Monday, September 23, 2013

international drugstore makeup swap: nina's bargain beauty (part 1)

One thing you probably know about me by now, is that I love makeup. And I don't just love it, I want to try it all. I don't know what it is about testing out different brands that excites me so just does! I guess I love the thrill of finding that perfect product, whatever it may be. So, imagine my excitement when a raft of drugstore beauty products from Ireland were delivered to my doorstep!

A little while back, the lovely Nina from Nina's Bargain Beauty, asked if I would be interested in doing a makeup swap. Since I'm from Canada and she is from Ireland, we both had access to a variety of products and brands. Of course, my answer was: yes! So, I head off to the drugstore to find some seriously killer drugstore products. There was a lot of Cover Girl, Wet n' Wild, and Hard Candy in the mix. Once I send it all off, I anxiously awaited the fabulous products that were en route to my home.

When they arrived, I could not contain my glee. There was something about unwrapping a ton of brand new makeup that thrilled me in ways I cannot fully describe. Inside were products from Famous, MUA, and Catrice - brands I'd heard of, but never been able to try. It was so exciting! Immediately, I started swatching, testing, and imagining different makeup looks. I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

Ready to see what I received from Nina? Here it is!

- MUA Intense Colour Liner in Black, Brown, and White
- MUA 3 in 1 eXtreme Contour Liner in Smoked Plum and Fresh Mint
- Famous I'm Your Curl Flirtatious Lashes Mascara
- Famous High Impact Lash Mascara
- Famous Nail Addict in Pink and Silver
- Famous Into The Shadows Light Reflecting Concealer 
- Famous Baked Bronzer in Tahiti
- Famous Leopard Eye Palette 
- Catrice Cosmetics Intensif'Eye Wet and Dry Shadows in: Glamourose, Black or White Swan?!, and Charly's Chocolate Factory

Since there was so much amazing stuff to try out, I decided to break this post up into two parts. In the next post, I'll be doing reviews, swatches, and overall impressions. It will be up later in the week, so look out for it!

Before I end this, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Nina for her amazing suggestion - and of course, her fantastic makeup selections!

Have you tried any of these products or brands? What do you think of them?

xo Shannon


  1. It was an absolute pleasure hunny When i have my blog post done I will link to to it :) :) glad you like everything :)

  2. Amazing stuff!

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  4. Wow! Lots of fun! I love swaps, especially with other bloggers, it's like they understand us better...hah!

    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

  5. Oh! love all this stuff <3 enjoy sweetie!

    Lots of love from Vivalaohlalá!

  6. That is SO cool!!! I wanna do something like this!

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  8. This is such a great idea! Can't wait to see how you use them xx

  9. Nice!


  10. nice post

  11. ahh I'm so excited for you at getting to try MUA! :) I am yet to try Famous products but they look amazing! xxx

  12. What a great idea! I haven't tried any, don't think I can find them in Romania other than online.

  13. this is such a great idea to swap with someone internationally! I love to try other brands and love makeup too! =)

  14. I can imagine your excitement when your items arrived!

  15. You are so lucky to receive all these great products from Nina! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your wishes!

    Come back soon to visit me on The Notebook of a Fashion Lover

    Evi xoxo

  16. wow very cool post and that you did a swap,
    great idea! I can also understand that you are
    really happy right now for such a lot of things,
    really amazing! Have fun with trying out!
    Lot of greetings,
    xoxo Eva

  17. i think that package would have been so awesome to receive, fun!

  18. Great post and blog girl! I would love for you to stop by mine sometime too if you'd like! :)

  19. amazing

  20. Nice swap and I haven't tried any of these products as I don't care too much about makeup products. I have what works and have stopped purchasing because I would rather spend on clothing. LOL! But I used to spend lots on makeup when I was younger! Have a great day Shannon!

    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

  21. whooa that's seriously so awesome! I love discovering new brands/products! Can't wait to read your reviews!!


  22. I really like the eye shadows..