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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...


Giveaway: Nautical Print by PrintKitchen

How amazing are these screenprints by PrintKitchen? I really love the use of colour and the quirky subject matter. The prints above are some of my favourites from the site but there are quite a few different ones on offer there – something for everyone. Each print is limited edition and no more than five are made of each so you get something really unique. I have been collecting one-off prints for the past few years as I would like to have a picture frame wall in my house when I move out, I think some individual handmade prints would look fab combined with photos and keepsakes displayed on the wall.

PrintKitchen have offered you the chance to win one of their limited edition screenprints here on Paperbacks & Postcards, the print you could win is this super cute red anchor – which is perfect for adding a bit of colour to your home. And who doesn’t love nautical themed things in the spring time?

To win the screenprint above you need to fill in the Rafflecopter below:

Please read the terms and conditions carefully.

The lovely Karys at PrintKitchen has provided all readers of this blog with a 10% off code to use on the Etsy shop, enter code: PAP10 before 1st May to get the discount.
Are you a fan of screenprints?


Hair: Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair Intensive Mask



Schwarzkopf – Essence Ultime Omega Repair Intensive Mask - £5.49

I use a hair mask every time I wash my hair, I find that using one in place of a conditioner works best for my hair type. I wash my hair about three times a week so I tend to get through products really quickly. When I saw the new Essence Ultime range from Schwarzkopf I was intrigued, I never buy Schwarzkopf products – occasionally the hair dye but not often. The range was developed with Claudia Schiffer and includes shampoo, conditioner, masks, and oils to target key concerns with hair. I chose the line that is catered to damaged hair as my hair is looking a bit dry and tired lately.

The Omega Repair Intensive Mask promises to repair damaged hair cells from within and to reduce split ends by 95%. The product contains a combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin to keep your hair in check. They suggest applying the mask to damp hair for 1 minute and to use it regularly.

I’ve used the mask for the past couple of weeks and I am very impressed, it makes my hair feel smooth and silky for a couple of days after washing. It smells really nice once it’s applied to the hair, it has a slight cocoa butter scent I think. You only need to use a little bit of product as it does spread evenly on the hair so this 200ml tub should last at least a month. I’ve found with some masks that if you don’t wash them out thoroughly you get a residue on the scalp which feels gross; but this mask washes out very easily and leaves the hair feeling weightless. 

I will definitely be repurchasing this mask and I will be purchasing the shampoo to go with it once I’ve run out of my current one.

Have you tried the Essence Ultime line yet?


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Skincare: Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser



Essential Care – Organic Rose Moisturiser - £7.50*

I’m all about the rose skincare at the moment, it seems to suit my skin perfectly and I’m a little bit addicted to the scent. This moisturiser is the perfect day cream for sensitive, dehydrated skin.

The first thing I noticed was the light, fluffy texture, it reminds me a lot of the Conscious Skincare Body Butter I reviewed last year in consistency. This almost air-whipped texture makes it a dream to apply to the skin, a little goes a long way and it absorbs almost instantly. After a couple of days use in the mornings I noticed a difference in the texture of my skin, it was a lot plumper and my former dry patches were smooth. I have also used this as a base for a tinted moisturiser, I just added a few drops of foundation to a small amount of moisturiser and blended it onto my skin – it gave a beautiful finish and I will definitely be using it in this way in the warmer months.

The Organic Rose Moisturiser is made up of a special blend of ingredients that help the skin; Shea butter, Jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe leaf and rose essential oil are all involved to make sure that the skin is revitalised, restored and protected.

What is your favourite moisturiser?


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Home: Flamingo Candles Parma Violets Candle




Flamingo Candles – Candy Shop Parma Violets - £12*

I have heard a lot of things about Flamingo Candles recently and I really wanted to try one out, I even persuaded the boyfriend that we needed some for our new house. I saw that Sarah was doing a giveaway for the new Candy Shop collection and I only went and won! I never win anything so I was very excited. I chose the Parma Violets scent as they are my favourite sweets of life.

It arrived a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been waiting for my Nan to go out so that I could burn it properly (She doesn’t let me light candles because she thinks I will burn down the house… no trust!). I burned it last night and oh my! I wouldn’t say it smells like Parma Violets to be honest but it does smell amazing, to me it smells like fresh washing. My room smells like laundry, is there a better smell? It will be a nice ‘living room candle’ I think, perfect for springtime too as it’s so fresh.

I will definitely look into getting some more Flamingo Candles when I move out and I’m allowed to burn them whenever I like.

Have you tried Flamingo Candles yet?


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Skincare: Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic



Odylique – Calming Rose Super Tonic - £15*

This product has the most genuine rose scent that I have ever come across, it smells exactly like the rose bush my granddad used to have in his garden. It is a little bit of a shock to the system when you first spritz this on your face as the scent is very strong but it dies down quickly and has quite a calming effect.

The Super Tonic is a multi-use product which can be used as a cleanser, toner or a hydrating mist to moisturise the skin in the warmer months. I’ve been using as a mist for when my skin is flagging throughout the day, I like to mist my face with it when I first wake up to give my skin a boost from the off. By the time I’ve been to the loo and brushed my teeth my skin is prepped and primed ready for my moisturiser and make-up – it really makes a difference to my skin as it reduces redness and gets rid of any dry areas. I have also noticed that my skin feels a lot softer after use and that I need to use less moisturiser than I used to. I also use the tonic throughout the day to wake my skin up a little bit if it looks dull, it does a really good job at rehydration – your skin glows after using it for a few days.

The tonic is extra-strength so that the skin can fully benefit from the essential oils, antioxidants, polyphenols and phyonutrients. These ingredients are specially blended to stimulate cell regeneration, calm redness and to balance the skin’s natural acid level. The fragrance of the product is very calming and soothing and perfect for evening use, it would also be fab for nervous flyers on an aeroplane – hydration and a bit of aromatherapy!

The Calming Rose Super Tonic is 100% natural and organic and is suitable for vegans.

I would definitely recommend this product, my skin has been on the up ever since I started using it.

Do you have a favourite toner?


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Nails: Naked Glow


Model’s Own – Hyper Gel in Naked Glow - £5

I love a good nude polish and with all the hype surrounding the new Model’s Own Hyper Gel polishes I thought I’d check out their nude offering: Naked Glow. It’s quite a beige nude with a neutral undertone, I like this as so many nude polishes have a pink or mauve undertone and just look weird on my skin rather than neutral. I found the application difficult with this polish, it took a lot of coats to reach opacity and there was a little bit of bubbling on a couple of my nails. I do really like how it looks though and it lasted a good few days on my nails without top coat.

I don’t think I would repurchase any of the Hyper Gel Nail Polishes though, I prefer the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shines!

Have you checked out this range yet?

What’s your favourite nude polish?


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Beauty: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer



MUA Luxe – Velvet Lip Lacquer - £3

The MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer’s have been on my radar for a few months now, my Superdrug is rubbish though and didn’t have any of the MUA Luxe products in until recently. When I spotted the Velvet Lip Lacquers on the shelf I was a little bit excited, they only had 3 of the shades available and the two pink shades looked quite similar so I just picked up these two: Reckless (Red) and Funk (Pink). I was interested in the red shade as I am a die hard fan of the Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet – it’s my go-to red lip nowadays, I was interested in how the £3 equivalent would fair.



I’m impressed with these products, they are cheap and they work quite well. They apply to the lips a little thickly but that’s not really an issue, the applicator is quite large though so you do have to be super careful not to get it all over your face – you can see a little bit of bleeding in the red shade above. Once you’ve applied these and let them set they really do stay put, they don’t budge at all – it was really difficult to remove them actually. They give a perfectly matte look to the lips which I really love as I dislike glossy finishes most of the time. I will definitely pick up the other shades if I see them, the purple looks interesting.

Have you tried these out yet?


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Nails: Monochrome with Jacava London




Nail Polishes by Jacava London - £14.50 each*

I love a bit of monochrome so I was delighted when I opened this package from Jacava, 4 new nail polishes to play with! I always think you can really tell the quality of a nail polish brand by their black and white polishes and these are fab. The black is opaque in one coat and the white in three coats which isn’t bad at all. My middle nail is also coated in the matte topcoat by Jacava, I’m not normally a fan of matte nails but I do quite like it on black – looks a bit like a blackboard. The black nail polish, Jet Black, has just become my favourite black.

I will definitely be checking out more polishes by Jacava if the others are anything like these.

What’s on your nails at the moment?


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Love Me Beauty Box: March Edition 3 + GIVEAWAY

Love Me Beauty Box: March 2014 – Menu 3*
Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription service; each month there are three boxes to choose from. Each box contains 4-5 products in with a mix of full size and sample size things. The box costs £10 + P&P and is available any where in the UK with a letter box! It’s really nice to pick which products you receive each month as there are no nasty surprises. I really like this aspect of the Love Me Beauty box as it’s what has put me off other sample boxes like this, I want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth and not being left with a box of things I don’t like.
This month I chose Edition 3 which has some really amazing products included, and as a little bonus there are 6 products! There is a good range of items, something for skin, body, bath and a beauty item. There are 3 full size items and 3 sample sizes, but the samples are very generous.
In my box I received:
  • Murad - Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask - £4.16 (sample)
  • Blanx – White Shock Toothpaste - £2.50 (sample)
  • Nip + Fab – Viper Venom Eye Fix - £19.95
  • Deep Steep – Foot Stick in Candy Mint - £3.60
  • Quintessentially English – Bath Salts in Vintage Bouquet - £2.12 (sample)
  • The Vintage Cosmetics Company – False Lashes in Gracie - £6
     Total = £38.33
I’m really excited to try out all of the products in this months box, I love the skincare bits and I’m excited to try out the bath salts. The toothpaste is already one of my favourites so it’s great to have a fresh tube to take on my travels with me.
There is one product I know I won’t use though, the false eyelashes, I never wear falsies and struggle to apply them. So I thought I’d do a little giveaway for those.
If you would like to win the Gracie lashes from The Vintage Cosmetics Company just make sure you are following via Blog Lovin’ and leave a comment below with your Blog Lovin’ link and a way to contact you.
I will choose a winner at random on Monday 17th March and get the lashes posted out ASAP.
Have you tried the Love Me Beauty box yet?


Money: Spending Ban Summary


So it’s March now which means I’m allowed to spend some money again, I got paid on Friday and spent quite a lot. Oops. Always the way, every single month. I am now back on the wagon. I was quite pleased with how I managed to spend most of February penniless and didn’t miss buying things that much. I am going to give it another go this month, I need to make sure I have some money left at the end of the month as I won’t be getting paid as much as I usually do due to a change in job.

I have lots of birthdays coming up in March and April and it’s Mother’s Day so I don’t really have a lot of spare cash to spend on myself. I will be trying to sort out everyone’s gifts with this month’s wages so that I don’t feel the pinch even more next month.

I would like to thank you all again for the supportive comments on my Money posts, I am starting to change my habits for the better because of you!

Will anyone be joining me on a Spending Ban in March?


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