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Tanya Burr Nail Polishes

August 15, 2014 in Health & Beauty, Make Up

I love nail polish. There, I said it. So when I was asked if I wanted to try some of the polishes from Tanya Burr’s new colour range with eye CANDY obviously I said YES!

If you aren’t familiar with Tanya Burr, she shot to fame through her Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blog and her YouTube channel. She’s a “beauty guru” and creates makeup looks & tutorials that even I have a hope of achieving! Working closely with eye CANDY, she has released her own range of nail polishes and lip glosses….and I was lucky enough to be sent 3 to try!

Left to right in photos below - Peaches & CreamPenguin Chic and Mini Marshmallows.

First things first, the packaging…

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I love the Tanya Burr signature logo on the bottle and the heart on the lid. Aside from the cuteness it makes them easy to spot in my nail polish collection!

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However the hearts are just stickers on the lid and do look a bit grubby now. Also, the square lid comes off a couple of the polishes really easily, leaving you to tackle the circular lid underneath. Hardly the end of the world, just something to note.

Obviously it’s what’s inside the bottle that’s most important so I’ve tried & tested all three polishes over the past few weeks.

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The colours of all three polishes are gorgeous. The swatches above show two coats on each nail. In practice though I had to put three coats of the Mini Marshmallows (right) on my nails to ensure it was opaque.

The formula is good. It’s easy to apply and dries quite quickly between coats which is great. I hate sitting about waiting for a coat to dry, don’t you?

As for the wear….well I wore my usual top coat with all of these polishes and I started to get chipping after about 4 days. For me, this is a fairly average wear length. I’ve spoken to my sister though and these polishes last a lot longer on her nails so I guess it’s just a personal thing.

These nail polishes retail for £5.99 on the Superdrug website. It’s worth noting though that Feel Unique have some of the shades (including Penguin Chic) for £4.99 so it’s definitely worth check both websites before ordering.

My final thoughts? I liked these polishes, with Penguin Chic being my favourite. The shades are gorgeous and they are easy to apply. However, for me, they didn’t last as long as some other polishes of a similar price, or less. That said, the 10 colours in the collection are lovely and I do have my eye on some of the other shades… Little Duck looks gorgeous! So the wear length wouldn’t put me off buying other shades in the future, but I would probably hold out for a 3 for 2 deal or similar.

Have you tried the Tanya Burr polishes yet? What’s your favourite shade?

We were sent 3 polishes for consideration. As always all opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in this post.

Back To School Bargains

August 4, 2014 in Kids, Thrifty

It’s that time of year again, back to school. So we’ve had a browse online to provide you with a round-up of some great Back To School offers….we do love a bargain!

First things first, if you are ordering online make sure you check out Topcashback and Quidco. By clicking through these sites before you buy you will earn cashback. We’ve been using them both for a long time and they are fantastic! We’ve put the associated cashback rates in brackets. Oh and, as always, we aren’t affiliated with anyone or making any money through these links, we’re just sharing them with you.

Right, so on to some bargains….

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1. At WHSmith you can get £10 off a 24 pack of Sharpies when you buy any Back To School stationery. Looking at the website you could get a ringbinder and 24 Sharpies for a total of £8.23! BARGAIN! There are a few other deals over at WHSmith including 3 for 2 on stationery essentials & up to 20% off academic diaries. (7% cashback on stationery purchases)

2. We love the look of this Weekly Planner (£2.75) from Wilko. They also have 3 for 2 on stationery. (4% cashback)

3. ASOS have these cute notebooks in their sale (3% cashback).

4. This scientific calculator is in the Ryman 3 for 2 offer. (8% cashback)

5. As well as this cute letter tray in their outlet, Paperchase have a couple of deals on at the moment, 3 for 2 and 4 for 3. (8% cashback)

6. Debenhams have this gorgeous pencil case in their sale. (3% cashback)

7. Cath Kidston have some lovely things in their sale. We thought the roll of Sticky Back Plastic down from £12 to £3.60 would be perfect for covering school jotters. (6% cashback through Topcashback, 5% with Quidco)

8. Most of the supermarkets have 3 for 2 on stationery at the moment too. From Thursday 7th August ALDI will have these 89p ring binders!

 Have you grabbed any back to school bargains yet?

As always there are no affiliate links in this post. We’re just sharing some of the bargains we’ve found online.

What We’re Loving – July Favourites

July 30, 2014 in Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Magazine, Make Up, What We're Loving

July Favourites

 

1. The Commonwealth Games have been brilliant!

2. Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid (sample in Birchbox). This is light and makes my skin look great.

3. Mollie Makes Blogging. It took me a while to get my hands on it but I’m glad I did!

4. Argan+ Indulge & Relax Bath Foam. Smells fantastic!

5. Bees Knees Sheer Lip Lube Pencil (sample in Birchbox). Love the colour, feel and scent of this.

6. Pantone Espresso Mug is perfect for morning coffee.

7. Days Are Gone by Haim is my favourite album this summer.

What have you been loving in July?

Project B Box 4

July 24, 2014 in Gifts, Maternity, Services

A fantastic surprise turned up recently, another gorgeous Project B pregnancy box! This one is aimed at 25-29 weeks and was hugely appreciated when it came through the door. If you missed my (Liz) post about the previous box, weeks 20-24, you can find it here.

Project B is a subscription box service for pregnant ladies. They offer 7 boxes to see you through from 12 weeks to baby’s arrival and at £14 a month they are definitely a bargain as the contents often far exceed that value.

So what did I get in my latest box?

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St Eval Candle Company Tranquility Scented Tin. This is gorgeous and doesn’t half make you relax after a busy day. (RRP £9)

A couple of sachets of bio-oil which put off having to buy more for a couple of days more. (samples, RRP £8.99 for 60ml)

BLOOM heartwarming Rooibos Tea (pack of 20) and taste pretty good. (RRP £2.95 for 10)

Pregnancy Relaxation CD giftcard worth £10 to help you feel not quite so scared of labour!

Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm which is a very luxurious moisturiser designed for everything. (RRP £6.99)

Weleda Firming Day Cream (7ml sample) (RRP £23.95 for 30ml)

 

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Eisberg Alcohol-free wine (Rose). (RRP £2.75)  Truthfully I was expecting this to be awful but it was actually pretty good. Although it does definitely lack alcohol it’s about as good as a pregnant woman can hope for!

 

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And of course their fantastic leaflets with advice, ideas and general information.

This was such a brilliant box with some really high quality products. Again, I’m really impressed and feel nice and pampered!

Thank you to Project B for sending this box to Liz. All opinions expressed are completely our own and, as always, entirely honest.

Introducing Dippy Egg & A Giveaway

July 21, 2014 in Closed Giveaways, Crafts, Gifts, Supporting Small Businesses

It’s no secret that I love sending cards. I love the idea that a wee envelope in the post can make another person smile, remind them how much they mean to me, or that I’ve been thinking of them. So, obviously, I love buying cards too! Well in fact I love to buy stationery in general. Is there a word for a stationery addict? It feels like there should be but I can’t find one.

Anyway…I love to discover new brands and to find stationery that’s a bit different. So when I happened upon Dippy Egg through askherfriends.com I knew I had to place an order.

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My cards arrived really quickly and are just as beautiful, perhaps even more-so in real life! The quality is great, the designs are gorgeous. I love them!

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So who are Dippy Egg? Well Dippy Egg is an illustration and graphic design studio based in Cardiff, run by Lucy Daniels. Lucy designs all of her own products and has a great variety to choose from!

Printed Cards

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35 designs in her printed card range

Handmade Cards

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over 200 handmade and personalised card designs

Boxed Notecards

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a selection of boxed notecards

Girls, Girls, Girls cards

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12 designs in her fashion illustration style cards

 Gift Wrap & Tags

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a range of gift wrap and tags!

Lucy doesn’t restrict her talents to stationery products though; she does branding, book design, illustration commissions…the list goes on. Really she is such an incredibly talented lady! You can see examples of her work over on her website as well as her contact information if you want to get in touch with her.

Lucy has very kindly put together a surprise pack of goodies for one lucky Strupag reader to win. So if you want the chance to win this Dippy Egg Prize Pack simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below.

NOTE – There are no mandatory entries so you can do as many or as few as you like. However please do be honest, we do verify all entries!

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Good luck!

If you’d like to purchase some of Lucy’s cards you can do so on askherfriends.com or alternatively check out her list of stockists, which includes other online stores.

To find out more about Dippy Egg and Lucy’s work visit the Dippy Egg website.

Thank you to Dippy Egg for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always there are no affiliate links or anything like that here. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.