Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jewellery Hangers

A: If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably have about 100 half started projects kicking around your house. I always get really excited about something then get bored of waiting for glue to dry/run out of glitter, then I get too excited about another project and start that one. But I’m pretty proud to say that I started and finished this all in one evening (with the added help of my hair dryer). So what is this wondrous project I hear you ask…

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Ta-da! I don’t know where I got this idea from, so I’m gonna take the credit for it – but as you can see, I have copious amounts of jewellery. This used to all be stored in a vintage wash basin on my dressing table. I used to get so annoyed at trying to find a particular necklace to go with an outfit, and now they are all hung up so I can see them.

I started by finding three vintage style wooden hangers on eBay, these cost £4.50 for all three but I was checking nearly every day for a couple of weeks to get such a bargain. Then, the night they were delivered I nipped to my local DIY shop and bought two different types of screw hooks (you’ll see a close up of them in a minute…so carry on reading!). These were 99p per packet and I bought two packets. As soon as I got home, I hunted out my bottle of PVA glue – used a cheap one from Wilkinson’s for this. I then went into my tissue paper draw (yeah I have way too much craft stuff) and chose three different patterns – one for each hanger.

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To apply the decoupage coverings and add the hooks, I took the following steps;

1. Lightly sand the wooden hangers, this helps the glue stick.

2. Shred the tissue paper into inch wide strips.

3. Apply the first layer of glue to one area of a hanger and add a strip of paper, continue this until the hanger is totally covered and then coat the whole thing in glue. This part can get really messy but it’s fun!

4. This is the boring part, waiting for the glue to dry (or get the hair dryer out like I did!). Once you finished the final layer of glue though, you can carry on with the other hangers.

5. Once they are dry you need to start adding the hooks. I didn’t work out the spacing on these properly (another example of being too excited) I just went by eye but I think they look okay. You need to start the holes with the end of a sharp knife to make sure they get a good bedding.

6. I then started screwing in the hooks. I used two hangers for open hooks to hang necklaces and bracelets, and one hanger for closed hooks to hang earrings (the pink, orange and gold patterned). Whilst screwing the hooks in, I made sure they were all facing the same way when finished. I did use a pair of pliers to make sure they were tightly secured.

7. Hang them on your wall and start filling them with all of your goodies!

So for a total cost of £6.48 I’ve got a really unique storage system, which I can easily add too if I need to and change to suit the decoration of my bedroom. If you have a go at this, you can let your imagination run wild and add glitter, ribbons, buttons or whatever else you can find. I think I may start making them for presents!

What do you think to my jewellery hangers? #twolittleowls

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Review: Body Shop Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

C: if you are a regular twolittleowls reader you will know that I got this in a haul about a month ago, and after using it for this amount of time I feel like I can now share with you a detailed review on how well it works!

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So what does the Body Shop say about this product? This sumptuous cleanser removes all traces of make up, whilst leaving skin lovely and soft. It is also suitable for sensitive skin – something I can definitely test out!

So what did I think of it? Well I can’t describe it better myself! I absolutely love it. It removes all of my make up, it’s only problem being my Benefit They’re Real mascara, but after a second swipe all of that is gone too. My skin is left amazingly soft, and as I have dry skin it really helped keep my dry areas moisturised without making the rest of my skin oily. I could even skip moisturising some days!

It also did not irritate my skin in anyway, and is so gently you can rub it into your eye area to remove make up with no sensitivity. For £12 I would definitely recommend, as I have been using it for a month every evening and I have barely made a dint in it! Amazing value for money in my opinion.

Have any of you guys tried this? I know it is pretty popular with beauty bloggers so let me know what you think! #twolittleowlsblog.

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Regis: Holiday Hair Beauty must-haves

A & C: Regis Salons have recently launched their *brand new* online store, and we’ve had a bit of a gander to find our favourite products for sun protection in this lovely weather. We both have long, super thick hair so hair care is pretty important to us, and after we saw their competition lauch – we knew we had to give it a go.

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DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Shampoo

“Achieve beautiful, vibrant, energized hair with DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Shampoo 350ml which revitalizes and protects your hair.”

DESIGNLINEUltimate Radiance Conditioner

“Get the beautiful, vibrant hair you want with DESIGNLINE Ultimate Radiance Conditioner 355ml which instantly detangles, heals and conditions hair.”

We had to include these as a pair, because they are SUCH bargains and it’s always nice to have a shampoo and conditioner as a set. Designline is also Regis Salon’s own line of hair care. The shampoo has a sulfate free formula which removes chlorine (perfect for days spent in the pool!) and impurities without stripping the moisture from you hair.

And if your hair is feeling dry because of too much time in the sun, Regis recommends the conditioner because it replenishes hydration and provides ultimate smoothness – leaving your hair with a radiant shine. What more could you want? They cost just £8.99 each – a baragin and available here if you’re as tempted as us.

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DESIGNLINE Olive Oil Restoring Oil

“Rich in vitamins and antioxidants DESIGNLINE Olive Oil Restoring Oil is just what you need to create sleek, smooth styles with no frizz.”

Another pick from Regis’s own range, olive oil based products are perfect for sun and uv protection. This has been designed to soften and hydrate your hair, leaving your hair looking and feeling amazing. You can find it here for £11.49.

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DESIGNLINE Hydrating Balm 

“If your hair is in need of a bit of moisture then our stylist recommend DESIGNLINE Hydrating Balm 250ml which will leave your hair touchably soft, moist and supple.”

Regis introduce this as a ‘spa day’ for your hair, and after you’ve worked hard for all those hours relaxing in the sun, your hair would be in a need of a treat – and this looks perfect. £11.49 is pretty reasonable for such a luxury, you can find it here.

Click here to visit the Regis Salon Online Store!

What’re you top hair picks for sun-damaged hair? Have you used an of these products? #twolittleowls

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The Lust List: Annie’s Part 3

A: Following my Pixi Lust List and MAC Lust List, I thought I’d better show you my Nars Lust List. I found this one a little harder to put together because I pretty much need all of the Nars products in my life and I don’t own any at the moment – disasterous.

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Matte Mulitple: Exumas

“Vibrant pops and sensual sun-kissed modern matte hues for lips and cheeks. Used dry it delivers a burst of high-impact color; used wet, color melts into skin with an imperceptibly smooth, sheer finish.”

I’m a sucker for a multi-use product, especially if it’s matte. The colours available in this are amazing and look really pigmented, and I really like the fact that this can be used either wet or dry to give a different finish. This is £30 from the Nars website, for a duo product that’s not too bad and the size looks good value for money too.

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Instant Line & Pore Perfector

“The ultimate in form and function for targeted, effortless application. This artist essential instantly smoothes fine lines and reduces large pores to immediately create a smooth even surface for foundation and makeup application. “

If this does what it says on the tin, then I’m sold. I have huge pores, but I try to avoid products like this because they just get in my skin and clog my pores even more – vicious circle! BUT, this is a lust list, which implies that I would have lots of dollar to buy these things, meaning I would buy this if I could because it might just work wonders! It’s priced at £20 – pretty resonable for a high-end primer type product. You can find it here if you’re as tempted as I am.

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Orgasm Illuminator

Light the skin from within. A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous.”

A cult classic. I’m still desperatly seeking the perfect ‘dewey look’ product, and this looks pretty promising – £22.50 and available here.

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Trio Eyeshadow Delphes

“A trio of harmonious, color combinations of eyeshadow shades. Worn alone or together, all Trio Eyeshadow shades feature micro-fine powders that are highly pigmented, longwearing and crease resistant. Color glides on smoothly, evenly and blends effortlessly.”

Okay, I need this. I am a total eyeshadow convert, and although I don’t wear a lot, these colours are perfect for me. Pallettes are perfect because you can use the colours alone, as a duo or as a trio. These are sparkling sheer peach, matte dove grey and frosted sage. Beautiful, and £33 available here.

What are your Nars lusts? Are you lucky enough to have any of these? #twolittleowls

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Our Favourite June Instagram Moments

A & C: June is nearly over which means we are closer to getting out the jumpers and wooly hats ( we know we shouldn’t be wishing away the summer but jumpers and wooly hats are exciting!). We thought we would put together a collage of our favourite June moments, just for you all to enjoy!

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Quite a few exciting things happened this month, we went to a Summer Ball so we had exciting outfits and make up to plan. We also had our Birchbox deliveries, which is always something to look forward to!
We both had a couple of cute ootd’s, and wishlists for the summer – which featured topshop, a standard in a wishlist for us! Our lipstick collections were assessed – and we both decided we obviously need to buy more. Chloe discovered a new brand, mother number 2 got her a Kiko cosmetics lipstick and nail varnish from Italy, click here to find out more!
Last but not least, the Cosmo Blog Awards competition closed this month and we appreciate every single one of your votes – it means so much to us and we love to hear your feedback!

What are your June highlights? #twolittleowls

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FOTD: ginger2’s hen do!

C: I went out for the beautiful Nadine’s hen do on Friday night – it was amazing! Well… Strippers are gross but I had an amazing night with the ladies! So here is how I did my make up:

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I went for a full base (mac of course) and a silver/grey smokey eye. Because I went all out with my eye make up I went for a pink tinted lip rather than using lipstick. Which was one of the no7 lip crayons – amazing chubby stuck dupe.

Base: Benefit Porefessional, Mac Matchmaster foundation, rimmel powder, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, the Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter and Mac blusher.

Eyes/Eyebrows: ELF eye brow kit, Korres Mineral eyeliner, Rimmel liquid eyeliner and Dior eye palette.

Lips: no7 lip crayon.

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The Lust List: Annie’s Part 2

A: So here’s the next post in my Lust List series, I posted my top MAC lusts here yesterday.

Pixi Beauty is another brand I’ve had my eyes on for a while now, it’s been popping up all over the blogosphere and their website is beautiful. I haven’t got any of their products, but the packaging looks really high end, and I adore the cute and coordinating mint green throughout all of the ranges. There’s also LOADS of reviews on the website. I mean tonnes, and every single one that I have read is so complimentary of the brand. Another thing I love about the website are the descriptions of what each product is formulated to do, and the natural ingredients they contain and how they benefit you.

Here’s what I’m desperate to get hold of…

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Glow Tonic

“Oxygenating. Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For normal to dry, aging and sensitive skin. Alcohol free.”

I’m sure this is at the top of a lot of beauty wishlists right now, it’s so highly reviewed and said to really give your skin a healthy ‘glow’.  You can buy it here on their website for £16.

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Cat Liner Brush

“A super slim angled brush that gives eyes a feline flick with minimal effort. This brush can be used with gel liner, liquid liner or powder shadow and is the perfect tool to create a retro eye.”

I am super intrigued about cat liner brushes because although I love wearing liquid eyeliner every day, it does become a bit of a chore. I can’t break the habit though, my eyes feel naked without it! I really want to give this a try and have a go at creating the look with eyeshadow, for a less defined and more natural finish. The brush costs £12 and you can buy it here.

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Flawless Beauty Primer

“This product is my holy grail! It hydrates my skin, gives me a radiant glow all day, plus makes my makeup stay put.” -Petra

“Even, flawless skin tone is the sign of youthful healthy skin. Sometimes we need a little help with the glow from within. This primer is the perfect solution; the formula is loaded with skin loving ingredients. Formula contains powerful anti-aging and skin fortifying benefits. Formula suitable for all skin types.”

Beneficial Ingredients and what they do:

  • Pearl extract for revitalization, protection and anti-aging
  • Vitamin E increases skin elasticity.
  • Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
  • Vitamin C has revitalizing and nourishing benefits.

As Petra, the creator of Pixi Beauty, says herself this is her holy grail. Pixi Beauty use so many beneficial ingredients to help improve any of those pesky flaws we have, and this product covers them all. You can find it here for £20.50 – pretty pricey so I would hope that it lives up to all of it’s expectations!

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Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar

“Awaken lips with this super-nourishing balm. The unique formula is rich but lightweight and gives a gorgeous wash of colour to lips – it’s the perfect pick-me-up anytime! Packed full of beneficial ingredients, this balm soothes lips immediately & nourishes them long term.”

Pixi’s lip balms contain shea butter to nourish and vitamin E to protect, which is perfect for an everyday balm – but the colour range also has beautiful brights for a more dressy look too. My favourite is the Honey Nectar – a lovely nude/brown which is my favourite tone for lip colours. These are really reasonably priced at £8 so I may just have to treat myself, if you want to do the same click here!

Do you have any Pixi products? What are your Pixi lusts? #twolittleowls

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