Monday, 22 April 2013

UK Beauty Swap!

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A few weeks ago (maybe a month or two now, time flies!) the lovely Lora from Lora Loves... asked if I would possibly like to do a beauty swap with her, intrigued by the idea I asked one of my more experienced blogger friends what she thought, after discussing with her and a little more research I found that these beauty swaps happen fairly regularly in the beauty blogging community, who knew..? I have heard so many things about lots of products that I can't get hold of easily and happily accepted!
For those who follow my blog you will know that I have been on a spending ban for a while and haven't bought myself any beauty products for quite some time, I just couldn't resist this opportunity though and my spending ban will now probably continue until Christmas, I think Lora has well and truly stocked my beauty stash for the next year!

Lora and I emailed back and forth for quite a while, we quickly discovered that we had so much in common in terms of our taste in make up and products, and I felt like I was chatting to an old friend! We gave each other some info about brands and products we were interested in trying, but we were both fairly easy going and willing to be guided by the others knowledge and recommendations. Then we set a budget and hit the shops! Everything with the swap went so smoothly, we kept in regular contact and our packages arrived on each others doorsteps at about the same time, overall, it was a lovely experience and I think Lora and I will definitely keep in touch. I hope if she ever comes to Australia that she will come and visit and I know if I find myself in the UK I will be looking her up for a coffee and Boots date!

Now onto the amazing package that I received...

I was so absolutely spoilt by Lora, the products she sent me just suited me perfectly and I can't wait to use every single one of them! I initially thought I would write about them all but I feel that would be the longest blog post ever so I decided to narrow it down to the few that I have either had a good play with or just can't wait to use, I tried to narrow it down to five but couldn't so here are six of the things Lora sent me:

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Sleek Blush in Pommergranite: Oh my, this colour is beautiful. I have read rave reviews about Sleek products and I just know I am going to get so much use out of this, it will be the perfect Autumn/Winter colour!
MUA Eyeshadow palette: These colours look so nice, a neutral and smokey mix of shimmers and matte shades, I really am a neutral eye girl and these will be very well loved.
MUA highlighter: I think this may have been a product I have read about on Lora's blog, so I couldn't wait to give it a go, it's such a nice colour, I think this will give my cheeks a healthy looking highlight and I also plan on using it as a highlighting eye shadow, it's gone straight into my everyday make up bag.
17 Va Va Voom Mascara: Just in the last week I heard one of my favourite YouTube gals (Maddie from Clothes and Curls) talk about this mascara, so it was very exciting for me to have one! I haven't opened it because I am trying to be good with only having one mascara open at a time and getting rid of them at the three month mark, so when my current one is ready to go this one will happily replace it!
Soap and Glory Flake Away body scrub: I was so excited to get so many Soap and Glory goodies, this scrub smells amazing and I can't wait to use this, what a treat!
Soap and Glory Cheek Mate cheek and lip stain: I have been loving cheek and lip stains lately and am just about to finish a sample size I have of Benefit's Benetint, this will be the perfect replacement! It is more of a gel consistency, I have already worn this a few times and I just love it!
There are so many products here I can't wait to try and I'm sure others will appear on here in reviews or favourites posts, thank you so much Lora, you are just lovely!
Zoe xx


  1. Aw what a lovely swap this is and you have some fab products xx

  2. great products! sleek is amazing!


  3. i'm so glad you like what i posted you ! it's been so lovely to spend time talking with you xxxxxxxxx

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I'm so jealous! I'd love to try everything you received.

  5. I'm in love with MUA blushes, specially with the peach/orangy one, it gives the most amazing color to the cheeks, enjoy your new products x

  6. amazing! great selection, love the MUA blushes :) x

  7. Wow! What an amazing swap! I've never done a beauty swap, but I have done stationery swaps and they're always fun :)

    x Jasmine

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    - Helerin xo

  9. Oh my goodness, that is an amazing swap package! You can tell Lora put a lot of effort into putting it together xoxox

  10. Even though I could go and buy all of these products, it would still seem so much more exciting to get them in the post haha! x