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Mc2 crayon make up science set 

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The Mc2 girls are back with a few cool and funky science sets for their girly fans. This one is a great set for girls who love their make up, and especially so lipstick. It also means they no longer need to pinch Mums! 


This set does not come with one of the dolls but is one of the MC2 science sets because that’s what the MC2 girls are all about. 

Inside the box is a crayon pallette with a lipstick tray, tubes and the maker which looks like some sort of plastic test tubes with a stand. 

Personally I never retaliated just how easy making lipstick could be. All we needed was coconut oil which is very easily purchased in most supermarkets. 

To make the lipstick, we use one of the coloured crayon segments with a small amount of coconut oil. This needs melting together until it’s liquified. The instructions say to do this in the oven, but microwaving works too. 

Once melted the stuff gets poured into the plastic device. 


This sets very very fast so we had to be quick pouring it. It’s also really hot, like candle wax so it is best that an adult does the heating and pouring part. 

Then leave the product to set. It’s tempting to think it’s done just because it’s no longer liquid but taking it out too soon can ruin it and make it fall apart. 


And this is one of our finished products. A real useable safe lipstick in the tube, just like you would buy from the shop. We can also make lip stick in the palette tray too which gets applied with a lip brush. 

The only slight problem for us was thinking that the product was not melting enough and needing more oil. Don’t be tempted to add more oil or the lipstick will just turn to greasy mush or be too greasy to apply. Half a tea spoon is enough. Tho this is totally our fault for trying to be clever.

For those extra pretty touches – Rock & Ruddle

Published August 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Us ladies, and the little ladies all love our quirky little beauty items, especially those items which are just a little more unique than others. We all need a good hair brush too, no matter if our hair is long, short, fine or thick, a hair brush that will brush through knots and tangles and that will last a while. 

Up until now, my two girls have pretty much just shared my collection of hair brushes. This isn’t a huge issue but they do tend to misplace them and even fight over who’s using which one. Well now they each have their own pretty little brush.


These brushes from Rock and Ruddle really are unique and pretty. When I was a little girl, we did have a few picturesque brushes around with all sorts of girly images on, but these days they seem to be hard to find. 

Rock and Ruddle have lots of unique colourful brushes, many with pictures on which come in sizes for both big and little ladies (and men if need be). The brushes are made using natural bristles with three bristle types to choose from. The soft bristle brushes are ideal for babies, the natural without nylon more suited to children and the bristles with nylon for thicker hair. 


I really love these small character brushes. They feel really sturdy and solid and the size and shape of them make them easier for my girls to grip, they both like brushing their own hair (and mine!) Jordanna now has the ballerina brush and Izebella has the fairy brush. 

Izebella has curly but fine/medium hair so I knew the brush would be fine for her. Jordanna has long curly and extremely thick hair which gets tangled often and is sometimes wirey. I was unsure whether the brush would go through her hair; as some small brushes don’t, but it goes through without problems, wet or dry. 


And of course they are so incredibly cute too. It makes me want one for myself. It may just be me borrowing their brushes in future. 

The small brushes cost £20 each and a larger (big girl) brush is £30. 

To see more brush styles; visit Rock and Ruddle online shop, where the brushes can be purchased directly. 

Epaderm Junior for skin conditions 

Published August 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy


I’m lucky to have near perfect skin, no dryness, no irritations. Unfortunately my ten year old daughter does suffer from dry skin and frequent irritations and strange spots, possible mild eczema (doctors words, not mine!). We have tried several creams and ointments, some work a bit, some don’t. 

This time we are trying the new Junior range from Epaderm. Epaderm are experts in emollients and emolients are moisturisers which soothe, hydrate and keep skin moist so it doesn’t itch as much. 


The Epaderm Junior range includes Epaderm Cream: a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser; and Epaderm Ointment: a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. 

The ointment has a similar consistency to Vaseline, tho not quite as thick, it’s oily but doesn’t feel greasy or sticky once applied.


The oily substance really helps to keep the skin from drying out and adds enough moisturiser for a twice a day application. I have used this on my skin too, I don’t have skin problems but I always test any child products on myself first. I can see how a product such as this can work to help with dryness and irritations, it contains no fragrant or anything that could irritate the skin further.

The Junior cream is a little lighter than the ointment and comes out as a white cream. It’s cool when applied and again no fragrances or anything else so this seems good for applying to very irritated or hot skin as the cool feeling is instant. This also doubles up as a soap when bathing. 

Both the cream and the ointment can be applied as many times as required throughout the day. Jordanna seems okay using both products daily by herself, mainly on her arms and legs which is where the skin seems especially dry, sometimes almost like sandpaper. 

The products packaging seems very child friendly too, with cute hippo and frog images. Thus encouraging the younger children to use the products too. 

As for the question on whether the Epaderm products work or not? Well this is difficult to answer. The products are not a miracle cure and nor do they claim to be. Jordanna may always suffer from dry skin problems which seem to worsen in Winter. These products simply help to provide relief and moisture for her skin, and yes that’s exactly what they do for her. Her skin does feel better after a few days of using them.

Buy from Boots, prices on their website. Epaderm also offer similar products for adult and teenage skin. 

Envy Professional hair care

Published August 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I put my hair through a lot, and have done so for many years. It’s been bleached, coloured, highlighted, low-lighted, permed, blow dried, straightened and had extensions in. So when it comes to products for my hair, I don’t mind paying that little bit extra for a product that claims to help repair damage and give it an overall better condition.

Envy products are used by hairdressers as well as being sold to people like myself who want the best for their hair. Salon products can sometimes be hard to find without buying them in the actual salon after having your hair done.

They are recognisable by distinct black and green containers just like this.

Envy hair products contain silk proteins which help to moisturise, smooth and gloss hair. And Keratin which puts balance and moisturiser back into the hair. I have found that the majority of “better” hair products do contain keratin (the ones that actually work).

I have been regularly using three Envy products.

  • Gentle cleansing shampoo
  • Dual fix 12
  • Gentle detangling conditioner

These products smell absolutely amazing. I can’t be too sure exactly what the lovely scent is, but it smells sweet and fruity, possibly mango but it’s really lovely. I was really surprised at just how nice they are.

The shampoo gets applied the same as any other. I usually leave on for about 5 minutes max.

The Dual fix 12 is a totally new product to me. It’s like an inbetween treatment; after shampoo but before conditioner. This comes out like a mousse and gets left on for one minute. This is the main repair product and boasts an amazing 12 benefits for the hair. 

  • 1 Amazing shine 
  • 2 Helps to repair damage 
  • 3 Weightless silk effect
  • 4 Easier detangling 
  • 5 Helps to rehydrate hair 
  • 6 Improves styling and blow dry results
  • 7 Thicker, fuller feel
  • 8 Helps Reduce Frizz
  • 9 Rejuvenates tired colour 
  • 10 Hair feels stronger 
  • 11 Reduces the appearance of split ends 
  • 12 Lasts for weeks 

This product can also be used as a more intense treatment on dry hair. Full instructions on the back of the bottle. 

The Conditioner is a lovely thick lush cream. Even whilst wet I could feel my hair becoming smoother, detangled and overall easier to manage.


And after a quick blow dry, my hair feels lovely, soft, detangled, manageable and refreshed. It even seems to be growing a little better too.

As these are professional hair products which are used in salons, it does mean they cost slightly more than what someone would pay for a regular shampoo or conditioner from shops. The shampoo and conditioner both costing £14.95 each and the Dual fix slightly more at £19.95. In my personal opinion I do think it’s worth paying that bit extra to help bring my hair up to better condition and these products seem to really be helping. I would be happy to purchase more as and when I need them. 

Other Envy products are also available at Envy Pro.

Sleek Make-Up

Published August 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well I think by now, most of my readers know how much I love my beauty bits and make up. Today I have two products from Sleek Make up. Both of these products can be purchased in stores such as Boots and Superdrug.

My first product is the Distorted Dreams highlighting palette. I have really become quite addicted to the whole new contouring conception and a palette like this one is a much needed item for my make up bag. 

Facial contouring is all about enhancing your best bits, usually the cheekbones, slimming the face and tricking the eye by enhancing and adding reflection etc. Contouring and highlighting are best started after applying a base foundation. There is no set way on how to contour and highlight your face, everyone’s facial shape is different and there is lots of information on the internet on which way works best for each facial shape. 

This particular highlighting palette contains five individual segments of colour. 

These colours being – Anodize, Beam, Sweet delusion, Refraced and Blurred lights. This is a little confusing so I’ll just call them bronze, blush, highlight, blue and green as I’ve no idea which one is which. The colours are also a mix of powders and creams. 
My face is like a heart shape, larger forehead and smaller features at the bottom. The first colour I always use in a palette such as this is the bronze colour or brown. Add the blush and then the light highlight colour. This diagram shows pretty much where I’d normally apply these colours with either a make up sponge or a brush. 


So by following a picture such as this with the colours, I can easily enhance my cheek bones whilst slimming down my forehead with the bronze colour. The lighter colours of course attract more light on the face. These colours together also act as concealer to hide away imperfections.

Now of course I don’t just apply the make up like this and leave it like that. I’d be walking round like a clown if I did! No the idea is to apply correctly and blend in carefully.

My face shape seems to be more oval after contouring and highlighting but it’s really just a good inexpensive cosmetic trick, and yes it does wonders for those cheekbones too.
Now I haven’t forgot, there are two other colours in this palette, and I’m fairly new to adding other colour shades than the usual three. It may sound a strange idea adding green and purple shades to anywhere but the eyes but again these colours do come in very useful to give the perfect contoured look. 
The green shade is good for areas of rosy complexion as it neutralises the skin tone. So if cheeks are too red or patches of redness then a little of the green may help. The purple shades actually help to banish dull and yellow areas, think under eyes! 
The five colours work together so well, being a blend of creams and powders together and also really shimmery meaning the light will reflect all the right places on the face.
It’s like having five products in one and only costs £10.99. It even comes with a handy mirror too.

And for my lips I have this Matte Me Metallic lip cream.

This one costs just £4.99 and available in 3 luminous shades. It gives a metallic foil like finish. This colour is Rusted Rose. It goes on like a deep lilac colour which I find very pretty. In fact it just happens to be a similar shade to some interior paint I recently bought. 

I’m wearing this lip cream in the top photograph above too, it seems to work really well with the palette too. 
I think this make up is amazingly priced and great quality too. 

Joan Collins Timeless Beautyy

Published August 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It's hard to believe that the legendary Joan Collins turned 84 this year. Yes we all know she's had surgery to keep her looking younger but she also seems to look after her skin really well and her make up always looks so flawless! I for one can only hope I look half as good at her age.

Well I turned a big 40 myself this year so I'm almost half her age. Despite not looking my age (luckily) I have noticed the slight signs of ageing . Mainly the lines on my forehead, eye bags and the odd few other creases here and there. So these ageing signs need improvement or covering up and obviously due to cost, surgery is not a viable option so it's all down to the products.

It just so happens that the lovely Joan Collins has her own beauty range known as Timeless beauty. Her products are suitable for women of any age but the majority seem designed for women over 30 and especially so the foundation or base products.

This is the Joan Collins First Base Foundation. It costs £25.00 and is a standard 30ml size glass bottle. You get a choice of 8 shades and it can be purchased from a fair few stores including Marks and Spencer's.

The shade I have is Warm Fair which I'm happy to say, more or less matches my skin tone.

As stated on the box, this is a "First Base" product which means it is applied first to clean skin before other make up products such as blusher, bronzer etc. This foundation gives the smooth flawless complexion, thus almost creating a blank canvas to work from. It gives the perfect colour coverage blending easily with my skin tone and covering up any imperfections – small spots, scars, blackheads, uneven times etc.

I took this selfiw pic after applying just the First Base foundation and nothing else with no filter. My skin looks even coloured and pretty flawless. Once applied other make up can be added.

This foundation also contains something called Re-Age complex, which is known to increase collagen levels helping to recharge the skin with youthful energy.

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. 

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.

UltraDex

Published July 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When it comes to choosing dental care products for myself, I find it quite difficult. For a start I really do not like the mint flavours. Mint is one of those tastes that I just don't like and especially not stronger minty tastes. I also have slight sensitivity and get paranoid about bad breath.

I had my doubts about the claim of Ultra Dex products as the daily rinse mouthwash claims to give 12 hours fresh breath.

Usually I find most mouthwashes give half an hour until those nasty mouth tastes start coming back.

The mouthwash contains a new IQ+ ActiveOxi technology which is proven to eliminate bad breath compounds.

What makes this mouthwash even better is that it comes unflavoured and therefore no strong minty tastes. There is an optional satchet of mint flavouring that can be added to the bottle if you wish but this won't be going on mine. There is a slight flavour to it, unsure how to describe it but for me it's much better than anything minty.

So I've been using the mouthwash over a week now. I'm very surprised at how effective it seems at really eliminating bad breath and bad tastes in my mouth. It really does last much longer than other similar products. I'm not sure if it's 12 hours because that's a long period to keep track of, but I do find that I only need one rinse per day, followed by another rinse at night time before bed. Even after eating, my mouth still tastes fine.

The mouth rinse comes in 4 sizes 100ml – 1000ml starting at £3.25. It really is worth giving this a go, now I've found this I won't be going back to any others.

UltraDex also have a low abrasion toothpaste too,
This does have a slight mint flavour but it's not too strong or overpowering so my palette can handle this one. It's more gentle than other toothpastes and the low abrasiveness means it won't remove any tooth protection. This also gives the 12 hour bad breath protection. The price for a 75ml tube is £6.15.

And for on the go breath freshness when out and about or travelling is a Fresh breath oral spray.

This is a quick giz breath freshener,a slight minty taste again but nothing too strong for me. This is great for taking to work or interviews and costs just £3.50.

UltraDex products can be found in Boots, Sainsbury's and Amazon.

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