Friday, 15 July 2011

American Swap Goodies & Swatches!

I just got back from a trip back home to Northern Ireland and waiting for me was a huge box of goodies from the lovely Michele. She's from the US and we arranged to do a swap. I sent her some UK things she was after and she sent me things from the US that we can't get here. She was really generous and sent lots of cute extras (including some cute little toys for our cat!). The whole experience was great and I'm sure we'll swap again in the future! 

So, to the fun bit! Here are some photos and swatches of what I received:

Bath & Body Works Pocket Bacs
I love these! They all smell amazing and the formula of these anti bacterial gels isn't as drying as other similar products.


Rose D'Oro

L-R: Corallina, Rose D'Oro

L-R: Rose D'Oro, Corallina

L-R: Rose D'Oro, Corallina

Milani Baked Blushes in Rose D'Oro & Corallina
I've been lemming these ever since I swapped for another blush in this range called Luminoso. The pigmentation is lovely! I think Rose D'Oro is my new favourite. 

Milani HD Advanced Concealer in Medium
I've been wanting to try this for a long time too after hearing some good reviews on YouTube. I think I'll only be using this as an under eye concealer as it's quite pink-toned so it wouldn't work on my yellow-toned skin. It's a nice texture though. I've only tried it once and it worked pretty well - I do prefer concealers with a more liquid texture for the under eye texture so this is great as it covers well but doesn't look cakey.

Honeysuckle Honeydew

Top L-R: Honeysuckle Honeydew, Lemon Drop
Bottom L-R: Lemon Drop, Summer Fruit

Summer Fruit

EOS Lip Balms
I love these! The Lemon Drop is my favourite so I'm glad I have two of them! They are easy to apply and pretty moisturizing. I love the packaging!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick in South St Sea Shell
I initially wasn't going to request this but now I'm so glad I did! It's a lovely colour and the texture is really nice. It's easy to apply and dries down to a powder finish so it's not sticky at all.

NYX Soft Matte Cream in San Paulo
This was another product I was unsure of but I really like it! The colour is nothing like how it's shown on the NYX site but that's what I love most about it: it's a vibrant deep pink. The texture is also much nicer than I expected. It feels like velvet and lasts forever. I tried putting a gloss on top too and that didn't effect the product already on my lips. I want more of these now!

Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof in Very Black
I can't wait to try this once I've gotten through all the other open mascaras I have! I've heard good things. I'm sure there will be a review in the future!

NYX Round Lipstick in Tea Rose
I used to own this but swapped it away and then regretted it! I love these lipsticks and this colour is very pretty. It's a nice natural looking lipstick which goes well with lots of different looks.

That's everything! As I said, she sent lots of lovely extras too.

Have you done any swapping recently? Do you have any recommendations for great US drugstore products?

Stace xx


  1. I really want to try those lipbalms and the covergirl mascara. Although people are saying that max factor false effects is an extact dupe for it?? Can't wait to read some reviews of these products xx

  2. The lipbalms are awesome! Well, the Lemon Drop one is - it's the only one I've actually used so far! I'm trying not to go mental! I've not tried the Max Factor mascara (I have about six to get through at the moment!). I probably won't be reviewing the Lash Blast for a while :( Do you have a preference as to what I review first? xx

  3. I love doing swaps too! I got almost the same hand sanitizers as you. They are great, can't get enough of them. I got the summer fruit eos and I still didn't open it. I feel terrible thinking about using it all up :) is the strawberry one smelling a lot better than this one?