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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Gift for him | Cornerstone shaving box

Cornerstone box

When the nice people over at Cornerstone approached me to see if I wanted to review their shaving box in preparation for Christmas, I couldn't say no! As you can see from the pic on the right, hubby has a beard... and while he doesn't shave his whole face very often, he does need to shave the edges to keep it from taking over his face.

There's two ways you can use Cornerstone, as a subscription box, or as a gift box for someone. Each box comes with different skincare essentials, such as pre-shave face scrub, shave gel and post-shave balm. In the box is also a blade-cover for the razor, a set of 5 spare blades, and the razor itself (engraved) and pre-fitted with a blade.  For me, what really stood out (apart from how well presented this was) is the quality of the razor, it has such a lovely weight to it, and definitely doesn't feel cheap.

Cornerstone skincare

What is also boast-worthy is that their products are alcohol-free, BPA-free, paraben-free and contain no plastic microbeads AND their products aren't tested on animals - fantastic!

Cornerstone razor

Spare cornerstone razors

Cornerstone razor cover

You can select how often you shave, and they'll work out how often you'll need boxes - I selected that hubby doesn't shave often at all, and they recommended every 18 weeks (about every 4.5 months) for a box at £30 each time. The razor personalisation can take up to 3 initials too, I just opted for 2 for the hubby, CK.

I think this is a great gift for someone in your life who loves a bit of a pamper, hubby has loved having something arrive for him for a change :) And the quality of the razor really is lovely, such a simple shape, not fussy, but really nice quality.
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Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas presents with Wicked Uncle

Wicked Uncle toy banner
A little while ago the lovely elves over at Wicked Uncle approached me to see if I wanted to review a couple products on their site and see what it's like to use. What with Christmas looming, I jumped at the chance :) With £40 credit in my pocket, I opened up their site - the first thing you're greeted with is the different ways you can search for toys - so by gender, age or category (like 'explorer'). I went straight to toys for 3 year old's (can't remember if I selected boys... probably as there weren't any 'girly' toys that showed up).

Fireman mini story pompiers
Back of the box for the fireman mini story pompiers

I loved the range of toys available, there were so many that I knew Squidge would love, but a few I thought he might be a teeny bit young for, or not have the patience for. With that in mind, I picked toys I knew he'd love, based on how he currently plays. One thing he loves doing is pretending there's fires all around the house that he needs to go and put out, so the Fireman Mini Story Pompiers (£10.95*) I knew would be perfect, as there's a little cut-out wooden fire he can place around.

I also picked out a vehicle (he freakin' loves cars and diggers and tractors... anything with four wheels pretty much. It's by John Deere, a farm tractor with a farmer and some animals. They have places to sit and make noises, he'll love this :)

John Deere tractor and farmer with farm animals toy

Close up of the farmer and animals

Close up of where the animals go

It's possibly a bit young for him, but I think he'll love it all the same. He loves singing Old McDonald, so he'll like using this to sing the rhyme. This was £21.95*.

white chocolate snowmen

Last but not least, I picked some white chocolate snowmen as a stocking filler, now these I know will go down a treat and cost £4.95*.

I really like the selection of toys Wicked Uncle had, such a good variety, and no real 'duds' from appearance - I think this is down to them testing out all the products before they make their way onto the site. I'd definitely use Wicked Uncle again, I already have a few things picked out for Squidge and Dot for their birthdays (long wait!) next year.

The only real issue I had was finding where to put the voucher code... it wasn't obvious at all. I had to click on the total amount, which then opened up a window to put the code in. But that's not really a big deal!
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas flowers

Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I'm a big fan of flowers. I buy them pretty much every week to decorate our dining table, and if the bunch is big enough, I'll split it to create another small arrangement for the kitchen window. I mostly go for simple bunches of roses from the local supermarket, but every now and then I splash out and get some beautiful stems from the local florist, and when I say splash out, I mean £20 for 6 roses!

You can imagine my excitement when Prestige Flowers got in contact to see if I'd like to review one of their Christmas bouquets - I pretty much squealed! I took at look at their Christmas arrangements and two immediately jumped out - the Festivity bouquet and the Winter Warmer bouquet (pictured). I had no idea which they'd send me, so I was very excited to open the box when it arrived, and was super happy when I saw it was the Winter Warmer bouquet :)

In the bouquet there's some greenery that's been sprayed copper, which I really love for an accent. In the bouquet you can expect white chrysanthemums, white lilies, avalanche roses and Christmas stars, as well as a variety of greenery.

Copper leaf detail
Copper star
Rose detail
Long shot of the bouquet
Close up of the bouquet

All the flowers in the box were in tact and un-damaged - no bad leaves, flowers, greenery etc, everything was perfect. It's a lovely full bunch too, jam packed. I absolutely love the quality of the roses too - a far cry from the cheap & cheerful supermarket roses I usually buy. These are large, full and in beautiful condition.

With the flowers they also sent me a lovely little vase that holds the arrangement really well, and a box of chocolates! Sadly, as I'm dairy-free I couldn't have any, however, the hubby demolished most of them (other than the fruity ones) and Squidge polished off the rest :) Hubby said the chocolates were delicious, and Squidge inhaled them without a second thought too.

Box of chocolates
Close up of the vase

The Winter Warmer bouquet is on offer at the moment starting from £24.99 - adding £10 if you opt for the large one (which I think mine probably is), add £5.99 if you want to add the vase too, and the chocolates are free.

What I've really loved about these, is how it's opened my mind to treating myself to a proper bouquet like this a little more often - they're only a few ££ more than the stems I buy from my local florist now and then, and this is a full blown bouquet. I also really like that these would make a beautiful centrepiece for the Christmas dinner table and could easily be split up to make a couple smaller arrangements. 
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