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Back To School With Sainsbury’s

September 1, 2014 in Kids

Here in Scotland the schools have been back for a couple of weeks, but for Newcastle-based Liz and the kids school starts this week. Sainsbury’s were kind enough to send over some of their back to school goodies and it’s fair to say that Jonny & Sophie loved them!

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We love Sainsbury’s clothing, their Tu range features quite heavily in the kids’ wardrobes. The quality is great and the designs so cute. However we haven’t really tried any of their stationery or bags. I was impressed. Good quality, fab designs (which were a hit with the kids) and at a reasonable price. In a world where there is so much pressure for kids to have new stuff for school every year, you want to get the most from your money and I’d say these items from Sainsbury’s achieve that. The notebook is perhaps on the pricier side for younger kids but older kids would get good use from it.

Sophie’s favourite colour is pink. She loves it. So, naturally, she loved the cute bundle she was sent.

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Travel Buddies Tea Party Lunch Bag and Bottle (£7), Butterfly A4 Notebook (£4.99) and Butterfly Stationery Pink (£2.99)

The Butterfly Notebook was definitely a hit. She couldn’t wait to get drawing in it so ripped open the stationery set and got going. I was pleased to see that a sharpener was included in both of the stationery sets, and a fairly decent one at that. Don’t you just hate when you get unsharpened pencils and have to search the house for a sharpener?

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As for the bag? I love the inclusion of the drinks bottle, and the bag is a good size. Sophie? Well I think her face says it all..

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Jonny is looking forward to going back to school, and was delighted with his Back To School goodies.

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

The pencil case was a definite hit (with both kids), and the stationery set was promptly whipped out of the packaging and put to use.

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As for the lunch bag, Jonny is a Spiderman fan so this will be well loved.

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Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending over these goodies. They were definitely a hit!

Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending these goodies. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.

 

My First Memebox

August 26, 2014 in Health & Beauty, Make Up, Services, What We're Loving

Let me firstly say, I know people have been reviewing these a lot lately, however I purchased this Memebox myself…and have another making its way from Korea as I type. All opinions are completely my own and I just wanted to share this with you.

Ok, now that’s out the way…. welcome to our August edition of What We’re Loving! This month I (Rhoda) am absolutely loving Memebox! Memebox is a Korean beauty box service. It’s not a subscription service as such, they release new boxes frequently and you pop over to their website to order whatever you like the look of.

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I was first introduced to Memebox a wee while ago by Coffee Break With Dani (over on YouTube) who does Memebox unboxings. From the first time I saw her unboxing I wanted to get my hands on one of these boxes, but I wasn’t sure how it would work being shipped over here. I really didn’t want to be slapped with a big customs charge when it arrived. So I patiently held off until I found some other UK bloggers who had ordered Memeboxes with no problems and so I plunged in with my first order.

Having seen various reviews online I decided to opt for the Hair & Body 2 box. The box itself cost $23 (£13.88) and standard shipping is $6.99 (£4.22) although this box had free upgrade to express delivery, and wow was it quick!!!

I used a combination of Meme Points & a coupon code to bring the total price in at $14.99 (£9.04). A MASSIVE bargain! In fact it’s a massive bargain at the standard price, but it’s worth a wee look about for any coupon codes prior to ordering.

I also nabbed one of their secret deals so I was sent a free 45ml DrG Brighening Balm in Super Light which actually retails on the site for $25! Seriously, I cannot believe how much stuff I got for £9!

Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Here’s what came in the box….

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…jam packed full of goodies!! You also get a wee card that tells you what everything is, how to use it and how much it retails for. Don’t lose the card as in some cases it’s the only English instructions.

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Kocostar Foot Therapy 40ml ($9) Ok I confess it was this item that really made me choose this box. These are basically a wee pair of socks you put on for about 1.5hours. They have gel inside & feel really tingly on the feet. Rinse off the gel and about 4 days later you’ll notice the skin coming off, yeup coming off, your feet! It should be disgusting, but it’s pretty awesome. My feet are unbelievably soft now and I seriously love this foot wrap! I’d just advise you not to do it if you’re going to be sandals in about 4 days time, not a good look!

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Evas Cosmetics Body Net 7Days Project 200ml ($6) Sticking with the body, I’ve been using this shower gel for a while. There were 7 different scents available and I got the Deep Sea Water. It’s nice.

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Label Young Shocking Holjjuki 100ml ($21) This stuff scares me. It’s a one-step body slimming cream. You apply it where you want a slimming effect and it, well, slims it. It heats up though so you need to be careful not to use too much. Honestly, I’ve used this once and I was too scared to put much on, so I can’t give you an opinion on this. I need to be brave and give it another go.

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Vidanail Lvida Lavender Oil 10ml ($10) I really like this lavender oil. It helps the nails, is easy to apply and looks so cute. Look at the bits of lavender in it!!! >>

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Moving on…

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Hello Everybody Spa Vita Berry Shampoo & Treatment 30ml (Full sized product: 220ml ($38)) I LOVE the smell of these! I was going to save them for trips away but the smell was too good, I had to try them. I’ve been using these once a week/10 days to help give my hair a vitamin boost. I don’t think my hair could handle more than that so these should last a wee while.

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Boutique Bebe Hair Salon Argan Oil Essence 60ml ($31) Apart from the bizarrely brilliant foot wraps this is my favourite item in the box. I just apply a little with my fingers and it gives my hair a nice, natural looking shine. It was great on the ends of my hair just before I got it cut, really helped my hair look and feel more presentable!

So that’s the contents of my Hair & Body 2 Box, worth $77, or $81 factoring in the sample sized hair goodies!

I mentioned that I bagged one of their secret deals. This meant I was sent this DrG BB cream for free..

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So all-in-all by applying my memepoints and a discount code, I received $106 (£63.93) worth of products for just $14.99 (£9.04)!!

I’m delighted with this box. I didn’t incur any customs charges which was great. I believe that’s because it cost less than £15? Anyway, I love this box so much that I’ve already ordered my next one. I’m even more excited about it as it’s the Collab With Coffee Break With Dani box!

One final tip… if you see a box you fancy and it’s in stock GO FOR IT! They sell out really, really quickly.

Have you tried Memebox? What’s your favourite product so far?

As mentioned above, I bought this Memebox myself and just wanted to share it with you! All opinions expressed are my own and completely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in this post

Project B Box 5

August 23, 2014 in Gifts, Maternity, Services

I (Liz) couldn’t believe it when another fabulous Project B Pregnancy Box arrived through my door recently. I’ve been very impressed with the other two boxes I’ve received  (if you missed those posts you can find them here and here).

For those of you that might not be familiar with Project B they are a subscription box service for pregnant ladies. They offer 7 boxes to see you through from 12 weeks right up to baby’s arrival. Retailing at £14/month, the value of the box often far exceeds the price you pay.

This month’s box is box 5, which correlates to month 8 (30-34 weeks). So let’s have a wee look at what arrived in the box…

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Nurture breast Pads - Perfect for the hospital and individually wrapped. Retails at £4.99 for a pack of 40.

Weleda Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion - A little treat to celebrate Project B’s first birthday. Retails for £13.95.

Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patch - Wow! Pain relief that can be used in pregnancy to ease those back pains. Fantastic! Retails at approx. £5.69 for 4 pack.

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Divine Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar - Whoever came up with the idea of including chocolate in every pack deserves a pay rise. Plus it’s fairtrade and not for sharing with others. Retails for approx. £1.

Floradix Liquid Iron Formula - Certainly helps with the vitamin intake. A great, sample sized addition to the box.

Pukka Tea Bags - ‘three ginger’, ‘cleanse’ and ‘three mint’ teas.

Benecos Natural Lipgloss and Nail Polish - Little, natural treats to make mum feel slightly less like a farm animal. Both retail for £6.95 each.

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Laboraide Twin Pack - ‘A new, innovative natural birthing device…to be used during both first and second stages of labour’. It’s a dental support device designed to naturally relieve pain. I’m willing to give anything a go! Twin Pack retails for £19.99.

Nursing Oil, Weleda - Apparently this should stimulate milk production. Sounds good as I’ve never been good at breast feeding.  Retails for £7.95.

TENA Lights  - Always welcome in pregnancy.

Femfresh Intimate Wipes - Great for popping in your handbag. Retails for £1.59.

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Finally you get the very useful fact sheets. This month’s are baby in month eight,  What to take to the hospital (very useful), Swimming and aqua natal and Salmon with pine nuts and lime recipe.

I’m really impressed with this box. I tried to include prices for as many products as possible and as you can see the contents of box 5 far exceed the £14 that you pay for the box. Fantastic!

Thank you to Project B for sending this box to Liz. All opinions expressed are completely our own and, as always, entirely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in the post.

Tanya Burr Nail Polishes

August 15, 2014 in Health & Beauty, Make Up

I love nail polish. There, I said it. So when I was asked if I wanted to try some of the polishes from Tanya Burr’s new colour range with eye CANDY obviously I said YES!

If you aren’t familiar with Tanya Burr, she shot to fame through her Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blog and her YouTube channel. She’s a “beauty guru” and creates makeup looks & tutorials that even I have a hope of achieving! Working closely with eye CANDY, she has released her own range of nail polishes and lip glosses….and I was lucky enough to be sent 3 to try!

Left to right in photos below - Peaches & CreamPenguin Chic and Mini Marshmallows.

First things first, the packaging…

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I love the Tanya Burr signature logo on the bottle and the heart on the lid. Aside from the cuteness it makes them easy to spot in my nail polish collection!

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However the hearts are just stickers on the lid and do look a bit grubby now. Also, the square lid comes off a couple of the polishes really easily, leaving you to tackle the circular lid underneath. Hardly the end of the world, just something to note.

Obviously it’s what’s inside the bottle that’s most important so I’ve tried & tested all three polishes over the past few weeks.

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The colours of all three polishes are gorgeous. The swatches above show two coats on each nail. In practice though I had to put three coats of the Mini Marshmallows (right) on my nails to ensure it was opaque.

The formula is good. It’s easy to apply and dries quite quickly between coats which is great. I hate sitting about waiting for a coat to dry, don’t you?

As for the wear….well I wore my usual top coat with all of these polishes and I started to get chipping after about 4 days. For me, this is a fairly average wear length. I’ve spoken to my sister though and these polishes last a lot longer on her nails so I guess it’s just a personal thing.

These nail polishes retail for £5.99 on the Superdrug website. It’s worth noting though that Feel Unique have some of the shades (including Penguin Chic) for £4.99 so it’s definitely worth check both websites before ordering.

My final thoughts? I liked these polishes, with Penguin Chic being my favourite. The shades are gorgeous and they are easy to apply. However, for me, they didn’t last as long as some other polishes of a similar price, or less. That said, the 10 colours in the collection are lovely and I do have my eye on some of the other shades… Little Duck looks gorgeous! So the wear length wouldn’t put me off buying other shades in the future, but I would probably hold out for a 3 for 2 deal or similar.

Have you tried the Tanya Burr polishes yet? What’s your favourite shade?

We were sent 3 polishes for consideration. As always all opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in this post.

Back To School Bargains

August 4, 2014 in Kids, Thrifty

It’s that time of year again, back to school. So we’ve had a browse online to provide you with a round-up of some great Back To School offers….we do love a bargain!

First things first, if you are ordering online make sure you check out Topcashback and Quidco. By clicking through these sites before you buy you will earn cashback. We’ve been using them both for a long time and they are fantastic! We’ve put the associated cashback rates in brackets. Oh and, as always, we aren’t affiliated with anyone or making any money through these links, we’re just sharing them with you.

Right, so on to some bargains….

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1. At WHSmith you can get £10 off a 24 pack of Sharpies when you buy any Back To School stationery. Looking at the website you could get a ringbinder and 24 Sharpies for a total of £8.23! BARGAIN! There are a few other deals over at WHSmith including 3 for 2 on stationery essentials & up to 20% off academic diaries. (7% cashback on stationery purchases)

2. We love the look of this Weekly Planner (£2.75) from Wilko. They also have 3 for 2 on stationery. (4% cashback)

3. ASOS have these cute notebooks in their sale (3% cashback).

4. This scientific calculator is in the Ryman 3 for 2 offer. (8% cashback)

5. As well as this cute letter tray in their outlet, Paperchase have a couple of deals on at the moment, 3 for 2 and 4 for 3. (8% cashback)

6. Debenhams have this gorgeous pencil case in their sale. (3% cashback)

7. Cath Kidston have some lovely things in their sale. We thought the roll of Sticky Back Plastic down from £12 to £3.60 would be perfect for covering school jotters. (6% cashback through Topcashback, 5% with Quidco)

8. Most of the supermarkets have 3 for 2 on stationery at the moment too. From Thursday 7th August ALDI will have these 89p ring binders!

 Have you grabbed any back to school bargains yet?

As always there are no affiliate links in this post. We’re just sharing some of the bargains we’ve found online.