Friday, 28 February 2014

Heal Gel for Eyes* - Review

If you read my review of Heal Gel intensive, back in October, you'll know I quite enjoyed using the brand. What you won't know, yet, is that a chunk of my Christmas money went on buying Two backups as I managed to get them for a phenomenal £50 for two bottles (yes, expensive, but considering it's normally almost £40 a bottle this was a pretty mega deal!) - So That is how much I love this stuff. I use it every morning and I feel like my skin is So much healthier, plus when I do get blemishes it heals up So much quicker.

As such, when I was offered the chance to review Heal Gel for Eyes I was saying 'yes yes yes' before I could even reply to the email! One of the things that I think the intensive has done for me is help with the discolouration under my eyes so I wanted to know what good the eye version would do!


The style of the packaging is the same as the other version of the product with it's clean, simple look that mimics a 'medical' form/prescription/medicine bottle. It's a nice idea considering the healthcare roots of the product and it is a nice way of putting the information across too.

You get 15ml of product in this bottle, compared to the 30 in intensive; but, of course, this is only meant to go on the eye area rather than the whole face or other parts of the body with scarring (I know I promised to try it out on other scars and stretch marks but I love it so much on my face that I just can't bring myself to do it!)

Again, the bottle is the same style as the original, but it's in a nice blue shade which helps differentiate between this one and the intensive. I love products that have a pump for dispensing but find that it's tricky to learn how Much each different pump dispenses for any given product. From time to time I still over press this one and get too much product So just try to prevent being too eager with it.

It's easy to pat this in to the eye area and it sinks in almost instantly; as it does so it has a really gentle warming feeling. I know some people have, in the past, been put off by a warming feeling in eye products but, trust me, it's a Very gentle warming on this and it's not at all unpleasant! It's nice to know it's doing something.

So, here's the big question, have my wrinkles all magically disappeared? No, of course not! But my eye area is noticeably tighter and healthier looking and when my face is in a relaxed position my wrinkles are Greatly reduced, when I smile they come back but they are Vastly improved otherwise and I think that's impressive. Does that mean that this is a permanent improvement and Yay my skin is always going to be taut and smooth... well duh, of course not, it'll stay this good as long as I stay using this fabulous gem of a product!

Now, sadly my budget won't stretch to re-purchasing it regularly, but I hope hope hope that one day my budget is better and I Can afford it. It's not as much as some of the crazy expensive things you can get, at £32 a bottle (From Cult Beauty and Victoria Health)  it's comparable to other high end skin care and when it lasts a good amount time I think it'd be affordable on a lot of budgets (just not a minimum wage sorta family!)

 If you are able to invest some money into your skincare then I think this is well worth giving a go - This whole range is just very good and does a much better job than I ever expected. Am I a bit of a fan? Yeah, you can be sure Heal Gel, and the whole range of products, will always be on my internal wishlist and one day I hope I can afford to have the whole range gracing my dressing table! (And I'm sure those of you with better budgets could manage that already, it wouldn't be a bad idea!)  

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*This product was sent to me for the purpose of review but everything I've said is true, I genuinely love this range, I really do*

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The #100HappyDays Challenge - Days 43-49 of My 100 Happy Days

Catching up on my delayed-ness. Still a bit delayed but getting there (shame I can't say the same for the rest of my posts!)


Day 43 was my first hot cross bun of the year. I didn't used to like them but I really do, now, so the first one of the year is quite special. 


Day 44 I did baking with Ethan (Ok so I did baking and he didn't want to touch it because he didn't like the way it felt - He Did help cut the shapes out, though)

On Day 45 I ordered my wedding shoes! (I later went on to order my wedding dress and Ethan's outdfit too!) - Day 44 was the day that it was exactly 6 months before our wedding date, too, so seemed like a good idea to get go go going!

On Day 46 Ethan and I met up for coffee with some of my old uni friends who I've not seen for years. Ethan really liked them both (proof being him using John as a chair as he mixed up dribbles of left over drinks) and it was so so nice to see them both again.

I was pretty exhausted on Day 47 - My couple of weeks of run down-ness and the over exertion of a day out before was a little too much! As such I let Ethan snuggle up in a nest on our sofa in our bedroom and watch Toy story whilst I tidied a bit and rested a lot.

Day 48 totally took me by surprise. I'd explained to the lovely lady that I speak to at Oqibo that I might not be able to take part in something they were doing for valentines because I'd been run down and behind on lots of things (as you may have noticed from my blogging breaks, lovely readers) and, in return, she sent me this Gorgeous scented candle to help me recuperate! The nicest thing, don't you think! Another reason as to why they've become one of my favourite brands recently!

On Day 49 I saw my first snowdrops of the year! Sorry for the rubbish photo, I was holding the buggy and couldn't get any closer! Snowdrops, yay!

Really, trying Very very hard to catch up with posts. Still feeling quite rubbish but sorting myself out and trying to get things back in to order! 

















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Monday, 24 February 2014

It's My Birthday! - International / Worldwide Giveaway - Mac or Urban Decay Prize

Ok so it's not my birthday today, but I wanted to get my giveaway going, and it's only a few days until it actually Is my birthday!

I thought it would be really rather nice if you had the chance to celebrate with me! So, one of you, will be able to win something from Mac or Urban Decay! The winner will win one item, in the shade of their choice (from a permanent range), from the list below and it's a worldwide giveaway to give as many of you as possible a chance to win.


The items you can pick from are either a Mac lipstick or paint pot OR an Urban Decay single eyeshadow, Revolution lipstick or Naked ultra nourishing lipgloss. Now I know there's a lot of items in there but I want to make sure there's something in there for everyone! Just to clarify, again, the winner will win 1 of these items and they can pick the shade (from the permanent ranges) (stock dependant, of course, but I'll do my best to get stock if there's an issue, as long as it can be bought for £15 or less).


So that's it really, the giveaway will run from now until midnight on 24th March (a whole month to enter) and you'll need to enter via the Rafflecopter below - The only mandatory entry is to follow me on Twitter, but for extra entries you can follow me on Bloglovin', follow me on  Facebook, Tweet about the giveaway and/or Comment on this post! (If you don't have a Bloglovin' account and would like to know how to make one then just get in touch, always happy to help)

All that's left to say is thank you for being one of my readers and good luck!


- You need to be 18 or over to enter
- The giveaway is open worldwide
- The winner will be picked via rafflecopter
- There will be one winner
- The winner will get 1 item, from the list of options available (with a value of £15 or under)
- The winner will have 28 days to respond to the email informing them that they've won - In case of failure to reply a new winner will be drawn.
- The giveaway runs until Midnight on 24th March 2014.
- Following @petitmoi_laura on twitter is the only mandatory entry
- Item will need to be ordered, delivered to myself and then posted to the winner (unless stock can be found on a site that ships internationally).

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

H+M and Asos combined haul - Clothing and Jewellery - February 2014

I did a couple of orders this month that I thought would go together, nicely, as a combined haul - A mini clothing haul from H&M and a mini jewellery haul from Asos!

First up are the clothing bits, I actually ordered these at the end of Jan but they didn't arrive until part way in to  Feb. H&M orders have always been quite slow for me; but they're always such good bargains and such lovely clothes that I really don't mind! Unfortunately the delay means that some of the things I got aren't available any more, or aren't at the same price BUT I'm going to show you any way because it can be inspiration for other ideas if nothing else! Plus places like H&M have sale sections so often that you're likely to find something you like without much trouble!



The first item I got is this beautiful spotted, draped top which I got for £3.99 (but is now £7.99 as you'll see if you follow the linked part) - It's made of a really soft, hanging fabric which fits at the waist but sort of 'wraps' around the top and hangs quite loosely, hence the name 'draped' really! I really like it. It comes in a variety of colours or patterns but I really wanted something a bit different and this was it for me.

This was a little treat for Ethan as he's a bit obsessed so he went crazy for these Angry birds socks - I managed to get them in the sale section for only £2 which was a total bargain (unfortunately not available any more) - But the kids range is just so nice, really really good quality and lots of fun, I think I shall be keeping an eye on it for whenever Ethan needs new clothes.

Lastly, and my favourite item from the haul, is this Grey floral sweatshirt which Is still available at the bargain price of £5.99 - Honestly in love with it. The fabric is thin but has a soft, warm layer to make it more than a t-shirt and I just love the design. I love wearing this with skinny jeans and a vest underneath - I wanted to get this for the more transnational months, where it was not quite as cold as winter but still not warm. I'd live in this if I could, it's so comfy and I think it looks really nice too (normally I find comfort ends up giving up some of the pretty, but not in this case)

Next I'm going to show you a couple of bits of jewellery that I picked up in the Asos sale, bargains again, I really am a sucker for a bargain. 


I always breathe a sigh of relief when something I show you is still in stock because I hate the idea of you loving something and not being able to get it (though as I said above, still show it for inspiration and an idea of what can be bought) - This is one of those instances, yay! The Orelia mixed charm necklace sang out to me because I love the deep, tarnished gold effect as well as the vintagey style charms. I didn't expect the white effect on some of the chain but I do quite like it now that I've got it - This necklace was originally £28 but I got it for a bargainous £7 (I get so excited just typing it, bargains of that magnitude make me Very happy)


This chunky bangle is the other item I bought and, although it's a lot bigger than I normally go for, it really caught my eye - What can I say, you like what you like! Unfortunately this one isn't still available but there's lots of other jewellery in the sale (Sorry, I just can't help but being an enabler, I love posts that point me in the right direction for bargains!) - I got this for £5.50, I can't be sure how much it was originally but I do think it was a rather good saving.

So there you go! I lovely little haul - Some big bargains and some pretty pieces. And just when you thought all the hauling was slowing down after the Christmas boom... it's my birthday in less than a week so it'll be haul crazy again, I hope you're prepared! 




 








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Saturday, 22 February 2014

The #100HappyDays Challenge - Days 36 - 42 of My 100 Happy Days

 Ok so I'm quite late in getting this post up... or rather Very Very late! It's almost time to do the next one!

So let's get going before I lose any more time! 


Day 36 was all about this very blog - It was down for over 48 hours so the relief of it being sorted out was massive! 


On Day 37 I couldn't help but smile when watching my baby practising drawing his letters (Even if it does mean admitting he's not a baby any more!)
 

Day 38 saw the arrival of Ethan's dolly, her name is Summer and he loves her a lot.


Day 39 - I really got the giggles when I heard 'Mummy I got a 'ustache' and looked up to see this!

On Day 40 I was really happy when trying to pick out stamp designs for our wedding invites - My Mum is making them and they're going to be beautiful. The invites feel pretty massive, too, it'll mean people are, officially, coming!


On Day 41 I decided to wear a red lipstick, after not having done so in ages, this Mirror shine lipstick, by Seventeen, in 'Roasted Red' (which I got for my birthday, early, from my best mate) made it so easy to wear a red lip, again, as it was sheer, but buildable and a really good shade. 


And, lastly, Day 42 was the day that my Mum managed to get to Ikea so I was able to get the, rather infamous, Alex drawer unit! I didn't get it, totally, put together until the next day but I spent hours putting it together that evening. It's made organising my make-up, skincare and body care So so much easier! 

Sorry about the lateness - I've been really run down and just not feeling my best, plus an onslaught of headaches which has kept me away from technology, hoping to get a bit more caught up very very soon! 

























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Friday, 21 February 2014

My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream* Review

I'm on a bit of a mission when it comes to skincare at the moment, less than six months until I get married so I want to find something perfect for clearing up my skin - I will Not have blemishes on my wedding day. Can't say I know whether or not it'll be 100% in my control that but I'm going to do everything I can none the less.

With that said, when someone offers me the chance to trial some skin care, the answer is going to be yes! To be honest, even if it wasn't for the wedding, I've been crazy for the skincare products for ages now and love learning more about it and testing it is something I really enjoy.


I really like the packaging of 'My Trusty Little Sunflower Cream'*; sleek, simple and pretty plus the tube is extra shiny which just feels really nice to hold. As well as this I love the idea behind it - It's not often that you see the NHS symbol on the back of a tube! The cream was developed by Salisbury district hospital for patients, which means it has a rather impressive background, I'm a big fan of products that have a medical history as well as beauty. It really does offer an extra layer to its pedigree; it's been trialled by people who've been in real need of a good product and in a place where people of all types will have had the chance to try it. The fact that it's roots were formed within the hospital environment and now it's branched out into the beauty world speaks volumes to me and I'm sure it does to many of you too (It's not something we see on a very regular basis)

I went for the unscented option, the other choice was lavender, as I prefer that for something I'm planning on putting on my face - This does have a really subtle scent but nothing overwhelming and nothing that lingers once it's on the skin (even when it's on the face). The only way I can describe the texture of the cream is that it, initially, seems thick but once you start rubbing it in it feels really light; it sinks in so so fast! Honestly, sometime it'll sink in before you've finished rubbing it in!

The claims are that this is a real multi-use product and can be used for face, body and hands so as well as the first two I've used it on my elbows so that I've given it a try in every area. Once it sinks in there's a slight feel of it on the skin, to begin with, but within 30 seconds it's gone and it just leaves a beautiful plump, soft healthy feeling behind. I imagine that the healthy feeling has something to do with the sunflower oil which makes up 5% of the formula as it's claimed that it replaces fatty acids within the skin - I'm not a scientist so I don't know how that works, but it definitely sounds good to me. When it comes to good sounding thing the fact that it has no parabens in, too, is a definite bonus as I know it will be for many more of you - Seems to be a big draw for the majority now, and understandably so.

I'm not sure I'll carry on using this on my face because I prefer to have something that is more active when it comes to facial skincare but I will definitely carry on using this on my hands and body - I have to stop typing every now and again to rub my fingers together as I just applied it to my hands and they feel so soft! I think this is a real gem of a multi-use product, just imagine you're packing a bag for some time away and you need to save space; with this cream you've got hands, face and body all in one! It really does do wonders for all three.

The 100ml tube, which is what I've had to test, retails at a very reasonable £6.99 (a little goes a long way) and all of the profit made by the cream goes back in to patient care, which is a rather nice thought. I don't think this is going to be my only hand cream, or only body cream, but I do think I am going to keep a bottle in my collection from now on as it's just really good, really simple and does the job - I can imagine lots of times when something like this will fit the bill (Talking of weddings again, I think this will go in my overnight bag for our stay in the hotel on the wedding night, space saving is always tough)

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*This product was sent to me for the purpose of review but my honesty is promised*

Monday, 17 February 2014

Glossybox UK - Review / Unboxing - February 2014

Gotta love the surprise of going to put a nappy outside and finding a Glossybox in the porch! I always like it when I find it by surprise, I have no idea why!



I definitely like this high gloss, deeper lid version of the Glossbox boxes - Though, if you hadn't noticed, this month's box isn't the standard pink shade... Valentines theme anyone?!


And this months theme is 'Be Mine' - I really don't mind about themes as long as the items stay good as well as themed. Very apt theme for this month anyhow!

And here's what my 'Be Mine' themed box had to offer - Impressed? I am!

Full sized Maybelline again? Oh yes please! I know that these boxes are meant to be high end but I love my high st and I love the idea of being able to get a full sized high st item in amongst the higher end things. And what an item I got, too! The 'Big Eyes' mascara is quite a recent release and I've wanted to try it as I love the concept - Up until now the concept of a little mascara wand for the lower lashes seemed exclusive to the higher end market so I'm glad that it's reached the high st now. I have So so many mascaras on the go, and so many waiting to be used... this should, in theory, go in to the 'to be used' section but I get the feeling it'll end up in the current part just because I Really want to try it! This retails for £8.99

Next up we have Another full sized cosmetics item in the form of the NV 'Chunky Eye Crayon' - I love me an eye crayon but I'm really not sure what I'll be able to do with this shade.

Don't get me wrong, there are some pinks that work beautifully on the eye but I think this lilac toned pink might be too much for me (and for many others) - The shade is called 'Sugarplum'

It's a shame because the formula feels Really really nice, it's just not a wearable shade! The box says that this product can be used on the eyes, lips and body, which is interesting. I think the formula would be too dry for the lips but maybe it'd be possible to try it as a blush? I guess I'll have to have a good play around with it, I do not want to have a full sized product from a box that I can't use! This is worth £5.

This next item just screams 'valentines themed' but thankfully I quite like it too! Sometimes Cherry Blossom scents are a bit 'too' flowery but the scent of this one is really pleasant - The Nougat London 'Sparkling Body Shimmer' is quite a liquid formula and I think that this 100ml bottle is going to last a long time - A full sized bottle is 250ml and is worth £14 so this sample is worth £5.60.

Definitely don't mind getting sachets when they're amongst so many full sized/good sized products! These sachets are from Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics and it's the shampoo, conditioner and hair mask from the 'Ultra Moist' range. These will be nice to try out, I like  having three things from the same range to try.

Sounds like the beauty box fairies have been listening to me! I pleaded for some milk chocolate after all the dark we've been getting and wow did it happen! Not just a little tiny sample of chocolate but a Whole bar of Lindt milk chocolate, yes please! These bars cost 79p and I am going to enjoy it very very much!

And, as if all of the products so far weren't enough, here we have a full sized Ciate nail polish! I mean goodness me, that's a whole lot of amazing cosmetics this month! I Love Ciate polishes so I was Really pleased to see this - It's a stunning, rich raspberry pink colour. I actually got a Nails Inc polish, recently, that looks similar to this so I hope they're different enough to allow having both of them in my collection. This really does look beautiful and Ciate polishes apply so nicely! This shade is called 'Cocktail Dress' and a full sized Ciate is worth £9.

Well, what do you think I think of this box? With a value of around £30 it's an impressive collection of items and the brands inside are just wonderful. I'm a little disappointed about the eye pencil but I will play with it to see what I can do, I'm not crazy excited about the shimmer lotion but it does look nice and I will use it and all of the other items I'm Really happy with (including the sachets, they seem really nice) - A Very very good box and impressively close to the theme!

Thanks Glossbox - Good month!











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Sunday, 16 February 2014

NOTD - Nail of the day - Leighton Denny 'Starlet'

I bought this beautiful Leighton Denny polish for £5.50 from Bath & Unwind during their January sales - I don't own other of their polishes so I was a bit excited to find out whether or not they were as good as I'd heard and, yay, I love it! 


This shade is 'Starlet' and it's this beautiful gold, green, black shade - It's got so many dimensions and is just stunning.


This is a real favourite polish and it was a dream to apply - Hope I can get my hands on another Leighton Denny, or 10, in the future! 

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Love Me Beauty - Unboxing / Review - February 2014

It's the time of the month where the beauty boxes are arriving and it's the turn of 'Love Me Beauty' today! 


I really, really like the design of the Valentines themed card that comes with this month's box; the vintage/scrapbook feel is really nice. This month's box came with four items, which you could pick based upon menus, plus one 'mystery' item which was a favourite from previous boxes. 


First up is something I was really looking forward to trying - The Percy & Reed 'No-fuss Flawlessness - Dry Conditioner'. I've tried some Percy & Reed products before and was really looking forward to trying some more. I've not tried it, yet, but I really want to; the idea of it is really good, a spray that conditions and adds shine whilst reducing the damage caused by brushing. This is a full sized 150ml can which is worth £12.


This was one of the optional items in the box and I would rather have not had it in mine But I really wanted a specific fragrance of balm and a certain item from La Claree so this was an item I had to get in order to get the other options I wanted. I've already got a couple of packs of the 'Beautify Me - Vitamin Complex' by Inner Me  and I've not got around to trying it, I do like the idea behind it but there's only so many packs of beauty vitamins a girl needs! These are worth an impressive £15, though, so value wise is a good addition to the box. 


This was the item that ruined the box, for me. It might sound silly, I'm a Really big fan of Models Own, but if you've read my posts in the past you'll know that I already have this polish, in this exact shade, as I got it in my November Box. I really like the idea of a mystery product, an idea of mystery is the only thing missing from these boxes, but for someone to get an exact duplicate of something they got only a few months ago is just silly, especially when it's a full sized nail polish - Hardly something that any of us use up quickly. I'll put this in a giveaway or use it in a swap or something but that's not the point - I spoke to the customer services team, simply to let them know my disappointment, but they said that a 'free mystery product' couldn't be replaced. I didn't ask for a replacement but I do think that it's a big shame that that's their policy. I also think it's a bit cheeky because they class this as a free item rather than the 5th item in the box (They've Always had 5 items in the box but this month it's 4 items plus a free one?) - Anyway, rant over, big disappointment and kinda puts me off the box if it means I'm likely to keep ending up with duplicate products. 


I love the way this little diddy pot of cream looks, the La Claree 'Smooth Day Face Care' is one of the items that brought me to chose the menu that I did. I love skin care and am always looking for items that are going to improve my skin - Having a good routine has improved my skin, no end, already but there's no harm in improving it further! This is a 7ml sample so should get a good few uses out of it, a full size is 50ml and costs £28.


This little item proves that it's not, always, about the value - It's the cheapest item in the box but it's my favourite. This is Bakewell Soap Company's 'Multi-Purpose Pocket balm' in 'May Chang' which has an amazing citrus scent. This little tin has a lot of really interesting claims as they say that it's made with 'oils rich in Omega 3 and 6' which are 'essential for healthy skin and packed with vitamins and anti-inflammatories' and on top of that the 'astringent citrus oils that help repair and tone dry and damaged skin'. I love multi-purpose products like this and this one is a real favourite already.


I've already used this on my hands and my lips, and Ethan's enjoyed it on his lips too! It smells fabulous and it's going to be a regular in my routine now - And, like I said, price isn't everything - This little gem costs only £3.95

I'm quite torn following this box. I love the Percy & Reed, and I love the balm plus the day cream is ok but the vitamins are 'meh' and the nail polish is an out and out disappointment. I'm thinking about cancelling because I didn't really like the way that the team dealt with my emails and I don't like that I got a duplicate - Obviously I still got plenty of items which, by far, outweigh the cost of the box, but it feels cheeky and the way they replied to my email felt very dismissive. 

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Our latest Play Patrol Mission for BigJigs - Road and Rail Overground Platform review

It's that time again, time for Ethan to get crazy excited because he recognises the BigJigs logo from a mile away, our latest Play Patrol mission arrived and it's a good'un! The Road and Rail Overground Platform is just the perfect sort of thing for us to review as it fits with the train set that Ethan has loved for so long as well as the roadway pieces which BigJigs sent us in our last mission.


The moment we got this out of the delivery packaging both Ethan and I were quite excited - Ethan, because he's Always excited to get something new for his trains and me because I thought that this was exactly the sort of piece that would allow us to integrate his road and rail whilst allowing for an extra level of role play.

Since BigJigs sent us the roadway set, last year, we've already got Ethan a number of pieces that link the road and the rail (he got an amazing set from my Grandparents for christmas) and they're all really good but they focus on the vehicle side of things rather than the more human aspect so it's nice to have something where he'll be able to act out little scenarios with people as well as trains! Ethan's excited about it for slightly different, slightly simpler reasons 'It's up high!'.


It's nice; when we first got Ethan his train tracks he wasn't able to put them together at all but now he'll assemble whole little tracks himself so when the set arrived he wasn't going to let me put the pieces together that was His job! I think that building train tracks has really helped him develop his dexterity.


As soon as we set up our platform it was time for the first passenger to catch his train - The farmer drove his tractor all the way to the station and then made his way up to the platform; Ethan really enjoyed helping his little characters get so involved. 


You'll notice I always mention the little details when I'm talking about BigJigs but that's because it's one of the ways in which they excel and this piece is no exception. I absolutely love that they've included little signs to indicate a 'Taxi Loading' bay, another little way to have conversations with Ethan about the dynamics of transport - I kid you not, we have conversations about that sort of thing a lot 'Can we get a taxi to London?' etc. (The answer is no, it takes 3 hours on a coach, imagine the cost of a taxi fare!)


The stairs are a nice addition, too, I imagine that most little ones are just like Ethan and wouldn't have a problem with making their figures jump from road level to train level but it's nice to have stairs none the less!


Sorry about the quality of this last photo, the rubbish light means that my camera didn't want to play nice! This piece is probably my favourite for integrating the road pieces in to the rail - It's lots of fun and it adds that, really good, extra element of human role play to the games that Ethan has. (I had to specify human because Ethan does lots of train role play, his trains talk to each other just like they do in Thomas cartoons)

As always, the quality is what I've come to expect from BigJigs and it all just 'works' - Keep up the good work, BigJigs! (And based upon their trade catalogue I think they really will be!)

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