Monday, 31 March 2014

Crafting with Hobbycraft - 'It's My Life: Scrapbook Kit'* - Crafting for Kids

I could have bounced to the ceiling when I was asked if I wanted to write a review of a product from http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ they're the epicentre of everything that is crafty, in the UK, and a company I was thoroughly excited to be able to try out something from their range of fun crafting things for children.

There were, almost definitely, things on the list of things available to chose from which were more age appropriate for Ethan but there was one item that just jumped out at me as something which would suit us just Perfectly and that was the 'It's My Life: Scrapbook Kit'* by Faber Castell. My Mum makes, and fills, scrapbooks as part of her crafting hobby and I do digital scrapbooking so I knew Ethan would love to join in and do something that both Mummy and Grandma already do.

 

I was instantly impressed with the kit when I took a good look at the box and saw quite how much was included in the box - 12 page book, 10 sheets of patterned paper, 50+ vellum stickers, stencils, scallop edged scissors, 2 mini envelopes, pen, photo safe glue stick, instructions plus a mini keychain scrapbook. Having some knowledge of scrapbooking I really was impressed that they'd given a really good selection of scaled down, child friendly version items inside the set.

There was, though, one glaringly obvious thing when looking at the box and that was that the kit has been aimed at girls, which may make you wonder why I'm trialling it with my son. All of the photos on the outside are of girls and the stationary is all very flowery with the stickers containing captions like 'Girly girl' and 'Diva' - As it happens, though, I would hope that most parents would be able to look past this because, crafting is for both boys and girls and why can't boys enjoy making a book! Regardless of who it's aimed for, I'm going to show you how it works for a boy, and Nothing detracts from the impressive quality of the kit so who cares who it's meant to be for! 

As you may know if you know us, or if you've read past posts, Ethan is a big fan of pink, and flowers, and butterflies so all of those parts of the stickers and the papers were perfectly exciting to him but I did think I'd add in some of his own stickers to the mix. To be honest that could be a nice added touch for a boy or a girl, something which is even more personal to them; though I'd definitely still say to use the stickers that come with the set as they are Very good quality and the vellum means they work beautifully with the set.


Some quick photos of what's included, for you. The quality really is lovely and it's just so fun and exciting for children of all ages - Ethan loved looking at the stickers, they really captured his eye (that said, so did everything else in the set!)

Before we even opened the box Ethan and I sat down at the laptop to order him some photos to go in to his scrap book - I think it was such a lovely thing to do together, we went through loads of photos and had a giggle at them and decided which ones were special and which he'd like to put in his 'special scrap book'. So our first job, once we'd got everything out, was to decide which photo would go in the cute little frame/window in the front of the book and which ones would go on our first page!

Ethan has some very good taste in papers and he chose a beautiful pink, embossed paper to make his first page. I used normal, straight scissors to cut the photos down to size and then Ethan was incredibly excited to help me, with the scallop edged scissors, cut the paper down to turn it in to a background for the photos - The scissors worked really nicely though would probably have been even easier to use without an almost-4-year-old hanging off them; but he Really enjoyed doing that part, it's something he loves.

He also did the majority of the sticking, I made sure it went up to the edges but he slathered the paper and the photos in Plenty of glue as we didn't want them going anywhere! Mummy helped him decide the position of the photos and he helped me to press them all down, Gently!


At this point Ethan wanted to be in another photo - That was him doing a 'normal face'! He was having So much fun, though, he really loved doing this together and I explained to him that this would be a special book for us to add to over the future and for him to look back on when he gets bigger. I really do love the idea of doing something like this with our children, something we can make together and something that'll be so special to them when they grow up - Ethan may be a bit young for the intended age range but he did enjoy joining in and I think it's something we can keep adding to as time goes on, I'm so so glad we've started it - Photos are really important and in an age when we have everything digitally it's amazing to have a reason to print them out and keep them somewhere really special.


Ethan chose some stickers to add to it, which really finished the page off. You can see how good quality the vellum ones are, and the fact that they're transparent means that they work really well within this context. The example pages on the box are much more accomplished than what we made but with Ethan being so little I didn't want to get too intricate, hopefully as he gets bigger we can do pages with more detail - That said we used almost all aspects of the set even for just this simple page!

Oh, and this gem just Had to go in to the little framed area in the front of the book - I love this idea, a fantastic way of personalising the book. It also says you can use the items from the kit to add to the outside, too, so I think that'll be another project for the future.

If you want to do something crafty but not horrendously messy with your little ones, something that has a really nice meaning behind it and something that you can make last a really long time, then this kit is perfect. Obviously this would also work for older kids who want to do it on their own, this really would be a fabulous gift (I'm thinking of recommending it to my Mum for my step-cousin as I think she'd love it) - For £17 I think it's a really good price, considering how much you'll get from it. And don't let the fact that it looks like it's specifically for girls, put you off, I saw past that and I am glad - This kit would be lovely to share with your son too (as long as he's not had his friends condition him to  'eww that's for girls!)

I'm thrilled we have this kit, this will be an ongoing project for Ethan and I to share and a lovely way to store some memories for him as he gets bigger.

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*If the wording isn't obvious I got sent this for the purpose of the review - That said, everything I've written is totally honest*

Saturday, 29 March 2014

New Releases from Models Own - Speckled Egg and Sticky Fingers

There's been some much anticipated releases from Models Own which have, finally arrived and I wanted to show you the example of what I've chosen from each range. I'd have liked to have bought more but I have tried to be sensible, but we'll see, some more shades might make their way in to my collection at some point...


Both feel very fitting for springtime and have been things I've been really excited about! I saw a lot about the 'Speckled Egg' polishes on blogs but I only saw the 'Sticky Fingers' in the Models Own newsletter so I didn't know as much about it.


The shade I picked from the 'Speckled Egg' range is 'Magpie' - I loved the blue/green shade and I think it goes perfectly with the speckled effect. I do like the look of other shades from the range but this is the one that Really stood out to me, even though some of the others look much more like the lil Cadbury Mini eggs that you can get, maybe that's why I got this one which looks more like a real egg rather than the chocolate version, less of a temptation haha! This is £5, as with the rest of the Models own polishes, but I got is in a 2 for £8 offer.

When I first heard about the 'Sticky fingers' range I didn't know that they were going to include a nail polish - I did see pictures of the stickers, though, and fell in love with the 'Pastel Petals' design (The other options are 'Sweet Candy', 'POW nails', 'Bows' and 'Blobs and drops') - There are two options with the 'Pastel Petals' design, a Lilac polish or a Green polish; I went for Lilac as the shade looked really bold and vibrant which, thankfully, it is!

The set is £6 which is good value when you consider a polish alone is £5. I do quite wish, though, that you could just buy the stickers as a set on their own. The designs are So cute and I can't wait to get using them but there isn't tonnes of them and I'm not going to want to get a new polish every time I want new stickers - Maybe an option where you could get a few sheets of stickers for a few pounds would be Really nice! Please Models own? Please!!

I'm really in love with Models Own polishes, now, I hadn't tried many for a while but recently my collection of them has really grown and they're definitely in a top spot in my favourite brands - I look forward to seeing what other new releases they have in the future as they seem to have such fantastic, exciting ranges!

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Makeup Revolution - A new, affordable brand to make you go Wow!

I'm lucky enough to be attending the Makeup Revolution launch in a few days and I've been looking forward to it a Lot but since they have made their website live, before the launch, I couldn't be More excited!

The products look Phenomenal and the shades, the prices, the packaging... I defy you to go on there and not want to spend money (as long as you've a beauty lover that is!) - I want to just spend the remainder of my birthday money on there - Here's the site:

http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com/index.php/


I was going to list what products are on my wishlist but I keep finding more and more! There's loads of the lip products, the single shadows, merged shadows, shadow palettes, nail polishes, highlighters, concealers, primer, foundation (16 shades?!?!) - Wow, Wow, Wow

Honestly, just get on there and take a look, I am Very excited to start trying this brand out and seeing what they have to offer and I'm pretty sure you all will be too!

(I know this post sounds a bit like I've been asked to write it but, honestly, this is based entirely on my own, pure, unadulterated excitement!)


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Thinking Slimmer with my Slimpod* - The beginning of my journey

I'm writing this when I'm, actually, over half way through my second week of this Slimpod* experience but I wanted to have a good experience of it and know what was happening, how I was feeling about it, before I shared it with you all.

The team at http://www.thinkingslimmer.com/ were looking for bloggers who were interested in a weight loss programme, a number of weeks ago, and I didn't hesitate to pass my details over. This might seem an odd concept to those of you who know me, I've spent most of my life having people make note of how slim I am and I spent a number of years being rather under weight. But in the past few years I've slowly put weight on, due to not being able to exercise as much due to the fibro, and then more recently I put a bigger chunk of weight on due to some of the medication I'm on - Thankfully I managed to stop that weight increase but I also couldn't seem to make it decrease either.

I'm still not big, I'm not the standard candidate for weight loss But I do have a real desire to become more like I used to be, to be able to feel more like myself again. My other big reason for wanting to lose weight is that I have been edging towards the very top end of a size 10 and going over in to a size 12 with some things (Really not That big, I know, but bigger than my whole wardrobe full of clothes is!) and there's one, very special, bit of clothing which I ordered in a size 10 and I want to be able to fit it, comfortably - And that's my wedding dress.

Although I am smaller than the people that the people at Thinking Slimmer normally deal with, my reasons for wanting to lose weight and the reasons why I struggle are something that they really felt they could help with and they accepted me as one of the bloggers that they'd work with. I was thrilled!


Now, with the ramble over, you're probably wondering what a Slimpod is? No, I'm not taking crazy supplements or doing a crash diet, there's no terrifying ab busting exercises, it's all much simpler than that.

The idea is that you listen, every day, to a recording that's around ten minutes long and that recording is supposed to help you think differently about food. Sceptical? Yes, I was too, I've never really experienced anything like this before and most of us are quite quick to dismiss this sort of thing, but I was intrigued as to what would happen so I opened my mind right up and embraced the idea that this thing could work!

I've  been given a very specific recording which is supposed to help you fit in to your wedding dress - I have listened to it every night for eleven nights as I lay in bed ready to sleep; some nights I fall asleep listening to it but they say that that's ok as your mind is still listening.

As a sceptic I wasn't sure what to expect but I really was hoping for something positive to happen and, I have to be honest with you, it has. I haven't stopped wanting to pick up a snack in the evening but I have started thinking 'Hrm, not yet' and then I just end up not doing it, I think I've had one, maybe two special treats since I started the programme and that's really ok with me. I've found it Much easier to feel full on smaller portions and I've found myself reaching for fruit more often.

Is this happening because I expect/want it to? Well maybe. But I have been trying for Months and months to persuade myself to cut down on snacks and to remember how to eat smaller portions and I'd already started on the smaller portions but I kept reverting back to eating snacks in the evening as the meds had my appetite elevated and, also, it was habit! So even if it is 'because I expect it to' there's definitely something that's actually helping my resolve, I don't seem to need willpower any more because I just end up not being bothered instead.

Now we're not meant to be focusing on the scales but I have weighed myself since I started and I've lost 4lb and kept them off (My weight has fluctuated up and down by 2lb for weeks recently and it was driving me mad) - Only half a stone to go, now, and I'll be at my happy weight. But, more importantly, I fit in to a pair of jeans I didn't expect to fit in to when out shopping, and I don't feel bloated all the time, fantastic!


I think you'll understand why my word to sum up my experience, so far, is 'Hopeful' - I've already experienced some good, I just really hope I can carry on doing so and get myself back to feeling like I used to, and then keep myself there, too. 



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*I was sent my Slimpod and have had my involvement with the programme free of charge in order to review it. Despite this, everything I've written is entirely honest*

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My amazing Barry M haul - Includes Aquarium range, new spring Gelly Hi shines, Silk and new Gelly Hi shine for lips!

Yup, long title but I wanted to make sure you saw How many amazing things Barry M have been doing - Honestly I'm constantly adding something else by Barry M on to my Wishlist because it's been an endless line of exciting, beautiful looking products! Needless to say I've been rather happy to be able to get them in my hands and look at them and go 'ooooooh'


Just Look! So many beautiful things all in one photo! You can see why I've been so excited, I just didn't know which one to play with first!

Just look at those sugary pale pastel shades! Sugary sounds odd but it's the only way I can describe them! The moment I saw these three new shades I knew I had to have them, I've loved the Gelly Hi Shines ever since they came out last year and I think these shades are Exactly what the collection was missing. I see these as being a big deal this spring/summer.

From left to right we have 'Huckleberry', 'Sugar Apple' and 'Rose Hip'

The Aquarium collection features three aqua toned polishes and three pink/red toned ones - There's four duo toned polishes and two foil glitters. The two that leapt out to me are those above, on the left is 'Treasure Chest' and on the right 'Caspian'. I absolutely love the large particles of foil like glitter in the gold and rosegold tones in 'Treasure chest' and then the pink/gold duo tones of 'Caspian' just make for a stunning rose gold effect. I am Very tempted by some of the aqua toned ones, too, so watch this space!

I already had the blue and green toned shades from the Silk range but I needed another shade to fit with the special offers I was taking up when I was ordering - 'Truffle' is one of the shades I wanted, initially, when I saw the Silk range but I didn't get it because I already have lots of neutrals. I am so glad that I ordered this one, too, it's beautiful. These polishes are amazing, matte and pearl at the Same time! I think 'Meadow', the green shade, will be a real go to shade for this spring - See my Instagram pic of it here - http://instagram.com/p/lPtisOM0hH/

When I heard that Barry M were going to release a Gelly Hi Shine range for lips I was very very intrigued, I loved the idea behind them and the continuation of the Hi Shine collection.

The shades I picked are 'Alpha' (top) and 'Sirius' (bottom)

As you can see 'Alpha' is incredibly pigmented - It's a beautiful orange toned red and I like it rather a lot! 


This is it from another angle so that you can see the shine aspect. The softness of these is incredible, they really do feel like 'gelly' - So so beautiful! 


'Sirius' is a much more sheer offering and, as you can see, has a much more 'gelly' like look to it. It has the same, gorgeous, texture as the other shade and it goes on beautifully.


As you can see, this one has a nice shine to it, too. It's a really wearable shade and the slight raspberry tones to it make it look just beautiful on the lips. I'm going to try and get some on the lip swatches of these done, for you, soon!

So, yes, some fabulous new products from Barry M at the moment! 






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Monday, 24 March 2014

European Premiere of Divergent* - Win tickets to attend on 30th March

Divergent, the film based upon the hit book series, has its European premiere this Sunday on the 30th March and I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity to attend (as is the lovely Kate from A British Sparkle who will be my plus 1) - Even better, though, is that there's a number of ways that you can get involved too!




On Saturday March 29th and Sunday March 30th Leicester Square will be transformed into the dystopian world of Divergent, where fans will be invited to undergo initiation tests and, like Tris Prior, choose where they belong. Would you survive in Dauntless? Fans will be put through their paces with Dauntless training to see if you are brave enough to join their faction! - If you want to get involved then all you need to do is get down to Leicester Square and join in the with fun, the timings are as followed:
The Divergent Fan Experience Timings:

Saturday March 29th
11.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday March 30th
11.00am – 12.00pm
3.00pm – 6.00pm

Even more excitingly, I am also giving away a pair of tickets for one of you to win the chance to attend the premiere! AND if you're not lucky enough to win my giveaway, there will be a limited number of tickets given away to fans on both 29th and 30th March so if you turn up for those experiences you might be able to attend that way instead!

For the winner of my giveaway, and anyone lucky enough to get tickets a Leicester Square the Premiere timings are as follows: 

Premiere timings

Sunday March 30th
Doors open – 1.30pm
Doors close – 2.30pm
Film starts 3.00pm

In order to win the pair of tickets from me you need to leave a comment on my blog telling me who your plus one will be as well as an email address for me to contact you on (or a twitter, and if you are wary of leaving your email address then email me on petitmoi.bigworld@gmail.com but make sure you also leave your comment on here!)

 The giveaway will run until 14:00 GMT on Thursday (short notice, I know!) and I will draw the winner with a random number generator. The winner will then be contacted, by me, and I'll need you to be able to respond, to claim your prize, by 6pm that evening in order for me to pass your details along to the appropriate people, who will be the ones to fulfil your prize.

Of course you will also need to be available to be in London at the times above, in order to attend (The giveaway does not cover travel, that is down to you!) You'll need to be 18 or above to be eligible to win the prize. And that is that!

Good luck, lovely readers, I can't wait to be able to get in touch with one of you to tell you you've won this once in a lifetime prize! I'm sure whoever wins will be as excited to attend as Kate and I are! 

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*I've been given the chance to attend this event in order to later review it and the company is also supplying the prize for this giveaway*

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Co-Washing with Ojon - The 'Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner'* - Review

At the fabulous Ojon event that I attended a couple of months ago the lovely ladies representing Ojon told us about one of their new releases for this year and it, definitely, had us intrigued. Ojon are entering the world of co-washing with their offering of the 'Rare Blend Moisture-rich Cleansing Conditioner'. Until I was at the event I hadn't heard of co-washing so you can be sure I got home and did some googling once I could!

Co-washing, essentially, celebrates the idea of not over washing your hair with products which will strip them of their own, natural oils. This strikes a real chord with me as I've always been quite a fan of not over washing my hair and it's something I've recommended to a lot of friends who wash it daily and find that it becomes greasy and lank.


You'll be pleased to know that this product has no sulfates in it and, instead,  it's full of wonderful ingredients - 'Coconut-Derived Cleanser' and 'Ojon oil' plus a long list of other nourishing oils which promise do wonders to hydrate and nourish your hair. 

I've used it a few times, since it arrived, and I'm really rather happy with it. The first time I used it and didn't use any other products, at all, after washing; I just wanted to see how it fared on its own and I was impressed - It left my hair feeling thick and hydrated without feeling oily and it definitely still felt clean! It was quite odd to use as the lathering effect of most shampoos isn't present and, if I'm honest, I did quite miss that but it doesn't matter at all when you consider how well it worked with my hair; t'is a small sacrifice to pay!

The second time I used it I used some Ojon 'Rare Blend Oil' after it was towel dried and Wow. This combination was just perfect for my hair,and is how I'll always use it now - It's currently at a point where I hate it most days and can't wait for it to be cut but with these two products my hair felt and looked better than it had in a long time. I am quite in love with the 'Rare Blend' oil, anyway, and these two together are a winning combination.

The Cleansing conditioner has that signature Ojon scent which I enjoy a good deal so massaging it in to the hair is really nice; it feels quite therapeutic, like aromatherapy, when you lay back and breathe in the gorgeous scent. The ease of being able to use just one product is is an undeniable time bonus and the fact that my hair felt so good, and I didn't get that 'squeaky clean' feeling that I get after a shampoo and before a conditioner, was another big plus. I definitely enjoy this product and am going to use it between shampoos when I think my hair needs it, until the last half a bottle is gone.

It's going to be available from Boots.com and Ojon.co.uk from 16th April for the cost of £21 - You get a nice 240ml of product in the bottle and, if you use it between washes as a refresher, then it can be made to last a good amount of time.

I did say, back when I told you what I was given at the event, that I'd review what people asked for and I promised I'd do a review on the 'Damage Reverse' mask which I haven't done, yet. I have tried the product and I do like it but I want to use it again before I post soo watch this space!

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*This product was sent to me by Ojon but my views are all my own*

Friday, 21 March 2014

My Yankee Candle Haul - Easter special and Summer scents - March 2014

I spent a lot of time umming and ahhing over whether or not I was going to buy the 'Bunny Cake' Easter Exclusive candle from Yankee - I was getting influenced from a variety of angles and being pushed towards getting it but I struggle when it comes to the large jars; £19.99 for a candle seems like a lot to me! I know that those that buy really high end candles pay a lot more than that for much smaller candles so I know not everyone feels the way I do, but then I am living on a tighter budget than a lot so I guess that explains it.

Either way, birthday money is always much easier to spend than any other money as it's intended use is me buying the things that I want. And I wanted Bunny Cake!!

As it happens the thing that pushed me over the edge, and onto the site to purchase, was an email saying that the new Summer scents were out; a limited number of their range of delicious sounding fruity scents that were available in a set of votives, or as large candles, in advance of their release in April. Well I popped on to the Yankee Candle website to take a look and some things just fell in to my basket.



Bunny Cake, bunny cake, bunny cake. I've been obsessed with the idea of this candle for soo long and now that I've had it burning in the room I am SO glad that I was forced to buy it as a large - It smells SO nice! A soft, sweet, slightly cakey scent that doesn't overwhelm but is definitely noticeable. My Mum's husband actually asked if we were baking because he could smell cakes, that's how good it smells! (As I said above, large jars are £19.99)

Cute little box for my votive set.


It includes the three candles which make up the fruity Summer Scents releases as well as an added extra - The set was £6.99.

The reason I was drawn to these is that I expected them to just smell like the actual fruit - And Orange splash doesn't disappoint. I've not lit it yet but just from a sniff it's a super strong orange scent which I think will be fantastic when the weather is brighter and warmer.

This candle was the reason for my wanting the set - I have been sad not to have been able to get a simple 'apple' candle for ages. They're all apple spice, apple cinnamon etc - I just wanted Apple. And that is exactly what Sweet Apple is, it really does smell like a fresh, crisp apple.

I'm quite in love with the colour of this one. Obviously more floral than fruity, this one has some vanilla, some musk and a hint of sweetness too - I think Black Plum Blossom will be nice for warm evenings.

Margarita Time packs a real punch when it comes to strength of scent. This one smells of lime, primarily, lots and lots of lime. There's other scents in there, too, but I can't pick them out, it's the lime that hits you and I think this will be an incredibly refreshing candle to burn. I like lime.

I have lots of candle holders but they're mostly for tea lights, I wanted to get something which was specifically designed for votives and I loved this glass 'bucket' sort of design. It was only £2.99 and I think it looks really nice and it'll do the job (I'd have liked the purple or teal versions but they were OOS at the time)

So yes, a nice little Yankee candle haul - Bunny Cake is joint top candle scent, now, along with Cherries on snow - Yup, sweet smells clearly hit the right spot for me, but I still love my invigorating, zingy fruit scents too.







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Wedding planning - Reviewing Place Cards* from Paper Themes

If you hadn't seen any of the little mentions I've made, from time to time, I'm getting married in August! Yup, there's less than 5 months left and I have So much left to do - There's a part of me that's scared, there's a part of me that's still chilled because I know we'll sort it and there's the part of me that's excited like a little girl at Christmas; truth be told it's quite a good mix of emotions for me, the scared bit keeps me motivated and the other two are quite enjoyable.

My Mum, with her amazing crafting skills, is making all of my wedding stationary for the day (and maybe even my flowers if she manages to!) but when I got the chance to review something from Paper Themes I said yes straight away. I thought it'd be something really nice to share with you all and also lovely to experience dealing with a more traditionally wedding related company seeing as almost everything else for our wedding is going to be DIY or at the very budget end of the retail world (Not to mention it'd be nice for my Mum to have one less job to do!)


The sample place cards* came in this glossy, black folder with that gorgeous gold text emblazoned across the front - It says luxury before you have even opened it up and it's so nice that they go to the effort with details like this; it really feels as though they're acknowledging how important our big day is.

If this little sentiment isn't going to make you feel confident that your wedding stationary is in good hands then I don't know what is! It's so nice to know a little about the background of the company and then go on to be reassured that there's help waiting as and when you need it. Another nice little touch.


I've chosen four designs and I'd love to know what you all think of them! I already have a favourite but sometimes it's really nice to get other people's input so I would love comments or tweets (@petitmoi_laura) telling me what you think, which is Your favourite.

This one is called Radiant and I love its simplicity and the beautiful floral design (Looks almost like a William Morris style?) - I really like this sort of soft, powder blue and I think it makes a beautiful design for this card. The card it's printed on is really good quality white card, they feel as good quality as they look.

I'd better let you know, now, that they're all floral themed, I'm very big on my floral these days. 

I chose Silk because of its colour, the background colour was the closest they had, in floral patterns, to my colour scheme - The pattern is really nice, I really can picture it as the pattern on a piece of silk. I like that there's some in the darker pink and some in the white and I like the layout of the patterned section and the fact that it continues on to the back (the same white card as the previous)

I love the vintage feel to this one, which is called Roses. I get the feeling that the name was inspired by the nice, traditional rose print design on a lovely soft blue. I could really see these being the perfect accompaniment to a tea party style wedding (which was what our dream was a couple of years ago)

Summer Rose is quite different from the other three. I really like the centring of the blank area as it has a nice, traditional look to it but what really brings this one to life is the card that's used; it has a sheen to it which I hope you'll be able to see in the photo I've posted below.

I think that the black outline style of the design works beautifully with the sheen of the card, the simplicity against the more showy side of the card. This is the same type of card that my Mum will be using for my invites, it's got a real feel of luxury about it and that nice hint of glitz without being over the top at all.

In all honesty I'd happily have any of these at my wedding; each one of them would fit with one aspect of my day in some way or another. As I said, I do have my favourite but I'd love to find out what your favourites are. Comment below or tweet me @petitmoi_laura ! 








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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The miamoo 'travel goodies'* set - Review

If I get a chance to review something made with natural ingredients, free from the nasties so many products are filled with and particularly good for dry skin, I will always say yes. And the same goes for products for Ethan - He has always had super dry skin and very little has worked on him; just like me suffers from the 'orange peel' type skin, rough and bumpy to touch, on his thighs and the back of his arms. As such I jumped at the chance to try the 'travel goodies'* set from miamoo as it's filled with products which offer wonderful results when it comes to dry skin and are full of the most beautiful ingredients.

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It was clear, from the moment the package arrived that I would like the concept and philosophy behind this brand, regardless of how good the products were. The set itself is really generous, though, offering up 6 travel sized products and a big, beautifully soft flannel to help keep your little one clean and well moisturised.


Each of the bottled products contains 30ml of product and the little jar has 10 ml in it - We've used the set three times and I think that there's at least 7 more uses out of all of them, and a couple of them will still be going considerably longer than that, even. I wasn't sure about the flannel, at first, as the design didn't make it look too soft but, actually, it's lovely for both body and face.

As well as the flannel we've got 'splashy wash', 'fresh locks shampoo', 'cheeky cream', 'baba oil', 'spritz and wipe' and 'huggy lotion' - I love the names, they're all sensible enough that you know what they are but they've still got that cute, kiddy fun side to them too.

The 'splashy wash' has the most divine scent to it which is just what you want in this sort of product. The website lists that it is a 2-in-1 product and can be used for face and body but, thus far, we've used it for body only. It only took a small amount to cover my less than small, almost four-year-old and it lathered up a little as I rubbed it in. My favourite thing about this item is the scent, though, it was invigorating and just lovely.

The scent of lavender really comes through in the 'fresh locks shampoo' and it has a beautifully soothing effect, not that anything really works to soothe by boy but that's because he's a crazy pre-schooler and unless he's asleep he's not calm! The shampoo, though, lathered up beautifully and his hair was really really nice and clean after the wash.

Although the pot of 'cheeky cream' is only small I think it'll last me ages as my boy doesn't get nappy rash very often, but if your little one gets it more regularly then maybe it wouldn't last you as long. This product can be used for the hands and face, too, but it was so good on the bottom that I think I'll carry on using it for that. As luck had it Ethan had some soreness when we were trialling the set so I used the cream and the next morning it had all cleared up - The cream feels really think but it still sinks in Really nicely to the skin. It's clear that the almond oil and shea butter have a great moisturising effect along side the beeswax and carnuba wax as a barrier - It did wonders for my boy.

Very excited to be running a bath so that he can use his new bath things. 
We've not had any reason to use the 'spritz and wipe' spray, yet, but I did apply it to the back of my hand to see what it was like and the fresh zesty scent was lovely. It's supposed to cleanse, moisturise, freshen and tone the skin and I can believe it'll do that fantastically as the back of my hand felt lovely after applying it. I think we'll be keeping this in our going out bag for sticky hand times or if Mummy wants a cheeky cooling spritz!

The 'huggy lotion' and the 'baba oil' are the two products that have worked just fantastically for us. I mentioned Ethan's orange peel textured skin and it's there that I tried this out. After his bath I applied the lotion followed by the oil and the improvement in the skin has been fantastic. The bumpy, raised skin hasn't totally gone but it feels So much softer, Some of the bumps have gone and a good deal of the redness has gone too - See my before and after pics, for a rough idea (haha unintentional pun!)

Before

Bumps vastly reduced, a lot less redness and it's SO much smoother and softer even on days that no cream or oil have been applied. 
All in all I'm really impressed with the set. For £15 you get a really nice range of products to try out, or to take when you're going on holiday. You've got a product for everything and they all do a really good job so when you factor in the fact that the range, as a whole, is between 97-100% natural (depending on the item) and free from a Long list of nasties (as you can see on the main page HERE) you can see that you've got a gem of a set right there. This may well be a go to for gifts when friends have babies as I'm sure they'll appreciate something that'll be so gentle with their little ones. And even though my little one is a lot bigger now, I still anticipate wanting to buy the oil, at very least, in the future if it continues making Ethan's skin as good as it has been. 

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Glossybox UK - Review / Unboxing - March 2014

My Glossybox came via Royal Mail this month, which it never has before - This means that I knew there was some sort of perfume sample inside due to the dangerous substances sticker that Royal mail makes people use, haha!


A nice optimistically seasonal theme from Glossybox this month, 'Beauty Blossom' sounds like a lovely sort of theme and hopefully it'll be reflected in the coming weather (we can hope!)

All brands I already know, this month, but all products/shades I've not tried so no duplicates for my collection! I'm always a bit happy when there's some Sleek in a box and I was Very pleased to see I didn't get the only shade I already have, phew.

If I'm going to get perfume samples I'm definitely happier to get two than just one, feels like a better amount of product to be used as one of my samples. These are Juicy Couture's new Malibu range and, from what I can tell reading the booklets, there's a floral scent and a fruity scent in the range. I don't know about you but I'd have expected the pink one to be floral and the orange one to be fruity but seems I'm wrong, t'is the other way around. I don't think I'll be trying out the floral one but I am intrigued by the fruity one, I love fruity scents.


I've recently bought my first Sleek Pout Polish so my first thought, when seeing this, was 'please don't let it be the shade I already have' and, thankfully, it wasn't! I'm still loving tinted balms and lip glosses at the moment so this is a welcome addition to my lip product collection. I think these fit nicely into a spring-time box as a light wash of moisturising colour is perfect for the warmer months. 


I got the shade 'Bare Minimum' which will, likely, only give the smallest hint of colour on the lips but should give a nice level of moisture and a balmy sheen. I very much look forward to incorporating this in to my 'barely there' spring looks. The Pout Polish is worth £4.49.

Next up we have another full size make-up product - A mineral Shimmer powder by 'BellaPierre' - This powder can be used as an eye shadow but also can be mixed in to blush, nail polish or lip gloss to change the look of products you already have.

'Senstaion' is a white, very shimmery, powder so I'm not sure I'll have a lot of use for it as an eye shadow but I think it could be nice mixed with a blush to make a shimmer shade or as a highlight shade on the inner corner of the eyes or maybe even on the cheeks depending upon how it translates on to the skin. This full sized 2.35g pot retails at £12.95.

Mitchell and Peach is the next brand on the list with a nice sized 40ml tube of their Body Cream - It has a really nice, but very subtle, scent which is nice. I was expecting something a bit flowery but was relieved it wasn't, I think this is something I'll happily use, maybe as a travel size; nice to take something a bit special when away. A full size of this is worth £36 and it'd be for an 180ml tube so our sample is worth a rather nice £8.

As a fan of Dove hair care I was happy to see this 'Intensive repair 60 second Treatment Shot' - This is something that's been on my must try list for a while but I've not remembered to pick one up so a definite bonus to have in a box. I'm looking forward to giving this a go, if it's as good as other Dove hair products then I imagine I'll be using these again. This Treatment shot is worth £1.49.

I think this has been quite a nice box - There's some variety in there and a balance of full sized and goo sized samples. No new brands to discover but sometimes it's really nice to find new products by familiar brands and this is definitely one of those times. This box is worth a very respectable £26.97 plus there's the two perfume samples, too, and I actually want to try one of them! Nice box, Glossybox, thank you! 








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