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Bullyland Chubby Unicorn Figures

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Unicorns are pretty much having a moment right now, and I couldn't be happier about this craze if I'm honest. And like me, my daughter has also been sucked into the unicorn obsession, but it's hard not to see why though. Unicorns are very unique, mystical and they are pretty cute. When it comes to the unicorn craze you are either in one of two camps. Completely obsessed and everything you own, wear and eat is of a unicorn theme [okay maybe not, but you get the idea], or you're in the 'unicorns aren't even real' camp! But whether you love them or hate them it doesn't look like they will be going anywhere any time soon, which is why I wanted to tell you all about these adorable Bullyland Chubby Unicorns Figures we have. I know you will fall in love with them just as much as we did. 




Bullyland Chubby Unicorn Figures

The Chubby unicorns are the cutest and roundest unicorns you'll ever come across. I must be honest, if it wasn't for my unicorn obsessed daughter I would want them for myself, these little chubby unicorns would be the perfect gift for any unicorn fan that's for sure. The Bullyland Chubby Unicorn Figures are hand painted making them unique and very realistic, not forgetting that Bullyland are the only manufacturer that uses synthetic rubber material and not PVC. BOOM. I'm pretty sure you will instantly fall in love with these chubby unicorns, it's hard not to really, they are so adorable. If you like the Bullyland Chubby Unicorn Figures you will also love the added accessories that are available such as money boxes, photograph frames and key rings.


You can tell that these figurines are able to stand the test of time, as mine daughter decided accidentally dropped one of these cute unicorns outside the car door window in a car park and the drop didn't leave any marks. So I am sure our new friends will be able to withstand playtime at our house. I think my daughter [apart from the car door window] is at an age where she really appreciates these types of figures and they are certain more robust than some of her other toys. Poor Nanny Plum doesn't have her wand, wings, arms but has one leg that's still hanging in there. My daughter likes to play with her unicorn along with all her Happy Land toys, she can sit there for hours entertaining herself. 



My daughter's favourite has to be the fairy one of course, sticking with the whole mystical obsession. Our Chubby Unicorn Fairy is called 'Poppy' and she goes everywhere with us. On the nursery run, out in the car and enjoys exploring many other adventure too. It's not surprising that my daughter wants to take her along on our adventures because she fit perfectly into her hand and her pockets. But Poppy gets to meet lots of new people on our adventures as my daughter loves to tell everyone so much about her too. 



These little unicorns are not just made for little ones. It really doesn't matter your age, as long as you love unicorns, you will love these. The Bullyland Chubby Unicorn Figures are available now and range in price between £4.99 -£6.99 with the money box and photograph frames being around £9.99. All are available from Amazon. The figures I have are:







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*DISCLAIMER* Mimi Rose and Me is a personal blog written and edited by myself only, unless otherwise noted my reviews are completely based on my own opinions and my own words. These products were supplied to me as a gift to review from Bullyland. If you'd like to know about this then please visit this page.

How To Get Your Legs Summer Ready

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Wow, we are certainly having a heatwave at the moment. It's been beautiful. And it's strange to think that we are only half way through April. Months after hibernating under those chunky knits, thick jeans and tan boots it's time to get ready for the bare leg season. Now I must admit, I am not a great lover of the sun and if I am being completely honest I have always been incredibly envious of women with lovely legs. As they walk by with their super smooth, long tanned legs paired with oh so cute shorts or skirts and I am in trying to hide my shorter, pasty white legs are trying in jeans or tights for as long as can stand in the heat. So it's time to get my legs summer ready and make them smooth, soft and tanned thanks to a selection of great products on the market.


So, here’s my guide for gorgeous summer legs:

Step One: The Brush Off

Instantly perk up skin with The Mio Body Brush from Mio Skincare. A brush that has been developed to stimulate and revitalise, perfect for the start of getting your legs summer ready. This brush features natural boar bristles and massage nodules to sweep across the surface layer of skin with an exfoliating action, activating cellular renewal and circulation to help reduce the appearance of ‘orange-peel’ for a firmer, smoother feeling texture. Use this body brush on dry [not wet] skin to exfoliate the legs and remove dead cells. Simply start at the ankles and brush upwards in soft, circular motions. 

Step Two: Hair Removal

Next year, if you’ve got a bit of spare money promise yourself you’re going to have a course of laser hair removal from the Pulse Light Clinic. Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle with laser light, this energy damages and goes on to destroy the hair follicle, thus stopping the follicle from producing further hairs. The laser delivers an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicle whilst the surrounding tissue remains unaffected. There are so many reason to get those hairs zapped that's for sure. No more ingrown hairs, super smooth skin, less irritation and the best part? Not having to shave or wax again. You would want to find out more information, watch this quick video and then get yourself on their online booking system, the first consultation is free so there's no excuses. 

This year, book in with a good waxer or get out your trusty razor out.

Step Three: Exfoliation

Once you have super smooth legs, it's time to exfoliate. So get rid of your dead skin, protect yourself against ingrown hairs and give your legs that radiant look with a good scrub. One of the best and cheapest ways to do this is with a pair of exfoliating gloves, which is probably one of the best inventions ever and you can pick up a pair for less than a £1. However, if you're feeling like a more 
indulgent scrub there are so many different ones that you can pick up and one of my favourites is Soap and Glory's The Scrub of Your Life. I love body scrubs and this one has a scent that combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oak moss, amber and woody notes. I am a massive fan of this gorgeous scrub. Best scrub ever leaves skin so refreshed after each use and you only need a small amount and has a lovely smell.

Step Four: Moisturise

And now that we have super smooth legs it's time to get them hydrated with a good moisturiser. As there's nothing more frustrating that applying fake down to dry skin, so always make sure that you moisturise after every shower. It's the best time to keep those pin hydrated as it will trap more moisture. I am a big fan of body butters, like this Almond Milk & Honey Soothing Body Butter from the Body Shop. If you get the chance to try the body butter, try it. It’s AMAZING!! The name itself describes how it is, it really is like butter. The smell of this cream is absolutely amazing. It will leave your skin feels smoother, softer and fresher. I normally use it after I have a shower so it absorbs better but anytime should be fine. Unlike other moisturisers out there this one is not heavy at all and is really light and delicate on skin. 

Step Five: Work on your tan

A really good fake tan is a great way to feel more confident about baring those legs that haven't seen the sun all winter long. Before you tan make sure that you apply a layer of moisturiser to your ankles and knees you don’t get any excess fake tan clinging to these areas. As alwways the best way to apply fake tan is with a tanning mitt and these will provide an easy, even and streak free application. You can either mix your fake tan with body lotion for a subtle grow, or wear alone for a tanned, radiant glow. Don’t apply to much to your feet and literally brush the mitt over your ankles so that they get some colour but not too much. My favourite is St.Tropez Self Tan Express Bronze Mousse. It's perfect if you want a long lasting fake tan without having to to wait around for hours whilst it develops, then this one is for you. Leave it on for one hour for a light sun-kissed glow, two hours, for a medium tan and three hours for a deeper bronze. Another option for those who like the natural look is to apply a gradual tan. You don’t need to use a mitt for these and they contain moisturiser so you can skip that step as well. This Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze is amazing. The scent of this one, a classic cocoa butter fragrance, is strong but there are no hints of that traditional fake tan smell. A thick, white lotion, it moisturises skin well but also sinks in quickly so there’s no hanging around waiting to get dressed. It’s easy to use thanks to the pump dispenser, and we noticed the tan developing after two applications – it was a natural golden brown that got darker with every use. At this price, it’s hard to fault too.

Step Six: Cover up

You might remember to apply sunscreen to your arms and face, but take extra care to reach the back of the legs. This is an area that is often overlooked and under applied. For more accurate coverage use a cream rather than a spray, I am obsessed with this Garnier Ambre Solaire one. The perfect balance of moisturising care and protection with advanced UVA and UVB photo-stable filters. This non sticky, non greasy formula is quick and easy-to-use, and instantly absorbed by the skin and leaves no white marks

Simple and Easy Vanilla Cookies

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As you will probably know my daughter is obsessed with bunnies and loves getting into the kitchen with me, so it makes complete sense to combine the two and make some adorable bunny cookies. These bunny cookies are so easy to make as they only have five ingredients and go perfectly with a cup of tea. However, you don't have to make bunnies you can use any cutter you have in your kitchen to suit your occasion or celebration. These are so simple and easy to make and are perfect to make with children. We love making these when we have special guest coming over because you can whip up a batch of cookies in less than fifteen minutes and there's nothing more inviting than some sweet vanilla cookies baking when you have guests. 



You will need:

100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
275g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract


METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl, then beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.

3. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.

4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.

5. Using biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.


For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring. You can either carefully spread the icing on the cookies using a knife or use a piping bag and gently squeeze the icing onto the cookies. Be as creative as you want and add sprinkles, chocolate chips or small pieces of fruit. Then set aside until the icing hardens. That's it! Why don't you get in the kitchen with the children and make these simple and easy vanilla cookies. 

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5 Little Luxuries That Make Me Happy

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We all have those little treats that make us happy. Those little luxuries that we don't necessarily need, but we love because they make us feel good and make us smile. They say that life is always about the small stuff and I couldn't agree more. So whether it's pretty flowers in your garden, getting to sit down with a cup of tea, reading a book or finding an old note in a purse. It's all about the little things. And in light of all these little things, I thought that it would be fun to write about five luxuries that make me happy. 


C O F F E E   &   T E A

Yep I am one of those people that cannot do anything productive until a nice cup of tea or coffee.  Who isn't? Actually you could probably go as far to say that I am addicted to caffeine and that it would be pretty impossible for me to function like a normal human being until I have had a cup of something. But for me, my favourite times are when friends or family pop over for a coffee and a chat to get me up to speed what they've been doing or to tell me their troubles. After all, a cup of tea can solves most problems. So a nice cup of tea or coffee is pretty much a daily must have. 


F L O W E R S

Flowers are one of those things that every household should have, as a blogger you could say fresh tulips or peonies are a big cliché but they really do make a house a home. Flower really make me happy. Where ever possible, I love to buy myself freshly cut peonies, roses or tulips and keep them on my dining table, porch or on my sideboard in the hallway. Mostly though, my husband is kind enough to buy me flowers every week, he knows just what I like. Anything pretty pink or pastel.

B E A U T I F U L   M A K E U P

Being a self-certified beauty addict I actually love all makeup whether it's a splurge or a budget friendly product. My latest obsession when it comes to makeup are beauty subscription boxes, these little gems are probably one of the best ideas on the market. It gives some many of us the opportunity to try products that we wouldn't normally get to try and even make some amazing discoveries. 

H O M E W A R E S

I think we all sometimes sit and dream about what we’d treat ourselves and for me it's about buying new things for our home. I can actually sit for hours browsing Pinterest for all the beautiful images that make me want to redesign our entire home. Even when we are out and about, you'll normally find me down the home aisles trying to convince my husband that we need a new cushion, vase or  candle. I am literally obsessed. Whether's it's a fake plant to go into the kitchen window, a new cushion or throw, a new vase or something for my little blogging room I love buying new things to shakes things up in the home. 

T H E   C U D D L E S 

Nothing makes me happier than cuddles with my little lady and my boy. My favourite time of the day is the nursery pick up because she always greets me with the loudest reception and gives me the biggest cuddles and kisses she can give. And then when my husband gets home she loves to be picked up and have our daily family cuddle. Every time she asks for family cuddles my heart melts a little bit each time. How did we create such a loving little girl. 


So these are 5 little luxuries that make me happy. What little luxuries make you happy?

GLOSSYBOX - April: Nostalgia

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Can you actually believe that we are already in April? I'm so excited to see all the spring makeup looks and adoring all the pastels colours, however I am completely over this rain. So receiving a cheeky little delivery brightened my dull morning. The GLOSSYBOX for April is a theme dedicated to all things nostalgia, taking inspiration from all things from the past. This months box definitely features more makeup than past boxes; with all the items I received being cosmetics apart from one. So opening all these beautiful makeup treats definitely brightened my day, that's for sure. 


If you're new to Glossybox, it's a monthly subscription box that comes packed with both full sized products that cover all areas of beauty from skin care, hair, nails, makeup and everything else in between from brands we all love to those new discoveries that we wouldn't normally get to try if it wasn't for Glossybox. Each box costs £13.25 per month and contains contents that are always over the cost of the box. In a nutshell, you get a box full of goodies all for that monthly price.

So without further ado, let's see what's in the Glossybox for April. 

Carmex. Lip Balm in Strawberry. | RRP, £2.79. 

I am sure most of use know what Carmex is and probably owns at least three tubes. No, just me that keeps this little tubes of wonder in every drawer, every handbag and every pocket then! But if you don't, you really should get some as this is amazing for dry and chapped lips. This medicated lip balm goes on smooth to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips with SPF 15 and with the amazing scent of strawberry flavour. This Carmex lip balm provides a long lasting protective barrier to help with healing which is great as a little goes a long way.

Affect Cosmetics. Matte Effect Translucent Loose Setting Rice Powder. | RRP, £9.35. 

Now I must make a confession, I didn't have a clue what rice powder was until I read the description on the Glossybox card included in the box. But it's something that is pretty new in the whole setting powder family, being a combination of mica and rice starch to give a perfect matte finish. Now I know that so many people and bloggers rave about banana powder, but for me it just seem far too yellow for my skin tone. So I am pretty excited to include this one into my makeup routine and so far it's been amazing, like why are we only discovering this one now. It's helped me achieve such a flawless look and this will be something that I will be using more often. 


Eyeko London. Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black. | RRP, £16. 

Bringing back bold lines from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, inspired by the looks of Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy, this little liquid eyeliner is set to deliver some serious winged effect punch. This was the product that I was most excited to receive, but let's face it, eyeliner has never really gone out of fashion. I have to say I love discovering a new eyeliner, and this one is pretty epic and gives me some of the best winged eye looks. It’s smudge free and the fat felt tip end helps make my winged eyeliner work like a dream. 


Modellauncher Cosmetics. Safari Bronzer. | RRP, £20. 

Bringing back the 90’s with a leopard print bronzer, this talc free, mineral-enriched bronzer is versatile for every complexion. It’s has a very cute design of leopard print and I am really excited to try the mixture of different bronzed colours on my cheeks. It's not something that I normally go for as I prefer to work with solid colours when it comes to creating the desired bronzed look. I also like the idea that some of the shades in the compact bronzer have a shimmer to them which is prefect for this time of the year. I have used it already and added some bronze to a my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, and over my forehead and chin giving me a definite sun kissed look. 


Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo. Baked Blush in Light Beige. A GLOSSYBOX Exclusive!!!!

A natural blush in the shade Light Beige, this is a far from the bold blush looks of the 80’s. This baked blush brightens and highlights all complexions, and it's so pretty and looks super pigmented. I was so excited to try this as it's not even been released yet, a Glossybox Exclusive! Yes please. This shade is a light beige and looks ideal for my skin tone. This highlighter has iridescent pearl pigments and light reflecting particles leaving an instant luminous glow with a warm tone and comes in a good size too. Now a blush is not always something that I grab when I am looking for an everyday look, but I really like this one. It offers more of a shine than a glisten which is perfect for a subtle glow appearance, no one wants to look like Edward Cullen! But this highlighter is super pigmented and gives just the perfect illusion of a shine, that's not too much. 



And that’s a peek at April's GLOSSYBOX, so what did you think? I must admit, this box is pretty epic and has so many great products that are full sized. This has by far, been my favourite box. This box focuses on throwing back to the beauty of the bygone eras to celebrate favourite timeless trends and reminisce about certain looks. However beauty is all about mixing up timeless looks with new trends and this is exactly what this box helps you do. There are two products that stand out the most for me and these are the rice setting powder and the beautiful glow of the baked blush, which is going to help me achieve the perfect sun kissed look. 

Now don't forget to go an check our other GLOSSYBOX reviews


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