If you are looking for unique make-up the Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Collection is worth a look. The partnership between Urban Decay and American painter Jean Michel Basquiat has produced something unique.

Recently I went along to the launch of the Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Collection in Debenhams, Newcastle. If you know me you will know I do not wear make up often. A little eye liner and mascara are usually enough for me. I was looking forward to finding out more about the collaboration between Urban Decay and Jean Michel Basquiat. Urban Decay always have bold and unusual colours in their collections. This is something that appeals to me as I love to experiment with colour.

Urban Decay and Jean Michel Basquiat

Urban Decay have been around since the 1990’s. At that time make up was dominated by reds, pinks and beige and it was hard to find colours like blues, greens and purples. Urban Decay brought a breath of fresh air to the make up landscape with a range of shades inspired by the seedier side of the urban landscape. Their motto, Beauty with an Edge.

The collaboration with Jean Michel Basquiet is apt. He is an American artist who became known as part of SAMO©. An informal graffiti duo who would leave enigmatic art around Lower East Side Manhattan in the late 1970’s. At that time the area was a cultural hotbed. Hip hop, post punk and street art movements were all existing together. Since then Jean Michel Basquiet has been exhibiting his neo-expressionist art internationally.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Collection

The limited Edition Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat Collection consists of 3 lipsticks, 3 eyeliners, two shadow palettes and a blush palette. These all come with Jean Michel Basquiet’s signiture art as part of the design. The palettes come in a canvas casing and can be used as hangable wall art when you have used them.

Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiet collection

Look 1: Using the Gold Griot eyeshadow palette (£35)

The Gold Girot eyeshadow palette features eight neutral shades in browns and golds. If you are a fan of the smoky eye look this palette is perfect for that. To recreate this look use the dark brown over the lid with some lighter brown in the crease. To highlight the brow bone use the white shade. If you want to add some sparkle in the corner of the eye then use one of the Heavy Metals glitter eye liners. Complete the look with mascara.
Urban Decay Gold Girot Pallete being used

Urban decay look with gold girot palette

Urban Decay Gold Girot Pallette

Look 2: Using the Tenant eyeshadow palette (£35)

If you prefer a more colourful look then the Tenant eyeshadow palette is perfect. It has a range of bring and bold colours. You can create a statement look or add a little splash of colour to a more neutral look. I love this range of colours, the greens and blues in particular are striking.

To create this colourful blue and green look use the light green on the lid. Add some of the darker blue and green in the crease and don’t be afraid to take the colour up and out. Finish with some mascara.

Urban Decay Tenant eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Tenant Eyeshaow pallete

Urban Decay tenant eyeshadow pallette

Look 3: Using the Gallery Blush Palette

The Gallery Blush Palette holds two shades of blush, a bronzer and a highlighter. The colours will work with any skin tone and can help you create a contoured look. To recreate this look use the darker brown Jawbone shade to contour the cheeks and temples. This shade also works well as an eyeshadow. Use it in the crease of the eye to add definition. Use the lighter “Now’s the Time” shade to highlight the cheeks, the centre of the nose and the cupids bow on the lips. Finally use the pink “X-rated” to add a touch of colour to the cheeks. This is a nice neutral look that can be worn anywhere.

Urban Decay Gallery Blush Palette
 
Urban Decay Gallery Blush Pallette
 
Urban Decay Gallery Blush Palette
 
I am loving this new range from Urban Decay and am certainly tempted to splash out on some of the products. The Tenant eyeshadow palette is my favourite. Which of these looks do you like best? Let me know below.
 
Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat collection
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How would you like to adopt your very own dragon? Dragon Adoptions allows you to do just that. Why not surprise a loved one with a dragon to look after?

It should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of dragons. These mythical creatures have a strength and courage that you can only admire. It is no wonder that there are many stories and legends about them. In England we are familiar with St George and the dragon. Unfortunately the dragon came to a sad end in that tale. In other cultures dragons are gods. Yu is a Chinese rain god and a beautiful golden dragon.

All dragons share some characteristics. They are large creatures with tails and wings. Dragons love to collect gold and often can be found in caves sleeping on their hoard. When they are not sleeping they fly round the country looking for food.  Some of them breath fire and all of them are intelligent. Often in stories they speak. Dragons are also loyal and if you are lucky enough to befriend one they will be your friend for life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a pet dragon.

Adopting a Dragon with Dragon Adoptions

Recently I was lucky enough to adopt my own dragon thanks to the lovely people at Dragon Adoptions. They believe that by owning your own dragon it will help to unlock your courageous and fearless self. It is hard work to look after a dragon. They need to be fed properly, given love and kept clean. By looking after them well you will find strength inside yourself.  Dragon Adoptions make the whole process of adopting a dragon really easy. You just go to their website, choose the dragon you love and wait for him (or her) to arrive. There are a range of different breeds in different colours so can be sure you are picking one that will suit your lifestyle.

Dragon Adoptions

My dragon is a loveable red baby dragon with sparkly wings. Look at his eyes, how can you resist? He has a playful nature and loves nothing more than investigating his surroundings. The other members of the dragon family were soon playing happily with him. He is not yet aware of his own strength so I need to be a little careful when I pick him up. Fortunately he seems to be settling in well and enjoying his new home.

Dragon Adoptions Dragon

 

Dragon Adoption Pack

Each dragon comes with a dragon adoption pack which contains a certificate of adoption.  The pack also contains a lot of other things. Stickers, badges, postcards and colouring sheets. There is also a dragon mask so you can pretend to be a dragon yourself. When you adopt a dragon a £1 donation is made to charity so you are helping other people. The charities are Alder Hey, Stonewall and Community Integrated Care. With your dragon adoption you also get regular updates from the dragon community.

Dragon adoption pack

Dragon Adoption Pack

I really love the idea of dragon adoptions and I am sure any child would be thrilled to receive a dragon adoption as a gift. It is such a unique idea.

Where can I adopt my own dragon?

If you would like to adopt a dragon of your very own you can do this by visiting the Dragon Adoptions website Here you choose the dragon you would like to adopt. It is a hard choice, they are all so cute. Prices for the Dragon Adoption Combo pack are £23.99 or £26.99. This includes the dragon and the dragon adoption pack. Dragons are also available without the pack for £12.99 or £8.99. The price depends on the breed of dragon you choose. If you just want a Dragon Adoption Pack without a dragon this is £16.99. Rush out and adopt your own dragon today!

You can get a 25% discount on all Dragon Adoptions products by using the code: DRAGON25 in the online checkout.

My dragon still needs a name. If you have a suggestion let me know below.

I was sent the dragon adoption pack in return for an honest review. I did not have to say anything nice and my opinions are my own.

How to adopt a dragon

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A framed photo from HelloCanvas allows you to display your own photo in a beautiful wood photo frame. It is a great way to display and relive your memories.

One of the problems with digital photos is that it allows you to take too many photos. In the days of film it cost money to get photos developed and we were sparing with film. These days most of us have many photos on our hard drives and memory cards. Sadly it is not often they get printed out and seen.  In the days of film I had photo albums and framed photos on display.

Recently I was asked to review a framed photo from HelloCanvas. How many times have you found the perfect photo to frame then been unable to find a frame to fit? HelloCanvas solve this problem. They print out the photo for you and then add the perfect frame. Such a great idea. It allows you to keep your memories alive with a framed photo on your wall.

Ordering a Framed Photo from HelloCanvas

The only hard part about ordering a framed photo from HelloCanvas is choosing which photo to pick. I have so many photos it took me ages to decide which one to use. In the end I chose a photo of my husband and son taken on our visit to the S.S Nomadic in Belfast.  This ship saw service shipping passengers out to the Titanic and is part of the Titanic Exhbition. It is worth a visit if you ever get a chance. After choosing the picture I had the choice of four different wooden frames to display it in. The wooden frames come in black, white, whitewash oak and oak.  You will definitely find something to match your décor. The oak frame was a perfect match for other pictures in my home.

Framed print from HelloCanvas

Photos can be square or rectangular. When you have the perfect photo you just need to pick which size frame you want.  There are three sizes of square frame, the smallest is 8 x 8 inches and the largest is 24 x 24 inches. If you prefer a rectangular frame the sizes vary from 8 x 10 inches to 24 x 32 inches with three other sizes in between. This allows you to choose a size to fit any space in your home.

Delivery from HelloCanvas

After sending my print to HelloCanvas I didn’t have long to wait for delivery. It only took a few days for my framed print to arrive. The print quality of the photo is excellent. The print goes onto professional photo paper and has the protection of an acrylic sheet before framing.  The frame itself is nice and thick and the oak adds a nice finish to the photo. It looks great hanging on my wall.

Framed print from HelloCanvas

HelloCanvas

Sometimes frames can be difficult to hang. There is no such problem with this print. On the back is a metal hook which pulls out to fit any type of picture hook. All I had to do was put the picture hook in the right place and hang the photo. It looks great on my wall.

Framed print from HelloCanvas

What did I think?

I was very pleased with my framed photo from HelloCanvas. The quality of the photo print was excellent and the frame set the photo off to perfection. The delivery was speedy and I love the final product. I now have plans to buy some more of these prints to show off some of my other photos. The range of sizes means I can display the photos in different places around my home.

As well as being a great way to display your own photographic memories these prints would also make a lovely gift. It is a great way to commemorate special occasion. If you have a wedding in the family or a special birthday coming up one of these prints makes a great memory. I am really pleased with how well my photo looks in its frame and will definitely use HelloCanvas again.

Do you have any photos you would like to frame? Let me know below.

I was sent a framed photo from HelloCanvas in return for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

 

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An Imagise personalised clock takes one of your own photographs and turns it into a clock. It is a great way to display your photo memories.

Do you have hard disc drives and CDs that are full of photos? This is one of the problems of the digital age. It is so easy to take lots of photos. It is not so easy to view them.  In the days of film photos always got printed and displayed. Now they sit on computers and are not so easy to view.

Fortunately there are plenty of companies out there who can help and Imagise is one of them. They take your photos and turn them into personalised gifts or phone and tablet cases. The range of gifts include your photos on slates, jigsaws, mouse mats and clocks. These would make a nice surprise and a special gift for anyone.

Imagise Personalised Clock

Recently I had the chance to create my own personalised clock from Imagise. I chose a photo of my dog, Eddie and me which was taken when we were on holiday at Wemys Bay. I was holding Eddie as we went on the ferry across to the Isle of Bute. Usually I take most of the photographs so it is rare to find one of me. The final product looks great.

Imagise personalised clock

Creating your personalised clock

It is easy to create your personalised clock on the Imagise website. First you need to chose clock under the personalised gifts section. When you click the create my design button it brings up the designer. This allows you to upload your photo, add text and the clock face.

How to create an Imagise personalised clock

The designer is really easy to use.  The basic clock face appears on the right and you use the tools on the left to add things to the clock. The upload button allows you to add your photo to the clock face. Once you have done this you can add other things to your design. The background button alters the background colour. Text allows you to add text. Finally you can chose a clock face under the Elements > Shapes menu. You can add different styles of numerals and face designs. When you are happy with your design you can save it and add it to your cart. Imagise then print your clock and ship it to you. Delivery was actually quite fast.

Creating imagise personalised clock

What did I think of my clock?

The clock arrives in a cardboard case which gave it some protection. It was easy to remove from the packaging. After taking out the clock I found it was made of glass. If I had read the information on the website properly I would have known this. The glass gives the clock a great finish and the printing on the photo is good quality.

Imagise personalised clock

The clock takes one AA battery which you will have to supply. It fits in the mechanism at the back of the clock. Once the battery is in the clock runs silently. There is no loud ticking noise. This is a bonus as I can often hear the ticking of clocks at night and it keeps me awake.  The clock can be easily hung on the wall with a picture hook.

Imagise personalised clock

I am really happy with my personalised clock and suspect I may be giving one of these as a gift at some point.

Imagise Personalised Clock Giveaway

How would you like to put one of your photos onto a personalised clock? Imagise are kindly giving my readers a chance to win a personalised clock of their own. If you would like to win one all you need to do is comment on my blog below letting me know what picture you would add to your clock. When you have done this fill in the rafflecopter widget to let me know you have done this. This entry is mandatory. There are only entry options available for subscribing by email, following on twitter and instagram, tweeting on twitter and visiting facebook but these are optional. The more you do the more chances you have to win. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Rules

  • There one prize of a Imagise personalised clock – the prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Dragons and Fairy Dust and Imagise
  • Closing date for entries is on 11:59pm GMT on 17th May 2017
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entrants must log into rafflecopter and leave a comment on the blog answering the question.
  • Optional entry methods are to follow on twitter, visit facebook and instagram, tweet on twitter and subscribe by email.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  • Automated entries will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner’s name will be available on request.
  • Imagise is responsible for prize fulfilment. The prize will be sent within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address.
  • This is a joint promotion between Dragons and Fairy Dust and Imagise
  • Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions

 

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Dealspotr is a deals website with the aim of helping you find deals and discounts to help save you money. When money is tight it is a great way to make sure you get the best deal.

These days whenever I need to make a purchase I always look for the best deal. It is usually possible to find coupons and discounts on-line that help you save money. Often these discount codes are out of date which can be frustrating when you come to use them. Recently I have been looking at Dealspotr. This is a site which aims to bring you the most up-to-date deals, offers and voucher codes saving you money. The twist is that the users of Dealspotr post and verify that the deals work. Each submission made is commented on by others to ensure that you know the deal is live and still works. Dealspotr is a discount site with a social twist.

Dealspotr – How does it work?

When you go to the Dealspotr website you can see all the deals without being a member. This is great if you just want to find a deal without logging in. At first sight it looks like all the deals are for the USA. To view the UK deals just put UK in the search bar and you will see all the deals for the UK.  These range from promo codes to discounts or free shipping, it is easy to find what you are looking for.

Dealspotr

To get the most from the website you need to be a member. This allows you to post deals, update and validate offers and also refer friends. By doing these things you earn points which can be converted into Amazon vouchers. This ensures all the deals are reliable and up-to-date as members gain rewards for keeping it this way. 

You can earn 5000 points by signing up via my referral link for Dealspotr. You need 10,000 points for a $10 Amazon gift card so you will be half way there. 

 

promotional codes

After creating an account you get a list of actions to take to help you earn points. You also have the option to personalise your feed. This allows you to select which deals are relevant to you so they appear on the feed in your profile. You can choose from companies you want to see as well as selecting your interests. Dealspotr will then make suggestions for other stores you might want to follow.

Dealspotr

How to Earn Points on Dealspotr

There are a number of different ways to earn points on Dealspotr. When you get 10,000 you can swap them for a $10 Amazon voucher. If you are a gold influencer you can also get paid with paypal but you do need a blog for this. The main ways to earn points are as follows:

  • Add a new deal – to do this just click on the big blue Add a Deal button on the homepage. dealspotr
  • Validate a deal – use it and prove it works by using a screenshot of your shopping basket.
  • Complete your daily checklist – a little list of tasks that will earn you 200 points. This can be things like share a deal on social media or spot a deal.
  • Refer a new member – you earn 10% of points generated from your referrals

It is a bit of a learning curve to start with but having deals that are checked and verified by a crowd of people can only be a good thing. It means when you go to buy something you are sure you are using a valid discount. You can also earn from verifying the deal yourself. It only takes a couple of minutes to grab and post a screenshot. The site is free and as it gets more UK members there will be more UK deals. It is definitely worth signing up and trying it out.

Do you use any discount websites on a regular basis? Would you use Dealspotr? Let me know below.

 
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