Tuesday, 4 March 2014

US & UK Makeup Swap with "Beauty with SandyNoemy"!

After some hold up in customs and a somewhat annoying VAT Bill my US swap package from from Sandy Noemy arrived! 

(Current state of play: Gifts are tax free up to a value of £36, any purchases are tax free up to a value of £15)

(You can check out her blog "Beauty with SandyNoemy" here  and read her swap post here, follow her on Twitter here and check out her Instagram here).

I was super excited to open it and play with its contents!

This post will just be an overview as there is just too much stuff to go into detail :), so I'll be doing separate "Brand Focus" posts over the next couple of weeks to do all the lovely products justice!

These are all the products I got - it was a bit difficult to get them all in one picture...!

Here is an overview of all the super awesome eyeshadows I got!

Lovely neutral colours!
Clockwise from the top:
Sally Girl - Single Eyeshadows in "Midnight", "Brick", "Cranberry", "Cinammon" & "Champagne"
Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Custom Eye-Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection
L'Oreal - Infallible Shadow in 892 "Amber Rush"
Wet n Wild -  8 Pan Palette "Comfort Zone"Middle
NYC - Sparke Eye Dust in "Smokey Topaz"

A handy travel-friendly palette!
E.L.F.-  Beach Beauty 28 piece night palette

Green & purple hues!
Clockwise from the top:Cover Girl -  Eyeshadow Pencil Flamed Out Collection in 350 "Melted Caramel Flame"
Revlon - Color Stay 12 Hour Eyeshadow in 21 "Silver Fox"Maybelline - Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in 5 "Never Fade Jade" and 50 "Forest Fatale"
Almay - Intense I-Color in "414 for green eyes"

Colours made for smokey eyes looks!
Clockwise from the top:Wet n Wild -  Coloricon palette in 248 "Lust"
Cover Girl - Smokey Shadow Blast in "Purple Plum"Wet n Wild  - 3 pan palette in "Don't steal my thunder"
E.L.F. - Brightening Eye Color in "Teal Dream"
Wet n Wild -  "Take on the Day" eyeshadow primer

Quite a few mascaras to try out!
Clockwise from the top:Physicians Formula -  Organic Wear in "Ultra Black"
Smash Box - Full Exposure Mascara (trial size)Covergirl  - Bombshell Volume by lashblast mascara in 800 "Very Black"
Covergirl - Flamed Out Mascara in 325 "Very Black" (water resistant)
Pixi-  Lash Booster Mascara in No. 2 "Blackest Black" (trial size)

Now moving on to face products!

Clockwise from the top:
Physicians Formula - Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in "Pink"
L'Oreal - Project Runaway Super Blendable  Blush in "The Queen's Blush"
Milani - Baked Powder Blush in 05 "Luminoso"
Physicians Formula -  Mineral Wear Talc-Free  Mineral Airbrushing Brozer SPF30
Wet n Wild - Fergie Centrestage Collection in "To Reflect Shimmer Palette"

Clockwise from the top:
Maybelline - Master Glaze Facestudio Blushstick in 10 "Just Pinched Pink"
Revlon - Whipped Cream Foundation in 110 "Ivory"
Sally Hansen - Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer

And here  is the most amazing selection of lip products - liquid lipsticks, balm sticks, classic lipstick and glosses!

I can't even remember how long I've hankered after Maybelline Color Whispers!

Left to right:
Maybelline - Color Whispers in 20 "Mocha Muse", 50 "Cherry on Top" and 40 "Orange Attitude"

The Revlon Colorburst Lacquer & Matte Balms have now also come out in the UK and I've already earmarked them for getting additional colours as they are such a fab product!

Left to right:
Revlon - Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 150 "Enticing" and 130 "Tease"Revlon - Colorburst Matte Balm in 220 "Show" and 250 "Standout"
These super shiny Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balms are just too fantastic for words!

Left to right:
 - Color Elixir Liquid Color Balm in 025 "Mauve Mystique" and 080 "Captivating Carnation"

Super long-lasting lip stains!
Top to bottom:
Wet n Wild
 - Megalast in
"Back to the Fuchsia" and "Pocketful of Roses"

More gloss & one long-lasting lipstick!
Top to bottom:Almay - Liquid Lip Balm in 700 "Cantaloupe Cream"
NYC - Liquid Lipshine in "Clear"
Wet n Wild - Mega Last Matte Lipstick in "Cherry Bomb"

She clearly identified my love for all things lip-balmy!

Left to right
 - Babylips Dr. Rescue in 55 "Coral Crave" and 45 "Just Peachy", Babylips in 50 "Twinkle" (LE), 70 "Coral Crush" (LE), 95 "Strike a Pose" and 70 "Pink Shock"

Top to bottom:
Cover Girl - Lipslicks Smoochies in "Tweet me" (2x) and "Text me"

Thank you very much again for my super amazing swatch package - I had loads of fun putting together and planning this swap with you and it would be great to do it again!

You can check out her post on the UK half of the swap here!

I'm sure I'll enjoy these products loads & my first swatches and try outs have already shown me that they are fabulous and that the colour selection is very me!

Thanks so much for reading this post.

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See you soon!


*All views expressed in this blog post are my own*


  1. loved the post. loved how you put all the products together. I'll have my post up later this week.

    1. Thanks! Great - looking forward to your post!

      (I now need to re-organise my make up storage - I think I need a couple more acrylic Muji drawers to fit everything in properly).

  2. Oh my goodness this swap is huge!


    1. I know - so many great products to try out! :)

  3. Wow what a Lovely mix of products! Some things you could get here and some things you Really couldn't! Very lucky! You must be itching to get using these! xx

    1. Yes, my hands are completely covered in swatches. And if I could just find a reliable source for Maybelline Color Whispers or even better if Maybelline launched them in the Uk that would just be perfect!

      And I think Physicians Formula would/will do great, if/when they launch in the UK!

  4. wow that's quite a swap! Looks like you'll be busy playing around for a while!! :)


    1. :) Indeed! You do have some lovely brands/product launches in the US!


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