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Little Known Box review & giveaway

Published July 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This here is my Little Known Box. I'm guessing it's named that because the contents are unknown until opened. The box really is a mystery which I could not wait to open. A pretty wrapped black box of mystery indeed.

So what is the Little Known Box? Well it is of course a subscription box (yes yet another one I hear you cry!) This is one of those very nice subscription boxes as it contains a few little treats for ladies and mummy's like myself.

Inside this months box, I had five beauty items. None of which I had previously come across before and all of which I was very pleased with. I do love my beauty treats and my subscriptions, so combine them both and it's always a winner for me.

This box costs £14.95 monthly and the cost of the products will always be more than the box charge. When you sign up for the boxes, the form asks for information to tailor the boxes to yourself such as asking skin types and preference on products. There will be 5/6 products in each box.

In my box – I got a Zerrea foam shampoo, Merck handy face mist, Merumaya youth preservation moisturiser, Odylique lip liner & Cougar beauty 24 hour lipstick.

The lip liner alone cost £12.50 so the contents are certainly worth it. The products were all full size apart from the moisturise which is a travel size product (great for handbags) but there are no small samples here.

It's a lovely box for ladies everywhere and any age.

GIVEAWAY

Little Known Box are giving away a fabulous prize. The prize on offer today is a box of mixed beauty items to the value of £75. These will be a mixture of products from previous boxes and it sounds an amazing prize to win.

If you want to take part in this giveaway then just click the link below. Winner must be a UK resident. The giveaway will close on 21/08/2017

Enter here!

And more self tanning; St Moriz

Published July 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Most of my followers already know just how much I love my self tanning products that I use any season of the year. I love trying out new tanners to see which give the best overall results. Today’s self tanning products come from St Moriz.


Their self tanning mousse is available in shades of dark and medium. As with all tan products, a mitt is required for even application. The mousse comes out a dark brown colour making it easier to see where it’s being applied. It’s a fast drying product with the real results appearing a few hours later. I usually apply at night time after a bath and check the results in the morning, topping up any missed bits if required.

There were the odd few patches and streaks with the mousse but nothing too noticeable and overall it gave a good natural coverage which lasted a few days.

I have also used the St Moriz velvet finish tanning gel. This product is different to the mousse. It comes out white and the colour develops over a few hours. I would say it’s more like a thick cream than a gel and it takes a little bit longer to dry but with minimal stickiness. 

I “surprisingly” preferred the results from the gel to the mousse, even tho it was more difficult to see where I was applying it. The results from the gel were literally streak free with no patches.

This gel also doubles up as a make up base.


Both products which I have been using are the darker shades. My skin is fair/medium but I was more than happy to try a darker shade. I found the overall colour from both products was fine and not too dark for me. 

Num Noms series 4

Published July 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Whether you love them or hate them, it would seem the Num Noms are more than just a quick fad and may just be around for a while. 

For those who still don’t know what Num Noms are; well think small rubbery parts which smell like food items, some good and some down right revolting. Other parts made from hard plastic that either move and vibrate or contain a lip gloss, eraser, stamper and they all stack up together to make unique foodie characters. 


Series 4 Num Noms don’t differ much to previous Num Nom series, different characters have been invented with many scents. The two packets we have here are desert tray and tea party num Noms. 


There is also the addition of the brand new Num Noms magazine with the release of series 4. This is a fun magazine with lots to do for young ones. It also came with a few extras such as a little camera, not a real camera but more like one of those click projecter things from the 1980s with pictures of Num Noms. 


There was also a pack of stickers which have numbers on the back but no sticker album came included. I managed to find one online for Izebella for a few pound so she can use the stickers.


Jordanna also loves Num Noms and even enjoys drawing them. 


Num Noms and many accessories can be purchased in most toy stores including The Entertainer store. There are many packs starting with small to very big with lots of Num Noms inside. The magazine which is monthly, may also be found in toy stores, supermarkets and newsagents costing £3.90. 

Splash About Swimwear 

Published July 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

All children should be encouraged to swim and be taken, when possible to a local pool. Swimming is fun but also an essential life skill. Children should be taught water basics from an early age. 

To aid young swimmers Splash About have lots of lovely swim costumes, shorts and swimming aids. They even have towels and wetsuits and pretty much all a parent needs to make swimming fun, be it in a pool or at the sea.

Izebella has been regularly testing out one of the floatsuits.


These floatsuits are designed to help children swim rather than just buoyancy. They contain 16 floats around the waist which can be removed and adjusted as needed. A child starts off with all the floats and as they learn to swim the floats get gradually removed until they are swimming without any. This suit also removes the need for bulky armbands meaning arms are free to practice swimming and more fun of course.


It comes with added sun protection too, if it’s a hot day or if travelling abroad to much warmer climates; this suit is SFP50+ giving maximum sub protection where the body is covered by it.

It’s also easy to put on and get off because unlike regular swimsuits, this one has a large zipper at the back of it.

The first few times, Izebella had it on, she did struggle a little with it. I think we both thought it worked like armbands and rings to keep her constantly upright but it’s not like that at all. The suit is designed to support a child in the swimming position and yes children can still get stuck and can still end up with their face in the water whilst wearing one as it’s not a life saving product. Young children should never be left unsupervised in water no matter what they are wearing. 

Izebella did tell me that it felt strange wearing the new suit at first as the floats are round her stomach rather than arms or chest but she did seem to have more freedom to splash. The floats did make her a bit unbalanced too at first but she was fine once she had worn it a few times.

The floatsuits come in many colours and patterns and sizes from 1-6 years. Prices vary per style so check the  Splash About website for more details.

Ink drops subscription 

Published July 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ink drops is a monthly subscription service which brings a packet of unified stationery items through the letterbox each month. 

It seems a good subscription for those who still enjoy good old fashioned letter writing as many of the packages seem to come with cards, stickers, pens and other bits that make letters more fun.

The contents obviously vary each month and come with different themes, each subscriber receiving the same items

The items don’t come in the usual cardboard box, but rather a pretty paper packet which sort of gives it the old fashioned feel.

Anyway here are the contents of the July ink drops. 


There are two glittery cards, one is a birthday card and the other blank. Two colourful lolly erasers which I’m assuming are from another country as I cannot understand the language. Then a moon notepad and a pack of coloured small highlighters.

The majority of the products all have foreign writing on, it looks Japanese but I could be wrong but it does mean that these items are more harder to come by.

Ink drop subscriptions cost £15.45 for the UK which includes shipping and slightly more for Europe and the rest of the world.

For this price I was expecting slightly more products than what was in the packet. I’m guessing that the price reflects sourcing the more unique products. I think I would be slightly disappointed paying the £15+ for this package myself, tho people who collect stationery or are looking for more unique cards and bits will probably enjoy this one. 

Palmer’s Cocoa butter formula facial skin care range

Published July 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My latest skin care products come from Palmer’s. Their range of facial and skin care products come made with rich quality Cocoa butter sourced from Ghana.

You may have spotted mentions of cocoa butter in previous posts, that’s because cocoa butter is also a main ingredient in many chocolate products too. It is a rich vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean which grow in the cocoa pods of the cacao tree. At maturity, pods are harvested from the trunks and branches and are separated by colours that correspond to the quality of the bean; those with poorer (less) aromas and flavours may be used for industrial chocolate, while the higher quality beans are used in Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula.


Here I have several lovely products from Palmer’s, all of which are beneficial to the face and have been forming part of my daily skin care routine for almost two weeks. I do love trying out new products to see which works the best.

The exfoliating facial scrub is one of those darker grainy type products which almost resembles a light mud mask in colour and texture. It smells really natural with slight woody hints but nothing artificial. 

There’s a purifying enzyme mask too which is good to use after the exfoliater. This is a 10 minute wash off face mask. It comes out as a white thick cream and eventually dries into the skin without stickiness before washing off. 

Using the exfoliater and the mask together helps remove any dead skin particles leaving the new skin underneath smooth and fresh. 


Their Facial cleansing oil doubles up as a cleansing wash and make up remover. I use it instead of soap as it’s much gentler, more natural and does not leave that irritating scratched feeling like some soaps do. It also removes all traces of make up including stubborn bits of eye liner.

For moisturising there is the moisture rich night cream.


This is lovely. Very cool, quick drying and just perfect for applying after a tiring day before nodding off to sleep. 

Finally the multi-effect perfecting facial oil. This can be used alone, adding directly to the face using the bottle dropper and blending in; or together with the night cream as they both work well together after cleansing. 

There are of course lots of other skin and beauty products available, all of which can be viewed on Palmer’s website. The good thing about Palmer’s products is that they are fairly inexpensive compared to similar skin care creams. The majority being under £10. These products are available in Superdrug stores and Feel Unique.

Zuru Bunch o Balloons

Published July 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I was very very optimistic about giving these a review. I had visions of soaking wet carpets surrounded by bits of rubbery water balloon. 

Of course most of us have probably seen the advert for this new craze. 


They are as their title explains – A bunch of balloons and water balloons to be exact. They come as coloured plain or with an array of characters on them. 

Unlike regular (awful) water balloons where each one needs stretching around a tap, these can all be filled in big bunches together. 


There is usually 100 balloons per pack in 3 bunches like this one. I’m unsure of the exact maths behind that and am thinking maybe it’s 99 per pack or maybe one bunch has an extra one, who knows? I did not count them. 

I think they can be filled via a tap, tho this may get messy, think wet floors. We found the best way to fill was outside using a full clean mop bucket (or any other similar size container) and a hose. The Balloons come with an attachment which fits most hoses. The balloons fill up really quickly as stated on the packets, in about 60 seconds.


Once full of water, they need no more explanation.

Kids of course love them. I mean who didn’t love these as a kid themselves, getting soaked, getting everyone else soaked and aiming them at the poor neighbours windows (not advised). But now it’s easy to understand why our parents were not so keen and we didn’t have packets of instant fillers like these. 

Yes they contain lots of water. Keep them in the bucket, keep the bucket well away from your door, shut the door/windows and leave it to the kids to have fun. That’s what I did anyway. Advise kids not to throw them at each other as they hurt if they land on you (think paintball stings). The best place to aim them is the floor or a bare wall away from people and away from anything that could be damaged. 

Also once burst it’s important to pick up and dispose of any left over balloon material as this could be eaten by animals. 

These can be purchased from lots of stores, many of which can be viewed here. They cost about £10 per hundred pack. The Entertainer toy store is currently selling them for £8.00.

Competition: SilentNight Pillows

Published July 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy


For everyone who loves a bit of night time comfort, SILENTNIGHT are giving away a set of their – PURE COTTON PILLOW PAIR.

These lovely pillows have a 100% cotton percale cover and are filled with a clever anti-allergy, silk-like hollowfibre, for reassuring comfort and softness.

They are washable up to a temperature of 40°C and come with a 2-year guarantee. Perfect for freshening up your bedroom in these warmer Summer months.

These pillows are exclusive to QVC and will be online at on QVC http://www.qvcuk.com for 24 hours only on 27th July, from midnight onwards, selling for just £17.98.

With an RRP of £26.99, this gives a saving of 33%! We have one pair to give away, to enter simply click the link button below. 


ENTER HERE!
This giveaway ends August 8th and open to U.K. residents only. 

Marvel Missions Trading Cards

Published July 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s a really good feeling when my children get excited at something which does not have a screen or wires or a battery, the type of things many of us enjoyed as children and something as simple as trading cards.

Thinking back to my childhood, the trading cards that I remember most had to be the Garbage Pail kids. In fact I’m sure I still have some of them stored somewhere. There were many other collectible trading cards around too when I was younger and it’s good to see that trading cards still remain popular with today’s children, despite all the technology around them. I think what is most exciting about packets of trading cards is that we never know what’s inside until we open them and of course chasing those missing or very hard to get cards to complete collections.

 
The Topps Company manufactures and markets a wide range of sports and entertainment collectable & confectionary products. Their collections include the popular “Match Attax cards, Disney and their newly released “Marvel Missions” trading cards game.

I’m guessing they are called trading cards because kids can trade/exchange their duplicates with friends.

Marvel Mission cards feature cards from all films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this includes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers, Dr Strange and even the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy 2. In total there are a massive 272 cards to collect. These include special foil and holographic cards.

Special folders can be purchased to keep the cards as display, along with mini tins and multipack sets which contain card boxes.

The starter pack is required for the collectors folder and for playing the Marvel missions game.

The starter pack costs £4.99. With this comes the game play sheet, a card collectors guide to help keep track of collections, the card binder and one pack of trading cards to get the collection started.

These cards eventually build up into a huge collection and the binder helps to keep them together and keep them in good condition inside the individual plastic wallets. As well as being good for just collecting, there is also a game to play with the cards, once players have collected so many of them.

It’s a fairly easy game which involves at least 2 card collectors. Each player needs there own starter kit and game board. One side of each card shows a character or object etc.
 

The other side of the cards has a power value number on. Each player would play a card like those above then turn the cards over.

        

The winning card being the higher power number and that player gets to place the winning card on their playing mat. The winner is the one who fills up all their mission spaces first. It’s an easy game but to make the rules sound more simple, Topps have made this short video.

The trading cards are sold in single packs of  8 and of course children never know which ones are inside until they open them.


These cost £1.00 per pack. I think they would make a nice small weekly/twice weekly treat for good behaviour. If siblings have their own starter packs then swapping and trading can be fun.

For more cards at once, there are the multipacks which come with 5 packets of trading cards, a collectors box, and a limited edition card. These packs cost £5.00.

The two tinned products each contain 39 cards plus limited edition cards and cost £5.99 per tin. The tin making an extra storage container and quite handy when travelling with the cards. 

Ryan is a very lucky boy and has many of the Marvel missions trading card products. 


I am sure this lot will keep him very busy over the next six weeks of Summer holidays and so perhaps less time on the gaming consoles. He also intends to swap and share the cards amongst friends who also collect them. He has lots of packets of cards to open and sort, and if he finds he is missing the odd one from the collection then this is not a problem because so many missing cards can be ordered from Topps directly so no more incomplete collections. 

Starter packs, multipacks and single packs don’t need to be ordered online, they are sold at many supermarkets including ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, WH Smith and local newsagents. 

There does not seem to be an age appropriate guide for trading cards. I guess the child would need to be familiar with  the characters/movies so perhaps 3 and over. My son is 13 and loves his new collection so I guess we are never too old for things like this. I’m thinking a few older boys may just like them too. 

Rowntrees less sugar

Published July 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Who remembers fruit pastilles from their childhood? They seemed to be a weekly treat for us and they would always be around at Christmas time. I don't remember having packets like they do these days, but more wrapped tubes and I'd usually find a tube of them in my selection box or my xmas stocking.

Of course times have changed and so have Rowntrees fruit pastilles. I think they can still be bought in the tubes, as in the picture above; but they also come in handy share bags now too. It's very hard to share them when in the tubes.

There have been a few other changes too. Firstly they now also come in fruity shapes rather than just the original disc shapes and secondly they come with 30% less sugar than previously. Less sugar however does not mean less flavour as they still taste just as good to me. I would say much more fruitier with distinct flavours rather than just sweet.

This was my first time tasting the Rowntrees ransoms too. These are more squishy and squashy than the pastilles and again now have less sugar.

Rowntrees sweets can be purchased almost anywhere that sells sweets and confectionery.

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