Friday, 12 February 2016

Latest In Beauty Box

After purchasing yet another subscription box as a gift for my youngest boy I had a look at what type of boxes which would appeal to myself.
I settled on trying one of the beauty boxes that are available firstly because even though we do have shops in my local town centre that do sell beauty products the shops only have a small selection of brands and products so I do have to travel or buy online for something that I really want. Also I think that it was a good way for me to discover new brands. I do tend to stick with the same product year in, year out especially when it comes to moisturizers as I have sensitive skin. 

The box which I decided to try was the Latest In Beauty box. This isn't a subscription so no worries about cancelling if you decide it's not the one for you. You can purchase some ready made boxes on the site or build your own box where you chose your own items. This is what I did as I know that everything will then be used. The prices to build your own box range from £8.99 to £16.99 depending on how many products you want in it. I opted for 6 items at £12.99. Many of the items are full size and I noticed that most of the travel or sample sizes had the number of applications listed in the item description which I think is handy.

These are the products that I chose. The prices are what the products are being sold for in UK shops or the average price on Ebay if I've not seen it in a shop.

Toni&Guy Volume Plumping Whip ( Full size £7.49 )
I usually use volumising mousse on my hair so I thought I'd try this out. It didn't make my hair greasy or feel heavy and sticky as some hair products have on me. As for volumising, it's about the same as mousses that I use so its a good product for me.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon ( Full size £7.99 )
Having not tried a lip crayon before I chose this one in the shade Proudly Naked. Lasts reasonably well. Glossy but not sticky.

Teeez Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer ( Full size £7.65 )
This is a brand that I have not seen before. On the box it claims not to chip for three days. I've yet to try this one out.

StriVectin Intensive Illuminating Serum ( Sample size £9.00 )
This serum is to give brighter skin and a more even complexion. I'm always a bit dubious trying new products on my skin as its sensitive and I'm ready for any burning sensation to start but my skin was fine with this. A light serum, absorbs well, barely any scent to it.

NUXE Multi-Purpose Dry Oil ( Sample size £5.00 )
The oil can be used on the face, body or hair. I've not tried it out properly yet but I did apply a small amount to my face last night and it seems to absorb well and not leave my skin oily. The oil I have is the Golden Shimmer version so after applying I had my husband check out my face to make sure I didn't look like a bronzed glitter ball and he couldn't even see where I'd put it.

Dr Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum ( Full size £9.99 )
I do use eye creams but they are only moisturisers. This one combats puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. I'll have to see how good this is over time. I need all the help I can get with my panda eyes these days.
These were the six products that I chose for my box and when I ordered I also added a £5.00 free gift code that I had found online. These were the extra items that I received.

A Vintage Cosmetic Company shadow brush ( £8.00 ), emery board and Eucerin Sun Fluid ( £12.00 ). Both of these I really pleased with as you can't have too many make up brushes and sun cream is something that I always have to buy.
I'm delighted with the Latest in Beauty box also the delivery was quick. My box arrived 3 days after I had placed my order. It's something that I would definitely purchase again.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Felt Penguin

A quick Valentine's Day gift that I made this afternoon for Little L.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Multi Stripe Scarf

Last week I started this knitted scarf to try and use up my odds and ends of wool.

It is made with mainly DK wool with an odd stripe here and there using chunky. I used 4mm needles, cast on 40 stitches and just knitted to a length I was happy with. The stripes were knitted randomly in rows of two or four. I added a crocheted flower to each end when I'd finished.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Praktica Sport QT=ONE Camera

I've decided that I need to get on top of my camera films that need developing before starting any more so the end of last week I sent a couple of films off for processing and yesterday I received my prints back.
This first group of photos were taken with a Praktica Sport QT=ONE camera using an Agfa Vista Plus 200 film.

 I'd not used this camera before so I'm glad to see that it works. It was purchased from Ebay, a lot of three camera for 99p. Looking at the photographs, most were taken last Summer.

These were taken when we had a wander around Chester.

I can't remember the name of this lake, it was nice though.
These next photos were taken with my Konica Pop camera using a LomoChrome Purple film. The film changes the natural colour of the image which mine have but looking at other photographs taken using this film I think to get a brighter effect I may need brilliant sunshine something we rarely have here in the UK.

These were from a day out in Blackpool.

Some more from a day in Chester.
I usually use colour film but after this last lot of prints I definitely want to try out some different ones.
While I'm whittering away about photographs and camera stuff, I thought I'd share the book about Polaroids that I bought this week. 

It features creative ideas, displays (some of these ideas can easily be found on Pinterest or photography sites) and information about some of their camera's from classic to the present day (I never knew that their latest one was a tablet as well).

The book was on sale for £3 from Urban Outfitters. I don't own any books about Polaroid so it will fit nicely with my other camera books. Its an OK book for £3 but I certainly wouldn't have paid the £12.99 cover price for it.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Scrap Felt Garland

Feeling fidgety the other day I saw a felt garland on Pinterest which would be ideal for using up some of my scraps.

The garland measures about 95in long which I made in two lengths then joined them together. I cut roughly 800 pieces of felt then sewed through the pieces using a fine crochet crochet. Little L even helped with the sewing.

I'm not too sure about keeping it up though because it reminds me of a Christmas decoration. 
A tutorial to make one of these garlands can be found here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


I pleased to say that the bedroom we were decorating before Christmas is now finished  (well except for one thing). It took us more time to sort out the things that we wanted to keep than the actual decorating bit. Apart from the bed frame, carpet and curtains, everything has been replaced.
The light beige walls were painted duck egg blue. It took an age for us to decide on the shade we wanted. The testers we tried at first were either too blue, too green, too bright, etc. We ended up with the shade that we settled on by having a piece of duck egg blue wallpaper scanned.

The beech coloured furniture was replaced by plain white furniture. It's surprising how much more brighter and bigger it makes the room look just by replacing the furniture and changing the wall colour.

Anders made me these shelves at work for my cameras. Previously they had all been stored in cardboard boxes.

It wasn't until I first sat on the new mattress to put my socks on and my feet didn't reach the floor that I noticed it is slightly deeper than our last one. The new duvet set was bought from BHS in the Black Friday sale (it doesn't look quite as bright as this photo shows).

The old lampshade was replaced with this one which throws out considerably more light because of the open design. Looks quite pretty to have dancing light cast about the room too.

When sorting out what was going or staying in the room, I found this blanket which I had forgotten about. I did make it quite a while ago for this room using this dottie angel pattern.

This old dressing table was brought down from the loft.

 After they had been washed I saw that the curtains were in a terrible state. Very faded, stained, with quite a few holes. You can see on this photo how much the curtains had faded compared to the fabric which was covered by the glass top. This is the last thing that needs to be done in the bedroom, I just need to go fabric shopping.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Polaroid Photo Frames

While looking for Polaroid film online the other day I saw that some people were selling the empty cartridges. After a quick search I saw that one use for them was photo frames. I opened up my instant cameras and found that I had three empty ones.

 I left the inside of the Polaroid cartridge as it was because the metal part does a good job of holding the photograph in place.

The insides of the Instax cartridges only took a minute to pull out and once this was done there was room to store more photo's behind the one on display.

Now a lot of my little photos are organised instead of being stacked in the corner of a drawer.