Quirkory – Review

Guys I have been so excited to write and share this amazing little company with you today. You honestly don’t know how happy I am that this post is finally out there for you guys to read.

When I fall in love with something, I really do fall hard. Whenever I fall in love with a new company, I just want to shout about them to everyone in every way possible. It’s one thing I love the most about my blog – even if one person reads the post, at least one person has discovered the thing in question.

Today I will be sharing with you an independent company I discovered in 2019 and wanted to share going into a New Year!

I discovered Quirkory in August 2019 through their Kickstarter campaign A profusion of Eeveelutions & Lunar Spookies. Lots of enamel pin designers who I follow over on Instagram had posted about the campaign on their Instragram stories and Twitter and I couldn’t help but take a look myself over on Kickstarter myself.

I fell in love with the unique kawaii designs and I knew I had to back the campaign. The Eeveelutions are some of my favourite Pokemon to choose for my team in Pokemon games.

The campaign is basically a cross between the Eeveelutions and Greek Gods – which I thought was a really cool crossover. Growing up I loved learning about Greek mythology and I wish I’d taken it further with my studying of it in school.

The choice was so hard to make and I ended up settling on backing one design and in my brain (as I didn’t yet need to pick) opted for the Eevee Hera design. However, a few days later I ended up upping my campaign to three pins because I couldn’t just have one. I regret not backing all nine of the Eeveelution Greek God designs… 😦

So, as I mentioned I opted for three enamel pins, which I am excited to show you today! I’ll also be showing you guys the free Eevee pin I received for backing three or more enamel pins AND an additional enamel pin Eevee Greek God design I was sent by Quirkory as a thank you for sharing them on my blog Instagram stories and supporting them just that little extra. As well as that, I will also be showing you their Galar Ponyta design, which I had on my backpack whilst out and about in Japan!

Disclaimer — Although not gifted for my blog, I will put an * next to the pin I was gifted by Quirkory, so you guys know I didn’t pay for it. πŸ™‚

The three designs I opted for were theΒ Leafeon – Artemis, Eevee – Hera and Umbreon – Hades, with the one I was sent from Quirkory being the Flareon – Hephaestus*.

All of the designs are perfect and so cute! I’m going to talk about each one, as I feel like they all deserve their own spotlight on my blog.

I love how in any order you make with Quirkory, they sent a cute little thank you note! Some stores out there do do this, but I just found this little note to be super cute! Especially the Inari and Mosted mascots for Quirkory at the bottom. SO KAWAII!

Speaking of Inari and Mosted, for both my Kickstarter awards and when I ordered my Galar Ponyta enamel pin, I got some cute little stickers of both the characters in my order. It makes me so happy to see the little mascots and I cannot wait to stick the stickers in or on one of my notebooks!

First of all I want to mention that although I love all of these pins I’m torn between the Umbreon and and Eevee pins as being my favourite. I love them both for completely different reasons to be honest with you! I think the whole, cute and light and cute and dark works so well and URGH I love.

Why this God for Leafeon? “Leafeon usually lives in lush forests. It has both animal-like appearance and features that make it look like a plants, thanks to its cellular structure which allows it to perform photosynthesis and purify the air! So it’s the right mix of flora and fauna and perfectly embodies Artemis, the Greek Goddess of hunt, forest, harvest, wild animals and female initiations. Personification of the crescent moon, she’s the daughter of Zeus and Latona. She lived in the woods with his reliable hunting dogs, always armed with a bow and golden arrows.”

Leafeon – Artemis – (link) – This is on a rose gold enamel with a twin back. This is actually the first pin I saw from the collection, so really it was my reason for falling in love with the campaign in the first place! It was also the pins I was toying with picking if I had stuck with backing just one of the designs. Colour wise, this has to be my favourite out of the four Eeveelution Gods enamel pins I own. The pink background and yellow and green of Leafeon work so well together and it’s definitely attractive. I can imagine when I wear this enamel pin in particular on my clothing or backpack that it will fetch a lot of comments from people. One final think I love it the Leafeon’s mouth design. It’s very plain, but it looks so cute all the same! I love it!

Why this God for Eevee? “As Goddess of the family, women and protectress of marriage, she was the Queen Olympus and one of the most important deities. she was as jealous as revengeful and to her “misfortune” she married Zeus (who certainly wasn’t the ambassador of monogamy!) since she was jealous of her husband, she hated his favourite son Hercules… Whose human nature consequently led Hero to hate the entire humanity as well. Her symbols are the diadem, the peacock, the sceptre, the lotus and the pomegranate. Eevee is not vindictive for sure, and it loves indiscriminately anyone who gives some affection… That’s why it can be perfect queen and protectress of the family, The Eeveelutions Family!”

Eevee – Hera – (link) – This is on gold enamel with a twin back. This is such a cute design and shouts Eevee to me! I love the little :3 smile that they decided to go with for the Eevee, it’s adorable!!! I love the level of detail that is put into the Eevee design and out of the four I have, this one has a “proper” crown on, which is due to the Greek God she is supposed to be. The little braces around it’s front legs are also really cute. This is definite up there with the Umbreon design as one of my favourites! It’s just so chubby, fluffy and cute! As Eevee is one of my favourite Pokemon, this one definitely has a soft spot. πŸ™‚

Why this God for Umbreon? “In the ancient Greek mythology he’s the God of the dead, King of the Netherworld and the shadows; he strongly masters the death with his faithful Cerberus, reigning undisturbed the underworld! He never cares about the earthbound and rarely gets out of his own world. ~ Just like our little Umbreon! Dark, mysterious and tenebrous, it hides in the darkness while waiting for its opponents, but he’s a lonely soul that never gets involved in matters that doesn’t belong to him.”

Umbreon – Hades – (link TBA) – This is on black enamel with a twin back. I LOVE that this is on black enamel, as it works so well for the darkness of the Umbreon design. I obviously can’t speak for the other designs, but out of all the enamel pins I have this is the biggest one. As I mentioned, the design is very dark all around with lots of black, navy and blue colours. The only “brighter” colours used are the yellow for the eyes and crown and pink for cheeks and mouth. I think the reason I fell in love with this design of Umbreon is due to the grumpy look on his face and his open mouth with a little snaggle tooth on show. It’s just perfect at showing how Hades is the God of the underworld, all whilst showing an adorable side to him as well.

Why this God for Flareon? “He was majorly known as the God of fire, but he also was the God of craftsmen, sculptors, metallurgy and volcanoes. As a smithing God, Hephaestus was the workman of the immortals: he made all weapons, furnishings and dwellings of the Gods in Olympus. Exiled from Olympus and confined in a volcano from birth, he never gave up and he had to devise clever stratagems to go back in! His main symbols are a smith’s hammer, anvil and fire. His forge was located under a volcano! Flareon has the same fiery temper! If it gets angry for an important reason, it can be a real hot-head and explosive! But it is also obedient and a very good “worker”. It can totally dominate fire and flames, since it can literally produce it thanks to its flame save inside its body.”

Flareon – Hephaestus* – (link TBA) – This is on gold enamel with a twin back. This is the design that Quirkory were kind enough to send me! I was able to pick it, by the way, it wasn’t randomly chosen (which was even nicer of Quirkory!). The Flareon pin is perfect, it really does show off everything about both the Pokemon and the Greek God! The eyes show that Flareon is mad/grumpy (if you will…) and with a flame in the background and his smith’s hammer, this is just perfect! I honestly love how grumpy the Flareon’s face it and I especially love how the mouth is covered by the floof of his chest, it makes him look even grumpier!

Eeveeloop Enamel Pin – (link) – This is on gold enamel with a twin back. This was actually free with the Kickstarter campaign as I backed more than pins. This is so cute with the two little Eevee’s in the loop design. I thought that one of the Eevee’s was a normal colour and the other was shiny, but this doesn’t seem to be the case at all. Either way, the design is simple but adorable and perfect for any Eevee fan out there. One touch I really love on this pin (as it’s the first one I’m writing about) is how on the back of the enamel pin Quirkory have their name printed, but underneath is states, “Eeveeloop”. I’ve never seen this on an enamel pin to date and I think it’s really unique!

Eeveeloop Sticker (link) – The enamel pin design above is exactly the same as the sticker. This was included in the Kickstarter campaign too if you backed anything, which is a lovely little thank you really. This is available to buy on their Etsy store now, which I have linked above. If you fancy bagging yourself a cute little sticker, then go and grab one now! The stickers from Quirkory are adorable.

Eevee Greek God’s Stickers (link) – As I backed three enamel pins I was able to pick two stickers to add to my order… However Quirkory being the beauts that they are sent me four! I picked the Glaceon – Atherra and Flareon – Hephaestus designs to have as stickers, so Quirkory sent me the Leafeon – Artemis and Umbreon – Hades designs too. I feel so lucky to have received so many goodies from Quirkory. They’ve definitely left me feeling loved with this parcel. :’)

All the stickers are of a matte texture and so cute! They’re a decent size and as I mentioned, would be great to stick on or in a notebook/diary, or maybe even on a phone case to customise it to whatever you see fit!

Lilac Galar Ponyta (link) – The Galar Ponyta pins is by far one of my favourite enamel pins in my collection… Seriously! I have never seen an enamel pin printed on a different colour enamel until I bought this. This is on lilac enamel, which really makes the pastel colours of the Ponyta’s mane and tail. These colours are pink, blue and yellow, with the other sections of Ponyta being white and lilac from the metal. If this is in the gold enamel, these parts of course wouldn’t be lilac. I honestly love this pin so much that it even came with me to Japan on my backpack! πŸ˜€ Sadly, I didn’t get any comments on it. 😦

The one thing I want to comment on here with Quirkory’s enamel pins and in turn which is one of my favourite things is the quality. They feel and look amazing, which is perfect. I feel like I’m only really starting to understand good quality enamel pins, even though I’ve been collecting for two years now. These feel smooth to run your finger across.

At the time of writing this blog post, the Eeveelution pins (or any on the Kickstarter for that matter) aren’t available to buy at the moment. Quirkory are aiming for all of the Kickstarter pins to be shipped out first before they decide to sell any via their Etsy store. They are aiming for the second half of February for the pins to be up on Etsy! So make sure to keep eyes peeled on their Instagram page, Etsy store and even my blog! I will be linking back to them all as soon as they hit the store.

I’m already planning to pick up the other five Eeveelution Greek God designs as and when they go for sale on their store.

In case you’re curious the other Eeveelution designs are below:

Vaporeon – Poseidon – (link)

Sylveon – Aphrodite – (link TBA)

Espeon – Apollo – (link TBA)

Jolteon – Zeus – (link)

Glaceon – Atherra – (link TBA)

Halfway through working on this review for Quirkory, I decided to have a mini internet with them about their brand and what they hope for the future! So I will include any exciting things coming this year for them!

  • During this year, Quirkory would like to vary and expand their range of products, starting with the launch of plushies, bags/ita bags, plaids and mugs (for the latter they have special plans in mind).
  • Inari & Mosted (who they are created more stickers of AND a webtoon/comic strip, which I am so excited for!), The Witcher (which is something they really love!), original creations and contents which are base on animals and nature (which is their biggest love!)
  • A project they particularly care about will be titled “Wrongies”, which is inspired by everyday life and by the movie Ugly Dolls. They have already designed some pins with the purpose of pushing people to love and accept themselves more, as well as the things we own, because lately everyone is increasingly focusing on defects and flaws way too much. This sounds amazing and I’m so interested in how these will look in the future!
  • TheyΒ will not discontinue from making fan-arts in the future!!! Which is great news, because they’re so amazing at doing them. πŸ™‚
  • Finally, Animal Crossing! I have shown a sneak peak of what they are showing on their Instagram of one of the first sneak peaks of Animal Crossing. IF you love the style that Quirkory go for and would like to see them design and certain Animal Crossing character, then make sure to head over to their Instagram page and TELL THEM WHO YOU WANT TO SEE! πŸ˜€ I really want to see Isabelle, Bea, Cookie, Goldie and Lucky. I love my doggies in Animal Crossing. πŸ™‚

Quirkory opened their PatreonΒ  about a year ago, but at the moment it’s quiet… Before they announce the launch of it, they are working hard to still prepare for everything and perfect it ready for when it launches. Quirkory want their Patreon to be different, special and yet affordable for everything – so not just a pin club, which I love! It shows that they’re really thinking about their customers. πŸ™‚

So that is it for my review of Quirkory! I have tried to include as much information as I can think of, as well as snippets from the mini interview I conducted with Quirkory! I will also of course link below to their store and social media platforms:

Store (Etsy)

Twitter

Instagram

What do you guys think of Quirkory? Their designs are cute, right? Would you look into buying from them in the future? If so, what would you pick up? 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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JenniFairy Illustration – Review*

2019 is the year where I really got to work with some amazing people and companies on my blog, but 2019 is also the year where I have been privileged to work with one of my favourite independent artists, JenniFairy.

As readers will know, since 2018 I have discovered a new hobby, which is enamel pin collecting. I just love them so much! They’re affordable, can be pinned anywhere and best of all a great way to show off some of your favourite artists, game series and more.

If there is one independent artist I really do love and adore, it’s JenniFairy! I love her Pokemon pins, as well a her food pins too. We’ve been talking together for a while now through Instagram and I’ve discovered what a lovely person she is to talk to! We spoke about Japan, what she hopes to do with her store in the future and more. She’s one of my favourite artists to talk to, purely for how approachable and honest she is.

So, when we decided to work together, I was so excited! Whilst I have worked with loads of big companies and people this year, I have also learnt that I actually get more joy out of working with smaller/newer companies and independent artists, especially ones I have loved and bought from for many years.

JenniFairy is definitely one of those people! I’ve spoken about Jenn and her store on my blog before. Once back in 2017 when I first discovered her and mentioned her on my old independent artists series and literally this time last year when Jenn worked with Sour Attitude Club to create two gorgeous Pikachu enamel pins in their Pika Sweets Cafe range!

I remember wearing these pin badges to Birmingham Comic Con in March on my Persona 5 varsity jacketΒ and EVERYONE asked me about them. Who they were by, how much, etc. I felt so happy to share JenniFairy and her store with everyone at the con. πŸ˜€

I am so excited to share with you guys not only the pins that Jenn sent me to talk about on my blog but I’m also going to show you some I have bought myself! As always, I will share links, prices and of course which pins were gifted to me, as well as which ones I bought. πŸ™‚

Some of the items mentioned in this post have been gifted for promotional and reviewing purposes, so all views on this post are entirely my own. Items that have been gifted will have a * next to them.

I have a few different pin designs (and a sticker!) from a couple of different “series” that JenniFairy has released recently, as well as throughout the rest of 2019. πŸ™‚

The first series I will talk about is the most recent one, which is called Spoopy Cuties. I remember when Jenn was sketching the ideas up for these cute pin designs and I honestly fell in love with all the dressed up ghosts! I knew I had to pick up one of these when they came out.

The Spoopy Cuties will be perfect all year around! I know loads of people who love Halloween and I feel like these designs will be perfect for showing off your love of the spooky month. πŸ˜›

In the collection there are 6 designs to choose from – Pumpkin Buddy (you can also grab a glitter variant too which is special edition!), Boolloons, Angel Ghost, Devil Ghost, Witch Bunny and Boonicorn. I was gifted and bought the last 2.

Witch Bunny Enamel Pin* – A Grade Β£8.00 and B Grade Β£6.00 (link)

I know loads of people who actually picked up the Witch Bunny enamel pin and I can honestly understand why. This is one of my favourite designs to come out in the Spoopy Cuties because it’s so cute with that bit of Halloween too! The purple hat works really well with the white bunny and I especially love the star detailing on the hat too. This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back. I do really love this bunny! It would be really cute to wear on a leather/fake leather jacket!

BoonicornΒ Enamel Pin – A Grade Β£8.00 and B Grade Β£6.00 (link)

This is the pin I knew I had to buy when it came out! I actually picked up a B Grade for a change and I have to be honest, this doesn’t look like a B Grade at all! If anything it looks like an A Grade, which makes me so happy. I can’t see any defects on it at all, which is good. The Boonicorn is so pastel, I love it! It has a pastel mane made of colours yellow, pink. blue and purple, as long as a sparkly white unicorn horn, which I found to be such a cute and magical unicorn touch! It’s face is so happy with it’s pink rosy cheeks and little arms. It’s just so damn cute! I love ghost themed things at Halloween so this pin is perfect for me! I already plan to wear it in my new itabag whilst I’m in Japan! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

The next collection I want to talk about is actually from the first Kickstarter that JenniFairy released this year, which is Big Cat Cuties. The campaign came out in July, with pins being sent out to backers at the start of October. I backed one of the designs, but Jenn was kind enough to also send me one of the cats I regret not picking up!

The collection (as the name suggests) is inspired by big cats of the world, with the collection including 6 designs to choose from – Jaguar, Black Panther, Snow Leopard, Lion, Lynx and Tiger. Again, I was gifted and bought the last 2.

Big Cat Cuties Tiger Enamel Pin* – Β£9.00 and Seconds Β£7.00 (link)

I actually think this is my favourite design out of all the Big Cat Cuties! It looks so bright with the orange and adorable with it’s little happy face! As I mentioned before, I did regret not backing for 2 pins because I wanted this one so much! This will look adorable on a cream jumper or cardigan at work, or even on a coat throughout the winter months. I know cat fans are also massive on cat toe beans, which the Tiger has! It has little black pads, so cute! It’s the only Big Cat Cutie design to have this. This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

Big Cat Cuties Lynx Enamel Pin – Β£9.00 and Seconds Β£7.00 (link)

This is the Big Cat Cuties design I chose from backing the Kickstarter campaign and it’s so adorable! I’m not a massive “cat” fan, but I couldn’t resist this cute animal pin designs, especially as they were by JenniFairy. I love the grey colour of the Lynx design and especially the cute little pink nose. It adds such a perfect touch alongside the white and grey. This is an enamel pin I know I’ll wear loads, as I love the colour scheme so much. I love the fluffy detail on the ears, it’s so well done and really does bring out more detailing on the character. I would love to wear this both in my new itabag as well as on my red winter coat! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

Big Cat Cuties Sticker Sheet – Β£4.00 (link)

I was gifted these with my Kickstarter campaign award (Lynx) and just wanted to show them to you guys! They’re so damn cute and I don’t have the heart to use them yet, as I’m not 100% sure HOW I want to use them! You get all of the Big Cat Cutie designs here and these would make a lovely little Christmas gift for someone who loves cats.

The next pin I want to talk about is a design that brought me to JenniFairy’s store in the first place, which is her adorable Eeveelution collection called Chubbilutions! I actually already own a couple of the Eeveelution pins already, which is both Eevee (a seconds pin) and Sylveon. The one I opted for this time is Vaporeon, which is one of my favourites out of the 9 cuties! Of course you can pick up Eevee, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon and Sylveon. I would LOVE to own all these in the future! πŸ˜€

Vaporeon Enamel Pin* – Β£8.00 (link)

I’m so glad I chose this design as it’s absolutely adorable, as well as really well detailed! I love that all of the Chubbilutions are munching on their tails, which is such a cute idea. I love how JenniFairy worked on this for each Eeveelution too. I do love the tail in Vaporeon’s mouth though, the cute little mermaid pupper that it is! I also love the detail on the scales of the Vaporeon too along its tail and as odd as it sounds, it feels really comforting on the fingers when you stroke it. This pin will be perfect to wear all the time and I especially can’t wait to put this pin and the Sylveon one together in my itabag! This is on a gold finish and has two clutch fixes on the back.

As well as enamel pins, Jenn also sent me a sticker! I actually own the enamel pin design of the sticker that I was sent. I wanted this sticker to pop either into my Filofax diary, or even a notebook.

Pikachu Crepe Sticker* – Β£2.00 (link)

I love this design so much, it shouts Japan to me in every sense with both the Pikachu and the crepe. It’s so cute and really does remind me of when I went to Birmingham comic con in March and everyone adored this design, alongside the Pikachu ice cream design that I own both of the pins of.

Finally I’m going to be talking about my favourite item that Jenn sent me in my gifted package and it’s an item that is sadly no longer available as it was limited edtion. HOWEVER, Jenn will be bringing a special Christmas edition out of this little cutie, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this!

Detective Pikachu Enamel Pin*

I love this pin so much and it’s one that Jenn was kind enough to put to one side for me before it sold out, as she knew how much I wanted one! As I mentioned before, this pin is now sold out but I just had to mention it here because I know JenniFairy will be bringing this back for Christmas… So make sure to keep eyes peeled for this limited edition cutie! The original design has his cute little deer stalker hat on and his takeaway cup of coffee! I love the pastel colour scheme for this too, it’s perfect and really does shout JenniFairy’s unique style to me! I loved Detective Pikachu so I’m so pleased to have a little pin badge to show this. This will definitely be going into my itabag and taken with me to Japan! This is on a gold finish and has one clutch fixes on the back.

So that is everything that both JenniFairy sent me, as well as the few bits I picked up myself. πŸ™‚

I cannot thank Jenn enough for giving me the opportunity to work with her for this blog post today and it is by far one of my favourite collaborations of 2019! I’m so excited to put these pins in my itabag, as well as on cardigans, coats/jackets and more to show off to the world and especially when I go to Japan! πŸ˜€

I love talking about independent artists on my blog, especially when I love what they do! If it means I can talk about something I adore and help my readers discover new places to buy kawaii goods from at the same time, it’s real blessing.

Overall I honestly love Jenn’s designs and they’re so unique and whenever I see her work I instantly know it’s her. Her designs are cute, pastel and chubby, can you get anymore kawaii than that? I don’t think so. πŸ˜›

Not only does she design Pokemon themed goods, but she does also design food and Japanese food, as well as some other animal designs too. Make sure to go and check out her store for more, as well as go and bag yourself some goodies as well! πŸ˜€

I’ve posted JenniFairy’s links down below so you can check out her store, as well as all her social media platforms. πŸ˜€

Etsy

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Christmas is looming and I feel JenniFairy would be a great place to pick up a Secret Santa present, as well as gifts for friends or young teenagers who love Pokemon.

What would you like to pick up for yourself, or a friend? Make sure to let me know in the comments below!

Until next time all, I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

What I Got For Christmas 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you all had a lovely day, whether it was with loved ones, friends or even (sadly) on your own.

I can’t believe how quick both Christmas Day and Boxing Day went! We just have that little slum between New Years Eve now and as depressing as it sounds, I’m working today and tomorrow… Which was completely my own choice! YES I chose to work. πŸ˜›

However, at the time of writing this, it’s Boxing Day morning and I’m snuggled up in bed and looking through all the gifts I was spoilt to this Christmas and as I always do, I share with you those lovely gifts I received.

Now I understand not a lot of people like posts like these because it’s seen as, “showing off” which I completely understand! I’m not showing off though, I’m just sharing what I received. I love reading and seeing what people get for Christmas, especially when they’re heartfelt and special gifts, where the receiver has clearly been thought about.

If you’re one of those people who think it’s showing off, you can bugger off because this post clearly won’t be for you. πŸ˜› HASHTAG – honesty is the best policy.

Not all my Christmas presents have made it into this post sadly as I’m still yet to receive some from my best friends, but I can always share those in a separate post, can’t I?

Anyhoo, on with the post! There’s a lot of goodies to show off. πŸ˜›

The first gifts I’m going to talk about is what one of my best and oldest friends Sophi bought for me! She gave me my gifts back at the start of November so it’s been hard having to wait until now to open them! She bought me so many awesome bits and pieces and they’re all so fab! I’ve got so many Pusheen items it’s amazing.

These items include a Pusheen pyjama top, three pairs of shoe liner socks, Christmas Pusheen fluffy socks (which will be HEAVENLY to wear around the house!), a stationary pouch (which includes a notebook, blue pen, purple gel pen, two pencils, a sharpener and a rubber), a gorgeous notebook (which in turn I’ve had my eye on for agggges!), a pencil case/make up bag and finally some cute little pin badges! There was also some Japanese sweets inside the pencil case/makeup bag which taste AMAZING!

As well as Pusheen, Sophi also bought me a few Lady and The Tramp items, including a pyjama top and some shoe liner socks. I honestly love all the bits that Sophi bought for me, especially the Pusheen stationary to be honest with you! I’ve always been a sucker for stationary but I love using this sort of stuff at work and seeing as Dane bought me something lovely (stationary wise!) these bits from Sophi are perfect. πŸ˜€

The next gift I received is this gorgeous fox origami necklace and I got this from my gorgeous friend Sophie… Yes, another Sophie! πŸ˜› I wasn’t expecting this so it was such a lovely gift to open when we met up recently. Since she gifted it me I’ve worn is everyday and I adore it so much. It’s definitely one of my favourite gifts I received this year. πŸ™‚

The next gifts I received were the ones from Dane’s parents, which were all so lovely! The first thing I opened was the Empire Cinema voucher, which I found really random but when I read what they wrote inside it was so thoughtful and cute! It’s definitely the sweetest gift I’ve received so far. As you’ll probably see it says it’s for when Detective Pikachu comes out! You’ll see that I’ve blocked out some information, this is just to keep Dane’s parents names private, as well as how much is on the card.

They also gifted me this gorgeous fox hair towel from The Body Shop, as well as a cute patchouli fox candle, which I doubt I’ll ever burn! I think I’m going to keep it by the front door on our shoe cabinet, but I need something to stand it on before I pop it down there. It smells gorgeous to be honest.

Finally they bought me The Body Shop peppermint candy cane sack gift set. I’m so glad I got this as I LOVE the peppermint candy cane scent and I’ve already picked up a few items in the sales. I’ve tried a bit of the body butter on the back of my hand it’s so creamy and smells AMAZING! I can’t wait to try the shower gel out now, as well as the body scrub.

Next up we have the gifts my mom bought for me, one I knew about and two I didn’t. My mom knows me so well when it comes down to buying me gifts and every year not only does she surprise me, but she just reminds me of how much she knows me. πŸ™‚

This was actually a gift for both me and Dane and that’s a massive refill bag of Australian Bodycare’s tea tree skin wash. I LOVE this stuff so much and have done since my mom bought it me as a teenager. I mostly use it on my face these days but I do occasionally use it all over my body, especially in the warmer months. I’ve already refilled my bottle with this, so I’m really chuffed! πŸ˜€

The second thing she bought me is this cleansing brush and it was such a surprise when I opened it! I’d mentioned to her a while ago how I’d stopped using the facial brush she bought me years ago as I found it didn’t work for me anymore… Not as in power, as in what it does to my skin. So when I opened this, oh man I’m so excited to give it a go! πŸ˜€ It’s easily charged and turns on and off easily! Not going to lie though, when I opened it on Christmas Day Dane made a lewd joke… πŸ˜› Either way though this will hopefully work wonders on my skin!

Finally we have what is probably my favourite gift this Christmas. My mom had asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I mentioned this watch to her, which isn’t the cheapest in the world… So when she said she was more than happy to buy it for me, I was over the moon! I love gifts when they’re bought from someone, as they have some meaning behind them. I’ve wanted a new watch for some time now and have eyed up the Olivia Burton ones since I started my job just over a year ago. As many readers will know, I LOVE foxes, so when I finally saw that Olivia Burton were doing a fox design, my heart was kind of set on it. I showed it to my mom and she sent me the money to order it for myself. I mentioned how you could get your name stamped on the band and she told me to make sure I did just that! As you’ll see, I did and THANK GOD they spelt my name right. πŸ˜›

I adore my new watch so much and when I wore it Christmas Day it was so comfortable. I love it. :’)

Finally we move over to Dane and the gifts that he bought for me. He really spoilt me this year and although I feel lucky as anything throughout the year, when it comes to Christmas, birthday and anniversary he always reminds me just how loved I am, as well as just how well he knows me.

These were mostly in the stocking he made up for me, we started to do stockings when we moved into the house and I really do enjoy doing them. πŸ™‚ So some of the items Dane gifted me were matcha/green tea related, which was lovely but so bloody random! πŸ˜› I LOVE green team KitKat’s from Japan and I’ve already eaten one of these whilst writing this post. πŸ˜› He also bought me some matcha knock off Oreo’s, which look yummy, I can’t wait to try those. Finally he bought me a matcha ramune drink… I can’t imagine how this is going to taste! I think I’m going to wait until my birthday to try it. πŸ˜›

I didn’t think Dane would buy me squishes, but he did and he did good! I’m not a squishy person to be fair BUT I do like them as they help me relax whilst when I’m anxious or overthinking. I find they’re great when I’m a passenger on the motorway. He did actually show me these and I can’t remember if he said he’d bought them for meΒ  before or after showing them off to me. I LOVE the fox ninja so much and it’s definitely my favourite of the two, but this being said I love the panda ninja for squishing. Due to the way the paint is on the foxes face, I’d worry it would crack, so the panda is going to be my go to for squishing!

It seems to have become a tradition every Christmas now that Dane buys me Nichijou! I never really pick it up for myself throughout the year, so he does it for me. πŸ™‚ I do really love the Nichijou series, it’s something different and a manga series everyone needs to read! They have an anime version of it too, which I also need to watch through, I’ve only watched the odd episode… I might suggest me and Dane watch it tonight whilst we have dinner. ^_^

I love getting calendars for Christmas and when I opened this one from Dane, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect… So when I saw it was Juniper I was so chuffed! Dane bought me the Juniper calendar for 2018 so it’s nice to have that lovely Instagram famous fox hung up in our living room again! I love writing down stuff me and Dane plan, as well as days off, birthdays and even blog events!

This was something I had a feeling Dane had bought me as he showed it me before Christmas and asked what I thought of it! It’s so adorable and I LOVE Pompom Purin. πŸ™‚ I actually saw this when I was in the Japan Centre in London and I rather liked the look of it to be fair. I’m just not sure whether to have it for work, or for the house to keep my stationary in downstairs in the living room… We’ll see but either way it’s so adorable. πŸ˜›

Bless Dane, he’s such a cutie! When we went to EGX in September he asked if I liked the Spyro pin badges that had been released to coincide with the game as he wanted to buy them me for Christmas. Sadly I didn’t like the look of them… They just weren’t for me in all fairness. So he asked me to have a look around to see if there were any other Spyro items I liked the look of online, alas I found this incense burner and hey presto! He bought it for me. πŸ˜› I haven’t had chance to use this yet as I need to get some incense cones for it, but how it works is you pop a cone into this and as it smokes, the smoke comes out of Spyro’s nose. Funky, eh?! πŸ˜€

This is definitely one of my favourite Christmas presents this year and one I had a feeling Dane had bought me. I spoke recently about this item here and how much I’ve wanted something for the wall behind our bed. Alas I found this awesome wall tapestry online at Redbubble and I just knew I had to have it! Me and Dane plan to buy some easy stick on and remove hooks, as well as some fairy lights and we’ll soon have our room taking some shape after a few years of it looking bare. πŸ™‚

I was rather shocked by the size of this in all honesty, I thought it was going to be bigger like my other Morgana cushion (which you can see here). This was an ichiban kuji prize and as YY Kawaii was selling it, I asked Dane for it for Christmas. Alas here it is! It’s such a cute little pillow and will be nice to use as a head pillow whilst in bed, especially if I’m feeling poorly or under the weather and need to rest my head on something a little more.

These again are some of my favourite gifts that I received from Dane! Again, I had a feeling I was getting something like this for Christmas as I’d hinted to him about it and he’d asked me to put in order which ones I’d like. I’m not only 2 short of having ALL the Eeveelution plushies and I’ve now pre ordered them from YY Kawaii! Some of these were in my stocking and some were in my present bag, so it was a nice surprise when I found out I had another two to open! I cant wait to show all nine of the Eeveelutions off to you in the New Year!

I know I’ve said this for a few gifts now, but this is definitely up there in my top three Christmas presents! I know it’s just a pop vinyl figure and I know it’s just Wall-E BUT it’s Earth Day Wall-E and he’s pretty damn rare now! I mentioned on my post a few days ago how he’s now worth a maximum of Β£50 on places like Amazon and eBay, so the fact Dane managed to get him new for Β£15 on eBay is such a bargain. He’s how the original Wall-E should have looked in all honesty and I just love the look of him so much! He’ll be going into mine and Dane’s manga cabinet and he’ll be staying in the box. πŸ˜›

Finally we have my number one present, which of course is a Nendoroid! I was surprised to only see one in my Christmas bag as Dane and me usually go Nendoroid happy over Christmas, birthday and anniversary. I bought Dane three and he only bought me one. This being said, a lot of Nendoroid’s I want at the moment aren’t THAT easy to get a hold of, or I’ve already ordered them for myself. There’s quite a few of the Yuri On Ice Nendoroid’s I want, mostly the casual versions at the moment BUT I was missing Yuri Plisetsky, so I’m glad that Dane managed to get hold of him for me! I’m going to pose him as a cutie with kitty ears on with the other two guys. πŸ˜›

So that’s all the Christmas gifts I have received so far! I know I have a few bits left to get from two of my best friends, but that’s okay, they’ll be worth the wait. πŸ™‚

I can’t believe the whole hype of Christmas we work ourselves up for is now over. It’s only 4 days now until New Years Eve and then it’ll be 2019. It’s crazy, I don’t honestly know where this month has gone. It’s flown and it’s rather scary to be honest with you.

What did you get for Christmas from family, friends, significant others and more? πŸ™‚ I want to know! I love hearing about what gifts people receive.

Until next time all, I hope you had an amazing Christmas and Boxing Day!

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2016 Favourites

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s New Years Day and hello 2017! I can’t believe how quick it came around. I’m happy for a new year, even though I rather loved 2016 for various different reasons. SO I thought I would do a favourites of 2016 but it won’t just be for beauty like my monthly favourites posts are, it’ll cover a lot more. I’ll be talking about beauty, fashion, games, books and films. For each I’ll be naming 3 things that were my favourite. I know I usually write why they’re my favourite(s) but I won’t be doing that today.

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Beauty

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade Redrum (review here)
  2. Holika Holika Smoothie Peeling Jam
  3. Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade Bauhau5
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Fashion

  1. Ohayou! Umbreon t-shirt
  2. Black Milk Clothing Lumpy Space Princess skater dress
  3. Primark fox pajamas
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Games

  1. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. Mafia III
  3. Pokemon Moon
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Books (well manga and comics)

  1. Nana
  2. Bee & Puppycat
  3. Sword Art Online: Progression
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Films

  1. Deadpool
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. When Marnie Was There

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