Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

I am very excited to be sharing this product with you. The Basic Beauty Tools Spongedry is a brilliant little device which holds your Foundation Blender whilst it dries, after cleaning and use. The product was designed by Chantal of Basic Beauty Tools, who was frustrated by the lack of tools available to care for the sponges that consumers sell to beauty lovers. She wanted to make a product that was nice to look at, appealing to all age groups and easy to take on your travels. This design has certainly achieved all that!

Basic Beauty Tools also have their own range of Foundation Blenders which have a unique design – they are teardrop shaped with a flat edge. This design makes it brilliant for getting into hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the nose. The sponge is made from materials which make it quick-drying, but also strong and more durable than other sponges already on the market.

I can honestly say (and you know I’ll always give my honest opinion on products), that this is the best beauty sponge I’ve ever used. I’ve tried the original Beauty Blender, Spectrum’s Unicorn Tears along with others from Primark, etc and this one beats them hands down. The sponge is so incredibly soft, it hardly absorbs any of the product – spreading it evenly over your skin. I also use it to set my under-eye concealer with powder and it distributes this amazingly well too.

In the photo below, I have wet the purple sponge ready for use and placed it next to a dry version. It expands so much!

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The innovative Spongedry itself is very easy to use. The packaging provides simple step-by-step instructions for use. You simply just press the little feet to get the rings into position and your sponge will sit safely inside.

Tucked inside the packaging is also a cute little travel pouch, so your Spongedry can go wherever you go!

Every now and then, you get a gem of a product launched into the world of beauty and this is definitely one of them. The Spongedry looks so cute in my beauty area and I love that I can clean my sponge and know that it will be dry quickly without worrying it will roll off somewhere and never return (I’ve lost many sponges this way!).

The Foundation Blender itself is just fantastic – I’ll never use anything else now. I also have a special discount code so that you can get one for yourself FREE if you buy a Spongedry. To claim, just add your code in the ‘add note to seller’ box at checkout.

For a pink sponge use the code – KERRYPINK

For a purple sponge use the code – KERRYPURPLE

For a black sponge use the code – KERRYBLACK

To buy your Spongedry, visit the Basic Beauty Tools website here.

Kerry x

 

Two Little Boys Ltd | Award Winning Stationery and Gifts

Two Little Boys was set up by Sarah Watts, a mother of triplets, in 2002. Sarah had noticed a gap in the market for well designed and even silly products for children and so set up the business creating activity books, snap cards and memory books to record your child’s progression through life. The business has since grown and she now sells a very large variety of products – see for yourself here.

After a brief conversation with Sarah, she soon learnt that I was a primary school teacher and so knew how much I love my stationery! She was kind enough to send me a variety of beautiful notebooks – including these amazing mini quote notebooks (which had my husband giggling!).

The notebooks are perfectly sized for travel and would fit well in a handbag/nappy change bag/man-bag, etc. There are 30 120gsm pages which are lined and perfect for all your Very Important Notes. There are a lot of quotation note books to choose from, all with hilarious references from films and general life quotes (be prepared for a few very appropriate swear words too!). To view the large selection of books from the ‘Stationery Lovers of the World Unite!’ collection, click here.

As you all know by now, I’m a huge geek and I’m never afraid to admit it. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead (although recent series’ have started getting a bit too gory for me!) and when I saw the How to… collection of stationery, featuring this set of How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, I was very excited!

I received the A4 refill pad –

And the How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Notebook

Both books come jammed packed with paper and a hilarious comic style strip on the front cover. The cartoon is satirical and very funny, poking fun with a fondness at the daftness of zombie films and TV shows in general. I love how colorful these front covers are and have already thought of a few people I would gift more of these to.

There are other funny instructional notebooks in the How to… collection and you can check them out here.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website Two Little Boys here – you’ll definitely find a gift for a loved one, I can guarantee it. There are pencils, books, mugs, memory books, wedding gifts and children’s activity books to name but a few.

Kerry x

Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics 35F Palette | Review, Swatches and Tutorial

 

 

Here it is! The third installment on my series of reviews, swatches and tutorials on the Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes. This one is the 35F – a palette containing 35 beautiful and versatile shades. There are seven highly pigmented matte shades and 28 shimmer shades.

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This palette is right up my street as it contains orange-toned, warm and Autumnal themed tones which are my go-to colours. I find these colours really make my blue eyes pop and are just stunning to work with and create beautiful looks.

I randomly swatched some of my stand-out shimmer shades below –

Here are six of the seven matte tones (I couldn’t swatch the first colour as it is a perfect match for my skin tone and wasn’t showing up on camera!) –

As usual, I had a go at creating a simple, but statement eye look with this palette. I added eyeliner this time (something I’m terrified to do!) but you can recreate this look without it.

  1. I used one of the lightest matte orange shades in my crease

2. I then deepened the outer crease colour with the next matte orange shade along in the palette

3. I used a pink, shimmer shade all over my lid and blended up to the crease. This pink shade is gorgeous! It has a peachy/gold duochrome shimmer to it which, when it catches the light, is blinding!

4. I deepened the outer V colour with a purple shade from the far left column of the palette and also ran this along my lower lashline

5. Finally, I attempted eyeliner – sorry I’m no good at applying this!

Ta-Dah!

Once again, Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics haven’t failed to impress me with yet another beautiful palette. The colours and pigmentation are just brilliant. The quality and range of colours present endless looks and they send my creative mind into overdrive!

If you would like to purchase the Glitz Cosmetics 35F palette for yourself for only £13.99, then click here.

Kerry x

Read Part One of this series here and Part Two here.

Boxie – Unboxing a *NEW* Subscription Box

1st May 2017 will see the launch of a new and exciting subscription box called Boxie. I was very excited to be sent the box early in order to unbox it for you guys. So let’s get started!

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These Boxie boxes are aimed at teenagers (and tweenagers – which I still was when I received this!) and are full of goodies any girl would love. The products change every month and include goodies such as – fashion items, cosmetics and toiletries, accessories, stationery, jewellery, lifestyle products, confectionery and more!

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This month’s box contained some pretty impressive items – full sized cosmetics and cute gifts and accessories. The value of all the items in the box comes to £47.50 and the box itself costs £19.95 (plus P+P) to purchase. If you sign up for multiple months worth of boxes, they do work out cheaper. You’ll also only have to pay P+P on your first box with a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

* Keep reading for a unique 15% off code*

Let’s get stuck into all the goodies – I know you’re dying to see!

w7 Beat It! Natural Nudes Eye Colour Palette RRP £9.99

 

I was pretty gobsmacked to find such a beautiful, full sized eyeshadow palette in this box. It is absolutely stunning and perfect for all skin tones too. Excellent for girls just getting into makeup as it also comes with a double ended makeup application brush and sponge. This palette will cost you £9.99 in shops – so to receive it in a subscription box that costs only £19.95 is pretty good going!

Saffron Natural False Eyelashes RRP £2.99

I know that as a teenager (and I’m sure my sister will also agree) I would have absolutely loved these false eyelashes. They’re super easy to apply and add volume to your natural lashes without looking OTT. I really used to struggle to apply lashes when I was younger – and even now – because they were always too big and bulky for my untrained eyelashes. These are pretty fool-proof and come with a good glue to hold them in place all day.

Sass & Belle Friends… Items

These are lovely items to display in your bedroom or share with your bestie. I love Sass & Belle trinkets and these are no exception to that. You will receive –

  • Sass & Belle Best Friends Postcard RRP £1.00
  • Sass & Belle Friends Heart Decoration RRP £2.00
  • Sass & Belle Friends Trinket Dish RRP £3.00

Tinc Cloud Keyring and Phone Sock

This cloud keyring from Tinc is just ADORABLE! It RRPs at £4.95. It has a white patch on the back, which acts as a name tag – handy for school bags or locker keys! I have been using the phone sock (RRP £4.95) every time I go out. It has a handy clip on it and also a detachable neck strap. I have clipped it inside my handbag, so I know my phone is always attached to me and safe. This phone sock also does a great job of protecting your screen from scratches and dirt. You can also store your iPod in there!

A Selection of Cosmetics

As you know, makeup is my passion so I was especially excited to see so many makeup items inside the box!

  • Tanya Burr for Eye Candy Lip Gloss RRP £5.99
  • Royal Lashed Out Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen RRP £3.99
  • Covershoot Mascara RRP £3.00
  • w7 King Kohl Eyeliner Pencil RRP £3.00

Royal Lashed Out Eyelash Curlers RRP £4.99

I have always had a bit of a phobia of eyelash curlers – I’m sure at least one of you will understand this irrational fear? I have never owned a decent pair to be honest until I tried these ones. They are so gentle and easy to use! They have spring handles which makes them easy to control. They also gave my very straight eyelashes a decent curl which, together with my mascara, really made my eyes pop. I love them!

Isn’t this just a brilliant subscription box? I’m so impressed with the contents and know that a lot of hard-work and deep thought has gone into the selection of contents. I know my teenage self would have loved this box and I would have really enjoyed playing and experimenting with the items inside. I enjoyed it at 29 years old!

To order your own Boxie box or subscription, visit the website here. To get a bonus 15% off your first box use the code Kerry15 at the checkout.

Make sure to follow Boxie on social media for details of the launch –

Instagram – @teenboxie

Facebook – Boxie

Twitter – @teenboxie

Kerry x

 

Makeup Revolution ~ I Heart Makeup – Unicorn Love Palette with Swatches! 

Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!

Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.

You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.

I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.

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Unicorn Love Palette – Taken with a camera flash

The shades I am particularly impressed with are –

  • Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
  • Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
  • Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
  • Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
  • Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white

I created this look with the palette, here’s how –

  1. All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
  2. In the crease, use Flutter
  3. On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
  4. To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
  5. Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
  6. To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
  7. Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!

As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.

You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.


Kerry x

Transforme UK – Biotin For Hair, Skin and Nails 

Before pregnancy my hair was as strong and long as a pony’s mane, my nails were as sharp as daggers and my skin, well that wasn’t too different to the average girl – hormonally challenged, sometimes dry, sometimes oily. Since having Baby J, my hair is weaker and my nails snap at the word ‘Boo’! When I was offered some Biotin supplements to try by Transforme, I couldn’t say no!

These supplements are for the improvement in the condition of your hair, skin and nails and contain coconut oil (as you all know by now – my fave thing ever!). You receive 360 capsules in a bottle (almost a year’s worth!) and you take just one a day.

These little drops of sunshine contain ingredients that not only promote hair growth they also strengthen hair and reduce hair loss! The ingredient Biotin is also known as B7 and has many health and beauty benefits for both men and women.

Some more benefits are explained in this Transforme video below:

Transforme are a UK based, family-run business and trusted brand for over 15 years. They sell first class products that are exceptional quality and excellent value for money – often 80% cheaper than high street retailers. They also sell supplements and minerals, vitamins, natural beauty products and health packs. You can search by your condition on their website and find suitable products for you too. Visit the main Transforme site here.

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I have been taking the Biotin For hair, Skin and Nails supplements for over two weeks now and have been amazed with the results. My skin is really clear, just the odd (normal) imperfections here and there. I have also noticed a massive difference in my nail strength – I’m enjoying wearing nail varnish again without my nails snapping underneath and chipping the paint. My hair is glossy, thick and feeling stronger than ever – if you don’t believe me give these babies a go yourself! They are £13.99 a bottle  – a brilliant price considering you get almost a year’s worth of supplements. You can purchase them here.

Let me know your results!

Kerry x

Los Antojitos – Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce 

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Chilli is my favourite ingredient to add to most of my dishes. I always like to make my meals spicy, whether that be a bolognaise, lasagne, homemade burger or poached eggs on toast! You can imagine my excitement then when I was asked to write about Los Antojitos Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and salts.

PLEASE NOTE – In my highly professional way, I tried the sauce before I took photos of the bottle (I just couldn’t wait!) therefore there is less product in there – it was full!

Los Antojitos are a vegan Mexican food, pop-up catering company based in Manchester. They specialise mostly in Street Tacos and Multi-bean Chili bowls.

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The company make their own hand pressed tortillas which they then load up with their yummy Mexican recipes.  These include BBQ Sweet Potato and Red Cabbage slaw, Seitan de Barbecoa Estilo Yucatan and Refried Pinto beans. Los Antojitos make sure to use organic ingredients wherever possible and also authentic ingredients, importing them from Mexico itself.

 

The sauces and salsas actually have their own cult following and I can see why. This sauce is addictive! I’ve already finished my bottle and I’m waiting for a re-stock so that I can buy myself some more. I was able to try the Scotch Bonnet hot sauce which was very spicy, but deliciously fruity at the same time. I poured it on everything – avocados, sweet potato chips, toast, mushrooms, vegetable patties – everything! The sauces were initially intended just for use in the pop up kitchens, but customers demanded bottles for use at home. Los Antojitos now has a large range of sauces, salsas and salts available for purchase. Find out the different ways to buy here.

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Los Antojitos Market Stall

The chilli sauces have always been made from scratch because the chefs at Los Antojitos wanted make sure that they knew every ingredient that went into them. Their most popular sauce is this one – the Scotch Bonnet – followed by Arbol and Guajillo. 

I will be writing another Los Antojitos post in the next couple of weeks where you will learn more about the company itself and the brilliant staff who work hard to keep it running smoothly. I will also be sharing the flavoured salts I received – one of which is a lime salt – perfect for Margaritas! Keep your eyes peeled.

Kerry x

 

Fun Valentine’s Day Makeup

Yay, I’m so excited about this one! Baby J had a long nap this afternoon, so instead of cleaning, doing the washing, blah, etc. I played around with my makeup collection! I’ve been planning a Valentine’s look for a couple of weeks and I really hope you like it. It’s quite OTT in some places, but you can use what you want from it. I took a no makeup selfie to start with, for a bit of ‘before and after’.

I haven’t gone into detail over my whole face prep, as I’ve done that before in my Christmas look and it hasn’t really changed much since then. I’ve taken a photo of everything I used and here is the list –

  • Soap & Glory Speed Plump Moisturiser
  • Carmex lip balm
  • L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Vanilla Rose
  • L’Oreal True Match Concelaer in Vanilla
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as an eye primer
  • Collection Precision Contour
  •  Collection Eyebrow Definer
  • PS… Pro HD Mascara

I have put the focus of this post onto my eye makeup, as it’s the statement part of the whole look. For eyeshadow I used the amazing Makeup Revolution 144 Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette Collection 2017 (an amazing £10!) I’ve written about it before here.

I’ve taken step-by-step photos as I feel it’s easier to show you what I did, you can also see what brushes I used for each part of the eye, they’re from the Spectrum Eye Blending Set.

  1. I applied a peachy nude to my whole lid and up to the brow bone

2. A light pink in my crease

3. I went over the crease again with this darker pink shade

4. The darkest pink in that column was then applied to my outer corners

5. I used the neon pink as a liner on half of my under eyes

6. I then used the bright lilac on the other half of my under eye and blended them together for a gradient effect

7. I used a bright, shimmery, light pink on the centre of my lids

8. I completed the work with the shadows by applying Unicorns Heart highlighter – the pink shade – to the inner corners to make my eyes pop!

Here’s how it looked when they eye shadow process was complete –

To make the look fun and unique, I applied The Sparkles Store Valentine’s Mix loose glitter to my inner corners and then picked out the cute little hearts and stuck them with glitter fixing glue on my outer brow bone.

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Now for the lashes! These are called #Sexy and are from Beauty Atelier Shop. You can purchase them here. You can also use this code – KER 10 – for free shipping, woohoo! The eyelashes are handmade and 100% silk. They are so comfortable to wear and create an instant car eye look! Beauty Atelier Shop also have other amazing and exclusive items that you need to check out. I will be uploading a video about some of their products in the next few days.

For highlight, I used Glitter Eyes highlight in the shade ThatGlo. My blush is from a palette in the Makeup Revolution 12 Days of Christmas box.

And finally…lips. I used the awesome Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matt Lip Kit in Echelon .

And there we have it! I’m so pleased with the final result! Unfortunately, my camera didn’t pick up the prettiness of the highlighter, it has an iridescent pink shimmer in certain lights. Believe me when I say that it’s beautiful.

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What will you be doing on Valentine’s Day?

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2017 Sparkle with Kerry readers! Love you all!

Kerry x

Stampin’ Up! UK – Oh Happy Day Card Kit

Those of you that know me, will know that I love a bit of arts and craft. It’s hard not to when you’re a primary school teacher. I was so excited to be sent this amazing card making kit by Stampin’ Up! UK called Oh Happy Day.

There are enough materials in the kit to make 20 unique cards. Everything you need is right there in the box – you sometimes might need a glue stick, but that’s it!

Inside the kit you get –
* Set of 13 photopolymer stamps
* 20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
* Embossed sheets
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut gold foil sheet
* Die-cut white sheets
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* Printed color doilies
* Baker’s Twine
* Glittered dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Acrylic stamp block

You can buy the Stampin’ Up! UK Oh Happy Day Card Kit here for £31.50. If you think about it, this is an amazing price when cards can cost around £2-3 nowadays. I’ve just got out my calculator and worked out that with this kit, each card works out at around £1.57! You have the added bonus that you’ll be giving someone a handmade card too.

I’ve attempted card making before and was absolutely rubbish at it! This kit is very straightforward to use, thanks to the prepared materials and the clear photographic instructions. To prove it, I’ve made a video!

Kerry x