Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Well the festivities have got the better of me! What with buying and wrapping presents, working ridiculous hours in the run up to Christmas and frantically packing to come back home for a few days I have really neglected the old blog :(

Hopefully however from next week things should be back on track!

So all I would like to say is Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and and great New Year!

I will leave you with a lovely little video - I know puppies aren't just for Christmas but aaaaaawwwww!




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Feel Unique Beauty Box December 2011






















I received my second Feel Unique Beauty Box today and thought I would do a review post on it as I am really happy with the box! I was hoping the box would be great as it is the Christmas box and all in all I am really pleased. It is such great value for money and I think I will get use out of all the products included.

Firstly like always it comes in the cute little drawer box which I can't wait to stack up to store all my beauty bits. This box was focusing on finishing touches and although I was hoping for a bit of glitter and sparkle it is definitely full to the brim of great products.

1. Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser - 30ml - approx £3.50
Strangely I was looking at the Clarisonic Cleansing Brushes this morning before the box came through I was really intrigued. I don't normally suffer with bad skin but since working in London every day I have found that I have more break outs and uneven skin tone. I am hoping that even without the brush this cleanser will still help rid my skin of impurities. Luckily it is suitable for sensitive skin too which is great for me as this time of year I get really dry and sore patches on my cheeks and nose :(

2. Figs & Rouge Sweet Geranium Balm - 8ml Full Size - £3.49
I love a good lip balm and at the moment I have 4 different ones in my handbag! This one is 100% organic and has a lovely delicate fragrance of geranium which isn't too floral. The texture is very soft and soothing and was absorbed quickly without feeling sticky. The balm can also be used on face and body so I will definitely be trying it out on any dry patches.

3. Nails Inc. Polish Oxford Circus - 4ml - approx £4.40
I love anything diddy and this polish is no exception. I like Nails Inc. polishes and I think the pastel candy pink colour would look great in a cupcake nail art design or with a matte topcoat. It is a nice little addition to the box.

4. Tigi Bed Head Sugar Dust - 1g Full Size - £9.35
I was a little disappointed at first as there was a very similar Schwarzkopf product in the November box but since I am constantly battling with lack of texture and lift in my hair I am quite pleased to get another product to try. Once again it is a full size product which is great!

5. Annick Goutal Mandragore Eau de Toilette - 25ml - £21.67
I am always a little wary with perfume samples as I don't really wear it. I love that this one by Annick Goutal is 25ml - which is half the size of the full size bottle. The bottle itself is a simple rectangular design in deep pink with a gold lid and gold decoration. It feels expensive and luxurious. The scent itself is really interesting. The card describes it as 'a magical potion' and it definitely has a mysterious edge. It smells spicy and warming and I actually really like it. It is quite potent to when first applied but it mellows down nicely.

6. Living Nature Cleasner, Toning Gel and Day Cream - Samples
As I mentioned before, at this time of year, when the weather is changing on a daily basis I suffer from very dry and sensitive skin. I am constantly on the look out for new products to try and these samples from Living Nature full of Manuka Honey look great.

Approximate Total Cost - £42.41!!!

What are your thoughts on Beauty Boxes? Do you subscribe to any?






Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekly Round Up 1

weekly round up 1

1. I have finally started making Christmas presents. We have decided that for most of our family we are going to make little food and drink hampers. My first task was to make so Asian Chilli Jam a la Lorraine Pascale. It was so easy and looks really tasty!

2. I have started making all sorts of bits for Polka Dot Dreams including boxes, tags and stationery. I also ordered some die cut stickers from America which are amazing!

3. Yay! My first sale! I am perhaps a bit over excited but I was half expecting never to sell anything. However a girl in Kent will soon be the proud owner of my first ever fox double ring!

4. This week Bramble has been very odd. One minute she is calm and soppy, the next she is crazy and running around all over the place. One thing I can guarantee though, is that after a long walk she will sleep for ages!

5. Although we have put the tree up, decorated it with all manner of lights, tinsel and home-made decorations and put tinsel and baubles all over the flat, I still cannot walk past a Christmas shop without going in. More often than not I end up buying a little something, which is how I came to own this little fella!

6. On Saturday I met my Mum in London with a view to visiting Winter Wonderland but we decided against it because it was crazy busy. Instead we spent the afternoon wandering up and down Kensington High Street, which was lovely. I was mainly browsing as I don't really have any money to spend on myself but I fell in love with this sausage dog dress by Yumi - and it was half price!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Polka Dot Dreams is Open for Business

So after my little sneak peak a week or so ago I have finally opened my Polka Dot Dreams Jewellery Folksy shop!! I have always wanted my own business and although I am only at the beginning of what I am sure is going to be a very long and hard journey but I am so excited!!

At the moment I only have a few pieces in the shop but I will be slowly putting more bits and pieces up over the next couple of weeks. So please do pop over and have a look and let me know what you think!!


Black Cat Double Finger Ring

Cupcake Brooch

Fox Double Finger Ring

Panda Double Finger Ring

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holidays are Coming Part 3

So here is the next instalment in my Christmas craft tutorials. One of my favourite Christmas activities is putting up the tree. I love a tree that is full to the brim of baubles, tinsel, lights and decorations! I love collecting different ornaments and I could spend hours looking around Christmas shops!

As money is a bit tight at the moment I decided to make some salt dough decorations after being inspired by these gorgeous stamped ones and these beautifully intricate snowflakes. They are really easy to make and and all the ingredients and supplies are ridiculously cheap! So here we go!!

Holidays are Coming Part 3 - Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

All you need to begin with is salt, flour and water! I used 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and 2 cups of flour. We had run out of plain flour so I used bread flour which worked really well. I just popped all the ingredients in a food processor and mixed it up until a ball formed. I then turned it out on to the work surface and kneaded it for a few minutes until the dough was soft and pliable. You are then ready to make your decorations!


I collected all my cookie cutters together and then just started rolling and cutting.


I experimented with stamping and different shapes cutters.

 

My favourite decorations were simple shapes that I then imprinted with a wooden stick like the one above. Just make sure you pierce a hole in the top for the thread to go through so you can hang them up!


Although I do love my Santa! I used a garlic crusher for the beard!


I then baked them for about 4 hours in an oven on the lowest temperature which was about 80oC as you are drying them out more than cooking them. I them coloured some of them in with felt tip pens and used some sparkly nail varnish to make some glittery. Then just threaded some red wool so I could hang them up.


Close up of crazy Santa!


I also pressed some glass beads into some of them before I baked them




I am really pleased with them and they were really addictive to make (I ended up making 3 lots of dough!)

What do you think? Have you made any tree decorations this year?

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