Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Beauty Box Swap | Daphne from Subgenre of a Dream

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When I first started blogging in June, Daphne from Subgenre of a Dream was one of the very first bloggers I met. We clicked immediately and spent a lot of time chatting away about life, love, and our passions for makeup, blogging and Doctor Who! After a couple of months of messaging back and forth (and working around a 12 hour time difference as she's from Taiwan), we decided to do a beauty box swap. We agreed to surprise one another, but we wanted the products to be from each other's home country or hard for the other to get in their home country.

After setting a budget we talked a little about what sorts of things we'd like to have in our boxes. Putting all of our trust in each other, we both set off to shopping, and it turned out fabulously! I was so excited when I saw the package in my mailbox, and after seeing all the goodies inside I was even more thrilled. I could not have asked for a better first swap. Here's all the lovely products I received from Daphne this fall!


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• Bourjois Effet 3D Max Gloss in 11 Beige Mellow
We don't get Bourjois here in the US, and during our talks I had made mention how I'd love to get my hands on some one day. Little did I know that Bourjois is sold in Taiwan. So when I opened the package and this lovely nude gloss was inside, I was so excited! It smells great, gives just the right amount of color to the lips, and is perfect for daily wear.

• Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Lipstick
If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll know I am obsessed with pink products. So when I spied this Etude House lippy in the box, I squealed for joy! It's a gorgeous hot pink in the cutest baby pink tube. It'll stand out in my makeup bag, as well as make my lips stand out in a crowd. Picking this out showed me that Daphne really knew my taste in lip products.

• Super Moist Toner with Hyaluronic Acid (Mini Bottle)
Back in July, Daphne and I co-hosted a rainbow collaboration. One of the items on her post was this toner. It sounded amazing, and I had commented to her telling her that very thing. So imagine my surprise when I found this little baby tucked into the corner of the package. She'd wanted to send me a full bottle, but the shipping was going to be far more than the actual cost of the bottle, so she generously siphoned me out a bit from her very own stash. Needless to say, it feels just as amazing as she said it would!

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• Kuan Yuan Lian Loofah Moisturizing Cream
This loofah moisturizer was a real treat! It is super light, lush and smells fantastic. Daphne said this product was almost Holy Grail status for her. Not only that, but it's a product that has been around for awhile. It was even the moisturizer her mother used when she was young. If two generations of women say it's amazing, then I'm going to believe them! I've loved trying it out and it feels amazing on the skin. I can totally see why it's so popular.

• Majolica Majorca Majolook Eyeshadow Palette
This little neutral eyeshadow palette is so adorable! Not only does it come with three shimmer shades, but it also has a lovely highlighter, as well. And the case is just so chic and girly! It's perfect for putting in my everyday makeup bag. I definitely love to wear shimmer whenever I can, and you can never go wrong with a neutral eye look, so this Majolica Majorca palette will definitely get loads of use.

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• Solone Perfect Drawing Eyeliner
I'm a huge eyeliner junkie, especially when it comes to black liners. So I did a little leap of joy when I spotted this Solone liner hanging out in the bottom of the box. Not only did I love the cute Alice in Wonderland themed packaging, but I really liked that it came with a mini pencil sharpener that works specifically for this pencil. After doing a bit of research, this eyeliner is supposed to be waterproof, smudge-proof, and super dark which is right up my alley. Fingers crossed that it holds up as well as advertised in our sweltering spring and summer months.

• L'egere Aqua Soothing Essence-In CC Cream
I have only just started branching into the world of BB and CC creams, and it's no secret that Asian brands are considered the best. Daphne had reiterated those sentiments, and she had told me early on that she wanted to send me one to see how I liked it. Especially as I'd been complaining about how the BB creams I had tried at the time were always too dark for my pale skin. I haven't opened this yet, but I can't wait to give it a whirl!

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• Beauty Samples
Daphne had mentioned to me that you couldn't go out shopping in Taiwan and not come home with a ton of samples. She said they'd shove them in your hands just for walking in a store, no purchases necessary. So when I opened the box and there were a handful of samples inside, I knew she wasn't kidding! I'm sample crazy, but I have yet to pop these babies open as I'm trying to save them for a special occasion. However, it does make me wish that stores here gave out samples that freely!

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Snacks
Last but not least, the snacks! I have a ridiculous obsession with snack foods and drinks from around the world. I frequently hit up my local World Market for all sorts of international eats and treats (chocolate bars usually being the winner). During our talks, I had asked Daphne about what snacks were good there, and she said she'd send me some. Needless to say, I was gobsmacked at all the goodies as I was just expecting a candy bar or two. Definitely feeling spoiled!

And that's our first box swap! We've got another scheduled with her having already sent off the next package, and me sending mine off after the first of the year. And we've got another that we've chatted about after that! She really spoiled me this time around, and I felt horrible when I had to remove the bag of Reese's Cups I got her because sending the bag would cost $20 alone (I made the mistake of going through FedEx instead of the post office, and holy price gouge)! I also felt bad that my money didn't stretch as far here as hers did there, so I'm going to have to spoil her doubly next time round.

I want to thank Daphne for being a great friend and for being a fantastic swap buddy! Make sure you head over to her blog and check out her post about the swap, too. Hopefully our posts will inspire you to seek out fun, international swaps of your own!

Have you ever done a box swap? Where did you swap to? What sort of products did you get?

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    1. It was all fab! She did a fantastic job picking out products and has now opened me up to the world of Asian beauty brands! xx

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  2. Oh wow this looks amazing! I love the idea of getting samples just for walking into a shop, how amazing! Those snacks looks delicious too :D

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

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    1. It's really interesting how different countries handle samples! I've heard some don't really do samples at all! The snacks have been amazing. Seriously, it has taken every bit of resolve I have not to eat the whole lot in one go! xx

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  3. This is so amazing! How lovely & what a fabulous idea too! Xx



    www.jesscaedmunds.com

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    1. Daphne did a fantastic job, and I'm thrilled at how much fun we had! I'm definitely looking forward to our next swap! xx

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  4. This is such a good swap! I'd love to try some Asian products. So glad your first swap went to plan and you didn't get scammed like some people do!

    Annettibus |Irish Personal Style and Beauty Blog.

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    1. I'm so happy with how my first swap went, especially after hearing the horror stories from other bloggers. It highlights how naive I can be when I'm shocked at the fact that scammers take advantage of people through swaps. Makes me even more grateful for Daphne and her friendship! xx

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  5. asian snacks are seriously where its at lol glad you're going to get to try some!

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I love trying snacks from around the world, so I was just as excited to receive a few eats and treats as I was beauty products! So far I've loved everything I've tasted. Now to find where I can get them sent here! Haha! xx

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  6. Daphne sent you some amazing things! I'm loving the look of the CC cream. Asian BB/CC creams are the best, without doubt. xo

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense

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    1. I'm super excited to give the CC cream a try! I'm just waiting for the right time to pull it out and give it a spin. Preferably when my skin is not giving me hormonal fits. Any brands you'd recommend testing out in the future? xx

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  7. Awwh Daphne is lovely! As are you ^_^
    this is such an awesome swap, not least because it's filled with such rare items that are hard to find in Europe/US! made it such an interesting little read and I can't wait to see your reviews :)
    The Blushing Giraffe| The Blog Loving
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    1. Aw, you are such a sweetheart! I'm super excited to do the reviews on all of these babies. It will be fun for all of my readers in the US and Europe to see products from outside what they'd normally be able to buy! And I'll try and track down links for importing if others are interested! xx

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