09 November 2016

Box Swap with Ashley Nicole!

Welcome back, little birdies!

Over the past few months I have been in cahoots with another lovely blogger, Ashley. We became friends on twitter and quickly started bonding over the fact that we are American bloggers in a mostly British dominated blogosphere. We've gushed over the beautiful country of England in which she now lives, and a country I'm excited to visit someday and I've followed up with her posts that deliver a variety of content.

We quickly started talking over the idea of doing a small box swap together seeing as the U.S. and the U.K. do have different makeup that aren't easily accessible in each others countries. We took maybe a little over a month to plan everything out and gather our goodies before shipping them off to each other. I found it funny that our boxes arrived both on the same day.

I opened the box to find a very sweet card (which by the way, Ash. Your hand writing is FAB. Sorry for my chicken scratch haha.) and my goodies that were all wrapped up like little presents to open.

The first item I unwrapped was a Revolution makeup palette. It instantly became a favorite seeing as it is an exact dupe for Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette. It's small and compact so it'll be easier to travel around with rather than the UD palette.

The next thing I opened and was SO excited to receive was the Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice. Sleek isn't easily accessible here in the States, so I was nearly bursting with joy when I opened this up. The gold mirrored packaging of this itself got me excited let alone the beauty that was in it! There are 4 shades in this Highlighting palette. They're called Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, and Equinox. It does come with a small little dense brush to apply the product which I think I'll use until I get myself a proper fan brush. This palette also includes what's got to be the best mirror ever. This palette is definitely travel friendly.

When I looked into my box there was this kind of thick box thing all wrapped up. I couldn't put my finger on what it could possibly be so I was eager to open it up to find out. This is like, the coolest thing ever. It's Seventeen Instant Glow Pink Bronze Bronzing Rocks. Yup, you read that correctly. Bronzing ROCKS. Whhaaat!? It says in the back to "Dust these beautiful rocks over face and body for a shimmering bronzed glow". I am ALL over the sound of that. Ashley is trying to make me into a beautiful little disco ball. :)

I then opened up what I knew to be a lip product seeing as how it was wrapped. It was Sleek's Matte Me in the color Birthday Suit. I'll be honest and say that I didn't read what type of lip product it was before I quickly swatched it on my hand. What I noticed after I swatched it was that although it went on really creamy, it dried and became very matte. I kid you not, I had to wash my hands SEVERAL times before it could come off. Very long lasting. I am super excited that Ashley decided to send me this as well. It's great.

The last product that I received was another lip product. It's by the brand GOSH, a brand I've never heard of before. Ash, picked out 134 Darling, it's an absolutely beautiful nude shade which is a staple in my collection at the moment. It is just sligghhhtly drying so I do put a light nude cream on top of it. Makes for the perfect nude combo.

(I'm not sure why the pictures make it look like two different colors. It's the same lipstick :) )

Big THANK YOU to the beautiful Ashley for wanting to do this swap with me and for the absolutely beautiful gifts that were sent. I love each and every product and have even more fun doing my makeup with them. I look forward to our next swap next year. Please check out her blog and send her over some love because her and her blog surely do deserve it!

Thanks for reading!
Until Next Time,


  1. I've heard of Gosh but never knew where to get it! How cool you gals were able to collab on this (and Hey Ashley if you're reading this comment)! I'm particularly excited about the Revolution palette- do you find the quality is comparable to UD? Do they sell it here in the States at all? I saw some Revolution product at Ulta but not sure if it was the same thing. The Sleek palette is gorgeous too.

    1. I've really never heard of it! Seems to be a good brand!! The Revolution pretty good quality to be fair, and it's like the exact dupe. I'd say it's comparable. :) I think they may actually sell it here in the States. I saw them at Ulta and I think CVS as well. And seriously. S T U N N I N G Sleek palette haha. Thanks for the comment, Jen! xo


  2. Ooo I love the idea of a box swap especially when you're in different countries as it's a good opportunity to try out different makeup brands!I loveee Sleek, it's a shame it's hard to get hold of in the states!

    The Velvet Black | UK Personal Style & Beauty Blog

    1. It really is a lot of fun to do. It was my first ever blog swap and I'm so glad I did it. :) And yeesss. I can't believe I got Sleek products now I'm actually super excited about it. It really is a shame it's hard to get here. Thanks so much for your comment :)


  3. This sounds like such a fun idea! Very exciting. I absolutely love Sleek they need to open a store in the US! xx


  4. what a nice idea! i just got the sleek palette when i was in london too and was so excited about it

    danielle | avec danielle