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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Jane Asher's Kitchen at Poundland Ceramic Bird Storage Jars

These cute ceramic bird storage glass jars are part of the Jane Asher's Kitchen at Poundland range. They cost £1 each and are available in yellow, blue and pink. They have very secure stoppers as they are primarily designed for use as food containers but I use them to store my Paul & joe Beaute lipstick cases and smaller makeup and various jewellery items including my converters and jewellery fasteners. They look great on my dressing table and I have seen them used for a variety of other storage uses including sewing, jewellery findings and shells. They are a great find for just £1 each and are available in certain Poundland stores and, of course, via eBay resellers!

I purchased these items myself.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Z for Accessorize: Ariel Semi Precious Bracelet

This Ariel bracelet is part of the Z for Accessorize range which is available from Accessorize either in-store or online.  It is £15 and comprises of 3 green semi precious stones set on a pretty gold plated double chain.  It has a built in extender, fastens with a lobster clasp and has the distinctive Z disc next to the clasp.  It is delicate and chic and will look great both with summer and autumnal colour schemes.  

Available from:  Accessorize

Rhino Force Charity Bracelet

Made by The Bead Coalition, the rhino force bracelet is a charity bracelet which enables 50% of the profit to be donated to rhino conservation and raising awareness about the plight of the rhinos. All the information about  donations/ financial statements can be found on The Bead Coalition's website. The bracelet itself is made from white, red and black beads. These are separated by coconut bead.  The black and white beads represent the rhinos and the red beads symbolises their plight.  The coconut bead represents the colour and toughness of the rhino's hide.  The is also a silver tone charm which has Africa on one side and a rhino head silhouette on the other. I purchased this item myself via Ebay UK and it cost £8.56 and £4.67 postage from Africa.  The bracelet is a great way to support a worthwhile cause.  It is eye catching and a great talking point.

I purchased the item myself
Available from Ebay
Bead Coalition Website

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Babyliss Smooth Dry Hot Air Styler

I purchased the Babyliss Smooth Dry Hot Air Styler when it was QVC's TSV for £24.99.  This brush dries and styles at the same time.  It is comparable to the Revlon Perfectionist 2 in 1 Dryer which I have already reviewed.  It is slightly smaller than the Revlon one and I find  the switch is easier to use with hands that are sometimes stiff.  

The Babyliss has two heat settings and a cool setting, comes with 2 detangling combs and has a removable filter.  The Smooth \Dry Hot Air Styler paddle brush has a mixture of silicon bristles and straightening fins which help straighten hair whilst ionic conditioners boost shine and reduce the dreaded frizz.  The paddle brush allows you to add volume to your hair whilst drying and also smooth fizz and tame fly away strands leaving hair looking straight and glossy.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

#win £50 Amazon Beauty Box & £30 Voucher of Your Choice

Win this box of makeup/ skin care items and a £30 voucher of your choice. Open internationally.  Opens 15 Aug 2017 closes 30 Aug 30 2017.  Just fill out the rafflecopter requirements. Good luck

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Book Review: Amanda Prowse, The Art of Hiding

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse is published by Lake Union Publishing and is published on the 22 August 2017.  Nina is the main character of the book and the book charts the course of husband dying, finding his company is bankrupt and so she has to start over with a tween and teenager in tow.  This riches to rags story shows that rich is not always best.  Her two boys, Declan and Connor are 2 self absorbed individuals when they have all the material goods they want and attend a private school - Kings Norton College but grow and improve as individuals when all they have known is ripped from them by the bailiffs and they have to move to a small flat and attend a poor comprehensive.  
Nina's support, when her world comes crashing down, is not from the Kings Norton College mums as they drop her but from her sister who works in a pub and the mums whose boys are on the local rugby team.  She has to rediscover and redefine her life and seems excited that she is going to go back to college and retrain to be a nurse.
This book is all about the characters being redefined, adapting and growing as people as circumstances change.  This book is relate-able as it shows that some relationships become weaker,  none existent, or stronger in the face of such adversarial conditions.  

I was sent this book from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.  The fact I got it for free does not affect my review. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Classic Canes/ National Gallery Whistlejacket Derby Walking Cane

Classic Canes have produced several walking sticks under licence from the National Gallery.  They are Whistlejacket by George Stubbs, Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh and a Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase by Bosschaert. They are available as a folding derby stick, derby cane, petite folding derby stick and petite derby cane.  The folding derby stick has 4 pieces and is adjustable between 82cm to 92 cm, the petite version is adjustable from 77cm to 85cm. The cane is adjustable from 77cm to 100cm and the petite 67cm to 90 cm so suitable for a wide range of heights. The canes are £42 and folding walking sticks £46.

I purchased the Whistlejacket derby cane via the National Gallery.  It came carefully package in a tube - i imagine that it is quite difficult to pack up a walking cane to send through the post!  The cane looks like a piece of art.  The horses are strategically placed around the cane and almost look real. The stick is light and comfortable to use, although I would like it if it came with a wrist strap.

Available from:
Whistlejacket Derby Walking Stick
Whistlejacket Petite Folding Walking Stick