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TIGI Bed Head Hair Care Elasticate Shampoo 14/07/2017

Not My Favourite TIGI shampoo

TIGI Bed Head Hair Care Elasticate Shampoo I am a big fan of the TIGI range of shampoos and conditioners and have tried a number of their different varieties. I am always keen to try any different ones that I come across that would suit my hair type so when I saw this 'Elasticate' shampoo I decided to give it a go. The shampoo is available in two bottle sizes -250ml and 750ml. I opted for the larger size, which cost me around £12. It is available from salons and a range of beauty websites too. The shampoo comes in a large plastic bottle that is bright green in colour and there is flick cap on the top to remove the product with. The shampoo is said to 'work to strengthen hair, add texture and enhance definition' as well as 'gently cleanse hair to eliminate impurities, boost elasticity for increased flexibility, and restore shine '. It contains hydrolysed wheat protein, kiwi fruit extract and has a fragrance of 'pink grapefruit, blackcurrant and nectarine'. The shampoo has a creamy white appearance and has a quite a thick consistency. As soon as I pump the shampoo from the bottle I can detect the fragrance. I hoped that this would be a fruity fragrance as described by I can't smell any of the fruits described. Instead, it is quite an artificial, synthetic scent and not a particularly pleasant one at that. It does lather well in the hair, I have quite thick, long hair and it does take quite a decent amount of the shampoo to fully clean my hair - probably about three squirts from the bottle. It rinses from the hair ...

Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set 10/07/2017

Baking Biscuits

Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set My daughter got a wooden play kitchen as her first birthday present and we have added various accessories to it over time. I have stuck to wooden play food as I like the quality and I think it just lasts better than plastic. We bought her this Slice and Bake Cookie set by Melissa and Doug as a Christmas present last year. It cost us around £12 - it currently sells at £14.95 on Amazon (July 2017). It is recommended for children aged 3 years plus but my daughter has played with it from 18 months and I have no safety concerns with this/ THE SET The set is predominantly made from wood. There is a silver baking tray with 12 small circles of Velcro evenly spaced on. There are twelve round wooden cookies provided too - these are approximately 5cm in diameter. These have small circles of Velcro in their centres on both sides. One side of these attaches to the baking tray and on the other side, there are twelve icing 'splodges' provided. These are in four different varieties - white with coloured 'sprinkles', white with coloured dots, brown with coloured sprinkles and brown with coloured 'waves'. These have a circle of Velcro on their bottom side. There are two wooden utensils also provided - a spatula and a large knife. There is also a red and white checked cloth oven glove. There is also a cardboard tube provided with 'cookie dough' written on the side and the biscuits provided fit inside here. PLAY TIME My daughter really enjoys this set and it offers lots of imaginative play ...

Melissa & Doug Sandwich Making Set 26/06/2017

Building Sandwiches

Melissa & Doug Sandwich Making Set We got my young daughter a wooden toy kitchen for her first birthday and added various wooden play food sets to it at Christmas to put by for when she was old enough to use them. One of the sets that we have recently got out was this Sandwich making set by Melissa and Doug. It currently retails at £14.89 on Amazon (June 2017). It is recommended for ages 3 years plus but my daughter (not quite two) plays with this and I have no qualms here as there are no small parts etc. THE SET The set comes in a wooden crate and it is initially shrink wrapped to hold the pieces in place. Crate measurements are 33 H x 24 W x 5 D cm. The crate has a red and white checked exterior with 'sandwich making set' written on one side. There are 17 pieces included in the set. There is a wooden knife, 4 slices of bread and a bread roll (sliced into a top and bottom piece). Each of the bread pieces have a circle of Velcro in their centre on one side. There are also various slices of other items to fill a sandwich - cheese, meat, tomato, lettuce and pickles. These are all made of wood and have circular patches of Velcro on both sides. PLAY TIME The pieces are all a good size for my daughter's young hands to grip - approximately 5cm x 5cm. The wood is quite thick and durable too. The Velcro holds the pieces together well and my daughter enjoys piling these on top of one another - good for hand-eye co-ordination and manipulative skills. Building the sandwiches helps develop her imaginative skills and ...

Morphy Richards 102100 Accents Special Edition 13/06/2017

Stylish and Functional

Morphy Richards 102100 Accents Special Edition We use kettles a lot in our house - I am a big tea drinker, so we usually find ourselves buying a new one every few years. Our current kettle, which we purchased around 6 months ago, is this special addition kettle in the Accents range by Morphy Richards. The kettle currently sells for £38 on Amazon (June 2017) but has an RRP of £64.99. The kettle has a pyramid shape and sits on a circular base which plugs on. The lid and spout are a silver colour but the bulk of the kettle is 'azure' which is a light blue colour (which matches perfectly to our kitchen). At the base of the kettle, there is a silver flick switch which you push down to boil the kettle and it flicks back up once boiled. Whilst the kettle is boiling, there is a light blue light above it which lights up so you can see instantly if the kettle is still boiling. The handle of the kettle loops over the top in a semi circular shape and is covered in black plastic. The lid is a circular shape and sits on the top of the kettle. It is pulled off to fill the kettle and pushed back in to place. To give a rough idea of size, dimensions are given as 22 x 22 x 27.3 Centimetres and it has a capacity of 1.5 litres. I love the look of this kettle and this is really what attracted me to it in the first place - it looks stylish and the colour is lovely. The capacity is good too and it easily makes at least 4 cups of tea. There is a gauge on the side that tells you how much to fill it to make 2 or 4 cups of tea but I do not find ...

Hasbro Captain America Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield 04/06/2017

Nerf Civil Wars

Hasbro Captain America Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield My two boys love superheroes and they also enjoy firing nerf guns whenever they visit friends' houses. At Christmas last year, we decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and get them some Nerf guns of their own to fire. One that we got our eldest son was this Captain America Reveal Shield blaster. It cost us around £19.99 but currently sells for around £22-29 at various stores/sites. It is recommended for children aged 5 years plus. The Nerf gun takes the form of Captains America's iconic shield and is instantly recognisable as such. It is made of plastic and has a diameter of approximately 30cm. There are red and white concentric circles and in the centre, a blue circle with a silver star at it's centre. Pressing this star causes part of the shield (approximately a third) to retract to reveal the area from which the Nerf bullets are fired (as pictured by ciao). On the back of the shield, there is a red plastic handle which the shield can be held by. This has a grey button on the side which can be squeezed whilst the shield is being held and this fires the bullets that are loaded in the gun (there are two loading points). There are two bullets provided with this gun. These are about 7cm in length and cylindrical in shape. The bulk of the bullet (or 'dart') is blue hollow foam and the tip is a bright orange rubber. My son was very excited to receive this and soon worked out how to operate it. At six, he is towards the lower age recommendation for the toy but he is still ...

Asmodée Dobble 23/05/2017

Speed Matching

Asmodée Dobble My six year old son loves to play games and he was very happy to receive this Dobble game as a gift from a friend for his birthday this year. It was a game that I had frequently seen but never played at that point so I was very interested to learn what was involved too. The game costs around £10-12 and is available at a variety of stores. It is recommended for ages six and up and can be played by 2-8 players. THE GAME The game comes in a handy yellow and purple tin which is circular in shape and has a lift off lid. Inside, there 55 circular playing cards and an instruction booklet detailing 5 mini games that can be played with the cards - the towering inferno, the well, the hot potato, gotta catch them all and the poisoned gift. Each card has a yellow and purple back with a purple hand symbol and the word 'dobble' on it. On the other side (the playing side) there is a white background with 8 coloured picture symbols on it. There are 50 different symbols in the game - examples of these include: anchor, clover, bird, tree, bomb and a cactus. The basic idea behind the game, and the principle that all the mini games work on, is that any two cards picked from the pack will have just one symbol in common. PLAYING THE GAME As I mentioned there are 5 minigames that can be played but these all have the same basic principle - players compete to be the quickest to find the two symbols that match between two cards. The player that wins the most mini games is the overall winner of ...

Scholl Dual Action Foot File 11/05/2017

Getting My Feet Summer Ready

Scholl Dual Action Foot File It's the time of year when I start to think about getting my feet presentable for a season of sandal-wearing (hopefully!). After a long winter in boots and other such hard-wearing footwear, this means that my feet need a little TLC and one of the main tasks is removing areas of hard skin. These tend to build up on the soles of feet, particularly heels and balls of feet as well as around the big toe. I purchased this Scholl Dual Action Foot File for £5 from Tesco, but it is available from various other retailers at a similar price. The file comes in a cardboard box which has a diagram of the product on the front and instructions on how to use it on the back. Inside the box, the file comes in two parts, which are easily pushed together to build the file. The file is made of a white plastic with a pal blue plastic handle. It is arched in shape and the file end is almost triangular in shape. There are two 'blades' for filing the skin which feel bumpy and similar in texture to a pumice stone. These are pale blue and one side has one white dot on the plastic and the other side two dots. To use, you soak your feet in warm water to soften the hard skin. You then use the 'coarse' side of the file (one dot) and move back and forth over the skin with a little pressure. This removes the hard skin build up. Once the skin has been removed, the finer side (two dots) can be used to smooth and buff the skin. I found the file really easy to use. The handle part is rounded in shape and quite ...

Drumond Park Word Search 08/05/2017

Competitive Wordsearching

Drumond Park Word Search My six year old son loves to complete word searches and also has a passion for playing board games so for his birthday earlier this year we bought him this wordsearch game by Drummond Park to combine those two interests. The game is recommended for children 8 years plus (there is a child's version available) but we felt that he would be able to play and enjoy it despite being below this recommendation. It can be played by 2-4 players. It is currently priced at £18.49 on Amazon (May 2017). We paid around £20 for it but in other stores it can be priced as highly as £25-30! THE GAME The game comes in a strong cardboard box with a lift off lid. This has a picture of the game board on the front. The back of the box has more pictures on and a brief description of how to play the game. Inside the box there is a black plastic playing board and a clear plastic circular piece with a series of 'wells' or 'dimples' in. The black piece has four dipped sections, one in each corner. These are for holding each player's coloured counters. These are provided in separate plastic bags and there are 70 of each colour - red, blue, yellow and green. There are also 10 double-sided cardboard discs that fit inside the game board with the clear plastic piece placed on top. These disc have a word search puzzle on and the words to be found written around the edge of the circle. There is a green plastic ring piece supplied to place over this and this has a small gap in so that one word can be revealed ...

Playskool Clipo Big Bucket 30/04/2017

A Different Way to Build

Playskool Clipo Big Bucket When my eldest son was around 18 months I wanted to find him some building toys to extend his play and aid his development. I remembered 'stickle bricks' from my youth and these Clipo bricks from Playskool were the closest I could find. I bought these from Home Bargains for around £10 I believe although this was around 5 years ago now. My 18 month daughter currently plays with them so we have certainly had good value for money from them. THE BRICKS The 'big bucket' contains 50 pieces. The bucket that they come in acts as a storage container for the set. The main section is a red plastic with a ridged bottom to resemble a brick. On the front is a picture of a toddler playing with the set and the recommended age for the product - 18 months plus. On top of the is a bright yellow lid that can be pushed on and pulled off, The top has a section of ridges which are compatible with the blocks so this can itself be used as a baseplate during play and built upon. The pieces come loose inside the tub and these are all made of a thick, colourful plastic and are in various shapes. There are 12 bright green square pieces, 6 pink circular pieces, 4 longer yellow rectangles, 4 shorter blue rectangle, 8 orange square shapes with a 'hole' in the centre and 2 green triangle shapes with a 'hole' too (as you can see in my product photograph). There are also two plastic head pieces - one boy with blond hair and one girl with red bunches, a purple and green cube shape and two purple and green ...

Pop to the Shops Game 28/04/2017

A Good Introduction to Money

Pop to the Shops Game My eldest son loves to play board games and he received this 'Pop to the Shops' game by Orchard Toys for a gift on his fifth birthday. We have a number of Orchard Toys games and have always enjoyed playing them so we were instantly intrigued about what his one involved. This currently costs £9.50 on Amazon and is recommended for children of ages 5-9 years. It can be played by 2-4 players. THE GAME The game comes inside a cardboard box with a colourful cartoon picture of some characters at the shops. Inside is the game board which comes in four pieces that piece together like a puzzle would. There are four coloured shops, one in each corner of the board. These are: Greengrocer (green), Mini Market (yellow), Newsagent (blue) and Bakery (red). Each shop has six items pictured that would be sold in that type of shop (for example carrots in the greengrocer and cake in the bakery) and each item has a price by it. Corresponding picture cards to those items are provided - each one is provided twice, one with a white background and one with a background the colour of the shop (for example green for the greengrocer). There are four character counters provided -each a person in the colour of a shop and a traditional die. Plastic coins are provided - 50p, 10p and 20p and a shopping basket for each player with six spaces to fill. PLAYING THE GAME The idea of the game is to be the first player to buy six items from the shops and therefore fill their shopping basket. At the start of ...

Pampers Active Fit 25/04/2017

For the active baby

Pampers Active Fit I have used Pampers Nappies for all three of my children. I have tried other brands but none could match Pampers for comfort, dryness and overall reliability. I am currently using the Active Fit nappies with my 18 month old daughter during the day, in size 5. The idea of the active fit nappies is that they work with your baby (and toddler) as they begin to move, crawl and walk. They have special 'Magical Pods, absorbing channels that help distribute wetness evenly, Active Fit nappies stay up to 2 times drier and don’t sag to the next leading brand'. The nappies are available in size 3 through to size 6 and in pack sizes from 28 to 96 nappies. Prices vary according to nappy size and pack size but a pack of 35 size 5 active fit nappies currently costs £8 at Tesco (April 2017). There are usually various multi-buy offers available though allowing them to be picked up a little cheaper. The nappies themselves have a coloured strip along the top with various pictures of animals on (tortoises, hippos etc) and tabs on either side to seal. The back of the nappy has larger coloured animal pictures and the front has patterns - lines and dots. The nappies are easy to put on a child and seal well, with the tabs holding the nappy in place well. I have found that these nappies have worked brilliantly with all three of my children - they do not restrict their movement at all, remain in place well and are highly absorbent. I found that these worked equally well with my boys as well as my ...

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel 19/04/2017

Not Dramatic, But Different

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel A few months ago I treated myself to some nice skincare products as I felt that I needed to take better care of my skin as I had neglected it somewhat since having children. I have always been a fan of Clinique products so it was the obvious brand to opt for for me. This is a daily moisturised in a gel format that is recommended for combination or oily skin. It comes in two sizes a squeezy tube of 50ml (as pictured in the ciao picture) and a bottle with push pump of 125ml (as shown in my picture). These retail at £18 and £30 respectively. The bottle is made of a thick see through plastic and is a cuboid shape. On top there is a silver push pump and through the bottle you can see the pale yellow-cream moisturising gel through it. The moisturiser is said to 'strengthen the skin's moisture barrier, deliver all day hydration and keep skin looking younger, longer'. The gel version of this moisturiser is designed specifically to be lighter on oily skin as it gives oil-free hydration and has a light weight formula. The gel is quite a creamy texture and not specifically 'gel-like' as I had imagined it would be. I find it easy to apply and it is absorbed in to my skin quickly. I use 2-3 pumps of the product per application and I find this gives good coverage. Immediately after application, my skin does feel hydrated and moisturised. It leaves my skin feeling soft to the touch too and not oily or tacky at all - it feels really light on my skin and is a great base for applying make up ...

Hasbro Game of Life Junior Game 07/04/2017

A Simpler Life

Hasbro Game of Life Junior Game My six year old son loves to play board games and he received this Game of LIfe Junior game for his recent birthday. It currently sells at £11.99 in Smyths (April 2017). It is recommended for children aged 5 years plus. THE GAME The game comes in a square shaped cardboard box with a lift off lid. The lid is brightly coloured with animations of the game pieces on. Inside the box there is the game board, 4 car playing pieces (pink, blue, green and yellow), a spinner and base, 48 small cardboard stars, 12 VIP ticket cards, 4 coloured star collecting cards, poun notes and action cards. The game board has four coloured start points - one for each playing piece - and several paths which bend and turn and lead to various attractions such as a castle, ice cream parlour, beach and water park. The game can be played by 2-4 players. PLAY TIME To play the game, each player selects a colour car and places it on the corresponding start space. Each player has 4 pound notes, 3 VIP cards and a card for collecting stars on - with numbers 1 to10 on. Starting with the youngest player, players take turns to spin the spinning wheel and the number that finishes on their playing colour is the number of spaces that they move their car forward. The aim of the game is to be the first player to collect 10 stars. Stars are collected by visiting various attractions around the boards. Some are free to visit and some cost the player £1. Each visit is rewarded a star unless the player has the ...

Ravensburger Journey Through Time Eye Found it 03/04/2017

Fantastic Family Fun!!

Ravensburger Journey Through Time Eye Found it My eldest son loves to play games and he received this Ravensburger Eye Found It game as a gift for his recent sixth birthday. It ranges in price from £15-20 (it currently costs £14.99 on Amazon, April 2017). It is recommended for ages 4 years and up and can be played by 1-6 players. THE GAME The game comes in a large cardboard box which is predominantly red in colour with a circular map in the centre and a picture of a family playing the game in the top right hand corner. The lid lifts off the box to reveal the contents of the game - a playing board, sand timer, a spinner, a ship shaped playing piece, search tokens, search cards and character cards. There is a sheet of instructions detailing how to set the game up for play and two ways of playing - one using the character cards and a more simpler version without (we play this version so this will form the basis of my review). The board is made up of three sections that piece together like a jigsaw puzzle. The board is very long - at around 6 feet and made of a thick, glossy cardboard. The board is divided into seven sections that each represent a different era in time - Prehistoric Era, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Times, Age of Piracy, Wild West, Present Day and The Future. On the board is a pathway to move the counter along - a series of yellow circles. There are twelve plastic search tokens provided which are hollow circles and yellow in colour. The spinner has a plastic arrow on with numbers around, one of which can be ...

Lego Batman Movie 70903 The Riddler Riddle Racer 18/03/2017

Riddler's Car

Lego Batman Movie 70903 The Riddler Riddle Racer My eldest son has just turned six and, as a big Lego and Batman fan, he received a few of the Lego sets from the new range from the recent Lego Batman movie. One that he received was this 'Riddler Racer' set which he was particularly pleased with as The Riddler is one of his favourite 'baddies' from the Batman series. The set has an RRP of £29.99 and is currently available for £27.99 on Amazon (March 2017). THE SET This set is recommended for children aged 7 to 14 years. It is a medium sized set, containing 254 pieces. It comes inside a cardboard box which has a picture of the completed vehicle on and the characteristic black and yellow colours of the Batman movie. Inside the box, there are two plastic bags filled with the Lego pieces, a small black base plate and a glossy instruction manual. When complete, the Riddler's car is approximately 20cm in length and 6cm in width. It is green and white in colour with a drivers seat for The Riddler to sit in. It has a curved appearance, with the top appearing as two arched sections from the side. The back of the car also features a hinged section which tilts up and down. This can be loaded with two thin green plastic missiles and these are fired when the section is tilted up wards. There are also a few stickers that need to be placed on the car - for example a question mark symbol - and these come on a small square sheet. There are five minifigures contained in this set - Batman, Magpie, The Riddler, Calendar Man and Kite Man. ...
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