Sarah Fynn asked me if I wanted to do a blogger box swap. It seemed like fun so I said yes!
We agreed on a budget of £20 and a theme which was supposed to be a full face of makeup excluding foundation. I was rubbish. I couldn’t get all the products I wanted within the budget because I just haven’t done proper research on budget brands. I often go to premium brands to save me time. Terrible isn’t it?
I unwrapped my package from Sarah live on my Facebook page at “Tasha’s Face Beauty Blog”. Check it out to see my first impressions. Everything was perfectly wrapped in Christmas paper which was apt because it really was like Christmas all over again! Each item or group of items had a cute label on it giving me a clue as to what was inside. I thought this was a lovely personal touch.
Sarah sent me:
- PS… Full Look eyelashes
- Natural Collection Lip Lines in Espresso
- Rimmel London Fix & Protect Makeup Primer
- Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black
- MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Firecracker
- MUA Makeup Academy Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette
- PS… Fashion Nails Pointed Shape in Nearly Nude
- Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Light/Medium C04
- Makeup Obsession Blush in B112 Bloom
- MUA Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 11
- Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish
Now I just need to try them all. Just thinking about the best way to do it….
Here’s what I sent to Sarah:
Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara in ..brown! Ok so I meant to pick up black but actually, this would be a really good excuse for Sarah try something different. I have used brown mascara on my black lashes for a really natural daytime look. With a strong lip, she can go for an editorial-style pared-back eye look. I have found that even though the mascara is brown, if the mascara gives you good volume and lift and is eye-opening, that’s all you need to look brighter and wide-awake without looking too “done”. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara is an affordable way to do that. I originally bought it as an alternative (or dupe – I don’t like that word very much) to Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara and I was very pleased, as I always am with Maybelline mascaras.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR is another great Maybelline products. I have the darker colours which are well pigmented so they make good eyeliners as well as bases for other eye makeup. I haven’t tried 05 Eternal Gold yet but it is on my drugstore wishlist! I imagine Sarah using it as an eyeshadow for a natural, flattering colour wash and even for strobing. I feel incomplete without my highlighter and I’m hoping this will work on her!
I’m no good at doing my brows with pencil, at least this was the truth before I discovered L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Shaper. The darkest one I could find was 04 Dark Brunette which is just right for me.
Barry M does great Kohl Pencils and I have previously used one in blue. I went for black in case Sarah wanted sharp definition.
Finally, I picked up an MUA (Makeup Academy) Lipstick in Shade 3. I haven’t tried this shade myself although I really want to. It’s a bold hot pink, perfect for the statement lip I mentioned earlier. I have Shade 13, my favourite red. Even though it’s only £1, it outperforms many other lipstick brands. I’m confident Sarah will love it! (I’m also hoping it would work as a blusher).
I loved this collaboration because I learned that there are a number of places to get purse-friendly makeup and that I must try harder. I will do better next time!