A Morning of Shopping, Chatting and Swapping (Part 2)

It was exactly a month ago (February 16th) I met up with a local facebook friend, Mihaela,  to do our first official swap (if you click HERE you can see my first swap meet up with her) within the group we are in and during that meet up we decided that we should do this more often (perhaps not a monthly bases but every few months) and so brought on this weekend. We finally were able to pin point a date and we decided to stay at the same mall (this mall is awesome).

This time we took advantage of some shopping and I think I did pretty good. I only bought some Lush bath items (Easter ones that I will be talking about in a review shortly) and some spring candles from Bath & Body Works (with an upcoming storm scheduled I am in need of some spring scents). I will probably do a review of them in a few weeks.

After shopping we headed to a coffee shop to sit, talk and do our swapping.

Mihaela told me in advance I would be surprised and teased me with a photo and that the box weighed 10 lbs (which at first I didn’t believe here but upon picking on the box she was not kidding.)

This is the little teaser she sent me. Everything was wrapped so pretty and the box smelled so good. I didn’t know why until I had opened it all completely.

This is eveything unwrapped. I was so over whelmed at first but as I was opening everything I was so happy because these are things I really wanted to try and a few items I almost picked up but didn’t because I knew I would be getting some swaps in.

I know last time I didn’t include alot of pics in my post so this time I am including a ton of pictures and I hope you don’t mind.

The first items I am going to talk about is the eye shadows Mihaela got for me. The last time we met up we talked about MUA’s (Make up Academy) Palettes Undressed (black casing) and Undress Me Too as these are suppose to be dupes for the Urban Decay Naked and Naked Two.

Honestly comparing the colors in the all the palettes they are similar. I have seen swatches online and quite honestly if I didn’t know any better I would say they are exactly alike. The difference is the price and quantity of course. The Mua’s palettes are roughly under 5 pounds and are 9.6g and the Naked Palettes are $60 and you get 15.6g.

 

Mihaela told me it was time to add some color to my eyes so she included a Wet N’ Wild in the shade Petal Pusher. This has been something I have been eyeing for a little while now but never purchase it. I actually get to the point of having it in my basket but returning it before I leave. The eight colors are very pretty, silky and very pigmented. This is a great compact that you can travel with because it can take you from day to night instantly.

The other smaller palette that I got is by NYX (a line of make up I have been wanting to try since hearing about it and didn’t realize that a drug store here was selling some of the line since I thought it was a US line). Its in the shade TS 03 and the colors are nude, taupe and dark brown. These are my colors. This is another perfect traveling compact as well.

Bronzing powders are all very new to me and honestly it sorta of scares me. I have never tried bronzing powders before but I am willing to give it a try. This is in the shade 706 Hamptons Radiance.

Next up is nails. Who doesn’t love nail polishes? I have been looking for a dark blue polish since hockey started because I was hoping to do something neat with my nails for the team but could never find the right shade and I think this OPI Listen to Your Momanger will be perfect. I also got this Essie kit with the shades Ballet Slippers (a sheer pink) and As Gold as it Gets (Glittery Gold) with a nail file. Mihaela also told me I should try the Nail Cavier. She included the colors green, teal, pink, gold, silver and copper.

On to the lips items. I have become some what obsessive with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains since they came out recently ( I have a few of them and just love them) so Mihaela got me one I might not have purchased on my own because I am not much of a colour on my lip kind of person) and its in the shade #186 Berry Persistent (I think I need to do a post on this), Burt’s Bees is something I have seen in stores but just never purchased on my own. This is a duo kit and includes a Nourshing Lip Balm with mango butter (smells so good) and a lemon butter cuticle cream (which I am need of as my cuticles are really dry),  another item I have heard great things about it the baby Lips by Maybelline and this is in #030 Peach Kiss, another one of my obsessions lately has been the Cover Girl Lip perfection jumbo gloss balms and they are in the shades Rose Twist and Plum Twist (very nice sheer kind of colors and something I will be wearing and I think this will be another one I will review) and finally the last lip item is by NYX and its a lip liner pencil in the shade 849 Beige (another nice neutral colour for me)

I have heard of MAC and the only items I have purchased from MAC are the lip sticks (which I absolutely love and would buy more of if I could) so I am excited to try out this Skin Refresher/Finishing Mist. Mihaela told me is one of her most loved items.

When I feel sturdy I use eye liner pencils (sadly not as often as i should) and I recenly got a Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil in a beauty box recently and have been using it and I like it so I was thrilled to see a few in my box. One brand that I have been looking to try is Tarte (have been hearing amazing things about this Brand) its a smoldering eye pencil in the shade  gunmetal (silver) and two Urban Decay’s Glide on’s in ransom (purple) and bourbon (brown). They are all very silky and smooth.

The reason the box smelled so good was because of the candle from Clair de Lune (a store here in Quebec)  and the scent is Lilac in Bloom (lilacs are my favorite spring flower and smell as I am writing this post I am burning the candle. The house smells like lilacs.
 
Nspa is something I have seen at the pharmacy but never bought  and honestly not sure why because this stuff is amazing. Its a Shower scrub with real fruit bits. This is amazing in the shower and it smells so good. Its a great way to wake up in the morning. This is in the scent Fresh Sweet Raspberry. I am actually going to the pharmacy this week to check out the other scents they have.
 
Finally who doesn’t need a razor especially if its one you love? I was so thrilled when I saw this in my swap box because I literally had just run out of refills for mine and cringed when I thought of repurchasing the blades because you know this razor is expensive as are the refills.
 

Now the best part honestly is the chocolates. Mihaela included a bunch of solid chocolate eggs which got eaten pretty quickly when I got home and this cute Ferro Rocher chocolate bunny. I have been eyeing this bunny since they came out because I have never tried it and was thinking of picking it up for Easter while I am so happy I wanted but if this is anything like the ferro rochers then I am in trouble. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks Mihaela for this awesome swap and you know I loved everything. We are so alike in taste and items that is scary but in a good way. Looking forward to future swaps with you and meet ups.

 
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Comments

  1. very nice stuff!

  2. Cindy its official – you have traded in your booko passion for beauty products !!!!

  3. What a great box of goodies! You must have been very pleased with this swap ๐Ÿ™‚

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