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Sunday, 9 June 2013

US Beauty Swap with TrinaWears

Warning: Picture heavy post!!
Currently surrounded by a mass of American goodies, its safe to say that im more than just a little bit excited to be writing this post!
Just over a month ago I proposed a swap with the gorgeous Trina who just so happens to live in the Big Apple (home to Bath & Body Works, huge Sephora's and Duane Reade). As you can probably gather from this post, she jumped at the chance, and a few weeks on I am now sat here, clutching a huge box like a child with their beloved teddy!! When it came to planning the swap we originally set a limit (which went out the window almost immediately), picked four products we were eager to get a hold of, and agreed that the rest of the goodies would be a surprise.
Lets face it as beauty bloggers we all have wish lists brimming with the latest and greatest products, were desperate to add to our ever growing collections (please tell me it isn't just me?!). But sadly there comes a time when some of the products we dream of owning are just that little bit out of reach.
This being the case It will come as no shock that the four products I picked were a Tarte Blush, Maybelline Babylips, B&BW Hand Sanitisers and not forgetting a Wet n Wild palette!!

Want to know what else she got me? then read on ;) .. you can see what I got Trina here.
Ladies (and gents) can I just draw your attention to the pink bubble wrap for a minute! Pink bubble wrap people, please tell me in not the only one that thinks this is amazing?! (I may or may not have got just a little too excited over this).
Being a serial beauty junkie, products come whizzing through my letter box on a weekly basis that will more often than not cause me to squeal, but nothing (and I seriously mean nothing) comes close to the sheer excitement I experienced yesterday when opening my huge parcel from Trina.
I love everything that she picked out for me. Its funny how someone I have technically never met, knows me so well!

An array of Bath & Body Works goodies
As I am writing this I can smell a lovely waft from the Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon Shower Gel that attempted to escape from the box during transit!! I was so overwhelmed at the sheer amount of Bath & Body Works goodies Trina filled my parcel with!! .. Living in the UK I often find myself watching endless youtube videos on Bath & Body Works products and dream of the day that I visit the states and do a mad trolley dash to the till, with endless candles, body products and not forgetting hand sanitisers (what can I say im more than a little bit obsessed!!) So im sure you can imagine my excitement when I unwrapped these yummy scented goodies!! 

Make Up Forever Aqua cream (13) .. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Tipsy) .. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
A cult product in the US, I cant wait to put the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream for eyes and cheeks to the test! This beautiful shimmery beige claims to be both waterproof and creaseproof. I can imagine this being perfect used on the brow bone to highlight, aswell as an all over colour on the lid!!
Raved by those who can get a hold of it, and lusted after by those who cant (If your listening Tarte, please come to the UK) Im ridiculously excited to finally have the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy in my possession (swoon).

Wet n Wild Lipsticks in Cherry Picking .. Dont Blink Pink & Pinkerbell
Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque .. Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara .. CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara 
I have heard so many great things about the Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara and Covergirl Lashblast Volume, so I cant wait to give these a try!! As for the Lipsticks how gorgeous are the shades?!

EOS Lipbalms in Pomegranate Raspberry & Strawberry Sorbet
Wet n Wild Blushers in Heather Silk & Mellow Wine .. Wet n Wild Nutty, Sweet As Candy, Silent Treatment & Comfort Zone
When it comes to lip balm I am a total addict. Already a lover of the egg shaped EOS balms, im excited to add two more to my collection! As for the Maybelline Baby Lips, I can already vow that these will be staples in my handbag!!
Whilst in the states last year, I picked up a Wet n Wild palette for my giveaway winner yet stupidly never purchased one for myself, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw not just one, but three palettes, a single eyeshadow and two blushers sitting pretty in the box.
Last but certainly not least I received various American candy, including Pop Tarts, Ice Breakers and Sour Patches, aswell as Jolly Ranchers. I have a feeling my boyfriend thought all his his Christmasses had come at once, when he saw the huge bag, on top of the box (Trina I can tell you now that these WILL be devoured haha). 

So there we have it, a sneak peek at my lovely American goodies. 

my only advice if your planning on doing a Swap is to:
Make sure your swapping with a genuine person ( I obviously had no worries here with Trina, but there really are some horror stories out there, so please be careful)
Keep an eye on the weight of the box (a few kg's over and it could cost you a whopping £100 to send your box)
Be aware of what can and cannot be sent. I happily put Barry M polishes in the box, only to be told that they needed to be taken out due to tighter postage rules!!
and finally HAVE FUN!! Partaking in a Swap with Trina has been without a doubt the best thing I have done since starting my blog. 

PS. Oh and Trina,Thank you so much for the package!! Its been amazing getting to know you better and Im looking forward to our next swap already ;)
PPS. If you haven't already done so, go check out Trina's amazing blog here!

Have you done an international swap?! 

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  1. Wow, you got some amazing products in your swap, especially the sweeties :) Off to go read Trina's post now.

    Hayley @

    1. I cant stop going through everything I received, im still excited a week on haha .. xx

  2. That is so cool! You received a lot of amazing products! BTW,, Jolly Ranchers are one of my favorite candies :)

    1. Trina definitely knows me well :) .. ah you have fab taste their so yummy xx

  3. oh this is amazing!! Super jealous!! and the pink bubble wrap and paper...cute!!! :) i'd love to do an international swap, so many US brands I want to try!!


    1. I hope you get the chance to do a swap!! ... its awesome isn't it! is it sad ive kept it haha xx

  4. She sent you some amazing stuff, I want to try one of the tarte blushes so much! I've done a few swaps too, I definitely agree with trying to keep the box within a certain weight it really does bump up the postage otherwise. X

    1. postage is crazy silly isn't it!! ..I literally squealed when I saw the tarte blush!! haha xx

  5. I've only just found your blog and I'm obsessed. Haven't done any swaps but I'd definitely like to in the future x

    1. aww im glad you like it!! .. if you ever get the opportunity its such a fun experience xx

  6. I would love to do an international swap, there are SOO many UK brands i have wanted to try :) And Jolly Ranchers are one of my favorite candies! I have been wanting to buy the Wet n Wild eye shadow palettes but I am not really sure how good they work... did you like them?

    1. I hope you get to do one sometime soon!! ... im loving the palettes so far, il do a review on them at some point!! .. you have fab taste, Jolly ranchers are seriously yummy xx

  7. Wow! the things she sent were amazing! I'd love to do a swap some day! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    1. couldn't agree more, im such a lucky girl!! If you ever get the chance to do a swap its so worth while :) xx

  8. ahh this looks amazing! I've just found your blog and love this post! youre so lucky to do a swap! and such a good one too! I'd be buzzing for weeks! haha

    x x