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Natural salt lamps 

Published October 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I now own one of these awesome and very natural salt lamps. 


This lamp comes from Himasal UK who mainly sell their products to trade rather than directly but their items can be purchased in many places.

Salt lamps have actually been around for years but have only recently started appearing in shops and stores for consumers to purchase. I believe many people will soon be wanting one of these in their home, as they certainly make an interesting feature.

These lamps are made with Himalayan rock sal, if you happen to put a finger in your mouth after touching the lamp then it will taste of salt. Obviously the salt itself does not light up, a hole is made in the bottom of the lamp to allow for insertion of a plug in light and base. 


It gives a lovely pinkish soft glow, a bit like a Christmas lantern. It’s really pretty. But as well as being a stunning feature, these lamps even come with some health benefits.

“Salt Lamps clean the air around them using a natural water-absorption process called hygroscopy. Our Himalayan salt pulls in moisture from the air, absorbing dust particles and pollutants with it. The heated bulb then gently warms the salt, releasing the water, but keeping the harmful irritants.”

This process can help with many health problems such as allergies and inability to sleep properly. It can also help with low mood and especially so SAD.

I was so surprised with Just how little these extremely pretty lamps cost. I was thinking in the hundreds but they are actually really cheap. The price goes off the lamp size and weight as they are all different.


Salt lamps can be shaped and carved into all sorts of shapes and sizes. I do love the natural lamp shapes the best. One thing I did not anticipate about my lamp was the weight of it. It is just so heavy and they come much bigger and heavier than mine too. I did struggle to carry mine to its chosen location, and would not want this to fall on my feet. 

Snails nail polish for stylish girls

Published October 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Snails Nails is a Greek brand of nail polish designed for little girls who dream of nice coloured nails. It has very recently become available in the UK; previously being sold in specific European countries.


There are over 50 different colours to choose from including glittery shades. 


Unlike the real stuff, this does not contain any of the harsh chemicals, so no smell and no staining to worry about. Instead it’s a gentle formula which goes on just like nail varnish but easily washes, wipes or wears away.

 



Izebella had three shades of snail polish. Her favourite from the three is the copper looking shade – Twinkle dust.


The polish is easy enough to apply, it comes out at a similar consistency to real polish, it’s not at all watery or too thick and as long as Izebella keeps her hands still then there is no problems with the application.

 



It makes a fabulous alternative to real


nail polish: something I would never steak or applying to my 5 year olds nails. The snail polish is so much safer and risk free. Little girls are always going to want to use make up and nail polish no matter what their age. They see their mummy’s applying it, or big sister and other females and simply want to do the same. 


“This product will make perfect  stocking fillers for every mini princess this year! “

 As this is a new product to the UK. I don’t yet have information on which stores this can be purchased from. It is available via some sellers on Amazon and is sold through Bertoy too.


More info on Snails nails polish can be found on the Safe nails website.

Botox! Is it worth it? 

Published October 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last year I had my first round of Botox injections. The reason being, I was becoming extremely paranoid of the lines on my forehead. Yes I’m 40, and although I’m constantly told that I don’t look it and I don’t need any type of treatment; I could clearly see them every time I looked in a mirror or took a selfie. 

 After a bit of googling I found a salon close to my home, offered the Botox treatment. Now I know, Botox should not be done at a beauty salon etc, but this is not by s beautician or an untrained staff member. A qualified and well renowned doctor visits every 2 months or so on a certain day.  
 My first round last year lasted about 9 months. I have recently had it all redone, just a few days ago and am already noticing the effects. Yes it seems to work really quick on me.
 

Now if you’re reading this and considering Botox and wondering about the procedure, or worrying if it will hurt or any side effects then you have definitely landed on a good starting page.

I am not going to pretend to know exactly how Botox works because I don’t exactly know, I’m no doctor or scientist but this information is easily found on the internet. 

The procedure involved several injections into my forehead! Sounds scary right? Well it isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. For starters the needles are really fine, similar to what a  dentist will use to numb gums. The doctor felt  around the area, asked me to frown and pull faces etc so he could  be sure where to inject. If this does not happen for you, then start worrying.

Then after cleaning and examining my forehead, in went the injections. It is not pain free, but no worse than a tattoo or piercing. It’s just like little pinches and sometimes I could feel the liquid going in which isn’t a nice feeling. 

The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes.

I did suffer mild side effects, a headache straight after, slight dizziness, but by the next day I was fine. The doctor gave me a bit of advice too – no heat near Botox sites, no activity etc. It’s all just to avoid any complications. 

It can take up to two weeks to notice any change, but it certainly does work, the lines/wrinkles disappear. Unfortunately it does not last forever. This differs for everyone. Some people need more after 3 months, mine lasted 9 months, meaning I don’t need it that often. 

 Botox can be addictive, I already feel like I want more areas done. I notice more lines in other areas too.

It doesn’t have to be expensive if you shop around. Obviously make sure the person giving the treatment is qualified to do so.  

 One thing that annoys me is the reaction from other people and mainly the questions – “how can you afford that?” Or “have you won the lottery” etc. Well as I said it is not overly expensive. I don’t smoke or drink much, therefore once I’ve paid min bills, got my shopping and treated my kids, I simply save up and then treat myself a little.

Absolute Collagen

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is my box of collagen. Collagen comes in many forms and this box contains satchets of liquid collagen in ingestible form. 

 But firstly “What is Collagen & why is it so important?” –  

Collagen is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient, it acts to fights against the visible signs of ageing. Collagen is the largest natural  protein in our bodies, 

The effect of the loss of collagen on our skin is often very noticeable, Collagen depletion can cause deterioration of our skin and connective tissues.

 When we are young our collagen levels are at their highest, which explains why children and especially babies have such smooth skin and hair. 

When the collagen becomes weaker, usually with age;   it begins to sag often showing as lines, crows feet or turkey neck, doctors call this Ptosis. This is due to collagen depletion.
Collagen can be replaced. Many high end skin care and most anti aging products contain some sort of collagen.


Absolute Collagen’s formula is a unique powerful anti-ageing liquid collagen. Each 10ml serving contains 8000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen. It is also infused with vitamin C. 

“Fish collagen, also known as ‘marine collagen’, is extracted from cold water fish. After manufacturers extract collagen from the fish, they refine it to remove the unpleasant fishy odour and taste while retaining the collagen’s nutritional value.”

So that’s what this product is all about. In the box costing £29.99 I get 14 individual 10ml satchets. I take one per day, I can take it mixed with a drink or just on its own from the packet. It has a very sweet taste, not the nicest thing in the world but it’s not revolting either and there isn’t much of it. 

 As for results; I have only been taking this for a few days. It isn’t an overnight miracle treatment but more of an ongoing beauty regime. My face and body are not overfilled with lines and wrinkles anyway, but I do have a few noticeable lines on my head so hopefully this product may help a little. 



This box for women can be purchased directly from the 
Absolute collagen website for £29.99. They also offer a slightly different version for males and this can also be purchased via a subscription service. 

Back to School: Tangle Angel 

Published August 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

School mornings can be so damn stressful can’t they? The rush of getting washed, ready, fed and out. The shouts, the frustration etc. And for girls with long thick locks – the dreaded morning hair brushing. 

Hair that’s just been slept in, full of knots and tangles which are worse if they had a bath the night before. Having your hair pulled and tied up first thing is not a great experience at all.

Special little princesses need special brushes to brush their long locks, brushes that will easily get through any tangles without too much pain. They need a brush that even the angels would use. They need a Tangle Cherub by Tangle Angel.


The tangle cherub is smaller than the regular tangle angel brush and comes with the famous well known angel wings design in a choice of pretty princess colours. 


Tangle Angel brushes are specially designed to easily glide through even the most tangled hair with ease. Tangled cherub are made even gentler and even have antibacterial additives embedded into the plastic making the brush very hygenic.

This brush can easily get through both wet and dry hair, even hair that’s been freshly washed or just out of the pool. They are also heat resistant to be used with hair dryers.

Izebella usually cries, shouts and moans when using other brushes but she doesn’t seem to mind using the Tangle cherub brush on her long locks. 

 

 


Buy the Tangle  cherub from Tangle Angel and various stores for £9.95 and make school mornings a little less stressful. 

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. 

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