UK / Canada swap!

let me get back into beauty blogging with a bang – I got new makeup! Huh? But aren’t I on a No-Buy? Dovolte mi to vysvětlit. Nicola of beauty As I know It contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in doing a swap – she’s in the UK, and I’m in Canada. I contemplated this: was this a violation of my No-Buy?

Let’s weigh the facts:
• I’m not buying makeup for myself, but rather, buying makeup for someone else, like a gift
• I’m receiving makeup in return – but I didn’t pay for them!

My pals are 80/20 split in their opinion that I’m an horrible dirty cheater vs I might have found a loophole in my No-Buy.

Regardless, I went ahead with the swap because, hell, what’s the fun of having a blog if I can’t connect with incredible people from all over the world?  Nicola and I set out some parameters for the swap:
• focus on makeup / skincare from drugstore
• target total of £30 / $55 CAD

I also sent out a little questionnaire to help each other narrow down our preference, here are my answers to the questions:

1) are there any brands that may not be available in your country that you’re interested in?
Natural Collection (Boots), Sleek, makeup Revolution, Soap & Glory (we have the skincare but not the makeup), MUA, Barry M

2) Skin type / skin tone / eye colour / hair colour / allergies?
Combination / NC25 I’m usually in the shade range light/medium or “Buff” shade / brown / brown / no allergies

3) What are your top 3 favourite makeup / skincare categories?
eye shadows, blush, concealer (I’m particularly interested in the Collection’s lasting perfection Concealer [I would be in warm Medium] hint hint!)

4) Do you like sweet or savoury snacks? any candies / chocolate that’s not available in your country that you would like to try?
I love sweets! I know there are loads of UK sweets – most of them are available in Canada as well in specialty British shops.

Here’s the parcel I received!

She included a lovely handwritten card and put little star stickers on the items to indicate her personal favourites!

And here’s what was inside!

♦  Original source Coconut shower Gel*
♦  Liz Earle Cleanse and polish hot cloth Cleanser + muslin cloth*
♦  Revolution Ultra blush palette in hot Spice
♦  Collection Eyes Uncovered nude Palette
♦  Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara*
♦  MUA sweet Sheen Lip Balm in French Violet*
♦  MUA sweet Sheen Lip Balm in Peach Dream*
♦  MUA sweet Sheen Lip Balm in Coral Reef*
♦  Lasting perfection Concealer in warm medium 3
(the items with asterisk are the ones that had stars indicating they’re Nicola’s favourites)

Happy dance, happy dance! I love everything I received! I can’t believe Nicola sent me that original source Coconut shower gel!  I was coveting it over at her blog and lo, she had sent me a bottle!  And I’m über excited to try the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

Here are some glamour shots of the makeup items:

Revolution Ultra blush palette in hot spice and Collection Eyes Uncovered nude Palette

Super duper excited to finally try out the highly raved Lasting perfection Concealer!  And you all know that I love me some tinted lip balms!

Thank you SO much Nicola for suggesting this swap and for putting so much thought into what you got for me!  I hope you enjoy your items too!

Have you done a makeup swap before? and what say you – did I cheat on my No-Buy?

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