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Holy Mountain o’ Mail, Batman!

I received a LOT of mail today!

First up, The Body Perfumery.

I ordered a sampler set in the following scents:
Amour Cocoa
This sinfully indulgent scent is an elegant olfactory confection with a grounding base note of cocoa bean, warm, unsweetened dark chocolate, vanilla, ending on a bright and delectible note of star fruit and orange zest. One sniff won’t be enough! For fans of Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Amour de Cacao, Amour Cocoa is sure to be a favorite.

Inspired by the wonderful aroma of Basmati rice (the term ‘Basmati’ actually comes from the Hindi word “basmat” which means “fragrant”), this subtle yet delightful fragrance is a captivating mix of fruity florals and cedarwood. Delectable top notes of peach, strawberry and lemon, followed by rose, lily of the valley, and cedarwood, on a luscious base of spice and creamy vanilla. Don’t be mislead by all those florals! The end result is a scent that is remarkably smooth and satisfying.

Chocolat de Belgique
World reknowned for its elegant chocolates, Belgium is home to these rich, dark and to-die-for confections! This European chocolate sniff is more robust than semi- sweet, with a true dark chocolate heart that is enriched by cream, not milk.

Essence of Vanilla
If you love Kiehl’s Vanilla Essence, then you must try our Essence of Vanilla. This rich, warm vanilla is enhanced with a touch of honey, smoke and musk. This grown-up non-foody vanilla is swoon worthy!

Midnight Orchid
A floriental of the finest caliber, this one is for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fans. Multi-layered and absolutely sensational in all our products (but particularly in the shower so be sure to take it into the hot steam with you!). This is a scent for perfume connoisseurs. Spicy florals dance with dark truffle, vanilla, incense, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood and fruit accords.

They included a free sample of peppermint tea soap. I love peppermint so I think it smells fantastic.
Now, a sample set of 5, of which you can only order one at a time, is $7.50. Shipping on that shows at $5.99. However, a day after I placed my order I received a manual refund through PayPal for $3.49, making shipping a reasonable $2.50. It seems like their mail program’s default shipping charge is $5.99 if you’re in the USA, no matter the order amount.

So far I’ve only sniffed and worn Basmati. When I first put it on I can smell the lemon and rose and a bit of creamy vanilla distinctly. The other notes are there but not overpowering. It really is a smooth scent.

Next, I purchased some MAC Pigment samples from The Body Needs, mostly to satisfy some curiousity.

Cornflower – pale pastel blue with shimmering blue/violet pearl
Fuchsia – bright fuchsia-pink
Bright Fuchsia – intensely rich fuchsia with a hint of pearl (not eye safe)
Naked – fleshy beige with golden copper pearl
Helium – light pink with red duochrome
Genuine Orange – rich true orange matte (not eye or lip safe)
Reflects Transparent Teal – sparkling white with turquoise
Crystalled Pink Glitter – very fine light pink glitter dust, reflecting red, violet and blue

I’m fairly certain the only color I don’t have a dupe for is Crystalled Pink Glitter. It’s just gorgeous. Everything else, I have a close match, an exact match, or an even brighter shade. The price for most samples ranged from $1.79 to $2.19, except for Genuine Orange which was listed at one cent. The shipping cost from The Body Needs was pretty outrageous for those samples, as the pigments totaled $13.44 and the shipping was $6.95. Ouch.

Next I ordered some of the Valentine’s colors from Silk Naturals. SN did a small release and will be moving to a new location soon. I was entirely flattered when I read Karen’s note that I’d helped to inspire the colors. That’s so awesome!

Flame – red shimmer. V
Cherry Blossom – a very light cool-toned pink highlight. V
Safety Orange – a bright, vibrant orange, nearly matte. V
Vivid – bright, almost shocking purple. V
Cabin Fever – free with purchase
Yes, all shades are vegan. There’s a vegan red :)
My shipping costs from Silk Naturals were quite reasonable at $2.95.

Next, I ordered from Aromaleigh to pick up some of the Angels Colors.

Full Sizes
Orion – a plush peach with pinkish/red interference shimmer highlight and brilliant bright sparks of blue
Loretha – deep and rich shimmering metallic vibrant teal with brilliant sparks of aqua and violet
Tanya Angel – a vibrant warm metallic purple with rich sparkle shimmer like a rainbow
Georgiana – muted mid-tone warm gold with the slightest grey undertone and a fine iridescent pink/red shimmer with brilliant red sparkles and burgundy shimmer throughout

Free Samples
Camellia – muted antique rose, rich with a silvery bases
Ginkgo – lively yellow-green with the surprise of smooth metallic finish
Bamboo- warm tan, golden opulent sheen

Next, I placed a custom order with Sobe Botanicals.

I purchased:
Lipstick in Boo Berry – bright blue – raspberry lemonade scent
Lipstick in Monster Mash – bright purple – yuzu scent
Lipstick in Jack-o-Lantern – bright orange – chocolate cherry scent
Lip Scrub in Vanilla Chocolate Raspberry Swirl

Lex was kind enough to send me a gazillion samples of her eye shadows and primers, so that I can give her some feedback on her primers. She also played around with some notes to make me a roll on scent :)

And this was my mountain of mail!

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02016577008160386411 krista carlson

      Wow a bunch of nice things…Wowee…I ordered the total package in a full size also…I had Jenna create that color for me and she added it to the collection. It is really pretty….I ordered Pure Femme in full size just now and the blue finishing powder. Very nice things…I can't wait to see what you do with these!!!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01589852582218331229 Thia Winter

      WHEW! What a haul of mailings today! Good for you! I just placed an order at Aromaleigh like yesterday and it's already been shipped! WOO HOO!! :D Do you have any other orders coming? I'm placing a few later this week I think…..

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03632585346258614470 Michelle

      Fun mail day for you! Lots of new fun/pretty stuff to play with :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16315165490023100053 Y

      Great haul! I personally lOVE hauling and looking at other people's hauls =]

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04067130623684833060 Shannon

      Karen put up all of the new SN stuff riiight after I made my order, so I'm of course going to have to put in another order soon for the new eye pretties. I can't wait to see what kind of looks you put together with them!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15051730340510767550 Lindsey

      Sorry, disregard that. I was apparently looking at the wrong section for samples, as they have several sections for perfume samples.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Krista,
      Very sweet!

      Hi Thia,
      I have a few other things that I've been waiting on.

      Hi Michelle,

      Hi Y,
      Aww thanks!

      Hi Shannon,
      Definitely go for it! It made me so excited to see her release!

      Hi Lindsey,
      No worries :)
      I'd love to hear what you get.
      Basmati isn't driving me wild, but it's not bad.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15051730340510767550 Lindsey

      I'm having a lot of trouble narrowing my scents down. I'm currently working on a "scents I want to try" spreadsheet, and I'm only on the Cs, and have 14 so far. xD

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Lindsey,
      It was definitely hard to narrow it down to 5!
      Which ones are making your list?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12506041524245047440 Sassybanjo

      Okay, Phyrra…I want to know what your favorite perfume brand is. I usually don't wear fragrance, but I want to start. I ordered a Philosophy fragrance last week based on tons of raving reviews and it turns out I can't even smell it 15 seconds after I spray it on. I paid $40 for a scent that's not much different than water!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Dawn :)
      My favorite perfume is Hugo Boss Deep Red. I LOVE how it smells on me. It really works well with my body chemistry.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17073037723228196185 Saila

      You know what? I can open your mail. It seems that you get so much stuff on mail that you really need someone to help. And I'm willing to do that, for free. I can even help you by removing things that I think you don't need. And you don't even have to throw them away, I can take them. Think about it ;)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13958299527498383584 SilhouetteScreams

      I think I would die if I got this much mail in a day XD

      I need SN Flame in my life O_O and I can't wait to hear your opinions on the Sobe primers, I was looking at them the other day on etsy but couldnt find any reviews that I trusted

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236287856529546637 Shattered

      Noting that you had a sample of Bright Fuchsia in those MAC pigments, what do you have that is a near dupe or brighter? I've been looking for a dupe of that for awhile now, and would be ever so grateful if you spilled the beans. ;)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Saila,
      Awww you're so sweet ;)

      Hi Silhouette,
      It was such a shock.
      I'll be working my way through the Sobe primers! There's a ton.

      Hi Shattered,
      That one I'm going to have to dig to see if it is the same shade. The Bright Fuschia is one that can't be worn on the eyes, so only as a blush. Once I get a good suggestion I'll be sure to share.
      I'm hoping someone has a suggestion on Crystalled Pink Glitter.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236287856529546637 Shattered

      Yeah, that always bothered me about it, because I really only wanted it as an eyeshadow! But I figure an indie company has to have something somewhere – if not, I'm going to start playing with some eye-safe colors from TKB and try to dupe it myself.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Shattered,
      Yeah that bugs me. The Genuine Orange isn't eye safe either, so I'm guessing its meant to be a blush.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10270987158278386150 Dominique -aka- 美華ちゃん

      I'm waiting on about a billion things too. Seeing your mail makes me want to order more though, lol.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Dominique,
      Ooooh what all are you waiting on?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04794079879797365433 Starlight

      Hi,Phyrra! Your custom order from SoBe Botanicals…does that mean those lippies aren't available for anyone else on the Etsy site. I want Booberry, but can't find it over there. Thanks.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236287856529546637 Shattered

      I've been shopping around for eye-safe glitters and thought to check The Conservatorie – they have a pink one that looks quite close to Crystalled Pink from the photo, and they sell a sample size.


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02168093054712781267 Phyrra

      Hi Starlight,
      It should be available under her lipstick section. Usually there's a listing for all the colors she makes. If not, you can convo her and she'll most likely do a custom one for you.

      Hi Shattered,
      Thanks for the tip! I'll go check it out :)