Showing posts with label Media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Media. Show all posts

What to pack for a ski trip?

Stunning natural scenery and the thrill of speed - a combination which makes skiing a very fun and unparalleled sport. It is never too late to learn to ski although it is best to learn skiing while you are young (simply because the learning curve will be less). There are a few indoor skiing slopes in the UK where beginners can pick up the techniques required before they head to the mountains to ski in the dramatic scenery. So, once you have had the basic training and are ready to head on your ski holiday, it is the time to decide what needs to go into your ski holiday kit. In addition to your ski equipment (skis, ski poles and ski boots etc - which you can hire in most places), you will need to pack the following clothing/accessories for your ski holiday.


Sensational Summer - Luxury Food Hamper from Prestige Hampers

Is it too early to start thinking about Christmas? I think not. I have started noticing Christmas goods appearing in some of the superstores. Yes, we have more than three months to go until Christmas but you can start planning early to save yourself some holiday stress! I think it is a good idea to get a head start on your holiday planning, budgeting and shopping. With that in mind, here is my first Christmas related post for 2018.

Luxury Food Hamper from Prestige Hampers


Hempz Beauty Pink Pomelo & Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub - Review

Today I am talking about body scrubs. I think I can safely say that most of us love a good body scrub. But what makes a body scrub good? Well, it has to have the right balance of exfoliating properties and moisturising elements plus a fabulous fragrance to leave you with soft and supple skin. And I have found one such excellent body scrub recently - the Hempz Beauty Pink Pomelo & Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub!

Hempz Beauty Pink Pomelo & Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub


How to make a baby gift hamper?

If you are wondering how to put together a gift hamper for a baby and a new mum, you have come to the right place. Making a beautiful and  unique baby gift basket is actually quite simple. Just follow the steps listed below.

How to make a baby gift hamper


Tesalate Beach Towels | Review and Giveaway

Beach outings with family and friends are always fun. Building sandcastles, playing beach kickball or simply swimming or sunbathing, it all adds up to a relaxing, fun time. Sand is so much fun, isn't it? But only at the beach. Imagine coming home and finding that you have brought a part of the beach back with you! Normal beach towels tend to trap and carry sand that usually ends up at the home. A big annoyance!

With this in mind, Tesalate, an Australian company (founded by Jacky Lam and Volkan Ozbek), invented a beach towel that promises to not only keep you sand free, but also looking good!

Tesalate Beach Towels


New Baby Hamper from Prestige Hampers

The arrival of a new born always brings with it excitement and happiness not just for the parents but to close family and friends as well. And to welcome the new born into the world, a thoughtfully put together hamper featuring baby essentials makes an excellent gift.

Prestige Hampers are an online gift service that specialise in gift hampers of all varieties - from wine and cheese to sweets and alcohol and from birthday hampers to new born hampers, they have it all. Their new baby hampers (both for baby boys and baby girls) feature sleepsuits, mitts, hats, cuddly toys, money box and celebration balloons among other items. They have so many different hamper choices in different price ranges, that you are sure to find one that suits your or rather the recipient's taste.

New Baby Boy Hamper from Prestige Hampers


Prestige Flowers - The Niagra bouquet by Haute Florist

Prestige Flowers - The Niagra bouquet

The focus of 'Flower' is emotion and to make you feel peaceful - Jenova Chen

And I totally agree with this. Flowers have such a calming and relaxing effect. A bunch of flowers makes a perfect gift to soothe someone in stressful times or simply to show your love and affection. No matter what the occassion you can be assured that flowers will be very well received. So, why not make someone's day by sending them a beautiful bouquet of flowers today?


Virginia Hayward Love Chocolate Hamper | Review and Giveaway

Virginia Hayward Love Chocolate Hamper

For an avid foodie, nothing is more exhilarating than receiving a food or drink hamper. So when Virginia Hayward offered to send us one of their chocolate hampers so that we at DB Reviews could give it a try, there was no reason I would say no.


Alcatel 1 Review | Budget Friendly Smartphone

The mobile tech industry is constantly evolving and every year a large number of smartphones are launched. 2018 has been no different with so many new smartphone models hitting the market. But every year the smartphones also seem to be getting more pricier. However, budget phones are improving too with each passing year. And for around £100 you can now get a good, budget smartphone. What I am talking about today on the blog is an affordable entry level smartphone from Alcatel - the Sim-Free Alcatel 1 4G smartphone.

Alcatel 1 Smartphone


Storage Baskets for the home from the Basket Company

The Basket Company stock and sell an extensive range of superb quality storage baskets both for home and business use. On their website you will find a large collection including wicker picnic baskets, laundry baskets, planters, trays, log baskets, plant pots and so much more. Their wicker picnic basket has accompanied us on a number of picnics and never fails to garner attention. Today on the blog, I feature two other fabulous products from the Basket Company.


New 'Back to School' range from Spearmark

Spearmark is a privately owned family business based in Cambridgeshire. They manufacture, market and sell a large number of products ranging from novelty lights to lunch ware and from tableware to on-the-go drinkware. In addition to bespoke products they also have an impressive licensed range of products featuring popular characters like Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, Spider-Man, Peppa Pig, Transformers and a horde of other Marvel characters.

Spearmark recently launched a new range of pretty and practical satchel and backpack-style lunch bags.

Spearmark lunch bag range


Ready for the rains with Susino Umbrellas

I love sunshine as much as anyone else does, but the last few weeks of blazing sunshine and soaring temperatures have left me longing for a little rain. And a little respite came a few days back with some intermittent rain giving a break from the dry weather. The weather forecast shows more rain spread over the coming week and I am not complaining! The rainy periods also gave me the chance to test three new umbrellas that we received recently from Susino.

Established in 2007, Susino are an umbrella brand based in the UK. They are headquartered in Liverpool and cater to both retail and wholesale customers. Susino manufacture and stock a wide variety of umbrellas including ladies, gentlemen's, children's, golf and special ranges. Their umbrellas come in fun and fashionable designs and are competitively priced. Their range can be classified under two main brands: Susino (the Premium range) and X-brella (the fast-fashion, trend-led range).

Susino ladies polka dot walking umbrella


Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm | Review

One of my favourite aspects of the blogging world is the chance to try out new brands and new products, some of which I may never have thought of trying out myself. This year I have tried out some amazing products from Exuviance, a dermatologist developed skincare range that was created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu and is today widely recognised around the world as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology.

You might have read my thoughts on their Detox Mud Treatment, which worked very well for me and which I went on to repurchase as it has become a staple in my skincare routine. Recently I began using one of their products - the Age Reverse HydraFirm cream which according to Exuviance

targets all visible signs of ageing - poor texture, age spots, loss of firmness, and lines & wrinkles. The luxurious serum makes the skin appear more lifted, more hydrated and more firmer.

Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm


Made-to-order, customisable, quality clothing from Doc Cotton

Last month, I was contacted by Doc Cotton to try out their made-to-order, customisable clothing service. Since it sounded like an interesting concept (every item of clothing they make can be termed as 'sustainable fashion'), I agreed to try it out.

Doc Cotton - Made to Order and Suistanable Clothing


Cancer Care Parcel | What to buy for someone who is undergoing Chemotherapy?

The number of cancer cases being diagnosed around the world is rising with each passing year. Cancer is an extremely complex condition and there are so many of different types of cancer. Based on the type of cancer, how far it has progressed and the chances of it coming back, determine the route of treatment. Chemotherapy is often used as a main treatment for certain types of cancers. It is also used in conjunction with radiotherapy at times. Chemotherapy works by stopping the cancer cells from reproducing but is also comes with its own set of side effects. Cancer on its own and the chemotherapy treatment for it often cause feelings of anxiety, depression and some fear. It has a huge impact on the patient as well as on their families and caregivers. Having seen two of my mother's close friends being diagnosed with Cancer and with one losing her battle, I can say that it is a life changing diagnosis for the patient and their near and dear ones. Family and friends need to rally around those diagnosed with cancer as social support does tend to lessen the depression and anxiety.

It is hard when a loved one gets cancer. And it is even harder to find the right words to say and offer support. But loving words, encouragement and simple gestures go a long way. They really do make a difference to the patient.

Dr Shara Cohen set up Cancer Care Parcel to bring back a bit of calm into the lives of people suffering with cancer and its treatment. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 she found there was very little time to just relax, take it all in and give herself some ‘me’ time. And that led to an idea and she set up Cancer Care Parcel, to enable children and adults with cancer to take some of the worries away and bring some calm back into their lives.

Cancer Care Parcel - The Comfort for Chemotherapy Box


Best Kept Secrets - Seriously Scented Candles

I love the allure of scented candles. Somehow they seem to make a room more inviting; creating a more cosy atmosphere. There are so many candle brands out there with a wide range of scented candles. There are big brands that are quite popular and then there are smaller players and family run businesses who use traditional production and hand finishing techniques. One such brand is 'Best Kept Secrets' who are a family run business based in the town of Morpeth in Northumberland. In addition to candles they also sell natural handmade soaps and reed diffuser sets.

Today's post is about their candles. They have a range of candles called 'Seriously Scented' that are available in three formats - candles in tins, candles in glass and tea light candles. The Candle tins have a burn time of over 50 hours and are available in a number of fragrances like Angel (Honey & caramel with oriental spices), Classic Cotton (Crisp & clean bergamot, lemon, cyclamen & sandalwood), Freesia (Freshly picked freesias, combined with bergamot, tuberose & sandalwood), Gingerbread Cookie (Creamy caramel, mixed spices, ginger & rum) and Parma Violet (Violet, bay & ylang ylang) to name a few.

Best Kept Secrets - Seriously Scented Candles


Aveeno's Daily Moisturising Range for everyday skincare needs

I had reviewed some products from Aveeno's Dermexa range a while back on the blog. That was my first introduction to the brand and both myself and Mr.H had loved the products. Today I am back with a couple of other products from Aveeno; this time from the Daily Moisturising range.

The Daily Moisturising range is formulated with colloidal oatmeal and is ideal for those with normal to dry skin. The range includes around 10 products all of which leave the skin moisturised while protecting against the feeling of dryness. We tried out two products - the Creamy Oil and the Body Yogurt.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Range


Raining Cats and Dogs Collection from Helen Russell Creations

On the blog today are a couple of products from the Raining Cats and Dogs collection, featuring the artwork of Helen Russell. Helen is a very talented artist who runs her own creative business and whose quirky characters (Blob Birds, Little Bean Critters, Puffin Cove Colony, Wonder Mice etc.) are very popular. The characters appear both in print and on ceramic and Helen uses these animals and their characteristic behaviours to create lovely scenes.

Raining Cats and Dogs Collection from Helen Russell Creations


Goya Black Rose | A Romantic Fragrance

Usually when one talks about rose based fragrances, one tends to assume it is a scent meant for ladies of a certain age. It couldn't be farther from the truth. A number of perfume houses have fragrances with the exquisite rose scent and these are gaining a lot of popularity with ladies of all ages. Goya's Black Rose is one such excellent rose based fragrance. Black Rose was first launched in 1955 and was very popular in the 50-80s. In 2014, the scent was recreated from the original archived formula and the classic was brought back! I had not used the original version so I could not compare the relaunched version to the older one but let me tell you straight up, the newer version is exquisite - very youthful and stylish - like a beautiful bouquet of fragrant roses.

Goya Black Rose


Oxygenetix Oxygenating Hydro-Matrix Moisturiser

This is my first try from the brand Oxygenetix and I love it. Oxygenetix have a range of ground-breaking products that have been primarily designed to cover blemishes, support healing and help minimise or eliminate post-procedure scars. One of their key products is the Oxygenating Foundation which has the patented Ceravitae™ Complex, aloe and seven layer silica gel technology that forms a breathable matrix and helps supports new skin cell production and the healing process following aesthetic procedures or skin problems. In addition to the Oxygenating Complex, the brand also has a number of other products that help cover and improve a wide variety of skin problems. I tried out the Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix which contains a similar breathable, second-skin formula as Oxygenating Foundation and is said to oxygenate and promote growth of collagen, new skin cells and connective tissue in aging or compromised skin.

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Hydro-Matrix Moisturiser

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