Christmas in July Beauty Swap

Last month, the lovely Samantha Smith had a bright idea to do a Christmas in July Beauty Swap. I got paired up with Lauren from Sandcastles and Paper Crowns and we got started emailing and tweeting back and forth. I highly recommend checking out Lauren's blog, it's so much fun and she is really lovely (and a lover of pink and cake and sparkly things like me!).

Putting together a package of things that I thought Lauren would love was lots of fun! My favourite brands and products change pretty frequently but I got her some things that I'm really loving right now and Lauren sent me some of her favourite things. I wanted to share with you the amazing package that I got for Christmas in July this week.

Isn't it a great looking selection? I love the colours and products that Lauren chose to send me! Here's a little bit about them:

Bloom B Collection Nail Polish – This summery trio includes three extra bright shades called Dubai, St Tropez and Hollywood. I've mentioned my love of Bloom nail polishes before and am excited to try these out soon. I'lll report back!

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara – The brush on this looks good and thick so no doubt it will be a winner.

Ultra3 Lipstick in Harem Pink and Peaches – I haven't tried the Ultra3 lipsticks before but the matte brightness of the Harem Pink and the shimmery orange of Peaches are too much fun!

Bourjois Paris blush in Rose Frisson – I love this little blush with it's own rounded mini brush for on-the-go application. This colour goes perfectly with my complexion and although you can't really tell on my goosebumpy arm (it's exceptionally cold in my house today), it is a really pigmented blush.

NP Set Baked Powder Peach Set – This is not an item that I would ever think to purchase for myself, but upon swatching the colours, I can see it being a great use for contouring (seeing as Megan from Becca Cosmetics taught me how to do this recently). I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks, Lauren for a thoughtful and diverse package in the beauty swap! Who else got involved? If you did and you want to share what you got in your package, link up below.