Pixels & Ink Co. | Etsy Launch

Do you ever set those goals for yourself that even when you set them, you're half-convinced you'll never actually get around to? No, just me? 
Well, anyway, setting up my own Etsy store has been one of these out of reach goals for me for what seems like years - probably is actually years - but, this month, I finally got around to it!
Let me introduce you to my new favourite corner of the internet: Pixels and Ink Co., on Etsy! It's actually a collaboration between George (the boyfriend, portfolio here) and I, so there's bound to be a slightly unconventional clash of brush calligraphy, inky doodles, and his slightly darker portraiture, sketches, and digital prints.
If you fancy having a look at my online store, with all its random Harry Potter and feminism and coffee-based prints, head over to Pixels and Ink Co. on Etsy (if you favourite us, I'll love you 5ever).
Unframed A5 prints start at £6.00, with framed options starting from £10.
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NYX Lingerie Lipstick | Review & Swatches

NYX Lingerie Review and Swatches
I think we all know by now, I am obsessed with a good matte lipstick. And, as anyone following me on my Instagram knows, I finally bragged that I'd found my new obsession in the form of a new shade from NYX. You're welcome in advance.
The premise of the NYX 'Lingerie' lipsticks are that they're all somewhere on the 'nude' colour scale (some shades are less 'nude' than others), and that they all have a super matte finish. There are twelve shades available in the range, and I'm quite convinced there's something for everyone.
I grabbed three shades from the range, after umming and ahhing over them all for about 3 days:
LACE DETAIL
Hands down, my favourite shade of the three - it's a 'my lips, but better' shade, for me, and the slight pink undertones add a subtle splash of colour. I'd go for this one if you're quite pale and want a truly 'nude' lip.
BEDTIME FLIRT
If 'Lace Detail' is 'my lips, but better', then 'Bedtime Flirt' is 'my lips, but browner'. It's got a really warm cinnamon undertone to it, which is great for anyone who has a warm skin tone - I'd really recommend this shade for anyone who's wanting to try incorporating something a little darker into their everyday lip kit.
EXOTIC
This has fast replaced the red lip as my 'going out' look for 'summer' (as I write this, there's a tiny monsoon happening outside my window). It's a rich plum shade, perfect for a bold lip, and the one I mentioned over on Instagram a few weeks ago. Again, it's got a slightly brown undertone to it, so it's great for warmer skin tones.
Like most matte lip products, the NYX Lingerie lipsticks can leave your lips feeling a little dry, but it doesn't, in my experience, do that hugely unflattering thing of clinging to any dry patches on your lips (I have more than I'd care to admit).As for the applicator, it's a slightly 'flatter' version of the normal doe-foot applicator, and it actually makes evenly applying the colour without a brush about 100 times easier. I honestly love the formula and application so much, that I might just buy all the shades (slowly, of course, I'm not made of money).
The NYX Lingerie Lipsticks retail for £6.50, and can be bought from Boots online, here.
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Quick & Easy Glitter Bowl | DIY

You know the feeling; it's late at night (or, if you're me, early in the morning), you're lying in bed and should be sleeping, but instead, you're browsing Pinterest. You come across one of those fun DIY graphics, and you think 'ooh I could do that'. Then sleep hits, and - oh no! - you haven't pinned the DIY. You search and search, and you just can't spot it anywhere...but the creativity bug is raring to go, so you grab some supplies, and you give it a try, anyway.
Anyway, this glitter bowl was one of these late-night discoveries, and I already had everything I needed to do it, at home (is it weird that I always have a stash of balloons for craft-related stuff?).
All you'll need to give this a go is some Mod Podge (you can use other craft glues, like PVA, but I prefer this because it comes in this matte option, which gives a nicer finish), some medium balloons, a thick paint brush, and some chunky glitter (mine's from here). It's optional, but I also use these silver takeaway containers to mix things in, whenever I'm crafting, because it makes clean-up a lot easier.
It's a super simple process, from here; whip about two tablespoon's worth (that's a guess-timation, don't go ruining your silverwear) of glue with about half the amount of glitter. Depending on the glitter you're using, you might need to adjust this slightly, but the goal is to get the consistency like the photo above.
Once you've got the consistency right, you want to blow up your balloon to about the size you'd like your bowl to be, and then sit it in an old mixing or serving bowl to hold it still. Then you simply have to paint the balloon with your glue mixture; don't worry too much about keeping it even the whole way round, it's part of the charm of this DIY that it's not quite even.
Sit the balloon to one side to dry (preferably overnight), and when the glue's gone completely clear, break out your nearest needle/safety pin and pop your balloon. 
And there you go! Your very own glittery balloon bowl. I recommend sitting it on your desk and filling it with sweets, because who doesn't work better with a delicious incentive? 
Will you be giving this fun DIY a go? And what's your favourite Pinterest-inspired project?
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