California Package Exchange

While I was in California, I fell in love with all the different bits of makeup and candy that you just can’t get here in England. To cut a long story short, this spawned a package swap with my dear blogger friend Kate who lives in California, near San Fransisco. She sends me supplies of my favourite candy, Essie nail polish and lots of little surprises from America, and I send her little bits of UK only makeup to try, traditional sweets and goodies I bring back from France!


This is our second package swap – I was to excited to rip the first one open to remember I wanted to photograph it for a blog post!



What I Got:

Wonka Nerds (one of my favourites, you used to be able to buy them everywhere in the UK, but now only for jawbreaking prices in specialist places like Selfridges, and not in big mixed boxes like this!

Milk Duds – Really, really amazing hard caramel balls covered in candy chocolate.

Pomegranate Fine Milled Soap

Jolly Ranchers  – Hard Candy, I love these so much I’ve dedicated an entire post to them, coming soon!

Love & Beauty Nail Polish (From Forever 21)

Bright & dark blue Sinful Colour nail polish

Whoppers & Reeses Peanut Butter Whoppers (basically an American version of Malteasers)

Essie nail polish in ‘Bahama Mama’

Forever 21 necklace

E.L.F Lipglosses

Covergirl Lash Blast Length Mascara


Though out packages are supposedly things we can’t get in your own country, when I was in CVS I almost had a heart attack when I saw that Essie nail polish was only $7.50. That is about £4.60 a bottle. A bottle of Essie nail polish her in the UK is £9.95. It may be my favourite brand, but you can see why I refuse to buy it in the UK anymore… 


I’ve wanted to try this Covergirl Lash Blast Length mascara for ages (my obsession with their Blast collection is well documented) and they’d sold out when I went to California. How could I not love NYLON magazine and not want to try the mascara that is always splashed across its pages? I can’t wait to try it!


I absolutely love this necklace she sent me from Forever 21, and I can’t wait to show it off in an outfit post. I’ve heard great things about Forever 21 jewellery, but I can’t see myself getting near the new Oxford Street store anytime soon without getting crushed! 

Do any of you take part in package exchanges with friends abroad?