Although I enjoy taking photographs, something I am rubbish at is having them printed out, so when Canvas Dezign asked if I would like a personalised canvas to review, of course I said, yes, yes please!
After much deliberation I chose a photograph of my beautiful German Shepherd / Collie Jazz. He is the most photogenic little thing and I knew the photograph taken in my garden last summer would be perfect. Upon receiving the Canvas, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was! The quality of the image is excellent, as is the quality of the actual canvas. I can't wait to hang it up in my living room so I can admire it every day. I think I am going to have to get a couple more featuring Oby, Thomas and maybe some of my less-photogenic (just kidding guys) human family members.
The personalised canvas prints provided by Canvas Dezign are already extremely affordable (prices starting at £7.99 with free delivery) but they were kind enough to send a discount for my blogging friends to use. Simply enter 'BLOG15' at the checkout and you will get 15% off the total price.
Uploading an image to the website is very straight forward and you also have the option to view it and add effects if you wish to. It is recommended that you upload high quality images that won't distort or alter in colour when increased in size.
What do you think of my new canvas? Would you be interested in getting one yourself?
*This item was sent to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review
I don't do many tags on my blog, but after I came across the Pretty Little Liars tag on a couple of blogs recently, I decided to look for a Vampire Diaries version! Luckily for me Ingrid & Joeycreated one a few years ago so I nabbed it for my blog post today. If Vampire Diaries isn't something you watch then sorry (but you need to start watching it) I'll be back with one of my usual review posts on Friday! Everyone else - Enjoy!
How did you discover the show? I discovered the show through my mum - she’s clearly way cooler than me! When I watched the first episode initially I was like ‘blah this is just trying to copy Twilight’ how wrong I was! I watched it again quite a few months later and became completely hooked. I raced through series one and two and then ended up watching them over and over again until season three was out.
Who is your favourite character? This would have been such an easy question if Klaus and Elijah hadn’t moved to the spin-off show, but now they have gone I think it’s got to be Caroline (favourite female) and Damon (favourite male). Caroline is hilarious and I think it’s easy to relate to her. Damon is just Damon. Need I say more?
If you were a vampire, would you live off human or animal blood? Hahahaa this is such a weird question as I am a vegetarian! Probably human?! I wouldn’t like kill people, just drink blood bags. Oh my I have got way into this…stop me now.
Team Stefan or Damon? Team Damon! However, I do love Stefan now he’s not with Elena! In fact I think whichever brother is with Elena turns into the boring brother for a while.
What’s your favourite supernatural power? You’d wanna be an Original if you could be one of them right? I know I would. Vampire power x one million.
If you were to be a character who would you be? I was going to say Caroline because of Klaus *over exaggerated wink* but the problem is that I don’t find Tyler the slightest bit attractive! Oh I’ll go with Caroline anyway, yes make me Caroline please!
Have you read the book series? No but my mum has! I told you she was cooler than me. The books are supposed to be quite different from the show. If you have read them and watch the show, let me know what you think.
Who’s your crush on the show? Seeing as Klaus and Elijah are on The Originals now I will go with Damon!
What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after you saw it? Already kind of answered it…basically I thought it was going to be a Twilight rip-off in TV form. I was completely wrong! It is easily one of my favourite shows on TV now.
Who was your favourite villain? Easy peasy - Klaus!
Any other Vampire Diaries fans out there? If so - I tag you! (Leave your links if you do the tag below)
I love personalising my possessions so when Mr Nutcase asked me if I'd like to review one of their phone cases, of course I jumped at the chance! They gave me the option of either uploading my own image to use on my cover or choose one of the designs by their artists. Whilst one of my beautiful animals would have made a gorgeous phone cover, I simply could not choose between them and instead opted for this adorable elephant print design!
As well as getting to choose your own design (which can be further customised with clipart) you can also choose the type of case you want. I opted for the ultra lightweight slimline style cover, as for me a bulky phone cover is a big no no.
After placing my order, the cover arrived just a couple of days later. I quickly clipped it to my phone and was very impressed by both the quality of the case and how pretty the design looked. Unlike other phone covers, Mr Nutcase's slimline covers have clear plastic sides which I personally think looks so much better. From examining the case, I also feel like it would protect your phone pretty well as it is a hard case with an accurate fit.
Overall I am really impressed with this iPhone case from Mr Nutcase and would certainly recommend them to anyone looking to personalise their most prized possession! It's not just iPhone covers they make either. They create phone cases for all sorts of makes and models which you can select from the drop down list on their website. The slimline cases cost just £14.95 which I think is a very fair price for such a quality product!
Do you like personalising your phone with cases? What's more important to you, the design or the protection it provides?
*This iPhone case was sent to me in exchange for an honest review
It's February Favourites time and there are just four products that have stood out to me this month...
Benefit Under My Spell Noelle fragrance
Under My Spell Noelle is a beautiful fragrance by Benefit which I reviewed earlier this month. It has such a pretty woody floral scent, but it is the notes of vanilla that really stand out to me. The perfume lasts quite a long time on the skin, but what's great about the bottle is that it is mini sized so you can just pop it in your handbag if you need a top up. I have been alternating this with my Vivienne Westwood perfume and it has quickly become a firm favourite out of the Benefit set I received for Christmas.
Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful eye cream
I am only twenty three so skin ageing is not something that is a major concern for me yet, however dark circles under my eyes are something that bother me, especially because I'm so pale. I picked this up on a whim and I am so, so glad I did. Whilst I could tell you about all of the magical 'technologies' S&G use to create the product, I would rather concentrate on what the product does and that is brighten, smooth and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes. All you need to do is pop a tiny bit under each eye and gently tap it into the skin using your ring finger (morning and night.) It has made a big difference to my dark circles and has earned its place in my daily skincare routine.
Models Own Blueberry Muffin nail polish
I picked up this beautiful pastel blue nail polish in the Models Own 50% off sale after noticing that I didn't own any blue nail polishes. Although it is supposedly a scented nail polish, I can't say I have noticed any sort of scent, but this wasn't my reason for purchasing it anyway. The colour is absolutely beautiful and I love it so much that I have worn it for most of the month. I really thought it would be my Models Own HyperGels that I would wear the most, but it is this one that has took pride of place in my collection!
Blueberry Muffin is the perfect pastel shade for spring and gets bonus points for me as it looks lovely when I wear my ruby ring that James bought me for Christmas. Application is a little streaky so you will need to apply two or three coats. It is very fast drying though, which is beneficial for impatient ladies like myself! I'm definitely going to pick up the other polishes from the Fruit Pastel collection as I'm sure they will be equally as pretty.
Tanya Burr Champagne Toast lip gloss
I would go as far as saying the two lip glosses I bought from Tanya Burr's collection are the best lip glosses I've ever owned. Champagne Toast is one of those shades that just goes with all makeup looks, which is probably why I have been wearing it for most of the month! I love the fact that the gloss isn't too sticky and that it smells sweet like strawberries and cream.
Something which I forgot to mention in my other post about the Tanya Burr lip glosses is how great the applicators are. They are firm foam sponges as opposed to brushes, which makes it so much easier to spread the gloss evenly. Champagne Toast has quickly become my go-to lip product and I will definitely be investing in a few more shades from the collection. See swatches of Champagne Toast here.
What products were you loving in February? Do we share any of the same favourites?
I don't have the whitest teeth, nor do I have the yellowest, but as a coffee drinker, staining is something that has started to become a concern for me. It was probably around summer time last year that I noticed I had staining on my two front teeth at the top and decided I needed to do something about it. Of course giving up coffee would help, but that was never going to happen and as fantastic as it would be to have my teeth whitened at the dentist, I wasn't prepared to fork out hundreds of pounds. Instead I decided to see what DIY teeth whitening products were available online. Some I have found to be brilliant, some not so great. Check out my reviews below...
1. Go Smile Teeth Whitening System
The Go Smile Teeth Whitening System comes with these little capsules that contain the teeth whitening solution. You simply flip the capsule over, squeeze it between your fingers and spread it onto your teeth using the applicator sponge. It is so, so easy and takes just a few seconds. There is no need to rinse your mouth, the solution will simply dissolve throughout the day. You get a seven day supply (using one in the morning and one in the evening) and then six extra capsules for top ups.
What I like about Go Smile is that it didn't make my gums feel sensitive (like Crest strips do) and the solution didn't taste all that bad. It definitely had a long lasting whitening effect, though it didn't do too much for my staining.
I am not going to lie, this is expensive at around the sixty pound mark, depending on what website you buy it from. I actually managed to pick it up for around forty pounds from a website which I can't seem to find now (if I come across it again I will pop a link up).
2. Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep overnight serum
I recently purchased this product after seeing great reviews on a number of beauty blogs. It is a serum which you pop on at night time after you have cleaned your teeth. All you need to do is rub it into your teeth with your finger and voila! The serum is designed not only to whiten your teeth but to nourish the gums too. I haven't been using it for very long but I have definitely noticed that my teeth are looking whiter. The serum tastes fine and there is no sensitivity what-so-ever - a very promising product and at a sale price of £2.33 in Boots, you can't go wrong!
3. The Hot Straw
If you find that drinking coffee and tea stains your teeth, then you may want to consider using a Hot Straw. Basically this is a straw that has been specifically designed for using in hot drinks. It was originally designed for Parkinson's patients, as it helps them to drink hot drinks safely, but now they are marketing them at everyone as they can help to reduce teeth staining by ensuring the liquid bypasses the teeth!
It's not advised that you drink coffee and tea using any old straw. Plastic straws actually melt in hot drinks and can release harmful chemicals into your liquid - chemicals that you don't want to be putting into your body! A pack of 4 Hot Straws costs £7.75 and you can pick them up in pink, blue or red. They are dishwasher friendly so you can use them over and over again and they are the perfect size for popping in your handbag when you go out! You can buy them online here.
4. Blanx Intensive Whitening toothpaste
The Blanx Intensive Whitening treatment is a toothpaste that I talked about in my January favourites post. Basically you just use it like a normal toothpaste for two weeks, morning and night. Whilst I wouldn't say it is brilliant for whitening the teeth, it is responsible for removing all of the staining on my teeth, so I love it and would highly recommend it to anyone with staining caused by coffee / red wine etc! It costs around the ten pound mark and can be purchased from Feel Unique.
5. Listerine Stay White Mouthwash
I can't say that I bought this for it's 'whitening' properties, I just like using a mouthwash as it makes my teeth and gums feel super clean. Does it taste nice? No. Is it bearable? Yes! Whilst I've not noticed that it has significantly whitened my teeth, using it certainly can't hurt! :)
Sorry for the long post but I hope it has helped some of you! A couple of you asked me to post reviews about the Go Smile kit and the Blanx toothpaste so I thought I would pop them all in one post. Just to let you know I do not use all of these products at once! I just wanted to try a few different ones out to see what worked best for me. I am guessing some things will work better for some people than others, but I hope you can use this for research purposes if you are looking to whiten your teeth at home.
Have you tried any of these products? What teeth whitening products work for you?
Image credits: Biovea UK // Boots // Hot Straw // Feel Unique // Ocado
As a huge fan of The Body Shop (their products and values) I am always keen to try out their new releases and it is the Blueberry range that has recently caught my eye. Although the collection features a body butter, lip butter, body scrub and body lotion, I decided to pick up the shower gel to see what it's like. From the description which mentions 'Community Fair Trade honey' and 'bouncy blueberry fruit extract' I can just tell it is going to be divine!
Seeing as The Body Shop are currently offering £25.00 off when you spend £50.00 using the code CATWALK (this ends at midnight so get your orders in quick) I thought I would also pick up a few other little bits and bobs, some of which I have featured above! I can't wait to try out the vanilla home fragrance, seeing as vanilla is my favourite scent and the radiant highlighter will be perfect for brightening up my complexion in time for spring.
If you happen to read this post after the discount has expired, don't worry, The Body Shop frequently offer fantastic discounts - just make sure you sign up for their email updates & follow them on Twitter to get a heads up!
Have you bought anything from The Body Shop recently? What products are you loving?
Despite the fact I am twenty three years of age, I still suffer from teenage skin nasties, particularly on my t-zone. The rest of my skin is normal / dry, but that's combination skin for you! On a recent shopping trip, I popped into Lush to pick up a few of my favourite bath bombs and came across their fresh face mask range, which I'd never tried anything from before. Straight away I was drawn to the Cupcake mask because it sounded divine and after scanning the label I found out it was made for oily and teenage skin - perfect!
One of the key ingredients featured in the Cupcake face mask is Rhassoul Mud. This is a natural mineral product which has excellent cleansing and grease removing properties. It works with the cocoa powder to penetrate the skin, drawing out all of the impurities and giving it a deep cleanse. The mask also contains fresh mint which tones the skin and cocoa butter which leaves it feeling soft and moisturised. Like all of Lush's fresh face masks, Cupcake does not contain preservatives, which means you need to keep it in the fridge and use it within three weeks.
Applying the mask
I found the consistency of Cupcake fairly thick, making it a little difficult to spread around the face when you first take it out of the fridge, but once you get going it's all good! I left the mask on for ten minutes as recommended, in which time it began to harden. What I liked about the face mask was that after a couple of minutes, you could really feel it cooling the skin, which felt lovely and refreshing!
Once the ten minutes is up you simply have to rinse the product off your face with warm water. Although it washed off easy enough, it did get a little messy (make sure you rinse your sink afterwards).
After washing off the face mask, I immediately noticed how clean and soft my skin felt. The Rhassoul Mud had certainly worked a treat! Since using the mask I have also noticed that my oily t-zone has not been quite as oily. It must be down to the mask as it has been the only change I have made to my skincare routine as of lately. I would highly recommend the Cupcake mask if you suffer from excess oil or minor breakouts, as I think it will really help to calm and balance your skin.
After having such a good experience with this face mask, I will definitely be trying out some of Lush's other fresh face masks to. What I like about them is that they use vegan-friendly, natural ingredients, so you can have the peace of mind that the stuff you are putting on your skin is doing nothing but good things! There are currently nine different Lush fresh face masks for you to try, each costing £5.95 each. Lush also have a recycling programme in store, where if you bring back five of their empty pots or tubes, they will give you a fresh mask for free! It's definitely worth remembering to save up those pots.
One last thing- If you are worried that you won't be able to use up the entire pot within three weeks, why not split it with your mum / sister / roommate or best friend? That way you can both benefit from beautiful fresh skin and you can half the price whilst you are at it!
Have you tried Cupcake? What did you think? Would you recommend any other of Lush's face masks?