Jordandene – Geeky Handmade Goods

I am here today to bring you guys a post I have been super excited to write! I’m always excited to write for you guys (as well as for myself of course!) but I have been pretty stoked about the goodies I’ll be talking about today.

Not long ago Kosi from Jordandene contacted me to ask if I would like to work with them and suggested a variety of different ways we could do this, including being sent some products to review. I decided to go for that one, as I thought it would be lovely to show you guys the awesome merchandise that they sell on their store.

Before I show you guys what goodies I was sent, I thought I’d talk about The Sartorial Geek and Jordandene and what their brand stands for.

Jordandené started as a fun way to put a nerdy twist on traditional handmade goods. Our first product, the geek chic apron, makes all mundane household tasks a little more tolerable. Even the worst chores (dishes!) get better when you do them as Batman or R2D2, right?

Not wanting to be confined to the kitchen, we now make all kinds of subtly geeky products that stay true to our deepest nerdy selves, yet aren’t too extreme for everyday life. We focus on combining a few of our favorite things with good design and quality materials. No cheap plastic, comic sans, or boxy graphic tees here.

We’d be lying if we said settling in Brooklyn didn’t affect the way we do business. We try to keep our process as eco-friendly as possible— from the inks we choose to the way we package our products. And we’ve also adapted the strong community aspect of city living; we love working with other local businesses and strive to always take care of our partners and our customers.

All of our products are sweatshop-free and screen printed by us in Brooklyn. Our designs are hand-lettered with a traditional brush and ink. The aprons and crayon bandoliers are sewn by real people across the East Coast.

As well as the website and store, Jordandene also have a podcast called The Sartorial Geek, which you can check out here.

The podcast is for the geeky girls in all of us and they focus on pop culture, girl power and cool stories told by cool people, of course all told by the team of Jordandene. The podcast currently has 34 episodes and has been running since 16th March 2018.

Alongside the podcast, they also have a blog which they write on regularly. It’s a pretty good read and I recommend you checking it out if you like the sound of the podcast. You can read it here.

Finally, onto the goodies I was sent! They asked me to pick some items and I ended up picking three. One of the items I picked was sadly out of stock, but I hadn’t realised at the time so was sent an alternative, which was lovely.

Of course, as I always do with gifted items, I pop a little * next to the items I’ve been gifted. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk about the items!

  • Be a Dragon Enamel Pin* – $10.00 (link)

Although I’m talking about this item first, it’s actually one of the last items I decided on that I wanted to be gifted to review. As regular readers will have noticed, I have become a MASSIVE pin badge fan in a very short space of time. I’ll always have a nose at pin badges now if I ever see any designs in store or online, so of course I couldn’t not check out the selection of pins that Jordandene sell. They have quiet a few different designs to choose from, 10 in total. The one that shouted out to me the most was this Be a Dragon pin and there are a couple of reasons why. I love the colour scheme which is white and red, but most of all I like to think that dragons are pretty badass and something you don’t want to mess with. This is a pin I’d rock when I’m planning on having a day that involves facing things I don’t want to. I may have to wear this pin next week when I’m going to a gig, as I’m so anxious to meet certain people afterwards who I’m going to see. 😛 This pin has a secure back to it too, which is always a good thing.

  • I Have Journeyed Farther Journal* – $15.00 (link)

This is the item I mentioned that they sent me to replace the out of stock item (which is here if you’re interested) which was lovely of them! I’m always happy to add a new journal to my collection, especially when it comes to jotting down blog ideas! This is a gorgeous journal to be honest and is perfect for notes. It has a hard cover, a elastic band to keep the book closed, a bookmark so you can keep your place and even a pocket in the back of the book for you to keep any bits and pieces you may need in there. It seems like the perfect book for a bullet journal to be honest with you but as I’m not into doing bullet journals myself, this will be used for blog writing.

  • I Rebel Scoop Neck Tee* – $35.00 (link)

I don’t know what it was that I liked about this t-shirt the most, but I really did love the colour! The colour really stood out to me the most as the t-shirt is a gorgeous red colour, with multi coloured flecks throughout. Jordandene screen print all their own t-shirts, so the I Rebel on this t-shirt has been done in house, by them which I think is really cool! It makes each piece feel more personal. The t-shirt itself has a scoop neck so that means it’s quite wide and low down. I never usually opt for this style of t-shirt to be perfectly honest with you, but I can see this really working for lazy weekends and days around the house with a pair of jeans or black leggings. I can’t wait to wear it during my week off work next week!

Overall I really love the goodies I was gifted by Jordandene as they’re all so perfect, unique and all have a lovely touch of geek! They’re not in my your face geek either, which I rather like. I’m full on when it comes to that and sometimes it does need toning down a little. Rocking up to places wearing a Pokemon or Persona 5 themed piece of clothing is amazing, but sometimes you just need to remember you’re approaching 30… 😛

I’ll pop their website and social media links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

What do you think of Jordandene and their awesome geeky items? Which item(s) do you like the most? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far.

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ESQIDO Lashes Gel Eyeliner Pencils – Review

I am back today with another review about the brand ESQIDO Lashes!

In May I was asked by ESQIDO Lashes to review a pair of their lashes, I was honoured and as I haven’t worn lashes in years I thought it would be fun to do, as well as something different. I loved them so much and have since worn them a few times around the house for my own pleasure when feeling a bit bleh.

You can check out that review here!

ESQIDO Lashes recently reached out to me again to express how much they loved my review on their lashes and how they wanted me to write a review on their new gel eyeliner pencils! Although I don’t wear make up anymore, I wanted to give them a go. I used to wear eyeliners all the time, so still to this day I know a good eyeliner when I see one! 😛

Like I did on the lashes review, any items that have been gifted to me to review will have a * next to them.

Before I start to talk about the gel eyeliners I was sent, I’ll tell you a little bit about the company.

When I first viewed the company online my first thought was, “Oh wow! It’s an American store!” I know this sounds silly to think this, but alas, I did. However, the eyelashes arrived super quickly in the post and via Royal Mail. I think they must have a warehouse in the UK seeing as these arrived from Northampton! My reason for the whole American lark is due to their prices being in dollars. When looking into this further, it turns out that ESQIDO has shops and stockists all over the world, which I think is so amazing and it honestly makes me feel so privileged to be working with them.

The one thing I really love about the company is the fact that they offer a 60 day returns and exchanges policy. 60 whole days and considering they’re eyelashes, I’m even more surprised. I think it’s such a great policy for people to be able to get the most out of their new set of lashes and if they aren’t happy with them, then they can send them back. I also agree with this policy because these lashes aren’t the cheapest in the world and if you aren’t happy with them, then damn right you should be offered your money back! I can only assume that this offer applies to the gel eyeliners too.

Although ESQIDO Lashes are known for they mink lashes, they also stock gel eyeliner pencils too, which if you haven’t gathered by now, is what I’ll be reviewing today.

Experience the benefits of a gel eyeliner with the convenience of a sharpenable pencil. With intense color payoff, ultra-smooth glide, and a waterproof, long-lasting lightweight formula, the ESQIDO Liner is your new holy grail. Get the eyeliner in black or brown.

A creamy smooth glide & pigmented formula for perfect cat eyes or winged liner.

The ESQIDO Eyeliner is specially formulated for all day wear, and to deliver continuous flow with smooth even lines. Packed with product in a retracting mechanical body, combined with a silicon ring closure to provide an airtight seal, the eye liner is made to last.

It’s a fine line between great work, and your greatest work. The Liner includes a precision sharpener, so you’re always ready for your finest hour.

A little goes a long way. With a highly pigmented formula and a twist dispenser, you’ll be able to make the most of the Liner.

Key Benefits

All day wear, pigmented formula, continuous even flow that covers in one perfect coat, dries matte, retractable and sharpenable gel pen, pairs well with any makeup look.

Safe Formulation

5-free and latex-free. Formulated WITHOUT formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Fragrance free. Suitable for sensitive eyes.

Making the most of your ESQIDO Eyeliner:

Apply on inner lid to seamlessly blend in with your ESQIDO false lashes

Apply and smudge/blend before it sets for a smokey effect

Colors Available in Black or Brown

Volume 0.5g

Features Built-in sharpener, airtight ring seal, twist & retractable dispenser.

They even list the ingredients on the website, which I thought was amazing!

Ingredients (Black)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxides (CI77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510)

Ingredients (Brown)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide Oxides (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)

I was sent both of the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in black* and the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in brown* to review for my lovely readers.

Both the gel eyeliner pencils are currently (date of writing this review 09/09/2018) on offer for $10.00 each, when they usually retail for $16.00 each. So if you like the look of these by the end of the review, you can go and grab yourself a bargain whilst the launch offer is in place!

The gel eyeliners themselves arrived so quickly and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. The first thing I did was check out the packaging. It isn’t as luxurious as the lashes packing, but if does the job.

Like the website the packaging contains the ingredients, the contents and weight of the product, which colour you have purchased, expiry date, how to use and the funniest part for me, it tells you not to freeze the product… I’ve never heard of anyone freezing an eyeliner before but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has. 😛

The eyeliner itself is simple but looks and feels really nice. It has a matte feel to the packaging which gives it a good hold and feels comfortable and like you have a good grip on it. The base of the gel eyeliners have a ring with the colour of the shade you’ve picked, which is a simple and nice touch, leaving the rest of the eyeliner pencil looking clean. I love the white packaging the most, as I just said it looks clean.

When you take the lid off of the pencil there’s the silicon ring closure which is there to make sure that the pencil never dries out. I’ve never seen this with an eyeliner pencil before, nor a lip pencil to be honest with you. It’s such a genius idea, even for something so minute.

The one thing that interested me the most about reviewing these gel eyeliners is the packaging, not even the product! I love how they’ve made the packaging and if anything, it shouts unique to me straight away just purely due to how you can sharpen the pencil.

This is a twist up eyeliner so you twist at the bottom and it causes more eyeliner to appear. Everyone knows how these work, it’s pretty straight forward. However, with eyeliners like this that I’ve owned in the past, they’ve always been blunt or awkward to sharpen due to the gel texture. However, ESQIDO Lashes thought ahead and attached a sharpener to the bottom of the pencil! You wouldn’t even know it was there though, which is a good thing.

You just pull out the bit at the bottom and hey presto! You have yourself an eyeliner sharpener. This is easy enough to use, clean and click back into the bottom of the eyeliner pencil. However, one issue I found was if you forgot to pop this back in, or misplaced it, it would be frustrating! It is a tiny piece and some people may find this lose able. Other than that, I LOVE IT!

Finally onto the gel eyeliner themselves!

They’re a gel consistency and texture so they’re really creamy and smooth to apply and incredibly pigmented! With one swipe they apply perfectly first time and don’t need to be touched up at all. Due to the tip of the liner you can do lines at thick or as thin as you please. The creamy texture also makes them easy enough to create designs with, if you’re that way inclined.

They’re quite lightweight for such a long lasting and pigmented formula and really took me by surprise. You wouldn’t even know they were there! They’re also waterproof so will last ages. I tried these on the back of my hand and nothing was making them budge to be honest with you, not even the hardest of rubbing and smudging.

I found that if you plan to smudge these out and work with them to give yourself a smokey eye look, then you’ll have to work fast as these dry really quickly! They’re really nice to blend out though and work easily.

Personally whilst this might be great for most, I’ve never been a massive waterproof eyeliner and mascara fan. I like to think I can get stuff off easily as and when the time comes for removal. I don’t want to be scrubbing away to remove stuff, thankfully this isn’t the case with these eyeliners.

When I went to remove the eyeliner swatches off the back of my hand with a baby wipe it was pretty hard to do and it definitely required a bit of force. However, with a good make up remover it came off like a dream, my favourite one to use for any make up is the Garnier Micellar Water.

I’ve never in my life worn a brown eyeliner so that was the shade I was interested in the most, especially to compare it to the black one. I’d still not opt for brown however, I always used to rock black eyeliner growing up, so I’ll always sway to that shade. 😛

So, what did I think of the gel eyeliner pencils overall? They’re pretty amazing to be honest for the price, both at the launch off her $10.00 and the regular price of $16.00!

Would I buy these again for myself? Probably not, but that’s because I don’t wear eyeliner much these days. These on their own will last me aggges now. They’re certainly worth the price and I’d definitely pick these up for family members to pop in stockings and gifts as fillers. My best friend Gabriella loves make up and I could imagine these would be perfect to add to her collection, whether she’s doing make up on herself, or someone else.

Overall these are amazing and I highly recommend them to people who want to try a new gel eyeliner pencil, or just wish to pick up something new to try.

Would you pick up one of the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils? Make sure to let me know in the comments, as well as which colour(s) you’d pick up out of the two.

I also want to thank ESQIDO Lashes for sending me another cute little gift review package! They’re such a lovely company to work with and I cannot recommend them enough to people wanting to pick up some new eye make up pieces! 😀

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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July Favourites ’18

Why hello August! I know, month after month I moan about how fast the year is going but as much as I hate how fast it is whizzing by BUT I’m not going to do that this month… I’m actually excited for September.

Both me and Dane had some lovely news in July, which I’m not going to mention here and NO before you guess we aren’t expecting or having a baby. 😛 Honestly, you will not see a post in 3 months of me holding a scan… Not unless it’s of a puppy fetus. 😛

URGH I really did ramble. I didn’t mean to. 😛

This months favourites were pretty easy to write up, but at the same time they did feel like a bit of a challenge. I hope you enjoy them either way, I always love writing my monthly favourites, so I hope you always enjoy reading them.

  • The Body Shop Body Yogurt in Banana.

I recently posted a wish list Wednesday about The Body Shop and the majority of that wish list had the new limited edition banana range on it. Literally 3 days later I was in a store buying all of the goodies I had posted on that wish list. Since I picked up the body yogurt I have been using it daily and oh my, it has changed up my daily routine! My skin has been looking and feeling dry lately and I HATE moisturising. Not only do I find it a chore, but thick creams can leave me feeling clammy and warm so I avoid it like the plague. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the yogurts and it was Estelle’s The Body Shop haul post (which you can read here) where she spoke about the strawberry one that got me into giving it a go. Thanks Estelle! 😛 This has just been a game changer for my skin. It really is lightweight and only takes 5 minutes max to apply all over and thankfully doesn’t take long to dry so you can be dressed quickly. I plan to have a review of this up on my blog ASAP, possibly this time next week so keep your eyes peeled for that!

  • Fairy Glo Gel Polishes.

Since I picked these up a couple of months ago I’ve been meaning to review them as they are AMAZING gel polishes for sod all money. Since getting my Le Mini Macaron gel nail kit I’ve been kind of obsessed with gel nail polish and have certainly gotten into it more. I picked up a massive 14 piece gel polish set, with 12 glitter/holographic shades as well as a base and top coat. All for £15.99 on Amazon with Prime too! I’ve worn the polishes a handful of times now and I do adore them. I feel so pretty when I have the shades on and I especially love the silver holographic shade, as well as the lilac and blue shades. My mom also recently gave me her UV lamp as it was taking me 2 hours to do my nails with the little one nail LED lamp that you get in the Le Mini Macaron kit. I’d love to start doing peoples nails, but that just isn’t going to happen. 😛

  • Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter.

I really miss wearing lipstick(s) and yet I don’t know why I stopped wearing them. I think it’s due to the fact that I now have on and off eczema in the corners of my lips, which sucks to be honest with you. Using a stick lip balm is now a thing of the past for me and I have to constantly now use lip balm in tins, e.g. Vaseline. I recently picked up a couple of tinted lip balms from The Body Shop but I decided to dig out this old favourite and start using it at work. No, it isn’t lipstick but it’s a gorgeous tinted lip butter which leaves my lips feeling moisturised and with a gorgeous dark pink colour. I would love to try more of the Korres lip butters, but this one has lasted me so long, I don’t know if I need to. 😛

  • The Body Shop Body Butter in Banana.

Yes, another one of the banana products from The Body Shop and this one I have fallen head over heels in love with, for many reasons. There is one product I dislike from The Body Shop and that’s their body butters. They’re really thick, and don’t last very long for how much you spend on them! I’ve tried at least 3 different ones over the years and each one has left me feeling sticky and hot both in the colder and hotter months. However, the banana one smelt amazing so I KNEW I had to pick it up. But I decided to pick up the little tub so that I could test what I thought of the body butter as a hand butter instead. Well, so far I am LOVING IT! It makes such an amazing and deeply nourishing hand butter and I do love it. Whenever I use it at work I get nothing but compliments on the scent, which in turn makes me happy. I’ll definitely invest in the bigger tub soon and just keep the little tub to decant the product into. I’ll also definitely give other scents a try in future, including strawberry.

  • Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser.

This is another product I’ve mentioned recently on my blog (you can read that post here) and since I picked it up at the start of July I have loved using it on my skin! I was after a new toner and for years my mom has been using this one and always praised it up. My skin has been in atrocious condition for the longest time now, which was down to certain products I was using, including the old cleanser I was using. This one has helped clear my skin so much and for under £3.00 I am so CHUFFED to have finally discovered it.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

This is such a random one TV show to start watching, but recently BBC put it onto iPlayer so I’ve just been binge watching it pretty much. I used to LOVE Two Pints growing up and as a student, I just felt like I could relate to it, even with the humour and such. It also just reminds me of when I was younger too with the themes and the fact it’s set back when I was younger. I’m currently on season 5 and close to finishing it. If like me you loved Two Pints growing up, then honestly give yourself a blast to the past and watch the whole box set on iPlayer whilst it’s on there.

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Favourite Film – Inglorious Basterds.

This was such a random film for me to watch but I saw it on Netflix in July and just thought I’d pop it on to watch one morning whilst I got ready for work. One morning turned into a week pretty much! I do love this film so much and it’s definitely one of my favourites by Quentin Tarantino for many reasons. I remember going to see it with my dad when it came out and he loved it so much. When looking for gifs for this post I giggled at so many awesome ones! 😛

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Favourite Book – A Polar Bear In Love Vol 3.

Yay finally Vol.3 came out in July and I was so excited to read it after how they left off in Vol.2! I honestly love A Polar Bear In Love, as it is such an adorable manga and one that I will enjoy reading until it finishes. I FINALLY found a gif to use on my blog for posts like this one! They also have short anime clips out of parts from the manga, which is equally adorable, if not cuter. 😛 If you love cute manga, I cannot recommend this enough!

Favourite Song/Album – Daft Punk Random Access Memories.

Recently at work we were talking about music and one of the questions that went around the office was, “What band would you like to see before you die?” and my answer was Daft Punk. I have LOVED this band for as long as I can remember and they are a massive part of my life. They’re the reason for my love of a lot of music and are for sure a band I would love to see perform. This is the last album they released (I pray they’ll bring out another soon!) back in 2013 and it came out not long before I met Dane. This album reminds me of that year and how rough it was. I listened to it when things were hard because it always made me feel better. I even wrote a MASSIVE review on it back in the day, which I’ll link here. I’ve been listening to this album quite a lot since then and ARGH I just forgot how much I love it and how I need more Daft Punk albums on my iPod for my car. I’ve added a couple of my favourite songs from the album above.

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Favourite Game – Pokemon Go

Yes, I am still playing Pokemon Go and I am LOVING every minute of it. Me and Dane are still playing it loads and even going out late at night to play it. Since me and Dane bought our Pokemon Go Pluses we play it every day. I know it’s seen as a lazy way to play the game, but if you’re going for a walk, or a day out shopping you don’t have to get your phone out to get all the Poke Stops you walk past, which is so handy. The only issue I have is that the game drains my battery, but that’s what I have my battery pack for. 😛 Recently on our way home from visiting Dane’s parents we made a u turn to a local shopping area so that we could catch a Dragonite! It was for sure worth it and we both have a Pokemon we’ve wanted for AGES. I just love the game so much and I wish I’d never stopped playing it years ago. I remember the game coming out in July 2016 and that’s when me and Dane were doing up our house so it does take me back to that time too. 🙂

So those were my favourites from July! I feel like they weren’t anything special but to be honest with you I feel like July went by in a ball of madness! It’s been a pretty decent month to be honest in every single way. As I said at the start of the post me and Dane both had some great news, we’ve had some amazing sunny weather and some much needed rain. It’s overall been a pretty decent month and I’m excited for what August brings!

What were your favourites from July? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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The Mystery Blogger Award

It’s a Wednesday evening and I’m sat in my garden with a cold drink and Daft Punk playing in the background. I’m loving life right now, especially considering the weekend is also around the corner. 😛

I was thinking for ages about what I could do today’s blog post about and I had loads of ideas swirling around but I didn’t feel like any of them were suitable for today. Then I remembered, Gemma had tagged me in The Mystery Blogger Award post of hers!

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In the past I’ve been nominated for one, maybe two awards but meh I never bothered with them. I really like the sound of this one though! 😛

The award was originally created by Okoto Enigma and as I said before, Gemma nominated me so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Gemma for that, who I talk to on Twitter about Pokemon Go! 😛

So, off we go! 😀

The Rules!…

1. Display the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and link their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.

5. Tell the readers 3 things about yourself.

6. Nominate 10-20 people. Notify them by commenting on their blog.

7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions, with one being weird or funny (specify which one that is)

8. Share a link to your best posts.

Three things about me!

1. I’m a massive Pokemon fan and have been since I was 9 years old, that means next year I’ll have been a fan for 20 years!

2. My favourite colour to wear is black, but red is also another colour I love wearing.

3. I was asked recently which band I would love to see before I die and the answer is Daft Punk. I’ve loved them since One More Time was released and since then they’ve been one of my favourite bands.

The questions Gemma asked us…

Q1. What are your Autumn and Winter go to comforts?

A1. Oh so many! Definitely having a lovely hot bubble bath, burning scented candles and especially wrapping up in my favourite fluffy blanket. I love being toasty and warm so evenings like this are the best, ever!

Q2. If your life had a scent what would it be?

A2. Mmm I don’t know to be honest with you… Probably Alien or Angel or something peppermint scented. 😛

Q3. What film are you most looking forward to this year?

A3. I was most looking forward to Deadpool 2 and now that’s finished… I’m really excited for Bohemian Rhapsody later this year to be honest with you as well as Venom.

Q4. If you could have any cartoon character narrate your day to day life like a book who would you choose? – funny question.

A4. Holy shit I have SO MANY IDEAS! Okay, one idea is the narrator from the original Pokemon anime and Morgana from Persona 5. 😛

Q5. What was/is your favourite cartoon/anime?

A5. If I had to choose one anime it would probably have to be Nana, but if I had the choice of a couple I would also add K-ON!.

As for nominations, I’ve just got to nominate these gorgeous human beings…

Raiin Monkey

Estellosaurus

Simply Stacey

Evolution Of Amy Jane

Kkochsongi

Cuteek

Eleanor May

The Mini Mermaid

Her Gaming World

Little Pink Duck

My questions for you guys are…

Q1. What is one thing you are really excited for this year? It can be as big or as small as you wish.

Q2. Who is your oldest/best friend? I want you to tell me how you met and a funny moment you both share.

Q3. If you could be a biscuit, which biscuit would you be? (Funny)

Q4. What band/artist would you like to see before you die? Obviously they have to still be around.

Q5. As it is the summer holidays, what is your favourite childhood memory from your six weeks off school?

Finally, my 3 best blog posts…

Benefit Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain – Review

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Face Mask in Blemish Rescue – Review

Barry M Colour Changing Lip Paints in Genie, Neptune and Unicorn – Review

Aww I’ve loved so much taking part in this award and I really hope all the gorgeous people I’ve tagged to do it too give it a go! I certainly can’t wait to read their answers. 😀

I hope you’re all having a great week, the weekend will be here before we know it.

Until next time all, take care and see you next time.

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5 Things Me & My Cousins Did During The Summer Holidays!

This is a spontaneous topic today and do you want to know why? Well it’s Sunday and I have spent ALL DAY at my cousins Christening. My cousin M (won’t use full names in case they don’t want them used) christened her baby E today and oh my it was lovely. I’ve only been to one Christening and it was my cousin N’s when she was a baby and I was about 6.

M asked me and Dane to take some pictures of the day, as I have my fancy Nikon digital SLR (which I haven’t used FOREVER!) and she wanted some special pictures for the day. It was a pleasure to be honest and we took so many pictures…. 2,225 to be exact. This evening we’ll be popping them onto our computer to view and begin editing throughout the week.

However, this isn’t what I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about some of the things that me and my two cousins M and N used to get up to during the summer holidays.

From as long as I could remember, most days after school, any school holidays and especially the summer holidays me and my two cousins used to hang out all day, every day and whilst we had some arguments, tantrums and fall outs, we always hung out every year until we were old enough to disperse out with our friends and do our own thing.

I thought with the summer holidays starting to the kids tomorrow, it would be nice to write a reminiscent post about what we used to get up to and how different it was back then for kids, to how it is now.

I really hope you enjoy reading this post, as I know I am going to LOVE writing it! 😀

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  • Sitting indoors playing games.

The majority of the time we would play various games on N’s dodgy PlayStation and the one I remember us playing the most was Spyro 2. We would play it from the beginning and each of us would have a world to complete, as well as a boss too. I remember N would beat the first boss, M the second and I’d always get Ripto to beat. We would go through the various challenges in levels and each of us would have a go if the previous one couldn’t crack it. There were some funny moments in that game and we would stress like mad having to hear the characters saying the same phrase over and over again! The track ones were the worst, but also the best! Each of us were good at doing certain challenges. Whilst we played games we’d binge eat various Pot Noodles, vanilla ice cream sandwiches, as well as various other things. It was glorious and whilst we probably should have been outside in the garden, staying in and playing Spyro was pretty bad ass instead.

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  • Riding our bikes up and down the road.

I say the road, we always rode them on the pathway. We would ride our bikes up and down our grans road and oh man they were some awesome times! You’d ride the bike all the way up the road to come back down REALLY fast. I think we probably pissed off some of our grans older neighbours, so we tried to be good most of the time. My cousin M was the one who taught me how to ride a bike and I remember how I used to always ride my white and pink bike with the stabilisers attached when I was about 9 or 10. The local kids would take the piss and I got pretty embarrassed by it. So M being M she showed me how to ride without them and before I knew it, I was a pro! My parents soon bought me a bigger bike after that.

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  • Film funny videos.

I can’t for the life of me remember how old we were, but one year my cousin M had her video camera and we filmed some pretty funny videos on it. I’m pretty sure she still has them somewhere, in black and white of us pretending to be old women. I think it was called, “Independent Women” and it was fucking hilarious! We just took the piss out of older women who like to stay at home, eat junk food and every now and again go and play bingo. Legit what my life is like now. 😛

  • Listened to Clubland and NOW CD’s.

If we weren’t sat in the garden listening to it, we were sitting in the house listening to it. Whilst I listened to pop music growing up, I did love my rock music from an early age, but I also loved club music too! My cousin M would always get the newest NOW CD so we’d have the best summer tunes in the garden. I remember the first NOW CD I bought was NOW 45 (legit put it on to listen to now…) and I loved listening to it so much over the summer holidays.

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  • Watching films.

We always watched films whenever the weather was crap, or if the mood took us to watch Bridget Jones for the 20th time, or Disney films and sing along with the characters… Although that bit did make me cringe a little. I did used to love watching funny films however and some I loved watched with M and N were Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You and as I mentioned earlier, Bridget Jones. I remember one summer my cousin M rented the second one for us to all watched and we didn’t pay attention AT ALL! I wish we had though as it was bloody hilarious.

Those are just 5 things me, N an M used to do together during the summer holidays. We used to all love hanging out together, although the older I got I started to just want to stay at home on my computer, talking to friends on MSN and MySpace. I definitely turned into a recluse. I do miss being a kid sometimes, but at the same time I really don’t. Being a kid sucked and although you had nothing to worry about, you did all the same.

But that aside, today has really shown me how much I did used to love hanging out with my cousins as kids, and the memories I’ve got and will always have from it.

What are some of your favourite summer holiday memories as a kid? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Wish List Wednesday – The Body Shop

I wasn’t planning on doing a wish list Wednesday post for quite a while, but recently The Body Shop came out with their limited edition banana range and I NEED it in my life! I was actually going to order them over the weekend, but I’m leaving it until payday as I need to be good.

So I thought this would be the right time to talk about the banana collection on a wish list Wednesday post, as well as talk about some bath goodies The Body Shop have out now!

  • The Body Shop Banana Shower Cream – (link)

As soon as I heard about The Body Shop bringing out this shower cream, I was so excited! Finally they had listened to me (obviously they didn’t… :P) and my cries for a banana range, other than the hair care! I used to love the shampoo due to the scent but I stopped using it as it didn’t do anything for my hair. Sadly the banana range is only limited edition, but I’ll make sure to stock up due to that! When pay day hits I’ll be ordering one, maybe two of these to try out!

  • The Body Shop Mango Bath Bomb – (link)

I recently found out that The Body Shop now stock bath products and as I’ve recently stopped buying from Lush, I’ve been on the look out for somewhere new to get my bath time treats. Christmas 2016 They brought out some little bath fizzers which I tried and loved! I love the sound of mango though, especially for summertime and the best bit about these? They’re super cheap and affordable!

  • The Body Shop Banana Yogurt – (link)

I’m not someone who moisturises. I have been on and off in the past but these days I’m not arsed. Why? Because it makes me feel hot and sticky and due to that I HATE it! In the past I’ve given The Body Shop’s body sorbets and I loved them. I just felt like they weren’t moisturising my skin, which is a shame. The body yogurts sound similar to the sorbets but much more moisturising! I’m definitely going to pick one up to have a go with. I love the smell of banana so much and I’ve heard this smells of foam banana sweets, yay!

  • The Body Shop Coconut Bath Bubble – (link)

Not only do The Body Shop now sell bath bombs, but they do bubble bars too! This is super exciting as I LOVE bubble bars! I especially love that they sell one in coconut as this is one of my favourite scents from The Body Shop. They have another two scents too but they’re both bleh! I’m definitely going to give this bath bubble a go and like the bath bombs, they’re at an affordable price.

  • The Body Shop Passionberry Lip Balm – (link)

I don’t really wear many lipsticks anymore, at least not at the moment anyway! I love wearing lip balm and rings and I’m always on the hunt for something colourful and conditioning. I know The Body Shop ones are pretty good and at a good price. There’s a couple of different flavours and shades but I like this purple passion berry one the most.

  • The Body Shop Banana Body Butter – (link)

If there is one product I hate by The Body Shop it’s their body butters! I’ve owned a couple in the past and using them has been such a misery for me. They’re just too thick and I always ended up throwing them away, giving them away or using them as hand butters. If I was to buy this banana body butter I’d use it as the latter, a hand butter. My hands get really dry and whilst L’Occitane helps them, I would like to find something else that helps them too, especially if it’s banana scented!

  • The Body Shop Green Tea Bath Bomb – (link)

The final product on this wish list is yet another bath bomb! I’ve not tried any of the green tea range from The Body Shop but I have smelt it in the past and it smells so refreshing and summery! It’d be nice to use this bath bomb on a hot summer evening to relax and unwind. Again, these bath bombs are affordable so I wouldn’t feel guilty picking it up.

So those are The Body Shop products that I have on my wish list/future purchasing list. I’m going to wait until I get a decent discount code or venture in a store before I pick anything up.

Have you got your eye on any goodies from The Body Shop? Let me know in the comments what you want to pick up!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week.

Why I’m a Tangle Teezer Convert – Review

It’s Sunday and I am having such a lazy day! Me and Dane are sat in front of the TV playing games and watching movies whilst we on and off play Pokemon Go too. We have had such a lovely chilled weekend together and really spent time together, which was much needed.

For the rest of our day we’ll be chilling out and having a BBQ, all whilst I get on with blog work. I have loads in my head that I want and need to get written down, all whilst my hayfever plays up. 😛

This is a review I knew I wanted to do a week into using Tangle Teezer brushes. They’ve been around for just over 10 years now and this is the first time I have ever had the pleasure of using one. As someone who has long and thick hair, a review for these brushes is very much needed, especially the two styles I bought.

So get a nice cold drink, sit back and I hope you enjoy my review of not one, but two Tangle Teezer brushes.

I decided in June before me and Dane went away for a short break in Somerset that it was time for me to get a new hair brush. The one I was using at the time was the same style as a Tangle Teezer brush but it had started to see it’s last days and wasn’t performing as well as I wanted it to.

I decided to pick up the Large Smoothing Tool using my Boots points. Although I knew that this hair brush was designed to be using whilst blow drying your hair, I thought it would also be okay for just brushing your hair. Nah, this isn’t good for just that. The teeth on the brush are very hair and due to that it really hurts your scalp when brushing your hair. I gave this a test drive whilst I was in Somerset and I couldn’t get on with it at all!

Before we headed home me and Dane popped to Cribbs Causeway to get some breakfast and have some retail therapy. I decided to pop into Boots to grab the other Tangle Teezer hair brush I had my eye on, this one being The Ultimate Finishing Tool. Now this hair brush is amazing and it has drastically changed my life!

I’ve never tried the original Tangle Teezer and I don’t ever intend to to be honest. Why? well it’s just too small. I like a hair brush with a handle and that’s why I was always put off buying one of these hair brushes in the first place. With both the smoothing tool and the finishing tool they have handles, meaning they’re easy to hold.

The first brush I’m going to talk about is the smoothing tool.

Our innovative Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool takes the hair from wet to dry in one simple step, delivering a quick, smooth and gentle blow-dry.

The full size blow-drying hairbrush from Tangle Teezer is the innovative hairbrush which takes hair from wet to dry.

With ground-breaking teeth technology, the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool has fixed base teeth with built in tension and slight flexibility at the tips. Delivering flow tension, the teeth allows the hair to snake through for a quick, smooth and gentle blow-dry without pulling or stretch-drying.

Taking excess water away from the hair for a faster drying time, the hair is left voluminous and shiny with reduced frizz. There’s no need for straightening irons.

The full size Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool is best suited for medium to long hair lengths.

Information taken from www.tangleteezer.com

When I first went to try this brush whilst blow drying my hair, I wondered if it would deliver what it said it would and surprisingly enough, it did! Not only do I have long hair, but I have thick hair too and whilst I’ve managed to get it blow dried at a reasonable time, it can take more time to dry it than it would for someone with shorter hair.

My Dyson hairdryer is amazing and really has improved my hair drying time, as well as my hair, so if I could find a hair brush to help me fasten the time even more, that’s amazing.

When my hair is wet I’ll brush it with this brush all over and run it through my hair whilst blow drying. As you’d probably gathered, the hair brush is designed to be used alongside a hairdryer. I’ll brush my hair and blow dry whatever is in the brush. I hope that makes sense, I can’t really think how to describe it! Due to the way the teeth are on this brush you can grab large and small pieces of hair to dry, which in turn makes drying the top of your head really easy. I always struggle to dry that part of my hair, but since getting this brush it’s definitely become easier to do.

I notice after using this on my hair that it feels lovely and smooth, with no frizz. If there would be a perfect partner tool for the Dyson hairdryer, it would definitely be this hair brush.

The smoothing tool is amazing and I am so happy to have it to use alongside my Dyson hair dryer now! Although I used my Boots points, this brush costs £20.00. Do I think it’s worth it? Definitely if you have long and thick hair like me which takes ages to dry! This has definitely sped up my Wednesday mornings before work. If your hair doesn’t take a long time to dry then this brush probably isn’t for you.

When my hair is dry I’ll go over it with this brush, but to make sure it’s lovely and smooth I’ll use the finishing tool.

The Ultimate dry-styles and dresses the hair. It’s designed to achieve perfect updos, back-brush in volume and texture and maintain hair extensions, clip-ins and weaves.

The Ultimate is Tangle Teezer’s fabulous new shocking pink dry-styling hairbrush.

Offering the perfect finishing touch, The Ultimate is created for dry-styling and dressing your hair. The unique teeth are longer with softer tips which lightly detangle and smooth cuticles for a high shine. It’s designed to achieve perfect up-dos, back-brush in volume and texture and to maintain and blend in hair extensions, clip-ins and weaves.

Easy to hold, simple to use and all you need for that final flourish, The Ultimate hairbrush finishes your look in style.

Information taken from www.tangleteezer.com

If there is a beauty staple I’ve bought this year that I have fallen in love with and will rave is one of the best I’ve bought, it’s this bad boy. Oh man this hair brush has actually changed my life! I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s the honest truth.

This brush is said to be for best brush for styling, but personally I think it’s perfect for just brushing my hair. The Tangle Teezer brushes are known for having the bristles that won’t pull your hair and hurt you pretty much. They brush through the hair with ease and detangle as they pass through any matted hair.

The bristles on this brush are long and due to that catch every hair you brush. Although they aren’t as thick and strong as the smoothing tool bristles, these bristles still hold up pretty well for what they are, which I love! It means if you have really thick hair they’ll withstand it without them getting damaged.

I find that this brush leaves my hair feeling soft, sleek and smooth after brushing. Everyday I put my hair into a fishtail braid and for this I need my hair to be really smooth so I can make it look as neat as possible. This brush has really helped to do that and my fishtail braids always look near and tidy.

My only issue with this brush is that it gather muck quickly around the bristles and although I clean it daily/weekly, I already feel that I need to give the brush a deep clean! I never had this with any of my other brushes. I intend to give it a big deep clean tonight when I have a bath.

As I said before and I’ll say again, this hair brush has really changed my life. Growing up I always used paddle brushes to brush my hair, as I’ve always had thick and long hair. Some paddle brushes broke due to the constant brushing and others just didn’t brush as well as they could have. I’m glad that we now have brushes like the Tangle Teezer ones that will do a great job in brushing our hair without LOADS of effort.

Again, I used my Boots points to buy this brush, but it costs £15.00 to buy. Would I pay that price for a brush? Well knowing now how amazing this one is, FUCK YES! Sorry to swear but honestly, I’ve never used a hair brush as good as this one and I love it dearly. Brushing my hair has never felt like a chore, I love my hair so much. This brush makes me feel somewhat glam after using as it just makes my hair look and feel gorgeous.

Will I try anymore of the Tangle Teezer brushes? I don’t know in all honesty, not unless I replace the two I have in the future with the same things… These are all I really want from the Tangle Teezer collection. I don’t need one I can throw in my handbag because I don’t brush my hair whilst I’m out and about. I braid it and leave it for the day.

Do you own a Tangle Teezer brush or brushes? Which one(s) do you own? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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