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New Nail Mail – Christmas!!

Ok, obviously it’s not, but it feels like it with these stunning goodies arriving – one good thing about waiting all year to buy polishes (generally speaking!) is that I REALLY appreciate the ones I get 🙂

First up was the package from Harlow & Co – that arrived fast. About 6 days? To NZ from Canada? That’s FAST.

Well packed, double bubbled and bubble bag, cute wee business card. And the polishes?

Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate, Layla Ocean Rush (for my mother), Layla Flash Black, Barry M Magnetic Blue, Barry M Magnetic Dark Silver. Look at the cool magnet designs on the lid!


Next was an order of perfume samples from Dorian & Dahl on Etsy – I came across a review from Phyrra who highly rated their perfumes, and I love perfumes. Not the normal, alcohol based spray ones, but the ones with real oils and interesting blends – I like Lush’s perfumes, and I LOVE these.

Bag full of perfume vials and foam packaging, cute!

I’ve tried two so far, Sookeh and Perfect Lady – but sniffed them all and they’re different, and all very appealing. Sookeh I like on me, Perfect Lady not so much; it’s a very classic scent and I’m not that into it on me, but I am adoring trying these out. 🙂

Original Blends, Belle Blends, and Sookeh which was a free sample. YAY! I love free samples 😀

One thing I really liked about Dorian & Dahl was they sent a business STICKER, not a card. It’s just a little bit different, has a cute picture on it, and just shows they are thinking of how to step outside the box, and I love it. 🙂

Then finally was a package from piCture pOlish – 5 working days from order to delivery? WOW. Huge bag, well packed, lots of bubble wrap.

And the polishes…

piCture pOlish Kryptonite, Ozotic 517, 513, and 526 x 3, piCture pOlish Monroe. *happpy sigh*

Yowsa. I did get three black Ozotics, yes, but 1 was for me, 1 for my sister, and 1 for my mother. Was I tempted to keep all three? Why yes, yes I was. Wouldn’t you have been? 😀

Have a fantastic weekend!

Ami  🙂

Nutcracker Solid Perfume from Artisan Jouel – Review

I bought this little solid perfume from Felt (a NZ website which offers an outlet for handmade goodies) and had to buy it.

The write up stated: “A rich and moisturizing tin of solid perfume – scented with a nut cracker fragrance which is a blend of: butter, almond, mandarin orange, lemon, herbaceous lime, and pineapple with nutty notes, maple, clove, cinnamon, spicy berry notes, sage, lavender, jasmine, and ozonic notes, with a dry down of creamy vanilla coconut, amber woods, cedar leaf, cedarwood, sandalwood, and exotic musks. Since it is a blend of fragrances it is hard to describe besides my plain version of saying sweet nuts with coconut.” (

What an awesome description!
So, I bought it, and it arrived quickly – well packaged, and with a cute little sample glass vial of rose petal perfume oil that -well – smells exactly like rose petals, and is an oil. Nice.

And in a cute pink and gold organza bag. 🙂

The Nutcracker perfume is quite a complicated scent,and changes depending on body chemistry (as all perfume does) and on the warmth of the day. Sweet and nutty is accurate, I don’t smell much coconut though, it’s almost a touch musky.

The goodies, plus ingredients. Short list, huh! Awesome!

Overall, its a lovely light scent that is not overwhelming – a day time fragrance, if you will.
Check out her shops – on on Felt ( ) and – lots of gorgeous items! I love supporting NZ Made items, especially by super clever crafty and arty people.