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Thank you girls for all the wonderful reveals and the great photos! I spent most of my day stuck in traffic and by stuck I mean stopped, completely  :angry: So I did lightly look through this thread (only while completely stopped) I kept me from cursing out everyone around me (to myself of course)  :blush:

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I want to first apologize because this is long overdue.  I received my gift a week ago today, but I was out of town.  I came home and was all set to post about how amazing it was on Monday and then I found out my sister passed away :(

So again, I want to apologize, especially to @@rachelshine!!!  Everything was perfect and unbelieveably thoughtful!!!

I am working on uploading pictures now, but I did not want to delay this any longer.  Be back shortly with pictures of my new pretties!!!!

I am so sorry for your loss. Please take care of family first.  :hugs3:

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I want to first apologize because this is long overdue.  I received my gift a week ago today, but I was out of town.  I came home and was all set to post about how amazing it was on Monday and then I found out my sister passed away :(

So again, I want to apologize, especially to @@rachelshine!!!  Everything was perfect and unbelieveably thoughtful!!!

I am working on uploading pictures now, but I did not want to delay this any longer.  Be back shortly with pictures of my new pretties!!!!

My condolences...so very sorry for your loss.

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Big hugs to everyone out there who are going through tough times.  I'm SO SO SO sorry @OpheliaDiFranco.  I'm sure your wonderful sister will be in your heart always & forever.

 

And @@rachelshine I'm so sorry your sister is going through tough times right now too.

 

BIG GROUP HUG LADIES!!!!   :hugs3:

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@@OpheliaDiFranco I am so sorry for your loss :(

 

It's been a rough 24 hours in my house too- I woke up yesterday and my Cheyenne's leg was all swollen up! I thought it was broken and rushed her to the vet to find out she is retaining fluid from her steroids.  I have to massage her, but its just so puffy. I'm terribly worried about her :(

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@ OpheliaDiFranco I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister.  You and your family are in my thoughts.

 

@@rachelshine you and your family are in my thoughts as well.  It is so hard to watch someone we love struggle like that.  I hope you find ways to make some memories now that you will hold close in your heart in the years ahead.

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@@LolaJay, are you a wizard? Because you simply must have magical powers to have put together such a perfect box.

Behold the awesome hidden in the spoiler!

 

 

So after taking a nice, leisurely stroll through the country, this beautiful box found its way to me.

 

(With minor injuries. It was a bumpy ride) If there were box Olympics, this would make the finals. At least, I'd give it a laurel. Look at all the gorgeousness!

Upon opening the box, I was treated with this loveliness:

 

Those little flower stickers are to the cutest! o (^‿^✿)  I plan on keeping them all.

Here's the first thing I opened. It's a bottle of Tokyo Milk's gin and rosewater perfume!

 

I actually haven't had a daily, go-to perfume since high school. (Either my tastes suddenly changed or my favorite cherry blossom perfume got reformulated. But it suddenly smelled very unpleasant to me.) I like to have a new perfume every few years or so because scent can hold a lot of memory. I keep nearly empty bottles of old scents around, and when I smell them, it's like being transported back in time. It's so creepy. I have this one body spray I wore my freshmen year of high school, and I swear, every time I smell it, it's like I'm back there again. (For better or worse...hehe) But I've been without a staple perfume for a good two or so years. (╯︵╰,)

But no longer, my friends! :mussical: This is amazing and perfect in every way humanly possible! I can't wait to make new memories with this!

 

*sings* Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!

 

Wohoo for ribbons!  :D

First little box:

 

1. Essence lipstick. Lauren, this is why you are a wizard. You had no way of knowing I love this! I got it with an Ulta order and it's one of my favorites to wear on days when I'm not wearing much makeup. It has this very subtle, purple sheen that makes it seem like I'm not wearing lipstick, but still have an unnerving, purple glow about my lips. Basically, I use it when I want to feel creepy. (Which is often.)

2. L'oreal Paris lippie. You do not want to know how long I sat there trying to pull the cap off. It twists, evidently.  :blush: Once I got passed my own blondeness, I was greeted with a super cute, pink lipgloss. I can't wait to wear it!

3. NYX lipstick. This color is a dusty rose. And despite dusty rose being one of my favorite makeup colors, I don't have any lipsticks like this. So I am over the moon about this one! (´ ▽`).。o♡

4. Atelier Cologne. Another awesome rose scent! I can wear this one when I'm feeling more mysterious. OoOoOoOoOo.... B)

 

Eek! These are actually the first Urban Decay and Too Faced products I've ever personally owned! I'm already have these sitting proudly among my other lippies and am wearing the UD lipstick. Thank you ever so much!

 

I'm am now the proud owner of these beautiful princess pieces! I've already gone a little swatch crazy and can't wait to wear these colors! There's this one rosey gold shade in that Snow White palette that I have swatched on my wrist and I am staring at it like a crazy person. Just wait till I can put you on my eyes, my pretty.

*clears throat* Well, where was I?

 

This is so neat! Lauren put together a little set of some of her favorite products!

1. L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. I just tried this out and I'm impressed. My lashes are pretty thick so I have problems with lengthening them without making them stick together in one, weird uni-lash. I didn't even put primer under this and it gave my lashes some pretty great length. A+!

2. Wetn'Wild Comfort Zone Palette. So, I went and swatched this too. And wow. This may be the first time that I can honestly say I love every color in a palette. And that duochrome? Fantastic! Thank you!

3. Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien. A vial of Lauren's favorite perfume! How awesome is that. And it's another scent that I really like. (Seriously. Wizard.  :wizard: ) Somehow, this reminds me of my grandma's garden where we would always go picking for flowers. And then my aunt would show us how to make flowers crowns by hand and tell us fairy tales. And for some reason this reminds me of that. It makes me think of woodsy fairies. I'll have to wear it next time I read fairy tales!

4. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel. I've heard praise sung for these from everyone. I can't wait to try it out!

5. Be Delectable Lemon & Cream lotion. This is a godsend! I just ran out of lotion last night, and I was like, "This won't do. My hands!" And this smells amazing. Like a yummy, lemon pound cake!

 

( ★ω★) Paper. Such beautiful paper!

I write a lot, so I go through notebooks like crazy. This are gorgeous and will go to great use! Who knows, I could write the Great American Novel on these things...

 

And now, I request a drum roll please as I present the pièce de résistance!

 

 

:w00t:  *stares at the perfection until my eyes threaten to start watering*

Oh wait, I didn't even show you guys the inside yet.

 

*eyes actually start watering*  :scared:

Everything is so beautiful. Lauren, I am so touched that you took the time to make this for me. I can't believe how amazing it all is. She made this out of old earrings, you guys!

Next year, I'm going to the Steampunk World's Fair, and you can bet your buttons I'll be wearing those hair clips! I can't even begin to say thank you enough. (˘⌣˘)˘⌣˘ C)

 

Now, before I leave you, I believe there's one last honorable mention in store.

Look at that bubblewrap. It's iridescent! (´ ▽`).。

 

 

 

Lauren, thank you a bunch, a million, a hundred thousand million gajillion! I wish I could run right over and hug you in person!

(づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ You spoiled me so much, and I can never say thank you enough!  :hugs3:

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Oh man my box was supposed to come today but all kinds a mixups happened.  So tomorrow, hopefully!  And I hope to get my box out too!

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@@Dashery SO HAPPY it finally made it to you! These past couple days I've been checking on it incessantly and FINALLY! Haha! I'm so happy you like everything! I was pretty proud of my hair pins lol. I'm glad you like them!!

 

YAY!! And you took such gorgeous pictures of it all! INTERNET HUGS!

 

You were so fun to shop for! I went the whimsical/vintagey route after seeing all of the pretty things in your Birchbox favorites. I knew I HAD to make you a pretty box!

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@@Dashery SO HAPPY it finally made it to you! These past couple days I've been checking on it incessantly and FINALLY! Haha! I'm so happy you like everything! I was pretty proud of my hair pins lol. I'm glad you like them!!

 

YAY!! And you took such gorgeous pictures of it all! INTERNET HUGS!

 

You were so fun to shop for! I went the whimsical/vintagey route after seeing all of the pretty things in your Birchbox favorites. I knew I HAD to make you a pretty box!

Haha It seems like the box took a stop at every single USPS facility in state!

 

And the box is just the prettiest! I feel like I won the swap buddy lottery! 

INTERNET HUGS RIGHT BACK AT YOU!

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@@LolaJay nice work!! a friend made me button hairpins for my wedding (a play off of my username, which is a nickname of mine) that look similar to the ones you made for dashery and i loved them to pieces! those are so so pretty!

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Wow! Runs away and hides own wrapping shame!

 

I'm not very good at wrapping either.  So, I had to get creative with my packaging and used pretty/bright colors as a distraction.   :)

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I always get excited when reveals are slow for the day because then it means mine could be here today  :D  can't wait until the mail gets here!

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Lol re wrapping....I don't even wrap for Xmas! We use fabric bags that my sisterinlaw made for us as I hate wrapping things and I suck at it! I feel bad as my buddy got no pretty packaging...but I hope the contents made up for it!

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@@LolaJay, are you a wizard? Because you simply must have magical powers to have put together such a perfect box.

Behold the awesome hidden in the spoiler!

 

 

So after taking a nice, leisurely stroll through the country, this beautiful box found its way to me.

attachicon.gifBox.jpg

(With minor injuries. It was a bumpy ride) If there were box Olympics, this would make the finals. At least, I'd give it a laurel. Look at all the gorgeousness!

Upon opening the box, I was treated with this loveliness:

attachicon.gif008.JPG

Those little flower stickers are to the cutest! o (^‿^✿) I plan on keeping them all.

Here's the first thing I opened. It's a bottle of Tokyo Milk's gin and rosewater perfume!

attachicon.gif010.JPG

I actually haven't had a daily, go-to perfume since high school. (Either my tastes suddenly changed or my favorite cherry blossom perfume got reformulated. But it suddenly smelled very unpleasant to me.) I like to have a new perfume every few years or so because scent can hold a lot of memory. I keep nearly empty bottles of old scents around, and when I smell them, it's like being transported back in time. It's so creepy. I have this one body spray I wore my freshmen year of high school, and I swear, every time I smell it, it's like I'm back there again. (For better or worse...hehe) But I've been without a staple perfume for a good two or so years. (╯︵╰,)

But no longer, my friends! :mussical: This is amazing and perfect in every way humanly possible! I can't wait to make new memories with this!

 

*sings* Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!

attachicon.gif012.JPG

Wohoo for ribbons! :D

First little box:

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1. Essence lipstick. Lauren, this is why you are a wizard. You had no way of knowing I love this! I got it with an Ulta order and it's one of my favorites to wear on days when I'm not wearing much makeup. It has this very subtle, purple sheen that makes it seem like I'm not wearing lipstick, but still have an unnerving, purple glow about my lips. Basically, I use it when I want to feel creepy. (Which is often.)

2. L'oreal Paris lippie. You do not want to know how long I sat there trying to pull the cap off. It twists, evidently. :blush: Once I got passed my own blondeness, I was greeted with a super cute, pink lipgloss. I can't wait to wear it!

3. NYX lipstick. This color is a dusty rose. And despite dusty rose being one of my favorite makeup colors, I don't have any lipsticks like this. So I am over the moon about this one! (´ ▽`).。o♡

4. Atelier Cologne. Another awesome rose scent! I can wear this one when I'm feeling more mysterious. OoOoOoOoOo.... B)

attachicon.gif017.JPG

Eek! These are actually the first Urban Decay and Too Faced products I've ever personally owned! I'm already have these sitting proudly among my other lippies and am wearing the UD lipstick. Thank you ever so much!

attachicon.gif018.JPG

I'm am now the proud owner of these beautiful princess pieces! I've already gone a little swatch crazy and can't wait to wear these colors! There's this one rosey gold shade in that Snow White palette that I have swatched on my wrist and I am staring at it like a crazy person. Just wait till I can put you on my eyes, my pretty.

*clears throat* Well, where was I?

attachicon.gif019.JPG

This is so neat! Lauren put together a little set of some of her favorite products!

1. L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. I just tried this out and I'm impressed. My lashes are pretty thick so I have problems with lengthening them without making them stick together in one, weird uni-lash. I didn't even put primer under this and it gave my lashes some pretty great length. A+!

2. Wetn'Wild Comfort Zone Palette. So, I went and swatched this too. And wow. This may be the first time that I can honestly say I love every color in a palette. And that duochrome? Fantastic! Thank you!

3. Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien. A vial of Lauren's favorite perfume! How awesome is that. And it's another scent that I really like. (Seriously. Wizard. :wizard: ) Somehow, this reminds me of my grandma's garden where we would always go picking for flowers. And then my aunt would show us how to make flowers crowns by hand and tell us fairy tales. And for some reason this reminds me of that. It makes me think of woodsy fairies. I'll have to wear it next time I read fairy tales!

4. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel. I've heard praise sung for these from everyone. I can't wait to try it out!

5. Be Delectable Lemon & Cream lotion. This is a godsend! I just ran out of lotion last night, and I was like, "This won't do. My hands!" And this smells amazing. Like a yummy, lemon pound cake!

attachicon.gif020.JPG

( ★ω★) Paper. Such beautiful paper!

I write a lot, so I go through notebooks like crazy. This are gorgeous and will go to great use! Who knows, I could write the Great American Novel on these things...

 

And now, I request a drum roll please as I present the pièce de résistance!

 

attachicon.gif013.JPG

:w00t: *stares at the perfection until my eyes threaten to start watering*

Oh wait, I didn't even show you guys the inside yet.

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*eyes actually start watering* :scared:

Everything is so beautiful. Lauren, I am so touched that you took the time to make this for me. I can't believe how amazing it all is. She made this out of old earrings, you guys!

Next year, I'm going to the Steampunk World's Fair, and you can bet your buttons I'll be wearing those hair clips! I can't even begin to say thank you enough. (˘⌣˘)˘⌣˘ C)

 

Now, before I leave you, I believe there's one last honorable mention in store.

Look at that bubblewrap. It's iridescent! (´ ▽`).。

 

 

 

Lauren, thank you a bunch, a million, a hundred thousand million gajillion! I wish I could run right over and hug you in person!

(づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ You spoiled me so much, and I can never say thank you enough! :hugs3:

So much pretty! And I love the descriptions!

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I loved the star wars cookies...years ago I attempted some Star Wars cakes...I was asked why I made a garbage can cake lol...just thought I would try to figure out picture posting

 

 

 

 

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I loved the star wars cookies...years ago I attempted some Star Wars cakes...I was asked why I made a garbage can cake lol...just thought I would try to figure out picture posting

 

 

 

 

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That is the cutest cake ever!  :wub:

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