The MEGA swap with Nouveau Cheap

I know quite a few people in the beauty world do international swaps to get their hands on the must have products from over-seas and here are the goodies from my first! Not only a swap, this one has to be called a mega-swap because not only are there a TON of beauty goodies, but this swap took a YEAR to complete!

You know how it is, a combination of life getting in the way and being presented with such a choice of amazing US drugstore brands… my  mind always went blank for the bits I wanted to pick up! Doh! But we got there, exchanged packages and I am SO excited to get playing with the bits I have received!
So a HUGE thank you to G. from Nouveau Cheap – I highly recommend you follow her blog, it’s a fantastic fix of US brands and she is always first to know about the latest launches and deals. So if you are a US reader then follow her for a bargain and if you are a UK/European follower – then follow to get your US drugstore fix!
Also, if you want to see what goodies I sent her then you can read the post here.
So here is a round up of the fabulous bits I received in the US-UK MEGA swap!
Tons of gorgeous nail colours, including the famous ‘Opulent Cloud’ from Sally Hansen – this colour is stunning and just my sort of shade. A silvery purple colour with a hint of duo-chromeness about it.
The polish in the middle is a Ruby Kisses Neon pink shade – it looks brighter than this in real life and will a fabulous pedicure colour for the summer. It’s a neon, hot pink – fabulous.
Then the polish on the right is Milani Dress Maker, the Chanel ‘Jade’ dupe – I love this as it has a hint of shimmer too which you can just about see at the bottom of the photo. I can’t wait to try this one out.

How adorable is the packaging for Hard Candy? I love the little ring that comes with the nail varnish. This shade is a pretty glittery bronze shade (**update** called Mischief from the LE Halloween Range) that I reckon would look beautiful with a tan! I think this is in the running to be my polish of choice for New Years Eve…

The polish on the right below is a Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Polish that I would describe as a cross between a bronze and a neutral – it is a stronger colour and with more shimmer than a neutral, but isn’t quite as strong as a metallic bronze. Very pretty and will be doing a NOTD very soon with this.

The three colours below are all Milani shades, I’ve tried the red in the middle and did a NOTD with it too. The dark red is also one of my all-time favourite nail shades – I love deep dark reds on short nails! The pink doesn’t look quite as bright in real life as it does here, it’s a really creamy pink – which I actually don’t have many of so is a good addition to the collection.

Next up are the eye colours I have to play with! A fabulous mixture of purples (a favourite shade of mine) and neutrals – plus a selection of rich jewel shades.

Top left, we have a pretty shimmering champagne coloured neutral from Milani. I’ve already had a bit of a play with this and I love how silky smooth it feels!

Top right we have one of the Limited Edition NYC colour palettes that we don’t get over here in the UK. The pale, highlight shade is very pretty. I love how the palette includes a creamy base and creamy highlighter too. I’ll do an eye-of-the-day look soon!

The smaller pictures along the bottom include Milani Runway Eyes Palette (how beautiful are these colours and love the unusual shadow packaging style), three Milani eye-shadow quads – including a pretty everyday neutrals quad, a bronze quad and a purple quad.

On the bottom right there is a Sonia Kashuk brush set and Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow palette with a combination of taupe/brown shades and some glittery/shimmer shades. I’m going to do a dedicated post on this set soon as I need so get some better photos of it to show it’s gorgeousness.

Next up are the selection of blushes that I am stupidly excited about – I actually have the infamous ‘Orgasm’ dupe from Milani – this is my ideal blush shade. A perfect combination of pink and peach, with a golden shimmer. Gorgeous.

Top left there is a Hard Candy blush that is AMAZINGLY similar to the Accessorize blush range. I’ll do a proper comparison of these in a separate post.

Then bottom left there is a the Covergirl Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush – this is such an interesting product that I have read a mixture of reviews on and can’t wait to try as I do love a creamy blusher.

The Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara was one of the products I immediately knew I wanted to include in the swap when we got started. I haven’t tried it yet, but think it will be similar to Max Factor False Lash Effect, which is a good thing as I love this mascara.

The product top right of the image is Milani Liquif’eye Metallic Eyes eye-liner in black. This is apparently really well known and consider ‘holy grail’ for many.. so I can’t WAIT to give this a go.

The YSL Touche Eclat – like image below is another famous Milani product, their HD Advanced Concealer. Apparently an amazing dupe of the YSL cult classic.

Then a selection of lip products – I really love the Hard Candy packaging, so cute. I’ve tried and NYC colour lip balm in the past and really liked it, so this could be a new handbag essential.

I’ve never tried – or even heard of – Organic Wear, so really excited to try this brand. The colour is a pretty warm pink colour and I like the leaf design packaging.

Plus I was lucky enough to receive a few extra goodies – a Hair One olive oil hair mask (which my hair is desperately in need of! Plus some amazing chewing gum flavours – mint mojito!? and Strawberry Shortcake!? Random, but I love it!
There was also a lovely big bag of Hershey’s Kisses in the package too… but they *may* have already been eaten…. so afraid no pictures!
So I have a busy time ahead testing out all these US beauty bits! What to try first…!?
Thank you so much G. it was an AMAZING swap, well worth the wait!


  1. KawaiiFreakxXx
    December 26, 2010 / 3:03 pm

    hmmm i do wonder what happened to those hershey’s kisses….:P
    Seriously tho, that looks like a great swap x
    Can’t wait for reviews!

  2. December 26, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    Amazing haul! I love love love the Luminous blush – it’s definitely my most-used blush.

    I had one of those Milani shadow quads for ages and just pulled it out and tried it a couple of weeks ago – I liked it so much, I just bought another one from Cherry Culture! 🙂

  3. G.
    December 27, 2010 / 6:17 am

    Yay!! I am so happy that you’re so excited with how this all turned out as well! 😀 I just couldn’t be more giddy about everything you sent me.

    Oh, and by the way, the Organic Wear gloss is actually a line from Physicians Formula. Those glosses have a bit of a cult following, so I hope you like them as much as I do. I think they’re pretty wonderful–not sticky, great color payoff, moisturizing, etc.

    Oh, and the Hair One cleanser and conditioner packets are the Sally Beauty knock-off version of Wen haircare. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see your future reviews, and hopefully there’s some winners in the bunch that really work out for you!

    G. xo

  4. December 27, 2010 / 6:33 am

    This all looks really great!


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