Rainbow Honey Nail Polish Mystery Bag

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I recently found Rainbow Honey nail polish through some people in the julep swap group I am apart of. They were talking about a mystery bag for only $10.00, also they had a coupon for 5 dollars off. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out their products. Including shipping the price of the bag was $8.25, which was a pretty awesome price. My first impression is Rainbow Honey is a pretty sophisticated Indie polish. The polishes are labeled nicely, and I really like presentation. I got several products in my mystery bag, so let’s talk about what I got.

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 The first polish I got was Sparkling Agave it was a mini. I like the bottles, they are so cute. I really like the color I got. It’s so pretty, I love the color and it has a nice shimmer.

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I also got Puffin Party in a mini. I think the name is right, it definitely looks like a party.Not sure if this is my style though, but I don’t know till I try it!

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I should of put a penny next to it because it is itty bitty! It is a perfume with rollerball. The smell is really not me. Maybe it would make a cute gift with other items.

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Top coat mini! You can never have enough top coat.

 

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And a sparkle glittery pot! There is quite a bit of glitter in it. 🙂 I never use loose glitter maybe I should start using loose glitter.

My Julep Haul

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 Here is my haul! I recently did a Valentines swap and the girl I swapped with gave me a %50 off entire purchase  with Julep in my swap box. So I had to use it! What a steal, when do you ever get 50% off an entire purchase anywhere? I would of got more…but I have been more reckless with nail polish spending. So here’s what I got !

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Mind Your Mani $75.00

I purchased the Mind Your Mani kit, I had to do it because it was already on sale for $39.99, with 50% off it is only $ 19.99. And for 20 bucks you get 3 nail masks (which are amazeballs), I am pretty sure I am going to use a pack tomorrow! Then you get a Might Nail & Cuticle Serum ( I have a mini version right now but extra never hurts). Freedom Top Coat, and Oxygen Nail treatment. All of these items in this kit I currently own, but having back ups is nice. I am not crazy about Julep’s top coat ( it gets wayy too goopy after awhile). But I absolutely love julep’s oxygen! Anyway what a steal.

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Julep Eye Sheen in Warm Fig Shimmer $ 18.00

I didn’t purchase a box for February this month, initially I wasn’t excited by the eyeshadow included nor was I wowed by the color choices. But after I saw people posting about how much they liked these liquid shadows (that lasted hours) I had to purchase. I never use liquid shadow but these colors looked so pretty when swatched. This one is Warm Fig Shimmer. I wore it today, it is a very warm color. The wear wasn’t amazing, since it did start to crease but it’s nothing a little primer won’t help.

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Julep Eye Sheen in Dusty Taupe Shimmer $18.00

 I also bought Dusty Taupe Liquid shadow, I haven’t used this one but I am looking forward to it.  One thing I didn’t convey from these pictures is..holy crap are they tiny! I should of put a penny so you could see the size to scale. They are little, but I think  a little might go a long ways. 🙂 We shall see!

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 Julep Color in Max $14.00

I somehow missed this polish and I have been wanting a polish with black and white glitter This is a topper polish, I am looking forward to using it, especially with a white or black polish. I am just hoping it isn’t goopy, I keep having this issue with different Julep glitters I own.

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Julep Color in Jane $14.00

Inspired by Jane the CEO and Founder of Julep. This one I kept hearing great things about and I kept seeing gorgeous swatches of. Also I am a big fan of rose gold. Can’t wait to use it.

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 Julep Surprise Color Rush Lip Gloss $20.00

This is another new item Julep released. It is supposed to work for everyone and suit every type. The color in swatches looked gorgeous. So hopefully I like it.

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Blank Canvas Lip Primer $ 22.00

This I did not order, but it showed up instead of the Blank Canvas Face Primer I wanted. :/ I am not sure if I am going to use this. I have heard bad things from so many different mavens. It is just not my thing, primer for my lips..why?  But Julep did let me keep this for free since there was a mix up. I might just swap it or sell it.

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Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer $ 28.00 

I’m bummed this wasn’t in my order because it was one of the top things I wanted to use! I never use primer (yes it’s awful) but I really need to start! This product has awesome reviews too! I called Julep ASAP as soon as I realized I was given the wrong product. There was practically no wait time. Mary the rep was helpful and I got an email later that day saying the order has been processed.

Anyway that is my haul! So thankful for the 50% off coupon, I only spent 64 dollars on everything! The best! 🙂 Thanks Julep!

Birchbox Versus Ipsy Bag Face Off January 2014

 This month both my Ipsy Bag and Birchbox arrived on the same day so I decided to do a Face-off between the two for the month of January. They are after all similar. Both Birchbox and Ipsy are beauty subscription’s costing $10.00 a month that include, samples as well as some full-sized products.  First Let’s start with Birchbox.

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 I always love the box presentation with Birchbox, I think they do a splendid job in that arena. Also I love how the boxes are always themed and include a card with what products are included and what they are used for. Anyway this month’s box was heavier than it usually is, which is always a good sign.

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My first product are these unfortunate packaged samples.

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100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream 3 samples (.067 fl oz each), Full Size: $15.00

I really hate samples like this, they are small  and sure there are 3 but I don’t feel like they should even count. Also they are in condiment sample packets. It looks like Ketchup.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle  Deluxe Sample, Full Size: $21.95

I feel like I get this kind of stuff all the time. But I do like these sorts of products, it’s just I am kind of backed up. I would of preferred something else, but I have heard good things about this product.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish  Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit Deluxe Sample (1 oz & muslin cloth), Full Size:$24.50

I really like this, it is the highlight of my box! It was the item that made my box kind of heavy. I started using it last night and then used it this morning. I really do need to take better care of my skin while I am young! My skin feels so soft even after a 10 hour work day. I will be buying this when I run out.

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Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish Mini in Kitten Heels (7 ml), Full Size (15ml): $10.00

Nail Polish! I have an addiction my collection keeps getting bigger and I like this one. The light didn’t capture how bold this fuchsia nail polish is. Also it changes colors, it turns a red color. Super Cool!

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Ahmad Teas Assorted Teas (Sample Size, 3 teabags), Full Size: $7.00

More tea! It will go away fast. I’ve never had this brand and it’s from London. I’m intrigued, yes it’s stereotypical to say hey its english and it’s tea so it has to be good, but we will see. The Peach and Passion Fruit one I am looking forward to.

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The box also included these cool cards with sayings on them. The back of them have tips for Confidence, ways to get happier, etc. They are pretty and I already put them on my walls in my cubicle at work to keep me happy and positive.

Now on to Ipsy!

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I always love how Ipsy includes so much value in their bags. Also it always includes a bag.

There is the bag…

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I will be honest this is my first bag that I don’t like. It’s just a little cheapy compared to November and December, but who buys Ipsy for the bag? You can only have so many makeup bags right?

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Proactive Mark Fading Pads  Sample Size (4 packets)

What is this, small samples? Gah Ipsy went the same route as Birchbox and gave multiple small sample packs. I am not a huge Proactive fan. It just never worked for me. I will use them of course..and very quickly. I used one last night, it burned a little.

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask ( 1 fl oz Sample Size)Full Size: $26.00

Here is my favorite product in the Ipsy bag. I already used it last night. First of all it smells AMAZING, and my ends of my hair felt so silky afterword. I like it. 🙂 I wish I had more, I might have to purchase it.

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Nourish Organic Face Lotion (Sample Size .5 oz) Full Size: $21.99

Who doesn’t like some moisturizer? It has shea butter, rosewater, and Moroccan Argan oil sounds awesome. 🙂

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Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in Pearl (Sample Size), Full Size:$14.99

I do use Nyx jumbo pencils all the time, but I am not partial to creamy shadows because it usually creases. But I will try it,  love the color.

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Tinted Lip Balm Mica Beauty Cosmetics in Fiesta (Sample Size), Full Size: $30.00

It is a very pretty shade, I am intrigued by it. First of all the price tag is 30 dollars for a full size, expensive much? I am sure this will be my first and last Mica lip balm.

So that was my Birchbox and my Ipsy Bag which one do you think won this month? It’s tough, I will say that this was my least favorite Ipsy I have received (but I hold Ipsy to a high standard). I hold it to a higher standard because I was spoiled with November & December, they were AMAZING. So many full-sized products, exceptional value.  This one was so-so. Birchbox I liked this month more than usual. Mainly because of the Liz Earle Cleanser, and nail polish. I will give it to Birchbox this month! I declare them winner, however it was close. Anyway what do you think? I have 20 dollars worth of Birchbox points now! 🙂 What shall I buy..

Thinking about getting Birchbox or Ipsy? You can always use those referral links attached.

FabFitFun VIP Box Review- Winter 2013

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It has come, the Fab Fit Fun Winter box has arrived! This is a subscription box curated by Guilana Rancic that comes quarterly for each of the four seasons. This box costs $49.99 (including shipping) and is a lifestyle box that includes beauty, fashion and fitness products. This box quickly snuck up on me, and I really like this box. A lot to be excited about!

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It came very beautifully wrapped with the scrunchy white paper. The front page of the VIP card shows a spoiler that wasn’t given away earlier this month.

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Here is the card with all of the products included in this box. So exciting so many good products!! 😀

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The Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace $55

This is my favorite item in my box! I love it. Each key is completely unique they are re-purposed, each one includes a message. Mine says “Courage” which is probably the one I need most, it is perfect. What you are supposed to do is where it till you think you have your courage and you’re to pay it forward to someone who needs that message more than you. I love the idea and message. I was hoping mine would be silver because I am not a gold person but I don’t care now I love mine. My box is already worth it.

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Beauty For Real Lip Gloss in Turned On $22.00

I’m accumulating so many glosses, but I really do like this color because it is more subtle. I think its cute how there is a mirror attached to it. It also lights up, which is a little strange. I don’t really have that I-need-to-put-on-my lip-gloss-in-the-dark-and-I-don’t-have-a-mirror issue, but it is different and unique.

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Lorna Jane Workout Bracelet $30.00

This is a bracelet for when you work out. It is a symbol of sisterhood or so it says. I am not digging it. It reminds me of the livestrong bracelets except clunky. Also I am not a big accessory wearer especially when I am being active, it would just get on my nerves. I was trying to think who might like this bracelet but I can’t think of anyone, so not sure what to do with this.

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Bioxidea Miracle 24 Face Mask $19.00

I love a good face mask! So I am looking forward to using it. Reminds me of a product I got from Birchbox a few months ago, but this looks a little fancier. I love this type of stuff.

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True Energy Inspired Earbuds $40.00

I am so happy to get new ear buds. I have been needing some for so long. The ones I have right now I dislike very much so I am very pleased. Also I like that these are made for being active because the  apple ones just don’t work for me when being active.

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Physique 57 Classes $25.00

So this card includes 5 classes you can access via internet from your laptop or tablet. To me I find these offers always kind of weird, if I use a workout video I would just prefer it on a big screen like I don’t know on a television.

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Skyn Icelandic Relief Eyecream $45.00

I am excited about this, I know it’s shallow and doesn’t insure the product is good but I feel like if it has a $45 dollar price tag it must be good stuff. I’m not wrinkly yet, but I don’t want to be for a long time. This product is for anti-aging, dark spots , wrinkles. So I really do need to start using products like this to take care of my skin for when I do get older.

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Meundies Giftcard $20

I was happy when i saw this because it actually was a giftcard, it didn’t say I needed to spend 50 dollars to get $20 off or anything like that. In actuality it isn’t really a giftcard, there is a promo code on the back but it works like a giftcard. I decided to buy a couple of pairs of socks it cost $20 dollars, I applied the code and it was free. The website still asked me for my credit card, but I paid nothing. Shipping was free. So I was really pleased with that! 🙂 You can never have enough socks and from looking around on the internet Meundies is supposed to have really good products. They even offer a subscription monthly box too. Looking forward to my socks.

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Nyx Eyeshadow Pallet in Love in Florence $8.00

Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser $7.49

These two items are in the bonus section of the card and are the drugstore products that are loved. I really do like Nyx, I use several of their products so I am happy with getting a eyeshadow pallet. And the cleanser I have so many right now, but sure more the merrier I guess.

Winter Fab Fit Fun Box is a success. I am really happy with the products, I appreciate how this box was delivered earlier than the FFF team had told us originally ( and of course before christmas). This box costs $49.99 but contains $271.47 worth of product. I won’t use everything in this box but still this box has so much value and of course I can gift some of these items. Winter definitely is better than the Fall box. Thank you for stepping up your game! Do you want a box? Right now if you use the code EARLY5 you will get $5.00 off your box.It seems the holiday box is sold out, but get the spring one! If you want a box help a girl out  and use this referral link 

Birchbox December 2013 Review

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My Birchbox arrived! I’m always happy when this box comes in the mail. So for those who don’t know Birchbox is a monthly subscription of beauty samples, it costs $10.00 including shipping. This month’s box looks a little different, love the box.

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This month’s theme is Holiday, not too surprising as it is December. It is great getting these subscriptions during the holiday months, I feel extra special in such a gift-giving month as it is. I really enjoyed the packaging.

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Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair Nourishing & Plumping Lip Gloss
I have never heard of this brand, but I am looking forward to using it, and see how it stands up! I always have an issue with lip gloss because it’s usually a tad bit sticky.

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Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser Sample Size $?

I tried this stuff right away just before bed, holy crap did it burn! I don’t think is for me, my face turned all red. So I must have an allergy, so this is a no-go for me. Too bad, I do like cleansers.

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Hayadi Pure Happy Smooth

I love these types of products. My hair always seems to be dry, so lets hope this works nice on my locks.

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Chella Highlighter Pencil 

I have a highlighter pencil that I love, so we will see how this one goes.

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Chuao Chocolatier Chocolate Bar Honeycomb 

Chocolate always makes me happy! 🙂 I ate this write after I took this picture. Yum yum, I was looking at the different types they have and they are so unique and sound so good!

That was my December Birchbox, it was alright. I thought it would be a little more festive like the wrapping suggests. So I wish they got more in the spirit of the holidays with this box. There isn’t one particular item I am ecstatic about. So this one was pretty mediocre. At-least I have 10 dollars in Birchbox credit now. 😀 What shall I buy for someone for Christmas?So how do you feel about your December box? Are you interested? You can always use my referral link.

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Like my nails? I painted them with my new beauty! Dime Piece by Enchanted Polish. 🙂 I will need to write a post about the polishes I got from my restock. They are amazing.

Ipsy Bag December 2013 Review

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Ipsy arrived, yay! Ipsy impressed me last month so this is definitely the highlight of my subscriptions this month. Ipsy is a subscription of beauty products, and it costs $10 dollars a month. Ipsy has become incredibly popular due to the fact each bag includes a lot of value! It’s not a box of mostly samples, it includes full sized products and deluxe samples. This box had all full-sized products.

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This months theme is Celebration! I love it. One thing I wish Ipsy would do is list the products in my bag, like Birchbox does. I know I can look it up on Ipsy’s website but it’s handy having it all there, so you know what you have right when you open the box.

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I was really impressed with this months bag, isn’t it so pretty? It has lined red in the inside, I love this glam bag and I am definitely keep it.

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POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio (Naturally Bare) $ 6.00

I got the perfect colors for me! 🙂 I am pleased with these shadows very much. I do however have lots and lots of eyeshadow, but I don’t care. 🙂 It’s not too big, and I have never used POP so I am happy with new products to me.

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick (Fusion) $4.00

I love NYX, I do I especially like their jumbo pencils. 🙂 But this is my one item I feel meh about. I am just not a lipstick person. The color is very bold, so perhaps this will be given away.

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Nicka K New York Nail Color Taupe (Classic Taupe)  $4.99

I really like the bottle of this nail polish, I think I prefer the bottle more than the actual nail polish color. I have never worn a Taupe polish and it just doesn’t feel like me. So I might give it away, but who knows I might wear it. I have been developing a nail polish addiction and this is a new brand to me. 🙂 So we shall see.

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Be a Bombshell One stick (Flustered)  $16.00

This is my favorite one! I really like Be a Bombshell brand. It is a good product for sure. One stick is a 3 in 1 product, it is a shadow, a cheek tint, and lips. This color is pretty bold (why does Ipsy always give me the bold products?) But I used it and I actually really like it. This product will go into my rotation immediately!

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Mirabella Eye Blender Brush $27.00

This brush I almost missed because it was loose in the pink mailer ( it is a tad bit big for the bag). When I picked up I realized the handle has some serious weight which I like. I am weird and rarely use make up brushes ( I always use my fingers). I really like this brush, I would never spend the $27 dollars on a brush but it seems like it is definitely quality.

So that was my bag, once totaled it has a value of $58 dollars. 🙂 Ipsy you always make me happy, every item was full sized. I don’t know how they do it, but keep it coming Ipsy!

BarkBox November 2013 Review

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My Barkbox came! Always an exciting day when barkbox comes. My dog freaks out whenever any box comes now because he thinks each one has goodies for him. This one smelt great to him apparently; he attacked the box!

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This one is all about the goodies, it is after all the month for Thanksgiving! So my photos are a little less quality because I had to take them fast because he wanted  that toy and treats!

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PetSafe Toy Pogo Plush Dog Toy $ 12.52

I wasn’t able to get a picture of the toy in it’s packaging because he took this toy right away. Never can have enough of these types of toys. It’s stuffing-less and very durable. Just the way want it! He has too many toys so I had to throw some old ragged ones after this. He likes it, naturally. 🙂

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Twistex Treats Vanilla Mint $ 7.13

I was happy to get these because I use Greenies typically, but they are so pricey so I haven’t bought any in awhile, so it’s nice to get these. I gave one to ranger right away, I wouldn’t say he loved it. he sniffed it forever but he did eat it. So we will see how he feels about the next one I give him.

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Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese $ 9.50

Fancy treats. 🙂 He likes these, this isn’t the first treats he got from Bocce’s. So he will be happy with these.

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Nootie YumZies Duck Jerky Chews $15.50

He loves duck treats! We received duck treats in August box and he ate those all up! He loves these things!

I love Barkbox, my 6 months subscription is over, but I am renewing. It’s nice getting treats for my dog monthly. I find new brands I would never hear of otherwise. I like how products are usually made in USA and they use quality ingredients. The whole thing is awesome. I am racking up a tonnnnn of treats though. 🙂 Maybe next month..less treats? I am sure it will be cute and festive. 🙂