Swap Box with XOXOMeaghan

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Since starting out in the world of blogging a little under 2 years ago, I have come across so many beautiful and inspiration blogs that I can't stop reading.
Some of them are very popular while others are smaller, but nonetheless, I love the individuality and different minded people that I come across.
My favourite blog for quite some time now has been XOXOMeaghan - I love her content and her images are flawless. I always look forward to her new posts and just before new year I contacted her to see if she would be interested in doing a beauty swap box with me!

I have never done a blogger swap box before but I have seen other bloggers writing about them and thought they looked so fun - and a great way to make a new friend! I really connect with Meaghans friendly blogging style and the fact that she likes very similar things to me made it obvious that we would get along well and do a successful swap!
Happily, Meaghan was just as excited as me to take part in her first swap so we agreed to give each other 2 weeks to buy some nice treats that we thought the other would like and we set a limit of a £20 spend!

It was nice to chat to Meaghan and keep in contact with each other all throughout the swap process - although we never gave away what treats we had bought so as not to spoil the surprise! She is so positive and, although we have a few hours time difference between the UK & the USA she always replies to my messages super fast!
My swap parcel arrived mid January and it was clear that Meaghan took so much time and put so much thought into her wrapping. Each Item was wrapped in the cutest confetti tissue paper and finished with a ribbon and a darling note - she even sent me a sweet card, too!

I was so excited to unwrap this Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream! I previously bought a Burt's Bees lip balm when I was in NYC a few years ago and I absolutely loved it so this is a total winner! I didn't realise that Burt's Bee's offered skincare too, so it is nice to get the chance to try something different and this product is nothing short of amazing - it smells incredible - citrus-y and fresh, and it makes my cuticles look so much healthier!

The thing I was most excited to open was this gorgeous little NYX duo! I have never tried NYX before but have always wanted to, so when Meaghan sent me the NYX soft matte lip cream in 'Copenhagen' I was absolutely over the moon!
This shade is not yet available in the UK and I have been desperate to get my hands on it, so , as you can imagine, I have been wearing it at every possible second since I unwrapped it!
Meaghan was also kind enough to send me this amazing packed powder blush by NYX.  She picked out shade 'Rose Garden' for me, and it is just perfect for my fair skin tone. It is buildable, blendable and has just the right hint of shimmer to give you that rosy glow look! I just love it!

The Body Shop has to be my favourite place to pick up my skincare items - I love their facial washes and their body butters are to die for, so the fact that Meaghan sent me some Body shop goodies was very, very well received!
Meaghan chose a Mango duo for me which includes a darling Mango lip butter and an indulgent Mango body butter. As with all body shop products, they smell so fresh and delicious and really make the skin soft and refreshed! I have really enjoyed massaging the body butter into my ever expanding bump each evening and the lip butter is a great little treat to keep in my handbag at this chilly time of year!

Wow! Wow! Wow! 
As you can tell, I am so excited to finally own one of these little bad boys. The EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balms are raved about so often in the beauty world and I have been longing to try them for ages but, as with most good things, they aren't easily available in the UK yet so I had never gotten the chance.
That is until Meaghan read my mind and sent me one in the 'Summer Fruit' flavour. It smells incredible and the formula is so nourishing on the lips, I apply this each morning before doing my make up to get my lips ready for lipstick application. The sphere shape is adorable and I love the colour, too!

As most girls do, I have a big love for nail polish! I have only ever used O.P.I in college and I just loved the formula and shine their polishes offer. And now, thanks to Meaghan, I own my very own mini O.P.I trio - aren't they just adorable?!
Meaghan sent me shades (L-R) 'My Holiday Shoes', 'Plum Me to You' & 'Open Me First'. 
I have already painted my toes with 'My Holiday shoes' - I wanted to try it out while I can still reach my toes. It is a gorgeous, vibrant red which adds the perfect pop of colour to your nails!
I can't wait to try out the other 2 shades!

Meaghan was also super thoughtful and sent some adorable outfits for our little boy! What a star!
This striped bodysuit is so cute and will be perfect to dress him up in on the warmer spring days, and this amazing dinosaur Tee will look so cute with a pair of mini jeans or chino's!
I was so touched that Meaghan sent these in the swap parcel, it really is so kind and thoughtful!

Doing this swap was a really nice experience, it was exciting to shop for a friend and keep it a secret, and it was lovely to chat with Meaghan all throughout the process! I would recommend a swap box to any blogger - it is a lovely way to meet a new friend and a bonus that you are able to sample some treats that you may not otherwise have come across.
I know that some bloggers specify what they would like to be sent in their swaps, and while Meaghan and I each specified one item, I really enjoyed keeping the rest a secret as it was so exciting to unwrap and try out everything in my parcel!
Make sure you check out Meaghan's lovely blog here - I know you'll love it!

*Thank you so much for everything you sent me Meaghan - I am so happy to have done this swap with you!*


  1. You got loads of lovely stuff! I'm currently in a box swap with someone from Australia which is amazing! I can't wait to see what I've got!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

  2. I'm getting a bit teary eyed! This made my heart so happy. I'm so glad that you enjoy all of the products. It was so much fun shopping for you, and picking items that I thought you would like. Xx

  3. Love your haul - NYX, OPI and The Body Shop are among my favorites!


  4. I love the idea of this!