Blogger Valentine's Swap

by - February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kevin and I went out for a lunch date today and then are having a simple night in (thank goodness since it's raining and awful outside) where I'm cooking him a steak dinner and we will be nice and lazy! What did/are you doing to celebrate the day?

Last month I noticed this post over at Adventures in Tea and Cake about a Valentine's Box Swap for bloggers. And I though it would be such a great way to celebrate Valentine's in this wonderful blogging community I'm a new member of!


So I signed up and awaited my blogger to shop for! I got Elizabeth over at Beauty Supergirl and had a lot of fun trying to pick a couple things I thought she's like from her blog and a couple things I wanted to share and send them off! I hope she enjoyed the box!

Meanwhile I received a box from Beth Tinkerbell packed full of goodies! So I'd like to share what I got :)

The goodies were all wrapped up in cute themed paper!
The entire contents once opened
Butterfly Card

She sent this sweet card which said the box contained everything for an awesome pamper session to get ready for my first married Valentine's Day. I thought it was so sweet that she had taken the time to look at my blog to personalize the box for me. 

Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi Shower Gel
Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi Shower Gel
I love pretty much anything strawberry...the flavor, the scent, the color...the look...my favorite Cath Kidston pattern was last year's strawberry print...so it's safe to say I'm a strawberry fan! I also like kiwi and think they go pretty well together. So I was happy to see this even though I wasn't familiar with the brand. I used it in the shower this morning...and it smells absolutely heavenly! (Also it lathered very nicely and as scent and lather are my two main concerns with a body wash this was perfect!) I just may have to check this brand more out in the future. Their website is: http://www.gracecole.co.uk/.

Grace Your Face Pre Date Brightening Mask
Grace Your Face Pre Date Brightening Mask
I haven't tried these yet, or any sheet mask for that matter. So I'm really looking forward to giving this a go. I'm not a beauty expert by any means but I may just report back with how I get on with these at a later date!

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate
Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate
Let's just be frank, I'm a girl who likes to eat, especially chocolate. And as that's totally allowed on Valentine's Day this was certainly an exciting find. Bonus, my father-in-law hates Lindt so I can take these with me to Cambridge this weekend and don't have to worry about them being stolen!

Mini beauty box
Mini beauty box within a box
I used to subscribe to Birchbox (both in the States and here in the UK) and Glossybox, and this was a little mini beauty box packaged just like those so it was exciting to open and see what was inside!

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
I have heard so many good things about this hair mask. I subscribe to a fair few "beauty gurus" on YouTube (as I didn't even start wearing make-up semi-regularly until well into my 20s) and I think most of them at one time or another have raved about this. I never got around to trying it and am so looking forward to it! I've dyed my hair on and off (mostly on) since I was about 13/14 (wow that's nearly 15 years!) and it's been through it's fair share of damage thanks to that. 

Calvin Klein Lipstick in Clear Rose
Calvin Klein Lipstick in Clear Rose
I don't think I even knew Calvin Klein made lipstick. I just remember them from the 90s with their black and white underwear ads and the Eternity fragrance my aunt had that I'd always put on at her house. I love the color. It actually suits me! And this is coming from someone who half the time puts on a perfectly gorgeous lipstick and then wipes it off to go for something more neutral. But I put this on for my lunch date today with Kevin and not only did I leave it on but I really liked. I paired it with a Revlon lipgloss in Peony which I think gave it just enough shine but as that gloss is light didn't alter the color much!

Revlon Top Speed Nail Polish in 510 Fire
Revlon Top Speed Nail Polish in 510 Fire
I haven't worn this yet as I just did my nails in a muted pink for a job interview (Eternal Optimist by Essis), but it looks like the absolute perfect red. Bright and gorgeous! Can't wait to have an occasion to wear this!

Sally Hansen Maximim Growth Plus in 02 Base + Top Coat
Sally Hansen Maximim Growth Plus in 02 Base + Top Coat
I love multitasking products that can be used for both. One less bottle, especially if you're traveling and want to paint your nails! Those quart size clear baggies fill up fast! I'm currently using a Sally Hansen top coat (the InstaDri one) and absolutely love it. If this is half as good as that at doing two jobs then we will get on very well!


That was my box. How awesome and generous was Beth? I really loved the box and had so much fun doing this swap! I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to try out everything at the time of writing this...but I wanted to get it up on Valentine's Day and today didn't lend itself to pampering as I had to run a couple errands and met Kevin for lunch! But I am so looking forward to having a full on pampering session with face and hair masks, a manicure, and a bit of indulgent chocolate! In fact, I might just have to make nights like that a more common occurrence, and hopefully with this products I'll find a few new favorites to stock up on!

So thank you Kel at Adventures in Tea and Cake  for hosting and a HUGE thank you to Beth at Beth Tinkerbell for making my box really great!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


Love, Alex

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1 comments

  1. What a great gift box! So glad you are happy with everything - thanks for taking part!

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