Sunday, May 26, 2013

UK swap goodies: Collection, 17, Models Co, Barry M and more!!

*Items were received in international makeup swap*

I finally have time and wifi to talk about all the goodies I received from Claire at beautyandlechic. I've only used a few of the items but have happily been swatching all of these beauties all of them.
As I'd mentioned before I had asked for some items in particular, Bourjois healthy mix foundation-I was afraid that there wouldn't be a shade dark enough for my skintone, this is a tad too dark but I can still make it work and I'll likely get some color (even with SPF slathered on my face) so it should be perfect for a dewy summer look. And also the blogger favorite, Sleek Rose Gold. This is gorgeous and I know it has been compared to NARS Orgasm (which I own but no longer use much). Rose Gold is much more vibrant and pigmented!! So glad it arrived in one piece. Had to ask for a back up of my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer-love this stuff!

Seventeen Doll'd Up mascara-Have already used and love this! holds my curl all day.
Collection 2000 XXL Volume Sensation mascara- Can never too many mascaras! I'm excited to try this one as I love the few bits of Collection that I do have.
17 Liquid Liner (I think The brand has changed their name to Seventeen, but this was still labeled as 17=)- I love a black liner and only have gel and pencil ones-I've used this one several times and beside my sometimes failed attempt of a winged liner I love the longevity and how black this liner truly is!
Model Co eyeshadow duo Bronze Goddess Maldives & Jamaica- I'm glad she included this as I've heard good things about this brand
Barry M dazzle Dust "34"- I love Barry M and this beautiful sparely purple pigment is gorgeous and applies easy. 
17 Glitter eyeshadow "Night Sky"- Another gorgeous pigmented shadow that looks Olive close up and has some silver sparkle running thru it. 
Balance Me Wonder eye cream- I'm always on the look out for an eye cream. I have a thick one I wear at bedtime, this one is perfect for daytime, not to greasy, settles in nice. This is brand I've read loads about in other UK blogs-am happy to see that she included it!

From L to R: Sleek Rose Gold, Collection (Top) Blush & Highlight Cream Duo, 17 Instant Glow Gold Bronze (almost too pretty to use!), Model Co Duo, Kyrolan "Rosewood" blusher
17 Instant Glow Gold Bronze Shimmer Stick- I cannot wait to use this beauty!! This will be the perfect summer bronzer/highlight. 
Kryolan "Glossy Rosewood" Blusher- This is a natural mauve that I have been wearing practically everyday. I love that it applies easily and looks natural and not OTT off work.
Collection Blush/Highlight Cream Duo Peaches & Cream- When I saw Claire blog about this one, I secretly wished I had asked for it-and when I saw it....YESSS!! I'm loving the peach cream (which is very pigmented and easy to blend) and the highlight is equally beautiful and easy to apply. 

Barry M "53" Lipstick, Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker "Punch Bowl"
Lips/Other goodies;) 
Barry M "53" lipstick- I wore this straight away as I love a good coral lippie. It's a gorgeous frost (i cannot get enough of frost lippies-Love hem for warmer weather especially). This reminds me of MAC Costa Chic-which is another fave!!
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker "Punch Bowl" lipgloss- I just discovered that my local Sephora carries (small, hidden area)this brand-I love this gloss, reminds me of the MAC Lipglass. I felt a bit of tingling and think it did plump up my lips a bit! It smells so yummy-like chocolate! 
Lipcote- This is as stated on the box, "The Original lipstick Sealer". Am certainly excited to try this out-I hate applying beautiful lipstick them promptly removing it to eat, drink. Will review this as soon as I use it
No7 Beautiful SKin Wipes- I love this thick wipes! If i do use wipes, I usually have to use 2 to completely clean my face-with these once does the job. I'm hoping target carries these (as i've seen the No7 brand there) because I will def be repurchasing. (they are not included in these pictures as I've left them at my boyfriend's casa).
SHe also included lots of yummy treats that were eaten promptly- I'd received the package on a manic Monday:p

A BIG thank you again to Claire for all the goodies and being a great blogger friend=) Thanks for reading! 
sidenote: Hope to be blogging a bit more. My mom had a health scare but luckily Dr's were able to move fast and after a stressful time, surgery was performed and she is now at home recovering. Was able to take time off work but have been busy helping her out any way I can and and am sleeping very little, but happy she is on her way to getting well. Blogging has always been a fun thing for me but also an escape/de-stress for me. xx


  1. Great post! I'm glad you liked the Barry M lipstick, I knew that shade was very you! Can't wait to send you some more. I hope your Mom's doing good, sending me love and best wishes.

    Claire X

    1. Thanks Claire- the lipstick along with everything else was picked out perfect- I love it ALL:)
      Thanks for the words about my mom- it's been a tough journey but has made me realize how life can take drastic turns at anytime

  2. Wow what an amazing swap!! All of these products look amazing, I love the look of the blushes and the Barry M lipstick! I would love to do a swap with someone one day, I don't have much access to different makeup brands where I am, unfortunately. xx

  3. Wow!! Look at all those products, I really want to try more sleek products and that seventeen mascara :D