all sorts of samples, including a Coastal Scents Sunset palette (beautiful colors, especially with the Brun Beam pencil!), my BP spray that I use every day and some cologne sample for my husband.

 

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Plus an adorable Ahmad tea caddy with British Breakfast tea and a copy of Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent. How did she know I love reading travelogues??

 

Here's everything!

 

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It's so great and everything is just wonderful. And so are you! Thank you so much for the time you spent stalking to put together such a terrific gift!

 

I'm so glad you liked it! :) I hope that Pixi crayon isn't too similar to the Clinique one you mentioned -- I looked up swatches & tried to get something that was still neutral but not 100% the same. Anyway, I'm glad that you liked it all, and that your cats enjoyed the treats (my cat goes nuts over those!) and i hope you enjoy playing around with everything! You were wonderful to shop for and I really enjoyed doing my stalking :) Haha, it sounds a little creepy, I know, but it was great getting to know you even if you didn't know I was doing it! <3

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I am so overwhelmed right now by how incredible my gift was from @@Kelly Silva.   She really outdid herself and I am beyond grateful for how much thought she put into everything.

 

Here’s the box and what I found when I opened it!  Everything was beautifully wrapped with color coded paper and a note card explaining what was chosen and why.  I especially loved this little shark card (perfect for Shark Week!)

 

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The first box I opened was labeled “face and hair” and had 1) Lancer Lift Serum 2) Borghese Brightening Makeup 3) Alterna Caviar CC Cream 3) Napoleon Skin Primer 4) ReVive Eye Serum 5) The Balm’s Hot Mama (LOVE!) and 5) SuperGoop Eye Cream.

 

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The second box was labeled body products which was full of fun things that I can take with me when I travel.  I can’t wait to try out the different washes and lotions including: 1) Caldrea tea olive lime body wash 2) Jergens BB Cream 3) Dr. Haushka lemongrass body wash 4) Bee Kind body lotion 4) Rock Star hand cream and 5) Gilchrist and Soames body lotion.  Everything smells delicious and exactly like something I would pick for myself!

 

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The third thing I opened was this beautiful Turkish bag with samples galore.  The foils are also perfect for travel!  I also adore the bag!  I know I will use it a lot!

 

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Kelly also included a stash of tea and some delicious snacks.  I already tore into the sea salt caramel popcorn (and am now typing this with sticky fingers.)  She also included a spicy mango chili sauce (sounds delicious) and a baggie of candies, including some See’s orange cream lollipops.  (I love See’s Candy!)

 

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The next thing I opened was this beautiful Gorjana jewelry roll.  Kelly was worried that the color would be too bright but I LOVE it!!  I love reds and hot pinks and so this is perfect for me.  I will definitely use this when I travel. 

 

Next was a box containing some of her favorites (to the left) and some of mine (to the right.)  In it was the Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer (something that I have been dying to try), a Garden of Evil whipped body cream in “Make it Rain” (I love the scent), a Rainbow Honey French lavender soak, the LAQA lip pencil in Menatour (which Kelly knows I have been wanting to try!) Vasanti Brighten Up and the No. 4 Prep & Protect (both of which I love.)

 

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The next thing I opened was a little bag containing various lip products including: 1) a Yes to Carrots lip butter 2 ) a limoncello lip butter, since I had to postpone my trip to Italy this spring (so sweet) 3) the cutest Cynthia Rowley lipgloss 4) a Maybelline lipstick which she picked out because it was the closest thing she could find to the YSL lip color that is impossible to find (it looks pretty darn close!) and 5) two lip scrubs that she made in frozen margarita and guava!!!  I can’t wait to try these out!

 

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So, the final gift was almost too much for me to process.  She labeled it the “ultimate box of awesome.”  I literally opened the top of the box and then quickly closed it again.  I just had to give myself a few minutes before diving into it. 

 

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First up were five beautiful nail colors.  The first four will be perfect for the fall (as you can see I couldn’t wait until fall to try them out- please ignore my ragged cuticles and my fat pregnant fingers) and the last one is the perfect match for Dior color that I have been dying to try. 

 

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She also included some perfume samples- including two of my favorite (Folle de Joie) and another of Atelier’s Rose Anonyme.  There was also so many wonderful eye products including: 1) a blending brush 2) LaSplash eye shadow sealer/base 3) a Chella eyeliner pen in “indigo” and 4) Sumita eye pencil.  I also got a Coastal Scents palette which contains the perfect shades for me and also the Stila “In the Moment” eye palette which has been on my wishlist forever!  I feel completely spoiled.  There was also an Honest Co. toothpaste for my baby to be.  Finally, Kelly included two more things that she made—a blood orange foaming sugar scrub and a body butter that smells absolutely divine – blooming dogwood with a hint of ocean spray.  I cannot wait to use them!

 

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Kelly also included several of her favorite recipes for Thai Style Pork Salad, Mushroom and Swiss sliders, Toasted Israeli Couscous, Honey-Sriracha chicken wings and Peach Whiskey Bourbon chicken.  I really loved all the personal touches she included in the box.  Not only did she pick gifts that were perfect for me, she shared with me some of her loves, which I know I will love as well. 

 

I cannot express enough how overwhelmed and grateful I am.  Thank you, Kelly from the bottom of my heart!

Great gifts! I especially love the homemade scrubs.

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Check out my AMAZING gift from @@v0ltagekid!!!

 

 

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EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE!~ I am so happy.

-Boscia BB cream sample

-UDPP samples in Sin, Greed, Original and Anti-Aging
-NYX macaron lippies Key Lime, Pistachio, Lavender and Violet!!

-NYX shadow pencil in Milk!
-Maybelline colour tattoo in Fierce & Tangy!
-NYX blushes in Ethereal (one of my fav words omg) and Bittersweet!
-MAKE blush in Geisha! I'd never heard of this brand- I looked up the price and gasped :0 So generous!
-A NYX lace drawstring bag!
-A SUPER AMAZING BENEFIT CLUTCH/MAKEUP BAG it's shiny and neon orange on the inside, and it has STUDS and a MATCHING CUFF. OH MY GOODNESS. How the heck do you know my aesthetic so well???

I LOVE ITTTTTTTT THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Also you have very nice and cute handwriting!!! Your note was so sweet, thank you again!!

bonus swatches!
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Yay! I'm so glad everything got to you okay. I really hope you like everything & that it cheers you up :)

. My hot water heater went out but I promise I'll have my reveal up tomorrow
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Check out my AMAZING gift from @@v0ltagekid!!!

 

 

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EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE!~ I am so happy.

-Boscia BB cream sample

-UDPP samples in Sin, Greed, Original and Anti-Aging

-NYX macaron lippies Key Lime, Pistachio, Lavender and Violet!!

-NYX shadow pencil in Milk!

-Maybelline colour tattoo in Fierce & Tangy!

-NYX blushes in Ethereal (one of my fav words omg) and Bittersweet!

-MAKE blush in Geisha! I'd never heard of this brand- I looked up the price and gasped :0 So generous!

-A NYX lace drawstring bag!

-A SUPER AMAZING BENEFIT CLUTCH/MAKEUP BAG it's shiny and neon orange on the inside, and it has STUDS and a MATCHING CUFF. OH MY GOODNESS. How the heck do you know my aesthetic so well???

 

I LOVE ITTTTTTTT THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Also you have very nice and cute handwriting!!! Your note was so sweet, thank you again!!

 

bonus swatches!

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You are so welcome! I thought ur package had gotten lost and was so worried! Glad u liked it all, enjoy girl! :)

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Still waiting on my gift and am so excited that the anticipation is killing me. 

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Here am I with my reveal from Jac13! This is going to be a long one, ladies. Hoping this works...

 

 

 

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When I opened my package, I saw this lovely Paris-themed box. Little did I know, the theme of my gift was "Global," inspired by travelling. I actually work for a travel company and I absolutely love to travel (I'm already planning our next trips) - so this theme was perfect. So spot on. My inner nerd was already glowing at this point. 

 

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First look! 

 

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate this lovely packaging? I love minty greens so much! It's so chic and clean looking. 

 

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The first thing I gravitated towards were these fake-money chocolate bars. How cute! Plus, I loveeeeee chocolate. I may or may not be eating the 2nd bar right now (before dinner hehe). Jennifer also sent me some postcards from her area, which is awesome! I collect postcards from all other the world/country and I'm planning to eventually make some sort of postcard collage/art-piece. It's going to be a big project, but one day it will look amazing. I want to do the same with a bunch of maps that I've collected over the years (history/map nerd here). 

 

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My love of maps made this next gift extra special. It's a scarf with the globe on it! It combines my love for maps AND my love for travel. I wear scarves all the time here in windy/chilly Chicago, so this will definitely get use soon. My coworkers are going to be really, really jealous. And it's just so unique and perfect. Honestly, this might be my favorite item in the whole gift (although it is hard to pick). This even impressed my boyfriend, who could care less about make-up and fashion. :P 

 

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On to the products! These trial size goodies are just what the doctor ordered. I love deep conditioning products, I love trying new haircare and skincare, so I've already tucked these into my collection. 

 

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Ah, more skincare and haircare tailored to my needs! I love it! I've never tried this brand before, but they seem pretty popular? I'm going to investigate one of these days. I actually used some of the shampoo/conditioner this morning and it might rival some of my HG shampoos. Time will tell.

 

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Eye shadow samples! You can never have enough eyeshadow. I think that some of my posts may have made Jennifer think that I stick to neutrals all the time, so she said she was taking a risk by throwing in the bold colors. But I love bold colors, too! She took a great risk. I love having these little quads for travel, or for keeping in different rooms (yes, sometimes I move from room to room to do my make-up - is that weird?). I also need to investigate this Teeez brand. Is it indie? Is everything great? This pinky champagne shadow is just soooooo buttery - I need more! 

 

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This Benefit neutrals box set was the next thing I found and I think I might have sequealed. I LOVE Benefit products, especially their cream shadows. I actually have a DIFFERENT box of neutrals like this from Benefit (same packaging), but the colors are quite different, so I'm really happy with this. I'm very into the pinky nudes right now. This was by far my favorite make-up goodie in the box. If Jennifer had only sent this and the scarf, I would have been a happy camper. Everything else is just bonus awesomeness. 

 

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Fitting with the travel theme, this is a glass globe paperweight! Awesome! I never thought I'd be into paperweights, but now I can't wait to put this on my desk. I will treasure this for a very very long time.

 

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And then this nice little journal! I don't journal/diary a lot, but there are a lot of things that you just NEED to write down, so I look forward to keeping this. It will probably last me a decade. 

 

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More make-up goodies! These were all individually wrapped and it was so much funny tearing them all open. Who am I kidding? This whole package was amazing to open - very interactive!

 

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Everything all laid out! I thought I took a picture of the unwrapped mess, too, but I can't find it now. To say the least, I made a huge mess. Like a 4-year-old at Christmas!

 

 

Thank you so much, Jennifer! I already messaged her privately to gush, so I really hope she knows how much this all meant to me. What an awesome Monday evening surprise. I can't wait to participate in Secret Santa! 

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I just got home from work, and guess what was on my front porch...  my gift from @@tulosai!  I've gotten as far as the card.  But I promise I will open all of the goodies and post a reveal tonight.  My husband my have to deal with hotdogs for dinner so that I can get back to the wonderful box that she put together.  :)  

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I just got home from work, and guess what was on my front porch...  my gift from @@tulosai!  I've gotten as far as the card.  But I promise I will open all of the goodies and post a reveal tonight.  My husband my have to deal with hotdogs for dinner so that I can get back to the wonderful box that she put together.   :)

YAY glad it finally arrived!! I very much hope you will like it!! I really loved shopping for you!!

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Oh. my. gosh.  Argh, I just wrote this big, long post and when I went to preview it to make sure the spoiler worked, I lost connection.  All that was left was the pictures and I can't post the pictures without all the gushing and exclamation points.  I'm so sorry, but I'm going to have to delay the reveal until tomorrow night.  (Lesson learned though, next time I type it in a Word doc and then copy and paste from there)  

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Here am I with my reveal from Jac13! This is going to be a long one, ladies. Hoping this works...

 

 

 

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When I opened my package, I saw this lovely Paris-themed box. Little did I know, the theme of my gift was "Global," inspired by travelling. I actually work for a travel company and I absolutely love to travel (I'm already planning our next trips) - so this theme was perfect. So spot on. My inner nerd was already glowing at this point. 

 

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First look! 

 

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate this lovely packaging? I love minty greens so much! It's so chic and clean looking. 

 

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The first thing I gravitated towards were these fake-money chocolate bars. How cute! Plus, I loveeeeee chocolate. I may or may not be eating the 2nd bar right now (before dinner hehe). Jennifer also sent me some postcards from her area, which is awesome! I collect postcards from all other the world/country and I'm planning to eventually make some sort of postcard collage/art-piece. It's going to be a big project, but one day it will look amazing. I want to do the same with a bunch of maps that I've collected over the years (history/map nerd here). 

 

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My love of maps made this next gift extra special. It's a scarf with the globe on it! It combines my love for maps AND my love for travel. I wear scarves all the time here in windy/chilly Chicago, so this will definitely get use soon. My coworkers are going to be really, really jealous. And it's just so unique and perfect. Honestly, this might be my favorite item in the whole gift (although it is hard to pick). This even impressed my boyfriend, who could care less about make-up and fashion. :P 

 

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On to the products! These trial size goodies are just what the doctor ordered. I love deep conditioning products, I love trying new haircare and skincare, so I've already tucked these into my collection. 

 

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Ah, more skincare and haircare tailored to my needs! I love it! I've never tried this brand before, but they seem pretty popular? I'm going to investigate one of these days. I actually used some of the shampoo/conditioner this morning and it might rival some of my HG shampoos. Time will tell.

 

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Eye shadow samples! You can never have enough eyeshadow. I think that some of my posts may have made Jennifer think that I stick to neutrals all the time, so she said she was taking a risk by throwing in the bold colors. But I love bold colors, too! She took a great risk. I love having these little quads for travel, or for keeping in different rooms (yes, sometimes I move from room to room to do my make-up - is that weird?). I also need to investigate this Teeez brand. Is it indie? Is everything great? This pinky champagne shadow is just soooooo buttery - I need more! 

 

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This Benefit neutrals box set was the next thing I found and I think I might have sequealed. I LOVE Benefit products, especially their cream shadows. I actually have a DIFFERENT box of neutrals like this from Benefit (same packaging), but the colors are quite different, so I'm really happy with this. I'm very into the pinky nudes right now. This was by far my favorite make-up goodie in the box. If Jennifer had only sent this and the scarf, I would have been a happy camper. Everything else is just bonus awesomeness. 

 

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Fitting with the travel theme, this is a glass globe paperweight! Awesome! I never thought I'd be into paperweights, but now I can't wait to put this on my desk. I will treasure this for a very very long time.

 

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And then this nice little journal! I don't journal/diary a lot, but there are a lot of things that you just NEED to write down, so I look forward to keeping this. It will probably last me a decade. 

 

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More make-up goodies! These were all individually wrapped and it was so much funny tearing them all open. Who am I kidding? This whole package was amazing to open - very interactive!

 

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Everything all laid out! I thought I took a picture of the unwrapped mess, too, but I can't find it now. To say the least, I made a huge mess. Like a 4-year-old at Christmas!

 

 

 

Thank you so much, Jennifer! I already messaged her privately to gush, so I really hope she knows how much this all meant to me. What an awesome Monday evening surprise. I can't wait to participate in Secret Santa!

 

Yay!! I love your reveal. I am so glad you liked your gifts. Enjoy traveling and exploring the world.

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I was somehow lucky enough to get 2 gift from my swap buddy @!! This showed up and omg squeeeeee!! Sephora has such cute gift wrapping!!

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Look what was inside!!

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Sephora x delete all from my wish list! Anyone here that 'knows me' knows I live and breathe for glitter nail polish and this is supposed to be amazing for taking it off! AND Sephora x Wavelength!!!! LOVE THIS!! And doubly love because I was going to get a Julep that was similar but is now out of stock (probley forever). Mani is happening tonight! Josie Maran Argon oil light! Wow, so I have heard of this and been very curious about using oils but never tried them. My skin is so weird lately and I've been trying to find a good moisturizer. I tried this last night and when I woke up my face was GLOWING!!! I'm hooked now!! I also got an adorable hair brush which I totally need for my desk at work and a bunch of samples including the blue glamglow that I've wanted to try forever. Wow @ you totally spoiled me with really amazing gifts and I'm in love with everything :)!!! Thank you so much!!!!

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Ok, another stab at the reveal of my awesome box of wonderfulness!  Thank you again to my swap buddy @@tulosai!!!   Despite the fact that she has been sick, she still managed to send such wonderful and thoughtful gifts.    (Please excuse the awful lighting and blurriness that will follow)

 

 

 

The first thing that I opened was this!  Something to spice up my humdrum makeup!  Honest to Pete, I came this close (my fingers are very close together) to ordering this from BB5 when they offered me a discount code.  I got a sample trio from BB5 a while back of purple, brown and gold that I’ve been using as crease colors and am really impressed with the pigmentation.  So happy to have a full set to expand my makeup horizons - with beautiful blushes too!

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More stuff to push me out of my neutral eye comfort zone!  You know, I’ve only ever worn almost black, black or very black mascara, so I’m excited to see the difference the brown mascara makes.  I’ve only very recently tried a liquid liner and really like it, so I’m happy to have another to play with and in a fun blue color! 

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Ho—ly cow.  I’ve heard people rave about this brand– a favorite of @@tulosai’s – and how amazing it smells.  So, the first thing I did when I saw it was yank the cap off and sniff… amazing is right!  Can’t wait to use them!!

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Ooooo, stuff for the body… some great smelling scrubs and a bar of soap!  I haven’t really used many scrubs before (again, mostly just because I tend not to travel very far away from what I’m used to).  Now I have the opportunity to try them out!  And the soap smells like coconut – my favorite summer scent!

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As I’ve mentioned, I camp pretty often on the weekends and like to take the samples to leave in the camper so I don’t have to remember to bring them every time.  She put together a fabulous bunch of samples –cleanser, moisturizer, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, and hair products all in a pretty bag to keep them in!  Everything a girl needs.   How thoughtful!!!!

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Yum, yum, yum!  She knows I love my sweets!  Hawaiian Lehua Honey.   With Hawaii and honey in the name, how on earth could it be anything but delicious?!  I see a honey and toast breakfast in my near future.  Heck, I’m thinking that may be my dinner tonight!

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Some coffee and tea samples in another pretty bag!  That pomegranate tea sounds really good!  Oh, oh, oh - I can use the honey in my tea.  I’ve never done that before, but I think this is the perfect opportunity for that! 

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More goodies!  @@tulosai’s favorite books, some Lindor truffles (my favorite!!), minty gum, and a cute pencil.   I love that you sent me books you love.   I haven’t read any of these and I’m thrilled to have some good summer reading material!  The truffles got a little smushed in the heat, but I tried one to make sure they were ok – they were!  ;)

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Oh, and I didn’t get a good picture of these before I ripped them open, but I also got a Korean? or Japanese? serum to try and a very pretty cream NYX blush!  I have yet to wander into the foreign skin care and cosmetics world, so I was excited to see this and it will be going on my face tonight!  The NYX blush is so pretty and I’ve never used a cream blush.  Another new thing for me to try!  But they are included with this picture of everything...

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I got the perfect swap buddy to help nudge me to try new things.   Nothing too wild and crazy, but different for me.  Just what I needed and oh, so perfect!  I’m truly so excited to try it all!  Thank you again @@tulosai - you are absolutely amazing!  

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To my summerswap buddy! WHO ARE YOU>! I have your real name, but for some reason I don't see anything with your username on it! (I may have dropped one of your adorable notes and my 14 week old puppy may have eaten it and I could no longer read it which may explain my situation but please tell me who you are!) 

 

Everything came adorably wrapped and I tore into it INSTANTLY! 

 

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It looked AWESOME

 

And then I got ALL these goodies! Sephora brushes, some of my favorite stuff like locctaine hand cream, benefit theyre real, philospohy, AND A LUSH BATH BOMB,,, hand cream for my obsession, and an awesome book I am going to share with my maid of honor after I read it! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I wish I took more photos but the puppy wouldn't let me. I should have locked myself in another room but I was not patient enough! 

 

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Thank you thank you! I got my own personal birchbox which I loved and tons of great goodies that are perfect! Ahh super excited! I also dont know when it came, i didnt check the mail for a few days and life has been crazy.. (two fourteen+ hour workdays so far this week) so this was SUCH an awesome treat and fun thing to come home too! 

 

Thank you thank you!!!! Whoever you are! 

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To my summerswap buddy! WHO ARE YOU>! I have your real name, but for some reason I don't see anything with your username on it! (I may have dropped one of your adorable notes and my 14 week old puppy may have eaten it and I could no longer read it which may explain my situation but please tell me who you are!) 

 

Everything came adorably wrapped and I tore into it INSTANTLY! 

 

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It looked AWESOME

 

And then I got ALL these goodies! Sephora brushes, some of my favorite stuff like locctaine hand cream, benefit theyre real, philospohy, AND A LUSH BATH BOMB,,, hand cream for my obsession, and an awesome book I am going to share with my maid of honor after I read it! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I wish I took more photos but the puppy wouldn't let me. I should have locked myself in another room but I was not patient enough! 

 

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Thank you thank you! I got my own personal birchbox which I loved and tons of great goodies that are perfect! Ahh super excited! I also dont know when it came, i didnt check the mail for a few days and life has been crazy.. (two fourteen+ hour workdays so far this week) so this was SUCH an awesome treat and fun thing to come home too! 

 

Thank you thank you!!!! Whoever you are! 

I'm your summer swap buddy (I wrote it on the note that was in the Birchbox)! So glad that it brightened your day!  :)

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More goodies!  @tulosai’s favorite books, some Lindor truffles (my favorite!!), minty gum, and a cute pencil.   I love that you sent me books you love.   I haven’t read any of these and I’m thrilled to have some good summer reading material!  The truffles got a little smushed in the heat, but I tried one to make sure they were ok – they were! 
 

 

 

I love the shopaholic book set they are so fluffy and deliciously bad for you books  and I mean that in the best way.  and the hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet is a wonderful book! great choices :) 

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 buddy is @klg534. I haven't unwrapped

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yet but here are the lovlies in the wrapping paper:) Thank you so much Kellie, can't wait to open them:)

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OMG like seriously I don't even know where to start. Courtney, you are AMAZING. Ok here we go and I love to talk about myself so settle in for a whale of a post!! First off, my swap buddy was @cg0112358.

 

 

so first off let me tell you the story of my box. I got notice on Monday or Tuesday that it had shipped and would be to me on Thursday. My husband gets home around 3:30. I texted him asking if I got any packages, he says nope. Womp Womp. So I'm home from work and going about my day. Go to take the garbage out. Realize there's no pile of mail on the stairs like there ALWAYS is when he checks it. So "ummm hon did we get ANY mail?" He says no. I figure that's kind of odd and I'll check it since I'm outside anyways JUST IN CASE.

 

Hmmm a card from my cousin, my step niece's baby announcement....A KEY TO THE PACKAGE BOX! (We have a townhouse where we share a mailbox kinda then there's a bit old box if you have any packages) AND LOOK WHAT I SEE!!

 

 

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Ignore my ratchet nails. Spoiler alert: they won't be ratchet for long!

 

Ok can't breathe. Go in the house.

First let me take a selfie of my face when I opened it. And yes I filtered that bih to black and white because I have no makeup on. Judge me. post-106039-0-15713600-1408062088_thumb.jpg

 

Ok after fanning myself off a bit like an old church lady it's time to open. First thing I see:

 

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ALL THE MASKS!! Freeman masks I love, paper masks I want to try, masks that I can't even read what they say because they aren't in English and you bet I'm going to slap them on my face!! I wanted to try Korean skin care and this is perfect!! Mask party at my place!!

 

So then we continue on to this. I think I died for a minute. post-106039-0-01382100-1408062261_thumb.jpg

 

After I rose again, ALL THE INDIE POLISH!! A TON of stuff from rainbow honey that I wanted to try so bad, a llarowe polish I've been absolutely DYING to have (how did you know!?), a beautttiiful holo polish from Layla cosmetics, and the most perfect nail polish EVAR from femme fatale cosmetics. Ummm hello it's confetti and it's femme fatale and I the world's biggest Britney Spears fan (it's one of her albums for you non believers in the holy spear-it)Could it be more perfect!?! I think not!

 

Ok ONWARD! Candy!!

 

Is this from Louisiana!? It is so good! And to be more excellent I ate a red one thinking it would be cherry or strawberry. It's CINNAMON!! My favorite!! Hubby ate a blue one and also declared it delicious. Cue his second rant about how they need a man version of a swap lol post-106039-0-21592900-1408062526_thumb.jpg

 

Ok back with part 2 soon!

 

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Ok so after I recover from the sugar coma, we press onward.

 

 

oooo another box let's open! post-106039-0-36043300-1408062814_thumb.jpg

 

OMG SO MUCH GLITTER. A WHOLE BOX OF GLITTER. That's right, E L E V E N bottle of glitter. One for each of my fingers and one left over for my toes!! I love the pure ice polishes I wore one on my toes for our wedding! And I've never tried julep!! And I loovveeee Nicole by opi! And skepfofodkskeo JULIE G!! I can't explain how excited I am for this, we don't have rite aide here and I wanted to try these so bad! I've never tried hope girl but it's pink and leopard print so I already love it!!

 

Ok. Wait there's more!?!? Take a break for my cat to check out the box. She approves. post-106039-0-41695200-1408063045_thumb.jpg

 

Ok one more box to go. OMG I don't know where to start with this. So I open and see this. post-106039-0-30385500-1408063079_thumb.jpg

 

I die again. And legit cried. OMG so many pretties!! Ok so first there's these 3

 

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Vichy!! I have always wanted to try this brand but haven't! And now I can! And at first I didn't know what the one in the middle was but I knew it had a dinosaur climbing a building on the box so it must be amazing. ITS A KOREAN CC CREAM!! Exactly what I've wanted to try! And the one on the right Korean toner!! Ahhhh my face is going to be so beauuuutiful. Ok we continue.

 

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I can not. Like seriously I can't. It's a mirror and a sticker!! And glitter is my favorite color!! I lol'd because this was seriously my EXACT response when a roadie asked me what my favorite color was. IT IS PERFECT!!

 

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Ahhhhh!! Ok so I am on a no buy. I used up my lip butter and I was so sad I couldn't buy another one. now I have one!! And a kissable balm stain and they are BOTH PINK! And the cutest little coastal scents eyeshadow sample I've seen in my whole life!! I've never tried CS but now I can! Yay! And an h2o hydrating treatment for mah face that will be PERFECT when frozen hell enters winter and my skin goes dry as a bone, which will be in about 2 weeks. And a lorac eye primer!! Ok one, I've wanted to try this so bad and don't think I've mentioned it so you are a PSYCHIC! Two, you couldn't have known but I'm almost out of eye primer and now I don't have to break my no buy to buy one!!

 

Ok! Then I saw this.

 

At first I said "wot is this?!" Then I realized it's nail tape and a bottle of glitter!! (I think, correct me if I'm wrong, because I am frequently wrong!) post-106039-0-26253700-1408063723_thumb.jpg

 

My nails are gonna be BANGIN YA'LL! Ok down to the final. post-106039-0-18189300-1408063778_thumb.jpg

 

Gahhhhh!! I am not sure I'll recover at this point. One, MORE GLITTER! Am I 31? I am. Will I wear this, ESPECIALLY since (and I don't think I've mentioned this either you psychic!) we're going to Vegas in December? Not only will i wear it, I WILL SLATHER MYSELF IN GLITTER. And HELLO WAFFLE!!

 

Ok I will admit I am a terrible swap buddy and ordered hello waffle after I made my list. In a hilarious twist of fate....the colors you got me? EXACTLY WHAT I ORDERED. I died. Oh I got dupes, how sad!?! NO I AM SO EXCITED NOW I HAVE BACKUPS OF MY FAVORITE COLORS AND I CAN USE THEM WITH RECKLESS ABANDON DURING NO BUY! I'm seriously shocked how well you picked. And....A HELLO WAFFLE LIPSTICK!! Ahhhh! I have not tried these but hello waffle is my favorite indie brand so far (and my first!) and the color is beautiful and perfect and it smells minty and delicious!

 

All the pretties: post-106039-0-41033800-1408064022_thumb.jpg

 

 

Courtney you see hands down farking AMAZING. You went so far above and beyond what I expected and I absolutely love everything. I am in awe of how perfect of gifts you picked and do not feel bad about the wrapping, like hello did you see my gift lol?! so love it ALL SO MUCH THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

 

PS not sure why the pics are sideways when they works before. Ah well just stretch your neck a little.

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