I apologize and acknowledge in advance that this compact is no longer available, so I'm being a bit mean by showing it to you, but it's just so pretty and I'm so excited to have it that I really could not help myself. I hope you'll forgive me. This is one of those things that I thought I had missed out on and was very sad... until magical, wonderful luck happened. Isn't that just the best kind of luck?
I'll start with the backstory of telling you all that as a kid, I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid. I had a tape (yes, I'm that old!) of the movie soundtrack that I listened to every single day and memorized, and I would put on Little Mermaid concerts for friends and family. I had Ariel and Eric Barbies, and... my entire bedroom was Little Mermaid themed. And not just little knick knacks and posters. This was a serious room theme. My walls were covered in an "Under The Sea" mural, featuring life-size likenesses of Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder. My ceiling was covered in tulle to mimic ocean waves. In my mind, I was Ariel. So when I found out about this Disney Collection, there was no question. I had to get something, and that something was this compact!
The tides were against me though, since I missed out on this the first go around, as the compacts are always the first to go and it sold out in a matter of hours (i.e. while I was still sleeping!). This was the case with the two previous collections too - I just could not get a hold of them! I was very disappointed, especially after seeing more detailed photos of the compact online. Then in mid-October, I was casually perusing Sephora online and... there it was, in all its glory!
I must say I pondered for a few hours on whether I should get it, which sounds absolutely ridiculous now. The real deal-maker was that I have VIB Rouge free shipping, and I certainly would have bought this had I seen it in store. So, into my cart it went! And good thing, too, since it was sold out by the next day! I would say my only complaint, if you can even call it one, is the quote used on the inside of the mirror. It doesn't grab me as an iconic quote from The Little Mermaid at all. In fact, it's rather obscure. If I remember correctly, it's from the TV series, and not the movie. Weird, right? Not a deal breaker obviously, but I think that could have been thought through a bit more.
Other than that little quibble, I think this compact is absolutely stunning. The detail on the case and the simplicity of the colours make it so special. And it features one of my favourite scenes, Kiss The Girl, so there's no going wrong there! I love it so much, I'm honestly a little bit afraid to use it in the way it's intended. I can't even bear to think about tossing this into my purse! I think it's going to have to be a "stay at home" compact instead of an actual portable mirror. Oh well, that way I'll be able to look at it every morning and smile :)
Did you manage to get your hands on this compact? Have you ever had a second chance to get something you thought you had missed out on?