Monday, 17 July 2017

Tropika Skincare Review*

Hi everyone,

I was very kindly sent a couple of products by Tropika.

box, packaging, Virgin coconut oil, coconut herbal cream with tropical herbs, coconut massage oil with rose

These two products are from their 'Little Spa' range. These products are prefect to use for my little Darcie (and for Mummy to pinch a little of too).

Coconut herbal cream with tropical herbs, coconut massage oil with rose, virgin coconut oil

The two products I received were 'Little Spa Herbal Cream With Tropical Herbs' and 'Little Spa Massage Oil With Rose'.

Virgin coconut oil, vapour rub, colds, teething, mum, dad, baby

The first product I will talk about is the Little Spa Coconut Herbal Cream with Tropical Herbs. This is inspired by homemade remedies that have been used by Mum's throughout Malaysia. It is made using virgin coconut oil and tropical herbs.. I have to say I love this! It is a lovely all-natural alternative to vapour rubs. Massage a little onto your little one's (or your) back and chest, this will help to give them a better nights sleep and ease their cold. I can help to ease the snuffles from teething too. You can buy this from the Tropika website and has an RRP of £13.99.

dry skin, cradle cap, baby, mums, dads, virgin coconut oil

The product above is the Little Spa Coconut Massage Oil with Rose. Another product I love! This is also made from virgin coconut (Tropika only use virgin coconut oil). To give the rose scent they use essential rose oil. You know when you go into a health shop and you find their toiletry section and you can just smell that smell where you know the products there are going to be good for you. Well this has that smell and it is SO good! To use this warm a little of the oil in your hands and then gently massage into the body. This can also be used to help with cradle cap, so you can do the same as above and massage it into the scalp too. This is great to help with dry skin for little ones and their parents. You can find this on the Tropika website and has an RRP of £15.99.

Overall I am really impressed with these. I will be replacing these as I love them! I also have my eye on the Mums spa range.

Tasha x

*This product was sent to me in return for an honest review*

Monday, 10 July 2017

Beauty Essentials Shadow Switch*

Hi everyone,
I was kindly sent a Shadow Switch by Beauty Essentials to try. I have seen so many bloggers review these and say how much they love them. I am so glad to finally have tried one and have been able to see first hand why they make a perfect staple to anyone's makeup routine.

Eyeshadow, clean

Shadow Switch is a dry brush cleaner, it allows you to switch between eye shadows when creating your desired eye look. Hence the name, Shadow Switch. We've all been there, you need to use another eyeshadow colour and guess what? You've run out of brushes. Now, no one has time to wash or even spot clean their brushes and dry them whilst trying to get ready to go out. That's where this little beauty comes in.

All you have to do is get the brush you have used, press and rotate (in a circular motion) in the sponge, until you are satisfied that the remains of the last shade used has gone. It is that easy. The Shadow Switch comes in a little box and the tin is a perfect size for travelling with.

To keep you Shadow Switch clean, use warm water and fragrance free soap and leave to dry. It is recommended that you switch your Shadow Switch (see what I did there) every couple of months. The Shadow Switch is only £5.99, so I think that is a very reasonable price to pay every couple of months. Just think about how much time that £5.99 saves you, not only that it saves you worrying about whether you have another brush clean or not.

Beauty Essentials have recently launched new packaging for the Shadow Switch. I love it! Here is what it looks like:

I am really excited to see what else Beauty Essentials have and what they bring out next. Without a doubt the products will be something I need in my life and can't wait to get my hands on. Well done, with this Beauty Essentials! I have found another must-have favourite to keep in my kit. Fancy buying one for yourself? You can find them on Amazon.

Have you tried the Shadow Switch yet?

Tasha x

*This product was sent to me in return for a fair and honest review*

Sunday, 2 July 2017

June round up 2017

Hi everyone,

So I am very proud of myself as I am actually getting a round up post up. I am going to start as I mean to go on and try and get one of these up for every month.

What's happened in June?

  • Darcie turned 6 months old (where has the time gone?!) I am thinking about doing an update post on 'Darcie at 6 months' as a lot has happed. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen my stories, we have started to wean Darcie. She is doing really well with it, I won't go into to much detail and I'll save it for the 'Darcie at 6 months' post.
  • We went to Hampton Court Palace. We had an amazing time! I am already thinking about planning another trip there. Darcie enjoyed it too, not just because it was somewhere new but because of how much attention she received. From students on an educational trip, people who had just come out for a day out and even the workers there, no word of a lie must have had about 20+ people either stop to say how lovely she was or walk past and say 'how gorgeous!'.
  • I had my braces tightened. I have never really spoken about my braces and what work I have had done, maybe this is for another post as well.
  • We took Darcie to soft play for the first time. We went with one of my friends and her little one. Darcie really enjoyed herself.
  • Aron's parents visited! We had a lovely day with them.
  • We have been busy gathering a few more bits for Darcie's Christening. We are almost there now with gathering bit and pieces for her.

Food favourites:

First up, Milky way crispy rolls. I love these! I love Milky Way chocolate. I haven't had these in ages and I found these in Iceland for £1. That's when I rekindled my love for them. I have to stop myself from eating the whole box of these. I love how they are crispy but have that really smooth centre.

Another Milky Way product. These are a favourite of mine full stop. I love Magic Stars! I don't know what it is about these start shaped chocolates, but I always want more! I picked these up in Tesco on deal for £1 (usually £1.50).

Last food favourites that I don't actually have pictures for are Tesco Finest Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes (£1.50) and Tesco Sweet Mini Peppers (£1.25). With the weather we have been having as they are both lovely additions to a salad.

Makeup and Skincare products:

I wrote a little about these in my May Dollibox* post. These wipes still haven't let me down. These still leave my skin feeling super soft and are great at removing makeup. You can buy the on the Seacret website for £19.95.

Last up in my in my makeup and skincare favourites for the month is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Evertone Suncare lotion. I received this in my June Dollibox*. Just the smell of this product is enough to win me over! When I applied this to my skin it dried really quickly and it left my skin feeling lovely and soft. You can find out where to buy this on the Palmer's website (RRP £9.99).

Darcie's favourites:

I love this cute floral smock dress from M&Co. This dress is size 3-6 months and is £18.00. This dress was Darcie's Easter present from my Grandma. It comes with a beautiful little pair of matching knickers. Darcie wore this on our trip to Hampton Court Palace.

On the peter pan collar there is some beautiful floral embroidery. I also love the little broderie anglaise sleeves. I want to buy this dress in 18/24 months (which would be £20) ready for next summer in case they don't have it in again. It suits Darcie perfectly! 

Another clothing item. I adore this little Spanish wear romper suit! You may have seen that I picked this up on a Facebook selling page in my post 'Darcie's wardrobe: 3-6 months'. This was a great find as this really suited Darcie! She looked unbelievably cute in this! This little romper has been perfect for the hot weather we have been having, it kept her lovely and cool.

These little pink baby pods have been a firm favourite of mine since we first got them when Darcie was about 3 months. Sadly, Darcie has just grown out of them and I am really sad. I see these as her first pair of shoes and now my baby is getting bigger. You can find these on Ebay.

This is a life saver! This dummy clip has helped no ends! We attach this to her pram when we are off out, meaning we don't loose dummies any more. It's so pretty and they come in all different colours and styles. For more information contact allthingshandmade24 on Instagram.

I adore this sleepsuit from Asda! This pattern suits Darcie so well! I search high and low for this particular sleepsuit as it is no longer available. They also do a vest in this pattern too. It reminds me so much of Cath Kidston.

TV, Film and Netflix:

Both of my favourites are from Netflix. First up is Hell's Kitchen. My boyfriend and I have enjoyed watching this in the evening, I believe we are on season 11. We both feel like we actually know the contestants which makes it all the more tense when it comes to elimination.

Saving the best until last for this month and that is Reign! I love Reign! It is based on Mary Queen of Scots, Adelaide Kane who plays Mary is fantastic! Of course all of the other actors and actresses are too. I haven't got to the end of Reign yet, so if you watch it please no spoilers! I am so sad that there will be no more episodes though.

What have been your favourite things in June?

Tasha x

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I'm washing my hands with it*

Hi everyone,

'What am I washing my hands with?' I hear you ask. Baylis & Harding hand wash!

Baylis & Harding kindly sent me a couple of their hand washes to try out. I was so pleased about this as I have been meaning to pick one up to try out for some time now. I only have one problem, why did I not just pick these up to try?!

Jamsine & apple blossom, Sweet mandarin & grapefruit, clensing, anti-bacterial, refreshing

The packaging is perfect! There is no unnecessary packaging, the bottles are perfectly rounded and sturdy. The pumps lock and unlock and I love the silver neck of the pumps. I love how the simple designs are on the bottles. The designs are the same or vary slightly on a couple of the scents, the Baylis & Harding logo is so bold you don't have to second guess yourself at a quick glance that it is a Baylis & Harding hand wash you are buying.

The first scent I tried out was 'sweet mandarin & grapefruit'. I am really into citrus scents at the moment, so this is perfect for me. I find that the balance between the sweet mandarin and grapefruit is just right. The fragrance isn't overpowering either. It is something you can use and it will stay on your hands for some time. It's not however, one of those unbearable scents that you wish would just go, it's light and refreshing. As for the consistency of the hand wash it's not thick and its not too runny. I don't really like thick hand washes as I feel like I use more than I should.

The next fragrance I received was 'jasmine & apple blossom'. I've never really had a hand wash in this sort of scent before. They are always either original scents, citrus or unusual scents, so it was nice to have a change of fragrance. This hand wash has 'added moisturisers' and honestly, I can tell! my hands still feel super soft about 2 to 3 hours later. I have to be really careful with what I use on my hands as they tend to flare up in a rash and can become dry and my skin can split easy. I had no problem using both of these on my hands. This particular hand wash though, has left my hands feeling better than ever, so I will be buying the 'jasmine & apple blossom' hand wash for myself!

My overall verdict, I will defiantly be buying these for myself! I had a browse on Amazon where you can buy the 'sweet mandarin & grapefruit' and 'jasmine & apple blossom' hand washes and I love the sound of all of the fragrances. I particularly want to try 'eucalyptus & mint' because how refreshing and invigorating does this sound?! Also, I would like to try the 'jojoba, silk & almond oil' as this just sounds so luxurious.

Jamsine & apple blossom, Sweet mandarin & grapefruit, clensing, anti-bacterial, refreshing

Which hand wash would you like to try?

Tasha x

*I received these products in return for a fair and honest review*

Monday, 19 June 2017

Dollibox June 2017*

Hi everyone,

As I said in my last post the June 2017 Dollibox would be coming up. I am really impressed with this months box and I am really excited to show you what I received in there!

If you are interested in a Dollibox subscription they are either £10 for a pay-as-you-go monthly plan, £28.50 for a 3 month plan, £54 for a 6 month plan or £102 for a 12 month plan.

June dollibox 2017

Seacret Mineral-Rich Clarifying Mud Mask & a nail file: There is nothing better then getting a couple of added extras! I love the touch of a little sample and adding a nail file. It's such a lovely touch. For a full sized Seacret mud mask it is £79.99!

Seacret Mud Mask & nail file dollibox

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Evertone Suncare SPF 30: Discovering Palmer's now make sun lotion, my mind was blown! If you read my May Dollibox post, you will know just how much I love Palmer's! This Suncream contains effective UVA/UVB filters. Not only that but it contains rich, natural moisturisers. These are cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil. Perfect for helping to make your skin look youthful whilst guarding against those harmful rays. This is one of the first thing I tried out (due to all of the sun we've been having). It smells amazing and is super quick at drying. I wasn't left with greasy looking skin or white streaks from the lotion on my skin. Palmer's never fails me and this has met my expectations for Palmer's. This has an RRP of £9.99 and you can find plaves to buy on the Palmer's website.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Evertone Suncare SPF 30 Dollibox

Seacret Hand Cream: I wasn't left disappointed with the Seacret makeup remover wipes last time so, I was really excited to try this. I am a huge Aveeno fan and nothing has come close to helping soothe my hands, until this. It contains Dead Sea minerals, Orange oil, Sunflower oil, Cocoa butter, Shea butter and vitamins A&E. All of these either help to look after skin, boost healthy looking skin and provide a long lasting moisture. This is a 25 ml travel sized tube and I think this will last me quite some time. You only need a little to massage into your hands. It dried almost instantly on my hands. The hand cream feels so luxurious. For a 150ml tube it has an RRP of £29.99, you can purchase from the Seacret website.

Seacret Hand Cream dollibox

Wax Melt Bakery- Wax melt: I received the scent 'Sugared Donuts'. Sadly, I can't comment much on this as I don't actually own anything to burn a wax melt. However, the smell of the wax melt itself is amazing. It's sweet but not overpowering. I can only imagine what it will be like to use it properly. These have an RRP of £1.30 and you can find Wax Melt Bakery on Etsy.

Pura Cosmetics Lip Balm: I love a lip balm! I have a huge lip balm collection, yet I continue to buy more, this was another product I was excited to try. The formula is a little different to other products I have tried. However, I love the smell of it! The lip balm is 100% cruelty free and is made from natural ingredients. The little pot is a convenient size and is perfect for popping in your handbag or makeup bag (or if your me, your baby's changing bag). These have an RRP of £2.50 and you an find them on the Pura website. (After finding the link I know have my eye on a number of other items.)

Popfeel Concealer: I received shade FA04. This shade is a bit dark for me to use to cover any skin imperfections; I would however, give this a go as a eyeshadow primer. It's super easy to use and I would love to see if they have one to fit my skin properly. They have 11 shades including a green and purple! These have an RRP of £2.79 I can't find them on their website but I will leave a link to the Popfeel website.

Pro-Range Mermaid Makeup Brushes: This is a definite favourite of mine in the June box. This brush is so beautiful! I honestly want the whole set! The card I was given doesn't tell me where they are from, I have found a set off of light in the box that are very similar. You can thank me later.

What's your favourite thing from the June Dollibox?

Tasha x

*I received a discount on this product in return for a fair and honest review*