Sass & Belle

With me moving in with my boyfriend James, I finally have (share) my own house which I can decorate with lots of gorgeous lovely lovely things. Sass & Belle have such pretty and useful homeware items for every single room in the house. I am going to talk about two products which I think would be perfect as Christmas gifts or Christmas decorations which will be suitable all year round.

Hanging Star Tealight Holder – Cream £13.75

Bring warmth and charm to your winter garden with Sass & Belle’s gorgeous cream Star Tealight Holder. The delicate filigree cut out shapes on the star let gentle light filter through, creating a jolly festive glow. 

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This stylish metal holder hangs on a 70cm chain- perfect for hanging from a tree or over a door. Made from metal and painted a simplistic cream, the tealight holder is durable and will go with almost any surroundings, adding a vintage edge. Push back the shadows in your own garden in style or treat someone you love to this unique outdoor lighting option.

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Small Heart Bark Tealight Holder £6.25

Cosy candles flickering on your mantelpiece evoke sentimental magic in your home; make Sass & Belle’s Small Heart Bark Tealight Holder is on wish list this Christmas.

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Once lit, your festive candle shines through the glass inner, lighting the delicate heart cut into the natural bark shell: Gorgeous as interior decoration or when illuminating your winter garden at night.   

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Eager to discover more beautiful Sass & Belle products? Head over to their website at http://www.sassandbelle.co.uk 

Love,

Kathryn xxx

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Hair Dessert Hair Accessories

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i recently got a new job with the NHS, and after my first day, my manager told me that the interview panel was in awe of my hair bow, which was something I had not really given any thought to. I love and have always loved hair accessories, they can add so much to an outfit and I have such a wide array. I probably own more hair accessories than I do fashion jewellery and when I came across Hair Desserts I became VERY excited.

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“Hair Dessert was created in 2013 because we felt there was a void in the hair accessory industry. We wanted to create hair accessories that were not just hair accessories we wanted something more special so hair desserts seemed like it fit the bill. Hair dessert is exactly what the name says ‘dessert for your hair.’ Your mouth gets spoiled with all the treats so now it’s your hairs turn. Our tastebuds always gets satisfied and our hair deserves a dessert too. Hair gets abused all the time we fry it, pull it, dye it, and then torture it some more. It’s time to give you hair what it’s always wanted. Give into dessert and feel happy about it! Spice up any outfit with one of our hair accessories, you can dress them up or down and they are great for all occasions. We make hair accessories that are playful, cute, kawaii, motivational, and whimsical. Hair desserts are not limited to food hair accessories we just call them hair dessert because they are treats for your hair. Check out the ‘Hair Dessert of the Season’ for the limited edition seasonal piece which is available in limited quantities only for that particular season (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter).”

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They come in either clips or on hair bobbles and I tried both, as I do wear my hair up quite a lot, especially for work as I hate having my hair in my face. For the hair bobble I chose the Pretty Pink Heart design as I thought this would go with the majority of my outfits and for the hair clips I chose the super cute Poppin Strawberry Sprinkle Ice Cream Cone and the Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcake. They come with their very own ‘menu’ on which you can view the other designs and ways to wear the accessories and when I took them out of the very cute bright pink envelope I was so impressed with the quality of the clips! They are so beautifully made and the quality is outstanding, much better than hair clips I have bought before in high street stores. The actual ‘clip’ part that holds your hair in place worked really well too and didn’t slip down even when I was holding a little bit of my fringe back. I cannot wait to try some of next season’s designs!

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Their website is http://www.hairdessert.com and each clip or bobble costs just $8 which is currently less than £5 each which certainly doesn’t justify how fabulous these clips are! Shipping was really good too!

Love,

Kathryn xx

Claire’s Accessories Mini Haul

Claire’s Accessories is girl heaven – jewellery, bags, cosmetics, sparkly things, glittery things, fluffy pink things, the lot! Even at the age of 30 I love going in and don’t often come out empty handed. I just wanted to share with you a few things I recently got, including a few new hair trends.

Daisy Hair Clips 2 Pack £4

A little more than I would often spend on two hair clips, but I love daisies, and even my little cat is named Daisy. These are quite large hair clips and are on little crocodile clips which are easy to glide into place.

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Neon Coral Flower Bun Garland £5

I love the brightness of the coral and the white on this garland and it is perfect for putting around one of the donut sponges which a lot of people use to have a more structured updo. This is perfect for summer and will look fabulous with a pretty white dress.

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My love of daisies continues with this really cute anklet. It has five fuzzy daisies on a plaited white cord which is really simple to tie around your anklet into a bow. Another summery purchase which I cannot wait to wear.

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This may seem quite expensive for one of the hair donuts, but this is a hair donut with a difference – it shapes the hair into a love heart! The set includes the heart bun maker, 2 Scunci hair elastics and 6 black Scunci Kirby grips and comes with full instructions on how to achieve the look.

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Bow Maker Hair Tool by Scunci £5.50

I once saw Lauren Conrad with a bow in hair, made from her actual hair and was super jealous as bows are one of my favourite things, but being as useless as I am with hair, it was something I couldn’t re-create. That is, until I discovered the Scunci Bow Maker Hair Tool. Each kit contains 3 bow making tools and 6 kirby grips, and again has step-by-step instructions on how to create a bow.

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This is actually another look I am copying after seeing it on someone at Sharm El Sheikh airport. She had her hair done up in a vintage hair roll, with a floral hair garland added for extra prettiness. I was so pleased when I found this kit in Claire’s Accessories. Each kit contains a hair roller and 6 kirby grips and those full instructions as with the other two kits.

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I am sure I will be able to create some fab summery looks this season with these amazing kits and accessories.

Love,

An inspired Kathryn xxx

 

Tanya Burr Lips & Nails

This post may be slightly later than a lot of bloggers but due to high demand, my products which I ordered on the day of launch only arrived yesterday, two weeks later.

It was inevitable that a lot of people would want to try these products out, as Tanya Burr has been a YouTube and blog success for a few years now.

Tanya Burr is a Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger and YouTuber. On her YouTube channel (YouTube.com/TanyaBurr) Tanya delivers makeup tutorials, beauty and style guidance and candid vlogs to hundreds of thousands of viewers each day and over 6 million people a month. She also writes a beauty and lifestyle blog on http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk.

What makes Tanya so popular is how friendly and lovely she is, and unlike a lot of make-up artists, she uses a mix of high street and high end products, making all her looks affordable.
Tanya also has a real connection with her viewers as she chats to them daily on Twitter and loves doing regular meet and greets, as well as sharing her personal life with her fans by featuring her fiancé and fellow Youtuber Jim Chapman, her friends and family in her videos.

At the end of last month, she launched a collection of lip glosses and nail polishes on feelunique.com, which are now also going to be available at Superdrug, which I’m really excited about.

I decided to order one lipgloss and one nail varnish to try out the range before purchasing more.

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Each of the products comes embossed with the Tanya Burr heart logo and her signature, and the lipglosses come with a little message from Tanya. Each product also has an individual name that Tanya has come up with, which is a nice touch rather than just a number.

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Lipgloss
Smile, Dream, Sparkle

I decided to go for quite a neutral pink lipgloss to test out the consistency and stickiness before braving some of the darker shades. To be honest, I’m not a massive lipgloss wearer. I much prefer lipstick, as I find it more moisturising and long lasting, whereas lip glosses can wear off easily and as soon as there’s a gust of wind, your hair’s stuck all over your face.

This lipgloss stays put for a good couple of hours before you need to reapply it, and it’s really moisturising on the lips. Its not massively sticky and the doe-foot applicator is really easy to use too, rather than some lip glosses that come with a brush.

My only negative is that the colour is a lot more neutral than I thought. It’s a very natural colour when I thought it would be more vibrant, but it is perfect for day to day use, with just the right amount of sparkle to it.

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Nail Varnish
New York Night

I’ve wanted a really dark, wintery colour like this for a while now, so thought I’d pick this over some of the lighter spring shades, which I’ll probably purchase nearer spring time.

The colour is an extremely dark purple which is almost black in some lights, and looks great with any coloured outfit for day to day use or a night out.

The consistency of the nail varnish is really good, and you can get away with using just the one coat, although I used two just to make the colour a lot richer.

Some nail varnishes are really gloppy and difficult to use, but this goes on really well.

I have a habit of chipping and smudging nail varnish, but this hasn’t chipped yet (although I did peel some off today absent mindedly).

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Overall, Tanya Burr’s lips and nails collection is well worth a try, and I can’t wait for them to come to my local Superdrug so I can have a good look at the entire range and try out more shades in both the lipgloss and nail varnish!

The range is available from feelunique.com and Superdrug online. The lip glosses are £6.99 and the nail varnishes are £5.99, which is a really good price for the quality of the product.

Tanya Burr knows what makes a good product, and has certainly delivered!

Love,
Emily x

Etsy – Sparkleyes/Zombie Bride UK

Love is in the air, and Hallmark have more items than ever to send our loved ones, all at extortionate prices. Whilst browsing Etsy recently, I came across a store called Zombie Bride UK which stocks a wide variety and clothing and gifts, many with a Valentine theme, but at much more reasonable prices, and even better is the fact that they are hand made. 

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Sparkleyes is the seller of this unique store…

Sparkleyes is basically me, Tara – hi! After having my little girl, Rosie, i wanted to find a way to work and still get plenty of time at home with her, so i decided to start up my shop. i’m a huge fan of vintage clothing and have been buying and wearing vintage since i was about 14, quite some time ago now 🙂 i also love vintage inspired items too, particularly 1950’s glamour, so my shop is a mix of both vintage, handmade and upcycled clothing with a few pieces of handcrafted jewellery dotted in there to compliment everything.
anyway i hope you like my shop as much as i love making and discovering things to put in it for you. Xx

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I chose the Valentine themed mirrored acrylic heart necklace. The base is a large pink mirrored heart (you can choose other colours), with a layer of black acrylic cut in the shape of the cutest little boy and girl kissing, with the size being approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. The pendant is then hung on a silver coloured chain and sits perfectly on the collarbone. I recently wore this with a plain black dress which really made the pink stand out and it is perfect for this time of year, but it is also a gift that will last all year round. It costs just £10.30 and if you are wanting to purchase more items at the same time, you only need to pay shipping once, which is brilliant as this doesn’t happen very often with Etsy stores. 

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Please check out Tara’s store, which will soon include bags, t-shirts and more, at 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ZombieBrideuk?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Valentine’s Love,

Kathryn xx