Beauty Swap with Alexandra – The A Style

November 27, 2014

I love reading Alexandra’s blog The A Style and I commented on one of her posts mentioning that I would love to try the product. She kindly said she would send them to me and we began sending emails back and forth and it went from a small little swap to a huge list sent to each other and spreading it over 4 months. Needless to say, I was so excited when my box arrived. I hate the fact that England have to pay custom charges and tax but after paying for my box at the postage office that was keeping it hostage, I finally got to rip into it in the car. There was a lot of squealing and OMG’s throughout the unveiling.



I can’t believe how many EOS lipbalms Alexandra sent me, I love them so much and these all smell incredible. I received the Ray of Sunshine holiday collection box containing Orange BlossomPink Grapefruit and Strawberry Kiwi. I also received the single lip balm of Pomegranate Raspberry which I have been after for so long!

The Maybelline Babylips are what started the swap off in the first place and I love the ones that she sent me. Babylips Crystal in Beam of Blush and Gleaming Coral, they smell divine! Also a Dr Rescue in Coral Crave which is a medicated balm and feels fab on the lips.

I love lip crayons and asked for Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in the shade Coraly Nude. It’s such a pretty shade and will look amazing around Christmas time. Alexandra also popped in a couple of Flower products which I have never heard of before. One being a Kiss Stick in the shade Sweet Peony, it’s a beautiful nude pink, my favourite type of shade.

Finally, NYX Butter Glosses and Xtreme Lip Cream where high on my list. I never order NYX online and they don’t stock it in any local Next stores near me. I received one Xtreme Cream in the shade Nude Peach Fuzz and three of the Butter Glosses in the shades Creme BruleeVanilla Cream Pie and Eclair. They are all such pretty shades and I can’t wait to try them all.



For face products, I went a little crazy with the baked products, I just love them and feel the need to try them all! Alexandra asked me if I wanted to try the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and immediately said yes as it was something I was going to add to my list. I also asked for the Milani Baked Bronzer in the shade Glow which is just beautiful. Two products from Hard Candy which I have never tried before, a gorgeous blush in the shade Living Doll, a beautiful pink with a light highlighting shade running through it. Also, a bronzer in the shade Tiki which I chose because it’s so light, it can easily pass off as a highlighter and it’s beautiful!

I asked for another Maybelline The Eraser Eye concealer which you can buy in the UK but it’s always out of stock. And finally, the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation which I think may be a little dark but I can make it work. I just wanted to give it a try and see what it was like, I always love Covergirl foundations.



Most of the products are from Maybelline, I just love them as a brand! Alexandra kindly added The Nudes palette into my swap which is amazing, I’m going to start using it today. A Color Tattoo Leather Effect in the shade Chocolate Suede which is so pretty, a deep chocolate brown with a slight gold shimmer in it. Two Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in the shades Improper Copper and Buff & Tuff which are both fab shades for this time of year for creating a brown smoky eye. Finally, the other Flower product was a cream shadow in Wind Geranium which is a true rose gold shade, so pretty!

I was so surprised when Alexandra had told me she had picked up the Sephora Favourites Draw The Line set for me. It’s so beautifully packaged and I will be writing a separate review on it. It contains 5 different eyeliners and 2 different felt tip eyeliners. I didn’t realised a Marc Jacobs pencil was included and so I’m super excited to give it a try.

For mascaras I asked for my old faithful, Covergirl Clump Crusher which I’ve had before and loved and wanted to use it again. Last but not least, Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara which just looked so funky and cute.

I am so so grateful to Alexandra for sending me such a fabulous box of goodies and I can’t wait to try it all. Thank you so so much! You were so generous and I really hope you loved your box too! If you want to see what I picked up for Alexandra, you can do so here!

Which products would you like to see a review on? Have you tried any of the products?


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  • Reply Paige Mckinnon November 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Ohh you received such a cute selection of beauty products! ^ v ^

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I'm a very lucky girl indeed, Alexandra got everything spot on :) x

  • Reply Katja - Viva la vida blog November 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Oh my gosh! <3

    I'm so jelly!

    I would love to do something like this too! Where do I apply? 😀

    I'm from Slovenia, so if you're interested let me know :)

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Haha, that's what I though when I opened the box! I won't be doing a swap for a while now but I will keep you in mind :) x

  • Reply Charlotte Morgan November 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Ahh this is such a cute box of goodies! Alexandra has such good taste in products from when we also did a box swap! Hope you love everything, especially those Milani products. I'm desperate to do another swap now! xx

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      She definitely does! The Milani products are just beautiful, so lovely! x

  • Reply Lauren Parker November 27, 2014 at 11:06 am

    looks amazing, id love to do a swap one day!


    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      They are so fun to do, I love buying for other people x

  • Reply Sara Passing November 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Omg Claudia, lucky girl! 😀 You got some amazing US stuff, hope you'll enjoy every bit. And I'm expecting some nice reviews 😉

  • Reply Claire November 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    So many lovely products, I have a few of the NYX Butter Glosses and absolutely love them, they last a really long time for a gloss and smell incredible :)
    xxx Claire

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      I'm not a lipgloss kinda gal but the butter glosses are just amazing and smell incredible! x

  • Reply Sanja November 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Oh wow, this swap is beyond amazing. Lucky you! Cannot wait to see some swatches and read reviews on everything! 😀

  • Reply nueyork November 28, 2014 at 2:49 am

    There are so many incredibly products in here! Lucky you! x

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I'm still in shock with the amount of gorgeous products x

  • Reply Taslima Rahman November 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, she went all out!

    The little things in life

  • Reply Shireen L. Platt November 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    That's a really great box, it's amazing to see how many great products she sent you!

    Reflection of Sanity

  • Reply Heather McCorriston November 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Beauty swaps are such a fab idea. I bought faaar to much make up when I was in the US but there was so much I wanted to try. I really like the Hard Candy products I picked up ( a CC cream and some eye stuff) but I'd be interested to hear what you thought of their blushes.

    Heather x

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      I always go crazy in the US with make-up, it's so hard not too when everything is so cheap. The highlighter so far is pretty darn incredible! :) x

  • Reply Alexandra Miehe November 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Claudia, I am soooo happy you are happy with everything I sent you!! I did buy so many things because I just kept seeing so many things that I knew you would enjoy! I did make a mistake with the Butter Gloss but didn't want to bring back the colors so added the original shade you wanted!! It was loads of fun to do this! Hopefully we can do one again in a year or something!! :) xx

    Alexandra | The A Style | Beauty and lifestyle

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      I adore everything, so beautiful! Thank you again, so much! Definitely do a swap next year sometime! xx

  • Reply Alice Elizabeth November 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Everything looks amazing, especially the baked products!

    Alice, That Fashion Victim x

    • Reply Claudia Stenhouse December 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      The baked products have to be my favourite, I love them all x

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