Sunday, 7 February 2016

My 5 Valentines Pampering Essentials

Valentines day is almost here and I want to share with you my top 5 pampering essentials for getting yourself looking hot to trot for date night! 

1. Face the Music...

If you are going to look your best for your special person, regardless of if you are wearing makeup or going au naturale you want to be your most natural beautiful self. Which means buffing away any dead skin, deep cleansing and removing any unwanted facial hair.

The Braun Face is the ultimate in female grooming. The worlds first facial epilator and cleansing brush is sure to make your skin glow!



I have never used an epilator on my face before and I have to admit I probably won't again...I have a low pain threshold and don't even pluck my eyebrows (I am that much of a wuss!). However, the cleansing brush is brilliant! I use it most nights before bed to remove my makeup alongside my favourite facial wash. 

The brush that comes with the tool is quite a nice texture but I also got a pack of extra brushes which included a sensitive skin brush (in pink) which I prefer to use as it is more gentle. There is also an exfoliating brush which is a bit rougher and I use perhaps once a week to just make sure I am getting rid of any nasty dead skin and getting deep into my pores.


The cleanser is supposed to be 6 times more effective than manual cleaning, it has been tested by dermatologists and the epilator claims to leave you hair free for up to 4 weeks!
I love the rose gold lid and storage bag and it even comes with a led mirror so that you can see what you are doing in dimly lit rooms. 

Perfect start for a pampering session and if any men are reading this it would make a great gift too. 

2. De-fuzz

If you girls are anything like me, your legs will be resembling that of a small chimpanzee by now. Winter takes its toll and shaving my legs is always saved for special occasions. Valentines is one of them! So my favourite thing to do before a date night is to run myself a lovely bubble bath, relax watching some YouTube videos and have a good old de-fuzz. 

My favourite razors to use are the Gillette Venus for women. They are kind to my skin, give a close shave and leave my legs silky smooth. So I was very excited when I saw the new Venus Snap compact razor which is ideal for travel. My plan is to pop this in my weekender bag, complete with its little blue case making it easier not to slice my hands off while rummaging around for it! 

Another nifty find which I actually think will come in really handy!

3. Try something new...

This one is for those of you that are a bit stuck in a rut with your makeup and want to try something different but don't have a huge budget to overhaul your collection. I recently came across Freedom makeup while watching GlamBeauty's Liza doing a Drug Store Makeup Get Ready with Me. They are really reasonably priced and by reasonable I mean CHEAP! They are surprisingly really good products though and I decided to pick up two eyeshadow palettes, two lipsticks and an eyebrow palette. All 5 came to just £12 which was a steal! 


Anyway...with my new makeup I decided for Valentines I would try out something similar Liza's look with some of the colours I picked up as the pinks are really romantic! 

So my tip to you is to have a little mooch around online and try something different. Perhaps pick up some colours you don't use very often and have a play around, you might find something you really like as I did!


4. Brush Up!

I was recently sent some brushes from Savisto to try out and I am really impressed! I usually get my makeup brushes from Primark as they are cheap but although they are reasonable for the price they aren't the best brushes. The Savisto 11 brush Kabuki set is only £7.99 but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. 


The set has a brush for everything and the bristles are super soft. The design is a little like the Ecotools range with the bamboo handles and they look really professional. 


I never appreciated how important good brushes are when applying makeup but my foundation looks immaculate when applied with the large stippling brush and the eyeshadow brushes mean I can create sleek lines or blend colours together perfectly.

I highly recommend picking up some good brushes to create your Valentines look and why not drop some hints for some as a present too ;)

5. Curls, Curls, Curls!

Pampering essential number 5 is great hair products!

The curls are coming out for date night but do I go for loose beachy waves or super glam barrel curls? I actually like both styles equally and have two new products to use to perfect my curls. 


The Vo5 Give Me Texture spray is perfect for that wavy boho look. With sea salt to add lots of texture and definition I can pretend to be a mermaid for the night! 

The second product is the Schwarzkopf Gliss Shine Tonic which I picked up in Wilko for just £1.65 the other day. It makes your hair so shiny and shows off those sleek barrel curls beautifully. 

However you decide to pamper yourself this Valentines, whether you are off out or enjoying a nice night in I hope you enjoy it!




*Some of these products were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Snuggle Monkey from Cuddledry

Those of you that read the blog will know that I have always been a fan of Cuddledry as a brand. I am fortunate enough to be a Superblogger for them and adore their unique designs and ethics. Since we reviewed the Cuddlemoo, Ted has grown considerably so I thought it was only fair that we feature another product that is suitable for 3-6 year olds like our Tedster.


The Snuggle Monkey is part of the Cuddledry Children's range. It is beautifully soft and really quite roomy so you can really wrap your little one up snug as a bug...or perhaps a monkey! 

Ted adores his dress up towel and has taken to wearing it around the house saying it is his superhero cape...perhaps an idea for the next design Cuddledry? I love giving him a big cuddle after bath times in the Snuggle Monkey as it dries really quickly and is so soft I know it will be kind on his sensitive skin. 


The design is really sweet, complete with monkey ears and a little curly tail. The popper sits nice and loosely as I found the CuddleMoo was beginning to get a bit tight on Ted's neck but then he is a big boy now with a rather large head! 

I actually use the towel a bit like a robe and Ted does wear it around the house if he is feeling a bit chilly. It keeps him really warm and is perfect for curling up in and watching a movie...perhaps Curious George?


Often found jumping around the bathroom after a bath shouting "ooh ooh" like a cheeky chimp I think it is safe to say little man is a big fan. 

As well as having lots of lovely products, the Cuddledry website has some great parenting tips and fab competitions. They will also be at The Baby Show in London on 19th February which I am sadly unable to attend but recommend highly!



*I was sent the Snuggle Monkey for this review but as always my opinions are my own.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Rug Doctor Review

Despite being yet to show you some pictures of our new home we have been in for nearly 3 months! I can't believe how quickly it has flown by in a whirlwind of Christmas, Ted's birthday and those dreadful Winter germs. 

When we moved from the old house though there was a hell of a lot of work to do to leave the house in a reasonable condition to hand the keys back. Those of you that follow the blog may know the sort of issues we faced with the old house and the carpets were a big part of the reason we decided to move. This post explains my hatred for the carpets!

Although they were really old and awful I wanted to try and make them look a bit better so that we didn't lose our deposit and was lucky enough to have the chance to review a Rug Doctor for the move. 

I have used Rug Doctor in the past and they can easily be picked up from your local supermarket. Normally they are by the entrance in Tesco or Morrisons stores but there is a list on the website of stores that have them. They are £22.99 for 24 hours and trust me they are a lot cheaper than getting a professional cleaner in and super easy to use. 


First thing I suggest is to make sure you have a kettle or the hot water switched on in the property before you start the cleaning process. We had moved the kettle over to the new house and turned off the hot water so resorted to boiling the water in a saucepan on the hob in order to warm it as instructed before putting in the machine! 

The Rug Doctor itself is really straightforward to use and although you do need to buy the products to use with it they have a huge range so that you can choose the right one for the job at hand. I am not going to go into details of how to use the appliance as the instructions are clear and on the machine itself. Full video on how to use it here.

I found it simple to follow and not as heavy as I thought it would be. The hardest bit was plucking up the courage to turn it on for fear that I had connected the tubes up wrong and would spray the whole room with hot water and cleaning solution but I was brave and it worked!

I am not going to lie, my before and after pictures here are pretty much the same but this is because the carpets in that particular room were in such a dire state that they needed replacing completely. The carpets across the house were however dirt free even if there are stains and we got our deposit back! 
 Overall I would use the rug doctor again and am pleased to say we have gorgeous carpets in the new house that I am very protective over! 


Forest Friends Sleeping Bag with Sleeves from Slumbersac

Ted has always been a reasonably good sleeper but on the odd occasion we have a few weeks of madness where he decides he does not want to go to bed or stay in his bed in the early hours of the morning. These nights prove exhausting for all of us and we try everything we can to get him to sleep well. 

Some nights he refuses to wear any pyjama's to bed and I wondered if that was what was causing him not to settle. So I tried out the Slumbersac sleeping bag with sleeves to see if he was getting cold. I am pleased to say it worked a treat! 


I did make the mistake of telling him it was a sleeping bag though and he thought he had to sleep on the floor like he would in a camping type sleeping bag. I let him do what he wanted and made him a little camp bed on the floor and after weeks of hour long battles at bed time I was shocked to find him fast asleep less than 5 minutes later.

Not just that, after I snuck him back into his bed he slept through until our alarms went at 6.30!

He struggled to walk around in the Slumbersac as it is quite long and despite having a zip opening at the bottom he couldn't quite get his little feet out of the bottom. I think this may be where the Sleeping Bags with Feet may have been a better choice.


The sleeping bag we have is the Forest Friends Winter design. It is a 3.5 tog so lovely and warm and the sleeves mean that Ted doesn't need to wear his PJ's if he doesn't want to and is still perfectly snug. The fabric is so soft and the woodland applique on the front is beautiful. 

We did have a slight fault on our review sample that there were a few loose stitches on the middle zip but I can easily tack these back on. I made the brand aware and they have assured me they will check all future stock in case this is a manufacturing issue but  haven't had this happen before. These things happen though and they would have replaced the item had I not been happy to fix it myself. 

I always had sleeping bag's for Ted when he was small but after he outgrew his last one I didn't think anywhere did bigger sizes so I am really pleased we have found one that fits and I think this will last him a good few years still. That is if he still wants it when he is a big boy!

I really love Slumbersac as a brand and would recommend you check out the sale page on their website for some great bargains. This Sleeping Bag with sleeves is only £23.99 which I actually think is quite reasonable compared to a lot of brands on the market and it is essentially replacing a duvet so worth investing in a well fitted, comfortable design. 


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Closet Geek Necklaces

I recently came across a lovely little Etsy shop owned by a fellow blogger and fell in love with her unique style. The owner of Closet Geek, Bel, hand makes all of her geeky apparel and even takes on custom orders. I think the products are really reasonably priced and decided to purchase some for mine and Joe's Sisters this Christmas.

I loved the necklaces so much that I had to get one myself! Being a big Tangled fan I decided to go for a Baby Rapunzel on mine. She is such a darling and it feels great to have a design that nobody else has.



My Sister is a big Harry Potter fan so the HP wand necklace was an easy choice. The wand itself is really nicely weighted and there are 4 character wands to choose from. My only comment with this one is that the chain could have been a bit longer for the style but that is just personal preference and the chain can easily be replaced.

Harry Potter wand silver necklace- in four styles; Harry Potter, Hermione, Elder Wand (Dumbledore) or Voldemort

Next up were Joe's Sisters. Megan is a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so I got her the pendant with the gorgeous stained glass window from the movie. Ella has always loved Aladdin so I asked Bel to make up a custom pendant with Aladdin and Jasmine looking into each others eyes.

The girls loved the necklaces as much as I love mine and the attention to detail even in the little draw string bag they arrived in was brilliant.

I recommend having a browse at the Closet Geek Etsy shop for more designs and her handmade fancy dress costumes and bows are adorable!



*I was given a discount on my necklaces in exchange for this review but all opinion.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A Catch Up...

It has felt like forever since I sat and blogged. It has been about a month now I think so well overdue a catch up with you guys! 

Christmas happened. We all came down with an awful virus and spent most of the festive season wrapped in blankets coughing and spluttering...which was fun! It is still in my system too which is so frustrating and the main reason why I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front. 

Despite being unwell Ted had a lovely Christmas. He got some great presents and spent some much needed time with family and friends. 

I totally forgot to blog about it but Ted turned 3 last month too. We had a little Pirate party at a local hall and all of his friends came along. I can't believe I have a 3 year old now...and boy do I know it! The term Threenager has never been more true!

I guess this is where I should be writing about my resolutions for the year but I only have a couple of goals for 2016 and they are to be kind to myself, be kind to others and to make this year count. I also have some ideas up my sleeve for the blog which involve something a bit creative and a lot more ME!

Other than that I am still plodding along at work and we are loving our new home. I must sort out a house tour for you all soon....*adds to 'to do' list*.

I hope you are all doing well and I would love to hear your plans for the next year! 

Over and out!


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Alcohol Free Christmas Drinks from Heartsease Farm

It is no secret that  Joe and I are currently TTC and although we don't drink a lot normally we have been making a conscious effort to cut back on alcohol. That means an almost alcohol free Christmas and I think we will feel quite good for it.
 
Whether you are TTC, pregnant already, designated drivers or non-drinkers in general there are always delicious alternatives and Christmas and getting drunk shouldn't always go hand in hand.
 
These drinks from Heartsease Farm are great mixers for cocktails but also are really tasty on their own too! I adore the Heartsease packaging with the ducks and don't think they would look out of place in a hamper as a gift either!
 
 
The Spiced Winter Cranberry is really festive with light mulled spices and is even nicer warmed up (see recipe below). The Apple and Rhubarb is super fruity and feels like a proper grown up soft drink. It reminds me of being a child and my parents 'treating' me to an Appletiser at a 'posh' restaurant! Rhubarb is also one of my favourite flavours so this one was my top choice.
 
I am not a huge Ginger Beer fan but my Brother loves it and gave the Fiery Ginger Beer a big thumbs up. He said it has a fruity note too which was nice. I think Ginger Beer is really nostalgic for a lot of people and perfect for the festive season.
 

An easy non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine for the festive season,
brimming with Christmassy spice!
 

The scent of cinnamon and clove hit you first, followed by the warming, sweet taste of Cranberry. A truly mouth-watering combination, an ideal spiced fruity treat to indulge during this Season.
 
Method:
In a saucepan warm the contents of a 750ml Spiced winter cranberry, add a small cinnamon stick, a few cloves, a star anise, orange slices and a handful of fresh cranberries. Serve and enjoy! 
 
Heartsease Farm Spiced Cranberry Sparkling Premium Pressé
Available in 750ml glass bottles
 
750ml available for £2.29 on www.radnorhills.co.uk 

 
 
*I was sent these drinks to sample as part of my review