Friday, January 10, 2014

Bloggers Secret Santa


I am a little bit late to the party writing this up but I wanted to play with all my Secret Santa goodies before writing the post!

I took part in the 'Bloggers Secret Santa' organised by Gemma at Miss Makeup Magpie and Laura at Tease Flutter Pout-both absolute dolls with lovely blogs.

I was paired up with Gem-because I live abroad and wasn't arriving in the UK until the 21st December, Gemma kindly offered to be paired with me so I didn't massively stress about my partner not getting their gift before Xmas.  As it turned out Gemma's did arrived before Xmas and you can read what I got Gemma in return here.

Gemma did amazingly well with my gifts, she got me things (aside from the Revlon) that I can't get in Dubai.

Here are the 5 things she picked up for me;

NYX Black Label Lipstick in Poem, Zoya nail polish in Carly, Revlon Colourstay Creme Gel Eyeliner, Collection Colour Pro Intense Lip Lacquer in It Girl 3 and Sleek Blush in Suede.



The Collection Lip Lacquer has a long wand which makes precision application a sinch.

I love the glossy, mirror like shine baby pink!


I've never tried anything from NYX so was excited to try this 'Black Label' lipstick.  It's very creamy and smooth to apply and just glides onto the lips. It's also really hydrating and lasts a good couple of hours before fading.  'Poem' is a blue based almost barbie pink with a glossy finish.


I have wanted to try Zoya for the longest time after seeing a couple of rave reviews on Gemma's blog.  I have been blown away by the forumla of 'Carly', it was opaque in just one coat and applies evenly.  The colour is amazing!!  It has a glossy, almost foil like finish, a deep purple with a slightly red tone to it.  I am in love!!


In the photo above I am wearing the Sleek blusher in Suede and the Revlon Colourstay eyeliner.

I am pretty rubbish applying eyeliner but when I do, the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is my liner of choice.  I have heard loads of good things about this Revlon gel eyeliner and rightly so.  I used my Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush to apply it and it is just as good as the Bobbi Brown liner for a fraction of the price.

The Sleek blush is possibly my favourite of the 5.  It looks like a very warm toned orange-y peach and I wasn't sure the colour would suit me but I really like it!  It's nicely pigmented but you don't need to be too light handed and the colour is buildable.  I was also impressed with how long it lasted on me-I applied it at 7.30am and when I got home at 7pm it will still there.  I actually bought another one in the UK but it smashed en route back to Dubai (sad face)

A massive thank you to Gemma for her great picks and to Gemma and Laura for the massive amount of effort they put into organising the Secret Santa


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24 comments

  1. Those lip colours both look fabulous on you xx

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  2. No worries, lovely! xxx

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  3. Thank you Jess!!!! xxxx

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  4. Hi gorgeous! Useful to know thanks xxx

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  5. She did good didn't she!! xx

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  6. Hi Isabelle! Yes it was fun and I have really enjoyed reading what all the other secret santa's got! xxx

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  7. The NYX lipstick is a beautiful shade! The Zoya polish looks lovely, too, and Suede really suits you :)

    Jess xo

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  8. Your SS picked lovely products. The Zoya polish is pretty & the NYX Lipstick too
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  9. Loved this! You can get NYX Black Label in Lifestyle stores :), I have two from there that I absolutely love x

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  10. Ooooh fun!! I've been wanting to do a post to see whether anyone wanted to do a little beauty swap, it's so fun! Last year I participated in a local Secret Twitter Santa with a bunch of beauty lovers, but this year sadly the organiser didn't have the time to set it up.


    Glad you like your gifts! :-)

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  11. Pity my other one smashed, it was coral one. Thank you Ant! xx

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  12. Thank you so much Gem! I love Suede, I haven't mastered contouring still, luckily this works surprisingly well as a blusher on me! xxxx

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  13. I did very well didn't I!! Love the Zoya polish-keep looking at my nails! xx

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  14. Absolutely agree! In a blind test I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the BB and the Revlon xx

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  15. Thank you Lauren!! Happy New Year xx

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  16. It was the surprise of the bunch Lou! Love it xxx

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  17. Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by, I had a look at your blog and instantly followed! xxx

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  18. Ahhh so glad you liked everything! I'm sooooo pleased you love the Zoya formula - isn't it incredible?! :D Suede looks stunning on you Stace, I use mine as a contour shade :D xxxx

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  19. All them products are gorge. You look lovely in your pic. I love sleek blushers have a couple now and use them lots.

    Abitofmacandcheese.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. You got some lovely items - The Collection lipgloss look really nice and super glossy, i love sleek too they are very affordable and their makeup is brilliant! I have been wanting to try Zoya for a while their polishes are stunning!

    Claire x|Claire does beauty

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  21. Hey Stacey, oh this looks like fun! I know what you mean by the gel liner as well. I haven't tried that particular one. I'm running out of my pot of Bobbi Brown, and I am going to replace it with Maybelline (which I used before). Between this black gel liner and that one, I really don't feel the difference. As long as the packaging is solid and it won't dry up too soon, I'm happy to go bargain!

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  22. What a great idea -- Blogger Secret Santa is the cutest beauty community activity I've heard of in a long time!

    As always, the lip colors look fabulous on you. I hope your year has been off to a great start, Stacey!



    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

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  23. Some amazing bits there Stacey. I love the Sleek blushes, their so pigmented and great value for money. Xx

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  24. how fun! the blogger secret santa sounds like such a fun idea :) everything here sounds amazing, especially the sleek blush in suede!

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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