Student Survival Kit Review

Amphora Aromatics Student Survival Kit Review

For those that don’t already know I’m currently finishing off a Masters in Information and Library Studies. The appearance and subsequent diagnosis of my ME (you can read all about that over here) threw some of my plans into chaos but thanks to a supportive department and understanding supervisor I was allowed to go on medical leave. But before all that I’d also graduated with two undergraduate degrees; one in Art History from the University of Leeds and one in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. So when an opportunity came about to the check out Amphora Aromatics’ Student Survival Kit I signed up straight away, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my studies it’s that it’s super important to remember to look after yourself. And that is exactly what Amphora Aromatics had in mind when they created this survival kit.

 

Student Survival Kit Introduction

The Kit

The kit features some great products that utilise aromatherapy to provide relief and comfort for students in all walks of life. Whether you’re a Fresher just starting out, a student in the middle of their course or a Masters/PhD student there is something for everyone. The products also cover a range of needs; there’s some great beauty items from AA Skincare for skin, lips and hair care, face marks by Ooh-arr, a foot lotion by Amphora Aromatics and their specially developed focus Aromatherapy Blend.

What attracted me to this kit was that Amphora Aromatics  have covered all the bases and put together an assemble of products that I would have picked myself. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy products as I’ve mentioned before and I really appreciate that they combined their knowledge of aromatherapy with the realities of student life when creating their student survival kit. While it’s great to have some excellent face care products to pamper yourself with for a self-care session, it’s even better when you’re getting the healing and soothing effects of aromatherapy to boost you too! I’ll be talking more about this in my review of AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion below.

As every student knows it’s not always easy to splash out on products to pamper yourself, especially when you’ve got x amount of expensive textbooks to buy. All the prices in the student survival kit are reasonable and the slightly more pricey items, such as AA Skincare’s Natural Shampoo Bars and the FOCUS aromatherapy blend is something that will last for a long period of time. Prices start at £1.20 for the Ooh-arr facemasks, with most products ranging between £3.40 – £.5.60.

 

Amphora Aromatics - My Student Survival Kit

My Student Survival Kit

I was given the chance to choose three products to create my own student survival kit and then provide an honest review of them. So before I get into the review of each product I wanted to explain why these three products beat off the other contenders to make it into my personal survival kit!

First up is Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion which made it onto this list because sore feet is a part of any students life. I’ve not met a campus yet that hasn’t been huge, and I know from experience how often students have to trek from one side of the campus to the other – usually in a tiny 5 minute window! Throw in the cold weather as we head into winter and it’s a horrible combination for our bodies, especially our poor feet. I’m a big fan of foot lotions especially those that are made from peppermint so this was a must for my own kit.

Next up is AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion because as I said it’s important to remember to take time out to give yourself some self-care. This lotion can be used as a cleanser as part of your daily routine so if you’re super busy and don’t have time for a full on pamper session you can still actively be looking after yourself and your skin. It was the two key ingredients, lavender and tea tree, that drew me to this product and ultimately got it a spot in my kit. Lavender isn’t just great for your skin; it’s great for your well being. It’s great for stress – which lets be honest is something ALL students will suffer from at some point during their studies – due to it’s calming and sedative products. So you’re not just helping to soothe your skin, you’re also giving yourself a calming boost at the same time! I talk more about how I noticed this while using the product in my review below. Tea Tree is fabulous in skin care due to it’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, so popping that in a moisturiser alongside lavender was a win-win for me.

The final product in my kit Amphora Aromatics’ FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend, and if you’ve been keeping up with my blog you’ll know I suffer from ME. Since hearing about Focus blends I’ve been wanting to try one to see if it could help me focus when struggling with fatigue and brain fog. However, this is something that can benefit all students. If you’re having a long day with back to back lectures, or you’re stuck in a room that is too hot and stuffy, it’s really easy to start to lose focus. Early morning lectures, especially if you’ve been out the night before, can be a nightmare too. Blends like this are great for popping in your bag or spotting on a tissue to keep in a pocket. It’s also designed to be used in a oil diffuser or burner so after a long day of classes you can get back home, pop it in and feel able to focus on that mountain load of coursework waiting for you.

Now that you know why I picked these three items, it’s time to find out how they shaped up!

The Products

Amphora Aromatics - Fresh Feet Lotion

Fresh Feet Lotion

Due to my hypermobility I’ve always suffered from sore feet and being a student didn’t help with this at all. Hurrying across campus, often struggling through crowded hallways and in wet and cold weather; yep student get definitely need some TLC! And lets be honest; until it gets to the summer and we whip out the sandals we won’t really give them much love. Peppermint and Tea Tree are an ideal combination for a foot lotion because not only do they help keep your feet feeling and smelly fresh, but tea tree has lots of natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities too.

After a long day the idea of giving your feet a thorough pamper or a pedicure is not at the top of any student’s list. A lotion like Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion is something that you can rub into your feet within minutes, or use as part of a longer massage to really work out those aches and pains. The fact that it’s so easy to use, and not messy means that you can use it on the go too. If you know you’re going to have a long day at Uni, followed by a shift at work or a night out then pop this beauty in your bag. No one’s going to know if you whip it out in the toilets and rub some on your feet!

The light weight lotion spreads really easily and absorbs quickly not leaving a sticky residue behind like some foot lotions, and also not leaving you with excess cream to spread. It does smell strongly of peppermint but no more so than any other peppermint product out there – pocket mints smell stronger as an example. It is a foot lotion after all so you don’t want something with a weak scent. I found that it doesn’t take much to use as it spreads so well so the 100ml bottle will keep you going for ages! And finally; does it work? Yep! I recommend putting it on overnight (and wear socks to lock in the goodness) and you’ll wake up with feet that feel nurtured, soft and refreshed.

 

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

I have been eyeing up the AA Skincare range for a while, and have heard great things about so many of their products so I wasn’t surprised to find that I liked this product. I was surprised, however, to find just how much I needed it. I thought I had most of my skin care routine sorted out and this product came along and proved just how wrong I was!

It’s described as being “perfect for balancing acne prone skin” in the Student Survival Kit and while I don’t have terrible acne I would definitely describe my skin as acne prone. I’m now in my 30s and I still have trouble with it. I’ve made great progress in recent years after discovering Garnier’s PureActive and SkinActive ranges, but it’s still not perfectly under control. Well, after a month of using this lovely product I can say for certain that it definitely does balance your skin.My skin felt more hydrated and refreshed, and generally it felt like a balance in my skins levels had been reached. It really did feel like I’d found the missing piece of the puzzle for my skin routine. It kept my skin free from blemishes, and any that did pop up due to hormones were soothed away thanks to the wonderful combination of tea tree and lavender.

The added bonus with this product is that it smells very strongly of lavender – and before you think, oh no, give me a moment to elaborate. Strong smells, especially lavender, can be a big turn off and I hear you on that one. When I first got a whiff of this moisturiser I did think it was pretty strong and wondered whether it was going to be too strong. What I found was that it disperses as you use it and ends up becoming a pleasant lingering scent instead. My fiancé normally notices when a product has a strong smell and when questioned he had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. So don’t worry you won’t be walking around smelling like you’ve dunked yourself in lavender! 😉 You will, however, be benefiting from the therapeutic qualities of lavender. I like to use this product before bed so that the lavender helps to calm and soothe my skin and my mind, preparing me for a nights rest.

 

Amphora Aromatics - FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

You might be wondering what exactly is an aromatherapy blend, and why is it worth investing £7.50 in a tiny bottle of 10ml? That’s a pretty steep price, or so it seems, especially for a student. Aromatherapy blends like the FOCUS blend by Amphora Aromatics isn’t just a bunch of oils thrown into a pot. Made from pure essential oils, Amphora Aromatics’ blends are specially formulated to produce a mix of oils that work in harmony to help boost your mood or well-being. They have a whole range, but this one is specifically designed to help stimulate and clear your mind, enabling you to feel refreshed and be able to focus more.

The instructions on the product itself says for use in a diffuser or oil burner; I did not test the product in either of these for two reasons. As I am asthmatic I have to be careful when burning oils, especially those with a strong scent and that is why I didn’t try this in my diffuser either. While I was very happy with this product and it’s effects (read on) it does have a very strong smell due to the main ingredient; cloves. I have a pretty sensitive nose; I can visit candle shops and Lush without any problems, where as my mum who has an incredible sense of smell cannot even walk past them. So hopefully that can give you an idea of scale for strength of smell.

I did still use the blend though and found other ways to use it that worked for me! For example, I found it useful to spot some on a tissue and smell that, and I also used it during steaming sessions to clear my sinuses and found that it worked fantastically for that. After steaming I felt much more refreshed and focused than I would have done using a vapour rub, while also benefiting from clearing my sinuses as the blend also contains Eucalyptus (one of the main ingredients in vapour rubs!).

After using the oil I definitely felt a difference in how I felt. It helped to clear my head, almost feeling like someone had run through my mind and giving it a shower. The cobwebs were gone, the fuzziness and the fatigue that coated my thoughts had been brushed away and I could focus again! I really do recommend trying this blend if you find you are having trouble concentrating in classes, or exams. If you have ME like me, or another condition that causes fatigue or brain fog then this may also benefit you. As with all aromatherapy oils be aware of the ingredients and check that they’re safe for you to use. As this blend is made of pure essential oils it isn’t safe to use directly on skin, but you can easily dilute it with a base cream or base oil. You can out the full range of base products available at Amphora Aromatics right here.

Conclusion

Everything I tested in this review would be a fantastic part of any Student Survival Kit. They are just the right mixture of practicality and pampering mixed with all the goodness that aromatherapy has to offer. What I particularly liked about these three products was that none of them meant taking extra time out of my day to add some self care and aromatherapy into my routine. They are all items that are quick and easy to use, and also so easily portable; you can pop them in your bag and use them on campus if you need to. The whole kit listed by Amphora Aromatics fits that bill actually, and is also a great starting place for anyone who has never tried aromatherapy products.

Over to You

Although this review was aimed at students, I think that most of this was applicable to anyone and I hope that even if you’re not a student that you got something from it! For the students among you don’t forget to also check out my student advice section. It’s my way of passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of students. If you have any questions about student life then feel free to get in touch 🙂

Do you have a student survival kit? Or if you were a student what would be in your kit?

Personally I think everyone could do with a survival kit for those long days; how do you cope with long/bad days?

Have you tried aromatherapy before? Do you use oils and blends or do you prefer to use products like AA skincare which contain aromatherapy oils?

Let me know in the comments! And if you have any questions about anything in this review please do not hesitate to ask 🙂

Aromatherapy Sprays by The Divine Hag [Review]

The Divine Hag - Aromatherapy Sprays Review

There are those moments in life that happen when you least expect them and this review opportunity was certainly one of those! I was on the train home from London and struck up conversation with one of my fellow passengers. When a young man came on stinking of cannabis and thus, filling the cabin with the smell, she whipped out this spray and within seconds the smell was gone. I was in absolute awe. I’m asthmatic and I’m also allergic to cigarette smoke (and any recreational drugs smoked cause a reaction in me too) so the rest of my journey and evening could have become very unpleasant as a result of this one random stranger.  We started talking and I mentioned my blog, and Margaret was kind enough to offer me that particular aromatherapy spray there and then, with a promise to send me some products to review. ((Polaroid stock used in banner is from danielle-lee.))

 

The Divine Hag - Aromatherapy Oils & Sprays

Described as an “aromatherapy lifestyle concept”, the company’s creation is steeped in paganism (something that appealed to me spiritually as a pagan) and is heavily influenced by the aspects of the Celtic triple goddess.

We are a woman focussed company, creating scents for women at every stage of life.

As anyone with asthma and allergies knows it is imperative to find products that help solve the problem without causing more problems. It’s a difficult task and one that Margaret set out to do when she created The Divine Hag. As someone with chronic health conditions herself and a strong sense of smell, she’s well aware that chemical smells can cause a strong reaction and even pain for people with certain conditions. With that in mind she set about creating products that provide optimal relief through a layering of dilutions that are suitable for everyone. All of The Divine Hag products are therefore organic and hypoallergenic.

 

The Divine Hag - The three products being reviewed

The Products

Along with the original spray she sent me, Margaret sent me three other samples to review. I will only be reviewing two of them and the original room spray, however, as the third sample was the Period Ease Spray which I want to test it a bit more before offering a review.

In this review I am going to be reviewing the following products:

 

The Divine Hag - Clearing & Re-energising Spray

Clearing and Re-Energising Spray

Ingredients: clary sage, cypress, lemon, citronella, rosemary.

To say I fell in love with this spray is an understatement. This is the one that Margaret whipped out on the train and has been my constant companion ever since – it goes everywhere with me. It’s been my absolute life line this summer with the heatwaves as it’s been way too hot to cook with the kitchen window closed, but our neighbours smoke so it always floods our kitchen with the smell. Thankfully I could just spray a few bursts of the re-energising spray and hey presto, smoke-be-gone!

It wasn’t actually originally designed for this, mind you, although Margaret has been super happy to find out that it’s got another amazing use (and of course, I’m extremely happy it does too!). The spray, as the name suggests, is blended from organic essential oils known for their positive properties. When sprayed they weave together to not just boost your mood, but also clear your head – something that we all need in this busy world. The result is an uplifting, clean and positive space for you to move forward with whatever you need to do. It comes in multiple sizes so you can pop a little one in your bag and take it with you to work, so when things get a bit overwhelming you can just spritz it.

The scent is also not designed to be overwhelming either – my fiancé, Chris, is quite sensitive to strong scents and he is happy for me to spray this around. It’s very light and airy, with a very slight citrus under tone that gives it that burst of energy.

It isn’t just amazing for cigarette smoke either. I’ve been testing it on pretty much any strong smell that causes me irritation – or annoyance – and it’s been great. It really does help to disperse it and unlike most air fresheners it doesn’t leave anything hanging in the air, it literally does what it’s name for; it re-energises and clears the room. So far I have tested it on; bonfire smoke, cat urine and cat poop. If you have cats you will know how strong the smell of cat urine is and nothing, and I mean nothing, ever gets rid of that smell. So I am really happy to have found something that helps disperse that AND smoke in one bottle! I will definitely be buying a new one of these when this one is finished!

 

 

The Divine Hag - Blissful Sleep Spray

 

Bliss Sleep Spray

Ingredients: geranium, roman chamomile, rose, lavender, rosemary and ylang ylang.

I’m fortunate not to struggle with sleep that often, however, Chris suffers from chronic insomnia so we have tried a lot of sleep sprays out to try to help him. I also like to use them because sometimes when I go to bed I find that the events of the day, or the lack of productivity, catches up with me and hits me full force right before bed. Sleep sprays are naturally designed to ease your mind and relax you so they help me drift into sleep.

Most sleep sprays are chock full of lavender but as Margaret explains here that’s not a good thing as it can result in you waking up groggy or with a headache. Many people are also quite sensitive to lavender too, so The Divine Hag Bliss Sleep Spray only has a touch of lavender in it, letting the other wonderful oils do the rest of the work to relieve anxiety and help ease you into a relaxing sleep.

I certainly found that it did the trick, and I didn’t feel as groggy in the morning. As I have rhinitis as well as asthma I can get groggy quite easily, so it was a relief to not feel like that in the morning. The spray can be as strong as you want it to be depending on how much you choose to layer it, or how you use it. I prefer to spray it directly onto a pillow, whereas, other people may benefit more from having it on a tissue placed inside a pillow.

 

 

The Divine Hag - Anti-Nausea Spray

Anti-Nausea Spray

Ingredients: peppermint, grapefruit, sage, lime, and ginger.

Nausea is to put it bluntly a right pest, especially if you have a strong nose. Even the tiniest hint of a smell can set your stomach heaving so I’m always a bit unsure of any anti-nausea scents. I always find that some of them are unbearable, filled with rich scents that are far too strong when your stomach is rolling around. Like the other Divine Hag products much care has been taken to ensure that this spray doesn’t do that and uses distinctive ingredients that you may recognise from various travel sickness home remedies. There’s peppermint which I recognise from IBS and upset stomach remedies as it’s well known for settling tummies, as well as ginger, another ingredient common in many home remedies. By mixing these with the uplifting scents of lime, sage and grapefruit Margaret has created a light and airy spray that I didn’t bog me down. This was especially important for me because my nausea always accompanies my migraines so anything too strong will just make my head feel very stuffy.

I do have to admit that out of the three products this was my least favourite. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t work; I think it is probably because I’m not a huge fan of peppermint and I can smell it quite strongly in this spray. It doesn’t overpower everything else, I’m just one of those people who just doesn’t get on well with it. The lime in the spray balances off the menthol smell of the peppermint nicely, taking off the sharp edge so if you’re not keen on peppermint like me it does make it usable – unlike other products that contain peppermint and all you can smell is the peppermint!

I can certainly see this being a product much more useful for someone with nausea caused by anxiety or travel sickness. I do tend to experience it with anxiety, however, did not have any such moments during the testing period. When I breathe in the spray I feel the sense of calm relief that I associate with treatments for travel sickness that I had when I was a child. I used to suffer from terrible car sickness as a child and we tried everything, eventually I grew out of it (thankfully), but I do remember that cool sense of relief as it flooded my body and my stomach settled. This spray gives me that same feeling, so if you suffer from travel sickness I would suggest picking up a sample to try – and based on the amazing quality and results of the other products I’d vouch for it working!

 

Conclusion

Aromatherapy is one of those things that has become trendy in recent years and almost everyone has become a dabbler; The Divine Hag is not one of those. Margaret is a connoisseur and as she puts it on her website she has chosen to put her super sensory nose to good use. The result is a variety of products that also include sprays for menopause, babies and studying/concentration (something I might check out for my focus issues due to fatigue!).  The Divine Hag also runs a series of workshops in London and Glasgow for a range of aromatherapy topics so if your interested in learning more about creating something for yourself you can do that too!

 

Over to You!

I really hope you have found this review useful. I had quite a few people ask me about the Clearing and Re-Energising Spray when I posted about it on instagram so I hope that this is useful to a few more of you. A lot of people struggle with unwanted smells and finding a calm space, so it’s a great addition to any home for a multiple of reasons. If you have any questions about that or any of the other sprays featured in this review please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Have you ever used aromatherapy?

What is your favourite scent?

If you’ve never used aromatherapy has this review tempted you to try something?

Review: Engraved ID Bracelet from Butler & Grace

Product Review - Engraved Medical Alert Bracelet from Butler & Grace

When the opportunity came up to review an ID bracelet from a fashionable range I grabbed the chance. My fiance Chris was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Brugada Syndrome by random chance when he was admitted to hospital for gall stones. If the doctor hadn’t checked his ECG on a whim we would have been none the wiser, and since it’s a very serious genetic condition we are both very grateful that he did! It’s meant a lot of changes to our lives, and a bunch of new worries, especially for me when I see Chris go out and about without me. I’m very much the mother hen type 😛 I’m a worrier. And while we were given this lovely handy ‘I have Brugada’ NHS card from the genetics clinic for him to pop in his wallet – it’s not much good when he doesn’t carry one around often 😛 ((Polaroid stock used in banner is from danielle-lee.))

So I’d been wanting to get him an ID bracelet for a while now and upon reading that Butler & Grace were created by their founder Tanya in a similar situation, I realised that this was the company that could help me find just the right bracelet for the job. Something that Chris would be happy to wear, something in his style and that he wouldn’t even notice he was actually wearing a medical alert bracelet – because let’s face it, when you’ve got a life threatening condition carrying around a constant reminder of it doesn’t make anyone feel good.

 

ID jewellery with a difference

Before I go into the review of the bracelet we were sent I wanted to show you some of the variety of styles available from Butler & Grace, because I was seriously impressed with just how many different ones there were. Obviously we were looking for something suitable for a 32 year old man, however, there’s something for just about everyone. While browsing I saw styles that appealed to me someone who’s style isn’t really conventional (I tend to be a bit eclectic with what I like and mix boho, and rock chick at times), stuff for kids and also styles that I’m sure teenagers wouldn’t be ashamed of wearing either (I can imagine just how much of a nightmare that must be!). Here’s a few examples of those:

 

 

Our Bracelet

Chris likes chunky metal styles for his bracelets and so he went for Adore ID Bracelet. You’re probably thinking, wait a guy picked a bracelet with a heart? Yep he did, and no he doesn’t have an overly feminist side. He liked the style of the bracelet and as he said, and as you’ll see from the photos, you really don’t notice it’s a heart. If you look closely you can see it’s one but the only people getting that close should be the emergency services and they’re going to be concerned about much more important things.

 

Adore ID Bracelet from Butler & Grace

 

From the get go Tanya was absolutely brilliant and so patient with me when it came to working out the engraving, helping me get just the right inscription that would fit on the medical tag. The Adore bracelet comes with a circular tag which you can choose to have inscribed on both sides, or with one side inscribed and the commonly used symbol of medicine the caduceus ((fun fact; the actual symbol is the Rod of Asclepius but over time it’s become replaced with Hermes’ staff the cadueus – probably because people don’t like snakes!)) on the other side. We chose to go for the second option as we preferred to have an obvious sign that yes, this was a medical alert bracelet and not an average piece of jewellery.

The size of the tag allows for five lines of text. We chose to have Chris’ name, condition and a contact number listed. You can see the sizing in the photo below, however, you can’t see the full inscription as the phone number has been erased for safety reasons 🙂

 

 

What we liked

The bracelet was really comfortable for Chris to wear despite being a chunky style. You would expect a big chain to be something you would really notice, especially with an extra tag dangling from it constantly. But no, he was happy to wear it for several days at a time and didn’t bat an eyelid at it – I honestly would have just been happy for him to be comfortable to wear it while out for a day at a convention or when we went on holiday. He ended up wearing it to the supermarket, lounging about the house and so on! It really is that comfortable! It’s also not a heavy item, the links are made of a light weight material. This shows the sort of care and attention to detail that has gone into Butler and Grace’s products; they’re aware that people want an ID bracelet they can forget is there and won’t hinder them in an event of an emergency.

 

Close up of the clasp of the Adore ID Bracelet

 

One thing that was important, especially to me as I have mobility issues with my hands, is that the clasp was really smooth. I don’t know if this is something Butler and Grace researched (and if they did, kudos it’s much appreciated!) or it’s just another sign of the quality materials they use, however, it was really easy to open. Not too easy in the sense that you need to worry about the clasp coming loose, just enough that there’s no need to struggle with it.

Finally, the inscription is neat and tidy. The tag is small and the engraving is carefully done, and yet it’s not too tiny. It’s clear as day to my terrible eyesight (I’m very short-sighted, -11 prescription to be precise!) and I don’t have any bother trying to read it. My eyes don’t even take that moment to adjust. It’s just there, easy to read and that is what you want on an ID bracelet. Easy, clear information that anyone can read with clarity. The fact that there are so many types of tags and options for what you can put on them as well, plus an awesome selfie wall full of examples on their website is a fantastic bonus.

 

Adore Id Bracelet laid out fully

Suggestions

While we were super happy with the product we did notice a few things we wanted to mention in this review, more suggestions than complaints. The Adore bracelet links have a small gap in them which is absolutely fine for the bracelet itself, they’re not loose at all. However, the same gap is attached to the loop connecting the clasp to the bracelet and that loop is a lot thinner. We would suggest having it tightening up a fraction just to save any mishaps from happening.

The ID tag itself is positioned right next to the clasp and this can make things a bit fiddly when trying to put the bracelet on, especially when you’re trying to put it on by yourself. The tag keeps falling in the way and you simply don’t have enough hands to hold the bracelet in place, move the tag out the way and fasten the clasp. It would be much better in a more centralised position in the chain.

Chris was also a little surprised at the size of the bracelet when it arrived. He found that the real size of the links didn’t really compare to the photos available on the website. We think it might be more useful for chunkier styles like the Adore bracelet to offer a size comparison photo to give a more accurate idea of size.

 

Conclusion

As you can tell we were both really impressed and happy with the ID bracelet and the range of options available. It’s not often that you find a range of jewellery that offers something for everyone in a normal store, let alone for a specialty item like medical ID bracelets. I personally love that Butler & Grace’s mission statement is to make sure everyone is protected, and that is what drew me to them in the first place. They’ve helped me protect my love one and honestly, I can’t recommend them enough. They are a company that takes your order personally because they have been there, they know how important it is to ensure you or your loved one has this information on them at all time. They want to help you reach that goal. Their website is easy to navigate and filled with information, and the team themselves are fantastic to communicate with.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent an item to review in exchange for an honest review, as always all words are my own and you can read more about my review policy here. Thanks goes to my fiance Chris for being the “guinea pig” and thoroughly testing this item, as well as giving his own review of it. I pretty much just did all the admin work! It was also thoroughly cat inspected by cat inspector George who ensured we followed strict protocol for the photo shoot.

 

Over to You

I hope you enjoyed this review! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask in the comments.

Have you got a medical ID bracelet? If so, are you happy with it?

If no, is it because of the lack of styles available?

Have you considered getting a medical ID bracelet?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please let me know what you think of the review in the comments!

Fred’s Box Minifigures Subscription Box Review

Fred's Box, subscription box for kids (and geeks!) Review

I have always wanted to receive a subscription box and so when the lovely team at Fred’s Box contacted me to offer me the chance to review one, I snapped up the chance! I had hoped to use this as a good excuse to begin my foray into the world of videos via an unboxing video, but sadly my body has decided not to comply with that request. I was good though! I sat on the closed box for a while before having to admit defeat and open it. I may still do a video after the fact, for now I hope you enjoy my review!

 

About Fred’s Box

So, a little introduction first to the product. Fred’s Box is a kid’s monthly subscription box, but as you can tell from me – aka an adult with no children (cats don’t count for this one!) – this is a box that is just as appealing to geeky adults because it is a box filled with minifigures! Yep, those little guys that fit on building blocks like Lego. I love these and have several keyring versions. There are 9 different versions of Fred’s Box so you can easily get one that works best for you! Small Fred’s Box contains 2 minifigures; Standard Fred’s Box contains 4 minifigures; Medium Fred’s Box contains 6 minifigures; Large Fred’s Box contains 10 minifigures; Party Fred’s Box contains 15 minifigures. There are also boxes available in genders; Fred’s box for boys, Lily’s for girls and Mojo for twins – I really like the fact that there’s a twins version. You also don’t have to pick a gendered one; you can go unisex, so if gendered toys is an issue for you this is one company that puts the option in your hands, as the parent, or your child’s.

Their customisation options go even further; they openly offer you the chance to discuss your box with them and ask for a theme. I was offered this chance and went with the first things that came to mind; Star Wars and comic book characters.

 

Every month we choose a different theme: from TV characters, to Superheroes and even Santa or the Easter Bunny. It’s not only the theme that changes each month, either – each month is unique, filled with a fresh batch of awesomeness!”

 

They offer you the chance to browse their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts to see the full range of figures. Personally I’m holding back as I’d prefer to have it be a surprise if I get another box in the future. The prices are also very reasonable, starting £4.85 for 2 figures for a one off box. You can save a few pennies by going with a subscription for 3 months (for 2 figures) which is £14.50. Six months is £27.50 and a year is £54.00, bringing the price down each time with a yearly subscription coming in at £4.50 a month.

 

My Box

I was very happy to open my box and find out that Star Wars had been selected as my theme! The pre-mentioned keyrings are also Star Wars (and cat woman), and these are all brand new additions to my collection. The box was small enough to fit through my letter box, and the figures were snuggly wrapped in paper confetti – which is a good thing because my postman was not at all careful about slinging it through the post box! The paper confetti doesn’t look like much protection, however, because of the nature of the minifigures with their nooks and crannies, they actually catch in the paper and hold in place. I was able to tip the box up for photo #2 and the only thing that moved were the additional weapons.

Speaking of which; they were a nice additional touch! I didn’t expect to get little props with them, and was so excited to see that there was one that matched each figure – including a bow caster for Chewie! I also was really happy to see that there was such a mix; I’ve got two big characters (Chewie and Vader) from the original trilogy, and prequels, and then K-2SO from Rogue One (which I’ve still not seen, I know, total failure as a Star Wars geek!). The stormtrooper I’m not sure if he’s the newer edition from The Force Awakens or resembles the older ones from the OT – I’d have to hunt down some photos from the movies to actually check for sure. But the fact is, they have that much detail that I actually have to ask the question. From their helmets to the details on their chests, each figure is a wonderful miniature of much loved characters. K-2SO is a bit different from the others as he’s much thinner and his body doesn’t move as much, or come apart like the others (I may have accidentally pulled a few arms out and beheaded the stormie while trying to fit the weapons….).

 

Overall Opinion

I was really happy with the box! I had so much fun taking the photos of the individual figures, to the point where I have a distinct feeling you may see a photo shoot set around the house or outside with them in the future 😉 They are fantastic quality and the thought and effort that goes into putting each box together makes it really feel like someone cares about the box you receive – something that makes it even more magical, especially if you’re giving it to a child. The packaging was simple and effective, and I like that it fitted through the mailbox with ease (and survived my not-so-gentle postie bouncing it off the floor..). Sometimes you’re not able to make it to the door, or even be home, when a delivery is due so that is really useful. One thing is for sure; Fred’s box is addictive. These super cute minifigures make you want to have more! I’m thrilled to bits with my Star Wars ones, but now I want to know what else there is! It’s a little bit of magic sailing through your door every month, and whether you’re a kid or an adult, the wonder of what could be hiding in your box this time is huge.

 

Pinterest Competition

Fred’s Box currently have a competition going on over on their Pinterest account until the end of May. So go check it out, get pinning and good luck! If you win or decide to get a box let me know what you get!

 

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about something I’ve not covered let me know in the comments!

4 Beauty Products I loved in 2016 [Sharing Saturday]

Sharing Saturday: 2016 beauty products

 

I’m still playing catch up and working on end of the year/beginning of new year things, so this week I’m taking a look back at the beauty products I tried last year. Here are my top 4 recommendations!

 

 

Hide it! Concealer Palette

by Technic

 

Thanks to my dermatillomania spot out breaks for me are an even bigger nightmare. It has taken me years to finally find products that work for my skin and work to help hide the signs and scars. This product is not a BIG part of that routine (as you can see from the very used palette!). I find that I have two problems using just normal concealer; it doesn’t hide anything and makes it look even more big and obvious. By using the colour correcting concealers together I can merge and blend the perfect cover. And at £1.54 on Amazon, it’s an amazing price too! They also do a bigger 8 shade version as well which I might try in the future.

 

 

Lots of Bubbles Tantalising Gift Set

by I Love…Cosmetics

 

I tend to use a shower more than a bath and I prefer to have a variety of shower gels to use, not the same one every time. So I’m always on the look out for sets of small bottles of shower gels. This gift set by I Love… Cosmetics comes with 6 different flavours; coconut & cream, strawberries & cream, vanilla & ice cream (all pictured above), mango & papaya, lemons & limes, and raspberry & blackberry. I loved them! As you can see, there are only 3 left so they last quite a while and I also had the coconut & cream exfoliating shower smoothie (hence why the shower gel version is untouched so far) and that is also fantastic. These also double as bubble bath, so if you’re like me and use both or prefer one over the other you can still enjoy the gorgeous scents.

Their gift sets tend to come out more during the holiday season, but you can grab this one on Amazon for £9.99 and some of their others as well. Sadly it seems that some are only in holiday sets or have been retired, as their website only has certain flavours listed, as does Superdrug.

 

 

Hydro Boost

by Neutrogena

I was fortunate enough to get this to test from Bzz Agent and I was really happy with the product. As I’ve mentioned in previous product reviews, my skin does much better with light weight creams that hydrate. So this is perfect and it does exactly what it says it did. It hydrated and helped clean up my skin. There is one down side though; at £12.99 for 50ml it just isn’t worth it for the price. It’s good, and it does last a while, yet that is just a bit too pricey for my current budget. Especially if you use it every day, morning and night.

 

 

Flipbalm: Creamy Coconut

by Palmer’s

I am completely in love with this and have been addictively using it since I got it. It has done my lips a world of good and has a lovely sweet, but not sickening taste. The flip lid is easy to use, although it doesn’t travel very well and can open up in your bag if you’re not careful (yep, it happened). There’s plenty in it, so it’s a lip balm that will last a while no matter how often you use it! You can grab it for £4.99 from Amazon and other stockists. There are two other flavours; Juicy Watermelon and Ripe Mango.

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? What beauty products did you fall in love with in 2016?

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