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    • Compeed Blister Plasters / First Aid / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      11.06.2014 21:27
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      A must try item I will never be without now I've tried them!

      My sister in Law is a walker and without hesitation recommended the Compeed brand to us when my hubby complained of rubbed heels. He bought and used them very successfully then an opportunity came up for me to try the Compeed range through Bzzagent. One of the products they sent for trial in the pack was the small Compeed blister plasters. What are they ? These are small oval shaped plasters that work to provide a soothing relief from blisters. They are far more sophisticated than a normal plaster, made from a flexible material, they are made to stay in place all day. In use I get blisters on my little toes as soon as I wear any heeled shoe, the rubbed toes feel hot and awful and I am desperate for relief. These small Compeed plasters are ideal for small rubbed areas, like toes, they are so thin they are hardly noticeable once on. The claim Compeed small blister plasters will relieve burning pain instantly, stay in place all day and provide soothing relief. They are infused with aloe vera which is a natural healing plant which is a great ingredient for a plaster. Do they work then? Absolutely, if someone offers you a Compeed, you must snatch their hands off (or go buy your own!) they are brilliant to use and worth every penny in terms of the relief they provide to suffering feet. My thoughts There is nothing worse than foot pain. I enjoy a trip to the races but dread the inevitable blisters I suffer on pain of looking good and wearing high heels. I will now always slip the small plastic box of these in my bag, ready for action and also ready to save my friends'' feet too! Price A pack of six costs 4 pounds 25 in Boots at the moment. This seems a lot but if it saves the day and stops pain I think it''s worth it! Final word Compeed have really gone the extra mile with this blister plaster, it really is great for treating poorly feet. I won''t leave the house without these in my bag now, they are an essential piece of kit in my opinion.

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      • Essie First Base Base Coat / Make Up / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        04.06.2014 19:28
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        Try it and you'll probably like it

        I've recently become quite the fan of Essie nail polish. With this comes a love of anything nail related and things like top coat and base coat are important to get a good final look. It's worth a decent base coat to protect and strengthen the nail and prevent staining. What's special about this one then? Not only does it protect but it also makes a good adhesive layer so your layer of colour attaches itself to the nail better. First use I wondered what this was going to be like, it being green and all! But never fear, it went on thinly, clear and looked fine on the nail, you'd have never guessed it was green actually. My find and the price I actually bought this from TK Maxx a few months ago for just under four pounds and I've used it a few times since then. Online it appears to retail at around 6 pounds. My thoughts You really can't get over excited about a green base coat but it's still important if you like a nice manicure. I do like that this is thin as it doesn't cause a build up on your nail before you've even started applying the colour as some base coats do. It dries quickly too which is important. The only thing about this that I am not keen on is that you can't really wear it on its own due to the adhesive layer it provides for nail colour. Sometimes when I'm short on time, I will remove previous nail varnish and apply the base coat then go to bed, sleep and apply the colour the next day, but obviously you can't do that with this product. Final word This does seem to help strengthen the nail under the colour and definitely prevents nasty staining with dark colours, which I adore wearing. I think I found a bargain at this price and this is one of my favourite base coats alongside Nails Inc Caviar Base Coat and the Butter London nail foundation I also recently discovered. I do own a lot of stuff but this has worked better for me than the Orly Bonder which is a similar concept of tacky base coat. Would I repurchase? Probably if I could find it for under a fiver! First published on Ciao! by me x

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        16.03.2014 21:23
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        I decided it was time again to build up a bit of colour on my pasty limbs and turned to my favourite gradual tanner, the Johnson's Holiday Skin body lotion. I like the Johnson's brand and use it a lot on my kids (but not the gradual tan stuff!). I've got through a few bottles of this over the year.

        Discovery
        We first discovered this on holiday, I'd packed a bottle and my hubby thought it was after sun. He was a few days in to the off season holiday and commented how pleased he was with his tan and that even his legs were going brown when they never usually did. I looked at him suspiciously, clocked his golden legs and noted the slight discolouration on the palms of his hands. Asked him what he'd been using in the bathroom. His answer: the yellow stuff. Yes, he'd been unknowingly been fake tanning on holiday.

        In use
        Although this is a subtle product, I still use gloves to apply, or this morning, in lieu of gloves I went for a nappy sack over my hand. It's not like a dark tanner but it can make my nails go a bit yellow if not careful. I always scrub my hands after use so they don't go yellow. You won't notice this after the first use but with regular thin layers, every three days or so you can build up a decent believable colour on your skin.

        My thoughts
        This can smell a bit during application and for a short while after but it does eventually lose its odour on your skin. I don't mind the smell too much. It comes out of the bottle really thick so it can be easy to use too much by mistake as it goes a long way.

        Price
        I buy it when I see it on offer, but generally expect to pay around £4. It is a quality product so this is a fair price. My bottle is 250 ml and this lasts me around a month with regular use. I tend to stop using it during winter months when it's trousers and long sleeved tops anyway.

        Final word
        This product is lovely, it suits all skin types and is fine for men to use if you just want a light colour change and no fear of streaks or fake tan marks. I would warn against using it without gloves as it can stain nails and skin and it's better to massage it in well so you don't get a build up of colour. I tend to apply during the evening to allow more sinking in time than a morning application and try not to use too much in one go. A great product from Johnson's that I will continue to buy.

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      • Benefit Stay Don't Stray / Make Up / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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        11.03.2014 14:08
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        Isn't it funny how silently primers have crept in to our make up bags, yet it looks like they are here to stay!

        The product
        I received a cute little 2.5ml sample bottle of Benefit's Stay Don't Stray in my Birchbox beauty box recently, and I was interested to give it a go. Mine is perfectly shaded in a light / medium style. You can also get it in medium / deep.

        Packaging
        Since the last review it seems Benefit have changed this product from a pump dispenser (which dispensed far too much) to a wand style applicator. The picture on the Benefit website confirms the sample bottle is the same as the full sized one.

        What is it?
        This is a primer for going on the eye lid and underneath concealer to make sure your product stays put. Helpfully, it is a coloured product so actually goes a long way to combat the problem of shadows around the eyes and areas you may wish to conceal. Its dual purpose helps eyeshadow colours stay true and sit right rather than disappearing as the day goes on or being absorbed by the skin's moisture.

        In use
        I have found this little product rather handy, and whilst I had no idea there was room in my life for this type of primer (as well as a foundation primer) it seems I didn't know what I was missing!!! The product is easy to apply, blends well and does give a very nice start to concealer and eyeshadow application. I would imagine a full sized tube will last ages as a little bit goes a long way. It really does help make up stay in place and this is really important when using concealer to have faith that it will stay on all day!

        Hidden Uses
        Hiding an old tattoo on an important day? I think this would also be a great product to use underneath a tattoo camoflage product, as it will help that type of concealer to stay in place too.

        Price
        The full sized, 10ml bottle costs £20.50 which is quite expensive but in line with the Benefit cosmetic range prices.

        Final word
        I guess I could live without this product, but now I have it I have found it useful and it is definitely a product I reach for when putting on make up. I find it makes my eye area a lot brighter and concealing problem areas is a lot easier with this stay don't stray. It is definitely something I would consider buying again and equally a product I would recommend to my friends. It may be best to test the two colours to work out which one will work best for your skin tone.

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        09.03.2014 09:55
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        I will buy these again!

        I love pens and like finding different colours and types of pen, marker pens being something I use quite often. I've used Sharpie pens before and find them to be consistently good (apart from the ones that are double ended but that's another story!).

        The purchase
        On my last trip to Staples there was a buy one get one free offer and I bought a couple of different colours and also some from the new metallic range - I'd actually seen the metallic ones on a film when someone was putting graffiti on a toilet cubicle and thought they looked really good, not that I wanted them for that purpose of course!

        In use
        I find the firm fine tip a bonus on these pens. They are permanent but don't bleed when writing on paper. They also write on other surfaces too so come in handy on CDs or shiny surfaces. I am over the moon with the colour range available in these pens, who needs boring black (although that is available too.) The colour never seems to fade and the pens stay moist for literally years so mine last ages before I have to throw them away.

        My thoughts
        I love these pens and have them at home and work but I do have to be careful with having young children to keep them out of their sight and reach as these could do some permanent damage to the walls in my home!

        Price
        I used to think Sharpies were quite expensive but they seem to have come down loads in price now. Mine were on a buy one get one free deal at Staples and worked out around a pound each which I am quite happy to pay for a quality pen. I feel I got a massive bargain with the bronze and silver metallic ones and will probably go back to get the gold sooner or later!

        Final word
        These pens are great value for money, last ages and perform well, you couldn't really wish for more. Try the new metallic range if you get chance, they are really fun to use and have an immense pigmentation so make a real impact in crafting and general creativity.

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          05.03.2014 22:27
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          Very disappointed with this sticker set

          Having had a very positive experience with the Melissa & Doug fashion sticker set, I snapped up this 'sweet treats sticker pad' when I saw it in TK Maxx. We love playing with stickers in our house and they are usually something we do as a regular activity. It advised that it was suitable for children aged 4+ so my eldest daughter is coming up to this age and I thought it'd be OK.

          Description
          With over 500 sweet stickers, this seemed like a grand activity pad. We couldn't wait to get started as grand pictures of cakes and ice creams and cupcakes were featured on the front cover. I wrongly assumed it'd be like the fashion pad with a sticker layering effect but this one was different. The first few pages in the pad were simply printed with plain cupcakes and empty ice cream cones and donuts. You then flipped to the back of the pad to find the adornments.

          In use
          To be honest as soon as I started to do this activity with my daughter I got confused. What was frosting ? What was and ice cream and what was icing for the cake. I had to follow the guide carefully to get the decorations right and it took all the joy out of the activity for us. I struggled to find each part as the stickers are all mixed up and to get it right really you need to tear all the seven or so giant sticker pages out of the book so you can see what you've got to decorate each page with.

          An example
          We started off with a cake which had four tiers and needed candles, lollypops, gumdrops and frosting on it. Maybe I was trying too hard but it didn't much look like the guide picture when we'd finished and I worried that I had screwed up one of the other sweet treats pages by using the wrong stickers. There wasn't a lot of guidance, and I just got totally mixed up. My daughter seemed to enjoy it though as I passed her the stickers and gave her an approximation of where to stick each sticker.

          Give up
          After a tiring 15 minutes of decorating a flat cake with stickers I have now abandoned this crafty activity as it really needs supervision and it's just not that fun to play with. It is far too difficult for a four year old to achieve and the toppings are confusing.

          Price
          I paid £3.99 for this set from TK Maxx but it retails higher if you buy from a proper toy store or online.

          My thoughts
          I can't fault the quality of this but dressing the fashion dolls with stickers from our other sets made much more sense and you really couldn't get that one wrong. The pictures are so flat in this cakey book that the stickers don't really make them come to life that much either. You can't even really use the stickers for other projects as they are things like donut toppings or little icing frosting mounds so they just wouldn't make sense.

          Final word
          I really can't recommend this set. At the age of 30 plus I found it hard to follow so goodness only knows what the recommended four year old (plus) thinks of it. Once you have applied the stickers to the pictures there's not much more play involved so it's really not that much fun. At least with the dolls you could cut them out and play a bit more with them! This is not a craft activity my daughter begs to play with at all although she knows we've got it. I'll put it away for a bit but I'm not sure it will come out again any time soon.

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        • Lamaze All Ears Elephant / Baby Toy / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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          02.03.2014 18:51
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          Nice as a gift

          The Lamaze all ears elephant was a gift to our second baby daughter at Christmas time, so it was not a toy I chose for her. A year and a few months later and its mint condition tells me this is one elephant that has not been over played with!

          Description
          The elephant naturally sits if he has something to lean against, but he also has a hook in his head if you wish to dangle him (the hook is a thread through tab so nothing dangerous). Height wise, laid out flat he measures around 18 cm. He is bright green in colour, with the Lamaze logo in a heart on his chest. Each leg and arm ends in a colourful silky patch. The end of his trunk is ribbon streamers and his ears contain a rustle filled blue dotty material. On his rear he has a short orange silky tail that ends in a knot that also rustles. The eyes and mouth are stitched on in a friendly smiley sort of way and inside his tummy is a squeaker that is quite fun.

          My thoughts
          My daughter never really bothered with this toy much, hence its good condition. There is plenty to keep a baby busy with this but as they grow they want something a bit more challenging I think. I do think it made a nice gift though and all the Lamaze toy range I have seen seems well thought out and very high quality, well made.

          Price
          These elephants are priced around £5 which I think is quite reasonable. At this price it's not a problem if your child doesn't particularly take to it but I am sure a lot will like this toy.

          Final word
          I like this elephant even if my daughter did not! I think it's got different noises and feelings to make it quite a good sensory toy. I would recommend this as a gift or as something to brighten up the nursery. You can also use the hook on his head to attach it as a dangler from a pram. It's been made to a very high standard and although it says surface wash only at the risk of losing the squeaker in his tummy I'd risk it in the wash to freshen up if it got dirty

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          01.03.2014 13:44
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          Ok for a ten minute play

          We got Mr Potato Head for Christmas but it's only really come in to play recently. I remember wanting this as a child, every year marking the page in the Argos Catalogue, yet never getting it, so when I saw it on offer in Morrisons I bought it for our at the time two year old daughter. The box was branded as Playskool and it said it was suitable for 2+ so I thought it'd also come in for our one year old very soon.

          What you get
          In this set, you essential get a lot of parts. Namely The Potato body, a round set of blue feet, a black bowler style hat, specs, eyes, nose, mouth, I think a tongue, hands and a moustache. Each part fits into a hole with a peg so it is easy to assemble.

          In play
          We normally set him up properly, as pictured then disassemble and put him together all topsy turvey then put him right again. My daughter likes to draw him too when he is all together. Most parts are easy to attach but more challenging is the moustache which effectively hangs from the nose peg. I can't work out the mouth as there is a toothy grin and then also a tongue and you can only use one at once. The spectacles are fun as they fit on the head and hang from the ears if they are in the right place. A final nice touch is the back of the potato opens as a storage unit and you can keep the parts not in play in there. The catch is a bit simple and I have pulled the door off a couple of times and also pushed it inwards but it is easy to fix. There are more holes than you need which helps with making up a jumbled Mr Potato Head so there is a bit of variety possible.

          My thoughts
          You can't really get this game wrong, it is quite good fun but the fun doesn't last for long. After ten minutes of play and after she has sketched him my daughter asks if he does anything else. The answer is no! There are no batteries so nothing electronic about this toy which is perhaps a mixed blessing.

          Popular, I wanna be pop-u-lar!
          Obviously Mr PH became more popular with the Toy Story films, and I am looking forward to buying that box set for our daughter now she plays with Mr PH the film will seem more real to her when she watches it.

          Price
          I paid around £4 for this toy. I don't think it is worth much more. I note that you can get Star Wars and Spiderman versions of this but they are a LOT more expensive!

          Final word
          This toy is OK but a little bit limiting. It has however, stood the test of time so perhaps it is a timeless gift. Most kids will come in to contact with one of these but I think it will only really appeal to toddlers before it is boring and not something they want to play with.

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        • Filth (DVD) / DVD / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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          A one of a kind film

          I really wanted to see this at the cinema, having read the book three times, but having a full time job and children aged one and three makes this kind of outing difficult at the moment. I missed the cinema slot completely and so decided to treat myself to the DVD from Amazon.

          Price
          I paid £10 for the normal DVD of Filth. Quite a premium price but I thought I might watch it a few time sif I liked it as much as the book.

          A bit about
          The film is based on a book of the same title written by Irvine Welsh who is famous for Trainspotting, which is still one of my most favourite films! Having read the book, I found it easier to follow the film which is rather surreal in places, which is to be expected from Mr Welsh. However, the book covers so much more than the film so I felt the film left gaping holes in the true plot. The film, of course is set in Scotland.

          Starter for ten (*Spoiler*)
          In Filth, James McAvoy (Shameless) plays a Detective Bruce Robertson who is going for promotion. His main aim is to see the competition off to ensure none of his colleagues get the job by sabotaging them. One is a woman so Bruce the total misogynist sees she has no chance. Another is too young and fond of sniffing coke, one too old and one too strange. Bruce takes extreme lengths to wreck them all, making out one is gay (which he knows the boss won't like); he even takes one colleague to Amsterdam, breaking his glasses, taking him to prostitutes and spiking his drink and getting him in to all sorts of trouble so he is suspended from work. In the mean time, Bruce is sleeping with their wives behind their backs and creating all sorts of marital distrust by prank calls and strange sexual practice.

          Funny
          At the Christmas party, he invents a game where all the blokes photocopy their nether regions and the women have to match the men to the print out. Of course Bruce adds a few percent to his copy to make sure he is the winner! Based on his boast, one of the office girls drags Bruce in to the stationery cupboard to experience his larger than average manhood then later regrets it and blames it on the drink.

          Not for the faint hearted
          By now the majority of readers of this review are thinking that this film may not be for them, but it is gritty and shocking tale of a lead character who is just not nice at all.

          Softer side
          At the start of the film, Bruce sees a man have a heart attack on the pavement near his work and he takes control over the situation, trying to save the man's life but he fails and you can see he is really touched by this.

          Side line
          In addition to the work based story line, where Bruce is investigating a murder case, and doing quite well tracking down the guilty party it has to be said; at home Bruce's family life is falling to pieces. No one at work knows his wife has left him and he is not allowed to see his daughter. A chance meeting in a supermarket confirms this as the film is interspersed with confusing dream like fantasies where the wife is promising she will get back with Bruce if he gets the promotion. Bruce is taking a cocktail of drugs, both prescription and self obtained and you can see him self destructing as the film progrsses.

          My thoughts
          I won't say any more on the content of the film as I am sure some readers will want to watch it for themselves. There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises in the film that I have not touched upon. I know this is often the case but the book was better than the film and whilst he was good, I would not have cast James McAvoy in the lead role as I imagined Bruce to be someone much less attractive and a bit fatter! I mentioned the surreal parts earlier and so when everyone breaks in to song - it is not a musical by the way - it is just rather odd.

          Final word
          I really don't think I will want to watch this again so whilst I quite enjoyed it, it just didn't blow me away. I wasn't really shocked by the content (the book is worse!). There is plenty going on in the film, and a few characters you will recognise, largely I found it a bit disturbing and hard to watch.

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          27.02.2014 22:13
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          A great conditioner

          I received a generous sample tube of this conditioner in a beauty box recenty and was pleased to try it as I know the Philip Kinglsey hair range is supposed to be really good. Having had my hair cut in to a shorter style last summer, I now hardly use any conditioner so even a 20ml tube lasts me quite a few washes.

          In use
          The conditioner is white and comes out of a squeezy tube. It has a nice texture to it and easily spreads through your hair. It is easy to rinse out and makes my hair very manageable and easy to style afterwards. I feel it adds a protective barrier to my hair too so the hair dryer is not as damaging.

          My thoughts
          I liked this, it was lightly and pleasantly fragranced. Very easy to use and most importantly not too hin and runny or equally bad too thick to go through my hair. I have quite fine hari, although there is a lot of it so I don't like to weigh it down with too much product. I feel this is the perfect solution for me and it really suits my hair.

          Price
          A 250ml bottle costs around £15 on the feel unique website. This sounds a lot but I really think it'd last a long time so relatively the cost is OK for me.

          Final word
          It is a little bit on the expensive side but you really do get great results from this conditioner. I have enjoyed using it and am really tempted to buy it again. The results would also probably improve using a shampoo from the same range too. I was really pleased to try this as it has shown that it is a great product during the few times I used the sample tube. Definitely happy to recommend this product.

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          25.02.2014 08:04
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          Not for me

          When I spotted this book, The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Booker Prize I thought I'd give it a go. The main story line is about a large Irish family gathering as one of their brothers has died.

          A bit about
          Veronica is the main protagonist. Her brother Liam has died and it's looking like a suicide, wading out in to the sea at Brighton with stones in his pocket. Veronica feels like she needs to confess her whole life time of misdeeds to make herself feel better about Liam's death. She starts the year she was eight, living in her grandmother's house. She describes the way her grandparents met, with a mysterious male friend who sits on the shadow of their relationship and torments Veronica's memories. Veronica herself is heading in to a meltdown, possibly started by Liam's death but also deep rooted and making her question her own life and marriage. She's not happy and will try to drink her way out of the problem.

          My thoughts
          I was really disappointed by this book and surprised it won such a significant prize. I felt little sympathy for the characters, didn't feel I got to know any of them very well and was constantly frustrated by the narrator's need to keep going over the same ground, rehashing the scenes from her childhood which she admits herself are unreliable memories.

          Price
          The Kindle version is available for just over £4 or £6,29 for a paperback, obviously winning the prize back in 2007 has kept the price of this book up there.

          Final word
          I felt frustrated by this book and kept reading even though I was not enjoying it, waiting for something interesting to happen I suppose. There was a small surprise at the end but again it really wasn't presented very well so lost the impact it could have had. I would not recommend this book, it did not have enough in it for me although the potential of the story was huge from the offset.

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            Worth the premium price.

            I picked up a bottle of this dove beauty cream wash under the 'purely pampering' heading as I noted its key ingredient was shea butter with warm vanilla and this really appealed to me.

            Packaging
            Since the picture, this has been updated to a cream and gold accent bottle. It looks expensive. The top is a typical pump dispenser which is great for hand washing.

            In use
            I use one pump which provides plenty for both hands and a great lather is achieved quite quickly. The product is creamy coloured and quite thick and luxurious. After the rinse, the hands are soft and fragranced and most importantly feel moisturised for ages afterwards.

            Price
            I paid around the £2 mark for this 250ml bottle.

            My thoughts
            I find the packaging a bit confusing with this. Although I picked it up in the hand wash aisle, there is no where on the bottle that indicates this is actually for hands. It is simply titled a beauty cream wash and there are no instructions on the back. I don't need hand washing instructions particularly and the packaging is typical of a hand wash style but I just wondered why it didn't make reference to hands really.

            Final word
            I really like this dove hand wash. It smells divine and feels a bit special. All the family have happily used it and I think it might be worth paying a little more for. Its fragrance is lovely and long lasting and it feels like a real treat for the hands. I will definitely buy this again, it is so nice and comes highly recommended.

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            23.02.2014 21:18
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            We love playing with these

            I first noticed the Melissa & Doug brand in TK Maxx a while ago and noted that the products all seemed to be of very high quality. I've had a few things now from them and quality has been consistently high. I noticed this sticker pad on a visit to TK Maxx and bought it for my daughter to play with. I noted the 5+ advisory age and was going to put it away for a while but I opened it to have a look and she saw and wanted to have a go and at the age of 3 she is more than capable of playing with this sticker set. I have to say these are a massive improvement on the old cardboard dress up doll play sets I used to have as a youngster, where the clothes never really fitted on to the doll very well. Not as reusable but a nice modern twist on an old game.

            What is it?
            The set is a pad with around ten sheets of stickers within. I'd say the pages are just short of A3 size. You just use a page at a time which creates around half an hour of play. Each page features a doll in a bandeau bikini (supposed to be underwear) and her shape is the same. The skin and hair colours differ so you get different outcomes each time. The page also has different tops, dresses, hair accessories, skirts, shorts, shoes - you name it! You put the doll on a page (we use a basic scrapbook but any spare paper is good) and then layer on the stickers to create a different look for each doll. On the page, the outfits tend to colour coordinate so there is no right or wrong outcome, you can even give her odd shoes if you wish. The outfits are very easy to line up on top of the doll so my three year old's clumsy fingers can easily manage this.

            In use
            My daughter loves playing with a page of these at a time. She usually gets a bit bored before we've used all the stickers up on the page, and there are typically eight dolls per page, all with enough clothes and shoes for them all to be fully clothed and shod. The stickers are nice high quality and rarely rip and have a white border around most of them so little fingers can easily remove them from the page without help.

            Price
            I paid £3.99 for this sticker book game which is still in play but obviously reaches a point of becoming unusable when all the stickers are used up. I think they are a little cheaper than normal retail at TK Maxx where I bought this.

            My thoughts
            I loved playing with things like this when I was a little girl so I suppose that's why I buy my eldest daughter lots of craft toys. We have so many stickers in our house I usually leave wearing some on my legs or worse my bum as my daughter is liberal in her application of the stickers but it's all good fun. I would definitely buy these again in the future as I think they'd be good for long car journeys or flights to keep the girls occupied. They are fun to play with and easy to use and could even be used in a story telling context. You can soon see if your little one's got a matching sense of dressing up as she uses these stickers too!! Highly recommended.

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            22.02.2014 23:59
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            Nice enough, I will probably buy more Leighton Denny in the future

            A high performance nail colour in the shade "Message in a Bottle" was mine in the February Birch Box. I was pleased for two reasons: firstly I had seen Leighton Denny on QVC and liked the look of his products and secondly, I actually loved the shade, a greige nude beigey grey colour with a pearl shine to it too.

            In use
            Within five minutes of the Birch Box being opened, I had painted all ten nails in Message in a Bottle as I already had a base coat on my nail. I did not apply a top coat which was my main mistake. The shade was wonderful but over the next 24 hours I watched as my nails began to chip at the edges. I was bed bound with illness at the time so not doing damaging tasks like the washing up with my hands!

            My thoughts
            I was disappointed with the first attempt but when I renewed and added a top coat it lasted a lot longer, I'm pleased to say. The nail varnish itself was a joy to apply, the brush stroked the colour on quickly and easily and the drying time was fast so no tacky nails to contend with soon after.

            Price
            A bottle of this costs £11 full price but the sets on QVC seem to be better value. I would not pay £11 for a single bottle of Leighton Denny although I have paid £12 for Nails inc a few times (ahem).

            Final word
            I love the colour and I also love the hidden depth the pearl shimmer adds to this nail colour which could be quite boring otherwise although a neutral colour is not to be sniffed at. People commented on this nail colour straight away (once I left my bed!) and said how nice it was so I know it's probably quite a popular shade. I will wear it again and again so for me it was a top item to receive in my Birchbox.

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            22.02.2014 09:22
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            One of my favourites

            I've had a 250ml bottle of this lotion on the go for ages. I just love it. It really is the ideal formula for a light and fast body moisturising treatment.

            First impressions
            I knew I was going to love this even before I first tried it. I love all the Soap and Glory range (except their hair products but that's another story!). I've also had many pots of the body butter which is great but thick to apply so this cream was just what I was looking for. I'm a big fan of the pump dispenser, clean and easy and dispenses just the right amount, ensuring you don't need to scrabble around for the lid to screw on afterwards. The pump can also be pressed in to a lock position.

            In use
            A couple of pumps does a leg, one for an arm. The formula is light and white and has the familiar soap and glory smell to it which I believe includes a sweet marshmallow ingredient. It matches my shower products so is very complimentary on my skin as a fragrance too.

            Performance
            The cream gives my skin a moisturised feeling for a few hours which I am happy with. It is particularly grat when used after an exfoliator and a great skin prep if you are planning to add fake tan, you don't have to wait too long to get the tan slapped on but it also helps to shift the tan if it is collecting in an area you don't want it to like knees or elbows.

            Price
            I can't remember what this cost and I think it actually came in a set. I have had it a while but find the S&G products are best value in the sets that come out at Christmas, Valentines and Mother's day so look out for it in these. Otherwise, expect to pay around £5-£7. It does last long enough to justify this price!

            Final word
            Love this stuff, will definitely buy it again. It works well with the S&G exfoliators and also on its own or before a tanning treatment. Very versatile and smells fab too.

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