After signing up I got an e-mail a few weeks later telling me that I'd been paired up with Fiona from 'The Beauty Fiend' and straight away we got chatting and reading each others blogs so that we could learn what each other liked.
I was really excited to send Fiona's package off, so much so that the focus wasn't on the fact that I was going to receive something myself! Sounds silly but it's so exciting to be buying things for someone else, and trying to imagine if they're going to like it, that what I was going to get back didn't seem to matter!
But... that all changed when my package arrived today! It was Full with absolutely Amazing products and I couldn't be happier with what Fiona sent me!
Fiona even made it more exciting by giving little clues as to what everything was going to be. Everything was wrapped up, beautifully, in tissue paper so opening everything was like xmas!
Ok, firstly, sorry about the photo I thought it had come out ok but it's de-focused the top half, grr.
I was, really, excited when I saw what this first package held. Last week I went to poundland in the hope that I could get this Exact NYC appleicious balm in the shade 'Apple Blueberry Pie' but my poundland didn't have it. How perfect, then, that Fiona chose to get it for me in the swap! The pencil is a really cool dark blue, too, it looks black mostly but in certain lights has a flash of blue in it - The shade name is 'moody blue'.
The second package contained MUA's merged, baked, shadow trio in 'Theatrics'. We'd talked about how we both like neutrals but also both want to branch out into more colours so this trio is perfect. I love the other two that I have and so I can't wait to get playing with this one! She also sent me the MUA polish in Frozen Yogurt. I already have this, in the old style bottle, so am more than happy to get a new one in the new style as they're so much easier to apply now!
Going on the fact that I love coral and peachy products at the moment Fiona got me these three amazing lip products. At the back is a Revlon gloss in 'Kiss me Coral' which is absolutely Stunning, in the middle is a Miss Sporty gloss in 'Thrill' which looks really pretty and shimmery and, at the front, is Max Factor Colour Elixir pencil in the shade 'Subtle Coral' which is also really beautiful. I am just obsessed with lip products at the moment and not been wearing many lipsticks, it's been about the balms, pencils and glosses so these are perfect.
This is another instance where we were really lucky. Fiona knew that I wanted to try the new MUA blushes so she got me two in 'Cupcake' and 'Candy Floss' - I actually already have two of the blushes but haven't blogged about them yet (they're going up in a few days in a post) but I got the shades 'Lolly' and 'Bonbon' so by pure luck Fiona managed to get two of the shades that I don't have yet! I really love these blushes so am really pleased to have these lovely two shades to add to my collection. I'll be doing a swatch post for the trio and these blushes later this week or next week.
I was soo excited to open this up as I've been really wanting to get some real techniques eye brushes! This is the shading brush and I can't wait to do my make-up tomorrow (today as this was written yesterday) just so I can try the brush out. She also got me the Miss Sporty single shadow in 'Emotion' which is an absolutely beautiful shade.
We both agreed on a few 'freebies' that we'd send, some bits we had that we weren't going to use that were either new or barely used, the sorts of things that would have ordinarily gone into a blog sale, but in this instance wouldn't come out of the budget. Fiona was rather naughty here as we had agreed on the Elf baked shadow in 'plum' and the 'Nearly Naked' foundation in 'Ivory' but she also added in a brand new Models Own polish in the shade 'Aqua Violet' (which looks sooo pretty) and some funky nail files too! I can't believe how generous she's been and all of these items are just fantastic.
Annnd. Lastly, being the lovely, thoughtful, person that she is, Fiona sent a lovely little present for The Boy! He loves opening presents so was very very excited!
She got him a lovely little colouring book with some crayons, and some melody lolly pops. I remember having the same lolly pops when I was little, tonnes of fun! Needless to say he had to have one Right Now!
And, after having a good go at the lolly he broke out the colouring crayons and did some colouring of Fireman sam!
I'm so so grateful for how fantastic Fiona has been as a blog swap partner. She obviously put a lot of thought into what to get for me, and she did amazingly well with the budget (though I keep wondering how she managed it!) that we set of £25 (not incl p+p). And the fact that she sent something for The Boy, too, is just the sweetest thing ever. Thank you, so much. Fiona! It's been absolutely lovely getting to know you and you've made this the best experience, ever. And, thanks again, Kat for setting it up in the first place.
If you want to see what I got for Fiona you'll have to pop on over to her blog which is linked towards the top of this crazily long post! I believe she's posting around the same time frame as me, so if it's not up yet it should be soon.