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!

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Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green, swatch

Throwback Tuesday! Barry M — Mint Green (Nail Paint) Swatch & Review

Brand: Barry M

Barry M is one of those fun drugstore brands that I’ve been fortunate enough to try, just so I can bemoan the fact that they’re not available in North America, where I live.

The range of colors is fun, the price is tough to beat, and I’m always a bit envious when I see British beauty bloggers showing off their Barry Ms!

I only have two Barry M Nail Paints: one from my first trip to England and another from a swap with a (if I recall correctly) Scottish MUAer.

fivezero in London, England at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, 2007
We visited the beautiful Kew Gardens on my first trip to London in 2007.
We lucked out with a nice, sunny day! I still need to watch
David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants, which was shot there.

Today’s swatch is Mint Green (304), which I picked up at a Boots pharmacy along with a Bourjois nail polish (this was before Bourjois became available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada). Mint Green is as you’d imagine: a fresh, minty green cream that just veers into pastel territory.

This polish also counts as a Throwback Thursday, since it’s from at least 2007. It’s also no longer available on the official site, so I assume it’s discontinued. Guess I should have saved it for this Thursday. Oops! Well, Tuesday starts with a T, too.

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