Monday, 21 December 2015
Friday, 18 December 2015
Maybelline Color Tattoo - Creamy Mattes in 'Creme De Rose', 'Creme de Nude' and 'Creamy Beige' - With swatches
I don't know how long they're around for, but I do know that, when available, they're only in store in Boots stores. So keep an eye out if you want to add them to your collection.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Monday, 7 December 2015
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Friday, 4 December 2015
On the other hand, it's the perfect pregnancy product, so now that I am less sick I'm really pleased I've been able to try it.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
I was a little excited when Rakuten, kindly, offered to send me a surprise 'Bonus Box' with some products from their affiliates in - I had no idea what I was getting, other than the fact that it was going to be from some fab brands.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
I'm someone who likes to snack, and I've even been told that I have to snack for medical reasons (Yup!), so any new type of interesting snack is very likely to interest me. Of course, contrary to that, I've spent the past few months barely able to eat anything, which is why this post has been a long time coming.
I was sent some bags of Emily Fruit crisps quite some time ago, now, and they've sat taunting me whilst I've worked my way through extreme sickness, to less sickness but still having food aversions, to no sickness but almost no appetite to... ooh food! (Which is where I am now)
It's best that I start this with some honesty - This post is going to be Very picture heavy! When you see the palette that I've been sent, to share with you, you'll understand why, soo many things to swatch!
I was very excited when the House of Glamdolls (with Freedom Makeup) 'Vintage Doll Look' palette landed on my doorstep. I hadn't heard of these, yet, so it was nice to discover something new and also have a little play around with some swatches and see what this latest development has to offer.
Monday, 30 November 2015
I don't think I know many people who'd turn down chocolate at Christmas, even more so if it were Hotel Chocolat. For me, they're one of those brands that says luxury, in fact possibly the most luxury chocolate brand that I enjoy. As such, if you really want to treat someone at Christmas, or if you want some really posh chocs to keep on the coffee table for when people visit over the festive period, I'd really recommend checking their Christmas range out.
Friday, 27 November 2015
With November almost behind us it's time for us to accept that Christmas is just around the corner - Ok, so I know a lot of you may have accepted that already, you may have had your tree up since mid November or you might be singing carols in the shower but, me, well until December arrives I'm a little reluctant to get in to the festive spirit.
That said, there's one part of the season that I embrace early, and that's the part which has me buying up bargains from October time so that the present buying aspect isn't sprung on me mid December, so that I can spread the cost and so that I can feel like I'm not going to go loopy when I run out of ideas and 'Arg it's nearly here!'.
This year we've still only got Ethan and Skye to buy for (littles wise) but with our impending third child very much on the horizon (eek only 13 weeks to go until due date!) I've really been thinking about how we'll have to deal with Christmas in the coming years. Oliver is going to, without a doubt, inherit a lot of toys from his big brother, but it'll still be nice to make sure he has some new things, of his own, when the festive period comes around.
When House of Fraser asked me to look at some gift ideas from their toys section I took it as an opportunity to show how you really can cater for your growing family without becoming destitute. And I think you'll agree I managed to do quite well for a spot over £30 (£30.20 to be precise).
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
I don't have a bump pic, because I still am not a fan of the whole having my photo taken thing, but I will get one done soon. I spent most of the pregnancy desperate to get a bump, and now that one has blossomed in just a few, short weeks, OW! Turns out that having a bump is a lot more uncomfortable this time around, but it's also so lovely to actually see real proof that the baby is in there. Same goes with kicking, at my 20 week scan we found out that I had an anterior placenta, again, and that meant that it'd take longer until I got movements, which was definitely the case. But now that I'm feeling movement, it's come on so fast, no butterflies here, no little flutters, we've gone from the odd kick and prod to being able to see my bump move, all in the time span of a few weeks.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Thursday, 16 July 2015
We were thrilled to be asked to review some toys from The Entertainer; as a toy shop I've frequented, even before Ethan was born, this was an ideal opportunity. We were asked to try out some of the new Bing toys which have been released to support the books and the subsequent TV series.
These might, otherwise, have seemed a bit young for Ethan but he's grown up with the Bing books and loved the tv show so I thought he'd still really enjoy playing with them. As well as that Skye absolutely loves rabbits so I thought she'd like to play with them too.
Friday, 10 July 2015
I have to say I had no idea that Montagne Jeunesse had re-named to become '7th Heaven', it feels a little odd considering they've been the main sachet masks that I've known about for many many years, but the new name is nice and there's no doubting that it's the same company when you look at the packaging and branding; you won't suddenly not notice them in the stores!
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
It's beauty box time, already, rather impressed that Birchbox is back in to sending out in the first week of the month rather than the second and third as many of us had become accustomed to!
I had known that we were getting bags, this month, with our Birchbox, but in the past that's been a bag in a box so I was rather confused when I got a padded envelope delivered by Yodel and I wasn't expecting anything that size... Until I opened it and was greeted with a beautiful turquoise/mint green bag filled with products.
This has been my favourite Birchbox, or should I say Birchbag, for ages so I am really, really pleased with it, if you like it and decide to sign up then please consider using my referral code which will get both yourself and myself £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3
Monday, 6 July 2015
Just a quick note to explain why, after getting loads of posts out and getting up-to-date with everything, I've all but disappeared!
My goodness, we've had a rubbish couple of weeks. The temperature and having had to do a couple of extra legs of the school run mean that I've been absolutely exhausted and really, really run down - This year hasn't been ideal for my health but this past few weeks have been the cherry on the cake for nasty, ick.
Even more recently Ethan has been struck down with the sickness bug that's been going around, he's been sick for days in a row but then will be fine for 24 hours in between, and then sick again. There's been much resting, lots of washing machine usage and very little laptop usage!
I do plan on getting some outstanding posts done, but if I'm quiet then please give me the benefit of doubt, I've not given up on my lovely blog, just having a rather tough time at the moment! Hope you're all loving the weather (though maybe not today, today is grey).
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
I can't believe it's been so long since I posted about geek tees. I posted, a long time back, about some Disney and Doctor Who mash-up tees which I fell in love with and, then a fantastic Big Bang Theory tee, and had every intention of posting regular posts about my awesome finds. And then I didn't. Believe it or not I've bought a lot of geek tees since then, we buy from sites that tend to do two-four designs a day (sometimes two), and then once they're gone they're gone.
If I have an impressive geek tee collection then Azii has an astronomical one, it's probably the thing he's bought most of over the past three years. Lucky him, though, can still wear all of his, a lot of mine are in the size small and I'm not a small any more. I'm a medium, except I've taken to wearing a large because my restricted mobility in my arms means that getting something fitted on and off is very, very difficult.
I need to go through and see which tees I can and can't still wear and maybe put together a bit of a post of my favourites to share with you some of the finds I've had over the years.
But, as always, I digress. Today I am here to talk to you about geek tees from a particular brand. When I was given the chance to review tees for you... my goodness I couldn't say 'Yes Please!' quick enough!
I'm really pleased to be able to take part in a fantastic giveaway that gives all of you the chance to win a fantastic prize. With summer making itself known we all want to be able to have fresh, glowing skin, and one of the most popular ways to get this is by using a facial brush, such as the Magnitone Lucid.
A group of us have come together to give you the chance to win one of these, and I'm loving it because this is something I've been using for the past few weeks and it's done wonders for my skin. Less breakouts, smoother and brighter looking skin has actually happened for me, and believe me I hadn't wanted to hope too much when I started using it. It's, also, rechargeable, it takes 12 hours to charge but lasts for around 2 weeks on that charge - I love that it's rechargeable as I hate wasting money on batteries in items like this.
The Magnitone Lucid comes in at an RRP of £69.99, but of course this is a competition, so thanks to the following bloggers, and of course myself, one of you lucky people will be winning one instead!
To be in with a chance of winning just let us know:
What is your best skincare tip?
(The question is the only mandatory entry but all of the others do, of course, give you more chances to win).
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Keep your skin safe from the sun with Cosmetics from House of Fraser - Including Clinique, Mac and Kiehls
I'm looking out the window and I can't help but smile, Summer is well and truly breaking through the grey. I never used to be a summer person, hayfever and super pale skin made me want to hide in the house all of the time but, these days, I love the warmth that comes with Summer, the feeling of sunlight on my skin (though I still can't cope when it gets too hot). I think most of us are, totally, aware of how dangerous that feeling of sun on your skin is, though.
Sun care products are so, so important at this time of year, and when we have such fantastic beauty products that can give us a gorgeous tan rather than risking the sun exposure, it seems crazy to not invest in some products that'll keep you skin safe. I have some favourite body and facial skin care products, already, so when I was asked to look at beauty products that House of Fraser offer which have sun care in them I couldn't wait to look in to what cosmetics could give us that extra layer of protection.
Monday, 15 June 2015
For a while now I've been wanting to do more posts with Ethan, some more reviews and the likes, I miss when he used to have a bigger focus on the blog. As such when we were given the chance to review the Meadow Kids Mini Stencils set from Great Gizmos I thought it'd be a great way to get him involved, again, and find something nice to do together.
Sunday, 14 June 2015
I asked, in my Freedom Makeup haul post, what you'd like to see in more detail first and a number of people were really interested in the eye shadow palettes so that made that decision an easy one! I'm going to say this now, this is going to be a Very photo heavy post so I'm going to try not to write too much.
I like these eye shadow palettes a lot. The ranges of shades is beautiful and they both seem to have a nice balance with mattes, satin shades (which are somewhere between a matte and a shimmer), lighter shimmers and then a couple with some glittery shimmer too. The pigmentation is fantastic, only the palest shades don't show up too well in swatches, but that's not due to pigmentation rather the colour of my skin! I think you're going to like these, a lot. They're £4 each and there's a few of them, on the site, which are well worth checking out.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Friday, 5 June 2015
Subscription box time is here again, yay. Birchbox made it here, first, this month and they did so with a rather beautiful box! There was a choice of boxes, this month, and I was very pleased to get the water colour floral box that I had asked for. The box also came with a shoe bag in a matching fabric which is beautiful (It may become home for my camera cleaning kit as the bag for that has just broken)
As always, if you decide to subscribe I'd really appreciate if you followed my link as you'll get £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop and I'll get the same! My link: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3
Thursday, 4 June 2015
I've been really excited to find out what the formula of the lipsticks from, new brand, Freedom Makeup is like, so when I was sent their Red Lipstick collection I was rather pleased. I don't wear reds very much, anymore but this range has a nice selection of shades which ranges from pinkier shades, to some more orange toned reds.
You may already seen some teasers and some sneak peaks, and I've got a few more to share with you - All from the exciting new brand Freedom Makeup! It's safe to say, Freedom is coming!
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Alright so I'm pushing the boundaries a little by talking about summer where, if the weather is the same there as it is here, it's grey and rainy. But hey, if we can't use beauty to add a little brightness in to our lives, when it's like this, then when can we?
I was asked to write about a site called JustMyLook (sp*), who I'd never heard of before, by showing you the new mini collection which showcases the 2015 S/S Hawaii range from OPI - I love bargain beauty sites and I Love OPI nail polishes so it was a bit of a win win. I've been checking out the full range of OPI polishes over on the site and I have to say I am a little tempted, they come in at £8.35 each, with free delivery and there's a huge range of shades on there (I'm, of course, drawn in by the mauves, dusky shades and the glitters but don't tell my husband, I'm not allowed more nail polishes, I just gave away a lot).
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
I love the header, the bold new social media icons, I love it all!
So, if you're on blogger and you want a re-design, definitely give her a shout - She did the work quickly, she kept me totally updated and is a lovely lady.
I was asked if I wanted to review one of Penguin's new books 'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty and instantly I recognised the name of the author and was very pleased! I, actually, read one of Liane's earlier books 'The Husband's Secret' not that long ago and I really, really enjoyed it so I couldn't wait to read another of hers.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Monday, 11 May 2015
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
I was asked if I'd review for a website that, previously, I'd not heard of before called 'Wicked Uncle' and, seeing as it's a toy site and the proceeds would go to that wee munchkin of mine I couldn't say no! I was intrigued by the site, as it has a rather different selling point to other toy websites; and I do like it when a site offers something different rather than more of the same.
At Wicked Uncle they're trying to provide a service which appeals to non-parents - To the people who want to buy gifts for children but just don't know children as well as parents might. It's for Uncles and Aunts and friends of the family, people who just need that bit more guidance.
When you on to the site you're presented with the option of picking toys for age groups and genders rather than types of toy, and that's a great way for people who aren't as child-savvy to break things down. You may already know my thoughts on gender and toys, I'm not a fan of splitting them, but there's nothing to stop a person checking the age range for both genders (I did when ordering).
I was given a voucher to order some items (and I paid a few pounds extra just to get the things I wanted) and it was a really nice site to browse. The toys available are great, lots of wooden builds and creative things, less of the plastic flashy toys and more of the traditional which is always going to be a bonus in my books (though there was some plastic flashy, what's life without some plastic flashy!).