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Christmas Swap Box with +10 Kapow

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I absolutely love putting together gift boxes for people, and of course I love surprises myself, so a little while ago I suggested to Chrissie of +10 Kapow that we do a Christmas Swap, and luckily she was up for the idea!  We decided on a budget of £20, and agreed to fill a shoebox with little gifts that we thought the other would like.  I had a lot of fun searching for items to give to Chrissie, and after a few weeks of browsing, buying and wrapping, the box was ready to send.  Our deadline for posting was 5th December, and last week we each received our box of goodies!

As both of us are impatient we decided to open and blog about our gifts before Christmas, so without further ado, here’s what I received!

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As you can see, my swap from Chrissie came beautifully packaged.  The box itself is stunning, and puts the cardboard one I sent her to shame!  I’ll definitely be using it to store things in, probably rings or nail varnishes.

There were eight wrapped gifts in the box, including a jewellery box which I was really excited about.  I hurriedly unwrapped everything, and was delighted with all that Chrissie sent.  I must say she chose well!  Here’s what I got…

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The first gift is this Baked Merged Trio Eyeshadow from MUA, in shade ‘Emotions’.  All three shades have a slight shimmer to them, and are impressively pigmented.  The neutral tones are perfect for a daytime look, and I can see myself using these shades a lot for a work make up look, although with some dramatic eyeliner they could easily be dressed up.

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My lips get very dry at this time of year, so finding this Nivea Lip Butter in the box was much appreciated!  The lip butter feels lovely and nourishing, and smells amazing too, like vanilla and macadamia.  This has now become a winter essential for me and comes everywhere with me.

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I spotted this Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter when browsing The Body Shop website a few weeks, and was really intrigued by it, so as you can imagine I was pleased to find this in the box too!  I use body butters on a daily basis and have done for years, so this was very well chosen, and is incredibly moisturising.  The Glazed Apple scent is lovely too – fruity, but also sweet and creamy.

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Yet another product that I’ve been wanting to try – MUA Luxe Velvet Lips!  This shade is called ‘Serene’, and is a dark peach shade with a pink undertone.  It’s very highly pigmented, has a creamy texture so applies beautifully, and is long-lasting.  I like it, and aesthetically, I also like the frosted tube.

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This awesome keyring is triple awesome – it’s Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which I’ve loved since I was a kid, he’s a rat, and it’s lego!  I’m going to hang this from my bag because I’m cool like that.  Isn’t he fab?!

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Chrissie made this galaxy necklace herself, and it’s my favourite item that she sent me.  It’s really well made, and purple, pink and turquoise happen to be my favourite colours.  I’ve been wearing it a lot since I got it, sometimes alone, but also layered with a couple of my other favourite necklaces, which I think looks great on a plain top.

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Batman!  A Batman ring!  I’m sure it’s clear by now that I’m a big Batman fan, and this ring is absolutely fab.  I really like how subtle it is, whilst also being super cool.

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This pretty galaxy scarf has the same colour palette as the necklace Chrissie made, and is so soft and snuggly and warm.  I’ve been wearing this lately to add a splash of colour to some of my darker winter outfits, and it seems to attract compliments!

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Purple shades and holo effects are two of my favourite things to decorate my nails with, so this nail polish from Freckles Polish is perfect for me.  The shade is called ‘I’ll Need Wine’, and is a rich purple colour, a bit like red wine, with a beautiful holo shimmer.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of me wearing it, but it applies nicely and is stunning on – fabulous for the festive season.  Chrissie recently sent me some stamping plates too, so I plan on creating some looks soon using them and this polish, which I’ll be posting about soon.

I’m really happy with everything Chrissie sent me (thanks Chrissie!), and I hope we can do another swap one day!  To see what I sent Chrissie in return, you can check out her post here.

Have you taken part in any Christmas swaps this year?  If so, what did you send/receive?  I’d love to see your posts about it!

Naomi x

ResinSparkles Pendant and Ring

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I recently came across a great little Etsy store called ResinSparkles, which is owned by the lovely Sara.  Sara creates unique pieces of jewellery out of resin and glitter, a lot of which have a fab geek-chic theme, with Dr Who, Star Wars, steampunk and comic books regularly featuring in her designs.  Sara very kindly offered to send me a couple of pieces to review, and after browsing her store the magpie in me chose a Sparkly Ring and a Steampunk Clockwork Pendant.

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Both pieces are really well made, and they are both very generous on the glitter.  They’re so eye-catching, especially in the sun, and both make a real statement.  They came packaged in cute matching gift bags too – perfect if you want to give them as a present (and trust me, the receiver would not be disappointed with their sparkly surprise).

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The pendant comes on an 18″ silver coloured chain and is nice and lightweight, so though it’s a fairly big piece, it’s incredibly comfortable to wear and hangs well.  I chose purple as it’s my favourite colour and this particular shade is stunning, but these pendants are available in a wide range of colours.  I absolutely love the steampunk theme too, as the little cogs and metal bits suspended in the resin give it an added edge.

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The ring I received has come to be known as my mermaid ring, as the layers of bright blue glitter are so pretty and remind me of a mermaid’s tail, or the surface of the sea sparkling in the sun (how romantic!).  Like the pendant, the dome of the ring is quite large so really stands out, and it sits securely on a silver coloured adjustable metal band.  I have quite slim fingers so it best fits my index or middle fingers, which is where I prefer to wear rings anyway.  These are also available in a wide range of shades, with some combining two different glitters.

Considering all of Sara’s pieces are handmade and great quality, they’re also very affordable.  The pendants are £7.50 each including the chain, and the rings are just £3.50.  So, if you’re a fan of sparkle, or know someone else who is, be sure to check out ResinSparkles on Etsy, and on Twitter.

Naomi x

*These pieces were sent to me by ResinSparkles for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

 

JewelCandle – Cinnamon Bun

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I’ve been reading about jewellery candles on US blogs for a while now, and had been hoping that something similar would come to the UK, so when I saw reviews popping up all over the internet of the UK equivalent JewelCandle, I signed up via their website to review a candle myself.  JewelCandle sell handmade scented candles, each containing a surprise piece of jewellery worth between £10 and £250.  You can choose to receive either earrings or a ring, but you don’t know what your jewellery will look like until you burn your candle and remove your surprise.  A nice idea on paper, but is it well executed?

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As I don’t have my ears pierced, I specifically requested a candle containing a ring.  The earring candles cost £16.95 each, but the ring candles are quite a bit bigger, so cost a few pounds more at £24.95.  There are many different scents to choose from, including Sweet Cupcake, Cookies & Cream, Pina Colada, Candy Floss and Passion Fruit, but I went for Cinnamon Bun as I love the smell of cinnamon and it’s suitably festive!

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In terms of appearance, the candle looks great.  The glass jar is very high quality and has a secure lid, and is finished off with a lovely white bow.  The font and the graphics are simple, but also look quite appealing.  The ring, wrapped in foil, is also visible through the side of the jar, which is a little bit of a tease as you have to wait for the candle to burn down before you can get it out!

The scent of the candle is nice and sweet, and definitely smells like cinnamon baking.  Scented candles often smell nothing like what they’re meant to, so it’s always a bonus when they do!  The scent isn’t overpowering and headache-inducing, but it fills the room with a pleasant smell within minutes of being lit.

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I’d read on other blogs that it takes about 3 hours for the candle to burn down enough for the ring to be retrieved, but it took mine a LOT longer, and after checking the JewelCandle site they do say it can take 10-15 hours.  The day I received it I burned it for around 4 hours, but it wasn’t even close to the ring.  The next day it took another 6 or 7 hours before I could get it out, and even then I had to dig it out with a knife as I got impatient!  On the plus side, at least you know you get a good burn time out of these candles.  After 10 hours in total it was still only a quarter of the way down, and it’s still going strong.

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After waiting so long for the candle to burn, I couldn’t wait to see my surprise piece of jewellery.  The ring itself came wrapped in foil, and also in a small sealed bag, so it was well protected from the wax, and after waiting a few minutes for the foil to cool down I opened the tiny package.  Here is what I found inside…

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The ring itself is really pretty, and in the right light could look quite expensive, but the stone in the middle feels like plastic, and the silver isn’t very thick.  However, it is labelled and stamped as 925 Sterling Silver, so at least it won’t turn your skin green!  I have no idea how much the ring is worth as it isn’t printed on the label like it’s supposed to be, but I’m guessing it’s one of the £10 rings.  Unfortunately, it’s also far too big for me.  My fingers range from a K to an M in size, and the ring is extremely loose on all of them, including my thumb, so I’m unable to wear it myself.  So, if JewelCandle were going to improve anything, I’d suggest it be the sizing!  I’d definitely like to see the option to choose the size of ring inside, otherwise it becomes quite a redundant idea if you can’t even wear the jewellery.  It might also be nice to see some necklaces, or even just pendants in the candles.  At least then one size fits all!

Despite the oversized ring, my overall verdict is still fairly positive.  The candle looks great, is an impressive size, smells gorgeous and burns for a long time.  Though big, the ring is quite nice, despite not being of high value.  But with a bit of improvement, JewelCandle could be even better, and I hope to see them expand in the future!

Naomi x

*This Cinnamon Bun JewelCandle was sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Bespoke Sterling Silver Ring by Biggley

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Whilst browsing Twitter a few weeks ago, I noticed that an independent jewellers called Biggley were looking for bloggers to review some pieces from their new range.  As a fan of silver jewellery, which they specialise in, I jumped at the chance of applying, and was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the few bloggers to receive a piece.

Biggley are based in Glasgow, and are made up of a small team of qualified jewellers and designers, who handcraft a variety of beautiful, bespoke jewellery.  They make a wide range of pieces for women, men and children, from necklaces and bracelets, to rings and earrings, most of which is made of high quality sterling silver.

The piece I received is the D Shaped Ring from Biggley’s latest collection.

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The ring is really unusual as it breaks away from the typical circular design of a ring, with a straight bar which sits across the top of the finger.  The ring is crafted from sterling silver, and is set with a single cubic zirconia stone, which has a brilliant shine to it.  As soon as I saw the ring I was really taken with how unique it is, and I think it’s absolutely stunning.  Unsurprisingly, my mum does too, and she keeps asking me for it, so I keep having to hide it from her!

The ring also fits really nicely, and is an absolute pleasure to wear as it goes with any outfit, and due to its shape doesn’t spin round, so feels comfortable on the finger.

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Biggley’s jewellery is all bespoke as every single piece is crafted by hand to a high standard, and is made to order.  This doesn’t mean you have to wait a long time for your item though, as they aim to have all pieces ready to post within seven days of the order being placed.  I am genuinely impressed by just how perfect this ring is.  It’s flawless, and has obviously been made with care and attention to detail, by an extremely skilled and precise jeweller.  I love it.

The D Shaped Ring costs £40, which for a quality piece which is made especially for you, is extremely affordable.  To view Biggley’s current jewellery collections, click here.  You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook, where they will soon be launching an exciting giveaway, so keep an eye out for that!

Naomi x

*This sterling silver ring was sent to me by Biggley for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

 

Chocolate Treat Week: Fashion and Accessories

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Welcome to my final Chocolate Treat Week post!  It’s been a busy week but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I hope you have too.  Today’s post will focus on chocolate themed fashion and accessories, including a rather nifty T Shirt, a couple of stunning items of jewellery and a cuter than cute pocket mirror.  So, let’s begin…

Cadbury’s Chicken or Creme Egg T Shirt from TruffleShuffle

I was recently sent this amazingly quirky T Shirt by a fab clothing company called TruffleShuffle, and I absolutely love it.  Creme Eggs have to be one of my favourite chocolate treats (why oh why do they only sell them at Easter??) and, as my regular readers will know, purple is my favourite colour.  As such, this T Shirt really was made for me, especially when you consider my penchant for philosophy!  After all, the fun, clever design takes on one of life’s most pressing questions.

The T Shirt itself is extremely comfortable as it is cut well to fit womanly curves, and you can tell that the fabric is fantastic quality.  It is very soft and quite thick, and has a good stretch to it, and it’s also a nice length…  I’m 5’10” so very often I will get T Shirts which are irritatingly too short for me, but this one is just right due to its slightly longer length.

I love how bold the purple shade of the fabric is, and the logo is equally as bright.  The logo is also really well printed, and neither the fabric or the logo have faded since I received the T Shirt.  The fading you can see in the photograph is part of the retro design, and the rest of it isn’t going anywhere in a hurry!  This T Shirt has already become a treasured part of my wardrobe and, just like the logo, it’s here to stay.

TruffleShuffle’s Cadbury Chicken or Creme Egg T Shirt retails for £14.99, which is incredible value for money for such a high quality product, but you’ll be pleased to know that you can get an even better deal at the minute as it is on sale for £11.99!  They have a few other Creme Egg designs in various colours too, for men as well as women.  TruffleShuffle specialise in 80s and Retro T Shirts but they also sell jewellery, accessories and gifts.  Their customer service is outstanding as if you order before 4pm your items will be posted the same day.  I actually received my T Shirt the day after it was sent, and it even contained some sweeties which was a nice extra touch!  TruffleShuffe really are ‘Officially Awesome’ and I’ll be going to them from now on for all of my T Shirt needs!

Milk Chocolate Ring from Purple Magpie

This gorgeous statement ring was made by Lynda, an independent jewellery maker who runs a lovely little jewellery company called Purple Magpie.  Lynda is a self-employed artist and has been creating jewellery for the past two years, which she sells at Newcastle’s Quayside every Sunday, as well as on Etsy and Folksy.  Most of Lynda’s jewellery features food and sweets, and her Milk Chocolate Ring is no exception!

The chocolate fudge-looking ring is handmade using polymer clay and it is very neat.  The detail on it is absolutely incredible too…  From the teeth marks in the ‘bite’ to the piped chocolate heart on top, it all looks so real!  If I didn’t know better I’d want to eat it, but obviously I wouldn’t, that’s just silly.  The ring itself measures 18mm in diameter at its smallest, but it is adjustable so it is suitable for just about anyone.  It might be chunky and a decent size, but don’t let that fool you.  Polymer clay is very light so it doesn’t weigh your hand down at all when wearing it which is a massive bonus.

Purple Magpie’s Milk Chocolate Ring is available on Etsy for just £4, and there are a few other chocolatey items in Lynda’s jewellery range too.  It is clear that all of Lynda’s jewellery is carefully made with love, and considering the high quality of her products you are getting an absolute bargain.  If you decide to buy, I’m sure you’ll love your chocolate ring as much as I love mine!

Miniature Chocolate Necklace from Sweet n Neat Jewellery

Necklaces are perhaps my most worn accessory, and out of the many that I own this Miniature Chocolate Necklace is one of my favourites.  The necklace is handmade by Laura of Sweet n Neat Jewellery, who started making jewellery last November, and has since started making accessories as well.  All of Laura’s jewellery is made from Fimo, and she tells me that she likes using Fimo as it is easy to mould and comes in any colour under the sun!  She also takes pride in making her jewellery as ‘sweet’ and ‘neat’ as possible, hence the name.

The chocolate pendant is very dainty and cute, but despite its small size it is still detailed and looks wonderfully realistic!  It is coated with a glaze which makes the chocolate look shiny and yummy, but unfortunately it isn’t edible (although the missing corner makes it look like someone’s had a nibble!)  The pendant also hangs perfectly as it lies flat and at a slight angle, and since it is on an 18″ chain it sits nicely in the centre of my chest.  I do believe the chain is sterling silver too, so it doesn’t leave any green marks on the skin.

Laura’s Miniature Chocolate Necklace comes delivered in a gift box and is currently selling on Etsy for only £6.  You can even buy matching Miniature Chocolate Hair Grips!  If you’d like to follow Laura, her Twitter name is @SweetnNeatJwlry, and she also has a Facebook page.

Cocoa Cookie Pocket Mirror and Comb from eBay

My final chocolate themed accessory is this cute pocket mirror which I picked up on eBay for 99p.  The mirror says ‘Cocoa Cookies I Like’, which isn’t fantastic English but that doesn’t really matter I suppose.  The mirror is made to look like an Oreo cookie, and is quite a decent size.  It might have been cheap, but the quality is pretty good and I think it looks absolutely adorable!  Probably the most exciting thing about this mirror, however, is what’s inside…

That’s right – the cream inside the cookie is actually a little comb!  How innovative is that?

If you’d like one for yourself, you can order your Cocoa Pocket Mirror here.

The Last Rolo…

The Last Rolo is where I hand over the last few words of each Chocolate Treat Week blog post to another blogger.  In the run up to Chocolate Treat Week I asked five of my favourite bloggers a couple of questions about their favourite chocolate treats, and today’s answers come from Nonfashionista.

Can you recommend any chocolate scented, flavoured or themed beauty/fashion products?

Well I like the chocomania products from body shop. I’ve tried the lip butter and it’s nice!!!

I’m a fan of their body butters but I haven’t tried the chocomania one..i’m sure it’s as nice as their coconut one!
One of my friends really likes the chocolate shampoo from carol’s daughter.. I think they talked about it at Oprah’s.

What is your favourite chocolate treat to eat, and why?

My favorite chocolate treat..that’s a thought one..I love chocolate!!! I love anything chocolate..I would probably have to say a good slice of my mother’s chocolate cake, that’s really moist and creamy inside! Also I make a mean chocolate mousse :) and.. ben’s cookies: any chocolate or other 😛

So, that’s it!  The end of my first ever themed blog week – Chocolate Treat Week.  I really hope you’ve enjoyed all of my posts, and if you have then please share them with your friends and fellow bloggers!  If you haven’t already seen my other chocolate posts, you can do so here:

Skin, Bath and Body

Hair

Makeup

Nails

Thank you so much for reading, and a big thank you to all of those who took part in The Last Rolo!

Naomi x

*The Chicken or Creme Egg T Shirt, Milk Chocolate Ring and Miniature Chocolate Necklace featured in this post were kindly gifted to me by their respective companies, for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own*

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