Sunday 30 December 2018

Semi Permanent Lashes at Essentially For You

Before Christmas I was treated to a lovely pampering session at Essentially For You where I  received semi permanent lashes. I've never had them before so I was keen to see the results. My eyelashes have always been short so I couldn't wait for some length and volume. 

Essentially for you is located in Llanishen village which is in North Cardiff. There is free parking outside (if you can get a space) or there is a free car park just around the corner, less than a 5 minute walk. 

My beauty therapist was Shelley who was friendly and professional. She explained everything perfectly. 

The treatment can take a while as each lash is placed on individually (it's extremely intricate) but I didn't notice how long it took as I was incredibly relaxed. I lay on the bed, closed my eyes and listened to the calming music. If I'm honest I almost nodded off, I was that comfortable. 

When Shelley showed me the finished result, I couldn't believe it. I'm almost too embarrassed to show you the before picture as I literally look like I have no lashes at all. I knew my lashes were short before but I didn't realise they were that short!! We went for a more natural look which was ideal. I adored them, so much so I couldn't stop looking at them in the mirror. 

They usually last around 2 weeks and then you can have infills if you require them. There's no need to wear mascara with them which I think is amazing although you can still wear it if you wish. 

Mine lasted about a week and a half which saw me through 2 Christmas parties which was great.

I'll definitely be going back to have them again. I would have had some infills sooner but with the chaos that Christmas brings, I have been too busy. I'd highly recommend Essentially For you as they offer a wide range of treatments in a quiet, relaxed setting, just what us busy mums need.

*I received this treatment free of charge, however all words, opinions and images are my own*


Sunday 16 December 2018

Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids

If you have any Disney fans in this house then this post is for you. You may have already read my Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids guide or watched the video on my youtube channel.

Here's my Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids guide:

Mickey Mouse Ears - Claire's 
We're big fans of Mouse Ears in our house and that's why we love the range from Claire's. They are very reasonably priced and they are comfortable to wear. They come in various, fun, sparkly prints. My personal favourites are the Unicorn ones. 

101 Dalmatians Lamp - Truffle Shuffle 
This cute lamp from Truffle Shuffle is a fantastic but practical gift. It can serve as a night lamp in a child's bedroom. It's powered by USB and you can turn it on and off with a gentle pat to the puppy's head. 

Where's Mickey? - Studio Press Books
This has to be one of my favourite things released for Mickey's 90th anniversary. You may have already seen it mentioned in my Mickey's 90th anniversary top buys post. It's a search and find book by Studio Press Books which is all about the main man himself including his much loved gang. Be sure to see if you are one of the lucky 90 people in the UK that has the special edition book which features a golden Mickey.

Disney Doorables Rapunzel's Tower 
Disney Doorables are the latest collectable craze. They have mini and deluxe playsets which have a surprise behind every door. You can see the mini set on this post, Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids. There are lots of different sets which can be stacked and built in many combinations meaning you can build a perfect magical kingdom. They are available from all good toy retailers.

Star Wars 2019 Collector's Box Set - Danilo
This deluxe box set is a must for Star Wars fans. Its from Danilo and it includes a diary, calendar and a pen which is presented in a keepsake box.

Disney Princess Photo Prop Set - Primark
This is a fab set from Primark and will put a smile on everyone's face on Christmas Day. It'll make wonderful pictures to remember the day.

Christopher Robin Piglet Soft Toy - shopDisney
There has been an incredible range of Winnie the Pooh items available this year since the release of the new Christopher Robin film. The soft toys that are available from shopDisney are super soft and a must for any Winnie the Pooh fans. They are a collectable which can be passed down generations. 

To see more gift ideas, head to the following posts:
Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

*Some of the above items were sent to me to include in a gift guide, however all words and opinions are my own*


Wednesday 12 December 2018

Be Organised for 2019 with a Cards and Wrap Giveaway from Danilo

With the Christmas rush it's easy not to be prepared for all the birthday's in 2019. I'm usually pretty good at having a stock pile of cards and wrap but with my eldest now in school, there seems the be birthday's at least a couple of times a month.

The wonderful people at Danilo (and myself) would like to help you get organised for the year ahead by giving you the chance to win a card, wrap and tag bundle, similar to the one show in the picture below. How incredible does that sound?!

This year Danilo are celebrating their 40t birthday which is an amazing milestone. They have been industry leaders for years producing high quality calendars, diaries, cards and more.

To enter the giveaway (ending 19th December 2018) all you have to do is use the rafflecopter form below and make sure you leave a blog post comment and tick the box on the form:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway terms and conditions:
  • Open to UK entrants only aged 18 plus.
  • Winner will be selected at random via RaffleCopter and their details displayed on the widget on this page. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The bundle will be sent directly to the winner by Danilo. No cash alternative. 
  • Only one entrant per person will be accepted, multiple duplicate accounts will be disqualified. 
  • Please read full terms and conditions. 
  • Ends at midnight on 19th December 2018. 
  • Good Luck!

Monday 10 December 2018

Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

If you have Disney fans in your house then you'll be spoiled for choice for stocking fillers this year as all of our favourite brands went into Disney fever with Mickey celebrating his 90th birthday. 

Here are some ideas for Disney stocking fillers for Kids.

Hallmark Itty Bitty's*
Itty Bitty's are the perfect size collectable, stocking filler. They are available from Amazon and there are many much loved characters available such as Disney Princesses's, Star Wars and more.

Disney Doorables
Disney Doorables Mini Stack Playsets would make great stocking fillers. They are the ideal size, they are fun and they provide a surprise. All of the sets can be stacked and built together in various ways making endless adventures. They are available from all good toy retailers.

Ralph Breaks the Internet Official Guide 
Ralph Breaks the Internet is currently showing in the cinema and it is fantastic. The official guide by Dorling Kindersley fits nicely into a stocking and is a must for any fans of the film. It's full of film facts and character guides from the much anticipated sequel.

Mad Beauty Disney Princess Face Masks
Mad Beauty do a fantastic range of Disney face masks which are available from shopDisney. They have Belle, Aurora, Jasmine and Ariel available.

Danilo Slimline Calendar 
Danilo offer a wide range of Disney slimline calendars which are a great stocking stuffer. 

Mad Beauty Tinkerbell Bath Fizzer Wand 
Lots of children adore bath bombs and fizzers so this Tinkerbell wand from Truffle Shuffle is sure to put a smile on their faces.

3D Stormtrooper Soap On A Rope
Soap on a Rope was all the rage when I was younger and it seems it has made a comeback. This apple scented Storm Trooper Soap is available from shopDisney.

You can watch the Youtube video for this post below:

* Items in this gift guide were sent to me for the purpose of this blog post. All words and views are my own*

Saturday 8 December 2018

Mickey's 90th Anniversary Top Buys

This has been a very special year in the world of Disney. The main mouse himself turned 90 and the whole world celebrated. All of our favourite brands embraced Mickey fever and released products for Mickey's 90th anniversary leaving us Disney fans spoiled for choice.

Heres are my Mickey's 90th Anniversary Top Buys:

American Tourister Suitcase*
American Tourister have released an amazing collection of Disney legend 4 wheeled suitcases this year featuring our beloved Mickey and Minnie. The suitcases are hard and sturdy, lightweight with quiet wheels making them ideal for a mini break away to Disney.

Danielle Nicole Mickey Mouse Hand Backpack
It's no surprise that I love the Danielle Nicole Disney collection bags and I have a few already. Her latest collection featured the main man himself and this backpack has gone straight on my Christmas list. You can purchase it at shopDisneyUK.

Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse Wallet
If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know how much of a fan I am of the DisneyxCathKidston collaborations so I was over the moon to see them release a Mickey Mouse collection. I bought this wallet as the print is super cute (and I can't believe it has the Ducktales on it). I was gutted to have missed the bag.

Where's Mickey? Search and Find book*
I received this fab book by Studio Press Books. It's a great one to do with children (or by yourself). There were 90 special books printed in the UK which contain a Golden Mickey and I was very lucky to have one of them. 

DisneyxHype Clothes
Hype recently launched a huge collection of Disney clothes and accessories with awesome prints. My favourite picks from the range are the Lover Splice Crewneck and the Grey Polka Dot Skirt. Both items are perfect for some Disney street style.

Build-A-Bear 90th Anniversary Mickey Mouse
These two items may be the cutest of the bunch. Build-A-Bear have released a special edition Mickey Mouse. His feet are my favourite part of the new teddy. You can also get a Fantasia outfit to dress him up in.

Pandora Limited Edition Mickey's 90th Charm
I have a couple of Disney Pandora themed bracelets so I was very happy to see them release a limited edition charm for his birthday. 

Aden and Anais Disney Baby Dream Blanket*
Aden and Anais have had a Disney collaboration out for a while. They sell beautiful baby products such as muslins, blankets, swaddles and more. Some of their cute Disney designs include Winnie the Pooh, The Aristocats and more. To mark Mickey's birthday they released a gorgeous collection just for him. Their dream blankets are lovely. They are soft and just the right size for snuggling.

Disney x Vans
Last up is the insanely good collection that was recently launched by Vans. My favourite print from the range is 'Mickey Through the Years'. 

Have you seen any new products celebrating Mickey's birthday that you think I'd like?

*Items marked with a star were gifted to me, however all opinions are my own*

Saturday 1 December 2018

Christmas Bucket List 2018

Happy 1st December. Here is our family Christmas bucket list for this year. 

What is on your bucket list?

Monday 26 November 2018

Disney Themed Christmas Decorating

Disney is a huge part of our family life especially at Christmas, so it'll come as no surprise that we have quite a few Disney decorations for the festive period. 

We recently had a festive Disney day which started with us decorating the tree and living room, doing some Disney Christmas crafts and ending the day watching The Muppets Christmas carol.

This year we were sent some fantastic products from shopDisney who have a huge range to choose from.

If you follow me on social media you will know that I love twinning so I was over the moon with the pyjamas that we received. The girls changed into them for our festive day and were amazed by the fact that they were allowed to wear pyjamas so early in the day. They adore the fact that their names are on the back. It's great to see shopDisney offering so many products that can be personalised. It makes gifts and items much more unique and special.

One of our traditions is to buy a new Disney bauble for our tree every year, so we were delighted to receive two new ones in our package. We had Chip and Dale and a stunning Gold Mickey. The girls loved the Chip and Dale ones as they have a Christmas bell on making them jingle. I'm hoping Santa will leave me the Aladdin socks hanging ornament on our tree this year. 

Under the tree we placed their Minnie Mouse sacks ready for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve. They have also been personalised which I think is a lovely touch. I've actually asked hubby to buy me one as I was insanely jealous when I saw them.

We also received a fill your own Disney advent calendar. We much prefer having one that is reusable so this is a great addition to our house. Ophelia hasn't stopped playing with it. She likes to pull the drawers out and stack them up to make towers and then pop them all back. 

The kids love a bit of crafting so they really enjoyed the Create your own ornament kit which you colour and shape them into cubes to hang on the tree, nothing beats a bit of hand made decorations from your kids to make a tree more personal and special. Eva made some for her teachers and family members.

After our busy day making and decorating we headed to the sofa to snuggle up and watch a Christmas film. We are now massively in the Christmas spirit. The girls enjoyed crafting so much that we are going to attempt to make a Disney themed wreath for the house. 

Have you put your decorations up yet? Do you have any Disney decor up over the festive period?

*Thank you to shopDisneyuk for gifting us with a Christmas bundle of products. All opinions and photographs are my own*

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