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Beauty gift guide: Oral B genius 9000

Published November 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I purchased my first Oral B toothbrush several years ago and have never gone back to a manual brush since. Since using Oral B, my overall dental health has improved greatly. Now all four of us all have our own Oral B electric toothbrushes and that’s all we intend to use.

There are many Oral B electric brushes to choose from. These range from the more basic and less expensive to the more powerful costing a few hundred. Each one does a great job it just depends which one suits.  



 I am now using the new Oral B 9000

This seems to be one of the higher end models and it’s easy to see why when you read all the specifications and what this brush does. 



 In the box, comes the brush in a choice of white or sleek shiny black design, you get the basic white two pin charger which if you don’t have a razor port you’ll need an adaptor. There’s also the black case which has its own special charger. A brush head holder, four brush heads and a mobile phone holder with mirror suction. So a fair few bits for one brush. 
 


I do prefer the black design on this, as opposed to the usual standard white brushes. I find the white ones attract more stains which make the brushes look dirty. The compact hard tough case also protects the brush from dirt and airborne nasties.
 


This charging case even comes with a usb charging port too. Meaning phones can be charged at the same time as the brush.

The brush has more than one brushing function. The down arrow button is used to activate each one. A normal clean does not need to be activated  this is standard. The button functions are – pro clean, sensitive, 3D white, Gum Care and Tongue clean. 



This brush is also Bluetooth enabled and connects to a free app. The app is really good. It tells me how good I’m brushing and how much of my mouth I’m covering etc, also if I press too hard. It provides lots of useful tips too.


 


The instructions suggest attaching the phone holder to a bathroom mirror via the suction cups. 
 


I haven’t done this with my phone because my mirror is just too close to my toilet and I have visions of it coming loose and bye bye phone! So I just position mine elsewhere and it still works fine. 

 The app even allows me to change the colour of the lights on the brush, from white to any colour of my choosing. Izebella insisted I had to have bright pink so that’s what it is. My brush came fully charged ready to use and charging is quick compared to other brushes tho I do wish Oral B would include charging adaptorsd and we aren’t all lucky enough to have bathroom charge ports.  

 Now the price of this one varies greatly across stores. The RRP is a huge £280 but Boots are currently selling for just £99 and Amazon £89.00. I’m not sure those low prices will last so it’s best to buy before they go.

Check with Heck: Meat & two veg

Published November 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yorkshire-based sausage brand Heck, is working alongside The Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation are the world leading men’s health charity. HECK have renamed themselves as CHECK for the duration of November, in order to encourage men to search for lumps on their scrotum and prevent men from dying from testicular cancer.

The main reason for Heck’s involvement is due to the company’s founder Jamie Keel personal experience of the cancer two years ago.

The research shows a high lack of knowledge among both men and female partners who admit they would not know what a cancerous lump would feel like which is a pretty scary result. Further research results can be read on the Heck website.

Heck sent me over some packs of their sausages and asked me to create a dish which combines meat and two veg. Meat being the sausages.

Now I don’t mind the odd sausage now and then, but I’m not usually overly big on them. That’s because I’d never tried Heck sausages before. Their 97% pork sausages taste so different to the usual cheap crap that they don’t taste like sausage at all.

These are so full of succulent juicy flavour that I know I’ll be buying more.

This is our meat and two veg creation, kept simple as I have fussy kids. I used peas and potatoes which I mashed. Gravy added after this was taken and yes my daughter has attempted to make a face here.

The sausages were enjoyed by all four of us which is a rarity that we all enjoyed the same thing at meal times.

Of course the message being to check and get checked.

Gifts for her: Babe 

Published November 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Babe is a perfume, and not just any old perfume but apparently a recreation of an old classic. 

Babe Perfume was, I hear very popular back in the good old 1970s and 1980s. I was born 1977 so this is not something I really remember. 

The new Babe has been recreated using public records and by the knowledge of fans of the original to make it as close to the original as possible. 

I have no comparison to the original perfume from decades ago, but I do of course have a bottle of the new stuff. The scent is both floral and woody at the same time.  Babe is made with many elegant flowers together to give it a timeless yet modern fragrance. 

Babe costs £24.99 and even has its own website.

Beauty gifts – Malki Dead Sea Salts

Published November 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Christmas can be very tiring for us parents and especially us ladies. I always enjoy receiving beauty and pamper type gifts Christmas morning as it means I have something to help me get a nice relaxing bath later in the evening.

These Dead Sea bath salts are just one product in the Maliki bathing range sold in Boots. The large pot contains a therapeutic combination of Dead Sea salt, Rose petals and Frankincense; yes the same stuff that was given to baby Jesus in the nativity story so it certainly boasts a few festive hints.

The aroma is strong and really helps me to relax when I’m not feeling great or after a tiring day. Frankincense being good for soothing muscles and calming breathing.

To use, I just pour a handful of salts into a warm bath and swish around. The aroma is instant. It feels so nice using scented products like this one. It helps me get a good peaceful nights sleep.

Some salts and bits of rose petal will usually remain in the bath once emptied so the bath will require a quick rinse out to remove this.

These salts cost just £6.85 from Boots stores and Boots online.

Gifts for Girls: Piggy Paint

Published November 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Most little girls long to be like their mummies with make up, nail polish and hair products. When I was a little girl, products like this were strictly just for adults and bigger girls, there were no kids safe nail polish and I don’t recall any hair products just for little girls. Either these products did not exist, or they were too expensive or my parents just did not want to buy them. I’m thinking the first is correct and they just didn’t exist back in the early 1980s.

Well fast forward 30 or so years and they certainly exist now and don’t I know it with having little girls myself. Girls who want the make up and nail polish and great locks even at a very young age. Now I get the whole media debates about allowing young girls to wear make up and nail polish and the arguments against it, but the way I see it, is if they are at home and want their nails doing then what’s the harm? And I’d rather buy and use the child friendly safe stuff then have them sneaking in my room and using my “not so safe” products.

Piggy Paint sells both kid friendly nail polish and have their own hair care product line called Rock the Locks.

The Piggy Paint nail polish comes in so many wonderful bright colours. It’s non toxic with almost no odour. It’s a water based formula but unlike a few other kid polishes we have used, this one doesn’t peel off or wash off straight away with water.

Each bottle of nail polish costs £7.99 and they each have really funky cute names such as Brand Spank’n blue and Angel Kiss.

As well as the coloured nail polish there is even a shine top coat, basecoat & sealer and nail polish remover which also cost £7.99 each. The nail polish remove smells a little similar to the stuff I usually use but it’s free of acetone and the odour not quite as strong.

Rock the Locks is all about the hair. The products include – Shampoo & Conditioner, detangler, curl boost, textured paste, hair spray and a style gel. These products are all individually priced and again made without any harsh chemicals or nasties.

We have the curl boost costing £9.99. This acts as both a detangler and curl enhancer. Both my girls have very curly hair. Jordanna’s also being extremely thick and bushy too. Without products like this, doing their hairs in the mornings gets very stressful and sometimes with a few tears whilst trying to detangle as gently as possible. These products really help to make hair brushing much easier and enjoyable for us all.

Curl boost helps the curls to relax, so the hair looks less scraggly if that makes sense.

Piggy Paint products make perfect stocking fillers for mini princesses who love to be pampered.

http://www.piggypaintuk.co.uk/

Christmas pamper gift guide for her

Published November 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy



Us ladies love our beauty and pamper gifts don’t we? Anything that smells great, and makes us feel great using it always makes a much wanted Christmas gift no matter how big or small. 

I am including a few of my favourite pamper type gifts today. I would be very happy if I found these in my stocking on Christmas morning.


 

1) Heathcote & IvoryWhether its bath treats or hand and body care, Heathcote & Ivory have so many wonderful gifts to choose from for the special ladies in your life. 



Like this hand cream trio enriched with natural soothing extracts, just what hard working mums need at the end of Christmas Day.

 Or for relaxing in a hot bath on Christmas night, surrounded by fragranced flower petals perhaps? These look just like real flower petals. They dissolve in a hot bath, and make it a little like an oriental experience. 




2) Niveaare certainly a well known brand no matter what time of the year. They are possibly best known for soothing skin creams but their Christmas gifts make lovely inexpensive surprises.  

 This heart shaped perfect skin gift tin can be purchased in Boots and Tesco stores for around £7.50.


Inside there are three products – 


NIVEA Indulgent Moisture Rode Shower Cream 250ml

NIVEA Rose & Argan Oil in Lotion 200ml 

NIVEA Soft Rose Caring Lip Balm 4.8g



And of course the tin itself is completely reusable and good for keeping small bits of make up inside. 




Also fromNivea Uk; and just for the lips, as no one likes chapped lips at this time of year. It’s a lip butter duo.
And in a very festive elf package, a perfect stocking filller for small or big girls.


3) For the Little ladies – Daniel Galvin!


I thought I’d give this a mention for Christmas as they do make nice extra stocking fillers for little ladies. 



It’s a new product from the Daniel Galvin “dubble trubble” product line. It doubles up as both a shampoo and body wash. Being cherry bomb means it smells delicious and my girls love it.  



4) St Morizbecause no one likes to look pale and pasty around Christmas time and not got the Xmas snaps. Everyone longs for a winter tan, but sadly that’s impossible here in the “not so sunny” UK. 



This is one of my favourite self tan products from St Moriz. It’s the velvet finish gel. It goes on white and within  a few hours it leaves a lovely steak free velvet finish all over tan. Addd this one to a home made beauty hamper.


 
5) Crabtree & EvelynRelax and unwind with gifts from Crabtree & Evelyn bath +body gifts. They are big on luxury fragrances such as their rosewater & Peppercorn items. Containing natural products and real essential oils, your gift recipient will no doubt smell the lovely aroma before they open their gift on Christmas morning. Choose from soaps, lotions, creams and bathing products. 


6) Yankee – There is only one thing that Yankee is famous for and that’s its selection of beautiful scented candles, just like this one. So many sizes, styles and fragrances to choose from, a Yankee candle is sure to bring delight to any lady and her home. 



So whatever you buy that special lady this Christmas, make it a special one! 

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. 

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