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JML Giveaway *Winner*

February 4, 2011 in Giveaway Winner

I am absolutely delighted with the response the JML giveaway has had! Thank you for all of your entries, I’m really looking forward to selecting the winner of this great competition.

If you missed out on the competition you can still read my review of JML’s new Bounce Fit – a great, fun way to get into shape for 2011.

Before I draw the winner I just want to thank JML, once again, for being so supportive of my blog. I’m a huge JML fan so it means a lot to have the chance to review for them.

Ok, here goes……..the winner of the £50 JML voucher (as selected by random.org) is…..

Maya (@maisietoo)
CONGRATULATIONS!!
Please drop me an email (see top left) with your details!
For more fantastic products from JML check out their website – http://www.jmldirect.com/. You can also keep up to date with all of their news, offers and giveaways on their Facebook page, and Twitter pages @JML_Direct).

Cosmopolitan Beauty Expert Giveaway

February 1, 2011 in Closed Giveaways, Health & Beauty

If you are a fan of makeup you are going to love this! I’m very pleased to announce that I have been offered a fabulous bundle of products from the new Cosmopolitan Beauty Expert range to give away!

The Cosmopolitan Beauty Expert range has been designed by the beauty team experts from Cosmopolitan glossy magazine to help you achieve a flawless finish. I’ve not had the chance to try these products for myself, but I can tell you a bit about the prize.
The prize bundle contains a Powder Brush, Perfect Finish Blush Brush, Foundation Brush, Kabuki Brush, Eyelash Curler and Real Touch Nails. Everything you need to get you started with Cosmopolitan’s beauty range.
  • The Powder Brush is made of the softest of natural hair which allows for the ideal amount of pick-up of powder. It’s professionally styled and high quality. RRP £5.95
  • The Perfect Finish Blush Brush is designed for optimum blush application. It has a slanted head which allows you to easily sweep blush onto your cheeks and give yourself a healthy glow. RRP £4.50
  • The Foundation Brush features a domed head, made of synthetic hair, which gives a smooth, even application of foundation and makes blending a breeze. Perfect for a flawless finish every time. RRP £6.95
  • The Kabuki brush is the smallest of the lot and is super cute. It is perfect for mineral powder application, the tightly packed hairs mean you can apply even the finest of powders with one clean sweep. RRP £6.95
  • The Maximum Effect Eyelash Curler is perfect for a high impact eyelash curl, featuring grip pads on the handles for ease of use. RRP £3.95
  • The Real Touch Nails offer fantastic shades which are bang on trend. Keep an eye out for the latest colours to be released – Midnight Blue and Dusty Rose. RRP £5.95
I think you will agree that this is a fabulous prize! Like I say, I haven’t tried the products myself but I do really like the sound of them.
For a chance to win this brilliant beauty bundle just leave a comment below – that’s it! Please remember to include some method of contacting you, such as a twitter ID, email etc.
There is one additional entry available, to qualify you must tweet the following and leave a separate comment saying you have done so. “I’ve entered the #RhodaReviews blog giveaway to win a #Cosmopolitan Beauty Bundle, you can too at http://goo.gl/SaLnr“.
I’m afraid the competition is open to the UK only and will close on Friday 11th February 2011 at 4pm. There is one bundle of Cosmopolitan Beauty goodies to give away to one lucky winner (as chosen by random.org). I will make every attempt to contact the winner, however if I have not heard back within a week I reserve the right to select a new winner.

The Cosmopolitan Beauty Accessories range features 21 products including make-up brushes, false nails, make-up sponges and beauty essentials. The products are available from stockists including Superdrug, Tesco and Debenhams.

All views expressed in this post are my own. I did not receive any other reward, financial or otherwise for this post.

Bounce Fit by JML Review and *Giveaway*

January 20, 2011 in Closed Giveaways, Health & Beauty

It’s that time of year again when we all try to get back into shape after overindulging at Christmas. Back in the days when I could exercise I hated the gym, it’s so boring and I always feel really self-conscious……not to mention the huge membership fees. Well, there’s a new way to workout and it looks absolutely amazing!

JML have just brought out the Bounce Fit in conjunction with Mr Motivator (yes, he’s still on the go!) The Bounce Fit is a mini-trampoline that you can use in the comfort of your own home to get fit.

It comes complete with Mr. Motivator’s Bounce Fit DVD, a steady handle and carry case, two handles and four resistance bands, and a nutrition guide.
I’ve not had the opportunity to put the Bounce Fit through it’s paces, but I have watched the DVD that comes with it and I have to tell you, it looks brilliant! Mr Motivator is still as bright, fun and enthusiastic as ever and he’ll guide you through some great, fun exercises to help you focus on your problem areas.
The DVD has two warm up classes depending upon your level. You then have the choice of three main exercise classes: legs and bums, upper-body and abs and body blitz. Each one of these lasts 12 minutes and is known as the “Daily Dozen”. Finally you finish with a cool down and that’s you.
The trampoline is a great way to get fit as it has a lower impact upon your joints. Every time you bounce your body will be subjected to twice the force of gravity, meaning you strengthen your muscles and bones, and reduce the risk of osteoperosis. What’s more if you follow Mr Motivator’s workout you could actually burn 800 calories in one hour – that’s more than jogging on a treadmill, and it looks like much more fun to me.
The Bounce Fit has an area of 100cm so it’s not a huge trampoline, and as a result wont take up too much room in your house. It’s just a good size to do your Daily Dozen with Mr Motivator. I really think it looks fantastic fun and the minute I beat M.E. I’m getting myself one!

The DVD looks great and has instructions for every level of fitness. There’s a support bar included so if you feel a bit shakey to begin with you can support yourself while you work out. There’s also a set of resistance bands with varying resistance so you can build up your strength and abilities as time goes by.

Personally I think this looks like a great way to get and stay in shape. It looks so much fun…..who says trampolines are just for kids?
JML had offered to give away one Bounce Fit to one lucky reader, unfortunately they have encountered stock issues and so they are now offering a £50 JML voucher to the lucky winner! This means you can choose what you like from their site!! Apologies for the change, but I think you’ll all agree it’s still a great prize!
To enter you must do the following three things:
  1. Leave me a comment telling me why you’d like to win.
  2. Be a follower of my blog (see right hand side).
  3. Leave some form of contact details, such as a twitter ID, your Facebook name etc so I can contact you if you are a winner.
There are also three additional entries available (please leave a SEPARATE comment for each one).
  1. Tweet “I’ve entered @justforcomps’ blog giveaway to win a £50 voucher for @JML_Direct, you can too at http://goo.gl/4GWVI
  2. Follow JML on Twitter (@JML_Direct)
  3. Become a fan of JML on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/JMLDirect)
That gives a maximum of four entries per person.
I’m afraid the competition is open to the UK only and will close on Friday 4th February 2011 at 4pm. There is one JML voucher worth £50 to give away to one lucky winner (as chosen by random.org). I will make every attempt to contact the winner, however if I have not heard back within a week I reserve the right to select a new winner.
The Bounce Fit is available directly from JML for £49.99. For more fantastic products from JML check out their website – http://www.jmldirect.com/.

A sample DVD was received for consideration. All views expressed in this post are my own. I did not receive any other reward, financial or otherwise for this post. Thank you to JML for providing the prize for this giveaway.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Me – Meme!

January 19, 2011 in Personal

In the past two days I have been shown a lot of love by fellow bloggers – it has meant the world to me! It all began when I was tagged by the lovely @missielizzieb in her Meme post on her fab blog Me and My Shadow. Since then I’ve also been tagged by my lovely friend Jo in her Meme post on her fantastic blog Given To Distracting Others. Finally, I was very touched to be presented a Stylish Blogger Award by Sarah at Life In A Break Down, another fabulous blog that you should pop over and visit!

Thank you all very much, I’m very touched! So now I have to think about 7 things about me…. here goes….

1. I was brought up on the Isle of Mull and I miss it every day. One day we hope that we will be able to move back there, but until that day we will just have to daydream about it.

2. I adore animals.  My Dad has a croft so I was brought up working with animals, they were a huge part of my life, and if we ever get back to Mull they will be again. 

3. I have M.E. and depression, so every day presents its own battles and challenges. I will never give up though and I’m determined to beat them both!

4. I have an MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and before I became ill I worked as an engineer.

5. Before I became ill I was a rally navigator. I did my first rally when I was 16 years old. It’s something I loved doing and I really hope I will be able to do again in the future….my helmet and suit are in the loft waiting to be dusted off.

6. I am a huge supporter of the Gaelic language, and at one time I was fluent in Gaelic (I’m a bit rusty now).

7. I have an addiction to entering competitions – it’s helped me through many a tough day, especially on twitter where I have met some lovely people and fantastic friends.

There we go, seven thing you may or may not have known about me. Now it’s my turn to tag 15 of my favourite bloggers. I apologise if you have already been tagged.

@savvymum4 http://savvymum4.wordpress.com/
@melspur http://mumblesandreviews.blogspot.com/
@jadlgw http://www.jude-jadlgw.blogspot.com/
@cherylp59 http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/
@mummiafelice http://whitelilygreen.blogspot.com/
@chaoskay http://brinkofbedlam.co.uk/
@beckicklesie http://www.beckicklesie.com/
@superluckydi http://super-lucky.blogspot.com/
@V82CHRIS http://mummyof3diaries.blogspot.com/
@hiplittleone http://hiplittleone.blogspot.com/
@LauraCYMFT http://flabbymummyreviews.blogspot.com/
@susankmann http://www.susankmann.com/
@blissbubbley http://blissbubbley.blogspot.com/
@globalmaternity http://globalmaternity.blogspot.com/
@bookreviewsmums http://bookreviewsformums.co.uk/

Feel Fantastic with Global Maternity

January 18, 2011 in Clothes & Fashion, Clothing, Gifts, Maternity

In a time when the country is in recession I have the greatest respect for those who have bitten the bullet and started a new business. Louise Boyes is one such person. She launched her Global Maternity site in February 2010 and wow, she has made a great job of it!

Having read an article by Louise on how she started her new business (you can read it here) I visited her website and was seriously impressed! Global Maternity hosts a fantastic selection of maternity clothes, meaning that you needn’t sacrifice your style when you become pregnant, you can actually embrace it and treat yourself to some new items.
There is a fantastic range of clothes available from yoga pants to gorgeous dresses and maternity socks to knitwear, meaning there’s something for everyone. The site also features some great international designers such as Noppies, Boob Maternity, Hotmilk, Crave Maternity and Emma Jane Maternity.
The website itself has a lovely feel to it, it’s so professional and is a much nicer site than many that have been around for much longer. I was immediately struck by how easy it is to navigate and how great the product images are, as well as the effectiveness of the search function. I get really annoyed when I visit sites that have a search function, only to find they are completely useless – no such problem here.
My guest reviewer, Liz, is five months pregnant with her second child and was sent two gorgeous garments to test and review – the Noppies Blouse Fano in white and the Noppies Maternity Cardigan in cassis.
 Here are her thoughts:
“Finally, maternity clothes that don’t make you look like a clown, give you room in all the right places, can be used for all sorts of occasions and aren’t black or blue. As this is my second pregnancy I retrieved my maternity wardrobe from the back of the loft and was, frankly, uninspired. I certainly don’t have the money to spend on buying lots of new clothes and so was looking forward to spending the next few months in the most boring clothes known to man.
The package from Global Maternity arrived much to my one-year-old son’s delight as he seems to like all things pink at the moment (a story for another time perhaps) and unwrapping the clothes certainly gave him as much pleasure as it did me!
Both tops are extremely versatile, working together and separately. Put with jeans they make a great casual outfit and with smart(ish) boots it’s ideal for the (very occasional) night out my husband and I manage to fit in. With smart trousers or skirt it’s ideal for the office but my favourite combination is the pink cardigan with black dress that has served as a christening and 60th birthday party outfit already.
The tops are both fantastic quality and accurately reflect the descriptions on the website. They are both so comfortable that I can play with my son and roll around on the floor without any worries.
I’m delighted to have found a company with such a great range of good quality clothes.  These really are a must-have for every maternity wardrobe and have certainly proved that you can look feminine and in control whilst feeling like matchsticks are holding open your eyes and you’re ten stone heavier!”
Both the Noppies Maternity Cardigan and the Noppies Blouse Fano are available for £36.99 on the Global Maternity website.
At the time of writing you can get 20% off all products on the Global Maternity website. A great opportunity to buy yourself some quality clothes that will keep you feeling great throughout this pregnancy and, dare I say it, any more in the future too!
You can keep up with all of the Global Maternity news and offers on http://www.globalmaternity.com/Facebook, Twitter (@globalmaternity) and also their blog.
Two items of clothing were received for consideration. All views expressed in this post are our own. We did not receive any other reward, financial or otherwise for this post.