Book Review: Harry Potter Magical Animals Colouring Book by Warner Brothers

magicalcreaturescolouring1Title: Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book

Author: Warner Brothers (I guess, there’s no author or illustrator given but I’ve included a photo of the names acknowledged in the back of the book)

Year written: 2016

Publisher and year: Studio Press, 2016

ISBN Number: 978-1-78370-582-5

Since starting with adult colouring I have found so many books that I wanted but held back from getting them as I’d have more than I could actually colour in. However, when I saw both of the Harry Potter colouring books I decided to get them as they combine two things I like. They were also half price at £4.99 on Amazon. One thing to note, which I didn’t realise until after I’d bought them, they aren’t sold as adult colouring books so most of the images are closer to those in traditional colouring books rather than being made of smaller areas and patterns within the big picture.

This is the second in the collection, I guess they’ll be making more given how popular these ones seem to be amongst others I know who enjoy colouring in, and is based around the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. As with the other Harry Potter colouring book there are colour pages at the back with a combination of movie stills and concept art, I think they’re all colour versions of designs within the book. There are 80 pages with lineart, including the introduction page which has a design around the words to colour in. There are 16 pages of colour at the end so overall there are more pages in here than quite a few of the colouring books I’ve seen online.

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Jewellery By Rhiannon: FaceBook Page

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I know I said I’d post the link to my Facebook page before but I hadn’t yet, I wanted there to be better pictures and more on there for people to see, but I thought I’d do that today as I’m hopefully going to have some things up for sale on the weekend. So you can go and find it by clicking here, I’ve not got the logo sorted yet but it will be up in the next couple of days. I hope you guys like it but any ways I can improve it would be appreciated too 🙂

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ME, Myself and I: Working to a Deadline

I may have finished all of my exams, got my degree and pretty much left education (for the foreseeable future unless I change my mind) but starting the business has set this whole cycle off again. I have been making things and updating my Facebook page a lot but it feels like a lot of the paperwork things and getting the actual descriptions for the jewellery, checking the pricing, doing all of the stuff that I need to do to get them on the website, that’s all ended up being more last minute again. I guess last minute may be the wrong phrase. I’m not rushing what I do for this as it means a lot to me, it’s more that I find that my best work and my favourite designs in the past have happened when it’s close to whatever deadline I have.

For as long as I remember I have always worked better under pressure, this hasn’t changed since having ME and it almost seems to have got worse. In general I’m good at pacing, I set days for rest before and after big events but when it comes to things like assignments or working to a deadline I always seem to work best in the last few days or weeks before the deadline, depending on how long I’ve had or how big it is. There are some exceptions like learning things for exams as it just seems to push everything out of my brain when I try to cram so I end up doing all my note taking when I learn the things and then have a week or two of nothing before. Other than that though I do the really bad thing of the boom and bust cycle, I work slowly through the learning part and then the assignment or the big project or whatever I end up working until late into the night.

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Review: Dr Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum

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A couple of weeks ago I did a review of the Dr Organic Snail Gel and, as I got three of the products in the set in the Boxing Day sales I thought I’d review the other two as well. This week it’s the serum’s turn and you might be able to see from the bottle that I’ve used about three quarters of the bottle already so I’ve given it a proper try. I have been using it alongside the Snail Gel itself for most of the time I’ve been using it, but did use it by itself for a couple of weeks at the beginning.

This Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum is by Dr Organic and is available exclusively at Holland and Barrett in the UK, I’m not sure about stockists outside of the UK though. It costs £18.99 and comes in a 30ml bottle with a pump lid. At the moment the Dr Organic Snail Gel range is in a three for two offer. Their products are cruelty free, as is this product, and I’m not sure whether this product is suitable for vegetarians, the others in the range are but not suitable for vegans, it’s best if you check the ingredients on the website for this as I don’t recognise which are vegetarian friendly.

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Review: Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle and Warriors Don’t Wine

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Sally’s Express for the first time, it was recommended by a local hairdresser and we mainly went to get hair things but I saw the price of the nail varnishes and had to get some. I bought four as they are in a buy three get one free offer but the two I’m reviewing today are the ones by Morgan Taylor. These are also in the Kung Fu Panda 3 Limited Edition Range so I’m not sure how easily available they are elsewhere or how long they’ll be available but they seem to be in a lot of places in the UK at the moment.

The two colours I chose are Po-Riwinkle and Warriors Don’t Wine as I’ve been looking for some similar colours to two I have and love already. The Sally’s site seems to be down at the moment (or not working for me) but these cost around £5 if you can use a salon discount or I think they were around £10 without which is cheaper than they seem to be normally. Marks and Spencer are having an offer where they’re £8.80 but I can’t see these exact colours in it.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

HPillustrated6Title: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Illustrated Edition)

Author: JK Rowling

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Year written: 1997

Publisher and year: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1-4088-4564-6

I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter for years, I think I got the first two books in 1999, and always said I’d only have the original copies that I owned and not get any of the newer versions they came out with. However I saw this illustrated version online recently, it was published in October last year, and I loved it so bought it when I saw that it was half price on Amazon. I wasn’t sure originally if it was a complete copy as it seemed thin compared to what I expected with the amount of illustrated pages that takes up space for words. I have compared it at random points throughout the story to the original copy and it matches exactly. HPillustrated2

This originally cost £30 but when I have ordered this it was £14.99. It is pretty big for a book and I have a photo of it next to the original Bloomsbury paperback from the UK for comparison. Size wise it’s around the same size as a few of the adult colouring books but thicker. It’s a hardback with an illustrated paper dustcover and the hardback underneath is red.

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ME, Myself and I: Birthdays, or Always Have a Plan B

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Today is my birthday and, as with most of them the past eleven years, I ended up having a meal at home rather than the original plan of going out somewhere to eat. We were originally going to go to a local restaurant, one we’ve been to quite a few times before so I know it well, but I wasn’t feeling great and then the unexpected dentist trip on Friday that ended up with having a tooth out has knocked me back so we decided that we’d have a backup plan ready in case I wasn’t well enough to go out.

I can’t remember how many meals out we’ve ended up cancelling or I’ve just not gone to so having this backup plan ready and we had to make a final decision yesterday took off quite a bit of the pressure, at least for me. I think it’s a good idea for any big event to have a Plan B, though this is harder if it’s something that’s got more people involved and things like a big family get together my plan B has been stay at home, the home of whoever we’re staying at or the hotel while the others go out for the meal or whatever they’re doing.

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Review: Irregular Choice Alice in Wonderland Card Soldiers Shoes

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I was originally planning on doing my review for the second Harry Potter Funko Pop figure I bought today but I realised it might be a bit much Harry Potter for some and these pretties arrived in the post so I felt like I had to do today’s post on them instead. I guess it’s kind of a first impressions as I haven’t worn them a lot, I have worn them for a few hours around the house though to get a feel for them.

Irregular Choice are a British shoe company that make bright and unusual shoes, I have six other pairs that I love, most of them heels, and they are so comfortable and easy to wear. Recently they’ve partnered with Disney for a Star Wars range with shoes including flats and varying heights of heels including some that have lightsabers as the heel or Yoda. More recently they did an Alice in Wonderland range based on the Disney movie, the original animated one. I loved these flat shoes, with the two Ace card designs, but my size had sold out by the time I realised they existed so I ended up resorting to eBay. Fortunately someone was selling these and I ended up spending the same as the original shoe price on these including the postage so in the end it turned out well. I have seen these on eBay for almost twice what they cost and very limited size wise so I think it was pure luck that these were a good price and my size.

At full price on their website these are sold for £110, though they’re currently out of stock in all sizes. I’m not sure if they’re coming back in stock anywhere or if it’s a case of when they’re gone they’re gone, but they are still on their own website here so it might be worth keeping an eye out on there. I think that the smallest size reappeared in stock fairly recently but that might have been a return or something.

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First Impression: Lush Easter and Big Bang

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I was planning on doing this post on Friday but ended up having a tooth out and took me a while to get over it. It’s only a small post as I went shopping on Thursday last week and popped into Lush. I didn’t get much but I wanted to post this as a couple of these are limited edition Easter and won’t be around for much longer.

As I was in store I got to have a look at all of the products in person and I was tempted by some of the others but these stood out for me. I haven’t been in a Lush store in ages, I think the last time was years ago, I used to find that they jumped on you as soon as you went inside the store which put me off and then they got better but I just wasn’t into Lush. I’m still not a huge fan of them as the consistency of the products isn’t great when it comes to certain products, mainly the bath products and the soaps, and the prices are getting higher. I did find that last week when I went in the products did seem to be pretty well scented, even when surrounded by the general Lush store smell, so maybe they’re getting better again.

Two of the three products I got are limited edition Easter products; the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb (when did they change from bath ballistics to bath bombs?) and the Bouncy Bunnies shower jellies. The other is the Big Bang bubble bar which I liked the sound of but wanted to smell in person before I got it. This post is kind of a first impressions and review type post, I have tried the shower jelly but not the two bath products.

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Book Review: Harry Potter Colouring Book

HPcolour1Title: Harry Potter Colouring Book

Author: Warner Brothers (I guess, there’s no author or illustrator given)

Year written: 2015

Publisher and year: Studio Press, 2015

ISBN Number: 978-1-78370-548-1

I’ve been wanting to increase my colouring book collection for a while. I saw the Harry Potter colouring books and as these combine two things I like; Harry Potter and colouring in, I decided to get them when they were on offer on Amazon. At the moment they’re £4.49 rather than the RRP of £9.99 and I think that’s the cheapest I have seen them anywhere in the UK though they’re also in offers on The Works website sometimes as well.

This is the first Harry potter colouring book and incudes pictures that are line drawings of scenes from the movies, some that are pictures of creatures and artefacts from the world and some are just repeating patterns of magical things. There’s also sixteen pages at the end that are printed in colour and includes the original screen shots, concept art or just colour versions of the designs in the book to give you some ideas or inspiration if you want to keep them true to the original colour schemes. The rest of the book is 102 pages including the introduction and front page inside that do include colouring elements but I’d say there are 100 pages, some of them double page images, to colour in. It seems like quite a large colouring book page wise compared to some of the others out there.

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