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  1. goddessrobyn

    All Hallows Chaos: Dead Leaves

    I received bottles 3 & 12. Have not tried 3 yet because 12 is my favorite number and I started there.... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... a very very sexy floral for a woman who doesn't like florals... feminine for sure... but a sexy woman of 35-55... not something brash and juvenile, or innocent and youthful... and neither is this the bouquet of an old lady... no mildewy roses or lilies or whatever scent it is that old women like to wear to make themselves smell like old women. waaaaay underneath there is a spice... like someone sliced fresh, green jalapeños I'm seriously in love. This blend is near perfect, while smelling like absolutely nothing I own. I cannot stop huffing my wrists. I wish I could buy another bottle of it!!!!!!!!! I'll report on 3 later when I've had time to test it. ETA: Gods this is good!!!!!!! sooooooooooooooooo good this is what a floral perfume should be. I wish sex was this amazing.
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    Enterprising Young Ladies

    My fairy package arrived today!!! to my nose this is all oudh... i was REALLY hoping for more of the leather and vanilla but I only get the faintest whiff of leather, and only if I inhale deeply very close to my skin... and pretty much zero vanilla or cinnamon (and zero cinnamon style BURN on application, too... so the cinnamon sensitive needn't worry overly much) that said... it's lovely... sophisticated and elegant... (possibly a little too much for me LOL) but not terribly FEMININE in that overly floral way... in fact, I think it smells more like a typical MEN's scent without actually BEING masculine... which is a beautiful interpretation of an enterprising young lady. not 100% sure this will get enough wear to necessitate both of the bottles I bought... but it is lovely and I'm so glad I have it.
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    SW 2018 Q&A of Doom

    Ok... Here's the ever-changing list of questions from the SW thread, updated as much as I can keep up with it... NEW (10/15) Anything from this curiosity shop that interests you OMG yes everything!!!!!!!!!!!!! (10/14/18) Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! I don't know what to ask for... I LOVE weird candy and snacks (nothing too out there for my Americanized palate, though...) I like Gudetama (sp? the weird depressed egg??) and really anything foreign fascinates me so... sure!! OH!! someone once sent me a strange, tiny penis warrior statue which reminds me of the fertility fest in Japan where they parade the giant cocks around... I like strange little figures and such... I'm easy... Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus? Didn't really know that was an either or thing... probably haven't watched either one in a dozen years. I do like The Craft as others have said... Does anything from either of these shops interest you? The Stitchety Witch (https://www.etsy.com...estitchetywitch) cross stitch creations and patterns Black Abbey Studios ( http://www.blackabbeystudios.com)art w/ a gothic tendency Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? I don't really go into this with expectations... probably will love anything you send... that said... I guess I DO always hope for something that I wouldn't have bought for myself that is in line with my tastes... or something from a company I've not tried/heard of that I will enjoy... something new and surprising. What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)? hmmmm... there are so many many things... a lot of jewelry dog clothes/costumes most of the things on my amazon WL lol On a slightly related note, does anyone have a favorite source for vintage or handmade jewelry? I shop a lot of the local artists markets here where I live. Bohemian Jewel and Finery Elaborate Adornments (both on Etsy/FB/Instagram) are two of my favorites (and full disclosure: owned by two friends of mine) NEW QUESTION! What are your DISO BPAL dreams? Always DISO Voodoo Queen... a bottle of Hellion would rock my world... I tend to buy up all the Snake Charmer I see, but I have enough I don't think it qualifies as DISO anymore... Aged Perversion (like cobalt bottle aged, preferably) Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? YES!!! I've just recently found out about such things, never tried one, and am DYING to order something... not sure what I want though so I haven't pulled the trigger. All these look cool... Brat Box (pins and patches) Loot Crate GlobeIn (homestuff) Vellabox (candles) and BarkBox or one of the similar pet ones Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)? Weenies 2018: Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs Midnight Bonfire(?) Witch Bride (?) This Wan White Humming Hive The Night is Waning Away The Great He Goat Zoe and the Goat* Pomegranate: Dorian* Pomegranate: Snake Oil* Fatherhood 2018: Puppet Kitty My Little Pop Star Lilith 2018: Don't Tell Me Heaven is Under Earth Euterpe's Ukelale The Dream is Big Enough For Everyone True Love** OLDER LEs: Apple X************************* Pumpkin Spiced Perversion******* (how the fuck did I miss this?!?) Aquarius 2016 Jiggery Pokey For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches...….if you have a BoS would you like a page for it from your witch? I'm not really that kind of witch What house were you sorted into? I do not know my House (10/12/18) Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? hmmmmm... yes is the short answer. I love incense, sage, palo santo, etc. I adore crystals and am actively trying to learn more about them (so books on crystals are awesome, as are actual crystals I DO have the The Crystal Bible by Hall but other books welcome) my whole house is a giant alter of sorts so supplies are always good... things that are decorative are always good such as table runners, scarves, alter cloths, etc, or little dishes/bowls to put offerings/herbs/whatever in... I don't do a ton of rituals that involve "action"... more a lot of "prayin' and layin'" as my friends call it.... sort of a purposeful display of sacred objects with intention whispered over them more than something you'd see in The Craft or whatever. CANDLES!!!! I love candles... Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? I don't really decant (10/5ish/18) Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month? Sure, frameable postcards are always awesome Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things? I have never heard of them before but the lotions look amazing Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? meh... unless you can find me some Voodoo Queen Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds? most definitely YAY! I drink tequila almost exclusively... but I'm not actively opposed to anything except gin and jack daniels. Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors? as I said in my questionnaire... Texas = hot... but with that in mind... knitted things are awesome... Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? love love love love love Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want? no... no nanowrimo... no spare time I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com) omg! everything?? faves include: majestic ornament, radiant luster, lynx light, cosmic love, eye candy, eternal bliss, gothic affair, ... I could go on and on and on... Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer (nerdlacquer.com)? so...I JUST spent too much $ on a bunch of BPTP claw polish and don't NEED any more... that said, the Electro Flash lip stuff looks awesome and I'd totally WEAR and USE more polish (their stuff looks wonderful)... I just refuse to window shop for some as I fear it will negatively impact my pocketbook LOL
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    I'm having a really hard time with this one. Again, I tried it on at a MnS at Schackjj's place and its night and day from bottle to skin. In the bottle, its totally foody... warm cookies, probably of the chocolate chip variety as there's definitely chocolate in there The instant it touches my skin all food disappears and it turns to Pledge Furniture Polish (if pledge were orange and not lemon) Then... it becomes a light orange floral (not a strong floral as I didn't run to wash it off... and I HATE florals) It was pretty but not my thing...
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    Dorian v2

    I tried this blend at a MnS at the lovely schackjj's place and all I can say is OMNOMNOMNOMNOM. Mel and Jo made fun of me because I looked like a TB test gone horribly wrong by the end of the afternoon since to keep track of the oils and what went where I'd circle where I put them and write the name next to the circle. I did Dv2 and the released version on opposite arms to give a comparison. The difference to me was subtle but enough to have be begging Jo to buy her bottle off her throughout the whole afternoon v2 on my skin was very vanilla. In fact, it is the PERFECT vanilla-lavender scent. If you like released Dorian but sometimes wish it were sweeter and more feminine, this is the Dorian you want. When it dried, it was the ultimate smell of southern sweet tea. For the record: I get absolutely NO coconut. There is a faint lavender/tea scent... enough to make sure that you know its Dorian, but with a lovely dab of vanilla cream which fades slowly until the aforementioned sweet tea drydown. It lasted most of the day but gave off little throw. However, it is a winner and plans are currently being finalized for a little BnE at Jo's house to steal the bottle (just kidding, Jo!)
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    Lovers with Rutting Cats

    OMG!! This could be my most perfect BPAL ever... This is the perfect blend of vanilla and ginger ever created. Its sweet without being foody and spicey without being overpowering. It is very sexy and very feminine and incredibly YUMMY! I will need several bottles of this...
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    413 U.S. 15 / Miller Vs. California

    I'm so glad (and so sad at the same time) that someone else got the Snow White similarity... I absolutely love this from application (nicely green and fruity) through drydown (sexy, spicey, warm leather, cognac and fig...) but then... out comes the dreaded smell of burnt plastic that has ruined many blends for me... I decided to retest this after dinner... I've slathered it on more heavily than before in hopes that more will stay yummy... but if not, I face a terrible dilemma... do I keep the scent for my love of the bottle art and the inspiration behind the scent, even knowing that I can't ever wear it? or do I send it off to swap for someone else to love who CAN wear it? And if I take option B, do I screen applicants for knowledge of and appreciation for the case that serves as the inspiration for the scent?? Gah... I hate BPAL dilemmas!! But I definitely love this scent... just not on my skin for more than an hour or so... after that... mmmmmm burnt plastic marshmallows... ETA: yes... the "more" method failed me... about an hour after (re-)application I've got nothing but a wrist full of burnt plastic... blech! I want to think that it'll age well, but I'm not that patient... off to swap it goes!
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    Schrodinger's Cat

    Very citrusy... not really the "paradox" I was hoping for... Its a great light summer citrus scent, though. I don't know that I need a bottle of this since its not what I generally go for when reaching for perfumes, but I really like it. I just don't know if I'm ready to LOVE it.
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    In the imp and upon initial application this smelled fairly generic, floral, and soap-y. (Sightly disappointing because I had mentally confused Sundew with HONEYdew and was really looking for a nice melon-y scent.... also disappointing because generic, floral, and soapy are NOT what I want to be described as smelling like) After a few minutes, though, there is some sort of spicey kick that comes out so now we're generic, floral soap with cinnamon... Better... but still not something I'll probably ever wear again. Not that it smells bad... just not my thing. Oh... and fyi for anyone who was confused like I was...
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    Hay Moon

    Hay Moon is liquid sunshine. Amber heavy with a touch of earthy, grassy, softness and yes... there is definitely a touch of lemon there but it stays nicely hidden behind the amber and grasses... Basically, this is the scent of sunbathing at barton springs when you're supposed to be in class on a March afternoon...
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    A Bachelor's Dog

    This is exactly as the notes indicate: Tobacco and leather with just a touch of sweet musk. If you like tobacco and leather... this is the blend for you... As it dries the musk comes out more and it gets sweeter and sexier and less in your face than the initial tobacco-leather I bought this from a forumite unsniffed figuring that if I liked tobacco and leather it'd be ok on me. I was wrong... this is NOT ok... it is DIVINE I literally put it on to go to bed so I can hace sweet smelling dreams
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    Irrelevant and Disturbing Surreal Crawdad Dream

    This smells like blueberry cough syrup. VERY blueberry... quite sweet... and fairly medicinal. As it dries the medicinal goes away and pretty much leaves me with blueberries. I was REALLY hoping for more vanilla and ginger, but for some ungodly reason, the labs ginger note isn't always good to me (sad since it is my FAVORITE note) Now the blueberry has backed off a bit and we have a little more ginger and tea... I'm not sure how I ffeel about this scent. I love the story and want to keep it just for that but??? I'm hoping with age the spices (vanilla, ginger, coriander) will come out to play more.
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    Snow, Glass, Apples

    A dear friend was kind enough to pick me up a bottle at ComicCon and it arrived today Okay... I will preface this review by saying that I've currently got a migraine and that makes smellie things difficult to tolerate at times so this may have to be revised at a later wearing. Despite said migraine, I HAD to try this immediately (thanks to all the drama hype surrounding this scent. On me... its really doesn't smell at all like apples. Its actually a very light floral scent. Extremely feminine and soft. I don't get the cold/ozone/metalic that others have mentioned and there's not the granny smith tartness. Its very subtle, very nice, but not the greatest scent Beth has ever created. I like it. I will wear it, but I don't feel the need to rush out and try to get another bottle tomorrow when these go back up because unless this changes dramatically post migraine, I don't see this getting a lot of wear in my world. It is VERY nice, but there are so many scents that I like better. Oh... and Stellans, if you read this... absolutely no mint.
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    I don't think this will be much help since they're all LEs but... The Unheavenly City (C13) Door 13 (Bat's Day LE) Banded Sea Snake from CD Selkie Allison Gross and I don't know how truly aquatic it is but... Tamamo-No-Mae is fabulous I tried Thalassa and it was not a winner for me... I blame the jasmine which usually hates me... On the GC side I do like Kumari Kandam and I've got it on my next GC bottle purchase list
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    Job Interview Recommendations

    I wore TAL Road Opener to my last interview and basically was offered my dream job. I went in to interview for a position as the high school swim coach. I already had a job as a pre-k teacher for the following year so this would be around the "normal" school hours (we're a fairly small district so I wouldn't be the first elementary person to take a "2nd job" coaching at the middle or high school level) However, when I walked in the principal informed me that she had - 20 minutes ago!!!! - gotten an opening for 5 sections of Spanish I (thats one section short of a full load which fits perfectly with the Swimming Athletics class the coach teaches) and basically, she interviewed me and offered me the position on the spot.