So if you read yesterdays post on my international box swap with the beauty deputy, you are probably pretty excited right now? I know I certainly am! I had to split this in two as there was just so much in the box to show you all. I’m excited to be trying everything out over the coming months. I won’t be giving too much away in this post – saving that for the review!
I guess the images above give you a bit of an idea of what was in the box? And I am going to give a run-down of everything and my initial impressions, with reviews following at a later date. I had intended to try everything before doing this post, but there wasn’t enough days/I don’t have enough faces! I love the whole box, all the brands are new to me. So lets get started.
Look at all the pretty samples
First up, Brittany really surprised me and made me really excited because she included an Ipsy bag! Yup, I got an actual Ipsy bag and she had packed it full of samples for me. I was really happy to receive some generous samples of BH eyeshadows and some sigma shadow samples too. Thanks Brittany! I also got some Stila foundation and BB cream, which will be perfect for travel. I can mix the darker shades with moisturiser to lighten them up and mix the lighter ones with bronzer. Win win. I think the icing on the cake in this bag of swag was the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer. I knew that I was getting this one as she had mentioned it before, but I didn’t realise just how GENEROUS the sample was. Its pretty large and will last a while. Happy happy. The next time I go on holiday I will probably take many of these samples, so will review them then, but look out for the mascara, bronzer and eyeshadow reviews coming soon. I haven’t tried the mascara yet, but the bronzer is amazing and the eyeshadow really pigmented.
Brittany really pulled it out the bag with this box swap. It is almost like she read my mind or something! How amazing are all of these goodies? The colours she choose are spot on too.
Pacifica, Bath and Bodyworks, Zumbar and Fortune Cookie
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter
I love oranges and the whole box smelled of oranges as the corner of the tube had come undone in transit. I’ve since glued it back down and used this on my legs yesterday and my hands on Monday. It’s very thick and smells delicious. Big thumbs up.
Bath and Body Works Be Enchanted
This is really girly isn’t it? Smells girly anyway. Brittany mentioned she couldn’t do a box swap without including something from Bath and Body works and I am glad she did. I find it funny after being used to the metric system where everything comes in 10ml, 50ml, 100ml etc that this is a random volume. Its in fluid ounces, but it made me look twice!
Zumbar in Almond
Brittany mentioned that this contains goats milk, which is good for your skin because of it’s ph. You learn something new huh? This smells nice, I think I will put it in my shower as my soap is almost finished. I think this will be great for me as it is very moisturising.
Fortune Cookie Soap
In her note, Brittany mentioned that this is mint choc chip ice cream and it definitely reminds me of that. I was so jealous of all the US folk getting these boxes every few months and now I can experience a bit of it too! This is going in my bathroom once the soap is finished in there (should be the end of the week), so I will be able to read my fortune then. Pretty cute that it is shaped like a fortune cookie – no?
Is it leopard print? Or cheetah? What would you call that?
Maurices Head Band
I had only heard of Maurices from Brittany’s Instagram and blog, so it was a total shock to recieve something in the box. I never thought about putting something from a clothes/accessory shop in. As long as I can remember I don’t think I have owned a hair band like this! I know, I know. I think this will be great for keeping my hair out of my face in the summer, especially when it is hot. Thank you Brittany 🙂
Maybelline, NYX, Physicians Formula, NYX again and Flower.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Shimmering Sea
Wow, this is the strangest colour I have ever seen. It’s so mesmerising. We get some shades in the UK, but not this one. I love this so much, so thank you for including this. These are really long lasting and work well as a base. Brittany suggested trying it under a nude colour and it does look pretty special. I will definitely review this at a later date , along with my Taupe one (can’t believe I never reviewed that yet).
NYX Love in Paris Palette in Mon Cherie
This bag just got better and better! An NYX palette! Of course the box swap wouldn’t be a box swap if Brittany hadn’t included a palette, she is the queen of palettes after all. She’s managed to convince me to buy the Urban Decay Vice 2 and I’m swithering over the Too Faced Chocolate bar now. Anyway, I’m going off track. I thought this palette was pretty fitting as I’ve just been to Paris! The colours are very versatile and from sticking my finger in there, these feel smooth. Brittany said she had a hard time picking this for me, but good choice! I think this would be a great palette for a day to evening look. Neutral in the day and jazz it up with the green and blue sparkle in the evening.
Physicians Formula Glow and Mood Boosting Blush
When I saw this, I was squealing like a baby pig. Literally. I mean look at it. Even if this turns out to be the worst blusher in history (which it wont, going by the reviews I had seen previously), how can you not just sit and admire those cute hearts? Brittany asked if there was any brands I would like to try and this one was in the list as I had seen SO many reviews on it. Apparently this has natural plant extracts that mimic endorphines and pick up your mood. Brittany just bought it for the packaging. I can’t bring myself to use this quite yet, give me two weeks and I will be ready. In the mean time lets just appreciate how beautiful it is shall we?
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Great minds think alike. I ended up getting Brittany a similar pencil in a vanilla colour from collection thinking it would make a great base. She got me this for that reason too. Apparently the white makes eyeshadows pop, so this will be great for those more adventurous shades in my collection. I like that this glides on really smoothly and doesn’t tug. I am going to try this in the corners of my eyes, but not sure my application is precise enough!
Flower Zoom In Mascara
The first thing I thought when I saw this was ‘how does the brush work?’. Being an engineer, I had to immediately open the mascara and twist the brush several times to see how it worked. It’s a very simple concept and I am surprised other brands haven’t copied this. The packaging feels very high end for a drugstore brand and the formula is pretty decent. My main issue is not really knowing how to apply this. Are you meant to use each stage of the three stage brush to lengthen, curl and add volume at once? Or is it a case of use whichever setting you fancy that day? Help! Brittany seems to have a similar lash problem to me – no curl, so I have high hopes for this mascara once I work out the best way to apply.
The Jamberry nail wraps
Jamberry Nail Wraps
I knew Brittany was sending me these as she had mentioned it before. I was really lucky to be sent 3 designs! Apparently one nail was missing from a sheet and Jamberry sent her a new sheet, so I scored. I can’t wait to try these out. I need to grow my nails first as I had a few breakages and chewed them a little from stress. My bad. The designs I got are all very varied – Midnight Celebration, Cup of Tea and Flutterfly. Cup of Tea are perfect for summer. Brittany was even kind enough to include instructions for me. How thoughtful.
Okay, so the next bag I was really excited about – it was all about lips! The first thing I noticed was this Gorgeous Lip Smoochie from Covergirl.
NYX, Pacifica, Covergirl, Flower, Miranda’s
CoverGirl Lip Smoochie in C U L8R
This was another brand I was keen to try, but Brittany had never tried so I was curious as to what she would buy me. I know Covergirl and Revlon have some sort of link and the packaging is very similar, but I knew I wanted to try something from Covergirl. I’ve seen these on some of the American and Canadian blogs I read, so can’t believe I finally got one. Mega thank you Brittany! And the colour is perfect.
Pacifica Orange Lip Tint in Blood Orange
I know that Brittany loves these, so I was so excited to try this one out. I was surprised by how big these are and I love the fact that it is orange. I love oranges. I’m not revealing the colour yet, I’m saving that for the review post :p
Flower Lipgloss in Shine On
How cool is it that Drew Barrymore has her own makeup line? I loved Drew in Charlies Angels. This is the only product I haven’t yet had a chance to try out, but I know I will love it. The colour is so wearable and very me. I am also impressed with how luxurious and sleek the packaging looks.
NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel
Aaaaah I actually squealed a little when I opened this! How Perfect is that colour? This baby barely left my lips all weekend. It applies like a dream and it is just truly awesome in formulation. It doesn’t drag, nor does it feel sticky. I think I may have just found a new favourite lipgloss.
Miranda’s Tangerine Lip Balm in Lime
Brittany included a super sweet story with this about how it is a friend of hers that makes these that she met when she was really young and moved schools. I liked the sweet and personal touch, very thoughtful. This smells really fresh and I’ve only tried it once, but feels very nice on the lips.
Oooh pretty. Wet n Wild and EOS
EOS Lip Balm in Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet
Mirya, Brittany’s naughty puppy likes to chew these. I can see why. Strange as they look, they are like little eggs of heaven. The smell awesome and are so moisturising on the lips. I’ve got the passionfruit one at my desk with me right now. The egg shape reminds me of kinder egg insides. I had a wrestle to get this out the packet, but it was worth it. I think I need to buy more of these. Oh and Mirya, stop chewing up your mummies lip balms!
Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Coloricon Eyeshadow
Woop woop. Another palette. This time, wet n wild. I really wanted to try wet and wild, so was very happy to see this. Most of my eyeshadow is brown, neutral or purple toned, so I was ecstatic to see some green. I like that each of the shadows are marked define, crease etc. Yes Brittany, I like the green and blue too. These are really soft and fairly pigmented. I need to experiment more with looks.
Wet N Wild Blusher
Brittany said this was really pigmented for the price, she wasn’t joking. The little brush is dead handy and I liked the detail in the blusher itself. This wore really well on me, I like it a lot. Maybe even more than Sleek. Oh no you didn’t. Oh yes I did.
I hope you enjoyed this overview post and gradually over the next few months I will be reviewing everything. I like to test things for a few weeks before reviewing, but will get reviews up soon. I would love to know if anyone else has ever done a box swap?
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