Thursday, October 13, 2011

Swap with Lippi!

so many!

I recently did a swap with Lippi where I asked for blank Make-Up Studio face charts, but she sent along extra goodies with it! If you'd like to see what I sent her, do check out her post here.

cute letter and Etude House samples
adorable memo stickers, Alice in Wonderland notes (love!), and a Hello Kitty face mask
European cosmetics from Essence and Manhattan!

Lippi included three Essence Urban Messages Eyeshadow Chalks in Street Styler, It Peace, and Nightline. Each piece is about an inch and a half tall and applies like a soft, powdery chalk. They're very lightweight, and practically feel like empty boxes! They apply nicely with decent pigmentation, and come in adorable slide-out boxes. The wrappers around the chalks themselves have perforated lines where you rip them off as you use the product more to prevent dirtying your fingers. I really like these, the wrapping is so smart and they're cute!

swatches (from left to right): Dirndl Love, Street Styler, It Peace, Nightline, Mini Mascara
Street Styler (focused)
It Peace (focused)
Nightline (focused)

The other makeup products I got are from Manhattan Cosmetics's Oktoberfest line--a brand that you can't find in the states. (exciting!) Lippi sent me a Baked Rouge in Dirndl Love and a Mini Mascara from the collection. I usually don't like baked products, but the blush I got is really nicely pigmented! It is an almost berry pink color, has a soft texture and blends smoothly.

Baked Rouge
Mini Mascara

It was so exciting to receive Lippi's parcel in a week after she sent it. I feel special to have received European cosmetics that I wouldn't have gotten to try otherwise. Also, I love the colors you picked out for me! Thank you~

Here's a peek at my first attempt at a face chart (above). The lips look kind of messed because I used an eyeshadow along with a couple lip liners, but I think the rest of the face looks presentable. The face charts are made with thick, durable paper that doesn't feel cheap. I'm excited to continue using them. Thanks again, Lippi! Swapping with you was fun. ✿

*If you're interested in a swap with me, please just let me know. I tend to only do them with people I've had regular interaction with though.

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