Thursday, 24 April 2014

Corsica Gel Flip Flops from Beach Athletics


I was recently sent a pair of Corsica Gel flip flops in black from Beach Athletics free of charge, in return for an honest review.
                                                                             
Packaged flip flops

Individually wrapped for hygiene purposes

Bottom of flip flops

I was extremely impressed with how my flip flops arrived. Not only were they sealed in a clear plastic bag, but each flip flop was individually wrapped in plastic which meant I knew they were hygienically clean. They also came with a handy little hanger (as shown in pic) which I personally loved .....it's the little things that please!

Packaging unwrapped
Once removed from the plastic wrapping, I couldn't help but have a good old feel. These are truly fabulous. They are slightly more weighty than regular flip flops, although not what i'd class as 'heavy' .....i'm guessing this is due to the gel cushioning. The white strap bits which sit over the feet are very flexible, although they don't feel flimsy in the slightest. They are made with polyurethane (PU) which gives them great memory characteristics and offers supreme comfort due to the gel foot-bed. They also have a very durable sole.



I often struggle with new flip flops, especially the bit which sits between the toes as it often rubs and causes irritation. These however, are completely different to anything I've ever tried before. The material is so soft and flexible, that it sat snugly between my toes and didn't cause me any problems at all. I had no red marks or itching and after a while, I even forgot that it was there!
The gel foot-bed provides optimum comfort and I have to say, you'd think these were 'made-to-measure' as they fit so comfortably ....and I don't say that often, especially about flip flops! I wore them for a whole day whilst doing a bit of shopping, housework, pegging out washing etc and they were amazing. I managed to keep them on my feet without struggling and my feet remained comfortable from the second I put them on until the moment I took them off.

Overall, I absolutely love my new flip flops and will definitely be sporting them during the summer months ....if we get some sun anyway! I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing these and would highly recommend them to anyone who fancies some flip flops but without the usual pain and redness that normally goes with them.

Corsica Gel Flip Flops are available to buy from Beach Athletics and cost £23.00. They are available in sizes 4 - 7 ( I received my usual size 4 and they fit perfectly so the sizes are pretty accurate). Why not check out the other ranges available while you're there, you won't be disappointed!

You can also follow Beach Athletics on Twitter ...don't forget to say Hi! :)


Friday, 18 April 2014

Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure



I was sent a bottle of Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure free of charge, in return for an honest review.


Tantastic is has no synthetic content and is said to give 'a tan that not only looks natural, but is natural' and 'works with your natural skin tone, with no orange hue' so I decided to put it to the test.

This didn't come with any instructions, so it was pretty much just guess work. First, I made sure my skin was fully exfoliated and I moisturised dry areas such as knees, the day before I used it.

With lid removed


Now, here's where I made my first mistake ......I completely removed the lid and poured what you can see into my hand! I then proceeded to spread this over my legs making sure I had even coverage and being especially careful around my knees and feet. I had far too much cream in my hand and it was way more than enough for both legs. I personally wasn't too keen on the smell as it had a familiar 'fake tan' tinge to it.  I quickly washed my hands, making sure to clean under my nails before replacing the lid. It was at this point I noticed a tiny hole in the very top of the lid which opened when the lid was fully closed .....


I discovered that if you use this tiny hole to disperse the cream, you get a much better amount and alot less waste.

I found that the cream took quite a while to absorb into my skin, but that may well be due the amount I used! I waited for at least an hour before dressing. I didn't notice any real difference until I got out of bed the next morning, although I do wear trousers most of the time so hadn't kept checking progress.

After using Tantastic
I have a medium skin tone and during the winter months, my skin generally looks drained and pale. Tantastic gave me a nice colour, although much darker than I expected .....again, this could be due to the huge amount of the product I used!!
I did still notice a few patches over my knees where the colour appeared a bit deeper, but after a quick scrub, they blended in well with the rest of the my legs.
This is a progressive tanning product, so the more you apply, the deeper the colour, I found that this one application was enough for me and after around 4 days, it had fully washed off leaving my natural pale colour behind.

Overall, I was reasonably impressed with this product, although did find it a little messy and far too smelly. The end result was quite pleasing and I did feel more confident with a bit of colour.

You can purchase Laid Bare Tantastic from My Pure at the reasonable price of £6.00 for 125ml.

Monday, 14 April 2014

MADARA Sunflower - Golden Beige Tinting Fluid from MyPure


I received a bottle of Madara Sunflower Golden Beige Tinting Fluid free of charge, in return for an honest review.




The packaging for this is quite simple, although I wouldn't expect anything else, and there's a small circle on the front to give a rough indication of the colour chosen. Inside you will find your 50ml bottle of tinting fluid which is suitable for all skin types.


Once you remove the outer lid, simply press down and the tinting fluid appears through the small hole as shown in the above pic. The size of the hole is perfect in enabling you to dispense just the right amount, so no need to worry about over doing it!


This particular tinting fluid is available in 2 shades, Moonflower Rose Beige and Sunflower Golden Beige. I chose the Golden Beige as this is the closest to my natural skin tone.


Although I'm a huge fan of foundation creams etc, they do tend to feel a bit weighty on my skin and seem to clog my pores as well as occasionally causing minor irritation. This however was an absolute pleasure to wear. It's extremely lightweight and blends in well to give a nice, even skin tone whilst still allowing the skin to breathe. It covered my blemishes extremely well but didn't leave me with that 'caked in make-up' look at all ....it looked and felt extremely natural! The ingredients help deliver a natural look and give skin a lovely glow as well as keep it hydrated.
Unusually, I didn't need to reapply this throughout the day either as it held in place well which was a blessing as it gave me more time for other activities and still had me feeling confident at the end of the day. It was very easy to clean off using face wipes and didn't require any scrubbing at all.

Overall, I would highly recommend this tinting fluid, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin and are looking for something light and breathable that looks natural whilst hiding any redness or blemishes.

MADARA Sunflower - Golden Beige Tinting Fluid costs £23.00 from MyPure which I think is very reasonable, especially since a little really does go a long way so 1 bottle should last a while!

Friday, 4 April 2014

And now for the lucky winner .....

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A huge congratulations to Jodie H on winning a 10th Anniversary edition of How to Catch a Star and a poster ...well done!!

Many thanks to all who entered and sorry you didn't win this time but do keep a lookout for future competitions & giveaways.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Slumberdown Kids Quilted Waterproof Mattress Protector


My newest review for Slumberdown is this fabulous Kids Quilted Waterproof Mattress Protector which I received free of charge in return for an honest review.

Getting young children out of nappies can be one of the most challenging tasks faced by parents, and bed wetting can often be a problem too. Slumberdown pride themselves on trying to help make things easier for parents with young children, and with the introduction of this fabulous quilted waterproof mattress protector, they've doing just that. Don't get me wrong, this isn't some miracle product which will stop your child from bed wetting, but it does help protect the mattress from any little accidents.


The fabric is made from 65% polyester and 36% cotton, the filling is made from 100% polyester and the backing is 100% polyethylene. It is also machine washable at 40°.

As you can see, the mattress protector is stitched together to guarantee it will last and as it's quilted, your child will certainly be in for a comfortable nights sleep.


I have tested to see if this really is waterproof and can find no problems at all. My niece managed to have a great nights sleep, and although she did have a small accident, it didn't really disturb her and more importantly, the mattress wasn't in need of any attention as the protector did its job! My sister purchased another topper for when this one's in the wash and she now recommends this very one to other parents.
It fits well onto a standard single bed and although it does have a slight 'crinkle' noise to it when new, that soon disappears once it's been washed a few times. The noise wasn't enough to keep my niece awake however it may be a slight problem if your child is a light sleeper. If that's the case, i'd strongly recommend washing a couple of times before use.

Overall I was really impressed with both the fit of the protector and the effectiveness of it so would certainly recommend it myself.

You can purchase this for the very reasonable price from £10.50 from Tesco and even earn yourself 10 clubcard points!!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum


I was very lucky to receive a bottle of Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum for sensitive skin in return for an honest review.

The serum is highly concentrated in Avene Thermal Spring Water which is said to be soothing and anti-irritating which has been demonstrated by numerous scientific studies. It contains Glycerin offering superior moisturising suppleness and comfort.


 It comes in a glass bottle with a pump action top making it very easy to get the right amount first time.


Sorry my picture isn't too clear but i'm hoping you can just about make out the little hole where the serum is pumped from.

One pump dispenses a small amount of serum ....I personally used around 2-3 pumps to get a good coverage!

Amount released after 1 pump
The Avene serum is extremely light in texture and felt very refreshing when smeared over my skin. My skin is usually really dry and tightens after washing causing discomfort. I immediately felt relief after application of the serum and it didn't feel heavy in the slightest. The recommendations are to use this twice daily after cleansing, then leave for a few minutes before applying day/night cream. My skin had a lovely velvety feel after use and once my regualr day cream was applied, I had the perfect make-up base. I often re-apply moisturiser throughout the day to help calm my skin, but with the serum, I found that I really didn't need to as it provided all day comfort and protection. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now, and although my skin is quite sensitive, I haven't noticed any irritation or allergy marks so would definitely give it the thumbs up!

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum comes in a 30ml bottle and is currently available for the superb price of £12.75 (RRP £17.00) from Escentual as they currently have 1/3 off French Pharmacy brands throughout March. ....so grab yours quick!!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

How to Catch a Star Review & Giveaway!


I was very lucky to receive Oliver Jeffers' anniversary edition of How to Catch a Star in return for an honest review.

The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. The book has since achieved both critical and commercial success and is enjoyed by children all over the world. Oliver Jeffers has continued to be successful and has won various accolades such as the New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award, Nestle Smarties Book Prize, Irish Book of the Year and The Blue Peter Book of the Year.
Ten years on, and How to Catch a Star is being celebrated by Oliver and HarperCollins with a special 10th Anniversary edition.

Front cover
Back cover

Here is a letter from Oliver Jeffers explaining where the story for this book began .....


This is an absolutely delightful tale of a young boy who loves stars so much, he wants to catch one of his very own. We follow him as he tries to attempt the impossible .....with quite a surprising result!

This book not only tells a fantastic story, but it is also beautifully illustrated and sure to captivate the imagination of any child.
Beautiful illustrations
I absolutely adored this book, despite it being advertised as suitable for children aged 2-7yrs and me being a 30 something year old housewife! My 5 year old niece was fixated by the story and really enjoyed sitting looking through the fabulous pictures .....it's the longest i've known her sit still!!
You can buy this special anniversary edition from Amazon.co.uk and it's currently on offer for only £10.27 (price correct at time of post)
Overall I would certainly recommend this book and because of that, I have a copy to give to one of my lucky readers along with a How to Catch a Star poster.


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Monday, 18 November 2013

John Cotton Christmas Bed Bundle



Established in 1916, family-owned John Cotton manufacturers a wide range of pillows, duvets and mattress protectors. It's brands include Slumberdown and Snuggledown and I have been lucky enough to receive the John Cotton Christmas Bed Bundle free of charge, in return for an honest review.


My new double bed bundle arrived safe and sound and securely wrapped in a black bag. I have to say that I was pretty impressed with how this looked when I removed the packaging, especially the lovely Christmassy colour. I found it really hard to believe that inside was, (according to the label), a 13.5 tog duvet, 2 pillows, 2 pillow protectors & a mattress protector .....and yes, they were all bundled into this one compact bag!!

It actually took both myself and my other half several minutes and a lot of wrestling to remove the contents .....believe me when I say it was no easy task but we did have a much needed giggle! Despite the struggle, there lay a lovely brand new duvet and everything else that was promised.


Everything was a little flat when we first unpacked it, but we laid it over our bed and within a couple of hours, it had all plumped up lovely.

Duvet all nicely plumped
pillow plumped and welcoming
One thing I did notice was that my old duvet only had the occasional stitch to hold everything in place, but this one has been stitched the full length of the duvet at various intervals to make sure all the polyester stays where it ought to be ......


Although this is advertised as a 'guest' set, I obviously had to give it a thorough test so it has been on my bed for a week now and I am absolutely loving it! Being 13.5 tog and made from polyester, it is exceptionally warm, especially on these freezing cold nights we've been having lately. The pillows are so heavenly that my my head just sank into the middle and that was me comfy enough for immediate shut-eye. As for the duvet, it was so snug that I didn't want to leave my bed. Despite it being so plumped up and big, it's not weighty in the slightest, unlike my old duvet which used to feel like it was squashing me into the bed.

Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new duvet set for guests over the festive period as it has everything you could possibly need!
At the moment, Argos have these on offer at half price, so there's never been a better time to buy and they're available in ....
Single for £14.99 (was £29.99)
Double for £19.99 (was £39.99)
King Size for £24.99 (was £49.99)

All prices correct at time of post.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Christmas Letterbox Cake Review from Bakerdays.com

Bakerdays.com are a company situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest and are able to deliver personalised celebration cakes anywhere in the UK. The business was founded by Andrea Guzyova and greeting card entrepreneur Alan Hawkes and is going from strength to strength.

I was extremely lucky to receive a Christmas Letterbox cake for review. Check out my video ....


After my video review was complete, I decided it was time to sample the cake and see if it tasted as good as it looked. Removing the cake was really easy, although I still think i'd have struggled with only one hand.



You have the choice of sponge cake, chocolate chip sponge cake (made with Belgian chocolate), fruit cake, gluten wheat free cake or dairy free cake. This one is a plain sponge cake .....



......and I have to say, it tasted delicious! The texture of the cake was just right, there was a nice amount of icing without spoiling the flavour of the cake and it didn't crumble to bits. My only regret was that I had to cut into it at all as it looked so darned good!

If you're unable to find anything that takes your fancy with regards to the design, you can choose your own picture and message and have that printed on the cake instead. I love this idea as it makes them alot more versatile. There are also tons of other celebration cakes including birthday cakes, humour cakes and new job cakes to name but a few. Each cake is made to order and despite my postie knocking and handing me mine, I did check and it really does fit through a standard letterbox .....amazing!!

Next time you're looking for a unique present for that someone special, take a look at the Bakerdays.com website and see for yourself just what the have to offer! You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Lenor Spring Awakening


As a member of Savvy Circle, I was lucky enough to receive a fab pack of Lenor goodies for me to try and as you can see from the pic, I also had a few samples to pass on to friends and lots of product info.

Now I know what you're thinking, and yes, Spring Awakening from Lenor has been around for a while, but it now has a new even longer lasting smell and helps keep clothes looking newer for longer and even softer! Like many of you, I love my washing to smell nice and if I can get get my clothes to last even longer, then all the better for me. The new innovative STEP technology protects the fibres of your clothes, leaving them less likely to get damaged during excessive washing.

I couldn't wait to get my washer on and see what all the fuss was about.

Once the washer finished, I rushed to open the door and was immediately greeted with a nice burst of freshness. Not too overpowering, but strong enough to flow throughout my home. As it was a rainy day, I placed my washing on the radiators and allowed the gorgeous spring smell to flow freely. Everyone who visited my home that day asked what air freshener i'd been using and were really quite surprised when I told them that it was my softener!

Every time I open my wardrobe, I get a sudden burst of springtime and absolutely love it .......even after a couple of weeks, my clothes still smell fab! I couldn't resist and quickly got my bedding washed so I could enjoy the freshness even whilst sleeping.

Everyone I passed samples on to were thrilled with the results. Not only did the washing smell gorgeous, but it was exceptionally soft and looked fantastic too! Like my friends, I wont't buy anything else now and would highly recommend this to anyone who wants their clothes to last even longer ......nice one Lenor!!

You can find out more info on the Lenor facebook page