My Blog Swap With Quintessentially Me

My Blog Swap Quintessentially Me

I have been a big fan of lucky packets ever since I can remember, granted I don’t really buy them these days because I don’t have a need (or space!) for the toys.  I guess the ‘adult version’ of these lucky packets would be a subscription box type thing like Rubybox or the ‘I Love You’ box.  The thrill of holding a box or packet in your hands and not knowing what’s inside, it’s like Christmas!  Anyone who knows me personally, knows I LOVE gifts…  We usually celebrate Christmas Eve at my mom’s house – I’m always the first person to finish dinner, and always the first person to say: “Right!  Let’s get to the gifts, shall we?”

A blog swap gives me the same thrill – this is my first blog swap and although I really enjoyed buying the items for Ashleigh, I was super excited to see what she had bought for me!  You can read my first blog post on Ashleigh and her beautiful blog here but the short of it is:  Ashleigh is a South African blogger living in London, her blog is called Quintessentially Me.  A couple of months ago she contacted me asking whether I would like to meet up with her (she was planning a trip to South Africa) and perhaps do a blog swap too.  I agreed and in the weeks leading up to our meet-up, we became friends, literally messaging each other almost every single day.  For the blog swap, we agreed on an amount of money we were both comfortable to spend on each other (which by the way, neither of us stuck to – haha!) and Ashleigh asked whether I could include mostly South African products.  I, on the other hand, didn’t really ask for specific brands or products BUT Ashleigh knew I was a big fan of Soap & Glory products.

We eventually met up at Tasha’s and it was like we had been friends for years – chatting away, getting to know each other, all while giggling about random things as well.  We gave each other the blog swap parcels and then opened them up right there.  I was SO excited, astounded, and grateful for all the goodies Ashleigh had handpicked just for me.  Take a look below:

Barry M Nail Polishes

♥  Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Lychee

♥  Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Papaya

♥  Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Dragon Fruit

♥  Barry M Textured Nail Effect Polish in Duchess

Soap & Glory Makeup

♥  Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Radiance Face Powder

♥  Soap & Glory Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss in Punch Bowl

Soap & Glory Body

♥  Soap & Glory Clean Girls Body Wash

♥  Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish

♥  Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Soap & Glory Skincare

♥  Soap & Glory Off Your Face 3-in-1 Daily Purifying Cloths

Makeup 1

♥  Seventeen Va Va Voom Mascara in Brown Black

♥  Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Stare Struck

♥  Topshop Glow Highlighter in Gleam

Makeup 2

♥  Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Bashful

♥  No 7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Pencil in Glistening Ray

♥  Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Sage

All of the products were packaged in a big Soap & Glory toiletry bag – perfect for travelling!

I am so incredibly thankful for all the products Ashleigh brought over from the UK for me, all the time and effort it took to purchase these items just for me.  Thank you, Ashleigh. xxx

I’m hoping to get my Youtube channel up and running in the next couple of weeks and will definitely be using some of these products in makeup tutorials.  I actually haven’t used any of these products yet, because I told myself I would only be allowed to use them once the blog post has been loaded.  Yay!  So now I can get stuck into these products!  Phew…

*runs to apply all the makeup to my face and all the nail polishes to my nails*

Juuuuust joking…



  1. Dee 30 June 2014 / 12:50

    Oooh wow, this is a nice blog swap! You are so lucky! x

    • Luzanne 30 June 2014 / 15:48

      Don’t I know it, Dee! 😀 Ashleigh really spoiled me! x

  2. farzana 30 June 2014 / 12:53

    I love the S&G stuff and the cheek stamp thingey and looking forward to watching your videos, Luzanne. Farzana x

    • Luzanne 30 June 2014 / 15:49

      Thank you, Farzana – trying to get my ducks in order to film my first video. Quite excited and nervous!! 😉

  3. Caryn 30 June 2014 / 14:30

    Wow wow wow, wish I could do a swap with someone!!! Im not a blogger though…maybe I should start making old school pen pals heheheee!

    • Luzanne 30 June 2014 / 15:50

      Haha! Love that idea, Caryn! :)

  4. Geraldine 30 June 2014 / 14:45


  5. Bianca 30 June 2014 / 14:47

    Please let us know what the cheek stamp, S&G powder and Topshop highlighter is like? I have family in the UK and if you like the products, I’ll ask my aunt to send me a parcel. :)

  6. Zee Mohlapi 30 June 2014 / 15:47

    So jealous, Lu! I want everything in this blog swap tee-hee-hee!

    • Luzanne 30 June 2014 / 15:53

      LOL! This blog swap parcel is pretty darn awesome, hey? 😉

    • Luzanne 2 July 2014 / 22:14

      Thank you, Vhutali. 😀

  7. Martie 1 July 2014 / 00:09

    Such a stunning blog post…. Was so waiting for this one! Love it Lu :-)

  8. Lily 1 July 2014 / 20:03

    What a great swap, you got so many great things!

    • Luzanne 2 July 2014 / 22:12

      I did indeed, I was very blessed to have Ashleigh buy so many wonderful things for me. :)

  9. Michelle 2 July 2014 / 14:46

    Such a stunning bunch of goodies. I won’t lie, I am sooooooo jealous of those Barry M polishes. Especially lychee. And papaya. Oh who am I kidding. ALL of them.

    Soap and glory ftw!

    • Luzanne 2 July 2014 / 22:19

      Haha!!! I am really enjoying them, I haven’t used Dragon Fruit yet but I really like the ones I have tried! Soap & Glory is always a winner, hey? x

  10. Tjoppie 3 July 2014 / 09:53

    You are indeed fortunate in receiving all this gorgeous stuff! Enjoy!

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