Thursday, 23 February 2017

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: Stool Makeover

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed my posts on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? I was updating a little stool that I had as a child. I've been in the middle of making changes in the house and decided I wanted to update a few bits of furniture to reflect those changes.

I loved taking on this project for myself, and I really enjoyed it. I've never used chalk paint before and popped into a local stockist of Annie Sloan products, and they were great at giving advice. So onto the stool, I firstly gave it a wash down with some soapy water and allowing it to dry. I went in with the first coat of paint after stirring with a lollipop stick and used the shade, Provence. One coat wasn't enough with some of the natural wood still coming through, so I gave it a second coat the next morning. The second coat was more difficult to work with, almost dragging the first coat of paint off. On advice I got on Facebook from Maison Moli a specialist in upcycled furniture, I watered it down and that worked perfectly, also they were very kind with giving me tips. I didn't want the stool to be perfect; this stool has been through the wars with me since I was nine, and it was made by a friend of the family for me and I've cherished it all these years. For the last few years, the stool has been my seat for the dressing table and I love it.

The stool lacked something for me, so I made my way back downtown and bought a pretty stencil and another shade. The shade I used was Henrietta for the stencilling and I was pretty chuffed as the two shades I picked are a running feature in this house. The stencilling was in no way perfect, I used a brush to apply but I used way too much, which in turn caused it to bleed. I can live with that as this chair was not meant to be perfect in every way.

I finished off by using the Annie Sloan Soft Wax Clear, this I didn't like working with at all as you have to do it in small parts and wiping off the excess. The wax changed the colour of the paint at first, but this was nothing to worry about as once dry it went back to what it was. I'm delighted with the results and it didn't take long to do at all. It was a practice round for a table I would like to do in our hallway. I ended up practising one more time on a smaller table in our know because now I'm obsessed and can't stop. I had enough left in my small 100ml cans and wanted to use it. 

I used the rest of the Henrietta and again applied two coats, and used Provence for the stencilling. The stencilling worked out much better this time as I used an old kitchen sponge cut up and lightly pressed over the stencil. Lillibug even helped out on this project. I don't have a "before" image of this little table, but it was bad and I was tempted to get rid of it before making it a project. I'm glad I tackled it because now it's Lillbug's bedside table! I finished it off using the wax, but once again the wax and I just don't get on, however, I will get the hang of it.

The small 100ml sample pots and are around 9.00 really do go a long way as that's all I used for these two projects. I barely used any of the wax so that goes even longer.

So what do you think of the final look we created? It was fun and I'm looking forward to tackling some more furniture, would you be interested in another post when I do the hall table? Let me know! I hope you enjoyed reading, as this is a very different topic for me!

*NO PR Samples contained within this post. and not sponsored

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Netflix: Stranger Things 2

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. 

One of the less terrible things about 2016 was Netflix's original series "Stranger Things". A paranormal, sci-fi, 80's homage that caught the imagination of younger and older viewers, the show has quickly become on of the true crossover shows that Netflix has put their name to, along with "House of Cards", "Making a Murderer" and "Orange is the New Black".

Halloween will be an exciting time for "Stranger Things" fans, as it's the approximate release date of Season 2 of the 80's set series. What we know so far is very little apart from the following: The new series takes place a year after the events of the first, with almost all of the main cast returning, with a few new additions. As you'll see from the images below, Winona Ryder and David Harbour return as Joyce Byers and Jim Hopper respectively. Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer are also back as Jonathan Byers and Nancy Wheeler, and we also see the four boys from season one, this time as a full unit unlike in the first season where Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) spent most of the series in the "upside down". 

One of the pictures gives us a clue as to what movie the boys were fans of in 1984, the year the season is set. We also see Sadie Sink as the mysterious Max, of whom not a lot is known about at this stage. Conspicuous by her absence in the most recent set of images is Millie Bobby Brown who played Eleven in season one. She has been confirmed, but as to what role she'll take, who knows! 

Take a peek at the photos below, and check out the trailer too! 

What do you guys think? Excited about returning to Hawkins, Indiana?


Monday, 6 February 2017

January Favourites 2017

I'm back everyone! It has been so long since I last had a blog post up, but it's good to be back. I've kept up with you mostly on Instagram over the last few months. it's one platform I never get bored of using. I thought the best post to do for my first post back, and the first post of 2017, would be some favourites.

I've had the majority of these products a while now, the newest item I have is the Clinique Crayola Chubby stick and my first time to try one of the chubby sticks. All of these I'm reaching for the most and are working for me and what I need. I will admit I have worn little to no makeup the last few months, but when I do the following are what I know I will reach for time after time.

I'm a huge fan of the First Aid Beauty range since I tried out some of their products earlier last year. New to me this year (thanks to hubby) is the Facial Radiance Pads (€13.95 - €28.95) and Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream (€35.95). Of late my cheeks have developed some texture so the radiance pads are doing great tackling the problem. They are gentle to my sensitive skin and no breakouts have occurred. The pads contain Glycolic and lactic acid which helped my pores and the clarity of my skin. The sleeping cream is really comfortable to wear at night and not tacky. My skin takes on a whole new level of glow when I wake up in the morning and it even feels more toned. I've also noticed since using this that it has done a great job of moisturising my worst dry spot between my eyebrows, which makes my foundation look soooo much better!

Okay, okay I'll admit it, I was very sceptical about trying the Moxi Loves Removal Eye Catcher (€5) What could make these better than me using a cotton bud with some cleanser? Well, one I can't carry around a cleanser and a host of buds. Two, these babies have a tough action cleanser inside and you snap to release the cleanser. These are great at cleaning up my wonky eyeliner and fallout from shadows, and any mascara that goes astray. I'm enjoying these and as someone who hates using eyeliner, this is actually making trying out new ones more fun and enjoyable because I can have cleaned up in a jiffy when I go wrong. They are individually wrapped so always have some in my bag for on the go.

Overall I haven't tried much from the Balm, but this palette has changed that for me. This contains only the best from the Balm's products and rolled it into one travel-friendly palette. Meet In theBalm of Your Hand (€39.95)

You have a mix of blushers, eyeshadows, one bronzer, and two lip products. Some of which double up like some of the blushers can be used for eyeshadows. Plus one of the lip products can be used as a cream blush. If you would like a full review on this palette, please let me know in the comments.

So if you haven't heard Clinique joined up with Crayola to make an 8 piece collection of Chubby Sticks (€20.00) for lips. The Chubby Sticks have been a cult favourite in the blogging world, but this was my first time to ever try one (shocking I know). They are a handy go-to moisturising balm with a hint lip colour, some of more than a wash of colour and are more intense. I picked up Mauvelous which I'm loving and really really want to pick up more of these. Also, who can resist a bit of childhood nostalgia when it comes in the form of makeup.

I picked up my first Makeup Geek eyeshadow (€7.20) last year and can see myself growing a collection of these.  They come in a beautiful array of colours to choose from, wear really well, and are affordable. I have a separate post about these shadows coming soon, where I will talk more about the colours I have. I do love that these come magnetised and you can pop them straight into a Z palette. I currently have six shades one of which is a duo chrome. Have you tried the Makeup Geek eyeshadows yet? Let me know your favourite shade in the comments.

I have a swatch of the shades for you and the picture was taken in natural light, some look similar but work very differently once on.

Lastly, the *IsaDora Matt Fixing Powder extends the wear of your makeup, it helps keep a shiny forehead from looking like a beacon of light (I'm talking about my own because my forehead is so high). My favourite thing about the fixing powder is that it doesn't leave my skin looking flat, but leaves it radiant and imperfections blurred.

I hope you enjoyed my January favourites, and it's good to be back sharing my beauty finds with you again.

*PR Samples contained within this post.
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