Monday, April 14, 2014

Precious Polishes: Black Magic Love

Fellow Beauty Blogger, Super Mom and all round lovely person Anita James (Anita's Beauty Spot) recently added entrepreneur to her repertoire when she launched her own Nail Varnish line called Precious Polishes.

Image credit: Precious Polishes

All of the polishes are 5 Free-( DPB FREE, Formaldehyde FREE, Formaldehyde Resin FREE, Toluene FREE and Camphor FREE), All glitters used are solvent resistant so they won't bleed into your polish, and All polishes are made to order and have a shelf life of 12+ months.

Image credit: Precious Polishes

Anita will also make up a polish to your own specifications, which I think would be a lovely idea for bridesmaids or a birthday gift for a special friend.

When Anita posted a picture of this gorgeous polish, I knew I HAD to have it.

Precious Polishes Black Magic is a load of black glitter (in different sizes) and a smattering of holographic glitter in a clear polish. And it is bloody gorgeous!

No Flash. And its soooo Purdy!

It needs a tiny bit of work to get the glitter placed evenly on the nail, but its not as difficult as some other glitters (essence and catrice), and the base coat dries fairly quickly.

Two coats of Black Magic over Catrice

There are two great things about this polish apart from the fact that is is bleeding amazing.

1) The clear polish is pretty hard wearing and is very protective on the nail. It doesnt wear at the tip of the nail as most clear coats tend to do and it prolonged my polish (a cheap catrice one) to the point that I was pretty much sick of the base colour after 8 days. Not a chip in sight.

Black Magic with Flash!

2) It came off my nails as easily as ordinary polish! No soaking, no rubbing and no scratching!

I am very, very keen to try another polish from Anita's colour range, especially her new Summer Lovin collection. Precious Polishes retail at €8 a bottle and are well worth the extra euros!

Image credit: Precious Polishes

You can reach Anita over on Twitter or on her blog or you can order off her website !

*I purchased this product with my own money and my reviews are unbiased. This is just a very pretty polish!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Quick Daytime Eye with W7 London Eyes

I blogged about a few bits that W7 sent to me to play with and I decided to take the time to take a few pictures of my new favourite look using the palette. It's a fairly easy, quick look that is pretty for day time running around and thankfully it doesn't take too long to do.

I used all budget cosmetics to do my face for this look as I thought it would be nice to show that things I have been reaching for over the last 2 months or so.

To start I applied my trusty Garnier BB cream for Oily skins using my fingers and blended it into my skin, taking it over my eyelids to even out a bit of redness and to help the shadow stick.

The I used this shade in a flat stumpy brush, all over my lids, from lash line to brow bone to take the redness right down and create an even base for my colour.

Using the same brush I used this coppery colour in the crease and patted it into the lash line and very lightly on my lower lash line. I did need to go over the colour to build it up a bit but I tried to keep the colour in the crease and against the lashes working it together in a V at the outer edge of my eye

On a clean fluffier brush I picked up a bit of this matte cream shade and applied it into the inner corner and out to the center of my eyes and used what was left on the brush to blend out the harsher lines of the coppery colour

Taking  a little of the black (it is incredibly black, and not at all chalky) on a pencil brush I lined against my lashes and took it out in a soft flick.

Using the fluffy brush I used earlier I smudged the black out a little to soften it. All that took me about 6 minutes, including the time it took me to stop and take pics.

To finish, I buffed on another layer of the Garnier BB using my Real Technics Expert Face Brush (not pictured) to provide a bit more cover, applied a little Wet 'n Wild powder Blush in Pearlscent Pink, filled in my brows with Catrice Starlight Espresso and lashed on my new favourite Mascara from a South African Brand called Justine.

 I smudged a little of Rimmels new Colour Rush Balm in Keep Mauving onto my lips and that was it. Quick and simple, but I think it looks polished and fairly natural.

 And then I shook out my hair and went off to meet the ever glamorous Katie Healy for a cuppa and a catch up in our local tea room.

 Not bad for products that don't cost more than €8 each...

Monday, April 7, 2014

W7: The Good and the not that Bad.

There is nothing really ugly about any of the products on offer from budget brand W7. There are some really stand out products though and they have piqued my interest making me keen to seek out more stockists of the brand so I can find shades that suit me.

I was sent a few bits from the Irish distributors of W7 and I am pretty impressed. Some of the bits are Ok, others are Pretty Great. Read on to see which made their way into my makeup bag

W7 SuperTint Moisturiser in shades Medium and Dark. RRP €3.50 for the 30ml tube. Toted as a tinted moisturiser, the coverage of this lotion is rather high, even when blended out and unfortunately these are the only two shades on offer. The Dark would be a good contour shade to practice with (for those who are after the kind of thing) as it blends into the skin quite nicely without going patchy. But as a tinted moisturiser its not fantastic on my combination skin: it tends to separate after 2 hours on my skin and the pigment settles into the pores around my nose making them quite prominent. And neither of the shades will match me even with a tan, so the typical fairer than fair skin tones will need to look elsewhere.

W7 also sent me Catwalk Complexion Powder compact in Beige (RRP €3.50) and Catwalk Perfection Cream to Powder foundation in Honey (RRP €3.50) and I haven't had the chance to play around with them, but initial swatches show they are quite heavily pigmented and would be good for full heavy coverage if you can get this in a shade to match your skin. Immediate impressions are mixed and I will do a full post on them separately once I've had the chance to have a good play with them. I think these would be good for oily skins.

The W7 Brow Twister pencil RRP €2.50 is actually quite a nice product for €2.50. It is creamy, highly pigmented and gives good hold and good colour. While the wax/cream is quite soft, it does give a great fine line (to mimic hairs) but being soft it gets blunt quickly. Not a problem for this one though, bring the nib back into the holder and run it down a tissue a few strokes and it is sharp again! I like this, and I think most ladies will. It also comes in Hazel and Dark Brown and I want both. Brown tends to run a little on the red side and I prefer a more ashy brown, but I can't fault this. Its less than a starbucks and will last much longer ;)

W7 London Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (RRP €6.50) is more hit than miss and that makes this a pretty good buy . 24 shades in a plastic holder that doesn't look like much, but means that each shade costs just 27c. Now the pigmentation isn't Mad Fantastic, but it would be good for everyday wear and those starting out as the colours combine well for daytime looks. And of the mix of matte & shimmer shades about 6 of the colours have poor payoff and are a bit chalky.

Only 6. So €1.62 of the €6.50. Not bad eh? The swatches in the pic are one swipe of my finger over the shadow and onto a dry arm (no primer), these will work well over primer and don't crease/fade as quickly as you may think. I have another post coming on this palette. Its a great one for travelling, because even if you drop it you are not going to cry big tears as it really is as cheap as chips to replace.

These two W7 Chunky Eyes Pencils (RRP €2.50) are the the "Cream of the Crop". Coffee is a gorgeous shimmery creamy dark brown that applies without pulling or dragging and blends easily with a fingertip. Cappuccino is a lighter brown the colour if a nice milky cappuccino. Soft, shimmery, creamy long lasting and beautiful, these have won a permanent place in my makeup bag. The other shades: Mocha and Latte are on my list.

W7 Aye Aye Captain Very Black Liquid Eyeliner (RRP €2.50) is , for me, Awesome. Black, quick drying, long lasting and a cinch to use with its precision tip. It doesn't drag and the applicator is soft, but not overly flexible so you can get a thin line if you use the tip, or get a thicker, more defined line by pressing the length of the applicator tip right into the lash line in a series of dashes. Easy Peasy, no mess and no fuss. As I said it dries pretty quickly so you need to work reasonably neatly, but with a little practice it is easy to master a good looking flick. It dries to a matte finish that isn't strictly waterproof, but it wont just come to come off with a random tear or even a good soaking in the rain, you will need a cleanser, a facecloth /cottonpads and warm water to get this off your lids.

Stockists in Ireland are limited, but I know that the distributors are in talks with a few major chains so hopefully we will have better access to this budget brand. For now you can find W7 in:
Donabate Pharmacy , Donabate , Co Dublin
The Cosmetics Outlet , Meath St , Dublin
Adrian Dunne Pharmacy Group , Various Locations
Mc Sharry’s Pharmacy Group , Various Locations
Sweeny’s Pharmacy , Claregalway
Cara Pharmacy , Various Locations
Brosnans Pharmacy, Middleton, Co Cork

And W7 is also available online at and if you only get one product then let it be the Chunky Eyes!


All products sent to me for review

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Body Shop Vitamin E Newbie: Its Brilliant

The Body Shop is hitting it out of the park lately and this new addition to the Vitamin E range is pretty much the bees knees. Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is a little more expensive in the Republic than it is in "De North", but even so it is worth the €22.

It is also worth noting that The Body Shop is listing the product ingredients on their website so you can see what is in the product before you buy it.

One of my first forays into proper skin care in my teenage years was with The Vitamin E range from The Body Shop is one of those scents that brings my youth flooding back. I love the fact that The Body Shop has remained true to the original scent. It reminds me of my mom showing me how to look after my skin and her hugs. It reminds me of the 3hr baths I used to be able to take. And learning to shave. This new Serum doesn't disappoint in the scent department: it is pure unadulterated 1992 The Body Shop Original Vitamin E. I love it.

The Body Shop says: "Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight" and while the immediate effects (well after sleeping in it for a night) are pretty great, its the long term improvements that are pretty amazing. Also it helps that Caroline Hirons is on board with this little bottle of greatness.

Toted as an "8h beauty sleep for your skin" after the first night of using this my skin did look fresher and felt much softer the next morning, and even though I layered this up underneath my usual moisturiser, my skin didn't feel any more greasy than it normally would (my t-zone is always oily when I wake up). The radiance promised didn't happen immediately, that came later...

I have been using this for around 2 months now and it slipped into my evening routine effortlessly. Some nights I can leave out moisturiser altogether, because this is a great moisturising product. On days when I feel like my dry areas need more attention I will apply the serum over my whole face and massage in  and go back over my cheeks again with a drop or two more. And my skin hasn't reacted badly to this extra nourishment at all.

This Serum comes in a 28ml glass bottle with a handy little dropper so that you only get out as much as you need and you only need about 4 or 5 drops (one on the forehead, nose, chin and each cheek) and it contains quite a high concentration of wheatgerm oil, which allows the serum-in-oil to glide over the skin but still give a good grip for a lovely facial massage. It sinks in really really quickly and doesn't leave a residue behind so you won't be leaving greasy smears on your phone or pillow at night.

As I said this has slipped into my nightly routine very easily and it hasn't caused any congestion or any sensitivity. If anything it has helped my congested areas as the addition of extra massage has helped my pores to purge in a very gentle manner without leading to huge massive spots.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Oil-in-Serum is a fabulous addition to a night time routine and I think that normal & dry skin types will drink this up. Oily skins would probably fare well with this too, but possibly not every single night.

I adore this serum and it has made me want to get more of the Vitamin E products out of the range, even if it is just for nostalgia's sake.

Thanks to The Body Shop for providing the Sample for testing!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads: They're Great!

While the Deep Cleansing Fix was a little disappointing (due to one ingredient), Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Facial pads are on the other end of the scale: these are lovely.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix pads are formulated to give you younger looking skin through their radiance boosting ingredients:
glycolic acid helps to resurface and retexture your skin,
hyaluronic acid & glycerin which replenishes skin moisture
witch hazel is an astringent which helps to reduce inflamation (it constricts the blood vessels to reduce redness)
blue daisy for brighter and smoother skin.
and panthenol, which is a skin repairing ingredient.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix ingredients

And when Nip+Fab say that these facial pads are perfect for a mini facial at home, I have to agree. The pads are well soaked with product and the screw-top lid means that provided you close the tub properly it wont dry out. Notably, the top pad contains the same amount of moisture as the bottom pad, without having to store the tub upside down. I like this.

The pads have a textured side, for a gentle scrub and a smooth side to evenly distribute the glycolic mix. They are also a good size and they absorb and contain enough of the product to coat my my whole face and all down my neck, right down to my boobs. Which I like too.

There are 60 pads in the tub and the instructions are clear and concise, but I wouldn't use Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix every day or even twice a day: I do use this every other day though, and I find that is perfect for me. Sensitive skins will find that this does sting on application, and it stings my nose when I have a cold, but it does stop within a few seconds.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads are to be used on cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area, but I take this right up close to my actual eyes (a few mm away from the lower lid) because I have a few millia that
need gentle attention and I haven't experienced any adverse effects. But I would use caution! I use this at night after cleansing my face, and I allow it to sink in for a few minutes while I put on my PJs (I shower fairly early in the evening) and then follow with a good spritz of Vichy Thermal Water and my serum/moisturiser.

I can't say that I have seen a massive improvement in my skin, but it is looking brighter, and my pigmentation spots continue to fade (albeit slowly). If I was interested in seeing a quick improvement and willing to forge into sensitive skin territory then I would use these pads twice a day for a month. I think I would probably have a few breakouts, but I think I would see a marked improvement in my pigmentation and my skin brightness overall. And I think that when winter rolls around this year I will spend another €12.95 and use it twice a day for a month.

I bought this tub from and I will buy my next tub from them because their service is awesome!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nip + Fab Deep Cleansing Fix: good for clogaholics

I was an eejit. I purchased something on impulse. You see I put my faith in Nip+Fab without checking the ingredients on their Deep Cleansing Fix. Thank goodness it was only a €7.95 mistake. In the same transaction I got another Nip+Fab product that I am loving. So I am a little disappointed with Deep Cleansing Fix.

Nip+Fab Deep Cleansing Fix is a 300ml screw top tub of white cream that smells of tea tree oil (it is one of the ingredients). It also contains perfume... and this does smell lovely. I love to use it in the shower in the winter/spring when I have a cold (like now). I put my hair into my shower cap, slap a thick layer onto my chest and shoulders and hop into a steaming shower. The combination of steam and tea tree oil works nicely to unglog my sinuses and open my airways.

This is supposed to be an all round cleansing cream which: "melts away makeup and impurities" that you can also use as an intensive hydrating mask. Nip+Fab also say you can use this as a spot treatment : the tea tree oil is a good anti-bacterial that will calm down spots.

 It does spread nicely and a little goes a long way, and it does contain glycerin, sweet almond oil & grape seed oil which are great moisturisers.
  BUT (see its a big-ass but) the second ingredient on the inci list is mineral oil.

Pore clogging, spot inducing, mineral oil. And this is where I fall on my knees, throw my hands in the air and cry to the heavens: Why, Nip+Fab??!?!? Why?!?!?

I did try Deep Cleansing Fix on my face, to give it a chance, to see what it would do to a full face of make up and it works ok. It doesn't remove all my waterproof mascara, but I always do a second cleanse at night anyway so that isn't an issue. The issue is that even after I remove it like Nip+Fab suggest (with a facecloth soaked in warm water), there is still a horrible film of grease on my skin that I just cannot handle. And no amount of rinsing the cloth and wiping at my skin can get it off. I am no fan of the squeeky clean, stripped skin feeling, but this feels bad. I have to go in for a 2nd cleanse and then a third cleanse to be sure I get every bit of the mineral oil off my face.

My skin isn't iffy, but it is prone to spots and I have discovered that mineral oil isn't good for my face. It leads to clogs and it feels heavy on my face. And I can't imagine why anyone with already oily skin and spots would want to clog pores even further. Even with the tea tree oil. As a mask? I can only imagine that this would smother skin.

Mineral oil does have its uses. I don't understand how it is marketed as a hydrating treatment, mineral oil isn't good at moisturising. But it is good at locking in a layer of moisture. I have found that is is a great barrier product: good for layering on AFTER applying a good moisturiser with proper hydrating ingredients (shea, cocoa butter, almond, grape seed, glycerin etc).

Ok, so Nip+Fab Deep Cleansing Fix isn't a great thing to use on your face, so I am using it up on my body as a bit of a chest mask to open my airways.

And unless Nip+Fab change the formulation and remove a massively cheap ingredient (mineral oil) from what could potentially be a bloody fantastic product, I will not be re-purchasing this. Heck I am not even sure I will get through the massive tub.

I bought my tub from who do stock a whole host of Nip+Fab products that I can't wait to try.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hydraluron: It's not for me.

Beloved and prescribed by Queen Caroline Hirons, Indeed Labs Hydraluron is gaining in popularity for dry or dehydrated skins. And while I was dying to try it on my dry patches, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of having to shell out €32.50 for the 30ml tube. Also my local Boots is teeny tiny and doesn't always get these cutting edge bits in.

But the wonderful, gorgeous, beautiful Kat (Dolly Rouge) told me that she would send me a sample of her tube. I didn't expect her to actually send me the tube, but she did and there was almost two weeks worth of product in it. (thanks Kitty Kat, you Rock!)

As you may know, Hyaluronic acid (which is the main ingredient of Hydraluron) is an incredible hydration ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times it's weight in water. It essentially attracts moisture to itself. If it is used on the skin it will attract moisture into the skin. The other active ingredient is a bio-engineered strain of marine red algae which causes controlled and mild stimulation of skin turnover to allow thorough penetration of Hydraluron's hyaluronic acid.

Hydraluron is meant to be used after cleansing and toning but before serums and creams. It isn't a moisturiser, but it is meant to help the penetration of your moisturiser, and Indeed Labs say that using Hydraluron increases the skin's ability to retain moisture over time and reduces the amount of topical moisturisers needed to maintain ideal skin hydration.

It is a clear gel, with no smell that spreads easily. A little goes a long long way and you would only need a small pea-sized blob to do your whole face and neck. You need to work fairly quickly as this absorbs (or evaporates I'm not entirely sure which) quite quickly and it honestly feels like you are spreading a layer of water on your skin.

I can't say that I felt a massive improvement after using this for two weeks. My skin isn't massively dehydrated, thanks to the Kerstin Florian Rescue Creme and a new product from The Body Shop, but I had hoped to feel at least a small improvement in the dry patches. I do know that 2 weeks is a relatively short period of time to use/trial a product and normally I do test over a period of 6 - 8 weeks before I make a full judgement, but first impressions for me are unimpressive.

Something that I have heard is that some skins don't get the full benefit of topically applied Hyaluronic Acid and that it may be better for those people to absorb it internally via capsules or the popular Collagen Shots supplements. The capsules are something that I would consider as Collagen Shots are rather expensive although they have proved to be quite effective.

All in all though, I am glad that I am glad that I didn't have to shell out 30+ squids for something that didn't impress me.

Muchos Gracias/ Big Ups / Thanks Very Much to Kat for send me a bit to try!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tempted’s Plus Size Model Competition Launched

Tempted, the plus-size fashion chain for women, has announced the launch of its annual Model Search competition, which could launch the career of Ireland’s next top curvy model.

Entrants are welcome from all walks of life, and should be a size 16 plus, over 18 years of age, and love clothes and fashion. Fifteen women from across Ireland will be selected for the final of the Tempted Boutique Model Search competition, to be held on Sunday 11th May this year, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry.  Entrants can apply online at or on Facebook /temptedsize16to28, all they need is two photos and a few details about themselves.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 31st March, 2014.

The total Prize Package is worth over €3,000 and includes €1,000 Curvy Cash to spend in-store; a 2 night break in a top hotel; a fashion shoot with photographer Maria McGrail; a Make-up Course with The International Make-Up Academy; a skincare hamper from Irish Skincare Brand Bia Beauty; Gorgeous make-up from Elizabeth Arden; a pampering package at Mink Hand & Foot Spa; Dinner in Award winning restaurant La Banca in Lucan, a customised piece of jewellery from Lorna Gaffney White Design and the opportunity to represent the Tempted Brand and curvy women everywhere.

2014’s Face of Tempted will also have the amazing opportunity of signing with V Plus Model Agency, Ireland’s first agency catering exclusively for plus size models! In fact seven curvy ladies, who were finalists from the past two years of the Face of Tempted are now represented by V Plus Model Agency, so the competition is a great launching pad for a career in modelling.

The Tempted competition winner will model on Ireland AM, and take part in a fashion shoot for the stores.   Last year’s winner, thirty three year old Karen Williams from Johnstown, Co. Meath now combines modelling for Tempted with her career, working with adults with disabilities and challenging behaviour.

2013 winner Karen Williams 

According to Karen, “Winning the face of Tempted in 2013 boosted my self-confidence greatly and inspired me to wear different styles and colours of clothing. Tempted Boutique has an amazing owner and staff who were absolutely fantastic to work with.  It has been a truly great year with lots of different opportunities and experiences. Good luck to all entering the Face of Tempted this year.  Go for it girls ”.

Fashion is important to women of all sizes and shapes, and it is crazy that larger women are barely represented in fashion media and marketing, Rosemary Kearns says. “The average Irish woman is a 14-16 dress size, and yet most catwalk models are a size six to eight.  Magazine fashion shoots also feature beautiful clothes on overly slim models, so that most women cannot actually relate to the look at all.  Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and the fashion industry is only now beginning to cater for fashionable young women who are deemed plus-size, but are actually just average”, the champion of curvy fashion says.

The Tempted model competition, which is likely to attract 1,000 entries this year, will be judged by leading fashion stylist Cathy O'Connor, curvy model and model agency boss, Vicki Mooney, fashion photographer Maria McGrail, and Rosemary Kearns, the Tempted owner.

Established by Rosemary Kearns in 2003, Tempted now has boutiques in Raheny in Dublin and in Wexford town.  Selling gorgeous, fashionable plus-size women’s clothing for stylish young women, Tempted is one of the few Irish stores with beautiful, on-trend clothes for the size 16+ market.

Specialising in both stunning dresses and separates, Tempted stocks both classic and up-to-the-minute designs, and is a one-stop shop for the style conscious, with highly-affordable knitwear, jackets, jewellery and belts also stocked.  Many of their designs are exclusive to them in Ireland in curvy sizes, and exclusive doesn’t mean expensive!

(this is a press release, and I copied it word for word, because its pretty much flawless).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Best of Beauty : Princess Product

I missed last week's installment of the Best Of Beauty Bloggers Challenge (courtesy of Samantha from because I managed to get sucked into a black hole last week and I am only just managing to claw my way out of it again now.

This weeks post is all about your one favourite high end product.

Problem. I don't own very many high end products. I own two. Both of which I won. And so I think Sam will forgive me for including both in this post. Because technically one of them is no more...

Both are NARS products. And I adore both. Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover (€25), and the Cult Classic that is Orgasm powder blush (€30). Oh la la, Francois! Mon Amie!

Everybody loves a good Orgasm... and this is the original Rose Gold product that started the obsession. It is just that: a Rosy blush with a gorgeous gold glow that really comes through when you buff and blend it into the skin. I use this one on special occasions and when I need a pick me up. If I broke this my heart would break but I would order a replacement immediately, even if it meant that I had to live off mouldy toast.

New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is The only kind of gloss I like on my lips. Its more like a sheer lipstick than a gloss. And I Loved it. Until I found it in the tumble drier and discovered that the gloss had melted all into the lid. The wash that was in the tumble drier belonged to my 8yr old Daughter. The little minx "borrowed" my Freakin Nars pencil and forgot to return it and it was in her coat's secret pocket.

I will replace My Nars Velvet gloss pencil. Not just yet, I have a myriad of other lip colours to choose from. But eventually, I will get another one, and I will HIDE it from Hannah.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Digital Decor: Fantastic Photographic Canvases

Twitter is a great thing. A thing of greatness. It put me in contact with Andrew Greenwood, who produces digital decor out of his business called (rather handily): Digital Decor.

I had an idea the Wednesday before my wedding anniversary (on Sunday) about a present that would be pretty perfect for the Husband: A picture of the family on a canvas. I had this idea at 10pm on Wednesday night while I was browsing the #irishbizparty stream on twitter. Andrew and I had a witty conversation (the guy is pretty awesome) and he said he would try to help me out if I sent him a few images on Thursday morning. I didn't expect to get anything by the Sunday (good work takes a bit of time... and I had high hopes).

Trawling through all the family pictures looking for a nice picture of all of us left me empty handed, but I spotted a few pictures that I thought would make for a striking canvas. I popped them off in a mail to Andrew and he got back to me right away and gave me some great advice as to the images. He worked a little magic (flipping and cropping one of the images so that they were uniform) and sent me a mock up.

The mock ups looked amazing and I started getting antsy. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on them and show then to himself. Andrew kept me up to date via twitter and said to me that with the drying time I would probably only have the canvases towards the middle of the following week, but that he would post them off on Monday. I was ok with that.

When the Postman rang twice on Tuesday morning I was expecting a package, but not a heavy one wrapped very securely in layers of bubble wrap. When I realised what was in the bubble wrap I ripped (carefully mind you) with joyful abandon to get to the two Canvases out. And I was not disappointed.

I absolutely adore the pictures of the kids, and My husband was mighty impressed too. The Kids thought they were "Awesome" and friends that have seen them are also impressed with the amount of detail and how beautifully the images came out. Andrew really did a sterling job, on something that is essentially a small job for him. I can only imagine what his bigger works are like.

And he offers a huge range of products. From amazing wall coverings (of either your own or stock images) to canvases, roll up banners to block mounted images, Aluminium floating frames and desktop mounts (that look incredible), Andrew does pretty much anything you could want to hang on a wall. He does it with care and amazing customer service.

Prices vary depending in what product you choose, but I think they are pretty competitive, especially if you consider the amazing quality of the product you are paying for. This is a professional, hand finished product, the canvas is super heavy, properly folded and secured and the back is neatly finished. The corners of the actual wooden frame are properly secured as well, this is no cheap-ass, mass produced Penney's special. Digital Decor products are going stand out, in your home or your business.

I know exactly what I will be getting the in-laws as gifts as I really think that a portrait of the kids is something that would be cherished by them. I am already taking more photos of the kids and of us as a family and a couple so that I can get my next picture done.

You can get hold of Andrew via email ( ) or on twitter @Digital_Decor

**Products paid for by me and opinions are my own

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