Saturday, 29 November 2014

My first ever Swap!

A few weeks ago myself and the lovely Shireen fron Reflection of Sanity decided we were going to do a swap. After emailing a few preferences and foundation shades it happened, and here's what i recieved:

Covo Foundation
This foundation is housed in one of the most beautiful bottes I've ever owned. Heavy glass and with a pump-what's not to like? The finish is beautiful and the shade is spot on.The lasting power is fantastic as well, I can easily wear this all day at work with no sign of wear. Covo was a brand I really wanted to try as it all looked so good in Shireens posts, but it's only available in Malaysia at the minute, so you can guess how happy I was to receive this and thee most beautiful lipstick in the swap. There may a been a little dance...
 There will be a full review coming up on this and all the other products over the next few weeks so keep an eye out if you'd like to know more.

Prestige Primed and Ready Face Primer
I had never heard of Prestige before but this primer has definitly piqued my interest.
This reminds me so much of Benefits The Porefessional. It has the same  silicone-y texture to Benefits offering and I've been using it everyday.It makes my skin feel so smooth and any foundation I apply over it just glides on. Love.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Blush
Physicians formula has recently become availible in Ireland but I've yet to see a stand, I also think it's quite pricey over here for a drugstore brand so I never really went out of my way to find any. This and the liners I received has changed my stance on that though, I'll be doing a bit of travelling to see if the rest of the line is as good a quality as this and the shimmer liners.
The packaging of this made me squeal a little when I saw it. It's just so cute and the actual product itself is lovely. It gives a beautiful flush to my face that just looks so natural and alive.

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Adapting Makeup

This has taken the place of my beloved but discontinued Catrice BB Cream. The finish is natural and it just looks like you have great skin all by yourself, When this one runs out I'll be hitting up Ebay or Amazon for a replacement. It doesn't go a hideous  shade of orange lke other brands tone adapting makeup has and lasts really well.

ELF's Little Black Beauty Book:Warm

Elf was the brand I had said i'd love to try and a Beauy Book like this was the perfect thing to recieve. I love neautrals and warm colours and this little guy has all that and then some:
I've tried every shade in this palette except fot the blue and green, and over essence's eye primer they are gorgeous. I found some of them had more fallout than others but that's easily solved with some powder under the eyes or doing my eye makeup first- which is my normal way of doing it anyway.
This appear every so often in TK Maxx apparently and if you see one you should get it.
There are so many ways to mix and match and they all blend out really well. They blend really well with other brands of eyeshadows too.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips
These are absolutely gorgeous. There's a black shimmer, a bronze shimmer and a gold shimmer. These glide on my eyes and the shimmer isn't gritty at all. I love having them heavier at my lash line and then blending them up to my crease for a "low key but still made an effort" look.

Covo Lipstick

This is absolutely gorgeous. It's the most vivid hot pink I own and the shine for the first half an hour is like there's a lip gloss on top. It wears away to leave a hot pink stain on my lips and I've been wearing this an awful lot. This will be my everyday lipstick next summer for sure. And as you can hopefully see in the picture, there's even a mirror built into the case.

NYX Creamy Lipsticks

The shades Shireen chose are just beautiful. There's Eros-a coral red and Louisiana- a dusky pink.
I much prefer this formula to the matte lipsticks from NYX and I'm excited to try all the other colours from this line. they are not the most long wearing of lipsticks but as it's getting colder and my lips are getting dryer these are still comfortable and don't show up any chapped bits I may have.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

This is firmly in my rotation of mascaras. I have to rotate them as I have so many! This gives long voluminous black lashes with no clumping. I'm enjoying it even more as it dries out a little as that's just my preference but it's goood.
I also love the packaging as you can see the wand straight away and it's much more hygienic I think.

These earrings were such a cute extra in my beautifully packaged box, and I love wearing them with a smoky eye a black casual dress and my hair up. 

This was such a fun thing to do and doing it with Shireen made it even better! I got my box the day I posted hers as I am woefully unorganised and she was so understanding. I really enjoyed picking things that I thought she would love and suit her the most and her choices for me were phenominal. I couldn't of been happier with all the items she chose.
Like I said earlier full reviews will be coming up on the blog of all these products if you'd like a more in depth review of them so keep an eye out or follow me on Bloglovin here.

A huge thank you to Shireen for giving me the opportunity to do a swap, It was so much fun and it felt a little like christmas opening up the package to see what was inside. If you're thinking of doing a swap then definitely do it. It's even better if you can do it wih someone in a different county as they'll have so many different things they love and could send and you can do likewise.

Don't forget to check out Shireen's blog Reflection Of Sanity  ,I can truthfully say you won't regret it. She has an amazing way of writing that really draws you in and she is so funny. Amazing reviews with mouth watering recipes as well-the Butter Chicken recipe is my favourite and so easy to do.

Have you or would you do a swap? Would you be as delighted as I am to receive these products?

Thanks for reading!


  1. I am soooo happy that you like all the items I sent you! I was most worried that the foundation would be the wrong shade so I am glad to see it suits you. This was fun and thank you for being so wonderful, Amy! xx

    Reflection of Sanity

    1. I love everything! It really was so much fun to do! Thank you for doing the swap, i loved every minute of it :D xx

  2. lovely swap...and the earrings are so pretty!

    1. The earrings are gorgeous! I love them and everthing else she chose!
      Thanks for your comment :)

  3. I read about this swap on Shireen's blog and just had to stop over here and meet the lovely person she talks so highly of. Your choices for her were beautiful and that scarf is something really special. What a thoughtful gift! Looks like her choices for you are just as beautiful. This sounds like a really fun thing to do. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it on both blogs.

    1. Her choices were amazing, I couldn't be any happier with them :D
      Thank you for your comment and kind words

  4. I just read Shireen's post about your swap and thoughtful you are :) Those earrings are super gorgeous :)

    1. The earrings are fantastic, I love wearing them! Thank you for your comment and for visiting :)

  5. I was very interested to read both sides of this swap. It sounds like it has gone very well and you are both very excited about the products you have exchanged. I think that's great. Well done...!

    1. It couldn't have gone better. It was so much fun to do :D thank you for your lovely comment Ray.

  6. Shireen did a great job :) I also rally liked the stuff you sent her :)

    Happy Sunday from Vienna <3
    Mahshid مهشید

  7. Shireen did a wonderful job, I couldn't be any happier with the products she chose. Happy Sunday from Ireland, hope you've had a lovely day :)

  8. Hi :) I saw Shireens post about your swap! She sent you some great stuff! I do agree that Physicans Formula is expensive for a drugstore brand, but they do have great stuff! I really love their blushes!
    I'm now following your blog and I look forward to seeing more posts from you!
    Ashley Sue Makeup

    1. I got wonderful things! I'll definitely be trying out more of their blushers and maybe mascaras whenever I find them! Following you back, I'm really enjoying your blog :)

  9. I love swaps, they're so much fun! What a beautiful package to get x

    1. They really are a lot of fun, I couldn't of been happier with the products Shireen picked out x

  10. Lovely swap
    would you like to follow each other ?
    I'll follow back after it

  11. Beautiful items ! It's a very lovely idea of doing a Beauty Swap.