Ally Pally

Evening all, hope you have all had a good weekend.

Today I have been to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at London's Alexandra Palace. I had a little list of things I wanted to get and I am happy to report that I got most of them, along with one or two other bits and pieces!! Shame I have to go to work tomorrow, I would really much rather stay home and play with my new stash!!

Rather than list everything I will just post some pics of what I bought.

Thanks for looking, Jane x

A Beauty Bonanza

Evening everyone, hope you are all well tonight. It's Friday!! Yipee....

One of my other passions in life alongside crafting, shoes and bags is beauty and make up products. I am a real sucker for all sorts of lotions, potions, creams, lip glosses, palettes etc. My make up box is over flowing right now and although I don't really wear that much make up I do like to have a nice selection to choose from.

My current foundation is Hello Flawless from Benefit in the shade Champagne. Its gives a lovely even coverage without being too cakey or heavy and if I want to top it up during the day I use the Hello Flawless custom powder cover up in Beige (all the worlds my stage). I do like to have a couple of foundations on the go so I can swap colours and finishes so last weekend I took advantage of the QVC TSV and bought a set of products from Bare Minerals, a brand I have been wanting to try for ages. The kit arrived in double quick time and I started using it straight away - so far so good! The kit comprised of foundation primer, the original foundation in medium beige, concealer in summer bisque, original mineral veil, lip gloss in Moxie, a small sample sized bottle of night serum and a double ended foundation and concealer brush. Getting used to using a powder foundation will take a little getting used to but I really love the way it goes on so easily and the finish it gives.

Second purchase of the week was from Estee Lauder, which is my current skin care brand (and some make up thanks to the Christmas kit I got last year). My make up remover was running out so as John Lewis were offering a gift with purchase I bought a new bottle of Take it Away which removes all of your make up in one go, it leaves your skin feeling really clean, fresh and soft. To qualify for the gift I also treated myself to a double wear eye pencil in graphite grey. The gift set comprised of a pretty navy, pink and white make up bag, advanced repair night serum for face and eyes, daywear cream, perfectly clean foam cleanser, sumptuous lash mascara, long lasting creme lipstick in tea rose and pure colour gloss in mod poppy. I haven't had a chance to try and of these products yet but no doubt they wont disappoint.

Finally, and as I was at Westfield and it would have been rude not to pop in I bought myself a few bits in Victoria's Secret. I got a kabuki brush to use with my Benefit Hoola bronzer as well as the Bare Minerals foundation, a tin of Boost and Hold hairspray which smells divine and a little bottle of Pink Sun Kissed body spray. I love all the beauty and bath products in VS so was actually quite restrained in only buying three!!

Hope you all have something nice planned for the weekend, hubby and I are off to Wembley for the FA Cup semi final tomorrow - come on you Lions!! On Sunday I am off to Ally Pally for the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show so hopefully I will be back with another post Sunday evening to share with you my craft purchases.

Thanks for stopping by, if you like my blog please leave me a comment and a link to your blog and I will pop by and do the same for you.

Love and hugs, Jane x x

Birthday Celebrations

Good afternoon blog followers! Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine and blue skies, all we need now is for the temperature to rise and we have Spring!! Keep your fingers crossed everyone.

Last Friday was hubby's birthday and one of his gifts from me was a trip to the top of the Shard. We can actually see the top half of the building from our kitchen window so we have watched it rise and ever since they announced that there would be a viewing platform we have said that we would like to go to the top and take in the views. Leading up to Friday we were a little worried that there would not be much to see due to the rotten weather we have had of late but we needn't have worried as although it was overcast it was nice and clear with no low clouds. There are two levels for you to look out from, one is fully enclosed and one is partially open but both give you outstanding views of London and beyond. I think we will definitely be going back up, maybe at sunset or after dark to see the views in a different lights. Have posted a few pics here for you to see what the View from the Shard is like...

Yesterday we had all the family round for a birthday get together, I spent most of the day cooking and cleaning and generally getting everything ready for the party. I had made some cupcakes and these are what Tom thought were his birthday cakes....little did he know that I had a surprise in store for him!! I had ordered a cake from Del Aziz (a deli/cafe/restaurant/cocktail bar) just across the road from us in Bermondsey Square. I have to say that the cake was amazing and it exceeded all my expectations, it consisted of several layers of sponge all held together with fresh cream, fresh fruit and chocolate frosting. Everyone agreed it was the best cake ever, I have posted a picture for you all to see.

Today I have done nothing more than some washing, a little bit of housework and a couple of pages of Project Life. I promise that I will get some PL pictures to share with you soon. In the meantime, if you like what you see please leave me a comment and a link to your blog and I will pop by for a read and will comment back.

Take care all...Jane xx

Scrapping Weekend

Evening all, hope you have all had a lovely Easter break, I know we have. Its been a wonderful relaxing weekend, although we have eaten far too much, still back to work tomorrow so that should get us back on the straight and narrow!

I managed to spend a few hours in my craft room this weekend, I didnt achieve vast amounts but I did a few layouts which I thought I would share with you.

The first one is of Scarlett and Daisy, the picture was taken last year. I used a very old sheet of We R Memory Keepers paper which I cut into a scalloped circle using my Cricut Imagine (yes I know I actually used my Cricut!! lol). I added lots of bling around the edges and a few stickers that have been in my stash for ages, I think they worked perfectly with this page.

The next layout is of George and Scarlett and was done using up some old scraps of Christmas papers. Again I used my Cricut to cut the circle. The little bit of bunting was cut from a Christmas Embellishment and the 'Merry Christmas' was from an old My Minds Eye kit.

The last layout I have to show you is of Daisy and her favourite teddy bear. She has had this bear since she was a baby, it has no eyes or ears and is threadbare in parts but she adores it! You will often find it tucked beside her when she is curled up sleeping. I think these papers are all by Simple Stories, they are the end of a collection pack I bought past year. The letters are Doodlebug and for a little extra bling I added a Prima Swirl.

I hope you like what I have created, if you do please leave me a comment and a link to you blog so I can pay you a visit.

Thanks for looking, love and hugs Jane xx