Lucy Brown’s Beauty Box Swaps List

I am looking for all my Beauty Box favourites including:

Sachajuan Conditioner

BIOeffect

I-Pout Lipsticks nb. I’ve already got my mitts on pink bliss, berrylicious & nudity

Plum by Mary Greenwell

& posh shower gels and facewashes

& open to offers

but remember I don’t do Body Lotions, Face Creams or Hand Creams 😉

I have the following available for Beauty Box Swaps or purchase:

(assume products are unused unless stated otherwise)

Make-up:

A La Carte Brow Ink – Taupe  3 available

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner – Moray (lightly Swatched)

Hair Stuff:

Matrix Essentials Amplify Hairspray (400ml)

Matrix Essentials Amplify Thicklift Liquid Volumizer (125ml)

Alberto VO5 Weightless Volume Whipped Mousse (200ml)

Body Stuff:

Neom Real luxury Organic Body Lotion (50ml) 2 available

Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-yuzu Body Lotion (30ml) 2 available

Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion (50ml)

Face Stuff:

Lulu’s Time Bomb Flashback Nightcream (15ml) 3 available

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream (15ml)

Korres Wild Rose 24hr Moisturizer SPF6 (10ml)

Cetum SCR Gold Illuminating Mask (5ml)

Cetum SCR Gold Creme De Lite (5ml)

Living Nature Sample Pack includes 3 x 2ml Samples: cleanser, toning gel and day cream

Hand Stuff:

Boots Time Delay Restoring Hand and Nail Cream SPF 8 (50ml)

FC5 Ultra-Hydrating Hand Creme (15ml)

Tanning Stuff:

Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Self-Tan (30ml)

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December 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . adventures, beauty. 3 comments.

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 Amarya Box

My Amarya box arrived on Thursday 6th October. This is what I got:

First a note about the box itself. The Amarya box is not about the box. This is a useful box but it is not pretty or glam in the way of it’s competitors Boudoir Prive, Carmine, Feel Unique and Glossy Box. I can best describe it as similar to a white shoebox.  However the minimal packaging seems in keeping with the brand and you do also get a branded cotton bag. Personally I prefer the prettier boxes and I have not yet run out of uses for them, but I applaud Amarya for their focus on contents rather than fancy pants packaging. So what were those all important contents?

Terre d’Oc Powder Eye Shadow

My favourite product in the box. I got the 502 beige nacré Natara. This is a full-sized product, 0.028oz. It’s very pretty, sparkly, 99% natural and versatile too. Can also be used on face and body including lips and decollete.  I love the fact that the sparkles are provided by mother of pearl. I also rate the unusual packaging which was apparently inspired by traditional Indian Bindis.

Madara Eco Face Travel Set

Impressive dinky kit which made me go ‘ooooooooohhh’ but then sigh ‘arrrrrrrhhhh’ because I know I won’t use it. The kit includes a tube of cleansing milk (25ml), 2 sachets of toner (5mlx2), a tube of deep moisture fluid (5ml), a tube of regenerating night cream (5ml) and a sachet of eye repair cream (3ml). It would make a lovely travel set or gift but I know I’m just too low maintenance to be faffed with all the little tubes and sachets when I am already happy with my lazy girl’s routine of wipe with Age Defiance Wipes followed by BIOeffect serum = simples and effective 🙂

NEOM – Organic Body Lotion, Real Luxury

A generous 50ml bottle. Sorry Amarya I don’t do body lotion though. This is because I’m too lazy and have an aversion to getting my hands ‘lotioney’. I personally find a few drops of Bio Oil in my daily bath to be a much easier way of keeping my skin nourished and smooth. Obviously it’s not Amarya’s fault body lotion doesn’t excite me. I am confident I will find somebody to Beauty Box Swap this with on my facebook page.

Lavera – Eye Gel

1ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye gel I am not sure a 1ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

Dr. Hauschka – Daily Revitalising Eye Cream

1.5ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye cream I am not sure a 1.5ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

So what’s my overall verdict on Amarya’s October box? It provides good overall good value for money, but personally just doesn’t thrill me. However if you are enthusiastic about organic beauty and are excited by trying lotions and potions for face and body you will love this box. As finances are extremely limited in the Brown household I cancelled my subscription before opening the box. I recommend Amarya but realise my ‘Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile (as defined by new Beauty Box on the Block Carmine). Is better suited to the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes.

October 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . beauty, make-up. 3 comments.

Lucy Loves: pure age defiance wipes

I use these wipes every day. They are the best wipes ever!

My lazy girls routine is wipe face with these vitamin E enriched wipes then apply BIOeffect. The wipes are effective at removing make-up and leave my skin looking and feeling good.  I repeat this ritual every morning and some evenings.

A good friend of mine recommended these wipes to me, she suffers from eczema, and she says they can be relied upon not to irritate her sensitive skin.

You can buy 2 packets of these wipes for a £1 from poundland. These would be my preferred wipes regardless of the cost.

You may recall I referred to these wipes in my first impressions review of the August Glossy Box.

The name of these wipes also amuses me. I initially misread the packet and assumed they were called something more expected such as age defence. I smile to myself as ‘I think I am defiant in the face of aging’.

August 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , . beauty, lucy loves..., make-up. 6 comments.