Product Empties #9 & Disappointing Products

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Another empties post, I seem to be going through products at a decent rate I think to be able to use them. I also have two disappointments too..

From top to bottom and left to right:

-REN Revitalising Night cream: I think this must have been something amazing. I’m pretty sure that after a few days of using this product my skin actually felt softer and better. This actually led me to buy so so many things from REN during a private sale..oops

-Amika Nourishing Mask: I really do like this brand actually, I think this is the third time I have had a product from them by a beauty box subscription and I think they are a good quality. I don’t know if I would actually go out of my way to buy something from them though, purely because I am quit lazy when it comes to hair products..however this would certainly be on the list and it has left a good impression. The product smells good and does make my hair feel softer.

-Whish Body Butter (Almond): Although the scent was nice, this brand is something that gives a ‘meh’ response for me. I really don’t know what to say apart from, it got used up by being in my gym bag and it was fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

-Elemis Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Gel: This is something that I bought after an Elemis facial as this is one of the products that was used, and the facial was really good. This is something that I used a fair bit in the beginning, and then at about 75% use I started to use it a bit less. I am not sure if I would re purchase, I did use this regularly at once a week with other products in the line, but I don’t think I saw that much of a difference when I stopped and started using it again. I do like that it is a British brand though, but I don’t think that makes much difference apart from an emotional / patriotic factor I suppose.

-Urban Decay Ultra Definition Pressed Powder: I got this in a Sephora sale last year, and used this as a setting powder after my foundation. To be honest, it actually broke before I got a chance to use it so I did have to re press it using the old alcohol trick. It did the job to set my foundation but nothing amazing so I don’t know if I would necessarily repurchase, but if I did I wouldn’t have any worries to use it.

-Clarisonic Sensitive head brush: I got this with my Clarisonic Mia 2, it was the original brush that came with it, and I replaced it with the deep pore cleansing brush head. I feel that this product does get rid of all the make up even after I cleansed, so I tend to use this brush head as a second cleanse and it works well. In terms of clearing out my pores, this one didn’t do so much for me.

-Kiehls Multi Correcting Eye opening serum: A tester from Kiehls that actually I don’t think it did much for me. In any case, if I can’t remember anything about it, then it isn’t good enough surely?!

-The buff stuff, Citrus Body Scrub: This smelt very citrusy, and was exfoliating. However I remember that it was quite liquidy and that took me by surprise, considering I am used to exfoliators to be a bit more thicker in consistency. I wouldn’t buy this for that reason.

-Panier de sens, body wash oil: Ok so this one I have to say the packaging was god awful. The plastic tube has no give, and I mean no give, so when you try to get the product out you had to wait for gravity to do its thing! Apart from that, it was a gentle body wash, with a nice subtle scent and it was moisturising.

Disappointments:

-Emite make up primer: I got this from a beautybox and tried so many times to make this work but I just couldn’t. When I mean I tried to make this work, I tried to see what foundation would actually change slightly (for the better) when I used this primer but I sort of believe that it made zero difference. In the end, I thought why try to finish something that doesn’t do anything to control my oils, make foundation apply better or anything like that. If I needed am moisturiser then I already had applied it..no need for this one!

-Naked lips super berries lip balm: I like that it is made from anti oxidant fruits, but I don’t like the product at all. The smell is something that never sat right with me, I am not sure if it’s too chemical or just too smelly but its overpowering to me that as I got half way I just felt sick to smell it. The actual lip balm is a soft consistency and not bad, but honestly, the smell and thinking about the smell is enough to make me want to throw up.

Glossybox: January 2017

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So it’s the 3rd of Jan and I already have my Glossybox for this month. Super! I’m also quite excited by this month’s box, it’s definitely got a better reaction than last months (which wasn’t that bad by any means).

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  1. Etat Pur – Actif Pur Acide Salicylique 2%. 15ml – 15.80Eur
    • 15ml- 15.80Eur. Full Size
    • Comments: This will be great for my spots! Very happy to have this, and it will come useful indeed. It says to use two drops for the nose and one drop for a specific area. In three days it should clear up…three days is a long time but better than four (or more)!
  2. NYX Professional Make Up – Slip Lip Pencil. 2.90Eur
    • 2.90Eur. Full Size.
    • Comments: Super happy for this brand, I’ve always wanted to try it. I know that is a cheaper/ drugstore brand but in general, NYX seem to be of good quality from what I’ve read. This colour looks perfect for me, and for existing lipsticks that I have too.
  3. oOlution – Eye love contour des yeux. 15ml – 35Eur.
    • 15ml – 35Eur. Full size.
    • Comments: Another eye cream, and this is perfect. I’ve currently opened an eye cream I received previously in the Glossybox (from Naobay) and it’s working well, and I think I definitely need to incorporate eye creams into my routine as my under eye area are actually getting quite dark..somehow I feel the age creeping up on me somehow :\..or I’ll just tell myself that it’s normal in winter 😉
  4.  Spa to you – Deep pore cleansing facial brush and massage – 8Eur
    • Full Size.
    • Comments: This is perfect, I have a Clarasonic Mia 2 but this would be perfect for on the go travel. I like that it has a good handle on it too, it would make it alot easier to use in the shower or by the sink.
  5. Mudmasky – Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. 60ml – 69Eur
    • 20ml – 23Eur.
    • Comments: Whoa, this seems expensive! The only product not full sized too, but actually quite pricy all the same. Love masks, though seeing as you can only really use them a limited number of times to avoid your skin being ‘abused’ (can’t think of the actual word right now) too much. However, seems great.

Overall, this seems like a pricy box, and coming in at 84.70Eur it is! Wow. I love the contents as much as the value for money here. I’ve already put the products away in my ‘to use’ storage area, apart from the NYX pencil which is already in my lip makeup drawer.

 

Glossybox: December 2016

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This one’s a bit late, but better late than never I guess. I think my new year’s resolution should be to try and get into some sort of routine to post, or at least make use of the schedule button to have a post out regularly rather than sometimes alot at once and long breaks in between..

Anyway, hope you all had a fun food filled Christmas and a great start to the new year!

 

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  • La Theorie des Volcans – Noir Eternae, Youth Potion Face Scrub. 30mls – 30Eur
    • 30mls – 30Eur. Full Size
    • Comments: Interesting “Interstellar” type packagine, and a face scrub with volcanic ash. Sounds interesting!
  • Go Pretty – Dry Shampoo. 6.90Eur – 200mls
    • 50ml – 1.72Eur
    • Comments: Dry Shampoo! Who doesn’t love dry shampoo?! It get’s you out of a sticky (or more like greasy) situation fast and can save the day! Hell yes!
  • Bougie My Jolie Candle x Glossybox. 30g – 6Eur
    • 30g – 6Eur
    • Comments: This isn’t exactly a full sized candle, as this one didn’t come with jewellery inside, to my disappointment. I guess the concept is cool, but it didn’t have that much of a strong lasting scent for me, so honestly I don’t think it would be for me to buy a full sized with the jewellery inside it.
  • Essence – light up your face luminizer palette.
    • 4.99Eur
    • Comments: Ok, enough with the highlighter trio types. I really don’t use them this much, and from this brand too?! I didn’t like the eye shadow palette from them, and I really didn’t think I would enjoy this, so I gave it to a colleague who at best might have some use out of it than I would. I don’t think I like this brand, ok judging JUST from one eyeshadow palette, but also this product isn’t something that I would want or need to add to my collection as I know it wouldn’t get used at all.
  • Too Faced – Melted Chocolate – Chocolate Honey. 12ml – 20Eur
    • 5ml – 8.33Eur
    • Comments: Love this brand, and I’m sure I can make this work. Excited!
  • Eye brush – This wasn’t actually in the magazine.. so I won’t count this in the total.

51.04Eur is the grand total, excl the brush but incl the trio palette. Not so bad this month for the items that I am actually keeping.

Mini Sephora Haul

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So Sephora had a little sale going on, I guess it was a Cyber Monday of sorts and I decided to get a few products that were 20/30% off and items that I really wanted for a while!

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  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Only two shades were discounted, so I got this shade in Natural Beige which is what I think I am.. (fingers crossed!). I wanted to have this for ages when it first released and finally I get the chance! This is 36Eur and I got this for 27Eur
  • Tangle Teezer – The Holy Grail hairbrush… Always wanted to try this. I got a Birchbox version of one and I’ve liked that so I thought that as this is hardly ever on sale, I should benefit. I didn’t care for the design much, so I got this golden one as opposed to the other patterned versions they had selected for the sale. This is 16.50Eur and I got this for 12.30Eur
  • Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer – I can’t believe I haven’t tried this at all, I have the NARS Laguna, the Kevyn Aucoin one (recently), the Becca one, and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil… I guess I’ve listed the main major ones here right? And now I have this one for the collection. I have been lately just stuck to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil but I hope to give this one a whirl soon. This is 35.50Eur and I got this for 26.60Eur
  • Clarasonic Deep Pore brush head – Only this one was on sale and since I have stubborn pores that I swear my Clarisonic hasn’t gotten rid of (I think it works a great deal at getting rid of make up but clearing out my pores I don’t think it does that as much), I wanted something a bit stronger and as this was on sale…why not! This is 27Eur and I got this for 20.20Eur

Feel Unique Magic of Beauty Advent Calendar (12 days)

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So, from my last post, I mentioned that I have two advent calendars this year. This one has only 12 doors, so what I actually decided to do was a countdown to the countdown! I took the photos of the advent calendars as soon as I got them, but only started to open these doors (one day at a time!) 12 days before the 1st December.

I think of this post like an unboxing, and here we have the items..

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I obviously did look up what were included before deciding what calendars to get, but I didn’t look too much in detail about which days were in what and so on to give some sort of element of surprise.

I’m still happy I have this one, and I can’t really pick a couple of products that I’m really excited about but I’ll give it a go:

  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey – this looks so pretty! I’m sure I’ve heard of this brand before and the swirl in how they pressed this really looks pretty. I don’t use highlighter’s alot but this is so pretty looking.
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask – I’ve been so interested in this brand for a long time so I’m super glad to have a sample to try out
  • Nuxe Reve de Miel – I’ve bought this before and I liked it, and with winter here my lips are always dry and chapped. This is perfect, plus you can’t ever have enough of lipbalms can you?

The products I’m probably least excited about…hmm..Ok..

  • Rimmel Lipstick in the Best of the Best – only because I have a ton of lipstick, red ones too, but that’s the only reason. I am actually curious about the lipstick because I haven’t ever had a Rimmel lipstick before..
  • Bourjois Paris eyeshadow in Originale – again, because I have enough eyeshadows already. The colour seems something that I wouldn’t go for myself, but it is glittery and so goes well with the festive theme. Again, I’ve never tried Bourjois eyeshadow before (or any other product for that matter!) but I remember at school always being interested in the brand and especially the eyeshadows for the packaging..so dreams really do come true in December (haha)
  • Percy & reed Hair Wonder Balm – I don’t use hair products much, more so in the winter if I am drying my hair so perhaps this is good timing. It is a miracle leave-in balm which preps and primes your hair, ready for the styling products and techniques. It makes the styling products work wonders (apparently) giving more control and longer lasting results… Ok well that description has me sold but I don’t know if I’ll see / notice any difference!

In all, I really do like these products and this year’s got me already wondering for next years beauty advent calendars offerings!

Advent Calendars 2016

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First December marks the first day of advent, and this year I’ve got two beauty calendars!! It’s been a whilst since I’ve had an advent calendar, but this year I discovered the offerings  the beauty world had and thought why not!

There was another version that I wanted from lookfantastic but by the time I figured out if I wanted it or not…it was sold out. I think the beauty calendars are a great way to get good value for money, if the brands/products are mainly what interest you.

This one was from feelunique, I think that the value is ~105Eur, and the calendar itself is 29Eur. What drew me to this in particular, was probably the Laura Geller highlighter that I’ve seen. To top it off with brands like Luxe, Rimmel and Bourjois, for the value of the box it seemed a very reasonable price with good value for money.

Details here

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My second one, and far more luxurious, is the advent calendar from Liberty London. This cost me about 165GBP I think, with a value of 500GBP if I remember correctly.

With packaging like this, it will certainly make you want to display it all year. It’s massive and full of really good branded products such as NARS, Laura Mercier, Eve Lom and Diptyque. It’s a luxury beauty calendar that seems worth every penny. The only downside was that this couldn’t be delivered to France, so I actually picked this up when I was in London for a weekend and I am so glad that I could. It sold out pretty quickly and I can certainly see why.

This box, is going to be re purposed next year I can tell you that much for sure already. The drawers are cute and would be perfect to chuck a few pre bought sweets to make a DIY food advent calendar. If I can also get my hands on it for next year too, then I might just do that for the value of the products alone..

So without further ado, details here and photos below:

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Sephora US Haul

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An American friend of mine came to Paris and had told me in advance in case I wanted to order something that he could bring over, and..well I jumped on that chance! Sephora don’t do a ton of brands here that they do over in the US (though it is changing with Fresh, ABH, Huda Beauty, Becca and soon KVD), so I made sure to choose products that I wouldn’t be able to easily get myself.

Additionally, since I spent a fair bit in the summer, I had enough points to claim a Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick, as well as benefit from their promotions and bag myself a goody bag plus three samples.

So here are the products I bought ( I include the 100pt redemption Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick here):

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CoverFX – This is SPF30 which is perfect because I sometimes flare up when I wear suncream (but it’s very important, especially if I use resurfacing products..) so I got a sample of this and didn’t seem to react so knew that this would be perfect for over moisturiser and under primer/foundation.

Kevyn Aucoin Medium Sculpting Powder – This seems to be a major staple for many people and I had to try this out. I wanted the light shade but that was sold out so I went for the medium, knowing that I could probably get away with both and that medium was the only one that existed for a long time and if it suited NikkieTutorials for a while then I must be good for sure!

IT cosmetics CC+ cream – I’ve heard about this brand and thought this was the perfect time to try it. I heard more about the bye bye under eye products more actually, but since I was more looking for a foundation type product I went with this one instead.

Too Faced Melted Matte in Sell Out – I saw this in the 100pt offering and had to go for it. This shade looks like a neutral good for work colour, and it is. It kind of reminds me of Pasedena from Ofra, but it is slightly different. I like the wear on it, and it isn’t drying actually for me (the Ofra one can be quite drying..like all Matte lipsticks I assume)

Drunk Elephant Let’s B Clear pack – I bought the night serum and although I haven’t tried it out, I remember also looking at the Marula Oil products. Since then I saw the ride or die products mention the day serum as well as the oil and the night serum so I thought why the heck not..

So the goody bag of faves plus the 3 samples are here:

3samples: Estee Edit night mask, Tatcha cleansing oil and Aerin lip salve

From the goody bag, I’m super happy to have the Porefessional and Nars products to try because they are everywhere! And then the rest are good little sized products that I can always have a use for (I mean face masks, SPF, perfume are always good when you’re travelling or something!)img_0289

Oh and before I sign off, I had to share what the Kevyn Aucoin packaging looks like. It caught me by surprise (in a good way) and I had to share it because I wasn’t expecting it. The packaging itself is a nice golden smooth box, it sort of screams luxury, the powder itself comes in a two toned gradient (also screams luxury) and comes in a little cloth pouch.. I mean how cute!!img_0290

Product Empties #8

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I love when I go through products, it feels that I’m making progress, despite new products coming in through each month through my Glossybox (at least!). There are a fair few sample products this month but let’s get started..

NaturalTech Replumping shampoo – this was from a beautybox and without any sulphates or parabens I was bound to already give this a few points. It was good and though I can’t really say with one use if I liked it alot or not, it did clean my hair well. I don’t think I’ll go out my way to repurchase, but if I don’t have any shampoos and I see this brand I might think why not.

Hayasei anti-fatigue eye patches – this was also from a beautybox. This was a one use eye patch mask, with the patches going just under your eye. I did feel that this did something, if not just to relax my eye area and feel that it was working. However, eye patches aren’t something I would use regularly, so whilst I would use it if I have it, I wouldn’t buy it.

Fresh Soy face cleanser – this is a mild, lovely smelling and gentle cleanser. I used this on it’s own and with my clarasonic to get rid of any make up. I think it’s gentle and effective, and I already have a small version of this in my back up. I would repurchase this.

La roche posay – This is the second time I had a bottle like this, and my thoughts pretty much stay the same. It feels kind of heavy for a micellaire water, and I didn’t like it so much. I wouldn’t repurchase it, as I like them to feel like water and invisible on the skin but it did the job in taking off my make up.

Skin Owl – This product is a clear gel like texture, that I could easily rub into my neck area. Whether or not it made a difference, I can’t really say. I think it was good that it reminded me to take care of my neck area, as the product was specifically for this, however I don’t think I would re purchase because I didn’t see any difference.

Benefit They’re Real! Primer – This worked well as a light tint to my eyelashes post eyeshadow, and I feel that it worked as a primer because I would get less flaking. I would repurchase if I was really into mascara, and I could wear them alot, but as I don’t tend to (especially as longer lashes would rub against my glasses) it’s a non re purchase from me.

Benefit They’re Real! Push up liner – This was a product that I was super interested to try out. I think in the beginning I loved this, it did give me exactly what I wanted but I will say two things about this product. 1) Super hard to get rid of and 2) This did transfer and I would need to keep checking that I didn’t get panda eyes. If the formula changed, I think I would re purchase. However I think I initially loved it because it was the first product that I could get up close to my lash line, however the transfer of the product for me stopped me from using it after I discovered other products / brushes.

L’Atelier Maquillage – This was a light mascara, but I think it also did flake on me. I would need to check for any transfer. I don’t feel that it did anything in particular to my lashes (strengthen, grow, volume etc) but I did give it a good go and good use to quickly darken the lashes after using lighter eyeshadow colours.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatement – This is a sample, and I think I might consider getting the full sized. The texture was not what I thought it would be though, more plasticky than anything I could describe. As I put it under my eye area, it was light and spread easily, but the texture is something that isn’t an oil, cream or gel like feeling… however, I think that it did do something to my under eye area.

Caudalie masks – I got these from a pharmacy I think, after my big shop, and they are either hydrating ones (where you slap it all on and then after 15mins wipe off the excess) or the ones you wash off. I think that the brand is great, I love the hand creams for sure, and apart from the moisturising mask, I might be tempted to get the full sized versions to fully test more. However, the truth is that I have a ton of masks already to go through (from boxes or sales) so I might not get around to it, and the products weren’t impacting me so much that I’d want to stock up right away.

 

 

 

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection Face Palette

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So I was looking at the Sephora.fr website and one the new products I saw that the well known Becca Champagne Pop face palette had actually come to France!! (Only here it’s called C Pop and some of the colours have changed names ie Amaretto is Almond and Prosecco Pop is Gold Pop..I guess there is a thing that they are alcohol related? Which is funny considering we are in France..!)

I had lost hope in getting this palette, as this summer during my holidays to the US and Canada, this product was sold out everywhere. Then in the UK I found it hard to get it via SpaceNK. I had settled with one of the Splits instead (Prosecco Pop and Pamplemousse). However, I jumped on the chance to get this palette since I had watched so many YouTube videos on this palette, and read so many reviews.

I saw that it has been re-released as a limited edition again in the US websites so I guess that’s why it’s come to France too.

The packaging of this is super pretty, and the palette is quite heavy. I also get what people say when they say the mirror is good – it’s a good size and it’s actually quite clear. I haven’t used it yet, I’m still sort of wanting to savour it but.. without further ado, here it is the palette!

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Beauty spring cleaning!

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So I’ve put a couple of items on eBay recently, mainly because I’ve been using eBay to get rid of a few items (mainly clothes) that weren’t old enough to put through recycling but also good enough brands to be re-purposed. I didn’t think that the same could go for makeup, but I’ve read that in the US there are a fair few sites that specialise in selling on gently used make up. I decided to clear out a few things, the two eyeshadow palettes that have been gently used, and the rest that hasn’t been touched. As of right now, the eyeshadow palettes have been sold. If I can’t get rid of some of the other items, I think I’ll try to give them away as opposed to throwing them in the bin. Lately I’m all about recycling / re purposing so this way I feel a bit better that at least I tried to do something instead of throwing them away. If someone else does that then at least it’s one less thing that was bought to then be thrown away right?!

Eye shadow palettes:

The Smashbox Full Exposure palette was the first palette I got, having bought it after really wanting to try and figure how to make eye shadows work for my eyes. I got this at Sephora, thinking that the colours would suit me and were also fairly neutral. The reason why I got rid of this, is because the entire top row is glittery and I hardly ever used them. I would stick to the bottom row which were far better for me. As I have the Urban Decay Basics 2 pallette which has similar colours, and is far smaller I decided to let this one go.

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is what I decided to go for, after choosing between the 1st, 2nd or 3rd one. I decided to go for this one as the 3rd one seemed to rose pink for me, and the first one I thought the packaging was probably too flimsy. Plus this one had a nice black black colour. Whilst I liked the packaging, I realised that this has too many shimmery shades too, and a fair number of lighter ones which I couldn’t seem to work or naturally didn’t tend towards. For this reason I hardly picked this up. I did get the Smokey palette afterwards, having been won over by the quality and the choice that the palette gives you, and tended to use that more (or the Basics 2).

Bronzer & Highlighters:

I got the Bare Minerals “warmth” in the US at a outlet centre, and this is unopened. With an open one already in my make up drawers, and being hardly used as it is, I decided that this has to go. For an all around colour, I might try more in the summer, but as a bronzer I find that I have other products I gravitate towards.

The Model Co highlighting trio was from the Birchbox I recently posted. I didn’t even want to open this up, because I thought about it, and as I hardly use cream products (my Benefit Watt’s up highlighter hardly gets used at all!) I decided that this should have it’s chance with someone else. I read good reviews on the product, but decided to keep it in the packaging and let it find a good home elsewhere.

Other:

The Sephora primer is something that I got on a whim and hardly used, I don’t think I would want to either as it is very siliconey (I got a sample afterwards and used that), and I don’t like the texture of that. Also I have been skipping primer lately, using either multi purpose moisturisers and also putting a bit of oil into my foundation and then powdering up. It is winter though, so I don’t really need to worry as much about make up staying on.

MUFE concealer is something I got on a private sale, and I’m not sure why I decided to get this really as I don’t think I knew my colour. Anyway this can’t be sold on ebay due to some rights or something like that, so not sure exactly what I can do with it.. I can try other sites perhaps.

Nivea Men post shave balm isn’t anything expensive and it doesn’t matter if I don’t find a home for this. I bought this because it was a big thing on YouTube that this made a great primer. As I bought this on a BOGOF deal, I didn’t really need the other..

The S factor hair brush is a spare one that I already have. I’m not sure that the big barrel is useful or anything, but two of them is at least one too many. It’s discontinued but I’m hoping that someone is interested.. It would be a shame to let it go to waste.