Haulage! Giveaway Prize & UK Swap with Helpless Whilst Drying (June 2016)

Back in March, one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying (as a nail polish addict, I’ve gotta love that blog name!) celebrated her 2-year blogiversary and held a fantastic giveaway! I was one of the lucky runners-up and of course, I selected a Lottie London nail polish as my prize.

As it turned out, Rachael is in the UK and the Royal Mail apparently updated their international mail prohibited list to include nail polish! I felt quite awful that Rachael had spent so much effort just finding the nail color I’d requested, only to be told that she couldn’t mail it overseas to Canada, so we did what any beauty-product lovers would do: We decided to have a swap!

We set a budget (about GBP£33/CAD$60), exchanged some ideas of what we’d like from the other country, and off we went shopping! I had loads of fun shopping for Rachael’s goodies! It’s been ages since I’ve done an international swap—those are always the best to me, since I love trying out brands from other countries.

But, of course, even more fun was receiving my parcel from Rachael! I think we were blessed by the swap gods or something, because both of us received our parcels very quickly. I don’t think it took much over a week. Well done, Royal Mail and Canada Post! I guess we were also lucky that nothing got held up in customs, as well.

Without further ado, here’s the haulage!

Peeking inside the parcel:
Giveaway Prize and Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying

Pretty card!
Giveaway Prize and Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying

Here’s the giveaway portion. Now, keep in mind, I was only supposed to get the nail polish:
Giveaway Prize and Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying

But Rachael sent all of this as part of my prize, instead:

  • Barry M Dazzle Dust in Chocolate
  • Freedom Pro Highlight in Diffused
  • Freedom Pro Lipstick in Born With It
  • Lottie London Nail Polish in Guru
  • Makeup Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic 2
  • Makeup Revolution Powder Blush in Treat
  • cute makeup bag

The nail polish is even prettier in person (I love that packaging! So glad Rachael snuck this in!) and the makeup colors she picked are all right down my alley:
Giveaway Prize and Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying

Barry M Dazzle Dust in Chocolate, a deep and rich chocolate brown loose powder:
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Chocolate (53)

Freedom Pro Highlight in Diffused:
Freedom Pro Highlight in Diffused

Freedom Pro Lipstick in Born With It, a bright raspberry red:
Freedom Pro Lipstick in Born With It

Lottie London Nail Polish in Guru (whoa, I love this!):
Lottie London Nail Polish in Guru

Makeup Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic 2, a gorgeous neutral palette with 12 shades:
Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Redemption Iconic 2

Makeup Revolution Powder Blush in Treat, a perfect summery peach:
Makeup Revolution Powder Blush in Treat

The main swap included several more of Rachael’s favorite products, plus a number of products that are popular in the UK!

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Warm Medium (3)
  • Fleur de Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night
  • GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Raspberry (Matt)
  • Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Genius Lotion
  • Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Fortune Favours the Brave
  • Natural Collection (Boots) Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry
  • Seventeen (Boots) Define & Conquer Contour Kit in Medium
  • Seventeen (Boots) Doll’d Up Mascara in Black
  • W7 Nail Polish in Damson
  • W7 The Naughty Nine in Mid Summer Nights

Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Warm Medium (3). Rachael says this is super-popular over in the UK—I can’t wait to give it a spin! The color looks like just about a perfect match for me, too:
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Warm Medium (3)

Fleur de Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night. Weird name for this pretty berry color! Never heard of this brand before, but the packaging is sweet.
Fleur de Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Raspberry (Matt). We do get some GOSH products over here (they’re a Danish brand), but I’ve honestly never bothered to check out their makeup offerings—just the nail polish. Hahaha! This is another lovely raspberry red shade.
GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Raspberry (Matt)

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Genius Lotion is one of Rachael’s faves so it’s gotta be good stuff! Mmmm…coconut.
Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Genius Lotion

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Fortune Favours the Brave, designed in collaboration with British Beauty Blogger. This is the jewel of the swap, am I right?! I think I just about passed out when I saw how many shades are in this palette. It includes regular pressed shadows and some baked shadows.
Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Fortune Favours the Brave

Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry. A cute pinked-red cream lippie. I do love my reds!
Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit in Medium. Being honest, I’ve never contoured before! Will have to experiment. Thank goodness it comes with instructions.
Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit

Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara in Black. We get some Boots products over here, but I think just the No7 skincare line. No fun makeup like their Seventeen or Natural Collection lines.
Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara in Black

W7 Nail Polish in Damson. She snuck in another one! I see W7 stuff here at Winners, occasionally, but never the nail polish. This is a pretty, bright purple cream.
W7 Nail Polish in Damson

W7 The Naughty Nine in Mid Summer Nights. I haven’t seen this line of palettes at Winners, either! These rosy shades are lovely.
W7 The Naughty Nine in Mid Summer Nights

And, finally, Rachael also included a fun selection of British candy! UK candy is the best. (I actually had a hard time trying to find candy to send over to her, since most of our candy in Canada/USA isn’t as interesting or is already available in the UK.) I haven’t tried any of this candy, yet, due to my GDM, but as soon as that’s all done, it’s all gonna end up in mah belly.

Swap with Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying, British candy bars

As you can see, I pretty much made out like a bandit in this Giveaway & Swap. I haven’t had the chance to play with everything, yet, but you can be sure that the Lottie polish, the Seventeen mascara, the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes, and the lipsticks are going to get runs out this week.

Many thanks to Rachael for this fabulous swap and most generous giveaway!

(P.S. If you’re interested in what Rachael got from me on her end, she already posted it here!)

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7 thoughts on “Haulage! Giveaway Prize & UK Swap with Helpless Whilst Drying (June 2016)

  1. So glad to see that you’re liking what arrived! I actually forgot about a few of the items I sneaked in as some of them were last minute purchases!

    The W7 Palette (I presume) is a dupe for the MAC Burgandy x 9 Palette (If my more brown toned one is anything to go by!)

    That natural collection lipstick is one of my favourites of all time (and it’s only £1.99!) it is prone to being a bit delicate at the base though so apply with caution!

    The Fleur De Force gloss is from a youtubers line – not something I’d normally would make it to my top shelf of products, but her glosses are by far the best I’ve tried and the only ones I like! Everything in the line is star named, but I agree shade + name doesn’t go well at all!

    I think I’m going to have to re-hunt out that fortune favours the brave palette, it was the last one in store so hopefully it’s been restocked despite being LE!

    Keep me updated with your thoughts on everything! Thanks for swapping with me 😀

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    • Ahh thanks for the additional info!

      Oh yes, I see the likeness of the W7 palette to the MAC x9 palettes, now. I should see if I have any of the MAC shades in the Burgundy palette and compare them with the W7!

      I really hope you can snag one of the FFtB palettes for yourself. Super pretty – thanks again!!!

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  2. Aw, I wanted to include nail polish in my giveaway but I knew I’d ran into issues with Canada Post. Anything flammable, they’re like hawks!
    But wowee, how fun to receive other makeup items besides nail polish! 😉 BUT having said that, I love that Lotte polish in Guru! Stunning.
    So fun to try out all these UK items! I have the Collection concealer in that shade and it was too dark for me, sadly. It’s also slightly drying for the under eye area.
    That MR Palette in Fortune Favours the Brave though!!! Ahhhh. And the W7 Naughty Nine! So many pretties. You better use them, missy! I know how you are with eye shadows lol. I mean, have you even busted open the Ardency Inn duos?! 😉
    Off to read Rachael’s post!

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