Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beautiful Fairy Lights from Blaze On* - Review

Pretty things make me smile, a lot, but pretty things from a company with a strong ethical code makes me smile even more. The moment I read about Blaze On I just knew I wanted to work with them - Firstly their products are beautiful and secondly they use fair trade, ethically sourced products as much as possible as well as working with a number of home-run businesses in Thailand which means they're working with people to help better their lives. How's that for a first impression?!

If that's not enough for you then how about This for a second impression? Oh yes, just look at these beautiful, beautiful floral fairy lights! It was really, really tough to decide which of their products I wanted to try (there's so many beautiful lights as you can see HERE) but it came down to the 'Romantic Roses'* (£22.90) quite quickly based upon the flower as well as the colours - I didn't want just white as I like splashes of colour, but I also didn't want Just pink as it can be too much - The mix of pink, purple and white is just perfect for my tastes as it gives colour without being too in your face. These are the lights on the site: http://www.blaze-on.com/fairy-lights-roses-romantic/fairy-lights-roses-romantic-show-garden-20-bulb-led *

The lights came really nicely packed - I don't normally like it when there's lots of empty space in packaging as it suggests waste but in these it shows that they've been packed in the safest way possible; giving them the space to not get crushed.

You can see each of the colours, here, and I think they're just beautiful. The purple and pink are both bright but with slightly muted tones - I love how they emulate the sorts of colours you'd see on plants such as orchids and I think that this means that they would be beautiful as a decoration in their own right, not just as lights.

As you an see in the photo there's a few flowers which aren't connected to the string of lights - At first it seemed as though, maybe, some of them had come off in transit but when I checked they were, actually, stuck to the string. They're, actually, spare flowers - There's one of each colour so that if any of them get damaged over time you can replace them, what a lovely idea! The string has 20 led lights on it, so you're getting 23 of the roses to go along side that.

Don't they look beautiful when switched on! They absolutely transform when lit up, the white looks more cream, the pink becomes a more dusky shade and the purple becomes more of a plum colour - They're just beautiful. As you can see, the led lights, in these, aren't too harsh and that's  because they're soft white LEDs. I was very, very impressed when I read that they have up to 10 years (100,000 hours) of light in them, absolutely amazing! As well as this they come with a 1 year electronic guarantee and UK technical support which is really reassuring.

I took these pictures in the day light as I felt like it'd be a better way of capturing them, they'd have been very difficult to photograph them in the dark. We've been given permission to use the photos from the site and I want to show you the picture that made me fall in love with them, this how they look in the dark.

As you can seem from the photo above, which is from the Blaze On site, these fairy lights look so beautiful in the dark - I love that they're really nice without being light, they're stunning lit up in the day time and then even more beautiful in the dark; they work in any situation!

And, just to prove my last point, here they are, in the day light, unlit. I think they're easily the sort of thing that you can leave up all the time if you want to, they aren't something you have to put away between uses (unless  you want to of course). They're beautiful for the every day, they'd be stunning for a wedding (as would many of the other colours and designs), fantastic for a party and just amazing for a whole range of instances. When we move out, and get the new type of bed frame that I want, I think these will live on our headboard (I'd like one that's metalwork) as they'd be a beautiful way of adding a little colour and lots of pretty! 

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I was sent these for the purpose of review but all opinions are entirely my own and are honest*

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Book Review - 'The Lost Hero'* by Rick Riordan - First of 'The Heroes of Olympus' series

I was sent a copy of 'The Lost Hero'*, by Rick Riordan, to read and review in order to, also, let you know that the latest, and last, book in the series, 'The Blood of Olympus'*, had recently been released. I've never reviewed a book in order to drum up interest in a later book in a series and I wasn't sure how it'd work but, now that I've read them, I feel Perfectly capable of doing that!

When the book arrived I began reading it almost straight away but by the time I reached the end of the first or second chapter I knew I needed to stop. Before I started reading 'The Lost Hero' I knew that it was a continuation of the Percy Jackson universe but, as someone who reads this type of series already, I wasn't sure if this was going to be a totally new set of characters and story lines or if it was going to lead on from the first series - Within the first couple of chapters it became Glaringly obvious that this was a direct continuation (even if in a small way) from the previous 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series.

Now if you're someone who doesn't obsess over reading things in the right order, or isn't too bothered about reading the previous series then you wouldn't need to worry but, the stickler that I am, I couldn't continue reading this book until I'd read the previous, five book long, series because I knew that One Day I'd want to read them and I didn't want to learn any more than I already had! I already had the Percy Jackson series so I, immediately, started reading it... it took less than a week. The books weren't the longest but the most important part of the speed at which I read them is down to the fact that they were so easy to read. There's no getting away from the fact that the series was written for a younger audience (the leads begin the series at the age of 12) but I didn't find that that detracted from the story or the characters and I was quickly immersed in this universe of Gods and heroes, of Greek mythology and terrifying quests.

If you've not read the 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series you could easily decide to ignore the younger years of the novels and read from this newer series, with it's older characters and, thus, slightly older story lines (Still firmly YA but 15-16 year old YA compared to 12). If you're not sure whether or not you'd still like to read the original series first then I urge you to pick it up first - The 'Heroes of Olympus' series is great as a stand alone series but you'd definitely not want to read it and Then read the Percy Jackson series as you'd already know far too much about what's going to happen.

'The Lost Hero' was a cliffhanger from the absolute outset - How? Well because you begin with a character who has no memory... that's a cliffhanger without any need for further plot. But more than that you're thrown straight in to the action, within the first couple of chapters your characters are battling unknown spirits and being thrown straight into a different world. We start the story with Jason (the amnesiac), Piper and Leo who all attend a school for children who've been 'challenging' in their pasts. On a school trip they're attacked by storm spirits and suddenly learn a lot more about themselves than they could possibly have imagined (Apart from Jason who's still left with a lot unknown).

Oh yes, we're sticking with the vague. I don't want to tell you too much because that's for you to read, and find out, but I will tell you that it's fast paced, it's full of intrigue and it's gripping. Sometimes writers of YA don't worry as much about the writing quality but there's none of that from Rick Riordan, the stories are well written and the language is evocative. I absolutely loved the Greek mythology in the first series and that continues with abundance during this newer series - It's amazing how much history Riordan has woven into this universe, how many well known Greek figures are brought to life and how many obscure ones are introduced to us, and we're able to learn about. 

And the fifth book? Well I've not reached 'The Blood of Olympus'* yet - The moment I finished the first book I bought the second, third and fourth - I didn't pick up the fifth as it's brand new and I thought I'd wait until I got to the end of book four. As it happens I'm not far off, now, I'm part way in to 'The House of Hades' - I had to slow down on the books, a little, as I had other review books to read and I'm trying to catch up on other things so I wasn't able to read them at, quite, the same speed as the previous series but I am still totally hooked. Whenever I get a few minutes I pick it up to carry on with the journey that the team of heroes has undertaken - The stories are still rich and beautifully written, there's no slowing down, as the series continues, with this author, it's going to be a gut wrenching adventure until the very end! I absolutely can't wait to see what happens in the last book, it feels like I've been on a really long journey with these characters and can't wait to see how the final chapter plays out. 
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*I was sent 'The Lost Hero' in order to write about it, but I've bought all 8 other stories that I own from these series' - all opinions are honest and are my own*

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A great way to share Spotify with your little one - The 'My Songs' app

When we were asked if we'd consider writing about a child friendly app on Spotify called 'My Songs' I was instantly intrigued - So many people use Spotify now, it's everywhere so I wondered what this app would do to make it more closely aimed at those littler people in our lives.

I have, actually, never used Spotify myself but my husband has and he's used it to play songs to Ethan but, of course, it's not something where Ethan can get too involved because it's mostly Azii's music on there and where a lot of his music is child friendly, not all of it is.

It's really easy to find the 'My Songs' app, using the 'App Finder' app you just look for the one with the big yellow smiley face - You might not be surprised to find out that that stands out quite easily, haha.

The app, once you've got it, looks as you can see above - It's bright and eye catching, it'll really capture the attention of most children because they're going to know that it's for them and they're going to want to know why!

Again, as you can see in the pic, there's a long list of song types, within which there are play lists - Party, playtime, rhymes, pop, sports, learning and films are just some of the categories and then within these there's at least one, and often more, play list. It's all super simple to use and within each section there's a button to click -5 and +5 so that you can get songs aimed at either of those two age groups.

Ethan's favourite playlist is the 'Movie Songs' playlist - It starts with Frozen and then has Despicable me and Toy story, he was hooked. He loves his films but he has to be rationed otherwise he'd watch them all day so this is a great way of giving him a movie-like fix but not having him glued to the telly - That said, I think we both quite liked it too, haha. We both get Frozen stuck in our head a lot and other Disney songs are rather familiar to us too - In fact 'Happy' from Despicable Me 2 was put on Loads at our wedding as both Ethan, and Skye, went nuts whenever it came on so that song even has a bit of sentimental value.

Ethan was really excited every time we used the app, I think he really loved the idea that it was especially for him - He likes music a lot and if it's something that he recognises then even better. The good thing about the app is that you'll have songs that they recognise mixed in with ones that they won't, that way you're introducing them to something new as well. 

Maybe not the best quality picture ever but this is Ethan dancing, I tried to get him to slow down a bit so I could get a better picture but he was having none of it - I guess this one shows, quite well, how excited and happy he was about it, though, he really enjoys listening to music and bouncing around like a loony.

Considering that this app is free, and you can run it on a standard, free spotify account, it's a great idea. If you're having a children's party, looking for some seasonal songs (Halloween and Christmas sections are on there, too) or just enjoy listening to songs with your children then this is a great way for them to get involved and take a bit of ownership in what they're listening to without you having to worry that it'll be put on random and they'll end up listening to Slipknot on the next song (which is why I have to be wary when letting Ethan listen to my music haha).

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Even toothpaste can be spooky this Halloween! Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black Toothpaste* Review

I was a little taken aback when I was asked if I wanted to write about a 'spooktacular' toothpaste this Halloween... It's not exactly the sort of thing you expect to see when you open up your inbox, that's for sure. The Beverly Hills Formula 'Perfect White - Black Toothpaste'* is exactly that, though, absolutely worlds away from your normal whites and blues!

The toothpaste was, originally, sent to me for Ethan to try but when I found out that it had very mild abrasion I wasn't sure it was for the best - I've been trying it out, though, so that I can tell you if it's any good and I think that we'd only need to wait a few more years for Ethan to use it, but I'll explain why a little later on.

The reason that this toothpaste is black is because it has 'activated charcoal' in it - It's claimed to be an effective but, also, safe way to whiten teeth and it's also said to combat plaque, gum disease and bad breath. I have really weak teeth and they tend to get discoloured easily so I am always interested in good products for my teeth, but I'm also, always, quite sceptical too.

Before I squeezed any of the toothpaste out I wasn't sure if it was going to be 'black' as in Really black. I half thought it might be white with a black stripe, or maybe a grey sort of colour but, no, this stuff really Is black! As such, you can see why this is being called a 'spooktacular' toothpaste, what better a way to encourage your kids to brush than with something so fitting with the Halloween season?! Add that on to the fact that Halloween is a time when little ones are encouraged to eat more sweets than normal, this product could be a real saviour in lots of homes!

You might be thinking 'But didn't she say she didn't want her son to use it because it's abrasive?' and if you were, you'd be right. My son is only 4, though - I discussed this with my contact and her children who are more about the 10-year-old mark use this and she's happy for them to. And, to be honest, I really understand why. Although they have to discuss this toothpaste  being abrasive you really wouldn't think of it that way when using it (I don't like really abrasive products myself) - When you use it you get the subtlest hint of something slightly powdery but only very very gently, I'd never have guessed that it was abrasive at all if it wasn't for the graph on the side.

If you look at the photo above you can see some graphs, the one to the far right is to illustrate how low the abrasiveness is in this product and the 'Perfect White Black toothpaste' is the one at the top, the absolute lowest by far. When they say it's low abrasive, they really do mean it. I avoid whitening toothpastes as I don't want them to cause more damage than good, if they're too harsh, but I definitely don't feel that I'm at any risk for this and, if Ethan wanted to get this one Halloween in a few years time I'd definitely say yes!

There is one, ever so slightly little point, that I've missed out with all this talk of graphs and anecdotes... What do I think of this toothpaste? Well, as it happens, my teeth have never felt so clean with a manual brush! Honestly, I love it. It's comparable to when I use an electric toothbrush which I consider very impressive. I've not done any photos, and I'm not suddenly going to be blinding people with my smile, but I definitely feel that this has whitened my teeth a little and I will definitely carry on using it until the tube runs out and I'll consider getting it again after that.

The toothpaste can be bought from Superdrug, here: http://www.superdrug.com/Beverly-Hills/Beverly-Hills-Formula-Perfect-White-Black-toothpaste-100ml/p/722757#.VEWJCPldWro , for £4.99 - There's still plenty of time before Halloween to go and pick it up, give your children a non-sugary Halloween surprise! 

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*I was sent this product for the purpose of review but all opinions are honest and are my own*

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Glossybox UK - Unboxing / Review - October 2014

I got my Glossybox a few days ago - Normally I'd post about it straight away but I've been poorly (actually unwell as well as bad fibro times!) so I haven't got around to writing it up. Still quite poorly but at a bit of a loose end so thought I'd try to get some writing done - And you all need to know what's available in this month's Glossybox.

The theme, this month, is the Pop Art theme - I'd normally show you the little blurb on the card that comes with the box, at this point, but I didn't get a card this month! I did get a card with a giveaway on one side and a preview of next month on it... Please stop putting previews in the boxes, Glossybox, I want a surprise!

 I was looking forward to this theme, though, I thought it'd be a chance to try out some new, bright, simple products... well let's see what I got.

And this is what I got - You might be wondering where the colour is too? Well I remember seeing something about 'which colour will you get' on their Facebook page so, with the mascara and the black polish... well I'm guessing I got black...mmm

First up I got a small 8ml sample of the Rimmel 'BB Cream - Matte' in the shade 'light'. I really do like getting high street products in boxes but tiny samples of high street isn't quite as exciting - I already have a sample of this and it wouldn't be expensive to buy. I like getting samples of higher end items or bigger sizes (I don't mean full size but bigger than 8ml) of high st. This is a nice enough product, though, so I'm sure I'll give this a go. To be honest, if this had  been part of an otherwise amazing box I would have been happy but because I'm not thrilled by much else in the box it makes this seem less appealing.

This was the preview item from last month's box - I was hoping that the preview thing was a one off but seems not, we have a preview of next month's box in this one which is disappointing.

Anyway, this is the  best item in the box - A travel sized, 50ml, tube of Nuxe 'Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute' - I love Nuxe and this is a product of theirs that I've not tried before so I am more than happy to have a good sized tube of this to try out. 

Next up it's a perfume sample! Woo! Ok I'm being sarcastic, most people get a bit funny when there's perfume samples in boxes and I must say I have got a tonne of little vials bouncing around these days... But! Well I don't mind it when a perfume sample is a proper little bottle - And these bottle is really cute, you can see the half heart cut out which carries on to the other side of the bottle.

The perfume is an Yves Rocher product and it's called 'Quelques Notes d'Amour' - It's a very sweet fragrance with a lot of floral notes in there too. I don't think it'd be to everyone's taste but I quite likes it in a sickly sweet sort of way.

Next up is a So Susan 'Flutter Mascara' - It's very nice to have a full sized cosmetics product in a box but I already have this mascara, from another box (I had actually thought it was GB but I'm not 100%) so I'm not overly excited - Also, this is why I think that the Pop Art colour I got was black which just means that the theme was pointless for me.

Yay for getting a Ciate nail polish in a box! Boo for it being black... I like black nail polish, but I have a very good one and Really don't need another. If I'm getting a Ciate I'd really like it to be a nice colour, I'm really disappointed that it's a black. It is a higher value item so I'm sure if other people got other colours then it'd have been a much better item for them.

Lastly I got this Etre Belle 'Liplift Peel' - This is a white, creamy consistency and has a very standard, body cream sort of scent to it... it's not the nicest thing to have on your lips and if you accidentally get any in your mouth it doesn't taste very nice. It has a few granules in it but I wasn't wowed by it - I'll stick with my tasty sugar scrubs I think!

So... yes. No colour at all, an item I didn't like (which is Very rare), a Ciate in a shade I really couldn't have wanted less, a duplicate full size mascara, a duplicate tiny tube of Rimmel BB cream, a cute little perfume sample and an awesome Nuxe product.

It's not an awful box but it's probably the worst box I've had, to date, it just isn't for me - If I'd had a better colour Ciate and a different product in place of the mascara then I'd have been much happier. 

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My You Beauty Discovery box for October 2014 - Review / Unboxing

Due to big mix ups, this month, I ended up having to pay for two boxes - I wasn't thrilled with the shade of one of the items in my first box and would've been happy with a duplicate of the other so I ordered the same items for both boxes.

This month's theme was 'Handbag Heroes' - A nice idea and I think the items up for offer fit that quite nicely.

Your eyes do not deceive you, there's an Illamasqua lipstick and a Wild about Beauty eye shadow in there, yay. (kinda)

The two samples which everyone got, this month, were a small sample of Cowshed's 'Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum' and a small bottle of 'Gold Collagen'.

I was thrilled to see that Illamasqua lipsticks, from the 'Glamore Nudes' collection were an option for this month - I've got one already but was more than happy to get another.

I do love the quality of Illamasqua packaging, it feels so strong and sturdy, you know it's higher end just by touching it. 

The shade I got was 'Treat' which looks like a really nice shade in the bullet. 

I really liked the peachy nude colour that it came out as on the swatch - Sadly it looks nothing like this on the lips. I thought I was safe to wear it because of how nice the swatch was the but moment it was applied it looked like concealer on my lips, absolutely gutted. And, of course, I got this shade in the second box, too, so if anyone's looking to buy a new (less than list price), unboxed Illamasqua lipstick in 'treat' then please to let me know - It doesn't suit me but it'll suit others so I'm sure someone will want it!

I've had a few items from Wild About Beauty recently so I was more than happy to get another in this box. 

I got this lovely matte brown shade called 'alana' 

For a matte shade it's got a really good amount of pigmentation and it is a really neutral brown, not too cool, not too warm. I got this shade, as my second item in my second box, too, but I have plans for that.

All in all a good box, as always looking forward to next months and Hoping that I can afford to get it!

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Monday, 13 October 2014

'Daily Nourishing Spray' and 'Outbreak Rescue Cream'* - Bioskin Junior by Salcura

Both Ethan and I get eczema from time to time and we both get very dry skin. Ethan gets eczema on his legs as well as really bad orange peel, rough, dry skin on the back of his upper arms and on the back of his thighs as well as generally dry skin on the rest of his body so, when I was contacted and asked to review some items from the new Bioskin Junior range from Salcura I had to say yes and was really interested to see how they worked for him.

Salcura is a British company and their products offer an alternative to steroid creams and emollients for little ones from the age of 3 months and upwards - It's really nice that there are other products available rather than these more harsh options, the idea of using steroids on children us one that many people struggle with.

When asked which items I'd like to try, from the range, I went for the 'Daily Nourishing Spray' and the 'Outbreak Rescue Cream' which are both from the Active Therapy range. The other items available are in the Eczema Friendly wash range and they are the 'Bath Milk', 'Conditioning Shampoo' and 'Face and Body Wash'.

The 'Daily Nourishing Spray'* is something we've used on most of Ethan's body on a regular basis. It's fantastic to have something so simple and easy to use; using a lotion takes a lot longer and when you have an awkward, impatient child who doesn't want to stay still speed is of the essence. The other difference with this is the speed at which the liquid sinks in to the skin, rather than a cream which is messy and takes a long time to disappear, this stuff is gone in no time. A final bonus is the fact that it makes Ethan giggle when you spray it on him which makes him much more enthusiastic about using it whereas he's normally bored of these things before long. 

You can see, above, the list of ingredients which Salcura likes to keep out of their products but as well as that they list their active ingredient. For the spray that is Sea Buckthorn - This is an ingredient which I've quite enjoyed using in my own products, a body lotion which I've really enjoyed has featured Sea Buckthorn as a main ingredient.

I used this spray on Ethan's torso and on his lower arms and legs but wasn't using the cream on those parts so I can safely say that this spray has  made his skin much softer and smoother and healthier over all, very impressed.

The 'Outbreak Rescue Cream'* is a thick, slightly transparent, off coloured, balmy cream... yup long description but that's the best way that I can put it. Although it's not the lightest of creams this still disappears into the skin quite quickly - I've only used this on Ethan's thighs and upper arms but I can definitely tell that a little goes a long way. I've not been using this all of the time but only when  his skin is bad.

The active ingredient in the cream is Natural Volcanic Zeolite which is, actually, something I've not encountered much (or not knowingly, it may well be in products I've used but not in a big way). It obviously does a good job, though, as this stuff smoothed out Ethan's super dry skin, and more inflamed skin, in no time at all! I am really really impressed with this and with how quickly it worked. Both of the products are good but this is the one that is amazing in a more topical sense, the other one is great for everyday but when things Do get bad then it's the cream that'll help sort things out.

The whole BioSkin Junior range can be found here: https://www.salcuraskincare.com/bioskinjunior/ 
The spray costs £9.99 for 100ml and the cream costs £8.99 for 50ml.

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The reasons I use Travelodge hotels - Plus a giveaway for a night's stay in a Travelodge*

I've been asked to write about the benefits of staying in a Travelodge* which is a really easy thing for me to write as Travelodge have been my absolute go-to in hotels ever since I was old enough to need to find places to stay.

I've been using Travelodge hotels since I was in my late teens - A good friend and I used to travel around the country, from time to time, to follow a band that we loved and who we used to hang out with after their gigs. It was a fantastic time for so many reasons and Travelodge became a bit of a no brainer from then on in. We were students so we didn't have a lot of money and a lot of the time we weren't booking with a lot of advance planning; we needed somewhere affordable and easy to book at short notice.

When we first started our adventures we used to check out a variety of places to stay but it soon became apparent that Travelodge was always the best option - It was cheap, it was easy, we could book with plenty of advance timing or last minute and there's hotels absolutely everywhere. When you're staying in a big town, or city, it's not like you only have one place you can stay, you can spend a bit of time working out which are the closest to where you want to be and then see which of those is the cheapest - That was always how we worked it out anyway (though we were often happy to be a bit further away to save some more money. Sometimes the places we stayed in weren't the most up-to-date but they were never bad and we were never unhappy with our stay. 

These less up-to-date rooms are less and less likely to happen now that Travelodge are refurbishing 500 hotels across the UK! Earlier this year I had two events to attend in London, the premier of Divergent on one day and then the Makeup Revolution launch the next day; obviously we needed somewhere to stay. I didn't even consider anywhere else, Travelodge was the obvious choice and in somewhere like London there are So many to pick from.

I went for the London Central Warterloo hotel because it was not too far from where we needed to be but it was also a lot cheaper than those that were a bit closer. We were pleasantly surprised by our room, which I now know were refurbished a few years ago, it was a lot like the one above but without the sofa and with more space next to the bed as the desk was next to it (I didn't get pics even though we planned to).

The room was big, it was really clean, it was airy, and nicely fitted out. The bathroom was a nice size and, again, really clean. The thing that I loved the most was the huge, super comfortable mattress - I kid you not it was the most comfy mattress that I've ever slept on! We have a new mattress at home and we were sensible, going for a firm one, but I just Wish that we had something as comfy and squishy as the one we had in that Travelodge room.

So imagine that 500 hotels across the UK are going to be even better than the one that I stayed in recently... well you can guess where I'll be going the next time I need to stay away from home. They're basic, they're simple but they do the job and they do it really well.

I've been really lucky to be able to offer you the opportunity to stay in a Travelodge of your choice, within the UK, for one night. Maybe you want to have a weekend away with your other half, maybe you want a shopping trip in London or celebrate a special occasion - This is the chance to have somewhere to stay for a night whilst you have a bit of time away from home!

To enter you need to use the Rafflecopter widget below:

- You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
- The Giveaway is open within the UK only
- The stay cannot be redeemed from 15/12/14 to 05/01/15 or  from 13/02/15 to 16/02/15
- The booking depends upon availability in the hotel of your choice for the night of your choice
- The stay must be redeemed within 6 months of the end of the giveaway (by 12/05/15) 

- The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
- I will need to pass on the winner's details to the company in order for them to sort out your prize. 
- The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
- The giveaway runs until midnight on 11th November 2014

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Fantastic photo magnets from PicStick* - Review

I think it's massively important that we remember to get our photos printed out, that we don't just hoard them digitally and only view them on a screen - I couldn't possibly get every picture of Ethan that I take printed out but I like to have some key favourites and I like to give them to people at Christmas time too; especially family who don't have access to the joy that is the internet.

Of course photographs isn't the only way to make our pictures real - We can get our images put on to phone cases, mugs, cushions, t-shirts and much much more. This post is a review of photo magnets* from the website www.picstick.com/

The magnets come in a sheet which is easy to break apart (though be careful none the less) which makes it nice and easy for the company to ship them in an envelope that'll fit easily through a letter box. Unlike previous picture magnets which I have had in the past, these aren't square but are rectangular instead; much as a photograph would be - I quite like this difference as you don't have to crop out part of an image to make it fit.

The first set of magnets which I was sent came through really blotchy and unclear but the company were really good and, upon seeing a photograph of this, they sent me out a new set. The pictures do, still, come out a little darker than previously but not too much, I would recommend using lighter pictures, though, as then you definitely won't find this a problem.

The speed at which these are printed and, then, posted is really impressive - There was no time wasted at all in the process so if you want to get them as a last minute gift or just can't wait to get them up on display then you don't need to worry about that. This is even more impressive considering that postage is free, worldwide. That means that the £9.50 cost of these is the only cost you'll pay, no added p&p, yay!

As you can see, these magnets just look lovely on the front of a fridge, it's such a nice way to be able to present your images, it almost as a scrapbook feeling to it. It's lovely to have some lovely pics of Ethan, and Azii and Skye at the beach, as well as some of our wedding photos which are now going to be perfect to display on our fridge when we get our own home. I love the concept behind these and I think they're a lovely thing to have; as well as making fantastic gifts for family, especially with Christmas coming up! (I know, it's not really, but people emailed me about Christmas posts and I did some sale shopping so suddenly it feels so much closer!)

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*I was sent these for the purpose of review - All opinions expressed are honest and are my own*

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Makeup Revolution - Atomic lipstick range* - Full range, swatched

I love getting Makeup Revolution post, it's always an incredibly exciting time - The products that they've been rolling out with an amazing speed are just amazing and so interesting! Today I got some Makeup Revolution post and it brought me the whole range of exciting 'Atomic' lipsticks, some amazing colours without a doubt.

From L-R we have 'Atomic Serpent', 'Make Me Tonight', 'Make it Right', 'Make Me Magnificent' and 'Atomic Ruby' 

'Atomic Ruby' is a bright, blue toned red, even though my camera seems to want to make it look a little more orange. Thankfully the swatches are much more accurate so you'll see better then. For obvious reasons there's discussions that suggest that this shade may be a dupe of a famous lipstick which has some similarities in the name (if you know what I mean? haha)

'Make Me Magnificent' is the shade that has the most shimmer/sheen in it (there's three with shimmer and two cream formula) - As you can see in the pic there's a slight blue shimmer in it - It's a rather entrancing shade.

'Make it Right' is a much darker, much more true purple shade than the lipstick above. It has some shimmer to it but nowhere near as much as the previous.

'Make me Tonight' is the second cream formula, no shimmer in this one. It's a dark brown with a slight plummy hint to it.

Lastly, and the most unusual shade of the lot, is 'Atomic Serpent' - this dark, forest green, has a slight hint of shimmer to it.

And to the swatches. The shades are in the order that the photographs are above - You can see how red 'Atomic Ruby' is in this photo and you can see how it has the aforementioned similarities. As you can see, 'Make Me Magnificent' comes out as a more sheer, pinky purple shade when swatched and the large amount of shimmer in it will make a difference too. The last three are all quite easy to make opaque (like Atomic Ruby is) and you can see how fantastic these shades are.

I won't lie to you, most of these shades are nothing like what I'd go for on a day-to-day basis but the shades are amazing, none the less, and I am rather pleased they're in my collection as I'm sure I'll come across times where they may be useful, Halloween is well on its way after all and makeup artists could use colours like this for a variety of striking looks.

The quality of these are great, as I'm sure many of us expect from Makeup Revolution - If you want to check these out, they're only £1, they're available here: http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com/index.php/collections/lipstick-collections/scandalous-collection.html

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*These lipsticks were sent to me for the purpose of review but opinions are honest and are my own*