Suzy and my boyface have done it again! They thought I needed cheering up, so when the boy was visiting Suzy in Holland, they did some shopping and mailed a big box o' stuff my way. It actually arrived on a really horrible day, when I was falling to pieces and in desperate need of a reason to smile, so the timing was perfect and it was just so lovely and kind of them to do this for me ♥ THANK YOU GUYS!!!
|Merry Christmas to meeeeee|
This is *most* of the contents of the box - not even all of it! Talk about like Christmas in July - every single item, including the box itself (not shown since it got awfully battered by the USPS -_-) was wrapped up in pretty paper, and there were super cute Hello Kitty stickers on the outside of the box which you can see in the top left corner. I won't be showing you the card, sorry 0_~
|Vero Moda top|
So originally, Suzy wanted to send me this top she had found and thought would look good on me (SUPER AWWW!), and this was the foundation of the big box o' win. It's a bit more lilac than it appears in this photo, a bit sheer, very flatteringly cut, and perfect for summer! I love it!
|Hopefully-not-real Anna Sui wallet|
Can you imagine how I freaked out when I unwrapped this gorgeous wallet?! It says Anna Sui on it. I made the boy reassure me that it was not real Anna Sui before I even let myself open it up ... I can't have nice things like that! But oh, it's so beautiful, and really functional too. I shall use it as a clutch for going out!
|Kruidvat anti-age eye cream|
This eye cream is specifically from Suzy because the manfriend officially does not condone the sending of anti-aging products to me :P which is weird because I'm already older than him and likely to keep on getting older, so why the pro-aging sentiments? Anyway, I do not know if this has any real effect, but I can say I have been without an eye cream for[literally]ever and the scent of this one is fantastic, plus it doesn't sting or burn my eyes or the surrounding skin. I've heard some eye creams do that ... and now I won't have to go spend a million dollars on an eye cream cuz I have this ooooooone! If you don't read Dutch or French, I will translate for you: "Kruidvat" is the brand and orchid is the scent. That is all I have figured out so far.
|L-R: Catrice Birds of a Feather eyeshadow quad, Bird of Paradise blush stick, and Bird of Paradise Crystal Clear Gloss Stick, all from the LE Papagena collection|
Then ... OMG. Did my eyes deceive me? No - it truly is THE CLEAR LIPSTICK I was gibbering about a while ago! Okay. Maybe she saw that post and remembered that I had been wanting it, but how did she know I was drooling over the other stuff in the LE Papagena collection as well?! It must be her psychic abilities, I'm not the only one who believes this of Suzy ^.^
I now own enough Catrice to make a judgment about the company, I believe. And my opinion is that they are fantastic! I have been impressed by the quality of every single thing I have from them :D
|Catrice Birds of a Feather eyeshadow quad, swatched in clockwise order starting at top left in quad, in direct sunlight, no flash. Top half is swatched over Pixie Epoxy, bottom half swatched over TFSI.|
The eyeshadows are so beautiful, in fact, too beautiful to use since they have different textures and patterns pressed into them. Oh well, I'm using them anyway. Surprisingly, the purple is not my super favorite of the bunch! Actually I do really like it, but the two greens are so lovely: a lighter citrus green that brings lemon-lime soda to mind, and a darker green with red, gold, and other glitter in it (click photo to zoom in).
|L-R: Catrice Blush Stick in Bird of Paradise, Catrice Crystal Clear Gloss Stick in Bird of Paradise, GOSH Light'N Shine lip gloss 04, direct sunlight, no flash|
The blush stick is really cool, with a creamy texture sort of similar to a lip balm, and the perfect amount of pigmentation - it starts off really sheer but can easily be built up in color. It's a great neutral light pink which I think probably would work best on pale girls like me. And the
lipstick -shaped- lollipop "gloss stick" is more or less transparent, but with a slight tint of wine. It also smells like fruit punch, yum! Not that moisturizing though, so it's definitely not meant to be a balm. That third swatch is the gloss from this next bunch ...
|L-R: GOSH Cosmetics Mono Eyeshadow in 005 Purple, Light'N Shine Lip Gloss in 04|
GOSH goodies! I looooove this stuff. They know me well, so they chose a purple eyeshadow for me, and then the gloss is just way cool! It has a mirror on one side (I left the sticker over it for this photo), and it lights up when you pull out the wand, making it super easy to apply the gloss in any lighting conditions.
|GOSH Cosmetics Light'N Shine lip gloss in shade 04, direct sunlight, no flash|
The gloss is a pale milky pink with tons of violet, blue and silver sparkles. I think I'll wear it most often over more opaque lipsticks, just to add some cool glitter.
|GOSH Cosmetics eyeshadow in 005 Purple, direct sunlight, no flash, swatched over Pixie Epoxy on top and TFSI on bottom|
This eyeshadow was the slightest bit chalky, as you may be able to tell from the swatch. It really resembles Sugarpill's Poison Plum in the pan, but not at all on the skin! It's darker, with some pink and blue sparkles, where Poison Plum is a bright red-toned matte purple.
Last but definitely NOT least, the candy! I got some Curly Wurlies from the boy when he first came to visit me, and I loooooved them, so I ate this one right away. For us non-UK peeps, a Curly Wurly is just like caramel covered in chocolate but sort of made like Swiss cheese with big holes ... yums :) And in fact, laws were broken here, because it is illegal to import Kinder Surprises into America O_o That's because they contain non-edible bits inside which could be choking hazards. Wanna see my choking hazard? (WOW THAT SOUNDS DIRTY)
|It came all folded up in that little yellow pod, inside the egg-shaped milk chocolate lined with white chocolate|
I got ... a little windsurfer! I had to put it together myself ... on-camera ... with commentary from the peanut gallery ^.^ But I got it eventually!
So *whew* I think that was everything! Can you believe how generous these two are? Man, if not for the fact that I got to send him a big birthday present right before this, and am already stockpiling stuff for Suzy's birthday (ahahahahaha yes, yes I am Suzy), I would have felt ... even more undeserving of all these awesome goodies! Sometimes you just meet the best people through the internet :)