Hi guys! I have just been DYING to post the contents of my (still ongoing) swap with Ilyana of Tea-Noir.net! I started reading her blog quite recently and I just love her! She’s a fantastic photographer and she is just SO FUNNY! I never fail to LOL while reading her entries. :D :D :D Not that long ago when I reviewed the MAC 5 Haute Hijinks Warm Pigment Set, Ilyana commented saying that I’d probably love MAC Blonde’s Gold as well and generously offered to send me a sample. I said sure, but I wanted to send her something in return too! So we decided to swap! I’ve had so much fun talking with Ilyana and figuring out what each of us has that the other doesn’t (she’s in Singapore), and I’m currently just waiting on one last item before I can ship her package out. So let’s see what she got me, huh?
YES! I got the Asia Exclusive Pink Venus Rouge Unlimited from the Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Holiday collection!!!!!! I was sooooooooo excited about this baby! Ilyana snapped up the last one for me from her local counter!!! You guys know how much I loved the entire collection and I was so sad the US didn’t get the two Asia Exclusive lipsticks, so when Ilyana said she could get Pink Venus for me, I was over the moon!! In addition, I also asked for two P&J nail polishes (02 and 27 – thank you so much to Lina of The Beauty Look Book for her excellent swatches) and some Japanese snacks. And in addition to MAC Blonde’s Gold, Ilyana sent me a sample of Kitchmas as well! And she sent me two Silk Whitia masks and a P&J foundation sample as extras too!
Ilyana also sent me an adorable holiday card as well! It’s happily posted up on my refrigerator right now. I’m so glad we found each other too!!! The girl has just been a delight to chat with on Twitter and MSN and I feel like we’ve known each other for a lot longer than just ~2 months!
|A closer look at the cosmetics! Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura Pink Venus, P&J 02, 27, and MAC Blonde’s Gold and Kitchmas|
Man. I’m just going to let the pictures to the talking. Aren’t they just gorgeous?! You guys might remember, I wore Pink Venus in my NYE FOTD, and I just love it! I’ve been wearing it a lot in the last couple days. It’s the perfect cool milky pink, but not so cool-toned that it looks weird on my warm-toned skin. It also has the prettiest subtle gold shimmer that really comes out in sunlight. And Ilyana was totally right! I’m much, much more impressed with the texture of the cream Rouge Unlimiteds versus the shimmers (like Jupiter Brown) though… I have really come to love both. I’ve been lemming Paul & Joe nail polishes ever since I saw Fuzkittie wear them, and when Lina did her recent P&J series, I just knew I had to get my hands on some of them. I’m about to put on 02 as my first mani for W’10.
And of course, the pigment that started it all! Isn’t the jar she used super cute with the little sparkles in it? I’m totally in love with the container LOL. Ilyana was totally right, I do love Blonde’s Gold. I haven’t even had a chance to do a look with it yet, but it’s such a gorgeous easy-to-wear neutral, I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it once school starts (tomorrow D: D: D:). Kitchmas is a really pretty sparkly lavender too that I’m excited to try out.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ILYANA!!! ♥ ♥ ♥