It was pretty hilarious as most of the other girls hadn't been to a makeup swap before so everyone was being very polite and tentative at first about what they took. Soon enough though, everyone got over that awkwardness fast and started grabbing up everything in sight! In the end, there was only a lonely box of hair dye and a single bottle of nail polish left.
As a host, my main focus was to destash and to NOT take anything back home. Well, of course you know how that went since I'm obviously writing a haul post now! I think I was still somewhat successful in my goal though as I came to the party with two shopping bags full of items and left with only one, 3/4 full bag!
Here's a recap of the goodies I snapped up:
Yes, I'm a sucker for refills and even though I highly doubt I'll ever finish my existing bottle of CLEAN Cashmere, I couldn't resist taking this one home! At least now I can feel free to douse myself in it everyday.
I've never tried Korres lip products before, so I was immediately intrigued by how rich and moisturizing these appear to be. Supposedly the top one is the heavy duty moisturizer, while the bottom glaze is more appropriate for daytime as it has a glossier tint.
Yes, I am also a sucker for eye shadows! Who knew that Costco's in-house brand made makeup?! Well, apparently they do and this palette has some really nice looking everyday colors that I'm eager to try. Although the palette looks a little cool here, it's actually warmer in person.
I also couldn't resist snatching up this Shu Uemura duo. The fun pop colors look like they can be pigmented or sheered out and I took this one purely because it would be so fun to do looks with on the blog!
After reading several reviews of the new-ish H&M beauty line, the top two items I had wanted to try were the pressed powder and the blush and now I have both without even having to step inside a store! Although everyone's all about strobing at the moment, I'm getting more into a subtler "candlelight" glow, which usually means trying to matte out my natural shine. The True Matte Finishing Powder will hopefully help with that. For the blush, I got the shade Apricot, which looks like a light peachy-pink that will be perfect for spring.
Continuing on with the base products, I also picked up this Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer. A hydrating base with a slight tint, I think this primer will be ideal for those no-makeup makeup days.
And of course what good haul doesn't have some skincare? I'm a total Kiehl's whore so as soon as I saw these mini bottles of the Ultra Facial Moisturizer, I had to grab it. I'm also really into body oils after using Nuxe and the reviews for the Palmer's oil sounds very promising and is much more affordable!
Last but not least, I snapped up a replacement bar of Lush's delicious smelling Old Father Time soap and I picked up some charcoal pore strips for Mr. Artist.
Finally, the silliest item that I "took" from the swap was this Biotherm essence which I had actually brought to giveaway, but then Sheila and Angela convinced me to keep it! See, that's how you know when you have really good friends.
Have you been to a makeup swap before? What's your experience been like at one?