Sunday, 28 August 2016

Beauty Swap 101 | Part 1

I've literally been waiting to write this post for ages now. You see, a few months ago, my good friend Lily asked me if I would be interested in doing a beauty swap with her. I've seen tons of beauty swaps on various blogs, youtube videos and even in magazine articles, so when Lily asked me, of course I said yes! 

What Is A Beauty Swap?
For those of who you are unsure or don't know, a Beauty Swap is when you and someone else plan to purchase beauty products (and other items if you wish) for each other and post or ship it to the other person.
How To Do A Beauty Swap
The most important thing is communicating about everything. The most important thing is to set a budget - you don't want to not do that and spend 50 bucks on products while your partner spends only 10. When setting a budget, consider the following:

  • How much you're willing to spend on products
  • Shipping / Posting costs
  • Track & Trace (which is optional)

You can do the Beauty Swap one of two ways. The first is telling the other person exactly what you want. I would advise writing a list of suggestions of products you would like to have - this method is good for when you want something that is not available in your city/country. The second method is allowing the other person to surprise you with items that they think you'd like. This method is a bit more daunting as you don't know what you'll get, but I would recommend giving the other person samples of certain items. For example, give them the name of the current concealer you are using so they have a different concealer shade to compare it to if they wish to buy you a face product. Also tell them which products you like and don't like. For example, I don't like using blush, liquid liners and nail polishes, so Lily made sure not to purchase any of those.

The Process of The Swap
After you have decided on the budget, go shopping! You don't have to do this all at once, definitely take your time. Slowly start building a collection of items until they have reached the maximum you and your partner discussed.  Next, pack them in a parcel/box  and label them correctly. Be sure to get the proper address or P.O box of the person you're sending it to! If you are using Track & Trace,  take photos of the parcel before you send it! Take pictures of the contents, the slip you get from the post office with info on it such as price and weight, as well as photos of the actual parcel. This is good for in case it goes missing and the people who work at the post office will know exactly what they're looking for. 
When your partner receives the parcel, you can decide if you want to blog it, unbox it in a Youtube video or any other social media platform. This is popular amongst bloggers, but if you don't want to do that and just enjoy what you received, that's okay too!

What We Did
Lily and I decided to give each other suggestions on what we want as well as a few extra items, so we employed both methods. We also set a budget of 40 euros for products and an extra 22,50 euros for Track and Trace, so our budget was 62,50 euros total. We decided we only wanted beauty products and that they were going to all be either vegan or cruelty-free. 

For Future Reference...
If you would like to see what Lily got me and also what I bought for Lily, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my next post which will feature all of the juicy details! Stay tuned and let me know if you'd ever participate in a beauty swap!

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