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Esthechoc Cambridge beauty chocolate! Yes really! 

Published June 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Esthechoc, a totally new previously unheard of type of chocolate which I recently came across and managed to get myself a box.


This is what Esthechoc claims to do. 

“One small esthechoc a day helps to regain your skin health and slow down the ageing process”

So I was totally baffled by this, I mean how can chocolate which is usually deemed unhealthy for the body be beneficial? Well of course it’s all down to what is inside the chocolate and how it’s made.

Each square serving is made with 70% cocoa premium dark chocolate and contain a plethora of antioxidants and bioavailable cocoa polyphenols. Yes I have no idea what they are either but there is lots of information on their UK website about what’s inside this special chocolate. The main ingredient to make it a beauty chocolate is something called Astaxanthin which is apparently the most powerful antioxidant known to science.  The process involves something called micellar technology which makes the good stuff “bioavailable”

So lots of large terms and scientific processes, none of which I greatly understand but their website does give a better idea. This page in particular describes the skin benefits achievable by having this chocolate daily. 


It is recommended to take just one of these thin square slabs of this chocolate per day to help boost skin health and anti – aging effects. 

The chocolate is dark and being 70% cocoa it is also quite a strong flavour but luckily not too bitter. I have been having my daily choc square with a hot drink and it tastes similar to most other dark chocolate with similar cocoa percentage. 

I cannot really comment on any noticeable effects to my skin, stomach or any other health aspects as I am only on the first box so it is still early days as far as using it goes. 

There are many customer reviews on the website, the majority being positive with results noticeable by box number 3/4. 

Esthechoc is sold by Cambridge chocolate Technologies Ltd who create produchs to help people live healthily and enjoy the anti-ageing protection of the most indulgent form of food – CHOCOLATE. Esthechoc can be purchased from Harrods and many other high end stores. A google search of Esthechoc will bring all the stockists up. 

Smiggle stationery

Published June 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Smiggle stationery differs from the rest, being bright, colourful, funky and performing just a good job as any others. Children and probably girls in particular will be attracted to the colourful and unique products that they sell.


Smuggles latest range is the besties collection which is a limited edition collection of cute character stationery items.


These characters come as pencil cases and keyrkings. Each character even has its own name and personality. These also smell great too. I did have to wonder why my little package smelt so good on opening and it’s because the Besties all come scented. 

Smiggle do watches too, these watch this space watches display the time when the face is pressed. 

They come in lots of bright colours too and cost £15.00 each. 


And finally we also have some cute pencils too from Smiggle.


The neon pack costs approximately £4.50 and then the single scented graphic pencils are just £1.50 each. The scented part being the eraser on top which are also interchangeable and Izebella says they look like her shopkins.

Smiggle stores are located all over the UK and there products can also be purchased in their online Smiggle shop

Little Brian paint sticks & Giveaway!

Published June 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s a whole new way to draw and colour for kids. Paint sticks look just like coloured glue sticks and are like a crayon and paint all in one. 

This may sound harsh but I am one of those mean mummies who won’t have lots of paint activities in my house. I may allow it once in a while and for homework purposes, other than that if they want to paint then they go outside. My house is not huge and I paid a lot for my carpets and furniture and even kids clothing. Paint can be so messy, even the water based stuff. Stains on floors, tables, clothes which does not always wash out, then letting the soggy paintings dry out and more stains. Then cleaning the equipment and yes more stains on the sink. It’s a very messy activity which kids seem to love.


Our new Little Brian paint sticks seem to eliminate the majority of the mess left by regular painting and also make painting activities much easier for little hands. 

The packs of paint sticks come in various sizes and we have a rather generous 12 pack. 

The results from the paint sticks do look like paint and it dries instantly too. Very minimal mess on hands and none on furnishings. Obviously I still make my kids use a hard flat surface underneath paper to protect flooring underneath. The paintsticks can be used on many surfaces too, including paper, plastics, glass including windows as it’s really easy to sponge off clean. 


When doing regular paintings such as on paper or an easel, adding a little water to the painting with a brush or sponge gives a blurring effect and slightly wetting the paint stick gives a deeper paint effect so we can play around with these to get different effects.


My two girls liked them instantly and ended up painting non stop the same night they got them. I very much like the reduced mess and not needing to find paintbrushes or having paint mixed up into awful muggy colours. 

And guess what? these paint sticks also have another really good use. Probably not what they were intended for; but:  I recently glossed my bathroom window ledge in bright red to match the wallpaper. The flossing went well but I put a orchid pot on the window thinking  the paint had dried properly. It hadn’t and I ended up taking a small patch of gloss paint off, revealing white patches underneath. I had no paint left. I used the red paint stick to fill in the gaps and now I cannot tell any difference. It blended in perfectly and has dried to match the gloss. Therefore they have many uses.

Little Brian have their own website but sell their paint sticks via Amazon and Asda stores plus a few more places. A 12 pack like this costs about £7.25 with a 6 pack being less. They will last a long time too.

GIVEAWAY 

If you like the look of the paint sticks then you can win a 12 pack for yourself and family. Simply click the enter link below.

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This giveaway will close on July 20th 2017 and is open to U.K. residents only. 

Skinny tan: body glow moisturiser 

Published June 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy


It’s Summer time and this year it’s a real Summer for once in a long long time in the U.K. 

When you have light skin like myself, you long for a natural tan but unfortunately it rarely happens. That’s where self tanning products come in very useful, they are in fact a god send. Although some of them can make me look a streaky mess; but Skinny tan seems to be one of the better ones out there. I have previously reviewed their tanning mousse and oil products and now it’s the turn of their body glow moisturiser. 


You get a choice of light or medium shade with this product. Unlike Skinny tan instant tanning products, this is more of a build up glow. It doesn’t give an instant deep tan or even a tan that develops after a few hours. It’s a product that can be applied daily and gradually builds up a natural looking colour on the skin. This looks more like a tan that many instant tanning products out there. The tan builds up, getting slightly deeper but also gives a nice all over body and facial glow too. The tan turns out totally streak free and even because it works differently to instant tanners. 

I could see results from the first application, although mild there was definitely a tan to my skin and no streaks. 

The product is a white lotion and has a slight fragrance. It does not dry instantly but does dry quickly within 1/2 minutes. Being a moisturiser also means it’s beneficial for the skin as well as adding a glowing natural looking colour. 

Perfect for a hot Summers day or a night out as it looks natural and does not rub off onto clothes when sweating either. 

I have the light body glow moisturiser and here I had used for 5 days once a day. 


This product is sold exclusively at Superdrug stores costing £7.99. Superdrug currently have a buy one, get second half price offer on Body glow too. 

Lee Stafford hair growth

Published June 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I first spotted these products whilst shopping in Boots and whilst I was very eager to try them, I was also optimistic at what they claim they can do for the hair.


My hair, probably through colouring, heat styling and extensions goes through awkward stages where it simply will not grow past a certain length. Yes I have regular trims but then it’s shorter and still won’t get past a certain length. Well that was until I used these products.

This is me at the beginning of May! Not my best photo but it shows the length and condition of my hair.

Not great at all! 

Then I got sent over a selection of Lee Stafford growth products to use.

Scalp scrub – A pre-wash treatment which is applied before shampoo. The scrub works to gently stimulate the scalp, increasing root productivity and accelerating natural hair growth.

It is a unique treatment that  unblocks the hair follicles and removes product build up and pollution.

It feels very grainy, just like a bath or salt scrub and it’s best to apply as close to the scalp as possible, rinse and then crack on with the shampoo.

Shampoo & conditioner – Hair Growth shampoo works by stimulating the metabolic activity of the hair bulb cells, and encouraging blood flow to the root, thus helping to stimulate growth. 

The conditioner is thick and creamy and k, works by nourishing the scalp to provide the perfect base from which healthy hair can grow.

Both the shampoo and conditioner contain apple and lemon extracts with green tea.

Hair growth treatment – This a lovely thick creamy product in a round tub, it has a look and feel of creamy yoghurt. 

This treatment  fertilises the hair follicles whilst going deep down into the cortex to condition and strengthen from within. It provides moisturise to the the scalp and soothes irritations. 

This product is best used in between shampoo and conditioning or even with conditioner. 

A good trick I have found to increase hair thickness as well as length is to apply a small amount after conditioning, when hair is still wet but not dripping and leave to dry  in the hair. I find this makes my hair feel much thicker than normal and also more manageable.

And the results, after about six weeks of use! Judge for yourselves. 


Something in the products is definitely without a doubt doing some sort of magic on my hair. I have not used any other hair wash products other than the Lee Stafford. 


These products probably cost more than regular everyday hair wash products but they are not overly expensive and they certainly work. Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer for the Lee Stafford hair growth range which I will be taking advantage of because I need some more. 

Fish for Thought recipe box subscription 

Published June 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My first subscription post this week is something very fishy indeed. It’s a box full of food items to make fishy recipes. 

If you go to Fish for Thought then you’ll get the whole idea of it. It’s similar to other food boxes but themed around fish dishes. 

The boxes come delivered by courier on arranged days with the fish and other fresh ingredients packed with ice. Box choices are 2-4 meals per box for 2-6 people and subscription frequency being weekly, fortnightly, monthly or every 2 months.

These are the typical ingredients per meal. 


It is usually fresh fish, vegetables, herbs and a sauce of some sort. I had two recipes in my box and this one was roast Cornish hake with sweet potato wedges, red pepper and chilli salsa plus green beans. 

Even if you are not used to cooking with fish or have not cooked a fresh fish dish before, then no need to worry much because these recipes are really easy and don’t seem to take long either. There are nine recipes this week all of which can be viewed on the subscription page. All with different types of fish and seafood.


This is my finished hake dish along with the back of the recipe card showing what it’s meant to look like. I think I did a pretty good job with it. 

The boxes start from £32.00 for a 2 person box with 2 recipes and all ingredients which works out £8.00 per meal. 

It certainly makes a nice fishy healthier treat for tea time. 

Airhogs hyper stunt drone 

Published June 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s taken us a while to get this one going. At first it just would not work and I have no idea why. But after a call to customer service and a slight jiggling around with buttons, it now works, or I should say, when it chooses to. 


This picture is a little deceptive because the actual drone is tiny. It fits in my hand. 

But size does not mean slow, and especially not with this thing. 

The remote control works off 2 batteries AAA. It won’t work with cheap batteries from the pound store, or it may for a minute and then fail. I use energiser but I hear rechargeables are best. The drone itself charges via USB connected to a laptop. It will charge if connected to a USB plug but  this seems much slower. 

When charged the drone connects to the remote and the way to know its connected is when the drone lights stop blinking. 

Now if I was to give just one piece of advice with this product, that would be to not try to fly out inside, unless of course you don’t mind your eye, face, ears, hands being damaged or worse and you don’t mind your expensive television screen being smashed. Trust me this thing is lethal. 

I’ve only had a short go of it myself as I am hopeless at flying these things so I leave it to my son. This drone (I’m told) is easy to fly. It is a beginners drone product with both a beginner and more advanced mode on the remote. If you have a teenager/older child who is interested in drones then this would perhaps make a good starter.

It is extremely fast and if like me you can’t control it then it could do some damage, hence why it needs to be flown outside. Me being silly tried it in the kitchen and nearly had my skin on my hand ripped off. It can go on any surface, floors, doors, etc. It will spin and roll rapidly as well as flying. 

The stunts are performed via a special stunt button on the remote. This takes practice but once learnt the drone can do back flips and rolls.

It flies pretty high, and is much easier to control outside where less damage can be done. 

Here is Ryan to demonstrate how it flies! 

The description states that if this crashes, it still keeps going. This is not necessarily correct. It does keep going but not always flying, it more rolls and bounces uncontrollably around the floor, hitting anything and anyone in its path.

One charge gives us about 15/20 minutes fly time which is not a huge amount but charging does not take too long either. 

It is very temperamental  when trying to get it to take off from the ground and fly . It tends to go a bit wild and hyper crazily rolling around but a reset on/off usually works. Connecting to the remote can also be hit and miss and the guide that comes with it is not great for trouble shooting. 

The age recommendation for the drone is 8 years and over. Personally I would not let a younger child play with it as it does hurt if the drone blades hit you. 

This is a stunt drone only and is not the type of drone which comes with a camera for recording. 

It’s fair to say we have had a few problems with this drone, but once it decides to work properly it is good for flying outdoors for a few minutes. 

It does cost £39.99. I would be disappointed if I had paid that, given the problems we seem to have, it is really temperamental. 

Kids lighting from Ginger Snap & giveaway

Published June 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ginger snap are a design led company specialising in unique gifts and light products. There range includes lights for kids or teenagers too, many of which come with an emoji theme like this happy little lamp. 


This happy smiley lamp runs off batteries so no need for trailing cables and has a simple on/off switch. Izebella uses this at night time in her bed to help keep the monsters and robots away. It does not get hot and gives a nice bright glow so she can see but still sleep as it’s not overly  bright. 


The same batteries have been in this lamp for a good few weeks now and it is used most nights for several hours. Therefore it does not use up much juice. One of these costs £25.00 and with most children and teens having a thing for emojis at the moment, it does make a good bedroom accessory. 

They also have emoji lightboxes too. These are plastic display boxes which come with letters, images, numbers and light up to display messages.


They come with 65 letters, numbers, symbols and 51 emoji symbols and images all on plastic see through cards. These don’t require a mains plug or wires either but it does need 6 AA batteries. 


The letters simply slot in on 3 rows and you can get up to 8 of the cards on one row. It does of course look much more effective when switched on in total darkness.


You can write whatever you wish using the included letters, such as birthday messages or even notes or just mess about with the emojis.


This light box costs £24.00. If I was to make a suggestion to improve this product then I would recommend adding some sort of a slot or pull out tray on the back so there is a space to put the many letters and cards, otherwise it means either keeping the box, or finding somewhere to store them all or them becoming lost. 

And if you like the light box then maybe you could win yourself one. 
GIVEAWAY

Ginger snap are giving away one of their light boxes. To be in with a chance of wining one, just click below.

 ENTER HERE!

The giveaway will end on July 24th 2017 and is open to residents of the UK only. 

Send a box of hugs

Published June 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With all the recent tragedies recently, it’s only natural that many people are feeling more down than usual, add to that; personal circumstances such as illness, loss, finances etc it’s always nice to know that somebody somewhere does care.

One way to cheer someone up and especially so somebody who does not live nearby is to send A box of hugs.


Box of hugs are specially curated boxes full of lovely things to make the recipient smile and to let them know someone cares. They have many different boxes to choose from full of nice things such as chocolates, tea, and gifts. The boxes aren’t just for cheering people up either, but also to say happy birthday or congratulations for events such as a new baby, new job or passing exams.

I for my very own Choco treat hug box sent to me. 


I can just imagine receiving one of these boxes out of the blue. Of course I’d be very eager to look inside but even the box of hugs logo would be enough to make me smile (rose not included!)


This particular box would cost £35.99 to send to somebody in the U.K. The box contends include many lovely chocolate treats from some luxury brands. The Cartwright & Butler chocolate crumbles make the best cookies ever and there is also delicious fudge from the Cotswold fudge company along with fudge & biscuit chocolate shards from Guppy’s. 


The teabags come from Teapigs tea and the inedible items are a little book – 100 hugs and a mug with the slogan – “do what makes you happy” 


My box of hugs and treats is enough to make most people smile I think. 

Project Mc2 dolls with experiments: Camryns tie dye

Published June 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Project Mc2 is a team of smart and very cool girls who use their love of science and their spy skills to complete missions for secret organization, NOV8. They’re real girls with real skills ready to take on anything. Each doll comes with fun experiments so  young girls can conduct their very own experiments at home!

This is Camryn, one of the MC2 girls members. 

Camryn Coyle comes complete with tie dye pens and a pipette. This experiment is all about dying and trainers in particular according to the box and instructions.

If you don’t have a spare pair of shoes to tie dye then the pens also work on a cheap or old white t shirt or even a white tea towel. They are fabric pens so I think most types of material would be ok, as long as it’s ok with mum and dad of course. It would have been better if perhaps some sort of fabric was included with the doll to use. The instructions also state that “rubbing alcohol” is also needed for the experiment. I had no idea what this was but a google search bought up isopropyl, ethanol and first aid antiseptics so I assume anything along those lines will do. The doll is aimed at girls age 6 and over so obviously it is important that parents supervise the experiments.

The doll itself is really pretty. Long hair, lovely summer festival type clothes, sandals and a bag too. 

I do find that the limbs on the Mc2 dolls seem to detach and come off very easily and more so the hands. They go back on easily enough but I’m unsure if this is part of the doll design. 

Izebella is too young for the doll experiments just yet so that is left to big sister Jordanna. Izebella seems happy enough undressing and redressing the doll over and over again. 


The Mc2 dolls with experiments cost between £20-£30 each. 

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