Glam up your iPhone with Popin Charms

Yay I found another Irish Business that I love. I got this gorgeous iPhone charm from Popin Charms, based in Swords, Dublin launched in July 2012 and run by Sarah.

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My Mothers Day Gift from L’Occitane En Provence, Lavender Set

Sorry I know I’m very very late posting this. Mothers day was ages ago here in Ireland but it’s coming up in America so I thought better late than never ;)

L'Occitane En Provence lavender gift set

I got this gorgeous L’Occitane En Provence Lavender Collection gift set for Mothers Day from the kids!

I just had to blog about it because the packaging is so pretty and I was new to their products…..so far I’m really loving them. A bit pricey for me but they are on my radar next time I’m looking for a pretty gift for someone or want to treat myself ;)

L'Occitane lavender gift set

The lavender in all the products is really fragrant too and the hand cream smell lingers for ages afterwards! I can’t even pick a fave out of the set, just trust me they are all beautiful products if you ever want to treat yourself or a friend. And I’m still thinking of what to use the pretty box for…..makeup most likely though!

Yaz x

Valentine gifts from Pixy Natural

Weather you’re into Valentines Day or not every girl loves pampering lotions and potions. Pixy do just that and are an Irish company too :)
I was kindly given these  products from Pixy to try as part of their new Valentine’s gifts, aren’t they just so pretty!

valentines gifts pixy
The Bath Oil contains  Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E so it’s incredibly moisturising and my skin felt silky smooth after my bath. I was worried I would feel really oily as I don’t think I’ve tried a bath oil before but as I say my skin just felt so conditioned. 

It also has glitter, my favourite :) so this is a lovely touch too, make sure to shake it before you put some in your bath.
You only need 2 tea-spoons of this and wow, the smell (water lillies) when you come back into the bathroom after leaving the bath to run is so beautiful, very relaxing. The water will also have a hue of blue to it, cool huh!!?

pixy sensual bath oil

This is €9.95 and well worth it, a little goes a long way and when it’s all gone the love heart-shaped bottle will be going into my craft room to be jazzed up and make a pretty decoration!

The Soap is also nice, I just love the 3-D design on it. This contains cocoa butter which is a favourite of mine as it’s so moiturising. This soap is fine to use on all skin types, even people with eczema and dermatitis believe it or not.

It also has Macadamia Nut Oil packed in their too which contains fatty acids and B vitamins (learn something new everyday) to keep skin soft and hydrated and protects skin cells from deterioration………..me likey!! See it’s not just a pretty soap ;)

Pixy Honeysuckle soap

The soap costs €5.49

I also love this massage bar with aduki beans, gonna get this for my bf give him a nice Valentine’s back massage as he has bad muscle pain, so I think this would be nice for a massage to knead sore muscles, I may get one in return too lol ;)

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You can buy these products and more from Pixy Natural’s website, there are loads of other beautiful gifts and gift sets.
They have free delivery on all orders over €10 to celebrate their new Valentine’s collection

pixy valentines gifts

Hint for you girls: Send this post on to you other half  haha! ;)

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Some quick Chistmas Cards

I only got around to making 2 very quick Christmas cards this year. Here they are

Candy Cane Christmas Card

I used paper from Graphic 45’s Nutcracker Sweet paper pad, they do such amazing papers!!  I love the Candy Canes, this card was for a little girl. I got the stamp free from DoCrafts Creativity Magazine and coloured with Promarkers.

Art Deco Style Christmas CardThis is another stamp from a DoCrafts Creativity magazine. I love  art deco style.

Have you guys made any christmas cards this year, send me your links if you have any

Glitter Mama x

Cocoa Brown The 1 hour Tan by Marissa Carter

The fabulous Marissa Carter (she’s Irish too by the way;) ) owner of Carter Beauty in Blackrock is now also the proud owner and developer of the new 1 Hour Tan Cocoa Brown. Out only a month I can see this tan being HUGE next year!

Cocoa Brown Tan Pink Bottle

I met Marissa at the Christmas Beauty Bloggers Event last Saturday, she was so sweet and gave a speech on her tan and how she developed it. I was very impressed by her hands on approach throughout the development of Cocoa Brown Tan, like she said ‘‘I wanted a tan that I would be proud to stand over”  And that she can!

Marissa Carter

Marissa Carter with her tan on, lovely!

Marissa also explained how she has Psorisosis so she wanted a tan that would be gentle which is why it has half the alcohol (needed for drying so your not standing there freezing your butt off waiting for it to dry!) that most other tans use.  Therefore, Cocoa Brown is more gentle than other tans :)

The reason why Cocoa Brown  has no dog biscuit smell (yes really, not eve a hint!!) and develops so quick is because of a special ingredient Marissa chose. This special ingredient pulls the DHA (this is what makes the melanin in your skin activate) down into the layers of the skin quickly leaving it no chance to oxidize (this causes that horrible smell) and gets to work faster on those lovely melanin cells to make us golden brown. Now there is a smell…….but it’s lovely fresh floral scent Tahitian Gardenia to be exact. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it smells, I couldn’t stop sniffing it haha, I wish you could get a perfume with this scent…next product in the Carter Beauty Range maybe!?? ;)

Cocoa Brown Mouse and Tan Mitt

OK so my verdict….I love this stuff! Especially for busy mums this is a life saver for when your rushing to go somehwere or want a quick fix to feel good! I usually have my shower in the evening so when I’ve used this I’ve put it on in the afternoon and then it’s ready to wash off in the evening, how handy is that!
You can leave it on for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for medium and 3 hours for a deep bronzed glow. I go with the 3 hours ;) I’m quite tanned already but deffo need a top up in the winter as I tend to look quite pale and pasty without the sun! I also applied this to my face, and I looked less pale without any make up on :)
It’s also a mouse so is very easy to apply and it glides on like silk. Cocoa brown has a mitt too and I’D always recommend a mitt with tanning, it just means your less likely to get streaks and it goes on even too

The final result of my tan was a very natural sun kissed tan so I’m very pleased. Best part is that Cocoa Brown is only €7.99 and is in most pharmacies, believe it or not but this has only been on shelves the past 3 weeks and it’s doing very well from what I hear. I will definitely be buying this tan again because it’s quick, suits me and certainly won’t make you feel guilty at such a great price.

Cocoa Brown Tan Pic

It’s even better in real life, can never get my camera to show the true colour of things! But I love the natural holiday looking tan it gave me. Great confidence booster :)

Have you tried this new 1 Hour Tan yet? Or will you try it? Let me know if you do, would love to hear what other people think

Also want to know why the tan is in a pink bottle? Well, Marissa didn’t go for the mainstream brown bottle commonly associated with tan, she wanted something different and pretty for a womans dresser. Marissa told us she would line up all her mothers empty cosmetic bottle and jars on her dresses. And even as we all get older I think girls love to have their room nice so why not have a cool pink bottle of tan on your dresses! Here’s mine hehe!

dresser with cocoa brown

Find Cocoa Brown Tan on Twitter and Facebook

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Glitter Mama x

Dealz Christmas Haul and a Competition for a €20 voucher!

Well I’m sure most of you know by now that I love Dealz, they have everything from beauty to homeware all at unbeatable prices (most things are all €1.49)  So I applied to be a Dealz ambassador to show you their great selection and now I am yippeeee :)
I will be doing more Hauls over the next year and show you all the fabulous deals you can get.

I went in for some Christmas bits and bobs last week. I got 21 items (and some had 2-3 items in each if you know what I mean) all for under €31!! As always I’m amazed at the amount of things I got and the quality too, it may be cheap but not cheap on quality. Also the staff are always very friendly and helpful in Dealz Blanchardstown. The store is always well stocked up and nice spacious isles so it’s easy to get around and find what you’re looking for

Take a look

Deals Christmas 2012 Haul

Beautiful 3 pack of wrapping paper for just €1.49 such good value isn’t it? I’m planning on using the 3-d decorations on some handmade cards :)

wrapping

Glitter whooo! I’m like a magpie with Christmas decorations lol! My daughter actually came up with the idea to double the tree clip as a hair clip, I think it’s really cute!

Tree decorations also used as hair clip

Me and glitter are best friends so you can imagine my happiness when I seen this cute red glitter christmas tree (yes I am a glitter-a-holic) perfect little decorations for the table as are the candle holders.

Table Decorations

Glitter mini Christmas tree! Oh yeh!!

I actually bought the Allura beauty set for myself haha! Handy set to have in the handbag during the Christmas season. The tweezers is AMAZING girls!!!! As good as the ones I pay €10 for, no joke! It’s slanted and gives a great grip on the hairs your plucking.

I will deffo be buying a few more for my handbag, car etc! The nail files with it are also very handy and super cute. And I just love the jewellry stand..again these were all just €1.49 each!
You could get a ton of stocking fillers for just €10

cheap and cheerful Stocking fillers

With Christmas being sometimes quite stressfull Radox Unwind bath soak is a must have for me, €1.49 for this big bottle is amazing!. Also the good old Nair for people who hate waxing llike myself.

The highlighter does a pretty good job for the cheekbones too. Brush isn’t great with it but you just use your fingers or a concealer/foundation brush anyway

beauty buys nair radox

Not only are the cookies in these cartoon characters tins yummy,  but the tins will do for storage of other sweets or toys when empty or hang the lids on the wall and you have budget friendly kids room decor!! :P

cookie tins mickey mouse disney

Cute lil fella isn’t he? They also have a hanging snowman and Santa :)

hanging reindeer

I needed a serving tray for the cookies and biscuits eaten over christmas. The embossing on the tray is a really nice touch. You can’t have enough non stick roasting pans when making Christmas dinner either.

embossed serving tray non stick roasting tin

 

Now for your chance to win a €20 voucher, simply….

1) Follow my blog through wordpress or sign up by email>>>>over there! Also if you want to stop by the Dealz Ireland Facebook page and say hi! 

2) Leave a comment that you’ve subscribed and maybe tell me a nice bargain you’ve got from Dealz recently :)

 

Winner Choosen… DENISE SKELLY

Good luck!

Glitter Mama x

**Competion closes Wednesday 19th December midnight,open to ROI ans UK only, winner chooses from the comments via Random.org, winners voucher may take a while if from Ireland as it will be posted from the UK

Gift Ideas from Irish Businesses

I love to buy Irish and support Irish businesses, it’s all we can do in this economy, help each other out! :) So here is part one, please take a look and consider them when you are buying for any occasion, help support your country

Tiny Treasures

A new little Irish business based in Leitrim. They make beautiful handmade keepsakes all of which can be personalised.
My fave has to be the frames where you can choose your own design and colour combos (even glitter!!) and she can even add photos for you.
Like Tiny Treasure on Facebook or follow on Twitter to see more of Gaynor’s lovely creations.

Funky Goddess

You may have seen Samantha with her brilliant idea on Dragons Den. Launched in October 2011 Funky Goddess has gone from strength to strength. The name represents a strong and powerful woman, I love that! They make gift boxes their main one being ”The Welcome to Womanhood gift box” It’s a lovely way to prepare your daughter/niece etc for that big milestone and give her a gift and make her feel special.

The box comes with:

Teen Pads
Pretty journal
Eye mask
Bubble Bath
Discreet case
Information Booklet
Hot Water Bottle
Lip balm

Funky Goddess also do other lovely gift boxes as you can see in the picture below. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter also                                                              

Jessie’s Headbands

For anyone with a little girl or even big girl, you’ll love Jessie’s headbands based in Wexford. I’ve bought some for my daughter and they are great quality and so adorable. Jessie’s is very creative and can make anything you want for any occasion. She also makes clips, alicebands and hats. From shabby chic to cartoon characters, glitter and bows, Jessie’s has a wide range of hair accessories. Gift boxes are available too. Follow Jessie’s headbands on Facebook for special offers she does from time to time

Curragh Cuties

Known for their quirky little salt dough sheep (I have a little piggy of theirs in my Kitchen hehe) Curragh Cuties are based in Kildare and as they say they are the epitome of handmade and unique gifts, founded in 2011 by two lovely women Lynda and Celine I can vouch for them personally that they are both very crafty women ;) Again I love that they will personalise your gift making them a great present for a new baby or house-warming gift. I think their gift baskets are great value too, they each come with something handmade and a few other goodies (see below). You can see more of their work and products on their website or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wooden Gifts Ireland

Located in Westmeath, Wooden Ireland Gifts are all for supporting local, local jobs and nothing is imported from abroad! Great pieces of work as you can see that can all be customised and personalised. These guys could make you anything you want out of wood, just ask!
My fave is the little coat stands, they do them for creches etc, but I think they would be very cute in a little boy or girls bedroom. I know my little girl have more coats and cardigans than the queen at this stage haha! Check out Wooden Gifts Ireland on Facebook

Ruth’s Nappy Cakes

Based in Limerick, Ruth makes such cute nappy cakes suitable for any budget. She can make one for any occasion with almost anything you want in it, from teddy’s and cutlery to scrapbooks and picture frames with of course the all important nappies :) Check out her Facebook page where you’ll see 100’s of different nappy cakes!!

I really hope you all go and check out these great Irish businesses and keep them in mind when you have gift to buy. There are some little gems out there and I’ve discovered we are a very crafty country ;) Tell them i sent you if you decide to visit them :)

I will be doing more posts on Irish Businesses, my next one will have more on beauty and skincare stuff :)) So if you know or are an Irish business that would like to be considered drop me an email at glittermamawishes@gmail.com with some details of the business and products.

Thanks for reading, Glitter Mama x

Competition – Win a €50 FotoInsight Voucher

Delighted that I can do a competition in time for Christmas for you guys and as a thank you for all my lovely followers and my blog is almost 3 months old….awwwww :)

Hope you like this comp thanks to FotoInsight, I think everyone will like this as you can buy a whole range of gifts personalised gifts from FotoInsight……just in time for Christmas, they’d make lovely gifts. I bought a chocolate advent calendar with my two kids photo on it, they love it, can’t wait for the 1st of Dec now to open the little windows :)

Personalised Advent Calendar

Sandwich Box, Photo Album, Cushion, Teddy Bear

How to Enter 

1. Like FotoInsight’s Facebook Page and leave a message on their wall saying I sent you-Click Here

2. Follow my blog via email (or WordPress)-Just pop your email in over there in the sidebar>>>>> 

3. Leave a comment under this post saying you’ve done them 2 things and maybe what you’d buy if you won the voucher

And your done….simples :) You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook too if you want

*Open to all EU countries and the UK, winners voucher of €50 will be sent by email, closing date is Friday 30th November, winner announced Saturday 1st Dec from the comments using Random.org

Good luck everyone x

Free Delivery ’till Christmas with Cloud10Beauty and Gift Guide

Yay I love free shipping, this is great to get loads of your Christmas gifts in one place, have a look at some of my favourite gift ideas!

Christmas Gift guide

ModelCo-Fiberlash Brush on Lashes Extreme Lash Extension Mascara
O.P.I-Vintage Minnie Mini’s
Handmade Soap Company-Shaving Soap for Him
Mama Mio-Pregnancy Essentials Set 
Karora-Gradual Bronzing Moisturizer with SPF15
Sleek-Au Natural i-Divine Palette

Glitter Mama
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