Viking Direct Review: Stationary and Office Supplies and Everything in Between

My name is Vicky and I am….a stationary addict!  It started back in school when the smell of freshly sharpened pencils was what got me up in the morning, and by the end….I was found laying in a gutter with nothing but my post-it notes and permanent markers to my name….. Seriously though (I say that alot don’t I?), I really do love stationary.  Anyone who has read my filofax post may have grasped this.  I can’t help myself, I just love a fresh ruled A4 pad and a pencil.  It’s always the start of something good.  Even though I […]

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High End vs. High Street: Stretch Mark Treatments Put To the Test

It’s a big conundrum for many of us, does more expensive necessarily mean better?  Whether it’s food, beauty products or clothing and footwear, it’s hard to know whether buying cheap really does mean buying twice, or if you’re just paying for a brand.  In the first of a new series, I’m putting two products head to head to find out if it’s worth the splurge or if the budget product performs just as well. Before I start, I ought to state that my idea of luxury and that of Grazia, Vougue etc are very different.  As a cash strapped Mum, […]

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I’ve got the power: quality sound in seconds – August International Bluetooth Speaker #triedandtested

I have a little powerhouse for you guys today.  I am far from technical minded but I love my iPod and my smartphone, and this little beauty works with both. Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, this August bluetooth speaker takes seconds to pair with a bluetooth device.  For those like myself who also have an older model of MP3 player, it works with a jack to jack auxiliary, which is included.  You can plug this lead into your device and into the speaker and be listening to your favourite audio within seconds. For those with […]

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miamoo complete cleansing system: gentle enough for the most delicate skin

As my eldest child is now 14, I look back on the days when he and I would enjoy a bath together.  As a big baby, he didn’t like the little bath, but in the big bath he was in his element.  We had fun and giggles, and it was the only time he got relief from some really dreadful colic.  Needless to say, that meant we spent quite alot of time in the bath.   Before he was even born, I had a bathroom cabinet full of the leading branded baby products.  They seemed to smell of ‘baby’ and […]

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Amphora Aromatics natural Borage (starflower) oil face cream: product review

I adore Amphora Aromatics products, and have been using them for years.  Their PMT massage oil is to die for, and not just for PMT.  With notes of clary sage and lavender, it has been the direct result of a more relaxed and amenable me for years.  So when I was asked if I would like to try their new Borage Cream, my answer was along the lines of ‘is a bean green’? Or the more PG version ‘does a bear poop in the woods’? My second question was of course, what the fudge is borage oil?  Well, according to […]

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That’s the way love Goats: Delamere Dairy Goats Cheese – product review

I was recently very lucky to receive some wonderful products from Delamere Dairy, in the form of some lovely goats cheese.  I’m a real lover of more traditional goats cheeses myself, but what really excited me with this range was how family and child friendly the cheeses seemed to be.  I wasn’t disappointed! Medium hard cheese Plain log Spreadable The hard cheese was scrummy – and I used it just the way you would any other cheese.  We baked pizzas topped with grated hard cheese, and I topped my pasta and meatballs with it too.  The plain log is more […]

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Product review: Collection 2000 Nail Smash Top Coat – 2 White Smash

Hello again my fabulous friends.  I hope you all have straining waistbands, loads of new swag, and possibly a lingering hangover.  All signs of a Christmas well spent.  I know I’ve eaten way to much, but if you can’t stuff your face at Christmas, when can you.  Our Christmas was a little….unconventional, but will post about that later in the week.  For now, nails nails nails, as everything is better with a pop of luscious colour. I first tried out the Collection 2000 Nail Smash Top Coat approximately a week ago (post here).  I wasn’t sure about the consistency due […]

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Product review: Elvive shampoo Anti Dandruff Intense – For Men

If you caught my blog post yesterday about gender equality in the beauty industry, you won’t be surprised to see this product here today.  Although clearly designed and marketed for men, Elvive anti-dandruff shampoo was my first choice when I recently shopped for a new shampoo.  The reason?  Quite simply, the cost.  This product was (and still is) on offer at half price – £1.99 for 400ml at Tesco.  My frugality aside, I decided that there was no reason why I should not use this product if it a) cleaned my hair and b) sorted out my dandruff.  I shop […]

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EOTD: eyes of the day – coloured eyeliner MUA product review

I am jusr having the most fun right now playing with different eye looks and different products.  This turquoise eye look was inspired by my last OOTD, in which I was sporting a turquoise cardigan. This MUA intense colour eye pencil was purchased from Superdrug for just £1.  For this reason, and my current adoration of coloured eyeliner, I got one in each colour.  This particular one is in turquoise. The look itself actually worked really well.  I used: Borjois Liner Pinceau in Black Rimmel eye primer MUA turquoise intense colour eye pencil Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in blackest black […]

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Product review: Maybelline Master Kajal Khol liner – Lapis Blue and Oriental Gold

I’ve been on what might be termed an ‘eyeliner binge’ of late.  I just can’t get enough of them, and the different looks they can create.  What can I say, I’m sure there are worse addictions than eye makeup, but this is bordering on obsession. I love Maybelline as a brand, so when I saw that they a) had a new product and b) it was for your eyes, I got very excited and brandished my credit card at the poor sales assistant before you could say ‘would you like mascara with that’? (Answer – of course!) Master Kajal from […]

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