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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review: Little Secrets: Holiday Baby Bombshell By Karen Booth


Holiday Baby Bombshell by Harelquin was published on 1 November 2017 by Desire (Mills & Boon) in the UK and on November 2017 in the US.

Ex competitive swimmer turned real estate agent/magnate Michael Kelly finds himself in direct competition with his pregnant ex-lover and hotel heiress Charlotte Locke. As they compete to sell the most number of apartments in the same hotel, The Grand Legacy, they find themselves living in appartments on the same floor, next door to each other. Charlotte is determined to keep her pregnancy a secret from both her over protective family and from her commitment phobe ex-lover and make a success of her real estate business. Michael has to overcome his avoidance to commitment, grow up and address childhood issues if their relationship is to grow.  Two adorable dogs add humour to the story!

I got this book free from Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. 
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: Evie Bird Peanut Butter Jar Holder

                           


Winter, for me, means not only changing up my wardrobe, moisturising and makeup routine but also changing and increasing my bird feeders.  In the summer I use my Gardmans kids bird feeding station.  In the winter I like to add more feeders to encourage other birds to feed in my garden.  As I cannot lift my arms above my head, use  screwdrivers etc I find it difficult to find suitable feeders. 

                             

The Evie plastic peanut butter jar holder for birds is great for me.  I can securely Velcro it around washing lines, drain pipes or tree trunks or hang it from a tree.  You take the front off and insert the jar securely in the plastic housing.  Once it is securely inside the wooden front is fastened back in place.  The peanut butter is made especially for birds, so do not try and eat it! and comes in different flavours.

I purchased my 3 Evie peanut butter holders from Horze.co.uk.  The holders are £7.49 each, with three colour ways (cheaper than Amazon UK) and the peanut butter jars £2.99 each.  The customer service from Horze was great.  They emailed me when the items were dispatched, the items arrived within a week and were securely wrapped.

I purchased these items myself and are available here

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Anna Sui Kaleidoscope Gift Box, Holiday 2017





The Anna Sui Cosmetics Kaleidoscope Gift Tin is part of their Christmas/ Holiday 2017 Collection.  Measuring 162mm x 162mm x 123mm it is a quite roomy tin, great for jewellery, cosmetics or samples that otherwise get lost!  It costs £8 plus p&p. 

This gift box/tin is a great statement piece.   Inspired by the intricate and ever changing kaleidoscopic designs of the kaleidoscope,  The tin has a very eye catching design and would look great on any vanity or dressing table. 


I purchased this item myself from ASOS.
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

#Review & #Win #Harry Potter #Primark Clutch Bag

                  

Primark have produced this gorgeous Hogwarts book clutch bag as part of their official Harry Potter merchandise line.  It costs £12.99 and is currently sold out, but some of the Ebay resellers have it for around £15.99 upwards. 

This clutch looks as though it costs a lot more than it actually does.  It is not flimsy and is really well made and thought out.  The outer shell is faux leather with little stars and the Hogwarts crest embossed in a goldish colour.  It fastens with a clasp mechanism (also gold) and measures 8"x6" in size.  It has a gold chain shoulder strap that ingeniously doesn't get detached (and then lost) but fits inside the bag making it a clutch.  

                 

This is a gorgeous clutch that looks like a journal.  It would be a great gift for any Harry Potter fan! My mum intends to take hers to the Harry Potter Tour London for her 80th birthday.

I bought an extra one to use as a competition prize. 
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Beak & Claws: TooFaced Melted Matte Gingerbread Man Liquified Matte Longwear Liquid Lipstick




This month's Beak & Claws series is going to focus on the Beak (lips) and review this Liquid Lipstick.  The Too Faced Holiday/Christmas 2017 collection includes a Gingerbread Man Melted Matte Liquified Matte Longwear Liquid Lipstick, limited edition, which is part of their Holiday Kiss Collection. I purchased mine from Sephora as it is currently out of stock on the Too Faced website and Debenhams. I paid $21 plus shipping but Amazon UK (if you really want it have if for £29.99 plus shipping from a reseller). I picked up this lipstick because I love anything that tastes, smells or looks like gingerbread. I have several ornaments, nail stickers (used in the photos) and fragrance

Gingerbread evokes a sense of cosyness, sweetness and snuggling in front of a fire on a cold winter's evening and the smell of this lipstick does not disappoint. It is a very strong gingerbready smell when first applied, but it soon dissipates. It is not an artificial fragrance but has a gourmondy smell and  so smells good enough to eat. The smell reminds me of walking through German Christmas Markets. 

Inspired by gingerbread, the colour is a vibrant deep red/orange opaque matte, perfect for Autumn and Winter, or Fall, and it is very pigmented. It is quite thick and one swipe covers half my lips with no patchiness. It is lightweight and long wearing - I wore mine all day and didn't feel my lips were heavy or drying out (a common problem with Matte Liquid lipsticks).  The lipstick didn't crack and flake off and I didn't need to reapply.  The lipstick is infused with Volulip which will create a no-stinging plumping and smithing effect and avocado oil, Vitamin E and hyaluronic filling spheres which will prevent the Liquid Lipstick drying out your lips, moisturize and plump them up. 

The tube itself is adorable and will look great on my make up display cabinet. There are little gingerbread men on the lid and you can see the colour of the lipstick through the case. I don't have a good grip due to problems with my hands but I didn't have any problems unscrewing or screwing the lid back on and the component is comfortable and easy to hold.



The lipstick has a doe foot applicator and quite a long wand. I have hand/spatial awareness problems and found that the doe foot was too wide for me to get a defined line on my Cupid's bow and draw out my bottom lip so I used a lip brush instead.  The doe door applicator did make filling in my lips easier and less time consuming than using a brush. The wand is just the right length to maintain control of where you want the lipstick to go. 

This is my go to Autumn/ Winter lipstick. I love everything about it, and hope they bring it back as a permanent colour. 


I purchased this item myself and the views expressed in this blog post are my own. 



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Anna Sui Beauty, Mirror N, Christmas 2017.

                                  

I purchased my Anna Sui Beauty Mirror N from the Anna Sui 2017 Holiday Collection through ASOS for £17 including p&p.  It is currently out of stock at ASOS, but is still available at Amazon UK and Beautylish (an American site which ships to the UK. free P&P over a certain spend).  Just as with the beauty box, this mirror has a gothic, vintage feel to it.  The mirror is made out of plastic, the pattern is a bird mosaic and the traditional Anna Sui rose.  The colour of the mosaic inspired by mother of pearl.  The embellishments are reflective, so the mosaic changes colour according to the light its in etc.  

                                                           

The mirror measures 125mm(L) x 90mm(W) x 15 mm(H) and can be opened and used so the mosaic is either set to front or behind the mirror.  the back of the mirror is embossed with Anna Sui, then there is the mirror, the other side of the mosaic part has a rose embossed on it.  It is a beautiful mirror, almost too pretty to use! The only small issue I have with this piece is the lack of a protective pouch.  The Anna Sui hand mirror I reviewed in a previous blog post had a little velveteen pouch.  A similar protective pouch for this  mirror would have made it perfect!

 I purchased this item myself.                                   
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Anna Sui Beauty Box A, Christmas 2017



The Anna Sui Beauty Box A is part of the Anna Sui Holiday 2017 collection.  It is available on ASOS, Beauty Bay, Beautylish and Amazon UK.  I purchased mine from ASOS for £25 including delivery.  The box is a work of art, beautifully made with an intricate dresser design it looks just like a mini vanity or dresser and has a gothic, victoriana, vintage  vibe.  

Made out of a thick black plastic, the makeup/ jewellery box has an engraved floral design on the lid, Anna Sui embossed on the back and the dresser design on the front.  The box is quite deep and the mirror is excellent, quite large and usable rather than just a piece of a plastic there for decoration.  The dresser has a curvy shape and cabriole legs.  It measures 125mm(L) x 200mm(W)x 140mm(H).  I will use this as a jewellery rather than a makeup box because most of my makeup is either Anna Sui or Paul and Joe Beaute so I already have it out on display.

                  


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