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Hi everyone, I'm running a bit behind on here at the minute due to my holiday but will catch up soon. Thanks, Sarah

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since 31/03/2012


Sylvanian Families - Pig Triplet Babies 17/09/2014

Triplet Piglets

Asda Kids Cutlery Set 16/09/2014

Colourful Cutlery

Tesco Cotton Wool Round Pads 11/09/2014

Not the perfect pad

Tesco Cotton Wool Round Pads Although I sometimes use facial wipes, my main choice of product for removing makeup is good old fashioned cleanser and toner and I prefer to use cotton wool pads rather than balls. I wouldn’t say I am loyal to any brand in particular; I just tend to pick up whatever is on offer or at a reasonable price at the time I am running low. Price & availability These are Tescos own brand so as you can imagine, only available in Tesco’s and are priced at only £1 for a pack of 100 pads which I think it quite a good price and slightly cheaper than the high street chemists own brands. As well as being available in store, they can be purchased online as part of your home delivery. The pads The packaging is basic and to be honest, a little on the boring side, yet not dissimilar to that of other brands' the pads come in a long tube like clear plastic packet, to the top is there is drawstring so once opened, the bag can be sealed so as not to spill any. I like this feature, although I only tend to fasten the bag when I am away as I find that they don’t spill out when just in my bedside drawer. The product For your money, you get 100 standard sized, double faced pads (which means one side it smooth and the other is slightly textured). I use the slightly textured side for my cleanser and the smooth for my toner. The downside of the pads is that they are quite thin and I find that if I need to give my face a good clean, I end up using a couple of pads as the liquid seems to seep straight ...

TY Beanie Boos: Bugsy The Ladybug 03/09/2014

Beanie Bug

Boots No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer 03/09/2014

Gives me a glow

MUA Lip Gloss 02/09/2014


MUA Lip Gloss I never really wear anything on my lips but when I noticed that the MUA was on promotional offer recently, I decided to treat myself! I picked this up in Superdrug, you can also buy online or direct from and this was a bargain price of £1 - even better, when I brought, there was a 3 for 2 offer on The gloss A bit similar to the mascara in the same range, the different colours are numbered from shade 1 to shade 5, I choose Shade 1 which is the translucent version, it has a subtle glitter hint to it which adds a nice sheen to my lips making them look fuller. The lip gloss comes in a clear bottle which as the MUA logo down the side in silver lettering, to be fair, I would say this looks very similar to the gloss made my No 7, although these are a little thinner. It is an ideal size as it fits nicely in my pocket or in my handbag and isn't too bulky to carry around. Each tube holds 3ml of gloss; the lid is black and attached to this is the applicator wand which is long enough to touch the bottom of the bottle. At the end of the wand is a small sponge which is quite soft and when applying, feels quite smooth on lips. The lip gloss is slightly fragranced, a nice sugary aroma but this does disappear quite quickly. The gloss is quite a nice consistency, thick enough to give my lips a nice coverage and the applicator picks up the right amount of gloss to apply a full coat to each lip. Unlike some other brands I have used in the past, I didn't find this too sticky. ...

Make Up Academy MUA Extreme Curl Mascara 01/09/2014

Great Mascara

Make Up Academy MUA Extreme Curl Mascara I normally wear the basic mascara by MUA but when I last need to replace, I decided to but this one, mainly because I was quite attracted to the design of the tube. The mascara The mascara comes in a slightly curved silver effect tube which has the product details down the side in small black writing. A standard 7ml tube only costs £2 which I think is a real bargain. Upon screwing the lid, the wand is of standard size but the head has a slight curve to it which I find makes it easy to apply to all my lashes, even the smaller ones in the corner of my eyes. The colour choice is quite limited, as there are only two available, black and black/brown, this didn't concern me in the slightest however as I would only ever purchase black. The mascara has quite a nice thick consistency and the pigmentation is quite good. The bristles on the brush are quite small and quite soft so I find that when I apply the brush doesn't pull on my lashes. After applying, I wouldn't say that my lashes look any curvier, I would say that they do look a lot fuller and a good bonus is that I can build up to give myself really thick and extended lashes. No matter how much of the mascara I do apply, I find that my lashes do feel quite soft and don't get that clumpy effect. A good point about the mascara is that by the end of the day, the mascara stays in place and I don't have 'panda' eyes. When it comes to removing the mascara, it comes away easily with my eye makeup remover and requires little rubbing ...

Britax Adventure Car Seat 29/08/2014

Our Car Seat

Sunshine Kids Stow n Go Back Seat Organiser 29/08/2014

Keeps my car tidy

Sunshine Kids Stow n Go Back Seat Organiser When my daughter was out of nappies and there was no longer a need to take a change bag out with me, no matter how well I planned long car journeys, I always seemed to forget something. This, along with the fact that the car always seemed to be a mess I decided to see if I could get a car tidy. I spotted a different brand in Boots whilst out shopping and the price was around £15, I thought this was a little steep so when I got home, I did a little research on line and I came across this one at Amazon. Price & Availability The recommended retail price of the car tidy is around £10; I managed to get for half this but with a delivery charge of a couple of pound. I have also spotted this at other online retailers such as Kiddicare and Babies R Us for around £8 (but again delivery charges may apply). The Car Tidy The car tidy itself is really quite big, it measures around 57cm x 41cm so it literally covers the whole of back of the seat. You attach it to the back of the passenger or the driver’s seat by two big loops of Velcro, one which goes just below the headrest and the other to the base of the seat. The Velcro is quite thick and to separate needs a little bit of force which is good as it gives me confidence knowing that if Lauren pulled on it too hard, it won't come loose. What I like most about the car tidy is that it has four different sized pockets all of which are fastened at the top with a press stud. The pockets are really quite deep and I can easily fit packets ...

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat 28/08/2014

Keep with Chips at bay

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat I have always worn nail varnish on my toes and recently I have started to wear it on my finger nails too, the problem is, I find that no matter what brand I choose, it seems to chip pretty quickly so to try to preserve the paint, I invested in a top coat. Price & availability As part of the No 7 range, it is exclusive to Boots, in store and online but also available on places like EBay, the RRP is £6 for a 10ml bottle. Quite often there is an offer running on the No 7 range, my favourite one is where Boots give out £5 off vouchers (when you spend over £5) which means I can pick up for just £1.50. The nail varnish The bottle just likes the rest of the Stay Perfect nail polishes; it measures a few inches tall and holds approximately 10ml of varnish. It comes in a glass bottle which is see-through with a black lid which has the brand name in gold lettering and to the front of the bottle, the product name id detailed. Unlike my No 7 Nail varnish, this doesn't smell too strong when you first unscrew the lid. Application is really easy; the brush is quite wide, wide enough to be able to cover my finger names in just one sweep. There is nothing complicated about applying, I just add on top of my nails after I have painted; it has the same sort of consistency as normal nail varnish. After applying, it gives my nails a real nice shine, helps the colour to stay vibrant but also stops them from chipping for a good couple of days longer than normal. I have also used the top coat ...

Schleich Giant Tortoise Young 27/08/2014


Schleich Giant Tortoise Young I have just had two weeks off from work and as we haven’t really been away, we went on lots of day trips, one of the places we visited was Twycross Zoo (which I would really recommend). My daughter loves animals and has lots of Schleich products already so as a treat, we decided to pick a few more up, this being the first one she picked. Price & availability I actually picked mine up from a department store (not at the Zoo) a few days after our visit and paid £3.49. What I like about the range is that the price is consistent from shop to shop so you pretty much know that the item isn’t going to be cheaper elsewhere (obviously unless there is a promotion on). The range is widely available in places such as Mothercare, ELC, Toys R Us, The Entertainer and a lot of department stores sell these too. I pick a lot of mine up from Amazon. The Tortoise Whilst at the zoo, there was a race between the tortoises (as you can imagine, this took quite a while) and Lauren was fascinated by them and we spent a good half and hour watching the race, touching the shell and asking the zoo keeper questions. We opted for the baby tortoise and this measures 5cm x 3.5cm x 2.5cm so is one of the smaller animals that we have but it is a nice size for Lauren to play with and is realistic when compared to the ‘mummy’ giant tortoise we have. All the Schleich animals are hand painted and the attention to detail is always excellent, they have really captured the different shades along with shell ...

Make Up Academy Mua Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil 26/08/2014

My favourite liner

Make Up Academy Mua Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil Every day I wear eyeliner and I just vary the amount I apply depending upon the occasion, but because I wear it daily, I always seem to be sharpening my pencil so when I spotted this is Superdrug, I thought it was a fantastic idea and decided to buy. Price & range There are 8 different colours available, I choose the black but it is also available in blue, orange, green, purple, white, brown, light blue which I think is a fantastic colour choice. The product is available from Superdrug, both on line and in store and retails at £1, you can also buy from for the same price. The eyeliner The look of the pencil itself is no different from any other eye liner I have tried, the different with this one it that the lid of the pencil contains a pencil sharpener. The only thing this brush doesn't have a little sponge on the end, but to be honest, I have never used this aspect of the previous brushes I have owned! Applying the liner is really easy, I found the colour transfers onto my eyes really easily, without having to press on too hard and leaves a solid black line to I don't have to go over the same area a few times. Once I have applied, the liner lasts me most of the day. Removing at the end of the day is really easy, I would say this is definitely not waterproof as a quick sweep over my eyes with my make up remover and it comes away. When it comes to sharpening the pencil, the sharpener provided works well, and the pencil sharpens nicely, but more importantly, ...

Make Up Academy MUA Mosaic Bronzer 26/08/2014

Healthy Sunkissed Glow

Sylvanian Families Saloon Car with Figure 25/08/2014

Beep Beep

Bosch SMS40T32GB 24/08/2014

Washing up time

Bosch SMS40T32GB When I lived at home with my parents, we didn’t have a dishwasher however my partners parents did so when we first moved in together, this was one thing that he was adamant we needed. After around two years and him promising to load and unload it and telling me it would save so much time, I finally have in and agreed. Price & availability At the time, we purchased it from comet and paid just over £200, having a quick look online and can see it is available from most electrical stores and retails for around £249.99, although this can vary around £20 either way so I would recommend shopping around. Our model was white as this fitted in with the other appliances in out kitchen, this is available in black and silver but the price is slightly higher. The technical information This is a freestanding dishwasher and is of standard size, measuring approximately 85cm (h) x 60cm (w) x 60cm (d). Water consumption: 12 litres per cycle Energy rating: A+ Energy consumption: 290kw Noise Rating: 50dB To be honest, with the exception of the energy rating, I have no idea what the rest of the above means, what I will say is that the dishwasher was fairly quiet when in use, and I didn’t notice any significant increase in my water or electricity bill when I started using this. The dishwasher As I mentioned earlier, I choose the dishwasher in white and it looks quite basic yet modern. On the left hand side of the top panel is a light which illuminates when the dishwasher is on, the other ...
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