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πŸ’€ Halloween Trick & Treat...your elf πŸ’€

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Something's brewing, and it 'll be ghoulishly fun! A wicked good time for everyone...


Our previous rounds have been wonderful platforms for bringing us all together though our appreciation for beauty, treats and camaraderie. We're glad that you've  decided to join in on the haunting fun!


With ghoulish appreciation,
Mcakes & ZombieMetroAnt


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πŸŽƒ Tips, Tricks & Other spooktacular ideas!


πŸ’€ Elfster Tips:

   -> Ask questions! Anyone can ask anyone an anonymous question, that will help you get a better idea of likes and dislikes, haves and wants, etc. 

   ->When you purchase something, click "Mark As Purchased." They won't see it, but they might be using the same wishlist for other gift exchanges, so this can prevent them potentially getting the same gift from two different people.

   ->If you got something for yourself, remove it from your wishlist! 

πŸŽƒ Shipping suggestions 

πŸ’€ How to ship abroad/add a customs label while still using online shipping:
1. Creating an account: First, you must create a free account on the USPS website. The site will not let you create customs forms.
2. Shipping Label: To create the shipping label, you want to use the "Click n Ship" function from the dropdown menu under Mail & Ship. Many of the directions from above are basically the same but the key difference is under, "Where are you sending to?" you will need to use the dropdown menu to select the country of choice.
3. Finishing the Shipping Label:Fill in all the corresponding information until the end of the form including the value of the package. The Canadians on the board may have more to speak to with this but I always kept this amount on the lower side so the recipient doesn't get hit with high customs fee. (average amount I would put would be $10-$20) A great feature is at the end of the page it will give you all your options for shipping. I can tell you on a personal note that when I ship to England I always choose first class international mail and I have never had a problem. Once again, delivery confirmation is thrown in for FREE.
3. Beginning the Customs Form: You will then get to a page that will you through step by step filling in the customs form. The first question will ask you to "Enter Package Information." This is where you can just write this is a gift box for a friend. You do not need to write anything more!
4. Customs Inventory: Next up is, "Enter Item Information." Okay, this one is a little tricky. If you want to itemize, and fill in every single thing in the box, you can. If you only want to do a couple, you can. I've done both over the years and both have been okay. I'm not going to tell you though that it will work every time so ultimately, the decision is up to you. Make sure though that you mark each item a GIFT so that the recipient does not get charged increased fees. Also, and this is IMPORTANT, the total that adds up for the all the items has to be the same total you gave on the previous page for the value of the box. So if you make something worth $1, that's fine! (Again, Canadians speak up hear if I'm wrong but my abroad friends always told me it was better to do this to reduce customs fees for the recipient.) Lastly, each weight of each individual item will need to add up to the to the total weight item, so I've honestly literally made up ratio numbers in the past. (I have never had a problem in years of sending packages)
5. Tarrif Number: Lastly, you do not have a tariff number so leave that blank. Okay, one last thing, choose your AES exemption. I would choose the second one having to do with gifts.
6. Obtaining the Label/Customs Form: The steps following this are similar to the ones from above except that I believe the payment options for USPS may also include credit card options as well as PayPal. Go ahead and print your label which will also contain your completed customs form. (Please note: you may need to sign your customs form before affixing it to your package) On a positive note, YOU STILL SAVE MONEY BY USING THE ONLINE POSTAGE SYSTEM!
7. How to actually ship it:For international packages, my personal advice is yes, bring it to the post office, and yes, actually check it in and get a receipt saying it was checked in by a postal worker. Since many international packages take quite longer than domestic and tend to get delayed at different intervals, you want to make sure that everything is okay when it first enters the system.

Duty Info:
US can receive a gift up to 100 USD. If you send from Canada and mark your gift as 100 you are actually saying it cost you 100 CAD. Today Google converts that to 75.87USD so your recipient should be ok and not pay additional fees.

Canada can receive a gift up to 60 CAD. If you send from the US and mark your gift as 60, you are actually saying it cost you 60 USD. Today Google converts that to 79.08 CAD. So your Canadian friend in this case might pay duties/taxes/fees.

I believe customs will check the rate on the day the item is processed. Seems Canada is at somewhat the same range recently but it does go down a bit. Just things to keep in mind.

 πŸŽƒ Participants - exactly 31 muahahahahahah 


Mix one part Scream with two parts Scare,

a pinch of Fear, a dash of Dare...

and give your elf a Halloween Box Extraordinare!



     πŸ‘» Shipping: our goal is to have boxes delivered by (or before) 10/31.  Boxes being shipped across the border take a bit longer


     πŸ‘» Wish lists: if you haven't already, please update your wishlist on elfster πŸ¬


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Ty for all the fun comments.   This exchange has been great! I love this community so much, everyone loves makeup, but I feel we have a nice sisterhood here. Smiley Happy

I had to add in all of my excitement with my goodies. Yes the avocados , wine and cat toys got me in a frenzy! I know you can tell by my pics.  I forgot to mention @PaletteAddict99 also sent me a beautiful Marc Jacobs lipgloss set, the Guerlain top coat glitter mascara , a cat mug I ADORE, almond brittle, dark chocolate, a bag of mixed candy , a cool spider ring and so much more goodies. A beautiful mask too.  I am overwhelmed by her generosity and thoughtfulness. I sent her the videos of me paying with my cats. LOL. Yes I am weird!!!

I hope everyone's gifts brighten their day. It is so lovely to come home after a hard day to happiness. xoxo Neicy

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@luvgloss13  I want @PaletteAddict99  to adopt me.  Smiley Happy

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I'd love to see your photos of the rest of these gifts!   I hope that you will post them.   @PaletteAddict99 really went all out to send such fun treats! 


I love your portraits of cute, cute kitties sitting in boxes!  Gorgeous faces.  Smiley Wink

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You guys! You guys!!!!!!!  I just got the best gift ever!! 



I am too excited to type. I came home to 3 big boxes. Yes 3 boxes! 

I cleared off the table and put the boxes there. The cats came out. Know you know cats are nosey! So I started opening my goodies. The cats started getting in the boxes. LOL. I made a fort and the cats went in the boxes . Then I started opening all the perfectly wrapped presents. CAT STUFF. Woo hoo. I forgot about everything and had fun with the kitties..... we got cat toys, treats and I got a cat necklace. Now this elf knows me!! I am such a cat mom.  My cats are having a ball and making a mess as I type this. Smiley Happy)) I got the most amazing cards too. PA, how did you know one cat would hide? SPOOKY! 

I got the most amazing wines that I must open asap. I told my husband tonight is a party night.  Smiley Wink She sent me amazing Avocados  and these are straight outta Cali! Yummm. I can't wait to make quac. She was so so generous and made this very special for me. 

I got fun candy, amazing decor and a beautiful scarf and necklace in my favorite color!  Modeling pics to come I swear! 

I got the pretty Guerlain mascara topper , I will be so glam. 

I thank you Palette Addict, you have brought your california  sunshine to my heart. My cats love you too!  

I am enclosing some pics. Sadly my phone died. I took too many of my cats! I may of shot a video too. LOL.  #embarassing! #crazycatlady 22522506_1286344314845600_92871271_o.jpg22538338_1286344494845582_1059859800_n.jpg22547063_1286344461512252_564510051_o.jpg22547893_1286344308178934_1163040719_n.jpg22551681_1286344301512268_1509770003_n.jpg22553797_1286344324845599_1694671628_o.jpg22627567_1286344354845596_1983332181_n.jpg22555924_1286350558178309_1291822235_o.jpg22556306_1286344334845598_1973243025_o.jpg22656230_1286350568178308_1875928189_n.jpg


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@luvgloss13 How awesome! What adorable cats!!

@PaletteAddict99 A most fantastic jobs! Those wine bottles are super cool looking!

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@luvgloss13 wowza!!  What an incredible box of goodies! Avocados and wine are literally 2 of my life essentials,  and all of those other goodies are the icing on the cake! I love that @PaletteAddict99 sent treats for the cats too-what a sweet gesture!!  The bar is definitely set high for the rest of the elves!

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@luvgloss13@PaletteAddict99 WOW! That is an amazing box! Or rather boxes! Avocados and wine?!? It's like the holy grail Smiley Happy Great job @PaletteAddict99, so thoughtful and so fun!


@luvgloss13 your cats are so adorable! Looks like they're enjoying the boxes just as much as the toys Smiley Happy

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@luvgloss13 I’m so glad the kitties and your husband are happy Smiley Happy that’s most important right😜

I’m glad everything got there intact and mostly that you are finding joy in it all <3 


To all my elf friends here, I want to thank you so much for all your kind words and complements. You all mean the world to me <3 I love our BT community. We have so much fun here Smiley Happy

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@luvgloss13  @PaletteAddict99  That is such a thoughtful, creative box!  Enjoy!

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WOW! I can't get past the avocados and wine. What an amazing gift!

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OOooOooohhhhhhh GIRLLLLL!!!!!!

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This is an amazingly incredible gift I don't even know where to begin haha Smiley Very Happy You totally knocked it out of the park with this one @PaletteAddict99 Smiley Wink 


I can just feel how happy and excited @luvgloss13 is by reading this post. So happy that you got some California love Smiley Very Happy Avocados and wine?! Oh yeah. YUMMMM. 

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OMG!!!!! Wow!!!!   @PaletteAddict99  You are an amazing gift giver!  


I cannot believe all the amazing goodies you sent in your gift - Wine!!! Guac Fixin's!!!  Kitty toys!!! You certainly set the bar super high, girl!!!!  This is so awesome!


Enjoy!  You deserve a little relaxation and treats!   @luvgloss13 <3



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This is amazing! Yum guac Smiley Very Happy and your cats are adorable @luvgloss13!

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Aw man, I'm gonna have to go shopping again! Hahahaha!


Seriously, what an awesome gift @luvgloss13 and fabulous shopping @PaletteAddict99!

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@luvgloss13 @PaletteAddict99

This is so amazing! I truly love that she sent avocados - Such a fun and happy box. Enjoy! Love the cats! Smiley Happy

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@luvgloss13 @PaletteAddict99


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EXCELLENT WORK!!!! Enjoy!!!! Smiley Happy


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OMG, perfect @mermadelove! Lol!

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I love the photos of your kitties enjoying all the boxes, wrappings and kitty toys!   

Your cats are so handsome.  It looks like a good time was had by all! 

I'm looking forward to more photos!   I can't wait to see everything in all those bags and boxes!   Smiley Happy


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Such cute kitties, @luvgloss13!  Your elf, @PaletteAddict99 did a super job with the kitty treats and people treats.

The wine, the avocados, what fun!!!!

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Wow @luvgloss13 @PaletteAddict99!!! This is so cool! I've never seen anyone send avocados in a gift exchange before; so fun! Looks like your cats are having blast. ❀️

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