NANOBLUR 10 years younger in 40 seconds- Yay or Nay?

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What is Nanoblur?
IN ONE WORD… MAGIC!
Nanoblur is the latest beauty sensation that is sweeping across the nation like a witch on her broom at Halloween!
Everywhere I go I hear people mention this product, my friends are wanting to try it, little grannies on the bus are whispering to each other about saving their pensions so that they can turn the clock back and look 65 again, school mums are wanting it to avoid the expense of Botox and fillers.
If you haven’t heard of Nanoblur yet then where have you been? I’ll tell you about it.
Nanoblur is not skincare. It is quite simply tomorrow’s high technology, today. It is not a cream. It is a suspension of millions and millions of particles that refl ect light perfectly in billions of directions to make the skin’s surface appear completely flawless. Within seconds, pores appear to disappear. Fine lines appear to vanish. The skin texture appears nearly perfect. With one application on any skin surface (even on your hands), you will be convinced that Nanoblur will make you look up to 10 years younger in a matter of seconds. It’s just that simple…
So in short – a miracle in a tube!
Nanoblur was designed to give the skin an appearance of having been airbrushed.
Within 40 seconds of application you’ll see pores and lines being smoothed out and filled and you’re left with the perfect skin.
I went to the UK launch of Nanoblur and we were advised to use it on top of foundation but I can’t say that works for me, I believe the best method is dabbing it on to the skin after moisturiser and letting it settle for a minute or so and then apply your foundation..
I shall demonstrate what sort of effect you can expect -on my hand as I am not sure anyone wants to see my face that up close to be honest.
These pictures were taken in the space of 2 minutes, same place and same light.
I applied a small blob of Nanoblur, rubbed it into my and watched it smooth my hand out.
It has the same effect on the face- HOWEVER I have to say that for me personally I am finding it difficult knowing where to apply it as I don’t really have any wrinkles (that’ll be all the anti ageing creams I use ha!) and when I did use it I found I looked very matte and “perfect” and I am aware that I might be in minority but I quite like a glow and a bit of facial depth and imperfections.
In my opinion I would liken this product to L’oreal Studio Secret Primer. Which coincidently is a product I always have in my collection .
This product does really do what it says on the tin, as we saw demonstrated at the launch party  where a lady had half her face don with Nanoblur, we could clearly see where the forehead lines stopped midway across..
The best bit is probably the price, I really think its reasonable at £19.99 and easily available at Boots.

A few make up storage ideas

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Storing makeup can become a problem when you have enough to open a shop, and I am personally still looking for the perfect solution- a place to store it all, in one unit however I fear no single unit would be big enough.

However in the mean time I am using all sorts of different boxes, baskets and drawers to fit it all in.
I thought I’d show you in case anyone was after a small makeup storage place.

Muji is a shop full of storage solutions and quite well known for their acrylic drawers and units.


I have 3 sets of their acrylic drawers, two small ones and one large one.

In the small ones I store some of my lip glosses as shown in the picture and in the other one I store some of my single eye shadows – my palettes don’t fit in sadly, so they currently live in a wicker. basket.

The large Muji drawers are not shown as I currently have necklaces in that one.
You can see their selection of acrylic storage on their website which is www.muji.eu
Then in the pictures you can see a acrylic lipstick holder, which is along the same lines and design as Muji but it’s actually from John Lewis (£10)
It houses approx 25-30 lipsticks – ideally I’d need one of these about 3 times bigger!
Then I’ve shown you some white wooden towers from Matalan (£22 each) that have 4 drawers each and to give you an idea how big and deep the drawers are, I’d say one drawer holds approximately 10 foundation bottles. So one drawer is actually quite roomy!

These are quite nice on display in the bedroom or bathroom- but of course they’re still not the perfect solution as they don’t hold everything.

So that’s what I do for now- the rest are stored in various big white wicker baskets and boxes until one day when I hopefully find a large enough unit to house it all.
If you have done a storage blog post please feel free to leave your link below so I can pop along and get ideas.

Tissue Paper Flowers

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Tools and Materials

Tissue paper
Crepe paper
Pipe cleaners
Floral tape
Pinking shears
Barrette
Ribbon
Hot-glue gun
Kids’ Paper Flowers

How-To

1. Cut out five 4-inch squares of tissue paper; stack, and fold into quarters. Draw petal shapes along the two folded edges. Cut out shapes, and unfold.

2. Bend one end of a pipe cleaner to form a round nub. Use the other end to pierce a hole in the center of the stack of petals; pull it through to form a stem.

3. At the flower base, scrunch the petals closed so they resemble a loose pom-pom. Wrap floral tape around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem. Pull the layers of petals apart.

4. Cut out five 4-inch squares of tissue paper; stack, and fold into quarters. Draw a quarter circle along the two folded edges. Cut out shapes with pinking shears; unfold.

5. Bend one end of a pipe cleaner to form a round nub. Use the other end to pierce a hole in the center of the stack of petals; pull it through to form a stem.

6. At the flower base, scrunch the petals closed so they resemble a loose pom-pom. Wrap floral tape around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem. Pull the layers of petals apart.

7. Using two different colors and the pinking shears, cut two pieces of tissue (or crepe paper) into rectangles whose lengths are 6 inches and whose widths vary (ours were 2 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 inches). Center the smaller rectangle on top of the larger one, and fold, accordion-style.

8. Pinch the folds in the middle; hook the end of a pipe cleaner over them, and twist it. Fan out the paper until the ends meet. Lift up the small layer to form the daffodil center; trim with pinking shears. Wrap floral tape tightly around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem.

To fasten a paper flower to a barrette, cut the stem to the length of the barrette. Lay the stem along the barrette’s top (the bottom of the stem should be at the barrette’s opening). Starting at the top of the stem, attach the flower by wrapping with floral tape. If you choose to add a leaf, secure with the floral tape as

DIY Glittered Pumpkins

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This fall craft idea is so fast and easy that my daughter Ellie was able to help me out.

Here are 2 different looks you could use to make a glittered pumpkin:

(Above) No paint. Used Diamond Dust.

(Above) Added orange glitter and then added some fine glitter.

SUPPLIES:

Glue
Paint brush
Paint (optional)
Pumpkin
Glitter (I like Diamond Dust)
Pan
Newspaper

(OR if you are planning on making the darker orange pumpkin:)

FIRST: Buy Pumpkin(s).

I like to go to Micheals and buy the fake pumpkins so I can use them for the next few years.

SECOND: Put out some newspapers down and get a pan for the extra glitter to fall into.

NOTE: IF you want a different color on the pumpkin, make sure you paint the pumpkin and let it dry.

THIRD: Squeeze some glue in a small area and even it out with your paint brush.

(It helps if you have someone to help you hold the pumpkin in place.)

FOURTH: Sprinkle the glitter over the glued area.

FIFTH: Repeat step 4 and 5 over and over until finished. Try not to make a “seam” each time you start glueing, because it will show up thicker later.

SIXTH: Shake off any extra glitter and let it dry.

Just a note: I think it took me longer to write this up and post it than actually making it!

A few more example:

(Used embossing powder on the pumpkins above.)

Thanks Martha Stewart for the inspiration!

Holiday Vinyl On Glass Blocks

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This is one of the cheapest and easiest Christmas decor projects! And it’s cute!
All you need is:
1) Glass block(s) from a Home Improvement store – I got mine at Home Depot for less than $5.00 each.

2) Ribbon from any craft or ribbon store – I got mine at “Ribbons & Lace” here in Mesa, AZ. The ribbon seen below is not actually what I used – because I needed something wider. Ribbons & Lace has a Holiday Ribbon section with lots of ribbon wide enough for this project.

3) Holiday vinyl to rub on the glass block. You can get that from us. It’s also very cheap – LESS THAN $5.00 A PIECE INCLUDING SHIPPING!

Step #1: With the vinyl, peel off the waxy paper backing, and make sure the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.

Step #2: Apply the tranfer tape to the glass block. Make sure to position it in the center and then rub the tranfer tape back and forth a few times.

Step #3: Carefully remove the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle.

Repeat with the overlay if you purchase a piece that comes as a 2-color overlay (the star that dots the i below is gold).

See, it couldn’t be any easier! Mine are going to be great fillers for the cubbies on my entertainment center. I want everything in it to be Christmas-y!

You can also decorate with vinyl words on glass block. It doesn’t have to be just a Christmas decoration. Order your favorite quote by clicking here for vinyl customized by you.

Ribbon Ornaments

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I saw some really cute ribbon ornaments in the Pottery Barn (Winter 07) catalogue. I didn’t think they were extremely expensive, but I knew I could make them for a lot less.

I could not stop thinking about them, so I decided I’d better just make them.

(Thanks PotteryBarn for the inspiration.)

I got some Styrofoam balls (3 different sizes), and some straight pins at my favorite craft store.. Michaels.
Next, I looked thru some ribbon & picked out a few coordinating prints.
Then, I got started!

The ribbon ornaments were so easy to make! Here are some quick directions:

Cut the ribbon to overlap about 2 inches on the ball.
Once the ribbon is overlapped, put a straight pin through the Styrofoam ball. Keep doing this around the whole ball, one row at a time.
Before you pin down the last piece of ribbon, make a loop with a coordinating ribbon for it to hang and pin it down.
 After you make the loop, pin in the last piece of ribbon.
If you want to hang a ribbon going the opposite direction, do it very last.

Hang on your tree, or wherever else!

Have fun.

Polka Dotting Nails

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As we have mentioned before-
WE’VE GOT THE HOTS
FOR POLKA DOTS!
Polka dotting nails is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1) Paint nails the main color.
2) Put a small amount of the polka dot color on a paper plate.
(FYI: I have used nail polish & craft paint. I think that the craft paint is easier to work with.)
After your base color is dry, use your craft embossing tool and start adding the dots to each nail.
(FYI: I like to use the smaller side of the embossing tool for all the smaller nails…)
3) Add a top coat and let the nails dry.
Also a great idea for those girly girls that are going back to school!

Mini Candy Apples

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We found this great idea in
We tried it & we thought that you might like it, too.
Great idea for after school snacks, back-to-school parties, or Halloween festivities!
Heres the info from Family Fun:
RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
4-inch lollipop sticks
Melon baller
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
Small paper candy cups
1. First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry. 
2. Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.
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Since we tried it- here are some extra tips, etc.:
* Place the sticks in styrofoam so the candy coating dries before placing the apples in the refrigerator.
* After the candy coating is dry, then place the candy apples in their paper cup.
 * Carmel sounded so good…. but we could never get it to work! The Carmel just slipped right off of our apples.
* The chips have to be just the right tempature. Don’t melt too much at once. It drys out fast.
* To keep the candy coating melted longer, put a cooling pad under the glass.
* We also used chocolate/peanut butter chips, & white chocolate. Everything turned out tasting great.
ENJOY!!!

We Are Back!

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After almost 10 years, wer are finally back at it again with some amazing new decoration ideas and cooking recipes for you! Sorry for the delay but you know how stressful life can be. Hope you enjoy the new blog!