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Happy Pet Migrator Pheasant Dog Toy 13/02/2016

Pleasant Pheasant

Happy Pet Migrator Pheasant Dog Toy It was recently my dog Dax's 11th birthday. As well as getting him some exra special snacks for his big day, I also thought it would be nice to get him a toy. Before we had children I used to regularly buy my hounds soft toys to play with but Dax does tend to systematically destroy his toys and over the past few years we havent replaced the ones he has ruined. The Happy Pet Migrator Pheasant dog toy is a toy that I have probably bought at least 10 times and I cannot explain how thrilled he was to receive one again for his birthday this year! The Pheasant The pheasant is a soft toy and to be honest could even pass for a child's teddy. The pheasant itself is very realistic looking and is not at all tacky like some of the 'rubber chicken' toys you can get which personally I think are awful. Keeping in theme with the natural look of a pheasant, the head is mostly dark green with a beige stripe down the middle and then the eyes are outlined in red. The pheasant also has small feet which are a grey sort of colour. The beak of the pheasant is brown. The pheasant has a squeaker inside the main body of the toy which lets out a quacking sort of noise. This is also one of my favourite dog toys as the sound it makes is not offensive and does not become annoying when my dogs set it off a hundred times in a row when they want me to play with them. Price I bought this Duck from Pet's At Home where it cost me £5.99. I have also seen them for sale on eBay but they are about the same price ...

Yankee Candle Baby Powder Wax Potpourri Tart 11/02/2016

Powerful Baby Powder

Yankee Candle Baby Powder Wax Potpourri Tart I became an instant fan of Yankee candles when my partners Mum bought us one for Christmas about four years ago and have to admit that they have been on my birthday and Christmas lists ever since. So, as you can imagine, I have got a nice little collection of them now. One of the newest additions to my collection is the scent of Baby Powder which was bought for me by my brother last Christmas. As I mentioned, I do tend to receive these as gifts but I do occasionally I buy them for myself too. I tend to buy them on eBay where 10 wax tarts cost £12.45. If you want to buy them as single wax tarts then they are roughly £1.30 a tart. Each wax tart will give you about eight hours of burning time which I still find quite incredible considering their size. The baby powder wax tart is creamy white in colour and comes wrapped tightly in cellophane. On the front of the cellophane, Yankee provide details of the scent of the candle, along with a picture. The picture shown next to baby powder is a picture of a bar of soap and some talc spilling out of a container. Yankee describe this candle as ‘A soothing, fresh scent that gently cleanses the spirit and gives it a soft touch of innocence’. Upon lighting the wax tart in my burner, I watched it melt very speedily, leaving a nice deep pool of almost clear wax in the burner. In the case of this wax tart, it didn't take very long at all for the smell to filter out into the room, probably around five minutes. Initially the scent seems quite ...

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel 09/02/2016

Amazing Grace...How Sweet...

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel My partners Mum is very much into her designer products and loves her lotions and potions. I am very much the opposite and would consider myself to be a pretty low maintenance sort of person, partly because I cannot be bothered with it and partly because I begrudge paying silly prices for beauty products. Having said that, my partners Mum always tends to buy me a selection of beauty products for my birthday and Christmas and she certainly didn’t disappoint for Christmas last year. Within my bag of presents was a black glittery case which contained a selection of beauty products from Philosophy. One of the items inside was the Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel. Philosophy Prior to last Christmas I had actually not heard of Philosophy as a brand. Philosophy is an American company and their very first products were launched in New York in 1996. The founder is a woman called Cristina Carlino who is a skin care specialist with over 30 years' experience. Her 'philosophy' was that she wanted to create a skin care range that enhanced a woman's femininity and that provided care for both the inside and outside. She intended on keeping her products stylish and simple and all products come with a message on them which is designed to calm, inspire and comfort. Now, they sell a whole range of products including fragrances, a skin care range and a bath a body range to name a few. They produce different ranges which all contain the same scent, with various products then being contained ...

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moist Hand Treatment 07/02/2016

Amazing Arden

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moist Hand Treatment I am a massive fan of the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and it generally features of my Christmas list every year. Last year, my partner bought me a gift set of Elizabeth Arden products which included the 8 hour cream. Also included within the kit was the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment. I do tend to suffer with pretty awful skin on my hands and something as simple as washing up or cleaning the bathroom can give me dry and cracked skin all over my hands. I always tend to use whatever moisturiser we have in the house to get some moisture back into my hands and I wouldn’t say I am particularly loyal to any one brand. With me already being a massive fan of the eight hour cream, I was excited to try the mousturising hand treatment. As I mentioned earlier, this product was bought for me as a present but I have just had a quick search on google and a 75ml tube of this cream would cost you £10.50 on allbeauty.com. I was actually quite surprised by the price of the product as I expected it to be more expensive than that. The cream comes in a white box which to be honest looks quite boring. The box has the Elizabeth Arden logo on the front in red with Elizabeth Arden written above it. All the usual information is on the box such as the size of tube inside, description of the product as well as the usual ingredients and customer comments and care address and phone number. The tube of cream itself is again white with a white and silver lid. It ...

Galt Nail Art 04/02/2016

Great Galt?

Galt Nail Art While searching the internet for stocking fillers for my children, I came across the Galt Nail Art set and thought it would be something that my little girl would enjoy. It does state on the box that this product is aimed at 7 years and over. My daughter will be four this Sunday so she is still relatively young to be using this product but we always supervise her with it. The Galt Nail Art set comes contained in a cardboard box with a picture of a hand decorated with all the nail art on the front. Contained in the box are 3 coloured nail varnishes, 2 glitter nail varnishes, a sheet of nail gems, a sheet of tattoos, a holographic strip and a star shaped emery board. The idea is that you can paint your nails with the coloured varnish, add glitter varnish to the top along with the gems and holographic strips and then the tattoos can be used for the fingers and hands. As I mentioned earlier, I bought this gift set online and purchased it from www.galttoys.com where it costs £4.99 which I thought was actually quite reasonable for what it contains. The five coloured varnishes are baby pink, baby blue and purple. The glitter nail varnishes are gold and silver. They come in your standard glass bottles which look just like all other nail varnishes. However, because these are aimed at children, the bottles are much smaller and although there isn’t actually a size on the bottle, I would estimate that it cannot hold any more than 5ml per bottle. The nail art contained in the box ...

Argan Oil Conditioner 02/02/2016

Ahhhh Argan

Argan Oil Conditioner I am not particularly loyal when it comes to buying hair products such as shampoo and conditioner, I generally just tend to buy whatever is on special offer. While recently looking round the Poundland in my local town, I came across Argan Oil Conditioner. I do not generally read beauty magazines and my beauty regime is actually pretty simple but I have always hard that argan oil is good for your hair so decided I would give this product a try. Argan oil has apparently been used by Moroccans for many years to treat skin diseases and as an oil for nourishing skin and hair. Argan oil is extracted from the Argan tree which is native to South west Morocco. Argan oil is known to contain vitamin A and E and has a reputation as being an excellent mouisturiser for both hair and skin so to me, it kind of make sense that this ingredient would be used in a conditioner. I always thought argan oil products were expensive so I was surprised to see it on the shelves in Poundland for (obviously) a pound! Argan oil conditioner comes packaged in a tube with a flip top lid. It does tend to stand out on the shelves as they packaging is brown and green. My tube of conditioner I have contains 250ml. All the usual information is written on the packaging such as an ingredients list and product information. It states that this product helps to rejuvenate and rehydrate hair, helping to leave it shiny, smooth, healthy and manageable. The argan oil conditioner is a creamy white colour and has quite a ...

Pedigree Daily Denta Stix 01/02/2016

Dog Delights

Pedigree Daily Denta Stix My eldest dog Dax had an operation last week to have a lump removed from his armpit in his front leg. he was in the vets from 9am until 4pm while I anxiously waited at home. To try and pass the time, I decided I would pop out to the shops and buy him some treats to help him feel better when he got home. I popped to my local pet shop and browsed the shelves. As well as getting his favourite, a pig ear, I also settled on a packet of Pedigree DentaStix. Pedigree DentaStix come in a yellow packet with a picture of a dog on the front. The Pedigree logo is also on the front of the packaging at the top. The DentaStix come in various sized packets, small which contains 7 DentaStix, medium which contains 28 sticks and large which contains £56 sticks. Initially I though the size of the packets was rather odd but I soon realised that they are designed to be given daily, so 7 sticks would last you a week. I have a slight grumble with the packaging however, because it does not reseal so the remaining sticks came become a little bit sticky (excuse the pun) when left out in the air so I always tend to pop mine in another container to keep them fresh. The DentaStix treats come in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your dog, i.e. small, medium and large. Dax is a large dog but my other dog Josh is small/medium but I do tend to spoil my boys and always opt for the large sized treats so Dax doesn’t miss out and Josh always has a bit extra. The treats aimed at large dogs are about 6 ...

Converse All Star Lo-Top Chuck Taylor 26/01/2016

Hey Now, I'm An All-Star!

Converse All Star Lo-Top Chuck Taylor Its official! I am turning into a bit of a slob! Since having kids I pretty much congratulate myself for actually managing to get dressed. About six months ago, I decided to improve my image ever so slightly by making an effort with what I am wearing. I must admit, when I dress nicely, I do feel better about myself so I made a few small changes such as rather than wearing joggers and trainers all the time, I now wear skinny jeans. The problem I had with that was that I didn’t actually have any footwear to wear with them that would look nice and still be practical for running around after a two and a three year old and walking my hounds. It was then that I decided to try and hunt down some Converse All Stars. I have always liked the look of them but to be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure I would be able to pull off the look. Initially I nearly gave up looking for a pair because I saw that they were averaging about £45 per pair of shoes which I thought was extortionate (I don’t spend much money on clothes and shoes by the way!) I then came across a sale on asos where I found a black pair for £24. I quickly snapped them up and became the proud owner of my first pair of Converse All Star Lo Tops. Converse are essentially a quite simple canvas shoe. The Converse All-Star range comes in a huge variety of prints, styles and colours, usually with a white rubber sole. The advantage to this is that there is pretty much a style and colour to suit every taste. The lo-top style of converse ...

Lush FUN Pink 25/01/2016

Bath Putty!

Lush FUN Pink Following on from my previous review on the Snow Fairy shower gel, I felt it would probably be a good time to review the Lush Fun product of the same scent. I came across this product when looking for a Christmas present for my little girl. I explained to the very helpful shop assistant that I would like something girly and a little bit different to put in my little girls stocking. This is when she introduced me to Lush Fun (in pink) Lush released their Fun product in 2013 so I think it is safe to say it is still a relaively new product for them. It is also safe to say that I have not come across another product that is anything like this. It comes in a sausage shaped cellophane wrapper which is see through, allowing you to see the colour inside. The Fun itself is similar to play-doh and is squishy. The idea is that it can be pushed, pulled and shaped into different shapes. It can also be used for a variety of reasons such as a shampoo, a body wash or as a toy to play with in the bath. Fun actually comes in a variety of colours including red, green, blue, yellow and pink. Lush also produce a limited editio one at Christmas which is gold and glittery. On my most recent visit to Lush, I noticed that they also do a 'variety pack' of Fun where several colours are contained within the same packet. The Fun I am reviewing today is the pink one. Lush Fun pink carries the same scent as the Lush Snow Fairy range which is a favourite of mine. It smells incredible girly and is like a ...

Lush Snow Fairy 21/01/2016

Glorious Glitter!

Lush Snow Fairy My little girl is about to turn four next month and is just starting to get to the stage where she enjoys girly things (having not really been a girly girl before). So while looking for stocking fillers for her stocking for Christmas this year, I wanted to buy her something for the bath that would be quite girly and make her feel special. While browsing my local Lush shop, I found just the product – Snow Fairy. Snow Fairy is a shower gel produced by Lush and released especially in time for Christmas. They actually bring it out at the end of September and it can be purchased up until the end of December so if this is a favourite of yours then it would be worth stocking up. Snow Fairy comes packaged in a plastic see through bottle with a black lid. My bottle I bought contains 100g. The bottle has Snow Fairy written in white writing on a pink label, along with a description of the shower gel. On the other side of the label in an ingredients list and a ‘use by’ date which is over a year away so you have plenty of time to use it. The bottle is made from 100% recycled material and the lid can be taken back to a Lush shop to be recycled. As I said earlier, the bottle I bought was 100g but the Snow Fairy shower gel comes in two sizes, a 100g bottle and a 500g bottle. The snow fairy showel gel can also be bought within various Snow Fairy gifts sets which contain this shower gel as well as another Lush product with the scent of Snow Fairy. The 100g bottle cost me £3.75 and the 500g ...

Vtech Baby Toot Toot Drivers Taxi 11/01/2016

Toot Toot Taxi

Vtech Baby Toot Toot Drivers Taxi My little boy was bought the Vtech toot toot Garage for Christmas the year before last and it has become one of his favourite set of toys to play with. So as you can imagine, every birthday and Christmas since, our house gets filled with a new addition to his toot toot sets. This year he got completely spoilt and had so many new additions, one of them being the toot toot taxi driver. Obviously prices vary depending on where you buy them from but after a quick search online, you can purchase the toot toot taxi driver for £6.99 (Tescos) Vtech cars in general are quite sturdy little things and are the perfect size for small hands – the taxi is no exception. It is actually much heavier than you imagine it would be for its size. Each car in the toot toot range comes complete with various sounds and flashing lights which as you can imagine makes it highly attractive to toddlers. The taxi has its own set of songs which you can set off by pressing the windscreen. The song tells a story about the vehicle and sings a catchy song about it, while the windscreen flashes and lights up. In total the taxi has three sing along songs and six tunes that it plays, including “I’m a busy taxi, tell me where to go” and “Fasten your seatbelt, here we go”. It also plays beep beep sounds and the sound of a car starting up and the engine running. The taxi has an on/off switch which is useful when you want to save on batteries, although to be honest, the batteries seem to last a really long time in ...

Lush Big Shampoo 03/01/2016

Salty Shampoo??

Lush Big Shampoo I first came across Lush Big Shampoo when I received a Lush gift set for Christmas a couple of years ago which included this product. Since then, it makes an appearance on my Christmas list every year. Lush Big Shampoo Lush Big Shampoo comes packaged in the Lush black recyclable pots. The one I have contained 330 grams. The pot is black and has Big written on both the lid and the side of the pot. Also written on the lid and side of pot is ‘Sea Salt Shampoo – have a big hair day. This is like having your hair lifted on a sea breeze’. The pot is made from 100% recycled material and if you save five of the lush pots, you can take them back to any Lush store and receive a free fresh mask! On the back of the pot are directions for use and a list of ingredients. There is also a ‘use by’ date on this product which is over a year away leaving plenty of time to use it. The shampoo itself is like no other shampoo I have ever some across. When you screw the lid off and look inside you are greeted with a thick white looking paste. Upon closer inspection, you can see that the shampoo contains large grains of rock salt. Lush state that they love using salt on the hair because it is great for giving volume. The sea salt shampoo has been partnered with seaweed and coconut to give softness to the hair and fresh lemons and lime to give shine. Fragrances such as neroli, mandarin, orange flower and vanilla have also been included. Price I was lucky enough to be bought this as a present but ...

The Gruffalo's Child - Julia Donaldson 01/01/2016

The Gruffalo's Child Was Feeling Bored...

The Gruffalo's Child - Julia Donaldson As I have mentioned in previous reviews, both my children love their books. I am also a massive book lover and I think its really important to encourage children to read, especially in this day and age when it seems like technology is taking over the world. My parents are big fans of bootfairs and managed to get me the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books. The Gruffalo's Child is written by Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Gruffalo's Child is basically a follow up book to Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo. The Gruffalo's Child was released in 2004 which was actually quite a while after the release of The Gruffalo in 1988. The Gruffalo's Child book that I have is actually a board style book which is great for younger children as it allows them to help you turn the pages of the book while reading it without the fear that they are going to tear the pages. I really like this style of book as it means my son Jacob, who is two can sit and look through the book himself and not damage it in any way. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me the whole Julia Donaldson collection at various bootfairs but I have had a quick search online and The Gruffalo's Child would cost you £3.49 at the Book People (this is the cheapest option I saw while carrying out my search) The Story The Gruffalo's Child is a follow up book to The Gruffalo where a mouse takes a stroll through the woods and encounters various animals that invite the mouse back to their houses ...

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar 30/12/2015

Making Bath Time Magical

Lush Magic Wand Bubble Bar Both my children clearly take after their Mummy and adore bath time! So it only seemed right that while scouring the shops looking for Christmas presents, I paid a visit to Lush. I explained to the helpful assistant that both my kids love their baths and I was looking for something that would be suitable to both boys and girls and something that would allow them to enjoy their bath time even more. The lady showed me their Magic Wands. The Magic Wand The magic wand is about 6-7 inches long and basically looks like a star shaped bath bomb placed on the end of a wooden stick. There are two different varieties of the wand, a pink one and a dark orange one. Both are star shaped and covered in glitter. There is also a pretty ribbon and a bell attached to the base of the star. The orange one has piece of cinnamon enclosed within the star shape too. The pink magic wands smells incredibly sweet and like a mixture of strawberry and candy floss, and it is also laced with loads of pink glitter. For anyone familiar with the Snow Fairy range that Lush produce, the magic wand is the same scent as this. The orange magic wands smells of cinnamon and I imagine is designed to be more masculine. The orange wand is laced with loads of green glitter, again keeping up the masculine theme. The magic wand is re-usable which is great as many of the bath bombs are for a one time use only. Price Each magic wand bubble bar costs £5.25 which I didn’t think was too bad, especially as you get multiple ...

Hollings Pigs Ears Dog Treat 22/12/2015

Chewing My Ear Off!

Hollings Pigs Ears Dog Treat I have two children but long before they came on the scene, I was Mummy to my other two babies - my two dogs Dax and Josh. I love to treat my boys (within reason while making sure they don’t get fat!) and am always on the lookout for new treats to try. However, one treat that we always go back to are the good old pigs ears. My hounds love these, especially Dax so I always try to get them one for a treat if I can. With Christmas being just round the corner, I decided to head to my local pet shop and grab a bunch of treats for the boys. Packaging The packaging is blue and yellow with the Hollings logo written across the front. There is a clear panel at the front of the packaging so you are able to see the pigs ears displayed inside. This is actually quite handy when you are trying to pick the biggest ears! The write up for the product states that the ears are a 100% natural product. Price I bought these in a local independent pet shop where a packet of two cost £2. I know when I buy these pigs ears loose in another pet shop they are about 89p each so they are slightly more expensive buying them this way but that is probably more down to the fact that I bought them in a little independent pet shop rather than Hollings being an expensive brand. The Ear The ears themselves actually vary in size, obviously depending on the size of the pig it came from. On average they are probably around 4 inches long by 2 inches wide. Looks wise, it looks exactly as you would expect it to - ...
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