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ASOS Wayfarer Sunglasses GIVEAWAY

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Summer is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate the sunny weather than with a giveaway?!  I have one pair of brand new ASOS Tortoiseshell Wayfarer Sunglasses to gift to one lucky winner, courtesy of Red Hot Sunglasses, and it’s really easy to enter.  All you have to do is become an email subscriber and leave a comment on this post, and then you have the option to earn extra entries, via Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’, and Instagram.  To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.

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I have a pair of these sunglasses myself, and they’re the perfect combination of functional and fashionable.  They add a touch of retro glamour to any outfit!  The pair pictured above are mine, but you will receive an unused, sealed pair, complete with protective pouch.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open for two weeks, and will close at midnight GMT on Friday 30th May.  The giveaway is open internationally to those aged 18 or over, and all entries will be verified.  A winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter on Saturday 31st May and will be contacted via email the same day, so please use a valid email address when subscribing.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, and if the prize isn’t claimed another winner will be chosen.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

Naomi x

*These ASOS Tortoiseshell Wayfarer Sunglasses were sent to me by Red Hot Sunglasses for use at bewitcheryblog.co.uk.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Victoria British Boutique Vintage Charity Fashion Show

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On Tuesday, my sister, my mum and I headed down to the Leicester Tigers rugby stadium for a special event – a Vintage Charity Fashion Show organised by Victoria British Boutique.  The fashion show was in aid of “20-20 Voice” Cancer Appeal, a charity who provide support for head and neck cancer sufferers, with the aim of purchasing new, up to the minute camera technology with the money they raise, so hospitals can detect such cancers early.

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Victoria British Boutique (VBB) is a vintage boutique owned by the lovely Vikkie, which specialises in a mix of unique, vintage pieces and current, stylish designs, both evening and day wear, all of which are British.  The boutique is situated online, on eBay, so people from all over the country can browse and buy from Vikkie’s store.  The boutique also prides itself on aiming for 100% customer satisfaction, so you know you’re going to get good service when you buy from VBB.

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On the night there were a lot of one-of-a-kind outfits and items of clothing for sale at very reasonable prices, with most of them being modelled on the catwalk by six gorgeous nurses who work at local hospitals.  I was lucky enough to get a front seat next to the catwalk so I had a really good view of the show and the clothes on offer.  There were some really lovely pieces for sale, including a purple floral dress and a green and purple skirt suit which you can see below.  I just wish they were my size!  The models did a great job and were really well-received by the audience, and the show was a lot of fun to watch – well done, ladies!

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As mentioned earlier, the aim of the evening was to raise as much money as possible for the “20-20 Voice” Cancer Appeal, so there were also stalls selling handmade jewellery and other goodies, and there were several raffles and competitions to join in with.  Unfortunately we didn’t win anything, but congratulations to everyone who did!

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Overall, all three of us had a great evening at the Victoria British Boutique Vintage Charity Fashion Show and I hope it raised a lot of money for such an excellent cause.  You can find out more about the “20-20 Voice” Cancer Appeal here, and you can find Victoria British Boutique here.  You can also follow Vikkie’s boutique on Facebook and Twitter if you want to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from VBB!

Naomi x

Ciate Mini Mani Month Round-Up: Part 2

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Hi everyone,

Six days have already passed since my last Ciate Mini Mani Month post, can you believe it?  The days are flying by and before we know it, it will soon be Christmas day!  But for now, as promised, here is Part 2 of my Mini Mani Round-Up, featuring the surprises hidden behind advent calendar doors 7 to 12.

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You may be pleased to know that I managed to swatch every single varnish this time, so you can get a more accurate feel for what each one is really like.  As usual, they all have that deliciously creamy signature Ciate formula, which applies evenly, dries quickly and is extremely chip resistant.  Here they all are in their bottles…

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Day 7 – Cutie Pie

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Cutie Pie is a pretty, feminine, powdery pale pink shade with a creme finish.  I usually prefer bold, bright varnishes to pastels, but this one really is quite lovely and clean-looking.  The above look was achieved using two coats of varnish and it’s still quite sheer, but I think three would be plenty enough for a more opaque appearance.

Day 8 – Vintage

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Vintage is my favourite varnish from this week.  It’s a deep grey colour, but it has a tinge of greeny blue to it which makes it more unusual than most greys.  I got so many compliments about my nails on the day I wore this.  I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of Vintage – it goes with anything!

Day 9 – Mistress

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Mistress is a classic, very bright scarlet red, with a slight orange undertone and a high shine finish.  I’m not the biggest fan of orange varnishes so I wasn’t too keen on this when I first saw it, but once I applied it I instantly changed my mind.  I think shades like this can look a bit tacky sometimes, but because Ciate is such good quality, it actually looks really beautiful on.  The only issue I have with this is that it stained my skin when I removed it!  You can see evidence of the staining around my cuticles on the photo below…

Day 10 – Ladylike Luxe & Day 11 – Bumble Bee Caviar Pearls

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Ladylike Luxe is a shimmery yellow gold shade, and it’s the best gold varnish I’ve ever tried.  For some reason, gold and silver varnishes tend to show up any imperfections on your nails (no matter how small) and though this one isn’t perfect, it definitely disguises imperfections more than any other metal colour I’ve used.  Overall this is a fab varnish – very Christmassy!

The Bumble Bee Caviar Pearls consist of two different coloured pearls – black and yellowy gold.  I gave myself a ring finger mani with them yesterday, and as you can see it turned out rather well for a first attempt!  The pearls were very easy to use…  You just pour them over your wet nail, press them down and leave them to set for 15-20 minutes.  I absolutely love how they look and feel, but they haven’t lasted very well.  This morning when I woke up I noticed that the colour on the gold pearls had faded/rubbed off slightly, and after 24 hours a lot of the beads have already fallen off.  I’m not sure how long they’re supposed to last, but I thought it’d be longer than a day!

Day 12 – Twilight

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Last but not least, today’s varnish is Twilight – a black base with a gold fleck shimmer running through it, which also looks greeny brown depending on the light.  I have a feeling this was intended to go with the Bumble Bee Caviar Pearls, and indeed it is a great match.  A gorgeous, classy shade to round off the week.

Which one of this week’s minis is your favourite?

Don’t forget, you can read Part 1 of my Ciate Mini Mani Month Round-Up here.  Check back next Tuesday for Part 3!

Naomi x

Christmas Shopping with TruffleShuffle

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Christmas isn’t Christmas until those heart-warming, ‘Holidays are Coming’ Coca Cola adverts appear on TV, wouldn’t you agree?  To me, they’ve always signified the start of the festive season and are full of nostalgia, and in my search for Christmassy clothing this year I came across this lovely Coca Cola T-Shirt on the TruffleShuffle website, which I was very kindly gifted by the folks at TruffleShuffle!  TruffleShuffle are an online retro T-Shirt company who stock a myriad of kitsch and quirky designs, and they currently have a fantastic range of Christmas themed T-Shirts, jumpers and gifts available.  Their customer service is fantastic too…  If you order before 4pm you can have your items the next day, and you will always receive a sweet or two in your parcel!

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The T-Shirt I was sent is the Coca Cola Santa Sparkling Holidays T-Shirt, which retails for £19.99.  The tee is made of soft grey cotton (90%), and it is extremely comfortable and surprisingly warm, as the fabric isn’t too flimsy.  It is from the ladies range so it fits well in all the right places, without being too tight, and it is long in length which is great for me as it doesn’t come up short and I am quite tall!

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The design on the front of the T-Shirt is absolutely gorgeous, featuring Coca Cola’s vintage-style Santa, merrily enjoying a bottle of Coca Cola…  (Don’t you think Coke tastes so much better from a cold glass bottle?)  Santa in his bright red costume is such an iconic figure, and instantly recognisable as part of Coca Cola’s branding, making this T-Shirt really stand out from the crowd of typical Christmas prints.  The design is also printed to a very high quality, so it won’t start to peel or crack in a hurry, and the image is really bold and clear.

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This T-Shirt (and the rest of TruffleShuffle’s own range) is available in a wide range of sizes (X Small to X Large), and they’re all currently in stock, so if you fancy a Coca Cola T-Shirt for yourself you can grab one here now, whatever the size!

Just to give you an idea of what else TruffleShuffle has to offer this festive season, here are just a few of my favourite Christmas themed items from TruffleShuffle, which would all make fantastic, affordable Christmas gifts!

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Coca Cola Holidays Are Coming Truck Sweater – £29.99 –

Robin Truffle

Vintage Style Christmas Robin Necklace – £11.99 –

Case Truffle

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens E-Reader Cover – £14.99 –

Lights TruffleLimited Edition Retro Christmas Lights Charm Bracelet – £19.99 –

Snowman Truffle

Snowman Christmas Slouch Scoop Neck T-Shirt – £24.99 –

Snowglobe TruffleFairytale Snowglobe Necklace – £13.99 –

Oscar Truffle

Oscar the Grouch I Hate Christmas T-Shirt – £19.99 –

Aren’t they gorgeous?  I really, really want both of the necklaces pictured above!  Is there anything from TruffleShuffle on your Christmas list this year?

Happy shopping!

Naomi x

*The Coca Cola Santa Sparkling Holidays T-Shirt was gifted to me by TruffleShuffle for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Nail Art: Vintage Roses

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After a week of wearing dark coloured nail varnish, I fancied something slightly more pastel today.  I’d been seeing a lot of vintage floral nail art doing the rounds lately, so I thought I’d have a go myself.  I used a lovely little flowery tea cup as inspiration, as you can see!


The colours I used for this are:

  • Avon Nailwear Pro in ‘Vintage Blue’ (Background)
  • Avon Nailwear Pro in ‘Viva Pink’ (Roses)
  • Avon Nailwear Pro in ‘Pastel Pink’ (Rose Swirls)
  • N.Y.C. Long-Wearing Nail Enamel in green (Leaves)
  • Avon Peeling and Brittleness Solver (Base and Top Coat)

What do you think?  I think it’s a great look for Spring :)

Naomi x

Betty Buff’s Gunky Monkey Sugar Scrub!

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I was recently lucky enough to win this 50ml sample pot of Betty Buff‘s Gunky Monkey Sugar Scrub via her Twitter giveaway, and was kindly gifted a few extra scrubs to try as well (which I’ll also be reviewing).  Betty Buff specialises in creating all natural sugar scrubs and other body products for people with sensitive skin, and since I myself have sensitive skin, I couldn’t have been happier to try these scrubs out.  Over the last couple of days I have been using Gunky Monkey, and since it is a new scrub made especially for men, my fiancé has tested it too :)

The scrub I received is scented with ‘Lime & Ginger’, and smells absolutely lovely.  What I adore about Betty Buff’s products is that they’re based on vintage, tried and tested recipes and contain no parabens or icky chemical fragrances, just simple ingredients which do the job just as well, if not better, than the scrubs you can buy in shops.  The ingredients in Gunky Monkey are listed as: Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Glycerin, Honey, Lime and Ginger – all good stuff!  And it looks like this…

When using this, I decided to focus on exfoliating my upper arms, as it is there that I have small, stubborn dry patches that prove difficult to shift!  I gently rubbed the scrub into my skin in a circular motion whilst in the shower, and then washed it off with warm water.  I noticed that, because real lime is used in the product, as I rubbed the fruit popped and let out its natural oils so I was hit with bursts of the gorgeously zingy smell of lime.  Unfortunately, the ginger scent wasn’t as obvious.

I have to say, I am amazed by just how good this product is.  The honey works to really soften your skin without leaving any stickiness, and after just two uses I have already noticed a difference to my dry patches – they’re definitely not as rough as they were and the rest of my skin feels so smooth… I think Betty Buff’s sugar scrubs may be my new miracle product!

Now, I’ll admit, my other half was slightly sceptical about trying Gunky Monkey as he isn’t keen on body products that look or smell like puddings, but even he was pleasantly surprised.  After his shower this morning I grilled him about what he thought, dreading that it’d be bad news, but he told me it was easy to use and washed off well, and he really loved the smell (although he did say it smelt like Iron after a while but I didn’t experience that!).  And on top of that, he said it worked, and that his skin already felt smoother after using it once!  Impressive huh?  I think he may be a convert.

Oh, and I also love Betty Buff’s quirky labels, they’re so cute!

If you want to try Betty Buff’s Sugar Scrubs for yourself, you can buy them online here for £8 each.  OR, if you hurry, all Betty Buff and Gunky Monkey Sugar Scrubs are 2 for 1 until tomorrow!  Just enter the code listed on the home page :)

Which Sugar Scrub do you fancy?

Naomi x

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