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These are not your average Alfred Hitchcock angry birds, these are furry little round creatures that seem to have quite a lot of fun!
The objective of the game is to eliminate pigs and destroy their buildings and structures at the same time. This is done by the birds launching themselves out of a giantslingshot and hitting the pigs' various constructs, henceforth eliminating them."
So there you have it, I think its a bit of a silly game but for some reason it has really captured the imagination of my little boy and some of his boy friends as they are always chatting about these birds and having little pretend fights with their angry bird toys. I also will play with him and pretend to shoot myself or this toy bird out of a catapult and it always makes him laugh which I guess is the main point really.
I'm not sure if there is a television show or another way to watch these birds other than in computer game form but what I do know is that there is masses of merchandising in all different forms that has really captured the imagination of my little one. We have an angry birds lunchbox, an angry birds metal water bottle, an angry birds t-shirt and also this angry birds red plush toy which was a very well received Christmas gift from his grandparents who knew he would love it. It was an amazon purchase and cost in the £10 region they said.
This toy is really well made in my opinion and is lovely and soft and furry. I think it really brings the red angry bird to life, as here he is in the flesh (or should I say plush!) and not just an image on the screen. My little boy can squish him and throw him to his hearts content. I think he really does look like his on screen character and has quite a fierce looking beak and big scary eyebrows that come together in a point in the middle, a very angry bird indeed!!
The plush material is very soft and good quality and the seams show no signs of wear which is great. The inside is really soft too so you can use this as a novelty sort of pillow on a bed or a nice toy to relax on or just throw it around like my little boy likes to do.
Apparently, according to an article I read, red bird is just a, "Plain old projectile birds. Will not do anything when tapped, and is not especially tough either."
play words with friends with friends although to me, its really just another version or way to play scrabble although according to an article I read it is in no way associated with the authentic Scrabble board game.
I first came across the game on my iphone when one of my friends requested to play the game with me and so I downloaded it so I could play against them. The game is free to download and is quite a popular game and high ranking so it will be really easy to find in the app store.
The play board looks just like a scrabble board with lots of spaces on the baord and tiles that have DdW, DL etc on them so you obviously score more points if you cover this tile in one of your words. The tiles themselves are a bright yellow colour and there's something about the look of the game to me that just makes it fun and inviting to play.
What's fun on this words with friends game is that you there is a chat feature built in the game that allows opponents to exchange messages, this was the main reason my friend challenged me to a game, so we could chat with each other and make comments on the word we had just played or other things going on. This makes the game quite fun and interactive in my opinion. Of course, you don't have to play a friend if you don't want to, you could play against a random person that you have never met before but I like to keep it to just my friends.
Like I've mentioned above, this game is very much like scrabble and is played in the same way. You grt given seven randomly chosen letter tiles to begin with which make up your word and then you keep going until all 104 tiles have been used. There are things on the game to help you out such as swapping your tiles with unplayed ones or skipping your turn if you cannot go. Obviously the aim of the game is to get the highest numver of points and the game ends when there are no more tiles left. I like the fact that the computer automstically adds your score up so there is no fiddling about with that.
All in all a really fun game on my phone that I can play with friends.
My hair can get a bit wild in the wind and the cold weather so I find its always nice to have a hairbrush with me that I can keep in my bag and use to give my hair a quick brush before I do something important. I hate it when I leave the house looking nice and then as soon as I step outside I look a mess so this brush has been a godsend.
I knew I wanted to get a good brush to have in my handbag and not just a cheap one and is read lots of good things about these brushes before purchasing one. According to the information on the brushes, "The Mason Pearson hairbrush cleans the hair, stimulates the scalp increasing blood flow to the roots. A natural conditioning oil--sebum--comes from a gland at the base of every hair; brushing spread it along the length of the hair giving it strength, suppleness and producing a healthy sheen."
I love the way this brush really calms down my hair and not flattens it, but smoothes it out so it looks good even when it's been exposed to the elements. The brush is fairly small but that's the reason I got it as I wanted a small one for my bag. The brush measures 216 mm. Head length is 110 mm. Width is 64 mm.
The brush has a really nice solid handle which, although its short, I am able to grip onto it nicely and really get a nice brush stroke. The bristles them selves are made out of a somewhat tough nylon but feel really nice and not at all hard and prickly on my scalp. They are on a rubber cushion which is what I think gives them some movement and bounce.
There are lots of bristles in one grouping of brush heads which I think gives this brush a really nice feel to it. It's great for my thick hair as it really works its way well through the hair and manages to get each strand brushed whereas some other brushes that only have sparse bristles don't get all the way through my hair.
Although this is a very good brand of hairbrush it is very expensive so it has to be an investment as far as I'm concerned. I had read a lot of good things about them for a number of years before I decided to purchase one in the £40 and I always make sure its in my bag and not something I lose!
am a big fan of Soap and Glory products and have used them for years now as I love their unique scents, whimsical packaging and good quality beauty products that actually work.
I have used a number of their scrubs over the years and "scrub your nose in it," is a different kind of scrub in my opinion, its more clinical and professional and works amazingly well on my face. This scrub is actully referred to as a, "Special pore refining formula AHA facial scrub," and there is a lot of science behind it which is why I believe its not your everyday kind of scrub.
The packaging is a little bit more professional looking too. Gone is the pretty pink packaging and in comes a white tube with just some simple writing on it although I would have preferred a flip cap lid rather than a twist on and off lid which is a little bit hard to do when you have wet hands applying this scrub.
So, here is the science behind the scrub. "Formulated with Soap & Glory’s exclusive, deep pore detoxing D-CLOG™MICROMUD – a super clarifying, triple action, diatomaceous earth mix – it helps to exfoliate, clean and purify the skin, lift away pore-clogging dead skin cells, soak up excess oils, and stimulate fresh oxygen to your face.
• SUPERFRUIT™ YUZU - a skin energising, toning and brightening antioxidant complex pressed from natural Japanese citrus fruits
• D-CLOG™ MICROMUD - a blend of highly refined, purified, diatomaceous earth and fruit acids that help dissolve pore-clogging debris and clear away dead skin cells
• MONTMORILLITE CLAY - a soft, white, purified, highly absorbent clay that soaks up excess oils
• SUPER AHA FRUIT ACIDS - to dissolve the ‘glue’ that keeps dead cells stuck to your skin
• strategically formulated for oily/combination skin
The scrub has quite fine particles in it which I like because it really rubs my dead skin off well and is not too abrasive. I never end up with red patchy skin after using this srub which is good. After washing this scrub off I am left with really soft skin. I would definitely recommend this scrub to anyone looking for really fresh, clean skin.
In an attempt to stop my kids from using all my posh bath soaps and oils, including my Jo Malone oil in their bath, I decided to buy them some posh bath bubbles of their own. Both my kids love their bath but still have quite sensitive, baby soft skin so I wanted to get something that was tailored to babies and kids especially. Burt's bees is one of my favourite brands as its all natural and really works on my skin and knowing they did a kid and bath selection I decieed to look at their products and its here I found this baby bee shampoo and wash.
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash is described as, "an all-in-one, tear-free natural baby wash which combines a natural plant-based cleansing complex with sweet orange and lemon oils to create a nourishing formula that leaves baby's hair and skin silky soft.
I really like the fact that this is an all in one prodcut as my kids can use it to wash their whole body inclduing their hair. Whenever they are in their bath they always use their soap and bubbles to do both their bodies and their hair so with this product I don't need to worry that they are using the wrong product on their hair or body.
The smell of this product is amazing and another thing that my kinds love about it. Its wonderful and fruity but not in a sickly sweet way, its a more subtle, classic fragrance that makes their hair and body smell wonderful once they have dried off. That lovely fragrance stays on their hair all day long and I can't stop myself from smelling their heads all the time, beautiful. The wash lathers up really well and they hardly ever cry when it goes in their eyes so it's quite soft and non-irritable.
What I love about this wash is that it is just so soft and that's obviously due to the oils included in the ingredients. I can feel it in the bsth water whilst I am washing them, that soft and gentle feeling and this wash is really soft and csring on their skin. When they are dried from the bsth their skin is not dried out and any patches of eczema that my sons suffers with are kept to a minimum and not inflammed by this wash thankfully. Burt's bees say, "we use a natural, sulfate free cleansing complex made from coconut and sunflower oils that is both gentle and effective. We use decyl and lauryl glycoside because they naturally cleanse skin and hair by producing a luscious lather that gently washes away dirt and oil. This complex works so well that we use it in all our cleansing products for your hair, face and body and it allows us to develop new products that meet your specific needs. Unlike harsh chemicals and detergents, decyl and lauryl glycoside do not strip the skin of their natural oils."
I've got a really lovely little garden, it's not that big but it's big enough to have three different beds, some grass and some decking. I love spending time out there, especially in this lovely sunny weather and thankfully so do my kids too. My little girl is actually really into gardening and loves coming to the garden centre with us to pick out plants for "her" garden. As such, we have really encouraged this and encouraged her to look after her plants herself to instill a sense of caring and responsibility.
In order to help her grow, feed, water and take care of her plants we bought her this lovely little watering can from The Early Learning Centre. We have a really big watering can but found she couldn't lift it when it was really only half full of water so this one is the perfect size for her and one she can lift herself when it is full which is good.
This watering can really is very pretty and I actually wish they made them in adult sizes as I would love one too. It's made of a light metal so it's actually very authentic looking and just like an adult one which my daughter loves. Her one is blue and has lots if pictures of different creatures you might find in the garden such as a bee, a caterpillar and a snail.
The watering can is designed really well as my daughter finds it really easy to hold and then to pour the water out of too. There is a small handle at the side of the watering can and then one at the top so you can place a hand on each and tip it up easily to pour.
The watering can costs just £7 from The Early Learning Centre and is a wonderful addition to any garden with kids.
My kids recieved these Early Learning Centre bath crayons from their aunty and uncle for Christmas and I am still a bit divided over whether I really like them or not. On first thought they are a really good idea, especially for my kids as they love drawing and its a bit of a joke in my family that my son always draws over his belly with felt pen so they thought crayons that you can draw with in the bath and over your brother or sister would be a fun thing.
They were very excited to try them and the first bath they had after the Christmas presents were opened had these crayons in them. The crayons came 10 in a pack and are each encased in a length of plastic. The crayon probably only takes up half the plastic casing and I guess the idea is to wind it down when you are not using it but to be honest I don't really see the point of the plastic casing, after all, they are just crayons and don't need to be protected once they have been used.
The Early Learning Centre describe these as, "10 colourful bath crayons for doodling in and on the bath. Easy to wash off crayons for children to draw on the bath, tiles, themselves, or their brother or sister."
The colours of the crayons are really nice, as there are 10 in a pack you get the usual colours, blue, green, red, yellow, black white etc although some defi itely work better than others. Obviously, if you have a white bath like me, the white crayon will be pretty useless but the black and red write really quite well. However, herein lies the problem, some of the colours almost write too well. The red crayon especially takes a lot of scrubbing off the edge of the bath once you have used it and this can be quite annoying, having to clean the bath every time the kids have used it. I usually make my kids scrub if off just before they get out of the bath which they find fun anyway which then is not too much of a hassle.
The crayons are ok to use for drawing on bodies but I find they work a little bit better on dry skin which is not that condusive to bath crayons but if my kids get in and don't wet the top of their body to begin with they can draw it on then and then splash around in the bath.
The set of crayons cost £6 from The Early Learning Centre and I would say they are ok and fun while they last.
I have been using Olay products for well over 20 years now and have been really impressed with the way they work on my face. Whilst I don't really have any wrinkles yet I do think that the creams I use are helping to keep my skin youthful and well protected.
This serum comes from the Olay regenerist range which is described as, "advanced age-defying skincare products that help regenerate skin’s appearance and help provide a visible transformation of the look of the skin without drastic measures." As I get older I find I do need to use products such as these to look after my skin for the years ahead.
The serum comes in a bottle with a pump action at the top of it so its very easy to just squeeze out a little dollop onto your finger, ready to apply to your face.
Olay say this product is, "100% fragrance- and colour-free. It helps smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrates to help create firmer, visibly lifted skin."
The serum has quite a smooth consistency to it and has an off white/clear colour to it. Like Olay says, it doesn't have any type of smell which is nice as you feel you are just adding something quite natural to your face. I find that you really only need the smallest little dollop of this serum as it smoothes onto my face incredibly well. A small bit will cover my whole face and immediately you can feel the difference. My skin is so soft and it almost feels like all the impurities are taken away and my fingers just glide across my face.
According to Olay, "Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum uses our exclusive amino-peptide complex combined with Olay moisturiser. Our formulation visibly helps regenerate skin’s appearance and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. perfect for normal skin, dry skin and combination skin."
The nice thing is that you can apply this serum under mske up so I will use it in the morning after my shower to really provide a nice base to my face and which to put my make up on. The serum is not cheap, a 50ml bottle costs £24.99 but I definitely recommend it, it works!
As we know, bees make honey so it goes without saying that Burt's bees should make a great honey based product and this honey lip balm is one of my favourites.
Honey is a wonderful natural product and something I enjoy eating as well as using in a beauty based way. According to Burt's Bees, "this elixir has been used since ancient times to promote everything from beautiful hair and skin to rapid healing of wounds."
Burt's bees products are great because they are all natural, with natural ingredients from nature, well packaged and more importantly work well on my skin/face etc. Honey itself contains many vitamins and essential minerals including vitamin C, calcium and iron so its really a great natural product and one I love to put on my lips in this handy lip balm.
This lip balm is one of my favoruites and I have been using it for quite a while now as its really soft and healing on my lips and has a really nice flavour to it too. The honey flavour is lovely and sweet and soothing and almost good enough to eat. It is so mositurising on my lips and makes them wonderfully soft and they really do feel cared for. I like to use this lip balm when my lips are a bit dry and cracked because it really heals them well and gets them back to their best. In fact, Burts bees say, " studies have shown honeys effectiveness in rapidly clearing infection from wounds and because it is a great humectant, it is great at retaining water making it a great skin and hair moisturiser.
The lip balm looks just like a chapstick with a lid at the top and then a twisty bit at the bottom to make the lip stick come up. The balm is a thick stick and quite waxy but it smoothes onto my lips really well and keeps them protected which I love. I do need to reapply quite a bit during the day but I actually quite like doing that as the flavour is so nice.
Burts bees say, "reward yourself with a sweet treat. Made with sweet honey, this natural lip balm moisturises and nourishes lips. Plus it's packed with beeswax, shea butter, almod oil, cocoa butter and lanolin to keep lips soft and healthy. Your lips will look as sweet as they taste.
A tube costs just £3.69 and is definitely one I recommend.
I much prefer to apply my foundation with a brush rather than my fingers as I think I can achieve a much better coverage and better look with a brush and this brush from the Boots No 7 range is perfect for that.
Boots say, "No7 foundation brush is a must-have beauty tool for any make-up collection.
Use the No7 foundation brush to blend foundation evenly for a smooth and seamless finish."
The brush has a fairly long handle so its easy to get a good grip and to be able to reach all the angles of your face that you may need to use the brush on. The top of the brush, actual bristle section is really nice. The bristles are quite long and thick so when I need to sweep my foundation across my face it works well. I use a bottle of foundation so I can dip this brush into the top and then paint it on so to say.
I find the bristles really nice and soft and it doesn't irritate my face at all to have these brushed across my face. When it comes to cleaning this brush I like to do it quite frequently asthe foundation can obviously clog up the brush quite a bit and you don't want anything that dirty touching your face all the time. I simply wash this brush out after I have used it in a bit of soapy water, then I rinse it and leave it to dry and its nice and clean and dry when I come to use it next.
At £14 I initially found this brush quite expensive but then once I had used a Boots no 7 voucher and got some money off it was priced well and is a good quality brush I definitely recommend.
I cannot speak highly enough of this foundation and the results I can achieve my using it. Its one of the best I have tried at that price point and the nice thing is that you can use it with other brands of make ip afterwards in terms of powder, blusher etc and they all work really well gether to give me a flawless look.t
Rimmel say that, " this is the first transfer-resistant foundation that lasts up to 25 hours, Rimmel Lasting Finish. It gives a smooth lightweight coverage and the Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation leaves skin feeling hydrated all day.The transfer proof and fade proof formula means your foundation now lasts up to 25 hours, for a day that never stops." I'm not yoing engh any more to be able to stay up and party for 25 hours so I haven't exactly tested the 25 hoir claim but I have to say that when I wear it for the whole day, 8 hoirs plis, it definitely stands the test if time and still looks in place and not rubbed off or tired in any way.
The foundation comes in a bottle and is easy to apply. I don't actually use very much at all so have never had a problem with it coming off or transfering onto my clothes anyway but its nice to know that this is part if the formula. I chose the natural beige colour as this is probably closest to my skin tone but there are 6 other shades to choose from in various shades of beige.
The foundation goes on really smoothly and covers quite a fww of my imperfections inclduing some red lines on the base of my nose and really gives my skin a nice even look. The foundation seems to sort of soak in and gives the illusion of there being nothing there which is nice. It is not chalky or thixk, its fairly light and lets my skin breathe too which is very important. Thankfully it does not clog my pores either so when I take it off at the end of the day I am still left with really nice, clean skin.
A bottle costs just £7.99 which I think is a great price for a hard working, good quality foundation and one I definitely recommend.
I love Bobbi Brown cosmetics but I can't always afford their products as they are quite pricey. However, their shimmer lip glosses are something I can make an exception for as they are so flattering on my lips and make me look great so I will always purchase and use these.
Bobbi Brown say, "
Bobbi's Shimmer Lip Gloss offers beautiful, non-sticky shine with a touch of iridescence and is perfect on its own or over your favourite Lipstick. Formulated with Aloe Extract to soothe and soften lips; Vitamins C and E for anti-oxidant protection; and Jojoba and Avocado Oils to moisturise lips."
I just prefer to use this lip gloss on its own as they have different colours that are nice and subtle and in my opinion do not need to be layered over another colour of lipstick. There are five different colours that Bobbi brown offer, Kir sugar, lilac sugar, rose sugar, ruby sugar and spun gold, all very different colours but beautiful in their own way. My favourite is spun gold which is a goldish pink colour and when applied gives my lips a subtle lightish pink hue with a hint of gold and some sparkle and keeps them looking sexy and stylish but not too over the top.
The lip gloss comes in a see through tube with Bobbi browns signature writing on the side. I like the fact that the tube is see through so you can see what colour lip gloss you have inside. The top unscrews and becomes a wand with which you apply the lip gloss. At the end of the wand is a little sponge applicator which holds a nice amount of the gloss in it so when you apply it to your lips you get a really nice transfer of colour. The sponge applicator makes the gloss go on really softly and evenly and doesn't leave any lines or patches on your lips. The gloss is a tiny bit sticky but I quite like that as it holds onto my lips well and makes them look shiny and pretty. A tube costs £18.50 so yes, a bit pricey but well worth it in my opinion.
Boots do a wonderful range of cucumber beauty products which are cheap but effective and refreshing and more importantly, work for my skin.
One of my favourite products from the range is this moisturising cream. Boots say, "this Boots Essential moisturiser contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe. It is enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins, is suitable for day or night use and contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental damage."
This is what I like to call a basic cream, its got no fancy packaging, no fancy ingredients or fancy science behind it really, (although I'm sure there's some kind of professional science behind it) and it probably won't cure my wrinles in 30 days or give me brighter, lighter skin but what it does do is moisturise my skin and keep it nice and soft and supple on a daily basis.
The cream comes in a simple pot with a screw top lid so its easy to get into the cream and get a nice dollop of it on your hands to smooth all over your face. Like I've said above the packaging is very simple, it comes in a light and dark green colour with just "Boots essentials moisturising cream" written on it.
The cucumber smell is absolutely delicious and refreshing and when I apply it to my face its instantly cooling and light. I really like the lightness on my face as it soaks in well and does not make my skin feel heavy in any way.
A 100 ml pot costs just £1.50 so this is one beauty essential you can really afford to loose.
I'm a bit of a beauty junkie and am a sucker for their marketing and so have a big selection of different lotions and potions although I belive each has its certain time and use and can achieve different things for me. For example, I like to use oil on my face and hair at night time but will use a thicker cream also for overnight and then a lighter cream during the day.
One of my favourite light face creams is this hydrating light moisturiser from Simple. I love Simple beauty products because, as the name suggests, they are simple, with no colours or no fragrances so they are very kind to your skin, especially the delicate skin on your face which is why I like this moisturiser so much.
Simple say, "When your skin's happy and fresh faced, you feel healthier and happier too!
Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of ingredients to help keep your skin replenished and hydrated. Perfect for even sensitive skin."
I love this lotion because it really is nice and light and not heavy and thick like a night cream. Although thick creams definitely have their place in my beauty routine, I like using this moisturiser in the morning because it leaves my face feeling moisturised but light enough to be able to apply my make up without my face feeling heavy, weighed down or clogged.
The cream is clean and white and I only need a couple of dabs to cover my whole face and leave it feeling nice and even. Almost as soon as I've applied it I can't feel it on my face which is lovely. Simple day that this cream contains vitamin goodness for naturally healthy skin. There are 2 vital vitamins and 2 skin loving ingredients and by looking at the list of ingredients I can see things like Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Glycerin and Borage Seed Oil, helps to moisturise and soften the skin.
All in all a great light moisturiser.
For a lovely nourishing day cream look no further than this fantastic cream from Burt's bees.
I love Burt's bees products as they are all natural and developed to be caring and kind to your skin. They definitely work really well on my skin and so when I was looking for a new day cream to try I thought I would try Burt's bees. This cream is advertised as being 99% natural so it's a great healthy product to use.
I shower in the morning rather than at night like some people and so I really benefit from a day cream because I apply it straight after my shower to hydrate my skin for the day ahead and before I put on my make up.
Burt's bees say, "Love your skin like never before with our unique day lotion. Infused with Clary Sage, this fast-absorbing lotion is scientifically proven to provide intense hydration and also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So your skin is left feeling soft, supple and intensely moisturised. "
This cream is definitely a very expensively packed cream and I love the way it is dispensed as I think I keeps the cream inside much more fresh and protected than it does when the tub is just open to the elements. The cream comes in a tub with a pump action at the top so you just squeeze the amount out that you need and then rub it in with no mess or no wasted cream.
The cream is lovely and creamy without being greasy or thick and heavy in any way. In fact, it's quite light and that is what I want from a day cream, something that is light and absorbs quickly. This cream really does soak into my skin quickly and effectively and allows me to put my make up on quite quickly afterwards.
I had never heard of clary sage before I used this cream and was interested to know what it was. According to the Burt's bees website, "Clary Sage — survives in the windswept hills of the Mediterranean, and thrives because of its fierce will and exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture. This remarkable botanical is the inspiration behind Intense Hydration, our natural ode to soft, supple skin."
The sage adds an interesting smell to this cream, it's got a bit of a herby smell to it whilst being fresh and clean and is quite pleasant and nice.
As for my wrinkles and fine lines I think I will have to give this cream a few more years of use before I can comment on that but I do think my cream looks a bit tighter and fresher and more awake.
A 50g tub of this cream costs £19.99 so it is expensive but well worth it in my opinion.