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 :-)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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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Thursday 14 July 2016

My 3 New Favourite YouTubers

Hi everyone, today I thought I'd tell you about my latest favourite YouTubers, a couple of which I've only been watching for about a month and already love and another that I found about a year ago and I think they're just amazing!  So if you'd like to know more, keep reading. . .

Fabulous Hannah I first noticed her on a couple of Gabby's vlogs and thought she sounded nice, so I headed over to her main channel, I now subscribe to her vlog channel too!  She doesn't have a great many followers, which I find quite amazing because her makeup tutorials and general videos are as good as the next big YouTuber!  She very sweet and friendly, just the sort of girl you know you could be best mates with and have a laugh with.  I just generally really enjoyed watching her videos lately and thought she deserved to have a mention and if you haven't already, go and check out her channel.

Mark Ferris Well, what a lovely funny guy!  I've been absolutely loving watching him do collab videos with Zoe for ages now, they are hilarious together and always have me cry laughing!  So I thought I must go and see what his channel is like.  Great timing on my part because he's just got a puppy (insert eye-heart emoji)!!!!  Her name is Teddi, she's absolutely adorable and he loves her to bits, I love watching them play together in his vlogs and love the way he chats to her, it's so cute!  I love the way he's generally so genuine, so down to earth and he just chats on like you're sitting down having a coffee together, he just a total gem and I've been really enjoying and loving his funny videos, they really relax me when I watch them too.  Click the link on his name to go and have a look :-)

Adrian Bliss firstly, if you've not already heard of this guy, where have you been!!  I found out about his channel from another blogger about a year ago, I went straight over to his channel and ended watching every single video on there!  He had created a series of about 20 episodes, all between 2-5 minutes long.  At first I thought who is this weird guy trying to be a YouTube vlogger, and doing it really badly!  Then I realised it was acted and by the end of the series not only was I hooked, I was practically longing for the next instalment. . . Which thankfully appeared at the beginning of June for his 'Vlune' series.  As soon as I saw his first vlune video pop up in my subscriptions list I smiled like a Cheshire cat and have now watched every one.  He's so funny without even trying and you've just gotta love his silent friend Greg.  I just think it one of THE most innovative and creative YouTube shows I've ever seen, absolutely love it.  I highly recommend checking out his channel, you will definitely end up subscribing and longing for more episodes, I guarantee it :-D

As always I hope you liked this post, please follow me on my various social medias if you haven't already (and if you already do, thank you so much :-D )  And make sure you come back next week, as I have a new giveaway treat for you!!

Until Next Time Stay Happy

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Thursday 7 July 2016

99 Questions About Me Tag

Hi everyone, I thought I'd do something a little fun this week, I hope you like it. . .

1. What's your middle name?  Jane
2. What is your biggest fear?  Moths!! 
3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Llangollen in North Wales, it's beautiful

4. What would you change about yourself if you could?  My bad health and my anxiety issues
5. What really makes you angry?  People being cruel to animals
6. What motivates you to work hard?  Not wanting to fail and waste my life
7. What is your favourite thing about your career?  I get to work from home, at any time of day or night, with my own home comforts and I love being able to be creative and be able to have the resources and ability to work in so many different creative areas, whether it's papercrafts, jewellery making or digital designs
8. Would you ever get a tattoo?  Yes, there's actually a few I really want now
9. What are your favourite books to read?  Fantasy and romance
10. What was the last movie you went to see and what did you think?  The last movie I saw was Triple 9 back in February I think, I only wanted to see it because my fav actor was in it but sadly his character got killed off half an hour in and I didn't really like the rest of the film :-/

11. What makes you laugh the most?  Funny collab videos on youtube, my friends and my Poodles
12. What did you want to be when you were small?  A ballet dancer, an opera singer and when I was a bit older, a lawyer! Weird
13. What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?  Show jumping
14. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?  I'm really into motorbikes so definitely a bike, but I love horse riding too
15. What would you sing at Karaoke night?  Evanescence Bring Me To Life, it's my go to song!
16. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Very unhealthy but Hawaiian pizza, I luuurve it :-D 
17. Have you ever had a nickname/s?  Yes, I used to get called 'Summers' (because I was Buffy obsessed at college and at school I used to wear Doc Martin's & since DM is my initials, I used to get called 'Boot'!
18. In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie, or read?  A night in with a good movie definitely
19. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job?  I think I'd have to say win the lottery because then you would have more of a choice and wouldn't have to worry about earning enough money, you could just work on what you wanted to, if that makes sense.
20. Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?  Norman Reedus ;-D

 Sorry I couldn't pick just one! ;-)

21. If money was no object, what would you do all day?  Probably what I do now, crafting and blogging
22. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?  I think the 70s were really cool, I love the clothes and the music but the 90s were pretty great too, so I'd love to go back to then
23. How would your friends describe you?  As a worrier probably lol
24. How many pillows do you sleep with?  4, I have a double bed, if I had just 2 my head would roll off either side in the night lol :-)
25. What is your favourite type of makeup to buy? I love buying lip glosses but I'm really into saving up for good brushes and eyeshadow palettes at the moment too
26. Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?  My phone, I terrible I'm like a teenager, I'm permanently attached to it and I'm always looking stuff up on it :-)
27. Two pet peeves?  Selfish people and unnecessary bad language
28. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Too many lol I think I have about 25 (not including slippers) :-)
29. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?  The ability to heal
30. What are your hobbies?  Blogging (obvs), lots of different types of crafting, singing and baking

31. What's your favorite zoo animal?  They're all beautiful
32. If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?  Honestly I think I would go back and deal with my anxiety, depression and lack of confidence about coping with certain situations when I first started having problems with it many years ago, because I feel like I wouldn't be as bad now and because it's gone on so long, it's now a lot harder to sort out.
33. If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?  Michelle Branch, Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park), Norman Reedus (of course) and my little granddad (he past away 12 years ago)
34. What form of public transportation do you prefer (air, boat, train, bus, car, etc.)?  Taxi's or trains, I love going on trains
35. Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?  Ideally I'd like a bit of both, but if I had to pick one, I'd pick intelligence
36. How often do you buy clothes?  Lately, every couple of weeks, there's so many sales on right now!!
37. Have you ever had a secret admirer?  No, not that I know of
38. What's your favorite holiday?  Halloween most definitely!!
39. What was the last thing you watched on TV?  I'm currently working my way through all the seasons of The Walking Dead (again) :-D  The last episode I watched was from Season 2
40. Where slippers?  Oh my gosh yes, I love slippers I love buying new slippers and I have SO many!!

41. What's your favourite type of foreign food?  Chinese
42. Are you a clean or messy person? A bit of both but I'm mostly quite tidy and organized, I like everything in it's place!
43. What was the last book you read?  I'm currently still reading The Host
44. What kitchen appliance do you use every day? The kettle, I love me PG tips :-)
45. Do you love or hate rollercoasters?  It's been a very long time since I've been on one, but I generally love them more than hate them, I like the adrenaline rush!
46. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?  "Caution: easily annoyed" lol
47. What's your favourite movie?  Seriously how can I pick just one!! Although I guess it would probably have to be Twilight
48. How old were you when you learned Santa wasn't real?  About 3, there is a story there, which I think I told you about in one of my last Christmas posts, did you see it?
49. What's the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?  I once listened to 'our song' every day for 2 months while we were apart, so silly and no we're not even together now! lol
50. Do you collect anything?  No not really, I obsess over many things but I don't actually collect any physical items, well does Walking Dead memorabilia count because I think that's becoming a thing with me lately!

51. What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?  Haggis!
52. What was your favourite subject in school?  History of fashion (at college), art an English
53. Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?  The Goth look or maybe the 80's punk-rock vibe, that'd be cool!
54. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  A bit of both I think, depending on the situation, my mood and who I'm with!
55. Have you ever had a surprise party (that was an actual surprise)?  Sadly no :-(
56. Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous?  My 10 times great grandfather, was Sir Christopher Wren (famous architect from the 16oo's, google him)
57. If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?  I would ban all animal testing completely
58. Who was your favourite teacher in school and why?  I had several but I think my most favourite was Mrs. Uzachookoo (I've probably spelt that wrong!)  She was never very nice to everyone else, but she was always really lovely and kind to me :-)
59. What song would you say best sums you up?  Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne
60. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?  Probably a sloth lol, I love to cuddle, I look weird when I smile and I sleep way too much!

61. If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?  Evanescence :-)
62. How many languages do you speak?  Just English, but I know a few words of Spanish and Taiwanese!
63. Who was your first crush?  It was a guy at school who was in the year above me, I fancied him rotten and in the two years I was at that school, I only ever spoke to him once.  What a twit lol
64. What is one thing you will never do again?  Mix my drinks!
65. Who knows you the best?  Probably my 3 best friends 
66. Is your glass half full or half empty?  I try to be a 'glass half full' type of person
67. Were you ever a girl scout?  I was a brownie when I was little and then a girl guide for a year or so when I was older.
68. Favourite kind of sandwich?  I love chicken with mayo and lettuce and I also love beetroot and tomato (thanks to my granddad) :-)
69. Are you lazy?  In short, yes!  I procrastinate way too much, I try not to but there's always distractions and I have a very short attention span! :-/
70. what's your favourite breakfast?  I love marmite on toast with sliced banana.  Years ago I used to have it every single day when I was going to college

71. What is your Chinese astrological sign?  It's a horse :-)   
72. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes definitely, if you have a look at this post from last Halloween, I talk about many of the paranormal experiences I've had!
73. Do you take any vitamins daily?  Yep, vitamin D and if I'm honest, I often forget to take it!
74. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?  I think it was last Christmas, I always write to a few of my long distance friends
75. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?  If I'm staying at home, about half an hour, but if I'm going out usually about an hour
76. What do you wear to bed?  I always used to wear pajamas but then I started always getting over-heated in the night and used to just wear the T'shirt half, I've also been wearing nightshirts lately too
77. What was your first concert?  Ahh this is quite embarrassing now but I used to love Take That and I went to see them in Manchester many years ago, I think it was the first gig they had performed just after Robbie Williams left the band.  I thankfully got some musical taste after that and started going to Linking Park gigs :-)
78. Did you ever take dance lessons?  Yes when I was a young child I used to do ballet and tap classes, which I loved and years later I used to go to singing classes as well, they were the best
79. Can you swim well?  No not great, I never really learnt until my teens and even though I absolutely love being in the water and messing around, I'm not a very good swimmer.  Let's put it this way, if I was ever thrown overboard, I would probably drown!
80. Have you ever cried because you were happy?  Yes I think so, the last time was a few weeks ago after got some good news from the vet about one of our little poodles, she's been really unwell and didn't think she would be around for much longer but thankfully now things are looking better :-)

It's a job to get a good picture of Katie, because she's constantly on the go and never keeps still, I wish I had half the energy she has!

81. Would you ever have plastic surgery?  If I could afford it yes, I'm a lot happier and more confident with my body than I used to be and I've learnt to accept it for how it is, but a little boob job would certainly help, being a 'small' girl is not all it's cracked up to be!
82. Can you knit or crochet?  I used to be able to knit really well but I haven't done it for a really long time.  A friend of mine tried to teach me to crochet a couple of years ago, but wow it's hard and I just could not get the hang of it
83. What's your favourite colour?  I love lilac/purple (if you couldn't tell already!!)
84. Do you sleep with the closet doors open or closed?  Closed definitely!
85. Are you a list maker?  Oh gosh yes, all the time!!
86. What is your song of the week?  I've been listening to lots of oldies lately which has been really enjoyable, but I also heard I Know What You Did Last Summer by Shawn Mendes the other day and now it's stuck in my head on constant repeat, I do like it but it's starting to get annoying now!
87. What is your least favourite movie?  I've seen so many bad ones it's crazy, mostly horrors.  The worst one that I saw last was probably 'It Follows', it was supposed to be really scary but me and my bff were just in stitches laughing because it was so bad!
88. What movie/s could you watch over and over again and still love?  Twilight, Transformers, Boondock Saints, Dirty Dancing, The Labyrinth . . . SO many more!!!  Have a look at my Favourite Movies post, if you want to know all the ones I love best :-)
89. Last person you snogged?  My ex boyfriend before we broke up last year
90. What have you dressed up as for Halloween?  I've been an good angel, a witch (several times), a cat, a fallen angel and a devil.  But there's still loads I would love to do, I'm already planning this years costume, I love to pre-plan my costumes, I take these things seriously you know lol

91. Can you change the oil in a car?  Nope, I don't even drive
92. Are you afraid of heights?  A little
93. Do you get claustrophobic?  Not too bad, unless I'm stuck indoors for too long then I feel trapped and just need to get out
94. Do you sing in the shower?  Of course, I sing anywhere and everywhere!
95. favourite type of fruit pie?  Blackberry and apple crumble, hmmmm!! :-)
96. Tesco, Asda, Morrisons or Sainsbury's?  I like most of them but tend to shop mainly in Asda and Tesco.  Also love the clothes in both too!
97. Do you want to get married? Maybe
98. Favourite emoji?  Either the heart eyes (I use it a lot) or the unicorn :-)
99. Do you miss anyone right now?  Yes my little granddad, always

I hope you liked this post, if you can think of any other questions you would like to ask me, just pop them in the comments and if you fancy answering this lot, please feel free to comment with your answers or do your own blog post and send me a link when it's done :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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