Summer Beauty Swap

Summer Beauty SwapI’ve always liked the idea of doing a beauty box swap. Who wouldn’t like the idea of getting a box of mystery goodies in the post? So when I saw that Kat of Tales of a Pale Face was holding a Summer Beauty Swap, I signed up immediately.  I was paired up with Allie (yey for similar names) from Allie’s Beauty Blog. After a few emails I think we discovered that we were actually pretty similar in our tastes, so I knew this would be a fun experience.

This is what I got!

Handmade Makeup bagThis gorgeous make up bag made by Allie’s mum! What a talented lady! It’s so cute and the perfect size for a few nights away. Everything in the above photo fits easily inside it.

Beauty swap samplesSamples galore! So looking forward to trying all of these, I’ve never used any of them before. Especially looking forward to trying Eye Hope – it’s got my name on it after all!

Summer beauty swapMmmm I love a good face mask. I’ve never tried Liz Earle products, to be honest I’ve never really heard much about them but I’m excited to try them. You can tell they’re going to be good just by the packaging and the smell.

Summer Beauty swapNot sure why, but Elemis reminds me of being in a fancy hotel. I am definitely going to be treating myself to a home spa post-festival (currently in the midst of a 3-week straight stint at work) and Elemis will be key. I also love the new look Impulses. I’m a sucker for anything raspberry scented so this was a great choice! How did she know?!

Summer Beauty Swap nailsNail stuff! I guess it must be tricky to buy nail products for an obvious nail junkie like me, but Allie managed to get me two products I’ve never tried. What a star! I don’t have any nail jewels and I’m looking forward to blinging up a few manis in the future.  I also don’t have any of the Rimmel Salon Pro line even though I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. ‘Reggae Splash’ was the colour that stood out to me so I was super happy to see this peachy beauty in my box.

Summer Beauty swap make upLastly, some make up bits. Again, I’ve never tried any of these, so very good choices. Two 17 Wild Metallics cream eyeshadow in ‘Wild Green’ and ‘Wild Nude’, both of which are gorgeous. I was just thinking the other day that I need a paler colour to go with my Maybelline ‘On and On Bronze’ and boom ‘Wild Nude’ arrives! MUA Cream Blush in ‘Yummy’, a lovely dusky rose colour. It seems quite pigmented and easy to apply. Win! I also received my very first Revlon Lip Butter – yep, this blogger is a bit behind the times. Allie got me ‘Peach Parfait’ which I’m so happy about. I’m a bit shy about a bold lip so this one is perfect for me, looking at swatches it would have been my first choice. All of these products  compliment each other perfectly too.

As you can tell, I am super happy with everything I received in this Beauty Box Swap. It was great to be paired with someone who was also doing their first one and who was as enthusiastic about it as me. I only hope that Allie enjoyed it and her goodies as much as I did. Massive thank you to Kat for hosting this too. I hope to do more in the future.

I’ll link to Allie’s post if she does one, but in the meantime make sure you check out her lovely blog and follow on Bloglovin’. It’s her birthday weekend so you kinda have to!

**Edit: here’s a link to Allie’s post on what I sent to her. Click here.**

Have you ever done a Beauty Box Swap? I’d love to do other kinds too (stationery, recipes, crafts…), have you heard of any?

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