Monday, 30 March 2015

Living Nature Bloom Lipstick with FREE Lip Hydrator

I received Living Nature Bloom Lipstick with Lip Hydrator from My Pure free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

I've only recently began wearing lipstick again as my lips had suffered terribly during the winter months resulting in soreness, redness and a bit of chapping. I tended to opt for a clear coat of lip balm to help repair and protect my lips but now, they're in much better condition, so I thought it time to experiment with lip colour again. I noticed this duo on the My Pure site and it really appealed as you don't only get a gorgeous lippy, but it also comes with a free lip hydrator to my ears!

Both are packaged separately and it's clear to see from the boxes exactly which one is which.

It's a wee bit difficult to see in this pic, but the outer casing on both products have a lovely velvety feel to them which oozes sophistication and makes them very easy to hold. The black casing is also very sleek.

The lip hydrator can be worn either alone, or as a base coat for a coloured lippy and works very well either way. it glides over lips with ease and immediately moisturises and hydrates leaving them feeling soft and kissable. It's also non-sticky which is a massive bonus as I hate it when I apply something to my lips and find that afterwards, I have to pry the apart! When used alone, this seems to last on the lips for ages and those who know what I'm like for cuppas, would be surprised to know that this really did go the distance and didn't need reapplied after each one ...superb!

The lipstick itself is called Bloom and is an absolutely gorgeous deep reddy/pinkish shade ...very Springlike! I'm often a little sceptical about applying colour over the top of anything as it often dulls the colour down making it look alot paler than anticipated, however even after applying the lip hydrator, the colour of the lippy was still as strong and bold as it looked in the tube. Again, this glided on with ease and the shape of teh end was perfect for giving full, even coverage. I didn't suffer any 'bleeding' around the edges of my lips using this which is another problem I often encounter, and the colour remained strong throughout most of the day so no need to keep re-applying!

Overall I was thrilled with the results of both of these products and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Made with only the finest natural ingredients to guarantee a pout to be proud of.

Living Nature Bloom Lipstick with FREE Lip Hydrator is available from My Pure at a cost of £19.50 (reduced from £34.50 at time of post). It may seem a  little pricey but I assure you that it's well worth it for the results it provides.

Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant from My Pure

I received some Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

I tend to suffer alot of dry patches of skin on my face which often causes me a few problems. First is that when I choose to wear foundation, it always tends to stick to the dry patches and looks hideous. I sought a bit of advice about this problem and was told to use a gentle exfoliator on a daily basis to help get rid of the flaky skin. When I found this product on My Pure, I thought it would be perfect as it states that it's gentle and can be used daily. What's best about this product is that it can also be used as a detoxing mask treatment which simply requires leaving it on the skin for 5 minutes, then rinsing off.

When you remove the lid, don't forget to peel off the small bit of foil which covers the end of the tube or you'll be standing there all day wondering why it won't come out .....a bit like I did myself! This is designed to be used after cleansing and comes out looking a bit like wet sand. You can immediately feel the grittiness of this exfoliator, and I did worry a little as to whether it would feel a bit scratchy on my skin as i can be pretty sensitive. I needn't have worried however as it actually felt quite pleasant and invigorating. I used small circular motions to spread it around my face, paying particular attention to my problem areas where the skin is more flaky which included my cheeks, forehead and around my nose. The smell was a wee bit overpowering but this is something I could definitely overlook. As soon as I rinsed the exfoliator off my skin, I noticed a visible difference and at first sight, couldn't see any troublesome flaky bits! I patted my skin dry and expected redness but again, it was fine and actually felt quite moisturised.

I have been using this daily for a couple of weeks now and have to say that I'm really impressed with the results. My skin feels renewed and fresh as a daisy.

This is definitely one I'd recommend, especially if, like me, you suffer those terrible unsightly dry flaky patches, and what better time to start using it than now as hopefully summer is just round the corner!

Kosmea Daily Exfoliant is available to purchase from My Pure at a cost of £10 for a 20g travel size tube.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Cadbury Creme Egg Pots of Joy

We don't often get treats in our house but after scrimping and scraping for months, we decided to treat ourselves to a little something special. We really didn't realize there was so much choice available for cakes, biscuits etc and it took a long time deciding which was the best option for a family of 4. Fortunately, our decision was helped by the fact that these little pots were reduced to 99p for 2 ...fab!

Now, I'm not usually too keen on chocolate flavoured things, I prefer the real thing, but I am a massive fan (and always have been) of Cadbury Creme Eggs ....hence why Easter is my fave time of year ever!

I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I first opened my little 'pot of joy' but was met with a gorgeously creamy looking chocolate topping which looked extremely appealing. I slowly took a small scoop on my spoon and was amazed at how egg-like it looked. I know it sounds daft, but I didn't expect it to be so like my fave snack ...but it was! The smoothness of the chocolate and the gorgeous tasting yolk/egg white part were the perfcet combination ......the ultimate food porn!
If the pot had of been a wee bit bigger, i probably would have gotten sick half way through but as it happens, this pot was the perfect size for me. Not too much that I'd get sick, but definitely enough to give ultimate satisfaction and keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how good these tasted and would't hesitate to buy them again. It's also another pudding which was loved by myself, my partner and my kids ...a rarity in our house!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Acorelle Complete Waxing Kit from My Pure

I received the above product free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

The low-down of the Acorelle Complete Waxing Kit:

'The 1st complete kit of cold, hypoallergenic, 100% natural and organic certified wax strips

4 - IN - 1 FORMAT
This practical kit, is perfect for a complete wax of all your body areas. It includes 4 sizes of strips perfectly adapted to the size of each area to be waxed. Face x 4 Eyebrows x 8 Underarms & bikini x 10 Body x 10 PLUS a post hair removal care to remove the potential wax residues and soften the skin.'

I generally shave my legs/underarms etc but love trying new ways of getting rid of unwanted hair ...some of them unsuccessfully! I have used wax in various forms before so it wasn't exactly something new to me, even though it's been a while since I used anything other than a razor. 

The idea of wax strips really appeals to me as they give a long-lasting effect, are less messy than other wax forms, and are relatively quick and easy to use. 

I like to have a bath before using any kind of wax as I moisturise my legs regularly so like to make sure there's no left over residue which could prevent the wax working to its full potential. I also exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin. Once all that's out the way, it's time to start waxing. 

As you can see from the pic, this pack contains wax strips in various sizes to suit each area of the body and also contains a small bottle of post hair removal care. You get 10 large strips for body/legs, 10 smaller ones for underarms/bikini, 4 smaller again for the face (I assume above the lip) and 8 tiny strips for eyebrows.

In order to get the wax strips to work, either hold them between your palms for a couple of minutes, or stick them under your legs as this helps soften the wax making them much more usable. Once you feel it's softened enough (and is mildly warm), peel the 2 strips apart and apply one directly to the area needing waxed. Smooth with palm in a downward motion going with the hair growth. Once satisfied that it's stuck, grab the bottom and peel back in an upward motion going against the hair growth. This ensures that the hairs are pulled out from the deep within. 
I personally found that these strips could maybe do with a little more wax on them as they were slightly sparse once separated. They were extremely simply to use and left very little residue on my legs after use. I found these slightly less painful than some I've tried but I also noticed a few finer hairs which were left behind. I managed to use each strip twice but really could have done with more. Despite me being quite petite I found that the body strips provided weren't quite enough to do both of my legs from top to bottom and only managed the bottoms! 

Once I got rid of the few leftover stray hairs, my legs felt pretty smooth and not as red as they have been when using other brands was a blessing that the 'plucked chicken skin' didn't appear! The post hair removal care has a really nice smell and got rid of the small amount of stickiness that was left over, leaving my legs gorgeously smooth and ready for showing!

Acorelle Complete Waxing Kit is available from My Pure and as it's on special offer at the moment, only costs £8.54. (price correct at time of post. Usual price £9.49)

A'kin Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme from My Pure

I received the above product free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experiences.

I often find that my hands suffer more than anywhere else on my body due to everyday tasks such as washing dishes, clothes washing, polishing etc. They become very dry, especially during the winter months, and often crack making them pretty painful at times. A lot of creams to help combat this are available on the market, but I often find that they leave a greasy after-feel on my hands and are only really suitable for night time use. When I noticed the A'kin Lavender & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme available on the My Pure site, I decided to give it a try.

This product claims to give 'soft, supple hands & strong nails' whilst 'rapidly absorbing into the skin'.

Simply squeeze a generous amount into hands, and proceed to massage in. The first time I used this, I put way too much into my hand and had to dab a little off. A blob about the size of a 10p was the perfect amount for me to use ....not the huge dollop I applied the first time! The Lavender smell really comes through in this cream and I found it really relaxing massing it into my hands. I made sure I paid particular attention to my cuticles as they often become really hard and flaky, as does the area around my nails. It didn't take long before all the cream was absorbed which I really loved. My hands felt refreshed and perfectly moisturised but not too greasy to hold a cup, and had a slightly more youthful appearance to them.

When i first started using this hand cream, I found that I applied around 4 times a day, however after just 3 days of this, I was able to just apply twice a day, morning and night, to keep the skin moisturised and pain free.
If like me, you suffer from dry, cracked, sore skin, then I would highly recommend this cream as it has a rich, creamy texture and is full of beneficial ingredients which really work long term.

A'kin Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme is available to buy from My Pure, and at the moment is on special offer for just £10.80 for a 75ml tube. (prices correct at time of post)

Friday, 6 February 2015

GOSH Soft Shower Gel & Moisturizing Body Lotion

I was lucky enough to win both these products from the Christmas Advent competition which was ran on the GOSH Facebook page I wasn't asked to review these products but thought I'd share them with you anyway. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

First, I have to say that I personally love the design and size of these bottles, they really look stylish and make the product easy to dispense. As always, the first thing I did upon opening was to have a sniff and wow, they both smelled gorgeous!! Bath time followed soon after lol

The shower gel contains Aloe Vera which is known for its skin softening properties and was the perfect choice for my dry, winter skin. I squeezed a generous amount onto my scrunchie and began washing. The smell immediately filled my nostrils and was exceptionally pleasant. It slightly reminded me of the Matey bubble bath I used as a child. It's a nice, fresh, delicate smell which I also found very relaxing. The gel lathered up really well and gave me a great all over clean feeling. My skin already felt alot softer than when using my regular shower gel and even after rinsing, the smell lingered on my skin. For a change, I had no tightness and no itching after drying which impressed me no end.

The moisturizing body lotion contains Argan Oil & Vitamin B3 to give the ultimate in hydration. I poured a small amount in my hands and massaged it into my legs & body. Again, the smell was unbelievably pleasant .....I could have sniffed this all day! The lotion applied well and didn't leave any greasy residue. It softened my skin beautifully and even managed to target my driest areas ie knees and elbows. The first day I used it, 3 friends separately asked me what perfume I was wearing and were gob-smacked when I told them it was just my new moisturiser! My youngest daughter waited till the end of the day and asked what I'd been wearing as every time I wafted past her, she got a lovely whiff. As soon as I showed her what it was, she decided to have herself a bath just to borrow some!

Both of these products were absolutely amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of them, especially if you suffer from dry skin which is in need of a little TLC ....and of course, you'll smell absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

FNUG Natural Nail Polish from My Pure

I received some FNUG Natural Nail Polish in Chictopia from My Pure, in return for an honest review. all opinions are based upon my own experiences.

About FNUG:
"FNUG polishes contain strengthening silica and vitamin A, D, E, and B.
They also contain caviar to bring your nails the benefit of the high content of nutritious essential amino acids and minerals found in the micro eggs.
FNUG Nail Polish does NOT contain Formaldehyde, Toulene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).
A chip-resistant polish that not only looks good but conditions the nails.

Metallic red golden nail polish.
Adorable heavy red metallic dresses with sexy open statements backs is one of Hollywoods hotteste fashion trends on the red carpet. The colours are vivid a mix of red and golden strikes. Chictopia is a stunning red shimmer nail lacquer with a bit of golden sparkles inside.
The red golden shimmer nail polish is chip resistant, which means that it is extremely long lasting without the risk of breakage.
In addition to nourishing protein, strengthening silica and delicate caviar, the nail varnish contains vitamins A, D, E and B."

This review is a little late after I experienced a few PC problems and problems with blogger, but I originally chose the Chictopia colour because it was getting close to Christmas and this colour was so perfect, especially with the little glittery bits in. I used this one on my finger nails ...

It was very difficult to get a good picture of the colour as the way the light kept catching it, it changed the colouration. In the bottle, it's a nice red and contains flashes of gold which give it a lovely sparkle. The brush is a great size and means you get a really good stroke over the nail. I only dipped the brush once for my smaller nails and twice for my thumb so I know this bottle will last me ages. One coat is quite sufficient for good coverage and bold colour. I was absolutely thrilled with the results! The drying time was around 5 minutes so make sure you get them done in advance.
This nail polish claims to be chip resistant, however if you do alot of dish washing, this isn't really the case. I wash dishes 3-4 times per day and it didn't take long before the nail polish started flaking off at the edges of my nails and looking unsightly. I had to remove after only one day and that in itself was a bit of a mission. I had to soak cotton pads in nail varnish remover and do each finger 3 times to remove all the polish. This is due to the glittery bits which make it more stubborn. I find that a cotton bud dipped in remover is ideal for getting the very edges next to the cuticles etc as you can be more direct.

Although the nail polish didn't last as long on my nails as I would have liked, I would still buy this again as the colour is really strong and quite striking too ....I may just have to avoid the dishes which suits me fine! 

FNUG Natural Nail Polish in Chictopia is available to buy from My Pure at a cost of £10.80 (RRP £12.00) for an 8.5ml bottle.

Tesco Finest* Party Food

I received money off vouchers for Tesco Finest* Party Food in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

I received my vouchers and tottled off to my local Tesco to see what choices I had. My family are very fussy so I was worrying a little that I may not find anything we'd eat.I needn't have worried though as there was tons of choice! After much 'picking up' and 'putting back', I finally decided on a pack of 8 Mini Hot Dogs & Cheese Burgers, 12 Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders and a pack of 12 Mini Belgian Chocolate Eclairs ...YUM!

The Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders were undescribably cute and each had a nice slice of cheese wedged in. Cooking was simple as they were microwavable (which made it far easier for me).
A couple of minutes cooking time and they were ready for testing. Each was thoroughly cooked and contained just the right amount of filling for each bite. These aren't something I'd usually go for but they were absolutely delicious! Both my partner and my kids really enjoyed these and commented that for such a small thing, they really packed a punch and were loaded with flavour.

The 8 Mini Hot Dogs & Cheese Burgers were what I was most looking forward to trying as these are my kind of foods! again, they microwaved for a couple of minutes and came out perfect. The burgers were tiny but still big enough to fill the bun and they tasted divine! Just the right amount of cheese made these delicious. The hot dogs also had a really nice flavour and were perfect in size.

These really are the icing on the cake and look extra special too. They are packed with cream inside and are topped with a delightful star which makes them look like an expensive treat. The eclair itself is just the right consistency and the cream, which I don't normally like, was really tasty and not runny. The chocolate coating was also divine and really tickled my taste buds. When I eventually decided to share, the 'mmm' and 'ahhh' noises told me all I needed to know ...they approved!

I wouldn't hesitate to purchase any of these products again as they were affordable, deliciously tasty and ideal for parties. All are available from Tesco along with a few other interesting combinations like Glitter Prawns with Cocktail Sauce or Belgian Chocolate and Irish Cream Profiteroles!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

FNUG Natural Nail Polish from My Pure

I received FNUG Natural Nail Polish free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

About FNUG:
"FNUG polishes contain strengthening silica and vitamin A, D, E, and B.
They also contain caviar to bring your nails the benefit of the high content of nutritious essential amino acids and minerals found in the micro eggs.
FNUG Nail Polish does NOT contain Formaldehyde, Toulene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).
A chip-resistant polish that not only looks good but conditions the nails.

Iris blue nail lacquer.
Blue kaftans and matching blue nails.
Nails are stunning blue with a touch of iris lilac.
The blue lilac nail polish is chip resistant, which means that it is extremely lasting without the risk of breakage. In addition to nourishing protein, strengthening silica and delicate caviar, the enamel contains vitamins A, D, E and B."

One of my favourite things to try is nail polishes as they come is such a wide variety of colours and in many variations. The only problem I have, is choosing which ones to try first!
When I noticed these on the My Pure website, I was thrilled, but it took me a good half an hour to decide which colours to go for. I opted for this Kaftan nail polish as it had a nice lilac hint to it and looked a really strong, stunning colour. The other thing which appealed to me was the mention of 'chip resistant' which is always a bonus as I often find that the colour starts to chip off after a day or two requiring re-application. 

I used this on my toe nails and have to say that I was really impressed with how easy it was to apply. The brush is a lovely size which covers quite a bit of nail in one swipe, meaning that you don't end up with streaks through having to go over. I also found that one application was well enough ...some polishes require two coats. It took around 5 minutes or so to fully dry, but once dried, it had a lovely shine to it which was a bit confusing at first as I thought it was still wet!
I first used this over Christmas and the polish lasted a good 2-3 weeks without chipping. After that, I removed what was left and re-applied. It did take a little bit of persuasion to come off but not as bad as some I've tried. 

I would highly recommend this polish as it gives really great colour which is true to the bottle colour and is hard wearing and long lasting ....stunning!

FNUG Natural Nail Polish in Kaftan is available to buy from My Pure and comes in an 8.5ml bottle for £10.80 (RRP £12.00).

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Winter Warm Electric Blanket from Slumberdown

I received this Electric Blanket from Slumberdown free of charge, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.

For years I have struggled sleeping during the winter months due to the cold. We live in a really cold house anyway and putting the heating on isn't always an option so bed is where I'd snuggle up with a hot water bottle and forget my troubles. The only problem with a hot water bottle, is that it only hits the odd spot at a time due to the size of it, so when i was given the opportunity to review an Electric blanket, I jumped at the chance.

As you can see, an instruction leaflet is included with the electric blanket showing exactly how to place it on your bed. This had me a little confused until my other half stepped in and showed me where I was going wrong. 

There are a few bits of string rolled up which are passed under the mattress and through the loops in order to keep the blanket held in place and prevent sliding. The instructions are really easy to follow but I must have been having a blonde day and just couldn't grasp them. 

This is the controller and as you can see, it has 3 settings ranging from mildly warm through to uber hot. The only problem I had with this is that the numbers don't glow when it's plugged in making it quite difficult to see which setting you've chosen. I would much prefer it if they lit up!

This part is placed just below the bottom of your pillow and is where the power is connected. I found this a little awkward as it's quite clumpy and very difficult to avoid. I have had to adjust my lying position to allow for this extra plug and would have much preferred this being more towards the bottom of the bed rather than near my head!

I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I have to say that it has made a huge difference. When used on setting 1, there is very little difference in temperature, even if you put the blanket on a couple of hours before bed. I would recommend this setting to be used only if you plan on leaving the blanket on overnight to keep it chill free but not too hot. Setting 2 provides a little more heat, but again, you'd need it on for a good few hours to notice any real difference. I wouldn't however leave it on this setting overnight as I'd probably end up too hot. For me personally, setting 3 was perfect if I put the blanket on around an hour before bed. It was nice and toasty to step into and helped keep me snug as a bug in a rug ...only problem was that once I was in bed, there was no shifting me for love nor money!

I did find that although the blanket was tied down, it did still do a fair bit of sliding and even through the valance, myself and my other half still managed to get our feet tangled in the strings once they became looser. We are both pretty restless sleepers though and tend to move around alot through the night so maybe this is why it didn't want to stay put.

The great thing with this blanket is that once you unplug it from the mains etc, it can be placed in the washer on a 40° wool cycle to keep it hygienically clean. Under no circumstances should you ever have this product dry cleaned though! The Slumberdown electric blanket also comes with a 12 month guarantee so you can be assured that it is of the highest quality.

I really liked this product and would recommend it although you will have to keep check to make sure it's tied properly at all times to avoid any wires getting split/snagged/creased.

Check out Slumberdown Electric Blanket for more information and to find stockists.