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In the past few years since I was about 18 I’ve only had one hairdryer and I was perfectly happy with it, I didn’t use it much because I try not to put heat on my hair too much – as it used to be really badly damaged. Until a few months ago that is!
GHD are a company, also known as Good Hair Day, that sell straighteners, brushes, accessories, hairdryers and curlers – all round good stuff for your hair in my opinion!
This hairdryer is around the same shape and style as your average hairdryer, it’s just got a bit of a longer cable and is something really that gets used in salons a bit more. It’s where I first spotted it in my salon – that was when I decided I wanted one.
This hairdryer is 2100W so it’s a fairly high powered dryer – it definitely has enough power to dry my hair a bit quicker, my old dryer was really slow and took about half an hour to dry and I’ve not even got that thick hair. This one though thanks to the power, dries my hair within fifteen minutes and dries it in a great condition. You can either have it without a nozzle on, or two different concentration nozzles on – I use the thin and wide one because it seems to dry my hair a lot faster for some reason.
It has ionic technology which is meant to help keep frizz at bay, which for me it does as my hair is normally quite frizzy after blow drying a combination of this and Moroccan oil does the job to eliminate most of my frizz. It’s nice when I’ve dried it and if I brush it at the same time it goes quite straight as well which my old hairdryer didn’t seem to do so well, once it’s dry and straight I stick the cool blast button on and it cools it like that. Really does make my hair so much softer and feel much better than my old hairdryer. The beauty of it being GHD is it’ll last for years, even though it only comes with a one year warranty it’ll last me a lot longer!
It’s comfortable to hold in both hands, it’s powerful and it does its job what more can you ask for!
This hairdryer is on various websites and seems to be around the price of £99 if you don’t get it on offer. Total bargain!
As most people who know me are aware, I’m a fiend when it comes to nail varnish I absolutely love it I just can’t help myself when I see one I have to have it if it’s a pretty colour. When I find a colour or a brand I like I do spend too much money on them not going to lie!
Essie are a company that are relatively new to me, only been popular with me for the last two years or so but it’s a company that’s been out there for a while selling a more high end nail varnish.
This nail varnish is a deep purple – described as a smoky plum colour. It’s a deep colour, very rich and looks very luxurious!
So Essie always come in a lovely squared edge bottle, with a white brush handle and a spot on the top telling you the name of the colour – with ESSIE written down the sides of the bottle. It’s a good sized and comfortable to hold bottle full of polish, the brush that comes attached is fairly thin compared to a lot I’ve used but it doesn’t hamper the application at all – I can happily apply and have a full coat done on both hands quite quickly. Luckily too, this Essie polish doesn’t seem to take very long to dry which means if you’re in a hurry it’s perfect!
Mine is only on with one layer because it’s so dark I never feel the need to stick more than two coats on at time, because it really doesn’t need it. My advice though if you’re putting on one coat, get a good top coat to stop it from chipping – that said it does have good staying power even without. I tend to keep mine on for as many days as I’m off work, but by then it’s rarely chipped so I can’t complain. When it comes to taking off, I give it a good soak with a cotton ball on each nail and it comes off very nice and quickly with minimal to no nail staining – with or without a base coat!
It’s a lovely colour, that looks good with whatever you’re wearing as it seems to look different shades varying on the light you put it in. I really like this nail varnish!
I got mine from TKMaxx for £3.99 a bottle, but it’s also available for £5.95 on Amazon.
Up until five years ago I was a girl that only ever used cheap hair straighteners, I never had the money or the will to spend £100 on a pair of hair straighteners. All that changed when my ex-boyfriend decided for my 20th birthday he really wanted to treat me, and when I opened the wrapping – there sat a pair of GHD IV’s in Black!
GHD are a company that makes hair products, from brushes, through to curlers, straighteners and dryers!
These straighteners are black and slim-line, they have gold coloured plates and a salon length cable – with a 30 minute heat cut off sleep mode.
From the very first time I used these straighteners I knew I’d never want any other pair, knowing how well they worked since I’d previously had them used on my hair in the hairdressers. I had been aching for a pair for a very long time – they’re such a simple pair of straighteners to use, turn them on leave them to heat up. The light on the straighteners go from a solid red, to a flashing red when heated and make a funny little bleeping noise. Once heated off you go, run down your hair and you might find it takes a couple of times to make it really straight – but it will get there and it will stay that way. Obviously depending on how well your hair holds a straight style – but brush through with some hairspray and it will keep it smooth even though the straighteners will do that for you!
The beauty is these straighteners will also curl your hair, trap a good sized section between the two plates – twist and pull down and you’ll have a good old curl ready and waiting for you. I find that as well as the straightening factor that last, the curls seem to last in my hair a lot better than with a normal curling wand. I don’t know what it is about GHDs that make my hair like to play ball, whether it’s something on the plates or just the heat they give out but I never have a better hair day than when I’ve used my GHDs. Whether it be straight or curly they make my hair look great, and now I’d never be without them!
You can still purchase these from the GHD website for just £99 but I’ll soon be upgrading to the V’s purely because of the colour!
You’re probably all going to think I’m ridiculously lazy when I say this, but some mornings when I get up at 5.45am I am far too tired and really uninterested in doing a full face of make-up. So instead I use this lovely face base to cover my skin and at least make myself look slightly awake, before going to work!
I got this in an offer a couple of years ago, fell in love with it and now always have it there as a backup!
This face base comes in a lovely round compact, with the powder in the bottom, a layer in between one side is the mirror and the other comes the sponge applicator.
This face base is marketed by The Body Shop as, a foundation and a powder in one – wet for high coverage and dry for light matte finish.
When I first got this I had only ever had a few dealings with The Body Shop, never really used their make-up before mainly been a girl that liked their bath products. So trying their make-up was a delve into the unknown really, I picked this because I’ve always been someone that needs a lot of powder due to an oily t-zone. For the wet option, it’s not something I use often – as I have normal foundation for that, and to be honest as good as it is I like to keep this as a powder rather than wetting up the compact really. It does work as a wet foundation and it does stay well but it’s not as good as a regular liquid foundation in my opinion. As a powder though it’s fantastic use the sponge it comes with, rub over the powder and then rub onto your face – I cannot rate it highly enough. It will seal on a liquid foundation and keep it there for hours if you’re struggling to make it last, it will take away shiny bits in a flash, or just give you good coverage on naked skin. Best of all it’s all natural because it’s the Body Shop, so no nasty reactions and so easy to take off at the end of the day!
A great base, or powder that gives good coverage even on naked miserable looking skin – no complaints from me!
At only £14 I think it’s quite a catch really, for those days where a full face of make-up really isn’t on the agenda but you need to give your skin a little bit of coverage!
Mascara is a weakness of mine, a real weakness I really can’t help myself when I see a new one or try a new one – it’s quite a bad addiction of mine and that’s why I have a good four or five mascaras in my drawer at home! I really need to stop buying them, but I have become very selective over which brands I buy now and it does depend what kind of reason I’m wearing mascara too!
I originally tried this mascara when I got a free trial of it in a magazine!
The mascara is listed here as an all black tube, however my latest tube is black, with a silver lid. So I think they must have changed the design recently.
So this mascara is marketed as, a lusher, plusher, bolder lashes for a dramatic look!
I was pleasantly surprised the first time I used this mascara, I’d never really dabbled with Clinique before – I’d more been a Lancome girl when I’d bought premium brand mascaras. The brush is a normal round barrelled brush, with a slightly tapered end that is apparently good for the outer lashes. I find if I do a bit of a blink at the same time I put my first coat on it gets right to the base of my lashes and goes all the way out to the ends, it gives me a great covering even from one coat. However I do add more than that depending on how much of an effect I want to give my lashes. For work I’ll just go with one coat, but for a day or night out I’d go for a two or three coat effect and compared to my natural lashes they look absolutely stunning – almost fake. For a day or night the mascara lasts really well, I’ve not had a problem with it flaking under my eyes, eyeliner does that for me! Only problem I have is when I cry or get water in my eyes – because this mascara stings like nothing on earth! However that’s just me, it might not bother you, either that or I have to stop crying!
A great mascara that has fantastic effects on my lashes, but does make me want to cry, especially when I’m already crying!
It is £17.50 a tube, but it is a bit cheaper than some of the more premium brand mascaras that are well over £20 for a tube so it’s a bit cheaper!
I’ve never really been one to do much with my eyebrows, up until a couple of months ago they’ve done my head in I’ve never really been able to get a lot of control of them. There’s a lot of hype around eyebrows at the minute and has been for a while so I’ve decided I need to do something with mine!
I wasn’t really interested in spending a fortune on one to learn what I was doing with it, so I went for the MUA version!
The pencil comes in a variety of colours and shades depending on what colour your eyebrows are, so you’ll hopefully not struggle to find one to blend.
So you’ve got a normal eyebrow pencil as you can buy anywhere really, similar to an eye liner or lip liner it’s all a similar type of pencil that you can use to fill in your brows. The bonus with this pencil is that with this one you’ve got a brush with it too!
I used the dark brown pencil for my eyebrows because annoyingly, I seem to have multi-tonal eyebrows so although a lot of my eyebrows are black I’m getter with one with different colours. It’s quite a soft pencil, so when you go to apply it to your brows it’s not difficult and it doesn’t snag on your skin or feel uncomfortable. I used the brush that’s on the end to conform my eyebrows to start with and once I’ve manage to get the colour in my brows it does a good job of blending the lot together to make it look a lot more natural. It’s a very quick and easy process with this pencil, so it’s a very simple morning job to do – and you’ll find as long as you don’t spend all day rubbing your eyebrows that you’ll still have it on at the end of the day! It’s very simple to remove with a wipe or with water, with no nasty red reaction for me personally!
A great eyebrow pencil, that does what it should, with a brush and a total bargain to boot! Very highly recommended!
At just £1 for a pencil with a brush on the end you really can’t go wrong and if you lose it – it’s not too much of a shame!
Next thing on my No7 shopping spree was a lipstick, I’ve never really been a lipstick kind of girl but I’m not going to lie I had always wanted to be. I’d tried a red lip gloss the night before I went to get skin checked – so knew when I’d got some applicable colours I wanted something on the red spectrum
I was given the option of Stay Perfect or Moisture Drench and I went for the Moisture Drench!
So I have a beautiful lipstick that is meant to be really nice and moisturising for the lip, as well as have good staying power with an intense colour. The colour I picked was, Soft Paprika a very red lipstick with a pink tinge to it so it doesn’t overpower my fair skin.
This lipstick comes in a lovely case all shiny and black with the No7 logo in, and tapered ends, which gives you the difference between the moisture drench or the stay perfect. It is in a twist up tube as usual with a lipstick, no problems there, don’t find the mechanism snags either which means then I’m not struggling with application!
The lipstick is quite thick in its consistency, so you can be very precise when you put it on as it’s got a tip that is very shaped to the lip so you can make a very good cupids bow on your top lip without too much effort. It also means it can be applied quite quickly if you’re in a bit of a rush, of course I like to take my time on my lipstick especially one this good but we can’t all have lots of time. I find this lipstick has fantastic staying power despite it being a moisturising one rather than the stay perfect version, I’d say it takes me a couple of coats to get the right depth of colour but once it’s on there’s no getting rid of it. I can keep this colour on through a meal and my lips feel moist all the way and even at the end of the night they feel good. Transfer is obviously a big deal, but that’s something that is the same with every lipstick – but doesn’t take too much off your lip as long as you’ve applied plenty!
Overall a fantastic lipstick that lives up to its claims and more, to me also not too pricey, but then I tend to by my lipsticks on 3 for 2 anyway!
At only £9.95 a lipstick I think it’s great value really 30mls! I’ve used it for a few weeks now and doesn’t seem to go down much despite me applying liberally!
I feel my taste in make-up is changing and becoming a bit more mature as I get older. The other week I went to boots to get my skin tested to see what colour would match my skin, as advertised on the TV so that was how I came across the perfect shade for my skin.
I specified to the lady in the shop that I needed a foundation that would last me throughout a whole shift at work, and given I leave the house at 6.30 some mornings and don’t get home until 8.30 at night it needs to last me!
So I’ve ended up with a medium coverage stay perfect foundation in cool vanilla, and amazingly this foundation is probably the best one I’ve ever tried. Thanks to the skin tester I’d imagine – but this foundation does blend in brilliantly with my skin and doesn’t leave me with any nasty tide marks either since I’ve always needed a cooler foundation colour.
I tend to apply mine with clean fingers as it seems to be easier to get good coverage without it getting lost in a brush, or absorbed into a sponge – so and as it covers skin so easily it doesn’t take very long to apply. Once it’s applied and it really does give good coverage, I might dab on a second layer to really problem areas but on my cheeks, forehead and chin they are covered with one good layer!
As for staying all day, well when I leave the house my skin will feel well covered, but without feeling like It’s so thick I can barely move my face. By the time I come home there is still coverage, it’s maybe not quite as perfect as it was when I left home in the morning – it’s definitely still keeping my skin covered. If I was to be going out later on it would only take a quick covering and I’d be good to go. It covers spots well without encouraging them too which is always a bonus. Even though this is a liquid foundation it doesn’t leave your skin looking anywhere near as shiny as some do.
Overall a fantastic foundation that lives up to its claims in a big way, and isn’t anywhere near as expensive as the more premium brand foundations – well recommended especially when it’s 3 for 2!
At only £14.50 a bottle I think it’s a bargain really 30mls and I can see even after a couple of weeks use it’ll last me months! No complaints here!
I’m a big believer in using colouring in as a way to relax and calm me down, always have done and I’ve always been on the hunt for the best colouring book – something very special and a bit more delicate than your usual pattern books. Something a little bit more adult if you like, as soon look very childish – although I’d imagine most are designed for children at the end of the day.
I’m not sure totally how I found this colouring book in all honesty, it may well have been one of my random searches through Amazon in the hunt for colouring books that brought this one up. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Johanna Basford before now in the way of any writing or arty stuff. However having a good look online she seems to be quite the artist, the work she has done is pretty amazing – but just the one colouring book to her name as far as I can see.
This colouring book initially attracted me because of the delicacy of the look of the pictures, they are all beautiful looking pictures – very intricate and although this is categorised as a junior item I think a child would struggle to do this book justice as there are a lot of small and tight little areas to colour in. Even as an adult I do struggle to keep in the lines occasionally – not often but there is the occasional times I feel like I can’t do the pictures justice. The book comes all in black and white, well I say white the pages are more an off white colour rather than a stark bright white which makes it more subtle when you colour in. The paper is relatively think so when you colour in you can’t see it on the other side – however I’ve only dared to use colouring pencils and a light covering of ball point pen because I don’t trust using coloured pen on the delicate paper. There is a good amount of pictures in this book and because the patterns can be quite intricate in places you’re unlikely to finish it very quickly it’s taken me weeks to even get through the first page. The pictures are very flowery, and insect orientated – you get flowers, leaves, butterflies, there are even birds in some pictures and ocassionally buildings. It’s a very pretty colouring book with a sleeve and cover you can also colour in, for older teens and adults in my opinion as it will give you a bit of OCD to do it right!
This colouring book is available from Amazon, with free delivery for only £6.97 currently which is a total bargain for what you’re getting because it is really quite a beautiful book when you get into it!
I’ve never really been bothered about my weight until a few months ago, when I decided that I needed to lose some weight I figured I’d need some scales that were a little bit more technical than the ones I did have that just measured the weight and nothing else. I decided I wanted something that would measure, body fat!
These scales are pretty easy to set up, in the fact that they come so you can pre-set four different profiles for varying members of the family, or friends depending who else is going to use your scales. There’s three buttons on the top of the scales which mean you can change the profile that you want to use, so when you pick the profile you want to change. Just press the top button and hold until the digits on the screen flash which doesn’t take more than a few seconds and the buttons either side change the values, so it asks you to input your height and age – once you’re finished press the middle button again and you’re good to go! It’s incredibly easy, a lot easier than I expected since I didn’t really have to look in the instructions to fathom it either!
In the battery compartment at the back you can pick whether you want the weight in pounds, stones and pounds or kilos – that’s literally the flick of the switch so very easy to do which is good.
So when you step on it, you need to do it in bare feet because then through the silver sections on the plate it picks up your body fat, body water, and BMI – so you’re getting a very thorough weight just in less than a minute of standing on the scales.
The fact these scales take up to 160kg means you’ve got a lot of give in them really, the platform of the scale is glass, but reinforced and stabilised so that it will support 160kg without giving way. The beauty of these scales is that they are a very modern and attractive looking scale, so if you’ve not got anywhere to put them away – they’re a nice plain glass and silver addiction to your bathroom!
In the time I’ve had mine they’ve not skipped a beat once, the fact that they do the BMI, fat and water analysers I find so convenient as before I could only use Boots scales to get my body fat and BMI – so now it’s as easy as nipping into the bathroom jumping on a fast reacting scale and getting my measurements!
When I ordered these they were £10 on Amazon, they’re currently £14.99 on Amazon and also £14.99 in Argos so even at this price they are great quality – more than worth the money in my opinion!
So it''s Sunday afternoon and well I fancy a bit of a drink since I''m not doing anything or going anywhere for the time being, well not until tomorrow morning anyway ? so it''s time to have a nice Sunday afternoon drink and a relax! I wasn''t sure what to have, but then I realised I had a little can of this sitting in the back of the fridge which is lovely and cool ? so the decision was very easily made!
Smirnoff are a brand that make vodka, and they make many different types and strengths of vodka, it''s a brand I''m loyal to and drunk for years so when I originally went shopping for a couple of these small cans of alcohol I was immediately drawn to them. I know that Smirnoff items are of good quality, so quite happily picked up three of them!
This drink comes in 250ml cans, all very nicely designed in a black can with silver decoration and all the writing in red and white as you would expect of a Smirnoff design, similar to their bottles of vodka. The can is nice and slim line so it''s not hard to keep a hold of unless like mine it''s been in the back of the fridge and it''s now wet from the condensation because it''s so cold. It''s a nice easy to drink mix of vodka and cola, although it doesn''t actually tell you what cola you''re drinking, but it does tell you if it''s caffeinated or not in case you have a sensitivity to it. At 6.4% volume it''s not overly alcoholic but it does definitely have the taste of vodka to it ? although most people say vodka tastes of nothing it''s definitely there to me, then again I might just be weird. As it comes in just a 250ml can it does help you to minimise or keep a control over how much you''re drinking unlike when you have a big bottle of vodka as you can just go over as much as you like ? so it''s definitely a way to moderate your drinking unless you have lots of cans of this! The can though doesn''t give you any type of calorie values, so you might need to do a bit more research if you''re watching your weight and intend to drink a couple of cans. This drink has your usual flavour of full fat cola, with the nice hint of vodka, which I could assume is a single measure ? all in all a good drink when it''s been chilled!
Now I got my cans from Tesco when they were on offer for three cans for five pounds, they average out at about two pounds a can when you buy them as single cans.
I''ve always struggled to get a good blusher, mainly because depending on the time of year my skin colour seems to change, and well if I''m buying an expensive one I want it to be used for most if not all occasions.
This company has been in existence since the 1860''s which in the grand scheme of things is a long time for them to carry on running, originally a private family run company, they started out making cosmetics for the stage, but his popularity soon grew away from the stage ? to the company we know and love now!
The little round pots come somewhat uniquely compared to a lot of other blushers out there, they come in a handy little compacted pot, which inside it is a mirror and a handy applicator brush. In my opinion it''s a great idea to have these in their pots because it means when you go out ? you don''t need to take a brush and a mirror with you it''s already in one handy little device. Weirdly now I know you might wonder why I've sniffed my blusher, but it's got a pleasant scent when you open the lid. The blusher comes in a powder dome in the centre of the pot, which makes it really easy to pick up the colour on the brush to apply to your skin. I love the little brush that comes with it, because it fits so easily into the packaging, and it''s wide enough to catch the entire dome to pick up lots of colour to apply to your cheeks but not too wide that it gives you a big covering over them. The colours are lovely, and there will be one that suits you, because there are so many ? I never really knew which colour to pick but because my friend has a similar complexion we were very easily matched. The colour stays well after a good sweep across the cheeks, it might take a couple of sweeps for a night out and just one for a daytime look, but it will last you for the entire time you need it it''s got some staying power and in all honesty, it's simple to get off after a day or night wearing it a good make up remover and it'll be gone. The pot will last an age too, because it doesn't take a lot for a good look. You won''t need to replace it more than once every couple of months which makes the price even more manageable! There's been no nasty reactions or blemishes as a result, good colour and coverage. A great blusher!
I bought my pot from a friend who was selling it in her beauty blog sale, but it's still available through cosmetic stores it varies in price but it's currently 7.99 in Boots, with a lot of different colours to pick from!
I hoped at my age I''d be over the stage of getting nasty spots crop up, but unfortunately when I get a bit of stress on through work, or if something a little unhappy going on in my life takes over ? I do get a nasty flare-up of spots. This past week has been prime example of that, since I found out some news I haven''t been overly calm or happy and my skin has gone here have some spots. So I decided that I needed something else to try and combat these spots. Given that I''ve used Simple items before, I went for them automatically because I know they''re good ? and I picked up a few items to work with the spot zapper. So I tried the spot zapper on these two beasts of spots on my face, and because there is very little in the way of nasty chemicals in it ? it doesn''t sting as much as you''d imagine on a spot that there is some broken skin, because I couldn''t leave the spot alone! So that''s one bonus that''s going for it, it doesn''t have a nasty smell to it either, but there is an obvious antibacterial scent to it ? but nothing terrible. I can''t say it''s fantastic at getting rid of spots totally ? but it does help to bring them down. As I had one spot on my jaw line that was very red, very angry and it really did throb it was that bad ? after a few applications of this, it has gone down quite nicely to just your average spot. That all happened within about twenty four hours, since then it''s just slowly got smaller ? the spot is still there but it''s not as bad as it was. The one thing I have noticed with this spot zapper is that it does stop the spots that I''ve got from bleeding if I do end up squeezing them, because I''m one of those people and although you''re not meant to sometimes it does relieve the pressure under your skin. The skin around the area where I''ve applied, isn''t red and isn''t too dry either ? so that''s a definite plus for the item. So a week nearly down the line the biggest spot isn''t gone, but it''s definitely on its way ? however the smaller spots I used it on are pretty much gone. So on smaller spots it''s a great to get rid of them, but on bigger ones expect it to take that little bit longer. For 1.50 in Tesco at the minute it''s a fairly good buy to treat the affected areas!
Amazon is one of my weaknesses, I will quite happily browse through items on Amazon all night - it's a good job I make vouchers for the place otherwise I'd permanently be skint. Thing is though with my colouring habit it's become very easy for me to go through colouring books quite quickly, so I'm always on the lookout for new colouring books. When I first got back into colouring with some decent pens, it was the first place I went to, to look for a book to colour in. It took a lot of decision making to pick one though, because there was a lot!
~*~ Modern Patterns Illusions Colouring Book ~*~
This colouring book, was one of the first to attract me when I was looking through Amazon - I saw the word pattern and though that sounds good for me. The patterns on the front of the book though looked really good as well, and they did attract me to it - the fact that the pictures are on alternate pages means that you're not worried about colouring through to the pattern on the back page, and if it's for kids you can pull out and frame the best ones your children do. I liked the look of it and it was a decent price, so I thought why not and added it to my basket!
~*~ Colouring It In ~*~
Now in all honesty I wish I'd been able to see the inside of this colouring book before I bought it, because it really is quite disappointing, although the pictures are meant to be illusions, they really are just a bunch of straight lines or circles. There is nothing in the style of illusion at all, it's just a very simple and plain colouring book that I really don't like at all. The fact that the book although it's of very good quality and the paper is nicely printed and only on one side of the page as advertised, it's not got anywhere near as many patterns in it as I would've liked. It doesn't tell you on the listing how many pages it is, but trust me it's not enough given how much money you're spending on it. It has a glossy cover and looks quite professional, but it's not worth the well over five pound I spent getting it here. The paper quality means even if you did have pictures on the other side, you'd be able do the picture on the other side because it's thick enough for even a cheap set of pens to not go through. So it's got that in its favour, but there isn't a lot else to go in its favour, it's a pretty poor excuse for a colouring book really.
It's fine if you like to be colouring items that are very straight and simple, that don't really require a great deal of imagination to colour them, then it's perfect - but if you want something that requires a bit more imagination and a need to pick colours carefully this book isn't for you. As for the claims that say it's going to have mind bending patterns, and able to create a pulsating 3D effect - I don't think you're going to get it no matter how clever you are with your colouring unfortunately. It wasn't a great pick on my behalf really, because the majority of the pictures are the same it's even harder to enjoy doing it because you turn a page over and it feels like you're doing the same thing over and over again. I did do a couple of these pictures but it didn't take long before I got bored and decided I didn't want to do it any more, now it sits on my shelf unloved - I've got much better colouring books now!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This colouring book is available from Amazon currently for £3.20 for the book on its own and then another £2.50 for its postage - I wouldn't bother personally there is much better thicker and worth the money books out there!
I am not ashamed to say that I'm one of those people that although in my twenties likes to colour, you might sit there and laugh at me thinking really at your age do you really want to be colouring. Well yes actually I do, and I'm not one of those people trying to recapture my childhood by having a kids colouring book. I have many of the amazing adult colouring books that are, designed for us to enjoy and to colour in, in fancy patterns and in multi colours. This has been something I've liked since I was a teenager really, my Dad used to do it and it's rubbed off on me over the years!
~*~ Staedtler ~*~
This company has been around for a long time, I remember using Staedtler pencils at Primary school all those years ago, and that was a long time ago when I think about it. In fact this German company has been around since 1835 - creating and distributing varying types of pens and pencils, for handwriting or colouring and varying designs. I've always found that Staedtler have been more than high quality when it comes to being compared to the average items you can buy in the same ranges - so that's why when it came down to buying myself some colouring pens I got fed up with the rubbish and knew I had to have some of these!
~*~ Triplus Colour ~*~
These colouring pens come in packs of 10 and 20 - obviously the 10 pack has less colour choice in it, but it's a good place to start if you're not doing much colouring or don't need that much variety. However I've had two or three packs of the 10 packs as I've bled them completely dry, but this time I decided that I needed to get something a bit bigger and ended on Amazon buying myself a packet of 20, and I know it's sad but it really excited me all new pens that no one had touched and all for me to play with - so sad but it's one of those things I guess.
~*~ Feel and Usability ~*~
These pens come in a triangular barrel shape, which is meant to make them a bit more ergonomically designed so you can use them more comfortably - though in my mind something triangular that you'd need to hold felt to me like it should be uncomfortable and hard to use. However when you start using them you find actually that they are really easy to use for a long time as well, which I should know because I do find that I spend a lot of time colouring when I get going. They're long enough so that you feel very in control of the pen, something I've found with other pens that they're a bit shorter and I'd find I had to hold them low to get leverage on them. The barrel itself although apparently ergonomically designed it more than thick enough to keep me happy, to be able to colour thick and thin parts of the page I'm colouring and make sure that I'm not going out of the lines, some pens I've used are a bit awkward and slippery if you grip them tight and you lose the ability to keep in the lines in tight spots. I'm no expert in pens but if you're serious about your pattern colouring these are a great idea to purchase.
~*~ Colour availability and Quality ~*~
In a ten pack you get fairly basic colours really, red, pink, orange, yellow, two types of blue, two of green, black and brown. They are very basic and the difference between the two types of blue is quite small so you don't get so much distinction - that said the colours are really nice and the pink especially looks a little bit like it has other colours and well I like it, I do seem to find that one gets emptier faster because I use it so much. The other colours are as you expect really, however when you get into the 20 pack you're much better off for colours, as you get a bit more variety but you do get some pretty nasty colours at the same time - in the shape of a lovely mustard kind of colour that is rarely going to get used in my packet because I'm more of a girl that likes the bright and pretty colours over the dull and boring ones. The purple and the colour that is almost a teal shade of green is lovely and I think those two are going to be used a lot in my big 20 pack, I know some people will be reading this thinking I do get overly excited by a pack of pens but I love the colours and how they can complement each other in a pattern book. The quality of the pens is as good as you'd expect from Staedtler, they have a 1ml nib which is resistant to a lot of pressure over the years I've never had a nib split so they're definitely a good quality nib, and I have put plenty of pressure on them over the years. They are dry resistant to a level as well, so they're unlikely to dry out before you put the lid back on them even if you forget, admittedly I've never put this claim to the test as I'd be devastated if I got back to my pens and they were all dry and I couldn't use them any more - but as the rest of their claims seem to be true, I'll trust them. They are also washable out of most fabrics, which I know is true as I've drawn on a t-shirt before when I've accidentally dropped a pen and well it's out of it now so it must wash out!
~*~ Longevity ~*~
I've never had a pack where any of the pens have run out completely, and that's saying something given how much I use them - if you buy a packet of these, and although they're expensive you'll have them for the long term. They have a really good shelf time to them, and you'll not regret having bought them - even for kids that scrub hard with pens, they're going to stand up to a lot of battering and a lot of pages of colouring. So whether you're an adult or a child that likes to colour in or if you're using them for illustration they're going to last you well. A great quality for the price product!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I buy mine from Amazon and nowhere in my town really sells these so I tend to use Amazon as a guide, the pack of 10 at the moment is £7 and the packet of twenty is £10.97 with free delivery, and I don't regret buying them at all!