I don't have any polish for today as I had my polish mojo knocked out of me yesterday. You may have seen this photo knocking round the internet the last couple of days.
This was the very sad letter I received yesterday telling me that Royal Mail had destroyed my parcel of pretty Nails Inc polishes I was shipping to one of my friends as part of a group buy. Unfortunately I shipped a load at the same time and I have no idea whose parcel got destroyed and won't know until hopefully the other parcels arrive safely. I can't remember how many parcels I sent, about 7 I think, and I know 2 have arrived safely.
I thought I'd better explain exactly what happened, and also what Royal Mail have told me regarding shipping polish abroad.
When you ship parcels internationally now, the staff at the counter have a laminate sheet with a list of different things which are prohibited, which they have to show you and ask if any of these items are in the parcel. Of course nail varnish is on the list :(. I had all these parcels which my friends had paid for and were waiting, so I had to ship them out somehow, so I ignored the sheet (I didn't feel great about it but what else could I do) and then panicked at filling out the customs forms. Normally I put cosmetics but for some reason on some of the I put craft supplies, and on a couple I put craft supplies-paint. I was thinking acrylic or poster paint, non flammable! Not my brightest moment, but the Post Office worker accepted the parcels with that on the customs label so I thought they would be ok. Until I got the letter above.
I rang the Dangerous Goods number - the girl on the phone said that they are x-raying all international parcels now (really?! that's a lot of work!) and that this is because of Civil Aviation laws, not their own rules. I asked about shipping by land but she said they don't offer that anymore! Despite the fact that the Royal Mail website clearly says they do! So it seems to me that not all the information being given is correct or true.
I asked how businesses like Nails Inc for instance would be able to ship abroad and she said they won't. She was very polite but not very helpful!
So that's the story behind the letter - it may be my fault the parcel got destroyed because I put a stupid thing on the customs form. Or maybe Royal Mail are x-raying all international parcels. I don't know! But one thing I do know, international nail polish swaps are on hold for the forseeable future which makes me very sad. I hope to find a way to safely and legally ship polish abroad. If I do I will let you know!