Monday, 22 December 2014

BODY: The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter

I am obsessed with anything scented or flavoured with apple, I just love it! So when I saw that The Body Shop had bought out a new range called Glazed Apple I had to get down to my local Body Shop to check the range out. I certainly wasn't disappointed, it smells divine, so divine in fact I never used a body butter up so quickly! The Glazed Apple Body Butter* has all of the loveliness of the usual Body Shop body butter ranges - thick, rich body cream that is just the most moisturising - especially welcome at this time of year. 

I would be so happy if I received anything from the Body Shop Glazed Apple range this Christmas, it makes for such a 'treaty' gift! Also, The Body Shop have always got various offers on to take advantage of, at the time of writing this they are offering a massive 40% off plus free standard delivery on orders over £5. So there's definitely always a bargain to be had, without compromising on the quality at all.

Which is your favourite range from The Body Shop?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

GIFTS FOR MEN: Ted Baker Mens Mini Hanging Christmas Gift Set

I have some more inspiration for those hard to buy for men today because let's be honest, any inspiration is always welcomed when it comes to buying gifts for men! This time we're talking scents again but mini versions, perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree or as stocking fillers. The Ted Baker Men's Mini Hanging Christmas Set (£22 from Debenhams) is a set of four different mini fragrances, which are individually boxed in the most stylish of packaging. Due to the fact that each fragrance is beautifully packaged you can easily separate the four fragrances and give them to four different people - ideal stocking fillers!

A bit more about the four fragrances:

'XO: Fresh, Green and Woody
Designed for men who have a passion for the finer things in life. Fresh green top notes lead to a heart of aromatic woods, red berries and ginger roots, mixed with base notes of pink pepper and warm, sensual spices.'

'Skinwear: Enticingly Aromatic
Fresh, zingy extracts of Lime, Bergamot and Lemon are blended with notes of Rosemary, Cypress and Juniper with an enticing base of Sandalwood, Amber and Musk.'

'X2O: Spicy and Intense
Top notes of Tangerine, Tea and Cardamom with Lavender, Rosemary Spices and Violet Leaves and a base of Black Pepper, Sandalwood and Amber.'

'M: Understated Sophistication
Top notes of Tonka Bean, Musk and Vetiver are combined with Coriander, Amber and a rich, woody base.'

How's your Christmas shopping going?
(Mine is slow progress but it's more mustering the energy to go, rather than anything else).

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

GIFTS FOR WOMEN: Cocoa Brown Bronzed and Beautiful Gift Set

Cocoa Brown 1-Hour Instant Tan hasn't been on our beauty shelves for all that long but it's taken the fake tan market by storm. I remember winning a bottle from Ireland ages ago, when it wasn't easily available in England, but now you can pick a bottle up in Superdrug, and Primark to name a few. The Cocoa Brown range has also expanded, including 1-Hour Tan Dark, Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan, Lovely Legs Spray Tanning Make-Up, Tough Stuff Body Scrub, Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser, Tanning Mitts and Gift Sets.

You can read my first review of Cocoa Brown 1-Hour Instant Tan here, written back in February 2013! Since then I've been an avid user and am constantly recommending it and being recommended it too. So when I saw that Cocoa Brown were doing gift sets I knew they would make the most perfect gift for women who love self tanning.

The Cocoa Brown Bronzed and Beautiful Gift Set (£7.95) contains everything a good self tanning gift set should - 

Cocoa Brown 1-Hour Tan
Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanner
Sachet of the Award Winning Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body Scrub

I can't believe you get all of that for £7.95 and the quality is simply outstanding!

Have you tried the wonders of Cocoa Brown?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x 

Monday, 15 December 2014

BABY: Unisex Clothing Wish List

As I've discussed in a previous post (see here), I've been struggling to find unisex baby clothes and from speaking to other Mum's or Mum's to be they also had the same struggle. A lot of retailers must presume everyone will either find out the gender of their baby or not buy most clothes until the baby has arrived (again, that requires patience. Something I'm not particularly blessed with). I've browsed the internet and high street shops high and low, to put together a wish list of unisex clothes for anyone who has also been struggling...



Mamas & Papas

The Essential One


Which is your favourite item?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

BEAUTY: A very disappointing eye make up remover...

Unfortunately I've got a negative review today of a product that really hasn't worked for me. Obviously with skincare it's different for each person but I've really disliked using the Boots Bontanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover All Bright (£3.99) over the past month. In fact I've disliked it so much I have thrown it away and had to buy another eye make up remover and I never, ever do that normally.

There are a couple of things that resulted me in disliking this eye make up remover:

1) The way you dispense the product out of the bottle, it just pours out. There isn't a little hole to stop too much product coming out, so too often I'd end up with a greasy mess as the cotton pad I was using became completely saturated.

2) The greasy/oil nature of this product made it very unenjoyable to use. Prior to this eye make up remover I had been using the Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Make Up Remover (£3.59 from Boots), which had two layers of product, one of which was oily. However this didn't leave any oily residue at all, so was nice to use and didn't leave my skin feeling like it needed to be deeply cleansed. The Bontanics Soothing Eye Make Up Remover is so oily that it would sometimes blur my vision, as the oily residue stuck to my eyelashes. No pleasant in the slightest.

3) It didn't remove my eye make up. The one job it has to do and it fails. Not even non-waterproof mascara and eyeliner!

Overall I'm really disappointed with this product, as I'm sure you can tell. I won't be repurchasing it, neither would I recommend it.

Have you experienced any disappointing products recently?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x

Friday, 12 December 2014

GUIDE TO: Non-Beauty Monthly Box Subscriptions

Monthly box subscriptions are becoming such a big market and you can see why. An exciting delivery full of surprises each month, it's like a present to yourself! (Even if you are paying for it yourself). They also make perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas and events. There are so many monthly boxes now, ones aimed at babies, food lovers, gardeners, healthy lifestyles etc. Truly a monthly box for everyone now. I love the idea of giving these as gifts for Christmas, I know I'd love to receive many of the following monthly boxes.

A Guide to Monthly Boxes

FlowBox - Constant flow of goodness
'Each month we send out our carefully curated boxes filled with exceptional organic and wholesome food, natural beauty and eco-friendly household products. With Flowbox you will discover new and healthy alternatives that are non-toxic, high in quality and a better and safer choice for you and your family, while saving you time and energy! Alongside our Classic box we have Vegan and Gluten-Free boxes available.'

How it works:
1. Choose between three box varieties: Classic, Vegan and Gluten-free.

2. Pick your size: Mini or Maxi. The Mini box has 5-6 items, offering a nice selection of natural products every month. The Maxi has 8-10 products and it contains more full-size and exclusive products.

3. Pick your plan: Select the length of your subscriptions. You can have a rolling monthly or save money with our prepaid 3 and 6-month subscriptions.

Classic/Vegan/Gluten-Free Mini Box - starting from £9.95
Classic/Vegan/Gluten-Free Maxi Box - starting from £17.95

'Monthly packs for your pooch filled with treats, toys & lots of fun!'

How it works:
First, choose your subscription from our 3 available options. You can subscribe month to month, every 3 or every 6 months. You can cancel any time.
Next, tell us more about your special four legged friend. We cater each box for your dog's size.
Finally, make payment, sit back and wait for the joy to be delivered. Boxes are sent out once a month before the end of the month.

Monthly Plan - £19.95 a month
3 Months - £18.95 a month
6 Months - £16.95 a month
1 Month Gift - £24.95


Crafty Creatives
'Crafty Creatives is an exciting monthly subscription box service that provides you with all the materials and tools to try a new craft every month - perfect for beginners and those already experienced. We say "Why just make when you can craft?" as it is our aim to teach you new techniques, rather than just give you simple things to make, so you get more satisfaction from your boxes. You'll get impressive results that you can be proud of! So why not treat yourself to some YOU time - a cup of tea, your CCbox, and your creativity. Gift subscriptions are also available too, for all of your crafty friends and family.'

How it works:
'It's very easy to join Crafty Creatives - sign up and pay for your first box immediately, followed by recurring billing on the first of each month. No contract - cancel whenever you want! Boxes tend to be dispatched mid-month.'

November Box - £15 plus £2.95 p+p

'When you sign up for PurrBoxes, every month you will receive a monthly cat box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your cat – specially selected toys and treats along with a month’s supply of cat grass and catnip!
Whether you’ve been living with your pet for years or have a new special feline in your life, PurrBoxes are the unique new way to keep your cat or kitten entertained, happy and feeling loved.'
How it works:
1. Choose your PurrBox - PurrBoxes are best as a monthly subscription but can also be ordered individually as a gift.
Join now for free delivery,  guaranteeing you a regular mix of the best toys and treats!
2. Tell us all about your cat - Sign up and tell us who the PurrBoxes are for and where to send them.
PurrBoxes are a monthly hassle free Direct Debit subscription.
3. Play and Purr - A monthly selection of toys and treats for your cat is delivered to your door.
PurrBoxes come by Royal Mail and conveniently fit through the letterbox.

Monthly Cat Box - £9.95 a month
Single Cat Box - £9.95 

'Discover new flavours every month.'

How it works:
1. Sign up: Only £12.99 inc delivery. The following payments to be collected on the 10th of each month. No commitment necessary. To cancel tell us before the 10th.
2. Joined on or before the 20th of the Month? Receive your box by the end of the same month. Joined on or after 21st ? Receive that month's box by the 8th of the following month.
3. Enjoy your Degustabox, share the items with friends and family. Review your products, give your opinions and suggestions to the brands who you did and didn't love. They want to know what all our Degustaboxers think, so tell us and make a difference!  

Pay Monthly - £12.99 a month
Pay Biannually - £11.99 a month
3 Month Degustabox Gift - £12.49 a month
6 Month Degustabox Gift - £11.99 a month
12 Month Degustabox Gift - £11.49 a month
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' was started by 7 friends. We all love
food and wanted to get a lot more out of our snacking. So we started inventing snacks that showed off health's more pleasurable side and working out the best way to get them to busy foodies like us. was born! The 7 of us quit our jobs and started making graze boxes. 6 years on we are still making graze boxes, creating delicious new recipes (with healthy benefits) and listening to grazers to make sure we pick the perfect box for them every time. We hope you enjoy graze boxes (and wearing party hats) as much as we do!'

How it works:
1. Tell us the snacks you fancy online.
2. We hand-pick a box for you.
3. And send it to your home or work.

1 Box - £3.99 each
You can receive the graze boxes as often as you wish.

'Nonabox accompanies you through your pregnancy and your baby's first two years. Every month we send a box full of specially selected top-quality products, chosen for youand reflecting your stage of motherhood, from pregnancy through your baby’s first two years...The total value of the box is always superior to that of the subscription cost! We only chose brands that stand out for their quality and usefulness. We do not allow brands to pay to collaborate with Nonabox. It is the experiences of real mothers and your reviews that fill Nonaboxes.'

How it works:
They renew your subscription automatically and you can cancel whenever you want. 
P&P is always free and it's totally personalised.

Monthly Subscription - £24.95 a month
3 Month Subscription - £69.95 one off payment
6 Month Subscription - £129.95 one off payment
Annual Subscription - £249.95 one off payment
Nonabox Express - £29.95 one off payment

November Box

'Every month we find one of the world's finest single-origin coffees, freshly roast it and deliver it direct to our members in slimline packets that fit through their letterboxes. The coffee seletion available in supermarkets is limited, mass-produced and very often stale by the time it gets onto the shelf. We only deliver the best coffee from the best crops from the best farms. Just like the grapes for fine wine, our coffees aren't harvested by machines that are indiscriminate when it comes to picking the ripe cherries. Our coffees are harvested and sorted by hand, then freshly roasted here in the UK.'

'Why try Kopi Coffee?
  • A different outstanding coffee from around the world each month
  • Rare, premium whole beans or pre-ground coffee selected by experts
  • From just 33p a cup - compare that to your usual coffee shop
  • Roasted to order so you'll enjoy coffee at its freshest
  • 100% Happiness Guarantee - we'll refund or replace it if you're not delighted
  • A fascinating, gorgeous Tasting Booklet with every coffee
  • Total flexibility - order multiple bags, get extras, skip a month
  • Delivered FREE in the UK in letterbox-friendly packaging'

How it works:
  • Box size fits through your letter box
  • Email notifying you of dispatch each month
  • Swap between plans at any time
  • Free delivery to your door
  • Each month you'll receive a 250g bag of coffee
  • A different single-origin coffee each month
  • Beans or Ground
  • Foil wrapped for freshness
  • Resealable for convenience
Monthly - £7.95 every month
3 Months - £23.40 every 3 months
6 Months - £44.70 every 6 months
12 Months - £83.40 every 12 months
3 Month Gift - £24 one off payment
6 Month Gift - £45 one off payment
12 Month Gift - £85 one off payment

gift package

Which monthly box subscriptions appeal to you?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x