Green Beauty Swap with Amber's Beauty Talk via NatuRia Beauty & Bow Tied Beauty

December 21, 2013

I was so excited to be part of the Green beauty swap run by the beautiful Ria at Naturia Beauty and the amazing Tania of Bow Tied Beauty even more excited when I was paired up with the lovely Amber of Ambers Beauty Talk.

So, most of you reading know all about how a swap works but just in case you are new to it (like I was!) I wanted to write a full account:

Ria/Tania let me know Amber's email address and we got chatting. At first it was a little awkward to 'talk money' as I didn't want to look cheap by suggesting a low budget but I didn't want to suggest something too high that may be too much for my swap partner but she may feel to embarrassed to say. Luckily the budget I suggested was exactly what she was going to say, phew!

I started shopping, slow at first but once I got going I was well away! Then I struggled to narrow down what I wanted to buy! You can see what I got Amber by clicking here.

When my package arrived I was so excited! Amber and I had originally agreed to open our presents today (the Saturday before Christmas) but we were both too impatient excited to wait!
How cute is this wrapping paper?
Luckily I had my little helper with me to help me unwrap everything!

The first thing we opened was a beautiful Vanilla Ice Cream Body Mousse from Peppy Galore. I had seen this brand on Amber's blog and had been interested to try it so I was very happy that she'd sent me some :-)

I've used it a number of times and it is part of my post-shower routine now. It is a beautiful smell but not at all over powering as it is a subtle vanilla flavour. It is so creamy and rich but light and easily absorbed at the same time.

There were also a couple of Peppy samples in there as well, the Diva Face Moisturiser and the Healing Balm, again two things I am excited to try in lovely little sample pots.

Amber sent me some other sample sachets as well, I think that is a great way to try lots of different brands and products. I love that there is some children's shampoo in there as well for Maddie :-) so thoughtful, thank you Amber!

The other main thing in my box was a gorgeous Lily Lolo lipstick.

This is my first ever natural lipstick and I have been really impressed with it. It goes on beautifully as it is a soft, buttery texture. It doesn't dry out my lips like 'normal' lipsticks do and the colour stays for a reasonable amount of time - you do need to reapply every few hours or after eating/drinking but, we can't expect miracles and safe products right?!

I did some swatches but they just look awful as I cannot get any good light this week *sigh* so no pictures as it just wouldn't be fair!

So, here is the full contents of my box from Amber:

Ahem, Amber may be reading this thinking... hang on a minute... yeah there were two other things in the box but those delicious, organic, fair trade Green & Blacks chocolate got eaten before I could take photos!

I've loved doing this swap, finding new blogs, great new brands and much more!

Thanks again to Amber, you've been a great swap partner in so many ways and the wonderful gifts are just one of them!

I am so excited to keep in touch with Amber, Ria, Tania and all the other lovely ladies I've 'met' through this swap. Can't wait to do another one next year!

Rach xx


  1. Oh I'm so glad to see the Lily Lolo lipstick here! Great stuff

    Mayah x

    1. yeah, I love it! I will be buying more colours soon :-) very nice to use. x

    2. Glad you like it! I'm so happy you love everything I chose for you I was really nervous! I've just posted what you got me on my blog :D xx

  2. Hey, I love your blog great work ;) Please come have a look at mine and let me know what you think, if you decide to follow me, leave me a comment and I’ll follow you back :) XxXx

    1. Thanks so much :-) very kind of you to say! Your blog looks great, I'll defo follow, I need some fashion help! Rach xx

  3. You got so many lovely products :) Love the festive wrapping paper too! So glad you enjoyed doing the swap :) x

    1. Thank you for making it all happen :-) can't wait for the next one! xx


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