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Sunday, 1 July 2012

What's In my Handbag




A few weeks ago on the wall of Beauty Box Swappers, the group that runs alongside my Facebook page Beauty Box Swaps, I spotted a link to What's in My Handbag. I was curious to see what this website is all about and clicked the link without hesitation.
The concept is an appealing one: 'Peek inside beauty, fashion and creative insiders' handbags and discover the beauty products they really use and love.'
You can upload pictures of your own handbags. I am finding this challenging to do I have lots of favourite products and cherished items I want to share but I am struggling to make them look good together in a photo. I have so far only uploaded this handbag.
There is also a weekly opportunity to register to try 'the beauty products everyone else loves'. I have so far been lucky enough to receive one 'Try': the Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner. It arrived as delightfully packaged as the referral reward gift featured above.
WIMH are currently operating a referral scheme with rewards. I am very fortunate to be able to reach lots of lovely beauty minded ladies through Beauty Box Swaps. Thanks to my swapping sisters using my referral link to join the site I have received two reward gifts from WIMH this week.
For referring 25 people they sent me a £25 gift of beauty products and for referring 50 people they sent me a £50 gift card from Selfridges (I believe they have since amended this gift to £25). I am so grateful to my fellow Beauty Box Swappers for helping me to receive these much appreciated treats.
Having £50 to spend on myself at Selfridges is something that has only occurred once before in my lifetime and that was when my in laws treated me and my sister in law to Mac make-overs with £50 each to spend a couple of years ago. I am beyond thrilled and also slightly overwhelmed at the prospect and the possibilities offered by this exciting plastic card. I can't express how delighted I am with this gift and how thankful I am to WIMH and everyone who clicked my referral link. You may have to wait a while to see what I spend this on as I am planning on spending it, in my imagination, several times over.
For those of you who are interested to see what I received in my beauty products gift, here it is:


I am ashamed to say when I first opened the box I thought 'is that it?' But I quickly admonished myself as I realised monthly subscription beauty boxes have given me a distorted perception of what to expect for £25, after all you would get 5 times as many products in beauty box currency, unrealistic in the real world.
I received a Filthy Gorgeous Polish in Noelle and a Omorovicza Correcting Pencil including sharpener.  Being a big fan of candy pink polishes I've not made my mind up yet about the polish. However I am wowed by the correcting pencil :) My 40 year old skin has many imperfections to correct especially redness. I have quickly tested this pencil on one side of my face and it left it looking relatively flawless. I am personally not a fan of concealing under my eyes as in my opinion it can sometimes make me look worse. But this wonder pencil definitely improved the look of this area.
I have never previously heard of this premium brand. WIMH also thoughtfully included a 43 page Omorovicza catalogue so I can read about their product range. However their products are rather beyond my means, it's a shame you can't buy Omorovicza in Selfridges or I may have been tempted to point my gift card their way.
To those who hoped I would use these prizes in a give away. I am very sorry to disappoint but I personally appreciate and value these gifts too much to give them away. Those who know me well will know this isn't through any lack of generosity on my part but for other valid personal reasons.  

13 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of your prize! I wish I could get my link clicked! xxxx

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    1. Feel free to promote your link in our groups Beauty Box Swaps and Beauty Box Swappers & good luck xx

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    2. Ooh thanks Lucy, so lovely of you! As you can see I posted n Glossybox amongst others and passed 50 easily! So excited! Xxxx

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  2. Hi Lucy, I've been a bit off of the BBS so i had no idea you've set up your own blog! Going to follow you on GFC :)

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    1. Hi Lucy, lovely to hear from you, had the blog a while but don't post as often as I could/should. Beauty Box Swaps is nearly a year old & we are celebrating with a giveaway and five fun competitions all with Beauty Box Prizes be sure to enter hun xx

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  3. oh what a fab blog love reading it :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment Bella, do you have a blog hun? xx

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  4. Lovely blog Lucy :)

    I got the concealer pencil and a Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer and I have to be honest, I also though 'is that it' when I first opened the box.... :/

    I just need about 7 more referrals to get the £25 voucher :)

    xx

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    1. I believe our expectations of value for money have been raised by the beauty boxes. I am now very happy with my pencil & polish. I realised why they've included a sharpener with the pencil too... so it doesn't get eye or lip pencil colour contamination x

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  5. Ooh so what did you end up spending it on Lucy? :) x

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    1. I've not spent it yet Mez, I keep virtually spending it window shopping on the website. I promise to blog what I buy when I finally take the plunge... x

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  6. I can't wait to receive mine - I've already made my mind up to spend it on the new YSL foundation.. it's not often I get to make such an extravagant purchase! The gifts look lovely xx

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    1. Sorry for the delay in reply your comment sent me back to the Selfridges website for more virtual shopping. I may be going to the Trafford Centre this evening or Friday so it's possible I may finally splash out with it then. I totally agree about the extravagant purchase sentiment. I think that's why I am reluctant to spend I savouring the rare possibilities of having it to spend lol xx

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