Friday, 9 March 2012

Beauty Swaps

Many of you already know Beauty Box Swaps - Facebook page where you can exchange unwanted products from the beauty boxes with other fellow subscribers... or also any other beauty item that it's just not for you. I have been swapping since the beginning and now it has become and ever growing community ... Thanks goes to the founder Lucy Brown!! 
I only had good experiences myself - fingers crossed - and every swap turned out perfectly.

Here is a summary of some of the swaps I made... I apologize if I forgot to include any of you but only recently I started keeping a record of these items... so, please, if you remember swapping with me let me know! :)

Zoya in Kendal

This is a gorgeous pastel lilac and, definitely, missing from my collection. It's pretty stunning on the fingers and one coat is enough for good coverage.
Unfortunately, not the best lasting performance and it started chipping after 3 days.
I paired with Planks a Lot from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection.
Swapped with Sandra @ Beauty Balm 

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm

I was soooo eager to try this!!! I didn't get it in my box and took me a good couple of months before I found somebody to swap with.
What a disappointment!!! :(
At first, it looks very similar to Emma Hardie' cleanser (which I adore!): same smell of almond oil/marzipan and same paste consistency that you need to work with a bit of water in your hands, before applying. 
BUT Omorovicza is so incredibly oily!!! It's a nightmare to rinse off... in fact, you need another cleanser on top to be able to wash it off. Very disappointing for the price and I'm glad I managed to try it, first.

Bionova Eye Wrinkle Treatment

I've been getting a bit obsessed with eye creams, lately so I had to try this one!
It's pretty expensive at £43 / 14.18gr and was intrigued by the nano skin technology.
I read many people complaining about the smell and I must admit is not very pleasant. First few applications, I wasn't too bothered but then I had to stop and use it only before bedtime because of the smell.
Personally, I haven't seen any consistent improvement in wrinkles and fine lines but It's a good moisturising cream.

Origins Youthtopia Firming Eye Cream

Another rather disappointing eye cream - It didn't do much for fine lines.

Illamasqua Freak Parfume

I love this perfume. I tried it in store but I didn't get one in my GlossyBox - Typical!!!
So I manage to get 2 sample from the lovely Stacey
It's pretty pricey so I don't want to invest in a full size bottle; I like to rotate my scents and the samples will last me for some time.

SilDerm Stretch Mark Massage Oil

another hard to find product as not many people received it in the GlossyBox. This is full size and I'm going to use it after shower/bath on wet skin. It has been, specifically, formulated for pregnant women but of course you can use it even if you're not... it must mean it has no nasty ingredients in it. Score! :)

Teapigs Tummy Tonic

I like when beauty boxes also include other extras like this... it's a lovely peppermint tea, nothing more to say, really. :)

I exchanged the last 3 with the lovely Stacey @

...more swaps to come...


  1. I love Freak perfume, going to get it when I run out of some of my others x

    1. I waiting for some nice offer... It is quite expensive. :(

  2. Ahhh I cant believe I have only just found out bout this :P Thankyou lovely! I love beauty boxes but sometimes a certain product just doesn't stand out for me or the shades can be a bit 'iffy' to my personal taste. I'll definitely be checking this out now :) xxx

    1. Absolutely, join in thefacebook age... Great finds!!

  3. All those items looks amazing !
    Im just having great giveaway, that you have to check it out ! ⓈⓈ ⒻⒶⓈⒽⒾⓄⓃ ⓌⓄⓇⓁⒹ

  4. I have already entered, sweetie. :)

  5. Oh Alex!!! really nice products! looking forward to see some of the reviews :)
    following you xx

    1. Thank you Very much! I'm loving your blog. :)

  6. i totally adore your blog!! I am reading it and I cant get enough! it is very informative!!! well done!! Happy to follow you!

    1. Awww, you're too sweet. Thanks babe. :)

  7. being able to swap is such a good idea, I've given up on beauty boxes at the moment because I keep hearing so many bad reviews but I'm glad to see that there is a way to get rid of the items that you don't want in exchange for those that you do!

    1. I should get the harrods box soon (tomorrow, hopefully) but it will be the last one for a while... I have just too much stuff to try!!


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