Skinn Collagenesis Collection


IdealWorldtv will be stating their 17th Birthday celebrations on Wednesday the 29th of March this year and they have all sorts of fun things planned.  From super discounts on various products starting on their birthday to a fun twitter party which will also take place on the day at 7:30pm to 8:30pm on their twitter page (@IdealWorldTV).  One of the items that you will be able to purchase for an amazingly discounted price is a skincare set from Skinn.  The Internationally acclaimed cosmetic brand Skinn use natural ingredients in their products with their focus being on what goes into them as well as how they make us look.  Their company motto is “what counts is inside” and with this in mind they combine classic traditions with the most advanced technology making them stand out from the rest.

The Collagenesis range has been designed for use on various skin types from young to old.  Its aim is to help prevent the early signs of ageing and also treat more mature skin by targeting dry dehydrated skin, thinning of the skin and reducing the crepey and wrinkled appearance that appears as the body slows down the production of elastin and collagen.

The Collagenesis skincare collection is beautifully presented and is comprised of 4 products;

Skinn Collagenesis 24 Hour Cream 50ml

This contains plant peptides which perform a variety of functions from healing, maintaining skin tightness, skin renewal and protein synthesis for a younger looking skin.  The cream does not contain any waxes, parabens, petrochemicals or mineral oil and is designed for both day and night use keeping skin feeling softer, evening out the skin tone and firming the skin.  As our skin ages the cell renewal of the top layer decreases giving it a dryer duller appearance.  The naturally derived Capryloyl Salicylic Acid which features in this cream helps with the skin skin cell renewal and helps to improve the appearance of skin.

This is a lovely cream with a rich, thick texture that doesn’t leave a greasy residue after application and it absorbs into the skin well leaving if feeling fabulous.  You don’t need much as a little goes a long way.  Don’t forget to apply to your neck and decolletage.  This is lovely and has a brightening effect on the skin which seems to become apparent quite quickly within the first week or so of use.  The only amendment to this product I would suggest would be to have it in a pump bottle like the rest of the items in the set.

Stem Rejen Face Serum 30ml

This serum contains 3 key ingredients Glacier Water, Snow Algae Powder and Alpine Rose.  Glacier Water found in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps has been preserved for thousands of years keeping its youthful properties and helping to keep skin looking younger by delivering deep, long-lasting hydration.  Snow Algae Powder helps to keep the skin looking smooth and radiant.  Alpine Rose; a powder based from the stem cells of alpine rose leaves.  This helps to enhance skin’s natural vitality and strengthens the skin’s barrier function enabling it to cope better with climate changes.  With a patented technology, these ingredients are encompassed in a multilamellar encapsulation delivery system which adapts to each users skin type including the most sensitive skin.

This comes in a useful pump bottle making it easy to control the amount of product dispensed.  I love the colour which is a pretty shade of pink and that there are so many great ingredients including some particularly strong antioxidants to help prevent against cell damage.  The serum isn’t too thick or heavy and sinks into the skin nicely.

Stem Rejen Eye Serum 15ml

This serum also contains Glacier Water, Snow Algae Powder and Alpine Rose.  In addition it is also formulated with a the resin of the Indian tree (Guggul) that has natural skin plumping properties to give smoother skin.  With it’s wealth of natural ingredients chosen specifically for their various skin improving properties this appears to be a great product for use on the skin under the eyes helping to add moisture from within and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines..

The eye serum has a slightly thicker consistency than the face serum but it is still very light and again vanishes quickly into the delicate skin under the eye.  You don’t need much and again a little goes a long way.  I found about half a pump was sufficient to use on each application.

Lip Stem Rejen 15ml

Active constituents from sesame seeds are used in this particular formula.  This product has been designed to help reduce the appearance of those dreaded marionette and nasolabial folds that appear as our skin ages.  The aim is for skin to look rejuvenated and to promote a more youthful appearance.  This also includes the three high-performing active ingredients, Glacier Water, Snow Algae Powder and Alpine Rose.

This is an interesting product as you don’t see that many that are actually designed specifically for the lines around the mouth area.  Again you don’t need much as you are not covering a large area so try squeezing out a third to half a pump and you should be covered, excuse the pun!  (I have no control of myself sometimes).  This leaves the skin feeling silky soft with no greasy residue and is fast acting to give a plumper appearance of the skin and reduction in fine lines.

All of these products are best stored in a dark place, a bathroom cupboard will suffice.

Fancy trying these wonderful beauty products?

As part of their birthday celebration IdealWorldtv will be offering these for £39.99 giving you a whooping saving as the normal price is £120 although still a bargain considering the actual products.  So for just £39.99 you can have all 4 items above but that’s not all.  In addition they are also adding in these two extra products for free:


Yes, there is more.  How generous are these guys.

As part of the Birthday Special they will feature super-sized versions of all the products giving you even more reason to want to get your hands on them.

This is a great offer and one that I plan to take full advantage of.

Will you be making the most of the amazing savings that IdealWorldtv will be offering whilst celebrating their birthday?

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Edible Sweet Gifts for Under £10 (2017)

We don’t all have endless amounts of space so sometimes when buying gifts I think it is a good idea to consider buying gifts that are edible rather than ones we hope the recipient will use for years to come.  I know I have limited space and although I appreciate another great quality pan for example I have literally no storage space left.  Well meaning friends and family always buy me items for the kitchen which is lovely but for me no longer practical as I have nowhere to put them and they just get piled up onto of others that have yet to be used.  Sometimes gifts that are edible can be a welcome change and may be used as a gift or part of a selection of gifts depending on how much you want to spend.  There are so many different sweet treats to choose from and today I wanted to focus on items that you can find for £10 or less.  If you are dieting look away now!

Prosecco Sweets

These have become increasingly popular and I for one would love to try them in some shape or form.  John Lewis has two different types bonbons (200g) £5.00 and gummies (250g) £6.50.  These adult treats are not actually alcoholic and are sure to go down well with Prosecco lovers.


With the rise of gourmet marshmallows there has never been so much choice available.  From basic vanilla to champagne and strawberry flavour we are more than spoilt for choice.  Yumbles have a range of foodie items including lemon meringue pie marshmallows (pack of 10) £4.75 and coconut marshmallows (130g) £6.00.  These make a great addition to any gift and would be welcomed by all marshmallow lovers.

 Chocolate Covered Nuts

I know so many people that love chocolate covered nuts and these make a great gift or additional gift.  Hotel Chocolat do some gorgeous dark chocolate Brazil nuts (230g) that come in a reusable tin for £10.  What something for a little less they have a range of tie bag options like their dark salted caramel almonds (130g) for £5.50 or £5 if you buy two or more.


Chocolate is always a winner unless although you come across the odd person that doesn’t eat it.  I know how unusual but apparently there are a few out there.  Us chocolate lovers do outnumber them greatly and a selection such as the Guylian praline seashells (250g) available at Tesco for £3 or the 375g box for £5 also from Tesco generally goes down very well.  These are my sisters favourite chocolates and she always gets some for birthdays and Christmas.


Now when I mention biscuits as a gift I don’t just mean any old thing.  For it to be suitable as a gift you need to take into consideration the quality of the biscuit, flavour and also packaging!  Here is were Harrods seems to have excelled.  These stunning biscuit boxes (contain 300g of biscuits) are perfect as gifts, on the left the daffodil tin contains chocolate chunk hazelnut biscuits and on the right the rose tin contains delicately spiced stem ginger biscuits.  These are suitable for vegetarians.  The tins cost £10 each and of course the box is great for storing bits and bobs from makeup to piping nozzles.

 So as you can see you can find a wide variety of items that make lovely gifts and cost less than £10.  There are so many more items to choose from but of course it all depends on the taste of the recipient where your search will be guided.  For those like me that love their chocolate I have one last thing to mention.  A super little competition thanks to the generous guys at Guylian who agreed with me that we should share the love and the chocolate so here we go.  If you fancy trying your luck have a quick read below to find out how to enter.

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Mini Dinosaur Backpack with Safety Harness Reins

It’s fun getting out and about but not always so easy when you have 3 children to keep an eye on.  I am one of those mums that is a little over protective of her young.  I tend to like to hold their hands when we walk down the road although I know many others that are that bit more relaxed with their children allowing them to run along ahead and in some cases not being as watchful as you might expect.  Maybe I’m over doing it or maybe I’m not but with the world nowadays I appreciate children need to be street savvy but also am aware that people are busier and in many cases more careless when they drive.  I’ve seen cars swerve onto the road near children and noticed some drivers not paying attention as they drive, reverse etc.  I have always use reigns on my little ones, I appreciate some parents like them and others are not such big fans but I think they are great to allow little ones to have that bit more freedom (and exercise) than having to sit in a pushchair or hold mummy’s hand all the time.  Of course holding 3 hands doesn’t quite add up and so when I have all 3 with me I have mastered a way of making sure all are safe having mini man in the pushchair and the girls holding on to either side.  Mr Squishy has now thrown a spanner in the works though and has been insisting on walking a lot more which is fine but not quite so easy with the length of my reigns.  I had seen a few mums out and about with backpacks that had reigns on them and thought this to be a wonderful idea so when Babymel got in touch and asked if I wanted to review a backpack with reigns it was clearly meant to be!

Many of you will have heard of Babymel, they provide a whole range of kiddie related products from changing bags, lunch bags, bottles, backpacks and more.  We were sent a backpack for Mr Squishy to review.

The bag we were sent was the;

Mini Dinosaur Backpack with Safety Harness Reins

This is super cute and the perfect size as Mr Squishy is 2.5 and so this isn’t too large for his back.  This is suitable for ages 1 to 4 so he will get plenty of use out of it.  He loved the backpack as he finally had one of his own and didn’t need to try and steal his sisters ones anymore by grabbing them when they weren’t looking and making a run for it.  That would never turn out well for him so Mr Squishy is over the moon he now has one.  As you might imagine he was extremely eager to use it so he packed his bag with all the essentials.

The backpack is covered with cute dinosaurs and has a detachable safety harness/ reins perfect to keep me happy in the knowledge I have a good hold of my little man.  The harness is well made with a metal clip which I loved as my reigns have a plastic clip.  There is a large zipped compartment for storing all sorts of goodies from packed lunches to fun stuff.  There is an elasticated strap inside to help keep bottles secured which is handy.  Inside there is also a section where you can write the owners name inside a monster!  There is also a smaller pocket in the front of the bag perfect for tissues, hand wash and a few Wow Toys drivers.  Mr Squishy loves helping mummy by packing his bag to go out.  He is able to unzip and zip up the bag and even tries to put it on his back but still needs assistance with that but he is doing well.

Once the backpack is on he is ready to go out and can’t wait.  Sometimes he will quickly sneak in an extra toy or ten whilst mummy locks up (before the bag is on him).

This little man loves going out and about with his new backpack and loves the extra freedom it gives him.  Mummy is very pleased that it has padded straps and that they feel comfy for Squishy and also very secure so she doesn’t need to worry about the front clip or attachment to the bag opening on it’s own or breaking.  Mr Squishy has yet to discover that the cute little PVC-free, BPA-free, Phthalate-free Zip & Zoe tag attached is musical although mummy has sneakily pressed it then flipped the bag over and pretended she doesn’t know where the music is coming from lol.

My little man couldn’t be happier with this fab new backpack and loves to grab it and prepare it to encourage mummy to go out for extra walks.  It’s handy to know that when my little man is a bit older and I am somewhere I feel he will be safe I can unclip the harness and let him have a little roam around.

All purchases are covered by a 6 month warranty which is useful to be aware of and these guys have been awarded 5 stars for both their service and this product on Feefo.  This product is a recent addition to their product range but I am sure it will do well it is a great little bag for boys and girls that love dinosaurs.

Would you use a backpack with reigns for your children?

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Ask for Angela #NoMore Campaign

Ladies and gents have you ever been on the date from hell?

I’m not talking about one of those dates where you discover you have been tricked about the appearance of the other person and well you really don’t think it will work and make an excuse and sneak out when they think you’ve popped to the bathroom.

I’m talking about the sort of date where you are actually put in the position where you are worried about your own safety.  The new campaign Ask for Angela which was successfully trialled in South London is being introduced across the capital.  ‘Ask for Angela’ will be available at participating venues and gives customers a phrase they can use if they feel unsafe due to that person’s actions, words or behaviour.  The intention of this is to help reduce sexual violence and vulnerability for those on the dating scene.  This was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council and was so successful that more venues in the borough have signed up and the initiative is continuously spreading further.

Asking for Angela at a venue that is participating enables you to alert staff that there is a problem.  Police are training staff at venues that sign up to be a part of this.  Staff will then be able to help out discretely either by calling a taxi, contacting friends or family or asking the person causing the distress to leave.  Where necessary the police will be contacted to deal with any problems.

This is part of the #NoMore campaign that aims to encourage a culture change and reduce instances of sexual violence and abuse.

Posters will be in ladies and men’s bathrooms of all venues participating.

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Have you ever been in a situation where you have feared for your safety on a date?

Baylis & Harding Linen Rose and Cotton Range

Recently I wrote a post about Baylis & Harding’s Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Range.  This range was truly fantastic. I really did love the aroma and it was one that was popular with many of you too.  With that in mind I decided to make sure I featured another product that I discovered that I know you will also love this time from their Linen Rose and Cotton Range.  This range features a lovely mix of products many of which make fantastic gifts although you might decide once you have bought something from this range that you want to keep if for yourself.

The range is nice and varied to cover many tastes and budgets including diffusers, candles, different toiletry sets all of that are beautifully packaged.  I loved the look of the Linen Rose and Cotton Tin which features some lovely large bottles which anyone would be over the moon with once they smell the fabulous fragrance.  This is perfect for a pampering session and includes a 300ml Body Cleanser, 300ml Bath & Shower Crème, 125ml Bath & Shower Gel and 125ml Body Balm.  With Mother’s Day coming up this would make a great gift for mum to thank her for all her hard work this year as let’s face it mums do sooooo much and we can never really say thank you enough.  We must remember mum’s also need a little relaxation and pampering time for themselves and this is perfect for that.  The toiletries come in a pretty tin which will of course come in very useful for mum as it could be used to help store other toiletries when these all empty and would also look great in the kitchen to home jars of herbs and spices and if mum is green fingered she might even like to plant some herbs for the window sill or flowers.  A pretty heart design is displayed on the tin as well as onthe items nestled inside making this the ideal gift for one that you love.

 Now you know me if I can find this on offer for you I will so you will be pleased to know that although the RRP is £30 but, mummy here has gone and found it for the bargain price of (quick sit down!!!!!!!)

£9.99 at Argos.

OMG didn’t I do a great job there.  You will find it at Asda for £15 and Tesco also has it for £15 until the 26th March.

Another of the the products featured in that range that caught my eye was their;

Linen Rose and Cotton Large Wick Candle

How pretty is that in its silver coloured glass jar.  This candle has the same great delicate fragrance as the products in the tin and will help keep a room smelling gorgeous and it also looks great as a centre piece on a table or mantelpiece or even for those like my husband that enjoy taking a bath by candlelight  (you might want to get two or three in that case).  Almost everyone loves candles, there are very few that don’t now days an this is a great one to be given as a gift.  The wax is a baby pink colour and the 180g candle has a total burn time of up to 25 hours.  This has a RRP of £15.00 and can be found at OCADO £7.50 another bargain!!!!

There are many more in this range but I also wanted to include a product from the Pink Prosecco and Cassis range for a two reasons, one that it smells so amazingly fabulous that you should all be aware of it (okay so I’m stating the obvious there) the second reason, well I’m not going to tell you just yet you will need to read on to find out!!!! – Trust me you want too.

Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set

 Not only does this look pretty it gives off a lovely aroma to have any room smelling wonderful.  As with the other products from this range the packaging features the pretty rose gold.  The 200ml diffuser will last for up to 10 weeks.  The RRP is £15.00 but this can be found at Asda for £10.00.  Keep reading, you can win one of these below! (reason two).

What did you think of these super products from Baylis & Harding?

I have always been a fan of the various ranges that have been available and love discovering new ones.  For this reason I want to help one lucky reader discover two of the products / fragrances featured in this post.

Whose interested?

The prize is a lovely one that I would enter for too if I could but that wouldn’t be very fair.  One lucky reader will win a Linen Rose Cotton Large Wick Candle AND a Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set thanks to the lovely guys at Baylis & Harding.

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Pure Potions, Natural Products for Dry Skin and Skin Conditions

For those that may not be aware, many many many moons ago (not quite at the time of the dinosaurs although it feels like that sometimes) I studied medicine, Phytotherapy to be precise.  I got my degree and became a fully fledged medical herbalist.  As you can imagine with the NHS available many people were unfortunately not prepared to pay for their medicine at the time and I struggled to get my business established.  Over the years I have done other things increasing my knowledge and experience in various areas and also in the background using natural medicine on family and friends.  For this reason when I come across a company that makes lovely natural products using medicinal plants I must admit I get very excited.  Orthodox medicine originates from natural medicine.  Many Orthodox medicines you take originate from nature.  These are generally created by using an active constituent from a plant and synthesising it.  In natural medicine we work differently looking at a more holistic method and not synthesising active chemicals but using them directly from the plant.  Combining a mixture of plants that work in synergy can give great results and so on discovering a company called Pure Potions were looking for bloggers to review their products I knew I was perfect for the job.  How many bloggers are actually qualified medical herbalists?

Of course I was overwhelmed with excitement when my package arrived.

The packaging is simple with minimal waste and the box can be reused or recycled.  Pure Potions produce natural creams, ointments and oils.  Their products are designed for those that suffer from dry skin and they use the finest ingredients many of which are organic and locally sourced.  Their products are made in the UK, fragrance free, paraben free and are not tested on animals.  The company was founded by a mother who wanted a safe, effective natural alternative to steroids for her daughter’s dry skin.  This award winning company has been creating fabulous products for 10 years and I really do hope they continue to do so for many more.  Companies such as Boots, Waitrose, QVC, Holland & Barrett have already seen the potential in these products and now stock the range.

I was lucky enough to be sent some of their products for review.

A Little Information on Some of the Herbs Used in These Products;


This lovely gentle herb is used often in skin preparations for it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties.  A clinical trial of humans demonstrated it to be 60% as active as 0.25% hydrocortisone when applied to the skin.  This lovely herb is extremely well suited to those with sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation.


Yes this is the plant that stings you when you touch it but it also has when used correctly fabulous benefits for the skin.  This herb has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, astringent and antioxidant properties and is well suited for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, burns, bites.  This is often used by people like myself for treating patients both internally and externally to attain even better results.


This herb also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.  It is often used for itchy skin and works wonders on a whole range of skin conditions from psoriasis, eczema, acne, burns and rashes.


Commonly known as marigold and a plant that many of you will have seen this has a range of uses one of which is to treat skin conditions.  Calendula has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which make it perfect for topical application.  Calendula has been shown to help reduce dermatitis following skin irradiation for breast cancer indicating how effective this herb is.

Combined these make a powerful and useful natural way to help treat numerous skin conditions.

Now for the Products

Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream (Vegan)

The moisturising day cream is packed full of herbs, vitamins and essential fatty acids that help to keep the skin hydrated and nourished.  Shea butter gives this cream its vegan friendly base.  This is a great base as it has nourishing and healing properties before anything else has even been added and this on it’s own can be used to help conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, sunburn, itching, bites and more.  With the addition of chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula herbal tinctures this really does combine well to give an effective yet gentle product.  The cream has a natural aroma from the ingredients it is comprised of, no added nasties here to adjust the smell as these in many cases could cause skin irritation.  The cream is easy to apply as the tube has a pump making control of the amount of product that comes out easy and preventing to much product being provided for each use that way you don’t waste it.  The cream is rich and thick and is absorbed well into the skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated and not at all greasy which I loved.  This is great for anyone that suffers from acne and any inflammatory condition on the face and body thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory and healing effect on the skin.  Within a few short days you show see an improvement in the skins appearance.

Skin Salvation Intensive Hand Cream (vegan)

As my lifestyle is extremely busy I find I can be running around and doing things non stop until I go to bed so I find that my fluid intake isn’t always sufficient and this sometimes shows on my hands.  The skin can sometimes crack and of course this can be pretty sore.  This hand cream from Pure Potions is the perfect solution combining shea butter, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, calendula and chamomile.  This again comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser and combines a mix of natural ingredients that again host a range of properties from anti-inflammatory, healing, antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant and more to help reduce pain, redness, itching, irritation etc. from a range of skin conditions.  Like the daily moisture cream this is fragranced by it’s ingredients not any extra additions and absorbs well into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.  It is soothing to the skin and fast acting to help improve the condition of the skin quickly.

Skin Salvation Intensive Lip balm (vegetarian)

Again a low fluid intake can also mean that my lips become dry, cracked and sore.  The intensive lip balm was perfect for this helping make my lips feel soft, nourished and looking so much better.  The addition of the beeswax means it isn’t for vegans but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a superb lip balm.  Aside from the beeswax this also contains, olive oil, safflower seed oil, hemp seed oil, chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula extracts.  This is a lovely natural lip balm and one that works very well indeed and is suitable for everyone whether you have sensitive skin, are allergy prone and it can also be used on babies and children and everyone else too.  It is great that this can also be used on dry skin under the eyes, around the nose too whether it is brought on by cold windy weather, central heating or air conditioning.

I really liked the products that were sent over for trial and would recommend them to any that suffer from skin conditions.  The majority of people will find that these products work extremely well and will be more than satisfied with the results.

Do you make a habit of using more natural based products?

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These products are for external application only.

New Laws Relating to Using Your Phone When Driving

I must say that I am really pleased by the new laws that have been introduced as of the 1st of March this year in relation to using phones whilst driving.  So many times I have been driving and see others with a hand held device against their ear clearly completely distracted and risking the safety of all those around them.  It’s a selfish habit that many see to have fallen into and one that should never have been allowed in the first place.  With the roads getting more and more congested the odds of being in a car accident that isn’t your fault are increasing.  Just a few weeks back I witnessed an accident that occurred from careless driving which I mentioned in my blog post What To Do If You Are In An Accident.  Combining the careless driving with an obvious distraction = dangerous driver.  It’s kind of a no brainer really and it’s a shame that stricter laws were not imposed a while back.

When Can You Use Your Phone in the Car?

The only time you are allowed to use your phone in the car is when you need to dial 999 or 112 and it is not safe to stop or if you are parked and the engine is off otherwise it’s a no go.  This also includes texting, looking at messages, updating your social media account, following a map – basically touching the phone is out.

If you want to use your phone as a sat nav it must be is mounted in a hands-free holder.

 Simple enough so why do I see people on their phones on a daily basis.  In the past the punishment didn’t really fit the crime, let’s face it driving whilst using a phone can distract you enough to kill someone it isn’t rocket science.

It is also illegal to use a hand held phone when supervising a learner driver.

In addition police can stop drivers that appear distracted which includes where you may be using a radio or sat nav so please be careful and set the sat nav before you leave!

What Will Happen If You Are Caught Using Your Phone Whilst Driving?

New drivers will lose their licence if they are caught during the first two years they have their licence.  Theory and practical driving tests will need to be retaken.

For those with a full licence the fine is now £200 and 6 points on your licence.

There is also a chance that you may go to court, be banned from driving or get a £1000 fine.

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Have you ever used your phone whilst driving?

Project Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab

My girls are pretty girly.  They love make up, having their nails painted, dressing up and taking their little handbags with them when they go out.  At school they have a great science teacher who has helped encourage them to develop a love for science themselves.  We were really pleased to hear that Project MC2 are supporting British Science week.(10th to the 19th of March).  The annual celebration of all things S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Project MC2 are passionate about encouraging more young people especially girls into these areas demonstrating that they can be fun and are not just for boys.  Their aim is to prove that being smart is cool as those that watch the popular Netflix show Project MC2 will be aware.  The Project MC2 super smart and chic heroines are back to take on more secret missions for top secret organisation NOV8 using their love of science and sky skills to help them complete their missions.  Two new seasons of the show were launched in 2016 with new products and two new characters.  This Spring will see the girls return to our screens with many new exciting S.T.E.A.M. focused products including the Project Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab.

As seen in the Netflix original show Adrienne Attoms’ next mission is to use her cosmetic chemistry skills to formulate the perfect look for saving the world.  With the Mc2 H20 Nail Science Lab children can now perform this same cool S.T.E.A.M. experiment at home using just household ingredients.  By using a scientific process called hydrographic printing children can create amazing and unique marble designs!  It is very easy to use and can be applied directly to children’s nails or to the provided press-on nails with any combination of polishes that you own.

What is hydrographic printing?  A quick Science Lesson

This is also known as immersive printing and is in this instance when the nail varnish is added to the water and an object is placed on top – finger nails onto where the pattern from the floating nail varnish will transfer.  As the nail varnish is not as dense as the water it floats.  What is density – the number of molecules in an area, so the denser an object is ie. the more molecules the less likely it is to float.  Nail varnish has less molecules when applied in small amounts to water so this forms a thin layer on the water surface.  When we added the nail varnish in a large amount it would form a ball and sink as it is denser than the water (has more molecules).  This is why the instructions say to add one drop at a time.

Within the set you will find a multi-LED light up station with built-in nail dryer, three stands with holders for your nail polish, three discs with blank nails to design, adhesive stickers, four science pipettes, one design stick, and one clear beaker. Batteries and nail polishes are not included.  Detailed instructions are provided.

 You will need 3 AA batteries.

Here is how we got on:

As you can see we had great fun doing this.  Having done this for the first time in the video we have learnt from this as mummy used quick drying nail varnish as that was what she had.  Next time we plan to use normal nail varnish and see the difference.

As you will see from the video we changed the way the masking tape was applied to the fingers as this was far easier and meant the tape stuck better and cover more of the skin.

This seemed to work pretty well and we didn’t have to remove much excess nail varnish from around the nails.

I was a little apprehensive at first about using the kit but only because I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to use and was a bit worried about messing it up.  Thankfully the product was so simple to use I didn’t get a chance to make a mess of it which was a good thing as that would have been embarrassing, phew!

The results were good and we look forward to experimenting with this again.  We now want to see if Vaseline works well around the nails to prevent the nail varnish sticking.  What do you think will it work?

This kit is for ages 8+ and makes a great gift to help encourage children to have fun with science.

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Fairytale Shoes Fit For a Modern Day Princess

Many of my most recent fashion posts have featured boots.  Of course that is due to the awful weather we have been having and my need to stay dry and keep my toes feeling toasty but today I will break with recent tradition and feature some elegant shoes that are perfect for going out.  Now the weather has been a little kinder to us recently and some of us have been donning our going out clothes finished with some dazzling shoes and a gorgeous handbag.  Shoes can make or break an outfit and it is important to pair the correct shoes with our clothing choices.  My aim is always to combine style and sophistication when creating an outfit and it’s amazing how the right jeans for example can be spiced up with some ‘wow look at me shoes’ to make one look simply fabulous .  I always go for sleek, feminine styles personally and this is reflected in my outfit and shoe choices.

I have always loved the Wizard of Oz, why might you ask would I even consider mentioning this in a post about shoes, have I really lost the plot?  Well of course all the best people have (slight rewording from Alice in Wonderland there, my goodness lots of fairy tale story references today what’s happened).  Anyway back to the shoes.  You will all recall Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the book / movie and that was exactly what I thought of when I saw these stunning women’s shoes on the JD Williams site.

Don’t they look magical!!!

Now I must say when I first saw these I was overly excited, I mean who wouldn’t be, they look gorgeous and really glamorous.  These court shoes work with a large range of dresses, trousers and jeans to add a wonderful sparkle.  Not ones to lend to friends as you many never get them back these sure are a wardrobe stable and are guaranteed to never go out of fashion and can make any outfit look eye catching.  Totally drool worthy and the heels are the perfect height and a bargain at £30.

Now when you are on a site looking at shoes it’s not easy to stop at the one pair.  I’m not sure if it is because I saw Into the Woods recently with my girls but these precious pewter peep toe shoes caught my eye.  I’m sure many a fairytale Princess would own shoes like this and so can we for just £18 (I really hope you were sitting down when you read that).  The price is shockingly reasonable so I would suggest if you love these as much as me get over to the site fast because they are bound to sell out quickly.  They look simply fabulous whether worn in the day or evening and glow with feminine sophistication.  Again the heel is a good size so you are less likely to loose your shoe if you find Prince Charming isn’t so …. well charming and you need to make a sneaky quick exit.  These feel really soft to the touch which is perfect for me being a very tactile person.

Both styles of shoe can be worn with a range of clothing including blue skinny jeans, the gorgeous cold shoulder day dress pictured below, black slim leg jeans and also various types of evening wear such as the featured Carolina dress which is perfectly coloured to suit both pairs of shoes.  All the outfits featured below are from the JD Williams site and I do regret not having looked there sooner.  They have a great range of clothing and footwear and also a surprisingly good price range too so they have something to suit every pocket.

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Beetroot, Rocket, Avocado and Feta Salad

I love salad.  Salad really doesn’t need to be bland or boring and I hope my recipe for Beetroot, Rocket, Avocado and Feta Salad helps to demonstrate this.  First of all I would like to include a little of the nutritional benefits of one of the ingredients.  Before I do, for those that don’t eat cheese you can simply omit it or exchange it for something else the choice as always with any homemade meal is yours.


This has become one of the newest super foods due to its ability to help boost stamina, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and so much more.  Beetroot contains vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.  This great root can help in phase 2 detoxification where broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be removed from the body.  They are often used in natural medicine to detoxify the liver and blood.  The juice from beetroot can help improve oxygenation to the brain, slowing the progression of dementia in older people.  Betaine a compound found in beetroot increases the production of serotonin which is the body’s natural mood boosting hormone (a happy hormone) so make sure you eat it regularly as it will keep you feeling happy naturally (betaine is found in some treatments for depression).

Beetroot is fibre rich and contains strong phytonutrients which give it its rich colour and have been shown to reduce multi-organ tumour formations in animals.  Beetroot  is also being is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers let’s hope they make progress with the research into that.  In the mean time I’m trying to eat more of this great root vegetable as it’s not just really good for you it’s tasty too and great in a range of salads.


300g cooked beetroot

1 medium spring onion

75g feta

75g Queen olives

50g baby leaf rocket salad

1 avocado

For the dressing

olive oil

balsamic vinegar


Wash the leaves and drain off excess water.

Chop the beetroot into bite sized pieces.

Slice the spring onion.

Cut the avocado and feta into bite sized pieces.

Throw all of these into a bowl, add in the olives and drizzle over some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.  I used approximately 2tbs of olive oil and around the same amount of vinegar but I would suggest with the vinegar add less, taste and add more if required.

Mix well then serve.


Do you like beetroot?  Will you be trying it now you know how great it is for you?

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