Friday, 12 July 2013

Recommend 10 blog swap follow up

A few weeks ago, I did a "Recommend 10 blog swap" with Abigail from The Shrinking Wallet. I've since had a chance to use most of the things so I thought that I would do a follow up on my original post. If you haven't had a chance to read my original post, the concept of this blog swap was that Abigail and I gave each other 10 things that we loved and recommended for the other person. She actually got me 12 things! You can see what I got for her here.

1. Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula
Abigial gave this to me because: 

  • It's very pigmented and easy to draw a thin line. It also doesn't smudge and the lip makes a satisfying click when the pen is being closed. She recommended that I stored this upside down to prevent it from drying out.
My experience:
  • I loved how easy it was to draw thin or thick lines. It dried fast without smudging everywhere. However, I have super oily eyelids and it doesn't last more than an hour or two without primer. I still love it though and carry it around everywhere in my bag :)

2. Bath & Body Works Daisy Dreamgirl Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Abigial gave this to me because:
  • She loves loves bath & body works. She also likes sweet smelling shower gels but was worried that I wouldn't like the sweet smell.
My experience:
  • I love any nicely scented shower gels so this was a winner! I seem to buy really bad smelling skincare and haircare (I never smell things in store) so it was really nice to get to use something that actually smelled good!

3. Maybelline Pure BB Mineral BB Watergel in 02 Medium Beige

Maybelline Pure BB Mineral BB Watergel

Abigail gave this to me because:
  • She saw this in a video and showed it to me and I really loved the concept of it. The BB cream has water in it and if you do a swatch, you can actually see water particles in the BB cream.
My experience:
  • I haven't had a chance to wear it yet but I did swatch it and it seems to be a good match for me :) I did swatch it though and it's so blendable!

4. Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Rouge Lipstick

Etude House Lipstick

Abigail bought this for me because:
  • She's used Etude House products before and loves their range so she got me a bright pink lipstick :)
My experience:
  • To be honest, it wasn't a winner for me as it seemed to have a bit of frost in it which doesn't suit my skin tone. I gave it to a friend to try who loved it so it wasn't wasted!

5. Nexcare Acne Patch

Nexcare acne patch
We had a conversation on Twitter with Sophie from Born To Buy and since you were interested in trying it out, I bought a twin pack for you! As I said on twitter, it works on some pimples - especially the ones that are white and so tempting to burst. They work by soaking/sucking up the oil and gunk overnight. The sticker should turn an opaque white in the morning. When you peel the sticker off, the pimple should be quite flat.

Abigail bought this for me because:

  • She introduced these to me and I was really keen to use them. They're patches that you put over pimples that are about to burst and if you leave them on overnight, they suck out the oil and gunk from your pimple.
My experience:
  • Can I just say that I need more of these?! They only work on the pimples that are about to burst (the ones that are so tempting to squeeze) but I love that they can also soothe the pimples that really hurt. When I take these off in the morning, the pimple gunk seems to come right off my skin with the sticker so it's a lot more gentler than when I want to just squeeze it (I know I'm not meant to!). Obviously when the pimple gunk comes out, there's a mini crater on my face which isn't that nice :( but that's the nature of pimples.

6. Etude House Oh m'Eye Lash Petticoat

Etude House Oh m'Eye Lash Petticoat
Abigail bought this for me because:

  • She found this in Singapore and loved it so much that she went back to get one for me. It's good at lengthening and thickening eyelashes.
My experience:
  • I was so intrigued when she said that she loved it so much that she went back to get one for me that I promptly put this into my bag. Unfortunately, I kind of forgot about it and haven't used it. I'll definitely use it this weekend and let you guys know what I think of it via Twitter :)

7. Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll

Laura Mercier Lip Glace
Abigail bought this for me because:

  • This is her favourite lip gloss. She loves the baby pink colour, the smell and the fact that it's not sticky.
My experience:
  • I'm normally not a huge fan of lip glosses as they can be quite sticky but I LOVED this one. I put it on one day and I was like "hmm... yuck" because I didn't think the colour suited me (and I think I put WAY too much on) but then I let it sit on my lips for a minute and it stopped being streaky and it kind of developed into this gorgeous, versatile baby pink colour and I was like, I never ever want to take this off!

8. Etude House Help My Finger UV Diamond Top Coat

Etude House Top Coat
Abigail bought this for me because:

  • She liked how quickly it dries and that it's shiny
My experience:
  • What's not to like? Fast drying top coats are the reason why I like nail polish! Abigail got me into nail polishes so it only seemed fair that she shared with me her favourite top coats :P

9. Glitter Guilty nail polish in A Subtle Star

Glitter Guilty Nail Polish
Abigail got me this because:

  • She has a similar nail polish and loves it.
My experience:
  • This nail polish is SO adorable. It's a baby pink with glitter in it and Abigail is the queen of nail polish so anything that she loves is a winner :)

10. Hare Polish in Rad Cloud

Hare Polish in Rad Cloud
Abigail got this for me because:

  • She wanted to expose me to indie nail polishes and liked the colour combination in this bottle
My experience:
  • I didn't get to use it as it was missing from my swap :( It fell out of the box in transit.

11. MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen

MAC Shimmer Blush
Abigail bought this for me because:

  • She loves MAC Sheertone blushes and loves that she can build up the colour. The shimmer also doesn't make her look like a disco ball.
My experience:
  • I think I actually squealed when I saw this as I don't think that I have any sheertone blushes (or at least any with shimmer in them). I was pretty impressed by it and like Abigail, I can be a bit heavy handed with blush as well so it's nice to be able to build it up on the cheekbone.

12. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Blissful

Tarte Blush in Blissful
Abigail bought this for me because:

  • Hello..... if you follow her blog, you'll know that she LOVES Tarte blushes.
My experience:
  • This is the second Tarte blush that Abigail has sent me and I love them :) I love that they're so delicate and they're such good quality. Tarte is hard to find in Australia (although I believe that there's a store in Whoollara, Sydney that sells it) so I'm super grateful for this :)
I love swapping with Abigail and I hope that she loved what I got her :) If you get a chance, pop on over to her blog and have a look! I promise that she's a much better blogger than I am :P

All photo's are Abigail's and were provided to me to use in her guest post.


  1. Wow, a fantastic swap. A friend introduced me to nexcare and I couldn't believe the results!

  2. Glad to hear you like most of the products!

  3. omgggg so jealous!! amazing products! the MAC blush!

  4. I need to get on with the follow up post! I want to try out a few more things a tat longer first though.

    Glad to hear that you loved (almost) everything! :) I'm looking forward to our next swap whenever that may be.

  5. I would like to get these products too haha ^^ Nice

  6. I love the products that she picked for you! Such a shame that polish didn't make it though. :( I have a bit of an indie polish obsession myself!



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