Yey! It is our 3rd collaboration. Stashy is from Toronto, Canada. She is super organised and this was her fabulous idea. Being a beauty hoarder myself, I certainly will not pass up any opportunity to increase my stash LOL (Now on no buy til 31 Dec 2017) Plus we both posted so early that we landed up a month too early for our actual birthday.

 

It was my first time doing a swap with other bloggers. I was sooooo excited wahaha. Stashy facilitated the process by asking a series of questions and sharing what she’s interested / not interested in. The shopping began in February. This was a serious affair of bargain hunt, swatch, research etc. The box value was limited at EUR70. The main mission was to send each other unique local products / not available in our respective country.

 

Diseaster started to strike when one of the uniquely French brand introduced their stuff into Canada. I curse thee!!! Thank goodness it was not a full range introduction. Else it was like, er… do I keep the goodies for myself or what type of situation.

 

The cross Atlantic postal service was a drama for us both. Perhaps Stashy will share her bits of the story? Her post will be up at 9h00 Toronto time later today. My trouble all happened in French and besides outrageous postage that I understood fully, everything else happened in a 60% comprehension slur.

 

We actually texted each other to unbox at the same time 😀 With Instagram moments and all. Stop my babbling and here’s the unboxing!

The below product list was all typed out by Stashy herself! She is incredibly thoughtful! She typed the list to make our post easier! I am ashamed that I haven’t thought of such things. I have removed Stashy’s remarks, because I take private conversations very seriously 😛

Makeup

  • Marcelle City Tinted Cream SPF 25
  • Marcelle Powder Blush in Coral
  • Annabelle Chrome eye shadow in Rose Gold
  • Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick in Absolute and lip liner in Demure
  • Vasanti Powder Highlighter Duo in See the Light
  • Vasanti Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Ellora Caves
  • Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in #025
  • Quo Velvet Kiss Lipstick in #11 ==> Stashy, I totally get you on this one. (love)
  • BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Honeycomb (!!!!!!!!!!GOAL!!!!!!!!)
  • Capital Vices Skull Lip balm – this is made in Toronto!
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Left to right, top to bottom: Marcelle City Tinted Cream SPF 25, Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in #025, Vasanti Powder Highlighter Duo in See the Light, Vasanti Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Ellora Caves, BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Honeycomb, Capital Vices Skull Lip balm, Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick in Absolute and lip liner in Demure, Marcelle Powder Blush in Coral, Quo Velvet Kiss Lipstick in #11, Annabelle Chrome eye shadow in Rose Gold

 

Skincare

  • Various sheet masks – exclusively Canadian 😀
  • Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
  • The Ordinary Buffet
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Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA, The Ordinary Buffet, Life masks of all sorts, Neo Strata mask

Misc.

  • Brush Guard – eye shadow and variety pack
  • Quo Blush Brush
  • Quo Solid Brush Cleaner
  • Quo Blending Sponge
  • Travel pouches, Canada patch, pins
  • Hudson’s Bay tote – this is an iconic stripe in Canada, see this wikipedia article about it
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Brush Guards, Quo Blush Brush Quo Solid Brush Cleaner, Quo Blending Sponge, Travel pouches, Canada patch, pins, Hudson’s Bay tote

What an incredible selection!!! 😀 As usual, I’ll hoard them a little before I open them up and use them haha. Everything feels better after hoarding for a bit.

birthday-swap-stashmatters-canadian-brands-cosmetics-5511.JPGSeriously, so much excitement and so little time! wahaha Thank you, Stashy!!! 😀 Brilliant idea!!! xox

 

As you can see, this swap extended my hoard further.

Don’t forget to visit my doppelganger’s blog. She is meticulous and she has more than 70 MAC single eye shadows alone. Show some love xox stashmatters.com

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Hi, I am Joyce. 30+ living in Paris. Laughs a lot. Rooibos tea. Appreciate little things. Explore places. Fighting beauty OCD.

28 Comments

    • Thank you, Sangeetha~~~ You’re so supportive~~~ Saw that you’ve send Stashy some love on her post too~~~ thank you xox

    • Thank you for dropping by, Jodi xox Stashy is the BEST! 😀 I’m still so overwhelmed how wonderful her selection is!

  1. Came here from Stashy’s blog and immediately fell in love with yours! Both of you did an amazing job with the gift selection, and it is such a lovely surprise! <3

    • Aw, thank you so much for dropping by. I am so happy that you’ve found me 😀 Thank you for the kind comment xox
      **My apology for the late reply. Your message went to my spam.

  2. What a box! You don’t even need to buy anything for months as you got such a great haul! 😊 Definitely a nice early birthday present. Stashy did great☺ xx

    • Thank you for dropping by, Cat xox When’s your next podcast? Waiting to listen to another one of your fab show 😀

  3. Yay! I didn’t write up about the post office drama because I didn’t want to detract from the beauty of the goodies! 😀
    Sorry I added to your hoard… but it’s worth it!? 😉
    I’ll have to watch your video unboxing – I will comment over on YT!
    Enjoy everything!!! 😀 <3

    • I love my hoard~~~ and the new members are soooooo welcomed haha xox

      Just saw your comment on YT. That footage was what I tried to send to you on the unboxing day. IG has a limit on the video length though.

      I LOVE everything. Thank you~~~ Enjoy yours too xox

      • Oh I just realized that I didn’t write up about the hair care haha! The Cake Wave Maker and the Curl Keeper!
        Also, you should know that I picked up The Ordinary items for you at their store and I DIDN’T BUY ANYTHING FOR MYSELF because I was still on No-Buy! I should get a gold star! 😀

    • Exactly! Canada is like unicorn land, right? They have such amazing cosmetics!!! O~~~ I must head over to check your swap post, I’m not sure if I’ve read that post.

  4. If she had added a Canadian novel, a CD by a Canadian band (Crash Vegas would be my recommendation) then it would have been perfect.

    • I originally wanted to send her Canadian snacks – KETCHUP CHIPS HELLO… but it was over the weight limit. Canada Post wanted $175 to ship the box over to her!!! Or my other option was $80 and it would take TWO months! 😮 So I had absolutely no opportunity to add anything else in the box, which sucked.

    • The box is perfect the way it is 😀 I love it!!! I guess my video is a dead giveaway how much I love this box haha

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