Personalised Gifts + Christmas Cards with Snapfish

Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2016

Personalised Gifts + Christmas Cards with Snapfish
I have featured Snapfish on my blog previously and I've also bought quite a few items for family myself as I love how quick and easy it is to create personalised gifts that look fantastic and are so special. Everyone who has received a gift from Snapfish has loved it and it's especially nice to receive a photo gift or personalised item for Christmas!

As well as amazing photo gifts, they have have an option for photo/personalised cards including Christmas cards. Family photo Christmas cards would make a lovely surprise for family or you could create a friends card with a group photo too. I've kindly been allowed to pick a few items from Snapfish to personalise and review:

*Snapfish Christmas Cards (£1.99 each)
I chose three cards, one for my grandad with photos of myself and my sister, one for my auntie with family group photos and one for a friend with a group photo of us and our closest friends. I chose the designs: Confetti Christmas Joy (which is my favourite), Bright Merry Christmas Lights and Christmas Wood and Leaves. All three designs are unique, festive and would make a lovely, special cards for family and friends. You can not only add photos to the front of the card but to the inside as well which is what I have done for all three of the cards. Here are some tips for family photos from Snapfish:

  • Get an extra pair of hands or alternative use a tripod and remote 
  • Make sure you get the best lighting you can, whether it's natural or artificial 
  • Festive or formal wear is always best 
  • Photo props can make great additions to group photos as well as family pets - don't leave them out
  • Keep it fun and maybe tell a story with the photo 

Personalised Gifts + Christmas Cards with Snapfish
They also make photo gifts too including notebooks, canvases, prints, keyrings, cushions, coasters, phone cases, calendars, magnets, Christmas ornaments and more. I've made a few photo books via Snapfish, either with a voucher that I've been sent or with my own money and they are fantastic but this time I opted for a cute mug and keyring.

*Snapfish Porcelain Mug (£8.99)
They offer a range of mugs but I chose this lovely porcelain mug which is dishwasher and microwave safe. You can add your own photos or you can add photos to an existing pre-made design which is what I did. I picked one from the 'friends and family' options and changed it with text and photos so it would make a lovely gift for my mum. The photos can out really well, I love the design and I know my mum will love it!

*Snapfish Keyring (£2.99)
The final item is a cute keyring that I've made for my dad featuring one of my favourite photos of myself, my sister and my dad together when I was around four years old *in a cute dress, that I wouldn't mind having now!*. The photo is printed on both sides and the plastic is scratch resistant so it should last for years.

Overall, I couldn't recommend Snapfish enough for amazing and special christmas gifts as well as lovely christmas cards that would make anyones christmas! I've bought items from Snapfish myself and everyone who has received a Snapfish gift or card has always been happy with them. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

What do you think of these Christmas gifts and cards? Have you bought anything from Snapfish? Will you be gifting any personalised or photos gifts this year? 

Tegen Hair Accessories

Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tegen Hair Accessories
Hair accessories haven't always been something that I bought or used growing up *apart from the glittery butterfly clips and velvet alice bands we all had in the 90's* but this year I have been wearing more clips/claws so I don't have to have my hair tied up but I still have it off my face. However, all of the hair accessories I've bought have been cheap and easily breakable, I've lost count of the number of hair clips, grips and bobbles that I've managed to break - in comes Tegen Accessories to the rescue!

Tegen Accessories make luxury, high quality hair clips, claws and barrettes that are unique and handmade in France. They have such a wide range of products from clips, fascinators and hair extensions to headbands, grips, scrunchies and so much more. They stock products from a range of designers and they offer free delivery on orders of £25.

*Large Arched Bow Barette (£24.95)
All of the items came really well packaged and beautifully presented with tissue paper and cute organza bags so they'd make lovely gifts. The bow barrette is so cute, it's very 60's in my opinion and it stays really securely in the hair and it would be lovely as a detail on up-do (my SD card annoyingly became corrupted a couple of weeks ago and I lost the photos of the hairstyles I tried with these clips as well as over 500 others but on the Tegen Accessories website they have great hairstyle photos!). It's made of strong acetate and steel so there's no way I will end up breaking it!

*Vintage Floral Barrette (£14.95)
This gorgeous barrette is created by British designer Rosie Fox and it is definitely my favourite item from the lovely accessories I've kindly been sent. I adore the vintage, classic style and the sparkly stones. As with the previous barrette it feels very durable, well made and secure although for me it is a teeny bit heavy but it looks gorgeous and would be perfect as part of a Christmas party or New Year hair style, I mean just look at how pretty it is!
Tegen Hair Accessories
Now onto the more everyday hair claws/clips that I've been using pretty much everyday as I work from home and I don't want to have my hair down as it's just irritating when I'm trying to work but when I have my hair tied up, it can give me a headache so hair clips and claw grips are SO useful. Until now, I've only tried cheap ones from Primark and I've broken so many over the years but that will not happen with these three.

*Wavy Teeth Hair Claw (£4.95)
This little clip has been perfect for everyday to keep my hair off my face and unlike some hair claws/clips it doesn't pull on my hair or slide out easily. I love the simple but unique design, it holds all of my hair better than bigger and cheaper clips I've tried. There are three other colours to choose from and the price ranges from £2.95 to £4.95.

*Octopus Thick Hair Claw (£8.95)
I used to wear my hair up in a bun so much when it was shorter but now my hair is very close to waist length and I end up using 6+ bobbles as well as kirby grips to keep it in place and even so it gives me a headache and falls out halfway through the day. However, with this I can have my hair in a bun all day without being too heavy and without a million grips and bobbles!

*Square Hair Claw (£16.95)
The final accessory, if I'm complete honest, isn't my favourite of the five items I've been sent but it still works really well to secure my hair and keep it off my face while being comfortable and lightweight. I have the 'Prada Style' design but there are six others to choose from - the 'Onyx' one looks so unique and pretty!

Overall, I'm really impressed with all of the hair accessories I've been kindly sent and I don't think I could go back to cheap hair clips and grips now as they will feel even more cheap and brittle. The quality is fantastic and I adore the Vintage Barrette and the Octopus Hair Claw the most. I've been using them so much since I received them a couple of weeks ago and cannot recommend them enough - I know the price for a couple may be a little high but the quality is amazing and there are others that are really affordable. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

What do you think of these lovely hair accessories? Do you wear hair accessories?

Pebble Grey Mirror + Everyday Makeup Routine

Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Pebble Grey Mirror + Everyday Makeup Routine
Applying my makeup at this time of the year is becoming increasingly difficult because of the lack of natural light - I always apply my makeup in my office next to the window so I get as much natural light as possible but with the dark mornings and gloomy or snowy days, it's not the best conditions to apply my makeup. In comes the Pebble Grey Illuminated Mirror:

*Pebble Grey Sara Magnifying Vanity Mirror (£84.49)
I've wanted to try a magnifying, illuminated mirror for so long; I've had compact mirrors that were illuminated but I can't apply my makeup like that unless it's on the go. The mirror is main powered, there's no set up process and it has a 3x magnification side as well as an LED illuminated ring (almost like a ring light). The LEDs are energy saving but they are still really bright; the combination of the light and magnification means that I can see my skin in all it's close up grossness...

I've been using the mirror every day since I received it and I couldn't imagine doing my makeup during the dark autumn and winter months without it. I mainly use the non-magnified side with the light on to apply my makeup and I use the magnified side for my brows. The only negatives for about mirror is that it's a little pricy and the cord could be a teeny bit longer but other than that I couldn't recommend it enough and I've been using it constantly!
Pebble Grey Mirror + Everyday Makeup Routine
The mirror looks sleek and expensive on my desk and it so quick and easy to use on a daily basis. As well as the mirror I've been using a lot of the same products consistently over the past two months as my skin can be so dry and eczema prone during the colder months so I have a range of products that are failsafe items I can use everyday.

First up for my base, I don't usually use or stick to a primer but I can't stop using the Too Faced Hangover Primer. I have been using the Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation which is a perfect shade match, it blends easily and it is great on my dry skin (unless it's super dry and flaky, gross). I've been setting my makeup with either the Vichy Setting Powder or the Essence Fixing Powder for most of the year and I love both powders - I can't recommend them enough.

For brows, I use the Eylure Brow Pomade in Mid Brown which is a product I wasn't initially impressed with but after some practice, it has become my favourite brow product ever as it makes my brows to defined and fuller while remaining natural. However, if I'm just staying home then I'll use the Eylure Brow Amplifier. My tweezers and eyelash curler of choice for the past week or so has been the gorgeous Tweezerman rose gold offerings *heart eyes emoji*.

My mascaras of choice over the past few months have either been the Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara, the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara or the Tom Ford Extreme Mascara - all of which are fantastic!
Pebble Grey Mirror + Everyday Makeup Routine
Lastly for lips, I've been loving the Makeup Revolution Lip Balms and the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita recently and I can't recommend them both enough especially if you have dry lip, which I tend to have all year round *lucky me* but more so at this time of the year. Also I've been loving the NYX Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt which is a gorgeous 90's nude shade. Oh and the brush I've been using the most have been the Ecotools Powder Brush and the amazing Tweezerman Contour Brush.

What products have you been loving recently? Do you have an illuminated/magnified mirror?