UK Beauty Exchange (Haul)

How many of us hear about products people rave about, but we just can't seem to get our hands on??? Ir-ri-tating! A couple of months ago, I felt like everything I wanted to try was available in the UK, but difficult to get here in the US without paying exorbitant amounts in shipping. Maybe it was the age old saying "you always want what you can't have," or maybe it was that so many of the beauty bloggers I had been following were based out of the UK. Either way, on a whim, I decided to send a tweet out to the world asking if anyone would like to do a beauty exchange.

To my very happy surprise, there were others out there that understood my pain and agreed to further feed my beauty addition. After a few exciting emails back and forth, the lovely, UK based Ella of Every Little Thing 07 and I agreed on a budget and sent our wish list items over. But ohhhh was this decision tougher than I thought it would be. Drugstore or high end? Lips or face? Tools? Brushes? I felt like my options were endless and how was I ever going to decide! *sigh* Finally, after unnecessary mental stress I caused myself, I made a decision. 

**Ella was too generous and threw in a few extra goodies for me to try :) She's. The. Best. She blogs every other day on beauty, fashion and life...Go check out her blog!

First peek into the box!

First peek into the box!

Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler, Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Grab and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler, Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Grab and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

Sleek Blush by 3 in Californ.I.A and Sleek I-Divine Palette in Garden of Eden

Sleek Blush by 3 in Californ.I.A and Sleek I-Divine Palette in Garden of Eden

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #51, The Body Shop Mango Body Mist and Topshops Lip Marker in Berry **special appearance by Jack :) **

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #51, The Body Shop Mango Body Mist and Topshops Lip Marker in Berry **special appearance by Jack :) **

Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed, Lancome Lip Lover in 313 Rose Ballet and Bourjois Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach

Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed, Lancome Lip Lover in 313 Rose Ballet and Bourjois Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach

BaByliss Curling Wand

BaByliss Curling Wand

Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme

Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme

I must have looked so cheesy when I picked up the package from the mail box. Huge grin on my face, excited to rip it open the moment I got through the door. I felt like it was my birthday and Christmas combined!

This was such a wonderful experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. An opportunity to interact with fellow bloggers and try out new products =  dream come true!  I can't wait to try out all of the products! 

Stay tuned. Reviews of all of the products to come!