Colouring has in the past been mainly reserved for children, but this lovely pastime is now being recognised as more of an art form and an international trend to combat stress.
It is quite a revelation to know that as a result of its healing power, Adult colouring books are finding themselves more and more on the bestsellers’ lists throughout the world, and the therapeutic elements are a governing factor.
The explanation from the experts is simple as we are focusing on a singular activity instead of our current problems or negative thoughts. Complete concentration in a quiet space with relaxing music is advised, and without being tempted to watch TV or check your phone.
There are some good outlets to see what grabs your attention in the world of colouring like The Works, WH Smith and Waterstones, and here are some ideas to get you started.
The first item (https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/art-for-mindfulness-vintage-fabric-patterns/9780007949236) is from WH Smith and is very interesting. Available for only £9.19, you can transport yourself to another era and re-design the looks of the fabric patterns that made the glam fashion items of the past. The second item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/spectacular-patterns-colouring-kit-with-15-pencils/9781488929441) is full of intricate patterns that are fun to colour and includes 15 colouring pencils. For only £6.52 you can start bringing colour to kaleidoscopes. This third item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/i-heart-colouring-patterns/9781780554068) is perfect for those who want to carry your colouring book around – perhaps to work on in your work break or if you are travelling. For only £5.99 you can get this pretty pocket-sized colouring book for your collection from Waterstones. This fourth item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/70s-patterns/9781910552551) is perfect for those who want to relive the days of the 1970s with these wonderfully inspired pages of patterns. Available at Waterstones at £9.99 you will soon be able to create some 1970s art of your own.
The first item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-menagerie/richard-merritt/claire-scully/9781910552155) is a beautiful book full of interesting animal portraits for £7.49 at Waterstones. I have personally bought this book as a gift for friends and loved ones, and they had great fun with the detailed designs and the high-quality pages. Available at WHSmith, this second item (https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/millie-marottas-wild-savannah-a-colouring-book-adventure/9781849943284) is £6.99 and is full of detail imagery reminiscent of the grasslands of the savannahs of Africa, Asia and Australia. This third item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/draw-your-way-to-a-younger-brain-cats/anastasia-catris/anastasia-catris/9781409165460) is targeted towards memory improvement and is the first I have seen of its kind. Featuring 30 intricate drawings, you will be able to colour the stress away as you strengthen your memory to keep those precious moments with you forever for only £4.99. The fourth item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/animorphia/kerby-rosanes/kerby-rosanes/9781910552070) is immediately intriguing – and after purchasing it for myself, I have enjoyed colouring in the detailed images. This unique book is full of drawings to complete, pictures to colour and treasure, and can be purchased from Waterstones for £9.99.
The first item (https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-macmillan-alice-colouring-book/lewis-carroll/9781509813605) from Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece and includes the original illustrations from the two Alice novels and includes extra detail for more creativity. You can get it from Waterstones for £7.49. This second item (https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-official-a-game-of-thrones-colouring-book/9780008157906) is from the hugely successful series Game of Thrones. In this official book, you can discover beautiful exclusive drawings and re-imagine their world for only £9.19. This third item (http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/non-fiction-sets/poldark-country-colouring-book-with-36-colouring-pencils/kit20161) is full of wonderful illustrations of Cornwall, the setting of the Poldark. For £9 you get this fabulous book and a set of 36 colouring pencils. This fourth item is from Waterstones for £7.49 and is a unique colouring book, filled with 50 intricate drawings to fill. Finish the pages and discover something hidden within.
This last category is a small selection of great offers on colouring books. The first item (http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/crafting-books/colouring-and-craft-project-book-set/kit21073) is from The Works and is a fabulous book set of four colouring and craft books. For only £8 (£2 per a book) you get four different themed books and save a massive £31.96. The second item (http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/art-lover/day-and-night-ultimate-colouring-book-set/kit21278) is also from The Works and is an excellent set of three books and a set of 36 colouring pencils. Saving you £14.97, you can pick up this awesome product for only £12. The third item (https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-tattoo-colouring-book/9781780670126) is great for those who love tattoos but cannot commit to a real one. Available at WHSmith for £6.97, you can start designing you dream tattoos without the risk. The fourth item (http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/non-fiction-sets/colour-by-numbers—mindfulness-and-calm-colouring-book-with-36-colouring-pencils/kit20592) is a lovely set of two colouring books and a set of 36 colouring pencils for only £8, with savings of £8.98. These colour-by-numbers books promote calmness by allowing you a way to colour without any worry about colour matching and mixing. With these predetermined images, you can colour freely knowing the outcome.
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During the recent years, popular store chain Primark has been producing higher quality fashion, accessories and home décor for the same low prices. You can easily find enough fabulous clothes to fill a wardrobe and no matter what your style, you can always find something to suit in this fabulous store. They have an incredible range of designs and styles for different types of jewellery, such as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. From delicate to statement designs, whatever look you are trying to create is possible to find it here.
I love Earrings as they are easy to match all outfits and are easy to store. I keep mine in various pretty containers. I especially like this season’s range from Primark.
The first two pairs are beautiful studs, available for only £1.50 per a pair. These immaculately designed earrings will be the perfect addition to a pretty day outfit or a glamorous night out. As well as stud earrings, Primark also offers glam drop earrings, like the ones pictured above for prices from only £1.50. The last picture displays one of my favourite stud earring sets in Primark’s collection. For only £2.50 (about 80p per a pair) you get three dazzling pairs of studs that have the vintage style of classic glamour.
Rings are a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your hands and are the perfect companion to freshly-painted nails. I covered nails in a previous article, which you can find here https://www.glotime.tv/nailing-it-the-ultimate-image-capture/
Many of Primark’s rings are beautifully detailed and delicate. The first ring of my choice is a 3D red ornate rose ring and is oozing with glamour and can be purchased for only £2. The next piece is a fascinating concept of two rings attached via chains. This silver tone ring is designed to look like leaves and is only £2. The next item is one of my favourite Primark jewellery products. Featuring three filigree ring for only £3 per a pack, these stunning rings are inspired by antique and vintage engagement rings. They are all about delicate beauty and are the perfect addition to any outfit. The last item is also a set of three and is also only £3. These silver ornate rings are the perfect counterpart to the previous item and are perfect for evening outfits and social events.
Bracelets are great because they are versatile and can be worn together to create different images.
The first item is a classic chain bracelet. With a delicate design and gorgeous colours, this bracelet will liven up any outfit and costs only £2.50. The second item is a simple, but well-designed cuff that will give your outfit an air of power and strength for only £2. The next item is one of my favourites and is an awesome pack of 3D chain bracelets. They are great for stacking or wearing separately for a delicate look. With a great range of designs, you will have no trouble matching them to your outfit and even includes a rose design that can match a ring mentioned earlier in the article – for only £3 per a pack. The last item has to be my favourite. For only £2 you get a whopping number of eight friendship bracelets. With a wide range of designs, the delicate chains and rope with intricate detailing allow them to match together perfectly.
These can offer the most impact, and with a wide range of styles, you can find a necklace to suit any style or type of clothing.
This first item is a simple, but effective design. It will enhance your outfit and will add a piece of glam for only £1.50. The second item is a cube charm necklace with a stylish delicate chain. This item will liven up any frock or top for only £2. This third item is bolder than the others but isn’t quite a statement necklace. This gold band necklace will only set you back £3 and is perfect for outfits with solid colours. It is ladylike, charming and won’t weigh you down. This final item is filled with glamour and has gorgeous colours. This statement necklace costs only £5 and is glammed out with attractive gemstones. This special necklace can be the star of any outfit.
I put these a category of their own as I want to put more detail in Primark’s choker collection as they are all a bit special. However, not all chokers are shouting for attention and Primark themselves offer a lovely collection of delicate chokers, even the shyest of fashionistas can appreciate.
This first one is a set of three plain chokers and are a great way to start a choker collection for only £2 per a pack. With a simple design, the classic thin black choker in this pack is great for newcomers to choker fashion. The second item is simple but has a beautiful charm to add a bit more style for only £1.50. The third item is a delicate lace choker that will add glamour to any outfit, day or night. At only £2, you will be catching a bargain. The final item is a choker full of detail. At £2, it is stylish in black and gold diamante, is beautiful and won’t break the bank.
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Nails are an important part of your image, and as well as completing any outfit, they say a lot about who you are.
For high-quality nail polish, log onto https://www.livelovepolish.com/ With several brands and types of polish to choose from, you will find some great ideas to transform your nails.
One brand that comes to mind when thinking of great nail polish is FUN Lacquer, which is an artisan brand that offers cruelty-free vegan nail polish. Handcrafted in Singapore, Live Love Polish is the exclusive distributor of Fun Lacquer products in the US. This Company is famous for being 100% cruelty-free and doesn’t stock any polishes with harsh chemicals. It is amazing to have a high-quality and reasonably priced choice of polishes, that I can honestly recommend to you.
These polishes are not cheap, but bear in mind you are paying for a luxury and high-quality product made in ethical conditions. consider the shipping when ordering and perhaps think about saving and ordering enough to get shipping free.
Keeping Your Nails Healthy
Before you start to think about all the beautiful colours of nail polish, you need to remember to protect your nails.
A basic coat is the easiest way to do so, by creating a barrier between your nails and the colour polish. There are so many to choose from on Live Love Polish, but the ones pictured above are the most popular.
The first two are normal base coats and help the polish last longer without chipping. The third is the most popular of all base coats, It is a peel-off base coat which means the polish can be cleanly peeled off without the need of nail polish remover. This is a ‘must have’ for avid nail painters who want to apply fresh polish more often without the damage of over using nail polish remover. There is even a base coat for all those beautiful glitter polishes we are often reluctant to use.
The next ‘must have’ item is a top coat. There is nothing worse for nail art than having the polish become scratched, peeled or chipped. A top coat will seal in that colour and keep your manicure or pedicure lasting longer. These are the most popular top coats currently on the site with varying price ranges. The most popular top coat is the first pictured above and is packaged in a lovely bottle. It has gel-like shine and only one coat per a nail is needed. There are also top coats designed for glitter and smoothing the surface of the nail.
Most people think about nail polish to preserve their nails, but it also important to look after them during the time they are polish free – as although a base and top coat will protect your nails, they can still become damaged over time.
This is why I recommend investing in a cuticle oil, which is another great treatment that promotes strong nails and healthy, hydrated cuticles. The most popular nail oil is the first item pictured and leaves your nails feeling fresh and smelling gorgeous. The third item is for those who want to get rid of their cuticles without wanting to risk their skins health by exposing the skin to bacteria by cutting the cuticle, which I recommend avoiding.
The product exfoliates and tames the cuticles so they can be safely pushed back with the cuticle stick provided. Finally, I recommend a hand cream such as the one pictured forth. It can be used to hydrate your hands and keep them feeling dry.
Time For Fun
The best part about nail care and art is being about to apply beautiful colour to your nails and compliment any outfit and make-up. It can be difficult to choose and many start with the basic solid colour, while others jump towards the dazzling glitter and holographic polishes.
There are so also many ways to vamp up your nail art by using stencils to help you make more intricate designs if you don’t have a steady hand or the patience.
You will have to explore the website to see everything on offer, but I would like to point you straight away to the ‘fan favourites’ so you can see the highest-quality nail polish that Live Love Polish has in their portfolio. Keep in mind that some polishes are limited editions and popular polishes go out of stock often. The good news is that you can sign up to get updates with the newsletter by entering your email in the dedicated box at the bottom of the site, on any page.
The first polish is very popular and well-loved for many reasons. The most important one is that it offers an intense opaque colour in 1-2 coats. Thought of as being the best black nail polish on the market right now, this polish often goes out of stock and leaves people eagerly waiting for it to return.
Other favourites include the holographic nail polishes with a range of colours to choose from, you will be tempted to pick up the full set and I myself can’t wait to get my hands on my own bottles of the beautiful nail polish collection. Other polishes, such as the product pictured forth offer a more delicate and softer colour and is great for the base of an intricate design.
Going All In
After getting a base and top coat and various colours you could easily stop there and start painting your nails. However, you can also go even further and start adding more detail to your designs. Using stencils and stickers you can create stunning designs for any occasion and with the guidance of the stencil, you can worry less about making a mess.
The first product is important if you want nail art with spotted designs. You can use these tools to create neat dots on your nails, as well as strips and free-hand drawing. The next three items are vinyl sticks are used on the nail to create designs on the nail by blocking off part of the nail from the polish. The site offers detailed instructions to gets the best use out of these vinyl stickers.
Looking through the https://www.livelovepolish.com/ site I found several interesting products that you could try or experiment with.
A great addition to you nail regime is the must have accessory the “HANDIREST” available from http://www.handirest.com
This is a great accessory to keep your hand steady whilst applying your nail products.
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images from https://www.livelovepolish.com/