Friday, 19 August 2016

A Little Q & A - Answering Your Questions

Hi everyone, I thought it was time I gave you, all my lovely readers, a chance to ask me anything you fancied really.  So after asking you all on my various social media accounts, I actually got rather a lot of questions back, some funny ones and some quite deep one eeek!!  I have tried to answer all of these questions and I have answered all of them completely honestly no holds barred, well I did say ask me 'anything'!  So without further ado, here goes.

Helz asked -
1. How long have you been bloggin for?  Just over 2 and a half years

2. If you could be any mystical creature what would you be and why?  Unicorn of course, I've always thought that, long before it became popular and they were all over the internet!  I've always loved horses and many different mystical/mythical creatures, but Unicorns have always been my favourite :-)
3. What would be your dream job?  Wedding planner, 100% my dream job :-)
4. What was your favourite childhood memory?  Dancing to Cliff Richard songs with my mum when I was little, that memory literally really makes me smile :-)

5. What was your favourite childhood programme?  Probably Bagpuss, I used to watch it sat on my mums knees when I was about 3, and every time it finished I'd cry.  It's so funny though, because whenever I hear the theme tune even now, it still makes me cry, lol I don't know why.  I also used to love The Magic Roundabout, Button Moon, Camberwick Green and The Moomins too :-)
6. What did you want to be when you were a kid?  At one point an opera singer, yep!

Emma asked -
1. If you could be any celebrity who would you be?  None, I'm not a fan of 'celebs' at all, so I honestly can't think of one.  I'd love to do acting or be a singer (as I do love to sing) but I don't think the fame and 'celebrity status' people have from these jobs is a good thing, people shouldn't be popular just because they're on tv etc, people should be liked because of who they are as a person not what they do or the fake personality they show the world!  Just my opinion, don't shoot me!!
2. If you just became a millionaire what would be the first thing you'd do?  I would treat my friends, pay off the bills, put lots away for savings and give a chunk of it to various animal charities.

3. If you could dress how you wanted without fear of judgement what would it be?  Goth :-D  I used to love wearing all that type of thing years ago, I still have a lot of the clothing, big boots, chains and spiked collars, ooh I loved it!  Bring on Halloween so I can wear it all again :-)
4. If you could move to anywhere in the world, where would you go?  I can't really answer this one because I haven't travelled and seen enough places, home is where the heart is, so lets just say where ever my heart takes me!
5. If you could be a superhero/villain, what ability would you have?  I think I would have to stick to being a hero rather than a villain and I would have the ability to heal.

Shelley asked -
1. Tell me about your proudest achievement!  This is a really hard question for me because sadly I cannot think of one thing.  There's a lot of things in my life that I regret, things that I wish I could've done differently but nothing that I'm particularly proud of.  If there's any good deeds I've done or kindness I've shown, anything like that, that's just things we should all do as human beings!  But no real big achievements.  The only one small thing I can think of, was during the last assembly just before I left school, I was called up on stage to receive an award for 'Most Achieved Swimmer of the year', because I couldn't swim before I went there.  So wherever that award is now, my name is on it :-)  Oh and a nothing small thing I just remembered, when I was at college during a singing lesson, I was told I could sing the highest notes out of everyone in my year :-)
2. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?  Honestly, I let someone very close to me down in a big way a couple of years ago.  I wish I could say I learnt from it, but so far I've never been able to make it up to them and it still upsets me every day, I just hope one day I still get the chance.

3. What is most essential for budget shopping?  Save, save, save!  If you have a particular item in mind, save for just that one thing at a time and DO NOT get side-tracked and swayed into spending that money on something else (especially something you don't actually need, and yes this is my biggest down fall when it comes to saving).  Also bargain hunt, if there's something on sale in one shop, you can usually find it (or something similar) either somewhere else or online cheaper!
4. what's the best deal you've ever seen?  I am a hard core bargain hunter and I've managed to find so many amazing bargains over the years, and I guess the best ones are ones I've found online, especially dvds.  If you find the one you're after on Amazon and always click to check 'more buying options' button, you can buy them for so much cheaper than the listed price!  That's just the first one that springs to mind.
5. where do you see yourself in 5 years time?  In short, I've no idea, I don't even know where I see myself in one year or 6 months.  I just hope I'm happier than I am now.

6. What would you consider the most embarrassing experience you ever had?  Oh gosh I've had so many lol, I remember many years ago when I was in my late teens, I decided to wear my new pair of big black chunky platforms.  I'd been to town for the day and was on the way home on the bus.  For once I'd decided to sit on the top deck and I happen to notice this really cute guy sitting behind me.  It came to my stop (and his), I started to walk down the narrow spiral stairs (you know where this is going!!)  And yes I slipped and fell down the last three!  I was mortified, he asked if I was ok and I just mumbled 'yes I'm fine' really quickly and got off the bus as fast as I could, with my bruised ego and my bruised bum!  And I never wore those shoes again :-(  I still cringe about it but it was funny too, I think if that happened to me now though, I would definitely take more advantage of the guys concern and use it as a good flirting opportunity lol I was far too shy back then :-)
7. What was the craziest thing you ever did?  Ooh I hate this question and always dread getting asked it!  Because honestly I've never done anything crazy, or daring, or exciting, I've led quite a boring life.  I would love to say I've been sky diving or swam with dolphins but no, I went skiing once, though that's nothing out of the ordinary but I would really love to do something one day, so when I'm old I could look back and say yes I did this! :-/
8. Have you ever tried peeing while standing?  No I can definitely confirm, I've never done that either!
9. If you are ever asked to choose between love and money, which would you choose?  Love 100%, I'm an old romantic.
10. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in a public place?  Well yes, I guess you could say the whole 'falling on the bus' thing was generally in public, and yes there's been several other occasions as well!

Florence asked -
1. What do you like most about yourself?  I feel my self-confidence is better now than it ever has been in some ways more than others and depending on the situation, so probably that, that's the only thing I can think of anyway, I don't like much else!
2. What do you dislike most about yourself?  Most things if I'm honest, I wish I could concentrate on things more and wake up/get up a lot earlier, I feel that would make a big difference.  I get very down and depressed at times too, which can last several days and I have a job getting out of feeling that way, when I am feeling like that, I tend to take it out on everyone around me which I don't mean to at all, I hate that very much!

Amy asked -
1. What would be your ultimate day?  Ok I know a few of you may roll your eye's and cringe when you read this (yes you Shelley and Florence) but honestly I can not think of anything I would rather do more, than spend a day with Norman Reedus, just hang out with him and get to know him better.  I think he seems such a nice, genuine and interesting person and I would so love to just go to a nice little cafe with him, talk about motorcycles and rock music and his love of cats, and just have a lovely day with him :-D  Yep that's the dream!

I took this from the top of the waterfall!

2. Top 3 places you've visited?  Like I said I've never really travelled, but I did go to the French Alps for a week back when I was at school, that was wonderful.  I used to live near Seaford in East Sussex (near Brighton), that was always one of my favourite places.  I also love going to touristy type places here in Wales, there's so many and they're so beautiful - the last one I visited was Llanrhaeadr Waterfalls back in June a couple of years ago, that was stunning!  I'm off to Blackpool in just over a week with two of my bff's, just for a few days, not the most exciting place on the planet but it will be my first holiday just with friends and I'm SO excited, I can't wait, so expect a whole post on that when I get back.  There's still so many places I want to visit and would love to travel to, so I do hope I get chance to at some point.

Rebekah asked -
What is your day job?  Because of my health condition I don't actually 'work' or go out to work, I spend most of my days indoors at home and try to fill my time the best I can (when I'm feeling well enough to do stuff), with things like blogging, jewellery making, baking, card making and other crafts etc.

A few other questions -
1. If you could invent one rule for everyone to follow, what would it be?  Be kind to animals
2. What is your favourite pizza?  Hawaiian, oooh I love it :-)

3. What is your favourite app at the moment?  Is has to be Best Feinds, I'm obsessed and I play it most days.  I'm currently stuck on level 50 now and wow some of them are so hard to get through!!  But I'm really pleased because I haven't given in and bought any extra moves at all, I've done it all by pure skill lol
4. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you have wanted to see?  Has to be Glastonbury during the 70s, how cool would that have been!

5. Do you have a Zombie Apocalypse survival plan?  Well I couldn't not include a zombie question could I, thank you Enid ;-)  And yes, of course I most certainly do! Lol

As always I hope you liked this post and if you would like to answer any of the questions, I'd love to see your answers in the comments :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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Friday, 12 August 2016

What's in My Handbag

Hi everyone, I have been using the same handbag pretty much since last winter and as much as I still really like it, it was time for a change.  I spotted this lovely little bag in Asda about a month ago and as the weather has finally decided that summer has arrived, I thought this new smaller handbag would look much nicer with my summer outfits.

I definitely seem to have a love for white/ivory bags and accessories these days, so as soon as I saw this bag I wanted it.  I love the gold hardware and the general size of the bag, it's not too small or too big and I can actually fit all my essentials in there, which is nice because that way, I don't over fill it with 'stuff' so it becomes too heavy to use (which is what often happens!)

I love accessories and kerings and I think every bag should have something dangling on it!  I love this pink tassel keyring that I made ages ago, I think it goes really well and looks quite pretty.  I remember buying a few belts in a sale in Primarks last year for about a pound each, they were all nice lengths of gold chain with different coloured tassels on the end, and I remember thinking then, they'd be great to take apart and use for keyrings and jewellery, sales are perfect for scavenging bits like that.  One was lemon, one was grey and the other was this pretty pink, so I just took the belt apart and added a gold clasp to fit on my bags, sorted :-)

Inside the bag, there's not the greatest amount of room but thankfully as I said, I can fit all my essentials in and it also meant that I was able to be quite ruthless and leave out all the bits I didn't need.  There's one small zipped pocket inside and 2 small open pockets, that I keep one of those thin fold up shopping bags in and my keys.

Ok so on to the actual stuff I keep in my new bag.  Of course the main thing is my purse; I bought this lovely ivory and gold one from Amazon a couple of years ago to go with another bag and I still love it.  The little flower charm I got from ebay and I think it adds a nice little touch.  I mainly keep my store cards, notes, taxi cards and receipts in this purse and I put all my change in the floral coin purse.
I have my favourite sunglasses, which I honestly thought I'd lost a few weeks ago while I was out.  I looked everywhere, I even went back to a couple of shops and asked if I'd left them but no joy and I was really sad.  I then went to get a tissue from my jacket pocket and there they were lol, I felt like a right twit :-D  I think these ones came from Poundland originally, they are a little wonky but I love the mirrored lenses and the style, plus I stood on my old ones so had to get a new pair asap!!
I also currently have a £5 Asda voucher that I was given a couple of days ago.  And the lippy is one of my old favourites by Rimmel, it's the Moisture Renew 125 'To Nude or Not To Nude', I love this one so much and it definitely one I always like to keep with me while I'm out and about.

I absolutely love this little cat mirror, I was given it for a gift a couple of years ago by one of my best friends, it's so cute and I've always kept it in my handbag.  I like to always keep some mints to hand and of course hand sanitizer is always a good idea.  I keep my earphones in this little aqua pouch so the wires don't get tangled or broken but admittedly I rarely use my earphones unless I'm travelling on trains or long distances in a car.  And tissues are probably one of my most essential items, because my nose hates every kind of weather and sometimes my eye water too.  Plus of course you never know when you're going to run out of toilet paper in a public bathroom!!

Like I said I always keep my house and bike keys in one of the front inner pockets, yes more keyrings :-)  I always like to have a couple of pens with me (in case one runs out when you least expect it) and I have my little diary as well as this gorgeous little silver glittery notepad, I found it in wilkinsons a couple of days ago for a pound and it was the last one on the shelf, so I just had to grab it :-)  And of course a spare hair band, I get through these so fast, they're always breaking!

I've had this little cat purse for a long as I can remember, it's been one of those things I've kept in my handbags for years and it's my little emergency kit!  I keep paracetamols in there, hairgrips, a couple of pound coins, a tiny pair of scissors, a few plasters and a tiny reel of seletope!  Well you never know!!
I also have my trusty Tangle Teaser, some more hair clips, nail clippers and another hairband.  My little sewing kit for rips and lost buttons, and of course a portable charger!  The only thing I didn't photograph was a spare pad (for those emergency lady days!)  And I forgot to add in my nail file, what I would do without that thing when I've broke a nail, I do not know.  I cannot stand having a horrible sharp broken nail, it drives me crazy and snags on everything!!

I hope you like this post and found it mildly interesting!  I have a little Q&A for you next week, so if there's anything at all you fancy asking me, just leave a comment below or send me a tweet and I'll make sure I add answer it in next weeks post :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Superdrug Mini Haul & Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone, this week I thought I'd show you a few little things I bought from Superdrug a couple of weeks ago, we more specifically, from the Superdrug website as our little local store is very little and doesn't stock all the good stuff! :-/

There were a couple of bits I particularly wanted but one was out of stock and as you do whilst browsing, I ended up buying a few extra things to what I had planned!

First off was one of Tanya Burr's new matte lip creams from her Soft Luxe Collection, in Martha Moo (I just love that name and of course the real Martha Moo is so cute!)  I wanted to get this as soon as it came out but of course being as popular as Tanya's products usually are, it was continuously out of stock.  But I finally got the email to say it was back in, so ordered it straight away.  I wasn't too sure about the other two shades in this new range but this one looked lovely and I love the new matte gold and frosted glass packaging it's so sleek and pretty :-)

Next up I got the Enchanted Dreams eye palette, also from Tanya's new range.  I was persuaded into getting this after seeing one of her makeup tutorials using it, so pretty!  And again I love the cute packaging and all the pretty names she comes up with.

I also originally went on the website to order the new Makeup Revolutions Fortune Favours the Brave palette, which I recently did a First Impressions post on a couple of weeks ago, so if you would like to know what I thought of it in detail and fancy having a look at all the close up pics, you can check that out here.  I also held a giveaway (because I loved it so much I bought another one for one of my lovely readers to win).  The giveaway has now ended and the winner has been notified, but I've also left all her details and links at the bottom of this post so you can check out her various social media's :-)

I couldn't resist getting this adorable little 'Life is Sweet' purse from Zoella's new Sweet Inspirations range.  I love the pretty delicate soft blue colour, the gold text and the pretty scalloped edges, it's so cute!  Admittedly, it is quite small, nice for a coin-purse, to hold notes in or maybe store cards, but that's about it.  And yes I did mostly get it to look cute in the background of my blog/instagram pics (not sorry!) ;-)

That was pretty much it for superdrug, but I just wanted to show you these two bits I picked up in Primark the other week to, because they're sooo nice. . .

I just adore these lovely little earrings, I just know I'll end up wearing all of these at some point.  Let's face it, often when you buy sets of earrings, there's always at least one pair you know you'll never wear!  But all of these are really pretty and for just £2 I thought were a total bargain!

Finally also spotted this gorgeous silver panel necklace.  I've been after one like this for so long and I was so happy when I saw it, plus again, only £2 :-)

So there you go, just thought I'd show you these few bits.  I hope you like this post and please let me know in the comments which bits you like, have you been able to get hold of Martha Moo yet and what did you think of the palette :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

And finally, the winner of my Makeup Revolutions Summer Giveaway is Helen Dickinson Congratulations!! :-D  You find her by clicking on the links below. . .
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Having a Sort Out and a Sale

Hi everyone, well it has been one very busy week this past 7 days.  I planned to do quite a big particular post this week but basically it's all gone to pot!  So for this post I thought I would try something a bit different.  I spent two of my busy days at the beginning of the week, thoroughly tidying one of my bedroom closets (the one that's basically full of junk all my stuff other than clothes!)  And by tidy, I mean I had a really lovely clear out.  I really enjoy doing that, I make piles for everything keep, charity, wash, giveaway, sell and usually a nice huge rubbish pile too!  This time I manage to fill up a whole box full of rubbish, another big box full of charity items and I found some really lovely bits that I thought were too good to just give away and I might actually be able to make a few pennies from and it was all things that I no longer wanted or needed and I'd just been hanging onto for the sake of it, as you do!

This is the tidy version. . . you should've seen it before!!!

I also came across some lovely old memories in books and photos and old letters (which I spent far too long reading, rather than getting on sorting), I could show you a few of these in a blog post in the future if you'd like?  And I had a very interesting find in with a box of old video cassettes, I actually found a little envelope with some money in, not a huge fortune sadly but it was certainly a big surprise and I literally had no clue it was in there, I must've put it in there for safe keeping years ago, I think it may have been from some of the money that my Grandad left me!  I opened the envelope and just sat there looking at it amazed for a good few minutes, couldn't quite believe my eyes.  So that's most of my holiday paid for next March, thank you Grandad :-D

Anyway, I made sure I took loads of pics as I went through everything before I listed all the bits online.  But then I thought, well they're all good bits that some of my readers might like. . . So this post is basically me giving you first refusal on all the bits I'm selling before it's snatched up by anyone else.  I also discovered a new app called Depop recently (which I'm loving btw) and it's the perfect place to list all the kinds of things, it's really easy to upload items you want to sell and it's free too! :-)  Honestly this isn't an ad, I just genuinely think it's great.  If you don't already have it, click on the link and download the app, you can then find me by searching for danij72

Anyway, if you see something you like, just tweet or email me or leave me a comment and we'll go from there.  Or you can go directly to Depop or ebay and purchase any of the items on there.  I hope you like some of the things, I will probably be adding more over the next few weeks too as I'm still sorting out closets and drawers, so don't forget to check back for any new items.

Thanks lots my lovelies :-)

1. Denim jacket 8 (the one I decorated a couple of years ago for a craft blog post)
2. Long sleeve Walking Dead T'shirt (sadly it's too big for me) size s/m
3. Cute black bag with silver chain decoration (perfect little evening bag)
4. Novelty black 'bodice' bag (something a little different)
5. Small blue makeup bag (I used to use it for travelling to put jewellery in, the front pocket is great for hair ties and rings!)
6. Revlon hair styling set (comes with several different attachments, a handy tips booklet and a sturdy wipe-clean bag to keep it all in)
7. Black 'Team Dixon' T'shirt with wings on the back (sadly it's a little too small for me!)
8. 'What to Wear Where' book (full of outfit ideas for ever occasion)
9. Dorothy Perkins black evening dress with a very 'swishy' skirt and silver sequin trim around the waist
size 8.  (Very lovely classy dress but I think it would honestly look better on someone, other than me!)
10. Very cute embroidered 'Winnie the Pooh' rucksack (bought for me as a gift but I think it would be better for a younger person, very sweet though)
11. Gothic purple coffin shaped wallet with black lace spider design (would go great with the bodice bag!)
12. Large pink cosmetic bag (it even comes with its own matching mirror, very handy)

If you would like to know more about any of these items, just click on either the Depop or ebay links, or just message me.  And don't forget I will most definitely be adding more and more items over the next few weeks.
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

First Impressions - Makeup Revolution Palette & Giveaway

Hi everyone, it's summer, it's actually finally summer here in the UK and what better way to celebrate than to do a new giveaway :-)
I was watching a great little makeup tutorial
video a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Fabulous Hannah, who I talked about in my last post.  For her eyeshadow she used the new Makeup Revolutions 'Fortune Favours the Brave' palette.  I immediately fell in love with the look of it and thought to myself, I need that in my life right now, so I went straight over to the Superdrug website and ordered it.

One of the best things about this palette that I noticed straight away is that you get 30 shades, 30!!  And for only £10.  Let's just stop and think about that for a sec, if you buy palettes from most other brands, Urban Decay for instance you usually pay around £35 for only 12 shades and yet the quality of these drugstore palettes are just as nice and just as usable, so to me straight away that is a huge bonus and a huge bargain (and you know how I love a good bargain!)

Ok on with the palette.  Lets just take a minute to admire that packaging, seriously though it's so nice.  Once you're past the outer cardboard box, the actual palette itself is a very sturdy container, with a good magnetic closure and a very handy huge mirror!  I really love the matte gold colour and the metallic gold symbol on the lid too, it makes it all look and feel very elegant and expensive!

Ok let's start talking about these amazing shades.  As I mentioned before you have 30 shades, 8 along the top and bottom rows and 7 on the two inner rows.  There's no real particular system to the layout; as in, the metallic's are randomly placed and similar shades are not kept together, but oh well that's not exactly a major flaw, especially when the colours are this impressive!

From start to finish we have (top row) Glimmer, Buffer, Peachy, Hope, Fortune, Skylight, Transformer, Midnight Rainbow.  (Second row) Ice Cloud, Golden Coins, Cashmere, Tip Top, Yes Please, Green Machine, Smoothie.  (Third row) Caffeine Fix, Latte, Pink Diamond, Creme, Drama Queen, Lonely Planet, Blacqua.  (Bottom row) Soft, New World, Favour, Sunset Hour, Super Gold, Winning, Brave and The Revolution.

I won't bore you with describing every single shade in detail but hopefully you can see from the swatches they are pretty true to how they look in the palette.
One thing I noticed the most, is that the more product I packed on, the better and more pigmented the shades became, whether they were metallic or matte.  I don't know if this was just because I was using the brush provided, if I'd have used a better brush maybe they would have applied a little better using less product, I don't know!

Also I expect they would look even better with a good primer underneath.  As I've only swatched them, I can't tell you how long they last but just by rubbing over them gently they did seem to stay put quite well.
One down side I will mention is high fall-out, especially from the darker shades, so watch out for that!

Obviously one of the most exciting and alluring aspects of this palette are the 6 marble effect eyeshadows.  I've never really seen anything like this before, I thought they were a really interesting addition to the palette and when I first saw it, I couldn't wait to try them out.  Thankfully I wasn't too disappointed, I would've liked them to be a little more glitzy and for the golds and glitters to show through the original shade a bit more but they're still really pretty.

However, the metallic shades were the star of the show for me Midnight Rainbow, Hope, Fortune, Ice Cloud and Pink Diamond are definite favourites so far, they're really beautiful shades and have an even more beautiful sheen to them.  I also really loved the shade Winning, which is a gorgeous rich purple.  The matte shades I think will be great for base eyeshadows and Blacqua is the perfect standard black eyeshadow.

All in all though, this is honestly one of the best palettes I've seen and one of the best palettes I now own because I know at some point I could easily use every single shade in there!  I just can't wait to try them out with a primer!

Do you already own this palette, what are your thoughts on it, what are you favourite shades?  Let me know in the comments.  Also if you don't already have this lovely palette and would like a chance to win one, why not entre my giveaway below, you never know 'good fortune' could smile down on you :-D

And now for the giveaway :-)  This summer I am giving away to one lucky winner, the Makeup Revolutions 'Fortune Favours the Brave' palette.
To enter, use the Rafflecoper widget below.  The giveaway will last for 2 weeks from today (Thursday the 21st of July) and you can enter as many times as you would like.  Please read all the T&Cs below and I can't wait to read your answers to my question.  Good luck :-)

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The Rules:
©    To be in with a chance of winning the 'Makeup Revolutions Palette', enter via the Rafflecopter widget
©  Please make sure you leave your first name and email address or twitter name in the comments, so that I can contact you if you win
©    There will be only one winner
©    This giveaway is open internationally
©    You must complete both mandatory entries before you can access any of the extra entry options
©    This giveaway will run for 14 days from Thursday the 21st of July 2016 until Thursday the 4th of August 2016, 12.00am gmt
©    Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winner directly via email or Twitter.  Once the winner has been contacted they will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.

Until next time, stay happy and good luck

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