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Thursday 7 August 2014

UK Drugstore Beauty Swap!

Hi, everyone! I follow many UK-based bloggers and, in the process of pouring over their posts, I've amassed quite the affinity for British beauty bits. The problem? They're terribly difficult to find here in Canada! Given my lusting after across-the-pond products, I was thrilled to receive a message from Alison at Maliberry Makeup, offering to send me one of my biggest beauty lemmings, Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub. What a sweetheart! Her generous offer evolved into a full-blown international swap proposal and before we knew it, we were both off to our local drugstores to buy some treats for each other!

Mali's package arrived incredibly quickly and I was so thrilled with the contents. A few items were specific requests, while others were lovely surprises. All of them were totally British-tastic :) Here's a shot of everything I received: 

The products came packed with love in a box full of colourful tissue. There was a sweet, personalized note as well as some ridiculously tempting candy included in the package. Such nice touches! 

The largest goods in the swap were two weighty tubs of wonderful from Soap & Glory. The first was one I've been craving for ages, the morning indulgence-inspired The Breakfast Scrub. I knew I was going to love the maple-tinged scent, but at first whiff I was beyond smitten. Perhaps the best-smelling body product I've ever encountered? Bold statement, but that's how amazing it is! On the citrus end of the spectrum was the Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter. I'd heard Essie Button rave about this range, so I was eager to give it a go. This rich cream smells of fresh oranges and suits this summertime weather perfectly! 

Also among my Soap & Glory requests were a lightweight sunscreen and a sleek mattifying powder. The Sunshield Superfluid is a sheer SPF50 formula that I've heard raved about by British beauty bloggers countless times. I'm sure my fair, oily skin will love it! We all know that I'm incredibly loyal to MAC Blot Powder, but I doubt anyone could blame me for cheating on Blot with Soap & Glory's One Heck of a Blot. The packaging is to die for and it promises sheer but effective oil control with a natural finish. I just know this will make me feel like a modern day pin-up. 

Mali also included a few makeup bits from other UK-based brands that she knew were totally up my alley. I'd been dying to try the cheap and cheerful MUA line, and she included two goodies from the brand. The first is Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Lush, a bold candy pink. So fun and colourful! The second is Lipstick in Nectar, a vivid coral orange. It reminds me of MAC Vegas Volt, which is one of my all-time faves. Vibrant shades like that really speak to me! The final piece is a powder blush from Sleek, who makes some of my favourite cheek colours. Rose Gold is a cult product from the brand, as it's a more affordable, more elegant (in my opinion!) version of NARS Orgasm. Really can't go wrong with shimmery pinky peach goodness on the cheeks- can't wait to give it a go! 

I am so pleased with each and every item that Mali sent my way. I feel so lucky to have been part of this swap- such a pleasure from start to finish! I am beyond excited to delve into all of these products and channel my inner British Beauty babe!

Thanks again so much to Mali for these amazing goodies! You can check out her adorable and informative blog, here

Cheers :)


  1. I want + NEED everything from Soap&Glory, especially the One Heck Of A Blot powder. Amazing new thingies you got :)!


  2. Great swap! Looks like you received heaps of amazing goodies. Can't wait to read your further thoughts on the S&G stuff!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. I'm so glad you like your goodies and that it arrived so speedily! Happy to finally unite you with The Breakfast Scrub - it's never made sense to me that a maple scented product isn't available in Canada :P Can't wait to see your thoughts on everything, especially the SPF50 Superfluid and the MUA Cream Blush as I haven't tried those myself x x x

    1. Haha, good point! If there was any country to stock a maple scrub, it should be Canada! My brain almost explodes every time I open up the tub and give it a whiff- best smell ever! :)

  4. sleek rose gold is so pretty!
    ive been thinking of swapping but...not sure who would want to swap with me and not sure what i would want lol
    A Beautiful Zen

  5. Nice swap!!! All those products look great, I want to try more stuff from soap and glory! I've also always wanted those sleek blushes!

  6. Looking fabbbbb<3

  7. I LOVE Rose Gold! Such a great package, especially the chocolate lol!

  8. I love Rose Gold blush by Sleek, its gorgeous! You got some lovely soap and glory products too!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  9. I'm on the fence about Rose Gold, but it is definitely a stunning blush shade! And oh man, I took a whiff of the Orangasm range a few weeks back...HERE'S HOPING FOR A 3FOR2 OFFER ON SOAP AND GLORY BEFORE I COME BACK TO CANADA *-*

  10. I'm from the UK but I don't think I've ever had anything from Soap and Glory before! This is a nice idea, I'd love to do a swap with someone. xx


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