Spending Time With a Friend (Part 2)

As you know from my previous post that I met up with Lucy from Moonlight Gleam and Simply Blushed for breakfast and shopping. We of course talked about all kinds of things and its so nice having adult conversations without little ears listening in and interrupting.
 
No meet up would be complete without some kind of an exchange or swap. You will have to check Lucy’s blogs to find out what I gave her.

Lucy was super generous and gracious. I was in total awe. She had given me a sneak peek a few days before meeting up but I truly had no idea what I was getting. Please note that this post is going to be loaded down with a ton of pics so I hope you don’t mind. I thought it would be easier to share the pictures with you so you could see the products.

 
Inside the first bag was an exchange I did with Lucy for The Vicious Deep. She prefers the ARCs to hardcovers and I honestly don’t mind because as you know I don’t usually keep my book after I am done with them.

I was so thrilled to have gotten a Kabuki brush. This one is a body brush and I have been hearing some really good things about the Kabuki brushes so I am happy to have gotten the body one.

 
The other item was an olive soap from The Body Shop. I like the smell of this, this is something I have never used before.

The make up bag was filled with some amazing items as you will soon see.

This is the Elf Body Glow in the shade Glow. This adds a nice shimmery gold to the skin and I think this would be perfect for the summer. This is from the studio line. (Achieve a sun-kissed glow with this sheer golden body shimmer. The silky smooth and fine powder blends evenly and easily onto the skin for a lightweight feel. Use all over the body for a touch of radiance.)

The other Elf is the SPF 45 Sunscreen in the shade Sheer. The Studio line. (A portable loose powder sunscreen that can be worn alone or over any makeup for key sun protection. Shields against harmful UVA/UVB rays to prevent premature skin aging and sun damage. The soft translucent powder is infused with healthy ingredients such as Aloe Vera Extract, Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins A,C & E to help nourish and soothe the skin.)

 
The following was what was in the make up bag. I was like a kid in a candy store when I got home and went through everything thoroughly.
This is elf nail polish in the shade Royal Purple. As you can see from the bottle it looks like a dark purple but when I put it on it was more like a deep pink which I really love. I love the shade of this and this will be something I will be wearing alot. Its a really nice formula.
Lucy introduced me to Rimmel lip sticks recently when I was asking her what she liked and in a previous beauty haul I did she mentioned the Rimmel Airy Fairy one so I bought it and I love the color of it. Well this time she is introducing me to another Rimmel.
Its in the shade of 210 Fancy.  Sadly my pictures don’t do this justice but its a beautiful shade. Its like a dusty rose in color but on the lips its almost nude and shimmery. I really like this one to.
One the theme of lip sticks I got this elf Luscious liquid lipstick. I love that you can actually see the product and how much is in it.
Its in the Shade of Maple Sugar. This is another one that it looks darker in the packaging but when you put it on its a whole other look. Its was the same as the lipstick went on nude but was almost glossy like. There is a hint of maple sugar to it and I really like that and its not sticky like some glosses are.
This is an ELF Essentials All Over Color Stick. (This 3-in-1 Color Stick adds a beautiful glow to your eyes, lips, or face! Get gorgeous color that illuminates and instantly conditions skin for fresh and natural color all day long. Blend anywhere you would like to highlight and brighten like your cheeks and brow bones.) How neat is this? From left to right: Pink Lemonade, Golden Peach and Toasted. I love multi purpose items and this would be perfect for a night out.
Moving up from the lip items.I love Benefit products and was thrilled to get this. I have been seeing it in the stores but never picked it up. (Our satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheek & brow bones for a radiant glow. Use as a spot highlighter or delicately blend all over your complexion. Looks perfectly radiant on all skin tones. It’s the “supermodel in a bottle”!)
This is a matte eyeshadow in black from Annabelle. Its very pigmented as you can see.
 
Another brand I have been wanting to try is the Forever 21 make up line. This is the Love & Beauty line. I  really like the mix of this palette. So many great combinations you can do with this.
Can I just say how much I love those colors but at the same time they kind of scary me. This is by ELF and its the Brightening Eye Color in the shade of Drama. Its got white, silver, gray and black.
This is the same thing except in the shade of Ivy. There is a light green (almost mint like), forest green with a rust and copper like shade.
This is the Elf mineral shadows. I haven’t used alot of the mineral powders but I am excited. Sassy is almost copper like and Sweet is a pink one. I like both shades and can’t wait to play with them. 
This is an ELF single eye shadow in the shade butter cream. Its a very nice golden color. That’s all the eye shadows I got from Lucy and now we will move on to the cheeks. They are all by ELF and are in the Natural Radiance Blush collection.
The first one is Innocence and its a pale pink. Very nice.
This is Bronzed and its more of a golden tone blush.
Finally this is Flushed which is almost a sheer pink but I think this will be nice to get a little glow or flushed look.
 
I love that I am getting to try ELF out because here in Canada if you want EL products you have to order online or go to Target in the USA. Honestly when I was in the USA this summer, I didn’t think to look to see what they had. Hopefully when Target comes to Canada they will carry this here.
 
Anyways back to the goodies, right? On top is the Elf translucent matifying Powder. This is silky and what a great way to set your make up.
 
 
ELF Mineral Booster (Achieve the ultimate, translucent “photo finishing touch” to your makeup, our Mineral Booster melts into your skin, infusing it with key vitamins A, B and E to promote healthier skin that’s noticeably silkier and smoother. Completely sheer and ideal for all skin tones, Mineral Booster gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pores for a beautiful even finish. Wear alone or buff over our Mineral Concealer and Foundation to lend extra staying power and to achieve a professional and stunning porcelain matte look that will last all day.)
 
ELF foundation in the shade Beige. I have never used a loose powder foundation before so this will be my first time trying it out.
 
This has been something I have been eyeing on the Eyes, Lips, Face site and I had it marked down on a list to check for when I went to the USA again so I am happy that Lucy shared this with me. I can’t wait to use it. (Conceals under-eye darkness, blemishes and other skin imperfections with customized coverage. Brightens under-eye circles and neutralizes redness. Convenient size for on-the-go travel.)
How neat is this, its the Mineral Blemish Powder. (Heal and disguise blemishes with the all natural Mineral Blemish Kit. This translucent powder has active acne fighting ingredients like natural Sulfur, Tea Tree and Willow Bark to treat acne and prevent future breakouts while penetrating deep into the pores to control blackheads.) I know this will be used alot and its in the shade clear.
As you can see Lucy spoiled me with all these awesome goodies that I can’t wait to try out very soon. Not include in the pictures above was a nail file, the brush for the blemish powder, a pencil sharpener for eyeliner pencils and a pack of neutrogena all in one wipes. I have been wanting to try these out and I really like the wipes. This will be something I would repurchase.
 

Finally there was one more little goodie that Lucy included which is to the right. I’m not sure if I am allowed to share the contents right now with you but its something that Lucy is working on, on the side and I know it will bring her much success and I am happy that I am able to get a sneak peek and try them out before anyone else does.

Lucy thanks so much for meeting up with me and spoiling me with all these goodies. I am turning into a make fanatic now.

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Comments

  1. *SQUEE!* I am sooo excited that you like everything I gave you in the swap :)! I’m working on my swap post right now on Simply Blushed hehe :). Thank you for showing the sneak peak at the end of the post, you can definitely share the contents in a separate post when you feel like doing a mini-review. I’ll let you know when it’s closer to being complete so then you can post the review around then (will be in a little while though lol!)

    *HUGS!* It was an awesome meetup 😀 Welcome to my ELF addiction!

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