Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Simona Candini Art Review & Giveaway!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Simona Candini Art for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

Halloween is just around the corner which means it is time to start decorating the outside of my house, as for the inside it is filled with dragons, gargoyles and other assorted items so everyday is a little like Halloween for us. Every year I look for fun new additions to add to our walls or Halloween decor and I wanted to share a etsy shop called Simona Candini Art who sells prints of hand drawn images that are a little spooky and some could even say inspired by Halloween. All of her prints have a slightly darker feel to them but are still quite adorable and would make great conversation pieces to hang in your home. I received the three prints shown below to review here on my blog and I will be giving one lucky winner a print!

The prints in order are called "Rapunzel", "Kiss Me" and "The Secret Garden" each print comes dated and signed by the Artist and only 50 prints are sold of each image so you will also find a #/50 located on the bottom of the print letting you know it is limited edition. Each print is vibrant with color and the work is flawless I find each image captivating in it's own way, and I do have to say that I noticed some of the images of the prints found in her shop don't do justice to how vibrant the photos are in person. Every piece of her art work is extremely detailed you could sit and look at it and see each strand of hair, every piece of grass and every shadow that matches perfectly with the imaged it is a shadow of. My favorite of the three I received is the Secret Garden print, I can't quite put a finger on why it stands out to me the most but I absolutely adore it and it is so unique I know it will be a wonderful conversation starter. I have to admit I felt a little silly, at first I thought the Rose vines were just a plant the little girl was sitting on then I realized they were the lower half of the girl in the chair which made this image even more captivating. The prints shipped all the way from Italy to Arizona in less than two weeks which is extremely impressive considering most international packages take anywhere from 3-10 weeks to receive depending on customs and how it was shipped.

The prints have a small white edge to make them easier to matte and frame, but you are also able to request that be removed so it fits a standard 8"x10" frame which may be a better option for some. Each print ranges from $30-$35 which is a wonderful price for unique and limited edition art work, I've seen my fair share of prices on various works on art that are mass produced and have to say I rather spend my $35 on a print from Simona Candini Art than on something you can buy from the store. Customer service is fast and friendly, if you have any questions or even a custom request I am sure the store owner and artist would be more than happy to help you out.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Craig Michael Scott Art & Design Review and Giveaway!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Craig Michael Scott Art & Design for the review &giveaway free of charge.****

I grew up being a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I remember having a TMNT sleeping bag and square juice box cover at my grandmothers house for when I went to visit. I was excited when TMNT started making a come back and now my kids love those four tubular turtles. My son is a year and a half old, TMNT was one of the first shows he really connected with and "Turtles" was one of his first words, seeing how much he loves those four crazy turtles I wanted to find some art for his blank bedroom walls that reflect his likes. On my journey looking for bedroom art I came upon a etsy shop called Craig Michael Scott Art & Design. There were so many charming and sweet prints I didn't know where to start I want a dozen of the prints but the question is which do you buy first? After speaking with the store owner I received the chance to host a review and giveaway of his PreTMNT Inspired prints which feature all four turtles as toddlers doing various things such as eating pizza.

From the moment your prints arrive on your door you can tell that wonderful customer service, thoughtfulness and care were put into getting your package together. The prints arrive in a cute envelope with the stores logo picture, a business card and a note. For my review I received a set of  5" x 7" cards four features each Turtle on their own card and the last had all of them eating pizza together, I also received a set of TMNT inspired ACEO 3.5" x 2.5" Print to giveaway to a lucky reader. The prints were in a protective sleeve with a paper diving the cards from the cover card so they wouldn't stick and the smaller prints arrived in card sleeves to keep them protected. Each print is hand drawn by Craig Michael Scott and each print will make your heart melt, I absolutely love that he decided to make them more of a toddler/kid TMNT inspired art rather than keeping them as adults. The colors were vibrant, crisp and flows nicely through each print. I like the paper choice that was made when printing these out they are slightly more sturdy than regular photo paper.

The larger prints are $10 and the smaller prints are $4-$6 each a price that I would pay a hundred times over for this fantastic art work. If you are looking for a fun and unique gift for a birthday or Christmas gift this is the place to stop! He offers dozens of designs ranging from Star Wars to Superhero's a few of my favorites are shown above.

One lucky winner is going to receive a set of FOUR TMNT inspired ACEO 3.5" x 2.5" Prints shown in the first group of pictures. A $16 value!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trust Fund Beauty Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Trust Fund Beauty for the review free of charge.****

I am extremely picky when it comes to my nail polish, if the scent is too strong or the polish is too thin I won't use it again and usually won't think about trying any of their other colors if I dislike the first one I can try. I was recently sent a bottle of nail polish from a company called Trust Fund Beauty and I can honestly say I love the polish and it has earned a seat in my top favorites. The polish I received is called Denim With Diamonds which is a shimmery deep blue, Looking at how it is in the bottle and on the nail it reminds me of a glitter covered Tardis from Doctor Who.

It was hard to capture the true shimmer to the polish in a photo so I do have to say this polish is drop dead gorgeous in person the photos do not do it justice. I also have to say I am sorry for the slightly sloppy paint job in the photos above I neglected to do clean up before taking the photo. The nail polish arrived in a very timely manner and was in an adorable box with the company name on it! The polish is true to how it looks in the bottle and only required one coat to completely cover the nail and match the color in the bottle. I found the polish was the perfect texture, spread well, doesn't have a toxic smell to it, looks fantastic and it is long lasting. This polish lasted through me doing three days of yard work, and more!


 Each polish costs $15 per bottle, yes it may be a little more than most women spend on nail polish but I find it worth the price. Not all polishes are the same and this is one of the best polishes I've ever tried and would purchase another bottle for myself I love the Denim With Diamonds I received and also love how their I'm kind of a big deal, Killer Heels, Retail Therapy and Just Talk to my Lawyer look. Head over to their website to see everything they have to offer you!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Amy's Not Dead Yet Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Amy's Not Dead Yet for the review free of charge.****

 I am always on the hunt for unique products that fit with my style,likes and likes of those I know. Many of those likes include popular shows such as Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, ect and I love being able to share them here with you! A huge fan hit is Doctor Who and I've found a great little etsy shop called 'Amy's Not Dead Yet' and she sells Cards & Art for the geeky fan. I was recently sent a few samples of her work which included a Note card, A sheet from her Cthulhu coloring book, two Doctor Who Christmas tags and a few book marks. All of which can be seen below:

The samples arrived in a very timely manner and were well packaged. I highly enjoy the type of paper that was used to make each of the products, it is sturdy yet bendable at the same time allowing a little wiggle room when shipping in the mail. Each print was full of color and well drawn, I was attracted to the shop because of how kawaii and adorable the characters were on each piece of her art work. Cards are $6 each, If you were shopping for cards you might think this is a little high, but in reality it isn't. If you think about it cards at the store rang from $2.95-$10.95 sometimes more for a card that is massed produced and has been given to hundreds of others with the cards from Amy's Not Dead Yet they are hand done in water colors and are quite unique. I personally think the price is one hundred percent worth it for the craftmans ship alone.


So if you have a Doctor Who, Sherlock, Cthulhu, Hobbit or other similar geek show lovers head over to see what you can find for them or even for yourself! The products are exceptionally made, shipping is fast and customer service is fantastic plus the prices are great so you can't go wrong with this etsy shop! Can't find something you're looking for? Feel free to message the shop owner I am sure she would be happy to work on something for you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boxed Review & Giveaway!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Boxed for the review free of charge.****

Do you love shopping in bulk but prefer not to pay for a yearly membership to a local wholesale retailer? I have the perfect solution for you! Boxed.com offers low priced bulk products including grocery items and beauty items. Up until a week ago I didn't know Boxed.com existed and now I am sorry I didn't know about it I love their website and most of all I love their prices. I was lucky enough to receive a chance to participate in a review and host a contest (will be posted soon) for Boxed.com taking a look at the products below how much would you guess the total was? $140 maybe $120 discounted? If you guess anything over one hundred dollars you would have been wrong for all six of the bulk products below it only came out to $88 with free two day shipping.

There are a number of products available ranging from Laundry soap, to dog food, tooth paste and even beef jerky. It was hard to decide what to get for my review there were so many wonderful products to choose from so I narrowed them down to our favorites. Looking up prices at a similar retailer and the price comes out to over $100 I can see where the better price and better place to shop is and that is Boxed who offers a Free membership and cheap prices. Did you know an average trip to a local warehouseclub takes over 180 minutes? Boxed gives you back 179 of them. I felt more comfortable and happy shopping from home instead of going to a big warehouse full of people to look for what I am in need of. I placed my order on Monday September 8th and received it on Wednesday September 10th, Now keep in mind I live closer to where these products were shipped from so your order can take slightly longer. One of the big things I noticed and thought was sweet was that a note was included with my package wishing me luck with potty training my son I ordered a Huggies Pullups Combo pack which 1.) I didn't know existed before working with this company and 2.) was an unbeatable price. Along with their already amazing prices they also have a "stuff on sale" section where you can find a large handful of products with sales prices. Customer service was fast, friendly and professional.

How would you like to win a gift card to Boxed? Leave a comment letting me know something you like about their company.

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Three lucky winners will each receive a $100 Credit to Boxed.com

Please note in order to claim your prize you will need  to create an account in order to have the credit applied to your account. Use the Invite code YZ98A to receive a $10 Bonus at Check out! [Code is added as Invite/Promo code during the check out process] 

This giveaway is open to US Residents only, I am sorry but they can not ship to PO Boxes, ATO, FPO or DPO addresses. You will need to enter your CC info at check out but you will not be charged.

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