VlogTime #85 – Festive Greetings

 

The link to Jamie’s amazing Writing Tracker

http://jamieraintree.com/writing-revision-tracker/

The link to my order form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n8_FDJShc7PDZFOumlTuyhIezM8z5IJnPkxVDU_GLxs/edit

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Glossybox Review – October 2016

I am a little behind with these so I want to post a couple over the next few weeks so we catch up ready for next years boxes…

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It was the basic pink box and I confess I was not initially thrilled when I saw the contents but I will say one product was a very pleasant surprise.

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First up I am going to address the surprise bonus item, this was not the pleasant surprise I referred to though.the shampoo sample was a decent size allowing for a few uses, it left my hair feeling very soft and smooth but I did feel like me hair felt thinner, I handed it over to my daughter and again she agreed it made her hair feel very silky but she felt it made her hair look oily. We both did take wild guesses at what we thought it might be and my daughter guessed correctly in that it is a shampoo from Head & Shoulders, though I would not personally use this for my hair I would recommend it as an anti-dandruff shampoo still.

Next up…

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BEE GOOD Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator

I did like this and at £10.50 it is a similar price to the one I already use. The one thing I did find was it did not seem to last as well as my other product I use, I have to be fair and point out this may be because I did not use it regularly so it probably lasted longer than it should have but I did not love it enough to switch from my regular Naobay one.

Next up…

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NUXE Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse OR

This product confuses me, it suggests it can be used for the hair as well as the skin but comes in a nail varnish style bottle which is very awkward when it comes to getting it out. I looked at the price, I looked again then I shook my head, the price listed is £34. The gold flecks are supposed to give a shimmer…

dsc02131and maybe they would if you were already bronzed shimmering and stood in the sunlight but I found it had very little effect under normal lighting. Overall I felt this was a waste of money, I took it along to a night out and let a couple of friends try it and they shared my opinion both in terms of product and packaging.

Next up…

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Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait -Buttery Lip Cream

I have received this exact lipstick previously via the So Susan Love Lip bag but I was not disappointed to see it, this shade is a barely there neutral…

dsc02135but it serves to work in different ways. These lipsticks are very moisturising and hydrating, the colour pigmentation is good and they last well. This shade offers the option of wearing alone or being worn as a base to put other more drying lipsticks over. At £12.95 the price tag can seem a little excessive especially as the tube is actually cardboard but the designs are bright and fun and the lipsticks themselves are great especially in summer when you need all the moisture you can get.

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UNIVERSAL BEAUTY COSMETICS Secret Flush, soothing Cream Blusher & Lips Stain Duo

Okay I confess I saw this and was not im[ressed, I am not a fan of cream blushes and personally think they are not very flattering on older skin, this was no different but when I took the lid off I liked what I saw…

dsc02140I liked the fact they added an extra layer of protection so that when you removed the normal lid there is an extra clip over cover…

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The colour is somewhere between a dark coral and dusky pink, and though I would not wear it as blush it makes quite a nice lipstick though of course it needs to be applied via a brush, at £15 it is not something I am likely to ever buy but I will definitely use it up.

And finally the pleasant surprise…

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PS…PRO Miracle Pencil

When I saw this I was intrigued, I expected it to maybe do one job well if I was lucky, then I looked at the details on the card and stopped expecting it to do anything. Now, I am not a make up snob but at £2 from Primark I was not expecting a lot but I tried it, the pencil is so much more creamy than I expected, it blends out well and does work as lip and eye liner as well as concealing small areas, I have not really tried contouring my lips with it as such though it does highlight the bow slightly, I was very impressed at this especially given the price tag and would happily try other products from this range and may very well replace this once it runs out.

Lazy Sunday #27

We missed last week due to my illness and the next couple of weeks have rather important days falling on the Sunday, so this is the final Lazy Sunday for this year so I decided to share a couple of extra posts today, hope you enjoy them and thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who share the blogosphere with me.

The first couple are very dear friends who both lost loved ones this year and remind us that no one is promised tomorrow and that this time of year the empty chair can be especially painful.

  1. The wonderfully talented Dallas lost her dad this year, she shared the the painful journey of watching a dynamic man lose his battle against diseases which rob you not only of your body but your mind https://crazytraintotinkytown.com/2016/12/01/for-next-year-i-think-ill-just-be-happy/
  2. Another friend lost her mum and her bravery in sharing the grieving process both before and after her mum’s passing is to be applauded, we protect ourselves so much from the parts of life we don’t want to consider that when we are personally struck it breaks us, only by being brave enough to face the darkness can we really appreciate the light, https://veggiewitch.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/grief-is-a-surreal-place/
  3. I don’t want this to be only about grief so I want to share this awesome blog, they do not publish very often but when they do the photos and knowledge they share blow your mind https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/white-trees-arboles-blancos-arbres-blancs-arvores-brancas/
  4. Next up is one of two posts from the same blog but for very different reasons, so first of all because I love the way this lady keeps her sense of humour when so many others would have given in to despair https://jmgoyder.com/2016/11/29/green-juice-adventures/
  5. The second post is one she put up for her son, because we all have dreams but taking the step to make it happen is always the hardest part, https://jmgoyder.com/2016/11/09/ming/
  6. One from one of my favourite places to read poetry, an alternative look at the festive season https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/christmas-lies-bleeding/

And finally because I believe we should end this one a high something to make you smile

Vlog Time #84 – Illness & Dancing

For all those who have commented about wanting to see what I get up to with the belly dancing group you get a sneak at our tribal routine, just remember this was only the second dance I have ever done in front of people, I don’t have footage of the other and the footage of this is not brilliant but hopefully will put a smile on your faces, if not watching me then watching the other talented ladies though I did crop a group out accidentally with poor camera positioning.

Give-aways & Great Offer

To celebrate the launch of my first novel I have two special treats for you first…

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Let’s start the party a little early with a give-away that will last the full week if you have not already grabbed a copy then from now till Friday you have the chance to get Disintegration and Other stories for free, and please if you get it, read it and love it feel free to leave reviews they are always highly appreciated xxxx

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disintegration-Other-…/…/B00ZP28UPU

https://www.amazon.com/Disintegration-Other-Stories-Paula-Acton-ebook/dp/B00ZP28UPU

Next offer…

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Those of you that have known me for a while know how much meaning this book has, 50% of any profits made from this book go to http://www.cords4life.co.uk/ a charity set up in memory of an incredibly brave little boy, because of that this book will never be posted free on Kindle but I will do the occasional special offer, to celebrate the launch of Ascension I am doing a 99p special on it for this week

https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Across-Void-Paula-Acton-eb…/…/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Voices-Across-Void-Pa…/…/B01GZ5NFPU

And now here are the winners for yesterday’s prizes from the on line event party, don’t forget you can be entered every month into a prize draw by signing up for the newsletter on the pop up here or over at http://paulaacton.co.uk and simply opening the email each month

✯ ☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉☆ Give-away Winners ✯ ☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉☆

I did try to record the draw but technology is working against me with the batteries on my camera dying then my phone refusing to stay put so I could film on that so I hope you trust me when I promise the draw was done fairly…

Give-away One – the bookmark has been won by Dianne Wolfenden

Give-away Two – The bag charm has been won by Giles Bachelor

Give-away Three – The most highly sought prize the mug has been won by Margaret Reynolds

Give-away Four – the brooch has been won by Angelique Renee Hass

Give-away Five – the charm Bracelet has been won by Mandy Gafney

Give-away six – The signed copy of Voices across the void has been won by Angelique Renee Haas

And the big one the signed proof copy of Ascension has been won by Heidi Nicole.

You can find the Kindle version of Ascension on Amazon…

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ascension-Queen-Ages-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01MFFE4NU

https://www.amazon.com/Ascension-Queen-Ages-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01MFFE4NU