Sunday, 13 May 2012

Beauty Box Swaps Meet Up!

Yesterday I meet up with the most lovely group of ladies from the Beauty Box Swapping page on Facebook.

We met up in Chester, which is a beautiful walled city founded by the Romans in AD79 - the city is full of important historic sites but also boasts top class shopping which we took full advantage of! You can read more about Chester here, its definitely worth a visit.

We started off the day at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, a huge outlet village about 10-15 minutes in the car from Chester train station.

I picked up this gorgeous coral coloured silk dress/shirt from Warehouse at Cheshire Oaks, bargain at £20 reduced from £70! Perfect for holiday with gold jewellery and sandals.

After a few hours of shopping we made our way back into Chester and had lunch at The Living Room in the town centre.

L-R EmmaNardine, Nora, Wendy, Nina and Caroline

Having been fed and watered we were ready to hit the shops!

First stop Debenhams - as I said when I walked in it's a BBS heaven!

This lippy was on my wish list, look how pretty and pink it is!

Next stop the Lancome counter.  

I got the Hypnose mascara, which came with 30ml of Bi-Facil and a mini L'absolu rouge lippy, plus Teint Idole Ultra foundation. This is one of the only foundations I have found that is pale enough for my skin, I didn't like the matte finish when I first tried it but I love it now. When I finish this bottle off I am going to try the Estee Launder Double wear as recommended by Emma and Caroline :)

There was a free gift with 2 purchases offer on - look at all the goodies I got!

Can never resist a Lush purchase!

I got my son the Dorothy bubble bar, I get him something different everytime I go.  The products are all natural and don't irritate his skin.  He used to love the bath bombs but now he prefers the bubble bars! As the name suggests they make lots of bubbles and they last for more than one use.  Should get three baths out of this bar.  How cute is the rainbow?!

I got a bath melt called Happy Blooming, again this will last for three baths.  The smell of cherries is gorgeous.  I've not seen or tried this bath melt before, looking forward to a nice relaxing bath to try it out.

Once we were shopped out and had said goodbyes to Caroline and Emma, we made our way over to Chester Cathedral to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the surprise that Nardine and Nina had bought with them....

BBS Cupcakes!!! Sparkly ones!

Made by Laura, she couldn't make the meet up so she sent us some cupcakes.

Yum, yum! 

 Laura sent us three boxes of the most delicious cupcakes, she is super talented and should really think about starting a cupcake business - the girl has talent.

A Beauty Box Swap day wouldn't be complete without a little swap! Thanks Emma for the MAC Lovelorn lippy, this is a perfect daytime pink.  I will be wearing this everyday for work.

I had such a great day, they are a bunch of amazing ladies and I am proud to call them my friends.  We chat all the time on the swapping page but this is the first time we have all met up (I have met Nardine before in February) and it was just like we have known each other all our lives! We laughed so much our sides hurt and we shopped so hard our feet hurt! We will definitely be having more meet ups and I'm sure they will become a regular event :)

Breakfast this morning! Thanks for the cupcake Laura and for the chocolate Nardine!


  1. omg thats such a lovely post!!! i had an amazing day, and i will deff be up there again to see you the shops and that lovely doggy of urs!

    p.s. That mug is soooo cute!!! ( can u tell i like all things disney?)


    1. I love my Alice in Wonderland cup, I got it from a little library shop in Hollywood Studios Florida last year. Tea just tastes so much better out of it!

      Going to start on the Harrods chocolate bar in a minute - very posh! x

  2. Brilliant post looks like you all had an amazing time, very sad reading this as I would have loved to have come and meet you all as you are all so lovely, but hopefully next time

    1. Definitely next time Karen, I'm sure Wendy said we are all coming to your house for a workshop! x

  3. great post! looks like you had a fab time! Love all the photos x

    1. Had a great time Sandra, can't wait for the next meet up x

  4. One of the best days i've had in forever!!! Loved meeting you all and an amazing bunch of women lol...and hearing what you really sound like haha!!! Love you all! xx

  5. Love this post Jo, might have to pinch the pic of us for a post. Have you got the pic with you in? So nice meeting you all



    1. I deleted the pic with me in as I looked HUGE!!! Sorry Emma! Feel free to pinch the other one though, can you get it off here or do I need to email it to you? x

  6. Looks like you had fun :D and i LOVE LOVE LOVE your mug!! Where did you get it? :D xxx

    1. I got it from Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida last year - I love it! Its my favourite cup :)