So towards the end of last year me and the beautiful Danielle of Just Add Mascara arranged a swap. She received my package before Christmas and you can check out what I got her here while mine arrived mid January, the problems with cross Atlantic swaps. So if you want to read what she got me carry on reading . . . (see what I got her here)
Yves Rocher 7 day programme for Normal to Combination Skin: This is a cute little trio containing a hydrating cleansing milk; hydrating toner and 24hr Intense hydrating Gel Cream. All of them contain botanical saps such as the saps from maple trees and blue agave plants combined which are meant to look in moisture in the skin so I’m excited to try them out. I’m thinking of saving these for a holiday later in the year as they are an ideal size for travelling and mini pamper products are perfect for these.
Real Nature Face masks in Acai Berry, Green Tea and Avocado: So these are three are cloth masks I love treating my self to a face mask once or twice a week. The first night I used the green tea mask after a long shift a work and its a proper moist well made cloth mask which stays in place while sitting up meaning I could sort out blog bits and watch TV its ideal as some masks don’t stay and you have to lie back to get it to stay on.
The Face Shop Sparking Wine Face Mask: Another small cloth face mask and a really convenient size packet although I’m likely to use it before going anywhere it would be great for travelling.
Yves Richer Pink Grapefruit Face Mist: This is both a skin refresher and a make up setting spray. I’ve loved this to make my make up last all day and keeps my skin feeling hydrated no matter what I’m up to. The scent isn’t particularly strong but the product is amazing so it doesn’t really matter.
Nip + Fabn Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: I’m currently half way though my current tub of exfoliating pads so I’ll start these soon. I’m always curious about nip+fan so I’m excited to try something of theirs out.
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Palette in 738 Comfort Zone: I was so excited about this as I’ve heard such good things about wet n wild eye shadows and they aren’t available over here. Its a beautiful neutral toned palette containing 8 beautifully pigmented shades. I used it straight away (well straight after I’d taken the pictures) for my make up that morning and its so good. I’ve loved having a little play with this.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Warm Neutral: First and foremost the packaging is so damn pretty the packaging with lace detailing and ribbons its so pretty. Its a warm neutral palette with rose gold/pink toned shades, the palette is meant to be 3 looks with a highlight, base and liner for each a unique foam applicator meaning you could attempt these looks without the tools although the success level is debatable. The three looks are Natural which is a subtle everyday look, Playful still natural but a slightly fun twist with the highlight colour and finally a night time look Dramatic which in essence is for a brown smokey eye.
Annabelle Bigger Bronzer, Zebra Print Bronzing Powder in Haute Gold: I’m yet to use this as I tend to opt for contouring over bronzing in the winter months but it will be great for summer. When I’ve swatched it on my hand and nice warm shimmer colour so come summer it will get a lot of use.
Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz: Pixi always surprises me that in other countries Pixi is affordable and even drug store yet over here its hard to find and fairly expensive so I was delighted to receive two pixi items in my swap. The shadows are so pigmented and creamy, I love the colours and I’m playing about with them for a valentines look. Maybe I’ll part with my hard earned cash to try more pixi products.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush: This is my second pixi item a very highly pigmented lip balm I was actually so surprised how good the colour pay off hydrated lips and pretty coral colour. The only thing I’m not sure is the flat cut top opposed the the rounded or lipstick shape you usually get with balms although it will round off with time it just makes initial applications trickier.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 617 Iced Mocha: I feel like this may soon work its way into my “I rather have 15 more minutes in bed than do full make up” make up routine, a soft neutral eye pencil is somewhat of a student essential or at least should be.
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Salsa: This is the perfect everyday natural pink lip colour so I’m bound to get loads of wear. Also its a really silky smooth non-sticky lip gloss, its closest to the Tanya Burr lip glosses although the Tanya Burr ones are slightly thicker. The doe foot applicator is really nice and bonus the lid and a bow moulded on it subtle but pretty. Bound to end up in my handbag for a go to lip product. Its kinda like having a touch up naked 3 palette although I haven’t put them side by side if its a good dupe I will let you guys know.
Peanut Butter M&Ms: These didn’t last beyond a day they are so yummy.
Yves Rocher Bath Fizz in Pear Caramel: Okay this smells amazing the closest thing I can think of that smells like this is the body shop honey range. The packet is cute too kinda looks like the fancy chocolates you get on the pillows at fancy hotels, although it probably doesn’t taste as good though.
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum: I’ve yet to try this as I’m currently using a hair oil but I’ve been converted as they make my hair much more manageable.
So big love and thanks to the lovely Danielle, I love all my Canadian beauty bits. Beauty swaps are a great experience, so much fun and you get to make new friends I’d highly recommend it.