My US/UK Box Swap with The Little Scottish Corner!

Jacquelyn from the amazing blog, “The Little Scottish Corner” and I decided that we would do a box swap. We had been talking about doing one for awhile and the time has finally come. It of course, takes forever to send international packages, but it actually came faster than I expected. I hate the wait and the agony on wondering if the contents sent will make it over the ocean without being broken by the postal service. Also, make sure to check out her blog here and check out all the items that I sent her!

Yay! Bubble wrap! Thankfully, both our packages made it to each other in one piece. 😀

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My initial reaction! :O Jacquelyn sure got me a lot of candy! She must know that I have a sweet tooth!

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CANDY

Aren’t you just mesmerized by this picture?!? So many yummy goodies! I got quite a variety here. She sent me a bunch of amazing deliciousness from: Cadbury, Throntons, Green & Blacks, Hotel Chocolat, M&S, and many more. I will be doing a review on all these goodies once I eat them all up. I really wish that we had Percy Pigs in the US, they’re so yummy. Jacquelyn even got me the panda version of Percy Pigs because she knows how much I love pandas. 🙂

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Jacquelyn sure took the time to individually wrap each item in adorable wrapping paper. Also, more bubble wrap. 😀

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MAKEUP

Palettes

If you have been following my blog, you know that I love makeup palettes. Eyeshadow is my favorite makeup item and I love playing with the variety of colors and finishes. I was really excited to see a palette from Barry M because I hear a lot of good things about this brand. This smokey palette is called Smokin’ Hot Shadow & Blush Palette. Jacquelyn stated she wanted to include something for all seasons. 🙂 The second palette I got was from the new makeup brand called Makeup Revolution. Jacquelyn says that this is a new brand sold in the UK. This palette has an amazing array of colors, and I can’t wait to use it.  My last box swap that I did was with Stephanie Wright here on WordPress and she sent me a Sleek palette as well. I requested another Sleek palette in my box swap with Jacquelyn and she got me the Garden of Eden, which is gorgeous!!!

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I, of course, will be doing reviews on these lovelies!

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Blushers

In the UK, they call them blushers instead of blush, which I find rather intriguing.  I got a Makeup Revolution blusher in a gorgeous pinky shade called Wow! Also, a blush BY 3 by the brand Sleek in Pumpkin. I have a coral blusher from Sleek that I adore that I got from Effie, and I was super stoked to get this blush BY 3 palette from Jacquelyn.

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Lipies!

I was super excited to receive something from MUA, because I have seen many posts reviewing this brand. I got a MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm in Broken Hearted. These remind of the Clinique and Revlon chubby sticks. I really do enjoy chubby sticks because I think that they’re easier to apply than a lipstick. I also got a Makeup Revolution lipstick in the shade Encore.

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More Makeup Goodies…

I was excited to receive the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish in Emerald Goddess because these remind me of the Stila foil finish metals. Stila charges an arm and a leg for their foil finish metal eyeshadows, so I have never tried those out. So these are a lot cheaper and I can’t wait to try them out. I do love the color green Jacquelyn, so no worries! I also got the Makeup Revolution Pure Pigment in Rivalry which is a gorgeous green shade. Since I have never really tried either one of these kinds of products before, it will be a makeup adventure that I look forward to checking out.

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I was excited to receive another shade of the Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil by Collection. I got the shade Vanilla Sky, which is very pretty and will make for a great base. I have the color Vintage Blush as well from my box swap with Effie.

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This eyeliner pencil by MUA in Turquoise will be a fun summery shade. I will have to use this fun shade for a pop of color. I really like that it has a built in sharpener as well. 🙂

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Another item I got is from Makeup Revolution and it is The ONE Concealer. This concealer reminds me a lot of the one from Benefit with the concealer in the middle surrounded by a hydration part. My under eyes get dry so I was excited to receive this. 🙂

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I suffer from lashes that don’t like to curl, so I was super excited to try out this doll’d UP mascara by Seventeen. It promises to hold up to a 24 hour curl. I will put this mascara to the test! Probably not all 24 hours.The packaging is adorable!

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SKINCARE & HAIR

I got 2 items from the brand Sanctuary Spa which I can’t wait to use. The Intensive Shine Hair Butter looks amazing and I am really excited to try it out because my hair has been dry lately. Also, I am excited to try the salt scrub, because working as a nurse, I get a lot of dead skin on my hands, so this will hopefully  make them nice and smooth.

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This is a homemade soap from Jacquelyn that she made with her mum. I thought it was super sweet of her to send along in our box swap because homemade things are always the best. I did read her post about this as well. It does smell lovely and smells very natural as well.

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Oh how sweet of Jacquelyn to think of my hands. I can’t wait to try out this tea tree & peppermint deep moisturising hand pack. This sound lovely! Also, an Argan Oil deep moisturising  foot pack! 🙂 My heels always get so dry with working on my feet all the time at work. I am super ecstatic to try these out!

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Yay a nail cream! I got the Elemis Sp@ home nail and hand cream. Anything to help my nails! They’re so fragile from all the constant hand washing at work. My hands get super dry as well so I look forward to using this as a hand cream as well. Jacquelyn states that it is used in a lot of spas. Also, she sent me an eye cream by Vitamin E Skin Care. Can’t wait to try this out as well because I always have a hard time finding an eye cream that is actually worthwhile.

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This Apricot Exfoliating Mask looks amazing. Jacquelyn says that this is one of her favorite face masks so I can’t wait to try it out. I can’t wait to open it up and smell the scent of apricots.

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NAILS

How sweet of Jacquelyn!! She said that since I was close to my nieces that I could use these Nail Rock designs from Frou Frou on their nails. How cute!!! It comes with a bunch of different little adorable bears.

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A LITTLE EXTRA… Look at the adorable cat key chain and the cute little lion eraser. So cute!

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My explanation letter of all the products included! Such cute stationary! 🙂

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Thank you so much Jacquelyn for all the amazing products that you sent me! I had so much fun doing this box swap with you! It was a lot of fun picking out each individual item to send you.  🙂 I so far have tried most of the makeup products sent and have a ton more items left to try! I will be posting reviews off and on from this box swap! Comment and let me know what you would like me to review first. Once again, thanks Jacquelyn for all the wonderful goodies! Blogging signature

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Beauty Box 5: Fresh and Focused

I told myself that I would give Beauty Box 5 one more month to let me decide if I wanted to cancel it or not. I feel like BB5 boxes have been a “sort of” hit or a really big miss. If you don’t know what Beauty Box 5 is then I suggest you keep on reading. Beauty Box 5 or BB5 is a $12 monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 5 products ranging from makeup to skincare to nails. I have had BB5 for quite a few months now so if you’re interested in seeing some other items included in past BB5 boxes then check out my previous blog posts in the menu area of my blog.

Something that I love about BB5 (that I wish Ipsy could learn from) is that they include a card inside. This card describes each product included and has their full retail value and the brand’s social media information as well. Each month also has a theme, which is normal for most subscription boxes.

This month’s theme is….

fresh and focused

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This month is all about getting that beauty boost. Daydreaming about the beach? Need a pick-me-up? Why, Yes BB5 I am daydreaming about the beach. I live in Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes) and I’m pretty sure the lakes are quite cold still, we have not had too many warm days yet.

As stated above, this box includes 5 items. The descriptions about each product were found on the card included and are in italics as well.

1) MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

Retail: $5.99 for 1 mask

Perfect for a quick lunch-time facial, these hydrating sheet masks are paraben-free, vegan friendly, and aren’t messy at all. Bonus: they’re also 100% biodegradable, making them great for your face AND for the planet. #maskeraide

This was the most exciting product this month.  First off, the packaging is adorable! Second, I have never tried a sheet face mask. Usually, I tend to forget about doing face masks. When I do get around to it, I usually go for my Lush Mask of Magnanimity face mask. Third, it is cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. What is not to love?!? I just used up this mask very recently and after application, I decided to go scare a few members of my family with it. My mom said she is going to have nightmares. Lol! My dad just laughed! My brother thought I looked scary! As you can see in the photo below, I even included a scary photo with me trying to make a scary face. My cat looked at me weird and my dogs barked at me. They were probably wondering what was wrong with their human!

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They say application isn’t messy at all. Compared to other face masks, I totally have to agree. I mean there is some of the product from the sheet that will get on your hands, but nothing compared to others. I must have a weird shaped face because I had a hard time getting it to fit properly. But, I got it as a good as it could get. The part between my nose and my chin did not want to stick at all, but the rest of it stuck pretty well. The part around my chin kept wanting to lift up. But, all in all application was easy breezy. It says to use this mask for 10-20 minutes. Well, 20 minutes is a long time to sit with an annoying face mask on the face! Heck no! I made it about 10 minutes before I took the mask off my face. The reason is because it was wet and slimy and just didn’t sit the best on my face so it was a big annoyance. It did make my skin soft at the end, but it wasn’t amazing enough to make me want to go out and buy one. If I would have done the full time, I’m sure my skin would have been even softer! Overall, I think that it was an awesome item to include and I was very happy to try it out!

2) H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel 

Retail: $18.00 for 120 ml

Put your best face forward! Made with sea salt and energizing marine botanicals, this oil-free cleanser gently exfoliates while protecting your pretty cheeks from free radicals and environmental damage. #h2oplus

This isn’t the first time that BB5 included this brand. I really do like the smell of this stuff. It does remind me of the sea which isn’t surprising. I hate that this sample is so small, but hopefully I will be able to get a few uses out of this sample. I did actually like this item. Not enough to go out and buy it right away. But, if I was in need of a facial cleansing gel, I would pick this up. I did like that is was a gel and I did feel like it cleaned my face pretty well. You can see my Jamberry nails in Chalkboard Hearts in case you were wondering what was on my nails.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Retail: $2.97 10 cloths

Stay calm and cool! Break out these cloth wipes after the gym, during a long day at work, or before a hot date to ensure you smell fresh and feel smooth! Just unfold and give yourself a quick rub down! #bandeodorant 

I wasn’t that excited about getting this samples in my BB5. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good idea, but still I would have rather got a different item in my BB5. These wipes remind me of baby powder and baby wipes, but when I rubbed it on my arm, the scent did not transmit. There wasn’t a residue on my arm either. It did really feel nice and cold on the skin which would be perfect for a refresh after a warm day or exercise. But, I will have to give these the true test after exercise. So as I type this, I have a flash back to marching band, wearing those uniforms made out of wool (they got new ones my last year of marching band, so much better!). Having these wipes would have been amazing after the parades. Imagine a bunch of sweaty people on a bus taking off wool uniforms during summer. Wouldn’t these have been wonderful?!? Lol, sorry for the image and tmi. Minnesota does get pretty warm during summer months, 80 F  to 100 F.

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Harvey Prince Hello

Retail: $55.00 5.7 oz

This pretty floral is the perfect way to transition from spring to summer! A smile in a bottle, each spritz boasts refreshing notes of mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria for a sunny and subtle signature. #harveyprince

I usually don’t like getting perfume samples at all in my subscription services, but I was actually excited to get this one. I honestly have never heard of Harvey Prince, but I just thought that the packaging was well presented which in the end made me excited for this little sample. It does smell really good as well. It reminds me of a nice summer day! I do smell a lot of lemon and mandarin notes, but it is nice and subtle as long as you use only a tiny bit. I think I will be definitely using this perfume throughout the summer.

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Cattiva Precisione Eye Liner

Retail: $20.00 0.012 oz

Can’t live without the liner? We understand! Waterproof and retractable, this pencil is a must-have for minimalists and smokey eye queens, delivering smooth, smudge-resistant lines. And it’s paraben-free! #cattivacosmetics

I have never heard of this brand before, but it was nice that they included a full size eyeliner. I am actually in need of a black eyeliner, because the black liners that I have are liquid pens or more shimmery. I really do like that this liner is paraben free! I have not used this eyeliner yet so I am not sure how it will be for application and use. It did swatch nice and easily on my arm as shown below. Hopefully, it is a good eyeliner because they charge $20 for this! That is comparable to a lot of prestige cosmetics such as: Urban Decay, Stila,  Smashbox, etc.

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So that concludes my 5 items included in the Beauty Box 5. Overall, I thought it was mediocre. I wasn’t wowed by it, but I didn’t think it was a miss either. I was excited to try out a sheet mask. I like that I got a full eyeliner. Although, I do think that I will be canceling my Beauty Box 5 subscription after this month. I just don’t feel like I need to keep both Ipsy and Beauty Box 5 and well…Ipsy won that battle in my opinion.  Comment and let me know if you liked this post and what you thought of the items I got. Are you going to have nightmares and see the picture of me in my sheet face mask in your dreams now? Are you subscribed to Beauty Box 5?

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Huge LUSH UK Haul

If you’re a huge Lush lover like I am and live in the United States, you may know that Lush products aren’t cheap! I heard about people from the United States ordering from the UK site because it was cheaper. Well I decided to check it out! I figured that it probably wouldn’t be that much cheaper because then I would have to pay for international shipping. Well it doesn’t hurt to check it out…right?!? Another reason I decided to order from Lush UK was because the US site was out of Let the Good Times Roll which is almost a crime in my mind. I even tweeted them with my sadness. Then I started wondering about ordering from the UK site again and that is just what I did. I decided well if I’m going to order I might as well make it a good sized order.  I also knew that I wanted to get a lot of products so it was a good timing.

Steps on ordering from Lush UK

  1. Check to make sure your bank/credit card allows international purchases
  2. Go to their UK website here
  3. Set up an account
  4. Add products to cart that your heart desires
  5. Add the same items to the Lush USA site here
  6. Compare the prices by using a currency converter using Google. I typed in British pounds to US dollars into Google and it brought it right up. (fyi: currency exchange rates change everyday)
  7. Decide which is better pricing and if it is worth it
  8. Click check out
  9. Enter address (Change country to United States. There was no place for State so I put my City and State under City)
  10. Enter Zip Code
  11. Add a message for samples! (I added that I would like samples of shampoo and conditioner for oily hair and that I wanted to try the Karma Kreme)
  12. Review and Submit
  13. Wait until a wonderful Lush package arrives at your door step.

So how did ordering go for me?

It was super easy! I ordered on a Friday and I got my package the following Wednesday! That is crazy fast for international shipping!!! My package also had tracking so that was nice. I was really surprised when it came so fast!

The Packaging! 

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See I told you it was a huge Lush haul!

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Yay packed by Dale!

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In Lush Heaven! The aroma of this box was amazing!!!

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It’s here!

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All the packing! An overflowing Target bag! At least they know how to package their products! Thanks Lush!!!

THE PRODUCTS

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In Lush Heaven!!! Sadly one of my bubble bars was broken, but hey it had a long trip!

Lush Valentine’s Collection

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Prince Charming Shower Gel
The Kiss Lip Balm
Close to You Massage Bar
Neon Love Soap

Bath Bombs

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Starting on top then going clockwise.
Sex Bomb
Phoenix Rising
Honey Bee
Think Pink (Not available in  the USA)

Bubble Bars

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Karma
Creamy Candy
Pop in the Bath

Soaps/Shower Gel

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Rock Star
Neon Love (Also shown in the Valentine’s Collection photo)

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Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly
Prince Charming Shower Gel (Also shown in the Valentine’s Collection photo)

Body Butters/Hand Cream

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Buffy Body Butter
Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream

More Lush Goodies!!

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Starting at top then going clockwise.
Mask of Magnaminty
Roots Hair Treatment 
Let the Good Times Roll 😀 My Holy Grail product!!
Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion

Extras/Samples

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Got a tin for my massage bar!

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The samples!!! The I love Juicy shampoo spilled a little out of the sides, but nothing too serious!

So was it worth it?

After this post you may be commenting, “you need LA or Lush Anonymous,” but like I said if I’m paying international shipping I might as well make it worthwhile. I do think that it was worth it because even with international shipping (which was a lot), it was about 3o dollars cheaper! In not speaking of shipping it was $67.03 cheaper! That is astronomical!  I think that is crazy! For example the Dream Cream in the US is $26.95 for 8.4 oz!!! Since I got it from Lush UK it was £9.38! That comes out to be $15.31 for the same size!! So yes it was worth it!!! So I won’t be buying anything from Lush for awhile because well I’m all stocked up! Until next time I run out of Let the Good Times Roll! 😛

With that I hope you enjoyed this post!!! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products! I will be having a lot of happy baths in my future!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy