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About porcelina

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  1. porcelina

    12 Days of Christmas

    Are you coveting anything currently available from Haus of Gloi? Yes! I like HoG scrubs, whipped soap, pumpkin butter, etc. From the Yule update, I pretty much like the sound of all the scents except for Rosy Cheeked (citrus is not my thing). Eggnoggin, His Sweater, and Winter Divinity sound especially good. Are you coveting anything from the Paintbox Soapworks update that just happened? Taking a quick look now! Winter Stories, White Winter Hymnal and White Snow, Bright Snow all sound good. I like their scrubs and lotions. Are you coveting anything from Cocoa Pink? I have never bought from this company so not particularly, but I am open to trying anything you think I might like! How do you feel about pomanders? I don't know what I would do with one! What do you do with them? How do you feel about savor soaps? I'm not familiar with them but again, open to trying it! Or Perfectly Posh? See above! Do you have feelings about fruitcake? We're talking whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake, not a brick in a festive tin. I recently tried making my own ~*fancy*~ fruitcake for Christmas and I thought it was really good! So what I learned from this is that whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake is awesome, and the cheapo storebought kind is not. Tl;dr I am a fruitcake snob. So I would love to try your homemade fruitcake! Any strong nail polish and/or makeup preferences? I don't wear a ton of makeup, and I am kind of picky about it. My eyeshadow is always the same (one of the various Midnight Cowboy incarnations from Urban Decay) and I usually just wear whatever mascara I got in my latest ipsy bag. (They always seem to send me mascara!) I wear bare minerals foundation and usually blush. I DO love to try new lip products- this is the one area where I am very open to experimentation. I usually wear red lipstick and am always looking for the perfect shade. I am way less picky about nail polish and will basically wear whatever! I like almost all bright or dark colors and am open to crazy glitters or holos or whatever. Favorite animals? PUGS! I am obsessed. Also manatees, koalas, pandas, penguins, and sloths. I also like basically all sea creatures, especially cephalopods! Oh and owls and flamingos! And alpacas! I really love animals, haha. Do you have a strong preference for consumables (soaps, candles, food, etc.) over other stuff? I don't have a strong preference one way or the other! Would you be interested in Colorpop? I don't know what that is! Hang on. Ok, no thanks! Would you like any holiday music? if so, do you prefer a CD or MP3? No thanks! Do you like toffee or fudge? Fudge yes! No nuts please. I am not super into toffee. How do you feel about amigurumi (little crochet stuffies...animals, characters, ornaments, etc.)? Yess they are so cute and I love them! I wish I could make them. If I were to crochet you something wearable, do you have any preferences? Do you like hats, scarves, gloves, other? And would you prefer something fun and whimsical (e.g. fox face hat or owl mittens), something delicate and pretty (e.g. lacy wraps or scalloped boot cuffs), or just something like a basic, no frills beanie or cowl? Do you have a Ravelry account and a list of favorite patterns? Whimsical is my favorite! I would love a scarf! What kind of hot drinks do you like, and if tea or coffee or cocoa or cider or alcohol, give specifics? All of the above? I like tea, especially stronger black teas (various earl grey types, lapsang souchong, also some on the sweeter side) and savory-ish green teas (like genmaicha) but I also really like floral teas (jasmine, rose, etc.) I love hot cocoa and cider. I love coffee but don't have strong preferences as I am just starting to learn what I like. I don't like flavored coffee. I prefer whole leaf tea and whole bean coffee. What kind of candles do you like, scent, etc? Vanilla, vanilla peppermint for the holidays, smoky, pine/evergreen, resins, spice, apple, etc. I am open to foodie scents for candles, whereas I don't usually like them for personal wear. Mixes or seasonings for the kitchen? Spices would be food! What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for? Hmm I can't think of anything off the top of my head. We do a lot of baking and holiday good ridiculousness around here...house specialties include lebkuchen (flourless, they're mostly nuts, spices, candied fruit), marzipan, butter caramels (flavored or plain), shortbread crisps, and savory cheese shortbread. Any of these sound appealing? Savory shortbread sounds amazing! I have never had marzipan. Caramels sound good, too! I like a lot of baked goods, just nothing with nuts! (I'm not allergic or anything- I just do not like the texture.) What are your top places to get a gift card from? Probably BPAL, to be honest! I get a lot of use out of Starbucks cards, too. Which holiday symbols/themes do you like the best (or least)? Such as Santas, snowflakes, reindeer, etc. I like reindeer (or regular deer) and snowmen! Do you like puzzles? Yes!
  2. porcelina

    switch witch help - halloween 2017

    9/19/17 Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com I don't think so 9/18/17 It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference? I like short socks- like the kind that comes only up to the ankle or just below. No fiber preference! Would you be open to previously-loved books? Yes What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP? Yes So what are your favorite fandoms? Disney everything, Hannibal (the TV show), Harry Potter 9/17/17 I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so! I LOVE lavender everything! are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both? Not really into divination World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally? That would be cool... I don't really know what time I was born, though. Does my Witchee need any magical supplies? No Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)? I am in too much of a rush right now to look at their specific offerings but I am always open to trying new soaps. 9/16/17 Favorite gemstones? Probably amethyst? I like purple. Opals are pretty too. If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky? Chunky and kitschy Any love of pirates or SCA? Not particularly Is there anything you would like from Disney World? I asked this question because I am going to WDW in a few days! Sooo I will be buying a bunch of stuff myself, haha. Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong? Yes. SLYTHERIN! How do you feel about chokers? No thank you 9/15/17 Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type? A vertical door type Halloween banner would be cute! Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year? Literally the only thing I like about our current house is its proximity to Trader Joe's. I love Trader Joe's and pumpkin everything but I definitely have easy access to all of their goodies already! Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets? Yes to both cooking and baking, but nothing specific comes to mind! Interesting spices and salts would be cool though! I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related?? I can't think of anything in particular but I do love the beach. What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice. Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? No thank you! 9/14/17 Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like? My kitties are picky and mostly not interested in treats, although they both love catnip. My pug LOVES stuffed squeaky toys (he will only play with soft toys- nothing rubber or plastic). He loves treats (being a pug) but they have to be grain-free and he can't eat pork. Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update? Nope Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things) I'm interested in a few of the hair glosses and I think one or two of the Fatherhood scents but I will probably be placing a BPTP order of my own pretty soon! 9/13/17 Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have? -If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist? I am not much of a gamer but I have a 3DS that I love and play all the time. I love everything related to Animal Crossing. I also like Pokemon a lot! How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? Simple eyelet scarf Chevron scarf Lacy and fuzzy Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) Leafy! Of those, I really like the chevron and the leafy! Like beer? What styles most appeal to you? I don't drink a lot of beer but I like IPAs and fun seasonal stuff. I love hard cider. Like booze? What kinds? Scotch and other kinds of whiskey, rum, interesting flavored stuff Like Wine? What kinds? I am just getting into wine. I love champagne and sparkling wine, and I really like red wine as well. I definitely prefer my wines to be on the dry side. Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors! I don't know what a hair fall is... but I probably would not wear it. For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies? This year, I am actually planning to celebrate the whole season by watching a new-to-me horror movie (mostly- other seasonally appropriate stuff can make the list, too) every day of October. Recommendations are welcome! Otherwise, Nightmare Before Christmas is my traditional Halloween movie (I love Christmas too and basically start getting ready for it the day after Halloween- sorry, Thanksgiving- so it provides a nice segue, haha). Last year I watched Trick R Treat for the first time and loved it and I feel like that is now mandatory Halloween viewing. Also Hocus Pocus is a totally nostalgic classic for me- I used to watch it every Halloween as a kid! Any kind of merch is great, too! 9/12/17 Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/ I would definitely try the soap! What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from? I like pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, black cats, and bats! Pumpkins are my favorite! I like things on the cute side of spooky and stay away from gory or gross imagery. I also really, really, really hate spiders so no spiders please! Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate? Yes, any or all of the above! Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have? I am a fidgety person but I have played with a fidget spinner and it did absolutely nothing for me. I do like having silly little toys and stuff on my desk, though! Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art? I have no idea what that is... Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc? No, I don't really wear anything in or do anything to my hair (besides dye it). What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy? Any of the above for sure! Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy? I already subscribe to WAY too many boxes so no thank you! Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.? Hm probably not. How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes? I use Spotify almost exclusively. I also have a small vinyl collection and sometimes listen to records at home. Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book? I use my kindle a lot but I also like buying and receiving physical books. I read mostly fantasy, horror and historical fiction. Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders? I love incense and candles. Halloween candle holders sound cute! I just bought some cute black cat tealight holders at Target. I wouldn't use a wax burner and I already have incense burners and a diffuser that I am really happy with. Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials? I am not super crafty, but if you found a super cute cross stitch pattern or something, that would be great! 9/11/17 I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want? Nothing too specific comes to mind, but I love Japanese candy and snacks! I also collect a lot of Sanrio and San-x so I would love random cute kawaii stuff. (Especially Gudetama and Sumikko Gurashi!) How do you feel about nail wraps? I don't think I would use them. if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)? - would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers? No fiber allergies that I know of! I am mystified by knitting and would be impressed and amazed by anything you could create for me. I would probably get the most use out of a scarf (in bright colors! or slytherin colors!) or gloves. Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best. I think I have one or two things from there on my Etsy wishlist. Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else? That would be awesome! I am not sure of my measurements though. Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends? no thank you. 9/10/17 Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet? Nothing particular comes to mind... Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, for what purpose would you want it to be made? Sure, why not? I could use something that would help me to stay focused and achieve my goals. Do you like poetry? I'm not really into it but if there is something you really think I would like, go ahead! Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints? I LOVE stuffed animals!!! Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness? No thank you; I am not a crafty person, sadly. Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity? That is a nice idea Please provide wishes from the last two updates? The Drunk Astronomers, Little Photojournalist 9/9/17 Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/) This thread is introducing me to too many new companies. A lot of their autumn collection sounds awesome! I would be interested in the scrubs, whipped soap, regular soap, and body whip! Are there any UK things you'd like to get? I can’t think of anything specific, but I always love trying snacks and candies from other countries! Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them? I listen to a TON of podcasts, mostly true crime. My absolute favorite is My Favorite Murder and I would definitely be happy with some merch! Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)? No thank you! Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)? Any of these candles sound nice. Also I had never heard of this company before and now I want to order their seasonal box, so thanks for that. ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/ I love how crazy sparkly these are! Charmed looks particularly amazing to me. Then I looked up MEGA and omg! I would definitely wear one of these. 9/8/17 Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc. I always like cute stationery- notebooks, stickers, pens, #2 pencils (I am taking a big scary test in a couple of months!). Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink? - Or Haus of Gloi? I’m already a fan of Haus of Gloi (I like their scrubs and whipped soaps), but I have never tried Cocoa Pink! I am always interested in trying new b&b companies, though! Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath? Yes, I would definitely display something like that! Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like? Unfortunately EVERYTHING that looks good to me on that list is tub-only! The next house we buy NEEDS to have an awesome bathtub, seriously. Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update? I have never tried Moonalisa so I don’t really know anything about them, but I will check it out! All Hallow’s Eve, Bayou Mist, Blue Aspic, Bonfire, Conjuring Room, Dusty Attic, Gilded Bat, Haunted Home, Rumpkin, Sleepy Hallow and Sweetgrass and Smoke all sound good. What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? - Coffee: whole beans or ground? - Flavor and roast preferences? I love coffee and prefer whole bean. I am open to any roast really! I tend to not like flavored coffee but make an exception at this time of year for pumpkin spice! - Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors? - Loose leaf or tea bags? I like strong black teas and sort of savory green tea like genmaicha. I prefer loose leaf! - Anything specific you don't like? Not really? I guess just strong artificial flavor type coffees. - Are you in need of any gadgetry? I am mostly set in this department, although I always like new coffee mugs. I also have been looking for something that will keep my coffee warm in the morning after I make it (I use a chemex- or sometimes a french press- and within like 15 minutes the coffee left in it after I have my first mug is too cold for me to drink!). I bought a lid thing for the chemex but it does not really seem to help. 9/6/17 How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? - would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? I just got an antique card catalog which fits my bpal collection *perfectly* and I am really happy with that! I could use something small for bringing perfume with me when I travel, though! Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks) I have tried a few things and would definitely be interested in trying more! What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever... I started eating low carb a few months ago (we started out doing keto, but it was difficult for me because I don’t eat meat, so I started upping my daily carb count and I am still seeing progress so I plan to continue this way for a while). I try to stay flexible and plan regular cheat days for my own sanity, so don’t worry about sending me anything carby, haha. 9/5/17 What are your feelings about Scooby Doo? Not a fan How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)? I am pretty happy with most of my existing makeup and find that I just end up making a mess with loose eyeshadow and stuff, haha. I am always looking for the perfect red lipstick, though, so that is something I would be interested in! I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/ This sounds really good! I would definitely be interested. 9/4/17 Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts? No thanks; I never wear t-shirts.
  3. porcelina


    Cuelebre is mostly tart, juicy pomegranate on me, with leather and a tiny bit of myrrh taking it out of super fruity territory. It is really well-blended and if I did not already know, it would be hard for me to name the individual notes here. It is a really delicious scent- one of those bpals that has me constantly sniffing my arm because it just smells so good!
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    Noctule Bat

    Noctule Bat is basically ALLLL vetiver, and the strongest, smokiest, most creepily meat-like vetiver, at that. I don't really get anything else out of the bottle! I'm sad because I liked the sound of this but it is just not wearable for me.
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    Ü Mütter Museum

    I was so happy to be able to pick this one up at the amazing Mütter Museum! After 6 years of aging, Ü has smoothed out to a lush blend of woods and leather which is delicious but difficult to describe. It really evokes images of old libraries and museums. I agree that there is something almost vanillic about it. Totally wearable as is, but this would also be amazing layered with some sort of musk!
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    La Mano Del Destino

    La Mano del Destino is mostly super strong, dirty patchouli. I smell what I think of as a black leather note in the background, with the barest touch of cinnamon (it doesn't make my skin burn, either, so I don't think there is a ton in here). I get no cocoa whatsoever, which is too bad, really. I love heavy patchouli blends so this is for sure something I could see myself wearing, although it doesn't exactly stand out among all the bottles I own.
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    Little Maggie

    The cacao in Little Maggie dominates like crazy! It has a very rich chocolate scent and you can see the cacao in the bottle like you can in Boomslang, etc. When I saw Cocoa Puffs referenced in Little Bird's post, I laughed because it is really accurate! The little bit of honey and mallow flower sweeten and fluff the chocolate up to a sweet, toasty scent, with patchouli in the background to ground it. This is a surprising and totally wearable gourmand that stays close to the skin.
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    Blood & Champagne

    I love bpal's champagne note in general, and Blood & Champagne might be my favorite example of it. With age, the fizziness has died down somewhat but the scent is still reminiscent of cola. The dragon's blood note here is beautifully sweet with hints of spice. It is a really wearable, delicious scent and I might me starting to regret listing my second bottle for sale.
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    The Gas Lamps' Flare

    The Gas Lamps' Flare starts out with a BIG, juicy red apple note, with some dark smoky resinous/incense notes underneath. The super juicy apple fades pretty quickly and I am left with a soft, sweet apple scent. I wish my skin didn't totally eat it because otherwise this would be really nice.
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    Pure Applesauce

    Pure Applesauce starts out as a really rich, autumnal apple scent, very sweet and decadent. Sadly, it fades INCREDIBLY fast and after about 4 minutes I can barely smell it. ☹️
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    Joy Buzzer

    I love Joy Buzzer! Champagne is one of my favorite BPAL notes and this is just about straight champagne, but with an underlying layer of honey that deepens and sweetens it. The fizziness settles down after a few minutes and it becomes soft and sweet and smells so good!
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    Garden Path With Chickens

    i remember buying a bottle of garden path with chickens sort of at random and being pleasantly surprised by it, because super fresh/green scents are not normally my thing and this is AGGRESSIVELY fresh and green. it has a beautiful warm spring/summer feel to it and i find it surprisingly wearable, although it is quite strong on my skin.
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    Les Anges Déchus

    les anges dechus is well-blended to the extent that i cannot actually discern any of the individual notes. it smells soft, clean, golden and nice; it is "perfumey" in a way that most of my favorite bpals are not. i would say it smells like a very expensive perfume, but not one that i particularly would like to wear.
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    Kiyohime Changes From a Serpent

    kiyohime has a really nice ocean salt note combined with soft florals. i don't get much musk or matcha. i am trying to think of what this reminds me of- maybe ulalume? either way, florals and aquatics don't typically work for me on their own, let alone together! it kind of all fades to what i would call laundry detergent on my skin.
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    Lot and His Daughters

    i get major red wine in the bottle- very sweet and boozy. on my skin there is a gorgeous patchouli note sweetened by wine, but something in here takes a medicinal turn and sadly i do not think this is wearable for me.