Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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.
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
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.
"FNUG polishes contain strengthening silica and vitamin A, D, E, and B.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
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.
Sunday, 30 November 2014
I was sent Police The Crease! Wrinkle Corrector by Laidbare from My Pure free of charge, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.
"Enriched with Seaweed extract known to help to reduce wrinkle depth and enhance skin appearance. The Laidbare secret to stopping time in its tracks is Hibiscus extract, a 'natural botox plant' both anti-ageing and targeting skin tone."
This wrinkle corrector comes in a handy tube and the cream is easily dispensed simply by squeezing. Some creams are too thick to come out without sheer brute force, but this comes out easily and at a nice consistency. A small amount (about the size of a 5p) is sufficient to get a good coverage and it glides on really easily.
I could feel an immediate improvement in the dryness of my skin and the wrinkles seemed to plump a little making them far less visible. There was no greasy after-feel and my skin only had a slight sheen left on it which appeared more as a youthful, healthy glow .....also noted by my other half which is always good!
When paired with the Guess My Age Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Cream, this really does work wonders and provides long-lasting results. I used both products twice daily and have been amazed by the difference they have made, both to my skin, and to my confidence.
As there are no harmful ingredients, it's kind to your skin and to the environment. I suffer from slightly sensitive skin which often flares up depending on the products I use, but this didn't cause any irritation at all and was very soothing when applied immediately after washing.
If you're looking to get your skin in tip-top condition for those Christmas parties, then look no further than this! It's fast working and provides great results!
Police The Crease! Wrinkle Corrector by Laidbare, is available to buy from My Pure at a cost of £12.99 for a 50ml tube.
I was sent Guess My Age Anti-ageing Treatment Cream by Laidbare, free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my own experience.
I have to admit that it was the name of this product which caught my attention as I thought it quite fun. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I am beginning to worry about the signs of ageing and aim to prolong them for as long as I can. I have a few fine lines around my eyes and forehead which are probably more obvious to me than others, but nonetheless, they do give me a bit of a complex. I'm not brave or rich enough to opt for surgery so to me, creams are the next best thing.
The product description says:
"This amazingly effective new anti-ageing treatment is enriched with Active Prodejine which works to strengthen the bonds between the skin layers to create a lifted effect, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.The formulation is a must for all ages, whether you are just starting to detect the first few lines, or whether you have deeper, more established wrinkles. Exotic Passion Flower Oil is an active ingredient in this treatment, known for its powerful anti-ageing properties. Rich in Potassium and bursting with Vitamins A, B and C, this anti-wrinkle cream is essential for maintaining healthy, dewy and youthful-looking skin."
|Free from all nasties|
This cream has a really lovely consistency and feels quite luxurious when applied to the skin. You don't really need much to achieve a good coverage as it glides on with ease. I could immediately feel and see the effect the cream had on my skin. My skin felt slightly plumped with a really healthy glow and the fine lines almost disappeared. The slightly deeper wrinkles were still visible, although not nearly as much as before the cream was applied. This does have a slight smell which isn't exactly unpleasant, but there is something underlying which I wasn't keen on, however the smell didn't linger on my skin for too long so wasn't really a problem. I used this both in the morning and in the evening over a period of about 2 weeks and noticed a significant improvement in my skins texture. It is well nourished and has a more youthful appearance. I also found this to be a good make-up base as it allowed my foundation to spread with ease and eliminated the patches of dry skin which I often suffer from.
Overall I would highly recommend this as it does exactly what it claims ...reduces wrinkles!
Guess My Age Anti-ageing Treatment Cream by Laidbare is available to buy from My Pure at a cost of £7.99 for a 50ml pot.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
An exclusive range of GLORIOUS! Foods products have recently been launched exclusively in Tesco. I was lucky enough to be sent a selection free of charge, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I received 4 soups from the SkinnyLicious Soup range in the following flavours .....
Mexican Sol - A bright and fresh crushed tomato and fire-roasted pepper soup that's low in fat. We've added some nachos and a squeeze of freshly squeezed lime juice, but it also comes with a dollop of mariachi music and sipping margaritas in the sun.
More Bangalore - A rich yet low in fat toor daal and chickpea soup mixed with tasty garam masala, curry leaves and sweet mango chutney that takes us back to a morning of blowing on hot coffee in Tiffin rooms and an afternoon of being covered head to toe in a carnival of vibrant colour.
Starry Thai Sky - A deliciously smooth pumpkin and coconut cream soup that's less than 1% fat. Marrying sweet carrot, coriander, fragrant ginger with a dash of watching the sun rise on an endless beach after a night of dancing with fire swingers under a full moon.
Sun-Kissed in Sicily - A buono, rustic and zingy pomodoro tomato and balsamic soup that you wouldn't believe is low fat. Made with roast garlic, fennel, clouds of Dancing Starlings at sunset and a splash of watching the surf crash on black volcanic beaches.
Now for the taste testing ....
I'm quite a fussy eater and in all honesty, if I read this soup in my local supermarket, I'd probably put it back and look for something else as the ingredients don't really appeal to me. I do however love the way the soup is described! Despite it not appealing, I did in fact give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. Each pot contains enough for 2 people and can either be heated on the hob, or in the microwave. I tried on the hob with this one. As soon as I opened the pot I could pick out the tomato and roasted pepper ...it actually smelled quite appealing! It only took around 5 mins or so to heat as it specifies not to boil as this ruins the flavour. This is a really homely tasting soup which is sure to warm the cockles on those cold winter nights. Each of the flavours shone through creating a delicious soup which is low in fat and healthy too.
Mexican Sol contains 84 calories and 2.4g of fat per 300g serving.
More Bangalore contains 147 calories and 4.2g of fat per 300g serving.
This is the one I was least looking forward to ...mainly because I've never tasted Pumpkin before! There is a really pungent smell to this soup but it isn't an unpleasant one. The ginger could be detected immediately as it helped give it a bit of a kick but I wasn't especially keen on the flavour. My daughter however quite enjoyed it but not as much as the others as she thought it seemed a little overpowering.
Starry Thai Sky contains 96 calories and 4.2g of fat per 300g serving.
This is the only one I decided to heat in the microwave ...just for review purposes! The instructions state remove the lid and just rest on top, then place in the microwave for 5 mins, stirring half way through. I love this idea as there's no mess and and no pans to clean afterwards ....perfect! Again, the tomato really shines through and you get the slightest hint of garlic. I was really impressed with the strength of flavour in this and again, the consistency was spot on. I class this as quite a hearty meal which left me feeling satisfied and full but not overly bloated. My daughter particularly liked this one and said that I must buy it again for her.
Sun-Kissed in Sicily contains 90 calories and 3.0g of fat per 300g serving.
Each pot costs £2.20 (price correct at time of post).
GLORIOUS! Foods make a wide range of soups to cater for all tastes and ages. Why not take a look at their website for some inspiration and to explore the amazing flavours available.
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Saturday, 25 October 2014
IT’S GETTING STEAMY IN THE BEDROOM. LEAVING HEATING ON OVERNIGHT CAN LEAD TO SLEEP AND HEALTH PROBLEMS SAYS SLUMBERDOWN
Research from the UK’s leading bedding specialist, Slumberdown, has unveiled that the majority of UK adults who have left their heating on overnight to stay warm in bed, are suffering with ill health as a result.
The survey* revealed that nearly half (46%) of people who sleep with the heating on overnight wake the following morning feeling ill with over a third (37%) suffering from a headache, dry mouth and dehydration (20%) or generally bunged-up (18%).
As many as 70% of those surveyed have left their boilers blazing overnight resulting in a fifth (20%) admitting waking from their slumber overheated and drenched in sweat.
Almost a third (29%) said they had left their heating on overnight despite energy bills being one of the most expensive household outgoings.
Around the British Isles, the temperature North of the Border could explain why Scots are the worst culprits for leaving the heating on overnight (82%) resulting in 37% who wake up feeling ill. Nearly three quarters (72%) of people in the south east admitted to feeling the bedtime chills and slept with heaters blazing compared with a slightly more resilient 63% of northerners. Northern Ireland folk would appear to be the least hot headed with a cool 45% opting to leaving their heating on as they slumber but over two thirds (36%) of those that do this reported feeling unwell the following morning.
Over half of those surveyed (51%) confessed to not changing their duvet for a higher tog winter duvet.
However, seven out of ten Brits (70%) said they would rather change their bedding to a warmer winter duvet than leave the heating on with a further 76% aware that doing this helps them sleep more comfortably and feeling fresher in the morning.
Nearly two thirds (63%) sleep without any ventilation in the bedroom making for a stuffy, potentially uncomfortable sleeping environment. 28% find it more difficult to breathe in bed during winter and a third (32%) struggle to get the bedroom temperature right.
Slumberdown’s sleep expert Professor Jason Ellis explains: “Our bodies do a great deal of work for us during sleep. As part of that process, our body temperature changes over the course of the night and we tend to cool down towards bedtime and then naturally warm up towards the morning. As such, we may go to bed warm and cosy but as the research shows, wake up hot and bothered. The key is being comfortable when going to bed and staying comfortable throughout the night. The more comfortable you are the less likely you will wake during the night or too early in the morning.
“This is where duvets and hot water bottles have an advantage over leaving the central heating on - in addition to the cost. You don’t need to leave the comfort of your bed to regulate your temperature with a duvet. Sticking your feet out from under the duvet to cool down is easier than having to get out of bed to turn the heating off. Also, central heating can dehydrate, resulting in a dry mouth, headaches and feelings of being bunged up. Interestingly, whereas the majority of people in our survey can see the benefits of changing to warmer bedding in the winter, surprisingly few actually do it.”
The Slumberdown research also revealed:
· The majority of Brits (23%) put their heating back on for winter in late October
· 37% make a change to their bedding/sleeping environment in November
· A flash fifth (20%) leave their heating on overnight without losing sleep over the cost of their energy bills
· Half (50%) said they always have cold feet in bed throughout winter
· 25% who make a change to their bedding do it so they don’t have to leave the heating on all night
· More than a quarter find it harder to sleep in winter than any other time of year
· 24% dig out their trusty hot water bottles when the dark nights draw in
· A third would rather snuggle up to their pet than their partner to keep warm
Slumberdown is a leading supplier of filled bedding products including duvets, pillows and mattress protectors. To get the bedroom ready for winter, Slumberdown offers the Winter Warm collection including 15 and 13.5 tog duvets, electric blanket and fleecy mattress protector. Selected products from the Winter Warm collection are available in Tesco, Argos, Asda & Sainsbury’s and Matalan.
Notes to editors
Leading bedding specialist Slumberdown provides a wide range of quality pillows, duvets and mattress protectors. The Slumberdown range has been designed to suit a variety of sleep needs and deliver maximum comfort to ensure everyone starts the day feeling their best.
Established since 1970, Slumberdown is at the forefront of bedding innovation and is committed to developing new and improved products to continually deliver the best night’s sleep for its customers and their families.
If you have Twitter, why not follow @SlumberdownUK and get your questions in early for sleep expert Professor Jason Ellis to answer on Monday 27th October 8-9pm.
Thursday, 23 October 2014
I received Madara Detox Ultra Purifying Mud Mask 60ml from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The low-down as quoted from My Pure:
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Sunday, 19 October 2014
I received some Yes to Blueberries Dry Skin Ultra Hydrating Body Wash free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
As I'm nearing my forties, I try to find products which are more suitable to my maturing skin and offer real benefits. The 'Yes to Blueberries is Yes To's speciality range for age-damaged or mature skin. It improves firmness and diminishes the appearance of fine lines with blueberries, cotton thistle and paracress flower'.
I really love the size of this bottle as it's nice and chunky which means you can get a good grip of it even when you're hands are wet. There is a small opening in the lid which is where the body wash is dispensed from. Simply press one side down, and the other side pops open ....
I'm not quite sure how well you can see the hole in my pics, but it is incredibly difficult to dispense the body wash through it. I had to hold my scrunchie between my knees and use both hands to squeeze the bottle and even then, only a small amount dribbled out of the end. I found it far easier to remove the lid altogether and pour directly from the top of the bottle.
So, unless you have muscles like Arnie, I suggest this to be the best way to use the body wash.
I could smell this immediately after removing the lid and I really liked it. It has a pretty strong smell, but also a clean, fresh one and the blueberries really come through. I poured about a 50p piece size onto my scrunchie and found that this was more than enough to get a good, thorough wash. The body wash lathered up well and had a nice creamy feel on my skin which when rinsed, left it feeling nourished and moisturised. The lather was easily rinsed off and didn't leave any kind of residue. This product is also great to use as a bubble bath and creates a nice relaxing aroma whilst being kind to skin. The blueberries are a natural source of anti-oxident while the Shea Butter provides good moisturisation. After drying, I noticed that my skin didn't feel as tight as usual and had a nice glow to it. I didn't apply moisturiser as it didn't seem necessary ....which doesn't happen often!
Overall, I really liked this product although do feel that the bottle opening needs a little attention. As with all My Pure products, you're guaranteed that this is derived from natural ingredients and won't be harmful to your skin.
Yes to Blueberries Dry Skin Ultra Hydrating Body Wash is available to buy from My Pure at a cost of £7.99 for 500ml.