Beauty Box Swaps – FAQ

Where did the idea for the Beauty Box Swaps came from?

I am an avid subscriber to Beauty Boxes with a thrifty outlook. I personally wanted to access a community so I could swap the products I wouldn’t use for the products I have fallen head over heels for. I noticed the occasional person (including myself) was requesting swaps on the walls of the beauty boxes but realised a page dedicated to swapping could provide a more focussed service. As some monthly subscription Beauty Boxes are not yet tailored to individual subscribers Beauty Box Swaps has also proved invaluable to people who want to simply swap shades of nail polish, eye pencils, brow kits etc. If you would like to know more about the conception and birth of Beauty Box Swaps feel free to check out my earlier blog post Beauty Box Swaps.

So, let’s say I want to swap products. Can you tell me how it works and what I have to do?

Beauty Box Swaps believes in keeping things as simple as possible so there are no complicated rules to follow. All you need to do is like the page. Then post what you want to swap. You can do this just using text but if you include a picture that’s even better. People who are interested will comment on your post and you can then privately arrange the details by using facebook messages or email. Then when your swaps arrive it’s beneficial to members of the community to leave a comment on the wall with your feedback. I am thrilled to report that up to now the vast majority of feedback is proving to be very positive.

So have you ever actually used the page to swap? What did you end up receiving? 

Oh yes, that’s why I set up this page! I have made several swaps to date. I am stockpiling all my favourite beauty box discoveries BIOeffect, Plum by Mary Greenwell and Sachajuan conditioner. It is lovely when swappers surprise you with little extras including: handwritten notes & bonus samples. On one occasion I was fortunate enough to receive a thoughtful bonus sample of Plum on the same day that an organised swap of this sample arrived broken.

There are several different boxes out there at the moment. Is the community only for subscribers of a certain box?

This community is for everybody particularly people with an interest in Beauty and a desire not to let good products go to waste. Although the page was originally envisaged as a means of swapping products received in Beauty Boxes. Beauty Box Swaps has the view that people can swap any cosmetics regardless of how luxe or high end they are. We take the view that the recipient of the swap should be free to decide whether products are desirable to them. We are all individuals who value different things and the same goes for what we want in our bathroom cabinets, make-up bags and on our dressing tables.

Is the page used to promote or do anything else besides swapping box samples?

Beauty Box Swaps is a page for swapping and sharing and as such we are happy for members of it’s community to also share links to relevant Ebay (& similar) listings, blog posts, relevant facebook pages & posts. Members of the Beauty Box Swaps community understand the page is provided as a noticeboard and Beauty Box Swaps can not be held responsible for any problems that may occur in the swapping or buying process.Beauty Box Swaps gets upset when lovely products are left languishing unloved and unused. As such we take every opportunity to actively promote people passing these products onto someone who will use and love them including: friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and of course Beauty Box Swappers. For this reason we also promote and support the charity Give and Make-up as this charity work tirelessly to provide essentials, that many of us take for granted, for survivors of domestic abuse.

Beauty Box Swaps is proud we are the No. 1 beauty swaps page on facebook and we are very excited to announce we will soon be getting our very own unique logo to further develop our innovative and exciting brand.

November 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, make-up. 1 comment.

The Grand Opening of my October Boudoir Prive Box

My Boudoir Prive box arrived at some stage between 17th and  24th October when I was on my holiday, fortunately my lovely neighbour took care of it for me. Here is my overview review of what I found inside their beautiful pink box this month:

As this is my third Boudoir Prive Box I won’t go into too much detail about the box itself. Suffice to say it’s very similar to the Glossy Box in colour and packaging but it has a hinge style lid with a magnetic close.

I have found the Boudoir Prive boxes the most useful for storing cosmetics in on my dressing table as they are easiest to open with one hand. I currently have a little stack of boxes on my dressing table. My make-up sponges, applicators and cotton wool balls are stored in the Feel Unique draw style box. I have face and cheek products in one Glossy Box and two Boudoir Prive boxes one for lip stuff and one for eye stuff. However I am going to swap the glossy box with a this Boudoir Prive Box after writing this review.

I will let you know what I am using Glossy Boxes for when I write my review of their October box in the next day or two.

Now for my thoughts on what I found inside the box this month:

Cetuem – Illuminating Mask (5ml) & Creme de lite (5ml)

Two dinky tubes of product relevant to my mature skin but I’m not sure if I will test these or not as I am happy with the results I’m achieving with BIOeffect. I may gauge what interest there is in these as a swap on Beauty Box Swaps  If I find no takers swap wise I think I will test them out as they have a pleasant smell and I do have an age spot or two on my face, alternatively I may try these on my hands which are also showing some signs of aging: crepe-iness and freckle-iness.

Korres – Quince Body Butter (50ml)

I am far too lazy to be bothered with body lotion regardless of how lovely. I am impressed by the size of the sample and predict there will be takers for this on Beauty Box Swaps. My hands free solution to keeping my skin smooth and nourished is 10 drops of BioOil in my daily bath.

Leonor Greyl – Huile de Palme (25ml)

It has recently dawned on me that I can use some Beauty Box products on other family members. I do also plan on testing this out myself, but I am interested to test it on my 8 year olds hair too. I would be interested to see if it helps tame her growing locks which readily tangle/go into rats tails. For example it might be helpful to apply this to her hair pre-swimming lessons or overnight. It smells divine.

Memo Paris – Sundance Eau de Pafum Les Echappees

I am liking this perfume but I am not sure I’m loving it. I may use this sample, but I am open to swap it if the demand is there. I like it enough to wear but know won’t be on a quest to get my mitts on more as I was with Plum by Mary Greenwell from the September Glossy Box for example.

Rose & Co – Rose Petal Salve (20g)

I am always happy to receive a salve or a balm in my Beauty Box. This one is no exception. The scent/taste reminds me of cherry lips and it’s a full-sized product. I will certainly be using this product and I am keen to spend some more time researching this brand because I like the packaging, their website and of course this product.

Studio Make Up – Liner Styler Pen Black (1.1ml)

As someone who has never owned an eye-liner pen I was always going to be excited by this. It’s a black felt-tip pen for eyes. I’ve tested it and it’s fab. I am looking forward to experimenting with this some more.  It’s my favourite product in this month’s box. What’s yours?

You may recall I felt underwhelmed by the September Boudoir Prive Box. So how do I rate the October Box? My gut feeling is I am considerably happier with it this month. I am confident I will use at least 50% of the products. The sample sizes are more impressive this month too. This of course does not help me achieve my goal of  giving up a beauty box or two.

So would I class Boudoir Prive as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by new beauty box on the block  Carmine? I am still undecided whether I can justify my Boudoir Prive subscription long term.

However this months Liner Pen has inspired me enough to continue my subscription until next month… I won’t have to wait long to see what’s in next months box…

October 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, make-up. 4 comments.

The Grand Opening of my October Feel Unique Box

My Feel Unique box arrived on 7th October. Here is my belated appraisal of what I got:

First a note about the box itself.  It’s different from it’s competitors AmaryaBoudoir Prive, Carmine and Glossy Box.  Although it is black in common with Carmine’s box, the style of the box is totally (Feel) Unique. This could possibly my favourite ‘box’ out of all the beauty boxes. It’s a drawer! It’s a sturdy black drawer which opens easily by pulling the pleasing fushia pink ribbon tag.

I read somewhere, somebody had the excellent idea of using the boxes to make a dinky chest of drawers (if this was you let me know and I will credit you and link to your blog/page/website). The box is lined in fushia pink and uses the same, by now very familiar, packaging material as Boudoir Prive and Glossy Box.

Now for my impressions of those all important contents:

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

Very generous 60ml bottle. Has a pleasant and delicate scent. I’ve heard good things about Bliss and I am looking forward to testing it out. Yes I know I am a lazy face wipe kinda girl but the Murad cleanser from the August Glossy Box may have slightly converted me to a bit of face washing using *shock horror* water. I’ve realised it’s not so much of an effort if done while bathing.

Orly Nail Lacquer (5ml)

I got this in the terracotta. Bright orange more like. Not my usual choice of colour but I’m kind of liking it. My initial thoughts before testing this were beauty box swap it for another shade or pass onto my friend who wears bright polishes.  But now I’m looking at my ‘pinky’ nail, which is covered with two coats, I’m slightly smitten with it. It’s perfect for Halloween! I also think it will also look lovely with a tan on holidays. It was easy to apply and looks good. Against all my expectations this has the makings of a keeper.

Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Straight Collection Blow Out Balm (90ml)

Almost everything about this excites me: the brand, the packaging, the size of the product, the fragrance, the serumy look and feel of the product. The only concern I have is that I am generally, 9 times out of 10 (or more), am just too lazy to blow dry. However if I am successful at my Benefit store approval tomorrow I will have to take more care with my grooming and if the results are good this could be a keeper too.

Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid SPF10 (10ml)

As you may already be aware I am not really all that interested in lotions and creams for face and body as I love the products I already use. However I think I will be keeping this too.  This is because it boasts an SPF so is very useful for lazy Lucy Brown. I’ve just tested it on my hands and the scent is subtle and zesty. It soaks easily into the skin and appears to leave a matt finish with a beautifully subtle and satisfying sparkle.

Crabtree and Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy (25g)

My regular readers will know I am not a big fan of hand creams. I have lightly tested, just now, this for the purposes of the review. It’s pleasant enough and only leaves a light residue and subtle fragrance. But unfortunately due to my lotiony hands aversion this is one to beauty box swap.

*Another plus point for the Feel Unique box is they offer a straightforward uniform discount of 10% of all the brands featured in the box, but you have to make your mind up quick because the code expires at the end of the month!*

Burberry Eau De Parfum (2ml)

Like it enough to use but not enough to buy. The sample bottle is a spray which is more satisfying than the teeny sample bottles you sometimes find in beauty boxes.

So what’s my overall verdict on my first Feel Unique box? I am really pleased 5 out of 6 of the products. This presents me with a conundrum as I really need to give up a beauty box or two. But they are all so good this month. I really rate both the packaging and the contents of the Feel Unique box so it’s a keeper. Well done Feel Unique, I highly recommend you as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by new beauty box on the block  Carmine.

October 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, Lucy Brown & Benefit, make-up. 1 comment.

The Grand Opening of my September Boudoir Prive Box

My Boudoir Prive box arrived on Friday. This is what I got:

Colbert MD – Nourish: Eye Cream

I have become a tricky customer now for face creams, eye creams, serums etc. Because I am 100% sold on the benefits of BIOeffect , from the June Glossy Box, which means I don’t really require any other products of this ilk. I will however endeavour to test this out over the next few days to see what effect it has…

Macadamia- Hair Repair

I’ve just applied some of this product to my hair and I can’t see or feel any difference. However my hair is currently already in lovely condition from using the Sachajuan from the August Boudoir Prive Box. The oil smells lovely and I will keep hold of this product for possible future hair emergencies.

Zoya – Nail Polish

In Marina. I tested this immediately and found it to be an interesting colour, which I would best describe as a metallic bluey grey. However this full-size product has not swayed me from Ciate, which I first tried when I got Beach Melba in my July Glossy Box. I personally found the consistency of the Zoya Polish too thick, which made it difficult to apply. Also included in the box was a Zoya colour spoon plate . The idea is you can put the colour spoon onto your nail so you can see whether the colour suits you before you buy. This extra did intrigue and excite me a little however it is unlikely to entice me to try any of the colours as the consistency of the Marina has put me off. Is it just me? or did anyone else find the polish on the gloopy side?

Cargo Cosmetics – Boogie Nights Eye Pencil

In Aqua (a turquoise colour). I am going to try to swap this on Beauty Box Swaps for one in a different colour as I already have an Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Electric, a similar colour, from their most excellent 15 year anniversary collection.

Agent Provocateur – L’Agent

Intense but not unpleasant fragrance. I expect I will use the sample but probably won’t seek out any more of this fragrance. I personally prefer Plum by Mary Greenwell from my September Glossy Box.

Tropic Skincare – Body Smooth

From the company founded by the Apprentice’s Susan Ma. I am looking forward to trying this and I plan to test it on my feet as recommended by the Tropic website as my feet are certainly in need of some TLC.

also included was:

Mai Couture – Blot and Bronze

A two sheet sample, on a postcard. I will test these next time I am shiny.

So what’s my overall verdict on this months box? In all honesty I am feeling underwhelmed with it at the moment. I don’t know whether this is because I am generally feeling flat and low, obviously through no fault of Boudoir Prive, whether I am suffering from Beauty Box fatigue as the founder of Beauty Box Swaps or whether I personally am more suited to the Glossy Box offer.

As finances are extremely limited in the Brown household I am even reluctantly considering cancelling my subscription to Boudoir Prive, certainly not in a fit of pique as they haven’t done anything to upset me, I wasn’t overly concerned about the dispatch delay. I know I feel 100% bonded to Glossy Box as I feel distraught at the thought of losing it. But then I do also feel a certain loyalty Boudoir Prive as I am grateful they introduced me to Sachajuan last month which I would have never otherwise tried and my hair is very glad I did.  So I’m going to test out the products from this months box and think about it… what do you think readers?

September 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , . beauty, hair, make-up. 3 comments.

Lucy Loves: Sachajuan Conditioner

As I wait patiently for my September Boudoir Prive box to arrive I thought you might like to hear more about my very favourite product from their August box.

I love Sachajuan conditioner because I get loads of compliments when I use it. People ask if I’ve had my hair done? or enquire what styling product I’ve used?

In reality I am a very lazy girl with my hair. I rarely use styling products and seldom blow dry or style it.

I love using Sachajuan conditioner because it makes me feel super pampered. I have even honed my very own Sachajuan ritual:

1. Squeeze a 10p piece size of conditioner into hand. I found this tricky and could only manage it by removing the lid, or standing the bottle on his head for a while before dispensing from the lid, as intended. Did anybody else have this problem?

2. Massage conditioner into hands and nails, I do this because, my Lucy Logic figures that what’s good for my hair will also benefit my nails.

3. Massage conditioner into hair and scalp.

4. Finally use conditioner on hands as shaving lotion for underarms. Did you know conditioner also provides excellent lubrication for shaving?

As my hair is short tangling isn’t really an issue for me. However as the conditioner fulfils it’s promise of leaving hair with ‘bounce and a silky shine’ I believe it would successfully de-tangle hair more prone to tangling. Can anybody verify this? Please comment on your view of this conditioner below.

In my first impressions review of the August Boudoir Prive Box. I observed that the packaging used for this conditioner is ‘medicine bottley’ Having used this conditioner on a daily basis, since it was gifted to me in my BP box, I feel the packaging is very appropriate because, in my opinion, this conditioner has proved to be a real tonic for my hair.

Could be my first full-sized beauty box inspired purchase? I am using Neal & Wolf harmony from my September Glossy Box at the moment… will it match the performance of my beloved Sachajuan? watch this space…

September 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , . beauty, hair, lucy loves.... 2 comments.