Canvas Factory review + GIVEAWAY. 03.

[i was provided with one canvas print for review purposes; squeals of excitement and opinions are 100% mine.]

we capture so many great memories with our phones and digital cameras from our vacations and graduations, to selfies and, of course, our food. Canvas Factory allows you to transform those photos into beautiful pieces of artwork. they can print on stretched canvas, aluminum, acrylic glass. they can print collages, full wall displays, or even split canvases. best of all, their website lets you easily upload photos from your computer or even directly from facebook, instagram, or flicker. the hardest part is choosing a photo!

from phone to canvas.

this photo was taken at a recent family get together at ala moana beach park. i chose a 16" x 20" canvas print in landscape. i uploaded the file from my computer, positioned it on the canvas, and that was it. my print arrived approximately two days later.

wrapped canvas.

provided with a backing and hangers.

this is my third print from Canvas Factory, here are a couple of them behind my desk.


Want to have a unique piece of artwork that no one else will have? Canvas Factory is generously giving away a free canvas print to one lucky reader.

Can't wait? Head over to Canvas Factory and start creating your canvas art now! Otherwise, enter below.

giveaway open to US/CAN only, ends 12/25
enter using the rafflecopter widget below

good luck!

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an [oomph.] review. Contours Rx Lids By Design.

having single eyelids, my sisters and i grew up admiring and wishing for double eyelids. makeup application seemed easier, and our eyes just might look a little bigger...right? some friends we knew got surgery to create their folds, but it never seemed natural, and sometimes it was uneven! none of us wanted the risky surgery, and i remember my sister trying everything, first using eyelid tape before moving on to [eyelash] glue.

Contours Rx is the creator of non-surgical beauty enhancements, like Lids by Design, which are great alternatives to risky surgery. Lids by Design is medical grade, hypo-allergenic eye lift strips used to correct sagging, drooping, puffy, or asymmetrical lids. with six different sizes, you can correct with a slight 3mm lift to a dramatic 8mm lift.

to use, simply apply strips to clean dry lids using the tweezers provided. hold in place with fingers for at least 30 seconds, and that's it!

(4mm strips used in the left photo, natural lids on the right.)

my single eyelids (or monolids) have a very slight crease but no distinct fold. depending on how tired or puffy my lids are in the morning, sometimes there's no crease at all, or it might only be on one side. Lids by Design allows me to define my crease and create a fold. you can see the subtle yet distinct double lids in the photos above. it definitely takes some practice, but you can use one set to practice with, then use brand new strips for your final look.

if you need to apply makeup, use this primer pencil to create a base over the strips and prepare them for makeup. i only tried this pencil once, but it seemed to "hilight" and expose the strips. i will definitely need more practice with the primer.

my overall thoughts is that this is an excellent alternative to surgery. you will get instant results that make you look and feel good about yourself.

have you tried Lids by Design? would you consider surgery?
tell me your thoughts.


trending. straw bags.

if you want in on the straw + bamboo bag trend, i've got you covered. in my quest to find one for myself, i came across so many cute ones that i'll share with you here. happy shopping!

i don't give in to many "trending now" items, but once in a while something comes along that really piques my interest. we [in hawaii] have been carrying straw bags and baskets around for ages, so this trend just fits in with my beachy lifestyle. this particular bamboo bag that i chose reminded me of 1) a bag my older sister used to have, and 2) those plastic jelly bags i used to have. 

fyi, this bag comes in small and large; i may have been ok with the small as the large is quite big.

this display at my local store grabbed my attention!

find these cute styles and more here.

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did you find something you liked?
let me know if any of these piqued your interest!


the sherpa.

if you didn't already know, i'm obsessed with sherpas. i purchased this one on a whim on christmas eve, totally raving about it to everyone i knew. long story short, i ended up giving it away on christmas day to a friend's daughter who really wanted it. in the end, i went on a mission to find and replace the one i "lost" and have been obsessed ever since. 

yes, this is hawaii, but we do have chilly months. this sherpa is so soft and kept me so warm. i take it everywhere with me and keep it handy in the car.

hotel spa collection hooded sherpa robe, ross $16

i can't find this exact one anywhere online, and i think i purchased every single one of them on the island. i finally found a few that are totally oomph-worthy, and all of them are under $100!

what do you think about the sherpa?
do you own one?
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