26 February 2013

Blog Swap with Louise

I was paired up with the lovely Louise of Confessions of A Secret Shopper for a Valentine's blog swap that Jasmine of Sweetaholic Beauty organized.

Louise is from the UK and we set a budget of £20-30 (AUD$30-45), excluding delivery costs before I sent her my usual long list of things that I like or don't like. I like being really informative about these things, as there's nothing worse than wasting someone else's money and time if she/he spends ages trying to pick something out which you'd never use.

Anyway, enough rambling... This is what Louise got me...

I really love that Louise has put in so much effort to get me stuff from UK brands!

Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in Shade 52

Mmmm chocolate.. bronzing powder! I actually haven't been wearing bronzing powder much, but for some strange reason, I have been digging up my (rather small collection of) bronzing powders over the past few days to use. So this came just in time for the beginning of my bronzing powder phase!

FashionistA Custom Design Blush in London
OMG I love this blush! I started using it today, and it's so pigmented and pretty! This blush has a peachy pink shimmery base with magenta-pink-ish lines through it, and comes up as a peachy pink colour on my cheeks with the tiniest hint of shimmer.

ColorTrend by Avon in Cheeky
Another gorgeous blush! The picture above is not true to colour. It is a much softer peachy-pink shade, and it's definitely a shade of blush I'd use! Thanks Louise!

MUA Nail Constellation in Gemini, Barry M polishes in 293 Grey and 8 Grapefruit
MUA Nail Constellation in Gemini: This Gemini MUA Nail Constellation is so pretty! It has silver, purple and turquoise beads in it and I can't wait to use it!

Barry M 293 Grey: I haven't many grey polishes, so this polish is a very welcomed addition to my nail polish collection.

Barry M 8 Grapefruit: This polish has been on my lustlist ever since I saw it on Ninja Polish a few weeks ago, so I'm so so pleased that Louise had gotten this for me!

Avon Nail Experts Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Nail Spray
I tend to paint my nails at night a few hours before bed, and sometimes my polish doesn't fully dry in time, and I end up with bed sheet marks on my nails when I wake up. This usually happens when I use glitter polishes, because I end up applying like 5 coats of top coat to get a smooth finish. So I'm excited to see if this is the solution to my first world problem!

Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse, Wink Black Marker Pen for Eyes by Barry M, and 17 Wild Curls in Wildest Black
Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse: I told Louise that I love nude/pinkish nude lips, and this looks like something I'd definitely wear!

Barry M Wink Black Marker Pen: I'm always on the look out for a good eyeliner, as I use it all the time! Very excited to try this out!

17 Wild Curls in Wildest Black: My eyelashes have been so stubborn lately. All my mascaras that are renowned for holding my curls (from my own past experiences) have sucked lately at doing so. I'm interested to see if this mascara will live up to its claims to hold curls for 10 hours!

I'm so thankful for everything that Louise has picked out for me! I love every single item she got me. I swear she must be psychic or something, as all of these products are so me. Thanks a billion Louise! If you haven't checked out Louise's blog over at Confessions of A Secret Shopper, please do so and send her some love for me!

EDIT: To see what I got Louise click here!


  1. You got some great stuff! You must be so happy with it. I have the Bourjois bronzer in the lighter shade, 51, and I'm quite disappointed by it. I'd love to know what you think of it! x

  2. What an amazing bunch of goodies! I'm so jealous you have you hands on those Rimmel Acopalips - I would love to try them! :)

    1. Thanks Dawn! Louise has done an amazing job picking stuff up for me! So grateful :)

  3. Aww I'm glad you liked everything Abigail :D

    I know that you'd said that you weren't overly keen on bronzer and highlighter but up until last year I too shyed away from them. I'm very pale and bronzers can leave me looking a little orangey. I find that the Bourjois Chocolate one gives just a hint of colour without looking too much and it smells great!

    I haven't tried the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint yet but I've heard lots of good stuff about it so fingers crossed that it's a good one :D

    Thanks for linking me in. I'll be popping my post up as soon as we get some light to finish taking my pics!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    1. Thanks a gazillion Louise!! Will definitely give the Bourjois Chocolate a go, and agree that it smells amazing :)

  4. Great swap!
    Those MUA nail constellations look so cool!

  5. What an awesome blog swap! The bronzer looks so yummy haha! I would love to read a review of the Avon dry nail spray and how it compares with Seche Vite!

  6. What a great bunch of products! The blush looks really nice, and so does the Gelly polish, I'm going to have to keep those in mind when I'm in the UK. I'm super jealous of the Rimmel Apocalips, hope you can do a review of that soon!

  7. Oh wow I love what she got you! I really want to do a million more swaps with ladies from the UK haha!

  8. I am dying to try the Apocalips in Nude Eclipse, I hope you will post your thoughts up lovely!

  9. I'm a new follower from Louise's blog - the bronzer is my favourite, I love it! Everything looks fab, hope you enjoy the UK products!


  10. I just commented on Louise's post and I'm going to say the same here.. both of you have done a brilliant job! I love the stuff that the two of you have swapped! :)


  11. Looks like the two of you did such a wonderful swap!! I thoroughly enjoyed looking through both posts and dreaming about what I would have asked for from the UK :)