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Poptastic! Fun and Fashionable With Popband!*

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Charming Nails - Sparkly-Nails Review*

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Friday, 31 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - Tofu Cute 31st of May


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Tofu Cute

Happy Friday darlings! Hope you've all had an okay week, not to worry it's now the weekend! And to kick off the weekend here on UniqueLoveStyle I'm bringing to you some more kawaii cuteness! Featuring today is Tofu Cute, an online store specialising in kawaii gifts, accessories, stationery, and tasty Japanese snacks. They're based in the UK, but offer delivery all around the world; and are constantly on the lookout for delightful new items to offer to their customers!



Much of the stock can't be bought elsewhere in the UK or Europe as they source it directly from East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong. Often they will stock limited quantities of an item, so if you see something you really like, it’s best to get it quickly!

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Interview with Rosanna Mackney Creative Director and Buyer at Tofu Cute

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
Japan's obsession with cuteness, and the amazing creativity in product design and graphic design that have sprung from that, have really been a big inspiration. It's great to be a part of helping to spread cute culture over to the UK and Europe! 


2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I really enjoy going to events with Tofu Cute - we attend a lot of festivals and expos where we set up stalls and run panels, and it's such a lot of fun getting all dressed up and meeting people with common interests. Also as I'm the main buyer, this means a lot of product research, which involves going to Asia every year to source all the latest cute items - basically a huge shopping trip! \(^o^)/

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
Being featured in a book all about cute culture ("Hello, Cutie") which was published last year was a proud achievement. It's rewarding to see something I've designed on the computer be printed/made in real life, for example banners and products. Also if a product I've selected to be sold at Tofu Cute proves to be super popular, that's a good feeling too, as it means I have a good handle on what people find cute!

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
I've never really fancied a conventional career and I love the control and flexibility that I have in this job, so I can't imagine doing anything else! TofuCute.com has a new "sister site" which is currently under development and due to launch next month - it's called DreamyBows.com, and it specialises in cute Japanese street fashion. I hope to be involved in that a lot in the future, as I love the Hime Gyaru and Sweet Lolita styles!

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
If there is a particular subject or sector you're interested in, no matter how obscure, keep persevering! Jobs are in short supply and high demand at the moment, but if you pursue something you're truly passionate about, that enthusiasm will shine through to potential employers. We spend a lot of our lives at work, so to be doing something you love will make you a lot happier, even if you have to do rubbish part time jobs in order to get where you want to be. Also, don't be afraid to take reasonable, educated risks to start your own business if that's your passion - you can even go into the venture with friends, to spread the risk!

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
It's quite hard to choose! >_< I love the Pastel Alpaca Cases because alpacas are just the cutest animals. Then there's the Endless Edamame Popping Soybeans, one of our classic products - but I'm a bit biased because I designed the faces on the little beans for those! In the Snacks category, I love Panda Pocky because it's delicious cookies and cream flavour and the packaging is really cute. But the Popin' Cookin' DIY Candy kits are just the zaniest things I've seen, they're amazing!


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I'm pleased to let you know that any orders over £20 receive free postage! So go on over to see what cute and unique products you can buy!
Thank you so much for your involvement Tofu Cute, was such a pleasure to feature you and hear more about your own thoughts on the business.

I'm always a Tofu Cute fan for sure!

Check out their links -

   

Friday, 24 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - Annefashionblog 24th of May



New Feature Friday!
Featuring Anne Style Diary

Yay it's finally Friday and you all know what that means here on UniqueLoveStyle, It's Feature Friday time! Today's Feature is a little different, instead of myself featuring a business, I'm featuring a Blogger. The lovely Molly-Anne who owns Anne Style Diary is 19 years old and is currently studying Fashion Promotion in Cardiff.

I've known her quite a while on Twitter and she is such a sweet person with a very down to earth personality and I must say I enjoy her tweets. Her blog is very chic and very well laid out, easy to navigate through with the appropriate pages and use of HTML. Her posts are a variety of Beauty, fashion, nails and lifestyle with clear photography; You can always see her thoughts and views shine through with each post that she does.

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Interview with Molly-Anne l Owner of Anne Style Diary

1) What has been your key inspiration to beginning your blog? 
I'm such a beauty addict that I spent most of my time surfing through blogs on the internet. So when my friend invited me to a BooHoo bloggers convention in Bristol I couldn't help but say no! I chatted to a lot of successful people at the event and they convinced me to start up my own blog which I did!

2) What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
 I think blogging is a fabulous way for stylish young women, and men, to meet each other and share inspiration/tips/tricks etc. I love the #bbloggers chats on Sunday and I especially love finding amazing new products to share with my followers.

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' blog moment?
 I think my proudest moment so far was when I managed to figure out basic HTML and turn my (then hideous) beauty blog into something a lot prettier and suitable for my audience. Since that day my blog views and followers shot up! 

4) Where do you see yourself and blog develop in the future? 
I'm very interested in taking my career in beauty to the next level. My life ambitions are to become a feature editor for a glossy magazine, hopefully based somewhere glamorous like New York! My degree should help this along but I'd love my blog to become more popular so I know I'm on the right track! 

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the blogging path like yourself? 
I'd tell them to do something original. There's a-million-and-one beauty blogs out there with the same old MAC reviews and cutesy headers. I love it when I see someone's personality coming through in their blog so I know I'm reading something honest and passionate. Also, make loads of friends! I've never met an unfriendly Blogger so get online and chat to people! 

6) Which would you say is your favourite type of blog post to do? 
I LOVE doing reviews. I know it's same-old, same-old but I try and find interesting things to review from original places and teensy-tiny boutiques. I think this type of post is the most helpful to read as well, I know I love reading a good review.

 7) 3 Must have beauty items you couldn't be without! 
Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream, Sabon Moisturising Face Lotion, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. 
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A big thank you to Molly for allowing me to feature her and her wonderful blog! She is such a stunning girl, and I wish her all the success in the future. 

Make her day by popping over to have a look at her blog and other networks!


     

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Poptastic! Fun and Fashionable With Popband!*


I've got a fabulous product to tell you all about today! Popband is a brand that I came across recently, and as you know my blog is all about reflecting on unique and up coming trends. Popband is making hair-bands fashionable for both the hair and the wrist!


On receiving these items I'm sure you can see, just how interesting and vibrant the packaging is. Everything was packaged professionally, giving you a clear preview on the Popbands themselves. The key to the Popbands is that when wearing them in your hair it leaves your locks kink-free when removing, and then you can wear them on your wrist and still have them look fashionable whether you wear them solo or stacked!



I found the concept very interesting and handy! Before I had my hair short for the past 4/5 Years I remember especially when I would go for my regular dance training, I would have really flimsy hair-bands that really would tangle up in the hair or snap for example. Hair-bands really needed some changes in the market, something trendy, durable yet fashionable. Popbands have really thought more about these things and how to roll it all into one! Hair savers indeed!



This is the first item I received, it's an individual Popband in Just Peachy. It is a powder pink shade which is very pretty and feminine, with a gorgeous added diamonte like charm. I adore this so much, even wearing it on my wrist the material is so soft and stretchy and doesn't feel uncomfortable against the skin. 


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Now when seeing this item I couldn't help but become quite excited! This is the twin-pack Popband in Midnight. As you can see just like the Just Peachy Popband, there is a wonderful stretchy hair-band with a diamonte like charm and due to it being black of course it can go with anything! But that's not all.. also included is a headband! In the same material and stretchiness it is perfect to push the hair from off the face and I do this a lot especially when I do my daily facial routine!  

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Last but not least these are absolutely adorable! They're the Multipack Popbands in Pop! In a rainbow of colours there are 5 popbands which come in the multipacks. On their website they have a variety of colour packs at a great price of just £6 each! I find that the Popbands really are worth every penny, they're perfect for on the go and for any age too. 

I'm pleased to let you know that it is free delivery on all UK orders! They're also putting proceeds to global charities too which is wonderful support on their part!


Do you think you'll be buying any Popbands?
What are your thoughts on them?
Let me know in the comments section!

    

Monday, 20 May 2013

Charming Nails - Sparkly-Nails Review*


Bubble Charms Review
Sparkly-Nails



So as some of you may have noticed, this is actually a very different topic for me to review on the blog. I'm not just obsessed with make-up but whenever I'm out nail varnish always catches my eye; whether it's nail effects, trending shades or glitter. I guess you could say this blog post will be the first of the Nail related posts! 

I was just browsing the Bloggers hash-tag on Twitter when I came across this company, It seemed they were looking for Bloggers to work with and because I was willing to try new nail techniques out I applied for the opportunity. 

Luckily I was accepted onto their Blogging Scheme, and here are their Bubble charms which they kindly sent for me to review for you all!


I was sent these two packs of x2 Bubble Charms. The first pack was the Pink Dove Oval Nail Bubble Charms, and the second was the Leopard Print Bow Bubble Charms. 
These charms indeed have that complete 4d effect, they also included a small tube of nail glue to ensure that the charm would last longer on the nail. 


As you can see from above I practised my Nail art techniques and chose colours that would fit with the bubble charms nicely. 
Firstly I applied the base coats, for the leopard bow nail I used Claire's Copper Shimmer nail varnish in two coats and waited for it to dry; while doing so on the other nail I applied two coats of Claire's LightPurple varnish. 


When the copper shimmer was dry I applied only a small dot of the nail glue I was provided with, onto the nail and then gently applied the Bubble Charm bow to near the nail edge. The glue began to set quite fast and seriously only a small drop was needed! 


For the Pink Dove Oval bubble charm, when the base coat of varnish was dry, I used Claire's two way nail art pen and brush in both black and white. Using long strokes I created this effect and allowed it to dry, to then apply at an angle the glued bubble charm. 

Overall Thoughts 

Very impressed with these charms if your looking for something different to try then I would definitely recommend. Here are my main points on them -

  • Charms were actually smaller than I thought but are most suited for larger nails.
  • Can be used creatively with satisfactory results.
  • Reminds me very much of all things Kawaii!
  • Reasonably priced for quality, £1 for 2x charms.
  • Would preferably wear the charms on just the ring finger nails.
  • Fun and simple to apply using a small amount of nail glue.
  • Wonderful customer service and postage.
  • Many designs to choose from on their bubble charm category.

What do you think to these types of charms? 
Would you try them to jazz up your nails?
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Friday, 17 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - The Vintage Pamperbox 17th of May



New Feature Friday!
Featuring The Vintage Pamperbox

Horraaah It's finally Friday and you know what that means here on UniqueLoveStyle...Feature Friday time! This week's Feature is on the glamorous and oh so vintage company, The Vintage Pamperbox. I came across this business by actually looking at one of the team's blogs! Pin-up and anything vintage always inspires me, so to read her blog, that I must say is fabulous, to then hear about her involvement of The Vintage Pamperbox I was overjoyed to Feature them here for you!

The Vintage Pamperbox provides wonderful vintage events, whether it's for a birthday, Hen party or just a treat for yourself and your friends! The location can be from a choice of their regular venues or they can even provide the experience all the way to your home with their portable beauty parlour. With packages to choose from they can cover eras of the 20s through to the 80s, doing both make-up and hair by adding that extra glamour factor, perfect for a bride to be with their wedding services available too.


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Interview with Betty Pamper l Make-up Artist The Vintage Pamperbox

1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
Ultimately I have always aimed to combine a practical full time job with a creative venture. I think the inspiration for this was probably my mum and step dad when I was growing up. My mum was a fashion designer and my stepdad was a well known fantasy artist so the blueprint for making a living from being creative was set early on.

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love that I get to work with my best friend Lilly and my husband Nick. I also really enjoy meeting so many different women from all different walks of like. The universal language of glamour means we always have lots to talk about and making women feel amazing about themselves is incredibly rewarding.

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
My personal proudest moment was having my little girl. on a professional level seeing my first book in Waterstones takes some beating.I always feel very proud when we see women's confidence grow in front of our eyes as we transform them.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
I would love to see the Vintage Pamperbox thrive and my work as a writer and blogger continue to attract readers.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
I think you do need the building blocks of make up artistry even if you intend to only do "vintage inspired" styling so attending a make up course is essential. Then try and shadow as many professional make up artists as you can. You will learn so much about client facing skills and working within peoples personal space. Finally always be professional, happy and on time.

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
My favourite package which we are offering at the Vintage Pamperbox is probably our heroes vs villains event. Who doesn't want to dress up as wonder woman?


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A big thank you to The Vintage Pamperbox for being part of Feature Friday! Their parties and events look absolutely amazing and so much fun! 

Great to have a theme such as this to really make a day to remember. 

If you would like to read and see more about The Vintage Pamperbox and the lovely team who own it you can find out more here -


   

Monday, 13 May 2013

The Friendly Bunch Blog Hop {#12}



Welcome back from another weekend my lovelies. It's time to share something interesting with you and then we can start blog hopping and meeting more amazing people all over the world. If you would like to know more about this hop, please visit the first post here .

Today Nia (The blog hop host) thought she would share something other than a quote. As summer is very close, we are all changing from all the sweaters and coats and bringing out those skirts and shorts. Have you ever seen an item you like and can't justify the purchase? {been there, done that}

Well, she though it would be great to show you a way you can redo old shorts or jeans to look very trendy. You can add sequin, lace and other designs just like in the picture. Try it! I'm sure I will!

In Nia's words - "This week I am excited to have another co-host with us. I have known her for quite a while and watched as her blog has grown. She is such a lovely young lady, you will definitely love her. So stop by her blog and say hi." -- Awwh so pleased to be part of this sweetie!

If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, please email the host Nia!

I'm so honoured to be the co-host for this week!


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Rules:
1. Follow the Host & Co-host {first 2 links} via GFC/ Bloglovin'/ email
2. Visit the other links and don't forget to say hi.
3. Add your link

I would also really appreciate it if you:
- Share this blog hop's button on your blog {available in the sidebar}
- Share this blog hop with other bloggers on your Facebook  twitter. The more the merrier. {Use hashtag #TFBBH on twitter}
- Like Nia's Facebook page or follow her on Twitter for updates and chatting.








Friday, 10 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - Daisy Thomas 10th of May


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Daisy Thomas

Happy Friday everyone! Today's Feature Friday is all about Daisy Thomas; A business which provides the most unique and trendy accessories. I found them by my weekly read through of magazines, the business advertisements section always catches my eye when finding out about boutique and small businesses. 

If your looking for something that's in season yet very different from your high street stores, Daisy Thomas provides just that! They're a  British, Nottingham based accessory designer which made me think, oh what a small world!

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Interview with Daisy l Owner of Daisy Thomas


1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
 I think it all began from watching my Mother and Grandmother making clothes, my family are a creative bunch. After graduating from my Textile degree I started work as a freelance designer. I created embroidery and prints for fashion labels. Although it was fun it wasn't well paid and my designs would get copyrighted so I thought why not go it alone.

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
There are so many aspects of my job that I love. Firstly it’s great being your own boss. Having the choice of when I start and finish is nice. You also get to meet so many exciting in interesting people in this industry. My favourite time of year is the festival season. I have a stall selling my wears at Secret Garden Party, this is when I get to mix work with pleasure.

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
I think it was seeing a feature in Company magazine and getting my work blogged on the Elle website.

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
Still continuing to develop my business. Hopefully having outlets around the world and just being a well respected designer.

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
I would just say, try out everything and keep going. You will succeed if you try hard enough, give your all and more.

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
The customised headphones, this was the first product I created and has been a great seller ever since.

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A big thank you to Daisy for allowing me to feature her here on UniqueLoveStyle! I must say you have a great talent and eye for style and I wish you all the best of luck with the future of your business too!

To Get in touch and hear more about Daisy Thomas find out through these links -

       

Friday, 3 May 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - Sundae Surprise 3rd of May


New Feature Friday!
Featuring Sundae Surprise

Hello Lovelies! Welcome to this week's instalment of Feature Friday. This week we're looking at the marvellous company, Sundae Surprise, which I came across during a read of my Cosmopolitan magazine. This business stood out to me for it's fun and uniqueness of all things vintage and pin-up! A Sundae Surprise tea party is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion; whether it’s a birthday, christening, baby shower, engagement, hen party or wedding.

 They specialise in hand-crafted afternoon teas of delicate sandwiches, delicious scones and decadent cupcakes, served on pretty vintage china and washed down with a choice of the finest teas! And are based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire but they are fully mobile and can provide pop-up tea parties throughout the South East and London, the Midlands and the South Central area! So they can be hosted whether it's at your home or your choice of venue. They have brand new craft workshops, burlesque lessons, pin-up make-overs for a fabulous party twist with so much more to provide!


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Interview with Marie (AKA Cherry Sundae/Miss Cherry!)lOwner of Sundae Surprise

    1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?
[Miss Cherry] The key inspiration to setting up the business was my Grandmothers tea set that she left me when she died. It was a wedding present for her and my Grandfather in the 1930’s and it’s absolutely beautiful. This gave me the idea of hosting a Vintage Tea Party to celebrate my Children’s Christening and things just snowballed from there!
 2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?
[Miss Cherry] The flexibility of being my own boss and working from home is probably the best thing. I also love baking of course.
 3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?
[Miss Cherry] There have been so many moments along the last two and a half years, when the website went live, my first booking which so totally awesome and perfect, when Katie from What Katie Did mentioned me in a tweet (I had A LOT of hits on my website that week!), getting my 5 out of 5 for my Environmental Health inspection, they have all been proud moments. But I do like telling people I run my own business, I feel especially proud of that.
 4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
[Miss Cherry] I can see myself doing this for a long time but I would absolutely love to have a tea shop of my own to host the parties in. It’s been a dream since I was little.
 5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?
[Miss Cherry] Don’t do it in the South East! No seriously I would advise anyone thinking about starting their own business to go for it. There are a lot of cake businesses out there so make sure you have something different to offer to your competitors.
 6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?                    
[Miss Cherry] Its difficult to choose a favourite party, our most popular party is the Pin-Up Tea Party, I love taking photos after of the girls looking gorgeous, with their vintage makeovers.
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Make sure to check up on their website for news and prices of their incredible parties! This really has made me hope for a vintage theme party for my birthday this year! watch this space..Hehe

Thank you again to the wonderful Miss Cherry for her time and interview! 
So pleased I've found such a fun and glamorous event company!

To hear and network with Sundae Surprise here are the following links -


    
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