A French And English Beauty Swap

Monday March 25, 2013 | Beauty

Receiving parcels in the mail always feels like Christmas! Which is why beauty swaps are so much fun!

Also, I’m in a really enthusiastic mood today!! So that’s why your eyes are getting bombarded with Exclamation Marks!!!!

So! I recently arranged to do a beauty swap with Miss Jo, of Patent Purple For Life, who blogs about beauty from London.

This was my first beauty swap. And the idea was to send each other beauty products that are hard for us to get a hold of within our respective countries.

The trickiest part about doing the swap was matching up the values of our products. This of course included the shipping cost. So figuring out the total weight of the products and their shipping price was also another tricky part.

It took a few exchanges of email messages over the length of a week. But eventually, I think we did a pretty good job of matching up the costs of the swap evenly.

Royal Mail Red Envelope

So, these are the English products that I got from Jo in the mail today:

1) Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Clothe Cleanser – This was her choosing because I wanted to be surprised.
2) Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer – I read about this concealer from an impressive review by Young For Good in her 9 Concealers, 8+ Hours Challenge. So I was really curious to try it.

And then her own added touches, which were:

  • Beauty Samples of Abahna body lotion, Monu night cream and Elemental Herbology facial cleanser
  • A happy sun smiley card!

Thank you Jo! For this very well-put together package:

Beauty Swap Liz Earle Collection Concealer

In exchange, I sent her two French products:

1) Florame Almond Body Lotion – which Jo chose after reading my review on it.
2) Baija Fleur d’Oranger Body Oil – which Jo spotted during my write-up of the Spa & Beauty Salon.

Beauty Swap Florame Body Lotion, Baija Body Oil

(photo taken from Jo’s Instagram)

I did also throw in a few beauty samples in her package. Which made the weight totally go over the maximum weight of the pre-paid envelope that I’d bought. Just so you know, it really doesn’t take much to make a few grams!

Luckily, her package went through anyway. But next time, I’m going to be more vigilante because that was a pretty risky move on my part.

But hey, all is well that ends well!

And now I’m very eager to try these two. And I’ll be writing up a product review of them very soon!

Beauty Swap Collection Concealer Liz Earle Cleanser

Collection Long Lasting Concealer

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Have you done a beauty swap before? And if not, is it something you’d like to try?

8 Responses to “A French And English Beauty Swap”

  1. Jo says:

    Kareen – I cant wait for you to try your products – I really hope you like them. I’m looking forward to our next swap!!

    • Kareen says:

      Hey Jo, thanks! I’ve already tried the Collection concealer and it is certainly long lasting. Also, a little goes a long way so this will probably last me a while. Can’t wait to try the Liz Earle cleanser next!

  2. Mitzie Mee says:

    What a great idea! I wish I could find someone in the US to swap with:)

  3. Ohh how exciting! I can’t wait for you to review the concealer

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