Monday, 15 December 2014

My Canadian Beauty Blogger Group Secret Santa Gift!

Hi, everyone! It seems Christmas came a bit early this year, and it's all thanks to the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa game! This lovely group of local bloggers arranged a beauty-based gift swap this year and I was so eager to take part. We agreed upon a $30 budget, which would allow us to snag some fun little treats without totally damaging the budget. My gift actually arrived at the end of last month, but I'm finally able to shine a light on the contents (and my amazing Secret Santa gifter!). 


The package arrived with hints of festivity even on the outside- a true giveaway that a holiday gift was inside!



It included an adorable card, which revealed that my Secret Santa was...



...Jodi from Up The Rollercoaster! Jodi is a Halifax-based beauty blogger and fellow cat lover. Was so fun to receive her package all the way from the East coast! 

Upon opening the box, each little trinket inside was individually wrapped in the most adorable penguin paper. How cute!



And here are the goodies revealed! I believe there was some squealing and dancing as I unwrapped each. I really love everything!

I received:

Milani Baked Blush in Rose d'Oro- I've heard nothing but great things about these blushes, so I was thrilled to receive one! Rose d'Oro is a gorgeous tawny rose with gold shimmer. It is perfectly pigmented and makes the cheeks look so luminous! 

Epic Blend Tinted Lip Balm in Garnet Star and Lip Balm in More Moisture Cherry- I had never heard of this brand, but was so happy to be introduced! These balms are packed with good for you ingredients and are ultra hydrating. Am especially loving the tinted version, as it's a perfect berry shade for this time of year! 

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Palomino/Violet- I've been lusting after this lipstick duo for ages! These are my first-ever Bite products and I haven't been let down. They are intensely pigmented and ultra creamy, plus both shades are so up my alley! Love the dual-ended mini packaging too. 

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie- I'm usually not a gloss girl, but I'd heard that these were a must-have. So glad I listened to the hype! This feels super hydrating on the lips and is not at all sticky. Vanilla Cream Pie is a lovely slightly mauve-toned baby pink that I can wear with just about any makeup look. 

Lila Grace Passionfruit Orchid Body Lotion- Got to love a rich, hydrating lotion at this time of year! It has a very nice texture and a deep. fruity floral fragrance that I just adore. 


And here are some swatches of my Secret Santa goodies:

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Palomino (L) and Violet (R)

(L-R): Milani Baked Blush in Rose d'Oro, NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Epic Blend Tinted Lip Balm in Garnet Star

I really couldn't have been happier with these Secret Santa treats! So many lovely items were included on the $30 budget and I got to receive a few wishlist items while testing some new brands. Couldn't have asked for anything more! A huge thank you again to Jodi for being such a thoughtful Secret Santa!

Did you take part in any Secret Santa gifting this year? Did you get to give/receive any gifts of beauty?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

21 comments:

  1. All of your gifts look amazing! I have a couple of mini lipsticks from Bite too, but unfortunately one of the bullets completely broke off! I haven't used it since but will probably have to use a lip brush :( Vanilla Cream Pie is a really pretty shade, I have Peaches & Cream and I love it!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Ah, that's too bad! And I got Peaches & Cream for Christmas and agree that it's super pretty :)

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  2. this is such a great idea! great way to try new products and meet more bloggers! lovely products you got and such nice colors!
    - Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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  3. love the colors of the lipstick :)

    have a great day, julia
    www.chicchoolee.com

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  4. The bite beauty lipstick seem booth amazing!
    Fabrizia - Cosa mi metto???

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    1. They really are- love them both! :)

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  5. That's awesome that you got such fantastic Secret Santa gifts! I love it when people put a little thought into matching the recipient's personal taste. That Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo looks AMAZING.

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    1. It is amazing! And yes, Jodi did but so much thought into it! :)

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  6. Oooh, those gifts are amazing :)! I have to sign up for some secret Santa next year :)!!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  7. Those are some great products from your Secret Santa! How gorgeous! That is my current go to blush, so I'm a little biased - it's just beautiful!

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    1. Ooh, I can see why you love that blush. It's gorgeous! :)

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  8. Looks nice!

    XX

    http://www.floortjeloves.com
    http://www.facebook.com/floortjeloves

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  9. Amazing gifts!

    http://bellemelange.net/blog

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  10. what a fun gift. that wrapping is really festive--I love it!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. She did such a nice job with the wrapping! Very festive :)

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  11. I LOVE secret santas- they're so much fun to get!! The penguin wrapping paper was adorable, and she chose such awesome items for you. Especially those two lipsticks- what fun and electric colors. I'm already excited to see how you'll apply them, woot!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. It really was a perfect gift! I'm loving the Bite lipsticks so far :)

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  12. Yay I'm so so glad you liked the gifts so much! I was a bit nervous because we hadn't met before I sent the gift and I didn't know if you'd like them all. But I am beyond thrilled that you do! Yay!!

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    1. I really do! Thanks again for being so thoughtful :)

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