I'm finally here to talk to you about something beautiful: I made a swap with lovely Anna, the girl behind the blog Beauty By Shortylegs! You can read her side of the story here. She is a very special human being and has a sweet and magical blog about everything nail art, makeup, beauty, nerdyness, photography, cats and lifestyle which is totally worth your time! Go show her some love!
It's been harder and it took longer then we thought, but we finally made it through and all went well!
Our idea was to send each other mainly local beauty products (makeup, skin and hair care ect.) from our respective countries, so to gift each other with things we can't easely put our hands on where we live.
This gynormous package is what I finally got in the mail!!!
I litterally couldn't wait to open it up and see the goodies it had inside..Let's go through the unboxing together..
Everything arrived safely and I immediately could see the amount of things she got me!!! She has packed every item with care and she has filled the various packagings with a ton of lovely personal notes! She sent me stuff she personally uses and loves and wants me to try out, and I think this was very sweet of her.
There also was a long, nice and sweet letter from her which I have very much appreciated!
YUMMY FOR A CAT'S TUMMY
Anna was sweet enough to also think about my cat Yuki, and she sent her some yummy snacks my kitty adores! Yuki also loves boxes, and she has immediately made clear that the mail packaging was hers and kept jumping and hiding in there as I was unboxing my goodies!
BEAUTY CASE SURPRISE
An entire beauty case, a very pretty one I'm planning to use when travelling, filled in with goodies...
Anna sent me a lot of eyeshadows and I'm the luckiest girl on earth!!!
VARIATION VEGETALES nr. 01 by YVES ROCHER
I totally couldn't belive my eyes when I saw she had sent me something by Yves Rocher...!!! I've never dared buying this high end brand and so I have never used it..and now I feel like a million dollars! My stash can be proud to have such a new entry!!!
Also, Anna has shown me a new side of myself, as she seems to see me with different and brave bold colours, and she has pushed me to try and think outside the box! Thanks Anna! Spring is just the right season to play with colours!!
Btw: look at that purpleeeeeeeee!!!!
I LOVE TIGERS PARTY PALETTE in 2 MAGIC NUDE from WWF PALETTE by WE CARE ICON (beauty loves nature)
When unboxing this palette has probably been my favourite product of all, I was beyond happy that Anna got me this! Shades are just my cup of tea, it's like an Urban Decay Naked Basics but better!!!! An upgraded one! It has warm bronze shades and they are both mattes and mostly shimmers (the ones you see swatched on my fingertips), there's a lot of gold in it and I could wear it every day for the rest of my life! Also, it is a collab with WWF Finland and this way we have helped to save the tiger, which I love! Pigmentation is buildable and the finish is wet without even using any fix plus. It's a very similar packaging to the formerly named UD palette, very suitable for travelling, it closes nicely with a click and it's a hard box (not easy to break) with a wide mirror. I'm a fan!
BLUEBERRY LONGWEAR DUO by LUMENE in 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS
Lumene is a finnish brand I had heard of from her and other people on the internet and I was very curious to try it out. This little purples duo is my kind of thing, as Anna knows I looove purple!! Pigmentation is as you can see a very nice one on this duo. I am eager to play with it on my lids..We'll get back to this great brand in a minute..
MATTE DUO EYESHADOW in 004 BLUE MOON by GOSH
Another brand I was really keen to try out and had heard great things about is Gosh...I need to admit that when I saw this blues duo I was a bit scared to use it on my face, also because they are very pigmented, as you can see right here, but I can't wait to go out under the blue springy sky finding my way to a wearable look with these two that suits my dark brown eyes!
MAGNETIC EYES SINGLE EYESHADOW in 9 PERFECT BLUEBELL by WE CARE ICON
Look at this super cute teeny tiny little single eyeshadow by We Care Icon! Isn't it adorable?! Anna obviously wants to see me in blue, and this is a very unique shade of turquoise, with a lot of sheen to it and a bit of purple undertone, it's delicate and it actually has changed the game for me as in how I look in blue!!..
LOOK AT MY EYES EYESHADOW PALETTE in 944 PLUM TREE by SEPPALA
I still need to try these shades on and I can't wait to put that last shimmery plum brown on!!! You'll see a hand swatch of it down below and it's hella pigmented. I was so happy to get it I wanted to scream!!!!
THE LOOK AT MY EYES EYESHADOW PALETTE in941 CAT EYE GREEN by SEPPALA
Ok, I think my enthusiasm when I saw these Seppala quads is made very clear here by the first pic, haha! I particularly love the shimmer shades from both palettes (yes, I told you Anna got me a LOT of palettes...and it's my favourite thing!!), which I'm showing you in the swatches. These two greens I'm sure will make a very festive, sexy party look and I will soon play with them, using both in a same combo look, even though I'm a bit afraid there's gonna be some fall out.
MAGIC EYES DUO EYESHADOW in 2 GOLDEN SOLAR SYSTEM by WE CARE ICON
Another little duo that could easely sit in my touch ups beauty in my purse and be on my face everyday (yes, I now have a little go-to beauty in my purse, let me know if you want a post on this), also because of its size, is this little guy right here. I just love the combo, I think it would make an easy quick complete look I'd see myself in and that shimmery chocolate shade is the kind of thing I've always loved!
AND NOW...FOR THE BEST!
BLUEBERRY LONG WEAR CRYSTAL SINGLE EYESHADOWS by LUMENE
Yes, what you just saw is real, no filters or photoshop, lol! It has to be my very favourite thing in the entire swap! Remember when I told you we would be talking about the brand Lumene again soon? well these are its single eyeshadows. They feel sooooo smooth and velvety on the touch, they look a lot like the Kiko Wet and Dry eyeshadows and they are crazy pigmented, they catch the light amazingly and pop on the eye! I've used them non-stop ever since I got them and I would swear by them, I'd like to recommend everyone in the world to go buy some because they are ammmaaaaazzziiiingggg!!!!
I'm just crazy about these babies, they are worth the entire swap!
32 - SPARKLING SPRING
I have decided to use the neutral golden shade as an eyes and face highlighter and I've used it on my browbones, tearducts and high points of my cheeks and bridge of my nose, cupid bow...basically everywhere!!!! It now sits in my highlighters drawer.
20 - FROSTED FOREST
This, as you can see, is an amazing very bronzy dark brown with a lot of silvery sheen to it. It has probably become my favourite eyeshadow in my entire collection, I could wear it every single day for the rest of my life if I had to only pick one eyeshadow to live by. These guys stick great on the eye, stay through the day and are best applied with your fingertips (I don't like the brush application as much nor find it as easy/worth it). I'm sure I'll feel like a freakin' desert queen in this summer's nights!
31 - CLOUD SAILING
This vibrant green has some gold in it, some blue in it..these colors aren't just one shade games! This little guy right here convinced me to wear green multiple times in a couple of weeks, which I normally would just rarely do.
BEAUTY BASE EYESHADOW PRIMER by LUMENE
I've never had an eyeshadow primer. I now have my number of face primers and I always worked well with them and concealer on my lids, but the only thing I've had was a sample of UD Primer Potion, which everyone raves about but I've hated, so I was pretty excited to get this one! I've used it almost every makeup day since. It claims to be long wear and brightening..and it's true!
LIQUID EYELINER by ELF in 4209 STARDUST
I got soooooooo excited when I saw this one in the mail, cause I've never had a proper shimmery eyeliner. I just had your regular black one for years, and just in this period I'm becoming obsessed with trying different liquid eyeliner colors out. This is a trnslucent base with white/pale pink multicoloured sparkles! I've just tried this guy a couple of times now, but it applies fabulously, feels fresh, and I find it perfect to highlight the inner corners, to spice up your eyeliner or your lower lashline! In these two hand swatches you can see it solo and over a green eye pencil.
EYE PENCIL by YVES ROCHER in EUCALYPTUS
(this is after I've washed my hands with soap and been doing things for a few hours)
This teal-ish green jumbo eye pencil has a fantastic and classy sheen and has multiple uses. I have and will love using it a ton as an eyeshadow base under a green eyeshadow look and I've used it this way for the Lumene Cloud Sailing green looks I mentioned you earlier, but I've also smudged it on my lower lashline and inner rim and to give a shape and wing my eyeshadow. It dries quite fast and has a great staying power. Again Yves Rocher..yayyyyy!!!! Imma lucky gal!!!
DERMOSIL all in one black MASCARA by DERMOSHOP
I've learnt to love this mascara more and more as I've used it. When I got it in the mail, I was ok with gaining anonther mascara, but I have to say it's currently my go-to and my second favourite after my trusty Kiko one! It makes my eyelashes really long and firm!! I use it both on my top and bottom lashes.
I was super excited about this too, cause I had seen stuff like that but never had one or totally understood them. I mean stuff in pearls. It comes with a very nice sponge which I have loved at first cause it's so confortable: it has a holder for your hand, but I found out application isn't the best (you may see in future posts my first time I looked like a crazy self tanned jersey girl), but now I apply it with a regular contour brush and I love it! It gives a very nice subtle overall glow to the cheeks and skin and I use it very often.
RIMMEL nr. 070 - AIRY FAIRY
This is obviously, as a few in this swap, Not a finnish brand product, and it is not, as you can see by the pic, a Magic The Gathering creature card, despite the name that could remind to a sprites flying deck, lol! I really love neutral and pink lipsticks as you know, and I have a ton, but nothing in my stash is similar to this dusty rose, which I love to pair with dark eyes. This little guy is often sitting in my purse. Probably one of my favourites in my collection of this shade range. It feels kind of pearly but very light and confortable on the lips.
MAGNETIC LIPS MOISTURE WEAR LIPSTICKS by WE CARE ICON
nr. 20 - NATURAL OLD ROSE
nr. 21 - MAGIC POP STAR
Allright guys, this is it for now...I will post a part 2 very soon with all of the non-makeup products Anna has sent me! :) Also, let me know if you want to see some looks using these producs and which colours are you the most curious about! I already have some to show you guys..
A HUGE THANK YOU AND A BIG HUG TO ANNA FOR HER GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS SHE PUT IN THIS HEARTFELT SWAP!!!!!!