Today's a very special day and it marks my first out of two collabs, you'll see on the blog this week. It's also special because I have SO MUCH to show you :) Today's not about swatches or even first impressions, it's just one big American haul. I couldn't be more excited, if I tried. <3
I've known Monica for well over the year now and we've met through Instagram (go and check her out there now). Monica lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a fellow Polish girl abroad :) We're both well in to makeup and decided to do a little swap. And by little I mean huge. We've both done a little exchange of goods, if you will, but I also ordered some stuff on top of it :) If you'd like to see what I got, keep on reading.
But first... Go and check out my girl's blog - she's quite a makeup collector :) You can also find her on Snapchat @villemo20, Bloglovin', Twitter, Google+ & Facebook <3
Let's get to the haul, shall we? Firstly let's talk about bits I've ordered myself and thanks to kindness of Monica I can enjoy them, despite being such a pain to get in UK.
Violet Voss Holy Grail has been on my wishlist for what seems like forever now and just look at the beauty of it! If you follow me for a while, you'll know of my love for warm tones and baby, this is it - warm tone heaven :) I can't wait to 'dig in' and create some magical looks with it !! I can already feel it being my favourite!
Jeffrey Star is quite a controvential figure in the beauty industry. You may love him or hate him, but you can deny he is smashing the makeup game with his line of liquid lipsticks, highlighters and the first ever eyeshadow palette. Beauty Killer is Jeffree's true first child with the crazy colours and different textures! I can't wait to play with it & THAT pink shade has my name written all over it!
I wanted to try ColorPop for ages, I already own two liquid lipsticks and have been quite impressed, so I couldn't walk by an occasion to order some and thanks to our swap, Monica has made it possible and got me all this goodness !!! I will be able to test three of their eyeshadows in Animal (matte red), Weenie (antique gold bronze) and Tea Party (champagne). As a true highlighter maniac, I couldn't say no to one and choose Spoon. I've missed on purchasing ABH Creme Liners last year and we really don't have any pastel coloured ones in UK (maybe in MAC, though they cost a fortune), so I choose one. Cry Baby is a gorgeous matte pastel lilac and I can't wait to play around with it some more. My lip collection got extended by Ultra Matte in Clueless, Ultra Satin (new formula) in Mushroom & Lippie Stix in Oh Snap.
Monica was also kind enough to send me an outrageous amounts of add ons to our agreed swaps and honestly there's soo much here. I'm so grateful and I can't wait to try and test them all for you :)
Starting with the eyes there's a mini eyeshadow palette BH Cosmetics Smokey Eyes to Go with 6 satins and shimmers to play with in the most gorgeous shades with pink gold, berry and violet purple to name a few. I'll definitely play around with it. And to top it off there's CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom by Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black. I've heard so much about this mascara and really can't wait to try it, especially given my luck with bad mascaras lately. There's a post coming up about them, as I truly have had the worst luck with mascaras!
I asked Monica for L.A. Girl Pro.Conceal HD Concealer in Porcelain and it's here. It's THE CONCEALER of many bloggers and you tubers and having swatched it, I think we'll be great friends given its high coverage. Could it be another drugstore gem, like Collection Lasting Perfection? I'll do a compare post about them, once I test them against each other.
When it comes to lips, Monica outdone herself sending me FIVE to play with! Starting with Wet & Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains in 126 Rico Mauve (sheer pink mauve) and 128 Pinky Promise (sheer pale pink). They both have glossy finish and sport sheer consistency, but still quite pigmented. ProFusion Luxy Lips (muted pink) has a satin finish and great pigmentation. It's a perfect daytime pink with the muted colour. Katy Perry x CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte in Sphynx Sphinx (semi matte nude with pink tones) also sports great pigmentation and definitely updates my nudes collection. Last but certainly not least, Milani Lip Intense Liquid Colour in Red Extreme (raspberry red) has a finish similar to MAC Amplified and pigmentation is just insane! I can't wait to test them all.
Seeing that we are sadly missing Bath & Body Works in UK, Monica was kind enough to send me minis of Sweet Pea Shea & Vit E Body Lotion & Shower Gel. I'm leaving for Spain soon, so body care minis are so welcome and these smells amazing and look super cute. Plus they're 88 ml each so just below the liquid limit at the airport. I don't know how she knew about my weird obsession with Anti-bacterial Hand Gels (maybe not that weird and I'm not the only one?), but she sent me two of PocketBac Beautiful Day Hand Gels which smell of apples and flowers !! Now I can have one in every bag and not just at work :)
This concludes my American haul. If you follow me on Snapchat, you've seen me unbox it live and if you don't and like to see a lot of beauty every day, you should. Just search @i.dorottka. There's so much goodness here, I honestly don't know what to try out first! Thank you again to Monica for making this happen !!
It would mean a world to me if you'd go and visit Monica's post. Just CLICK HERE now :) Don't forget to show my girl some love <3