First things first, I absolutely loved both of my advent calendars – I’ve had chocolate ones, along with Ethan, for the past few years and they’re good but it was nice to have something so relevant to what I write about, think about, obsess over, a lot of the time! The excitement was pretty massive (even if I did have some spoilers because of magazines posting pics of the Boots advent Open on their fb page)If you want to see the individual posts for any of the parts then you can see them here:
The Boots advent was £30 and promised to have items worth over £60 inside (I think!) – It looked like this: Days 1-6
, days 7-12
, days 13-18
and days 19-24
Annnnnd even more importantly, make sure you check out the gorgeous Fiona’s blog HERE
And, here’s what I got inside!
There’s a mini Nails inc polish in ‘Porchester Square’ missing and also a sample tube of Rimmel’s stay matte foundation – I somehow left out the Nails inc and the Rimmel foundation is something I sent on to Fiona as I remembered it was on one of her wishlists.
That aside, as you can see, there was some really nice things in there! Nail products galore (and from some fab brands too), skin care, body care, hair care and some make-up. All in all I think it was, definitely worth the money and I’ll definitely think about doing it again next year – I love the idea of an advent filled with high street items, plus a few higher end; all things from Boots.
And, it goes without saying, Fiona went a bit loopy!
Just look at that! You can see the individual posts, above, if you want more details about anything.
So, the premise of our blog swap advent was that we used samples from our collection to make up as much of the 24 places as we could and then we used our budget of £25 to fill up the gaps! The problem with this is that Fiona didn’t have many samples, so she put in miniatures, and things from her own collection which she didn’t think she’d use – Hence a full sized flipping OPI polish!
If you do this with someone who doesn’t have many samples, and you do, you may end up feeling like the other person has done too much! Now, that’s not to say I don’t think I sent Fiona good things, I am really pleased with what I sent her, I picked things that I knew she’d love and, thankfully she has!
To clarify, she has absolutely no problem with what we’ve swapped – She feels that she didn’t send too much and that what I’ve sent her is good. So it’s only me feeling a bit off because I worry I didn’t send as much. I know we both used our budgets amazingly well (thank you super drug for 3 for 2s!) but when she sent me full sized products and miniatures and I sent her samples (good samples, but samples none the less) – You see where I’m coming from.
But, by the by, We’re both very happy with what we’ve got and I feel incredibly lucky to have been sent the Amazing things that Fiona has sent me, I can’t say thank you enough for sending me such a fantastic bundle of things! She’s just such a lovely lady, she’s been so thoughtful and wonderful with everything she’s sent, as she was with our last swap – She’s also sent a little gift for Ethan but I can’t tell you what’s in it because I’m writing this on Christmas eve.
Would I recommend other people do this sort of swap? Yes, yes, yes! Just make sure you are both on the same page, or if one ends up sending more that it’s the sort of amazingly generous person that Fiona is! I always think it’s a good idea to do swaps with people that you’ve spent some time getting to know and it turns out doing a second swap with someone is even better as you’ve had even more of a chance to learn about them!