24 December 2015

Christmas Advent Swap 2015

I did a swap with a lovely lady, Aliyah, from America. This swap isn't just any swap though. It's a Christmas advent swap, so I've been having loads of fun opening a present everyday this month. We created a wishlist on Pinterest and filled out a questionnaire that enabled us to purchase items that the other person would love. I'm extremely pleased and grateful for the presents Aliyah purchased for me.

As I am predicting a very busy day tomorrow, I thought I'd share what I've received for Days 1 to 24 and if I have time, I'll add what I got for Christmas Day as an edit tomorrow - I'm flying to LA on Boxing Day, it was a bit of a spur of the moment decision, so the blog will be quite quiet for about a week (not that I have been writing many posts lately).

In no particular order (because I've forgotten which item was opened in its corresponding day)...

Julep Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum
I only own a couple of Julep polishes, which are admittedly quite old. Julep is a brand that is just so difficult to get in Australia. This nail & cuticle serum claims to transform dry and damaged cuticles almost overnight, and strengthen nails in 2-3 weeks. It'd be very interesting to see if this product lives up to its claims! 

Too Faced Twice The Sex Mascara
I actually purchased this mascara set in my last Sephora haul, and forgot to remove it from my wishlist. Thankfully I love Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Yay for backups! 

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 7
My HG concealer that does not budge and coverage is amazing. Backups are a must.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Kittenish
I've never tried MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils, and this shade looks absolutely gorgeous in the swatches I've googled prior to adding to my wishlist. I can't wait to use this!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette
Although I've read that pigmentation is not the best (especially the mattes), I'm quite excited to use this and compare it to Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm
I have heard so many great things about this concealer for dark circles, and I can't wait to use it.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel
This S&G shower gel has a sweet/floral scent that is right up my alley! I'm going to save this for my next holiday after LA, as I've got a travel size Molten Brown shower gel I'm trying to use up!

Bath & Body Works pocketbac in Cherry Almond Shortbread, Pink Prancer and a holder
Despite being a massive B&BW fan, I do not own any pocketbacs (aka antibacterial hand gels). I have tried them in store but was always distracted by their shower gels and hand washes. So I'm super excited to have received these!

Palladio Rice Paper Face Blotter
I mentioned in my questionnaire that I've got oily skin, so this packet of face blotter sheets will come in handy!

LORAC Unzipped Cheek & Lip Set
Haven't tried this cheek and lip set by LORAC and I'm already in love.

Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
This is an interesting exfoliant that seems to be quite similar to Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant or Josie Maran Argan Exfoliating Powder. It has received pretty glowing reviews on makeupalley, so I'm quite excited to give this a go!

Lipstick Addict Mirror
A handy mirror that will live in my handbag!

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her
I've seen this kit on Sephora's website! It's quite a cool idea, as it's got everything you might need during an emergency - from a safety pin to hair elastics to a tampon to hair spray.

Sephora Mini Crystal Nail File
I haven't got a crystal nail file, as I'm not sure how well it'll go with acrylics. However, I'm sure my husband would love to use it :P

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural
I hope this blush is as good as it looks! 

Mini Nail Polishes - Sephora Formula X Sheer Strength, 2 x Sephora by OPI
Love Formula X and Sephora by OPI polishes. No idea what these shades are but they're all so pretty!

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss
I tend to neglect my lips when it comes to moisturizing, so this would come in handy, especially on my 14 hour plane ride.

NYX Lipstick in Strawberry Milk and NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie
Love the butter gloss but not so much the lipstick. The lipstick shade looks gorgeous in the tube but comes up as a frosty light pink shade that's not very flattering on me. It also clings to dry patches like crazy. The butter gloss smells and tastes like vanilla, so it's aptly named! It's also not very sticky and the colour is quite sheer, which I don't mind.

MAC Eyeshadows in Brulee, Cork and Blackberry
I've got an empty MAC eyeshadow palette to fill, and I'm so pleased to have received these three gorgeous shades!

Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara
I love trying new mascaras, especially ones that aren't available in Australia yet! ;)

Not Your Mothers Clean Freak Refreshing Shampoo, Conditioner & Dry Shampoo
I've only tried the dry shampoo and it's amazing! So amazing that I actually prefer this to Batiste, which is what I normally use. I'm definitely taking it with me to LA. May have to stock up!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold
Eek! This rose gold highlighter is so gorgeous!! A definite must have if you haven't got a rose gold highlighter in your collection!

That's all 24 presents! I can't wait till tomorrow to open my last present from Aliyah. I've had so much fun finding presents for her, as well as putting my patience and willpower to the test and opening only one present a day. Although it was an expensive adventure, I think I'm going to make this a tradition and do it every year (pending financial situation).

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Years!
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