Swap with Ilyana of Tea-Noir.net

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?

Tsumori Chisato x Shu Uemura Pink Venus, Paul & Joe Nail Polishes 02 and 27, MAC Blonde’s Gold and Kitschmas Japanese Kit Kats! (One’s apple & carrots and I don’t know what the other one is… LOL). Two Silk Whitia sheet masks and a P&J foundation sample.

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!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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35 Responses to “Swap with Ilyana of Tea-Noir.net”

  1. ilyana says:

    LOL remember the postage drama when I realized all my other friends in the US got their packages one week earlier than expected and you were away for Christmas?

    YOU ARE SO SWEET! Thank you for dedicating this whole entry to the swap we had, it was a lot of fun writing emails to you and honestly, this was my FIRST ever swap (hard to believe but yeah lol!) so thank you, thank you for making it such a great experience ;D I’m glad I got everything you’ve been lemming for and hun, I’m going to say this again: Pink Venus looks absolutely stunning on you!!

    Those P&J nail polishes are in good hands lmao so I’m going to look forward to see them in your NOTDs! Enjoy the pigments, I’ve got quite a few so I thought it would be a nice extra to pass you Kitchmas as well.

    <3333333333333333~~
    .-= ilyana´s last blog ..SMOKE OUT =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL. I was so worried about it too! I felt so bad that I wasn’t here to receive it! Especially with the bad experiences I’ve had with my local post office! But I was so happy to find it safe and sound at the post office when I got back. :D

    & OMG – I didn’t know this was your first swap!!!! LOL. I better get my butt in gear and get your package out soon then! I just received the shipping notice for the last item today, so I’m hoping it’ll be here by the end of the week and then I’m planning on sending everything Priority in a nice sturdy box. :D

    & teehee. I can’t wait to wear 02 either! I already swatched it the other day and it’s just soooo pretty. I can’t even decide whether or not I want to put stuff on it or just leave it since it’s so pretty LOL. I guess I have to decide during dinner LOL.

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    ilyana responds:

    Yeah it’s srsly my first swap lol so I’m glad it’s been smooth lol. Yay awesome, I can’t wait to get your package because girl, you know I’m going to take an insane number of photos of your package + the xmas card you sent me (which is the cutest!!) and dedicate it to you all in one entry XD

    LOL knowing you, I think you’re going to spice it up with a little subtle *bling*, have a good dinner!
    .-= ilyana´s last blog ..SMOKE OUT =-.

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  2. Annie says:

    I loooove Shu Uemura lipsticks! I hope you’ll like yours too =)

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! I wasn’t terribly terribly impressed with the Jupiter Brown shimmer lipstick at first, but I’ve really come to love it in the meantime since the color is just sooooo pretty, and I positively love Pink Venus! The formula is truly tops, and I have to say, I have pretty high standards when it comes to lipstick formulas. :D

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  3. Lulu says:

    aww Ilyana is super sweet!! I am so jealous of your pink venus! it looks so pretty! a perfect shade of pink!!! how do you like hte P&J nail polishes? they have the cutest packagings!
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..Physician’s Formula Plump Potion & an awesome giveaway! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    She really is a sweetheart. :D And hehehe, thanks! I was so, so excited to get it! I hadn’t even seen any swatches of it yet… I just trusted the promo pictures. I’m really really happy that it turned out to be such a unique pink in my collection. :D And I’ll let you know about the P&J nail polishes. I’ve only swatched them briefly, but so far I’m pretty impressed! They smell like powdery flowers!

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  4. ect says:

    OMG so much awesome stuff! I reeeally want that lipstick, you’re so lucky!<3
    .-= ect´s last blog ..A piece of me in… Jan 2010! + One Lovely Blog Award =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    IKR?! And LOL. I am really lucky. :D

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  5. sizbelle says:

    Ilyana is so sweet to get you the shu LE lipstick! its so pretty. the P&J polish looks good too!

    even the jar for the pigment are so cute..
    .-= sizbelle´s last blog ..Swatches & Review: Illamasqua Blush #Lover #Hussy #Rude =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    I know! Everything she sent me is so, so cute teehee. :D

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  6. Diane says:

    Hi Catherine! Great swap! That Shu Uemura Pink Venus lipstick looks so pretty, omg I’m so lemming that right now.

    Paul & Joe nail polishes are awesome. If you ever want more, there is a store by my house that sells them, I go there all the time for my P&J stuff. =)
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics at Sephora Coming Soon! *Update* =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! I am so happy to have gotten the lipstick. Definitely a highlight of 2009!

    And omg rly!? I’ll have to keep that in mind, thanks! :D

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  7. Dina (XYYan) says:

    Thanks for your wishes :) Yeah, it’s really weird that my bro reads my blog right? LOL
    wow, looking at those goodies! can’t wait to see your NOTD :D
    .-= Dina (XYYan)´s last blog ..A Piece of Me…. in January 2010 =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Your welcome, Dina! And yea… I mean, especially since it’s a beauty/makeup blog, you know? I’m pretty sure even if my brother knew I had this blog he wouldn’t read it because he’d be so bored LOL…

    & thanks!

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  8. I’m a fan of Shu Uemura and those Paul&Joe nail polishes are sooo pretty! haha I’d buy a few bottles just to keep as decorations :D
    .-= Pop Champagne´s last blog ..Champagne Style: My Casual Encounter =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    I’m progressively more and more impressed with Shu Uemura! I can’t wait to try one of their blushes next. And I totally agree with you! I have my two P&Js sitting on my vanity right now since I feel like it’d be a waste to just stash them with my other polishes LOL.

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  9. jenc says:

    Coming from the male-dominated communities I usually frequent, I feel like this make up thing is a really interesting subculture.

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    Catherine responds:

    Glad to hear we can entertain you. =)

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  10. mayaari says:

    aww, what a lovely swap :) you’re going to like the p&j polishes – yasumi gave me two of hers and though i’ve only used the shimmery gold one so far, it’s always interesting when i use it because it’s scented! it doesn’t have that typical nail polish smell!
    .-= mayaari´s last blog ..Rescue Beauty Lounge and China Glaze =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! It definitely was a lovely swap. :D

    And yea!!! I was so surprised at the scent when I first swatched the two polishes. I’m not entirely sold on it quite yet LOL, but I do love the colors. =)

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  11. Jess says:

    What a gorgeous swap!
    The P&J nail polishes look awesome! #27 really reminds me of Chanel Trapèze, what do you think? ;)
    I can’t wait to see you wearing them, Catherine!

    And my hands are itching to get my hands on some new makeup goodies, haha… :p
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Gorgeous indeed! I love how that big picture looks up there teeheehee. And actually, I can totally see how #27 kind of looks like Chanel Trapeze in the bottle, but it’s actually much darker and bronzier in color and not as complex. I actually thought #02 was like a gold version of Trapeze since it has really pretty multicolored microshimmer in it too. =)

    And teeheehee. I think I have to take a break from getting makeup goodies since I have so many to appreciate right now hehehe.

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    Jess responds:

    Hehe… yes you got lots of adorable goodies, Catherine! I think I was a more or less good girl, since haven’t bought any cosmetics for about 2 weeks now, haha… I’ll definitely have a past winter break haul. :p
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh wow good for you! I can’t remember the last time I went a whole week without buying anything beauty-related…. so I actually made a bet with myself LOL! I’m trying to go an entire month without buying a bottle of nail polish – wish me luck!!!! Can’t wait to see your past winter break haul. :D
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Winter Break Haul =-.

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  12. That is some super nice blogger ♥! And omg, I haven’t seen that Silk Whitia mask before!
    .-= Shop N’ Chomp´s last blog ..Sin City, Part 2 =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Ilyana is a sweetheart. =) And orly? These are actually my first Silk Whitia masks so I have no idea how many kinds there are LOL…

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  13. thats so sweet :) everything is so pretty! i love the packaging for the pigment jars
    .-= Makeupmorsels´s last blog ..Lip Balm Woes Away! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Ilyana is quite the sweetheart. And yea! I love the pigment jars too. :D

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  14. amynaree says:

    wow what an awesome swap!! all the stuff you got looks super cute especially the shu lippie
    .-= amynaree´s last blog ..My Holiday Food Porn =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thank you!! I do positively love the Pink Venus lippie. It’s unfortunately not quite as forgiving to dryness on my lips as the Laura Mercier stickglosses, but it photographs so well, it almost makes up for it LOL.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Winter Break Haul =-.

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  15. Yay for the awesome swap!

    The kit-kats are vegetable juice flavor (the apples/carrots one) and the other is “sports drink” (=pokari) flavor!
    .-= K / bihadadiaries´s last blog ..Visee new eyeshadows! Glam Nude Eyes =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehe, thanks!

    And ooooooohhhh, that actually makes a lot of sense now that I think about how they tasted. Thanks!! :D

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  16. sarah says:

    WOW! that’s quite an awesome swap :) very nice! i’m glad you got that lipstick~ looks super cute. i’m sad that i didn’t get anything from the collection D:
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! I really just fell in love with the Tsumori Chisato collection. It’s soooooo cute!!!

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