Love that International Swap!

 

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I was involved with two international swaps last month and they were both so amazing! One was from Brazil (oolala) and the other was from the UK (yummy). Both ladies are super super super(!) sweet and are two of the best swappers I’ve ever met. Even though I sent what they asked for I feel that my boxes to them were so inadequatre compared to what I received from them! I’m waiting to hear back from both of them because I cannot believe that my boxes didn’t get to them yet. In both swaps we each shipped to each other on the same day. I just hope they are as happy with what they got as I am with what I got. If they aren’t, trust me I have no problem sending them moar! LOL

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So from Alice in the UK, and what started our whole swap was that awesome Max Factor Fantasy Fire! When I asked her what she would like and sent her my swap list, she said “All of it” (haha not quite), so I had to get busy finding other things I’d like to get from her. Since I’m not extremely familiar with UK brands except the MF, Gosh and Models Own, she gave me some ideas and what great ones they were! I also got MF Graffiti, Blue Odyssey, and Moon Dust; Models Own Gold Rush and Mixed Up; 17 Fury, Revenge, Sulk; Gosh Purple Heart, and she gifted me with George U the Sea and MUA Shade 10. Everything is so rich and gorgeous looking. From looking at all this it’s pretty obvious I’m not really into cremes! Yes the Max Factor are little, you can see all four of them in my hand.

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My swap from Brazil was already predetermined on the Hits! Heck yeah I knew I wanted some of those after seeing everybody’s beautiful swatches all over the internet! Glitter Forte, Unconventional, Artsy, Cutie Pie, Hestia, Apolo, Dionisio, Hefesto, Atena, and Zeus. What a gorgeous selection of polishes they are! But wait, there’s more! Ludurana Aurora Boreal; Rivka Carrie and Ellen Gold Cinza Chumbo (I love that name!), Prata, Roxo, Vermelho, and Rosa. She also got me 2 lovely bracelets, a convertible shopping bag and since I already carry several on my purse you’d think she read my mind! Carolina also gave me darling little note cards, emery boards (with cats and cheeta prints), and the neatest stamping plate with hearts, cats, teddys, dogs, bunnies, and other cute symbols on it.

These girls really made my collections come alive! I don’t know that I’m really a person with lots of lemmings, but if I was, they certainly filled those spots! And I also got a bottle of Savvy polish (from Sally’s) that my good friend Jane gave me when we went out to dinner the other night. She said, Well it was purple and all the Savvy are now 99c, so I bought them for you, my daughters, myself. Hmmmm Jody, now I’m starting to sound like you! LOL Yep, we converted another one ladies! Welcome to our Polish Kingdom, right?

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All of the international polishes were pretty small actually! The smallest were the Max Factor which are 4.5ml. The rest ranged in size from 6ml for The Hits, MUA, and maybe George to 8ml for 17, Ludurana, and Gosh. The largest were the Rivka at 10ml, Ellen Gold at 12ml, and Models Own at 14ml.

So what swaps have you done lately? For a couple of international ones (I have done two with Australia previously – oh yeah – Glitter Gals and Ozotics), I am really beyond words at how gorgeous their polishes are. Who is with me in thinking US makers need to step up their game?

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10 Responses to Love that International Swap!

  1. Pryanka says:

    How much did you pay to ship TO the UK? What service did you use? I’m trying to set up my first UK swap and I’m at a loss as to how to cheaply ship everything to her.

    • Jody says:

      She actually got a lot of things from me and we both gave each other shipping options. She went with the cheaper and slower option of 1st class mail over priority.

      • Pryanka says:

        I figured, I was wondering how much it cost and what kind of mailer you guys used. When I went to FedEx they gave me some ridiculous price quote…like $110. That can’t be right! (Can it?)

        • Jody says:

          Well for FedEx that’s prolly right. USPS is the cheapest way to go. They have first class. And also the flat rate boxes in different sizes which are also international.

  2. Louise says:

    I love swapping with US based gals, there are so many brands that I would either pay an arm or a leg for (or both!) plus I get to send back some lovely Model’s Own, shiny delights from TopShop, Cool Max Factors and some unexpected pretties.

    You got some really great gems there, can’t wait to see what you make of them!

    • Jody says:

      Awwww thanks so much! Yes she suggested some really good sites for me to check out and was able to get me that Gosh polish which I hear is almost htf for you girls too! 🙂

  3. Rebecca says:

    I love seeing all these swaps! I would love to do one with someone, but since I don’t have a blog, I have no idea where to even start. Any ideas?

  4. Alice says:

    I’m sooooo glad you love everything! And your parcel wasn’t inadequate in the slightest, I loved my glittery stripers! And I loved that you send me the Color Club packaging too 🙂 Thanks love! xx

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