Elle and I had agreed on a budget of £25 excluding postage, though we did include some gifts in our respective boxes :D We discussed likes, dislikes and allergies and had such fun over quite a few emails. Elle got the box I sent her safe and sound. Her parcel to me arrived on Saturday and I was so thrilled, I almost opened it then and there before realising I needed to take photographs.
First up was this No 7 Ballerina Spring bag, which I L.O.V.E. I adore No 7 and would pick up something on a weekly (at least) basis from Boots on Park Street when I lived in Bristol. The bag contains:
An Extreme Length mini mascara
A sample of Protect & Perfect day cream
A full-size lipstick in Mulberry.
The Mulberry lippy I love - it reminds me of Shiny Conker, which was my HG lipstick from No 7 during the Bristolian days. When I left, I brought back around a dozen and still have two left! Mulberry lasts a lot longer than Shiny Conker ever did, though! Here are heavy and light swatches of Mulberry and the eyeshadow, which doesn't seem to have a shade name.
I then saw a lovely bag from Sanctuary - containing a bath travel trio, including a bubble bath, a scrub and a body lotion. The contents smell heavenly and are responsible for the scent from the whole box.
And then, Elle had included four bangles, a pewter charm of the Cornish Piskey, which is a very cute pixie that brings you luck, and a cute sticker that has already found its way to my wardrobe door.
It has been absolute fun swapping, and shopping for Elle, packing up, then getting your box and opening everything and being surprised by lovely products from another country while you have fun picking yours for a friend. I recommend box swapping to all bloggers/beauty junkies who haven't tried one yet!
I must also add - Elle had recently written in her blog that it doesn't matter how you become friends, online or offline, what matters is what kind of friends you become. I couldn't agree more!
P.S. Opinions sought as to whether the new layout is overkill.
Three days left to enter my international giveaway.