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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. 

Oyster skincare brightening eye serum

Published June 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Oyster Skincare is a new premium skincare brand. Their products are a blend potent skin enhancing actives with precious mood enhancing essential oils. 

One of their products is this Brightening eye serum which can be purchased for £14.99 on Amazon.


I turn a big 40 years old tomorrow and although I don’t really look my age and certainly don’t feel it; there are a few tell tale signs on my face that show some ageing. Head lines are one and darkness under my eyes is another. Others don’t really notice these things but I do when I look in a mirror.

This beauty product contains a blend of good stuff including –  Hyaluronic Acid, Co-Enzyme Q10, Pentapeptides, Green tea, cucumber, flower extracts and lots of other good stuff. Many of these ingredients have been scientifically proven to help with lines, wrinkles and other anti ageing features. Hyaluronic Acid it contains helps to smooth the skin whilst being very hydrating. Pentapeptides and Co-Enzyme Q10 are both great for anti-aging too. 

The serum is a fairly thick clear liquid which looks a bit like clear gel. I apply under and around my eyes, taking care not to put any inside my actual eye. The first thing I noticed when applying the product is just how cool it felt on my eyes. It’s an instant nice cooling sensation followed by a slight tightness. It absorbs into the boxes skin within about 30 seconds with a slight stickiness which dissolves soon after.


I think it’s working a little. The dark rings are certainly fading and slightly less sagging/more tighter around the eyes. 

If you want to try this yourself you can purchase via Amazon, or have a go at winning yourself one in my giveaway below.
GIVEAWAY

Oyster skin care are giving away one 30ml bottle of their brightening eye serum worth £14.99. 

To take part simply click THIS LINK! to be taken to the “Gleam” entry page.

To enter you must live in the UK and have a valid email and Facebook account. 

Toddler fragrance by Martine Micallef

Published June 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Does your mini me long to borrow your perfumes to smell and be just like mummy? Or do they perhaps ask for their own small “grown up” perfume to use. Well now they can have their very own perfume sets. 


Martine Micallef has created  new Parfums designed exquisitely for toddlers, young children and even baby’s. M.Micallef’s collection is named Baby’s collection but is perfect for younger children too. 

Martine imagined a child’s imaginary world with a nice rabbit companion who travels with toddlers. This pretty range comes with delicate and subtle scents. It is perfect for the sensitive nose of little ones and also gentle enough for delicate skin. 

These sets are brand new and only launched recently this year. The box will be launched with single set of scented water. The alcohol free fragrances include Tendre Douceur, Petit Coeur, Petite Fleur. The  fragrance bottles also come with a cuddly bunny named Harry. Products can also be personalized.


Izebella has one of the gift sets in the Petit Couer fragrance plus two sample fragrance bottles of the other two fragrances so that she gets to sample them all. Izebella is 4 and one of those little girls who wants to be just like mummy and have all the things that mummy has including beauty products and perfumes. And now she has her own so does not need to use mine.

It is a lovely set. Lovely packaging ans like very nice sweet contents. The perfumes all smell different with hints of essential oils, flowers, vanilla, white musk etc. They seem to have much more subtle notes than the perfumes us mums use; so no where near as strong but still enough to give them all an individual scent.


The bunny teddy is one of the flat type soft toys or one without stuffing. It is lined with gold design and makes a sweet addition to the sets. 

This is a French company and therefore prices are in Euros. For a toddler parfum collection set it costs 54€. They will make lovely gifts for children and can be purchased on line at the M.Micallef boutique.

The towel shop review & giveaway 

Published May 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love the feel of brand new towels on my face and skin and I have a brand new towel bundle from The towel shop uk

I have the luxurious 6 piece bamboo towel bundle. They are (I think) called the bamboo bundle because they are made from 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. 

Six colour choices in total to match most bathroom decor. I chose cream which go well with pretty much anything. Other colours include white, charcoal grey and kingfisher which is a green/blue colour.


The six piece bundles include 2x face cloths, 2x hand towels, 1 bath towel and 1 bath sheet. Other bundles are available with more or less towels such as 4, 5, 10 and 12 piece and the towels can be purchased individually.

The 6 piece bundle costs £33.54 inc VAT (£27.95 without) 

These towels are lovely, very soft and fluffy and large in size. I have seen similar sized hand towels to the face cloths in this bundle. The towels also have some weight to them, tho not heavy but I can certainly feel the quality.

The towel shop also sell luxury bath robes available in one size and a choice of four colours. Again these are really good. I instantly felt warm when I put mine on for the first time after a bath. It is very comfy with lots of room, nice big sleeves and a deep pocket for a phone or bath accessories.

I have made a video with the gown on and showing the towel bundle (ignore my wet hair and the legs ha) 



                           GIVEAWAY                         

Yes this is your chance to win a prize from the towel shop. 

There is a choice of prize for one winner and the choices are…

4 piece bamboo towel bale (1 face cloth, 1 hand towel, 1 bath towel, 1 bath sheet)

• 1 Luxury dressing gown

The winner can choose either prize in a choice of colour (dependent on stock availability)

To take part please click the entry link below. 

ENTER HERE!


(This giveaway will close on June 13th 2017. It will run for a total of 14 days and one winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email both by myself and The towel shop U.K. The winner  must have a valid email address and reside in the U.K. A Facebook and twitter account are needed to complete entry)

Beauty treats: [M]botanicals beauty balm 

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today is a little pot of gold; literally. It is the hydrating beauty balm from [M]botanicals.


These are not the sort of products I would find in a supermarket or every day beauty store. The packaging whilst fairly simplistic speaks for the product inside. It looks expensive, it also looks very old fashioned and the type of thing found in a botanical factory. No gimmicks on the label and no big promises. The product inside is all natural.

And yes it’s gold! 


This does look like a product made with honey or from bees but it’s actually made with olive wax and coconut butter with an infusion of various essential oils. These oils include rose hip, evening primrose and borage. 

It’s a solid oil type product when scooped in my fingers it feels oily, and slightly grainy. The fine grain particles obviously do a lot for exfoliating whilst the overall product doubles up as both a beauty and skin healing product. 

Although it does feel a little greasy/oily when first applied, the product dries and absorbs remarkably fast leaving hardly any oily residue. It really helps with dry and itchy skin as my 9 year old daughter is finding out. It’s multiple natural properties can also help with facial lines and signs of aging and it can be used all over the body. 

Now I did say before that this is not a cheap product. It does not look like one and certainly does not work like a cheap product. It costs £28.00 for a 60g pot.

Find out more about thishydrating beauty balm on the website.

Beauty treats – Anatomicals

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s treats come from Anatomicals who make bath and body beauty treats and gifts and they even have a small range for children too.

Anatomicals don’t sell their own products from the website but they do have a list of products and stockists on there.

Anatomicals products are recognisable by their distinct bright, colourful packaging which comes in all sorts of vibrant colours. Also their quirky text on every item which stands out so much in stores that it makes you just want to go over and read it.

This yellow tube of stuff is one of those products for children that I mentioned earlier, but of course is big kids can use it too if we want. 

Banana bath and shower gel, which can also be used on hair, just like a kids shampoo. It has lots of banana aroma and my girls love it. 

For us grown ups. We have huge bath bars. And when I say huge I don’t just mean slightly large. I mean this. 

(And just look at these colours too!) 


Lovely grapefruit fragrance and in pink which happens to be my favourite colour. This huge soap bar will last me a long long time. 

And when my face needs refreshing or my make up is a mess and needs wiping off, Anatomicals even has cleansing pads just right for the job.


I have no idea how many pads are in the pot and I’m not going to count them either but there’s a good few of them to keep me going for a while. Excellent for removing make up and also act as a daily cleanser. The glycolic acid in them is an exfoliator and helps remove any dead skin cells thus prepping the skin for tanning or enabling fresh make up to stay on for longer. 

Lovely products in lovely colourful packaging. 

Beauty treats – Delicate owl

Published May 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s beauty treats come from Delicate Owl.

Delicate owl have some very lovely handmade bath and body pamper products which all come made with only natural ingredients. Their products don’t just smell good; they also look great in any bathroom and being natural, are kind to any skin.

Here are just a few products that I have had the pleasure of using recently. 


What girl wouldn’t want these in her bathroom?

The big pink pot in the middle is a salt scrub with a country rose fragrance. This stuff is just lovely and contains Rose geranium oils amongst a few other essential oils. It looks and smells delicious, almost good enough to eat, and I absolutely love the cute little wooden bath spoon that came with it.


The salts are really fine and the best way to use is to scoop a small amount out and rub all over the body. As well as washing and cleansing this is also great as an exfoliater prior to fake tanning (exfoliating reduces patches). I have also found that pouring a small amount of salts into hot running water helps release the rose atoms and gives a very relaxing aromatherapy type bath. Just don’t fall asleep!

Bare in mind, a little goes a long way, The aroma can be strong if too much is used as the salts contain a lot of essential oil. 

These salt scrubs also come lavender and orange marmalade 250g tubs costing £10.50 each. 
I love my soap slices too. I love the different scents and how they look so different to the regular supermarket soaps, even in simple shapes. Delicate Owl soap slices cost just £4.50 each for an 80g bar. 


The country rose soap is the prefect addition to the soap scrub. I know your all reading and just dying to see what the oatmeal soap looks like unwrapped, so here it is. 

This is a hard clear soap and the bits of oatmeal can be clearly seen inside. Again this is a great product for exfoliating and getting rid of those dead skin patches. 

And if soap isn’t your thing for hand washing and hand care then maybe natural hand wash is. 

These are the smaller trial bottles of the hand wash and lotion gift set for £25.00. Both the handwash and the hand lotion are also available to buy in full size single 300ml bottles for £12.50 each. All with the choice of fragrance. The lotion is lovely on dry or sweaty hands and the hand wash is great when they need a refreshing scrub. 

And finally………….. The bath bomb! I do love bath bombs, I can’t get enough of them as I always use them so quickly.


Heart shaped and gift boxed and again a few scents to choose from. This one is lavender and even contains actual bits of lavender. Lavender equals a very relaxing bath, perfect just before bedtime. Each bath bomb is just £4.00. 

Amazing bath and body pamper products at amazing affordable prices. 

Beauty treats  – Janiro + giveaway! 

Published May 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This week I will be writing  lots more beauty type posts and including some new products that I have been using recently. 

Today I have 3 products from Janiro and their Bio-essence range. 

Miracle water!

The first product is pretty much a multi use product and can be used by all members of the family. Bio essence water comes as both 100ml and 300ml aerosol spray bottle. It does a lot of things including acting as a cooling spray on hot days, moisturising dry hair, helps to reduce eye strain and even as a make up stay spray.  

As it’s ph balanced and hypoallergenic it means even those with very sensitive skin can use this without problems. My 9 year old daughter suffers from dry skin problems and this helps to relieve dry patches.

It’s only ingredients are Aqua and nitrogen so it really is a very gentle product. I imagine the nitrogen is just for the aerosol bit rather than the product itself. 

The one slight let down with this product is that if using it as a general cooling spray to cool down in the sun when sweating then it does make my skin smell a bit, like a sweaty odour which is luckily temporary. 

It seems perfectly safe to spray all over the body even on the face. 

Price starts from £9.00.


Facelift?

Next onto my favourite product of the three- The Facelifting cream with royal jelly and ATP


I’m always a little dubious when products and creams claim to beable to give face lifts and make the skin feel better, but this is one that I actually really like. The moment I apply it, I get an instant lovely cooling sensation all over my face and it lasts a few minutes afterwards. It’s not often I get this from other creams and it tells me that something is definitely working there. I have also noticed a slight reduction on my head lines which just don’t seem as noticeable recently. 

And look it’s like a pot of whipped cream! 

I love this stuff. The cooling effect, the reduction of lines and how it dries so quickly. This is one product that leaves my skin feeling great after just one application. 

This cream has many benefits, all of which you can read about on the product page. It is not an amazing cheap product because good products don’t come very cheap. A 40g pot of this stuff costs £33.90 but it really is a good buy. 


Snail secretion! Yes really!

This product got me thinking. It couldn’t possibly be made from real snails could it? Not those slimy things with shells that we all find in our gardens? But yes it is. 


The use of snail slime in beauty products actually goes back to Ancient Greece. Just as we excrete oils in sweat to protect our skin, snails do a similar thing. As a snail protects itself, the slime that is excreted from its body is packed with nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans. All of these nutrients are already commonly added to beauty products and are thought to provide many benefits to skin. 

As well as natural snail secretion this snail repair serum also contains collagen and bio energy fluid amongst other beneficial ingredients.

The application is by a glass dropper and it can be applied alone or with a moisturiser such as the face lift cream above. This is the first time I have used any type of snail secretion product. It is not slimy or smelly and unless told I would have had no idea that this product is made with the help of snails. 

This serum is £26.90 for a 30ml bottle. 

If you like the sound of the snail serum then you can enter my giveaway to win one for yourself below.

Giveaway Time

Janiro are giving away one of their snail secretion serums as above. If you want to be in with a chance to win one then just click on the entry link below. 

Entrants must live in the UK and have working email, Facebook and twitter accounts.

“This giveaway will close on May 29th 2017. One winner will be chosen at random to win the snail serum. Winner will be notified by email and will also appear on my prize winners page. Please allow up to 28 days for prize dispatch. “

ENTER HERE!

Necta Perfecta beauty mask 

Published May 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy


I have been testing out another beauty mask. I love products that are made with all natural ingredients just like this one from Bee Good. Yes that’s spelt correctly too and as you can probably imagine – Bee good products contain honey. 

British wildflower honey in beauty products attracts and locks in water, protecting against skin dehydration and creating a silky smooth film to plump and visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The honey is just one of five natural ingredients in this beauty balm. The other four being – Supercharged plant oils (wheatgerm & camelina), natural waxes, Bisabolol and Propolis (from beehives).

This is a top to toe beauty balm meaning it is of benefit to many areas of the body and can even be used on the scalp and part of a hair treatment. 


This beauty product arrived very well presented in its own gift box with a very upmarket style pot. 

The balm itself is as you would expect yelllow/gold in appearance just like honey.

The texture is thick and appears a little waxy. When applied to my face it did feel ever so slightly greasy for a second or two but it did dry really fast. My hands did feel a little more greasy than my face and for some reason the product took a little longer to dry on my hands. It has a sweet honey sort of scent. It can be used as an overnight beauty balm and left on or as a quick exfoliater and washed off after five minutes.


As well as a beauty product it can also be used as relief for dry skin problems due to its natural ingredients.

It costs £39.95 but it is a fairly big pot and contains lots of product inside. It is really soothing to irritated skin and can even help with sunburn. 

Elastoplast and #tearsintosmiles campaign

Published May 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With the warmer weather finally making an appearance, many parents like myself will be eagerly trying to get their children playing outside, as opposed to sitting inside on games consoles and tablets. 

I am lucky that I live on a very small close with just ten houses and no roads outside my front door. Instead it’s all lawns and paths so all the kids can safetly play out without the need to worry about cars and roads.

Playing out always brings falls and cut knees at some point, my children regularly have their fair share and especially my girls. When this happens it’s down to me to give lots of hugs to make the stinging knee feel better as well as any first aid that may be necessary. This is usually just a case of an antiseptic wipe and clean followed by “magic” cream or a plaster.

Last Summer my 9 year old Jordanna was constantly covered in bruises and cuts, I actually worried when sending her to school. At one time the whole side of her body was covered in big scrapes where she had come off her scooter and literally skidded a few feet across the ground. She’s  certainly a tough cookie but her poor body looked such a mess.

#TearsIntoSmiles Challenge by Elastoplast is about celebrating playing outdoors and the freedom playing outdoors brings to children. After all, falling down is part of growing up. 

Elastoplast are a well known brand when it comes to plasters and they sent over a few of their new kids packs with Frozen and Star Wars character themes. 


These packs contain many plasters of different sizes and all with different images. My kids actually wanted to put the plasters on without any cuts.

We also kindly received a ring toss game to play outdoors. And yes it immediately took me back to my childhood days as I am positive I had something very similar to this.


Now it’s very unlikely that a game of ring toss will cause a cut knee or elbow or cut on any other body part (fingers crossed) but my kids love it. 

So we had the plasters, we had the weather, and we even had a new game to play outdoors, all we needed now was a cut knee or two. This is usually a frequent weekly occurrence in this house and usually happens on the way to school. So I waited and waited and just when I was finally about to give up and just stick a plaster on one of them regardless; it happened.  Izebella fell twice on the way home from nursery! 


My poor little girl cried because her knee stung. It was only a small scrape but it still bled and a small bruise was quickly forming around it. I wiped it with some cotton wool and warm water, and applied a frozen “magic” plaster of her choice (the magic bit makes it all better!). She actually could not wait to get one of these plasters on. 


They stick really well and seem easy enough to peel off with minimal pain – If any of you recall the big brown fabric plasters of the 1980s then you will know what I mean by pain and those famous last words from our parents “it won’t hurt if I do it quickly honest! It probably hurt more ripping those things off than the actual fall itself OUCH!!

Plasters such as the character ones above protect wounds and cuts from dirt and bacteria whilst also being skin friendly. It’s important to cover up new wounds to prevent further infection or trauma. These character plasters seem to really appeal to younger children like Izebella who is normally against having plasters on. As well as a nice plaster, a good clean and plenty of hugs helps overcome falls and cut knees and of course everything is magic, from the wipes, cream and plaster itself (tho this only works for the younger kids)

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

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