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Three From Evolve Beauty

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There seems to have been a recent surge of people choosing a vegan lifestyle. A big focus has always been what we eat, but in the last few months veganism has stretched from our kitchen tables to our bathroom cabinets. 


As time goes on, we are all beginning to learn more about going vegan. Not just from food but also from our choices when it comes to makeup, skincare and even what we wear. Vegan beauty products are something that I always come across as a beauty blogger, and some of these vegan brands have become my favourites products on the market. 

But trying to find beauty products that will do everything you want whilst being cruelty-free and vegan can be tricky. Vegan skincare can be quite the task as many brands tend to use synthetic or plant-based alternatives, meaning labelling on products isn't always so clear. 


But despite that, you will find many natural and vegan focused brands out there who are thinking more ethically about their ingredients, that won't compromise of efficacy. Evolve Beauty are definitely ones of those brands and they offer a wide range of organic and natural products for the skin, body and hair care. Every product is hand crafted using natural and organic oils, butters and natural superfoods sourced from around the world. So today I wanted to share three products that I highly recommend. 


DAILY RENEW FACIAL CREAM

When you need something to hydrate your skin, it’s important to choose something that’s not only gentle but effective for you. This Daily Renew Facial Cream restores normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. Organic Argan oil nourishes whilst natural hyaluronic acid soothes and hydrates. It has a smooth and light consistency and is absorbed very easily, leaving the skin supple and nourished without feeling greasy at all. 


It also feels really luxurious and is a lovely cream to massage into your skin before bed, as little goes a long way. This daily renew facial cream has a delicate fragrance with soothing hypoallergenic vanilla & coconut natural fragrance. I have been using this a couple of weeks now and it has really hydrated my skin and the cream itself smells incredible with all the combined natural ingredients. 

HYALURONIC EYE COMPLEX 

Those tired mama eyes always need something to help them look less tired. My hunt for a perfect eye cream appears to be never ending, however this Hyaluronic Eye Complex may halt my search. It helps reduce eye bags, fine lines and puffiness all while firming and brightened the eyes, yes please. This eye complex contains Hyaluronic Acid which has so many benefits for the skin on both a surface and a deeper level. So these Hyaluronic Acid creams and serums may be an effective way to shake up your skin care routine and pack in some serious skin hydration punches. 


This regenerating eye complex firms and invigorates the skin around the eyes and combats the signs of stress and tiredness. I have been using this for a couple of weeks and it leaves my eyes feeling cool and supple. The best part of this Hyaluronic Eye Complex features a roller ball making it so much easier and quicker to apply and it has fitted really well into my natural skincare routine.
 
LIQUID RADIANCE GLYCOLIC TONER

Glycolic Acid has become a must-have ingredient in skincare, yet it is only something that I have used a couple of times. It is known to brighten the skin, enhance a glow and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Evolve Beauty and their new Liquid Radiance Glycolic Toner is a great product to add into your routine, especially if you want your skin to feel brighter and give you a bit of a glow. 

Blended with fruit AHAs including Glycolic Acid (Sugar Cane), Malic Acid (Apples) and Citric Acid (Citrus Fruits), as well as BHA Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark. It helps to boost exfoliation, reduces irritation and dryness making this tonic great for everyday use. It sweeps away impurities to reveal younger skin and boosts luminosity and radiance. It also promotes hydration as the removal of dead skin cells allows moisture to reach the new skin cells below. I have been using this tonic a couple of weeks and I can already see a dramatic change in my skin condition. 


If you have problematic skin or want amazing results then Evolve Beauty is 100% a brand worth investing in. They offer a wide range of organic and natural products and I haven't used a single product that has disappointed. 

Have you tried anything from Evolve Beauty?

How to Throw The Best Dinosaur Party on a Budget

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Dinosaurs always make a great theme when it comes to planning parties. Whether the dinos are cute, scary, or somewhere in the middle, little ones can't get enough of them. It's a no-fail theme that will work work for both girls and boys, and can be carried out in your home, at a small venue or in the park. Not forgetting that a dinosaur theme will give you lots of ideas when it comes to decorations, food idea and games. Throwing a party can be lots of fun, but you might be worried about the cost. There’s no need for a great party to break the bank, however you can host a ROARRRRSOME party on a budget without skimping on the fun. 



1// Organise a Venue 

Organising a venue or location for a party can be the stressful, especially when you're trying to stick to budget. It's all about location, location, location. It would be ideal to have a party in your own home or at a local park. By choosing to host a party at home will most definitely save on cost, but aim to have the party when the weather is nice so that children can have some fun outside. But if that isn't an option perhaps consider a village hall or small party venue such as a bowling house, or even the local park.


Parks are great locations for budget-friendly birthday parties for children because they typically don’t require an admissions. Taking the party to a park gives guests a place to spread out and play. Lay out a few picnic blankets, hang up some bunting with a few fun activities for the children and they will be entertained for hours. For our dinosaur themed party we decided to host ours at home to cut down on cost and due to the unpredictable weather in the UK we didn't want to risk organising that party at the park. 

2 // Dinosaur Tablescape

The truth is, tablescaping can be a very costly. While you may love spending money on fancy decor, some of the stuff you have sitting around your house could be perfect for your party, and it won’t cost you a penny. Tablescaping done right is such a rewarding experience and it doesn’t have to be overloaded with lots of things. A minimalist tablescape can make a big difference and look amazing. 



Our dinosaur tablescape was so much fun to put together and I knew that I really wanted to keep it minimal with four main elements. A table cover, a runner, a centerpiece, and place settings, but seeing as there was only a few of us we had to try and be creative. The central colour scheme with our theme was two light tone greens, with pops of orange, gold and brown. These earthy hues bring to life to our prehistoric friends without being too scary and really complimented one another. For our table cloth we used a plain taupe table cloth that we already had at home, but trying to find a table runner that suited the colour scheme wasn't very easy. We needed to be a little more creative and so we found some gift wrap that has light pastel green with cute dinosaurs characters all over, a couple of folds and we had a table runner. 


For our centrepiece we kept it simple and used some artificial plants that we already had displayed in our farmhouse kitchen and the strategically placed lots of toy dinosaurs along the tables that my daughter had in her toy box. We were very fortunate to come across some of the cutest little light green dinosaur bowls, plates and cups and they fitted so well with our colour scheme and used gold striped straws



3// Party Food

One of the easiest ways to bring together a party theme, apart from the tablescape and decorations, is fun food! We are going to be serving a wide variety of food that with be a good mixture of dinosaur themed and so that are not. So in order to really help our dinosaur theme come alive I know that I need to be a little creative with the food choices, with a dino twist and the food labels. But trying to find those kind of labels can be costly, so we decided to make your own. 




No dinosaur theme party is complete without some dinosaur themed treats, right? For young children, think snacks and finger foods such as fruit salads, sausage rolls, bite-sized cheeses, breadsticks, or small veggie sticks. You could make biscuits or sandwiches and cut them into dinosaurs using these T-Rex Cookie Cutters from Lakeland, or press the cutter into fruit. For some sweeter treats we used white chocolate covered pretzles for dino bones which were easy to make, but you could easily swap the chocolate for yoghurt if you wanted to. We also had some chocolate covered raisins and labelled those as dino poop which went down a storm with the little ones whilst grossing out the adults. Claw shaped crisps were added to the food table as well as bowls full of mini dinosaur eggs. All washed down with some homemade volcanic punch. 


4// Dinosaur Party Games

Games and activities keep the guests entertained and energetic. Try and include more physical activities and limit mental games, always ensure that they are not too time consuming as children can get bored easily. Try and mix it up between games and activities to keep those little minds occupied. 


Starting with an old classic, pass the parcel. This one actually works best in the middle of the party to try and space out some time so you can set up food tables or other activities. The beauty of pass the parcel is it is familiar to most people but really easy to get the hang of if you don't. There are so many budget friendly games that you could host for your dinosaur party that won't be too costly such as pin the tail on the dinosaur, a dinosaur scavenger hunt, a dinosaur twist on simon says, or you could even go all out with these T Rex Head Torches for the littlest of guests to get into character and hunt in dark spaces. 

5// Party Favours

No guest can leave a party without a party bag, can they? If you want to make sure that the birthday party guests have a good time long after cake has been eaten, the easiest thing to do is to hand them a goodie bag on the way out the door. You can get as creative as you like when it comes to a party bag. To give you a little inspiration perhaps add in dinosaur toys, crayons, dinosaur stamps or even a grow your own dinosaur egg with some sweet goodies and a sprinkle of confetti. BOOM!


Dinosaurs always make a great theme when it comes to planning parties. Whether the dinos are cute, scary, or somewhere in the middle, little ones can't get enough of them making dinosaurs the best birthday party theme. Throwing a party can be lots of fun, but you might be worried about the cost. There’s no need for a great party to break the bank, however you can host a ROARRRRSOME party on a budget without skimping on the fun. What are your tips for throwing a budget friendly dinosaur themed party?

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Gigantosaurus: The Game

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A special treat for all those dino lovers! Launching next week is Gigantosaurus: The Game, based on the hit Disney animated series. It will be available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One or PS4 so everyone can join in with the dino fun. So who is up for a roarsome adventure?


Gigantosaurus: The Game will allow many little ones and their families into the wonderfully vibrant world of Gigantosaurus for some exciting exploring adventures like never before. This new adventure will allow up to 4 players to explore and race together across the vast, prehistoric world of Gigantosaurus in a one-of-a-kind dinosaur adventure that is part saving the world, part rally racing extravaganza.




The game presents an open world, the Savannah, a place that, as the narrator says, is beautiful, but dangers can arise. As the inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, timid Bill, and courageous Rocky embark on a quest, facing their individual fears and working together to solve a problem. Like the meteor that's blocked up Giganto's Volcano. The design is great, with many elements bringing the game to life. You can discover the wonderful world of Gigantosaurus on your own, or with other dinos friends where you can solve quests and puzzles in order to save the day. And the end of each story is the start of a super rally to the next zone. Will you be the most fearsome adventurer or the fastest Racer?


To mark our special dino adventure we hosted a small family dino partyyyy as my daughter enjoys a party. It was quite fun preparing for our family dinosaur party. The dinosaur tablescape was so much fun but I really wanted to keep it minimal design with four main elements. A table cover, a runner, centerpiece, and place settings, but seeing as there was only a few of us we had to try and be creative. We used our own table cloth but trying to find the best table runner that has dinos was really hard, so we used some dino some gift wrap - and we had a table runner. For our centrepiece we used some artificial plants that we already pinched from our kitchen decor and then strategically placed lots of dinosaurs along the tables. It was the perfect dino table. For the place setting we did try and keep it minimal with the use of some dino bowls, gold stripped straws, some napkins and some home made food labels.



One of the easiest ways to bring together a party theme, apart from decorations, is fun food! All of your food needed to be of a dino theme, of course. But to help make it easier for us all we tried to keep to buffet style food with Dino Claws, Dino Eggs, Homemade Dino Bones, Dino Poop and Dino-wiches. All washed down with some Volcano Punch. It was the perfect way to mark the release of Gigantosaurus: The Game.



Not forgetting the party games. We had some fun with lots of different dino masks, colouring and a dino hunt. It was a fun filled afternoon with good food, dino fun and there was even party bags, who doesn't love a party bag.


After we went back to playing Gigantosaurus. The missions of this first level included rescuing some scattered eggs all over the stage or collecting nuts, planting seeds to feed another dinosaur. Basically the same concept as Mario Kart, although the mechanics were not very clear if it was only about reaching the goal first or we also have to collect items. You can see the game has been especially designed for little ones as parts of the game are easy, however there are parts that need a little more logical thinking or problem solving all key for social and overall development.


All three of us enjoyed playing the first level together and we didn't really find any problems with going onto the next level. My daughter loved playing with Tiny because her favourite dinosaur is a Triceratops and I definitely loved Mazu, simply because I am Mazu. Meanwhile my husband switched between the Rocky and Bill due to their individual skills and characteristics.


Gigantosaurus: The Game is quite beautiful and with very striking colours for all the elements of the scenes and for the characters. Each dinosaur is well detailed and has its own personality and ability, however the game also featured certain lights in the sky and purple bubbles to let you know where you need to go or where you need to be. This game was fun, vibrant and exciting new experience for everyone in this household. This was the first game that our daughter really enjoyed and was completely engaged with, I am more than sure that fan of Gingantosaurus or Dinosaurs will love playing this - they will have one GIGANTIC Adventure. The game will launch on March 27, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.

**We have been kindly gifted the game that was featured in this post, but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright **

How Do You Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus?

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I'm sure you have heard update after update about the Coronavirus. It has been something that I am following and up until yesterday I wasn't too worried. Is it starting to worry you? I am very concerned that we aren't doing enough to help protect the NHS and to flatten the curve. People are more concerned with stock piling loo roll, pasta and swiping calpol off the shelves than staying at home. 


We braved the supermarket this week and it was absolute carnage and we couldn't even get most of our regular shop as most shelves were completely empty. As I loaded my half shop onto the till I stood there and watched so many people frantic and rushing around with their overloaded trolleys. I just couldn't believe how selfish people have become during such uncertain times. I understand that it is a confusing time and no one really knows what to do for the best, but watching people fighting through the crowds for rice, pasta or a tin beans was hard to watch.

I even walked past a man with boxes of pasta in his trolley, nothing else just pasta. At least one of those packet could have fed a family of five. Did that man think about those families that are struggling to get some of their regular shop, or even consider that not everyone can afford to stock pile or perhaps donating some to a food bank. No of course he didn't he was thinking about himself showing pure greed, ignorance and selfishness when he did his food shop today. However, thankfully a member of staff told him he wasn't allowed to purchase all that pasta and they were limiting the amount per customer.


We are all scared and confused about the times ahead, there is no need to for all this greed and selfishness that we are showing towards one another. Most of our emotions are fuelled by anxiety and uncertainty about the times ahead. But we need to remember to stop panic buying and show support. What lessons are we teaching our children? We are in this together, we need to think about those people who are vulnerable or about those who don't have the luxury of jumping into the car to several shops to get what they need. It has been awful seeing so many people being greedy, walking by those in need. Explaining that to a five year old isn't so easy.

So how do you talk to your children about something as scary like the coronavirus? I have always thought as a parent it is important to be open and honest with your children, and that is still the case even during these uncertain times. Our daughter knows that something was happening and she could sense that we were becoming more worried, so we agreed to be open and honest with her. But how do you talk to your children about the coronavirus?

DON'T BE AFRAID

By now most children would have heard about the coronavirus either from their school or teachers, seen the news or they may have seen people wearing face masks in public. It's only natural for children to ask questions so don't be afraid to talk to your children and keep them informed as much as you can. Try ease their feelings of concern and worry as things continue to develop with information that is correct and within government guidelines. I have opinions of course along with so many others but I prefer to base my opinions on statistics and information from reputable sources where they have all followed guidelines advised.

NOTHING IS STRAIGHTFORWARD

Nothing is straightforward and no one has all the answers. I'm not entirely sure what will happened in the coming days but I'm sure we will see more announcements from the government, retailers and experts outlining the best course of action in a bid to contain and delay the coronavirus. In the UK we have already stopped large gatherings, shut the schools, pubs, clubs and leisure centres. The Government are still encouraging everyone to stay at home or work from home if possible to help protect the NHS and to save lives. Legislation to help protect businesses will hopefully be passed through parliament to prevent many of them collapsing and they are even developing a job retention scheme. We all need to do our bit in a bid to flatten the curve and to stop this coronavirus from spreading further. 

DEAL WITH YOUR OWN ANXIETY

It’s natural to be concerned about what may happen if your workplace closes, your children have to stay home, or you have to self-quarantine. Even though these possibilities are scary, being proactive can help ease some of your anxiety. It's important to be kind to yourself and be as clear minded as you can before talking to your children. I know that I am feeling more anxious than normal and I am finding myself glued to the news or checking for updates about any developments. This is no way to live and it's not really going to help ease my feelings. 

The best way for to deal with those emotion is to try and alter my focus away from the news, slightly. As we are having to home school our daughter we have been planning for lessons that are within her term topics and the curriculum.


STAY CALM AND REASSURE

Be calm and reassure your children about the facts. It’s helpful to reassure your child about how rare the coronvirus actually is and that children actually seem to have milder symptoms. So, reminding children that by staying at home is the best way to stay safe in these uncertain times and the importance of hand washing is paramount. 

STICK TO SOME FORM OF ROUTINE

As you know, schools in the UK have been closed to those who are not key workers so keeping some kind of routine is really helpful right now. Keeping structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes is pretty essential in keeping children happy and healthy. We start our mornings with a PE session with Joe Wicks to help kick start our days, followed by a couple of lessons based on my daughter's term curriculum. We have found a balance and adapted to our new normal. 

PRIORITISE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Support your immune system as best as you can by eating well, getting eight hours of sleep, exercising, alleviate stress and take supplements to flood your body with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The unexpected silver lining of extra time at home with your families is an opportunity to set new healthy habits that we may have let slip through our busy schedules. 

PROTECT YOUR MINDSET

Good mental health and positive wellbeing can help you better cope with the coronavirus threat and the uncertainty it’s creating. Limit yourself to reading information only from official sources or reliable national sources. Try to avoid excessive exposure to media coverage as constant monitoring of news updates can intensify feelings of worry and distress.

Talking to your child about the coronavirus is really important but it isn't something that you should be scared to do. Yes these times are confusing and full of uncertainty but we all need to remember that we are all in this together. I completely understand that it can be easy to feel panicked about those things that are out of our control. It is important to focus on the things you CAN control instead and stay informed using reliable sources. Please show kindness and be supportive to others that are in need.

Traditional Copper Anniversary Gift Ideas.

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It seems hard to believe that seven years ago my husband and I stood at the altar and made our promises to one another. After seven years of wedded bliss and twelve years of being with together we really do know each other. However, getting inspiration for an anniversary gift is not always so easy. In fact there are so many selections of anniversary gifts that at times it can be hard to get something perfect gift for a loved one.


The traditional seven year wedding anniversary gift is copper and wool each having a different meaning. Copper is seen as a durable metal that according to Greek mythology, attracts love and protects against evil. Wool, on the other hand, symbolises warmth and comfort. My husband and I have decided to keep with tradition and get something copper for one another, and set some kind of budget for some healthy competition. So for those who are struggling for inspiring gift ideas for a seventh wedding anniversary, we have a couple of ideas that may help spark a little inspiration.

Making the most of those cherished wedding day memories is always a great way to start when it comes to celebrating seven years of blissful happiness. This simple but striking Personalised Copper Photo Frame is a wonderful gift to celebrate a seventh anniversary and it can be personalised with any message of your choice. This frame is made from aluminium with a brushed copper finish that will really catch the light and stand out wherever you choose to display it.


How about this VonShef Boston Cocktail Maker Set? This shaker set is the epitome of luxury. For a little bit of money, you can own this rose tone cocktail shaker with matching rose-coloured accessories such as a muddler, a twisted bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer, bottle top pourer, and a double ended measuring jigger. If you're looking for perfect accessory for your cocktail maker set then these beautiful Riches & Lee Moscow Mule Copper Mugs is the perfect accessory for any bar and a great gift for every cocktail aficionado. 


Being completely obsessed with copper hues and warmer tones when it comes to my jewellery, what better way to celebrate seven years of marriage that with some dainty jewellery. The minimalist look is an undeniable classic. Regardless of your personal fashion preferences, there are always going to be situations in life where a more subtle and understated look is required. A personalised necklace is going to become one of my favourites and the fact that it's personalised makes it even more special. This gorgeous Lisa Angel necklace features a bar hanging vertically from a chain. It's a simple but striking design that is suitable for everyday wear. 


Not forgetting about my husband of course. These modern and stylish rose gold cufflinks make the perfect accessory and a great gift idea for a seventh anniversary gift. Not only are they functional, but cufflinks are also wonderfully ornamental and are often used to dress up shirts or add a unique touch to an outfit. From HARVEY MAKIN® featuring a classic rectangular shape with a diagonal etched design. Complete with signature gold foil embossed presentation gift box. These cufflinks are sure to make that important man in your life feel really special. Whether it’s a smart pair for the office, or something sentimental for a special event like a wedding, we’ve got personalised cufflinks to suit all tastes and occasions


Whether you're looking for a traditional anniversary gift or something more unusual we hope that this post will give you some inspiration. 

Meal Plan Monday: Week Nine - March 2nd

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I have been sharing our weekly meal plans since beginning of the year and so far they have been so great and help me keep on track. Not only that when I share my slimming world meals over on Insta I always get people asking for recipes. This week has been really good meal plan wise and for majority of the time we stayed on track - we have been indulging in a few too many evening snacks so that's something we have to work on next week. A snack free week! Anyone else enjoy a little snack in the evening? My downfall is craving something sweet with a cup of tea.


Monday:: Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole

Our little lady has Rainbows on a Monday evening so we always need something that is quick and simple to eat before we go. Now that the colder weather seems to be going my husband and I are trying to be better and go walking as she is at Rainbows instead of heading home to sit in front of the box. So this week our plan for Monday is of course a slow cooker sausage casserole because it is super low in syn and low in calories. 

Tuesday:: Honey and Mustard Drumsticks, Quinoa and Feta Salad. 

I'm sure that you know by now that we are a big fan of these honey and mustard pork loins and so it made it's way into our meal plan for this week, but with a twist. We have swapped out pork loins and make succulent honey and mustard chicken drumsticks - it was a delicious spin on the recipe. We paired these drumsticks with Quinoa to keep the dish low calorie. 

Wednesday:: Spicy Fish, Slimming World Chips, Salad and Petit Pois. 

We all know that fish is a great source of protein and generally they are jam packed full of vitamins and nutrients making it a great option to add into our weekly meal plans. However, my husband isn't a great lover of fish and prefers to stick to meat. But I have been strict and said we are having it this week with a little spice. Our spicy fish does use some of your syns for a daily allowance, but they are worth them. We use around 30g of Chilli Heatwave Doritos with a teaspoon of onion powder, paprika and more chilli and crush together. We then sprinkle the seasoning on top of the fish and pop them in the over at 180oc for about 25 minutes. They come our hot, spicy and super crispy - it was a big hit with my husband. 

Thursday:: Turkey Keema, Boiled Rice and Steamed Veggies

Keema Curry is a South Asian dish that traditionally would use lamb mince, if you are happy to spend some syns, then you could stick to tradition and use ground lamb, but to keep this dish syn free, we love to use either turkey or pork mince. It’s a great dish for batch cooking and freezing up some portions and is gluten and dairy free. 

Friday:: Pizza Chicken, Crunchy Roasted Potatoes and a Green Leaf Salad. 

We LOVE a Friday night pizza parttty. But being on slimming world getting pizza is probably one of the worse takeaways we can tuck into so we have swapped out a calorie loaded base for a chicken breast. After searing the chicken breast we then pour over home made tomato sauce and top with some cheese. It honestly taste just like traditional pizza sauce.

Do you like some of the meal plans we have shared this week?

Hatchimal CollEGGtibles: Royal Snow Ball

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I'm sure that if you have been following us you will know my daughter loves Hatchimals! But then, who doesn't love these mini magical creatures, it's hard not to like them really. My daughter has been an avid collector of these little creatures since their launch and her collection just continues to grow. Some of her favourites have been from the Spring Bouquet and Pet Obsessed Pet Shop series, but as always we are happy to welcome new additions to our Hatchimal family!

If you haven't heard of these Hatchimals CollEGGtibles craze then where have you been? For those that are not familiar with this craze, hatchimals are magical creatures that hatch from little special speckled eggs. You warm these eggs in your hands, crack them open to reveal a cute magical creature - they are not really an animal or a bird but a mixture of the two. Once you hatch one of these little cuties you will want to buy more and more. 


These Hatchimal CollEGGtibles: Royal Snow Ball Series are just as small, just as adorable with far more glitter than ever before. Just hatch and discover more Hatchimals Royals characters and get them glammed up for the upcoming Royal Snow Ball. As soon as you open the pack you will discover an adorable character already out of an egg, ready and raring to go. With lots of hidden accessories to discover inside each of these sparkly royal eggs, you can dress up your Royal Hatch and Royal Snow Ball CollEGGtibles and mix and match accessories on your new friends. 


There's 100 CollEGGtibles to hatch, accessorize and collect! Hatch classics, Royal Rares, ultra-rares and limited-edition characters! Add Mermal Royals, Royal Treasures, Glitter Salon, Princess Pairs and more to your collection. The choice is endless! 

The Royal Snow Ball Hatchimals are my daughter all time favourites out of her entire collect, mainly because they are glittery, but also because these ones come with accessories. As you can imagine she couldn't wait to hatch them.  She has two favourites out of all the hatches. The first one was a gold glittery chipmonk from the 'Frosty Friends' and her second favourite was pearlised crocodile from the 'Royal Treasures' which came with his own crown. 


The Royal Snow Ball CollEGGtibles are a series that we have got time and time again when it comes to spending pocket money, she wants to collect them all. But with over 100 to collect she will be spending her pocket money for years to come. These Royal SnowBall Multipack with 4 CollEGGtibles has an RRP of £10 and hatches in the same way as the old style Hatchimal CollEGGtibles, simply rub the hard and then break the shell to reveal what is inside. But it's exciting as you really don't know which one you will hatch.

Do you collect Hatchimal CollEGGtibles? If so which are your favourite?

BIRCHBOX - March 2020: Idols

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It's a great start to the month with this little beautifully presented box showing women from all walks of life. Feel inspired, and empowered with these treats from Birchbox with their 'Idols' box to celebrate International Women' Day. With five curated pamper products inside to help you feel the best version of yourself because we all deserve it. All subscribers could choose their very own Forgive Me Suzie Liquid Eyeshadow in either Love Letter, Fairy Dust or Dancing Queen this month. But you also get a Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner from The Beauty Crop and a Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum in every single box. 


This month it's time for us to embrace US. So who wants to know what's inside the box? If you're new to Birchbox they are one of the main leaders in the beauty box subscription game. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples and travel sized samples and these will be with makeup, skin care, body care or hair care. It's a great way to discover new products that you wouldn't normally come across if it wasn't for this little beauty subscription. So without further ado let's take a closer look. 

Forgive Me Suzie. Liquid Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust. RRP | £8

Meanwhile I tend to stick to powder when it comes to choosing eyeshadows, I am always happy to step outside my comfort zone and try different products. This long lasting metallic eye shadow really makes it easier to create a statement in one swoop. We all know that many of us women are always pressed for time whether that is heading our for the school run, work, going to a big meeting or a  catching up with a friend. I received the shade Fairy Dust and I really like wearing this with my everyday makeup, it really suited my complexion but you could build this up for a night time look if you wanted to. 


The Beauty Crop. Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner. RRP | £14

Being a beauty blogger, you could say I have used my fair share of eyeliners. I have had some amazing products that I will always go back to and others that I will always avoid and never recommend. Yes this one has a deep black formula that will help define my eyes the way I want without smudging. But it falls short on it's staying power which is a shame. 

Balance Me. Vitamin C Repair Serum. RRP | £32

Vitamin C is great for your skin and it is something that we all should be using more in our skincare routine. I discovered a Vitamin C Essence about two years ago and it has been so good for my skin and it is something that I just cannot be without. So I was more than happy to have this little gem in my box this month. This Vitamin C Repair Serum from Balance Me has been formulated to battle the beginning signs of ageing, yes I need some of this now I'm in my thirties. It has really helped with pigmentation and the hydraulic acid has been sooo good with hydrating my skin and leave me with a healthy glow. 


Daily Concepts. Dual Texture Body Scrubber. RRP | £6.95 

The innovative texture with micro scrubbers technology which is pretty perfect for a daily soft wash or for an exfoliating wash. I also think that it's pretty cool that they have a label with an indicator that fades to let you know when you need to replaced your mini scrubber. I am so glad that this one was in my Birchbox this month as my skin is breaking out and no matter what I try my makeup ends up slipping off my face after a few hours. I use my facial cleanser along with my exfoliating scrub and I have noticed a difference in my skin. I have consistently used this for a few days in a row it has helped that skin on the top be removed, leaving newer, healthier skin showing. The rough side exfoliates, the soft side helps rinse. 

Luxliss. Argan & Marula Conditioner. RRP | £20

Every now and then we have to make time for a little deep conditioning. Deep conditioners or hair masks are an essential part of a healthy hair care routine, whether you're natural or not, and no matter your curl type. And yet, so many people don't know how to properly deep condition their hair, or neglect the practice altogether! However, with this Luxliss. Argan & Marula Conditioner you can treat your hair to a little extra nourishment in one simple step. After one use it has left my hair feeling silky smooth, nourished and super healthy.


In a nutshell, this is a pretty great box and what better way to celebrate 'us women' than with a pamper session, a killer eyeliner for a handbag or some serum to brighten our skin. I really enjoyed the products that Birchbox has this month and I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for April.

So what did you think? Are you a Birchbox fan? If not, you should at least try a couple of boxes. A monthly Birchbox subscription, with no long-term commitment, costs just £10 (+ £2.95 P&P) per month. 

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