Tuesday, 4 August 2015

CBB Christmas in July Present!

Hi, everyone! There are many amazing benefits of being part of a network of Canadian beauty bloggers- making new friends, taking part in epic swaps, and discovering amazing new writers and content. A recent perk of being involved with the CBB was the network's Christmas in July Secret Santa Swap. Anyone who wanted to participate was assigned a fellow blogger to shop for and, of course, their own personal Secret Santa. We were able to create wishlists and with a $30 budget, let the shopping commence! My gift arrived just over a week ago and I was beyond excited to tear it open. Just like Christmas morning! 


My Secret Santa was the lovely Leonie from A Paletteful, who gifted me with a fantastic, colourful selection of drugstore goodies from my wishlist. Here's what was included:

Essence All About Eyeshadow Palette in Paradise
I'd heard amazing things about these palettes, and who can resist a tropical selection of brights? Especially for summer! 

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
I'd recently read a very positive review of this from Chelle, so I'm super eager to try it. Can't tell whether I love or hate the packaging, but as long as my lashes like it, I'm game!

Essence Lipliners in Satin Mauve and Red Blush
A while back, I read a review from Courtney that totally raved about the creaminess and longevity of these pencils. Since I've whole-heartedly jumped on the lipliner resurgence bandwagon, I was so pleased to receive these! Clearly I tapped into the Satin Mauve liner immediately ;)

Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Lipstick in Desert Flower
I've been super impressed with the Flower Beauty goodies I've tried so far (reviews here), so of course I was jazzed to receive this lippie! It's a gorgeous mid-tone rosy brown that I think will be perfect for Summer and Fall. 

Leonie also included a handmade card with the gift, which was such a thoughtful touch! 


If there's anything to make me feel like an eager child on Christmas morning during this intense summer heat, it's a package of surprise makeup goodies! I find gift exchanges like this to be such an easy and affordable way to make someone's day and connect with fellow makeup geeks and enthusiasts. So glad that our blogger network organizes these events that spread so much cheer!

Have you ever celebrated Christmas in July? Have you received any surprise makeup gifts lately?

Thanks for reading! And thanks again to Leonie for the lovely gift! 

42 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! I absolutely love those essence lip liners, they are my faves!

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    Anjelique

    www.anjelique.com.au

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    1. They really are amazing, especially for the price! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Lovely pics! I love your blog:)

    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/printed-sea-3880191

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  3. I hope you like the Lash Princess mascara! Mascara can be such a personal thing that I'm always terrified someone won't like it when I give it a positive review! I've taken a liking to the packaging, but it took me a while. At first I was like... "this is weird". lol

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    1. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure I'll be happy with it. No pressure! ;)

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  4. What a great idea! This is just what the summer needs

    Natalia | Lindifique

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    1. Absolutely! It was a wonderful pick-me up :)

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  5. how fun! love this!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. It was super fun! Thanks for stopping by, Nancy :)

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  6. Such an amazing post! Have a wonderful Wednesday dear. :)

    Ps; Help me win the Zalora Blogger Challenge. Details are on my latest post.

    xoxo;
    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM
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    1. Thanks so much, as always, Kenny! xo

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  8. Is Flower Beauty the brand from Drew Barrymore? Looks like you got some awesome goodies from the Christmas In July swap. So fun! :)

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    1. Yes, it is! I've been really happy with everything I've tried from Flower so far :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It was lots of fun :)

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  10. Those are some bright eyeshadows!! I really want to try some Essence lipliners now!
    xo Kat @ Katness

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    1. I can't wait to try the palette out! And yes, the lipliners are fab :)

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  11. I wanted to join this and then I got busy with the little one and it completely slipped out of my mind, still bummed about it! She picked you really great goodies and I too have read great things about the mascara, looking forward to hear your thoughts about it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Aww, next time for sure! I can't wait to give the mascara a go :)

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  12. That is such a great idea! Why wait until Christmas for presents?! :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  13. I love these!!! They all look great!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! They've been so fun to play with :)

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  14. This is such a lovely post!

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  15. wow, those are bright colors, lovely!

    xx Falasha
    Bite My Fashion ll Instagram ll Bloglovin'

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    1. I can't wait to play with them- they're so perfect for summer! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  16. Such a great idea and I love all the bright summer colors!
    www.glamourbyzee.com

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    1. It really was lots of fun! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  17. Satin Mauve is my favourite lip pencil, so happy you have that shade now :) Hope you love it as much as I do

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    1. Glad you love it too! It really is a special lip pencil- and for a great price :)

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  18. Looove all the colors :) Bisous from France, *-* Sand. *-*

    www.taimemode-fashionblog.com

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    1. Thanks, me too! Hope you're having a great week :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm really loving them :)

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  20. I just tried the essence lip liners and I love them too!
    I completely missed out on the CBB Christmas in July thing, but I think it's such a cute idea. ♥

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    1. Aren't the lip liners great?! Especially for the price :)

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  21. Mmmm that lipstick! A very Jen colour!

    I've been dying to try those essence lip liners but I haven't been able to find them anywhere!! They must be just THAT popular.

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    1. I guess so! But they're definitely worth tracking down :) I'm so excited to try the lipstick! xo

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